Tourism Innovation Summit Celebrates On-Site its First Edition

Tourism Innovation Summit Celebrates On-Site its First Edition

Seville, Spain, December 2, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / TIS – Tourism Innovation Summit 2020 celebrated its first edition, which took place in Seville from 25 to 27 November. Three days in which this international tourism summit discussed the needs and challenges facing the sector in order to boost economic recovery after the health crisis. The first professional tourism face-to-face event as a call from the industry to showcase that this sector needs to get back on track, by meeting on-site in Seville.

Throughout the event, safety and health prevention were present everywhere at the congress. TIS2020 carried out a total of 1,263 antigen tests on attendees, 800 of which were performed at FIBES, the venue that hosted the congress, and just over 400 at the source and 400 from origin. “We have committed ourselves to be an example that the reactivation of the tourism sector is possible by carrying out antigen tests, both at origin and destination, a measure demanded by the sector in order to return to activity as soon as possible”, said Silvia Avilés, Director of TIS – Tourism Innovation Summit. Avilés also thanked the Seville City Council for their collaboration and efforts in holding TIS in the city, and the Andalusian Regional Government, who “have committed themselves to this international summit to reactivate tourism”.

A 3-day global forum inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen, Doña Letizia Ortiz, in which she highlighted the value of TIS2020 “as a summit that will provide more elements of analysis to continue expanding the tourism value chain”. The first edition of TIS2020 had also the support and representation of the Andalusian Public Administration, with the presence of Juan Manuel Moreno, President of the Andalusian Regional Government, and Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville City Council. Juan Manuel Moreno highlighted the valuable collaboration of the administration, while Juan Espadas sent a message of confidence by holding a forum with speakers and leaders of the international tourism scene in a safe environment and with the aim of restarting the industry.

The second day of TIS2020 was featured by the Regional Tourism Counsellors Agenda, with the participation of Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; Juan Marín, Vice-President of the Andalusian Regional Government; and José Ramón Bauzá, Renew Europe’s Spokesperson on Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament. Digitalisation, technology and sustainability were the three main themes of the session. The Minister Maroto stated that it is “essential” to protect the business and talent of the tourism sector, for which the government plans to allocate 355 million euros from the Next Generation recovery funds announced by the European Union to promote the digitisation of the sector. 

The Closing Ceremony of TIS2020 also included the participation of the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, to show his support for this meeting as an international forum to promote innovation and the digitisation of the tourism industry. During his speech, Sánchez stated that “we need a country’s budget to undertake the transformations we are talking about, and that the tourism sector deserves to be promoted, modernised and also to create added value and quality employment”. For this reason, he explained that “we have increased the allocation for trade, tourism and SMEs by more than 1.3 billion. This is the largest investment for the sector in the whole of democratic history. The government is clear about this; we want a country project to lead tourism in the next decade”.

Security, trust, digitalisation and sustainability as keys to recovery 

Given the extraordinary circumstances in which the congress took place, in the midst of a pandemic and with extensive restrictions on mobility in many countries, TIS2020 gathered 1,263 visitors from 16 countries, together with 3,891 online visitors from 46 countries on five continents. Visitors who were able to attend the more than 180 hours of conferences with more than 200 experts who participated in the Tourism Innovation Global Summit congress.

The three days of the congress have highlighted the need to activate long-term strategies, based on models of collaboration between the private industry and public administration, which will make it possible to recover the confidence of travellers and the creation of sustainable and safe tourist destinations.

The public administration and the private sector represented in TIS2020 

The first edition of Tourism Innovation Summit had a wide representation of political leaders, who participated in numerous sessions during the three days. TIS2020 has brought together the European administration, national, regional and local leaders and experts from the tourism industry to promote ways of cooperation and agreements for the development and revival of a key industry for the world economy. The event was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, who presided over the opening ceremony.

An international congress that has been supported by leading companies such as Amadeus, Telefónica Empresas, CaixaBank, Mabrian, EY, Mastercard, Magnolia and City Sightseeing, among many others.

World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage Appoints New Senior Roles

World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage Appoints New Senior Roles

Chatswood, NSW, Australia, December 2, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has appointed Helena Egan and Shaun Vorster to its Executive Board, effective immediately.

