Kreston Asia re size.jpgIn early November, Derek Rhodes travelled to Bangkok to attend the Kreston International Asia Pacific conference which attracted the biggest number of delegates representing member firms from around the world.
Delegates travelled to Thailand from 21 countries, including India, Kenya, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea to enjoy two days of presentations, updates and a social schedule hosted by Kreston International.
The conference was hosted by member firm Thai Info, the conference business agenda this year focused on international brand development and cross cultural communication strategies.
Opened by Kreston Chairman, Bent Kofoed of Kreston CM, Kreston Denmark and the packed schedule involved general updates from Kreston International, presentations from members covering issues around criminal acts, intercultural communication and awareness, and a keynote speech from Dr Bonggot Anuroj, of the Board of Investment of Thailand.
As well as sessions on industry topics including audit and other service/tax issues attendees heard from member firms on global issues including a presentation by Clive Relf of Kreston Reeves who explained why the UK remains a strong opportunity for entering Europe following the Brexit vote.
Derek said: “This was the third Kreston conference in a row that attracted the biggest number of delegates, including new firms from the Pacific and the Far East. It’s invaluable that we all have the opportunity to get together regularly to share ideas and knowledge, and in such a fabulous city there was plenty of sightseeing opportunities, which I certainly enjoyed as well as extending my network of Kreston contacts.”
The social programme involved a ride in a long-tailed boat, 007 style, taking in the sites of the city from the river followed by a tour of the city by Tuk Tuk, a fun treasure hunt and plenty of Thai hospitality and delights.
Kreston CEO, Jon Lisby, commented: “The continued growth in attendance at the Asia Pacific conference including increasing numbers from outside the region highlights the strategic importance of the region both for businesses and Kreston member firms. The conference covered a range of topics from investment incentives and options for both inbound and outbound business through to dealing with cross cultural communication. I am sure the Asia Pacific conference will continue to go from strength to strength and I look forward to the 2017 conference.”