Thailand Latest Feature Feed from 2014-09-29 to 2014-10-01 Latest Feature2003-2007 Tourism Authority of ThailandTAT_RSS Generator Latest Feature Thailand15099Get closer to ThailandTATBanner, 01 Oct 2014Digital Innovation Asia announces winners for the 2nd DIA Awards<p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/dia(1)(1).jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 158px;" /></p> <p> Bangkok, Thailand &ndash; September 3rd, 2014: After the DIA E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp in Bangkok, Thailand, Digital Innovation Asia announced the winners and runner ups in each of the five categories, as well as presented the Top 5 Digital Innovators.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Both the DIA E-Tourism Asia Boot-Camp, as well as the DIA Awards was free to attend for registered attendees, due to the generous sponsorship by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thailand Convention &amp; Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and Digital Innovation Asia (DIA), as well as the support of many partners from travel trade media and the tourism industry.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp</p> <div> Staged in the unique Mansion RCA venue, the E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp engaged the audience from the hotels, tourist boards, start-ups, tour operators, and bloggers with multi-media and action-oriented content from organizations. Kicked off by outgoing CEO of Easy Taxi Thailand, Felipe Kasinsky, who presented a personal perspective of &ldquo;lessons learned as a serial entrepreneur&rdquo;, Rani Francois-Marie Saad, VP of travel tech firm Abacus presented on the importance of mobile in the tourism industry, and Michael Chin, VP Asia of ReviewPro highlighted critical steps in managing reputation online.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Sarita Chintakanond, Director of Information Technology of the Thailand Convention &amp; Exhibition Bureau presented successful digital case studies to market the MICE industries via social media and bloggers. Hraben Suknaic, CEO of Star Digital Europe and former head of Google Travel in South Eastern Europe made a case to reach affluent and online savvy European travelers via digital versus just via tour operators. Arguing that in a fragmented Europe with 750 million people in 50 countries, affluent European that want to experience Asia in an authentic way use social media and digital marketing to plan their trip.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A panel looking at the power of loyalty featured views from Michael Nurbatlian, Social Media Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok and Eric Hallin, GM of the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, as well as a perspective from the airline industry in contrast debated by Bruce Sweigert from Amadeus. &nbsp;Alex Rayner of engaged the real practioners of online marketing at the operations level in a debate what works, what doesn&rsquo;t, and what the opportunities and challenges are, when it comes to leveraging digital.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Olivier Dombey, Managing Director of Digital Innovation Asia commented when asked about the unique recipe of DIA boot-camps: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about unique venues that let people forget the day-to-day and immerse themselves in interactive discussions and debates, as well as action-oriented content that people can take back to the office and use for their day-to-day business. With a mandate to help develop digital capacity in emerging destinations across Asia, DIA is working with national and regional tourism destinations to bring the E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp to other countries in Asia.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Following the Blogger Matchup Forum in June, where DIA brought over 20 bloggers to Thailand to connect with the travel industry in Thailand to tell the story about Thailand being a safe destination even during the political situation, the overall theme of the E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp focused on story-telling. &nbsp;Featuring some of the best destination films produced by travelers, the event finished with an interactive panel moderated by DIA Founder and Executive Director of Mekong Tourism (MTCO) Jens Thraenhart, debating how story-telling can inspire travelers. Yingrekha Langulasena, Director of Digital Marketing for South East Asia for Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts explained some of the reasons why social media channels and content creation from guests is so critical in their Starwood&rsquo;s overall marketing mix, regardless of the diversity of its brands. Simon Philipp, CEO of Expique, a new and boutique provider of unique tours in Bangkok, explained how he has successfully leveraged bloggers to gain new customers. Sonam Dorje, CEO of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), remarked that for a country like Bhutan that is mystical in nature, story-telling is part of its culture for many generations; having the few tourists, compared to destinations like Thailand, that have the privilege of visiting the Kingdom, share their unique Bhutan experience from their perspective creates a powerful exclusivity and a collection of individual stories that inspires people to want to visit.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2nd DIA Awards</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Following the E-Tourism Asia Boot Camp, Digital Innovation Asia presented the winners of the 2nd DIA Awards, recognizing the most innovative, creative, and performance-driven e-tourism initiatives in Asia. &nbsp;These awards were created in recognition of the growth and marketing power of Social Media and Mobile, adding a unique spin to the Awards competition as a whole. In addition to showcasing great mobile apps, campaigns, and innovations, as well as social media efforts in China, DIA also awards bloggers for great story-telling with the Blogger Matchup Award. The Digital Aid Award recognizes the most socially responsible digital initiative in an effort to drive sustainable tourism practices by leveraging digital, social, and mobile. For the first time this year, the Top 5 Digital Innovators in Asia were honored as well, recognizing the passion and dedication to push innovation by individuals. Judged by experts in travel technology, digital, media, and online startups from all over the world, many outstanding nominations were received, which are a testament of the digital innovation that we are experiencing across Asia Pacific.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Last year&rsquo;s DIA Awards winners included the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Malaysia, Air New Zealand, e-Visa Cambodia (joint project by CINET Technologies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cambodia). According to Jens Thraenhart, Founder and Chairman of Digital Innovation Asia, &ldquo;The DIA Awards are an important component of the mandate of Digital Innovation Asia to help build digital capacity in the Asia Pacific region to showcase innovation in order to inspire others.