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The Peninsula Bangkok Welcomes Mr Masahisa Oba as New Managing Director

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The Peninsula Bangkok Welcomes Mr Masahisa Oba as New Managing Director - TOP25HOTELS.comBangkok,  Thailand, February 19, 2024 / TOP25HOTELS / The Peninsula Bangkok is delighted to announce the appointment of Masahisa Oba as its new Managing Director. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years in the hospitality industry, Mr. Oba brings a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to excellence to his new role.

Prior to his distinguished tenure in Bangkok, Mr. Oba held key executive positions at various Peninsula locations across Asia, showcasing his leadership skills and commitment to excellence. His journey includes pivotal roles such as General Manager at The Peninsula Manila, Hotel Manager at The Peninsula Hong Kong, Resident Manager at The Peninsula Tokyo, and Executive Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage at The Peninsula Shanghai.

A proud graduate of the Japan Hotel School and the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne’s Hotel Management Program, Masahisa Oba brings over 20 years of invaluable experience in the hotel industry. Remarkably, 17 of those years have been dedicated to The Peninsula Hotels, highlighting his deep-rooted commitment to the brand.

Mr. Oba brings a diverse skill set to his role, underlined by his expertise in hotel management. His personal interests include wine, travel, and a strong passion for football, both as a player and enthusiast.

Reflecting on his new appointment, Mr. Oba expressed his excitement, stating, “Bangkok has always held a special place in my heart as one of my favourite destinations. Its rich cultural charm and vibrant atmosphere continually captivate travellers, drawing many to visit and even choose to reside here. It is with great honour that I take on the position of Managing Director at The Peninsula Bangkok. I am excited about the opportunity to uphold the legacy of excellence that The Peninsula Hotels are renowned for and to ensure that each of our guests enjoys an unparalleled experience.”

The Peninsula Bangkok is confident that under Mr. Oba’s leadership, the hotel will continue to uphold the highest standards of luxury, service, and guest satisfaction. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Masahisa Oba as he assumes his role as Managing Director.

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)
Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Istanbul, The Peninsula Bangkok and The Peninsula Manila. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.


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PATA Appoints Soon-Hwa Wong as its Ambassador for Greater China

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PATA Appoints Soon-Hwa Wong as its Ambassador for Greater China - TRAVELINDEX.comSingapore, Singapore, February 19, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Soon-Hwa Wong as its Ambassador for Greater China.

China will continue to play a pivotal role in driving tourism growth across the Pacific Asia Region. It is crucial for PATA to actively engage with all sectors of China’s expanding travel and tourism industry, from government to industry stakeholders. Recognising the significance of China’s tourism sector, the PATA Executive Board has appointed Soon-Hwa as the PATA Ambassador for Greater China for a two-year term. Soon-Hwa’s deep understanding of both PATA and China makes him the ideal candidate for this role,” stated PATA Chair Peter Semone.

As PATA Ambassador for Greater China, Soon-Hwa shall serve as a representative of PATA in the region. The Ambassador will work towards achieving the goals of PATA, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry, and enhancing the presence of PATA in Greater China.

Soon Hwa’s first official business trip to China was way back in 1985. He has made regular trips to different parts of China since then. In 2007, he relocated to Shanghai when he was regional head of Hertz Asia Pacific to set up the first fully owned foreign car rental company in China. He spent 3 years there from 2007 to 2010 and has now built a strong network of business contacts and good working relationships with relevant government agencies. He is fluent in English and Mandarin, including several Chinese dialects.

With over 40 years of experience in Asia Pacific travel and tourism, Soon Hwa is a seasoned and versatile senior business leader who can help companies navigate the complex and dynamic market opportunities in the region. As the CEO of AsiaChina Pte Ltd, he leverages his extensive network of high-level contacts and deep understanding of the two-way tourism and trade flows between Asia Pacific and China to provide effective and tailored solutions for clients and partners across various sectors, such as destination management, aviation, car rental, urban mobility, travel agency, and startup.

A PATA Life Member, he is also passionate about driving change and transformation in the industry, as evidenced by his involvement in various association leadership roles, such as the Immediate Past Chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the current Chair of PATA Singapore Chapter, and the Honorary Chairman of the Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS). Through these platforms, he collaborates with senior tourism leaders, policymakers, educators, and innovators to shape the future of tourism and hospitality in the region and beyond.

