Visitors to Thailand will feel the change, the new norms which we now all have to practice. Travelling to Thailand will not be the same. Nature has so much to offer. The happiness, the bliss, the fulfilled experiences still await and unchanged. Thailand working from its hearts, getting ready to welcome visitors back.
The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) via the Hello Kitty Global Channel, in cooperation with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has named Ko Tao as the island with a strong community committed to coral reef conservation. The announcement was made on the World Oceans Day 2020, 8 June, making Ko Tao as one of the global communities that follows “Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ko Tao – which means Turtle Island – was given the name because its pristine beaches have long been breeding and egg-laying sites for green turtles. Today, the island is Thailand’s most popular scuba-diving destination, and there are many diving schools, shops, resorts and diving tour operators, which cater for beginners and experienced divers alike.
Dive operators and local dive schools on Ko Tao are praised for adopting the Green Fins practices to protect the marine environment. Divers are usually among some the most ecologically aware individuals on the planet and are well schooled that proper diving means avoiding contact with any plant or marine life they encounter. With Ko Tao’s ongoing sustainable, community-based initiatives, the island’s marine environment is always prepared to handle future generations of eco-aware divers and tourists.
There is also an on-going drive by the local people and authorities to preserve the natural wonders of Ko Tao and keep it clean and pristine, while trying to cater for the many young people who go there, with a range of food and nightlife options.
Located just off the mainland province of Surat Thani in Southern Thailand, Ko Tao can be reached by speedboat or ferry from Samui and the mainland. Once there, travellers can enjoy powdery, white sandy beaches washed by the waves of crystal-clear seawater.
Whether for a business trip or weekend getaway, Hyatt Hotels in Thailand launched superb staycation packages with special rates and extra benefits. Following Covid-19 they hope to promote the offers again.
From pristine beaches and tropical recreation to rooftop bars and exquisite dining, participating hotels are ideally located for the perfect staycation in Thailand. Prices ranged from THB 3,296 – THB 12,900 net per night, there was something to cater for every budget, while added benefits offer inspired culinary possibilities.
Bangkok Staycation Packages
Thailand residents have the opportunity to take in cultured dining and lifestyle experiences on a city break at one of the centrally located Hyatt hotels, with easy access to sightseeing, shopping and star attractions.
The Standard Room Package at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok features club access for breakfast, all-day refreshment, and evening cocktails for two as well as a THB 500 dining credit, all for THB 5,500 net per room per night. A Garden Villa package for THB 12,900 net features the same inclusions with the added benefit of the enhanced suite category and unlimited body massage treatments in a private villa.
At Hyatt Regency Bangkok Suhhumvit, conveniently located with direct access to BTS Skytrain Nana Station, enjoy accommodation for THB 5,700 net per night with two benefits from an array of dining experiences, including; International breakfast buffet; lunch buffet with unlimited grilled river prawns; Sukhumvit Gallery Afternoon Tea set; Khao Tom Set Dinner and Signature Cocktails at Spectrum Lounge & Bar for two persons.
Situated in the heart of Bangkok on Sukhumvit Soi 24, Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit is a mere 250 meters from BTS Phrom Phong Station and ideal for perusing the upscale shopping malls in Em District. For THB 3,296 net per room per night, take advantage of a complimentary signature beverage at the rooftop AIRE bar as you gaze out of over the skyline and includes breakfast for two.
Located within the top 27 floors of the Central Embassy retail complex, Park Hyatt Bangkok offers an oasis of calm amid the bustle of the city. Renowned for the hotel’s world-class contemporary architecture and luxurious residential interiors, enjoy exceptional accommodation for THB9,299 net/night with the choice of two exquisite dining experiences; International buffet breakfast for 2 persons; exclusive lunch set at The Embassy Room; Park Hyatt Signature Afternoon Tea or signature cocktails at the Penthouse Rooftop Bar.
