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King Power wins big at World Travel Awards

Published January 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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King Power wins big at World Travel Awards

Thailand January 21, 2019 15:55

By The Nation

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King Power Duty Free recently won the 2018 World’s Leading Airport Duty Free Operator at the 25th World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.

Joined by the industry’s key decision makers, executives, trade and consumer media from around the world, the award underlined the great potential and outstanding capability of a Thai company and strengthens Thailand’s tourism image in all dimensions as a world class destination.

King Power is committed to the country and travel retail business and aims to revolutionise the benchmark for world-class Duty Free Shopping Experience. At the end of last year, King Power Duty Free won the regional award for Asia’s Leading Airport Duty Free Operator 2018 at the World Travel Awards held in Hong Kong.

King Power Duty Free received the highest votes among nine competitors, namely, China Duty Free Group, DFS, Dubai Duty Free, Dufry, Duty Free Americas, Heinemann Duty Free, Lagardere Travel Retail, Lotte Duty Free, and The Shilla Duty Free.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to annually acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries and is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

The award consists of three categories – World Awards, Regional Awards, and Country Awards.

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Foreign visitors increasingly use Airbnb during major tourism events

Published January 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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 Foreign visitors increasingly use  Airbnb during major tourism events

Tourism January 21, 2019 18:17

By The Nation

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New data shows that travellers to Thailand are increasingly turning to Airbnb for accommodation during big tourism events, according to a report released by the hosting company on Monday.

Last year, Thai Airbnb hosts welcomed more than 100,000 guests and earned Bt380 million combined over three of the Kingdom’s largest tourist events: Chinese New Year, Songkran and Golden Week.

Family travel made up a significant proportion of all bookings during these periods, comprising about 15 per cent of the total.

As Thailand gears up for Chinese New Year with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s anticipated 8-per-cent increase in traveller numbers this year, more Thais are listing their homes with Airbnb to welcome local and international guests for this auspicious holiday.

“By opening their homes to guests from around the world, our local Airbnb hosts are being the best ambassadors for their community, while pursuing their passion for hospitality and earning supplemental income on the side. There’s never been a better time to start hosting with Airbnb,” said Mike Orgill, US-based Airbnb’s general manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

During last April’s Songkran alone, Airbnb hosts welcomed more than 45,000 guests from 3,120 cities.

This tied in with Airbnb’s first-ever launch of unique “Songkran Special” Airbnb Experiences, where guests could book Experiences such as a traditional Thai Songkran ceremony with a Sak Yant master.

There was an almost 50-per-cent increase in guest arrivals year over year during Thailand’s most celebrated and respected festival, with an average of 2.7 guests staying in an Airbnb listing over three nights.

Hosts collectively earned over Bt95 million over just six days.

Thailand ranks as one of the top most popular outbound destinations among China outbound travellers on Airbnb.

Over Golden Week in October, Bangkok and Chiang Mai featured in the list of top 10 outbound city destinations for China guests, with Bangkok-Chiang Mai being one of the most popular air-travel routes in the region.

Guests from China also stayed longer than ever before – the average booking during Golden Week comprised 2.5 guests over four nights, up from three nights in 2017.

Their top-booked destinations included Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri and Surat Thani.

Thailand Tourism Festival showcases 5 regions

Published January 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thailand Tourism Festival showcases 5 regions

Travel log January 21, 2019 09:14

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The Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 takes place from January 23-27 in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park with five ‘tourism villages’ representing the regions of Thailand plus two additional zones:

Central Region Zone – presents the heritage of old Siam through a traditional Thai house and the former rural way of life back in the days through demonstrations, such as, traditional garland making.

Northern Zone – showcases the beautiful hand-woven cotton and silk textiles the region is famous for, presenting the intricate patterns. The zone reflects the artistic nature of the people of the North plus a range of contemporary arts inspired by the region.

Southern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the South that go beyond the beaches and islands including the secondary cities such as Surat Thani and Phatthalung, the hidden gems in major cities like Phuket’s Peranakan and arts in the three southernmost provinces.

Northeastern (Isan) Zone – brings Thailand’s more vibrant cuisine to life. Food is one major inspiration for travelling to this region, linking it with traditional festivals and cultural values while promoting its three main tourism clusters: North Isan, Central Isan and South Isan.

Eastern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the East under a ‘more fun’ concept through replicas of landmarks most synonymous with the region in combination with three dedicated corners for 3D photography backdrops reflecting the region’s identity.

Perhaps most importantly, there is also a ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ waste initiative zone to help raise awareness and promote responsible and sustainable tourism through various activities, games and more.

TAT Studio – provides daily live broadcasts of the TTF 2019 in all formats: news reports, special scoops, interviews plus activities and performances. It comprises a live digital TV studio, a 1672 traveller companion information centre, an ‘Or Sor Tho’ magazine section, and virtual reality games and lucky draws.

For more information, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

Walks on the wild side

Published January 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • A hyena in the Masai Mara Reserve takes a break from hunting.
  • The Masai Mara Reserve is the best spot to experience the annual “Great Wildebeest Migration” between Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Boys perform the Masai Warrior Dance.
  • Samburu villagers arrange a camel ride for tourists in the Loisaba Conservancy.
  • A lion family plays in the Masai savannah.
  • A sleeping leopard hides from curious tourists.

Walks on the wild side

World January 19, 2019 01:00

By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The Nation Weekend
Laikipia and Narok, Kenya

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A safari holiday in Kenya offers new appreciation of the frailty of its wildlife

AFTER A stay at the home of Elsa the lioness, I’m not expecting another large dose of safari excitement from our next stop in the wilds of Kenya but the hills and green bushlands of Loisaba Conservancy take my breath away.

Our first-class Skysafari Kenya Connoisseur trip by Elewana continues with a short hop on a private jet from Meru National Park and 45 minutes later, a smooth landing on the Loisaba airstrip. The facilities here are surprisingly modern, with a reception area with clean washrooms and a tourist information centre with polite and friendly staff.

A sundowner at Loisaba Conservancy

This 56,000-acre wildlife conservancy and working ranch in Northern Kenya is testament to the efforts of the late Count Carletto Ancilotto, who bought the land in the early 1970s and set it up as a low-impact cattle farm.

In 1997, he leased the land to a group of young Kenyan and American entrepreneurs, who created the Loisaba brand and managed the spread as a wildlife conservation and tourism area as well as a farm until December 2014.

The property is now in the hands of The Nature Conservancy in partnership with Space for Giants elephant foundation and is promoted as a world-class ecotourism destination, home to more than 800 elephants and 50 other wildlife species.

Our young driver and guide Muhammed escorts us to the five-star Loisaba Tented Camp, which is perched on a cliff on the Laikipia Plateau.

Chic with an modern African design and European twists, it offers 12 en-suite tents, Family Combinations and Three Family Combinations, plus an infinity swimming pool and an elegant lounge and bar that brings a sense of urban living to the savannah.

Powered 100-per-cent by solar energy and an electric generator, my home for the night is the comfortable 49- square-metre tent number 12, with a private deck overlooking the lush landscape that stretches all the way to Mount Kenya.

My tent has twin beds with a functional headboard equipped with several USB hubs and plugs, while the en-suite shower is fitted with a water heater that allows us to choose between rainfall and rain shower.

Refreshed and unpacked, we set off in the late afternoon in a Land Rover Defender for a three-hour game drive, heading to the sprawling moorland. I stare out of the window as we weave our way through cacti heavy with prickly pears catching a glimpse of olive baboons and grevy’s zebras searching their food and elephants trying to get away from the curious tourists.

“The prickly pears were brought from Mexico and we use their fruit to make refreshing juice,” Muhammed says.

“African elephants have different skin colours depending on the soil endemic to their homes. Today, there are only 3,000 grevy’s zebras left because people use their skin to produce home furnishings.”

The area is a haven for more than 260 species of birds and we spot guinea fowl, eastern pale chanting goshawks, martial eagles and African grey hornbills. As the temperature drops to 15 degrees Celsius, the camp staff team sets up a sundowner corner with a waterfall as the backdrop and serves delicious grilled sausages with wine and gin and tonic.

The next day, we learn about native plants and wildlife during a fun 90-minute bush trek led by Muhammed and a fully armed ranger. Apart from the Mexican cacti, the savannah is covered with toxic yellow sodom apples, from which locals apparently extract a few drops to treat toothache, ringworm and wounds.

It’s estimated that there’re only 3,000 grevy’s zebra left around the world.  

I walk slowly, careful not to tread in the piles of dung left by dik diks and hyenas to mark their territory. By the time we reach the halfway mark, the rain is heavy and Muhammed decides to take us back to the camp.

“Elephants don’t have sharp eyes but are sensitive to the smell of humans and guns. Fibre from Impala’s dung can be used to produce paper,” he tells us. The rain continues throughout the day so we shift to a night safari but are out of luck. The animals hide from our powerful spotlights, so we only see some little dik diks, impalas and rabbits.

Next morning, we check out of the camp and the Samburu villagers invite us to join a pleasant 45 minutes camel ride into the bush where a mobile pantry has been set up for our breakfast.

Returning to the airstrip, we board our private jet for a 45-minute hop to the world-renowned Masai Mara Reserve, which stands in the middle of the Great Rift Valley in southern Kenya.

The Keekorok airstrip is packed with foreign international tourists and local vendors in colourful traditional Masai costumes as well as four-wheel drive vehicles ready to take them on safari.

The clear blue sky, hot weather and strong sunlight remind me of an earlier holiday in Khao Yai but I snap back to the present as our friendly driver and guide Danish welcomes us with some refreshments.

A Masai giraffe with unique starlike blotches 

Simply called The Mara, the name of this popular game reserve means mottled in the Masai language and is a reference to its patchy landscape. Occupying 1,510 square kilometres, it stands between 1,500 to 2,170 meters above sea level and boasts extensive grassland and riverine forest with clusters of towering acacia trees.

I once again switch to a Toyota Land Cruiser and during catch sight of common zebras, thompson’s gazelles, topis (fast antelope) and ostriches on the open flat land as Danish takes us to the Little Sand River Masai Mara.

“The airstrip offers a spectacular view of the Sleeping Masai Mount that lies along the Sand River. This land can be divided into savanna and bushland. The buffaloes and zebras usually graze in every direction so be on the lookout,” Danish says.

“In July and August, the Masai Mara is the best spot to experience the annual migration across the Mara River from Tanzania to Kenya. From December to April, there is light rain, so some animals also cross into the Mara to graze.”

Situated on the bank of the Mara River, we arrive at the tented camp just in time for lunch and are lucky enough to see a family of four lions crossing into Kenya from Tanzania. There are no electric fences but the hotel staff assure us we are perfectly safe as long as we keep our distance from the animals.

The camp has 16 tented rooms and a two-bedroom en-suite family tent that takes visitors back to the heyday of the exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920’s. I spend my two last nights in tent number 14, the interior design of which pays homage to the classic African adventures of Hollywood movies.

It’s raining again so our game drive is cut short and we return to the camp. My tent has a super comfy bed and an en-suite bathroom complete with a vintage bathtub and separate toilet. There’s also an outdoor shower deck, from where I can see giraffes walking on the other side of the river.

In the morning, Danish leads us to the Masai village called Endasikira meaning a place that is raised. At the entrance, the villagers perform a traditional welcome dance before young guide Carl Leitato Naurori, 21 invites us to his home.

“In the past, we would perform a welcome dance when we were visited by residents of other villages,” Carl tells us.

Endasikira is home to 200 people from five families. They spent one month building their houses with a mixture of mud, cow dung, stones, grass, cow urine and ash. It’s dark inside the house and the ceiling is very low but it’s large with three bedrooms and a living area that double as kitchen and dining area room.

Boys perform the Masai Warrior Dance.

In the centre of the village, young boys are gathering on the ground to perform the Masai Warrior Dance – two of them step out of the line and jump and other warriors will take their place when they return to the group.

“Every year, we host a competition on December 25, the day we normally celebrate the end of the year. The celebration will be extended to two days when we have a boy to be circumcised but if none of the boys are going to be circumcised, we will celebrate for just one day,” Carl says.

“The winners will be rewarded with 50 cows. Last year, a warrior jumped three feet off the ground and I won 20 cows. In the past, we would hunt and kill all kinds of animals like gazelles and impalas. We also hunted lions to prove our manhood and would hang the carcass outside for three days to celebrate our success.

“We stopped hunting a decade ago. We want to improve wildlife conservation for all Kenyans. We realise there’s no benefit in killing animals.”

That night, a lion comes worryingly near as we gather around the campfire. I’m terrified and dare not move.

“Don’t be scared. The lion isn’t interested in you because you’re skinny. He would rather eat a chubby man like me,” my companion jokes.

There’s a knocking on my door while I’m packing my bag early the next morning and I turn to find 10 large big baboons staring curiously at me.

Danish wraps up the Skysafari trip with a morning game drive and we are able to get up close to a big family of one lion, two lionesses and nine cubs as they lie in the sun.

They start to move as other four-wheel drives approach from every direction and try to find the best spot to park. Only the cubs do not appear disturbed by the human company and continue playing as shutters click all around them.

“Lions have their first fight when they’re three year old. A male has a shorter life than a female, which can live for up to 16 years. The males get into lots of fights and that makes them weak,” Danish says.

“As the cubs grow up they’ll be chased out of the group to prevent breeding between siblings.”

We have nearly ended our tour but thanks to Danish’s sharp eyes and senses, we get to see a black rhino and a leopard hiding in the bushes.

Those sightings mean we have achieved our goal of seeing the Big Five and we can return home, our heads full of wonderful memories.

 

ON THE HUNT

>> Kenya Airways operates daily direct flights from Bangkok to Nairobi. Flight time is nine hours. Call (02) 630 4545 or visit http://www.Kenya-Airways.com.

>> The all-inclusive Elewana SkySafari Kenya Connoisseur Package ranges from US$7,304 (Bt234,200) to US$10,056 during the mid-season. Check out the best rates at http://www.SkySafari.com

>> AirKenya also operates domestic flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara Reserve.

>. Find out more about Masai Mara Reserve at http://www.MagicalKenya.com.

Flight delays? There’s an app for that

Published January 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Flight delays? There’s an app for that

Thailand January 19, 2019 11:18

By The Nation

Travel booking website Traveloka introduces its latest feature, Flight Status, which enables users to track flight status in real-time. This feature aims to make it easier for users to track flights in various conditions and can be used both by people who want to take a flight or by family and close relatives who want to pick up their colleagues at the airport.

When arranging a trip by plane in this era of frequent delays, passengers need some kind of information on what cannot be predicted. The same goes for colleagues, friends or family who want to be picked up at the airport, who often find themselves waiting for hours because they didn’t know the flight had been delayed.

“We want to provide flight status information in a way that’s convenient and easy to access, both to help passengers and those meeting them. By having this new feature, users can easily have the information only by their fingertips and users can also share their flight status information with their closest family and relatives when needed,” says Tee Chayakul, Country Manager at Traveloka Thailand.

To access Flight Status feature, open the Traveloka app (3.6.0 version), select Flight Status at the homepage and fill in flight details by choosing Route or by Flight Code. Then click “See Status” and the real-time of your flight status will appear on the screen. Users can also check their flight status in their e-ticket on My Booking section.

“The availability of the Flight Status feature for the first time by Traveloka, is expected to answer users’ anxiety, both passengers and relatives, making for better planning,” Tee adds.

TAT shows foreign visitors by the numbers

Published January 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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TAT shows foreign visitors by the numbers

national January 20, 2019 11:19

By The Nation

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand published a breakdown of 2018 visitors by nationality on the Facebook page of its Intelligence Centre on Saturday night, with Chinese leading the tally, to no one’s surprise.

Of the 38 million foreign visitors to Thailand last year, 10.6 million came from China, 4.1 million from Malaysia and 1.8 million each from South Korea and Laos.

There were 1.6 million Japanese visitors, 1.5 million Russians and Indians, 1.3 million Singaporeans, and 1.1 million Vietnamese and Americans.

The centre reported the foreign visitors generated Bt2 trillion in revenue, up from Bt1.8 trillion earned from 35.6 million travellers in 2017 and Bt1.6 trillion from 32.5 million visitors in 2016.

See the results at facebook.com/WOWThailandOfficials.

Travel website boasts simple upgrades

Published January 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Travel website boasts simple upgrades

Tourism January 17, 2019 15:19

By The Nation

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Online travel planning site Upgrading.cc offers travellers the ability to secure hotel upgrades prior to arrival. It also says it lets hotel and service apartment partners an opportunity to upsell, at no investment.

Upgrading.cc says all payments are made at the hotel after simple booking online or with the app.

The recently launched e-retail feature enables hotel partners to promote their offers as value add-ons for their customers with confirmed room reservations, the site said.

Cetin Sekercioglu, CEO of Upgrading.cc, said: “With continuous enhancement to our product such as the newly improved upgrade purchase process and introduction of e-retail feature, it will be a win-win for both our hotel partners and customers. Besides improving the overall customer experience, our hotel partners will also stand to enjoy an increase in incremental revenue generated via e-retail.”

