By THE NATION
The opening ceremony saw the attendance of Suphan Mongkolsuthree, chairman of the event; Kriengkrai Thiennukul, vice chairman; Ketmanee Lertkitcha, deputy secretary-general of The Federation of Thai Industries and president of the Thai Cosmetic Manufacturers Association, and Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, vice president and administrator of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
After five consecutive years of success, the sixth edition of Beyond Beauty Asean Bangkok (BBAB), the number one trade show in the Asean beauty market, has returned to the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre. Organised by Informa Markets and Impact, in cooperation with The Federation of Thai Industries, the event provides local and international players in the industry the opportunities for business connections and market expansion.
BBAB 2019 showcases the latest beauty innovations and products from around 600 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 16,000 visitors. It features two main zones: the BBAB Finished Products zone, presenting a variety of finished beauty and cosmetic products and the BBAB Supply Chain zone, which is designed especially for OEM / ODM businesses and their clients. In addition , there is "Beauty Made in Thailand", a special zone for Thai beauty and cosmetic brands.
“The healthcare and beauty sectors in Thailand have experienced continuous growth. In 2018, the country’s beauty and personal care market topped US$6.2 billion in value. The industry grew by 7 per cent annually over the last six years, and ranked 1st among the largest export income earners in Asean,” said Suphan Mongkolsuthree, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
“By representing the industrial sector, FTI is working closely with the government to promote the development of technologies and innovations that benefit the industry. This is a strategic approach to empower large, medium and small industrial entrepreneurs and enable them to keep pace with changes in the behaviours of health- and beauty-conscious consumers and the entry into an aging society”.
“Beyond Beauty Asean Bangkok 2019", he said, is expected to provide entrepreneurs with access to the latest health and beauty trends, and a venue for exchange of experience and points of view on further business development. The event’s special zone, Beauty Made in Thailand, gathers all locally manufactured products relevant to health and beauty. It helps Thai entrepreneurs to capitalise on technologies and innovations to penetrate new markets and create new opportunities for further expansion in the global business network. It’s also certain that by participating in this event, Thai entrepreneurs will be equipped with the ability to address new challenges arising from fiercer competition in the industry. They will be well-prepared to grow in a stable and sustainable way. This is in line with the government’s policy of transforming Thailand into a regional medical hub where all related products and services are smartly integrated.”
Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, vice president and administrator of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said the agency's sixth commitment to BBAB reflects Thailand's goal of becoming the gateway to Southeast Asian beauty and cosmetics markets as the country is recognised as a centre of international trade fairs in the region.
TCEB recently announced a surge of 206.65 per cent last year from 2017 in the number of MICE travellers from CLMV market to Thailand. Aside from creating business opportunities for the beauty and health industry in Thailand, TCEB also hopes BBAB 2019 will lead to continuous growth of the international exhibition industry in Thailand, and to support Thailand as a base for international businesses seeking to penetrate the markets of neighbouring countries, and Asean.
This year, TCEB has set a growth target of 30 – 40 per cent in CLMV travellers. TCEB has organised overseas roadshows and campaigns to draw foreign exhibitors and visitors to international exhibitions in Thailand.
Claudia Bonfiglioli, general manager/Beauty Global of Informa Markets stated: “Beauty markets in Southeast Asia have great potentials and that’s why international brands are quite active here. We hope Beyond Beauty Asean Bangkok can build a bridge between Thailand and other countries to create a marketplace that generate business opportunities".
Loy Joon How, general manager, Impact Exhibition Management Co Ltd said “Thai entrepreneurs who are interested in the beauty business or in overseas expansion are given the opportunity to share their visions with both local and international visitors. We are confident that BBAB 2019 will be well received by the beauty and cosmetics community, and as a platform for enabling the exchange of ideas and knowledge, to further strengthen the industry in our region".