CLMVT Link: Prosper Together spotlights tourism connectivity and collaboration in the region
Not only was the event held outside of Bangkok for the first time, this year’s TTM also broke new ground by bringing together senior tourism executives from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand, collectively known as CLVMT. Together these countries welcomed over 44 million tourists in 2014, about 42 percent of ASEANS total – which shows not only the potential of the CLMVT market, but also its importance to the ASEAN community.
CLMVT Link Joint Press Conference Representatives
Representatives from all these countries held a Joint Press Conference entitled “CLMVT Link: Prosper Together”, which highlighted the opportunities for collaboration between countries to boost tourism throughout the region, and all agreed that travel and tourism is not only for the benefit of any one country, but for the whole region.
The panel discussion was joined by Mr. Try Chhiv, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; Ms. Manisakhone Thammavongxay, Director of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Laos PDR.; Ms. Daw Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar, and Mr. Vu Nam, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
ASEAN Brand.. Stronger Together
Also present at the TTM was Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the former Foreign Minister of Thailand and former ASEAN Secretary General, who made a speech, entitled ‘ASEAN Brand…Stronger Together”, which was especially poignant as it came just ahead of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of ASEAN. This year’s TTM comes at a time when Thailand’s tourism industry continues to perform strongly, with a record 11.7 million visitors from January to April 2016, a 14 percent increase over the same period of 2015.
Overall then it seems that the Thai tourism industry is in robust health, good news no doubt to all those who attended this years Thailand Travel Mart. And with plans for closer regional cooperation it seems that the future of the travel industry in Thailand and around the region is looking very rosy indeed.
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