BANGKOK, 31 May 2016: One of Thailand’s leading lights in tourism and aviation, ML Nandhika Varavarn, 59, died Friday, after a prolonged battle with cancer.
She was a key player in the marketing and communications team at Bangkok Airways 1989 to 1995, heading the public relations and advertising department.
After a short sabbatical in London she returned to the airline to take up the post of vice president for corporate communications, a role she held for 13 years up until her death.
Nandhika studied at Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo in Japan for eight years before enrolling for undergraduate studies at Cite Universite in Paris, France followed by postgraduate studies at Ecole L’Hotellerie Et Du Tourisme de Glion in Montreux, Switzerland.
On her return to Thailand she worked at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as a tourism advisor. She gained valuable experience working for Air France and Hilton Bangkok Hotel before moving to New York, for four years, where worked at the United Nations.
Prior to joining Bangkok Airways she lectured at ITIM Hotel and Tourism Management School in Bangkok.
Besides her outstanding and tireless efforts to promote tourism to Thailand, she crafted the public relations campaigns that positioned Bangkok Airways as Asia’s Boutique Airline, while garnering awards for the airline in the travel trade and consumer markets.
She worked closely with the international media and was a familiar figure at the world’s largest annual travel shows in London and Berlin.
Without doubt a public relations director, respected by media, worldwide, for her communication skills and a genuine respect for those she worked with and those she encountered in the media and tourism fields. She will be missed.
Mom Luang Nandhika leaves behind a son, Vejvikorn Niyomrerks, and husband Jeff Cook.
Funeral rites are being held this week at Wat That Tong on Sukhumvit Road (Soi Ekkamai) 1900 at Sala 4 -until Saturday 4 June.
Temple address: 1325 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110.