Skal Thailand Donates School Bags to School in Honduras

Skal Thailand Donates School Bags to School in Honduras

Roatan (Honduras) – September 18, 2019 ( – Skål Thailand attending the 2019 World Congress and wanting to give back to needy causes picked a Honduras poor school to visit. Visiting the school when they stopped over in Roatan during the 80th Skål World Congress on board the Symphony of the Seas cruise liner, to make their donation.

The Skål members from Thailand donated free back packs for 120 poor village school children.

Commenting on this initiative Skål Thailand President Wolfgang Grimm said, “Skål Thailand Backpacks for Kids is an outreach CSR initiative organized by Skål Thailand as a CSR activity for the Skål World Congress 2019, in order to give back to the communities we will encounter.

“This is our way of helping out the children in need during these tough economic times in the destinations the congress will be visiting.”

Backpacks were sourced from a wholesaler based in the USA and paid for by Skål Clubs in Thailand

There are many families that cannot afford to buy their children a new backpack or supplies. They send their children to school with old or tattered backpacks which can affect their confidence and willingness to participate in school with a positive outlook.

Our goal is to provide these children with a new and cool backpack with basic school supplies pack inside. Also money saved by these parents are then able to be redirected to other needs such as uniforms, shoes and other basic needs, in some cases food and other things we take for granted.

“Over 100 happy smiling faces on kids was a joy to behold. They have very little in life, education is a key to their future success and a small head start with our gift of love given by strangers can make a huge difference. This was our small financial gift from Thailand”, said Snr Vice President of SKÅL Thailand Kevin Rautenbach.

Cineposium Held Concurrently with UNWTO General Assembly

Cineposium Held Concurrently with UNWTO General Assembly

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 18, 2019 ( – The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) held it’s 43rd Annual Cineposium in St. Petersburg from September 13th to 16th, 2019 at the same time as the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

This year, Cineposium offered a unique platform, uniting the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), representatives from the world film industry and representatives from the international and federal media. Critical topics presented at Cineposium include the rise of content and its impact on a territory’s capacity, global film tourism and screen industry development. In addition to showcasing St. Petersburg as a destination for film, television and other forms of production, Cineposium helped to establish co-production links between domestic and foreign filmmakers.

Cineposium speakers addressed hot-button issues such as the TV content boom, co-production, infrastructure development, the evolution of gaming, film tourism and gender equality. Sessions held in partnership with the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) and Asian Film Commission Network (AFCNet) highlighted production in Europe and Asia. A joint reception at Saint Petersburg’s historic Catherine Palace will celebrate Cineposium’s first collaboration with UNWTO and growing public interest in film tourism (i.e., interest in locations featured in films and TV series).

“The growth of ‘film tourism’ presents exciting new opportunities for AFCI to work with UNWTO and other organizations to expand Cineposium’s global reach and relevance,” added Conoplia.

Cineposium is the only international conference focused on connecting film commissioners, production industry partners and policymakers. Over the past decade it has been held in the United States, France, New Zealand, Spain and South Korea. Cineposium is one of AFCI’s two hallmark annual events (the other is AFCI Week held each April in Los Angeles).

For this year’s Cineposium, AFCI was working closely with the Russian Office of Film Commissions and the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint Petersburg for support with venues, programming and production.

Saint Petersburg offered Cineposium attendees a unique, world-class conference experience. The city is known to Russians as the “Window to the West,” and at Cineposium also became a window into Russia’s growing media production industry.

Discover the Idyllic Beach Retreat at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Discover the Idyllic Beach Retreat at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Gaafu Alifu Atoll (Maldives) – September 18, 2019 ( – It seems the adage that good things come to those who wait is true. Following an exhaustive search for a suitably spectacular site, Raffles first resort in the Maldives, which soft-opened in May, now introduces 16 new overwater villas, set on the southern tip of the Maldives in the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll. A palm tree-peppered private island comprising of only 21 villas and residences, a sublime spa, beachside restaurants and world-class dive center with an on-site marine biologist, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a haven for beach lovers.

Just a moment away by boat and opening on 22 September, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Overwater Island Experience completes the resort. With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on the water. Together these two private islands offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service.

All the facilities of the resort – and the very best of the Maldives – will be at their full disposal. A unique offering, a Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkeling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish. Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.

“For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkeling and diving in the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

On the beach island, the overwater Raffles Spa combines Eastern practices with age-old local influences and offers highly personalized facials by Biologique Recherche; rejuvenating body treatments from Aromatherapy Associates; and signature manicure and pedicure services by Margaret Dabbs London. An expansive gym caters to all fitness levels; yoga sessions are held on an ocean-facing deck; a jogging route winds its way along with gardens abloom with hibiscus and bougainvillea; visiting practitioners will lead practice sessions in tai chi, mindfulness and more.

