by Imtiaz Muqbil,TRAVEL IMPACT NEWSWIRE
First “outsider” Governor at TAT cements era of new leadership for Thai tourism
The Tourism Authority of Thailand entered a new era with the appointment of a 49-year-old, Japanese-trained economist as its first “outsider” Governor. The appointment of Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn brings to an end a tradition of appointing people from within that has been the unwritten rule ever since the TAT was founded in 1960.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position. “Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as Director General and CEO. I regret that he will be leaving the Association, but respect his decision to retire next year after a long and successful career in aviation.

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ITE 2015

by KONG DEFANG, People’s Daily Online
After many ups and downs, China has finally won the railway cooperation project with Thailand. Zhu Xijun, general manager of the Southeast Asia Company of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), said on Aug. 26 that after six rounds of negotiation, both sides plans to sign the inter-governmental framework agreement on the China-Thailand Railway project in early September, and the commencement ceremony of the project is expected to be held in the end of October, Xinhua reported.

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Thai and global tourism authorities reassure the world Thailand remains welcoming tourist destination. Thai authorities and global tourism bodies have today stepped forward to reassure the world that Thailand remains a welcoming tourist destination, saying the recent explosion incidents in Bangkok will inevitably have short-term impacts and that the kingdom’s tourism industry will bounce back strongly and quickly towards the end of the year.

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THAILAND’S MICE INDUSTRY JOINS FORCES TO MAINTAIN CONFIDENCE AMONG CHINESE MICE TRAVELLERS. Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Thai-Chinese Relations and extending Thailand’s invitation with special welcome packages

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New, exciting hotel concepts conquer the market: The number of creative lifestyle and design hotels is increasing. The promising creations include the new brands CitizenM, Moxy, Ruby, W Hotels, Mama Shelter and some more.

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