Thailand was awarded “The World’s Best Country 2011” and “The World’s Best Wedding Destination 2011” from Travel & Leisure Magazine (India & South Asia.)
The Travel & Leisure Magazine awards ceremony was held on 17 February 2012 at ITC – Maurya Sheraton hotel, New Delhi, India. Mr. Prakit Piriyakiet, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand, was the recipient of the awards. The country has been chosen based on an online survey of Indian travelers who travel throughout the world. Accepting the award, Mr Prakit Piriyakiet said, “We are very happy that many Indian travellers consider Thailand to be the best country for their holidays as well as for tying the knot. Our thanks to all the readers who voted for us. This award belongs to the entire Thai travel and tourism industry for making Thailand such a wonderful destination for Indian visitors.”
Thailand was the first National Tourism Organization in India to promote the country as an ideal dream-wedding destination. The trend started about 10 years ago and it continues to grow very strongly.
In recent years, Thailand has become increasingly popular among Indian wedding couples and honeymooners. Over 100 couples from India get married in Thailand every year and Tourism Authority of Thailand continues to support and promote the different locations of Thailand such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Krabi.
Many Indian couples are tying the knot in a land renowned for the elegance, grace and style, following customs and ceremonies with rich roots in Buddhist culture. Thailand provides a picturesque setting for any kind of wedding themes. Thailand has also gained popularity in this segment due to the Thai hospitality, Thai Food, Proximity to India, Options of world-class hotels and resorts at a very reasonable cost. The secluded, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for honeymoons.
Thailand wins the “Most Popular Wedding Destination Award 2012” at the 8th annual “Hospitality India & Explore The World Awards 2012 held at Ashok Hotel on 21st November 2012. Over 1,000 people representing the tourism, travel and hospitality sector including the presidents and executive committee members of high profile travel trade association of India attended the awards and travel trade fair.
The global accolade, Instituted by Hospitality India (DLK Group) every year, have been conceived to promote and honor the brains behind inclusive development of travel, tourism and hospitality sector.
This award reconfirms the certainty that a dream wedding will turn to a reality in Thailand. What makes Thailand unique for weddings is the warm hospitality, proximity to India, world-class hotels, choice of cuisines and value for money and “Can Do” mind set.
Destination Weddings in Thailand from India are on the rise, as are other celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties and family reunions, etc. Over 100 large-scale weddings ranging from 200 to 800 people are organized in Thailand every year and this trend continues to grow.
New Delhi, November 29th, 2012: Thailand was the recipient of “Favourite Country” at the Readers Travel Awards 2012 by Conde Nast Traveller. The event honours the best in the travel and tourism industries.
The prestigious and highly reputed award ceremony was held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, on the 29th of November, 2012. Conde Nast Traveller was launched more than 25 years ago in the US and now has several international editions all over the world.