BANGKOK, 17 May 2013: Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes its consumer domestic fair Wan Thammada Thi Mai Thammada (An ordinary day turns special) to boost tourism during the up-coming low season.
The domestic fair opened Thursday and runs through to Sunday 19 May at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Plenary Hall zone C, 1000 to 2000.
At the opening ceremony, TAT domestic market deputy governor, Thawatchai Aranyik, said organising the fair would support the government’s policy to raise tourism revenue to Bt2 trillion.
BANGKOK, 17 May 2013: The Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre organiser expects its 10th Thailand Travel & Dive Expo together with Golf Expo 2013 will encourage more year-round travel and help to close the revenue gap between peak and low seasons.
NCC Exhibition Organiser Co Ltd board, Sakchai Pattarapreechakul, said the fair organised with the Tourism Authority of Thailand should encourage more domestic tourists to travel year round.
“The Dive expo was started in 2004. NCC talked to people who loved diving and since then it has grown into a very successful show. The fair offers variety for travellers who love sport and adventure.”
YANGON, 17 May 2013: Travellers who think they will be able to beat the fast food chains to Myanmar will need to think again. If the fast food chains are not already there they are clamouring at the door to set up shop as fast as possible.
Organisers of the MYANFOOD ’13 EXPO, an international food & drinks Show that will be hosted in Yangon, this November, identify what they call the fast-food revolution taking place in Myanmar right now.
They hope to canvass the food chains of Asia to attend and tap what is still an emerging market for the fast food boom.
BANGKOK, 15 May 2013: To offset losses caused by fierce competition in the Russian and CIS markets, travel companies need to create more profitable luxury products to present at the up-coming Thailand Travel Mart 2013.
ILVES Tour company group general manager, Mikhail IIyin, who has registered for TTM+2013 told TTR Weekly by email that due to an expansion of Turkish and Russian tour operators, the market has drifted into a low-cost business model.
“There are huge price wars in the market therefore, the general trend in CIS markets is low-cost services, low class hotels, minimum spend on dining and shopping.”
BANGKOK, 14 May 2013: Thailand Incentive and Convention Association says tourism needs a leader to coordinate the industry, according to TICA president, Sumate Sudasna, who noted that tourism was growing, but without clear direction due to the lack of leadership and cooperation.
“Although we have the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to take care of the tourism industry, there is a need for a coordinator to lead the various agencies,” he said.
BANGKOK, 13 May 2013: This year’s Mekong Tourism Forum convenes in Guilin, China, 19 June, adopting a theme of “The Rise of the Chinese Traveller, optimising impacts for the Greater Mekong Sub-region.”
Commenting on progress, Mekong Tourism Office executive director, Mason Florence, told TTR Weekly, Monday: “Everything is on track to address the tremendous China outbound market, how to attract/retain, while protecting (assets)…”
For the first time in the forum’s decade-long history the number of participants will be limited to 150 delegates, by invite only, to keep the single-day forum manageable.
BANGKOK, 3 May 2013: Thailand Incentive and Convention Association believes Thailand’s tourism sector needs to strengthen cooperation with neighbouring countries and business associations within the country.
TICA president, Sumate Sudasna, said Thailand should work together with other ASEAN member countries to increase travel to the region, especially in the events sector to improve the region’s competitiveness against its main rivals; Europe, Africa and South America.
“Southeast Asia countries should join hands to be competition partners instead of competing among ourselves,” he explained
BANGKOK, 30 April 2013: Tourism Authority of Thailand says this year’s Thailand Travel Mart’s welcome reception will honour foreign travel-related professionals who have supported Thailand’s tourism.
It was decided to move the awards presentation for the 2013 “Friends of Thailand,” which is normally part of the annual Thailand Tourism Awards to the TTM to add value to the show.
The welcome reception this year will adopt a street food theme to reflect the country’s most popular dining activity.
PHUKET, 29 April 2013: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Phuket province are cooperating to build the island destination’s event business, believing it can become a regional hub for meetings.
Phuket governor, Maitree Intusut, said the province has formulated a four-year development plan for the island to attract more business related visitors.
“Under the “Charming Andaman” direction, Phuket has developed the “4Ms” strategy to add more value and an achieve sustainable growth for Phuket and the neighbouring provinces,” he said.
BANGKOK, 29 April 2013: The Global Sustainable Tourism Council signed off on a partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Friday.
PATA Chief Executive Officer Martin Craigs and GSTC Board Member Guy Chester signed the MoU during the closing session of PATA Annual Summit in Bangkok.
The MoU underscores PATA’s support and endorsement of GSTC’s sustainability criteria but it will also open the door for joint advocacy and the sharing of sustainability practices with PATA 700 plus members.