‘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.
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.)
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
Aprime to manage
Thai Hotels Association
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
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
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.
to become Sheraton
Thai Hotels Association
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
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
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)