THAILAND is gearing up to host more events, including two from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Thailand will co-host Regional World Tourism Day with UNWTO in Ayuthaya from November 26 to 28. The event’s theme will be in line with the country’s year-long celebrations to mark Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s seventh cycle birthday on December 5, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The 24th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commission for East Asia and Pacific and UNWTO Commission for South Asia will be held in Bangkok in March 2012. Vietnam hosted about 300 delegates last year, while this year’s meeting will be held in Sri Lanka from March 24 to 26.
Meanwhile, Thailand will also be hosting the World Sports Destination Expo’s Sport Tourism Expo from September 27 to 29 in Bangkok. The expo offers a trading platform for the US$600 billion-a-year global sports tourism market.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is expecting 720,000 MICE visitors this year, up from an estimated 630,000 visitors in 2010.