The Thailand tourism board are in talks with ASO about bringing the Tour de France to Asia for the first time

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have said they are in talks with Tour de France organisers, the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), about bringing the world’s biggest bike to Asia for the first time in its history.

A senior tourism official told Reuters on Thursday that they were confident of being able to bring the Tour to Thailand in 2016, after successful talks with Jean-Etienne Amaury, the chairman of ASO.

“We are still talking with Tour de France organisers but we are looking at next fiscal year. So 2016, not 2015,” Thawatchai Arunyik,  governor of TAT said.

“We’re not sure yet how many stages we will hold whether it is one or two stages or the whole competition. This is something that still needs to be discussed.

“Thailand is the perfect location for this highly prestigious competition, not to mention that cycling as a sport is enjoying enormous popularity here at the moment,” said Arunyik.

While ASO have yet to comment on the story, it seems likely that they will continue to expand the Tour’s reach to other countries as more and more nations express interest in hosting the bike race.

2015 will be the 21st time the Tour de France has started outside its home country, with the Grand Depart to take place in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The UK hosted the Tour in 2014 for the second time ever, with a successful Grand Depart staged in Yorkshire.

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  • Oscarthe4th

    It works; just think of the mountain stages as they cross the Himalayas!

  • David

    This is funny – “We’re not sure yet how many stages we will hold whether it is one or two stages or the whole competition.”
    The whole competition? Then surely it would be called the Tour of Thailand. . . . . . .

  • dourscot

    This is flipping nuts – almost as bad as holding the World Cup in UAE.

    They would be looking at three-day transfer times.

  • Dabber

    My thoughts exactly 🙂

  • Rehnn

    Am I missing something here? Is today the French or Thai equivalent of April Fool’s day?