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Shangri-la Bangkok MICE destination
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‘You can be a new you in Thailand’
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Get ready for Devarana’s  Filipinas Sampaguita Essence
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Dusit becomes first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay
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SALA Hospitality unveils new beachfront resort on Koh Samui
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New general manager at Centara Hotel Hat Yai
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Dusit International to manage new business hotel north of Bangkok
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10% discount for all online reservations for Centara The1 Card members
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Fly in Seamless luxury between Angkor Wat and Soneva Kiri
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Celebrate Songkran at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Shangri-la Bangkok MICE destination

SHANGRI-LA BANGKOK is gearing up for a busy meeting season. The hotel is known for its ability to cater large or small MICE groups as needed, without ever compromising its renowned five-star standard.

Shangri-La Bangkok has 802 rooms including 72 suites, in two wings, the Shangri-La and the Krungthep. It is the only riverside hotel that is adjacent to the Saphan Taksin BTS SkyTrain station.

Step through the entrance and gaze upon a sparkling lobby and lounge and beyond that, into a free-form swimming pool set by the river amidst lush tropical greenery, offering an oasis of tranquility in the middle of bustling downtown Bangkok.

A culinary paradise by the River of Kings consists of Salathip Thai Restaurant; Volti ristorante & bar for the finest Italian cuisine; and NEXT2 Café, a vibrant all-day dining café with theatre-style live cooking buffet stations.

The Horizon Cruise is the hotel’s own riverboat, offering dinner cruises and charters.

Modern presentation technology and the expanse of the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate over 1,000 guests for a banquet, promise smooth meetings, conferences and evening functions.

The Garden Rooms – Event Suites provide the seamless flow of event space for meetings and private dining with residential flair. Each spacious and innovative suite is available individually or can be combined for larger meetings and corporate functions.

Nineteen function rooms, some with natural daylight, are also available for smaller functions.  Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband connections are free of charge throughout the hotel.

Shangri-la Bangkok has a professional team of highly trained banquet staff, audiovisual technicians and dedicated MICE specialists guarantees your event is smooth and successful.

For enquires and bookings, call (66 2) 236 7777, fax: (66 2) 236-8570, or email: events.slbk@shangri-la.com for more details. Alternatively, request a proposal online via the hotel’s website https://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/meetings-events/request-for-proposal/.

 

 

 

‘You can be a new you in Thailand’

 From the left: Chad Intrachooto, TAT New York; Charinya Kiatlapnachai, director, TAT New York; Kayla Shubert, TAT Canada; and Ratchanida Potipiroon, TAT New York.

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND, will be emphasizing Thai health and wellness, focusing on three groups – millennials, baby boomers and women – in its marketing program in 2017.

TAT unveiled its 2017 program at a special gathering of travel agents and travel writers in Toronto by Charinya Kiatlapnachai, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, New York.

In 2016, close to 30 million people visited Thailand, with a large number of them going to Thai spas.

“People today want to take care of themselves, especially women in senior business positions, who don’t have the time to take care of themselves and need the time to do it,” said Charinya.“

“With holistic treatments and pampering, not just for your body but balancing your mind and soul as well. Thailand has much to offer – a variety of products, including medications, healthy Thai food, spa treatments, Thai massage and detox treatments that can help you be a new you.

“You can be a new you in Thailand.”

 

 

 

Get ready for Devarana’s  Filipinas Sampaguita Essence

DUSIT THANI’S DEVARANA SPAS in Bangkok and the Philippines have a new two-hour treatment that harnesses the skin-nourishing, relaxing properties of Sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines and a symbol of purity and love.

Available from April 1 to June 30, 2017, the Filipinas Sampaguita Essence treatment uses the flower’s essential oil, which is similar to jasmine and famed for its sweet and heady fragrance, to both lift one’s mood and relax the senses.

