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Recommendations regarding Mourning Period of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Thailand’s MICE situation update 18 October 2016

TCEB STATEMENT

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Thailand’s MICE situation update

18 October 2016

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 all business events travellers to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, 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 the cooperation from the 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 any business events travellers with travel plans 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 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 info@tceb.or.th.

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