Thailand earned nearly 70 awards in SmartTravelAsia.com ‘Best in Travel Poll’ 2017 edition with Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui and Hua Hin all being named among the ‘Top 10 Holiday Destinations’ for Asia
It’s people who make the brands – not glitzy corporate logos. Younger voters in 2017 showed less brand loyalty but spent more time on research, while luxury trippers stayed with classic, legacy brands. This year (2017) saw the emergence of younger millennial voters with a high amount of smart phone usage and a discernible shift away from brand loyalty to fun new brands and independents and more time spent on research. Older readers stayed with classic choices and less experimentation.
Respondents said it can be challenging to pick winners – or even to book – as authentic brand personality is hard to find in the online sales clutter dominated by booking engines. Thailand has performed exceptionally well in the 2017 edition of the SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel Poll, with Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui and Hua Hin all being named among the ‘Top 10 Holiday Destinations’ for Asia.
On the accommodation scene, Thailand’s Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin was named among the ‘Top 10 Hotel Brands’ for Asia. Listings for the ‘Top 10 Boutique Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Business Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Conference Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Spa Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Leisure Hotels’ Asia and ‘Top 25 Family Hotels’ Asia all featured one or more hotel or resort from around Thailand. Mr.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the awards for Thailand achieved in the Smart Travel Asia Best in Travel Poll 2017.
Yet another award for the Centara Hua Hin Collectively, the various tourismrelated businesses from Thailand that were named in this year’s poll rankings accounted for nearly 70 of the over 200 places up for grabs across the various poll categories. And that is great recognition and exposure for Thailand as a leading tourism destination.” The SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel Poll is a survey voted by the online magazine’s readers of which there are over 1.2 million worldwide.