7th Round Table Asia-Pacific – Pattaya


Wednesday 18 September

17:30 - 18:45 
Sunset reception at Sunset Terrace, Royal Cliff Beach Terrace for all delegates – see the page “extras” for more information

18:45 - 21:00 
KAAN Show for association delegates – see the page “extras” for more information

Thursday 19 September

3 optional activities for association delegates – see the page “extras” for more information

lunch for all delegates, hosted by TCEB, at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

Opening session  “Why is civil society important to the world?”
with keynote by Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA 
followed by panel discussion with all speakers and group discussions

Case studies and discussion groups
- “Association governance: a way of life, not a set of rules”, presented by Hemant Batra, SAARCLAW
- “Digital solutions for a (digitally) illiterate audience”, presented by Guruji Murugan Chillayah, World Silambam Association

Dinner for all delegates, hosted by TCEB

Friday 20 September

Case studies and discussion groups
- “Organizing a conference: who can help?”, presented by Jan Tonkin, IAPCO
- “Association values versus Realpolitik: walking a fine line”, presented by Cyril Ritchie, UIA and CoNGO
- “The Association of What Now? Building brand recognition for associations”, presented by Amelia Folkema, UIA

Closing session “Why are people important to civil society?”
with panel discussion with all speakers and closing keynote by Jack Sim, Founder and Director of the World Toilet Organization

lunch for all delegates, hosted by TCEB, at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

3 optional tours for association delegates – see the page “extras” for more information


Cyril Ritchie

President of UIA

"Association values versus Realpolitik: walking a fine line"

Governments are "in business" (theoretically in certain cases) to provide essential social and infrastructural services to their populations, and to ensure sound and fair administration, safety, security, order and justice. Inter alia.

Many associations (NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, PVOs etc) are "in business" to provide non-profit social services: to expose mal-administration and corruption; to track violations and violators of human rights and social rights; to combat patriarchal systems denying justice to women. Inter alia.

What are the boundaries between these sometimes competing, sometimes complementary interests and policies? Who may, who should, determine priorities? Are laws always just, always applicable, always applied?

This session will explore some fine lines separating (or joining?) governmental and non-governmental concerns.


President of UIA – Union of International Associations (since 2017)

First Vice-President of CoNGO – Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (since 2018), formerly President (2011-2018)

Honorary President of the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law (since 2018), formerly President (2008-2018)

Senior Policy Advisor of WFC – World Future Council (since 2012)

Chair of ELCI – Environment Liaison Centre International (since 2000)

Titular of the World Order of the Smile (since 1979)

President of ICSFD – International Civil Society Forum for Democracy (2006)

Chair of WOCSOC – World Conference on Civil Society (1999)

Executive Director of ICVA – International Council of Voluntary Agencies (1964-1978 and 1990-1991)

Jack Sim

Founder, World Toilet Organization (WTO)

Why are people important to civil society?


Jack Sim, Founder of World Toilet Organization (WTO), has been a successful businessman since age 24. Having achieved financial success in his 40s, Jack felt the need to change his direction in life and give back to humanity – he wanted to live his life according to the motto “Live a useful life”. Jack soon left his business and embarked on a journey that saw him being the voice for those who cannot speak out and fighting for the dignity, rights and health for the vulnerable and poor worldwide.

Jack discovered that toilets were often neglected and grew concerned that the topic was often shrouded in embarrassment and apathy; talking toilets was taboo! Jack felt this led to the neglect of restrooms island wide. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) whose mission was to raise the standards of public toilets in Singapore and around the world.

Through RAS, Jack’s vision was to put Singapore on the “world map” by taking the initiative to provide clean public toilets. As Jack began his work in Singapore, he realized there were other existing toilet associations operating in other countries.

It soon became clear that there were no channels available to bring these organisations together to share information, resources and facilitate change. There was a lack of synergy. As a result, in 2001, Jack founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) and four years later, the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005. In 2004, Jack was awarded the Singapore Green Plan Award 2012 by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) for his contribution to Environment. In 2006, Jack was invited to launch The German Toilet Organisation in Berlin. He is also a founding member of American Restroom Association.

In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) comprised of over 130 organisations active in the sanitation sector. Jack is also an Ashoka Global Fellow and in 2008 was named Hero of the Environment by Time Magazine. Jack also sits in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.

He graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2013. He was shortlisted for the Sarphati Sanitation Award in November 2013.

