Saturday, August 25, 2007

Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Travel Fair to Promote Growth Triangle

Thailand is organising an international travel fair next year that will involve its partners in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).

The fair will be held in conjunction with an international trade fair in the southern Thai city of Songkhla from Jan 11 to Jan 20.

Thai IMT-GT joint-business council (JBC) chairman Somkiat Anuras said the travel fair was expected to increase traffic volume in the three countries by 30% next year and expected to draw more than 100,000 international visitors.

“This is only one of many programmes to be held in the three countries,” he told reporters at the end of the 23rd IMT-GT JBC meeting here yesterday.

Somkiat said there would be 120 tourism booths at the fair, with half of them operated by Thai tour operators.

Bull fighting, cock-fighting and bird singing contests would be among the events at the fair, which would also include cultural performances from the three countries.

There would also be football, basketball, volleyball and sepak takraw matches.

Somkiat said the Songkhla provincial government would be spending RM3mil on the fair.

On the two-day meeting here, Malaysia IMT-GT JBC chairman Datuk Faudzi Naim Noh said issues that were raised would be brought to the ministerial and senior officials meeting in Songkhla from Sept 4 to Sept 6.

Source : STAR
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