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Jaguar Cars join Six Senses for Phuket Raceweek 2009

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As preparations get into full swing for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2009 – comprising four days of first-class yacht racing and five nights of glittering parties – organisers and rights holders IMAGE asia are delighted to announce that Six Senses Resorts & Spas have signed up as Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year, while Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific have come on board for the first time as a Co-Sponsor. Continue reading this entry…

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Accor’s Thailand network swells with an additional 7 hotels to open

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Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Thailand, reaffirms its commitment and confidence in the Thai tourism industry, announcing significant expansion today. Adding to the current Thailand network of 39 hotels, Accor will add seven properties in Thailand under the Novotel, Mercure, all seasons and ibis hotel brands.

Two of the hotels are located in city centre locations in the metropolis of Bangkok, and four in some of Thailand favourite beach destinations. Continue reading this entry…

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Thailand to consider waiving visa fees

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said his government may waive visa fees for all tourists for three months in a bid to boost visitor numbers following last year’s siege of Bangkok’s airports.

Abhisit—who has come under fire for including in his government members of the protest group that seized the airports in November—said late Thursday there could also be discounts on aircraft landing fees. Continue reading this entry…

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Emirates Airline launches Business Rewards in Thailand

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Emirates Airline has launched Business Rewards in Thailand. An online-based programme, Business Rewards offers SMEs the opportunity to benefit from employee flights. Each time a registered employee books an Emirates flight through Business Rewards, the business earns Business Rewards Miles while the individual traveller continues to earn their Miles from Skywards, Emirates’ frequent flyer programme. The company can then redeem accumulated Business Rewards Miles against future flights.

Jeyhun Efendi, Emirates’ Area Manager Thailand and Indochina said, “Business Rewards is a result of months of research and planning, to understand what our SME customers want in a reward programme, and how we can transact and add value to them in an online environment. We believe the SME community in the Thailand will embrace Business Rewards, as others have in markets that have already introduced the programme early this year.”

In addition to reward miles, Emirates’ Business Rewards programme also provides a convenient online portal for administrators in SMEs to manage employee travel on Emirates Airline. The company must register with Business Rewards in the country where it is located, but it can accumulate Miles for travel undertaken by employees at all their branches into one central account.

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Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2008 held to Commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 81st Birthday Anniversary

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The Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2008 to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 81st Birthday Anniversary is currently being held until 10 December, 2008, at the Chalermprakiat Ratchapruek Park 2006 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Ministry of Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, together with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration, have joined forces in hosting the event with highlights including the official opening of the Chalermprakiat Ratchapruek Park and the grand celebrations for His Majesty the King’s birthday on 5 December.

Following the overwhelming success of the 92-day internationally-acclaimed International Horticulture Exposition for His Majesty the King, the Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2006 at the Royal Agricultural Research Centre in Mae Hia sub-district, Mueang district, Chiang Mai, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives was granted the green light from the cabinet to have the research centre developed into a cultural, recreational and agro-tourism attraction. The centre has been renamed the Chalermprakiat Ratchapruek Park. Continue reading this entry…

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Ritz-Carlton to launch New Global Brand in Thailand

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Ritz-Carlton is to launch an exclusive new brand extension, The Reserve, with the March debut of the Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Southern Thailand.

Set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay, which will open 1 March 2009, will be a hideaway 54-villa and pavilion boutique hotel with unspoilt views of the towering limestone karsts which make up the beautiful landscape of this part of southern Thailand. Coupled with sandy beaches, a coastline flecked with more than 200 islands, surrounded by a national forest with rugged rock formations and hidden waterfalls, Phulay Bay is a natural wonder. Continue reading this entry…

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TAT uses Miss France 2009 Beauty Contestants to Promote Phuket

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Between 16-21 November 2008, 36 contestants from different cities in France, together with more than 50 members of the Miss France 2009 crew, stayed in Phuket for a special segment of the contest which is a collaboration between the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Paris office, XL Airways and BEST Tours.

“With the potential growth of the tourism industry in Phuket to help stimulate the overall economy of Thailand, we need to continue our heavy and extensive promotion of this world-renowned seaside resort city,” said Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of TAT, adding that the Miss France 2009 campaign in Phuket is part of a series of TAT promotion plans.

