Grand sales and medical tourism on the agenda for Skål

Friday, 05 July 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 27 By  Paul Strachan

The general manager of the Montien Pattaya Hotel recruited members of Skål Pattaya & East Thailand for the upcoming Pattaya Grand Sale while a Bangkok Hospital Pattaya executive illustrated the impact of health tourism at the newly revived association’s third meeting.

Prayuth Thamdhum told the June 20 gathering of 50 at the Cape Dara Resort’s Radius restaurant that his Montien was one of many Pattaya hotels, retailers and golf courses participating in the July 15-Sept. 30 Grand Sale, and he encouraged Skål members to join in to spur low-season tourism.

(L to R) Papakan Saguansap, Spa Manager at the Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn and Pattamon Mekavarakul, Assistant General Manager of Cape Dara Resort.(L to R) Papakan Saguansap, Spa Manager at the Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn and Pattamon Mekavarakul, Assistant General Manager of Cape Dara Resort.

Now in its fifth year, the Pattaya Grand Sale previously was not publicized well in the business community, Prayuth said. So this year he was looking to promote the event to a larger audience. Among the changes this year, he said, was that Advanced Info Services Plc is using text-messaging to advertise promotions and Visa International will be publicizing the sale to its 1 billion cardholders.

As Skål members enjoyed a buffet featuring sushi, pasta curries, fish and prawns, Juthaporn “Judy” Huyakorn, director of business development and international relations for Bangkok Hospital Pattaya talked on “increasing benefits of healthcare to the tourism industry.”

(L to R) Austin Robinson, GM of Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, Dominique Ronge, GM of Centara Grand Pratamnak and Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand.(L to R) Austin Robinson, GM of Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, Dominique Ronge, GM of Centara Grand Pratamnak and Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand.

Juthaporn said BHP not only offers medical care for the ill, but elective services to an increasing number of tourists who come to Thailand for cosmetic surgery.

The majority of the hospital’s customers, she said, are foreign tourists, primarily Russians and Middle Easterners. She said the hospital isn’t the only area company to benefit from this type of tourism, as all the patients need hotels to stay in, restaurants to eat at, and places to shop.

(L to R) Suparmart Dixon, Senior Market Executive - Travel Agency, Tony Malhotra and Jarusatree Suwannawong, Head of Travel and Accommodation Asia Pacific Travel, Thai Groupon Ltd.(L to R) Suparmart Dixon, Senior Market Executive - Travel Agency, Tony Malhotra and Jarusatree Suwannawong, Head of Travel and Accommodation Asia Pacific Travel, Thai Groupon Ltd.

The sold-out Skål event featured more than business, of course. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the deck overlooking Wong Amat Bay, a welcome from Cape Dara Resort owner Surat  Mekavarakul, and the toast from Skål President Tony Malhotra, who invited the members to return for the next meeting.

(L to R) Juthaporn ‘Judy’ Huyakorn, Ferenc Fricsay and Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s Janya Rattanaliam.(L to R) Juthaporn ‘Judy’ Huyakorn, Ferenc Fricsay and Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s Janya Rattanaliam.

The next Skål Pattaya & East Thailand monthly meeting will be held on Thursday 18th July at Casa Pascal Restaurant starting with cocktail at 18.30, with Chai Holway, MD of Direct Commerce Technology (Calypso System) as the guest speaker on the topic of ‘Cloud Based Integrated Property Management System (IPMS) for hotels and travel agents’, to RSVP email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(L to R) Elfi Seitz, Surat Mekavarakul, CEO of Cape Dara Resort, Judy Hoppe, Alvi Sinthuvanik and Philippe Delaloye.(L to R) Elfi Seitz, Surat Mekavarakul, CEO of Cape Dara Resort, Judy Hoppe, Alvi Sinthuvanik and Philippe Delaloye.

(L to R) Philippe Delaloye, David Holden, Prayuth Thamdhum, GM of Montien Hotel Pattaya and Sittidej Rochanavibhata, GM of Cape Dara Resort.(L to R) Philippe Delaloye, David Holden, Prayuth Thamdhum, GM of Montien Hotel Pattaya and Sittidej Rochanavibhata, GM of Cape Dara Resort.

(L to R) Porntip Pibarnwong, Amari Orchid Pattaya, Urai Patenya, Eastern Star Resort, Anirut Roschan, Pattana Golf, Nathinee Suton, Pattana Golf and Thirasak Malipol, GM of Eastern Star Resort.(L to R) Porntip Pibarnwong, Amari Orchid Pattaya, Urai Patenya, Eastern Star Resort, Anirut Roschan, Pattana Golf, Nathinee Suton, Pattana Golf and Thirasak Malipol, GM of Eastern Star Resort.

(L to R) Joe Cox, MD of Defence International Security Services, Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group, Papakan Saguansap, Spa Manager at the Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn and Dr. Iain Corness.(L to R) Joe Cox, MD of Defence International Security Services, Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group, Papakan Saguansap, Spa Manager at the Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn and Dr. Iain Corness.

