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ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2013 TRAVEX Goes To Vientiane, Lao PDR


 

Laos, the host country of ATF TRAVEX 2013, has captured the industry’s attention. Delegates around the world are excited by destination Laos and are keen to see Vientiane gearing up for the task at hand. Laos will host the 32nd instalment of ATF in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, from 17 to 24 January

ATF TRAVEX will take place from 22 to 24 January at the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (Lao ITECC), one of the most prestigious shopping and recreational centres in Vientiane. Situated on the Mekong River, Vientiane is the economic centre of Laos. It is celebrated for its ecotourism, Buddhist culture and food. This is the second time that Vientiane will be hosting the event. 

In a statement to the TRAVEX secretariat, Professor Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Laos said, “This is an exciting time for Laos’ tourism industry and we are honoured to host ATF 2013. Since we last hosted ATF nine years ago, Laos has grown in infrastructure and facilities. Through ATF, we will do our best to contribute to strengthen and build an ASEAN community by 2015, as adopted and promoted at ASEAN summits by the region’s leaders.”

Mr. Saly Phimpinith, Director-General, Tourism Marketing Department at the ministry, also spoke about the facilities in Laos and added, “We are adding about 300 rooms this year to our existing capacity of about 3000. We also wish to give ATF TRAVEX delegates a glimpse of this simply beautiful country through the pre-show city tours and post-show tours.”

ATF TRAVEX 2013, the 3-day travel trade mart component of the ASEAN Tourism Forum is a showcase for the largest contingent of ASEAN destination products and services. TRAVEX has recorded strong interest and rapid take up rate early in its registration process. With eight months to go, the event has reported sales of more than 140 booths till date. Buyer registrations have hit a record high of 310 registrations, a whopping 40% more as compared to the same time last year. Some 70 leading international media have also registered early.  

This early interest is attributed to the ATF TRAVEX’ continued success in delivering quality business leads and industry information. ATF combines business appointments, an education component and numerous social functions. Held in a sprawling exhibition hall, the business appointments will encompass the majority of delegates’ schedules over the three days.

The ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC) – the educational component of ATF – will feature sessions by industry veterans, which will engage the audience through presentations and panel discussions on the major trends, and issues affecting ASEAN tourism today. 

The social and networking events at ATF will continue to offer delegates the opportunity to create new contacts within the industry in relaxed and unique settings such as the popular golf game, late night functions or the hosted luncheons and dinners. 

For more information, programme updates and to register for ATF 2013, visit www.atflaos.com 

About ATF 2013


ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination. ATF TRAVEX is the longest-running annual ASEAN leisure travel trade event, showcasing the largest contingent of ASEAN sellers. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 ASEAN member nations: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Each year the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries. Lao PDR will host ATF 2013 and is all geared up to welcome over 1,500 delegates which includes more than 400 international buyers and 100 international media. ATF 2013 marks the 32nd anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981. 

2013 TRAVEX Dates:            22 to 24 January 2013

Venue:                                     Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (Lao ITECC)

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