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The Difference Of Thai Hotel Ratings

Thailand remains as one of the top-tourist destinations in Asia because of its scenery. As such, the country’s tourism industry is booming as more tourists visit the country. Studies show that hotel demands are increasing by 10% each year. From budget hostels in Bangkok, to fancy 4- star hotels in Phuket and 5-star hotels in Pattaya, Thailand has numerous places to stay in.

However, hotels have star ratings wherein more stars mean better service. But, what’s the difference?

One- star: The Necessities

Also known as hostels, these are usually the wallet-friendly types with only a bed and bathroom. They lack their own restaurants, but there are stores or food markets nearby. Hostels are usually situated in convenient locations, like the airport or near public transportation. An example of budget-friendly hostels is the Twins Hostel in Bangkok.

Two-stars: Extra Oomph

Like hostels, two-star hotels also feature a simple bed and bathroom. However, they also have a TV, phone, and WiFi. They also have a restaurant and provide room service. Pattara Place in Chiang Mai is a 2-star hotel with comfortable rooms and great service.

Three-stars: Getting There

These hotels are usually where comfort comes in as three-star hotels have large rooms with cable and flat-screen TVs. They also provide amenities and services like a gym/fitness centre, a pool, restaurant, room and laundry service, WiFi, valet parking, conference rooms, etc. An example is the Boutique City Hotel in Pattaya, which offers style and comfort.

Four-stars: Fancy

These hotels offer comfort with its quality of service, stylish rooms, and bathrooms filled with bath products. They offer the same amenities and services with the bonus of fine dining, more pools, bell hops, salons and spas, suite rooms, concierge services and etc. The Novotel Phuket Vintage is a luxurious 4-star hotel in Phuket with an array of services and amenities.

Five-stars: Ultimate Luxury

Five-star hotels are pictures of comfort and glamour with extravagant rooms and impeccable service. Sometimes, these hotels provide them with personal butlers and chauffeurs. They offer the usual services and amenities but with an upgrade. They have gourmet restaurants, tennis courts and golf courses, entertainment shows, high-speed WiFi and internet, speedy room and laundry services and etc.

Six Sense Resort is an opulent 5-star hotel located in the beautiful island of Ya Noi. Be it a gaudy 4-star hotel in Phuket or an affordable hostel in Bangkok, Thailand welcomes its tourists warmly and with hospitality.

 

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Fusion Hotel Group Expanding In Vietnam

Vietnam-based Fusion hotel group is expanding its reach across the country, opening several new properties, including new beach hotels in Danang, in order to keep pace with the growth of wellness hospitality in the region.

Since 2008, Fusion has been putting up upscale hotels and resorts in Vietnam’s emerging destinations, making the group notable as the first of its ilk to invest in locations like PhuQuoc, Cam Ranh and Danang, with Fusion Resort QuangBinh being one of their latest developments.

Fusion COO AtillaErda says that the company foresaw the growing trend in wellness-inspired hospitality in Vietnam, and noticed that, unlike in other countries, it wasn’t being developed. Though there were beach hotels in Danang and across the country with wellness facilities, these options tend to be additional packages, separate, instead of inclusive in the price of the room itself.

Before the end of 2019, Fusion Suites in Vung Tau will officially open, and, currently, a third property in Danang in under development. By 2020, the hotel group, with partner Darwing will launch their Fusions Originals brand in Ho Chi Minh City. This new brand takes cues from leading scientists, artists and inventors, with the goal of reflecting and celebrating their history and contributions to the world. On top of all of that, the hospitality group is getting ready for the launch of Fusion Resort QuangBinh, to happen sometime in 2020.

Erda stated that they have put their focus on what they believe are the right places, with every venture chosen carefully. Fusion, they note, also invested heavily in local manpower and knowledge, meaning that they’re able to go into locations that haven’t really been part of the market.

The COO also noted how offering inclusive spa treatments and services, like complimentary breakfast anywhere, anytime, has helped to greatly differentiate them from the competitions in the high-end hospitality market.

Fusion CEO Peter Meyer says that the company’s continuing growth is fuelled by an increasing demand for high quality wellness accommodation. He notes that Vietnam’s tourism sector is among some of the fastest developing in the world, with QuangBinh, the site for the Fusion Resort QuangBinh, receiving 3.9 million visitors in 2018 on its own.

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Thousands To Tourists Expected In Thailand To Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in Bangkok as well as other popular tourist destinations in Thailand. If you are planning to attend, now is the right time to book your accommodations at the family resort in Phuket before it runs out of rooms. Events are planned in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket with cultural performances from China and Thailand.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy to organize the most festive Chinese New Year’s eve celebrations in Bangkok for this year. According to Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of TAT, this year’s celebration will be unique because it comes after Thailand welcomed 10 million Chinese tourists for 2018.

TAT expects that more than 330,000 Chinese tourists will be welcomed between February 4 and 10. This will represent more than 30% of the overall total of 1.03 million foreign arrivals over the Chinese New Year in Thailand. The TAT governor also expects the Chinese tourists to spend more than 10 billion baht or $314 million during the 7-day period. It is also estimated that the total revenue from international visitors will reach 24 billion baht.

Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in other destinations that young Chinese tourists frequent. Aside from the events being planned at Bangkok’s famous shopping mall, Siam Square, there will be celebrations at Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Aside from cultural presentations participated in by both Chinese and Thai performers, there will be demonstrations of various Chinese art forms that include paper cutting and calligraphy. There will also be fairs selling different goods and foods. Festivities will also be organized in large Thai-Chinese communities at locations that have long-standing traditions of holding Chinese New Year activities in the country.

