Thai tourism: A look back to go forward

BANGKOK, 23 April 2019: Billed the greatest story in global tourism history, respected historian and journalist, Imtiaz Muqbil, will lead a forum that charts Thailand’s path to tourism riches over the last 60 years.

Hosted at Bangkok’s Arnoma Grand Hotel, 14 June, the seminar marks the countdown to the 60th anniversary.

of both the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International in late March 2020.

The forum will take place from 0930 to 1630 and will be conducted in English.

Forum organiser and chief presenter, Muqbil says that while Thailand is one of the greatest success stories in global tourism history, it is an “ageing industry searching for ways to reinvent and reposition itself in an era of intense competition and mind-boggling change.”

Muqbil who has been reporting on Thai tourism since 1981, will share his archives of reports, studies and notes on Thai tourism, how it has grown and overcome many global, regional and local crises.

“Over the next many months, dozens of seminars, forums and conferences will be held to assess the state of play. Many will be “official”, sponsored events with the usual congratulatory back-thumping. My forum will be more realistic, honest and balanced,” he claims.

As the forum is designed for serious connoisseurs and students of Thai tourism history, attendance is being capped at 25.

Contact: Imtiaz Muqbil, 02 2551480, 02 2537590. Email: for further details and registration.