(L to R) Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya, Thitiporn Boonsuk, Director of Sales of Hilton Pattaya, Tony Malhotra, Richard Margo, RM of Amari Orchid Pattaya and Varaporn Lamai, Senior Sales Manager, Hilton Pattaya.(L to R) Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya, Thitiporn Boonsuk, Director of Sales of Hilton Pattaya, Tony Malhotra, Richard Margo, RM of Amari Orchid Pattaya and Varaporn Lamai, Senior Sales Manager, Hilton Pattaya.

An attendance of 50 including Skållegues, guests and tourism professionals line up for the group photo before dinner at June 20th Skal Pattaya & East Thailand monthly meeting at Cape Dara Resort.An attendance of 50 including Skållegues, guests and tourism professionals line up for the group photo before dinner at June 20th Skal Pattaya & East Thailand monthly meeting at Cape Dara Resort.

(L to R) Maureen and Paul Strachan.(L to R) Maureen and Paul Strachan.

(L to R) Thanagon Poungbubpchart, Public Relations and Marketing Communications Manager, Jatuporn Phiukhao, Executive Assistant Manager and Chutima Konfai, Director of Sales, Holiday Inn.(L to R) Thanagon Poungbubpchart, Public Relations and Marketing Communications Manager, Jatuporn Phiukhao, Executive Assistant Manager and Chutima Konfai, Director of Sales, Holiday Inn.

(L to R) Alvi Sinthuvanik, Judy and Bruce Hoppe, Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group.(L to R) Alvi Sinthuvanik, Judy and Bruce Hoppe, Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group.

(L to R) Irena De Ribas and Angie Turton, Marketing Manager of Real Estate Thailand Magazine Russian Edition.(L to R) Irena De Ribas and Angie Turton, Marketing Manager of Real Estate Thailand Magazine Russian Edition.

(L to R) Tony Malhotra, President, Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand, Dimitri Chernyshev, Executive Assistant Manager, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Juthaporn Huyakorn, BHP director of Business Development and International Affairs and Neil Maniquiz, Head of the International Marketing of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.(L to R) Tony Malhotra, President, Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand, Dimitri Chernyshev, Executive Assistant Manager, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Juthaporn Huyakorn, BHP director of Business Development and International Affairs and Neil Maniquiz, Head of the International Marketing of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

(L to R) Amari Orchid Pattaya’s GM Brendan Daly and Resident Manager Richard Margo, with Paul Strachan.(L to R) Amari Orchid Pattaya’s GM Brendan Daly and Resident Manager Richard Margo, with Paul Strachan.

(L to R) Vicky Malhotra, Hotel & Tour, Dharamjeet Malhotra, Managing Director, Massic Travel Co., Ltd., Surat Mekavarakul, MD of Connor Pattaya Co. Ltd. and Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya.(L to R) Vicky Malhotra, Hotel & Tour, Dharamjeet Malhotra, Managing Director, Massic Travel Co., Ltd., Surat Mekavarakul, MD of Connor Pattaya Co. Ltd. and Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya.

(L to R) Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya, Daniel Herron, Travel Journalist & Photographer, LASplash Magazines worldwide and Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand.(L to R) Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya, Daniel Herron, Travel Journalist & Photographer, LASplash Magazines worldwide and Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand.

(L to R) Dominique Ronge, General Manager, Pichet Choompa, Chief Engineer, Netsuda Khankhaeng, Assistant Front Office Manager, Pisutwat Donsuea, F&B Manager of Centara Grand Pratamnak Resort Pattaya.(L to R) Dominique Ronge, General Manager, Pichet Choompa, Chief Engineer, Netsuda Khankhaeng, Assistant Front Office Manager, Pisutwat Donsuea, F&B Manager of Centara Grand Pratamnak Resort Pattaya.

(L to R) Suparmart Dixon, Senior Market Executive - Travel Agency, Jarusatree Suwannawong, Head of Travel and Accommodation Asia Pacific Travel, Thai Groupon Ltd. and Daniel Herron, Travel Journalist & Photographer, LASplash Magazines worldwide.(L to R) Suparmart Dixon, Senior Market Executive - Travel Agency, Jarusatree Suwannawong, Head of Travel and Accommodation Asia Pacific Travel, Thai Groupon Ltd. and Daniel Herron, Travel Journalist & Photographer, LASplash Magazines worldwide.

(L to R) Thitiporn Boonsuk, Director of Sales of Hilton Pattaya, Elfi Seitz, Mr. Sunny, CEO, Sunny Online Travel.com, Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya, Dimitri Chernyshev, Executive Assistant Manager, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G and Varaporn Lamai, Senior Sales Manager - Corporate, Hilton Pattaya.(L to R) Thitiporn Boonsuk, Director of Sales of Hilton Pattaya, Elfi Seitz, Mr. Sunny, CEO, Sunny Online Travel.com, Hans Banzinger, Director of Swiss Paradise Resort Pattaya, Dimitri Chernyshev, Executive Assistant Manager, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G and Varaporn Lamai, Senior Sales Manager - Corporate, Hilton Pattaya.

Prissana Chaisrisong, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.Prissana Chaisrisong, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.

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