Dusit International retains its crown as the hotel of choice for Miss Universe contestants in Thailand
 
Dec 17, 2018
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Dusit Thani Bangkok maintains its status as official pageant residence, while Dusit hotels in Pattaya and Krabi host contestants as part of special excursions.

Bangkok, 14 December 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, is ending the year in style after being selected as the official hotel partner of the MISS UNIVERSE® pageant in Thailand for the third time.

Now in its 67th year, MISS UNIVERSE® will take place on December 17 in Bangkok with nearly 100 representatives from all over the world participating. The global event was previously hosted in Thailand in 1992 and 2005, with Dusit Thani Bangkok the official pageant residence on each occasion.

During their time in Thailand, contestants will take part in activities at the Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel. They also recently visited and stayed at Dusit International’s renowned Dusit Thani Pattaya resort on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, as well as at the brand new dusitD2 Ao Nang hotel in Krabi province. These visits formed part of a tour to promote Thailand and its distinctive culture to international audiences.

“We are delighted to have been selected once again as the hotel of choice for this renowned competition, which is expected to give a multi-million baht boost to the country’s tourism industry,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “Our vision as a company has always been to uniquely deliver Thai-inspired, gracious hospitality to the world, while promoting a positive image of the kingdom, so we are very happy that we can enhance our impact in this regard by hosting the pageant’s contestants who will be great ambassadors for our country. That Dusit Thani Bangkok has been selected as the official residence for the third time running is testament to the quality of our offerings. With several glittering events planned, it also serves as a fitting finale for the hotel ahead of its exciting redevelopment next year.”

Opened in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the tallest, grandest building in Bangkok. On 5 January 2019, the hotel will close its doors to be redeveloped as part of a landmark mixed-use project comprising a residence, retail areas, an office building, a large green space, and a new hotel. The new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel is expected to open in 2023.

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Photo 1 – Dusit Thani Bangkok is the official MISS UNIVERSE® pageant residence for the third time in Thailand. Pictured (from left): Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green; Miss Thailand, Sophida Kanchanarin; Mr Narong Lertkitsiri, Executive Director of TPN 2018 Co., Ltd; Ms Piyaporn Sankosik, Executive Director of TPN 2018 Co., Ltd; Ms Titiya Xuto, General Manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok; Mr Somchai Cheewasutthanon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TPN 2018 Co., Ltd; Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers; and Miss Indonesia, Sonia Fergina Citra.

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International Organisation of Migration Chooses Tactilis Card for Pilot Programmes
 
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Dec 14, 2018
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BANGKOK, Dec 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Tactilis Pte. Limited, developers and manufacturers of a new biometric computer card technology, have entered an agreement for three pilot projects with the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), a related agency of the United Nations.

The pilot activities will evaluate the concepts, performance and viability of biometric system-on-card technology when deployed in three different migrant and foreign worker environments, namely visa card, cross border card and migrant camp card. There are close to 260 million migrants globally, with 75 million of those across Asia, many of whom are undocumented or displaced and require resettlement with trusted identity credentials.

The Tactilis card offers government grade biometric performance, multifunction capabilities and advanced management of user data and credentials. Aside from irrefutable identity verification, the card enables migrants to access multiple essential services in a simple and convenient way.

Speaking at the 5th Border Management & Identity Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Tactilis Founder & CEO, Michael Gardiner, explained that the new card technology could play a significant role in securing borders whilst protecting migrants and foreign workers rights.

"We are delighted to work with IOM and honoured that our biometric card is recognised as an effective universal tool for global security and enables migrants' access to essential healthcare and remittance services."

Donato Colucci, Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist for IOM's Regional Office for Asia-Pacific stated "Tactilis offers an exciting technology that we foresee could greatly assist our efforts to facilitate migrants, in particular foreign workers."

He added "IOM continually seeks to leverage technology for the benefit of migrants and the governments that are hosting them. This type of biometric card complements and strengthens our existing and external tools and solutions based around mobile, blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and data management. We look forward to a successful collaboration with Tactilis."

The initial three pilot programmes will be conducted in Asia and are planned to start deployment from Q1-2019.

ABOUT TACTILIS

Tactilis believes that living in a connected world is a good thing and offers simple, quick and easy-to-scale solutions that make it easier than ever to authenticate and manage identities, protect precious data and create trustworthy environments for citizens, businesses and government organizations. With extensive technological know-how and cutting-edge manufacturing processes, Tactilis helps you get the most out of the open world while securing your interests with just one fingerprint.

ABOUT IOM

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 172-member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:
- Migration and development
- Facilitating migration
- Regulating migration
- Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

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2018 IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament Debuts in Thailand
 
Dec 11, 2018
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HUA HIN, Thailand, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 2018 IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament & IBF World Muay Thai Championship was held in TRUE Arena Hua Hin, Thailand on December 8th. The game is the start of IBF Belt & Road Region's (IBF B&R) new journey in Belt and Road countries.

