ASIA Travel Tips.com
August 2019

Podcasts from HD Video Interviews with Travel Industry VIPs

Not everybody has the time to watch a 15 or 20-minute in-depth interview in video format.

Not only does video drain your mobile's battery a lot faster than just audio, a lot of the time you cannot just put it down and listen to what's being said without the phone turning the audio off when the screen goes dark.

That's why in 2016 we started making podcasts of all the interviews that we do, and they have proved very popular.

Links to the corresponding video interviews can be found in each podcast's description below.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or would like to sponsor our podcasts please do let us know. Thank you.

Interview with CEO of Vistara TATA SIA Airlines, Leslie Thng

Exclusive interview with Mr. Leslie Thng, CEO of Vistara TATA SIA Airlines. In this interview, filmed at the Centre Point Chidlom Hotel on 28 August 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Thng why the airline chose Dubai and Bangkok as its first international routes after Singapore, and what future plans the airline has - from dedicated cargo to new routes, cabin crew and much more. (video)

Interview with Khun Poomiphat Navanukroh (Tom), Group Director - Travel Industry, Cape & Kantary Hotels

As the Cape Panwa Hotel is the long-term title sponsor and host of the annual Phuket Raceweek sailing regatta, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com took the opportunity to sit down with Khun Poomiphat Navanukroh (Tom), the Group Director - Travel Industry for Cape & Kantary Hotels, to ask him about the event and the company's plans for the future. In this exclusive interview, filmed at the Cape Panwa Hotel on 21 July 2019, Khun Tom tells us about three new properties the hotel group plans to open in the next few years, how they will be branded, where they will be located, and how many rooms each will have. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 - Interview with Captain Lyn Evans

Lyn Evans, Managing Director of Sydney-based Elam Cabling Group, is taking part in her 3rd Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Steven Howard took the opportunity to sit down with her on 19 July to ask her why she likes the event so much, how many people travel with her from Australia to compete, how this year differs from previous years, how she would like to see it improve and much, much more. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 - Interview with Claire Canning

Despite being very new to sailing, Claire Canning has already taken part in many events around the world, and tries to get out on the water as much as she can. Claire tells us why she enjoys attending the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek and how this year's edition compared to 2018, why she loves sailing so much, where she has sailed and in what events, and why she loves this particular event when compared to others around the region. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 - Interview with Bernard 'Buck' O'Brien

Semi-retired in Phuket, but originally from the outback of Australia, Bernard 'Buck' O'Brien sat down with Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com on Saturday 20 July 2019 to talk to him about the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019, his love for Thailand and why he has chosen to retire there. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 - Interview with Organiser, Byron Jones

The 16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek came to a thrilling end on Sunday, but with totally unprecedented and unpredictable weather conditions wreaking havoc with race schedules, it was not easy sailing for organiser, Byron Jones. In this exclusive interview, filmed at the Cape Panwa Hotel on 20 July 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Byron about Phuket Raceweek, how 2019 compares to previous years, where sailors are coming from, and how he would like to see the event grow and develop. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019 - Interview with Captain Craig Nicholls

Exclusive interview with Captain Craig Nicholls, Managing Director of Northside Air Conditioning & Heating in Australia, about sailing in Thailand, his impressive Phuket-based yacht and the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019. (video)

What Dreams Are Made Of - 500 Rai Resorts in Thailand's Khao Sok National Park

What dreams are made of - the 500 Rai Floating Resort on Lake Cheow Lan, Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani, Thailand. Thais have long known about the beauty of Khao Sok National Park in Thailand's southern Surat Thani province, but the destination is still not very well known amongst travellers from abroad. That's about to change. Atirat Danphattharaworawat, Managing Director of 500 Rai, tells us all about his two amazing resorts. (video)

Transforming Pattana into a Leading Sports Training Hub - Interview with Rujirapun Juangroongruangkit

