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UK event organisers eyed up by Thai Convention and Exhibition Bureau

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) was in London to promote its new business opportunities for UK event planners, revealing new venues, hotels and transportation improvements.

More than 48 buyers, mostly from London were meeting up with TCEB, Nooch Homrossukhon, director from the meetings and incentives department, told M&IT.

“The UK is home to seven of the world’s leading international trade show organisers. Some are active in Thailand,” Nichipa Yoswee, senior vice president, business of TCEB said.

“However we are keen to demonstrate the growth of our market, and the surrounding ASEAN market, to other organisers either active in Thailand, or considering Thailand as a Launchpad into Southeast Asia.

“The United Kingdom is a top priority for us, and given TCEB’s objective of establishing long-term competitiveness and sustainability for new and existing entrants in our exhibition sector.”

This year, 17 new shows are launching in Thailand, a record high, with possibly more to come. More than 92,000 oversees business travellers attending the Southeast Asian country in the first half of 2019, representing an increase of 26.6 per cent in the same period in 2018.

New five-star hotels include the Waldorf Astoria and the Hyatt Regency. New venues include Lhong1019, a 19th-century Chinese mansion restored as a mixed-use complex with restaurants, stores and a shrine.

The Iconsiam is another new venue, which opened at the end of 2018. The large-scale mixed-use complex overlooks the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The Meet Special Bonus package for meetings and incentive groups was showcased by TCEB. The criteria is for a minimum of 100 delegates per group, staying in Thailand for at least three nights, holding events certified with Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) or staying at hotels who are members of Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA), and travelling to Thailand between now and 30 September 2019.

Thailand is improving on its meetings and incentive offering, with the addition of 910 meeting rooms, 23 exhibition halls and 16 special venues. Building will continue until 2022, with Bangkok having an additional 77,000 sqm space, Pattaya 5,700 sqm, and Khon Kaen 8,400 sqm.

Transportation systems will benefit from a budget of £5,357 million. Money will be ploughed into a high speed rail connection that links up local areas and is slated for completion by 2013.

The Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme, aims to transform Thailand into an ASEAN aviation hub. To this end, an investment of £7,285m will enable the Utapao Rayong-Pattaya International airport to increase its capacity to 15m passengers by 2023.