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The Slate Brings the Spirit of South America to Phuket

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The Slate Brings the Spirit of South America to Phuket - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, April 25, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The spirit of Latin America came to life in southern Thailand last weekend, when The Slate boutique hotel, hosted Amazônia, a vibrant two-day cultural festival!

This wonderful event was a colourful celebration of all things stylishly Central and South American, including upbeat music, great gastronomy, amazing art and, of course, plenty of dancing! Almost 100 guests of all ages and nationalities attended this intimate event, which brought together curious explorers from all around the world. This marked the inaugural edition of Vibrations, a new series of community-orientated gatherings that will showcase creativity in all its forms.

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The Amazônia weekend kicked off just before sunset on Saturday with a live music concert, followed by a painting session by Trey Hurst, the Bangkok-based visual artist and designer. Attendees chilled out and sipped cocktails, such as caipirinhas, on the Coliseum Lawn, The Slate’s enchanting outdoor amphitheatre surrounded by swaying palms and sparkling pools.

Guests were then treated to a bountiful buffet dinner amid the fragrant tropical gardens, including many authentic delicacies that transported diners’ taste buds to the lively streets of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. This was followed by a live performance by the Amazônia band and a capoeira dance which left spectators spellbound! Revellers then danced under the stars to live music from Amazônia and DJ Marcos. Then on Sunday, a blissful Sunday brunch was accompanied by surprise performances.

“Our inaugural Vibrations weekend was a great success and I would like to thank everyone – our guests, performers and partners – for embracing the Latin spirit and making it such an inspiring occasion. Our lifestyle-seeking clientele are keen to discover other cultures and we always strive to weave art, fashion, music and heritage into every aspect of our guest experiences. I look forward to welcoming visitors back for our next VIBRATIONS weekend later this year,” said the hotel’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (or “Khun Moo” as she is known to her friends).

The next Vibrations event will take place in the fourth quarter of 2022, and the details will be announced in the third quarter of the year. Stay tuned for further updates!

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About The Slate, A Member of the Design Hotels Collection
Inspired by Phuket’s tin mining past, The Slate blends Bill Bensley’s whimsical design with industrial elements to create highly unique guest journeys. 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 experiences including Rivet’s famous Sunday brunch and authentic Thai cuisine at Black Ginger, the Michelin-recommended restaurant, enjoy locally-inspired activities from yoga to Muay Thai, or simply stroll along the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach.

First published at – Global Travel News

Clinique La Prairie Bangkok Welcomes Resident Nutritionist

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Clinique La Prairie Bangkok Welcomes Resident Nutritionist - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Channelling Clinique La Prairie’s world-renowned approach to nutrition, Rachel brings a fresh perspective for guests of Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa, incorporating elements of her specific background in the time honoured modalities of nutrition and herbalism. Offering holistic guidance for health and wellbeing nutrition at Clinique La Prairie Bangkok incorporates evidence-based and traditional approaches, including nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, emotional stress release techniques and guidance for toxin-free living.

Placing a key emphasis on empowering her patients with compassionate space, whilst offering support and practical strategies; Rachel’s mission is to inspire people to live healthier, happier and longer lives, by encouraging a deeper connection to nature and by aligning with the body’s natural rhythms.

Sessions with Rachel combine informative diagnostics tools using technology such as Oligoscan. Delivering painless and instantaneous results, OligoScan screens for physiological imbalances, including oxidative stresses responsible for ageing, presence of toxic metals and mineral imbalance. Following the OligoScan results and additional lab tests to determine nutritional needs body composition analysis, Rachel provides personalised guidance in diet and lifestyle to support guests’ wellness goals.

Nutrition Services

Learn to regulate food intake and break free from a dieting mindset with the help of a certified nutritionist. By taking a more holistic approach to nutrition and focusing on mindfulness, guests will be empowered to maintain a healthy body and reach lasting goals without restrictive dieting and unnecessary sacrifices. Clinique La Prairie Bangkok’s three-stage process will guide guests to make incremental lifestyle changes resulting in a healthy and balanced relationship with food.

