BANGKOK is preparing to welcome Thailand’s largest business event since the lifting of Covid travel restrictions in across the kingdom.
More than 10,000 delegates from 50-plus countries will be arriving in the Thai capital for the 2022 Unicity Global Leadership & Innovation Conference next week.
TCEB (Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau) officials say the nutritional supplement company’s event is expected to generate 660 million baht (about US$17.9m) for the Thai economy.
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The event will feature post-conference tours to Pattaya and Phuket with the main conference to take place at IMPACT Exhibition and Conference Centre August 5-7.
Supawan Teerarat, TCEB’s senior vice president for MICE Capability and Innovation said the event would see the “largest corporate meeting and incentive travel group to visit Thailand since travel restrictions were lifted”.
“As the Covid-19 situation abated and business travel and tourism resume worldwide, we are mobilising our resources to attract more MICE events to Thailand,” Teerarat said.
International corporations are confident that Thailand is ready to host events of all sizes because we have all the necessary controls and support in place,” she added.
“TCEB’s collaboration with various government departments and MICE organisations are bearing fruit – we are witnessing an upswing in corporate meetings and incentive groups coming to Thailand.”
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To help bring the 2022 Unicity Global Leadership & Innovation Conference to Thailand, TCEB provided a partial subsidy and comprehensive services. For example, Unicity executives and its pre-event conference teams will enjoy fast-track immigration clearance with TCEB’s MICE Lane Service at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and arrangements have also been made with Thai embassies and consulates abroad to facilitate visa application by Unicity delegates in their home countries.
Christopher Kim, president of Unicity International, said the eveng would be boost morale amid the global pandemic.
“This is the second time Unicity has hosted Global Leadership and Innovation Conference in Thailand after it took place in 2014 with great success and both were actively supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau,” Kim said.
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TCEB forecasts that Thailand will host no less than 25 international corporate meetings and incentive travel groups between July and September this year.
The events will contribute more than 1,000 million baht to the Thai economy, says TCEB, with 15,138 travellers from the key source markets of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Britain and Vietnam.
Main picture, from left: Supanich Thiansing, TCEB director of meetings and incentives; Supawan Teerarat, TCEB’s senior vice president – MICE Capability and Innovation; Christopher Kim, president of Unicity International, and Bobby Kim, executive vice president – Asia Pacific, Unicity International