The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), 12 organisations, and the 10 MICE cities have signed an MoU to upgrade the hygiene standard across the country.
The new initiative, named Unlock MICE Cities with High Standard of Safety, was launched by TCEB’s president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya.
Billed as the largest inter-organisational MICE collaboration in Thailand during Covid-19, the initiative heightens the safety standards in the 10 MICE cities to boost the confidence among domestic event planners in holding MICE events there. Target groups include venues, organisers, accommodations, transport services, restaurants, retail outlets, department stores and other-related MICE businesses.
The 10 cities are Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Udon Thani and Pattaya. Meanwhile, the 12 organisations include the Department of Health, Tourism Authority of Thailand, as well as the Airports of Thailand.
Currently, Bangkok has been gazetted as a red zone with a high risk of infection following the third wave of Covid-19. Hotels and MICE venues remain status quo however, where events can still go on with safety measures in place.
Meanwhile, Pattaya has been gazetted as an orange zone, while Songkla and Khon Kaen are yellow zones.
Following the launch, TCEB organised a seminar in Songkla for MICE stakeholders to meet, and provide perspectives and ideas to ensure business events could take place safely in the province.
TCEB, the Mekong Institute, and their partners also jointly hosted GMS Logistics Forum in Pattaya to help highlight Eastern Economic Corridor as a destination for national conferences, seminars and tradeshows of the logistics industry.
According to Thai Stop COVID Plus, a self-evaluation under the Department of Health, 100 per cent of convention and exhibition centres, and 99.1 per cent of hotels, have passed an assessment of hygiene and safety at their venues.