Banyan Tree recognised with more than 200 awards in 2018

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Banyan Tree recognised with more than 200 awards in 2018

sleep January 19, 2019 11:20

By The Nation

Banyan Tree Group has plenty to celebrate this month as it raises a collective glass to winning 241 global awards in 2018 in recognition of its branding and exceptional experiences as a leading hospitality leader.

With 2,387 awards won since its inception in 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is consistently honoured for its experiential brands in top global listings. Among the international benchmark awards garnered in 2018, Banyan Tree was conferred Travel+Leisure US World’s Best Awards 2018 Top 20 Hotel Brands in the World, DestinAsian 13th Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Best Hotel Brands for Leisure and Beijing News The Best Hotel Brand 2017.

The Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali won Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Star Awards World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating of Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The exotic Banyan Tree Ringha and the new Banyan Tree Anji set amidst tranquil bamboo forests won Travel+Leisure China Awards 2018 China’s Best Boutique Hotels and Best New Hotels respectively.

“We value the importance of accreditations bestowed by the industry partners and our guests, which spur us to continually raise the bar in providing exemplary products and services. I would like to thank our guests and business partners for the ever-strong support and our associates for their dedication in delivering exceptional experiences and pioneering sustainability for which Banyan Tree is known,” said Ho Ren Yung, vice president, Brand HQ of Banyan Tree Holdings.

With a wide geographical spread across 30 destinations, Banyan Tree offers a deep sense of place and infuses the uniqueness of the locale through design and build,

Known for weaving romance into travel, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqu?s in Acapulco, Mexico was voted Travel+Leisure US World’s Best Awards 2018 Top 100 Hotels in the World & Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico, while Banyan Tree Bangkok was in the Top 5 of Bangkok Hotels and Banyan Tree Phuket was listed in the Top 10 of Resort Hotels in Southeast Asia.

Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou, Lijiang and Yangshuo were among Travel+Leisure China Awards 2018 China’s Top 100 Hotels and Banyan Tree Sanya was voted TTG China Travel Awards 2018 Best Spa Resort and Angsana Xi’an Lintong received the 9th China Meetings Industry Convention Conference Hotel of the Year 2017.

Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay in Morocco and the new design-savvy Dhawa Jinshanling in Beijing won Voyage Travel Awards 2018 Best Overseas Hotel & Top 50 Hotels of China respectively.

Banyan Tree Macau was the winner of DestinAsian 13th Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Best Hotel in Macau and three Forbes Five-Star Awards for its resort, spa and Belcon restaurant.

At Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket was voted Top 10 Best Overseas Hotel Spa and Banyan Tree Samui was named Top Asia Resort.

Banyan Tree Bangkok; Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund and Tianjin Riverside; and Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Cabo Marqu?s were among the Top 10: Bangkok Hotels; China Hotels; and Mexico – Eastern and Western Resorts.

Banyan Tree will continue to increase its global presence and foray into unique exotic destinations across the Europe, Asia-Pacific, Oceania and other regions.

Banyan Tree Spa, with its rigorous training curriculum by Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket and Bintan, is well-loved for its art of touch and luxurious spa experiences by skilful therapists.

It was awarded the prestigious 28th TTG Travel Awards 2018 TTG Travel Hall of Fame – Best Spa Operator for the fourth year and the 13th China Hotel Starlight Awards 2017 Best Spa Operator of China for the 10th consecutive year.

The lifestyle-oriented Banyan Tree Gallery offers traditional handicrafts, spa products and accessories, resort-style home furnishings and apparel. As a global marketing platform, it helps sustain village crafts and employment for numerous communities.

Banyan Tree Essentials’ reformulated line of bath, body & aromatherapy products made of 95 per cent natural ingredients are responsibly-sourced.

The venue host of several keynote tournaments, Laguna Golf Phuket was named among the top three regional courses by Asian Golf Awards 2018 Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific & Best Golf Course in Thailand.

In 2018, Banyan Tree made a pledge against single-use plastic on Earth Day and firmly supported International Year of the Reef 2018 with guests’ and associates’ activities for awareness-building on the growing threats to coral reefs and associated ecosystems across the planet.

“Sustainability has been ingrained as part of our corporate DNA from the very beginning and it is one of the key areas that we are truly proud of. Celebrating our Group’s 25th Anniversary in 2019, these awards reinforce our passion and commitment to grow our brands globally. We aspire to give our guests more exciting destinations around the world and foster our ongoing commitment towards driving sustainability for a better world,” added Ho.

