Thailand hosts huge Japanese fam trip

Thailand marked the 130th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with Japan by hosting a huge fam trip for members of the country’s travel trade and media.

The event saw 130 Japanese delegates invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thai Airways for a four-day trip to Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi. The visit included a trip to sites from World War II, including the JEATH War Museum.

“Thailand and Japan have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations for over a century. Also, Japan is one of Thailand’s top markets, contributing 1.43 million tourists last year. This fam trip will help deepen the understanding of our country through a specially-designed itinerary that highlights beautiful scenery, as well as cultural and historical sites of Thailand,” said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The mega fam trip took place from 21-24 June. Of the total 130 participants, 60 were from travel agencies and 70 were from media and PR organisations.

Thailand expects to welcome approximately 1.5m Japanese visitors in 2017, generating revenues of around THB65.4 billion (US$1.92bn).

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