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TCEB Commences 'Thailand CONNECT' Brand in US Market

Attracting international buyers with three key industry pillars

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is today introducing the 'Thailand CONNECT' brand in the US market. TCEB's latest global marketing campaign targets buyers from around the world, focusing on Thailand's three key industry pillars: a diversity of destinations, unrivalled business opportunities, and the high quality of Thailand's M ICE professionals. In 2014 Thailand expects to attract 987,000 MICE travelers from overseas, with revenues reaching Baht 96.9 billion (US$3.2 billion).

Remaining its strategic importance to Thailand's MICE industry, the US MICE market is positioned within Top 10 MICE visitors from around the world during the first three quarters of 2013 fiscal year (October 2012 -- June 2013). As of June 2013, the number of US MICE travelers to Thailand has already reached 27,900 surpassing the total US visitors in 2012 at 26,684. The majority of US MICE visitors were from the meetings and conventions sub-segments.

Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB's President, disclosed that "The US MICE market is one of the prominent markets from around the world, that TCEB will continue to maintain its growth. TCEB will work together with our Thai team counterparts in bringing together the most profitable MICE platform for both buyers and visitors from the United States of America. With the ever changing competition in the MICE industry around the world, Thailand will have to adjust ourselves and reposition to be able to stay atop of the global market place,"

According to the latest findings from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Report shows that the US tops the leadership position the Association Meetings during 2008 -- 2012. This presents TCEB with an opportunity to further penetrate into the US conventions sub-segment category.

"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:
1. Diversity of Destinations. Thailand's strategic location at the heart of Asia, together with convenient facilities and infrastructure, offer visitors an unrivalled choice of destinations. Thailand's six international airports across the country connect to 190 destinations worldwide with over 500 flights per day. With nine purpose-built international conference and exhibition venues, the combined total exhibition space of 222,984 square meters is the highest in the region. Thailand's five officially-designated 'MICE Cities' (Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen) offer unbeatable diversity of choice or MICE events of any type and scale.

2. Unrivalled Business Opportunities. With fast and convenient connections to all other countries in the region, ASEAN's second largest economy is poised to play a leading role in the forthcoming unified regional market of the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC in 2015. Economic integration will remove trade barriers and bring free transfer of goods, services, skilled labor, trade and investment among ASEAN members and its population of almost 600 million. Thailand is itself a major production and export base for key industries such as automotive and industrial components, computers and IT, energy, rubber and plastics. Adding to its strategic significance as a gateway to ASEAN, Thailand's bilateral free trade agreements with 11 countries around the world will further reinforce Thailand's strategic importance within this vast unified market.

3. High Quality Professionals. In addition to its legendary hospitality and quality of service. Thailand's MICE industry has led the world in introducing global standards such as Energy Management (ISO 50001), Food Safety Management System (ISO 22000), MICE Security Management System (TISI 22300), and most recently, the new Event Sustainability Management System (ISO 20121). Thailand's MICE sector has been boosted by accolades and awards from leading agencies, and Thailand is consistently ranked as one of the world's top MICE event destination. For example, in 2012, ICCA ranked Thailand as the ASEAN No. 1 by number of international meetings, while UFI ranked Thailand No. 1 by number of exhibitions space sold. Also, Thailand hosted a total of 7,382 MICE events, including prestigious global mega-events such as the 2012 Rotary International Convention, World Stamp 2013, the 65th World Newspaper Congress, ITU World, Telecom 2013, and World Marketing Forum 2014.

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