The Pattana Golf Resort and Sports Hub in Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand is undergoing a major transformation. The owners of what started off as an impressive golf course and resort some 13 years ago, are looking to turn Pattana - located just 90 minutes from Bangkok, into one of the leading sports hubs in not just Thailand, but the region. With so much happening at Pattana, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Ms. Rujirapun Juangroongruangkit, Executive Vice President, to ask her more about these exciting plans and developments. (video)

Outstanding Views of Bangkok from Shama Lakeview Asoke - Interview with Sukamal Mondal, GM

While many properties offer outstanding views of part of the city, few, if any, can offer you unobstructed views of almost the entire city whilst still being in the heart of Bangkok. And that's what makes the Shama Lakeview Asoke on Sukhumvit Soi 16 truly unique. With this in mind, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Sukamal Mondal, General Manager of the Shama Lakeview Asoke, to ask him more about the property. (video)

aava Resort & Spa in Khanom, Thailand - Interview with Kati Hakkinen

The luxurious aava Resort & Spa in Khanom, Thailand, is no stranger to the annual Thailand Travel Mart (TTM+) and has attended the last nine, including the most recent edition in Jomtien, Pattaya last week. In this exclusive interview, filmed on the first day of TTM+ 2019, Kati Hakkinen explains where Khanom is in Thailand, what its attraction is, and what is the best way to travel there. (video)

Khanom, An Emerging Destination in Thailand - TTM+ Interview with Racha Kiri Resort

Khanom may not be a name you are familiar with yet, but it is certainly somewhere that you should consider the next time you are looking for a beach holiday in Thailand that will get you away from the throngs of tourists that many of the other destinations receive. Located approximately 90 minutes from either Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat airports, Khanom is an emerging destination that was, considering its size, well represented at last week's Thailand Travel Mart (TTM+) 2019 in Pattaya. Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Khun Sillapat Watcharapong, Director of Marketing at the Racha Kiri Resort in Khanom, to ask him about his resort and Khanom as a destination. (video)

Pai Tourism - An Emerging Destination in Thailand

Pai, part of Mae Hong Song province in Northern Thailand, was exhibiting at TTM+ 2019 and Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Ms. Phatchareeporn Ruecha of the Pai Tourism Business Association to learn more about Pai as a tourist destination. In this exclusive interview, Ms. Phatchareeporn tells us more about Pai, how to get there, what the average length of stay is, where visitors are coming from, how many 5-star hotels there are in Pai and what Pai is doing about Airbnb, plus much, much more. (video)


Hospitality Management Interns from Philippines Interview with Mia Danielee L. Leonoras

How do so many Filipinos end up working in hotels and hospitals around the world, what is the process, how does it work, and what choices do they have? As many are very young, are they not scared about leaving home, are their families not worried about their safety, and wouldn't they prefer to work in their own country? These are just some of the many questions that I asked Mia Danielee L. Leonoras (23), in Halong, Vietnam on 26 May 2019. (video)


Team Hollywood P52 Yacht Owner and Captain - Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts missed a couple of recent Top of the Gulf Regattas in Pattaya, Thailand but is back stronger than ever this year with his very fast TP52 yacht - Team Hollywood. Having won nearly all of their races, Ray tells us what makes the TOG Regatta so special and why he decided to compete in this year's event. (video)

Para Sailing and the S\V14 Two-Person Dinghy - Interview with Yacht Designer

Exclusive interview with Mr. Maarten Voogd, Co-Founder Simonis Voogd Yacht Design. In this interview, filmed at the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya, Thailand on 1 May 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Voogd about the two-person dinghy, which markets it is selling well in and why, and where the company would like to sales grow. We discuss the technology behind the S\V14 and what technologies and materials could change the boat in the future. All this and much, much more in the podcast. (video)

Hong Kong Disneyland  - Interview with Edward Goh, VP Commercial Strategy

Exclusive interview with Mr. Edward Goh, Hong Kong Disneyland's Vice President - Commercial Strategy. In this interview, filmed at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel on 12 April 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Goh about their recently released annual figures. We discuss the increase in visitors to the park, which three markets enjoyed double digit growth, and Mr. Goh explains why he feels that those markets in particular are doing so well. (video)

