General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, this week presided over the opening of the 2017 World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit and delivered opening remarks to more than 800 delegates attending the event on 26-27 April.
Later, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, presided over the welcome gala dinner specially designed to showcase “Unique Local Thai Experiences”.
The appearances of both the Thai Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister at this global private sector event signify Thailand’s commitment for the development of the tourism industry, according to eTurboNews.
General Prayut said: “I am proud that Thailand has been selected to host one of the world’s most important international tourism conferences.
“This reinforces Thailand’s readiness to host global conferences in addition to its potential to be a leading travel and tourism hub in Asia and the world.”
Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), this is the first time that the WTTC Global Summit has been held in Southeast Asia.
This year’s event was also attended by ministers in tourism and related portfolios from 13 nations as well as Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as well as more than 800 delegates from 58 countries.
Organised under the theme of “Transforming Our World,” the event was keynoted by David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK.