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Mandarin Oriental to launch second property in Istanbul

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mandarin Oriental to launch second property in Istanbul

sleep April 12, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced its second luxury hotel in Istanbul that is scheduled to open in 2022.

The new development comprises three standalone towers and is located in the exclusive Etiler residential area, close to the city’s central business district. One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul with 158 guestrooms and suites and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. UNStudio from Amsterdam has been appointed as the master planner and architect.

The hotel will have three restaurants and bars, and a selection of adaptable meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces, ideal for hosting both business and leisure events. There will also be a spa and fitness centre, offering the Group’s award-winning signature wellness programmes as well as locally inspired treatments. The hotel will have both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

The Residences will feature some of the most exclusive homes in the city, providing owners with extensive private gardens and impressive views of the Bosphorus. Owners will also enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s service and direct access to the hotel’s facilities. In addition, there will be a full suite of bespoke resident facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools with city skyline views, a fitness centre and six beauty treatment rooms.

The owners and developers of the project are Astas Holding AS and Yapi & Yapi. This is the Group’s third venture in Turkey with Astas Holding AS, which is the owner of the Group’s two other Turkish properties –Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul which is scheduled to open in 2020.

“We look forward to extending further the Group’s presence in one of the world’s most historic and vibrant cities,” said James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental. “Operating two complementary hotels in a single city is something that the Group has already done successfully in Hong Kong and will soon do in London. We believe there is room for more than just one Mandarin Oriental hotel in certain select destinations around the world.” he added.

“Having strengthened our successful collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Bodrum, and through the upcoming opening of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul it is our intention to establish this second Istanbul property, uniquely located in the prestigious district of Etiler, as one of the world’s most impressive addresses. The project is slated to cater to a discerning clientele who enjoy this legendary city so rich in history and culture, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia,” said Astas Holding AS and Yapi & Yapi’s board of directors.

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The ultimate in luxury living

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The ultimate in luxury living

sleep April 10, 2019 14:44

By The Nation

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Following the recent launch of Rosewood Hong Kong in the art and design district of Victoria Dockside, entrepreneur Adrian Cheng is set to unveil another major project K11 Artus, the first ultra-private luxury residential development of K11 Group, that’s scheduled to open in the third quarter of this year.

The project marks the third milestone of Cheng’s Victoria Dockside development, a 10-year project that includes K11 Atelier, K11 Artus, Rosewood Hong Kong and K11 Musea, a retail destination that’s also slated to open this year.

Artus combines the word “Art” and the Latin term “Domus”, meaning “home.” The 287-residence K11 Artus in Hong Kong will redefine the luxury residence experience by providing Asia’s first hybrid “Artisanal Home” concept with comprehensive hotel services and an inspiring environment,

“This is an artisanal home and a new living standard built for those who prioritise bespoke design, a seamless online-offline experience as well as art and cultural experiences that bring together like-minded individuals,” said Cheng, who is also the executive vice-chairman and general manager of New World Development.

The project is a testament to collaborative design and cutting-edge craftsmanship. The development reflects the combined talents of Asia’s most celebrated designers and the world’s most respected international architectural firms. Kohn Pedersen Fox, the award-winning New York-based architectural studio, designed the building while Bangkok-based P Landscape (PLA) is responsible for the surrounding greenery and lush landscaping. Soaring over Victoria Dockside and taking full advantage of the exclusive location, three individually designed penthouses – by Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang, the UK’s Fiona Barratt and New York-based nemaworkshop – represent the ultimate in luxury lifestyle.

To meet a hassle-free lifestyle supported by technological innovation, the residents will be seamlessly connected through human-centred technology. In addition to the personalised hospitality and butler services, the property goes a step further with AMICI, an intuitive, digital concierge offering 24-hour assistance. Through AMICI, each resident has direct access to services at their fingertips, ensuring immediate responses to requests and providing useful advice.

Visit http://www.Artus.com.hk.

Experience the diverse designs of Southeast Asia under one roof

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Experience the diverse designs of Southeast Asia under one roof

Travel log April 12, 2019 01:00

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In a world where everything is connected and the latest trends tend to inspire fresh creativity, one thing seems clear: Thai design has proven to be one of the most emerging scenes in Southeast Asia. And STYLE Bangkok offers a full spectrum of lifestyle ideas and innovations.

STYLE Bangkok, Asia’s premier lifestyle show will take place from April 17 to 21, 2019 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). On display will be the latest collections of lifestyle products – from fashion and apparel, to gift and houseware, as well as furnishings and home decor, and so much more.

Trade days are from April 17 to 19, 2019 (10.00 – 18.00 Hrs.) while public days are from April 20 – 21, 2019 (10.00 – 21.00 Hrs.).

Set under the theme “Crenovative Origin” where creativity meets innovation and originality, the combined-trade shows underline the outstanding lifestyle products that are uniquely Thai. For instance, materials are locally sourced and intricately crafted by local artisans, to embody Thai creativity. The five-day trade show provides an international platform for over 50,000 buyers to source and be inspired by state-of-the-art creations from local talents and world-class creators, all under one roof.

Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with 24 organisations, first launched STYLE Bangkok in October 2017.

Occupying an exhibition space of more than 40,000 square metres, it combines three mega trade shows: Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIFF & BIL); Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH); and Thailand International Furniture Fair (TIFF).

STYLE Bangkok has become the centre stage for approximately 1,000 brands, from local, regional, and international vendors to display their creations for the world to see in true Thai style.

For more information, see https://www.stylebangkokfair.com/

Into the mystic in Japan

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Endo Mitsunaga performs an incantation over foreign tourists and other visitors in Otsu./Yomiuri Shimbun
Endo Mitsunaga performs an incantation over foreign tourists and other visitors in Otsu./Yomiuri Shimbun

Into the mystic in Japan

World April 13, 2019 01:00

By Chihiro Ikuta
Yomiuri Shimbun
Asia News Network

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Foreigners are keen to delve deeper into the country’s spiritual culture, including pilgrimages

AN INCREASING number of foreigners are coming to Japan to experience its unique spiritual culture. Late last year a tour was launched that gives foreign tourists the opportunity to meet the Dai-Ajari, a master who has completed the 1,000-day kaihogyo, a rigorous ascetic practice found at Enryakuji in Otsu, the head temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, on Mount Hiei.

In December a man and woman from overseas hiked a five-kilometre section of the kaihogyo route on the mountain. On the walk lasting about two hours, a guide told them about the practice in which the ascetic will not eat, drink, sleep or rest for nine days while continuously chanting mantras. The pair gasped, saying it was “amazing” and “unbelievable”.

Foreign visitors listen to an explanation of the 1,000day kaihogyo ascetic practice while walking along a path./Yomiuri Shimbun

The 1,000-day kaihogyo is a pilgrimage that takes about seven years and covers about 40,000km, roughly the circumference of the Earth. People who complete it are considered to be embodiments of the Fudo Myoo deity and are granted the title Hokurei Daigyoman Dai-Ajari.

After their walk, the pair descended to the Ogi district of Otsu at the base of the mountain. There they met 44-year-old Endo Mitsunaga, the chief priest of the Kakushoritsuan temple and the 50th person recorded to have completed the 1,000-day kaihogyo since the siege of Mount Hiei by Oda Nobunaga in 1571.

With the guide interpreting, Mitsunaga told the pair, “During the practice I injured my right leg and was prepared to die, but many people watched over me and an unseen force supported me.”

The pair listened intently. Afterward, Mitsunaga recited an incantation, touching their heads and shoulders with prayer beads.

“I felt the sacred atmosphere of Japan. Meeting a Dai-Ajari, someone who underwent something so unbelievably harsh, made for a memorable trip,” said Carly Scothern, 30, from Britain.

A study group on foreign tourism organised by the prefectural government that includes travel agencies among its members is in charge of the tours. Otsu-based Tour du Lac Biwa designed the basic tour and Mitsunaga agreed to take part out of a desire to convey the teachings of Buddhism to anyone who is interested.

Endo Mitsunaga performs an incantation over foreign tourists and other visitors in Otsu./Yomiuri Shimbun

The company had several inquiries for the spring mountain-climbing season. A staff member in charge said they hoped to gain attention as an “unknown spiritual journey”.

The number of foreigners attempting the Ohenro pilgrimage in the Shikoku region is growing rapidly. There has even been notable foreign interest in the three mountains of the Dewa pilgrimage in Yamagata Prefecture.

In fiscal 2017, 416 foreigners were recognised as “Henro ambassadors” for walking to all 88 sites, according to the Henro to Omotenashi no Network, a non-profit organisation based in Takamatsu. This is about 10 times the number in fiscal 2007.

Tokushima University Associate Professor George Moreton, who studies Ohenro, spoke to 95 foreigners who attempted the pilgrimage last year.

Many of them expressed inward-looking motivations and sentiments, such as the opportunity to think about life while encountering lots of different people and places.

“Ohenro allows people to forget differences in nationality, social position and language. It’s been spreading as a way to experience ‘deep Japan’ by the media and through word of mouth,” he said.

The Haguro Tourist Association offers ascetic tours related to the three mountains of the Dewa pilgrimage that include activities such as praying under waterfalls and fire-walking.

The association had one group of five foreigners in fiscal 2014 and five groups totalling 52 foreigners in fiscal 2018.

About five years ago Yamagata Prefecture launched a multilingual website that says the visit to Ise Shrine in the west and the three mountains of the Dewa pilgrimage in the east have been known since the Edo period (1603-1867) as a symbol of Japan’s spiritual culture.

“Real ascetic experiences are rare and are especially attractive to those from the United States and Europe,” said the association’s Yoshiyuki Ishizaki, professor of tourism marketing theory at Ritsumeikan University.

“When Westerners come all the way to Japan, they really want to understand it deeply,” he said.

“There is a strong pilgrimage culture there, particularly the Santiago pilgrimage across northern Spain, which probably has a strong impact on them. But there needs to be a balance. If things become more touristy, the solemn religious practice will be lost.”

Architecture on the tracks

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Architecture on the tracks

World April 09, 2019 11:00

By The Nation

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Japan’s Seibu Railway introduces its new limited express train “Laview”, the exterior and interior of which have been designed by world-renowned architect Kazuyo Sejima to develop a new :never seen before train car”.

The Laview’s most distinctive feature is its rounded front end while its windshield is made of three-dimensional curved glass with a curvature radius of 1,500 mm – unprecedented in Japan. Cabin windows are furnished with large window panes, each 1,350 mm in height and 1,580 mm in width at equal intervals, enabling passengers to enjoy a panoramic view of passing scenery.

The exterior colour of the car, which uses new aluminium paint developed especially for Laview, is designed in such a way as to blend gently into the landscape, The interior, based on a warm yellow colour combination, creates a soft living room-like ambience. Each seat is equipped with electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi is available on each coach. Large 23-inch onboard video screens display information in four languages – Japanese, English, Korean and Mandarin. They all add up to provide amenities and make every passenger feel comfortable. As the new flagship train bearing the future of Seibu Railway, its train type is designated as the 001 Series.

Seibu Railway, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2012 and the 100th anniversary of its operations in 2015, is constantly coming up with innovations, including the Seibu Travelling Restaurant “52 Seats of Happiness” all dedicated to restaurant use as well as the “40000 Series” commuter train fitted with a “Partner Zone”, which can be comfortably used by all passengers, including small children and those using baby strollers or wheelchairs.

Learn more at http://www.SeibuRailway.jp/railways/tourist/english/.

Blasts from the past

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • All generations of Mon are pouring water through a long bamboo tube to bathe a Buddha image.
  • Tourists in Ayutthaya have fun in a water battle with the elephants.
  • Asiatique the Riverfront joins the Water Festival with a wide range of delightful retro-themed activities.

Blasts from the past

Thailand April 13, 2019 01:00

By The Nation Weekend

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Tourists as well as local residents have the opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy a retro-style Songkran. Here’s where

IT’S SONGKRAN and while plenty of Thais will head home to spend time with their families, cities all over the country are celebrating the Thai New Year with ceremonies, performances, fun activities, food and the occasional water fight.

We take a look at what’s on over the holidays.

Bangkok 

Known for celebrating the most beautiful of Thai traditions, the Water Festival is once again turning nine iconic piers along the Chao Phraya River into entertainment venues from today to Monday.

Designed on the theme of “Yoo Yen Pen Sook” which literally means “live peacefully”, the festival invites visitors to pour water over elders’ hands in the rod nam dam hua ceremony, bathe Buddha statues to ask for blessings and have fun creating their own handicrafts at a series of workshops.

One of the popular stops is Lhong 1919, where visitors can pay respect to the Mazu Goddess, watch a contemporary long-drum dance troupe perform, check out the food truck carnival and learn how to prepare Thai desserts, craft fish out of palms and make Thai flower garlands.

