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May 2018 Issue 47

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Dear Members,... From Stuart Kelly
Director of AustCham Thailand and Managing Director at Weber Shandwick Thailand

Industry Focus for June is the Digital Space. Check out interesting articles written by our members who would like to share their views.

>> Special issue of our Chamber News and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current issues focused on what’s happening in Thailand

Check out an interview video of May Sundowners' corporate sponsor, Rugby School Thailand and venue sponsor, SO Sofitel Bangkok. Additionally, get to know us better by checking out AustCham's Business, Connections and Community.

Starting June with a line-up of interesting events brought to you by AustCham Thailand

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 7 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in May!



Message from your Chamber


Greetings from your Chamber! We are already at the halfway mark this year and it was encouraging to hear several pieces of positive feedback recently about some of the things your Board set out to do in 2018. One of these was to improve and transform our communications, which we kicked off by beefing up our communications sub-committee with additional expertise drawn from our member base.

As a chamber, we have always done a reasonable job of communicating with our members. If anything, we have been mindful of too much communication, especially email. Even as we transformed Advance several years ago from a printed to an online edition, Austcham was steadily building a solid arsenal of digital assets including Facebook and LinkedIn.

In our view, digital transformation means that our communications can no longer be a narrow 2-lane channel between the chamber and members. One of the chamber’s primary functions is to connect our members, and our digital assets are potential ‘dot-joiners on steroids’ if used effectively.

Today, the feedback has been that we are seen as one of the leading chambers in embracing digital transformation through a content-led strategy. That’s code for your content. I hope you have noticed our monthly themes that serve as a platform for more varied, but more focused, content produced by our members.

Our theme for June is The Digital Space. Please do read three terrific articles from David Norcross, Managing Director, Lexicon Business Communications; Andrew McBean, CEO, PKF Holdings; and Sanjay Sachdev, Partner, Grant Thornton [link to articles]. As we progress our communications strategy, we hope that even more members leverage the chamber’s assets to tell their stories. For our part, the digital marketing experts on our sub-committee are working on how to amplify those stories to wider and more relevant audiences beyond our membership base. If we can do that well, then we will have transformed our communications from a mere corporate function to a valuable additional service for our members.

On the topic of The Digital Space, in May we held a “Facebook's Future: Your data and your business” breakfast forum, which we hope heralds the first in a series of digital marketing events in 2018 including workshops.

Of course, it’s not all about digital. Austcham is still engaged in a range of more familiar activities, including a Federal Budget update and Business Cocktail Reception in partnership with the Australian Embassy in May. And a full line up of activities once again ahead in June.

Wishing you a successful June ahead!"


Stuart Kelly

Director – AustCham Thailand

Managing Director – Weber Shandwick Thailand

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June Industry Focus: the Digital Space

  Stats Don’t Lie – Facebook is Still the King of Social – Especially in Thailand  

By  David Norcross, Managing Director of Lexicon



It feels like only yesterday that people across continents, outraged by the company’s careless use of user data, banded together and in unison declared their intention to #deletefacebook. Articles swept the interwebs with how-to guides for deleting your account, and the brand itself was bruised and bloodied by the reputational costs of mismanagement. How would it ever recover?...

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Chamber Business News: May


Letter to The Hon Scott Morrison MP Regarding Proposed Tax Amendments

AustCham Thailand recently submitted this letter ( 180509_Letter to Scott Morrison MP (Austcham) ) to The Hon Scott Morrison MP regarding the proposed tax amendments that will affect Australian Expats...

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Australian Embassy News: May

    Australia and Thailand celebrate 20 years of peacekeeping cooperation
Australia and Thailand are co-hosting the 10th biennial peacekeeping exercise PIRAP JABIRU involving more than 100 participants from 20 countries in the Indo–Pacific region from 21 May – 1 June 2018 in Bangsaen, Thailand....

Ramadan is a significant and blessed time for Muslim communities around the world, who gather to commemorate the revelation of the Quran, and commit to achieving greater restraint, self-sacrifice and compassion....

Australian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Mr Paul Robilliard, hosted a reception on 4 May to congratulate Thai researchers participating in the Australia – Thailand Endeavour Research Alumni Mentoring Program, a collaboration between the Department of Education and Training, Australian Embassy Bangkok and Thailand’s Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC)....

