Thawatchai named next TAT governor
Thawatchai Arunyik will succeed Suraphon Svetasreni as Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor on December 21. Thawatchai, who currently serves as TAT deputy governor for domestic marketing, has been selected in what described as “the closet governor races” by the selection committee.
He won the committee’s decision over only one other candidate, Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT deputy governor international marketing for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. outgoing governor Suraphon Svetasreni.The 58-year-old, who has been with the TAT for 30 years, was selected due to his leadership qualification and vision that the selection committee pointed out as essential in helping to propel the authority forward in the challenging tourism industry, according to Pensuda Prai-aram, chairman of the TAT’s board of directors.
Suwat Sidthilaw, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, who chaired the selection committee, said Thawatchai demonstrated high confidence and leadership during the candidate presentation.
As new TAT Governer, Thawatchai Arunyik will be tasked to continue working on current TAT’s strategy, including the plan to meet the Thai government’s tourism revenue target of two trillion baht by 2015.