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  • Friday, March 16, 2018 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    Market-leading contribution to hotel revenue earns SiteMinder a gold Top hotel Star Award




    The value of revenue growth to an industry rife with increasing competition has this week been recognised at the 2018 Top hotel Star Awards held in Hamburg, Germany. The esteemed program presented one of its highest honours – the Gold Award for the category of ‘Hotel Sales Promotion’ – to the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, for the material impact felt by hotel users of its holistic suite of guest acquisition solutions.

    Responsible for generating 72.6 million hotel bookings and over €19.22 billion in hotel revenue in 2017, SiteMinder’s solutions include the hotel industry’s most widely-adopted channel manager, a hotel website creator and direct booking engine, real-time pricing intelligence, and a connection to the worldwide network of travel agents. The Gold Award marks the company’s fourth consecutive Top hotel Star Award win, as voted by the editors and readers of Germany’s most widely-circulated trade publication, Top hotel.

    Speaking on the goal of the awards program, Top hotel editor Thomas Karsch says, “When hotel residents review a stay in a hotel, they first think of friendliness and readiness to provide service … facilities and equipment are frequently unnoticed or presumed.”

    The past year has seen SiteMinder’s hotel customer base grow to more than 28,000 globally, supported by deals with a number of renowned hotel chains – including Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, Pestana Hotel Group, TFE Hotels and Imlauer Hotels – that have presence in Germany and the broader DACH region. Local independent hotels have also benefited from using SiteMinder’s platform, such as Hotel & Gasthof zum Hirsch, a 128-year-old boutique property which enhanced its presence online to grow direct bookings by more than 18 percent and lower bounce rates on its hotel website.

    SiteMinder’s regional manager – DACH, Clemens Fisch, who accepted the award Sunday, says, “It is humbling for SiteMinder to be recognised in such an established, innovative hotel industry as Germany’s. This win is testament to the immeasurable role of technology in driving the acquisition of guests for hotels, effectively and affordably, and we are delighted to provide this role for hoteliers in Germany and around the world.”

    The annual Top hotel Star Award program recognises suppliers from 14 other categories, including hotel design, food & beverage, and service. Around 100 suppliers were nominated this year to attract more than 4,300 votes in total.


  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 15:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Do you want your children to fly higher?




    Begin your child’s journey to success at Shrewsbury’s renowned Riverside campus, one of South East Asia’s leading international schools. With an exceptional record of academic excellence and world-class exam results, education at Shrewsbury opens the door to top universities around the world. 

    However, we do more than help students achieve their academic potential. We provide outstanding opportunities outside the classroom, combined with unparalleled support for every student, equipping them with the skills, resilience and passion to thrive at university and beyond. 

    For more stories, please visit ; http://www.shrewsbury.ac.th/step-up-to-year-7.


  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 09:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd wins another award




    V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd. is a member of international household relocation associations.

    At the Asian Relocation Association (ARA) annual conference held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from March 5th to 7th, we were honoured to receive the “Green Award” for our continuing efforts to operate in an environmental preservation manner.

    The award was presented by Mr Sudeep Shah, President of ARA, to our Deputy Managing Director, Ms Tatsuran Rungrassamee, as one of the highlights of the Annual Conference.

    The award was based on the following criteria:

    1. Waste water

    2. Elimination of dust

    3. Lighting standards in the work place

    4. Reduction of noise

    5. Disposal of packing and chemical trash

    6. Re-cycling of wooden cases, cardboard cartons, and paper wrappings.

    This award is in recognition of our commitment to eliminate waste, such as using our specialized machine to use waste timber to create new timber planks. This just makes good business cost savings.

    Every year the local authority comes to our warehouse to check all criteria above mentioned to ensure that we are within the set standards,

    Moreover, we are also members of Euromovers who honoured V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd. with their award for "Excellence" at the conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, last year.


  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 15:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Welcome Top 5 Miss Universe




    Joon Kwan Park, left, Hotel Manager of Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, recently welcome and present bouquet to Maria Poonlertlarp, right, Miss Universe Thailand 2017, in occasion of visiting and wedding magazine photo shooting at Giorgio’s Italian Cuisine restaurant of the hotel.

    Photo shown from left

    1. Mr. Joon Kwan Park, Hotel Manager of Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
    2. Miss Maria Poonlertlarp, Miss Universe Thailand 2017


  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 14:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Growth And Change In 2018 Bangkok Property Market



    CBRE, the leading international real estate advisor, reports that the new year has started with a mood of optimism for the Thai economy lifted by an upbeat global outlook. Developers are competing fiercely for prime development sites, driving up prices to record levels and both condominium prices and office rents are at record highs. E-commerce and changes in consumer behaviour are shaping the retail and modern logistic property sectors.

    Exports and Tourism: Main Contribution to Thai Economy

    The Thai economy is picking up with growth in exports and tourism. Thailand finished 2017 with 3.9% Y-o-Y gross domestic product (GDP) growth, resulting from a significant increase of 9.9% in exports to all major markets.

    The tourism sector, accounting for 20% of the country’s GDP, saw a record 35.4 million arrivals, an increase of 8.6% Y-o-Y in 2017 with further growth predicted for 2018. 

    Local Developers Form Joint Ventures with Foreign Partners

    Thai banks are being conservative about new project lending to developers and so Thai developers are seeking funding from foreign partners. The number of joint venture projects in Bangkok have grown exponentially from only 4 projects in 2013 to 52 projects in 2017. Most joint ventures to date have been with Japanese investors on a project-by-project basis for condominiums.

    CBRE Thailand is now also seeing investors from other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Although earlier joint ventures started with condominium development, CBRE expects new investment in both condominium and income producing properties such as office.

    The proportion of foreign buyer to Thai buyer rose slightly to from last year to 25% of total CBRE’s transactions. CBRE expects foreign buyers to continue to buy Thai residential property both luxury products and below THB 10 million segment as CBRE has witnessed developers put greater efforts to market their projects offshore.

    Demand Continues for Prime Sites

    “Demand for prime sites has remained strong with developers continuing to acquire sites both for condominium and rental income producing office, hotel and retail developments,” reported Ms. Aliwassa Pathnadabutr, Managing Director of CBRE Thailand.

    Land prices in the Bangkok’s central business district (CBD) will continue to increase in the most prime locations near mass transit stations. Prime sites have in some cases increased by 25-30% Y-o-Y in 2017.

    CBRE Research has already seen the biggest land sale in Thai history with the acquisition of the British Embassy site by the Central Pattana (CPN) / Hongkong Land Joint Venture at GBP 420 million and a record price paid of THB 3.1 million per square wah for an 880 square wah development site on Soi Langsuan by SC Asset.

    Developers are starting to diversify with residential condominium developers looking at moving into income producing office, retail and hotel properties.

    The scarcity of prime, CBD freehold sites will drive prices up.

    Steady Demand for Offices but Tenants Start to Look at Alternative Workplace Solutions

    Mr. Nithipat Tongpun, Head of Advisory and Transaction Services – Office, CBRE Thailand expects steady Bangkok office demand of 200,000 square metres per year for the next few years. However, he does not expect a sudden jump in demand, so new supply of less than 200,000 square metres in 2018 will mean that vacancy will remain low and rents will continue to rise, but at slower rate. The vacancy rate is 7.8% and falling and rents rose by between 4-5% for all grades in all locations.

    “As rents rise, office tenants will seek to reduce occupation costs by applying workplace strategies so they can put more people in less space,” said Mr. Nithipat.

    Rising rents and changes in international accounting rules where leases now have to be accounted for on the balance sheet and the desire not to pay for the capital cost of fit out and have no long-term commitments will lead some multinationals to choose renting by the desk in co-working space, rather than leasing and fitting out traditional offices.

    Four international co-working space operators will open their first locations with a combined area of about 18,000 square metres in office buildings in Bangkok’s CBD this year. CBRE expects they will continue to expand.

    Retail Landlords to Create New Experiences

    CBRE Research anticipates that the contest between “bricks versus clicks”, with the disruptive effect of e-commerce on traditional retail formats, will start to be felt in Thailand in 2018.

    CBRE predicts that the vacancy rate of 5% will fall as renovations are completed on existing shopping centres. New supply will be about 300,000 square metres in 2018, compared to 100,000 square metres in 2017, increasing competition among retail centres to attract customers.

    Retailers will also become omni-channel with a mixture of online and offline sales which could mean they need less space.

    Retailers and retail landlords will have to adapt by not only creating unique experiences but also providing convenience that cannot be replicated online.

    E-commerce Drives Demand for Modern Logistics

    The growth in e-commerce will lead to increased demand for all forms of modern logistics properties (MLPs), according to CBRE Thailand. As of Q4 2017, the overall occupancy rate of MLPs stood at 79.2%, improving from 78.6% in the previous quarter.

    The value of global e-commerce market has accelerated every year. For every USD 1 billion of e-commerce sales in the U.S., 100,000 square metres of additional logistics space is needed, according to CBRE’s Industrial Property Research. Thailand’s e-commerce value in 2017 was estimated at USD 2.84 billion or accounted for about 1% of total retail sales.

    CBRE predicts that increases in e-commerce sales in Thailand will have a similar proportionate effect on the demand for MLPs.

    Opportunities and Risks in 2018

        



  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 14:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 Australian-Thai International Friendly Football Match




    Thailand’s women’s under-19s football team (known as Chaba Kaew U19) will be ASEAN’s representative in a match against Australian under-20s women’s national football team, the Young Matildas, on 16 March in Sydney ahead of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. 

    Chaba Kaew U19 will travel to Australia this coming Saturday 10 March as part of the ASEAN-Australia Young Women Football Exchange Program (AAYFE), a partnership between the Australian Government and Football Federation of Australia (FFA).  The AAYFE program aims to deepen participants’ understanding about ASEAN countries and Australia’s bilateral relationship with the region through sport. Shortly after arriving in Australia, Chaba Kaew U19 will join the Young Matildas for a week-long training camp.  They will test their newly honed skills at the end of the camp with the match.

    The Chaba Kaew U19 team were selected by FFA following a rigorous selection process. To congratulate them on their success, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mr Paul Robilliard hosted a reception at his residence in the evening of 6 March for the team and senior Thai officials.

