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  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 13:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minor International & The St. Regis Bangkok Raise Over THB 7 Million for The Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation

    Minor International PCL. and The St. Regis Bangkok, led by Kathleen Heinecke and Klaus Christandl, recently presented a check to representatives of The Maka Chaki Sirindhorn Foundation. A total of THB 7,015,000 was raised from The St. Regis Bangkok Annual Charity Gala 2018, and will be donated in its entirety towards to the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation for the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, under auspices of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

    Photo Caption (from left): Klaus Christandl, GM of The St. Regis Bangkok; Ardhawadee Jiramaneekul, Director of Corporate Affairs & PR of Minor International PCL; Kathleen E. Heinecke, Minor International PCL; Assistant Professor Prapod Assavavirulhakarn Ph.D., Vice President of the Foundation; Pasinee Limatibul and Dr.Tepee Jaratjarungkait, Foundation Representative; and Sam Chia, Director of Sales and Marketing of The St. Regis Bangkok

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 13:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The St. Regis Bangkok, in collaboration with Dr. Paye Srinarong, launches The St. Regis Rising Talents 2018, a competition to discover and showcase Thailand’s new musical talents; now accepting applications until end of August 2018.

    Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday 5th July 2018 – The St. Regis Bangkok, together with famed Thai violinist Dr. Paye Srinarong, have officially launched the start of the applications process for the first Thai Rising Stars competition in 2018. The St. Regis Rising Talents 2018 is poised to discover and showcase Thailand’s upcoming talents in music, also offering the chance to win 2-night stay in a luxury Tropical Pool Villa at The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, inclusive of daily breakfast and speedboat transfers upon arrival and departure.

    This search for new talent will feature aspiring, young, local professional level music acts, carefully selected from the entry submissions. Entries are expected from students of the VIEMUS International School of Music, but all institutions and entrants under the age of 26 are welcome, provided there are a maximum of three per group.

    Solos, duos and trios will have to submit VDO clips of their acts of no longer than two-minute duration, by uploading their demo auditions to Youtube, and then supplying a link via private message to the Facebook page of VIEMUS (, before 20th  August 2018 for consideration. The main casting period will take place from 21st to 30th   August, and auditions results will be on 31 August 2018.

    Guests at The St. Regis Bangkok can expect a series of exquisite musical concert performances on series of evening sessions, from 8:00pm-10:00pm, as the rounds of the competition progress. The competition sessions will take place at The Drawing Room, in The St. Regis Bangkok, on the hotel’s 12th floor on the last Friday of September, October and November.

    The Regis RisingTalents 2018 schedule runs as follows:

    Application Period: 4th July – 31st August

    Audition Results: 31st  August

    Battle Group 1: 28th September

    Battle Group 2: 26th October

    Finals: 30th November

    Announcements will be made via The St. Regis Bangkok social media page on Facebook ( Conditions for entry include that groups must not exceed three players, and must be based in Thailand. Although applicants must be under the age of 26, there is no minimum age requirement, and anyone can enter, from any institution.

    Scoring will be based on the criteria of Technical Merit, Artistic Approach and Originality. Esteemed judges, with a wealth of experience and musical genius will sit on the panel, ranging from publishers, composers, musicians, professors and award-winning music instructors, including Dr. Paye Srinarong, as well as Mr. Klaus Christandl, General Manager of The St. Regis Bangkok.

    As well as offering a platform and exposure for young, talented musicians, enviable prizes will be awarded to the final top three, who will see the competition through until 30th November 2018. Competition sessions will be open to the public, with spectator tickets available for advance purchase, at a later date, to be advised.

    For further information, call 02-662-6295 or 084-927-5272 and visit

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 13:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vejthani Hospital Accredited By GHA With Excellence Validating Its Premier Medical Travel Care Continuum

    The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program awarded its “Accreditation with Excellence” to Vejthani Hospital reaffirming it as one of the pioneers among internationally recognized healthcare providers. The hospital received the accreditation for a three-year term with an overall score of 100% against the GHA Program’s 10 Critical Success Factors.

    The GHA Program based in the United States of America honors the healthcare organizations with highly competent medical travelers’ services. GHA, the first of its kind, aims to optimize the Medical Travel Care Continuum and support healthcare providers like Vejthani Hospital in validating the quality and patient experience, increasing transparency, and implementing sustainable corporate practices for medical travelers.

