CONGRESS 2020 NOW POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

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WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THIS FAQs PAGE FOR THE CONGRESS 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information & Schedule


Who should attend the BAM Global Congress 2020?

The Congress is open to anyone interested in or currently involved in business as mission in any capacity. This will be a unique global gathering of business as mission leaders from every part of the BAM ecosystem and practitioners from every continent. The Congress will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for business as mission, an opportunity to network and share expertise on a wider variety of BAM issues than ever before. Come and see what God is doing through business as mission around the world!

What is the Congress schedule?

A wide variety of speakers from around the world and experienced BAM practitioners will be addressing the Congress during our keynote sessions in the mornings. These plenary times will also include interviews, panels, Q&A opportunities and table discussions.

The afternoons will be geared towards active networking, with over 60 different breakout options offered, plus hosted networking roundtables focused on Industry, Geographical and Topical groups. The BAM Expo will also be open each afternoon throughout the Congress, featuring companies, organisations and networks in the BAM space.

The evenings will focus on practical and strategic issues, including a Lion’s Den Business Pitch evening (think Shark Tank with a BAM-twist), Topical Lounges featuring TED-style talks and panels and ending on Saturday evening with a celebration and focus on The Future of BAM.

Read more about the Congress Program here.

Can I organize a meeting for my organization before or after the Congress?

Yes!  We understand that many organizations and companies will want to make the most of having so many of their members at the Congress, that they will want to organize their own meetings either before or after the Congress dates.

If you would like to book a meeting room at the same venue as the BAM Global Congress, we have a booking process for you. You will need to book your meeting through us as an extension of our contract with the Ambassador City Hotel, Jomtien. Please read our Pre and Post-Congress Information sheet here to start the process.

In addition, you will be able to enjoy the same great rates for accommodation at the Ambassador City Hotel up to five days before and five days after the Congress dates, meaning your meeting attendees will be able to simply add nights to their Congress accommodation booking. All hotel room bookings should be made using this link.

Can I join as a Sponsor or Exhibitor?

Yes.

Sponsorship: We welcome like-minded companies and organisations partnering with us to Sponsor the BAM Global Congress. Please visit our Sponsors page to find out more.

Exhibitors: The BAM Global Congress will feature the ‘BAM Expo’, a trade show area with exhibitor space for companies, organisations and networks. Each exhibitor booth will include a complimentary Congress ticket. Please visit our Exhibitor information page to find out more.

Can I come as a Volunteer?

Yes you can! We are looking for energetic, team-orientated servants who will assist the various teams running this event on-site. Volunteers will receive a significant discount on the Congress Registration cost (a Volunteer Ticket will cost $295 which is a $200 discount on the full Congress price) – but will need to pay their own way for accommodation and travel.

You’ll be volunteering 4-6 hours a day in shifts as part of a particular team, which will leave plenty of time to participate in the Congress when you’re not scheduled to help – and some tasks will involve being in the sessions. Volunteers for the BAM Global Congress 2020 will be expected to arrive early to attend a pre-congress training session with your team leader on the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 April 2020.

If you are interested in serving the Congress as a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch about next steps. For further questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. The deadline to apply is 1 April 2020.

Will the Congress be translated into other languages?

The Congress will be held in English, with the morning and evening plenary sessions being translated into other languages. We are provisionally planning to offer Korean, Mandarin and Portuguese simultaneous translation, to be confirmed. Other languages, such as Bahasa, Spanish, Russian etc., may be added subject to demand. If translation is essential for you, please contact us to get an update regarding translation provision. 

If you wish to make use of the translation offering, we recommend you bring your smartphone or tablet as well as your own set of earphones.

What security measures will you have in place for the Congress?

