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Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with of Tivoli Chengdu

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Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with of Tivoli Chengdu - TRAVELINDEXChengdu, Sichuan Province, China, April 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Tivoli Hotels and Resorts, a luxury Portuguese-rooted hospitality brand, has announced an important milestone in its expansion strategy throughout Asia with the opening of Tivoli Chengdu at Cultural Heritage Park.

The 201-room luxury property is located in the International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, in Chengdu. While holidaymakers will enjoy direct access to the park’s purpose-built exhibition halls showcasing world cultures, business travellers will appreciate the proximity of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport located just 19 kilometres away and the hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Chengdu, a thriving cultural and commercial capital of Sichuan Province, has an established travel industry thanks to its pleasant climate, a bevy of historical attractions, excellent food, and a world-renowned breeding and research base for giant pandas.

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European Brand Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with Opening in Chengdu

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European Brand Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with Opening in Chengdu - - TRAVELINDEXChengdu, China, April 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Tivoli Hotels and Resorts, a luxury Portuguese-rooted hospitality brand, has announced an important milestone in its expansion strategy throughout Asia with the opening of Tivoli Chengdu at Cultural Heritage Park.

Developed in partnership with Chengdu Qingyang Urban and Rural Construction Development Company Limited, the 201-room luxury property is located in the International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, in Chengdu. While holidaymakers will enjoy direct access to the park’s purpose-built exhibition halls showcasing world cultures, business travellers will appreciate the proximity of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport located just 19 kilometres away and the hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Chengdu, a thriving cultural and commercial capital of Sichuan Province, has an established travel industry thanks to its pleasant climate, a bevy of historical attractions, excellent food, and a world-renowned breeding and research base for giant pandas. Opening the doors to these thrilling urban experiences, Tivoli Chengdu will feature a collection of signature Tivoli moments twinned with authentic cultural discoveries.

Designed to resemble a spread-out gilded scroll, the property is nestled into lush, green surroundings. In the soaring lobby, hibiscus pillars and earthenware artworks aim to bring Chengdu’s natural landscapes indoors, while inside the spacious Deluxe Rooms muted tones and luxury furnishings create a deeply relaxing environment. At 75 square metres, the signature Tivoli Rooms provide ample space and a luxurious residential feel enhanced by nature-inspired art, such as the handmade butterfly print over the bed chosen for its symbolism and lucky connotations.

With six dining and lifestyle venues, gastronomy is a major highlight of the Tivoli Chendgu experience. Casa de Fados, the first Portuguese restaurant in Chengdu, will host a European-style Sunday brunch, as well as serving daily seafood-rich Mediterranean meals paired with fine wines on a sunny terrace surrounded by a garden. Another signature venue, Tihong Chinese Restaurant, is designed as a lively family hub where diners can sample dim sum and contemporary Szechuan and Cantonese dishes prepared with ingredients sourced from Chengdu and its environs. The restaurant’s 11 private dining rooms are each named after the prose poems penned by the great Chengdu-born poet, Sima Xiangru.

At the all-day dining CAFÉ 1933, chefs concoct exquisite dishes from around the globe, with a focus on South-east Asian specialties. Lobby Lounge will offer light Western meals and casual dining in vibrant surrounds, with premium teas served at the adjacent antique tea room. Fun DIY bakery sessions and chocolate workshops will be offered as part of the family-friendly Mr Fun Bakery House experience, an extension of the Lobby Lounge. Family picnic sets are also available to enjoy out in the gardens or in Chengdu Cultural Heritage Park. A must at Tivoli Chengdu are sundowners and celebrations at the Sky Bar offering panoramic views over the park and classic Tivoli cocktails.

The property’s 800-square-metre outdoor Kids’ Garden will provide baby-sitting services as well as offering dedicated pet’s bed, pet’s menu, and a spacious play area. Other amenities include a fully-equipped health centre, the renowned Anantara Spa and a soon-to-open swimming pool. With its 2,275-square-metre pillarless banquet hall and heritage-themed coffee breaks, Tivoli Chengdu is perfectly positioned for events of any size and style. The 3,650-square-metre outdoor lawn, in the meantime, is ideal for weddings and social celebrations.

A short walking distance from Tivoli Chengdu is Chengdu Metro Line 4, providing convenient access to local popular attractions such as the Broad and Narrow Alley, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Qingyang Palace, Huanhuaxi Park and Tianfu Square. Nancaoping Ecology Park and the 18-hole Tianfu Golf Club are also within easy reach.

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Accor Hotels Roars with Record Growth Across Greater China

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Accor Hotels Roars with Record Growth Across Greater China - TRAVELINDEX

Beijing, China, March 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor is advancing through 2022 with a continued focus on expanding its presence across Greater China, offering more hotels to travelers and loyalty members than ever before, from acclaimed brands such as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, and ibis. Accor’s new project signings in China reached an all-time high in 2021 – leading to more than 520 hotels now in operation and an additional 350 under development. Accor is also on track to drive even greater momentum and growth success this year.

“Surpassing 500 hotels in Greater China truly is a milestone of which we are extremely proud. This achievement is a result of the powerful connection that Accor’s brands and our dynamic team members have forged over the past 35 years with owners and guests throughout this region,” said Gary Rosen, CEO, Accor Greater China. “We are really excited about our strong momentum in 2022 and beyond. On average, every five days a new Accor-branded hotel is opened in the region to meet the ever-growing demand for high-quality hospitality experiences. Accor provides one of the most diverse brand portfolios in the world, positioning us well to continue introducing more brands, more hotels, and more experiences for leisure and corporate travelers across Greater China.”

China’s emergence as an economic leader has redrawn the lines of global tourism, with China set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy within the next decade. According to research from Euromonitor International, China is on track to become the world’s #1 global tourism destination by 2030, while continuing to be a world leader in fueling outbound tourism to other countries. Meanwhile, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has hailed China as the world’s #1 domestic tourism market. The WTTC cites China’s 62% absolute growth in domestic tourism since 2008, pushing it up the list from fourth position to the top spot today. This dovetails neatly with the China Tourism Academy’s forecast for 2022, which anticipates a return to nearly 70% of pre-Covid levels of domestic travel this year.

“China is one of the fastest-growing and most competitive economies in the world for hotel development and Accor is proud to lead this important market,” said Agnès Roquefort, Chief Development Officer, Accor. “Accor’s brand portfolio is a key differentiator for the Group and will be a driving force in our success. Close to 40% of our hotels in China are at the luxury and premium level, while we retain a stronghold in the midscale and economy segments. This puts us in an enviable position and combined with our deep local knowledge and the expertise of our regional development and commercial teams, we have a flexible and highly compelling value proposition to offer owners and developers.”

Across Greater China, Accor’s top flagship hotels are well-known and beloved by travelers, including Raffles Shenzhen, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, DongFengYun Hotel Mi’Le – MGallery, Pullman Shanghai South, and Novotel Guangzhou Airport. Some of the most popular, high-profile openings of 2021 included Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay, Sofitel Hangzhou Yingguan Hotel, Pullman Jiaxing Pinghu Excellence Hotel, Ocean Spring Resort Chengdu – MGallery, Novotel Zhengzhou Airport Hotel and Grand Mercure Pingxiang Kaiguang Hotel.

Looking ahead to the remainder of 2022, The Year of the Tiger will bring some highly-anticipated new flagship hotels to life, such as Raffles at Galaxy Macau, Fairmont Xiamen, and Sofitel Shanghai North Bund. This year will also see the grand return of the beloved landmark, Swissôtel Beijing, following three years of extensive renovations and restyling.

Accor’s newest luxury brand, Emblems Collection, will open its first hotel in the world in December 2022 – a magnificent flagship hotel, Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection, in Guizhou province. The new brand has a goal to create a unique global portfolio exceeding 60 boutique hotels and luxurious resorts by 2030, which will certainly include additional properties in China.

MGallery Hotel Collection is a brand to watch – with not one, but two – hotels opening in Hong Kong this year. The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery creates a serene retreat on Lantau Island, while AKI Hong Kong – MGallery complements the neighborhood buzz of Wan Chai with a stylish energy. Upcoming MGallery destinations include Shenzhen’s vibrant Dalang District; Wuxi Dangkou Ancient Town; as well as Guangzhou.

One of China’s top performing premium brands, Pullman, has multiple new properties slated to open in 2022, including Pullman Nanchang Xinlv, Pullman Shenzhen North Station, Pullman Chongqing Beibei, and Pullman Wuhan Airport New City. These are in addition to Pullman Dali, Pullman Haikou and Pullman Suzhou Taicang which have been open since January 2022. Greater China has more Pullman Hotels & Resorts than any other country in the world, with nearly fifty hotels in operation, a record number of new project signings, and no signs of slowing.

The power of Accor’s midscale and economy brands is also noteworthy. Novotel, a longtime favorite amongst travelers, continues to push forward with innovative new design concepts and exciting openings like Novotel Guangzhou Airport and Novotel Chengdu Tianfu Living, both set to open in 2022. Other upcoming destinations for the beloved brand include Novotel Wuxi Wanshan Lake, Novotel Xi’an Aden, and Novotel Qingdao Downtown. Not to be outdone, one of Accor’s top midscale brands, Mercure, has been singled out as one of the fastest growing brands in the world, according to a past ranking from Brand Finance. Mercure currently has more than 110 hotels in Greater China, and nearly 100 more in development. Additionally, Accor’s trailblazing economy brand, ibis, now offers more than 200 hotels in Greater China, a truly remarkable achievement.

“Accor was founded on the premise of building innovative brands and boldly expanding them throughout the world,” added Mr. Rosen. “As we progress through 2022, all of us at Accor look forward to sharing even more exciting news about our growing portfolio in Greater China and around the world, as we embrace each opportunity with the strength, confidence and adventurous spirit that the Year of the Tiger inspires.”

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China, February 28, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara’s world renowned luxury is coming to China’s Anji County in northwestern Zhejiang Province. A popular escape for nature lovers and hailed as an eco-tourism destination, Anji County is located three-hours’ drive from Shanghai and less than an hour’s drive from Zhejiang’s capital of Hangzhou.

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Known for its cooler climate, clean air and breathtaking scenery, Anji has been designated as an ecology-friendly city where the residents have established a thriving eco-friendly agricultural and tourism sector showcasing pollution-free green products, such as white tea, alpine vegetables, and flowers. Anji is also home to one of the largest natural bamboo forests in the world with over 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves containing over 40 different species.

Emerald mountains and tea plantations form the backdrop of the new Anantara Anji which is located on 165 acres of land. In addition to 162 guest rooms with sizes ranging from 53-216 sqm, the property will feature state of the art meeting facilities, an outdoor swimming pool with bar, four international restaurants including Chinese and international cuisine, a full fitness centre and a children’s activity zone.

Complementing the area’s natural surroundings, an Anantara Spa with full healing and wellness facilities and a Zen pavilion will be available to help replenish guests’ health and wellbeing.  Sustainable programs such as tree planting activities for the whole family, which will be organically integrated with the resort’s facilities will also be on offer creating an ideal place for multi-generational travel experiences.

Anantara’s culture-minded guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of indigenous experiences nearby including ancient temples and the residence of Wu Changshuo, a prominent painter, calligrapher and seal artist during the late Qing Period adjacent to the resort. Guests can also do day trips to the area’s famous bamboo forests, stream rafting sites or harvest tea in nearby plantations.

The resort’s unique architecture is designed by internationally renowned architect, Meng Fanhao of Line+ Studio which has been recognised for its creative and innovative designs. Construction will commence in March 2022 and is due to be completed by the end of 2024.

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Anantara Anji will join Anantara Guiyang Resort in Guizhou Province and Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort in Yunnan Province as the brand’s third property in China connecting guests to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations

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China’s Tourism Sector Could Reach CNY 11 trillion in 2022

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China’s Tourism Sector Could Reach CNY 11 trillion in 2022 - TRAVELINDEXBeijing, China, February 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / New research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed China’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP could reach CNY 11 trillion this year, just 5.2% short of pre-pandemic levels. In 2019, before the pandemic struck, China’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contributed CNY 11.5 trillion to GDP (11.6% of the country’s economy).

However, in 2020 the pandemic had a major impact on the sector and Travel & Tourism’s contribution to the Chinese economy fell by a staggering 59.9%, to CNY 4.6 trillion.

Latest research from the global tourism body shows that as the national economy begins to recover, the contribution of the sector to the country’s economy and jobs could reach almost pre-pandemic levels this year.

WTTC research shows that if China, with more than 87% of its population already fully inoculated, begins to ease restrictions throughout the year, the sector’s contribution to GDP could reach CNY 11 trillion in 2022, just 5.2% behind pre-pandemic levels.

After a loss of more than 16 million jobs in 2020, when Travel & Tourism businesses in China suffered serious losses due to severe travel restrictions and complete border closures, most of these could be recovered if the country continues to focus on its Travel & Tourism sector and particularly reopening its borders to international visitors.

The sector could recover more than 14 million jobs to reach nearly 81 million jobs in 2022 – just 1.7% below 2019 levels.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “China is a critical player in the global Travel & Tourism sector. It has done well to drive domestic tourism during the pandemic, but international travel has come to a halt. The benefits to opening borders represent a boost in both economic wealth and jobs.

“Our latest research shows 2022 could bring a strong recovery for Travel & Tourism globally, with pent-up demand and vaccination rates driving the recovery of this economically boosting sector.

“Millions of livelihoods depend on a thriving Travel & Tourism sector, but there is still work ahead if we want to achieve a full economic recovery and bring back all the jobs that were lost.”

A look at the Asia Pacific region

WTTC’s research shows the forecast for the Asia Pacific region could be equally positive, with the region’s Travel & Tourism sector also approaching pre-pandemic levels this year.

According to the research, the sector’s contribution to the region’s GDP could reach CNY 20 trillion (USD 2.9 trillion), near pre-pandemic levels, while employment could reach over 190 million jobs, surpassing 2019 figures and providing an additional five million jobs to the sector.

To reach close to pre-pandemic levels this year, WTTC says the Chinese government and governments around the world must continue focussing on the vaccine and booster rollout – allowing fully vaccinated travellers to move freely without the need for testing.

The global tourism body also urges governments to ditch the patchwork of restrictions and enable international travel using digital solutions that allow travellers to prove their status in a fast, simple, and secure way.

First published at – Global Travel News

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International Visitor Arrival Numbers to Increase Across Asia Pacific in 2022

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International Visitor Arrival Numbers to Increase Across Asia Pacific in 2022

Bangkok, Thailand, February 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Following on from the release of the Executive Summary at the end of last month, the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2022-2024 Full Report released today by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) predicts annual changes in international visitor arrivals (IVAs) across the region to turn positive versus 2021 IVAs under each of the mild, medium, and severe scenarios in 2022, with growth rates ranging between 126% and 84%.

The increase in the absolute number of international visitor arrivals is predicted therefore to range from 72.5 million to 175.7 million under the severe and mild scenarios respectively, lifting the total volume of visitor arrivals to between 159 million and 315 million, under those same scenarios respectively.

While it is a positive and welcome development after two years of extremely difficult conditions, the international travel and tourism sector of the Asia Pacific region still has much to repair and revitalise. The forecasted increases in inbound visitor numbers in 2022, for example, still only return them to 23-45% of the level of foreign arrivals received in pre-pandemic 2019.

Moving forward to 2024, IVA growth over the next three years is projected to be positive, with the volume of IVAs in 2024 being equal to, or better than that of 2019, under two of the three scenarios.

As noted by PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera, “Our latest forecast report numbers, based on data current as of November 2021 reviewed in conjunction with our recent research advisory panel updates provided on Jan 24, 2021 provide the definitive outlook for Asia Pacific visitor arrival forecasts. As noted by our panel, the effect of the Omicron variant is projected to have a small incremental impact for now with the key earlier assumptions still driving the forecast.”

“Equitable access and deployment of vaccines plus a practical risk-based approach to health and safety protocols in travel is foundational to not only the travel sector’s sustained recovery but to the overall global recovery from the pandemic. We share the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) view that the pharmaceutical sector must address barriers to access and affordability for all destinations. Furthermore, as acknowledged by the WHO, travel bans will not prevent international spread. Instead, travel channels should remain open with clear, practical guidelines as recently shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO.”

“Destinations across Asia Pacific have been highly focussed on implementing health and safety measures. In parallel, various research studies and early travel patterns indicate a heightened consumer interest in a pivot to the right side of travel – longer journeys, more authentic experiences, and nature-based, wellness-oriented, and socially-conscious travel offerings are amongst the key trends for today’s travellers.

Destinations can expedite their recovery by staying top-of-mind with consumers, communicating requirements with clarity and consistency, and offering a sustainable, healthy destination experience,” added Ms Ortiguera.

The PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2022-2024 Full Report is now available at

What you will learn from this report:

– International visitor arrival forecasts for Asia Pacific between 2022 and 2024 by destination region, sub-region, and destination, highlighting changing demand preferences in the face of policy changes.
– Forecasts for 39 individual destinations by scenario allowing for the development of better recovery strategies for the post-COVID-19.
– Forecasts of travel demand from key source regions into each of 39 individual Asia Pacific destinations by scenario and by quarter and year.

PATA International members have exclusive access to the recording of the “PATA Visitor Forecasts 2022 to 2024’ webinar which included expert speakers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Euromonitor International, and TCI Research. The speakers provided an overview of the forecasts for international arrivals to Asia Pacific between 2020 and 2024 as well as insights and analysis on Asia Pacific travel-related sentiment and consumer trends.

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 including 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 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 official offices or representation in Beijing and London.

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Amazing Tourism Transformation During Visit Thailand Year 2022

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Amazing Tourism Transformation During Visit Thailand Year 2022 - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, February 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand is moving forward with its goal to revitalise and transform Thai tourism, with the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign, and formulating a DASH model to help revive the tourism sector and the Thai economy overall.

The Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters campaign was initially introduced globally at the World Travel Market in London, in line with the country’s quarantine-free reopening to international travellers from 1 November, 2021.

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Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “With the Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters, TAT envisions change towards stronger and sustainable, more responsible, more digital, and more inclusive tourism growth, by leveraging on Thailand’s 5F, 4M soft-power foundations, which are Food, Film, Fashion, Festival, Fight, Music, Museum, Master, And Meta. To achieve this, TAT has formulated a ‘DASH’ model to set the entire organisation towards the single goal of transforming the tourism sector.”

D – Domestic travel: The model places emphasis on both tourists and operators in the tourism industry;

A – Accelerate Demand: The model seeks to stimulate qualitative demand, build trust, and a good image by placing focus on tourists’ safety, targeting high-income segments, and delivering impressively different and valuable experiences;

S – Shape Supply: The model looks set to elevate the tourism ecosystem to quality and sustainability based on responsible tourism and digital tourism for all parties to benefit together, and resulting in sustainable income distribution to each sector;

H – Healing Thai Economy: The model focuses on helping to revive the Thai economy through tourism with the country’s reopening to ensure a fast recovery and strong, sustainable growth.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “With the DASH model in place, TAT is placing greater emphasis on domestic tourism. For international tourism, TAT is introducing a new ‘Amazing Thailand Workplace Paradise’ project, with the aim to make Thailand the World’s No. 1 Remote Workers Friendly Destination.”

The Amazing Thailand Workplace Paradise project will focus on remote workers from long-haul international markets, in response to a growing trend in light of the COVID-19 pandemic whereby people work remotely and enjoy a vacation.

For short-haul international markets, TAT will leverage on the TEST & GO entry scheme, highlighting ‘New Chapters, New Opportunity’ offerings. New segments will be targeted; such as; bleisure (business and leisure), students, digital nomads, and soft adventure. New areas will be set to attract quality segments from potential markets like Mongolia and South Korea (Busan), and to seek new partners in existing markets. New infrastructure will be promoted; such as, new transport routes – especially the high-speed rail linking Kunming and Lao PDR, which can connect to Thailand’s Nong Khai Province. New way will focus on inspiring millennials to experience Thailand in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.

Within the country, TAT will highlight a 3-Ex conceptExperience, Expectation, and Extraordinary – to inspire domestic travel with 3 ideas for tourism products and services; namely, Nature to Keep, Food to Explore, and Thainess to Discover with five colours representing the regions of Thailand.

Crimson for the Central Region – Chic Central; emerald for the Eastern Region – East at Ease; navy for the Northern Region – North Nostalgia; ivory for the Northeastern Region – Isan in Love, and silver for the Southern Region – Savoury South.

In line with the DASH model and tourism marketing strategies, TAT will place emphasis on creating innovative travel experiences for the targeted segments – workcation and staycation, wellness, sports, and responsible tourism. Aimed at both local and international tourists, there will be a plethora of tourism offerings designed in response to a growing trend, including astronomical tourism, water tourism, community tourism – highlighting a happy model for both the tourists and the communities, and culinary tourism – focusing on health and organic lifestyle.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “TAT will continue to communicate with both local and international tourists through the long-standing ‘Amazing Thailand’ branding. A dedicated campaign will be used for the local market to inspire domestic travel. For the international market, TAT will use the ‘Amazing New Chapters’ campaign to promote Thai cultural values, under the ‘from A to Z Amazing Thailand has it all’ concept to inspire travellers from around the world to once again visit Thailand.”

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Last but not least, TAT will be elevating its innovation approach with a plan to introduce a TAT Amazing Influencer, using the virtual character technology to create a personalised experience in the Metaverse virtual world. TAT is also planning to promote Thai tourism through digital art with a TAT NFTs starting with local wisdom products. In addition, TAT will enhance marketing and digital knowledge by creating a hybrid work system allowing staff to work remotely effectively in line with the plan to promote Thailand as a remote workers friendly destination. To maintain TAT’s positioning as a high-performance organisation, emphasis will continue to be a place on the proper management of resources and waste both internally and externally.

With Thai tourism transformation under this year’s strategic plans, TAT expects to generate a total revenue of 1.28 trillion Baht with 656 billion Baht from the domestic market (160 million trips) and 625 billion Baht from the international market (10 million tourists). The average expenditure for domestic tourists is estimated at 4,100 Baht per person, and for foreign tourists at 62,580 Baht per person.

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Blue by Alain Ducasse at ICONSIAM Wins Prestigious Global Award

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Blue by Alain Ducasse at ICONSIAM Wins Prestigious Global Award - - TRAVELINDEX

Bangkok, February 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Siam Piwat, the world’s leading retail property developer, owner and operator of world-class projects, and one of the joint owners of ICONSIAM, marked another milestone in Thailand’s retail history with Blue by Alain Ducasse, the Michelin-starred restaurant at ICONSIAM, winning the prestigious Le French Design 100 award. The awards that honor French designers for their work outside of France is another accolade on the list of international awards for Thailand, further bolstering its reputation on the global level.

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– The award marks a spectacular success for ICONSIAM and Blue by Alain Ducasse, which has previously won one Michelin star for two consecutive years.
Le French Design 100 honors 100 international creations by French designers that earn France’s design industry global recognition.
– Siam Piwat has moved beyond local competition and won a world-class award on a global stage, reinforcing its leadership as the Visionary Icon and continuing to deliver experiences beyond expectation.

The award ceremony at France’s Presidential Palace was attended by the French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Hervé Lemoine, the head of the jury, and guest of honor Philippe Starck. At the ceremony, Jouin Manku, a leading French design agency, was honored with the Le French Design 100 award for its design for Blue By Alain Ducasse at ICONSIAM in Bangkok.

Ms. Chadatip Chutrakul, Chief Executive Officer of Siam Piwat Group and Director of ICONSIAM, said, “ICONSIAM is reinforcing its position as a destination where the best of Thailand and the best of the world converge, setting a new benchmark for the retail industry. We have made history and bolstered Thailand’s reputation by winning as many as 13 global awards across different categories. All of this is thanks to Siam Piwat’s vision and determination to inject creativity into every project and creating a perfect symphony of art, culture, and innovation through never-before-seen concepts and stories. In this endeavor, Siam Piwat has collaborated with world-renowned designers as well as Thailand’s leading designers and artists to set itself apart and consistently introduce new and extraordinary experiences to the industry.”

“We are beyond proud to have successfully earned Thailand global recognition for its real estate development capabilities. All of our projects, namely Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, and ICONSIAM, have won numerous global awards over the years. Blue by Alain Ducasse is another business born out of our key philosophy to deliver ‘experiences beyond expectation’. Our intention was to invite one of the world’s best-known chefs to open a restaurant here in Thailand to deliver a first-ever experience and bolster Thailand’s position as one of the world’s top gastronomic destinations. That is why Blue by Alain Ducasse is exclusive to Thailand. We worked closely with Alain Ducasse and Jouin Manku, the French design agency that meticulously oversaw every detail of the interior design to bring the ultimate dining experience and a unique aesthetic to life.”

A vital element of ICONSIAM, Blue by Alain Ducasse is Thailand’s first-ever world-class contemporary French restaurant by legendary Alain Ducasse recognized with an astounding 21 Michelin stars. Prominently positioned on the coveted Chao Phraya riverfront with unparalleled panoramic views, the restaurant has since its opening in 2019 become a prime destination for epicures and gastronomes. Ever since, it has delivered world-class French cuisine using the finest ingredients and has been awarded one Michelin star for two consecutive years. Blue By Alain Ducasse also won the ‘Best of the Year Award’ in the fine dining category from Interior Design magazine, the most influential authority in the design industry worldwide.

The Le French Design 100 award for Blue by Alain Ducasse recognizes the spectacularly meticulous interior design of the restaurant. A design that perfectly complements the majestic vistas of the Chao Phraya River, and reflects a design philosophy that understands the importance of design and ambience for a complete dining experience. The team at Jouin Manku have designed several of Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurants in various countries, each time with great success. In Bangkok, Jouin Manku conjured a uniquely captivating space that melds Thai and French influences into a unique space. Walnut wood and brass lamps, which draw inspiration from the intimate gardens – the bosquets – of the Palace of Versailles lend a warmth to the front lounge next to the entrance foyer. An awe-inspiring handmade pleated chandelier dominates the main dining area. With luxurious royal blue walls echoing the restaurant’s name and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the river and city, Jouin Manku has created a magnificent stage for the contemporary French dishes and the superb wine list.

Le French Design 100 is the only design award in France that honors the international creations of French designers, and each year 100 objects and spatial design projects are selected for bringing global recognition to the French design industry. Launched in 2019, Le French Design 100 is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and sponsored by the illustrious designer Philippe Starck. The second edition was held in January 2022 under the patronage of the French President Emmanuel Macron.

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The Le French Design 100 award that Jouin Manku has won for Blue by Alain Ducasse marks the first global accolade in 2022 for Siam Piwat and ICONSIAM and highlights their continued success in creating experiences beyond expectation. Over the years, ICONSIAM has garnered 13 global awards at various world-class competitions, including the Best Design of the Year at the World Retail Awards 2019 hosted by the World Retail Congress, the first prize in the Best Shopping Center category at the MAPIC Awards 2019 in Cannes, France, the 2020 VIVA Best-of-the-Best Design and Development Award, and being ranked in the top four in the Best Shopping Center Category at the MIPIM Awards 2021.

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Thailand Yacht Show to Be Staged in Gulf of Thailand

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Thailand Yacht Show to Be Staged in Gulf of Thailand - TOP25 YACHTS - TRAVELINDEX

Pattaya, Thailand, February 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The first part of the 6th edition of the government-initiated Thailand Yacht Show will be staged in the Gulf of Thailand, with the second part to follow in Phuket later in the year

TYS 2022 will be the first boat show to take place in Asia for over two years – a welcome event indeed, something that the whole industry has been eagerly looking forward to.

Sales of yachts and boats have skyrocketed in Asia during the pandemic, and Thailand is no exception, with the local market having at last woken up to the pleasure – and safety – of the boating lifestyle. People from Bangkok and other major cities have flocking to the easily accessible waters and islands around Pattaya in record numbers, and Thai dealers and distributors of the world’s best-known boating brands, as well as steadily increasing number of local boat builders, suppliers, and service companies, want to capitalize on this new market on the Eastern Seabord and the Thai Riviera.

The long-awaited 6th edition, postponed from January 2021, and all future annual editions, will take place in two venues at different times of the season. The Gulf of Thailand event in Pattaya will focus mainly on production yachts, with as many superyachts as are available in the area.

The Phuket event, which will take place in December at the beginning of the next high season, will similarly cover the whole industry, but will have a major focus on the fleet of foreign-owned superyachts that are expected to arrive from November to spend the winter chartering in Thailand in future – thanks to the new superyacht charter license.

The two shows between them will attract thousands of newly-interested boat buyers from Bangkok, and yacht charterers from all over the world when the pandemic finally passes, as well as the hundreds of businesses that make up the leisure boating industry community in Thailand and the region.

Since 2016, the Thailand Yacht Show has provided a professional platform for the world’s major boating brands, brokers, dealers, suppliers, and leisure marine service providers, as well as the luxury lifestyle products that complement the yachting world and the people who frequent it. Industry leaders can meet plenty of new buyers from the newly interested but so far uninitiated affluent lifestyle-seekers, and at the same time expand their business network in South East Asia.

The 2022 Pattaya edition is already showing all the signs of seeing significant numbers of qualified visitors coming for the weekend, particularly from Bangkok (who, by and large, haven’t wanted to travel to the various boat shows in Phuket in the past). Special features will include the re-furbished Ocean Marina Yacht Club, a diving exhibition, live sailing and boating experiences plus sea trials on high-quality charter yachts.

For brand visibility and credibility, exhibiting at the Thailand Yacht Show affords you and your business a unique opportunity. Whether you are looking to establish your presence in the region or expand your business in this rapidly-developing new market, TYS provides a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing clientele, and helping you to build a more established and prominent business.

As well as the exceptional line-up of yachts – 22 have already been booked in and we are expecting over 50 – there will be many famous luxury products on display, as well as an extensive programme of family-friendly activities spanning the entire weekend. Visitors and exhibitors alike can look forward to live music, entertainment, a variety of water sports, helicopter rides, and diving instruction. We will be presenting new exhibitors and partners each week from now on, along with some important announcements about the development of the industry here.

The two-show format will make the Thailand Yacht Show bigger, more representative of the whole of the industry, and far more easily accessible to visitors from all over Thailand, as well as to exhibitors from all parts of the industry. Thailand is the natural destination for the Asian Yachting Lifestyle Community, and TYS is the long-term marketing platform for the region’s yachting industry. We invite you to be part of it.

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Asia’s First Digital Art Debut at Thailand Digital Arts Festival

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Asia’s First Digital Art Debut at Thailand Digital Arts Festival - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, February 5, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand Digital Arts Festival 2022 will mark Thailand’s and Asia’s first and largest digital art showcase that features over 1,300 art pieces from 130 celebrated Thai artists. The event is a joint force between Siam Piwat Co., Ltd, ICONSIAM Co., Ltd., Baandam Museum by the late national artist Thawan Duchanee and KASIKORN X, creator of Coral platform, a marketplace for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) that offers opportunities in creating disruptive businesses and boundless opportunities for artists and collectors alike, Plan B Media Public Company Limited as media partner to showcase digital arts on Plan B’s digital screens countrywide and across Bangkok, together with over 130 renowned artists.

TDAF 2022 will be the world’s debut of art works by Thai National Artists, celebrated artists, up-and-coming talents as well as celebrities and influencers, through both physical and virtual art mediums.

This constitutes a new historic chapter of Thailand’s art history, with the largest number of artists participating and widest varieties of art forms. The exhibition, held from 5-20 March 2022 covers over 2,000 square metres of Charoen Nakhon Hall on the M Floor as well as the ICON Art and Culture Space on 8th Floor at ICONSIAM, the global landmark by the Chao Phara River. ICONSIAM is a symbol of a prosperity, from the greatest collaboration between experts in different fields, both Thai and international, that combines culture, innovation and technology to create a world-class architectural wonder that reflects the concepts of Co-creation and Creating Shared Values.

Joining the press conference were Vice Minister of Culture Mr. Poramet Ngampichet, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Director of Baan Dam Museum of the late National Artist Thawan Duchanee Dr. Doytibet Duchanee, KASIKORN X Head of Venture Builder Mr. Thanamet Ariyawat, Siam Piwat’s Chief Customer Officer Division Mr. Panthep Nilasinthop. Plan B Media Public Company Limited’s Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Marketing & Partnership Officer, Ms. Phakwan Wongphontawee

At the press conference on Wednesday 2 February 2022 at Suralai Hall, 7 Floor, ICONSIAM, was a display of artworks by National Artists and acclaimed artists such as Prof Emeritus Preecha Thaothong, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Prof Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, Thongchai Srisukprasert, Jitsing Somboon; as well as renowned artists and up-and-coming artists namely Wasan Puengprasert, Prapakas Angsusingha, Lamphu Kansanoh, Chalermpol Janrayab and Traipuck Suphawattana. The artists also shared their perspectives on digital art on stage.

Mr. Poramet Ngampichet, Vice Minister, Ministry of Culture, said, “The Thailand Digital Arts Festival 2022 (TDAF2022) provides a perfect opportunity for art and technology to merge as one, and to transform physical artworks into digital assets. This platform will help create greater opportunities for artists and art creators like never before, in this face-pacing digital world.

On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, I would like to express my appreciation to all parties who have joined hands to create these new opportunities and exposures for Thailand’s art circle into the digital sphere. This is a move that leverage and enhance our cultural heritage created by the hands of Thai people, and presenting it to the world. This proudly empowers Thai artists in the international levels.

Mr. Panthep Nilasinthop, Chief Customer Officer, Siam Piwat Co. Ltd., remarked on this significant collaboration between Siam Piwat and KASIKORN X through the Coral platform which create the new experience of digital art and promote Thai art on the international stage. “To Siam Piwat, as ‘The Visionary Icon’, we always bring novel and unprecedented experiences for all visitors. We see art as an inspiration to spark the creative powers. Siam Piwat values the Co-Creation with artists in various disciplines, and supports Thai artists and their creative work in various forms. We have worked with Thai and international artists to create inspirational work, and offers opportunities to the younger generation, as well as offers space in all of Siam Piwat’s properties to create and showcase creative works that create shared values.

As the world of art is heading into the digital world, the collaboration between Siam Piwat and KASIKORN X reflects a shared vision, that is to support Thai artists in the progression towards a new era, and to reach international audiences. This constitutes an important step where, together, we have created a new experience for people by bringing together the parallel worlds—the offline and online platforms of creativity—in a seamless integration.

We believe that this collaborative effort will contribute to many further developments in the field of art for Thailand in the future, providing a window of limitless opportunity for artists in their creative endeavors,” added Mr. Panthep.
Mr.Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Co., Ltd., gave an overview of the objectives of TDAF2022 saying, “ICONSIAM represents the ultimate Thainess through creativity and innovation, a result of the amazing collaboration between experts in various fields from over 15 countries, Thai experts from different sectors including architects, engineers, artists, craftsmen, community leaders from many different provinces, as well as the government and private sectors, civil society, and business operators. The ultimate goal is to make Thailand the first centre of digital art in the region, promote Thai artists in the international forum, as well as create an awareness about digital art and NFTs, creating an easy and convenient NFT marketplace on the Coral platform for artists, art collectors and art enthusiasts.

