Chiang Mai to host 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum

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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a press conference Friday on the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 (ATF 2018), which will take place in Chiang Mai province in January.

Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra said the event would bring together delegates from the 10 ASEAN member nations and regional allies such as China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and India. More than 2,000 people, including business operators, members of public and private organizations are expected to attend the forum, which will be held on the theme: “ASEAN – Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity.”

Participants will discuss opportunities to strengthen cooperation for mutual tourism development. Pongpanu pointed out that the event would allow Thailand to demonstrate the preparedness of its tourism sector and promote the ASEAN region as a single tourist destination.

Next year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand will launch its “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” campaign, in a call for sustainable tourism. The first event being promoted in the campaign is the ASEAN Gastronomy Conference. It will feature various speakers from different countries, as well as tours of Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, the Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Center and the Ban Rai Kong Khing Community, which has won national and international awards for exemplary community-based tourism.

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