The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY. A Talk by Imtiaz Muqbil



The upcoming 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International in 2020 provides a perfect opportunity for some soul-searching about the past, present, and future of what has become one of country’s most important socio-economic sectors. On November 7, Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire, the country’s second longest serving travel trade journalist, will give a talk on what he has termed “The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY”. The focus of the talk will be 1987 Visit Thailand Year, a landmark event that revolutionised the Thai, ASEAN and global tourism industries but has sadly almost entirely faded from public memory. Imtiaz Muqbil authored the only two books ever written on VTY 1987 and will recap the successes and failures of Thai tourism since then. Free copies of the books will be distributed to all participants.

Mr Imtiaz Muqbil is the Bangkok-based executive editor of Travel Impact Newswire. Born in India, Imtiaz lived for many years in the Middle East where he started his journalism career as a stringer for Newsweek magazine and McGraw-Hill World News. He moved to Bangkok in 1978 as a report/subeditor for the Bangkok Post and began covering travel & tourism in 1981, as Thailand Bureau Chief and Chief Correspondent, TTG Asia, PATA Travel News and associated publications (1981-1992). He wrote a weekly column, “Travel Monitor”, in the Bangkok Post between July 1992 – July 2012. Imtiaz Muqbil was conferred a 1997 PATA award for his reporting on the growth and development of Asia-Pacific tourism and another PATA award for coverage of the 1994 tsunami disaster. Today, he also edits and publishes The Olive Tree, the first and only publication designed to help Travel & Tourism meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

Non-members donation: B200. Siam Society members, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student ID cards are admitted free of charge. For more information, please contact Khun Arunsri or

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The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2019-2020 Lecture Series.