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The party is at The Pub Saturday, June 30th
Air Alliance to host Asia Forum 2007 in Bangkok
The Banfi wine evening wows them all
THAI Air to institute 10 year plan
The party is at The Pub
Saturday, June 30th
The bar can now seat 20 and
it’s a great place to catch up on the latest happenings in Chiang Mai.
There are many pubs in Chiang Mai but only The Pub can
claim to be one of the longest running pubs in the city.
Thirty eight years ago when Chiang Mai was even a sleepier town and the only
ex-pats around worked in the timber and tobacco trade, a place called The
Pub was their gathering place to share a pint, a tale or a meal.
Today The Pub on Huay Kaew Road (just west of the Amari Rincome Hotel) has
undergone a facelift and a nice one at that.
friendly place to meet new friends and share a pint.
Landlord Grahame and wife Tong has spent the last few months adding a new
look that has quickly attracted the younger generation who live or visit
This is not to say the wiser, older customer is not around to share their
wisdom, history and stories about the fast growing city.
One night you might be lucky enough to sit next to Graham Lovett at the new
larger bar. Graham is one of the English football legends who took his West
Bromich Albion team to win the FA Cup back in 1968. Or you might be able to
share a few minutes listening to ex-pat Roy Hudson who has lived in Chiang
Mai for some 40 years.
As the city attracts more and more of a younger crowd, the owners brought in
some contemporary comfortable lounge seats that make lounging all that much
more enjoyable while sipping a pint of John Smiths on draft or even a
Guinness straight from the keg.
The Pub is a place where everyone is welcome and feels welcomed. Some even
end up getting married as happened 20 years ago by a loving couple who
recently returned to The Pub to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Breakfast will soon be served as of 7am as Grahame and Tong have embarked
into the bed and breakfast arena. As of August The Pub will have added 6
bungalows for overnight guests who can holiday in Chiang Mai and spend the
night in air-con comfort followed by a full English breakfast the next
morning. At 600 baht a night the price is as reasonable as everything else
offered at The Pub.
The kitchen serves up traditional good pub grub including real Cod fish and
chips and Sundays is always popular for the huge traditional English lunch
at only 250 baht. A choice of beef, lamb or pork is available and the
service is always with a smile.
For every meal or drink purchase customers receive a lucky draw ticket. Come
by on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and you might be the lucky winner of a
voucher to be used at the bar. The most ever won was 8,000 baht!
There is always something going on at The Pub and now there is something new
going on…a new look, a new feel and a great place to make new friends over a
pint of good beer.
Grahame and Tong welcome everyone on Saturday, June 30th at 8pm for their
grand party to celebrate the new refurbishment. A complimentary buffet along
with live music will be offered, so come along and join in.
The Pub is located at 189 Huay Kaew Road. Tel: 053-211550 or visit their new
website www. thepubchiangmai.com
Air Alliance to host
Asia Forum 2007 in Bangkok
Star Alliance, the world’s first multilateral aviation alliance is
celebrating its one decade of operations this year.
To mark this auspicious milestone, Star Alliance together with its
award-winning founding member, Thai Airways International will stage one of
the biggest highlights in the international aviation industry calendar, with
a forum entitled “Asia Forum 2007: The future of aviation” on June 28th at
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.
The one day forum has been divided into 3 sessions of in-depth discussions
among experts, technologist, travel industry specialists, airport managers,
environmentalists, manufacturers, analysts and business people from all over
the world. The gathering summit will focus on Asia as the fastest growing
aviation region and discussions will touch on topics of “The New Frontiers”,
“Aircraft of the 21st Century and Implications on Asia”, and “Challenges for
the Asia’s Travel and Tourism Industry”.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont will preside at the forum, with
other notable speakers including Star Alliance’s CEO, Jaan Albrecht, World
Tourism Organization’s Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli, Amadeus’
President and CEO José Tazón, key executives from leading airports, related
key aviation individuals from Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls Royce, as well as
high-ranking personnel from the government sector and tourism organizations.
The Banfi wine evening wows them all
Mr. Richard Goodine, Area Director for Castello Banfi and
Andrew Harrison, General Manager of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai welcomed a
full house of guests at the recent Banfi wines dinner soiree.
Dean Henderson, Richard Goodine and Andrew Harrison enjoy the Castello Banfi
wines and dinner at the Four Season Hotel.
Guests gathered at 7pm for cocktails and savored canapés such as yoghurt
with mint foam and vegetable ceviche, soft shell crab, Parma ham and melon
accompanied by glasses of chilled Banfi “Le Rime” 2006.
At the strike of 8pm guests were ushered onto to pool terrace where the
dining tables were perfectly set to entertain for the remainder of the
Goodine opening up a fine wine a la Tuscan style. Kids, don’t try this at
Four Seasons Executive Chef Giordino Faggioli began the sumptuous
presentation of delectables with a porcini timbale with braised leek and
Taleggio cheese fondue served with the Banfi “Centine” Toscana rose 2005.
The Brunello de Montalcino 2002 was served with the main course of baked
lamb and was one of the favorites of the evening. Goodine led the evening by
providing his expertise for each of the wines served giving every guest an
intimate knowledge of just how good wines come to be.
One of the highlights that memorable evening was the expert way in which
Goodine uncorked one of the bottles.
THAI Air to institute 10 year plan
Thai Airways International (THAI) is in the process of formulating the first
10-year strategic plan in its 47-year history. Previous plans had not been
for more than five-year periods.
To be finalized by August, the long-term strategy is expected to cover at
least three key factors: demand forecast over the next 10 years to dictate
new routings and aircraft; status of existing products such as destinations,
aircraft and in-flight entertainment/service to increase product efficiency;
and technology to maximize yield.
President, Mr Apinan Sumanaseni, said the airline also planned to reduce its
aircraft depreciation from 20 to 15 years of utilization in order not to
“use its old horse until it died”. “Lowering aircraft depreciation will mean
lowering profitability, but it will help build a solid foundation for the
company in the future,” he said.
The long-term strategy will also involve the airline’s newest approach of
aircraft replacement planning. From its current fleet of 84 aircraft, three
will exceed their 20-year depreciation this year. Within the next five and
10 years respectively, 26 and 48 more aircraft will reach their 20 years of
In response to its aircraft proficiency and passenger demands, THAI is
expected to take delivery of its newest order of eight new Airbus330-300s
next year - in addition to its order of six A380s with the first aircraft
expected to be delivered in 2010. (TTG)
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