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The ANQ 2013 Bangkok, Thailand

 
Dates & Venue
 
Dates of the meetings:    14-18 October 2013
Venue:                             The Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok
204 Rachadapisek Road, Huay Kwang
Bangkok 10320 ▪ Thailand
Tel: +66 2694 2222 ▪ Fax: +66 2694 2218
Website at  www.swissotel.com/bangkok-leconcorde

Accommodation

The Swissotel Le Concorde  Bangkok, the meeting venue for ANQ 2013, is located on Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok’s new thriving business and entertainment district and  is approximately 40 minutes away from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
 
The hotel is conveniently linked to all parts of the vibrant Bangkok. The Huai Kwang train station is a two-minute walk from the hotel. Easily accessible roads, expressways and subways bring guests to Bangkok’s central business district, Queen’s Sirikit National Convention Centre (5
MRT stops from the hotel – 10 minutes), other prime tourist attractions within minutes (e.g.
Jatujak weekend market – 5 MRT stops, MBK and Siam Centre 5-6 MRT/BTS stops).
 
For the sake of convenience, a block of room at the Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok has been reserved and offered the following special rates for the ANQ 2013 delegates.
 
 
Classic Room (Superior)
 
– Single Room     @ Baht  2,400 net per room per night
 
– Twin Room       @ Baht  2,700 net per room per night
 
Classic Benefits :
 
−  Daily buffet breakfast
 
−  Welcome drink & fresh fruit bowl upon arrival
 
−  Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout public area and Broadband
 
Internet Connectivity in room.
 
−  Complimentary daily newspaper
 
−  15% discount at Business Center
 
−  15% discount at F&B outlets
 
(except alcoholic beverage and promotional items)
−  10% discount at laundry services
 
−  10% discount at Spa De Concorde
 
 
 
Premier Room  (Deluxe)
 
– Single Room     @ Baht  3,200 net per room per night
 
– Twin Room       @ Baht  3,500 net per room per night
 
Premier Benefits
 
−  Daily buffet breakfast
 
−  Welcome drink & fresh fruit bowl upon arrival
 
−  Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout public area and Broadband
 
Internet Connectivity in room.
 
−  Complimentary daily newspaper
 
−  15% discount at Business Center
 
−  15% discount at F&B outlets (except alcoholic beverage and promotional items)
−  20% discount at laundry services
 
−  20% discount at Spa De Concorde
 
 
 
Swiss Executive Room
 
 
– Single Room   @ Baht  4,000 net per room per night
 
– Twin Room      @ Baht  4,500 net per room per night
 
Swiss Executive Benefits :
 
−  Executive Club lounge membership including; Express check- in and check out, evening cocktail, all day coffee and daily breakfast.
−  Use of executive Club Meeting Room (2 hours per day)
 
−  Use of private gym on Executive Club Floor.
 
−  Complimentary regular laundry or pressing (3 pcs. per day)
 
−  Daily newspaper
 
−  Welcome drink & fresh fruit bowl
 
−  Individual coffee machine in room
−  Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout public area and Broadband
 
Internet Connectivity in room.
 
−  Complimentary unlimited local phone calls (excluding mobile number)
 
−  20% discount at Spa De Concorde
 
−  20% discount at laundry services
 
−  15% discount at Business Center
 
−  15% discount at F&B outlets (excluding promotional items)
 
 
As October  is the peak tourist  season,  ANQ 2013 delegates  are encouraged  to make hotel reservation as soon as possible. It should be made directly to the hotel by filling up the accommodation form no later than 15 August 2013.
 
Confirmation on the hotel booking will be sent to delegates by the hotel.
 
 
 
Registration
 
Pre-registrations are encouraged and can be done through the ANQ 2013 Website.
 
Upon  arrival,  however,  delegates  are invited  to inform  the ANQ 2013  Registration  desk which will be located at the SQAT Secretariat room on the 3rd  floor of the hotel where the delegates will receive their name badges and the latest meeting programme. Delegates are requested to wear their name badges during the meetings and social events.
 
The  ANQ  2013  Registration  and  information  desk  will  be  opened  on  Monday  14  – Wednesday 16 October 2013 (8.30-17.00).
 
 
Transportation from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the meeting venue
 
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, about 30 kms or 18.6 miles east of Bangkok.
 
To reach the Swissotel Le Concorde  Bangkok from the airport, delegates have the following choices:
 
By hotel limousine
 
To make reservation, delegates can indicate their requests by completing the accommodation form of the hotel.
 
By taxi
 
There is a licensed airport taxi service available at the taxi counter Level 1 of the Arrival Hall of Suvarnabhumni  Airport. The taxi fare is upon meter plus 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees.
 
By Airport Link
 
The Airport Link from Suvarnabhumi International Airport will provide 2 transit options:
 
A  Direct  Express  Train  that  will  take  15  minutes  to  the  City  Air  Terminal  train  station
(Makkasan Station). This service will connect to the city’s mass transit subway system.


The Commuter Train will make eight stops throughout the route, taking 25-30 minutes to travel from the airport to Makkasan Station, and then Phayathai Station which connects to BTS Sky Train.
 
For more details, go to  www.bangkokairportrain.com.
 
Social Event
 
Welcome reception for all delegates and accompanying persons will be hosted by SQAT on Wednesday (evening) 16 October 2013. More details will be announced at the later stage. Delegates who wish to join the social event are requested to indicate their attendance on the meeting registration form.

