TravelBird: study reveals most hospitable city on the planet

Posted by - October 31, 2017

TravelBird: study reveals most hospitable city on the planet Online travel specialists TravelBird have released a study ranking international cities according to how welcome they are in relation to their levels of over-tourism, and Singapore rates as number one.
Reports this summer have shown how over-tourism is dampening the spirits of local communities and affecting visitor experiences. As a travel provider, TravelBird feel they have a duty to promote thoughtful travel and sustainable tourism. They undertook this study firstly to take notice of those cities that are making impressive efforts to welcome tourists responsibly, and secondly to open the dialogue about over-tourism and its impact on residents and their surrounding communities.
To create the ranking, TravelBird first analysed the global top 500 tourist destinations (taken from the UN-WTO) based on factors that can make a visitor feel welcome, such as a welcoming port of entry (airport, train station etc.), citizens’ happi..

Why developers can’t resist the lure of hotel branding in Thailand

Posted by - October 31, 2017

Why developers can’t resist the lure of hotel branding in Thailand Property developers across Thailand are experiencing a magnetic attraction for hotel branded residences in order to spur price premium points and buyer demand. Currently there are 29 new hotel residence projects countrywide with nearly 90 percent of these located in resort areas.
New research by consulting group C9 Hotelworks has pinpointed that the top 3 locations for completed and pipeline projects in their Southeast Asia Hotel Residences Market Trends report are Phuket (26 properties), Pattaya (10 properties) and Bangkok (9 properties).
Viewing how Thailand ranks in terms of competitiveness in the sector, with 41 completed projects to date, which accounts for 41 percent of the regions supply that stands at over 21,000 hotel residence units. Indonesia follows, whilst the rising star is Vietnam with Danang featured as a favoured developer’s marketplace.
In Thailand, Phuket with 13 completed projects and another 13 ..

Angsana Laguna Phuket appoint Michal Zitek

Posted by - October 31, 2017

Angsana Laguna Phuket appoint Michal Zitek Angsana Laguna Phuket is to announce the appointment of Michal Zitek as the new area general manager to lead the strategic growth and oversee all of the Angsana brand operations in Phuket—including Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, and Angsana Vacation Club.
An Australian national – Michal is no stranger to Angsana, having helmed the Banyan Tree and Angsana integrated resorts at Laguna Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam as area general manager since 2015. His latest role continues a career spanning more than 25 years in the hospitality Industry.
Prior to joining our Angsana Hotels, Michal was the general manager for The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel and previously the Pan Pacific Hotel in Bangkok. “My professional and travelling time throughout south-east Asia has allowed me the opportunity to appreciate and explore the nuances and charms of so many vibrant cultures and lifestyles; I am now excited to return to Thailand for this oppor..

Qatar Airways’ new service reinforces Thai relationships

Posted by - October 31, 2017

Qatar Airways’ new service reinforces Thai relationships Qatar Airways has responded to increased customer demand for services to Thailand by launching direct flights to Pattaya, the airline’s fifth route to the country.
The new four-times-a-week service, which starts on 28 January 2018, is in addition to the airline’s existing flights to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and soon to be launched, Chiang Mai. The launch of the service to historic Chiang Mai is scheduled to start on 12 December, 2017.
Located on the popular southeast coast of Thailand, Pattaya and nearby Rayong are major destinations for sun-seekers looking to soak up the local culture or relax and bask on one of the areas extensive beaches. Holiday-makers on the route are expected to come from Qatar Airways’ extensive network of destinations across Europe and the Middle East.
Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest route to Pattaya in T..

Fah Lanna Spa’s well deserved Award of Excellence

Posted by - October 31, 2017

Fah Lanna Spa’s well deserved Award of Excellence Fah Lanna Spa is celebrating a special addition to their growing list of accolades after having been presented with an Award of Excellence for Thai Wisdom Spa at the 11th Thailand Tourism Awards organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) – by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Royal Paragon Hall.
The award of excellence is the highest level of achievement at the Thailand Tourism Awards. As noted by United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which describes the Thailand Tourism Awards as reliable indicators of industry leaders, as award recipients have to meet the most rigorous criteria that link a high-quality tourism product with exemplary standards of service and facilities to the broader goals of national development, including culture, heritage and the environment.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor said: “The Thailand Tourism Awards..

An unexpected location for Courtyard?

Posted by - October 31, 2017

An unexpected location for Courtyard? Marriott International, Inc. today announced the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao. With a prime location and convenient access to the major transportation facilities in Tianjin, the 258-room hotel is well poised for both business and leisure travellers.
Owned by Shanghai Lujiazui Group Co Ltd, Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao is located in the business district of northern Tianjin.
“We are excited to welcome Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao to our expanding portfolio in Greater China,” said Mike Fulkerson, vice president of brand & marketing, Asia Pacific, for Marriott International. “The Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao marks the nineteenth opening for the brand in Greater China. This inviting hotel offers spaces, technology and amenities enables ambitious travellers to stay at the top of their game.
“Our hotel’s location, state-of-the-art amenities and facilities make it both business and leisure travellers’..

