AMCHAM meets with the Minister of Tourism and Sports

 AMCHAM meets with the Minister of Tourism and Sports 

 On July 10, AMCHAM hosted a videoconference with the Minister of Tourism and Sports His Excellency Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, to discuss tourism revival policies and schemes. AMCHAM organized this meeting to receive policy updates and to express the Chamber’s collaborative support with the Ministry on its efforts to re-set the tourism industry.  

H.E. Phiphat gave an overview on the current Covid-19 situation in Thailandand shared important updates regarding the state of Thailand’s tourism industry with a 59.97% reduction in the number of visitors and 59.57% reduction in revenue. He also spoke about the various government initiatives, measures, stimulus packages, soft-loans, and campaigns targeted towards revitalizing the tourism industry. 

AMCHAM President, Greg Wong of Agoda, congratulated the Minister and the government for the extraordinary management of the crisis. He further suggested ways in which AMCHAM could support the Ministry by tapping into the Chamber’s network to disseminate important messagesand through sharing data from our travel and tourism members on tourism patterns, behaviors, and trends to help the Ministry in shaping future tourism policies. Key discussions in the meeting provided insights on the future of tourism in Thailand- “travel bubble”, wellness tourism, high-end tourists, prime destinations, and  14-day quarantine facilities.

Also in attendance for the meeting were AMCHAM Board Governor, Rachel Davidson of Hilton & DoubleTree; Higher Tier Members Chaiyapat Paitoon of Minor International; Travel & Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs Charlies Block of Invision Hospitality , Priyanka Otto of Siam Kempinkski Hotel and Pavin Rodloytuk of  Citibank, N.A.; Sports Committee Co-Chair, John Heinecke of  Minor International; and Director of Government Affairs for AMCHAM, Amb. Tomwit Jarnson 

 Detailed minutes of the meeting are available on the Member Information Center.

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