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Pattaya Daily News

14 January 2011 :: 09:01:40 am 48926

Three Thai provinces in bidding war to host World Expo 2020

Defying the concept of harmony, the provinces of Chonburi, Ayuthaya and Chiang Mai are all preparing to present their bids in competition to host World Expo 2020.
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Thailand is bidding to be the host of the WOLRD EXPO 2020. However rather than present a joint bid, the provinces of Chonburi, Ayuthaya and Chiang Mai are preparing to chase the hosting rights independently; with no intention of combining the potential power of Thai harmony. Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya, Sattahip, in support of the Chonburi bid is preparing to welcome the General Secretary of the World Expo, who is set to arrive on January 13th, 2011.

10th January 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: Mr. Wichit Chatapaisit, Governer of Chonburi, and Chairman of the meeting responsible for making the final preparations to welcome Mr.Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, General Secretary of the World Expo, to Thailand. The meeting involved the delegated Sattahip District Chief Mr. Chaicharm Iamcharoen, Mayor of Pattaya, Mr. Ithiphon Khunpluem, Director of Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Mr. Gampon Dansajja, and the Board of Government officials of Chonburi, who got together to plan strategies and establish the strengths and advantages of Chonburi as a host of the WORLD EXPO 2020. Mr. Ithiphon Khunpluem proposed the area next to Thammasart University and Siam Country Club, and covering about 1,200 – 1,500 rai, would provide an ideal venue for the Chonburi bid. The area has already been approved and the Office of Economice Development and the National Society are discussing the feasibility of the 3 provinces, and which province would be most appropriate or have the best potential to be the winning bid.

Mr. Wichit Chatapaisit, Governer of Chonburi let Mr. Gampon Dansajja, Director of Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, prepare and organize the area for the welcoming of Mr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales who will arrive on January 13th, 2011. Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the biggest of its kind in all of Asia, provides an ideal location to honour the arrival of such a prestigious guest. Additionally the event is hoped to attract more visitors to Chonburi and it is hoped that it will allow the province to impress and show its readiness as a potential tourist attraction and destination. Whether it is in regard to education, society, economic conditions, or safety, Chonburi is a very important location in Thailand, and therefore a crucial destination for Mr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, who is involved in the World Expo hosting rights decision making.

Mr. Wichit Chatapaisit added that not only was Chonburi offering to represent Thailand to be the host of the EXPO event, but Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai are also preparing bids. Which leaves us with the question, why didn’t Thailand look at the merits of the three provincial bids and decide which location presented the best option for hosting the event. Thailand would have created more interest had it worked together to showcase the location with the best potential. Now Thailand is essentially competing against itself, as well as against bids from other rival countries, including America and Italy. It is now up to the consideration of the General Secretary and Thailand faces the prospect of losing this opportunity to showcase itself to the world due to provincial infighting.

Mr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, General Secretary of the EXPO event, will be staying in Thailand from January 10th to 16th, 2011. He arrived on flight TG931 at Suvarnabhumi airport, and was welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Sanan Kajornprasart, in the yellow room at Government House . On January 11th, he met Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, in the purple room of the Thai Koo Fah Building of Government House, and also met with other government dignitaries including the Minister of Foreign Relations, Mr. Kasit Pirom; Minister of Finance. Mr. Korn Chatikavanid; Ministress of Commerce, Mrs. Pornthiwa Nakasai; and the Chairman of Federation of Thai Industries, Mr. Payungsakdee Chadsithiphon.

On January 12th a meeting with Mr. Dusit Nontanakorn, President of the Board of Trade of Thailand was scheduled at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Some sightseeing opportunities were also arranged, including examples of Thai arts and culture, and access to a helicopter arranged by Mr. Withiya Phiwpong, Governer of Ayutthaya, in order for Mr. Vicente to be able to survey potential EXPO locations, as well as to visit the Ayutthaya world heritage sight.

January 13th however was an important day for Chonburi, as Mr. Vicente made his way to the Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. Along with Mr. Wichit Chatapaisit, Mr. Ithiphon Khunpluem and Mr. Gampon Dansajja who gathered to welcome Mr. Vicente. Many preparations were made including elephant rides, and a video presentation showing all that Chonburi has to offer. A helicopter was also placed at the ready for the secretary to survey the area prepared for the EXPO bid, and to take a look at the other many beautiful sights of Chonburi. After this visit Mr. Vicente will travel north to visit Chiang Mai in order to visit and establish the relative strengths of all three areas bidding to host World Expo 2020.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Tourism News