Thailand confirmed today that it is ready – in its role as host of APEC 2022 – to host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and the 60th Meeting of the APEC Tourism Working Group. APEC in Bangkok from August 14 to 20, 2022.
HE Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, said, “This is the first time that Thailand will host a ministerial meeting on tourism in 21 APEC member economies, which is expected to attend over 300 ministers and officials. The meetings will be held with a “low carbon” approach under the concept of “regenerative tourism” which promotes a sustainable recovery from the pandemic”.
The concept of “regenerative tourism” focuses on a holistic approach to developing and promoting tourism taking into account all possible impacts on the local environment, culture and way of life. In addition to the restoration of tourist attractions, the strategy emphasizes the development of sustainable tourism by balancing the number of tourists according to the attraction and, more importantly, prioritizing the quality and consistency of service. compared to the number of tourists. The aim is also to encourage local populations to participate in and benefit from inclusive and equitable tourism, and to stimulate awareness of cultural and environmental preservation.
This is in line with the Royal Thai Government’s Bio-Circular-Green Economy or BCG model, which is being used to revive Thailand’s tourism industry with the aim of providing safe, inclusive and sustainable travel. BCG’s business model capitalizes on Thailand’s strengths in biodiversity and cultural richness, and is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“As host of APEC 2022, Thailand aims to advance APEC’s policy recommendations on regenerative tourism to pave the way for the future of tourism in the Asia-Pacific region. Thailand will certainly use these recommendations as a starting point for planning a tourism policy that builds on the concept of sustainable tourism to help revive our tourism sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. Phiphat said.
By ensuring the sustainable development of natural resources and involving local people with the aim of a real distribution of income to the local community, the concept of “regenerative tourism” should benefit APEC member economies in the recovery of the post-pandemic tourism. Furthermore, it will help achieve the goal of capitalizing on tourism for a better environment, more social creativity and more valued knowledge of local wisdom, and ultimately help support local people with better jobs and livelihoods. .
This reflects Thailand’s theme for its hosting of APEC 2022, which is “Open. Relate. Balance”.
In addition to the APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting and Working Group, there will also be side events; for example, an academic seminar on the theme “Co-Creating Regenerative Tourism” and an excursion centered around the historical district of Talat Noi in Bangkok and the Sampran model of Nakhon Pathom. These aim to offer event participants a chance to experience community-based tourism in line with the concept of “regenerative tourism”.
“On behalf of the people of Thailand, Thailand stands ready to be a good host and present our regenerative tourism initiatives to ministers and officials from APEC member economies at the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and meetings. related,” Mr. Phiphat concluded.
The press conference also took place in the presence of Mr. Choti Trachu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT; and executives and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, TAT, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), and the Government Public Relations Department. (TAT)