Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to deliver keynote address at upcoming TTM Plus
The Chiang Mai International Exhibition and
Convention Centre (CMECC) will be the official venue for the Thailand Travel
Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016).
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the former ASEAN Secretary General, will deliver the
keynote address at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the
Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016) on 8 June, 2016, at the Chiang Mai
International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).
The speech, to be delivered at the Buyers-Sellers Forum, will be on the
topic of “ASEAN Brand…Stronger Together”. Dr Surin, 66, was the 12th
Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations between 1
January, 2008, – 31 December, 2012. A graduate of Thammasat and Harvard
Universities, he was also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
between 14 November, 1997 – 14 February, 2001.
Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We are
indeed honoured that Dr. Surin accepted our invitation to deliver the
keynote address. Dr Surin played a major role in creating the ASEAN
community integration plan, and the tourism industry will benefit enormously
from his thoughts on how to build a strong ASEAN brand.”
Now in its 15th consecutive year, the TTM+ will be held between 8-10 June,
2016, in Chiang Mai, the first time outside Bangkok. The theme of TTM’s this
year, “Smile with Us”, reflects friendship, enjoyment, happiness and
hospitality. It is in line with the new logo of “Amazing Thailand”, which
represents the most well-known characteristic of Thainess – The Smile.
Dr. Surin’s speech at the Buyer-Seller Forum will be followed by a second
session that will focus on the topic of “OTA: An Inconvenient Truth” with
presentations by Mr. Daryl Lee, Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing
Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Mr. Graham Wilson, Asia Pacific
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Accor Group. The session will be
moderated by Mr. Joseph Wang, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Daily.
The Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) will
be the official venue for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to
the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016).
TTM+ has reported the attendance of 345 sellers from Thailand and the GMS
countries, and 290 buyers from 51 countries, as well as 150 media
representatives. These numbers are expected to increase further after the
last minute registrations, which typically occur often on the opening day of
the show itself.
China has the largest contingent of buyers (43) followed by United Kingdom
(27), the Australia (22), Italy (15), India (14), and South Africa (12). A
group of smaller but higher quality buyers have also been invited from
emerging markets; such as, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the sellers comprise hotels and resorts (265), tour operators and
travel agents (24), entertainment (8), transportation (3), NTOs (4), Greater
Mekong Subregion (14) and other travel services (27).
This year, for the first time, a Joint Press Conference will be organised on
9 June, 2016, under the theme concept of “CLMVT Link: Prosper Together”. It
is intended to highlight the travel and tourism connectivity between
Thailand and Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and Vietnam.
The official programme will begin on June 8, 2016, with a welcome reception
in the evening at CMECC under the theme of “Thai Lanna” (a unique historic
culture of Northern Thailand). The Thai classical music and cultural show
will be accompanied by performances from Cambodia and Myanmar.
On 9 June, 2016, a “Lanna Night” reception will be hosted by The Group of
Strategy Management (Upper North 1 Provincial Cluster). The trade show will
be held on 9-10 June at the CMECC.
To give buyers and sellers exposure to the emerging range of quality
products and services in Northern Thailand, a specialist selection of 8
complimentary pre-tours have been organised on 7 June, 2016, to highlight
the best of “Thai Lanna” as well as tours around the region.
The major sponsors of the TTM+ 2016 are Thai Airways International, Bangkok
Airways, Pelican Hotel Solutions, King Power International and the Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
In January-March 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to a record 9.04
million, up by 15.45% over the same period of 2015, according to figures
published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as
the top source of visitor arrivals with 2.63 million arrivals, up by 31.18%
over the same period in 2015.
Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 5.8 million (+19.63%), Europe
2.09 million (+8.56%), the Americas 395,278 (+15.25%), South Asia 337,938
(+9.40%), Middle East 129,001 (+15.39%), and Africa 37,109 (+11.27%). (TAT)
Bangkok Airways announces codeshare with Austrian Airlines
Bangkok Airways is starting a
codesharing agreement with Austrian Airlines, bringing their code share
partners to twenty-one.
Bangkok Airways (PG) recently announced a new codeshare
agreement with Austrian Airlines, Austria’s flag carrier (OS), increasing
its code share partners to 21. The new partnership will seamlessly enable
passengers of Austrian Airlines to connect with world-class tourist
destinations in Thailand and Cambodia.
