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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Following the overwhelming success of Multihull Solution’s Out-of-Water Boat Show on the Gold Coast, the company is set to replicate the facility at its New Zealand Sales Centre in late 2018.

    The purpose-built year-round Out-of-Water Boat Show will be based at Marsden Cove Marina in Whangarei and will offer boat sellers premium display space to showcase their vessel to a strong audience of local and international buyers.

    The facility is also conveniently located at a New Zealand Customs Clearance site making it extremely appealing for international cruisers to sell their vessel in Whangarei once they have completed their cruising adventures.

    The Out-of-Water Boat Show will have a team of multihull specialists on hand to facilitate all aspects of the sales process, making it an easy and stress-free process for clients. Professional maintenance and cleaning packages are available to ensure each vessel is in pristine condition for buyers to inspect.

    The Out-of-Water Boat Show concept allows sellers to showcase their boat for sale in a premium display space incurring less wear and tear on the vessel than traditional marina sales berths. The facility is professionally operated and located in a secure fully-fenced venue with convenient access to comprehensive shipyard facilities for any maintenance or repair work.

    Multihull Solutions’ New Zealand Out-of-Water Boat Show will provide an extremely affordable and effective means for clients to successfully sell their multihull with rates at half the price of a regular marina berth. Buyers can inspect an extensive range of multihulls for sale from hull to interior on the hard in one convenient location with easy access for surveyors to conduct inspections prior to purchase.

    Multihull Solutions is offering a special offer for new listings at its Out-of-Water Boat Show with 30 per cent off regular display rates.

    Further information on the new Out-of-Water Boat Show in New Zealand can be obtained by contacting Multihull Solutions on 1300 855 338 or +61 7 5452 5164 (within Australia),  +64 (0) 9 432 7032 (within New Zealand) or emailing 

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 16:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    BHMA managing director Kent Davidson said the agreement would mark the company’s first foray into the popular resort island.

    “Phuket is an extremely popular travel destination and one of the main growth destinations for FCTG’s expansion strategy. This property is a natural fit for the X2 Vibe brand and for BHMA group,” Davidson said.

    Ideally located only a few short steps from Patong beach and within easy access of the centre of Patong’s dining and entertainment district, the hotel provides smart contemporary accommodation and amenities for modern travellers.

    It features 131 rooms and five villas, a restaurant and bar, spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, boutique shop, library, meeting room and tour desk.

    The new location brings BHMA’s X2 Vibe hotel portfolio to seven properties, and 27 total locations across the X2 Resorts, X2 Vibe Hotels and Away Resorts brands.

    It follows the launch of BHMA’s first Vietnam property, X2 Vibe Viet Tri Hotel, last month.

    Davidson said the new management agreement fulfilled the company’s stated objective of entering the Phuket market.

    “We are now working hard on entering other critical markets such as Bali, Fiji, Queensland and the Maldives,’’ he said.

    BHMA CEO Peter Lucas said the X2 Vibe Phuket Patong would offer visitors a distinctive, design-oriented resort, great location and the ability to enjoy social engagement with the destination.

    “We’re excited to see BHMA expanding into new destinations on top of our existing locations across Thailand, Australia and Vietnam,’’ he said.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 16:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Ms. Luckrada Lucksanawimol as New Regional Director Sales - Asia

    Ms Luckrada, or “Annie” as she is better known, brings an impressive set of skills to Best Western. Having achieved a Master’s Degree in International Business Management from Stamford International University, she has held senior sales and management roles for a series of major hotels and resorts, both at property and head office levels.

    Her experience includes serving as Director of Sales at B-Lay Tong Phuket, during the time it was operated by AccorHotels as part of the MGallery Collection; and serving as Director of Sales for the former dusitD2 Patong Resort, which was managed by Dusit International. She was also Cluster Director of Sales for Bangkok-based BHMAsia, overseeing 17 properties in Thailand and beyond.

    And most recently, Khun Annie was Executive Assistant Manager at B-Lay Tong Phuket, having returned to the property in 2017.

    She now embarks on the latest chapter in her career as Regional Director Sales for Best Western, with responsibility for the company’s expanding portfolio of hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia and Japan.

    “Khun Annie is a confident, charming and forward-thinking person and a highly-skilled hospitality professional. Not only does she have extensive experience of sales, but she has also been involved in hotel operations at senior management level, giving her a deep understanding of the industry. We are delighted to have her onboard our dynamic team, and I am sure that her talent and expertise will be great assets to our entire company,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

    “I am thrilled to be joining to Best Western, which is one of the most famous names in the hotel industry. This is a very exciting time for the company, with many fantastic new hotels and innovative brands being launched in Asia. I look forward to working with the entire team and helping Best Western to achieve even more success in the future,” Khun Annie commented.

    A Thai national, Khun Annie is a keen scuba diver with a PADI open water certificate. She also enjoys travel and photography, landscape and interior design, swimming, reading and art.

    She will now be based at Best Western’s Asia head office in Bangkok. To contact Khun Annie, please email

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 15:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Ideal for Mixed-use Development

    CBRE has been appointed to sell, by tender, a 28-rai or 11-acre site with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 7:1 on Ratchadapisek. The site has the potential to be developed into a landmark mixed-use development. The tender submission date is Wednesday, 28 November 2018.

    The site offers great convenience and accessibility to mass transit lines in one of the most sought-after locations in Bangkok at the new Thailand Cultural Centre interchange station of the MRT Blue Line and the under-construction MRT Orange Line. The site is opposite the Grade A AIA Capital Center office tower and the Esplanade Ratchadapisek shopping mall, with many residential developments in the surrounding area.

    Over the past 10 years, land prices in the Ratchadapisek area have increased by 250% as it has become a hotspot for condominium buyers and office tenants. This has resulted in high demand for sites suitable for both residential and commercial development. Given the scale and location of this site, it has great potential to be developed into a new Bangkok landmark with a mix of uses. 

    Ms. Kulwadee Sawangsri, Executive Director and Head of Capital Markets – Investment and Land, CBRE Thailand, said, “Land prices on Ratchadapisek continue to increase, but at different levels, depending on location as well as land size and shape. Most importantly, if a site is next to a mass transit station, the demand from buyers as well as the land price will be higher. The Ratchadapisek area is an established strategic location in terms of business, residential and leisure and provides great accessibility to work, live and play. A great example showcasing the popularity of Ratchadapisek is AIA Capital Tower, the first new generation Grade A office development in this area which has proved to be a great success, fully occupied at top market rentals.”

    “It is very rare to find large sites suitable for development these days. The availability of this 28-rai plot on Ratchadapisek Road offers developers a great opportunity to build a mixed-use project. CBRE anticipates that the sale of this development site will be another record-breaking transaction, following the sale by tender of the 23-rai former British Embassy site by CBRE Thailand earlier this year,” added Ms. Kulwadee.

    For enquiries of the tender sales, please contact Ms. Kulwadee Sawangsri, Head of Capital Markets – Investment and Land, CBRE Thailand at +66 2 119 2997 or

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 13:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Big Clean-Up for Bangrak Community 2018

    H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal in Thailand and H.E. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden in Thailand together with Michael Schlueter, General Manager of Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangrak and Sampantawong District recently led the embassy of Portugal and embassy of Sweden in Thailand delegates, hotel associates and Bangrak together with Sampantawong road sweepers to conduct a big cleaning around Captain Bush Lane.

    This annual activity is part of “Clean up the world” project, one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world that engaged more than 35 million volunteers in 130 countries each year. Royal Orchid Sheraton taking part in this global campaign by collaborate and organize the Big Clean-Up 2018 activity with embassy of Portugal, Embassy of Sweden, River City Bangkok, Mahidol University and other neighbors along the Chao Phraya river to empower people in community to make the difference and build a greater atmosphere around Bangrak and Sampantawong district.

    Photo shown from left to right

    1. Miss Natee Nadgratok, Assistant Marketing Manager of River City Bangkok
    2. Mr. David Robinson, Director of Bangkok River Partners
    3. Mr. Wasan  Boonmuenwai, Assistant Director of Sampantawong district
    4. Mr. Peera Suksangworn, Engineering Manager of River City Bangkok
    5. Mr. Michael Schlueter, General Manager of Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
    6. Miss Phakaporn Sanguansak, Bangrak district office’s president
    7. Mr. Sombat Kanokthipphawan, Director of Sampanthawong district
    8. H.E. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden in Thailand
    9. H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal in Thailand
  • Friday, September 14, 2018 10:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marriott Executive Apartments Crowned ‘Thailand's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ For Five Consecutive Years at 2018 World Travel Awards

    Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) was recently named ‘Thailand’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018, which marked its fifth consecutive year as the industry’s leading brand in Thailand. 

    Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of prestigious accolades to recognize and celebrate organizations across all sectors of the tourism industry. Annual winners of the World Travel Awards are determined based on voting by business and leisure travelers worldwide, together with recommendations made by travel, tourism and hospitality industry professionals. 

    Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) is an international, premium serviced apartments brand that designed for executive expats on an extended stay or when traveling to other cities on a temporary assignment or relocation.  The brand offers prime locations, fully furnished service apartments with completed gourmet kitchens, plenty of space for living, working and relaxing.    

    Throughout the year 2018, properties under the Marriott Executive Apartments in Thailand have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the guests in delivering consistently quality stays. They have been recognized in both local and international levels. Recent awards include ’Leading Serviced Apartment Brand in Thailand’ by World Travel Awards; ‘Luxury Apartment of The Year for Central Thailand’ by Luxury Travel Guide; ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by TripAdvisor, ‘Guest Review Award Winner’ by and ‘Loved by Guests Award’ by

    Please visit for more information.

    For more details on the properties, please contact:

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 09:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bumrungrad International Hospital Selected as One of the Top Social Media Brands BrandAge online and Wisesight, leaders in social media data analytics, have been surveying Thailand’s companies to select “Thailand’s Most Social Power Brand” of 2018. And Bumrungrad International is named as one of the top companies!

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  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 09:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boon Rawd forms logistics joint venture

    BRF CEO Piti Bhirombhakdi with Peter Fox, executive chairman of Linfox. 

    Boon Rawd Brewery Co, the maker of Singha beer, has formed a joint venture with Australia-based Linfox to set up a new logistics firm to tap into the segment's growth, both in Thailand and regionally. 

    With registered capital of 250 million baht, divided equally between Boon Rawd's supply chain arm Boon Rawd Supply Chain Co and Linfox Holdings 2018 Thailand, the local operator of Linfox, BRF Logistics aims to dominate distribution and logistics networks in Thailand and across the region over the next three years. 

    The joint venture has a vision to build a strong and complete logistics network to support expansion in the regional economy by combining the expertise of the two companies, said Piti Bhirombhakdi, chief executive of BRF Logistics. 

    Boon Rawd plans to use its strengths from 85 years in the business, particularly its distribution network and representatives, Mr Piti said. The result is that every consumer will benefit from the company's ability to deliver products and services to every retail channel in Thailand and increase commercial potential through the specific targeting of the last mile in the consumer journey. 

    "Within these three years, BRF Logistics under the BevChain Logistics brand will carry out a regional penetration strategy to support the market expansion, especially in CLMV countries [Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam]," Mr Piti said. "These countries have significant economic growth and are key markets for Thai products and services. Brands will need logistics services when they want to market in these countries, and our company will be there to support every business size for collective growth." 

    The strengths of Linfox are its in-depth knowledge and expertise in warehouse management and logistics, honed by their position as the biggest private logistics company in Asia-Pacific. 

    Linfox operates in over 12 countries with 24,000 employees and 200 warehouses delivering consumer goods to the whole world and working in retail, mining and petrochemical businesses valued at more than US$60 billion (1.97 trillion baht). Linfox has been operating in Thailand for over 25 years and highlights its understanding of the Thai market.stores through more than 200 distribution agents in every province, down to the district level at every store in the country. 

    Boon Rawd's strengths include comprehensive product distribution and services for over 85 years, covering traditional trade, modern trade, supermarkets and convenience stores through more than 200 distribution agents in every province, down to the district level at every store in the country. 

    The company believes that, when combined with the logistical knowledge of BevChain Logistics, it can provide solutions customised to clients' needs at a much lower cost with better efficiency, and at the same time become more competitive and expand new businesses with clients. 

    The BevChain Logistics business model in Thailand will focus on delivering the same service standards as in Australia through managing product storage and distribution services. 

    The different will be that in Thailand customer penetration will focus on the fast moving consumer goodssegment  and drinks companies that are looking to secure the last mile for delivery to consumers.

    Boon Rawd said the overall logistics business in Thailand in 2018 is valued at 215 billion baht, segmenting inland logistics at  145-147 billion and the storage business at 75-76 billion baht.

    The land logistics business has grown 5.3-7% since last year (worth 137 billion baht) and storage business is up 5.3-7% (71 billion baht) due to economic growth and investments from government and the private sector.

    The rise of e-commerce and the offline to online  platform model have also increased the need for more premium product storage solutions

  • Friday, September 07, 2018 15:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mazars wins the Xero Regional Partner of the Year- Asia-Award

    At Xerocon 2018, Mazars was crowned as Xero’s Regional Partner of the Year – Asia. The annual Xero awards recognise excellence across the bookkeeping and accounting industries, as well as the third-party app developers.

    This award is proof of our leadership in Asia, leveraging Xero to provide high-quality and innovative services to our clients.

    Our clients range from local startups to multinationals, but one common goal at Mazars is multi-country engagement and to support and drive cross-border growth for our clients. Mazars prides itself on operating a truly global model, able to support its clients consistently and seamlessly across Asia and the rest of the world.

    Jonathan Fryer, our Accounting and Payroll Services partner, was in Brisbane to receive the award.

    Jonathan was delighted, “It is fantastic recognition of the work we are doing for our clients in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Xero has enabled us to really innovate the range of services we can provide to our clients.”

    We are proud to have been honoured with this award and would like to thank Xero for recognizing our hard work. 

    For more information, please visit the Mazars website.

  • Tuesday, September 04, 2018 09:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PTTEP remains constituent member of “FTSE4Good Index Series” for the 3rd consecutive year

    PTT Exploration and Production Plc. (PTTEP), a Thai E&P company dedicating to providing a sustainable petroleum supply, continues to be recognized as a constituent member of the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 3rd consecutive year. FTSE Russell confirms that PTTEP has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.

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    Tongchit Pongorapin Tel. +66 (0) 2537 4587
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