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SOURCE Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Highlights 3-pillar 2014 strategy to boost Thai MICE in global market
BANGKOK, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) is today launching 'Thailand CONNECT'. TCEB's latest global marketing campaign targets buyers from around the world, focusing on three key industry pillars: a diversity of destinations, unrivalled business opportunities, and the high quality of Thailand's MICE professionals. In 2014 Thailand expects to attract 987,000 MICE travelers from overseas, with revenues reaching 96.9 billion baht (US$3.2 billion).
For the past 12 years, Thailand has hosted IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific, the region's flagship trade show for the business and incentive travel and international meetings industries. This year's Double-bill event was held from 1-3 October at the Bangkok Convention Centre, Central World Bangkok. TCEB has chosen this forum to launch its latest global Thai MICE branding campaign. The initiative aims to create awareness among MICE travelers and international media. Altogether, more than 2,600 delegates from 60 countries are expected to join this event.
Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB's President, disclosed that "For 2014, TCEB's promotion of Thailand's MICE sector will continue under the 5-Year Master Plan (2012-2016), with its three fundamental strategies - WIN, PROMOTE and DEVELOP. TCEB will promote development and global visibility of the Thailand brand through its new campaign: 'Thailand CONNECT: Your Global Business Events Connection', in line with TCEB's Growth Driver brand development."
The Thailand CONNECT campaign focuses on three strengths:
Together with the Thailand CONNECT campaign, the bureau also launches the latest advertising campaign for 2014, reflecting the philosophy of promoting business cooperation, both within Thailand and across the Asian region and successful business agreement. The campaign incorporates a number of exciting market promotion packages to support MICE business success under the 'Thailand CONNECT Exclusive' scheme.
1) CONNECT Destinations: For meetings and incentive travel groups, TCEB offers financial support of Baht 200,000 or about 6,660 U.S. dollars for events with more than 200 participants. Participants must stay at least 5 nights in Thailand, including an overnight stay in at least one other province apart from the main meeting location.
2) CONNECT People: For international conferences TCEB offers unique promotional support for events in the ASEAN+6 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.
3) CONNECT Business: For international exhibitions, TCEB offers special support for business matching activities for trade visitor groups of 15 or more delegates from ASEAN+6 and BIMSTEC countries, who travel to attend TCEB-supported international events in Thailand. To qualify for special support of USD 150 per person, the groups must stay a minimum of 3days/2nights, with at least 45 business matching appointments. Each participant will need at least three business matchmaking appointments; for groups with less than 45 appointments in total, the level of support will be USD 100 per person.
"The MICE industry has always played a key role in driving the broader economy, earning revenues of approximately 80 billion baht or about 2.66 billion U.S. dollars per year. I believe that the Thailand CONNECT campaign, as well as our many other market promotion activities will help drive further MICE sector growth. In 2014, TCEB forecasts growth of 5 percent in MICE travelers, to a total of 987,000 visitors by year-end, with revenues up 10 percent to 96.9 billion baht, or USD 3.26 billion," concluded Mr Nopparat.
During the 2013 fiscal year, from October 2012 to August 2013, Thailand welcomed 993,072 MICE travelers, with revenues of over 86,280 billion baht (US$ 2.87 billion). Top MICE visitors were from the conventions industry (318,663 visitors), followed by incentives travelers (247,888 visitors), corporate meetings (237,701 visitors) and exhibitions (188,820 visitors).
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB takes the lead on behalf of the Thai government's in the development and success of Thailand's MICE sector. Established in 2004, TCEB works to drive growth, elevate quality standards and inspire creativity in the industry. TCEB offers a range of advisory services and attractive support packages to contribute to the success and productivity of business events held in Thailand. This includes global outreach to build collaboration across a global network of MICE players. TCEB strives to create new business opportunities and lay the foundations for long term, sustainable industry growth.
For further information, please contact:
Corporate Communications Division
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)
Ms. Arisara Thanuplang
Mr. Pishnu Plaikaew
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