Mar 03

On Wednesday, 2 March 2011, Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President of THAI, and Mr. Teerapol Chotichanapibal, Executive Vice President, invited guests and the media to a conference on THAI’s Introduction of Electronic & Mobile (E&M) Services, at the Head Office, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.


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Left: That fimger print is the key. Photo by Darren Hammerton

It was one of the most informative, and revealing, conferences THAI has ever presented to the public. If anything, for the laymen at least who attended the conference, it was both mind-boggling and a reminder how advanced our world of technology is coming to.

On stage, and interviewed by a pretty Thai Airlines master-of-ceremonies, Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, Mr. Teerapol, along with Mr. Pandit were asked to discuss the product, the policies and the strategies of the new E&M services.

Mr. Piyasvasti opened with the explanation how the airlines has introduced a new eServices that will make it more convenient for customers…

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Mar 13

A bill that will create a tourism promotion organization for the United States has received its final passage in the U.S. Senate. It’s The Travel Promotion Act that calls for a nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion that will promote the United States as a travel destination and explain travel and security policies to international visitors.

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Never has a change in America’s tourist promotion been more needed.

RIGHT: See Hollywood where movies began

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The new bill will work this way. A US$10 fee will be charged to visitors from countries included in the “Visa Waiver Program” which will partially fund the public-private organization. These visitors will pay the fee every two years when they register online using the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization. There will be no need going to the US Embassy and waiting in a long line to receive a visa.

The rest of the funding will…

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Dec 15

What do a couple of airline old timers talk about when they get together? I found out when Eric Hallin, the General Manager of the Rembrandt Hotel on Sukumvit, phoned and asked if I would like to come to lunch at the hotel. He had invited three other guests, Chatrachai Bunya-Ananta, the past president of Thai Airways and Henrik Lau and Lennart Holmgren, two of the early staff of Thai International. Henrik and Lennart, both retired from THAI, were from Scandinavia, vacationing with their wives. I couldn’t turn down the lunch. It had been years since I had seen these guys and at one time many yeas ago we were all on the same team, when I too began working for THAI.


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Left, Lennart and Henrik, left, and Eric and Harold right for lunch at the Rembrandt

Eric has been a friend of THAI ever since the late 1970s when he was…

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