Update 29 July 2022

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all keeping well. 

We’ve created this Trade EDM two years ago just after Covid started as means to keep you all updated on any policy changes. Since Thailand and Australia are opening with little to no covid restriction, I am stirring our communication focus to TAT Australia activities as well as Product/Destination Highlight.

What is happening in TAT Australia office? 

•             TAT Oceania Director, Khun Suladda Sarutilavan, finishes her 4-year term in Australia this week. We thank Khun Suladda for her wise leadership and guidance; especially her commitment and compassion through the two challenging pandemic years. We will miss you. Farewell and good luck in Chiang Mai! (She will be heading TAT Chiang Mai office)

•             Last week Khun Suladda and I travelled to Thailand to present Oceania market update to Thai hotels and tourism operators at the TAT Tourism Clinic events in Bangkok and Pattaya. There was so much enthusiasm from Thailand suppliers to promote and push for the Australian market. PS: It was fantastic to be able to travel to Thailand with no additional procedure, other than presenting our Covid vaccination certificate.

•             We are delighted to be able to give back through Koala Clancy Foundation. TAT Sydney team in partnership with Minor Hotel Group are aiming to plant over 1,000 trees in Victoria’s Mount Rothwell on National Tree Day (31 July 22). The goal is to restore habitat for Australia’s cutest icon, koalas. The event mirrors efforts in northern Thailand to restore jungle habitat for Thailand’s national icon, the elephant. You’ll see images and updates through our social media soon.

Destination Highlight – Pattaya

Many Aussie tourists do not realise they don’t need to take another domestic flight (out of Bangkok) to have a beach holiday. Pattaya is only 1.5-hour drive away Southeast of Bangkok. There is so much on offer, clean white sand, wide array of accommodation options, fresh seafood and restaurants, shopping, and night markets. You could base yourself near Pattaya Beach if you’d like to stay in the centre of town. For those who prefer a more laid-back and peaceful area, we recommend Wong Amat Beach (North) or Jomtien Beach (South), or even further south. 

Product Highlight – Grande Centre Point Space, Pattaya 

Brand new hotel about to have their Grand Opening on 1st August 2022. I must applaud their innovation and creativity; the whole structure is space themed. This will attract families, space enthusiasts and (I bet) many young-at-heart tourists. We love their 12,000 sqm water park (wave pool, slide and lazy river). Their indoor family playground is quite something; this independent structure is called Astro Club. This hotel also houses the biggest Let’s Relax Onsen & Spa in Thailand. We had the privilege to use The Space Convention Centre for our Mini Tourism Clinic; they have cutting-edge technology, fantastic for conferences . My personal favourite was the wireless mobile charger on top of their alarm clock in the hotel room – that’s a fantastic little touch makes a whole lot of difference for travellers.   

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