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January 11, 2009

Phuket’s first dedicated exhibition and conference centre opens

The most exclusive luxury lifestyle yachting community in Thailand, the Royal Phuket Marina (RPM), witnessed the launch of the Thai island’s first dedicated events venue recently.

The new RPM International Exhibition & Conference Centre was opened in a ceremony attended by the marina’s owner and developer Gulu Lalvani, and more than 50 VIP guests from Thailand and overseas.
The 2,500 square metre waterfront venue paves the way for what Phuket hopes will be a new era of large-scale conferences, expos and private events on the island. Three times larger than any existing exhibition facility in Phuket, the RPM International expects to host one or two high-profile events every month.
PIMEX, which ran from 4-7 December, hailed as “Asia's favourite boat show” by its organiser, was the first major exhibition to be held at the new facility.
The conference centre is a joint venture between RPM and Informa, the largest publicly owned organiser of conferences and courses in the world, which stages more than 10,000 events annually.
“The launch of the waterfront RPM International Exhibition & Conference Centre is an important milestone for Royal Phuket Marina as we continue to contribute to the social and economic fabric of the Phuket community,” said Lalvani.

“The island is a natural magnet for growing international demand for conventions and exhibitions. I, too, am confident that Phuket will be placed firmly on the international convention and exhibition map.”

Visitors to Phuket exceeded a record five million in 2007, up 11.25% from 2006. Despite the recent troubles in Bangkok, Phuket has been largely unaffected and high season hotel bookings and visitors to the Island are expected to be high.

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