VOL: 46 JULY - AUGUST 2017



In some exciting Thailand tourism news, Thailand has performed exceptionally well in the 2017 edition of the SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel Poll, with Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui and Hua Hin all being named among the ‘Top 10 Holiday Destinations’ for Asia.

For Bangkok, Phuket and Ko Samui, this represents a sustained presence among the annual survey’s top echelon of holiday spots around the region, all three destinations having made 2016’s Top 10 list as well.

The Smart Travel Asia Best in Travel Poll 2017 also placed Bangkok and Phuket among the ‘Top 10 Cities for Meetings’ in Asia.

Thai Airways International (THAI) and Bangkok Airways each earned spots on both the ‘Top 10 Airlines Worldwide’ and ‘Top 10 Airlines, Cabin Service Worldwide’ lists. THAI, the national flag carrier, also secured a place on the ‘Top 10 Airlines, Business Class Worldwide’ ranking, while yet a third Thai airline – Nok Air – was listed among the ‘Top 10 Budget Airlines’ for Asia.

For Bangkok Airways, there was a further honour, with its airport on Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand being named among the ‘Top 10 Airports’ Worldwide.

On the accommodation scene, Thailand’s Centara Hotels and Resorts was named among the ‘Top 10 Hotel Brands’ for Asia, while the listings for the ‘Top 10 Boutique Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Business Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Conference Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Spa Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Leisure Hotels’ Asia and ‘Top 25 Family Hotels’ Asia all featured one or more hotel or resort from around Thailand.

Mr.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the awards for Thailand achieved in the Smart Travel Asia Best in Travel Poll 2017. Collectively, the various tourism-related businesses from Thailand that were named in this year’s poll rankings accounted for nearly 70 of the over 200 places up for grabs across the various poll categories. And that is great recognition and exposure for Thailand as a leading tourism destination.”

The SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel Poll is an independent, free and fair survey voted by the online magazine’s readers of which there are over 1.2 million worldwide.

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