[HD video and podcast below] Khon Kaen, Thailand will host the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 (PDMF 2018) from 28-30 November.
The event, formerly known as the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum, will be held under the theme Growth with Goals and is being hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Details of the event were unveiled last week at a press conference during the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The press conference was attended by Mr. Santi Laoboonsa-ngiem, Vice Governor, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand; Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Senior Vice President Strategic Business Development & Innovation of TCEB; Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak (pictured), Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), TAT, and Mr.MariooHardy, CEO, PATA.Hardy, CEO, PATA.
Mr. Laoboonsa-ngiem said, Khon Kaen, located in the heart of Thailands Northeast region, has become a gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion, which consists of Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Quangxi Provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Khon Kaen is also widely known for its rich traditional Isaannculture and history, where visitors can experience the lifestyle ofculture and history, where visitors can experience the lifestyle of Issannpeople, enjoy popularpeople, enjoy popular Isaann cuisine, explore pre-historical artifacts and antiques, and learn about the famous Mad Mee silk production of Khon Kaen.
Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, said, “Khon Kaen is one of Thailand’s leading MICE cities, with strong potential and readiness to host international conventions to world-class standards. The city has already built a strong track record in hosting numerous high-profile MICE events. This event offers an important platform for all MICE stakeholders, including private sector companies, MICE operators and tourism businesses across the Asia-Pacific region. In particular the event will maximize benefits to Thai participants both from Khon Kaen itself, and from secondary MICE cities around the country. In order to further stimulate Thai participation, TCEB has negotiated waivers of registration fees for Thai operators and relevant government agencies for the event. The event will contribute greatly to raising visibility and awareness of Khonraising visibility and awareness of Khon Kaen and other regional MICE cities as international MICE destinations.
Khon Kaen, Thailand to Host PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018