Holiday Inn opens MICE-focused Executive Tower

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In another sign of Pattaya’s development into a center for business meetings and conventions, the Holiday Inn Pattaya opened its Executive Tower August 1, outfitted with nearly a dozen halls to accommodate groups of 12-550 people.

Erawan Group Managing Director Kamonwan Wilupakorn, group hotels boss Phet Krainukul and Holiday Inn General Manager Kate Gerits welcomed nine local monks to the 25-floor tower for a blessing ceremony and merit-making luncheon July 31, a day before the annex’s opening.

Erawan Group Managing Director Kamonwan Wilupakorn leads religious ceremonies for the Holiday Inn Pattaya’s new building.Erawan Group Managing Director Kamonwan Wilupakorn leads religious ceremonies for the Holiday Inn Pattaya’s new building.

The tower increases the Holiday Inn’s room capacity by 200 and adds high-tech facilities for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Each business room comes with technical and artistic tools and access to a new kitchen and restaurant.

The main conference hall, spanning 625 sq. meters, can accommodate 250-550 people and can be split into two halls.

A medium-sized conference hall can handle 111-250 people while a 250-sq. meter conference hall can accommodate presentations, speeches or concerts for no more than 75 attendees.

Holiday Inn General Manager Kate Gerits offers a flower cone as part of the religious ceremonies marking the opening of Holiday Inn Pattaya’s new Executive Tower.Holiday Inn General Manager Kate Gerits offers a flower cone as part of the religious ceremonies marking the opening of Holiday Inn Pattaya’s new Executive Tower.

There are also seven conference halls 61-159 sq. meters and a boardroom for business meetings of 12-30 people.

The Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower takes direct aim at the Diana Garden Resort’s conference center and the Peach convention center operated by the Royal Cliff Hotels Group. City tourism leaders, however, say steady growth in the city’s MICE industry will require even more similar facilities as Pattaya gains prominence with international business-meeting planners.