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December 2017 Issue 42

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Dear Members,...From Brenton Mauriello, President of AustCham Thailand

Industry Focus for January is Outlook for 2018. Check out interesting articles written by our members who would like to share their views.

>> Chamber News and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current issues such as Pursuing of Thailand 4.0 by BoI and ASEAN-Australia Business Summit

Check out the interview video of our corporate sponsor at AustCham End of Year Christmas reception at the Ambassador's residence, dwp , and many more

Welcoming 2018 with AustCham Biggest networking events of the year !. Not to mention, the first AustCham Australian Alumni Job & Education Career Expo 

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members: Festive Celebrations from AustCham member hotels!
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 6 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in December!



Message from your Chamber


“Dear AustCham members

As the year draws to a close I want to thank you all for your continued membership and support of AustCham during our 40th anniversary. As one of the oldest Australian Chambers of Commerce, we have a great legacy to live up to and an even brighter future, particularity when you consider the commitment of our members, staff, directors and our friends at the Australian Embassy and the Australian Alumni.

In 2017, your Chamber focused on increasing our advocacy with the Board of Trade and various Thai Government agencies. Our forums, hosted by various Ministers and the President of the BoT, are proof of the healthy relations we have with the Thai government and business organisations and the value we bring to policy making. We have also sought to increase our engagement with our Eastern Seaboard, Phuket and Chiang Mai members. The tyranny of distance sometimes works against members looking to benefit from AustCham's networking events, and so we have established tailored membership rates and committed the chamber to holding more functions in each location. Our winner of this year’s Presidents Award, Trevor Dick, has for many years represented the Eastern Seaboard and we look forward to engaging more with our members outside Bangkok.

A special thanks must go to the Australian Embassy and His Excellency Paul Robilliard and his team. We engaged extensively with the Embassy all through 2017 and this will continue in 2018. We have coordinated our efforts to bring about improved outcomes for ‘brand Australia'. As we move into 2018, we are also keen to expand our relationships with other Australia-Thailand groups such as the Australian Alumni, ANZWG, Thailand Tigers and others. As discussed with the Australian Foreign Minister Ms Julia Bishop during her trip to Thailand, it is by bringing together all Australians that we can maximise positive outcomes. With similar intent, AustCham, the BCCT and AMCHAM have also sought to coordinate efforts where we have interests in common. Under a common banner, the Combined Chambers of Thailand (CCT) will work more closely on issues such as governance, transparency, administrative barriers, customs and the like. We are confident that by combining our efforts we will have greater impact at Thai ministerial level.

I urge you to let us know where the Chamber is lacking or could do better, and please do get involved. We have several committees such as advocacy, membership, events and alumni that rely on members’ help. We run an efficient Chamber and, in my view the team achieves way beyond expectations with the resources at their disposal, so it's only by members giving their time and knowledge that we can hope to be even better. Can you spare a few hours?

While on the running of the Chamber, I want to thank our staff and particularly Brendan, our Executive Director, who has done a great job since joining us. The team has delivered more events and services to our members while maintaining a tight grip on our limited resources - well done all. Also, a thank you to the Directors of the Board. They give their time freely for the betterment of the entire Australian-Thai business community; no small ask from time-poor people with their own businesses to run. As President, I assure you that all Directors are engaged and contribute fully to the Chamber, and their support and commitment has been a source of strength in 2017.

I must also extend our thanks to our 2017 sponsors. Our platinum sponsor, Blackmores; our gold sponsors, Minor, Bluescope and Servcorp, as well as all our other silver and bronze sponsors provide the financial foundation on which our Chamber is able to function. Please do support these businesses in any way you can!

So, as we look to the new year, I wish you all the success you deserve and I hope that your businesses grow and prosper. While we have some headwinds in 2018 with political uncertainty and, of course, a turbulent economy, I am confident that we are looking at a better year. Stay safe and well, have a merry Xmas and a happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you at the Great Australian Bash on 20th January 2018!.”


Brenton Mauriello

AustCham President

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January Industry Focus: Outlook for 2018


Outlook in Phuket in 2018


By  Harry Usher, the AustCham Thailand coordinator for Phuket and a Director of Lady Pie Phuket



Phuket continues to grow economically as a cosmopolitan centre for residents (both foreign and Thai), business, and tourists. Several new hotels have been built to cater for the increased tourist demand and many of the more unsightly parts of Patong, the main tourist venue on the west coast, have been converted to boutique hotels, and plazas with modern shops and restaurants...

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  Welcome AustCham New Members 2017!  

AustCham would like to greet and welcome all of AustCham members you have joined us this year.


Australian Embassy News: December


DFAT and Austrade launched the ‘ASEAN Now – Insights for Australian Business’

DFAT and Austrade launched the ‘ASEAN Now – Insights for Australian Business,’ a new report on commercial opportunities in #ASEAN. The report highlights key drivers of growth in the region...

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  BoI buzzes in pursuit of Thailand 4.0
The government's Thailand 4.0 scheme -- meant to usher in the country into more value-added, innovative and creative sectors -- has made the Board of Investment (BoI) one of the busiest state agencies as it reworks its processes and structures to promote technological changes...

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  ASEAN-Australia Business Summit  

Australian small-and-medium-sized enterprises with business interests in ASEAN are invited to attend the upcoming SME Conference, being held as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in Sydney this March.  Delegates will have a unique opportunity to hear business leaders from across the regions share their knowledge and insights about opportunities in the region.  Spaces are limited and applications close 14 February 2018.

For more information and to register, please follow this link
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Christmas Sundowners interview video with dwp

The Great Australian Bash 2018 first teaser

40th Anniversary video presentation
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Multi-Chamber Crystal Ball Business Luncheon


Vinarco Tri-Nations 'Braai & BBQ'


SATCC Multi-Chambers Eastern Seaboard Braai & BBQ


The Great Australian Bash sponsored by MQDC


Austcham First Sundowners


Job & Education Career Expo

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month of celebration, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal for the festive season.

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members.

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This Festive Season in Thailand - a summary of promotional offers!

This year, AustCham has compiled the festive offers extended by members in one easy to read list! Looking for Christmas and New Year eating out options? Thinking about a festive stay-cation? 

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New Member - 1D Property Co Ltd

1D Property Co Ltd provides a highly personal, professional and ethical home search service to expats in Bangkok. The company was founded in 2014 by owner/operator Wandee (Lekky) Iamyoung...

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New Member - Crave Asia

Video creation and disruptive digital media marketing agency.Cost effective and quick video solutions for social media and internal communications and more. With access to 3million royalty free video clips and music...

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  New Member - Delight Plus Company Limited

Delight Plus cooperates with the world class South Korean and China manufacturer Steel developing the Thailand and markets for premium steel products....

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New Member - EPIC Service Co., Ltd. (Thailand) 

EPIC Service is an engineering design and training consultancy based in Australia and Thailand. We provide solutions to your professional engineering and drafting needs; EPIC Service executes the work or trains your people for all energy projects...

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New Member - Global Food Products Co.,Ltd.

Global Food Products was established in October 2004. With our focus being on the retail and HORECA markets we are specialised in the distribution of dry, chilled and frozen food products....

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New Member - Meat & Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd (MLA) strives to be the recognised leader in delivering world-class research, development and marketing outcomes that benefit Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers...

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6 DEC - AustCham Member Briefing: Meet the Embassy

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6 DEC - AustCham End of Year: Christmas Reception at the Ambassador's Residence"

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