– Initial Nutritional Consultation 60 minutes THB 4,000
– Nutritional Follow-Up Consultation 45 minutes THB 3,000
– Nutritional Analysis with Oligoscan 120 minutes THB 8,500
– Comprehensive Treatment Plan THB 2,500

Introducing Longevity Focused Protocols

Clinique La Prairie Bangkok has developed advanced holistic protocols to help realise guests’ personal journey to look, feel and live well programs centered around key protocols of: Boost, Detox & Age-Defy.

Based on cutting edge anti-aging, medical and nutrition sciences, each package is designed with carefully selected treatments, technologies and coaching, that amplify each other to activate your body and mind, and achieve unique results of energy, beauty, detox or rejuvenation. Alongside aesthetics and wellness treatments, our health specialists will help identify nutritional and lifestyle changes to reach defined objectives, and leave guests looking radiant, sculpted, balanced and more youthful – with long-lasting effects.

The four programs are named Energy to activate cellular energy and regain vitality, Body, a comprehensive combination of treatments to sculpt and shape, Detox to eliminate toxins, purify and restore balance and finally Beauty, a unique result-focused experience to gain a more youthful appearance. Journeys range from 3 to 5 hours and combine a host of treatments including high tech skin analysis, nutrition consultations and tailored refreshments as well as Swiss Perfection spa treatments and aesthetic medical therapies

About Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa Bangkok
The first Clinique La Prairie flagship outside of Europe, Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa Bangkok is a haven of rejuvenation and wellbeing that addresses beauty, longevity, nutrition and wellness concerns with scientifically proven treatments, lifestyle-enhancing products, and signature wellness traditions. Located on level 15 of The St. Regis Bangkok and extending over 1,500 sqm, Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa Bangkok boasts 16 treatment rooms including a Thai massage room, couples’ suites and massage therapy rooms. The relaxation facilities are spread across two levels with wet area facilities including rain showers, Thai herbal steam rooms, twilight rasul, vitality pools, foot reflexology water walk, and relaxation pods.

First published at – Global Travel News

La Vie Hotels Announces Opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach

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La Vie Hotels Announces Opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, April 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / La Vie Hotels and Resorts is thrilled to be officially opening Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach, alongside key franchise partners, Choice Hotels. The hotel opened to a crowd of almost 250 dignitaries, industry partners, celebrities, media alongside the CEO of La Vie Hotels & Resorts, Jerry Xu, Managing Director, Craig Bond, hotel owner Mr Amardeep Singh Khanijow and Anthony Stanley, Director of Performance & Revenue Management from Choice Hotels.

The opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach is the third property for La Vie in Phuket and represents the group’s commitment to growing in the region and investment in talent. The group recently expanded its Bangkok regional head office and continues to build its pipeline of hotels in South East Asia.

Located in the heart of Patong Beach, Phuket, Quality Resort and Spa has undergone a complete refurbishment of all its guestrooms, facilities and public areas, and is guaranteed to be a leading hotel of choice for international travellers heading back to the famed tourist island.

Boasting a prime beach-side location, Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach features 88 rooms, 12 of which are poolside, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It is an ideal destination for those wishing to enjoy in Patong’s vibrant atmosphere while also relaxing in a tranquil haven. Guests can also explore Patong Beach and its myriad of activities just steps from their room. The resort offers several dining options for guests, including Saffron, a Thai – Indian themed all day dining Restaurant, a Pool Bar, and James & Joyce – a lively Irish Pub.

Mr Amardeep Singh Khanijow, owner of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach said he is thrilled to be welcoming guests to the new property, and back to Phuket. “I remember as a child fighting my way through the jungles of Patong Hill to get to Patong Beach. I travelled early in my career and, having started one of my earliest businesses in Patong, this area has always held my imagination.”

“I have taken the time during the pandemic to consider what guests coming back to Phuket will want in a post-COVID era and partnering with an international hotel chain like Choice Hotels will position us perfectly to serve our guests as tourism returns. I can’t wait to share my pride and vision as Phuket welcomes visitors.”

Mr Jerry Xu, CEO of La Vie Hotels & Resorts said: “As a master franchisor for Choice Hotels in the region, La Vie Hotels & Resorts plans to grow the Choice Hotels portfolio in select markets throughout Asia-Pacific over the next several years, and Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach Phuket will set the standard for many more to come.”

