Above is the warm greetings from Empress Hotel on my lunch plate! Empress Hotel is the main hotel with conference facilities to host the 19th World Council In Chiang Mai. We have two more hotels in very near vicinity to the main hall. (300 and 700 meters), so walking distance everywhere. The three hotels are all first class, 4 stars and very comfortable. The green profile is outstanding wherever we go in this great city, and this definitely includes our hotels!
Here you see the Preparation Committee for the Workd Council, from the left to the right: Bob, USA, Nam, South Korea, Andrew, Australia, Romulo, Brazil, Vladi, Czech Republic, Johan, Norway, Joumana, Jordan, Rachan, Thailand, Jose, India and Gwénaël, Haiti. 10 countries represented, in addition Michal from Poland and Carlos from Togo are also belonging to the group, which makes it 12 people from 12 countries.
Above a glimpse from the lobby of Empress Hotel. The hotel is impressive and have a swimming pool and fitness centre, all very appropriate for YMCA people. The conference hall takes 1650 people and we have a lot of break out rooms for groups. The conference hall is just a few years old and the technical equipment is all state of the art.
The prep committee has been working hard all weekend, and the programme of the 19th World Council is coming together in a great and inspiring way to make the theme be realized: “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT 4 GOOD”.
Gwénaël Apollon is the NGS from Haiti and representing the National Secretaries. At his side is Nam bo-Won, the new General Secretary for Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and representing GST. Rachan Maneekarn is the hosting committee leader.