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  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 16:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    The Landmark London: AA Hotel of the Year (London) 2019-2020 Award


    The award-winning Landmark London is celebrating the latest accolade, which has bees now awarded the AA Hotel of the Year (London) 2019-2020 Award sponsored by PSL

    Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.

    The AA hosted a glittering awards ceremony in London to honour the best hotels, pubs, restaurants and chefs. The 2019 Hospitality Awards winners were picked following 12 months of graft by AA inspectors, who travelled up and down the UK slumbering on executive mattresses, nibbling fine food and sipping exquisite wines.

    The Landmark, London picked up the gong for best London hotel, with the judges wowed by the property's 'spectacular' naturally lit central atrium, 'luxurious' bedrooms and 'large, stylish' bathrooms.

    Since opening in 1899, The Landmark London has established very high standards of luxury and excellent customer service. Bedrooms at all levels have classic style, contemporary elegance and a luxurious touch and feel.

    Brand new state-of-the-art kitchens support the heart of the operation – the two AA Rosette ‘Winter Garden’; offering ‘perhaps the best breakfast in London’ as well as varied menus for lunch and dinner. It’s also the perfect setting for afternoon tea.

    Then there’s the Great Central with its evolving menu of classics in a beautiful oak panelled room, the Garden Terrace for all-day dining and The Mirror Bar – an intimate setting for well-crafted cocktails.

    The recently refurbished meeting and event space, sympathetically decorated with the style of the property in mind is highly versatile, and there is also a spa, wellness centre and health club. Add a strong, well established and committed team and dedicated management team under Andrew Bachelor (General Manager), 2019 is the year for The Landmark London.

    The Landmark London is one of the members of Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, which also includes The Landmark Bangkok, Royal Lancaster London, K West London, Basil Street Serviced Apartment and Lancaster Bangkok, owned by Thai entrepreneur, Jatuporn  Sihanatkathakul.

    For more information, please visit www.landmarklondon.co.uk or call 0-2254-0404 ext 4052 or 4054


  • Monday, October 07, 2019 09:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Cross Hotels & Resorts Heads to China

    Key executives visited major Chinese cities to meet travel agents

    and key media partners during four-day road show

    Mr. Harry Thaliwal, EVP-Operations and Mr. Paul Wilson, EVP – Commercial of Cross Hotels and Resorts


    Cross Hotels and Resorts, one of Asia’s fastest growing hotel and resort operators, has set its sights on the burgeoning Chinese travel market and hosted a series of road shows in three key cities. After a successful year that saw eight new hotels open across its trinity of brands, three key company executives are now pitching Cross Hotels and Resorts unique products to a wider audience.

    The People’s Republic of China is the world’s most populous country with an estimated population of 1.404 billion citizens, of which less than 10% holds a passport. According to official data, China’s GDP in 2018 was US$13.28 trillion with tourism contributing $1.35 billion. A newly rich middle class and an easing of restrictions on movement are fueling a travel boom that saw 139 million outbound trips and five billion domestic trips.

    Cross Hotels and Resorts has continued to post favorable results with consolidated hotel revenue increasing by 80% and its operating portfolio of hotels and resorts registering a 39% rise. The company continues to seek out new destinations with Bali and rising star Vietnam joining the group with newly branded properties. A dedication to guest satisfaction has led to three of the company’s hotels being rated #1 on TripAdvisor.

    “Thailand is the number one travel destination for Chinese travellers and the local market continues to mature thanks to new technologies, differentiating buying behaviors and unique requirements. Therefore, this road show reinforces to the market that we want to learn more from our key accounts and strengthen our relationships as we enter the next phase of development. Taiwan is bucking all current trends and growing monthly and we are excited to have penetrated this market for the first time.” said Paul Wilson, Executive Vice President – Commercial.

    The potential for further growth in the Chinese tourism sector is staggering as travel controls are eased and millions more tourists head for departure gates at airports across the country.  82% of the entire travelling population of China range from 18-39 years of age. Cross Hotels & Resorts current brand portfolio directly offers tapered experiences for this large segment.

    The Cross Hotels and Resorts road show took in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taiwan with strategic showcase events, presentations and media luncheons. Company executives also met with new, old and prospective clients during the four-day tour.

