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Thailand’s Tourism Minister attended the ASEAN-Japan Tourism Ministers’ Special Dialogue in Tokyo, discussing sustainable tourism initiatives and potential collaborations with Japan and other ASEAN countries.
Thailand’s Participation in ASEAN-Japan Tourism Ministers’ Special Dialogue
Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Ms. Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, along with the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, led a Thai delegation in attending the ASEAN-Japan Tourism Ministers’ Special Dialogue on October 28, 2023, in Tokyo. During the meeting, Minister Sudawan emphasized Thailand’s commitment to sustainable tourism and discussed various strategic initiatives aimed at achieving this goal on a regional level. She also engaged in bilateral meetings with key officials to explore potential tourism cooperation and partnerships.
Ongoing Sustainable Tourism Initiatives in Thailand
Minister Sudawan highlighted some of the ongoing sustainable tourism initiatives being implemented in Thailand. These include efforts to elevate the tourism supply to international standards, promote emerging destinations for a better distribution of tourists, focus on medical and wellness tourism, and implement digital transformation to enhance the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry. These initiatives reflect Thailand’s commitment to sustainable tourism development, benefiting tourist attractions, local communities, and businesses.
ASEAN-Japan Tourism Ministers’ Pledge for Sustainable Tourism
The ASEAN-Japan Tourism Ministers’ Special Dialogue aimed to commemorate the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The ministers from ASEAN and Japan pledged to promote sustainable tourism and advance mutual exchanges. Discussions during the meeting covered various topics such as regional tourism standards, tourism for all, stakeholders’ participation, and human resources development. Additionally, plans were discussed to explore opportunities for Thailand to participate in tourism activities initiated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).