Pattaya Daily News

04 March 2011 :: 13:03:49 pm 51012

Pattaya Hosts Chinese Familiarisation Tour

With a noticeable decline in Chinese tourists visiting Thailand, the tourism industry headed by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has wisely sought to promote the Kingdom as a preferred destination for groups who want to participate in conferences and trade shows. A select group of Chinese travel agents visited Pattaya City for a few days of examining the tourism facilities that Pattaya has to offer and visited some major hotel resorts during their stay.
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Pattaya, 3rd March 2011: – The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) works from Bangkok, which is ASEAN’s exhibition hub, and they work as coordinators for premier exhibitions, using “state of the art” technologies. The TCEB operate in conjunction with the older MICE group, which specializes as promoters for Corporate & Incentive meetings. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau has launched a new event named “TCEB Exhibition Forum 2011″. This forum will pave the way for Thailand to embrace the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, creating new market opportunities in the region for Thai businesses in the international trade fair sector.

President of TCEB Mr. Akapol Sorasuchart, stated that, “Thailand’s international trade fair industry has retained its leadership in the region. In 2009 the international trade fair industry was valued at about 10,509 million baht with a total of 75 events, (the highest number in the region).” Thailand continues to maintain its leadership in the ASEAN area, judged not only by the number of exhibition events held but also by four other key criteria; – (annual size, which amounted to 466,500 square metres; average size per fair, which amounted to 6,220 square metres per event; and total revenue, which reached 4.5 billion baht; – (an average of 60 million baht per event); plus finally, – in terms of the number of exhibition centres.

 

Thailand has 8 world-class Exhibition Centres recognized by the international exhibition industry association UFI as complying with international standards. Mr. Akapol went on to say, “It’s clear that, in the ASEAN region, that Thailand still has high potential for the international exhibition industry. The Kingdom was ranked fourth in Asia, as it came after Hong Kong, China and Japan, therefore showing the high standards of Thailand’s international trade fair industry and its potential for further growth…….  The exhibitions industry is therefore of great significance to the country’s economy.”

The visiting delegates found a little time to relax, with a very relaxing sunset cocktail party ay the famous “Royal-Cliff Hotel Resort” then on to the new 555-room “Centara Grand Resort” with its “Indianna Jones” style jungle setting. Here they enjoyed a very relaxing evening meal, accompanied by Pattaya City officials and were entertained by some unique dancing by two tall, leggy and stunningly beautiful dancing ladies, who demonstrated their unique dancing styles from Brazil.

Reporter : Harry Green   Photo : Harry Green   Category : Community News

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