About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, which includes government, state and city tourism bodies; international airlines and airports; hospitality organisations, and educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism of the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 32 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 28 PATA Student Chapters globally. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has an official office in Beijing.


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BWH Hotels Unveils Newly-Renovated Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae

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BWH Hotels Unveils Newly-Renovated Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae - HOTELWORLDS.comNagoya, Japan, February 17, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / BWH Hotels, the leading global hospitality network comprising WorldHotels, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, and SureStay Hotels, will welcome back a newly-renovated and rebranded hotel, the Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae from the 13th of March 2024, in the vibrant Sakae district of Nagoya, one of Japan’s largest and key cities.

The former Best Western Nagoya had grown a reputation as one of the city’s most popular internationally branded midscale hotels. Now, following an extensive refurbishment to bring it into line with the elevated brand standards of Best Western Plus®, this stylish downtown property is ready to embark on an exciting new era of hospitality.

Nestled in the heart of Sakae, Nagoya’s central commercial district which is filled with high-rise corporate offices, world-class attractions, shopping malls and eclectic bars and restaurants, Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae is perfectly positioned for business and leisure travelers alike. Local landmarks include the Sky Boat Ferris Wheel, Nagoya City Science Museum with its spectacular planetarium, and Nagoya City Art Museum, which features work from highly acclaimed Japanese and international artists.

Convenience is key at Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae, which offers seamless connectivity. Chubu Centrair International Airport is just 40km away. Nagoya Station, which offers Shinkansen services to Tokyo and Osaka, is within reach, and Sakae Station is linked to two urban metro lines, which makes getting around the city completely stress-free.

The 143 contemporary rooms all come fully equipped with modern amenities and all bathrooms feature revitalizing power showers. There is also the convenience of an onsite restaurant serving breakfast daily.

“We are delighted to unveil Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae, which provides elevated midscale hospitality to guests in the epicenter of the city. As a major Asian metropolis and the home of multinational companies such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and bullet train manufacturer Nippon Sharyo, this is a central hub for corporate travel, as well as an increasingly popular destination for leisure seekers. The rebranding of the former Best Western Nagoya reflects the strength of BWH’s portfolio of 18 brands to cater to the evolving needs of hotels owners and developers in every market. We look forward to welcoming all travelers to this revitalized midscale hotel,” said Olivier Berrivin, Vice President – APAC, BWH Hotels.

Best Western Plus Hotel Nagoya Sakae joins BWH’s extensive nationwide portfolio in Japan, which currently comprises of 21 hotels in key cities such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Kyoto, including two beach resorts in Okinawa.

About BWH Hotels
BWH Hotels is a leading, global hospitality enterprise comprised of three hotel companies, including WorldHotels™, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and SureStay® Hotels. The global enterprise boasts approximately 4,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*. With 18 brands across every chain scale segment, from economy to luxury, BWH Hotels suits the needs of developers and guests in every market.
*Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.


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UN Tourism Celebrates Heritage and Culture in Iran

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Tehran, Iran, February 17, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / The Secretary-General of UN Tourism has concluded an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Zurab Pololikashvili led a high-level delegation to the country to join the official inauguration of the Tehran International Tourism Exhibition and for a series of bilateral meetings to advance common goals around tourism resilience, diversity and rural development.

Secretary-General Pololikashvili joined Iran’s President, His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi, in opening the 17th edition of the Exhibition. At the leading event, UN Tourism reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Iran grow its tourism sector through promotion and investments, while also supporting the country in educating a new generation of tourism workers. Mr Pololikashvili also met with the Mayor of Tehran, Ali Reza Zakani, with bilateral talks focusing on working together to make the city a more attractive destination both for tourists and for investors.

The Secretary-General explored the Tehran International Tourism Exhibition alongside Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Ezzatollah Zarghami and Deputy Minister Dr. Ali Asghar Shalbafian. The UN Tourism leadership commended their hard work building the sector, with particular recognition of how tourism is celebrating Iran’s diverse ethnic groups and traditions while also providing a common vision for the future of the country. Representing UN Tourism’s growing Affiliate Members network, the CEO of Abbas Abad Cultural and Tourism Area, Seyed Hossein Hejazi, also met with Secretary-General Pololikashvili to make clear the role the private sector is playing in advancing shared goals.

