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17 May, 2024

“Mother of the Bride” joins list of hit films made in Thailand

Bangkok – Thailand’s status as a film-making hub has taken a major leap forward with the release of “Mother of the Bride”, a mushy 90-minute Netflix production that was panned by critics but hit 27 million views in the first four days. Mr Bill Heinecke, Chairman of Minor Hotels group, operator of the Anantara Layan […]

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1 Feb, 2022

35 Years On: How Visit Thailand Year 1987 Revolutionised Global Tourism

The year 2022 marks the 35th anniversary of Visit Thailand Year 1987, the record-breaking marketing extravaganza which revolutionised the Thai and global tourism industry. What lessons can be learned from its successes and failures? How can it help design a new post-pandemic model for global tourism? As Thailand Bureau Chief for the more…

2 Oct, 2021

Inaugural Global Lecture: “25 Women Who Put Thai Tourism on the Global Map”

As Thailand is reopening to tourism, a look back may help us look ahead more clearly. I am proud to be the first to launch this "Power of History" lecture series. All will be FREE but BY INVITATION more…

1 Jul, 2021

Inaugural “Power of History” Lecture: The Rise and Fall of PATA

Click here to register Click here to register The same lecture can be given privately at a more convenient time for those interested. For further inquiries and info, please email: more…

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…

15 May, 2024

As fires threaten the PATA region, who will stop the pyromaniacs?

The PATA Annual Summit opens in Macau today, May 15, with the usual fanfare that has accompanied such events. Delegate numbers have crossed the projected targets. The programme is “guaranteeing a wealth of enriching experiences, including dynamic plenary sessions, participative roundtables & breakout sessions.” A rash of images will be more…

10 May, 2024

Israel pulled out of the ATM Dubai. So did I. Here’s why.

Bangkok -- In 2023, Israel was present at the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai. So was I. This year, Israel gave it a miss. So did I. For pretty much the same reasons, I would think. It does not take much to figure why Israel was absent at this year's ATM more…

1 May, 2024

As the global Arms Bazaar booms, Travel & Tourism pays the price

Bangkok -- On 23 April 2024, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published its annual World Military Expenditure report for 2023. It showed that the Arms Bazaar raked in $2,443 billion, the highest level ever. The figure was up 6.8% over 2022, up for the 9th consecutive year and more…

29 Apr, 2024

Exclusive Lectures on How Visit Thailand Year 1987 Revolutionised Global Tourism

In 1987, Thailand marked the auspicious 60th birthday of His Majesty the late King Rama IX the Great with an extraordinary national celebration known as Visit Thailand Year. It was a grand invitation for visitors worldwide to join the Thai people in marking the King's historic 5th 12-year cycle of more…

23 Apr, 2024

Celebrating my ouster from the PATA Thailand Chapter Executive Committee

Bangkok -- On 22 April 2024, I was ousted from the PATA Thailand Executive Committee by a vote of 6:5 with one abstention. A paper-thin margin but enough to complete the well-orchestrated job. I was the only nominee voted out. All the others sailed through with unanimous votes. In the spirit of more…

21 Apr, 2024

Thailand, Laos, Australia mark 30th anniversary of the Mekong’s first post-war Peace Project

Bangkok - Thailand, Laos and Australia are this week holding a series of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1st Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the first infrastructure project to reinforce the peace and promote travel, tourism, transportation and trade as a conduit for the economic development of the post-war more…

18 Apr, 2024

How Thailand, the “Land of the Free”, can bring peace to the Middle East

Bangkok -- This may come as a shock to many, but the people of Thailand, the "Land of the Free", are uniquely placed to help bring peace to the Middle East. How so? Very simple. Just visit both Israel and Palestine, see and experience the reality for themselves. A nice, peaceful way more…

16 Apr, 2024

Travel & Tourism pays the price of not investing in peace

Bangkok -- The global travel & tourism industry is waiting with bated breath to see what happens next in the Middle East. After ignoring the rising geopolitical tension for months, the industry was jolted out of its comfort zones by a sharp escalation which threatened to again bring the entire more…