We understand that some attendees will have security concerns and therefore we will have various security measures in place, including:

  • Registration vetting of people from certain high-risk nations
  • On-site security guidelines that all attendees must adhere to, including photo and posting guidelines
  • Option for attendees to use pseudonym on badges and in Congress app
  • Option to wear a red lanyard to denote that you do not wish to be in any photos
  • Door security and no access for unregistered people into meeting rooms
  • A no-record and no-photo zone in the main auditorium
  • Alternative accommodation recommendations for people from certain nations

However, we are aware that some governments are now extremely aggressive in gathering intelligence and employ wide-ranging tactics. While we take attendees security needs very seriously and have put in place a number of measure to mitigate risk, we recognise that our resources are limited compared to those governments and therefore we cannot guarantee that all threats can be eliminated. We advise those attending that they must also take their own precautions and accept a certain amount of risk in coming to the Congress.

We welcome further questions or input from those concerned.


Registration & Accommodation


What is the ticket price for the BAM Global Congress 2020?

Early Bird Ticket – $425 USD until 31 January 2020

Regular Ticket – $495 USD from 1 February to 10 April 2020

Student Ticket – $295 USD (must provide a copy of a valid Student card)

What is included in the Congress ticket price?

The ticket includes the cost of participating in all sessions and breakouts, materials, lunches, dinners and refreshments.

Accommodation (includes breakfast), all visa costs, and transportation are not included in the ticket price and should be organised individually by participants. There is a special hotel booking code to book rooms Ambassador City Hotel at a discount rate. Please refer to the FAQ on hotel booking below.

How do I register and pay for my ticket?

You may pay with a credit or debit card via our online Registration form. Once you submit the form you will receive an automated order confirmation email immediately, which confirms that you are now registered to attend the BAM Global Congress 2020.

Please note: In the case where a card payment is not possible, an alternative option is to pay with a wire transfer (i.e. direct bank deposit into our account). Please note that wire transfers will incur additional fees with your bank which are non-refundable. Wire transfers are thus not a recommended way to pay for the Congress and should only be considered if credit/debit card payment is not possible.

Where a delegate has opted to pay via wire transfer, the full amount is due within two weeks of the registration submission. Should full payment not be received within two weeks, the registration will automatically be cancelled. Wiring instructions are below.

Please note that we are unable to accept Paypal payments. For additional payment related inquiries please contact the Registrar.

Wiring Instructions:
Please wire the total amount in $ USD for your ticket cost, to:

Account Name: Taw Sang Rak Foundation
Savings Account Number: 054-7-16827-8
Bank Name: Bangkok Bank
Bank Branch: Ramkhamhaeng 2
Swift Code: BKKBTHBK

Bank Address:
Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited
947/2 Bang Na Complex
Bang Na-Trat Road
Bang Na, Bangkok 10260
Thailand

Please email a scanned copy of your wire confirmation to finance@bamglobal.org to inform us when you have sent the funds. Thank you.

How do I book my hotel accommodation for the Congress?

Our Congress venue, the Ambassador City Hotel is a large resort complex and conference centre with many accommodation options. Congress attendees should book rooms at the Ambassador City using this special link, which gives a discounted conference rate for Congress attendees. Please see rates below.

For hotel room booking for the Congress dates we recommend you book four nights, checking in on Wednesday 29 April and checking out on Sunday 3 May.

However, please note that our special hotel rates are valid from 24 April through to 8 May inclusive, so you may book extra hotel nights at the same rate for up to 5 days pre and post event, if required.

There are a range of accommodation options at the Ambassador City for all budgets:
2000 baht per night Ocean Wing for single or twin room

1500 baht per night Tower Wing for single or twin room

1300 baht per night Garden Wing for single or twin room

1100 baht per night Inn Wing for single or twin room

Single and shared occupancy are the same price. If you are interested in being matched with a roommate please complete the Congress Roommate Form.

Travellers looking for a 5 star hotel option nearby may want to consider the neighbouring Mövenpick Siam Hotel, however we do not have a special hotel rate available at this location.

How can I find a roommate to save on costs?

Our team can help you to find a roommate. Please complete the Congress Roommate Form and you’ll be informed if there’s anyone with the same interest, gender and preferences as you.

For further questions, please contact the Registrar.

