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Thailand Travel Mart kicks off

posted Jun 6, 2012, 7:18 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Aug 22, 2013, 3:15 AM by Wisata DongTravel ]
The Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2012 opens this evening with a welcome reception for around 1,000 travel buyers and sellers, hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The three-day show, 6 to 8 June, will be held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. The event will feature several forums discussing tourism business as well as networking functions.

The actual buying and selling sessions of the mart are scheduled 7 June and for half-day on 8 June.

Today, hundreds of buyers and sellers as well as media representatives registered at the biggest trade show in Mekong region. A panel discussion and forum was held this afternoon with the keynote speech “A Changing World: The Challenge for Tourism Business “ delivered by Bill Sanderson Limited Company managing director Bill Sanderson.

A panel discussion followed on the topic of Customise Your Experience in Thailand moderated by Asia Pacific Golf Group chief executive officer, Mike Sebastian.

Panelists: Golfasian Company managing director Mark Siegel on golf markets; Thai Spa Association president Andrew Jacka on health and wellness; Asian Oasis executive director, Chananya Phataraprasit on ecotourism and Foreign Wedding Planners owner, Neha Mehrotra; the Happy Honeymoon Club manager, Kim Gwang Lim and Tzell Travel Group manager Keith Baker on wedding and honeymoons.

TTM+2012 highlights four niche tourism categories; golf, ecotourism, weddings & honeymoons and heath & wellness. These markets were selected as theme niches for the show due to encouraging growth trends over the past few years.

There are 44 booths from 42 businesses categories under these four themes: seven companies under the golf section; 11 companies under weddings & honeymoons; 19 companies under heath & wellness and five companies under ecotourism.

This year, the event welcomes 380 sellers with 420 booths. They have an opportunity to secure business from 336 buyers from 61 countries. There are new buyers from 11 countries: Albania; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Cambodia; Chile; Kuwait; Maldives; Nepal; Ukraine; Uruguay; and Uzbekistan.

Of the 336 buyers, 241 are hosted buyers, 79 are international buyers and 16 domestic buyers.

This year, TAT estimates that the event should attract 1,000 participants including buyers, sellers and media. TTM+ 2012 is held alongside with the consumer fair, Thailand Tourism Festival 2012, which also hosted by TAT at the same venue from 6 to 10 June.

Source: TTGA