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Food Ordery Partners with Thai Food Delivery Platform eatsHUB

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Food Ordery Partners with Thai Food Delivery Platform eatsHUB - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, May 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) together with Food Ordery Co., Ltd launch new digital platform eatsHUB to help small entrepreneurs and food venders through Thailand’s National Delivery Platform project. The platform aims to create the accessibility to food online services for all with lower costs, high benefits, and match with consumer’s lifestyle. The eatsHUB plans to reach user’s registration with more than 500,000 users, more than 5 million transactions and create the economy value more than 500 million baht in the first year. Now available for download both android and iOS operating system.

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Asst. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) stated that, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected in various way of life. In the other hand, the pandemic is another reason surge that push the adaption with digital technologies due to the social distancing norms and nationwide lockdowns.

People and organizations all over the world have had to adjust to new ways of work and life. There are main factors that drive the food delivery platform business continue growth in two years during the pandemic.

Currently, the food delivery platform business has strongly competitive because of the market is the large segment and it has many companies’ wants to increase the market share as the foreign company. Nonetheless, the operation cost for small entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which open the food restaurant that small business has a higher cost and less profit compared with the large-sized restaurant.

Some of small business has increase the food price burden on consumers, so the eatsHUB can help small entrepreneurs to access to the digital platform and reduce inequality. depa and Food Ordery join hands launche eatsHUB platform, is a Thai platform under the National Delivery Platform Project that aims to help small entrepreneurs, food riders and people who want to join with eatsHUB

“Our greatest strength, eatsHUB will charge the gross profit (GP) shares of about 8-10% collected from food vendors, lower than other online delivery platforms have cried foul about GP shares of about 30% collected from food vendors. It will benefit to food buyers too. Depa expects to have user’s registration with more than 500,000 users, use the app more than 5 million times and create the economy value more than 500 million baht in the first year and create the new food rider around 2,000 riders in the first year.” He said.

Mr. Thammanit Khamwangyang, Chief Executive Officer of Food Ordery Co.,LTD said that the projected success of eatsHUB provides its services covered four arears in Bangkok including Bangkhen, Chatuchak, Ladprao and Suan Luang. Also, it plans to expand the service cover all Bangkok and the perimeter an with in July 2022. He expects the eatsHUB will cover 18 provinces in the first year including Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchaburi, Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Phanom. The company expects the food vendor will join with eatsHUB more than 20,000 food venders in the initial.

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He added, eatsHUB will create the new standard for the food vendors such as asking online food delivery platforms to lower GP rate to 8-10% compared the other food services. The food vender who joins with eatsHUB will receive their cash transfers in the next day without the minimum rate. The eatsHUB has several marketing promotions and the Big Data analysis. Nevertheless, eatsHUB is established through the collaboration project between the government and the private sector so it has a reliability and satisfy the customer needs. This platform also can sustain a food vendor quality to meet the high standard and fair prices.

First published at – Global Travel News

SAii Laguna Phuket Launches New Meetings and Events Centre

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SAii Laguna Phuket Launches New Meetings and Events Centre - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, May 13, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / SAii Laguna Phuket, the free-spirited lifestyle resort on Phuket’s stunning sunset coast, is now set to become one of the island’s most impressive venues for corporate and social events, including weddings, following the grand opening of its brand-new Meetings & Events Centre.

Newly constructed in 2021, this standalone MICE destination comprises 1,900 square metres of flexible, fully-connected function space, including the 350-guest Similan Ballroom, with its six-metre-high ceilings, plus nine well-equipped breakout rooms, a spacious foyer area and a VIP room. Each of these state-of-the-art venues will feature the latest audio-visual technology, so every event will make a lasting impression.

The centre’s inspiring indoor areas will be complemented by three ocean-facing outdoor spaces, including an elegant poolside lawn and the beautiful beach. Together, these fantastic facilities will enable SAii Laguna Phuket to host a wide range of occasions, from important business meetings and major corporate conferences to grand gala dinners, glittering award ceremonies, key product launches and more.

For brides and grooms, SAii Laguna Phuket also provides a spectacular setting for destination weddings. With a choice of different themes and set-up options, from traditional Thai and classical Chinese ceremonies to Western-style white weddings and lavish Indian celebrations, the resort’s highly experienced team of wedding planners will take care of every detail to create magical moments and make memories that last a lifetime.

