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TAT targets 10% growth in 2020, quality markets and responsible tourism set as key criteria

TAT targets 10% growth in 2020, quality markets and responsible tourism set as key criteria

BANGKOK: Gearing up to mark its 60th anniversary in 2020, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) this week reaffirmed its commitment to making travel and tourism the Kingdom’s most economically promising, environmentally sustainable, and culturally vibrant sector in the years to come.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 9 July 2019, 03:53PM


TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Photo: TAT

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Photo: TAT

 Addressing the Thai tourism private sector and media after the week-long Tourism Action Plan meetings, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the completion of the auspicious 5th cycle of life will be a time for reflection on past achievements and careful management of a new era of challenges set to emerge in a highly competitive and constantly changing global and regional environment.

“With the positive outcome in 2018, Thai tourism has clearly succeeded in fulfilling its mandate,” he said.

“We will work even harder to maintain our brand image, preserve our competitive advantages, and ensure that the socio-economic benefits of international and domestic tourism are spread right across the country.”

In implementing this agenda, TAT will be closely aligning its strategies with the policies and plans of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand’s national planning agency, whose Secretary General, Thosaphorn Sirisamphan is also the current Chairman of TAT’s Board.

The targets for 2020 are to boost total tourism revenues by 10% over the projection for this year. TAT has also set clear directions to move the Thai tourism industry out of mass tourism and towards responsible tourism with an emphasis on revenue-generating quality tourists. The idea of responsible tourism will be spread out through the channels of TAT in-house magazine named Osotho, the TAT announce din a release this week.

Governor Yuthasak said, “Also, TAT will launch a nationwide campaign to mark its 60th anniversary with core messages highlighting the importance of responsible tourism and being good hosts under the theme of ‘Next steps towards a sustainable Thailand’.

“This campaign will be delivered to three target groups: TAT staff, the Thai people, and Thai tourism stakeholders. Meanwhile, an ‘Amazing Thailand Week’ is also planned for the international market by TAT’s overseas offices.

For the domestic market, TAT will categorise customers into various segments; such as, Gen X, Gen Y, family and millennial family, silver age, lady, first jobber, multi-gen, and corporate.

In the foreign markets, TAT will focus on specific quality markets and middle-upper income groups (Go High). It will seek first-time visitors in new markets and in the long-standing source markets (Go New Customer). It will also attempt to balance out the seasonality factor and generate more demand in the “Green Season” (Go Low), the announcement read.

Alongside efforts to build a strong image of Thailand in order to maintain its competitive advantages, other products will be developed and marketed; such as, homestays, walking streets and local cuisine (Go Local). Meanwhile, digital technology will be devised to reach the customers (Go Digital).

The core communication marketing theme will remain “Open to the New Shades” that focuses on providing positive and unexpected experiences. Following on from the long-standing Amazing Thailand slogan, the future advertising campaigns will continue to specific target groups and highlight the friendliness and hospitality of the Thai people, the TAT noted.

Gov Yuthasak said, “Next year is likely to be a testing year due to the impact of international developments; such as, global geopolitical friction and economic difficulties, increasing competition, a relatively strong Baht, and reduced spending power.

“The good news is that the global travel and tourism market is still vibrant and the Asia-Pacific region, the source of the vast majority of Thailand’s tourism visitors, is seeing the emergence of many different customer segments across all demographic categories and income groups.”

He added, “The past 60 years have seen Thai tourism go through many ups and downs, but always emerge strong and resilient. Our contribution to national social and economic development is now well-recognised. With the strong support of all Royal Thai Government agencies, our partners and friends abroad, as well as our energetic private sector, we will be doing our best to stay the course in the years ahead.”

To keep Thailand’s position as a preferred destination, the TAT will aim to maintain Thailand being among the top six countries in the world in generating tourism revenue, and in the top three in the Loyalty Index in the Asia Pacific, Gov Yuthasak said.

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Foot | 09 July 2019 - 17:56:31

The censored news this year has been the consistent decline in tourism.  Easy to see, too.  Just look around at all the business' that have closed.  Or, ask the present survivors.
TAT reports big increases instead of working for increases.  It's sad that so many Thais cannot make a living from tourism.
The press should write an in depth honest story about the tourism decline.

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