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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Central Hotels and Resorts take over Central River House in Chiang Rai

Singapore celebrates 40 unique years

600 years ago Yunnanese Admiral Zheng He ruled the waves

Central Hotels and Resorts take over Central River House in Chiang Rai

Kanokros Wongvakin

The expansion plans of Central Hotels and Resorts continues with its objective to have 20 properties within the next five years. Apart from owning and managing many hotels and resorts around the country, Central Hotels and Resorts now provides professional management services for other hotel investors.

The pool area of Central River House Resort, Chiang Rai.

Within six months, Central Hotels and Resorts have signed up two hotels in the north of Thailand. Since January, it has taken over the management of Central Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai and recently announced its latest managed hotel, Central River House Resort, Chiang Rai. Both provinces are prime destinations for the north of Thailand.

The 5-star Central River House Resort overlooks Chiang Rai’s major transportation artery, the River Kok. It is located 7 kilometers from Chiang Rai airport, only 3 Kilometers from the City Centre. It features 30 spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms, 6 suites with spacious and breezy private verandas, all overlooking the River Kok, creating a rare scenic backdrop. The facilities include full-sized riverfront swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, fully equipped Fitness Suite with spectacular riverfront views, gardens with outdoor jogging track, The Tara restaurant, all day dining, Library Lounge, Lobby Lounge and Spa Villa with distinctive and exclusive outdoor treatment rooms. Meeting rooms are complemented by various scenic outdoor locations for cocktails and dining events.

“We are quite confident in managing this property, as it is quite unique with its location, spectacular panoramic views and luxury facilities. Our strength is not only in the Sales and Marketing area, but also in our ability to consistently meet and exceed customer service and guests expectations” said Suthikiati Chirathivat, President and CEO, Central Hotels and Resorts.


Singapore celebrates 40 unique years

Sze Toh Yuin Munn,
TTG Asia

In August, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will launch the nation’s “biggest bash of the year” as it celebrates its 40th birthday.

The month-long extravaganza, Celebrate Singapore, will include a four day skydiving festival, a carnival, a home-grown musical cabaret, Dim Sum Dollies – Singapore’s Most Wanted, and the annual three-day music festival, WOMAD.

One of the many unique sightseeing tour buses in Singapore.

STB director of leisure management/lifestyle and events, Oliver Chong, said, “This year, we want to sweep all Singaporeans and visitors off their seats and up on their feet with our fantastic line-up of events. We want them to spread the word and invite their family and friends abroad to come celebrate all things Uniquely Singapore.”

STB is targeting a 10 per cent increase in visitor arrivals for August over the 746,000 received last year. Chong said response from overseas had been positive with a few thousand packages already sold. They are promoting

Celebrate Singapore in countries such as Japan, India and China.

No celebration in Singapore will be complete without shopping and malls at Marina Bay have banded together for exclusive deals. In addition, locals and visitors can grab a booklet of coupons at Singapore Visitor Centres across the island for special offers on lifestyle, F&B, entertainment venues and tourist attractions.


600 years ago Yunnanese Admiral Zheng He ruled the waves

Are his descendents living in Chiang Mai?

Reinhard Hohler

In July, the Marina Promenade in Singapore will be transformed into a Zheng He festival site to mark the 600th anniversary of the maiden voyage of Admiral Zheng He, the legendary 15th century Chinese marine explorer who organized seven voyages to the Indian Ocean – a long time before Christopher Columbus.

The Merlion, Singapore’s landmark

An 8,000 sq. m. site along the Marina Promenade will host the Zheng He Village on July 1-10, 2005, which will transform the riverfront into a huge playground, where visitors and locals can enjoy various Zheng He activities and discover the amazing stories of Admiral Zheng He’s voyages, when the Chinese ruled the seas.

The Zheng He Village will feature a series of pavilions representing the various ports visited by Admiral Zheng He throughout his seven epic voyages. The Zheng He Village will invite all the overseas visitors to take a step back in time and discover these ports-of-call through the eyes of Admiral Zheng He. At each pavilion, through interactive exhibits, demonstrations and performances, visitors will be able to learn more about the historical link between Admiral Zheng He and these ports-of-call – the most famous are in Malacca/Malaysia, Calicut/India and Malindi/Africa. The Yunnanese admiral also visited ports in Vietnam, Cambodia and Siam.

The Zheng He Village is just one of the key highlights of Singapore’s Zheng He Celebrations. From a Zheng He musical to Zheng He-themed exhibitions, many exciting activities have been lined up over a three-month period from June to August 2005 to mark Zheng He’s maritime achievements and adventures.

The celebrations will be coordinated by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the National Library Board (NLB), the National Heritage Board (NHB), the International Zheng He Society and the Friends of Admiral Zheng He Society. Professor Wang Gungwu, Director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, is heading an advisory panel.

An intriguing twist to the history of Zheng Ho is the rumor that the anthropologist Rosey Ma from Malaysia has found the admiral’s 20-23rd generation descendants during her research on the Thai Chinese-Muslim community in Chiang Mai. Further research will settle the truth.

For further information, please contact Reinhard Hohler, GMS Media Travel Consultant, by email sara @cmnet.co.th.



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