Khun Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, the Phuket-based Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, officially opened the Asian Hospitality and Travel Show at the Hafaele Design Centre in Phuket on October 1. Pictured with her are the President of the Phuket Tourist Association, Khun Somboon Chirayus, and Events Thailand Directors Jorge de la Torre and Simon Samaan.
More than 3000 people turned out for the three-day show which showcased 60 locally-based businesses, including major tourist hotels, restaurants, beer and wine suppliers, coffee manufacturers, security companies, ice cream manufacturers, yacht charters and other hospitality-based firms. More than 30 travel buyers from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and other parts of Thailand flew into Phuket specifically to talk business with the exhibitors. The three-day event featured cooking competitions, cocktail mixing competitions, coffee demonstrations, wine tastings and fruit and ice carving competitions.
Events Thailand co-director, Simon Samaan, said plans were already underway for next year’s event. “We are definitely here to stay,” he said.