The Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion’ (TTM+), opening this year at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya from 13 to 15 June, is perfectly timed to support the Thai government’s ambitious Eastern Fruit Corridor (EFC) Project.
The Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion, scheduled for the first time at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya from 13 to 15 June 2018, invites participants to discover the region’s Amazing ‘Colours of the East’ in the coastal city and beyond.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “The hosting of the TTM+ 2018 in Pattaya couldn’t come at a more opportune time, as it corresponds with the Thai government’s recent announcements on supporting the EFC. This is the perfect position for Pattaya as the gateway to Thailand’s Eastern Fruit Corridor and that makes it a good fit for gastronomy tourism. The timing of the TTM+ 2018 is very auspicious, as it allows TAT to focus our Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ campaign on Thailand’s fast growing tropical fruit segment.
Mr. Supasorn also mentioned that the ‘fruit buffet tours’ offered at orchards in the three Eastern provinces of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat are increasingly popular because of their satisfying ‘all-you-can-eat’ concept.
This year, there are a total of 31 orchards in Rayong, 25 in Chanthaburi and seven in Trat that are offering fruit buffet tours during the ‘green season’ months from April to July. The top five favourite fruits with international and domestic tourists alike are reported to be durian, mangosteen, rambutan, longan and salak.
A feasibility study will be concluded in September 2018, with the arrangements of public forums to sound out the opinion of stakeholders. A survey on investor interest in the Project will be carried out between October and December. Construction of related systems will begin in 2019, and the operations of the Eastern Fruit Corridor Project will be launched in 2020.
The Board of Trade of Thailand (BoT) suggested that the Project connect with fruit-producing areas across the country, as well as those in neighbouring countries. The Project should also be managed professionally and should also include other products that will require cold storage development, as well.
While Pattaya remains the gateway to Thailand’s Eastern Region, its continued popularity strengthens its reputation as the region’s pre-eminent travel hub, there is also much to explore in neighbouring provinces that opens visitors to exciting new Thai local experiences.
Beside the visit of fruits farms, they are many superb attractions in Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces that are best viewed through the prism of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s latest marketing concept of Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ highlighting a kaleidoscope of colour through five distinct travel segments.