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

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

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

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

The packages are divided into 4 types as follow:

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

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

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

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

Apes Hill Golf Course in Barbados Leads the Way in Sustainability

Apes Hill Golf Course in Barbados Leads the Way in Sustainability

St. James, Barbados, April 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club in St James, Barbados, is undergoing a major renovation with sustainability at the top of the agenda. With its ground-breaking sustainable initiatives, Apes Hill is working to become the most environmentally responsible golf course in the Caribbean – from the preservation of wildlife to operating in a power neutral way.

Renowned golf course architect Ron Kirby, one of the most experienced architects in the world, has been engaged to plan and renovate the new sustainable golf course which has been underway since the end of 2019 and is scheduled to open in January 2022.

Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club is committed to becoming power neutral within three years of opening by building a solar energy farm. In addition, irrigation considerations have taken centre stage with the redesign, which has helped contribute to the development becoming Audubon* certified.

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An expert agronomist selected Zoyza Zorro grass for the course, which requires less water, reducing the number of sprinkler heads from 1800 to 800. Out of play areas will have organic mulch and feather grass, which also requires less watering and fertilizer.

An artificial lake is being installed to collect rainwater for future irrigation and the latest technology is being used on the irrigation system to minimize watering with weather forecasting and remotely controlled watering.

Spread across a 470-acre site in St James, biodiversity has been another key focus in the redesign of Apes Hill, avoiding disruption of local habitats and trees, and creating new habitats through clever landscaping to enhance the development’s natural state.

Close to the island’s highest point, Apes Hill’s golf course is nestled among lush jungle and deep winding gullies that are populated by families of chattering green monkeys, birds and an abundance of tropical foliage. This combined with its dramatic vistas over the wild east coast and Atlantic Ocean and beautiful natural coral rock formations make it arguably one of the most spectacular golf experiences in the Caribbean. Apes Hill’s 18-hole golf course will have 13 sea view holes, four of which will boast views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Twelve acres of ‘out of play’ pockets around the golf course have been set aside for growing indigenous fruits and vegetables including pineapple, mangos, coffee, aloe and sweet potatoes. In total, Apes Hill will be creating 50 acres of farmland for hosting livestock and growing fresh produce on the east coast side of the golf course bordering holes 12, 13 and 14. In addition, beehives will be established in the gullies and habitats created to promote butterfly breading in ponds around the course.

Upon completion, Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club will have a fully renovated 18 Hole, Par 72 championship golf course, with the addition of a 19th Hole modelled after the island-green 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, a new Par 3 course with a relaxed dress policy – the first of its kind in Barbados. In addition, there will be a state-of-the-art Golf Performance and Teaching Centre with a Titleist Performance Institute – the first one to open in the Caribbean.

Architect Kirby is no stranger to Barbados, having renovated Barbados Golf Club in 2000. Now aged 88 and a lifetime member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Kirby’s name is attached to more than 70 courses around the world, including Old Head Golf Links in the Republic of Ireland. Kirby is considered one of the most experienced architects in the world having worked alongside Robert Trent Jones Senior, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Commenting on the new design of the course Kirby, says:

“We were very careful with the design to focus on reducing the footprint of the grasses that need full maintenance, water and fertilizers. Using the latest technology for irrigation, we have been able to reduce the number of sprinkler heads on the course by 56%. In addition, the new Zoysia Zorro grass we planted needs less water. We have reduced the number of bunkers from 107 to 38. All these factors combined have helped us to significantly reduce the overall volume of water and chemicals that will be required in the maintenance of the course.”

Joining the world class team are shapers Justin Carlton, who recently finished the renovation of Adare Manor in Ireland, the 2027 Ryder Cup Course, and Gary Shapiro. Both have been on site since the start of 2020 and have been responsible for softening the course considerably by reducing the slopes on greens, eliminating 59 deep and sometimes unplayable bunkers, and accentuating the beautiful natural environment and vistas across Apes Hill’s 470-acre site.

Other additions planned for Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club include a renovated clubhouse with the new Drunken Monkey bar and veranda restaurant, fitness centre, lap pool and yoga garden, hiking and biking trails with outdoor calisthenics gym, pro shop and farm shop, which will sell the fresh produce grown on site. Scattered throughout the development is a growing collection of luxury homes which are available for sale.

About Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club
First opened in 2009, the luxury private members’ club and residential community of Apes Hill in St James was purchased in 2019 by Glenn Chamandy, the founder of Gildan Activewear. Now undergoing a £24 million renovation, Apes Hill will be reopening in January 2022 with a mission to be “the best golfing experience in the Caribbean.”

Set in 470 acres at 1,000 feet above sea level in the North West of the island, Apes Hill enjoys an enviable location with views across both the west and east coasts. A series of villas and semi-detached homes are available for sale.

About The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program
*The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award-winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide. Audubon International has developed Standard Environmental Management Practices that are generally applicable to all golf courses. These standards form the basis for ACSP for Golf certification guidelines.

French Wine Masterclass at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair

French Wine Masterclass at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair

Discover key French wine regions and improve your wine knowledge at this special session conducted by Master of Wine Debra Meiburg

We all love our reds, whites and rosés, but how well do we really know our wines?

Build your wine skills and expertise at an exclusive, by-invite-only Discovery of Key French Wine Regions masterclass at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. We have a few precious seats reserved for our Foodie Club members, so read on to see how you can earn yourself a spot…

Learn from the best at this interactive masterclass, where renowned expert Debra Meiburg will teach you and your palate a thing or two about key French wine regions – discover how to map your tongue, familiarise yourself with identifying the distinguishing features of popular wines, improve your skills and understanding of how to judge quality and more!

Some of Debra’s many credentials include:

  • Award-winning author, TV personality and international speaker, with books distributed across four continents and TV production credits including documentaries such as Taste the Wine and Grape Moments
  • Entrepreneur of the Year (Women of Influence Awards) by the South China Morning Post and American Chamber of Commerce
  • Ranked 7th on The Drinks Business’ list of the most powerful women in wine
  • Co-founder of the world’s first truly pan-Asian wine competition, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

Want a COMPLIMENTARY spot at this exclusive, by-invite-only masterclass?
We’re looking for those folk who know a thing or two about wine (if you live, breathe and often work with this tipple) and enrolment is exclusively for Foodie Club members!

We anticipate oversubscription for this event and will be selecting the final attendees based on their answers and entry submission time. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018

Meeting time: 1:30pm (for registration and badges)

Masterclass time: 2–3pm

Meeting place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai (participants will be individually notified as to the specific location)

How much: free!



Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair

Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
8-10 November 2018

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Welcome to a Vintage Sourcing Experience in
Asia’s Premier Wine Hub

Returning for its 11th edition in 2018, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair delivers an incomparable business trading platform of top-tier wine and spirits from across the globe. Capping off a vintage decade, the 2018 event will feature over 1,000 international exhibitors, catering to global buyers on the search for greatness from bottle to bottle.

The Fair’s final day is open to the public, giving Hong Kong’s passionate wine fans a chance to experience world-class industry events. Visitors can enjoy grand tastings, master classes, cocktail demonstrations and seminars that enrich wine knowledge. Meanwhile, buyers and exhibitors can gain valuable first-hand market intelligence by engaging directly with their target consumers.

Grape Expectations for a Can’t-Miss Industry Event
The Fair also serves as a hub of market knowledge with a lineup of educational events, seminars, master classes, tastings and demonstrations revealing emerging trends and industry insight. The 2017 edition presented over 70 events including:
• Wine Industry Conference : A headlining annual event that presents top-level experts and key industry players discussing market trends and opportunities
• Ice Bar : This cool and fascinating cocktail demonstration attracts the industry professionals to gather and exchange ideas over drinks
• Whisky & Brandy Bar : The home of fine whisky and brandy expertise located in a cosy, elegant and relaxing environment
• Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition : This prestigious annual event is the definitive guide to the best wine and spirits with an Asia-centric focus.

Register here

Babes & Bubbles at CÉ LA VI Hong Kong

Babes & Bubbles at CÉ LA VI Hong Kong

Who’s ready for our new Ladies Night next Wednesday? We are giving a four person Champagne FreeFlow Weekend Brunch for one lucky lady!

