Chiangmai Hill 2000 Hotel announces appointment
Harn Chantrakul, Chiangmai Hill 2000 Hotel chairman of
board, recently announced the appointment of a new general manager, Sangworn
Santisuk. Santisuk has more than 20 years experience in the hotel sector, in
Thailand and abroad, and over 5 years experience in Chiang Mai hotels.
Museum walk does not pay off
Thai tour operators claim local army officials are
denying tour buses access to the Hellfire Pass Museum in Kanchanaburi. The
museum, which opened a year ago, was told recently the tour buses would have
to park at the Thai army market 300 meters short of the museum and tourists
would have to walk to and from the attraction. This became effective from
Tour operators including SI Tours, Destination Asia,
Diethelm, Asian Trails and Footsteps in Asia, are concerned and have
cancelled tours to the museum because many of their clients are not able to
make the walk. “Many of our clients are war veterans or elderly relatives
of soldiers who died there and a long walk in extreme heat is too much for
them,” Destination Asia operations manager, Paiboon Sonjai, said.
Museum director William Slape said 700 would-be visitors
by-passed the museum in five days and cancellations were pouring in.
Attempts to contact local army officials were not successful. (TTG Asia)
Not enough Skywards miles yet? No problem
Skywards members will now find it easier to cash in on
their desired rewards, by letting them acquire additional Skywards Miles.
Members of Skywards, the frequent flyer program of
Emirates and SriLankan Airlines, who haven’t earned enough Miles for the
reward they want, can top up their Miles total by purchasing additional
Miles. These can then be used towards any reward of their choice. Skywards
Miles can be bought for just USD 2.5 cents per Mile, the minimum purchase
being 2,000 Miles.
In addition, members who want to upgrade their class of
travel also can purchase the extra Miles. Skywards Miles can be purchased by
contacting any Skywards service center in the UAE, the UK, Sri Lanka and
Anantara targets 18 properties by 2013
Royal Garden Resorts is planning to develop its Anantara
brand into a region-wide chain with up to 18 properties running 10 years
RGR’s chairman and CEO, Bill Heinecke, told TTG Asia
there might be six units each in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. “We are
looking to develop Anantara in quality destinations in these three
countries, but the exact number in each will depend on many factors,”
The Anantara name is on one of Royal Garden’s two
properties in Hua Hin, and will next appear on the Baan Boran property
reopening October near Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. The third property
will be in Koh Samui and an announcement for one more in Phuket is expected
soon. Additional properties are expected to open at the rate of one or two
per year. (TTG Asia)
Bangkok receives top award for city tourism
Readers of one of the world’s best known travel
magazines have voted Bangkok as the Best Tourism City in Asia and the third
Best Tourism City in the world.
News of the vote by Travel Leisure Magazine has been
warmly welcomed at the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
TAT Governor Juthamas Siriwan said, “This is a
reflection of the hard work that has been done by the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration as well as the private and public sectors to improve the
quality of the visitors’ experience in city. It will certainly go a long
way towards moving ahead with our objective to make all of Thailand the
Tourism Capital of Asia by 2006.”
The “best tourism cities” were rated in terms of
attractions, arts and culture, cuisine, friendliness of people, shopping and
value for money.
Nature lovers discover
Phujong Nayoy National Park
The Tourist Authority of Thailand is promoting delightful
tourist destinations off the beaten track under the theme of “Unseen
Thailand”. One of those treasures is Ubon Ratchathani’s Phujong Nayoy
National Park located approximately 100 kilometers from the provincial
Trekking paths through this national park take visitors
through magnificent scenery. Park rangers have set out a three-kilometer
trail from their headquarters to the Houng Long Waterfall. The hike usually
takes about 90 minutes and nature lovers are enthralled as they travel
through the lush tropical forest. Rare plants, tall banyan trees and
sometimes wild animals can be seen in the vegetation.
Further along the Lum Dom River one will find ornate
Hindu-style carvings which once decorated a tall chedi at the site, but as
one park officer explained, the river changed course through time and eroded
the base of the chedi, which eventually collapsed. Now only the mystical
carvings are visible.
Of course, the best lies ahead. Houng Loung Waterfall is
tall and impressive. Its gushing white torrents spill into a large basin and
its waters lap against a sandy beach. The atmosphere is lush and peaceful
after the lengthy trek. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best
nature has to offer in this magical wonderland of serenity.
Phuket airport slated for facelift
Airports of Thailand (AOT) is planning to spend US$11.3
million to upgrade Phuket International Airport to make the facility more
attractive to overseas visitors and foreign carriers. The investment program
includes US$8 million for modifications and improvements to the
international terminal, US$2.3 million for extensions to the parking apron
and US$1 million for miscellaneous improvements.
An AOT spokesman said the work would be completed by the
end of 2005 and would make arrivals and departures much quicker for the
growing number of foreign visitors.
Phuket Airport director Boonchart Prompoon said the
number of docking aprons would be increased from 11 to 15 and enlarged to
accommodate larger aircraft.
“Also, the passenger lounge will be upgraded to cope
with the increasing number of travelers. At peak times we are trying to
process 1,000 passengers an hour which will be easier when the terminal has
been upgraded,” Boonchart said. (TTG Asia)
Chiang Rai Airport practices security measures in case of emergency
On August 21, Chiang Rai Airport management organized
security training so that airport authorities could practice handling
emergency situations, such as a bomb hoax and/or threat.
The training was held in accordance with Chiang Rai
Airport’s emergency plan for this year. The exercise was held to rehearse
the process in case of a real emergency.
Tawat Anukul, deputy managing director, regional airport
stream, Thai Airport Co., Ltd., presided over the rehearsal beginning at 11
a.m. at Chiang Rai Airport.
This year, authorities practiced the procedures to follow
to inform relevant organizations, such as government offices, airline
companies, and private companies, in case of a bomb hoax or threat. The
information stream includes reporting the process involved in handling this
type of situation, and the work done in cooperation between the airport and
other state offices.
Chiang Rai Airport director, Flying Officer Wisit
Ewprapha said that this rehearsal received good cooperation from all
organizations involved, and airline companies took special interest.
He also said that the success of the trial shows that
Chiang Rai Airport’s safety measures would guarantee passenger security.