Thailand launches first online portal for business events
The website features business profiles of around 600 suppliers, including hotels, exhibition/convention centres, DMCs, tour operators, event organisers and restaurants, from nine areas of the country, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui.
Developed by Image Asia Events (IMAGE asia), meetinthailand.com also features a Wish List that allows users to save possible options as they browse, as well as an automated Request For Proposal feature that sends a detailed enquiry direct to the user’s short list of suppliers in the Wish List with a single click.
IMAGE asia business development manager Markus Vogt said so far the response to the portal has been positive.
“Obviously, we’re still in the early stages of reaching out to national and international MICE buyers but even during our rolling launch phase, we’re seeing satisfying growth in visitors per month (at around 250 per cent from January to June 2017) to what is, after all, a very niche website,” said Vogt.
Vogt said the next phase is about encouraging more hotels, venues and other suppliers to upgrade their profiles to include more detailed information, multimedia products and downloadable brochures.
“Our objective is to give venues and suppliers in Thailand’s MICE and weddings industries an opportunity to showcase their offerings in a detailed, searchable, multimedia environment, which they can access and update themselves using comprehensive, secure back end tools,” he said.