Spanning three floors and over 11,000 square feet above Lan Kwai Fong with sweeping views of the city skyline, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong is comprised of three individual offerings: Restaurant, Club Lounge and rooftop (Sky Deck); all of which fuse seamlessly to create a unique and flawless, multifaceted experience.

Dress Code: Upscale city chic attire from 6:00pm onwards:
Gentleman: long trousers only. NO shorts,singlet/sleeveless shirts, athletic wear and flip flops/open shoes
Ladies: NO flip flops and athletic wear
Sundays: a more relaxed dress code.

CÉ LA VI Hong Kong
3 floors: Restaurant, Club, SkyDeck bar
Tel. +852 3700 2300
Email: reservation-hk@celavi.com
Web: www.hk.celavi.com


16th Hong Kong Food Festival

16th Hong Kong Food Festival

This year, the Hong Kong Food Festival enters the 15th edition of which will open for five days from 22-26 December, 2018 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3. Famous brands such as Brandsworld, Hung Fook Tong, Chewy International Foods Ltd., Nam Pei Hong, Tong Pak Fu, Yummy House, etc. were some of the participants in 2017! We aim at gathering food from Hong Kong and countries like Japan, Korea, Italy, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and many more, in order to introduce the most exotic and localized taste to our visitors, so as to provide the best deals for our visitors!

Date : 22-26 December 2018 (Saturday to Wednesday)

Opening Hours : 22-25 December – 10:00am to 09:00pm; 26 December – 10:00am to 07:00pm

Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall 3

Admission Fee : HK$20 per person

Morning Admission Ticket (Valid on December 22 only):

HK$10 per person (Tickets sales: 10:00am – 12:00pm)

Booking Cut-off Time: December 22 – 25 (8:15pm) ; December 26 (6:15pm)

*(Free for children aged 3 or below and seniors aged 65 or above; Seniors please present Senior Citizen Card or Hong Kong Identity Card)

*Admission stops 15 minutes prior to daily closing time

* Can also visit concurrent 16th Hong Kong Mega Showcase

More information

Visibility Alone Remains the Key to Success, Alain St Ange

Visibility Alone Remains the Key to Success, Alain St Ange

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – August 8, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Visibility is integral and it alone remains the key to success. Visibility keeps tourism destinations relevant. Following the discussion last week on the economic status of our island Nation, Air Seychelles confirmed the discontinuation of its Dusseldorf flight and a reduction of flights on its Paris run. This follows the suspension of its Durban route. Any loss of flights to a tourism destination is concerning, and more so when it touches key tourism source markets. Seychelles needs more than ever before to work in total unity to ensure that other airlines do not follow suit.

The remarkable success of our fragile tourism industry in recent years must not be taken for granted. Though we as Seychellois believe that we have the most stunning beaches and array of islands on the planet, every other similar touristic destination shares the same belief. This means that we are fishing from the same pond, and solely relying on our country’s beauty to fill up hotel beds year after year is an unrealistic expectation.

Last week, I was privileged to be able to represent Saint Ange Constultancy in the Berau Region of Indonesia. I want to thank Mr. Nico Barito and his team for their kind hospitality, assistance and, above all, friendship, which made this memorable trip possible. I visited some of the regions of this province and appreciated the wonders that each island has to offer. I was left in awe of the country’s unique culture, nature and wildlife, in all their diversity and splendor.

In Indonesia, more particularly in Kutai Kartanegara, I saw the drive to put culture at the center of their development, whilst providing entertainment with a difference to the Indonesians. Their International Folk Art Festival of Tengarong City provides a platform for countries of the world to showcase their music and dance alongside Indonesians. It was a nostalgic reminder of what the Carnaval International de Victoria of Seychelles was also achieving for our country as it provided much needed entertainment for the Seychellois who descended in droves for the annual event.

I have every faith that with the youth of today, the future of Seychelles will be very bright indeed. I would like to commend the ongoing efforts of youth groups, like SYAH, which are working very hard to steer our country in the right direction.

Finally, it is important to again acknowledge all who are diligently reposting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Your continued support is greatly appreciated, and is helping us to go from strength to strength with each new Edition.