Ms Egan joins as Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Vorster as Chief Strategist.

Florence Nkini has been appointed Director of Operations for Africa.

Egan, a Finnish national, brings 30 years’ of travel industry experience to WTACH, including nine years at TripAdvisor, where her most recent role was Global Director of Industry Relations, liaising with senior levels of government and industry and working as part of the Animal Welfare policy team. She strives to position tourism as a force for good when practiced responsibly, sustainably and with social impact top of mind. Egan is a sought-after board member, advisor, facilitator, strategist, keynote speaker and panellist.

Vorster, from South Africa, has served as a special adviser to the South African tourism and environment ministers for 11 years and as commercial vice president / special adviser at Expo 2020 Dubai for five years. He is an extraordinary professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has published widely on corporate governance, strategic planning, sustainable tourism, low-carbon aviation, and climate change.

Nkini, a Tanzanian national and responsible tourism advocate, has a growing track record in development programs such as community-based tourism, wildlife protection, international recruiting and youth training in Africa. She is also working to promote Tanzania’s cultural sites such as The Stone Town of Zanzibar and The Ruins of Bagamoyo and Kilwa.

WTACH CEO Chris Flynn said: “WTACH is delighted to add the support of Helena, Florence and Shaun as WTACH seeks to protect culture and heritage through the pursuit of ethical practices and codes of conduct in tourism.”

He added: “WTACH is now laying the foundations for new partnerships and growth for a post-Covid era where there should be more emphasis on responsible tourism and respect for local culture around the world.

“We are therefore keen to hear from potential partner organisations who want to join us and lead by example and take a fresh approach to responsible culture and heritage tourism programs.”

About World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage
WTACH seeks to establish clear goals, objectives and strategies for the protection of cultural heritage through responsible and sustainable tourism practices. Working in collaboration with public, private and specialist academic sector organisations, WTACH determines best practice ethical principles and standards in line with the most robust global research available. WTACH was established in 2018 by Chris Flynn, formerly Director – Pacific at the Pacific Asia Travel Association. WTACH is based in New South Wales, Australia.

GTEF 2020: Solidarity and Innovation, Reshaping Tourism in New Global Economy

GTEF 2020: Solidarity and Innovation, Reshaping Tourism in New Global Economy

Macao, Macao SAR, December 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Tourism Economy Forum · Macao 2020 will be held in Macao on 9 December. Under the theme of “Solidarity and Innovation: Reshaping Tourism in the New Global Economy”, the Forum will discuss the new strategies and momentum for restoring travelers’ confidence and reinventing the tourism industry. Under the new normal of regular control and prevention against the pandemic, this edition of GTEF will lead a confluence of online and offline engagement for the first time, leveraging innovative technology to unite tourism elites around the world for an exchange of insightful perspectives to unveil a new landscape for the tourism economy.

The organizer of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (“GTEF” or the “Forum”), the Secretariat for Economy and Finance, announced officially via video conferencing today (30 November) that the 9th GTEF will be held on 9 December 2020. Chief of Office of the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Ku Mei Leng, and Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, Pansy Ho, presented an overview and event program of GTEF 2020.

In her remarks, Ku Mei Leng stated, “COVID-19 has gone rampant and devastated the world and global economy. The tourism industry particularly stands in the forefront to weather the massive impact. Solidarity and innovation are especially important at this moment. This edition of the Forum is themed as “Solidarity and Innovation: Reshaping Tourism in the New Global Economy” with the aspiration that the travel trade can stay united around the world while industry leaders, experts and scholars can shed light on how to leverage innovative technology and online platforms to open up a new avenue that leads to faster recovery of the global tourism economy. 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of GTEF. The Forum will carry on its mission, striving to function as an international platform that fosters sustainable development of the global tourism economy.”

Pansy Ho stated, “Due to the pandemic, this year’s planning efforts for GTEF has faced many challenges. But as an international tourism city, a World Centre of Leisure and Tourism, as well as a core city of the Greater Bay Area, Macao kept its promise in holding the GTEF annually; The determination for such effort is strong due to the GTEF’s commitment to maintain its responsibility towards global citizens, to promote Macao, its motherland, and the world’s sustainable development of the tourism economy. The GTEF will continue on in full-force in the spirit of solidarity and innovation, using technology to hold a hybrid online and offline format to breakthrough geographical and time zone barriers, allowing attendees from all corners of the world to attend the Forum. Together, we join hands to explore innovative solutions, addressing the ‘New Normal’ of the tourism economy.”

Brilliant minds converge to probe into tourism and economic revival worldwide

Continuing to contribute as a navigator, GTEF will bring together some 30 Mainland, local and international government and industry leaders as well as international tourism organization leaders to proffer creative insights and strategies on tourism development, tourism and economic recovery, destination marketing and business operation, etc.

The Forum will present an innovative and inspiring program encompassing special keynotes, special sessions, special dialogues and featured interviews, letting brilliant minds converge to shape a brighter future of shared success. The special dialogues and featured interviews will cover the topics as follows: “Public Private Partnerships for Restarting Tourism Economy”, “Air Travel under the New Normal” and “Solidarity to Reshape the Tourism Economy”. The session on Public Private Partnerships for Tourism Economic Revival will highlight Macao’s Success Story.

Pacific Asia Travel Association Session

In partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), this session will feature the best practices from across the Asia-Pacific region to drive the recovery of the global tourism economy. During this session, the best practices collected will showcase optimal crisis communication plans, strategies to support small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as strategies adopted by tour operators and hospitality businesses to achieve sustainable business renewal. The session will also feature a discussion with experts on the sentiment of Chinese outbound travelers and how a greater understanding of this market’s preferences can help in the recovery of the global tourism economy.

UNWTO/GTERC Joint Research Report

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and GTEF’s coordinator, the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC), will deliver the 7th joint report on Asia Tourism Trends. The publication not only analyzes the latest tourism trends and outlook in Asia-Pacific, but also unveils how countries in Asia have adopted various measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and stimulate economic recovery, including a special case study on Macao. The report also highlights the significance of tourism and community development and points to the potential of rural tourism.

The Forum will also feature a special keynote “China Story: This is Hubei; This is Wuhan”, where Hubei will share the heartening story of the province’s road to recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

Debut of one-stop online business matching platform

This edition of the Forum will gather delegates from worldwide in the innovative online format through collaboration once again with Tencent Cloud, the cloud business under Tencent, which will further extend the influence of GTEF and demonstrate Macao’s comprehensive capacity to organize international conventions. Another highlight of GTEF is the Business Matching Session hosted by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM). The session will debut

its one-stop online business matching platform that enables business introduction, matchmaking, appointment making and meeting online, allowing Macao enterprises to “go global”.

Featured Chinese Province — Gansu

This year, Gansu – the featured province of the inaugural edition of GTEF – has once again been invited to grace the event as Featured Chinese Province. Gansu is regarded as one of the key birthplaces of the Chinese Civilization. The Forum will serve as a platform to showcase Gansu Province’s latest development, exuberant cultural heritage, colourful tourism resources as well as investment opportunities to delegates.

Connect with China and the world

GTEF has successfully built an advanced international tourism exchange platform that progresses forward with its functions. Capitalizing on Macao’s role as a bridge that connects different peoples and enhances cooperation between China and the world, as well as a strategic tourism hub in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Forum is committed to enhancing the sustainable development of the global tourism industry with a special focus on China, and guiding global tourism stakeholders to unlock new opportunities across China and the Greater Bay Area.

Since the inaugural edition in 2012, GTEF has engaged close to 12,700 participants from over 90 countries and regions, and 152 delegations from various Mainland provinces and regions. 600 internationally-renowned guest speakers have shared their insightful perspectives at the Forum, including ministerial officials of different countries, industry leaders, experts and scholars.

Support from Public and Private Sectors Alike

The 9th edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) is hosted by the Secretariat for Economy and Finance of the Macao SAR Government, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism (CCT) under the authorization of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) and the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), and coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC). GTEF’s supporting units include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), European Travel Commission (ETC), and the Macau Chinese Enterprise Association (MCEA).

GTEF is honored to garner support from its long-term Major Sponsors, including Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, MGM China Holdings Ltd, SJM Holdings Limited, Sands China Ltd., and Wynn Resort (Macau) S.A.; in addition, GTEF has received recognition from its Major Sponsors as an international platform, in which to share the various corporate social responsibility initiatives respectively.

