Vu Minh Phuong from Ho Chi Minh City
If Thailand’s stunning beaches and exquisite culture weren’t enough, the country wanted to surprise it’s 13 millionth visitor for 2015. On June 13, it had been calculated the 13 millionth guest would pass through the immigration at Suvarnabhumi International airport, Bangkok. In order to say thank you to all people visiting Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd., the Immigration Bureau, and the Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd. organized ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor.’
Vu Minh Phuong from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam is a 23-year-old student who was coming to Thailand for a short visit. As she was making her way through the immigration system, the immigration officers were notified that the 13 millionth tourist had arrived. As soon as she had collected her luggage, Phuong was surprised by the airport police and taken to the side. As she walked through the airport’s arrival hall, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, HE Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul met her in person and gave her the news that she had won a free round-trip from her home country as well as five-nights accommodation. She was then greeted by more than 50 media and countless cameramen and photographers in the ultimate airport arrival!
This event was launched in conjunction with the ‘2015 Discover Thainess’ tourism campaign. After talking to the Minister of Tourism and Sports, HE Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT’s Acting Governor, both explained that at the heart of ‘Thainess’ are Thai people.
The warmth, happiness, pride and friendliness of Thai people are what make Thailand what it is. So being able to give back to visitors and share this unique Thainess with them is an honor, both agreed. Both also explained they had many more exciting events like this one planned for this year so watch out tourists!