Chiang Mai, 15 June, 2017 – The 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017 has seen 388 buyers from 56 countries as well as 421 booths representing tourism products and services from Thailand and the GMS countries come together to make contacts with local organisations and agents and take advantage of networking opportunities, while enjoying the warm hospitality of Chiang Mai.
Being on the scene in Chiang Mai, the TAT Newsroom took the opportunity to speak to buyers from different markets to get insider insights about the tourism sector and to find out their outlook on Thailand and the Thailand Travel Mart.
“The biggest appeal of Thailand to visitors from Yunnan is the sea! Thailand also appeals to travellers who want to discover local culture so increasingly we focus on offering temple tours, cooking classes, Muay Thai boxing and Thai Dancing.
This interest in culture means that our clients are increasingly drawn to the north, such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai while beach holidays in the south, Phuket, Samui and Krabi remain highly popular.
We generally send some 500 tourists a month to Thailand, and we expect this figure to grow by 50 per cent by 2018 as demand is growing.”
“We offer MICE and Thailand is a great market and there’s always something new. The country is seen as offering luxury and great food. Preparing Halal meals isn’t an issue and don’t come with extra charges which is good for our market.
Another advantage Thailand has over other MICE destinations is the flexibility of organisers and venues. It’s easy to make last minute changes and requests and people are always happy to help.
Also, flying time from UAE is not long and Emirates offers direct flights to Bangkok and Phuket. Most of our events take place in these destinations but we are now looking at smaller cultural venues for more exclusive groups. This could include towns like Chiang Mai. We also offer CSR programmes and are considering offering medical tourism. Thailand already has a good reputation for this in the Middle East”.
Mr. Anant Rastogi
Sales and Customer Service Executive
Al Tayer Travel Dubai, UAE
First time at Thailand Travel Mart
Market: MICE Business from Dubai
Buyers from Indonesia attending Thailand Travel Mart for the first time said Thailand is a hot destination for Indonesian travellers, seeking marvellous shopping opportunities and fine-dining. It’s popular with younger travellers who enjoy taking snapshots of scenery and attractions to share on social media platforms. Popular destinations have included Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket but now smaller towns such as Hua Hin are becoming better known.
Having been introduced to the charms and unique Thai local experiences through familiarisation trips organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) over the years, Indonesian buyers are looking at introducing a number of new routings, including Ko Lipe in Satun province.
I am looking for tour ideas that are unique and different to those readily available in the marketplace. Our key destinations remain Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, but there’s the potential to promote smaller and culturally charming cities like Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai.
Our clients are driven by the need to deliver unique experience rather than price, and that’s why I’m also taking the time for product updates in Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket both during and after attending this show. I plan to launch fixed date tours to Thailand for the first time next year.
“We run a boutique upscale five-star service aimed at the family market and have been operating 14 years, 8 of them in Thailand. So this show is great as we can make a personal connection with agents. This allows us to offer the more personalised service our clients are seeking.
We’re glad to see the Tourism Authority of Thailand promoting more local experiences as that seems to be what many of our clients want, whether they’re heading to Samui, Bangkok Phuket etc. We try to inspire our customers with cultural offerings so they take home more than just memories. Things like cooking classes, ceramics, dance and workshops let people feel involved in the country”.
“Thailand offers the best of everything in this part of the world – the best beaches, food, hospitality, golf and attractions and there’s so much to discover. It also is safe and feels ever-welcoming. This explains why so many of Asian Dreams’ customers come back time-after-time.
We ensure every detail of the trip is perfectly planned for our customers so Thailand Travel Mart is great. We can meet people hotels, diving firms, golf clubs etc. face-on and build a solid relationship.
People are seeking personal experiences and they are now asking for bespoke tours. Thai tourism operators are always happy to help make a holiday extra special I think they’re the best in the world for service and hospitality.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Frankfurt Office is always fantastic in supporting what we do and driving us to show off ever more of Thailand’s attractions”.
“For 12 years, We’ve offered bespoke trips to Americans wanting to discover the charms and culture of Southeast Asia and Thailand is very much our hub. There are so many flights here and Americans see the kingdom as very safe, and stable as well as offering all the luxuries and comforts they expect and at affordable prices.
Recently there has been a huge interest in the culture of the region. Our customers want to explore the temples, experience the natural wonders and make a connection with the people. They also want to discover the region in a new way, such as through food and fine dining.
Thailand Travel Mart allows me to meet sellers personally and learn about new properties and attractions so we can offer a wider taste of Thailand’s huge variety of experiences”.