Anne Somanas is a hospitality media & travel trade journalist with TTG Asia Media, one of the oldest trade publications in the region. She has contributed numerous news reports, analyses and opinion pieces about matters that are impactful to the tourism industry, and is a skilled MC and moderator with extensive public speaking experience under her belt. Her opinion pieces have also been published in the Bangkok Post.
With a strong interest in caring for the environment and creating social impact, Anne is also a passionate community builder who helms numerous communities with united interests in Bangkok, most notably the Bangkok Recycling Chain - a grassroots movement to divert waste from landfills, find new homes for unused items and educate people about circular economy.
The group has hosted many events to promote eco-conscious products and sustainable living, such as clothing swaps to help people refresh their wardrobes without having to buy new clothes and festivals to mindfully connect conscious consumers with impactful businesses.
As a travel reporter and events organizer I'd love to help fortify the travel community in Bangkok and contribute where I can
Any hidden, off-the-beaten track or authentic destination
A location where I can see the Northern Lights
As a translator and interpreter for local travel startups in Bangkok
Anything to do with travel business
Adventure, curiosity, new perspectives
In our journey towards a more sustainable world, “impact travel” solutions can provide travellers with experiences that positively mark the destinations they visit. However, there are a few considerations that are crucial to a major breakthrough in impact travel: 1. The paradox that “going mainstream” is not sustainable by its very nature (e.g. mass tourism) 2. Protecting the authentic essence and brand value of “impact travel” so it doesn’t become another marketing tagline 3. Moving beyond simple KPIs to ensure we make a measurable, positive change in the real lives of people Do you think "impact travel" is feasible for the tourism industry to achieve at a wider scale? What other challenges does impact travel face to become a significant force and transform people's lives and society? Appreciate your feedback! PS: If you are interested in this topic, we invite you to join the TravaPowa impact travel community (follow the links in my profile).
Even last year, I didn't consider artificial intelligence (AI) a threat to a travel journalist. Artificial intelligence applications seemed clumsy, and open-source language models primarily silly. I have made an effort to research and follow the development. Although I see a lot of opportunities, I also see threats that the price of billable work will collapse either directly when artificial intelligence replaces a human as a writer or when artificial intelligence makes it possible for people who previously could not write publishable articles. Have you noticed that the number of articles produced directly with artificial intelligence has increased? Or that there has been a significant decrease in writing fees? An example of an artificial intelligence (AI) application that already creates publishable articles for some uses is, for instance, Surfer. What worries me the most is the pace of development. When the content it writes is already so good, how good will it be next year? I...