Thailand Announces Exciting Events in 2018
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled a jam-packed calendar of events in 2018 in support of their ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018’ marketing campaign. According to a recent announcement, many of the events will focus on unique local experiences in addition to international events.
“Thailand is naturally blessed with a busy schedule of annual cultural events that appeal to both domestic and international audiences,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor. “The Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 is a unique opportunity for TAT to highlight these, along with traditional favourites, to reach a larger international audience.”
According to the report, local Thai experiences will be the highly prominent on the action-packed calendar of events. “[These] will be complemented by international events like the first international MotoGP Superbike race at the Buri Ram International Racing Circuit and the Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand.”
Each of the events on the calendar falls into one of the tourism sectors the TAT plan to focus on over the coming 12 months. These are sports, gastronomy, maritime tourism, wedding and honeymoon, medical and wellness, community-based tourism, leisure, green tourism, night tourism, MICE, trade fairs, B2B marketing activity and logistics.
Some of the first events to be revealed included the Wat Arun Ceremony and Wonderfruit Festival, to take place in Bangkok and Pattaya in December 2017. The Thailand Tourism Festival will take place throughout January 2018, while the Thailand International Kite Festival and Thailand Marathon will take place in February. May’s highlights include the International Balloon Festival in Korat, and Chiang Rai Flower Festival will take place in July.
A selection of night tourism activities have also been announced, including Ong Bak and the Siam Niramitr Muay Thai Live exhibition at Asiatique, plus the Festival of Lights, which will take place along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.
According to a report on ttgasia.com, Thailand’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) sector is also preparing for a busy 2018. An array of events has already been lined up, including the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair in February, the Asia Warehousing Show in March and Batik Design Week, to be held in Phuket in October.
If you’re visiting the Kingdom over the next 12 months, other key events to look out for – and potentially factor into your travel itinerary – include the Thailand New Year’s Eve Countdown, Thailand Chinese New Year, World Wai Kru Muay Thai and Songkran Festival.