Arrut Navaraj is Managing Director of Sampran Riverside, an ‘eco-cultural destination’ and well-known conference facility near Bangkok, Thailand. Arrut graduated with a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from England. However, in his career he has completely shunned the use of chemicals and instead has dedicated himself to organic farming and making our food system sustainable. For the past seven years, he has been working with local farmers, Universities, Government Agencies and Private Enterprises to promote organic agriculture under the ‘Sampran Model’ a sustainable business model based on fair trade and Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. The successful model has inspired a growing number of new business and community partnerships.
28 June 2018 | 12:00 - 17:00 | ETHIC VILLAGES IN NAKHON PHANOM
The Mekong Tourism Village Experience is living the theme of “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” by being the first conference to stage actual conference session in ethnic community-based villages, and engaging both delegates and villagers together for a uniquely immersive and transformative experience. The pioneering concept allows for people from different walks of life to connect and learn from each other. Eight thematic sessions in eight ethnic villages, including a warm village welcome, a traditional lunch, engaging sessions, and interactive village activities from weaving to farming, will make this a true highlight of MTF 2018. The thematic sessions and the respective facilitators include: 1. Organic Tourism (Mr. Arrut Navaraj – CEO, Sampran Riverside Resort) 2. Adventure Tourism (Mr. Matt Gibson – CEO, UpThink) 3. Festivals Tourism (Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link) 4. Heritage Tourism (Mr. Luc Citrinot – Editor, ASEAN.travel) 5. Religious Tourism (Ms. Siew Meng Erina Loo – SG, SEA Tour Guide Association) 6. Wellness Tourism (Mr. Nick Day – Marketing Manager, GoCo Hospitality) 7. Food Tourism (Mr. Vincent Vichit-Vadakan – Journalist, Le Flux Asia) 8. Eco Tourism (Mr. Peter Richards – Consultant, UN ITC) Interested delegates will require to register for the session, which includes a limited edition traditional village shirt from the respective village, that is required to be worn for the sessions. Each village is unique, and no experience will be the same. For more information about the MTF 2018 Village Experience sessions, please visit: http://mekongtourismforum.org/index.php/sessions/