Coral & Tourism

Despite occupying less than 0.1% of the earth’s surface, coral is main reason why travellers choose to visit tropical destinations. Coral is big business. In a recent publication by Spadling et al. (2017), it was revealed through an innovative combination of data-driven academic research and crowd-sourced data that the world’s coral reefs contribute to 70 million trips per annum, showing that coral reefs are a powerful driving force for tourism. The study also revealed that coral reefs represent an astonishing $36 billion a year in economic value to the world. Of that $36 billion, $19 billion represents actual “on-reef” tourism like diving, snorkeling, glass-bottom boating and wildlife watching. The other $16 billion comes from spillover effects of coral reefs; including world class seafood, beautiful views of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, charter fishing, bareboat sailing, cruise shipping, helicopter and seaplane rides, water sports, whale watching, etc.

Unfortunately, there is also a grim side to increased tourism activities. Breakage of coral colonies and tissue damage from direct contact such as walking, touching, kicking, standing, or gear contact is a major issue. Boat anchors can cause breakage or overturning of coral colonies and tissue damage. Moreover, there may also be changes in marine life behavior from feeding or harassment by humans.

Tour operators, hotel owners and government have a responsibility over the protection of coral reefs. Proper education to visiting tourists and locals are essential for proper management. One emerging resolution that is proving to be effective is the modeling of the economic contributions of coral reefs. An example of this working is in Bonaire, a small Caribbean island. In Bonaire, it was demonstrated that coral reefs generate approximately $23 million from its related activities, and in contrast it would take a mere $1 million to establish strict protection. This was an easy sell to the local policy makers, who have established strict laws governing coral reef protection in Bonaire (Talbot & Wilkinson, 2001).

Human impacts are not the only cause of reef devastation. In 1998, Seychelles underwent a major El. Nino event which had caused the destruction of over 90% of the live coral cover. When major disasters such as this occur, it gives rise to unwanted algal growth. The photographs depicted below were taken during my field research. They demonstrate the contrast between a coral dominated system and an algal dominated system.

Herbivorous fish species such as parrotfish, surgeonfish and rabbitfish help promote coral recovery by grazing on the unwanted algae. However, these fish species are also a major delicacy in the Seychelles, forming over 60% of the total artisanal catch. Moreover, fishing of these fish species is not regulated in the country, making them susceptible to over-fishing.

Following the 1998 bleaching event, the coral in Seychelles had shown some recovery, but suffered another El. Nino event in 2016, taking things back to square one. Natural disasters are becoming ever more frequent with climate change on the rise. Tropical destinations such as Seychelles will have to act quickly to safeguard their coral reefs.

Science needs to be incorporated more efficiently into governmental policy, as has been done in Bonaire.

I have dedicated my PhD research to investigating the role that herbivorous fish species play in promoting coral reef resilience around the Seychelles islands. So far I have discovered that rabbitfish are playing a key role in regulating algal growth. I have also found that the Marine Parks around the Inner Seychelles Islands are not working effectively to promote herbivorous fish numbers. It is plausible that the lack of enforcement around the Inner Islands are making the marine parks an attractive fishing spot for poachers.

It is hoped that my research, along with that of other scientists, will help Seychelles introduce regulatory procedures to manage crucial fisheries such as that of herbivorous fish.

“It’s clear that the tourism industry depends on coral reefs. But now, more than ever, coral reefs are depending on the tourism industry”- Dr. Robert Brumbaugh, Director of Ocean Planning & Protection, The Nature Conservancy.

Article contributed by Ameer Ebrahim, Environmental Consultant

UNWTO Secretary-General visits Mauritius

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, was in Mauritius until 2nd August. He was invited by Air Mauritius on the occasion of the 50th anniversary celebration of the company. Taleb Rifai also participated in various activities during his stay, such as working sessions with the Ministry of Tourism and Air Mauritius, and a seminar on aviation and sustainable tourism. He also launched the “Travel, Enjoy and Respect” campaign in the context of the international year of sustainable tourism for development. Several visits around the island were scheduled for the UNWTO Secretary-General during his visit to Mauritius. Dr. Rifai was being accompanied by Elsia Grandcourt, the UNWTO Director for Africa.

Seychelles Tourism Board praises Ethiopian Airlines for creating a viable niche for growth

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has expressed the desire the see further growth of its relationship with Ethiopian Airlines, for the betterment of both the airline and the island destination. The Chief Executive of the Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis, on Tuesday met with the outgoing Ethiopian Airlines’ area manager for Seychelles, Ms. Meseret Tekalign, and her successor, Ms. Meron Tsegaye.

