Tag Archives: China

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre bags outstanding venue award

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has won the Outstanding Venue Award at the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations) Awards 2016 in Xiamen, China. General Manager, Alan Pryor, said, “We have a huge passion for the business events industry which extends beyond our own venue. This is evidenced by our ongoing commitment to industry advocacy, professional development, environmental sustainability and product innovation, which elevates our contribution to the development of the industry supply chain.”

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Thailand doubles VoA fee to 2,000 baht

Starting from September 27, 2016, Thailand, by the order of Ministry of Interior, will increase its VoA fee from 1,000 to 2,000 THB. Tourists from 19 countries including India, Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are entitled to apply for VoA at 42 designated immigration checkpoints, which will allow tourists to stay in the country for up to 15 days.

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Thailand MICE garners 60.5bn baht in first fiscal

Thailand had welcomed 750,742 MICE travellers, generating 60.593 billion baht MICE revenue during the first three quarters of the 2016 fiscal year. A total of 393,859 visitors, and 29.664 billion baht were from the meetings and incentives sector. The top 3 MI markets for visitors were India, China, and Singapore. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said, “The results of a study on economic impact in 2015 show that the Thai MICE industry helped generate total expenditure of 220 billion baht for the country’s economy, while generating 164,427 jobs, and benefiting industry networking, as well as building our brand and capabilities.”

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9th Kerala Travel Mart to host 57 countries

The ninth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will host 57 countries with 10 first-time participants in Kochi from September 27 till 30. The new participants include China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Georgia, Chile, Greece, Iran and Botswana. “KTM has always placed  emphasis on the identification of quality buyers from new countries on retaining participation levels from conventional markets. With 10 new nations confirmed to participate this year, our efforts have borne fruit,” KTM Society President, Abraham George said.

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Business travellers bring in 39,671 bn baht to Thailand

According to the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in the first half of the 2016 fiscal year,  from October 2015 to March 2016, Thailand welcomed 493,384 business events travellers, earning the Thai economy more than 39,671 billion baht (approximately US$1,116 million). The top five markets during this period were China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. India stood tall with the number of MICE travellers, in the last fiscal, at 102,972 paxs. TCEB initiated a International  Familiarisation trip to showcase emerging destinations around Thailand, while highlighting Bangkok and Chiang Rai.

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Global business travel spend surges: GBTA

The global business travel spend has been consistently growing  five per cent over 2014, topped $1.2 trillion USD in 2015, and is forecasted to reach 1.3 trillion in 2016, according to the GBTA BTI™ Outlook–Annual Global Report & Forecast, the education and research arm of GBTA. The report predicts that the global business travel spend would advance 5.8 per cent on average over the next five years, reaching $1.6 trillion in 2020. China emerged as the largest business travel market in the world in 2015 at $291 billion.

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