The Bangkok Post reported last week on the forthcoming opening of a new Convention centre that should be bring Khon Kaen closer to becoming the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions hub for the Northeast of Thailand and neighbouring countries.
Phuriwat Limthavornrat, president of the Association of Domestic Travel (ADT) and managing director of P. Incentive Tour Event Co, which specialises in MICE (Meetings, Investment, conventions and exhibitions)and business familiarisation trips, said Khon Kaen’s huge population and high economic growth give it the potential to become the Mice hub in the Northeastern region.
“Once the Khon Kaen Exhibiton Centre opens, Khon Kaen can draw in more business events from nearby provinces nearby and also from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam,” Mr Phuriwat said.
Out of total 22 million people living in the Northeast, 14 million of them (the population of Bangkok and its outskirts) can drive to Khon Kaen in under two hours.
CP Land, a real estate company under Charoen Pokphand Group, will open its Khon Kaen International Convention and Exhibition Center (Kice) on Dec 1.
Kice is being constructed on a 28-rai plot with an investment of nearly 2 billion baht on 15,000 square metres of space.
CP Land’s managing director Naravadee Waravanitcha said Kice will become the biggest convention venue in the province in terms of space, and the third-largest convention centre in Thailand.
According to the company’s study, Khon Kaen comprises 2 million population and has the highest annual income per head in the region with 76,055 baht.
It all bodes well for the area with increased investment (Mr Krit said the company plans to spend 300 million baht to build a 150-room hotel next to the convention centre) together with Khon Kaen Exhibiton Centre great location and increasing economic growth.