The two-hour treatment starts with a Sampaguita & Seasalt Body Scrub, whose deep cleansing promotes soft, healthy glowing skin, followed by an invigorating Sampaguita Aromatic Massage, specially designed to eradicate stress.

 

 

Dusit becomes first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay

THAILAND-BASED, GLOBAL HOSPITALITY GROUP Dusit Hotels & Resorts has signed a partnership agreement with Ksher (WeChat Pay Thailand) and Asset Bright Public Company Limited to accept WeChat Pay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.

WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users. It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts.

Under the new partnership agreement, Dusit Hotels & Resorts will be the first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay at its restaurants, spas, participating outlets, and for hotel rooms upon check-out, initially at its owned properties in Thailand and subsequently its other properties around the world. Users will be able to pay their hotel bills by simply scanning a QR code to have the relevant fee deducted from their accounts.

Authorized by the Bank of Thailand, Asset Bright Public Company Limited will process all e-payments made via WeChat Pay at Dusit hotels in Thailand. Ksher, meanwhile, will implement and maintain the WeChat Pay system, including providing online security and technical support.

According to figures released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 8.75 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand in 2016, and Chinese visitors now account for 27% of all foreign travellers to Thailand.

Dusit Hotels & Resorts believes implementing WeChat Pay at its owned properties in Thailand will prove an attractive proposition for Chinese visitors who are well aware of the security and convenience that WeChat Pay affords.

“In China’s top-tier cities, approximately 90% of stores now accept WeChat Pay as a payment method and the platform’s reach is starting to expand globally”, said Lim Boon Kwee, COO of Dusit Hotels & Resorts.

“Chinese tourists are high value market and increasingly significant to our business, so it’s important we do all we can to cater to their needs. By implementing WeChat Pay, our Chinese guests will now be able to benefit from favourable exchange rates and occasional exclusive promotions, so we are confident it will be a huge success.”

“As WeChat Pay’s strategic partner in Thailand, we work together with Asset Bright to provide secure, stable and advanced mobile payment solutions designed to provide the utmost of convenience to Chinese travellers.

“We are delighted that Dusit Hotels & Resorts is the first hotel group in Thailand to adopt WeChat Pay, and we now look forward to working with the company to delight its Chinese guests,” said Donald Tang, vice -president of global business development at Ksher

“We are fast moving towards a cashless future where transactions are made seamlessly online. As WeChat Pay allows Chinese guests at Dusit Hotels & Resorts to pay for rooms and services securely, easily, and without currency exchange, we believe this will lead to more transactions made at each hotel, making it a solution that benefits all parties involved.”

In addition to all Dusit hotels in China, WeChat Pay is now accepted at all Dusit-owned hotels in Thailand, including Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, DusitPrincess Korat, DusitPrincess Chiang Mai, DusitPrincess Srinakarin Bangkok, and dusitD2Chiang Mai.

Dusit Hotels & Resorts will also introduce the service at its international properties in the near future. In celebration of the launch, from now through Sept. 30, 2017, Dusit Hotels & Resorts will offer an exclusive Dusit WeChat Pay package of up to 40% off regular room rates at its owned hotels in Thailand. Guests must use WeChat Pay to qualify for this package, which also includes breakfast, and is bookable via Dusit’s WeChat account.

 

SALA Hospitality unveils new beachfront resort on Koh Samui

SALA HOSPITALITY’S latest addition – SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort –  will open in November 2017.

Located on a 120-metre beach in north Chaweng, the debut Beach Wing will comprise 52 pool villas and pool suites featuring private pools between 18 and 46 sqm in size.

The first phase will also include The Beach House open-air beachfront restaurant, Beach Bar, and a beachfront pool.

The second phase, “ Garden Wing“, will open at the end of 2018, and welcome the addition of 83 more guest rooms, pool villas and pool suites, as well as the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, a second swimming pool with pool bar, and an open-air show kitchen experience.

