BANGKOK, 19 May 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is targeting mega events to boost meetings business in the country.
TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the focus this year is on meetings and incentives travel to draw mega events with more than 2,000 international delegates.
TCEB offers what it calls “Thailand Big Thanks!” campaign, that targets organisers with a promise of financial incentives to bring major meetings and incentives to the country.
“Every mega event can inject substantial MICE revenue into the economy,” he said. “China is among the key target source markets…Asian countries are also important sources to boost this sector.”
Other important source markets are the EU, US, and Oceania.
The Thailand Big Thanks! campaign offers financial subsidies up to THB2 million for mega events that attract more than 2,000 international delegates staying at least three nights in Thailand.
To gain support, the event must be finalised before 30 September 2017, but could be held up until 31 December 2017 to qualify for the rebate.
Complementing the mega event rebate is the THAILAND CONNECT campaign that offers incentives to international corporate clients and special fares on partner airlines Thai Airways International, Thai Smile, and Bangkok Airways.
A corporate event has to guarantee at least 100 delegates to qualify with a stay in Thailand of at least three nights. The organiser will receive transportation support of THB1,000 per delegate, up to a maximum of THB300,000 per group.
Applications are open until 30 September 2016, for…