As a leading metropolis in Asia, Bangkok has extensive experience in hosting countless international meetings but now with the return of its Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), the city can provide flexible solutions for events of all types. One of those that will mark the 2023 agenda is the highly antecipated 62nd ICCA congress where several delegates and members (such as HQ) will be attending in November.
Five times larger than its predecessor, the new QSNCC is a versatile and modern venue that embraces Thai identity with sustainability and well-being in mind. With a total space of 300,000 square metres, the new centre offers 8 exhibition halls, 4 conference halls, 4 plenary halls, 50 meeting rooms and a greater variety of commercial spaces. Its accessibility to the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) and the 3,000 indoor parking spaces make the QSNCC the most convenient centre in Bangkok CBD.
QSNCC was the stage that the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) chose for its 62nd congress, which will be held from 12 to 15 November 2023 in Bangkok. One of the largest annual events in the global MICE calendar, ICCA congress is attended by members representing more than 1,000 public and private organisations from over 100 countries. The ICCA’s decision also demonstrates the con dence of the association meetings industry in Thailand, this being the third time that the renowned congress will be held in the Land of the Smiles after the 1985 edition in Bangkok and 2007 in Pattaya. “ICCA is very much looking forward to bringing our 62nd congress to Bangkok. We are thrilled to be partnering with the QSNCC, a truly remarkable state-of-the-art venue, and one that will give our delegates a complete and unforgettable congress experience. We are working closely with stakeholders and partners in Thailand to ensure we all deliver something that goes beyond usual expectations to leave a lasting cultural and professional impact on those attending,” says Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO.
The ICCA congress is centred on sustainability and the creative potential for reimagining cities and communities. QSNCC’s refurbishment emphasizes sustainability, showcasing green building practices that reduce pollutants and divert construction waste. Key features include energy-effcient architecture, green spaces, and eco-friendly waste management. This environmentally friendly space management will be showcased at this year’s ICCA congress, a carbon-neutral conference that will prove to delegates Thailand’s firm commitment to sustainability.
Technologically, QSNCC upgraded its infrastructure to support high-speed Internet and implemented contactless access and advanced security measures. The newly added “BALM” − Bangkok’s Active Lifestyle Mall − offers a diverse retail experience over 11,000m2 including F&B, café, spa, sports outlet, bookstore, pharmacy, convenience stores, co-working space, and shower station. Conveniently located within QSNCC, and easily accessible via MRT transit and Benjakitti Forest Park, it enhances the convention experience, providing relaxation and exploration opportunities for delegates before and after the ICCA congress.
“We look forward to showcasing how ICCA uses the power of education, innovation, and collaboration to shape our wider industry, and in doing so, benefit society. So, the programme is planned, the people are coming, the days are counting down until we can all enjoy the colour, the spectacle, and the hospitality that only Bangkok can deliver,” summarised Gopinath.
“QSNCC intends to heighten the value of the meetings where inspiration is ignited and experience is inscribed in meeting attendees. ICCA Annual congress in Bangkok is a perfect fit for us as it is a high-profile gathering of meeting professionals of all generations across the globe. The venue’s ambience, sustainability initiatives, convenient location and accessibility, green space, world-class facilities, professional staff and Thai hospitality are key ingredients for the enhanced value we are to deliver with our heart and soul. We are certain that QSNCC will create inspiration and memorable experiences for all ICCA delegates,” concludes Surapol Utintu, CEO, N.C.C. Management & Development Co., Ltd, the operator of QSNCC.
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