    “With China being one of the largest markets for Cross Hotels and Resorts, we offer dedicated focus on cultural nuances and language capability at all our hotels and resorts. We value our relationships with our Chinese partners and are here to build on them. Truly understanding “Asian” hospitality, we look forward to mutual collaboration across a range of tourism-related areas,” said Harry Thaliwal, Executive Vice President – Operations.

    Cross Hotels and Resorts currently operates 24 properties across Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam with a further 2,000 rooms under development.


  • Thursday, October 03, 2019 14:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Angsana Laguna Phuket Awarded the 2019 Best Sustainable Hotel

    Angsana Laguna Phuket has been named a winner in the Best Sustainable Hotel category of M&C Asia Stella Awards 2019 in Singapore. The award recognizes best practices in sustainability, respect for the environment, and social positioning.

    Angsana founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We employ an integrated and participatory approach to minimize our impact while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations. To achieve this, Angsana Laguna Phuket has implemented a responsible management model which aims to generate sustainable wealth in the local environment while also becoming a benchmark for excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry.

     “It’s a proud moment for Angsana Laguna Phuket to be recognized as the Best Sustainable Hotel. The true reflection of our commitment and dedication towards the environment. Being awarded is a great opportunity for us to showcase our sustainable resources and behaviors that truly exemplifies our team’s spirit” Mr. Michal Zitek, Area General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket expressed his joy to this great news. “I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude towards all associates and partners who have continued working hard to make Angsana Laguna Phuket as the best sustainable hotel.”

    As stewards of responsible tourism, we have conceptualized our values in our “Brand for Good” framework to go beyond the precautionary approach and inspire exceptional experiences among our guests to “embrace the environment and empower people” at each of our locations.

    “We are very committed to providing the most environment-friendly and sustainable establishment for our guests, and we are very passionate about training and educating our associates to maintain our sustainable practices throughout the hotel. It is our goal to ensure that our guests are satisfied and their needs meet through our environmental practices and the values we strive to achieve.” says, Mr. Michal Zitek.


  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 09:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Anantara Welcomes The World’s Oldest Barbershop

    To One of The City’s Most Exclusive Addresses

    Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is delighted to announce the opening of a Truefitt & Hill barbershop at its exclusive address on Rajadamri Road in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

    Established in 1805, Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by Guinness Book of World Records, and is recognised as the finest traditional gentlemen's barber and perfumer in London.  The company is famous for its close shaves, expert haircuts and attentive grooming.

    At Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Truefitt & Hill offers all its celebrated grooming services, including the 45-minute Royal Hair Cut; 20-minute Beard Trim; and 30-minute Head Shave where a badger hair bristle brush is used to lift the hair for the closest possible shave.

    Bangkok’s socialite gentlemen can delight in expert personal grooming sessions that include Facial Hair Grooming, a 20-minute waxing of the ears, nose, eyebrows and cheeks; and Ears Cleaning done in the traditional Chinese-Thai style.

    For a close shave, the 30-minute Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave uses pre-shave oil applied with a luxurious hot towel wrap, followed by a rich shaving cream and finished with a comfortable shave. The 45-minute Ultimate Shaving Experience offers all the pleasures of the Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave, with a deep relaxing face massage.

    Commenting on the opening of Truefitt & Hill at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Daniel Simon, the hotel’s General Manager, said that the values and service standards of the world’s oldest barbershop perfectly fit that of Anantara’s flagship Thai hotel to create intimate customer relationships. “We are delighted to welcome Truefitt & Hill to one of Bangkok’s most exclusive addresses and to offer our guests and patrons more world-class services”, Simon concluded.

    Truefitt & Hill at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is open every day, from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm. Reservations are essential and can be made by contacting +66 (0) 2126 8866 ext. 1181 or email: siam@anantara.com Visit our website at siam-bangkok.anantara.com


  • Monday, September 30, 2019 13:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Integrated Care Centre at Bangkok International Hospital

    “Integrated Care Services” are recognized as a critical adjunct to effective health care delivery and holistic patient management. The concept of integrated care is vital for all patients, especially those with related chronic conditions or complex illnesses such as neurological or orthopedic disorders where comprehensive health care is highly needed.

                Our Integrated Care Centre comprises of a dedicated team of medical professionals who provide essential medical evaluation and are responsible for coordinating sub-specialty care by other medical disciplines. Instead of having the patient navigate through a complex healthcare system, our team of physicians at the Integrated Care Centre aim to deliver multidisciplinary care to the patient in a single healthcare experience. The concept of ‘Integrated care’ can be applied to both outpatient and inpatient setting.