The meeting was attended by the Tourism Board’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ms. Jenifer Sinon, and Senior Marketing Executive, Mrs. Amia Jovanovic-Desir.
Mrs. Francis took the opportunity to thank Ms. Tekalign for her dedication and continuous collaboration with the island’s Tourism Board during her time at the helm of the Ethiopian Airlines’ office in Seychelles.

“You have been very proactive and you made every effort to understand our market, which is more of a leisure traveller market and you also worked very closely with the Tourism Board supporting our events including the familiarization and media visits,” said Mrs. Francis, “We have so many airlines flying to Seychelles now, but Ethiopian Airlines managed to find its own little niche; you have your group of clientele and you are growing that. At the end of the day Seychelles benefits.”

Ethiopian Airlines — Ethiopia’s national carrier — is described as the fastest-growing airline and the largest on the African continent. The airline, which uses its strategic hub in Addis Ababa to fly to Seychelles and beyond, started with three weekly flights to Seychelles for just over a year, before withdrawing on March 1, 2014. The airline resumed the thrice-weekly services at the end of September 2014.

Ms. Tsegaye has given her commitment that she will be following in the footsteps of her predecessor and see what more can be added to the service.

After adding a fourth flight to the Seychelles route in October 2015 and a fifth flight in December 2016, Ethiopian Airlines recently announced that it will be adding a sixth weekly flight to the island destination as of December 2017.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Chief Executive remarked that more frequency also means more flexibility for travellers, while highlighting the fact that Ethiopian Airlines also supports the Seychelles’ Chinese tourism market as it provides good connections to the Chinese travellers, especially those travelling in groups.

Mrs. Francis has highlighted Tourism Board’s intention to seek further collaboration with the Ethiopian carrier in the near future, to support twin-center holiday packages targeting specifically the US market.

Ethiopian Airlines has already recorded a few firsts in Seychelles. It was the first airline to bring a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft the island nation’s shores in 2015, while in 2016 the airline landed Africa’s first and most technologically advanced A350 in the Seychelles.

Culture brings people together, develops friendships and consolidates the tourism industry

It is through the promotion of a country’s culture that their tourism industry may be consolidated. Without people, there is no culture. Often the bold statement of putting people at the center of development is aired for political mileage, but how many really believe that this is indeed a requirement?

In Kutai Kartanegara of Indonesia, Mrs Rita Widyasari, the Bupati or Premier of Kutai Kartanegara, invited me to not only witness the Indonesian pride of their culture, but also their participation in a series of ceremonies and events that showcased Wonderful Indonesia in all its diversity.

The International Folk Art Festival brings countries of the world together to showcase their music and dance alongside Indonesians. Musical Groups accompanied by dancers were present from Europe as well as Asia.

In the presence of the Premier Mrs Rita Widyasari, and alongside Dra Sri Wahyuni, the local Head of Tourism Department, I sat with different foreign Ambassadors accredited to Indonesia who were present to see their country’s group perform. Present were H.E. Maria Gustava, the Ambassador of Mozambique, H.E. Igor Kaczmarczyk, Ambassador of Poland and H.E. Alexandrina Guigova, the Acting Ambassador of Bulgaria.

One dance and music group present among many was the Folklorika Group from Bulgaria which was headed by Evelina Pavlova.

SriLankan Airlines announces flights to Melbourne

Good news for Seychelles with a new air access linking the mid-ocean islands with Australia. The Seychellois diaspora in Australia is large, and the Australian Seychellois Community is always on the look out for a more direct connection and at the best rate.

John Savage of Global Travel media writes:- SriLankan Airlines held functions in Sydney and Melbourne recently to announce direct flights between Melbourne and Colombo commencing on 29th October, 2017.

Agents, Operators and Media made up the 150 travel personnel in attendance at Sydney’s Shangri La Hotel on 27th July. The national carrier’s new daily direct flight schedule marks a long anticipated return to Australia by the Oneworld member.

Travel and Music Guru, Glenn A Baker was the keynote speaker and entertained the audience with history and humour following a recent trip to the country. SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Suren Ratwatte previously outlined how the return of the airline strengthens long standing ties between the countries.

