Despite the recent events in Thailand with the military coup the Fifth Annual Thailand Travel Mart 2006 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Mekong Region (TTM+ 2006) is making its inguaral at…
Despite the recent events in Thailand with the military coup the Fifth Annual Thailand Travel Mart 2006 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Mekong Region (TTM+ 2006) is making its inguaral at Challenger 3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. This year will be a especially important one for the foreign participants as they will be on hand to witness the historic opening of Bangkok’s new international airport at Suvarnabhumi. Many of them will be arriving at the old airport but departing from new one after its official opening on 28 September.
The 367 seller organisations participating in this year’s TTM Plus include 230 hotels, 11 airlines, 10 ecotourism and adventure operators, 10 entertainment and sports companies, 10 medical and health tourism facilities, 10 NTOs, 20 other services, 31 tour operators and 35 companies from the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The broad range of sellers will mean that the 149 invited buyers from 35 countries will have an opportunity to get information about products and services about Thailand as well as all its neighbouring countries to the north, south, east and west.
Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, Deputy Governor for Domestic Market said, “The TTM will allow buyers and sellers to get a good update of all the major products and services in the region. We expect business done at the show to go a long way towards meeting our targets of 13.8 million arrivals this year and 15 million in 2007.”
The event is especially important for the small and medium sized enterprises which do not have the large marketing budgets to afford participation in the major international trade shows.
It is organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in co-operation with Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), the Federation of Thai Tourism Association (FETTA), Thai Airways International and the private sector.
Hosted buyers are carefully selected by TAT with cooperation from its overseas offices, Thai Airways and the private sector. Other local and overseas operators are also allowed to participate at their own expense.
Meetings between buyers and sellers are arranged by a matching appointment system with 70% of scheduled appointments being pre-arranged before the mart opens, leaving the rest to be done on-site. Each appointment will last 15 minutes.
The official programme begun on 26 September, 2006 with a welcome reception in the evening at Siam Niramit, a magnificent new Thai performance theatre. A forum on the Greater Mekong Subregion took place with a panel discussion on “Window on the Mekong, Marketing Cooperation Past, Present and Future”.
The business functions will be held on 27-28 September, at the Challenger, Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre, the world’s largest column-free exhibition hall, Asia’s largest indoor exhibition centre and Thailand’s largest ballroom.