[HD video below] Laos
is preparing to host the 32nd installment of ATF in
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, from 17 to 24 January.
The ATF Travex 2013 will take place from 22 to 24 January
at the Laos International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre
(Laos ITECC), one of the most prestigious shopping and
recreational centres in Vientiane.
With eight months to
go, the event has already reported sales of more than 140 booths
and buyer registrations have hit a record high of 310
registrations, 40% more than compared to the same time
last year. Some 70 leading international media have also
The ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC) – the educational
component of ATF – will feature sessions by industry veterans,
which will engage the audience through presentations and panel
discussions on the major trends, and issues affecting ASEAN tourism today.
The social and networking events at ATF
will also offer delegates the opportunity to create new
contacts within the industry in relaxed and unique settings such
as the popular golf game, late night functions or the hosted
luncheons and dinners.
In a statement to the Travex secretariat,
Professor Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information,
Culture and Tourism, Laos said, “This is an exciting time for
Laos’ tourism industry and we are honoured to host ATF 2013. Since
we last hosted ATF nine years ago, Laos has grown in
infrastructure and facilities. Through ATF, we will do our best to
contribute to strengthen and build an ASEAN community by 2015, as
adopted and promoted at ASEAN summits by the region’s leaders.”
Mr. Saly Phimphinith, Director-General, Tourism Marketing
Department at the ministry, added, “We are adding about 300 rooms
this year to our existing capacity of about 3,000. We also wish to
give ATF Travex delegates a glimpse of this simply beautiful country through the
pre-show city tours and post-show tours.”
This is the second time
that Vientiane will be hosting the event.
Interview with Mr Saly
Phimphinith Director-General Tourism Marketing Department Laos at
ASEAN Tourism Forum 2012 in Manado, Indonesia