Launch of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental at Bangkok Riverside

Launch of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental at Bangkok Riverside

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 22, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Iconsiam Superlux Residence has announced that The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok have launched in spectacular style. The first Mandarin Oriental branded residential development in Southeast Asia, and the seventh residential project to open for the brand worldwide, this unique architectural triumph promises to deliver unrivalled luxury service synonymous with the Mandarin Oriental brand. The development benefits from a remarkable location within the prestigious Iconsiam complex, a vibrant symbol of the spirit and soul of Thailand, that provides the warmest welcome for residents and visitors.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok comprise 146 of the world’s most luxurious waterfront residences, with two- or three-bedroom options ranging in size from 130 sqm to 230 sqm, and penthouses ranging from 380 sqm to 710 sqm. Offering private lift access, 3.2-metre high ceilings, and common areas that are approximately three times larger per unit than many other prestigious apartments in Bangkok, the development sets a new standard in luxury living. A unique benefit of ownership includes an exclusive invitation to Mandarin Oriental’s Residence Elite Programme, providing 24/7 Residence Concierge service, worldwide privileges when staying at any Mandarin Oriental hotel and VIP recognition when shopping at neighbouring Iconsiam retail outlets.

Mr. Keerin Chutumstid, President, Property & Service Business Group, MQDC, said: “The Iconsiam Superlux Residence Corporation Ltd and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group have formed a partnership that has delivered an exceptional result. Since this project began, we have strived to create a residence that acts as a beacon for Thailand on the global stage; a residence that showcases architectural, technological and design features of the finest quality. With exclusivity and status to rival the most sought-after developments around the globe, it is no surprise that only a limited number of residential units currently remain available to prospective purchasers.”
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The 52-storey development comprises 146 prestigious waterfront residences featuring unobstructed views of the Chao Phraya river. The total project is valued at 11 billion THB, as part of the 54 billion THB Iconsiam entertainment, retail and cultural precinct.

“The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are conveniently situated diagonally across the river from the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok,” says Mr. Richard Baker, Chief Relationship Officer for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will provide owners with the finest property management and hospitality services, which have made the Mandarin Oriental name synonymous with exceptional standards of luxury worldwide. This latest addition to the Group’s residences portfolio will offer residents a unique lifestyle experience and impeccable service standards in one of South East Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities.”

Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director, Iconsiam Co., Ltd., added: “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are truly blessed by an enchanting location next to the Chao Phraya river, within Iconsiam – one of Asia’s most exciting destinations combining art, culture, lifestyle pursuits, dining options, and shopping with convenient access to multiple transport links. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, is optimally placed as part of the ultimate Thai national landmark destination.”

Award-winning Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang has defined a new language of luxury through careful curation of space, light and materials. This spatial experience is composed of fully custom-designed furniture and fixtures, sought-after limited-edition antique pieces and artisanal crafts carefully sourced globally.

Externally, the 52-storey architectural façade’s graceful lines allude to the classic flourishes of Thai aesthetic, inspired by a soothing boat journey along the neighbouring Chao Phraya river. With each residence benefiting from uninterrupted views over the river, the city skyline and more than 1,600 sqm of private gardens, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok exude elegance and magnificence.

The lauded 11 billion THB development is located in Iconsiam, the new 50 rai (20-acre), 54 billion THB riverside Thai national landmark, and is a new global destination that offers an unparalleled lifestyle experience with world-class dining outlets, luxury retail brands, and innovative entertainment programs.

Residences Elite programme
Owners will be extended an invitation to join Mandarin Oriental’s Residences Elite programme. While at home, experience legendary concierge service and bespoke benefits on a daily basis. When travelling, Residences Elite members are afforded exceptional recognition and benefits when staying at any Mandarin Oriental hotel around the world.

Gourmet Street Food Fair at World Gourmet Festival Anantara Siam Hotel

Gourmet Street Food Fair at World Gourmet Festival Anantara Siam Hotel

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 22, 2019 (travelindex.com) – In a first for the World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best city in the world for street food on Thursday, 5th September 2019, when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in food stalls strewn around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard.

Among the very best of Bangkok’s street food vendors have been selected to offer a mouth-watering range of snacks, soups, main courses and desserts. Each stall will be showcasing their iconic signature dish that has made them an enduring and well-loved institution. Of the total 9 vendors, the selection also includes four whom have made it to the Michelin Guide: ‘Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai’ (chicken fried noodles), ‘Sawang Bami Kam Pu’ (noodles with crab), ‘Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam’ (chicken rice) and ‘Elvis Suki’ (sukiyaki). The other stalls which will be cooking up local favourites such as ‘Siri Salapao’ (buns), ‘Chor Leng’ (Stir fried rice noodle with water mimosa), ‘Bokkia Tha Din Daeng’ (steamed flour noodles with a mix of fruits and beans in syrup).

Enjoy Gourmet Street food fair on Thursday 5th September 2019 at Parichart Court, 1st floor Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel (BTS Ratchadamri) from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Priced at THB 650++ per person, including free flow beer. (Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.)

For more information, please call 0 2126 8866 ext. 1707 or email wgf.asia@anantara.com
Visit our website at www.worldgourmetfestival.asia

Ramada Plaza Melaka Gears Up to Celebrate the Nations’ 62nd Independence Day

Ramada Plaza Melaka Gears Up to Celebrate the Nations’ 62nd Independence Day

Melaka (Malaysia) – August 21 2019 (travelindex.com) – Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka was proud to once again be part of the nations’ 62nd National day celebrations. Marking the beginning of our hotels National Day celebrations, the hotel’s management and associates gathered at the hotel lobby to proudly waive the national and state flag as a display of patriotism and solidarity in a ceremony officiated by Dr. Muhammad bin Md Nor, CEO of Menara Taming Sari who was representing Mr. Zairi Suboh, General Manager, Tourism Melaka Promotions division. Our management and associates were clad in their respective cultural outfits depicting the colors in our flag at the hotel lobby much to the delight of our hotel guests.

Commencing with the singing of the National anthem ‘Negaraku’ and ‘Melaka Maju Jaya’, our flag bearers led in a mini parade around our hotel lobby and waved our national and state flag while the rest of the team waived the mini flags as we sang our hearts out as one nation, one team to the song ‘Malaysia Bersih’. This was followed by the opening speech preceded from Mr. Klaus Sennik, General Manager for Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka followed by Dr. Muhammad where he commended the hotel for taking the initiative to be part of the nations’ celebrations and hoped for other hotels to also do so.

The song “Sejahtera Malaysia” then ensued with the guests and staff singing in unity as they waved their flags in solidarity. The event came to a close with the “Merdeka” chant and the guests of honor being led out to the front of our hotel to give away mini flags to the public to signify our nations’ 62 years of independence and spread the patriotism amongst those around us.

During this month-long National Day celebration, the hotel has organized various activities and promotions to gear its guests and the public towards this patriotic celebration. We have organized a recycled artwork competition with the Merdeka theme to encourage the younger aged kids to participate and showcase their talent while instilling a nationalistic spirit. Various food and beverage as well as room promotions are lined up with attractive discount up to 31% to signify our nation’s Independence Day.

“We are always proud to be part of the nations’ celebrations especially the upcoming Merdeka Day”, said General Manager, Mr. Klaus Sennik. “We as a hotel are honored to celebrate our nations independence with love, unity, respect and mutual cooperation with each other as one race, one culture”, he added.

About Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka
Set in the heart of Historical City of Melaka, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka is a five-star international hotel managed by Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel group. We strive to provide a comfortable escape into timeless luxury.

As you arrive at the hotel, be greeted with a warm smile as the porters lead you to your room. Discover UNESCO world heritage sites, setting off from the hotel’s central location. The Concierge desk offers the option of complimentary shuttle service to main attractions such as Jonker Street and shopping centers within mere minutes.

Before you know it, the afternoon sky soon gives way to the deep hues of sunset. You can head back to the hotel and experience our relaxing spa followed by dining in one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants from authentic Chinese dim sum to Italian cuisines.

Ramada Plaza Melaka with its lush and spacious 294 beautiful ocean and river view rooms coupled with its 12 warm and inviting function rooms provide ample opportunities ranging from corporate functions to weddings and celebrations.

Inaugural MICE Show Asia to Focus on Winning the Hearts of MICE Buyers

Inaugural MICE Show Asia to Focus on Winning the Hearts of MICE Buyers

Singapore (Singapore) – August 19, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The inaugural MICE Show Asia, taking place alongside ITB Asia 2019 in Singapore between 16-18 October, will have as its theme ‘Winning the Hearts of MICE Buyers.’ Across three days, more than 30 speakers from Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVB), MICE buyer organisations, MICE tech companies and start-ups, will discuss topics ranging from events organisation and management, technological applications to trends forecasting and challenging conventional practices.

“The mission of MICE Show Asia 2019 is to provide industry suppliers with the insights and strategies to meet ever-evolving buyers’ needs. As the MICE scene continues to grow, there has never been a greater need to bring together industry professionals from across varied disciplines to share their knowledge and perspectives. Our conference sessions are designed to get attendees to rethink how they understand the industry, and gain the ability to set themselves apart,” said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of MICE Show Asia.

