The popular tourist destination of Phuket in the south of Thailand has been chosen to host the 19th Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2020. It is the first time that Phuket has been chosen to host the important B2B event. Organised annually by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), TTM+ 2020 will take place at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa under the theme of “New Shades of Responsible Travel” from June 1-3, 2020.
TAT is expecting 350 international buyers and 370 sellers to attend with preference given to those buyers specialising in responsible tourism, health and wellness, CBT and DMC.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, TAT said that Phuket was chosen as the venue of TTM+ 2020 because it has all the requisite facilities and services for hosting such an event. It also has necessary support systems in place by both the government agencies as well as the private sector.
The business appointment process will be streamlined by segmenting the appointments into three special niche groups: Responsible Tourism, Health and Wellness, and DMC Tour Operators.
To enhance the quality of exhibitors, first-time sellers are being give special privileges. Entrepreneurs who give importance to environmental protection are being prioritised along with DMCs, tourist attractions and entertainment venues. Entrepreneurs from emerging destinations and former winners of the Kinnari National Tourism Awards will get a 50 per cent discount.
The buyer selection has been streamlined to prioritise high-potential and first-time buyers, especially from emerging markets such as, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, etc. Repeat buyers will be evaluated on the basis of a positive appointment fulfillment record.