Thailand fair to promote northeast
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will kick off its annual promotions for 2011 by highlighting the unique products and services of Northeast Thailand, a culturally- and environmentally-rich region that is set to attract extensive investment and travel interest in the years to come.
The “Amazing I-San Fair 2011” will be held during 27-30 January 2011, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok. It will highlight the tremendous diversity of the northeastern region, as reflected in its art and culture, ancient traditions, local cuisine, indigenous crafts, folk music, song and dance, and traditional festivals.
The Fair will feature cultural presentations, live demonstrations, folk performances and exhibits designed to both entertain and educate visitors. The event is open free of charge for the public daily from 10.00 hrs. till 20.00 hrs.
TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “We are very pleased to start the New Year by raising the profile of the Northeast region amongst both foreign and domestic visitors. It is very much in line with the balanced strategy that we are pursuing to ensure that Northeast Thailand gets its fair share of visitors and narrows the gap with other popular beach and marine tourism destinations all along our coastlines.”
He said that it is also important to facilitate the recovery of the various Northeast destinations and businesses that were badly affected by the flooding late last year.
With the Asian Highway making strong progress, the roads and bridges linking Thailand with its neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion, especially Lao PDR and Cambodia, will further enhance the transportation infrastructure and boost the accessibity of the entire region, Mr Suraphon said.
“In addition to all the superb natural and cultural attractions, Northeast Thailand has also seen some wonderful new boutique hotels that are perfect for small, exclusive groups of travellers seeking to better explore this region, while staying in comfortable surroundings.”
New flight connections are also being established. For example, Thai AirAsia late last year inaugurated two entirely new routes linking Phuket to both Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani. Domestic airline Nok Air also provides daily flight connections to both Udon and Ubon as well as the provinces of Buriram, Nakhon Phanom, and Sakhon Nakhon.
The Fair is divided into 4 main zones