The Last Promotion Events of the Tournament in 2018 Season

There were 4 Eliminator bouts in the games. Thailand boxer Pipat Chaiporn and Filipino fighter Eugene Lagos competed for the qualification of Junior Featherweight of IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament Finals and they ended with a tie after 10 rounds. Japanese boxer Ryo Takenaka defeated Filipino fighter Lorence Rosas on Junior Lightweight Eliminator in the end of the 5th round. Thai boxer Komsan Polsan won the final qualification of Junior Middleweight after overcoming Uzbek fighter Dostonbek Turdiev in the event. Thai fighter Sukpraserd Ponpitak conquered Filipino fighter Joseph Ambo in the Bantamweight Eliminator bout after 10 rounds' confrontation.

The winners will compete with those who stood out from the last three promotion events which were held in Macau and Beijing successively. The game held in Hua Hin, was the last event before the Finals in the 2018 season.

Wang Ruihang, president of IBF B&R, said, IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament was carrying out the "Go Out" strategy under the guidance of the Belt and Road Initiative. "Aside from Thailand, Russia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea and even some African countries also bid for running of the IBF Silk Road Champions Tournaments. IBF B&R plans to increase the number of games held in countries and regions along the Belt and Road area from 2019 and will make the tournament an international platform of showing multiple cultures, embodying true level of professional boxing of relative countries and even promoting the development of local sports industry and economy."

Highlighting Thai Culture, Enhancing Cultural Communication

In order to show the diverse culture, the committee of the games arranged a Cruiserweight IBF World Muay Thai Championship event as the last but the most important bout. Chinese Muay Thai fighter Li Baoming and his Thai counterpart Thomas Carpenter competed for the IBF World Muay Thai title fiercely, and their strong confrontation provided the audience a great visual feast.

After 5 rounds fighting, Thomas Carpenter finally won the game and got the title. It's worth mentioning that the organizer arranged traditional Muay Thai and music performance throughout the whole event which made the presents all immersed in the original local culture.

Suwat Liptapanlop, the former Prime Minister of Thailand and the honorary Chairman of IBF Muay Thai, said, the Belt and Road Initiative was deeply rooted among Thai people, holding the IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament in the country would further enhance the cultural communication, economic linkage and people-to-people ties between Thailand and other countries along the Belt and Road.

He said: "The tournament will not only promote the further development of Thailand's boxing industry, sports tourism, but it will also increase the attractiveness of Thailand tourism and enhance the social and economic prosperity in the country. Sport fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to know Thailand and spread Thai culture better."

Debut of Chinese Team in Foreign Country

This is the first time that IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament was held in a country outside of China, it is also the first time for the operation team of the game - REJOY GROUP to carry out such a large event abroad.

The energetic team with an average age of less than 30 years old has carried out large events like 2016 IBF World Championship in Beijing, the 5th CCTV Chinese New Year Cup IBF World Championship and 2017 IBF Silk Road Champions Tournament Finals in Macau over the last three years.

Andrew Lu, Senior Vice President of REJOY GROUP, said: "Although this is our debut in foreign country, our team is an international and professional team. I think we were successful in Thailand and I believe the experience we accumulated in Thailand will be very useful for our team to manage and carry out better events in other countries."

Jimmy Chaichotchuang, a Thai boxing promoter, thought the Chinese team's capability of organizing and running the professional boxing games grew very fast, and their specialty has gained more attention from western counterparts. He said: "Their capability of implementation is very strong, and their efficiency and strict demand for events' quality impressed me a lot. Now I have better understanding of how China can hold more than 100 games since IBF entered China in 2015."

Source: IBF B&R

 
 
TCEB Pushes Chiang Mai into an International MICE City
 
Dec 04, 2018
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CHIANG MAI, Thailand, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB continues to promote MICE City as a mechanism that supports the Thai government's income distribution policy. Working under a strategic guideline to develop Chiang Mai into a complete MICE City in the northern region, TCEB collaborates with local communities and stakeholders to introduce Post-Tour activities for corporate travellers showcasing local lifestyle, historical and cultural attributes. In addition, the bureau joins hands with Co-op communities to promote their neighbourhoods as alternative venues for MICE activities and a platform to create opportunities for sustainable income distribution.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB, said that TCEB has been following the bureau's key principles in fostering cooperative partnership among the public, private, and community sectors in order to promote MICE industry into a key activity that drives the economy and generate revenues to local communities. According to the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2018-2021), Strategy for Regional, Urban, and Economic Zone Development, the government aims to develop the northern region into a high-value creative economy. Also, in May, Chiang Mai became the first province in Thailand that announced a provincial master plan for MICE development.

