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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, November 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Magdalena Martorell, a seasoned professional with two decades of hospitality experience in Europe and Asia has taken charge of the new Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a 30-suite and 70-villa resort due to open in December.

The Spanish-born general manager comes to Meliá Phuket Mai Khao after successfully opening Meliá Shanghai Parkside in China and SOL by Meliá Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

Martorell has worked with Meliá Hotels International for the entirety of her hospitality career, beginning 20 years ago when she was selected to join the leading Spanish hotel group’s internal development program.

She steadily rose through the ranks, working as the operations manager at Tryp Rey Pelayo at Gijón in the north of Spain before becoming the resident manager at Meliá Barcelona. She then became the general manager at Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto before moving to Asia in 2012 to be the hotel manager at Meliá Bali & The Garden Villas.

At its debut in December, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao will unveil a host of facilities including Mediterranean-inspired accommodations, four dining outlets, a five-treatment-room spa, three swimming pools, a fully-equipped fitness center, kids’ club, ballroom and two multi-function rooms. Of the 70 villas with private plunge pools, 15 “wellness villas” feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, fit ball, yoga mat and more.

“Magdalena has grown with our hotel group to become an exceptional general manager and her rich experience and vast knowledge of our brand place her in excellent stead to launch Meliá Phuket Mai Khao,” said Ignacio MartinArea Managing Director South East Asia of Meliá Hotels International.

“As Thailand reopens to the world and embarks on a new chapter, my team and I are excited about Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s debut and what it brings to this beautiful island, including a prime focus on our guests’ inner wellbeing amid a restorative atmosphere and terrific Asian and Mediterranean gastronomy,” Martorell added.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About Phuket Villa Group
Founded in 1989 in Phuket (Thailand), Phuket Villa Corporation, together with its affiliates, has constructed over 7,000 houses and condominium units all over Phuket and Bangkok. As one of the first developers in Phuket to include a wide range of lifestyle facilities within its developments, such as tennis courts and swimming pools, the Group offers detached homes, townhouses and commercial buildings, catering to the growing local real estate market. In addition, the Group also has two hotels under its banner, offering more than 300 rooms to tourists and business travellers, mirroring Phuket’s steady growth as a premier tourist destination of Thailand. Over the years, Phuket Villa Corporation continues to re-invent itself to cater to an increasingly diverse customer base in a more competitive landscape.

 

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Utopia Corporation Launched Utopia Hospitality Group

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Utopia Corporation Launched Utopia Hospitality Group

Bangkok, Thailand, November 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Utopia Hospitality Group is preparing to add a new page to the hospitality industry in Phuket by introducing a fully integrated Hospitality Ecosystem model and planning to launch a world-class fashion brand hotel to attract more travelers to Phuket. Utopia Corporation: UCORP, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, launched Utopia Hospitality Group: UHG, a flagship hospitality management company and it is a dynamic new player in the Asia Pacific hotel sector, with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality. Its strong new vision will add a new page to the hospitality industry on Phuket Island with a business model covering a fully integrated Hospitality Ecosystem and guaranteed results through the creation of a new hotel brand with a lifestyle focus and approach that is different but meets the needs.

Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Utopia Corporation, revealed that for the first three quarters of 2021, despite the COVID-19 crisis, Utopia Corporation continued to lock in sales, driven by deploying the latest technologies. A transformative business plan in sync with marketing trends, consumer behaviors and demands all contributed to the success. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Utopia continues to reinforce its commitment with the launch of Utopia Hospitality Group to operate hotels and resorts.

Hachi affirms that the hospitality business is a new opportunity with high growth potential and it aligns with Utopia’s expertise as a developer that understands the diverse lifestyles of every customer segment. With its entire existing portfolio operating on a condotel/branded residence model, guests staying at their properties can enjoy a home away from home experience that conventional hotels cannot offer.

Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a subsidiary of Utopia Corporation, a leading real estate developer in Phuket, Thailand, is on an exciting journey that traverses the entire hospitality ecosystem from design and development to branding and operations of its own portfolio of properties.

UHG will provide the flexibility and openness to help level-up the playing field in the post-pandemic era. Developers can take advantage of attractive and accessible brands, without the strict limitations of brand standards, while also enjoying a more customizable and democratic approach to management and franchise contracts. Hoteliers will benefit from multiple levels of expertise from management and marketing services to proprietary technologies.

UHG also commits to a guaranteed income for investors. This is truly a change in the hotel and hospitality industry as an “Option” and an “Answer” for the modern hotel business.

“UHG was born with a strong vision and a bold idea, breaking the old rules to lead everyone to create a different lifestyle experience. This will completely transform the world of hospitality and tourism and help to enhance the competitive field in the new era of hospitality and tourism. Whether you are a guest or a partner, a team associate or a member of the community, UHG is committed to treating everybody fairly and respectfully. We are embarking on a journey to transform the hospitality sector and we want you to join us! We are inspired by creativity and driven by our goals. We dream, we dare, we do. We are UHG,” Hachi said.

