New Executive Chef at D2hotel Chiang Mai
Mike Drews, a German national, has been appointed
Executive Chef of the newly-opened D2hotel Chiang Mai. Mike has 14 years
experience in various famous hotels and restaurants in Germany and
Switzerland; he also travelled to many countries in Europe, South America
and Asia to learn about different cultures and cuisine.
In 2002, he continued his ambitious search for challenge
in South East Asia where he discovered delightful tastes, and the
friendliness of people. He has been working in 5 star properties in Pattaya
and Phuket. Prior to his new appointment, he was the Executive Chef and F
and B manager at La Residence Hotel and Spa in Hue, Vietnam.
D2hotels + resorts is a new brand extension of Dusit Hotels and Resorts.
D2hotels blends the tradition with the contemporary in a modern setup,
uniting the standards that are international with hospitality that is
distinctly Thai. D2hotel Chiang Mai, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, is the
first urban lifestyle hotel located in the heart of bustling downtown,
across from the famed Night Bazaar, as well as many other tourist
Travel agents taken
to visit a new tourism route between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son
Wisit Buachum, head officer of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand, Mae Hong Son Branch disclosed that more tourists had visited Mae
Hong Son Province since November, 2005. There were 333,000 visitors, an
increase of 5 percent compared with the previous year. This year TAT, Mae
Hong Son Branch has cooperated with the travel agents of Mae Hong Son and
invited 40 interior travel agents from different parts of Thailand to
personally experience the Chiang Mai-Pai-Mae Hong Son via Mae Sariang-Chiang
Mai circular tourism route. It was believed that by showing the travel
agents this beautiful scenic route they would be more inclined towards
promoting Mae Hong Son to people wishing to take touring holidays in the
He added that the 40 travel agents discussed the many tourist facilities
to be found in the North with their counter-parts from Mae Hong Son. It
would prove beneficial for tour companies, car rental shops, resorts, hotels
and guest-houses, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Imperial Hotels push MICE north
Deals attract business travelers to six of the group’s hotels
The Imperial Hotels Group Northern Thailand is offering
special promotions for business events, valid until 31 October, to encourage
meetings and seminars in the north. For every 20 paid rooms, Imperial will
award one complimentary room and one room upgrade for the organizer during
the event period.
The promotion covers six Imperial hotels in Chiang Mai,
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Petchaboon provinces.
The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel offers complimentary meeting
facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 150,000 on their master
account. Benefits include one-day use of an LCD projector, a 10 minute
head-and-shoulder massage, 10 percent discount at Imperial Spas and the
organizer’s choice of a one-night accommodation voucher or a meal voucher
valued at B. 2,000.
The Imperial Chiang Mai Resort Spa and Sports Club offers
complimentary meeting facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 80,000
on their master account. Benefits include complimentary morning coffee or
tea on the first day and the organizer’s choice of a free night’s
accommodation, a B. 1,000 meal voucher or a one year sports club membership
worth B. 1,000.
Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel offers complimentary meeting
facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 80,000 on their master
account. Benefits include complimentary morning coffee or tea on the first
day and the organizer’s choice of one night’s accommodation or a meal
voucher worth B. 1,000.
The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort offers complimentary
meeting facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 100,000 on their
master account. Benefits include complimentary morning coffee or tea on the
first day and the organizer’s choice of one night’s accommodation or a
B. 1,000 meal voucher.
The Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son Hotel offers complimentary
meeting facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 100,000 on their
master account. Benefits include roundtrip airport transfers, complimentary
morning coffee or tea on the first day and the organizer’s choice of one
night’s accommodation or a B. 1,000 meal voucher.
The Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort Petchaboon offers complimentary meeting
facilities for groups spending a minimum of B. 100,000 on their master
account. Benefits include roundtrip airport transfers, complimentary morning
coffee, or tea on the first day and one night’s accommodation for the
Philippines acts to reassure fleeing tourists
Manila, Philippines (eTN) -The Philippines has posted two
travel advisories on its government website to reassure fleeing tourists
following a coup plot and declaration of state of emergency in the country.
The country’s travel and tourism industry expressed
concern the situation has created a negative perception among potential
tourists, concerned over their safety while in the country.
“Our tourism industry is good. In 2005 tourist arrivals
reached 2.6 million visitors,” said Edwin Trompeta, regional director of
the department of tourism. “The state of emergency has not affected the
arrival of tourists.”
This follows confirmation of temporary cancellation of
bookings, resulting in almost 15 percent decline in the number of arrivals.
Industry sources say it is the biggest fall “in decades.”
“The country remains safe and secure and primary
tourist destinations in the country are undisturbed. Law enforcement
agencies continue to monitor all activities within the tourist destinations
to ensure safety of all tourists,” said a department of tourist advisory.
This followed an earlier travel advisory informing
travelers the Philippines is still safe.
The department added, there has been no report of major
cancellations of groups traveling to the Philippines.
The Philippines is on a tourism sales blitz in its bid to
woo more tourists from China, Russia and India, in addition to the present
numbers from the US, Japan and South Korea.
Guangzhou (in China) issued the most number of visas for
tourists to the Philippines. The Philippines has targeted 160,000 tourist
arrivals from China for this year.
“We remain on target to hit 3 million visitors for 2006
though the coup plot scared away tourists,” said Ignacio Bunyea,
Thailand’s political turmoil may hit tourism
As the voice for the immediate resignation of
Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gets stronger, the South East
Asian nation could declare a state of emergency if violence breaks out
As per the warning from a senior security official, at
the National Intelligence Agency, “If they destroy state property or burn
government buildings, we will announce a state of emergency, beginning by
imposing a curfew. If the situation grows too severe for government
officials to control it, the authorities will be authorized to arrest
The army and police are both on high-level alert since
pro-Thaksin groups from northeastern Thailand will arrive in Bangkok early
Tuesday and also make a rally outside the Government House.
At least 15,000 anti-Thaksin demonstrators gathered at
Bangkok’s Sanam Luang (Royal Square) late Monday to call for the immediate
resignation. According to published reports, the demonstrators gathered at
Sanam Luang since Monday afternoon, with many of them vowing to stay at the
square through the night and then march to the Government House to demand
the prime minister to step down.
About 8,000 policemen have been deployed around the
square and other sensitive sites, such as the Government House and the
Victory Monument, which are seen as the political center of Thailand.
Sondhi Limthongkul, a key leader of the current protest movement, told
his supporters that his speech was a message for Thaksin to resign.