The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is bringing its annual Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) to Pattaya in 2018, but this year’s event will take place in a yacht club instead of a convention hall setting.
TTM+ will be held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya from June 13 to 15, highlighting a ‘Summer Beach’ theme that invites participants to put away business attire and dress for ‘sea, sun and sand’.
Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said: “We are delighted to bring TTM+ to the Ocean Marina Yacht Club for the first time. The event theme encourages participants to dress in resort attire for three days of business meetings and fun with travel colleagues.”
The Ocean Marina Yacht Club was chosen given its capability to hold large events, having hosted over 6,000 visitors at its 2017 boat show last November, according to a TAT statement.
Organising the TTM+ 2018 at a marina also supports the Thai government’s push to position Thailand as Asia’s premier sailing and superyacht destination targeting high net worth individuals.
“After years of meeting indoor, we are opening (up) to the new shades of business experience against the beautiful backdrop of the Gulf of Thailand,” Srisuda Wananpinyosak, TAT deputy governor for international marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas said.
TAT’s ‘Million Shades of Romance’ campaign will be front and centre during TTM+ 2018, focusing on Thailand’s offers of luxury and romantic travel attractions.
This year’s edition of Thailand’s largest annual trade show marks its return to Pattaya for the first time since 2001 when the event was expanded to include the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) countries.
TAT expects 300 international buyers from over 60 countries to attend this year, in addition to 300 Thai sellers. Preference was given to buyers specialising in luxury, honeymoon, weddings and romantic holidays.
Pre- and post-show tours will focus on Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces and the neighbouring GMS country of Cambodia, which borders Trat province and is easily accessible by both land and sea.