               

                At Bangkok International Hospital, our inpatient team consists of healthcare workers who are members of different disciplines each providing specific services to the patient. The evaluation of treatment options and treatment planning are collaborative processes involving medical and allied healthcare professionals in concertation with the patient and the patient's family.

    The activities of the team are brought together using a care plan. This co-ordinates their services and gets the team working together towards a specific set of goals. As a result, patient-specific treatment plans are developed and the delivery of care becomes a shared responsibility. This ensures efficient and holistic care at the bedside.

    The value of a multidisciplinary team approach has been well documented across a wide range of medical conditions, including management of patients with stroke, joint replacement, as well as the management of patients with traumatic brain injury. Evidence indicates that therapeutic decisions made by multidisciplinary teams are more in accord with evidence-based guidelines than those taken by the individual healthcare professional.

    This approach to care also results in greater patient satisfaction with the treatment, less medical complications and therefore a reduction in the length of hospital stay and also a significant reduction in the number of unplanned hospital readmissions.

               

                In the outpatient clinic our Integrated Care Centre aims to provide personalized and targeted medical care. Specialist consultations from various disciplines can be completed in one clinic visit. We aim to provide our patients with coordinated and seamless outpatient visit experience. We believe that it is essential to make sure that the needs of the patients and their carer(s) are central to the development of care plans. In addition to medical consultations and pre-operative medical assessment, we provide services such as tailored health screening packages, vaccinations and travel advice.       

    Benefits of our Integrated Care Centre:

    - Patient-centric approach to medical consultation and treatment planning

    - One stop outpatient care service

    - Wide coverage of medical specialists


    Reference: Dr. Nantanit Chiamcharoenvut. BSc (UK), MBChB (UK).

    General Practitioner.


  • Monday, September 30, 2019 10:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Triumphs Again at TTG Travel Awards and Secures Place in Prestigious Travel Hall of Fame

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts is celebrating a double success at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019, after it entered the prestigious Travel Hall of Fame-Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand.

    These impressive honors were presented to the company in a glittering award ceremony and gala dinner held in Bangkok on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The winners were voted for by the readers of TTG Asia, the region’s leading travel trade magazine, and its six sister publications.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has been named Asia’s “Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand” every year since 2007, reflecting the group’s position as the unsurpassed leader in its field. As a result, Best Western Hotels & Resorts has now been inducted into TTG Asia’s Travel Hall of Fame - Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand, a permanent home recognizing the region’s most exceptional travel, tourism and hospitality organizations.

    “At Best Western we are committed to development efforts in Asia, where we are focused on expanding our scale in premier destinations across this key region,” said Ron Pohl, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “With accommodation options available across every chain-scale segment, we are proud to see our midscale offerings recognized yet again by TTG Asia for our success in this area. As we look to the future of Best Western in Asia, we remain committed to providing superior service and delivering unparalleled travel experiences.”

    “We are delighted and deeply honored to have been awarded a place in the Travel Hall of Fame – Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand,” added Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “To have achieved such consistent and long-running success is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, and the close working relationship we have with our esteemed partners in the travel trade. We are extremely grateful for their enduring support and confidence.”

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has achieved many milestones in the last 12 months, including the launch of Asia’s inaugural Vīb Best Western® branded hotel in Bangkok, which introduced a new era of midscale accommodation to the region, and the opening of Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc, which marked the company’s return to Vietnam. The company has introduced its innovative SureStay Hotel Group® to Japan and the Philippines, and signed its inaugural hotels in the popular cultural cities of Chiang Mai and Kyoto, the latter of which becomes Japan’s first BW Signature Collection® hotel.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has also strengthened its presence in several key Asian markets, such as Phuket, Bangkok and Osaka, and bolstered its core brands, including Best Western®, Best Western Plus® and Best Western Premier®.

    The year’s biggest development however, was the acquisition of the WorldHotels Group in February 2019, which completes Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ brand portfolio with upper upscale and luxury hotel brands. This will also lead to a new office and larger team in Singapore, allowing the group to provide stronger support all its partners and clients across Asia. Discover more about our brands at www.bestwesternasiadevelopers.com 


  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 15:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Jill Enfield - “Legend of the Lens”- visits ISB

    Photography and visual art can be extremely impactful in raising awareness around key issues and in creating social change. The work of internationally-acclaimed fine art photographer, Jill Enfield has achieved just this.

