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Thailand to Host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting

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Thailand to Host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, August 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting will be held concurrently with the 60th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting in Bangkok from 14-20 August, 2022, the event is expected to be attended by over 300 ministers and officials from APEC member economies.

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Thailand confirmed its readiness, in its role as the host of APEC 2022, to host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and the 60th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting in Bangkok from 14-20 August, 2022.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, said, “This is the first time that Thailand will host a ministerial meeting on tourism in 21 APEC member economies, which is expected to be attended by more than 300 ministers and officials. The meetings will be held with a ‘Low-carbon’ approach under the concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ that promotes sustainable recovery post-pandemic.”

The concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ focuses on a holistic approach to develop and promote tourism by taking into account all possible impacts on the environment, culture, and the local way of life. As well as restoration of tourist attractions, the strategy places emphasis on sustainable tourism development by balancing tourist numbers to suit the attraction, and more importantly, prioritising on providing service quality and consistency over the number of tourists. The aim also is to encourage local people to participate in and benefit from inclusive and equitable tourism, and to stimulate awareness on cultural and environmental preservation.

This is in line with the Royal Thai Government’s Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economy Model, which is being used to revive Thailand’s tourism industry with the aim for safe, inclusive, and sustainable travel. The BCG Economy Model capitalises on Thailand’s strengths in biological diversity and cultural richness, and conforms to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“As APEC 2022 host, Thailand is aiming to push forward the APEC Policy Recommendations on Regenerative Tourism to pave the way forward for the future of tourism across the Asia-Pacific region. Thailand will certainly use these recommendations as a starting point for tourism policy planning that builds on the concept of sustainable tourism to help revive our tourism sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. Phiphat said.

By ensuring sustainable development of natural resources and roping in participation from local people with the aim for real distribution of income to the local community, the concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ is expected to benefit the APEC member economies in the post-pandemic tourism recovery. In addition, this will help achieve the goal of capitalising on tourism for a better environment, more social creativity, and higher-valued local wisdom knowledge, and ultimately helping to support the local people with better jobs and livelihood.

This reflects Thailand’s theme for its hosting of the APEC 2022, which is “Open. Connect. Balance”.

In addition to the APEC tourism ministers meeting and working group, there will also be parallel activities; such as, an academic seminar under the topic of “Co-Creating Regenerative Tourism”, and an excursion centred around Bangkok’s historic Talat Noi neighbourhood, and Nakhon Pathom’s Sampran Model. These are aimed to offer event participants a chance to experience community tourism in line with the ‘Regenerative Tourism’ concept.

“On behalf of the Thai people, Thailand is ready to be a good host and showcase our Regenerative Tourism initiatives to the ministers and officials from the APEC member economies during the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and related meetings”, Mr. Phiphat concluded.

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The press conference was also attended by Mr. Choti Trachu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor; and executives and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the TAT, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), and the Government Public Relations Department.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Best Western Takes Off with New Hotel at Bangkok’s Airport

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Best Western Takes Off with New Hotel at Bangkok's Airport - HOTELWORLDS.com - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, August 6, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts has reaffirmed its position as one of Thailand’s leading international hotel groups with the opening of a new hotel located close to Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.

Best Western Nada Don Mueang Airport Hotel is perfectly positioned in North Bangkok, just 15 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the skytrain, ensuring seamless connectivity for all visitors. This modern midscale hotel features 235 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant and fantastic facilities for meetings and events, including a 200-guest ballroom and six additional function rooms. Phahonyothin 59 BTS station is just moments away.

With excellent accessibility via the skytrain and elevated expressway, as well as free onsite parking, this hotel is set to become a popular option for business and leisure travelers flying into and out of Don Mueang, as well as local event planners seeking the ideal place to host their next gathering.

This new property will join the global network of Best Western Rewards®, the group’s award-winning guest loyalty program, which offers exclusive member-only benefits at approximately 4,500 hotels and resorts in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

The launch of Best Western Nada Don Mueang Airport Hotel reaffirms Best Western’s position as one of the leading hotel operators in Bangkok and reflects the company’s long-term confidence in this dynamic destination. The group now offers its customers a choice of seven properties in the Thai capital, covering six distinct brands: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vīb®, SureStay Plus® and SureStay Collection®. The BWH Hotel Group® regional head office for Asia is also located in Bangkok.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of Best Western Nada Don Mueang Airport Hotel. Prior to the global pandemic, Don Mueang was Thailand’s second busiest airport, handling over 41 million passengers in 2019¹. The home base of low-cost carriers such as Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Nok Air, this airport is popular with domestic and international passengers visiting the Thai capital. With the launch of our new hotel, travelers now have a comfortable, convenient, and fully connected place to stay,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, BWH Hotel Group.

