Next Meeting: Bangkok (21-23 April 2013)
Our 12th Annual Network Meeting will take place from 21-23 April 2013 at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel in Bangkok, selected due to its strategic location in Southeast Asia. Due to the large amount of foreign representation, Thailand has for several years been a mainstay of the Southeast Asian economy and a key center in Asian business.
Our meeting venue, The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel
is located on Sukhumvit Road and easily accessible from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is one of the busiest in the world and has the capacity to move 3 million tonnes of cargo per year.
Representatives from all major world markets are expected at our conference which will consist of a fun Team Building session, Pre-Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner with Traditional Thai entertainment, 1-2-1 Business Meetings plus an exciting Evening Excursion. With over 15 years experience of organising international freight conferences, UFO management are aware that face-to-face meetings are integral in developing and maintaining business. Our online Meeting Manager system enables each delegate to schedule over 30 individual business meetings before they arrive.
SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2013
14:00 - 15:30 Team Building Session
18:00 - 22:30 Pre-Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner
MONDAY 22 APRIL 2013
09:00 - 16:00 Day 1 of Official Meeting
17:00 - 22:30 Evening Excursion
TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2013
09:30 - 17:30 Day 2 of Official Meeting
OFFICIAL CARRIER: THAI AIRWAYS
The UFO Head Office is pleased to announce that Thai Airways International PCL., the national carrier of Thailand are the Official Carrier of our 12th Annual Network Meeting. All registered delegates have been supplied with an event code so that they can obtain a special fare when travelling on Thai Airways to our international conference.
For UFO to remain a strong, global alliance depends on teamwork efficiency. We aim to strengthen the unity of our Members with a fun team building exercise. The session will be held on Sunday 21 April from 14.00-15.30 and will see teams of delegates compete against each other for the prestigious UFO Gold Medals! As was the case our 2012 Team Building session (view photos here
), we hope this will not only be a fun activity, but also a good 'ice breaking' event before the start of our meeting.
At 18:00 on Sunday 21 April, we will gather to collect name badges, meet fellow delegates and enjoy a Pre-Drinks Reception before settling down to a grand Gala Dinner with entertainment.
Our first evening together will showcase the wonderful Thai culture through music, dance and performances. A Thai Band will provide live music and we will see performances of traditional Thai Dance, a beautiful and artistic Umbrella Dance and an elegant Fon Tien Dance. We will also see two traditional Thai puppets perform onstage and then they will head into the audience to take photos with our delegates.
After dinner, we can burn off the calories on the dance floor, where our private DJ will spin all the greatest hits. In order to capture the special moments of the night, we will have a professional photographer taking photos throughout the night.
All registered delegates gain access to our online Meeting Manager program, developed especially for UFO so that 20-minute business meetings can be arranged prior to arrival. Each scheduled meeting is assigned a table number so that the changeover between each 1-2-1 session runs smoothly.
Each delegate has a personal log-in so that they can access their Agenda and book, cancel or make a period of time unavailable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our delegates are completely in charge of their own schedule. A useful advanced function allows the user to view a list of all attending companies and whether or not they have an appointment booked with each of them. The sophisticated system is also designed to avoid double booking and automatically sends email notifications to both parties when a meeting has been booked or cancelled.
Our evening excursion on Monday 22 April will combine an authentic Thai buffet with a world-class 90-minute stage show depicting Thailand's historical and spiritual heritage. We have ensured that UFO delegates have the best view of the show in Golden Seats! Held in the colossal 2,000-seat Ratchada Theatre, the Siam Niramit show boasts an 11.95 metre proscenium, certified by Guinness World of Records as the world's highest stage. Occupying more than half of the entire theatre space, the panoramic Ratchada Theatre stage is built to accommodate the show's monumental set pieces and a legion of performers (including real elephants and goats) to recreate a realistic ambience of Siam hundreds of years ago.
The show is suitably structured into three acts: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals. With over 150 dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects, it’s a captivating journey. The first act describes how Siam became a cross-roads where civilisations met, the second how karma binds Thai people, the last how religious ceremony earns Thais merit in this life. Also visit replica villages from the country's rural regions and buy Thai handicrafts. View TripAdvisor Reviews
We have negotiated the following excellent room rates, which our guests can book directly with the hotel using a dedicated online booking system, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Single, Twin or Double Deluxe Room @ Baht 2,800 net per room (approx US $91)
Single, Twin or Double Premier Room (with Imperial Club Lounge) @ Baht 3,500 net per room (approx US $114)
Single, Twin or Double Premier Suite @ Baht 5,500 net per room (approx US $180)
The above rates are inclusive of 10% service charge; 7% government tax; complimentary broadband internet access in room; welcome drinks upon arrival; daily buffet breakfast at Parkview Restaurant; welcome fruit plate in room; personal safety deposit box in room; complimentary English language newspaper; use of fitness center, sauna and swimming pool; tea/ coffee station in room. Additionally, each UFO guest will be given an internet password which can be accessed in your guest room, function room area, lobby, and the swimming pool terrace on the 9th floor.
Premier Room and Suite guests have free use of the Imperial Club Lounge; an exclusive sit-down express check in/out service; daily breakfast from 06:00-10:30; tea, coffee, fruit juices or soft drinks with cookies, assorted chocolates and fresh fruits from 11.00-17.00, complimentary “Happy Hour" evening cocktails from 18.30-20.00 including drinks from a full bar set up and a selection of finger food.
The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel is just five minutes walk to the Phrom Phong Station Skytrain and within close proximity to the Asoke MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) subway system. For details of routes and fares using the the Mass Rapid Transit, please click here
. Alternatively, you can pre-book your airport transfer from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (which takes about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic) with the hotel at the following rate:
Limousine Baht 1,900 net (approx US $63) / car / one way trip *
Van Transport (8 seats) Baht 2,500 net (approx US $83) / van / one way trip *
* Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to fuel price fluctuation.
As requirements will vary from nation to nation, we would suggest that you contact the local Thai Embassy within your own country or a travel agent specialising in visa applications. Please follow this link
to visit the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. An official invitation letter from the UFO Head Office is available by clicking here
. Please ensure that you enter your details before submitting to the relevant local Thai Embassy or Consulate.
Nationals of the following countries are exempt from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and are permitted to stay for a period of not exceeding 30 days: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic), Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.
Nationals of countries which hold bilateral agreements with Thailand on the exemption of visa requirements are exempt from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes: Argentina, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macau, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Tunisia.
National from the following countries may apply for Visa on Arrival for the purpose of tourism for the period of not exceeding 15 days. The applicant must possess means of living expenses at the amount of 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly. The applicant must present full paid ticket which is usable within 15 days since the date of entry. Applicants should submit the application form duly filled out and to which his/her recent photograph (4 x 6 cm) is attached. The application fee is 1,000 Baht: Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mauritius, Oman, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan.
Nationals of other countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in the applicant’s country of residence, or at the Royal Thai Embassy which has jurisdiction over his or her country of residence. Travelers are advised to enquire about authorized office for visa issuance at any Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General before departure. Contact details and locations of Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General are available at www.mfa.go.th/web/10.php
Please note that the Ministry of Public Health has issued regulations that applicants who have traveled from or through the countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a Yellow Fever vaccination. These Countries include: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Congo Republic, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivore, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French-Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, , Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.