Learning tourism promotion in Thailand

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


THIS week’s Monday and Tuesday brought in very strong winds and rain to the city and province and we saw trees downed along streets and highways. The typhoon was so furious that we could not imagine there was less damage to properties. Probably because we are more ready now and have prepared for such encounter.

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Flights were cancelled and that would mean thousands of passengers scampering for seat allocation when flights come back. Well, this is an unforeseen scenario and the airlines are at no fault on this. Safety is top priority and cancellations mean that airlines care.

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We heard that jeepney federation leaders and drivers rallied at the Land Transportation Office in Bacolod City the other day. They allegedly complained of the fines for violations for not having stop lights, brake lights and more. Many believe that this is the responsibility of jeepney operators to keep their public utility vehicles in top shape and not sacrifice safety and security.

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Opinions taken by this column believe that public utility vehicles should be penalized higher than private cars since these vehicles carry passengers. Private vehicles drive at their personal risk although they must also be penalized when they have no stop lights, signal lights, park lights, head lights in operation.

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LTO are fond of apprehending private vehicle drivers failing to wear seat belts. But why are they not apprehending jeepney drivers who do not wear seat belts? Where is the law here?
Is it because private vehicles can afford to pay fines than jeepney drivers?

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Early this morning, this writer flies to Manila upon invitation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to have a four days and four nights experience of Bangkok. After lunch, Thai Airways will welcome on board travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, and photojournalists listed by TAT to be part of the entourage.

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This will be a second travel to Bangkok for me and for sure it will be a way to learn how to promote tourism and exchange pleasantries with the invitees. A welcome reception is set by Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of TAT, and Thai Army Chief General Prayut Chan-ocha, leader of the National Council Peace and Order (NCPO).

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This column says hello to Engr. Jumar Encabo, Atty. Vanessa Encabo, Kelly Guerrero, Bamboo Tonogbanua, Toto Tarrosa, Bambi Borromeo, Maricar Dabao, Art Lacson, Vicente Lovina, Junjun Martir, Jose Bogarte, and Ronnie Lopez.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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