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Ascotts Sparked the Community Innovation-Drive Through Its First Ascott Thailand Innovation Day 2015 Event

First Ascott Thailand Innovation Day 2015 Event

Leading international serviced residence owner-operator, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has recently organized the first Ascott Thailand Innovation Day event at Ascott Sathorn Bangkok, its flagship serviced residence property in Thailand.

Ascott Innovation Day 2015
Ascott Innovation Day 2015

Since CapitaLand – Ascott’s parent company is one of Asia’s largest real estate and developer companies; creativity is one of the organization’s credos. Ascott, under the clear guiding vision of the CEO Mr. Lee Chee Koon, has recognized the need for all Ascott properties around the world to commence a drive towards innovation. Continue Reading

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Ascott’s Properties Wins Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award For Second Consecutive Year

Ascott’s properties in Thailand once again earn the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The properties are Ascott Sathorn, Citadines Sukhumvit 8, Citadines Sukhumvit 11, Citadines Sukhumvit 16, Somerset Lake Point and Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor.

Ascott's Properties Wins Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award For Second Consecutive Year
Ascott’s Properties Wins Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award For Second Consecutive Year

Each year, this award is given in recognition of the established hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor. Winners of the prestigious award have also been proven one of the exceptional accommodations offering Tripadvisor travellers a great customer experience. Continue Reading

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Ascott Holds Client Appreciation Event in Bangkok Thailand

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, recently held an appreciation event for major clients at the newly-opened Dine in the Dark (DID) restaurant located at Ascott Sathorn Bangkok.

The team from Ascott and DID behind the event
The team from Ascott and DID behind the event

Some 40 clients were treated to a unique fine dining experience. They were assisted by visually-impaired waiters and given the chance to savour delectable European and Thai cuisine in total darkness. This allows all non-visual senses to be heightened for better appreciation of the smell and taste of the dishes which were specially prepared by DID’s chef. Continue Reading

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Custom Family Travel on the Rise: Time to Reconnect and Explore Exotic Destinations with Asia Transpacific Journeys

Family and multi-generational travel has been named the biggest new travel trend in 2011 by industry expert Virtuoso. With their hectic schedules, families are now seeking cultural experiences in exotic locales where they can spend quality time together while expanding their horizons. Traveling to far-flung places in Asia and the Pacific with Asia Transpacific Journeys broadens everyone’s viewpoint and gives children perspective on their life by developing critical thinking skills and learning about other cultures.

Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and President of the nation’s leading tour company for the Asia and Pacific region, believes that by visiting cultures so different from the American lifestyle children learn about other cultures and traditions early on, which helps them understand that the world is a much bigger place than they may have thought before.

“Our sensitive and seasoned Asia travel guides provide children with insights into the local cultures, religious traditions, exotic plants and animals,” says Downing Staff, herself a parent. “It shapes their attitude towards life.”

Here are their top picks for family trips that are both educational and fun in nature through hands-on learning: Continue Reading

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Exotic Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea, and Avant-Garde Sights in Southeast Asia

Asia Transpacific Journeys is offering three new extraordinary tours that transport travelers to a world beyond the ordinary to truly exotic destinations in Asia and the Pacific.

On one tour, guests stay in Cambodia at charmingly superb boutique hotels such as La Residence D’Angkor and 4 Rivers Eco Lodge, which is comprised of 12 luxury tented villas on the Tatai River, accessible only by boat.

There is much to choose from, between walking in the footsteps of Kipling through India’s best national parks, or visiting rarely seen tribes in Papua New Guinea during a captivating local festival. Other offerings take visitors to the remote frontiers of Laos, where travelers will explore astonishing natural settings, and up-and-coming places throughout Cambodia and Thailand, which are not yet on anyone’s radar.

· On Asia’s Frontiers: Laos, Cambodia and Thailand 19 days | departs October 8th 2011 Continue Reading

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Thailand Tourism industry likely to go bankrupt if Bangkok rally continues

Thailand’s tourism industry may eventually go bankrupt if the current political violence is prolonged, says an industry executive.

Kongkrit Hiranyakit, chairman of the Tourism Industry Federation of Thailand, said the federation agreed at the meeting that a relief center for tourism operators be set up to act as their representative to work together with the state sector to find assistance measures for operators affected by the political rally.

He said the federation had evaluated the situation since the political violence erupted in April and found the tourism industry had shrunk by 10 per cent, but since the violence persisted until now, the industry is expected to contract by 20 per cent.

It is also forecast the number of foreign tourists would be less than 13 million this year.

In addition, Mr Kongkrit estimated the incident would cause a Bth100 billion in damages to the tourism industry, which could affect Thailand’s tourism competitiveness in the future.

If the political rally drags on, he warned, the tourism industry might finally go bankrupt.

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Continous Violence in Bangkok Hurting Tourism Industry

It will come as no surprise to learn that the ongoing crisis in Bangkok is having a significant negative impact on the city’s hotel performance.

Daily data compiled by STR Global shows the immediate impact while monthly trend data shows a marked resilience by hoteliers in the Thai capital during the last few years.

A dramatic decline in occupancy was experienced across the city following several disturbance-related fatalities during early April. After a slight rebound, occupancy plummeted again as the foreign offices of several key Thai feeder markets, such as Germany and the U.K., advised against all but essential travel to the market.

With the safety of both guests and staff in mind, some international hotels near areas of intense violence closed and have yet to reopen. Quite astonishingly, the Dusit Thani, which is right in the heart of the action, directly on the front line, remained open during all the recent violence, but has confirmed that it will today close after guests and staff spent Sunday night in the basement.