“This marks our second new hotel opening in Bangkok in the last two months, following the launch of Seekers Finders Rama IV, SureStay Collection by Best Western in June. This rapid expansion underscores our enduring confidence in the future of Thailand’s tourism industry,” he added.

Thailand has now lifted all travel restrictions for international visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the country returns to normal following the global pandemic.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,500 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio are SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection®, and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

World Gourmet Festival Returns to Bangkok

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 World Gourmet Festival Returns to Bangkok - TOP25RESTAUNTS.com - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, August 5, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Bangkok’s most prominent and longest-running international culinary event, World Gourmet Festival returns to the City of Angels to gather award-winning Master Chefs under one roof for a weeklong celebration of outstanding food paired with superb wines in an environment that fosters free exchange of ideas.

Held from the 6th to 11th September 2022 at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, the festival promises an extraordinary line-up of some of the world’s best chefs who will showcase their distinctive styles at one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses. Nine acclaimed chefs from the Netherlands, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Thailand with four Michelin stars between them will present an international culinary extravaganza:

Peter Gast: Graphite in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1 Michelin star)
Davide Caranchini: Materia in Como, Italy (1 Michelin star)
Nicolas Isnard: Auberge de la Charme in Prenois, France (1 Michelin star)
Amerigo Sesti: J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain in Bangkok, Thailand (1 Michelin star)
Christian Martena: Clara in Bangkok, Thailand
Sugio Yamaguchi: Botanique in Paris, France
Chudaree “Tam” Debhakam: Baan Tepa in Bangkok, Thailand
Claire Clark: Pretty Sweet in London, the United Kingdom
Sutakon Suwannachot: Chocolatier Boutique Café in Bangkok, Thailand

The proceedings will kick off with a glittering gala dinner on the 6th of September held at Anantara Siam’s ballroom giving guests a taste of what’s to come during the festival: exquisite starters from Sugio Yamaguchi and Peter Gast, mains from Nicolas Isnard and Davide Caranchini, dessert from Claire Clark and petit four from Anupong Nualchawee, Anantara Siam’s Executive Pastry Chef. The experience is open to the public and tickets are available for THB 8,500++ for a five-course meal including wine pairings.

During the festival, each chef will host between two to three exclusive dinners in the hotel’s award-winning Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market, Guilty and Shintaro restaurants, while English master pâtissier Claire Clark, rightfully considered one of the world’s best pastry chefs, and Bangkok’s own Sutakon Suwannachot of the MasterChef Thailand and Top Chef Thailand Dessert fame will be showcasing their refined confectionery in the Lobby Lounge throughout the week.

At Guilty restaurant, Anantara Siam’s brand-new dining and entertainment venue, celebrated chef Peter Gast will host three dinners on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September inviting food lovers to experience exquisite flavours that earned his speakeasy-style restaurant Graphite in Amsterdam a Michelin star.

At Biscotti, Christian Martena of Bangkok’s Clara restaurant will be serving up a veritable Italian feast on the 7th and 8th of September, followed by two more nights of Italian extravaganza courtesy of Davide Caranchi named Best Italian Young Chef 2018 by L’Espresso restaurant guide and whose restaurant Materia made it into the ‘50 Best Discovery’ collection by the World’s 50 Best.

At Madison steakhouse, Nicolas Isnard will give two dinners, on the 7th and 8th, showing the foodie crowd why, at 27, he was awarded the notable “Young Talent” award by the Gault Millau guide. On the 9th and 10th of September, the Madison kitchen will be taken over by another culinary star, Amerigo Sesti. Having earned his stripes at Jean-Michel Lorain’s celebrated Côte Saint Jacques, he is now heading the kitchen at J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, one of Bangkok’s top restaurants.

Lovers of French cuisine will find an unmissable offering at Shintaro, where Sugio Yamaguchi will be recreating the spirit and flavours of France’s Lyon region on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September.

At Spice Market, Chudaree “Tam” Debhakam, the youngest chef to ever compete in Top Chef Thailand, will be serving up authentic Thai dishes on the 8th, 9th and 10th.

As has become a tradition in recent years, the exclusive fringe events will return, including the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sunday, 11th September 2022. Designed to appeal to both aspiring chefs and professionals alike, daily cooking classes by all the visiting chefs will offer a unique opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as sampling specially prepared dishes from the chefs’ World Gourmet Festival repertoire and a wine master class on 7th.

The 22nd World Gourmet Festival is a proud supporter of Foundation for the Welfare of Rajavithi-Girls’ Home Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali. THB 600 per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the festival, will be donated to the Fund.

Reservations for the 22nd World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available, or email: wgf.asia@anantara.com or telephone +66 2 126 8866.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands a sumptuous opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities. Starting from THB 16,000++ per room per night, this special offer includes accommodation for two, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

SAii Phi Phi Island Village Brings Marine Conservation to Life

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SAii Phi Phi Island Village Brings Marine Conservation to Life - TRAVELINDEXKoh Phi Phi, Thailand, August 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / SAii Phi Phi Island Village allows guests to witness its environmental projects first-hand with a series of underwater excursions that integrate with the activities of the Marine Discovery Centre, including coral propagation and clownfish breeding programmes. The five-star lifestyle resort from S Hotels and Resorts PCL, has always put sustainability first and strived to preserve its precious environment. This idyllic island retreat also understands that its guests, or “InSAiiders”, seek activities that bring them closer to nature and have a positive impact on the planet. With this in mind, two of the resort’s facilities – the Gold Palm Dive Centre and Marine Discovery Centre – have come together to create immersive, eco-sensitive diving experiences that allow travellers to explore the vibrant underwater world in a highly responsible way.

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A series of professionally-led diving excursions from SAii Phi Phi Island Village allow guests to witness first-hand the work of the resort’s resident marine biologist, who works tirelessly to replenish the area’s rich and diverse ecosystems. Having visited the Marine Discovery Centre and learned about the various projects being undertaken, including coral propagation and breeding and release programmes for clownfish and bamboo sharks, divers can take a trip out into the sparkling waters of Hat Nappharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and see the effect these initiatives are having.

Diving into this spectacular seascape, InnSAiiders can explore the freshly planted fields of sea grass, which are wonderful nursery habitats for small fish – including the iconic clownfish that have been cared for and released by the Marine Discovery Centre. Divers and snorkellers can also see newly-grown coral at the house reef and the colourful sealife that depends in it. While the bamboo shark breeding programme is still in its incubation stages, visitors may be fortunate enough to see other keystone species in the area, such as blacktip reef sharks, leopard sharks, green turtles, hawksbill turtles and even whale sharks further offshore. A total of 17 bamboo sharks are ready to be released from the Marine Discovery Centre’s breeding facility in the coming weeks and months, so future divers may be able to witness these elegant creatures in their natural habitat.

Divers can rest assured that the PADI-certified Gold Palm Dive Centre, which is also part of the UN’s Green Fins sustainability programme, is staffed by highly experienced instructors and welcomes youngsters from the age of eight. Before they head out in small, low-impact groups, all visitors will be given a briefing on marine conservation to ensure that they act responsibly.

Guests may also notice that the seas of Hat Nappharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park are now cleaner, which is partially thanks to the efforts of SAii Phi Phi Island Village. Waste disposal is always a challenging issue for an island community, so the team of “SAiiLanders” – SAii Resorts’ term for its thoughtful associates – works with local villagers every week to clear waste from the area’s beaches and coastlines. Since this initiative commenced in 2021, 18 activities have been held and over 8,098kg of trash has been collected.

To ensure that it doesn’t accidentally contribute to the waste problem, SAii Phi Phi Island Village participates in the Thai Hotels Association’s Plastic Free Project and actively strives to reduce its consumption and output. It has eliminated single-use plastics, sorts recyclable waste carefully, minimises the use of paper and printer ink, and turns organic waste into compost. The resort also recycles 100 percent of its wastewater, which is treated and used to nourish the gardens and trees.

“At SAii Phi Phi Island Village, we recognise that we have a duty to care for the environment and keep it healthy for future generations. There are many challenges facing the oceans today, from climate change and coral degradation to plastic pollution and over-fishing, which are contributing to species decline and loss of biodiversity. But by taking practical steps to support conservation at our Marine Discovery Centre, then showing our InSAiiders the positive impact of our work first-hand, we hope to inspire even more guests – and especially young people – to help us preserve our seas and oceans,” said Bart Callens, Cluster General Manager of SAii Phi Phi Island Village and SAii Laguna Phuket.

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The responsible dive packages at SAii Phi Phi Island Village start from “Bubble Makers” (for kids 8-10 years old) to advanced open water options. Beginners will be supported on every step of their diving journey, from the swimming pool to the sea, by Khun Pang, the resort’s highly skilled dive instructor. Prices start from THB 3,200.

