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From Opium Centre to Luxury Rehab Centre: Chiang Mai Then And Now

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Chiang Mai was once home to individuals addicted to drugs, but now, it has become welcomed luxury rehab center and facilities, offering up to $10,000 packages for people looking for rehabilitation.

A Chickened Past

In the 1950’s, it was the gateway for the opium trade. The production of opium took off, but with the Chinese government’s effort to ban the crop, businesses moved south. The Golden Triangle–the border between Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar–was an inaccessible are with hills and a cool climate. It became the best place for people in the business to grow opium undetected.

The production grew in the 1960’s and ten years after, it was the largest producer of opium all over the world.

The Stigma

According to Dylan Kerr, a counsellor who works for the Dawn, Chiang Mai had a long history with drugs, and it is not something easy to get away from. He explains that a former client once shared that there was once a heroin cult in the 1970’s called the Orange People, and they used to smuggle heroin from Chiang Mai to Australia. He adds that the cult members would inject heroin on the stigmata, believing that when Jesus was crucified, his blood was heroin, and taking drugs this way was a way to gain religious experience.

Chiang Mai Today

In the recent years, the area has taken a 180-degree turn, as it became a hub for luxury rehab center, clinics, and wellness facilities. It has become a place for troubled individuals to seek help in recovering from their addition.

Some of the most notable centers in the area are the Next Step, Lanna Rehab, the Dawn, Jintara, and the Edge. They are some of the popular choices for patients coming in from the UK.

The client that Kerr talked about is now in his 60’s and is sober and cult-free. The former Orange People member returned to the source of their heroin for treatment, and has come out a changed man.

Chiang Mai is now the focus of the Royal Project Foundation, in the efforts to minimize the cultivation of opium in the area. The project was set up in the 1960’s, and has been helpful together with the Thai government’s effort to crack down the drug trafficking routes after the 1984 campaign against opium.

 

 

Onyx Hospitality Group Strengthening Its Team With New Appointments

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The Onyx Hospitality Group is currently working hard to expand its reach across the Asia-Pacific region, with new hotel promotion in Sukhumvit and other promos to compliment its new leadership appointments, all aimed at attracting more customers and driving expansion.

For Malaysia, the group named Dean Rossilli as the Area General Manager to take the lead in the group’s operations in the country, which include the opening of six hotels across three key gateway cities in the Peninsula come 2021. Rossilli is currently based at Amari Johor Bahru, having recently joined from the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, where he operated as General Manager in Indonesia and Singapore, as part of his 25-year career.

For the Onyx Group’s Amari Watergate Bangkok, Clinton Lovell has been appointed as the new General Manager. Clinton is an addition from Minor Hotels, and was the General Manager for the Avani Atrium Bangkok, the Anantara Seminyak Bali, as well as taking leadership roles for the Accor Hotels in Bangkok, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Siem Reap.

Rossilli and Lovell will both be reporting directly to David Cumming, the Onyx Hospitality Group’s Regional Vice President, in charge of handling the group’s hotel promotion in Sukhumvit and across the region, guiding its expansion across region, in Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos.

Veteran Onyx General Manager, Ingo Domaschke, has also recently moved from his previous role in Koh Samui to act as opening General Manager for OZO Pattaya, which is scheduled to open by 2020. On top of that, he’s also taking part in the pre-opening operations for the relaunch of the Amari Pattaya Ocean Tower in early 2019, as well as the launch of the brand-new Amari Pattaya Ocean Suites.

Back in Bangkok, the Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok and Ekamai Gardens Bangkok will have Sanjeev Kapoor as its General Manager, a recent addition from Oakwood, where he served as the General Manager for Oakwood Premiere in Bangalore.

Amari Vogue Krabi will have Sanjiva Gautamadasa as its new general manager, a Sri Lankan hospitality veteran who’s served leadership roles with Indonesia and Sri Lanka’s Alila Hotels, as well as the Dubai International Hotel, Jetwing and Oberoi.

Onyx Hospitality Group is also proud to announce the promotion of two new female hotel managers, with Porntip Pibarnwong as the Hotel Manager for Amari Residences Bangkok, Chiva Bangkok Hotel and the Amp Am House, while Sirilak Buahom as the new Hotel Manager for Sukhothai Heritage Resort.

 

Birmingham Events For Companies This Coming Holiday

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It is the time of year when companies are already starting to plan about their corporate Christmas parties. For those in Birmingham, there are many parties worth noting. Before reading further, make sure that you have visited UglyChristmasSweater.com to purchase your outfit for the party.

There is no need to look further when it comes to holiday parties because Vivid Experience has organized not just one but 22 party nights this coming December. These parties are going to be held in NEC and will start from November 30 until December 22. The theme for this year is Wonderland and it is promised to be magical nights for the guests. Booking is necessary if your company wants to make sure that you get one night out of the 22. Regardless of the size, small or big, organizations are welcomes to book.

The party will start with a canapé reception, followed by pre-dinner entertainment, a three-course meal, breakfast at midnight, cocktail bar, bar for champagne, fairground rides inside the venue and disco right after. They will open casino tables on site and guests will have access to free parking as well as free use of the cloak room. There are going to be a number of entertainment shows such as acro-balance, trapeze, fire dance, flying hoop and contortion.

Vivid Experience has been preparing for these events since February. One of the benefits of having a party at the NEC is the access different transport links. There are trains that depart from the Birmingham International station. Adjacent to the arena is the Birmingham Airport which is suitable if there are overseas guests coming to attend a local corporate party.

One can book a hotel around NEC if going home is not an option after the party. The free parking, on the other hand, is located just across the arena. The parties to be hosted on December 2 and 5 will be dedicated for companies that are in the emergency or retail services. If you have ordered your trendy holiday sweater at UglyChristmasSweater.com, all you need to do is book a date from the 22 nights and make sure that the whole company will have a night to enjoy the holiday cheers.