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    Travel News for January 2016

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    Centara Grand Krabi bares newly renovated Club Lounge

    Centara Grand Krabi ClubKrabi — Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi has recently opened its new and improved Club Lounge. The Club is located at the heart of the resort, easily accessible from all guest rooms, providing a comfortable, spacious area where guests can experience an added level of service and attention. The new Lounge can accommodate 50 percent more people than previously, with a combination of dining and relaxation space that can accommodate both leisure and business travelers alike.

    Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit marks “World Tango Day”

    Celeration of World TangoBangkok — The Embassy of the Argentina Republic in Bangkok led by H.E. Ana Maria Ramirez, ambassador of Argentina, in cooperation with the Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, led by general manager Philippe Le Bourhis; and the Mahidol University, co-hosted an event to celebrate the “World Tango Day” at inBlu Lounge at the Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit recently. Diplomats, expatriates, business community, tango lovers, and media attended the event. “World Tango Day” is a celebration which takes place around the whole world in homage to the birth of most representative figure of the tango: Carlos Gardel, known as “El Zorzal Criollo”. The Argentinian tango is known worldwide as the dance of passion, sensuality and elegance and has been recognized by UNESCO as “Heritage of Humanity.”

    All-suite Chiang Mai Riverside opens

    Chiang Mai — The Chiang Mai Riverside, a new all-suite hotel residence along the Ping River owned by the Vorrawut Group, has opened its doors for a “soft-opening” period last month. The luxurious hotel residence boasts a 24-hour butler service in the concept of an old European hotel, high-end digital Apple entertainment system in every room, and a ‘Local Knowledge’ concierge to allow guest to experience to ‘real’ Chiang Mai. The hotel was designed with only 14 suites to ensure a more personalize service and intimate for an intimate experience.

    Layana Resort unveils ‘Wellness Zone’

    Layana Resort Wellness ZoneKoh Lanta — After a major redesign that started in September, Layana Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta recently unveiled what it calls a “Wellness Zone,” which provides a new half Olympic-sized pool for both exercise and lounging, a Healthy Juice Bar, a spa, a gym with a separated locker room, and other related activities. The zone also includes The Linger Longer, an award-winning spa that truly creates an island escape with a “Pause in Time” concept.

    Tourists can now avail Multiple-Entry Visa

    Bangkok — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has started implementing the new Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) to readily accommodate the ASEAN Economic Community integration and boost the country’s tourism industry. The new visa can be obtained at the Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates worldwide. The six-month METV cost THB 5,000, and allows holders unlimited border crossing for up to 60 days per stay within the validity of the visa.

    X2 Vibe rises in Onnut

    Bangkok — Bespoke Hospitality Management has announced the newest addition to its portfolio, the eight-story hotel and residences X2 Vibe Onnut, which is set to open in the fourth quarter. X2 Vibe Onnut, which will have 145 rooms as hotel accommodations and 122 units as residences, is located just a few steps away from the street’s major dining, shopping, entertainment and tourist attractions, and places to experience life “like the locals.”

    Banyan The Resort Hua Hin gets 2 awards

    Banyan The Resort Hua HinHua Hin – Banyan The Resort Hua Hin was recently recognized by the World Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards with certificates of awards in two categories: “Luxury Golf Resort in Asia” and “Best General Manager.” The 9th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards, held recently in Hong Kong, is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. The resort’s general manager is Sirirat Murphy.

    Amari residences in Phuket now ready for guests

    Phuket — Representatives of Amari Phuket, Amari Estates Co., Ltd., and the Headstart Commercial Co., Ltd. team recently organized a “Magnificent Beach Lift Party” to launch the most recently completed phase of Amari Exclusive Residences. Amari Exclusive Residences is now available for investment. The event was held at The Clubhouse of Amari Phuket, a new venue located at the resort’s newly opened Ocean Wing.

    Thailand named ‘Best Beach Destination 2015’

    Best Beach Destination 2015 Nat Geo TRaveller RussiaMoscow — Thailand was named the “Best Beach Destination 2015” by the National Geographic Traveller Russia. It was also voted the “Best Beach Resort” by an online poll participated in by 240,000 readers. The event was aired on Russia’s TV 24 and several other broadcasting channels in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Eumporn Jiragalwisul, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Moscow Office said, “This is great news. Thailand is very honored to have received such prestigious awards from one of the top travel magazines in Russia as well as from the online voting. Both honors are testaments of Thailand as a top beach getaway destination among travelers from Russia, one of the top 10 tourist markets to Thailand.” In 2014, Thailand welcomed about 1.6 million visitors from Russia. From January to October of 2015, a total of 649,188 visitors from Russia visited Thailand.

    InterCon Bkk voted one of ‘Asia’s Top Business Hotels’

    InterContinental Now Travel Asia Awards 2015InterContinental Bangkok is once again “Asia’s Top Business Hotel,” according the Now Travel Asia awards recently held in Bangkok. The award was accepted on behalf of the hotel by Simon J. Hall, area director of sales and marketing (Thailand) – InterContinental Hotels Group. Since 2012 NOW Travel Asia has been recognizing travel-related businesses with awards across 20 categories. Winners are determined through votes cast by readers of NOW Travel Asia’s website at

    Hotel Muse is Best Urban Hotel

    For the second time, Hotel Muse Bangkok has received an Award for Excellence in the category of “Best Urban Hotel” from Conde Nast Johansens. The award is in recognition of Hotel Muse Bangkok as an authentic upscale hotel that holds the essence of a boutique atmosphere. The hotel draws inspiration from the 1920s European architecture, and has an elegant Old World charm that is reflected in the hotel details from the fabrics and furniture to the lightings. Conde Nast Johansens is a combined reference guide to independently owned hotels.

    Amari Pattaya enters ‘Hall of Fame’

    Amari Pattaya Resort was recently inducted into TripAdvisor’s “Hall of Fame Award 2015.” The hotel, which has won Trip Advisor’s ‘Hospitality Excellence Award’ for five consecutive years, received the honor, alongside Amari Nova Suites Pattaya, which received a “Certificate of Excellence” award. Amari Pattaya is the centerpiece of Onyx hospitality brand.

    3 ONYX hotels bag Kuoni award

    OZO Chaweng Samui Dream BeachThree out of the 11 ONYX hotels in Thailand recently received the Kuoni Water Champion Award, from Kuoni Group Switzerland. Amari Boulevard Bangkok, Amari Phuket, and OZO Chaweng Samui were honored for their commitment towards long-term sustainable water management, which is supported by the Kuoni Group. In the two-months period of collecting data and savings of up to the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool to assess their water management practices, the ONYX hotels proved themselves worthy of the distinguished award, the award organizers say.