Ibis Hong Kong North Point  - Interview with Wilson Choi, GM

Exclusive interview with Wilson Choi, General Manager of the Ibis Hong Kong North Point. In this interview we discuss how business in 2018 compared to 2017, and what targets the hotel has for 2019. We talk about where the hotel's guests are coming from, the average length of stay, their average age, what the hotel is doing to improve on some of those figures and what trends Wilson is seeing. (video)


Ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan  - Interview with Simone Hansen, GM

How's business in Hong Kong? Exclusive FHD video interview with Simone Hansen, General Manager of the Ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan Hotel. In this interview, filmed at the hotel on 8 April 2019, Steven Howard asks Simone about the property, why its location is important, what the local area has to offer, and how convenient it is to get to and from the airport. (video)


Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya - Interview with Dmitry Chernyshev, GM

How's business in Pattaya, Thailand? Exclusive FHD video interview with Dmitry Chernyshev, General Manager of the very cool Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. In this interview, filmed on 7 March 2019, Steven Howard asks Dmitry about the hotel, why the property's location is such a great selling point, where his guests are coming from, and what he is doing to balance out the guest portfolio a little better. (video)

Miss International Queen 2019 - Interview with Miss USA, Jazelle Barbie Royale

In this exclusive interview filmed on 7 March 2019, one day before the Grand Final, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Jazell why she has come so far to compete, why she chose Miss International Queen (มิสอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลควีน 2019), who she feels is her strongest competitor, and what it would mean for her to be crowned Miss International Queen 2019. (video)

Miss International Queen 2019 - Interview with Alisa Phanthusak

Exclusive interview with Alisa Phanthusak, Managing Director of Miss Tiffany's Show Pattaya, about Miss International Queen 2019. In this interview, filmed on 23 February 2019, Khun Alisa tells us how this year's Miss International Queen will differ from in 2017 and how many participants the event attracted this year. We also talk about where the contestants are coming from, whether the number of applicants looking to take part has increased, and what challenges the event still faces. Alisa also tells us how people around the world will be able to watch the finals on 8 March 2019 LIVE, plus much, much more. (video)

Interview with Austrian Wine Producer Manfred Ehrenhofer of Sigma Vinum

Exclusive interview with Manfred Ehrenhofer of Sigma Vinum. In this interview, filmed at the Bangkok Wine Expo 2019 on 22 February, Manfred tells us more about his company, how many bottles of wine he produces annually, how many of them are exported, why he was attending the Bangkok Wine Expo for the first time, what he expects to get from the event, and much, much more. (video)

Austrian Wine Interview with Eva Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg Wines

Exclusive interview with Eva Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg Wines from Austria. Filmed at the Bangkok Wine Expo on 22 February 2019, Eva tells us more about her family's wine business, how many bottles they produce each year, how many of those are exported and to which countries. We discuss how the family would like to change the export business, what challenges it faces, and what limitations there are with regards to the numbers it can produce. All that and much, much more. (video)

Yoo Hotels Opens Regional HQ in Bangkok; Partners Onyx Hospitality

Exclusive interview about Yoo Hotels & Resorts' expansion plans in Asia Pacific and beyond. In this interview, Andrew Pang tells us why Yoo has chosen Bangkok for their regional HQ, we discuss the company's expansion plans, why Yoo feels it is the right time to launch a new hotel brand, how the two hotel brands under yoo differ, what targets the company has in terms of the number of properties in the region and globally within the next few years, and much, much more. (video)

Austrian Wines and Bangkok Wine Expo 2019

What plans does Austria have for the upcoming Bangkok Wine Expo 2019 which will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel on 22 February. Mr. Gunther Sucher, Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok, tells us how many wine producers from Austria will be participating this year, how that compares to last year and what they expect to get from the event. We also discuss Austrian wine in general, how much of it is exported, where most of the exported wine goes and how important the Thai market is to Austria's wine industry. (video)

Austrian Tourism Industry Update - 2019

Why should people visit Austria when they travel to Europe and how does it compare to other popular tourist destinations in the region? How many visitor arrivals did Austria welcome in 2018, how does that compare with 2017 and what is the target for 2019? How many Thais travel to Austria every year and how long do they stay? These are just some of the many questions that Steven Howard of TavelNewsAsia.com puts to Mr. Gunther Sucher, Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. (video)

Bangkok Elephant Boat Race and River Festival 2019

The inaugural Bangkok Elephant Boat Race and River Festival will take place near the Anantara Riverside on 29-31 March 2019. What's it all about? Tim Boda of Minor Hotels unveils a lot of previously unknown details about this very exciting new event. (video)

How's Business at FLC Grand Hotel Halong?

