At A Glance

Corporate June 20, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

Line Village Store opens in Bangkok



Line yesterday announced the opening of Line Village Store and the upcoming Line Village Bangkok where consumers can experience Line Friends characters in reality, selecting Bangkok Thailand as the debut market. 

The opening celebrations were attended by Line Village Bangkok CEO Kampanart Wonghongkul; Dennis Lee, Line Friends director and country head for Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia; and Line Thailand content business director Dan Zonmani. 

“We are very excited that Thailand will be the first country in the world to open a ‘Line Village’. Today, the Line application has users in more than 230 countries and regions,” Kampanart said.

“More than 94 per cent of Thais using mobile Internet are Line users, making Thailand the second-most-important and largest market in the world. 

“Bangkok has always been among the top travel destinations in the world, especially for Asian tourists. We are confident that Line Village Bangkok will be well received by Line fans around the world, particularly Asian and Thai people. It is expected that there will be some 12 million visitors every year.

“In addition to the opening of Line Village Bangkok late this year, we are excited to celebrate the opening of Line Village Store today, offering Line Friends Characters official merchandise, which will include popular Line Friends collectibles from around the world such as stationery, accessories, clothing and souvenirs. 

“There will also be limited-edition items available exclusively at Line Village Bangkok. We will have a zone dedicated to snacks and drinks in Line Friends Character packaging, which will change seasonally. Line Village Bangkok has everything Line fans can ever dream of,” Kampanart said.

Digi.travel conference set for Bangkok

The second “Digi.travel Thailand International Conference and Expo”, organised by Travel Media Applications in cooperation with the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Thailand chapter, will feature speakers on the growing digital tourism economy. 

To be held on June 28 at The Landmark Bangkok Hotel, the forum will present current and future trends and case studies and share experiences and knowledge through discussions and interaction with the delegates.

The highlight of the event is the fourth “Digital Innovation Asia Awards”, where the most innovative digital work in Asia-Pacific travel and tourism will be featured.

In addition to the presentations, the conference will |feature solution providers including PayPal, Andovar, |Ematic Solutions, Andaman SEO, Sure2Trips and |Zumata. 

The Digi.travel Thailand International Conference and Expo is one of the Digi.travel World Events, an annual meeting point for experts from the e-tourism, mobile tourism, travel technology, digital travel marketing and distribution channels with decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals from the global travel and hospitality industry.

Greyhound races on to full ‘lifestyle’ track

Mudman, owner of the Greyhound clothing and Greyhound Cafe dining brands and master franchisee of many global brands, is going for a broader “lifestyle” appeal with “Greyhound Original”. The new brand will cover a wide range of products and services, exploiting the existing brands’ strong decades-old reputation and renowned style. 

The move will strengthen the fashion unit, enabling it to better achieve its business target, Mudman chief executive Nadim Xavier said yesterday.

The firm plans to venture into a licensing business and build up Greyhound Cafe “for further growth both regionally and globally”.

The Greyhound fashion unit will see its popular and already profitable Smiley Hound brand reach a wider |market and expenses reduced by closing non-performing branches. 

To create more business opportunities, the company is working with “two or three” Greyhound Cafe licensing partners on a plan to be finalised this year, aiming for robust international growth.

Samitivej vows personalised service

Samitivej Hospital is riding the trend of the “Thailand 4.0” scheme by focusing on “precise and personalised” medicine and digital service linking patients’ health history with new medical treatment systems. 

“Since the day Samitivej Hospital was founded, we have had a strong determination to provide quality medical care and service, and we gained trust from patients who allowed us to look after their health and families for a long time,” said Dr Chairat Panthuraamphorn, managing director and CEO of Samitivej Plc. 

“This has made Samitivej Hospital widely accepted for 38 years. 

“Samitivej will move on to complement our strengths by developing our medical care and service under the ‘Totally, Truly Care’ concept to focus on excellent service and enhance medical care and service.”

Dr Nithiwat Gijsriurai, director of Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, said the company was proud of its 38-year presence and thanked all patients and customers who have trusted in the hospital to look after their health for years. 

This year, Samitivej is ready to move along with Thailand’s quest to become a medical hub by developing new innovations. 

It is also focusing on the implementation of its “precise and personalised medicine” policy, the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. 

This treatment system will be highly concerned with the unique genetic characteristics of each patient, so that the diagnosis, treatment and prevention will be very precise. 

For example, lung cancer can be treated with the use of an immune stimulant, and people with infertility problems can be checked for genetic and immune-system disorders to reduce risks from embryo-implantation failure and recurrent miscarriages.

Jubilee Diamond to hold ‘Midyear Expo’

Jubilee Diamond is celebrating its 88th anniversary with “Jubilee Midyear Expo 2017” emphasising the company’s position as a leading Thai diamond-jewellery brand, to promote sales growth and extend the brand’s customer base to different target groups.

The fair will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Ballroom on Floor 38 of Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Silom Road.

The fair invites diamond enthusiasts to experience the luck and fortune of the number 8, with the venue completely transformed into eight premium zones showcasing more than 18,000 pieces of world-class diamond jewellery and carat pieces from Jubilee Diamond and the world-known Forevermark by De Beers. 

The fair will include many promotional deals for diamond fans and shoppers such as discounts of up to 50 per cent, a buy-one-get-one-free promotion, and the offer of a free diamond on any diamond purchase. 

Jubilee Diamond has partnered with nine leading credit cards, offering special discounts and up to four months of zero-interest instalments as well as up to Bt500,000 credit cash-back on any purchase at the expo.

State units told to use NGDC 

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry will urge state agencies to use the data-centre and cloud-computing services of the upcoming state-owned Neutral Gateway and Data Centre Company (NGDC) to boost their competitiveness.

The Cabinet on June 13 gave its approval for TOT and CAT Telecom to set up their wholly owned National Broadband Network and NGDC respectively.

CPF becomes member of SeaBOS 

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has joined a global coalition called “Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship” (SeaBOS) to participate as a steward of the world’s ocean and marine resources and environments, aiming to achieve ecosystem conservation and to supply high-quality seafood produced in responsible and sustainable ways.

Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, CPF senior vice president for social responsibility and sustainability development, said company chairman Adirek Sripratak had signed an agreement to become a member of SeaBOS with a strong commitment to cooperating with the world’s leading seafood producers to develop a new global initiative. 

SeaBOS was initiated by Stockholm University, in which a coalition of the world’s leading seafood companies gave precedence to security and abundance of global marine resources and prosperity of global consumers. 

This project aims to develop an approach to protect and rebuild marine resources not only through raw-material management but also throughout the supply chain. Moreover, it needs to ensure full traceability from the fishery sector to aquaculture business under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“This is the first time the leaders in science and business concerning the marine and aquaculture sectors from Asia, Europe and North America have come together to create awareness on conservation of marine environments and ecosystems as well as to find solutions for natural-resource management problems,” Wuthichai said.