Bangkok, 20 August, 2017 – The Thai Journalist Association (TJA) and Air Asia hosted 17 members of the press from Asean countries to the seven-day ‘TJA Asean Travel Journo Camp’, from 18-24 August, to mark the 50th anniversary of Asean formation.
Mr. Pramed Lekpetch, TJA President, said that the Asean Travel Journo Camp was staged to bolster the capabilities and knowledge of media members. “By bringing participating journalists closer together, the camp seeks to create the kind of network of understanding in which Asean was founded on and to foster future cooperation for the benefit of all the bloc’s over 600 million population.”
The journalists are from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. They seven-day travel plans are organised using AirAsia’s flight network with the first stop being in Bangkok, and the itinerary combining the Thai capital with regional hubs including Chiang Rai Chiang Mai and Krabi.
Participants received an Asean Travel Journo Camp guidebook, containing details of the itinerary and destinations as well as a space to add their own experiences. The booklet also has an information on AirAsia’s Journey D programme in four communities in Thailand – Baan Pha Mee in Chiang Mai, Baan Kok Muang in Buri Ram, Phromlok in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ko Klang of Krabi. The project aims to help local villagers on sustainable tourism development.
During the TJA Asean Travel Journo Camp, participating journalists visited two of the four communities, Pha Mee in Chiang Rai to learn about local coffee and Ko Klang in Krabi to take part in authentic homestays and get hands-on in rice farming.
Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said, “By operating an ever expanding regional network in Thailand, AirAsia has learned much about the Kingdom’s diversity and is now ready to support exchanges of information and developments that will bring about new experiences for travellers. We hope that members of the media throughout Asean will play a key role in this effort and help to spread the word about what we have discovered.”
In Photo (from left): Mr. Pramed Lekpetch, President of the Thai Journalist Association; Mr. Chavarong Limpattamapanee, Chairman of the National Press Council of Thailand; Assoc. Prof Chavanee Tongroach, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Sports; Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia; and Mrs. Srimala Waraphaskul, Director, International Public Relations Division of the Tourism Authority of Thailand; as well as AirAsia ladies at an special event to announce the launch of the TJA Asean Travel Journo Camp.