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Bangkok Airways celebrates new Lampang route

Amari enters India market with joint venture

World’s top female golfers stay at Dusit Thani Pattaya

THAI gets nod for 15 new aircraft

Bangkok Airways celebrates new Lampang route

Bangkok Airways recently held a launching ceremony in Lampang for the official opening for its Bangkok - Lampang route, which offers daily service via Sukhothai. The service commenced on February 1, 2010. Shown here celebrating are (L to R) Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways, Dr. Nimit Jivasantikarn, mayor of Lampang Municipality, and Supakit Boonyaritipong, governor of Lampang.

Amari enters India market with joint venture

Thai hotel management company, Amari, has teamed up with a management consultant to grow its footprint in India with the launch of Amari India.

In its first international foray outside of Thailand, the company has entered into a joint venture partnership with Mandeep S Lamba to actively pursue its expansion in India, with a view to securing management contracts for seven hotels and resorts across the country within the next five to seven years.

India is a key source market for Amari’s network of hotels and resorts in Thailand.

The development is in line with Amari’s plans to position itself as a leading hospitality chain with plans to operate 51 properties in the Asia-Pacific region by 2018.

Lamba was previously the managing director and founder of Ten Hotels, a hospitality management company based in Gurgaon, New Delhi. (TTG Asia)


World’s top female golfers stay at Dusit Thani Pattaya

Lorena Ochoa (3rd left) talks to hotel general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont (second right) at the Dusit Club Lounge while Surang Prempree (center) managing director of organizers TV Channel 7 and others look on.

Just a day after the conclusion of the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open on February 14, Dusit Thani Pattaya was again welcoming participants in another world-class sport event. This time it was the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010, the fourth Honda event and believed to be the biggest and best-ever women’s golf tournament in Thailand, which took place from February 18-21.

Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer were among the world’s leading female golfers who arrived earlier at the five-star resort while defending champion Lorena Ochoa was warmly welcomed Tuesday by hotel general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont and Surang Prempree, managing director of organizers TV Channel 7.

In between practice rounds at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, the top players from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the US, Australia, Norway and other European countries took time out to attend the cocktail reception prepared for them at the hotel’s extended terrace, The Point.

They also graced the Charity Auction Night on Wednesday, February 17 held at the hotel’s Napalai Convention Hall. The event was filled with female golf stars who signed autographs on items for charity sale as well as on their personal belongings, many of which fetched more than THB55,000 during the auction. Proceeds will benefit a local tree-planting program and other charitable groups.

The charity event was attended by all VIP sponsors from Honda Automobile-Thailand, PTT Group, Channel 7, IMG, Singha Beer and many others. Dusit Thani Pattaya is the sponsoring hotel for the second year now for the first Asian leg of the LPGA season with a prize purse of US$1.3 million.

Last year’s LPGA event helped boost the kingdom’s tourism as it attracted more than 16,000 golf enthusiasts to see their favorite players battle it out. This year’s tournament saw an increased size of spectators as golf fans from all across the world visited Thailand to experience the thrill and excitement of seeing the world’s top ranked women’s golfers.

For more information on the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010, visit

Michelle Wie, one of the local favorites, holds up one of her autographed belongings with the highest bidder during the Charity Auction Night at Dusit Thani Pattaya.

THAI gets nod for 15 new aircraft

Thai Airways International (THAI) has received the green light for a 35.5 billion baht (US$1 billion) acquisition of 15 new aircraft over the next four years.

A total of 31.25 billion baht is earmarked for the financial lease of seven aircraft with a capacity of 300 seats to serve regional routes. The airline will lease for 10 to 15 years eight aircraft with a capacity of 350 seats for longhaul routes.

The 15 new aircraft will be on top of the airline’s latest acquisition of five Airbus A330-300s to come into operation this year and six A380s to be delivered between 2012 and 2013.

The acquisition of new aircraft is part of the Thai flag carrier’s plan to upgrade its fleet over the next 10 years. (TTG Asia)