On November 16th, the Tourism Authority Thailand kicked off the new tourism campaign for 2018, with a grand procession through the city center of Bangkok. The tourism industry is one of the drivers of the economy, and the Government wants to ensure this continues into the next year. Thailand should be the highlight for international travelers, and there are many events planned in order to play the country into the spotlight. For the kick off, a total of 6 parades traveled a 3.5 km route through the city center, and each parade showed a different aspect of what Thailand has to offer in tourism. The parades included the great architecture, the Lotus Goddess as a symbol of harmony and happiness, the amazing Thai food, and of course the major events that will take place in the upcoming year.
The local and international events that will be hosted in Thailand fall in 13 categories, such as sports, gastronomy, weddings, wellness, leisure, green-, community-based- and night tourism, MICE, trade fairs and other business categories.
Activities and events during 2018 include:
– Thailand Tourism Festival in January
– Thailand International Kite Festival, in Songkhla in February
– Marathon in Bangkok in February
– International Balloon Festival in Korat in May
– The Chiang Rai Flower Festival in July in Chiang Rai
– Queen of Thai Silk Exhibition in August
– The Nationwide Vegetarian Festival in October
– The Bangkok Art Biennale in November
For the tourist who likes to see the nightlife of Bangkok, there will be a Muay Thai Live Exhibition at Asiatique, and the Festival of Lights along the Chao Praya River. Furthermore, it is primetime for MICE travelers with:
- the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair in February
- Medical Devices ASEAN in July
- Agritechnica Asia is August
- and much more
Food lovers can rejoice at the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gatsronomy Tourism in May. Here, Thai food and the rich culinary history and culture will be promoted. For the need for speed freaks, the MotoGP World Championship superbike races will take place at Buri Ram’s Chang International Circuit in October 2018.
This is only a glimpse of all the activities and events the Tourism Authority Thailand has in store for its visitors. Check out their website to keep track of all events happening in the upcoming year!