Thailand to host UN World Tourism Day
Thailand has announced that it will host World Tourism Day, which will take place in Bangkok at the end of September. The event will be overseen by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Each year, the event aims to promote the principles of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The fact that Thailand has been selected for the upcoming event shows that it is widely regarded as a leader on the world tourism stage. It’s also a notable vote of confidence in Thailand’s tourism infrastructure, showing that the UN recognises that the Kingdom has the facilities to host such an event.
The four-day event, which will take place from September 26th – 29th, will feature an international conferences and a variety of celebrations, according to Tourism & Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.
Thanks to the growing global tourism industry, the UNWTO event is gaining significance – particularly as tourism is linked so closely to world economy, and the event will be attended by a variety of representatives from UNWTO member countries.
According to a report in the International Business Times, 1.13 billion people took international trips in 2014, recording a growth of 4.4 percent compared to 2013 and the fifth year in a row that the number of international travellers increased. The revenue generated that year is estimated to be US$1,245 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to 2013, according to the UNWTO’s annual report.
September is always a busy month for Thailand’s tourism sector, and the Tourism Investors Summit will also take place in the country before World Tourism Day. This event aims to showcase projects of interest to investors.
On islands like Koh Samui and Phuket, the property market is closely linked to the tourism sector as an increasing number of investors channel their money into the islands’ highly sought-after holiday rental properties.
From large beachside mansions to chic cliff-top homes overlooking the ocean, Thailand’s tourism hotspots offer a range of attractive options to property investors. These dwellings are also becoming an increasingly attractive option to visitors in search of high-end, boutique accommodation whilst they are on holiday in Thailand.