Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2013 the largest B2B event in Thailand organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Thai Travel Industry at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani, focused on trade and business talks among operators and participants.
During TTM+ 2013 the Tourism Authority of Thailand presented new products like biking tours, cooking schools, Thai boxing stadiums, health and wellness centres and Thai massage schools. They all fit within the TAT's marketing strategy of promoting "Thainess" as the kingdom's unique selling proposition.
One of the core travel products that TAT was promoting during TTM+ is Health & Medical Tourism. In recent years 1,4 million international oatients have received medical treatment in Thailand each year and the number is increasing every year. Of these, almost 200.000 people per year come from the USA and 100.000 come from the UAE.
In 2013, TAT is projecting that if the global, regional and local situation remains stable, Thailand will receive 24.14 million arrivals, generating a projected tourism income of 1.1 trillion Baht. In the photo, Mrs Juttaporn Rerngronasa Deputy Governor Europe and Americas and Sansern Ngaorungsi, Deputy Governor Asia and Pacific at TAT's Press Conference during TTM+.
Ms Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, Director of Meetings Industry Department of TCEB with Theodore Koumelis, Founder and Managing Editor of TraveldailyNews. Ms Vichaya presented the new MICE campaign, "Thailand: Connecting Opportunities for Business Events in Asia" as well as the trends for the period 2013-2016.
"Colourful Bangkok" is the new promotional campaign of the City of Bangkok. Tuk-Tuk, the traditional thai taxis, cultural sites and shopping paradise is the main elements that this campaign communicates.
Thailand and Vietnam are in the first and second position in the list of the Top Generating countries to Laos according to the figures the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism presented during a press conference in TTM+
77 new hotels developed or expected to open in the recent future in Myanmar. This is what revealed during Myanmar's Press Conference at TTM+.
Cambodia had the opportunity to present the innovative e-Visa solution to facilitate entrance procedures for the international travellers.
Mr Sebastian Kromberg, Manager inbound of Asian Trails was presenting the unique travel products and online booking solutions of the company during TTM+. The Asian Trails vision was first conceived in 1999 by Luzi Matzig in mid 1999. In August 2006, Kuoni Travel of Switzerland become a majority Shareholder in the company, while agreeing to let Asian Trails continue as a totally independent regional Destination Management company. Today, Asian Trails has offices in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
With 600 full-time staff working from 20 offices in Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and China, Exotissimo is one of the biggest inbound and outbound tour operators in South East asia. Stratis Voursoukis, Director Asia-Pacific of Travel Media Applications as well as Director of the Asia-Pacific Sales office of Argo Travel Group is exploring cooperation opportunities together with Exotissimo during TTM+
Mr Giuseppe Lombardo, Director of Sales & Business Development od Meeting Poin Asia is talking with Mr Stratis Voursoukis, Director Asia-Pacific of Travel Media Applications as well as Director of the Asia-Pacific Sales office of Argo Travel Group.
UK, USA and Australia are the most important markets for cycling tourism according to Patricia Weismantel, Product Manager of SpiceRoads, a specialist cycle tour operator in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is the hottest destination while a 12 days bicycle tour from Saigon to Bangkok is among the most popular trip. Cycling tours are on a rise. Two years ago SpiceRoads has 5.000 customers while on 2012 this number increased to 7.000.
Silk Road tours to Indochina, Community Travel, Joint Tours for small as well as Festival Trips are the the most important niche segments where Royal Silk Holidays is spesialized. According to Mrs Supaporn Prach-Umpai, Managing Director of Royal Silk Holidays, combined tours between Bangkok and Siem Reap or Bangkok and Laos are high in demand. Outside of Asia, German speaking countries, Romania, Croatia, UK, Italy as well as Canada are the main markets for Thailand while there is a significant increase from Eastern Europe.
Having recorded a strong start to 2013 with 12.8 % growth in revenue year-to-date, Dusit International showcased its Thailand based properties at TTM+. Dusit's expansion in 2013 include projects in Nairobi, Kenya; Khao Yai, Thailand; Doha, Qatar and China. Further announcements to be made in due course include such locations as Singapore and a second hotel in Dubai.
Key to this expansion plan is a joint venture agreement between Dusit International and a China-based partner, announced earlier this year. A minimum of 10 hotels will be developed over the next five years and by 2020, the aggregate number of Dusit-branded hotel rooms in China will number approximately 5.000.
Best Western International participated in TTM+ with its Asia & Middle east Head Office which is based in Bangkok. Best Western International has properties in 16 countries in Asia.
Infinity Hotels & Resorts, a hotel marketing and sales company, presented in TTM+ the five hotels in their portfolio. In Bhundhari Chaweng Beach Resort in Samui 42 new rooms will be added in July 2013 to the already operate 14 bungalows. In the photo, the CEO of the company Mr Amit Kumar is in the middle with Ms Valerie Kew Director of Marketing Communications on his left.
Luc Citrinot, Chief Editor of TravelDailyNews Asia-Pacific talks with Cha-Da Hotels Group about their hotels in Bangkok, Krabi and Lanta.
Show DC, a subsidiary of AEC Capital Company Limited, a joint investment between Thai and Malaysian investors was exhibiting in TTM+ to present their new outlet in Bangkok which will open in September 2014.
Cooking Nanta Show is a "must see" show in Bangkok. In TTM+ Nanta was exploring cooperation opportunities with the travel agents participating as Hosted Buyers.