Mekong introduces ‘Walkabout Forum’

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Registration is now open for the Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 to be hosted by Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 6 to 9 June.

According to a post by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, this year’s forum theme is “Prosper with Purpose”.

MTF 2017 promises to deliver what the organisers call “interactive topical sessions” hosted at multiple experiential venues in and around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. Read more

BLTM closes on a strong note

October 26, 2016 by  
Filed under India, News

DELHI, 26 October 2016: Business & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) closed, Tuesday evening, logging a strong vote of confidence from the events related travel community in India.

It marks India’s first full-fledged business tourism travel mart that drew an impressive response from sellers representing events, MICE and luxury travel.

Over 150 qualified hosted buyers attended BLTM from all over India. Read more

Gem show seeks record sales

August 9, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 9 August 2016: Around 800 exhibitors from 30 countries will trade at Bangkok’s biannual gems and jewellery trade show this September, according to the fair organisers Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion.

In 2015, Thailand’s gems and jewellery industry was ranked third in terms of export value, generating nearly USD11 billion (THB371 billion), which represented just over 5% of exports value.

“We expect gem and jewellery exports to grow by 10% in 2016,” DITP director general Malee Choklumlerd was quoted in the department’s trade publication ‘Horizons’. Read more

Orchid lovers meet in Thailand

March 4, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 March 2016: More than 45,000 orchid lovers are expected to visit a mega orchid show billed as the centrepiece of the prestigious 12th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference, 19 to 27 March, hosted in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand’s National News Bureau, in an earlier report announcing the show, estimated the orchid exhibition could attract as many as 45,000 visitors, both local and foreign garden enthusiasts.

Held every three years, the event will draw top-level orchid growers, researchers and associations from the Asia-Pacific region to IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre in the northern suburbs of Bangkok. Read more

Chiang Rai hosts Asia-Pacific mart

February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGOK, 1 February 2016: Chiang Rai will host the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016, 17 to 19 February, the first Asia-Pacific travel conference to held in this far-north tourist destination.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is underwriting the landmark event to illustrate the readiness of secondary destinations to welcome international tourism.

Previously held in Nepal and Bhutan, this year’s AT&RTCM will position Chiang Rai as an emerging destination for both soft-adventure and community-based tourism. Read more

TTM moves to Chiang Mai

December 16, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 December 2015: After being hosted in Bangkok for 14 consecutive years the 15th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion will move to the northern city of Chiang Mai in 2016.

The annual travel mart, themed “Smile with Us” will be held 8 to 10 June at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).

Registrations for buyers and sellers are now open online. Read more

TITF attracts bargain hunters

August 14, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 14 August 2015: The 17th edition Thai International Travel Fair opened Thursday attracting consumers who were keen to snatch up tour packages and airline deals valid throughout this year.

Some airline promotions have travel periods that extend to March next year.

The 17th TITF continues to Sunday, 16 August, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, but consumers had already snatched up the best discounts offered by airlines shortly after the doors opened Thursday.

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TTM flags new travel experiences

May 15, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, TTM+2015

BANGKOK, 15 May 2015: From biking tours by night to a home-stay experience in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, some of Thailand’s best emerging tourism destinations, products and services will be highlighted at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 3 to 5 June in Bangkok.

TTM+2015 will deliver a diverse range of options including many activities featured for the first time at the TTM, such as street food ours, a mask-making museum in Loei province, a monkey-training centre in Surat Thani province and a river-boat cruise to the Laotian former royal city of Luang Prabang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now in its 14th year, Thailand’s largest annual B2B travel trade event will be held at Impact Muang Thong Thani. It is considered the leading trade show for Thailand and the GMS countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and China (Kunming province).

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Policy makers attend Siem Reap event

February 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

BANGKOK, 10 February 2015: Tourism and culture need to learn how to work hand-in-hand and build a sustainable model that allows both to prosper, but it will take more than just a conference to ensure the two have the same objectives.

Despite the high profile gathering in Siem Reap, the divide  between tourism and culture is vast. Those who are dedicated to cultural preservation view tourism as  business endeavour that exploits rather than supports culture.

That and many other challenges faced delegates attending the first UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, last week, but despite the discussions and good intentions the event closed with few if any concrete conclusions.

Over 900 participants, including over 45 ministers and vice ministers of tourism and culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the event in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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