The Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016) opened today in Chiang Mai.

The three-day event is being held from June 8-10 at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre with more than 850 delegates from 55 countries expected to attend.

Celebrating the launch of the ASEAN integration that took effect this year, the event will see senior tourism executives of Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR., Vietnam, and Myanmar hold a joint press conference to discuss the theme: ‘CLMVT Link: Prosper Together’.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “I am very excited to have the opportunity to personally meet everyone who’s anyone in Thailand’s travel industry scene, especially our overseas partners. This will be my first TTM+ since I assumed the TAT governorship in 2015. In planning this year’s event, we had promised to make it unique, different and distinctive. The unique content indicates that this objective will be achieved.”

Now in its 15th consecutive year, the event is being held under the theme ‘Smile with Us’ reflecting friendship, enjoyment, happiness and hospitality.

During January to April 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals hit a record 11.7 million, up by 14.12% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

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