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
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.
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.
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
Rincome Hotel General Manager Nitwatcharee Wungsoonthorn is joined
by models wearing some of the many gowns featured in the fashion show.
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
Sunetra Nimanant presides over the wedding fair
at Amari Rincome Hotel’s poolside on May 28.