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For the third time in a row Thailand has been voted the most ‘Favourite Country’ at the annual Readers Travel Awards of the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveller. The prestigious award, which is based on votes cast by readers of India’s leading luxurious travel magazine, was conferred at a glitz-and-glamor ceremony on the lawns of the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi on 28 November, 2013. About 300 of India’s leading hoteliers, travel agents, airline and luxurious service executives, and other eminent tourism industry personalities were in attendance.
Mr. Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Thai Embassy, and Miss Runjuan Tongrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in New Delhi, accepted the award. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Soonthorn thanked the readers, editors and staff of Conde Nast Traveller India, as well as Indian travellers for their continued fondness of Thailand. He stressed that the political situation in Thailand will not harm the country’s tourism industry and foreign travellers are always welcome in the kingdom, with its famous Thai hospitality and ensured safety.
“Under the leadership of Director Runjuan of TAT, Thailand attracted over 1 million Indian travellers last year,” Mr. Soonthorn said, noting that Indian arrivals have also risen strongly this year.