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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.

Gill Dobson (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.

Vice 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

President Tim McGuire thanks Lori Ashton of Art & Culture Magazine for her donation of a voucher at Prempracha Ceramics for next month’s lucky draw.

Skål meetings give tourism and travel professionals a chance to meet, talk and exchange stories and information.

The 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.

David Thomas (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.

President 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.

Pim 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

U.S. Consul 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.

Nopniwat Krailerg
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.

The 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.

U.S. Consul 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.

The U.S. 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 the steps.

Others took the Latin rhythms and got salsaing right away.

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Fine French dining at Le Crystal for Skålleagues

Movies; A global passion

Latin Tunes at Le Meridien gets toes tapping