Australian Honorary Consul Chiang Mai – July & August 2018 Activity

Here is the July and August 18 consulate activity blog

Australian Consulate Chiang Mai for North Thailand

These last two months have flown by involving a couple of weeks holiday and then lots of activity. The Consulate was busy with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy. It was notably quieter due to a holiday period with 167consular activities that involved 78 hours of participation. This consulate bi-monthly post is created to offer an insight into the highlights of my activity, some statistics on the scope/volume of service being undertaken in the north as well as upcoming events and information of general awareness.

Consular Outreach & Public Diplomacy

Activity Highlights

Among the duties of the Honorary Consul one of the functions is to engage in public diplomacy by representing and promoting Australia.  There are events, ceremonies and invitation that often provide this opportunity.  While I can’t attend every activity the following highlights (in no particular order) some of the engagement during July…

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Change to Australian Passport Photo Requirements – 1 July 2018

Getting a New Australian Passport -  From 1 July 2018 new passport photos must be taken without glasses. This will further strengthen the integrity of the Australian passport. Research commissioned by DFAT has shown that glasses adversely affect passport facial matching – matching is more accurate without glasses. Other passport photo standards are unchanged, such …

Australian Honorary Consul Chiang Mai – Activity Blog for March & April 2018

Here is the consulate activity report for March and April 2018

Australian Consulate Chiang Mai for North Thailand

Over March and April the Chiang Mai Consulate was active with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy. There were 222 activities involving 122 hours of honorary consul participation.

This bi-monthly post covers highlights of my activity, some statistics on the scope and volume of service as well as upcoming events and information for general awareness.

Consular Outreach & Public Diplomacy Highlights

Among other duties one of the functions of the Honorary Consul is to engage in public diplomacy by representing and promoting Australia.  There are often events and ceremonies and invitation that provide this opportunity.  While I can’t attend every activity the following highlights (in no particular order) some of the engagement during March and April:

CP International Australian Education Fair

It was an honour to present the opening address and cut the ribbon at the CP International Australian Education Fair held a U Nimman Hotel…

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Australian Honorary Consul Chiang Mai – Activity Blog for January & February 2018

Here is the Consulate Monthly activity blog for January & February 2018

Australian Consulate Chiang Mai for North Thailand

Over the months of January and February 2018 the consulate was fairly active with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy. This bi-monthly web-post covers highlights of my activity, some statistics on the scope and volume of service as well as upcoming events and information for general awareness.

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Consular & Public Diplomacy Highlights

One of the functions of the Honorary Consul (who volunteers his time), among other duties, is to engage in public diplomacy by representing and promoting Australia.  There are often invitations for events and ceremonies that provide this opportunity.  While I can’t always attend every event the following highlights (in no particular order) some of the engagement during January and February:

Sabai Sabai Retreat (Function Centre) – It’s the place to be according to their website. It was a business liaison visit and I had an enjoyable afternoon at this venue in Mae On…

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Happy Australia Day 2018 Chiang Mai

Australia Day 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Some of our large Australian community in Chiang Mai took the opportunity to celebrate "Australia Day" at a couple of local Australian businesses. The special day offered a chance to come together, socialise and enjoy - a "bit of Australia in Thailand".