Whatever the occasion, customers will be promised professional support services, creative catering from the talented culinary team at SAii Laguna Phuket, a curated collection of local partners and suppliers, and a wide range of packages to suit all budgets. Under SAii Resorts’ deep commitment to sustainability, guests can rest assured that their event will be environmentally sensitive, with no single-use plastics.

At SAii Laguna Phuket, every event host, business delegate, bride, groom or wedding guest will able to stay in style with a choice of bright and inviting rooms and suites, and welcomed with warm and genuine Thai hospitality. Surrounded by tranquil lagoons on Phuket’s west coast, overlooking Bangtao Beach, the resort allows its clientele, or “InSAiiders”, to cool off in sparkling swimming pools, enjoy water sports on the lagoons, play tennis, squash, archery and more. There is also a kids’ club, fitness centre, club lounge and diverse restaurants and bars including SAii’s unique brand concepts, Mr. Tomyam and Miss Olive Oyl.

“I am delighted to unveil our new Meetings & Events Centre. SAii Laguna Phuket is already one of the most popular resorts for leisure travellers, due to our extensive recreational amenities and activities. The launch of a dedicated hub for MICE and weddings will enable us to expand our customer base and host exceptional corporate events, social gatherings and dream wedding and engagement ceremonies. This outstanding new facility will also play an important role in helping Phuket’s tourism industry to rebound strongly from the global pandemic,” said Bart Callens, Cluster General Manager of SAii Laguna Phuket and SAii Phi Phi Island Village.

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 – Global Travel News

Proud Group Unveils Andamanda Phuket In Major Boost For Thailand Tourism

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Proud Group Unveils Andamanda Phuket In Major Boost For Thailand Tourism - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, May 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s tourism industry is poised for a major boost as Andamanda Phuket, a multi-million-dollar entertainment and leisure park located in the island’s Kathu district, readies to open this month.

The latest project by Proud Group, one of Thailand’s leading developers of high-end real estate, hospitality, retail and leisure attractions, marks the result of a THB 4.5 billion (approx. USD134 million) investment and reflects the company’s long-term confidence in Thailand’s tourism industry, and in Phuket. Perfectly positioned between the main tourism hubs of Phuket Town and Patong Beach, the new project is set to soft-open on 21 May 2022.

Andamanda is not only a water park; it is the largest leisure and entertainment destination in Phuket, covering 58 rai (9.3 hectares) of land and comprising a wide range of recreational components, including a Thai heritage-themed water park with five separate zones – Coral World, The Pearl Palace, Emerald Forest, Great Andaman Bay and Naga Jungle – plus entertainment spaces, retail outlets and a 300-key internationally-branded hotel, which is planned for phase two.

A collection of more than 12 thrilling slides and 36 activities will be available, with exhilarating names such as AquaDrop, Bubba Tub, Boomerango, AquaLoop, Whizzard and Speed Slide, plus a FlowRider Double surf simulator and a toddler splash zone. The 550-metre-long lazy river will be the longest in Asia and the vast 10,000 square-metre wave pool will able to generate waves up to three-metres high – the highest of any pool in Southeast Asia – while also catering for up to 25,000 people for concerts.

What sets Andamanda apart however, is its focus on Thai culture and mythology. The park will immerse guests in the legend of “The Lost Kingdom of the Nagon”, an inspirational folk tale of struggle, friendship and ultimate triumph set amid the landscapes and seascapes of the Andaman coast. There will be classical nang talung southern Thai puppet theatre performances, a floating market featuring traditionally-designed ruer koh lae boats to promote local community crafts, authentic food and beverage outlets and a stage for regular cultural performances.

A cluster of cosy cabanas and private VIP pavilions, plus a tropical beachfront restaurant and a series of stunning swim-up bars – including one nestled in a near life-size replica of Koh Tapu, Thailand’s famous “James Bond Island” – will also allow visitors to chill out in style.

The rides have been designed by WhiteWater West, the world’s leading water park equipment supplier, which has worked with global theme parks such as Atlantis Dubai and Disney. Contour, the award-winning architectural firm, and Coopers Hill, the landscape experts also collaborated on the project, which is globally certified by Ellis & Associates, the Florida-based aquatic safety experts.