“We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimizing the Airline’s network with our restructuring. This also means that we have connected another continent to our global route map. Given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfil a need for a direct service. We are proud to welcome all the diverse residents of Victoria who can now enjoy the direct connections when visiting their friends and families throughout our network.” he said.

The Airline will operate Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering modern in-flight comforts along with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality. Economy fares start from AUD $820.

Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for business travel and Victoria’s growing student population convinced the Airline to plan for the launch of non-stop daily services to Melbourne.

The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia, Sri Lankan Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature. We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East.”

Australian visitation figures increased by 10.4 percent to 6,360 in the 12 months to June, 2017 and the airline expects considerable further growth in these figures following the introduction of the direct flights.



Gloria Guevara Manzo New President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council

Gloria Guevara Manzo New President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council

London (United Kingdom) – August 7, 2017 (travelindex.com) – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Gloria Guevara Manzo as its new President & CEO. Ms Guevara served as Secretary of Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, minister in the cabinet of President Calderón. Prior to that she worked for global distribution system Sabre where most recently she was CEO of Sabre Mexico, reporting to the board of directors of a joint venture between Aeroméxico, Mexicana and Sabre Holdings. She is currently Special Advisor on Government Affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard.

Announcing Ms Guevara’s appointment, Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman, said: “Gloria is a proven leader who is well known and well respected within the global Travel & Tourism sector. I am delighted that she will lead WTTC into the next phase of its development.Gloria was chosen from a competitive field of international candidates. With a career encompassing senior roles across private sector, government, and academia, she brings a unique combination of experience and expertise.”

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms Guevara said: “I am excited to be taking up the role of President & CEO of WTTC. Over the past few years, WTTC has grown enormously in stature and impact. I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council’s advocacy work for Travel & Tourism, a sector that accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs.This is a critical time for Travel & Tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world that is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice. Travel & Tourism needs to show not only its economic importance but also how it is committed to creating sustainable livelihoods, protecting nature and cultures, and asserting itself as a responsible and leading player in this fast-evolving world.

I am looking forward to working with the Chairman, Vice Chairs, Executive Committee and Members of WTTC to ensure that the voice of the Travel & Tourism is heard and understood by governments around the world.” WTTC is the world authority on Travel & Tourism with a membership that comprises over 150 CEOs of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies. It is the only global private sector organisation representing the breadth of the global business and leisure travel industries.

Ms Guevara, a Mexican national, is married and has a son and a daughter.

About WTTC
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was formed in 1991 by a group of Travel & Tourism CEOs who felt that the sector’s contribution to economies and job creation was not being recognised. Its objectives were to use empirical evidence to promote awareness of Travel & Tourism’s economic contribution; to expand markets in harmony with the environment; and to reduce barriers to growth.

WTTC is the only global body that brings together all major players in the Travel & Tourism sector (airlines, hotels, cruise, car rental, travel agencies, tour operators, GDS, and technology), enabling them to speak with One Voice to governments and international bodies. It is important that WTTC has the broadest geographical representation and includes all aspects of the sector, including organisations that provide vital services to Travel & Tourism.

With Chief Executives of over 140 of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies as its members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest sectors, supporting 284 million jobs and generating 9.8% of global GDP.

WTTC advocates partnership between the public and private sectors, delivering results that match the needs of economies, local and regional authorities, and local communities, with those of business, based on:
– Governments recognising Travel & Tourism as a top priority
– Business balancing economics with people, culture and environment
– A shared pursuit of long-term growth and prosperity.

Public Art Space Now Open at Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk

Public Art Space Now Open at Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 6, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Siam Synergy and entrepreneurs in Siam District are ready to unveil the skywalk spanning the Pathumwan Intersection, constructed with the concept of universal design in mind to offer convenience to visitors in the area and give back to society.

