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Jennifer Schmelter – Thailand Hospitality The Grand Palace. Street food. Buddhism. Wat Arun. Opportunity. Tuk Tuks. All things you may think of when you think of Bangkok.  People who have never traveled to the city may not immediately think of poverty.  However, as a newly industrialized country, there is an interesting dichotomy to the scenery […]

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Jennifer Schmelter – Political Risk in Bangkok On June 25th our cohort arrived in Bangkok, Thailand.  After a group lunch at the hotel, we headed to our afternoon meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce.  This meeting was one of the most interesting to me as it displayed the close link between a country’s politics […]

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Antonio Caldas – Political Situation in Thailand Thailand has been engulfed in political crisis for six months now, with street protests pushing to outright topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The crisis is especially serious given that Thailand has experienced more coups d’état than any other country in contemporary history. Scholars sometimes describe […]

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Adam Galea – Asian Service in Hospitality The hotel industry in the United States prides itself on its service and hospitality.  A core concept that could be found in some variation in every employee handbook is the idea of going above and beyond to meet every guest’s needs and requests.  Differentiators between US hotels are […]

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Adam Galea – McDonalds Thailand We had the opportunity to visit with the McDonalds Thailand, a franchise company that owns and operates all of the McDonald’s restaurants and food outlets in Thailand.  This visit gave great insight into how an American rooted company adapts to franchising in another country.  Additionally, we learned of some obstacles […]

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Hugo Escanuela – Business in Thailand Throughout our previous course, International Business and Finance, we spent a great portion of our time talking about culture and how it pertains to doing business in the foreign market. When dealing with different cultures it is important for one to know what is appropriate. Our business visits were […]

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Hugo Escanuela – Culture in Thailand On our final day in Bangkok we got to experience what truly makes Bangkok such a unique city to visit. From the temples and intricate river canals to the magnificent rooftop views, Bangkok is beautiful in its own regard. Our day started off with a visit to various Buddha […]

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Wendy Lowe – Our last day in Bangkok   Our final day in Bangkok started with a morning walking tour of the Bangkok Flower Market which is supposedly the largest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. We then did an extensive tour of the city’s most famous landmark, the Grand Palace which is a combination […]

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Keith Henry – Cohort 11 The first impression I had of Thailand was that this country was very developed. As the bus travelled from the airport, the towering skyscrapers were hard not to miss. These buildings elegantly towered into the clouds with their artistic designs, signaling Thailand’s financial might. Due to the sheer size and […]

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Keith Henry – Cohort 11 I was surprised to see how widely scooters are used to get around the city of Taipei. I later found out that Taiwan has approximately 1.5 million scooters in use. By studying this course and learning how different government regulations can affect how products are utilized, I can now appreciate how […]

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