Global business events travellers assured of safety

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau is seeking to assure delegates of Bangkok’s safety following the Erawan Shrine bomb blast by highlighting a “message of confidence” from the Royal Thai Government.

TCEB has also announced the latest move to reinforce the 2015 partnership programme under the Thailand’s MICE United II with a commemorative dinner at Hyatt on the Bund Hotel, Shanghai, on September 17.

The dinner will mark 40 years of Thai-China diplomatic relations and also reach out to MICE planners in Thailand in the wake of the August 17 explosion at the popular tourist site.

The bureau released a statement issued this week from the Thai government vowing to support the business events industry and saying the situation in Bangkok was now back to normal, but with tighter security.

“The Royal Thai Government wishes to reassure the public that the situation is under complete control of security officials. Additional security personnel have been deployed to patrol every area so as to accord maximum security to the general public,” the statement read.

“In addition, the Royal Thai Government would like to convey to all foreigners who are planning on travelling to Thailand, be they for tourism, trade, educational or business purposes, or MICE, that the government shall be doing its utmost to provide a safe and secure environment for the duration of your stay in Thailand, complemented with Thai friendliness and hospitality as always.”   

Another statement issued by TCEB this week said large conferences were going ahead showing that international delegates considered Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand safe.

A total of 72 confirmed MICE events with 76,608 delegates have been confirmed for August to October 2015, said TCEB. The World Congress of Surgery also went ahead this week with a total of 2,500 delegates. Thailand has been chosen as the host venue for the Organo Gold Asia Convention 2015 from October 23-25 for 10,000 delegates, making it the second largest convention of Organo Gold after the United States.

In Shanghai, the Thailand Connect event will also be a show of “appreciation to the Chinese business events travellers through targeted promotions and special welcome packages that TCEB and strategic partner, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), have prepared to offer to Chinese MICE travellers to Thailand.

“Moreover, TCEB and RSTA will be providing updates on Thailand's MICE situation and measures to maintain confidence in Thailand as a preferred MICE destination,” TCEB said.

For more on the impact on MICE events in Bangkok, see here.

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