Fine French dining at Le Crystal for Skålleagues
Skål members and guests for the group photo
before the start of the dinner at Le Crystal on April 24, 2014.
By Shana Kongmun
Photos by Nopniwat Krailerg
Skål Chiang Mai and the North, the travel and tourism professionals
organization, held their latest meeting at the fabulous Le Crystal French
Restaurant on Thursday, April 24, 2014 where members and guests met for
cocktails and canapés before sitting down to a delicious dinner.
President Tim McGuire was on hand after his return from the United States
and announced the recent visit of Vice President of Skål Hong Kong Blandine
Cressard. Committee members met with Ms. Cressard and discussed the
possibility of Skål Hong Kong visiting Skål Chiang Mai & North Thailand as
well as the upcoming visit of Young Skål Hong Kong Award Winners and the
possibility of twinning with Skål Hong Kong.
(left) manned the registration desk where she was joined by Vice President
Annette Kunigagon (standing) and Membership Director Jenny Croyston.
Several announcements were made
including notification of an upcoming performance by Brigham Young
University’s “Young Ambassadors on May 2 at Hua Hin hosted by Skål Hua Hin,
as well as the Asian Skål Congress held in Bali from June 5 – 7, 2014. Skål
International President Karine Coulanges and Director Nigel Pilkington will
attend the Congress. Additionally Le Crystal will be celebrating their 9th
anniversary on May 9 and will be holding a special dinner for the event.
Skål member Pim Kemasingki let everyone know about her latest project; Spoon
& Fork, an upcoming food magazine.
President Annette Kunigagon (right) greets Assistant Events Director Jerome
Sim of Khum Phaya Resort and his sales director Khun Maphrang.
The Skål toast was given in English by
and in Thai by before everyone settled in to enjoy a fine French meal
prepared by the skilled Chef de Cuisine Somchai Yawan and staff. Members and
guests thanked Ajava Riddhi Diskul Co-Managing Partner, Restaurant Manager
Pravichayapan Sintpan and the staff at Le Crystal for creating a memorable
dinner and meeting.
Next month’s meeting will be held at David’s Kitchen at 909 Restaurant on
May 29, 2014. Interested parties can register online at
Tim McGuire thanks Lori Ashton of Art & Culture Magazine for her donation of
a voucher at Prempracha Ceramics for next month’s lucky draw.
meetings give tourism and travel professionals a chance to meet, talk and
exchange stories and information.
Hennessey Family; local members Janet and Ed and Young
Skal member Patrick, welcome President Tim McGuire back to Chiang Mai at the
Skål dinner held at Le Crystal.
(left) is joined by Naphat Nutsati of Tamarind Village, Josh Morris of
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures, Phayung Jaiyen, F&B Manager and
Executive Chef at Tamarind Village and Greg Anderson General Manager of Le
Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai.
Tim McGuire of Segway Gibbon (left) and Vice President Annette Kunigagon of
Eagle Guesthouse (right) greet Joshua Morris and Sirinuch Youngakares of
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures Co., Ltd.
Kemasingki announced the launch of her newest venture; Spoon & Fork, a
dining and food magazine.
Movies; A global passion
World Intellectual Property Day at Maya
General Michael Heath is joined by officials from the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office and staff from SFX Cinema and the Maya Chiang Mai Life
Style Shopping Center as well as Batman, Spiderman and Captain Jack Sparrow.
The U.S. Consulate General joined American diplomatic posts worldwide to
celebrate World Intellectual Property Day for the 5th year on April 26, 2014
to show their support for artists and musicians around the world.
The theme for this year’s World IP Day was “Movies: A Global Passion”
reminding film viewers that creative industries generate many jobs, and that
those who download or purchase illegal pirated copies of films are harming
filmmakers and many others who depend on filmmaking for their livelihoods.
importance of protecting artists rights to benefit from their creativity was
a theme of U.S. Consul General Michael Heath’s talk.
The U.S. Consulate Chiang Mai’s event is in support of the U.S. State
Department’s message “When Creativity is protected local film industries and
creative economies flourish”; a very important theme for Chiang Mai which is
working hard to promote the creative economy.
The program was organized by the U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai, with
sponsorship from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in collaboration
with SFX Cinema and the Maya Chiang Mai Life Style Shopping Center. The
event is part of the efforts to promote intellectual property rights as part
of the U.S. government’s commitment to the Thai- U.S. Creative Partnership.
General Michael Heath launches World IP Day with Batman, Spiderman and
Captain Jack Sparrow.
U.S. Consul General Michael Heath noted that April 26th of each year was
designated as World Intellectual Property Day by the World Intellectual
Property Organization, or WIPO. He added that many people think of
intellectual property as something that has little relevance to their own
lives but in fact we rely on intellectual property every day. “When we
choose any kind of product, whether coffee, clothing, a mobile phone or a
new car, we use design trademarks and brands to guide our choice, and
benefit from the technology and innovation that goes into their creation.
When we get sick, the global intellectual property system encourages the new
innovations that results in life- saving drugs that help us lead longer,
healthier, safer lives. When listen to music, watch movies and TV, read
books, and use software we are also benefitting from others’ creativity and
innovation. By purchasing only legal products, we reward the creators of
copyrighted works and enable them to make a living and continue to create,”
Consul General Michael Heath said.
Consul General acting on behalf of the Consulate donated three wheelchairs
and copyrighted CDs to the Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities
International at the event.
This year’s theme of “Movies: A Global Passion,” reflects the importance of
creativity the writers and actors, directors and special effects artists to
provide everyone with quality entertainment.
Michael concluded, asking everyone to remember the efforts of the artist
before buying a pirated product and that every time a pirated product is
purchased the artists are denied the opportunity to benefit from their work.
Latin Tunes at Le Meridien gets toes tapping
Guests and residents enjoyed drinks at the
Latitude bar and hot salsa dancing on the floor.
By Shana Kongmun
Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai hosted their latest Salsa night at
Latitude that saw a good crowd of dancers turn out for salsa and fun. Not
only did the evening feature experienced dancers filling the floor but also
lessons for those not as well versed in the salsa moves.
Le Meridien plans on hosting regular Latin Tunes evenings with salsa and
more on offer for guests and visitors. Latin lovers now have a place to
meet, dance and enjoy their favorite spicy moves. (Photos courtesy of Le
Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai)
Some took their time to get into the rhythm but
quickly picked up the moves.
Even newbie dancers were given a chance to learn
Others took the Latin rhythms and got salsaing