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In a move to boost the number of “quality” tourists, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is preparing to seek Cabinet approval of its plan to restructure its duties.
Apart from being the coordinator for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), TCEB has also planned to expand its role to act as the representative for MICE-related organizations and the official facilitator for MICE travelers.
According to TCEB Chairman Weerasak Kowsurat, the bureau is preparing to seek Cabinet approval for legal amendments so that it can go ahead with its plan.
TCEB aims to expedite MICE-related visa applications, by shouldering some of the administration work on behalf of local agencies. These operations include signing MOUs and customs inspections of MICE goods.
Mr. Weerasak explained that the idea is to make Thailand become the first country in Asia to issue visas related to MICE, healthcare tourism, and filmmaking, in a bid to attract “quality” tourists.