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  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 15:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fantastic Four in a Row for Best Western® at Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has continued its winning streak at Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards, after it was named “Asia’s Best Midscale Hotel Chain” for a fantastic fourth consecutive year.

    The world-renowned hotel group received its latest honor at the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were voted for by the readers of Travel Weekly Asia – one of the region's largest and most respected travel trade publications.

    The award was presented to Best Western at a glittering award ceremony in Singapore on Monday October 15, 2018.

    “It is a great honor to be named as ‘Asia’s Best Midscale Hotel Chain’ once again. Best Western has developed multiple new brands in recent years, catering for exciting new market trends. These include Vīb®, our millennially-minded urban hotel concept, which we believe represents the future of midscale accommodation,” commented Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

    “We look forward to introducing guests to Asia's first Vīb hotels later this year. I am confident that the region's travel trade will love our innovative new midscale products as much as they love our classic midscale Best Western hotels. On behalf of everyone at Best Western, I would like to thank the esteemed readers of Travel Weekly Asia for voting for us once again,” Olivier added.

    This year, Travel Weekly Asia handed out a total of 56 Readers’ Choice Awards across 10 different categories. These awards were created to celebrate the hotel industry’s leading stars – brands that push the boundaries and raise the bar for hospitality in the region, earning the respect of customers and travel trade professionals alike.

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has now held the title of “Asia’s Best Midscale Hotel Chain” every year since 2015.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    International Media Familiarisation Trip 2018 at Lancaster Bangkok

    The event was hosted by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), who invited representatives of the media from Asia, Middle East and Europe for a five-day familiarisation trip in 2018.

    Lancaster Bangkok is a new five star Hotel in a prime area for corporate or leisure stays, with a range of facilities that make it an ideal MICE venue. Lancaster Bangkok is independent of any hotel chains and one of the few remaining Thai owned and operated hotels in Bangkok. The Hotel proudly promotes Thailand’s readiness to become a leading MICE venue hub in Asia.

    As the newest member of the renowned Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, with properties in Bangkok and London, the striking Lancaster Bangkok embodies the warm hospitality Thailand is known for. Beautifully designed and lavishly furnished, this 5-star hotel in the vibrant Makkasan District pairs luxurious Thai heritage with a highly-trained team dedicated to providing guests with heartfelt and generous service. 

    Situated along Phetchaburi Road, Lancaster Bangkok opens its doors to guests as the city’s new destination  for business, leisure, medical and wellness travellers. The hotel is located near the intersection of Phetchaburi and Asok. Easily accessed from both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi  Airports and close to both the Airport Rail Link and the underground station MRT Phetchaburi, Lancaster Bangkok ensures guests are never far from the city’s vibrant heart. 

    Beginning with a 60-metre atrium flooded with natural daylight, the hotel’s interior features an elegant, sleek design that balances modern and traditional Thai elements. The hotel and its guest rooms incorporate a contemporary colour palette to provide a relaxing and warm environment. Thai design elements are seen throughout the hotel. The atrium walls above the lobby feature 2,500 pieces of wooden wall art carved in the classical Thai pattern pla ta pian, symbolizing prosperity and abundance. All deluxe rooms are also decorated with premium Jim Thompson silk textiles in beautiful designs.

    Lancaster Bangkok features an array of leisure facilities and impeccable services. 231 luxurious guest rooms, deluxe rooms, suites, family rooms and apartments provide ample space for guests to relax and take in enchanting city views while enjoying the full range of thoughtful, state-of-the-art amenities on offer. Each room is furnished with luxury Egyptian cotton and features a free-standing bath and rainforest shower. The rooms also are fully equipped with modern necessities like high definition televisions, in room tablets and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi to offer guests both style and comfort.

    For the discerning business traveller, Lancaster Bangkok features multiple meeting rooms and facilities to satisfy the needs of even the busiest executive. For events, conferences, weddings and meetings, Lancaster Bangkok is the venue of choice. The ballroom is fit to host up to 300 guests and an additional 9 meeting rooms offer flexible meeting and exhibition spaces. Each one is versatile and fully customisable, with catering and setup options ready to be tailored to any preference.

