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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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‘Dressed like gods’ - the cultural event of the year

Aprime to manage Krisdadoi Resort

THAI low budget airline attracting local interest

Westin Chiangmai to become Sheraton

TAT eyes Bhutan

‘Dressed like gods’ - the cultural event of the year

From October 19 until 22 December 22, ‘Dressed like gods’, a major Mexican archaeological exhibition will be held at the National Museum, Bangkok. This unique event will be one of the major cultural events during APEC and of Thailand in 2003. It will be the first opportunity that Thais have ever had to see artifacts from one of the world’s great cultures.

‘Dressed like gods’ is a collection of 60 masterpiece sculptures, depicting the sacred symbolism used in the costumes of the Zapotecs and Mixtecs, two of the main pre-Hispanic societies of Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. Divided into seven sections, this important exhibition will explore the rich culture of Oaxaca from its first inhabitants (9000-2000 B.C) to its most splendid era - the Classic period in Mesoamerica (200-800 A.D.)

Commenting on the forthcoming exhibition, the ambassador of Mexico to Thailand, HE Javier Ramon Brito said, “We are delighted to have been able to bring an exhibition of this caliber to Thailand and to be able to share with the people of Thailand, the richness of the Mexican cultural heritage. It is the first time in the 28 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Mexico that we have been in a position to present our archaeological treasures in this way. It is a particularly appropriate moment, as the exhibition will coincide with the visit of Mexican President Vicente Fox to Thailand for the APEC Economic Leader’s Forum.”

The exhibition has been put together and brought to Thailand by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico - which manages the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) and the Embassy of Mexico in Thailand with the support of the Thai Government.


Aprime to manage Krisdadoi Resort

Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter)

Krisdadoi Resort in Chiang Mai is now under the management of Aprime Hotels & Resorts.

The resort will be rebranded as the Krisdadoi Chiang Mai Aprime Resort after the property’s refurbishment and addition of guestrooms, F&B outlets and meeting facilities in 2004.

Danai Wansom, president and CEO of Aprime Hotels & Resorts said Chiang Mai has not yet reached its full potential as a tourist destination. “With the government’s objective to make Chiang Mai an airline hub for the north, the market will certainly expand, especially since there will be direct flights from Europe in the future.”


THAI low budget airline attracting local interest

Paul Davies
Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter)

Three airlines, including Bangkok Airways and PB Air are thought to be among local airlines showing interest in becoming partners with Thai International Airways (THAI) to launch a low-cost airline early next year.

While refusing to divulge who THAI’s local partners might be, president Kanonk Abhiradee said yesterday criteria for the joint venture were currently being drafted and would come under review of the airline’s board of directors before the year’s end.

THAI would be the major shareholder in the no-frills airline with a 49 percent stake, he said.

Chairman Thanong Bidaya told TravelWeekly in July the national carrier was keen to take on partners who had the “technology, expertise and experience.”

Privately-run Bangkok Airways recently expressed in interest in holding a 10 percent stake in the airline venture.

Orient Thai Airlines has also expressed interest in introducing a low-cost carrier.


Westin Chiangmai to become Sheraton

Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter)

Starwood Hotels and Resorts will convert the Westin Chiangmai to Sheraton Chiangmai Hotel in November, after the property completes a US$1.5 million renovation program which has already begun.

Upon completion of its renovation, the Sheraton Chiangmai Hotel will feature 526 spacious deluxe guestrooms and suites, elegantly furnished with fine teak and exotic carpets.

Every guestroom will be equipped with multiple data port to ease internet access, direct-dial telephone and voice mail messaging system.

The hotel’s restaurants feature fine international delicacies from Thai, Chinese, Mediterranean and Western cuisines. The recreational facilities of the property include a fitness center, sauna and massage.

For meeting facilities, the Sheraton Chiangmai Hotel has a grand ballroom designed in a traditional Thai style that can accommodate up to 1,000 delegates, and a junior ballroom that can seat up to 700 delegates. Three additional meeting rooms are available to cater to smaller-sized meeting groups and breakout sessions.


TAT eyes Bhutan

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working on a plan to strengthen tourism co-operation with Bhutan. A TAT spokesman said Bhutan will send a high-ranking delegation to Bangkok later this month to learn about the process of turning tourism into an industry.

The Himalayan kingdom, located on the roof of the world, has until now only allowed 10,000 visitors per year. The agreement with Thailand suggests that a radical change in policy could be in the pipeline.

If the doors to Bhutan are about to open wider, the gateway will be through Bangkok. Bhutan’s Druk Air has only one link with Southeast Asia and that is through the Thai capital. (TTG Asia)



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