By KarryOn News08 Jun 2017The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion is on track to report a record turnout of buyers at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC). This years event takes place between 14 – 16 June, 2017, and for the second time in the northern capital of Thailand. The show has already reported a registration of 480 buyers from 64 countries and 354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. As of 11 April, 2017, the largest contingent of buyers for TTM+ 2017 are made up of – Europe (182), East Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), the Middle East (11), and Thailand (41). Although final numbers will be established closer to the actual date of the event, so far it is the highest turnout ever, well above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008. The registration of 354 sellers is also higher than the 342 recorded in 2016. The sellers comprise of hotels and resorts (272), tour operators and travel agents (30), GMS (14), entertainment (11), sustainable tourism (8), associations (6), NTOs (5), transportation (4), and other travel services (4). Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This is a clear indication of the high level of interest in Thailand and Northern Thailand in particular. We are now finalising some very interesting events, activities and tours for the buyers which I am sure will go a long way towards helping them better promote Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand to their clients.” Now in its 16th consecutive year, this year’s TTM+ will be held under the theme concept, “Delivering Unique Experiences”. The event will be opened on 14 June at 13.30 – 14.00 Hrs. followed by the forum for Sellers and Buyers and then Local Tourism Product Presentation. The trade show will be held 14-17 June at the CMECC. In the evening of 14 June, the welcome reception will be held at CMECC. On 15 June, a “Lanna Night” reception will be hosted by the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster. The “TTM+ 2017: Thank You Party” will be held on June 16 at CMECC. Will we be seeing you at TTM+ this year? Tell us what you’ll be doing there. Other stories you may like CALLING LCCs: Thailand wants MORE budget airlines flying direct from Australia ELEPHANT RIDES: Thailand stands against the mistreatment of elephants This destination has many faces – which one is right for you?