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Vol. XIII No.7 - Sunday April 6, 2014 - Saturday April 19, 2014


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New daily non-stop route from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Bangkok Airways launched their new direct Bangkok – Chiang Rai route at Mae Fah Luang Airport recently.

Bangkok Airways launched their new non-stop daily flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai on March 28, 2014. The airline will use a 162 seater Airbus aircraft for the route. Flights will depart Bangkok twice daily, once in the morning at 7:35 and arrive in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang Airport at 8:55 a.m. The second flight of the day departs Bangkok 6:05 p.m. and arrives 7:25 p.m. Return flights from Chiang Rai to Bangkok depart at 9:45 a.m. and arrive in Bangkok at 11:05 a.m. The evening flight departs Chiang Rai at 8:10 p.m. and arrives at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 9:30 p.m.
Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways’ President stated, “We see Chiang Rai as another potential destination to enhance tourism and commerce within the region. The city is also a strategic gateway to neighboring countries such as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic which is a path way for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community as well as most southern parts of China.”
“As Bangkok Airways is focusing on leisure destinations, therefore we see the high demand from international passengers connecting to South East Asia. We look to cement our position in the increasingly competitive Thai market. We are also confident that with our strong reputation as an airline offering a boutique flying experience for our passengers, Bangkok Airways will become a leading player in this market,” Mr. Puttipong continued.
Furthermore “Our latest flight will promote Chiang Rai as the center of cycling, so we Bangkok Airways’ would like to offer an extra privilege for passengers flight from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Rai where passenger can travel with 1 bicycle for free by informing our airline within 24hrs before flight.” (PR)


Snail extract; new beauty regime available in Chiang Mai

The newest beauty treatment center, Réelle Skin Care, opened on Huay Kaew Road in Mailin Plaza on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The new center offers not only creams and lotions from snail extract on sale but also treatments for anti-aging, whitening, and anti-acne in several different packages. Many balk at the notion of using snail extract but as spokeswoman Lanna Commins noted, “This really works. I started using it ten days ago and my skin feels firmer and plumper. It definitely feels softer.” Unlike the unusual spa treatment in Japan, live snails will not be crawling over your face but the rejuvenating and anti-aging properties of snail extract are already well-known there. The staff at Réelle Skin Care clinic join in the spa treatment area for the grand opening.


Chiang Mai businesses to meet at joint Chamber networking event

Sponsored by Chiang Mai Insurance and Chiang Mai Mail

The Chiang Mai Business Group (CMBG) is holding a business networking meeting for professionals at the Shangri La Hotel on April 9, 2014.
The Business Group is working together with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) to offer this great opportunity for like minded business people to meet, network and find connections.
The Chiang Mai Business Group has been working to promote Chiang Mai businesses both in Thailand and overseas through both local and Chamber connections.
This business professional event is being held at the Shangri La Hotel on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
An entrance fee of 500 baht payable at the door includes finger food, soft drink, beer and wine.
General Enquiries and reservations: Tel: +66 (0) 2651-5350-3 Fax: +66 (0) 2651-5354 Email: [email protected]


Sake experts offer tasting classes at Rimping

Rimping Supermarket’s Aji Restaurant in the Maya Shopping Center was the site of a tasting lesson on sake, the famed Japanese beverage on Friday, March 28, 2014. The seminar, held by BB & B or Bangkok Beer & Beverages Co. Ltd., saw the restaurant filled with interested customers as BB & B’s sales manager for Japanese products Yoshito Suzuki explained in Japanese and Suriyod Kalyanavongs explained in English, the history and intricacies of sake. Mr. Suzuki explained the differences between the different kinds of sake including the ones made from highly polished rice to less polished rice.


CPN holds summer fashion shows at malls around the country

Dr.Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana Executive Vice President for Marketing at CPN announced the new promotions for summer including fashion shows around the country.

Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN), Thailand’s leading retail developer, together with business partners and retail shops spent over 50 million Baht on “CPN Summer Now 2014” campaign from 20 March – 30 April 2014 to boost shopping mood during Thailand summer at 24 branches of CPN shopping malls nationwide including CentralWorld, CentralPlaza and CentralFestival. To strengthen its Fashion Capital and Trendsetter position, CPN will be set Spring/Summer 2014 Collection fashion shows at 7 shopping complexes in major provinces including CentralWorld, CentralPlaza Lardprao, CentralPlaza Grand Rama 9, CentralPlaza Udonthani, CentralPlaza Ubonratchathani, CentralFestival Chiangmai and CentralFestival Hatyai.
Dr.Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana Executive Vice President for Marketing at CPN said “CPN Summer Now 2014 is another big campaign which fashionistas are looking forward to. Last year, our summer campaign was very successful with over 1.7 million per day of visitor’s traffic during summer campaign. For CPN Summer Now 2014, we join force with our business partners and fashion brands to spend over 50 million Baht to host “CPN Summer Now 2014” with promotion, fashion shows and special on-top offers at each CPN’s shopping mall. We expect around 10%-15% increase in visitor’s traffic and 20% increase in sale of fashion brands during the campaign period.
Geometric and Tribal prints in bright colors are the key items this summer; moreover, vivacious color of Brazilian Carnival and floral are still in collection either for swimwear, denim streetwear. There will be more variety of fashion ranges for Thai people to select that suit themselves for this summer. CentralFestival Chiangmai will hold the Burning Beach Fashion Show by famous fashion brands on a manmade beach in front of the shopping mall on 5 April 2014. (PR)


The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) application period open

The application period for the Chiang Mai Design Awards was announced at the TCDC recently by committee members.