About S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited
S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited, the hospitality arm of Singha Estate Public Company Limited, is a fast-growing, Thai-inspired company with an extensive international portfolio and world-class standards. Specialising in the management and investment of high-quality hotels and resorts in desirable destinations across the globe, S Hotels & Resorts has created a collection of its own distinctive lifestyle brands, whilst also partnering with the hospitality industry’s leading names. The company aims to set new standards for leisure and lifestyle through diversified business platforms and to enhance value for all its stakeholders based upon a philosophy of sustainable development and delivering benefits to local communities.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Health A-listers Celebrate Grand Opening of CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin

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Thai Health A-listers Celebrate Grand Opening of CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin - TRAVELINDEX - FABULOUSTHAILAND.comHua Hin, Thailand, August 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The latest innovative medical hub offers comprehensive wellness and beauty programs at a world-class resort, taking high-end retreat to the next level with Thailand’s first medical-grade wellness innovation center. Thailand’s leading doctors in wellness and aesthetic medicine launched CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin, the latest Wellness Innovation destination. In collaboration with InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, “CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin,” Thailand’s first premium medical wellness center, exclusively developed comprehensive wellness and beauty programs that include health restoration activities and an accommodation package at the world-class beachfront resort, creating the ultimate health and beauty vacation destination.

The celebrity-packed grand opening attracted Thailand’s A-listers including Suquan ‘Kwan’ Bulakul, Sikanya ‘Pau’ Saktidej Bhanubanh, Nachanok ‘Golf’ Rattanataros, Jay Spencer, Jareyadee ‘Ple’ Spencer, Manasanun ‘Ann’ Naklada, Anucha ‘Meng’ Lertsapanant, Onchuma ‘Fay’ Durongdej, Pitipat ‘Ti’ Preedanont, Patinya ‘Guitar’ Kyokong, Suwara ‘Ming’ Sanitwong na Ayutthaya, Jarospan ‘Jui’ Svastiwat Na Ayutthaya, Jongjin ‘Jin’ Jungsura, Virakarn ‘Maprang’ Seneetantikul and Patson ‘Pat’ Sarindu. The top socialites celebrated the destination for a body and mind healing experience exclusively designed by medical specialists.

CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin introduced five holistic health and beauty programs for comprehensive health restoration 1) Long Covid Recovery Program 2) Anti-Aging Program 3) Immune Booster 4) Detoxification and 5) Cardiovascular Strengthening Program. Equipped with the latest wellness technology and medical-grade equipment, each program is fully customizable based on health checkup results and the doctor’s recommendations, delivering noticeable results from the first treatment. The beautifully designed wellness innovation center targets health-conscious customers who look to revive their physical and mental health, while relaxing at the beachfront paradise.

At the CHEVALA Grand Opening event, Dr. Ratkawin Jitawatanarat, an American Board of hematology and medical oncology; anti-aging specialist, said “Nowadays, the practice of preventive medicine to prevent disease and restore patient well-being is rising in popularity. Therefore, we created ‘CHEVALA’ to become the country’s first comprehensive medical wellness center. CHEVALA is the ultimate medical hub that promotes all aspects of well-being. Our center combines medical expertise, science-backed technology, and luxurious wellness practices to create a tailor-made healthy living. With the support from InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, we developed unique health and wellness programs that include exclusive activities and an accommodation package at the resort. Our center uses only world-class equipment and innovative technology to offer Thailand’s first premium medical and beauty programs at an ultra-luxurious resort. We want to give our international and local customers the best-in-class service to help them restore their body, mind, and soul.”

According to Dr. Ratkawin, CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin offers 5 exclusively designed health programs. This year’s highlighted program is the Long Covid Recovery Program, CHEVALA signature program which aims to treat Long Covid symptoms such as fatigue. The package includes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The therapy helps promote healing at the cellular level, revitalizing the energy level. It has been proven effective in treating headaches, boosting immunity, reducing swelling and bruises as well as promoting overall skin healing. HBOT is the therapy that many global A-listers swear by. The highly raved pure oxygen chamber is now available at CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin.

There are four more featured programs at CHEVALA. 1) Anti-Aging Program: featuring IV laser, IV vitamin therapy, and weight management plan that includes yoga training and exercise program with personal trainers 2) Immune Booster Program: a course incorporating a variety of treatments. Using Japan’s latest technology, the doctor will analyze the NK cell levels both pre and post-treatment to provide personalized treatment aimed to boost immunity. 3) Detox Program: deeply excreting toxins and heavy metals from the body using chelation therapy treatment. 4) Cardiovascular Strengthening Program: a comprehensive program to keep the heart young and healthy.

High-profile celebrity and television personality Suquan ‘Kwan’ Bulakul, who is always on the move, talked about how health technology helped her maintain a healthy lifestyle despite her busy schedule, “Nowadays, women have taken on multiple roles to meet work and family responsibilities. Sometimes, working long hours with uncertain schedules and not getting enough sleep affect my health and well-being. I’m interested in programs that integrate innovations to help release deep tiredness, boost immunity, and refresh my body and skin. World-class technology can help heal your body at the cellular level, showing visible before and after results. With doctors giving me consultations at every step, I can rest assured that I am in good hands.”

