Understanding community tourism

Thailand June 11, 2017 13:45

By The Nation

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Find out the latest trends from well-known experts in the fields of community-based tourism, gastronomy, tourism crisis management and e-commerce by signing up for the Tourism Trend Talk Forum being held on Wednesday (June 14).



It’s part of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+), which runs from Wednesday through Friday at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The Forum, which gets underway at 3.30pm, is open to all TTM+2017 delegates free of charge.

The speakers will be led by the Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul who will talk on ”Community-based Tourism”. An architect by education, the Minister had a distinguished early career in the Thai business world, during which she attended the Executive Development Programme at the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board. She was also President of the Self-Sufficient Economy Committee of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Other speakers are the chairman of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy on ”Gastronomy” Mason Florence; senior Lecturer at the University of Technology-Sydney, on ”Tourism Crisis Management”, Professor Dr David Beirman; and Chairperson of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Sarah Mathews May on ”Digital Age: E-Commerce Platform”.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

“The Forum is a value-added component of the TTM+ that is beneficial for buyers and sellers and their potential. We are particularly pleased to have Minister Kobkarn lead the session to highlight the importance of the Royal Projects, initiated by our beloved late monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej as part of his visionary Sufficiency Economy concept. We hope it will be a positive learning experience for everyone,” says Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

TTM+ 2017 has already registered 348 buyers from 56 countries and 362 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. Both buyers and sellers at the TTM+ 2017 represent a wide variety of companies and sectors operating in the travel industry, and many will be there to discuss business deals for the next contractual period. They will have the chance to learn about the amazing range of local tourism products unique to Thailand’s North from Lanna fabric to herbs and snacks.

For more information, visit www.TATNews.org