CDM - Conference & Destination Management

Incentives, Meeting-related Programs, Conventions, Special Interest Travel, Special Events and Upscale FIT's
Complete destination and meeting services in Thailand. Creative tailor-designed proposals, practical logistic details, unmatched resources, dependable communications and efficient operations. CDM is known for award-winning program proposals and flawless trip delivery. Our programs are designed to correspond with the specific needs of each project. We work in supporting incentive houses who assist corporate clients to achieve company objectives by using incentive travel as the ultimate motivational tool. We work in partnering alongside meeting planners for successful management of conventions and conferences.

CDM - Conference & Destination Management

Crises Resilient Thailand and the role of the PCO/DMC...

December 2015


Bangkok has proven time and again to be a preferred destination for meetings, incentives and events despite occasional challenges, some of a global nature and some on a local level.

CDM had been working on the 46th World Congress of Surgery for 3 years as the PCO, and the final countdown started in early August 2015 when registrations peaked and exhibition space exceeded target by over 100%.

On August 17 an explosion erupted at the famous Brahmin Shrine in downtown Bangkok, adjacent to the congress venue and main hotel, Centara Grand@CentralWorld. The unexpected occurrence caught everyone by surprise and indeed stirred up immediate reaction from delegates all over the world.
The organizing committee in 4 continents held a teleconference session and the decision was to continue the congress as planned. Delegate cancellations streamed in but preparation continued. The Royal Thai Government was praised for rapid strategic recovery efforts which quickly restored confidence in the city from locals and international visitors alike.
As the PCO/DMC, CDM posted the situation on the congress website to inform delegates that the situation was under control and extra security measures were adopted by the convention center, hotels and public places.

The congress opened on Sunday August 23rd and was graciously presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak who delivered a lecture on the late HRH Princess Mother’s highly acclaimed project: The Medical Volunteer Foundation: the Blueprint of Surgical Care for All.

Although the congress faced a number of cancellations, on site registrations exceeded expectations whereby the total number came to 2,600 from 2,400 recorded on the day of the incident.

Social functions were well attended, from the Welcome Reception to Presidential Dinner and 6 Integrated Society dinners, and the highlight of the congress was the Thai Night held at Sampran Riverside resort outside Bangkok. Delegates were treated to a colorful cocktail reception, a Thai/international buffet and a series of cultural performances. The touching finale was the floating of Krathongs as a well-wishing gesture and a Firework Extravaganza announcing the next congress destination.

The world congress was in fact earlier scheduled for August 2003 in Bangkok but was cancelled in March because of the SARS outbreak. 12 years later, Bangkok was accorded another opportunity to host the event which still ascribed with a crisis, but eventually concluded with success for all concerned. CDM gained considerable experience on crisis management response and determining different levels of concerns from various nationalities as well as advisories from various governments.

Thailand is a firm destination of choice for planners and organizers of meetings, incentive travel programs and business events.

 

To contact CDM-Conference & Destination Management, please write to thailand@euromic.com

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