It is not easy to impress road warriors who have
worked in the travel industry for the past ten or twenty years.
People who travel the globe attending opening parties, gala
dinners and special VIP events more often than most people wash
their car. But that is exactly what Thailand managed to do on
Delegates attending ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 enjoyed a fabulous
feast showcasing Thailand’s ascending gastronomic greatness during
a spectacular Gala Opening ceremony held at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek botanical gardens in Chiang Mai.
setting served as the perfect backdrop for an outstanding evening
that was short on speeches and long on superb modern Thai cuisine.
Ten chefs from the top hotels and
restaurants in the city stole the show with
an eclectic mix of artistic dishes that highlighted the diversity
of locally sources ingredients.
evening began with a dramatic flag procession of all ten ASEAN
member states that welcomed respected tourism ministers and VIPs
to the event, and reflected the regional solidary shared around
ASEAN supporting the ATF 2018 theme of ‘Sustainable Connectivity,
The ATF will continue until 26 January 2018 when
it will culminate at a special closing ceremony at the Night
Halong, Vietnam will host the ASEAN Tourism
Forum in January 2019.