Tuesday, December 30, 2014



Thailand wins Best Asia-Pacific Destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards 2014

 Thailand recently won the “Best Asia-Pacific Destination” award and also received the runner-up title for “Best Worldwide Sun Destination” at the 23rd  Irish Travel Trade Awards 2014, which were held on 28 November at the Double Tree by Hilton in Dublin, and attended by about 300 industry professionals.

Thailand won the hearts of the Irish travel industry professionals in the Best Asia-Pacific Destination category, among five other nominees – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. 

In the Best Worldwide Sun Destination category, Mexico was named the winner and Thailand the runner-up, with other nominees in this award being Dubai, Spain and Turkey.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “It is a great honour to receive such awards voted by members of the trade and leading travel media in Ireland. These honours join numerous awards and accolades that Thailand and various Thai destinations as well as TAT have won this year, and reinforce a positive image of the country as a top tourist destination.”


The alms giving ceremony is one of the most sacred Buddhist traditions of the people of Sangkhlaburi in Kanchanaburi province. (Picture by Pongchai Moolsarn, an entrant of the TAT Newsroom Contest 2014)

The annual Irish Travel Trade Awards recognised the best and the brightest organisations in seven categories – airlines, land transport, tour operators, all companies, destinations, sea transport and travel agency services. 

The 23rd edition of the Awards was conducted online by Grant Thornton between October and November 2014.

The Irish Travel Trade News is the only comprehensive and dedicated trade-only travel industry media published in Ireland, North and South, and has been serving this industry for over 48 years. 

The publication has a controlled circulation of 2,200 and estimated readership of over 8,000, including all travel professionals throughout the island of Ireland as well as specialist tour operators in the UK, Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific.

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