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Thai MICE industry 'back to business' as curfew lifted nationwide

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau or TCEB has welcomed the decision by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to lift the night-time curfew nationwide with immediate effect, further demonstrating that Thailand is back to business as usual, and ready to embrace MICE travellers from all over the world.

The daily curfew, which had already been gradually lifted in key MICE and tourist destinations, was put in place for three weeks to ensure the safety of Thai citizens as well as MICE visitors and travellers during the Kingdom’s political transition.

Welcoming the announcement, Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, president of TCEB, commented that “Stability is a key consideration for MICE travellers, and the lifting of the night-time curfew is a strong indication that the situation throughout Thailand has returned to normal for business travellers. We look forward to extending our famous warm Thai hospitality and world-class MICE service to our valued visitors.”

The nationwide lifting of the curfew was widely anticipated by many stakeholders, given the significant steps taken by all parties to return everyday life to normal for business travellers, tourists and local residents alike. In Bangkok and nationwide, all businesses and MICE facilities such as convention and exhibition centres and hotels are now operating as normal. As always, business travellers can enjoy Thailand’s world-class venues by day, and revel in its vibrant restaurants and entertainment venues by night.

With its strategic location at the heart of Asia, Thailand boasts an abundance of destinations, enriched by world-class facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Today, TCEB is driving the country’s leadership position at the heart of Asia’s MICE industry by fostering a variety of cities that can offer a superb diversity of choice for MICE events of any type and scale.

Bangkok
The City of Angels is the quintessential Asian metropolis – an eclectic, exciting mix of modern and traditional living that offers visitors anything they could desire: lively nightlife, unlimited shopping options, rich history, and unparalleled attractions. It also provides untold opportunities for memorable MICE functions that combine Thailand’s unbeatable value and flexibility with its distinctive culture and legendary hospitality, resulting in truly unique and inspiring experiences.

Pattaya
Pattaya is all about sea and sun and beachside fun, where pleasure and business meet. This resort town in Chon Buri Province, 90 minutes’ drive from Bangkok, features a diverse assortment of locations for creative meetings and incentives events.

Phuket
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea’, Phuket is an island where verdant jungle rolls down to some of the planet’s finest beaches. As one of the country’s economic hubs, the island has everything needed for outstanding business events.

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai – Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ – captivates visitors thanks to its cosmopolitan nature, moderate climate, and thriving arts and culture scene. Event organisers can choose from a diverse panorama of venues like the exquisite Rajaphruek Garden Convention Hall and Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen is the major commercial and educational centre of Isan, Thailand’s fascinating north-east. It is also a centre for trade and logistics, and a gateway to Indochina and South China.

“TCEB is now working with key public and private sector partners to reinforce stakeholders’ understanding of Thailand’s diverse destinations right at the heart of the fast growing AEC region, unrivalled business opportunities, and high quality MICE professionals and standards” concluded Nopparat

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