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Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach

Langham Hotels International (LHI) is set to open a new boutique resort, Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach, in November, 2009, following the signing of its latest management contract with Gurich Company Limited.

Located on the Island of Samui, the latest addition to Langham’s portfolio of five-star hotels is for fun-loving, young-at-heart travellers who enjoy the finer things in life.

Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach enjoys prime position beachside and comprises a chic modern village of 77 stunning villas and suites, many featuring personal plunge pools and views over the Gulf of Thailand.

langham place samuiModern Living by the Water

The resort promises a journey of stimulating hospitality touching all the senses.

Your arrival will lead you through a walkway of waterfalls after which you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the sea from the raised lobby. Here, signature scents waft on the breeze, while a DJ gently sets the mood with cool vibes, easing you into your vacation.

The DJ vibes will permeate the resort from the lobby to the pool, creating a subtle energy that will beguile guests throughout the day into the night.

In addition to the sea view restaurant and poolside Splash Bar, the property will pioneer the concept of ubiquitous or borderless dining outside of a traditional restaurant setting.

Perfect in-the-moment romantic dinners will be intimately served in specially-designed dining retreats scattered in the grounds or on the alluring sala in the sea without another soul for 150 metres. Continue Reading

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Thai cuisine to be promoted by Tourism Authority of Thailand

Two major events are to be held in Bangkok at the end of September 2009 to capitalize on the global popularity of Thai cuisine, boost exports of Thai agricultural products, and help visitors enjoy a higher quality of culinary experience across the vast range of dining options in the kingdom.

The two major food events “Amazing Taste of Thailand” and “Thailand Brand” will be held concurrently between September 24-28, 2009, jointly organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Department of Export Promotion, Thai Hotels Association, Association of Domestic Travel, and Thai Restaurant Association.

thailand foodMrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, the TAT’s deputy governor for marketing communications said, “The promotion of Thai cuisine is one of the TAT’s top-most priorities, because it builds bridges between travel and tourism, the country’s largest service industry, with agriculture, the largest overall industry.”

Thai cuisine is popular all over the world because it is nutritious, delicious, and inexpensive.

According to Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, there are plans to increase the number of Thai restaurants overseas from 13,000 locations in 2009 to 15,000 locations in 2010 as part of the second phase of Thailand’s “Kitchen of the World” project, aimed at boosting Thai food exports. Continue Reading

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Kingfisher Airlines now offers Kolkata – Bangkok Flights

India’s Kingfisher Airlines has launched flights between Kolkata and Bangkok.

After London, Colombo, Dhaka and Dubai, Bangkok is the fifth international destination on the international route network of Kingfisher Airlines.

Flights are timed with flight IT 021 departing from Kolkata, at 11:20 am and reaching Bangkok at 3:15 pm, local time. The flight departs Bangkok at 4:30 pm and reaches Kolkata at 5:45 pm.

Commenting on the launch of this new service to Thailand, Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President-Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, “The launch of this new route marks the first time that Kingfisher Airlines is operating flights connecting India to South East Asia. Continue Reading

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Ascott Bangkok Sathorn named “Best Serviced Apartment in Thailand”

Ascott International’s premium serviced residence property, Ascott Bangkok Sathorn, has been named “Best Serviced Apartment in Thailand” in the prestigious Lifestyle + Travel Readers’ Choice Awards 2008.

The award recognises Ascott Bangkok Sathorn’s strong brand equity and service excellence.

Lifestyle + Travel magazine is one of Asia-Pacific’s most respected consumer travel titles. It is widely read by corporate executives and business travellers in Asia and the Middle East.

Ascott Bangkok SathornMr Eddie Lim, Ascott International’s Country General Manager, Indochina said: “We are pleased to receive the prestigious award which reflects travellers’ support and their confidence in our flagship property in Thailand, Ascott Bangkok Sathorn.

We were the first international operator to introduce the serviced residence concept in Thailand where we have been operating for 15 years. Over the years, we have been strongly promoting the ‘Heartware’ culture which encourages our employees to deliver service from the heart and go the extra mile for customers.

We will continue to build on this culture and provide travellers a truly memorable ‘home away from home’.” Continue Reading

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Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok launches meetings + package

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok launches Meetings+, a package that offers great savings to meeting and event guests in a secluded location by the Chao Phraya River.

Valid from now until 26 December 2009, the all-inclusive meeting package combines single accommodation in a Shangri-La Wing Deluxe room for just THB4,800 and a full-day meeting package, at no extra cost. Double occupancy is available from THB5,800. Rates are subject to 17.7 per cent service charge and tax, and include buffet breakfast at NEXT2 and unlimited in-room broadband Internet access.

Guests can take advantage of a full-day meeting, accompanied with the following privileges, at no extra cost.

  • A meeting room from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Complimentary use of an LCD projector, screen and flip charts
  • Executive desk pads, stationery and mints
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
  • Free-flowing coffee, tea and drinking water in the meeting room
  • Wireless Internet in the meeting room or lounge

The Meetings+ package allows meeting guests to enjoy a full buffet lunch at the riverside NEXT2 or the all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch at Shang Palace Chinese Restaurant. Continue Reading

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Number of tourists in Thailand dropped in first quarter of 2009

The political instability and street demonstrations early this year have adversely affected Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry as visitor arrivals in the first four months totalled 4.7 million, down 14.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that while most markets showed varying rates of decline, arrivals from the Middle East grew by almost 11.5 percent and arrivals from South Asia were up 3.6 percent.

