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TRAVEL & TOURISM
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

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.

A 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 Chiang Mai.
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.

L/r 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 evening.

Richard Goodine opening up a fine wine a la Tuscan style. Kids, don’t try this at home.
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 utilization.
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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