Leading Tour Operator Opens Conversation with Thai Government and TAT Regarding the Future of the Tourism Industry
BANGKOK: 18 June 2020 – Diethelm Travel Thailand, the Thai arm of Diethelm Travel Group, today presented Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, with a request for providing more clarity around lifting travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company respects that the government’s current guidelines regarding tourism have played a significant role in combatting the spread of COVID-19 within the Kingdom. Since strict policies were put in place in March, however, the global situation surrounding the pandemic has changed and Diethelm Travel Thailand wishes to open up discussions between government authorities, the TAT and local tourism industry players to begin moving forward.
“We’re grateful for the Thai government’s leadership in controlling COVID-19 but are becoming increasingly concerned over the future of Thailand’s tourism industry, which directly and indirectly affects millions of citizens across the country,” said Stephan Roemer, CEO of Diethelm Travel Group. “Thailand is regarded as the flagship of Asia tourism and we hope that the Thai government will introduce a plan for reviving international tourism as soon as possible. To continue to keep our valued employees and maintain trust with our overseas partners, we need planning security.”
“We’re encouraged to see that looser travel regulations in combination with careful controls in Europe and East Asia have not led to any sudden increases in virus cases. Instead, they have started to allow the respective regions’ tourism industries to slowly recover and, in turn, protect valuable jobs,” continued Roemer.
Having shaped travellers’ experiences in Thailand since 1957, Diethelm Travel Thailand has worked for decades to promote tourism within the country and build close, mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders – from employees and suppliers, to government and tourism authorities, to agents and guests. By opening up a dialogue and sharing information, the DMC strives to help make it more accessible for foreign visitors to enjoy Journeys of a Lifetime in the Land of Smiles.