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IT&CMA tours a grand triumph

October 18, 2014 MICE No Comments Email Email

After the successful culmination of the popular event the IT&CMA, the post-event programmes organised by the Thailand Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) too turned out extremely well, with the participants being significantly happy at their choice of tour.

Sukothai was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has been designated as a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO. Further, two projects in the region, namely, the ‘Organic Agriculture Project’ at Sukothai airport and the Na Ton Chan Community at Ban Tuk, won the PATA Gold Awards in 2012 in the Environment-Ecotourism and Heritage and Culture categories respectively. Sukothai is also being projected as the next MICE destination for small, boutique meetings and events.

The delegates enjoyed the hospitality of the Sukothai Heritage Resort, which is surrounded by rolling, lush green rice fields. Among the many activities that TCEB had planned for their entertainment, they offered morning alms to the monks; undertook a bicycle tour at the Sukothai Historical Park; participated in a paddy planting demonstration; enjoyed a traditional Khantoke dinner and cultural show; learnt Thai cooking and fruit carving in especially organised classes and visited the local bazaars for shopping.

Phuket, the Pearl of the Andamans, is well known for its emerald green sea, colourful coral formations, limestone cliffs, secluded islands and the snorkelling and diving opportunities that it offers deep-sea enthusiasts. Apart from its own beaches, Phuket also allows for easy day excursions to breathtaking smaller islands such as Raya or Phang Nga Bay. Phuket affords something to suit every visitor’s mood, from serene, sheltered coves to the all-night beach party scene. Phuket is also an important MICE destination for Thailand and contributes significantly to the overall MICE numbers and revenue.

TCEB invited delegates on this tour to stay at the prestigious Dusit Thani Laguna Hotel in the sanctuary of Bang Tao bay. The tour commenced with a visit to Old Phuket Town with its quaint mix of Chino-Portuguese architecture. The group enjoyed an elephant trek at the Siam Safari Camp; visits to the local important Wats; a pleasure outing to Phang Nga and a specially hosted meal at the new Re Ka Ta Beach Club in time to witness a spectacular sunset over Kata beach.

All in all, both the post-event tours went off splendidly. Participants left with warm memories of Thai culture, cuisine and hospitality. Most importantly, they were able to experience and assess for themselves the MICE facilities that two other destinations in Thailand – apart from Bangkok – are well equipped to offer.

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