Under the umbrella of UHG, prominent lifestyle hotel and resort brands will offer new travel experiences that meet the needs of smart travelers in the new era, including: Midscale Aparthotel Brand, Upscale Lifestyle Resort, and Ultra-Luxury. UHG will operate several new hotels including rebranding and renovation from 2022 onwards.

● Midscale Aparthotel Brand: A midscale aparthotel with the brand essence, Live Your Own Way, that merges the modern lifestyle and sense of belonging to a community experience with the comfort and a flexibility of an apartment to meet the needs of a new generation of smart travelers. The brand essence has 5 key pillars; Midscale with comfort, Flexible stay Purposeful, Design, Hip F&B concept, and Sense of community.

● Upscale Lifestyle Resort: Our 5-star resort brand occupies the space between lifestyle resort and wellbeing retreat. It recognizes having fun can also mean being healthy, drawing on the playful design expression of a lifestyle resort and blending it with the more conscious wellbeing and slow pace of a wellbeing retreat. All aligned with the slogan of ‘Live Slow, Play Well.

● Ultra-Luxury: The third brand under UHG is a collaboration with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand of Italy that epitomises refined luxury products and designs. The Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket is the first hotel under this brand in Thailand. Located on Ao Po, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea and exotic offshore islands, scheduled to welcome guests in 2024.

UHG is fully committed to playing their part in addressing environmental and social issues. Sustainable development and management practices are integrated into their entire business ethos. By operating in an efficient and eco-sensitive way, UHG can also minimize waste, reduce costs and drive long-term benefits for the entire community, while also helping to attract the new generation of socially and environmentally conscious guests.

UHG plans to launch its new Midscale Aparthotel Brand in Q1 2022 and open its first property under this brand in Q4 2022. A second partner, a high-end fashion ultra-luxury brand will also be unveiled in Q2 2022. The Upscale Lifestyle Resort brand is set to launch in Q1 2023. All of these will be in Phuket.

Utopia Hospitality’s plan also includes the creation of two immense landmarks located in the northern and southern Phuket region. Bay of Icons is a new destination that is much sought after by high-end global investors and travelers. They are located in Ao Po Bay on the northern coast of Phuket, covering the beach surrounding the beautiful Ao Po Grand Marina Bay with a total area exceeding 20 Rai. It comprises cutting-edge facilities and several exclusive services to satisfy the luxury lifestyle.

Additionally, the “Entertainment Complex” Utopia Dream, is a mixed-use development with a low-rise condominium to be constructed in Nai Harn, the southern coast of Phuket. It will be a paragon of relaxation filled with color, happiness, and world-class entertainment activities. The total investment for these two projects, as mentioned earlier, is above 4,000 million Baht.

About Utopia Corporation
Utopia Corporation was founded in 2015 and has rapidly grown to be a top real property developer in Thailand. It currently runs Utopia Naiharn, which received Asia’s Top Emerging Hotel awarded by Now Travel Asia, including ten actual properties. Recently, it has cooperated with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand of Italy, well-known for its luxury products and designs, to open new hotels in Phuket under the brand Tonino Lamborghini, a first in Thailand.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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TAT and Etihad Launched Visit Thailand Year 2022

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TAT and Etihad Launched Visit Thailand Year 2022

Bangkok, Thailand, November 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently staged a special tourism marketing mission to Dubai, the UAE, that resulted in stronger ties with strategic airline partners and a wider awareness of the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022’ in the Gulf Region.

For a comprehensive travel guide on Thailand, Visit Thailand – Be Happy, at VisitThailand.net

During the mission on 2-3 November, 2021, the TAT’s high-ranking delegation signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Etihad Airways, introduced the latest tourism marketing campaign to Emiratis and influencers in the UAE, and discussed tourism collaboration with Air Arabia and Oman Air.

Mr. Thosaporn Sirisumphand, TAT Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “Next year, 2022 will mark a new chapter for Thailand as it will be the year of ‘Visit Thailand’ where throughout the year, we will invite travellers from around the world to experience the “Amazing New Chapters” of Thailand. As such our key messages will highlight the abundance of the kingdom’s tourism products and services that will fulfil all visitors’ travel desires, because from A to Z, Thailand has it all.”

Prior to the official start of the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022’, Thailand is currently welcoming fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories, including the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to enter the Kingdom without quarantine requirements under the Exemption from Quarantine (Test & Go) and the Living in the Blue Zone (17 Sandbox destinations) entry schemes, starting from 1 November, 2021.

The list of approved countries will be expanded later to cover the entire world from 1 January, 2022. Meanwhile, the “Thailand Pass” web-based system has been launched to support the “Ease of Travelling” policy, allowing foreign travellers to fill in their travel and health information and upload the related documents before travelling to Thailand.

The timing could not have been better, for TAT and Etihad Airways to support each other in promoting Thailand as a preferred destination. Both signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to form a long-term strategic partnership to develop and promote quality tourism experiences in Thailand for travellers from the Gulf Region.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “This Letter of Intent will pave the way for strategic tourism collaboration efforts between TAT and Etihad Airways with an emphasis on revenue-generating quality tourists. We expect this partnership to help strengthen the position of Thailand as a popular destination for Arab travellers from the Gulf Region.”

Under the LoI agreement, TAT and Etihad Airways will put into effect a range of joint promotions to mutually increase tourism and visibility for Thailand through the Etihad Airways global network. The promotions will focus on niche tourism markets; such as, sports tourism, luxury tourism, as well as health and wellness.

The Letter of Intent (LoI) between the TAT and Etihad Airways was signed in Dubai on 3 November, 2021, by Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Americas, and Ms. Amina Taher, Vice President Brand, Marketing and Sponsorship, Etihad Airways.

The TAT’s high-ranking delegation also discussed tourism collaboration efforts with Air Arabia and Oman Air during the marketing mission to Dubai.

For a comprehensive travel guide on Thailand, Visit Thailand – Be Happy, at VisitThailand.net

The visa-on-arrival policy for nationals in the Gulf Region coupled with the Exemption from Quarantine (Test & Go) entry scheme present prospects for both Air Arabia and Oman Air to reconsider resuming services to Thailand. Marking new development is Oman Air’s resumption of its Muscat-Bangkok service with two flights per week from 11 November, 2021.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Utopia Corporation Appoints Three Senior Executives for Expansion

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Utopia Corporation Appoints Three Senior Executives for Expansion

Phuket, Thailand, November 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX  / Utopia Corporation, one of the leading real estate developers in Phuket, has appointed three high-ranking executives to further drive its continued success and accomplish future goals. Nalina Suranakarin has been appointed Chief Brand Officer of Utopia Corporation and its subsidiaries. Ivo Tzvetkov assumes the position of Chief Operating Officer for Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG) , a subsidiary company of UCORP, while Praisie Huang is named UHG’s Chief Growth Officer. The executive trio will join forces to lead Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a new hospitality brand under UCORP. The flagship brand will have an official launch soon with an ambition to elevate the hospitality industry in Southeast Asia to the next pinnacle of exclusivity and attraction for travellers.

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Reinforcing the executive team with the right personnel is instrumental to the growth of Utopia Corporation as it will soon launch Utopia Hospitality Group as its flagship hospitality brand. UHG aspires to deliver brand new experiences for smart and savvy travellers in upper strata from premium midscale level up to ultra-luxury. UHG promises a getaway that is accessible yet lives up to international standards and plans to open many brand new properties as well as rebrand and renovate existing properties in 2022.

The highlight of UHG’s master plan is to build two epic landmarks in two prime locations in the north and south of Phuket. “Bay of Icons” will become the new destination for investors and high-end travellers from across the world. Situated on Ao Po Bay on the northern coastline of Phuket, it features cutting-edge facilities and exclusive services to cater to a luxurious lifestyle. To be located on Nai Harn beach on the southern coastline of Phuket, “Utopia Dream” (unofficial name) is an entertainment complex packed with world-class leisure activities. And at the helm of this ambitious plan, are three newly appointed executives of UHG.

As UCORP’s Chief Brand Officer (CBO), Nalina “Note” Suranakarin is a veteran in brand management with ten years of experience in the luxury lifestyle sector and her life-long passion and knowledge in gourmet, superb service and creative concoctions that her globe-trotting lifestyle has brought along. Nalina will play a pivotal role in managing and overseeing the brand strategy and marketing activities of UCORP, UHG and its subsidiary companies. She’ll also be creating a network of partnerships among all UHG resorts and hotels with the ultimate goal of creating the best brand for UCORP through partnerships with other global brands in the future.

UHG Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ivo Tzvetkov has three decades of working in the hospitality industry under his belt. His tenures in Europe, Asia and the Middle East especially with Marriott International make him well-equipped to oversee hotels and other businesses endeavours under UHG. Following his appointment, he’s responsible for implementing hygiene and safety measures at every UHG resort and hotel to provide safe accommodation at a high standard for travellers during the Covid-19 pandemic and comply with guidelines set out by Thai authorities.

As UHG’s Chief Growth Officer, Praisie Huang is an expert in sale from Singapore. With 15 years of working experience with global hospitality brands such as Dusit, Marriott and Accor, Huang has overseen many record-high sales. Her high professionalism will be a key to UHG success as she oversees sales, e-commerce and worldwide distribution as UHG grows from strength to strength.

UCORP CEO Hachi Yin said, ” We’re very glad to welcome Nalina, Ivo and Praisie to the UCORP superhero team. They are the right candidates for us because we search for the best of their respective expertise to join us. We looking for executives with proven records of success who are creative and able to think outside the box. We believe that these experts in their respective fields will elevate our organizations to the next level and contribute to a steady future of UCORP as a leading property development company and UHG as a property operations and hotel management company through our new brands.”

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Currently, Utopia Corporation has developed ten projects which contain 2,000 units across 120,000sqm of area. Together they are valued at eight billion baht. Every project is based on a boundary-pushing slogan of “Dare to Dream” to accommodate the modern lifestyle of the new generation driven by technology and social media and stimulate new markets in the industry. Utopia’s extensive portfolio reflects its very strong financial standing and its aim to create new markets in the real estate industry.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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In Time for Thailand’s Reopening Travelindex Launches TOP25 Hotels Phuket

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In Time for Thailand’s Reopening Travelindex Launches TOP25 Hotels Phuket Edition - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, November 1, 2021 – In-time for today’s re-opening of Thailand and with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Travelindex formally launched the Phuket Edition of its prestigious hotel guide; the TOP25 Hotels PhuketPhuket’s Best Luxury Hotels and Hotel Awards.

The TOP25 Hotel Guide Phuket brings together not only exceptional hotels but the best beach resorts, luxury wellness retreats, green hotels and superior villas. Each property chosen first and foremost for the quality of service, unique location and outstanding facilities.

The diversity of Phuket’s accommodation offering is reflected in this exclusive selection, allowing TOP25Hotels.com to celebrate the hospitality sector in Phuket and to showcase efforts by hotel managers in sustainability and in their support for the local communities. TOP25 Hotels Phuket contributes to the prestige of the local accommodation landscape and, with the integration into the Travelindex global ecosystem, to attract more visitors and tourists to the destination.

To ensure its credibility and impartiality of its ranking, the “TOP25 Hotels Phuket Edition” is based on a world-leading rating system, the Hotel Rating Index (HRI). HRI is an artificial intelligence based, decentralized appraisal mechanism combining behavioral analytics and human expertise from some of the world’s top travel and hospitality experts.

Mr. Bernard Metzger, Founder of TOP25 Guide series, stated: “We are committed to support the hospitality sectors in Phuket by leveraging digital technology and our online expertise. We aim not only to help hotels in the recovering process from the Covid pandemic downturn but also to educated people to appreciate accommodation providers’ efforts in sustainability, while at the same time improving the drawing power of Phuket as Thailand’s and Asia’s premier holiday destination.”

With the re-opening of Thailand’s borders to travelers from 63 countries, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects a great number of foreign tourists to visit Phuket. A number of major airlines including Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways International (THAI) are already reconnecting Phuket with world cities like London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore with direct flights.

Hotels and accommodation providers in Phuket can feature at no costs in the “TOP25 Hotels Phuket” guide by filling out the hotel nomination form here: – More hotels will be added on a regular basis.

Contact information
TOP25 Hotels International
Ms. Nicole Lim, Media Relations
Email: media@top25restaurants.com
Web: www.top25hotels.com/phuket/

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Meliá to Open on Thailand’s Mai Khao Beach

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Meliá to Open on Thailand's Mai Khao Beach - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, October 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a 30-suite and 70-villa resort on eight acres of Phuket’s northwestern coastline overlooking the sky-blue Andaman Sea is slated to open in December.

Fronting Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, the resort on Mai Khao Beach is close to an array of attractions such as Sirinat National Park, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, and Wat Phra Thong temple. Phuket International Airport is a 15-minute drive.

Authorities plan to open Thailand to fully vaccinated tourists from countries deemed low-risk from November 1.

Launched by Meliá Hotels International and owned by Thailand’s leading residential real estate developer Phuket Villa Group, the five-star resort is part of a roll-out of the Meliá brand in key destinations across Thailand including Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

The new resort’s saltwater swimming pools, private villa pools, a reflection pond with sunken seating areas, water gardens, vertical falls and irrigation mist evoke a restorative atmosphere. The overarching design pays tribute to contemporary aesthetics and traditional Thai touches.

The contemporary, light-filled and spacious Mediterranean-inspired accommodations comprise 30 one-bedroom suites and 70 one-bedroom villas that each cater for up to two adults and two children. All feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers and vast outdoor terraces.

The 78sqm suites are complemented by cabanas and the 85sqm one-bedroom villas have private plunge pools. Fifteen “wellness villas” feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, daily massage, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, fit ball and yoga mat.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao will explore a diverse culinary landscape from four outlets. Near the beach pool with its cabanas and sun lounges, chic Gaia Beach Club is “the place to be”. Drawing on Meliá’s Spanish origins, Gaia celebrates Spain’s famed gastronomy by serving Mediterranean and fusion cuisine from an open kitchen and an imaginative cocktail selection from a long bar.

Elegant all-day dining restaurant SASA specialises in Southeast Asian cuisine. A warm and intimate setting adorned with timber finishes, SASA offers casual fine dining by night. Elyxr Café serves freshly squeezed juices and locally brewed liquors.

Shaded by a broad spectrum of native plants, the resort’s design deploys a neutral palette of colours as a complement to Mai Khao’s sandy shore. Its high ceilings, floor-to-roof glass panels and decorative metal screens take advantage of the natural surrounds and abundance of sunshine.

At 300sqm, Meliá’s signature YHI Spa is home to five treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments.

The fitness center is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and weights machines. The kids club Kidsdom has workshops to keep youngsters entertained.

An idyllic venue for weddings and events, the resort’s conference facilities include a grand ballroom and two additional multi-function rooms. The resort’s event planners offer customized catering and mini mindfulness sessions.

“Through our partnership with Spain’s leading hotel group, we are thankful that we can significantly contribute to Phuket’s recovery in the wake of COVID-19 by creating much-needed jobs for the local tourism sector and setting a new benchmark for hospitality on Thailand’s largest island,” said Mr Maetapong Upatising, Phuket Villa Group’s Managing Director.

“With its breathtaking beauty and serenity, there isn’t a more desirable place to be on the water than Mai Khao Beach,” said Ms Magdalena Martorell, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s General Manager. “We’re looking incredibly forward to unveiling a bleisure resort defined by a distinct focus on customer wellbeing with Meliá’s sunny Spanish hospitality and passion for service.”

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About Phuket Villa Group
Founded in 1989 in Phuket (Thailand), Phuket Villa Corporation, together with its affiliates, has constructed over 7,000 houses and condominium units all over Phuket and Bangkok. As one of the first developers in Phuket to include a wide range of lifestyle facilities within its developments, such as tennis courts and swimming pools, the Group offers detached homes, townhouses and commercial buildings, catering to the growing local real estate market. In addition, the Group also has two hotels under its banner, offering more than 300 rooms to tourists and business travellers, mirroring Phuket’s steady growth as a premier tourist destination of Thailand. Over the years, Phuket Villa Corporation continues to re-invent itself to cater to an increasingly diverse customer base in a more competitive landscape.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Re-Positioning Phuket as Luxury Destination – Thailand Yacht Show

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Re-Positioning Phuket as Luxury Destination – Thailand Yacht Show

Phuket, Thailand, October 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The 6th edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, postponed for the past 18 months along with most other large scale international events, is gearing up for next year’s re-awakening with the backing of all the major international yachting brands and Thai government stakeholders.

The show will eventually become the central event in a new multi-faceted “Festival of Luxury Tourism” proposed to the Thai government by Verventia and designed to help re-position Phuket as a HNW tourism destination – a policy just confirmed as adopted by the Prime Minister himself (Read more here).

Originally scheduled back in February this year, show organisers Verventia are cautiously optimistic that the pandemic will be brought under control and the population adequately protected so that TYS can be staged in the first quarter of 2022. Nevertheless, arrangements are being kept flexible in line with the industry’s wishes and the government’s advice, ensuring a timetable with which all strategic partners are comfortable given the on- going situation.

Having had to postpone no less than 5 shows over the past 2 years, Verventia CEO Andy Treadwell has refused to make any premature announcements about definitive dates for the reopening, despite pressure from newly-hatched competitors with no experience trying to hijack the show.

“With people and businesses suffering badly and the government resolutely – and completely correctly – putting safety first, we believe it would be highly insensitive, at best, to announce that the virus will have gone away and borders re-opened until it is fact. We believe this is unlikely to be the case in just 3 months from now. We will stage the show when we and all our clients, partners and stakeholders feel it is safe to do so – which we sincerely hope will be early next year.”

GLOBAL YACHTING INDUSTRY IN SUPPORT OF TYS!

All the major brands and regional dealers have already booked their berths at TYS 2022, whenever it can eventually take place, fully endorsing the Show. They also appreciate the investment its owners have made over the past 6 years in helping to grow the regional industry and promote Phuket as the main yachting hub for Asia.

Simpson Marine, the biggest and longest-standing dealer in Asia and founding partner of all three of the Asia Yacht Shows in Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, has once again confirmed the biggest number of berths in TYS 2022, and will be showing at least 5 or 6 of the latest models of their brands San Lorenzo, Lagoon, Beneteau, Fairline and Aquila.

Richard Allen, General Manager of Simpson Marine, speaks for the most of the industry when he says: “We do not need another show in Thailand- and with the Covid situation in SEA at present, [even] if there was a show taking place in January (2022), we would not attend. The Verventia team has over the last few years been very active in getting the Thai government to understand the potential economic benefits for their country by allowing superyachts to charter here. Now this has finally been approved, I am certain we will see tremendous growth in the boating industry at large. I just wish everybody would get behind [Verventia] and help them grow the Thailand Yacht Show- we don’t need opportunists trying to jump the bandwagon, destroying the momentum and causing confusion. We have already seen the same situation in Hong Kong, causing great damage to the industry there.”

Ferretti Group, another major global brand enjoying huge success in Asia at the moment and also a founding partner of TYS and all three Asia Yacht Shows, has similarly booked their usual berths on the front row of the exhibition.

Sales & Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, Fabiomassimo Discoli, commented: “We certainly don’t want two competing exhibitions in Phuket. Ferretti Group APAC has a long relationship with Verventia and we trust them in being able to create a quality boat show in the region. We have already invested in their shows and there would be no space for another one in the season 2021/2022.”

Princess Yachts is another one of the biggest leisure boating brands in the world and, having similarly supported every single edition of the 3 Asian Yacht Shows since inception, is equally aghast at the ridiculous situation of a newcomer trying to destroy TYS: “We definitely do not need another boat show. If a new organiser wants to be involved, they need to come together strategically with the existing organisers and agree how they can best represent the industry. We like the idea of a single show covering a larger territory across Asia Pacific, with the tried and tested partners with whom we have worked for the past ten years who can operate a show like the Singapore Yacht Show and deliver a truly positive and genuine experience for our customers.” says Princess Chief Marketing Officer, Kiran Haslam

The Thai government initiated the Thailand Yacht Show in 2015 in a move to stimulate Thailand’s economy through developing a high-end marine tourism industry. Verventia were chosen as the event organisers, and now intend to develop it into an international marketing platform that reaches out to the global HNW and UHNWI community.

The extended event will include separate showcases of other high-end luxury products such as private jets, classic cars and electric cars, wellness and healthcare, and Art & Culture – the combined shows providing an irresistible event to attract many thousands of lifestyle-focused consumers from all over the region.

The global campaign currently being prepared for the launch of this event will provide a year-round marketing platform to re-position Thailand as an elite UHNWI destination, as well as being a catalyst for business opportunities in the privileged universes the campaign will engage with.

Visitors will be able to experience the outstanding venues around Phuket, together with unparalleled hospitality, tropical climate, white sandy beaches and some of Asia’s best golf courses.

Vice Governor of Phuket Khun Piyaphong Choonwong, fully endorses the new event: “The Provincial Government of Phuket is delighted to support the initiative of the Thailand Yacht Show team in creating a global campaign to bring a whole raft of wealthy yachting tourists to our beautiful island. The concept of the Festival of Luxury Tourism, incorporating the Thailand Yacht Show, will surely be exceptionally appealing to exactly the kind of high net-worth holidaymakers and the agencies who spread the word to them. At a recent meeting of Phuket’s business leaders, this project received a 100% vote in favour of support. When we can finally open our borders completely once more, there will be a queue of people waiting to come and experience our luxury tourism offering.”

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The Slate Phuket Appoints Claude Sauter as New General Manager

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The Slate Phuket Appoints Claude Sauter as New General Manager - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, September 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Slate, the whimsical, art-inspired beachfront resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, has announced the appointment of Claude Sauter as its new General Manager, bringing an unrivalled depth of local knowledge, industry acumen and leadership experience to this key role.

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A Swiss national, Claude is a life-long hospitality professional with proven track record. He has also enjoyed a richly rewarding 24-year relationship with Phuket – and with Thailand as a whole. Having first arrived in the “Pearl of the Andaman” in 1997, as Resident Manager of Impiana Resort Patong, Claude went on to manage some of the island’s top hotels and resorts. He is also proficient in Thai, one of six languages he can speak along with French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.

A graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, the prestigious Swiss hotel school, and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Claude is clearly highly-qualified. But it is his time in Phuket that has defined his life and career. Following five successful years with Impiana, Claude achieved his first general manager’s role with Cape & Kantary Hotels, leading the famous Cape Panwa Hotel in southeast Phuket. He has since headed-up several major properties in Phuket and neighbouring Phang Nga province for international hotel groups including Wyndham and Marco Polo. Most recently, he was GM of The Surin Phuket for over six years, making it one of the island’s best performing hotels.

Now, he brings his impressive management qualities and local area expertise to The Slate, where Bill Bensley’s quirky and compelling interior design concept showcases the island’s industrial tin mining heritage. Nestled on the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach, a secluded stretch of Phuket’s northwest coast, this unique resort immerses guests in a world of avant-garde art and design. Guests can stay in a selection of luxurious rooms, suites and pool villas, unwind in glistening pools and tranquil gardens, soothe their senses at the spectacular Coqoon Spa, chill out on the beach, and savour sensational cuisine in a choice of dining destinations, including Black Ginger, the Michelin-recommended Thai restaurant.

