Surat Thani’s 1st mission
Thailand’s Surat Thani province made its India debut with its maiden mission to Mumbai and making a quick stop at its namesake Surat in Gujarat.
A19-member delegation from Thailand’s province of Surat Thani visited Mumbai recently as part of its maiden India mission to showcase its tourism products to the travel trade in Mumbai, including a presentation by the Chief of Koh Samui Tourism Coordination Centre. Leading the Thai delegation was Wongsiri Promchana, Governor, Surat Thani, who said, “Surat Thani and Surat have the same history and we want to bring travellers from Surat to our province to show them our destination.”
The roadshow was part of a larger mission by the Surat Thani Trade & Tourism Association that involved visiting Surat in Gujarat after an MoU was signed between the two cities last year. It is aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two cities in the spheres of tourism, and exchange of information on tourism and culture, apart trade and business. from
Speaking about the Thailand Travel Mart that will take place from June 8-10 in Chiang Mai, Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand - Mumbai, said, “We have received a good number of registrations from Indian travel agents this year. We also have 20 hosted agents from India coming for the travel mart. This year, we are moving from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Also since this is the first year of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) we will use Thailand as the gateway to the other neighboring countries. After TTM, the agents will get to visit neighboring countries like Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.”
The Surat Thani province boasts a host of attractions but is best known for its idyllic islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. These islands are also in the process of adding hotel rooms. Koh Samui alone will add 1,385 keys over the next three years across categories.