Thailand will be bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, President of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Mr Akapol Sorasuchart told international media in Chiang Mai on September 10, 2010 during a TCEB media familiarisation trip.
This followed Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's announcement five days earlier at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 that the Thai cabinet has approved TCEB's proposal to bring the mega event to Thailand.
TCEB has embarked on a feasibility study with other public and private organisations on three shortlisted provinces: Ayutthaya, Chonburi and Chiang Mai. The results will be revealed in four months' time.
"China proved that a developing nation can do it. In 10 years, we believe an ASEAN country can do it, Mr Akapol said. "It is the best way to convince people to 'Believe in Thailand' and the best thing to happen to Thailand and ASEAN."
In its initial estimate, TCEB is targeting 30 million visitors from Southeast Asia alone, or 3.5 per cent of the region's total population.
The bidding to host World Expo 2020 will start in 2011 and the winner announced in 2014.