TEA : Thai Exhibition Association

The Thai Exhibition Association or commonly known as the TEA, is the association of exhibition related business of exhibition organizers, exhibition centres, exhibition stand contractors, freight forwarders and related suppliers dedicated to the promotion and development of exhibitions in Thailand.

The Thai Exhibition Association “TEA” (www.thaitradeshow.com) was founcled in accordance with the Trade Association Act of 1996, under the supervision of the Trade Association Registrar Office, Bangkok Metropolitan in the year 2007. Among the objectives of the Association are to promote the Association, and the operation and servicing of national and international exhibitions for exhibitors and visitors; to earn revenue for the country by promoting Thailand as a location for national and international exhibitions; to promote international standards of facilities and services for exhibitors; and to promote and facilitate cooperation among members and to exchange information and ideas related to national and international trade exhibitions to cooperate with the government and the private sector, e.g. organizations, associations, companies and individuals which the Association considers beneficial to our Association.

TEA's main activities are

• To represent the majority of the Thai Exhibition industry in various local and international organizations
• To promote Thailand 's exhibition industry globally
• To consult the various Government agencies and other non-governmental bodies on development and structural improvements
• To develop industry specific training programs and assist in University curriculum development The TEA is run by a group of nine elected representatives from all categories of exhibition related organizations in the country.

The Thai Exhibition Industry

Thailand's exhibitions now draws over 10.4 million visitors to these events, generating a staggering 22,000 million baht of revenues utilizing over 3 million square metres of exhibition space in various international standard exhibition centres.

Thailand 's Exhibition Statistics

• Space utilized annually : 3,000,000 sq.m.
• 6.5 billion baht on space sales
• 5.5 billion baht revenue for related suppliers
• 10 billion baht revenue for the country through spending of foreign visitors.
• Employs 10,00 personnel, will need 10,000 more in 2010
• Joint venture between local & overseas organizers are now common in Thailand

A brief History of modern exhibitions in Thailand - to - Where we are now.

Thailand 's exhibition industry came of age with the opening of its first purpose-built exhibition centre in 1997, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. In spite of a challenging economic environment in the 1990s, Thailand has experienced rapid growth in its trade exhibition sector. Factors contributing to its rapid growth include the availability of world-class purpose-built exhibition venues and facilities, the considerable experience of resident Professional Exhibition Organisers (PEOs) and the country's exceptional economic performance, with strong growth in high-profile trade sectors such as food, automobiles, tourism and jewellery, etc.

Complementing Thailand 's impressive economic performance, there has also been an enormous increase in exhibition space of international standard. Today Thailand has over 250,000 square meters of exhibition space in 6 main exhibition centres, such as IMPACT which has 140,000 sp.m. and is the largest exhibition hall in ASEAN, and second in largest in all of Asia , BITEC with 36,000 sq.m. (Voted by organizers as one of the top five venues for exhibitions and conventions in the Asia – Pacific region for the years 2006 : CEI magazine survey), QSNCC with over 20,000 sq.m. with feture expansion plans announced, the PEACH hall in Pattaya and the new Royal Paragon hall with 8,000 sq.m.

Exhibition Space in Thailand 's Exhibition Centers (square meters)

Many of Thailand's exhibitions are now the largest of it's kind for certain industries in ASEAN.Notable exhibitions in include METALEX, INTERMACH, VIV ASIA, THAIFEX WORLD OF FOOD, PROPAK, BIG, TIFF, MOTORSHOW, MOTOR EXPO, etc. These internationally renowned exhibitions attract over 120,000 participants form abroad which generates over 10,300 million baht from their spending in Thailand on food, shopping, transportation, accommodations, etc. This does not include revenue generated from sales and transactions at exhibitions between buyers and sellers, good examples are MOTOR SHOW and MOTOR EXPO in which over 10,000 cars are sold at each exhibition.

Thailand 's own sizable population of over 65 million people with a reachable market of ASEAN which is over 500 million persons, Thailand is most suitable to be the hub of exhibitions in the region. Also, as a key founding member of the ten – nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and a gateway to five other less developed but growing economies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam and China's Yunnan Province, there is no other country better placed in simple geographic terms to exploit regional exhibition potential in the overlapping ASEAN and GMS markets than Thailand.

Given Thailand 's robust economic climate with annualized GDP growth running at around five to six percent over the past four years, bureaucratic bottlenecks and institutional dampeners on business development are being swept away in an ongoing process that strongly favours many sectors, not least the exhibition industry.

Some major exhibitions in Thailand
The Bangkok Intl Motor show : Automobiles
The Motor Expo : Automobiles
Metalex Asia : Machinery and capital goods
Intermach : Machinery and capital goods
BIFF & BILL : Fashion and leather products
Propak Asia : Plastics and packaging
VIV ASIA : Live stock
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry fair : Gems and Jewelry
TIFF : Furniture
Thaifex – World of Food : Food
BIG & BIH : gifts and household goods
PAST & PRESENT TEA PRESIDENT
 
 
 
2017 - 2018
Mr. Talun Theng
 
2015 - 2016
Mrs. Prapee Buri
 
 
 
2013 - 2014
Mr. Patrapee Chinachoti
 
2011 - 2012
Mr. Pravit Sribanditmongkol
 
 
 
2009 - 2010
Mr. Patrapee Chinachoti
 
2007 - 2008
Mr. Patrapee Chinachoti
 
 
 
2005 - 2006
Ms. Benjawan Wisootsat
 
2003 - 2004
Mr. Charnchai Svangsopakul
 
 
 
2001 - 2002
Mr. Pised Chungyampin
 
1999 - 2000
Mr. Charnchai Svangsopakul
 
 
1997 - 1998
Mr. Patrapee Chinachoti
Chapter 1 : General Provisions

Article 1. NAME
The name of the Association shall be "Thai Exhibition Association" and will be referred to as the "Association" from here on.

Article 2. OFFICE
The Association is located at 88 Bangkok International
Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bangna, Bangkok 10260 Thailand.

Article 3. LOGO
The logo of the Association is with the following meaning :
T represents THAI
E represents EXHIBITION
A represents ASSOCIATION

Chapter 2 : Objectives

Article 4. The objectives of the Association are
• To promote the Association, and the operation and servicing of national and international exhibitions for exhibitors and visitors.
• To earn revenue for the country by promoting Thailand as a location for national and international exhibitions.
• To promote international standards of facilities and services for exhibitors.
• To promote and facilitate cooperation among members and to exchange information and ideas related to national and international trade exhibitions.
• To assist the members when disputes occur in order to protect the benefits of members.
• To cooperate with the government and the private sector, e.g., organizations, associations, companies and individuals which the Association considers beneficial to our Association.
• To promote and publicise the activities of the Association including distribution of service-related information to exhibitors and visitors.
• To organize seminars on trade, operations or services for exhibitors and visitors.
• To promote an increase in benefits to the members.
• To propose to the government the promotion of the exhibition industry.
• To set guidelines for members in order to achieve operations and facilities of international standards.
• To participate in activities of public interest and benefit to the country.
• Not to participate in political activities.

Prapee Buri
President