Enjoy an EPIC 2020 with 30% off at Best Western Hotels and Resorts in Asia

Enjoy an EPIC 2020 with 30% off at Best Western Hotels and Resorts in Asia

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 22, 2020 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts in Asia has introduced an exciting promotion that will make 2020 an EPIC year for guests traveling to its remarkable Asian destinations!

Under the new EPIC Sales promotion, guests can kick start the new decade in style with dazzling discounts at hotels all across Asia.

Whether you’re seeking a blissful beachfront vacation, a fast-paced city break or a relaxing getaway, Best Western Hotels & Resorts has the perfect choice for your 2020 getaway.

Guests who book between now and February 29, 2020, for stays taken between April 1 and November 30, 2020, will enjoy an amazing 30% off the Best Available Rate at hotels and resorts in eight exciting countries: Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia.

Best Western Rewards® members will also earn points or miles on their bookings. Not a member yet? Sign up for free at www.bestwestern.com/rewards.

To take advantage of this enticing offer, simply visit the Best Western Hotels & Resorts website, choose your ideal destination and book your stay direct using the promotional code “EPIC30”. Select the “Best Western EPIC Sales” rates and pre-pay for your stay in full*. Then simply sit back, relax and start looking forward to your first vacation of the new decade!

So, what are you waiting for? Book now and give yourself a great start to 2020!
For more information and reservations, please visit www.BestWesternAsia.com.

Terms and conditions:
• All reservations must be prepaid in full with valid credit card at the time of the online reservation.
• Reservations are non-changeable, non-refundable and cannot be cancelled.
• Hotels reserve the right to make changes to the promotion without prior notice.
• This promotion will bookable until Feb 29 2020 for stays taken between Apr 01 2020 and Nov 30 2020.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels and Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands 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, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.

* 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

UNWTO, International Tourism Continues to Outpace Global Economy

UNWTO, International Tourism Continues to Outpace Global Economy

Madrid (Spain) – January 22, 2020 (travelindex.com) – 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties. By the same token, this calls for such growth to be managed responsibly so as to best seize the opportunities tourism can generate for communities around the world.

According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism numbers and trends of the new decade, the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, this represents the tenth consecutive year of growth.

All regions saw a rise in international arrivals in 2019. However, uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the collapse of Thomas Cook, geopolitical and social tensions and the global economic slowdown all contributed to a slower growth in 2019, when compared to the exceptional rates of 2017 and 2018. This slowdown affected mainly advanced economies and particularly Europe and Asia and the Pacific.

Looking ahead, growth of 3% to 4% is predicted for 2020, an outlook reflected in the latest UNWTO Confidence Index which shows a cautious optimism: 47% of participants believe tourism will perform better and 43% at the same level of 2019. Major sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, and cultural events such as Expo 2020 Dubai are expected to have a positive impact on the sector.

Responsible growth

Presenting the results, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that “in these times of uncertainty and volatility, tourism remains a reliable economic sector”. Against the backdrop of recently downgraded global economic perspectives, international trade tensions, social unrest and geopolitical uncertainty, “our sector keeps outpacing the world economy and calling upon us to not only grow but to grow better”, he added.

Given tourism’s position as a top export sector and creator of employment, UNWTO advocates the need for responsible growth. Tourism has, therefore, a place at the heart of global development policies, and the opportunity to gain further political recognition and make a real impact as the Decade of Action gets underway, leaving just ten years to fulfill the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Middle East leads

The Middle East has emerged as the fastest-growing region for international tourism arrivals in 2019, growing at almost double the global average (+8%). Growth in Asia and the Pacific slowed down but still showed above-average growth, with international arrivals up 5%.

Europe where growth was also slower than in previous years (+4%) continues to lead in terms of international arrivals numbers, welcoming 743 million international tourists last year (51% of the global market). The Americas (+2%) showed a mixed picture as many island destinations in the Caribbean consolidated their recovery after the 2017 hurricanes while arrivals fell in South America due partly to ongoing social and political turmoil. Limited data available for Africa (+4%) points to continued strong results in North Africa (+9%) while arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa grew slower in 2019 (+1.5%).

