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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thailand is taking serious measures to ensure tourist safety as it will present findings from four workshops held last month that addressed a broad range of issues threatening constantly to damage Thailand’s tourism image and reputation in a conference to be held on Thursday November 14.
Various factors have been analyzed in the workshop such as how to better inform and educate visitors before they arrive in Thailand; how to raise awareness of the need for robust risk and crisis management planning and, finally, how to improve liaison and cooperation between the public and private sectors.
Two major travel and tourism organisations – Skal International and the Pacific Asia Travel Association Thailand will combine the knowledge and expertise of the two under the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand.
Conference delegates will hear two keynote addresses from guest speakers David Beirman, Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the University of Technology in Sydney and Dr. Alexandros Paraskevas, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Risk Management at the Oxford School of Hospitality Management in the UK.
Bert van Walbeek, Chairman of PATA Thailand Chapter, is convinced that the conference will recommend a series of realistic and practical measures designed to protect Thailand’s tourism reputation and, importantly, forge even stronger links between government ministries and public bodies such as the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the broad range of private sector companies that deliver travel and tourism services.
The Thailand Tourism industry shows marked growth in recent years but man-made or natural disasters are something they cannot guarantee said Dale Lawrence, President of Skal International Bangkok.
He also added that travellers leave Thailand with enjoyable and memorable experiences and felt that It’s time to stop brushing unsavoury issues under the carpet. Thailand should make special effort at providing protection to its tourists while holidaying
Tourism is a massive source of income for Thailand and its people. With the modern and fast communication tools every small bad story get highlighted the minute it occurs feels Stanley Kang, Chairman of the JFCCT. He added that the single location and operator brand the entire Thai population as a whole. These stories cannot be stopped from spreading but people in Thailand should ensure that such things should not happen. He assured that JFCCT will offer full support.
The conference, which will be conducted in English, is free of charge for all delegates and takes place at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside hotel, Bangkok. The program begins at 1.30pm, Thursday November 14. Registration desk opens at 12.30pm.