Why Chiang Mai?
Chiang Mai is the cultural heartland of Northern Thailand. The destination's strategic location and strong economy have contributed to its growing importance as an international hub. Substantial and continuous infrastructure development, together with state-of-the-art conference facilities, have positioned Chiang Mai as a premier MICE centre destination, making it the perfect location for Routes Asia 2020.
Located 700km from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north of Thailand in terms of economic scale and population. Due to its distinct cultural heritage, nature, beautiful scenery and hospitality, Chiang Mai is popular among tourists and welcomes almost 10 million visitors a year.
Chiang Mai is internationally recognised as one of Thailand’s most distinctive cities and a preferred destination for conferences and exhibitions. It is Northern Thailand's hub for medicine and education, and the city has enhanced its profile to host many international conferences ranging from small events to conferences hosting over 8,000 delegates from various professional fields.
With almost 74,041 flights and more than 9.98 million passengers in 2017, Chiang Mai International Airport serves as the major gateway to the scenic beauty and rich culture of Northern Thailand. It also plays an important role in promoting travel and tourism throughout the northern region of the country.