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Tourism groups unite to push Phuket

Tourism groups unite to push Phuket

PHUKET: The marketing of Phuket as an international tourist destination has received a boost, with two of Thailand’s major travel associations joining forces.

Thursday 22 September 2011, 06:30PM

Skål International Phuket and South Thailand and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter, both non-profit organisations that support sustainable tourism development, issued a statement saying they will work together with local government and Phuket’s travel industry to “aggressively promote” the island as a destination.

To kick off their new partnership, an event is being held at the Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach this Saturday (September 24) from 5:30pm.

The evening will include a brief introduction to both associations by leading members of Thailand’s tourism industry including Asian Trails CEO Luzi Matzig, PATA Director of Chapter Development Ben Mongomery, Founder and CEO Blair Speers, Skål International Phuket and South Thailand President Blandine Cressard, and PATA Thailand Chapter Chairman Bert van Walbeek.

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“PATA and Skål work closely together in Bangkok and our joint event in Phuket will allow us to explore new ways to deepen collaboration,” Mr van Walbeek said.

“Both organisations seek to promote Thailand as a successful long term tourism destination.”

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