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Asian countries in WTM 2013

World Travel Market in London is a vibrant must attend four-day business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business. By attending World Travel Market, participants efficiently, effectively and productively gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry. Have a look at the following snapshots and information about the participation of Asian countries.




The busy stand of “Amazing Thailand” in WTM 2013

The Thai pavilion, this year bears the theme “World Event: Romantic Thailand” to focus Thailand as a destination for weddings and honeymoons. Visitors can also enjoy a Thai spa demonstration at the Thai pavillion. The stand hosted a total of 69 companies and other institutions represented, comprising of 57 hotels and resorts, seven tour operators and travel agents, and five other related agencies. According to Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, “in 2012, Thailand achieved another record-breaking performance, crossing the 22 million mark for the first time. Two source markets, China and Malaysia, are now generating more than two million annual arrivals each. And four source markets – Japan, Russia, South Korea, and India- are generating more than one million arrivals each.”



Visit Malaysia Press Conference

Mr. Dato Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General Tourism Malaysia,  H.E. Dato Seri Zakaria Sulong, High Commissioner of Malaysia to UK and Ireland, Hon. Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abd. Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. The minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia on his speech stated that strategically located in the heart of Asia, Malaysia is ranked the 9th most visited country in the world by the UN-WTO for five consecutive years.


Miss Tourism Kazkhstan 2013 promoted her country in the stand of Kazakhstan

The Government of Kazakhstan seeks to transform the country into an attractive tourism destination. The country’s authorities consider tourism to be one of the most important industries for the development of the Kazakh economy. The three biggest cities of Kazakhstan receive business tourists; as a result a strong demand for high quality hotels is created. International brands such as JW Marriott, Kempinski and Radisson Blu, has already begun to construct new properties.


A snapshot of the busy stand of Vietnam

Vietnamin WTM 2013 launched the national tourism promotion program which aims to intensify activities to popularize national and local destinations,Vietnam’s special tourism products and services abroad to attract more foreign tourists and extend foreigners’ accommodation and spending. The tourist office of Hanoi, since its launch on August 1, 2013, is making efforts to improve the office’s efficiency, including assembling all necessary information, addresses, phone numbers to resolve effectively tourists’ complaints; enhancing coordination with key tourist districts and relevant agencies and launching new hotlines at the districts.


Miss Nalina Srisam-Ang and Miss Yada Damrongsak of Thai Airways International,Thailand


“It’s More Fun in the Philippines”…

The Department of Tourism (DOT) doubled the size of the Philippine booth from 150 square meters to 300 square meters this year hosting more than 40 Philippine exhibitors.

The Philippines Department of Tourism is focusing on eco-tourism as a key growth market taking very seriously its responsibilities towards protecting the environment. DOT, also, announced that the United Kingdom continues to be the Philippines’ top ten visitor markets in the world and the biggest tourism market in Europe.


A snapshot of the Macau stand

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) promoted Macau’s diverse tourism products, culinary delights and multi-destination tours. Through participation in the show, the Office aims to encourage more visitations from Europe to Macau. On the southern cost of Mainland China, close to Hong Kong,Macau is a fascinating blend of Portuguese and Chinese culture, state-of-the-art tourist facilities and entertainments, superb food and a full calendar of festivals and events. Its beautiful “Historic Centre” is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


A snapshot of the vibrant and cosmopolitan Hong Kong, one of the world’s greatest destinations with a unique “East meets West” culture

Global arrivals to Hong Kong between January and June this year recorded around 12 million, an 8.7% year-on-year increase and 47.1% of all visitor arrivals during the period. However, there was a decline of 3.7% in the UK market comparing to last year. The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced that much of the decline was due to a dramatic decrease in airlift.  But the good news is capacity is returning as British Airways has put an Airbus A380 to the route, which adds 680 seats each week.


Thai Airways International (THAI) management and staff welcomed HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol to their promotional stand

In her capacity as tourism ambassador and representative of the people and of the Royal Thai Government, HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol visited the attractive and spacious THAI booth highlighting the airline’s exemplary service and innovations, as well as its expansive route network as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of its operations from the United Kingdom.


Indonesia “still needs to do more” for the tourism industry, said the Indonesian ambassador to the UK, Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, Mari Elka Pangestu, announced the “16.16.7” strategy, a programme which the ministry hopes will bolster the aim of expanding tourism to other islands.The number 16 stands for the amount of major destinations the country wants to promote, such as Jakarta, as well as the 16 focus markets it will focus on, with Singapore in the top spot. The number 7 stands for the amount of thematic tourism products Indonesia would like to highlight, including culinary, shopping and conferences among others.

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