|About the Conference|
|Conference Schedule and Program|
I am pleased to include a copy of the conference program and itinerary for the Third International Conference on “Tourism and Hotel Industry in Indo-China & Southeast Asia: Development, Marketing, and Sustainability,” scheduled for June 4-6, 1998 in Phuket, Thailand. The conference is designed to provide a forum for industry executives, regional and international tourism organizations, and tourism researchers to exchange the latest information and the cutting edge research on Southeast Asia and Indo-China’s tourism and hotel industry issues. This year’s conference specifically focuses on the issues related to tourism and hotel industry’s development, marketing and sustainability in Southeast Asian and Indo-Chinese countries.
As you can see from the enclosed conference program, this year’s conference will feature over 45 papers and panel presentations by tourism and hospitality researchers, consultants, and industry experts from over 13 countries. We are hopeful that you can join us at the conference and take advantage of the unique learning and networking opportunity offered by the event. A copy of conference registration form and hotel accommodation request form is enclosed herewith. In the event you will not be able to attend the conference but wish to reserve a copy of the conference proceedings which will become available immediately following the conference, please simply write us or send us an email.
For those delegates who are planning to stay in Bangkok before and/or after the conference in Phuket, we have arranged a special discount room rates at Shangri-La Hotel, Regent Hotel, and Palazzo Hotel in Bangkok. If you require any further information, please feel free to contact me by email (Kchon@uh.edu), fax (+1-713-743-2427) or telephone (+1-713-743-2458).
K.S. (Kaye) Chon
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The aim of the conference is to provide the international tourism and hotel industry community with the latest information on the industry development and marketing opportunities in Indo-China and Southeast Asia. The region, inclusive of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, and Indonesia, has been noted in recent years for the most significant growth in international tourist arrivals. The Conference program will include keynote speeches by important government and tourism organization representatives, regional tourism industry leaders, and prominent international experts on tourism development and marketing as well as competitively selected paper presentations by researchers.
Who Should Attend This Conference?
Entire conference program will be conducted on the campus of the Prince of Songkla University in Phuket (address: 80 Wichitsongkram, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand), which provides a state-of-the-art meeting facility with a full-service hotel. A special conference room rate of US$45 net (including breakfast) will be offered at the on-campus hotel. Delegates who wish to stay off campus will be offered a special conference rate of US$70 (inclusive of breakfast ) and may opt to stay at Club Andaman Resort Hotel, an upscale resort property in the Patong Beach area of Phuket or at a upscale all-inclusive resort property Peal Village Resort of Phuket. Please note the transportation schedule in the conference schedule for boarding the bus to the conference site. Because no alternatives are provided for the hotel to conference site transfers, it is important that all delegates keep up with the schedule.
Conference attire is “business casual” which could include shirts with or without ties for gentlemen and skirts or pants for ladies. All conference rooms are air-conditioned. In respect for the Thai customs and culture, delegates are requested not to wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, and sandals in the conference rooms.
AIRPORT HOSPITALITY DESK.
For delegates arriving at Phuket International Airport on June 3 and June 4, please proceed from the Customs Clearance/Baggage Claim area to the Conference Hospitality Desk at the TAT booth located in the airport main lobby for information and transportation.
AIRPORT TO HOTEL TRANSFER.
If you are staying at one of the conference designated hotels (i.e. Club Andaman Resort, Pearl Village Resort, or Prince of Songkla University’s PSU Lodge), please advise the conference secretariat of your arrival and departure information (date, time, flight number) so that ground transportation can be arranged.
STUDY TOURS & SPOUSE PROGRAMS.
Concurrently with the conference schedule, several spouse programs will be offered including a Thai cooking class and a cruise tour to Pi-Pi Island off the coast of Phuket. An optional study tour of tourism development sites in Phuket will be offered before and after the conference.
PRE AND POST-CONFERENCE VISIT TO BANGKOK.
In Bangkok special pre- and conference room rates will be arranged for those delegates who wish to extend their visit in Bangkok before and after the conference. Several pre- and post-conference tours will be offered on June 3, 1998 and June 7, 1998 by the Conference Sponsor Siam University’s Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management in Bangkok. To obtain further information, please contact Ms. Bongkosh Rittichainuwat, Siam University, Bangkok: Fax +662-457-3982.
SPECIAL ROOM RATES IN BANGKOK.
For those delegates who wish to take a pre- and post-conference tour and visit the capital city of Bangkok, The Regent of Bangkok, The Shanri-La Hotel Bangkok, and the Palazzo Hotel will honor the special room rates for June 1-4, 1998 and June 6-9, 1998. All pre- and post-conference tours will depart from The Regent Hotel. For additional information reservations, please contact the Conference Chairman.
Registration fees per person are: US$325 for registration before February 1, 1998; US$375 after February 1, 1998. Conference registration fee includes participation in all conference sessions, participation in all scheduled meal functions and refreshment breaks, opening reception, and a copy of conference proceedings (to be available at the conference). Spouses can register at US$225 before February 1, 1998 and US$275 after February 1, 1998. Spouse registration includes all conference programs less a copy of conference proceedings plus scheduled spouse programs including two tours and a Thai cooking class.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
|Thursday, June 4, 1998
6:00pm Delegates staying at Club Andaman and Pearl Village will board the bus at their respective hotels.
6:20-8:20pm Welcome reception at PSU campus
|Friday, June 5, 1998
7:30am Delegates staying at Club Andaman and Pearl Village will board the bus at their respective hotels.
8:00am Opening ceremony
Master of ceremony: Assistant Professor Pimpaporn Suwatthigul,
Prince of Songkla University
9:30-10:45am Session 1 (3 concurrent breakout sessions)
10:45-11:15am Refreshment break at Room 2305
12:30-1:45pm Conference Luncheon at PSU Lodge
1:45-3:00pm Session 3 (General session) at Auditorium
Special Panel Presentation on “Distance Learning Education Programs
in Tourism and Hospitality Management: Legal, Managerial, and Other
3:00-4:15pm Session 4 (3 concurrent breakout sessions)
4:15-4:30pm Refreshment break at Room 2305
6:00pm Delegates board the bus to Thainann Restaurant
6:30pm Dinner at Thainaan Restaurant
8:30pm Delegates board the bus and return to respective hotels
|Saturday, June 6, 1998
7:45am Delegates staying at Club Andaman and Pearl Village will board the bus at their respective hotels.
8:15am Session 6 (general session) at auditorium
9:15-10:30am Session 7 (3 concurrent breakout sessions)
10:30-11:00am Refreshment break at Room 2305
11:00am-12:15pm Session 8 (2 concurrent breakout sessions)
12:15-2:00pm Conference Luncheon and Closing Ceremony at PSU
2:15pm Delegates board the bus to respective hotels.