Hemant K. Batra

Vice President, SAARCLAW - South Asian Association for Regional Co-Operation
Founder & Chairman, Kaden Boriss Legal
Co-Founder & Senior Fellow, Goeman Bind HTO

Association governance: a way of life, not a set of rules

Governance is often erroneously seen as a burden of compliances rather than as a worthy habit. As management techniques evolve, many association and organization governors (founders, board members, managers) are discovering that overall success lies in good governance, and good governance should be seen as a way of life – ethical and sustainable – and not as an obligation or constraint. Governance comprises the three balancing wheels, ART: accountability, responsibility and transparency. In this case study we will consider how to manage an association successfully on these three wheels.


Hemant is a strategist business, corporate, commercial, and policy lawyer, with a law and policy practice across the globe, and specifically in India, for nearly three decades. He is the founder of Kaden Boriss, a network of a global corporate, commercial, and business law practitioner firms.

He writes and speaks on current topics of importance, including legal, policy, social and economic issues. He is an acclaimed writer of seven books on diverse topics. His latest, on due diligence in business and asset acquisition, was published by leading law publisher Eastern Book Company.

He was awarded the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal by the Gandhi Global Foundation for effectively connecting the legal communities of the SAARC nations. With ten years of service, he was the longest serving Secretary-General of SAARCLAW - South Asian Association for Regional cooperation in Law, and is now the elected Vice-President. He is associated with various projects of UN, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCAP, and ADB, and is Chair of the South Asia Committee of the Indian National Bar Association.

He has been a visiting guest speaker at various international universities and institutions. Up to 2018, he has been an invited speaker at more than 300 international conferences, seminars, and workshops on various topics.

He travels extensively. Under the brand Urf Hekbat he is a noted music composer and producer.

Jan Tonkin

Immediate Past-President, IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers)
Managing Director, The Conference Company

Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) – bringing your vision for your conference to life

Helping your Association realise your vision for your conference or event is at the heart of a Professional Conference Organiser’s service. Working alongside your Committee or project team they ensure everything is planned to the last detail and they take the stress out of every step of the organising and the ‘on the day’ delivery.

From project planning, financial management, marketing, mitigating risks, securing sponsors and exhibitors, booking venues and co-ordinating a myriad of suppliers through to registering delegates, communicating with speakers, booking accommodation, managing abstract submissions, creating memorable social occasions and onsite management, PCOs do it all.

This session will cover how a PCO’s role complements an Association’s and how they add value to your event and your Association. We will talk about the cost and benefits of using a PCO and work through how to call for proposals and engage a PCO.


Jan has worked in the meetings business all her professional life, both in the UK and New Zealand. She founded The Conference Company in 1990 and today is the hands-on managing director of the busy company which has three offices in New Zealand and one in Sydney, Australia. Her team organises meetings of all shapes and sizes throughout Australasia and Asia, with particular expertise in association conferences and their exhibitions, government meetings and awards programmes.

Her other hat is that of educator and leader in the international meetings world. She has recently finished a two-year term as President of IAPCO, the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers and is the Chair of the Association’s Training Academy. Jan helped design and launch the IAPCO EDGE series of regional seminars which have been very well received in a number of corners of the globe. She has been a regular presenter at IAPCO seminars throughout Asia, participated in seminars at industry events in Europe, Africa, Australia and the USA and been a moderator and speaker at PCMA’s (Professional Convention Management Association) Convening Leaders Conference.

Barbara Ewals

Director for Partnerships, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)

Contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs cover broad challenges such as economic inclusion, diminishing natural resources, geopolitical instability, environmental degradation and the multifaceted impacts of climate change. They define the agenda for inclusive economic growth through to 2030 and were developed with inputs from business, academia and nonprofit organizations globally.

Many organizations have also been working to address environmental, social and economic issues. Many have begun to recognize that they can only address these complex sustainability challenges by scaling up their efforts through collaboration with peers, industry and sector organizations, customers, governments, nonprofit organizations, and society. The SDGs provide a universal and visionary framework for this global cooperation and action, bringing all stakeholders together to proactively address and solve these challenges.

If the SDGs are to be met, everyone will need to play a major role and associations can and should contribute to this.


Barbara Ewals is the current Director for Partnerships at the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. She facilitates the engagement and establishment of partnerships for SIOG with leading public, private and international development organizations. She has extensive global experience spanning 15 years as a corporate engagement expert in various industries.

Prior to joining SIOG – she was also the Director of Partnerships at the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) which is also based in Geneva as well as the Stakeholder Engagement Director for Global Initiatives (a sustainability consultancy based in Singapore). She held various positions in organizations based in Thailand, Singapore, Geneva and the Philippines.

She holds the degree from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) and is a member of various professional associations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the International Association of Events and Exhibitions (IAEE).

Guruji Murugan Chillayah

Founder and Chairman of Silambam Asia

Digital tools for an illiterate audience

Silambam works with a largely illiterate audience, including helping them access and use digital tools. With illiteracy a worldwide problem - according to 2017 data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there are still 750 million illiterate adults; digital illiteracy is even more widespread - in this case study we will look at best and worst practices, drawing on personal experience and trying some live tests.


Guruji Murugan Chillayah is Founder and Chairman of Silambam Asia (an NGO with, since 2019, Special Consultative Status at ECOSOC), the World Silambam Association and the World Yoga Association.

Guruji was born in Seremban in Negeri Sembilan state in Malaysia. Since childhood he has been active and promising in academics, arts and sports. At the age of 18 he began his pilgrimage, a journey of experience in modern and traditional life, leading to a path of spirituality. Since 1989, Guruji is a respected practitioner and teacher of Silambam, traditional yoga, and Varma Kalai (Varma Vidya).

He studied International Business Management in Singapore and joined Singapore Telecommunication (SingTel) in Corporate and Consumer Relations, leading a contigency team to resolve national level critical issues in Media Content Transmission and UAT (copper and fiber-optics). He received Outstanding Performance Awards before moving on in 2010 to the pathway of monasticism.

He was initiated into the Sannyasa order in Omkarananda Rishikesh, in the Himalaya region of India. He taught practial skills in the rural communities around Uttarakhand, earning the nickname "Kartigeya" (Son of Shiva). He returned to Malaysia in 2016 and since then has initiated and led the work of Silambam, traditional yoga and Varma Kalai, setting new standards for collaborative work for Silambam practitioners worldwide.

Amelia Folkema

Communications Officer, Union of International Associations

The Association of “What now!?”

The non-profit world is vast and diverse. It can be a challenge for an association to stand out and accurately and concisely convey the unique added value it brings to society. What can the non-profit sector learn from strategies more commonly employed in the commercial world? How do you build brand awareness for your organization? Which tools provide the best return on investment? How do you ensure your organization never again has to deal with the question “The association of what now?”?


Amelia Folkema has been involved with UIA for over a decade. She started out working as a student on editorial projects. It was this early exposure to the world of international associations which was a driving factor in her desire to pursue the field of communications. While obtaining her master’s in public relations at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Amelia did freelance social media and press relations work for the UIA. After completing her dissertation on cross-cultural crisis communication, she moved back to Belgium to become UIA’s Communications Officer.


Wednesday 19 September

    Sunset Reception

    Our hosts at TCEB and the Royal Cliff Hotel Group offer all the Round Table delegates a sunset reception on the sunset terrace of the Royal Cliff Beach Terrace hotel. Pre-registration is required (sign up when you register for the Round Table).

    KAAN Show

    Our hosts at TCEB offer the Round Table association delegates Pattaya’s newest and most spectacular performance – KAAN Show! A kaleidoscopic presentation of Thai fantasy and literature. This phenomenal performance at the ‘levitating theatre’ is truly a not-to-be-missed attraction in Pattaya. Pre-registration is required (sign up when you register for the Round Table), and spaces are limited! Maximum 40 participants.

Thursday 19 September

Our hosts at TCEB offer the Round Table association delegates three activities in the morning of Thursday 19 September. Pre-registration is required (sign up when you register for the Round Table), and spaces are limited!

    Sunrise 1. Muay Thai on the Beach

    Thai kickboxing or ‘Muay Thai’ is the country’s most celebrated martial art. Try Muay Thai mini class as a morning exercise on the beach and explore the art of combat with a lethal weapon: your body. Maximum 15 participants.

    Sunrise 2. Hot herbal Compress

    A branch of famous Thai massage, steamed herbal compress soothes your body tension with warmth and aromatic herbs compressed in a ball of fine white linen. Learn how to make your own compress at home and enjoy full treatment of Thai hot herbal compress massage. Maximum 15 participants.

    Sunrise 3. Sweet Coconuts

    A coconut heaven for sweet tooth! Learn how Thais make desserts out of simple ingredients: coconut, rice flour, and palm sugar. Maximum 15 participants.

