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Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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Boating boom about to take off in Phuket






There are strong indications of and belief among the vital players that Thailand – and Phuket specifically – has now started its growth and development towards becoming a world class marine destination.      With Phuket’s second international boat show PIMEX 2004, coinciding with the 18th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in December, the new US$150 million Royal…

Telenor addresses Norwegian royalties: “We are here for long-term”






“This is actually one of the most advanced competitive markets in the world in my view,” said co-CEO of the mobile phone operator DTAC, Sigve Brekke.      “We are happy to be here and here for long term. We want to develop this market further,” was the message from Telenor’s Chief Executive Officer Jon F Baksaas…

The best routine to have is no routine at all: Sam-Erik Ruttmann






Managing and training nearly 350 Thai locals how to achieve a five-star level; experiencing the ‘Thai way’ of things; hosting cocktail parties for Koreans, Japanese, or guests from Kazakhstan; visiting travel trade shows to do marketing; as well as running an elephant foundation are everyday duties for Sam-Erik. And sometimes he gets pop stars as…

A Finnish touch on Thai handicraft






But a Finnish woman has been lucky enough achieving just that, designer Marianne Javinen working at the Doi Tung Delepment Project in Chiang Rai. Regrettably though she however never got to meet the Princess Mother (the present Thai King’s mother), who started this noteworthy project, even though Marianne was so close to actually seeing Her…

Jotun’s big family of colourful penguins expanding further






The Norwegian paint manufacturer, Jotun is a truly global business. Still, each subsidiary operates very much like a local company. This way, Jotun’s international way of operating business is being applied locally within each company within the group.      “Our coporate philosophy is ‘Access and work in the local market’,” explains Mr. Per Harald Engesaeth, Managing…

Bridging gaps between corporate and local business cultures






This is what former management consultant (and newly appointed Chairman of The Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce) Leif Thomas Olsen believes could happen – with the right conditions in place. Insights about how to pave the way for increased performance will be part of new courses aimed at the corporate sector, in the start-up phase at…