Chiang Mai, 24 January, 2018 – Delegates attending ATF 2018 enjoyed a fabulous feast showcasing Thailand’s ascending gastronomic greatness during a spectacular Gala Opening ceremony held at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek botanical gardens in Chiang Mai.
This stunning setting served as the perfect backdrop for an outstanding evening that was short on speeches and long on superb modern Thai cuisine. Chiang Mai northern Thai gastronomy served as the culinary inspiration for ten celebrity Thai chefs, who stole the show with an eclectic mix of artistic dishes that highlighted the diversity of locally sources ingredients.
It served as a fitting tribute to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) marketing focus on Thai gastronomy tourism, which highlights Thai local experiences via the country’s rich culinary traditions.
The evening began with a dramatic flag procession of all ten ASEAN member states that welcomed respected tourism ministers and VIPs to the event. It reflected the regional solidary shared around ASEAN supporting the ATF 2018 theme of ‘Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity’.