The Tha Maharaj community mall is transforming itself into a Thai temple fair and offers a variety of classic games, Thai brass and long-drum troupe performances, watercolour classes and a Thai kite-making workshop.

From 5 to 10pm on all three days, Asiatique the Riverfront joins the celebration with concerts featuring Thai favourites Lada R-Siam, Wan Thanakrit and Paowalee Pornpimon. Here visitors can walk through the Very Cool Loincloth tunnel, experience Wet ’n’ Wild Sea Boxing, roam around the old market, join the traditional loincloth workshops and ride the giant Ferris Wheel to watch the sunset over the Chao Phraya River.

Thai cultures and traditions are the focus at Iconsiam.

Thai cultures and traditions are also the focus at the Iconic Songkran Festival 2019 being hosted by Iconsiam on the Thon Buri side of the river until Monday.

Visitors are invited to pour sacred water on four revered Buddha images from different periods, namely Shinnasri Buddha from the Sukhothai period, Nimit Vichitmarn Molee Sri Sanpetch Borom Tri Lok Nart Buddha representing the Ayutthaa era, Buddham Viseth Sasada Buddha from Thonburi and Siam Dheva Thirat Buddha of the Rattanakosin period.

The Songkran exhibition depicts the festival’s history and tradition and features performances of the Viva Songkran dance, silk reeling dance and traditional drumming. Here too visitors can take part in free workshops such as making scented fans and scented water, Thai-pattern fabric painting and the art of fruit and vegetable carving and also dress up in traditional costumes for a photo shoot.

Top Thai actresses will join the procession by dressing in royal court costumes from four eras – Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Rattanakosin. There’s also some water splashing and a concert by Nont Tanont and Da Endorphine.

Iconsiam’s Sook Siam zone is home to the “Sook Siam Yoo Yen Pen Sook” where visitors can pour water on hands of senior residents from the Ban Bang Khae Elderly Centre. Other highlights include a Ferris wheel, the egg pond game, sand pagoda making, a Songkran beauty contest and the presentation of traditional foods and handicrafts.

From 9am to 10pm, celebrants can take advantage of the free Chao Phraya Express Boats cruising to Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram, Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Wat Kalayanamitra Worawararam, Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan, Tha Maharaj, Yodpiman River Walk, Lhong 1919, Iconsiam and Asiatique.

Pathum Thani

Just 30 minutes away from downtown Bangkok, Thai-Mon residents are gathering in the grounds of the provincial hall today to take part in the grand Hang Hong Thong Takhab processions, which see statues of swans decorated in coloured mirror glass and centipede-inspired handcrafted flags carried to the temples.

All generations of Mon are pouring water through a long bamboo tube to bathe a Buddha image. 

They will also show off their skills in making the traditional hot season dish khao chae and building sand pagodas.

Continuing through Thursday, the festival includes the rod nam dam hua ceremony, culinary demonstrations of khao chae and mixed red sticky rice, Thai, Muslim and Chinese cultural performances, a sand pagoda building competition, Mon dance and Mon orchestra concerts. Youngsters will play Mon skittles in a showcase of the ethnic group’s unique culture.

Ayutthaya 

Travelling back in time to the good old days of the old capital, Si Sanphet Road will serve as the main Songkran venue throughout the weekend. Here tourists can join the bathing ritual of Buddha statues and sand pagoda building and have fun with retro Thai dance and water fights with elephants from Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal.

Tomorrow, the Thai-Mon residents of Bang Pa-in district will don traditional costumes for a unique centipede-inspired flag procession to Wat Thong Bo and join a bathing ritual of Buddha statues, in which they will pour water through split bamboo tubes to ask for luck, happiness and success in the coming year.

Ratchaburi

Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum is the place for art lovers to celebrate Songkran. Taking place today and tomorrow in a classic Thai ambience, the event features an art market and Thai-Mon food street where visitors can use cowrie shell money to bargain, a grand shadow play, a pong lang performance, a likay hulu dance and Lanna-style khon (masked dance drama).

Wat Ban Sing in Photharam district is today hosting the Bai Si ceremony to bring luck and happiness to Lao-Wieng residents for the year to come. There are also several cultural performances and activities to enjoy.

