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MGTO holds Annual Marketing Meeting 2018

MACAO, Jun 21, 2018- Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) held its Annual Marketing Meeting 2018 in Macao from 19th to 21st June. 46 market representatives of MGTO, consultants and representatives of promotional entities came from different parts of the world to report their achievements at work and discuss the marketing plans to unfold next year, with a focus on creative strategies combined with gastronomic elements to promote travel to Macao and its new status as a Creative City of Gastronomy. The Macao Tourism Mascot named “MAK MAK” will become part of their promotions around the world to attract visitors from different source markets.

Creative marketing fueled by gastronomy
During the meeting, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes briefed the representatives on the latest tourism situation in Macao and the lineup of major local events in the second half of 2018, which includes the 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest, Global Tourism Economy Forum・Macao 2018, the 18th Macau Food Festival, the Macao Light Festival 2018 and the 3rd International Film Festival & Awards.Macao. Director also provided an update on the latest development of Anim’Arte Nam Van and the promotional campaign tailored to spotlight Macao’s designation as a Creative City of Gastronomy. The Macao Tourism Mascot “MAK MAK”, a character newly born this April, was introduced to participants at the meeting. Its image will appear in different promotional materials, tourism events and overseas promotions. MGTO encouraged all market representatives to combine Macao’s gastronomic elements with creative ways to brand Macao further as a newly-designated UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy by a wide variety of destination promotions, and leverage the brand-new image of “MAK MAK” to draw visitations to Macao from different markets.

Macao Tourism Mascot “MAK MAK” will promote Macao around the world

Tap into new possibilities for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in tourism
Given the opportunity in the meeting, MGTO invited the Director of Transport Bureau, Lam Hin San, to present the transportation plan for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to representatives from around the world, who expressed their interest in the tourism opportunities brought by the inauguration of the bridge in the future. They pay close attention to the latest news about the bridge, with the hope to seize the timing to further promote travel to Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in one trip in different markets. MGTO exhorted its representatives to bring more tour operators to offering new multi-destination itineraries and products under different themes, in order to draw more visitors to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.

During the three-day meeting, representatives from different markets evaluated the results of their work over the past year and reported their current projects and progress of task preparations for the next half of 2018. They also discussed new marketing plans to carry out in 2019. Experiences were shared and opinions exchanged among MGTO’s officials and market representatives with regard to the marketing plans.

For years, MGTO has been branding Macao as an attractive destination and disseminating the latest travel tips at home and overseas through the help of various market representatives, consultants and promotional entities, by different measures such as organizing large-scale promotional events, participating in travel fairs, organizing destination presentations and networking sessions for trade, as well as bringing familiarization groups to Macao.

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MADRID, Jun 20, 2018- The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, called for the tourism sector to take more action to combat climate change and biodiversity loss during the 30th joint meeting of its Commissions for South Asia and Asia-Pacific in Fiji (18-20 June 2018).

Adding his voice to that of the host country, Mr. Pololikashvili advocated for stronger partnerships and incentives for governments, businesses and crucially tourists themselves to make a difference in climate action efforts. He also made clear that sound policies must be built upon accurate evidence, requiring the tourism sector to better measure its impact on sustainability – while acknowledging progress has been made in this regard, including UNWTO’s development of a statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism.

The remarks were made as part of a regional seminar on how tourism impacts upon sustainable development efforts in the region and globally, held as part of the meeting in the Fijian city of Nadi. The seminar featured deep dialogue on how tourism policies, partnerships and investments can tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

This was the first Joint Commission meeting held in a Pacific island nation. The meeting and seminar highlighted the need for developing island countries to collaborate on actionable policies, with measurable results, to address climate change and biodiversity protection within the tourism sector. UNWTO also pledged to raise further awareness of climate change’s impacts and effects on tourism through capacity building and educational opportunities.

