IBAP is comprised of local Thai and foreign-owned businesses with an international outlook. IBAP strives to promote the collective business interests of its members and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
Just as many of you are busy, so our board members are also busy working hard to keep their own businesses afloat during these difficult times with a view to coming through the turbulence we have faced, over the last few years, and emerging much stronger as the business environment settles down.
Dear Members and Followers,
I would like thank you for your support through 2013 and wish you a happy and prosperous new year. It has been an eventful year in Phuket, with island infrastructure and development progressing at worrying speeds. Reported tourist arrival figures are expected to have touched 12 million this year, reaching 14 million in the coming year. The impact of this on the island is indeed a concern and should be at the forefront of our planning.
This year has been a year of development for IBAP too. As in previous years, we have seen some great programs being held on some fascinating topics. But it is behind the scenes where real progress is being made with the official registration of IBAP as a Thai association. The process, as you would probably expect, is long and drawn out, but we are in the final stages and hope for approval in early 2014.
Having been together for more than 10 years, IBAP already has the solid foundation with which to build upon. Registration is the first step to solidifying the association with a permanent office and staff, enabling improved member benefits, fundraising plus more events and seminars.
Support the association by either renewing your IBAP membership or join us as a new member for the coming year. It is your membership that keeps us strong.
Reminders have already been sent out by email with further reminders to be sent shortly. Please follow the instructions within the email or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year !
James Firth, IBAP President