Chiang Mai, Thailand to Host ASEAN Tourism
Forum 2018 in January
[HD video below] The theme of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 will
be “ASEAN - Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity”.
The event, one of the most important
annual travel trade gatherings in the world, will be
held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in January.
ATF 2018 will be the 37th incarnation of the
show and the sixth time it has been held in Thailand, and TAT has
pledged to make it a
huge success, with a particular focus on the TRAVEX buyer-seller part - where millions
of dollars of business is transacted annually.
“TRAVEX is the engine room driving much of
ASEAN’s tourism success story,” said
Governor. “That’s why we are calling out to exhibitors to book
their space, and for buyers to come and showcase the best of
Southeast Asia to the world.”
ATF 2018 will take place at the Chiang Mai International
Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) 22-26 January 2018, with
travel industry buyers conducting business on the floor of TRAVEX
from 24 to 26 January.
“Based on its experience organising the Thailand
Travel Mart (TTM), TAT undoubtedly has the marketing reach and
buyer-handling discipline to make TRAVEX work smoothly for ASEAN,”
said Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Ms
Wattanavrangkul, who is current Chair of the ASEAN Tourism
Ministers grouping. “While TAT is organising TRAVEX, make no
mistake, this is an ASEAN show with leading tourism products from
all 10 ASEAN member states – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.”
Around 47% of ATF buyers come from Europe, 15%
from the Asia Pacific, 9% from the Americas, 4% from Oceania, and
3% from the Middle East.
At the ATF 2017 in Singapore, there were 660
exhibitors, 13,000 scheduled buyer-seller appointments, and over
In 2017, 36% of exhibitors were accommodation
businesses, 25% travel agents or tour operators, 17% NTOs or
convention and visitor bureaus, 8.5% travel technology firms, and
3% were in the transport sector.
ASEAN is currently celebrating its 50th
anniversary with a Visit ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration campaign that
aims to raise international tourism arrivals to the region from
109 million in 2015 to 121 million by year end 2017.
What Does TAT Have
Planned for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand