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Orchid Festival will include a fabric fashion contest to showcase work of young designers

E-Bizz Opps switches local businessmen and women onto ICT

Joint venture targets happy campers

Orchid Festival will include a fabric fashion contest to showcase work of young designers

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Assoc Prof Akome Kanchanachote, administrative vice president of Maejo University (back row center); general manager of Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai Orachorn Chanwiwattana (back row 2nd right) and Dr Nawaphumin Chaichomphoo, Man Muang Chamber Co., Ltd. administrative committee member (back left) together with committee members and students from Maejo University.

A fabric fashion competition is to be held in conjunction with the 2nd International Orchid Festival, which will be held from January 19 to 25.

The competition is being arranged by Maejo University in cooperation with Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai.

An example of a dress designed for the fashion contest.

Assoc Prof Akome Kanchanachote, administrative vice president of the university gave a briefing together with Central Airport Plaza general manager Orachorn Chanwiwattana, and Dr Nawaphumin Chaichomphoo, member of the administrative committee of Man Muang Chamber Co., Ltd. on November 14.

The best exhibits at the orchid fair will receive trophies sponsored by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

The Real Fabric to Real Love fashion contest will be organized by Maejo University and is designed to show the quality and versatility of fabrics from Northern Thailand, and the talents of the new young designers from the North. The champion will receive a trophy sponsored by Her Royal Highness Siriwanwaree Nareeratana together with 30,000 baht, and his/her work will be presented at the Orchid Festival gala night on January 25.

E-Bizz Opps switches local businessmen and women onto ICT

Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainee MFLU)

Watcharee Srithrakul, secretary of the Business and Professional Woman’s Association of Thailand-Chiang Mai (second from right) announces the E-Bizz Opp Project at Northern Chiang Lur Room, JJ Market.

Learning to use electronic communications technology is important to the future of many small businesses, and the Business and Professional Woman’s Association of Thailand-Chiang Mai arranged what it called an “E-Bizz Opp Project” to do just that.

The BPW presented the concept at a briefing held in the Northern Chiang Lur Room at JJ Market on November 8.

BPW secretary, Watcharee Srithrakul said that the objectives of this project are to help the new generation businessmen and especially businesswomen in various careers to have the opportunity to learn about information and communications technology (ICT) and adapt it to use in doing business and setting up opportunities at an international level.

The project has its origins in the government policy that intends Chiang Mai to be an ICT city, the BPW saying that human resources are very important and need to be developed firstly.

The Young BPW Department, a group of women aged 21-40, had an opportunity to participate in an ICT seminar for women in the Asia-Pacific, with the APEC Women’s e-Biz Training at South Korea. From this grew the idea of using the knowledge they gained at the seminars and training, and so the project was created.

People who are qualified and experienced in ICT were invited to give talks and discussion sessions, and offer advice on how to run a successful business using ICT methods and technology.

There was also a technology clinic and a number of stands displaying technology and services from sponsoring companies.

The E-Bizz Opp Project was held on November 19 at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall, Nimmanahaeminda Road, inside Chiang Mai Computer and Digital ICT Fair 2005.

Joint venture targets happy campers

TTG Asia

Thailand’s ecotourism industry is set to benefit from a major cash injection. Thai Australia Capital Co (TA Capital), a joint venture between Australia’s Jayco Corporation and TSA Management of Thailand, said it planned to invest 10 billion baht (US$242 million) in ecotourism sites in Thailand over the next five years.

In the short term, TA Capital will invest in its sister company, Leisure Park (Thailand) Co, which will build and operate leisure parks around the country in co-operation with the private and public sectors. Leisure Park will integrate camping with cabins and caravans to accommodate both local and overseas tourists.

The company plans to open services in 50 parks within five years, including areas in Rayong, Khao Yai National Park, Chiang Mai, Trat, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

“Our target groups will be Europeans, Americans, Japanese, Australians and locals,’’ Jayco chief executive, Mr Gerry Ryan, said.

Jayco is Australia’s biggest producer of camper trailers, pop-tops and caravans.