Pinot Palooza – Singapore 2018

PINOT PALOOZA: Singapore 2018
Location: 72 – 13 Theater Works, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
Date: Sat. 24 November 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time
Ticket : $62.75

The largest touring Pinot Noir festival on the planet is back for 2018! Are you ready?


Pinot Palooza is back for its biggest year yet, touring 11 cities in five countries. That’s Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore and, for the first time, Tokyo and Hong Kong!

So, no matter where you live, it’s time to grab your friends and let your taste buds loose over some of the finest wines produced in the world!

Pinot Palooza is wine that ROCKS. Our line-up of Pinot producers are the best from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. So come, soak up the music and drink your way across the globe.

All tickets include an epic take home wine glass and unlimited wine tastes. NO TOKENS.

Limited VIP Tickets tickets are also available. Check your city’s ticketing page to see what’s on offer in yours.

This event sells out every year so be sure to get in quick!

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Gin Journey Singapore – Sunday Session

Gin Journey Singapore – Sunday Session

Date: December 30, 2018 from 15:00 (3pm)
Ticket: S$12
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The Gin Journey was founded in London in 2013 and has made it’s way to Asia. Singapore is where we are calling our home.

Embark on an exploration into the juniper inspired elixir, sipping delicious cocktails and refined gins along the way. Learn about the history of gin and it’s connection with Singapore from one of the Gin Journey’s expert Gin Guardians. You’ll be whisked around to 5 of the cities finest gin drinking establishments by a posh mini bus and most of all have a super lovely time while we take care of everything.

Everyone on our soiree will quaff 5 gin cocktails, sip on 5 gins, visit 5 incredible venues, travel on one ‘Gini’-bus (if you will), learn loads about gin, spirits, the drinking history of Singapore and of course have an infinate amount of fun.

The hottest gin event on the planet has arrived in Singapore and we’re ready to show you a great time.

Visibility Alone Remains the Key to Success, Alain St Ange

Visibility Alone Remains the Key to Success, Alain St Ange

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – August 8, 2017 ( – Visibility is integral and it alone remains the key to success. Visibility keeps tourism destinations relevant. Following the discussion last week on the economic status of our island Nation, Air Seychelles confirmed the discontinuation of its Dusseldorf flight and a reduction of flights on its Paris run. This follows the suspension of its Durban route. Any loss of flights to a tourism destination is concerning, and more so when it touches key tourism source markets. Seychelles needs more than ever before to work in total unity to ensure that other airlines do not follow suit.

The remarkable success of our fragile tourism industry in recent years must not be taken for granted. Though we as Seychellois believe that we have the most stunning beaches and array of islands on the planet, every other similar touristic destination shares the same belief. This means that we are fishing from the same pond, and solely relying on our country’s beauty to fill up hotel beds year after year is an unrealistic expectation.

Last week, I was privileged to be able to represent Saint Ange Constultancy in the Berau Region of Indonesia. I want to thank Mr. Nico Barito and his team for their kind hospitality, assistance and, above all, friendship, which made this memorable trip possible. I visited some of the regions of this province and appreciated the wonders that each island has to offer. I was left in awe of the country’s unique culture, nature and wildlife, in all their diversity and splendor.

In Indonesia, more particularly in Kutai Kartanegara, I saw the drive to put culture at the center of their development, whilst providing entertainment with a difference to the Indonesians. Their International Folk Art Festival of Tengarong City provides a platform for countries of the world to showcase their music and dance alongside Indonesians. It was a nostalgic reminder of what the Carnaval International de Victoria of Seychelles was also achieving for our country as it provided much needed entertainment for the Seychellois who descended in droves for the annual event.

I have every faith that with the youth of today, the future of Seychelles will be very bright indeed. I would like to commend the ongoing efforts of youth groups, like SYAH, which are working very hard to steer our country in the right direction.

Finally, it is important to again acknowledge all who are diligently reposting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Your continued support is greatly appreciated, and is helping us to go from strength to strength with each new Edition.

Coral & Tourism

Despite occupying less than 0.1% of the earth’s surface, coral is main reason why travellers choose to visit tropical destinations. Coral is big business. In a recent publication by Spadling et al. (2017), it was revealed through an innovative combination of data-driven academic research and crowd-sourced data that the world’s coral reefs contribute to 70 million trips per annum, showing that coral reefs are a powerful driving force for tourism. The study also revealed that coral reefs represent an astonishing $36 billion a year in economic value to the world. Of that $36 billion, $19 billion represents actual “on-reef” tourism like diving, snorkeling, glass-bottom boating and wildlife watching. The other $16 billion comes from spillover effects of coral reefs; including world class seafood, beautiful views of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, charter fishing, bareboat sailing, cruise shipping, helicopter and seaplane rides, water sports, whale watching, etc.

Unfortunately, there is also a grim side to increased tourism activities. Breakage of coral colonies and tissue damage from direct contact such as walking, touching, kicking, standing, or gear contact is a major issue. Boat anchors can cause breakage or overturning of coral colonies and tissue damage. Moreover, there may also be changes in marine life behavior from feeding or harassment by humans.

Tour operators, hotel owners and government have a responsibility over the protection of coral reefs. Proper education to visiting tourists and locals are essential for proper management. One emerging resolution that is proving to be effective is the modeling of the economic contributions of coral reefs. An example of this working is in Bonaire, a small Caribbean island. In Bonaire, it was demonstrated that coral reefs generate approximately $23 million from its related activities, and in contrast it would take a mere $1 million to establish strict protection. This was an easy sell to the local policy makers, who have established strict laws governing coral reef protection in Bonaire (Talbot & Wilkinson, 2001).

Human impacts are not the only cause of reef devastation. In 1998, Seychelles underwent a major El. Nino event which had caused the destruction of over 90% of the live coral cover. When major disasters such as this occur, it gives rise to unwanted algal growth. The photographs depicted below were taken during my field research. They demonstrate the contrast between a coral dominated system and an algal dominated system.

Herbivorous fish species such as parrotfish, surgeonfish and rabbitfish help promote coral recovery by grazing on the unwanted algae. However, these fish species are also a major delicacy in the Seychelles, forming over 60% of the total artisanal catch. Moreover, fishing of these fish species is not regulated in the country, making them susceptible to over-fishing.

Following the 1998 bleaching event, the coral in Seychelles had shown some recovery, but suffered another El. Nino event in 2016, taking things back to square one. Natural disasters are becoming ever more frequent with climate change on the rise. Tropical destinations such as Seychelles will have to act quickly to safeguard their coral reefs.

Science needs to be incorporated more efficiently into governmental policy, as has been done in Bonaire.

I have dedicated my PhD research to investigating the role that herbivorous fish species play in promoting coral reef resilience around the Seychelles islands. So far I have discovered that rabbitfish are playing a key role in regulating algal growth. I have also found that the Marine Parks around the Inner Seychelles Islands are not working effectively to promote herbivorous fish numbers. It is plausible that the lack of enforcement around the Inner Islands are making the marine parks an attractive fishing spot for poachers.

It is hoped that my research, along with that of other scientists, will help Seychelles introduce regulatory procedures to manage crucial fisheries such as that of herbivorous fish.

“It’s clear that the tourism industry depends on coral reefs. But now, more than ever, coral reefs are depending on the tourism industry”- Dr. Robert Brumbaugh, Director of Ocean Planning & Protection, The Nature Conservancy.

Article contributed by Ameer Ebrahim, Environmental Consultant

UNWTO Secretary-General visits Mauritius

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, was in Mauritius until 2nd August. He was invited by Air Mauritius on the occasion of the 50th anniversary celebration of the company. Taleb Rifai also participated in various activities during his stay, such as working sessions with the Ministry of Tourism and Air Mauritius, and a seminar on aviation and sustainable tourism. He also launched the “Travel, Enjoy and Respect” campaign in the context of the international year of sustainable tourism for development. Several visits around the island were scheduled for the UNWTO Secretary-General during his visit to Mauritius. Dr. Rifai was being accompanied by Elsia Grandcourt, the UNWTO Director for Africa.

Seychelles Tourism Board praises Ethiopian Airlines for creating a viable niche for growth

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has expressed the desire the see further growth of its relationship with Ethiopian Airlines, for the betterment of both the airline and the island destination. The Chief Executive of the Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis, on Tuesday met with the outgoing Ethiopian Airlines’ area manager for Seychelles, Ms. Meseret Tekalign, and her successor, Ms. Meron Tsegaye.

The meeting was attended by the Tourism Board’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ms. Jenifer Sinon, and Senior Marketing Executive, Mrs. Amia Jovanovic-Desir.
Mrs. Francis took the opportunity to thank Ms. Tekalign for her dedication and continuous collaboration with the island’s Tourism Board during her time at the helm of the Ethiopian Airlines’ office in Seychelles.

