11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas

2011 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host 2011 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas.

"We are honoured to host the 11th Global Travel &Tourism Summit," said LVCVA President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter. "Las Vegas is a premier destination for leisure and business travel and welcomes more than 36 million visitors annually from around the world. Las Vegas was built to host events. "The Travel & Tourism industry generates US$30 billion for Southern Nevada and employs 235,000 people. The industry is the economic driver for the State of Nevada," Ralenkotter added.

The Las Vegas Summit will be held at ARIA Resort & Casino, the centrepiece of CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination which opened on the Las Vegas Strip in December 2009. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.

Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE, said: "We are honoured each day to welcome guests from around the world. To be able to host this distinguished group of travel industry leaders is an especially exciting opportunity for all of us at MGM MIRAGE."

Las Vegas's Summit bid was significantly strengthened by support from local and regional governments, as well as key industry bodies, such as the US Travel Association (US Travel). "Las Vegas is one of the best-known tourism destinations in the USA, and globally," said Roger J Dow, President & CEO of US Travel.

WTTC's annual Global Travel & Tourism Summit brings together over 1,000 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry's power to be a positive force in sustainability.

The Travel & Tourism Economy contributes US$5,751 billion to global GDP, 9.2% of the total. This is expected to grow to US$11,151 billion (9.6%) by 2020. The industry (directly and indirectly) supports over 235 million jobs in 2010, and the total is forecast to increase to just over 303 million by 2020. Travel & Tourism investment is estimated at US$1,241 in 2010 and should reach US$2,757 billion by 2020.

WTTC is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With the Chairs and Chief Executives of the 100 foremost Travel & Tourism companies in the world as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel &Tourism. 

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WTTC Past Summits 

Over the past seven years, WTTC has organised in conjunction with their respective host committees a number of successful Summits.

2010   World's Leading Industry - Reaching New Frontiers (Beijing, China)
2009   Real Partnerships - Energising Economies (Florianópolis, Brazil)
2008   World Citizens (Dubai, UAE)
2007   Breaking Barriers - Managing Growth (Lisbon, Portugal)
2006   Open Mind - Open World (Washington, DC, USA)
2005   Realising the Potential (New Delhi, India)
2004   Driving Change (Doha, Qatar)
2003   Building New Tourism(Vilamoura, Portugal)


AYANA’s ‘Eat Pray Love Bali’ Package

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

“Eat Pray Love Bali” Package

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has launched a new Family Holiday Package while extending an existing Eat Pray Love promotion due to popular demand, as the property prepares for continued strong bookings into 2011.
AYANA’s ‘Eat Pray Love Bali’ package has proved popular following the release of the Hollywood blockbuster starring Julia Roberts, and quickly became the resort’s #1 selling package on its website. As a result, AYANA has extended the travel deadline from December 2010, until 30 June 2011. The rates remain unchanged, with rooms starting at US$298++ per night and villas at US$580++.

“Many travelers have been inspired by the book and movie to create their own ‘Eat Pray Love’ experience in Bali,” said General Manager Charles de Foucault. “Our package combines spa, yoga, romantic dining and a tour to Ubud, to bring elements of this story to life for our guests. We are delighted with the response and the positive exposure this film has produced for Bali’s unique culture and attraction as a holiday destination.”

For details, please go to www.ayanaresort.com/en/resort/special_offers/


Int’l Flora Expo Pushes Taipei onto the World Stage

The Pride of Taiwan

2010 Taipei International Flora EXPO

Expo period: 2010/11/06 ~ 2011/04/25 

2010 Taipei International Flora Expo was inaugurated on November 6 at the Yuanshan Park Area. The flora expo embodies the spirits of “3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)” and “3G (Green Building, Green Energy, Green Transportation).”

Among the 14 exhibition halls, Pavilion of New Fashion (FE EcoArk) is a zero carbon emission architecture built with 152,000 recycled plastic bottles and powered by solar energy.

More than 2.4 billion plastic bottles are discarded in Taiwan every year. Some are recycled and eventually used in the production of new items, while the rest become non-biodegradable, harmful footprints on the faces of the earth and environment.