 

 

 

 

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New general manager at Centara Hotel Hat Yai

MANOON WUTTI, former resident manager at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection , has been appointed general manager of Centara Hotel Hat Yai by Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Mr. Manoon has been working in the hospitality business for more than 30 years,  gained his expertise and solid experience from working with several hotel brands such as Evason Hua Hin, Melati Beach Resort & Spa Samui and Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa Chiangmai. He started his first roles at Centara as F&B Manager of several Centara resorts.

In 2012, he was appointed executive assistant manager at Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen before moving to Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani Hotel as resident manager.

His work and contribution at Khum Phaya were instrumental in the hotel receiving its latest accreditation of  “Thailand MICE Venue Standard 2016-2018 by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau” (TCEB).

“Mr. Manoon is an invaluable member of the team at Centara Hotels & Resorts. He has demonstrated consistently outstanding performance, personal excellence and visionary and well-rounded hotel management across the various Centara hotels he has worked at,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Centara Hotels and Resorts.

 

 

Dusit International to manage new business hotel north of Bangkok

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development Company Limited to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana, an upscale business hotel in the north of Bangkok near Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and a range of key business, leisure and MICE destinations.

Designed to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy, hyper-connected travellers, the hotel will comprise 200 guest rooms and suites set over 23 floors, and will feature amongst its facilities a rooftop international restaurant and bar, a rooftop infinity swimming pool, fitness centre, and a large banqueting facility offering panoramic views of Bangkok.

The property will feature a striking cantilevered design featuring tiered gardens. The proposed interior will provide contemporary comfort and convenience enhanced by the latest technology, and all touchpoints will be driven by Dusit’s signature gracious service.

CentralPlaza Chaengwattana, a hub of dining, shopping and entertainment, is only 300 metres away, while other local landmarks include ISB International School, World Medical Center Hospital, and the Government Complex, which houses the Immigration Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

DMK is only 30 minutes away by car, and Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center (IMPACT) can be reached within 15 minutes.

The Pink Line Mass Transit Monorail System is slated to open in the same year as the hotel with a station located nearby. This will link with the city’s BTS Skytrain system to offer convenient access to all of Bangkok’s key attractions.

“With completion of the new infrastructure set to coincide with the opening of the hotel, the timing for the project could not be better,” said Dusit International’s Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun.

“And we will, indeed, have a very exciting product on offer when the doors officially open in 2020. From colourful, inspiring décor, to gracious service inspired by authentic Thai values, the new hotel will provide a comfortable, stylish and convenient option for leisure and business travellers alike, and should prove especially attractive for exhibitors at the nearby convention centre.

“The hotel will also be an ideal venue for meetings in its own right, with state-of-the–art facilities allowing us to cater for a wide range of events. We also hope to leverage our close proximity to the Government Complex by hosting many high level functions at the hotel.”

“Dusit International’s rich hospitality experience speaks for itself and we are delighted to partner with the company for this special project, which really raises the bar for business hotels in the area”, said Apichart Asavarojpanich, CEO of Sanguantas Development.

Any development we become involved in must have the best in design, facilities, and services, including a comprehensive training program for its employees, and Dusit offers all this and more. We are confident the hotel will be a resounding success under Dusit’s management.”

Dusit International currently operates 29 properties in key destinations around the globe. A further 51 projects are already confirmed to open internationally within the next three years.

The company currently operates two hotels in Bangkok – Dusit Thani Bangkok and DusitPrincess Srinakarin Bangkok.

 

 

 

10% discount for all online reservations for Centara The1 Card members

THE1 CARD MEMBERS will now enjoy a permanent 10% discount  — increased from 5% — on all publicly available online rates on Centara Hotels & Resort’s website, including packages and promotions.

Centara The1 Card, Centara’s global loyalty program, provides members with “exceptional rewards and privileges”, including enhanced levels of luxury and services as well as 10% off Centara’s best available online rates.

