2020 has become a year like no other and COVID – 19 hit 2020 like a massive wrecking ball. Very few were prepared for the damage that COVID has caused as most had very little time to prepare. However, one of her most damaging and lingering effects is the unknown return to some level of […]

Health and Wellness Tourism

By Dr. Iain Corness, Consultant, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism all sound as if they are related, but in reality are quite different. Wellness tends towards the abstract concept, while Medical Tourism implies surgical procedures for the correction of a physical condition. Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being in good […]

Thailand: Partnering with Australia to develop world-class hospitality skills

By H.E. Mr. Paul Robilliard, the Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand As the second largest economy in ASEAN, Thailand is moving ahead in its aim to develop higher-value and knowledge-based industries. Central to its plans are polices that will transition its manufacturing and services sectors to become more high-tech and innovative, in line […]

How to Create a High-End Tourist Market

By Atakawee Choosang, Associate Director – Head of CBRE Hotels, Thailand As a hospitality capital of Asia, Thailand has an ever-increasing supply of new hotels competing with the latest chic designs to draw in high-end tourists.  But is supply driven demand enough to create a market that will entice high end customers?  While the foundational tenets […]

MICE and Major Events competitiveness compared to other emerging / growing SEA nations

By Mr. Michal Zitek, Area General Manager at Angsana Laguna Phuket When it comes to meetings, conferences, incentive and events (MICE), few locations are as ideal as Thailand, thanks to its strategic location with easy access via air, land and sea, a wealth of accommodation options, and a wide range of natural and cultural attractions that can […]

Beauty that delivers on the bottom line

By Hospitality Head  of Design, dwp| design worldwide partnership  How can we create memorable experiences that also creates profit for hotel owners? In the Instagram era, it doesn’t matter whether your hotel is five-star or frugal – guests expect it to look good. But beauty without business performance is just artistic showboating, says dwp’s Hospitality Lead, […]

Design Destinations

By dwp| design worldwide partnership Research indicates that today’s inbound traveler to Thailand and South East Asia, with wallets of every size, are more independent, more hungry and more ready than ever before for a true taste of local culture. SLOW travel is at the forefront of the insta-generations travel expectations: local experiences, local people and […]

Responsible tourism

By Kanlaya Mathyakom, Founder at Pickaboo co., Ltd While the application of Artificial Intelligent and the blockchain in travel business were amongst the sizzling hot topics at the recent Pacific Asia Travel Association June 2018 in Gueng Nueng Korea, I find that one of the most important messages, was from former UN secretary Baan Ki Moon’s “Build […]

Outlook for Phuket 2018

By Harry Usher, the AustCham Thailand coordinator for Phuket and a Director of Lady Pie Phuket Phuket continues to grow economically as a cosmopolitan centre for residents (both foreign and Thai), business, and tourists. Several new hotels have been built to cater for the increased tourist demand and many of the more unsightly parts of Patong, […]