How's business at the most luxurious and newest hotel in Halong, Vietnam? Exclusive FHD interview with Mr. Roland G. Svensson, General Manager of the newly opened FLC Grand Hotel Halong in Vietnam. In this interview, filmed in the lobby of the hotel on 18 January 2019, Steven Howard asks Mr. Svensson how business has been in the very busy 7 days since the hotel opened. (video)

How's Business at The St. Regis Astana?

Exclusive interview with Mr. Luciano Sozzo, General Manager of The St. Regis Astana, one of the most luxurious hotels in Kazakhstan. In this interview, filmed in the Presidential Suite of The St. Regis Astana on 14 December 2018, Steven Howard asks Mr. Sozzo how business has been since the hotel opened in September 2017. (video)

Looking Ahead with Air Astana

Exclusive interview with Mr. Richard Ledger, Air Astana's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. In this interview, filmed at Air Astana's offices at Astana Int. Airport on 14 December, Steven Howard asks about the airline's latest aircraft - the snow leopard. We discuss which routes the aircraft will be used on, what the livery means, and what timeframe the airline has to retire the aircraft that the Embraer E190-E2 will replace. (video)

How's Business at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur?

Exclusive HD video interview with Vinod Narayan, Hotel Manager of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. In this interview, filmed at the hotel's very cool bar on 4 December 2018, Steven Howard asks Vinod how business has been since the hotel opened just a few months ago. (video)

Simpson Marine - Interview with Richard Allen, Group General Manager

Exclusive interview with Richard Allen, Group General Manager of Simpson Marine. In this interview, filmed on board a Monte Carlo Yacht MCY 96 which was at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2018 earlier this month, Steven Howard asks how yacht sales have been this year when compared to 2017, which markets are doing well, which areas of ASEAN and Asia Pacific region hold the most opportunity for growth and what's holding those areas back, plus much, much more. (video)

Sailing in Thailand - Exclusive Interview with Scott Finsten, OMYC Harbour Master

Exclusive interview with Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand. Scott tells us about the state of sailing in Thailand, who is sailing - Thais or foreigners, what they are sailing, and how does he see the lifestyle / sport developing in the future. (video)

Disabled Sailing Thailand - Interview with Peter Jacops, Founding Member

Exclusive interview with Peter Jacops, Founding Member of Disabled Sailing Thailand. In this interview, filmed at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 2 December 2018, Steven Howard asks what Disabled Sailing Thailand is all about, why and how it was founded, what its expansion plans are, and what difficulties they have faced. (video)

Sky Marine Group Interview with Ms. Thanaya Pleenaram, MD

Exclusive HD video interview with Thanaya Pleenaram (Nana), Managing Director of Phuket-based Sky Marine Group. In this interview, filmed at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 2 December 2018, Steven Howard asks Khun Thanaya about her business which includes yacht sales, hull cleaning and maintenance, as well as luxury yacht charters. (video)

Compass Edge Finland - Interview with Deiv Salutskij

Exclusive interview with Deiv Salutskij, Managing Director of Compass Edge Finland. In this interview, filmed in London on 5 November 2018, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Deiv to tell us how this year's business compares to 2017 and what plans Compass Edge Finland has for 2019 and beyond. (video)

Korean Air - Exclusive VIP Interview

Exclusive interview with three of the top executives from Korean Air. In this interview, filmed at Korean Air's headquarters at Gimpo International Airport on 16 October 2018, Steven Howard asks Mr. Keehong Woo - Executive Vice President, Mr. Sam Noh, Senior Vice President & Head of Cargo Business Division and Mr. Bo-Young (Daniel) Song, Managing Vice President Passenger Network & Sales to tell us more about the airline and its plans for the future. (video)

