Tourism Authority of Thailand Celebrates Songkran Festival in Kolkata
To celebrate the Thai New year Songkran festival, which is celebrated across Thailand on the 13th April every year, and to update the Kolkata travel agents, media and wedding planners in Kolkata about Thailand Reopening for International tourism, TAT New Delhi organized a networking lunch at Baan Thai restaurant at The Oberoi , Kolkata on 8th April 2022.
The guests were greeted with a traditional Songkran ritual of welcome with water in a silver bowl that was infused with flowers and essence. In Thailand, during the Songkran festivities, young people pay tribute to the older ones, parents as well as grandparents. Traditionally, they prepare a special kind of water that smells of rose and jasmine, and use it to wash their parents’ hands and feet. Afterwards, the children receive their parents’ blessings. Post the rituals, the youngsters dress in colorful clothes and play with water to celebrate the Thai New Year with great fun and enthusiasm.
Association Heads, Travel Agents, Wedding Planners, Airlines and Media attended networking lunch and were treated to authentic and delicious Thai food at Baan Thai.
At the event, members of the travel trade and media along with friends of Thailand were welcomed by Ms. Acharapan Yavaprapas, Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate who had just moved to Kolkata and this event was her first interaction with the Kolkata travel trade. Partner airlines Go First, Air Asia and Thai smile participated at the event by offering tickets to Thailand for lucky draw winners at the lunch.
The networking event was a great way to reconnect and celebrate with the Kolkata travel trade, media and wedding planners. Kolkata being in close proximity to Thailand, is a very important market for Thailand and has always provided good tourists numbers to the Land of Smiles.