Koh Mak low-carbon tourism boost

Tourists travel on Koh Mak by cycling. KARNJANA KARNJANATAWE

The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) has set aside a million baht to support low-carbon tourism on Koh Mak, Trat.

The budget will be allocated to the Koh Mak Tourism Community Enterprise for purchasing a 14-seater golf cart and 100 bicycles.

The cart is for tourists or any resort operators on the island to rent. The fee is 500 baht for half a day and 800 baht for one day. For bicycles, the community enterprise will loan them to resorts with the condition that the resorts must offer their guests a rental fee of not more than 50 baht a day.

Suvarnabhumi food guide

Suvarnabhumi Airport has launched “The Suvarnabhumi Food Guide 2018”.

The mobile guide features promotion prices on selected dishes at restaurants and coffee shops in the airport, such as phad Thai for 50 baht at Eat-tion Thai food restaurant, salmon fried rice at Kin restaurant and Top Ten Thai Cuisine, chicken congee at O-isan or fried-egg sandwich at Silom Village.

Visit http://airportthai.co.th for the guide.

Travel awards

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has won the 2018 Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Grand Award for Education and Training for its “King’s Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism” project.

The project was introduced last year. It was a collaboration between the TAT and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Thailand to add value to tourist itineraries by offering local experiences in communities living under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of sufficiency economy.

The four model communities are Ban Pong Huai Lan in Chiang Mai, Chanthaboon Riverside Community in Chanthaburi, Ban Nong San in Sakon Nakhon and the communities around Nong Yai Royal Development Project in Chumphon.

The Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps in Surat Thani won the Pata Grand Award for Environment thanks to their various activities including an Elephant Conservation Project, a Children’s Project, and a Wildlife Monitoring Project.

Visit www.pata.org.


– Bangkok Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang for an eight-year internship programme.

Called “Bangkok Airways Open House”, the programme will give the university’s students an insight into the field of airline services including in-flight operations, ground operations, reservations and ticketing and baggage claim. In addition, student pilots will be able to access a mock cabin and a flight simulator. The agreement will last until May 31, 2026.The airline also invites other universities to join the trainee programme.

Contact the airline at 02-265-8752 or send an email to sales_coordination@bangkokair.com.

– Thai Airways International has arranged charter flights for passengers to attend the Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The airline will operate 14 round-trip flights departing from Suvarnabhumi airport, Krabi and Narathiwat airports to Jeddah and Medina. Departing flights operate during July 24 to Aug 6 with return flights during Sept 5-12.

The flights will serve about 4,000 passengers.

Visit http://thaiairways.com.


– The Intercontinental Pattaya Resort has launched the “Club Intercontinental Rate”.

The promotion prices start at 8,000 baht++ for a night’s stay in the Club Tropical Terrace Suite (77m²) to 39,500++ baht for a private beachfront pool villa (125m²). The prices include club lounge access with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails with canapés. The lounge also provides check out and video libraries.

Visit http://pattaya.intercontinental.com.

– Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya launches the “Heroes Senior Citizen” promotion.

It offers a 5% discount for rooms with complementary breakfast for two and a 10% discount for food outlets, café, spa and shops.

The special offer is designed for guests aged 60 years old and above or those who are government officials of any country.

Visit http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.

– Bangkok-based Anantara Hotels and Resorts will open an Anantara hotel in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China.

Anantara Jinsha Chengdu Hotel will be located in the integrated Essence Chengdu property project, developed by Chengdu Tai Hang Rui Hong Real Estate Company, in Chengdu’s western Qingyang district. The hotel will have 150 rooms and suites, two restaurants, fitness, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, a children’s club as well as meeting and event facilities. The hotel is about a 40-minute drive from Chengdu Shangliu International Airport and scheduled to open in 2021.

– Mantra Samui Resort has opened a dedicated co-working space.

Called “Work | Lounge”, the facility offers high speed Wi-Fi, a selection of drinks and snacks, a printer, an IP telephone for free international calls, hot desks and a blackboard. There are also sofa areas, a billiard table, TV screens, and a PlayStation.

Visitors who do not stay at the resort can choose between a half day access for 300 baht or a monthly fee service at 12,000 baht. The Work | Lounge is open from 9am to 9pm every day.

Visit http://mantrasamui.com.

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