Interview with Mrs Walailak Noypayak – The TAT director of South Asia and South Pacific region

[Wanderlust Tips July 2018] Talking to Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine, Mrs. Walterak Noypayak has listed Thailand’s top destinations and shared the tourism development strategies of Thailand in the international market.

Thailand’s largest annual B2B event Thailand Travel Mart Plus has long been well-known around the world. Especially, this June, the 2018 TTM+ with the theme “Million Shades of Romance” was held successfully in Pattaya and left a significant, positive impression on visitors. Why did Thailand choose Pattaya as the venue for TTM+ this year?

At present, the Thai Government is promoting the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan as one of the key measures to realize the Thailand 4.0 vision. Meanwhile, Pattaya is part of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), so it is not a coincidence that Pattaya was chosen as the venue of TTM+ 2018. Specifically, Pattaya is an ideal city for visitors to travel from Thailand to Cambodia (in the north) and Vietnam (in the south), whether by road or air. Visitors can easily visit all three countries on their journey.

Besides geographical advantages, what does Pattaya have to offer visitors?

Travellers will have the chance to enjoy abundant exciting experiences when going to Thailand. They can visit Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Silverlake vineyard, Tiger Park, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, and many more. If you want to visit temples, the Sanctuary of Truth is certainly worth your visit. The temple is the combination of Hindu, Khmer, Chinese (Taoist and Confucianism), and Thai influences. Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan) is also a very popular spiritual destination. In addition, travellers can watch Pattaya’s famous shows including Tiffany show, KAAN show, to name a few.

And do not forget that we can provide you the best experiences and services for MICE tourism featuring best convention halls at the Royal Cliff.

MICE travel is getting a lot of interest in many countries around the world. What are the potentials of this type of tourism to develop in Thailand?

Thailand has hosted many major international events, so if you want to host MICE travel meetings and incentives, we have the best Convention center and luxury accommodation featuring classy services. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau TCEB will assist you thoroughly with a lot of information about destinations, attractive promotions, and connect you with various organizations and service providers in Pattaya, in particular, and in Thailand, in general.

It is also known that Chiang Mai is among the most famous destinations for MICE travel in Thailand. Is that right?

Definitely. Last year, TTM+ 2017 was held in Chiang Mai. This city has many convention centers which are suitable for various needs to organize international events or exhibitions. In addition, we also offer sightseeing pre- and post-tours to many of Chiang Mai’s famous attractions.

Currently, there are direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai, so it is very convenient for Vietnamese tourists to come here and then back to Vietnam. If you want, you can combine a visit to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle, Bangkok, Pattaya, and many other beautiful destinations in Thailand.

Does Thailand government have any plans to attract international visitors, especially Vietnamese tourists?

Thailand currently offers visa-free travel to citizens of 57 countries and territories, including nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, The Philippines, and Singapore. We want to focus on safety and security, so we only exempt visas for the countries whose citizens do not cause any security issues to Thailand. All the countries of ASEAN are exempted from visas when travelling to Thailand, so there are many Vietnamese tourists to Thailand and vice versa. Thai tourists often love to visit Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Also, we will focus on both quantity and quality in the tourism industry. We promote to increase the number of visitors to Thailand, especially young travellers. In addition, we will launch luxury services to satisfy different targets of customers.

In the next five years, we will continue to improve our highstandard services and focus on family and female travellers.

Thailand is a safe destination for solo female travellers. These are also long-term strategies for the Vietnamese market. According to statistics, Vietnam is now in the top 20 countries that have the largest number of tourists visiting Thailand.

Follow current travel trends, young people love selfplanned tours so they can explore and experience by themselves. What is your opinion?

Visitors can download and install a variety of applications such as Thai-Vietnamese translation app for better communication, or travel advisory applications. In particular, young people are born at the age of the Internet and technology, so finding information is extremely easy for them.

What we are aiming to do is to greatly facilitate our visitors on their journeys, focusing on safety, security, and mobility. In the near future, we plan to put into operation a bus to transport visitors from the airport to the city center.

Thank you for sharing meaningful information with us. We wish you success with your future plans and for Thailand’s tourism industry to flourish.

Vân Ly – Phương Chi | Wanderlust Tips

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