Beach Staycation Packages
With palm-fringed white sand beaches, award-winning golf courses and world-renowned dive sites, Thailand is one of the most desirable destinations for a relaxing getaway. Thailand residents can trim down their travel time and maximize their enjoyment at two Hyatt Regency branded resorts, one at Thailand’s premier island of Phuket, the other at the beach town of Hua Hin, just a three-hour drive from Bangkok.
Featuring one of Phuket’ largest oceanfront infinity pools, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is situated along a secluded headland with wide ocean vistas from the hillside setting and just a short 10-minute drive from the nightlife, entertainment and shopping hub of Patong Beach. Enjoy a stay in an Ocean View Room for THB 5,816 net per night with club access for continental breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening canapés with wine, plus complimentary welcome cocktails for 2 at the Pool Bar.
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is a renowned beachfront resort with first-class recreational facilities, swimming pools with a giant waterslide and award-winning THE BARAI Spa. Stay in a newly renovated Hyatt Guestroom with breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, 2 spa vouchers worth THB 1,000 net and 10% discount at its food and beverage outlets, for THB 4,500 net per room per night.
Thai residents may book Staycation packages until 31 March 2020 for stays until 30 April 2020, subject to room availability.
For reservations and additional information, please see below:
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Tel. +66 2 012 1234 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok:
Tel. +66 2254 1234 E-mail: email@example.com
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Suhhumvit
Tel. +66 2 098 1234 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
Tel. +66 32 521 234 E-mail: email@example.com
Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit
Tel. +66 2 055 1234 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCEB launches the “Virtual Meeting Space” project, providing support for MICE entrepreneurs to keep their business alive by running business events online and re-skilling their manpower via a virtual platform. Another project “COVID-19 Free Meetings” will support MICE venue to upgrade their safety and health standards. The two projects are in response to the spread of the COVID-19 and global lockdown, which put physical events and activities to a halt.
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, stated that as a government agency, TCEB has initiated and will implement the two projects as part of the government’s economic relief measures, which will benefit MICE entrepreneurs and workforce, such as tax reduction, an extension of the tax filing period, higher tax deduction, reducing interest rate for debt, soft loan, an extension of electricity bill payment, wage compensation, etc.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement and cancellation of MICE events worldwide. Online or virtual platform has become an alternative for events that can ensure business survival. Thai entrepreneurs need to adapt themselves to such business platform. In this respect, TCEB has designed two key projects. The first one “Virtual Meeting Space” (VMS) is to enable Thai MICE entrepreneurs to continue their business and to re-skill their workforce and the other, “COVID-19 Free Meetings”, aims to assist MICE venue operators to upgrade the safety standard of their facilities”.
To run “Virtual Meeting Space” or VMS project, TCEB will provide support for holding events on the online platform in 3 categories:
- Webinar – TCEB will support in the preparation and management of this online platform. This includes production and preparation of a studio for LIVE, as well as, technical co-ordination and system monitoring during LIVE. The organizers can run their slide presentation during the meeting session, while interaction to share experiences, discussion with the speaker, Q&A and a poll or survey can be conducted. The session can cater up to 10,000 attendees at a time.
- O2O (Offline to Online) – This platform caters to exhibitions. TCEB will support in the arrangement and management of an online platform for exhibitors, as well as, support for LIVE streaming from either a studio or the organizer’s venue. The support covers sequencing, production, controlling, system monitoring during LIVE streaming and preparation of technical co-ordination. Exhibitors can showcase their activities, products and services as needed. The online payment system is also equipped to boost sales volume.
- E-Learning Platform – It is an online learning centre for MICE entrepreneurs to re-skill or up-skill their workforce. There are six courses run from May to October 2020 by Southeast Asia Center or SEAC on YourNextU platform: 1. Project Management 2. Inter-personnel Skills 3. Management 4. Communication 5. Entrepreneurship and 6. Digital. Learners will receive a certification from TCEB if they complete course requisites. TCEB welcomes application from 250 MICE entrepreneurs.
