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Asian Trails News Letter September 2013

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THAILAND

A NOTE FROM MANAGING DIRECTOR ROGER HAUMUELLER

A total of 12.7 million foreign visitors arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand for the first six months of the year. The hotels at the main beach resorts of Samui and Phuket enjoyed very high occupancy rates throughout the summer. Samui’s mid-year occupancy reached 75%.

Thanks to numerous new intra Asian flights to Phuket, the number of tourists to Thailand’s biggest island increased by 32% for the first half year compared to last year. Currently, there are 24 new hotel projects in Phuket with a total of 4,337 rooms. 55% of the properties under development are midscale and 27% are designed for the high-end market.

We forecast a very positive booking trend for this winter. We recommend to book early for smaller boutique accommodation, which is very much in demand for this high season.

Happy Reading!

Roger Haumueller

DESTINATION INFORMATION 

ASIAN TRAILS’ MICE DEPARTMENT PLAYS MATCHMAKER

Last month Asian Trails’ MICE Department played matchmaker, and helped a young Swiss man proposed to his Philippine girlfriend while they were on a private tour to the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. We arranged for him and his future fiancée to travel on an elephant to River Kwai. Enroute they met another elephant with a poster that said, “Will you marry me?” The lady accepted the proposal and the happy couple will be having their wedding soon.

SAMPRAN RIVERSIDE HONOURED WITH HERITAGE AND CULTURE AWARD BY PATA 

Sampran Riverside (former Rose Garden, Nakorn Pathom) has been honoured by PATA with the Heritage and Culture Award for its “Sampran Riverside – an eco-cultural destination”.

After 50 years of showcasing traditional aspects of Thai life to tourists Sampran Riverside has embarked on a new venture – organic agriculture.

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ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE 

VOXTOURS THAILAND 

Asian Trails presents the Voxtours service, an innovative audio system that has been established as the ultimate tour guiding tool, available now in Bangkok and other destinations on request. It supports communication at guided tours, as well as provides simultaneous translation service for groups or individuals at international meetings and conventions. Entire groups or small sub-sections of each group can benefit from having simultaneous translation into different languages provided by our assigned interpreters using this system.

It has enhanced the use of traditional Thai farming culture throughout its property and the local community, including the promotion of Thai food, herbs, and traditional medicine without artificial substances. The organic agriculture products harvested at the property by local farmers are available for tourists at the project’s Sookjai Market and the Sookjai Organic Development Centre.

For further details and bookings, please contact us

HOTEL INFORMATION 

CHIANG MAI

MANDARIN ORIENTAL REBRANDS TO DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI

The former Mandarin Oriental has been rebranded to Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai. There is, however, no change in the arrival experience, food and beverage quality, cleanliness, safety, accommodation units or associated services that the hotel has provided in the past and will provide in future.

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