By Aries Joseph Hegina
Thai superstar Mario Maurer has extended an invitation to his Filipino fans to visit his home country Thailand as its new tourism ambassador.
In a press event on Saturday, the Thai actor made his pitch on why should Filipinos visit Thailand.
“I will do my job to introduce Thailand to my Filipino fans. Thailand is a place where you have many beautiful destinations and a local experience and I will offer Thai hospitality to my Filipino fans,” Maurer said.
The actor, who has endeared himself to Filipino fans by starring in the 2012 film “Suddenly It's Magic,” said that Thailand can be the go-to destination of Filipinos all-year round.
“Thailand can be visited all-year round. If it's your first time there, I recommend that you visit the major city such as Bangkok. Because in Bangkok, you have many places to explore—old temples, the food, the people. If you have free time, you can go to Chiang Mai. And of course, they have a lot of elephants there. We have Thai nature which is very beautiful. If you want to go the sea and the beaches, we have Pattya,” he said.
Aside from offering a glimpse of the beautiful destinations that can be seen in his country, Maurer also said that Filipinos will be able to experience the brand of hospitality that made Thailand one of the most-visited countries in Asia.
“Thailand for one, which is common to my Filipino fans, is that they smile. [They are] very happy. They are very ready to show you guys where you go. They are very friendly people. Have you heard that Thailand is the 'Land of Smiles'?” he said.
Maurer is on a promotional tour in Asia to encourage more tourists to visit the "Land of the Free."
He has already visited Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Guangzhou in China for his tour.
In 2015, around 360,000 Filipinos travelled to Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand believes that more Filipinos will visit the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbour this year.