Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ATF 2011

There is a tourism trade fair of massive proportions just about to hit Phnom Penh that aside from those in the trade, few know little about. It's called the Asean Tourism Forum which takes place annually and rotates between the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. At the start of the new year, from 15-21 January, Cambodia will host the 30th anniversary gathering and is gearing up to welcome over 1,600 delegates which includes 500 international buyers and 150 international media. The fair will take place at Diamond Island, aka Koh Pich, more recently known for the tragic loss of life during the Water Festival. There will be conference and meetings aplenty, 500 performers will be on stage for the opening ceremony, late night functions, extravagant dinners and shows, hosted lunches, golf tournaments, and more. It's the most important tourism spectacular of the year for Southeast Asian countries and Cambodia is pulling out all the stops to make sure it's a raging success.



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