Central Hotels and Resorts take over Central River House in Chiang Rai
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.
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
“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.
40 unique years
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In August, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will launch
the nation’s “biggest bash of the year” as it celebrates its 40th
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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
For further information, please contact Reinhard Hohler, GMS Media Travel
Consultant, by email sara @cmnet.co.th.