Together, these professional partners have helped to create a world-class destination with sustainability at its core. Andamanda will adopt a circular approach to water management, with a continuous loop of water being reused and recycled. Single-use plastic will be banned, over 100,000 trees have been planted and solar power used extensively to ensure that energy levels are minimised. Staffed by a team of fully-trained local professionals, including 200 qualified lifeguards, the park will drive employment and empower communities in Phuket.

Andamanda will also offer a level of technology and innovation never previously seen in Thailand, with a bespoke location-based AI app to enhance the guest experience, raising the bar for tourism attractions in the destination and the country as a whole.

“Andamanda Phuket is blazing a new trail for waterparks in Thailand. It will become an iconic entertainment landmark for the destination – an international water park as impressive as any in the world with a full range of facilities to attract guests from all around the globe,” said Proud Liptapanlop, Executive Director of the Proud Group. “Most importantly, it will reflect the true spirit of southern Thailand. As the planet recovers from the global pandemic and people start to travel again, I am confident that Andamanda will help to boost Phuket’s economy, create employment for local people and contribute to the long-term prosperity of this amazing destination.”

About Proud Group
Proud Group is a leading Thai developer of quality property, retail, hotel, and leisure projects. The company is committed to raising industry benchmarks in Thailand with property developments that marry together bold visions and higher living standards.

About Andamanda Phuket
Andamanda is the largest leisure and entertainment destination in Phuket and the latest development by Proud Group, one of Thailand’s leading developers of mixed-use properties. Sitting on 58 rai (9.28 hectares, or 22.93 acres), with THB 4.5 billion (USD 134 million) investment, Andamanda celebrates the natural treasures of Thailand and inspired tales of adventure from the Andaman coastline encapsulated in the mythologies of the destination.

First published at – Global Travel News

The Sukhothai Bangkok Adds New Dimension to Bangkok’s Luxury Spa Scene

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The Sukhothai Bangkok Adds New Dimension to Bangkok’s Luxury Spa Scene - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, May 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok has begun construction of its luxury spa complex – The Sukhothai Spa – as a part of the hotel’s continued commitment to enhancing guest experience and service. The new sanctuary will be built from scratch on the location of the existing Spa Botanica and the Garden Villa. It is expected to take between 16-18 months to complete.

The Sukhothai Spa will offer a complete nurturing and bespoke holistic spa experience in a tranquil, tropical garden setting. It will combine signature treatments with unique facilities and services, in a new two-storey complex.

Explaining the concept, Alexander Schillinger, General Manager, The Sukhothai Bangkok, said, “The idea for The Sukhothai Spa germinated when more than 7,000 sqms of lush gardens adjacent to the hotel became available. We decided it would be the perfect place to provide guests with a wellness journey to renew body, mind and spirit while still being in harmony with nature right in the centre of bustling Bangkok.”

The new spa complex will be a showcase of contemporary and traditional Thai architecture, and reflect the beauty of the hotel’s design inspired by Thailand’s first capital, Sukhothai. It will offer several specialised treatment rooms coupled with carefully created experiences aimed at discerning health and wellness enthusiasts looking to escape the urban chaos of Bangkok. The luxury spa complex is scheduled to open in quarter three of 2023.

First published at – Global Travel News

Building Back Sustainably Through Cultural Heritage and Community-based Tourism

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Building Back Sustainably Through Cultural Heritage and Community-based Tourism - - TRAVELINDEXSongkhla, Thailand, May 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to organise the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Songkhla, Thailand from August 2-4.

The event, under the theme “Building Back Sustainably through Cultural Heritage and Community-based Tourism”, is generously hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Songkhla Convention and Exhibition Bureau (SCEB) and the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) with the support of Songkhla City.

“At this year’s PATA Destination Marketing Forum, we are ready to celebrate the start of a robust Asia-Pacific tourism recovery. Our experiential conference programme highlights best practices in destination marketing and destination management in the post-pandemic recovery world. We’re here to support a sustainable recovery for the region” said PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera. “All of us at PATA are excited to host our next in-destination event and show that Thailand is open for international MICE events such as ours. We all look forward to welcoming you to Songkhla, Thailand.”

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, TCEB, said, “TCEB is proud and delighted to promote and co-organize the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022, Songkhla in Thailand. The event, which will serve as a driving force for international MICE events in Thailand, contributes to implementing the government’s policy of stimulating and developing the regional economy. Songkhla is one of Thailand’s leading MICE cities, with strong potential and readiness to host international conventions to world-class standards. The city has already built a strong track record in hosting numerous high-profile MICE events.”

