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    Thai government wines and dines 'best friends'

    Thai government wines and dines 'best friends'
    ALEX ALPER
    July 1, 2010

    BANGKOK (AP) Spa pampering, dinner with the prime minister, speedy lines at the airport.

    These are just a few of the ways that Thailand is expressing thanks to a group of foreign investors it has designated "Thailand's Best Friends."

    The campaign is part of the government's efforts to convince the international community that Thailand remains a friendly place to do business, despite concerns of political instability after 10 weeks of bloody anti-government protests that ended in mid-May. The protests crippled parts of central Bangkok and left nearly 90 people dead and more than 1,400 wounded in clashes with security forces.

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva invited 150 of the top importers of Thai goods from 43 countries for a four-day expenses paid trip this week that includes spa pampering and horseback rides down the beach.

    The event cost the Ministry of Commerce 72 million baht ($2.2 million), said an event spokesman Upathum Nisitsukharoen, but that's just a fraction of what it's getting in return. Orders from the foreign companies €” selected by Thailand's top exporters €” are expected to exceed 66 billion baht ($2 billion) this year.

    Exports represented 58 percent of Thailand's GDP in 2009 and the ministry expects exports to grow by 14 percent in 2010, despite the political turmoil that badly hurt other sectors of the economy.

    "This is a gesture of our appreciation to you, who are our valuable customers, our 'best friends' and our real friends," Abhisit told the group, which was invited to Government House on Wednesday for a welcome ceremony followed by dinner.

    The group boarded a train Thursday to the beach resort town of Hua Hin, where spa treatments and horseback rides were among the offerings. Over the next two years, the investors will be treated to special discounts at hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions, fast-track immigration processing at the airport and a hot line to the Ministry of Commerce.

    The ministry started the "Thailand Best Friends" campaign a year ago with 50 companies but organizers decided this year to triple the number and throw in new gifts like the beach trip as it seeks to stimulate exports and restore confidence.

    One foreign beneficiary expressed relief that the political upheaval were over.

    "I am very proud to be involved in something that shows Thailand in a positive light," said Mark Whaley, the Bangkok-based managing director of Britain-based Westbridge Foods, which imports seafood and poultry from Thailand.

    Whaley's photograph and 100 others were featured in a front-page advertising supplement in The Bangkok Post newspaper this week that extended, "A Warm Welcome to Thailand's Best Friends."

    A Thai textile manufacturer, Jittikun Chiempitayanuvat, who nominated three of his clients for the event, said Thailand needs more than junkets to woo rattled investors.

    "To have a better image (of Thailand) after the protest, they need to do more than this, and solve problems internally," he said.

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    Wonder if wealthy people ever get tired of the phony ass kissing they get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Wonder if wealthy people ever get tired of the phony ass kissing they get?
    Not the ones I know.
    Actually they don't even seem to recognize it as phony, somehow they convince themselves that not only is it genuine, but it is deserved, and all is as it should be.

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    I saw them yesterday on some really flash coaches with tinted windows and police escort.

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    Westbridge Foods
    they supply battery chickens for kfc.

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    What a load of media sensationalized crap.

    The group boarded a train Thursday to the beach resort town of Hua Hin, where spa treatments and horseback rides were among the offerings.
    Wow, they get a train ride and horseback ride along Hua Hin beach. You'd probably arrive back to BKK with change from 1,000b, and muttering something along the lines of 'what was that shite.'

    Over the next two years, the investors will be treated to special discounts at hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions,
    Wow, they'll get Thai price and save 180b each.

    fast-track immigration processing at the airport
    2 years worth of not having to wait in an immigration line after getting off your plane. They're in seventh heaven eh.

    If I was the journalist I might inquire as to what exactly the half a million baht per head, that was spent, was actually spent on.

    Or maybe not, if they need their job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    If I was the journalist I might inquire as to what exactly the half a million baht per head, that was spent, was actually spent on.
    I thought the exact same thing. I would love to read the breakdown of expenses, do you think it will be viewable to the public?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Wonder if wealthy people ever get tired of the phony ass kissing they get?
    Obviously not. As this has been the expected routine for ages.

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    And so the gap widens.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    If I was the journalist I might inquire as to what exactly the half a million baht per head, that was spent, was actually spent on.
    I thought the exact same thing. I would love to read the breakdown of expenses, do you think it will be viewable to the public?
    ....and if CM was an investigative journalist-type inquiring about the obvious and he persisted to do so - what are the chances that he might come up missing. Viewable to the masses? You're inquiring rhetorically, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Wonder if wealthy people ever get tired of the phony ass kissing they get?
    Obviously not. As this has been the expected routine for ages.
    Gentlemen, you have it very, very wrong. Wealthy people, and I mean the truly wealthy, not the nouveau riche types like that fool from Itex/Westbridge foods, have no time for this sort of thing. Why would they be bothered? The last thing they want is public attention. Think for just a minute;
    If someone is a senior exec at a public company, or a public official in a western country participated in this type of event he or she would most likely be terminated for violating the company or government policy on personal gifts. It's a major no-no ever since Sarbanes Oxley was passed in the USA. The EU and other jurisdictions followed with similar regulations.

