Thailand to Attract Business Events

Bangkok, 2 June 2009 - Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) updates Thailand at present reassuring confidence in Thailand as a dynamic and motivational business event destination in Asia by unveiling three key strategic initiatives. Starting from the marketing campaign, “Meetings More Memorable and Meetings Plus” target smaller groups of 25-50 delegates from long-haul markets by offering value added golf, spa, welcome receptions and cultural shows.

Secondly, a new “MICE Thailand cluster marketing drive” will aggressively promote the advantages of holding events in five distinct geographical areas of Thailand: Bangkok/Pattaya, Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai, Nakon Ratchasima/Khon Kaen, Cha-am/Hua Hin, and Phuket/Krabi/Phangnga. To support the initiative, TCEB has produced a new eye-catching 174-page “Venue Variety” directory with full information about Thailand business event facilities in each location.

Thirdly, TCEB will emphasize testimonials from organizations with first-hand experience of holding recent business events in Thailand. The emphasis on building trust via testimonials is part of TCEB’s “Thailand Moving Forward” campaign under the government policy which the Prime Minister, H.E. Abhisit Vejjajiva has endorsed the TCEB to exclusively promote Thailand MICE industry.”

Details on the three initiatives were revealed to media at IMEX 2009 in Frankfurt, a specialist event for the global business event industry which has attracted 3,500 exhibitors from 150 countries.

Attending IMEX, TCEB’s Senior Manager for meetings and incentives, Mr Puripan Bunnag, gave details to media and industry delegates. He said: “The initiatives have been launched to rebuild confidence, add real value to meetings and incentives clients, and give assurances to event organisers who are considering Thailand again.”

As part of a broad ranging update about Thailand, Mr Puripan told media at IMEX that new laws and safeguards were in place to protect the country’s airports and meeting venues. “New insurance policies in place for all international visitors should give business event organisers and tourists additional peace of mind,” he said.

TCEB now estimates that the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Thailand will bring in 41 billion baht (US$1.24 billion) this year and attract half a million participants.

MEDIA QUERIES Marketing Communications Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Ms. Parichat Svetasreni Senior Manager of Public Relations TEL: 662-694-6092 or 08-1-840-4701 Mr. Sumet Kanchanapan Senior Executive of Public Relations TEL: 662-694-6096 or 08-6-604-9594

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