David first arrived in Thailand in 1988 having had a successful career in the Lloyds of London insurance market. He took a life changing journey to Asia, before hitting 30, which landed him in Thailand.
David Barrett is passionate about travel in Thailand and the environment.
David has held positions in the Thai tourism industry as head of Prestige Travel Consultants in the early Nineties representing Cunard, Forte Hotels, Reed Travel and working with the British Tourist Authority. He then headed Siam Express’ international marketing and sales. In 1999 David joined Diethelm Travel Group, conceiving and heading Diethelm Events for 13 years. He then jumped fence and worked for ONYX Hospitality as Executive Director Events for their two flagship Amari properties in Thailand – Amari Watergate and Amari Pattaya. After five years with Amari, David ventured out on his own with DBC Asia, teaming up with hotels to drive their MICE sales. David works with The Slate in Phuket, King Power hotels, HLA Lifestyle Wellness Centre in Yangon and a portfolio of clients in Europe.
David was Board Member and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee at TICA for many years, headed the North Pattaya Alliance, a founding board member of TIWA (Thai Indian Weddings Association), former member of SITE, and the Phuket Hotels Association.