Members can redeem points for free nights in any room type at all Centara hotels/resorts with no blackout dates, or they can choose from any number of ways to redeem their points, including points exchange with The1 Card.

Each time card members stay at any Centara property – from dining at its restaurant outlets and indulging at its beachfront and rooftop bars, to pampering experiences at Centara’s award-winning spa facilities. They also benefit from free WiFi.  

“Increasing our permanent members’ discount to 10% is our way of showing our members how much they mean to us and ensuring they can never get a price as good or privileges as fantastic, as when they book directly with us.

“We greatly appreciate continued support from our very loyal fan base and following, and we are committed to continuously expanding our range of privileges and benefits to further enrich their Centara experience,” said Arthid Chitchulanon, director of CRM and Customer Loyalty, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

Fly in Seamless luxury between Angkor Wat and Soneva Kiri

FROM THE MAJESTIC temples at Angkor Wat to Koh Kood’s untouched beaches: Now you can combine both with our luxurious flight service, avoiding the hassles of transiting in Bangkok. Soneva Kiri is the closest luxury beach resort to Siem Reap, and the resort’s personalized eight-seater private charter flight experience lets you take in the dramatic scenery between the two.

Soneva’s one-of-a-kind flight operates twice weekly, flying at low altitude over verdant jungle, stunning forests and rice paddies, finally revealing the white sand beaches of Koh Kood as you approach our private island airstrip. The cost is $650 U.S. per person each way on a fixed schedule.

Soneva also offers a fully private transfer service, departing at your convenience, for a special launch price of just $10,000 U.S. Guests can then transit back to Bangkok on its twice-daily 60 minute flight service straight into Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

For more information and bookings, contact: reservations@soneva.com  or call 91 124 4511000.

 

 

Celebrate Songkran at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FEATIVALS in Thailand is the Songkran, which attracts hundreds thousands of visitors every year. It’s really different.

Every April, Thailand ushers in a brand-new year in stunning, vibrant style with the festival of Songkran: a celebration like no other – from its sacred ancestral rituals to the spirited aquatic games in streets across the country.

The use of water holds a special place in these ceremonies: it is believed to grant good luck, bring much-needed rain, and wash away past sins.

The water-play of Songkran is accompanied by a myriad of other cherished traditions that provide an insight into the rich heritage of Thailand: Temple visits, offerings for the monks, elaborate meals with family and friends, the creation of sand pagodas, vivid processions, blessing rituals, and local contests.

Depending on which part of the country you are in, the celebrations can last anywhere between three to seven days.

Chiang Mai is the best place to ring in the Thai New Year, with the festivities lasting an entire week and featuring many a unique sight.

The old town, fringed by the moat, is the heart of Songkran celebrations in the city, where revelers begin splashing each other with water at dawn, and the merriment lasts until the sun goes down.

The surrounding moat is cleaned up and transformed into a convenient refilling station for water guns and buckets, with ice adding a welcome relief on hot days.

Perhaps the most famous Songkran event in Chiang Mai is the spectacular parade held on the first day of the New Year: Scores of beloved Buddha images are placed on intricately decorated floats and carried through the city, where they are sprinkled with water by residents and visitors as a sign of respect and for good luck.

Other smaller processions can also be seen such as that of the Mai-Khum Saree – a long piece of wood that is taken to support a local Bodhi tree. It was under the shade of a Bodhi tree that the Buddha gained enlightenment, which is why it holds a special place in Thai tradition.

Four Seasons Chiang Mai offer:

Head into Chiang Mai town to join the spectacular parade with the resort management team and enjoy the water games with your very own Songkran survival kit. After the lively celebrations, return to the resort, nestled amid glimmering rice fields and lush mountains. The offer also includes plush accommodation, round trip airport transfers, daily breakfast and a special meal credit.

Valid from April 12-16, for a minimum stay of two nights. To book, visit fourseasons.com/chiangmai/offers/Songkran-package

 

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