Top celebrity and health aficionado Jareyadee Spencer talked about her healthy lifestyle, “Hua Hin has always been my to-go getaway to spend quality time with my family and friends. I am very excited that there is a new medical wellness center here. After trying out some of CHEVALA’s unique programs, I can say that this is the ultimate health and beauty destination. The personalized programs are designed to target different needs based on your health results and the doctor’s recommendations. CHEVALA is the new hottest spot for health enthusiasts out there.”

CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin, the integrated health destination, offers a half-day to 8-day medical and wellness journey to fully revive the body, mind, and soul. Each program is under a supervision of a doctor and is fully customizable with the option to choose the treatment, length, and target results to meet every lifestyle. The full course includes chef-prepared meals and a room at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort. Packages start at 9,500 baht.

CHEVALA Wellness Hua Hin is now fully open to the public. Adjacent to InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, the new wellness innovation destination at Bluport Hua Hin Mall offers unique medical programs with next-level customer service. For more information, please call 096 919 2190

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Mixed-Use Lifestyle Town Will Enhance ICONSIAM Position as Global Landmark

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Mixed-Use Lifestyle Town Will Enhance ICONSIAM Position as Global Landmark - VISITTHAILAND.net - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, July 26, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / ICONSIAM, a world-class landmark located on the majestic Chao Phraya River – a joint-venture between three leading retail and real-estate developers: “Siam Piwat, Magnolia and CP,” is set to unveil ICS, a ‘Mixed-Use Lifestyle Town’ developed to amplify the thriving potential of the Thonburi area. ICS fosters an integration of urbanity and community that truly reflects today’s lifestyle by offering a complete range of retail, office and hotel facilities.

Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICS Company Limited, said that ICS will cater to both Bangkok and Thonburi residents, due to its multi-modal transport links of road, Skytrain and boat as well as a direct connection to ICONSIAM which will generate vibrant daily traffic.

Key anchor tenants will include Lotus’s – a new concept modern lifestyle supermarket, a Lifestyle Healthcare and Wellness Center by one of Thailand’s leading hospitals and the first Hilton Garden Inn in Bangkok: Hilton Garden Inn Bangkok ICS Charoen Nakorn with 241 rooms and cutting-edge facilities that will serve the needs of international tourists and business travelers.

Moreover, ICS will offer a new vibrant lifestyle mall to deliver happiness to customers daily under the concept “Always a Good Day”. ICS will feature more than 200 brands in the home and living, IT, financial services, fashion, beauty and cosmetic services and other daily life necessity segments. Dining at ICS will feature a comprehensive selection of over 80 leading F&B brands including many new international concepts that will open their first outlet in Thailand at ICS.ICS office facilities have already attracted leading educational services and IT solutions companies providing robust weekday traffic.

Mr. Supoj added that “Since the beginning of 2022, the number of business and leisure travelers to Bangkok has increased continuously and we are seeing rising demand for hotels and conference facilities especially for MICE. ICS, as a ‘Mixed-Use Lifestyle Town’ will cater to these needs and become another important magnet to drive ICONSIAM towards complete and integrative services for all customer segments.”

ICS is a key pillar in the continuation of Thonburi’s development plan, amplifying the expansion of the city on this side of the Chao Phraya River, especially the prime Khlong San area and Charoen Nakorn Road. More than 50 high-rise residential projects, or more than 25,000 units, will be completed in the area in the next few years and this increase in residential supply will facilitate the re-location of a significant new residential population to Charoen Nakhon Road.

In addition, the Royal Thai government plans to relocate the Ministry of Interior from ‘Klong Lod,’ Phra Nakhon to a new location near Sawetchat Worawihan Temple on Charoen Nakhon Road. Taksin Hospital, a major hospital in the Thonburi area, is also planning to expand its services by constructing a new 600-bed patients’ facility. In total these developments will create over 300,000 jobs for this prime area in Thonburi.

Currently construction of ICS is 90-percent completed and is scheduled to open Q4, 2022.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Exceptional Top Chef Collaboration Dinner in Phuket

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Exceptional Top Chef Collaboration Dinner in Phuket - TOP25RESTAURANTS.comPhuket, Thailand, July 23, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / L’Arôme by the sea and Samut will be holding an exceptional collaboration dinner with restaurant Samut and L’Arôme by the Sea on 1st of September 2022, at L’Arôme by the Sea, where chefs from these two restaurants team up to prepare a special dinner. The collaboration dinner will feature the new 8-course tasting menu, the best of the two restaurants.

