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Big Thai parties to keep tourism post

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Pledges by the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties to keep the Tourism and Sports minister's position for themselves have won praise from tourism operators, but they remain disappointed by major parties' tourism campaign pledges overall.

The two parties made the pledge yesterday at a forum on tourism held by the Economic Reporters Association and the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).

Traditionally, the Tourism and Sports minister's position has gone to a member of one of the smaller parties in a coalition government.

If the ministry is controlled by the party that heads a coalition government, concrete tourism policy and its implementation would receive more support and have continuity, said Kongkrit Hiranyakit, the TCT president.

"It's a good start by the two big parties. At least, they know what they should do to promote work integration and continuity for Thai tourism," he said.

However, tourism operators complain that overall, governments have shown a lack of long-term vision and understanding of their industry.






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