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The emblem of the BMA represents a figure from Thai mythology, Phra Indra, the keeper of Amara-wadee, carrying his three-bladed weapon and seated atop a white elephant, whose four ivory tusks denote celestial status. The emblem symbolizes that the Governor of Bangkok, like Phra Indra, heads the capital and provides leadership to further the welfare of the city’s residents. The BMA emblem was first used during the term of office of Bangkok’s first Governor, General, Chao Phraya Ramarakop (1937-1938). The BMA emblem can be seen on BMA vehicles, at the site of public works and improvement programs, and wherever it is serving the public through numerous and varied activities. It is Bangkok’s‘Symbol of Service. “Bangkok” or “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” was established as the capital city of Thailand in 1782, the year King Rama I ascended the throne. During the reign of King Rama V, the territorial administration of the country was reformed between 1894-1906 into a number of areas called “Monthon”. Bangkok was in Monthon Krung Thep, which was under the Ministry of Urban Affairs. In 1922, the Ministry of Urban Affairs was merged with the Ministry of Interior. The administration of Bangkok, under a modified Monthon system, was carried on until 1932. In 1933, two Acts were legislated and affected the administration of Bangkok: The Thai Administration Act and the Municipal Government Act. Under these acts, Bangkok became a province call Krung Thep province. On the 21st December 1971, National Executive Council Order Number 24 was proclaimed which merged Krung Thep province and Thon Buri province into a single province called the “Krung Thep and Thon Buri Metropolis. “ At the same time, National Executive Council Order Number 25 merged the Bangkok Municipality and The Thon Buri Municipality into the “Metropolitan City Municipality.” In 1972, National Executive Council Order Number 335 reorganized the form of local government in the metropolis by amalgamating the activities of the Metropolis of Krung Thep and Thon Buri, The Krung Thep and Thon Buri Provincial Administrations, the Metropolitan City Municipality and Sanitation Administration into the “Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).” In December 1981, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Act 1975 was amended. The amendment stipulated that Governor and Deputy Governors of the BMA should be appointed by the Minister of Interior until the new Act of the BMA came into effect. On the 31st of August 1985, the new Act of the BMA came into effect. According to the Act, the Governor is elected by popular vote and four Deputy Governors are appointed by the Governor for a four-year term. The Bangkok Metropolitan Council comprises elected members. The number Council members depends on the population of Bangkok. At the District level, District Council is also elected and its members will be at least 7 depending on population in the District. The Bangkok Metropolitan Council and District Council, each has a four-year term. For more information about Bangkok : http://www.bangkok.go.th/
Established by Royal Decree in 2002, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (also known as TCEB) is a public organization tasked with promoting and developing business events in Thailand. Since 2004, TCEB has worked toward establishing Thailand as Asia's premier business events destination, by providing flexible, service-oriented support to meeting-goers, incentives winners, convention attendees and exhibition participants.
TCEB is your partner in all aspects of your business trip to Thailand – what happens inside the venue is just the beginning. We're dedicated not only to facilitating world-class business events, but to making business travelers aware of the Kingdom's remarkable array of destinations, activities and attractions. Partner with us today to learn what millions of businesspeople already know: That Thailand is the most pleasurable place in the world to do business.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established on the 18th March 1960. TAT was the first organization in Thailand to be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism.
TAT supplies information and data on tourist areas to the public, publicizes Thailand with the intention of encouraging both Thai and international tourists to travel in and around Thailand, conducts studies to set development plans for tourist destinations, and co-operates with and supports the production and development of personnel in the field of tourism.
Since the inception of the first local office of TAT in Chiang Mai in 1968, there are now 35 regional offices throughout Thailand. TAT has also established many overseas offices the first being in New York, which was opened in 1965. During the past 30 years, TAT has since established 15 more offices in different parts of the world.
True Corporation Plc is Thailand’s convergence lifestyle leader, offering an unrivalled selection of integrated communications services and solutions. True’s business operations encompass five areas as follows:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today a four-star airline with a fleet of 290 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 277 cities around the world. One of the fastest growing airlines, it has received several “Passenger Choice Awards” from Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). In 2015, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Europe’ s Best Airline " for the fifth and awarded “Best Airline in Southern Europe ” for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the Skytrax survey. Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (110 countries over five continents) according to UMB’s Official Airline Guide. In 2013, Turkish Airlines, was named “Best Airline in Europe” by Skytrax. A winner of the “World’s Best Economy Class On-Board Catering” award, Turkish Airlines was also the recipient of the Skytrax “Best Business Class Catering” award in 2013. The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the “Passengers Choice Awards,” for the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Skytrax named Turkish Airlines “Best Premium Economy Seats in the world” for its Comfort Class seats . Facts & Figures
Skyscanner is a global travel meta search engine enjoying phenomenal growth worldwide. Well over 40 million visitors every month trust us to turn their travel nightmares into sweet dreams Billed as the world’s travel search engine, we operate in over 30 languages, with 500 employees, and counting, working out of offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Barcelona, Bejing, Budapest, Miami, Sofia and Singapore. Our super slick flights, hotels and car hire apps help our customers find the best deals - even when they’re on the move and already over 35 million copies have been downloaded. Join them and discover for yourself how to travel smarter with Skyscanner. Visit skyscanner.net/aboutskyscanner for more information.
