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Skålleagues told electronic publishing is the future

Skålleagues told electronic publishing is the future

Reinhard Hohler Photos: Marion Vogt

The October dinner meeting of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand was held at the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel on October 27. 40 members and guests came together to drink to the Skål principles of happiness, good health, friendship and long life. Is this not what everyone wishes?

Frans Betgem (Khiri Travel) shares a light moment with Stephen Yong, eWay Publishing.

At the meeting, a new company introduced itself and its services. Wind and Fire Co., based out in Doi Saket, has a tethered balloon ride, where you can majestically rise above the morning mist as you dance with the wind in a hot air balloon over the picturesque landscape of Chiang Mai. Also, there was the announcement of the newly opened Jing Jai Hobby Market just one km from the Sri Phum Corner outside Old Chiang Mai, where value for money designed souvenirs and gifts for all in the family are offered on a regular basis.

Vice-President David Thomas takes care of the guest speakers Stephen and Tat-Leong.

Host of the meeting, GM Arie de Keijzer then informed everyone of his resignation from the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel after four years in Chiang Mai. At 38 years old, he still feels young for a change in life, and has already accepted a new assignment with a luxury hotel on the tropical island of Koh Samet. All members and guests present wished him well and all the best for his future endeavours, and expressed that it will be a great loss for the Chiang Mai community.

Vice-President of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand David Thomas entertains Mohamad Jesr (standing first left), Harry Woodward (standing first right), as well as Ian Garrit, Anchalee Kalmapijit, and Vilawan Pantho (all seated).

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by executives of the eWaypublishing Company based in Singapore. Managing Director Mrs Tat-Leong Sweeting entertained the audience by advertising the revolutionary techniques to make destination and hotel directories, name cards and brochures, which travel agents can use with out falling back on Internet web sites.

A fashion-statement was made by these three ladies (from left) Apiradee Tantivejakul, Project Coordinator Central Group of Companies; Tatsalauy Osathanond, ComMan Co; and Wanassanan Krainara.

Already published are two small discs with the Singapore and Malaysia Hotels eDirectories, with the ones about Hong Kong, Bali and Thailand to follow early next year to be ready for the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany. Singaporean Stephen Yong, a former executive of the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) in Bangkok has joined the company recently and supported the presentation accordingly. Even some self-declared dinosaurs in the publishing business, such as British David Hardcastle from Good Morning Chiang Mai News had to admit that “electronic publishing” is the future.

The final photo with the outgoing GM Arie de Keijzer, flanked by Michael Vogt, Chiangmai Mail; Wim Fagel, Amari Rincome Hotel; and Nick Bauer, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.

Regarding the future meetings, the board members of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand decided that there will be no meeting in November but there will be a Grand Christmas Skål Dinner Meeting on 18 December this year. GM Nick Bauer from the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Chiang Mai extended the invitation and is looking forward for a gathering of up to 120 people for that event. All lights are on green for the future of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand.

Ian Garrit, Eleanor Hardy, Sarah Leelaphat and Carl de Cleene enjoy each others company.

The obligatory group photo with the two guests of honour, Tat-Leong Sweeting and Stephen Yong (front row second and third right).