Thailand’s IMPACT venue in Bangkok is to spend more than 3.5 billion baht ($US96m) on forthcoming mega projects to enhance its facilities and amenities.
Paul Kanjanapas, managing director of IMPACT Exhibition Management Co said: “In the near future, we are going to see some of the biggest investments in mega projects in IMPACT’s history, including a theme park sitting along the shore of the lake.
“Business travellers bringing children on board attending a conference at our venue can leave their kids at the theme park while they are in a meeting. With our one-stop entertainment complex coupled with other state-of-the art facilities and amenities nearby the exhibition centre, the family would end up staying longer and that is exactly what we are looking for.”
In partnership with Sanderson Group, an Australian thematic design and construction company behind the success of Disney Seas in Tokyo and Universal Studios Singapore, this family theme park is expected to completed by late 2017 or early 2018.
Another exciting large-scale investment project is Marina, which caters services to yachtsmen looking to lease out a space for mooring a boat when it is not in use.
This will include a variety of amenities such as a movie theatre, restaurants, shops and stores on site as well as the transformation of the historic Eastin Lakeside Hotel into a luxury five-star hotel in Muang Thong Thani.
Coming at the end of this year, meanwhile, is a 587-room Ibis Hotel, a substantial addition to the Novotel IMPACT Bangkok. “I also plan to develop more hotels in the venue in case the Novotel Bangkok IMPACT and Ibis are completely booked up,” Kanjanapas added.
Other soon-to-be-open projects include a five-storey retail building, comprising shops and restaurants on an area of 8,000sqm as well as 12 badminton courts and a swimming pool at IMPACT Sports Complex.