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ASTW Announce Thailand as Host Destination for 2018 Convention

September 1, 2017 Destination Thailand / Mekong No Comments Email Email

The Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) committee is thrilled to name Thailand as the host destination for the Society’s annual convention to be held in Bangkok on 16-19 August, 2018, with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as the major sponsor.

The announcement was made to members by Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing for Asia and the South Pacific, at the 2017 Convention held recently on the Sunshine Coast.

“In 2018, TAT will change its marketing angle slightly with a new concept of ‘Open to the New Shades of Thailand’. This will give more depth to the presentation of Thailand’s tourism, grow the business for grassroots tourism sector players, and enhance the country’s image as a land of amazing diversity worth discovering further,” said Mrs. Wanapinyosak.

“I cannot wait to welcome ASTW members next year to “Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand. I ask you to open your mind and be ready to immerse yourself in the million shades of Thailand.”

The 2018 ASTW Convention consists of a three-day program of events; including speaker sessions and workshops, the annual general meeting, and events culminating in the Awards of Excellence gala dinner.

A spectacular pre and post famil program is themed around “Unique Thai Local Experiences” and focuses on new attractions and activities. The selection of 11 itineraries is available to both media and PR members and comprehensively covers the country, from hillside villages to national parks and island retreats.

ASTW President, Danielle Lancaster said: “The announcement has generated such excitement among members. We last held our convention in Thailand 10 years ago and there are so many new stories to tell. Showcasing the destination to the ASTW’s influential group of media and PRs is a powerful way to share these stories.”

For more information about ASTW or to become a member, visit or contact Secretariat, Justine White, on

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