In line with the Organization’s emphasis on rural development, Governor Malek Rahmati was presented with a plaque to commemorate Kandovan being included in the list of Best Tourism Villages by UN Tourism. The significant potential for growing tourism as a pillar of rural development, benefitting communities across Iran, was also noted, with UN Tourism ready to work with destinations to help them join the Best Tourism Villages network.



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Embark on a Culinary Odyssey with Celadon’s New Tasting Menu by Chef Rin

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Embark on a Culinary Odyssey with Celadon's New Tasting Menu by Chef Rin - TOP25RESTAURANTS.comBangkok, Thailand, February 16, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Celadon, renowned for its exquisite Thai cuisine, invites diners on an unprecedented gastronomic journey with its latest offering, the Celadon Tasting Menu curated by the esteemed Chef Rosarin (Rin).

Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Thai culinary traditions, Chef Rin and her dedicated team have meticulously crafted a 7-course tasting menu designed to showcase the diverse flavors and regional specialties of Thailand. From the lush jungles of Chiang Rai to the bustling streets of Bangkok, each dish is a celebration of authentic Thai home cooking at its finest.

Priced at THB 2,800++ per person, the full experience menu features an array of tantalizing dishes, including:

• Marinated Deep-Fried Pork with Blue Crab, Garlic Glutinous Rice, Ginger, Shallot, Chili, and Peanut
• Golden Puff Beef Massaman Curry
• Chiang Rai Style Spicy Smoked Duck Breast with Dried Chili Paste and Aromatic Herb
• Clear Soup Yellowtail Fish with Roasted Shallot, Garlic, Green Mango, Turmeric, and Coconut Vinegar Juice
• Grilled River Prawn with Tamarind-Shrimp Paste Dipping Sauce and Crunchy Vegetable
• Jungle Curry Free Range Chicken with Chili, Lemongrass, and Fresh Cardamom
• Crispy Coconut Shell with Kaffir Lime Marmalade and Muskmelon Coconut Milk Sorbet

Speaking about the menu, Chef Rin expressed her passion for preserving the authenticity of Thai cuisine while adding her own creative flair. “With more than 20 years of experience as a Thai chef, I strive to maintain the original taste and traditional recipes that are rarely found elsewhere,” she shared.

Born and raised in Thailand, Chef Rin’s culinary journey began under the guidance of her grandmothers, both esteemed Thai chefs and pâtissiers. She honed her skills at The Regent Bangkok and later served as Assistant Head Chef at the renowned Siam House Restaurant and Millennium Hilton Bangkok before joining The Sukhothai Bangkok.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact The Sukhothai Bangkok at +66 (0) 2344 8888

Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure with Celadon’s new tasting menu, where every dish tells a story of Thailand’s rich culinary heritage.

About Celadon
Celadon is a premier Thai restaurant located at The Sukhothai Bangkok, offering an unparalleled dining experience that celebrates the essence of Thai cuisine. Led by Chef Rosarin (Rin), Celadon is renowned for its commitment to authenticity and innovation in Thai culinary arts.

About The Sukhothai Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok, a 210-room gem and a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, continues to garner accolades. Offering Thailand’s epitome of luxury, our ancillary facilities include the spa, a gym, and a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool. With modern meeting spaces and exceptional culinary encounters, we proudly stand as one of the Kingdom’s premier hospitality brands. Explore more at


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SUNx Announces The Strong Earth Awards 2024

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SUNx Announces The Strong Earth Awards 2024 - TRAVELINDEXValletta, Malta, February 15, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / SUNx Malta and Les Roches, together with The Earth Charter Institute, CBCGDF, and ECPD, announce the Strong Earth Awards 2024. Recognizing students with a passion for advancing Climate Friendly Travel and promoting sustainability aligned with the Paris 1.5 goals.

