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Students network with tourism industry leaders

Mr Andrew Wood (center) with Assumption University students and Dr Scott Smith (second left)

Assumption University alumni and students recently joined tourism industry leaders for the SKAL International Bangkok Networking Night at the legendary Sukhothai Hotel, Bangkok.

Bangkok, Thailand – “What was your ID number?” was a popular question among AU students and alumni at the recent SKAL International Bangkok Networking Night, as a student’s ID number provides insight into their graduation date. Many of the more seasoned alumni said with a laugh, “I’m not telling you my ID number!”.

Dr. Scott Smith, from Assumption University’s MSME Business School’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), was thrilled to see students, past and present, including Ms. Auranat Saenghiran. Ms. Auranat attended the event representing the company she recently joined, Move Ahead Media.

The best and brightest of Dr. Scott’s HTM students were quick to confirm their attendance and eager to network with today’s tourism industry leaders. Mr. Nanda Aung Si (Nanda) stated, “I’m happy to have the chance to focus on my professional development in addition to the educational development received at University.” Kaizhu Luosang (Alex) echoed those sentiments, agreeing, “This networking night was a great chance to get dressed up and meet the leaders in Thailand’s tourism industry face-to-face.”

Mr. Chanon Juengcharoenpoon (Kim) used this opportunity to look for a future internship and, with his CV in hand, was able to receive valuable feedback as longtime Skalleague Tom Sorensen, Thailand’s most recognized Headhunter and Managing Partner at Tom Sorensen Recruitment (Thailand), generously took the time to counsel Khun Chanon and offer advice regarding how to improve his CV to land his dream job. “The SKAL Networking Night was a lovely evening, a blend of experiences and new beginnings, with old and new friendships,” said HTM student Mubtasim Sirhan (Sebastian).

“The venue was fantastic, the food was excellent, the service was stellar, and the event exceeded all expectations.”, Dr. Scott appreciatively told Alexander Schillinger, GM, who generously offered a discounted rate so that students could attend this event at the iconic Sukhothai Hotel ( The Sukhothai Hotel’s recent accolades include Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards, receiving #1 City Hotel in Bangkok, #4 Hotel among all Asian Cities, and #37 Hotel Worldwide, as well as the top 10 Hotels in Bangkok Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 from Conde Nast Traveler, USA (October 2020).

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.