Tourism spending still strong

Against a backdrop of global economic slowdown, tourism spending continued to grow, most notably among the world’s top ten spenders. France reported the strongest increase in international tourism expenditure among the world’s top ten outbound markets (+11%), while the United States (+6%) led growth in absolute terms, aided by a strong dollar.

However, some large emerging markets such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia reported declines in tourism spending. China, the world’s top source market saw outbound trips increase by 14% in the first half of 2019, though expenditure fell 4%.

Tourism delivering ‘much-needed opportunities’

“The number of destinations earning US$1 billion or more from international tourism has almost doubled since 1998,” adds Mr Pololikashvili. “The challenge we face is to make sure the benefits are shared as widely as possible and that nobody is left behind. In 2020, UNWTO celebrates the Year of Tourism and Rural Development, and we hope to see our sector lead positive change in rural communities, creating jobs and opportunities, driving economic growth and preserving culture.”

This latest evidence of the strength and resilience of the tourism sector comes as the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary. During 2020, through the UN75 initiative the UN is carrying out the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all, with tourism to be high on the agenda.

Screening of Award-Winning Film to Promote Mongolia Tourism

Screening of Award-Winning Film to Promote Mongolia Tourism

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 21, 2020 (travelindex.com) – Mongolia, one of the main partners of this year’s Asia Destination Film Forum (DFF 2020), which will take place in Bangkok on 30 January 2020, is showcasing the natural beauty of their country by screening the award-winning film ‘The Steed’.  The film plays at the beginning of the 20th century and tells the story of a boy and a horse whose extraordinary bond to each other and the land give them the courage to find each other after being cruelly separated. The epic story about family, love, and devotion showcases the vast beauty of Mongolia, its culture, and people.

Director and producer Mr. Erdenebileg Ganbold, who has produced many films that broke box office records in Mongolia and is the winner of three Mongolian Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Producer will talk about the film and the importance of locations for film production at DFF 2020.

H.E. Mr. Tserenbat Namsrai, Mongolia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, who is also on a panel at the forum, says that “Mongolia is a country swept in history and full of pure natural beauty. Films are the best way to show our country to audiences worldwide and make them aware of what Mongolia has to offer. We want to inspire travelers from Southeast Asia, to experience adventures, be part of our community, explore Mongolian culture, spirituality, and our many festivals.” With consistent growth in tourism arrivals in recent years, the country is developing its tourism infrastructure and experience with a focus on sustainability and inclusivity.

To bring Mongolia to Bangkok, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia will also host the Film Festival BBQ Party, which will include authentic traditional Mongolian food, cultural performances, and music.

Jens Thraenhart, founder of the Destination Film Forum says: “Mongolia, which is still one of these rather unknown destinations for many, is very smart in leveraging film and visual storytelling to inspire people from all over the world to experience an adventure of a lifetime.”

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Over 1,000 Female Leaders to Attend 2020 Global Summit of Women in Bangkok

Over 1,000 Female Leaders to Attend 2020 Global Summit of Women in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 21, 2020 (travelindex.com) – Preparations are being finalised for the prestigious 2020 Global Summit of Women (2020 GSW) that is scheduled to take place at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld in Bangkok, from 23 to 25 April, 2020.

The opening ceremony will be presided over by Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who will also deliver the keynote speech. The opening ceremony is expected to be attended by key women ministers from several countries from around ASEAN, plus from as far away as Africa and South America.

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“We look forward to bringing a global gathering of women to Thailand, world-renowned for its beauty, but not yet as well-known for its dynamic economy, where many women lead enterprises of all sizes,” Ms. Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women said. “That Thailand rank high in women’s economic participation, both regionally and globally, making it an ideal venue under the 2020 Summit theme: ‘Women: Revolutionise Economies’. This reflects women’s roles in raising national GDP globally, as they entering the workforce as managers and altering business models and practices now and in the future.”

Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, former Minister of Tourism and Sports and Chair of the Thai Host Committee, agreed. “We are confident that the 2020 GSW has made the right decision to host its 30th anniversary in Thailand, the country where Thai women play a pivotal role in creating and impacting development in all sectors – agricultural, community, industry, banking and finance, technology, transportation, energy, tourism and hospitality, as well as meetings and events. Thailand can be another notable case study and inspire global women leaders to move forward together, using their capabilities to help develop nations. More importantly, Thai women leaders will continue to move forward in developing a strong Thailand.”

Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, Tourism Authority of Thailand, which supports the hosting of the 2020 GSW in Bangkok, said, “Thailand’s positive image as a preferred destination will be strengthened with the hosting of the 2020 GSW. The event will showcase the kingdom as a female-friendly destination, spotlighting TAT’s ongoing marketing activities for this particular tourist segment. Women not only have more purchasing power, but are often the primary decision-makers for destinations, length of stay and budgets.”

Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, said, “TCEB is pleased to support the hosting of the 2020 GSW in Bangkok and welcome over 1,000 female leaders from all over the world. The event, which is estimated to generate 80 million Baht revenue to the Thai economy, is in line with TCEB’s strategy to help drive the Thai economy through providing support to the hosting of global events in Thailand. We hope that delegates attending the 2020 GSW will realise the important role of Thai women leaders in developing the nation, as well as the capabilities of Thailand as a leading destination for international events.”

At the same time, the Thai host committee believes that the 2020 GSW will help Thai women leaders learn and enhance their strengths from other global women leaders while building and expanding personal networks based on a foundation of passion, understanding and friendship. All endeavours have been done to make this meeting a very special one to mark its 30th anniversary by placing focus on making it a ‘carbon neutral’ event with all participants from around the world having a hand in environmental conservation. The event will also invite local communities from around Thailand to present their products, thus creating new business opportunities for local communities to expand internationally.

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Anurak Community Lodge Gears Up with Spirit of Hospitality Master Class

Anurak Community Lodge Gears Up with Spirit of Hospitality Master Class

Khao Sok National Park (Thailand) – January 20, 2020 (travelindex.com) – The two-day event at Anurak Community Lodge gave valuable training in conservation and tourism hospitality to local service providers inside Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

The workshop was conducted by Dr Scott Michael Smith from Assumption University’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The event took place at Anurak Community Lodge and was supported by YAANA Ventures, a Bangkok based sustainable tourism investor. Dr Scott delivered a series of hospitality skill building workshops to the front line of the tourism industry at Khao Sok National Park, southern Thailand, 12-15 December, 2019.

Twenty two front office personnel, housekeepers, gardeners, service staff and cooks, from the local community and employed at the lodge, benefited from the “Spirit of Hospitality” two-day training, which was led by project coordinator Dr Smith.

Willem Niemeijer CEO, YAANA Ventures, said of the training, “Anurak Community Lodge operates on the principles of conservation and sustainability. We therefore share the responsibility to ensure tourism is developed in a sustainable way, showing that it can make a positive contribution to conservation that involves and benefits the local community. Scott’s “Spirit of Hospitality Workshop” tackles the human resource issues and considers the hard and soft skills that are needed in the hospitality industry in order to preserve and prosper.”

Ahead of the workshop, Dr Smith conducted a “Spirit of Hospitality” Service Audit using new and established Key Performance Indicators and worked with management and team members to develop a training program to meet the needs of the lodge.

“Our objective was to identify opportunities to exceed customers’ expectations and create positive memory-making moments that surprise and delight guests visiting Anurak Community Lodge. I’m grateful to Guest Relations Manager, Mr “Lekky” for his expert translation, energy and enthusiasm during this workshop.” said Dr Smith, adding, “Service standards are extremely high at Anurak Community Lodge thanks to the leadership of celebrity chef turned Lodge Manager, George Newling-Ward and the award winning team of locals. This provided a happy challenge to work with the team to identify further opportunities to exceed expectations throughout the guest experience.”

Anurak Community Lodge in southern Thailand, is an award winning eco-retreat for active lifestyle visitors who respect nature and local community traditions. The 20-key lodge offers Deluxe Green, Eco Double, Eco Twin, and Deluxe Jungle Tent options. Surrounded by spectacular limestone karst scenery, the lodge is an ideal base to explore adjacent Khao Sok National Park and majestic Chiew Larn Lake.

