Kanchanaburi Skywalk is ready for a soft opening on 18 August
The first phase of the Kanchanaburi Skywalk is going to open for public testing from 18 to 26 August 2022 before the official opening next month.
The 12-meter-high skywalk with a 150-meter-long transparent glass walkway is located along the Kwai Yai River of Kanchanaburi province’s Muang district.
Those interested in joining the soft opening may either walk in or make a reservation by registering online through the website http://shorturl.asia/s4drw
– 100 people who have made online reservations and 50 walk-ins will be allowed to use the skywalk on weekdays after 15.30 hr. – 200 online reservations and 200 walk-ins will be allowed on weekends after 14.00 hr.
Bangkok Ranks Top in Asia-Pacific Local Knowledge Leaders Attracting International Conferences
Bangkok, Thailand – Bangkok was ranked in the top position in Asia-Pacific for its ability to leverage its knowledge leaders in international associations to attract international conventions, according to GainingEdge.
GainingEdge, a consulting firm in international conferences, released its latest report on “Leveraging Intellectual Capital”. The report shows that Bangkok has local knowledge leaders assuming positions in the boards of 194 international associations and they can attract 123 international conferences of the associations to their city. The performance was translated into “Harnessing Ratio” at 63.4%. The percentage is the highest in Asia-Pacific, followed by Shanghai (51.7%), Singapore (50.8%), Taipei (45.9%), and Kuala Lumpur (44.3%).
The firm ranked MICE destinations worldwide on the basis of the influence of their knowledge leaders in attracting international conventions. It compared the number of knowledge leaders from each city who are on the governing bodies of international associations and the number of international conventions that the city has hosted from 2018–2021. The correlation between the two numbers – or how efficiently representation converts to bid wins – is defined as a city’s Harnessing Ratio.
On a global scale, Bangkok ranked 6th place behind Prague (95%), Dublin (81.9%), Lisbon (81.8%), Montreal (77.2%) and Berlin (64.7%).
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said: “GainingEdge’s recommendation that destinations undertake “smart” bid strategies by engaging local knowledge leaders with a strong reputation to support their bids is in line with a new initiative of TCEB called Thailand Convention Ambassador Programme. We have so far appointed Prof. Emeritus Dr. Somsri Pausawasdi (Honorary Convention Ambassador – Medical) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Djitt Laowattana (Convention Ambassador – Robotics) as Thailand’s first Convention Ambassadors. The two ambassadors have played a role in supporting Thai medical and robotics professionals to assume the positions in the governing bodies of international associations”.
The roles of the Convention Ambassador are persuasive advocates for Thailand. They will help communicate the value of hosting a convention and put together intellectual resources and support necessary for local associations to win bids. The Thailand Convention Ambassador Programme will be expanded progressively to include other “Thailand 4.0” and “Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model” industries such as food, and agriculture.
Elevates new safety measures by launching the Emerging Infectious Diseases & Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic (EIDARIC)
MedPark Hospital, co-designed by doctors, strives to provide patient care with the highest level of safety by opening the Emerging Infectious Diseases & Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic (EIDARIC), presided by Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn Deputy Director General, Department of Disease Control – Ministry of Public Health and Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, Department Chief of The Department of Health Service Support for the clinic inauguration ceremony.
After Thailand reopens its borders to welcome tourists, there is a considerably upward trend of domestic and international travelers as well as medical tourism. MedPark Hospital recognizes the need to tighten screening measures to build public confidence in the safety of the hospital. EIDARIC is established to safely care for not only COVID-19 patients but also patients with new emerging diseases. EIDARIC screening measures can elevate the safety for patients and their families, and for the benefit of health care workers and society.
Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, said, “Seeing a private hospital tightens its vigilant measures against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and well-prepared to tackle new emerging diseases denotes the hand-in-hand cooperation between the public and private sector – important partners –ensuring that our country can effectively tackle new emerging diseases. MedPark Hospital represents the advancement and readiness of the country’s health system to welcome medical travelers and Thai nationals with earnest service and safety. Health care workers can be confident that the hospital has laid out effective preventive measures to make the hospital ground a true safe zone.”
Even though other public and private organizations are starting to relax their COVID-19 preventive measures, the hospital remains the main point of contact to treat, monitor, and devise plans to handle ongoing and future infectious diseases for patients and society. MedPark hospital has, thus, developed the Dual Management System for the hospital to separate patients with infectious diseases from normal patients.
Dr. Pongpat Patanavanich, Managing Director of MedPark Hospital, added, “We resolve to treat high acuity and complex diseases. Therefore, our hospital must be the safest and most hygienic place to protect patients from the risks of infectious diseases, regardless of whether it’s COVID-19 or other emerging diseases. We have implemented a dual system to separate symptomatic, high-risk patients from others; they can receive treatments at negative-pressure EIDARIC outside the hospital’s main building to decrease the risk of transmission. Patients can be confident that MedPark hospital is a ‘safe haven’ and will receive treatments from medical specialists with assurance.”
