Skål consults the Doctor

Friday, 28 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By  Dr. Iain Corness

The Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand chapter held their February meeting at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.  This venue was a most suitable one, with the topic being “Medical Tourism - will it be the savior for the hospitality industry?”

The guest speaker on this topic was Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, the CEO of the Eastern and Southern regions of the Bangkok Hospital Group and the Hospital Director of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya itself.

Dr Sujit Banyatpiyaphod, Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Heart Centre at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya; Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand; Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, CEO of the Bangkok Hospital Group, Eastern Region and Dr Iain Corness.

After his address, it was obvious that many members of the Skål Club had not realized that the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya was indeed a certified world class hospital, and as such was in an ideal situation to attract medial tourists to Thailand, spending their money not just in the hospital, but also in the hospitality industry with accommodation and dining.

Russell Darrell from 88.5 FM; Brendan Daly, GM of the Amari Pattaya; Richard Margo, RM of the Amari Pattaya; and Stuart Saunders.Russell Darrell from 88.5 FM; Brendan Daly, GM of the Amari Pattaya; Richard Margo, RM of the Amari Pattaya; and Stuart Saunders.

New members and guests were given warm welcomes, including Kate Gerits, the new GM of the Holiday Inn and Dr. Bo Mogelvang Nielsen who has moved to the Eastern Seaboard from the USA.

An excellent buffet was presented by the Amari Pattaya, with the GM Brendan Daly on hand to make sure it was excellent!  With the Hugo Casanova wines supplied by the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, everyone was in a fine mood to continue networking well into the evening.

The next meeting of the Skål club will be Saturday, March 29 at the Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort & Spa, this will be a spring festival on the beach together with the Rotary Club. Entry price is Baht 800net for Skal members and guests inclusive of soft drinks and full entertainment from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Other beverages are sold at lower prices, while 10% go to charity.  For more details, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, CEO Bangkok Hospital Group, Eastern Region was guest speaker of the night.Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, CEO Bangkok Hospital Group, Eastern Region was guest speaker of the night.

Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand, raises a toast to Skålleagues.Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand, raises a toast to Skålleagues.

Scott Michael Smith (left), Vice President of the Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand gives members an update of Skål activities.Scott Michael Smith (left), Vice President of the Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand gives members an update of Skål activities.

Bo Mogelvang Nielsen, M.D., CEO & President of the Doctors Natural; Stuart Saunders, who invented FlossFirst Credit Card Dental Floss while living in Taiwan; Horst Mueller, Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of the Pattaya Blatt.Bo Mogelvang Nielsen, M.D., CEO & President of the Doctors Natural; Stuart Saunders, who invented FlossFirst Credit Card Dental Floss while living in Taiwan; Horst Mueller, Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of the Pattaya Blatt.

Tanin Suphavittayakorn, EAM of Cape Dara Resort; George Kenton, EAM, Rooms of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Kate Gerits GM of the Holiday Inn Pattaya, Patrik Fernström, country manager of Qooco; Jana Kenton business development director of Qooco and Sittidej Rochanavibhata GM of Cape Dara Resort.Tanin Suphavittayakorn, EAM of Cape Dara Resort; George Kenton, EAM, Rooms of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Kate Gerits GM of the Holiday Inn Pattaya, Patrik Fernström, country manager of Qooco; Jana Kenton business development director of Qooco and Sittidej Rochanavibhata GM of Cape Dara Resort.

Rosanne Diamente from WWM (Women With a Mission); Kate Gerits, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Pattaya and Dr Iain Corness.Rosanne Diamente from WWM (Women With a Mission); Kate Gerits, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Pattaya and Dr Iain Corness.

Neil Maniquiz, Manager of the International Marketing Division of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Erika and Peter Strehlau, Vicky and Marlowe Malhotra of Massic Travel, Peter Malhotra, MD Pattaya Mail, Elfi Seitz and Hans Banziger.Neil Maniquiz, Manager of the International Marketing Division of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Erika and Peter Strehlau, Vicky and Marlowe Malhotra of Massic Travel, Peter Malhotra, MD Pattaya Mail, Elfi Seitz and Hans Banziger.

President Tony Malhotra (left) poses with a group of lovely ladies from the travel and tourism business in Pattaya and the eastern Seaboard.President Tony Malhotra (left) poses with a group of lovely ladies from the travel and tourism business in Pattaya and the eastern Seaboard.

Sukhumnada Sukudom, Holiday Inn Pattaya’s Asst Director of Sales; Papakorn Saguansap, Holiday Inn Pattaya; Kate Gerits, GM of Holiday Inn Pattaya; Juthaporn Huyakorn, Director of the BHP Business Development & International Affairs and Thanagon Poungbubchart, PR Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya.Sukhumnada Sukudom, Holiday Inn Pattaya’s Asst Director of Sales; Papakorn Saguansap, Holiday Inn Pattaya; Kate Gerits, GM of Holiday Inn Pattaya; Juthaporn Huyakorn, Director of the BHP Business Development & International Affairs and Thanagon Poungbubchart, PR Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya.

(L to R) Neil Maniquiz, Manager of the International Marketing Division of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya; Karnmanee Saengchan, Sales Manager of the Amari Pattaya; Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand; Dr Sujit Banyatpiyaphod, Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Heart Centre at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya; Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Pattaya; and Urai Patenya, Sales & Marketing Manager of the Eastern Star Resort & Country Club.

Scott Michael Smith (left), Vice President of the Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand and Peter Malhotra (right), Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group.

Tony Malhotra (left), President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand chats with Richard Margo (right), Resident Manager of the Amari Orchid Pattaya.Tony Malhotra (left), President of Skål International Pattaya & East Thailand chats with Richard Margo (right), Resident Manager of the Amari Orchid Pattaya.

 

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