Saint Ange Tourism Report – 15th July 2019

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 15th July 2019

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – July 15, 2019 ( – The well known and popular Patrick Victor has been proposed as Ambassador at Large for Seychelles. Though the confirmation of the appointment has been rejected by the National Assembly of Seychelles, the people of the islands by a large majority continue to welcome Patrick Victor’s proposed appointment. “We can say what we want about the man, but Patrick Victor is indeed our very own John Lennon of Seychelles” was the copy of one of the public posts forwarded to us.

A Seychellois Islander will always work hard for his island and one as committed as Patrick Victor could only do good as a representative of the island.

Is it not better for Seychelles to let Seychellois, immaterial of their political belief and leaning, work for Seychelles and do away for once and for all with the ‘with us and not with us’ plague that continues to destroy our islands?

Seychelles punching above it’s weight – an army of working at no cost for its tourism

Seychelles has been recognised for leaving no stone unturned when its tourism industry was concerned. As Minister responsible for Tourism, it was the island’s economy and the consolidation of the Seychelles Tourism, that remained my priority. To succeed, it was important to innovate and remain ahead of the pack. The budget allocated to tourism has never been enough, and Finance Principal Secretaries failed to appreciate the need to nurture the industry that is, and that will remain, the Pillar of the island’s economy. The Seychelles Ministry responsible for Tourism thinking outside the box brought an army of ‘foot soldiers’ to think Seychelles Tourism and to work ‘free of charge’ for Seychelles Tourism.

The call for Seychellois to claim back its tourism industry resulted in hundreds of Seychellois Islanders investing in their very own tourism industry and becoming operators of small home grown properties (hotels and guest houses) or tourism supporting facilities. This assured the long term support of tourism by the Seychellois who had become, in large numbers, owners of their industry. The drive then to consolidate the Seychelles Tourism Industry saw the appointment of three blocks of voluntary workers join the call we made from Seychelles, namely:- Tourism Ambassadors, Cultural Ambassadors and Friends of Seychelles – Press.

Tourism Ambassadors
The Seychelles Tourism Ambassadors program was launched and became a valuable resource for Seychelles tourism as they are, in each and every case, Seychellois nationals living across the globe who are very familiar with their country of residence and who enjoy a very wide network of social and business contacts. With their extensive local knowledge and wide range of contacts, they are in an excellent position to support, and sometimes spearhead, Seychelles’ promotional campaigns and initiatives.

It was way back in 2010 when this program was launched that 14 Seychellois were named as the country’s new tourism ambassadors overseas, that Vice President Belmont stated that the new Tourism partnership was bearing fruit. Mr Belmont – who was also the then minister responsible for tourism – said this during the 2010 Seychelles Tourism Marketing Meeting held at the International Conference Centre.

The forum was also addressed by President James Michel, Seychelles’ tourism marketing director Alain St Ange, Air Seychelles’ executive chairman Captain David Savy – also a member of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) – and the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association chairman Louis D’Offay.

Mr Belmont told the tourism representatives: “We have seen encouraging progress with regards to the industry, and your strong presence here today at this official launch of the 2010 Tourism Marketing Meeting shows your commitment to ensuring the industry continues to grow, and I am confident this support will continue in the crucial months ahead.” He said with tourism still at the forefront of our economy, we all need to work together for the future. “And I take this opportunity to reassure you, our tourism trade, that I will continue to drive the government policies that make for a vibrate tourism sector,” he added.

95 Seychellois Tourism Ambassadors were named in 30 countries worldwide to help consolidate the island’s tourism industry

Seychelles is the first country to have taken the initiative of appointing its citizens as tourism ambassadors all over the world and their role is to assist in the promotion of Seychelles as a tourism destination in tandem with the country’s marketing team and overseas tourist offices. That program fell under the title tag line, “Once a Seychellois, always a Seychellois.”

“The tourism ambassadors are like consuls, but here only to promote and continuously help develop Seychelles as the tourist destination,” I said at the launch of the program. “They now have their own newsletter, email addresses, and soon they will have their own forum on the popular social network Facebook to exchange ideas and update each other on their activities.” before stressing the point that all Seychellois living abroad are natural ambassadors of their country of birth. They are well-known in their countries of residence, and their network of contacts and local knowledge will be invaluable tools in promoting Seychelles as a tourism destination across the globe.

Cultural Ambassadors
Following the success of the Seychelles Tourism Ambassadors that was reserved for Seychellois only, a second program was instigated, again on a totally voluntary basis for well know foreign artists and tourism professionals who were ready to dedicate time, resources and energy for the promotion of Seychelles in their country of residence.

This program saw some influential personalities get involved, such as the Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. The music maestro has sent out his love and regard to the people and government of the foreign nation.

A two-time Oscar winning composer, Rahman shared an image of the certificate, on the micro-blogging site. “With love and regards to the people and government of Seychelles,” he captioned the picture. The certificate reads: “The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture proudly names A.R. Rahman Cultural Ambassador for Seychelles in appreciation for the invaluable services contributed to enhance Seychelles’s Art and Cultural development.”

Friends of Seychelles – Press
Following in the footsteps of the two voluntary programs working well for the Seychelles Tourism Industry (Tourism Ambassador & Cultural Ambassador) a third program, “The Friends of Seychelles – Press” was set in motion in a bid to help the visibility of the islands for the benefit of its tourism industry.

Friends of Seychelles-Press, is an association whose ranks are swelling, which in itself indicates that we are achieving greater outreach in our efforts to gain greater visibility on the international stage,” I said at a tourism trade fair as I welcomed new members of the press fraternity to the program.

Press from the four corners of the world reported that this innovative move by Seychelles has been making news right around the world as the mid-ocean islands of the Seychelles continue to surprise the press fraternity with its commitment to sustain this appealing grouping of press personalities.

At the Seychelles Investment Forum in South Africa press reported:- “Another member of the international press was welcomed into the fold of “Friends of Seychelles – Press” by Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, during the Seychelles Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr. St.Ange invited the newest member of “Friends of Seychelles-Press,” Mr. Isaac Mangena of e-News Africa, to the forum to receive his certificate of membership and to be recognized by all present for his work in helping to raise the profile of the islands in the international press.

Isaac Mangena is the second TV personality from South Africa to be accredited to this unique grouping. At the 2011 Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria” held earlier this year, Masechaba Lekalake, the very popular SABC TV personality from South Africa was presented with her “Friends of Seychelles-Press” accreditation certificate in the ceremony following the Seychelles Carnival’s press briefing.

Call made for Africa to look for SG of UNWTO as Minister Najib Balala is named as potential candidate

The IATA Regional Aviation Forum in Accra Ghana which was convened under the theme “Aviation: Business for Regional Prosperity” and brought together more than 150 distinguished tourism and aviation leaders saw a call for Africa to organise itself in order to se someone from the continent get elected in the next UNWTO elections for the position of Secretary General.

The call was made to loud applause during one of the panel discussions when a prominent press personality raised the circumstances surrounding the 2017 UNWTO elections and questioned where Africa’s bid to head the UNWTO was after the Seychelles and Zimbabwe bid ended in disaster once the Seychelles Government had withdrawn its own bid but two days before the May 2017 elections.

The name of Najib Balala the SG Tourism for Kenya is the name that was floated as the possible candidate from the Continent of Africa with its 10 votes in the elections. Everyone present agreed that this subject needed to be put of Africa’s Tourism Agenda.