St. Kitts Tourism Authority hosts fifth destination roadshow

Posted by - October 31, 2017

The tourism authorities of St. Kitts and Nevis together with participating partners recently hosted its…
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ASVA to host Great Expectations conference

Posted by - October 31, 2017

ASVA to host Great Expectations conference The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), which represents the interests of the visitor attractions sector in Scotland, will be holding its annual two-day autumn conference at The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, Cumbernauld from 9 – 10 November 2017.
Cumbernauld, ScotlandThis year’s conference, themed around ‘Great Expectations’ will bring together worldwide industry speakers.
Keynote speakers include: Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe; Lisa Månsson, Director of Scandinavia’s biggest museum, the Vasa, who will outline how the Vasa engages with its visitors and encourages them to return; Willie Cameron, Business Development Director of Cobbs Group, who will provide insights into the company’s success with the Chinese market; Liz Hoskins of hospitality academy ‘Positive Qualities’, who will share tips on how to increase customer satisfaction and sales by motivating staff; Tom Campbell, Chief Ex..

Super Break launches packages to The Tina Turner Musical

Posted by - October 31, 2017

Super Break launches packages to The Tina Turner Musical Super Break is now selling packages to see TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, which will have its world premiere at The Aldwych Theatre in April 2018.
Tina Turner and Adrienne WarrenThe show tells the story of Tina’s humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to her transformation in to the global Rock ‘n Roll queen.
A range of packages are now on sale with Super Break that include overnight accommodation at a choice of hotels around the capital and tickets to the show.
Featuring her much loved songs, the show has been put together in association with Tina Turner.
Packages costs from £113pp including one night at the three star Tavistock hotel including breakfast and a ticket to the show.
Pictured left to right are Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren who will make her West End stage debut as Tina.

5 things to do in Fiji

Posted by - October 31, 2017

FIJI is the crown jewel of the South Pacific – a secluded island with shimmery waters that glint beneath the sun, ultra-luxury resorts flanked by swaying coconut palm, and bleeding sunsets to inspire a million poems.
Whether you’re there for a romantic trip with your partner, or to spend quality time in the sun with friends and family, Fiji is not an island to be rushed. Take your time through each hour of the day to truly enjoy the velvety sand between your toes and the comfort of the warmth against your skin.
Coupled with the Fijian hospitality that the island has come to be known for, these activities and sites are worthy of being pencilled into your itinerary.
Stay in a stunning overwater lagoon bure Relish the chance to sleep directly over the lagoon at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, a stunning five-star property with signature over-water bure villas. Each villa is suspended above water and directly leading to the ocean via a set of stairs, guaranteeing absolute privacy for you and your partner. Spend idle afternoons on the balcony with sunscreen slathered on, book in hand, and cocktail in tow.
Take comfort that the property is designed with indigenous architecture in mind; bures feature modern décor and vaulted ceilings. Despite being far out into the sea, the villas have modern amenities including room service, LED TVs, and access to premium movie channels.
Indulge in the culinary creations of Peter Kuruvita The product of a partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Flying Fish is an exciting culinary concept in Fiji that was incepted in 2008. The restaurant is located in two Marriott properties on the island: Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island and Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, both outlets which highlight the stunningly fresh produce of Fiji.
The concept of Flying Fish was helmed by celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita who crafted a seafood-heavy menu paired with flavours from around the world. Think lightly seasoned prawns tickled with salt, pepper and paprika, seafood bathed in a rich Sri Lankan curry paste, or miso-dressed local mahi mahi garnished with wasabi and black sesame.
Play in a golfer’s paradise The Denarau Golf & Racquet Club – one of the South Pacific’s finest golf courses – is an excellent place to practise your swing, or to simply bond with your mates while on vacation. Only 100m from Sheraton Fiji Resort, the club was designed by Eiichi Motobashi and incorporates a unique Pacific theme with bunkers in the shape of marine creatures and more importantly, sweeping views of the ocean.
If you’re new to the game, the club offers international standard lessons and clinics. Golfers can also practice on putting and chipping greens, as well as on a driving range dotted with target greens. Rental clubs and shoes are available on request.
Sip on cocktails in the middle of the ocean Cloud9 is arguably the most surreal spot in Fiji to have a drink – it’s a two-level floating platform on the Malolo Barrier Reef in the Mamanuca Islands chain, and surrounded by turquoise waters, a colorful network of corals, and spectacular views. The bar is easily accessible from the mainland and Denarau Island, a great option if you’re putting up at Sheraton Fiji Resort.
Cloud9 has an internationally stocked bar as well as local spirits such as Fiji Gold, Fiji Bitter and Fiji Rum Co. Accompany your drink with Italian woodfire pizzas, lounge music spun by international DJs, and comfortable daybeds or hanging chairs. If you’re so inclined, hire snorkelling gear or paddle boards to get a feel of the water.
Be a real-life Castaway Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island is a magnificent resort in the Mamanuca Island chain and is surrounded by the blessed combination of white sand lapped by warm waters, pristine coral reefs, and lush tropical gardens. The seclusion of the resort means you’ll feel like the only one on the island, and you’ll have the vast ocean all to yourself.
One of the quirks of the resort is its vicinity to Monuriki and Monu islands, the filming location for the 2000 epic survival drama Castaway starring Tom Hanks. The Mamanuca Islands are a collection of 30 separate islands, some inhabited and some not; and while we can guarantee you won’t be stranded the way Hanks’ character was in the film, rest assured you’ll meet spectacular reef and marine life along the way.
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