12 Apr, 2024

First TRIPS report: From the Frying Pan into the Fire

Welcome to TRIPS (Trends-Risks-Innovations-Policies-Strategies), a new research publication I have launched to fire up honest and realistic discussion on the challenges facing Travel & Tourism in the post-Covid era. The first issue explores the Artificial Intelligence pandemic, and takes a critical look at its opportunities and threats. Please click on the image more…

7 Apr, 2024

The four keywords of sustainable economic development, by a former head of the Thai Central Bank

The following opening remarks were delivered by Dr Veerathai Santiphrabhob, former governor (1 October 2015 to 30 September 2020) of the Bank of Thailand (Central Bank) at the launch of the 2024 edition of the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific on 04 April 2024 more…

6 Apr, 2024

Flagship UN report pinpoints pivotal role of Travel & Tourism in Asia-Pacific economic recovery

Bangkok -- Robust domestic demand and Travel & Tourism are the two major factors contributing to the post-Covid economic recovery of the Asia-Pacific region, according to the flagship annual report of the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific. Released on 04 April, the report notes that although GDP more…

3 Apr, 2024

PATA members should deny Peter Semone a second term as Chairman

Bangkok -- On 02 April, PATA Chairman Peter Semone sent out an announcement to the membership saying it has "successfully regained its footing in terms of finances, management and vision." With a "highly talented" CEO and new plans and structures in place, he hailed PATA's readiness to face the future more…

29 Mar, 2024

Back to the future in historic downtown Bangkok

Bangkok - Roads paved over in the 19th century in the historic cultural centre of the Thai capital are going back to the future, resulting in increased usage by pedestrians and cyclists and reduced usage by polluting cars, tuk-tuks and motorcycles. The redesigning, part of a wider plan to make more…

28 Mar, 2024

World Happiness Report: Why is Finland #1 and Thailand #58?

Bangkok - A Gallup World Poll survey released on March 20 declared Finland the Happiest Country in the World for the 7th year running. What is the reason for this continuing success? According to Mr Ville Tavio, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Countries have to make happiness a more…

25 Mar, 2024

UN Declares 2025 Year of Peace & Trust: Golden Opportunity for ASEAN tourism to take the lead

Bangkok -- The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2025 as the International Year of Peace and Trust (IYPT), and called for a fullscale mobilisation of efforts to build sustainable peace, solidarity and harmony via political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation amongst nations and peoples. 2025 will mark the 80th anniversary more…

21 Mar, 2024

PATA Tourism Careers Forum flags the Perils and Promises awaiting Gen Z

Bangkok -- On 18 March 2024, more than 1,500 university students of tourism, including about 700 onsite and another 800 online, attended a half-day forum organised by the PATA Thailand chapter and Bangkok University to "Fast Forward" their careers. It ended with a round of self-congratulatory applause and predictions of more…

7 Mar, 2024

Thai women tourism leaders set a global example for building peaceful, inclusive societies

Bangkok - Take a good look at this image below. See anything special? To mark International Women's Day tomorrow (08 March) let me shed some light on its deeper symbolism and significance. [caption id="attachment_64827" align="aligncenter" width="557"] Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (seated centre) with the Minister of Tourism and Governor of more…

5 Mar, 2024

Photo exhibition gives Thais a chance to witness Pakistan’s stunning scenic beauty

Bangkok - Nearly 200 photographs capturing the scenic grandeur of Pakistan are on display at The Living Hall, 3rd Floor, Paragon Shopping Complex in Central Bangkok until March 10. Meticulously shot by David Lau, a renowned Bangkok-based adventure photographer, the images are on display as part of events marking the more…

3 Mar, 2024

Thai PM leads “Peace Through Tourism” visit to South Thailand

Bangkok – “When the people have money in their pockets, they will forget about their conflicts.” That simple rationale summarised the core objective of Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s historic “Peace Through Tourism” visit to the kingdom’s southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat between 27-29 February. Under the slogan “Travel more…