The Taipei International Flora Exposition’s Pavilion of New Fashion features the “FE EcoARK,” sponsored and operated by the Far Eastern Group. EcoARK is the world’s first house constructed entirely from garbage. Plastic bricks made from 1.5 million recycled PET bottles were used to build EcoARK, and all of the materials used during the research and development, manufacturing, and construction phases were “100% Made in Taiwan.”
While the building is light, it also boasts an extremely solid and stable interior structure. Its construction created seven firsts in the world and four firsts in Taiwan. EcoARK has a light, airy interior due to the use of semi-transparent PET bricks, and its modern, simple design has a unique beauty. The building combines the innate intelligence of the Chinese concept of “oneness of heaven and humanity” with the natural elements of wind, light, and water. Many have compared it to a modern-day Noah’s Ark docked at the harbor of the Taipei Int’l Flora Expo.

Following in the footsteps of the Far Eastern Group, visitors are invited to board the ark and experience this environmental yet fashionable “message in a bottle.”

The city government estimated a total of 6 to 8 million visitors to attend the expo, including 400,000 to 800,000 foreigners. The economic benefits of the expo are expected to reach NT$16.8 billion.
Ticket Info

Adult General Admission       NT$300
Seniors Admission Seniors (65 and over with ID)  NT$150
Afternoon Ticket Admission after 1 pm  NT$200
Evening Ticket Admission after 5 pm     NT$150



Phuket’s best kept secret - Paresa luxury Kamala resort

Paresa’s Exclusive EXPERIENCE

PREMCHIT Wellness Retreats


Stressed out, over worked or been indulging in a tad too much of the good life? Need a relaxing and invigorating retreat programme to guarantee you are at your very best for the coming holiday season?

Paresa introduces EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT Wellness Retreats, the world’s first self-actuated wellness retreats set amid the relaxing, tranquil and lush natural surroundings of Phuket’s most exclusive resort.

Dramatically situated on the stunning sculptured Kamala cliff tops overlooking the spectacular azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea, Paresa Resort embraces the exclusivity of its natural surroundings to create an oasis of tranquillity, luxury and the promotion of wellness.

A short 30-minutes from Phuket International Airport and situated at Kamala’s most sought after address, “Millionaires Mile”, Paresa is a secluded retreat offering unrivalled indulgence and luxury for the truly throng of life, Paresa is also within easy access of sleepy, yet picturesque, Kamala village.

"We are excited to be partnering with EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT, as it allows us to offer our guests a unique Thai-based retreat experience beyond the normal resort spa experience,” stated Paresa General Manager, Scot Toon. “The unique combination of this isolated cliff-top haven of relaxation and tranquillity and our menu of EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT wellness retreats is the key to revitalizing, re-energizing and renewing body, mind and spirit.”

The EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT Natural Detox Retreat is available in 3, 7, 10, 14, 21 and 28-day programs according to guests preference and place the total emphasis on you, your state of being and the many benefits to be derived from natural therapies tailored to your specific requirements.

Learn about your body’s detoxification processes and the critical importance of wellness to a long, healthy life, while understanding and experiencing the detoxification benefits to be experienced following over indulgence, in an exclusive EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT retreat.

The Natural Detox Retreat uses a very holistic approach to wellness, incorporating eight Natural Therapies, comprising: Ambrosia Therapy, Breath Therapy, Elixir Therapy, Meditation Therapy, Movement Therapy, Music Therapy, Scent Therapy and Treatment Therapy that gently, effectively and safely detoxify your body and provide the “take home” knowledge and tools to make positive changes to protect yourself against exposure to environmental and lifestyle toxins in your day-to-day life.

Further promoting health and wellness, EXPERIENCE
PREMCHIT has also created a range of nutritious ambrosias and therapeutic Elixirs customized to promote the specific results of each Wellness Retreat. Guests are also offered comprehensive pre- and post-retreat support consultations in order to maximize the benefits of selected retreat therapies.

EXPERIENCE PREMCHIT provides retreat guests with three distinctive Guest Retreat Boxes 
hand crafted from exquisite Thai silk and designed to take home afterwards as luxurious home décor pieces. The Guide Box contains a deluxe Retreat Guide to lead you through your retreat. The Room Box of accessories, Ambrosias and Elixirs is for therapy performed in the room and around the resort. The Spa Box of accessories and Elixirs is for Treatment Therapy, comprising three and a half hours per day, every day, of enjoyable therapeutic spa treatments combining traditional and contemporary healing techniques.