Relaxed feet-in-the-sand dining is encouraged here, too. The Firepit is an outdoor barbecue restaurant where hearty seafood and meat specialties such as spicy lobster with green papaya and tender beef tenderloin are flame-grilled over the charcoal fire. The tables and chairs carved from the sand are set directly on the shore for uninterrupted views of the starlit skyline. Starting with healthy smoothies and freshly baked pastries, breakfast is a highlight at the all-day international restaurant Thari. Paying homage to its namesake at Raffles Singapore, guests can enjoy the signature Maldives Sling at the Long Bar which features a special concoction of gin, grapefruit, coconut, cinnamon and clove that mirrors the Maldivian evening sunset.

The overwater island makes the most of its seascape setting at the pool bar, Yapa, where world-class mixologists create signature cocktails inspired by the spirits from South America and Japan. Enjoy a Pisco sour and delicious tacos while you watch the evening sunset over the Indian Ocean. At adjacent fine-dining restaurant Yuzu, Peruvian chef Anibal Torres serves the authentic Nikkei cuisine with a refreshing blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences using sustainable seafood from the local sourced market. Bespoke dining experiences include a sunrise breakfast on a private sandbank or relish in an exclusive Champagne and sashimi by the cruise deck with the company of playful dolphins.

Wherever guests spend the night, they will reside in some of the largest villas in the Maldives – each featuring a large marble bathtub, private pool, and outdoor shower. Surrounded by lush foliage, the beach villas offer a sunrise or sunset view while the overwater villas overlook the dazzlingly turquoise water.

“Accor is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles brand. The Raffles collection now includes 14 distinguished properties in leading addresses across 12 countries and we are thrilled to welcome guests at the first Raffles in the Maldives,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

On both islands, the luxurious two-bedroom residences provide an exclusive retreat for families and friends, while the Raffles Royal Residence offers the perfect setting for a very special celebration. Opening on the beach island next year, this three-bedroom hideaway is the ultimate Indian Ocean luxury that features an infinity pool, endless space and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful night skies under the stars.

Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1800 per night, including taxes and service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. An hour’s domestic flight south of Malé International Airport to Kaadhedhdhoo Airport is chargeable at US$500 net per person roundtrip.

About Raffles
Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducing the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues this tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travelers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty, and gentility, but for the extraordinary way they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travelers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

UNWTO General Assembly Celebrates the Synergy of Film and Tourism

UNWTO General Assembly Celebrates the Synergy of Film and Tourism

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 17, 2019 ( – Running right through the 23rd General Assembly in St Petersburg has been the topic of film and tourism. At the start of the Assembly, Spanish entrepreneur and President of Atlético de Madrid football cub Enrique Cerezo joined fellow experts to discuss the film industry’s close links with tourism and its shared values and benefits, including bringing people together and creating jobs and opportunities for all. Building on this, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili will take part in Cineposium, a leading international event around the world of cinema and visual production taking place back to back to the General Assembly.

Celebrating the role of film in promoting destinations and sustainable tourism, the General Assembly also saw the awarding of the first prize for “Exceptional Stories of Sustainable Tourism” during the Video Competition of the General Assembly. Chile won the new award, with the jury of leading journalists and media professionals applauding their clear demonstration of how tourism can help preserve traditional ways of life. Awards for Outstanding Country Promotional Videos were presented to: Tunisia, Mexico, India, Greece and Portugal, and Egypt. ​

World Tourism Organization Welcomes Palau as its Newest Member

World Tourism Organization Welcomes Palau as its Newest Member

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 17, 2019 ( – UNWTO’s Member States unanimously welcomed Palau as a full Member at the 23rd General Assembly. The Pacific nation is made up of 240 islands and is committed to growing its tourism sector in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Palau is an archipelago of over 200 largely limestone and volcanic islands, covered in tropical forest, fringed by large barrier reefs and turquoise lagoons.

Palau is a pristine paradise with approximately 75% covered in native forest and mangroves, offering numerous activities and adventure options; explore the archaeological site at Babeldaob’s northernmost point, where you’ll find 37 large basalt monoliths on a hillside some weighing up to 4,500kg, visit the World War II battlefields, war memorials, and shrines or learn more about Palau’s rich cultural heritage at Ngarachamayong Cultural Centre.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 16th September 2019

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 16th September 2019

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – September 17, 2019 ( – Tourism matters because tourism is today the pillar of the Seychelles economy. But tourism remains very volatile as an industry. It threads on stability for it continued successes. External forces can disrupt tourism at anytime and this destinations such as the Seychelles can do little about, but it is also vulnerable to local and to Government actions. Here operational costs, safety and security, cleanliness and value for money always comes in as a major point of consideration.

External forces include how oil prices fare and this today is and will remain a worry. News breaking this morning shows it clearly:- “Oil’s on the boil gain. Brent surges over 10% after a coordinated drone attack hit on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry forces the kingdom to cut its oil output in half. This is brent’s biggest advance ever”. This may well start impacting on cost of travel and long haul tourism destinations are first to feel the impact. Strikes like the recent British Airways one where flights are just simply cancelled or the weather as is the case in Spain just days ago are all actions or causes that keep would be travellers to stay at home.

External forces we all can do little about, but locally manoeuvred challenges we most certainly can pressure the State to hear the call being made by the private sector to remove obstacle and to let them work.

Selected as one of “Africa Top 100 Global Tourism Personalities”

A letter received this week marked my years working in the tourism industry. Being recognised for the work you do or have done shows that you went beyond your day to day responsibilities. The organisers of the AFRICA TOP 100 GLOBAL TOURISM PERSONALITIES AWARDS wrote:- “On Behalf of the Board of ATQ News in collaboration with Akwaaba African Travel Market, It is our delight to inform you that you have been selected as one of the Africa Top 100 Global Tourism Personalities. This award is expected to honour personalities in the travel and tourism sector that have exemplified themselves in the industry and contributed to the growth of the sector in Africa and in the Diaspora. The event will be part of the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019. The award recognizes personalities of African Origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and its Diaspora. The shortlist was developed by Atqnews, Akwaaba Travel Market and their Partners.

The Africa Travel 100 Awards now in its 18th year, has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners and governments official who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information. It is also set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry and through their efforts and that of their organizations have impacted positively to the travel and tourism sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders.

This years awards will hold on the 23rd September, 2019 during the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market from 22nd to 24th in Lagos, Nigeria”.

Confirmed as Speaker at the 1st Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference

Africa and it’s Diaspora has had a very strange relationship over the years. They need each other in a complimentary way but have not yet worked out how to relate. Tourism could be the sure way to build a sustainable relationship.

To help give this a boost the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market have decided to collaborate with US based Africa Diaspora Awards to organise a conference of Africa- Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference.

The conference will take place on the 23rd of September 2019 as part of the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market in Lagos.

The Executive director of Africa Diaspora Awards Kitty Pope says “I am so excited to be a part of this project and 2019 marks the 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave Trade. This event finally reconnect Africa and it’s Diaspora in the right way through Travel and Tourism.”

Mr Ikechi Uko the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market in his response said ” we organised Africa Travel 100 Women Award in 2017 and women in Tourism groups in Africa took off and in 2018 we organised the Africa Travel 100 Awards for Tour Operators and organised the first African Tour Operators Summit and this event of Africa Travel 100 global Personalities will finally bring together all the major players in Africa and the Diaspora. This collaboration with Kitty Pope and her organisation will help energise Collaborations across the seas.”

AKWAABA Travel Market has grown to become the most important African Tourism marketing platform in the West Africa drawing attendance from numerous visitors from over 20 Countries. This Travel Fair not only boasts a large amount of visitors but also excels in the promotion of the Exhibitors from the region’s leading Hotels, Airlines, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and similar industry Suppliers that participates in the Event.

African Diaspora Tourism is a public relations company with the website that is dedicated to promoting the cultural heritage of people of African descent living in the African Diaspora in order to promote tourism to sites, events and other phenomenon related to black cultural heritage and history.

African Diaspora Tourism is the parent company of the ADWT-Awards. As a public relations company African Diaspora Tourism has presented various events, exhibits, tours and conferences related to black cultural heritage. ADWT have also done road shows and receptions for Africa and countries of the Diaspora.

UNWTO has a new Executive Council Chair: Hon. Najib Balala of Kenya

The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, The Hon. Minister Najib Balala was elected to chair the UNWTO executive council.

This election took place Friday during the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Immediately after this important election the African Tourism Board chairman Cuthbert Ncube congratulated in saying: “The African Tourism Board congratulates the Kenyan minister, the Honorable Najib Balala on his election to lead the UNWTO Executive Council.

This is an important achievement not only for him but for Africa and its vibrant travel and tourism industry. It shows the importance and richness of Africa as a driver in the global travel and tourism industry.

Pope Francis ended his 2019 Indian Ocean Trip in Mauritius

After Mozambique and Madagascar Pope Francis was in the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island on Mauritius. The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation reported that the very humble Roman Catholic Leader sat next to his driver as he moved around Mauritius as the picture by Sedley Assonne showed. The other photos of Pope Francis was by Nathalie Rose.

The Mauritius visit by the Pope attracted many pilgrims from Seychelles who travelled the two odd hours to follow the mass by the Pontiff.

Nordic Film Festival Highlights Promising Growth for Film Industry

Nordic Film Festival Highlights Promising Growth for Film Industry

Bangkok (Thailand) – September 16, 2019 ( – The inaugural Nordic Film Festival 2019 will take place in Bangkok from 27 September to 29 September 2019 at Quartier CineArt, 4th Floor, EmQuartier to highlight the success of Nordic films and celebrate Nordic culture. This year the festival will shed light on sustainability and climate change, issues that are high on the agenda of all the Nordic countries. We will do so by making the logistics of the festival as environmentally friendly as possible. This modern film fest features eight movies selected to represent the quality of films from Nordic countries for Thai people to enjoy; across a variety of genres that show the arts & culture and way of life in the Nordic part of Northern Europe. Movies will be free for visitors to view and will be offered with English subtitles. Reservation can be made at Quartier CineArt, half an hour before each screening. Tickets are made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Nordic Film Festival 2019 is organized by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival aims to increase interest for the Nordics as a creative and innovative region and help to amplify the demand for quality films that already exist in Thailand.

The film selection from each country will include the Swedish biographical drama “Becoming Astrid” which is about the early life of the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The Swedish drama “Monky” is a film that partly takes place in Thailand and tells the story of Frank and his secret friendship with a mysterious gibbon ape. The two Norwegian films “What will people say” and “The Liverpool Goalie” might seem different but are both based on the values of love and life-changing events. This year Finland brings to the big screen an experimental documentary “My Stuff” which is a telling comment on consumerism and the value of material objects in the digital age while contemplating what’s important in life. Internationally sold Finnish drama “One Last Deal,” tells a story of an elderly art dealer who hopes to make one last deal and prove his worth to his estranged family. Denmark’s “Darling” is a drama about a world-famous ballerina and a dramatic mid-career meltdown. “I am William” is a story about William who lives with his uncle Nils. The film is based on a book by Kim Fupz Aakeson.

Date Time Movie Duration Genre Country
Friday, 27th September 2019 18:00 My Stuff 83 min Documentary,
Comedy Finland
20:00 Darling 102 min Drama Denmark
Saturday, 28th September 2019 15:00 I am William 86 min Adventure Denmark
17:00 Monky 90 min Drama Sweden
19.30 What will people say 106 min Drama Norway
Sunday, 29th September 2019 15:00 The Liverpool Goalie 90 min Comedy Norway
17:00 One Last Deal 95 min Drama Finland
19:30 Becoming Astrid 100 min Drama,
Biography of Sweden

The Nordic Film Festival 2019
The Nordic Film Festival 2019 is organized by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden and supported by ARITCO (Thailand), Assa Abloy (Thailand), Bang & Olufsen (Thailand), Finnair, Georg Jensen (Thailand), Volvo Buses (Thailand), Volvo Cars (Thailand).

Spanish Tourism Leader Named New Affiliates Member Board Chair

Spanish Tourism Leader Named New Affiliates Member Board Chair

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 14, 2019 ( – During the 49th Meeting of the Board of the Affiliate Members, that took place on 12 September 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, the Board of the Affiliate Members for 2019-2021 was formally constituted and Ana Larrañaga has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Board of UNWTO Affiliate Members.

The first female Chair, Ms Larrañaga is the Director of FITUR (the International Tourism Fair) in Spain, and a long-standing partner of UNWTO. She accepted the position at the General Assembly at the General Assembly and was congratulated by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

UNWTO General Assembly, in Conversation with Pansy Ho

UNWTO General Assembly, in Conversation with Pansy Ho

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 13, 2019 ( – Ms. Pansy Ho is the Vice Chair and Secretary General of Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF). A strong ally of UNWTO, she speaks during the 23rd UNWTO General Assembly about the present state – and the future – of tourism destinations around the world.

1. What are your expectations for this General Assembly?

I am thrilled to be a part of this leading event within our Travel and Tourism industry, to gain insights into how UNWTO is aligning its annual objectives and roadmap with SDG goals, and reflect upon how our trade community can reinforce and contribute. I am also most honoured to represent Global Tourism Economy Research Center, which has partnered with UNWTO to present this year’s UNWTO Awards—it’s the Oscars of our industry that celebrates all-rounded best practices, handpicked from the public, private and non-profit spheres. Of course, it’s always a pleasure to catch up with old friends and to make new ones, while exchanging insights and getting inspired by the many visionary leaders attending. There’s always something new, something intriguing happening around our community. I look forward to a rewarding week ahead.

2. Balancing growth and sustainability is chief among tourism challenges. What is your view on how best to achieve this?

Urban destinations around the world are increasingly turning to Smart Tourism as key to sustainable growth. Through the application of advanced technologies, our industry seeks possible solutions to alleviate stress factors imposed on scenic spots, transportation infrastructure and the environment. China is among the few forefront countries in this regard, notably in Yunnan and Hangzhou, where tech-mediated platforms have brought about societal advancements from the inside out. Macau is also following the same path of development under the immense efforts and leadership of the Government. With the intrinsic advantage of our tourism economy where digital applications are already prolific, I am positive in seeing encouraging results.

3. What are the main areas that GTERC will be looking into over the coming year?

Since its inception, GTERC has placed strong emphasis on the economic side of tourism, examining issues such as the industry’s contribution to overall productivity and efficiency in job creation. We have also been jointly publishing annual research reports with UNWTO on Asia Tourism Trends with the objective of facilitating policy makers and corporate leaders in the formulation of tourism policies and investment plans. Lately, GTERC has added a new dimension to our dialogues- the humanity aspect of tourism including how it contributes to the building of harmonious societies and a better life for all people. The upcoming GTEF 2019 is themed “Tourism and Leisure: Road Map to a Beautiful life” and we will be looking into the innovative ways to manage growth and sustainability through a softer lens.

4. With the coming of age of tourism, how do you see the role of UNWTO evolving in the future?

As the number of people travelling domestically and internationally is reaching new heights, we see the growing importance of tourism in global societal and economic development. Seamless, smart and secure travel is on high demand. Issues about sustainable tourism growth, technology, visa facilitation and travel security will continue to take center stage in tourism discussion. We believe UNWTO, being the international organization that unite world governments, industry leaders and institutions, will keep leading the promotion of public-private partnerships in encouragement of innovative solutions to overcome future challenges including over-tourism and human capital constraints, through which SDG goals can be achievable.

20th World Gourmet Festival Raises Substantial Amount for Charity

20th World Gourmet Festival Raises Substantial Amount for Charity

Bangkok (Thailand) – September 13, 2019 ( – Mom Rajawongse Somlabh Kitiyakara represented Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha presided at the opening ceremony of the 20th World Gourmet Festival on Sunday 1st September 2019 at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

The festival held from 2 – 8 September 2019, has raised a substantial amount to support HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund of The Thai Red Cross Society. Funds were raised from THB 600 of every dinner ticket sold, as well as proceeds from auctions during the festival. The auctions featured accommodation vouchers donated by Anantara and Minor Hotels and Resorts around the world, and Turkish Airlines business class air tickets for two people.

The event would not have been possible without the participation of guest chefs, food and wine experts from around the world, as well as the support of key sponsors.

This year, the full line up of chefs in the 20th annual World Gourmet Festival was:

Wolfgang Becker: Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (2 Michelin stars)
Kai Ho: Taïrroir in Taipei, Taiwan (2 Michelin stars)
Alan Geaam: Alan Geaam in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)
Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo: Virtus in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)
Hideki Ii: Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)
Angel Zapata Martin: Barrafina in London, United Kingdom (1 Michelin star)
Hajime Otowa and So Otowa: Ciel et Sol in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)
Rui Silvestre: Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal (1 Michelin star)
Andrea Spagoni: BeefBar in Hong Kong (1 Michelin star)
Yoji Tokuyoshi: Tokuyoshi in Milan, Italy (1 Michelin star)
Richie Lin: Mume in Taipei, Taiwan (1 Michelin star)
Hervé Deville: Momo in London, United Kingdom
Roger van Damme: Het Gebaar in Antwerp, Belgium (1 Michelin star)
Pongtawat “Ian Kittichai” Chalermkittichai: Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Thailand

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s 20th World Gourmet Festival is sponsored by Citibank N.A., Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd., Tourism Authority of Thailand, Turkish Airlines, and the official media partners are Prestige Thailand, HELLO! Thailand and Bangkok 101.

Stay tuned for an update of Bangkok’s biggest annual food and wine event – the 21st World Gourmet Festival at