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Thursday, 17 May 2012
Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2012
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that
this year’s Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2012 trade fair will highlight the
amazing variety of tourism products, experiences and attractions the Kingdom of Thailand offers under the theme
“Customize Your Experience.” TTM+ 2012, which will take place at IMPACT
Exhibition Center Halls 5 & 6 in Bangkok
during June 6 to 8, will see over 330 buyers from countries across the globe
meeting with more than 380 Thai sellers of tourism products and services.
“The TAT is delighted to welcome operators and industry
practitioners from all over the world to join TTM+2012, where they will
discover how they can help their clients ‘Customize Your Experience’ to explore
Thailand in the way that meets their individual interests and preferences. We are
looking forward to a highly successful event, with more than 80 buyers from
European countries, over 40 buyers from the US
and Canada, and about 35
buyers from Australia and New Zealand. We
will also welcome many new buyers from emerging markets including Eastern
Europe, the CIS Countries, the Middle East and South America,” said Mr Suraphon
Svetasreni, Governor of the TAT.
TTM+ 2012 is focusing on four key tourism categories, which
are golf, ecotourism, weddings & honeymoons, and health & wellness.
Thai tourism products and services in these categories have experienced
tremendous growth over the past few years, and this trend is expected to
continue in the future, especially among repeat visitors who account for about
60% of all international arrivals to Thailand.
“In addition to creating opportunities for Thai and
international sellers and buyers to meet and expand their business horizons,
the TAT will continue to demonstrate our support for intra-regional travel at
TTM+ 2012. We will welcome several NTOs from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
including Bhutan, China’s Yunnan
and Guangxi provinces, Cambodia,
Laos PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. When
combined with all that Thailand
has to offer, TTM+ 2012 will be a great opportunity for global tour operators to
see the GMS’ immense potential as a destination with an unmatched variety of
experiences and attractions for their clients,” said Governor Suraphon.
TTM+ 2012will kick off on June 5 with five complementary
half-day tours for buyers attending the trade fair. They can choose from
customised experiences including Bangkok Smile Bike; City Prosperous Twilight
Capital; Shopping Phenomenon; Relaxing in the City; and Spicy Route. As seats
are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, buyers should
make their reservations early.
On June 6, the first day of the actual trade fair,
participants and members of the media are invited to join a forum and panel
discussion. The event kicks off with a keynote speech on “A Changing World: The
Challenges for the Tourism Business” by Mr Bill Sanderson, Managing Director of
Bill Sanderson Limited.
There will also be a panel discussion on the topic
“Customize Your Experience in Thailand”
moderated by Mr Mike Sebastian, Chief Executive Office, Asia Pacific Golf
Group. Panelists covering the four key tourism categories being highlighted at
TTM+ 2012 include “Golf” by Mr Mark Siegal, Manager Director of Golfasian
Co.,Ltd.; “Health & Wellness” by Mr Andrew Jacka, President of Thai Spa
Association; “Eco-tourism” by Ms Chananya Phataraprasit, Executive Director of
Asian Oasis; and “Weddings & Honeymoons” by Ms Neha Mehrotra, Owner of
Foreign Wedding Planners, Mr Kim Gwang Lim, Manager of the Happy Honeymoon
Club, and Mr Keith Baker, Manager of Tzell Travel Group.
Following TTM+ 2012, buyers can enrich their Thailand
experience through several post-event tours that take place during June 9 to11.
They can choose from three options: Golden Culture, Weddings & Honeymoons,
and World Heritage, at special prices ranging from US$200 to 600 depending on
the route and accommodations.
Ten official partner hotels are offering accommodations to
visiting buyers, including the Centara Grand @Central World, Holiday Inn
Express Bangkok Siam, The
Imperial Queens’ Park, Novotel Bangkok IMPACT, Novotel Bangkok Silom, Patumwan
Princess, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Rama
City, and Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok.