Bangkok operating 'normally', says Thailand Convention Bureau

The president of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has stated Bangkok is operating normally following the news that the Royal Thai Army has declared martial law on the capital.

President of TCEB, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai
President of TCEB, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai

Speaking at Imex 2014, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai stated: "Martial law has been put in place to restore peace. All MICE venues and tourist attractions in the capital are operating normally and are easily accessed by any of the usual transport means.

"We think this is a good sign and things will end soon. Our targets will remain the same."

Despite the reassuring message, Maythaveekulchai also revealed that the TCEB are predicting fewer business travellers in 2014.

More than one million business travellers visited Thailand in 2013 but only 987,000 visitors are predicted to travel to the country this year.

In addition, despite a 14% rise in conferences during the first quarter of the year, the overall number of business events recorded in the first quarter has fallen by 3%.

Maythaveekulchai added: "There have been a few cancellations in meetings and incentives, but on the exhibition part there are no cancellations at all.

"The quality of business traveller is more important than the number of people who come to Thailand and we’ve put in place a policy to increase quality."

The political unrest first hit Thailand's C&I industry in January with the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok confirming the cancellation of several business events.

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