MICE Overview

The total number of visitors to Thailand has grown rapidly over the past 15 years from around eight million arrivals in 1998 to almost up to thirty million in 2015 (Thailand Office of Tourism Development). During the same period, inbound business events (MICE) travel grew on average by about 7-10% per year and accounts for 6-7% of all inbound visitors.

Despite months of political demonstrations in 2013-14, followed by a military coup (Thailand's 19th) in May 2014, the main quasi-governmental body charged with developing Thailand’s MICE industry is in full swing.
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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Meeting international standards, and telling the world the ‘MICE Thailand’ story, are key to TCEB’s approachmore...

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Thailand Incentive & Convention Association (TICA)

TICA was set up in 1984 by theThai government and the private sector. It operates as a non-profit organisation to supportmore...

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Thailand MICE Basic Facts

  • Thailand’s MICE industry has been growing steadily since 2010, with the number of MICE travelers rising frommore...

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MICE trends in recent years

Given the political upheavals in Thailand in 2013/14, the 2014 military coup and the (hardly noticeable) martial lawmore...

Not just an exotic destination

TCEB leads the way in pushing Thailand’s MICE operators to meet international standards. The kingdom is already the leading Green Meetings destination in Asia, which means cost savings of up to 20% for event organisers, and TCEB provides support to companies working in the business events field to achieve ISO 50001 Energy Management System accreditation. On another front, MICE caterers are being strongly encouraged to seek accreditation for ISO 22000, the global standard and food management system, while Thailand is only the second MICE destination in the world to implement and encourage certification in the new standard ISO 20121, the Event Sustainability Management System.
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Recognition

Accolades are nothing new for Thailand, which is recognised as one of the world’s most desirable destinationsmore...

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Air travel

Thailand, an aspiring regional air travel hub, has approximately 47 operational airports or airstrips of various sizesmore...

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Shipments by sea

Of interest mainly to exhibitors at international exhibitions in Thailand, the two major sea ports are Laem Chabang, in Chonburimore...

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Getting around

There are currently only two practical means of travel for MICE groups between Thailand's cities and regions: Air and roadmore...

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Key MICE cities

As part of TCEB’s marketing drive, five key MICE cities have been identified. These aremore...

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ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

Although possibly a little behind schedule, there is no doubt that the AEC goal of “regional economic integration”will be realisedmore...

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