Chiang Mai’s Year of MICE
Three-phase master plan for Chiang Mai to be a Global MICE City
CHIANG MAI A master plan has been drawn to develop Chiang Mai as the MICE destination for Thailand and ASEAN in five years. This was announced after the Chiang Mai MICE Summit, participated by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and eight key government and private organisations in Chiang Mai who will lay the framework to further develop Chiang Mai as a world-class MICE destination. The eight stakeholders who will join forces with TCEB to translate the government’s “Chiang Mai’s Year of MICE” into concrete action are Chiang Mai province, the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration, Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai, TAT Chiang Mai Office, Chiang Mai Creative City (CMCC) and Chiang Mai University.
With more than 33,000 hotel rooms’ inventory and the country’s third largest airport, Chiang Mai has very strong infrastructure advantages to support the city’s plan to become a MICE destination.
The Chiang Mai MICE Destination master plan is divided into three phases. In phase one, which begins in 2013, domestic MICE will be the target while all concerned agencies work together to improve infrastructure. Various education campaigns will run as Chiang Mai is positioned as a strategic MICE City. In phase two, from 2014-2015, promotion will be extended to cover regional cooperation blocks including GMS, BIMSTEC and Chiang Mai Twin Cities. As business and economic growth progresses, the balance between business and cultural development has to be achieved. In phase three (2016-2017), Chiang Mai will be marketed as a Global MICE City, capable of handling global mega events.
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First Singapore property to offer handy smartphones to guests
SINGAPORE Providing travellers to Singapore with unlimited 3G internet, local and international calls to 26 countries, newly opened Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park became the first property in Singapore to offer travellers a unique service called ‘handy’, a convenient smartphone rental service.
Specifically designed for travellers visiting Singapore, ‘handy’ will be available to customers with a one-night package stay at Days Hotel Singapore at an attractive rate of SGD $142. Also available at an affordable rental fee of SGD $18 nett per day, ‘handy’ will provide travellers with a Samsung Galaxy Note device. The device will also be preloaded with a mobile city guide specifically designed for tourists visiting Singapore and a handpicked selection of other travel-friendly smartphone applications. The hotel has teamed up with Tink Labs, a Hong Kong based company, for this service which provides a comprehensive mobile travel platform to inbound travellers.