Chaired by the president, the association has a board committee that includes two vice presidents, and 10 committees. The executive committee including the chairperson is elected every two years by its members. Apart from the board committee, the association also has four working groups to work on specific topics that need professional knowledge and experience as follows; Marketing, Special activity, Academic issues and Financial sustainability.
Committee (Year 2009 - 2010)
President - Duangkamol Chansuriyawong (Wild Thailand)
Her experience in tour management began in 1995. Using her common sense and the research on "Impact of Tourism" her husband had done for the "Justice & Peace Commission of Thailand", she created tour programs by combining at least a local village into the program with the hope that the tourism money will reach the poor people, who really need it. All programs are composed of 3 elements, nature; culture; and adventure. And it's amazing when she learns from visitor evaluation that the most impression on them is "the village". She is very happy about this fact. She continues to think how villagers can earn from tourism other than money, how they can keep their own ways of living & hospitality. After observing the behavior of villagers once she bring tourist visit, she has concluded in mind that the CROSS CULTURAL EXCHANGE activity and management in the village do not effect to local Thais or ethnic peoples living in the mountain.
1st Vice President - Samart Sidaoruang (N.S. Travel & Tours)
2nd Vice President - Sripijit T.Jareonsak (Sea Frog)
She spent thousands of hours above and below water. Upon discovering that the diving was much better, she decided to quit her job and set up a dive center in Bangkok and Phi Phi Island with her friends in 1986. Times have changed but Sea Frog Diving is still much to be saved and savored by those her nurtured.
Secretary - Sumitra Mutturanont (Friend of Nature)
I am a nature's lover. I like almost all outdoor activities such as trekking, bird watching, diving, rafting etc. I like to learn everything about nature and culture. I have been a volunteer in a volunteer project of Chulalongkorn University when I was a student there. I‘ve been a committee of many clubs such as Nature Conservancy Club (Thai), Bangkok bird Club, Siam Diving Club etc.
In 1993 I quit from my career as a pharmacist to open a small ecotour company in order to operate ecotour which will bring people close to nature, to admire them and to love them, finally. I was also one of the committee to form TEATA in 1997 in order to set the standard for ecotour company , activities and promote Thailand as a world class ecotourism in the near future.
Treasurer - Suvimol Ngamsiviroj (River Kwai Floatel)
Committee - Neeracha Wongmasa (Global Holiday)
"As a successful businessperson in a travel industry, Ms. Neeracha besides the role she plays in society through her business has championed a vision of Thailand for the next century. As managing director of the Global Holiday Co., Ltd., a leading tour operator in Thailand, she has encouraged the staff's intelligentsia to study and exchange ideas on their vision of country's future. This has covered developments in tradition, culture, society, public environment and resources. Therefore, so many projects for helping ignored part people of our country launched from her vision, if the project meets its target that she wants become a reality, and then village's next generation will have the chance to grow and develop along with the communities' growth and common good."
Committee - Tharnaphat Netkijchareon (Bangpakong Charter)
Committee- Jumbo Chatupornpaisan (RSP Jumbo)
Native Kanchanaburi tour operator with 15 years of experience in handling all sorts of tourists, be it, backpackers, FIT or incentive tourists. Through close contacts with clients from various nationalities for over a decade and a half, I have gradually learnt what each market likes and expects, how they want to travel and how I can do to meet their expectations, always with some key words in my mind: creativity, quality and honesty. With special interests in nature and adventure based tourism combined with my keenness on local cultures and communities, I am ready and well equipped with knowledge and first-hand experience to create something new or customise tour programmes of any kind.
Committee - Supaporn Prach-Umpi (Royal Silk Holidays)
Started my activity as a nature conservationist since my high school time over 30 years ago, its my great pleasure to have a chance nowadays to work actively as a committee members of TEATA and to share my passion with all members. We all agree that tourism has brought not only benefits to our society but also negative impacts to our nature, culture and life style. Therefore, it is time that stakeholders in tourism society help impede these impacts and foster sustainable tourism in our country. As an inbound tour operator, we play a great role in developing responsible tourism products and promote them as options to the travelers, at the same time to work closely with the destinations or communities in developing the programs under the ecotourism concepts. Even though it seems that our activities are just small drops of water in a big tourism main stream, we believe that these small drops can create an oasis for the thirsty travelers who seek for meaningful holidays.
Receptionist - Oranooch Pakarat (Indra Maekong)
Registrar- Anaya Kaewshinaporn - Newtrip Travel
PR - Nipatpong Chuanchuen ( TKT Ecotour)
Committee - Pisit Rattanachetakul