Operating in 25 cities worldwide, Context is a network of specialists—in disciplines including archaeology, art history, cuisine, urban planning, history, environmental science, and classics—who, in addition to our normal work as scholars and experts, design and lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of intellectually curious travelers. The Context vision is to bring together local scholars and specialists with curious travelers to educate and impassion them; to allow them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of site to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cities, destinations. http://www.contexttravel.com/?ref=tbex
Everywhere you look, Hashtags are being used to curate content, build community and amplify campaigns. Understanding hashtags and hashtag trends associated with your brand can help you connect & engage with your audience, quantify the impact of your marketing efforts, and identify important influencers. Hashtags can be funny, they can be newsworthy, and they can have a lasting impact on your business. We’re here to help measure and support your success. http://www.hashtracking.com
Langkawi holds a special place in the hearts of many Malaysians and tourists from across the world. Since its initial development in the late 80s, it has transformed into a popular tourist destination, culminating in Langkawi being awarded Geopark status by UNESCO in 2007. The island has delighted millions of tourists from across the world with its natural beauty, its myths, its unique flora and fauna and the warm hospitality of its people. It is a truly island paradise with stunning beaches, secluded islands and nature sanctuaries known for exotic wildlife, tropical plants and rock formation as old as earth. The archipelago remains relatively pristine, with most of its 99 islands protected from major development. A tourism blueprint was launched recently aimed to set Langkawi on the path towards becoming a Global Top 10 island and eco-destination by 2015. Clear targets, effective implementation, environmental protection and sustainable development are critical ingredients for Langkawi to be able to fulfill its potential. Langkawi Development Authority is the leading agency on the island together with the stakeholders are fully committed in making sure the island unleash its true potential. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our island with you.
Viator is the world's leading resource for researching, finding and booking the best travel experiences worldwide. Viator joined the TripAdvisor family in 2014. For over 15 years, Viator has curated the largest and most diverse selection of worldwide tours and activities—from traditional sightseeing tours to unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences—all provided by local tour operators we’ve pre-screened for quality, value and service. Our activities are supported by more than 800,000 verified reviews, photos and videos posted by travelers like you, all backed by our low-price guarantee. Viator, Inc. sells tours and activities through the award-winning Viator.com website, ten local-language sites serving North and South American, European and Japanese markets, five fully optimized mobile sites and more than 3,000 affiliate sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. For travelers on the go—the Viator Tours & Activities App for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android provides quick and easy hand-held access to the most memorable travel experiences, bookable up to the last minute, even in-destination!
We at Eurail.com sell train passes online to travelers from all over the world. The company was established in 2006 with the goal of convincing the planet – and beyond – that visiting Europe with one of our rail passes is the best way to discover the continent. We have two websites: Eurail.com and InterRail.eu. At Eurail.com we sell European rail passes to non-European residents and at InterRail.eu we sell European rail passes solely to European residents. The Eurail and InterRail products are managed by the Eurail Group G.I.E., a cooperation between 30 European railway and shipping lines. The Eurail pass was launched in 1959. Over the last 55 years, millions of travelers from all over the globe have experienced Europe with a rail pass. We offer a range of European rail passes. You can choose which countries you want to visit and how many train travel days you need. The value-for-money Global Pass gives you the freedom to discover up to 24 countries by train, including favorites like France, Italy and Spain. Want some advice on choosing your pass or need help placing your order? Our award-winning customer service team is ready to answer your questions. Get in touch by email and you will hear back from us within 24 hours. Or, post your question on our Eurail or InterRail Facebook & Twitter and get your answer within 8 hours.
