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Chiang Mai Hosts Travel Agents Federation of India  Annual Convention

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The Travel Agents Federation of India held their annual convention in Chiang Mai, last week (22 - 25 October 2009).

The convention theme was “Breaking Barriers- Believe to Achieve”, the business sessions and speakers were aimed at preparing agents for a tough and challenging business cycle as agents prepared to live with zero airline commissions.

There were many interesting speakers and presentations at the event including Andrew Wood, Skal International’s Chairman of Responsible Tourism for Skal Intl Worldwide and General Manager of the Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok, who spoke on the topic of “The Green Imperative – The Challenges before Travel and Tourism”.

The TAFI convention was well attended with over 900 delegates making it to Chiang Mai. Thailand hoteliers and travel trade suppliers also attended the 2 day B2B sessions also and took the overall numbers to over 1000 delegates.

Following the convention, from October 25th – 28th, delegates had the opportunity to participate in a three-night familiarization trip to 10 destinations in Thailand, and beyond. Destinations in the planned itinerary were Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Major sponsors for the convention were the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the official carrier was Thai Airways International. Congress Hotels were the Shangri-La and Le Meridien Chiang Mai.

Previous TAFI Conventions have been held in Mauritius, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Kota Kinabalu.

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