    International School Bangkok (ISB) are proud and excited to host Jill as our Artist-in-Residence throughout the month of October. Enfield’s residency provides a truly unique opportunity for ISB students, parents and faculty to collaborate with a professional artist. Members of our community will be challenged to broaden their knowledge of a traditional craft and be inspired to unfetter their imagination and self-expression. Students will gain greater understanding around how their skill-set can be used to positively impact the world around them, as Enfield has done.

    One of Enfield’s most notable works is Eco Peace. Conceived in Jordan in 2012, Jill led a group art project and exhibition that brought awareness to the polluted state of the Jordan River. This art project brought together various local adversarial factions and through the artistic process succeeded in reconciling these groups. Eco-Peace fulfilled its ambitious mission of finding common ground and fostering collaboration. Another of her art projects, The New Americans took 10 years to make and was inspired by her father’s experiences as a German immigrant to the U.S.A in the 1950’s.

    Enfield’s career has been varied and prolific. In addition to her art, she is an author, educator and leading authority on Alternative Photographic Processes. She has given workshops in dozens of countries and in cities across the U.S.A and her work features in the permanent collections of many institutions like The Amon Carter Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Crocker Art Museum, The Florida Senate, The Toledo Museum of Art, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medillin, Bogota and Cartagena.

    Enfield has authored two photographic books and was the recipient of the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2003 by the Maine Photographic Workshop. In the commercial space Enfield has worked with an extensive portfolio of clients. She was coined the “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon; nominated as a Mentor for the Nikon Mentor Series and chosen as a Kodak Ambassador and a Pro Shooter Spokesperson for Lowepro and SanDisk.

    In response to ISB’s invitation Enfield has expressed excitement at the opportunity of being part of our school’s top faculty and programs for the October period, “It is interesting that my very first photo teaching job, was as a photography instructor, at an exclusive NYC [...] And now with my trip to Bangkok, everything has come full circle. Since then, I have enjoyed dozens of teaching positions with young people around the world, who are inspired and exuberant about everything they can learn,” shares Enfield.                           

    Enfield will be exhibiting her work at International School Bangkok (ISB) through to November 8th, with a grand opening taking place on Wednesday, 2 October, 6:30pm where prints from her project The New American and more will be showcased. We look forward to this collaboration with Jill as we cultivate the learning attributes that are necessary to flourish in our lives, such as being creative, globally-minded, value-driven and adaptable.

    To learn more about Jill Enfield, her work at ISB, and to reserve a ticket for the opening, contact: events@isb.ac.th


  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    INVESTORS SHIFT INTEREST TO RESORT PROPERTY

    Resort properties have sprung back to popularity, according to CBRE, a leading international property consultant. Sales performance of resort properties has risen, deriving from the pent-up demand for projects in the luxury and super-luxury segments.

    Over the past 2-3 years, developers have been focusing on launching new housing and condominium supply in downtown Bangkok. CBRE Research reveals that there are around 30,000 units in downtown Bangkok from condominium projects launched between 2016 and 2018.

    One major challenge faced by the housing and condominium markets is that the cost of investment has been increasing along with the hike in land prices, leading to escalating asking prices. CBRE found that 70% of buyers in the luxury residential market are Thais who have recently made purchases for own-living and long-term investment purposes rather than for short-term investment. Meanwhile, 40% of purchasers of residential properties priced below THB 10 million are foreigners.

    As many residential developers concentrate on building projects within Bangkok, the new supply of resort properties in Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai, and Phuket, especially in the high-end segment, has decreased. Therefore, there has been pent-up demand as there are fewer new projects being launched.

    CBRE also found that there is growing demand this year for resort properties in top resort destinations, and buyers in this segment are ready to make purchases for own-use and long-term investment purposes. “Although prices are higher, if projects are on the beachfront or with ocean views; with five-star hotel management; or with attractive rental guarantees, buyer response and sales performance have been positive for luxury and super-luxury projects launched in 2019. Some good examples include the Residences at Club Med Krabi and the Residences at Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay, which have an average price per square meter of THB 185,000 and THB 230,000, respectively. Both projects saw impressive sales performance at around THB 300 million during a 3-day event in Bangkok. Their updated sales rates are now 85% and 65%, respectively”, said Ms. Prakaipeth Meechoosarn, Director – Head of Resort Property Sales, CBRE Thailand.