MICE Show Asia 2019 to spotlight on fresh approaches to capture MICE buyers

As a highly competitive industry, the long-term success of MICE players remains contingent on their ability to understand and anticipate their customers’ needs. To explore this notion, MICE Show Asia 2019’s featured panel discussion will see industry experts challenge and provide new perspectives on archetypal approaches to the MICE buyer-seller paradigm. Aptly titled, ‘Unconventional thinking: Winning the hearts of MICE buyers,’ the panel will include top management leaders from Chiba Convention Bureau, Elias Events, Mix – Asia’s Creative Meetings Magazine, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and The Project Office of the Moscow City Tourism Committee.

In addition to the panel, attendees will hear from buyer organisations, leading industry players and fast-growing MICE tech companies such as American Express Meetings & Events, Aventri, Cvent, Meetingbox bie Succevo GmbH and PouchNATION. With discussions focusing on MICE tech, improving audience engagement and trends forecasting, attendees will gain fresh perspectives about managing events, including catering to different personality types, reducing audience attrition, and responding to shifting industry trends.

Kaori Pereyra-Lago, Regional Lead, APAC, Global Business Development & Strategy, American Express Meetings & Events, explains, “During the American Express Meetings & Events session, I will share key trends shaping the meetings and events industry for the coming year. The session will highlight the overall industry outlook on the ability to create compelling and engaging meetings, including technology enhancements, event design priorities, and maximizing budgets. I will explore the implications and recommended actions for meeting professionals to make the most of these trends and am excited to be sharing this insight at MICE Show Asia.”

Diverse conference programme showcasing new trends and opportunities shaping the industry

MICE Show Asia 2019 will feature a diverse programme of key presentations and discussions touching on ground-breaking developments and opportunities that are shaping the industry such as sustainability and the role of social media for event marketing. The show will see top buyers’ partners and MICE industry players, such as Advantage Meetings & Events, BestCities Global Alliance, HelmsBriscoe and K.I.T. Group GmbH, come together to speak and share their expertise.

“I am honoured to be invited to speak at the opening session of the inaugural MICE Show Asia. I look forward to exchanging views on the challenges facing the MICE industry, look at the partnerships we can harness and how we can all work together to create more unforgettable moments and experiences for our clients,” Cecilia Tee, Managing Director, HelmsBriscoe, shares. She will be giving her insights on how event planners of today can be informed, nimble and tough to overcome the difficulties of the industry.

Exemplifying the conference theme of winning the hearts of MICE buyers, MICE Show Asia 2019 will also include a keynote session on the power of collective intelligence. Breaking out from traditional silo-thinking, the session will demonstrate the value of collaborative and ‘community’ approaches to navigate the complex promotion and business development landscape.

Rethinking audience engagement through personalisation

Start-ups and CVBs are also scheduled to introduce revolutionary approaches of adding value to event experiences. CVBs will discuss methods of better managing events to cater for the audience, including multilingual content and virtual events. Start-ups and new players will share their expertise on how the running of MICE events is being shaken up. Highlights will include new developments in events space, indoor mapping and working with Smart Data.

Sharing the stage with ITB Asia 2019

MICE Show Asia will share the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore with ITB Asia 2019. Attendees will have full access to both events. ITB Asia 2019’s major themes include corporate travel, travel and tech, destination marketing and Muslim travel, and will feature keynote discussions led by over 260 speakers across more than 100 sessions.

About MICE Show Asia 2019
MICE Show Asia 2019 will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 16-18 October 2019. MICE Show Asia is where the incentive travel, meetings and events industries come together to connect and build the future of MICE. The annual three-day business-to-business trade show and convention will feature industry suppliers, meetings & events professionals to up-and-coming MICE innovators from a wide range of disciplines, sectors and all levels of seniority.

The show is co-located with ITB Asia 2019, now in its twelfth year. Last year’s edition saw huge success with over 1,000 exhibitors, over 1,000 quality buyers, more than 7,000 minutes of conference, more than 11,000 attendees and more than 25,000 business appointments. It is organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

Boat Lagoon Resort Phuket, a Novel Resort Little Known to Tourist but is Marking its Way!

Boat Lagoon Resort Phuket, a Novel Resort Little Known to Tourist but is Marking its Way!

