Chiang Mai is set to host 66th International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations (IFALPA) annual conference in April 2011.
"More than 600 members attending the conference are expected to spend over Bt60 million," Saranphol Bhoullasiri, president of the Thai Pilots Association (THAIPA), said yesterday.
The local aviation industry is growing by leaps and bounds, he said.
THAIPA now has more than 1,000 pilot members from Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia.
THAI will provide 500 discounted air tickets for conference attendees. Reduced fares and special Royal Orchid Tour offers will help promote tourism and generate a positive outlook on Thailand for accompanying family members and international media.
Suprabha Moleeratanond, director of conventions at the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, said the agency had been supporting THAIPA since the early stage of planning for the bidding on the conference.
The bureau will continue cooperating with both the public and private sectors until the conference ends with success. Thailand's readiness to hold the 66th annual conference was conveyed to the IFALPA member associations in all aspects, including transportation, logistics, hotel venue as well as its people's hosting ability.