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JFCCT Announces Key ‘Safety & Security for Thai Tourism’ Brainstorming Session

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Facilitating and balancing safety and security for Thailand’s tourism sector and discussing the best options to help secure the many benefits tourism brings to the country will form the main thrust of two key Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) sessions scheduled on 15 October and again in mid-November.

Mr.Eric Hallin_middle_ with representatives from Chulalongkorn, PATA, SKAL, JFCCTAnnouncing the ‘Facilitating & Balancing Safety & Security for Tourism in Thailand’ initiative at the Ramada Menam Hotel in Bangkok, JFCCT Tourism Committee Chairman, Eric Hallin said the fact that the event has been scheduled across two half-day sessions served a very definite purpose.

“The 14 October session is intended as a brainstorming meeting and an opportunity to gather gathering information on safety and security issues affecting the Thai tourism sector which are highly relevant to everyone involved in our industry,” Mr Hallin said.

“A follow-up session has been scheduled for 14 November when delegates will again meet to look at and discuss the best ways in which the information gathered in the first meeting can be best implemented to the benefit of the entire sector.

“While we foresee that tourism will continue to earn good income for Thailand even during these hard economic times, tourism safety and security is becoming an ever increasing threat to tourism everywhere in the world.

“This event therefore is seen as being extremely timely.”

Underlining the importance with which the Thai government views the dual forums, His Excellency Pureesrisak, Minister of Tourism and Sports will officially open the first of the two sessions, both of which will be held at the Menam Riverside Hotel.

Representatives from other ministries, including the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Royal Thai Police, Royal Thai Tourism Police and Thai PBS will also attend.

The event is also expected to attract strong attendance from both the local and international tourism and private sectors as well as representatives from several countries’ Embassies.

The event has received solid backing from PATA, SKAL, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Chulalongkorn University.

Mr Hallin said the key objectives of the event were as follows:

1.      To enhance confidence in the Thai destinations as safe and desirable places to visit.

2.      To reduce negative economic impact for all stakeholders in such destinations.

3.      To counter erroneous perceptions created by poor media coverage.

4.      To correct (and strive to dispel) any such perceptions with realistic insights and observations.

5.      To provide assistance for the safeguarding of inbound overseas and domestic tourism traffic.

6.      To assist stakeholders to minimize the impact of such residual, negative perceptions.

Participation at the event will be free of charge.

For more information contact: Jureeporn Phongthai

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