Bangkok  April 17, 2013 

Situated in Southeast Asia, Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist kingdom almost equidistant from India and China. Known by outsiders as Siam for centuries, Thailand has been something of a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural, and religious crossroads. Thailand offers over 1,000 miles of coastline of white sandy beaches, bays and coves, with many beach and island activities for people of all ages. Visitors can experience a revitalizing Thai massage in the “heavenly land of spas” or go shopping in one of Thailand’s upscale shopping malls, high street shops, bustling markets, and back street stalls. Thai food has become one of the most popular cuisines in the world, made up of the Thailand’s four main regions – Northern, Northeastern, Central and Southern. Travel to Thailand and experience all that Thailand has to offer!

En 2013, l'Office du tourisme thaïlandais continuera à mettre en oeuvre son plan « Thaïlande magnifique » pour attirer les touristes étrangers.  D'après le directeur de l'Office National du Tourisme de Thaïlande , son office va aider les agences de voyages à ouvrir dix nouvelles lignes aériennes reliant des provinces de la partie continentale chinoise tels que le Shanxi, le Henan et Chongqing avec la Thailande et a  augmenter le nombre des combos touristiques plus attirants, ainsi qu'à lancer les activités de promotion « Jolie Thaïlande ». En plus de continuer à propager le voyage balnéaire traditionnel, les voyages à caractère historique tels qu'à Ayuttaya, Chiang Mai et Krabi  seront aussi exploités pour inciter les touristes à faire un voyage plus amusant et agréable, de haute qualité. 


Thailand defines priorities for tourism until 2016

Five Strategies will support the National Tourism Development Plan from Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports

BANGKOK- Five strategies will support the National Tourism Development Plan from Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports. The 11th Plan will run from 2012 to 2016 with an objective of US$ 65 billion in tourism-related revenue by 2020. Tourist arrivals could add another 5 to 6 million foreign visitors until 2020, especially with soaring figures from China, India and other ASEAN countries. Initially, the Thai government estimated that 30 million travellers could visit Thailand by 2020 but figures softened following political unrest in 2010 and floods in 2011. 

By comparison, total international arrivals stood over the 19 million mark in 2011 while revenues reached approximately US$ 25 billion. According to PATA, Thailand will however continue its strong recovery in 2012 with 21.2 million foreign travellers expected, a growth of over 20% compared to 2011.

The five strategic points comprise the development of infrastructure and logistics to raise tourism quality; build a creative economy by launching new products and encourage investment in tourism and human resources; rehabilitate tourism sites and strengthen rules and regulations to keep high quality despite the rise in total arrivals: build Thailand’s image to improve both visitors and revenues numbers and improve cooperation between government’s officials and local organizations involved into tourism.

Vancouver, B.C. - Award winning tour operator BikeHike Adventures announces a brand new cycling adventure from Laos to Thailand. The 11-day biking journey is led by BikeHike founder Trish Sare, departing for the first time on December 4th, 2013. Cyclists begin in historical Luang Prabang riding a sequence of rural roads and mountain trails cut by local hill tribes. The journey ends in Thailand's Chiang Mai after a total ride of 661 km/410 mi.

"I wanted to put together a point-to-point biking tour that captures an authentic piece of Southeast Asian culture," said Trish Sare. "The route we have created does just that by taking us to places that are otherwise difficult to come across, and are therefore untarnished by mainstream tourism."

Riding eastward, cyclists will traverse through jungle, farmland, and countryside, stopping at riverside villages to lodge each night. Amidst long days on bicycles and various riverboats, stops will be made at local villages and markets. Here cyclists will be greeted with the ambient sounds of various local languages, colourful vehicles, and smells from the local restaurants. A stiff average daily ride of 83 km/51 mi will keep the heart pumping and playing field challenging.

All meals are included and take place at local establishments or are prepared by Lao and Thai guides. Nights are spent in lodges and guesthouses, allowing for cultural interaction with local children and village inhabitants. The goal is to expunge an authentic Southeast Asian experience by touching the local scene and steering clear of westernized establishments.

