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September 2017 Issue 39

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

It is officially announced that Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation is set to be held in October. Therefore, to commemorate this ceremony, AustCham Thailand will hold only two events during this month.

>> A special issue on AustCham ASEAN Business Survey Launch and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> AustCham's events in Phuket
>> Current issue concerning the implication of visa changes on the food industry and October’s digital media regulations in Thailand
>> A very interesting article written by David Norcross on Fusion Marketing

Check out the episode of “The Royal Imprint on International Relations”, that documents the visit to Australia in 1962 by King Rama 9 and Queen Sirikit and in celebration of  Australia – Thailand 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Also, a video from our AFL Grand Final sponsor, Virgin Active, and an interview video from our corporate sponsor at the September Sundowners; Servcorp plus many more.

Industry Focus for September is Hospitality and Tourism. Check out interesting articles written by our members who work in this area and visit our members' profiles.

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 8 new members!

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


Message from your Chamber


“Greetings from your Chamber! As we bring Q3 to an end, AustCham Thailand would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Members who have made 2017 a great year so far. In particular, for the month of September, we acknowledge our Phuket Members, for organizing both an informative and enjoyable Panel Discussion and Sundowners. September also saw the launch of our AustCham ASEAN Business Survey with a presentation and panel discussion held at the new Australian Embassy. Stories on both events can be found in this edition of Advance.

Moving forward, we approach October with sadness, as Thailand prepares for the grand cremation ceremony for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, to be held 25th to 29th October. AustCham Thailand expresses our deepest condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand for the loss of their great King.

During October, AustCham Thailand has planned our regular Sundowners for the first Wednesday (4th October), with a New Members Orientation to be held beforehand at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit. Following that, AustCham will not organize any events between the period of 13th and 29th October.

Wishing you a successful month ahead”


Brendan Cunningham

AustCham Executive Director

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Virgin Active 2017 AFL Grand Final Family Day


October Sundowners


AustCham New Member Orientation


The Duchess 2017 AustCham Golf Tournament

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  AustCham Thailand launches ASEAN Business Survey  

The Australian-Thailand Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand) launched the 2017 ASEAN Business Survey at the Australian Embassy Bangkok on 14 September 2017. The event featured a presentation of the business survey results by AustCham Thailand’s President, Mr. Brenton Mauriello; followed by a panel discussion with the Australian Ambassador to ASEAN, Ms. Jane Duke, CFO & VP Business Development of NS BlueScope Thailand, Myanmar & Laos, Mr. Sam McMahon, and CEO of PKF Thailand, Mr. Andrew McBean.

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Australian Embassy News: September


New Colombo Plan Thailand mobility grants
More Australian students will head to Thailand in 2018 to study and undertake work placements under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program...

The Australian Embassy Bangkok participated in Clean Up the World 2017

The Australian Embassy in Bangkok proudly collaborated with Bangkok River Partners, hotels and other businesses to “Clean Up Bangkok River 2017” which is a part of a global campaign to “Clean Up the World”...

The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is now open

The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is now open for applications. The three-month leadership program provides an opportunity to build a range of modern business skills and professional networks...

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  AustCham in Phuket: Standing together? Phuket hotels and marine industry may unite on common goals
Will the Thai Marine Business Association (TMBA) and the Phuket Hotels Association (PHA) join forces on key issues facing the key industries on the island? That was the clear question after the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Sundowners networking event at Phuket Boat Lagoon (Sept 8).

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Restaurateurs fear changes to 457 visa program will hurt food industry

Source: ABC.net.au | Reporter: Emily Stewart


Some of Australia's top chefs and restaurant owners are warning their businesses are being put at risk due to a skills shortage in hospitality that is being exacerbated by the government's changes to the 457 visa program. Emily Stewart reports...

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Digital Media Regulations in Thailand October 2017

Source: PRIMAL COmpany Limited & DAAT


With the upcoming Royal Cremation Ceremonies for the late King in October 2017, digital agencies running online paid media should take note of the following guidelines provided by the Digital Advertising Association (Thailand) or DAAT should you wish to take caution and advise appropriately to make adjustments....

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Fusion Marketing - Case Study from a digital marketing agency in Bangkok

David Norcross, Digital Communications Director at Lexicon Business Communications


In this age of digital disruption, companies large and small are struggling to develop profitable and effective online marketing strategies.

Business owners are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of digital marketing tactics to pursue. From blogs, to newsletters, Google advertising, social media and so much more, there are an endless array of marketing techniques available...