Mr Jerry Xu continued “We are thrilled to be opening this hotel, right in the heart of Patong Beach and we’re confident that, as international tourism returns, travellers will be drawn to the property, not only for its location and its facilities, but because they have the peace of mind, knowing they have an internationally recognised hotel chain ensuring safety and hygiene protocols are held to the highest standard.”

“La Vie Hotels & Resorts pipeline of hotels in South East Asia is very strong and we have some very exciting announcements which we will soon be making and we look forward to a big year of growth ahead”.

First published at – Global Travel News

Five Female Sommeliers Bring Star Power to an Intimate Wine Pairing Dinner

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Five Female Sommeliers Bring Star Power to an Intimate Wine Pairing Dinner - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Celebrating the stellar rise of female sommeliers in the Kingdom, Madison Steakhouse at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel invites wine connoisseurs to delight in an exquisite five-course wine pairing dinner with five female sommeliers. Taking place on Friday, 29 April 2022, ‘An Ode to Passion’ event aims to power the future of wine stewardship in Thailand by helping its female wine professionals shine.

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From the choice of wine to food presentation, expect a distinctly feminine touch as the five wine professionals from some of Bangkok’s leading fine-dining establishments expertly guide you through their beverage selection and explain the origins and taste profile of each wine. Working closely with Anantara Siam chefs, they helped curate food pairings to complement five mystery wines selected across several flavour categories: water, wood, fire, earth and air. By revealing the labels only at the time of serving, the organisers aim to keep the spotlight on the sommeliers instead of the vineries.

An amuse-bouche of Atlantic seabass carpaccio, espelette pepper and prosecco granita will prepare the palates for the first starter of river trout confit served with sorrels and caviar beurre blanc and paired with “River Reflection”, a mystery wine selected by Sudarat Jankaew, an established Beverage Ambassador and Sommelier.

The next wine of the night, a complex white from Piedmont, will be paired with a starter of crispy giant tiger prawn, lemon chilli paste and shallot confit espuma. Prakaydaow Phoohuatalat, an Assistant Restaurant Manager and Sommelier at one of Bangkok’s finest five-star establishments, will be on hand to explain her choice and walk the guests through the tasting notes.

Chanidapha Rakpirom, Sommelier and Restaurant Manager at Ki Izakaya, named her selection “A Feminist on Fire”. An elegant red wine will be served with succulent roasted duck breast, parsnip and cherry duck jus. The second main course, deer and foie gras pithiviers with celeriac purée and blueberry sauce, will be accompanied by a complex, earthy, yet powerful red recommended by Atchara Wongthai Palleros, Sommelier at Central Wine Cellar.

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Rounding it all off is a perfectly balanced combination of pink chocolate, mulberry mint compote, strawberry crumble, rose gel and an exquisite champagne with notes of floral and red fruits chosen by Nutawan Jumpanak, Wine Guru at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Thailand’s First Female Best Sommelier in 2019.

Priced at THB 4,490++ per person, including wine pairings, ‘An Ode to Passion’ wine dinner will be served on Friday, 29 April 2022 from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm at Madison, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

First published at – Global Travel News

Madison Restaurant on Favourite Wine Places Around the World

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Madison Restaurant on Favourite Wine Places Around the World - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Madison Restaurant at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has been selected to join the exclusive Star Wine List of more than 1,500 great wine bars and wine restaurants in over thirty countries. The selections on Star Wine List are made by a team of wine professionals around the world and venues cannot apply to be included on the list.

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Madison sports a wine and Champagne collection of more than 200 labels with a wide range of go-to crowd-pleasers as well as low-intervention boutique producers. The Tony Chi-designed contemporary steakhouse’s extensive wine list was curated by the luxury hotel’s first female Head Sommelier and Thailand’s Best Sommelier 2019, Ms Nutawan Jumpanak (Khun Nuch).

Khun Nuch continuously strives to increase the complexity of the list to represent all regions of wine producing countries, offering diners a selection that ranges from very approachable, reasonably priced wines to high-end varietals. “I am especially proud of our collection of biodynamic and sustainable wines from lesser-known boutique producers”, she said.

