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A round-up of news and great travel offers from members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter July – August 2012

CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Chapter Deepen Areas of Cooperation
  • Chapter and Skal Unite with BBC World for Travel Event
  • Does Bangkok Need More Attractions to Stay Competitive?
  • Free Tourism Marketing Workshop for Thailand Operators
  • Cambodian Table Top Buyer-Seller Event August 9
  • OFFERS FROM CHAPTER MEMBERS
  • Khiri Travel Offers Golden Triangle with a Glimpse of Myanmar
  • Executive Value Package at Swissotel Le Concorde in Bangkok
  • Asian Trails Gives 50% Discount on River Kwai Cruise
  • Join a High Energy Bangkok to Phuket Bike Tour in September
  • Bedside Media Launched to Support Thai Medical Tourism
  • Once in a Lifetime Special Offers for Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
  • No Green Talk, Just Action: Imperial Queen’s Park Plants Trees
  • Sampran Riverside 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Discover WWII History and More on the River Kwai with NS Tours
  • Great Family Deal at the Ambassador Hotel Bangkok
  • Discover Nature and Thai Ways on a Loei Farm Near Laos
  • Stay at Menam Riverside in Bangkok. Shop at Asiatique
  • Fine Dining, With Wine, Coming to Samui - Again
  • CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS
    Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Chapter Deepen Areas of Cooperation
    On June 21 the Chapter’s executive committee met with TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni and senior TAT executives. The Chapter thanked the Governor for support and for helping the Chapter conduct activities that led to it winning the Spirit of PATA Award in 2011. The Governor said that the TAT would support the Chapter's 40th anniversary activities and that the TAT would work with PATA on advocacy issues and on Asean economic community integration challenges ahead of 2015. The TAT will also work with PATA and the Tourism Council of Thailand on crisis communication enhancements. On other matters, the Governor told the Chapter that roundtable meetings on sustainability and IT development should be prioritised. The first such meeting is likely to be a joint one-day forum with Earth Check on August 29.
    Chapter and Skal Unite with BBC World for Travel Event
    The PATA Thailand Chapter, with support from Skal Thailand, is organizing a lunch and discussion with BBC World’s popular travel consumer TV show Fast:Track. The program’s main presenter, Rajan Datar will speak at the event which will (provisionally) be held on Tuesday August 7 at the Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant at the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. The Chapter will officially update members shortly.
    Does Bangkok Need More Attractions to Stay Competitive?
    The PATA Thailand Chapter held a presentation and discussion, “No Attractions, No Tourists!” June 27 at the new Asiatique Riverfront complex in Bangkok. The attendees heard about plans for Asiatique’s expansion as Bangkok’s newest attraction which is already popular with over 40,000 visitors a day at the weekends. The former East Asiatic Port founded by Danish traders in 1884 now has 40 bars and restaurants, 1,500 shops and a 12,000 sqm event plaza. The Chapter debate, however, was on the extent to which Thailand needs mega attractions, the way neighbouring countries have developed Disneyland, Legoland, Ngong Ping 360 and other mass tourism icons. Cultural tourism journalist Luc Citrinot spoke at the event. He told the audience that Thailand’s museums were too old fashioned and not creative and interactive enough. One debate was if the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s leading attraction, should be open at night and offer a light and sound show. See HotelCircleAsia’s report on “No Attractions, No Tourists!” here.

    [picture of Chapter Chairman Bert van Walbeek at the event courtesy of Steven Howard, Asia Travel Tips.com]
    Free Tourism Marketing Workshop for Thailand Operators
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand is organizing a full day market briefing program on July 16 at QSNCC in Bangkok. The free forum will take place in Thai language and have detailed sessions on all important Thai tourism markets (by country). Tel: 02 250 5500 ext 1240. Email: tourismclinic@tat.or.th
    Cambodian Table Top Buyer-Seller Event August 9
    The PATA Cambodia Chapter is organizing a table top sales event to bring buyers who are tour operators to meet with sellers who are hotel, resort, restaurant, guide, transport, spa service, souvenir shop, handicraft shop, and other tourism support business such as IT-solution companies. The event takes place in Phnom Penh on August 9. Click here to register as a buyer; here if you are a seller. Further info: soksophea2009@gmail.com and cc patacambodia@gmail.com.
