More than 900 travel media, bloggers, celebrities and travel industry executives from 47 countries and territories around the world were in Thailand in late July for one of the largest fam trips ever hosted by the Thai tourism industry as part of its post-crisis recovery campaign.
Called “Thailand’s Best Friends Forever Mega Fam Trip” (Thailand’s BFF), the event is designed to convey a powerful message that the Thai tourism industry is back to normal.
“Thailand Happiness”, a mega outdoor event organised by TAT
Business is back to normal in Bangkok as compared to my previous trip in December. Ratchaprasong has sprung back to life with colourful parades, great shopping, fashion shows, concerts and culinary delights under the theme “Thailand Happiness”.Roads cut off by the demonstration have been reopened for traffic. The whole road is lined with street vendors. You can take a leisure walk from Pratunam to Erawan Shrine, to pay homage to the famous Four-Faced Buddha.
The group of travel agents and media from Singapore and Philippines also visited the old prestigious city of Ayutthaya and learned a page of Siam history and interesting places in Bangkok such as Or Tor Kor Market, an upscale wet market next to Chatuchak Weekend Market; Muay Thai Live stage show at Asiatique The Riverfront and Art in Paradise Bangkok – 3D Museum at The Esplanade.
A day trip to the old prestigious city of Ayutthaya
The welcome reception was presided over by Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy and Deputy Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) who oversees the tourism industry.
Visitors planning to visit the kingdom need not worry about the country being under the administration of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) as that has had no impact on Thailand’s tourism at all. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed even though life is now under military rule in Thailand and I feel safe to travel in Thailand.When the political situation recovers, TAT projects the number of international arrivals in 2014 at 25.6 million, a slight drop from the statistics of 2013.