Drawing inspiration from southern Thai homes, Paresa Resort is a unique reinterpretation of Thai cultural traditions and chic modern Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired organic architectural elements, resulting in a seamless transformation from lush external natural surroundings to the understated luxury incorporated within the simplistic and contemporary open plan design of internal areas within each villa, lounge and restaurant.

Comprising 49 luxurious and elegantly appointed guest suites and villas each offering uninterrupted 270° views across the Andaman Sea, Paresa’s accommodations reflect a newfound respect for the environment and nature as reflected in traditional designs elements combined with the use of natural timbers and materials, while the preservation of magnificent large Banyan trees across the property further confirms the overall beauty and history of the pristine natural surroundings.




In its twelfth consecutive year since 1999, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertical Marathon on 3 October 2010 takes place across 61 floors in aid of charity and community. Beside the professional and amateur runners, all members of the community, together with friends and family of the hotel, are invited to join.

Those who participate or come to support their friends will be contributing their part in Banyan Tree Bangkok’s long-term efforts to support HIV-positive mothers through the HIV Formula Feeding Fund organised by the Thai Red Cross under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali. Over THB 3million have been raised through this annual event, with THB400,000 collected in 2009.

New this year:
• Registration capped at only 555 participants
• Advance registration is required from 1 September to 26 September 2010, and can be done at the hotel or online
• Complimentary trial runs will be held from 9am to 12pm between 25 - 26 September 2010.
• Registration fee of THB 400 nett, inclusive of t-shirt and meal box

The Big Day

On Sunday, 3 October, the event will start at 6am in front of Banyan Tree Bangkok. Applicants will receive the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. A multinational mix of participants, including international and local professional and amateur runners, is expected to race the vertical course to the finishing point at Vertigo and Moon Bar, the renowned alfresco restaurant located on the 61st floor, once a helipad of Banyan Tree Bangkok. Runners will be divided into gender and age categories, and they may team up for couple and relay teams.
During the event, guests and observers will be entertained with a live band and special shows. Moreover, guests of honour including Thai superstars and celebrities often appear to lend their support and enjoy the festive atmosphere. After the award presentation and closing ceremony, the winners of male and female categories will receive trophies given from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali. Other awards include complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree Bangkok. Every runner who reaches the finish point will receive a medal for their memorable achievement. The time to beat is 6 minutes and 19 seconds, the record set by eight-time winner Mr. Boonchoo Jandacha from Thailand.

Registration is available at Banyan Tree Bangkok from 1 September to 26 September or applied via www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok. For further details, please contact Banyan Tree Bangkok at Tel: +66 (0) 2679 1200 or E-mail: bangkok-sales@banyantree.com.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 20 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, in excess of 60 retail galleries; as well as two golf courses.

For more details, please check at www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok



The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) will be the host of PATA’s 60th Anniversary and Conference in Beijing from April 9-12, 2011.

To be held at the China World Hotel, the celebratory event will be the focal point of a series of anniversary activities commencing from this year’s PATA Travel Mart (PTM) and continuing through 2011. Said Zhu Shanzhong, Vice Chairman, CNTA: “We are looking forward to working with PATA for a successful conference.”

Taking the theme ‘Building Tourism: Past. Present. Progressive’, the anniversary activities will reflect on PATA’s past, highlight its present and make strides towards a progressive future. Said Hiran Cooray, chairman, PATA: “With 60-years of history behind us, we want to take the opportunity to recall the contribution PATA has made to Asia Pacific tourism, while also looking ahead to consider what role PATA will play in the years to come. We are very appreciative of CNTA’s support during one of the grandest events in PATA’s history.”

Since its 1951 inception in Hawaii, PATA has grown from a group of like-minded travel professionals seeking to realise the potential of tourism in the Pacific region, to a global association representing the interests of the ever-growing, ever-exciting Pacific Asia tourism industry.

“Contributing to the sustainable development and success of the travel-and-tourism industry in both the Pacific as well as Asia, PATA has become the voice and authority on tourism in the region,” added Cooray.

The first of the anniversary activities to get underway, PATA’s ‘Face of the Future’ is an annual campaign which spotlights an individual who has worked to change or advance travel-and-tourism in the Asia Pacific. This year, to coincide with the 60th anniversary celebrations, ‘Face of the Future’ is being brought to the forefront by putting the power of the vote into the hands of its members.

