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August 2017 Issue 38

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Dear Members,...From Brendan Cunningham , AustCham Executive Director

Next month, AustCham's calendar is packed full with various interesting events including Member Briefing followed by the  premier monthly networking event, September Sundowners. This time we will also bring Sundowners to Phuket! Others include Multi- Chambers events and ASEAN Business Survey Lunch

>> An overview of AustCham business in August and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current business issues concerning Three digital projects
>> Very interesting articles written by Rob Hall, Managing Director at Dot 360 and Paul Gambles, Managing Partner, MBMG Group

Check out the 1st teaser of Virgin Active 2017 AFL Grand Final Family Day and interview videos from our corporate sponsors at All Chambers Sundowners; NS BlueScope and Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20.

Industry Focus for August is Health products and services. Check out interesting articles written by our members who work in this area and visit our  members.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News from our members
>> Warm welcoming and introduction to our 12 new members!

Here are beautiful snapshots at AustCham's organized events in August!


Message from your Chamber


“Greetings from your Chamber! In August, we enjoyed a busy Member-focused month, holding events with visiting Victorian and South Australian Business Delegations, and hosting a lunch with the Thai Minister for the Digital Economy and Society, H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj.

With September now upon us, our focus shifts to the Hospitality and Tourism industries, with our a Phuket Sundowners and Panel Discussion planned for Friday 8 September, and a panel review of the Thailand Tourism Market to be held prior to the September Sundowners on Wednesday 6 September. With the high season just around the corner, we are keen to bring our Hospitality and Tourism members together for knowledge sharing sessions on how to make the most out of Thailand’s 50 billion dollar tourism market.

The last Saturday in September is one of the most important days on the Australian calendar, as the nation, and all Australian nationals living abroad, stop to watch the AFL Grand Final, and we bring you one of the biggest events of its kind outside of Australia.

Finally, we are launching the ASEAN AustCham Business Survey this month, where we expect a visit from Australia’s ASEAN Ambassador, Ms. Jane Duke. We look forward to bringing you more details shortly.

Wishing you a successful month ahead”


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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September Sundowners


Member Briefing: Panel Discussion on Outlook for Thailand Tourism Industry



Joint Chambers Business Luncheon: “Intellectual Property Thailand 2017: Challenges and Opportunities"



Phuket Sundowners & a Panel Discussion on the “Outlook for the Phuket Marine and Hospitality Industries”


ASEAN Business Survey Lunch

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Virgin Active 2017 AFL Grand Final Family Day

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Chamber Business news


AustCham has had a busy schedule in August with Business Meetings and Member Briefings. To see what’s been happening in the Chamber, click here for an update.

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Australian Embassy's News: August


Australian Foreign Minister opens Phuket Consulate-General
The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is visited Phuket on Friday 4 August as part of her visit to Thailand to strengthen bilateral relations....

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Three digital projects seek green light


As part of efforts to support the Thailand 4.0 vision and the Digital Park project, the Digital Economy and Society Ministry will next month submit three digital projects for Cabinet approval.Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj said the three projects are the Internet of Things Institute, Government Big Data and Startup...

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Australian property: the exception or the rule?

Paul Gambles, Managing Partner, MBMG Group, Bangkok


The huge rise in Australian residential property prices (the 8-capital house price index has more than doubled since Q3 2003, whereas Consumer Price Index inflation has increased by less than 40%) has prompted comparisons with Spain, where prices roughly doubled between 2001 and 2007 before moving pretty much back to where they’d started.

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Thailand’s Digital Transformation needs collaboration – from all sides

by Rob Hall, Managing Director at Dot 360


At a lunch time meeting of the Joint Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, the Digital Economy and Society Minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj laid out the achievements of the Digital Economy Fund since its inception – and also reached out to local and international partners to help achieve the economic transformation Thailand is hoping to achieve.

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All Chambers Sundowners - interview video with Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20

All Chambers Sundowners - interview video with NS BlueScope

Virgin Active 2017 AFL Grand Final Family Day teaser 1
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August Industry Focus: Health products and services


In The Pink of Health: How Corporate Wellness Programmes Can Reinvigorate Your Company


By Damien Posterino, Head of Sales, Virgin Active S.E.A.



Corporate wellness programmes have come a long way in recent years – From being a buzzword and a “fad”, these initiatives have become a hugely popular tool for organisations to attract, retain and engage the modern workforce and are increasingly viewed as being essential towards the cultivation of a healthy office environment...

