Irish Travel Trade News Awards 2018 names Thailand Best Destination in Asia-Pacific. Picture: Supplied.

Thailand has been declared the Best Destination in the Asia-Pacific by the Irish Travel Trade News Awards 2018. Among the other nominees were Australia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ireland has a small population of 6.6 million people, but a high rate of per capita travel, with 6.3 million outbound trips. The most popular destinations outside Europe are the USA, Canada and Thailand.

In 2017, Thailand received 51,168 Irish visitors, up by 1.54%, generating an estimated 3.3 billion Baht, up by 3.47%.
Although there are no direct flights from Dublin to Bangkok, the Tourism Authority of Thailand works with numerous airline partners to route visitors through London and points in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. The Irish Travel Trade News has been hosting the Irish Travel Trade Awards for over 26 years. The Gala Dinner ceremony was attended by more than 350 industry leaders. Chiravadee Khunsub, TAT London Office Director were among the guests.