Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Tourism Authority of Thailand Launched “The Amazing Tastes of Thailand Festival 2016” in Bahrain

A Gastronomic Extravaganza Invites Foodies to Enjoy Thai Cuisines in Bahrain as well as Win Prizes
(Dubai, 6 September 2015) The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in partnership with Royal Thai Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, Gulf Air, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa and ITL World, held ‘The Amazing Tastes of Thailand Festival 2016’ launching event on 5 September, 2016 together with 12-participating restaurants across the kingdom of Bahrain. Throughout the Thai Food Festival, Bahrain residents and visitors will have the opportunity to avail several discounts and promotions from all participating Thai restaurants nationwide.
Speaking about the festival, H.E. Mr. Chayapan Bamrungphong, Ambassador, Royal Thai Embassy Manama, Bahrain: “We are thrilled to bring the Amazing Taste of Thailand Food Festival 2016 in the kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain and Thailand both share vision on preserving and promoting authentic culture and values. Through our cuisine, we are able to showcase our rich cultural traditions to both residents and visitors of Bahrain”
Tourism Authority of Thailand Director for the Middle East, Mr Chalermsak Suranant said, added: “For its sixth year, we have decided to celebrate The Amazing Taste of Thailand Food Festival 2016 in the kingdom of Bahrain.
The Amazing Taste of Thailand Food Festival 2016 is a great opportunity for Bahrain residents and visitors to enjoy the world-renowned Thai cuisine as well as win lots of fabulous prizes.”
The launching ceremony of the festival happened on Monday, 5th September 2016 at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa’s main ballroom. The venue was illuminated with floating buoyant decorations to celebrate the world renowned Loy Krathong festival which was annually celebrated in Thailand in November and known as the Festival of Lights.
“Loy Krathong Festival has a special significance for all Thais and is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to Thailand to witness a rare event full of Thai pomp and ceremony. I recommend those in the Middle East considering visiting Bangkok and other cities like Chiang Mai and beyond to plan their visit to coincide with the Loy Krathong festival, as this will no doubt provide a spectacular memory of authentic Thai festival that visitors are otherwise not able to ordinarily witness”, Mr. Suranant added.
Guests were entertained by live musical performances from Sbun-Nga. Additionally, a segment called ‘Celebrity Cooking Showdown” was held wherein two of Bahrain-based celebrities will battle for a live cooking face-off.
Mr. Suranant added, “While Thailand is amazing for so many reasons, such as pristine beaches and mountain landscapes, elephants, great shopping and nightlife, rejuvenating spas, ancient culture and delicious cuisine, at the root of all our offerings is the unique Thainess that comes from the people. With this event, we would like to show the world the natural hospitality, genuine warmness and friendly faces of Thais that are ready to welcome guests from around the world.”
One of the major sponsors of the event, Gulf Air, also commented: “Thailand is undoubtedly the top destination of choice for Bahrain locals and residents. People come to Thailand for their amazing beaches, culture and of course, food and this event is a great way to boost and further promote Thailand tourism in Bahrain.”
All 12 participating restaurants showcased their appetizing special dishes at the launching event on Monday, 5 September 2016, at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa. These include Honey Restaurant, Shada, Pong Thai, Thailand Gate restaurant, Tha Beach, Wang Thai, Aroi Dee, Erawan, Asia Classic, Banana Leaf, Chompoonuch and Thai Express. The promotion will run from 5th September until 5th October 2016. To avail a special 20% discount in select Thai restaurants in Bahrain, visitors must present a snap or capture a photo of Amazing Tastes of Thailand Fest 2016 banner which can be found from TAT website and TAT social media.
Additionally, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa will celebrate the Thai food festival from 6th– 13thSeptember 2016 by offering guests authentic Thai delicacies prepared by a renowned Thai chef flown directly from Sofitel Krabi.
Mr. Samy Boukhaled, General ManagerSofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallasa Sea & Spa, COMMENTED: “We are delighted to be part of this event and we are thrilled to offer residents and visitors of Bahrain to try the world famous Thai cuisine. We brought a chef from Sofitel Krabi to give our guests an authentic Thai food experience every time they dine in”
The event was also attended by partners from Bahrain travel industry including airline representatives, travel agents and media. Mr Chalermsak Suranant added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and friends for the continued support in making Thailand the leading outbound destination in the region.”