The Pacific Asia Travel Association Destination Marketing Forum 2019 will be organised in Chon Buri next month. The event will be hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration with the support of Pattaya City.
The aim is to redefine how destinations can position their experiences to match with changing consumer expectations. The programme will start on Nov 27 for registration and the next day for field trips. The one-day conference will be organised on Nov 29. Topics include "Engaging The Next Generation Of Travellers", "The Case Of Universal Design", "Thailand Tourism's Role In Redefining A Destination -- From The Past 60 Years Towards The Future," and "Case Study of Community-based Tourism in Thailand".
The venue is Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa in Sattahip district, Chon Buri.
Online registration is available at https://bit.ly/2VNP4bo.
Airbnb partners to protect wildlife
Airbnb has partnered with the World Animal Protection (WAP) to provide ethical animal-focused experiences.
Under the initiative, Airbnb tours will follow WAP guidelines, including the prohibition of direct contact like petting, feeding and riding wild animals. The tour service providers must ensure their customers that captive animals have space, food and water and are free from distress.
Once an experience complies with the WAP guidelines, it can display a WAP badge, and link to the animal welfare policy.
Thailand is ranked the second favourite country in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2019.
The United States-based magazine conducted the survey for 32 years. This year's results were voted by 600,000 participants. It found that Indonesia is the top of the 20 favourite countries in the world. The third in the list is Portugal, followed by Sri Lanka, South Africa, Peru, Greece, the Philippines, Italy, Vietnam, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Israel, Colombia, New Zealand, Ireland, Cambodia and Croatia.
The magazine also announced the Top 30 Destination Spa Resorts in the World. Two spa service providers from Thailand are ranked in the list. They are Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa on Koh Samui (19th) and Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin (28th).
For more details about the Reader's Choice Awards 2019, visit cntraveler.com/the-bests/readers-choice-awards.
- Thai Airways will launch direct flights to Sendai, the centre of Tohoku (northeastern) Region, Japan. The service will start on Oct 29. The airline will fly with Boeing 777-300 aircraft featuring 34 seats in Royal Silk Class and 330 seats in Economy Class.
It will fly three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The departure time from Suvarnabhumi airport is 11.59pm and the arrival time in Sendai will be 7.40am. The return flight will be available on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It will depart Sendai at 11.15am and will arrive in Bangkok at 4.05pm.
- AirAsia has launched a new menu for the fourth quarter under the "Thai Street Food" theme. Available until Dec 31, the dishes are pad Thai with egg wrap, After You bread with salted egg custard and dark chocolate custard and Boba Thai milk tea.
HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE
- Millennium Hotels and Resorts has launched a once-in-a-lifetime trip promotion to bring lucky guests to watch a Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur match in London next February.
As an official global hotel partner for Chelsea Football Club, the hotel will offer its guests who book and stay at any Millennium hotel and resort in Southeast Asia by Dec 15 to stand a chance for a lucky draw.
The first prize winner will receive S$2,000 (about 44,000 baht) travel voucher, three-night stay in Chelsea Harbour Hotel, two tickets to Chelsea FC against Tottenham Hotspur FC match, a stadium tour at the Stamford Bridge for two people.
The second prize will be a Chelsea FC scarf and signed Chelsea FC Jersey. The third prize is a football signed by Chelsea FC players.
Winners of the lucky draw will be announced on Millennium Hotels and Resorts' Facebook page on Christmas Day.
- Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will re-open its River Wing on Nov 11.
The restored River Wing's accommodation comprises an increased number of suites along with enlarged guestrooms. The hotel will have a new Japanese Kaiseki-style restaurant. Kinu by Takagi will be the first restaurant in Thailand by Michelin-celebrated Chef Takagi Kazuo of Kyoto Cuisine Takagi in Japan.
Lord Jim's, The Verandah and Riverside Terrace restaurants along with the hotel's Lobby and two swimming pools have been refurbished.
To celebrate the launch, the hotel introduces "Be the First to Stay" accommodation package, priced from 25,350++ baht per night. Available for reservation from November 17-March 31, the package also includes personal butler service, daily buffet breakfast for two, daily hotel restaurant and spa credit of 2,000 baht for room or 4,000 baht for suite reservations.
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