    Authentic Thai memories await at Lancaster Bangkok, where travellers can enjoy a unique experience full of warmth and true Thai hospitality.

    For reservations and more information, please call Tel. +66 (0) 2252 6890,, or become a fan at

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Shares Loving Kindness with Under-Privileged Children in Thailand

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts has continued to spread love and kindness across Asia with another successful charitable initiative to support under-privileged children in rural Thailand.

    In the two-day “Share Loving Kindness” CSR event, Best Western’s Asia head office and hotel associates traveled to Thailand’s Lopburi province to deliver much-needed support and supplies, including sports equipment, to two local schools: Wat Dong Sawong School and Lopburi Panyanukun School. This was followed by a visit to Wat Prabatnampu. At all three locations, the team was able to spend time with the children, playing games and learning about their lives, hopes and dreams.

    In total, Best Western’s team, friends and family members donated funds and equipment worth THB 120,000 to the community. This will help to improve educational standards and support local families, teachers and carers, whilst bringing smiles to faces of local children.

    “CSR is an integral part of Best Western’s activities. As a global company, we aim to make a real and sustainable difference in every destination in which we operate. Our charitable mission to Lopburi province helped to ‘Share Loving Kindness’ by supporting the people who need it most and providing new opportunities for local children. I would like to thank all the Best Western team members who contributed to this occasion, including the volunteers and everyone who made donations,” commented Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

    This rewarding mission marks the latest in a series of CSR initiatives undertaken by Best Western in Asia. In the future, the company will continue to provide for local communities as part of its global “Best Western For A Better World®” program, which supports charitable efforts and worthwhile causes all around the world.

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 14:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Briefing: Public Comments on Cybersecurity Bill Closes Friday 12 October 2018

    Companies that store sensitive or personally identifiable information on computer networks in Thailand may have reason to be concerned about the unprecedented right of access to private sector computer systems to be given to government officials under the proposed law on cybersecurity (“Cybersecurity Bill”) and can make comments as part of the public hearing process which ends at 11.59pm on 12 October 2018.

    The stated purpose of the Cybersecurity Bill is to maintain national security and domestic peace in the face of cyber-attacks in Thailand, however the power granted to Thai authorities is very broad and gives government officials the following discretionary powers which can be exercised without a court order:

    1. access computers, computer network systems, computer systems, make duplicates of, or extract information or computer programs where there is reasonable ground for suspicion that a computer or computer system is involved in a cyber threat or affected by a cyber threat;

    2. run tests on a computer or computer system where there is reasonable ground for suspicion that a computer or computer system is involved in a cyber threat or affected by a cyber threat, or was used for searching information within such computer or computer system;

    3. seize any computer or equipment where there is reasonable ground for suspicion that it is involved in a cyber threat for a maximum period of 30 days;

    4. obtain real time information from persons related to a cyber threat who will be required to promptly cooperate and assist the authorities; and

    5. order any person to provide assistance to the authorities. This is a broad requirement which could in theory compel persons to provide government officials with unfettered access to password protected or encrypted systems.

    Failure to comply could lead to imprisonment for three years and fines of up to THB150,000.

    These powers can be exercised if there is a “reasonable ground for suspicion” which is a lower threshold than actual suspicion, or evidence that a cyber threat exists. The definition of “cyber threat” is broad and subjective, and includes an action or incidence committed by computing methods or electronic methods which cause unusual functioning in a computer or computer systems.

    Comments can be made as part of the public hearing process by accessing the following link:

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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 13:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving named 2018 APAC Relocation Management Company of the Year

    Honor announced at the annual APAC Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs) put on by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM)

    CHICAGO, IL (September 11th, 2018) – SIRVA, Inc., the leading global relocation and moving service provider, won Relocation Management Company of the Year at the 2018 FEM APAC EMMAs. The FEM EMMAs are the premier awards for the global mobility and International HR industry. Additionally, SIRVA received Runner Up for ‘Best Vendor Partnership’ for their collaboration with Petronas.

