Pattaya Mail celebrates 20 years with staff party

Friday, 26 July 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By  Staff reporters

Pattaya Mail celebrated our 20th anniversary with a staff party at the Moon River Pub.

Managing Director Peter Malhotra hosted the July 20 affair for more than 100 staffers and guests. They offered congratulations to a company that now includes the German-language Pattaya Blatt, Chiang Mai Mail and Pattaya Mail on TV.

Volume 1, No. 1 of the Pattaya Mail hit the newsstands on July 23, 1993. The paper was Malhotra’s first venture into media; he’d arrived in Pattaya in 1975 to open a tailoring shop. But the idea for the paper came out of a sense that the foreign community in Pattaya needed an English-language “voice.”

Senator Sutham Phanthusak (left) presents a congratulatory gift to Peter Malhotra.Senator Sutham Phanthusak (left) presents a congratulatory gift to Peter Malhotra.

A plethora of guests turned up for the anniversary party, which was just the latest effort to show appreciation to the staff that have put out the paper weekly for 20 years. Staffers played games, took part in a raffle that offered a huge supply of great gifts from sponsors and enjoyed a performance from the Children’s Protection and Development Center.

Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group, waxes lyrical about the history of our company.Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group, waxes lyrical about the history of our company.

Sponsors of gifts included the Dusit Thani Pattaya, Holiday Inn Pattaya, Thai Garden Resort Pattaya, ScanAsia, Human Help Network, Mata Hari, 87 Print and the YWCA Bangkok Pattaya Chapter. The grand raffle prize was a 40” flat screen TV donated by long-time friend Jan Olav Aamlid,

The guest list included all the contributors that were able to attend, along with our friends and family from the Chiang Mai Mail and Pattaya Blatt.

The Moon River Pub must be commended for putting on a great buffet.  The new house band, the Cross Colors Band, inspired many guests to get up out of their seats and take to the dance floor.

Looking forward, Malhotra said the company will adopt new technology to improve the publishing and broadcast of news to its communities, expanding its online and social-media presence to serve not only the local audience, but fans of Pattaya and Thailand abroad.

Peter greets Shana Kongmun, managing editor of the Chiang Mai Mail, who flew down from Chiang Mai to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.Peter greets Shana Kongmun, managing editor of the Chiang Mai Mail, who flew down from Chiang Mai to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

Dan Dorothy (left) and Martin Bilsborrow wait for the lines to dwindle before attacking the delicious buffet.Dan Dorothy (left) and Martin Bilsborrow wait for the lines to dwindle before attacking the delicious buffet.

Yan ‘Life at 33 1/3’ Friis (3rd right) and Jan Olav Aamlid (centre), along with their families gather for a group photo with Peter Malhotra.Yan ‘Life at 33 1/3’ Friis (3rd right) and Jan Olav Aamlid (centre), along with their families gather for a group photo with Peter Malhotra.

Marlowe Malhotra (2nd right) from Massic Travel and his family (from left Vicky, Aed, Vikrom and Fahana) say hi to sister Sue (right).Marlowe Malhotra (2nd right) from Massic Travel and his family (from left Vicky, Aed, Vikrom and Fahana) say hi to sister Sue (right).

Son Prince Malhotra (left) poses for a photo with his proud father Peter.Son Prince Malhotra (left) poses for a photo with his proud father Peter.

Tony and Rungratree Malhotra hold court in their corner of the party.Tony and Rungratree Malhotra hold court in their corner of the party.

Dr. Iain Corness and his lovely wife Som (right) take time out from their busy schedule to sample a glass of wine with executive editor Dan Dorothy.Dr. Iain Corness and his lovely wife Som (right) take time out from their busy schedule to sample a glass of wine with executive editor Dan Dorothy.

Der gemütliche Pattaya Blatt Stammtisch.  (l-r) Peter ‘Loong’ Nordhues,  Executive editor Elfi Seitz,  Horst Müller, Margret and Otmar Deter, president of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya.Der gemütliche Pattaya Blatt Stammtisch.  (l-r) Peter ‘Loong’ Nordhues,  Executive editor Elfi Seitz,  Horst Müller, Margret and Otmar Deter, president of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya.

(l-r) Nat and May from the marketing department along with Noi and Aunty Taew from the accounting department show off their prizes for performing well in the night’s first game.(l-r) Nat and May from the marketing department along with Noi and Aunty Taew from the accounting department show off their prizes for performing well in the night’s first game.

Nopniwat Krailerg (left) news editor of our 3 newspapers with Korn Kitcha-Amorn and Pattaya Mail reporter Warunya Thongrod.Nopniwat Krailerg (left) news editor of our 3 newspapers with Korn Kitcha-Amorn and Pattaya Mail reporter Warunya Thongrod.

Peter (center) thanks the children from CPDC after their magical performance.Peter (center) thanks the children from CPDC after their magical performance.

Aunty Toy (right) and children from the CPDC center present flowers to Peter.Aunty Toy (right) and children from the CPDC center present flowers to Peter.

It was a super fun night thanks to Thanawat Suansuk ‘King’ and Pawinee Kaewkert ‘Ae’.It was a super fun night thanks to Thanawat Suansuk ‘King’ and Pawinee Kaewkert ‘Ae’.

 Peter presents a raffle prize gift voucher to Executive editor Dan Dorothy. Peter presents a raffle prize gift voucher to Executive editor Dan Dorothy.

Korn Kitcha-Amorn (centre) keeps a watchful eye over his team to make sure they imbibed moderately.Korn Kitcha-Amorn (centre) keeps a watchful eye over his team to make sure they imbibed moderately.

Thepporn Donvithai (center) from the accounting department wins the night’s grand prize, a 40” flat screen TV donated by Jan Olav Aamlid (2nd left).Thepporn Donvithai (center) from the accounting department wins the night’s grand prize, a 40” flat screen TV donated by Jan Olav Aamlid (2nd left).

Sue (left) presents a raffle prize BBQ to Poo.Sue (left) presents a raffle prize BBQ to Poo.

Peter Malhotra presents a ‘much needed’ battery to Boonlua Chatree, the longest tenured reporter at Pattaya Mail.Peter Malhotra presents a ‘much needed’ battery to Boonlua Chatree, the longest tenured reporter at Pattaya Mail.

The marketing department (from left to right) Nut, May, Poo and Yui show off their gifts.The marketing department (from left to right) Nut, May, Poo and Yui show off their gifts.

Chiang Mai Mail was well represented at the party, as well they should be.Chiang Mai Mail was well represented at the party, as well they should be.

The graphic’s department attacks the food before anyone else.The graphic’s department attacks the food before anyone else.

The night began with games to build team work and harmony within the company.The night began with games to build team work and harmony within the company.

It’s not what it looks like!  Korn and Manus take part in the fun and games.It’s not what it looks like!  Korn and Manus take part in the fun and games.

Senator Sutham Phanthusak (6th left) poses for a group photo with some of the Pattaya Mail Media Group staffSenator Sutham Phanthusak (6th left) poses for a group photo with some of the Pattaya Mail Media Group staff

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