“This is the perfect place to have this conversation on climate change, as Fiji continues to lead the efforts on climate resilience and sustainability not only within the country but in the entire region. This was also demonstrated during the Global Climate Summit COP 23, when the Government of Fiji committed to the development of sustainable tourism as a tool to tackle climate change”, said Mr. Pololikashvili.

Useful links:

Programme of the 30th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia

Photos of the event

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Participants at the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2018, organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

BANGKOK, June 21, 2018 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce an organisational partnership with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) in order to strengthen the bond and shared interests between the two organisations, particularly in the area of youth engagement.

Founded in 2009, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organisation, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding. The organisation convenes and implements development projects and conferences on grassroots peacebuilding, education, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership development. Its work alongside thousands of public and private sector partners delivers substantive outcomes in several global regions.

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “Our two organisations are aligned in our mission in working with both the public and private sectors in creating greater acceptance of each other as humans, regardless of our age, race, religion or nationality. For PATA, we continually emphasise the importance of the travel and tourism industry’s impact on countries, communities and people in creating cross-cultural understanding and empathy across borders. This partnership will help to enforce our commitment to youth engagement and to promote the idea that the industry is a meaningful driver for peace around the world.”

As one of the first activities of the partnership, PATA and GPF, with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), organised the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop in March earlier this year at the UN Building in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the theme ‘Setting the Stage for Peace’, the half-day workshop took place in conjunction with the Global Peace Youth Exchange Thailand 2018 and brought together university students and representatives from the travel and tourism industry to examine how the industry can help in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GPF Asia Pacific Regional Representative Mr. Jinsoo Kim stated, “Both organisations share the common belief that tourism plays a major role in peacebuilding. Moreover, peace and stability greatly impact the tourism industry. We are joined hand-in-hand working together towards sustainable peace and development. At the Global Peace Foundation, we are committed to developing collaborative strategies in the areas of education, youth leadership development, environmental sustainability, community-driven development, and conflict resolution through innovative response. Primarily, I am hopeful that we can work together to make great strides for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This is a key focus for GPF.” 

As both organisations recognise the importance of travel and tourism as a force for good in driving economic growth, creating jobs, improving social development and promoting peace, the partnership aims to highlight this message among young tourism professionals (YTPs) through empowering collaborations. 

As part of this mission, PATA will be participating at the Global Peace Convention 2019 on March 1, 2019, in Seoul, Korea (ROK). The event is being organised in conjunction with the One Korea Global Campaign, an effort to build international support for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and to bolster Korean-led civil society initiatives toward the realisation of unification. The campaign brings together global thought leaders and experts from governments and think tanks as well as leading geopolitical analysts, academics, non-profits, religious leaders, and figures from the world of music and culture, and aims to engage a broad base of civil society – especially youth – in support of a peaceful resolution.

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 98 government, state and city tourism bodies, 19 international airlines and airports, 91 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism our 36 Chapters and 20 Student Chapters across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 20 PATA student chapters globally. The chapters and student chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

About Global Peace Foundation:

Founded in 2009, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God. GPF engages and organizes a global network of public and private sector partners who develop community, national and regional peacebuilding models as the foundation for ethical and cohesive societies.

At the Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. To find out more about our works, please visit www.globalpeace.org.

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Gili Gede island, Lombok: new partnership to recycle plastic into practical handicrafts, reduce one-way plastic use, and plant mangroves to protect the coast.

LOMBOK, Jun 21, 2018- In partnership with the Hula Hoop Bungalows, Khiri Travel’s charitable arm will help Gili Gede villagers in Lombok, Indonesia, reduce plastic consumption and replant mangroves.

Khiri Travel Indonesia will launch a long-term commitment to reduce plastic garbage and replant mangroves on Gili Gede island in southwest Lombok, Indonesia, 25 June. The initiative is being done in cooperation with Hula Hoop Bungalows and local villagers. Khiri Travel staff have been inspired by World Oceans Day – which took place 8 June – and the 25th anniversary of Khiri Travel.