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> DIGITAL INNOVATION ASIA AWARD: MOST IMPACTFUL DIGITAL INNOVATION</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This award recognizes online travel ventures that have leveraged technology in innovative ways in order to develop tourism, enhance the travel experience, improve guest services, and drive consumer engagement.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/winner2.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 177px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> E-TOURISM CHINA AWARD: MOST RELEVANT CHINESE DIGITAL PRESENCE:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This award recognizes the most relevant mandarin-language website, most creative use of Mainland China social media, or most impactful campaign, marketing to Chinese consumers.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/winner3.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 179px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> DIGITAL AID ASIA AWARD: MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL INITIATIVE:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This award recognizes the most impactful and creative campaign, venture, or initiative in promoting and stimulating responsible and sustainable tourism development in Asia Pacific, as well as social and community-based tourism practices, and engaging consumers in being more conscious travelers.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/winner4.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 177px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;BLOGGER MTCHUP AWARD: MOST CAPTIVATING DIGITAL STORY TELLING:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This award recognizes the most riveting digitally published storytelling piece, from blog post, video, photo, review, and audio, discovering new and exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/winner5.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 227px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> THE TOP 5 DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN ASIA:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Top 5 Digital Innovator Award recognizes outstanding individuals that have showed innovation, creativity, leadership, and commercial impact, as well as achievements in challenging situations. The Top 5 Digital Innovators are our annual hot list of leaders that have truly raised the bar for the travel and tourism industry in Asia Pacific when it comes to digital innovation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/winner6.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 113px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> ABOUT: Digital Innovation Asia (DIA), an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is committed to being a catalyst for digital capacity development in Asia Pacific travel and tourism, in order for tourism to develop in a responsible way, and alleviate poverty. The rise of Internet technologies, mobile, and social media can enable small and medium travel and tourism enterprises to compete globally. DIA hosts unique and innovative events where Blogger Matchup allows travel and tourism brands to get connected to top influential bloggers from all over the world, while the E-Tourism Asia and E-Tourism China Boot-Camp offers hands-on practical knowledge in the areas of social, mobile, and China digital marketing, and the Digital Aid Forum debates how technology can help with responsible tourism development. &nbsp;DIA is endorsed by PATA, ASEAN, Mekong Tourism, and various other national and regional tourism organizations in the region, as well as industry associations, and supported by media partners including 4Hoteliers, Travel Daily Media, eGlobal Travel Media,, TTR Weekly,, Travel Mole, and Bangkok 101. More information can be found at <a href=""></a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/DIA.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/IMG_9562_1.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/IMG_9611_1.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" /></div> nattanichWhat's new, 08 Sep 2014Slow Travel Thailand<p> Taking time to enjoy what travel offers</p> <p> Once we step outside Bangkok and the modern speed of city life, we experience the real Thailand, the land of smiles. The Thai way of life is slow in origin; we live slowly in accordance with the time and with the seasons, the true speed of life.</p> <p> The local community and its rich heritage is what creates values in slow visit. Slow travel tunes the time of human action and the ecology with the rhythm of nature, where eco-resorts and local homestays play a major role in creating slow destinations. Thailand has the potential in being one of the main players in slow destination, where people from all over the world come and slow down, having a chance to enjoy life&#39;s wonder in a slow and magical way. In order to appreciate life itself, it is necessary to slow down and take your time.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/image/slow_travel.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 636px" /></p> <p> <a href="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/file/special-slow-travel.pdf">Download E-Book Here</a></p> TATFeatures, 01 Oct 2014A Trip of a lifetime<p> Longstay in Thailand</p> <p> &nbsp;There&#39;s one thing you&#39;ll never need to worry about in Thailand: finding wonderful and fascinating new places to visit. Even if you&#39;re current job description needs &quot;traveling Thailand,&quot; and you&#39;re been doing it for years, you&#39;ll eventually come to realize that going everywhere, and seeing everything, in this amazingly diverse Kingdom is simply impossible.</p> <p> At some point, however, you realize: I&#39;m not ticking places off my list anymore! I am simply traveling from place to place, learning more and more, and enjoying it more each passing day. You aer no longer a tourist. After your long journey, you now feel comfortable in Thailand, and appreciate the full character and charm of the Kingdom.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/image/trip_of_lifetime.jpg" /></p> <p> <a href="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/file/trip-of-lifetime.pdf">Download E-Book Here</a></p> TATFeatures, 01 Oct 2014Thailand A Night Delight<p> Many parts of Thailand do not come alive until after sunset. Whether for dining, dancing, drinking or even browsing the night merkets, the country has something to suit absolutely every taste.</p> <p> Thai food is legendary but you have to actually visit Thailand itself to truly sample it and eating is something which the Thai people like to do slowly and in some style.</p> <p> There are also plenty of international restuarants as well as street stalls serving tasty morsels. Anyone who likes to listen to live music or dance the night away will discover that Thailand&#39;s appeal lasts long after it&#39;s sun has set.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/image/night_delight.jpg" /></p> <p> <a href="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/file/night-delight.pdf">Download E-Book Here</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p>TATFeatures, 01 Oct 2014