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Thai govt hosts first entertainment expo
In an attempt to display the country’s entertainment potential and to generate revenue from foreign entertainment industry, Thai government will next month hold a five-day 'Thailand Entertainment Expo 2008' for the first time, to be held simultaneously with the 'Bangkok International Film Festival 2008', national news agency TNA quoted a ranking commerce ministry official as saying Saturday.

Rachane Potjanasuntorn, director-general of the Department of Export Promotion (DEP), said his agency has joined with the private sector in setting up the 'Thailand Entertainment Expo 2008' to be held September 24-28 at a Bangkok mall.

The Expo will be held at the same time as 'Bangkok International Film Festival 2008' which has been held annually in past years, said Rachane.

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Thailand's entertainment industry is valued at more than 300 billion baht (1$=33 baht). The film sector generates about 2.7 billion baht, from IT and hardware 1.68 billion baht, while the music sector produces income in the billions of baht.

Praising the two events to be held at the same time, Jareuk Kaljareuk, president of the Federation of National Film Association of Thailand, said this shows that every concerned entertainment industry wants to make Thailand a "regional hub for entertainment."

Thailand has produced quality Thai movies in the past and is prepared to act as a venue for buying and selling movies around the world, Jareuk said.

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