More importantly, this event is another channel to create a showcase and new opportunities for the Thai art industry to show their potential and creative power to international stage. This is in line with ICONSIAM’s vision to showcase innovations and new experiences beyond borders, create a new phenomenon never before seen in Thailand, reinterpret our cultural heritage to the modern times, and present the Thai identity to the international audiences. to “Win The World for Thailand.”

Dr. Doytibet Duchanee, Director of Baan Dam Museum of National Artist Dr. Thawan Duchanee, and TDAF’s Art Curator and Creative Director, said “TDAF2022 is going to be an amazing phenomenon in the history of Thai art. It will jump start Thai art to international levels. Over 130 artists are taking part including National artists and acclaimed artists such as the work of the late Dr Thawan Duchanee, Ajahn Pratuang Emcharoen, Prof Emeritus Prayad Pongdam, Prof Emeritus Preecha Thaotong, Arjarn Tawee Ratchaneekorn, Arjarn Inson Wongsam, Arjarn Chuang Moolpinij, Prof Vichoke Mukdamanee, Arjarn Kamol Tassananchalee, Arjarn Panya Vijinthanasarn, Arjarn Thongchai Rakpathum, and Arjarn Woranan Chachawalthipakorn. Among the celebrated artists and up-and-coming artists are Prof Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, Thongchai Srisukprasert, Sakwut Wisesmanee, Jitsing Somboon, Chalit Nakpawan, Phornchai Jaima, Prasong Luemuang, Chatchawan Rodklongtan, Alongkorn Lowattana, Lamphu Kansanoh, Wanda Chaima, Aof Smith, Chalermpol Janrayab, Aphisit Muennak, Veerachai Duangpla, and Jeerawut Boonchuaynampon. There will also be celebrities and influencers such as Jirayu Tantrakul, Arikantha Mahapreukpong (Gypso), and Methi Noichinda. There will be a total of over 1,300 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, digital art, animation, graphic design, street art, art toys, fashion, music, and performance arts – in short, almost every possible art discipline. Each piece is marked by its diversity and uniqueness.”

Dr. Doytibet also described the groundwork of this phenomenal event in Thailand’s art circle as achieving a feat that is a challenging task —to connect two paralleled worlds as one, and give wings to artists, enabling them to fly into the Metaverse of the near future. It has also never been possible to bring together this largest number of noted artists into one event before.

Dr. Doytibet added, “There are art enthusiasts all over the world, and bringing art work to them on a digital platform is a way of opening the door to an entirely new world that takes Thai artists onto the international stage. It is the goal of creating Thailand as “The Digital Arts Hub of Asia”. Since technology now provides the opportunity to present art work in a new and different format, artists will have to adapt in order to meet the challenges of the future world without having to forsake their traditional creative processes and at the same time embrace new technology, since it is a new dimension of merging physical art and digital art.”

Mr. Paul Thanaarmates Arriyavat, Head of Venture Builder, KASIKORN X described that TDAF 2022 is an exclusive event that will feature masterpieces from world-renowned masters and artists in the form of NFTs on KX’s Coral Super Simple NFT Marketplace. Coral ( focuses on promoting artists’ identity, global NFT standards, and omnichannel engagements.

“NFT collectors can have peace of mind that you purchase authentic NFTs from original artists. You can buy NFTs using local currencies and standard payment methods, just like e-commerce. No need to think about cryptocurrencies. Coral NFT is based on the Ethereum ERC-1155, a global standard for NFTs. Coral NFT walls are bridges that link artists and fans together online and offline. The Coral platform will enable limitless opportunities for all participants.”

As another key partner and significant role in exposing digital art, Ms. Phakwan Wongphontawee, Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Marketing and Partnership Officer at Plan B Media Public Company Limited, said “It is a great pleasure that Plan B Media is part of TDAF 2022, the first and the most prominent digital art fair in Thailand and Asia. Now we can appreciate art through a new digital experience and in the form of NFT. This event will leverage the Thai art industry to an international level. Plan B’s media is the world’s largest network of outdoor art galleries, presented with innovative, and cutting-edge varieties of mediums to reach target audiences all through their outdoor journey.

“Plan B Media will be a part of the breakthrough in Thailand’s art scene in the form of NFT to reach millions of audiences through over 850 Plan B’s digital screens across the country from 15 February to 20 March 2022.”
The event will strictly implement Covid-19 prevention measures to ensure confidence for those wishing to visit the exhibition. All visitors will be required to have a temperature check, and the venue will be disinfected according to safety standards each evening after the door closes.

Experience the power of creativity and digital art at Thailand Digital Arts Festival 2022, the first event of its kind in Thailand and Asia, from 5-20 March 2022, 10am-10pm, at Charoen Nakhon Hall, M Floor, and ICON Art and Culture Space, 8th Floor, ICONSIAM, Charoen Nakhon Road.

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