Closing Press Conference from AAPA 62nd Assembly of Presidents

Closing press conference conducted by Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, on 19 October 2018 about the resolutions passed at AAPA 62nd Assembly of Presidents in Jeju, South Korea. (video)

Asia Pacific Aviation Industry Update

Asia Pacific airline leaders have travelled to the popular tourist destination of Jeju Island in South Korea this week for the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 62nd Assembly of Presidents. In this presentation, Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the AAPA, gives a valuable insight into what is happening to both the passenger and cargo side of the business, how this year compares to last, what we can expect moving forward, and much, much more. (video)

World's Best Airport Hotel - Interview with GM of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Singapore

How's business at the multi-award winning Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel in Singapore? Often voted the best airport hotel in the world, Steven Howard sits down with Bruno Cristol, General Manager of the hotel, to ask about the awards and why he feels the property is worthy of such an impressive and much sought after title. (video)

What is a Moxy Hotel - Interview with Matthias Y. Sutter

Moxy Hotels are a relatively new brand within Marriott's rapidly growing portfolio and there are currently only three open in Asia - two in Japan and one in Indonesia. As Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, GM of the JW Marriott Phuket, has first-hand experience working for the two hotels in Japan, we asked him to tell us more about the brand and what it stands for. (video)


World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Sustainable Tourism - PHIST Interview

 What could the World Wide Fund for Nature, or WWF as it is more commonly known, possibly have in common with the hotel industry? In this exclusive interview with Maggie Lee, Market Transformation Manager at WWF Singapore, we ask Maggie about this, and much more. (video)

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa - Interview with Matthias Y. Sutter, GM

The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was one of the very first major resorts to open on Mai Khao Beach on the north west coast of Phuket island, and this year celebrates its 16th anniversary. In the interview, filmed in a Royal Suite on 25 September 2018, we discuss which are the top five markets for the hotel and how that differs between green (low) season and the peak November - May season. We also talk about the Chinese market and Matthias tells us how the sad events of 2018 have affected the number of guests to the hotel and whether their numbers have started to pick up again. (video)

Sustainable Hotels - Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Interview with GM, Bruno Cristol

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Bruno Cristol, General Manager of the multi-award winning Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel in Singapore. Often voted the best airport hotel in the world by frequent travellers, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Bruno on 28 September 2018 to ask him about the Crowne Plaza's green credentials. (video)

Saving Boracay, Philippines - Interview with Cyndy Tan Jarabata

Boracay is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The island has been a powerful magnet for both local and foreign tourists for many years, first mainly with backpackers and partygoers, but in recent years some luxury hotels have opened changing the demographics of the island's visitor arrivals. (video)

Sustaining Tourism - Interview with Founder & CEO of Greenview, Eric Ricaurte

Exclusive HD video interview with Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO of Greenview. In this interview, filmed at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on 25 September 2018, we ask Eric for his thoughts on the inaugural PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) forum which was held at the resort on 24 September. (video)

Sustainable Hotels - Interview with GM of JW Marriott Phuket, Matthias Y. Sutter

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. In this interview filmed at the resort on Mai Khao beach in the north of Phuket, we ask Mr. Sutter about the different sustainable initiatives the resort is undertaking and what plans they have for the future. (video)

PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) Forum 2018

In this interview filmed in the morning of 24 September 2018 before PHIST got underway, Steven Howard asks Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association, to tell us more about PHIST, how its success will be measured, why the event has been created, and whether they have ambitions for PHIST to become an annual event that attracts an even greater number of delegates from the Asia Pacific region, if the dates for 2019 have already been decided and much, much more. (video)

Diving in Phuket, Thailand - PHIST Interview with Karen Lewis

Exclusive HD video interview with Karen Lewis, Sea Bees' Dive Centre Manager at the JW Marriott on Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, Thailand. In this interview, filmed sat on the beach on 23 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Karen about diving in the area. We discuss how diving in the rainy season differs from diving in the peak season, and what marine life divers can expect to see. (video)