Since opening in 2016, Anurak has been guided by the principles of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Key aspects of its sustainability commitment include banning of single-use plastic and styrofoam and the creation of a recycling station and composting zone. Grey water from the laundry is filtered and used on the ecolodge’s “Rainforest Rising” project, which, over the long-term, will return 3,300 square metres of oil palm plantation to native vegetation cover.

This year, Anurak Community Lodge was awarded the 2019 SKAL International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Rural Accommodation category, as well as the 2019 SKÅL Asian Area Award – Environment Category.

The Lodge also received the prestigious Travelife Gold Certification this year. Travelife is an internationally recognized accommodation sustainability program. The Travelife for Accommodation standard contains approximately 163 requirements that hotels must demonstrate compliance to following an on-site audit every two years. These requirements cover the environment, labor issues, human rights, community engagement and animal welfare.

Michelin Adapts Hotel Selection to Meet Travelers Unique Needs

Michelin Adapts Hotel Selection to Meet Travelers Unique Needs

New York City, New York (United States) – January 17, 2020 (travelindex.com) – Michelin, the global benchmark for restaurant recommendations, and its subsidiary company Tablet, the original curator of boutique and extraordinary hotels, have combined their expertise to provide an unprecedented selection of outstanding hotels.

This innovative approach will allow travellers looking for unique experiences to quickly find and book the ideal place in a list of addresses that are out of the ordinary. Chosen in more than a hundred countries and offered in a wide range of prices, these unique hotels promise their guests a memorable stay through their design, authenticity, the quality of the service and their close connection with local culture.

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Michelin Group’s Director of Gastronomy and Tourism activities Pascal Couasnon explains: “Of the hundreds of thousands of hotels around the world, we have decided to select the few thousand that offer travellers a truly memorable break from their daily routines. These exceptional venues were chosen according to our own criteria and guarantee customers much more than a simple hiatus. Often run by owners with a passion for sharing their local culture, they will all bring guests that extra-special something the minute they drop their bags. These mid- and high-range establishments offer a diversity of styles, as well as the ability to book online across a very wide price range”.

This independent and unique selection is the result of a massive convergence process and the combination of the know-how in curation of Michelin and Tablet, which was acquired by Michelin in 2018. To be included in the selection, the establishments have to offer:

  • excellence in interior design and architecture
  • highly individual, reflecting personality and authenticity
  • quality and consistency in service, comfort, and maintenance
  • a destination unto itself : the hotel contributes to the local experience
  • delivering an extraordinary experience for its price

This selection is the first phase of an ambitious growth strategy and will be updated online and re-evaluated overt time regularly, with feedback from our customers and experts from Michelin and Tablet.

Hotel recommendations are an integral part of the Michelin Guide’s DNA, as illustrated by the earliest editions, published at the beginning of the 1900s, when travellers could consult a list of hand-picked accommodations. A mobility pioneer globally recognized for its restaurant recommendations, Michelin is focused on hotels for the same reason: to offer its users the best in terms of hotels with unique design and personality.

Thanks to this new selection, Michelin continues to satisfy travellers’ sense of curiosity, thirst for discovery, and desire to get off the beaten track.

The selection, with descriptions and photographs that accurately depict the atmosphere of each property, will be available on the TabletHotels website and iOS app, which not only allows direct booking but will enable travelers to benefit from a level of customer service considered to be the gold standard in the world of hospitality.

Professionals affiliated with the listed hotels will gain a showcase of international stature leading to new opportunities thanks to the exposure made possible by this joint independent selection by Michelin and Tablet.

About Michelin
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has more than 125,000 employees and operates 67 tire production facilities which together produced around 190 million tires in 2018.

About Tablet
Tablet’s mission is to provide its customers with a focused, curated selection of extraordinary hotels around the world, and to support travelers with expert customer service and a membership program, Tablet Plus, that guarantees exclusive privileges during stays at hundreds of participating hotels around the world. Headquartered in New York, Tablet was founded in 2000 by Laurent Vernhes and Michael Davis, and was acquired by Michelin in 2018.

