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  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Bangkok’s New Spectrum Rooftop Bar Set to Open on March 20th

    Award-winning Japanese architecture firm Super Potato tops off Hyatt Regency Bangkok

    BANGKOK (March, 20, 2019) - As sprawling and glamorous as a luxury home, Bangkok’s newest rooftop bar opens its doors this week as a sparkling new gem in the crown of Bangkok’s top-shelf night spots.

    Designed by the Japanese design firm Super Potato, the Hyatt Regency Bangkok’s new Spectrum Lounge & Bar is a multi-faceted venue that quickly parts company with expectation. On three different levels, the expansive lounge features a collection of cool, intimate spaces.

    “The inspiration behind the new venue is a jet-setting couple, who have created an energizing, welcoming space to entertain guests,” explained Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit’s GM, Sammy Carolus. “This story is told through the design pieces on display, ranging from Thai art to musical instruments, and the variety of distinct areas within the venue, like you’d find in a penthouse.”

    Spread over three levels the journey begins on the 29th floor. Handcrafted basket-weave doors lead into a plush gathering space with marble floors and an open kitchen, surrounded by earthy wooden walls. The Thai influence comes through with a scene of the Chao Phraya River decorating one wall and backlit panels with local patterns shedding light over the space. An intimate study room with a shared table features a flat screen TV for presentations, and at night it metamorphoses into a private dining facility with a floor-to-ceiling outlook on the city’s skyline.

    The spacious living room entices guests to linger with deep, cushioned chairs and wooden tables spread out over a velvety blue carpet. Above intricate Thai patterns etched into gold panels are an ode to the iconic gold Thai Buddha’s hand. The nearby indoor bar creates an edgier vibe with a sleek, black marble countertop.

    Sliding doors allow each room to be separated from the others or all can stay open in order to create a more flowing space. Spectrum’s varied spaces come together to evoke a cozy, residential atmosphere.

    A spacious alfresco terrace spans level 30 and 31, the eclectic area features a large open deck with seats for two and alcoves framed by verdant trees with huge daybeds and private tables. There are pops of lime green in the seats, as well as nautical-themed chairs and tables, and seating for more intimate conversations.

    Given the venue’s name, Spectrum, refers to a range of colours, lighting plays a pivotal role in setting the scene. The overall lighting is designed to create a warm and relaxing ambiance, a feeling of being at home, with the functionality to change to several scene settings depending on the occasion. The study and meeting room has its own individual stage control and the lobby space plays with a changing projection.

    “Before Spectrum you could not get this type of ambiance in Bangkok,” said Super Potato’s vice president, Norihiko Shinya. “It’s hard to compare this with any other rooftop bars in the area as this is type of space is quite special to have in the middle of downtown.”

    A selection of premium tapas such as smoked Scottish salmon & Russian caviar atop bagels, wagyu beef sliders, and crispy soft shell crab with tamarind sauce on a taro fritter, are available at the lounge & bar. Craft cocktails, wine, and a comprehensive beer selection make up the drink menu with concoctions such as Mad Mango, chili-infused vodka, mango puree, spicy mango, elderflower, lime, chili and salt; and Giant Pandan, a blend of vodka, Midori, grapefruit juice, pandan (a common plant in Southeast Asia), lime, egg white & bitters.

    With a total space of 280 square meters (over 3,000 square feet) Spectrum can host 80 guests for indoor gatherings and 295 people when utilizing the indoor and outdoor spaces.



    For more information Click Here!

  • Monday, March 25, 2019 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    As digital financial services grow, DeeMoney leads the way


    Digital transactions in Thailand are rising significantly, data from the Bank of Thailand shows. Mobile and internet payments were up 83 percent in 2018 from 2016, while fund transfers through traditional channels - branches and ATMs - sank.

    People are increasingly using their smart phones and tablets not only for payments, but for money transfers anywhere in the world. This growing “cashless society” is expected to continue in Thailand, as digital technologies and infrastructure evolve and more consumers make the switch for ease and convenience.

    DeeMoney is at the forefront of this evolution in Thailand.

    DeeMoney is an international money transfer service, operated by Thai-based international telecom provider SawasdeeShop. DeeMoney last year became the first non-bank provider in Thailand awarded special licences by the Bank of Thailand for cross-border money transfer, exchange and e-payment services. That means customers can make unlimited and instant transfers worldwide without restrictions traditionally imposed by banks, such as high fees and large amounts of documentation, bank account requirements and red tape.

