Austria, Germany open Pattaya consulates

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Germany and Austria opened a joint consular office in Pattaya at the Thai Garden Resort in North Pattaya.

Rudolf Hofer, honorary consul for both countries, will head the North Road office that also serves as a base for the German Help Network of Pattaya. He welcomed German Ambassador Peter Pruegel and Austria’s Enno Drofenik to the March 1 opening along with a host of local government and police officials.

(l to r) Gerrit Niehaus, Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik, Banglamung District Chief Naris Miramaiwong, Former Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, German Ambassador Peter Pruegel, Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal, Chonburi Immigration chief Pol. Col. Katatorn Khamtieng, and Honorary Consul Rudolf Hofer.
(l to r) Gerrit Niehaus, Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik, Banglamung District Chief Naris Miramaiwong, Former Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, German Ambassador Peter Pruegel, Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal, Chonburi Immigration chief Pol. Col. Katatorn Khamtieng, and Honorary Consul Rudolf Hofer.
German Ambassador Peter Pruegel, Honorary Consul Rudolf Hofer and Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik cut the ceremonial ribbon.
German Ambassador Peter Pruegel, Honorary Consul Rudolf Hofer and Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Hofer expressed his gratitude to hotel owner Gerrit Niehaus and General Manager Rene Pisters, who were in attendance as well.

The two ambassadors also thanked Niehaus and expressed their confidence in Hofer’s track record of good service.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal said the city was pleased to have the consulates in the city as it will allow for better cooperation and assistance to tourists and expats from the two countries.

Following the ribbon-cutting and champagne toast, the gathering enjoyed a buffet lunch.

(From left) Pattaya Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal, District Chief Naris Miramaiwong, Former Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail.
(From left) Pattaya Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal, District Chief Naris Miramaiwong, Former Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail.
Ploy and Rene Pisters (centre) GM of the Thai Garden Resort congratulate Rudolf Hofer.
Ploy and Rene Pisters (centre) GM of the Thai Garden Resort congratulate Rudolf Hofer.
Peter Malhotra and Elfi Seitz present flowers in the name of Pattaya Mail Media Group to Rudolf Hofer.
Peter Malhotra and Elfi Seitz present flowers in the name of Pattaya Mail Media Group to Rudolf Hofer.