Later than in other parts of the province, Wat Ched Samian will celebrate the beginning of the Thai New Year next week with Flower Car processions, a long-tail boat racing tournament, a sand pagoda contest and the rod nam dam hua ceremony.

Sukhothai underlines its traditional heritage in the Songkran celebration at the historical parks.

Sukhothai

The Retro Songkran Splendours event at Sukhothai Historical Park runs until tomorrow and features a variety of cultural activities and performances including a sand pagoda building competition, a Songkran beauty contest, bullock-cart processions from 12 communities, traditional sports and a market selling all kinds of local dishes, snacks and desserts.

The city is also hosting the Flowery Shirt Songkran Khao Tok Road festival around the Clock Tower until Monday, which will see residents building sand pagodas at Wat Thai Chumpol and dressing in colourful flower-covered shirts for the “flower car” procession. Other activities include retro Thai dance and a Miss Songkran contest.

Phetchaburi 

The Amazing Songkran 2019 event, which runs until tomorrow at Phra Ram Ratchaniwet, takes visitors back to the contemporary culture during the reigns of Kings Rama V and VI.

Visitors can bathe Phra Buddha Sothon, register for royal cuisine workshops and watch demonstrations of 10 traditional Thai handicrafts, and enjoy a classical music concert by Sunatraporn Big Band, Vietrio, Lula, Radklao Amaradit, Saranya Songsermsawad and Praew Kanitkul.

The reception hall serves a formal Afternoon Tea set and guests can dress in period costumes to join a palace tour and watch a vintage car exhibition.

 

Chiang Mai is hosting the Pee Mai Muang Festival all over town. 

Chiang Mai

The Northern city always prides itself on fantastic Songkran celebrations and this year the old Lanna capital celebrates its cultural heritage with the much-loved Pawenee Pee Mai Muang Festival that gets underway today and continues through Monday.

Running from Tha Pae Gate to Wat Phra Singh and the Three Kings Monument, this morning will see residents taking part in the alms-giving ceremony, the bathing rite of the revered Phra Buddha Sihing and a spectacular procession of Buddha images to mark the beginning of the New Year.

Tourists can enjoy several Lanna handicraft demonstrations and free workshops by TAT Chiang Mai Office, along with a temple fair, wisdom art performances and a Light & Sound presentation telling the story of Songkran Festival.

Other activities include a parade of women riding bicycles while holding umbrellas, the Lanna Traditional Devotion Ornaments Contest and the Miss & Mister Songkran Contest.

Chiang Mai University’s Lanna Traditional House Museum meanwhile gives visitors a chance to celebrate Songkran as their ancestors did. Here families will gather on an open space to build their stunning sand pagodas, join a bathing rite of Buddha statues and a rod nam dam hua ceremony and learn how to craft tung sai moo (an elaborate paper lantern resembling a pig’s intestine).

The old Lanna market serves as the main entertainment and dining venue with local dishes on sale and a stage for classic cultural performances and music.

Mukdahan 

Featuring the Cool-Isaan water tunnel, Isaan classic dance by the Mekong River and a Sand Art contest, the Northeast province of Mukdahan is hosting the Muk-Savan Fun & Fin Festival on Had Mano Phirom until Tuesday

Not to miss is the sand sculpture zone boasting lifelike models of such tourist attractions as Wat Roi Phra Phutthabat Phu Manorom in Mukdahan, Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Dragon Paradise Park in Suphan Buri, the Phi Seua Samut statue in Rayong and Wat Maha That Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Mukdahan draws local villagers and tourists with the MukSavan Fun & Fin Festival.

Phuket

Down south, Dee Buk Road in downtown Phuket will be lined with 40 booths selling a wide selection of local dishes and desserts from today to Monday as part of the Water Festival.

Visitors can rent Baba costumes and take pictures in front of old Sino-Portuguese houses, join a bathing rite of Buddha statues and admire a collection of Phuket sketches by art students from King Mongkut’s Institue of Technology Ladkrabang. Lipta and Bird & Heart provide the entertainment tomorrow and Monday.

Samui

The resort island turns Chaweng Beach into a water splashing riot today and tomorrow. Before the water fights, celebrants can take part in alms-giving and rod nam dam hua, take in the dazzling Alpha Gay parade around the town and watch 100 villagers perform a traditional Nora dance.

The Songkran celebration at Nathon Market draws to a close today by inviting visitors to dress in Thai costumes and join several fun activities on the Cultural Street.