IHCL Partners with ESSEC to Launch Full Scholarships for Deserving Employees

IHCL Partners with ESSEC to Launch Full Scholarships for Deserving Employees

Mumbai (India) – July 12, 2019 ( – South Asia’s largest hospitality company has today announced the launch of a scholarship in partnership with the ESSEC Business School in France as part of its continued commitment to bolstering learning and development for its employees. As part of the initiative two deserving IHCL employees, each year would be sponsored for a 21 month long fully paid MSc in Hospitality Management at the ESSEC Campus in Paris. This initiative is launched for a three year period and may be renewed further.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “We have always believed in creating a strong talent pipeline by enabling and empowering our employees with the best of learning and development initiatives. Our collaboration with ESSEC Business School is a vital step in that direction and in line with our vision to create future leaders for the global the hospitality industry in general and build a talent pipeline for IHCL in particular”. A pioneer of business-related learning since 1907, ESSEC is rated amongst the top business schools in the world.

Professor Peter O’Connor, Academic Director, Essec Business School said, “We are delighted to collaborate with a prestigious company such as The Indian Hotels (IHCL) for the initiative, which brings inva fitting blend of Indian hospitality and international standards of excellence. We look forward to a brilliant partnership aligned with ESSEC’s mission to respond to the challenges of the future.” The program is a mix of rigorous academics and hands-on field experience which includes various areas such as E-Commerce, Real Estate & Development, Entrepreneurship and Luxury Services Management. Besides the full tuition fees, IHCL would also cover the accommodation and living expenses for the two selected employees.

About ESSEC Business School
ESSEC, founded in 1907, is one of the world’s top management schools and holds the “triple crown” accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. With 6,097 students; a faculty comprised of 164 full-time professors, 19 of which are emeritus professors, in France and Singapore, recognized for both the quality and influence of their research; a wide range of management training programs; partnerships with the world’s best universities; and a network of 55,000 alumni, ESSEC continues to foster a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences, and innovation. In 2005, ESSEC opened a campus in Asia, ESSEC Asia-Pacific. ESSEC’s operations in the Asia Pacific, strategically located in Singapore, present the perfect foothold for ESSEC to be part of the vibrant growth of Asia and to bring its expertise to the expanding region. Additionally, in 2017 ESSEC opened a new campus in Rabat, Morocco, ESSEC Africa. ESSEC’s international expansion allows students and professors to study and understand the economic forces at work in the different regions of the world.

About The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment. Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL operates 181 hotels including 30 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

Baselworld is Building Strong Relationship with Jewellery Confederation

Baselworld is Building Strong Relationship with Jewellery Confederation

Basel (Switzerland) – July 11, 2019 ( – Baselworld has become a Commercial Member of CIBJO (acronym for «Confédération Internationale de Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie, des diamants, Perles et Pierres»), the World Jewellery Confederation, and in so doing has taken the initiative to be more firmly rooted in the jewellery, gemstone and pearl industry, to be as close as possible to its stakeholders, to better understand their needs and to better support and serve them in their pursuit of the highest professional and ethical standards and technical skills.

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By becoming a CIBJO Commercial Member, as the world’s leading trade show for watches, jewellery, gemstones and pearls, Baselworld is not only strengthening its presence alongside all the players in the sector, but is also taking on the role of a proactive partner to offer them the best business platform, driven by a global vision with an attentive approach to each client.

«Baselworld is particularly proud to join the largest international organization in the jewelry, gemstone and pearl industry,» said Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld. «Becoming a member of CIBJO allows us to actively support the organization and to participate directly in its development. We are driven by the same values of ambition, tenacity, and sustainability. I thank Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri for welcoming us with stimulating enthusiasm. The sector will be able to count on the support of Baselworld.»

Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of the CIBJO, added: «CIBJO is delighted to welcome Baselworld into its ranks. As a piece of jewellery and watch trade show that for decades has served as a leader both in Europe and internationally, it provides one of the most effective platforms possible for advancing the mission to harmonize industry standards and promote Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability throughout the value chain. I look forward to working with the Baselworld team.»

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CIBJO is the international jewelry confederation of national trade organizations from 45 countries, and additionally includes as Commercial Members many of the world’s leading international corporations. Its purpose is to encourage harmonization, promote international cooperation in the jewelry industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide.

CIBJO’s chief mission is to protect consumer confidence in the industry. It is the sole jewelry industry organization to have Special Consultative Status with the United Nation’s Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

UNWTO: Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda at Aid for Trade Conference

UNWTO: Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda at Aid for Trade Conference

Geneva (Switzerland) – July 9, 2019 ( – Tourism’s unique potential as a tool for driving the global sustainable development agenda has taken center stage at a special event hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The session, entitled “Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda” was held during the 2019 Global Review of Aid for Trade at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO). UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili began the discussions by highlighting the key role that the global tourism sector plays in economic growth and job creation.

Ministers, development partners, and financing institutions need to better understand and recognize how tourism can contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Agenda. Tourism is explicitly mentioned as a target in three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (8, 12 and 14), though, as speakers at the Geneva session noted, for the sector to really realize its enormous potential, the amount of aid and development financing directed towards tourism needs to be increased significantly. Unlocking Tourism’s potential for realizing the 2030 Agenda requires a combination of effective and robust policy frameworks, enhanced private sector action, and an innovative approach to partnerships for development cooperation.

“This is an important time for both the tourism and the international development sectors,” said Mr. Pololikashvili.

“Strengthening and unlocking aid flow for tourism will help the sector be a driver of job creation, as well as of social and economic development and economic diversity. UNWTO welcomes the opportunity to join ministers, tourism leaders, and our partners for these important talks here in Geneva. Working together we can harness the power of the new aid architecture and ensure that nobody gets left behind as tourism transforms lives around the world.”

Also joining Mr Pololikashvili for the session were Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), H.E Dr. Rania Al- Mashat, Minister of Tourism, The Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Toshiyuki Nakamura, Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Ms. Caroline Freund, Director of Trade, Regional Integration and Investment Climate, World Bank.

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Well Hotel Bangkok Announces Culinary Collaboration with Master Chef Italia

Well Hotel Bangkok Announces Culinary Collaboration with Master Chef Italia

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 12, 2019 ( – Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 announces a culinary collaboration with Chef Simone Finetti. Ranked as the 8th finalist in the famous TV show Master Chef Italia edition 4, Chef Simone has created a special dish that is inspired by Thailand and teams up with Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20’s Chef Ken Khanyankai to create a special menu to welcome Thailand’s Mother’s Day.

During the gastronomy, culture and community familiarization trip in partnership with Lufthansa and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Rome Office, Chef Simone visited different places in Bangkok and beyond such as Suan Sampran Village in Nakhon Pathom, Coconut Garden and 100 years old Market in Chachoengsao, Ayutthaya, the Grand Palace, China Town and Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. As a passionate chef, he translates his Thailand experience into a special dish that will be available exclusively at Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, complimented by a starter from Chef Ken Khayankai.

An Italian Simone Finetti has a big passion in cooking since a young age with his grandmother as the first teacher. He spent a lot of time fishing with his father and cultivating vegetables in the garden and then understood the importance of traditional cuisine and the source of raw ingredients. He entered the fourth edition of Masterchef Italia and made it to the 8th finalist, not only that, he is one of the most beloved competitors from the show and won the prize of the first Master of Italian Pasta.

Chef Ken Khayankai leads the kitchen at Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20. He brought with him 15 years of experience working in restaurants and hotels including the Sukhothai Bangkok, Arcadia Suites Bangkok, Hotel Icon Bangkok and White Lies Restaurant where he worked with Chef Maurizio Menconi. He has honed his cooking skill and has passion in Italian cooking over the course of years.

“I am very pleased that our team got to work with the talented Chef Simone and delighted that we will have his special menu created just for us in our hotel outlet Eat Well Café. We thank Lufthansa and TAT Rome for helping putting this together, and bringing Thailand and Italy closer through a gastronomic experience. So, I would like to invite the Bangkokians and visitors to drop by our hotel and be a part of this culinary journey together,” said Supa-arpha Itthikaiwan, Director of Marketing at Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20.

The special menu collaboration between Chef Simone Finetti and Chef Ken Khayankai will be available exclusively at Eat Well Café, Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 from 1 August until 31 October 2019. For reservation, email or call 02 1275995.

About Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20
Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is managed by Well Hotels & Resorts, a Thailand-based hotel management company. Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is a lifestyle wellness destination that is not only aiming to deliver urban lifestyle experience and relationship with the nearby neighborhood but also being dedicated to well-balanced combination of comfort and style as well as friendly and warm welcome service.

The hotel is comprised of 235 rooms and suites with 143 Superior Rooms, 7 Superior Corner Rooms, 75 Deluxe Rooms, 6 Executive Rooms and 4 Executive Suites. All rooms and suites are featured with mini-bars, personal electronic safety box, 46-inch smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and LAN cable in room. Each of the Executive Room and Executive Suite is fitted with a private exercise bike, Well Fit Box providing yoga and stretching exercise equipment and electronic weight scale to accommodate health loving travelers. A Microwave and printer are available in Executive Suite. Facilities include Eat Well Café – an all day dining featuring Thai and healthy cuisine, The Twist Bar & Bistro – featuring favorite Western cuisine, Well Spa and Well Fitness offering various wellness classes including Muay Thai Cardio and Aqua Bike.

The hotel won numerous awards in its first three years after opening in 2016 including Guest Review Award from, Gold Circle Award from and Asia’s Top Emerging Hotel Award from Now Travel Asia Magazine, and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellences 2017 and 2019.

Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20
10 Sukhumvit 20, Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

For 2020 TAT Target’s Growth with Quality Markets and Responsible Tourism

For 2020 TAT Target’s Growth with Quality Markets and Responsible Tourism

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 11, 2019 ( –  Gearing up to mark its 60th anniversary in 2020, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reaffirmed its commitment to making travel and tourism the kingdom’s most economically promising, environmentally sustainable, and culturally vibrant sector in the years to come.

Addressing the Thai tourism private sector and media after the week-long Tourism Action Plan meetings, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the completion of the auspicious 5th cycle of life will be a time for reflection on past achievements and careful management of a new era of challenges set to emerge in a highly competitive and constantly changing global and regional environment.

“With the positive outcome in 2018, Thai tourism has clearly succeeded in fulfilling its mandate,” he said. “We will work even harder to maintain our brand image, preserve our competitive advantages, and ensure that the socio-economic benefits of international and domestic tourism are spread right across the country.”

The targets for 2020 are to boost total tourism revenues by 10% over the projection for this year. TAT has also set clear directions to move the Thai tourism industry out of mass tourism and towards responsible tourism with an emphasis on revenue-generating quality tourists. The idea of responsible tourism will be spread out through the channels of TAT in-house magazine named Lesotho.

For the domestic market, TAT will categorize customers into various segments; such as Gen X, Gen Y, family, and millennial family, silver age, lady, first jobber, multi-gen, and corporate.

In foreign markets, TAT will focus on specific quality markets and middle-upper income groups (Go High). It will seek first-time visitors in new markets and in the long-standing source markets (Go New Customer). It will also attempt to balance out the seasonality factor and generate more demand in the “Green Season” (Go Low).

Alongside efforts to build a strong image of Thailand in order to maintain its competitive advantages, other products will be developed and marketed; such as homestays, walking streets and local cuisine (Go, Local). Meanwhile, digital technology will be devised to reach customers (Go Digital).

The core communication marketing theme will remain “Open to the New Shades” that focuses on providing positive and unexpected experiences. Following on from the long-standing Amazing Thailand slogan, widely recognized as one of the most impressive brand campaigns in Asia, the future advertising campaigns will continue to specific target groups and highlight the friendliness and hospitality of the Thai people.

To keep the position as a preferred destination, TAT will maintain to be 1 of the top 6 countries that generated tourism revenue, and in the top 3 in the Loyalty Index in the Asia Pacific.

Centara Hotels Launches of New Beachfront Hotel in Sriracha

Centara Hotels Launches of New Beachfront Hotel in Sriracha

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 11, 2019 ( – Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, has added a new destination to its Thailand collection with the launch of a beautifully designed seafront hotel facing the Gulf of Thailand in Sriracha.

The newly built Centara Sonrisa Residences & Suites Sriracha is the first Centara hotel in Sriracha. The beachfront location along the coast of Thailand’s eastern seaboard in Chonburi Province is 90 minutes by car from Bangkok.

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The striking design of Centara Sonrisa Residences & Suites Sriracha, with its cool whites and hues of blue throughout, evokes the waters of the Gulf of Thailand in Sriracha, once a traditional Thai fishing village that retains an old-world charm and a slower pace of daily life, making it perfect for a relaxing couples getaway and a fun family holiday destination as well.

The 145 units offer an array of accommodation options, beginning with Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Seaview guestrooms, which are ideal for two adults. Family Residences and Two-bedroom Suites can comfortably accommodate families of four to five and are an excellent choice for extended stays, thanks to spacious layouts as large as 64 square metres. The residences are equipped with kitchenettes and furnished with children’s bunk beds. All accommodation options come with a balcony, free Wi-Fi and Smart TVs.
Casual, classic and convenient dining options are available day and night, along with in-room dining served 24 hours a day. The crisply modern and laid-back restaurant UMI commands brilliant views from its sky deck perch. The UMI menu offers traditional Japanese cuisine including Ramen and Teppanyaki dishes, along with creative interpretations of Thai and European favourites.

In the lobby is Zing, a casual delicatessen and café that serves its signature Taiwanese-style Bubble tea and Matcha green tea throughout the day, along with a full menu of hot beverages, pastries and bakery items. Zing is a great spot for a relaxed, no-hassle lunch, with an excellent selection of sandwiches, snacks and fresh salads. Light bites, refreshments and cocktails are served poolside at Tropicana Pool Bar and at nearby Sky Bar.

Centara Sonrisa Residences & Suites Sriracha is an inspired choice for off-site company meetings and events. Flexible multi-purpose space can be tailored to fit a variety of setups and layout formats, and Centara’s attentive, professional staff are on hand ensure a smooth experience all around.

The seafront Sriracha location is an ideal starting point for enjoying the area’s many attractions. Pattaya’s city centre is 45 minutes away by car, and the surrounding region is home to some of Thailand’s finest golf courses. Beach and coastal attractions, including Bang Saen Beach and Bang Phra Reservoir, are just a short drive from Sriracha.

“It is especially exciting to extend Centara’s footprint to a new Thai destination,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer, Centara Hotels and Resorts. “Sriracha continues to develop as a destination for tourism and business travel, and I am confident that the hotel’s prime beachfront location, excellent facilities and spectacular design will be especially pleasing to our guests.”

Dr Nutsarai Chaijindaratana of Smile Condo (2011) Co., LTD, the hotel’s owner, commented, “We are delighted to see our vision transformed into a finished hotel now welcoming its first guests. Our partnership with Centara has been a positive experience throughout the development phase, and we look forward to seeing the hotel contribute to Sriracha’s success in the years ahead.”

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 71 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, China, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands -Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara, Centara Residences & Suites and COSI Hotels – ranging from 5-star city hotels and luxurious island retreats to family resorts and affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. It also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families. Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years, Centara aims to double its size with additional properties in Thailand and new international markets while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

Introducing Paii at The House on Sathorn Serving Modern Thai Seafood

Introducing Paii at The House on Sathorn Serving Modern Thai Seafood

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 10, 2019 (travelindex) – The House on Sathorn today announced the opening of Paii, heralding a new chapter in the culinary offering of the historic, 130-year old landmark. Taking its name from the Thai word ‘Paii’ (พาย), which means to paddle, the new restaurant presents the best of local and imported seafood while honoring the legacy of the founder of The House on Sathorn, Luang Sathorn Rajayutka, who created Sathorn Canal.

