To follow earlier announcements about a very different future for the Hua Hin Airport, William Kuipers and Marc Van Den Sanden, the entrepreneurs behind Event Hub Hua Hin Airport and a brand under the B-Concept Media Entertainment Group which entered into exclusive partnership and functions as the event management arm of the Phoenix-Plan for the Hua Hin Airport have been busy putting their plans into action.
The Phoenix-Plan is to transform the Hua Hin Airport from being just a functional and underused facility into a multifunctional event centre, as well as the future of international regional flights.
Hua Hin residents may not have seen much happening, but behind the scene various teams have been pro-active in future planning for the Event Hub at the airport.
The first visible sign of this future can now be seen on weekends with the start for the ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off’ tour bus on the streets of Hua Hin. The bus drives every Saturday and Sunday from 9-9 , which inevitably includes the airport.
Details of the current timetable and route can be seen at https://royalcoastreview.com/2021/12/hua-hin-hop-on-hop-off-bus-starts-sunday/
A short video introduction to the ‘Hop-On, Hope-Off’ tour bus can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/eventhubhuahin/videos/588618809136588
An audio podcast with Richard Buckle from Surf 102.5 FM talking to Marc Van Den Sanden.
The next stage of the tour bus plans will see trial runs to link Bangkok to Hua Hin via a new scenic route, taking in the sights of a much more coastal trip to reveal the salt fields, then on to Cha-Am before reaching Hua Hin.
There will be many other places to see and reasons to choose travelling off the main highway on this leisurely journey.
Details of this service will soon be revealed before the first publicly available trips commence towards the end of January 2022.
At the airport, discussions and inspections of the available airport spaces are ongoing. A program of events and a premium market place is being finalised. Marc has revealed that the first concert events, promising some big headline acts, will be on 12th February 2022, labelled as “All You Need Is Love in Concert’’ as a Valentine’s Day theme. Tickets are planned to go on sale in January 2022.
A second event is a dinner/concert event on 12th March, with other exciting events to follow. There is likely to be a semi-permanent selfie aviation theme (think of pseudo airline hostesses as hospitality staff) after recent inspections of the vast airport hangar spaces.
These hangars are in some disrepair and rarely used, but they have up to 1,000 square meters of internal space, although sometimes without working drawings. The second hangar will focus on indoor business meetings and events. However, it’s not hard to visualise stages, seating and all the essentials for entertainment on a grand scale.
The planning has moved towards practical needs and government requirements. The airport’s primary function as a flight centre must take priority, including safety requirements, but a cooperative approach by officials has now put the reality of these events within reach.
Another style of event will see the Weekend Hub, a weekend market and hangout space that will take shape on weekends, in and around the airport terminal.
The Weekend Hub are expected to commence from 22nd January or after. More information will be released soon for these markets on the Event Hub Hua Hin Airport Facebook page. Plans to involve both local stall holders and the introduction of new operators from Bangkok are under discussion.
The ever-present and constantly moving Covid-19 impact continues to pose planning challenges to tourism worldwide with Hua Hin not escaping that shadow. Either the Phoenix-Plan or Event Hub management team works hard to be ready soon to present the Hua Hin Airport as the lifestyle destination of choice for young and old to the world.
See an introductory article about Event Hub at the Hua Hin Airport below.