Please note that they will be unable to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, seafood allergy, dairy or gluten intolerance for the special collaboration menu. A non refundable deposit of 2000 THB per person is required to secure your booking.

To make a reservation:
reservation.phuket@laromegroup.com
+66 (0)76 346 271

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Travelindex Reveals its 2022 TOP25 Restaurants Awards Bangkok

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TOP25 Restaurants Awards Bangkok 2022 RevealedBangkok, Thailand, July 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Today, Travelindex unveils the winners of its 2022 TOP25 Restaurants Bangkok Awards, highlighting the favourite restaurants that exemplify why the Thai capital is a favorite dining destination for gourmets and gourmands. The Best Restaurants in Bangkok ranked by Culinary Experts & the Restaurant Rating Index.

TOP25 Restaurants Bangkok has ranked Chef’s Table and Mezzaluna as the city’s best restaurants for five-star dining. The two restaurants share the top position with a rating of 96.2 out of 100, and both are located at lebua, the world’s first luxury vertical destination. The two top restaurants are followed by Sorn, serving fine Southern Thai cuisine in an elegant setting, and Savelberg where chef Henk Savelberg delights his guests with his legendary style of cooking.

The annual list and awards are based on Travelindex’s owned and patented “Restaurant Rating Index.” The multi-tier rating combines the power of crowd wisdom (social media and review sites) with artificial intelligence behavioral algorithms enhanced with guidance and expertise from on-the-ground experts, making it a true and objective curation and measuring standard.

THE TOP25 RESTAURANTS IN BANGKOK – Ranked by the Restaurant Rating Index

1* – Chef’s Table, French Fine Dining
1* – Mezzaluna, Experiential European
2 – Sorn, Southern Thai
3 – Savelberg, French Fine Dining
4 – Côte by Mauro Colagreco, Innovative French
5 – Aksorn by David Thompson, Traditional Thai
6 – Villa Frantzen, Nordic Cuisine
7 – R-Haan, Royal Thai
8 – Le Normandie by Alain Roux, French Fine Dining
9 – Yu Ting Yuan, Cantonese
10 – IGNIV, Progressive European
11 – Saawaan, Classic Thai
12 – Sushi Masato, Omakase
13 – Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Thai Molecular
14 – Gaa, Progressive Indian
15 – Le Du, Modern Thai
16 – Sühring, Modern German
17 – Blue by A. Ducasse, Classic French
18 – Ginza Sushi Ichi, Omakase
19 – Elements, Modern French
20 – Paste, Royal Thai
21 – Nahm, Modern Thai
22 – Canvas, International Cuisine
23 – Clara, Italian Fine Dining
24 – Cadence by Dan Bark, Progressive American
25 – Suan Thip, Classic Thai

Seeking a little inspiration for where to dine in Bangkok? Luckily, TOP25 Restaurants has just announced the winners of its annual TOP25 Restaurants Awards, highlighting the best restaurants in the city of angels: bit.ly/3ofNk9Y

If you do not see your favorite restaurant on this year’s TOP25 Restaurants list, please click here for its submission.

About TOP25 Restaurants by Travelindex
Travelindex is a content-driven ecosystem for the travel and tourism sectors. Our media group operates an open and free digital platform, connecting directly to millions of people worldwide, providing inspiration and advice for discerning travelers. The TOP25 Restaurants guides leverage the first independent rating system based on artificial intelligence combined with human expertise, to curate a premium selection of restaurants and available dining choices, wherever you are. We bring together the best of all cuisines with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of cooking and service. The annual TOP25 Awards showcase the most outstanding restaurants and the ultimate collection of dining venues.

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TAT to Revitalise Thai Tourism Towards Sustainable Growth

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TAT to Revitalise Thai Tourism Towards Sustainable Growth - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, July 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced the marketing plan for 2023 that will continue this year’s goal to revitalise and transform Thai tourism, while placing greater emphasis on the recovery of the tourism sector towards stronger and sustainable, more responsible, more digital and more inclusive tourism growth.

Staged in a hybrid meeting format, the annual TAT Action Plan for 2023 conference was presided over by H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports. Also present at the event were Dr. Thosaporn Sirisumphand, TAT’s Chairman of the Board, and officials and figures from the Thai public and private tourism sectors, as well as members of the media.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “TAT sees 2023 as a year of a new beginning for Thai tourism. Hence, we have outlined our marketing strategy for next year adhering to the TAT’s Corporate Plan 2023-2027, which aims to heighten the TAT’s position as the strategic leader in driving Thailand towards experience-based and sustainable tourism.

