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Wednesday, 27 April, 2016, 20 : 00 PM [IST]

120 Indian buyers register for TTM+ 2016; biggest contingent globally

As of March 23, India has the biggest contingent of buyers (120) followed by the United Kingdom (40), China (33), Australia (25), Italy (25) and the USA (21) to the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 in Chiang Mai. A group of smaller but high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets such as, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine. Registration for the event has closed now. Of the total number of buyers, 57% or 325 are first timers and 245 are repeat buyers.

Amongst the exhibitors, 30% or 103 organisations are first timers, and 70% or 240 organisations are repeat sellers. The sellers comprise hotels and resorts (260), tour operators and travel agents (22), entertainment (8), transportation (3), associations (6), NTOs (3), the Greater Mekong Subregion (16), other travel services (23) and 12 Hidden Gems destinations (2).

Amongst the sellers, the line-up of 343 exhibiting companies includes some of the most unique boutique hotels in the Greater Mekong Subregion, in addition to a range of creative small and medium sized products and services seeking to expand their profile in the international market.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, TAT said “This year’s event promises to be unique, different and distinctive from anything we have done in the past. We have carefully analysed all the feedback we have got over the past few years and done our best to act upon many of the valuable recommendations.

In January-February 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to a record 6.09 million, up by 15.48% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 1.77 million arrivals in January-February 2016, up by 32.21% over the same period in 2015. Visitors from South Asia were 220,381 (+9.13%).
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