What truly sets The Slate apart from other resorts however, is how it empowers travellers from all over the world to learn about Phuket’s culture through authentic art-inspired journeys, engaging activities and community-orientated initiatives. This is driven by the hotel’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (“Khun Moo”), whose family history is woven into the fabric of the island. Together, Khun Moo and Claude will offer unparalleled insights into this enchanting destination.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Claude to The Slate as our new general manager. His track record speaks for itself; not only is he a highly-skilled hotelier with strong leadership qualities; he also shares my deep passion for Phuket. Having spent more than two decades living and working on the island and being able to speak Thai, he can offer expert advice and insights to our guests, while also intuitively understanding the local tourism market and the needs of our team members. Claude is a perfect fit for The Slate,” commented Khun Moo.

“It is an honour to be appointed GM of The Slate and to work alongside Khun Moo, who is a truly iconic figure in Phuket’s tourism and hospitality industry. She has successfully created one of the most breath-taking resorts in Asia, which successfully weaves her family’s life story with Bill Bensley’s design and the finest five-star hospitality. As the world starts to travel again, I look forward to ushering in an exciting new era at this outstanding resort, and creating exceptional experiences for all our guests,” added Claude.

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About The Slate, A Phuket Pearl Resort
Inspired by Phuket’s tin mining past, The Slate blends Bill Bensley’s whimsical design with industrial elements to create highly unique guest experiences. A collection of stunning suites and villas, including pool villas and the spectacular Bensley Suite, surround glistening pools and gardens, and the serene Coqoon Spa blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. Discover delectable dining in a selection of stylish restaurants and bars, enjoy authentic locally-inspired activities, from yoga to Muay Thai, or simply stroll along the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach.

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Russian Tour Operators Gear Up for Phuket High Season with Sandbox Breaks

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Russian Tour Operators Gear Up for Phuket High Season with Sandbox Breaks

Phuket, Thailand, September 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Phuket’s tourism industry can look forward to a stronger high season, as Russian travellers prepare to swap their cold winter weather for a sun-soaked Sandbox escape, a recent webinar has learned. In the “Phuket Sandbox: Russia’s Winter Wonderland” event, Russian outbound tour operators expressed their belief that many of their clients are longing to return to Phuket. They warned however, that some key factors were still restricting the destination’s full potential.

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Held on Thursday 9th September 2021, the webinar was organised by C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications (DAC), and hosted by Laguna Resorts & Hotels. It was attended by a wide range of industry experts, including top tour operators, leading hoteliers, airline executives and representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and there was a general feeling of optimism about the upcoming peak season in Phuket.

Prior to the global pandemic, Russia was one of Phuket’s biggest source markets. In 2019, over 700,000 visitors arrived direct from Russia, and while that level is unlikely to be matched in the near future, hoteliers and tour operators are confident that the coming months will see the start of a recovery.

This belief is driven by the fact that, effective 1st September 2021, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health added Russia’s Sputnik to its list of approved vaccines, which will enable thousands of Russian citizens to take part in the Phuket Sandbox programme. Ravi Chandran, CEO of Laguna Resorts & Hotels, called this move a “huge boost to the Sandbox”.

“It adds stability and continuity to the Sandbox concept and it will give a lot of the other European countries – and other countries around the world – confidence in the concept, when they see a big player like Russia participating,” Mr. Chandran told the webinar. He added that arrival numbers would probably start slowly, before “building up in November and December, once more airlines launch flights”. The first Aeroflot flight is due to depart on 4th October 2021.

To drive Phuket’s rebound, Khanittha Phanworawat, Director of the TAT’s Moscow Office, revealed that her team is now ramping up its promotional efforts in Russia.

“The Phuket Sandbox is our main agenda for the travel trade,” Ms. Khanittha stated. “We explained the concept to Russian tour operators at an event in Moscow in September. B2B online workshops have also connected Thai hoteliers and suppliers with Russian agents, and we have set up a dedicated Russian language website to provide the latest information for travel to Thailand.”

Tour operators said they were hopeful that Russian ‘snow birds’ would flock back to Phuket this winter. Salim Akbas, Product Purchasing Manager (Southern Thailand) for ODEON Tourism, said that Russia was a “really good fit for the Sandbox” due to the 14-day length-of-stay requirement, which is similar to the usual vacation duration preferred by Russian travellers, and their strong appetite for Thailand’s beaches and food. The “7+7” extension of the Sandbox will also enable visitors to experience more parts of the Kingdom, with the option of combining Phuket with destinations such as Khao Lak, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi.

