David has been visiting Thailand for over 30 years and has given presentations at a number of different universities. On this occasion he was invited to give a presentation on `creative event design` to students at Assumption University, Bangkok by Senior Lecturer Scott Smith. (David met Scott at the ASIA MICE Destination Marketing contest that was held in Taipei in September. David was a judge at this student competition and Scott accompanied his students). Assumption University`s campus is truly awesome – fantastic buildings built to an exceptionally high standard – marble adorns both the exterior and interior of the buildings. Whilst Assumption only offers a small curriculum in MICE APIEM will be delighted to work with Scott and his colleagues to expand the provision. This is particularly important as Thailand is establishing itself as the leading MICE destination in the ASEAN community.
After visiting Assumption David had a meeting with the Vice President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau that is within the Prime Minister`s office. David explained the role of APIEM and Vice President Kuhn Supawan fully outlined the objectives and strategy of TCEB. David is returning to Bangkok in January 2017 and will visit Kuhn Supawan again to see how APIEM and TCEB can work together to contribute to the professionalization of Thailand`s MICE/events industry.