7 Greens Concept’s triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012 cements the success of TAT’s Green Tourism

7 Greens Concept's triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012

7 Greens Concept’s triumph at the PATA Gold Awards 2012

It was yet another historic moment for Thailand as the country swept 3 big awards for 7 Greens Concepts, Cultural Destination and 2 Ecotourism attractions in Sukhothai.

Winners of the Pacific Asia Travel Association or PATA Gold Awards 2012 were announced Apr 21, 2012 at Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumper. The Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT won the Grand Awards in Environment for its 7 Greens Concept, which is a holistic approach to manage the environment that involves all parties from the attraction, operators, community down to the tourists themselves. In addition, the Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport and Banna Tonjan Community in Sri Sachanalai District, both in Sukhothai Province also won top prize in Environment-Ecotourism and Heritage and Culture respectively.

“The prestigious awards are honorable and pride of the country. They reflect international recognition of our effort to go green and a reconfirmation that we’re stepping toward to right direction” said Vilaiwan Thawitch-sri, TAT Deputy Governor for Product and Tourism Business upon collecting the awards.

7 Greens Concept has been implemented since 2008 with series of promotional activities, training and providing know-how to related agencies, operators and community and creating awareness among tourists. There are four pilot destinations for 7 Greens Concept namely Chiang Khan Loei Province, Pai Mae Hong Son Province, Nan and Samui Surat Thani Province.

The deputy governor further stated these awards will influence local operators as they show how important it is to address the issues of environment, heritage and culture or local way of life to strengthen the community and achieve sustainable tourism.

Two players from private sector also got recognized at this event. They are Banyan Tree Spa, Gold Award Winner for Education and Training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy and Media Trans Asia whose article “Can this be Paradise” in Travel & Leisure, USA won the award in Travel Journalism-Destination Article category.

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Kingdom to host Obama, Wen

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Thailand

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Thailand

Newly re-elected US president and outgoing Chinese PM to visit this month

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Thailand late this month to reaffirm their respective regional strategies after the political shake-ups in both Washington and Beijing, government and diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Obama, who was re-elected to the White House for a second term yesterday, will visit the Kingdom on November 18 and meet with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the day of his arrival.

Obama’s visit was scheduled before election day in the US, and officials confirmed the US president had insisted on the visit whether he was re-elected or not. As of yesterday, an official at Government House said his visit was still on, but details had not been finalised.

It remained unknown what issues Obama and Yingluck would discuss during the visit.

Yingluck yesterday congratulated Obama on his victory, saying her government would maintain its policies regarding the US and continue to cooperate with the White House.

The visit to Thailand of President Obama is one leg of his Asian visit, which will also take him to Phnom Penh for the East Asia Summit and related high-level meetings this month.

Washington has made a clear policy during Obama’s administration to boost its presence in Asia-Pacific as China’s influence grows in this part of the world. To establish a clear presence in the region, Washington has said it wants to increase its military’s role in natural-disaster management, proposing that it be allowed to use U-tapao airbase for that purpose. The idea has been intensively discussed on both sides of the political aisle here from time to time.

Meanwhile, Wen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on November 20 after his trip to the summit in Phnom Penh, a diplomatic source said.

Unlike Washington, Beijing has not yet completed the process of changing its leadership, with the incoming line-up due to be approved by the end of this month.

Bangkok the capital of Thailand

Chao Phraya River Night, Bangkok

Chao Phraya River Night, Bangkok

Bangkok (Thai: Krung Thep) is the capital of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife do not immediately give you a warm welcome — but don’t let your first impression mislead you. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

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The kingdom of Thailand

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Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

The country comprises 76 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognized as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions. Continue reading