Hotel and travel shows in September

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is encouraging member hotels to attend a special lecture on “Tourism Trends in Thailand 2016 and MICE Industry Potential Development and Benefits,” on the opening day of an annual hospitality congress.

The association posted on its Facebook page details encouraging members to attend the session, 1200 to 1345, Wednesday, 6 September.

The venue is Conference Hall 203, BITEC Bangna Exhibition and Convention Centre. Read more

Cambodia chasing MICE

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 17 July 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has called on officials and stakeholders in the tourism business to focus more on meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions popularly known in the trade as MICE.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying MICE business attracts high-spend tourists, while the events they attend offer added value in terms sharing expertise and new ideas.

Developing MICE is now a priority for the country’s tourism business, he said. Read more

MICE spot: Ananda big on space

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

HUA HIN, 5 May 2017: Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa has opened the resort town’s largest ballroom that will significantly improve the hotel’s range of MICE facilities and ‘bleisure’ services.

The ballroom covers 900 square metres and can be used for meeting, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, often called MICE in the events industry. Read more

Discounts to draw more event visitors

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, Wednesday, its Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package versioin III promotion that offers a discount of up to 20% for travellers who visit the country this year.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, TCEB’s Administration and Strategic Support vice president Chirut Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said the bureau joined hands with King Power and Airports of Thailand, two of its core partners, to offer packages to visitors attending events in Thailand.

The package is bundled with TCEB’s offers to event organisers. The event secretariat distributes discount cards to delegates and on presentation to shops, restaurants or service providers it identifies the holder as being eligible for a discount.   Read more

OTM forecasts record turnout

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 14 February 2017: OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country, 21 to 23 February, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.

More than 1000 sellers from 50 countries will exhibit at OTM 2017. They include national and state tourism organisations, hotels, airlines, destination marketing companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets, keen to tap India’s expanding outbound travel market.

The show estimates 5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered. They include 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India. Read more

Phoenix Voyages creates new brand

November 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 29 November 2016: Phoenix Voyages is expanding its business in the events market with the opening of a new brand ‘M.I.C.E. by Phoenix Voyages’.

The destination management company (DMC) has been in the inbound travel business serving ASEAN for more than 15 year.

It said it was now ready to launch a dedicated operation focusing on the MICE market. Read more

TCEB signals Chiang Rai for MICE

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 September 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau aims to promote Chiang Rai as a new meetings and events destination specifically for the China market.

TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the bureau showcased Chiang Rai at the IBTM CHINA 2016, held late last week in Beijing, to introduce the far-north province to China’s events planners.

Chiang Rai is being positioned as a new events destination for small meetings with a green tourism branding. Read more

Khon Kaen will become a gateway

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

KHON KAEN, 29 July 2016:  The Tourism Authority of Thailand says Khon Kaen is a potential destination to attract more visitors and become a prime gateway to explore Northeast Thailand.

TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said Khon Kaen figures in the up-coming TAT’s Action Plan 2017 as a tourism model for other cities in the country and could  attract 5 million visitors a year.

“We aim to position Khon Kaen as a key tourist destination attracting 5 million visits per year up from the current 3.8 million visits…the province is not only potential for leisure tourists, but also for business travel, meetings and conferences.” Read more

A week at a time: TTM 2016 declared a success

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2016: When the 15th Thailand Travel Mart convened in Chiang Mai, last week, you could say it made history. Thailand’s premier travel trade show moved north after 14 years spent exclusively in Bangkok.

In the late 1990s a version of the TTM was hosted in Pattaya in the year the Royal Cliff Beach Resort opened its convention and exhibition centre known as PEACH.

But that sortie to the eastern seaboard beach resort was never repeated. TTM prospered for 14 years in the Bangkok comfort zone switching exhibition venues between BITEC,  southeast of downtown Bangkok, Impact Challenger, in the northern suburbs and the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre bang in the heart of the city.  Read more

Learning from royal projects

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 March 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau joins hands with three partners to launch a campaign to attract more domestic MICE visitors to explore Royal Initiative Projects.

The three partners are Pid Thong Lang Phra (The Royal Initiative Discovery Foundation), Association of Domestic Travel and Thailand Incentive and Convention Association.

Speaking at the media launch, last Friday, TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the campaign marks three significant royal occasions  during 2016. Read more