Accor has opened the 5th all seasons hotel in Bangkok, and as the capital of Thailand enjoys an unprecedented hospitality boom. The city will also be playing to World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Ceremony on 28 September 2011.
After several years of narrow misses, InterContinental Bangkok was recognised at 2010 World Travel Awards for the first time as “Thailand’s Leading Hotel”. BTN talks to General Manager, Markus Platzer.
Thailand is set for double-digt growth in international arrives this year as the land of smiles positions itself as Asia’s hub of Sport Tourism. BTN talks to Alex Willats, the new Resident Manager of the capital’s iconic Dusit Thani Bangkok.
The hospitality stakes in the Thai tourism jewel of Phuket have been raised even higher following the opening of Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa. Choomporn Silapa-Archa, the Minister of Tourism and Sports for Thailand, presided over the official opening of the new luxury resort, and pledged his support for the development of facilities on the paradise island.
Thailand’s tourism jewel of Phuket is leading the country’s dramatic tourism revival. In November the paradise island will be marking its arrival on the global sport tourism arena with opening of the groundbreaking Phuket International Academy Sports and Leisure Club. BTN finds out more.
Thailand is plotting its return from the tourism cold now that control and order has been restored in Bangkok. The government estimates US$1.5 billion has been lost in tourism revenue following two months of political upheaval, whilst many fear that Thailand’s image as the “Land of Smiles” has been shattered by the violence that left 88 dead and 1,900 injured.
Government officials from around the world have begun to advise against all but essential travel to Bangkok, following a spate of “terrorists” attacks on Thursday. As many as eighty commuters are feared injured following four explosions in the Silom business district.
Industry-wide discounting by Phuket hotels cost the industry on the island US$300 million in room revenue in 2009, according to the Phuket Hotel Market Update report compiled by Thailand consultancy C9 Hotelworks.