The Sub-committee on Studying and Following up the Image Enhancement and Protection of the Interests of Thailand Abroad under the Committee on Foreign Affairs, of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) organized an academic seminar on “The Image of Thailand” last week at Parliament House, aimed at exchanging ideas to promote the image of Thailand to the global community.
Bhilaibhan Sampatisiri, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the NLA told guests that the symposium was an opportunity to discuss the image of Thailand from many aspects including the history of Thailand, Thailand in the eyes of the Global Community, law, regulations and tourist sights.
Suvat Chirapant, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the government does its best to solve problems related to the negative image of the country such as human trafficking, illegal fishing industry (IUU), irregular migration, a sluggish economy and disruptive politics. He also positions Thailand as a coordinator between ASEAN and China, and looks forward to being a capable coordinator between ASEAN and the EU in the future.
In respect to tourism, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, executive director of Advertising and Public Relations, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said Thailand presents many tourism attractions and film shooting locations emphasizing the country’s unique cultural treasures and the Thai way of life following the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign. He added that the ASEAN tourism package would be one of the most important campaigns after the integration of ASEAN.
In the session, Pol. Lt. Col. Chanchai Rattanapanitch, deputy spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, gave an assurance on the probity of the justice process and security measures for the tourists.
The ideas that are exchanged during the seminar will be shared with related agencies for further action.