Udon Thani – Esaan Style Travel

Udon Thani – Esaan Style Travel

Udon Thani, the city of Mee Khit cloth and magnificent nature. Visit various attractions such as “Sam Tam Khao Reservoir”, “Ban Non Kok Community”, and pay respect to the Buddha image at “Wat Sa Manee”.

Sam Tam Khao Reservoir Project Under the Royal Initiative

Start the trip at Sam Tam Khao Reservoir, a small irrigation water source with beautiful nature and relaxing atmosphere. Even with the sweltering weather, this place is still worth a visit.

Sam Tam Khao Reservoir was built to help villagers in Huai Mak Lam village which is the driest and most rugged village. Because no groundwater in the area, only water source is a small pond at the end of the village. Villagers have to share water from this source among over 70 households, so they have no choice but to buy water for drinking and buy soil to grow vegetables by themselves.

With the help of Sam Tam Khao Reservoir Project, villagers more than 300 people had reliable water source to use because there is a water pipe system that sends water from the reservoir down to the village. Agricultural land up to 350 rai were benefited by the reservoir.

In addition to having enough drinking water, this reservoir has also become a breeding ground for freshwater fish for the villagers to make their income from fishery. A road was constructed to the village making travelling more convenient. In addition, Ban Huai Mak Lam School was built so that children can enroll to the school near their houses.

Another thing that is interesting and should not be missed is the rocky mountain path, the amazing natural wonders that everyone must experience once, which we can walk along the rocky mountain path to Ban Huai Mak Lam School.

Ban Non Kok

Next destination is Ban Non Kok’s ancient textile weaving group. Enjoy the atmosphere of the rice fields, appreciate the beauty of many types of textiles and participate in many local activities.

Red lotus juice – red lotus petal porridge

See the antique cloth storage room, try cool red lotus juice, and red lotus petal porridge.

Tie dye fabric from red lotus

Try making tie dye fabric from red lotus. Every part of a red lotus can be used to make natural dye. Gold dye comes from red lotus flower, silver dyr comes from red lotus stem and dark pink dye comes from red lotus petals.

Rice cracker pounding

Try an ancient way of rice cracker pounding. To make rice cracker, mix glutinous rice with Yayen herb so that the mixture will not stick to a mortar, form the mixture into a round ball, make it into sheet, dry it and cook it with fire.

Squeeze Khao Phun

Try making Khao Phun in an old style by using old style tools.

After that, join Baisi Sukwan ceremony and have dinner. The dinner are made of healthy menu using local vegetables and mushrooms grown from the village. Enjoy with a variety of menus such as Ban Non Kok chili paste, steamed fish, Ban Non Kok boiled eggs in sweet sauce and more.

Wat Sa Manee

End the trip to Udon by paying homage to the Buddha image, making a wish and enhancing good fortune at “Wat Sa Manee”, a beautiful and sacred temple.

Phra Ubosot

Upon entering the temple, you will find the uniqueness of the large and spectacular temple with 4 naga images at the stairway. Inside the Ubosot enshrines Phra Phuttha Phibun Thanaphirom, the sacred Buddha image respected by many people.

Sakaeo Manichot

A sacred pool that has existed since ancient time. On propitious day, the light of Kaew Manichot will rise from the pond emitting a beautiful light. It is believed to have nagas guarding this pond.

Hor Pu Kot

The villagers respect Hor Pu Kot being very sacred. Any wish will be fulfilled, but only 1 wish only 1 at a time.

Leadership Changes at Air Transport Association

Leadership Changes at Air Transport Association

Geneva, Switzerland, November 30, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced leadership changes approved by the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue is now the Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG), succeeding Carsten Spohr, Chair IATA BoG (2019-2020) and CEO of Lufthansa. Hayes will serve a term commencing immediately and ending at the conclusion of the Association’s 78th Annual General Meeting to be held in 2022.  Hayes will serve an extended term as Chair covering two AGMs due the disruption to governance cycles necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS Group will serve as Chairman of the BoG from the conclusion of the 78th IATA AGM in 2022 until the conclusion of the 79th AGM in 2023, following Hayes’ term.
  • Willie Walsh, former CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) will become IATA’s 8th Director General from 1 April 2021. He will succeed Alexandre de Juniac, who has led IATA since 2016 and who will step down from IATA at the end of March 2021.
  • The Nominating Committee’s recommendations for appointments to the BoG were approved.