Phuket (Thailand) – August 20, 2019 (travelindex) – Boat Lagoon Resort in Phuket, because of its location is often a miss for many tourist that plan a trip to Phuket and we ask why? Tourist that plan to visit Phuket for the 1st time always seek out the popular beaches that the island is known for such as Patong and Karon but almost everyone would book a trip to Phi Phi islands which inevitably leads them to Phuket Boat Lagoon where the transfer boats wait to take you to these popular islands which is where the resort is situated. In essence is quite rightly situated in the heart of Phuket but very few know this.

Being the only Resort with an international standard Marina, Boat Lagoon Resort is located only 20 minutes from the Airport and is close to Phuket town and other beaches are also just a 30 minute drive from the resort. Established 20 years ago due to the demand mostly from charter operators and boat owners for their guest and crew such as Sunsail, the largest bare boat operators back in the days to be able to enjoy accommodation conveniently without having to travel out. Today with the growth of tourism, Boat Lagoon Resort gained its popularity amongst tourist and eventually became accessible and easy for agents to promote groups and conferences as well.

Furnished with 270 rooms all styled in a nautical flair with some rooms over looking the beautifully landscaped pool with its lush greenery cascading around the resort block and some rooms that face the Marina overlooking the elegant moored yachts. Breakfast is served every morning by the pool side and is set on a nice backdrop, a perfect way to relax after a jog around the complex or some tennis even.

The advantage of the resort is the village like concept that was created in the Marina which boast a wide range of restaurants, a well equipped super market, a spa and even an ice skating arena for the younger ones. The resort arranges shuttle services from the main lobby to these places if the walk seems a bit too far or if the heat gets to you.

When asked if location was a challenge for tourist, it’s Deputy Managing Director Khun Boon Yongsakul stated with pride “We have branded ourselves as Phuket’s Most Lively Marina, contrary to what people think I reckon location is our best selling point as we are 20 to 30 from the airport, 15 minutes to the historical Phuket town and it only take takes half an hour for island tours coupled with our array of services at the village from spas to top notch grocers and a pharmacy, we have it all.”

Khun Boon also continued to state that “ Elevating the resort is in the pipeline for a couple of years now and we will announce it at the right time” when asked about the resort being a tad bit tired as compared to the newer resorts in and around Phuket.

Boat Lagoon Resort is aiming to make the Resort, primarily a family friendly resort and destination, because of its wide options for MICE groups for team building and with their state of the art event space it will undoubtedly be a popular resort in Phuket with its new direction and aspirations to make this into the next talked about Resort in town.

For more information on Boat Lagoon Resort visit : www.boatlagoonresort.com

Best Western Rewards Members with Great F&B Discounts at Vib Best Western Sanam Pao

Best Western Rewards Members with Great F&B Discounts at Vib Best Western Sanam Pao

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 19, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has unveiled an appetizing new offer at Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao, giving Best Western Rewards members the chance to enjoy generous Food & Beverage (F&B) discounts.

From now until October 31, 2019, members will be offered 15% off all food and non-alcoholic drinks* at Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao, the cutting-edge new midscale hotel in Bangkok.

The hotel features two convenient F&B outlets, Eye Bar and Grab & Go; providing guests with a variety of options including light snacks, refreshing daytime drinks or cool evening cocktails. Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao is the perfect place to relax and refuel.

Nestled in one of the Thai capital’s most dynamic districts, right next to Sanam Pao BTS Skytrain station, Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao is a great place to stay and play in the heart of the city. With stylish social areas, the hotel allows guests to stay connected and catch up on their emails or social media updates, or simply to catch up with family, friends and colleagues.

This generous promotion is valid for all Best Western Rewards members worldwide. Not a member yet? Join for free today! Click here to sign up.

For more information and reservations, please visit www.vibsanampaobangkok.com.

*This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of approximately 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide*. Best Western offers 16 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market. Best Western branded hotels include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, Best Western now also offers WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands. Completing its portfolio, Best Western offers SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, and SureStay Collection® franchises**. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-midscale and midscale hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won 10 consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 60 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in breakfast (food and beverage category) by J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first for midscale; and second for upper midscale. Nearly 40 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels.
* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

Contact information:
Sirimanas Maungrod (Cake) | Senior Regional Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: sirimanas.maungrod@bestwestern.com

Phanintorn Tangtrongjit (Dream) | Assistant Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: phanintorn.tangtrongjit@bestwestern.com

Best Western Hotels and Resorts
BWI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|Unit 5A-2 | 5th Floor Gaysorn Place Office Building
999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

Thailand Launches Mobile Car Information Kiosk for Tourists

Thailand Launches Mobile Car Information Kiosk for Tourists

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 16, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching its latest promotional initiative, ‘TAT Mobile Car’, to proactively provide tourism information and promote Thailand’s attractions, events and festivals using a mobile tourist information vehicle.

The TAT Mobile Car will be stationed at various tourist enclaves around Bangkok and is available from Wednesday to Sunday, during the hours of 12.00 to 19.00, at various locations for a three-month period.

Managed by TAT’s Marketing Communications Department, the TAT Mobile Car is actually a minivan decorated with TAT’s ‘Amazing Thailand’ branding and is manned by English and Chinese speaking staff. Tourists can obtain tourism information as well as assistance from the staff, ask for brochures, or scan tourism information using QR codes.

Sunderland of Scotland Unleash New Autumn Winter 2019 Collection

Sunderland of Scotland Unleash New Autumn Winter 2019 Collection

Lanark, Scotland (United Kingdom) – August 15, 2019 (travelindex.com) –  Sunderland of Scotland, the leading technical golfwear brand reveals its collection for Autumn Winter 2019. The men’s collection combines a palette of Storm Blue with, Navy and White to create a vibrant sporty on course look. The ladies’ collection is refreshed with Navy incorporating bold White flashes and trims.

Men’s Collection Highlights
The waterproof s.Whispedry Pro-Lite jacket is featherlight, breathable and fully waterproof with stretch. It is the lightest jacket in the collection and the design incorporates ergonomic sealed seams to enhance freedom of movement, it has bonded cuff and waist adjusters for the perfect fit and high neck with draw cord adjuster as well as a draw cord adjuster through the hem. The s.Quebec jacket is particularly striking in Navy with White 4-way stretch panels for ultimate freedom of movement, enhanced with bold Storm Blue zips and silver retro reflective trims and branding.

Windshirts are a focus of this collection; made from a 3-layer interlock 4-way stretch fabric the tops deliver an extremely windproof and shower resistant option whilst remaining lightweight. The s.Nevis is added to the collection in Storm Blue/Navy/White and its half sleeve counterpart the s.Himalayas.

The midlayer s.Vallon has the bold addition of a Storm Blue/White colour option, it is constructed using a super lightweight, 4-way stretch heat insulating fabric which has a tricot backing to stop the product from sticking to undergarments enhancing freedom of movement. The s.Aspen midlayer protects from the elements with its Teflon coated interlock stretch fabric. A striking effect is achieved with the flash of Storm Blue enhancing the sleeves and zip.

The s.Hamsin lined sweater looks crisp in Navy/White, with a Bionic finish for water and soil repellency and a lightweight stretch lining it is an excellent option for warmth and comfort.

Ladies’ Collection Highlights
The ladies’ s.Whispedry Tech-Lite jacket is soft touch, featherlight, breathable and fully waterproof with stretch. It is the lightest ladies’ jacket in the collection incorporating ergonomic sealed seams to enhance freedom of movement, it has bonded cuff adjusters and a bonded gathered waist for the perfect fit as well as a draw cord adjuster through the hem. Sunderland favourite s.Montana jacket is refreshed for this season with the Navy/White colourway. Made from a lightweight polyester technical fabric with mechanical stretch the panelling achieves a slimmer silhouette.

The s.Tania shower and windproof padded gilet has been introduced in Navy/White. The s.Nova is revived in this collection in Navy with bright White zips , the brushed polar fleece jacket is insulating and effective at protecting from the cold. The s.Zonda lined sweater is also refreshed in Navy Marl/Navy/White with a Scotchguard finish for stain and soil repellency and a lightweight stretch lining providing both breathability and heat insulation.

Accessories to highlight are the s.Ultralight Wide Brim Hat crafted with a seam sealed fully waterproof fabric with a breathable micro mesh lining. Wear with the new s.Thermal neck warmer and s.Thermal lined showerproof mittens a popular and stylish choice to ensure warmth and protection in all conditions.

Claire Woods – Head of Design, Sunderland of Scotland adds: “The AW 2019 collection is built from high performance fabrics in vibrant colours combined with cutting edge design to protect from rain, wind and the cold true to Sunderland of Scotland’s ‘Never Weather Beaten’ mission”.

About Sunderland
Renowned throughout the world as the original high performance golf clothing brand, Sunderland of Scotland has been worn by many of the greatest players in the history of the game. Our technical products are specifically innovated and designed to meet the demands of golfers, providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements.

Best Western Hotels Unveils Exclusive Deals for Guests at Thai Teaw Thai #52

Best Western Hotels Unveils Exclusive Deals for Guests at Thai Teaw Thai #52

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 15, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has revealed a series of exciting promotions for guests at Thai Teaw Thai #52 (from August 29 to September 1, 2019), Thailand’s biggest travel trade fair, offering discounted stays, dining deals and even wedding packages at its world-class hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia.

Under the exclusive hotel packages, travelers will be offered room rates starting from just THB 1,290 net per night! And that’s not all; attendees at Thai Teaw Thai #52 will be able to get cash vouchers for food and beverage at attractive low prices.

These enticing promotions will be available at seven of Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Thailand:

  • Best Western Plus The Beachfront, Phuket
  • Best Western Patong Beach, Phuket
  • Best Western Premier Bayphere Pattaya
  • SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2, Bangkok
  • Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, Bangkok
  • Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao Bangkok
  • Tawaravedee Resort BW Signature Collection by Best Western, Prachinburi

Deals will also be offered at the stunning new beachfront resort in Vietnam:

  • Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc

In addition, special privileges will be available to SCB credit card holders and TrueYou members. So whether you’re planning a stylish city break or a blissful beachfront retreat, Best Western has the perfect option for you. Finally, weddings planners can discover attractive packages at Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, Bangkok.

Thai TeawThai #52 will be hosted at BITEC Bangna from August 29 to September 1, 2019. Guests can take advantage of these promotions simply by visiting Best Western’s booths, I29 – J29.

For more information, please email asiasales@bestwestern.com or call +66 (0) 2656 1260.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of approximately 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide*. Best Western offers 16 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market. Best Western branded hotels include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, Best Western now also offers WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands. Completing its portfolio, Best Western offers SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, and SureStay Collection® franchises**. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-midscale and midscale hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won 10 consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 60 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in breakfast (food and beverage category) by J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first for midscale; and second for upper midscale. Nearly 40 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels.
* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

Contact information:
Sirimanas Maungrod (Cake) | Senior Regional Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: sirimanas.maungrod@bestwestern.com

Phanintorn Tangtrongjit (Dream) | Assistant Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: phanintorn.tangtrongjit@bestwestern.com

Best Western Hotels and Resorts
BWI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|Unit 5A-2 | 5th Floor Gaysorn Place Office Building
999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 12th August 2019

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 12th August 2019

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – August 14, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Tourism must be taken seriously. Praslin and La Digue Islands will see new challenges soon if landing fee proposals become a reality. So many islanders will feel the repercussions of this added cost set to be a burden on all visitors to these islands. This is being seen as a way for Government to take a greater share of the tourism dollar that could otherwise trickle down to those working and living on tourism on these islands.

Tourism can continue to boost employment and it can continue to help to strengthen the Seychelles economy, but this will happen only when tourism is allowed to grow and for the Seychellois as a people to be able to work to consolidate it. The motive behind any political drive to further tax the tourism industry could be seen as a way to help the struggling State Coffers facing the islands today, but the time to think outside the box is now so important. The time is to restructure the Government Institutions and diminish costs being paid for at the end of the day by the tourism industry. Government and the country will not realise its tourism potential by only pushing cost upwards, this may have an adverse effect when eventually we see that we have priced Seychelles out of the market.

Seychelles is at the top on any rankings of most beautiful islands in the world, but Seychelles is also facing many challenges in many areas of tourism compared with similar sun, sea and sand destinations. Seychelles has undisputed competitive advantages as a year round tourism destination with real potential for growth. Seychelles welcomes everyone with entry permits granted on arrival at the airport making it a unique visa free destination, but Seychelles is already considered expensive as a tourism destination. Services such as food, electricity and water are expensive and such costs are always passed on to visitors. Banking on only the Business or First Class passengers will not keep planes flying to Seychelles. They need the economy passengers and lots of them to ensure viability of the route. These passengers are more price conscious than anyone can imagine.

Seychelles needs to continue to encourage its Seychellois Islanders to get involved in all facets of its tourism industry. This is the only way to get everyone to work for, and to defend the industry that has become the pillar of the island’s economy. But operating costs must go down before we see the real potential of more islanders standing behind their tourism industry become a reality.

The first really easy manoeuvre by Government is to fast track cost cutting measures and not to try to just increase taxes on its tourism industry.

New Newspaper for Seychelles being launched very soon

Seychelles will very soon see a new newspaper hit the shops. Herve Anthony is the Editor of “The Islander Weekly” and its online version “The Islander Online”.

The Directors of the new publication are proud to say that they intend to ensure that character assassination and personal attacks will not be entertained in their columns and articles. They have reiterated that they prefer instead to raise the concerns of the Seychellois Islanders and the challenges they are facing in their daily lives as they speak about aspirations for a better Seychelles.

Herve Anthony, a resident of La Misere was born on 1st February 1966. He studied at La Misere Primary School, Seychelles College, NYS and Seychelles Polytechnic.

After his studies, Herve joined the Land Transport Division and later worked at PUC. He was also a DJ for a number of years. Herve Anthony was the President for the Seychelles Boxing Federation and Vice President for African Boxing Federation and Zone 4 of the World of Boxing. He was also the Vice Presidential candidate for PDM in the 2016 elections.

Herve Anthony is currently the Vice President for Seychelles Labour Union as well as an Executive Committee Member of the newly formed political party, One Seychelles.

Change Maker in Tourism Award – a real honour

Alain St. Ange was honored with the IIPT Change Maker in Tourism Award for Africa. The award was presented by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT).

St. Ange attended the World Tourism Conference and spoke at a panel entitled “How to Plan for Resiliency”. Commenting on the award, IIPT Founder and President Lou D’Amore told eTN: “IIPT is most proud to announce that Alain St. Ange has been named the recipient of the IIPT Change Maker in Tourism Award for Africa.

As Minister of Tourism and Culture for Seychelles, St. Ange conceived the “Carnaval International de Victoria” bringing nations from around the world together to parade their cultures in a manner that globally promoted values of understanding and multiculturalism and increasing visitor arrivals year-on-year by 12% to Seychelles.”

D’Amore continued to explain: “This award will be awarded to the individual who has made a significant change towards tourism either from within or outside the travel sector. An individual who has gone beyond the call of duty and spear-headed a new idea or product that brings change to the tourism industry in Africa.”

The World Tourism Conference is organized by the New York-based African Travel Association. African Tourism Board is a partner in the event.

Seychelles and its proposed military base – does it go with the Blue Economy?

The recent meeting between President Danny Faure and the NGO Preserve Seychelles has shown different take from the same meeting. The NGO Preserve Seychelles fighting for the islands to remain true to its environment protection engagements and for Seychelles to remain friends of all and enemy of none have posted disagreements with the account published by Official Sources after the meeting.

Preserve Seychelles writes:-

“The ‘Preserve Seychelles’ Executive Committee and its members are extremely disappointed by the press statement dated 07 August 2019 from the Office of the President. This statement followed a meeting with the President on Tuesday 6th August 2019. The Chairman of Preserve Seychelles, Mr Terry Sandapin, presented the President with a copy of the Association’s Constitution and an original copy of the report on the fact finding mission to the Islands of Astove and Assomption on 21st July 2019.

The report contains the reality on the ground on both Astove and Assomption and other observation by the three men delegation from ‘Preserve Seychelles’. ‘Preserve Seychelles’ had also included several recommendations in the said report.

However, it is now clear that the President has not taken any of our recommendations into consideration and he has decided to press on with the construction of military facilities on Assomption Island, which is stated in his press release dated 07 August 2019 (copy enclosed). ‘Preserve Seychelles’ is totally against the construction of military facilities of any nature on Assomption Island. We had recommended a coast guard observation post on Astove Island to be manned by a small team of Seychelles coast guard officers.

It is now clear that the President will go to any length to have military facilities on Assomption Island, and this should also be made clear to the President and everyone concerned, that ‘Preserve Seychelles’ will exhaust all possible avenues to ensure that this does not and will never happen!

In the spirit of transparency and clarity, ‘Preserve Seychelles’, will be holding a Press Conference in the coming days to present the report officially to the media and the public at large, as well as answer any questions that might arise!”

We have been able to get series of photos of a Whale Shark accidentally killed by a visiting warship. This shows the vulnerability of our flora and fauna. As a country saying it is spearheading the Blue Economy Concept is it serious when Seychelles is looking at a military base on the door step of Aldabra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Preserve Seychelles is made up of patriotic Seychellois and friends of the cause who stood protesting in Victoria week after week when Seychelles was hell bent of giving its Assumption Island away. Today the same protest call is heard in every household across the islands and the Seychellois Islanders want to be remembered as good custodians of what we have been blessed with.

Nothing should be committed by Seychelles until the next Presidential elections are held. The People of Seychelles must have a say, and they will speak through the ballot box. I can confirm that “One Seychelles” as a Politically Party totally rejects the construction of any Military Base on Assumption Island, and that we will be working alongside Seychellois Islanders to withdraw from any agreement made for a military base, and will dismantle any military facility that will hurt our island’s ecofriendly stand and push us to take sides in Super Powers superiority agenda.

Air Seychelles launches new Airbus A320neo, and looks forward to its second

The arrival of a second Airbus A320neo aircraft for Air Seychelles in February or March next year will greatly improve connectivity within the Indian Ocean region, the airline’s chief executive said.

Remco Althuis was speaking in Mauritius at the inaugural flight ceremony of Air Seychelles’ first Airbus A320neo aircraft on Thursday.

“An additional Airbus A320neo in spring next year will bring our fleet to seven aircraft which will enable us to connect the islands in the Seychelles’ archipelago as well as connect the island nations of the Indian Ocean,” said Althuis.

The airline’s first Airbus A320neo, named ‘Veuve,’ was welcomed on its inaugural flight to the neighbouring island of Mauritius by a ceremonial water cannon salute upon landing at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

A celebratory cocktail at the Airports of Mauritius (AML) Receptorium was held with high government officials, key partners, and local travel trade and representatives of the media from both Mauritius and Seychelles.

The plane which arrived in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, last week is the first for the region and for Africa.

Althuis said Air Seychelles is focusing on the regional network due to the global aviation market forces which are very competitive and operated by bigger carriers like British Airways, Qatar Airways, Air France and Emirates.

Air Seychelles presently has daily flights to Johannesburg, six weekly flights to Mumbai, seasonal flights to Madagascar and five flights a week to Mauritius.

The chief executive of Air Seychelles said with its 168-seat capacity, the new aircraft will also greatly increase the number of passengers.

“The A320neo has 24 percent more seats than the current A320ceo which means it will enable us to bring a lot more passengers to travel between our two island nations and more profit.”

However, he said the real impact of the new arrival will not be apparent immediately on all daily flights, but rather gradually.

“We have to wait until the second aircraft next spring before we can operate all of our routes with this aircraft all the time,” said Althuis.

He further added that the benefit will not be restricted to the region only.

On his side, the tourism minister of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, said air connectivity is crucial for the development of the two islands and this should be the main focus of all regional governments.

“There is a demand by people in the region to have more aircraft operating between the islands. I know that four governments in the Indian Ocean have been working to have an Indian Ocean pass that will enable people to travel from one island to another,” said Gayan.

He added that “I don’t know why this is taking so long but I do hope this will happen soon and thus increase the presence of other carriers in the region and enable people to travel between the islands.”

Air Mauritius resumed its twice-weekly flight to Seychelles in July this year.

Seychelles to shine at the Dubai Expo 2020

Set to take place from October 2020 until April 2021, the Dubai Expo 2020 will go down in history as the first expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

For six months, Seychelles, our small Island nation will be represented through the participation of various national entities and NGOs to showcase the destination’s natural lush environment, opportunities for investment and its achievements towards Sustainability and Nature conservation.

Seychelles will therefore share a spot alongside the 192 participating countries from all over the globe. The Dubai 2020 Expo site, which will cover a total of 438 hectares, is located in the Dubai South district, near the Al Maktoum International Airport.

The country’s preparations to the international event is spearheaded by the collective effort of CINEA and the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Representatives of the two organizations are working alongside the Dubai Expo 2020 team and the Seychelles Country Manager, John Addo Obiri, to ensure that Seychelles’ participation carry every single visitor onto an imaginary journey that will touch their hearts.

Through the discoveries of the Seychelles pavilion, each visitor will get a feel of the Islands, as one will discover its various features through visual, audio and graphics presentations.

Seychelles will also be granted the tribute of celebrating its national day through an honor day, event during which, various high officials from the country will be invited to attend.

Aside from the official events, Seychelles will also be engaging the Expo Dubai 2020 visitors through conferences and workshops centered around culture, finance, environment and tourism.

Speaking about Seychelles preparations to the Expo, Mr. Galen Bresson CEO of CINEA, stated that the Dubai 2020 moto: “connecting minds and creating the future,” incorporates the mind-set of the organizing committee working effortlessly towards the success of this event for the country.

“Seychelles might be small in size, but we are placing ourselves on the global market next to many countries through our participation. The concept for this Expo reflect a lot of our country’s conservation philosophy. Our aim is to show the world that, in spite of our 250 years of existence, we have been able to maintain a good balance in co-existing with our natural environment,” said Mr. Bresson.

On her part, Mrs. Sherin Francis, STB Chief Executive, mentioned that the STB team is working in close collaboration with CINEA and the other government agencies and NGOs to make Seychelles’ participation a success.

“Seychelles’ participation in the Dubai 2020 Expo is an excellent platform for visibility for the country, not only as a tourism destination, but also as a nation. More than ever, we need to place ourselves on the map in showcasing our natural beauty, our culture and our various achievements in all aspects,” said STB’s Chief Executive.

The first world expo took place in 1851 in London and has since been a platform for countries to showcase their achievements and culture to the rest of the world. The Dubai 2020 Expo is expecting over 25,000,000 visits over the 173 days.