After 14 years running Smiling Albino, we don’t think it’s a stretch to say that we know Asia pretty well. From Thailand’s beaches to Nepal’s peaks to Vietnam’s jungles to Cambodia’s back alleys, we’ve explored, led, written, filmed, eaten and made friends in nearly every type of place you can think of. And had fun, of course.
We’re often honored to be asked to lend our voice to travel-related events when a business, company, media organization or charity needs a hand, and it seems that the next few months are going to be quite busy for Smiling Albino in that regard! Here’s a quick rundown of the events that Dan has recently been speaking at, what t they’re about as well as a few that are coming up very shortly!
June 8, 9 – TAT guest at Thai Travel Mart Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Arena
Dan joined the Tourism Authority of Thailand as a guest at the TAT booth at The Thai Travel Mart, which is the largest tourism promotion show of its kind in Thailand. Dan’s hit commercial showcasing tourism in Thailand was on display throughout the show (see it here Thailand Tourism Authority Official Video
June 10 – Digital Innovation Awards
BED Supper Club
Dan spoke at the Digital Innovation Awards, which recognize the most forward-thinking but performance-oriented innovations in the Pacific Asia travel & tourism industries. Categories include “Most Engaging Website”, “Most Viral Campaign”, “Most Creative Use of Technology”, “Most Inspiring
Content”, “Most Impactful Startup”, and “Most Innovative
Digital Organization” and more. The DIA Awards are overseen by members of the new Digital Innovation Asia Council, an invite-only forum of the most senior e-commerce executives and digital marketing thought-leaders from hotels, airlines, and tourist boards from all corners of the Asia Pacific region.
June 12 – Speak Out Asia
Lebua Hotel at State Tower
Dan will host the DIA’s flagship innovation summit which aims to “wow, inspire, engage, and stimulate the audience, feature respected and well-known digital revolutionaries, showcase technology solutions, and source innovations from across the region.” Dan will be using his patented blend humor and authority (in Thai and English, of course) to joke, host, reward (and maybe even flirt) with the crowd at this glitzy, one-of-a-kind event.
June 25 – No Vacancy
Some of the travel industry’s best and brightest will converge at this event to discuss this year’s theme: “Beyond Price”. Dan will be one of the speakers at this event that will be crowded with fans of travel from around the world who come to Bangkok to meet old friends, make new ones, and hear what the next step in travel will be. Dan’s topic will be “Experience at Any Price. The Customer is Always Right” and will examine how modern consumers – especially those on the luxury end of the scale – are increasingly willing to pay for an authentic experience rather than just a comfortable bed.
July 26 – Walailak University Thai Language Day
As a pretty badass speaker of Thai, Dan is often asked to give a foreigner’s views on living and working in Thailand, which Thai audiences often find fascinating. Indeed, at this event Dan will be part of a panel discussion on the importance of Thai language and how it pertains to his life as a successful business owner, actor, media personality, and all-around nice guy. If you’re in the area, come say hi and hear what he (and the rest of the panel) has to say!