The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand will host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and the 60th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting in Bangkok from 14 to 20 August 2022, as the host of the APEC 2022.
H.E. Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, stated that the meetings will discuss the tourism direction in the Asia-Pacific region following the COVID-19 crisis in order to revitalise tourism in the region for the better, with the deliverable results being reported at the APEC Leaders’ Summit. The tourism sector will consider the Thai economy’s restorative strategy by promoting tourism under the new normal of safety and health, providing service quality and consistency, and, most importantly, supporting responsible tourism under the 5 factors of safe tourism – clean – love the environment – fair – and sustainable or Safe – Clean – Green – Fair – and Sustainable.
Thailand hopes to advance the APEC Policy Recommendations on Regenerative Tourism in its leadership role as host country, paving the path for the future of tourism that ensures the industry contributes to all sorts of well-being locally. This aligns with the Royal Thai Government’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model, which is being used to revitalise Thailand’s tourism industry with the goal of safe, inclusive, and sustainable travel. The BCG Economy Model takes advantage of Thailand’s ecological diversity and cultural diversity while also adhering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will be organised in an environmentally sustainable manner, with a focus on the use and presentation of local items that reflect creativity and local wisdom.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated, “Thailand’s tourism transformation, in response to growing trends in the new normal era, is in a direction towards stronger and sustainable, more responsible, more digital, and more inclusive growth. These objectives are incorporated into TAT’s ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters’ marketing campaign, and are being used in the organisation and hosting of the various APEC events Thailand as the APEC host country will stage throughout the year.”
Thailand’s theme for hosting the APEC 2022 meeting is “Open. Connect. Balance,” and it is promoting three major priorities for the region’s development. These include facilitating trade and investment through a renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area or FTAAP, promoting balance, sustainability, and inclusivity through the Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economy Model, and restoring regional connectivity, particularly in the travel and tourism industry, toward safe and seamless cross-border travel in the region, including the APEC Information Portal for Safe Passage as a one-stop portal for all things related to safe and seamless cross-border travel in the region and as the world departs the COVID-19 era, there is a proposal to broaden the scope of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) to include a broader variety of businesses and professions.
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