Chiang Mai features high potential in tourism and economic development. The province has a unique and outstanding identity with a number of natural and cultural attractions. According to a study conducted by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Chiang Mai hosted 20 international association meetings in 2016, which earned the city 2nd place among non-capital or second-tier municipalities in ASEAN. Meanwhile, in 2017, Chiang Mai welcomed 50,881 international MICE travellers generating 4,700.38 million baht in revenue, and 2,210,000 domestic MICE travellers generating 4,914.53 million baht in revenue.

This year, numbers of local MICE activities in Chiang Mai have been upgraded to an international level, expanding their formats as well as a scope of exhibitors and visitors to promote business opportunities for the province. Among those events held earlier this year include Chiang Mai Bloom 2018 which welcomed 183,569 visitors, and Lanna Expo which welcomed 253,504 visitors. Also, TCEB has been continuing to bid for more of international events to take place in Chiang Mai. Successful bids are such as World Robot Olympiad 2018 which was recently held in November this year with 10,000 visitors; Chiang Mai Design Week 2018 to take place in December with 400,000 visitors expected at the event; the Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia 2019 expected to attract 1,500 visitors; and the Route Asia 2020 expected to attract 1,200 visitors.

Under a vision "Chiang Mai The Splendid City of Culture and Destination for MICE in Asia", TCEB set key strategies for MICE development in Chiang Mai in four attributes: 1) Promoting public relations and marketing activities which target Asian MICE market; 2) Upgrading services, improving tourism products and creating opportunities for MICE activities by leveraging cultural capital; 3) Developing human resources to support MICE activities in local areas; and 4) Upgrading infrastructures to support MICE activities in Chiang Mai.

Within the development plan guiding key tasks towards achieving goals in promoting MICE as a tool for income distribution, six post-tour programs involved activities and services which reflect Chiang Mai's local lifestyle were developed. These routes are: (1) CSR and Ecotourism Route: The route promotes Mae Taeng Cooperative Limited, Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, and On Tai Village. The latter was named as a model of Creative Industry Village (CIV), incorporating cultural resources and creativity to create value for its products and services. Visitors will get a chance to learn about the village lifestyle and gain hands-on experience in producing local products; (2) Historical and Cultural Route: The route promotes Baan Tawai - Chiang Mai's long-established community known for its handicraft, and encourage visitors to join the Ordination of Yang Na Tree Ceremony in Saraphi District as part of the environmental movement to protect 900 Yang Na trees line along the road between Chiang Mai City to Baan Pak Kong. Visitors will get a chance to learn about the production of the traditional style lanterns from artisans at Mueang Sat Luang Community; 3) Team Work Route: The route promotes a series of team building activities which also enhance brainstorming and knowledge sharing at the Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre, Huay Tung Tao Reservoir, and Punpon Farm; (4) Adventure Route: The route showcases soft adventure activities amid beautiful nature at Chiang Mai's natural attractions such as Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park; (5) Thai Cuisine Route: The route showcases local gastronomy at Baan Hua Fai and Baan Dong Bang; and (6) Luxurious Activities Route: The route highlights unique and luxury experience for MICE travellers.

Furthermore, in terms of the venue standard, Chiang Mai has 18 MICE venues and 51 meeting rooms certified by the Thailand MICE Venue Standard or TMVS.

Recently, TCEB joined hands with 35 Co-op Communities across the country to promote their neighbourhoods into alternative venues for MICE activities. The partnership supports the growth of the local economy and enhances community readiness by leveraging their creativity based on local identity and resources. At present, Co-op Communities in Chiang Mai ready for corporate's CSR activity are Mae Taeng Cooperative Limited and Doi Saket Agricultural Cooperative Limited.

"By enhancing activities such as educational trips to be conducted in local communities, helps to generate income to locals. A cooperative, acting as a cooperation centre, can gather local products such as foods, snacks or other processed agricultural products to promote to visitors. Meanwhile, community engagement, from the upstream to downstream, can support the development of Chiang Mai into a complete MICE City," said Mr. Chiruit.

For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

Ms Parichat Svetasreni
Tel: +66 2 694 6009
Email: parichat_s@tceb.or.th

Ms Paniyada Mulalin
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Email: niyada_m@tceb.or.th

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Dusit International and Silpakorn University join to preserve rich heritage of Dusit Thani Bangkok
 
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Nov 28, 2018
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'Preserving Dusit Thani's Artistic Heritage' will capture hotel's rich history, bequeath to new hotel open 2023

BANGKOK - (ACN Newswire) - Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, has partnered with Silpakorn University to launch a unique project to preserve the rich architectural and artistic heritage of the company's iconic flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, which will be redeveloped next year as part of a landmark mixed-use development.

Officially titled 'Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok's Artistic Heritage,' the project will see preservation experts from Silpakorn University carefully identify, document, dismantle and preserve key items of historical or artistic value in the property for use in the new version of the hotel, which is slated to open in 2023. Data and photographs of the project will also be presented in a digital book for those who wish to learn more about the original building.

Opened in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok is an early exemplar of contemporary Thai architecture which distinctively blends western modernism with traditional Thai design. Inspired by the great pagoda of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the unique structure has long drawn the attention of architecture students impressed by its convention-defying form, which heralded a new era of development in Bangkok.

The hotel's interior is also lauded for its rich artistic heritage. The Thai motifs and murals that adorn the columns and walls of the hotel's signature Thai restaurant, Benjarong, for example, were hand-painted by Paiboon Suwannakudt, famously known as Tan Kudt, a neo-traditional Thai painter who was a key figure in the modern reinvigoration of Thai mural painting. His intricate paintings and murals will be carefully preserved for use in the new Dusit Thani Bangkok. Benjarong's carved timber ceiling will also be carefully dismantled for use in the new hotel.

Silpakorn's experts will also study the hotel's distinctive landscaping, particularly the renowned waterfall garden, which provides a serene and leafy escape in the heart of the city. Prize trees will be documented and preserved as much as possible.

The 'Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok's Artistic Heritage' project was officially launched at a press conference held at Dusit Thani Bangkok's Napalai Room. Speaking at the event, Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International, said, "My mother, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, always believed in Thailand's potential to become one of the world's most successful tourist destinations, and she believed the best way to put Bangkok on the map, and support the kingdom's growth in this regard, would be to create a distinctive hotel that complied with international standards while showcasing the finest facets of Thai culture.

"Dusit Thani Bangkok is the result of this vision, and the building's unique design, decor and artworks are indeed representative of an era of great change in the country. With the hotel now about to undergo a significant change for a new era of tourism, we would like to preserve as many items of historical and sentimental value as possible. I believe our past is the inspiration for a sustainable future, and I am delighted we could partner with Silpakorn University for this unique project."

Assoc. Prof. Sayumporn Kasornsuwan, Vice President for Art and Culture, Silpakorn University, said, "Dusit Thani Bangkok is an excellent learning centre for those interested in the development of art, culture and architecture in Thailand, and we are very happy that Dusit wants to preserve the key historical elements of its flagship hotel for posterity. Lecturers from faculties such as archaeology, architecture, painting, sculpture and graphic arts, as well as the university's Art Centre and partners, will be heavily involved in this project. While it will certainly require a great deal of time, effort and finance, Dusit is determined to invest in the preservation of its heritage. It is an honour to take part in this project."

Asst. Prof. Chawalit Khaokiew of the Faculty of Archeology, Silpakorn University, said, "This project consists of three parts. First, we will carry out the preservation work that covers the carvings, paintings and murals in Benjarong Restaurant, as well as valuable components of the hotel's exterior. This requires an integration of disciplines such as painting, engineering, architecture and archaeology. Second, we will study the hotel's architecture, landscaping and various historical artworks to create a scale model showcasing all of the building's key elements.

"Finally, we will help to promote the architectural value of the hotel through an exhibition of paintings by National Artists Sarawut Duangjampa and Panya Wijinthanasarn, and 18 acclaimed painters. This exhibition will be staged at the hotel throughout December until January 5th. Information collected throughout the entire research and preservation process will be compiled in a digital book to be shared with the public."

Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International, said, "It's an honour to work closely with Silpakorn University to document the rich tapestry of Dusit Thani Bangkok in its transitional period. Silpakorn University is a time-honoured institution that stands out in the field of art and culture and in preserving and promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of the kingdom. This joint effort aims to preserve meaningful memories of the hotel and bring them to life once again in the next four years when the new Dusit Thani Bangkok opens its doors. We hope that the artefacts we preserve will create a warm atmosphere that delights new guests seeking new, impressive experiences, as well as regular guests who have an emotional attachment to the original hotel."

Dusit Thani Bangkok will hold its last full day of operations in its current form on 5 January 2019.

About Dusit International

Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's Charoenkrung Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana.

Alongside growing its operations globally, with more than 50 properties in the pipeline across key destinations, Dusit International is also expanding its business to provide new experiences for customers across the lodging spectrum.The company recently entered the vacation rental market with the full acquisition of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia, and it also announced plans to enter the lifestyle market with the launch of ASAI Hotels, a distinctive new brand designed to link curious, millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in vibrant cities and resort destinations worldwide.

The company also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School. In 2019, Dusit International will redevelop its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel as part of a landmark mixed-use project comprising residences, an office building, retail areas, and a new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel. The new hotel is expected to open in 2023. For more information, please visit -www.dusit.com.

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JWD InfoLogistics (JWD.TB) Announces Sharp Q3 Growth, Forecasts THB 3B Full-Year Revenue
 
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Nov 12, 2018
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Project Cargo Logistics Operations through JV with Bok Seng

BANGKOK - (ACN Newswire) - JWD InfoLogistics PCL (JWD.TB), a leading Asean-based logistics solutions provider, has announced strong Q3 results, with revenue at THB 848.6 million (up 32.2% Y-o-Y) and net profit at THB 70.1 million (up 24.1% Y-o-Y), achieved by healthy growth in most segments, full-quarter revenue from CSLF's food service business and shared profit from PPSEZ.