    DeeMoney charges a flat fee of 150 baht per transaction and requires only one form of valid ID for registration. Money can be sent to 180 countries including the Unites States, Australia, China, India and ASEAN countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines. By collaborating with international partners, it has a strong and reliable distribution network globally, with more than 220,000 service points.

    It also has four branches in Bangkok, offering transfer and 34 currency exchange services. But along with its shopfronts, it is firmly focused on digital innovation. Customers can transfer money and make payments from Thailand via the DeeMoney app available on Android and iOS.

    “We are in the middle of a financial technology revolution, a move towards a more cashless society,” said Aswin Phlaphongphanich, Chief Executive Officer of SawasdeeShop.  

    “Customers in Thailand increasingly want smart, convenient and reliable digital financial services. Not only Thai citizens, but the many international workers and their families living in Bangkok, who want to send money home quickly and easily. 

    “We have been developing several innovative technologies and services that allow them to do this, like the DeeMoney app. We are working towards the next phase of this app which will include an e-wallet.” 

    Such efficient services are critical in a country like Thailand, the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, with its thriving businesses and industries, and global workforce.

    “We are meeting evolving customer needs in Thailand in an increasingly digital world,” Mr Phlaphongphanich said.



  • Friday, March 22, 2019 12:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Xanadu Takes Home the Coveted 2018 Jimmy Watson Trophy



  • Friday, March 22, 2019 09:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Brings Modern Midscale Hospitality to Downtown Angeles City in the Philippines

    (Bangkok – March 15, 2019) Best Western Hotels & Resorts has celebrated the opening of its latest hotel in the Philippines: Best Western Hotel Metro Clark in downtown Angeles City.

    This impressive new-build hotel welcomed its first guests on March 15, 2019, introducing a new era of international midscale hospitality to this popular destination. Integrated into the Saver’s Mall and surrounded by major attractions, including the PAGCOR casino, Best Western Hotel Metro Clark is perfectly suited to all types of traveler.

    Guests are welcomed with a large and inviting lobby, featuring lounge seating and direct access to the mall. This sense of space and connectivity continues throughout the 85 guest rooms and suites. The rooms blend contemporary comfort with cutting-edge facilities, including glass-enclosed bathrooms with refreshing rain showers, large TVs with international channels, working desks with integrated power outlets, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Guests can cool off in the dramatic outdoor infinity pool, which overlooks the city, or workout in the fitness center. The hotel’s bright restaurant features large floor-to-ceiling windows and serves daily breakfast and an all-day à la carte menu, including local, Asian and international dishes. Business services are also available.

    Best Western Hotel Metro Clark was developed by J.A.D. Saver’s Development Company, Inc., a leading Filipino real estate group.

    “Angeles City is an exciting destination that is attracting a growing number of domestic and international travelers,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations - Asia. “Best Western Hotel Metro Clark will cater for this rising demand by providing world-class midscale accommodation and superb facilities in a perfect downtown location, directly adjoining the Saver's Mall on the main MacArthur Highway.”

    “As a Special Economic Zone, the entire Clark Freeport area is experiencing a development boom, with exciting theme parks, shopping malls and attractions designed to suit all ages. This status is also attracting significant business investment. Best Western’s modern midscale concept and warm Filipino service will ensure all guests stay in comfort and style, at a very reasonable price point,” Olivier added.

    With Clark International Airport less than 10km away, Angeles City is now directly connected to many of the world’s most dynamic cities, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and even Dubai. Manila is also less than two hours’ drive from the hotel.

    Visitors to Angeles City have many world-class family attractions to choose from, such as Aqua Planet, Zoocobia and Dinosaurs Island, which features a 7-D “Super Screen” cinema. Shoppers also have a wealth of retail opportunities including the Saver's Mall, SM City Clark and a series of duty-free centers, while golfers can tee-off on a choice of world-class courses, including the 36-hole Mimosa Golf & Country Club and spectacular Clark Sun Valley Country Club. Clark International Speedway offers adrenaline-fueled fun, while more relaxing activities can be enjoyed at the area’s spas and hot springs.

    Best Western is already one of the leading international hotel groups in the Philippines, with hotels operating in a variety of vibrant business and leisure destinations, including Manila, Cebu City, Puerto Princesa, Subic Bay and San Fernando.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 11:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Opening 31 March 2019, Rosewood Bangkok will be located in the prime business and retail district of Ploenchit.

    The ultra-luxury hotel will embrace a striking, contemporary architectural design and will be home to 159 guestrooms. Featuring the Rosewood brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, carefully curated interiors, dining and spa experiences will be an amalgam of contemporary sophistication and touchstones of Thailand’s heritage and customs. Four restaurants and lounges will be complemented by recreational facilities including Sense, A Rosewood Spa; a Fitness Studio; and indoor-outdoor saltwater swimming pool.

    For more information or reservation, please call Tel. +66 2 080 0088 

    bangkok.reservations@rosewoodhotels.com , https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/bangkok  or https://www.facebook.com/RosewoodBangkok  

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation Donation Ceremony


    On behalf of Baker McKenzie Thailand, Say Sujintaya, Partner; Business Development Chair and Waranon Vanichprapa, Partner; CSR Chair presented a cheque for USD 1,100 (THB 35,000) to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kris Chatamra, Founder, Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation and the Pink Park Village.

    The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation supports underprivileged women during their treatment for breast cancer and is aligned with Chulalongkorn Hospital, Bangkok. The Pink Park Village, Thailand's first non-profit holistic centre for underprivileged, terminally ill women suffering from stage-4 breast cancer, is due to open mid-2019.

    Speaking at the donation ceremony held at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation, Sujintaya commented, "The Bangkok office chose Dr Kris Chatamra's projects because we believe the Firm has the opportunity to partake in a long-term project that makes a real impact on Thai society." Vanichprapa further added, "The Bangkok office is making real progress in its CSR activities and we will continue to support the fantastic work done by the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer and the Pink Park Village."

    For further information about the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation and its projects, including the Pink Park Village, please visit their website.


  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Tractus Asia’s Executive Director Presents “Thailand – State of the Kingdom 2019: Politics, Economics and the State of Manufacturing” to the Manufacturing Focus Group


    Pattaya, Thailand 22 February 2019 – Tractus Asia Limited’s Executive Director Dennis Meseroll presented Tractus’ perspective on Thailand’s economy, politics and the state of business at the Manufacturing Focus Group’s (MFG) monthly meeting. The MFG is an association of manufacturing industry-linked companies based in Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard. It recently changed its name from the Automotive Focus Group to MFG to better represent the diverse base of manufacturing companies in the Eastern Seaboard Region.

    Since 2014, Tractus has been providing members of the MFG with an annual outlook on politics, economics and business in Thailand and its impact on the manufacturing industry. Last year Mr. Meseroll noted how political stability in recent years has allowed Thailand to regain its reputation as a low-risk investment destination. During his 2019 presentation he shed some light on the upcoming March 24 election in Thailand and gave Tractus’ update on the state of manufacturing and of the economy.

    The 24 March 2019 election culminates Thailand’s long-awaited return to democracy. Mr. Meseroll noted that in addition to the usual suspect political parties that have been positioning themselves for more than a year, there are over 15 others that are either aligned with the major parties or independent. These independent parties would play a significant role in the formation of a coalition government should no one party emerge with the plurality of votes needed to form a new government.

    The current constitution’s provisions provide disproportionate power to the 250 military appointed Senators who are likely to unanimously support the military aligned Palang Pracharat party. That party would only need 126 candidates to win to secure enough votes to appoint the prime minister. However, Mr. Meseroll highlighted that enough independent parties exist to allow Pheua Thai to form a coalition should less than 126 Palang Pracharat candidates or their own affiliated parties be elected. While it appears that the military-aligned Palang Pracharat party has the advantage, Mr. Meseroll reminded the audience of how hard it is to predict the outcome of Thai politics and that in Thailand nothing is ever as it appears. One should always expect some surprises.

    In 2018, services, manufacturing and agricultural industries expanded. The services industry grew at a 3.7% rate compared to 15% in the previous year. The major reason was the decline in revenue from tourism in 2018 as the number of Chinese tourists declined. The agriculture industry grew at a rate of 4.3% in contrast to the previous year as commodity prices strengthened. Manufacturing grew at a rate of 1.6%, which was only about half of 2017.

