July 21, 2013 00:00 By Tanatpong Kongsai
Revealing that US President Barack Obama was keen to visit Thailand again, Thai ambassador to the United States Chaiyong Satjipanon vowed to promote Thai tourism after Bangkok won the World's Best City Award for the fourth year in a row.
Bangkok received 90.40 per cent votes for Best City from Travel+Leisure Magazine readers worldwide this year.
Chaiyong hosted a dinner party yesterday (Bangkok time) for Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and his team who had gone to New York to receive the award. He urged Bangkok to defend the title for the fifth time next year too. Saying that a large number of American people visited Thailand each year and could adjust well to Bangkok, Chaiyong urged the city to solve the notorious issue of traffic jams.
He said the Thai embassy would host an event to promote tourism to Bangkok and revealed that even US President Obama had told him during a recent function that he would like to visit Thailand again.
Sukhumbhand said this award was a great honour and a great responsibility to maintain and develop Thai tourism further and said he would try to solve the problem of traffic jams in the city.