Laguna Phuket Awarded the Thai Red Cross Society’s Certificate of Honor

Laguna Phuket Awarded the Thai Red Cross Society’s Certificate of HonorOn Tuesday, 23rd September 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Executive Vice-President of the Thai Red Cross Society, graciously awarded First Class Medals of Appreciation, Certificates of Honor and Pins of Appreciation to 877 blood donors from the Provincial Red Cross Chapters in 11th and 12th Regions who have donated blood 36 times and 108 times respectively during the year 2012 – 2013. The award ceremonies were held at Samila Grand Ballroom, BP Samila Beach Hotel & Resort, Songkhla Province.

On this occasion, Laguna Phuket, represented by Director of Community Relations Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, was awarded the Certificate of Honor in recognition of its long-term contribution and commitment to Red Cross blood donation.

Since 2003, Laguna Phuket has donated 1,376,550 cc of blood from 3,059 associates who participated in the resort’s quarterly blood drive programme.

Photo: HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society, graciously presented the Certificate of Honor to Laguna Phuket’s representative Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, Director of Community Relations.

JW Marriott Phuket one of the Top Hotels Worldwide

JW Marriott Phuket one of the Top Hotels WorldwideJW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa have been awarded the prestigious accolade of “Top hotels of the World” at the Expedia Insiders’ Select 2014 as voted by Expedia customers.

Pictured: Ms. Kewalin Sukumjittanon, Senior Marketing Communication Manager from JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa receiving Expedia Insiders’ Select 2014 Award from Mr. Wasan Poontananiwatkul, Expedia’s Area Manager

Dusit Thani Phuket in Top 10 Family Resorts in Thailand

Dusit Thani Phuket in Top 10 Family Resorts in ThailandDusit Thani Laguna Phuket has been ranked 7th of Thailand’s Top 10 Family Resorts 2014, according to a reader’s choice survey conducted by Holidays with Kids, a leading Australian family travel publication. This is the third consecutive year that the property has been named to the list.

The magazine’s readers voted to decide the annual Top 10 Family Resorts list, which drew votes from over 4,000 online users, subscribers and third party partners. Readers were asked to vote for the best family-friendly resorts they’ve experienced based on several criteria which included: availability of activities and facilities for children, childcare services, staff hospitality, safety, standard of accommodation and location. The survey also focused on the two essential areas of value for money and overall experience. Find out more on http://www.holidayswithkids.com.au/top10-2014/thailand

“We are delighted to hear that our resort is considered a luxurious yet family-friendly destination once again,” said Mr Denis Thouvard, General Manager. “This wonderful news acknowledges the high-quality products and services we strive to offer the families staying with us. A special thank you to the Busy Bee Kids Club and our entire team who deliver quality service from check-in to check-out,” continued Mr. Thouvard.

Busy Bee Kids Club consists of a Kids Club, game room, arts & crafts room, library and playground where children are treated as special guests from arrival through to departure. Its ‘7 Days Many Ways’ programme is designed to entertain little guests aged four and up every day – from souvenir-making classes and arts & crafts to Batik painting, tie dying and sand art bottle decorating. The resort also provides fundamental sport programmes and activities such as windsurfing, sailing, tennis lessons, mini golf lessons, Thai boxing and yoga.

For those planning to travel with the whole family to Phuket, the Family Getaways package has been updated so that the kids stay and eat for free! In addition to this, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket teams up with the local attractions at Baan Teelanka (also known as the upside down house and maze garden) as well as the Phuket Trickeye 3D musuem to offer guests 25% off entry fees.

These added extras are in addition to the standard Family Getaways package inclusions of: 50% off the second room reserved for children, connecting rooms where available (or complimentary upgrade to Suite category), breakfast for family of four, soft drinks and fruit juices for children under 12 years of age at poolside and special turndown service with milk and cookies for kids.

Family-friendly Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms is start from THB 5,250+++ per room per night. For more information, please contact our reservation team on email: dtlprsvn@dusit.com, by phone on +66 (0)76 362 999, or by visiting www.dusit.com/offers.

Amari Phuket win floral competition

Amari Phuket wind floral competition Two representatives of Amari Phuket, Mrs Chamnien Karaket (right in photo) and Ms Chansupa Suanya (middle), recently won a Creative Floral Arrangement competition. They received the award from Mr Wutti Choobal (left), the President of Housekeeping Management Club Phuket and Andaman.

Centara Grand Phuket receives 2 Green Leaf Awards

Centara Grand Phuket receives 2 Green Leaf AwardsDarren Shaw – Area General Manager (middle in photo holding award), Michael Nielsen – Hotel Manager (middle in photo holding certificate) and the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket management team got together to celebrate “Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket” recently receiving 2 awards for maintaining a green hotel (“Green Leaf Award”) and sustainable tourism (“Smoke Free Hotel”) from the Green Leaf Foundation, supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The awards ceremony was held at the Grand Ballroom, Learning Center Building, Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Banyan Tree and Angsana Phuket Achieve EarthCheck Bronze Status

Banyan Tree and Angsana Phuket Achieve EarthCheck Bronze StatusBanyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket, the flagship properties of Banyan Tree and Angsana Hotels & Resorts, have been awarded the bronze status by EarthCheck, the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation, in recognition of the resorts’ high standards on sustainable practices. This achievement marks an important milestone for the two properties, following the second agreement signed in 2012 with EarthCheck by the Banyan Tree Group to maintain its commitment to the highest level of sustainable operations with a year-on-year performance measurement index.

EarthCheck benchmarking and certification programmes assist businesses in the travel and tourism sector to monitor and reduce their environmental impact in core areas. The indicators are energy and water consumption, total waste production, community commitment, and the use of paper, cleaning and pesticide products; along with implementing an integrated environmental and social policy.

Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket were awarded with the bronze EarthCheck Benchmarked status together with five other business units within Laguna Phuket, as part of the precinct of Laguna Phuket’s sustainability efforts.

Building on existing sustainability campaigns, Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket continue to put in place a number of initiatives to engage guests, associates and the local community, such as guest room and office energy conservation, recycling of materials, maintenance of an organic farm, and regular tree planting and beach cleaning activities.

“The EarthCheck Benchmarking achievement has shown our commitment to operate our resorts in a sustainable fashion, and serves as a great motivation for us to continue to promote environmentally friendly practices,” comments Sriram Kailasam, Area General Manager of Banyan Tree Phuket. “Protecting the environment has not only become the core of every business sector but also to every one of us. While we are making sure the resorts maintain the highest level of sustainable operations, we promote and raise awareness to every guest and employee.”

“Our aim is to provide both properties with quantifiable metrics to deliver bottom line efficiencies, maximise guest experiences and minimise our environmental footprint. We are delighted to receive this status and we look forward to maintaining and developing our sustainability efforts.” Albert Ocasio, General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket, added.

Dusit Thani Phuket one of AsiaRooms Top Rated 2014

Dusit Thani Phuket one of AsiaRooms Top Rated 2014 Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is proud to announce that it has been named “Top Rated 2014” by AsiaRooms.com, the online travel accommodation website.

In order to be certified, a hotel must receive an average review score of 80% based on five criteria including customer service, cleanliness, quality of rooms, quality of food, family friendliness and value for money. The resort averaged a score of 93% across 233 guest reviews over the last twelve months. The resort also achieved a rating of 5 out of 6 points based on the combined average of the “overall review” and “would stay again” scores.

“It’s a matter of great pride to be recognised by the guests of AsiaRooms,” said Denis Thouvard, General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. “Every guest review is valuable to us and we will continue to focus on delivering excellent service to our guests so they make the most of their stay with us.”

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket will be nominated in the 2nd annual AsiaRooms.com Hotel Awards 2014 which kicks off in September. Winners will be announced at the end of December 2014.

To vote for Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket or to find out more, please visit http://www.asiarooms.com/en/community/hotel-awards-2014

TripAdvisor Family Award won by 3 Centara resorts

TripAdvisor Family Award won by 3 Centara resortsThree resort hotels operated by Centara Hotels & Resorts have won the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014 Family Award. The resorts are Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, and Centara Karon Resort Phuket. The awards are based on reviews written by guests on the TripAdvisor website.

“Providing an environment where a family can enjoy time together staying in rooms and suites designed for their convenience and with a host of complimentary activities is central to our overall policy, and we are delighted that these three resorts have gained such outstanding recognition from our guests,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is Thailand’s first theme hotel, built to a Lost World theme and featuring a jungled water park with pools, waterfalls, water slides, a lazy river, and direct access to the beach. In addition to its water sports, beach games and activities such as a rock climbing wall, tennis and table tennis, Centara Grand Mirage has recently added a full program of family oriented activities that include aqua aerobics, dance aerobics pool games, Pilates, water polo, breakdancing, cross fit training, power pumping, zoomba dancing, a mini disco, a family fun contest and bingo, and has theme nights including Cowboy Night, Dance Game Night, Quiz Night and Family Disco Night.

Also designed around a water park and with direct beach access, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket has a broad range of family activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling.

Centara Karon Resort Phuket has four different residential zones, ensuring that families have suitable accommodation, and features three swimming pools with waterfalls and waterslides along with floodlit tennis courts.

All three resorts offer the option of king bed or two double beds, for comfortable family sleeping, and a Kids’ Club that has separate zones for the young ones and the teens.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext. 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th

Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event

Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event An event to celebrate the work of Phuket Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) was launched by Governor Maitri Inthusut on Friday August 15th 2014 at Sapan Hin main stage. The launch was attended by PPAO Chief Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, representing Chief Executive Paiboon Upattising, Dr Kajornsak Kaeojarus and Dr Krit Sakulpaet from Phuket Public Health Office, Phuket City Deputy Mayor Somjai Suwannsupana, and local VHVs.

Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event Organized by PPAO in collaboration with the Phuket Public Health Office, Phuket City Municipality and the Association of Phuket Health Volunteers and other related agencies, the event was meant to recognize and honor the work of local community health volunteers as well as to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and forge unity among community members. During the event, recognition plaques were given to outstanding volunteers working at regional, provincial and district levels while senior volunteers (over 72 years) and long-serving volunteers (working over 10, 20 and 30 years) were awarded with recognition pins.

Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event Dr Krit highlighted the roles of VHVs who have formed a significant part of Thailand’s primary healthcare system since its founding in 1978. There are 2,220 VHVs working in the three districts of Phuket, namely Muang (1,042), Thalang (780) and Kathu (398). Their works are to render primary care, health promotion and disease prevention to community members. Although VHVs are paid a nominal salary of 600 baht, their works and sacrifice are recognized by the authorities who organize annual celebration for them on March 20. Dr Krit ended his speech by thanking all VHVs present.

Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event Phuket Health Volunteers Recognised at Special Event According to Mr Boonserm, PPAO has been supporting the VHV celebration for six years now. He agrees with Dr Krit that VHVs play a vital role in Thailand’s primary healthcare. Urging the volunteers to do their best, he congratulated them for their awards and wished them well.

Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards

Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards A recognition event for students of PPAO Ban Talard Neua School who won national academic awards was held at its premises recently. PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising hosted the event, and was accompanied by Director of Religious and Cultural Education – Ouiporn Sakultan, Ban Talard Neua School Director – Pachanee Kanwilaikul, and Director of Wittaya Pasa Phuket School – Bantoon Pimton. The event was attended by ELT teachers, parents and students.

Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards At the National Academic Fair 2014 held in Bangkok from August 1st – 3rd 2014, students from Ban Talard Neua won outstanding achievements for the following catgories: Middle School English Drama (1st prize), Secondary School English Drama (1st prize), Secondary School Public Speech (1st runner up), Robot Control (Commendation), Primary School Art and English Drama.
Secondary student Chananya Yothaprasert thanked the school director for strong support and encouragement prior to the competition. The students have worked very hard even during the weekends and are proud to have achieved such important recognition. Chananya also extended her thanks to Mr Paiboon who allocated funding for the school’s English program and other related activities for the last six years.

Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards Mr Paiboon urged the students to be thankful to their parents and to always be humble despite their achievement. He ended by thanking all concerned including the school director and Mr Ouiporn.

Phuket students scoop Nation Academic Awards List of awardees: Atjima Khumthong, Panadda Wannajit, Chanasak Cholrat, Weerasarut Thongkuam, Phurin Jinjit, Akwat Liapthong, Krit Panwong, Prusa Satorn, Ananyalak chanasit, Pornlert Poontawee, Chananya Yothaprasert, Supawadee Saeju, Suparat Rangkla, Suthida Yinsakda, Chayapa Kaisri Theerapol Songiad, Namchok Wongsa, Khunarong Paicharoen, Chatdaporn Nungwon, Krisda Chaisorn, Jarukit Kamwong, Nantasak Suebsin, Krisada Starbac, Kanoknut Sithakom, Jeeranan Teengam, Maruada Petsena, Adisorn Petsukum, Warakorn Hiddad, Chalermpol Boonnaburi, Chalermporn Prachumporn Swit Thongsiri, and Chonthicha Tansakul.

Phuket increasing English teaching and learning efficiency

Phuket increasing English teaching and learning efficiencyOn Tuesday August 5th 2014, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising, his Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom and Education Officer – Kanmanee Silapa, received a visit from a team of educators, teachers and students who participated in an English teaching and learning workshop in Malaysia from May 1st – 19th. At the same time, a group of students from PPAO Muang Phuket who took part and won the scientific invention competition K’Bot Championship 2014 staged in Hong Kong from July 10th – 13th also paid the Chief Executive a visit. Both parties thanked Mr Paiboon for having supported them under the program to increase English communication competency both in teachers and students.

Phuket increasing English teaching and learning efficiencyEnglish teachers from the PPAO Ban Talard Neua Schol Poonsap Horapong reported that the English workshop in Malaysia, which focused on teaching and learning English “the natural way,” has helped develop listening, speaking and reading skills in both teachers and students and by turn increased their confidence to communicate in English effectively. She thanked PPAO for supporting the program and Sukhothai Thammathirat University for overseeing the course curricula.

Phuket increasing English teaching and learning efficiencyAmornsak Saekor, a final year secondary student at PPAO Muang Phuket, who led his team to win the first runner-up prize at the international scientific invention competition K’bot Championship 2014, under the theme “Landmark of the Future”, thanked PPAO in supporting the students and sending the team to Hong Kong which also comes under the same program to increase English competency. He further reported that the design for the “Landmark of the Future” was based on Laem Phromthep headland, Phuket’s most famous landmark. The five-student team comprised of one scientific technician, two programmers and two English language presenters.

Phuket increasing English teaching and learning efficiency