BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: The 21st edition of Thai International Travel Fair opened, Thursday, attracting travel consumers who were keen to snatch up tour packages and airline deals, some valid until January next year.
The event will end this Sunday at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
Thai Travel Agents Association president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that 30 countries were exhibiting travel products at a show that is considered a reliable barometer of outbound travel trends in Thailand.
“Major international destinations joining the event are stalwarts Japan, Taiwan and Macau, while Turkey’s national tourism organisation joins for the first time and India and Indonesia for their second.”
Star Cruises also join the show this year to promote its SuperStar Gemini that will be based in Laem Chabang International Terminal beginning 17 December 2017 through to 27 April 2018.
Star Cruises attempted to create a cruise base in Thailand some 15 years ago, but fell foul of high operating costs, bureaucracy and red tape.
The itineraries are similar to the past experiment, but this time using SuperStar Gemini, which will embark on three-night cruises to Sihanoukville and Samui Island, departing every Sunday. A three-night cruise to Sihanoukville, will depart every Wednesday and a three-night cruises to Koh Kong Island, every Friday.
Star Cruises in the past also sailed to Hua Hin, Chang, Krabi, Pattaya, Phi Phi Island, Song Khla and Sri Racha.
The show now in its 21st edition is themed Fun For Family to stimulate both domestic and outbound travel.
There are 1,000 booths at the show representing hotels, resorts, travel agents, airlines, cruise companies, car rental companies, tourism organisations, travel magazines, banks and travel insurance companies.
A couple of the show highlights will focus on demonstrations of AR technology (augmented reality) and selling travel to snow destinations this winter under the tag “Frozen Planet”.
On the domestic front, some towns such as Lop Buri and Singburi in the central region, will focus on “healthy kitchens” and organic food including community products in the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration area.
TTAA estimated the four-day event should attract 350,000 visitors and generate THB500 million.
KTC cardholders who purchase travel for a value of THB5,000 can show sales slip to receive additional incentives and prizes.
For a spend of THB1,000, they will get one lottery ticket for a brand new MG car that will be raffled off during the show.
TITF is organised by TTAA and the Association of Domestic Travel. Sponsors are: Thai Amadeus Southeast Asia; Krung Thai Bank and Thai Vivat Insurance PCL. Supported by Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Culture, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Department of Tourism, Tourism Council of Thailand, Thai Hotels Association and the Association of Thai Travel Agents.
The event is held twice annually in February and August.