BANGKOK, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Actions taken by
the Thai government and private agencies since the outbreak of 2019
Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have raised the confidence within the
MICE industry as 24 international and regional conventions and
exhibitions involving more than 40,000 participants will proceed as
planned over the next three months.
According to Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
President Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, key MICE events will
proceed as scheduled. These include 18 global and regional
conventions scheduled to take place from February to April in
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket with a combined total of 17,800
delegates. In addition, Thailand
is also set to host six international exhibitions from now until
March with an expected turnout of 24,546 visitors.
He said Thai authorities and business operators have strictly
followed the guidelines set by the UN's World Health Organization
and will continue to do so in the fight against Covid-19.
"The Covid-19 only reminds us that we have tackled the spread of
other viruses before so we are again working closely with all
relevant parties to manage this situation. We are aware of WHO's
recommendation -- to control the spark before it becomes a
fire. So we are taking measures to control both the outbreak and
the panic to achieve that goal".
Stringent screening has been in place at all international
airports in Thailand since
January 3, 2020. Thermoscan
surveillance and health checks are ongoing at Suvarnabhumi, Don
Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Krabi airports. Our healthcare
personnel are on standby to render emergency support.
Standard operating procedures already implemented include
separation of flights and passengers from an infected origin
country and other special arrangements such as the despatch of
suspected patients to a Ministry of Public Health hospital for
treatment, Mr Chiruit said.
Airports of Thailand have
stepped up their maintenance regime with more frequent disinfection
of high contact areas such as door knobs and countertops. All
arriving passengers now receive a "Health Beware Card" in Chinese,
English and Thai.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism and
Sports have also issued advisories to travel agencies and airlines,
instructing them to monitor and scale up health checks to ensure
the safety and wellbeing of all visitors to the country.
Event venues, hotels and establishments with international
visitors have been taking additional measures to prevent infection
and transmission. Venue owners are installing Thermoscan cameras at
the entrance to their properties and providing more alcohol-based
sanitisers throughout their premises.
The six TCEB-supported international exhibitions scheduled up to
March 2020 are Future Energy Asia by
DMG Events, Thailand Coffee and Bakery 2020 by Kavin Intertrade,
CPhl SEA 2020 by Informa Markets, VIV Health & Nutrition Asia
2020 by VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, VICTAM Asia by Victam
International BV and The Road & Traffic Thailand by Terrapinn.
VIV Health & Nutrition and VICTAM Asia are among the
nine new exhibitions to debut in Thailand this year, which is expected to
increase net space sold by 49,464 sqm. The other new shows are
Maintenance and Resilience Asia, ASEANBIKE, Thailand Marine
Offshore Expo, The Road & Traffic Expo, Cosmoprof CBE ASEAN,
LOGIMAT and Medialab Asia Pacific.
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SOURCE Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)