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if you require health products and services, please contact anyone of our members below for further details:

Bangkok Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Bangkok Smile MALO CLINIC
BNH Hospital
Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company Limited
F45 Training Samitivej Public Company Limited
Vejthani Hospital Virgin Active (Thailand) Limited

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal.

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members.

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New Member - Mr. Ian McEwin

Specialist in Asian competition law and economics. Economics expert in many cases in Australia and New Zealand. Helped draft the Singapore Competition Act and then became the first Chief Economist with the Singapore Competition Commission. Drafted most of the Guidelines for the Malaysian Competition Commission, involved in reviewing the institutional arrangements for the Thai Trade Competition Commission and helping the Lao Government introduce competition law.

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New Member - Amata Spring Development Co., Ltd.

Amata Spring Country Club is an exclusive private country club featuring one of the most prestigious and recognizable championship courses in Asia.
The course and facilities provide our members with the best private club experience unmatched anywhere in the country...

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New Member - ATa Services Co.,Ltd

ATa Offices Rental is one of the best and cheapest office rental companies in Bangkok. We propose to our customers different kind of offices for rent, from serviced offices to virtual offices and meeting room rental...

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  New Member - Buffalo Tours

Buffalo Tours is a leading travel company in Asia specialising in tailor-made, private guided tours to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Laos, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, as well as multi-country tours across the region. Using an expansive portfolio of tours carefully crafted to show you the very best of Asia, our travel experts create tailor-made travel packages to match all your travel preferences and needs.

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New Member - Global Insight Co. Ltd

Global Insight is a highly regarded provider of consulting services in fraud and corruption prevention, arbitration and ADR support, forensic services, due-diligence research and intellectual property rights protection....

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New Member - Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre

The first internationally branded hotel in the centre of Rayong and the preferred choice for contemporary road warriors and local short break guests. Escape the hustle and bustle in the heart of Thailand’s iconic seafood destination. With direct access to Passione shopping mall (Laemtong shopping mall) and a short drive to the world famous Laem Charoen Seafood restaurant.

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New Member - Jamie's Italian Siam Discovery (Siam JI Co., Ltd)

Jamie’s Italian was founded by Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, in Oxford, 2008. Since then it has grown to more than 60 restaurants worldwide, with plans for even more in towns, cities and countries around the world...

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New Member - Phuket Boat Lagoon Co., ltd

Phuket Boat Lagoon complex is Phuket’s first marina complex. Officially opened in 1995 and is situated on the East Coast of Phuket in Southern Thailand. Strategically located in the center of Phuket Island, the complex is 20 km from the airport and 8 km to Phuket town. The Phuket Boat Lagoon is a full resort complex with a 270 room resort hotel and boasts a host of facilities from Shopping, Lifestyle Retail, Marine Services & Workshops, Offices and Financial Services.

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New Member - Scott Berry Consulting Group

Scott Berry Consulting Group works to improves human potential. Scott Berry Consulting offers tailored coaching services that include life coaching, management coaching, Newstarter manager coaching and group coaching for organizations and teams.

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  New Member - The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 - Thonglor

Imagine a new hotel concept, one founded not merely on providing a place to stay but on the creation of The Concept Living Space. A hotel that’s more like a private home on the corner of a European street, where guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink and flavorful tidbit as if they were indeed friends in town for a visit or neighbors stopping by. Guests who smile warmly yet again when, in their room, they find a greeting note written by their host.

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New Member - In Line Logistics / In Line Pallets / 2ic Software / South Australian Produce Market (APCO)

As my business interests cover more then one business it is hard to document our company profile.
Our focus is to assist / drive all businesses that we are involved with to build a local Thai team to support our businesses locally. Currently we have two ladies based in Bangna and we look to grow our local team as our businesses grow within Thailand.

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New Member - Government of Victoria

The Victorian Government's Department of Economic Development, Transport, Jobs and Resources, through its Victorian Government Business Offices and its Business Engagement Model will engage with all foreign companies who choose to set up operations in Victoria.

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2 AUG - Member Briefing: Are you fit for work? Health & Well-being Panel discussion

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2 AUG - All Chambers Sundowners

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17 AUG - Victorian Connection Events: Panel Forum and Networking

23 AUG - AustCham Joint Business Luncheon Meeting: “Plans for the Digital Economy Fund”

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