Thai wines take step forward on world stage with Siam Winery’s first Professional Challenge
Tom Van Blarcom, TQPR
Siam Winery, one of Thailand’s leading wine producers
with its Monsoon Valley Wines, in collaboration with Bangkok Exhibition
Services (BES), and supported by the Food & Beverage Association of
Thailand (FBAT), organized and hosted with great success the first Wine
Professional Challenge 2005 with exciting results, and participants from
Thailand’s leading hospitality establishments.
winner of Wine Professional Challenge (forth from left) Tiwa Yenwattan of
The Oriental Hotel, first runner up Patcharee Soonthonchote of Italthai Wine
Cellars (third from right), second runner up Jirachai Sethisakko of Anantara
Resort and Spa, Samui (third from left), along with Piyapong Tongkam, wine
writer and Still Wine Sales Manager, Siam Winery Trading Plus (far left),
Thawatchai Teppitak, food & wine writer (second left), Kim Wachtveitl,
Siam Winery’s Director Business Development (second right), and Pairach
Intaput, President of Thai Sommelier & Gastronomie.
Aiming to put Thailand further on the world wine map,
while elevating the knowledge level of professionals in the wine industry,
Siam Winery created this annual event, the Wine Professional Challenge, in
order to both build and showcase the skills of Thai wine professionals.
Eighteen finalists competed on a written test, followed
by blind tasting, then wine and food matching and, finally, on wine
The Challenge was very exciting for everyone involved,
and the finalists all did very well, we were extremely impressed said Kim
Wachtveitl, Siam Winery’s director of business development. We saw a very
high level of excellence that bodes well for Thailand. With this success we
are now in the process of preparing for next year’s Challenge and I am
confident that there will be even more participants.
The winner of this year’s Wine Professional Challenge
was Tiwa Yenwattan from The Oriental Bangkok. He was awarded a trip to
France where he will be visiting several of the most recognized names in
Bordeaux and Champagne, as well as a visit to the London Wine Fair in May
next year. The first runner-up, Patcharee Soonthonchote of Italthai Wine
Cellars, and the second runner up, Jirachai Sethisakko of Anatara Resort and
Spa, Samui were awarded a trip to visit vineyards in Europe.
Siam Winery is Thailand’s leading producer of premium wines and
grape-based products with its wines being featured in many deluxe hotels and
restaurants, with export to 15 countries around the world.
More than 900 people trained with e-province project
Chiang Mai University’s “e-province” project,
training officials, business people and residents in the use of information
technology, ended in September with 960 persons having attended sessions.
Prof. Thanomporn Laohajaratsaeng, director of Information Technology Service
Center, Chiang Mai University describes the IT training.
Assoc. Prof. Thanomporn Laohajaratsaeng, director of the
CMU Information Technology Service Center, said the project was undertaken
in line with government policy to improve IT skills throughout the country.
Despite Chiang Mai’s importance as an economic and cultural center, IT
knowledge was in general confined to the city center, with those in the
suburbs having little practical knowledge.
CMU’s project, which began in May, was to reduce the
knowledge gap between the outer and inner districts and to make everyone
more aware of IT and how it can change their lives for the better. IT
experts held training sessions and presented CDs, all free of charge.
By the end of the project period, 960 persons from 22
districts and two sub-districts in Chiang Mai had received training, and
1,500 CDs had been given away.
Anyone wanting to learn more about IT training is invited to visit
Website aims to reduce empty truck journeys and save fuel costs
A website designed to reduce the enormous number of
journeys undertaken by empty trucks through matching haulage operators with
goods shippers has been set up by the Department of Land Transport.
Rattanadilok na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office.
The website address is www.thaitruckcenter.com and there
is also a call center at 0 2272 5222.
The website provides information on truck hire throughout
the country, coordinating the facilities of transportation companies with
those who need to hire them, and advising on truck capacity, routes, pickups
and destinations, and the hiring of vehicles for one-way trips.
Head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Transport Office
Autsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said that research has shown 46 percent of
all journeys nationally were made by empty trucks. Statistically this adds
up to the use of 1,596 million liters of imported fuel oil costing 22,538
million baht. Environmentally, the empty trucks release 114,462 tons of
pollutants and cause 1,201 million baht of road damage per year.
By setting up a website to reduce the number of empty
journeys and make more productive use of haulage companies’ fleets, a
large amount of this economic and environmental burden can be lifted and
manpower costa and traffic accidents reduced.
Autsathai said that if use of empty truck runs could be reduced by only 1
percent it would still save 34.83 million liters of fuel oil or 491.83
million baht per year.