Tourism jobs in Thailand to be made available for Filipinos

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Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and her counterpart Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn discuss tourism initiatives between the two countries during their high level bilateral meeting on Aug 18 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and her counterpart Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn discuss tourism initiatives between the two countries during their high level bilateral meeting on Aug 18 in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the fifth day (August 18) of the 11th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Tourism Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok from August 14 to 20, the Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) engaged in an agreement that would make jobs more available to Filipinos in the latter country.

Thailand will agree to lift travel restrictions to reactivate their country’s tourism industry which is experiencing a 60 percent shortage in workforce. Hotel staff and middle manager positions will be made available for Filipinos.

Thailand Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn mentioned that Filipinos have an “impressive command of the English language.”

“We note with serious consideration the shortage in the tourism workforce coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am presently in discussions with the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) wherein we have agreed to conduct joint job fairs all over the Philippines, specifically catered to the tourism industry for the purpose of ensuring that those that left the industry or may have been laid off from the industry during the time of pandemic would once again have the opportunity to be employed,” Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said

Frasco added, "The Thailand Minister gladly accepted and confirmed their participation. This would bring in a wealth of employment opportunities for Filipinos wanting to work in Thailand.”

"With your government’s [Thailand’s] help and our partnership, we look forward to increasing that number and we would welcome you with open arms in the Philippines," Frasco said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) along with the Tourism agency is currently organizing a series of job fairs with the theme “Trabaho Turismo Asenso!” from September 22 to 24.

According to the Philippine Embassy, there are 17,921 Filipinos in Thailand, at least 4,000 of which work in “irregular sectors.”

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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