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November 5, 2013 MICE No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Chiang Mai holds International Conference on Tourism and Culture in Asia

The upcoming international conference on “Tourism and Culture” in Asia will be held on November 17-18, 2013 at theImperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai. Some of the objectives of the conference are to provide a platform for academics, researchers and students to present their studies, which are relevant to the fields of tourism and culture in Asia, develop opportunities for further research, and strengthen the quality of research. 250x250

The conference is hosted by the Division of Tourism, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University, and co-hosted by theRegional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang MaiUniversity.

The dates of the conference were auspiciously chosen as there will be the annual Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai. Loi Krathong is the most charming of Thai festivals and goes back over 700 years to the Sukhothai period. In the North called Yi Peng, a procession of beautiful maidens and floats parades through the city of Chiang Mai to the Mae Ping River to venerate the water goddess.

The two-day conference will start on November 17 with key-note speeches by Professor Ning Wang, Sun Yat-SenUniversity, Guangzhou/China, Professor Victor T. King, University of Brunei Darussalam, and Professor Michael Hitchcock, Macau University of Science and Technology. Also, there will be a panel on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia.

On the second day of the conference, Professor Erik Cohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Israel will give a key-note speech called “Beyond Euro-centrism in Tourism: A paradigm Shift to Mobility.” Furthermore, there will be a key-note speech by Dr. Stroma Cole, University of the West of England, UK.

On November 19, there will be a one-day tour around the old city of Chiang Mai and some surrounding attractions, where the participants can get a taste of rich traditional heritage and unique culture as well as an intriguing diversity of tourism resources including natural, beautiful scenery.

The tour includes a visit to Doi Suthep Temple, which overlooks the city of Chiang Mai from its forested mountain cliff. The temple’s golden pagoda contains a holy tooth relic of Buddha and attracts pilgrims from all over the world. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the attractive Mae Sa Elephant Camp to enjoy elephants at work and various shows. The tour ends with a visit of the famous handicraft village of Ban Tawai, which reflects the heritage of local wisdom through woodcarving and other arts.

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