    OFFERS FROM CHAPTER MEMBERS
    Khiri Travel Offers Golden Triangle with a Glimpse of Myanmar
    Khiri Travel is offering a three-day tour, “The Golden Triangle with a Glimpse of Myanmar.” It begins in the mountains of northern Chiang Mai and travels to Chiang Rai, Myanmar and the Golden Triangle – where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet. Guests encounter authentic hill tribes of northern Thailand, ride elephants, enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Myanmar border, take in the mountains of Doi Mae Salong, experience the impressive architecture of temples in Myanmar, and much more. Tours depart every Sunday and Tuesday and include transportation, accommodation, sightseeing, English speaking guide and most meals. For more information and bookings contact travel@khiri.com.
    Executive Value Package at Swissotel Le Concorde in Bangkok
    The Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok is offering an executive value package for THB3,800++ per night until September 30, 2012. The package includes special benefits such as executive club lounge, meeting room, private gym, complimentary regular laundry and 6pm check out. Bookings for two consecutive nights or more get a free one-way airport transfer. For reservations and a full list of benefits call (+66) 2694 2222 ext 1205. Email: surissa.vivakanond@swissotel.com
    Asian Trails Gives 50% Discount on River Kwai Cruise
    The first inland cruise ship in Thailand, the RV River Kwai, a newly built colonial style river cruiser, will take you for a great river trip in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok to visit attractions along the river: temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls and much more. Asian Trials is offering a 50% discount on 4 day/3 night trips in September 2012. On the first and third Monday of every month it also offers guaranteed departures without a minimum number of passengers. Bookings and info: res@asiantrails.org. www.cruiseasia.net
    Join a High Energy Bangkok to Phuket Bike Tour in September
    Spice Roads cycle tours is pleased to announce that Ironman legend Jurgen Zack will be leading a road bike tour from Bangkok to Phuket, September 8-15, 2012. This special tour is designed for cyclists who want to push themselves hard each day and have an opportunity to ride with a professional triathlete. Spending eight days with Zack they will have intimate time with him, get training tips and to hear some of Zack's tales of racing against other triathletes such as Mark Allen, Dave Scott and Greg Welch. Hailing from Germany, Zack holds eight worldwide Ironman titles, with eight top 10 finishes at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He won the European Championship five times between 1989 and 1999. On the Bangkok to Phuket tour, cyclists will ride 700 km in six days. The group, which will be limited to 20 participants who have road riding experience, will ride along both the east and the west coast of Thailand. Overnights will be spent at resorts along the way, with afternoons free to enjoy the beach or the pool. Riders have the option to extend their stay in Phuket for swimming and running training at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club with Zack. Call Patricia. Tel: (+66) 2712-5305. Email: patricia@spiceroads.com.
    Bedside Media Launched to Support Thai Medical Tourism
    ScottAsia Communications has become a co-founder of Bedside Media, a one-stop integrated communications service for Thailand’s hospitals and health providers who target expatriate and international markets. The Bedside team includes specialists in website development, social media marketing, PR and communications. Further information: www.bedsidemedia.com.
    Once in a Lifetime Special Offers for Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
    The Sheraton Hua Hin Resort and Spa is offering a 5th anniversary 50% discount for stays from now until 15 October, 2012. The Hi5! Anniversary rate is THB2,555++ per room per night. The 5 Elements Package lets you to enjoy a taste of five luxuries for THB5,000++. The Sensational 5 upgrades your stay to experience the most exclusive privileges in the Lagoon Access Club with Sheraton Club benefits and daily breakfast buffet for only THB5,555++. For full details call (+66) 32 708 080 Email:huahin@sheraton.com. Or book at www.Sheraton.com/huahin.
    No Green Talk, Just Action: Imperial Queen’s Park Plants Trees
    To lead by example on green issues, Michal Zitek, General Manager of the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel in Bangkok, along with Veena Wongsinchao, Director of Public Park Division 2, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, initiated a tree planting program to add more greenery at Benjasiri Park, adjacent to the hotel beside Sukhumvit Road in the Thai capital. Trees and mahahong flowers were planted by the staff to honour HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Benjasiri Park is one of the few public park areas in central Bangkok. The Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Sukhumvit 22. Tel: (+66) 2261-9000. Email: janya@imperialhotels.com.