EIDARIC is a negative pressure clinic, designed and constructed to confer effective airborne infectious disease containment. With its one-stop medical care and service, EIDARIC is properly multi-compartmentalized, where patients can see a medical specialist, obtain a quick swab for RT-PCR COVID-19 test, have chest radiography, collect prescription drugs, make a payment, and receive a follow-up appointment all in one place. EIDARIC is air-conditioned- Air vented from the EIDARIC passes through a HEPA filter, decreasing the risk of airborne transmission both within and outside the clinic. These are the efforts and measures taken for the safety and quality of care, so that patients – Thai or international – can come to see their doctors with a peace of mind.
TCEB Helps Thailand Clinch Unicity’s Global Conference, the Largest MI Group Since the Country’s Reopening
With the support of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the nutritional supplement company Unicity has selected Thailand as the destination for its 2022 Unicity Global Leadership & Innovation Conference. To be held from 5-7 August, the convention will be attended by more than 10,000 Unicity distributors from over 50 countries. Unicity’s decision to hold the conference in Bangkok with post-event tours to Pattaya and Phuket testifies to Thailand’s readiness for events. The event is projected to generate an income of 660 million baht for Thailand.
Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, TCEB’s Senior Vice President – MICE Capability and Innovation said: “We are delighted that Unicity has selected Thailand for its 2022 Unicity Global Leadership & Innovation Conference. The event, scheduled to take place at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok, will be the largest corporate meeting and incentive travel group to visit Thailand since travel restrictions were lifted.
“As the COVID-19 situation abated and business travel and tourism resume worldwide, we are mobilising our resources to attract more MICE events to Thailand. International corporations are confident that Thailand is ready to host events of all sizes because we have all the necessary controls and support in place. TCEB’s collaboration with various government departments and MICE organisations are bearing fruit – we are witnessing an upswing in corporate meetings and incentive groups coming to Thailand.”
To help bring the 2022 Unicity Global Leadership & Innovation Conference to Thailand, TCEB provided a partial subsidy and comprehensive services. For example, Unicity executives and its pre-event conference teams will enjoy fast-track immigration clearance with TCEB’s MICE Lane Service at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and arrangements have also been made with Thai embassies and consulates abroad to facilitate visa application by Unicity delegates in their home countries.
Unicity’s 2022 global conference will have a deep economic impact in Thailand, especially for venues, hotels, event organisers, transport providers, food and beverage providers, and retailers. Bangkok, the host city, as well as Pattaya and Phuket, the two primary post-conference tour destinations, will benefit the most from spending by delegates.
Mr. Christopher Kim, President of Unicity International announced that the 2022 Global Leadership and Innovation Conference will be held under the theme ‘IT’S TIME TO FEEL GREAT’ where all delegates will move forward together for success. Unicity is all geared up to host the mega event and every Unicity distributor has been longing to celebrate their successes together! This will also boost morale amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic, which has deprived people of their happiness in many aspects. For Unicity, this has been a significant challenge that they have already overcome with and thus are ready to share it with people.
“This is the second time Unicity has hosted Global Leadership and Innovation Conference in Thailand after it took place in 2014 with great success and both were actively supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB. With utmost confidence in Thailand’s strong economic potential, along with the country’s reputation as a dream destination of travellers worldwide, the conference will draw more than 10,000 Unicity distributors from more than 50 countries across the world with the common goal to Make Life Better for all. In addition, the conference will demonstrate Unicity’s business growth and success in the fast-growing market of Asia and will benefit the overall economy for Thailand.” said Mr. Christopher Kim.
Looking ahead, TCEB forecasts Thailand will host no less than 25 international corporate meetings and incentive travel groups from July–September this year, which will contribute more than 1,000 million baht to the Thai economy. This includes 15,138 travellers from the key source markets of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
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ทั้งนี้ การประชุมสุดยอดผู้นำสตรีระดับโลก (Global Summit of Women – GSW) ก่อตั้งขึ้นเป็นครั้งแรกเมื่อปี พ.ศ. 2533 ที่นิวยอร์คโดยความร่วมมือระหว่างองค์กรภาครัฐ เอกชน และองค์กรไม่หวังผลกำไร ที่มีวิสัยทัศน์เดียวกันในการสนับสนุนโอกาสทางเศรษฐกิจให้แก่สตรีทั่วโลก องค์กรเหล่านี้ได้ร่วมกันแลกเปลี่ยนข้อมูลเกี่ยวกับกิจกรรมริเริ่มโดยผู้นำสตรีในแต่ละภูมิภาคทั่วโลก ที่ประสบความสำเร็จและกลยุทธ์เชิงสร้างสรรค์ การประชุมสุดยอดผู้นำสตรีระดับโลกเป็นการประชุมในเชิงธุรกิจที่เน้นบทบาทความก้าวหน้าของสตรีในเศรษฐกิจโลก
Women’s Business Summit Looks at Post-COVID Economy
32-year-old Summit convenes leaders in business, government and civil society to reboot women’s economic progress post-pandemic
Over 600 women leaders from 52 countries were welcomed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Global Summit of Women’s Opening Ceremony held at the Bangkok Convention Center on Thursday, June 23rd. Delegates to the three-day Summit include Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani, the Vice President of Vietnam Vo Thi Anh Xuan, women Ministers, government officials, and business leaders from four continents. This year marks the first time Thailand has hosted this prestigious international event in the Summit’s 32-year history.
