It’s all smiles for a Merry Christmas at SKÅL INTERNATIONAL BANGKOK and PATA THAILAND CHAPTER’s Annual Fundraiser left to right Back Row: Korakot Chatasingha Thai Airways, Ben Montgomery Centara Hotels, Pichai Visutriratana Skål Bangkok Director, Andrew J Wood Skål Bangkok President Front Row: Phornsiri Manoharn former TAT Governor, Viparat Misitsakul, PATA’s Luzi Matzig Asian Trails & VIP Jets


BANGKOK: The spectacular event took place on Wednesday 11th December 2019 with a record turnout. The Thai capital’s top travel associations, SKÅL International Bangkok and the PATA Thailand Chapter, put their considerable skills for organising outstanding memorable events to good use. This time to benefit needy causes for their combined Christmas Charity Fundraiser Lunch.

PATA’s Luzi Matzig welcomes all members and guests for a fun and Merry Christmas lunch





Over 140 travel and tourism executives attended the joint lunch event at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok. Hearty festive fare with appropriate libations and the accompaniment of the youthful talents of a new generation of carol singers was followed by the largest number of prizes ever for the lucky draw and silent auction.


Pictured with the guest of honour H.E. Ambassador Geoff Doidge from South Africa (4th left) and his lovely wife Carol (3rd right) with Skallegues Tom Sorensen, Heike Garcon, Nicklas Moberg, President Andrew, Kevin Rautenbach and guest Pat Sorensen


The hard working Christmas Committee was led by Mr Tom Sorensen (SKÅL) right, with Ben Montgomery (PATA) centre, Nicklas Moberg (SKÅL) left and Khun Parichat Suntararak (PATA) 2nd left


SKÅL/PATA  Christmas Charity Fundraiser 2019 in Bangkok


Aside from the opportunity to welcome in the festive season with industry colleagues and friends, the core objective for the two leading travel associations was to raise funds for charities.

The four selected charities this year were:

•The Bamboo School of the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation

•The Good Shepherd Sisters Centre

•The PATA Foundation

•The Kusa Panyarachun Scholarship Fund (which helps students studying innovation and tourism-related courses in Thailand).


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The raffle and silent auctions were critical to the fundraising that supports these important charities.


Thank you to our sponsors










Our organising committee was extremely grateful to our generous sponsors, Thai Airways, Serenity Wines, Paulaner Beers, CoffeeWORKS and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who received the thanks of all those present led by Skål Bangkok’s President Andrew J Wood and PATA’s Luzi Matzig on behalf of Thailand Chapter Chairman Khun Nond Kalinta.


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Andrew J WOOD 


Skål International Bangkok



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