Minister Of Tourism And Sports Delusional
Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in TAT, Thailand

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports continues to show she has absolutely no idea what she is doing.

From the failed Discover Thainess campaign 2015 to the Minister of Tourism and Sports plan to promote 12 locations that no one has heard of, Kobkarn Watthanawarangkul needs to go back to running Toshiba Thailand.

Minister of Tourism and Sports Ao Khai

Minister of Tourism and Sports Ao Khai

And, now, the Minister of Tourism and Sports thinks that handing out a bunch of awards to hotels will instill confidence to tourists. She is oh, so wrong.

Why would any hotel getting an award from the Minister of Tourism and Sports, that everyone knows is BS. make tourists want to visit Thailand? This is especially true when the only “publication” that has this hot story on the Minister of Tourism and Sports is the National News Bureau of Thailand – the Thai Government propaganda website. I mean, it is not even being carried byt TATnews.org, the Bangkok Post or The Nation.

BANGKOK, 27 September 2015 (NNT) – Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Watthanawarangkul has expressed confidence that the Thailand Tourism Awards will help make tourists feel more confident in the standards of tourism service in Thailand.

Giving awards to agencies that pay to be members is hardly worth a mention.

The minister on Sunday presided over a ceremony to present the 10th Thailand Tourism Awards 2015. She said the awards were initiated to develop quality tourist sites and promote environment-friendly tourism. They also encouraged the Thai tourism entrepreneurs to develop themselves to meet standards and compete with other countries, said the minister.

Empty words that fell on deaf ears.

110 enterprises won the awards this year in five categories, including tourist attractions, tourism support and promotion organizations, tourist accommodations, health tourism and tour programs.

Even more meaningless with so many worthless awards.

The special awards “Hall if Fame” were given to seven enterprises with outstanding operations for three consecutive years. The award recipients included the National Elephant Institute in Lam Pang, Suan Niramitr in Bangkok, Suan Nongnuch Pattaya in Chonburi and Suan Suphatthra Land in Rayong.

With corruption rampant in Thailand, would anyone be surprised to find out that these “awards” were bought and not earned? I am not saying this happened, but having lived here for more than 5 years, I wouldn’t be surprised.

This is just another fluff article from the Minister of Tourism and Sports that means nothing at all except to the managers that “won” the awards – they get to keep their jobs.

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