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FREEDOM BUSINESS FORUM

FAQ

 5-9 MAY  |  Pattaya, Thailand

General Information

 

1. Who should attend the forum?

The Freedom Business Forum offers a unique and valuable opportunity for organizations, businesses, and individuals with a shared interest in the economic empowerment of survivors of human trafficking and those at-risk to come together. The central goal of the conference is to foster connections among these stakeholders, promoting collaboration and mutual learning.

2. What are the arrival and departure dates for the forum?

The arrival date is May 5th  and we will start at 6:30 pm with a reception followed by a Keynote address. The Forum will end on May 8th at 5:00 pm with a Keynote address and closing remarks. May 9th will consist of scheduled consultations and small group training with the Lifeshape Team.

3. Will my airport pick up and drop off be organized by the forum?

No, we will not be organizing airport shuttles this time. We recommend that you use Mike Taxi for the commute between the airport in Bangkok and the Hard Rock Hotel, Pattaya. Click here to book your taxi. Also, the Whova app has a ride-share function for those who would like to share a taxi with other conference attendees to reduce travel costs.

  • Travel time is between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, depending on traffic.
  • The taxi fare is around 1000 Thai baht (THB). You can only pay with THB, not with USD or a bank/credit card.
  • You will want to prearrange your taxi before your arrival – they will have a driver with your Name on a sign waiting for you.
  • Detailed prices and options for different types of cars can be seen on the taxi company website.
4. What are the accommodation options?

The Hard Rock Hotel has offered Forum guests an exclusive deal at more than 60% off the standard rates! When you register for the conference you will receive a confirmation email with a booking link to secure your room at the special rate.

5. Will there be translation to other languages?

All sessions at this year’s forum will be in English. If you require translation, you will need to arrange for a personal translator. Kindly let us know if this is the case.

6. I have registered, what next?

You will receive an email from us with more information once you have successfully registered. We will publish more information on the schedule, content and speakers as soon as we have confirmed them! In the meantime, download Whova, the official app for the conference. Ensure that you create your Whova account with the same email address that you used when registering for the conference, otherwise, you will not be able to login. The link takes you to the Whova tutorial page where you learn how to create your login details and get the best out of the app. Do contact us if you have any questions.

 

Payment and Sponsorship

 

7. What do the registration fees include?

Your registration fees cover the cost of all sessions at the forum (plenary sessions, workshops, consulting time, etc.), your conference materials, welcome drinks at registration, 3 lunches, and all coffee breaks. 

Accommodation is not included in your registration fee.

8. Are the registration fees refundable?

No, registration fees are not refundable. If you are not able to attend, please contact us for options on how to potentially resell the ticket to another attendee.

9. What about my food allergies and/or intolerances?

If you have any food allergies and/or intolerances, do contact us with details as soon as you have registered, so that we can save your information and factor them in as we make the meal plan for the forum.

10. How can my organization become a forum sponsor?

Click here if you are interested in becoming a sponsor!

11. Can I exhibit my products or services at the Forum? What is the procedure, and how much does it cost?

Yes, there will be space for you to promote your business services or sell products. Contact us here to learn more.

 

Thailand Information

12. What airport should I fly into?

Your destination airport is Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, airport code BKK.

13. Do I need a visa for Thailand?

It is your responsibility to find out if you need a visa for the Forum. Most countries have visa-free entry into Thailand; follow this link to check the list on the Thai Embassy website. Our team can assist you with a letter of invitation should you need one, but you MUST start this process well in advance of the event, since getting a visa may be time-consuming

14. What currency do they use in Thailand and can I exchange foreign currency there?

Thailand’s currency is the Thai baht which you can get at ATMs throughout the country. Currencies like the CAD, CHF, EUR, USD and others may be changed at the airport and at all Forex bureau offices. If you are unsure about being able to exchange your country’s currency for Thai Baht, please verify online.

In Pattaya there are many good money change opportunities, for current rates and what currencies are accepted, check here: https://www.ttexchange.com/ 

Please note that ATM’s in Thailand have a daily limit for withdrawal of 25000 to 30000 THB. They also charge a 220 THB fee for each withdrawal. Please also check with your local bank and make sure that your credit card is able to withdraw currency in Thailand.

15. Do I need any vaccinations when going to Thailand?

Remember to check with your local hospital to learn what vaccinations or immunizations are recommended for your trip. This link has more information as well.

16. Can I drink the water at the hotel?

The hotel water is safe for brushing your teeth, but we would highly recommend that you purchase bottled water for consumption.

17. What type of electrical plugs are used in Thailand?

Hard Rock Hotel has universal sockets that can accommodate most electrical plugs. They also have adapters that they can provide in case you need them. But please note that in Thailand the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Thailand, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Thailand. In Thailand the power plug sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O.

18. What will the weather be like in MAY?

The temperature in May will be between 26-33 degrees Celsius, hot and humid with a chance of some rain showers due to the start of rainy season. Therefore, have some comfortable, waterproof shoes at hand and you’ll be fine. Most hotels in Thailand have the air-conditioning on full blast, so it might be very cold inside the hotel, please bring warm layers for that.

19. HOW FAR IS IT TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL FROM THE FORUM VENUE?

Pattaya has a couple of very good hospitals. The international Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital is about 10-15 minute’s drive away. Pattaya Memorial Hospital, a Thai Hospital, is located about 1 kilometer away.

 

We hope this page will answer most of your questions, but if you find that your question isn’t listed, please email us here and we will endeavor to respond within three working days.

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