Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In this regard, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) would like business event travellers to continue with their travel plans as normal. Kindly be advised of the following:
• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of business travellers but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
• Business travellers should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
• Incentive and tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
• The Government has asked for cooperation from entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and business travellers to facilitate their travelling around the country.
TCEB wishes to inform the international MICE community that Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Some incentive and tourist attractions in the kingdom have adjusted their opening dates and times as a mark of respect. TCEB would like to recommend that business event travellers with travel plans to reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates.
As the government’s flagship body for the MICE sector, TCEB would like to thank all business travellers for their understanding and for supporting Thailand during this period of time
Should business travellers require any further information, please call TCEB office: +66 (0) 2694 6000, TCEB call centre at 1105 (within Thailand only), visit www.tceb.or.th or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture would like to invite both Thai and foreign tourists to visit national museums and historical parks throughout Thailand with FREE ADMISSION from now until 31 January 2017.
* A number of events and festivals will be going ahead as usual. Some celebrations will be scaled back as a mark of respect for the King. The TAT recommends visitors to check with booking and tour agents as well as monitor the local media and government announcements for updates.
* While most cultural and business events are expected to take place as usual, restrictions have been placed on outdoor events, live music and pyrotechnics as a mark of respect.