Muscat: In a bid to attract more Omani visitors to Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand hosted a road-show in Muscat on Thursday to highlight new destinations for leisure, eco, and medical travel.
Over 15 representatives of the Thai tourism industry, including resorts, parks and medical centres, as well as spokespeople from the Tourism Authority of Thailand gathered at the Crowne Plaza Muscat to meet with local travel agents and media. In addition to promoting their companies, they hoped to strengthen business ties with local partners in Oman.
"Thailand has much to offer to visitors, whether it be our unique cultural attractions, sandy white secluded beaches, mountain and nature adventures, urban sophistication and high-end shopping. Omani visitors to Thailand show a remarkable growth in arrivals at 74, 923 in 2013," said Pornchai Danvivathana, ambassador of Thailand to Oman.
Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations and is a top choice for Omani travellers. The Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes to attract even more visitors by promoting a wider variety of destinations and marketing the country as ideal for Muslims, families, couples or people seeking medical treatments.
"This year we expect 80,000 tourists from Oman. We want to promote green, agro-tourism, and medical and leisure tourism in the Omani market," said Chalermsak Suranant, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Dubai and Middle East Office.
Tanes Petsuwan, Tourism Authority of Thailand's Executive Director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, introduced options including Koh Chang, which is an ideal place to escape to and relax, Kanchanaburi, which has eco-tourism, and Ayutthaya, the historic Thai capital. He said that the political situation in Thailand has calmed down, so people shouldn't be concerned about visiting his country.
"The road show is an important event for us as it helps us build new relationships and strengthen our ties with our local friends and partners, . It is also a perfect time to give an update after the political situation happened in Bangkok to reassure the safety of all travellers and bring back their confidence in travelling back to Thailand," Petsuwan said.
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