Flowers raised by cool waste

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Flowers raised by cool waste

Thailand April 12, 2019 15:05

By The Nation

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PTT is showcasing how cool waste can be used to nurture flowers in the 8th Wonders of Cool-Season Crops – Tulip in Bloom Festival that runs until April 21 at the Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden in Rayong.

On the theme “Charming Wonder Village”, this botanical garden, which is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, boasts more than 120,000 colourful tulips and several entertainment activities for people of all ages.

“PTT has fully supported the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) project, initiated by the Thai government to accommodate the Thailand 4.0 initiative. The EECi helps create a value-based economy that is driven by scientific knowledge, technology and innovation and enhances the competitiveness of the Thai industry,” said Chansin Treenuchagron, president and chief executive of PTT.

“The company leverages cool waste from the regasification process at its LNG receiving terminal in Rayong, helping to add value to the country’s farm sector. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide derived from the gas separation process in its plant is used to speed plant growth.

The chemical substance is also used as material for the production of dry ice, an ingredient in the artificial rainmaking process, enabling PTT to fully support the operations of the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agriculture Aviation and disaster relief operations.”

This year’s highlights include the Rocky Gateway tunnel that transports visitors to the middle of the village set in a mountainous European town. Visitors can walk along a see-through glass Miracle Bridge and admire the field of tulips underneath.

Other activities include a puppet performance, Bozo the Clown show, live storytelling a painting corner, a concert, a One Tambon One Product fair and a gardening workshop conducted by the Eastern Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association. Visitors can also join the bathing ritual of Buddha statues to celebrate the Songkran Day.

“We aim to promote tourism in the local communities and help residents to generate more income. Our garden showcases 15 different types of tulips. Each year, we come up with a fresh idea for a cool waste management project to create a great experience for visitors,” said Nattawoot Krerpradab, vice president of Natural Gas Products Distribution.

Tickets are Bt40 and all proceeds will go to Rayong’s long-term care institution in Ma Ta Phut district.

New law planned to protect interests of foreign airline passengers

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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(File Photo) Passengers waiting to confirm flight after face the flight delay when Pakistan close sky on February 28, 2019.
(File Photo) Passengers waiting to confirm flight after face the flight delay when Pakistan close sky on February 28, 2019.

New law planned to protect interests of foreign airline passengers

Tourism April 10, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is planning a draft regulation to protect passengers flying foreign airlines who are affected by flight delays to ensure equal consumer protection.

The regulation is expected to come into force this year.

CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop said, “Now, more passengers prefer to travel abroad by foreign airlines and there have been flight delays. The CAAT cannot force foreign airlines to pay passengers compensation or take care of the passengers, as there is no law to the effect. We will now rush regulations that will protect the interests of passengers.”

The CAAT presently has the responsibility only of protecting the interests of both Thai and foreign passengers who are affected by flight delays involving Thai airlines.

The CAAT said it had continuously received reports from passengers about delayed flights that have impacted their travel schedules. Most of the delayed flights were Turkish and Russian.

The new regulation will apply the same standard of legal protection to passengers flying by a Thai airline. If a flight is delayed, an airline is required to pay passengers compensation at a determined rate as well as accommodation.

Chula said that if any airline does not abide by the regulation once it comes into effect could compromise the extension of its air operating licence, which would be another way to screen standardised airlines for flying in Thailand and protecting consumers.

The CAAT is considering air operator certificates (AOC) for Thai Summer airline, a Thai-Chinese joint venture, and Thai Eastern airline, a Thai-South Korean joint venture.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s aviation industry is ready for another round of inspections by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on operating standards after it found deficiencies in the past. The CAAT has already completed its standard inspection and AOC issuance for all 25 airlines operating in Thailand.

According to a Transport Ministry announcement on protection of passengers flying Thai-registered airlines on local routes, passengers will receive necessary care extending from food, beverage, communications and refund of air fare to flight changes in a case of delayed flights.

Meanwhile, Tourism and Sport Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said the ministry would send the Immigration Bureau a letter asking about the proposed extension of the free visa-on-arrival (VOA) scheme, which expires at the end of April, for citizens of 20 countries and one economy.

Earlier, the Tourism Authority of Thailand had proposed extension of the free VOA scheme for six more months, till the end of October this year.

