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Skålleagues meet at the Chedi Chiang Mai

The ladies in charge at Skål; President Annette Kunagigon and Events Director Naphat Nutsati (standing) with Ineke Martens, Secretary and Treasurer and Kaimook Chankravee of Tamarind Village (seated).

By Shana Kongmun
The fabulous surroundings of the Chedi Chiang Mai was the setting of the latest Skäl meeting, the organization of travel and tourism professionals in the North. The new General Manager, Stefan Noll, was on hand to greet the members and to offer them welcoming drinks.

Stefan Noll, the General Manager of the Chedi Chiang Mai is joined by Marc Dumur of the Legend Chiang Rai.

Jaffee Yee came in from Chiang Rai with Marc Dumur of the Legend in Chiang Rai and Frangipani Serviced Apartments in Chiang Mai. This busy man also represents the Swiss community as the Swiss Honorary Consul. Annette Kunigagon, President of Skål Chiang Mai and North Thailand invited guests of honor to lead the crowd in the traditional Skal toast before everyone sat down to a fantastic Indian buffet. It was noted that Chiang Mai is a growing destination for Indian weddings although one of the major complaints from Indian visitors is the difficulty in finding vegetarian food.

Skål Secretary and Treasurer Ineke Martens of Rowaco Asia Travel was feted with a birthday cake as well as the traditional bouquet of flowers. The well attended evening saw many guests including Jaroonrat Krasaesuk and Jeffrey Warner of Encounter Thailand, stalwarts Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King, Lamorna Cheesman of Adorn at Studio Naenna and many other members from around the North.

Ineke Martens receives her birthday bouquet from Annette Kunagigon at the monthly Skål meeting held at the Chedi Chiang Mai.

Sally Ward, Jaffee Yee and Shari Brown enjoy a mojito before the Indian buffet dinner.

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Skålleagues meet at the Chedi Chiang Mai