Several of Thailand’s top hoteliers last night predicted the country’s tourism industry will have another good year in 2013 ahead following a (relatively) buoyant 2012, although it must confront new challenges such as rising costs.  “I think this is going to be a good year,”  Chanin Donavanik, CEO of Dusit International, told attendees at the Thailand Tourism Forum 2013.

Clarence Tan, COO of Asia and Australasia for IHG, said he expected business to remain stable and that it is vital Thai hoteliers maximise their opportunities to ensure longer-term success and repeat visitations. “Do the right thing by guests, do the right thing by staff, do the right thing by owners,” he said.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of the Minor Hotel Group, said “2013 is starting really strong” before having an off-beat dig at the media’s coverage of tourism in Thailand, suggesting the media is the hotel industry’s nemesis. “How can we control the media?” he asked, one hopes rhetorically.

Peter Henley from Onyx Hospitality and Hotels warned that rising costs, especially for staff and energy, were of concern. “I think there’s a little time bomb ticking away in our business, and it is costs.”

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