Potential Australian Pavilion – Chiang Mai World Fair 18 – Planning Stage

Australian Consulate Chiangmai & North Thailand -Honorary Consul Ronald J Elliott

The Consular Corps of Northern Thailand (24 missions), including the Australian Consulate, has been asked by the Governor of Chiang Mai Province to participate in a World Fair 2018.

The first stage, before the  Consulate can decide if it will commit to having a pavilion, is to engage in some pre-planning and to understand the level of interest, likely participation, operating cost, and available resources.

This event is a joint venture between the Governor and Consular Missions based in Northern Thailand to strengthen links between the people and the world community. The theme is “Around the World in Chiang Mai – Gateway to the World”. Chiang Mai World Fair 2018 will be held June 22 – July 1 2018 (10 days) at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Last year 22 countries participated in the 1st CMWF17 – a 3-day event that attracted over 180,000 visitors. The Australian Consulate participated…

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Australian Honorary Consul Activity – January & February 2018

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

Australian Consulate Chiangmai & North Thailand -Honorary Consul Ronald J Elliott

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".