“You have been very proactive and you made every effort to understand our market, which is more of a leisure traveller market and you also worked very closely with the Tourism Board supporting our events including the familiarization and media visits,” said Mrs. Francis, “We have so many airlines flying to Seychelles now, but Ethiopian Airlines managed to find its own little niche; you have your group of clientele and you are growing that. At the end of the day Seychelles benefits.”

Ethiopian Airlines — Ethiopia’s national carrier — is described as the fastest-growing airline and the largest on the African continent. The airline, which uses its strategic hub in Addis Ababa to fly to Seychelles and beyond, started with three weekly flights to Seychelles for just over a year, before withdrawing on March 1, 2014. The airline resumed the thrice-weekly services at the end of September 2014.

Ms. Tsegaye has given her commitment that she will be following in the footsteps of her predecessor and see what more can be added to the service.

After adding a fourth flight to the Seychelles route in October 2015 and a fifth flight in December 2016, Ethiopian Airlines recently announced that it will be adding a sixth weekly flight to the island destination as of December 2017.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Chief Executive remarked that more frequency also means more flexibility for travellers, while highlighting the fact that Ethiopian Airlines also supports the Seychelles’ Chinese tourism market as it provides good connections to the Chinese travellers, especially those travelling in groups.

Mrs. Francis has highlighted Tourism Board’s intention to seek further collaboration with the Ethiopian carrier in the near future, to support twin-center holiday packages targeting specifically the US market.

Ethiopian Airlines has already recorded a few firsts in Seychelles. It was the first airline to bring a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft the island nation’s shores in 2015, while in 2016 the airline landed Africa’s first and most technologically advanced A350 in the Seychelles.

Culture brings people together, develops friendships and consolidates the tourism industry

It is through the promotion of a country’s culture that their tourism industry may be consolidated. Without people, there is no culture. Often the bold statement of putting people at the center of development is aired for political mileage, but how many really believe that this is indeed a requirement?

In Kutai Kartanegara of Indonesia, Mrs Rita Widyasari, the Bupati or Premier of Kutai Kartanegara, invited me to not only witness the Indonesian pride of their culture, but also their participation in a series of ceremonies and events that showcased Wonderful Indonesia in all its diversity.

The International Folk Art Festival brings countries of the world together to showcase their music and dance alongside Indonesians. Musical Groups accompanied by dancers were present from Europe as well as Asia.

In the presence of the Premier Mrs Rita Widyasari, and alongside Dra Sri Wahyuni, the local Head of Tourism Department, I sat with different foreign Ambassadors accredited to Indonesia who were present to see their country’s group perform. Present were H.E. Maria Gustava, the Ambassador of Mozambique, H.E. Igor Kaczmarczyk, Ambassador of Poland and H.E. Alexandrina Guigova, the Acting Ambassador of Bulgaria.

One dance and music group present among many was the Folklorika Group from Bulgaria which was headed by Evelina Pavlova.

SriLankan Airlines announces flights to Melbourne

Good news for Seychelles with a new air access linking the mid-ocean islands with Australia. The Seychellois diaspora in Australia is large, and the Australian Seychellois Community is always on the look out for a more direct connection and at the best rate.

John Savage of Global Travel media writes:- SriLankan Airlines held functions in Sydney and Melbourne recently to announce direct flights between Melbourne and Colombo commencing on 29th October, 2017.

Agents, Operators and Media made up the 150 travel personnel in attendance at Sydney’s Shangri La Hotel on 27th July. The national carrier’s new daily direct flight schedule marks a long anticipated return to Australia by the Oneworld member.

Travel and Music Guru, Glenn A Baker was the keynote speaker and entertained the audience with history and humour following a recent trip to the country. SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Suren Ratwatte previously outlined how the return of the airline strengthens long standing ties between the countries.

“We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimizing the Airline’s network with our restructuring. This also means that we have connected another continent to our global route map. Given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfil a need for a direct service. We are proud to welcome all the diverse residents of Victoria who can now enjoy the direct connections when visiting their friends and families throughout our network.” he said.

The Airline will operate Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering modern in-flight comforts along with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality. Economy fares start from AUD $820.

Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for business travel and Victoria’s growing student population convinced the Airline to plan for the launch of non-stop daily services to Melbourne.

The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia, Sri Lankan Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature. We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East.”

