Sindhorn Kempinski marks 12th anniversary

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its iconic “Lady in Red” programme by getting every Kempinski hotel around the world to commemorate the embodiment of Kempinski elegance and style.

The Ladies in Red have become renowned for their understanding and attention to detail when it comes to enhancing every experience while visiting a Kempinski hotel. To honour them, Sindhorn Kempinski will be treating visitors to special signature Lady in Red cakes, sweets, and services from Jan 17-23.

From welcoming smiles to Ferragamo Vara red shoes, a Lady in Red is immediately recognisable. Their striking red outfits blend Kempinski’s traditional European style with classic Thai flourishes, as every Lady in Red represents the best in Kempinski and in the destination city. This is furthered by their expansive local knowledge and comprehensive hospitality skills to assist guests at every moment, from check-in to check-out.


Accor debuts flagship property Novotel Rangsit

Accor is debuting its latest flagship property in its midscale brand Novotel. Located in Future Park Rangsit, Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit offers intuitive design and spacious, modular rooms, nutritious 24/7 dining, and a wide range of rewarding experiences for business guests and families alike.

The newly-built 226-room hotel is designed to enhance life balance and offer a sense of well-being and enjoyment to visitors. All 226 rooms and suites are spacious and offer natural daylight as well as sleek amenities. Locally inspired artwork, earthy tones and wooden elements are found in each of the eight-room configurations, from Deluxe Rooms to Superior Rooms and Executive Suites. All rooms offer Novotel’s signature Live N Dream, 55-inch LED TVs, coffee and tea facilities, a daybed and a workspace. Guests staying at the Executive Rooms and Suites can enjoy exclusive access to the Premier Lounge.

Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit also offer venues for meetings and events, as well as weddings.


MUI dubbed a marine conservation leader

The Maldives Underwater Initiative was recently recognised as a global leader in marine conservation during the 20th Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards following Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his administration’s designation of six naturally unique and eco-rich areas in Laamu Atoll as Marine Protected Areas.

This award celebrates the team’s dedication to marine conservation through research, education and community outreach work. Their research has been presented at both science symposiums and government meetings to drive policy change. They have provided 199 children in Laamu with marine conservation and environmental education and brought 566 students from local schools on snorkelling excursions. Since 2019, they have had 26,000 moments of education with guests and certified 165 children through their Junior Marine Biology Programme.

The areas which have been designated for marine protection include the turtle nesting beach, mangrove and seagrass area of L. Gaadhoo (a neighbouring uninhabited island of Six Senses Laamu), the channel between Six Senses Laamu and L. Gaadhoo, the mangrove of L. Hithadhoo (an inhabited island on the other side of Six Senses Laamu), as well as two channels, a mangrove, a wetland and an island in other areas of the atoll.

Over 1 billion trips expected for Lunar New Year

The so-called world’s largest human migration period began earlier this week in China as the ruling Communist Party accelerates efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus in the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics next month.

This year’s 40-day travel season, including the Jan 31 start of the week-long Lunar New Year holidays, will last until Feb 25 but health authorities have called on citizens not to make trips unless necessary during the period called Chunyun in Chinese.

For the next 40 days, 1.18 billion trips are expected across China, up 35.6% from the same period last year but down around 50% from 2019 before the pandemic struck the country, according to the central government.

In the past, major stations and airports in China had been filled with people during the Chunyun period with about 3 billion trips made every year, but the number of tourists at such places was small on Monday.

In Beijing, residents have been required to present their “health code” on a smartphone, which can confirm whether they have a high risk of infection, in order to board trains and buses as well as enter shopping malls and office buildings.

Moreover, all visitors to the capital will be compelled to take a PCR test within 72 hours of entry starting Saturday, while foreign travellers to Beijing are still forced to quarantine at designated facilities for at least three weeks. (Kyodo News)

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