THAILAND IS A DIVERSE COUNTRY. TELL US ABOUT THE DESTINATIONS THAT ATTRACT VISITORS TO THAILAND.
Our tagline is, “Thailand always amazes you.” And the diversity in Thailand is one of the things that makes the country so amazing. There truly is something for everyone. No matter what your interests, hobbies or sporting taste, you can find it in Thailand. You’ll find fun and thrills in water sports, rock climbing and elephant trekking. You’ll find relaxation and other de-stressing activities in the many world-renowned spas and resorts. You can study Buddhist meditation at a temple or learn the art of Thai cooking from an expert chef at a 5-star hotel or local cooking school. Whatever you want to do on your vacation, you’ll find ways to accomplish your goals in Thailand.
FOR THOSE READERS WHO LOVE TO GOLF, WHAT GOLFING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THAILAND?
Here, again, our tagline says it all … golf in Thailand is amazing! The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects to welcome up to 600,000 visitors in 2012, many of whom will partake in golf. We have more than 200 world-class golf courses throughout the country. Golfing in Thailand is a tremendous value and experience when compared with other worldwide destinations.
WHILE THERE ARE MANY HISTORIC SITES IN THAILAND, WHAT ARE THE MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT DESTINATIONS?
Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, two of Thailand’s former capitals, are well-known ancient sites and are also listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Other significant destinations range from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, originally founded as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, to the old Southern Thailand cities such as Nakhon Si Thammarat. Thailand has a rich and fascinating past. At Ban Chiang in the Northeast region, there are archaeological finds dating back more than 5,000 years.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY.
I joined the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 1982 as a planning staff member. In keeping with TAT’s desire to have its management team experience various markets and challenges, I was pleased to serve as director in the Kuala Lumpur office from 1997 to 2001 and in our domestic office in beautiful Rayong from 2001 to 2008. I came to the Los Angeles office after my post in Rayong.
Less than five years ago the world’s first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Roald Amundsen, set sail for Antarctica in November 2019 with 450 passengers. The battery-hybrid-powered ship, named for the first man to cross the continent and reach the South Pole, was built specifically for voyages in polar waters. Its battery-hybrid power reduces the ship’s consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to equally sized ships.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
A few months ago, I flew Polaris business class on a United flight from Dulles (IAD) to Paris (CDG). It was only when I got to my hotel in Paris I realized that I didn’t have my iPad or its bag or accessories. Since I had been working on it in the restaurant in the Polaris lounge and then went directly to the gate, I knew I either left it propped up on my table when I packed up or in my business-class seat. But what was the best method to alert the airline about my careless mishap and (hopefully) retrieve it? With spotty data and WiFi, searching for information on my phone was frustrating and slow. Here’s what I learned from the anxiety-inducing experience (and unexpected ending) about what to do if you leave something behind on your flight:
Solmar Hotels & Resorts introduces Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes, previously known as Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The hotel renewed its name and image to highlight the property’s natural attributes while maintaining the quality of its services and experiences.
Specializing in bespoke adventures in some truly spectacular locations, Up Norway proves sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. Ideal for families and small groups, the newly launched Coastal, Rural and Urban Norway Journey takes travelers on an immersive, eight-day expedition embracing the concept of slow travel.
If fabulous food and beverages are a must-have for any weekend getaway, then look no further than the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your palate has a penchant for vibrant Latin American fare or cozy French cuisine, whether you're an oenophile looking to swirl, sniff and sip your way around the globe or you’d rather sample farm-to-glass cocktails, Philly’s got it all this fall. (With the exception of Bolo, which is a short taxi or Uber ride away and definitely worth the trip, the rest of these spots are all within walking distance of each other.)
Are you looking to enhance your business trip with a little leisure? Look no further than Portugal, a country renowned for its captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty. And with TAP Air Portugal, you can effortlessly transform your business trip into an unforgettable bleisure adventure. Discover why Portugal and TAP Air Portugal are the perfect combination for an enriching and rejuvenating experience.
From Santoríni to Dubai to New York, some hotels just have that “it” factor that draws visitors far and wide. For some hotels it’s their proximity to popular landmarks and attractions, for others it’s their amenities. But these hotels have something few can claim: a true room with a view.