BANGKOK, 10 April 2013: The annual Mekong Tourism Forum will be held in Guilin in Guang Xi province China, 19 June, according to the Mekong Tourism Office’s executive director Mason Florence.
In a “heads up” on forum progress, Mr Florence told TTR Weekly the host China PRC and Guilin City in Guang Xi province were finalising the theme and format for the event in discussions with the Mekong Tourism Office.
“This year we plan to narrow the focus of the theme and details will be released soon,” he said in an email.
BANGKOK, 14 February 2013: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insists that her administration remains committed to bid for the mage global event World Expo 2020, despite reports that the cost was prohibitive and a return on investment below par.
The Prime Minister denied reports that the government was reconsidering the project and may abort its bid to host World Expo 2020 due to the heavy cost of building infrastructure and expo buildings for what will be a one-off event.
“The Thai government has not withdrawn its bid and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports itself remains active on the project,” she told reporters.
BERLIN, 13 February 2013: CSR features prominently at the ITB Berlin this year with the world’s leading travel trade show presenting a think tank, 7 March, to highlight strategies, best practices and the market potential of sustainable tourism.
ITB’s CSR day will probe topics such as tourist encounters with local residents, conflicts over water, a vital human resource, and protecting children from sexual exploitation.
At the ITB Berlin Convention, an integral part of the five-day trade show that attracts more than 100,000 trade visitors, experts will discuss the latest developments linked to corporate social responsibility.
BANGKOK, 21 January 2013: A line-up of international and regional speakers will share their views on business prospects at the up-coming Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2013.
Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2013 is scheduled, 26 to 28 February, at Traders Hotel, Yangon. This is Myanmar’s first hospitality and tourism conference. It will position this emerging tourist destination as a major player in ASEAN in the lead-up to adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
The conference will open officially 27 February, but on 26 February, there will be a pre-conference workshop on practical guidelines on how to conduct business in Myanmar focusing on laws and regulations.
BANGKOK, 11 January 2013: The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced, Thursday, it will host the fifth Amazing Isan Fair, 24 to 27 January at the Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok.
With just two weeks to go to opening day, there are concerns that the event may not reach its objective to build awareness for a region that attracts less than 5% of the nation’s 21 million international visits.
Recognising Notheast Thailand, known locally as “Isan”, has been “long overlooked by the international tourism industry,” TAT says it is now “being given a major boost by collaborating with travel trade partners to promote the destination.”
BANGKOK, 3 January 2013: The 27th Thai Tiew Thai fair will open 21 February for four days at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok offering discounts of up to 70% on domestic tour packages.
Themed “Ruam Sut-Yot Phunam Tiew Haeng Pi” (cream of the crop of Thai tourism), the four-day domestic tourism event opens 1000 to 2100, 21 to 24 February.
Organised by PK Exhibition Management, the fair will have 1,250 booths showcasing a variety of consumer products related to travel such as resorts, hotels, attractions, car rentals, sports such as golf, cruises and airlines.
YANGON, 27 December 2012: Myanmar will host its first New Year Countdown from 1700 to midnight 31 December at Minor Myo Ma Grounds in Yangon.
The New Year Countdown will be organised by Thailand’s Index Creative Village responsible for the AIS Bangkok Countdown2013 @ Central World. It is working with Forever Group, a media company in Myanmar.
According to Index Creative Village founder and co-CEO, Kreingkrai Kanjanapokin, the group would spend Bt35 million to host an estimated 50,000 people at the event.
PHUKET, 20 December 2012: The beach party saga continues as the organisers say they may move the event to Patong bay after two hotels on Surin bay demanded compensation of at least Bt3.5 million, Phuket News reported, yesterday.
Sydictive representatives confirmed to the local press they are exploring the option of moving the event to Patong Beach, saying with just a week to go they can no longer afford to negotiate with Surin Beach hoteliers who oppose the event.
They are studying engineering options for the show stage and other equipment and talking to local officials to gain approval.
YANGON, 5 November 2012: Myanmar to hold its first ever hospitality and tourism conference to position this emerging tourist destination as a major player in ASEAN during this decade.
Tagged Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2013, the event will be organised by Myanmar Tourism Federation and a Singapore-based company, Sphere Conferences. Dates are 26 to 28 February at the Traders Hotel in Yangon.
BANGKOK 26 October 2012: The Pacific Asia Travel Association reconfirmed its annual travel trade event, PATA Travel Mart will be hosted in Chengdu, China.
Rumour mills were grinding, earlier in the week, suggesting a rift between PATA and government member, China PRC, had widened after the association’s official daily reported the Chinese had boycotted the travel mart in mid-September.
In fact, there was a token presence from the Chinese, much reduced when compared with past years, but just enough to make the boycott headline wrong.