On 9th December, 06.00 pm., Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, presided over the opening ceremony of Phang Nga Festival 2021: The Signature of Phang Nga to boost the spending on tourism and strengthen local economy, which will help generate income in the local community and revive tourism economy after COVID-19 pandemic. The event showcased the uniqueness of Phang Nga province, for example, health tourism, culture, and food. On this occasion, Dr. Natee Ratchakitprakarn, Chair of the Committee of Advisors to the Deputy Prime Minister (H.E. Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul), Mr. Thammanoon Sriwanthana, Deputy Governor of Phang Nga, Mr. Tharathip Tongjerm, Mayor of the Provincial Administrative Organization of Phang Nga, Heads of sectorial governmental agencies, private sectors, media, and all distinguished guests had attended the opening ceremony at the Tsunami Memorial, Patrol Boat No. 813, Takuapa District, Phang Nga province.
Minister Phiphat said it has been honoured to be invited to preside over the opening and thanked all distinguished guests and participants who have attended the opening of the Phang Nga Tourism Festival 2021. As it is to everyone awareness that Thai tourism is in a truly struggling situation as it is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic causing tourism all over the world to be on halt. In the past, Phang Nga had welcomed both Thai and foreign tourists for over 2 million people per year, generating income to the country over 45 billion baht. Usually at this time of the year, Phang Nga is filled with a large number of foreign tourists who travel at the end of the year, however, this year, more Thai tourists are coming for leisure during the long holidays. We are thankful for everyone who has chosen to travel to Phang Nga.
Phang Nga is rich in natural resources which attract tourists to visit its attractions, namely Ao Phang Nga National Park, Similan Islands, Surin Islands, and Samet Nangshe. These are popular attractions because of their stunning views of the sea and mountains.
The tourism community in Phang Nga also plays a very important role in attracting Thai tourists because of the friendliness of the community plus the identity of local people that help create ecotourism activities which are of interest to Thai people.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has the policy to assist the tourism businesses to thrive over this crisis. To this occasion, the Minister congratulated and admired those who have improved themselves during these difficult times. However, many are still confronting hardship, therefore, this is to extend all kind regards to everyone to get through the crisis together well.