50 GTA staff visit Chiang Rai, Thailand on three-day incentive trip to stay at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, visit Antara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort and refresh the playground and nursery in Bang Pong Nam Ron village. Long haul markets into Thailand have grown rapidly with room nights booked by the British increasing 42% last year after a 54% rise in 2013.
50 of GTA’s staff from around the world arrive in Thailand tomorrow (23 June 2015) for a three-day incentive trip in Northern Thailand. Nominated by their own colleagues from around the business, the all expenses paid trip rewards them for contributions made in keeping GTA one of the most successful global travel distributors.
Staff will get five-star treatment at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, at their site with rooms overlooking the resort's very own lake and lush garden. “This is an opportunity to recognise many of our staff, who have helped us provide a better service to customers this year,” says Ivan Walter, CEO of GTA. “As well as spend time with colleagues from around the world and senior leaders from different parts of the business, they will have the chance to have fun exploring one of our most popular destinations.”
The delegates will also enjoy a once in a lifetime experience getting up close and personal with one of Thailand’s famous residents at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. As well as offering a luxurious jungle experience, the Elephant Camp supports more than 25 elephants – often rescued from other parts of the country – as well as 60 people, usually mahouts and their families.
Martin Jones, GTA’s Senior Vice President for Global Sourcing and Commercial Management, adds: “It’s a privilege to welcome so many deserving colleagues to discover experiences that help keep Thailand among our most popular destinations in Asia. It’s a pleasure to partner with such great brands and have the opportunity to showcase the quality of accommodation in Asia and of course the legendary Thai service.”
Long haul markets into Thailand have grown rapidly since 2010 with the most popular destinations remaining Bangkok and Phuket. Indeed room nights booked by the British increased 42% last year after a 54% rise in 2013. The country is also a huge draw for the Chinese with room nights trebling in 2013 and today showing a healthy 62% increase on average every year since 2010.
As part of GTA’s commitment to giving back to the communities that support it, the group will spend time visiting the Bang Pong Nam Ron village in the hills above Chiang Rai to refresh their playground and nursery.