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In a dazzling ceremony at the Impact Muang Thong Thani on Sunday night, 117 Thai enterprises were conferred the kingdom’s top tourism awards in recognition of their contribution to upgrading the quality, professionalism and service standards of Thailand’s largest foreign exchange generating economic sector.

Ranging from spas to homestays, community-based tourism associations to national parks and animal protection institutions, the winners of the Thailand Tourism Awards were specifically judged on the criteria of highlighting Thai culture, protecting the environment and contributing to society.

The vast majority of them, especially the hotels and tour operators, were small- and medium-sized enterprises, owned and operated by Thais. All of them were geographically distributed nationwide.

Hailing their commitment to exemplary standards in design, management and marketing, Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said, “Such award-winning products and services will go a long way towards upholding the “Thainess” concept as a source of competitive advantage in an ever-changing operating environment. The number of visitors we get every year is not important. Providing high quality services that keeps them coming back is more important.”

In a message to the Thai tourism industry, UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai congratulated TAT for holding the awards on World Tourism Day, the theme of which is “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”. He said, “This powerful global movement holds immense potential to contribute to job creation, environmental protection and multicultural peace and understanding.”

The UNWTO Secretary General added, “Thailand has the distinction of being one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, renowned for its vibrant cultural heritage and natural beauty. Tourism continues to be a driving force behind Thailand’s economic growth, inclusive development and the celebration of the country’s unique culture.”

In his statement, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated that the Awards would set a benchmark and encourage the entire Thai tourism industry to raise its standards. He pledged that TAT would give the Award winners, especially the SMEs, full support to raise their profile at international trade shows.

The Governor said, “The upcoming period of ASEAN integration will not only boost intra-ASEAN travel, but also require us to differentiate our products and services from each other. “Thainess” is Thailand’s answer to that challenge.”
This year, the judging criteria stressed the pursuit of “Thainess” including the management of tourism products that are environmentally friendly in line with the principles of His Majesty the King’s Sufficiency Economy, deliver innovative and creative marketing campaigns, particularly via social media, and value creation.

In line with the UNWTO’s principles of sustainability, the judging criteria required applicants to show how they were helping conserve the country’s natural resources, mitigate climate change, contribute to economic and social development, practice good governance and pursue innovation.

The full list of six award categories this year included:

1. Hall of Fame (7 Awards)
2. Tourism Support and Promotion Organisation (14 Awards)
3. Tourist Attractions (13 Awards of Excellence and 31 Outstanding Awards)
4. Tourist Accommodation (7 Awards of Excellence and 8 Outstanding Awards)
5. Health Tourism (9 Awards of Excellence, 10 Outstanding Awards)
6. Tour Program (6 Awards for Excellence and 12 Outstanding Awards)

Eastern Region Award of Excellence Suphattra Land
by: Suphattra Land
Central Region
Award of Excellence
Siam Niramit
by: Ratchada Niramit Co., Ltd.
Hall of Fame Tourist Attractions Agrotourism Attractions

Recreational Attractions
Northern Region
Award of Excellence
National Elephant Institute of Thailand
by: The National Elephant Institute of Thailand

Eastern Region
Award of Excellence
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden by: Nong Nooch Village Co., Ltd.
Southern Region Award of Excellence Sukko Cultural Spa
Health Tourism Day Spa
Destination Spa
Hotel/Resort Spa

Nationwide
Award of Excellence
Tao Garden Health Spa and Resort

Southern Region
Award of Excellence
Six Senses Spa (Six Senses Samui)

Thailand Tourism Awards 2015
1. Tourism Support and Promotion Organisations 1.1 Public Organisation
Central Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Collaborative Project in Supporting Environmental Conservation and Tourism Attraction Preservation
by: Samut Sakhon Science Centre for Education

Award of Outstanding Performance
Wiset Chai Chan Sub-district Municipality by: Wiset Chai Chan Sub-district Municipality
Northern Region Award of Excellence Nan a Lively Old Town by: Nan Municipality
Award of Outstanding Performance Loi Krathong Sai Festival
by: Tak Municipality

Award of Outstanding Performance
The Klangwiang Chiang Mai Museum Partnerships by: Chiang Mai City Municipality
Eastern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Office of the Pak Nam Prasae Sub-district Municipality, Rayong by: Office of the Pak Nam Prasae Sub-district Municipality
Northeastern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Ban Chiang Sub-district Municipality, the Organisation of Community-based Tourism Promotion and Development for Sustainable Integration
by: Ban Chiang Sub-district Municipality

Award of Outstanding Performance Phimai Wittaya School
by: Phimai Wittaya School

Southern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Krabi Provincial Administrative Organisation by: Krabi Provincial Administrative Organisation

Award of Outstanding Performance
Maejo University at Chumphon (University of Life)
by: Programme in Tourism Development, Maejo University at Chumphon
1.2 Private Organisations

Northern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Ho Watthanatham Nithat, Wat Si Khom Kham by: Wat Si Khom Kham
Award of Outstanding Performance
Wat Thai Samakkhi, Tak
by: The Village Committee of Wat Thai Samakkhi

