The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to spend Bt45 million on advertising in the coming high season, aimed at boosting both the international and domestic markets.

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TAT lines up bt45-million ad campaign in high season

Of the budget, TAT will spend Bt15 million to re-establish its global campaign on the global television channels BBC World and National Geographic to stimulate tourism in the final quarter this year and early next year.

The agency will also launch a Bt30-million cinema advertising campaign to lure high-end consumers in the domestic market.

“Starting in October, TAT will run a 30-second TV ad under the theme ‘Amazing Thailand, Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You’ on BBC and National Geographic,” said Prakit Piriyakiat, TATdeputy governor for marketing communications.

It will be the first time in many years the authority will have used global mass-TV channels to approach tourists all over the world.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today announced its promotional strategy for 2011 along with several initiatives designed for specific market segments. For next year, TAT will still use the highly successful “Amazing Thailand” theme. It will be enhanced with the new tag line “Always Amazes You” to reinforce the many aspects of “Thainess” that are so appealing to visitors from all over the world. Some 15.5 million international tourist arrivals will be targeted for 2011, generating approximate revenue of 600 billion Baht (18.5 billion USD.), an increase of 9 percent from last year and the domestic tourism sector expects to have 91 million trips with revenue of 432 billion Baht (13.3 billion USD.), a rise of 3 percent from last year.

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New markets continue to be targeted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, including attracting more regional tourists, as well as expanding others

The “Amazing Thailand” theme has gained worldwide recognition, as it built up the country’s strong brand and positioning as a destination that offers tremendous value-for-money, a unique culture, and a wide variety of experiences to visitors. This theme is being complemented by the “Always Amazes You” tag line to reinforce the concept of “Thainess” – that makes the Kingdom a truly exceptional destination and differentiates it from other countries, as well as have confidence in travelling to Thailand for their holidays and business meetings.

“For 2011, we will build on Thailand’s many traditional strengths as a preferred tourist destination by branching out into new market segments such as green and sustainable tourism,” said Mr Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. “We will also expand traditional channels into more online and social media activations, reaching the next generation of visitors who have a desire for more interesting and stimulating travel experiences.”

Outreach via traditional and social media channels

The TAT’s marketing campaigns for 2011 will be highly visible worldwide through traditional promotional channels including TV commercials and vignettes, print advertising, out-of-home media, brochures, and posters. There will also be an increased use of celebrity marketing, inviting popular actors, and sports figures to major events in Thailand, while also encouraging the movie industry to consider Thailand as a shooting location.

In the new media space, TAT will reach the younger demographic of travellers using social media; such as, an Amazing Thailand video channel on YouTube featuring short documentaries, more use of E-Books and E-Brochures, an iThai application to get Thai tourism updates on iPhone, and an Internet Call Centre that visitors can contact via computer. We will also build on the member network of the Thailand Fan Club that has already been established in our Europe and Middle East markets.

Positive signs for the tourism sector in 2011

There are many positive indicators of a promising year for Thai tourism in 2011. They include the stabilization of the Thai political situation, with foreign governments easing their travel warnings about Thailand. Recent surveys of tourists in Thailand showed there is still a very positive attitude towards Thailand, with them considering it a friendly, exciting, and welcoming place with a lot of variety.

Other positive indicators for the coming year include economies around Asia showing steady improvement, with countries such as India and Australia showing solid signs of growth. This is especially promising for short-haul markets such as India, China and Indonesia, which have large populations of potential visitors just a few hours away. The airline industry is also demonstrating its confidence in Thailand with new flights added from key markets; such as, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam to Thailand.

The “Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You” campaign will focus on specific activities that are popular with visitors from Asian markets. The value that Thailand offers to shoppers will be highlighted through the “Amazing Thailand Shopping Paradise” campaign. The foundation of this campaign is the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale,” which will see even more activities and special offers from participating department stores. TAT will more actively engage target markets through their local media and support for tour companies to sell holiday shopping packages.

There will be ongoing promotion of Thailand’s strength as a shopping destination. TAT will arrange for media familiarization visits to the country’s leading shopping areas. It will also work with major department stores to offer discount coupons to distribute to tourists and tour companies that offer shopping packages.

Given the popularity of golf among Asian visitors, TAT will also highlight Thailand’s hundreds of world-class golf courses. The “Amazing Thailand Golf Paradise” campaign will include the “Thailand Golf Invitation TAT 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament.” Marketing activities will include support for TV golf programmes, new promotional materials to highlight Thailand as a preferred golf destination, joint marketing, and support for “Golf Package” sales with tour companies and golf magazines; bringing leading golf columnists to Thailand so they can experience Thailand’s golf courses first hand, and inviting media to visit the Golf Travel Mart.

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