 

When should I register by?

Please register for the Congress as soon as possible, this helps the Congress team plan, especially for issues such as visa applications and translation.

The Early Bird Ticket price is valid until 31st January, take advantage of our special promotional price by registering early.

Registration for the Congress will close on 10 April 2020 (11:59 GMT-10).

 

Can my spouse and/or children join me at the Congress?

Yes. There are four possible options:

1. My spouse or adult child plans to attend as a delegate

If your spouse or adult child wishes to attend the Global Congress as a delegate, please fill in a separate Congress Registration form for him or her and pay the Congress registration fee. Married couples registering at the same time may use the discount code COUPLES30 to each get a $30 discount either off the Early Bird or normal Registration price between now and 10 April 2020.

2. My spouse and I will be jointly taking care of our children and would like to share a Registration

If you and your spouse would like to share responsibilities for caring for your children* at the Congress we will have the option for you to share a Badge and to “tag team” in and out of Congress meetings. In this case, please have one spouse fill in the Congress Registration as normal, and then fill in the Family Registration form for the second spouse and children. In the Family Registration, please select ‘Yes’ in answer to “Are you sharing a registration with your Spouse at the Congress?” if you would like to tag team. We will then provide you with one Congress badge, that includes both your names, that will give you access to meeting rooms and coffee breaks one person at a time. The second spouse and children will order meal packages via the Family Registration and will therefore be able to join the Congress lunches and dinners. Please let our Registrar know if you have any questions about this option.

3. My spouse (and children) would like to join me for lunches and dinners, but not attend the Congress

If your spouse (and children) wish to join you for meals at the Congress, but will not attend the conference meetings, please simply register them for Meal Packages using the Family Registration form.

4. My spouse (and children) will be travelling with me, but do not wish to sign up for the Congress or join me for meals.

In this case, you do not have to register your spouse or children with us, simply book accommodation for you as a couple or family directly with the Ambassador City hotel using this Hotel Booking link.

Childcare Provision

*Please note, we will not have a childcare program at the BAM Global Congress. However, we will provide a children’s room, with a live feed from the Congress meeting each morning where parents (or a designated carer) can take care of their children, meet other families and listen to the content. Children may not be left unattended in the children’s room. If you plan to make use of the children’s room, please complete the Family Registration form.

A Note about Children’s Meals and Extra Beds

If you’d like your children to eat with you at the Congress lunch and dinner times, please order Meal Packages for them using the Family Registration form, as detailed above. Breakfast is not included in the Congress Meal Package because it should be included in your accommodation booking.

Note: If would like to order an adjoining room or add extra beds for children into your hotel room, please ask the hotel directly. Adjoining rooms and extra beds will include the price of breakfast for your children. If you are not ordering extra beds or rooms, you will pay extra for children 4 years and over to eat breakfast with you if they are staying with you in your room. For all accommodation enquiries, please contact the hotel directly.

Please contact our Registrar at registrar@bamglobal.org if you have any questions about your family joining you at the Congress.

Are scholarships available to attend the Congress?

Partial scholarships will be available for those coming to the Congress from certain nations or backgrounds and will be awarded based on need. Scholarships at different levels will provide a discount to the ticket price, cover shared accommodation, and for some, offer partial help with airfares. All scholarship recipients will be asked to cover at least some of their own ticket and airfare costs; and most will be ask to cover their accommodation (approx. $75 in total for basic shared accommodation at the Congress venue for four nights).

Please use the Scholarship Application Form to apply for a scholarship at the BAM Global Congress, or email scholarships@bamglobal.org for more information.

Is there a group discount available?

There will be a $45 discount per ticket for groups of 10 or more people. Group coordinators should contact the Registrar who will create a special $45 discount code especially for your group members to use when they register.

Please note: If less than 10 people have registered for Congress tickets using your group discount code by the end of 10 April 2020, each group member will be charged the additional $45. To help us administratively, please only obtain a group discount code if you are confident you will have a group of 10 or more people. Thank you.

Can tickets be cancelled and/or refunded?

Yes, tickets can be cancelled and refunded.

In the case of a cancellation request received before 16 March 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10), we will refund the cost of the Congress tickets minus a processing fee of $50.

In the case of a cancellation request received after 16 March, but before 10 April 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10), we will refund 50% of the original registration fee.

No refunds will be made for any cancellation requests received after 10 April 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10). Please contact us at registrar@bamglobal.org if you have any questions.

All refunds will be made on the same credit or debit card used for payment. In the case of refunding by wire transfer, we will take off any additional bank transfer fees incurred by us plus the $50 processing fee from the balance that we refund.

In the case of an inability to obtain a visa for entry into Thailand, a full refund will be given up to 10 April 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10). However, documentation of visa denial is needed for verification, and visa applications should have been made in time according to the Thai visa application guidelines.

Can I go back and edit my registration once submitted?

Yes. In order to edit your registration, you will need to create an account. Go to your confirmation email and scroll to the bottom of your confirmation. You will see a button, “Set Up Account Now”. Please claim your account and set a password. Use your email and password to log in, and update your information. Please make all edits before 10 April 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10). 

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

Yes, a registration can be transferred to another person at no cost. Please transfer your ticket before 10 April 2020 (11:59 pm GMT-10). 

You will need to create an account and make edits to your Registration Form. In order to create an account, go to your confirmation email and scroll to the bottom of your confirmation. You will see a button, “Set Up Account Now”. Please claim your account and set a password. Use your email and password to log in, and update all information with the Transferee’s information. Once all information has been updated, please notify us at registrar@bamglobal.org that your ticket has been transferred. 



Transportation & Visas



When do I need to arrive and depart?

Registration for the Congress will open from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Wednesday, 29 April. Please plan to arrive in Jomtien in the morning or early afternoon of that day. Allow at least 3 hours between your landing time at BKK and arriving at the venue. We recommend planning to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the venue to allow time for hotel check in and registration before the opening dinner at 6.30pm. Please note that the standard time for hotel check in at the Ambassador City is at 2:00pm. If you are arriving earlier, please contact the hotel directly once you have booked your room to enquire about early check in.

The last Congress session will finish at 9pm on Saturday, 2 May, with departures on Sunday, 3 May in the morning. If you opt to depart straight after the evening session to make a flight in the early hours of the morning, we recommend departing the venue no less than 4 hours before your flight time. You will miss some of the program if your departure flight is scheduled before 1am on Sunday, 3 May.

See schedule overview here.

See more information about transportation below.

How do I get to the Congress venue?

The Congress is being held at the Ambassador City Hotel at Jomtien beach, near Pattaya in central Thailand.

Bangkok International Airport (BKK)

For international travellers and most domestic travellers the best option is to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, also known as Bangkok Airport (BKK), which is to the north of Jomtien. The Ambassador Hotel is a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Bangkok Airport. We will have a welcome team at BKK on the main arrivals day directing you to ground transportation. Transportation from Bangkok Airport to the venue will cost approximately 350 baht (~$11) each way on a shared minibus from airport directly to Congress venue (see information below) or 1200-2000 baht ($40-65) for a private taxi, Grab (similar to Uber) or minibus if you are arriving with a group. See transport booking information below.

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) 

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is the destination for many budget airlines in the region, however travellers must note that this airport is located in central Bangkok and is a 2.5 to 4 hour drive from Jomtien, depending on traffic. Note: we will not have a transportation team at DMK, so we recommend taking the regular free shuttle bus between DMK and BKK that takes about one hour in good traffic to connect with our transport team at BKK.

U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya Airport (UTP) 

Domestic and regional travellers may also wish to enquire about flights into U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya Airport (UTP) which is south of Jomtien and a 30-45 minute drive from the Ambassador City Hotel. We will not have a transportation team at UTP because the easiest method is to take a taxi or Grab car to the hotel upon arrival.

