Singapore has supplanted Bangkok as Asia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination, it was announced at the recent World Travel Awards 2012.
Bangkok was in contention against nine other cities when it won the award last year. Singapore was also declared Asia's Leading City Break Destination this year.
The awards, instituted in 1993, recognise outstanding destinations across all sectors of the tourism industry, and invite people to nominate destinations and vote online. Presented in about 80 categories, the awards cover destinations in Asia, Europe and the Indian Ocean.
Notable winners this year's World Travel Awards are:
- Leading Destination: India
- Leading Island and Beach Destination: Mauritius
- Most Romantic Destination: Maldives
- Leading Honeymoon Destination: Jamaica
- Leading Sports Tourism Destination: South Africa
- Leading Green Destination: Cousine Island, Seychelles
- Leading Eco Resort & Spa: Soneva Kiri by Six Senses, Thailand
Global Scavenger Hunt, the world's international travel adventure competition, is accepting applications for the ninth edition of the competition next year.
The game is designed to test adventurers' travel IQ and skills such as how to overcome language barriers, cultural differences, logistic challenges and team dynamics while travelling to at least 10 countries.
The competition is limited to 25 teams, each comprising two persons, and the entry fee is $10,500 (325,500 baht) per person, and the duration of travel is between April 12 to May 4, 2013.
The winning team will be awarded the World's Greatest Travelers' Trophy and cash prize.
The competition is part of ongoing efforts to raise $1 million (31 million baht) globally to finance micro-loans in developing nations including Kenya, Niger, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, India and Ecuador.
For applications, visit GlobalScavengerHunt.com.
Pooling resources Tiger Airways and Scoot, the long-haul budget carrier of Singapore Airlines, have joined forces to consolidate service between destinations they connect in Southeast Asia and Australia. In the initial phase of this partnership the carriers will service tour itineraries on routes such as Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur _ served by Tiger Airways _ and Sydney and the Gold Coast served by Scoot.
Travellers can purchase itineraries originating in Australia to popular Southeast Asian destinations with a stopover in Singapore. Maximum baggage allowance per passenger will be 15kg.
- Best Western International plans a fourth hotel in Phuket in the Patong Beach area.
The hotel will comprise 220 guest-rooms and equipped with Wi-Fi, modern furniture and amenities, a rooftop swimming pool along with an all-day dining restaurant.
A midscale hotel, it is scheduled to open in 2014, and will be Best Western's 18th property in Thailand.
- The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa will open on Dec 1.
"Our aim with Regent Phuket is simply to create one of the most desirable environments in southern Thailand," said Regent Hotels & Resorts President Ralf Ohletz.
The beach-front resort features 105 units comprising 35 pool villas, 48 suites and 22 pavilions. Each room has its own private balcony with sea view. Facilities include two restaurants, a lounge, a beach bar, two meeting rooms, a spa, a 55m outdoor pool and a children's club. The resort also provides iPads for guests. The Regent Phuket is 45 minutes' drive from Phuket Airport.
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