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November 2017 Issue 41

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

Industry Focus for December is CSR. Check out interesting articles written by our members who work in this area and visit our causes supported.

>> Chamber News and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Congratulated news from our hotel members; Minor Internationals and Marriott Thailand Hotels
>> CBRE viewpoint on retail occupiers and landlords in the growth of Chinese tourism

Check out the series of Thought Leadership vox pop videos on "What is the biggest challenge in education today?" 

Wrapping up 2017 with multi-chambers networking events and AustCham End of Year Christmas Reception at the Ambassador's house. And welcoming 2018 with 2 major events of the year!

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 5 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in November!


Message from your Chamber


“Greetings from your Chamber! Well, it’s been an interesting first year for me as your Executive Director at AustCham Thailand. First, and most important, I hope I and the team have met the expectations of our Sponsors and Members. We’re a Membership driven organisation, and helping you by facilitating better business practices and providing business development opportunities is what we do.

As the year draws to a close, our team enthusiastically ask you to provide feedback on 2017 as well as ideas for 2018. We’re fortunate that a lot of Members openly share feedback already, and we certainly welcome more input going into next year.

In this edition of Advance we take a look at the charity organisations that AustCham supports, we hear from Members on what type of CSR activities they run, and highlight news from our Hospitality & Tourism sector and the Australian Embassy, including the Australian Government’s new Foreign Policy White Paper.

We also, unfortunately, say goodbye to one of our Directors, Carly Cummings, who returned to Australia last month.

And don’t forget our final event for 2017 is the Christmas Sundowners, and we look forward to seeing all of our Members there to finish the year in style!

Wishing you a successful final month of 2017 ahead!”


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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December Industry Focus: CSR 


WHA Group Nurtures Young Minds Through Community Art Programs


By WHA Group



For WHA Corporation PCL, enriching the lives of community members living in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is one of its top priorities. The company’s engagement to the people has grown constantly each year, with programs in education, community care and the environment. Its aim is to make sustainable contributions that can help improve the plight of families and communities, as well as assure a brighter future for the youth.

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AustCham conducts fundraising activities in association with major events and since mid-2015 has provided an opportunity for a charitable cause to be promoted or 'sponsored' at individual Sundowner events. Annual fundraising monies are typically donated by the Board to charitable causes each December.

Convoy for Kids

Fred Hollows Foundation

Sister Joan Foundation

Operation Smile

Mercy Centre
Born to Live

The Mechai Pattana School

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  Chamber News  

AustCham Thailand would like to thank Carly Cummings, Chief Information Officer at Linfox International Group, for her time and efforts as an AustCham Director over the past year...

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Australian Embassy News: November


The new Foreign Policy White Paper

The new Foreign Policy White Paper was released on Thursday 23 November...

The Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program to the Mercy Centre

Ambassador Robilliard and embassy staff were pleased to visit the Mercy Centre today to unveil a plaque acknowledging the support received from the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program...

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  William E. Heinecke Named HOTELS Magazine’s Corporate Hotelier of the World 2017
Bangkok, 20 November 2017: HOTELS magazine has celebrated its annual Hotelier of the World Awards, with William E. Heinecke, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Minor International, being named Corporate Hotelier of the World for 2017...

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  Marriott Thailand Hotels Host Marriott Customer Appreciation Night 2017 with “Pin Our Journey” Theme at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok  

Hosted by 43 hotels and resorts across Thailand under the Marriott International umbrella and held at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, the event is an annual global initiative to reinforce relationships with existing customers, thanking them for their business and loyalty, all while establishing stronger connections....

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Retail Occupiers and landlords must adapt to Chinese tourism growth


Tourist arrivals to Thailand have continued to set new records in 2017, with 26.1 million arrivals up to the end of September, an increase of 5.2% y-o-y. Around 28% of tourist arrivals this year have come from China, with Q3 2017 arrivals up 11%y-o-y...

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Thought Leadership: What is the biggest challenge in education today? - part 1

Thought Leadership: What is the biggest challenge in education today? - part 2

Thought Leadership: What is the biggest challenge in education today? - part 3
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AustCham End of Year Christmas Reception at the Ambassador's house


BCCT Multi-Chambers Lunch: Minister of Industry


BCCT Multi-Chambers Phuket Business Dinner


BCCT Multi-Chambers Eastern Seaboard Christmas Networking


Vinarco Tri-Nations 'Braai & BBQ'


The Great Australian Bash sponsored by MQDC

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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. For this month, some of our member hotels have new appointments while others have received an award.

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Members Event Calendar

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

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New Member - Bai Mai Phli Company Limited

Chindamanee School English Program (CSEP) is a day school offering courses designed for the students aged 1.5 to 18 years who seek an English Program education in Bangkok. CSEP is an educational institute that aims to provide its students with an excellent academic ...

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  New Member - Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC)

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC) is a business unit of DTGO Corporation Limited (DTGO) that develops, invests in, and manages villa, condominium, and mixed-use projects with a corporate commitment to ‘all well-being’...

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New Member - Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Bangkok

An elegant 5-star hotel situated on the enchanting Chao Phraya River, all of 726 guest rooms showcase unobstructed river views. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers also offers over 2,800 square meter (30,000 sq.ft.) of conferencing and meeting facilities, as well as venues for stylish and unforgettable events and weddings....

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New Member - The Beyond Co., Ltd.

We are experts to well prepared in Real Estate Management"The management team have been running business experiencein real estate and hospitality more over 30 years ,with trusted,loyalty, pampered from nationwide projects in Bangkok, metropolitan area and tourist districts....

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8 NOV - November Sundowners

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10 NOV - The Duchess 2017 AustCham Golf Tournament

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15 NOV - AustCham Joint Business Luncheon on “2018 Prospects for Thailand Tourism and Tourism Ministry's Plan"

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Editorial contributions to Advance Magazine are welcome.
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Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 210 0216-8
Fax: +66 2 675 6696
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