Chaophya Park Hotel
wins top Green Award
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the
Green Leaf Foundation recently bestowed a prestigious environmental award on
the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok. The “Thailand Tourism : Environment
Friendly Hotels Award ” was presented by the Minister of Tourism and Sports
H.E. Dr. Suvit Yodmani at a special award ceremony in Bangkok.
Booddar, (left) Vice President of the Hotel’s Environmental Task Force,
receives the award on behalf of the Chaophya Park Hotel.
Organised to commemorate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s
80th Birthday Anniversary celebrations by the TAT and the Green Leaf
Foundation. The award received 151 hotel entries with only a small handful
making it to the final selection process.
The Chaophya Park Hotel is notable as being an environmentally conscious
establishment reflecting the award’s objective in recognising meritorious
contributions within the hotel industry.
“We are immensely proud of this award not only because it means our work is
receiving recognition but it will also make other hotels or large
establishments more aware that there are means of preserving the
environment,” commented Andrew J. Wood General Manager of the Chaophya Park
“In the past 4 years we have pursued an ambitious program to help the hotel
become increasingly aware of the impact we have within our society and
community and how we can become greener with regards to our environmental
responsibilities. Our most rewarding project so far is switching from diesel
burning boilers to heat pumps and LPG with its primary objective in cutting
down the use of diesel fuel completely,” Mr. Wood adds.
The installation of Heat Pumps has not only brought a noticeable reduction
in fuel consumption but also certification from The Energy Efficiency
Institute (Thailand) that acknowledges the Chaophya Park Hotel as its
partner in energy conservation and energy efficiency.
The Chaophya Park Hotel’s General Manager further added, “Various measures
have been introduced which include seeking cooperation from guests in
reducing the amount of water, detergent and energy without compromising
their comfort during their stay with us.”
“We continuously evaluate and explore techniques that the hotel can adopt to
follow on the path of ecological preservations. We firmly believe that every
little effort adds to the bigger picture and the future of this planet is in
all of our hands.”
This award is truly a mark of recognition that the Chaophya Park Hotel is a
symbol of quality and cares passionately about the environment.
TAT meets 2007 targets, sets new benchmark
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reconfirmed its confidence on
meeting this year’s foreign arrival and revenue targets and announced an
ambitious aim to make Thailand one of the world’s top five destinations
within three years.
Speaking at the NTO’s 2007 achievement press conference last week, TAT
governor, Ms Phornsiri Manoharn, said Thailand was on track to meet this
year’s visitor arrival target of 14.8 million tourists and revenue target of
547.5 billion baht (US$18 billion), representing a 7.8 per cent and 13.51
per cent increase on 2006, respectively.
Next year’s targets are 15.7 million tourists and 600 billion baht in
Ms Phornsiri said the substantial increase in arrivals from key markets -
Australia and New Zealand, India, Europe and South Africa - and new markets
- the Middle East and Russia, each presenting a growth of between 10 and 20
per cent, were factors attributing to the target prospects.
“This is the result of TAT constantly and aggressively creating a positive
image of Thailand in worldwide markets, using more than 18 languages in
various promotional tools and materials to encourage tourists to visit the
country,” said Phornsiri.
“In addition, Thailand no longer has a low season. Our statistics showed we
have been recording more than one million tourists per month since January,
which has proved that tourists visit the country even in the traditional low
tourist summer months,” she added.
However, she declined to comment on the situation of East Asia arrivals,
which had been falling since the beginning of this year.
From January to September this year, Thailand welcomed around 10.40 million
visitor arrivals, a 3.1 per cent increase compared to the same period last
year. From that total, East Asia still represents the largest market with
4.33 million arrivals (down 1.83 per cent), followed by Europe with 2.7
million tourists (up 14.32 per cent), The Americas with 695,381 arrivals (up
1.46 per cent), South Asia with 605,196 tourists (up 15.19 per cent) and
Oceania with 497,535 arrivals (up 21.97 per cent).
Chiang Mai to get leg up with links to global cities
Chiang Mai’s beleaguered tourism industry, which was
facing a 10-year low during this year’s low season, looks set to enjoy a
brighter future with Thai Airways International’s and JetStar Airways’ plans
to link Thailand’s second largest city direct with Tokyo, Shanghai and
Sydney next year.
Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, (2nd right)
presided over the main event of the Chiang Mai Tourism Forum (CTF), at the
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on December 8. Joining her to cut the ribbon to open
the event are Alan Watts, (left) GM of the Holiday Inn, Boonlert
Buranapakorn, (2nd left) former mayor of Chiang Mai and Songvit
Ittipatanakul, (right) president of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thai national airline
and the Australia-based low-cost carrier have expressed interests to operate
on the three new regional routes. However, the press offices of THAI or
JetStar have not confirmed the news, saying the TAT might have obtained the
information from some preliminary discussions.
The city’s tourism operators have been mourning over the insufficient
international direct flights despite Chiang Mai Airport being recently
upgraded to handle large long-haul aircraft.
To date, there are only nine airlines operating direct regional short-haul
flights to Chiang Mai from Kunming, Singapore, Yangon, Luang Prabang,
Taipei, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Korean Air and Bangkok Airways are the
latest airlines introducing two new regional connections with Seoul and Siem
Reap, respectively, since October.
Thai Hotels Association (THA) Northern Upper Chapter president and The
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai general manager, Kanog Suvannavisutr, said it was
good news if there would be more regional direct flights to Chiang Mai in
the future. He said the new Incheon-Chiang Mai route helped to boost the
number of South Korean arrivals, but room-nights from this market was still
Mr. Kanog said (THA) Northern Upper Chapter and other concerned public and
private sectors planned to leverage on the city’s increasing number of
five-star properties to turn Chiang Mai into a MICE (meetings, incentives,
conventions and exhibitions) destination between next year and 2009 and that
promotion campaigns are currently being outlined. (TTG)