For the First International Buddhist Tourism Conference, it will have four key parts:
1. OVERVIEW - BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE & ITS EVOLUTION (Part 1)
The UNWTO will be invited to present their findings to the delegates. Open discussions will be held to exchange ideas and share experiences. Selected country representatives will also present their country’s plan and strategies for Buddhist Tourism.
2. TOURISM & PILGRIMAGE TOURS (Part 2)
The UNWTO to present their findings to the delegates. Open discussions will be held to exchange ideas and share experiences. Selected country representatives will also share their country’s plan and strategies for Buddhist Tourism. Panel discussions will involve senior travel executives coming from different sectors, such as travel agents, transport operators, temple caretakers, hoteliers etc all focusing on sharing information on logistics, infrastructure and hosting facilities linked to places of worships. The idea is to focus on how the travel industry can meet the needs of leisure spiritual seekers, pilgrims, group tours and large religious meetings.
3. BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, PRACTICES, TRADITIONS & MORES (Part 3)
This session will focus on opportunities, threats and other key issues that are vital for the development of Buddhist Tourism as an industry and its impact on local customs, religious practices, culture and communities. The aim is to raise matters and ideas in a responsible way on areas which are unique to Buddhist Tourism.
4. ART & ARCHITECHTURE (Part 4)
This session will deliberate issues and sensitivities relating to Buddha images and arts, such whether mass commercialization will dilute the sanctity of sacred images. Panelists will also discuss matters on professional preservation of Buddhist arts and architecture which are one of the main draws to Buddhist sites.
Knowledge Media Group (KMG) Thailand
Knowledge Media Group (KMG) is incorporated in Thailand since 2006. Over the past decade, KMG has successfully published numerous high quality magazines and books on travel, arts and culture, including NiHao!Thailand, NiHao!MYanmar, The BEST of MYANMAR, Mekong Travel, The BEST of CHIANG RAI and Chiang Rai from the Air, to name a few.
The company’s managing director is Jaffee Yee, a publisher, art and travel marketing consultant, conference organizer who maintains a good proven tract record of having organized 4 successful international conferences including 8th ICADL (International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries and ASEAN Art Symposium.
Bodhi Vision is creator and developer of http://buddhistravel.com, the premiere portal dedicated to highlighting Buddhist sites and travel services all over the world. The company specializes in IT and cloud development services, and sees great opportunities in the application of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile apps and big data in the field of tourism.