The Consulate has been out in the Chiang Mai Community lately, attending a few events to represent Australia. Thought I would share some of these outings for awareness of activities in this role. Always a pleasure to be out and about in the community.
It was my pleasure, along with the Deputy Governor CM, to join the Australian Teacher of Dance Thailand President, ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, the host of her charity performance of the Nutcracker 2022 at the Chiang Mai College of Dramatic Art Theater on Sunday 4 December 2022. Fantastic event – well done. Proceeds go to Chalemprakiat 48 Pansa School.
Enjoyed catching up & chats with people & Aus/Thai businesses at the Friday Chiang Mai Sundowner, a Joint Chambers Briefing and Social Networking Event, that was hosted by the Australian Thai Chamber of Commerce (Austcham) at Melia Hotel.
The Consulate participated in the well attended Remembrance Day Service – November 11, 11am – Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery to lay a wreath. Lest We Forget.
Chiang Mai Tourism Award & Policy
Enjoyed attending a joint press conference by the Governor of Chiang Mai and the President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) at Ratilanna Resort, to announce the launch of a new tourism strategy for Chiang Mai as a Festival City. Creative Lanna will be the policy for tourism growth. In September Chiang Mai was selected as 1 out of the 5 winners of the “World Festival & Event Cities” at the 65th IFEA Conference in Texas. I had an opportunity to met the new Chiang Mai Governor & the new Director of Tourism Authority Thailand Chiang Mai – she recently arrived after 4 years in Sydney.
Thai Immigration Meeting
The consulate met with Chiang Mai Thai Immigration officials (main office and at the airport) to explain features of the new R Series Australian travel documents (passports) & to provided information booklets translated in Thai by the Embassy.
I also learned that from January to September 2022, there have been 1525 Australians, in Chiang Mai province, that have obtained visas.
Chief Justice Region 5
At the invitation of the Chief Justice, Region 5 (covering 8 Northern Thai Provinces) I joined members of the Consular Corps, Deputy Justices & Chief Judges for a “Justice Dialogue”. Areas covered included difficulties & needs in the justice process, areas to improve justice access & foreign experiences.
Service of Commemoration QEII
It was an honour to attend and be involved in the Service of Commemoration for QEII in Chiang Mai. Thanks to the British Hon Con & his committee for a very well organised and a fitting tribute to the Queen. The poem I was asked to recite – by English poet, Joanne Boyle, was very touching.
President Chiang Mai University
It was a pleasure to attend, along with Consular Corps colleagues, the inauguration of the new President of Chiang Mai University, hosted by the University Council. It was an auspicious ceremony for the new president, Professor Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, M.D., PHD, who was formally appointed by the King.