Southern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance Community-based Tourism Network, Chumphon by: Community-based Tourism Network, Chumphon
Award of Outstanding Performance
Ao Luk Community-based Tourism Network Enterprise (Sustainable Tourism Network that Applies the Royal Philosophy as a Path to the Social Enterprise Management, Krabi)
by: Community-based Tourism Network Enterprise, Ao Luek Community

2. Tourist Attractions

2.1 Natural and Ecotourism Attractions

Northern Region

Award of Excellence
Doi Phu Kha National Park by: Doi Phu Kha National Park
Award of Outstanding Performance Khlong Lan National Park
by: Khlong Lan National Park

Award of Outstanding Performance Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
by: Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
Northeastern Region Award of Excellence Tat Ton National Park by: Tat Ton National Park

Award of Outstanding Performance Pha Taem National Park
by: Pha Taem National Park

Award of Outstanding Performance Phu Pha Thoep National Park
by: Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Southern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Tham Le Stegodon
by: Thung Wa Sub-district Administration Organisation

2.2 Historical and Cultural Attractions Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
by: Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
Northern Region

Awards of Outstanding Performance Chan Sen Museum
by: Chan Sen Museum

Awards of Outstanding Performance
Khum Chao Luang
by: Phrae Provincial Administration Organisation
Southern Region
Award of Outstanding Performance Phuket Old Town
by: Phuket City Municipality
2.3 Agrotourism Attractions
Central Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Suan Somdej Phra Sri Nagarindra Borommaratchachonnani, Chaipattana Foundation by: Suan Somdej Phra Sri Nagarindra Borommaratchachonnani, Chaipattana Foundation
Northern Region

Award of Excellence

Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang by: Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang
Award of Outstanding Performance Inthanon Royal Project
by: Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon
Award of Outstanding Performance
Organic Agriculture Project, Sukhothai Airport by: Organic Agriculture Project, Sukhothai Airport
Central Region Award of Excellence

Eastern Region Award of Excellence Suphattra Land
by: Suphattra Land
Award of Outstanding Performance Maiked Homestay
by: Head of the Maiked Homestay Group
Northeastern Region

Award of Excellence
P.B Valley Khao Yai Winery
by: B.B. Holding Company Limited (Branch 2)

Award of Outstanding Performance GranMonte Vineyard
by: GranMonte Vineyard
Southern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance Suan Sala Lung Than
by: Mr. Wichai Dumrueng

Award of Outstanding Performance
Thon-om, Sufficiency Economy Agrotourism Village by: Thon-om, Sufficiency Economy Agrotourism Village
Central Region Award of Excellence Sampran Riverside by: Sampran Riverside

Award of Excellence
Siam Niramit
by: Ratchada Niramit Co., Ltd.
2.4 Recreational Attractions

Award of Outstanding Performance
The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park by: The Sirindhorn International Environmental Park
Northern Region

Award of Excellence
National Elephant Institute of Thailand
by: The National Elephant Institute of Thailand

Award of Outstanding Performance Chiang Mai Night Safari
by: Chiang Mai Night Safari

Award of Outstanding Performance Thai Elephant Home
by: Thai Elephant Home
Eastern Region

Award of Excellence
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden by: Nong Nooch Village Co., Ltd.

Award of Outstanding Performance Ripley’s World Pattaya
by: Minor International Public Co., Ltd.
Award of Outstanding Performance Sanctuary of Truth
by: Sanctuary of Truth

Northeastern Region Award of Excellence Sirindhorn Museum by: Siridhorn Museum

Award of Outstanding Performance Khorat Fossil Museum
by: Khorat Fossil Museum
Award of Outstanding Performance Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
by: Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo

Southern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Nakhon Si Thammarat Science Centre for Education by: Nakhon Si Thammarat Science Centre for Education

Award of Outstanding Performance Flying Hanuman
by: Skytrek Adventure Co., Ltd.
2.5 Community-based Tourism Attractions Ban Bang Phlap Tourism-based Community
by: Ban Bang Phlap Community Tourist Centre

Award of Outstanding Performance
Baan Rim Klong Homestay Community Enterprise
by: The Baan Rim Klong Homestay Community Enterprise

Award of Outstanding Performance

Thai Raman Cultural Conservation Community by: Sangkhla Buri District Cultural Council
Northern Region

Award of Excellence
Baan Rai Kong King
by: Ban Rai Kong King Community

Award of Outstanding Performance
Phrabat Huai Tom Tourism-based Community by: Phrabat Huai Tom Tourism-based Community
Award of Outstanding Performance
Ban Huai Tong Ko Tourism-based Community by: Ban Huai Tong Ko Tourism-based Community
Eastern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community
by: The Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community
Central Region Award of Excellence

Northeastern Region
Award of Outstanding Performance

Ban Chiang Cultural Conservative Homestay Community by: Ban Chiang Cultural Conservative Homestay Community
Southern Region
Award of Outstanding Performance
Khlong Daen Buddhist Community
by: Research Unit of Environmental Management for Sustainable Development, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya

3. Tourist Accomodation
3.1 City Hotel (80 rooms and over)
Bangkok

Award of Excellence
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa

Award of Outstanding Performance Amari Watergate Bangkok
3.2 Resort Hotel (Less than 80 rooms)
Northern Region

Award of Excellence
Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai
Award of Outstanding Performance Nan Boutique Hotel
Award of Outstanding Performance The Legend Resort and Spa

Northeastern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance Phu Na Come Resort
Western Region

Award of Outstanding Performance Baan Talay Dao Hotel
3.3 Resort Hotel (80 rooms and over)
Eastern Region Award of Excellence Dusit Thani Pattaya
Award of Outstanding Performance Siam Bayshore Pattaya

Western Region

Award of Excellence
Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin
Southern Region on the West Coast Award of Excellence
JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa

Award of Outstanding Performance Ao Nang Villa Resort

Award of Outstanding Performance Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa

3.4 Pool Villa
Nationwide
Award of Excellence
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa
Eastern Region

Award of Excellence Royal Cliff Hotels Group
3.5 Convention Hotel

Central Region

Award of Excellence
Oasis Spa Bangkok, Sukhumvit 31

Northern Region Award of Excellence Oasis Spa Lanna

Award of Outstanding Performance
Rarinjinda Wellness Spa and Onsen Chiang Mai

Award of Outstanding Performance Cheeva Spa
Southern Region Award of Excellence Sukko Cultural Spa

4.2 Destination Spa
Nationwide

Award of Excellence
Tao Garden Health Spa and Resort

Award of Outstanding Performance
Banyan Tree Spa Phuket (Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary)
Award of Outstanding Performance

Kamalaya Koh Samui (Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa)
4.3 Hotel/Resort Spa
Central Region

Award of Excellence

Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok (Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok)
Award of Outstanding Performance So Spa (Sofitel So Bangkok)

4. Health Tourism 4.1 Day Spa

Award of Outstanding Performance
The Barai (Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Hotel)
Northern Region

Award of Excellence
Pan Viman Spa (Pan Viman Chiang Mai Spa Resort)
Eastern Region

Award of Excellence
Royal Garden Spa (Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa)
Southern Region

Award of Excellence
Six Senses Spa (Six Senses Samui)
Award of Outstanding Performance
Banyan Tree Spa Samui (Banyan Tree Samui)

Award of Outstanding Performance

In Balance Spa by Novotel Phuket Vintage Park
4.4 Thai Wisdom Spa
Northern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance Lanna Come Spa
Eastern Region

Award of Excellence
Abhaibhubejhr Training Centre Day Spa (Abhaibhubejhr Hospital)
Southern Region
Award of Outstanding Performance Wareerak Hot Spring Spa

5. Tour Programmes
5.1 Domestic Tour Programmes
Bangkok and Greater Bangkok

Award of Excellence
City of the King, Park of Siam, Nang Yai Shadow Play, Thai Yonok Way of Life, and Khu Bua’s Chok Cloth
by: Rattanabralee Company Limited
Award of Outstanding Performance

Follow King Taksin the Great’s Route of Regaining Independence by: NC Tour and Enterprise Company Limited
Northern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Tour Merng Tai (Community Based Cultural Exchange and Volunteer Trip) by: Tour Merng Tai
Northeastern Region

Award of Outstanding Performance
Legend of the Mekong Naga in the Local Ways of Life by: Wansai Tour Company

Award of Outstanding Performance
Sabaidi Route: Udon Thani – Nong Khai – Kayaking – Caving – Itaek Car Riding, Unseen Thailand
by: New Wave Travel Limited Partnership

Southern Region

Award of Excellence
Amazing Golden Dragon Beach, Satun, One-day Trip by: Satun V.I.P Travel Company
Award of Outstanding Performance Nhan Mod Dang Rafting
by: Nhan Mod Dang Rafting

Award of Outstanding Performance
Tour Khanom, Stay Overnight at Khanom, and See Pink Dolphins by: Khanom Fishing and Tour

5.2 Inbound Tour Programmes Bangkok and Greater Bangkok

Award of Excellence
Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
by: Asian Oasis Travel Company Limited

Award of Outstanding Performance Tourism for Researching and Learning by: AAE All Asia Exclusive Company
Award of Outstanding Performance Thailand Family Adventure

by: Intrepid Thailand Company Limited
Central Region

Award of Excellence
Phetchaburi – Cha-am – Hua Hin Tour
by: Kantawat Group Tour and Travel Company
Award of Outstanding Performance Ayutthaya Family Cycling and Cruise
by: Ayutthaya Boat and Travel Company Limited

Northern Region
Award of Excellence
Chiangmai Green Bike & Paddle
by: Chiangmai Adventure Company Limited

Award of Outstanding Performance Fly Fishing Project
by: N G River Guide
Southern Region

Award of Excellence
Explore Life, Culture, and Nature on the Andaman Coast by: Andaman Discoveries Company Limited

Award of Outstanding Performance
4 in 1 Half Day Safari
by: Siam Safari Nature Tours Company Limited

Award of Outstanding Performance
One-day Diving
by: Sea Bees Submarine Diving Club Company Limited

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