Australian visitation figures increased by 10.4 percent to 6,360 in the 12 months to June, 2017 and the airline expects considerable further growth in these figures following the introduction of the direct flights.



Gloria Guevara Manzo New President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council

Gloria Guevara Manzo New President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council

London (United Kingdom) – August 7, 2017 ( – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Gloria Guevara Manzo as its new President & CEO. Ms Guevara served as Secretary of Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, minister in the cabinet of President Calderón. Prior to that she worked for global distribution system Sabre where most recently she was CEO of Sabre Mexico, reporting to the board of directors of a joint venture between Aeroméxico, Mexicana and Sabre Holdings. She is currently Special Advisor on Government Affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard.

Announcing Ms Guevara’s appointment, Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman, said: “Gloria is a proven leader who is well known and well respected within the global Travel & Tourism sector. I am delighted that she will lead WTTC into the next phase of its development.Gloria was chosen from a competitive field of international candidates. With a career encompassing senior roles across private sector, government, and academia, she brings a unique combination of experience and expertise.”

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms Guevara said: “I am excited to be taking up the role of President & CEO of WTTC. Over the past few years, WTTC has grown enormously in stature and impact. I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council’s advocacy work for Travel & Tourism, a sector that accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs.This is a critical time for Travel & Tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world that is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice. Travel & Tourism needs to show not only its economic importance but also how it is committed to creating sustainable livelihoods, protecting nature and cultures, and asserting itself as a responsible and leading player in this fast-evolving world.

I am looking forward to working with the Chairman, Vice Chairs, Executive Committee and Members of WTTC to ensure that the voice of the Travel & Tourism is heard and understood by governments around the world.” WTTC is the world authority on Travel & Tourism with a membership that comprises over 150 CEOs of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies. It is the only global private sector organisation representing the breadth of the global business and leisure travel industries.

Ms Guevara, a Mexican national, is married and has a son and a daughter.

About WTTC
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was formed in 1991 by a group of Travel & Tourism CEOs who felt that the sector’s contribution to economies and job creation was not being recognised. Its objectives were to use empirical evidence to promote awareness of Travel & Tourism’s economic contribution; to expand markets in harmony with the environment; and to reduce barriers to growth.

WTTC is the only global body that brings together all major players in the Travel & Tourism sector (airlines, hotels, cruise, car rental, travel agencies, tour operators, GDS, and technology), enabling them to speak with One Voice to governments and international bodies. It is important that WTTC has the broadest geographical representation and includes all aspects of the sector, including organisations that provide vital services to Travel & Tourism.

With Chief Executives of over 140 of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies as its members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest sectors, supporting 284 million jobs and generating 9.8% of global GDP.

WTTC advocates partnership between the public and private sectors, delivering results that match the needs of economies, local and regional authorities, and local communities, with those of business, based on:
– Governments recognising Travel & Tourism as a top priority
– Business balancing economics with people, culture and environment
– A shared pursuit of long-term growth and prosperity.

Public Art Space Now Open at Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk

Public Art Space Now Open at Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 6, 2017 ( – Siam Synergy and entrepreneurs in Siam District are ready to unveil the skywalk spanning the Pathumwan Intersection, constructed with the concept of universal design in mind to offer convenience to visitors in the area and give back to society.

The beating heart of Bangkok, Siam District is a business hub that has been the epicenter of economic prosperity, education, art, and innovation and an ever-popular destination for Thai and international tourists alike. As such, the area has seen a sharp rise in the number of visitors. However, a study conducted in collaboration with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Bangkok Mass Transit System PLC revealed that the walkway over the Pathumwan Intersection, previously connecting National Stadium BTS Station and Bangkok Art and Culture Center to MBK Shopping Center, Siam Discovery, and Siam Scare, was not only narrow and old but also unable to accommodate an expected pedestrian growth of over 4.9% per year and an increase in visitor volume of 9.83% per year. In addition, the skywalk failed to provide thorough access to all the areas of the intersection to the elderly and the disabled. Therefore, beginning in 2016, a complete renovation of the skywalk was carried out with private funding to ensure it would be able accommodate every group of users, including the elderly and the disabled and serve as a public leisure area. Inspired by the name of the Pathumwan Intersection, which means water lilies, the skywalk features structures in the shape of lily pads to provide shade for pedestrians.

