During a recent conversation, Panpree Phahitthanukorn, who also holds the positions of Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Foreign Affairs in Thailand, and his counterpart, German Deputy Foreign Minister Tobias Lindner, strategized on initiatives that could potentially enhance travel experiences of Thai tourists in Germany, as revealed by the Thai Foreign Ministry. This dialogue was set against the backdrop of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s recent participation at the United Nations General Assembly, taking place in the international melting pot of New York City, where Panpree joined him as part of the delegation.
Germany has long been a highly desirable destination for Thai travellers visiting the European Union; its old-world charm combined with modern amenities has attracted countless visitors from the Southeast Asian nation. Additionally, Germany is not the only European country to boast frequent Thai visitors. Currently, there’s also a strong influx of Thai tourists to France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden, each country offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty that appeals to the globetrotting Thai population.
This intriguing meeting between Panpree and Tobias also underlined several key areas of collaboration, such as bolstering efforts in the spheres of trade, homeland security, critical environmental issues like climate change, and technological advancements in areas including electric and hydrogen technology. With Germany making considerable strides to become a global frontrunner in the effort to reduce carbon emissions, these topics were particularly fitting and poignant.
In fact, their discussion on emergence of electric vehicle and hydrogen technology highlighted Germany’s position as a visionary in the green technology space. Particular emphasis was given to how both Thailand and Germany can potentially collaborate to bring about a positive change, not just for their countries, but for the whole world, iterating their shared commitment towards a universal cause. In essence, the meeting represented the collaborative efforts of two nations, from two different corners of the globe, converging with a common goal of pushing forward technology, trade, and tourism while preserving planet Earth.