“I am pleased to be ending my term as Chair of the IATA BoG with strong leadership in place to see IATA through the crisis and lead the industry towards recovery. I thank all the members of the BoG and Alexandre for their support over the 18 months that I have served as BoG Chair—particularly during the crisis period. That support enabled extraordinary efforts by IATA during the crisis. Those efforts have made our association even more relevant. With today’s leadership announcements we can be assured that IATA remains in good hands. Robin will be a strong leader for the BoG. I am confident that Alexandre will continue to be an authoritative voice for the industry as he completes his term as Director General and CEO. And Willie will take up the mantle from April with the fierce leadership determination for which he is well-known,” said Spohr.

“The expectations for IATA’s leadership are high. Managing through the crisis is, of course, at the top of the agenda. We must safely re-open borders and build back the vital global connectivity that has been lost in this crisis. There is a great expectation for aviation’s role in the global distribution of a vaccines when they are ready.  Safely re-starting large parts of the industry after months of being grounded is a challenge that will require IATA to work with governments globally. And, in additional COVID-19 related work, we have a clear mandate to meet our 2050 goal to cut net aviation emissions to half 2005 levels; and to explore pathways to net zero globally. I look forward to driving these priorities forward with the support of Alexandre, Willie, the BoG and all our members,” said Hayes.

Hayes was named president of JetBlue in 2014 and appointed CEO in 2015, a position that also encompasses subsidiaries JetBlue Technology Ventures and JetBlue Travel Products. He joined JetBlue in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer after a 19-year career with British Airways.

“These next months will be critical. There is much work to be done to re-open borders with testing. And we are making preparations for the eventual global distribution of vaccines. I look forward to working with Robin to move as far as we can on these and other critical IATA projects before handing over to Willie during March. In the meantime, I congratulate Willie on his appointment, and I thank Carsten and the other Board members for their support during my time at IATA,” said de Juniac.

“I am honored by the confidence placed in me to take on the responsibilities of IATA Director General. Associations play a critical role in our industry and none is more important than IATA. It must be a forceful advocate for the industry—moving forward crisis recovery priorities, ensuring sustainability and helping airlines to survive by lowering costs, reducing taxes and eliminating regulatory blockers to success. Many of IATA’s services are essential for airlines to do business, including the settlement systems which in normal times handle about half the industry’s revenue—over $400 billion a year. And IATA’s industry standards are essential for safe and efficient global operations. The job of IATA Director General comes with great responsibility for an industry that is critical to the economic and social wellbeing of the world. I look forward to continuing the transformation started by Alexandre, making IATA an even more effective association that meets the needs of its members and exceeds their expectations,” said Walsh.

Walsh is an airline industry veteran. He has served as CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) from its creation under his leadership in 2011 until 2020, CEO of British Airways as CEO (2005-2011) and CEO of Aer Lingus (2001-2005) after a career at that airline and its associated companies which began as a pilot cadet in 1979. Walsh is very familiar with IATA having served on its Board of Governors for almost 13 years between 2005 to 2018, including as Chair (2016-2017).

Festive Cheer Embraces Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Festive Cheer Embraces Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Bangkok, Thailand, November 30, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. Throughout December, Anantara Siam is hosting a wealth of festive events and culinary delights offering something to suit all the family.

Starting with the Gingerbread House Academy on Thai Father’s Day, kids are invited to get creative and bond with Dad. The iconic Afternoon Tea is given a festive spin worthy of Santerinas across the city.

Meanwhile, from Madison, to Biscotti to AQUA Bar, joyful foodie events take centre stage this festive season. From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, Anantara Siam is the destination to celebrate and send off 2020 in style.

Anantara Siam is also supporting The Rajvithi Home for Girls with the festive ‘Make a Wish’ initiative. Guests visiting Anantara Siam over the festive period will be able to select a wish from the Christmas tree in the lobby made by one of the girls and make it come true by donating its value.

