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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Khon, traditional Thai mask dance

Khon traditional Thai mask dance

Khon traditional Thai mask dance

Khon, traditional Thai mask dance performed solely in the royal court, will take the stage at Thailand Cultural Centre’s main hall from November 2 to 30. The Royal Khon Production will perform “Ramayana: The Building of the Causeway“, in which Rama leads his monkey army to the shore opposite the city of Thossakan the demon king. Rama must to build a causeway, but his monkey knights Hanuman and Nilaphat quarrel, and Thossakan sends his mermaid daughter Suphanna Matcha to destroy the causeway.

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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