TTM+ 2017 Kicks off in Chiang Mai
TTM+ 2017 wowed buyers and sellers in the tourism industry with a display of Lanna-style Handicrafts, traditional artwork and household products. The Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region was held from June 14-16.
The northern city of Chiang Mai was the proud host of this year’s Thailand Travel Mart Plus. The Travel Mart was organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
This event is held every year to promote and publicize the tourism industry in Thailand as well as the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand presided over the event. He was joined by H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The Governor of the TAT, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Welcomes All to the TTM+ 2017
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand welcomed buyers and sellers from 56 countries around the globe to come and experience Thailand. He said that this year’s theme of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus was “Delivering Unique Experiences”.
The event encouraged both buyers and sellers in the tourism industry to explore the lesser-known areas of Thailand and develop their own unique experiences.
There are so many facets of Thailand. The TAT wants to urge these buyers and sellers to look beyond the well-known aspects of the country and discover more of what Thailand has to offer. Watch what Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the TAT had to say about the event.
Next Year, TTM+ 2018 Moves to the Sunny Shores of Pattaya
TTM+ has been held for the past two years in Chiang Mai. The event has given valuable exposure to the culture, heritage and cuisine of the northern region. It has also highlighted the close proximity of the neighboring, emerging destinations of Myanmar and Lao PDR.
The event has provided a major boost to tourism in the northern region. So next year, the TAT wants to highlight the connectivity Thailand enjoys with its neighbors to the East.
H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand is encouraged by the positive responses to TTM+ 2017. The networking opportunities between 362 sellers and 423 foreign buyers placed the sellers in direct contact with the people that they are ultimately trying to reach.
There were also valuable seminars community-based tourism, crisis management, culinary tourism and the digital economy.
Minister Kobkarn Sees the Importance of Developing Tourism to Benefit All Thais
Minister Kobkarn sees the mission of the TAT to educate both the buyers and sellers of the opportunities presented by the successful development of sustainable tourism in Thailand.
Tourism instills pride and accomplishment in Thai communities as well as expanding the awareness of foreign buyers to the extent of what Thailand has to offer. Younger people work together with older people to put their community’s best foot forward in presenting their region or town.
By educating both buyers and sellers to the opportunities, tourism in Thailand will be able to sustain its growth and further enrich the communities and smaller towns and regions of the country.
This potential to provide direct income to a wider range of Thais makes expansion of the tourism industry a high priority for the country.
However, it is important to educate these new entrants into the tourism industry in how they can make the business sustainable and utilize local people and products. In this manner, the wealth that tourism brings can be spread to all Thais.
TTM+ 2017 Offered Six Tours That Showed the Best of Chiang Mai
The TTM+ 2017 also offered 6 six tours around the Chiang Mai area that proved to extremely popular with foreign buyers. These included an exploration of the Royal Agricultural Station and learning how hill tribes can live in harmony with nature. There were also tours exploring food and cooking, Lanna craftmanship, and caring for Thailand’s elephants.
We tagged along with a tour that explored a Mon village to learn about organic living and indigo dying methods. We also visited Meena, a rice-based restaurant for a little taste of the region and to an introduction to Thai cooking.
Indigo Dyed Clothing in a Mon Village
Visiting Meena Restaurant for a Taste of the Region
Join Us Next Year from Sunny Pattaya
We hope you’ll be able to join in the education and exploration of Thailand when the city of Pattaya hosts the TTM+ 2018. The Thailand Travel Mart Plus is growing larger and more popular with both foreign buyers and local sellers and next year promises to be no exception.