Investments and Education Focus of High-Level UNWTO Tunisia Visit

Investments and Education Focus of High-Level UNWTO Tunisia Visit

Tunis, Tunisia, November 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met with H.E. Kais Saied, President of Tunisia, and his Head of government Hichem Mechichi of Tunisia during a high-level visit to the North African country. This second visit to an African Member State in the space of three weeks reaffirms UNWTO’s commitment to restarting tourism across the continent and focus on working closely with governments to promote sustainable growth and innovation.

Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili thanked President Saied and his government for their strong support for tourism at this challenging time. A key focus of the high-level meeting was exploring ways in which UNWTO can support Tunisia as it channels tourism’s power to drive sustainable development. Alongside this, the Secretary-General and the Tunisian authorities discussed UNWTO’s partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with a current project providing technical support to drive the recovery of Tunisia’s tourism sector in the wake of the pandemic.

Together for future collaboration

Secretary-General Pololikashvili said: “Tunisia is an example of a country effectively investing in tourism and harnessing the unique power of the sector to promote development and create opportunities for many. I thank President Saied for his warm hospitality and for his government’s support of tourism throughout and beyond the pandemic.”

I thank President Saied for his warm hospitality and for his government’s support of tourism throughout and beyond the pandemic

In addition to the meeting with the President and Head of government the UNWTO delegation also held talks with the Tunisian Minister of Tourism Habib Ammar to discuss plans for current and future collaboration. Reflecting the key priorities of UNWTO’s leadership, the talks focused on ways to boost sustainable tourism and to create jobs through innovation, education and investments, as well as tourism for rural development.

Investing in Africa’s future

Also reflecting UNWTO’s core priorities, most notably a commitment to developing talent and promoting education, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening of the Tunisia Hospitality Symposium. The Symposium was held at the Carthage High Commercial Studies Institute (or IHEC Carthage), the first and most prestigious business school in Tunisia.

The service sector, which includes tourism, is one of the two main economic sectors for Tunisia. According to UNWTO data, African destinations experienced a 99% decline in international tourist arrivals during the second quarter of 2020 when compared with 2019. Working closely alongside Member States from across the continent, UNWTO has realigned its 2030 Agenda for Africa to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help drive sustainable recovery.

Trat – Black Sand Beach and Ban Tha Ranae Community

Trat – Black Sand Beach and Ban Tha Ranae Community

Ban Tha Ranae Community – Amazing mangrove forest. Start the first day at Ban Tha Ranae community, a tourism community full of natural wonders. The mangrove forest here is divided into layers from the outside forest to the inner forest starting from Lamphu forest, mangrove forest, samae forest, and taboon forest.

Lan Taboon

Lan Taboon is the enormous taboon courtyard with taboon roots sprouting all over the courtyard. Enjoy bowling game using bowling ball made from taboon tree.

Edible Mangrove

You must not miss out Bai Kong Kang Tod, a special dish made by mixing mangrove leaves with egg, sugar, kaffir lime leaves and deep frying until crisp and golden.

Roi Ruu Tea

A special tea that cannot be found elsewhere because it is the tea that invented by local people themselves and there are no cultivating method of the tea ingredient. It has properties that help nourish the heart, relieve aches, cure rashes and prevent diabetes and cancers.

Bai Kan Srong wicker hat

Do not forget to stop by to see Bai Kan Srong wicker hat, a beautiful souvenir made from the Kan Srong leaves which offers distinctive design, beautiful shape and durability. Kan Srong leaves also has properties that cure Psoriasis and can be used as ingredient to make soap or shampoo.

Look Taboon Tie-dye Cloth

Try making Tie-dyed cloth from Look Taboon which offers beautiful natural brown color. You can choose any popular patterns you like such as star, wheel or stone patterns.

The viewpoint of the eastern end of the land, Laem Ngop District, Trat Province

Famous landmarks in the area are a red and white lighthouse that stands out as a symbol of the area and the sign of the eastern end. Enjoy taking photos with famous landmarks or watching the beautiful sunset in one of the most beautiful sunset spots on the east coast.

The statue of King Rama V

Near the Laem Ngop lighthouse, there is a statue of King Rama V which is highly revered by local people. He was known for preventing France colonization by negotiation.

