One of the great things about the massive annual BIG+BIH gift fair is that you can get some terrific ideas. Vorasit “Pla Wan” Issara, chief executive at the Sripanwa Hotel in Phuket, had a brainstorm: Why not make the best of the fair’s products available online, around the clock and all year long?
So Pla Wan – whose dad is property tycoon Charn Issara – started the website Guruwan.com. It was an obvious concept for him, having already set up an online shop selling items from his hotel and other goodies from Phuket. “I was selling fisherman’s trousers, ashtrays and almost 1,000 T-shirts a month, so I knew the potential,” he says. He lined up 100 companies to supply the products for Guruwan. “I’m also lucky to have UPS and PayPal as allies.”
The site has become Pla Wan’s chief priority and he aims to make it one of the top cyber-shops for premium products. And meanwhile he’ll soon launch yet another site dedicated to Otop (One Tambon, One Product) handmade items. “I have the foundation ready and it will soon be revealed.”
Evidently having a son last year has made him want more babies to take care of.
Songs-for-life singer Pongsit Kampee is ready to test his fans once again after his performance outside the Impact Challenger Hall in December was aborted when a drunken brawl broke out.
“Singha Corp Presents 25 Years of Pongsit Kampee” – set for March 31 at Hua Mak Indoor Stadium – sounds like another potential beerfest-turned-slugfest, but in fact Singha will sell no alcohol.
Pongsit says he isn’t testing the fans so much as the law. “We shouldn’t allow people to take away our rights,” he says. “If the law can’t protect us, what’s the use of it? We can’t even organise a concert!” And just in case the law is still a little weak-kneed on March 31, a professional security squad has been hired.
Sounds like he’s got pretty much all the bases covered.