Event planners may be well aware that Bangkok has a wide selection of quality event venues, but MICE offerings in other parts of Thailand can also pack a punch.
by Sirima Eamtako
Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Officially named the International Convention and Exhibition Centre Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary, the facility was opened this year spanning a total of 130,400 sqm with a usable space of 60,000 sqm. The main 12m-tall exhibition hall, divisible into three halls, offers a space of 7938 sqm for up to 610 exhibition booths. When combined with the Ratchaphreuk Convention Hall, it can hold up to 880 exhibition booths.
The Ratchaphreuk Convention Hall has a space of 3400 sqm for up to 3000 people theatre-style. In addition, there are 29 meeting rooms able to seat between 100 and 700 pax. There are four outdoor exhibition areas with a combined space of 7773 sqm.
Facilities and amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, six loading docks for up to 1000kg per sqm, a fully-equipped business centre, restaurants and food court overlooking Doi Suthep mountain, VIP rooms, Muslim prayer room, childcare centre, first aid centre, convenience stores, a post office, accommodation and tour booking service for over 700 hotels in Chiang Mai and across the country, souvenir shops, and parking areas for more than 3000 vehicles.
The centre is located approximately 15 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport, and 10 minutes from Chiang Mai city centre.
Hat Yai International Convention Centre
Officially named the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne International Convention Center, the facility is the largest and most modern in Southern Thailand.
The centre can accommodate up to 4000 people for seminars and conferences, as well as international exhibitions. It features two large meeting modules on either side of a spacious, open-air activity zone, with three soaring portals to welcome visitors and walkways leading to event areas. The architecture is distinctive, contemporary Southern Thai style.
Through enhanced use of daylight, the 15,000 sqm of usable event space is designed to be energy efficient. Its state-of-the-art facilities include the 3000-sqm convention hall, 960-sqm conference hall, eight seminar rooms and a 3100-sqm outdoor activity zone, all supported by cutting-edge audio-visual equipment and security systems.
Formerly known as Prince of Songkla University International Convention Center, the facility is situated within the Hat Yai campus of Prince of Songkla University or
nine kilometres from Hat Yai International Airport. The centre is operated by NCC Management and Development, who also manages the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok.