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Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan Forest Added to World Heritage List

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Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan Forest Added to World Heritage List

Bangkok, Thailand, July 30, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List making it Thailand’s sixth World Heritage Site.

The decision to add Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex was made at the World Heritage Committee’s 44th  session, held online and chaired from Fuzhou, China. The session will continue through to 31 July, 2021.

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Located inside Thailand’s largest national park of the same name, Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex covers 464,000 hectares and spans across the three provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, and Ratchaburi.

It is the third natural heritage site after Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries was listed in 1991 and Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in 2005.

UNESCO describes Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as rich in biodiversity with semi-evergreen/dry evergreen, moist evergreen and some mixed deciduous forest, montane forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. The area has abundant birdlife, including several globally threatened species, and is home to the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile, the endangered Asiatic Wild Dog and several other vulnerable wildlife species. There are also eight resident cat species, including the endangered Tiger and Fishing Cat, the vulnerable Clouded Leopard and Marbled Cat, the Jungle Cat, and Leopard Cat.

Thailand’s other three World Heritage List locations are cultural heritage sites; these being Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Historic City of Ayutthaya, and the Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Finalists for 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases Announced

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Finalists for 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases Announced

Bangkok, Thailand, July 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office is announcing the 15 Finalists of the Experience Mekong Showcases 2021 from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand Viet Nam, as well as Guangxi and Yunnan in PR China. Finalists from Myanmar this year will be judged differently via an industry panel made up of relevant Mekong Tourism Advisory Group members. Three thousand eligible votes determined three Experience Mekong Collection members from each of the five participating countries this year for the next round of voting for this prestigious recognition. Now open for a public vote until August 31st, the six Experience Mekong Showcases will be announced at the 2021 Destination Mekong Summit later on this year. To cast your vote, please visit

The Experience Mekong Collection was created four years ago to recognize and encourage sustainable and responsible tourism development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

To be appointed as a member of the Experience Mekong Collection, all small travel businesses in the Mekong Region need to fulfill the following requirements:

1. Make a significant social impact on its community
2. Provide an authentically local experience positioning the GMS as a
responsible, inclusive, and experiential tourism destination.
3. Have an innovative concept and sustainable business model.

Members of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG) selected the 60 shortlisted Experience Mekong Collection (EMC) member businesses – twelve from five member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion from the 300+ members of the Experience Mekong Collection.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the currently active businesses – defined as businesses in communication with us, which is a requirement to be included in the Experience Mekong Showcases program – are currently at nearly 150 businesses.

“Alliances like the Experience Mekong Collection are more important than ever, especially in crises such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, to strengthen resilience both at the destination level, as well as for the individual businesses themselves, via sharing of best practices, networking, cross-promotional activities, and creating operational efficiencies”, says Mr. Jens Thraenhart, outgoing Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, and initiator of the Experience Mekong Collection, operated as part of the private-sector-led regional tourism board Destination Mekong. “I am convinced that the Experience Mekong Collection will help accelerate tourism recovery in the region, as well as protect and conserve these locally authentic experiences, which are the treasure trove of the Mekong region.”

“In recognizing the most innovative best practice businesses as the Experience Mekong Showcases, this sets several benchmarks to further improve travel experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion. As consumer trends and travel behaviors are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope this inspires other operators of any size to become involved in responsible and inclusive tourism,” said Mr. Willem Niemeijer, Founder & CEO of Yaana Ventures and current interim Chairman of Destination Mekong.

The 2018 Experience Mekong Collection Showcases included Phare Cambodian Circus (Cambodia), Longji Rice Terraces Guangxi (PR China), Ock Pop Tok (Lao PDR), Inle Heritage Place (Myanmar), Local Alike (Thailand), and Koto (Viet Nam). The 2019 Experience Mekong Collection Showcases included Soksabike (Cambodia), Linden Centre (PR China), Elephant Conservation Centre (Lao PDR), Hla Day (Myanmar), Sampran Riverside (Thailand), and Streets International (Viet Nam). The 2020 Experience Mekong Collection showcase include the Elephant Valley Project (Cambodia), Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (PR China), Laos Buffalo Dairy (Lao PDR), Living Irravaddy Dolphin Project (Myanmar), The Family Tree (Thailand), and Journey of the Senses (Viet Nam).

All members of the Experience Mekong Collection get exposure via Mekong Tourism and Destination Mekong, including MekongTourism.org, DestinationMekong.com, ExperienceMekong.com, and the dedicated Experience Mekong Collection Facebook and Instagram accounts. Experience Mekong Collection members also have priority access to marketing campaigns and have their own dedicated online member-only community to connect with each other.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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The Athenee Hotel Bangkok with New Approach to Luxury Hospitality

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The Athenee Hotel Bangkok with New Approach to Luxury Hospitality - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, July 28, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / As pandemic restrictions have been increased in Bangkok, The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok has announced game changing measures offered to guests to give unbeatable space, service and other benefits that have never been as generous for the luxury traveler, either for business or leisure. This approach is centered around the safety and well-being of guests and ensuring a positive lifestyle, even under these new restrictions.

The Athenee Hotel is targeting business guests by not only offering a luxurious room to sleep, but offering additional and completely private and exclusive spaces that are fully sanitized for guests to take advantage of, including complimentary use of an ‘Executive Office Suite’ and ‘Residents Kitchen’ in addition to
‘Restaurant Style Dining’.

The Restaurant Style Dining rooms are adapted hotel rooms offering the ultimate dining experience with stunning views over the Bangkok skyline. They are exclusive to hotel guests and considered an extension to in-room dining but offering the full a la carte menu of food and beverages from any of the four restaurants at the Epicurean Hub. Available all day from 11:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., hotel guests can take their time and enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner served by their private butler. Capacity was increased recently due to popular demand as many guests enjoy the Dine-cation Package.

The Dine-cation has also attracted many leisure guests, taking advantage of the Restaurant Style Dining and staying over almost complimentary, as whatever is paid as room rate is given in dining credit. This offer bloomed from the traditional staycation, which came with restrictions meaning people were missing going out to dinner, and so the Dine’cation was born.

With every aspect of dining taken care of, guests can now have their own private office space in addition to their own private dining rooms at The Athenee Hotel. These spaces are offered complimentary, adding to their private and sanitized space of what is normally expected from a hotel. In addition, these Executive Office Suites offer 24-hour access, room service, private bathroom, lounge seating and coffee making machine. Technology support can be provided if needed and up to four registered guests can use together, as an extension to the hotel room. Guests must pre-book, as subject to availability, and they are given the key for private access. Once they are finished, the office suite is cleaned and sanitized, ready for use again. The office is offered to all hotel guests who are staying a little longer, with no time limits and complimentary.

Combining Restaurant Style Dining rooms with an Executive Office Suite, with no additional charge for these spaces, highlights the value offered and has changed the lifestyle of guests staying at the hotel. Recent guests to benefit from these additional benefits and services were the McFaull family who themselves were the inspiration behind some of these enhancements. “Staying in Bangkok for a few months for work with my family, we considered a condo; but this was a game changer for us. Having private workspace around the clock gave a change of environment, privacy, and felt safe. We could live as normal a lifestyle as anyone could have. It was not about price or upgrades but offering a service people really want; we are so grateful,” said Alex McFaull, when talking about his stay.

These are not the only new initiatives with which The Athenee Hotel is leading the way. Others include the new Residents Kitchen, allowing long-stay guests the option to cook, making the hotel a true home away from home. There are even more plans to enhance the lifestyle of guests with more initiatives launching soon…
“During these difficult times, we are adapting to our guests’ needs and these needs have changed drastically and continue to develop based on restrictions and safety measures,” says Ross Park, director of sales and
marketing at The Athenee Hotel.

“Many of our guests are staying longer, and some are not able to go to the office or visit their clients, so we are stepping up and changing the business and leisure landscape in Bangkok. At the same time, we see our loyal guests of The Silk Road (Cantonese), The House of Smooth Curry (Thai), The Allium Bangkok (French) and Kintsugi, by Jeff Ramsey (Japanese) returning using ‘Dine’cation – Stay for Free’.

“This really is a game changer. Our commitment is to offer a true lifestyle experience for our guests, whether business or leisure stays and offering full services on dining, working, fitness, cooking and cultural experiences, even during these times,” added Brendon Partridge, hotel manager.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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New Initiative to Recognise Excellence Among SHA Certified Businesses

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New Initiative to Recognise Excellence Among SHA Certified Businesses - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, July 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the launch of ‘The Best of SHA Awards 2021’ project, which aims to celebrate excellence among Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA)-certified tourism and tourism-related businesses in Thailand.

In a live stream yesterday (20 July, 2021) via the Facebook page of media outlet Thairath, tourism and health officials gathered to discuss the new awards initiative and its objectives. This included Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, Director-General of the Department of Health under the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and Mr. Akira Wongseng from a popular YouTube travel channel.

Mr. Yuthasak said “The Best of SHA Awards 2021 will search for the best SHA-certified businesses in the 10 categories the certification covers, and celebrate their excellency. In doing this, we also hope to encourage business operators to continuously adhere to the SHA standard and maintain consistency in their health and safety approaches.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports through the TAT and the MoPH through the Department of Disease Control, Department of Health, and Department of Health Service Support have worked closely together to position SHA as the industry standard by which the quality level of products and services is enhanced to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.

Introduced in May 2020, the SHA certification was recently certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in alignment with the WTTC SafeTravels protocols. It means Thailand’s health and safety standard is accepted on an international level.

The Best of SHA Awards 2021

There is 1 Best of SHA Awards title for each of the 10 categories of the SHA certification; these being: restaurants and diners, hotel accommodation and homestay, recreational activities and tourist attractions, transportation, travel agencies, health and beauty, department stores and shopping centres, sport for tourism, activity/meeting and theatre/entertainment, and souvenir and other shops.

In addition, there will be 3 other award categories: 1 star for a business that consistently adheres to the SHA standards, 2 stars for an above average business that consistently adheres to the SHA standards, and 3 stars for an above average business that consistently adheres to the SHA standards and has a ‘white’ tourism standard (convenience, cleanliness, safety, fairness, and environment friendly).

The results will be decided through random auditing by the Amazing Thailand SHA Safety Standards Audit Committee and Voice of Customer (VOC), a user satisfaction survey that encourages guests to submit feedback.

The Best of SHA Awards 2021 project is open for people to submit feedback by scanning a QR code on their establishment’s Amazing Thailand SHA logo, or via www.thailandsha.com and complete a questionnaire from 20 July until 20 October, 2021.

By submitting feedback, people are in with a chance to win prizes worth 1 million Baht in total; such as, iMac, MacBook Air, iPhone 12, iPad Pro, Mac Mini, and Thailand tour packages.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Hotel Experiences Popular with Locals

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Hotel Experiences Popular with the Locals - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui Foodies Flock to Meliá Koh Samui’s Monthly Sunday Brunch
Staged once a month, Melia Koh Samui’s Sunday Brunch has become a hugely popular affair with the locals and expats alike on Koh Samui island. Drawing upon the resort’s warm and sunny Spanish hospitality and famed gastronomy, the brunch affair’s menu brims with all sorts of indulgent options at a series of stations. The ‘Raw Bar’ dishes out imported French oysters, steamed white shell clams, Koh Samui blue swimmer crab, poached local shrimps, Turkish stuffed mussels with rice and lemon. The ‘Soup’, ‘Live’, ‘Highlights’, ‘Carving’, ‘Charcoal Grill’, ‘Japanese’ and ‘Artisan Pasta’ stations serve the likes of ‘salmorejo with serrano ham and boiled egg’, ‘crispy fish tacos with marinated cabbage and pico de gallo’, seafood paella, grass-fed Australian beef, tiger prawns, nigiri sushi and ‘black truffle ravioli with brown butter’ respectively. In addition to a ‘Wellbeing by Melia’ section with healthy dishes such as ‘poached egg, smashed avocado and home cured salmon’, the extensive brunch menu is rounded out with sliders and bao buns as well as vast selections of charcuterie, cheeses and desserts. The Sunday brunch menu is priced at 1790 THB++ (USD 55++) per person.

Jazz Nights at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Nestled in the rafters of a recently restored French colonial villa at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, The Attic serves up some of the best cocktails, aged spirits, and bar bites in the Cambodian capital. Featuring striking black and white marble floors, exposed wooden beams, leather banquettes, and a dramatic circular bar, The Attic oozes Prohibition-style old world charm. But locals don’t just flock here for the moody ambience or the signature cocktails inspired by flavors unique to Cambodia, the venue is also fast becoming a mainstay in the city when it comes to its live jazz performances. Every Thursday evening, the hotel’s resident jazz singer Intan and her band captivate Cambodians with a mix of soulful R&B, jazz and Motown classics. “I think jazz is a great way to start doing live entertainment again,” said Herman Kemp, general manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. “At Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, we ensure that our live jazz nights are both safe and fun – including socially distanced seating between the performers and guests and QR codes on all the tables instead of physical menus.” Jazz nights at The Attic at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh every Thursday from 7:30-10:30pm.

Alma’s Splash Waterpark Makes Waves With The Locals
Alma’s Splash Water Park has proven to be a magnet for local families seeking splash-tastic fun on the thirty-hectare beachfront resort. On Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula, the 6000-square-metre water park features an array of open and closed tube slides, a lazy river and a wave pool. A kid’s pool includes mini-slides and a dumping bucket in a shallow water playground. Two American-style food trucks serve a variety of tasty snacks. Open on weekdays from noon until 5pm and on weekends from 10am until 5pm, access to the water park is complimentary for Alma’s inhouse guests and priced at 160,000 VND (USD 7) per adult and 100,000 VND (USD 4.30) per child. Alma also offers various day passes that also include food, beverages and access to other facilities such as the resort’s Kids Club and 12 swimming pools that cascade down to the beach.

SESUN Grill & Beach Bar Supplies Samui’s Freshest Seafood Experience
Koh Samui is famous both for its buzzing bar scene and its super-fresh seafood. At SESUN Grill & Beach Bar, one of the stellar dining options at the just-unveiled Hyatt Regency Koh Samui, the two elements combine to seismic effect: fusing unique alchemy as appealing to local bon vivants as it is to resort guests. The fishing net on the roof of the venue reflects the provenance of the seafood, which is supplied from sustainable sources by local fishermen. The marine bounty is then grilled over coconut husks, Samui style, to impart maximum flavour. Other menu highlights include succulent Wagyu steaks, lamb skewers and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that make full use of produce from the resort’s organic garden. The piece de resistance, meanwhile, comes courtesy of signature cocktails created by the venue’s in-house mixologist.

Nesting in Krabi
Perched on a lush hillside at the far end of little-known Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi’s Saffron Restaurant commands majestic views across the bay and a panorama of one of Thailand’s most iconic scenes — the towering limestone cliffs that jut from the sparkling Andaman Sea. Saffron has installed three “bird’s nest” tables, perched precariously among the trees, and accessible only by private gangway. The Bird’s Nests are fast becoming one of Krabi’s most Instagrammable viewpoints, and reservations for dinner or afternoon tea at one of these elevated roosts are drawing in curious diners from near and far. Saffron serves a delectable afternoon tea from 2pm—5pm, and evening dinner of sumptuous Thai cuisine, from 6pm—11pm. Patrons might be relieved to know that an electronic funicular escorts guests to the heights of the restaurant, from which it’s just a few steps into the tree canopy and a Bird’s Nest table.

Sunset River Cruises, Fresh Seafood BBQs and More at Azerai Resorts
In Vietnam’s former imperial capital, Azerai La Residence, Hue recently launched a 55-foot (17-meter) cruise boat, offering hotel guests and local residents one of the most stylish and exclusive ways to experience the Perfume River. The elegant boat features classic hardwood trim and bright red accents. It accommodates up to 16 passengers and embarks on three types of excursions: an afternoon tea cruise, a sunset cocktail cruise and a dinner cruise. In the Mekong Delta, Azerai Can Tho offers a similarly unique way to take in the labyrinth waterways of southern Vietnam. An evening sunset cruise includes cocktails and canapes as the boat plies the river at the “Golden Hour,” providing spectacular views of the lush surrounding countryside and vibrant cityscape of Can Tho. On Vietnam’s southeastern coast, the oceanfront retreat Azerai Ke Ga Bay has introduced a popular seafood BBQ dinner including fresh-catch lobster, crab, prawn, squid satay, sea scallops and more. The 46-key resort is located 180km east of Ho Chi Minh City on a sweeping five-kilometer white sand beach overlooking the East Sea.

Afternoon Tea @ Banyan Tree Samui
Known as chow samui, the local folks of this tropical Thai island — plus a rather sizable expat population — are strong supporters of their home community on Koh Samui. And for a small band of aficionados, there’s nothing quite like passing a lazy Sunday afternoon, basking under a parasol at Banyan Tree Samui, enjoying a refined afternoon tea. Situated on a hillside between the popular beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, this resort is the ideal venue for taking in a panoramic vista of the sapphire sea, all the while pouring Earl Grey from porcelain pots, and wavering over a selection of cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and of course fresh scones with clotted cream. Pièce de résistance is a locally inspired Mango Paradise Tea Set — a mango-flavored disneyland of eclairs, tarts, mousse, cheesecake, macarons, and more (USD35 per set).

World-Class Dining at Metropole Hanoi
The culinary offerings at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi deliver guests and local Hanoians alike a taste of the world’s finest cuisines. From exquisite French fine dining at Le Beaulieu to rustic European and New World dishes with a handmade touch at angelina, the restaurants and bars at the hotel tantalize international tastebuds. From now until the end of September, the hotel is introducing exclusive “Tour du Monde” menus featuring delicate flavours from distant lands. The special offers include a 6-course set menu at Le Beaulieu with an optional wine pairing, seven distinctive a la carte items at Le Club Bar (including Mediterranean, Morrocan, American, Thai and other favorites), a new Afternoon Tea set at Le Club Bar, and delicious new pastries at L’Epicerie (such as chocolate madeleines, traditional New York-style cheesecake and more).

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Dusit International Opens Upscale Hotel in Hua Hin

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Dusit International Opens Upscale Hotel in Hua Hin

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Dusit International has expanded its operations in the kingdom with the opening of dusitD2 Hua Hin, an upscale pet-friendly retreat in the heart of Hua Hin, a popular seaside destination just three hours by car from Bangkok. With a wide range of modern facilities and state-of-the-art air filtration systems, the new hotel offers a comfortable, convenient and safe escape for families and groups of friends in the heart of the popular seaside town, just 200km south of Bangkok.

Located just a seven-minute walk from Hua Hin’s main beach and near popular local attractions such as Cicada Market and Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, the new hotel is designed to offer a modern and comfortable haven where families and groups of friends can recharge, relax, and easily discover everything the destination has to offer, with space to bring their pets with them.

Alongside 152 contemporary guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 30 to 92 sq m, including selected rooms equipped with pet-friendly amenities for up to two pets, the bright and airy property offers a wide range of facilities for work, rest and play.

Current dining facilities include Cafe Soi, an all-day dining restaurant where guests can take a culinary journey to Southern Thailand and indulge in traditional delicacies from Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi and beyond; Som Bar, a vibrant rooftop bar inspired by Hollywood party pads where guests can enjoy cocktails and admire panoramic sea views; and Dusit Gourmet, Dusit’s signature bakery and coffee shop, where guests can indulge in a variety of Thai and international favourites, all made using high-quality ingredients.

Alongside a rooftop infinity pool, a large garden, and a fully equipped gym, the hotel also offers an extensive kids club, The Beary Club, featuring a children’s swimming pool, a play area with a sandbox and a treehouse, and a wide range of activities for children ages 3 to 15. Bag painting, tree planting, cooking classes, and treasure hunts led by friendly mascot ‘Beary’ – a unique ‘half bear, half hog deer’ character specially designed to raise awareness of endangered animals in the region – are just some of the fun activities offered. All children are given a Beary Map on arrival with the chance to win an ice cream by collecting stamps throughout the property.

All room types, from the airy Deluxe to the spacious Two-Bedroom Suite, feature the latest in connectivity, with high-speed internet access and 55” 4K UHD Smart TVs for easy streaming of entertainment. Each room and public area is also equipped with a Panasonic Nanoe™ X machine, which filters the air to eliminate odours and inhibit the activity of airborne bacteria and pet-derived allergens.

Guests seeking to stay on top of work during their travels will find plenty of quiet, thoughtfully designed corners to focus on their important tasks. The versatile and well-equipped Dok Jok function room is also available for up to 76 people in a theatre-style arrangement, or 37 people in a classroom set-up, ensuring ample space for safe and memorable gatherings.

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, all guests also benefit from Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services. Designed to offer ultimate peace of mind, these go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while maximising guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered.

dusitD2 Hua Hin, which officially opens on 16 July 2021, is Dusit’s third hotel in Hua Hin. The renowned Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a deluxe beachside resort, has been operating in the destination for 30 years. Dusit also recently began managing Seapine Recreation Centre, next to Suanson beach. Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises more than 300 properties, across six brands, in 17 countries worldwide.

“We are delighted to open dusitD2 in Hua Hin and expand our market reach to delight a whole new segment of travellers in this popular seaside destination,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “Complementing perfectly the full-service offerings of our long-standing Dusit Thani Hua Hin resort, dusitD2 Hua Hin is ideally positioned to meet the needs of the large drive-to-leisure market from Bangkok. From modern Thai-inspired design and our distinctive gracious hospitality, to pet-friendly rooms, extensive lifestyle facilities, and a great location near popular shopping areas and the main beach, the hotel has all the ingredients for a highly memorable stay. Ultimately, dusitD2 Hua Hin offers excellent value for young families, groups of friends, and even those looking for a comfortable and convenient base to work from anywhere. And all guests can rest assured that, with Dusit, their well-being and safety will always come first.”

To mark its opening, dusitD2 Hua Hin is now offering The Journey has Begun package featuring accommodation in a Deluxe room, breakfast for two adults, an extra bed for children under 18 years old, and 20% food and beverage discount at Cafe Soi and Som Bar.

Available for booking from 16 July 2021 for stay dates through 31 August 2021, the package starts at THB 2,499 net per night. Guests who book to stay two consecutive nights will also receive a southern set dinner for two at Cafe Soi.

About Dusit International
Established in 1948, Dusit International is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Building on its two core areas of business – Hotels & Resorts and Hospitality Education – the company has expanded its operations over the past four years to comprise five business units. The additional units include Foods, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services. Today, the company’s property portfolio comprises more than 300 distinctive hotels, resorts and luxury villas operating under six brands across 17 countries worldwide, as well as two leading hospitality colleges with campuses in Thailand and the Philippines. Following a three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth, including balance, expansion and diversification, the company has recently expanded into food production, on-demand hospitality services, and property development to reach new markets and add further recurring streams of revenue to the company.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao Reopen with Samui Plus Program

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Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao Reopen with Samui Plus Program

Koh Samui, Thailand, July 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the launch of the Samui Plus programme, under which Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao can be visited by fully vaccinated international tourists with no quarantine requirements.

The Samui Plus programme is for travel between July and December 2021, to these three islands located in Surat Thani province. General information on the Samui Plus programme; such as, entry requirements, on arrival procedures, safety and hygiene measures, and FAQs can be found here.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said “The reopening of Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao to tourism is another significant step toward achieving the Thai Prime Minister’s recently announced policy of reopening the whole country within 120 days, or by the end of October. Phuket is already open as the pilot destination, and other destinations will follow in the scheduled order with carefully planned disease control and public health measures, travel procedures, and the right tourism marketing all being addressed.”

Tourists visiting under the Samui Plus programme can choose to stay in ‘Samui Extra Plus’and ‘SHA Plus’ hotels for the first 7 nights and the remaining 7 nights, respectively. Both labels are officially approved in terms of hygiene and safety. The Samui Extra Plus hotels are formerly ALQ hotels (now referred to as AQ hotels) and have been specially assigned for the Samui Plus programme. SHA Plus-certified hotels mean they meet the necessary measures to control COVID-19, and also that 70% of their workforce has been fully vaccinated.