The VMS project will begin in May 2020 onward. For enquiry, please contact MICE Intelligence and Innovation Department, TCEB, at E-mail: email@example.com
For the second project, “COVID-19 FREE Meetings”, TCEB will provide 30,000 baht subsidy for each MICE premise to formulate plans and prepare tools that fit the measures in the screening and prevention of COVID-19 stipulated by the Ministry of Public Health. For example, the installation of body temperature monitoring system, the screening of body temperature before participation, the screening of delegate’s timeline, the preparation of hand-washing points and alcohol dispensers, the practice of social distancing, etc. The project aims to help the venues gain confidence in their health and safety measures from the clients.
To be eligible for the support of this project, the venue must be certified with Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) or hotel entrepreneurs must be members of the Thai Hotel Association (THA). TCEB forecasts that the project will be able to support up to 216 MICE venues nationwide under the 6,480,000 baht budget.
COVID-19 FREE Meetings project will be running from April to June 2020. Enquiry and registration for support can be made with MICE Capabilities Department, TCEB, at E-mail: MICEstandards@gmail.com
“Apart from the two projects, TCEB has set up the TCEB COVID-19 Information Center to serve as a communication centre during this critical period. The centre will monitor, compile, examine and assess the information, especially the impacts of the disease on the MICE industry, and produce recommendations for the industry. The second task of the centre is to update the situation, especially government’s rules, regulations and announcements, and publicise them to the industry so that they are kept abreast of the development that may impact their business and plans.” concluded Mr. Chiruit.
Source: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau
On the 10th March 2020, H.E. Mrs Kanchana Patarachoke, Ambassador-Designate of Thailand to Sweden, and the Royal Thai Embassy’s staff visited Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office.
Ambassador Patarachoke and her delegates were welcomed by Ms Erblap Sriprirom, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office, Mr Mongkol Wattaro, Assistant Director of the TAT Stockholm Office, and TAT staff.
During this occasion, the Royal Thai Embassy’s and TAT’s representatives also had opportunities to exchange views and explore ways to co-operate with each other in promoting Thai tourism and culture in Sweden and Latvia.
Source: Tanya Tingstam, Royal Thai Embassy Stockholm
Awarded and recognized by the Thai Hotels Association & Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau splash beach resort.
Following the resort inspection and audit by the committees in 2019, Splash Beach Resort, Maikhao Phuket in January 2020 was named 5-star resort standard by Thailand Hotel Standard Foundation at Thai Hotels Associations Certificate Presentation Ceremony for a 5-star resort standard from Khun Supawan Tanomkieatipum, The President of Thailand Hotel Association during the 18th Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Associations Conference 2020 at Samyan Mitrtown in Bangkok, Thailand.
The resort has also recently received Thailand MICE Venue Standard certified by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau with a standard tool in place to systematically measure the quality of venues for hosting MICE events in Thailand and ensure that MICE & Events planners can run MICE businesses following international standards.
With the resort’s key features for MICE and Weddings, Splash Beach Resort offers various event venues including beachfront options and up to 1,000 SQM pillar-less Conference Centre in Phuket and has been catering for 7,900 delegates for MICE business from October 2018 – October 2019 and expecting at least 1,200 delegates during 1st quarter of 2020.
Splash Beach Resort on Maikhao Phuket is owned and operated by CCD Hotel & Resort Limited. John O’Shea who is the resort’s Managing Director and a veteran hotelier with over 40-year experience with Starwood and Langham is passionate and together with the owners will continue to bring the resort to the next level. “we are focused on continually improving our integrated destination on Maikhao beach and adding new future facilities that will enhance the resort. We have already opened some spectacular new Pool Villas and other projects planned are new restaurants, night club, kids club, beach club and spa” added John O’Shea, the resort Managing Director.
The resort is also planning to extend its already comprehensive Conference facilities which would make it becomes the largest and most versatile conference space on the island of Phuket.
For more information, please visit www.splashbeachresort.com