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WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok raises profile of events sector in Thailand

The event attracted more than 800 delegates, including well-known leaders, tourism ministers and diplomats as well as leaders in the tourism industry from around the world.

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Thailand’s recent hosting of the 2017 World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit from 26-27 April impressed world leaders in the tourism industry and helped showcase the kingdom’s ability to organise seamless large-scale meetings.

The event attracted more than 800 delegates, including well-known leaders, tourism ministers and diplomats as well as leaders in the tourism industry from around the world.

Mr. Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman said the Summit successfully achieved its objectives as a centre stage for global tourism leaders to discuss and debates issues relating to the sector. “I would like to thank our sponsors and hosts, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Minister of Tourism and Sports. We’ve heard how fantastic the Thai people are, and we’ve all experienced so much ourselves in the last few days.”

This year the summit was addressed by Mr. David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK, and was opened by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand. Other high-profile speakers included Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation.

 

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H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand

H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand expressed her appreciation to the WTTC for selecting Thailand and Bangkok to host such a ‘memorable, valuable conference’ and that this was a chance for Thailand to showcase what the kingdom as well as ASEAN is all about.

“It is such an honour on behalf of the Thai government and the Thai people that we can use the last two to three days to unite all the spirits of the people in Bangkok with all the delegates at the Summit,” she said.

The 2017 WTTC Global Summit, held at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, spanned two days and included talks from experts, roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions. This gave delegates and members of the international media the chance to experience the first-class planning and high-tech meeting facilities which have made Thailand the hub of business events in the region.

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One of the sessions at the two-day WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok

 

Delegates also got the chance to enjoy a showcase of unique local Thai experiences at a spectacular welcome dinner presided over by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. In addition, TAT treated delegates and their partners to tours which showcased Bangkok’s history and the rural Thai way of life. The Bangkok Medley Tour gave visitors the chance to explore Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island in iconic tuk-tuks, while the Rustic Thailand Tour took them upcountry to visit floating markets and to enjoy canal-side life.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “TAT is proud to have been a host and sponsor of this event which won’t just boost the image of Thailand internationally, but also, thanks to the high level discussions which have taken place, will ensure that tourism has a clear future and continues to benefit all the people and economies of the world.”

This is the first time that the WTTC Global Summit has been held in Southeast Asia. The theme of the Summit was “Transforming our World” which was in line with 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. All sessions and discussions at the Summit in Bangkok can be viewed at: https://www.wttc.org/
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Quarantine-Free Thailand Reopens for Vaccinated Tourists From 1 November 2021

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to confirm that Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from the approved countries to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November, 2021.

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Bangkok lifts more COVID-19 restrictions

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In response to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement to relax more COVID-19 controls in the dark-red zone provinces, which include the Thai capital, the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee has also lifted restrictions effective from 16-31 October, 2021.

Restaurants and eateries, cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, sport stadiums, and public parks can now resume normal opening hours, but no later than 22.00 Hrs.

Convenience stores, fresh markets, and flea markets can open for all types of goods up until 22.00 Hrs. All 24-hour shops must close nightly from 22.00-03.00 Hrs.

Hotels, exhibition halls, convention halls, trade fair centres, or similar types of venues can open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs., and under strict safety and health controls. Consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited.

The same goes for shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments, which can also open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs., and under strict safety and health controls. Consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited. Also, any sales promotional activities shall not be organised while the amusement parks, water parks, and gaming centres must remain closed.

Limits for participants in gatherings has been increased to 50, up from 25 in the previous announcement.

The night-time curfew in Bangkok has been reduced from 6 to 4 hours, or between 23.00-03.00 Hrs.

Travel between Bangkok provinces and other areas can resume normal operations but must apply social distancing measures.

All types of entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops are to remain closed. However, the government mentioned that these businesses may undertake preparation to be ready for reopening.

Self-protective measures and distancing efforts

As usual, people nationwide are asked to continue abiding by the health and safety measures in place; such as, wearing a face mask at all times while outside of their residence, regularly washing hands with soap and water/cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with others.

TAT would like to remind all travellers to continue with D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, – Mask wearing, – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

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