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Skålleagues celebrate birthdays at the Brix Bar, Montri Hotel

Beautiful brides at the Amari Rincome Hotel Wedding Fair


Skålleagues celebrate birthdays at the Brix Bar, Montri Hotel

Tony Malhotra

Skål International Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand had its May get together dinner for the members and their guests at Brix Bar & Restaurant, Montri Hotel on Thursday May 27.

Surat Patong General Manager of Montri Hotel offered up excellent food and great hospitality for the Skålleagues.

It was indeed a casual party that started at about 6.30 pm with signature cocktails at the bar for about an hour then everyone was seated. Toby Allen, Club Director was the master of the ceremony introducing speakers and special guests.

Marc Dumur, President of Skål International Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand then gave a warm welcoming speech to all the Skålleagues and guests.

Birthday girls Surat Patong General Manager of Montri Hotel and Annett Kunigagon proprietor of Eagle House Eco-sensitive Tours enjoyed a great surprise when everyone sang them happy birthday and President Marc presented bouquets of flowers to the lovely ladies.

President Marc Dumur gave the opening speech and welcomes guests and members to the event.

David Thomas, consultant of Wanna Tours Chiang Mai conducted the traditional Skål toasts, followed by an International buffet dinner with a mix of contemporary Thai dishes beautifully presented by Tawarn Wutthisri, Manager of Brix Bar & Restaurant with an assistance from Prapha Charoenphol, Public Relations officer of the hotel.

Short speeches were given by Andrew Bond about the importance of on-line marketing especially when promoting tourism related businesses and Tim McGuire, International Business Development of Playhouse Complex who talked about the Chiang Mai Back on Track - A Peace Festival organized at the Playhouse on Sunday June 6, fun day for the family. Chiang Mai Mail will bring you this report in our next issue.

President Marc Dumur joins the Skålleagues in singing happy birthday to Annett Kunigagon (left) and Surat Patong.

Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail passes on the good wishes to the Skålleagues from his father Peter Malhotra, the founder of Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand and talked about how the idea of Chiang Mai Mail newspaper first started. The first proposition occurred right after the Skål International Chiang Mai annual meeting at Amari Rincome about 9 years ago when President Marc Dumur, David Thomas and Peter himself sat over a beer and discussed the need for a real and proper newspaper for Chiang Mai. 6 months later the first issue of the English weekly newspaper Chiang Mai Mail hit the market. Tony added that Chiang Mai Mail would like to assist the members and every Chiang Mai business in promoting their establishments through its pages.

Next month’s meeting will be held in Chiang Rai with an overnight schedule. This exciting Skål week-end will be at Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai on 26-27 June 2010. Anyone interested to join can send their confirmation to Secretary Naphat Nutsati at [email protected].

(l-r) Sutthiruk Sitthisoonthorn, President of Spa Mantra; Surat Patong General Manager of Montri Hotel; Naphat Nutsati General Manager of Tamarind Village and Pakin Ployphicha CEO of Oasis Spa enjoy the night out with colleagues.

(l-r) David Thomas, consultant for Wanna Tours, Sarah Leelaphat, Paul Humpheys, chairman of Destination Professionals and Patrick Moukarzel, General Manager of The Chedi share a drink at the pre-dinner cocktail party.

(l-r) Andrew Zimmerman, Julie Hastings, Naphat Nutsati, Skål International President Marc Dumur and Niikki Prachensky enjoy a laugh at the Skål International meeting at the Montri Hotel’s Brix Bar.

(l-r) Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of Chiang Mai Mail chats with Toby Allen, CEO of Oasis Spa, Andrew Bond from Insightful Web Services and Skål International President Marc Dumur.

Skålleagues join in the group photo at the end of the meeting.


Beautiful brides at the Amari Rincome Hotel Wedding Fair

Amari Rincome Hotel General Manager Nitwatcharee Wungsoonthorn is joined
by models wearing some of the many gowns featured in the fashion show.

Supoj Thaimyoj

The Amari Rincome Hotel organized the 4th Wedding Fair 2010 from May 28-30, with Mrs. Sunetra Nimanant, the wife of Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant presiding over the grand opening ceremony held at poolside on May 28. With beautiful decorations followed by a fashion show, the event was aimed at promoting the growing niche of Chiang Mai as a wedding destination. Special wedding packages, honeymoon vouchers, and air tickets from Nok Mini Air and Lao Airline were featured.

A model walks the catwalk at the Wedding Fair Fashion show at the Amari Rincome Hotel on May 28.

Mrs. Sunetra said the wedding fair was a good opportunity for Chiang Mai businesses to grow, with hotels, photo studios, beauty salons as well as other services all able to take part in this niche market.

The hotel was also supported by leading studios; Wow 88 Studio, Loveable Studio, Photo Mania Studio, Photomine Studio,168 Foto Studio, Body Shape, Absolute Clinic, BSC. Wedding rings were specially designed by Amore Diamond, with wedding attire from Love A Lot, décor from Tawan Décor, and Bon Cafe’, Italthai, and Coke sponsoring refreshments while AIS, Lao Airline and Nok Mini airline also sponsored the event.

The dresses were lavish, with the fashion show bringing applause from attendees.

Mrs. Sunetra Nimanant presides over the wedding fair
at Amari Rincome Hotel’s poolside on May 28.