Pata Awards

Photo: Thai Show 2013 Company

Three organisations in Thailand have won Pata Gold Awards this year.

The 2017 Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Grand and Gold Awards comprise four Grand Awards and 27 Gold Awards in marketing, environment, culture, media and education.

"It is no better time and place to celebrate their accomplishments than this international year for sustainable tourism for development in Macao during the 40th anniversary of Pata Travel Mart," said Pata CEO Dr Mario Hardy.

For Thailand, Muay Thai Life Bangkok, the muay Thai performance by the Thai Show 2013 Company at Asiatique the Riverfront, won the Gold Award for Culture.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) won the Gold Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for its campaign "Village To The World", which introduced packages for outdoors activities in 10 villages. TAT also won another Gold Award for Travel Guidebook, with Blue Paradise Thailand, a coffee-table book about marine life.

Lastly, Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps in Surat Thani won the Gold Award for Ecotourism Project.

The awards are supported and sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office and the awards ceremony will take place in Macao on Sept 15 during Pata Travel Mart 2017.


The language of travel

Staying connected is one of travellers' top priorities when visiting cities and resorts, according to a survey by

The website asked 18,000 people worldwide to find out what were the top phrases they'd want to know immediately in the language of the country they're visiting.

The results showed that 46% wanted to know how to ask the best way to get into town or the city centre, followed by how to ask for the Wi-Fi password (43%), the time of breakfast (41%), where to have the best meal (40%) and where the toilet is (25%).

Airline updates

Thai Airways will launch its first direct flight from Bangkok to Vienna in Austria on Nov 16.

According to acting president and executive vice-president Usanee Sangsingkeo, Vienna will be the perfect gateway to Europe.

"Passengers can easily connect to cities in Europe and from Europe to Thailand conveniently with Thai's network. Vienna is the capital of Austria and known for its artistic, music and intellectual legacy, particularly its revered residents such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud," she said.

The airline will fly four times a week between Bangkok and Vienna on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The flight will depart Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 1.30am and arrive at Vienna International Airport at 7am. The return trip will be at 1.30pm and the arrival time to Bangkok will be 5.30am.

Currently, Thai Airways flies to 12 cities in Europe, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Stockholm, London, Rome, Milan and Moscow.

In addition, Thai Airways has arranged 31 special flights for 9,000 Thai Muslims to attend the Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The flights depart from airports in Bangkok, Hat Yai, Krabi and Narathiwat, to Medina and Jeddah airports in Saudi Arabia.

The airline has arranged charter flights for Hajj pilgrims for 12 years in accordance with a cabinet decision in 2005. All in-flight meals will be prepared by its Halal kitchen, which received a Hal-Q certification for Halal standards.


Hotels update

Ibis has renovated the 64-year-old Viengtai Hotel to be Ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai on Rambuttri Road.

The hotel is the first international hotel in the area best known as a centre of backpacking travellers, said AccorHotels COO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia Patrick Basset.

The property features 215 rooms, including triple-bed rooms and a family room. The room sizes start at 24.75m² to 40m². Facilities include a restaurant, bar, bakery outlet, swimming pool, kids' club and two meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 guests. The hotel also provides bicycles for rent.


BHM Asia has opened X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel on Sukhumvit 52.

The hotel is the first X2 (pronounced "cross-two") brand in Bangkok, according to BHM Asia CEO Anthony McDonald.

It features 145 guest rooms and 121 serviced residences to serve short and long stays. Room sizes are 28m-40m², while residences are 28m-72m². Each residence features a kitchenette, microwave oven and dining area.

Facilities include a restaurant, pool bar, swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and meeting room for up to 48 participants.

The hotel is about 350m from BTS On Nut.


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