Furthermore, Bangkok Art and Culture Center will also lend a hand to elevate the area into an art district that will serve as a creative venue where Thai and international artists can host outdoor exhibitions and showcase their artworks. To inaugurate the Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk, 13 internationally-recognized Thai street artists were invited, namely Yuree Kensaku, P7 or Peerapong Limthamrong, Jackkrit Anantakul, Rukkit Kuanhawate, Maythee Noijinda, TRK, Pruch Sintunava, Peap Tarr & Lisa Mam, Mauy, JECK BKK, Floyd, and Channarong Klugiad. Working in different styles from graffiti and illustration to drawing and painting, these top artists came together and brought their unique flair to the lily pad installation art on the skywalk, making this one of the biggest gatherings of Thailand’s leading street artists and artistic phenomena in Bangkok.

Skywalks are a common sight in prime areas in metropolises around the world and are constructed to provide safety and convenience for pedestrians and link major mass transit systems together. Some of these skywalks also serve as leisure areas and have become world-renowned tourist attractions such as the High Line in New York, Skygarden in Seoul, and the Promenade Plantée in Paris.

Siam Synergy would like to invite everyone to join the naming contest of the new skywalk at the Pathumwan Intersection and stand a chance to win a prize of 100,000 baht.

Participants can submit their entries either via post to “Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., (Headquarters) 989 Siam Piwat Tower Building, 8th Floor, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Sub-District, Pathumwan District, Bangkok 10330” (with “Naming and Logo Contest for the Pathumwan Intersection Skywalk” indicated on the envelope) or via email to or, starting today until September 4, 2017. The winner will be announced on September 2017 on For more details and the rules of the contest, please visit the website.

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Manila Conference Sets Roadmap to Measure Sustainable Tourism

Manila Conference Sets Roadmap to Measure Sustainable Tourism

Manila (Philippines) – August 1, 2017 ( – Nearly 1,000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days (21-23 June) in Manila, The Philippines at the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. The outcome “Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism” represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.

A total of 973 participants from 88 countries, among which Ministers, Chief Statisticians, private sector and key decision makers from international organizations, gathered in Manila to discuss how to advance a rigorous, statistical approach to the measurement of sustainable tourism. To better measure is to better manage, and thus a common and robust set of data is critical for governments and stakeholders to design, implement and monitor effective sustainable tourism policies

“The Manila Conference constitutes a milestone for tourism measurement, not only by extending the current statistical standards beyond their economic focus to cover the social and environmental dimensions, but because it represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and a recognition of its contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

The Manila Call for Action reflects the collective vision and commitment to collaborate on the further development and implementation of a Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MTS) statistical framework. The document will be formally presented by the Secretary of Tourism of The Philippines, Mrs. Wanda Teo, to the UNWTO General Assembly, taking place in Chengdu, China, this September.

Sustainable tourism is understood as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industries, the environment and host communities. As such it is a continuous process and requires constant monitoring of impacts.

The Conference is part of the process to develop a framework to measure sustainable tourism, and builds upon and expands the two official UN statistical standards for measuring tourism adopted in 2008: the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 and the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework 2008.

The Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) initiative has received full support of the United Nations Statistics Commission and is geared towards shaping and sharing a common understanding of how to measure the economic, environmental and social aspects of tourism across relevant spatial scales – global, national and subnational levels – while incorporating the possibilities opened by technological advancements and continuing to advocate for the sustainability principles of our sector.

The event is part of the calendar of official events of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

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ITB Asia Announces Major Partnership with Korea

ITB Asia Announces Major Partnership with Korea

Singapore – August 3, 2017 ( – ITB Asia has secured a major partnership with the Korea Tourism Organization of Singapore (KTO). The memorandum of cooperation with Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, organizers of Asia’s leading travel trade show, looks to boost Korea’s appeal as a key destination place in Southeast Asia.

“Korea’s first-class transport infrastructure, world-class readiness, as well as the popularity of Korean pop culture and fashion have boosted the country’s appeal as one of the leading destinations for today’s business and leisure travellers. We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore this year and delighted that ITB Asia has been chosen as the key platform of choice for KTO in bridging more visitor and buyer connections, and boosting awareness of Korea’s thriving tourism industry,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore).

“Looking at the global business trends, growth in corporate travel and MICE, it is clear that Asia will be the most strategic market for us in the next decade. Our partnership with ITB Asia will expand our presence and strengthen our proposition to the Asian and Southeast Asian market. Singapore is a hub for the region, and being located here, ITB Asia is a great platform for us to reach a large number of participants who clearly recognize the benefits of attending. We are excited about the potential opportunities that the show can open up for us,” said Mr Yoon Seung Hwan, Director, Korea Tourism Organization.