Friday 20 September

Our hosts at TCEB offer the Round Table association delegates three guided tours in the afternoon of Friday 20 September. Pre-registration is required (sign up when you register for the Round Table), and spaces are limited!

    Tour 1. The Peaceful Journey - Sanctuary of Truth - Khao Chee Chan Buddha on the Hillside - Viharn Sien Temple of Chinese gods

    Pattaya is home to various beliefs, from Theravada Buddhism, Hahayana Buddhism, to Hinduism and Chinese Taoism, you can find multiple sacred sites adorned beautifully with arts from various roots. In this tour, you will explore 3 most outstanding sites with differences in beliefs but all share the same goal: the state of peaceful mind.

    Tour 2. Pattaya Cruise Experience - Koh Lan

    Pattaya's beloved island of Lan or Koh Lan is an ideal place for sunbathing on the beach. We take you to the serene part of this bustling island to enjoy your quiet time under the sun.

    Tour 3. Pattaya Cruise Experience - Reef dive

    Feel like diving? Hop on board and go to Pattaya's exclusive diving spot near Koh Kram Yai (The Great Indigo Island.) Snorkel diving gear is ready for you.

Getting There

Pattaya is served by three major airports.


Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) – a main terminal of Bangkok- is located only 135 km from Pattaya. It is easy and convenient to transfer to Pattaya by the Highway. Apart from public buses from the airport terminal, there are also licensed taxi services which cost around 60 EUR for one-way transfer and take only 75 minutes to Pattaya.

There will be a shuttle bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel on 18 September 2019. Staff will meet you at exit 2 on the 2nd floor with a UIA welcome banner. Shuttle busses will depart at: 9h00, 10h00, 11h00, 12h00, 13h00, 14h00, 15h00, 16h00, 17h00, 18h00, 19h00, 20h00, 21h00.

The return shuttle will run from the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel to Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday 20 September between 14h00 and 21h00.
If you wish to book your own car for the airport-city transfer, send an enquiry to booking@ground-business.com. Prices per trip range from 1,800B to 7,800B depending on the vehicle. Bookings need to be made at least 24h in advance.


Bangkok Don Muaeng International Airport (DMK), a low-cost airline terminal, currently handles more than 20 low-cost airlines and charter flights connecting international destinations in Southeast&East Asia region as well as domestic destinations. The airport is located up north of Bangkok, 25 km to Bangkok city center and 150 km to Pattaya City. Travelling by taxi is the easiest way to Pattaya and it will take approximately 2 hours and cost around 80 EUR.


U-Tapao Airport (UTP) is located 40 km south of Pattaya and only 40 minutes’ drive to Pattaya City Center. The airport recently has a new development project for commercial use. Apart from charter flights, there are curretly 5 airlines operating scheduled flights connecting 5 major domestic destinations and international destinations to/from Malaysia, China, and Russia.

Suggested airlines:

Thai Airways International
Bangkok Airways

Staying Overnight

Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

Official UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2019 Hotel.

Royal Cliff Hotels Group consists of 4 luxury hotels (all 5 stars) with its own ambience and character to cater for the different lifestyles of visitors: Royal Cliff Beach Hotel (Casual luxury), Royal Cliff Beach Terrace (Exotic luxury), Royal Cliff Grand Hotel (Formal luxury) and Royal Wing Suites and Spa (Ultimate luxury). Guests staying at the Royal Cliff can enjoy an impressive range of facilities on offer including 11 restaurants and 5 bars, 7 swimming pools, 2 health spas, Thai cooking school, state-of-the art fitness complex, 7 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, 2 private beaches, kids world, games and karaoke room, shopping arcade, beauty salon, a catamaran for private charter, 3 ballrooms, 53 meeting rooms and a world-class convention and exhibition centre. www.royalcliff.com

Breakfast and internet included.

Room Type Picture Floor space Price
Grand Sea View 35m² 4,500B
Grand Sea View Plus 38m² 4,700B
To Book:
Go to www.royalcliff.com
Select hotel: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

Use promotion code: PTYUIA2019
Valid for stay dates: 16-23 September 2019

Conditions: Credit card will be charged 14 days prior to arrival and it is non-refundable. The credit card used upon making booking must be presented upon check-in. Guest terminating stay earlier than stated in booking will be charged for the original period of reservation.