Submissions for the campaign are already being accepted and voting will commence with the launch of a dedicated URL, www.PATA.org/PATA60, at PTM, which this year will be held at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Macao, from September 14-17.

This sub-section of the main PATA site will become a one-stop information source for all 60th anniversary related activities and events. It will even include an online photography exhibition which, grouped by decade, will chart key people and events in PATA’s history.

Memories are also the theme of ‘My PATA My Story’, a commemorative book of stories about the travel industry over the past 60-years written by PATA lifetime and honoured members.

Not forgetting the ‘progressive’ element, ‘Tomorrow’s Tourism Competition’ will ask tourism students at educational institutions around the region to contribute their ideas about how we can create a more sustainable future for our industry.

Undoubtedly, one of the big themes of the future will be green tourism. This is at the heart of the 'Zero Footprint Challenge', a competition which will launch at the anniversary celebrations in Beijing, and seeks to highlight examples of tourism organisations who take their environmental responsibilities seriously.

All our Chapters have an inspiring and motivating role to play in the 60th anniversary celebrations, as they drive these events ahead. They will be responsible for nominating aspiring leaders from the tourism sector and in nurturing young, upcoming talent in their regions.

The next 15-months will also see a number of PATA events and meetings, starting with PTM 2010 at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel from September 14-17. Other highlights for 2011 include: the Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart in Nepal, February 07-11; the PATA Executive Board Meeting in Hawaii, February 18-19; the 60th Anniversary and Conference in Beijing, April 09-12; the PTM 2011 in New Delhi, September 06-09 and the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference in Darwin, Australia on the September 27-30.

For more information, please visit http://www.pata.org/


Europe’s Best Spa Destination - The Spirit Hotel in Sarvar, Hungary

Europe’s Best Spa Holiday Destination 2010

The Spirit Hotel ***** 
Sárvár, Hungary

The Spirit Hotel ***** in Bad Sárvár Hungary has won in the royal league of "Best Destination Spa in 2010" of the European Health & Spa Award.

The European Health & Spa Award is one of the most prestigious Spa awards, which does not only measure quality but the winner also serves as an example to follow for any other participants of tourism.

This is the first time a candidate from east Europe has won such a high-ranking prize in an international competition.

Hungary is extremely rich in natural hot springs; its healing water reserve is significant on a world scale and on European scale. Medicinal waters can be found in almost all regions of Hungary about three-quarters of the wells are located in the Great Hungarian Plain. For decades Budapest, Capital of Hungary, has been enjoying the name "the world's spa capital" and Budapest was awarded the title “City of Spas” in 1934.

But this very first “Best Destination Spa” award goes to the Spirit Hotel *****, focusing Europe’ s attention on the Hungarian health and spa tourism, supporting the idea that Hungary is a dominant entity not only in medicinal waters, but also it can successfully compete with the European and World’s best Spa hotels.
Nominations to the competition organised by the Vienna-based Agentur für Gesundheit & Wellness as well as leading Spa magazines - Spaworld and Spa Inside, there were many renowned competitors from Europe. Alfred Hackl, an internationally renowned “Spa Gentleman”, the General Manager of Spirit Hotel, received the award with great excitement at the Gala ceremony on June 8th 2010 held in Salzburgerland, Austria. "We feel very happy to be awarded with such a great honor. This special award is a sensational tribute to Spa country Hungary, to Spa Hotel Spirit and my excellent team of Spirit staff. "

Located in Sárvár, a scenic Spa town in Western Hungary, the Spirit Hotel ***** is the latest five-star-hotel of Hungary opened its doors in the end 2008. It nestles in the “seven lakes” of Sárvár and is surrounded by beautiful natural forests. The centre of town is within a 15-minute walking distance.
The European Health & Spa Award is considered one of the strictest and most independent of the industry; and the jury is made up of leading figures in the spa industry as well as major figures in business and media from European countries and the responsibility of the chairmanship of Dr. Franz Linser, the Spa expert from Innsbruck, Austria.

"With the Spirit Hotel ***** Hungary has set a milestone that heralds a new era of high-Hungarian spa tourism and where it is essential to compete in future domestically and globally". Jury Chairman Dr. Franz Linser and panel of jury are very impressed by the excellent facilities, relaxed atmosphere and the thoughtful design of the extensive spa area of the Spirit Hotel, and the strong focus on customer service and overall the best part is the very warm Hungarian service offered by well-trained Hungarian staff.

