TCEB recruits airline partner

YANGON, 11 May 2018: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau hopes a deal with Bangkok Airways  will spice up its new meeting packages promoted in neighbouring countries.

Bangkok Airways has been recruited to support TCEB’s meeting packages that are being kicked started in Myanmar and will also be promoted in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

But the airline component is not much to sing about with Bangkok Airways giving just one free ticket for a group of 50 paying delegates flying to Bangkok or a domestic city to attend an event.

Tour groups used to get one free ticket for every 15 paying passengers and a reliable source in the travel industry said one free ticket for every 20 or 30 paying passengers would be a more realistic figure for a promotional campaign that targets travellers outside of the traditional tour group market.

The airline also offers an additional 10 kg baggage allowance, double frequent flyer points (if they are members), and dedicated check-in counters for the meeting groups.

Bangkok Airways serves three cities in Myanmar from its Suvarnabhumi airport homebase in Thailand; Yangon, Nay Pyi Daw, the political capital and Mandalay.

Flight incentives are listed along with the package features created by TCEB that leads off with a financial subsidy of up to USD 9,000 (THB 300,000) when a company, or organiser in Myanmar, hosts an event in Thailand.

There are some conditions that event organisers must accept. The minimum group size is 50 persons and they must stay for at least two nights in a registered hotel, or hold the event in a venue that has been certified by TCEB.

TCEB comes to the table with a subsidy valued at THB 300,000, in cash or kind, to cover the cost of cultural performances, meet-and-greet service, or Thai craft demonstrations equivalent in value to the financial subsidy.

TCEB also promises a fast track service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport for immigration and customs.

The promotion is applicable for meeting planners in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam valid through to 30 September 2019. The Myanmar campaign kicked off in earnest last week.

Based on outcomes in Myanmar, TCEB and Bangkok Airways will extend the campaign to Vientiane, Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam where they believe there is strong potential for meeting groups.