The recent political unrest has had a significant impact on jobs and economic livelihoods. Hence, the Grand Sale has been designed to include many creative new offers that will create a win-win situation for both buyers and sellers.
Bangkok, Thailand (Vocus) June 30, 2010
More than 5,000 shops, department stores, and retail outlets nationwide are participating in the "Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2010" due to run between 15 June – 15 August 2010.
Now in its 12th consecutive year, the annual Grand Sale Grand Service shopping festival has taken on special significance this year because it is a very important part of the economic recovery measures in the aftermath of the recent political unrest in the country.
As in previous years, the festival will be organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with VISA International (Thailand) and many other partners in the public and private sectors.
The official ceremony took place on 12 June, 2010, during 12.30-14.30 hrs. at the main stage of the Thailand Tourism Festival 2010, Challenger Hall, Impact Muang Thong Thani.
TAT Governor Mr. Suraphon Svetsreni said, "This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever, with an unprecedented variety of quality goods including Thai and international brands, expected to be on sale. We hope it will play a major role in boosting visitor confidence, especially from the rapidly emerging markets such as India and the Middle East."
He added, "The recent political unrest has had a significant impact on jobs and economic livelihoods. Hence, the Grand Sale has been designed to include many creative new offers that will create a win-win situation for both buyers and sellers."
Discounts on the products will range from 10-80 per cent, plus special offers for other services including spas, hotels, travel agents, airlines, restaurants, hospitals, golf courses, duty-free shops, and jewellry shops.
This shopping festival will be held in 8 major tourist attractions; such as, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, and Udon Thani. In each of these cities, eye-catching flags and banners are on prominent display at major public areas and shopping centres.
In addition, TAT and VISA International (Thailand) will launch a promotional sub-campaign called "Win What You Buy" to promote and encourage shopping in the Ratchaprasong area.
Between 16-30 June, 2010, shoppers will have the opportunity to win prizes up to a maximum of 1.5 million Baht when they spend any amount on a Visa card at participating outlets; such as, Central Chidlom, Gaysorn Plaza, Amarin Plaza, Erawan Bangkok, Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Siam Discovery.
Visa cardholders will be eligible for prizes, special offers and gifts, bonus shopping points, lucky draws and a jackpot prize worth 1 million Baht. Detailed information on all these is available at "http://www.tourismthailand.org/thailandgrandsale2010/"
The website lists many places where visitors can buy antique furniture, leather goods, supermarket products, jewellery, and duty-free items. In addition, they can avail of discounted facilities at hospitals and spas, golf courses, and hotels.
Mr. Suraphon said, "TAT expects this year's Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will prove popular amongst all visitors. We invite everyone, including the Thai people, expatriates living in Thailand and foreign visitors, to check out the details, study the special offers, and take advantage of the unbelievable bargains on offer."