The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 beckons

Posted on May 5, 2011


Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) cooperating with VISA credit card providers and tourism entrepreneurs are delighted to present “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011”

Enjoy discounts of 10-80% and many other privileges during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 at participating department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, Thai products, spa and massage, hospitals, as well as from leading airlines and online travel agencies. There are also discounts to be enjoyed at participating merchants at selected tourist attractions in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui.

In addition, the program has expanded the discounts and other privileges to new lifestyle areas such as flea markets, shopping & walking streets, which are unique to the Thai lifestyle for shopping and dining in the 7 target destinations.

The ‘Shopping Streets’ provide a convenient opportunity to spot great buys in an exotic range of unique crafts and cottage industry products, including exquisitely hand-crafted decorative items for home and living and fashion accessories, available in the traditional as well as contemporary design.

This year, along with the brand-name products which are popular purchase items, special attention is being paid to promote the sale of locally-made products; such as, handicrafts, apparel, decorations, and home-use products made under the umbrella of the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) scheme.

The OTOP scheme allows villages all over Thailand to specialise in making local products with the Royal Thai Government providing support for marketing, distribution and sales. The scheme contributes significantly towards job creation, and poverty alleviation in the provinces.

Popular retail and wholesale markets where OTOP and locally-made products are available include Chatuchak Market, J.J. Mall, MBK, Platinum, and others.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “Thai products are gaining a worldwide reputation for their creativity and design. They are our unique selling proposition and allow greater retention of foreign exchange. Of course, we are happy to see brand-name products proving popular among visitors, but it’s the locally-made products which contribute most to economic and social development policies.”

Also participating in the Grand Sale extravaganza this year are the King Power duty-free outlets, jewellery and accessories, golf courses, restaurants, and online travel agents. Local shopping streets will be organised in all the participating cities.

As is normal every year, shoppers will also get shopping discounts of up to 80 per cent on a broad range of products and services and up to 20 per cent off on food and beverage. They will have chance to win lucky-draw prizes and also avail of a month-long opportunity to become better acquainted with the Thai culture and lifestyles.

Those who book their travel plans in advance with participating tour operators and airlines in their respective countries will get additional benefits; such as, special discount card from leading retail outlets, discounted travel insurance, and Fast Track coupons to cut waiting times at airport immigration channels.

Mr Suraphon said, “Thailand is a shopping paradise for worldwide visitors, thanks to our value-for-money factor and extensive diversity of products and services. The Grand Sale is now in its 14th year and goes from strength to strength thanks to the cooperation of all the participating companies, organisations, and the support of our primary partner, VISA International.”

Posted in: Pattaya, Phuket