The unique story of Australian horticulture products came alive in Thailand with the launch of “Taste Australia” – Australia’s new branding to promote premium Australian horticultural products....

As part of ongoing cooperation with Thailand to strengthen the dairy industry, Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD) and Australia’s Dairy Australia and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) recently hosted a five-day workshop on dairy herd nutrition from 23 – 27 April in Pak Cong, Nakorn Ratchasima province....

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  The Government's War on Expats  
  Source: The Sydney Morning Herald  
Malcolm Turnbull stood in the middle of the sports ground at the Australian International School in Hong Kong last November. Here were his people. Bold. Innovative. Reaching out. Engaged globally. He looked like he was being genuine when he thanked them for serving the Australian community abroad....

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  SAVE THE DATE for Australian Alumni Awards 2018  

The AustCham Australian Alumni, together with the Australian Alumni Association (AAA), Australian Embassy Bangkok and Thai-Australian Technological Services Center (TATSC) , is delighted to be honouring the outstanding achievements of Australian University and higher education graduates, whose endeavours reflect the best of Australian education....

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May Sundowners Interview Video with SO Sofitel Bangkok

May Sundowners Interview Video with Rugby School Thailand

AustCham Thailand - Business| Connections| Community

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The Convergence of Transactions, Connections, and Strategies in Asia’s Tourism Gateway


AustCham Member briefing on Shifting Safety Culture in the Workplace


Commonwealth Sundowners


Hotel Management Thailand Summit 2018 “Enabling Innovations for Enhanced Profitability in the Age of Margin Compression”


ESB/Manufacturing Roundtable: Automation & Productivity at Visy Packaging


Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Networking Reception at ProPak Asia


The 17th Convoy for Kids Charity Golf Event


GTCC Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Seminar “Double Digit Improvements within a Year – Believe it or Not! KAIZEN™ - Engaging Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day”


Joint Chambers ESB Networking hosted by BeluThai/NTCC

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BCCT Multi-Chambers/PKF Hotel & Tourism Evening Panel Discussion


Global trends that will disrupt boards in 2018


The 3rd Digi.travel APAC Conference & Expo 2018


BCCT Multi-Chambers Lunch: Minister of Education


Chiang Mai Sundowners hosted by AustCham


Multi-Chamber YPC Networking

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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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AustCham Members Calendar

Find out what upcoming events our members have at AustCham Members Event Calendar.

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New Member - ANZWG

The Australian Women's Group (AWG) Bangkok was formed in 1954 as a social support group with a welfare focus. The few New Zealand ladies in Bangkok at the time also joined in and the group quickly became the Australian-New Zealand Women's Group (ANZWG)...

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New Member - Hands Group

Hands Group is an Australian, New Zealand and Thai social enterprise.The primary purpose of Hands Group is to provide choice, education and opportunity for children in Thailand...

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New Member - SBANG Sustainable Energies Ltd

SBANG, established in 2005, is recognized as a specialized EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Commissioning) Contractor/Turn Key Integrator service provider. The company has built biomass power plants to burn various kinds of agricultural waste such as wood chips, corncob, rice husk, empty fruit bunch, cassava rhizome and etc...

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New Member - Tenzing Pacific

We help individuals & families to save and invest their excess income effectively and pass these assets on to the next generation. Additionally, we help small and medium-sized businesses to structure solid employee benefits packages...

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New Member - Tractus (Thailand) Co.,Ltd

Tractus is an Asia-based, Western-managed business consulting company. We have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve their business objectives in the Asia Pacific region since 1995...

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New Member - S.C. Bangkok Marketing Co.,Ltd.

Wine Importer.

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New Member - Wine Pro

Wine Pro was launched in 2013 by Michael Trocherie.We provide a portfolio of wines exclusively distributed to Horecacustomers. Our offices and warehouses are located in Bangkok, Phuket and Samuiwith more than 70 employees across Thailand. We distribute more than 35 brands from 8 different countries. More than 1,200 direct customers already trust us!...

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2 MAY - AustCham New Member Orientation

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2 MAY - May Sundowners

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9 MAY - AustCham Breakfast Briefing: Facebook's Future: Your data and your business

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16 MAY - 2018 Australian Federal Budget Update 

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16 MAY - AustCham's Business Cocktail Reception

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25 MAY - Phuket Sundowners

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Editorial contributions to Advance Magazine are welcome.
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Bangkok 10120 Thailand
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