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Heightened Anticipation Surrounding the New Tourism Minister’s Appointment

Heightened Anticipation Surrounding the New Tourism Minister's Appointment

Subsequent to the finalization of the new cabinet lineup, stakeholders in the tourism sector are underlining the significance of enhanced cooperation among ministries and pertinent bodies to further the aim of positioning Thailand as a central hub for tourism and aviation.

Sanga Ruangwattanakul, the President of the Khao San Road Business Association, expressed optimism that the cabinet reshuffle would uphold governmental stability, particularly if the fundamental policies are retained. He underscored the importance of the 2030 Ignite Thailand vision, which is geared towards propelling Thailand’s tourism and aviation sectors forward.

In the recent reshuffle, there has been a switch in roles between the culture minister and the tourism minister. Sermsak Pongpanich, the current Culture Minister, is set to assume the post of Tourism Minister, taking over from Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, who will transition to the Culture Ministry. Sanga noted that while Sermsak may not have extensive experience in the tourism sector, his past ministerial roles could prove beneficial in his new position.

Sanga proposed that the new minister involve tourism experts as consultants and team members to ensure effective decision-making. In light of Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara’s sudden resignation as the Foreign Minister, Sanga acknowledged the high standards set by Parnpree and encouraged the new foreign minister to address pending matters such as visa-free agreements with European countries and the promotion of seamless tourism in Southeast Asia.

To support small and medium-sized tourism operators, Sanga advised Finance Minister Pichai Chunhavajira to collaborate closely with the Bank of Thailand to address issues like interest rate reductions. He stressed the significance of internal conflict resolution by the finance minister to rebuild public confidence.

Thanet Supornsahasrungsi, the President of the Association of Chonburi Tourism Federation, stressed the necessity of comprehensive collaboration among ministries, especially in the realms of transportation, tourism, and foreign affairs. He highlighted the potential for Pattaya and Chonburi to enhance tourism opportunities utilizing U-tapao Airport, suggesting joint initiatives to increase flight frequencies and stimulate tourism demand.

Thanet recommended incentivizing airlines through fee discounts and streamlined transport arrangements to attract new carriers. Reflecting on the government’s initial eight months in office, he acknowledged the benefits of visa waiver programs with various countries but stressed the requirement for long-term strategies, encompassing enhanced safety measures and transport infrastructure.

He underscored the importance of addressing challenges like construction delays, citing their impact on tourism in areas such as Hua Hin and Cha-am due to ongoing road construction delays along Rama II Road.

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