Thailand’s Paragon of virtue eyes UFI Operations & Services award

Thailand’s Paragon of virtue eyes UFI Operations & Services award

Thailand’s Royal Paragon Hall has been named as a finalist in the 2020 UFI Awards.

The esteemed Bangkok venue is in the running for the 2020 UFI Operations & Services Award, which rewards industry cooperation that enhances the customer experience.

Central to Paragon’s selection is its ‘Care of the Bear’ initiative, an environmentalist project carried out in cooperative with the Thai stock exchange.

Mr. Talun Theng, Managing Director of the Royal Paragon Hall, said, "Our mission is to represent an organization's responsibility to this planet which is currently experiencing a global warming crisis.  In this way, the Royal Paragon Hall has pioneered this eco-friendly mission and become the first Carbon Neutral Venue in Thailand.”

The initiative encourages exhibition industry professionals to organise eco-friendly events, and in particular to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions; the cause of global warming. By demonstrating best practice relating to emissions in line with the Goal 13 of the United Nations, Royal Paragon Hall has helped 90 per cent of event organizers move towards highly sustainable events.

Calculating and reporting on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, for example, led to a reduction of approximately 64,000kg of carbon dioxide from 90 per cent of trade shows held at the venue from August to December 2019, equivalent to growing more than 7,100 large trees.

Ms. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of Business at TCEB, said: “TCEB recognize the  importance of the potential of Thai exhibition stakeholder especially in global standard on the operations and services of the venue in Thailand. TCEB by Exhibitions and MICE Capabilities Department join force to support Royal Paragon Hall, and see the venue make the final of this year’s  UFI Operations & Services Award recognize only the venue’s commitment to environmentally sound development, but the exhibition industry’s efforts as a whole.”

Royal Paragon Hall will next participate in a final presentation stage to the UFI Operations & Services Committee in this coming September.