    Veyla Natai Residences, which was launched this year and comprises THB-67-to-98-million pool villas on Natai beach, Phang Nga, reached a sales performance of 50% in less than a month, even without show units. MGallery Residences MontAzure Lakeside and Twinpalms Residences MontAzure, with an average of THB 150,000 – 180,000 per square meter, have also shown impressive sales revenue reaching THB 300 million in the first four days of its launch in Bangkok in August 2019, especially for Twinpalms Residences MontAzure which has now reached a sales rate of 80%.

    These impressive sales performances prove that demand is still strong for resort properties in prime locations that can generate good returns and have the potential for value appreciation in the future. This is backed by being in sough-after locations and professional property management by leading hotel brands.


  • Monday, September 23, 2019 14:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Congratulates Long-Term Partner, Habitat Group, on the Launch of its New Corporate Branding

    Pictured: Mr. Chanin Vanijwongse, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat Group (second right) and Ms. Sasivimol Sutthibut, Chief Operating Officer, Habitat Group (right) are congratulated by Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director, International Operations - Asia, BWH Hotel GroupSM (second left) and Sirimanas Maungrod, Regional Senior Marketing Communications Manager – Asia, BWH Hotel Group (left).

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts recently attended a major event hosted by long-term development partner, Habitat Group. The award-winning Thai real estate pioneer hosted the event to celebrate the launch of the company’s new corporate branding strategy.

    In a press conference held in Bangkok on September 17th, 2019, Habitat Group announced its vision to become “The Creator of Lifestyle Investments” and its target of reaching THB10 billion in annual sales in the next five years. This strategy was set out by Mr. Chanin Vanijwongse, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat Group, in a major event attended by the media and leading partners, including Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ senior executives from Asia.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts and Habitat Group are currently working together on two exciting projects on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard: Best Western Premier Bayphere and Bluphere, BW Premier Collection by Best Western, both of which are scheduled to open and begin welcoming guests in 2020.

    “On behalf of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, I would like to congratulate Khun Chanin and the entire team at Habitat Group on their new corporate branding strategy. Having worked together for several years, I have been very impressed with their ambition and professionalism. I have no doubt they will achieve their goals, and I look forward to working even closer with Habitat Group in future as we move towards the opening of our two exceptional new upscale hotels,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations - Asia.

    As a reflection of Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ confidence in Habitat Group, the company recently signed a full Management Agreement with Habitat Group for Bluphere, BW Premier Collection by Best Western, which will become the first newly-built BW Premier Collection hotel in Asia.

    This impressive project has already won a series of prestigious awards, including the “New Hotel Construction & Design – Thailand” title at the 2018 Asia Pacific Property Awards. Additionally, the Bluphere, BW Premier Collection by Best Western won the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ honor, demonstrating the quality of Habitat Group’s design and construction.


  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 14:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    ATa Services Plus (Recruitment), our Executive Search firm has been expanding


    Our company has welcome two new team members: Mr. Christophe Helfer and Ms. Sudawan Manraya.

    Christophe Helfer, our General Manager, is leading the Executive Search team based in our Bangkok Headquarter. Christophe is an experienced Talent Consultant, assisting clients in successfully recruiting executive candidates. His scopes of positions are ranging from Middle Management roles to Executive and SVP roles. Christophe maintains a wide international network and his most recent experience has been within the Oil & Gas, Consultancy, Manufacturing and Hospitality.

    Sudawan Manraya is our talented Senior Recruitment Consultant and Team leader in our Bangkok Headquarter. She continually assists clients in successfully recruiting top candidates for positions. Her scope of action is ranging from First-Level Management to Department Heads and Middle Management roles (General Manager, Plant Manager, Regional Manager, and Divisional Manager). Sudawan has gained long terms relationships with her clients in various industries. Indeed, her most recent experiences have been within Renewable Energy, Automotive and Manufacturing.

    See our website at:  https://www.ata-servicesplus.com

    Share with us your requirements and needs, we will get back to you with a personal and confidential quotation at : info@ata-servicesplus.com

    You can also contact us for any other needs such as Office Rental, PEO services, Work Permit and Visa, Accounting and Payroll, Virtual Office, Meeting Room Rental, Car rental, Paralegal Services at info@ata-services.com


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