This award will grant 10 outstanding students €500 each, sponsored by Les Roches and SUNx Malta. This year there will be a Special Award of 1000 Euro In honour of the late Valere Tjolle, a pioneer of Green Tourism. The winners will be announced during SUNx Malta’s Strong Earth Youth Summit (SEYS) held on April 29, 2024.

All entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the Earth Charter from the Earth Charter Institute, along with an electronic version of the book “Remembering Maurice F Strong” from ECPD (European Centre for Peace and Development.

Students are invited to submit a thought-provoking 500-word essay on “Why is the Earth Charter more relevant today than when it was introduced by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev in 2005 – especially for tourism in Least Developing Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)?”

The Strong Earth Awards shed light on the Earth Charter’s vital sustainability messages and the visionary work of Maurice Strong, resonating in today’s climate-challenged world.

To learn more about the awards, visit Explore the Earth Charter’s principles and values at

Please submit entries as Word documents to, including the following – Full Name, Country, Gender, Word Count, and Name of University (if a student).

Submission Deadline: March 17, 2024

Judging will be conducted by a panel, co-chaired by Professor Geoffrey Lipman and Joceline Favre-Bulle, Director of Operations at Les Roches.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of SUNx Malta, emphasizes, “As the IPCC Report starkly reminds us, time is running out to address the existential Climate Crisis. A point strongly underscored by the recent TPCC (Tourism Panel on Climate Change) Stocktake. The Earth Charter, conceptualized by Maurice Strong, is an essential foundation for comprehending Climate Friendly Travel and fostering much-needed resilience”

For more information, please contact or call +32495250789


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AWC Partners with 2-Star Michelin Chef Paulo Airaudo to Co-Launch EA Chef’s Table

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AWC Partners with 2-Star Michelin Chef Paulo Airaudo to Co-Launch EA Chef’s Table - TOP25RESTAURANTS.comBangkok, Thailand, February 15, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Asset World Corp Public Company Limited (AWC), Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, announces a partnership with 2-star Michelin Chef Paulo Airaudo who will showcase the pinnacle of Italian culinary excellence and architectural splendor at EA CHEF’S TABLE, located on 56th Floor at EA Rooftop at The Empire (EA), one of the world’s largest F&B rooftop destinations. This collaboration is poised to redefine Bangkok’s culinary landscape, inviting diners to indulge in a symphony of flavors and embark on a gastronomic journey like no other, enhancing Thailand position as a premier global destination for unparalleled food and beverage experiences.

• AWC unveils a groundbreaking partnership with 2-star Michelin Chef Paulo Airaudo, to create a new Italian restaurant at EA CHEF’s TABLE at ‘The Empire’. This follows Thailand’s first rooftop Thai restaurant and the highest Chinese restaurant created by Michelin-starred chefs, ‘Chef Ton’ and ‘Chef Vicky Cheng,’ to complete AWC’s world-class dining destination – EA Rooftop at The Empire (EA).

• Renowned Chef Paulo Airaudo, with Michelin-starred accolades including restaurants in Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Hong Kong, is set to inaugurate his first Southeast Asian restaurant. This establishment will elevate a new benchmark for Italian cuisine in the capital at EA CHEF’s TABLE, introducing his distinctive dining experience to gourmets and food enthusiasts in Bangkok.

Mrs. Wallapa Traisorat, Chief Executive Officer and President of AWC, said ” AWC proudly joins forces with Chef Paulo and Made in Mordor, introducing a world-renowned culinary maestro to EA CHEF’S TABLE, an iconic rooftop renowned as one of the world’s largest F&B rooftop destinations. More than a mere addition to our project, this collaboration represents the crowning achievement, the final piece that harmonizes with our vision and establishes an unparalleled standard for dining in Bangkok and beyond. The partnership between AWC and Chef Paulo stands as a resounding testament to our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional and world-class dining experiences.”

Chef Paulo Airaudo, said, “I am thrilled about this partnership with AWC, Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group. This venture marks my first restaurant in Southeast Asia, bringing a rich heritage of European flavors to this new, vibrant F&B destination in Thailand. I am eager to introduce my culinary concept and style to the discerning palates of Thai and global travelers.” The collaboration is a strategic move by AWC to complete the rooftop dining experience at EA CHEF’s TABLE, following the recent announcement of a groundbreaking partnership with two of Asia’s most acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs, Ton Thitid Tassanakajohn and Vicky Cheng, who will each create Thailand’s first and highest rooftop Thai restaurant and Chinese restaurant at EA CHEF’S TABLE.