Led by its President Irene Natividad, the Summit opened on June 22nd with the ringing of the opening bell at the Stock Exchange of Thailand by members of the Thailand Host Committee led by Kobkarn Wattanavrangul, former Minister of Tourism & Sports, and the Summit’s International Planning Committee.
“Women opening stock exchanges are rare globally, so having one here in Thailand signals the emerging group of women leading companies in this country’s dynamic economy,” states Natividad.
“We are also pleased to hold this global gathering in a country cited by Bloomberg as having 40% women’s leadership of Thailand’s major enterprises,” adds Natividad, since the Summit’s 32-year focus is on facilitating women’s economic progress worldwide. To share a macro-view of Thailand’s economy and investment opportunities, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan presented in the opening session on “Doing Business with Thailand.” Acting on this idea, a Vietnam-Thailand BtoB Forum was a side event to the Summit that took place in the morning organized by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry with the Thailand Chamber of Commerce.
Also on Thursday, a Ministerial Roundtable brought Thailand’s Minister for Social Development Chuti Krairiksh and Deputy Minister of Education Kalaya Sophonphanich to meet with their counterparts in an exchange of different programs where government and business have collaborated to improve women’s economic opportunities.
The majority of participants, however, are hundreds of women corporate and entrepreneurial leaders from four continents. Taking place during a pandemic, the Summit’s focus is on how to revive women’s economic progress, which was set back during COVID whether through job losses or the collapse of many women-owned enterprises. Exchanges on what works in this new economic landscape, whether in terms of government policies or business practices, forms the core of the Summit sessions.
“It is a great honor for Thailand to welcome such an impressive group of women leaders from all over the world,” states Wattanavrangul. “Thai women are ready to join with their peers globally to lead in the post-COVID era.”
A major leader who has worked to improve people’s lives in stemming the spread of viruses of all kinds will be recognized on Friday, June 24th with the Global Women’s Leadership Awards that will be granted to Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, the “Pharmacist for the Poor,” who developed a generic antiretroviral drug that treated HIV at low cost, helping victims in many countries, especially in the African region.
Global Summit of Women successfully drew to a conclusion in Bangkok. A true history for Thai MICE industry as the 3-day event is the first large-scale international convention held face-to-face in Thailand after the country was fully reopened on June 1. For GSW itself, this is the summit’s first edition in Thailand.
The Summit ends on June 25th with two significant outcomes of the Bangkok Summit — its first carbon-neutral gathering ever in the Summit’s 32-year history, implemented through the assistance of the Thai Host Committee. The other is the addition to Thailand’s Corporate Governance Code of clearer language on gender diversity in corporate boards as a necessary component of good corporate governance, implemented through a collaboration between Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission President Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol and Summit President Irene Natividad.
“Change benefitting women happens more quickly when we exchange ideas and winning strategies across borders, and the Summit is the platform for that transmission, states Natividad.
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Thailand to host 2022 Global Summit of Women in June, first MICE event of scale as Thailand reopens
Thailand will welcome over 1,000 participants from more than 60 countries at the high-profile 2022 Global Summit of Women, scheduled from 23–25 June 2022 in Bangkok. The event is becoming the first large-scale international convention held face-to-face in 2 years. It will shine the spotlight on Thailand’s MICE industry as the country reopens and prepares for a rapid rebound in international business events.
The announcement was made jointly by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), led by Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President, together with the President of the Global Summit of Women, Ms. Irene Natividad, the Thailand Host Committee Chair, Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, and Mr. Siripakorn Chiosamut, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications and Marketing Director at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Originally scheduled for 2020, the event is the first large-scale in-person global convention that Thailand will host after a two-year gap. The event is also seen as a timely opportunity for Thailand to present itself as a “World Destination” for international events as the country has gradually introduced relaxation measures for incoming travel and events during the past three months. On 1 April 2022 onwards, requirement of negative pre-arrival RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel was abolished. From 1 May, Test and Go arrangement which required test upon arrival has been no more in effect and from 1 June, simplified version of Thailand Pass was introduced for overseas travellers for enhanced facilitation. The removal of these requirements has given MICE organisers freedom to plan larger in-person gatherings as long as the relevant COVID-19 safety measures are in place
Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of TCEB, said: “Thailand is back and we are again ready to woo the world with our commitment, capability, and creativity. And the Global Summit of Women is the perfect platform to do that. With its values of gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness, the Summit not only mirrors our national aspirations as set out under Thailand’s 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan but also reflects the resilience and economic contribution of our MICE industry. We are expecting 1,000 participants and women leaders from 60 countries and an income of 80 million baht from this much-anticipated world-class convention.”