Raising its full-year revenue target to THB 3 billion, it expects growth to be sustained over Q4. In addition, the Company recently decided to set up a joint-venture firm to be tasked with offering project cargo logistics solutions in Thailand and Laos.

Dr. Eakapong Tungsrisanguan, JWD CFO, disclosed JWD's Q3 (July-Sept) results, highlighting the outstanding Y-o-Y growths rates, including 32.2% Y-o-Y growth in rental and service revenue (to THB 848.6 million from THB 642 million) and 24.1% Y-o-Y growth in net profit (to THB 70.1 million from THB 56.5 million).

The growth was fueled by strong sales in almost all segments, including the conventional and recently launched ones: cold storage revenue rose 33.1% with an occupancy ratio (as of end Q3) of 85.3%, while revenue in cargo transport, document and data storage, dangerous goods storage and management and removal segments rose 18.5%, 13.1%, 11.8% and 9.5%, respectively. This was supported by increased revenue from the food service provided by CSLF, a Taiwan-based company (due to recognition of full-quarter revenue), as well as by shared profit from PPSEZ, a listed company in Cambodia.

For 9 Month (January-September) results, rental and service revenue totaled THB 2.2632 billion, a 26.3% Y-o-Y gain from THB 1.7926 billion, and net profit reached THB 160.5 million, a 9.6% Y-o-Y increase from THB 146.4 million, driven by the growth posted for nearly all core segments (both domestic and overseas operations).

"Given the better-than-expected growth rates over the recent period, and forecasting prolonged growth in the final quarter, especially in the cold storage, cargo transport, dangerous goods storage and management and food service segments, we have decided to raise our full-year revenue target to THB 3 billion (from THB 2.6 billion), or approximately 30% Y-o-Y growth", the CFO said.

Mr. Charvanin Bunditkitsada, Chairman, Executive Committee and JWD CEO, noted that JWD constantly explores opportunities to win new customers, ensuring continuous growth, and recently partnered with Singapore-based Bok Seng Logistics Pte Ltd (Bok Seng) to establish JWD Bok Seng Logistics (Thailand), a Thai-incorporated JV firm with capital of THB 4 million, 60%-owned by JVK (a JWD subsidiary) and 40%-owned by Mr. Ng Lian Soon (Bok Seng's majority shareholder). The JV provides project cargo logistics solutions (transport of locomotives, bridge parts, oil and gas platforms, international relocation of oil drilling rigs, etc.), which require engineering expertise and know-how, in Thailand and Laos.

The JV will expand JWD's range of services beyond the transport of medium-sized machines in factories, to include project cargo logistics, involving the transport of bulky, heavy cargo that requires the know-how and experience of Bok Seng as well as its specialised or heavy handling equipment or machinery and expertise in assembly and installation. Bok Seng is present in several SE Asian markets, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, and employs a universal platform for all markets.

JWD sees project cargo logistics as promising in Thailand and Laos. It is aware that both countries' national economic and investment development plans are being implemented, for example, by construction of dams in Laos and infrastructure including dual-track and high-speed rail systems, airports, marine ports or Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)-related facilities in Thailand. It noted a limited number of players in these countries with the expertise and technical sophistication required, compared to the transport of general machinery. Customers of project cargo logistics services are predominantly world-class companies and blue-chip companies in Thailand, and they award successful bidders long-term contracts.

In addition, the proposed JV firm will use JWD's warehouse space at Laem Chabang Port to facilitate its operation, employing Bok Seng's heavy machinery to handle transport assignments from customers. The know-how and resources of the partners will be used to expand businesses and propel JWD's growth, while project cargo logistics will become one of JWD's main sources of revenue in the future.

About JWD InfoLogistics PCL

JWD InfoLogistics (SET:JWD) knows everything about logistics and supply chain management. The Group's fully integrated logistics and supply chain solutions cover all types of warehousing, including the free zone area, in fields where it has competitive advantage in terms of the ability to manage one-stop and unconditional service offers because it wholly own all warehouses. The Group is also proficient in customs procedures, product transportation and distribution, as well as logistics software development. Founded in 1979, the JWD Group has grown to comprise 18 subsidiaries and operates warehouses and yards covering a total storage space of approximately 800,000 sqm. The Group currently employs 1,300 staff and has branch offices in 32 countries.

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Bumrungrad International Hospital Implements InterSystems TrakCare with Early Benefits to Patient Satisfaction, Safety, and Efficiency
 
Nov 06, 2018
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Eighteen-Month Digital Transformation Leads to Record High Patient Satisfaction Ratings in Several Departments at World Class, Multi-Specialty Private Hospital

BANGKOK, Thailand, October 30, 2018 – InterSystems, a global leader in health information technology, and Bumrungrad International Hospital have implemented the InterSystems TrakCare® electronic medical record (EMR) solution to support world-class care delivery, with early benefits achieved in patient satisfaction, safety, and efficiency.

