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Live from IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2006
Suvarnabhumi to lift Pattaya
 
Mark Bode, Pattaya  (2006-10-10)

THE opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport will result in a shift in MICE business, with Pattaya set to be the big beneficiary, according to delegates attending IT&CMA.

With the transfer time to Pattaya substantially reduced by the launch of Bangkok's new international airport, delegates said the resort city would wrestle business away from the capital. Delegates agreed, however, that the opening of the airport was a win-win situation for Pattaya and Bangkok, as well as other key destinations in Thailand.

India-based Holiday World managing director, Mr K Vijaya Mohan, said Pattaya would reap a major return from Suvarnabhumi. He said: "Generally, groups spend two nights in Bangkok and two nights in Pattaya, but that has now changed to three nights in Pattaya and one night in Bangkok." The reduced drive time to Pattaya was the reason for the shift in business, he said.

The business community is certainly convinced the airport will have a substantial impact on Pattaya's MICE returns.

Meanwhile, Amari Hotels & Resorts is constructing a standalone conference centre at its Pattaya property and Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya is expanding its convention facility while a spate of major hotel brands plans to open properties in the destination.

 
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