King Rama V History Inscription

Another important site for Trat people. It is located near the King Rama V statue. The inscription mentioned King Rama V’s speech for his concern for Trat people about French colonization.

Enter day 2 at the one and only black sand beach in Siam

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach, a natural wonder that can be found only five places in the world, namely Taiwan, Malaysia, California, Hawaii and Thailand in Trat Province, Laem Ngop District, in the area of Laem Makham National Conserved Forest.
Caused by the dissolution of the mines, seashells and quartz, the black sand beach area is surrounded by a large mangrove forest, rich with various marine life. It is a major tourist attraction and important fishery area the local people.

Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak – Thai Navy Heroic Deed in the Battle of Koh Chang

The monument faces to the direction that the Battle of Koh Chang occurred. Around the area and the museum decorated with a warship instruments. The museum exhibits historical information of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak and the naval battle of the Thai Naval forces against the French naval forces.

Trat Museum

This museum was originally a Trat city hall built in the reign of King Rama 6. The building is a colonial architecture built as a wooden house on stilts with hipped roof.

This building had been severely damaged by fire in 2004. Trat Municipality offered a budget of more than 19 million baht to the Fine Arts Department to renovate and turn it into the museum.

Temporary Prison Khao Rakam Sufficiency Economy Learning Center and Ban Tha Ranae Community

It is a prison that adopted the sufficiency economy principle and the king’s philosophy which later becomes a learning center and tourist destination.

The area is allocated to various training areas for various occupations, such as reforestation plot, organic vegetables plot, livestock feeding plot, fish pond, beekeeping and various profession training for inmates. Inmates will get their share when their products are sold.

On the hill next to the Kam Lang Jai Bridge, there is the Inspire By Princess coffee shop which sells a variety of food and products made by inmates. Inmates are able to work here as store managers or service workers in order to prepare themselves after released from prison.

Lampang – Community Model and National Park

Lampang – Community Model and National Park

Visit Huai Sam Kha Reservoir Project which operated under the Royal Agricultural Water Resources Development Project of King Rama IX. Water resources development for agriculture project according to the royal initiative.

Inherit and build on:
• Huai Sam Kha Reservoir Project
• Ban Pa Miang Community Health Learning Center
• Chae Son National Park

Huai Sam Kha Reservoir

Ban Sam Kha Way of Life – Upstream community model

Ban Sam Kha community is located adjacent to Mae Chang National Reserved Forest which is a watershed forest consisted mainly of plateaus and mountains.

The village is located in the lower part of the forest. It is a flat area suitable for farming and suitable for community-based tourism.

The basin is about 700-800 meters long and the walkway is about 1-2 kilometers long. The water is very clear with a variety of herbs and trees such as Ya Ka Sang, teak, Pradu and Mai Daeng can be found along the way.

Ban Sam Kha Development Plan

Back in the past, Ban Sam Kha Village had to face debt and water shortages. Thought leaders, such as Mr. Boonruen Thao Kham, have created development plan for the village with Teacher Sri Nuan Wongtrakul designed the curriculum for elementary schools in the community. The curriculum is called “Huay Sam Kha : Hed Pa Na Khao” which emphasizes on practical learning from the real problems in the village.

With management plan on water resources, campaign about forest fire prevention and weir building, Ban Sam Kha Community has water available for use throughout the year making more and more wildlife settle in the area. As a result, local people earn extra revenue from collecting forest products. Currently, there are over 10,998 weirs around the forest.

The use of chemicals for agriculture is prohibited here. Main product is the rice called Thunya-sirin rice which can be sold for 25-30 baht per kilogram. It has characteristics like riceberry rice which has a mixture of Lanna fragrant rice + jasmine rice + wild rice.

Settlement and Ethnicity – Ban Sam Kha Community

Hua Suea Subdistrict, Mae Tha District, Lampang Province

Sam Kha people are descendant of Lua people emigrated from Ban Lao Nong Pong and Ban Phrabat Nong Moo. The Lua people wandered into the forest and settled a village called “Ban Mae Yuak” named after a field of banana trees. Later, the village was flooded, they evacuated again by going up on the eastern foothills.

