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29 Oct, 2020

The Best Speech I Ever Wrote for the Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports

Between 1995-2020, a full 25 years, I did a voluminous amount of contract work for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, including writing nearly all the speeches for their senior executives at major events such as the ITB Berlin, World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market, etc. Looking back, the best speech I ever wrote was for […]

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10 Jan, 2020

Unmatched Lectures on Thailand: The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY

Bangkok - This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International, the two founding pillars of what is now the kingdom's largest service economy sector and job-creator. This meteoric rise did not happen by chance. It was the result of a broad range more…

15 Nov, 2019

How 1987 Visit Thailand Year Revolutionised Global Travel & Tourism

One of the world's greatest tourism marketing extravaganzas, 1987 Visit Thailand Year changed the face of global Travel & Tourism. While establishing Thailand's marketing genius, it also exposed the kingdom's management deficiencies. Today, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai more…

18 Mar, 2019

June 14, 2019: First Forum on The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY

Bangkok – At 0900 hrs on March 18, exactly 59 years ago, what was then known as the Tourist Organisation of Thailand opened for business. Its duty, in the words of Gen Chalermchai Charuvastr, its first Director-General, was to promote visitor arrivals by "creating a wholesome image" of the Thai more…

11 Apr, 2018

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Next Big Thing – Thailand Outbound Travel Report 2018

Bangkok -- Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has made travel journalism history yet again by publishing the first report on the surging Thai outbound travel industry. The report is being made available FREE, thanks to support from Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat and Tourism Authority of Thailand more…

17 Jul, 2017

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Olive Tree – How Travel & Tourism can Contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Olive Tree is the first and only publication designed to help Travel & Tourism become a more committed part of the solution in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Free download. Click on any of the images below. ++++++++++ The Olive Tree Edition 20, July-August 2020 [caption id="attachment_60510" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Click on more…

1 Dec, 2016

Call for Entries: The First ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

By Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire Bangkok – Today marks the launch of the ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame (ATTHoF), the first global website to honour the achievements of the many industry veterans and stalwarts who elevated this robust and dynamic industry to its present heights. Click here more…

1 May, 2016

Can The Travel & Tourism Industry Think?

In 1998, Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, published a book called “Can Asians Think?” One review of the book says: “Asia's economies are poised to surpass those of more…

28 Oct, 2020

A 71st birthday tribute to the late Dr Surin Pitsuwan

Today would have been the 71st birthday of the late Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary-General and Thai Foreign Minister. I am honoured to have been his friend and colleague over his distinguished career as one of Thailand's finest politicians and technocrats. His many brilliant speeches and visionary activities, which more…

26 Oct, 2020

To solve Thailand’s latest crisis, try reading a TAT brochure

Bangkok - What is happening in Thailand today is not actually supposed to be happening at all. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand marketing brochures, this is a land of meditation, peace, tranquility and happiness full of friendly, hospitable, service-minded people who eat healthy food, holiday in dream destinations and more…

24 Oct, 2020

Have Your Say: What do you think about the political protests in Thailand?

Bangkok -- The ongoing political protests are sure to have a long-term impact on the future of Thailand, in equal measure as the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. While the latter is getting saturation coverage in the travel trade media, the former is getting none. Such intellectual cowardice is more…

16 Oct, 2020

Thailand in crisis: Applying draconian medical solutions to political problems risks killing the patient

Bangkok - For several years, the Thai Travel & Tourism industry has marketed “Health & Wellness” as a major competitive niche. Campaigns have highlighted grassroots preventive measures such as Thai massage and meditation alongside curative capabilities such as qualified medical practitioners and high-tech, well-managed hospitals. Today, that holistic medical formula is more…

15 Oct, 2020

Thailand’s image in a tailspin, will worsen recovery from Covid-19 crisis

Bangkok - Thailand's carefully cultivated image as a country of peaceful, friendly, hospitable and service-minded people is again in a tailspin, thanks to a government crackdown on anti-establishment protestors. An official decree declaring a "Serious Emergency Situation" in Bangkok met with a response just 12 hours later from the civil society more…

15 Oct, 2020

German flag waved at Thai protest rallies

Bangkok -- The German flag is being waved at the anti-establishment protest rallies now under way in Bangkok. Due to the sensitive nature of the rallies and the potential threats to journalists reporting on them, this is being pointed out only as a matter of fact. However, it is not more…

