Creative Thailand 2016 opens in Bangkok to showcase the creative economy

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Bangkok, 20 October, 2016 – The creative economy concept is now being showcased in Thailand after the launch of “Creative Thailand 2016: Think Big” Expo at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

The event, which was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, is taking place from 19 to 23 October, 2016.

Creative Thailand 2016 opens in Bangkok to showcase the creative economy
Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak (9th from left), Mr. Suvit Maesincee, Deputy Minister of Commerce (9th from right), Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (5th from right), and representatives from the public and private organisations

With the slogan “All creative products from creative people in one creative place”, the event is aimed at kick-starting the creative economy in Thailand by showing business people and entrepreneurs the benefits of creative innovation, and how it can ensure a more value-based economy.

This aim is in line with Thailand 4.0, a reform programme being charted by the Royal Thai Government to ensure “Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability”.

Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak said “The world is changing and becoming more connected than ever before and this is driving the creative economy. The “Creative Thailand 2016: Think Big” Expo will support cultural and creative industries with high value to the nation.

“We want to build links between the public and private sector, so we can boost the economy and employment and ensure Thailand takes its rightful place in the world as a dynamic, IT-savvy and creative nation”.

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The Creative District (Zone 3) at the Creative Thailand 2016

There are five zones to give visitors a better understanding of the Creative Economy. Zone 1: “Baht and Brain” gives a general overview while Zone 2: “Creative World” has attractions to inspire creativity among Thai businesses.

Visitors to Zone 3 will find a “Creative District” with interesting exhibitions and activities as well as a circular cinema showing documentaries about culturally sustainable destinations in Thailand. Visitors to this zone can pick a “Startups” info-graphic booklet that gives best practice information about starting up creative industry businesses.

Zone 4: “Think Big” will display creative economy products and provide a consulting service for people considering new ventures.

Zone 5, “Talk Symposium” is where entrepreneurs can attend talks from local and international experts who can create understanding of the Creative Economy and inspire new start-ups.

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Some of the live demonstrations of local talents at the Creative Thailand 2016

In parallel with the Creative Thailand 2016, at BITEC, there is the 42nd Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG + BIH), which show off some creative products and services. In addition, all visitors have the chance to win return air tickets for two from Thai AirAsia by posting creative pictures and sharing them on social media with the hashtag CREATIVETHAILAND.

“The Creative Economy will generate jobs and wealth while creating new streams of income for the Thai people. I hope that all visitors to Creative Thailand 2016 are inspired by the event and go on to “Think Big” and work with us to grow Thailand’s economy,” said Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak.

Photo Gallery 1: Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak opened the innovative event that offered interactive and exciting attractions, booths and information all showcasing the future benefits of the creative economy in Thailand. 

Gallery 2: Members of the public, business owners and entrepreneurs have been attracted to Creative Thailand 2016 to learn more about the creative economy and how it can boost jobs and industry.