The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set tocelebrate its 50th anniversary of promoting the "Land of Smiles" to visitorsfrom around the world this March with a roll out launch of 50 new tour packagesto discover the kingdom, as well as a program of special events to be held inthe capital Bangkok on March 23rd.Fifty new tour packages are set to be launched that have been especiallydesigned to limit environmental impact, while at the same time offer travellersnew and more meaningful experiences, highlighting such attractions as"Thainess", nature and community based experiences. Additionally, luxury,medical and wellness travel will also be heavily featured.In order to further spread the word of the new packages, media from around theworld, including 15 from the Gulf region alone, will be specially invited toattend a day of seminars in Bangkok on March 23rd to learn more about the newpackages directly. Following the seminars the hosted media will then be invitedto an exclusive evening reception attended by Thai government and non-governmentVIPs by the Grand Palace. Seminars will also be followed by a week ofdiscovering what value Thailand has to offer as a tourism destination.Since its inception on the 18th of March in 1960, the Tourism Authority ofThailand has been responsible for promoting the kingdom as a value for money,quality destination offering international visitors a multitude of attractionsand experiences best summarised by its "7 Wonders of Thailand" campaign thatincludes such facets as; Thainess, treasures, beaches, nature, wellness, trendsand festivals. Following 50 years of promoting Thailand to both Thai andinternational tourists to travel in and around Thailand, the Tourism Authorityof Thailand (TAT) currently operates 35 regional office within the kingdom, andfollowing from the opening of its first overseas office in New York in 1965,today operates a total of 22 overseas offices worldwide.The most recent TAT overseas office to open was the Dubai and Middle EastOffice, which was innaugrated in 2008, and is responsible for marketing andpromoting Thailand within the G.C.C., the Levant, Iraq and Iran.Says the Tourism Authority of Thailand Director for the Middle East, Mr. PramothSupyen; "TAT continues to develop its activities further afield worldwide andmake great efforts to ensure its position as a destination tourism leader ismaintained. With such a wealth of expertise and experience accumulated over thelast 50 years we remain committed to ensuring that all possible care is made forvisitors not only during their stay in Thailand, but also prior and after theirvisit."
As just one of the many promotions and activities conducted within the MiddleEast, TAT has created an online Thailand Fan Club social networking site,whereby various exclusive competitions are conducted, such as the current photocompetition, whereby members get to share memorable photographs taken while inThailand and vote on the most popular.