UNWTO and PATA vouch support

Posted: Tue 6 Jul, 2010 12:00 AM
By: TTR Weekly

BANGKOK, 6 July 2010 – The World Tourism Organisation and the Pacific Asia Travel Association say they will back and support Thailand’s efforts to return to normalcy following political unrest earlier in the year.

Their comments came just a day after the government said it was still delaying a decision on lifting the Emergency Decree that covers 24 provinces in the country.

Both PATA and UNWTO commended recovery measures undertaken by the Thai Government and the collaboration of the Thai private sector to support tourism in the country and vouched for the unwavering solidarity of the international tourism community.

The meeting was held, last Friday, at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand.

Government measures to support tourism entrepreneurs and small businesses included a waiver of the tourist visa fee for foreigners and a reduction of landing and parking fees at specified airports.

Both UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai and PATA CEO, Gregory Duffell, stated it was their intention to work closely with Thailand to accelerate the recovery process of the country’s tourism industry.

“UNWTO and its members stand behind Thailand,” said Mr Rifai. “Drawing on the experience gained from the UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee, valuable lessons and strategies used by other member states to confront similar crisis situations will be shared. This meeting also represents an expression of solidarity with Thailand from the international tourism community.”

PATA CEO, Gregory Duffell added: “Thailand has been PATA’s home for the past 11 years and 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.”

Neither leader elaborated in practical detail on the kind of assistance they were  actually offering Thai authorities to speed up recovery.

Mr Duffell was asked for specifics and is expected to post details shortly of the Pata programme.


Sources: TTR Weekly

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