Commenting on the inclusion of Madison Restaurant on the Star Wine List, Ms Liora Levi, top sommelier professional and Star Wine List’s Ambassador Manager, said that the list offers a diverse selection of wines from all corners of the world. “You can find everything from a lovely Japanese white, through both traditional and untraditional rosés and sparkling to a classic list of both French and Italian reds with lots of exciting not so classical additions from many other places in the world. Nice prices and some truly good buys”, she concluded.

Madison is in the Parichart Court at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and is open for lunch daily from 12h00 to 14h30 and for dinner Monday through Saturday from 18h00 to 22h30.

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About Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning hotels and resorts located in Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Mozambique, Zambia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, Hungary and Italy, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

First published at – Global Travel News

TAT Pushed the Workation Trend and Continues with the Workation Paradise Throughout Thailand

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The TAT Thailand Project is encouraging working & outing from anywhere to stimulate the domestic tourism market.

TAT Pushed the Workation Trend and Continues with the Workation Paradise Throughout ThailandThe Ministry of Tourism and Sports by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) turned a new page of tourism by presenting a new style of tourism experience that suits the new normal age through a project named “Workation Paradise Throughout Thailand”, in order to encourage working & outing from anywhere. Workation Thailand’s core message is giving a chance to agencies or organizations to change their workplaces to anywhere— working and holding a meeting in a different environment. The change will provide the accommodation sector a chance to improve their services to support tourists’ freedom working style in choosing their desired workplaces. Together, we will open to a new experience, create inspiration, and fulfill happiness by traveling.

The Workation Paradise Throughout Thailand Project builds on a workation style of tourism based on the new normal tourism. It is the answer to tourism during the covid-19 situation that encourages tourists in Thailand to go on a trip on weekdays. It helps stimulate Thailand tourism market and encourages tourism entrepreneurs to adapt and improve their businesses, especially the accommodation businesses that will step into a new dimension of service; in order to meet nowadays’ demand of working and outing at the same time. This presentation of products and services will increase the opportunity to generate income in the tourism industry and improve Thailand tourism businesses to sustainably move forward, by cooperating with allies in the tourism industry to create various packages that best suit working and outing freely. The packages are available through an online channel on the website to conveniently access the products and services.

The packages are divided into 4 types as follow:

  1. Resort & Hotel Special Deal (weekdays accommodation and meeting place)
  2. CSR Outing / theme traveling
  3. Gastronomy / Luxury
  4. Special Deal / special interest trips

Not only that, but the Workation Paradise Throughout Thailand Project also joins hands with TRUE HEALTH to provide special deals to tourists who get special deals from the website. Get a chance to see a doctor for free on the Mor Dee application.

Moreover, the project also holds “The Best Workation Place” event which invites tourists to go workation and take a picture or video and post it on social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter) with #WorkationThailand and #WorkationParadise hashtags. Get a chance to win prizes worth 1,000,000 baht in total and go on a workation trip.

Entrepreneurs who are interested in presenting their packages or special deals on the website, or tourists who are interested in buying special deals and travel packages, please visit or contact Line: @workationthailand for more information.

Thai VietJet Successfully Launch First Flight Bangkok to Phnom Penh

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Thai VietJet Successfully Launch First Flight Bangkok to Phnom Penh - - TRAVELINDEXPhnom Penh, Cambodia, April 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Thai VietJet successfully commenced the inaugural flight of its new international service between Bangkok and Phnom Penh, with the welcome event at Phnom Penh International Airport. The flight VZ720 from Bangkok was warmly welcomed with the presence of H.E Gen Mao Havanall, Minister in Charge of State Secretariat of Civil Aviation; H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia; Mr. Alain Brun, Chief Executive Officer of Cambodia Airports; and Mr. Sao Wathana, Director of Phnom Penh International Airport.

Mr. Woranate Laprabang, Chief Executive Officer of Thai VietJet, said: “After a long market’s service disruption from COVID-19, Thai VietJet is delighted to spread our wings with the international flight network expansion once again. By connecting the two Southeast Asian economic, cultural hubs, the successful launch of Thai VietJet’s new Phnom Penh – Bangkok service is yet another milestone in the airline’s regional connectivity efforts. We are confident that the new service will play an important role in bridging people between the two countries, as well as contributing to the revival of tourism and the overall development of the economy.”

