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Welcome to The Moodie Davitt Report Interim Bangkok Bureau.
I’m at the Pullman Bangkok King Power hotel and that can only mean one thing. Yes, The Trinity Forum has arrived in town, 14 years since I launched the event in London in 2003.
After the long flight from Heathrow, I was met with typical Thai grace by Khun Tongchai, a member of King Power International’s meet and greet service. He has been with the company since 31 July 1995 and is every bit as enthusiastic now as he was on day one.
Given that King Power-owned Leicester City’s crucial match against Everton kicked off precisely as my flight took off, the first thing I wanted to know from Khun Tongchai was the score. “Two-nil,” he said with a beam as wide as the King Power Stadium in Leicester. “Did Vardy score?” I asked. “Yes, Vardy!” What a great way to kick off, as it were, Trinity week.
After settling in at the beautifully refurbished Pullman Bangkok King Power, I wandered next door for a tour of the King Power Downtown Rangnam Complex. This brilliant shopping-to-dining centre has also been the subject of a recent makeover and the end result is startlingly good. The pictures below tell the story. Business looked to be thriving too, particularly in the sumptuous beauty department. L’Oréal Paris and Tom Ford colour cosmetics, for example were going gangbusters during my fleeting visit.
The timing of the reopening couldn’t be much better, given Trinity being in Bangkok again this year. Having one of the world’s great travel retail stores on the doorstep of the Forum offers a thrilling showcase of what can be achieved through great partnerships between retailers and brands, a core Trinity principle.
Stay tuned in coming days as perhaps the most stimulating agenda in The Trinity Forum’s history unfolds.