Connect with us

Phuket

Germany Ambassador to Thailand bids farewell to Phuket consul

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: German Ambassador to Thailand Rolf Schulze bid farewell to Phuket legacy Dirk Naumann on July 18 as Mr Naumann concluded 12 dedicated years on the island as German Honorary Consul.

Amb Schulze commended Mr Naumann for his years of service, especially his work after the tsunami.

“Without your creativity, engagement, help and human feeling it would not have been possible to help so many persons here: Thais, foreigners or Germans,” Amb Schulze said.

“The German President has recognized what you did then, and has honored you with the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest merit the President can award to a German citizen, and I think you deserve it more than anyone else.

“You have really portrayed the best image of Germany in this part of Thailand and I would like to use this official opportunity to thank you in the name of the German President and the German Government for what you have done for us.”

After years of advice and assistance to German citizens, as well as tireless efforts to help create a better Phuket, Mr Naumann’s words were brief as he addressed the crowd of Honorary Consuls and friends, as well as German and Thai dignitaries.

“I sincerely thank all German residents in Southern Thailand who have supported me over the last 12 years. Without your support I would not have been able to have the power or the strength to attack grievances that are external and sometimes grievances that are internal,” Mr Naumann said.

The ceremony at the Blue Elephant in Phuket Town was not only bidding farewell to Mr Naumann, but also welcoming Phuket’s new German Honorary Consul, Mr Naumann’s daughter, Anette Jimenez Hoechstetter.

“I think you will understand that to find suitable and highly qualified personalities for such a responsibility as consul for such a great country as German is not an easy task, but I think if you look at the CV of Anette you will agree with me that the President made an excellent choice,”Amb Schulze said.

With about 700,000 German tourists visiting Thailand every year, about 600 German companies operating in the Kingdom and about 30,000 German residents on Phuket alone, the Ambassador made it clear that Mrs Hoechstetter would have her work cut out for her.

“A consul is the ears and eyes of Germany. In Southern Thailand and Phuket, people will understand that you represent your country and you represent Germany in this part of the world. I think it is indeed a great honor to be nominated to this position and I would like to congratulate you in the name of the German President and in the name of the German Government,” Amb Schulze said.

Mrs Hoechstetter’s first official words were even briefer than her father’s.

“I am very very honored to be here tonight with all of you and to receive this position. I can only hope that I’m adequate to fill the huge footsteps my father has placed on Phuket and its community over the last 12 years,” she said.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | AoT warns about tourist exuberance, easing of restrictions | June 22

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

CCSA: Bars to stay closed for now, drunk customers risk the spread of Covid-19

Bangkok10 hours ago

Woman dies after jumping from Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

263 covid cases linked to canned seafood factory in Songkhla

Drugs10 hours ago

Narcotics Control Board announce recent drug busts, heroin and cocaine sent by mail

Environment11 hours ago

3 Cambodian activists arrested for plotting against the government/insulting the king after documenting waste run-off

Chiang Mai11 hours ago

Chiang Mai eases restrictions, alcohol now allowed at restaurants

Thailand11 hours ago

Angry ex allegedly sets motorcycle on fire in school parking garage

Cambodia12 hours ago

6 arrested in Cambodia for allegedly trafficking people into Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand13 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Samut Sakhon governor calls for more vaccine doses after order was cut

Thailand14 hours ago

Fruit buyer arrested for allegedly using counterfeit certificates to export durian

Tourism15 hours ago

Airports of Thailand president says tourism won’t pick back up until October

Thailand15 hours ago

Mobile sterilisation/vaccination truck helps Pattaya’s cats and dogs

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending