Thailand will build a new convention centre on its East coast to attract events related to high-tech industries. Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya says a feasibility study has been conducted and the new venue will be located in one of three provinces: Rayong, Chonburi or Chachoengsao.
Subject to final government approval, the convention centre is scheduled to be completed in March 2020. It will complement and add to the meetings capacity provided by the two other large convention venues in nearby Pattaya – Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and Nong Nooch Garden.
The construction of the convention centre is in tandem with the Eastern Economic Corridor initiative, targeted at enabling the region to take shape as a high-tech production region. Presently, the eastern coastal region is developing an aerospace metropolis that comprises U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport as well as aviation related businesses.
TCEB’s has proposed for the development of the eastern coast, the launch of a regular air show in Thailand in 2023 or 2024 to “boost the area’s reputation as an aero metropolis”, said Chiruit. TCEB is also planning to establish an ASEAN MICE Institute and the first TCEB branch in the same area.