Tentative meeting programme

Date
Morning
(9.00-12.30)
Afternoon
(13.30-17.00)
Room
Monday 14 October 2013 CEC Meeting CEC Meeting Intanin
(3rd floor)
     
Tuesday 15 October 2013 Board Meeting Board Meeting Intanin (3rd floor)
General Assembly Intanin (3rd floor)
   
Wednesday 16 October 2013 ANQ Congress   Le Concorde Ballroom (2nd  floor)
  Parallel Sessions 7 breakout rooms (3rd floor)
     
Thursday 17 October 2013 Parallel Sessions   7 breakout rooms (3rd floor)
Parallel Sessions 7 breakout rooms (3rd floor)
ANQ Congress Le Concorde Ballroom (2nd floor)
Friday 18 October 2013 Technical Visit Group 1   More details will be available soon
Technical Visit Group 2   More details will be available soon
 
Meeting hours:
•  Morning sessions:    09.00 to 12.30
•  Lunch :                     12.30 to 13.30
•  Afternoon session:   13.30 to 17.00
•  Coffee break:           10.30 to 10.45 and 15.30 to 15.45
 
Meeting facilities:
•  The meeting rooms are located on the 2nd and the 3rd   floors of the Swissotel Le Concorde
Bangkok
•  All meeting rooms will be equipped with LCD projector and screen.
 
Secretariat room
 
•  The SQAT Staff / Secretariat room will be located at Boontarik room (3rd floor)
 
 
General Information
 
 
About Thailand
 
The kingdom of Thailand covering an area of 513,115 square kilometres, lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape  and geography  divide  into four natural  regions  : the mountains  and forests  of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid  farm lands of the Northeast plateau;  and    the  tropical  islands  and  long  coastline  of  the  peninsula  South.  Thailand embraces  a rich diversity of cultures and traditions.  With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination and pleasure for  international  visitors.  Thailand  is  well  known  and  famous  in  ancient  unique  history, tradition,  and  culture.  Also,  Thai  people  are  very  friendly,  kindly,  and  smilingly  as  its reputation “The Land of Smile”.
 
Bangkok  is  the  capital  city  and  centre  of  political,  commercial,  industrial  and  cultural activities.  It  covers  an  area  of  more  than  1,500  square  kilometres,  and  it  is  home  to approximately  ten million  people  or more  than  10% of the country’s  population.  Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand’s gentle culture amidst  the bustle  of a great and dynamic  metropolis.  This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world. It is also the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognized  as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.
 
Climate
 
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons-hot and dry from February to
May  (average  temperature  34 degrees  Celsius  and  75%  humidity);  rainy  with  plenty  of
 
sunshine from June to October (average day temperature 29 degrees Celsius and 87% humidity);  and  cool  from  November  to  January  (temperatures  range  from  32  degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius with a drop in humidity).
 
Bangkok   has  a  hot,  tropical  climate  with  daytime  temperature   reaching   the  mid-30s throughout the year. November to February is the driest time of year and the most popular with tourists. March, April and May are the hottest months, and the rainy season runs from June to October. During the wet season short showers are likely during the afternoon, though some days it will rain all day.
 
Time
 
The time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+7 hours GMT). Thailand does not observe daylight savings.
 
Electricity
The electric current is 220 volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. Many different types of plugs and sockets are in use. Visitors from the USA and those not on the 220/50 volt will have to bring adapters to run most other appliances. Hotels generally prepare converter plugs for guests to borrow.
 
Dress code
 
Light, loose cotton clothes are sensible and a jacket is required for formal meetings and dining in top restaurants. When visiting Buddhist temples, long pants are required.
 
Business hours
 
Government offices are generally open between 8.30 to 16.30 hrs with a noon to 13.00 hrs lunch break, Monday to Friday except on public holidays.
 
Many stores open seven days a week from 10.00 to 22.00 hrs.
 
Thai banks hours are generally open Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 to 15.30 hrs except on public holidays.
 
Currency and Currency exchange
 
The  Thai  unit  of  currency  is  the  baht,  1  baht  is  divided  into  100  satang.  Note  are  in denominations  of 1,000  (brown),  500 (purple),  100 (red), 50 (blue),  and 20 (green)  baht. Coins consist of 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht.
 
Major currency bills and travelers cheques are cashed easily at hotels, tourist shops, all provincial  banks,  shopping  centres  and  money  changers.  Travellers  cheques  are  best changed in banks (you will need your passport). Rates of exchange at banks or authorized money changers are better than those at hotels and department stores.
 
Visa  and  Master  Card  are  the  credit  cards  most  widely  accepted  followed  by  American
Express.
 
Tipping  is not a usual  practice  in Thailand  although  it is becoming  more  common.  Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge onto the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the gesture is appreciated and 10-20 baht is acceptable for porters.
 
Visa
 
Nationals from 41 countries* and 1 special administrative  region (Hong Kong SAR) are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 30 days on each visit. For visitors form 20 countries*,  temporary  tourist  visa  valid  for  15  days  may  be  obtained  at  any  of  the  23 designated immigration checkpoints.


Note * For more details, please contact the Thai Embassy/Consulate  in your country or visit
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand at  http://www.mfa.go.th.
 
Delegates requiring a visa for entering Thailand are kindly requested to make the necessary application  soon  enough  through  the  nearest  Royal  Thai  Embassy  or Consulate.  TISI  is willing to issue an individual letter of invitation upon request.
 
Visas on arrival can be obtained at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Visitors must have a fully paid ticket which enable them to travel out of the Kingdom within the stipulated time. The application  for a visa must be accompanied  by photograph  as well as the necessary  fee.
 
Useful website
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:  http://www.mfa.go.th
Tourism authority of Thailand:  http://www.tourismthailand.org
Bangkok Tourism Division:  http://www.bangkoktourist.com
Thai Airways International:  http://www.thaiair.com
Tourist Police:  http://tourist.police.go.th
BTS Sky Train:  http://www.bts.co.th

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