Flooding in Thailand Continues to Affect Meetings Industry

 Flooding continues to affect parts of Bangkok and provinces surrounding Thailand's central region along the Chao Phraya River. According to a press release from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, 14 meetings and events planned in and around Bangkok this quarter saw revenue losses estimated at US$97.1 million, and MICE visitor numbers are down by an estimated 96,000. In addition, Don Mueang International Airport, in the northern area of the capital and which is mostly used for domestic flights, has been closed since last week, although Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country’s main international hub, and all other airports, rail lines and bus services remain open. In many other areas, the meetings industry is continuing as usual. Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and other popular tourist destinations around Thailand remain unaffected, and “even in Bangkok itself, visitors will find that the heart of the city, where the majority of tourists are accommodated, is dry,” said Srisuda Wanapinyosak, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in a statement. The flooding is said to be the worst to hit the country in more than 50 years.