Mrs. Nichapa added that Thailand’s MICE industry is putting behind the setbacks caused by COVID-19 and is gearing up for a strong rebound. According to TCEB, although Thailand has been continually impacted by the COVID-19 situation, the MICE industry in Thailand could generate income of over 33.2 billion baht, creating over 46,000 jobs last year. Apart from 23 TCEB-supported international events announced for 2022, the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting scheduled for 18-19 November 2022 in Bangkok will be a highlight attracting world’s attention to Thailand.
Ms. Natividad said: “As Summit President, I am looking forward to bringing this renowned Summit to Thailand, a country where women rank high in economic participation in business and government. The 2022 theme – ‘Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality’ – will focus on driving post-pandemic economy. Male and female senior executives of multinational corporations are expected from countries as diverse as South Africa, Vietnam, France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Kazakhstan. There is genuine excitement in being able to meet in person for the first time in over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ms. Kobkarn said: “The Global Summit of Women is the biggest stage for international women leaders in the world. The 2022 Summit will confirm our capabilities to host conferences and generate confidence in the Thai economy, focusing on continued economic development and promoting new investment. I am sure the Summit will empower women and encourage cooperation between every sector to build a new generation for economic recovery.”
Mr. Siripakorn said: “This world-level convention is an important step to build confidence internationally that Thailand is ready to welcome tourists after the long slowdown during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. It is also an opportunity to provide an impressive tourist experience to the women leaders who are delegates at the 2022 Global Summit of Women. Women currently have a key role in driving the economy because of their capabilities for increased income. They are also one of the major market segments with high tourism potential because of their confidence and courage in deciding to travel.”
Other than being an indicator of the upswing in market sentiment, the 2022 Global Summit of Women in Thailand will also be noted for its “Carbon Neutral” format. All meetings and activities at the Summit will be monitored for their carbon footprint, and emissions from energy use, participant’s travel, catering, and waste management will be offset with purchase of carbon credits from the Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thailand. The Summit will also showcase community products from throughout Thailand to promote local enterprises.
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The MICHELIN Guide Expands Into The Northeast Region, “Isan”
The MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2023 will feature Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen as representative cities of the Isan Region.
The MICHELIN Guide and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have co-hosted a press conference to announce the MICHELIN Guide Thailand’s expansion of its coverage to Thailand’s Northeastern region – widely known as “Isan” – in its sixth edition, to be released at the end of 2022. With 20 provinces in this largest region of Thailand, four provincial cities – namely Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen – are selected to represent the region’s distinctive and flavorful cuisine, as well as its remarkable natural and cultural heritage.
Northeastern Thai or “Isan” cuisine has an interesting background with cultural influences from ancient eras – including the Sukhothai Kingdom and Khmer empire – as well as from neighboring countries i.e. Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. The region has fields and forests on plateaus and mountains suitable for livestock farming. In addition, it is a significant area for quality rice cultivation – including the world-famous Jasmine rice and glutinous rice. Although Isan food does not contain any seafood ingredients due to its landlocked geographical location, the region has many rivers – notably, the Mekong River, where freshwater fish are in abundance.
According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, Michelin inspectors have been impressed with the flavorful and distinctive Isan cuisine, as it employs simple cooking methods yet delivers subtle and complex flavour profiles – such as boiling, grilling, steaming, slow-cooking, and – above all – the food preservation technique, which is considered a highlight of the cuisine, as it showcases local wisdom in keeping fish and seasonal vegetables for longer shelf life as food ingredients. Fermented fish [pla ra], made of local fish fermented in salt and rice, is the most famous and major preserved ingredient that has been used in many dishes and sauces, and has been registered as a heritage of national cultural wisdom since 2012.
“Apart from unique food and interesting culinary background, there are many Isan-born chefs with food knowledge and cooking experience from working in world-famous restaurants abroad, and have now opened their own restaurants in their homeland. They play a significant role in elevating Isan food to the next level – using local ingredients combined with their superior cooking skills, setting a new standard for more high-quality local food. This is a great sign that the Northeastern region of Thailand will soon be an interesting tourist destination for local gastronomy, contributing to a good economy among local communities and markets,” said Mr.Poullennec.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has regarded the existence of The MICHELIN Guide Thailand during the past 5 years as a valuable contribution to TAT’s mission to promote Thailand as an international gastronomic destination. The increasing number of MICHELIN-starred, Bib Gourmand-awarded, and selected dining establishments featured in each edition of the MICHELIN Guide Thailand – partially as a result of the MICHELIN Guide’s further exploration of new territories across the country’s different regions, and partially as a result of local restaurants striving to improve quality and service to live up to prestigious MICHELIN Guide standards – help drive awareness and set new trends for gastro-tourism among local and international travelers on a broader spectrum.
Comparing the MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2018 edition to the latest 2022 edition, the number of overall selected eateries is up from 126 to 361. Out of this, the number of Michelin-starred eateries has increased from 17 to 32, and Bib Gourmand-awarded from 35 to 133. The coverage has expanded from “Bangkok” in the 2018 edition, to now include “Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga” in the 2022 edition.
“Thailand’s Northeastern region has a vast potential – in terms of culinary culture and history, diverse tourist attractions, as well as charming local lifestyle. Apart from delicious and authentic Northeastern Thai or ‘Isan’ cuisine, people of all ages can enjoy visiting attractions like Khao Yai National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Udon Thani, Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen. Moreover, the Northeastern region has a lot of outstanding local food and handicraft products, with more than 34 registered Geographical Indication (GI) items, to look out for when shopping for souvenirs. With the launch of the upcoming 2023 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, we hope that not only will the entire world be aware of the vibrant culinary scene of the Northeastern region of Thailand, but also boost tourism and the local economy at the same time,” said Mr.Supasorn.
Thailand to host International Horticultural Expo 2026 in Udon Thani
March 8, 2022: Thailand is chosen to host the International Horticultural Expo 2026 in Udon Thani, a northeastern province. It will be the first landmark global event in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The mega-event will be featuring the theme “Diversity of Life: Connecting Water, Plants, and People for Sustainable Living” driven by the ‘3S’ food and farming policy and BCG economic model of the government and SDGs of the United Nations.
At the annual general meeting 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) agreed to the Thai proposal in which International Horticultural Expo 2026 will be hosted in Udon Thani province during 1 November 2026 to 14 March 2027. The proposed theme is “Diversity of Life: Connecting Water, Plants, and People for Sustainable Living”, citing the site’s unique wetland area and the special connection between water, natural resources, and the people living in it.
Presenting the proposal at the handover ceremony of the event to a new host destination was H.E. Dr. Chalermchai Sree-on, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, who was head of the Thai delegation. He expressed appreciation on behalf of the Thai government to the AIPH members for the trust and support given to Thailand and cited the success as a fruitful collaboration among various government agencies and private organisations, led by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
According to Dr. Chalermchai, Thailand is committed to contributing to the global food security through the ‘3S’ farming and food policy, focusing on Food Safety, Food Security, and Sustainability. This aims to fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while adhering to the climate aspiration of the Paris Agreement. Such commitment can serve the theme and presentation of the Expo in Udon Thani and will help shed light on the sustainability issue, inspire and ignite collaboration on global actionable measures towards sustainability living with minimal cost to the ecosystem’.
Also attending the meeting was Mr. Sayam Sirimongkol, Udon Thani’s Governor, who reaffirmed the city’s readiness to ensure the success of the Expo. The Udon Thani Expo 2026 will be the first International Horticultural Expo ever held in a wetland area. Furthermore, the province’s status as the gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion and a transportation and economic hub of the area will guarantee a diverse display of cultures and floras befitting the theme.
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), who represented Thailand in the official bid for the Expo, expressed Thailand’s confidence in hosting the landmark global event, portraying the success of the past two horticultural expos hosted by Thailand in Chiang Mai province.
He also emphasised the government’s development strategy and national agenda to promote the Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model or BCG as a new development model that seeks to drive socio-economic growth while minimizing and even reversing the negative impacts on the environment. The strategy will be of great contribution to Udon Thani International Horticultural Expo 2026.
The Udon Thani Expo 2026 is expected to cost 2,500 million baht in investment and attract 3.6 million visitors over 134 days during the expo.
Mr. Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of AIPH, remarked on behalf of the AIPH that AIPH hopes to see positive contributions of the Expo to the attainment of the global agendas as well as the development of the local community and the Greater Mekong Subregion as a whole.
Udon Thani (MICE City), a province of 1.5 million populations, is located in the northeastern region of Thailand, 580 kilometers away by road from Bangkok. The city can be reached daily by one-hour flight from Bangkok.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides, revealed: “Due to lockdowns and dine-in restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in many countries, the restaurant business has been on its all-time lows. Nevertheless, Thailand sees the opening of new restaurants with interesting cuisine types – such as street-food-inspired stalls and authentic Thai food from ancient recipes. Local produce and ingredients have been incorporated in the menu, as diners are increasingly concerned about living healthy lifestyles and food sources. This not only ensures optimum freshness that elevates the cuisine, but also encourages sustainability in the agriculture and restaurant industries that help boost up the local economy.”
