Tourism boost for islands

A Royal Enfield Classic 500 sidecar tour. (Photo: ITTIKORN PANATKOOL)

To boost local tourism and the economy, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is holding “Thailand SHA: The Memory @ Phuket, Phang-nga and Krabi” from today until Oct 3.

The goal of the event is to promote tourism among local travellers and expats who can travel safely within secure tourist-friendly destinations. This will help to bring back confidence in tourism and national healthcare, as well as assisting businesses affected by Covid-19. With assistance from the CCSA and TAT, they offer international tourists who are part of the Phuket Sandbox programme the opportunity to travel to other provinces, by linking Phuket within the 7+7 Phuket Extension, which includes Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Railay Beach, as well as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Khao Lak, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai.

In Phuket the event will be organised at Phuket Old Town, Phrom Thep Cape and Kata Beach, as well as Phangnga, Koh Yao Yai. Events in Krabi, will be held at Ao Nang Landmark. Artist line-up includes Two Popetorn, Nont Tanont, Kong Saharat, Pop Pongkool, Ton Thanasit, Zom Marie, New Jiew, Preaw Kanitkul, Lula, Kacha, Joey the Voice and Ice Saranyu.


Balthazar Hotel and Spa. (Photo © ABACAPRESS/Philippe LOUZON)


– Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai has introduced a unique accommodation offer for landlocked Zoomers and Boomers alike to get their selfie fix and IG-worthy snapshots in some of the most stunning natural settings and unusual experiences which include a Royal Enfield Classic 500 sidecar tour.

The “Instamazing Escapes” accommodation package is designed to offer travellers a choice of memorable settings and experiences from the best of everything that the world-famous luxury resort at the confluence of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar has to offer, from walking with rescued elephants in an ancient jungle to taking a selfie with three countries as the awe-inspiring backdrop and lounging in the world’s first transparent Jungle Bubbles.

The Instamazing Escapes special offer starts from 14,000 baht per room per night for up to two guests sharing accommodation for a minimum two consecutive nights.

This special offer includes accommodation and daily breakfast; six activities or excursions from the Instamazing Escapes offerings; and early check-in and late check-out.


Cape & Kantary Hotels (Photo © Cape & Kantary Hotels)

– Cape & Kantary Hotels launches its “Happy Stay” special room deals at 13 hotels across Thailand including Chiang Mai, Rayong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Si Racha, Kabin Buri, Prachin Buri, Bangkok and Amata Bangpakong.

Room rates start from 900 baht per night for a studio suite or superior room with breakfast for two and free Wi-Fi (prices vary depending on the selected hotels and room type). Visitors can make their reservation and stay from now until Oct 15.

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Thailand Sha Sha Sha (Photo © Tourism Authority of Thailand)

Accor, a world leading hospitality group, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a global organisation that brings engaged hospitality companies together and uses the industry’s collective power to address key challenges affecting the planet and its people.

Since its creation in 1967, Accor has been a pioneer in developing sustainable travel experiences and investing in innovations to enable positive hospitality experience with a reduced environmental impact. As part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility strategy, this year the group identified 21 areas of business activity where significant improvements could be made and set policies for measurable actions and goals. These include targets around reducing energy and water consumption, a move towards carbon-neutral buildings, and promotion of healthier and sustainable food with a drastic reduction on food waste.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance drives collaborative action and develops free practical resources and programmes to enable the wider industry with leading hospitality companies and strategic partners to operate responsibly and grow sustainably. They innovate and look for new areas of improvement. Also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, they commit to pilot continued actions on a range of social and environmental issues including human rights, youth employment, climate action and water stewardship.