Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility Today, 20th November 2013, at HeadStart International School, a press conference was held to announce that the school has now signed contracts for the purchase of a new school property. They are currently planning the construction phase of the project and will be submitting the construction plans for approval by early December. The construction of the new facilities is set to start by March 2014 and scheduled to be completed by May of 2015, in time for the beginning of the 2015 academic year.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility Initially founded in 2005 as a Homeschool Center, HeadStart has rapidly evolved and developed and is now one of Phuket’s leading International Schools. They pride themselves in having maintained and achieved their original vision and commitment to build and support a dedicated team of professional educators who work together to provide a quality teaching and learning environment for  Phuket’s international and culturally diverse community.

As a result of these commitments, HeadStart has grown from 62 students and 34 staff in 2009 to their current 450 students and 112 staff representing 38 nationalities.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility The new HeadStart International School will be built on 15 rai of land next to the Wichit Police Station on Nasua Road which connects Chao Fah West and Muang Chao Fah Road. The new school will accommodate up to 750 students from 18 months to 18 years old and will have more than 12,000 sqm of purpose built educational facilities. These facilities will enable them to:

– Increase the number of programmes offered to secondary students
– Allow for more space per student in each classroom
– Improve sporting programmes and events
– Have larger purpose built playgrounds and rest areas for students and parents
– Provide additional parking spaces and safer pick up/drop off areas for students
– Offer more diversity in after school activities and camps
– Further develop art and music programmes
– Organise musical and theatre performances and concerts for the local community
– Increase the efficiency, productivity and organisation of teaching and management staff by allowing more dedicated work and storage areas.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility

JW Marriott Phuket awarded Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels

JW Marriott Phuket awarded Asia’s Top 5 Best Family HotelsJW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was recently awarded ‘Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels’ in the Top of Asia 2013 Awards by NOW Travel Asia magazine. The hotel received the accolade for its outstanding contribution towards the hospitality industry and excellent services. ‘Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels’ were voted by readers and subscribers of NOW Travel Asia magazine in an online poll published on its website.

The selected top winners of Top of Asia 2013 Awards were announced and published in NOW Travel Asia magazine- November & December’s issue with listings which includes Asia’s top leisure hotels, business hotels, heritage hotels, beach hotels, pool villa hotels, spas, entertainment, Asian airlines, Asian budget airlines, people, Asian luxury brands, restaurants and bars.

Editor in Chief of NOW Travel Asia Magazine Kanapot Sitthiwong recently made a visit to JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to present the award trophy to Mr. Ludovic Gallerne, Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Our sincerest gratitude goes to NOW Travel Asia Awards 2013 for recognizing JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa among the Top 5 Best Family Hotels in Asia. At JW Marriott Phuket, all families will surely be guaranteed by all the greatest values we offer, because every guest experience is expertly curated here” said Ludovic Gallerne.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort  & Spa is located on Phuket Island in Thailand. This 5-star resort sits on the breathtaking Mai Khao Beach with magnificent views of the Andaman Sea. The local attractions include the Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Fantasea Cultural Theme Park, Blue Canyon Country Club with two award-winning 18 hole golf courses, and the Siam Safari which offers both nature tours and jungle tours on Phuket and in Southern Thailand.

In the photo: Mr. Ludovic Gallerne -Director of Sales and Marketing (right), receiving the award from Mr. Kanapot Sitthiwong, Editor-in-chief of NOW Travel Asia Magazine.

Bangkok Airways Thank FlyerBonus’ Half-Million Miler

Bangkok Airways Thank FlyerBonus’ Half-Million MilerRecently, Bangkok Airways Vice President for Marketing – Mr. Prote Setsuwan, together with Bangkok Airways’ Executive Vice President for Corporate Planning – Mr.Thavatvong Thanasumitra, held an event today to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ravee Phol for his long-term loyalty to Bangkok Airways as a very Frequent Flyer. Dr. Ravee has recorded more than half-a-million miles or one thousand flights since first joining the FlyerBonus program in 2006.

It is an honor to FlyerBonus program to have Dr.Ravee at the event today. This event is to show appreciation to the top Frequent Flyer who have flown with Bangkok Airways for 1,000 flights. FlyerBonus program started in 2006 and Dr.Ravee has been very loyal to the airline since. This is, on the other hand, a reward to FlyerBonus program as it shows a commitment to provide exceptional service to the passengers and that subsequently creates a long-term customer retention.

