Government tourism agencies and tourism associations have voiced their readiness to team up to revive tourism following the recent bomb blasts in southern provinces.
High-ranking members of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourist Police Division and the Department of Tourism as well as representatives from the network of 20 tourism associations held a press conference, announcing their plan to resuscitate the tourism industry.
According to Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai insisted that World Tourism Day 2016 will still take place in Thailand on September 27th as planned. President & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council, David Scowsill also affirmed that Thailand would still be the host for the 2017 Global Summit.
Mrs. Kobkarn commented that the two international organizations’ decisions to choose Thailand as the venues for their major events implied their trust in the country’s ability to address the problems and be a good host.
Meanwhile, Phuriwat Limthavornrat, president of the Association of Domestic Travel, representing the network of 20 tourism associations, read out a statement offering condolences to the victims of the attacks, calling for an end to violence and urging the public to help restore the country’s positive image. The tourism associations also voiced their readiness to combine their efforts with different sectors to regain visitors’ confidence in the country.