Thailand is calling for a ban on tourists getting tattoos depicting Buddha whilst they are visiting the kingdom as the practice is considered “culturally insensitive”. The call comes after a number of complaints from local residents that tattoo studios are drawing sacred images of Buddha and other religious images onto the skin of non-Buddhist visitors.
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.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau has launched a new ‘Luxury MICE’ initiative, which is designed for a niche market. Such success has not gone unnoticed, with several major events – including WSDE Sports Destination Expo and World Travel Awards - scheduled to arrive in Thailand later this year.
Following the launch of the “Most Amazing Show On Earth” campaign, Tourism Authority of Thailand now introduces “Hearing The Sunshine By Amazing Thailand,” a film about journeying through Thailand based on the collective experiences of real travelers.
Thailand’s growing power as a Sport Tourism destination will be on show at this week’s WTTC Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Las Vegas. BTN looks at how the Land of Smiles is tapping into the fastest growing sector of travel.
Nestled among a plethora of palm trees under the soaring karst limestone mountains of Khao Sok National Park, Thanyamundra launches this spring as a one-of-a-kind luxury retreat on a working organic farm. Also taking place in Thialand is this year is WSDE Sport Tourism Expo which will be hosted by Bangkok from September 27th-29th.
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.
British travellers have been urged to avoid the southern coast of Thailand as severe flooding claimed up to 21 lives in the region. In particular, the Foreign Office is warning against “all but essential” travel to the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the popular Thai resort island of Koh Samui following a torrential downpour. Flights from the island have been suspended indefinitely, with a number of British tourists among those affected.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that even with the situation in the Asia Pacific, travellers can be confident the country is still a safe and welcoming tourist destination. The announcement comes as Japan continues to battle the fallout from an earthquake and subsequent tsunami which rocked the country earlier this month.
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed up to launch a luxury resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. In a partnership with Thai company Elite Villa, InterContinental will take over the management of the existing Baan Taling Ngam Resort & Spa, the island’s first luxury resort, and convert it into an IHG property.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is making its brand debut in Bangkok, in the heart of the city’s central business district. The 241-room Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park is located on the 21st to 32nd floors of the Ramaland complex in the Silom-Rama IV district.