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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

TAT Honours Best Thai Tourist Guides

Thirty-nine Thai guides who have provided exemplary service to visitors were conferred awards at the bi-annual ceremony organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand on 27 September 2013, World Tourism Day.
The ceremony marking the 9th Thailand Tourism Awards was presided over by Mr. Somsak Pureesrisak, Minister of Tourism and Sports who also conferred the awards jointly with Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand. The gala event was attended by representatives of tourism operators, tourism associations, foundations and media.

Initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand since 1996, the Thailand Tourism Awards are held bi-annually. The winners are announced on World Tourism Day.

The awards are conferred on dedicated and professional tour guides to encourage them to aspire to high service standards as well as to encourage other tour guides to follow suit. They recognise the fact that tour guides are perhaps one of the most important points of contact for any visitor and play a critical role in helping promote a better understanding of a country’s culture and traditions and also create tourist’s confidence among Thai and foreign visitors.

Although most of the guides were in the English-speaking category, several guides proficient in Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Bahasa Indonesia were also among the recipients.

Said Mr. Somsak, “I would like to extend warmest congratulations to all the award-winners for their dedication and commitment as well my gratitude and thanks to the judging committee members for their time and effort. These awards will help Thailand remain a leader on the world tourism map, by ensuring that all our tourists and visitors, both domestic and foreign, get value for money and enjoy a high level of satisfaction.”

List of award receipts:

English Language

Miss Sirilak Kehtsoongnoen
Mr. Prawit Charoennuam
Mr. Weera Bumrungsee
Miss Thitima Phophairoj
Mr. Pongsak Intham
Mr. Thongdee Sangchan
Mrs. Thip-aphphorn Thepthewi
Mr. Kantabundhit Chantasakda
Mrs. Subhabhorn Yodyoi
Mr. Satawat Inthamara
Miss Sataporn Wanittawiwat
Mr. Songsak Nathumpala
Mr. Kantapong Thepsurin
Mr. Tithipat Jirachodsirikul
Miss Amornrat Patharattananon
Mr. Chart Chanatanaprayura
Miss Kidchanant Anurat
Mr. Kittipongsa Bunphuangsamrith
Miss Taweepan Sirisujin
Mr. Fungkiat Mahiphan
Mrs. Supannee Rittipairote
Miss Nattinee Kraitipsoontorn
Mr. Sakulwarit Phaosajja
Mr. Chawalit Duangtawee
Miss Sirinan Pavadhanan
Mr. Comson Klavilart
Miss Tuenchai Suvitrungrit

Chinese Language

Mr. Jumroen Pingpithayakul
Mr. Chaiwat Pingpitayakul
Miss Pornphen Pumaneechot
Miss Intira Saefoong

Italian Language Guides

Miss Rujathorn Anankanjanakij

Japanese Language

Miss Chuleeporn Suksabye
Mr. Boonsong Senla

Spanish Language

1. Mr. Saneh Yodkaew

Indonesian Language

Mr. Masukree Kueteh

Specific Area (Chiang Mai)

Mr. Nopphachartr Suwan

Specific Area (Samui Island, Surat Thani)

Ms. Natthakoon Srichan

Specific Area (Local Culture — Nakhon Sri Thammarat)

1. Miss Salinrat Khaimant

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