Thailand has won a total of 23 bids for international conferences from October 2022 to September 2023. These are for events that will take place up to 2028. The largest among the wins is the 2026 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) to be held in Bangkok. 12,000 delegates are expected.
Two events are notable for being the first to be staged in Southeast Asia – the FIFA Congress 2024 and World Diabetes Congress 2025. The FIFA Congress is expected to attract 2,000 delegates from 211 countries and the World Diabetes Congress, 10,000 delegates.
It is also noteworthy that 14 of the 23 wins are for medical conferences. They include the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Congress 2024 (8,000 delegates) and World Congress on Pain 2026 (5,000 delegates).
The bids were conceived, prepared and presented by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) its One Ministry, One Convention (OMOC) programme.
“Thailand’s latest wins prove how effective TCEB’s OMOC programme can be when we bid for global events such as the IMF/WBG Annual Meetings, FIFA Congress and World Diabetes Congress. We created OMOC as a mechanism to attract more international conventions to Thailand by extending the support of the related government ministry. Through more targeted collaboration and promotion in related sectors and agencies, we hope to help convention owners and organisers achieve breakthrough success when they bring their events to Thailand. We are pleased to note that Thailand continues to inspire strong trust as a destination for conventions.”
Other than finance, healthcare and sports, the 23 bid wins also include events in the fields of environment, education, digital, and business management.
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