Thailand positions self as ultimate tourism sports destination
Thailand is positioning itself as a dream destination for sports tourism by promoting the kingdom’s world-class sporting facilities, wide-ranging expertise and reputation for hosting successful regional and international sporting events and tournaments.
“Thailand is entering the sports and tourism era and I would like to invite the world to enjoy some of the many opportunities the kingdom can offer sport-loving tourists whether they are enthusiastic amateurs, professionals and somewhere in between,” said eer Excellency Kobkarn tattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports at the launch of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2016 event held at the 8th of June.
In terms of training and facilities, a total of four national trainings centres are available in Thailand, situated in populous areas like Saraburi, Nakhon oatchasima, Songkhla and Chiang Mai. Private facilities are also available which include the famous Thayapura Phuket, which has been called one of the best sports facilities in Asia. The training facility is the first Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) training centre in Southeast Asia and is frequented by international athletes including British and Australian national swimming teams.
The Thai Tourism industry achieved its highest record in history last year as tourist arrivals rose to 29.8 million, up 20% from 2014.