The Spirit Hotel ***** is one of the unique hotels in Europe. Particular forms, wonderful rooms and novelties in construction are in balance with the nature around. Since opening two years ago, this five-star Hotel Spirit is now the “hotspot” for the Medical Spa and Wellness. The luxurious spa area of 10,000 m², with 22 pools and a large therapy and medical spa centre is also unique in Europe. The hotel has its own mineral hot spring: a 250 million year old source from a depth of 1,056 metres. All mineral hot spring pools are filled with its own Spirit Mineral Hot Spring Water and they are 100% free of chemical substances. The water in the mineral hot spring pools are changed on daily basis. Center of the system is the impressive "Oasis" spa and pool area, the sauna area with various sauna rooms, and also a very stylish Turkish hammam and several spacious relaxation lounges. In 88 treatment rooms, guests can experience a wide variety of individual wellness applications to high-end medical spa programs.

The Spirit Hotel ***** awaits guests with 273 individually and elegantly furnished hotel rooms and suites, equipped either with balcony or terrace, in peaceful surroundings. As extra services, guests can choose from oriental style round beds, fantasy corners or whirlpools in certain room types. The hotel also offers a well equipped fitness-room, bowling, squash and two tennis courts. In the surroundings guest can enjoy Nordic walking, cycling, horse-riding, etc.

The Spirit Hotel ***** has created a Spa miracle for Hungary as the TOP Spa Destination in Europe. In the past two years, under the professional management, the Spirit Hotel attracted not only the Spa-goers and vacation seekers in European regions but also many travelers from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and many other countries.

“I want to inform all my friends and partners in Asia about this great award. This is a great honor as well as a great confirmation of the work we have done here with great spirits. This award also means that we bring back the spa city of Sárvár to the world map. For my staff it’s also very important because they see a future in their work for them and their children. For this award not only the architecture (hard ware) was relevant; also the soft skills of the staff, the large variety of treatments, the service in the whole hotel and the spa and our medical treatments, all are very important points. This award will give us additional power to heal our guests. Spirit Hotel ***** is not only a so-called wellness hotel; we are the Destination Spa in Europe with a strong focus to heal our guests. This is also coincide with our logo – the Spirit Angel.”

Austrian Spa Gentleman Alfred Hackl is now practicing his Hungarian Magyar language, his enthusiasm is to make Spirit Hotel a Spa Oasis for world-wide Spa travelers and at the same time promoting the local tourism so that the win-win situation will bring the prosperity to both the Hotel and the beautiful spa town Sárvár. “We will also make Sárvár the best and most famous Fürdő (Hungarian word for hot spring) in this part of Europe.”

For more information, please visit  http://www.spirithotel.eu/


A Brand New Romantic Getaway - Andara Resort & Villas Phuket

Located on Millionaires Mile, Phuket, overlooking the Andaman Sea, the newly opened Andara Resort & Villas comprises 37 lavish residence suites with up to four bedrooms; and 26 luxury pool villas, with three to six bedrooms. The resort was recently listed in the coveted Conde Nast Traveler’s (USA) Hot List for 2010.

Escape to paradise with Andara Phuket Resort & Villas, a private beachside paradise of your own nestled in the lush tropical hillside above Kamala Beach on the pristine west coast of Phuket. Relax and unwind in this secluded sanctuary for the senses as you nourish your body, mind and soul.
With breathtaking sea views, private infinity pools, a large 40m resort pool, world-class 5-star service and a range of accommodation options (from 1-6 bedrooms) makes Andara the perfect choice for the ultimate vacation, whether for a romantic getaway or a vacation with family andSpa goer friends.

PATA set to shape Thailand tourism recovery programme

The Asia's most influential tourism organization - Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is to help shape a recovery plan for tourism in Thailand once the situation in Bangkok has stabilised.

A PATA delegation led by new Chairman Hiran Cooray met with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni. PATA HQ and the PATA Chapter in Thailand will 'assist the TAT in the recovery phase'. Also present at the meeting, held in Bangkok, was immediate-past PATA Chairman Mrs Phornsiri Manoharn. Mrs Manoharn is also a former Governor of the TAT.

