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It’s nearly time to close down the Interim Bangkok Bureau and head back out on the road. The Trinity Forum has come to an end and most of the delegates are either back home or winging their way to their next work destination.
It’s been a fabulous week here in the Thai capital. The hospitality of King Power International Company has been exceptional and, as always, I will feel a touch of sadness when I leave here tomorrow. The Pullman Bangkok King Power is a superb hotel and has catered superbly to the needs of the near-400 delegates who attended this week.
I said during my opening address on Thursday that The Trinity Forum has become a kind of annual litmus test of industry prosperity, progress, challenges, opportunities and shortfalls. I believe it certainly lived up to that bill this year with one of the most provocative programmes to date.
Chairing (or in my case co-chairing with my top-class colleague Dermot Davitt) an event such as this is tremendously gruelling. Each year afterwards I am mentally shattered for several days afterwards. Make that physically shattered too. Delegates often comment how calm I am on stage. What they don’t see is the writing and other preparation in the wee small hours of the night ensuring all the on-stage discussions are well-researched and good, demanding questions asked. The medics talk about the value of getting 8-hours sleep. Well I managed 7 this week. The trouble is they were spread over the two nights before the respective conference sessions.
Koh Samui and the chance to recharge the batteries for a few days, now beckons. Then the world tour continues, onto Australia, the US, the UK and Dubai. I take that journey in the knowledge that Trinity is alive and well.