    The judges commented on SIRVA’s entry saying, “SIRVA has demonstrated its strong commitment to continuously improving its service quality and standards.”

    SIRVA has taken strides to show that Global mobility is not always a cost center. SIRVA helps clients achieve significant reduction in relocation spend through in-depth analysis and streamlined service delivery.

    “We are incredibly honored and humbled to be given this award,” said Jacob George, President of Asia and the Middle East at SIRVA. “It’s a validation of the hard work the team does each and every day and a recognition of our continued journey to deliver the world class service that our clients have come to expect from us.”

    The award ceremony took place in Singapore on September 6th, 2018.

    About FEM 
    FEM is a real-world and online community for the global mobility and HR industry. Our mission is to distill best practice across regions, industries and functions while providing valuable networking opportunities for knowledge sharing and program support. Through our multi-platform of content and events, we encourage dialogue and enable mobility professionals to unite, learn and grow. FEM holds annual Summits and EMMAs awards ceremonies in the Americas, APAC (Asia Pacific region) and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) as well as Conferences in Amsterdam, Australia and Houston. FEM also has a worldwide network of more than 40 Chapters, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Tel Aviv, Zurich. 

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  • Thursday, October 04, 2018 15:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Flight Centre Travel Group’s hotels and accommodation business BHMA has announced the appointment of experienced international hotelier Paul Wilson to the position of Executive Vice President Commercial.

    Offering extensive commercial experience leading major brands across the Asia Pacific, London, South Africa and Australia, Mr. Wilson will oversee sales, revenue, distribution, ecommerce and marketing communications for BHMA.

    Prior to joining BHMA, Mr. Wilson was vice president of sales, revenue and distribution for Thailand’s largest hotel brand, Centara Hotels & Resorts where he was in charge of 16 global offices, 11 national account managers, property DOS teams and the company’s revenue and distribution structure.

    Mr. Wilson has also worked as regional sales & marketing director and national conference & incentive director for the Australian Mantra Group and meeting and events director for Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts in London.

    He said he was looking forward to applying his vast international experience to deliver on BHMA’s growth aspirations.

    “This is a tremendously exciting time for luxury travel. BMHA is a driving-force in redefining the luxury market and I am deeply privileged to join the team with a shared vision of delivering unprecedented growth, success and winning culture.

    “Working cross-culturally is one of the most rewarding aspects of my role, and I’ve been proud to identify and build lasting relationships with the best players in each region. I look forward to continuing this work and welcoming a new era of truly distinctive travel with BHMA,” Mr. Wilson said.

    Managing Director of BHMA, Kent Davidson, said the company would benefit strongly from Mr. Wilson’s commercial leadership experience.

    “We are very excited to welcome Paul to this new position for BHMA, where he will be part of the senior executive team.

    “This is a critical role for the company as we progress our exciting and challenging growth objectives, and one for which Paul is very well equipped,’’ he said.

    BHMA CEO Peter Lucas said Mr. Wilson was a natural fit for the company.

    “Paul has an excellent track record of success in all aspects of commercial hotel operations across the globe which will be huge benefit for BHMA in our expansion phase,’’ he said.

    This appointment is effective from 3rd October 2018.

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  • Thursday, October 04, 2018 10:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The downtown residential rental market in Bangkok is driven by expatriate tenants working in Thailand who want to rent in a limited number of areas and mainly choose either apartments, rental units in a condominium or a serviced apartment, according to CBRE, an international property consultancy company.

    Expatriate numbers are only growing at a slow rate and there has been no increase for many years in the average monthly budgets that these tenants are willing to spend on rent.

    There are only a few new apartments under construction, but many new condominiums, according to CBRE Research.