    If one uses the Westbridge Foods as an illistration, then basically, this was a junket for buyers and nothing else. The MD for Westbridge is hardly a mover and shaker in the poultry business. The company only does worldwide sales of 155m, which is nothing compared to the big hitters like ADM, Cargil & Sysco. 155 is the equivalent of sales for one office of the majors. Westbridge could let its local manager get away with it because it is a small private company.

    Don't get carried away by the non event waste of money.

    Oh and why did I call the man a fool? Because he put a flashing neon light over his head, that says, hey, look at me, now you can target me for boycotts, protests and more protests. Rule No.1 in international business, is to keep a low profile at these type of events as they only draw negative reactions back in the west. Case in point were the comments about the "wealthy".
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    It's just a Convention- and a pretty unexciting one at that. Wow, horse riding along Hua Hin Beach . The senior people in these sort of companies get to pick and choose which Conventions they attend personally, and which they send their more junior colleagues along to. Doubt there would have been many bigwigs at all here frankly.

    Of course the government spin is 'everything is back to normal' and 'look how everyone loves us'. Unfortunately, just like the new Ford factory in Rayong which has been similarly hyped, the decision and feasibility studies go back some time before the UDD protests. This 'Friends of Thailand' junket was actually announced in mid 2009.
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    It's just another way for the Dems to steal money...

    As pointed out above, no folk of any consequence would waste their time on this crap. Have you seen the list of names and faces in the Bkk post, absolute minnows; one man bands, etc. & how professionally done it all was... NOT, obviously. Hilariously bad on all fronts; absolute muppets, as we've come to expect - but that's not the point; as with every committee and 'event', they're only organized to get a hefty budget for the polos to steal 75%+ of, end of!

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    Westbridge Foods get their chickens from thailand, got to be a howlerr to allow that to get advertised.
    Either Westbridge lose customers because of it, which they will, or the customers want treatment from Westbridge in keeping with what Westbridge get from the thais.
    can't make it up.
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    “Friends of Thailand” award-winners for 2010 announced


    Winners of the 6th 'Friends of Thailand' Award 2008.

    Image courtesy of tatnews.org

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) just announced the winners of the Friends of Thailand Awards 2010. They will be conferred at a special ceremony on 27 September, 2010, at the Centara Grand Bangkok.

    The Friends of Thailand Award is to honour and express appreciation to Thailand’s ‘international friends’ for their continued contribution to the advancement of Thai tourism. The Awards recognise individuals, groups of individuals, organisations, and agencies worldwide who have played a significant role in promoting Thailand abroad and have contributed to the wider publicity of the destination in the international community.

    For 2010, a total of 75 Awards will be presented to recipients from 29 countries in four categories:

    1. International Individual/Organization: 18 Awards

    2. International Tour Operators: 26 Awards

    3. International Media: 23 Awards

    4. International Airlines: 8 Awards

    TAT Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni said, “This is a very important occasion for us. It is a part of our Thai and Asian tradition inrecognising those who help and support us, especially in times of need. Many of these individuals, agencies, companies, and organisations work hard and often beyond the call of duty to help Thailand and the Thai people. “It is very important that they be recognised.”

    The Friends of Thailand Award were first introduced by TAT in 1996. Since then, TAT has presented the Awards every two years, except in 2006. Collectively, a total of 435 awards have been presented to recipients from 57 countries.

    The nominees must reside overseas and have played a major role in promoting tourism to as well as a positive image of Thailand between 2008 and 2009.

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s 24 overseas offices are responsible for the nomination of qualified individuals/organizations for the awards. The final choice is made by a selection committee comprising a number of distinguished individuals in the Thai tourism industry.

    Contact information:

    International Public Relations Division
    Tourism Authority of Thailand
    Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
    Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
    E-mail: prdiv3[at]tat.or.th

    Web site: www.tatnews.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    the Centara Grand Bangkok.
    Had Xmas dinner last year there. I didn't enjoy it... It wasn't bad, just stuffed meself and had too much eggnog & free wine (not the hotels fault, they did a pretty good job - & we got 4 for the price of 2 with some credit card promotion, so it worked out under 1,000 baht each ).

    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    TAT Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni said, “This is a very important occasion for us. It is a part of our Thai and Asian tradition inrecognising those who help and support us, especially in times of need. Many of these individuals, agencies, companies, and organisations work hard and often beyond the call of duty to help Thailand and the Thai people. “It is very important that they be recognised.”
    Nicely put.

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