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Published on Friday, November 7, 2014

Thailand showcases sport and tourism to world Olympic movement

Thailand and Bangkok in particular is hoping to showcase itself as a prime example of the link between tourism and sports, as it hosts over 1,000 members of the National Olympic Committees from around the world.

During the four day conference which concludes on November 8, delegates will not only visit sports stadiums in the capital but also major tourism sites such as Wat Pho and Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

It forms part of a comprehensive tour programme designed to show off Thai culture and traditions, organized by Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

"Sports and tourism are now becoming increasingly inter-linked. Thailand has hosted numerous important sports events over the years, especially the Asian Games," said tourism and sports minister, Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.

"We hope that one of the fastest growing sports, Muay Thai boxing, will also become a mainstream Olympic competitive event one day," she said.

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