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MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 • Page 71 8TH ANNUAL PCOA CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION 2015 ‘Now is the time’ 29 November - 1 December 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide NEW ZEALAND ASIA PACIFIC register now! Bangkok’s river appeal highlighted BANGKOK River Partners (www.bangkokriverexperi- ence.com) has joined the Team Thailand MICE mar- keting initiative created and administered by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (www.businessev- entsthailand.com). Core members of the river group are the major riverside hotels: The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Peninsula Bangkok, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Shangri-La Bangkok and Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers. They have a portfolio of 4152 rooms and suites, 112 meeting rooms, 15 free hotel shuttle boats, 42 restaurants, 20 boat piers, 13 ballrooms, several spas and more. “The eight Bangkok River hotels offer a wealth of facilities for every business event,” notes BRP director David Rob- inson. “The diverse and flexible MICE venues and features provide local and international event planners an incredible opportunity to hold riverside conventions and functions.” Member hotel sales and events staff are in synch with the BRP presentation of the Chao Phraya and its environs as both a destination in its own right and as sev- eral major pieces of the colourful jigsaw that is Bangkok. Rooms and suites are designed to de- liver optimum river views, certain to spur a ‘wow’ response from even the most experienced or jaded traveller. Heritage sites close at hand are com- plemented by newer attractions such as the dramatic Asiatique night market and Muay Thai boxing show and the evolving Yodpiman River Walk complex along- side city flower and vegetable markets. Both are created on the foundations of riverside commerce, transformed into an experience of appeal to Bangkok locals as well as international visitors. Thailand to merge tourism organisations FIVE Thai organisations dealing with tourism marketing and development are to be restructured in an integration program designed to boost efficiency - including through more robust management and improved usage of resources. The merger will bring together the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Tourism Authority of Thailand, Department of Tourism, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Admin- istration and Chiang Mai’s Pinkanakorn Development Agency. It was approved by the National Reform Council, according to Kongkrit Hiranyakit, spokesman for the council’s committee on agricultural, commercial, tourism and services reform, who said the change was “crucial” because of current management structural weak- nesses that did not allow optimum efficiency in promoting tourism. The integrated ‘tourism super agen- cy’ will come under the tourism policy committee, overseen by the Office of the Prime Minister.