Thailand Tourism Forum 2018 event to focus on mega-city issues


Thailand attracted nearly 10 million tourists in the first quarter of 2017 alone. Source: Dan Freeman/Unsplash

THAILAND’S travel and tourism sector is growing rapidly and is predicted to become the world’s tenth fastest-growing country for the industry over the next decade.

The Thailand Tourism Forum will discuss whether large-scale developments will help or hinder this growth.

The Forum will meet in January 2018 for the seventh annual edition, with the theme of the one-day event being focused on Megacity Bangkok and the mega-projects which are transforming the Thai capital.

The meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok, with more than 650 hospitality professionals predicted to attend.

One of the keynote speakers of the day will be Srettha Thavisin, president of Thai hotel and real estate developer Sansiri. In accordance with the day’s theme, Thavisin will be talking about how large-scale projects can impact the tourism sector, either by encouraging travelers or disheartening those who want to see the real Bangkok.

The event will be hosted by Bill Barnett, Thailand Tourism Forum’s co-organizer and the managing director of C9.

“Thailand’s tourism industry continues to ride the crest of a wave, with record-breaking numbers of global visitors clamoring to experience the country’s many attractions,” Barnett told TTG Asia.

“To sustain such numbers, however, Bangkok needs large-scale redevelopment. Massive infrastructure projects are pushing into more districts and creating new tourism hotspots such as the Chao Praya River area. At TTF 2018, we will learn first-hand about the ambitious plans for Bangkok’s emerging cityscape and examine their impact on the tourism and hospitality sectors,” Barnett added.

Since 2016, Thailand’s travel and tourism sector has seen a 6.3 percent growth in contribution to employment and by 2027 Thailand’s tourism income is set to contribute US$169.9 billion to GDP.

To sustain this growth and entice more travelers to the city, a reported 100 new hotels are being planned, which could mean an additional 21,600 rooms and suites for either leisure or business travelers to lay their heads.

On the contrary to the excitement of new developments, Thailand still struggles with an outdated and weak transport system infrastructure. However, these issues and pipeline opportunities will all be discussed at the event.

Attendees will also hear from Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group; Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, director of Horwath HTL; Thomas Schmelter, IHG’s director of operations for Thailand & Indochina; and KC Moy, executive vice president of Capella Hotel Group, among many other noteworthy industry professionals.

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