    Sampran Riverside 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Sampran Riverside (formerly The Rose Garden) a 40 minute drive west of Bangkok has boosted its Thai cultural attractions as part of its 50th anniversary. Choose from interactive workshops such as garland making, rice farming, Thai martial arts, traditional weaving, silk processing, umbrella painting, Thai herbal pavilion, bamboo dancing, pottery making, Thai music, dance and cooking. Stay overnight in the pleasant riverside setting with “Thai Living” two day/one night packages from THB4,299 (including buffet breakfast and Thai dinner). Three day/two night packages start at THB6,899. Tel: (+66) 34 322-544. www.sampranriverside.com
    Discover WWII History and More on the River Kwai with NS Tours
    This four-day cruise on the RV River Kwai shows all the wonderful attractions of the River Kwai area: war history, temples, ancient sites, waterfalls, ethic minorities and a classic train ride. Passengers sail smoothly through Thai jungle on a superb teak wooden ship, similar to those sailing on Irrawaddy River. All around is a subtle blend of comfort, history, nature and relaxation. Until 31 October 2012, prices range from 27,520 (for six pax) to 35,170 (1 person). Full itinerary. NS Travel has a large range of Thailand tours. Visit www.nstravel.com. Tel: (+66) 2640 1440. Email: inboun03@nstravel.com.
    Great Family Deal at the Ambassador Hotel Bangkok
    The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok is offering a Family Suite for Lovely Family package. Relax and make yourself at home in our Privilege Suite room, located on the 22nd to 26th floors, all with a breathtaking view of the city. The package includes suite accommodation with two extra beds, buffet breakfast for two adults and two children (below 12 years old), welcome drink on arrival, use of gym, 10% discount at the health centre, 10% discount on food & beverage at all outlets, 50% discount on spa packages, and check out until 3pm. Booking and travel period is until 30 September 2012. Price: THB16,000 net for two nights. Tel: (+66) 2254-0444 ext 1220/4. E-mail: rsvbkk@amtel.co.th.
    Discover Nature and Thai Ways on a Loei Farm Near Laos
    Special Journey is offering a unique village experience in Loei province in northeast Thailand, next to Laos. The trip includes mountain lake rafting, biking in Wang Saphung farmers village, BBQ at the farm, camping, a visit to lovely Chiang Khan on the Mekong river, a boat ride on the Mekong and overnight at one of the most beautiful guesthouses of Thailand. Group prices start at THB6,000 per person. It’s a great example positive community based tourism in rural areas away from tourism crowds. Email: peter@specialjourney.com or gae@sirilafarm@hotmail.com.
    Stay at Menam Riverside in Bangkok and Shop at Asiatique
    The Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside in Bangkok is offering a special rate via the PATA Thailand Chapter newsletter. Stay three nights and pay just two – which works out at THB2,400 net per night. (THB 3,600++ is the normal rate for a Deluxe River View Room until October 31, 2012.) While there enjoy a shopping spree and cool entertainment nights at Asiatique the Riverfront, just a 500 metre walk away (or via the hotel’s free shuttle service). The deal includes a river view room, international buffet breakfast, evening happy hours, use of yoga, steam sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, gym, swimming pool, 25% off all F&B, WiFi in the room and 30% off all spa prices. Tel: (+66) 2688-1000. Email: reservation@ramadaplazamenamriverside.com.
    Fine Dining, With Wine, Coming to Samui - Again
    Prime Star in Koh Samui will organize another Samui Fine Dining Festival in September/October this year. It follows the successful inaugural one in March. The festival is presented by some of Samui’s finest restaurants and elite international chefs. Every day, each participating restaurant presents a five-course Fine Dining menu with complementing wine pairings. Confirmed participants include: Banyan Tree, Beach Republic, Da Pasquale, Four Seasons, Full Moon Hansar Resort, Le Jaroen, Le Méridien, Ochos, Orgasmic, Prego Red Snapper, Rockpool, Six Senses, Suikin, tawaNN, The Barge Fine Dining, The Dining Room, The Five Islands Restaurant, The Height, and Tree Tops. Further information: www.primestar-samui.com .
    About the PATA Thailand Chapter
    The PATA Thailand Chapter’s mission is to enable the networking of all tourism stakeholders locally and globally to advocate to work together to support the responsible development and industry capacity building through empowerment. www.pata-thailand.org.
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    Bangkok 10250, Thailand
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