In September 2008, the management of Miss France and TF1, France’s No.1 TV channel, flew to Phuket to inspect the island and its tourist attractions, in preparation for the Miss France 2009 campaign in Phuket.

During their stay, the famous Morning Talk (La Matinale) TV programme filmed a documentary about the beauty pageant with segments in Phuket to be telecast via the Miss France 2009 programme on TF1 on 6 December 2008, the contest finals, at 8.50 – 11.30 p.m., before an expected audience of 12 million French-speaking people.

Following its cooperation to organize the Miss France 2009 campaign in Phuket, XL Airways France will start its operation of the Paris-Phuket charter flight service in December 2008. The one-flight weekly service will continue until April 2010 using 364-seat Airbus A330-200, with the inaugural flight to take place on 21 December 2008. TAT will invite 100 travel agents and media for the inaugural flight.

With the wide and varied media channels for the Miss France 2009 campaign in Phuket and the inaugural flight, TAT hopes that French people will feel encouraged to pack their bags and choose Thailand as their next holiday destination. For years, France has remained one of the most important European markets for Thailand’s travel industry, along with the UK, Germany and Sweden.

Thailand welcomed around 351,651 French visitors in 2007, an increase of 9.92% from 319,910 the previous year. Their average length of stay is 15.15 days while the average spending is Baht 3,820 or about US$110. For the first seven months of 2008, Thailand welcomed 246,188 visitors from France, a slight 2.69% rise from 216,121 during the same period of 2007.

According to statistics from the Immigration Bureau, tourist arrivals to Thailand at Phuket International Airport during January and August this year are 829,083, an increase of 5.24% from 787,827 arrivals during the first eight months of 2007.

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Menam Riverside Hotel rebranded as Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok

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The former 550-room Menam Riverside Hotel in Bangkok recently rebranded as the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok following an 800 million remodeling and refurbishment of the rooms and public areas.

The Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel, located on the banks of the Chaophrya River, is just 40 minutes from Bangkok’s International airport via the new Express way and minutes away from Bangkok’s famous shopping and entertainment on Silom Street by Skytrain. A free shuttle boat service connects the hotel within minutes to the BTS Sky Train’s Saphan Taksin station.

The Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok will celebrate the Grand Opening of its rebranding on 26 December 2008.

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Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok launches FREE Room Nights Promotion for Travel Trade

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The Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok has launched a very special ‘Thailand to the World’ promotion for travel trade professionals around the world.

The hotel is offering all bona fide travel trade professionals the opportunity to stay at the hotel before 31 January 2009, including over the Christmas and New Year periods, free of charge for a DIY fam trip.

A total of 10 rooms per day have been set aside for the attractive promotion. Agents wishing to book can stay up to a maximum of two nights. Reservations need to be made up to 5 days in advance, and a special AD 50% discount off rates will apply for additional nights. Continue reading this entry…

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Amari Bonanza Rates Save Up to 55% From 1 November 2008 – 15 April 2009

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There has never been a better time to visit Thailand! From 1st November 2008 to 15th April 2009, Amari Hotels and Resorts offers travel industry personnel, including airline staff, fabulous savings of up to 55%.

Amari Bonanza Rates are available at all of the Amari properties throughout Thailand. In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Loei and Doi Angkhang, these travel industry rates start from as little as 1,300Baht++ per night (based on single occupancy).

– Rates are subject to 10% service charge, applicable VAT and other government charges. – This offer is open to all bona-fide travel industry and airlines staff only. A limited number of rooms is available at these rates, and booking early is recommend. Reservations may be guaranteed by providing credit card details. – For airline staff, this offer only applies, if travelling individually on leisure and settling own account directly with the hotel. – Reservation requests should be sent by fax on company headed stationary, to the individual hotel. quoting Amari Bonanza Offer, together with name and job title. (Reply within 24 hours)

Click to http://www.amari.com/eflyer/2008/AHR-Bonanza-High-Ezine.html for more info on Amari Bonanza Rates, or contact Central Reservations on Tel: +66(0) 2255 3960.

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