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Best Western Hotels and Resorts Makes Dreams Come True for Lucky Guests in Bali

Best Western Hotels and Resorts Makes Dreams Come True for Lucky Guests in Bali

Ubud, Bali (Indonesia) – January 16, 2020 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has treated 10 lucky guests to their dream vacation in Bali, following a highly successful online contest!

The 2019 ‘Dreams Come True’ competition took place in November and invited the company’s loyal guests and social media followers to share what they want to do most to make their dreams come true in Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”. The five best entries won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart.

This prize vacation took place in December, as Best Western Hotels & Resorts flew the winners to Bali for a fantastic three-day, two-night stay at Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud, including return flights, daily meals and many enticing additional extras.

The holiday started in style with lunch at Kuta Beach and followed by a stunning beachfront seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay, overlooking the Indian Ocean. On the second day, the winners were treated to a sightseeing excursion to the famous Terrace River Pool Swing and a tasting experience at Luwak Coffee, which famously uses civet cats to process the coffee beans. Following a memorable view of Tegalalang rice terrace and lunch in Kintamani, with magnificent views of Mount Batur, the afternoon featured a trip to the holy springs of Tirta Empul and enjoyed some refreshing drinks at a swim up bar in Monkey Forest, before returning to the resort for dinner.

Then, on the third and final day, the guests were able to enjoy a relaxing morning at the resort, taking a dip in the outdoor pool, before lunch at Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant which specializes in Bali’s famous crispy duck. Guests were then able to visit Ubud Market to shop for souvenirs, including the authentic Balinese handicrafts for which this cultural and artistic area is famous.

Contestants of 2019 Dreams Come True came from all across Southeast Asia, which shows how much of a buzz the contest generated throughout the region, and all were Best Western Rewards members.

“It was wonderful to welcome our guests to Bali for their dream vacation. At Best Western® Hotels & Resorts, we are always thinking of new and innovative ways to reward our loyal guests. The Dreams Come True contest was a great way of engaging with our followers on social media and standing out from the crowd. Bali is a beautiful and aspirational holiday destination for many people, and we were delighted to give our guests the chance to experience the idyllic island first-hand, with so many outstanding activities,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations for Asia, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts.

“Best Western Hotels & Resorts now operates an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts in many of Asia’s most sought-after destinations. From Bangkok to Bali, Phuket to Phu Quoc, we are ready to make dreams come true for our guests all across the region,” Olivier added.

The 2019 Dreams Come True contest is another example of how beneficial it is to join Best Western Rewards, the group’s popular global loyalty program. Members will be able to enter even more contests in future, while also earning points and additional rewards every time they stay. Stay tuned for further opportunities to win with Best Western Rewards in 2020!

Sign up for Best Western Rewards for free today at www.bestwestern.com/rewards
For more information, please visit www.BestWesternAsia.com

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands 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, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay Studio℠ franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.

* 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

Supanniga Group Launches Sood Kua, Delivering Casual Street Food

Supanniga Group Launches Sood Kua, Delivering Casual Street Food

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 16, 2020 (travelindex.com) – Supanniga Group is delighted to announce Sood Kua, a delivery service offering a selection of Supanniga-style dishes centering on crab roe with roasted salt and chili mix (kua prik gluer). A play on the word “kua” which has a dual meaning of ‘maximum’ and ‘roasted’, Sood Kua delivers the great taste of roasted ingredients.

In true Supanniga fashion, Sood Kua’s menu revolves around roasted salt and chili mix commonly found in Trad province in the east of Thailand. The dishes are inspired by Khun Yai Somsri Chantra’s recipes and are rarely found in restaurants nowadays.

Despite having the same name, Sood Kua’s salt and chili mix is different from Chinese-style salt and chili mixes as well as mixes from other regions in Thailand. It is a distinctive mixture of Himalayan salt and bird’s eye chili with garlic, lime and a little pinch of sugar. The mixture is roasted in a flaming hot wok with a protein of choice.