Mr. Vijvut Tjinto, Governor of Surat Thani Province, said “Surat Thani’s tourism sector together with the provincial authorities are committed to seeing that Samui Plus visitors enjoy a memorable holiday. This can be seen in the dedicated efforts made by all parties involved leading up to the destination’s reopening; such as, the arranging of preventive measures against COVID-19 and the vaccination programme for the local Samui people.”

Dr. Manu Sukolsakul, Surat Thani Provincial Public Health Doctor, said “When it comes to public health measures, everything from the quarantine system and testing and isolation of any positive cases to the accessibility of hospitals and medical personnel is at a state of readiness.”

Samui Plus tourists visiting Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao can rest assured their health and well-being is considered of utmost importance during their time in Thailand.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “With the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes now both in effect, more of the legendary tourism appeal that has made Thailand such a beloved destination for travellers the world over can again be enjoyed. The gorgeous islands of Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao are among the best beach resorts in Asia, and it is fantastic to see these welcoming tourists again.”

For the launch today of the Samui Plus programme, there were nine international arrivals from Hong Kong, France, Germany, Singapore, and the UK. All are members of the media by the invitation of the TAT, as part of the plan to create awareness of the Samui Plus programme through first-hand experience by members of the media, celebrities and influencers from around the world.

TAT expects some 1,000 foreign tourists to arrive under the Samui Plus programme during the first month, from 15 July to 15 August.

Mr. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, President of Tourism Association of Ko Samui, said “On behalf of the people in Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao, we’re ready to welcome both Thai and international tourists back to these three beautiful islands again. Please come and enjoy your quality time among all this wonderful scenery, experience some exciting activities, enjoy a lot of tasty dishes, as well as our warm hospitality. We hope the Samui Plus model will bring vitalisation and a lively ambience to Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao again.”

Phuket and Surat Thani’s Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao are the first of Thailand’s destinations to reopen to tourism.

The next destinations to reopen – on 1 September, 2021, – will be Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, and Railay Beach), Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), Chiang Mai (Mueang District and Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao Districts), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, and Sattahip), and Buri Ram (Mueang District and Chang Arena).

The scheduled date for the reopening of Bangkok, Phetchaburi (Cha-am) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) is 1 October, 2021, with the rest of Thailand due to reopen throughout the month of October.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Centara Hotels to Open Luxury Centara Reserve Samui in August

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Centara Hotels to Open Luxury Centara Reserve Samui in August

Koh Samui, Thailand, July 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / First resort of the group’s Centara Reserve brand to feature one-of-a-kind dining, social, and service experiences. Centara Hotels and Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, announces the much-anticipated opening date of Centara Reserve Samui in August 2021.

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Centara Reserve is Centara’s sixth brand, complementing the group’s five other industry-leading labels including Centara Grand, Centara, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI.

Marking the start of a new era of experiential luxury hospitality, Centara Reserve offers personalised travel experiences for individuals seeking a meaningful escape with experiences crafted with a personal touch. Each Reserve property is set in a uniquely curated destination, inviting guests to explore a world reserved for them.

Set at the tranquil end of Chaweng Beach, Centara Reserve’s flagship resort on Samui will comprise 184 brand-new luxury rooms, pool suites and beachfront pool villas. Guests can enjoy five unique dining experiences and the world’s first Reserve Spa Cenvaree, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga pavillion, children’s zone, and diverse event spaces.

Travellers are invited to be among the first to experience the curated spaces and unique services at Centara Reserve Samui, the first resort in Centara’s new collection of luxury hotels and resorts.

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From a short Samui sojourn to an extended escape, and for those who enjoy the good life, to those who enjoy the suite life, a trio of experiences have been wonderfully crafted for guests. Choose from a selection of introductory offers to complement your travel lifestyle from THB5,900++ per night inclusive of breakfast, complimentary room upgrade and much more.

About Centara
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 84 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands – Centara Reserve, Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI Hotels – ranging from luxury island retreats and upscale family resorts to affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. The group’s newest Centara Reserve brand was unveiled in 2020 as an experiential luxury collection, inviting guests to discover a new era of story-driven hospitality starting with Centara Reserve Samui.