Welcoming the maiden flight at the airport, Mr. Alain BRUN, Chief Executive Officer of Cambodia Airports, said: “In the last 3 months, after a pause due to the covid-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel, all international carriers operating flights linking Phnom Penh and Bangkok have been back in the network. Another sign of the recent traffic momentum is today’s introduction of service by Thai VietJet, a newcomer for this major route. Our airport teams explore any opportunities of regaining the pre-pandemic levels of traffic and, therefore, look forward to this nascent cooperation with Thai VietJet.”

In the beginning, the new international service Phnom Penh – Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) will operate 3 flights a week every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with the flight duration of 1 hour 10 minutes and following flight schedule, and more frequency could be added subject to market demand.

In addition to the new international service Phnom Penh – Bangkok, together with the Group’s network, Thai Vietjet has normalized schedule service between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam) of up to 5 flights/week in total, delivering great choice for travelers between the two countries. In the coming time, the airline expects to expand its international flight network to many more destinations in the Asia-pacific region, including Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, and more.

As the Fastest Growing Low-cost Carrier of the Year (by Global Business Outlook Magazine, London), Thai Vietjet has continuously expanded its flight network, both domestic and international. The carrier has thoroughly prepared for the resumption of regular international flights with new aviation products and affordable fares to offer its passengers safe and enjoyable flying experiences on new and modern aircraft. To ensure good flight experiences, passengers are advised to follow localities’ regulations on disease prevention and control, and immigration regulations of destination countries including vaccine passports, negative PCR tests, quarantine, accommodation, etc.

About Thai VietJet
Established in 2014, Thai VietJet has been cooperating with VietJet to extend its flight network and provide more opportunities for travelers to discover Thailand and many other countries with its hospitable and enjoyable service. With a focus on cost management ability, effective operations and performance, the airline offers flying opportunities with cost-saving and flexible fares as well as diversified services to meet customers’ demands.

Awarded ‘The Fastest Growing Low-cost Carrier of the 2020’ by Global Business Outlook Magazine, Thai VietJet has been continuously expanding its young and modern fleet, featuring Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The airline has also recently been awarded the ‘Most Passenger-Friendly Cabin Crew – 2021’ airline from International Finance Magazine, emphasizing its position as the ‘airline of hospitality’, reinforcing its core value of ‘Friendly & Fun’, together with ‘Safety’, ‘Punctuality, and ‘Affordable Price’.

Currently, Thai VietJet operates 14 Thailand domestic routes, including flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani, and Surat Thani, cross-regional flights including from Phuket to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Udon Thani, and direct flights from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai. The airline is also actively expanding its international flight network to many destinations across Asia-pacific, connecting Thailand with Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, and other top destinations in the region.

First published at – Global Travel News

Cartier Unveils Re-imagined Retail Experience at Bangkok Airport

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Cartier Unveils Re-imagined Retail Experience at Bangkok Airport - TOP25LUXURYCOLLECTIONS - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 5, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Cartier has emerged stronger than ever in its pursuit to cater to new travelers’ wants and needs, showing renewed commitment with their trusted partner – King Power International to accelerate the Maison’s presence in major airports.

Unwavering in its dedication to elevating client experience, Cartier introduces its latest airport boutique concept at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. With this refined and impactful architectural statement, the Maison writes another bold chapter in its story as a distinctive brand within travel retail.

From feminine to masculine universes, a well-defined product zoning integrates seamlessly different product categories to create a fluid customer journey. A subtle combination of Cartier codes and local colors evoke an elegant and grandiose boutique, equipped with fine details to enhance the mood of travel, including drawer pull handles resembling luggage handles. A dedicated ‘‘icon bar’ is also incorporated, where shoppers with limited time at the airport can easily access the Maison’s signature creations.

To give a sense of place, local elements are infused into each boutique concept to deliver singular experiences to travelers. The interiors of the boutique at Bangkok airport feature signature hues of Cartier, creating a warm and inviting space

Since a blossoming partnership in 2004 with King Power International Company, Cartier’s boutique at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok has gone from strength to strength.

Strategically located at the gateway after customs clearance, its present location was a result of a move on March 1st 2022. Tradition meets modernity with an unmissable 40-meter façade, complete with two wide entrances to create fluid customer flow.