As a result, new destinations in Thailand and Cambodia can be directly
booked via Austrian Airlines, and reached from Vienna via flights to
Bangkok: In addition to the well-known vacation destinations of Phuket,
Krabi and Ko Samui in the south of Thailand, passengers can fly to Chiang
Rai and Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand and Trat located on the Gulf of
Thailand. In Cambodia, the codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways includes
the destinations of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Austrian Airlines offers daily
nonstop flight service to Bangkok.
Bangkok Airways’ President, Mr. Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth said, “This new
codeshare agreement with Austrian Airlines is yet another important
milestone and an exciting development in the continued growth of Bangkok
Airways. It allows us to give customers of Austrian Airlines convenient and
seamless access to Thailand and Cambodia’s popular destinations through this
“Moreover, Austrian Airlines customers traveling on Bangkok Airways will
enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services lounge access and
in-flight meal. “ Mr. Puttipong added.
For more information on Bangkok Airways, including its destinations and
services, please visit www.bangkokair.com or contact airline’s Call Centre
at 1771 (24 hours)
Local customs highlighted in cultural tourism in Om Koi
Elephants plough the fields in traditional ceremony
Elephants plough the fields in a traditional
Karen ceremony performed in Ban Nakien in Om Koi.
President of the Provincial Administration
Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn hits the gong to mark the opening of
the cultural event in Om Koi.
Ban Nakien in Om Koi is taking advantage of government efforts to
promote local sustainable cultural tourism by joining with the Chiang
Mai Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) to promote local
The Chiang Mai Provincial Organization organized the project to promote
tourism with a demonstration of local customs including elephant
ploughing at Ban Nakien School in Nakien Sub-district in Om Koi on May
18, 2016. President of the PAO Boonlertu Buranupakorn was on hand for
the grand opening ceremony of the project which aism to conserve and
promote local culture and rehabilitate nature on a sustainable level by
developing tourist attracts and market the area.
Ban Nakien is widely known for its traditional ploughing ritual using
elephants, a system that has been in place for many years by the ethic
Karen farmers use of elephants to plough the fields on the arrival of
the rainy season.
The Nakien Sub-district Adminintrative Organization (SAO) in cooperation
with Chiang Mai PAO, Om Koi District, Centre for Om Koi Resolution of
Security Affairs, teachers of Yod Doi Samakki 7 Network Group, Schools,
Royal Project Expansion to reduce poppy planting in Ban Peepannua, Ban
Nakien Highland Agricultural Development Station, Baan Utum Subdistrict
Health Promotion Hospital, Baan Nakien Sub district and District Headmen
Club, and Members of Nakien SAO held this event including various
activities like the ceremony of ploughing with the elephant, exhibition
of living in the highlands, traditional weaving, OTOP products
exhibition, performances by housewives club and students presenting
Karen traditions such as Karen Wresting, and Thai Boxing Competition.
Durian lovers take note!
Chantaburi Fruitpital festival this month
The Chanthaburi Provincial Administration in cooperation with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) Rayong Office is organizing the Chanthaburi
Fruitpital Fair 2016 – the largest annual fruit festival in Thailand’s Eastern
Region. The event is scheduled from 21-29 May, 2016 at the Chanthaburi
Provincial Administration Organisation Center.
Chanthaburi province is best recognized for its orchards and fruit plantations.
Fruits grown here include rambutan, mangosteen, durian, and salacca among many
others. To welcome the fruit season and promote the province as Thailand’s
leading agricultural destination, the province has organised the fruit fair
every year to attract visitors.
Highlights of Chanthaburi Fruitpital Fair 2016 include opportunities to shop for
a wide variety of fresh fruit as well as processed fruit products, learn about
innovation and new technologies in fruit plantations, see the demonstration of
fruit processing, enjoy the fruit farm tour that allows visitors to pick up
fruits from their trees and taste the fruits fresh from farm, and enjoy creative
sculptures made from various kinds of fruits.
Anyone visiting Chanthaburi Fruitpital Fair should also take time to explore the
province’s numerous attractions including secluded beaches such as Laem Sing
beach, Chao Lao beach, Khung Krabain beach. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to
drive along Chalerm Burapha Chonlathit scenic road on the way to Khung Wiman
beach, you will find yourself on the winding coastal road which is known as one
of the most picturesque road in the Eastern region.
