Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB recently organised the 11th Connection Plus 2016, under the theme of 'Special Edition', on Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province, to raise awareness of Thailand's capabilities to host successful corporate meetings and incentive travel events. Leading MICE agencies from 15 countries including Australia, Indonesia, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, UK, Canada, and US were seen enjoying the 'exclusive' services catered especially to business event travellers on the pristine island paradise MICE destination, an alternative to Thailand's five key MICE Cities. At the opening ceremony, Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, president of TCEB presided over the event, which was held exclusively at the prestigious and luxurious YL Residence.
Delegates at Connection Plus 2016 were able to gain first-hand experience of the high capabilities of newly opened MICE operators on Koh Samui such as riding ATVs, diving and snorkelling, canoeing and kayaking, and planting artificial coral reefs as a part of a CSR programme. While in Bangkok, a caravan of tuk-tuks ushered participants around the Rattanakosin heritage district, as well as a royal cruise on the Chao Phraya, also known as the 'River of Kings'.
Connection Plus is one of the key initiatives to propel Thailand's Meetings and Incentive Travel sectors by reinforcing the positive image of the Thai MICE industry and capabilities among high potential buyers, and providing an opportunity for Thai MICE operators to showcase new and innovative products and services. The activity forms part of TCEBs strategy to reaffirm Thailand's leadership position as the premiere meetings and incentive travel destination in Asia, and to help achieve this year's target of 1,060,000 MICE travellers, contributing 92 billion baht revenue to the Thai economy.
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Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB shared opening remarks at the 11th Connection Plus 2016: Special Edition at YL residences, Koh Samui
Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President and Ms. Nooch Homrossukhon, Director of Meetings and Incentives, TCEB along with delegates joined the artificial coral reef planting CSR activity
A special caravan of tuk tuks toured around the Rattanakosin heritage district
Adventurous activities included ATV riding and island hoping