FCCT to host discussion on tourism

(Photo courtesy of FCCT)

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) is holding a panel discussion on "Maybe This Time: Thai Tourism Gets Ready To Welcome Visitors Back To The Land Of Smiles" at its clubhouse on Phloenchit Road tomorrow at 7pm.

After two years of closed borders and stringent travel restrictions due to the pandemic, Thailand and its neighbours across Southeast Asia are now committed to bringing back tourists, who make a significant contribution to the economies in the region.

The tourism industry is gearing up for the return of international tourists. New and renovated hotel projects are back on the books. Airlines are increasing capacity. From medical tourism to markets with vast potential like India, businesses are looking at ways to attract new customers in innovative ways.

Despite efforts to promote tourism, many factors remain beyond the control of local authorities. Chinese tourists, who accounted for 10 million arrivals in 2019, are still not allowed to travel freely outside their country.

Russian travellers have seen the value of the ruble slashed by half while soaring fuel prices and fly-over restrictions mean that airfares and transportation are more expensive than they were just a few weeks ago.

How successful will Thailand be in attracting tourists in the near future? Will the country manage to overcome international and regional issues and rebuild what is an essential part of its economy?

Set to discuss these questions will be a panel of executives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, one of Thailand's leading hotel developers and operators, and an airline expert.

The fee is 300 baht (free for members) for on-site participation. The evening will be livestreamed via FCCT Facebook page.

Visit facebook.com/FCCThailand or call 02-652-0580.

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