On Thursday 15th October 2009, the welcome party for the visitors of Ebeling Heffernan Asian Investment Road Show was hosted at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok.
The public market Consultant Company, Ebeling Heffernan brings together expertise from Asia and USA. It was founded by 2 experienced stock market analysts that establish and operate 2 venture capital companies both in USA and Hong Kong. The company itself specializes in corporate consultancy and representation, finance and access to public markets
Ebeling Heffernan currently provides financial news service through ‘Live Trading News’ which focuses on Traded Securities and ‘East Asian Times’ which focuses on regional news. The company firmly believes that Asia offers the best opportunity for growth to many of their clients’ companies.
In the evening, the honorable guest Mr. Pongpol Adireksarn – the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and also served as Former Minister of Education and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs presided on to the stage and gave a warm welcome speech and congratulated the host and visitors for a successful integration. He toasted to the wealth and health of all guests who were there to honor the glorious evening.
Issaree Suwunnavid, Ebeling Heffernan, Asia CEO hosted the event together with the company co-founders Paul Ebeling and Shayne Heffernan.
The event highlighted their distinguished visitors Michael Selsman, Archer Entertainment Vice President, Cristofer Smith, CEO of Green Apple Active and Ian Colhoun the CEO of Black Satellite Entertainment.
Michael Selsman, also the last press agent to Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland talked briefly about his book, “All is Vanity.” The book features the Hollywood Golden age and its people whom he has encountered along his career as a press agent, star agent, publicist and studio executive.
The distinguished guests of the night includes Top Thai personalities who came to join the warm welcome party included Mom Rachawong Malinee Chakrabhand the great-granddaughter of His Royal Highness Prince Chaturonrasami.
Mom Chailai Yukol the wife to the late General Major His Royal Highness Prince Bhanu Yukol
Porapol Adireksarn, Member of the House of Representative.
His Excellency Nabil H. Ashri, Saudi Arabian Charge d’ Affaires & spouse H.E. Mr. Nabil and Mrs. Karin Ashri wife .
Apinan Pavanarit, Former Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister.
Roy Anderson DTAC’s Chief Strategy Officer.
PTT Phenol Vice President and BPA Project Director Thevarak Rhojanapruek,
Director of Communication Sheraton Hua Hin Vachini Krairiksh, Runcha Boribal and many more.
The guests were enjoying the string quartet band as well as a fabulous “Sensation Night in Bangkok”show from one of Thailand’s renowned artist Man Watanyu Mungmai. As they were getting to know the newly visiting guests, they exchanged business contacts and ideas. The opportunities were presented from both USA and Asia that night along with the establishment of good friendships.
|Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok|
View of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok across the Chao Phraya River
|Hotel facts and statistics|
|Location||48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand|
|Management||Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group|
|No. of restaurants||8|
|No. of rooms||393|
|Number of suites||35|
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is a five-star hotel in Bangkok owned in part and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the original structure was the first hotel built in Thailand when it opened as The Oriental in 1879. Today, the hotel is one of two flagship properties of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and is known for service, which consistently places it among the world’s best hotels
When Siam opened to foreign trade after the signing of the Bowring Treaty the sailors that populated the ships which conveyed this trade though Bangkok required accommodation on shore. To meet this demand Captain Dyers, an American and his partner J.E. Barnes opened a hotel called the Oriental Hotel. This burnt down in 1865..
Several years later a partnership of Danish captains opened a replacement hotel.. In the 1970’s the board of the Oriental Hotel decided with the opening of the new River Wing, upon 1876 as the official establishment date of the Oriental Hotel.H. N. Andersen
In 1881 29 year old Hans Niels Andersen, a Danish businessman bought the premises. His various business ventures led to him becoming a much respected member of the Western community in Siam. Andersen identified a need for a respectable hotel with good accommodation, a bar and a western menu to meet the needs of travellers and businessmen visiting to Siam.
Encouraged by Prince Prisdang Jumsai, Hans Niels Andersen formed a partnership with , Peter Andersen and Frederick Kinch to build a luxury hotel. Designed by Cardu & Rossi, a team of local Italian architects, the Oriental was the first luxury hotel in Siam. The hotel opened on 19 May 1887 with 40 rooms and features which at the time had never been seen in Siam outside of a royal palace: a second floor (during a time of single storey bungalows), carpeted hallways, smoking and ladies rooms, a billiards room and a bar capable of seating 50 patrons.. To ensure the success of the restaurant and a satisfactory level of service the owners lured the chef and butler away from the French Consulate to work at the hotel.
The first major event that the hotel hosted was a grand banquet on 24 May 1888 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. After personally inspecting the hotel’s facilities in December 1890 King Chulalongkorn decided the hotel was up to the standard necessary to host visiting royalty. The hotel’s first royal guests were the entourage of Crown Prince Nicholas of Russia, (later Tsar Nicholas) in April 1891.