Royal Cliff Beach Hotel

1-minute walk to the Round Table venue.

The vibrant and lively Royal Cliff Beach Hotel (Casual luxury) is located in the heart of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group. The hotel went through extensive renovation recently and the rooms offer IPTV solution. Providing exceptional value for money, the hotel offers a wide range of accommodation and all the benefits and facilities of a luxurious five-star resort including, 11 restaurants, 5 bars, 2 health spas, Thai cooking school, fitness centre, 7 floodlit tennis courts, 2 air-conditioned squash courts, 7 swimming pools, kids' world, Teen lounge, exclusive beach and private catamaran. There is also a business centre equipped with the latest Apple Macs available within the resort for business travellers. www.royalcliff.com

Breakfast and internet included.

Room Type Picture Floor space Price
Mini Suite Sea View Plus 35m² 3,800B
Ocean Deluxe 38m² 4,200B

To Book:
Go to www.royalcliff.com
Select hotel: Royal Cliff Beach Hotel

Use promotion code: PTYUIA2019
Valid for stay dates: 16-23 September 2019

Conditions: Credit card will be charged 14 days prior to arrival and it is non-refundable. The credit card used upon making booking must be presented upon check-in. Guest terminating stay earlier than stated in booking will be charged for the original period of reservation.

Sattelite Hotel: Amari Residence Pattaya

5 star hotel, 5 minutes by car to conference venue.

Nestled in an oasis of calm amidst the buzz on Pratumnak Hill with the perfect blend of comfort and convenience in one of the most vibrant beach cities, welcome to Amari Residences Pattaya. Featuring 173 stylishly furnished guest rooms and suites complete with excellent amenities - stunning views, spacious living and dining areas, free Wi-Fi, modern technology – we’re inviting you to stay with us when you’re in town.

Gym or swim in the mornings, explore the sights and sounds, cook for the family or share a romantic evening meal. Smile (or cry) as you unwind watching the latest series on satellite TV, post your latest selfies with the sunset as your backdrop or catch up on emails after a day of meetings - at Amari Residences Pattaya we offer you the services and facilities you'll need for shorter or extended stays.

Breakfast and internet included.

Room Type Picture Floor space Price
One bedroom suite 34m² 2,300B
One bedroom suite ocean 34m² 2,500B
One bedroom deluxe 49m² 2,700B
One bedroom suite corner 56m² 3,000B

To Book:
go to www.amari.com
select hotel "Amari Residence Pattaya", and use promotion code PTYUIA2019

Valid for stay dates: 16-23 September 2019

Conditions: Credit card will be charged after completed reservation and it is non-refundable. The credit card used upon making booking must be presented upon check-in. Guest terminating stay earlier than stated in booking will be charged for the original period of reservation.

Satellite Hotel: Nova Platinum Pattaya

4 star hotel, 8 minutes by car to conference venue.

Nova Platinum Hotel is located in South Pattaya close to Walking Street and Pattaya Bay.

Our hotel has 3 buildings with a total of 270 well-appointed guestrooms. All of our rooms feature a 32” LCD TV, DVD player, hair dryer, scale, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, personal safe box, free WiFi and a number of facilities. You are welcomed to enjoy our spacious garden, large freeform swimming pool with waterslide, lap pool and two hot tubs. The fitness centre, with its windows facing the garden and pool area, is equipped with a range of exercise equipment to help you stay active.

Sukavadee Spa offers massage treatments in the Premium Wing, as well as in the rooms and the additional massage room at the swimming pool.

The hotel offers three amazing bars and restaurants including Zia Restaurant, Kiara and the Pool Bar.

Room Type Picture Floor space Price
One bedroom suite 38m² 1,950B

To Book:
Go to https://www.mosaic-collection.com
Select hotel: "Nova Platinum Pattaya", and use promotion code PTYUIA2019

Valid for stay dates: 16-23 September 2019

Conditions: Credit card will be charged after completed reservation and it is non-refundable. The credit card used upon making booking must be presented upon check-in. Guest terminating stay earlier than stated in booking will be charged for the original period of reservation.

Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus will service a number of Pattaya hotels for all round table events.

Shuttle bus route 1: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel - Siam Bayshore - Bayview - Amari Residence - Nova Platinum
Shuttle bus route 2: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel - The Zign - Pullman G
Shuttle bus route 3: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel - Holiday Inn - Siam at Siam

Other suggested hotels in Pattaya:

  • Pullman G Pattaya
  • Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa
  • Siam at Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
  • Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa
  • The Bayview Pattaya
  • The Zign Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Pattaya

  • Additional suggestions for accommodation can be found on https://www.tourismthailand.org/Accommodation.

