WTO makes post-tsunami tourism film

The UN World Tourism Organization or WTO representative and film crew led by Lorma Julianti Hartantyo are now making a film and interviewing key figures related to tourism for the organization’s documentary to help promote tourism for the region. Visiting Television of Thailand channel 11 in Phuket for the supply of video on the tsunami, recovery efforts, early warning system and drills as well as the region’s present stage of natural beauty and normalcy, Lorna explained that the film production is part of the Phuket declaration following the WTO’s meeting in Phuket after the tsunami last year which stated that the organization will assist in tourism promotion for its member countries.

Yesterday the team met and talked to Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, interviewed tourism businesses on Patong beach, visited the early warning tower before going to Khao Lak and Phi Phi Island in Krabi to feature the tourism situation there.

The documentary is expected to air after April in Europe and be distributed to UN WTO’s media contacts for more promotion. Other tsunami affected film locations are Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bali which even though not hit by the tsunami, tourism there was also badly hurt by effects