The beating heart of Bangkok, Siam District is a business hub that has been the epicenter of economic prosperity, education, art, and innovation and an ever-popular destination for Thai and international tourists alike. As such, the area has seen a sharp rise in the number of visitors. However, a study conducted in collaboration with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Bangkok Mass Transit System PLC revealed that the walkway over the Pathumwan Intersection, previously connecting National Stadium BTS Station and Bangkok Art and Culture Center to MBK Shopping Center, Siam Discovery, and Siam Scare, was not only narrow and old but also unable to accommodate an expected pedestrian growth of over 4.9% per year and an increase in visitor volume of 9.83% per year. In addition, the skywalk failed to provide thorough access to all the areas of the intersection to the elderly and the disabled. Therefore, beginning in 2016, a complete renovation of the skywalk was carried out with private funding to ensure it would be able accommodate every group of users, including the elderly and the disabled and serve as a public leisure area. Inspired by the name of the Pathumwan Intersection, which means water lilies, the skywalk features structures in the shape of lily pads to provide shade for pedestrians.

Furthermore, Bangkok Art and Culture Center will also lend a hand to elevate the area into an art district that will serve as a creative venue where Thai and international artists can host outdoor exhibitions and showcase their artworks. To inaugurate the Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk, 13 internationally-recognized Thai street artists were invited, namely Yuree Kensaku, P7 or Peerapong Limthamrong, Jackkrit Anantakul, Rukkit Kuanhawate, Maythee Noijinda, TRK, Pruch Sintunava, Peap Tarr & Lisa Mam, Mauy, JECK BKK, Floyd, and Channarong Klugiad. Working in different styles from graffiti and illustration to drawing and painting, these top artists came together and brought their unique flair to the lily pad installation art on the skywalk, making this one of the biggest gatherings of Thailand’s leading street artists and artistic phenomena in Bangkok.

Skywalks are a common sight in prime areas in metropolises around the world and are constructed to provide safety and convenience for pedestrians and link major mass transit systems together. Some of these skywalks also serve as leisure areas and have become world-renowned tourist attractions such as the High Line in New York, Skygarden in Seoul, and the Promenade Plantée in Paris.

Siam Synergy would like to invite everyone to join the naming contest of the new skywalk at the Pathumwan Intersection and stand a chance to win a prize of 100,000 baht.

Participants can submit their entries either via post to “Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., (Headquarters) 989 Siam Piwat Tower Building, 8th Floor, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Sub-District, Pathumwan District, Bangkok 10330” (with “Naming and Logo Contest for the Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk” indicated on the envelope) or via email to siam_synergy@siampiwat.com or sstradeassociation@gamil.com, starting today until September 4, 2017. The winner will be announced on September 2017 on www.siam-synergy.com. For more details and the rules of the contest, please visit the website.

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Manila Conference Sets Roadmap to Measure Sustainable Tourism

Manila Conference Sets Roadmap to Measure Sustainable Tourism

Manila (Philippines) – August 1, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Nearly 1,000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days (21-23 June) in Manila, The Philippines at the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. The outcome “Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism” represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.

A total of 973 participants from 88 countries, among which Ministers, Chief Statisticians, private sector and key decision makers from international organizations, gathered in Manila to discuss how to advance a rigorous, statistical approach to the measurement of sustainable tourism. To better measure is to better manage, and thus a common and robust set of data is critical for governments and stakeholders to design, implement and monitor effective sustainable tourism policies

“The Manila Conference constitutes a milestone for tourism measurement, not only by extending the current statistical standards beyond their economic focus to cover the social and environmental dimensions, but because it represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and a recognition of its contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

The Manila Call for Action reflects the collective vision and commitment to collaborate on the further development and implementation of a Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MTS) statistical framework. The document will be formally presented by the Secretary of Tourism of The Philippines, Mrs. Wanda Teo, to the UNWTO General Assembly, taking place in Chengdu, China, this September.

Sustainable tourism is understood as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industries, the environment and host communities. As such it is a continuous process and requires constant monitoring of impacts.

The Conference is part of the process to develop a framework to measure sustainable tourism, and builds upon and expands the two official UN statistical standards for measuring tourism adopted in 2008: the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 and the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework 2008.

The Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) initiative has received full support of the United Nations Statistics Commission and is geared towards shaping and sharing a common understanding of how to measure the economic, environmental and social aspects of tourism across relevant spatial scales – global, national and subnational levels – while incorporating the possibilities opened by technological advancements and continuing to advocate for the sustainability principles of our sector.

The event is part of the calendar of official events of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

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