“The event will contribute greatly to raising visibility and awareness of Songkhla and other regional MICE cities as international MICE destinations. At TCEB we are committed to supporting responsible, low-impact, sustainable growth in the MICE business, to harness MICE events to benefit local communities, and to drive inclusive economic growth across the country,” he added.

Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), TAT, said, ”A historic town with rich cultural heritage, Songkhla is also blessed with beautiful beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and a tranquil lake. In addition, Songkhla exudes a vibrant character of a dynamic commercial and knowledge hub with unique local architecture and exemplary cuisine. We look forward to welcoming all PATA delegates to Songkhla to immerse themselves in this remarkable destination.”

Mr. Ampon Pongsuwan, Vice Governor of Songkhla, said, “Welcome to Songkhla, one of the most beautiful cities in Southern Thailand. Since the city is surrounded by water, you will find some of the freshest seafood cuisine, making this town perfect for seafood lovers. All PDMF 2022 delegates are invited to join our unique cultural activities, well-preserved heritage building sight-seeings, and a boat trip out to see exotic tropical plants and creatures in the largest natural lake in Thailand. Furthermore, Songkhla is also home to the biggest convention centre in Southern Thailand, as well as a range of quality hotels. If you have never visited an ethnically diverse town before, then Songkhla is the destination that is worth a visit. Sawasdee krub!”

The event offers a unique opportunity for networking, learning, and discovery, consisting of a one-day conference and a one-day destination experience through a technical tour, as well as various hosted social functions.

Delegates attending the event will have the opportunity to choose from three unique destinations experiences, planned and craft by DASTA, including:

– Nod Na Lae Lifestyle @ Tha Hin Community: Encounter Tha Hin Community local tribe’s traditional way of lifestyle and learn how they are promoting Ecotourism.
– Nature meets Culture @ Koh Yo Community: Explore the culture of Southern ethnic people and enjoy the authentic village unaltered since the old times.
– Heritage Singora @ Hua Khoa Community: Savour the view of Songkhla Lake Estuar and venture around the Old Town that boasts a collection of UNESCO heritage site candidates.

Gp. Capt. Athikun Kongmee, Director-General, DASTA, said, “With our utmost excitement and readiness to welcome all delegates to Songkhla, DASTA has come up with three routes of technical tour wherein the excellence of community-based tourism, leading to sustainable tourism development, is to be unveiled.”

Located in the southern part of Thailand, Songkhla is a fishing town, known as a major harbour and seaport, and the “City with Two Seas”. Most recently, Songkhla has been proposed by the Thai government as a World Heritage Site and UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy. Travellers will be amazed with the destination’s many beautiful attractions including the city’s Old Town, as well as its great local cuisine.

Songkhla is easily accessible by air from Bangkok, and many international airlines operate flights to/from Bangkok. Furthermore, direct access from Singapore and Malaysia to Songkhla, which had been suspended during the pandemic, will resume soon.

Registration for the event is complimentary, however, due to limited seating, PATA International members will be given priority on a first come, first serve basis.

As PATA acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region, the Association is proud to note that the PATA Destination Marketing Forum is a net zero carbon event and PATA is working with a local green project to help support organisations to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration sources in Thailand.

First published at – Global Travel News

Global Pandemic Hits Phuket Hotels as 73% of New Projects Put on Hold

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Global Pandemic Hits Phuket Hotels as 73% of New Projects Put on Hold - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, May 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Island’s transaction market heats up as owners face liquidity issues, while broad tourism sentiment wanes. Thailand’s battered hotel sector is showing increased signs of fatigue as the global pandemic enters its third year. Nowhere is this more apparent than the resort island of Phuket, where over 73% per cent of new hotel developments either lay dormant or have been put in hold.

According to data in the newly released Phuket Hotel Market Update 2022 from C9 Hotelworks hospitality consulting, the once robust island hotel pipeline has owners now suffering from ‘fear factor’ as they continue to reel in the wake of a volatile marketplace and unclear future outlook. Negative sentiment and stressed liquidity have impacted development, which has seen an incoming supply of 33 hotels with 8,616 rooms facing an unknown future.

Drilling down on the pipeline data, 55% of the hotel projects are mixed-use, or hotel residences with rental-based investment schemes that target individual investment buyers. In light of the economic climate C9 research indicates that some of these real estate-led hospitality projects are unlikely return to the pipeline.