    The increase in supply and limited growth in demand means that the market is competitive, but there are still opportunities for both apartment developers and buy-to-rent condominium investors. The key factor is to understand tenant requirements so that investors can maximise their occupancy and rent per square metre.

    There is a constant turnover of expatriate tenants as the average length of stay in Thailand is about three years so each new incoming tenant makes a fresh decision about where they want to live

    The latest survey by CBRE Research in Q2 2018 shows that there are about 10,000 single-ownership muti-family apartment units in the most popular expatriate rental locations of Sukhumvit, Lumpini and Sathorn.  There are around 76,000 condominiums in the same areas and CBRE Research estimates that about 25,000 - 30,000 of these are owned by investors who are renting out their units.

    There is still a preference, especially from Japanese tenants, for single-ownership apartments rather than multi-ownership condominiums because they like the ability to talk to the owners’ representative about all aspects of maintenance.  In a condominium, the property manager is only responsible for maintenance of the common areas and it is the individual owners’ responsibility to maintain the interior of the unit. It is more challenging for tenants to get things fixed inside a condominium unit.

    In Bangkok, few condominium owners use a managing agent to look after their unit and deal with all tenant issues. A condominium tenant must directly contact the owner about all issues relating to the inside of the unit and the ability of an individual owner to quickly arrange maintenance or repairs is mixed depending on their experience and is especially challenging for overseas owners. Only in some cases where the condominium managed by hotel and provide concierge services, the owner will have to pay the premium common area management fee, the property management will assist to do maintenance issue in the unit.

    Apartment developers who build in preferred locations and understand tenant requirements continue to be successful, achieving high occupancy and good rental rates.

    Mr. Theerathorn Prapunpong, Head of Advisory & Transaction Services - Residential Leasing at CBRE Thailand, has advised developers of two recent apartment projects on the design and specification of their developments and acted as sole leasing agent.

    Piya Residence on Sukhumvit Soi 28 and 30 was completed in Q1 2018.  The developer optimized the units’ layout and size to maximise the functionality and the rental per square metre.  More than 60% of the units have been leased.

    Chani Residence on Sukhumvit Thonglor Soi 13 was completed in 2017 and has been designed to match Japanese tenants’ requirements and is now more than 70% leased.

    Both these buildings have a mixture of mainly two and three-bedroom units for which there is still a high level of demand because many of the rental units in new condominiums are one-bedroom units.

    Mr. Theerathorn has advised on another development, Jittimon Residence on Sukhumvit Thonglor Soi 16 which will be ready for occupation in early 2019.  The eight-storey building will have a range of units from one to three bedrooms and its unique selling points are the low density and large garden, which are unique features in a market where most developers maximise the plot ratio.

    One of the most important factors in determining the success of a rental apartment project is to match tenants’ requirements on size, layout, specification, location and facilities.

    “CBRE’s ability to provide apartment developers with practical advice is due to our real market data based on over 1,000 expatriate tenant lettings over the last three years.  Knowing what tenants want and how much they will spend,” added Mr. Theerathorn.

    The Central Business District residential rental market is going to continue to remain competitive and owners of existing apartment buildings and individual owners of condominiums need to maintain and renovate interiors and common areas to ensure their properties remain attractive to tenants.

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 12:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “K PARK”, a new form of lifestyle space for suburban communities

           KBank unveils the first K PARK on Hathairat 33 Road by teaming up with three business giants, namely, PTT (PTT gas station and Café Amazon), SCG Express and Amarin Printing and Publishing to open a new lifestyle space which offers delightful experiences to every lifestyle. Customers using services at K PARK can use KBank digital-based financial transaction services and deliver service of SCG Express, while enjoying aromatic beverages from Café Amazon and indulging themselves with E-Books and print copies of recommended publication selected by Naiin at Naiin Corner’s Digital Shelf free of charge. Customers can also make an online order via NAIINPANN application and Featuring a common area for lounging, workshops and seminars, K PARK on Hathairat 33 Road opens every day from 8.30 a.m.- 8.00 p.m. and offers financial transaction services from 10.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

          Special promotions to celebrate K PARK launch, customers opening KBank saving account and applying for K PLUS service will receive a Café Amazon Cash Card worth THB100 for free from October 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018 or while supplies last.  Also, customers using SCG EXPRESS delivery service will receive discount up to THB20 when they make QR Code payment via K PLUS at K PARK in PTT Saeng Aree Station on  Hathairat 33 Road from September 25 to October 31, 2018.

