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23 Mar, 2021

Book on Anand Panyarachun shows why a “New Normal” may prove elusive for Thailand and Thai Tourism

Bangkok – As Thailand charts a recovery from the Covid-19 catastrophe, the hills are alive with calls for a “New Normal”. They have been heard before. Exactly 30 years ago this month (March 1991), the Thai military appointed Mr Anand Panyarachun, today one of the country’s most recognised statesmen, to craft a “New Normal” after […]

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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…

18 Mar, 2021

​ Mekong tourism chief’s resignation raises the bar for the Value of Values

Bangkok - When Jens Thraenhart resigned as Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, he became, to the best of my knowledge, the first head of a multilateral travel industry grouping to quit in defense of his “values.” The official press release said he had quit for “personal reasons”. more…

27 Feb, 2021

Empty Los Angeles Hotels Converting Rooms into Homes for the Homeless

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hotel Association of Los Angeles (HALA) announced today the launch of "Hotels for Homes," a renewed effort to survey hotel owners to determine partners for the City and County of Los Angeles to provide safe shelter for those in need. This is a more…

27 Feb, 2021

New study shows what brought couples closer together this past Valentine’s Day!

MIAMI, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ella Paradis, one of the premier sexual health & wellness eCommerce retailers, released a new study today examining people's experiences with sex toys this past Valentine's Day, as well as the improvement in their relationships and their sex lives. The results show increasing interest in more…

25 Feb, 2021

In Memoriam: Indonesian tourism leader who championed spirituality, balance and peace

Mr I. Gede Ardika, former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Culture, who passed away on 20 Feb 2021, was the only leader who recognised and championed the higher purpose and value of tourism. While others saw expenditure, jobs and economic growth, Mr Ardika saw spirituality, balance and peace. Witness these opening more…

11 Feb, 2021

From Condoms to Face Masks: How Thailand beat the AIDS pandemic

Inaugural lecture of a multi-part series tracking the Rise and Fall of Thailand: The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, the Asia-Pacific region's leading journalist-cum-historian. Unique Selling Proposition NO FINANCIAL SPONSORS - to facilitate frank, independent discussion and debate. Strong critical thinking approach. Perfect learning opportunity for more…

13 Jan, 2021

IATA urges “balanced approach” to tackle severe side-effects of Covid-19 tourism economy collapse

Geneva, 12 January 2021 -- The International Air Transport Association is vehemently urging global governments to adopt a balanced approach that will keep the Covid-19 virus in check while preventing economies from becoming victims of "the severe side-effects" of the travel & tourism restrictions. Speaking at a media briefing, Mr Alexandre more…

10 Jan, 2021

Travellers’ average age, spending drops in post-Covid era

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost one year following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the travel landscape is still unrecognizable from years past. Using data from trips booked in 2020, travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth.com, reports that almost everything about travel has changed. Average Traveler Age Drops more…

29 Dec, 2020

A Compendium of Insightful Speeches on Thailand: The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY

Bangkok -- The Covid-19 crisis stifled what was to be a glorious year of celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International. While 2020 turned out to be a year of commiseration, hitting the lowest point of a probable V-shaped recovery makes it more…

19 Dec, 2020

Vaccine politics: Why Travel & Tourism workers should be prioritised

by Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica Introduction: Tourism before the pandemic [caption id="attachment_62031" align="aligncenter" width="196"] Edmund Bartlett[/caption] Over the past several decades, tourism has experienced continuous growth and diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world (UNWTO, 2019). International tourist arrivals increased from 25.3 million in 1950 more…

26 Nov, 2020

Research Shows Younger Millennials Demand Societal Change, Their Top Concerns Now Include Death, Losing Loved Ones and Mental Health

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A new research study of more than 1,000 young Americans aged 14 to 28 found Generation Z and younger Millennials cited "equality for all" among their top hopes, "death and losing loved ones" among their top fears, and "better access to mental and more…

26 Nov, 2020

U.S., Thai Space Research Scientists Develop App to Monitor Air Quality in Mekong region

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientists have collaboratively developed a web application that will help mitigate the impact of air pollution in Thailand where seasonal air pollution resulting from forest fires and agricultural burning create a major human health issues. The new app more…

17 Nov, 2020

U.S. Govt faces accountability for reportedly spying on Muslims using data from religious apps

WASHINGTON, DC – 11/16/2020 -- CAIR media release -  The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading U.S. Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned the U.S. government’s reported use of personal data from popular Muslim religious applications to target Muslims around the world, called for a congressional inquiry more…

13 Nov, 2020

WHO Director-General hails Thai success in containing Covid-19, urges world to follow suit

Geneva -- World Health Organisation Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has hailed Thailand's success in battling the Covid-19 virus as "an excellent example that with a whole-of-government, whole-of-society, comprehensive approach, this virus can be contained – even without a vaccine." Delivering his closing remarks at the World Health Assembly on more…

13 Nov, 2020

SDG 8, Decent Work, Dominates Entries by 30 Finalists of The Hospitality Challenge

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (PRWEB) November 12, 2020 - In June 2020, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge. This was designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative has received almost more…

10 Nov, 2020

World Resources Institute hails Biden win as a “New Day for Climate, Equity and the Economy”

  WASHINGTON (November 7, 2020) — Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris have been elected as the next president and vice president of the United States. They received the most votes by a presidential ticket in U.S. history and were able to win several states that Donald Trump won in more…

6 Nov, 2020

Volvo Cars Thailand launches an expansive new warehouse in Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 November 2020 - Volvo Cars Thailand has launched a new dedicated Volvo warehouse for the first time in Thailand. The “Volvo Car Thailand Central Distribution & Training Center” (VCT CDTC) on Bangna-Trad Road Km 23, Samut Prakan Province, spread over an area of 23,331 square meters, is set more…

5 Nov, 2020

Enter the tourism industry’s new normal: Learning to live with the pandemic

by Julian Spindler Thailand’s world-class tourism industry, one of the twin drivers of our economy, is in a deep, coronavirus-induced coma, close to death. [caption id="attachment_61494" align="aligncenter" width="186"] Julian Spindler is a strategic communications consultant and long-time resident of Thailand. Since arriving in Thailand in 1969, Julian has worked as a journalist, more…

3 Nov, 2020

25 Years since the death of the slogan “Peace Promotes Tourism”

Tomorrow, Nov 4, the world will be mesmerised by the U.S. elections. Forgotten in the heat of the political competition will be the 25th anniversary of The Day The World Really Changed — the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, by a Jewish fanatic more…

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 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…