Thailand ponders new convention centre on eastern coast

Pattaya city's skyline; Pattaya falls under Chonburi Province

Thailand has unveiled plans for a new convention centre on the country’s eastern coast which will help draw events related to high-tech industries.

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya shared that the bureau is conducting a feasibility study for the new-build, which will be located in one of three provinces: Rayong, Chonburi or Chachoengsao.

Pattaya city’s skyline; Pattaya falls under Chonburi Province

Subject to government approval, the future convention centre is scheduled for a March 2020 completion. It will complement two other large convention venues in nearby Pattaya – Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and Nong Nooch Garden.

The construction of the convention centre is in line with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative, aimed at transforming the region into a high-tech production base. Presently, the eastern coastal region is developing an aerospace metropolis that comprises U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport as well as aviation related businesses.

Among TCEB’s proposals for the eastern coast to the government is the launch of a regular air show in Thailand in 2023 or 2024 to “boost the area’s reputation as an aero metropolis”, revealed Chiruit.

TCEB is also working on establishing the first TCEB branch and an ASEAN MICE Institute in the region.

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