Secretary for Skal Chiang Mai Frans Betgem of
Tiger Trail Thailand joins Margaret Bhadungzong and General Manager of the
RatiLanna Spa Resort La-iad Bungsrithong at the registration desk to greet
By Shana Kongmun
The lovely Rio Restaurant at the RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai
was the latest venue for Chiang Mai Skålleagues dinner meeting. Hosted by
the General Manager and President of the Thai Hotel Association Northern
Chapter La-iad Bungsrithong, the evening saw nearly 30 people attend for an
interesting talk on team building activities that involve local landmarks,
tourism and information by Reiner Jansen of TabTourThailand.
The evening started out with a hearty thank you from President Tim McGuire
to members of the Skål committee who held down the fort while he was in the
United States and also mentioned that the second visit to Mae Mha School in
Chiang Dao will be held in June to deliver goods purchased from the
Christmas fund raising party. Half of the funds were used in January to
deliver food, supplies and games to the kids. The second half of the funds
will top up whatever has been used and also purchase fresh foods and other
items the school needs.
Vice President Annette Kunigagon and President
Tim McGuire chat with Joe Buranasilapin, the incoming Membership director.
RatiLanna Spa Resort generously donated two vouchers for dinner at the Rio
Restaurant and Phillip van Driesten and Ed Hennessey were the two lucky
winners. In member announcements General Manager of 137 Pillars House
Manfred Ilg said that they will be offering a fabulous Khantoke dinner with
a live band every Saturday night at 7 p.m. and invited everyone to come
check it out. President Tim McGuire presented birthday boy Kishore Ladsaria
of the Peaberry Boutique Hotel with a Skål baseball cap.
Hostess and General Manager La-iad Bungsrithong
meets with committee members and the guest speaker Reinier Jansen.
Guest speaker Reiner Jansen then took the floor to talk about the use of
technology and social media interaction in team building exercises and
tourism in Chiang Mai. He noted that the use of tablets during team building
exercises held by companies, hotels and other businesses allows for not only
tracking of team tasks, but also allows teams to communicate with the
operator, follow the progress of other teams and see their own location as
well. The program allows organizers to obtain full data on progress, an
overview of the teamwork and results of the game. He noted that the games
allow participants to step outside their regular environments and use
personal skills so that other team members can see the real person.
Members then held the Skal toast before sitting down to a marvelous
Brazilian Churrascaria barbecue with fish, steak, sausage, chicken and pork.
The next open meeting will be held at the Anantara Chiang Mai on Thursday,
April 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Ed and Patrick Hennessey are greeted by Vice
President Annette Kunigagon.
Events Director Manfred Ilg of 137 Pillars House
presents GM La-iad Bungsrithong and staff with a certificate of
Kishore Ladsaria of the Peabody Boutique Hotel
is presented with a Skål baseball cap for his birthday.