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IT&CMA show is staged in an unrivalled venue in Bangkok


Sydney Paulden reports on ITCM’s participation

ITCM was a media affiliate of its near-namesake IT&CMA Exhibition held in Bangkok in October. The message we bring back is: ‘Go there next year if you can, either as an exhibitor or delegate. It is a totally worthwhile experience’.
It was the 20th time the annual exhibition had been held and it was in conjunction with the 15th CTW, the Corporate Travel World event.

Joint hosts with TTG Asia were TCEB, the Thai Convention and Exhibition Bureau and the event also attracted senior speakers and participants from many parts of South East Asia.

The venue contributed massively to the show’s success. ITCM stayed in the Centara Grand Hotel that is part of the CentralWorld complex. Integral with it is the Bangkok Convention Centre. This is a world-class facility with a pillarless Convention Hall that can seat more than 5,000 delegates. There are 15 separate Lotus Suites able to cater for from 10 to 55 people, excellent for admin rooms, break-out committees, seminars and so on.

The spacious pre-function area was well-used for networking over snacks, for buffet receptions and cocktails. And there is the pillar-less World Ballroom on the same premises, able to host gala dinners and conferences in its own right.

The whole CentralWorld complex is located in the heart of Bangkok and is a favourite with the local population because it also houses one of the world’s largest and most prestigious shopping plazas. Tourists and locals alike throng floors lined with designer label shops. Its f&b facilities include halls where over 100 stylishly themed restaurants and cafés offer cuisines from all over the world – at remarkably reasonable prices.

TTG Asia has proclaimed the latest double-bill event as a major success, with 2,579 delegates from 57 countries, 325 exhibiting organisations, 497 international and local buyers from 52 countries, representatives of 132 media from 32 countries.

The Centara Grand Hotel CentralWorld was naturally the most convenient hotel, forming an integral part of the complex. The Convention Centre was simply a lift ride away.

The hotel has 5005 rooms and suites. Staying in an executive room is a major benefit, as it gives access to the World Executive Club on the 52nd floor. There guests can enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet, tea and coffee through the day and always with unrivalled view’s across the Thai capital. The panoramas include a mix of old-style temples and a growing forest of skyscrapers. Bangkok is certainly re-inventing itself as a modern city. Even higher than the Executive Club is the hotel’s Sky Club on the 55th floor, the location of the Fifty Five, one of the hotel’s nine restaurants.

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