Thaicom, WIT join for broadband projects in RP
Thaicom Plc, a Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite communications solutions, and We Are IT Philippines Inc (WIT), a satellite broadband service provider in the Philippines, have signed a multi-year capacity wholesale agreement, aimed at providing connectivity for the rollout of private and government broadband projects nationwide.
WIT will use the entire Thaicom's IPSTAR satellite capacity of both spot and broadcast beams for the Philippines. The agreement will also see WIT providing broadband connectivity through the IPSTAR high-throughput satellite to serve market verticals in the Philippines, including broadcasting, telecom, mobile network operators, and maritime.
Aseanbeauty 2018 underway at BITEC
UBM Asia (Thailand) Co Ltd is hosting the region's largest international beauty and health trade show, Aseanbeauty 2018, at BITEC Bangna until May 5.
The tradeshow is the venue for health and beauty-related Thai companies to show the potential of their new and innovative health and beauty products, as well as companies that are ready to drive their beauty and cosmetic products in 4.0 era, gaining more market shares in the Asean beauty industry, which is valued at Bt500 billion.
Thailand is recognised as the market with the highest potential in the Asean beauty industry. The country exports beauty and cosmetic products valued at Bt 300 billion to other Asean countries, compared with the estimated total value of Bt500 billion for the industry in the region.
Thailand's beauty and cosmetics market continues to grow by 8-10 per cent annually. Major competitors in the beauty market are Japan (21 per cent ), Indonesia (9 per cent), the Philippines (8 per cent), Malaysia (8per cent ), Australia (6 per cent), Cambodia (5 per cent), China (4 per cent ), the United Kingdom (4 per cent), Myanmar (4 per cent ), and the US and Europe combined (26 per cent). Thailand is expected to generate over Bt1 billion in revenue from Aseanbeauty 2018.
Dusit debuts in Vietnam
Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, will make its debut in Vietnam this month with the opening of Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort on the country’s largest island, Phu Quoc.
Located in the south of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is a fast-growing tourist destination known for its long, sweeping beaches, rich coral reefs, fresh seafood, pearl farms, and dense, tropical rainforest.
Operating under Dusit’s upper mid-scale Dusit Princess brand, the new four-star resort is centrally located on the island’s west coast overlooking the stunning Bai Truong beach, a 20-plus kilometre stretch of sand also known as Long Beach.
The family-friendly resort comprises 108 contemporary guest rooms (ranging from 32 sq m deluxe rooms to 90 sq m suites), most of which offer pristine ocean views.
With 27 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties top 70 within the next three years world-wide.
MoU smooths SMEs’ digital transformation
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), United Overseas Bank (Thai)/(UOB Thai), and The FinLab have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Smart Business Transformation programme aimed at helping Thai SMEs with digital transformation.
The FinLab is an innovation accelerator joint venture between United Overseas Bank (UOB) and SGInnovate, a private-limited company wholly-owned by the Singapore government.
The Smart Business Transformation programme is the first of its kind in Thailand designed to help SMEs develop and deepen their digital capabilities. Through the programme, the SMEs will be able to tap the insights and practical guidance provided by DEPA, UOB (Thai) and The FinLab’s network of industry experts, mentors and technology leaders.
During the programme, selected SMEs will be guided by DEPA, UOB (Thai) and The FinLab as they identify problems in their business that can be resolved and processes that can be optimised with technology.
As part of the programme, the selected SMEs will be equipped with the tools and knowledge required to innovate. The suitable solutions will be curated and shortlisted which participating SMEs will be helped with the pilot implementation of the solutions.
BMW’s service outlet of premium experience
BMW Thailand, together with Amorn Prestige, an authorised BMW dealer, has revealed the first-ever BMW Service Outlet in Thailand to take BMW’s premium automotive experience to the next level.
The BMW Service Outlet by Amorn Prestige will reinforce BMW’s extensive range of services in Thailand with world-class standards by providing the ultimate in service quality through expertise beyond expectations and advanced technologies that flawlessly fulfill customer demands in all aspects.
Christian Wiedmann, President, BMW Group Thailand, said “The launch of BMW Service Outlet marks yet another historical milestone for BMW in Thailand by offering beyond excellent services for Thai customers. Our cooperation with Amorn Prestige will carry forward the collective goal to be the market leader in aftersales services while giving the kind of satisfaction that surpasses all expectations for BMW customers under both companies’ coherent vision and aspiration.”
Wannapa Tangbanyong, Dealer Principal at Amorn Prestige, said, “BMW Service Outlet by Amorn Prestige is not only the first BMW service outlet in Thailand, but it also stands out with remarkable convenience and distinctive new services, such as Online Booking service, which allows customers to arrange a service appointment in advance with just one click via www.bmw.co.th and BMW Teleservices, a baseline feature of BMW ConnectedDrive that automatically relays service and maintenance related data to BMW dealers for pre-service arrangements, among others.