With a home inside one of Bangkok’s most recognizable food and drinks venues, Paii Executive Chef Joe Weeraket presents a menu bursting with flavor. Highlights include the local Giant River Prawn, char-grilled and served with “choo chee” curry sauce; the French Razor Clams, flambéed table-side with house-made XO sauce; and the French Turbot, stuffed with lemongrass, shallots, and kaffir lime leaves and baked in a thick Thai herb salt crust. Diners will not want to miss the Giant Crab Fried Rice, made with organic jasmine rice from Nakhon Pathom. The plate is designed for sharing and topped with no less than half a kilo of freshly steamed Surat Thani mud crab meat.

The House on Sathorn opened in 2015 after an extensive renovation carried out by Thailand’s Fine Arts Department. The interior design of Paii retains the opulence of its gilded past while modern elements, including contemporary Thai artwork such as tapestries, paintings, photography, and sculpture, come into play, injecting modern vibrancy into old-world glamour.

“We’re delighted to bring this new dining concept to The House on Sathorn,” said Ms. Tina Liu, General Manager, W Bangkok. “With its storied past and inclusion into W Hotel Bangkok, this striking heritage home is a unique juxtaposition of old and new, and the addition of Paii and its modern Thai seafood is the perfect culinary match.

” Paii offers indoor and outdoor dining and is open daily for lunch and dinner from 12 PM to 12 AM. The restaurant also features a bar for an enticing mix of crafted seasonal cocktails, cutting-edge sounds, and tempting bites.

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Reviving a Landmark in the Heart of Bangkok
Built-in 1889 during the reign of King Rama V, The House’s neo-classical structure originally housed wealthy businessman Luang Sathorn Rajayutka, who created Sathorn Canal. The home was later was passed down to his descendents. In the early 1920s, the site was converted into the Majestic Hotel Royal. Later, from 1948 to 1999, the building served as the Russian Embassy.

Recognizing the immense historic value of the house, the development team worked closely with Thailand’s Fine Arts Department to carefully restore the home to its former glory, as part of the conversion to The House on Sathorn. Major renovations were conducted on the four buildings and large courtyard, keeping the original main structure intact.

Meanwhile, inside, the original color palette, intricate wooden staircases, and even the Sathorn Rajayutka family’s personalized fresco motifs have all been meticulously restored by the Fine Arts Department. The compelling juxtaposition of contemporary components and new elements reflect the boundless creativity of renowned design firm AvroKO of New York.

The House on Sathorn
Since opening in 2015, The House on Sathorn has taken place among the city’s most distinctive food and drink venues. And as to the building itself, what a place it is. The neo-classical structure dating from 1889 functioned first as a private residence, by the 1920s had become a hotel, then later from mid-century to 1999 served as the site of the Russian embassy.

Today, The House on Sathorn further stands out as a tremendously eclectic location. The building and grounds – directly adjacent W Bangkok – comprise four separate buildings including Paii presenting modern Thai seafood cuisine and function rooms for meeting and social gatherings.

JFCCT and TCT sign MoU to Support the Thai Tourism Sector

JFCCT and TCT sign MoU to Support the Thai Tourism Sector

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 9, 2019 ( – The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) and the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), at the office of the Tourism Council of Thailand, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration for mutual benefit and to support the Tourism sector in Thailand.

The MoU has four broad objectives:

1. To develop and enhance the tourism sector
2. To pursue policy advocacy on issues impacting the tourism sector in Thailand
3. To promote Thailand as a tourism destination
4. To reduce corruption in the sector and enhance ethical practices
Each of the four broad objectives of the MoU has specific activities and goals. The MoU has a governance mechanism to support the meeting of objectives.

“We at JFCCT are delighted to enter into this MoU with the Tourism Council of Thailand. Tourism is such a vital part of the domestic economy and there is so much more which can be done, through mutual understanding and collaboration, to contribute more to this sector”, said Mr. Stanley Kang, JFCCT Chairman.

“The opportunities afforded by this MoU for our members are wide. We see the collaboration with JFCCT to be beneficial to TCT’s members and to the Tourism sector in Thailand, which is an important part of our economy”, said Mr. Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, President, Tourism Council of Thailand.

