Thailand 2023 exhibition includes Canadian entries

Canadian entries will be amongst the 2,500 frames of exhibits at the Thailand 2023 Specialized World Stamp Championship Exhibition from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.

David McLaughlin is returning a third time to the Bangkok exhibition – his second time as Canada’s commissioner.

“I am taking 28 frames of exhibits,” McLaughlin tells Canadian Stamp News. “This consists of three one-fame exhibitions, three five-frame exhibitions, one eight-frame exhibition, and one literature exhibition.”

McLaughlin, president of the British North America Philatelic Society, is pleased with the response from Canadian exhibitors. “For specialized shows, we have a quota of about 20 frames.”

The award-winning exhibitor explains that the Canadian quota is 30 frames for world international shows.  “We are always able to meet the quotes. For Canadians, it seems that Asian shows are not as popular as European shows. More people want to exhibit at the European shows as they are closer to travel to.”

He notes, for example, when he departs from Toronto on Nov. 24 to fly to the Thailand exhibition, he has a 15-hour flight to Korea, and then another six hours to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, he adds, fellow commissioner Jane Sodero of Nova Scotia is already receiving “a lot of success in getting exhibits” for the World Stamp Exhibition EFIRO 2024 in Bucharest, Romania. McLaughlin says entries from Canadian exhibitors usually range from the low 20s to the high 40s for the European shows.

The Thailand exhibition’s organizers expect more than 5,000 collectors and exhibitors representing 60 countries to attend the six-day specialized world stamp show.  It is hosted by the Philatelic Association of Thailand under the Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (P.A.T.) and supported by Thailand Post.

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