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Thonglor Pet Hospital enters Phuket market

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by Kwanchai Rungfabaisarn

Thonglor Pet Hospital has announced that it has bought a majority stake in a Phuket facility, marking the company’s expansion into the South.

The company said it had formed a joint venture for the investment deal with Chalong Phuket Pet Hospital, which has operated in Chalong Beach on the resort island for more than 16 years.

Thonglor Pet Hospital owns 51 per cent of the venture, Thonglor Chalong Phuket Pet Hospital, with the rest is held by Chalong Phuket Pet Hospital.

Dr Kitika Chaisupatanakul, chief executive of Thonglor Pet Hospital, said the company currently operates owned 11 branches of Thonglor Pet Hospital, and that the additional 12th branch is its first joint venture.

“With the joint venture, we (Thonglor Pet Hospital) will jointly provide support on internal management as well as the use of an IT system in enhancing the database and medical records of all pets being treated at the hospital,” she said.

“About 10 million baht of an investment budget will be allocated to the facelift and improvement of the existing pet hospital in Phuket.”

Kitika said the company will use its first joint venture in Phuket as a pilot model for other possible joint ventures to enhance pet hospitals in remote provinces in the future.

Kitika said that Thonglor Pet Hospital will also invest about 200 million baht in the next two years by opening four new owned pet hospitals in the next two years (from 2019), of which three will be in Bangkok and one in Rayong.

She said the pet market in Thailand is estimated to see growth of 10 per cent over last year, to about 32.2 billion baht. Pet healthcare accounts about 32 per cent (10.2 billion baht) of the market, while 45 per cent (14.6 billion baht) is for pet foods, and 23 per cent (7.4 billion baht) for pet products. Pet foods, in particular, have seen the highest growth, at 20 per cent a year.

“We are under discussions to explore taking our pet hospitals outside Thailand to potential markets overseas,” said Kitika.

Founded in 1994, Thonglor Pet Hospital opened its first facility in Sukhumvit Road 55 (Soi Thonglor). It is the first pet hospital in Thailand that provides medical care services and treatment for pets 24 hours a day.

Dr Anucha Chaisomboonsuk, manager of Chalong Phuket Pet Hospital, said that the hospital has been providing medical treatments for pets in Phuket for more than 16 years.

“It is time for our pet hospital to have greater demand for new management know-how and technology to be enhanced in doing business,” Anucha said.

“The partnership with Thonglor Pet Hospital, which is one of the leading pet hospitals in Southeast Asia, will ensure that we provide better quality services to our pet-loving customers.”


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Savoury staples with a touch of the finest Swiss chocolate 

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Chocolate… mmmmm. But did you consider it as part of a broader savory menu? I enjoyed an evening of chocolate-infused cuisine and, well, it really works!

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is treating guests to a new menu of savoury dishes with a sweet twist as Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts launches its ‘Chocolate on the Salty Side’ promotion.

In celebration of Swiss cuisine and the wonderful versatility of chocolate, the brand’s talented ‘food artisans’ have made Mövenpick chocolate the hero of seven dishes in its latest global campaign, which runs to 20 November, 2018.

From salmon fillets enlivened with dark chocolate to a savoury tarte tartin with a white chocolate flourish, each new creation offers up something distinctively flavourful and showcases chocolate in new exciting ways to guests dining at Movenpick Karon Beach El Gaucho Restaurant.

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The seven chocolate-inspired creations include: marinated ‘beetroot salmon’ with root vegetables and 72% dark chocolate to enhance the meal’s rich earthiness; ‘tomato tarte tartin’ where ‘white lemon’ chocolate complements the goat’s cheese, pine nuts and coffee beans; ‘sea bass and green tea’ – a light foam of green tea, almonds, nuts and Mövenpick ‘Maple Walnut’ is the star; ‘minute beef goulash’, with a traditionally-made Hungarian goulash sauce, enriched with dark chocolate; ‘lamb shank and pesto’, slow-roasted and then refined with pistachio and hazelnut chocolate pesto; and ‘duck breast and potato pie’, with white chocolate, lime and pepper giving the pink-roasted meat a delicate yet spicy freshness.