Biking Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai departs Dec 4-15. Trip costs start at $3,299 USD (land only). No single supplement fees are charged to solo travellers. About BikeHike Adventures

BikeHike Adventures is a Vancouver based global adventure travel company that offers guided tours to 30 destinations worldwide. BikeHike caters to outdoor enthusiasts with a passion to go a little deeper during their travels. Highly experienced and personable adventure guides facilitate the wonder and pride of exploration. Both big and small groups are accommodated with varying degrees of difficulty. If exploration is your lifestyle, BikeHike Adventures is your mentor. The results are memorable journeys, new friends, culinary treasures, a satisfying sense of accomplishment and a new worldview. Visit for more info.

By Theodore Koumelis - 08 April 2013


Thailand invigorates its investment in tourism

Thailand Board of Investment is actively promoting investment in activities that support Thailand
tourism such as Yach marinas, theme parks, cultural centers, aquariums, open zoos, convention halls
and international exhibition censers are examples of activities supported by BOI -

BANGKOK - Thailand is well known around the world for its exotic and vibrant tourism industry. Although there are on going expansion in other industries but tourism still remains as a major attraction in Thailand's service industry. Thailand is a popular tourist destination for its tropical climate, beaches, lively nightlife, diverse and friendly culture, delicious food, shopping centres, and its location at the heart of Southeast Asia.

In 2011, Thailand suffered a major flood that left a huge impact on several industrial sectors in Thailand. Thailand tourism industry proves to be one of the most resilient in quick turn around. In 2011 tourism industry alone has earned USD 25.4 billion, well above the original target of USD 23 billion according to Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Number of tourists has also increase from 19,230,470 in 2011 to 22,303,065 in 2012 creating many opportunities for an investment in the industry that support country's tourism.

In line with expanding and growing service industry, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has outlined its supports through tax and non-tax incentives for investments that promote tourism and strengthen technological capacity for Thailand to achieve quality services to meet global standards and competitive advantage in the service industry.

Thailand Board of Investment, the main government agency for promoting investment in Thailand is actively promoting investment in activities that support Thailand tourism such as Yacht marinas, theme parks, cultural centers, aquariums, open zoos, convention halls and international exhibition centers are examples of activities supported by BOI. Other opportunities for investment in Thailand's tourism infrastructure are movie town, hospitals, hotels, long-term accommodations for foreign retirees, and short-haul air transport, tow boat or yacht renting, and ocean marina service.

Thailand has a long experience in service industry and is well equipped with supply of quality skilled labor, modern infrastructures, international standard services, and strong markets demand to meet the needs of the investors. 



BANGKOK, Thailand – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is ready to organize another travel extravaganza to restate Thailand’s stance as the regional hub for holiday business.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni revealed that the tourism authority will hold “Thailand Travel Mart Plus The Greater Mekong Subregion” or TTM+2013 during June 5-7 at Impact Muang Thong Thani in suburban Bangkok.

Mr. Suraphon said the upcoming travel promotion event is aimed at promoting Thai travel destinations and tourist service in the international market through business deals and negotiations between Thai and foreign business operators.

He added that the TAT hopes the event will help open more doors for small- and medium-sized businesses to meet markets outside Thailand.

The TAT Governor stated that this year’s event will be organized under the theme “Customize Your Experience” and will see the participation of at least 400 local businesses, ranging from travel agencies to hotels and resorts, airlines, golf courses, and spa services.

Mr. Suraphon said that 413 buyers from 62 countries already confirmed their presence at the event.

He also noted that TTM+2013 will also be an opportunity for tourism businesses in the Greater Mekong Subregion to join and help highlight Thailand’s position as the travel hub of this region.


Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Inspiring Incentive Destination
In the current phenomena Employees’ satisfaction, expectation and motivation being the core of dynamic corporate environment, today’s Human Resource Managers are presenting a wide range of incentives to the employees of the company. One of such marvelous schemes is Incentive Tours. These tours are offered as incentives to appreciate the remarkable performance of the employees in their job for the company. Vietnam is now an inspiring incentive destination which unfolds many offbeat experiences to make the tour memorable with thrilling value-additions that bring out the real flavor from the place of visit.
Time to build some team spirit!
Where else would you like to be for some team spirit rising rather than a country full of sunshine, friendly people, captivating landscapes and cultural diversities like Vietnam. Not only blessed with this awesomeness, now the country also offers professional MICE venues and services that can please the all clients. Vietnam, besides holding Meetings, Conventions and Exhibitions, has also been a favorite Incentive destination in recent years. While organizing an incentive trip, teambuilding is an important part which now can be more exciting than ever before and completely tailor-made upon your needs.
Rich in nature and culture, there are many destinations for you to choose from to be your teambuilding landmark. HG Travel brings you a number of offers where your needs can be met. It can be Hanoi - the country’s heart of a thousand year which can surely bring you a total unique cultural experience. Halong Bay – a UNESCO heritage site where the ocean breeze cools you mind and the wild childhood dream revitalized under the sails of a cruise ship. You may also opt for Tam Dao – the little hill-station town at 1000m over the sea level where the air is as fresh as it can be or Lang Co – the spectacular beach line in the middle of Vietnam with white coast sand embracing the endless blue sea where all of the most exciting teambuilding activities under the sun can be made. Or, simply head to Ho Chi Minh City, the city’s biggest city where the vibrant life makes you energized. There are many other places for you to choose, no matter what your needs are.
The activities for teambuilding can be different and this is the most interesting part. Whole packages such as Halong Bay discovery cruise, the luxury Au Co Cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin, The Kick off, Return of the Legendary Sword, The Caterer Or you can book a tour which includes one of a few sessions of teambuilding with exciting games such as Marshmallow Challenge, Spy Game, Corporate Raiders, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Global Market, Bubble Burst, Chain of Command… The organizer uses Sen Motion teambuilding technology which  combines outdoor high energy activities with indoor cognitive experiential learning in  order  to  ensure  the  participants' personal  development  and  team bonding.
HG Travel will help organizing all teambuilding requests to make you a memorable incentive trip.
For further information, please visit our website or contact:

Head office: 47 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel:   +84-4-37 333 333 
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Cambodia – A Family Vacation

Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Cambodia may not seem to be the most apparent destination for a family holiday yet. Thus the allure will be even greater by giving your family an authentic insight into a unique culture still relatively unknown to much of the world - hopefully creating memories and impressions that last forever.

Far more than an ordinary sightseeing trip, this tour is tailored to every family member, allow them to share the fun, excitement and truly discover Cambodia.
Enjoying on-the-go-highlights like capturing the excitement of Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider or of Indiana Jones’ adventures by solving ancient riddles,elephant ride at the majestic Angkor Wat temple; relaxing on horseback rides through local rural villages; visiting hospitable local houses in Siem Reap; or floating on the Tonle Sap Lake to some fishing villages.
In the spotlight during your stay in Cambodia, HG Travel offers you aboundless, stunning sight high in the air over the amazing Angkor Wat – UNESCO World heritage on a tethered helium balloon. And of course, as you had made all the way to Cambodia, you should not miss the famousApsara dance while enjoying sumptuous Asian dinner.

Shall this journey is still a bit short for your family, HG Travel surely can offer you an all-inclusive package tailored to your clients’ wishes that won’t be limited to boundaries nor activity highlights in the regions.

Our Cambodian family vacancy is ideally made for a family-retreat and“being-together” for the already starting summer holidays. HG Travel hopes to create everlasting memories and impressions that can be told again and again at every family gathering.
For further information, please visit our website or contact:
Head office: 47 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel:   +84-4-37 333 333 
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Published on : Friday, June 28, 2013

Thailand receives the “Best International Travel Destination” award at the seventh edition of CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards, organized in association with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in a glittering ceremony

Director of TAT New Delhi, Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, received the award on behalf of Amazing Thailand. On receiving the award, she said, “We are very delighted and honored to receive this prestigious award. The entire team would like to thank the jury members and all the voters for the immense support to Amazing Thailand. We will continue our endeavor to promote new destinations and new offerings of Thailand and look forward to your continued support.”

The CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards is an annual event to recognize and honor best in class destinations, organizations and service providers in the tourism industry based on a consumer survey through mailers sent by CNBC Awaaz, backed with a strong powerful jury from the travel fraternity comprising of Amitabh Kant, CEO and Managing Director, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation and Ajeet Bajaj, Managing Director, Snow Leopard Adventures. Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

A total of 34 awards were presented in different categories.
Thailand is known for its pristine beaches, shopping experiences, cuisine, spa and warm hospitality. It is also the preferred locale for Indian weddings as well as a Golfer’s paradise.


Recently, Thailand won the ‘Best Value Destination (International)’ award conferred by Lonely Planet Magazine-India,  ‘Best Country Award by Travel & Leisure, India, “Favourite Country (Thailand)” by Conde Nast Awards 2013 and “Best Spa Destination (Asia) 2013” by Asia Spa India


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By Luc Citrinot - 23 July 2013, 2013

VIENTIANE - “Simply Beautiful- I love that slogan because this sounds so true. But unfortunately, it now lacks a strong campaign behind to promote Laos differently from other countries”. A rather strong opinion which comes from one of Laos’ most successful local businessmen in tourism, Inthi Deuansavan, Head of Green Discovery Tour Operator and Inthira Hotels. 

Laos remains probably Southeast Asia’s best kept secret destination. “This is a wonderful place for someone who wants to experience Asia from its most natural side. Trees, waterfalls, hills and mountains, relatively small cities have left Laos well preserved”, says enthusiastically Alexandre Tsuk, Managing Director of Inthira Hotelsand also vice-president of the newly-to-be-launched PATA Laos Chapter. 

Over the last ten years, tourism to Laos has grown tremendously. From 2008 to 2012, total foreign arrivals went up from 1.74 to 3.33 million, a jump of 91%. But numbers can be deceiving: neighbouring Thailand represents alone over 58% of all arrivals in 2012, while Vietnam added another 21.2% market share. Together, Thailand and Vietnam generated last year 2.64 million of all arrivals to the landlocked country. And their type of tourism is probably not the most interesting for a country. While Thais mostly visit Laos for shopping and casinos, Vietnamese go mostly to their neighbour for casinos, shopping or in transit to Thailand…

It leaves only 687,000 arrivals from the rest of the world. In 2008, total arrivals from all countries except Thailand and Vietnam topped already 494,000. This represents a growth of 28 % between 2008 and 2012, or just a modest 5.6% per year. This explains why professionals in tourism find necessary today to redefine the way to promote Laos.

“I believe that we do not capitalize enough on the fact that we are the green lung of the Mekong area, the equivalent of a Costa Rica for the entire region. This is what I would love to see being communicated. Especially as Laos lacks the iconic destinations that most other countries in Southeast Asia can rely on, from Angkor Wat in Cambodia to Phuket in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia”, adds Alexandre Tsuk. 

Even official foreign institutions working directly or indirectly in tourism feels that Laos is missing an opportunity to gain more fame worldwide. “It looks as if the government looks at tourism as a negligible activity. The Ministry of Tourism has been degraded to a simple department following its merging with the Ministry of Communication and Culture. And budgets have not increased for promotion”, explains a foreign based institution. “Their limited resources do not allow them to show a strong presence around the world”, adds the organization. “Even when Laos is present at big shows such as ITB, its boost is too small and gets by most people unnoticed”, adds Mr. Deuansavan.

“Simply beautiful” is indeed a nice slogan which truly describes the country’s essence. But the Laotian government has now to show more professionalism by launching a real marketing strategy with themes to attract a larger number of travellers, especially in the field of niche or specialist tourism. 

Rock climbing, cyclo-tourism, architecture and heritage trails, river tourism, the promotion of Laotian cuisine, craftmen and designers of the textile industry: all these elements already exist. But they are mostly the initiatives of either the private sector or NGOs. They just now need the federating element to promote itself on a global scale using all the instruments existing today such as social media, websites, mobile applications. A unified of Laos image and products will in return attract a broader number of travellers. 

Meanwhile, visitors to Laos can still easily venture outside the traditional circuit made by Vientiane-Vang Vien- Luang Prabang to enjoy an Asian authentic experience… This is probably one of Laos’ best assets so far.