The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has rolled out a new initiative at the China Business Forum 2019 in Beijing designed to strengthen Thai-Sino business partnerships.
TCEB’s new ‘360 Degree Exhibition Success’ campaign highlights a range of benefits for Chinese business partners through growing opportunities originating from Thailand's 4.0 economic transformation policy, said Ms Kanokporn Damrongkul, TCEB's Director of Exhibitions Department.
“Thailand as a destination can meet or exceed the expectations of the Chinese business sector. TCEB’s roles as co-creator, partner, collaborator and thought leader to the MICE industry can ensure a mutually beneficial experience for both the Thai and Chinese business sectors through strategies such as this new support campaign,” she noted.
The new initiative is designed as a strategic complement to TCEB’s existing ‘Thailand Redefine Your Business Events’ branding that offers incentives for exhibition organisers, exhibitors and trade visitors from China and other international destinations.
The tree key elements of the initiative are:
- A ‘Bidding Fund Programme’ element designed to help organisers launch international exhibitions in Thailand, by providing market support and access to industries.
- The ‘Exhibiz in Market’ element designed to grow new business by giving the national pavilion leader a business platform at exhibitions in Thailand.
- The final ‘ASEAN+6 Privilege’ element designed to assist business missions in bringing trade visitors from ASEAN+6 countries, including China, to Thailand for business meetings during exhibitions held in the Kingdom.
Kanokporn (pictured centre) added: “We believe Chinese companies will find exceptional value in Thailand for their business growth. TCEB continues to strengthen our partnership with China and our commitment to promoting sustainable growth of the exhibition industry that benefits both Thailand and the region as a whole. We are optimistic that we can achieve more than 10% growth in terms of exhibitions from China in 2019.”
In 2018, Chinese MICE travellers coming to Thailand grew 40%, making China Thailand's top source market for the fifth consecutive year. For exhibitions, China is Thailand’s top source market as well, growing from only 16,000 participants in 2013 to 46,000 participants during 2018, a jump of 187%.
TCEB’s participation at the China Business Forum 2019 in Beijing also proved a huge success. It generated two new potential show leads in the energy and bicycle sectors, comprising over 20 groups of exhibitors. It also saw five visitor groups sourcing MICE opportunities in key Thai industrial sectors of food and agriculture, automobile, construction and building materials, machinery and metal, plastics and packaging, medical devices, logistics, lighting, tourism, robotics, energy, and beauty and make up.