These daily performance fluctuations mirror the market’s long-term monthly occupancy trends. Declines in the metric began during 2006 at the onset of military control and bounced around throughout 2007. The 2008 protests were more significant: Unrest during August result in poor September occupancy levels; following the November airport closures, December also suffered with occupancy of only 38.6%. Continue Reading

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Majority of Macao travel agencies cancel tourist trips to Thailand

The Travel Industry Council of Macao Monday announced that over 40 local travel agencies, which are members of the Council, have decided to suspend their package tour service in Bangkok until April 20, due to the ongoing political unrest there.

Aside from the member travel agencies, the Council also discussed the issue with a non-member agency which has also moved to cancel tourist trips to Bangkok, and a total of seven such package tour trips were canceled in the next nine days, said Andy Wu, president of the Council.

Wu also said that the Council will meet again next week and decide whether to cancel other package tours scheduled to depart for Bangkok after April 20.

Saturday’s clash in Bangkok between Thailand’s troops and “red-shirts” anti-government protesters, who are supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has led to 21 deaths and 858 injuries. Despite the bloodshed, the protesters continued staging demonstrations against current government.

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has already issued its travel warnings, in which local residents were told not to travel to Thailand as the demonstration staged by anti- government protesters turned violent in Thailand’s capital.

A package tour group of 25 tourists returned to Macao safely from Thailand by air last night, and the tourists said that their tour there was not affected by the protest.

Thailand has long been the first choice of Macao tourists, as approximately thirty to forty percent of Macao’s outbound tourists go to the country every year, according to Wu.

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Thailand wins ‘Best Tourist Country Award’ from Swedish magazine

Thailand has been named the world’s Best Tourist Country by a leading Swedish magazine, marking its eighth consecutive year for winning the award, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.

Thai ambassador to Sweden Thanarat Thanaputt and TAT Stockholm office assistant director Anchalee Kumwong last week accepted the Best Tourist Country Award presented by the Swedish publication “Travel News” in its 2010 annual Grand Travel Award ceremony.

The kingdom was voted as this year’s winner from seven other nominated countries, Australia, Egypt, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

The Thai envoy said the country won the award because of its unique and wide-ranging tourist attractions.

Not only tropical environment — sun, sea and sand, but also various cultural and beautiful tourist destinations are the strength of Thailand’s tourism.

Due to the diversity of tourist attractions, tourists can experience the “3Vs” — value for money, variety and very Thai (Thai-ness), while enjoying their holidays in Thailand, Mr Thanarat said.

Meanwhile, national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) won a second place award for the Best International Flight in 2010.

The annual Grand Travel Award ceremony, the Sweden’s largest travel-related event, has been held by Travel News, a leading Swedish travel publication since 1993.

The awards also feature other travel-related categories, including tourist countries, airline and cruise services.

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Thailand’s 2010 foreign tourist arrivals expected to reach 16M

The number of foreign tourists this year is expected to reach 16 million as targeted if there are no serious political disturbances nor epidemics, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Speaking on the first day of assuming the TAT governorship, Governor Surapon Sawetseeranee said he would attempt to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the target set by Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa.

“Unless there is political chaos or epidemics, the number of foreign tourists will edge up to 15-15.5 million against the target number of 14 million,” he said.

For local tourism, the target number of local tourists is expected to reach 90 million with combined revenues of Bt430 billion this year.

He said strategies to attract foreign tourists are to expand, maintain, and retrieve the 3 groups of markets including ASEAN, Oceania (Australia-New Zealand and the Pacific) and China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Canada where there are several million targeted foreign tourists.

The TAT chief added that the New Year celebrations this year were more joyful than those of last year, which could help boost tourism.

The New Year celebrations generated incomes of at least Bt3.2 billion. Of this, Bt1.1 billion came from foreign tourists and Bt2.1 billion baht from domestic tourists.

Thailand’s most favored destinations are major provinces including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phuket, Songkla, Samui and Pattaya. (PNA/TNA)

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Bangkok voted as the most attractive city in Asia

Foreign tourists voted Bangkok the most attractive city to visit among 10 of 11 member cities Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21).

Following a Bangkok University ‘Bangkok Poll’ ranking10 cities, minus Myanmar’s Yangon, whose representatives joined the eighth meeting of ANMC 21 recently in Bangkok, the Thai capital was voted the most attractive city to visit by foreign travellers by receiving a score of 7.19 out of 10.

The survey was conducted from 31 October to 1 November 2009 among some 500 foreign tourists visiting Bangkok. Among the five factors that draw tourists to Bangkok, Thai food counted as around 20 per cent as being of interest of foreigners the most, while the city’s historical sites and ancient remains came second at 19 per cent. Continue Reading

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Thailand launches “Ultimate Thailand Explorers” to draw online travellers to visit kingdom

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Monday launched its “Ultimate Thailand Explorers” competition, calling all internet savvy world travellers to enter the competition to get a free trip to Thailand and chance to win over US$ 15,000 cash and prizes.

TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat chairman and TAT Deputy Governor Surapol Savetaserani jointly held a press conference to announce the launch of the competition.

Weerasak said that TAT invited travelers from around the world to apply to become contestants in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition, an exciting concept in integrated online travel marketing.

thailand tourism newsFive finalist teams from across the globe will be provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: six expense-paid days exploring the sights and attractions in five of Thailand’s world famous holiday destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui, he said.

He said each day the teams of competitors must visit the many fantastic attractions and activities at their chosen destinations and then share their experiences with the online community by uploading videos, photos, and stories on various websites including, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Online voting for which team produces the most exciting and informative videos about the attractions and activities in their destination will determine who are the Ultimate Thailand Explorers, said Weerasak.

Applications are open to teams of two (friends, siblings, lovers, family members, colleagues) who must submit a short but entertaining audition video explaining why they want to travel to Thailand and how they will promote their preferred destination to the world. Continue Reading

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