The interiors are subtle and Cartier adds its signature touches to create a warm and inviting space with well-defined and integrated product zoning, creating quintessentially Cartier.

Most notably, the boutique is the first in the Southeast Asia & Oceania region to enchant the senses with its full range of jewelry and watches under the Maison’s female, male and unisex product offerings.

“With Cartier, our longstanding partner, we proudly introduce the reinvigorated boutique at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which enables us to initiate contemporary conversations with clients as we continue to uphold our tradition of service in making travelers feel at home.” Antares Cheng, Chief Merchandising Officer, King Power International

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Return of World’s Wettest Festival

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Return of World’s Wettest Festival - TRAVELINDEX - VISITTHAILAND.netSuspended due to Covid for the past two years, the people of Thailand will be in a celebratory mood this Thai New Year when they take to the streets to make merit, join parades, and of course, go slightly delirious with water fights. The annual Songkran Festival is back, and it will be wet n’ wild all across Thailand from April 13-15.

For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land for this holiday, here are a few luxury escapes:

Banyan Tree Samui
This idyllic getaway is tranquil, refined and isolated – everything you need to bodyswerve the pandemonium of the water fights. But that’s not saying there won’t be fun: Banyan Tree Samui is planning three days of frivolity for all the family, beginning on April 13 with a Splash Party on the resort’s exclusive beachfront, including free-flow drinks, snacks and ice-cream. (Price: 799THB per head; free for children under 12) The following evening, a street market will be set up on the beachfront lawn. Entertainment will include the traditional Lao Kratop Mai folk dance with bamboo rods (Price 1,550 nett per person; free for kids under 12). Finally, on April 15, a High Tea Buffet will be rolled out at Saffron Restaurant, perched high above the resort and commanding a spectacular view of the sea.(Price: 1,550 THB nett per couple, including a complimentary Sanctuary Day Pass). And throughout the week, Saffron Restaurant will host a special 5-course set menu every evening, featuring authentic Thai cuisine (2,100 nett per person). For reservations and inquiries call 077-915-333.

Meliá Chiang Mai
The first five-star hotel to debut in Chiang Mai since the onset of the global pandemic, Meliá Chiang Mai will make a splash when it opens its doors for business on April 10 this year. The urban hotel, that towers over the Ping River and bustling Night Bazaar, is celebrating its first Songkran with a special promotion for Thai residents and expats. Anchored by a two-night stay in a Meliá Room, Meliá Chiang Mai’s offer includes daily breakfast for two, a roundtrip airport transfer from and to Chiang Mai International Airport, and a complimentary cocktail for two at 360-degree rooftop bar Mai The Sky Bar. Like a jewel in a crown, Mai The Sky Bar on the hotel’s 22nd floor features two bars connected by a glass bridge and affords spectacular views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west. As part of the promotion, one child below 12 years of age stays for free inclusive of breakfast. With a booking period from now until April 16, and a stay period from April 10-30, the Songkran offer is priced at THB 4599 nett per room, that is then priced at THB 2760 nett when the We Travel Together campaign is applied. Call 052 090 699.

First published at – Global Travel News

Thailand to Host 2022 Global Summit of Women

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Thailand to Host 2022 Global Summit of Women - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 1, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Summit of Women 2022, the world’s major international business and economic forum for women leaders, is set to be held in Thailand in June, announced by the Summit President and the Thailand Host Committee in a press conference at ICONSIAM. Thailand is honored to host the Summit in its 32nd year, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase Thailand’s potential as an international conference and convention host, and “World Destination” following the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Summit of Women 2020 will be held from 23-25 June 2022 at the Centara Grand Hotel and Bangkok Convention Centre under the theme “Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality.” Women leaders in business and government sectors from around the world will attend, in a great opportunity to highlight the potential of Thailand to international delegates as a “World Destination,” both in hosting international conferences and the readiness to open the country for tourism. Thailand was previously scheduled to host the event in 2020, but this was postponed to 2022 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women 2020, said that apart from its natural and historic bounty, Thailand ranks high in women’s economic participation in business and government at both the regional and global levels.