A succession of owners followed until Marie Maire took over the ownership in 1910. She immediately went to work revamping the hotel. She sold it in 1932. During the Second World War the hotel was leased to the Japanese Army who used it as an officers club (who under the management of the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo). At the end of the war it was used to house liberated Allied prisoners of war, who in the belief that it was a Japanese property ransacked the building..Germaine Krull
At the end of the war a six person partnership each contributed US$250 to buy the hotel. The partnership consisted of Germaine Krull (1897-1985), Prince Bhanu, General Chai Prateepasen, Pote Sarasin a Thai lawyer and John Webster and Jim Thompson, two Americans who had served in the Organization for Strategic Security (NASDAQ:OSS) and who had stayed on in Thailand. Krull took the position of manager in 1947, despite no prior experience in the hotel field. Born in France, she had been best known as a photographer during the 1920s before service in the Pacific as a war correspondent for Agence France Presse. Badly rundown after its wartime service the partnership immediately began restoration and restocking of the hotel which offered to put Thompson’s an opportunity to use his architectural and artistic abilities.
The hotel reopened for business on 12 June 1947. Krull turned out to be a natural hotelier and during her reign restored the hotel to it position as the premier hotel in Thailand. Thompson soon left the partnership over a plan to build a new wing, though he stayed on in residence at the hotel for some time. To compete with popular clubs and a new local bar called Chez Eve, Krull established the Bamboo Bar, which soon became one of the leading bars in Bangkok .
In 1958 the ten storey Garden Wing was built. It featured the city’s first elevator and was home to the Le Normandie Restaurant.. In 1967 fearful that Thailand would fall to the communists Krull sold her share to Italthai which at the time was well on its way to becoming one of the country’s most significant mercantile groups eventually totally some 60 companies involved in almost all aspects of the Thai economy.Italthai
Italthai had been founded in the mid-fifties by Giorgio Berlingieri, an Italian born in Genoa and Dr Chaijudh Karnasuta, a Thai. Berlingieri felt that the Oriental had begun to rest on its laurels and had dropped behind its competitors. He wanted to develop the Oriental into one of the best hotels in the world. Too involved with his various businesses to devote time to the project Berlingieri in November 1967 appointed 30 year old Kurt Wachtveitl (1937 -), at that time manager of Nipa Lodge, (a hotel that Italthai owned in Pattaya) as general manager of the Oriental.
In 1972 the hotel acquired an adjacent property upon which it erected the 350 room River Wing..
Exterior view of the original 19th century Authors’ Wing
The Group began with the opening of its flagship property, The Mandarin, in Hong Kong in 1963, which soon built up a reputation for luxurious service. In 1974, Mandarin International Hotels Limited was formed as a hotel management company. The Group’s intention was to expand into Asia and operate hotels that would reflect the standard of service synonymous with their property in Hong Kong.
In 1974 the company’s hotel interests expanded further through the acquisition of a 49% interest in The Oriental, Bangkok. The Oriental, built in 1876, was already a legendary property and acknowledged as one of the world’s great hotels. Through the management of both The Mandarin in Hong Kong and The Oriental, Bangkok, the Group was in an unusual position of having two “flagship” hotels whose names represented the best in hospitality. In 1985, the Company rationalized its corporate structure by combining these two renowned properties under a common name, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
The hotel opened its renowned Oriental Spa in 1993 and finished a complete renovation of its rooms and suites in 2003. In 2006, The Oriental, Bangkok celebrated its 130th anniversary. In September 2008, the hotel formally changed its name from The Oriental, Bangkok to Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.Famous Hotel Guests
The hotel is a favorite of celebrity visitors to Bangkok. Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward Graham Greene, John le Carré, Barbara Cartland, and James A. Michener are among the famous authors who have stayed at the Oriental.
Other famous guests have included Neil Armstrong, Lauren Bacall, George H. W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, Sean Connery, Henry O. Dormann, Mel Gibson, Václav Havel, Audrey Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Kohl, David Beckham, Niki Lauda, Sophia Loren, Yehudi Menuhin, Richard Nixon, Pelé, Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Omar Sharif and Elizabeth Taylor.The Hotel
The hotel contains 358 rooms and 35 unique suites. The two-story Authors’ Wing, the only remaining structure of the original 19th century hotel, houses suites named after Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener. The River Wing contains deluxe two bedroom suites named after former guests or personages associated with the hotel including Barbara Cartland, Gore Vidal, Graham Greene, Wilbur Smith, John le Carré, Jim Thompson, Captain Anderson, Norman Mailer, Giorgio Berlingieri and Thai author Kukrit Pramoj. Other suites are named after ships associated with the early Bangkok trade such as Otago (once captained by Joseph Conrad), HMS Melita, Vesatri and Natuna.
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