Mr. Akbas stressed however, that rates need to remain moderate to make sure that potential customers do not head elsewhere. “It’s recovery season, so [hoteliers need to] make the price point right. Everyone wants to make profit, but this might not be the right time. If we miss one more high season, the competition might become too strong. Dubai for example, will be an alternative destination,” he warned.

Olga Na Takuatoong, Deputy Managing Director of Exotic Voyage, a luxury Russian tour operator, agreed that suppliers need to use promotional rates to drive the revival. “Sun, sand and sea are still the priority for Russian travellers. They need to be in a warm place in the winter and Phuket has everything they need. During the pandemic, a lot of Russian customers went to the Maldives, Dubai, the Seychelles or other countries. To attract customers back, I would recommend that Phuket’s hospitality sector needs to maintain their promotional rates, and not try to increase them,” she commented.

With the launch of the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 programme and the acceptance of the Sputnik vaccine as a condition of entry, it seems that Phuket is taking the right steps to regaining the Russian market. What also seems clear however, is that a price-led return will be critical to restoring confidence, and that some travel restrictions may have to be lifted in order to entice travellers away from rival destinations.

Launched on 1st July 2021, the Phuket Sandbox allows fully-vaccinated international travellers from 60+ countries and territories worldwide to enjoy quarantine-free stays in the “Pearl of the Andaman”, if they fly direct to the island, stay in approved accommodation, and take regular PCR tests during the stay.

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A dedicated PCR test centre now has been set up within Laguna Phuket, the integrated resort that features seven world-class, SHA Plus-certified resorts, plus a wide range of restaurants, bars, spas, boutique shopping, private yachting and water sports, all nestled within 1,000 acres of sparkling lagoons and verdant parkland, with a 3km stretch of pristine beach at Bangtao Bay. Golfers can tee-off at the 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, which was named as “Thailand’s Best Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards. This means that international guests, including Russian nationals, can enjoy safe, serene and secluded Sandbox stays at Laguna Phuket.

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TAT Spread Happiness & Built Confidence for Tourists & Communities with Happy Paradise Campaign

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TAT Spread Happiness & Built Confidence for Tourists & Communities with Happy Paradise Campaign - TRAVELINDEXThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched the Happy Paradise Campaign to present tourism products and services, bringing impressions and new experiences to tourists in the Phuket Sandbox programme through the Happy Paradise Campaign while supporting the local communities and local culture.

Giving Happy Paradise Welcome Kit & Happy Paradise Souvenir to the Phuket Sandbox Tourists.

The reopening program of the pilot provinces to welcome back international visitors started with the Phuket Sandbox programme on the past July 1, 2021. To July 31, 2021, there are about 14,000 tourists in the Phuket Sandbox programme which generates more than 829-million-baht income. In order to bring impressions to tourists and support the communities, TAT has launched the Happy Paradise Campaign to welcome tourists back, bringing impressions and confidence in traveling in Thailand, as well as spreading income to southern local communities and tourism entrepreneurs in the Sealed Routes: Phuket, Krabi, Phang-nga, Ko Samui, Ko Tao, and Ko Pha-Ngan.

Happy Paradise by TAT Tourism Authority of ThailandThe Happy Paradise Campaign presents tourism products and services while attaching importance to establishments awarded the safety and health standard under the SHA+ symbol through various Happy Paradise activities. One of the activities is giving 1,000 Happy Paradise Welcome Kits to international visitors who arrived in Phuket on 12-14 August 2021. The welcome kit consists of the Tourism Ambassador 2021 Special Edition badge and the Journal Book. Tourists can get a special discount by showing the badge to participating establishments in the Sealed Routes.

Moreover, all tourists who stay in SHA+ hotels are also given the Happy Paradise Souvenirs which are a unique local product from southern communities:

1. Manorah beaded keychain from Phatthalung,
2. Pandanus phone bag from Krabi,
3. Batik notebook from Phuket,
4. Rubber tree phone/picture holder from Trang,
5. Batik pants from Phuket,
6. Batik mat from Krabi,
7. Batik face mask with pearls straps from Phuket, and
8. Batik face mask with Manorah beads straps from Phatthalung.

Happy Paradise by TAT Tourism Authority of ThailandThe Happy Paradise activity also includes the shows to spread local southern culture through the Manorah Dance and Ron Rae Dance. The shows was held on 18-23 August, 2021, at the designated hotels. Last but not least, the Happy Paradise Campaign holds an online activity for tourists to participate in. Check into tourist attractions in Phuket, take photos of the Happy Paradise souvenir, and post it on social media with the hashtag #ThailandHappyParadise to get a chance to win prizes.

TAT is confident that the Happy Paradise Campaign will be another factor to help support and recover Thailand’s tourism industry, as well as generating income under a performance that focuses on safe tourism and helping the communities to stay strong.

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