The Group was named Shanghai Morning Post Tourism Awards 2017 Best Social Responsibility Brand, while Laguna Phuket, its flagship destination integrated resort reclaimed from an abandoned tin mine, was awarded the 2018 AmCham Thailand CSR Excellence Awards – Silver.

Elevating the destination’s economic and tourism development in the global sport arena, Laguna Phuket’s iconic 25th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon in November was recognised with Sports Industry Awards Asia 2018 Best Sports Event Venue/Facility in Thailand – Gold and 2018 Best Races in Asia Awards for 3 categories – Best Overall, Best Destination & Most Challenging Triathlon Race: Short Course.

With the global expansion, the Group had 26 successful signing of hotel agreements for its four brands during 2018. It had 48 hotels in operation at the end of 2018, and seven new hotels are slated to open in 2019.

Find out more at http://www.BanyanTree.com.

A holiday that won’t break the bank

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A holiday that won’t break the bank

sleep January 16, 2019 01:00

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Already operating in Bangkok and Phuket as well as in neighbouring Cambodia and the Philippines, Lub d now offers visitors to Samui the chance to experience its “social hotel” concept with the opening of Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach, which opens its doors on Friday (January 18).

The hotel offers affordable rooms and an allinone beach club setting with the launch of Tropics Beach Club, the hotel’s seaside community hub for sunning, swimming, dining, poolside parties with DJ tunes, fun games, special events and more.

“Lub d gives experiencedriven travellers something not easy to find – affordable accommodation that’s built and fitted to high standards along with amenities rarely associated with such affordability. Our hotels’ social spaces set us apart and include gathering points for many kinds of fun activities, in addition to green spaces for quiet relaxation.

“A defining feature is the hotel’s beach club, which has two swimming pools, a large central bar, openair restaurant and more, all right on the beach. You won’t find this quality and these amenities at this price anywhere else in Chaweng,” says chief operating officer for Lub d Group, Simon Morley.

Accommodation choices include private rooms with ensuite bathroom and shared accommodation. All rooms are air conditioned and feature highquality bedding. There are 98 Deluxe private rooms with a choice of kingsize bed or two twin beds, and 10 Family and Friends rooms for up to four guests and a choice of kingsize bed with bunks or two twins with bunks. All private rooms have balcony with padded swinging chair and table. The hotel’s 16 separate shared accommodation spaces are available as Mixed and LadiesOnly rooms, all with comfort and safety features such as individual lockers, privacy curtains and staircases to top bunks.

Tropics Beach Club boasts a seethrough infinity swimming pool, pool bar, alldaydining restaurant, game hub, activity lawn and sunset decks.

The property is offering a special justopened offer of 25percent off all room rates from now to January 31.

Call (02) 635 7373 or visit http://www.LubD.com/samui

Vietjet flight network grows again

Published January 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Vietjet flight network grows again

World January 17, 2019 12:10

By The Nation

Vietjet continues its cheerful New Year’s celebrations with a new flight between Hanoi and Tokyo.

This is the airline’s third route linking Vietnam and Japan, contributing to the development of tourism, trade and cultural exchanges.

The Hanoi-Tokyo route operates daily return flights with a flight time of around six hours per leg on a new and modern aircraft.

Vietjet also has direct Hanoi-Osaka and Ho Chi Minh City-Osaka flights in cooperation with Japan Airlines. Their code-share service is also applied to Vietjet’s domestic routes, including Hanoi-HCMC, Hanoi-Da Nang and HCMC-Da Nang.

“We are delighted to launch a third direct route from Vietnam to Japan,” says Vietjet vice president Do Xuan Quang.

“This new route brings a new option for people and travellers from Tokyo and the Kanto region in general, to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, from where they have easy access to many more of world-famous destinations such as Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Trang An and Son Doong cave.

“The two countries’ people and other nationalities can also effortlessly transit to other Southeast Asian countries or destinations across the North Asia region with Vietjet’s constantly expanding flight network.

“I believe that, with outstanding service quality, a new fleet, dedicated and friendly cabin crew, delicious and hot in-flight meals, together with amazing ticket fares and exciting in-flight entertainment, Vietjet offers its passengers wonderful flying experiences.”

With a network of 39 domestic routes and 66 international routes, Vietjet operates safe flights with a technical reliability rate of 99.66 per cent, the highest rate in Asia-Pacific.

Vietjet operates 60 A320 and A321 aircraft, with more than 385 flights daily, carrying more than 65 million passengers to date, with 104 routes covering Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia.

Book online at http://www.VietjetAir.com.

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