Thai CVB rejigs after top man quits

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is rejigging operations following the resignation of director-general Peerapong Oeusoonthornwattana. The current TCEB chairman of the Bangkok-based executive committee, Kajit Habanananda has been appointed as temporary director-general. Recruitment of a replacement is expected to take about four months. Habanananda said a priority will be placed on winning conventions and associations as Thailand looks to compete with Singapore and Hong Kong. Upcoming developments in Thailand include a new convention centre in Chiang Mai and Bangkok’s Central World Hotel Convention & Exhibition Centre, which is due to open in mid-2007. Maggie Greenstock, MICE manager at the UK office of the TCEB, said the Bangkok reshuffle could lead to changes in the UK organisation. The recent coup, which has deposed the government of Taksin Shinawatra in September, has not affected the C&I sector, she said. “It was a peaceful coup, and now that the King, who the Thais revere, has backed it, they will accept the change.”

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