Thailand Tourism Authority holds Bangkok event to attract more expats

Published:  20 Sep at 6 PM
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The Expat 2016 fair is due to take place in Bangkok on October 1 and 2, aimed at attracting more expats as well as wealthy tourists.

The Tourist Authority of Thailand, (TAT), better known for its imaginative predictions of massive increases in tourist numbers, is holding a two-day event in Bangkok aimed at attracting more long-stay expats as well as more wealthy tourists. The event, known as Expat 2016, is the first such to be held within the country and will also target foreign workers considering jobs in the Kingdom.

It’s believed more than 1.5 million expats are living, retiring or working in Thailand, and the country’s tourist authority seems to be wanting even more. One reason seems to be that those who do make the decision to live in the kingdom may be able to persuade their elite friends to join them, if even for just a holiday.

Promoting the country’s attractions for expats at a press conference yesterday were social commentator and language teacher Andrew Biggs and singer Jonas Anderson, and the fair itself will feature performances involving traditional Thai culture as well as traditional Thai arts and culinary treats. It’s also advertising the ‘excellent cooperation and spirit’ found between foreign workers and their Thai employers.The fair’s theme is reported to be ‘Food, Fun, Fair’ and will be held at Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road’s Fragrant Park venue.

According to TAT Deputy Governor Sugree Sithivaich, the kingdom is fast becoming multinational as it welcomes even more expats from all over the world arriving to set up homes and work. Exhibits will encourage new arrivals to travel within the country, thus helping to boost domestic tourism. International as well as local cuisines will be on offer, and talks about the joys of living in Amazing Thailand are also on the agenda.

It’s to be hoped that all foreign visitors to the fair are carrying their passports with them as required by law, and that representatives from Thailand’s immigration bureau are on hand to explain the ever-changing visa and work permit requirements known to confuse new arrivals in the Land of Smiles. Those attempting to give up smoking via the use of e-cigarettes should take note that a jail sentence now awaits those who're caught using them.
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