Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul who is the Minister of Tourism and Sports in Thailand recently visited Hanoi to be in attendance for the Thai Culture Days. In her interview with Vietnam News, she said that since Vietnam will be the one to host the ASEAN Beach Games in Da Nang by September and since there is to be a seminar about sports tourism included in its agenda, Thailand and Vietnam will be able to cooperate on the matter.
“Two Countries – One Destination” campaign
She added that the ASEAN today greatly attracts interest from tourists or people across the world in relation to tourism, investment and business, and this is why the ASEAN connectivity is included in the campaign which was launched in 2015.
She said further that they are presenting their “Two Countries – One Destination” campaign for American or European tourists. This means that if a tourist wants to go to Vietnam, Thailand will take them to Vietnam. Likewise, if a tourist wants to go to Thailand, Vietnam will take them to Thailand.
Alongside providing and presenting new products and destinations each year, she mentioned that Thailand and Vietnam together with the member countries of ASEAN can assist each other to offer new tourism products.
In the initial phase, Thailand has already started increased connectivity with the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Kobkarn said that there are already tour packages such as Thailand – Vietnam, Thailand – Laos, Thailand – Cambodia and Thailand – Myanmar.
The Tourism Administration of Thailand (TAT) brought media and tour operators last year from the United States. They went to Ha Long Bay, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to check the routes. Another group will do the same the route from Thailand going to Hanoi to Sapa then Lao Cai.
The minister mentioned that they are also creating an “intra-ASEAN” connectivity, and this is to encourage travels within ASEAN countries.
According to her, there were 29.8 million international tourists who traveled to Thailand last year. 7.8 million of these were from ASEAN countries. There were also 770,000 Vietnamese travelers to Thailand and 140,000 Thais went to Vietnam.