Contact TAT Rayong Office at Tel: +66 (0) 3865 5420-1, +66 (0) 3866 4585 or
Email: [email protected] for more information. (TAT)
Chinese tourists to Night Safari continue to rise
Thai visitors still the main visitors
Visitors can get up close with animals in Zone 1 of
the Savanna Safari Zone at the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari announced business results recently,
reporting that although the numbers of Chinese visitors have continued to grow,
Thai visitors are still the majority at 50 percent of all visitors. Chinese
tourists come a close second at 49 percent. The Night Safari hopes to boost
visitor numbers from ASEAN in the coming year.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari has proved to be popular
with Chinese visitors who now make up 49 percent of all visitors to the
The Pingkahakorn Development Agency (Public Organization), which runs the Chiang
Mai Night Safari, said profits last year grew to 264 million baht and this year
profit growth is expected to reach 5 – 10 percent.
The Night Safari will increase and improve signage in Thai, Chinese and English
and has been conducting roadshows in the major cities of China and ASEAN this
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, the Director of the Office of Chiang Mai Night Safari said
the night zoo opened its operations in 2006 and has seen increasing growth in
tourist numbers since 2012, in large part due to the growing numbers of Chinese
tourists. The Night Safari has added more Chinese speaking guides along with new
signage to help Chinese tourists to the facility.
The opening of the AEC has seen more visitors from ASEAN regions including
Malaysia and Vietnam traveling to the area for study trips and tours due to the
roadshows increasing awareness of the tourist attraction.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari saw a turnover of 32 million baht in 2010 and has
seen that jump to 264 million baht in 2015. The Night Safari intends to improve
services for tourists and visitors as the numbers continue to grow as well as
provide more cultural performances and hopes to acquire more animals for the
enclosures in the largest Night Safari in the world.
Dr. Sarawut reported that the Chiang Mai Night Safari has worked hard to be
environmentally sensitive and meet high standards of service. The facility has
twice won the Thailand Tourism Industry award and most recently won the 10th
Kinnaree Annual Outstanding Award 2015 for Educational Tourist Facility. The
previous award was in 2013.
Currently, Chiang Mai Night Safari Night Safari is the world's largest night zoo
area on the land of 819 rai, two times larger than the Night Safari in
Singapore. The Night Safari maintains rare species and animals from around the
world in healthy surroundings, Dr. Sarawut said. He added that the Night Safari
currently has 138 species and 1,700 animals. The facility is open from 11am to
10pm daily and activities include a Day Safari from 3pm to 4:30pm and the Night
Safari from 6:30pm to 10pm. The train leaves every 30 minutes for the Day Safari
and every hour for the Night Safari. Both tours go to the Savanna Safari Zone
where visitors can get up close with giraffes, zebras and kangaroos. The second
zone is the predator zone where tourists can view big cats like the white tiger,
lions and other predators like the spotted hyena.
Golfers congregate in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai hosts Asia Golf Tourism Convention 2016
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Acting Director of
Pinkanakorn Development Agency and Peter Walton, Chief Executive of the
IAGTO opened the Asia Golf Tourism Convention this week.
Chiang Mai hosted golfing tourism businesses for the Asia Golf
Tourism Convention 2016 from April 25 -26, 2016 at the International
Convention Center. Over 700 people took part in the business matching that
saw buyers, sellers, and businesspeople from 45 countries at the Convention.
Over 700 participants from 45 countries joined
the event to match buyers and sellers from the golfing world.
The event was held with the support of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency
(Public Organization) in cooperation with Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Mai
Provincial Administrative Organization, Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Chiang Mai Office Tourism and Sports, and International Association of Golf
Tour Operations (IAGTO) Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn
Development Agency, Puthipong Sirimart, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, and
Peter Walton, Chief Executive of the IAGTO presided over the opening
ceremony and addressed the attendees. After the event attendees were invited
to visit golf courses and take advantage of free trial offers.
The promotion of golfing tourism in Chiang Mai is expected to result in
increasing economic growth for Chiang Mai and nearby provinces. Chiang Mai
is considered a major target for golf tourists and the infrastructure is in
place to make Chiang Mai a world class golf destination.