12 Oct, 2020

Survey Reveals The Impact Of Poor Sleep Quality On Mental Health During Covid

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (PRWEB) October 10, 2020 - American mattress company, Puffy, has today released findings from a nationwide sleep survey exploring sleep quality, habits, mental health and well-being in 2020. Puffy surveyed over 4,400 adults from all 50 US states to capture how current world events, employment, health, and more…

26 Sep, 2020

Edition 2: 21 Trends, Risks, Ideas, Policies and Strategies (TRIPS) to help decision-makers Build Back Better

Compiled and edited by Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor

Tourism Will Never Look The Same Again – Skyscanner Publishes New Trends Report Search patterns for domestic, regional and international flights indicate that recovery will be multispeed, tied to the global economy and driven by low cost carriers. At the same time, the decline in business travel revenues for other more…

26 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 Leaves Most Millennials Strapped for Cash, TD Bank Survey Finds

COVID-19 has placed additional strain on a generation already saddled with significant debt and increased living costs. More than 28% of millennials said they tapped into their emergency savings during the pandemic. Furthermore, one-in-five (20%) millennials don't even have a savings account. CHERRY HILL, N.J., 22 September 2020, PRNewswire - TD Bank, more…

26 Sep, 2020

Marketers Struggle to Forge the Future of Customer Experience

"Marketers have plenty of data, but now it's about leveraging that data across channels and organizational touchpoints in real-time and in a way that feels personal, relevant and even anticipatory. This is the marketer's mandate today." In other words: Data, Data everywhere, but not a stat that makes any sense. SAN more…

25 Sep, 2020

Tourism Will Never Look The Same Again – Skyscanner Publishes New Trends Report

Search patterns for domestic, regional and international flights indicate that recovery will be multispeed, tied to the global economy and driven by low cost carriers. At the same time, the decline in business travel revenues for other airlines calls for a rethink of this part of the industry.  LONDON, 22 September more…

25 Sep, 2020

How you look impacts on how you well you can sell, study shows

These novel findings, published in the prestigious international academic publication Journal of Marketing, give social sellers and e-marketers insight about how to leverage seller appearances in online selling. HONG KONG, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire - The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted e-commerce around the globe, including the consumer to consumer (C2C) markets more…

25 Sep, 2020

Spread of Covid-19 Set to Create $8.5 Billion Clean Room Robot Markets by 2025

Looks like hotel housekeeping staff will need to shift their skills towards maintaining robots. DUBLIN, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire - The clean room robot market (including prices of peripherals, software, and system engineering) was valued at USD 5.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to USD 8.5 billion by more…

25 Sep, 2020

International students’ learning activities seriously disturbed by Covid-19 pandemic

"The pandemic has impacted the physical and psychological wellbeing of international/non-local higher education students. Universities should do more to help international students to obtain proper health information and learn about local social and healthcare support systems, as well as improve psychological support." HONG KONG, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire - In a more…

25 Sep, 2020

Remote work set to nearly triple in post-Covid world, reports XpertHR Survey

"COVID-19 will shape the working world for years to come, in particular contributing to a rise in remote work set to last beyond the end of the current health crisis. Given the tremendous strains placed on workers during the pandemic, such as fear of layoffs, isolation of remote work, increased more…

25 Sep, 2020

Survey finds Americans are prioritizing saving during Covid-19 outbreak

“With today’s economic uncertainty, many people have taken steps to adjust their financial habits to save more and better prepare for the unexpected.” This is probably a worldwide trend, and will put another damper on discretionary spending, such as on travel. BIRMINGHAM, Ala., 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE - The latest survey from more…

25 Sep, 2020

FREE Download: Citrix Research Reveals Shape of Future Workplaces – More Robots, Fewer Managers

"Driven by flexible models and intelligent solutions that remove the complexity and noise from work, employees will be more engaged and productive and fuel innovation and growth like never before." FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE - What does the future of work hold? In a world where it’s impossible to more…

25 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 Reshuffles Healthcare Executives’ Priorities

"Healthcare leaders are accelerating digital and payment transformation, with an emphasis on the consumer experience, telehealth, and interoperability. As a result, stakeholders are increasing investment in healthcare IT and fast-tracking initiatives to help prepare for the pandemic’s aftermath and future pandemics." The result "could be a real game-changer for payers, more…