Centara also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families. Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years Centara aims to become a top 100 global hotel group, while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

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Best Western Hotels and Resorts Honored in Travelers Choice Awards

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Best Western Hotels and Resorts Honored in Travelers Choice Awards

Bangkok, Thailand, July 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts is celebrating after 31 of its properties in Asia (Southeast Asia and Japan) were honored in the 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards! Hotels and resorts in eight countries – Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – won this prestigious title this year, reflecting Best Western’s region-wide commitment to service excellence.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards celebrate the Tripadvisor community’s most loved hotels, resorts, restaurants, destinations, attractions and activities around the world. The winners are selected based on the quality and quantity of their online reviews and ratings, so the awards are a genuine reflection of travelers’ opinions, rather than the views of a panel of judges.

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Best Western’s award winners cover eight of the group’s industry-leading brands: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vīb®, BW Premier Collection®, BW Signature Collection®, SureStay® and SureStay Plus®. This shows how the company is committed to upholding exceptional standards in all sectors of the market, from economy to upscale.

“We are thrilled that so many of Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Asia have been honored in the 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. The last 15 months have created unprecedented upheaval for everyone involved in the hospitality industry, but we’re very proud that our properties have risen to meet these personal and operational challenges, and continue to deliver the heartfelt, caring service for which our brand is famous,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“Tripadvisor’s awards are always especially pleasing to receive, as they are based on the actual experiences and opinions of our guests. The fact that we achieved so many Travelers’ Choice Awards this year is real vote of confidence, and shows that our hotels are continuing to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. I would like to thank every one of our team members for their amazing efforts in the last 12 months,” Erwann added.

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The Travelers’ Choice Award winners represent the most exceptional hotels and resorts around the world, in terms of their Tripadvisor reviews and ratings over a 12-month period. They are among the top 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor.

The full list of Best Western’s Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winners is as follows:

Indonesia

  • Best Western Kamala Jimbaran, Bali
  • Best Western Kindai Hotel, Banjarmasin
  • Best Western Mangga Dua Hotel & Residence, Jakarta
  • Best Western Senayan, Jakarta
  • Best Western The Lagoon Hotel, Manado
  • Best Western Premier Agung Resort, Ubud, Bali
  • Best Western Premier La Grande Hotel, Bandung
  • Best Western Premier Solo Baru, Surakarta
  • Best Western Premier The Hive, Jakarta

Japan

  • Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akihabara
  • Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach
  • Best Western Okinawa Onna Beach
  • Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto
  • Best Western Yokohama
  • Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
  • Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Osaka Kitahama
  • The Hotel Nagasaki, BW Premier Collection by Best Western

Laos

  • SureStay Hotel by Best Western Vientiane

Malaysia

  • Best Western i-City Shah Alam

Myanmar

  • Best Western Chinatown Hotel, Yangon
  • Best Western Green Hill Hotel, Yangon

Thailand

  • Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
  • Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Plus At 20 Sukhumvit
  • Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
  • SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2
  • Tawaravadee Resort, BW Signature Collection by Best Western
  • Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao

The Philippines

  • Best Western Plus The Ivywall Resort, Panglao
  • SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western AC LUXE Angeles City

Vietnam

  • Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

For more information about Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia, please visit www.BestWesternAsia.com.

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Welcomes Thai Ambassador to UAE

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Welcomes Thai Ambassador to UAE - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, July 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, led by Andres Rubio (4th left), General Manager of the hotel, was recently honoured to welcome H.E. Waravuth Pouapinya (3rd left), the Thai Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and his team, the first tourists to arrive in Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox campaign and staying at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket.

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Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, one of the luxury hotels in Phuket, guarantees the standard of cleanliness and hygiene as endorsed by the certificate awarded by the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration from the Ministry of Public Health and the Tourist Authority of Thailand.

We have also received the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for implementing the highest health, hygiene, and safety standards that comply with the prevention protocols and sanitary measures outlined by the international body. We are ready to welcome all vaccinated tourists to enjoy our hotel without quarantine.

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