By Ian Neubauer
Thailand’s MICE and tourism sectors sighed a breath of relief following yesterday’s (September 15) lifting of a two-week old state of emergency in the capital Bangkok.
Political unrest, violent demonstrations and a subsequent emergency decree led to scores of tourists and businesspeople canceling holidays and meetings in Thailand, with occupancy rates at hotels teetering near historical lows.
The announcement was especially well-received by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and, which is putting the final touches on it’s annual doublebill MICE and business travel tradeshow.
“Although the original declaration had little or no real effect on business and daily life in Bangkok, today’s widely anticipated news has been warmly welcomed by Thailand’s academic and business communities,” TCEB said in a statement.
“We expect the announcement will serve to reassure conference organisers and delegates worldwide, as well as to confirm 74 TCEB supported events scheduled for the remainder of 2008 in Thailand, and will certainly help to restore investor confidence in Thailand’s MICE and tourism sectors.”
Incentive, Travel & Conventions, Meeting Asia (IT&CMA) and Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific 2008 tradeshow is scheduled to take place at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld between October 7 and 9.
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