With seating for 70 guests, the new Italian restaurant, created by Chef Paulo, promises a unique dining experience that blends authentic Italian cuisine with unexpected twists. This concept respects Italy’s rich culinary heritage while embracing modern creativity, offering a journey through traditional flavors enhanced by innovative surprises. Chef Paulo, born in Argentina with Italian heritage, has made a significant mark on the global culinary scene. His journey, from Latin America to Europe, showcases mastery of multinational cooking techniques and a commitment to innovation. Grounded in a philosophy of high-quality, seasonal ingredients, his Michelin-starred restaurants, including Amelia and Aleia in Spain, and Noi in Hong Kong, highlight his culinary prowess and innovative approach, promising an engaging adventure for the palate and balancing the comfort of Italian dishes with the excitement of new culinary explorations to EA CHEF’S TABLE.

Elevating the new benchmark for Italian cuisine in Bangkok, the restaurant, which is scheduled to open in October 2024, aims to attract a diverse clientele, including gourmets, food enthusiasts, chef admirers, office professionals, and globally minded explorers. Promising an unparalleled dining experience that combines the best of Italian tradition and modern innovation, the restaurant will complement the Thai and Chinese restaurants on the 56th Floor at EA Rooftop at The Empire, enriching the cultural diversity and culinary excellence of the venue.

The new Italian restaurant combines culinary mastery with panoramic views of the capital from the 56th floor of ‘The Empire,’ AWC’s flagship lifestyle mixed-use office complex, the largest in Thailand. On the 57th – 58th Floor, Nobu Hospitality will present ‘Nobu Bangkok‘, the world’s highest and largest Nobu, serving as the first and only one in Thailand. Together, the restaurants will form an integral part of EA Rooftop at The Empire, with total space of more than 8,200 sqm., including 2,500 sqm. of outdoor rooftop space, solidifying its standing as one of the world’s largest F&B rooftop destinations in the center of Bangkok, catering to diverse needs and lifestyles with a collection of world-renowned restaurants and cafes from the 55th – 58th floors.

About Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Asset World Corp Public Company Limited (AWC) is Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group and a member of TCC Group, with the focus on hospitality, lifestyle destinations, and commercial workspaces. Driven by the philosophy of “Building a Better Future,” AWC strives to grow and expand beyond the norms with a diverse array of quality projects, providing responsible and sustainable solutions for all our stakeholders. The company has two main businesses. Hospitality business managed by top hotel executives of world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, Sheraton, and Melia, and Commercial properties whose projects include 1) Retail and Wholesale such as lifestyle travel destinations, community shopping malls, community markets, and wholesale business real estate. Popular real estate projects consist of Asiatique the Riverfront Destination, Gateway at Bangsue, AEC FOOD WHOLESALE PRATUNAM, and Tawanna Bangkapi, and 2) Commercial buildings including the famous ‘The Empire’ and Athenee Tower located in Bangkok’s central business district. AWC is committed to integrating its sustainability strategy in every part of its operations to create long-term sustainable value for all stakeholders. The sustainability strategy consists of three key pillars: Better Planet, Better People and Better Prosperity, while the framework has created numerous long-term initiatives including the ReConcept, The GALLERY and other projects.


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Sands China Receive Five-Star Rating for Five of its Luxury Properties

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Macao, Macao SAR, February 14, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Sands China Ltd. is honoured to announce a new addition to its Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rated portfolio, Paiza Lofts at The Parisian Macao, receiving the prestigious award in its first rating year. Other Five-Star recipients in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2024 Star Awards include The Londoner® Macao’s The Londoner Hotel and Londoner Court, Four Seasons Hotel Macao and The Grand Suites at Four Seasons.

