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2012 King's Cup Elephant Polo
Definitely a unique sports program, the King's Cup Elephant Polo is on its 11th year taking place in Hua Hin, the "aristocratic" beach destination 2 hours drive west of Bangkok during 12-16 September.
The event starts off with a blessing ceremony followed by tournament matches for 4 days sprinkled with elephant fruit buffets, escalating to the Grand Final Match and trophy ceremony. Spectators can enjoy the matches and visit some attractions in the area such as Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Sam Roi Yod (300-Mountain Peaks) National Park and Mrigadayavan Summer Palace.
Elephant Polo teams representing Audemars Piguet, King Power, Mercedes Benz, PwC, AmEx, Blue Label and IBM competed in the fun and friendly matches with 3 trained pachyderms a side. Testimonies by those who attended are all of great enjoyment and relaxing discovery of the destination.
Why not convince your sports-minded clients to sponsor or participate in the tournament in 2013?
Hotels in Hua Hin are the Anantara, Dusit Thani, Sheraton Hua Hin, InterContinental, Hyatt Regency and Hilton Hua Hin plus a host of local boutique-style properties.
Koh Samui for Exclusive Incentive Programs
Thailand's 3rd largest island, Koh Samui in the Gulf of Siam has gained popularity as an oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water. Samui is part of the 80-island archipelago in the Angthong National Marine Park, a kayaking and snorkeling haven. On Samui, most noticeable developments have been a collection of upscale luxurious hotels and resorts with their own distinct characters and features. Small exclusive and high end incentive programs are therefore suitable for this paradise island. Conrad Samui features 80 free standing pool villas with private balconies on the panoramic hill on a secluded location with views of the blue sea. There are 3 restaurants, a lounge, a private wine cellar and a function room full length glass windows and grass lawns breakout with capacity of 65 for meeting and 96 for dinner. The Spa treatments unite contemporary luxury with ancient healing traditions. W Retreat represents the style and sophistication where WOW takes centerstage. The 75 Retreats offer custom-designed interior, private patios and breathtaking views. The adaptable event space accommodates 80 for meetings and 50 for banquet. The Banyan Tree Samui is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove overlooking Lamai Bay in the island's southeastern coast. Accommodation is all villas in Thai style architecture elevated to benefit from the panoramic views. The Events Centre has 2 rooms to accommodate 50 participants, and a board room for 12, then the Ballroom accommodates 120 for banquet. 3 restaurants, one by the beach with sand between your toes, and 2 bars. The Banyan Tree Spa offers Asian-inspired body and beauty treatments and features The Rainforest, an east and west hydrothermal experience.
Four Seasons Samui's villa accommodations come in several categories and locations, from beachside to hillside, all with luxurious furnishing and features and a private pool. The Khob Fah (edge of horizon) function room with chic decor hosts 40 in theatre style and 40 for banquet set up, with a view of the gulf and nearby islands. 2 restaurants, a beach bar and beachside dining complement the deluxe facilities and the spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies in the shade of the beach bar or the private verandahs. First of the uber luxury collection on Koh Samui is the Six Senses Samui, set around a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of the island amidst 20 acres of green hillscape. 66 split level villas, all with views, and 52 of which with private infinity-edges pools. Dining On The Hill is the casual restaurant serving all meals and Dining On The Rocks is that post card perfect venue for a memorable evening with new Asian Cuisine topped with a stunning panoramic view.
Thailand, the Preferred Destination for International Conventions
Thailand has moved up the World Tourism Barometer ranking to number 11 in 2011. The statistics are compiled by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). It is also one of the 5 global destinations with high increase in tourism earnings.
Thailand is a destination for incentive travel programs and business events, large and small. The country hosted the 103rd Rotary International Convention in early May. The convention exceeded expectations by nearly 20%, having welcomed slightly 35,000 delegates while expectation was 30,000. This is testimonial to Thailand's appeal and attractiveness as a destination which travelers prefer. Delegates from 175 countries stayed in Bangkok for the convention, toured, shopped, dined and enjoyed the city and traveled to other destinations domestically and regionally. Bangkok is indeed the hub for traveling in southeast Asia.
CDM was trusted to organize the cultural presentations for the 2 seatings of the Opening Plenary, including the traditional Flag Bearing Ceremony. Seats were prepared for 22,000 at each Opening Plenary, the maximum capacity of the huge Challenger 1 and 2 halls at the IMPACT Convention Center. CDM arranged 50 dancers performing reach of the dances of the four regions with the Flag Bearing Ceremony in between two dances, borne by the dancers in colorful costumes. The audiences sere most enthusiastic and great fun was had by all.
The Rotary International Convention as the largest international event hosted by Thailand. But Thailand is also favored by planners of smaller events in the hundreds and the thousands, and many have held their programs in Thailand with success.
Contact CDM for information and suggestion of programs to impress, inspire and motivate.
Asiatique The Riverfront debuts as Asia's largest lifestyle venue
The new Bangkok landmark is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya, known as the River of Kings on the east side (Bangkok side) with easy access by road or river shuttle. It is styled from former warehouses whose original structures have been preserved and refurbished to maintain the ambiance of the trading center in the old days of junk and large sail cargo boats plying trading routes from east to west. Areas are divided into small shops - there are 1,000 of them!, restaurants and a spacious and breezy riverside walk. There are also the performing theaters of the famous Joe Louis Puppet and Calypso cabaret style impersonation show. Asiatique The Riverfront is already a most talked about venue for night time enjoyment in Bangkok.
Situation Update: Flooding in Thailand
Since mid-November, flood waters have been receding in most of the affected areas of Thailand's central provinces and several districts of greater Bangkok. Central Bangkok was not affected by the flood. No provinces in the south, north, and northeast of Thailand are affected by the flood. Almost all key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand were not affected by the flood.
As the flooding situation has become more stable, below are some updates to reflect actual and changing conditions.
In the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, the central part of the city where most tourists frequent was not affected by the flood. It is expected to remain dry. Flood water is receding in many districts of Bangkok. This includes the Chatuchak District, where Chatuchak Weekend Market is located. The market itself is not flooded.
Areas still flooded in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area include suburbs in the east and west, the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, and districts in the northern part of the city.
In central Bangkok, businesses, hotels, shops and tourist attractions are open as per normal in all areas. Hotels monitored the situation constantly and were not affected by flooding.
The Skytrain and Subway are operating normally. Taxis and tuk tuks - one of Bangkok's icons, are available as per normal. Boat services on the Chao Phraya River have resumed.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main international gateway to Thailand, remains open and will not be affected by the flood. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main connector for international arrivals to domestic flights serving tourist destinations throughout Thailand such as Phuket, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. Domestic flights are operating as per normal between Suvarnabhumi Airport and other airports in Thailand.
Transportation to and from the airport into central Bangkok including taxis, buses and the Airport Rail Link are operating normally. Highways from the airport to tourist destinations southeast of Bangkok such as Pattaya, Rayong and Ko Chang are open.
The two low cost domestic airlines normally based at Don Mueang Airport, which is still closed due to flooding, continue operating from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thailand is fortunate that there is a choice of destinations within the country, and some planners did divert events scheduled for Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Phuket and other destinations not affected. We are confident that the flooding situation will improve in a timely manner and that planners and organizers of business events can offer Thailand to your clients with complete certainty of trip delivery and program success.
Contact CDM, Euromic World Affiliate for Thailand for creative program proposals.
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