Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi felicitates winners of Namaste Thailand Online Quiz 2019
Aiming to foster closer ties between Thailand and India, the Royal Thai Embassy, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways organises “Namaste Thailand Online Quiz” every year to make Indian people aware about various aspects of Thailand – from cuisine, culture, way of life, history, geography to modern politics.
Themed “Thailand and the World” this year’s quiz highlighted Thailand’s role at the international stage, today and in the past. The contest ran for two months from April to May 2019, with nearly 6 lakh page visits, 136,042 page likes, 169,805 post likes and 21,964 comments.
Sai Sandeep Ponnaganti, an Engineering student from Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, who stayed persistently on top of the leader board with the maximum number of points won the Grand Prize – a return ticket and holiday package for two to Thailand. He said that he had learned so much about Thailand and the shared bond between Thailand and India from the quiz.
The Runner-up – Balkesh Khichi also said the quiz, being excellently executed, was challenging and at the same time, provided profound knowledge of amazing Thailand.
The winners and amazing participants were felicitated with certificates along with gifts from the Royal Thai Embassy, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Thai Airways.
The Award Ceremony was attended by esteemed dignitaries including Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to India, Thirapath Mongkolnavin, Minister, Royal Thai Embassy, Thamanoon Kuprasert, General Manager, Thai Airways International, India, Aso Lori, Marketing Officer, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office, embassy diplomats, Quizcraft team and the contest’s grand prize winner and amazing participants along with their families.
The award ceremony commenced with a presentation of report of the Namaste Thailand Online Quiz 2019. The Ambassador of Thailand to India congratulated the winners and conveyed his appreciation for the interest Indians have in knowing Thailand and ASEAN.
He talked about how social media, being a powerful medium, helps promote closer ties between the peoples. He hoped that from the quiz the participants have learned more about Thailand and realised the similarities and linkages between Thailand and India. He hoped that the students will continue to be active supporters of Thai-Indian friendship as the people-to-people relation is an important foundation of the bilateral relations.
The quiz, which is the first among its kind, started in 2015 using the Facebook platform and has been continued annually, now reached its 5th anniversary with 136,000 fans from over 150 cities and towns across India. Namaste Thailand Online Quiz is the longest running and most successful social media campaign by an embassy in India. After its success, seven other embassies in New Delhi have followed suit and organised similar projects.