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Sandy and her crew traveled in Thailand for the 2006 Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) conference and the Corporate TravelWorld (CTW) Asia-Pacific exhibition. This is the premiere event in the region on business and incentive travel

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Thai Airlines


Hank Roeder and Sandy Dhuyvetter
VP Domestic and Global Operations for the National Business Travel Association


Thai Airways

Pattaya Beach


Suvarnahumbi Airport in Bangkok

 


Suvarnahumbi Airport in Bangkok

 

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Welcome to this weeks news on Thailand from our TravelTalkRADIO studios in Southern California.
 

TravelTalkRADIO's assignments this week included a trip to Pattaya on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand to interview some of the presenters and sponsors of this year’s Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) conference and the Corporate TravelWorld (CTW) Asia-Pacific exhibition. As the keynote ceremonies, training sessions and networking events began to unfold, we quickly realized that the jointly held IT&CMA/CTW program is probably one of the best managed business and incentive travel events we have ever attended. We would like to thank the executives and staff of TTG Asia Media, the organizers of the event, for a superb job. Even though our coverage of a large  event like


Sandy at the new
Suvarnabhumii Airport in Bangkok

 this one can be a very exhausting task at times, the planning and management of the show by the TTG folks made our work that much easier. Thank you all!

 

Arriving in Bangkok, we were truly impressed with the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport that just opened in late September. This expansive, state-of-the-art facility boasts the world’s tallest control tower, a trendy shopping mall nearly a mile long, manicured gardens and delightful artwork and is slated to become one of the busiest hubs in the entire Pacific Asia region. We found that even the “airport hotel” (places usually to be avoided if at all possible) was an absolute 5-star rated knockout. The Novotel, an Accor hotel, is extremely modern, spacious, quiet, comfortable and inviting with first rate amenities and a gorgeous swimming pool featuring a swim-up bar. Considering that the hotel and airport opened just weeks earlier, we felt a sense of great attention to detail, skilled management and a caring, attentive staff. As we prepared to return home from Thailand, we had the opportunity to take an even closer look at Suvarnabhumi (pronounced Savana-poom) as we spent 8 hours roaming around the airport terminal and enjoying the Rodeo Drive-like shopping, soaring ceilings of glass and steel, large gardens and courtyards, diverse restaurant offerings and a truly international setting of artwork and gilded monuments. Don't miss an opportunity to pass through this 21st century masterpiece. The Suvarnabhumi Airport will delight you with its opulent design, fabulous decor and abundant services.
 

Below, you will hear from several of the movers and shakers in the Asia Pacific region who attended IT&CMA/CTW and you will have a chance to learn more about some of the unique offerings within this area. The incentive and corporate travel markets are alive and growing in this part of the world. Join me and meet some of the most interesting front line people in the travel industry.

Darren Ng
Managing Director
TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd.

Darren and Sandy sit down for a few minutes to discuss the event and TTG's role in developing and organizing one of the finest conferences in the industry.




Listen to MP3 file of the Interview

Throughout these segments (all except for Mr. Scott Christopher's interview) you will be listening to music by MRS. KAMALA SUKOSOL and her daughter Krissie. Kamala is also the owner and president of Siam City Hotels & Resorts in Thailand.

We were honored to attend one of her musicals in Pattaya at her Siam Hotel. It was one of the most exciting nights in Thailand. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were thrilled when Kamala gave us all a CD of her music. You can listen to short audio files of her wonderful music.

Unlike many entertainers of today, Kamala does not come from a particularly musical family. The daughter of a successful businessman, Kamala inherited her father’s innate talent for business, but her artistic gifts and her singing abilities are her own. CLICK HERE to learn more about Kamala and her lovely hotels.


Scott Christopher
Director of Speaking/Training, O.C.
Tanner Company

Keynote Speaker for the conference.
Check out his good word here as Scott talks to Sandy about his message.


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Becoming a 24-Carrot Leader 
Great leadership starts with great people. A high-powered keynote on how to retain your best employees and win the commitment of all your people. It's called employee recognition. In a dynamic, humorous and compelling presentation, Scott Christopher shows planners of meetings and incentive programmes how to create powerful, bonding recognition experiences and present case studies of effective recognition from s
ome of the world’s finest companies.


Dr Guo Yingzhi,
Associate Professor & Head of Faculty in Tourism Management,
Department
of Tourism,
Fudan University
, China


Dr. Guo shares her thoughts with Sandy  about the quality of superior education at Fudan University and what her students are studying in hospitality and tourism. This is an exciting conversation with one of China's best educators in the travel industry.

CHINA and tourism and
travel education at the renown
Fudan Unversity.

Listen to MP3 file of the Interview


Dr. Guo presented to the conference a presentation on China Business Travellers: Old Myths, New Realities
In 2004, 3.8 million visitors came to China for meetings and business while 8.4 million mainland Chinese travelled to destinations beyond Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, for business and leisure purposes. As China is a new country generating millions of international travellers, it is crucial to gain an understanding of the characteristics and consumption behaviour of Chinese travellers. What candestinations and suppliers learn about the giant China’s business travel market in order to better attract Chinese business travellers and increase their satisfaction?

 


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Today's conversation with Bill.

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October 19,  2 0 0 6
Medical Tourism
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TalkStar Mornings with Bill Maddens
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Medical Tourism and one community
in Thailand called Pattaya


Welcome to this weeks news on Thailand from our TravelTalkRADIO studios in Southern California.


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Medial Tourism
Join Sandy on KUSI channel 9 and learn more about this new dynamic field in tourism and medicine!


Sandy Dhuyvetter and Patrick Peartree from TravelTalkRADIO with Hospital staff. Dr. Anuchit Kovitvattanaphong, MD. Head of Plastic Surgery and Deputy Director Jakapan Bhongsatiern MD.


Reina Rances, Monika Petra Rottmann and "Pui" from Bangkok Hospital in Pattaya


Dr. Somchai T. Shoke-Satian, M.D.
Head Doctor of Ophthalmology at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital shows Sandy around the Eye Department at the hospital.


Sandy shares a moment with Dr. Anuchit Kovitvattanaphong, MD. Head of Plastic Surgery at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

 


Suzanne Fletcher
President and CEO
National Business Travel Association
NBTA


Suzanne sat down with Sandy to talk about the National Business Travel Association and the exciting ways that this dynamic association works within the business communities around the world. If your company supports its work force on the road, you need to be involved with the NBTA. It's a great conversation, please join us.

Listen to MP3 file of the Interview


Jessie Leow, Senior Marketing Manager,
Aon Consulting (Singapore)

An insurance expert shares a fun and friendly session on everything you want to know about insurance coverage and claims for your business travel but dare not ask. You’ll be surprised at the helpful bits and pieces of useful information you’ll get on the various types of policies and plans, what is covered or not covered, what travel expenses are reimbursable or not. A session no travel planner or traveller should miss!


Jessie Leow
Associate Director
AON Consulting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Jessie is one bright woman and she shares with us in layman terms what is needed to create a great environment, high morale and a great plan that incorporates insurance programs for the business traveler and beyond.

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Prithpal Singh
Director
Executive Jets Asia Pts Ltd

The Asia Pacific Business Traveler is using private companies for transportation more and more. Prithpal Sing talks about this new growth and why the Chinese business traveler especially are coming to him in droves.



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Peter Morris, Chief Economist,
ASCEND (A division of Airclaims)

Now in its fifth year, this annual industry survey, conducted among corporate travel agencies, managers and suppliers in Asia, continues to track the outlook, growth and business trends in the business travel industry in the region.



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Peter Morris, Chief Economist,
ASCEND (A division of Airclaims)


Sim Kok Chwee, Correspondent, Aviation Business Magazine

When the Airbus A380 rolled out in 2005 as the world’s largest commercial aircraft with a capacity to seat 555 in three classes or 800 in a single class, it was touted to bring new standards of comfort and better economics in an aircraft that is more environmentally responsible. Built on a vision of ‘hub’ airports, the A380s will ferry masses of passengers between major airports to catch connecting flights to their final destinations over the next 20 years. An analysis of whether this is how airline passengers will travel in the future and whether airlines, airports and travellers are ready for this giant baby.



Correspondent-at-Large


Correspondent,
Aviation Business Magazine

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Sim Kok Chwee, Correspondent, Aviation Business Magazine


 


Coming
next week.
Interview with
Chaiwat Charoensuk, Director
of Tourism Authority of Thailand in the Central Region Office in Pattaya.

 


TravelTalkRADIO and TV will be presenting more of Egypt in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

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TravelTalkRADIO traveled to Egypt in Sept 2006. TravelTalkRADIO can be heard on conventional radio: KQKE 960AM  in San Francisco Bay Area • KXMX 1190AM in Los Angeles •  KFNX 1100AM Phoenix/Tucson •   WZNG 1400 AM Nashville - Shelbyville, Tennessee •   WDRF 1510 AM Woodruff, South Carolina  •  Also heard on: CHINA NATIONAL RADIO •  TalkSPORT Radio  with Mike Mendoza most Monday nights, London time •  The Morning Show On TalkStarRadio Network with Bill Madden every  Thursday morning! See Sandy Dhuyvetter on KUSI TV channel 9 every Saturday morning on Good Morning San Diego