People On The MoveTourism veteran Thapanee Kiatphaibool picked to be the new governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Who's TAT new governor?

Thapanee Kiatphaibool aims to continue tourism promotion policies and collaborate with the private sector.
Thapanee Kiatphaibool aims to continue tourism promotion policies and collaborate with the private sector. Photo Credit: Facebook/Thapanee Kiatphaibool

Thapanee Kiatphaibool, a seasoned professional in the tourism industry, has been appointed as the new governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

With extensive experience and expertise, Thapanee will assume her role on 1 September, taking over from the incumbent governor, Yuthasak Supasorn. The decision to appoint Thapanee was made by the TAT board, following a thorough recruitment process that began on 20 February.

The nomination subcommittee, chaired by Arrun Boonchi, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, unanimously recommended Thapanee for the position. Among the criteria considered during the selection process were the candidate's ability to administer the organisation, their knowledge of the tourism industry, and their marketing skills. Thapanee excelled in all these areas, making her the ideal candidate for the role.

Expressing her gratitude for the appointment, Thapanee emphasised her dedication to upholding the tourism promotion policies set by Yuthasak Supasorn. She aims to ensure a seamless transition and will work closely with tourism operators to develop and implement innovative strategies. Thapanee intends to collaborate extensively with the private sector, seeking their insights and expertise to create effective tourism promotional plans.

Thapanee's career with the TAT spans over two decades, beginning in 1999 after she graduated from the University of Surrey in the UK with a master's degree in science. She has held various positions within the organisation, including deputy governor for tourism products and business.

Notably, during the challenging period of the Covid-19 pandemic, Thapanee played a pivotal role in launching the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification programme. This initiative ensured that hotels and services adhered to stringent health and safety standards, enabling them to register as quarantine facilities.

In her new role, Thapanee expects to keep her focus on collaboration, innovation, and promoting sustainable tourism practices towards revitalising the sector and positioning Thailand as a premier destination for travellers worldwide.

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