Mall of America®, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, attracting more than 40million visitors annually, making it the most visited tourist site in the U.S. The 2.5 million square foot destination is home to 520 world-class shops offering thousands of designer brands and no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Families can enjoy hours of activities and excitement at Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation's largest indoor family theme park; Dutchman’s Deck four story ropes course and the nation’s longest indoor zip line; SEA LIFE Minnesota’s 1.3 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Mirror Maze; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; LEGO® Imagination Center; A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation; and the 60,000 square foot Crayola Experience (opening in the summer of 2016). Some 50 restaurants cater to virtually any eating whim, ranging from elegant dining to fun family eateries to grab-and-go quick eats, including the newly opened Hard Rock which offers live music on weekend evenings. Additionally, the Mall hosts hundreds of events each year, free to all guests, including celebrity appearances, concerts and charitable activities. The 500-room Radisson Blu is attached to the Mall by a climate-controlled skyway, allowing guests to shop, refresh, revel and retire without stepping foot outdoors. In fall 2015, MOA will open a major expansion, featuring a 342-room J.W. Marriott, up to 50 new and unique retail stores and a food market. The Mall is only 10-12 minutes by taxi or 13 minutes by train from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, allowing for visits during layovers of three hours or longer. Having revolutionized the shopping experience by combining retail and entertainment, Mall of America has become the most visited tourist destination in the U.S. and earned world renowned name recognition. Link: http://www.mallofamerica.com/
VIEW PROFILE Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is a diverse chain of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Launched in 2005, the chain currently comprises 14 properties, including 3 city properties in Colombo, 8 resorts around Sri Lanka and 3 resorts in the Maldives. Modern, iconic and vibrant spaces designed around you, our properties will be the coolest places in the hottest cities and travel destinations. Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts guarantees legendary Sri Lankan hospitality through comfort, creativity, discovery and inspired living. Each hotel has a unique character of its own derived from influence of background, locality, culture and traditions. From Jungle cabanas to sophisticated city properties, water villas in Maldives to Beach chalets in Sri Lanka, each resort will take you on a journey and discovery. The soothing spas and spaces to relax found at our properties are a testament to this, and help guests find peace of mind, body and soul – much like its namesake. What does it take for your ordinary experiences and lifestyle to be far more vibrant and inspiring? All it takes is a dash of Cinnamon!” Our website is www.cinnamonhotels.com
Agoda.com Affiliate Program. Agoda.com is one of the world's leading online accommodation reservation companies with a truly global footprint through 36 offices in 28 countries and more than 2,000 employees of 65 nationalities. Agoda.com’s network of more than 750,000 accommodation properties worldwide allow customers instant access to the best tourist destinations all over the world. Over seven million reviews from previous guests help customers choose the perfect accommodations for any type of trip. Agoda.com advantages Hotel booking offers one of the most attractive ways to make money online. The Agoda Affiliate Program is a leading hotel affiliate program worldwide with a strong proven track record, high conversion and generous commissions of up to 60% of the margin per booking. This opens the door for significant cash flows! Our program combines best-in-class tools, best prices and a proven ability to convert traffic. All features of our affiliate program, from multicurrency to the multi-language support, are designed to give you great tools to monetize your traffic. At the same time, integrating hotel offers and tools into your website shortens the distance between description and action for visitors, thereby making it easier for them to follow inspiration. This adds another service to your website as you bring visitors closer to the destinations covered and bring relevant accommodation options right to their fingertips. URL: https://partners.agoda.com/
VIEW PROFILE TripHobo is the world’s largest and fastest growing platform today for creating personalized itineraries. Millions of travellers across the globe use TripHobo each month to discover feasible trip plans created by other travellers or create their own perfect trip plans from scratch. With over 200,000 user generated itineraries and 15000 planning enabled cities across the world, TripHobo makes travel planning easy and fun for anyone. In addition to great content, Triphobo also suggests booking options based on the itineraries. Planners can add attractions, restaurants hotels and activities to their plan. TripHobo is also one of the best story-telling platforms for any travel blogger. It is currently one the best monetization tools available for bloggers. One could easily embed the Triphobo trip-planning tool in their blog and create a visually engaging blog. For more details, visit http://www.triphobo.com/bloggerprogram
VIEW PROFILE Passports With Purpose is the travel blogger’s fundraiser, held annually since 2008. Over the years we’ve built a school in Cambodia, wells in Haiti, libraries in Zambia, and a village in India. In 2014 we are raising money to help families farm sustainably in Honduras. During the fundraiser, held in November/December each year, participating bloggers procure a prize and post about Passports with Purpose and the prize on their blog. Travel bloggers around the world promote the fundraiser in social media and among their readership. The Passports with Purpose website hosts a list of all the available prizes and donors make a tax-deductible donation. For each $10 donated, they can be entered to win a prize of their choice. After the fundraiser ends, a winner is randomly selected for each prize. Prizes range from travel gear and hotel stays to vacation packages and the latest in electronics. In 2013, Passports With Purpose won a Travel + Leisure Smitty Award for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Travel Journalist/Blogger. Learn more at www.passportswithpurpose.org
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the association signed on to ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. The association’s membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 75 countries. Each year, IGLTA hosts its Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event in LGBT tourism. The event has multiple components, including an appointment-driven buyer-supplier marketplace; a media trade show to connect businesses with global LGBT media and marketing outlets; and a consumer event. Join us in 8-11 April 2015 in Los Angeles for the 32nd Annual Global Convention: www.igltaconvention.org.
Since 2010, Travel Blog Success has been providing educational resources and support for travelers interested in learning how to create, promote, and build a business from their travel blogs. Featuring over 1,400 members, including many of today’s top travel bloggers, Travel Blog Success has become a trusted name in the travel blogging community at large.
All members receive lifetime access to written lessons, expert interviews, video webinars and a secret Facebook group for asking questions and connecting with other bloggers from around the world.http://travelblogsuccess.com
TravelMedia.is a travel specialist full service PR, marketing, SEO, events, communications, content marketing and representation company, founded in 2006, and managed by Michael Collins.
TravelMedia.ie started as an Ireland market only traditional PR company. In 2012 TravelMedia.ie pivoted to become a digital first travel specialist PR agency, focused on the European market. TravelMedia.ie is still based in Dublin (via London and Paris), but services clients throughout Europe and further afield, e.g. TUI, Phocuswright, Atout France, SAS, Interhome, and Greenlife Tours.