Bumrungrad International Hospital is accredited by Joint Commission International and recognized as one of the world’s leading and most technologically advanced hospitals. Specializing in tertiary care with a patient-centric approach, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and more than 30 specialty centers. The hospital has 1,300 physicians, serving 1.1 million patients annually.

Bumrungrad has implemented TrakCare throughout the hospital. By utilizing TrakCare’s unified Patient Administration and Clinical capabilities – including support for Emergency, Maternity, Surgery, Radiology, Clinical Laboratory, and Pharmacy – it has already made a significantly positive difference to patient experience.

“We achieved record high patient satisfaction ratings of over 95% over the past few months in several departments,” said Kenny Lim, Chief Information Technology Officer, Bumrungrad International Hospital. “Paper usage across the entire hospital has fallen dramatically with TrakCare’s deployment, and the increased use of electronic communications has helped to reduce journey times for patients.”

With the near elimination of paper and an automated reporting system, the time taken to complete a health screening or checkup, for example, has been reduced. Other early benefits include improvements that contribute to patient safety and organizational efficiency.

Physicians and medical staff now use TrakCare to manage all patient interactions, facilitate clinical workflows, and support them in making the best informed decisions. Doctors and nurses are able to quickly and easily view a comprehensive, unified record for each patient and there is improved communication between care teams and departments.

TrakCare’s clinical decision support system provides safety alerts for a range of risks including drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, and duplicate orders. It is also integrated with patient monitors and used to deliver closed-loop medication management, designed to minimize medical errors and provide safeguards to help improve patient safety.

As an early adopter of TrakCare Lab Enterprise, the world’s first laboratory business management system and a unified module within TrakCare, Bumrungrad is now gaining visibility into clinical laboratory processes to support better operational decision-making. InterSystems HealthShare® is also enabling interoperability with non-TrakCare systems within and outside the hospital.

Bumrungrad expects to achieve further benefits to the quality of care in the future. With all patient data captured in one database, it can analyze data to achieve continuing reductions in unexpected outcomes. “We expect to achieve continual improvements in clinical outcomes with the EMR,” said Lim. “Over the next few years, hospitals will see almost all medical tools become digital. The challenge will be to get them all integrated with the EMR and managed in a single holistic solution.”

“InterSystems is proud to be partnering closely with Bumrungrad International Hospital to deliver world class care to patients,” said Kerry Stratton, InterSystems Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “The hospital joins a community of TrakCare customers in over 25 countries who benefit from global best practice built into the product and regional configurations proven to support local market needs. We believe this digital transformation will help Bumrungrad to innovate faster, while delivering better outcomes.”

About Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980 and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1989, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Bumrungrad International offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. Bumrungrad International serves 1.1 million patients annually, including over half a million international patients. As the first JCI accredited hospital in Asia and the first hospital in Thailand with a lab accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Bumrungrad is consistently recognized as one of the leading hospitals in the world.

About InterSystems
InterSystems is the information engine that powers some of the world’s most important applications. In healthcare, finance, government, and other sectors where lives and livelihoods are at stake, InterSystems has been a strategic technology provider since 1978. InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide, and its software products are used daily by millions of people in more than 100 countries. For more information, visitInterSystems.com.

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BGC (SET:BGC) Begins Trading on the Stock Exchange of Thailand
 
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Oct 19, 2018
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- Highlighting Potential as Thailand's Largest Packaging Manufacturers
- Ready to be the Leader in ASEAN

BANGKOK - (ACN Newswire) - BG Container Glass PCL (BGC) floats its shares today on the Securities Exchange of Thailand for its first trading session (18 Oct). The company's vision is to be the leading manufacturer and distributor of glass containers and quality packaging products in ASEAN while preparing to expand its market in Thailand and abroad. Its vision is backed by its new factory in Ratchaburi, which will be ready to begin commercial operations in November and is expected to increase production by 400 tons per day, raising the total production to 3,495 tons per day.

Mr. Silparat Watthanakasetr, Managing Director of BGC, said, "As Thailand's major producer, distributor, exporter and importer of glass containers, we are confident that investors will respond positively to this initial public offering (IPO). BGC has the vision to become the leading manufacturer and distributor of quality glass containers and packaging in ASEAN. It plans to expand sales throughout Thailand and exports to ASEAN countries such as Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam as well as countries in other regions such as Switzerland, Spain and Australia."