"PATA emphasises that travel to Thailand is still safe. The major part of Bangkok remains open and accessible for tourists and business travelers with hotels, shops and tourist sites open for business. The popular tourist resorts such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Pattaya are unaffected by the protests in Bangkok city centre," says PATA CEO Greg Duffell.

Accoring to Andrew Jacka, President of Thai Association's statement on FACEBOOK that Thai Hotels Association is seeking USD150,000,000 (maximum USD1.5million per hotel) in 'soft loans' from the government support to help hotels that have been affected by the recent instability in Thailand.

Andew alo wrote "Thai Newspapers filled with positive news now - tax breaks for foreign companies setting up head quarters here, K.Apichatpong and his 'Golden Palm' at Cannes - hard to believe that this time last week could not find a positive story for love nor money. "

Looks like that "Amazing Thailand" wll find back her charm and grace SOON!!!

Bangkok, the City of Angels or "Krungthep" [กรุงเทพ] in Thai, is the hub for most of the commercial and economical activities of the Kingdom. Bangkok City is very famous and appreciated by visitors for its versatility and multiple points of interests. In the past 20 years, Bangkok has seen a huge development of city Spas and Wellness centers, in addition to the long established Thai massage centers, and with more and more international top Spas in Bangkok and growing great numbers of Thai Spa goers, Thai Government is aming to make Bangkok the "SPA Capital of Asia" in 2011.

For Spa Lay, Thailand is definitely a Land of Smile, Spa and Spirit; hoping that the people in this City of Angels will soon greet the global guests with their most charming "Wai" gesture and smiles!!


Breaking News Today - Surrender in Bangkok

May 19th 2010


Surrender in Bangkok!

The City of Angels

Can Be Visited Again!

Thailand's anti-government "Red Shirts" have ended their street protest campaign today as leaders surrendered to police after a military offensive against their rally base.

After an overwhelming operation by Thai troops who punched through the barricades of the Red camps in Bangkok's shopping district which they have occupied for six weeks, the Reds leaders had tearfully announced the end of their protest movement in front of a large crowd of emotional supporters, including many women and children.

"I know that you are suffering. Some of us are speechless. But we want to stop any more deaths here....I know that if the military comes here many of you will sacrifice your lives and we cannot stand to see that...we are ending the protests here..we will exchange our freedom with your safety. We have tried our best...."

The "Red tears" flooded Bangkok today......

On the other side, many foreign investers, hoteliers, Spa managers, shop owners have left Bangkok in the past weeks... The hotels in Bangkok are almost empty with occupancy rate down to less than 40%....some even under 20% or none... and the street violence in Bangkok has driven away foreign tourists from visiting Thailand as arrivals have declined by over 50 per cent......

According toTourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa's public speech yesterday, the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand tumbled after 19 foreign governments advised their citizens to not visit the kingdom due to political unrest, the number of tourists passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport now is down to about 20,000 people daily, compared to over 30,000 before.

Thailand Tourism and Sports ministry had earlier projected that about 15.5 million tourists would visit the country in 2010.

Bangkok, the City of Angels or "Krungthep" [กรุงเทพ] in Thai, is the hub for most of the commercial and economical activities of the Kingdom. Bangkok City is very famous and appreciated by visitors for its versatility and multiple points of interests. In the past 20 years, Bangkok has seen a huge development of city Spas and Wellness centers, in addition to the long established Thai massage centers, and with more and more international top Spas in Bangkok and growing great numbers of Thai Spa goers, Thai Government is aming to make Bangkok the "SPA Capital of Asia" in 2011.
For Spa Lay, Thailand is definitely a Land of Smile, Spa and Spirit; hoping that the people in this City of Angels will wipe the tears away and soon greet the global guests with their most charming "Wai" gesture and smiles!!


European Medical Travel Conference 2010

The Largest Medical Travel Conference in Europe

The European Medical Travel Conference 2010 will be taking place from 5th‐7th May in Monastier near Treviso, in the Veneto Region of Italy. The main scope of the EMTC is to provide a platform for networking, discussion, and cooperation for the worldwide medical travel industry.

"The Venice Declaration on Medical Travel" is a document which has been prepared by a group of accepted experts in the global Medical Travel community being opinion leaders in the market. This jointly developed paper was initiated by Dr. Bertinato and the following collaborators: David Boucher, Laura Carabello, Dr. C. Constantinides, Dr. Uwe Klein, Enric Mayolas, Julie Munro, Keith Pollard, Maria Todd, and Paul Vincke .