“This year’s MICHELIN Guide celebrates Ayutthaya as the latest city introduced into the guide – yet the oldest and with the richest heritage among all. In addition, this former capital city of Thailand boasts historical charm and retains among the greatest history in Thai cuisine. We are thus convinced that our local and international readers will enjoy exploring this extended coverage of Thailand’s culinary scene,” added Mr.Poullennec.
Six New Entrants Joining the one MICHELIN Star List, While the two MICHELIN Star Listing Remains the Same
In the 2022 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, Two-MICHELIN-Star listing remains the same with 6 entries – namely, Chef’s Table, Le Normandie, Mezzaluna,R-Haan, Sorn, and Sühring. However, the one MICHELIN Star selection welcomes 6 new entrants, all located in Bangkok, namely: Aksorn, a Thai restaurant offering flavorsome dishes inspired by chef’s collected Thai cookbooks from the 1940s to the 1970s, with highlights including the coconut cupcakes with salted pork, and the fermented bean curd relish with minced pork and prawns; Côte by Mauro Colagreco, a French contemporary restaurant with contemporary Riviera-inspired cuisine that serves lunch set menus, à la carte dishes, plus a special nine-course “Carte Blanche” dinner – an Omakase experience where every course is a surprise;
Gaa, an innovative restaurant offering an exquisite variety of Indian dishes transformed with modern techniques and presentation, plus a street-food-inspired tasting menu with a delightful balance of flavors, textures and aromas;IGNIV, a European contemporary restaurant serving up modern European cuisine – including its signature chicken nuggets and barbecue sauce – through a unique shared meal experience; Savelberg(new by relocation), a French contemporary restaurant offering à la carte and fixed menus that boast sophisticated modern French fare made from fine international ingredients; Yu Ting Yuan, a Chinese restaurant offering refined Cantonese dishes that emphasize nuance of flavor and strike the right balance of oil – with highlights including delectable Peking Duck and succulent Dim Sum.
Another 51 Eateries Included for the First Time in This Year’s MICHELIN Guide Selection
Apart from dining establishments awarded with the MICHELIN Stars, the Bib Gourmand, and the MICHELIN Green Star; the official selection of the 2022 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition also recognises an additional 196 eateries that provide good meals, capably prepared with fresh ingredients and good cooking. Out of this number, 91 are located in Bangkok & Surrounding Provinces, 16 in Ayutthaya, 37 in Chiang Mai, and 52 in Phuket & Phang-Nga.
It is notable that 51 are first-time entrants (15 in Bangkok, 16 in Ayutthaya, 5 in Chiang Mai, and 15 in Phuket & Phang-Nga). Among them are Baan Suriyasai [Bangkok], a restaurant offering time-tested dishes drawn from royal recipes and bygone family favourites – including the savory 5-spice stew with boiled eggs; and the stir-fried crispy pork belly, fish flakes, and dried shrimp with seasoned paste; Phak Wan Noodles [Ayutthaya], the first and only restaurant in Ayutthaya where every dish is cooked using local greens called “Pak Wan” (Melientha), providing unique and pleasantly different flavors and aromas; Yangzi Jiang [Chiang Mai], a Chinese restaurant in a contemporary Lanna house, offering fresh, clean, and expertly cooked food – including the signature steamed scallop dumplings with black truffles; Juumpo [Phang-Nga], a restaurant offering many unique local “Baba” (Chinese-Thai) recipes – such as the Baba-style coconut milk soup with shrimps and Thai herbs, the chilli dip with shrimp, and the fried fish with sweet and sour sauce.
PRU Retains Its MICHELIN Green Star: The One and Only in Thailand
For the second year in a row, PRU – the one MICHELIN Star restaurant in Phuket – retains the MICHELIN Green Star for its sustainable gastronomy practices. As part of the restaurant’s initiatives, ‘Pru Jampa’ – PRU’s own farm that supplies vegetables, herbs and flowers – is where PRU puts the idea of permaculture into practice, while pursuing sustainability and supporting artisan producers. With seasonal, 100% locally sourced ingredients that determine its menu cycles, the restaurant offers a dining experience that combines culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitment, and stands as a source of inspiration both for foodies and the restaurant industry as a whole.
