Thailand plans to establish itself as Sports Tourism hub in Asia


Thailand plans to establish itself as a dream destination for sports tourism in the Asian continent. It has unveiled its plans of doing so by promoting the world class sporting facilities, wide-ranging expertise, and reputation for hosting successful regional and international sporting events and tournaments.

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At the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-Region 2016, H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports has unveiled their plans to turn Thailand into a sporting hub to the delegates attended.

H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said that, “Thailand is entering the sports and tourism era, and I would like to invite the world to enjoy some of the many opportunities the kingdom can offer sport-loving tourists – whether you are enthusiastic amateurs, professionals or somewhere in between. Sports can give people a new way to enjoy and experience Thailand – playing games of golf or football with friends, taking in the scenery while cycling or running or meeting, and competing with Thai people at any of our gyms and sports centres.”

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H.E. Kobkarn also added that, “Thai people have always been crazy about sports, but now we want Thailand to be seen as a centre of sports excellence too, and for people to come here to develop their skills and enjoy their favourite sports, on land and in the water. With our outdoor lifestyles and range of destinations, we have the potential to be a magnet for sportsmen and women.”

The Royal Thai Government, with the support of the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand intends to provide sports facilities such as 5,000 boxing rings, many with Muay Thai training centres, over 50 diving clubs, and an increasing network of urban and rural cycling lanes. It is of their opinion that sports such as Golf are already attaracting many tourists into the country with over 300 world class golf courses. Now with these intentions stated above in order to make the Thailand as Asia’s hub for the sports tourism, it forms as the basis in order to achieve the stated goal.