27 Feb, 2024

Tourism tops agenda of Thai Prime Minister’s Feb 27-29 visit to South Thailand

Bangkok -- Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has embarked on a three-day visit to the three Muslim-majority provinces of South Thailand, specifically to promote tourism. The trip will include a range of social, cultural and economic activities designed to highlight the growth potential of Narathiwat and Yala, which share a more…

22 Feb, 2024

To become a multi-sectoral HUB, Thailand first needs to build its HOB

Bangkok -- On 22 Feb, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin unveiled an "IGNITE Thailand Vision" policy to make the kingdom a HUB of tourism, health & wellness, agriculture & food, aviation, logistics, future mobility, digital economy and finance. But speakers at a conference on promoting interfaith dialogue held at Bangkok's prestigious more…

18 Feb, 2024

SDGs will fail to meet 2030 target, but Travel & Tourism can still be a big help

Bangkok -- The "unfavourable global context" has rendered the 2030 target for the UN Sustainable Development Goals unachievable, according to a UN report. Although considerable progress has been made across all the 17 goals, it is "uneven and inadequate" across countries and categories, and will not be fully achieved until more…

14 Feb, 2024

First Time in Thailand – Bangkok Mosques to conduct Open House tours

Bangkok - For the first time in Thailand, dozens of mosques across Bangkok will open their doors for public visitation over the Eid Ul Fitr holiday around 9-10 April, the biggest Islamic event which follows the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The project is designed to build peace, more…

11 Feb, 2024

Thai travel industry urged to reduce usage of US$ for doing business

Bangkok - The Thai travel & tourism industry has been warned about using the US dollar for business transactions and urged to use the currencies of the countries with which they are doing business. In a landmark lecture at this year's joint meeting of the Association of Thai Travel Agents more…

8 Feb, 2024

Geopolitics shunts sustainability as the biggest threat to Travel & Tourism

Bangkok -- Thailand's foreign policy of maintaining strict neutrality in the midst of superpower bunfights has become the key to its national security and economic survival. Although Travel & Tourism is both a major component and beneficiary of that policy, the prospect of prolonged global geopolitical instability means that industry more…

31 Jan, 2024

Saudi Arabia in big demand at Thai travel show as outbound rebounds

Bangkok - Saudi Tourism made its second appearance at the 29th Thailand International Travel Fair [TITF 2024], the annual event organised by the Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA), which groups the country’s outbound travel agents and tour operators. It was one of the highlights of the 24-28 January event at more…

29 Dec, 2023

Person of the Year: The Israeli conscientious objector Tal Mitnick, 18

The travel and tourism industry has long feigned concern about the "NextGen". Multiple activities are organised regularly to help them inherit a better future. The way things are going, that does not seem likely. Today, I am making a small attempt to thwart that downward trend by conferring, for the more…

24 Dec, 2023

Thailand tourism enjoys robust rebound in 2023 but danger looms high for 2024

Bangkok -- Since the end of the Covid-19 crisis in 2021, Thai tourism has enjoyed a robust rebound and is set to end 2023 just a little shy of 30 million visitors. While that may heighten optimism of hitting the pre-Covid total of 40 million in 2024, the Israel-Palestine war more…

21 Dec, 2023

PATA Chairman, an American, blasts global geopolitical unrest as “existential threat” to tourism

Bangkok -- Mr Peter Semone, the American chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, has unleashed a blistering attack on the "ethnocentrism and extreme views" dominating the political discourse in his country. "America used to be a melting pot where anyone could succeed regardless of your place of birth, race, more…

19 Dec, 2023

Bangkok art exhibitions reflect Peace and Tranquility but Reality paints a different picture

Bangkok -- On 16 December 2023, my wife and I spent a few hours immersed in the grandeur of art as an expression of peace and tranquility at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok. One exhibition titled "Echoed Tranquillity" combined the works of Din Q. Le (Vietnam), Toshiko Tanaka (Japan) more…