The authors want to stress the

‐ right of citizens to travel for the purpose to receive access to or better healthcare services
‐ the necessity for health systems worldwide to respond better to the health care needs of increasingly mobile Citizens who look to obtain the best quality, most timely, most cost‐effective and most conveniently located medical treatment and healing capacity available in Europe and throughout the world and
‐ the need to integrate better health and tourism services by investing greater resources to improve quality, customer orientation and healing competency of health services
‐ the need for controllable patient safety

The full text of the “The Venice Declaration on Medical Travel” will be provided to the attendants of the EMTC 2010 and presented for the discussion by the participants. The participants are asked to sign the document for release, together with a protocol of comments.

The “Declaration of Venice” has its motivation also in the intention to free “Medical Travel” regarding its acceptance from restrictions which have been aroused in the past by unserious, unilateral and commercially driven objectives.

The conference expects 350 participants from all parts of the world, including 80 speaker and 45 exhibitors from Italy and Europe and overseas. The platform provides B2B meetings, social networking and political round tables.

Further goals of the conference are:
‐ to explore the consequences of the recently passed US health care reform for medical travel of American citizens
‐ to work on improving quality, innovation and patient safety in health systems
‐ to expand the contractual provider network between German insurance companies, AOK and TK and the Veneto public health.
‐ present the very best of the Italian and Veneto health care provisions as well as medical wellness and spa solutions

You can check the details of this important event for the Medical Travel industry at: http://www.emtc2010.com/


Taipei’s Boutique Art Hotel – Hotel Éclat


Taipei’s Elegant New Boutique Art Hotel

Discreetly located in a quiet part of Taipei’s most fashionable district, Da-An(大安區), is Hotel Éclat(怡亨酒店), an eclectic, elegant new boutique art hotel. The French word “Éclat” literally means “glorious accomplishment and honour”, and this aptly describes this stylish, avant-garde new hotel with lavish furnishings, priceless artworks, eclectic contemporary design and among the most opulent guest room amenities of any hotel anywhere.

A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World(SLH), the 60-room hotel is owned and conceived by sophisticated Hong Kong entrepreneur George Wong, who created and owns the legendary luxury apartment complex Hong Kong Parkview. The hotel is designed by Charles Robertson of LKF designers Limited, whose work includes stylish projects such as the ultra cool Le Meridien Cyberport Hotel in Hong Kong, Starworld Hotel & Casino in Macau and Four Seasons Shanghai.

Scented with bamboo and lotus fragrance, the elegant Éclat Lounge sets the tone and features two original Salvador Dali sculptures worth over several million US$ each, lavish velvet sofas and drapes and vast glass hanging light sculptures in various shades of purple by noted Czech glass artist Jitka Skuhravá, Lasvit. So the afternoon tea at The Éclat Lounge has already become a “must do” for those in the know in Taipei.

All 60 guest rooms are luxuriously equipped with state-of-the-art luxury amenities including 42-inch LCD televisions and internet TV keyboards, Bang & Olufsen CD and audio systems, Nespresso coffee machines, Montblanc desk sets and pens, Philippe Starck desk chairs, Riedel glassware and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries featuring not the usual three but seven different amenities. A unique glass wall divides the walk in rainforest shower from the living area and can be frosted or defrosted at the touch of a switch, and every room features an original work by Chinese contemporary artist Tang Yuen Hei.

The signature Éclat Suite – already the choice of celebrities visiting Taipei – includes a lighted marble dining table, Swarovski chandeliers, Murano glass sculptures and a Hasten bed from Sweden favoured by royalty and costing a cool US$48,000.

Hotel Éclat’s location could not be better. The hotel is in the heart of the fashionable Da-An district just minutes from the world famous landmark tower Taipei 101, the Tun Hua South Rd luxury shopping district, Taipei’s famous 24-hour Eslite bookstore, and cool nightspots such as the Anhe Road bar street and Taipei’s most chic night club Room 18, which Hotel Éclat’s guests can enjoy complimentary entrance to.

GM Roger RAF Marten, a veteran hotelier, working professionally with his exclusive team raising standards of excellence and making Hotel Éclat the most stylish boutique hotel in Taipei.

For further information, please visit www.eclathotels.com/taipei