While glossy tourism campaigns that focus on quality vs. quantity are the new mantra across the country, reality bites hard on an island that went from hosting over 9 million passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport in 2019 to just over 900,000 in 2021. The sizable 90% decline, coupled with the fact there are already 1,786 registered tourism establishments and 92,604 hotel rooms in current supply mean empty beds that need tourists.

Speaking to the situation, C9 Hotelworks Managing Director Bill Barnett says “over 40% of the island’s international visitors two years ago were either from China or Eastern Europe including Russia. While I’m asked daily about when will Phuket recover, the truth of the matter is we are pushing out our estimates of a cyclical return to 2025.

“The elephant in the room for the moment is China. The conundrum is that while I fully expect Phuket stabilized numbers to return given its favorable geographic location, tourism-oriented infrastructure and demonstrated airlift capacity but macro political and economic issues are clouding the short-term horizon.”

Phuket led all of Southeast Asia in a remarkable effort of widespread vaccinations and the pioneering Sandbox re-entry program. But a look at the current situation which has seen a return to seasonal trading and departure of winter snowbird travelers dissipate, now has the island looking for replacement markets. As other regional neighbors such as Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines roll out quarantine free travel, Thailand remains in an uncompetitive situation given its beleaguered Test & Go process.

Hoteliers in Phuket have been quick to address damage control from the Ukraine Russia crisis, but most of the Russian market falls away in March historically. Three notable source markets that are ramping up airlift to Phuket are Australia, India and the Middle East, and these remain bright spots, though none have demonstrated traffic to match the mass Chinese market.

While Phuket’s tourism-leveraged economy has survived the first two years of the pandemic largely intact, C9’s Bill Barnett says “the remainder of 2022 and beyond is already seeing a rapid escalation of hotels coming up for sale. Most of these are not at highly distressed levels but what it indicates is that legacy investment sentiment in hospitality assets is experiencing a changing of the guard.

“The number of Thai hotel owners and also foreign investors that are retreating from the sector is expected to grow. C9’s opinion of the slowdown in the pipeline and high activity in the transaction market is this is not an entirely bad thing and will likely reframe supply and demand over the medium term in a return to a more solid, rational and less speculative marketplace.”

Another change in attitude for island hotel owners has been a wave of conversions of independent properties to brands given that many of the highest performing properties during the Phuket Sandbox reopening and growth in domestic travelers was to branded hotels. While another outcome has also seen a number of internationally managed properties converted from management to franchises. This reality of owners operating under global brands and a new influx of white label management has been a trend that was coming anyway and has only been accelerated by the pandemic.

Despite the bricks and mortar reality of Phuket’s tourism journey back to the future, the backstory of it has been a large-scale exodus of hospitality and service staff from the industry. Given the many stops and starts, opening and closings of hotels and businesses, the shine of tourism’s ‘Amazing Thailand’ byline has been lost on a generation of workers.

While business levels have continued to grow at moderate levels, staff shortages continue to plague the industry and perhaps the greatest challenge that lies ahead for Phuket hotels is regaining its greatest asset – hotel staff to serve tourists when they eventually return. That said, this same comment currently applies across all of Southeast Asia and the world, implying doing more with less staff will have to be the new tourism norm.

First published at – Global Travel News

Marriott Bonvoy Celebrates Joy of Gastronomy with Food Festival

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Marriott Bonvoy Celebrates Joy of Gastronomy with Food Festival - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 28, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Eat Out with Marriott Bonvoy offers three tiers of culinary promotions throughout May and June 2022, at almost 40 hotels and resorts across Thailand. Marriott Bonvoy is celebrating the timeless pleasures of good company and great gastronomy this May and June, with the launch of “Eat Out with Marriott Bonvoy”, a nationwide food festival that promises a series of rewarding dining discounts for Marriott Bonvoy members at almost 40 hotels and resorts all across the Kingdom.

Running from 1 May to 30 June 2022, this two-month epicurean extravaganza will showcase the finest cuisine from Marriott’s hotel restaurants. Diners can take advantage of a trio of appetizing promotions: Tier 1 offers diverse culinary experiences for just THB 950, Tier 2 is priced at THB 1,150, and Tier 3 is available for THB 1,450, a fantastic discount of between 20% and 50%! These promotions apply to an amazing array of F&B events and delicious dishes at participating restaurants and bars.

