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Chiang Mai creativity and innovation wins awards

Creative Awards Chiang Mai winners at the ceremony held at the TCDC office.

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Local businesses and individuals were rewarded for their creative design in four different categories; Architecture and Interiors with 5 winners, Product Design with 8 winners, Packaging with 4 winners and New Printing and New Media Design, also with four winners. The Chiang Mai Design Awards are held annually by the Chiang Mai Creative City Committee, this year held at the Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC). The event was presided over by Associate Professor Dr. Sermkiat Jomjunyong Vice President for Research and Academic Services, Chiang Mai University.
The Chiang Mai Design Awards are held to support and promote creative design and innovation among businesses involved in handicrafts, decoration, food products, health and spa, and more. The CDA works to promote innovation and outstanding talent from Chiang Mai to the outside world with a new perspective.


UK targets top business travellers with new premium visa services

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in Thailand has extended its priority visa service to include all business, work, investor and entrepreneur visa applicants. The service is already available to business visitors, tourists and family visitors who meet certain criteria, as well as Tier 4 students, and has proven extremely successful with over 18,700 applicants taking up the service since its launch in January 2012.
The priority visa service is a fast track processing service which aims to return visa decisions within 3 to 5 working days compared to the standard 15 working day service and is available to eligible applicants who pay an additional fee.
British Ambassador, Mark Kent, said:
“The UK is open for business and we are working hard to ensure we have the right services in place to encourage growth and support those who we want to attract to the UK. This includes our visa service and I am very pleased to announce that we have extended our already successful priority visa service in Thailand to include anyone travelling for business, investment and work purposes.”
As part of its economic plan, the government has also announced, today in the UK, further improvements to the visa system to attract the brightest and best to work, do business and invest in the UK.
This includes:
The launch of the GREAT Club, an invitation only, bespoke account management service providing top business executives with bespoke support from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The Club will start in the New Year as a 12 month pilot aimed at around 100 global business leaders who use the visa service and have strong links to the UK. The establishment of a global Business and Growth network to identify priority businesses that use our visa system and to give them access to a quick, responsive service, including a ‘Business Helpdesk’ in the UK, providing direct access to qualified UKVI staff.
The expansion of our same-day visa service, currently available in India and soon to be available in China, to several further key locations by the end of 2014.
The extended priority visa service and other initiatives are set to support the continued strong demand for UK visas in Thailand. . In the 12 months to June 2013, UK Visas and Immigration issued approximately 65,700 visa applications to Thai nationals, 16% more than the previous 12 months including a 29% increase in tourist visas and an 18% increase in business visitor visas. 95% of Thais who apply for a UK visa are successful.
Further information on the UK visa service and available premium services in Thailand is on our website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/thailand


Rajamangala University strengthens corporate communications

New President launches new project

Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai’s President Dr. Numyoot Songthanapitak reviews the exhibits from other campuses.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai launched a new project to showcase innovative works and research from 6 areas, 4 faculties, one college and offices. Each area brought products from their research to display at the University. The opening ceremony for the project titled “Strengthening Cultural and Corporate Communications” at 9 a.m. on November 25, 2013 by Dr. Numyoot Songthanapitak, the new President of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Changmai.
The Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Lampang offered an exhibit on fruit and vegetable processing that adds value to the local products, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Nan exhibited orchid breeding technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Phitsanulok exhibited on the technology transfer of safe rice production. Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Rai exhibit was on integration into the community, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Tak exhibited their computerized laser cutting machine and Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chang Mai exhibit academic works from all 4 faculties in academic, culture, academic services, research of instructors and students.


Chiang Mai’s new sister city Kengtung sees growth in relations

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Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting Thai deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday, November 22 after discussions with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Brunei on April 25, 2013 led to the establishment of Chiang Tung or Kengtung in Shan State in Myanmar as the sister city of Chiang Mai.

Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai reports on the results of the September visit to Chiang Tung or Kengtung in Shan State in Myanmar.

Further meetings between officials in Kengtung in September led to agreements on increasing safety for tourists at the border, cultural and educational exchanges, collaboration on tourism and sports and discussion to extend the daily bus route Chiang Mai - Mae Sai – Tachilek and extend on to Kengtung or Chiang Tung, as it is also called.
Talks included forest fire and smoke management in border regions and medical cooperation.
Chiang Mai has led performances of the dramatic arts to promote art, culture and traditions of the province in exchanges in Chiang Tung. The private and public sectors in Chiang Mai have delivered sports equipment to students in Kengtung and 15 entrepreneurs in the OTOP/Chiang Mai Brand/SME wellness services visited Chiang Tung where they saw great interest in products such as ceramics, umbrellas, herbs coffee and others. Interest was so great people there have requested future visits with goods from Chiang Mai as many people there have the purchasing power but say they lack quality products.


Northern train service scheduled to resume December 1

Thailand’s northern trains are to resume service December 1 after a more than two month closure for rail maintenance, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) head said last week.
SRT Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan confirmed the reopening of northbound train services after the SRT temporarily closed a significant stretch of the popular rail route between Sila At in Uttaradit to the railhead in Chiang Mai since September 16 for maintenance following a number of derailments.
The SRT governor said the maintenance work is 90 per cent completed. Most important, he said, is the installation of barricades in four tunnels to prevent the fall of a train if it derails, as well as installing ventilation to allow passengers to walk through the tunnels to the exit if an accident occurs.
Most rail maintenance has also been done. All work will be complete by the end of November and the northern train service will resume operation December 1.
Mr Prapas said defective rails have been removed in the maintenance. However he noted that SRT’s locomotives are quite old and some spare parts are no longer produced.
The SRT is seeking to buy new locomotives, with new engines to be used for the northern trains, he said, emphasizing that there will not be frequent accidents as in the past. (MCOT online news)


Foodies delight; Food Festival to be held December 6 – 13

Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat is joined by Sunisa Thuwanon, TAT head Wisut Buachum, and Central executives in announcing the upcoming Chiang Mai Food Festival to be held at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport from December 6 – 13, 2013.

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ASEAN food will be the focus of this year’s Chiang Mai Food Festival to be held at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport from December 6 – 13, 2013. Foodies can gather at the Lan Muan Jai from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and sample a broad range of foods.
The 26th annual Chiang Mai Food Festival is being held in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Restaurant Club according to Sunisa Thuwanon, President of the Chiang Mai Restaurant Club and head of the 26th Chiang Mai Food Festival.
K. Sunisa said that the fair is being held under the concept “Travel and Taste ASEAN food” and activities are divided into four parts. An exhibition will be held by the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden Organization titled “Herb Garden for life” and will feature healthy herbs. There will be demonstrations of ASEAN national cuisines as well as many booths selling food, a fancy ASEAN dress contest, Miss Chiang Mai Food Festival and a free concert.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai creativity and innovation wins awards

UK targets top business travellers with new premium visa services

Rajamangala University strengthens corporate communications

Chiang Mai’s new sister city Kengtung sees growth in relations

Northern train service scheduled to resume December 1

Foodies delight; Food Festival to be held December 6 – 13