Sood Kua introduces four dishes which are crab roe, minced shrimp, minced pork and a combination of all. All are served on top of steamed organic jasmine rice from farmers in Muangpon, Khon Kaen and as fried rice, with options of fried or boiled duck egg. It’s one-of-a-kind, ready-to-eat dish that flawlessly reflects Supanniga’s character.

Four selections of Sood Kua’s menu are:

– Crab roe with Trad-style roasted salt and chili mix fried rice or on rice (185 baht)
– Minced shrimp with Trad-style roasted salt and chili mix fried rice or on rice (185 baht)
– Minced pork with Trad-style roasted salt and chili mix fried rice or on rice (105 baht)
– Combination of crab roe, minced shrimp, and minced pork with Trad-style roasted salt and chili mix fried rice or on rice (145) The prices include a fried or boiled duck egg.

These scrumptious delicacies from Trad will be delivered to your doorstep – be it at home, at work or any other location within Bangkok – in environmentally conscious packaging that perfectly preserves taste and temperature. Sood Kua also offers a special discount for customers who opt to reduce waste by requesting not to receive disposable utensils and tissue papers.

Sood Kua is now available for order through Line@supannigagroup, Supanniga’s call center, LineMan and Grab Food.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Celebrates Secret Ingredient Dinner at Madison

Anantara Siam Bangkok Celebrates Secret Ingredient Dinner at Madison

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 14, 2020 (travelindex.com) – As his success on the acclaimed television cooking show is revealed to the world, Chef de Cuisine Rick Dingen recreates an iconic winning challenger Chef moment for guests at Anantara Siam’s award-winning steakhouse, Madison.

Throughout January and February 2020, Chef Rick invites diners to experience an innovative five-course dinner, based on his winning secret ingredient challenge, for which the central element was chicken liver. Guests will be treated to the culinary skill for which the Dutch Chef has become renowned in a delectable menu featuring highlights including Chicken Liver Panna Cotta and Glazed Chicken Liver in Balsamic with Black Truffle. In the original challenge, a surprise ingredient for the dessert is introduced just 15 minutes for the deadline. For Chef Rick, that surprise was wonton sheets and in celebration of his success, the meal will conclude with his winning dessert: Crispy Wonton with Citrus, Vanilla and Tarragon.

The celebratory five-course set menu will be served at Madison Steakhouse, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel from now until 29 February 2020, priced at THB 1,850++. (Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax)

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Riskline Top 10 Travel Risks for 2020

Riskline Top 10 Travel Risks for 2020

Herfølge (Denmark) – January 14, 2020 (travelindex.com) –The impact of climate change and potential final year of the Trump administration will be the two most important causes of travel risks in the year ahead according to leading travel risk intelligence company Riskline.

Adam Schrader, Director of Operations, Riskline explains:

“Although predicting what will happen in 2020 is a fool’s errand in an increasingly irrational world, a careful examination of ongoing and emerging trends provides crucial information for businesses planning the year ahead. All of the predicted risks we’ve shared are equally important, but two of them in particular will underpin the most dangerous security threats in 2020: the ongoing effects of climate change and the potential final year of the Trump administration.

“In the case of the former, it will be the mostly unseen, long-term effects that are the greater danger, as droughts or floods destroy land and livelihoods and become the catalysts for new violent conflicts and forced migration. Meanwhile the prospect that 2020 could be the final year of the Trump presidency bodes ill for international peace. Both allies and antagonists of the United States may feel that the level of impunity they have enjoyed in foreign affairs since 2016 may be coming to an end.”

 RISKLINE’S 10 TOP TRAVEL RISKS FOR 2020

  1. Climate Change and its impact on travel

Climate change has led to abnormal patterns of torrential rainfall, devastating floods, severe storms, prolonged heat waves and increased temperatures – all leading to growing water scarcity, droughts and dangerous wildfires. With the increased frequency of these natural disasters – for example, Hurricane Dorian which caused massive destruction across the Bahamas in September 2019 – fatalities, business and travel disruptions and power and communication outages are becoming recurrent. Efforts to reverse the damage caused by climate change are insufficient as the United States, the second-largest carbon emitter, plans to withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement in 2020 if Trump wins another term in office.