In Koh Samui for example, a Tier 1 promotion is available at Long Talay, the beachside restaurant at Sheraton Samui Resort & Spa, which is offering a Southern Thai Set Menu for two people for just THB 950 – a 25% discount compared to the usual price. Up at Le Méridien Chiang Mai, Favola is offering an Italian Family Set Menu including a salad, antipasti, pasta, pizza and dessert for the Tier 1 price of THB 950.

Alternatively, Tier 2 deals can be discovered at the brand-new Courtyard by Marriott North Pattaya, where guests can savor the signature Roasted Pork Ribs at Café 22 for the tempting price of THB 1,150, and at Le Méridien Khao Lak Resort & Spa, where The Pizzeria’s authentic Italian Pizza Stella di Terra can also be enjoyed for THB 1,150.

In Bangkok meanwhile, lovers of Chinese cuisine can head to Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, where the famous Lychee Roasted Peking Duck at Fei Ya can be experienced for the Tier 3 price of THB 1,450, just like the Italian Set Menu at Giorgio’s, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, which includes three sumptuous courses plus a bottle of wine and tea or coffee for two people.

And this is just the start! More hotels and resorts will be rolling out their exclusive offers in the coming weeks, creating a nationwide compendium of culinary promotions and perks. With plenty of affordable options for local residents, dining out in Thailand has never been more rewarding!

For more information about Eat Out with Marriott Bonvoy and to book your table in Thailand, please visit

About Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy encompasses Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of brands – including the largest collection of luxury properties, award-winning loyalty program, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, online retail shop with 13 branded boutiques, and access to endless experiences – all available through the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app. Members can earn and redeem points for stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from JP Morgan Chase and American Express, among others.

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Michelin Guide Thailand Expands to Isan Region

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Michelin Guide Thailand Expands to Isan Region - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 27, 2022 / The Michelin Guide Thailand 2023 will feature Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen as representative cities of the Isan Region. This expansion marks the sixth year of the Guide’s presence in Thailand. The Michelin Guide and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have announced the Michelin Guide Thailand’s expansion of its coverage to Thailand’s Northeastern region – widely known as “Isan” – in its sixth edition, to be released at the end of 2022. With 20 provinces in this largest region of Thailand, four provincial cities – namely Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen – are selected to represent the region’s distinctive and flavorful cuisine, as well as its remarkable natural and cultural heritage.

Northeastern Thai or “Isan” cuisine has an interesting background with cultural influences from ancient eras – including the Sukhothai Kingdom and Khmer empire – as well as from neighboring countries i.e. Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. The region has fields and forests on plateaus and mountains suitable for livestock farming. In addition, it is a significant area for quality rice cultivation – including the world-famous Jasmine rice and glutinous rice. Although Isan food does not contain any seafood ingredients due to its landlocked geographical location, the region has many rivers – notably, the Mekong River, where freshwater fish are in abundance.

According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, Michelin inspectors have been impressed with the flavorful and distinctive Isan cuisine, as it employs simple cooking methods yet delivers subtle and complex flavour profiles – such as boiling, grilling, steaming, slow-cooking, and – above all – the food preservation technique, which is considered a highlight of the cuisine, as it showcases local wisdom in keeping fish and seasonal vegetables for longer shelf life as food ingredients. Fermented fish [Pla Ra], made of local fish fermented in salt and rice, is the most famous and major preserved ingredient that has been used in many dishes and sauces, and has been registered as a heritage of national cultural wisdom since 2012.

“Apart from unique food and interesting culinary background, there are many Isan-born chefs with food knowledge and cooking experience from working in world-famous restaurants abroad, and have now opened their own restaurants in their homeland. They play a significant role in elevating Isan food to the next level – using local ingredients combined with their superior cooking skills, setting a new standard for more high-quality local food. This is a great sign that the Northeastern region of Thailand will soon be an interesting tourist destination for local gastronomy, contributing to a good economy among local communities and markets,” said Mr.Poullennec.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has regarded the existence of The Michelin Guide Thailand during the past 5 years as a valuable contribution to TAT’s mission to promote Thailand as an international gastronomic destination. The increasing number of Michelin-starred, Bib Gourmand-awarded, and selected dining establishments featured in each edition of the Michelin Guide Thailand – partially as a result of the Michelin Guide’s further exploration of new territories across the country’s different regions, and partially as a result of local restaurants striving to improve quality and service to live up to prestigious Michelin Guide standards – help drive awareness and set new trends for gastro-tourism among local and international travelers on a broader spectrum.

