Amari Orchid Pattaya hosts combined Chambers

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The final networking event in 2011 for AustCham (the Australian Chamber of Commerce), BCCT (the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand) and AmCham (the American Chamber of Commerce) was held last weekend at the Amari Orchid Pattaya.

The combined event was not only held in the grounds of the Amari Orchid, but was also totally hosted by the Amari as well.  GM David Cumming, not only hosted the event, but also welcomed everyone by saying that the liquid refreshments would continue past the advertised finishing time of 8 p.m. until he left.  He was still there when I left much later.  Thank you David (and congratulations on being elected chairman of the Eastern Seaboard group of the BCCT).

Simon Matthews (left) joins newly elected chairman of the BCCT Eastern seaboard and Amari GM David Cumming (right) in presenting a raffle prize to Anongrat (Som) Corness of Siam Country Club Beauty Supplies. Simon Matthews (left) joins newly elected chairman of the BCCT Eastern seaboard and Amari GM David Cumming (right) in presenting a raffle prize to Anongrat (Som) Corness of Siam Country Club Beauty Supplies.

The venue was transformed into a tropical paradise with fairy lights around the palm trees and the Amari girls were everywhere with trays of libations.

To celebrate Xmas, the Christian Church of Jomtien had a full choir from age 4 to 44, who entertained the crowd with appropriate Christmas carols.

Santa’s helpers Pattaya Khotprom (left) and Jittima Jittamak (right) are happy to help BCCT Events Manager Rungijit Jarernponganarn (2nd left) and Amari Director of Sales Porntip Pibarnwong (2nd right). Santa’s helpers Pattaya Khotprom (left) and Jittima Jittamak (right) are happy to help BCCT Events Manager Rungijit Jarernponganarn (2nd left) and Amari Director of Sales Porntip Pibarnwong (2nd right).

With three chambers, there were well over 100 people at the event and Siam Country Club Beauty’s Som Corness was a very happy winner of an Amari Spa treatment in the lucky draw, which was done by Simon Matthews of Manpower.

Bruce Hoppe, VP of Asia Operations for Emerson Electric, smiles as Judy Benn, Executive Director of AmCham dreams of flying off to celebrate a white Christmas at home.Bruce Hoppe, VP of Asia Operations for Emerson Electric, smiles as Judy Benn, Executive Director of AmCham dreams of flying off to celebrate a white Christmas at home.

Another interesting chap was Jeff Free Isara who begged to be part of PMTV’s Jock and Doc show, and then amazed everyone by bringing a harmonica out of his pocket and playing a great bluegrass number!

Tim Gladwin from Sallmanns  discussed real estate matters, whilst Steve Johnson discussed water technology over beers.

This was a very well attended event (no free offer is ever undersubscribed) and a fitting end to the three chamber’s activities on the Eastern Seaboard for 2011.

The Christian Church of Jomtien’s choir entertains the crowd with Christmas carols. The Christian Church of Jomtien’s choir entertains the crowd with Christmas carols.

Members and guests from the Joint Chambers came together to celebrate an early Christmas amidst laughter, wine and song.