Chiang Mai is counting down to the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 (ATF), to be held in the northern Thailand city from January 22-26.  ATF rotates between ASEAN member nations and comprises high-level public and private sector meetings. 

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “Chiang Mai’s travel trade continues to expand its product offering, diversifying recently into adrenaline-based adventure tourism and gastronomy tourism.”

ATF Facts at a Glance

• 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 2,500 attendees.

• 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.

• ATF in Chiang Mai 2018 will be the 37th incarnation of the show and the sixth time it has been held in Thailand.

• The theme for 2018 will be “ASEAN – Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity.”

• 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.

Registration for the ATF 2018 in Chiang Mai: http://atfthailand2018



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