Indian tucker at its best

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Rang Mahal restaurant at the 407-room Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok has won the Editor’s Choice Award for Indian cuisine at the 19th Bangkok’s Best Restaurant awards.

The Rang Mahal was selected by a panel of five judges, with 12 to 23 nominees in each category vying for recognition by Bangkok’s most respected awards in the hospitality industry.

Bangkok Best Restaurant Awards is hosted by Bangkok Best Dining & Entertainment magazine. Read more

Marco Polo and Niccolo under one Wharf

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 23 June 2017: Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels are now officially grouped together under Wharf Hotels Management Limited.

This marks a new chapter in the company’s evolution, with Wharf Hotels now becoming the trading name for Wharf Hotels Management Limited, which in turn manages the two hotel brands.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, and a subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Wharf Hotels currently manages 14 hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines under its legacy brand of Marco Polo Hotels and the new luxury brand, Niccolo Hotels. Read more

Hotel group expands in Egypt

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is ramping up its presence in Egypt, revealing plans to add a new integrated beach and golf resort to its portfolio of 16 hotels and river cruisers.

The global hospitality group has inked an agreement with Galalah Co For Touristic Investments to manage the 214-key Mövenpick Hotel El Ein Bay, its second property in the coastal area of El Sokhna.

The first, Mövenpick Resort El Sokhna, is owned by a sister firm of Galalah Co. Read more

Agoda hints on cheap travel

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 19 June 2017: An agoda.com report attempts to cast light on when and where we should travel to get the hottest room deals.

Agoda.com claims its latest Travel Smart study has the answers.

Pulling booking data from millions of guests, who used agoda.com in 2016, the study checked pricing and booking trends that would indicate the best time to book and the best destinations for a good deal. Read more

Swiss-Belhotel returns to Manila

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Philippines

MANILA, 19 June 2017: Swiss-Belhotel International has returned to the Philippines with the launch of Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel.

The four-star Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel offers 271 rooms ranging from 36 sqm premier twin rooms to 123 sqm three bedroom balcony suites rooms.

The property features a range of supporting facilities including a gym and spa, restaurants and coffee shops, a rooftop swimming pool and a choice of well-equipped function rooms. Read more

Centara reopens Danang resort

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

DANANG, 19 June 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts has reopened the 198-room Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang following an extensive renovation and upgrade.

The resort is located on Non Nuoc beach, a 20-minutes drive from Danang’s airport and close to two championship golf courses. The resort targets vacationing families and couples, as well as weddings and business events. Read more

Vang Vieng to upgrade standards

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 16 June 2017: Vang Vieng’s tourism authorities will improve the standard of attractions, facilities and services to make the travel experience more rewarding.

Vientiane Times quoted a provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department official, Boualy Milattanapheng, saying authorities will upgrade tourist attractions, while also implementing service training to meet international standards as the country prepares for Visit Laos Year 2018.

“The department is ranking hotels and guesthouses standards from one to five stars, as well as offering hotel and guesthouse staff training.” Read more

Best Western opens in Ubud

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 16 June 2017:  Best Western Hotels & Resorts has opened a new upscale resort in Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart and an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Located in a quiet forest, yet close to the main attractions of Ubud, Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud reflects the classical charm and beauty of the island captured in the resort’s interior and exterior design.

The open-plan features offer traditional touches, such as wooden floors and Balinese furnishings. These are complemented by modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, ensuring that guests at Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud have the best of both worlds. Read more

Luang Prabang bucks travel trend

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: Lao PDR’s World Heritage town Luang Prabang bucked the country’s negative trend in tourist arrivals in 2016 delivering a 5.88% increase, the town’s tourism department reported on the sidelines of the Mekong Tourism Forum last week.

Addressing a press conference, Luang Prabang deputy director Department of Information, Culture and Tourism, Soudaphone Khomthavong, said the destination continues to see positive results during the first quarter of this year, the only province to do so.

Overall, Laos closed 2016 with 4.68 million tourist arrivals, down 12.66% from 4.23 million in 2015. The last time the country saw its tourist arrivals dip was in 2001 and again in 2003. The drop in 2001 was blamed on the terror attack in the US and in 2003 on the SARS epidemic in Asia. Read more

Muay Thai punch for hotel package

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 13 June 2017: Thai boutique resort collection, MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts, is introducing fitness activities by the sea drawing on the ancient marshal art tradition of Thai Boxing.

Learning the art of Muay Thai offers guests a glimpse into the heart and soul of Thailand as well as an opportunity to improve fitness and stamina, the hotel group stated in its promotion.

Guests can learn the fundamental movements of Muay Thai by joining lessons held at the resort each daily led by a skilled trainer. Thai massage sessions are also included in the programme to help participants build a supple, more relaxed physique. Read more

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