• 2022 MICHELIN Guide Young Chef Award: Garima Arora, Executive Chef / Chef de Cuisine of Gaa (Bangkok)
An Indian native, Garima was born on 9 November 1986 and is the first Indian woman to win one MICHELIN Star in November 2018. Her cuisine is focused on applying traditional Indian cooking techniques onto locally sourced ingredients. An alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu school in France, Chef Garima has worked alongside many world-renowned chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi, and Gaggan Anand.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2022 Service Award: Mr. Thibaud Charlemarty fromCôte by Mauro Colagreco
According to the MICHELIN Guide inspector, the whole service team under the direction of Mr. Charlemarty is professional and very well-trained. All service sequences were perfectly executed without any flaws. Staff are very approachable and polite. Information of each dish, including inspirations and cooking method, were clearly explained. All elements (excellent food, service, and atmosphere) encourage another visit.
The complete selection of The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2022 is now available in the bilingual digital edition (Thai and English) on the website https://guide.michelin.com/th/en; while the print version is scheduled for sale at leading bookstores for 650 Baht from 1 February 2022 onwards.
The complete listing in MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2022 will also be available on the official MICHELIN Guide website and on the MICHELIN Guide mobile app (iOS and Android), which enables you to find every restaurant and hotel in the world selected by the MICHELIN Guide.
UNHCR launches a global campaign Aiming Higher for the first time in Thailand to enable refugees to get into higher education
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, led by Mr. Giuseppe De Vincentiis, UNHCR Representative in Thailand (4th Left), with a support from Venerable Phra Medhivajirodom, UNHCR Patron on Peace and Compassion (3rd Left), Sasin Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Center (SEC) and Kanachai “Kit” Bencharongkul including, the guest of honours joined together with the launched of global campaign “Aiming Higher” for the first time in Thailand to raise funds and build partnerships with different sectors to bridge the education gap enabling talented refugees to get into higher education by funding their scholarships for university and technical skills training for them to be able to take control of their futures and give back to their communities at WeWork, Asia Center Building Sathorn.
Despite a global pandemic and climate crisis, war and conflicts continue to force more than 82.4 million people to flee from their homes in 2020, especially from a crisis in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Bangladesh.
According to UNHCR’s educational report, across the world, only 5 per cent or 150,000 young refugees are enrolled in some form of higher education.
“We firmly believe higher education can be a chance for refugees to take control of their futures and give back to their communities. We can help make those opportunities more widely available for them to become vital contributors to local economies,” said Mr. Giuseppe De Vincentiis, UNHCR Representative in Thailand.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched “Aiming Higher” campaign globally to raise funds and build partnerships with different sectors to bridge the education gap enabling talented refugees to get into higher education by funding their scholarships for university and technical skills training.
“Employment shapes a person, and it iscrucial above all. I have always been supportive and endorsed the power of education. It allows children and youth to build a new life. This campaign gives an opportunity for refugees to continue higher education and receive a second chance to be a valued global citizen,” said Venerable Medhivajirodom, UNHCR Patron on Peace and Compassion, about his dedicated fund initiative for refugees.
UNHCR, in partnership with Venerable Medhivajirodom, Sasin Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Center (SEC) and Kanachai “Kit” Bencharongkul, launched a global campaign “Aiming Higher” for the first time in Thailand with its activities to raise funds supporting refugee scholars around the world.
“Business cannot run alone. Sustainability can drive business success if entrepreneurs see the importance of social and governance of corporate citizenship, and a crisis on refugee’s higher education cannot be ignorant. Beyond helping curb global challenges, taking in social significance will elevate organization’s ethical impact on corporate responsibility in a substantial and sustainable way,” Mr. Nick Pisalyabut, Deputy Director, Sasin School of Management explained about this important partnership.
“I am lucky to be able to pursue my education and do what I love, and I would like to share this opportunity with others, especially those who were forced to flee home. This could be the greatest gift we could ever give to one another. I hope ‘Love is Boundless’ in the new dimension will be a meaningful gift from Thai people to youth refugees around the world,” Mr. Kanachai “Kit” Bencharongkul, Managing Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok) explained more on his collection supporting the campaign.
Fundraising activities under “Aiming Higher” campaign will be rolled out today and throughout the next two years to support refugee scholarships and building partnerships to bridge the education gap. The activities include:
Fundraising activities under Phra Medhivajirodom’s Fund for Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Scholarship Programme with UNHCR. As a Chairman of the fund, he also donated to launch the fund.
Interfaith Pilgrimage: woodland ordination in Chiang Rai
Donation of his art piece for NFT with proceeds to the fund
Donation of copyrights and proceeds from the sale of 10,000 “Choob Choo Jai in Crisis” book to the fund
Education forum for refugees and special scholarship by Sasin Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Center (SEC)
Aiming Higher campaign targets to fund additional 1,800 refugee scholars across the globe and need a further $23 million by 2023 to bridge the funding gap in higher education. Our goal is to increase refugee enrolment in higher education from the current 5% to 15% by 2030 (15by30). This campaign is embedded in the vision set during the Global Compact on Refugees. Companies, foundations and individuals can play a vital role in offering a chance and change the life of children and youth refugees.
