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28 Dec, 2016

Wichit Na-Ranong, Managing Director, Pearl Group of Companies, Phuket


Place & Date of Birth: Phuket, July 28, 1943.

Marital Status: Married with one son and one daughter.


– Bachelor of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

– Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California, USA.

– Honorary Doctorate Degree on Hotel and Tourism Management, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand

– Honorary Doctorate Degree on Tourism, Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Thailand

– Certificate, Training the Trainer, American Hotel & Motel Association

– Certificate, American Democracy, USC, USA.


– Managing Director, Pearl Group of Companies (Tourism Related Businesses, Mining, Rubber, Real Estate, Automobile and Trading)

– Chairman, Thai Village Phuket Co., Ltd

– Chairman, Executive Sub- committee, Phuket Air Catering, Co., Ltd

Political positions

– Senator

– Deputy Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Tourism & Sports

– Extraordinary Standing Committee on the Senate Affairs

– Extraordinary Standing Committee on Economic Crisis Correction

– Advisor, Standing Committee on Tourism, House of Representatives



– Council Member, Prince of Songkhla University

– Senior President, Tourism Council of Thailand

– Advisor, Thai Federation of Provincial Tourist Associations

– Advisor, Phuket Hotels Association


– Board Member, Tourism Authority of Thailand

– Board Member, Thai Airways International

– President, Tourism Council of Thailand

– President, Thai Federation of Provincial Tourist Associations

– Member, National Tourism Committee

– Member, The Joint Public and Private Sector Consultative Committee

– Director, Board of Trade of Thailand

– Council Member, Taksin University

– Advisory Board Member, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University.

– Honorary Consul for Sweden in Phuket

– Founding President, Phuket Tourist Association

– President, Thai Hotels Association

Awards & Decorations:

– Outstanding Achievement Award for Thailand Tourism Development, Office of the Prime Minister.

– Outstanding Alumni Award, Economics Association, Chulalongkorn University

– Outstanding Alumni Award, Commerce and Accountancy Association, Chulalongkorn University

– Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand

– Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

– Commander (Third Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn

– Knight, First Class, of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden

Special Achievements

– Developed Service Standard Manual for Thai Hotels

– Known for putting Phuket on the world map

– Set up Thai Federation of Provincial Tourist Associations to promote establishment of Tourist Associations in each province around Thailand

Source: Wichit Na-Ranong