The Cabinet did not discuss the matter at its meeting yesterday. Extension of this measure is expected to boost tourists from China, who are expected to travel to Thailand in bigger numbers, Weerasak said.

The ministry will also discuss with the Foreign Ministry an arrangement for a double-entry visa at an earlier rate of Bt1,000 per person, another measure to woo foreign tourists to Thailand. This planned visa arrangement had earlier been approved by the Cabinet in principle.

Songkran spending to rise over 2% year on year

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Passengers wait at the Mo Chit 2 bus station yesterday to travel or return to their home towns to celebrate the Songkran festival from April 12-16, 2019.-Photo by Nation
Passengers wait at the Mo Chit 2 bus station yesterday to travel or return to their home towns to celebrate the Songkran festival from April 12-16, 2019.-Photo by Nation

Songkran spending to rise over 2% year on year

Tourism April 10, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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Total spending during the Songkran festival will amount to at least Bt135 billion, increasing by 2.78 per cent year on year, according to a poll conducted by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber also expects the new government to take office by September and forecasts this year’s GDP growth at 3.5 per cent.

Thanawat Phonwichai, director of the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre of the chamber, said that during Songkran, total spending was expected to be Bt135 billion compared to last year’s Bt132 billion, a 2.78 per cent increase.

He said that 87.2 per cent of those planning to travel will do so within the country, with average spending at Bt5,232 per person.

The remaining 12.8 per cent will go abroad, mostly to Japan, Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong.

He said the smog problem in the northern region would affect tourism, especially in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phayao provinces, causing tourism income to decline by Bt5 billion to Bt7 billion.

The top Songkran activity would be allowing elders to pour water on one’s heads, followed by parties, which is expected to increase from the past year. The politician most in demand to pour water on other people’s heads as part of the Songkran celebration ceremony is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, followed by the leader of the Future Forward Party, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who has overtaken Thaksin Shinawatra in the popularity stakes.

“We hope that economic growth in the country would continue to progress. According to our forecast, if the new government is established by September, the new prime minister will be able to push for an annual GDP growth of 3.5 per cent.

“Meanwhile, if the GDP growth does not reach 3.5 per cent, it could be due to political unrest and the ongoing US-China trade war,” Thanawat said.

Meanwhile, Kasikorn Research Centre estimated that increased travel by both Thai and foreign tourists during the Songkran festival (April 11 to 17), will generate Bt28 billion in revenue for the tourism and related sectors, an increase of 2.2 per cent year on year.

Of the total estimated revenue, Bt12.2 billion is expected to come from Thais travelling within the Kingdom and Bt15.8 billion will be generated by foreign tourists visiting the country during the festival.

The bank’s research centre said various factors would affect the tourism industry, which will need to be monitored, such as whether it would be possible to extend the free visa-on-arrival scheme, which will end on April 30. Another issue is the global economic slowdown, which decreases the purchasing power of foreign tourists visiting Thailand.

The research centre has predicted that the number of tourists visiting Thailand throughout 2019 is likely to be more than 39 million.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported that during the first two months of the year, the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand grew 2.5 per cent year on year, totalling 7.29 million people.

Thais lead world in travel this year

Published April 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thais lead world in travel this year

Tourism April 10, 2019 01:00

By   THE NATION

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THAI people plan to travel overseas by an average 3.9 trips in 2019 – higher than other countries in the Asia Pacific and even across the globe, according to the latest survey by Visa.

According to the 500-sample survey in 27 countries, people in the Asia Pacific plan to travel an average 2.8 trips this year, while the global average is 2.7 trips in 2019 – well below the Thai overseas plans for 3.9 trips.

Meanwhile, travel spending by Thai people would increase from an average Bt49,135.68 per trip to Bt73,670.80 per trip in this year and 2020, Visa Thailand’s country manager, Suripong Tantiyanon, said recently.

Following the high overseas travel spending using credit cards in the first quarter of the year saw to rising, for example First Choice Credit card reported 30 per cent increase when compared to the same period of last year. KTC also forecasts that spending for travel will increase by up to 55 per cent in the first quarter of this year, and continue to rise over the rest of 2019.

The top five destinations for Thai people to travel were Japan (64 per cent), Hong Kong (37 per cent), Singapore (29 per cent), South Korea (21 per cent) and China (16 per cent). The first four destinations will remain on the list for the year 2020, the survey found.

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