25 Sep, 2020

Visa Helps Prepare Small Businesses for the Holiday Buying Season

This is a laudable lifeline for Small Businesses. While it will certainly help them survive over the short-term, it will also accelerate the long-term shift towards contactless payments and cryptocurrencies. The jury is still out on those, with a lot more homework needed to assess their impact on security, privacy more…

25 Sep, 2020

Avaya Enables Students and Teachers to Bridge the Gap in the Digital Classroom Era

Another example of the edu-revolution set to roll out, impacting international education. Students will be able to access quality education from anywhere, at significantly reduced costs and minus the onerous visa requirements. Student travel worldwide will certainly be impacted. SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE - Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), which claims to be more…

24 Sep, 2020

American Workers Experiencing Work-From-Home Culture Shock

The Work-From-Home culture is creating a whole new set of risks, threats and opportunities, and will prove to be a double-edged sword for Travel & Tourism. Traffic rush-hours may become a thing of the past but corporate espionage will become a piece of cake. MINNEAPOLIS, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE - Today, more…

24 Sep, 2020

Taiwan Claims Launch of World’s First Business Speed-dating Platform

These techno-events will impact the MICE sector in the same way that social media has decimated the traditional media and OTAs decimated the travel agents. Given the pressure on costs and the growing time-hassle factor of travelling, business matchmaking platforms will become perfectly viable alternatives to trade shows. Convention Centres more…

24 Sep, 2020

Stand together and build a just world, UN chief says in Int’l Day of Peace message

Even though Peace is the basic prerequisite for Tourism, this important commemorative day is usually ignored by the Travel & Tourism industry. Long after the Covid-19 pandemic fades into history, Travel & Tourism flows worldwide will continue to face the threat of regional, local and global conflicts, all of them more…

24 Sep, 2020

Global solution to Covid-19 in sight, ‘we sink or we swim together’ – WHO chief

Why isn't the Travel & Tourism industry inviting public health officials to give talks on the prospects and politics of vaccine development? I have yet to see them on any of the "resilience, recovery, rebuild, restructure, etc., etc.," forums, local, regional or global. As normalcy will not return until a more…

24 Sep, 2020

Peace Pilot completes circumnavigation of the only two places on Earth where there has always been peace

What a trip! Travel & Tourism could do with more such inspirational adventures. SAN DIEGO, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE - Nine months and several “pandemic pauses” after takeoff on a planned five-month global Pole-to-Pole peace mission “One Planet, One People, One Plane: Oneness for Humanity,” San Diego pilot and former Naval officer more…

24 Sep, 2020

The future of MICE events in the age of machines: The Great Wave—a Transformative, Global Business Festival

Travel & Tourism forums are badly in need of some heavy-duty restructuring away from their boring and now outdated structure. This event offers some brainstorming ideas. BERLIN, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE - The House of Beautiful Business, a global think tank and community to humanize business in the age of machines, officially more…

24 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 forces one of the biggest surges in tech investment in history

This news may make the tech sector salivate, but the speed and scope of the upheaval will only replace one set of problems with another. That will create more headaches, especially for the Travel & Tourism sector. LONDON, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire - Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn extra a more…

24 Sep, 2020

FORTUNE announces Sixth Annual “Change the World” List of Companies That Are Doing Well By Doing Good

Does such a list exist in Travel & Tourism? May be worth replicating. NEW YORK, 21 September 2020, PRNewswire - Today, FORTUNE reveals its sixth annual "Change the World" list, which showcases over 50 companies that have made an important social or environmental impact through their profit-making strategy and operations this year. Companies are recognized more…

24 Sep, 2020

Employers brace for mental health crisis

The disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to significant increases in human insecurity and instability, as this report indicates. Families already under financial stress will face the highest levels of mental stress. That may create another opportunity, or aggravate existing social crises like alcoholism and domestic violence. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 21 more…

24 Sep, 2020

Report probes how employers can improve job satisfaction and retention in post-Covid era

This report is for sale, but provides a good template for HR departments to conduct a similar exercise. The questions asked are quite enlightening in themselves. INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., 21 September 2020, PRNewswire - MetricNet has published the results of its 2020 Job Satisfaction and Employee Retention Survey. The complete 100+ page report more…