    According to Dr. Charkrit Soucksakit, Chief Executive Officer at Vejthani Hospital, “As an international hospital, we provide high-quality care and a superior customer experience based on international standards. We have validated our clinical expertise by previously achieving Joint Commission International accreditation, including certifications for five Clinical Care Programs. Most recently, we had the distinction of achieving “Accreditation with Excellence” by Global Healthcare Accreditation, which focuses on enhancing the medical travel care continuum for traveling patients. GHA accreditation was the missing piece which affirms our pride to be an exceptional care provider to all medical travelers along their journey.”

    Established in 1994, Vejthani Hospital is a JCI accredited private quaternary care hospital that serves over 300,000 patients from over 100 countries annually with 263 inpatient beds and over 300 specialists with international certifications across multiple specialties. The hospital has surfaced as one of the best global medical traveler’s destination especially among the patients from Arabic speaking countries and South-East Asia. Most international patients come to the hospital for elective procedures like knee replacement, spinal surgery, cancer treatment, plastic surgery and assisted reproduction treatment.

    An exemplary collaborative care, driven by the prime objective to ensure the highest quality and safety is delivered to the patients at Vejthani Hospital. The use of medical technologies at the forefront of innovation along with authentic Thai hospitality further enhances the medical treatment outcomes and patient experiences. Patients can rest assured that the medical programs at Vejthani Hospital encompass the strict standards of patient safety, clinical care delivery and patient support.

    To cater the ever-increasing needs of medical travelers, Vejthani Hospital provides a comprehensive continuum of medical travel facilities for international patients. These facilities include V-Flight one-stop air ambulance service, airport meeting point booth, multilingual team of patient coordinators, prompt e-mail correspondence, International Insurance Coordinators, service apartment, ground transportation, visa assistance, embassy liaisons, 24-hour hotlines and international restaurants.

    The Patients’ Advocacy teams at Vejthani Hospital, which consists of International Customer Service and Arabic Customer Service, provide one-stop medical travelers’ services and multilingual interpretation in over 20 languages. The teams diligently coordinate pre-appointment services, airport pickup, advance accommodation booking, and visa extension assistance. In addition, the clinical coordinators ensure personalized care for all patients.

    If you are searching for the internationally certified world-class healthcare providers whether for elective procedures or surgery, you can consider Vejthani Hospital as one of your top destinations for medical travel. Just get in touch with the hospital’s clinical correspondence team and then the hospital’s specialists and staff will provide you with the full assistance needed throughout your medical travel journey.

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It all gets PERSONAL as marketers navigate rules

    Mark McDowell

    EU’s online privacy laws are a challenge, but creative solutions are there

    The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is raising the cost of digital marketing and presenting a challenge to companies engaged in this field, a digital marketing agency says.

    The GDPR, which is aimed at protecting consumers’ privacy on the Internet, affects organisations that have customers in the EU or collect data on people living with the bloc.

    It affects digital marketing because it requires people to give their consent to companies to use their information. Digital marketing relies on the use of vast amounts of personal data in order to deliver targeted campaigns.

    Mark McDowell, managing director of Primal, a digital marketing agency, said that digital marketers would want to ensure that the data providers that digital marketing companies work with comply with the new regulations.

    “GDPR is very good for the industry overall for the long term as it will improve protections for consumer rights," said McDowell.

    He said he always tries to target advertising or content to the right people at the right time with the right message, with the right products and services. 

    “And having data to do that helps us to correctly achieve that,” he said. 

    “What is happening right now is that people are downloading apps or subscribing to services from companies without reading the fine print in the terms and conditions, so the change will result in the cost of data increasing because if people do not consent to give their 

    information, the supply of data will be reduced.

    “This means that the costs to obtain quality data will rise. Since the regulations require customers to re-opt-in, the 

    companies need to notify customers in order to get them to agree to give their consent.”

    McDowell said that while the GDPR was announced two years ago, giving people plenty of time to make adjustments, it has only been in recent months that some online providers have swung into action.

    The moved quickly to update their privacy policies and consent forms.

    McDowell said companies can still take steps to ensure they can protect their businesses with the help of a legal adviser. 

    He said companies need not be overly worried, as it is not too difficult to ensure compliance with the GDPR.

    “When we run campaigns on Facebook, we have the option to take the existing customers’ data, like their names and email addresses, and then upload the details onto Facebook,” said McDowell. “We can then target these people through their information on Facebook. We can also create what we call 'look alike' audiences. 

    “With this, we can take customer profiles and information on their online behaviour and through Facebook data on these people, we can create another audience who behaves online in the same way as existing audiences.

    “If these audiences are primarily people from the EU, it means that we potentially have brands that have not obtained consent from these people to do targeted marketing at them on Facebook.

     “So, an alternative for us as a digital marketer, is to rely on information drawn from non-behaviour aspects. This is called contextual advertising.”

    McDowell said that an example of this could be that if someone is browsing on the Web for cameras, “we want to display ads on the websites that relate to what the website is about, such as a website that has news about cameras”.

    “If I am a customer, I can then see ads about cameras related to the pages that we are on. 

    “This does not involve using the customer's personal information. It is not about who we are targeting, but rather it is about where and what,” he said.

    Coming under the net

    Dhiraphol Suwanprateep, the head of the telecommunications, media and technology practice group of Baker Mckenzie's Bangkok office, said that in the case of the processing of personal data of people in the EU related to the sale of goods or services of Thai companies available in the EU, such companies could be subject to the GDPR. This is also the case for Thai companies that track the behaviour or locations of individuals in the EU.

    McDowell said the impact of the GDPR on customer engagement becomes more challenging because such engagement requires an understanding of the touch points of the customer journey before they buy something from a company. People may rely on third party data that they buy to understand or to map the customer journey. It becomes more difficult with the new regulatory regime.

    However, because the quality of data should be improved, that information becomes much more actual, McDowell said.

    “It may be not amount to much in volume or size, but if the quality improves, we could build more active actuals about their journey and we can reach and engage with them at the different touch points.

    “People will see less 'spray and pray' advertising.”

    Expenditure on digital marketing in Thailand is around US$430 million in 2018, according to KantasTNS Research. The market has an average growth rate of 45 per cent. 

    But the segment accounts for only 1 per cent of all advertising expenditure, even though digital consumption is very high.

    Globally, consumer behaviour is changing, with people spending more time on mobile devices and online generally. Thailand is growing rapidly in terms of the way that people engage. 

    Thailand has also seen a big shift in TV advertising moving over to digital, because people everyone now has a mobile phone. When they watch TV they also use their phones at the same time. This represents a shift in behaviour.

    To address problem of the big gap between digital consumption and digital marketing expenditure, education is required to promote consumer engagement in order to better use marketing investments.

    Primal was established two and a half years ago to help Thai brands to grow their presence online through digital media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Google.

    “We saw the gap in the market with regard to helping companies and businesses improve the way they engage the customers online. 

    “We started with four people and have now grown to about 30 people," said McDowell.

    Primal has been growing at about 250 per cent year on year, having customers across 80 brands. 

    "We do not deal with any offline media. We focus only online media,” McDowell said. “We have different services that can help our customers. We help them to produce content, email marketing, display advertising, SEO, and social media as well as help them to develop websites, We are fully integrated as we handle the entire spectrum.

    “Primal's big focus is on Thailand and Thai consumers because Thai consumer are not like the rest of Asia. They love video, love social media - it is very unique in the way they behave. We integrate different services. We partner with Facebook and Google as well.”

    Source: The Nation

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 10:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SiteMinder gives back to Bangkok community as title sponsor of the Bangkok Hospitality Challenge

    Fore Management Group and Asean Events today announce the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, as the title sponsor of the 2018 Bangkok Hospitality Challenge.

    As title sponsor, SiteMinder will support the annual event to raise a targeted 100,000baht for both the Yim Kids Foundation, an Accor initiative to improve the health, education and wellbeing of Thai children in need, and The Beaumont Partnership Foundation, which aims to have quality education made available at all levels of society in Thailand.

    Chris Watson, Managing Director of Fore Management Group, said, “We are delighted to have SiteMinder as our title sponsor, one of the hospitality industry’s leading brands in Asia and, indeed, around the world. We look forward to working with the SiteMinder team to make the 2018 Bangkok Hospitality Challenge the premier corporate golf event of the year here in Bangkok and one to remember.”

    SiteMinder’s managing director – Asia, Glenn Andrews, said, “We are proud to support the Bangkok Hospitality Challenge, an initiative that successfully unites our industry for two great causes. At SiteMinder, we have a belief that every person should have the opportunity to ‘unleash their potential’ and we are delighted to be involved with an event that shares this value, and strives to continually give back to the much less fortunate in our community.”

    The Bangkok Hospitality Challenge brings together key industry decision makers for a day of networking, knowledge-sharing and competition on the greens. The 2017 event attracted more than 120 industry players, paving the way for even bigger numbers at this year’s event being held on 15th November at The Vintage Club, Khlong Dan.

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Board Member Joins KIS Executive Board

    Ray Davis

    KIS welcomes a new member with impressive experience in international education to the Board. Ray Davis is Director of School Support & Evaluation Services at the Council of International Schools (CIS), where he has a global responsibility for supporting over 740 CIS member schools, in 116 countries, that participate in the CIS accreditation and evaluation process. A Londoner by birth, Ray worked in public education in the UK and was Head of a large school situated near Heathrow Airport. He has subsequently led international schools in Singapore and Malaysia and has been involved in global child protection and safeguarding. Ray has an MA in International Education Management from the University of Bath. We look forward to his contributions and welcome him to the KIS community!

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 16:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SIRVA Announces Customer's Choice Awards for Asia Pacific 2017

    Chicago, IL (May 18, 2018)   SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving, one of the world’s largest relocation companies, is pleased to announce Allied Pickfords, Bangkok Thailand  has been awarded the prestigious Customer’s Choice Award for Asia Pacific.  

    This award is given annually to the SIRVA agent that provides outstanding customer service and experiences growth in all aspects of their household goods international moving business. Qualifying agents must have excellent quality and customer satisfaction scores along with a superior claims/safety record.

    “There is no question that Allied Pickfords has set the highest standard for exceptional service in international moving,” said Bob Thomas, VP and general manager of International Moving.  “We’re proud to recognize this agent who has mastered the complexities of international moving and maintains the necessary knowledge of foreign regulations to make customers feel comfortable and safe about an important milestone in their life.  Congratulations to Allied Pickfords Bangkok for achieving such a high level of success.”

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Wins Luxury Hotel & Restaurant of The Year 2018

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is honored to be announced as the latest winner of the 2018 Luxury Travel Guide Awards, “LUXURY HOTEL & RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018” in Thailand.

    “We are honored to have received this outstanding recognition for our hotel services and facilities together with our exquisite culinary experiences that we offer to guests as we are constantly endeavoring to exceed our guests’ expectations, ” said Michael Schlueter, General Manager at Royal Orchid Sheraton.

    The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. The awards celebrate the very best accommodation providers in the most sought after destinations throughout the world. All winners of the awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by in-house professionals and celebrity judges to ensure only the most deserving companies and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.

    Royal Orchid Sheraton situated on the enchanting Chao Phraya River, all of 726 guest rooms showcase unobstructed river views. The hotel also features over 2,800 square meter (30,000 sq.ft.) of conferencing and meeting facilities, as well as venues for stylish and exquisite events and weddings. Four restaurants with a wide range of cuisine include international buffet, traditional Thai, delicious Italian and a stylish bar & grill by the riverfront. The hotel offers complimentary river shuttle boat to and from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station, two resort-style swimming pools, 24-hour fitness center, a tranquil spa, tennis court and lush meditative gardens for an unforgettable stay.


    For more information, please call 02 266 0123, e-mail:,

    Line@: @rosheratonbangkok, Facebook:, or


  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 15:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SO SOFITEL BANGKOK and BMW Group Thailand Present a Donation From SO FIT SO FUN RUN to BAAN Gerda and Hands Across The Waters

    SO Sofitel Bangkok led by Mr. Torsten Richter (2nd right), General Manager, and Ms. Nusara Arampienlert (far right), Director of Talent and Culture, together with BMW Group Thailand, led by Mr. Lars Nielsen (2nd left), Sales and Marketing Director, and Mr. Krisda Utamote, Director Corporate Communications (far left), presented a donation of one million baht in funds raised from SO FIT SO Fun Run to Ms. Kwanjai Sarnswang (3rd left), Vice President of Children’s Rights Foundation representing Baan Gerda Project, and to Mr. Peter Baines (3rd right), the founder of Hands Across the Water. The donation will be used to support HIV infected and affected orphans at Baan Gerda and education for orphaned children at Hands Across the Water.

    The charity run was held in May at Lumpini Park and was joined by 1,200 runners. The next SO FIT SO Fun Run will be held on 3rd March 2019. Please visit for updates and information.

    Baan Gerda in Lopburi province is the only children's shelter in Thailand that provides care and treatment for HIV-infected and affected orphans in family-style homes. The shelter plays an enormous role in the recovery and continued well-being of the children – including regular school attendance.

    Hand Across the Water is the project which operates social enterprise for fundraising to cover all administrative costs, helping children that have no other option in life, providing them with a place to be loved and an education.

    All donations are welcome and appreciated through for Baan Gerda, and for Hand Across The Water.

  • Monday, July 23, 2018 16:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bangkok’s grilling scene is set for a revolution 

    coming her way.

    World's leading barbecue manufacturer Weber puts extra sizzle in the grilling scene in Thailand with the launch of its new store and training center in Bangkok

    Weber, the world’s premier brand of barbecue grills, led by (photo from left) Nicolas Pang, Peerada Pintusophon, Brad McElroy, Brian Hendricks, Steven Lim, Anthony Allarey and Desmond Tan is set to revolutionize the way people grill their food in Thailand with the official launch of the new “Weber Store and Training Center” in Bangkok at Sukhumvit Soi 39.

     Through this initiative Weber is offering barbecue enthusiasts a unique opportunity to learn new techniques and to improve their grilling skills. No longer will it be “throw the chicken wings on the barbie.”

     The new Training Center will provide regular ‘Interactive Hands-On’ cooking sessions that will demonstrate the participants on how to get the best results from a barbecue grill. Follow the Weber Asia Facebook page to get updated on the Interactive Hands-on session. Through this initiative Weber aims to provide a perfect platform for barbecue enthusiasts keen to master the art of grilling right and impart the confidence that with Weber by their side, they can grill anything.

     With the launch, Thailand joins a host of other countries in Asia that have embraced the art of grilling. The training promises the best grilling experience available at a retail space.

     Weber believes in setting trends through product innovations that meet its customers’ needs. The company is already recognized internationally for its invention of the covered grill concept.

     At the new Weber Store, Weber will showcase a comprehensive range of high-quality, yet simple to use barbecue grills and accessories.

     “Weber aims to create succulent moments that draw family and friends closer together through great food, grilling fun and unforgettable memories,” said Steven Lim, Vice-President and Managing Director for North and Southeast Asia of Weber-Stephen.

    “In many countries, Weber is generic for grilling. We are proud to be selected in Thailand to work with Weber, the recognised global market leader. Outstanding product and backup" Brad McElroy, Managing Director – The Barbecue Store, Weber Authorized Dealer in Thailand said.

     Chef Nicholas Pang, Weber’s Brand and Training Manager-North and South East Asia, has specially curated an exclusive menu that features a wide choice of appetizers, main courses, desserts and side dishes suitable for a variety of occasions.This inclusive approach of easy buy, easy learn and easy cook by Weber will turn anyone into a “Grill Master” in no time!

    No one takes grilling more seriously than Weber

     This philosophy reflects the quality that accompanies every product and support Weber provides its customers. With a wide range of products including charcoal and gas grills, you can grill anytime, anywhere.

     Weber has a grill solution for everyone; portable grills for those who enjoy the outdoors, compact grills for those who enjoy a more intimate setting at home, and larger grills for those big family gatherings. Weber also offers an assortment of accessories to suit the needs of the grillers.

     A variety of cooking styles like roasting, smoking, frying, poaching and even baking can be explored with the Weber range. What sets the brand apart is its commitment to customer service. From the moment a customer purchases their first Weber grill, the brand promises assistance and support every step of the way.

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