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Royal Cliff wins green award

Joachim Grill appointed general manager of Royal Cliff Beach Resort

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai eyed for long haul MICE

Thailand downgrades tourism target

City searching for ways to boost tourism

Skål Asia membership soars

City hosts tourism summit


Royal Cliff wins green award

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) have received their fifth Environmental Impact Assessment: (EIA) Monitoring Award (for 2008) from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Minister for Conservation of Natural Resources and the Environment Suwit Khunkitti (left) presents the award to Srisakul Futrakul, director for business development for Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall.

At the presentation of the award on April 9 in Bangkok, Srisakul Futrakul, the hotel’s director of business development received an award plaque from Minister for Conservation of Natural Resources and the Environment Suwit Khunkitti.
The award was for the hotel’s effective management of its impact on the environment. The resort also won the EIA Monitoring Award in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
The hotel has also received 79 other awards from organizations in the country and abroad and is the first hotel in Thailand to receive a certified standard from the quality management system ISO9001: 2000 and environmental management standard ISO 14000.
The Royal Cliff Beach Resort is a five-star luxury resort located between Jomtien and Pattaya beaches. Its PEACH convention center was chosen for the ASEAN Summit recently.
Other facilities include seven tennis courts, two squash courts (air conditioned), five swimming pools, two spas, a private beach, runway exercise in the garden, a full-service health center with a sauna and steam room, a games room playground and a small golf course.


Joachim Grill appointed general manager of Royal Cliff Beach Resort

Panga Vathanakul, managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Joachim Grill as general manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

Joachim Grill has been appointed general manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

An Austrian native, Grill has a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany and brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the team. Prior to joining the Royal Cliff Beach Resort as general manager, Grill has held managerial positions with Centara Hotels & Resorts and gained extensive experience from international postings within hospitality, as well strong background in hotel operations with hotels including Banyan Tree and Raffles.
As general manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Grill will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of one of the largest and most comprehensive hotel, convention and spa facilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
 


Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai eyed for long haul MICE

Watchiranont Thongtep, TTG Asia
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) plans to promote Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai as alternative MICE destinations for long haul markets, which prefer to hold their events at established destinations such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.
TCEB meetings and incentives director, Malinee Kitapanich, said the two northern Thai provinces had in the last five years been improving product and service standards, following the growing presence of international-branded hotels such as Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi and Le Méridien.
The two provinces are highlighted as emerging MICE destinations in Thailand in TCEB’s meeting planner guide book, distributed at IMEX in Frankfurt from May 26 to 28.


Thailand downgrades tourism target

Watchiranont Thongtep, TTG Asia
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revised its tourism target to 13 million foreign tourists this year, down from 14 million earlier projected.
TAT deputy governor for international marketing, Santichai Euachongprasit, attributed the expected drop to ongoing local political instability, the global economic crisis and rising concerns over the spread of the H1N1 virus.
According to Thai Hotels Association president, Prakit Chinamournphong, the Thai travel trade is expecting a 20 percent drop in visitor arrivals from last year.
The Tourism Council of Thailand, however, is less optimistic, forecasting 10.86 million foreign tourists and 350 billion baht in tourism revenue this year.
Thailand welcomed 14.53 million tourists in 2008.


City searching for ways to boost tourism

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
A meeting was held recently at city hall to discuss further ways to restore Pattaya’s tourism using the whole-town discount campaign, hiring commercial marketing and promotion companies and coordinating with national free TV to boost tourism.

Wuttipol Charoenphol, Pattaya city manager.

Wuttipol Charoenphol, Pattaya’s city manager, chaired the meeting of city department heads on May 14.
At the meeting, officials talked about hiring different marketing companies to lay out plans to re-boost tourism in the area, and creating a budget to inject into the campaign.
The city will enlist aid from all media especially the national free television channels. Wuttipol said a clearer plan is needed and a budget set.


Skål Asia membership soars

Andrew J Wood.
Skål Asian Area-Director of Development
In Skål’s latest report on membership development for the Asian Area, which was presented to President Hulya Aslantas and the Asian Area board on Thursday May 21 in Incheon, Korea at the 38th Skål Asian Area Congress.
It makes for interesting reading and is the only region that is currently showing such strong growth. With membership standing at 2,514 Asia is now 13% of Skål’s worldwide membership of 19,478 which includes 318 Young Skål members.
Skål Asia is growing 14% compared with last year. In 1999 the Asian Area had 1659 members.
Skål Intl anticipates that membership will grow between 14 to 18% in 2009 in the Asian Area dependant on the number of new clubs that are opened. There are plans for 4 new at present:
1. Jakarta (restart the oldest club in Asia): It is Club no. 13 and was the first Skål Club to open in Asia 75 years ago in December (Skål is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year so Jakarta is as old as Skål itself). It is being rejuvenated with the help of a few former members and Skål Intl Bali; 2. Narita (new); 3. Rodrigues (new); and 4. Puerto Princess (new).


City hosts tourism summit

Somprasong Khompatra (right), senior director of the Office of Tourism Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, visits the Pattaya Mail booth, manned by Kamolthep Malhotra (left).

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
Tourism organizations from all over the country came to Pattaya May 14-16 for the Thai Federation of Provincial Tourist Association (TFOPTA) annual summit. The meeting, held at Ravindra Resort, was assembled under the banner of “TFOPTA forum together as one 09.”
The association has more than 500 members from tourism bodies in each province. The annual summit is rotated among the membership each year with Pattaya having the chance to host this time.
On the first day of the summit Somprasong Khompatra, senior director of the Office of Tourism Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, opened the proceedings. He was assisted by Kongkrit Hirankij.
Many booths were set up to promote tourism and for table-top sales. Brainstorming sessions were held to develop tourism in Chonburi Province. An inspection tour was organized to show participants traveling routes in the province.
Evening shows welcomed all and souvenirs were given to everyone.
On May 15 Somprasong presented a talk on the topic of tourism service standards. He said that the standards are a worthwhile objective to help achieve substantial tourism industry development for Thailand at international level.
There are already 307 entrepreneurs who have achieved the highest standard for hotels, restaurants, boat services and tourist sightseeing areas.
“We will be pleased to give everyone advice, methods and steps to improve services to develop Thai tourism now and in the future,” Somprasong said.
Piyaman Techapaiboon, vice-chairman of the Thai Federation of Provincial Tourist Associations, suggested that entrepreneurs must commit to self-improvement to meet international standards. Cooperation with the government is also needed to help with sustainable development.
At the end of the summit, participants went on a tour to Pattaya Floating Market, Chinese Statue Park, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, Tiger Zoo Sriracha, Mini Siam, Underwater World and Koh Larn.
A farewell dinner was held on the beachfront, the highlight coming when the summit flag was handed to Lampang’s representative, host of the next summit scheduled for December 2-4.



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