Women and men come together for climate summit in Thailand

The Global Summit of Women will be Thailand's first large-scale in-person international convention after two years.

From left: Tourism Authority of Thailand's Siripakorn Cheawsamoot; Thailand host committee chair Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; Global Summit of Women's Irene Natividad; and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau's Nichapa Yoswee.
From left: Tourism Authority of Thailand's Siripakorn Cheawsamoot; Thailand host committee chair Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; Global Summit of Women's Irene Natividad; and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau's Nichapa Yoswee. Photo Credit: TCEB

Thailand is set to welcome over 1,000 delegates from more than 60 countries at the 2022 Global Summit of Women, taking place from 23 to 25 June in Bangkok.

The event, which had originally been scheduled for 2020, is set to be the country's first large-scale international convention to be held face-to-face after two years. Besides shining a spotlight on Thailand’s recovering MICE industry, the 2022 Global Summit of Women will also be notable for its “carbon neutral” format.

Meetings and activities at the summit will be monitored for their carbon footprint, and emissions from energy use, participants' travel, catering, and waste management will be offset with the purchase of carbon credits from The Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thailand. In addition, the Summit will also showcase community products from provinces across the country to promote local enterprises.

“With its values of gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness, the summit not only mirrors our national aspirations as set out under Thailand’s 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan but also reflects the resilience and economic contribution of our MICE industry," said Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau's (TCEB) senior vice president Nichapa Yoswee.

The event is just as diverse as it is inclusive, added Irene Natividad, president of the Global Summit of Women. She said: "Male and female senior executives of MNCs are expected from countries as diverse as South Africa, Vietnam, France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Kazakhstan."

With more than 1,000 participants, the summit is expected to generate an income of 80 million baht (US$2.3 million), according to Nichapa. She added that Thailand's MICE industry, despite the pandemic's impact, generated an income of over 33.2 billion baht and created over 46,000 jobs last year.

Slated for the calendar so far in 2022 are 24 TCEB-supported international events, including the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting from 18 to 19 November in Bangkok.

From 1 July, overseas travellers no longer need to apply for the Thailand Pass or buy insurance for their visits to the country, although proof of vaccination is still needed. The easing of travel requirements has given MICE organisers the freedom to plan larger in-person gatherings as long as relevant Covid-19 safety measures are in place.



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