Recent statistics indicates that Thailand’s conventions sector continues to grow with rising numbers of conferences in broader areas such as technologies and startups following trends in the global business. The bureau also reported that Thailand is ranked No. 1 destination in ASEAN for hosting largest numbers of conferences according to a recent international ranking conducted by ICCA. These results underscored Thailand as a leading destination for business events trusted by international associations while the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) emphasised that the bureau will continue to prompt the Thai industries to host more international conventions.
Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), a multi-dimensional tourist destination, will open its doors to the world on 17 April 2019.
Designed by a consortium comprising Safdie Architects, led by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, as well as architects from RSP Architects Planners and Engineers and Benoy, Jewel will feature a distinctive dome-shaped façade made of glass and steel. The concept for Jewel’s design represents the juxtaposition of a park and marketplace. This is exemplified in the lush Forest Valley and majestic Rain Vortex that take centerstage in the complex, surrounded by over 280 retail stores and eateries.
Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia and the main international gateway to North Sumatra, including major tourist attractions such as Lake Toba. Medan is accessible by air from major cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur etc. through its Kualanamu International Airport, one of Indonesia’s largest air hubs.
The city’s MICE industry recently got a boost with the launch of Radisson Medan on 26 February 2019, adding more than 1,500 square meters of meeting space to the scene. Perfectly positioned on Jalan H. Adam Malik in downtown Medan, surrounded by corporate offices and retail malls, Radisson Medan is suitable for all guests, especially local and international business travellers. Its extensive facilities include two floors of flexible function space, including a ballroom, nine meeting rooms and a large pre-function area. Supported by professional event planners and audio-visual flair, Radisson Medan is set to become one of Medan’s leading venues for large-scale company conferences, social occasions and weddings.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has introduced seven magnificent themes and 25 new routes for MICE delegates visiting Thailand.
Working closely with the public and private sectors, as well as educational institutions, the new routes will enhance travel experiences in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.
Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2018, handling a record 65.6 million passenger movements (+5.5%) for the year with 386,000 landings and take-offs (+3.4%). Airfreight throughput increased by 1.4% to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018.
ICONSIAM, the mega city project of futuristic living and an iconic landmark of Thailand’s eternal prosperity on the Chao Phraya River, in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Bangkok River Partners, the Association of Chao Phraya Commerce, the Thai Shipping Association as well as other related agencies and organisations, today, held the inauguration ceremony for Thailand’s new global attraction on the Chao Phraya River known as the “ICONIC Multimedia Water Features”, which is one of the Seven Wonders of ICONSIAM. At over 400 metres, it is the longest water dance in Southeast Asia featuring a combination of light, colour, sound and multimedia and set in front of beautiful vistas across the Chao Phraya River. It seeks to glorify and highlight the grandeur of the river for the world to be impressed while attracting local and international visitors to the Chao Phraya River.
A new study on global incentive travel, released by SITE, the industry’s only association dedicated exclusively to the sector, shows that incentive travel is the fastest growing element of MICE, with the highest per person spend, distributed amongst the widest spectrum of destination suppliers. Other key findings include the primacy of destination appeal amongst the factors influencing destination selection, the rise of 2ndtier destinations and the increasing importance of wellness as a key incentive programme inclusion.
Singapore Changi Airport added two new city links to India, with IndiGo Airlines’ new 2x weekly service to Vijayawada, and Jet Airways commencing a daily Singapore-Pune service. Jet Airways also added a third daily each to its Delhi and Mumbai services.
Changi Airport welcomed Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines and the return of Hainan Airlines; the airlines launched 3x weekly services to Nanning and Haikou respectively. Hebei Airlines also doubled its daily service to Hangzhou on 1 December. AirAsia Berhad commenced a 4x weekly Ipoh service on 2 December, while Qantas added three weekly services to Sydney on 14 December. Singapore Airlines also added three weekly services each to their non-stop San Francisco and Los Angeles routes.
Changi Airport registered 5.41 million passenger movements in November 2018, a 4.5% year-on-year increase. As at 1 December 2018, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. The ever improving accessibility of Changi Airport helps to anchor Singapore's position as a leading MICE city in the world.
Mr Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya (2nd from left), President of TCEB, said TCEB has adopted key principles to foster cooperative partnership among the public, private, and community sectors to promote the MICE industry through activities that drive the economy and generate revenues to local communities.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is establishing strategic guidelines to develop Chiang Mai into a complete MICE City in Thailand’s northern region. TCEB collaborates with local communities and stakeholders to promote post-event tours and travel experiences for corporate travellers.
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