Arranging transportation:

All Congress delegates are expected to arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from the venue. However, we here are three options for attendees:

1. Book a minivan shuttle to/from BKK (Recommended)

We are partnering with a transportation company “Go Fun Tour Pattaya” that are organising direct minivan shuttles to/from BKK and the Congress venue on the main arrival and departure days for 350 Baht* each way. The transport coordinator will have a welcome team located at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok Airport – BKK) on the 28 and 29 April who will be able to assist you. Please book your shuttle ride ahead of your travel date using the button below.

For inquiries only, please email our transport partner Angel at Go Fun Tour: transport@bamglobal.org

*If you are arriving outside the main arrival days of 28 and 29 April or the main departure day of 3 May, then you may still book transport with the recommended transport company, however it may be slightly more expensive, especially if you are arriving during the night. If this is the case, then our transport coordinator will be in touch to give you a revised quote for your planned arrival/departure time.

2. Airport to Pattaya Bus

There is a regular airport bus runs 05:30 to 22:00 for 180 Baht per journey from BKK to Pattaya and more information can be found here. Please get off the bus at the Thrappaya Road bus terminal, which is around 15-20 minute ride to the hotel. A local volunteer will be at the Thrappaya Bus station throughout the day on 29th April, and can help you arrange transport to the venue for around 50-100 baht (otherwise taxis can cost 200-400 baht at other times). (Please note the 21:00 and 22:00 buses will go to North Pattaya bus station only, so not recommended).

3. Arrange a Shared Ride

If you are arriving as a group, a regular taxi or Grab car from the airport to the venue costs around 1200-2000 baht, depending on size. If you would like to book a whole car or van ahead of time, please contact transport@bamglobal.org to inquire with our partner transport company. If you would like to connect with other attendees to share a taxi, our Congress App will enable you to communicate with other delegates around two weeks before the event to arrange shared rides.

See also the FAQ on When do I need to arrive and depart? above.

I am arriving or departing in the middle of the night, should I book a hotel near BKK airport?

As per our recommendations in the question above, please contact the transportation team (link to be shared later in February) to enquire about transport costs for nighttime arrivals. We anticipate many arrivals in the early hours of the 29 April and departures in the early hours of 3 May and at these times there is highly likely to be a transport team to meet you and others to share the journey with.

However, it is a 1.5 – 2 hour drive from BKK airport to the Congress venue, so you may prefer to book a hotel nearby the airport so that you can travel to the venue at a more sociable hour. We recommend that you choose a hotel that provides a free shuttle to the airport so that you will be met from your flight by a hotel driver and you can easily get back to the airport to reconnect with the Congress transportation team. Be sure to contact hotel directly to finalise arrangements for the hotel shuttle pickup so that you know where to meet your driver.

We recommend using the hotel booking sites Hotel.com and Agoda.com to search for options. Both these websites allow you to search for hotels near Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), and then filter by distance from the airport and view options on a map. Agoda additionally allows users to filter those hotels that offer free transportation shuttles to the airport.  Additional budget options may be found on hostelworld.com.

Disclaimer:  Please kindly note that BAM Global does not receive any commission for suggesting these hotel links, you are solely responsible for your own bookings and travel logistics!

Do I require a visa to travel to Thailand?

Thailand allows most visitors coming for a conference to enter the country as a tourist. However, some nationalities require a visa to enter and others do not. Please refer to the pages here and here for a list of countries that require a Tourist Visa for travel to Thailand.

Many passport countries will be granted a visa waiver stamp at the port of entry into Thailand and no application is required ahead of time. This visa waiver stamp for tourists will allow you stay in the country for up to 15 or 30 days (or for a few countries 90 days).

Some passport countries need to apply for a visa on arrival and others will be required to apply for a visa before they travel at their nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand the current visa requirements for your passport country before travelling, and to make the visa application in person in a timely manner. However, we can supply you with a letter of invitation to the Congress if it is required for your visa application.

Timing is important for those who need to apply for a visa in advance. Once issued, a visa is only valid for 90 days. Therefore please do not apply for a visa before 3rd February.

Please contact our Visa Coordinator if you have questions about your visa requirements, visas@bamglobal.org.

I have less than 6 months left on my passport, will I be able to enter Thailand?

It is highly recommended that you have at least 6 months validity left on your passport before you travel to Thailand. While entry will be at the discretion of the Thai Immigration Officer that you meet at the border, there is a chance you may be refused entry if your passport expiry date is less than 6 months away. In addition, many airlines have a policy of not allowing travel with less than 6 months validity on a passport and you may be refused at check in.

If you attempt to travel to the Congress with a passport expiry date before 6 months from the end date of your trip, you will do so at your own risk and we will not be able to issue a refund for your ticket in the case that you are refused entry.

Do I need any special vaccinations for travel to Thailand?

As with all medical advice, please refer to your health care provider for advice about vaccinations. The following information is for your convenience and does not constitute official medical advice.

However, there is some helpful information about vaccinations for Thailand here at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website and Tropical Medical Bureau website. Most standard advice for travel for Thailand is that all travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations and that Hepatitus A is recommended. However, adventurous eaters or those who plan to sample lots of street food outside the venue resort complex should consider also getting Typhoid. Additional vaccinations should be considered if you plan to travel further afield before or after the Congress.

Should I be concerned about the coronavirus in relation to the Congress?

Update 7 March 2020

We have now taken the decision to postpone the BAM Global Congress 2020 until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Please read our full announcement here.

Update 3 March 2020

The global situation with coronavirus is now developing very rapidly and the health and travel concerns continue to grow. We are reviewing all available information with BAM Global leaders and board this week and will email another update to our registered attendees and update this page again by Saturday 7th March. We ask that those interested in the Congress or already registered wait for this communication before taking further action, including making or changing travel plans. Many thanks.

Update 27 February 2020

As you are already aware, Covid-19 (coronavirus) is currently impacting China heavily, with cases expanding into other countries. We are closely monitoring this situation with respect to the Congress in April and will update this answer if and when necessary.

As things stand now, we are moving ahead with plans to run the Congress and are not planning to postpone. The situation is unfolding, but we feel strongly that we should move ahead and not pre-emptively cancel unless we are forced to by directives outside of our control. We already have over 450 registered attendees with many more groups around the world already committed to join, and we are extremely reluctant to disrupt travel plans unless the situation deteriorates to a such extent that it becomes impossible to run.

However, the health of our attendees is our utmost priority and at the moment we believe the Congress can still go ahead safely in Thailand. Our current position is based on what we know now:

  • Thailand is one of the most prepared countries in the world to respond to disease epidemics. In a recent global study, Thailand ranked 6th in the world for Global Health Security, making it number one in Asia and more ready to deal with this kind of virus outbreak than many nations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand has recently put out a press release to address Covid-19 and Thailand.
  • At this time, we are not seeing widespread travel advisories for Thailand regarding this virus and travel through Bangkok continues more or less normally, with additional health screenings. In addition, although the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency, it also stated, “The Committee does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.” Read WHO statement.
  • Most serious cases of coronavirus have been in those with existing health conditions, those who are fit and healthy are at much lower risk, with the majority of cases making a full recovery.

We understand that some will have concerns about their own ability to travel, but we ask the majority of our attendees to take a wait and see approach and to join us in prayer for those suffering from this virus outbreak.

We do urge all Congress attendees to practice good hygiene procedures, especially during travel. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends frequent and thorough washing of hands, especially before consuming food, and recommends that people avoid touching their face with their hands. We will be issuing further guidelines on health and hygiene at the Congress nearer the event.

We advise all participants who have yet to book their flights to make sure they purchase travel insurance at the time of booking and avoid travel through China in the case of unexpected flight cancellations and quarantine concerns.

As with any upcoming trip, if you feel unwell or in fragile health before you start your journey, you should see a doctor and confirm that you are fit to travel. 



Still have questions?


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