TTM: Pair with Pai and succeed

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2017: Community-based tourism in Mae Hong Son could be a highlight for package tours from Europe, but it would require direct flight links to the far-northwest province from the Thai capital.

A recent inspection tour carried out by three UK tour operators led by Tourism Authority of Thailand’s head of marketing, Chris Lee, suggested Mae Hong Son had plenty of potential, but the programmes needed to  be adapted to attract European visitors.

Lee told TTR Weekly the province community-based visits would have to combine a route featuring Mae Hong Son and Pai, a backpacker haven halfway to Chiang Mai. Read more

Thailand plus One strategy

June 15, 2017 by  
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CHIANG MAI, 15 June 2017: Thailand’s premier travel show TTM+ opened, Wednesday, welcoming a record turnout of 480 buyers from 64 countries, who will network with 354 sellers from Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region countries over the next two days.

Hosted in Chiang Mai for the second year running sellers noted a higher turnout of Chinese buyers this year reflecting the growing importance of the China outbound  market for Thailand and its GMS neighbours.

Now in its 16th year, the TTM+ 2017 official tally listed  buyers from Europe (182), East Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), the Middle East (11), and Thailand (41). Read more

Local products on show at TTM

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

CHAING MAI, 12 June 2017: A range of local handicraft products and services from North Thailand will be showcased at the 16th Thailand Travel Mart, this week.

The show will take place for the second time in Chiang Mai at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) from 14 to 16 June. Read more

Experts speak out at TTM

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 12 June 2017: Buyers, sellers and media attending  Thailand Travel Mart Plus n (TTM+), this week, will get a chance to hear the views of well-known experts in community-based tourism, gastronomy, tourism crisis management and e-commerce.

The Tourism Trend Talk Forum  will be held on the show’s opening day, 14 June, 1530 to 1730 at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Entrance is free to all delegates. Read more

Lifetime vocation attending travel shows

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 5 June 2017: June is a reminder that Asia’s travel trade scene is packed with events that will change how you do business, talk fests that entertain and a smattering of the old fashioned travel shows that motor on despite disruptive technology.

This week, the Mekong Tourism Forum convenes in Luang Prabang, a World Heritage town and a premier destination driving tourism to Laos. It is six years since the forum was last held in Laos when it convened in Pakse.

Many of the faces have changed, but most of the core issues have not.  At the MTF 2011 in Pakse organisers rolled out the theme, “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star,” while this year the focus is on “Prosper with Purpose”. Following each event the theme is deposited in a box appropriately named “been there done that”. Read more

Thailand romances tourism

May 29, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 May 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand is pushing wedding and honeymoon to encourage more high-end travellers to visit Thailand and particularly Chiang Mai.

TAT’s East Asian Region director, Runjuan Thongrut, said as Chiang Mai was awarded the Best Honeymoon Destination in 2016 from Ctrip.com, the largest online travel agent in China, the strategy is now to promote Chiang Mai to the weddings sector across Asia.

Chiang Mai will also be the host its upcoming B2B event Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017 in mid-June for the second year in a row. Weddings and honeymoons have been  highlighted at recent editions of the TTM even though most of the TTM buyers are traditional tour operators who are not directly involved in the wedding market that is usually managed by specialised agencies or individuals. Read more

TAT offers pre and post TTM tours

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 24 May 2017: More than 200 spots covering the best of Thailand and the Mekong Region are included in a range of pre- and post-event tours to be offered to buyers and media attending the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 in Chiang Mai between 14 to 16 June, 2017.

From the Royal Projects set up by the Thai Royal Family to wean northern hill tribes off opium to the 1st Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to an amazing range of restaurants, temples, attractions, palaces and museums, delegates will enjoy the best of Thailand as well as parts of neighbouring Myanmar and Lao PDR.

While most of the tours will cover Northern Thailand, the selection has also been broadened to include the coastal resorts of Pattaya, Chumphon and Ranong. A choice of six complimentary pre-tours will be organised on 13 June, before the TTM+ begins, and seven post-tours ranging in duration from three to six nights starting after the event on 17 June, 2017. Read more

TTM+2017 seminar

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 23 May 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand is arranging a one-day tourism seminar, to be held concurrently with the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 which will take place from 14 to 16 June in Chiang Mai.

The forum, scheduled for 16 June, is being organised to strengthen the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry.

TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said: “This seminar forms part of the TAT Academy’s mission to help enhance Thai tourism personnel and market competitiveness as well as to attract a new workforce for this growing industry. Sessions are carefully planned to ensure useful learning and knowledge sharing opportunities from senior tourism officials and experienced hospitality professionals. At the end of this one-day event, we hope participants will learn new perspectives in the field of tourism and travel in the digital era within the Royal Thai Government’s Thailand 4.0 smart-economy framework.” Read more

More buyers sign up for TTM

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017: The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2017) is on track to achieve a record turnout of buyers by the time it opens 14 June in Chiang Mai.

The trade show will be hosted, 14 to 16 June, in the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC), a brand new facility designed to drive events business to the northern Thailand city.

Due to be hosted for the second time in a row in the northern capital of Thailand, the show has already attracted 480 international buyers registered from 64 countries and 354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. Read more

TTM 2016 dates confirmed

December 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 December 2016: Thailand’s premier travel trade show, TTM Plus, returns to Chiang Mai for the second year in a row.

The 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017 will be held at Chiang Mai’s convention and exhibition centre, 14 to 16 June, 2017.

The show moved to the northern capital for its 2016 edition, last June, after a 15-year stint in Bangkok. Read more

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