micenet ASIA joins a Bangkok-based event specialist on a site inspection of Pullman Bangkok King Power and finds out how he can use the hotel’s facilities and function space for future groups.
by Sirima Eamtako
Boontawee (Max) Jantasuwan is one of the most experienced event specialists in Asia, honing his skills from Asia’s top DMCs – Diethlem Events, The MINT Organization and Asia World Destination Management – before opening Events Travel Asia.
About the DMC Name: Events Travel Asia
Start date: April 2, 2013
Specialty: Conferences and incentives
Estimated number of delegates per group: No limit
Before establishing Events Travel Asia (ETA), Max scored a record 100 per cent year-on-year growth on events revenue in 2012 for his previous company and had, as early as March, already secured contracts for 2013 that amounted to 80 per cent of total sales in 2012.
Armed with years of experience and a reputation of delivering professional yet friendly service, Max’s newly-established DMC is in demand. Only days after its launch, ETA has secured a number of conferences and incentives.
As of July, ETA has relocated to a larger office and hired its sixth employee – surpassing its first year budget of five employees – as business flooded in. Max also serves on the executive board of Thailand Incentive and Convention Association as chairman of the memberships and PR committee.
Despite his hectic schedule, Max always finds the time to conduct site inspections of hotels and event venues, so as to better offer more choices to cater to the needs of his clients. He spent an evening at Pullman Bangkok King Power with micenet ASIA publisher El Kwang and journalist Sirima Eamtako.
“I’ve used this hotel for my clients a few years ago, but it’s always good to walk through it again as most hotels constantly upgrade or add new facilities,” Max said.
He lives up to his reputation as one of the most enthusiastic and energetic event specialists in Thailand. During the inspection, he left no stone unturned, with question after question about the hotel’s facilities and services.
After walking through the hotel’s spacious lobby, Max commented that for groups of over 100 delegates, arrival and departure must be organised in scatters to provide smooth check-in and check-out.
On the sixth storey where the meeting rooms were, Max pointed out that the built-in audio visual system was an excellent feature – one of the elements that he and his clients would look for when choosing a meeting venue.
“The built-in audio visual system is logistically viable that allows a quick turn key if we are to alter the room set-up in case of a back-to-back event, which is more convenient and time-saving than bringing in an external system,” he said.
Pullman Bangkok King Power offers 366 rooms, including 120 twin rooms, and 14 event spaces – five meeting rooms on the sixth floor and eight on the second, catering for up to 200 delegates theatre-style. It also has a 520-square-metre ballroom on the ground level for up to 600 guests.
Other facilities include an infinity pool, a spa and free Wi-Fi. The adjacent King Power Downtown Duty Mall offers a 550-seat Aksra Theatre for opening and closing ceremonies and 600-seat Ramayana Restaurant for upscale international buffet.
He advised that for a four-day-three-night conference for 100 attendees, the hotel’s rooms and facilities would be ideal for a welcome cocktail at the outdoor Botanical Garden on day one, general sessions and breakout meetings at the ballroom on days two and three, and a team-building activity on the last day.
Lunch can be organised at the hotel’s six F&B outlets during the conference days while dinner can be arranged either on-site, at the adjacent Ramayana, or at an off-site Thai restaurant.
With the hotel located close to two BTS SkyTrain stations, including the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link city terminal, team-building activities can include a treasure hunt along the BTS routes, which will allow delegates to learn more about Bangkok.
Max believes that Pullman Bangkok King Power will be able to offer some cultural elements often overlooked in other hotels. The hotel warmly welcomes guests with garlands and drum shows by performers in traditional Thai costumes. As an added unique Thai touch, garlands are also placed in guest rooms for turndown service.
When asked whether he would consider Pullman Bangkok King Power for his future group, Max said: “For regional conference of up to 150 delegates, yes.”