Pan Pacific was yet again the venue for another serious successful networking platform in the busy centre of Bangkok. This time we had the pleasure of invitation to be guest to SKAL.
Skal is the largest and oldest Association of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism professionals in the world with over 21,000 members, in 500 clubs in 90 countries worldwide. Members include all sectors of the travel industry from travel specialists; accommodation providers; travel publications ; members of the press; associations; airlines and cruise operators. With such coverage and such contacts I am sure you will find membership beneficial to your business should you choose to use them.
Networking, doing business among friends..
Auswathai Director Phill Smith
Skal Bangkok Division President Robert (Bob) Lee
and Tom Sorensen, Partner in Executive Recruitment company Grant Thornton. Bangkok.
Bob is speaks very highly of his beloved "Skal" family, not just the business but of the fellowship having been at the helm for his 2nd year as President Skal International Bangkok for the period 2010/11. This is my 2nd tenure as President
Bob's loyalty and connection with SKAL is unquestioned having served on various Skal Boards as a Director for the past 12 years, including Skal International Asian Area Board for the last 6 years. Formalities aside and with Bob's magnetic charm it was a seamless process to meet and exchange discussion with other members.
We thank Tim for chasing us up to ensure we could attend and by the way Tim Congrats on the wedding earlier this year from what the boys tell me your trimmer, taller and happier than ever.
Pictured left Tom Waterhouse Director Membership Development catching on with local identity and Social Ambassador for Auswathai Khun Billy Cove, owner of local Music Venue Bangkok Rocks
We met Khun Tim (Aussie) the week before at the highly popular AustCham Sundowner in Bangkok and from there the opportunity was extended to be part of today's event.
Success will never be.. until preparedness and opportunity meet
I was a little hesitant accepting, we were on a busy schedule and the presenters topic "3G" is kind of "old hat" (we have been using the 3G mobile thingo so some time now) so I could not see much point but Tim was enthusiastic and staying positive can generate opportunities (Thanks Billy).
When it came time for the presentation "3G" I assumed the obvious but that was most in accurate .. what's the about "never assume" ....
Significant benefits from this Presentation.
The material was highly information, factual and a presented with confident and enthusiasm. It was one of those situations where you started scrambling for pen and paper to code the treasures. I did not have a pen and can't type that fast on my "3G" mobile so I started taking photos of the slide show a little embarrassing but when you know it's good stuff! Bad news .. my photos are our of focus .. good news the Adrew (the speaker) kindly offered me a PDF version.
I heard I highly recommend you invest your precious time to understand how to protect your business Asset; your G spots! With Andrew's permission we have uploaded a copy of the PPS (in PDF format) to our website at this link if there is a access delay go directly to the webpage and browse the list of items.
Good Management is merely the art of motivating people
Pictured left: Guest speaker Andrew Chan, Director of TMS
I was motivated by a very competent young enterprising businessmanAndrew Chan is the CEO of TMS Asia Pacific (TMS). He is responsible for
overseeing all business operations and providing the strategic direction. He joined TMS in 2005 and has previously served as Managing Director– Asia before being appointed to his current role.Andrew commenced his career in a travel agency in Australia. He subsequently joined the airline industry, working with Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines in customer service and sales roles. His core responsibilities included boosting revenue growth from passenger sales and MICE activities.
In 2001, Andrew furthered his career by entering the hospitality sector as Regional Business Development Manager for brands such as the Stamford Hotels and Resorts and the Carlton Hotel Group. He later joined Hospitality Marketing Concepts (HMC) as their Director of Business Development, where he oversaw all sales and marketing functions in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. As a result, Andrew is highly experienced in acquisitions and business development of four and five star hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has a proven track record of increasing revenue, profitability and improving customer retention. A polished and engaging presenter, Andrew is frequently invited to address audiences at travel and hospitality conferences, events, trade shows, as well as educational institutions such as the Cornell Nanyang Institute of Management in Hospitality, the University Of Nevada Las Vegas, Singapore William F. Harrah College Of Hotel Administration and The Tourism Academy.
About TMS ASIA PACIFIC:Established in 1994, TMS Asia Pacific (TMS) is the leading specialist Travel, Tourism and Hospitality recruitment and HR services company. Offices in Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland offer comprehensive coverage over 22 key market sectors across the Asia Pacific region. TMS has also established strategic global partnerships in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.TMS has set the industry benchmark by being the first Travel & Hospitality Recruitment Firm to receive a quality certification – Best Practice Accreditation in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In an industry where discretion, trust and staying well-connected are significant fundamentals.
Tim and Bob kindly extended an afternoon/evening an invitation to join them and other SKAL members Arun and India and Uzi from Israel.
We worked our way around a few light ales as we updated our intel on a few water holes around town.
We all managed to share revalations... I explained the origins of the cat of 9 tails and Tim taught me an invaluable lesson about Transport codes on ships and the other lads oozed knowledge of people and places.
Picture right popular music Venue Bangkok Rocks
Tim and Bob are great ambassadors for their club and I thank Arun and Uzi for their humour and good company.
Albeit there's a great social culture to tourism it does require a balance! As in appearance your enjoying all that it offers, in the character role of a customer but at the same time your analytical, assessing risk and benefit for a customer.
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