Monday, November 14, 2011

MICE business continues in pockets for Thailand

News this week: According to a report on TTGAsia, MICE activities taking place at Thailand’s far north and south regions are operating as usual despite reports of heavy flooding throughout the country. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has scheduled a group of 300 international buyers to attend two travel marts in the Northern city of Chiang Mai and Phuket in southwest Thailand this month.

One Bangkok-based destination management company reportedly retained eight out of 10 of their incentive groups booked between October and November, but only by diverting to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai or Phuket.

Additionally, Bangkok’s international airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, is also reported to be open and fully operational, although some domestic flights have been diverted to Suvarnabhumi due to the closure of Don Mueang Airport. TTGAsia reported an increase of 20% year-on-year in October passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport, while hotel bookings of domestic guests in Chiang Mai also increased despite some cancellations from overseas.

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