Currently, BGC is the producer and distributor of glass packaging products with the largest production capacity in Thailand. Its new glass container plant and furnace in Ratchaburi will begin commercial operations in November 2018, which will increase production by 400 tons per day, boosting the total production to 3,495 tons per day. The new glass furnace has been designed to operate effectively at full capacity, and an online quality control system has been installed. Moreover, the new plant in Ratchaburi will be able to accommodate an additional furnace in the future in response to increasing consumer demands.

Meanwhile, the company's performance during the first six months (January-June 2018) has yielded a net profit of 270.1 million baht, an increase of 122 percent over the same period last year with a net profit of 121.7 million baht. This is due to a decline in production costs after completing the company's closed down Rayong production plant.

"BGC aims to be the leader in the production and distribution of high-quality glass packaging products across the ASEAN region. The new Ratchaburi facility will help fulfill the company's strategic operations in the future because the plant is situated at a strategic location as well as having a flexible production process that will allow the company to expand its client base and serve new markets," said Mr. Silparat.

Mr. Pongsak Phrukpaisal, deputy managing director of Kasikorn Securities Pcl., as financial advisor and lead underwriter of the company, says BGC is a company with a strong business foundation and has good potential for growth. As the manufacturer and distributor of glass packaging products with the largest production capacity in Thailand, BGC is in an advantageous position as it is able to keep the production cost per unit at a competitive level. Furthermore, the company has plants in several provinces, which enhances capital management, logistics and access to raw materials.

"BGC's glass packaging materials are widely used and such usage is expected to be increasing as we go forward because their products are environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable. As well, the glass packaging industry has only a few major producers and this is a business that requires high investment capital which poses obstacles to new entrants," Mr Pongsak says.

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CEBIT ASEAN Thailand all set for the first edition - encouraging innovation to drive Thailand economy and society
 
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Oct 04, 2018
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IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (“IMPACT”) and Deutsche Messe AG (“DMAG”), organizer of the world’s leading trade technology and digital exhibition, jointly present the first edition of CEBIT ASEAN Thailand (“CEBIT ASEAN”). CEBIT ASEAN is supported by both public and private organizations, including the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society; Ministry of Science and Technology; Microsoft; Logitech; ABeam; and more than 200 companies and brands. CEBIT ASEAN will be held from 18 to 20 October 2018, Hall 7-8, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand. The event is expected to attract 8,000 technology professionals and business leaders.

Dr. Soranit Siltharm, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, said "The Thai government's mission is to transform the country into the 21st century, with two main drivers - the development of people and technology; and the Thailand 4.0 policy. Technology is crucial in this digital age and necessary to drive our country."

Dynamic Digital ASEAN Market

The digital market in ASEAN is expected to grow by more than USD 200 billion by 2025, up six times when compared to 2015, according to Dr.Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of Digital Economy Promotion Agency, representative from Ministry of Digital Economy and Society “Thailand is the economic hub of ASEAN, with a digital and IT spending of USD12.7 billion 2017, and it is projected to grow by another USD30 million by 2010. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is supporting CEBIT ASEAN Thailand 2018, by providing digital media and experts from the public and private sectors, as well as a center for knowledge and business exchange to prepare for the digital economic,” added Dr.Nimmanphatcharin

Dr. Surapong Lertsithichai, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, said “Digital technology permeates and plays a vital role in every aspect of the economy and society. In this environment, Thailand cannot afford to be complacent and move slowly, we need to adjust ourselves to the new digital economy. In 2017, the FDI digital sector was 642 million THB; with 386,300 ICT employees; and more than 90 startups.”

“The government’s Thailand 4.0 policy will transform the country into a value-based economy and move toward an innovation-driven economy with an emphasis on research and development, science and technology, and innovation. We are placing more emphasis on innovation that contribute towards a new phase of opportunities,” said Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Executive Director, National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) (“NIA”).

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkul Na Ayuthaya, President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said “TCEB is proud to partner with Deutsche Messe to bring CEBIT ASEAN to Thailand. As the world’s top trade exhibition in information technology and digital technology, it is certain that this event will help strengthen not only the MICE industry but also in-line with Thailand 4.0 development strategy.”

What can you expect at CEBIT ASEAN?

Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT said “CEBIT ASEAN brings new levels of excitement and opportunities for the digital industry, through a combination of trade and business activities, networking and knowledge exchange, all under one roof, serving the needs of the industry and market on a global and local scale.”

CEBIT ASEAN covers every topic of relevance for the digitization of business and society. In its first edition, the focus will be on:
• Communications, Network Infrastructure and Security;
• Data and Cloud;
• Business Solutions;
• Peripherals and Accessories;
• IOT and Smart Technology; and
• Emerging Technology (AR/VR/ UAV/ Robotics/ 3D Printing).

