The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased that confidence in Thailand as a safe destination for travel and tourism remains high among Japanese travellers, with several pre-booked school tours from Japan taking place as planned and organisers expressing full confidence in the safety and security of the kingdom.
Two exchange groups, totalling 57 participants, from Fukuoka, Japan will be visiting Thailand this month. The first group from Koge’s Elementary School will be in Bangkok from 17 to 22 of August, and will comprise a total of 45 participants, including Koge Mayor, Mr. Tsubone, 30 students and 14 teachers and trip leaders. The second group, comprising 10 selected students from 10 high schools in Fukuoka Prefecture will be in Bangkok from 17 to 23 of August. As well as taking part in educational exchanges, some of these students will be experiencing a more personal side of Thai culture by staying in homestay accommodation with Thai families.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “We hope that these students find their trips to Thailand to be fun and educational and that they go home with many happy memories of the kingdom. There is so much knowledge for Thai and Japanese students to share so it is vital that these cross cultural trips are able to go ahead. As our honoured guests, all these visitors from Japan can feel rest assured that they will be looked after during their time here and that we have all measures in place to ensure their safety and security.”
During their visits, the students will be taking part in a range of different activities. The students from Fukuoka prefecture will meet with the Bangkok Governor and enjoy and exchange programme at Baan Bankapi High School. They will also visit Siam Niramit and the Grand Palace. The groups from Koge’s Elementary School will carry out an exchange programme with Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School and also visit Jim Thompson House, Wat Pho and the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo.
“There’s no better way of showing life going back to normal than by carrying on with everyday activities and continuing with the education of our young people. I hope that all students involved in these trips, both Thai and Japanese learn from this experience and help our nations to enjoy closer mutual understanding,” said Mr. Yuthasak.
Mr. Tsubone, Koge Mayor (left), Mr. Yuthasak (middle), and Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, TAT Executive Director of the East Asia Region (right)