    About Pattaya

    About Thailand

    Currency: Thai baht (B). ATMs are widespread with a charge of 150B foreign-account transaction. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most shops.

    Time zone: GMT +7

    Visa: International air arrivals are entitled to 30-day visa, 15-day visa at land borders and 60-day tourist visa through application at the Thai Consulate.

    Staying in touch: Inexpensive pre-paid SIM cards are easily available. 3G is widespread in the cities. Free wi-fi is usually available in cafés and hotels.

    Electricity: Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets.

    Tipping: Tipping is not standard, but it is appreciated. If there is a small bit of change from a restaurant bill or metered taxi, it is common to offer it as a tip.

    Taxis: Taxis are convenient, but ensure the driver is using the fare meter, which starts at 35B.

    Weather: Thai weather is marked by three seasons: the rainy season (May-October), hot season (March-April), and the cool season (November-February).

    Attire: As Thailand is hot, sunny, and humid, visitors are likely to sweat no matter what they wear. Natural fabrics such as linen and silk are good choices to stay comfortable in the heat. Many sites, particularly temples, will enforce a modesty dress code which usually requires visitors’ shoulders, cleavage, and knees be completely covered.

    About Pattaya

    Places to see:
    • Buddha Mountain: The area was once an old mine and was landscaped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King’s ascension to the throne. One of the mountain’s cliff-faces has an outline of a large, gold-coloured Buddha that was created by the use of accurate sketches by lasers accompanied by the marines abseiling on the cliff-face and completing the carvings. The mountain has become a famous attraction where tourists love to take pictures of the gigantic carvings. Located on the road to Wat Yanasang Vararam, 6kms off Sukhumvit Road at the 160km marker. Open daily from 6h00-18h00. Free admission.

    • Pattaya Floating Market: Pattaya Floating Market features cultures and traditions of the different regions of Thailand. Traditional wooden houses show the lifestyle of Thai people in the past. Visitors can cruise around the market place and enjoy trying various cuisines such as boat noodles and pad Thai. The activities area comprises of souvenir outlets ranging from ceramics, silver ornaments, basketry, wood carvings, rattan work, clothes, and other handmade products. 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvit Road, Tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri 20150. Daily 9h00-20h00.

    • Sanctuary of Truth: The Sanctuary of Truth is a marvellous Thai-style pavilion that stuns every visitor with its delicate carvings. It is a wooden structure decorated in an oriental style showing gods and goddesses, angels, and people from Buddhist history. It is one of the most special attractions in Thailand in an outstanding coastal location where the atmosphere changes at different times of the day. 206/2 Moo 5, Soi Na Klua 12, Tambon Na Klua, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri 20150. Daily 8h00-17h00. Admission fee 500B.

    • Art in Paradise: Art in Paradise is a gallery of art containing over 140 paintings that allow visitor’s interaction. Each room in the gallery features stunning paintings of different themes, such as mirages, underwater worlds, wildlife, world-class paintings, cultural rooms, and surrealism. 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya 2 Road, Tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri 20150. Daily 9h00-21h00. Admission fee 150B.

    Places to eat:
    • Krua Naklua
    • Moom Aroy Naklua
    • Rimpa Lapin
    • Samosorn Reun Sak Pradoo
    • Panya Restaurant
    • Pla Thong
    • Rua Mai Pattaya
    • Wandee House

    Frequently Asked Questions


    How much does it cost?
    The registration fee for delegates from international associations is 2000 Thai Baht, for delegates from local Thai associations it is 1000 Thai Baht.

    What is included in the registration fee?
    All activities listed under “Programme” are included:

    • on Wednesday 18 September: the reception, the KAAN show
    • on Thursday 19 September: the morning activities, lunch, the Round Table sessions, dinner
    • on Friday 20 September: the Round Table sessions, lunch, the afternoon tours

    Thanks to the generous support of our host Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), we are able to offer a high-level educational programme for a low fee. All other elements of the programme are complimentary.

    Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses. See “Getting there” and “Staying overnight” for suggestions.

