Bangkok, 8 August, 2022 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. today signed a “Digital Transformation and Innovation Development for Smart Tourism” memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting the Thai tourism industry through advanced technologies, including 5G, Cloud, AI and AR/VR to develop a smart digital tourism platform and a new tourism ecosystem.
Presided over by Mr. Napintorn Srisunpang, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, the MOU was signed by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Jun Zhang, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific, and executives from the TAT, Huawei Technology (Thailand), and Huawei Asia Pacific.
Mr. Napintorn Srisunpang, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, said that according to Thailand’s 20-year National Strategy (2018-2037), tourism will play a pivotal role for the country’s sustainable development. And as Thailand aims to elevate the tourism industry and increase competitive advantages in the market, it is important to bring in innovative technologies to drive tourism.
“I am pleased that Huawei will take this opportunity to help drive Thai tourism through 5G technology support by applying new applications, multimedia, and services that emerge from the future of high-speed networks to promote tourism marketing,” Mr. Napintorn said.
The “Digital Transformation and Innovation Development for Smart Tourism” MOU between TAT and Huawei will cover a one-year period from the signing date. The agreement will place emphasis on increasing the capabilities and elevating the tourism industry with innovative technologies and promoting strategic markets – both in the domestic and Chinese tourism markets.
The MOU is aimed at creating a digital alliance network that enables skill and expertise exchanges to help elevate technology and innovation for the tourism industry. The cooperation also supports technological developments; such as, 5G, Cloud, AI and AR/VR for tourism, which will drive digital transformation across the tourism industry.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “The MOU with Huawei is in line with the TAT Corporate Plan 2023-2027, which aims to strengthen TAT’s position as the strategic leader in driving Thailand towards experience-based and sustainable tourism. TAT aims to promote capabilities and innovative potential to drive the Thai tourism ecosystem to be able to support tourists in a sustainable way. We are developing the supply chain – or ‘shape supply – and are driving a ‘thrive for excellence’ strategy with the aim of making TAT a data-driven organisation.”
TAT and Huawei have made a joint effort to bring 5G innovative technologies to stimulate Thai tourism through live broadcasting by highlighting stunning viewpoints at Thailand’s tourist attractions in real time on HUAWEI’s 5G network via TAT’s online media channels, including the ‘Amazing Thailand’ YouTube channel and ‘Amazing Thailand’ application, as well as through various online channels of strategic partners.
TAT and Huawei are also preparing to implement the ‘Amazing THAILAND is just a phone call away’ project. TAT will create a ‘Video Ring back Tone’, a call-waiting video showcasing the beauty of Thai tourist attractions, culture, food, and traditions to promote Thai tourism internationally through Thai 5G users using Huawei’s 5G as well as Huawei’s partner networks. Users will be able to download videos and images free of charge.
Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said “Digital technologies are reshaping the world, and digital transformation has entered a golden age. Looking into the future, Huawei is committed to leveraging advanced technologies to heighten TAT’s position as the strategic leader driving Thailand towards being a world-class tourism destination.”
Also, as part of the cooperation, TAT will host a field trip for young contestants from Huawei’s largest ever regional onsite Seeds for the Future event, to be held on 20 August, 2022, at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkalaram (Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha). TAT aims to deliver a new tourism experience that is more meaningful and memorable during this year’s regional event.
Launched in Thailand in 2008, the Seeds for the Future programme has up until 2021 been implemented in 150 countries reaching 12,000 students from over 500 universities. This year, the programme will gather 114 top students from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific for a nine-day digital camp in Thailand from 19-27 August.