The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) showcased Thailand’s innovation approach to digital tourism in line with key strategies of the tourism campaign “Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters” at the World Tourism Forum (GTF) 2022: Dubai Blockchain for Travel, which took place yesterday (March 26).
Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT Deputy Governor for Digitization, Research and Development, highlighted Thailand’s digital tourism readiness during Session 5 of GTF 2022 on Blockchain Technology, a bridge to smart tourism.
Ms. Sumaira Isaacs, CEO of the World Tourism Forum Institute, and Ms. Angela Gerekou, President of the Greek National Tourism Organization, with Ms. Neslihan Gündeş, Director of Partnerships and Board Affairs, Forum Institute world of tourism, also shared their knowledge during the session. , as the session moderator.
Mr. Nithee said that as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, TAT has launched the tourism campaign “Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters” with the aim of revitalizing and transforming Thai tourism into a tourism stronger and sustainable, more responsible, more digital and more inclusive tourism growth in response to the growing trend as part of the new normal.
“There is an opportunity in every crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has particularly affected Thai tourism, but it has also driven an unprecedented digital transformation that now plays a central role in accelerating the country’s tourism ecosystem towards quality and sustainability. As such, TAT is embracing “smart tourism” in its strategy to increase the competitiveness of Thai tourism, while promoting Thailand as a remote worker-friendly destination among tech-savvy travelers and locals. digital nomads,
Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT Deputy Governor for Digitization, Research and Development
TAT’s innovation approach to digital tourism is based on 3 key factors.
First, TAT focuses on domestic Thai tourists by sharing knowledge and building trust on preparing for Thai digital tourism. A “Durian Farm Virtual Tour” platform was recently launched to allow tourists to visit a farm in the virtual world and buy real fruits to deliver to them. Similar projects are underway to create personalized experiences in the Metaverse virtual world and pave the way for the use of cryptocurrency. Additionally, TAT plans to use a non-fungible token (NFT) to promote Thai tourism through digital art starting with local wisdom products; such as paintings, graphics, videos and music.
Secondly, still focusing on raising awareness of Thailand’s digital tourism among domestic Thai tourists, TAT has launched a “Thailand Holideals” project on holidays.tourismthailand.orgoffering special tourism packages, privileges and tourism promotions from tourism businesses across the country that can be purchased using a digital token, making it the first time in Thailand that a digital token can be used for tourism products and services.
Third, TAT promotes Thailand as a remote worker-friendly destination with a focus on a new generation of international travelers, including digital natives, Gen Z and digital nomads. This is in response to a growing trend in light of the coronavirus pandemic of people working remotely and enjoying vacations. This group of travelers are turning to cryptocurrency payments, and among several ongoing projects, a TAT NFT will be introduced to boost international awareness of local Thai handicrafts.
About GTF 2022
The Global Tourism Forum (GTF), the flagship of the World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI), is an international collaboration platform focused on solving travel industry challenges. Through this event, the WTFI aims to be at the forefront of this revolution by presenting new options to a new generation of travelers with an alternative way to buy travel and all the opportunities with the blockchain revolution. Several high-level speakers and influencers will attend the event from both ecosystems, including Mr. François Hollande, former President of France, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Forum Institute and former Secretary General of the , and Mr. Michael Gebert, President of the European Blockchain Association. For more information visit: https://www.globaltourismforum.org/dubai-blockchain-for-travel/.
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