  1. A collapsing world order: US 2020, Brexit, US-China trade war

The results of the 2015 Brexit referendum in the UK and the 2016 United States (US) presidential election continue to upend long-standing domestic political norms in both countries. The long-term outcome of both events is unclear at present, but a return to the status quo is unlikely in either country – the pro-Brexit and pro-Trump coalitions that won in 2015 and 2016 have mobilised social forces that will remain on the scene for years to come. When the UK leaves the EU, this will lead to major economic changes in the trading bloc and at the same time, EU members will face further economic disruptions from the US-China trade war fallout as, so far, none of President Trump’s Democratic rivals have promised to remove the tariffs imposed by his administration.

  1. Islamist Terrorism

Islamist terrorism will remain a risk for travellers in 2020 as former members of the weakened Islamic State (IS) will be looking to carry out reprisal attacks following the death of former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US-led raid in Syria in October 2019. Former IS fighters and IS-inspired individuals will look to carry out lone-wolf attacks in any country with large numbers of foreign visitors.

  1. Far-right terrorism

Far-right politicians and media organisations will gain further prominence in the Western world in 2020, particularly as United States (US) President Donald Trump intensifies his campaigning for the presidential election in November. Attacks similar to the deadly March 2019 shootings at a mosque and an Islamic centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the August 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, remain possible particularly in the US, as right-wing groups gain more appeal and expand their presence in mainstream American politics.

  1. Infectious disease outbreak amid ongoing migration

Large and highly mobile populations, increasing urbanisation, weak government responses and deprived healthcare infrastructure, as well as attacks on healthcare workers in conflict zones, coupled with the effects of climate change are all making outbreaks of diseases like Ebola, cholera, yellow fever and other mosquito-borne diseases more frequent. In 2019, vicious outbreaks of dengue fever were reported in Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia and Colombia. Scientists predict an 80 percent chance of an El Niño weather pattern occurring in 2020, bringing disastrous heavy rainfall and long droughts to countries around the Pacific Ocean and paving the way for mosquito-borne diseases.

  1. Internet outages and the increasing cost of business

In 2018 and 2019, internet blackouts aimed at stopping the spread of anti-government protests cost Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Ethiopia, Chad, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Venezuela, billions of dollars in lost economic activity. This tactic will continue to prevail in 2020 as governments prefer to contain, rather than address, discontent expressed online.

  1. Anti-systemic protests: democracy and nationalism

In 2019 there was a considerable rise in anti-systemic protests across the world, notably in Latin America, parts of Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. As popular discontent with governments grows in many countries due to economic and social issues, expect these protest movements to grow in volume and frequency in 2020. In addition, nationalist sentiments have also been on the rise across Europe, highlighted by mass protests for independence/self-determination in Catalonia, while the rise of broad anti-corruption fronts has pressured incumbents in places like Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Moldova. Other countries to look out for include the United Kingdom as Brexit looms.

  1. MENA Geopolitics: the role of Russia

Since 2015, Russia has stepped up its military and economic engagements in the Middle East, primarily in Syria and Turkey, but also expanding ties with Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, at the expense of the United States (US). Russia will continue to play a spoiler role in the region in 2020.

  1. International sporting events

Major sporting events like the Summer Olympics in Japan, the UEFA Euro, the Copa América in Argentina and Colombia and the three cycling Grand Tours are likely to pose risks to travellers in 2020. Potential risks include targeted terrorism due to large crowds and global media interest. Furthermore, disruptions to air travel across Europe are also possible if any of the tournament should coincide with prolonged labour strikes in the air sector.

  1. Water shortage

As heat waves increase in intensity and duration, protests over water scarcity are likely to multiply in 2020, particularly in water-stressed nations like India and Pakistan, and in Middle Eastern countries like Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Violent clashes over increasingly scarce water and land resources can be expected in countries like Mali and Nigeria between farmers and herders, while public discontent is likely to extend to pockets of extreme water scarcity in under-developed regions of Italy and Spain as well as the US states of New Mexico and California.

These travel risks have been compiled by Riskline’s worldwide team of travel risk analysts who monitor and review issues daily.