In 2008, Thailand welcomed about 14.59 million international visitors, a growth of only 0.88 per cent, and for 2009, it has scaled down its target to 13.3 million and 14 million in 2010.

thailand-tourist-arrivalsIn a statement today, TAT said as part of efforts to expedite the revival of the Thai travel and tourism industry, the Thai government had agreed to extend the exemption of the fee for tourist visa applications until March 4, 2010.

Thailand presently gives a visa on arrival for citizens of 20 countries for a stay not exceeding 15 days, while citizens of another 42 countries are allowed visa-free stay of not more than 30 days.

TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat said as a result of the global economic downturn, the worldwide travel and tourism sector had declined as people became more cautious about spending on leisure and business travel. Continue Reading

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Thailand’s battered tourism industry seeks urgent gov’t help

Amid a sharp drop in tourist arrivals to Thailand, the country’s tourism agencies were alarmed and strongly urging the government to provide urgent measures to rescue the beleaguered industry.

Tosaporn Thepbutr, deputy-chairman of Committee on Tourism and Sports, said the Association of Domestic Travel (ADT), the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association (TCTA) and Thailand-Japan Tourism Promotion Association on Tuesday submitted a complaint letter to the committee.

They charged that although the government had announced tourism as a national priority, to date no concrete measures have been implemented by concerned-agencies to boost the country’s tourism industry. So the premier himself should intervene to resolve the problems.

Thailand’s tourist arrivals sharply drop to a critical level, Mr. Tosaporn said, in June alone, the number of tourist arrivals has dropped from 165,000 in the same period of 2008, to 27,000 in 2009 due to the Influenza A(H1N1) outbreak, or 33.45 per cent year-on-year. Continue Reading

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Tourists to Thailand drops by half

The number of international tourists to Thailand plunged more than 50 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009, with the forward hotel bookings also sluggish due to the current A/H1N1 flu threat, Thai tourism associations said Monday.

Chinese, Japanese and South Korean tourists represented much of the drop in visitor numbers between January and April, The Nation said on its website quoting Association of Thai Travel Agents president Surapol Sritrakul.

The recent outbreak of A/H1N1 flu has become the latest obstacle to tourism, along with the prolonged worldwide economic crisis and internal political problems, Surapol said.

He added that it’s too soon to predict the impact of the new strain of flu on tourism since there is no confirmed case in Thailand yet.

“If the disease reaches this country, the tourism sector will suffer an even greater impact,” he said.

The flu is also hitting outbound tourism business, with local travel agencies now receiving cancellations of trips to flu-infected countries. Continue Reading

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Hotels in Thailand gets lower number of guests

Data from STR Global, a leading provider of market information to the global hotel industry, highlights the plight of local markets in Thailand and puts the effect of the country’s recent political disruption into a regional context.

The ongoing political unrest in Bangkok has severely affected the country’s hospitality industry, which already has to deal with worsening global economic conditions, and now concerns of a possible swine flu pandemic.

 Over the five months from November 2008 to March 2009, the four Thai markets tracked by STR Global have reported monthly declines of more than 30% in revenue per available room (RevPAR) against the comparable period the previous year.

The falls in RevPAR were driven by declining occupancy levels that were not matched by similar declines in average room rates. Continue Reading

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Stay Longer and save more in Chiang Mai

U Chiang Mai is offering U Stay and Save rates for leisure travellers who need more time to experience the historic town of Chiang Mai or even for business travellers who need more than just one night to achieve their business goals.

The longer guests stay the better rates they will receive per night. Stay longer and save more at U Chiang Mai from now until October 31, 2009. Now – October 31, 2009 Superior Deluxe One night 3599

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Indigo Pearl in Phuket launches 3D/2N Promotion

The Indigo Pearl in Phuket has launched a ‘Simply Exhale’ 3D/2N promotion which is valid until 15 April 2009.

With rates starting from THB 11,380++ for double occupancy the promotion includes:

• Two nights accommodation in the selected room type
• Daily breakfast up to two people at the Tin Mine Restaurant
• Return trip airport transfers
• One Thai Set Dinner at Black Ginger Restaurant with a glass of wine
• 20% discount on Food & Beverage consumption
• Selection of free activities as per recreation list
• Late check out until 4 p.m. (subject to availability)
• Free meal for child under 12 years when having meal with parents

Set along Nai Yang Beach in Phuket, the Indigo Pearl designer resort is adjacent to Sirinath National Park and only 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport.

Nai Yang Beach retains a natural and pure ambience. Guests seeking an afternoon of shopping or an evening of lively entertainment and in-town fun can find them no more than 30 minutes away.

Some of Asia’s best golf courses and country clubs are also close by. Guests have convenient access to Blue Canyon Country Club (10 minutes), Mission Hills (10 minutes), and Laguna Phuket Golf Club (15 minutes).

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Thailand Airfare Promotions launched by Thai Airways International

Thai Airways International has launched “Thailand Double Happiness” special fare, offering travel for two or more people to Thailand at a starting price of US$130 each in economy class.

When customers chose to fly to another destination in Thailand, they may select from 11 destinations in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi, Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani, Samui, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, and Phitsanulok.

The “Thailand Double Happiness” promotion is valid until 31st March 2009. Continue Reading

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