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Mobile banking ship aims to encourage youths to save

Asian trade dominates ATF buyer profile

Andrew Wood elected President of Skal International Bangkok

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 banking ship.”
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 International Bangkok.

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.



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