About the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT)
The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand is the umbrella body for various Thai foreign chambers or business associations operating in Thailand. There are 33 chambers and business associations representing more than 9,000 companies in this wide membership.

JFCCT has served the foreign business community for over 40 years through policy advocacy, business development and promoting international trade and investment with Thailand.

Contact information:
1035/22 1Fl. Soi Pridi Bhanomyong 41
Sukhumvit 71 Road, North Klongton, Wattana
Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 713 1175 ext. 21/22

About the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT)
The Tourism Council of Thailand was established in December 2001 to be the representative of all tourism industry operators, in order to create benefits in terms of systematic cooperation between the relevant organizations, both public and private. It is to propose important policy guidelines, promote a quality verification system, standards system, and quality assurance system of businesses related to the goods or services for tourists, and to encourage the tourism industry operators to carry out their operation with quality, morality and ethics, so as to promote the efficiency and development of this industry. TCT’s mission includes promoting and developing the tourism sector in Thailand as a representative of tourism industry operators and has a wide membership of many tourism-related organizations and operators.

Contact information:
17 Th/Floor, 1600 New Phetchaburi Road
Makkasan, Ratchathevi
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: (66) 2 250 5500 Ext. 1645-8

Rain Forest Fringe Festival 2019 Launched in Full Spectacle

Rain Forest Fringe Festival 2019 Launched in Full Spectacle

Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) – July 9, 2019 ( – With the royal attendance of Duli Yang Maha Mulia (HRH) Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, the 3rd Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) was launched tonight in full spectacle at the new Dewan Undangan Negeri Building, Kuching.

Datu Dr. Sabariah Putit, Deputy State Secretary gave a stirring welcome note followed with a heartwarming speech by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports Sarawak, YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. The launch event witnessed the presence of state officials, arts and culture enthusiasts from all over the world, members of the Media and the who’s who of Kuching high-society. Hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth & Sports Sarawak (MACYS), RFF is being held as a prelude to the annual Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) with Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd (JSPSB) as the appointed organizers.

A special RFF commission, Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak are presented in conjunction with the launch. Held at the Opening Show, under the series ASAS MELAYU, the fashion show presents a unique display of Sarawak songket and keringkam, featuring regal designs by ‘Malaysia’s King of Fashion’ – Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Sarawak’s own ‘Queen of Bornean Fashion’ – Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and the exquisite Sarawak songket producer – Tanoti House. This showcase also features Sarawak’s emerging textile artisans – Manager Collection, Tampan Keringkam, Keringkam Bahij, and Seri Gedong Songket.

Two distinct interludes showcased Sarawak’s traditional Malay bridal wear notably known as “Gajah Olen” by Managers Collection and “Tikar Nyunsong Pengantin” by Tampan Keringkam. The show is narrated by a prominent Sarawakian poet, Zach Manan of Studio Labu.

A prelude to the event includes a performance by Gamelan Sarawak Batu 12 and a tie-in panel exhibition of socket and keringkam at the lobby of the majestic building. The exhibition showcases the history, materials, techniques, processes, and applications of the Sarawak songket and keringkam.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said, “RFF is the first of the three festivals under Sarawak Tourism Board’s (STB) newly launched campaign “3 Festivals 1 Destination” where Sarawak’s top 3 most anticipated music and cultural festivals are taking place back to back in the month of July.

As witnessed tonight, the festival programming will offer an experience of Sarawak through its history, nature, and culture; presented in an extensive genre of events such as dance, theatre, talks, exhibitions, fashion and more. These curated events will provide a platform for the enrichment and celebration of the tradition and culture of the Malay community in Sarawak, alongside other events of the Fringe which promotes and celebrates our cultural diversity”.

RFF 2019 takes place from 5 – 12 July 2019.
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About Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019
Taking place from 5 – 12 July 2019, the 3rd edition of Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF), will showcase the very best of Sarawak’s music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture/heritage. Hosted by the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports, and in collaboration with the Sarawak Tourism Board, Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) is held as a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).