Thailand's Department of Tourism has launched the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2017 (Source: thaivisa.com)
 
Bangkok (VNA/NNT) - The Thai Department of Tourism has launched the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2017 (TIFDF2017), with the aim of promoting Thailand as the World's Best Film Location.

The TIFDT 2017, themed “a fascinating destination”, focuses on promoting the eight tourism clusters in Thailand among international filmmakers through a series of activities, such as a short-film competition among film students around the world.

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister MrsKobkarnWattanavrangkul said this week that the international film industry is directly linked to Thailand’s tourism. The film industry not only brings in a large amount of money to the country, but also helps promote its beautiful destinations internationally.

She added that this year, the Tourism Ministry is working in line with the government’s policy to support local tourism. The ministry is promoting the eight tourism clusters of tourism development for 2015-2017 to make Thai locations very well-known internationally.

In 2016, more than 700 foreign films were shot in Thailand, generating 2.3 billion THB. The figure in the first five months of this year (Jan-May) was 369 films and videos, creating 1.4 billion THB, an increase in both number and revenue compared to the same period last year.

TIFDF has been held annually since 2013 to attract those in the film industry to shoot films in Thailand.

Thailand is a dream destination for many travelers who have come to know the country through films, such as the James Bond epic which was shot in KohTapu, PhangNga.-VNA