BCCT looking at the needs of its members

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The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) convened a meeting at the Amari Tower to gain some feedback from a selected group of members as to their needs from the BCCT.

With Executive Director Greg Watkins in the chair, the meeting progressed very smartly, with input from previous Chairman Graham Macdonald and current vice-chair Chris Thatcher and director David Cumming.

(L to R) Executive Director Greg Watkins, Amari Orchid Pattaya GM Brendan Daly, previous Chairman Graham Macdonald, current vice-chair Chris Thatcher, Director David Cumming, and Charles Turner.(L to R) Executive Director Greg Watkins, Amari Orchid Pattaya GM Brendan Daly, previous Chairman Graham Macdonald, current vice-chair Chris Thatcher, Director David Cumming, and Charles Turner.

The history of the BCCT on the Eastern Seaboard (ESB) was mentioned, with the first ESB group being formed in 1997, representing 10 percent of the membership of the chamber.

Much discussion took place over the influence of the social media in today’s business world, and the consensus was that the BCCT would have to do more in this area.

(L to R) Robert Cameron, Jim Telfurd, Dr. Iain Corness, and Neil Maniquiz.(L to R) Robert Cameron, Jim Telfurd, Dr. Iain Corness, and Neil Maniquiz.

The perception of “Pattaya” and current British media imbalance was also discussed, with Peter Malhotra (Pattaya Mail) bringing out the problems that the current State of Emergency has produced in the tourism sector, where many were finding that travel insurance was null and void because of the emergency decree.

Tim Eaton from the Regent’s School highlighted the fact that his school was one of the top teaching establishments in the world, and facts such as that need to be made more public, to elevate the image of Pattaya – which got everyone back to the importance of the social media.

This turned out to be a very fruitful meeting of the members and the BCCT is to be congratulated for challenging the current situation head on.  Adoption of pro-active measures will have a positive effect on the workings of the chamber for the benefit of the members.  The meeting was all about “Bringing the BCCT to its members,” which was voiced by Graham Macdonald.