The program will remove trash and build garbage collection carts and recycling separation cages in each of the island’s five villages. Khiri staff will provide Nazava water filters to the women’s community craft centre to reduce reliance on plastic water bottles.

On 25 June Khiri Travel staff and villagers will also prepare the ground work for the island’s mangrove restoration project, which gets underway in October.

Khiri Travel is asking its travel agent partners and businesses to raise funds for the mangrove project or help with the physical planting.

Led by Khiri Reach, the charitable arm of Khiri Travel, and Hula Hoop, funds raised will buy drinking water filtration units (US$22 each) to reduce plastic bottle use. With funding, the project will regularly transport recyclable plastic from the island to a recycling centre on mainland Lombok.

From October, the partnership will purchase different species of mangrove and encourage villagers to plant and care for them. Mangroves are important marine breeding grounds and a buffer against coastal erosion.

Brigita Helgania, the Khiri Reach ambassador for the project, said that working closely over the long term with villagers on the island would be key to success.

“Our partnership with Hula Hoop and the villagers will promote environmental education and show that small steps taken locally can make a big difference,” she said.

Eight million tons of plastic are being dumped in the ocean globally every year. Sea turtles, sea lions, birds, fish, whales and dolphins are accidentally eating harmful plastics, which end up killing them or leaving them in conditions that threaten their lives.

“Humans are producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year,” said Yantine Buijs of Hula Hoop Bungalows.  “Half of which is for single use. Most is never recycled. This has to stop. Locally, we’re doing what we can to help Gili Gede move in the right direction.”

Businesses or individuals wishing to help the Gili Gede clean up on 25 June or contribute to the island’s long-term mangrove replanting, should contact Brigita Helgania of Khiri Travel Indonesia. Email: brigita@khiri.com.

Khiri Travel has five offices across Indonesia. Its main office is in Lombok.

Further information: Khiri.com/Indonesia or Khiri.com/sustainability.

About Khiri Travel

Since 1993, Khiri Travel has won awards and earned a reputation as a destination management company dedicated to working with select tour operators to provide quality leisure travel experiences across Asia. With 16 offices in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Khiri Travel’s entrepreneurial associates craft innovative itineraries that reflect their passion for authentic, local and sustainable experiences. Visit khiri.com.

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Today’s Best Western Features Exceptionally Distinctive, Upscale Independent Hotels, as Part of Thriving BW Premier Collection by Best Western Soft Brand

PHOENIX, Jun 20, 2018- Launched in Fall 2015, BW Premier Collection by Best Western is one of Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ fastest-growing brands, comprised of an exclusive, carefully curated collection of  upscale properties around the world. As part of the “Today’s Best Western” campaign, which launched earlier this year, BW Premier Collection by Beset Western is featured in this month’s “Behind the Brands” series.

With 114* hotels and growing, the soft brand can be found welcoming travelers in prime destinations globally, including:

  • Blake Hotel New Orleans, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hotel L’Horset Opera, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Paris, France
  • Mari Vila Hotel Bucharest, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Bucharest, Romania
  • Hotel Syrene, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Capri, Italy
  • The Hotel Nagasaki, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Nagasaki, Japan
  • Hotel 115 Kew, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Melbourne, Australia
  • Georgian Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Bangkok, Thailand
  • BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Pattaya, Thailand

Eclectic and unique, BW Premier Collection by Best Western hotels create an atmosphere where creativity, worldliness and individual expression are blended into an experience that is illuminated by the true joy of travel. Each hotel’s original identity is preserved and is unmistakably tied to its locale, giving today’s travelers inspired and authentic experiences in beautiful destinations. In addition to the independent personality custom to each hotel, guests can enjoy the impeccable service and first-rate amenities that the BW Premier Collection by Best Western brand is known for:

  • Luxurious guestrooms and suites
  • On-site cocktail bars, dining experiences and award-winning breakfast options
  • Premier, deluxe bath amenities
  • Thoughtful and sophisticated design throughout

