Thailand to host mega Chinese convention

(L-R) Kai Tu, chairman of the 2019 IDA Annual Meeting and TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya.

Thailand is hosting its largest Chinese convention with the 2019 International Dragon Award (IDA) Annual Congress opening tomorrow at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

The event will be attended by 7500 international delegates who are expected to generate revenue of up to 640 million Baht (US$20.7 million) during the four-day event.

The congress was secured with the help of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).

“We won this event in 2017, following an inspection trip to Thailand by IDA Committee,” said TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya.

“We then attended the 2018 event in Yunnan last year to extend an invitation to their delegates to attend the 2019 edition in Thailand.

“This highlights the importance of the Chinese market to TCEB and Thailand and helps raise the profile of Thailand as a conference destination.  Thailand has a record profile of hosting mega-size convention every year and the 2019 IDA Annual Congress will be a trademark of such scale event for the Kingdom, as well as reiterates the country’s readiness and ability to host large and important international MICE events.”

The IDA Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the Worldwide Chinese Life Insurance Congress (WCLIC) biennially.

“After an extensive search, we are pleased to select Bangkok as the location for our annual IDA conference, especially as we mark the 20th anniversary since IDA commenced in 1998,” said Kai Tu, chairman of the 2019 IDA Annual Meeting.

“In fact, this is the second time that the IDA conference will be taking place in Thailand, and we are grateful for TCEB’s continued support and collaboration in helping us to bring the conference to the lovely city of Bangkok.

“Nearly 8000 delegates and 300 senior executives from 17 countries, in addition to over 200 leading financial services and insurance institutions will attend our annual meeting, which aims to facilitate further learning and discussions about our industry. We hope the four-day intensive meetings, against the backdrop of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage, local attractions and gracious hospitality, will make this a memorable experience for all delegates.”