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October Sundowners - interview video with Servcorp

Become part of the movement with Virgin Active Fitness Clubs Thailand

The Royal Imprint on International Relations” document the visit to Australia in 1962 by King Rama 9 and Queen Sirikit
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September Industry Focus: Hospitality and Tourism services


Managing and Leading a Millennial Workforce


By Peter Lucus, General Manager, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok and Benjamin Krieg, General Manager, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 & Director, Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce



Today’s hotelier, armed with a savvy sense of operations and sales & marketing attributes, must now focus on a rising global industry trend – the Millennial Workforce and the unique nature of the skill set of Generation Y’s, and how best to manage and motivate them in the demanding 24/7 occupation that is the hotel industry...

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


Accor Asia Pacific
Amari Pattaya
Amari Watergate Bangkok
Anantara Bangkok Sathorn
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Angsana Laguna Phuket

AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa

Baan Laksasubha Resort Hua Hin

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

Bangkok Park Hyatt

Banyan Tree Bangkok
  Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
Conrad Bangkok

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park
Dusit Thani Bangkok
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
Hilton Pattaya

Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre

Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom
Holiday Inn Pattaya

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
lebua Hotels and Resorts

Minor International PLC.
Mode Sathorn Hotel

North Sathorn Hotel Co., Ltd
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Oriental Residence Bangkok
Park Hotel & Resorts Co.,Ltd.
Pattana Golf & Sports Resort

Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

SO Sofitel Bangkok
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
The Duchess Hotel and Residences
The Landmark Bangkok
The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 - Thonglor
The St. Regis Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Lancaster Bangkok
Wrightman Corporation

Serviced apartments/residences

Ascott International Management (Thailand) Ltd.
Boutique Corporation Public Company Limited
Centre Point Hospitality
Heritage Estates Co., Ltd
Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista
Modena by Fraser Bangkok
Ocean Property Company Limited


Tourism / Travel

Blue Seas Marine Asia Co., Ltd.
Holiday Tours & Travel (Thailand) Ltd.
Pickaboo Co., Ltd
Qantas Airways
Tour East (T.E.T.) Ltd.


Aldama Foods (Thailand) LTD
Jamie's Italian Siam Discovery
Lady Pie

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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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New Member - Ms. Zara Tremlett

I am the Marina Manager at Phuket Yacht Haven. Having co-managed the 320-berth marina on the northeast coast of Phuket since 2002 I have now become the sole manager. Prior to this, I had a development and management role at Harbour Village Marina, Bonaire, in the Caribbean. In 2016 I was awarded Certified Marina Management (CMM) status. I joined the ranks of only five other Certified Managers in Asia and over 250 globally...

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New Member - CHEP (Thailand) Ltd

CHEP (Common Handling Equipment Pooling) is the global leader in Pallet and Container pooling services. With over 50 years of pooling experience CHEP has its expertise in Supply Chain of Consumer Goods, FMCG, Retails, Manufacturing, Fresh Food, Healthcare, Aerospace, Automotive and Chemical. CHEP is operating in more than 50 countries over the world. ...

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New Member - Panomatic Co., Ltd.

Panomatics are the top providers of visual content in Asia and beyond. We work with the top Hotels, International Schools, Restaurants, Industrial Units, Spas etc. Clients include Amari, Anantara, Hyatt, Centara, Langham, Hard Rock, Trump and Shangri-La....

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  New Member - Indorama Ventures Global Services Co.,Ltd

Indorama Ventures Pcl.listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB)is one of the world's leading petrochemical producers, with global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The company's portfolio is comprised Necessities and High Value -Added (HVA) categories of Polymers, Fibers and Packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA where economical...

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New Member - Berkeley International School

Established in 2010, fully WASC accredited in 2014, and with its first graduating class in 2017, Berkeley International School is an American college-preparatory school offering a high-quality educational program from pre-K through grade 12. We welcome families of all nationalities, and, to be truly international, we maintain a broad and balanced mix of students...

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New Member - Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok

Newly Renovated Restaurants in this 5-star-22-storey Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok houses 407 spacious and elegantly-appointed rooms min 40sqm as well as suites with non-smoking floors and wheelchair accessible rooms with friendly features for the guests with disability...

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New Member - Octopus Electrical Services Co., Ltd.

Octopus Electrical Service is operated and established marine electrical company based out of Boat Lagoon Phuket Thailand. Over the decades our hard work and professionalism have been rewarded into one of the most trusted names in the marine electrical services business across Phuket’s marinas, well beyond the modest expectations of our founder Michael Kealy...

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New Member -  Wrightman Corporation 

Wrightman Corporation is an innovative hospitality management and consultant company offering expertise and professional advice to support hotel owners, developers and investors with proven returns on investment strategies...

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6 SEP - Member Briefing: Panel Discussion on the Outlook for Thailand Tourism in 2017 - 2018

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6 SEP - September Sundowners

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

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14 SEP - AustCham ASEAN Business Survey Launch

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