The name “Ban Sam Kha” derived from the story that one day a villager went hunting. He got a barking deer but unable to drag it back. Therefore, He used a knife to cut only one of its hind leg and brought the leg back. In the morning, the barking deer was gone because the big snake dragged the rest of its carcass back into the cave (At the current location of Ban Sam Kha). The villagers killed a dog and used it as a bait to lure the big snake. The end of the rope was tied to the tree at the entrance of the cave.

The next day, they successfully trapped the snake. The snake was dragged out of the cave and the snake meat was distributed to the whole village except the widow because she was not help dragging the snake.

When night falls, an angel transformed into an old man walked up the stairs and said to her “To night, if you hear anything, don’t leave the house because it can be dangerous”. The widow was frightened by the noise of a landslide. Therefore came out of the house to see what happened but found only emptiness, all houses disappeared. After that she went to pay respect to the Buddha image.

In the morning, the widow went out of the house seeing the village collapse. After that, she migrated to live in a cave at the north. It was later called Tham Ya Gek cave and the area the village collapsed was later called Pong Lom.

Later, Ban Mae Yuak had no bananas trees left due to the forest was destroyed. So the name was changed to “Ban Sam Kha” according to the lore of the 3-legged barking deer. Sam Kha in this case refers to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Ban Pa Miang Tea Pillow Group

Community Health Learning Center

This trip, we will go to an ecological tourist attraction at Chae Son Sub-district, Mueang Pan District, Ban Pa Miang Community Health Learning Center where visitors get close to the way of life of the Ban Pa Miang community people.

Besides that, Ban Pa Miang community also offers many good products such as cute tea leaf pillows and deodorant dolls made from real tea leaves. The products have properties that help respiratory system and relieve stress.

Ban Pa Miang, a small and old village located in the middle of a large forest. The name of Pa Miang Village comes from Miang tree, the economic crop of the community.

Ban Pa Miang has abundant resources. The weather is cool all year round. There are miang trees that grow well under the shade of large trees on an area ranging from 300-1,000 meters. Young miang tree leaves can be made into snack and old miang tree leaves can be made into tea leaves pillow. It is a popular souvenir gift due to its properties such as relieving stress and absorb musty smell.

In addition, this community is in the watershed forest. Arabica coffee is considered as economic crop of the community and Arabica coffee that grown here does not involve any use of chemical substances. Ban Pa Miang is now open as a homestay and open for tourists to study the way of life in the community.

Visitors can take a walk in the village, see street art corners, enjoy with flower field, buys local products, and visit various learning bases, such as collecting miang leaves and making a tea leaves pillow.

Learn about the way of life of the community through activities such as product processing, tea leaves or miang collecting and tea leaves pillow making. And the fact that the products have been certified is one of the pride of the Ban Pa Miang community.

Ban Pa Miang community consists of a variety of groups namely tea pillow, homestay group, folk music groups, herb collecting group, and processed coffee making group.

Chae Son National Park

Before going home, we are going to Chae Son National Park. Enjoy with many beautiful natural resources such as waterfalls, hot pools and hot springs. Have fun boiling eggs in hot springs and taking bath in hot pools.

UNWTO: Advancing International Code for Protection of Tourists

UNWTO: Advancing International Code for Protection of Tourists

Madrid, Spain, November 30, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists has met for a second time, bringing the establishment of the landmark legal framework a step closer to being realized.

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UNWTO hosted the consultative virtual meeting which counted on the participation of 92 Member States, as well as one Associate Member. Joining them to inform the discussions were legal experts from several global regions, all of them members of the special Consultative Group as well as introducing the Observers, international organizations both governmental and non-governmental that will join forces with UNWTO in the development of the Code and guarantee that the result is a well representative and balanced set of standards

The diverse range of observers reflected the strong interest in an International Code designed to offer tourists greater protection as consumers and to spread the responsibility of assisting tourists affected by emergency situations across the whole of the sector. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, which is responsible for the EU’s tourism policies highlighted its interest in following this project in view of the potential commonalities with the Commission´s work. .

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Joining them were the representative from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Additionally, and highlighting strong interest from the private sector in the work of the Committee, a number of business organizations and member groups took part as observers, among them the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Hotrec, which represents the European hospitality sector.

Participants of the Committee also elected a Chair (Brazil) and Vice-Chair (Greece).