I had the opportunity earlier this month to visit Thailand as part of a competition for MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) bloggers sponsored by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.
As one of five finalists, we started out in Bangkok—a vibrant, congested, huge city. We were then sent to five separate regions in the country. I was assigned the country’s second largest city, Chiang Mai.
After a four-day visit that included many hotel and venue site inspections (among them a jaw-dropping new convention and exhibition center), a number of temples and other attractions, and eating way to much yummy food, we gathered back in Bangkok for one last day.
Taking 29 hours from door to door on the way there and 25 hours on the way home, it was a long way to go for eight days. But so worth it! The people and culture were delightful, welcoming and charming.
It was an amazing trip and it illustrated to me why international trade show companies like Tarsus and Diversified Business Communications are partnering and buying exhibition companies in the country. Thailand is more than ready to do meetings and exhibition business. Prices are reasonable, there are plenty of hotel rooms (at all price points) and the basic infrastructure (unlike India, for example) is there.
As part of the competition, I’m posting about my adventures, the venues and hotels through Feb. 25. You can read them at http://www.thailandmicereview.com/.
Stephanie S. Selesnick is president of International Trade Information, a longtime global exhibition industry specialist helping U.S show organizers increase international participation in their exhibitions and a well-known speaker and trainer. Follow her on Twitter at @stephselesnick.