Switched on: Top electric power conference heads to Thailand

Switched on: Top electric power conference heads to Thailand
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The Power and Energy Society (PES), which bills itself as the the world’s largest forum for the electric power industry, is literally counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds before its Grand International Conference and Exposition is held for the first time outside of the United States.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the organisation behind the PES, has mounted a digital stopwatch on its website that informs visitors exactly how much time is left before the showcase event opens its doors at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre on March 19. As of Friday afternoon, the clock read: 150 days, 08 hours, 35 minutes, and 33 seconds. Check here for an update.

The IEEE has praised the scheduled event in Thailand as a milestone for the electric power industry.

According to the IEEE website, IEEE-PES GTD Grand International Conference & Exposition Asia 2019 (IEEE-PES GTD Asia 2019) will be held under the theme ‘Big Shift in Power and Energy’, and comprise some 10,000 attendees, 400 exhibitors and 300 international speakers.

Local partners, such as the IEEE-Thailand Sector, and non-profit organisations, will also join the conference to display advances and innovations across the industry.

According to Dr Nopbhorn Leeprechanon, the organising chairman of IEEE-PES GTD Asia 2019, next year’s conference will focus on power management, transmission and distribution, as well as the emergence of green and renewable energy. Dr Leeprechanon called the event a “great opportunity” for Thailand

Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the first Power and Energy Society Grand Exhibition outside of the USA in Thailand next March 19-23
Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the first Power and Energy Society Grand Exhibition outside of the USA in Thailand next March 19-23 Patcharee Lertpakornchai

He also mentioned that a call for papers from experts and industry insiders had been launched online, and that peer reviews and demonstrations of best practices would be available.

Those interested in speaking at the conference have up until November 18 to lodge their submissions.

Thailand Mice Sector roaring

The meetings, incentives, and conventions (Mice) industry is one of Thailand’s fastest growing sectors and is considered a key plank of the Thailand 4.o policy.

Earlier this week the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) unveiled its “EMC3 Model, aimed at stimulating the Mice market in its strategically important Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

According to Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB president it is estimated that by the end of this fiscal year, Thailand will have welcomed more than 1.327 million business travellers, generating some BT124 billion (about US$3.893 bln) in revenue.

In 2019 the number of business travellers is expected to increase 7 per cent to about 1.420 million, spending some Bt130.2 billion ($3.985 bln).


Feature photo Patcharee Lertpakornchai



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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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