    “This program is a great opportunity for both young Australians and Thais to showcase their sporting skills and enhance our bilateral relationship through sports.  In this week, when we mark the International Women’s Day, we also recognise the role sports play, and in particularly the AAYFE program, to empower woman” the Ambassador said.

    The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to be held in Sydney on 17-18 March will provide an unprecedented opportunity for Australia’s and ASEAN leaders to discuss how our nations can continue to make our region safe and more prosperous. The Special Summit will strengthen our joint contribution in regional security and prosperity, including by addressing shared security challenges and unlocking greater opportunities for our businesses.

    The match between Australia’s Young Matildas and Thailand’s Chaba Kaew U19 will kick off at 12:30pm (AEST) on Friday, 16 March at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval.


  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 16:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    KIS International School Wins Ultimaker Education Challenge APAC 2017!




    Left to right: Sally Holloway, KIS Head of School , Michael Hirsch, Secondary School Principal, Philip Toews, MYP Design Teacher, Mr. Vorawat Vadhanakovint, managing director of Septillion, Mrs. Kantaya Vadhanakovint, general manager of Septillion


    Bangkok - Ultimaker together with Septillion company, leading 3D printing companies, recently recognised KIS International School as winner of the “Ultimaker Education Challenge APAC 2017”. The prize for KIS was an Ultimaker 3D printer with accessories and an invitation to join the Ultimaker Pioneer Program from the United States.

    “I was very honoured when I received the news that my “Board Game Pieces” lesson won the ‘Ultimaker Education Challenge APAC 2017’. I firmly believe that my lesson will open up an exciting opportunity to students in the school and I am thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity by Ultimaker and Septillion. I will definitely be able to use the excellent features of the Ultimaker 3 3D printer to bring out the creativity and skills of our students ”, Philip Toews, the representative of KIS school and the winner of the challenge said.

    Ultimaker supports creative and innovative educators who boldly pioneer new technology in the classroom and curate their inspiring lesson plans to share with other teachers using the Ultimaker Pioneer Program - Ultimaker’s own education platform. CEO Jos Burger explains: “We find it important to set the engineers, artists and designers of the future on the right path, and to support their learning along the way. We wish KIS International School the best of luck with their new Ultimaker 3D printer, which is a perfect accompaniment to developing key skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).”

    KIS International School places importance on innovation and the use of advanced technology in the classroom, allowing students to express their creativity and solve problems in inspirational ways.

    www.kis.ac.th


  • Friday, February 23, 2018 09:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The St. Regis Bangkok Named Five-Star Hotel By Forbes Travel Guide in its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement


    Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming The St. Regis Bangkok as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. The St. Regis Bangkok will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

    With a prestigious location on Rajadamri Road, The St. Regis Bangkok is situated in the heart of the city’s key commercial corridor, walking distance from international corporate offices, magnificent high-end shopping malls and Lumpini Park. With refined elegance, understated luxury and unrivalled service, the hotel is directly adjoined to the BTS Skytrain station ‘Ratchadamri’, to navigate the bustling metropolis with convenience and ease. Offering 229 guest rooms, suites and residential units, with the renowned St. Regis Butler Service, unparalleled personal attention is paid to every guest at any hour. Epicurean experiences abound at The St. Regis Bangkok, with a wide range of luxury dining venues and bars. Exquisite design, commanding views, meticulous diligence to detail and uncompromising St. Regis standards of excellence ensure an exceptional stay at this most exclusive address in Bangkok, just 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

    “It fills me with pride and I am absolutely thrilled that the passion and continuous focus on improving our services and product, by the entire team of The St. Regis Bangkok, has been

    recognized by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for 2018,” commented Klaus Christandl, General Manager, The St. Regis Bangkok.

    The St. Regis Bangkok is the latest addition to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958. 

    “We are pleased to honor the 2018 Star Rating recipients, an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrates a strong culture of service,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.

    “In an online environment of confusion and clutter, Forbes Travel Guide is the most trusted source of information to assist guests in making informed decisions,” Inzerillo said. “These properties, the largest and most global group in the company’s history, achieve an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as individual hotel experience. We are proud to congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.”


  • Friday, February 23, 2018 08:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Thomas Christiansen as a General Manager at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit Thonglor from 1 February 2018 onwards.

    Originating from Denmark, Mr. Thomas started his career in Front Office team at Sequoia Lodge in France. After developing his path, he moved to Asia in 1997. He continued his success in various roles in Room Operations, EAM and General Manager. He had an experience in both resort and city hotels in China, Hong Kong, Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok and Cambodia.

    Mr. Thomas began his journey with Marriott International in 2002, where he was in the role of Director of Front Office Operations at Marriott Grand Hotel Moscow. After that, he was in the position of Resident Manager and Hotel Manager at Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa and JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa. In 2009, Mr. Thomas started his first General Manager at Grand Millennium Sukhimvit Bangkok and his most recent position was Area General Manager of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia.

    It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Thomas back to Marriott and we are certain that he will be successful in this new role at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit Thonglor.


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