Travel News for December 2015
Bangkok — Suvarnabhumi Airport has installed 53 information kiosks in passenger terminals and concourses of the airport in order to deliver better services to all passengers. The information kiosk is a high-tech interactive system designed for delivery necessary information to passengers such as flight schedules, plans of terminal and concourse, and as well as shops and restaurant information. The current version of the kiosk displays information in four languages: Thai, English, Chinese and Russian. Japanese will be added to the system in the future. In addition, passengers can print out the information, contact call center, and request for wheelchair service from the information kiosk.
London – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) rolled out a number of strategic activities to promote the good image of the kingdom as a top tourist destination at one of the most important travel trade events in Europe, the World Travel Market (WTM) 2015 last month.
TAT first attended the WTM in 1980, making this the 35th year of participation. Traditionally, TAT uses the show as an important platform to launch the country’s tourism marketing campaign for the incoming year.
This year, the TAT decided to launch the new Amazing Thailand logo, which incorporates the attraction and appeal of the most famous characteristic of Thailand – The Smile, at the WTM event. TAT has been aggresively pursuing it targets and has brokene the 25-million mark in tourist arrivals aas of this writing.
Bangkok – The Unique Collection of Hotels and Resorts, a Thai-based hotel management company, has announced the addition of the Vivo bene Village, Chiang Mai, to their portfolio. Opened in November 2014, Vivo bene Village is the first luxury holiday village in Thailand that permits guests of all ages to fully enjoy travel and holidays, despite any mobility restrictions or need of special care. “Vivo bene Village is not only perfect for different categories of guest, young or old, it is ideal for any person or group needing special care or attention such as cannot be provided in an ordinary resort or hotel.”
Koh Samui — Conrad Koh Samui was recently named Asia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort at the 22nd World Travel Awards 2015. The award presentation ceremony and gala dinner was recently held in Hong Kong. Stefano Ruzza, general manager of Conrad Koh Samui, on receiving this award said, “It is an honor to be recognized as one of the winners in Asia Pacific. Our team is committed in extending the Stay Inspired experience and providing guests with impeccable service. Winning this award is certainly another feather in the cap for us and will serve to spur us to create an even ‘richer’ and more inspired stay experience for our guests.”
Hua Hin – The management and staff of Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, represented by Sirirat Murphy, general manager, is pleased to announce that the resort has just been honored with the coveted prize of the ‘Best Golf Resort 2016’ by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) at the Annual IAGTO Award Ceremony extravaganza held at Siam Park, Tenerife, Spain on the final night of the International Golf Travel Mart.
“We are extremely honored to have received this coveted award from the esteemed organization, IAGTO, through the members’ vote, solidifying our intention of providing only the best services and outstanding facilities at both our resort and golf course to our discerning clients,” said Ms. Murphy.
Santiago, Chile — The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Thailand and Chile finally came into effect last Nov. 5, granting immediate preferential access to more than 90 percent of bilateral trade products to the two countries.
“After achieving agreements with Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, we now have an agreement with Thailand, which will have preferential access to our market and more investment opportunities on a region that is very relevant and strategic for our country,” stated Andres Rebolledo, general director for the Chilean General Directorate of International Economic Relations. This is Chile’s only agreement with an ASEAN country that does not have excluded products.
Currently, Chile is Thailand’s third major trade partner in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. Thailand is Chile’s first trade partner in ASEAN, with a trade exchange of more than US$ 1,000 million in 2014.
Koh Lanta – For the third consecutive year, Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta has been awarded “Thailand’s Leading Luxury Resort.” The award was presented to the representatives of the resort during the annual Seven Star Global Luxury and Lifestyle Awards held recently held at The Trans Resort in Bali, Indonesia.
Phuket – Trisara, which is owned and managed by Montara Hospitality Group, is making use of the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technology available on the market to showcase its world-class resort property, bringing viewers closer and more personal to the resort without actually being there. Trisara was recognized for the innovative application of virtual reality experience when they received the award for “Best Presentation” out of 400 hotels by a leading travel advisor during the first day of the 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week event held in Las Vegas, United States.
Bangkok — Amari Watergate Bangkok and BMW Thailand recently hosted the 18th Annual “Charity Midnight Run” with David Cumming, vice president and area GM Bangkok of Onyx Hospitality Group and Matthew Pfalz, BMW (Thailand) president leading the event. Some 6,000 runners joined “The Charity Midnight Run” contributing to Amari Watergate Bangkok’s Corporate Social Responsibility projects. Profits from the event will go to the hotel’s charities.
Bangkok — ONYX Hospitality Group recently announced its entry into Vietnam with the signing of a partnership agreement with HB Group to manage OZO Hoi An, a 364-room beachfront resort in New Hoi An City. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2016. OZO is a select service hotel experience created for travelers who crave the basics done right – a great night’s sleep, energizing breakfasts and reliable connectivity to the world and the local area.
Bangkok — The world’s most discerning travelers have spoken – and they’ve ranked InterContinental Bangkok as a “Top 10 Hotel in Bangkok” for 2015. Every year, the Readers’ Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveler magazine – arguably the world’s preeminent guide to sophisticated travel – surveys the experiences of its global readership. Their well-considered opinions added up to a score of 87.967 for InterContinental Bangkok, placing the hotel in the survey’s Top 5.
Krabi – Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort offers a new “Advance Purchase Rate” promo. Book at least 30 days in advance and enjoy 20% off from best unrestricted rate, among other benefits. Rates start from just THB 6,705 net per room per night, included of breakfast for 2, available from now until March 31, 2016. For reservations, email: H6184-RE@SOFITEL.COM or visit www.sofitel.com/6184.
Bangkok — Hotel Muse Bangkok recently won the prestigious “ Continent Winner Award” in the recent “Luxury Design Hotel” in Asia at the “World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015.”
Bangkok – CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has announced that five of its properties in Thailand have received the “Bangkok Clean and Green Certificates 2015-2017” by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). Citadies Sukhumvit 8, Citadines Sukhumvit 11, Citadines Sukhumvit 16, Citadines Sukhumvit 23, and Vic3 were all commended for their dedication in reinforcing commitment to sustainable development and environment.
Bangkok — Central Pattana Plc (CPN) has created a mega campaign called “A Happy Fairytale” so customers can enjoy amazing highlights, decorating CentralWorld, CentralPlaza, and CentralFestival shopping centers and turning them into veritable fairytale towns. All CPN shopping centers will be fitted out with amazing sparkling decorative lights. ‘A Happy Fairytale’ will run until Jan. 15 .