The 7th edition of the annual Thailand Tourism
Forum (TTF) is expected to attract
approximately 650 hotel industry professionals when it takes place
at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok on 22 January 2017.
Running under the theme
‘Megacity Bangkok– A Tourism and Hotel Futurescape’, TTF 2018 will
focus on the redevelopment of the thriving Thai capital.
of high-level speakers will address the one-day event, including Mr Srettha Thavisin, President of Sansiri PLC, one of Thailand’s
leading hotel and real estate developers.
entered the hospitality space in partnership with Standard Hotels
to create the upstart hotel brand, Monocle, and Mr Thavisin will
be interviewed on stage at the forum, discussing how “Large Scale
Projects Contribute to Better Tourism Experiences”.
will be joined at the event by executives from some of the
Thailand’s largest conglomerates, hotel leaders, expert analysts,
developers, financiers and more.
The opening address will be made
by Bill Barnett, TTF event co-organiser and Managing Director of C9
“Thailand’s tourism industry continues to ride
the crest of a wave, with record-breaking numbers of global
visitors clamouring to experience the country’s many attractions,” Mr Barnett said. “As the country’s capital and major international
gateway, Bangkok is fast becoming one of the world’s great
mega-cities. To sustain such numbers however, Bangkok
needs large-scale redevelopment. Massive infrastructure projects
are pushing into more districts and creating new tourism hotspots
such as the Chao Praya River area. At TTF 2018, we will learn
first-hand about the ambitious plans for Bangkok’s emerging
cityscape and examine their impact on the tourism and hospitality
Thailand’s tourism industry is
on track for yet another record-breaking year. According to data
from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Kingdom welcomed
17.3 million international visitors in the first half of 2017,
generating THB876 billion (US$25 billion). Tourism revenues are
expected to reach an all-time high of THB1.81 trillion (US$50
billion) for the full year.
This rising demand is also
boosting confidence in Thailand’s hotel sector. According to STR,
approximately 100 new hotels are currently in the country’s
pipeline, potentially adding 21,600 new rooms to the national
inventory – many of which will be in Bangkok.
challenges remain. Thailand’s transport infrastructure struggles
to cope with the tourism influx, hoteliers face strong competition, and average daily rate (ADR) remains under pressure.
So what does the future hold for Bangkok? A series of
multi-billion-baht developments, including transport links,
mega-malls, attractions, hotels and residential projects, are
transforming the cityscape, creating both opportunities and
threats for the city.
TTF 2018 will address all these
issues, with a comprehensive, insightful programme of discussions,
debates and presentations. The forum will conclude with an evening
networking event and cocktail party.
In addition to
Srettha Thavisin, President of Sansiri PLC, speakers and
panellists at TTF 2018 include Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor
Hotel Group; Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, Director of Horwath HTL;
Thomas Schmelter, IHG’s Director of Operations for Thailand &
Indochina; KC Moy, Executive Vice President of Capella Hotel
Group; Mike Batchelor, JLL’s Managing Director, Investment Sales
for Asia; Jesper Palmqvist, STR’s Area Director for Asia Pacific;
Caroline Cheah, General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok;
and many more.
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