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Thailand tourism partners Cinema Tourism Summit 2015 to attract Bollywood

The Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai has partnered with Cinema Tourism Summit (CTS)- 2015 to showcase the destination to Bollywood film producers.

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Updated: Oct 23, 2015, 03.52 PM IST
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MUMBAI: In a bid to attract film tourism, The Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai has partnered with Cinema Tourism Summit (CTS)- 2015 to showcase the destination to Bollywood film producers.

"From our understanding, Indian film-makers flock to Thailand because production costs remain lower in Thailand as compared to most traditional as well as upcoming film-location destinations," Sirin Surathin, deputy Consul General of Thailand said in a press statement. She added that the tourism authorities are open to the idea and supportive because they recognize that films “act as a virtual holiday brochure.”

Soraya Homchuen, director of the TAT office in Mumbai said there are several beautiful locations and experiences that offer dramatic backdrops to Bollywood’s riveting tales.

Some of the movies that were shot in Thailand include Houseful 2 which was shot in Krabi and Student Of The Year which was shot in Samui, Bangkok & Krabi. Additionally, All Is Well, starring Abhishek Bachchan showcased many parts of Thailand.

India is one of Thailand’s fastest growing source-markets. In January–March 2015, 2,31,012 Indian travelers visited Thailand, an increase of 13.73% over the same period last year. The tourism authority of Thailand expects 1.05 million arrivals from India in 2015.

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