“TAT is committed to help revitalise and transform Thai tourism under our three strategic objectives, which are: to ‘drive demand’ for meaningful travel, to ‘shape supply’ by developing a new tourism ecosystem, and to ‘thrive for excellence’ by making the TAT a data-driven organisation. We believe this will heighten our goal for Thailand to achieve high value and sustainable tourism growth,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

TAT will continue to use the “Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters” as the communication strategies for the international market. Thailand will continue to be promoted as a world-class destination that offers something for everyone under the ‘From A-Z: Amazing Thailand Has It All’ concept. This will be showcased alongside the kingdom’s 5F, 4M soft-power foundations; namely, Food, Film, Fashion, Festival, Fight, Music, Museum, Master, and Meta.

Particularly for long-haul international market, TAT recognises 2023 as the ‘time is the new currency’ era. Therefore, emphasis will be placed on promoting Thailand as a year-round destination for health and wellness aficionados, families with kids, active seniors, and remote workers / teleworkers through co-promotions with leading brands. Strategic marketing activities will be launched in new source markets, including Saudi Arabia and the USA’s large secondary cities through partnerships with the airlines.

For the short-haul international market, TAT has outlined ‘The Great Resumption’ under the ‘2Qs, 5News’ strategy. The ‘2Qs’ are ‘Quick Win’ to drive back the demands of tourists and ‘Quality’ to achieve more numbers of revisits and higher trip expenditure. The ‘5News’ include ‘New Segments’ with growth potential, ‘New Areas’ for source tourist markets, ‘New Partners’ in existing markets, ‘New Infrastructure’ relating to travel and tourism, and ‘New Way’ of travel experiences that will focus on responsible tourism. TAT will also promote all points of entry into Thailand, via land, water, and air with an aim to reinstate more than 80% of the regional air capacity in 2019.

In addition, more collaborative partnerships will be formed between TAT and the airlines to help boost the international tourism business by increasing the seating capacity to Thailand. Initially, this will focus on key source markets with no travel restrictions to drive the travel demand of high-disposable income groups (Millennials, Gen-X, and Silver-Age People), hyper-personalisation groups (health and wellness, sports tourism, and responsible tourism), and new segments (digital nomads and remote workers / teleworkers).

For the domestic market, TAT will focus on increasing the travel frequency of domestic tourists by promoting Thailand as a year-round destination under the ‘REAL’ strategy: Responsible Tourism, Extra-ordinary Experience, Avantgarde Marketing and Less for more Economy. Highlights of each of the five regions of Thailand will be promoted, including nostalgic experiences in the North for Multi-Gen Families, ‘Trend C2’ innovative routes in the Central Region for Gen-Y and Gen-Z, culinary and luxury tourism offers in the Each for high-income Gen-Y and Millennial Families, Dharma – Nature – Culture routes in the Northeast for Gen-Y and employed people, and inclusive responsible tourism in the South. Moreover, TAT will promote secondary cities up and down Thailand.

TAT has formulated the marketing plan for 2023 adhering to the Thai government’s Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economy Model, which is conforming to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BCG model is being used to revive the tourism industry with the aim of safe, inclusive, and sustainable travel.

Moreover, to ‘thrive for excellence’ by making TAT a data-driven organisation, TAT will use the Thailand Tourism Virtual Mart (TTVM) as the key online B2B platform for Thai tourism business and international tourism operators.

“For 2023, TAT expects Thailand to generate a total tourism revenue of 1.73 trillion Baht with 970 billion Baht from the international market and 760 billion Baht from the domestic market (for base case scenario) and 2.38 trillion Baht with 1.50 trillion Baht from the international market and 880 billion Baht from the domestic market (for best case scenario). This represents about 80% of Thailand’s tourism performance in 2019,” Mr. Yuthasak concluded.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Kamalaya Samui Announces Bespoke Retreats to Feel Life’s Potential

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Kamalaya Samui Announces Bespoke Retreats to Feel Life's Potential - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, July 20, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa is set to host a series of retreats scheduled to take place this autumn. Each retreat will be guided by distinct wellness professionals and has been developed collaboratively with retreat leaders who hold a deep appreciation for Kamalaya’s philosophy of holistic wellness, combining life-enriching insights with bespoke therapies.

While the focus at the legendary wellness retreat is on personalised wellness, Kamalaya retreats are intimate, limited to a maximum of 12 participants, and led by internationally renowned practitioners. Each retreat offers the perfect setting in nature where guests can explore particular topics in greater depth and benefit from the support network of a group of like-minded individuals.

The two group retreats are ideal for guests seeking personalised support and expert guidance within a nurturing setting. Dates have been announced for two group retreats in September and October:

Finding Emotional Balance & Freedom 1 – 7 September 2022 (6 nights/7 days)
Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion 6 – 10 October 2022 (4 nights/5 days)

‘There is a special energy that arises out of doing something with others and this dynamic life force will be harnessed through our series of retreats, each customised to enhance our guest’s wellbeing experience,’ said Karina Stewart, founder and Chief Wellness Officer of Kamalaya Koh Samui.

