On Wednesday August 20th 2014, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising took part in a welcoming dinner at the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort for the delegates of 11 ITOP countries who are here to attend the 18th ITOP Forum. The dinner was hosted by Phuket Governor – Maitri Inthusut.
The 11 member islands of ITOP are: Jeju/Korea, Hainan/China, Okinawa/Japan, Bali/Indonesia, Southern Province/Sri Lanka, Hawaii/USA, Canary Island/Spain, Zanzibar/Tanzania, Cebu/Philippines, Penang/Malaysia and Phuket/Thailand.
Taking place from August 20th – 22nd, the Forum aims to promote corporation among member cities in the area of art, culture and tourism. This year’s focus is on “Sustainable Maritime Tourism Networks,” a topic that is further divided into 1) marine resources management, 2) sea travel, transport and networks, and 3) sea rescue for tourists.