Mobile banking ship aims
to encourage youths to save
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) on January 10 invited a
group of outstanding children selected from across the nation to learn the
value of saving as they visited the self-proclaimed “world’s first and only
The 15 children visited the banking facility at the Temple of Dawn pier in
Bangkok, where they also deposited money. The ship belongs to GSB Pakklong
Talad Branch that has offered banking services to residents on both banks of
the Chao Phraya River since 2006.
The ‘banking ship’ has served residents along Bangkok Noi Canal for over 22
years, and became so popular with local people that Sompong Ambangrung, GB
Pakklong Talad’s Branch Manager, decided to expand the boat’s routes.
The popular service particularly appeals to clients along the
Pakklong-Talad-Temple of Dawn-Wat Rakang route, drawing over 100 customers
per day. Services offered are very similar to those provided at onshore
branches and include deposits, withdrawals and loans.
Khun Sompong also said that, in order to encourage saving habits, he is
considering expanding by adding more routes. (TNA)
Asian trade dominates
ATF buyer profile
Asian travel agents and tour operators represent the largest group of buyers
scheduled to attend the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2008 in Bangkok from
January 18 to 26.
Of the 650 registered buyers, 294 are from Asia, including 47 from
Singapore, 38 from Malaysia, 34 from India, 31 from Indonesia, 21 from
Vietnam and 43 from Thailand. Another 239 buyers are from Europe and are
from the UK (48), Germany (46), the Netherlands (20) and France (15). There
are 39 registered buyers from the US and 31 from Australia.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Ms Phornsiri Manoharn, said:
“This selection of buyers reflects the rapid growth taking place in
intra-regional travel, one of the most important trends taking place today.
“More growth is certain as Asia-Pacific governments push regional social and
economic integration and liberalise movements of people and goods by
boosting transportation infrastructure, especially low-cost airlines.”
As for sellers, the biggest number are from Thailand the host country,
(184), followed by Indonesia (61), Malaysia (56), Singapore (25), the
Philippines (17), Vietnam (17), Myanmar (nine), Brunei and Cambodia (seven
each) and Laos (five).
Travex at ATF 2008 will be held at Challenger 2, Impact Muang Thong Thani,
from January 21 to 25 January. The ASEAN Tourism Conference will be held at
the same venue on January 23. (TTG)
Andrew Wood elected President of Skal International Bangkok
Andrew J Wood elected as president of Skal
At Skal International Bangkok’s January meeting held at the Conrad Hotel, Mr
Andrew J Wood, General Manager of the Chaophya Park Hotel and Resort, was
elected President. The appointment will run from 2008 to 2010.
Mr Wood replaces Brian Sinclair Thompson of Swiss International Airlines,
who hands over responsibility after a very successful 4-year tenure.
Mr Somsak Kiratipanich was returned as Vice President and Mr. Robert (Bob)
Lee was returned as Executive Secretary.
Andrew Wood is also the Skal International Councillor for Thailand and Skal
Asian Area Director of Development. His election day victory coincided with
his 49th Birthday.
The Skal Club of Bangkok, (Club no. 153), was formed in 1956, meets on the
second Tuesday of each month, and currently has 94 members.