The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) by Chiang Mai Creative City (CMCC) is an initiative that aims to promote innovation and creativity across a range of design categories. The CDA focuses on design, often with a contemporary touch, rather than pure art or craft. The purpose is to showcase Chiang Mai’s talent and highlight why design is important and adds value. The first Chiang Mai Design Award was launched in 2012 and it is now entering the third year. More information can be found here: (www.creativechiangmai .com/ida)
Members of the public are invited to submit an application for the Chiang Mai Design Awards 2014. There are more than 20 voluntary judges and distinguished advisors – many of whom are well-recognized designers, university lecturers in relevant fields, or individual who have a professional interest in design.
There are six broad categories: 1) Architecture & Interior, 2) Crafts, furniture, decorative Items and fashion accessories, 3) New Media, 4) corporate identity design, 5) packaging design, and 6) retail design and merchandising display. Selected designs will be benefiting from free consulting on further the product development, marketing, market access, etc. by TCDC and CMU STeP experts. Winners will also be considered to receive free support for applying the application to Design Excellence Award (Demark), G-mark Award or others award. Free exhibition space, for example at the CDA Pavilion of the planned Chiang Mai Design Week and marketing and PR support. Contact [email protected] for information.


WHO; South-East Asia region of 1.8 Billion people declared polio-free

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) congratulated the countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) on being certified polio-free, a historic milestone in the worldwide effort to end polio and realize the broad benefits eradication will bring. The 11 countries in the region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste – are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six WHO regions of the globe to be officially certified polio-free.
India, once deemed the most difficult place to end polio, recorded its last case on 13 January 2011, enabling completion of regional certification. Other countries such as Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan have been polio-free and waiting for this day for more than 15 years.
Ending polio in these countries forged strong systems that are now being used to advance other health priorities. In Bangladesh, immunization coverage for essential vaccines (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) rose from 82% to 96% between 2000 and 2012, in a period of intense polio eradication activity; in Nepal, the rate went from 74% to 90%. Some countries have expanded their high-performing polio surveillance networks to track other vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, neonatal tetanus and Japanese encephalitis.
South-East Asia’s remarkable achievement in ending polio was made possible by unprecedented commitment from governments to hold high-quality vaccination campaigns that reached a cumulative total of 7.5 billion children over 17 years, in every home from the busiest city street to the remotest rural corner, with the dedication of millions of community health workers and volunteers. Between 1995 and 2012, the polio programme conducted 189 nationwide campaigns across the region and administered more than 13 billion doses of oral polio vaccine.
The region’s accomplishment marks a vital step toward the GPEI’s goal of delivering a polio-free world by 2018. Innovative approaches and new partners are driving global progress against a multi-year plan to stop transmission, improve immunization rates and make a lasting impact on child mortality. However, this progress is at risk unless polio is ended in the three countries where it has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Recent outbreaks in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa are stark reminders that polio anywhere is a threat everywhere. Until polio is stopped in the remaining three endemic areas, all countries need to maintain sensitive surveillance and high immunization rates to rapidly detect any importation of poliovirus and minimize its impact. Now that 80% of the world’s population lives in regions certified polio-free, the goal of eradication is closer than ever.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1988, when the GPEI was launched, more than 350,000 children were being paralyzed or killed by polio each year. That figure has been reduced by 99.9%: in 2013, 406 cases of polio were reported.


Diamant Condominium by N.C. Housing brings “a happy living community” to Chiang Mai

The new Diamant Condominium will offer three styles of condo on the Superhighway – Faham Road.

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The newest condominium to be developed in Chiang Mai is the Diamant Condominium by N.C. Housing Public Company Limited, Thailand’s first ISO quality standard housing developer and one of Thailand’s leading property developers.
The condo, under the concept of “A happy living community” is located on the Superhighway – Faham Road on 4 rai of land. There will be 227 units in three buildings with a clubhouse, Infinity Edge Pool, fitness center, restaurant and smart elevator. There will be three styles for the customer: 1 bedroom with 30-35 sq. m. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 45 sq. m., and 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom with 56 sq.m. The price starts at 1.79 million baht and the development will have CCTV cameras and 24 hour security.
Somchao Tanterdtham, Managing Director of N.C. Housing Public Co. Ltd., said that N.C. Housing is Thailand’s first ISO standard housing entrepreneur and won the Best Corporate Governance award from Set Award 2006 and The Best Real Estate Entrepreneur from the Office of the Consumer Protection Board. Its real estate business covers the Bangkok Metropolitan Region with authorized capital of 1,200 million baht and the company has developed more than 50 projects with a total value of 30,000 million baht.
The company proposes to create added value for the customer and project members, and focus on creating a happy community with high standards of community management. The project will be inspected every step of the ISO 9001: 2008 such as design standards, control of construction of the project and building the confidence of customers in terms of home delivery as well as after sales service to satisfy the clients. The company has developed 3 big brands to meet customer’s needs under the brand Baan Fah, costing less than 5 million baht; NC Royal, costing more than 5 million baht; NC on Green, housing on a golf course, Vertical Condo; The Focus, Khon Kaen; Netureza, Pattaya and Diamant, Chiang Mai.
The latest “Diamant Condominium” is located in the center of Chiang Mai and reflects a lifestyle of “Absolute Balance”, with access to nature and to urban convenience. The design was inspired by Resort Style but also the atmosphere of the North.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

New daily non-stop route from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Snail extract; new beauty regime available in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai businesses to meet at joint Chamber networking event

Sake experts offer tasting classes at Rimping

CPN holds summer fashion shows at malls around the country

The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) application period open

WHO; South-East Asia region of 1.8 Billion people declared polio-free

Diamant Condominium by N.C. Housing brings “a happy living community” to Chiang Mai

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