Grant Chum, CEO and President of Sands China Ltd. said, “We are thrilled that Paiza Lofts at The Parisian Macao has been recognized as a Five-Star property for the first time, and that The Londoner Hotel, Londoner Court, Four Seasons Hotel Macao and The Grand Suites at Four Seasons have again achieved this truly remarkable accolade. As the integrated resort operator with the most Five-Star hotels in Macao, this result further amplifies our reputation as a leader in world-class hospitality.”

Kris Kaminsky, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Sands China Ltd. added, “We are honoured to have received Five-Star ratings for five of our luxury hotels from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide, the gold standard for global luxury hospitality. This recognition is a true testament to the dedication of our team and the excellence they deliver. Our devoted and passionate team members, of whom we are extremely proud, will continue to provide the highest levels of service, elevate guest engagement and create one-of-a-kind Sands Lifestyle experiences.”

Paiza Lofts: Contemporary French Elegance

Located within The Parisian Macao, the elegantly appointed all-suite Paiza Lofts is a haven for the discerning traveller seeking a bespoke experience. The 208 light-filled, apartment-style suites have a contemporary residential ambience and are equipped with exemplary features and amenities. The largest is the palatial three-bedroom Versailles Suite (4,300 square feet), which has a host of opulent lifestyle rooms including media, massage and gym.

One of Paiza Lofts’ defining success factors is the indulgent 24-hour personalised concierge service provided to its guests. The dedicated team proactively and intuitively meet any guest needs or special requests, ensuring a curated experience that is seamless and unrivalled, before and during the stay.

The Londoner Hotel: A Quintessential Classic

The Londoner Hotel is a refined all-suite hotel with approximately 600 suites that feature a modern interpretation of quintessential British design. Guests enjoy the suite’s lavish styling and facilities as well as the exuberant artistic touches. One of their favoured locations outside of their suite is the exclusive British-style club The Residence. A place for guests to feel immersed in a glamourous London lifestyle, including a gourmet breakfast and elegant evening cocktails.

The luxurious hotel is also home to the sophisticated and invite-only Suites by David Beckham. The first celebrity-designed suites in Macao, they reflect the discriminating style of David Beckham, Sands global ambassador. Through the ‘Be My Guest’ programme, VIP guests step into the legendary footballer and style icon’s lifestyle as they partake in Beckham’s favourite dishes, whiskeys and cocktails at an array of signature restaurants.

Londoner Court: Distinctive British Hospitality

Londoner Court is a 368-suite hotel offering a unique expression of British sophistication and hospitality at The Londoner Macao. Guests are pampered 24-7 by the Londoner Court Butler service, which is headed by Paul Vincent Benedict Brown, who has worked with numerous high-profile VIPs, world-famous celebrities and the British Royal Family. Brown and his professional team ensure that all guests who stay at this prestigious hotel have all needs met, allowing them to feel at home in complete comfort combined with indulgent opulence.

Other Sands China Five-Star recipients include Four Seasons Hotel Macao, The Grand Suites at Four Seasons, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Macao and renowned Cantonese restaurant Zi Yat Heen.

Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas, which are judged across 900 objective criteria. A Five-Star rating is the pinnacle to which all hotels aspire and is described by Forbes Travel Guide as delivering an outstanding experience and consistently offering a highly customisable level of service.



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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Preside at Bangkok Chef Fundraising Gala Luncheon

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Bangkok, Thailand, February 13, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside at the 2024 Bangkok Chef Charity Fundraising Gala Luncheon featuring 32 outstanding chefs from 11 Michelin-starred restaurants, leading hotels and culinary academies in Bangkok as well as Michelin-starred restaurants from The Peninsula Hong Kong, on Saturday, 17th February 2024 at 11.00 am in the Royal Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

At the Charity Gala Luncheon (11th edition), oraanised by Nuntiya Intralib, Managing Director of Jivanand Company Limited, the 32 participating chefs will prepare and serve 16 canapes and a 10-course gourmet menu with wine pairing for 380 guests. Tickets are @Baht 15,000 per seat. All proceeds from the charity event will benefit hospitals under the Debaratana Vejjanukula Foundation under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness.

The 2024 Bangkok Chef Charity is supported by generous sponsors, including Jagota Brothers Trading Co., Ltd., Tops Wine Cellar, Evian, Premium Food (Thailand) Co., Ltd., R.P. Media and Soontorn Film Co., Ltd., Clement Design Thailand, Ocean Glass, and Krungthep Light Orchestra.

