The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched this year’s Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2017 campaign with the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling” on the “world’s longest shopping route” in Bangkok. The two-month campaign, formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grande Sale, is being held from June 1 to July 31, 2017.
H.E. Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul, Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports said, “The Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2017 will be introduced to shopping aficionados, both local and foreign visitors, through a series of special events in Bangkok and four other cities in Thailand’s Special Economic Zone. Now in its 19th year, the re-named Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise is bigger than ever, reflecting the huge popularity of Thailand as a destination for people who love great shopping, delicious food and unbeatable bargains.”
The opening event in Bangkok, which took place on June 2, celebrated the fact that Bangkok is home to the world’s longest shopping route, starting at the Siam Paragon shopping mall, and taking in the CentralWorld and EmQuartier shopping complexes.
Noppadon Pakprot, deputy governor for Tourism Products and Business said, “The Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2017 highlights seven types of products and services from 2,000 participating partners, including hotels and accommodation; transportation (airlines/yachts); dining; entertainment and theme parks; department stores and malls; health and wellness and beauty centres; jewellery and accessories shops, etc. They are offering promotions to encourage local and international visitors to shop, dine and travel domestically with discounts of up to 80 per cent on some products and services. ”
Special promotional events in four other Thai cities are expected to help boost the numbers of intra-ASEAN tourists and revenue as well as strengthen Thailand’s position as an ASEAN retail hub. The opening ceremony and event in Tak’s Mae Sot district (near Myanmar) will take place at the Robinson’s Department Store from June 30 to July 2. Over in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district (bordering Cambodia), there will be activities on June 16 to 17 at Syamindra Plaza. Finally, in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district, shopping fun and activities will take place from July 1 to 2 at Central Plaza Khon Kaen.
There are more special promotions and discounts on offer from credit card providers such as, VISA, Mastercard and UnionPay. Thailand-based airlines like Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Nok Air, Thai Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air are also offering special privileges during the two-month shopping and dining season. In addition, passengers travelling to Thailand with these airlines will get a BTS One-day pass and on-top discounts on food and souvenirs at participating shops and restaurants when showing their boarding passes. Hotel reservation site, Booking.com, is also taking part in the campaign by offering 15 per cent discounts for bookings in any three-to-five-star accommodation in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phuket or Hua Hin.
For more information and a list of participating businesses in the campaign visit: www.thailandshoppingdining.com or Facebook: Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise