Travel News – January 2014

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Here is the information about things related travel both in Thailand and foreign countries.

New Shuttle Buses for Passengers Transfer Between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports
don-mueang-shuttle-busNew shuttle buses are in service to transfer passengers between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. The large natural gas vehicle (NGV) buses replace the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) buses that were in use for this route.

The new buses feature air conditioning, “low-floor” entry for easy access for passengers with or without luggage, separate seating for the elderly, Buddhist monks, and pregnant women, as well as space for the handicapped with a wheel chair. The luggage compartment also has protection nets for passengers’ safety.

Rawewan Netrakavesna, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said, “The direct, nonstop shuttle bus service between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang is available from 5 a.m. till midnight. During peak hours (8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), the bus departs at an interval of 12 minutes, and every 30 minutes during normal hours of operation, whereby the journey between the two airports is about 47.1 kilometers. The pick-up point at Suvarnabhumi Airport is Entrance 2, 2nd floor of the Passenger Terminal, and the drop-off point at Don Mueang Airport is by Entrance 4, 1st floor of the Passenger Terminal.”

These new and convenient buses for the shuttle service should make passengers feel more comfortable during the journey. The service is available free of charge, and transfer passengers only need to show their boarding passes to be able to use it.

Suvarnabhumi Airport
suvarnabhumiHis Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred the name “Suvarnabhumi Airport,” which means “The Golden Land.” Opened in 2009, located 25 kilometers from Bangkok, and with an area of 8,000 acres, it can accommodate 45 million passengers, and support 76 flights per hour and 3 million tons of cargo per year. A single passenger terminal serves both domestic and international passengers, in a usable area of around 563,000 square meters.
Don Mueang International Airport
Don Mueang was officially opened in 1914, although the field had been in use earlier. Commercial service to this airport began in 1924 and, on September 28, 2006, it was replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport as Bangkok’s main international airport. Don Muang reopened in 2007 for some domestic flights. It is located 24 kilometers north from Bangkok, and it supports 60 flights per hour.
Thais invited to 'Discover 100% New Zealand' in the South Island
discover-new-zealandTourism New Zealand is partnering with Emirates Airlines, the Middle East’s largest carrier, and Christchurch Airport to promote South Island as the ultimate road trip destination for Thai travelers.

“South Island’s summer and fall seasons are full of color, treating holiday makers to dramatically changing landscapes as they travel around the regions. These months showcase New Zealand at its finest, and driving around is the best way to experience the full glory of the seasons,” said Emirates Sales Manager Thailand and Indochina, Virasakdi Vongkositkul.

Under the “100% Pure New Zealand Road Trips” campaign, a host of road trip options from Christchurch are available. These range from visits to natural attractions and national parks such as Abel Tasman and Kahurangi; scenic boat cruises in the Marlborough Sounds; whale watching in Kaikoura; stargazing in Mt. Cook; or checking out seasonal activities in Christchurch and Queenstown.

Package offers can be found on www.newzealand.com/int/campaign/thaiemirates. Bangkok to Christchurch economy class airfares on Emirates start at THB 35,875 per person using promo code THSEENZ.

The Essence of Sofitel So Bangkok in One Simple, Interactive App
Sofitel So iPad AppThe iPad application for Sofitel So Bangkok has launched and is now available online free from the App Store.

The app extends the entire Sofitel So Bangkok experience into the virtual realm, allowing guests the opportunity to explore the hotel prior to check-in and experience everything from the guest room designs inspired by the five elements, to the diverse facilities and amenities on offer. The iPad format also makes it easy for guests to share the highlights of their stay with friends and family once they return home.

Mobile Check-In Goes Global at Marriott Hotels
mobile-check-in-iphoneYour smartphone just got smarter with the faster, easier, and more convenient mobile check-in from Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International.

First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, the state-of-the-art mobile check-in service of Marriott Hotels is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels in 19 countries, with five in Asia Pacific, including Thailand, Singapore, India, Australia, and the Philippines. This service will also be available in China in early 2014.

According to research by GroupM Next, 57 percent of business travelers aged 21 to 39 use their smartphones to book a hotel. These younger travelers are also more likely to use mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences. Marriott Hotels expects to complete the full global roll-out of mobile check-in at all of its 500 hotels, as well as offer check-out functionality, in the first half of 2014.

To download the mobile check-in app of Marriott Hotels for iPhone, visit the AppStore, and Google Play for Android.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Named Award Winners by 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort - lobbySofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort , featuring 276 colonial-style rooms and suites, has taken the crown as the Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Resort at 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony held in Phuket recently.

Robin Deb, general manager of the hotel, said, “We are extremely proud to be nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013, one of the most coveted awards in the industry.”

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a renowned global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country and global basis. Voting is based on facilities and service excellence and votes are cast by hotel guests at over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries.

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