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  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 16:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fit and Firm withVistra Sports Exclusive Party 2018at Lancaster Bangkok

    Lancaster Bangkok was honoured to be chosen as venue for the “Vistra Sport Exclusive Party 2018”organised by Vistra Sports, the leader of nutrition for sport and exercise. The party brings all guests to join activity exclusively with Coach Micky-Nont Alrapach Na Pompetch and Khun Art Pasut who are Vistra Sports ambassadors.  Guests will also have opportunity to gain work out tips & tricks, healthy food knowledge and being a part of the non-stop energy that will lift up work out game and transform health and fitness into a part of daily lifestyle.


    For reservations and more information, please call Tel. +66 (0) 2252 6890,, or become a fan at

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 16:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How balance leads to top results

    Two students from the Class of 2018, Jisoo Yoon (Sue) and Seung Won Paek, from International School Bangkok (ISB), scored a full score of 45 points on their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (DP). This exceptional achievement places them within a small percentage of students globally to manage this challenging feat. They did this even though taking four Higher Level subjects as opposed to the usual three as required by the IB.

    A total of 20 students at ISB scored over 40 points, including another two students who earned 44 overall points. The average score globally for the IB DP is 300 points, but ISB students far surpassed this number for yet another year, with an average of 35. Accomplishments such as these require a considerable amount of focus and hard work, but Sue and Seung Won cited the importance of maintaining balance in their lives.

    “The score came to me as a huge surprise,” said Seung Won, echoing sentiments expressed by Sue. Both students credited their success in part to their positive and engaging experience with extra-curricular activities, in addition to standard classwork. “Most people think of activities as another burden on top of academics, but I think it’s just the opposite,” Sue said. “Participating in activities I loved, like music, gave me the energy and motivation to work hard academically as well.”

    Seung Won added that it was essential to maintain a responsible balance between schoolwork and extra activities. “Time management was key to my success,” he said. “I was forced to manage my time wisely so that I could complete all the work I had in a limited amount of time.”

    As well as being Class Representative for Student Council, Sue participated as a singer for the Interscholastic Association for Southeast Asia Schools (IASAS) Cultural Convention for all four years of high school, served as President of VOX A Cappella Club, performed in musical theater, and volunteered with the Helping Paws Club for stray dogs.

    Seung Won, another long-time member of the Student Council, served as President of his class since his sophomore year. He belonged to clubs such as the Global Issues Network and High School Tech, played on the varsity basketball and volleyball team, and organized special events for students.

    Students like Sue and Seung Won used these activities to stay focused during the year. After mentioning the difficulty of long hours studying, Seung Won explained what kept him going. “Luckily, I had many outlets through which I could relieve my stress: sports, music, and most importantly — friends and family. As much as I studied, I made sure that I was always had time to chill and refresh my brain,” he said. These activities also created a space for friendships to develop, and the school experience to take on a greater meaning. Seung Won encourages all students to maintain balance in their lives. “Through different classes, clubs and sports teams here at ISB, I was able to meet so many amazing people who have had a significant impact in my life,” he said.

    Sue agreed, saying, “I am immensely grateful that at ISB I was able to pursue my non-academic passions without sacrificing any academic opportunities.”

    Seung Won will be attending Stanford University in the fall and Sue has received a number of acceptances to top universities in South Korea. They were together with some other friends from ISB in Seoul when they heard the IB results.

    Their scores and all round achievements are part of another hugely successful year at ISB, with the school continuing to outperform many others worldwide. Read more about ISB’s overall results here.

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