‘Chiang Mai Connect x CNX Chamber: Travel & Tourism Ecosystem Meet-up & Networking’

Together with the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, we cordially invite you to the ‘Chiang Mai Connect x CNX Chamber: Travel & Tourism Ecosystem Meet-up & Networking’.

The event will feature inspiring guest speakers at the forefront of the travel & tourism scene with topics from MICE tourism, Creative tourism, Digital tourism trends in Chiang Mai, Conservation tourism, to Community-based tourism. And for those of you looking for potential business partners or clients, we have prepared a special business connection program during the event – just make sure to pre-book online and let us know who you’d like to meet! With more than 100+ expected guests once again, we truly hope to get you well connected with the right audience and all tourism stakeholders; from DMCs, hoteliers, and the best of tourism connectors in Chiang Mai.

Special rates are offered for members of the NTCC and partnering organizations, Click here to book!

The presentations will start at 17.00 hrs onwards. If you are too busy to join, do not worry, come to the networking session from 19.00 hrs onwards instead.

The team of Art Mai? Gallery Hotel is ready with an exquisite line-up of food and drinks prepared specially for our event.

Calling travel & tourism enthusiasts! Join us at the next Chiang Mai Connect by NTCC networking event on Thursday 3rd May.

  • Connect with 100+ professionals from the travel & tourism eco-system and beyond – wide-ranging industries in the North – linking business groups from the international and local chambers of commerce, to the Federation of Thai Industries

  • Stay updated on the top trending topics from the tourism scene – from Smart tourism, Chiang Mai as a MICE city, creative tourism, community-based tourism, and conservation/green tourism

  • Win a chance to pitch your business at the event!

Come connect on 3rd May, 17.00 hrs onwards at ART Mai? Gallery Hotel, Nimmanhemin Soi 3.

David Barrett
PIGS dmc

David made a life-changing decision with his move to Asia in 1988. With 30+ years in Thailand’s tourism and hospitality scene, he spearheaded Diethelm Events, the event division of Diethelm Travel Group. Nicknamed ‘King of Events’, David is known for his out-of-the-box way of event curation and passion for the MICE industry having served in TICA’s (Thailand Incentive Convention Association) as Board Member and Co-Chairman of the Marketing Committee. David currently is the CEO of PIGS – Premier Incoming Group Services; a state-of-the-art destination management company. Join us and David on a fruitful session on the future of Thailand’s MICE industry.



Parichat Haehnen

Regional Manager
Thailand, Indochina, Myanmar

Parichat joined Booking.com back in 2007 as the first Thai employee based out of Singapore. Later on, she pioneered the launch of Booking.com’s Bangkok and Chiang Mai offices. Representing a data-driven traveltech company, Parichat will share with you trending insights for the hospitality sector and how Chiang Mai accommodation owners can leverage on digital travel trends. Before joining Booking.com, Parichat spent 3 years with the Accor group in the Sofitel and Novotel brands, gaining experience in both sales and operational roles. Although she’s frequently on the road for work, she enjoys traveling, cooking and joining running events during her free time.


Lauren Groves
General Manager

Lauren is a ‘responsible tourism’ enthusiast; leading GROUND, a tourism start-up (spin-off company from YAANVA Ventures Group of Khiri Travel) with community-development goals at heart. GROUND curates transformative journeys for youth groups; everything from leadership development, cross-cultural learning in alignment with sustainable development of local communities in Thailand and Southeast Asia. She is a well-seasoned tourism professional having worked for boutique and known tour operators, youth hostels in Eastern Europe. Explore how educational travel can plant seeds of sustainable impact from her experiences at our event!


Jeannette Woelinga

Sales Manager Thailand
Elephant Parade

Jeanette represents Elephant Parade, a Dutch social enterprise based in Chiang Mai running the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. In collaboration with artists and celebs around the world, Elephant Parade creates unique designs where elephant replicas are exhibited world-wide to raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects. Join us for a fruitful session on how social enterprises can work hand-in-hand with the tourism sector to support conservation.


Chalit Nakpawan

Independent Artist
Chalit Art Project & Gallery

Khun Chalit, apart from being an independent artist; is a community developer, art teacher, and frequent speaker at key cultural events. He is passionate about how art evolves and its impact on society. An innovative thinker of the Chiang Mai art scene, he will be speaking about how the ‘creative life’ affects tourism; how art and tourism go hand-in-hand against the backdrop of the flourishing arts & gallery scene in Chiang Mai.


Thanachai Ujjin
(Pod Moderndog)

Independent Artist

Thanachai or Khun Pod is a talented and renowned musician in Thailand. His debut with Modern Dog kickstarted his career in the music world in the 90s; Modern Dog’s alternative rock shook Thailand’s music industry throughout the 90s until the present day. A passionate artist, he has worked on many solo exhibitions including the design of Art Mai? Gallery Hotel, the star host of this event. Stay tuned for his surprise talk on the 3rd May!

Event agenda

16.30 Registration
17.00 Tourism talk starts

  • “Creative life – how art and tourism go hand-in-hand” by Artist Chalit Nakpawan

  • “Thailand as a MICE destination” by David Barrett

  • “Social entreprises & conservation tourism” by Jeanette Woelinga, Elephant Parade

  • “Digital Tourism Trends in Chiang Mai” by Parichat Haehnen, Booking.com

  • “Responsible tourism via transformational journeys” by Lauren Groves, GROUND

  • Surprise talk by Thanachai Ujjin (Pod Moderndog), Independent Artist

19.00 Opening by hosts
19.15 Business connecting games
19.45 Networking cocktail
20.30 Lucky draw
21.30 Event ends

Event details

DATE: Thursday 3 May
TIME (Registration): 16.30 hrs onwards
TIME (Talk): 17.00 – 19.00 hrs
TIME (Networking): 18.30 – 21.30 hrs
PRICE: 550 baht – for members of partner organizations (see logos above)
700 baht – for non-members
800 baht – for ALL walk-ins
*Prices are inclusive of sumptuous food and drinks
LOCATION: ART Mai? Gallery Hotel (map)
PARKING: Close by – to be confirmed

3 May 2018

17.00 – 21.30 hrs
ART Mai? Gallery Hotel
(Nimmanhemin Soi 3)



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