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CITY PROFILEIssue 8 | 2011 www.68exhibition-world.netQSNCCSIZE: 20,000sqmEXHIBITION HALLS: 2LOCATION: Central BangkokUSEFUL CONTACTSTHAILAND CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION BUREAUt: +66 2 694 6000f: +66 2 658 1411info@tceb.or.thBITECt: +66 2 749 3939 f: +66 2 749 3949panitthab@bitec.netPhilippines, Singapore, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.Thailand (and for the most part Bangkok) was also the highest-scoring ASEAN country in terms of the number of UFI-recognised international exhibitions hosted at 74. The association estimated total revenue to be US$132.6m.New playersAlong with China and South Korea, Thailand is one of the few Asian countries increasing its exhibition capacity. Two venues are opening outside Bangkok including the 30,000sqm Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Centre (2015) and the 10,000sqm International Convention and Exhibition Centre Chiang Mai (2012).As the hub of the ASEAN region's exhibition industry, Bangkok is consistently striving to improve its exhibition offering. Although the Government-backed organiser may compete with internationals, TCEB's promotions and the welcoming air of the city itself make it an effective destination for business and pleasure. VENUE INFORMATION:Although not as large as the other two exhibition venues listed here, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center makes up for it with location. It sits right in the middle of Bangkok, near several other event venues including Paragon (12,000sqm) and Centara (10,000sqm). Surrounded by 4- and 5-star hotels, the venue is easily accessible by road or mass transit. The QSNCC has played host to the United Nations and other prestigious events as well as exhibitions. Although it is as much a conference venue as it is a trade fair hall, it is effective for smaller shows.BANGKOKBITECSIZE: 50,000sqmEXHIBITION HALLS: 8LOCATION: Bang Na, BangkokVENUE INFORMATION:Opening in 1997, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) has since risen in status as a major exhibition venue.The venue was selected by TCEB to host Thailand's fi ve core industries' event under the campaign Better the Best in 2011. It also won the UFI Operations Award in 2007 and is certifi ed by the MICE Security Management System TIS 22300.As well as 15-metre ceilings and 32 loading docks for ease of access, BITEC benefi ts from many meeting rooms and business centres, VIP areas, a press room and even a children's crèche.IMPACTSIZE: 140,000sqmEXHIBITION HALLS: 12LOCATION: Amphoe Pak Kret, BangkokVENUE INFORMATION:Sitting a short drive from Bangkok, Impact is Thailand's largest exhibition venue by far. It boasts a 12,000-seat arena-style concert hall, the 30,000sqm Impact Convention Centre, 47,000sqm Impact Exhibition Centre and Impact Challenger and a 60,000sqm column-free exhibition hall which the company claims is the world's largest column-free expo space. Novotel Bangkok Impact offers 381 rooms of 4-star onsite accommodation specifi cally geared towards MICE travellers. A neighbouring lake adds 100,000sqm of outdoor space.BANGKOK'S KEY VENUES IN PROFILEIMPACT t: +66 2 833 4455f: +66 2 833 4456info@impact.co.thBANGKOK EXHIBITION SERVICESt: +66 2 615 1255f: +66 2 615 2992enquiry@besallworld.comTHAI EXHIBITION ASSOCIATIONt: +66 2 744 5370f: +66 2 744 5371tea@thaitradeshow.com