Thailand becomes first ASEAN nation to host FIFA Congress

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The government announced yesterday that Thailand will become the first ASEAN nation and fifth in Asia to host the prestigious FIFA Congress. The event will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) in Bangkok from May 13 to 17.

During yesterday’s press conference at the QSNCC, it was announced that Thailand will host the 74th FIFA Congress. The primary agenda item highlighted during the event was selection of the next host for the Women’s World Cup.

The press conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Sports Authority of Thailand, Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Tourism and Sports Minister Sermsak Phongpanich underscored the significance of the upcoming FIFA Congress, highlighting it as one of the pivotal events of the year. With an expected attendance of around 3,000 individuals, including representatives from 211 FIFA member nations and prominent football players, the congress holds considerable global importance.

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Sermsak revealed that the proceedings would be broadcast worldwide, presenting an excellent opportunity to exhibit Thailand’s tourism, culture, and traditions. This exposure is poised to enhance the country’s international profile and instil greater confidence in its offerings on the global stage.

FA Thailand President Nualphan Lamsam expressed gratitude to the Thai government and supporting agencies for making this landmark event possible for Thailand.

Sports Authority of Thailand Governor Kongsak Yodmanee underscored the honour of hosting and Thailand’s readiness to stage international events, affirming its potential as a global meeting hub for both the sports industry and others.

Kongsak further noted that the FIFA Congress will inspire young Thais to engage with the country’s football industry.

TCEB Director Jirut Itsarangkkul anticipates the FIFA Congress will generate over 228 million baht for Thailand, with an estimated domestic economic impact of 126 million baht and over 160 new jobs created.

Jirut also agreed with Kongsak that the meeting would encourage Thailand as a desirable destination for the international sports community.

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