Thailand scooped up a cabinet of trophies at this year's TTG Asia Pacific Travel Awards, including the Destination of the Year 2013 for the second year running.Â
It was actually the fifth time Thailand had won the title, after receiving the honour in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2012. In addition to this award, a selection of twelve other tourism-based organisations picked up awards at the TTG Travel Awards 2013 Ceremony, which took place in Bangkok in early October.
The prestigious awards ceremony is organised by TTG Asia Media's Travel Trade Publishing Group, and has been dedicated to recognising the cream of the crop of Asia-Pacific's travel industry since 1989. The four main categories that make up the awards event are Best Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame.Â
The Outstanding Achievement category is a non-voting category with winners selected by TTG's editors, while awards in the other three categories, are allocated based on 120,000 votes cast between May and August by TTG's print and online subscribers.Â
Other awards granted to Thai businesses and organisations included Best Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Best South-East Asian Airline, Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel and Best Travel Agency.
All these awards are testimony to the fact that the continuous efforts being made by the Thai tourism industry to strive for higher standards are delivering results, said Suraphon Svetasreni, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. In this age of high competitiveness, the only way we can continue to stand out from the crowd is by seeking to ensure value for money, memorable experiences and product differentiation.
In the Travel Supplier Category, Thai Airways International were recognised for their achievements in the region alongside Air Canada, Finnair, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air China, Quantas Airways and Air Asia. Other countries recognised for their tourism and hospitality services included Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.Â