While access to higher education is life-changing for everyone, for refugees, it can be a chance to take control of their futures and give back to their communities. Make a change today.
If you are also interested in exploring a partnership supporting Aiming Higher campaign with UNHCR, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thailand International Boat Show to kick-start luxury tourism revival
International boat brands, superyachts, supercars, luxury real estate and more are on display to thousands of expected visitors from Thailand and overseas.
The Thailand International Boat Show will take place at the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina from 6-9 January 2022 and is set to attract thousands of high net worth individuals from across Thailand and overseas. The only boat show to be staged at any major marina in Thailand during 2022 and the first planned for the region in two years, the Thailand International Boat Show is seen by public and private sectors as a valuable platform to promote marine leisure tourism in Phuket and Thailand to the world.
“The Thailand International Boat Show will be the first international event of its kind since Phuket reopened to international visitors earlier this year. We’re working closely with the local and central government, and are aligned on the national agenda to reopen the country to international visitors. We support the government’s plans and together we’ll help to shine the light again on Phuket and Thailand’s world-class marine tourism,” said David Hayes, CEO of organisers JAND Events.
Phuket has led the way in opening up to international travellers and from 1st November, vaccinated people from 46 low-risk countries will be able to travel to key destinations across Thailand without having to quarantine. Thailand has set out its stall to restart international tourism and organisers of the Thailand International Boat Show are working hand-in-hand with stakeholders to achieve this.
Thai government agencies have been quick to endorse the event. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have given their approval and support of the event, and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau have also endorsed the show in particular for its drive to attract international visitors – hundreds of which have already committed to attending. Phuket authorities, led by the Governor of Phuket, have also given their backing and voiced support for the show in what is a strong public-private sector collaborative effort.
The Thailand International Boat Show will be a boost to the local economy as all facets of the hospitality industry will benefit from the four-day extravaganza with an influx of international and domestic visitors.
From dinghies to superyachts, tenders and water toys, there will be a wide array of boats for sale and charter at the show including many of the most recognisable marine brands such as Fontaine Pajot, NEEL, ILIAD, Silvercraft, LEEN, Stealth Catamarans, Ocean Voyager, Rapido, Corsair Marine, Integrated Marine Service and more. There will also be a new innovative marine market where all types of nautical products will be on sale at reasonable prices.
As with major yacht shows like Cannes and Monaco, the Thailand International Boat Show is a “must-attend” event for major players in the yachting industry, many who see Southeast Asia as the final yachting frontier and wish to gain a foothold in a region that stretches from Sri Lanka to Fiji.
In addition to boats and all things marine, visitors can expect luxury cars, motorcycles, watches, fashion and more at the show. Thailand’s growing prowess as a health and wellness hub sees a number of companies focusing on traditional and herbal wellness as well as revolutionary new-wave medicine and healing at the show, led by StemCell 21 and the IntelliHealth Plus Rejuvenation Clinic.
High-end realtor Coldwell Banker will be one of the many companies showcasing luxury real estate. With space at a premium in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, many visitors are drawn to the upscale villas and properties that Phuket and the southern Thai isles have to offer, combined with the marine leisure lifestyle on their doorstep.
Mixing business with pleasure, organisers promise something for everyone at the show. Daily entertainment and a bustling boardwalk offering al fresco dining together with some pop-up surprises will ensure visitors are spoilt for choice. On Children’s Day (Saturday 8 January) there will be lots of family activities and fun to keep the kids happy and busy. There will also be a three-day yachting conference at the neighbouring Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina, which will feature a number of influential figures from the yachting industry, as well as networking events and a Gala Dinner hosted by Intercontinental Phuket Resort on Saturday 8 January.
The Thailand International Boat Show promises to be a “can’t miss” event and will be held 6-9 January 2022 at Royal Phuket Marina. For more information, visit www.thailandinternationalboatshow.com.
ITB-ASIA VIRTUAL 25-28 October, 2021 All You Need to Know – the Future of Travel
ITB-Asia Virtual 2021 recorded 400 sponsors, over 3200 exhibitors to over 900 international buyers executing 42,100 business meetings and exchanges.
CONCLUDED ON A NOTE OF A SUCCESSFUL STIMULATING VIRTUAL EVENT
Traveling will never be the same as pre-COVID-19 epoch. Traveling is all about human-led experiences and industry players will have to seek a balance to make the experience worth as technology is on its course to shape the future of travel. While localization is the new global, international travel is gradually picking up. Vaccinated travelers however confused as to where to travel overseas with frequent changes in requirements issued by the governments, rising cost of travel, uncertainty with rising COVID-19 cases, keeping an update on protocol, getting familiar to use of technology, cost of multiple vaccination requirements on arriving destination, high cost of insurance – all these factors causing a restrain in travel experiences. Experts opine that international travel may become normal by 2024 at 26% pre-pandemic level.