Thai Skal presidents head north


CHIANG MAI, 31 August 2015: Thailand’s Skål Club presidents travel to Chiang Mai 10 October for a their national commttee meeting and a dinner hosted by the northern city’s club.

They will update Skål members on the bid to host the annual Skål International Congress in 2017. Bangkok is competing with Hyderabad, India, the only other contender shortlisted, to host the prestigious event that attracts around 1,000 travel leaders from the private sector.

The decision on the 2017 host will be made by sercret ballot, 30 October, at the World Congress in Torremolinos.

Chiang Mai Skål Club is one of the most active clubs in the country led by president, Tim McGuire, who addressed club members at their monthly dinner, 27 August, on a variety of projects to support tourism.

inside no 6Chiang Mai’s Skål Club is in contact with the Skål Club in Nepal forwarding donations from club members to assist in the rebuilding of tourism.

Last April, a devastating earthquake killed over 9,000 people in the country.

Skål Nepal reports that funds are being used to rebuild schools and that the construction of the schools should be finished by the end of October. A Skål plaque will be in front of each of the schools.

Guest speaker at the 27 August dinner event, James De La Cloche offered insights into several tourism related initiatives that involve photography in North Thailand.

He noted there was very little photography-based tour content linked to tourism in Thailand, but he has pioneered photo tours for visitors through a programme called “Lost in Chiang Mai” that appeals to Chinese visitors who want to improve their skills and visit key locations in North Thailand that are photographic icons.

“Chiang Mai is also developing into a destination for pre-wedding trips and photo sessions, especially for Chinese tourists who like the natural scenery and historic backdrops,” he told members.

He noted that one of the complaints from wedding photo tourists focused on poor communications.

“They contacted organisers via email, but rarely receive a response,” he said.

To grow the market, Chiang Mai must improve communications. More effort is needed to integrate hotels, the photography agency and the clients.