Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) to take place 4-6 June
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Thailand’s annual travel mart, Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion’ (TTM+), will be held 4-6 June 2014, at the Exhibition Centre Hall, IMPACT Mueang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi, just outside Bangkok.
First organised in 2001, the TTM+ is designed primarily to help small and medium sized travel companies, products and services in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gain international exposure, especially those who cannot afford to attend the expensive travel trade shows abroad.
TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said, “There is no doubt that small and medium sized companies were affected by the recent political crises, and it is important to help them protect jobs and revenue. We are now forging full-speed ahead with recovery plans. The TTM+ will be an ideal opportunity to bring business back for the rest of the year and help us meet our targets.”
During January and February 2014, Thailand received 4,494,168 international visitors, and TAT says it still hopes the country can maintain the original 2014 target of 28.6 million international tourist arrivals, generating estimated foreign exchange revenue of 1.32 trillion baht.
Designed to promote Thailand as a regional tourism hub, TTM+ 2014 expects to attract about 400 sellers and 400 buyers. In 2013, a total of 791 delegates attended the event (397 buyers and 394 sellers).
Arunyik added, “The full impact of the political unrest on the various source markets is being analysed in detail, along with ongoing consultations with all our industry partners and stakeholders in both the public and private sectors on how best to design a productive and practical program for TTM+.”
This year, four major products will be highlighted in a special pavilion; Ecotourism, Health and Wellness, Wedding and Honeymoon, and Experience Thainess. The nine business categories arranged for the event are Hotel/Resort, Tour Operator/Travel Agent, Entertainment, Transportation, Golf Course, Association, NTO, the Greater Mekong Subregion, and Other Travel Services.
Hosted buyers are carefully selected by TAT in cooperation with overseas offices and the private sector. The registration fee is US$ 300, or THB 9,600 for each hosted buyer, which includes complimentary return economy flight from international port to port, accommodation (from 3-7 June 2014), transfers, tours, admission to official functions, and pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors.
Non-hosted international buyers can also attend the TTM+2014 upon payment of a registration fee of US$ 200 or THB 6,400. They can avail of the same TTM+2014 services as the Hosted Buyers, except flights and accommodation.
The official program will begin on 4 June 2014, with a welcome reception at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre Hall 2. The business functions will be held on 5-6 June followed by a Thank You Party on the evening of 6 June.
On 3 June 2014, complimentary pre-mart tours are being organised to take buyers and the media to the surrounding areas of Bangkok. Departures for the post-mart tours will begin on 7 June 2014.