2010-05-25

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!!

2010-05-19

Breaking News Today - Surrender in Bangkok

May 19th 2010




Hurrah!


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!!