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Thailand is Lucky

Samer Abu Wandi,
Editor In Chief 
MICE Middle East
 
 
On my first visit to Thailand for IMFT2017, I was impressed by the kindness and warm hospitality from Thai people, as well with tremendous opportunities for Business and leisure in Thailand cities. 
 
Thailand has the looks, the temperament and the attractions to capture the worlds imagination for an exotic escape. It is mysterious and confounding but approachable and inviting. Hospitality is a genuine art, crafted by a culture that takes pride in putting people at ease. 
 
I heard, read and watch videos about Thailand as its the Land of smiles and Land of happiness, also about its beautiful landscape, beaches and cities. What I found during my twelve days visit was much more, i discovered that Thai people are one of the most kind people around the world and their country Thailand is One of the most beautiful countries as well.
  
Well done TCEB, you succeed in presenting to us new experiences and new facilities about Thailand in general and the cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin as Bleisure destination, more you succeed in making us love your country and your people.
 
From welcoming at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on to Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa Hotel for live music and dinner.
 
At Hilton Pattaya and with attendance of more that 35 International Media, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya officially announced the opening scene of IMFT2017
 
Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Vice President of TCEB Strategic and Business Development , presented several points,
 
1) Thailand is moving forward in all area of development to steer the national economy to Thailand 4.0 era. The government encourages public and private partnership along the economic transition with policies that enhance new business environment, the innovation, as well as the promotion of hard and soft infrastructure.
 
2) Thailand 4.0 inspires and encourages business activities and this, in turn, makes the country a venue for meetings linked to trade development, technology and research. The uplift of the countrys economy will directly benefit MICE industry.
 
3) TCEB maps our strategies in line with the countrys economic blueprint. Our latest international communication campaign showcases the country?s fundamental pillars of MICE industry include Myriad Business Opportunities, Diverse Destinations, and the People of Thailand, which is a perfect mix that makes Thailand the leading destination for the Bleisure travellers.
 
4) Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Bangkok the three vibrant cities feature potential growth in MICE. Pattaya, the country favourite sea side resort for business and leisure, will be benefited from the upcoming mega projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor, located in its neighbourhood.
 
5) Pattaya features endless opportunities for Bleisure travellers. Recognised as one of Thailand leading MICE cities, the destination is home to a world-class multipurpose convention facility, myriad meeting venues, hotels, and seaside attractions. New facilities for Bleisure activities in Pattaya include the Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Centre  with a large auditorium and more than adequate seating capacity for seminar, KANN Show -  a live cinematic experience inspired by Thai pieces of literature; and Health Land Spa Pattaya  a one-stop landmark for total wellness.
 
6) Hua Hin - the royal heritage beach resort town traces its aristocratic roots to 1920s when royal summer residences established in the area. Today, Hua Hin is home to luxury hotel chains. The town is popular with Thai and foreigners as business events destination that can cater for exclusive and luxury activities with the heritage theme. In addition, the destination features numerous world-class golfing resorts, spas, outstanding seafood restaurants, and a vibrant night market.
 
7) Derived from TCEBs brand communication campaign, we present ideas for the Bleisure route and theme meetings which are all possible for MICE events in these cities. Combining the three destinations, we introduce aspects of the Thai journey through luxury, cultural, culinary, and CSR experiences to show that Thailand can transform ordinary business events into a memorable and endearing success.
 
Dr.Cholachit Vorawangso Virakul, , Executive Director of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand, said that IMFT2017 reinforces the collaboration between EEC and TCEB. The event provides opportunity for EEC to share information about the special economic hub, which is a flagship project under Thailand 20-Year National Strategy and Thailand 4.0 Policy, to overseas MICE and travel trade media. The key focus areas include: 1) the development plan; 2) the investment of basic infrastructure within the EEC to serve the growth of industrial sector which includes the establishment of eco-cities following the - Smart City - model that will generate a benefit for MICE industry in the future; and 3) the network enhancement with TCEB and MICE industry to showcase Thailand economic development to the international business community.
 
The press conference concluded with a Q/A from media delegates, after lunch, the Journeys starts and we start seeing what Thailand has to offer for its business guests and mice delegates.
  
A visit to the health land & Spa where we had a wonderful and relaxing Thai Massage, followed by a journey on sea through a VIP yacht where we enjoyed the fresh air and wonderful scenes form Pattaya gulf with life music and tasty food.
 
With a new ferry service connecting Pattaya with Hua Hin, we arrived at Dusit Thani Hua Hin where a great welcome from the G.M together with life show in the lake, we had an experience to learn cooking Thai food.
 
Visits to Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa, Sofitel Hua Hin and RadissonBlu where we saw the Luxury five stars hotels and their capacity for meetings.
 
The best experience I had was the visit for Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park Sam Phraya, where we had the chance to plant trees and to get an experience and education of how Thai people are taking care of their lands to keep it clean and green.
 
In Bangkok, a presentation form Siam Senergy Trade Assosiaction about their investments, followed by checking at Kempinski Hotel, later we moved to Dusit Thani Bangkok for dinner and farewell party.
 
We saw how much Thai people love their country,We felt that The kingdom of Thailand is blessed with love, smiles and happienes, we felt at the end of the journey that Thailand is really lucky and the land for Business and Leisure.

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