Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha yesterday (June 6th) led the opening of the Thailand Tourism Congress 2022 at the Beyond Resort Kata in Phuket.
Joining PM Prayut was the Minister of Thailand Tourism and Sports Mr.Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, and other relevant officials.
PM Prayut delivered an opening speech with the following, “First of all, the Phuket Sandbox project was a success which became a model for other countries to boost tourism and the economy. We have been through a difficult time as part of the Covid-19 pandemic in the past two years. However, the crisis has shown that we are reliant on tourism developments and to move forward. I am sure that Thailand tourism will be back to be a world-leading attraction in the near future.”
“The Thai government is also trying to support new tourism styles such as conservation tourism and local domestic tourism. The local economy and long-term tourism will be developed at the same time that the environment is being preserved. The future of world tourism has rapidly changed, is uncertain, and challenging. Tourism strategies need to be designed for high-quality tourism.”
“’SMILES’ strategy is a model of the brainstorming in the congress as Thailand is ready to be an importantt balanced and sustainable tourism destination. S – Sustainability, M – Manpower , I – Inclusive Economy, L – Localization, E – Ecosystems S – Social Innovation.”
“This is the best time that we are cooperating together for future tourism. The government is ready to receive suggestions from the brainstorming sessions to further develop Thailand tourism.”
The Phuket News notes that at one point the PM took off his mask while speaking and said it was time to move past the Covid era, which drew thunderous applause. Mask mandates currently remain nationwide although the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration is set to review them later this month.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha arrived in Phuket yesterday (June 6th). He first visited the Phuttha Mongkol Nimit School and give educational suggestions and an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing for a Partnership School.