Archive - June 2018

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Best Western offers special awards to mark 30th anniversary
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Avani offering online check-in before arrival
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Dusit offering 50% discount on Bed and Breakfast in 7-Day mid-year sale
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Mekong Kingdoms Launches Ultra-Exclusive River Cruiser
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Centara names new VP of Human Resources

Best Western offers special awards to mark 30th anniversary

 BEST WESTERN HOTELS & RESORTS is celebrating 30 Years with the milestone anniversary of Best Western Rewards.

Since its inception in 1988, Best Western Rewards (BWR) has grown from 180,000 members to more than 32 million today.

With points that never expire and access to the richest promotions in the hotel industry, BWR has been frequently recognized as an innovator, achieving a top five ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hotel Rewards Programs and ranking one of the top three Best Hotel Rewards by WalletHub in 2017.

With each year, the program continues to raise the bar, and now offers the industry’s lowest point threshold, free nights with no blackout dates and unique seasonal promotions.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of BWR, Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced that it will gift lifetime Diamond Select Status to all 1,859 members who have remained a loyal part of the program since its inaugural year. Diamond Select Status offers 50% bonus points per stay, a choice of a thank you gift or points upon arrival and guaranteed free night availability.

“Year after year, our priority is to enhance overall guest satisfaction and tailor our rewards program to the travel aspirations of our members,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “We wanted to find a unique way to reward the members who have been with us since the beginning, and we are thrilled to celebrate with them by providing lifetime elite to them as a thank you for their continued loyalty.”

BWR has successfully evolved over three decades, demonstrating a commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences with a renewed focus each year to offer easily redeemable and tremendously valuable benefits.

BWR is the only loyalty program in the industry where points never expire, and members have access to the richest promotions in the industry. Reward redemption begins at a lower point level requirement relative to industry competitors, and free nights earned can be redeemed at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide, with no blackout dates. Additionally, members have access to special rates and can receive up to 10% off on every night and redeem free nights that count towards attaining elite tiers.

Finally, members can earn gift cards from some of the most popular shopping, entertainment, gas, and airline partners.

 Members are given instant rewards and gratification on every stay. Additionally, the Status “Match…No Catch” program allows members to have their status matched with other hotel loyalty programs immediately upon enrolment.

 In addition to enjoying the perks and benefits of BWR, elite members also receive elite rewards. Upon arrival elite members are given a choice of a “Thank You” gift or bonus points. Additionally, Best Western hotels provide guaranteed free nights for Diamond and Diamond select members at properties with availability.

BWR guests are also given a digital membership card that helps them simply and conveniently access their membership number, point balance, current tier level and exclusive deals and offers. These enhanced benefits, combined with the lowest free night redemption threshold in the industry, enable travelers to maximize stays across all 11 Best Western brands.

For more information on BWR and to sign up, visit BestWestern.com/Rewards.

 

 

 

 

Avani offering online check-in before arrival

AVANI HOTELS & RESORTS is now offering online check-in available prior to arrival at any AVANI Hotels & Resorts property around the world.

With each completed booking at www.avanihotels.com, guests will receive an option to complete a pre-arrival online check-in. The online check-in process is swift and secure – guests will arrive at the property to find their room and key card ready for immediate occupancy (subject to room availability).

At select AVANI properties, a dedicated lane will be available for those who completed the online process for an even faster check-in. Some properties have special welcomes for guests who complete their check-in online:

At AVANI+ Luang Prabang, there will be special welcome cocktails, served by the pool, under a 100-year-old Banyan tree; at AVANI Riverside Bangkok, guests can relax with a welcome drink at the comfy living space by reception before going to their room where they will find special room amenities.

Guests can also take make additional requests during their online check-in to ensure the perfect stay. Whether it is extra down pillows, airport transfers, or exploration tips, AVANI can ensure a seamless arrival experience.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts operates 23 properties in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, most recently debuting in Australia, New Zealand, and Laos. The brand has a strong pipeline of new properties under development including in new destinations such as South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Oman.

 

 

Dusit offering 50% discount on Bed and Breakfast in 7-Day mid-year sale

DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS’ 7-Day Mid-Year Sale will go live June 14, 2018, offering 50% off its Bed & Breakfast Plus package at participating hotels and resorts in Thailand, Vietnam, Maldives, Egypt, Kenya, Philippines and UAE.

Available for booking for seven days only — June 14-20, 201814 – and with exclusive priority booking on June 13 for members of Dusit’s frequent guest program, Dusit Gold, the promotion includes accommodation, daily breakfast for two, and more benefits.

Dusit Gold membership is free and includes a minimum 20% discount on dining, minimum 10% discount on spa treatments, and more exclusive privileges. Guests can enroll to the program online at dusitgold.com or upon check-in.

To qualify for the Mid-Year Sale, guests are required to book a minimum stay of two nights via dusit.com using the booking code MYPROMO.

Among the hotels offering the promotion are award-winning properties such as Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Maldives, dusitD2 Nairobi, Dusit Princess Phu Quoc, and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

Stays can be made up until 30 Nov.30, 2018.

 

Mekong Kingdoms Launches Ultra-Exclusive River Cruiser

 

MEKONG KINGDOMS, a division of Minor Hotels, is pioneering a stylish new way of exploring the Mekong River with modern boats, bespoke itineraries and a playful, artistic spirit.

