Fri, 26 Jan 2018

Thailand Wows ATF 2018 Delegates with Amazing Opening Ceremony

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 Thursday.

What a way to impress! What greeted ATF 2018 delegates as they arrived for the Opening Ceremony. Picture by Steven Howard.  Click to enlarge.

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.

This stunning 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.

And as the evening progressed it became even more magical. Amazing Thailand, indeed! Picture by Steven Howard. Click to enlarge.

The 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, Boundless Prosperity’.

The ATF will continue until 26 January 2018 when it will culminate at a special closing ceremony at the Night Safari.

Halong, Vietnam will host the ASEAN Tourism Forum in January 2019.

Thailand Tourism 2018

The Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) press conference at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 24 January 2018.

 In this video Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor of Marketing Communications, outlines TAT's plans for 2018 and beyond and gives the large number of media in attendance an insight into what we can expect from Thailand's tourism industry in the years to come.


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