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  A round-up of news and great travel offers from members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter…
  • PATA and Skal Unite in Phuket
  • Chapter and Skal Christmas Lunch, December 15
  • Welcome New Members
  • Final Week for Classic Steaks and Maine Lobster @ Dusit Thani

  • Biz Meeting Deal at Swissotel Nai Lert Park
  • Khiri Travel Expands into Myanmar
  • Centara Upgrades Website for Trade Partners
  • 'Tropical Romance' at Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket
  • Centara Reaches 53 Properties and Posts Record Results
  • 50% Discount on River Cruises at RV River Kwai
  • Airlines: Raise Your Profile Across Southeast Asia
  • PATA and Skal Unite in Phuket
    On September 24, the PATA Thailand Chapter and Skål International Phuket & Southern Thailand held a dinner and presentation event to explore cooperation for the benefit of Phuket's tourism industry. Over 100 participants turned up, including senior Thai government VIPs, Phuket tourism association leaders and honorary consuls from eight countries. Speakers included PATA Interim CEO Bill Calderwood and PATA Thailand Chapter executive committee members Bert van Walbeek, Blair Speers, Luzi Matzig and Ben Montgomery. Skal Phuket & South Thailand President Blandine Cressard gave an address. Chapter Chairman, Mr van Walbeek said: "Thank you to the Skal team and Blair who did a great job in organising the evening. PATA is on the way to creating a new Chapter in Phuket that will work closely with Skal, as we do in Bangkok." Mr Speers, who is IT Chair of the PATA Thailand Chapter, was the main organiser of the event. Presentations from the evening will soon be available on
    Chapter and Skal Christmas Lunch, December 15
    Mark your diary for the PATA Thailand Chapter and Skal International Bangkok joint Christmas luncheon on Thursday December 15 at the Rembrandt Hotel.
    Welcome New Members
    The PATA Thailand Chapter welcomes new members who have joined the chapter to build business: AyaThai Travel, Equinox Marketing, Green Wood Travel, Indian Host, Khiri Travel, Nisco Travel, Om Holiday Tours, Special Journey, Stenden Rangsit University, The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok.
    Final Week for Classic Steaks and Maine Lobster @ Dusit Thani
    Dusit Thani Bangkok is offering special rate at Hamilton's Steak House until September 30. Beef classics such as Beef Wellington, Beef Rossini, Beef Pepper Flambé and Beef Steak Tartar are available. Prices start at THB 950 ++. If you fancy Maine Lobster cooked Chinese style, try the Mayflower in the Dusit Thani. Prices start at 1,800++. Open lunch and dinner. For Beef Classic Steaks, tel: 02 200 9000 ext. 2599. Email: The Mayflower, tel: 02 200 9000 ext 2799. Email:
    Biz Meeting Deal at Swissotel Nai Lert Park
    The Swissotel Nai Lert Park is offering a Pro Biz Meeting Deal until December 31, 2011. Stay in a Swiss Business Advantage Room at only THB 3,600++ per night plus more meeting privileges. Conditions apply. Tel: (+66) 2253 0123. Email:
    Khiri Travel Expands into Myanmar
    The Khiri Travel Group has announced further expansion with an office in Myanmar headed by Mr Edwin Briels as General Manager. The new office opened in Yangon in August. Khiri Travel, founded in 1994, currently has seven offices operational in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Briels said: "Khiri Myanmar opens with many innovative travel offerings from around the fringes of the country, including Thibaw and Kyaukme in Northern Shan State, the wonderful southern Shan State, Mrauk U, and the Rakhine Mountains. We will also offer favourites such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Being Khiri, our approach will be to deliver an innovative and responsible take on each place."
    Centara Upgrades Website for Trade Partners
    Centara Hotels & Resorts has upgraded its website used exclusively by the company's trade partners. Travel agents, tour operators, event planners, buyers and other industry professionals will now find easily accessible support services and information grouped and labelled by symbols. Travel industry rates for all industry business conducted via the website are displayed on the landing page. Check out Tel: (+66) 2101 1234 ext 1. Email:
    'A Tropical Romance' at Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa
    Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket is offering packages at the adults-only Privilege Club Wing. The Tropical Romance package includes a beautifully decorated room with tropical flowers, fruit basket and bottle of wine, two-hour spa treatment called Andaman Sunset for couples with herbal steam, Jacuzzi and Oriental fusion massage. It is followed by a candle-lit dinner. The minimum stay is two nights. Package prices start at THB 13,200 ++ per couple The offer is valid until December 31, 2011. E-mail: Website:
    Centara Reaches 53 Properties and Posts Record Results
    Centara Hotels & Resorts has reached a total of 53 properties under its current five-year expansion plan. It has reported revenues of 4,105 million baht for the financial year 2010, an increase of 6.3% over the previous year. The company now has more than 10,000 rooms in hotel and resort properties in eight countries: Thailand, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. During the first half of this year, Centara Hotels & Resorts acquired an existing resort property on the island of Phu Quoc, in Vietnam. Rebranded as Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc (part of the Centara Boutique Collection), the resort presently has 39 rooms. Its expansion plan for next year anticipates a further 90 rooms being added. At the beginning of July, Centara Hotels & Resorts acquired a five-star resort at Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, which has been rebranded as Centara Grand West Sand Resort & Villas. The resort has a water park. Its current 316 rooms are expected to increase to 784 rooms by 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Centara Hotels & Resorts is scheduled to open four properties: Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen (196 rooms); Baga Waterfront Resort & Spa Goa (Centara Boutique Collection, 30 rooms); Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya (Centara Boutique Collection, 79 rooms); and Centara Hotel Manila (96 rooms). Visit:
    50% Discount on River Cruises with RV River Kwai
    RV River Kwai is offering a 50% discount on for bookings during the month of September 2011. Prices apply to the 4-day/3-night and 7-day/6-night. A 50% discount is granted to tour operators, travel agents and clients. Details Book:
    Airlines – Raise Your Profile Across Southeast Asia
    ScottAsia Communications, a travel industry media relations and PR firm, is offering special rates to any international airline serving the Thai and/or Southeast Asian markets. With the Thai baht surging, the time is right for airlines targeting the Thai outbound segment. In addition, ScottAsia offers special opportunities for airlines which are also seeking to build awareness of the attractions of their home country or important destinations that the airline serves. Further information: Tel: (+66) 2860 8227.
    About the PATA Thailand Chapter
    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter is a voluntary not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry in Thailand. The Chapter organises tourism training seminars, disseminates useful information to its members and the media and supports the strategic objectives of PATA head office. The Chapter comprises both private and government sectors. Further information:
    Further information
    PATA Thailand Chapter
    Tel: (+66) 2237 5195-9
    Fax: (+66) 2237 5190
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