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USEFUL INFORMATION


Thai people love to party and there are festivals every year which range from the sporting to religious. Here are a few suggestions:


Si Sa Ket Dok Lam Duan Flower Festival & Four Tribes Annual


Surin – March 14-16, 2014


Si Sa Ket is the only province in the kingdom where large clusters of up to 50,000 of these trees and their intriguing cream-coloured fl owers, lum duan (White Cheesewood), come into bloom every March


Enlive Seakayak Championship Krabi – April 1-30, 2014


The SeaKayak competition is divided into three rounds: Surf Ski competition, Sea Kayak Boat Competition and Recreation Tandem Sit on Kayak boat, for both professionals and amateurs


Songkran Festival Nationwide – April 14-17, 2014


Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year celebration which is one big water fi ght! It's celebrated across the country


Top of the Gulf Regatta Pattaya – May 1-14, 2014


The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta takes place at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach


Pang Sida Butterfl y Watching Festival Sa Kaeo – May 1 - June 30, 2014


Discover more than 300 species of butterfl y at this demonstration by offi cers from Pang Sida National Park


Mini Garden Festival Bangkok – June 1-30, 2014


See many varieties of dwarf plants, plus a miniature garden contest to seek the most creative gardener


Phi Ta Khon Loei Province, Isan – June 27, 2014 Better known as the ghost festival, this is one of the


country's most colourful events. Men dress up as spirits in bright, colourful costumes and masks. Along with the costumes, there’s plenty of dancing and rejoicing


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Ubon Ratchatani Candle festival Rayong – June 26, 2014


Giant, elaborate candles are paraded through the town, each representing a local temple, district or institution


Crab Festival Bangkok – July 1-31, 2014


Try the fresh, tasty, and premium crabs from Bang Khun Thian plus exhibitions and cooking demonstrations


NAS Challenge Trang – Aug 1- 31, 2014


These off -road races are in a variety of categories such as buggy, open adventure and light core


4th Asian Beach Games 2014 Phuket – Nov 14-21, 2014


Multi-sport event held every two years by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)


Phuket King's Cup Regatta Phuket – Nov 30-Dec 6, 2014


The Phuket King's Cup Regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of the King of


Thailand and is still a popular sailing race held over one week every year


Festivals L fairs and events...


earn and sell! For travel agents who’d like to learn more about Thailand, there’s an array of help


available. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has long supported the trade and the current crop of roadshows and increased social media activity will have you selling the destination with even more confi dence. TAT recommends that agents particularly brush up on popular multi-centre itineraries which are diffi cult to book direct.


MULTIMEDIA HELP TAT already has a successful Thailand Reunited consumer Facebook page (Facebook.com/fanclubthailand). But it's now just launched trade-dedicated Facebook page ‘Sawasdee Club.’ This site works as a one-stop-shop, supplying useful statistics and links to online training, a multi-media library and YouTube TV channel (youtube. com/thailandreunited), with inspirational images and fi lms which can be shared with consumers. Brochures, maps, and posters can also be requested and there’ll be regular competitions. “Our Sawasdee Club Facebook page is the place to visit for anything you want to know about Thailand. If you go on a fam trip then please come and share your pictures and experiences of Thailand,” says TAT’s UK trade marketing manager, Chris Lee.


ROAD SHOWS TAT ROADSHOWS


London Gatwick Airport, Sofi tel March 18, 2014 Birmingham, Radisson Blu


March 19, 2014 FRIENDS OF THAILAND Club Roadshows 2014


The Friends of Thailand Club,


formed by TAT, has more than 70 UK members covering hotel companies, airlines and ground handlers serving


Thailand who have UK representation. Workshop-style evenings are combined with Thai food and a chance to win a holiday in Thailand.


Nottingham, April 2 Coventry, April 3


Southampton, May 21 Exeter, May 22


Belfast, June 24 Cork, June 25, Limerick, June 26


TRAVEL UNI Selling Long Haul’s publishers, BMI Publishing, run TAT’s Travel Uni training course. Modules cover getting to Thailand, things to do, niche markets, itineraries and more. “We’re delighted we’ve more than doubled the number of people taking the course every month. Look out for voucher incentives for completing the course, like a Thai meal for two,” says TAT's Chris Lee. Sign up at: training.tourismthailand.co.uk


Join the trade- dedicated Sawasdee Club Facebook page for links to inspiring videos and more useful info


You can also follow the Tourism Authority of Thailand on Twitter at #fanclubthailand and fi nd more useful destination information on the TAT’s website tourismthailand.co.uk


Fam trips for travel agents


Attending roadshows and taking the online training course puts you in line for Thailand educationals.


2013 roadshow attendees were among those lucky enough to win 40 places on a special multi-centre mega-fam at the end of November to celebrate Thai Airways’ 40 years serving London








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