New Delhi: Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced its association with the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) to host the 19th edition of India’s most popular award show, at a press conference held in New Delhi. The announcement saw the presence of prominent Bollywood personalities such as Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Karan Johar, Dia Mirza and Kartik Aryan.

IIFA Awards, which will be making a return to Bangkok after a decade,will be held from June 22 to 24 at the Siam Niramit Theatre. Bangkok would play host to Bollywood’s finest talent, world media, Indian cinema fans and enthusiasts from across the globe at the highly anticipated star-studded weekend.

IIFA Awards is all set to take place at the gem of Bangkok’s entertainment scene, the grandiose Siam Niramit, which is adorned by Thailand’s heritage, art and culture and hosts the country’s most-popular theatre production and a must-see show.

The Host Destination Partner for IIFA 2018 is Tourism Authority of Thailand. On the association, Isra Stapanaseth, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office, said, “IIFA 2018 will prove to be beneficial for the publicity of Thailand’s tourism industry, which will contribute to enhancing the positive image of the country and attract Indian tourists by showcasing a variety of tourism products Thailand has to offer. The event also complies with TAT’s directions to promote Thailand as a preferred destination for Indians.”

Sharing his thoughts on IIFA 2018, Ranbir Kapoor said, “IIFA Bangkok holds a very special place in my heart. I won the best debutante award at IIFA 2008 in Bangkok. The 19th Edition of IIFA Weekend and Awards is going to be a great one and I am eager to connect with my fans and look forward to giving a power-packed performance.”

Expressing his excitement, Shahid Kapoor said, “IIFA has always been close to my heart and in its 19th year IIFA is all set to recreate memories in Bangkok for the second time. I am thrilled to be performing at the spectacular awards night and what better venue than the treasured Siam Niramit.”

Kartik Aaryan added, “I am excited to debut as a host at IIFA Rocks this year. As an actor,you always want to be a part of something as big as IIFA. IIFA certainly gives you the biggest audience to entertain with your performance and I look forward to hosting a great show. Like every Bollywood fan, I too am looking forward to IIFA Bangkok.”
Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFAs, said,“We are pleased to be taking IIFA back to Bangkok after 10 years. IIFA has grown over the decade and we are excited to celebrate the grandeur in Amazing Thailand.Vibrant Bangkok is the perfect host to welcome and embrace the spirit of Bollywood like no other and it’s a pleasure to see Thailand welcome IIFA with open arms for the second time.