    Mr. Meseroll pointed out that over the last almost all other ASEAN countries have received more FDI than did Thailand. However, Mr. Meseroll expects that there will be an uptick in FDI in 2019, particularly in higher value-added manufactured goods like automotive, electronics and others, because of the U.S.-China Trade War, which will require more value to be added to qualify as originating in Thailand. This expectation was confirmed by a lot of the participants in the audience who confirmed that they have received more requests for proposals and quotations than usual since the U.S.-China trade row began in early 2018.

    Thailand’s manufacturing industry remains globally competitive for higher value manufactured goods. Thailand ranks among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest manufacturing output as a percentage of GDP, similar to countries like Taiwan and China. Additionally, Mr. Meseroll shared some success stories about recent growth and investments in manufacturing in Thailand in the rubber products, electrics and electronics, aerospace and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and auto parts sectors.

    Tractus Asia Limited (www.tractus-asia.com) is an Asia-based foreign direct investment strategy and execution advisory firm with offices in Shanghai, China; Chennai, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Yangon, Myanmar; Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tractus advises and assists corporations develop effective market entry strategies and assists them throughout the execution process, including site selection, real estate transactions and investment incentives negotiations to corporate establishment and start-up management. For global economic development organizations, Tractus provides export promotion and investment attraction representation services throughout Asia.


  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Competition Rises In Bangkok’s Retail Property Market

    Bangkok, 18 March 2019 – Competition is increasing in Bangkok’s retail property sector with bricks vs. clicks as e-commerce grows and bricks vs. bricks as developers build new malls, according to CBRE, a leading international property consultant.

    All over the world, e-commerce is challenging traditional retail stores and Thailand is no exception.  Currently, e-commerce only forms a small percentage of total retail sales in Thailand, but CBRE expects that this will grow rapidly.  In the UK, 18% of retail sales are now online rather than buying from traditional stores.

    Globally, retail tenants are having to pursue an omni-channel approach with both online e-commerce sales and offline traditional sales in stores.  In many cases, this has led to a rationalization of their retail portfolio and a reduction in the number of stores.

    In Bangkok, the threat to retail landlords is not just from the rise of e-commerce, but also from the increase in supply.

    Based on the latest survey by CBRE Research, there is over 600,000 square metres of space under construction due for completion by 2023 mainly in large-scale shopping malls like EmSphere, Bangkok Mall and One Bangkok.  There are also new malls being planned where construction will start soon such as the redevelopment of the Dusit Thani Hotel.

    Competition is going to be fierce and retail landlords are going to have to adapt to the new environment to survive and this, according to CBRE Research, will mean big changes in their business model.

    Historically, landlords have leased out space on three-year leases at monthly rents.  Landlords have set rents based on the tenant’s ability to pay driven by business type, size of shop, which floor in the building and which location on the floor.  Landlords have tried to extract as much rent as the tenant can afford to pay with the tenant bearing the obligation of a fixed amount of rent and assuming much of the business risk.

    Now the business model is changing with tenants wanting the landlord to share more of the risk by basing the rent on a percentage of the tenant’s revenue, known in Thailand as a Gross Profit (GP) rent.

    The landlord along with the tenant will benefit if business is good, but suffer if business is bad, with the landlord not only taking a risk on the ability of the mall to attract customers but also on the success of tenant’s business.

    Landlords are also now expected not just rent space but to be data providers and analysts.

    Tenants now want landlords to collect, analyse and share data on how many people come to the mall, how often and what they are spending their money on along with many other details.

    Tenants are going to be increasingly demanding about the quantity and quality of information that they get from the landlord so they can best match their products and services to the mall’s customers.

    In the era, e-commerce landlords have to give people a reason to visit their mall and not just to buy online.

    Increasing the volume of food outlets providing “retailtainment” is one option but restaurants cannot pay the same rents as luxury brand retailers.

    Ms. Jariya Thumtrongkitkul, Head of Advisory and Transaction – Retail, CBRE Thailand, “Creating limited time opportunities through pop-up stores or events is another emerging trend giving people a reason to get up and go to a mall because they will not be able to get the product or have the experience elsewhere or at another time”.

    “The revolution in retailing with coming of e-commerce and competition from new supply means that landlords will have to be a lot more sophisticated in what they provide both in terms of mall format and data”.

    This is what makes retail development one of the most complicated property sectors, much harder and more demanding than offices.