As a token of the program’s appreciation and in celebration of his 1000th flight with the airline, Dr. Ravee was presented with an exclusive, tailor-made Jim Thompson Business Traveller Set that has his name inscribed on each item. As a very frequent flyer on domestic and regional routes, Dr. Ravee quickly achieved Premier Status, the FlyerBonus Program’s highest membership tier, in his first year as a member and has steadfastly maintained this status since then.

In photo from left
1. Mrs.Darunee Debavalya, Director – Loyalty & Relations Marketing
2. Mr.Prote Setsuwan, Vice President – Marketing
3. Dr.Ravee Phol, Cardiologist and FlyerBonus Premier Member
4. Mr.Thavatvong Thanasumitra, Executive Vice President for Corporate Planning
5. Ms.Ornjira Kanongchaiyos, Manager – Loyalty Marketing

Regent Phuket welcomes British Ambassador and VIPs

Regent Phuket welcomes British Ambassador and VIPsRegent Phuket Cape Panwa’s General Manager, Brice Borin (2nd from left), recently welcomed Phuket Governor Mitri Intusutr (3rd from right), the British Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Mark Kent (centre) and other VIP guests of the British Business Association Phuket (BBAP) in cooperation with British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) at The Restaurant, which was chosen to host the prestigious event. VIP guests enjoyed a set dinner and select wines from The Restaurant’s extensive wine list.

The Restaurant is an all-day dining venue, featuring the flavors of traditional Thai cuisine and international specialties. Dishes are inspired by the Chef’s unique journey and experiences, and the ingredients are of an excellent quality. Regent cuisine presents the freshest items including breakfast homemade pastries, bakeries and fruit jams, and uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

UNIQLO to open in Phuket

UNIQLO to open in Phuket UNIQLO, the leading global Japanese apparel brand, has announced it is responded to increasing demand in Thailand by opening three new stores, one of them to be at Tesco Lotus Phuket, and to open on 6th December 2013 .

The new store will feature sales floors in excess of 1,000 square meters, bringing customers in Phuket the full range of UNIQLO products.

Takahiro Nishimura, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO (Thailand), said, “UNIQLO sees increasing demand from both locals and visitors in Thailand, and, working with our partners, is expanding rapidly. This latest launch brings us a total of 14 stores across the country.”

Phuket scoops 2 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Phuket scoops 2 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice AwardsConde Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts  in the world. This year, a record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey, almost double the number of survey takers in 2012.

Phuket featured twice in the awards, in the Top 20 Resorts in Asia category and also in the Top 5 Islands of Asia category.

It was the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa which featured in the Top 20 Resorts in Asia category coming in at 17th position, whilst Phuket Island took 4th place in the Top 5 Islands of Asia category, a drop from 2nd last year, with some readers calling it too “chaotic” and filled with “too many tourists.” But many more still love it, saying it’s “still a very warm and lovely place to vacation,” “good for families,” a “great mix of traditional life and modern amenities” and has “the best beaches in Asia.”

Phuket’s SuperCheap to rise from the ashes in 2014

Phuket’s SuperCheap to rise from the ashes in 2014On 13th November 2013 at Phuket Provincial Hall, Khun Boonsom Anancharoonwong – Managing Director of SuperCheap met with Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut to thank for the province for all the support and help it received from various Government departments during and after the fire which left the outlet completely burnt to the ground.

Khun Boonsom said “It was amazing the help that we received from the moment the fire started. However, we still have no idea what caused it and we are still awaiting the forensic report.

“With regards to our employees, I am happy to say that 2736 staff has decided to stay employed by us. However, more than 400 staff either didn’t return to work after the fire or have since resigned from the company.”

He added “With regards to a new SuperCheap, I can confirm that we will be building a new store on the original site. As per the original SuperCheap store it will be open air, it will consist of two large buildings joined together but it will have a lot more exits. There will also be a lot more security which this time will operate for 24 hours. We believe that construction will require a budget of around 100 million baht. Construction of the new store will commence at the beginning of 2014 and will take 5 months to complete, so we should be back to normal by mid 2014.”

Indigo Pearl Phuket scoops two World Luxury Hotel Awards

Indigo Pearl Phuket scoops two World Luxury Hotel AwardsLeading luxury lifestyle resort Indigo Pearl is delighted to announce the awards of World’s “Best Luxury Suite Hotel” and “Exceptional Host Property” as overall Global Winner in each category at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards. The World Luxury Hotel Awards are recognized as the world’s leading luxury hotel awards.

Winners are voted by acclaimed industry experts from across the globe alongside hotel guests based on their overall hotel experience. The 2013 voting poll proved to yield a record number of votes which have been scrupulously monitored and over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries were nominated to participate in the world’s most prestigious Awards initiative for luxury hotels in 2013.

“It is for us an exceptional honor to partner with the World Luxury Hotel Awards to also have the privilege to host this spectacular renowned event attended by the world’s top hoteliers that has a significant impact on the larger hotel industry. o receive two awards in recognition of our experience and service delivery has great meaning to our team”, said Mr Chris Oakes, General Manager of Indigo Pearl Phuket.

Dusit Thani Phuket to celebrate 26th anniversary

Dusit Thani Phuket to celebrate 26th anniversaryDusit Thani Laguna Phuket is delighted to announce that the resort will be celebrating its 26th anniversary on November 25, 2013.

An official anniversary ceremony will be held on 25 November 2013 including a religious blessing ceremony in the morning followed by a reception, gala dinner and award ceremony for 64 long serving staff of the resort. Those being honoured have worked at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

“As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of Dusit Thani Laguna, I would like to express our sincere thanks to all dedicated staff for working hard and making the effort to deliver splendid holidays to all our guests for 26 years running,” said Mr Peter Komposch, General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

This year is a significantly proud one as Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket earned numerous awards and recognitions both nationally and internationally including: Three prestigious awards for the fourth consecutive year (Asia’s Leading Beach Resort, Thailand’s Leading Beach Resort and Thailand’s Leading Golf Resort) at World Travel Awards; a Thailand Tourism Award for outstanding performance in Tourist Accommodation  – Southern Region, organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand; rated Top 100 Best Resort Hotels in the World 2013 by; named Thailand’s Top Ten Family Resort Awards 2013 by Holidays with Kids magazine; HolidayCheck Quality Selection 2013 by; a second consecutive EarthCheck Silver Certification; named ‘Top 10 Alluring Beach Resorts in Asia’ by Top 10 of Asia; TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence and Thailand’s Best Restaurants award for La Trattoria.

Angsana Laguna Phuket to host AMCHAM Real Estate Event

Angsana Laguna Phuket to host AMCHAM Real Estate EventOn Friday November 22nd the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AMCHAM) will hold a real estate event at the Angsana Laguna Phuket. Topics will include the trend in leasehold ownership, regulating real estate agencies and current island property trends.

Speakers include:
Stuart Reading, Director – Laguna Resorts and Hotels
David Simister, Chairman – CBRE Thailand
Dexter Norville, Director – Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Limited
Olaf Duensing, Partner – Duensing Kippen
Andrew Batt, International Group Editor –
Nina Serebryakova, Managing Partner – Sereb (Phuket); Project Director – Thailand Certified International Property Specialist (2013); and Member – NAR (National Association of REALTORS)
Natasha Eldred  (Moderator) – Shine Public Relations

The event is open to the public and is a great chance for real estate professionals, those working in any real estate related business as well as anyone invested in or thinking of investing in real estate in Thailand to gain valuable insight into these current topics. It’s also a networking opportunity for those wishing to make contact in the local business community.

Registration for the event, which is co-organized by the Greater Phuket Chapter and Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) begins at 4:00 p.m., event 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is THB 100 which includes one free drink. The venue and networking, which will follow the event, are kindly provided by Angsana Laguna Phuket.

To sign up for the event, please visit the website, contact Sheree Tanpensuk by email –  or telephone 02-254-1041 ext 212.

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

On 31st October 2013, Central Festival Phuket held an event to launch the complex’s new Medical Bay which it has opened in conjunction with Phuket International Hospital (Siriroj). The opening of the medical bay makes Central Festival Phuket the first shopping mall in Thailand to be equipped with life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The event, “Central Festival Phuket Medical Bay Goes Live” was presided over by Phuket Governor – Mr Maitri Inthusust and attended by special guests from Phuket International Hospital, Director – Mr Ekapol Tharasiriroj and Professor Suchart Areenit and Central Festival Phuket General Manager – Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree.

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

Central Festival Phuket (CFP) and Phuket International Hospital have teamed up the launch the new high-tech emergency medical services for shoppers and have acquired three Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which will be strategically located throughout the mall. CFP personnel have also received intensive first aid training from Phuket International Hospital to treat heart attack victims with the AEDs until paramedics arrive.

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

Central Festival Phuket launch Medical Bay

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