Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will use the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit set to take place in Bangkok from April 26 to 27 for promoting tourism potential of Thailand and other ASEAN countries. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that the ASEAN tourism industry has grown progressively over the last few years, with more and more international tourists traveling to the region.
As a tourism hub, Thailand plays an important role in the ASEAN region. Low-cost airlines have also improved flight connectivity and travel link s among ASEAN countries. Last year Thailand welcomed 32.6 million foreign tourists, up 9% from 2015. TAT hopes to reinforce engagement between government and private tourism operators for creating sustainable growth for Thai tourism. WTTC president and chief executive, David Scowsill, said this year’s summit will bring together leaders from the tourism sector and hear their views regarding number of issues in the ASEAN region. To quote Scowsill, “I’m delighted the upcoming discussions at the summit will benefit Thailand’s tourism industry as it continually plays a vital role in driving the country’s economic development.” He said that with travel demand on the rise, visa process needs to be made convenient for tourists and Thailand needs to launch e-visas for further boosting the tourism sector. Mr Scowsill said tourism infrastructure in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia still needs improvements to catch up with other countries in ASEAN. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron will be attending the Global Summit, and will share his views on tourism sector and how it can contribute to sustainable economic development.