At the beautiful family resort in Phuket, there is no dearth of activities that will entertain both adults and kids. You can explore around, go to the beaches or engage in a shopping spree. You can also satisfy your cravings for mouth-watering Thai cuisine from the various beachfront restaurants while you are waiting for the Chinese New year celebrations to begin.

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Bangkok Welcomes New Observation Deck

There are many buildings in Thailand including family hotels in Bangkok which cements the city’s reputation as a budding metropolitan. There are tall buildings everywhere in the capital that developers are aiming to beat the tallest ones in order to create a new milestone. For MahaNakhon, the completion of the observation deck by the developer Buro Ole Scheerenmeans they have bagged the title of the second tallest building in the entire kingdom.

MahaNakhom, a local name pertaining to great metropolis, is composed of 77 storeys. It takes a pixilated form and the design has cuboid cutaways which continue upward in order to complete its facades.

According to Ole Scheeren who is Buro Ole Scheeren’s principal, the main idea for the construction of the skyscraper is to embody the city life in Bangkok and showcase it in the form of a tower which exudes a dramatic effect with a movement that spirals.

The building of MahaNakhon, with a final height of 314 meters, took home the title of the tallest building in Thailand when it was first launched in 2015. A residential tower with height higher than one meter was then constructed which snatched the title away from the skyscraper.

At the top of the building is an observation deck with glass floors. This gives the viewers a chance to see the entire city of Bangkok in 360 views.

Scheeren said that the observation deck at the very top of the building was intended to be used by the public so that human activity is not only at the ground floor but at the entire length of the skyscraper from bottom up to the top.

At the beginning of the project, it was intended to be an integral part of the city as well as the public and the creation of the observation deck was a testament to that proclamation.

The observation deck called Skytray can be visited by guests at family hotels in Bangkok which gives them direct view of the ground which is over 300 meters from the top. The entire glass platform’s dimension is 4.5 meters by 17.5 meters.

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Hotels In China Apologise Following Video Scandal

Most hotels across the world, like family hotels in Bangkok, adhere to strict standards, and any news about properties not adhering to these standards tend to stain the hotels’ reputation.

Such was the case with some Chinese hotels, run by several major international hotel chains, who recently came under fire following a viral video that showed the hotels’ unhygienic practices, like housekeeping staff using the same sponges on cups and sinks, and wiping bathroom surfaces with the guest towels, among others.

The hotels have since released apologetic statements towards their customers following the video going viral on Weibo, a popular Chinese social networking site, which claimed to show hidden-camera footage of cleaning staff from major hotels in the country, like Shangri-La Asia and Hilton Worldwide Holdings. The video already has at least 29 million views, alongside tens of thousands of shares and comments.

An activist blogger, sporting the pseudonym “Huazong” was responsible for the video going online, and claims that the problem has been around for a while now, and is distressingly common, saying he spent 2,000 nights at 147 hotels across a six-year timespan.

There’s also video from state broadcaster CCTV airing video of uniformed inspectors at an unnamed property showing their identification and holding up a drinking glass to the light in order to inspect it.

According to Shaun Rein, founder of China Market Research Group in Shanghai, hidden-camera videos of hotel staff behaving badly at Chinese luxury hotels surface almost regularly, due to the working conditions, which are unlike those in family hotels in Bangkok and other properties. He says that worker shortages are common, and pay is low, which means that hotel employees don’t really have much of an incentive to act properly, as they can simply quit and find employment elsewhere.

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, operated by Marriott International, posted an apology on Weibo recently, stating that they will look into the matter and take the appropriate action. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel also issued a similar apology, stating that it would be reinforcing room-check rules and working with the government to deal with the issue.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a statement on the matter, saying that cultural and tourism authorities should look into the matter and pay close attention to the service quality of the tourism industry in the country.

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Chinese Tourists In Phuket Choose Other Options For Golden Week

It seems that the recent incident with the sunken boat in the island has led to Chinese tourists avoiding the Phuket boat charter and the country itself for their trips. This is according to Vichi Prakobkosol, President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta), who expects that this shift in demand would lead to the Kingdom losing about B2.1b in revenue from China, calculated from average spending of B6,000/head/day or B42,000 for a week-long trip.

Atta warned that the number of Chinese tourists to Thailand would drop by at least 10% during the Chinese National Holiday or Golden Week, which starts at October 1 annually then runs until October 7.

The Phuket boat charter tragedy that struck the island in July, which was then followed by dengue fever epidemic in Thailand as well as an incident of an airport official at the Don Mueang airport attacking a Chinese tourist in early September have damaged the country’s reputation as a tourism destination.

He says that the boat accident in Phuket is most likely the major factor in the reduction in Chinese tourists, which was followed by a number of tour cancellations while airline and charter operations in China have omitted Thailand from their seasonal trip schedules.

Mr. Vichit has said that Chinese tourists are option for other destinations like Japan and South Korea in the three months following the incident, which prompted the Chinese government to issue travel advisories on Thailand, as well as asking their travellers to avoid Phuket and other islands in the Kingdom.

This is problematic as the Golden Week is the key point of the year where Chinese tourists visit Thailand in droves. Chaiya Rapuepon, President of Andaman Tourism Business Association, implored the government to improve the safety and security in the islands and across the country in order to restore the confidence of travellers from China. He says that, if tourists see clear preventive and security plans, they will likely return to the country in the remaining months of the year.

Current expectations forecast that 7 million Chinese tourists will head for the Golden Week period, which is up from 6 million in the same time in the same time in 2017. China Tourism Academy meanwhile, reported that 71.3mn Chinese made overseas trips during the first half of 2018 which is a 15% from the prior year.

 

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