Thailand will organise the inaugural Thailand International Air Show at the U-Tapao international Airport in Pattaya in 2025.
Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and event chairman, said: “Having this first Thailand International Air Show will open a new dimension in many aspects, such as promoting Thailand as an exhibition center, and aerospace trade. It is a large-scale international event from the initiative of TCEB and is the driving force of Thailand’s high-technology industry to the global market.”
The event promotes Thailand as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and exporters of aircraft parts. According to information from the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), Thailand in 2018 exported aircraft parts and related equipment to the tune of USD$3.18 billion, or around a hundred trillion baht. The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) has a policy to develop U-Tapao International Airport and the Eastern Aviation City in the EEC area to elevate Thailand into the hub of ASEAN aviation industry.
TCEB has initiated and pushed forward the “Thailand International Air Show” to occur in Thailand under the concept of Future of Aerospace, which presents a position that emphasizes innovation in the future (Innovation Technology) to reflect the image of Thailand 4.0 in all sectors, whether civil, commercial or security.
The idea and concept of bringing the proposed world-class trade show to Thailand can be traced back to 2017 when TCEB responded to the industry 4.0 policy. In 2018, TCEB began studying data on air show events.
TCEB aims to elevate the aviation and logistic industries of Thailand and to prepare the entrepreneurs in MICE industry in the area to support “Thailand International Air Show” through “Road to Air Show” project. The organization has initiated a trade fair and MICE industry conference under the name “Aviation & LOG-IN Week”, which is a combination of shows, conferences, and mega events to increase the opportunity to participate and to add value to the business or industry.
TCEB anticipates that from 2023 to 2027, there will be a total of 28 new events in the EEC area as part of the project “Aviation & LOG- IN Week,” with the Thailand International Air Show generating a positive economic impact to Thailand of over 8 billion baht during that time period.
“The Thailand International Air Show is a great response to NEO Pattaya’s strategy in order to push Pattaya to be a Smart City, the center of economy, investment, and transportation in the Eastern region,” said Sontaya Kunplome, Pattaya Mayor. “The planning for this event is in line with Pattaya City’s goal of becoming a Smart City.”
U-Tapao International Airport will be another significant Thai airport that will meet the new normal lifestyle in terms of tourism, business, and housing. Pattaya City’s new age, like that of other world-class international cities, will be enhanced by Digital Transformation technology, providing greater convenience for residents, businesspeople, and tourists.
Pattaya stands out as the focal point of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development projects via numerous digital platforms. The effort will be able to build and improve the economy not only in Pattaya City, but also at the national level, distributing revenue to the people, including diverse entrepreneurs.
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