My Destination is focused on offering unrivalled levels of local information. This is what we pride ourselves on, and it's our promise to our users.
Therefore, each destination is run by a team on the ground who have their fingers on the pulse and write from a first-hand experience, whether they are trying out places to eat, visiting sites of interest, undertaking activities, exploring hidden 'secrets', and speaking to the locals who are 'in-the-know'. Our local experts take every effort to accurately capture this information through photography, videos, virtual tours and writings. It can be truly said that our content is fresh, local and 'hand-made'.
Our Local Experts in Phuket
Armed with several years experience and a degree in Hotel & Tourism Management from Surrey University, Gren ditched the hotel business to travel the world for eight years as a marketing man for the somewhat unglamorous Rawlplug Company – and had a ball!
After a few years interlude as a London property developer – a rags-to-riches-to-rags experience – 1995 found him tossing a coin between Mexico and Thailand. Thailand won and, armed with a Diploma in Journalism from London's Birkbeck College, he landed jobs as a staff writer, then editor, on newspapers and magazines in Bangkok and Phuket, and as a freelance writer for international magazines and journals.
He started a graphic design/copywriting business in 1999 but after just two years switched to publishing his own niche ‘information’ guides, covering dining, property, spas, island lifestyle and sailing. Still restless, in 2003 and 2004 he founded the Phuket Boatshow and Six Senses Phuket Raceweek – a 5-day feast of yacht racing and beach parties.
Gren discovered sailing when he moved to Phuket and has become an enthusiastic – if not always winning – participant in the Southeast Asian yacht racing scene; in 2008 he launched a new business, building fast sailing catamarans. He lives on Phuket with his Thai wife, Jiab, and 7-year-old daughter, Nina.
"I realised a long time ago that – as much as I wanted to do it – we don't have the resources to create, and make a success of, our own destination website. When I was introduced to Neil through the local British Business Association, MyDestination looked like the answer. But what clinched it, as much as the sites, was Neil's enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ business style."
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