    How can I pay the registration fee?
    Payment in advance is required. Bank transfer information will be given in the email confirming your registration. Under some conditions payment on site is also possible but only if requested in advance. Write to nancy@uia.org

    How do I register?
    (2) Click on “login” in the upper right corner of this page
    (3) Fill in your username – if you don’t have a username, contact nancy@uia.org
    (4) Fill in your password – if you don’t have a password, contact nancy@uia.org
    (5) This will take you to a list of options. Select “Register for the Round Table”.

    What is the deadline for registration?
    We accept online registrations until 9 September. After that date, it it may still possible to register by email to nancy@uia.org.

    Is there financial support?
    We regret UIA is unable to assist with travel and accommodation expenses as we are ourselves a small, self-funded research institute. We are able to keep the registration fee low thanks to the assistance of our host partners.

    Some associations have received assistance for this or similar conferences from their national or regional tourist boards or chamber of commerce, where there is a programme to support the work of international associations.

    If requesting assistance from a convention bureau or chamber of commerce, you can perhaps underline the networking and promotional opportunities of attending an international associations conference: you will meet representatives of international associations from around the world and can tell them about the benefits of operating an association in your city, or of holding an association event in your city. For a list of organizations which have sent representatives to past Round Tables, click here.


    What are the topics?
    See the page “Programme” for an overview of the programme, and the page “Speakers” for descriptions of sessions and biographies of the speakers.

    What is the format?
    There are experts on the stage speaking, and there are experts in the room listening: you! Six people working in international associations tell us about a challenge they are facing and how they are dealing with it. Then we split into smaller groups, according to interest, for questions and answers and discussion with the speakers.

    Are there pre-tours?
    Yes! See the page “Extras” for the special extra activities.

    Are there post-tours?
    Yes! See the page “Extras” for the special extra activities.

    In Pattaya

    How do I get to Pattaya?
    Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. See the page “Getting There” for useful information.

    Where can I stay in Pattaya?
    Delegates are responsible for their own hotel arrangements and expenses. See the page “Staying Overnight” for suggestions.

    Where is the Round Table?
    In the Head of State Ballroom at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

    What is the dress code?
    Delegates are asked to dress for business. The meeting room, the Head of State Ballroom at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, is air-conditioned. Temperatures outside are expected to be 25 to 30 Celsius. For Thursday 19 September choose flexible clothing. There will probably not be enough time to change clothes between the different parts of the day (morning activity, afternoon Round Table sessions, evening dinner).

    What else is there in Pattaya?
    See the page “About Pattaya” for suggestions.

    Visa for Thailand

    Participants must complete all formalities prior to their trip and all foreign citizens should hold a valid passport (more than six-month validity period from the date of arrival in Thailand). Participants can access visa information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand web page.

    Visitors to Thailand must obtain a visa from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they come from a visa-exempt country or a country whose citizens are eligible to obtain visas on arrival. Please check here for more information.

    If you would need a visa to enter Thailand. You should apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa. Nationals from certain countries may only apply for visa on arrival at major entry points whether by air or by land. Such participants will be allowed to stay in the country for up to 15 days maximum. Visa on arrival may not be extended.

    Apply for E-Visa on Arrival, here.


    Who attends the UIA Round Table?
    We expect about 100 participants, mostly representatives of international not-for-profit associations. For a list of organizations which have sent representatives to past Round Tables, click here.

    About the UIA
    UIA - Union of International Associations - is a research institute founded in 1907 to promote and document the work of international associations. Its primary task is the collection and dissemination of information on international associations, fulfilled largely by its two main publications: the Yearbook of International Organizations, and the International Congress Calendar.

    International organizations are described in the Yearbook. With absolutely no charge, fee, or obligation. This is what we do, and what we have been doing for over 100 years.

    The Yearbook is used mostly by international associations wishing to contact other associations active in their field, by academics studying global civil society, and by governmental offices (usually the tourist boards) wishing to be informed of international association activity in their area.

    The UIA also promotes the work of international associations by organizing educational activities, such as the Round Table. It is the only activity for which UIA charges a - nominal - fee.

    I represent a convention bureau or other service industry. Am I welcome at the Round Table?
    Yes! We reserve a certain number of spaces for delegates representing offices providing services to international associations. While some of the extra activities are reserved for association delegates, there is also a special session for these “industry” delegates: an introduction to UIA and its database, on Thursday 19 September from 11.00 to 12.00. Please contact nancy@uia.org for more information.


    Registration for the Round Table is limited to associations with profiles in the Yearbook of International Associations, Associate Members or other invited guests.

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