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30 Nov, 2016

Pradech Phayakvichien, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date of Birth: April 29, 1949


1998-1999 – National Defense College, Bangkok

1973-1975 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA-M.S. (Urban Design)

1964-1969 – Silpakorn University, Bangkok-B.Arch.

1957-1964 – Vajiravudh College, Bangkok


May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Silapakorn University

May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music

2011 – 2013: Chairman, Board of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

June 2002-September 2009 – TAT Advisor

May 2007-April 2008 – Acting Rector, Silpakorn University

Oct. 2006-March 2008 – Member of National Legislative Assembly

Oct.1999-June 2002 – Governor, TAT

1994-Oct.1999 – Deputy Governor for Planning and Development

1994 – Director of Planning and Development Department

1992-1994 – Director of TAT Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

1989-1992 – Director of Investment Planning Coordination

1984-1989 – Director of TAT Central Europe – Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany

1982-1984 – Director of Project Planning Division (Acting Director of Tourism Development Division, TAT)

1980-1982 – Chief of Project Control Division, TAT

1979-1980 – Planner, TAT

1976-1979 – City Planning Division, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

1971-1973 – The National Institute for Skill Development Department of Labour, Bangkok (Instructor)

1969-1971 – Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Northern Campus (Lecturer)

Present Positions

-Chairman of Silpakorn University Council

-Member of the Committee for Preservation and Development of Rattanakosin and Old Town.

-Member of the Committee for National Tourism Policy

-Committee member of Bangkok Art Cultural Centre

-Advisor of Dusit Thani College Council

-Former Secretary General, Green Leaf Foundation

-Specialist of World Tourism Organisation (WTO)

-Advisor, National Parks Associatio

Other Positions:

– Secretary of Green Leaf Foundation

– Team Leader of Consultants for UNWTO project on “Restructuring Tourism Industry in the Face of Economic Downturn” (Jiangsu, Guangdong)

– Advisor for Senate Tourism Committee (2008-Present)

– Chairman of Senator Advisory Committee for committee for the Study of Policy and the Restructuring of Tourism Industry

– Advisor for Senator (Sub-Committee on the Promotion and Development of Tourism Attractions in the Central, Eastern and North-Eastern Regions)

– Member of the Senate Sub-committee on the Study and Monitoring the Operating of Spa Business for Tourism

– Chairman of the academic review committee : Integrated Development of Sustainable Tourism for the Greater Mekong Sub-region 2008: Emerging Markets and Challenges

– Programme Committee Member of UNWTO (2003-2007)

Training Experience:

1990 – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Hangzhou, China (Programme: Symposium on Tourism Promotion in the Asian Region)

1984 – The Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (Programme: Planning of Coastal Regions and Harbor Cities)

1982 – World Tourism Organization (WTO), Jakarta, Indonesia, (Programme: Regional Seminar on Domestic Tourism)

1982 – World Tourism Organization (WTO), Bangkok, Thailand (Programme: Workshop on the Promotion of Intra-Regional Tourism)

1981 – World Tourism Organization (WTO), Baguio City, The Philippines (Programme: Workshop on Resort Planning and Development)

1979 – National Institute of Development and Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand (Programme: Project Management)

Research and Publications :

– Pattaya Master Plan, JICA, 1990

– Master Plan for Tourism and Development of Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok and Tak, TAT 1984

– Master Plan for Tourism and Development of Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, TAT

– Master Plan for Tourism Development of Songkhla-Hat Yai, TAT

– Master Plan for Tourism Development of Chiang Mai, TAT