Its newest is Mekong River voyage of Gypsy, an ultra-exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle.

A private tailored three nights, four days cruise from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle and a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang for up to four passengers are on offer.

For those who seek a superior cruise experience that can be as spirited, laidback or personalized as their heart and soul desire, Gypsy offers the most intimate journey where adventurous voyagers and armchair travellers can enjoy first-class services – from plush contemporary surrounds to gourmet meals and bespoke experiences both on board and ashore.

It is to accommodate the modern-day lifestyle of the most discerning wanderlust souls, the 41-metre, two-cabin vessel epitomizes a fine balance between playful mingling and reflective solitude.

With ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to comfortably accommodate families or small groups, Gypsy also features a communal mid-ship lounge, bar and dining area, as well as a separate veranda style lounge with an al fresco panorama deck at the bow of the boat.

For Bangkok based design consultant Jiraparnn Tokeeree from TOUCHABLE, furniture and interior design is more approachable and touchable than the abstract concept of art – for her, art is all around us and she adapts aesthetics and artistic aspects into her designs in order to accentuate this notion

For the Gypsy interior design project she fashioned a harmonious social atmosphere of modern homely design, juxtaposed with hints of the glamorisZd bygone era of romantic voyaging.

Wood and thatch throughout blend seamlessly with the verdant surrounds of the Mekong River’s shores through floor-to-ceiling windows and from open sun decks.  The boat’s contemporary designed interiors feature tongue and groove wood panelled ceilings, floors and walls; etched wooden cupboards and closets; solid wood tables; dark woven leather seating; and oversized bamboo daybeds. Local handwoven ornaments adorn the spaces and freshly cut flowers create a naturally soothing ambience, while Thai silk and fabrics drape the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.

he well-appointed spacious sleeping cabins are fully air-conditioned and consists of a king bed and twin beds configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity.  Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers; crisp white bed linen; regular and feather pillows; and a choice of exquisite bathroom amenities provide convenient functions with the comfort of home.  A hair dryer, vanity and make up mirror are provided, while a personal safe promises in-room safety.

Cruising along the Mekong River from near the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang conjures up images of old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with exhilarating river adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery.

Voyagers will be captivated by the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the Mekong River Valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating local cultures as they stop at villages and attractions along the way.

Daily shore excursions offer a mix of age old culture, local immersion and adrenaline charged adventure and include guided jungle treks; mountain biking in Ban Houy Phalam; freshwater fishing; a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw; Laos whisky tasting; a visit to a little known elephant camp in Pak Beng; and the Pak Ou caves – with its breath taking limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over the centuries.

Even while cruising the placid waters, guests can enjoy a range of wellness, cultural and fun diversions on board, including yoga; folk dancing; learning to speak the Laos language; weaving workshop; and cooking class.

After an adventurous day of exploring Southeast Asia’s most beguiling waterway, the boat’s open decks offer a welcome respite to savour a decadent Champagne high tea while watching the world go by.

As the sun sets, cocktails on the panorama deck are the order of the day before retreating to the dining area for an evening of fine dining and imbibing, courtesy of the on-board chef.

Rates start from US$ 5,450 for a three nights, four-day cruise from Luang Prabang, Laos, to the Golden Triangle, Thailand; and from US$6,950 for a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.  Rates are per boat for up to four guests and include all on board meals; welcome reception with canapés; soft beverages, water, beer, selected wines and coffee and tea; Wi-Fi; shore excursions, English guide, entrance fees and transfers; on board activities; return airport or hotel transfers; and gratuities.  Children aged four years and under travel free.

For further information or to make a reservation contact 856 71255001 or info@mekongkingdoms.com

Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreate and elevate the concept of river travel with a fleet of five vessels offering first class services in plush contemporary surrounds, including a 13-cabin boutique barge and a two-cabin ultra-exclusive cruiser for two-night and three-night cruises between Luang Prabang in Laos and the Golden Triangle in Thailand; and three-day boats for shorter private excursions for couples to a floating lounge ideal for private events and family celebrations.

Mekong Kingdoms cruises join Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from Bangkok to Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

For more information, visit www.mekongkingdoms.com

 

 

 

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Centara names new VP of Human Resources

RUJAPA HAMNILRAT has been appointed vice-president human resources by Centara Resorts and Spas. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources in consulting, general administration and organizational development for leading companies such as Accenture, Kimberly-Clark and Robert Bosch.

Before joining Centara, she was the learning & development Lead, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo Services Asia Ltd.

She holds a master’s degree of Science in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from The London School of Economics and Political Science in London.

The appointment will support Centara’s ambitious plans to double in size over the next five years, expanding its footprint further into Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to work for Centara.  While I will be focusing on success, long-term stability and ongoing development of people at Centara, I am very aware of the present opportunities within this industry, and am looking forward to being part of the success of this five-year journey and beyond,” said  Rujapa.

“We are fortunate to have Rujapa join our team” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO.

“Her knowledge and experience will be important for our strategies to expand and improve our operating capabilities, and I know she will contribute invaluably to the success of Centara Hotels & Resorts.”

 

 

 

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