    There will be winners and losers in this new retail environment and there is not much middle ground, there are malls that will be successful and those that will be failures and not much in between.


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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Storrington PR Visit Lancaster Bangkok

    Lancaster Bangkok, 13 March 2019 - Four members of the British media visit Bangkok to experience the city as “travelers not tourists”. Top London PR firm Storrington PR invited Lancaster Bangkok to host the familiarisation trip from 13th – 16th March, to showcase the Hotel and its fantastic location as a base to tour the city.

    Whilst at Lancaster Bangkok, the journalists enjoyed Viva Jiva spa treatments, a gourmet dinner courtesy of Director of Culinary Michele Bravo, cocktail mixology and Thai cooking classes. Outside of the hotel the group was taken on a concierge tour of the old city and to some of Bangkok’s lesser know curiosities, and to a local night market to sample authentic Thai cuisine and haggle for souvenirs. Lancaster Bangkok’s mission is to deliver authentic Thai memories; General Manager Martin Hurley said “I’m always proud to show our visitors both the hotel and our fantastic city. Bangkok has so much to offer, it’s a city that never fails to surprise and delight with a mixture of history and modernity on every street – no matter how many times you visit it’s a place you could never tire of”.

    For more information, please call Tel. +66 (0) 262 8000, info@lancasterbangkok.com, www.lancasterbangkok.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/lancasterbangkok


  • Monday, March 18, 2019 09:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Brings Modern Midscale Hospitality to Downtown Angeles City in the Philippines



    (Bangkok – March 15, 2019) Best Western Hotels & Resorts has celebrated the opening of its latest hotel in the Philippines: Best Western Hotel Metro Clark in downtown Angeles City.

    This impressive new-build hotel welcomed its first guests on March 15, 2019, introducing a new era of international midscale hospitality to this popular destination. Integrated into the Saver’s Mall and surrounded by major attractions, including the PAGCOR casino, Best Western Hotel Metro Clark is perfectly suited to all

    Guests are welcomed with a large and inviting lobby, featuring lounge seating and direct access to the mall. This sense of space and connectivity continues throughout the 85 guest rooms and suites. The rooms blend contemporary comfort with cutting-edge facilities, including glass-enclosed bathrooms with refreshing rain showers, large TVs with international channels, working desks with integrated power outlets, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Guests can cool off in the dramatic outdoor infinity pool, which overlooks the city, or workout in the fitness center. The hotel’s bright restaurant features large floor-to-ceiling windows and serves daily breakfast and an all-day à la carte menu, including local, Asian and international dishes. Business services are also available.

    Best Western Hotel Metro Clark was developed by J.A.D. Saver’s Development Company, Inc., a leading Filipino real estate group.

    “Angeles City is an exciting destination that is attracting a growing number of domestic and international travelers,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations - Asia. “Best Western Hotel Metro Clark will cater for this rising demand by providing world-class midscale accommodation and superb facilities in a perfect downtown location, directly adjoining the Saver's Mall on the main MacArthur Highway.”

    “As a Special Economic Zone, the entire Clark Freeport area is experiencing a development boom, with exciting theme parks, shopping malls and attractions designed to suit all ages. This status is also attracting significant business investment. Best Western’s modern midscale concept and warm Filipino service will ensure all guests stay in comfort and style, at a very reasonable price point,” Olivier added.

    With Clark International Airport less than 10km away, Angeles City is now directly connected to many of the world’s most dynamic cities, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and even Dubai. Manila is also less than two hours’ drive from the hotel.

    Visitors to Angeles City have many world-class family attractions to choose from, such as Aqua Planet, Zoocobia and Dinosaurs Island, which features a 7-D “Super Screen” cinema. Shoppers also have a wealth of retail opportunities including the Saver's Mall, SM City Clark and a series of duty-free centers, while golfers can tee-off on a choice of world-class courses, including the 36-hole Mimosa Golf & Country Club and spectacular Clark Sun Valley Country Club. Clark International Speedway offers adrenaline-fueled fun, while more relaxing activities can be enjoyed at the area’s spas and hot springs.

    Best Western is already one of the leading international hotel groups in the Philippines, with hotels operating in a variety of vibrant business and leisure destinations, including Manila, Cebu City, Puerto Princesa, Subic Bay and San Fernando.




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