In addition, a range of informational sessions have been organized to share market insights and encourage discussions on new trends and innovation:

• CEBIT Technical Seminar : Digital Transformation for Business and Industry Development
• CIO Forum : Workforce Transformation in the Digital Age
• Cyber Security Conference : Thailand 4.0 with Cyber Security Preparedness

For more information, please visit www.cebitasean.com

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The Mall Group and AEG Set a New Era of Entertainment, Sports and MICE
 
Sep 27, 2018
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Two World-Class, Unprecedented Arenas Destined to Place Bangkok and Thailand at the Forefront of the Entertainment Industry and MICE in Asia

Partnership Expands AEG’s Proven Entertainment District Model to Southeast Asia

BANGKOK & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mall Group, Thailand’s leading retail and entertainment complex developer, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today jointly announced a strategic partnership that is destined to make Thai retail history and will redefine the retail entertainment experience in Bangkok with a 10 billion baht plus investment in two world-class arenas - “EM Live and BANGKOK ARENA” - that will anchor two new entertainment districts.

The Mall Group and AEG are joining forces with the shared vision of revolutionizing the country’s business, retail and entertainment centres, placing Bangkok and Thailand at the forefront of world retail innovation, entertainment events, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) and new lifestyle experiences.

Supaluck Umpujh, Chairwoman of The Mall Group, said that the company’s mission and goal is to elevate Bangkok and Thailand to the leading Retail and Entertainment Hub in Asia. Following the company’s success in developing multiple World-Class Shopping and Entertainment Complexes, including Siam Paragon - The World-Class Retail & Entertainment Phenomenon, The Emporium, The EmQuartier and the Upcoming EmSphere - the Luxury & Lifestyle Retail and Entertainment District at the Epicenter of Sukhumvit, The Mall Group is now ready to create new Mega Projects. This will lead the way to even greater success in what it sees as a bold and pioneering step into a new era for retail and entertainment experiences.

EM LIVE at THE EMSPHERE, The Iconic New Retail & Entertainment District, and The BANGKOK ARENA at the BANGKOK MALL, The Grand Metropolis, built on the concept of a City within the City, are scheduled to open by the end of the fourth quarter of 2022. EM LIVE at THE EMSPHERE will have a capacity of more than 6,000 people and The BANGKOK ARENA at the BANGKOK MALL will have a capacity of up to 16,000 people.

Adam Wilkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, AEG Asia, said that Southeast Asia is going through a transformation. As incomes rise and spending power increases, consumers in the region are demanding more sophisticated entertainment experiences. In The Mall Group, we have not only found an outstanding partner but also an innovative company that is led by an insightful and forward-thinking leader, Khun Supaluck. The company shares our vision for creating best-in-class destination experiences and our partnership will bring unique entertainment districts to the city that will redefine and revolutionize Bangkok's leisure and entertainment scene. We are thankful to have a long-term partner that shares our vision and goals. These two significant developments will be a game-changer, giving Bangkok and Thailand the opportunity to become the most important Retail and Entertainment Hub in Southeast Asia.

The partnership, which marks AEG’s first major investment in Southeast Asia, expands the company’s proven entertainment district model across the region and demonstrates its strong commitment to Bangkok and Thailand. The announcement also furthers The Mall Group’s goal to continue expanding beyond traditional retail experiences and lead the trend into more immersive lifestyle and entertainment-focused destination experiences. Over the last decade, Bangkok and Thailand have seen rapid urbanization and changing consumption trends, and today is a market with great potential, driven by an expanding middle-class with growing spending power and demand for premium experiences. Bangkok and Thailand have also been named the world’s most-visited tourism destinations, welcoming more than 38 million international travellers in 2017, with that number expected to reach 42 million international travellers in 2018.

As the co-owner and operator of both entertainment venues, AEG will also be responsible for the management and operation of these two world-class arenas, as well as working collaboratively with The Mall Group and its partners in offering and marketing a wide range of events including entertainment, concerts, live performances, family shows, sports competitions, MICE and arts & cultural events. Over the past decade, AEG has brought artists such as Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and many other world-renowned performers to Asia.

The two premium arenas will enable Bangkok to host large-scale events, offering local and international audiences, and tourists from around the globe, more entertainment choices and greatly enhanced live experiences, further positioning the city as a premier entertainment destination in Southeast Asia.

ABOUT AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world, including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world's largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually.

More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.

ABOUT TMG

For more than 37 consecutive years, the Mall Group has played a crucial role as Thailand’s leading retail and entertainment complex developer. With a long-term vision of the board of directors to develop Bangkok and Thailand to be world leading Retail and Entertainment Hub in Asia. We have brought Bangkok and Thailand’s ultimate shopping destination for any business, Real estate, entertainment and lifestyle. The company has successfully expanded its operations to become one of Thailand’s largest mall operators, currently operating 12 shopping complexes under the nameplates The Mall, Siam Paragon, The Emporium, The EmQuatier and Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall. The vision and determination of company have brought us a continuing success and unceasing growth. Being the pride of Thailand, The Mall Group also gains international reputation attracting a massive numbers of Thai and International shoppers, also tourists from all over the globe.

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