For ticket purchase or more information, please call Pine Yadatip 086 780 9301, email:; or Attaya, tel. 086 914 4155; Email:



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Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2024 is Open for Registration

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Bangkok, Thailand, February 12, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s leading B2B travel industry show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2024, is scheduled to be held on 5-7 June at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Phang-nga. Online registrations for buyers and sellers will open on 9 February via the official website

Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor, said “This year’s edition of TTM+ will continue its well-established position as the premier showcase of Thai tourism. Buyers and sellers will come together and build on existing business partnerships and forge new ones. Equally important, the event will shine a spotlight on the transformation of Thai tourism towards more meaningful travel with a focus on high-value and sustainable tourism. TTM+2024 is expected to create around 15,000 business appointments, generating over 2 billion Baht”

The TTM+ 2024 is expected to welcome more than 950 participants. This includes 420 buyers from 50 countries, representing key source markets – Europe, ASEAN, East Asia, America, and Australia – and emerging markets – Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, and South Africa.

About 430 sellers from the Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern (Isan), and Southern regions of Thailand will showcase a plethora of tourism products and services, including a multitude of meaningful travel experiences that illustrate Thailand’s 5F soft-power foundations – Food, Film, Festival, Fight, and Fashion – and a vast array of sustainable tourism opportunities.

Mr. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas, said “TAT will exert every effort to ensure that the TTM+ 2024 yields substantial results for all participants as well as the host destination and local tourism industry partners. This year, TTM+ will be focussed on sustainability, offering discounts to Thai sellers who operate their businesses sustainably. Other than buyers that are coming from the major markets like Europe, Americas, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia, TAT expects to see buyers from new markets such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, and South Africa, and buyers who are new to Thailand.”

The programme for the TTM+ 2024 will include the registration, opening ceremony, TTM Talk, Thailand Product Update, on-site appointment session, and welcome reception on 5 June, and two full days of buyer/seller appointments on 6-7 June. There will be pre-tours of Phang-nga highlighting wellness, soft adventure, and sustainability, as well as post-tours to explore various destinations in five regions of Thailand.

TAT is organising the TTM+ 2024 in partnership with Phang-nga Province, the Phang-nga Tourism Association, tourism-related associations and clubs, and the public and private sectors in post-tour destinations.

Mr. Supoj Rodruang Na Nongkhai, Governor of Phang-nga Province, said, “We are ready to welcome all participants attending the TTM+ 2024 with all measures in place to facilitate smooth travel. The tourism sector is one of the most important income generators for Phang-nga.”

The idyllic Southern Thai beach resort of Phang-nga is 788 kilometres south of Bangkok and about an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport. The province boasts stunning geographic features, including three national parks – Ao Phang Nga, Mu Ko Surin, and Mu Ko Similan, a famous fishing village – Ko Panyi, a cave known for its stalagmites and stalactites – Tham Phung Chang, a whitewater rafting adventure on the Song Phraek River, and the beautiful Khao Lak Beach.

Mr. Lertsak Ponklin, President of Phang-nga Tourism Association, said, “The Phang-nga tourism industry is honoured to be a part of hosting TAT’s flagship TTM+ event. We’re preparing to showcase one-of-a-kind, meaningful and sustainable tourism experiences Phang-nga has to offer to tourists from around the world.”

The TTM+ 2024 is expected to gain numerous exposure from some 100 local and international media expected to attend the event.

About the TTM+
First held in 2001, the TTM+ has gained a well-earned reputation in visitor source markets worldwide and in Thailand’s tourism industry as a ‘must-attend’ event.

This year, in its 21st edition, the TTM+ 2024 is all set to continue the tradition of providing a valuable platform for sellers and buyers to meet with current and potential business partners and to reinforce relationships with global travel specialists and decision-makers.

Since its launch, the TTM+ took place mainly in Bangkok each year. It was relocated to Chiang Mai in 2016 – 17, Pattaya in 2018 – 19, Phuket in 2022, and Bangkok in 2023 as part of the TAT’s strategy to promote provincial destinations.



First published at – Global Travel News