City all set to host Fifa meet

City all set to host Fifa meet

The 74th Fifa Congress will take place at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) from May 13 to 17, 2024. (Photo: QSNCC)
The 74th Fifa Congress will take place at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) from May 13 to 17, 2024. (Photo: QSNCC)

Bangkok will host the 74th Fifa Congress in mid-May, the first time Southeast Asia has ever hosted the prestigious convention of football's world governing body.

Thailand will also sponsor the May 13 to 17 event under a special organising committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, said government spokesperson Chai Watcharonke on Thursday.

The committee met on Thursday at Government House to discuss updates and preparations. The talks were helmed by Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol. Nualphan Lamsam, newly appointed president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), also participated, and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin observed the meeting.

All related sectors have been ordered to collaborate in ensuring the safety and convenience for overseas guests, Ms Sudawan said, adding the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the FAT had already met several times to work on the project.

A draft of the action plans covering the period from May 12 to 18 was also approved by the panel, according to Ms Sudawan. The plan focuses on facilitating the visa issuance process and airport customs, special services for VIPs and emergency cases, security measures, medical services, event receptions, and recreational programmes.

A budget was also allocated during the discussion.

The 74th Fifa Congress at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) is expected to welcome top-league footballers and representatives of football associations from 211 countries.

Mr Srettha ordered the panel to draw up a list of priorities and cooperate as much as they can to ensure the event is a success and further bolster Thailand's international standing, said Mr Chai.

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