Bangkok, 22 September, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting international media to a five-day fam trip to promote ASEAN Connectivity and travel between Myanmar, Thailand and Lao PDR. The trip links Bangkok with Mandalay, then Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang.

Scheduled from 22 to 26 September, the multi-destination trip intends to strengthen Thailand’s position as the gateway of ASEAN Connectivity by showcasing some of the best travel itineraries that combine the country’s prime tourism assets.

TAT promotes ASEAN connectivity with media fam trip linking Thailand with Myanmar and Lao PDR

The first day started with a direct flight from Bangkok to Mandalay, followed by a day of action-packed itinerary including a visit to Mingun Paya, an incomplete monument stupa that was intended to become the world’s largest pagoda

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “With the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community, we aim to promote ASEAN as a single tourist destination. These media trips and expected coverage, when combined with other promotions and initiatives will help boost awareness of the tourism connectivity for multi-destination itineraries in the greater Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT) region.”

According to the preliminary figures for2016, the international visitor arrivals to the ASEAN region totalled 116,113,271, an increase by 9.62 percent.  The tourism revenue in 2015 generated approximately 133 billion US Dollars, a growth of 12.1 percent over 2014.

The ASEAN Connectivity media fam trip highlights Thailand’s potential as the region’s primary aviation and tourism hub. As low-cost carriers add new flights around the region, this will help make these action-packed itineraries possible, demonstrating how air connectivity between secondary tourist destinations will help maximise the immense tourism potential.

At present, there are around 600 international flights per week operating their routes, departing Thailand to other destinations in the CLMVT. 299 flights…

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