LENS LINES: Centara Maldives wins awards

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

MALDIVES, 24 March 2017: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives won two prestigious awards, the ‘Leading All Inclusive Resort’ from South Asian Travel Awards 2016 and the ‘Guest Review Award 2016’ from Booking.com, one of the largest global travel websites.

The South Asian Travel Awards is the first-ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations.

Awards were presented to leading hotels and resorts, travel agencies and partners in over 30 categories represented in Sri Lanka, Maldives and India. Read more

Bali captures two TripAdvisor awards

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

SINGAPORE, 22 March 2017: Bali once again tops international awards, this time TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards for Best Destinations in Asia and also the world.

The popular island destination in Indonesia was followed in second place on the Asia list by Cambodia’s Siem Reap, home to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat.

Thailand famed for its mass tourism, that packs in more than 32 million tourists annually, had three destinations in the top 10 list for Asia; third placed Phuket, seventh placed Samui  and eighth placed Bangkok.  Read more

Changi wins triple

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 March 2017: For the fifth year in a row, Singapore Changi Airport has been voted the World’s Best Airport by air travellers at the 2017 World Airport Awards, held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In all, this is the eighth time that Changi Airport has picked up this top international title at the World Airport Awards since it was introduced in 2000.

Changi Airport was also named the Best Airport in Asia, and Best Airport for Leisure Amenities, the latter a title it has held since the award category was introduced in 2009. Read more

Four Asian endeavours reach Nat GEO finals

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 10 March 2017: Five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced Thursday during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.

For the first time four of the 15 finalists that reached the awards stage at ITB Berlin, this year, were from Asia.

It indicates a growing recognition in Asia that tourism must abide by sustainable tourism principles and be part of the solution to save the environment. Read more

Centara resorts win TrpAdvisor recognition

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Two Centara properties gained ratings within the Top 25 TripAdvisor Awards 2017 in the Thailand Family Hotels category.

Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak was ranked 10th and Centara Kata Resort Phuket 21st.

Centara Hotels and Resorts chief executive officer, Thirayuth Chirathivat said: “This is a great honour for Centara Hotels & Resorts, and a great tribute to the outstanding teams we have at both award-winning Centara properties.” Read more

Royal Cliff wins top Agoda award

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand, Trade Talk

PATTAYA, 1 March 2017:  Royal Cliff Hotels Group started 2017 on a high note by bagging the prestigious 2016 Gold Circle Award from Agoda.com, a leading hotel booking site in Asia.

The five-star property that stands on a headland on the outskirts of Pattaya city won the award for its high quality service and exceptional hospitality for its guests.

The award recognises properties, worldwide, that are in the Agoda booking system and embody the best qualities of the online booking experience and deliver remarkable world-class service. Read more

Bali top island spot to chill out

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 23 February: 2017 Bali was named Best Island in the World by DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, organised by a tourism publication based in Singapore.

In addition to Bali taking the top slot, neighbouring island of Lombok was also placed among the top 10 Best islands in the World according to DestinAsian readers.

Phuket island, in South Thailand, came in second with Samui island taking the 4th slot and Phi Phi in eighth place. Read more

Ministry names best Thai destinations

February 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 February 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports presented awards, Wednesday, to Thailand’s seven best tourist destinations of 2016.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the seven best destinations were considered from 17 destinations that qualified to be part of five thematic clusters that would have the potential to be part of a national itinerary.

The awards were categorised into three categories; ecotourism, community-based tourism, and cultural tourism.   Read more

TripAdvisor releases its Choice Awards

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 25 January 2017: TripAdvisor announced, Tuesday, the Asian winners of its 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels.

The top three hotels for Asia are located in Southeast Asia – Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Ubud, Indonesia, ranked no 1 in Asia and second in the World, followed by boutique hotel Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top 7,607 properties in 109 countries and eight regions worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Read more

Awards for foodie tourism

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

PORTLAND, OREGON, 11 January 2017: The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), announced last week that the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism are now open.

Breaking away from the tradition of naming the Top 10, or best restaurants list, FoodTrekking Awards recognisesexperience excellence in 13 categories within the food and beverage tourism industry.

Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, which itself is one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries. Read more

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