According to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA), Korea now ranks in the first spot for global congresses. This result is a reflection of the strong growth by established Korean meeting cities such as Seoul, as well as rising destinations such as Busan, Jeju, and Incheon, contributing to the country’s increasingly diverse business events portfolio.

KTO along with Seoul Tourism Organization, Jeju Convention and Visitors Bureau and HanaTour Services Inc will have their respective booths at ITB Asia 2017 to provide delegates the latest information on Korea’s attractions, convention and activities.

This will follow the success of ITB Asia in 2016, where almost 900 buyers attended the show, leading to a 1:1 ratio between exhibitors and buyers whilst over 50% of buyers signed deals with exhibitors after the event. 43% of attending buyers had purchasing power of USD 500K – USD 1m whilst 85.7% of attending buyers were direct decision makers.

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About ITB Asia 2017
ITB Asia 2017 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 25 – 27 October. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The event will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.

About Korea Tourism Organization of Singapore (KTO)
Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is a global public enterprise that promotes Korea as an attractive travel destination for business and leisure. KTO has over 30 offices across continents to provide up-to-date travel information and support towards MICE events and leisure travellers. The Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore is one of the regional MICE offices in the Asia and Oceania region, and works closely with the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) and all stakeholders to establish Korea as a premier destination for tourists, convention delegates, and business travellers.

Get Your Suite Chic Package and be VIP at Plaza Athénée Bangkok

Get Your Suite Chic Package and be VIP at Plaza Athénée Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – August 6, 2017 (travelindex) – Live a life of privilege and discovery at the top end of Thai society. In the heart of Bangkok, check into the heritage-rich luxury of Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel and ignite inspiration. Valid now until 31 December 2017.

Discover the timeless beauty of exotic Thai culture in a uniquely themed 02-bedroom suite, reflecting an intriguing historic period from Thailand’s past, with a “Suite Chic” package that includes additional indulgences such as:
– Complimentary round-trip Airport Transfers in a BMW 7-Series limousine
(valued at THB 4,600)
– THB 5,000 net credit for use of Food and Beverage and Spa Treatments
– Daily 60-min massage per person
– Complimentary access and privileges at Le Royal Club Lounge

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Ruen Thai Themed Suite A lustrous wood-panelled suite styled after the glorious Ayudhya era: THB 40,000++ for single occupancy / THB 45,000++ for double occupancy.
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Each suite features an experience bathroom with deep soaking tub, creamy marble, priceless decorations and indulgent amenities. Blending seamlessly with the enchanting décor, modern technology is fully integrated—including flat screen televisions, high speed internet access, personal fax machine, DVD and CD player, and IDD telephone.

Elevate your experience exploring resort-like pool, fitness + spa, and award-winning modern French, Thai, Japanese, Cantonese and International dining. All at the city’s vibrant heart, nearby fashionable malls and entertainment and steps from the skytrain.

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Celebrating Opening of the Greatest Horological Phenomenon at Siam Paragon

Celebrating Opening of the Greatest Horological Phenomenon at Siam Paragon

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 26, 2017 ( – Siam Paragon kicked off the greatest horological phenomenon, reemphasizing its leading position of world class watch brand organize “Siam Paragon Watch 2017”, the most famous and world greatest watch exhibition in Thailand and Asia. The 11th edition of the event is exclusively held under the concept of ‘The Legendary Timepieces’ to showcase over 180 world class brand from Basel World 2017 and SIHH 2017 Switzerland the most influent country in timepiece industry. The Grand Opening joined by committees and executives of Siam Paragon, others watch brand executives and leading business on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 on 6.30 p.m. at Fashion Hall, 1st Floor, Siam Paragon.

Chanisa Kaewruen, Deputy Managing Director to Marketing and Business Relations of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd, said “Siam Paragon Watch Expo has moved to the 11th edition as the most famous and world greatest watch exhibition in Thailand and Asia. For this year, the expo gathers together many highlighted timepieces from world leading 180 brands for more than 30,000 watches. This timepiece phenomenon will provide watch fans an opportunity to experience and exchange their adorability and knowledge of science and art of horological world which is integrated in innovation and timer technology, and to understand brand journey and heritage. Exclusive for this year, many world class brands, investors, collectors, attended to this luxurious event.

