Daniel Marcus established his fabric hand weaving business in Lao PDR in 2011. He was one of very few people to be issued with a 100% foreign ownership license for handicraft products. The company originally called Soie de Lune was rebranded in Laos as Studio Silapa. The workshop, based in Vientiane Capital, hand weaves fabrics for export. In addition to weaving fabric, Marcus with his business partner Ms. Paipon Saiyedath, established a fabric dyeing business, one of the only professional dye shops in the country.
They also provide on-site training for both weaving and dyeing and their mission is to create business opportunities for artisans in Laos, to enable them to make a living from their artistic endeavours and to preserve Lao patrimony. Previously, Marcus worked in Telecoms for France Telecom / Orange in Paris. He now resides in London, UK and continues to support the BBGL remotely.
Patria Puyat is the General Manager of Crowne Plaza Vientiane, an international five-star hotel in Vientiane and part of the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.
Before joining Crowne Plaza Vientiane in August 2019, Patria was previously with IHG’s flagship properties in Dubai which includes InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, an Event Centre and Festival Arena before being appointed as the General Manager for the brand defining Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City.
Patria got her Hotel Management degree from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in Bluche, Switzerland and has worked extensively in the hotel industry for more than 30 years in areas from sales and marketing, food and beverages, conferences and events, and hotel management.
Since joining Crowne Plaza Vientiane, her leadership continued to propel and strengthen the hotel position in Vientiane and has led the hotel to achieve numerous global awards.
Held in partnership with the British Embassy, and hosted by the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Cashel Gleeson, a fabulous evening of rugby was enjoyed as guests were able to watch all three of the final round of the Guiness 6 Nations matches. With Italy beating Wales, and France beating England to win the Grand Slam, it was not the ideal results for the home nations, but an enjoyable evening was still had by all!
On 16 February 2022, the Office of the Embassy of Canada, AustCham, Civitas, ECCIL EuroCham, the European Union, LNCCI and the British Business Group in Lao PDR organised the inaugural Lao CSR Awards, with the award ceremony hosted by the British Embassy in Laos. The Lao CSR Awards recognises companies that uphold the highest standards of responsible business conduct (RBC) in their corporate strategies and daily work, and whose CSR activities can serve as models for the wider Lao business community.
The British Embassy in Laos hosted the inaugural Lao CSR Awards ceremony to recognize companies upholding the highest standards of CSR in their corporate strategies, and implementing CSR activities which serve as models for the wider Lao business community. The winners of Lao PDR’s first-ever CSR Awards, in two categories, were; the Luang Prabang hotel Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum in the Large Business Category and online travel agent Discover Laos Today in the SME Category.
It was a great honour to host a Burns Supper at Crowne Plaza Vientiane to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s famous bard. What a night! More than 120 BBGL members, friends and guests came together for an incredible evening of poetry, song, dance, sumptuous food … and whisky. Thanks to everyone who contributed time and energy to make the event such a success, and to our generous event sponsors Jaguar Land Rover Laos, Isuzu Lao Services and Whessoe Lao.
We’d also like to say a big thank you to the companies that provided prizes for the raffle during the event including: