SOURCE: Tourism Authority of Thailand

November 24, 2009 03:01 ET

Thailand Welcomes North American Golfers to Their Premier Thailand Golf Courses and Luxury Hotels

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2009) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined forces with Golfasian and some of Thailand's most premier golf properties and hotels to form 'Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience.' This cooperative itinerary targets golfers in the United States and Canada, matching Thailand's top golf courses with its most desirable hotels at affordable prices.

Thailand golfers can play on lush courses, with breathtaking views of tranquil temples, white sandy beaches, or dense mountains, all in perfect year-round climate. "Golf resorts in Thailand have always been popular with fellow Asians. It's the top golf destination in Asia-Pacific, full stop," said Mark Siegel, President of Bangkok-based Golfasian. With 31 million American and Canadian golfers, 'Golf in a Kingdom: The Thai Golf Experience' ( sees an opportunity to increase golf travel bookings and persevere even in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

"We believe the Thai golf holiday experience benefits from the same bedrock values that have recommended Thailand to all travelers for years: quality and value," said TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing, Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa. Three of Thailand's golf courses were honored by the region's top golf publication, Asian Golf Monthly, at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Golf Summit held in October; the Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin was awarded "Best New Course in Asia-Pacific," the Plantation Course at Siam Country Club in Pattaya was awarded "Best Maintained Course in Asia-Pacific," and the Thai Country Club in Bangkok was awarded "Best Clubhouse in Asia-Pacific." All three recognized golf courses are among the premier golf options 'Golf in a Kingdom' offers at value prices. In addition to these accolades, Thailand was named the number two "Best-Value Destination" in the world by Lonely Planet in its "Best in Travel 2010" guide.

Beyond the superb golf courses, 'Golf in a Kingdom' also offers the newest and broadest collection of five star accommodations including Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, Anantara Phuket, Woodlands Hotel & Resort and Woodlands Suites in Pattaya, along with six other luxury properties in Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. 'Golf in a Kingdom' is hoping to see an increase in Thailand golf travel bookings this winter/holiday season, especially as these wet and cold months are the least ideal time for golf in the United States and Canada.

About the Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand was established in 1960 by the Royal Thai Government to be specifically responsible for tourism promotion. In 1965, TAT opened its first overseas office in New York. Since then, TAT has established 21 offices in different parts of the world including the Los Angeles office. TAT aims to provide the best Thailand traveling information to the public and media members as well as work closely with our travel partners to develop new deals and packages.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Name: Fontip Seeboonruang
    Tourism Authority of Thailand
    Email: Email Contact
    Phone: 323-461-9814