“This year, we are proudly presenting innovation and new collection timepieces, and limited editions from leading global watch brands from Basel World 2017 and SIHH 2017 Switzerland through fashion presentation entitled “Legendary Timepieces” presented by superstars, celebrities, and models. Those leading brands are such as ULYSSE NARDIN Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon presented by Nawat Kulrattanarak, the leading actor. This fascinating timepiece is limited 18 pieces worldwide and exclusively exhibited only at Siam Paragon Watch Expo. Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph presented by Thanik Puvanattrai, this timepiece truly breaks through limitation of watchmaker’s technology. Breitling SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE II 46 presented by Sawit Tetphuwanon, Matre Du Temp C3R.00.00.161 Chapter Three Reveal presented by Krissiri Sukhsvasti Na Ayudhaya, Hublot Big Bang Sugar Skull Fluo, Hublot is continuing its “Art of Fusion” approach to watchmaking with the latest timekeeper that includes an embroidered skull motif on the dial in neon color shades, Ressence, a renowned independent watchmaker, introduces Ressence Type 5 BB, an all-black diving watch to satisfy modern lifestyle and driving function. TAG HEUER’s New 2017 Link Lady, presented by Jarinya Sirimongkolsakul, the leading actress, beautifully represents trendy women. It features a steel body with a curved-profile bracelet for wearer comfort. Grand Seiko proudly presents The Black Ceramic collection which offers only 3 limited pieces in Thailand. It was exclusively designed to commemorate 10th anniversary of Calibre Spring Drive Chronograph GMT. The new titanium bracelet arrayed with ceramic is featured in this craftsmanship timepiece to add sport looks. Charriol’s ST-TROPEZ™ Glamorous reveals the beauty of white pearl dial adorned with sparkling diamond counters and its unique steel braided strap. Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition, a special dive watch, is released to support shark conservation project of Pelagios Kakunjá, a non-profit organization. The precious model features an engraved Scalloped Hammerhead caseback and offers only 2,000 models worldwide and only 30 models available in Thailand. And Zimbe, SEIKO in limited edition that offers only 1,639 models worldwide.

Jakkrit Keeratichokchaikun, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of The Mall Group’s Watch Galleria, revealed that “Watch Galleria, Paragon Department Store satisfies watch fans and collectors by gathering world leading watch brands to respond every lifestyle. In this year, Smart Watch continuously trend to be more popular items. Many brands start producing more Smart Watch with multi-function to meet more lifestyle requirements in exceptional price. Moreover, each highlighted Heritage brand present their astonishing collections to lure watch lovers and collectors. The must-have trend focuses on blue, green and gray tone which is very popular. The long-lasting favorite trend is Steel Watch which reflects wearers’ stable, determined and active characteristic.”

“The highlight of the expo this year is the gathering of many famous timepieces from world leading brands under the remarkable theme of ‘Pop-up Store’ directly from Basel World, the world’s most important trendsetting show for watch industry in Switzerland. This timepiece phenomenon provides watch fans an opportunity to experience the history and knowledge of science and art of horological world such as BREITLING; let’s celebrate its 60th anniversary of Superocean collection since 1957 with the showcase of historical timepiece collections from the brand’s museum under ‘The Pop Year’ concept to highlight its high success of the original collection along with debuting the world’s latest Superocean Héritage II. ORIS Pop-up Store joins this interesting exhibition by showcasing Marine Conservation Limited Edition, a special diving watch, to support marine life conservation projects from around the world. Oris Hammerhead Edition is another highlight to support shark conservation project of a non-profit organization. Grand Seiko Pop-up Store exhibits its inspiration and identity through its finest creation and brings back the history of the timepiece making. ISSEY MIYAKE Pop-up Store exclusively displays the surroundings that let you enjoy the trendy design and uniquely fashionable piece of work.

To mark the expo beyond the traditional watch fair, Siam Paragon offers 10 special privileges of the year with promotion and souvenirs in total amount of over 10 million baht, 10 – 30% discount in watch department, and 50% discount in Fashion & Trend category. Special for M card member received 8% discount on top and additional 12.5% discount on top by redeeming M Point in the same amount as the price for any purchase. Also, Platinum M card member receives additional discount. The event joins hand with leading banks, financial institutes and credit card partners to provide exclusive cash back to 30%, on top 17% discount, and 0% for 10 months installment plan. Besides, various privileges and souvenirs is offers, customers, presenting Watch Galleria Voucher at watch counter, will receive additional discount to 1,000 baht. For the top spender will receive a chance to join lucky drawn to win air ticket from China Airlines to USA or Canada in total prize over 500,000 baht. Experience the greatest world class watch phenomenon with over 180 brands and receive exclusive offers only at Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2017.

Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2017 is organized from today until August 15 at Hall of Flame, Hall of Mirrors, Crystal Court, Watch Boutique and Watch Galleria, Paragon Department Store, M floor, Fashion Hall, around Void pathway and Star Dome, 1st Floor, Siam Paragon. To respond to all lifestyle requirements, Watch Galleria at The Mall, The Emporium and Paragon Department offer a special promotion of 50% discount until September 30. For more information, please contact 0-2610-8000.

For more information, please contact
Public Relations Department, Siam Paragon Development Ltd.,
Pannapas P (Beebee)
M. 081-751-9458
Petchanet P (A)
M 063-205-7922

Public Relations Department of Paragon Department Store
Patcharaporn K (Mink)
T. 089-456-3532
Saranjit L. (Gift)
T. 088-606-0666
Tawanchai P. (Pui)
T. 099-782-3553

X2 Vibe Launches New Stylish Flagship Hotel in Bangkok

X2 Vibe Launches New Stylish Flagship Hotel in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 26, 2017 ( – BHM Asia today launched the flagship property in Bangkok for its modern, millennial brand X2 Vibe. Located in the On Nut district of the Thai capital, close to fashionable Thong Lor and the central business district, X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel is a smart and stylish urban property that delivers excellent connectivity and exceptional amenities to business and leisure travellers.

The hotel is situated close to Bangkok’s BTS skytrain network, and a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and On Nut station puts the entire city within easy reach.

Anthony McDonald, BHMAsia’s Chief Executive Officer, said the launch of this new hotel reflects the growing popularity and impact of the X2 Vibe brand – the hip, younger sister of BHMAsia’s popular luxury X2 (Cross To) concept.

“With an ideal location close to bustling Sukhumvit and trendy Thong Lor, X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel is perfectly positioned to cater for the new era of millennial travellers,” said Mr McDonald. “Its combination of modern hotel rooms, serviced residences and stylish amenities makes this an excellent option for young or young-at-heart travellers seeking a new perspective on this dynamic city.”

“Following the opening of X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel – the X2 brand’s first location in a capital city – we look forward to introducing the X2 Vibe concept to more exciting destinations in future, both in Thailand and beyond,” he added.

With 145 cutting-edge hotel rooms and 121 comfortable serviced residences, X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel can cater for guests visiting Bangkok on short or extended stays. All units come equipped with a range of facilities such as Wi-Fi, TVs with cable and satellite channels and electronic safes, while each residence features a kitchenette, microwave oven and dining area.

Guests can enjoy a modern mix of Thai and international cuisine at 4K Café, grab a coffee, tea or cold drink at 4K Bar, or relax at the poolside Vibar. Alternatively, they can work out at the fitness centre, take a refreshing dip in the sea-salt pool, or unwind in the on-site spa, which includes a unique Japanese onsen, rarely found in a hotel of this category, especially outside of Japan.

Corporate guests can also devise their latest business strategy or promotional campaign in the hotel’s meeting room, which can hold up to 48 people and features state-of-the-art AV equipment.

X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel is the latest addition to BHMAsia’s expanding X2 Vibe portfolio. Having already launched hotels in Chiang Mai, Buriram and Bangkok, four more X2 Vibe hotels are scheduled to open in key destinations in Thailand and Vietnam over the coming months.

Upcoming openings include the 65-key X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Residence (scheduled to open in Q4 2017), 85-key X2 Vibe Phuket Bangtao Residence (Q1 2018), 40-key X2 Vibe Koh Samui Nautilus Residence (Q2 2018) and 230-key X2 Vibe Hoi An Residence (Q2 2018).

About X2 Vibe
X2 Vibe creates youthful, trendy hotels, which maintain a strong design focus and offer a unique service style that sets the brand apart. Created by BHMAsia as part of the international lifestyle brand X2 (Cross To), X2 Vibe places an emphasis on design, style and simplicity. The core concept of X2 is accessible luxury.

About BHMAsia
Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMAsia) is a regional hotel management company in Asia Pacific. It provides management services for all sizes of hotels, resorts, villas, spas and serviced apartments. The company is owned and operated by a mix of international and local executives with high-level experience in all areas of the industry.