On track for a record-breaking year

event December 04, 2017 16:06

By The Nation

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Top developers will be unveiling their plans to enhance cityscape at the seventh Thailand Tourism Forum taking place at InterContinental Hotel Bangkok on January 22.

The forum, which has as its theme Megacity Bangkok, will focus on the redevelopment of the thriving Thai capital and bring together 650 hotel industry professionals to share their creative ideas about reshaping Bangkok’s cityscape. 

Srettha Thavisin, president of Sansiri, is one of the key speakers. 

Sansiri recently entered the hospitality space in partnership with Standard Hotels to create the hotel brand, Monocle, and Thavisin will talk on the subject “Large Scale Projects Contribute to Better Tourism Experiences.” 

He will be joined by executives from the Thailand’s largest conglomerates, hotel leaders, expert analysts, developers and financiers such as Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive of Minor Hotel Group, Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, director of Horwath HTL and Thomas Schmelter, IHG’s Director of Operations for Thailand & Indochina. 

“Thailand’s tourism industry continues to ride the crest of a wave, with record-breaking numbers of global visitors clamouring to experience the country’s many attractions,” Barnett said. “As the country’s capital and major international gateway, Bangkok is fast becoming one of the world’s great mega-cities. 

“To sustain such numbers however, Bangkok needs large-scale redevelopment. Massive infrastructure projects are pushing into more districts and creating new tourism hotspots such as the Chao Praya River area. At TTF 2018, we will learn first-hand about the ambitious plans for Bangkok’s emerging cityscape and examine their impact on the tourism and hospitality sectors,” Barnett added. 

Thailand’s tourism industry is on track for yet another record-breaking year. According to data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Kingdom welcomed 17.3 million international visitors in the first half of 2017, generating Bt876 billion. Tourism revenues are expected to reach an all-time high of Bt1.81 trillion for the full year. 

This rising demand is also boosting confidence in Thailand’s hotel sector; according to STR, approximately 100 new hotels are currently in the country’s pipeline, potentially adding 21,600 new rooms to the national inventory – many of which will be in Bangkok. 

Check the full programme at www.ThailandTourismForum.com.