Comparing the Michelin Guide Thailand 2018 edition to the latest 2022 edition, the number of overall selected eateries is up from 126 to 361. Out of this, the number of Michelin-starred eateries has increased from 17 to 32, and Bib Gourmand-awarded from 35 to 133. The coverage has expanded from “Bangkok” in the 2018 edition, to now include “Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga” in the 2022 edition.

“Thailand’s Northeastern region has a vast potential – in terms of culinary culture and history, diverse tourist attractions, as well as charming local lifestyle. Apart from delicious and authentic Northeastern Thai or ‘Isan’ cuisine, people of all ages can enjoy visiting attractions like Khao Yai National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Udon Thani, Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen. Moreover, the Northeastern region has a lot of outstanding local food and handicraft products, with more than 34 registered Geographical Indication (GI) items, to look out for when shopping for souvenirs. With the launch of the upcoming 2023 Michelin Guide Thailand edition, we hope that not only will the entire world be aware of the vibrant culinary scene of the Northeastern region of Thailand, but also boost tourism and the local economy at the same time,” said Mr.Supasorn.

About Michelin
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 177 countries, has 124,760 employees and operates 68 tire production facilities which together produced around 173 million tires in 2021.

First published at – Global Travel News

Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Spanish Afternoon Tea

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Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Spanish Afternoon Tea - TRAVELINDEXChiang Mai, Thailand, April 25, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX /  Meliá Chiang Mai, an urban hotel that opened this month in the heart of Chiang Mai, has introduced afternoon tea celebrating Spain’s famed gastronomy.

Available daily at the hotel’s first floor Ruen Kaew Lounge, Spanish Afternoon Tea for two comprises savory and sweet treats with a selection of fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

Savoury delights that pay homage to Meliá’s Spanish origins include pinchos style pan-seared spiced tiger prawn skewers with lemon, golden fried potato-sausage balls with light aioli and brava sauce, and Andalusian mini sandwiches with serrano ham, fried pork loin and blistered green pepper.

Sweets include classic Basque-style burnt cheesecake, churros with warm chocolate dipping sauce, Mallorcan mini ensaïmada pastries and sangria ice popsicles.

Priced at THB 1,059++ (USD 31.40++) for two, Spanish Afternoon Tea is served between 2pm – 5pm daily at Ruen Kaew Lounge.

Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.

The first five-star hotel to debut in Chiang Mai since the onset of the global pandemic, Meliá Chiang Mai opened on April 10 on lively Charoen Prathet Road, soaring over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar.

Housed in a 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building, Meliá Chiang Mai’s host of top-notch facilities includes two restaurants, two bars, and two lounges; Ruen Kaew Lounge and an executive lounge on the 21st floor.

About Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Asset World Corp Public Company Limited is a holding company under TCC Group operating leading integrated lifestyle property development in Thailand. The company has two main businesses consisting of the Hospitality business managed by top hotel executives of world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale and Commercial properties whose projects include 1) Retail and Wholesale including lifestyle travel destinations, community shopping malls, community markets, and wholesale business real estate. Popular real estate projects consist of ASIATIQUE the Riverfront Destination, Gateway at Bangsue, AEC Trade Center – Pantip Wholesale Destination, and Tawanna Bangkapi and 2) Commercial buildings including the famous Empire Tower and Athenee Tower located in Bangkok’s central business district.

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, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá and Sol by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. 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, according to the last S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 (Silver Class distinction). 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.

First published at – Global Travel News

Thailand Eases Entry Rules for International Travellers from May 1

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Thailand Eases Entry Rules for International Travellers from May 1 - TRAVELINDEX - VISITTHAILAND.netBangkok, Thailand, April 25, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals beginning 1 May, 2022, and introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

TAT Newsroom will be providing updates in detail via tatnews .org once the official directives have been announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.

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New entry rules for vaccinated travellers:
International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.

They are still required to register for a Thailand Pass with a Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000).

Once arriving in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

New entry rules for unvaccinated travellers:
International travellers who are unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated will also no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.

They are required to register for a Thailand Pass with a 5-day hotel booking and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000).

Once arriving in Thailand, they must proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days and undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.

Exception is made for unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system, they – like those fully vaccinated – will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

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First published at – Global Travel News