Published on : Saturday, April 29, 2017
Thailand’s ability to organise seamless large-scale meetings was seen during the nation’s hosting of the 2017 World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit from 26-27 April which impressed world leaders in the tourism industry.
Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman said the Summit successfully achieved its
objectives as a centre stage for global tourism leaders to discuss and debates issues relating to the sector.
“I would like to thank our sponsors and hosts, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Minister of Tourism and Sports. We’ve heard how fantastic the Thai people are, and we’ve all experienced so much ourselves in the last few days,” Lawless said.
This year the summit was addressed by David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK, and was opened by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand. Other high-profile speakers included Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation.
The event attracted more than 800 delegates, including well-known leaders, tourism ministers and diplomats as well as leaders in the tourism industry from around the world.
The 2017 WTTC Global Summit, held at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, spanned two days and included talks from experts, roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions. This gave delegates and members of the international media the chance to experience the first-class planning and high-tech meeting facilities which have made Thailand the hub of business events in the region.
Delegates also got the chance to enjoy a showcase of unique local Thai experiences at a spectacular welcome dinner presided over by General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.
In addition, TAT treated delegates and their partners to tours which showcased Bangkok’s history and the rural Thai way of life. The Bangkok Medley Tour gave visitors the chance to explore Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island in iconic tuk-tuks, while the Rustic Thailand Tour took them upcountry to visit floating markets and to enjoy canal-side life.