Finding Emotional Balance & Freedom, Group retreat with Kamalaya’s Life Enhancement Mentors
1-7 September 2022 (6 nights/7 days)

Kamalaya’s insightful Life Enhancement Mentors lead participants on an inward journey to let go of emotions and perceptions that are restrictive, unhelpful and damaging and instead towards cultivating expansive thinking and embracing positive habits that enrich the mind and body, with a particular focus on increasing emotional and perceptual flexibility

This Finding Emotional Balance & Freedom Retreat includes a combination of intimate group morning and afternoon sessions, group talks and meditation practices, as well as an individual 90-minute personal mentoring session to address specific goals and individual needs of each participant. Five holistic treatments are included to complement the retreat experience including Vital Essence Oil Massage, Traditional Asian Hand Massage, Traditional Asian Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage.

Kamalaya’s dedicated Life Enhancement Mentors Sujay Seshadri, Krishna Raj and Srinivas Bhat have all studied ancient Asian philosophies while immersed in monastic lifestyles in India for more than a decade each. Their distinctive teaching and mentoring styles have helped many people all over the world to accept and manage their emotions. Together Kamalaya’s Life Enhancement Mentors present this seven-day retreat as they guide participants along their path towards inner balance and freedom, facilitating personal insights and providing assistance in responding to change and facing life’s daily challenges.

Finding Emotional Balance & Freedom is a six-night/seven-day retreat with prices starting from 258,270 THB for double occupancy in a Hillside View room. This rate includes three meals a day, daily retreat sessions and treatments including Vital Essence Oil Massage, Traditional Asian Hand Massage, Traditional Asian Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage.

Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion, Group retreat with Simon Low
6-10 October 2022 (4 nights/5 days)

World leading Yin and Yang Yoga expert, consultant and teacher, Simon Low hosts this immersive retreat, imparting the principles of Yin and Yang yoga through theory and practice. Suitable for all levels, participants are supported in their yoga journey and inspired to cultivate a deeper connection to the self.

The retreat includes three morning and afternoon sessions that each span 2.5 hours, allowing for individual attention and personal modifications in alignment and postures to further enhance your yoga experience. Three holistic Asian massage therapies are also included to nurture, restore and invigorate: Royal Ayurvedic Massage, Vital Essence Oil Massage and Traditional Thai Massage.

A principal of the Yoga Academy and co-founder of London’s Triyoga, Simon Low’s unique yoga style integrates his studies in Qi Gong, psychology, pranayama and Taoism. His teaching style is based on the core principles of yoga, breath work and alignment.

Kamalaya’s Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion from 6 – 10 October 2022 is a four-night, five-day retreat with prices starting from 181,915 THB based on double occupancy in a Hillside View room and includes all meals, daily yoga sessions, one Royal Ayurvedic Massage, one Vital Essence Oil Massage and one Traditional Thai Massage, in addition to.

Participants experiencing a Kamalaya retreat are welcome to enjoy Kamalaya’s full program of complimentary daily holistic fitness activities and use of Kamalaya’s leisure facilities, including swimming pools, steam rooms and fitness centre. They also receive a 20 percent discount on additional wellness treatments.

With expansive outdoor space, open-air dining, lush tropical vegetation, cascading streams, 250 meters of private beach and a cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat, Kamalaya’s setting is an integral part of each guest’s experience. Since opening as a health sanctuary in 2005, Kamalaya has offered enriching wellness programmes that combine healing therapies from East and West making it one of the world’s top destinations for everyone seeking to improve health and wellbeing.

For further information about Kamalaya and these retreats, please visit: kamalaya.com

• Finding Emotional Balance & Freedom group retreat is from 1 – 7 September 2022 (6 nights/7 days) with prices starting from THB 142,635 for single occupancy and THB 258,270 for double occupancy in a Hillside View room.
• Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion group retreat is from 6 – 10 October 2022 (4 nights/5 days) with prices starting from THB 99,958 for single occupancy or THB 181,915 for double occupancy in a Hillside View room.
• Prices include three meals per person, beverages, and outlined treatments.
• For direct bookings, please call +66 (0) 77 429 800

About Kamalaya
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is a multi-award-winning wellness sanctuary located on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience that helps people reconnect to life’s potential and achieve optimal wellbeing, while integrating healing therapies from East and West, including customized programmes that approach Detoxification, Relax and Renew, Enriched Gut, Sleep Enhancement, Yoga Synergy, Embracing Change, and Resilience & Immunity.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News