Whilst the dishes have been infused with chocolate, it’s barely noticeable in most cases but makes for some subtle new tastes on European classics.

Less subtle are the exquisite desserts which are a blatant celebration of all things chocolate. Guests can finish their meal with a tempting ‘chocolate pavés au chocolat’, combining milk chocolate, crispy cocoa bean fragments, sizzling pecan nuts and slightly bitter matcha powder, all with a hint of green tea and paired with an espresso.

The quality of Swiss craftsmanship is world-famous and even the country’s chocolate is produced with legendary precision. Mövenpick chocolate is made in keeping with the tradition, as well as its own culinary values that date back 70 years, and is produced in Switzerland using 100% cocoa butter.

Make a booking HERE or find out more about the El Gaucho Restaurant HERE.

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Tim Newton was a guest of the management of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

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Maya Bay recovering says marine biologist

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Marine biologist Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat says Maya Bay is starting to recover after many Blacktip reef sharks were found swimming around yesterday.

Dr Thon has commented on a video showing the Blacktip reef sharks found swimming near the shores of Maya Bay yesterday, “I have seen them about 2-3 times in the past week that I have been there. This time almost 20 of them have been sighted. It is means that the recovery plan is working.”

“Blacktip reef sharks are important to the biological system. They are predators which help control the numbers and kinds of fishes near coral reefs. Weak fish are being eliminated by the Blacktip reef sharks.”

“During this period of climate change the world environment is quickly changing. A good biological system is very important to handle natural disasters such as Coral Bleaching.”

“Blacktip reef sharks are important, not only for Maya Bay or Koh Phi Phi, but also important for the health of coral reefs nearby.”

Watch the video HERE.

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Invacio going global: AI company based in Phuket taking their message to the UN

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Invacio, an artificial intelligence company based in Phuket, is attending a development event in Geneva, Switzerland.

Invacio Research Analytics a group subsidiary of Invacio founded by William J D West and led by Linleeya West (Thai – Swiss Educated) will be attending this auspicious event, organised at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Linleeya West sees this as a great opportunity to highlight the strengths of Thailand as a potential global hub for fast moving, technological developments.

“Thailand is a forward looking nation, with a highly skilled workforce. It is of paramount importance for the future, that we gain recognition on the world stage. If Invacio can help build awareness of Thailand’s many strengths, through our involvement in events like this, then we will.”

The UN event is a pre-eminent global event with thousands of delegates from 160 countries, it is the global community coming together to devise strategies and solutions for global challenges. It enables cross-border collective action to stimulate growth and investment in development. It is a unique opportunity to influence related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics.

Thailand will be very well represented during the event with the PM, Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also the President of the Thai Stock Exchange all in attendance. Alongside other ministers, Heads of State and Government, global corporate executives and a host of other visiting dignitaries and visionaries, William West (Founder), Linleeya West (ASEAN Director) and Roger Baker (CMO) will be discussing strategies to integrate applied artificial Intelligent (AI) data analysis with ongoing development programs.

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William is of the opinion that now is the perfect time for Thailand to generate awareness of their technological resources and to foster long term developmental partnerships.

“With Thailand’s position at the heart of the ASEAN region, its growing, technically skilled workforce and the government’s current ‘Thailand 4.0’ policy drive, it makes sense that we as a company help to bolster Thailand’s reputation as a technological powerhouse, whenever we have the opportunity.”

This Bi-Annual event is now in its 10th year and continues to drive investment and development partnerships worldwide. It is the third United Nations event that Invacio have attended, and this one coincides with the unveiling of their most recent project. Project Lumen is an integrated AI smartwear (glasses) solution designed for all sectors, commercial, military and security.

With a real time connection to their multi-agent AI system, project lumen provides real time data relating to everything its camera sees. These will be used as a means of showing a snapshot of the capabilities of their AI systems and ability to deliver actionable AI derived information.

Currently in the process of building a 2000+ Tflop computer facility at their headquarters in Phuket, Thailand, Invacio are busy preparing a number of AI driven services for global Launch. With services spanning market research, financial projections, social networking, national security, intelligence services, drone control systems, and many more, they truly are ready to show the world what Thailand based companies can achieve.

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