BW Premier Collection by Best Western is not only a world class option for travelers, but for independent hoteliers as well. The brand provides unprecedented flexibility, as a soft brand designed to help owners flourish without the often-strict brand guidelines of the industry. Hotels are encouraged to maintain their personalities in order to provide the authentic, local experiences today’s travelers crave. Hotels pay only for the business delivered to them by the brand, and gain access to the brand’s award-winning, $1.8 billion global reservation system and 35 million-member strong loyalty program, as well as near immediate access to Best Western’s revenue management systems, trade show and sales support, marketing programs and more.

“We are pleased with the overwhelming success our soft brand has received from leading independent hoteliers and today’s travelers,” said Ron Pohl, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “The unmatched benefits of today’s Best Western combined with the exceptional, unique offerings of the hotels themselves, have earned BW Premier Collection by Best Western a prominent spot within our portfolio of brands.”

“As the brand continues to expand, we will remain focused on quality over quantity to ensure we offer only luxury hotels that epitomize the local flavor and personality of desirable destinations around the world,” continued Pohl.

Staying at BW Premier Collection by Best Western hotels is even more rewarding this summer, as Best Western Rewards® members will receive a $20 Best Western Travel Card® after their first stay completed now through September 3, 2018. Go.Get.Rewarded® today, with top-ranked, rich rewards and points that never expire from the world’s premier hotel loyalty program.

For more information on Best Western Hotels & Resorts, please visit BestWestern.com.

For more information about the Today’s Best Western campaign, please visit youmustbetrippin.com/featured/todaysbw/.

About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,200* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers 11 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vīb®, GLō®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature CollectionSM  by Best Western; as well as its recently launched franchise offerings: SureStay® Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus® Hotel by Best Western and SureStay Collection® by Best Western. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 64 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2017, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-mid-price and mid-price hotel brands, and Best Western receiving seven consecutive Dynatrace® Best of the Web awards for its leading hotel website. Best Western has also won nine consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 58 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in J.D. Power’s 2017 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first in breakfast (food and beverage category) for midscale; and second in overall guest satisfaction. Over 32 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google® Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels.

* All Best Western and SureStay-branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

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ANGLESEY, June 20, 2018 — Industry leaders have stepped up to embrace Green Fins with symbiotic partnerships with The Reef-World Foundation, driving sustainable diving as the global social norm.

Reef-World has embarked on a journey to develop mutually beneficial tourism industry partnerships that drive sustainable value chains by creating tangible outcomes for the ocean, communities and the economy through the Green Fins initiative. Pioneering businesses from various lines of the industry are taking progressive steps to implement environmental policies and practices, green their value chains, educate people through showcasing solutions, thus raising the bar of sustainability across the industry through the Green Fins initiative. These partnerships are already having impacts, including:

1) Greening Equipment Manufacturer’s value chains, through introducing Green Fins messages for wider reach. One example is FourthElement who have been setting some of the sustainability industry standards when it comes to manufacturing and establishing ‘circular’ value chains, from compostable packaging to recycled swimwear, to wetsuits made from recycled ‘ghost’ fishing nets. Fourth Element will further green their value chain through introducing Green Fins messages, starting with a label for their gloves that is intended to warn divers not to touch any marine life from the first step of the purchase.


2) Leading diver training organisations are interested to embrace Green Fins as a proven solution for improving the environmental performance of dive centres, furthermore, educating dive staff and divers. Some of the solutions involve adopting Green Fins at scale to green their network of dive centreseducate local businesses and showcase solutions from the fieldlaunch/revamp conservation-based courses with the aim for divers to become more aware of the marine environment, the threats and understand what they can do to protect it.

3) A pioneering resort, Six Senses Laamu is using Green Fins as an educational tool, and in partnership, we have released the first of a series of videos, where Six Senses Laamu has shared their approach to environmental pre-dive briefings to help educate dive staff and divers; and inspire the industry as a whole. Explorer Ventures Liveaboard in the Caribbean has also stepped up as the first liveaboard to adopt the Green Fins Code of Conduct voluntarily and use the Green Fins International Year of the Reef 2018 Campaign to educate people on sustainable dive practices and operations.

4) Divebooker, an online reservation system for travelling divers has introduced an incentive for Green Fins dive centres to become part of the platform with 0% commission. A new emerging platform for dive rating called Rateyourdive.com has introduced Green Fins as a filter for divers to be able to locate a green dive centre and has included environmental rating for dive centres. Both of these businesses are driving tourists to more environmental businesses, whilst setting high sustainability standards.

Why are businesses interested? Their long-term viability depends on the marine environment. Divers who are travelling across the world to see the rainforests of the sea, are becoming more and more environmentally aware and are choosing businesses who demonstrate environmental stewardship. Businesses are joining forces with the Green Fins initiative to decrease industry threats to the marine environment, allowing coral reefs to be more resilient to fight off bigger threats such as climate change, pollution and overfishing. Apart from the positive environmental impacts, it’s an opportunity to INNOVATE, to build relationships with CLIENTS and to PIONEER SOLUTIONS.

These collaborations directly contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 14 (Life Below Water), 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production) and serve as a platform for the diving industry to take the lead and collectively prove that healthy oceans really do mean a healthy business.

It’s the beginning of an exciting journey where the industry is starting to tackle challenges collaboratively, learn from each other and co-creating, thus working for the long-term sustainability of businesses and the dive sites we enjoy.

Are you interested in implementing environmental policies and/or practices in your company’s operations, courses or value chain? Spreading the word and driving behaviour change? In supporting the creation of positive tangible impacts for the ocean, communities and environment?

If the answer is yes to one or all of the previous questions, please get in touch! For becoming a Symbiotic Partner of The Reef-World Foundation, contact Klementina Dukoska at klementina@reef-world.org

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PATTAYA, Jun 20, 208- The Thailand Travel Mart Plus ended successfully on 15 June with positive feedback for the new format launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to make travel trade shows more focussed and relevant in changing times.

General feedback received from the post-event survey forms indicated encouraging support for holding the event for the first time in a yacht marina with a targetted theme focussed on romance, honeymoons and weddings.

As the TTM+ was making a return to Pattaya since last being held here in 2001, the 290 invited buyers from 48 countries and international media also had a chance to see many of the new tourism products, services and attractions that have emerged in Pattaya, its environs and the entire Eastern Seaboard of Thailand.

TAT thanked all the supporters and sponsors (Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, TCEB, King Power, Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization) for their partnership and cooperation which made the event possible.

See more at TAT Newsroom

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KOH SAMUI, Jun 20, 2018- Recently, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited led by Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President–Marketing (3rd from left) together with a team of Borussia Dortmund led by Mr. Roman Weidenfeller, former goalkeeper of Borussia Dortmund and former player of Germany national team (4th from left) organise afriendly football match between Bangkok Airways together with Borussia Dortmund and the Samui All Stars team that includes members of Samui City FC football team and representatives from local authorities in Samui. The event was held at Samui Arena and attended by Mr. Kittipop Roddon, Koh Samui District Chief (3rdfrom right) with an aim to strengthen relationship between the airline and local authorities.

From left to right

  1. Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President – Office of President of Bangkok Airways.
  2. Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, Vice President – Sales of Bangkok Airways.
  3. Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President-Marketing of Bangkok Airways.
  4. Mr. Roman Weidenfeller, Former goalkeeper of Borussia Dortmund and former player of Germany national team.
  5. Mr. Kittipop Roddon, Koh Samui District Chief.
  6. Mr. Ramnate Chaikwang – Mayor of Koh Samui municipality.
  7. Mr. Bannasat Ruangjan, M.D.  – President of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui.