The Tourism Venture Continues: Thailand gets Full Support

Posted: Fri 9 Jul, 2010 12:00 AM
By: Time share & Travel News

The Land of Smiles cheers as two of the biggest names in the travel and tourism industry express their support to the country, as it finally returned to normalcy after the political unrest earlier this year.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) organized the Special Meeting on International Solidarity with Thai Tourism. Both parties acclaimed the recovery measures undertaken by the Thai government.

Measures include a financial scheme for tourism entrepreneurs and small businesses affected by the turmoil, exception from the tourist visa fee for foreigners and discounts on landing and parking fees.

The Special Meeting that was held in Bangkok also tackled the collaboration of the Thai private sector to uphold tourism in the country. UNWTO and PATA also stressed the steady unity of the international tourism community.

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai stated during the event that UNWTO stands behind Thailand, as they were inspired by the valuable lessons and strategies learned by their own party during the times of crisis. He said that the meeting also represents camaraderie with Thailand from the international community.

“Tourism plays a major role in the social and economic development of Thailand, contributing significantly to its GDP and job creation,” he added. “With government support, collaboration between the public and private sector and the support of the international tourism community, the Thai tourism industry is sure to recuperate its losses and maintain its position as one of the major tourism destinations worldwide,” Rifai added.

In the past, Thailand has experienced different crises that severely affected the tourism trade. To date, the SARS pandemic in 2003, followed by the tsunami in 2004, and the closure of the Suvarnabhumi airport in 2008 have created significant changes in the Thai travel industry. However, the country has proved to be extremely resilient as they bounced back stronger each time.

“Thailand has been PATA’s home for the past 11 years,” said PATA CEO Gregory Duffell. “Our staff and global family have built a deep connection with the people, culture and tourism industry in ‘the land of smiles.’ Bangkok, in particular, is a vital regional hub for tourism. Any fluctuation in arrivals is felt throughout Southeast Asia, showing the importance of Thai Tourism as an economic and employment catalyst for the entire sub region. Together with our local PATA Thailand Chapter members, PATA is assisting Thai authorities in the recovery process and we are confident that a safe and stable Thailand will reinvigorate this truly unique and ‘Amazing’ tourism destination.”

Participants at the meeting expressed their confidence that tourism would recuperate quickly, especially given the commitment of the Thai people and government to support the industry.

 

Sources:Time share & Travel News

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