Sustainability conference

Sustainability conference

Doi Inthanon National Park is one of the venues of the post-conference tours. Pongpet Mekloy

The first Global Sustainable Tourism Conference for Asia Pacific region will be organised next week in Chiang Mai.

Known as the “2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference”, the event will be hosted by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) and GSTC from Feb 27 to March 2.

The conference theme is quality through creativity which will highlight three topics including “Smart Destination Management”, “Quality Tourism: Delivering Sustainable Quality Experiences” and “Tourism Protecting Wildlife”.

There will be about 50 speakers including Gabriela Kühn from End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (Ecpat) International, Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development CEO Koko Tang, Japan Accessible Tourism Center President Hideto Kijima and Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach from World Animal Protection.

Dasta expects to have 400 participants.

The “2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Sustainable Tourism Conference” will also have training days and post-conference tours. The conference will be organised at the Empress Hotel on Chang Khlan Road in the city of Chiang Mai.


Contestants call

Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Gold Awards are open for submission.

The awards consist of seven categories with 29 Gold Awards and four Grand Awards. The categories are “Marketing Campaign”, “Environment”, “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Heritage & Culture”, “Education & Training”, “Marketing Media” and “Travel Journalism”.

The application fees vary depending on categories. The deadline for submissions is April 30. The award presentation will take place during Pata Travel Mart 2019 on Sept 19 at the Korme Exhibition Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan.



– Thai Lion Air will launch its first direct flight from Bangkok and Osaka on March 28.

The flight will be on a Boeing 737 MAX 9 featuring 215 seats. The service will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The flight will depart Don Mueang airport at 4.30am and arrive in Osaka airport at 11.55am. The return flight from Osaka will be at 3pm and will arrive in Bangkok at 7pm.


– Nok Air will launch direct flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani, starting on March 31.

The service will be available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The flight will depart Chiang Mai airport at 9.25am and will arrive at Ubon Ratchathani airport at 11.20am. The return flight will be at 11.50am and will arrive at Chiang Mai at 1.40pm.


– Thai AirAsia will be the second airline to offer direct flights between Bangkok and Nha Trang in Vietnam. The service will be available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting on May 1.

The flight will depart from Don Mueang airport at 8.15am and will arrive at Nha Trang airport at 10am. The return flight will leave Nha Trang at 10.30am and will arrive in Bangkok at 12.15pm.

The service will be an alternative to Bangkok Airways ( which launched four weekly flights from Suvarnabhumi airport to Nha Trang on Jan 25.



– Avani+ Samui has been opened on Phang Ka Bay in tambon Taling Ngam on Koh Samui’s southwest shore.

The resort offers 25 deluxe rooms, 27 private pool villas and six beachfront pool villas with options of one and two bedrooms. The room sizes start from 42m² to 227m². Other facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool with pool bar, spa and fitness centre.

Until Feb 28, the hotel offers the opening promotion with 30% discount on its rooms. The promotion also includes daily breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out and 15% off spa treatments. Guests can book for a room to stay until Oct 31.


– Cape and Kantary Hotels offers “Weekend Specials” promotion for its 17 properties.

The special room prices start from 1,400 baht per room per night. It is offered only to residents of Thailand and is valid for one-time use with a maximum of two reserved rooms.


– InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with a Bangkok-based B&G Park Company to launch Voco Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 hotel in 2021.

The hotel will be the first Voco brand property in Southeast Asia.

The hotel will offer 300 guest rooms, rooftop restaurant and bar, swimming pool with pool bar, fitness centre, meeting facilities which can accommodate up to 400 guests.

According to IHG, Voco is the Latin word meaning “to invite”. The signing of Voco Bangkok follows the opening of the first Voco Gold Coast in Australia in last November.


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