Archive for December, 2010

Outrigger to manage Koh Samui resort

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The 81-key luxury villa and suite resort is currently operating as the Destination Beach Resort and Spa and will rebrand to Outrigger on February 1, 2011.

The 5-star full service Outrigger Koh Samui Resort and Spa will offer a range of accommodation including luxurious pool villas, spacious pool access suites and Beach Deco rooms.

Guests will enjoy a full array of services and amenities, including a beachside restaurant, a Navasana Wellness Centre, a fitness centre, three swimming pools, including one absolute beachfront pool, two bars and a Kids Club.

“We are excited to add Outrigger Koh Samui Resort and Spa to our growing collection of luxury properties throughout Asia,” said Outrigger’s Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Darren Edmonstone.

“The resort is a perfect fit for us and we look forward to providing the very best in service and amenities to our guests and patrons,” he said.

Bhoput Beach in the northeast corner of Samui Island is known for its tranquility, ocean-based activities, dramatic sunsets and Big Buddha temple statue overlooking the sea.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the hotel owner, Dungfun Co., Ltd., Pilaipan Chavalrut said that Outrigger was “just right” for Samui.

“Outrigger brings over 60 years of tropical beach resort experience to the island of Koh Samui,” she said. “We also chose Outrigger because of their excellent distribution channels and their commitment to creating a sense of place that matches perfectly with our resort.

“We have a fantastic luxury beach resort and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with Outrigger,” Chavalrut said.


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Foreigners flock to st register residences

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Bangkok’s residential property market surged in November with Thailand’s Minor Group completing sales of 7 luxury residences within November worth Bt680 million.

 Foreign buyers comprised 60 per cent of the buyers for the limited offering of 45 three- and four-bedroom residences and eight penthouses. Priced on a leasehold basis for 30 years, the units are located on the top 21 floors of the upscale mixed-use St Regis Hotel, which is scheduled to open in March next year.

While a global branding has played a key storyline, unit owners can avail a menu of hotel services and access to facilities but there is no rental pool operation so buyers are primarily end users.

Presently 26 units in the project are available for purchase in a finished hand-over condition. Six out of eight premium penthouse units have been sold. A pleasant surprise has been the strong Thai market making up 40 per cent of the market composition.

Full furniture fit-out packages priced from Bt7.5 million have received strong uptake. In line with the market positioning, important items like kitchens by worldwide brand Gaggenau and Pogen Pohl have struck a favourable note with clients as have the teakwood flooring and fully fitted bathroom specifications.

Given that all 53 residences directly overlook the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and are near luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt Erawan and Siam Paragon, the St Regis Residences look to become the premier address in the city once fully opened.

For entrepreneur Bill Heinecke, the strategy to develop a smaller number of premium-sized residences has proved to be a winning combination along with the confidence to build out during a time of economic and political challenges and to promote and sell them now ready. Clearly the current near-complete status is fuelling demand.


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TAT woos northern China

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The Tourism Authority of Thailand plans more marketing campaigns in big cities in northern China to draw visitors to Thailand next year.

According to Sansern Ngaorangsri, deputy governor for the East Asia market, the campaigns would be held in Lijiang, Changsha and Hebei, as an ambitious plan to draw 1.2 million Chinese arrivals in 2011.

He said Chinese visitors’ spending was now close to that of other foreign visitors, estimated at about 4,000 baht per person, with average stays of four to five days.

Chinese visitors to Thailand totalled 885,545 in the first 10 months this year, an increase of 50% from the same period last year, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Mr Sansern said China’s strong economic growth and yuan appreciation had encouraged its citizens to travel abroad including Thailand, despite the country’s political turmoil from March and May.

Phuket and Samui are popular destinations for Chinese visitors.

According to Mr Sansern, the government’s policy to waive visa fees and to grant visas on arrival also played a vital part in increasing Chinese arrivals.

Mr Sansern said the TAT intended to ask the government to extend the visa fee exemption for another year beyond their scheduled expiration in March 2011.

In the meantime, he said the TAT would join with the Chiang Mai Business Tourism Association in a campaign to attract Chinese visitors, particularly from Kunming, using Asian Highway route A3.

The TAT opened an office this year in Kunming.


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