Thailand has many positive attributes to induce international travelers to visit for a meeting, incentive, conference or exhibition held in the country, from the friendly welcomes of Thai people, outstanding venues and accommodation, to the wide variety of spectacular destinations. Here are five great reasons to make businessmen smile in appreciation.
Gateway to ASEAN
Thailand’s location in the heart of Southeast Asia makes it a natural gateway to the emerging economies of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, while its membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) provides easy access to this fast-growing economic market. ASEAN’s 10 member states aim to create an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, an integrated market that will have a combined population in excess of 600 million people. The AEC will feature a free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and labor within ASEAN, while creating a Single Aviation Market with an open-sky arrangement.
Regional MICE Hub
Over the past 20 years, Thailand has developed the personnel, facilities, infrastructure and experience to become a regional leader in the international MICE industry. The five major venues for conferences and exhibitions in Bangkok, plus venues in Pattaya, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai, have hosted numerous successful domestic, regional and world events, supported by the latest technology and communications equipment, and by a well-developed MICE supplier sector that includes PCOs, PEOs, contactors, freight forwarders and event organizers.
Through its location in the center of Asia, Thailand is a major aviation hub with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport the main entry point. Suvarnbhumi Airport handles flights from over 100 airlines, providing easy connections to most of the world’s major cities. Current capacity is 45 million passengers a year, with plans under way to raise this capacity to 60 million passengers by 2014. Thai carriers provide links from Bangkok to 26 destinations in Thailand, none more than one-hour’s flight away.
Thai people are world renowned for their friendly hospitality, their gracious welcomes to guests and most importantly a can-do attitude whereby nothing is too much trouble to ensure travelers, event organizers and delegates achieve their objectives while visiting Thailand. In addition, the outstanding accommodation at hotels and resorts in all major Thai cities and tourist destinations makes Thailand a popular place to visit. The country has some of the best hotels in Asia, but no matter the star rating, hotel guests are assured of a very friendly welcome.
Great Travel Destination
With 15 million international visitors a year, Thailand is an extremely popular travel destination offering year-round sunshine, fabulous beach and island resorts, eco-tourism adventures in rain forests, national parks and highlands populated by ethnic hilltribes, unique culture and a cuisine that is world renowned for its spicy flavors. There is plenty to occupy active visitors, including world-class diving and sailing in southern Thailand, outstanding golf challenges at courses designed by top golfing names, cycling tours, elephant trekking, as well as shopping in Bangkok’s street markets and huge malls offering imported brands and superb local products. Thailand has some of the finest spas in Asia, where pampering & holistic treatments are an artform; you will not regret trying them to revitalize your body.