Thailand focuses on ATF agenda

VINH PHUC, VIETNAM, 3 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, met with tourism officials from national tourist offices from ASEAN nations, including Vietnam,  to update them on Thailand’s readiness to host the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018.

The 46th ASEAN National Tourism National Organisations, held last month, gave the ministry’s permanent secretary an opportunity to update officials on ATF, which will be held 22 to 26 January. in Chiang Mai, the first time the forum has been hosted in North Thailand.

ASEAN tourism officials are collaborating to promote gastronomy tourism, tourism investment, cruise tourism and community based tourism.

They have promised to deliver concrete results on the identified four subjects during the ATF 2018, particularly on ASEAN gastronomy tourism. Thailand will host the 4th World Forum on Gastronomy in 2018.

UNWTO general secretary, Taleb Rifai, during the third UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastian, Spain, last May, confirmed Thailand would host the 2018 event.

Thailand will draft a proposal for ASEAN cooperation in the field of food tourism and present an ASEAN declaration on gastronomy tourism that will lead to certification, a project that will be announced by the ASEAN Tourism Ministers during ATF 2018.

Thailand has also entered into a partnership with Michelin Travel Group to publish a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide. The first Michelin Guide Bangkok is expected to publish in December.

Once launched, Thailand will become the sixth country in Asia to have Michelin Guides following China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

(Source: Ministry of Tourism and Sports)