Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai welcomes
Chalermsak Suranant back home to Chiang Mai.
SKÅL representatives at the dinner to welcome Chalermsak.
Last Thursday, 120 guests participated in a grand dinner at the “soon to
open” Le Méridien, to welcome home Chalermsak Suranant, the new head of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in the Northern provinces. Chalermsak
was being ‘welcomed home’ because, prior to his four year stint in Hong
Kong; he was based in Chiang Mai. Many guests had been advised that the
theme of the night was ‘Lanna Style’ and were more than happy to oblige!
Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai with other VIPs, arriving at the Le Méridien
On arrival, guests commented on the grandeur of the lobby, undiminished by
the welcoming feel of subtle early evening touches of dim lights and candles
and the pleasing signature scent in the air. Everyone was directed to the
2nd floor Grand Ballroom’s large reception area, where they were able to
meet, greet and network.
Guest of honour Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai was joined by numerous Chiang
Mai residents involved in the tourism sector, and by local media, for this,
the first official dinner to be held at Le Méridien, which will finally open
for guests on November 1.
After Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai’s opening speech, guests were treated
to a scrumptious buffet, enormously enjoyed by all. Everyone’s favourites
were the desserts, with over 30 to choose from, including a particularly
“yummy” lime cheesecake. Repeat visits to the dishes on offer were noted,
particularly to the aforementioned dessert section. One guest, who shall
remain nameless, seemed to be determined to try them all!
Diners were entertained by a delightful Thai lady singer, followed in
succession by Khun Noi and JoJo (who had arranged the entire event) singing
their hearts out.
exquisite Thai dancer performs a traditional dance for the audience.
A Thai Contemporary dance performance by Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat’s
Chiang Mai Ballet Academy followed, and a “green theme” was represented by
the Elephant Life Experience’s well-known fashion show, courtesy of Anchalee
Le Méridien is set to become a landmark of the Chiang Mai skyline, with 384
guestrooms on 22 floors. The Chiang Mai Mail was given a sneak preview – our
reporter came away ‘well impressed’ with its European sophistication and
chic contemporary flair, enhanced with a hint of local Lanna style. There
are four restaurants and bars, including the Italian ‘Favola Restaurant’ and
the ‘Latest Recipe.’ If the food, served at the welcoming dinner for
Chalermsak, is anything to go by, the restaurants will prove very popular,
seeming to be reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel of this quality. Most
guests agreed that they would come back to the hotel on a private visit.
of the fashion models, strutting the catwalk.
The Chiang Mail Mail asked GM Yves Mudry how the new hotel might
enhance the city’s tourism potential. Yves replied that all market segments
will be very important to Le Méridien’s business model in Chiang Mai,
including leisure, corporate and meetings, and that several strategic
marketing initiatives have already been launched, promoting the city as a
preferred destination. The hotel is working closely with TAT and the Chiang
Mai Tourism Forum, both of whom will continue to focus on the development of
tourism in Northern Thailand. When asked what will make Le Méridien special,
Yves replied that it will showcase the re-launch of the Le Méridien brand
and present a new perspective which goes beyond beauty and comfort into a
sense of enrichment and community.
If you would like to make your event that little bit more special, invite
number of the guests, happy to be seen in their Lanna Style finery.