“As Summit President, I am looking forward to bringing this renowned Summit to Thailand, a global gathering of women in business and government from around the world. The 2022 Summit theme: ‘Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality,’ will focus on driving the post-pandemic economy. The new global marketplace has been changed by technology and innovation, meaning that now there are new ways for women engage in business transformation through e-commerce. Male and female senior executives of multinational corporations are expected from countries as diverse as South Africa, Vietnam, France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Kazakhstan. There is genuine excitement in being able to meet in person for the first time, in over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Summit President said that the upcoming Summit would be a dynamic, fact-filled, and engaging conference on what can be done to move the needle on economic equity for women and create new opportunities post-pandemic. It will help with active cross-border networking, robust best practice exchanges, inspiring presentations, focusing on creative solutions to advance women’s economic progress globally in a post-COVID world as workers, small business owners, consumers, and investors.

The conference will underline how women will be critical players in the economic recovery, as throughout the last decade, women have contributed to raising national GDPs globally.
Ms Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chair of the Thai Host Committee and former Minister of Tourism, said that the Thai Host Committee has delighted and honored that Thailand will be hosting this year’s Summit. It is the biggest stage for international women leaders in the world. It confirms our capabilities to host conferences that will impress participants and enhance Thailand’s image and confidence in its economy.

“The Global Summit of Women 2022 will generate confidence in the Thai economy, focusing on continued economic development and promoting new investment. I am sure that this Summit will empower women and encourage cooperation between every sector to build a new generation for economic recovery and a better world. The content of the three-day conference will highlight future business opportunities and enable networking to promote mutual economic success.”

Ms Kobkarn is also confident in strict measures implemented to control the spread of COVID-19 at the Summit. This Summit edition is also special for its “Carbon Neutral” format, which will monitor greenhouse gas emissions from its various activities. The activities include electricity, participants’ travel, catering, and waste management. There will be support for offsetting emissions from activities by purchasing carbon credits from the Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thailand. The Summit will also present community products from around Thailand to create opportunities for local communities to develop as entrepreneurs at the international level.

Mr Siripakorn Chiosamut, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, and Marketing Director at the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT), talked about Thailand’s readiness to open the country to women leaders at this international conference and international tourists.

“This world-level convention in Thailand is an important step to build confidence internationally that Thailand is ready to welcome tourists after the long slowdown in tourism during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. It is also an opportunity to provide an impressive tourist experience to the women leaders who are delegates at the Global Summit of Women 2022. TAT has designated 2022 as Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters. Women currently have a key role in driving the economy because of their capabilities for increased income. They are also one of the major market segments with high tourism potential because of their confidence and courage in deciding to travel.”

Mr Siripakorn was confident that this Global Summit of Women would be successful due to the cooperation of various departments and organizations in Thailand, who have come together to host the event and show off Thailand’s potential in tourism and business investment. It will help promote Thailand as a Preferred Destination and a World Destination.

Ms Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, thanked the Summit Organizing Committee for seeing the promise of Thailand as a forum for vital social topics at the international level, showcasing Thailand’s potential to host international conferences.

“The Global Summit of Women is a world-class International Convention supporting the roles and rights of women at a global forum for women leaders. It will inspire the world community to see the importance of Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusiveness, consistent with Thailand’s 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan. The Summit will welcome women leaders from 60 countries worldwide as delegates and demonstrate Thailand’s capability to host world-class conferences. We expect the Summit to generate inward income for the country of around 80 million baht.”

Ms Nichapa said that although Thailand has been continually impacted by the COVID-19 situation recently, the MICE industry in Thailand could generate income to Thailand of over 33.3 billion baht, creating over 46,000 jobs. Many international conferences are scheduled in Thailand this year, including the APEC Thailand 2022 Leaders’ Summit.

The Global Summit of Women is an international forum providing crucial connections for women business leaders, professionals, and administrators in the government, private and social sectors worldwide, in a network of cooperation and sharing experiences. The aim is to expand business opportunities and promote sustainable global economic development. This year, the Global Summit of Women will prioritize women’s engagement in economic recovery after the impact of COVID-19, which has caused many changes in lifestyles and ways of doing business. It also prioritizes technology and innovation to have a vital role in this critical transformation. The Summit also promotes equality between the sexes in business roles and driving the economy, which has been a core component of the Summit over the last 30 years.

First published at – Global Travel News