Khon Kaen picked as host city for PATA Destination Marketing Forum

Picture: L/R: Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT); Mr. Santi Laoboonsa-ngiem, Vice Governor, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand; Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Senior Vice President – Strategic Business Development & Innovation of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA.

The PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 (PDMF 2018), formerly known as PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum, will be held in Thailand’s north-eastern city of Khon Kaen from November 28 to 30 this year.

Held under the theme “Growth with Goals”, the event will be hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

(From left) Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Srisuda Wanapinyosak;Khon Kaen Province’s Santi Laoboonsa-ngiem; Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s Supawan Teerarat; PATA’s Mario Hardy at the media briefing during the recently-concluded ATF 2018

PATA CEO, Mario Hardy, commented that putting the spotlight on Khon Kaen is in line with the association’s advocacy for tourism dispersal to secondary and tertiary destinations.

Added Supawan Teerarat, TCEB’s senior vice president – strategic business development and innovation: “The event, which will serve as a driving force for international MICE events in Thailand, contributes to implementing the government’s policy of stimulating and developing the regional economy.

“In order to further stimulate Thai participation, TCEB has negotiated waivers of registration fees for Thai operators and relevant government agencies for the event,” she continued.

PATA will offer complimentary registration to all interested parties who wish to attend.

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