 

Raya Heritage Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand - Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Naphat Nutsati, General Manager of the new luxury 5-star Raya Heritage Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed at the resort on 18 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Khun Naphat about the property, the different suites, location and which luxury hotel consortium the property is about to join and why. (video)

 

Raya Heritage Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand - Interview with Executive Chef

Exclusive interview with Khun Somyot Pokpong, Executive Chef of the newly opened Raya Heritage Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed at the resort on 17 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Chef Somyot what guests can expect from the F&B outlets at this luxurious Chiang Mai hotel. (video)

 

Pattana Golf Club and Resort in Chonburi, Thailand - Interview with MD

Exclusive interview with Mr. Thomas Tapken, Managing Director of the Pattana Golf Club and Resort in Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand. In this interview, filmed on the 27-hole Pattana Golf Course on 6 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Thomas about the property, the golf course and the exciting plans for the future. We talk a little about the very first full-length Triathlon that will take place at the resort in October, and you will learn when some of the new projects will become reality. We discuss Sriracha as a destination, how guests can get there, and how the golf course compares to other courses in the area and on the 'other side' - in Hua Hin. All that and much, much more in the podcast and video. (video)

 

Danesfield House Hotel & Spa in Marlow, England - Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Anthony Cox, General Manager of the Danesfield House Hotel & Spa in Marlow, England. In this interview, filmed in the Oak Room of the hotel - a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World - on 10 August 2018, we ask Mr. Cox about the property's incredible history, how the renovation of a few years ago has been received and what plans there are for future renovations. You will learn about which markets the hotel attracts the most, what part visitors from Asia Pacific play in those figures and how the hotel is using technology. We also discuss RAF Medmenham, the hotel's highly respected F&B outlets, the spa, Tom Kerridge, and Marlow as a destination for travellers from within the UK and also further afield. All that and much, much more in the podcast. (video)

World Travel Market 2018 - Interview with Simon Press

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Simon Press, Reed Exhibition's Senior Exhibition Director - World Travel Market. In this interview, filmed at Reed Exhibition's offices in Richmond near London, England on 27 July, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks what sellers, buyers, trade visitors and media can expect from this year's World Travel Market - or WTM as it is more commonly known. (video)

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO

Exclusive interview with Mr. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic. In this video, filmed on board an airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (previously known as the Bombardier CS300) at Farnborough Airshow 2018 on 16 July, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Gauss about the aircraft, why it is so popular, what makes it special and what plans they have for future orders. (video)

Dusit Thani Bangkok - Is it Really Going to Close?

Is the Dusit Thani Bangkok closing or not? If it is closing, when will it close and is that date final - or could it change again? Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Khun Titiya Xuto, Vice President Operations Thailand and General Manager of the Dusit Thani Bangkok, on 5 July 2018 to ask her these questions and many more. (video)

Jake Needham an American Author in Southeast Asia

Jake Needham, a successful American lawyer and screenwriter, is today one of the most popular writers of thrilling fiction novels in Southeast Asia. In the past eighteen years, Jake has published ten popular crime and spy thrillers which are set in three of the region's most exciting and colourful countries - Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. In this interview, which took place on Friday, 6 July 2018 in a suite at the Dusit Thani Bangkok, Jake gives us a little insight into his career, books and love of the region. (video)

R Photo Hotel and The River Hotel in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

Ms. Jidlada Polchangkwang, spokesperson for the R Photo Hotel and The River Hotel in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, tells us about the two hotels. In this interview, filmed on 29 June 2018 after the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, we ask Ms. Jidlada which markets are staying at her hotel, how the two hotels differ, what plans they have for the group's third hotel and when it will break ground and open, plus much, much more. (video)

How's Business in HK? Interview with GM of The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

Exclusive HD video interview with Luc Bollen, General Manager of The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel. In this interview, filmed in the new Executive Lounge of the hotel on 4 April 2018, we ask Mr. Bollen how 2017 ended compared to 2016. We discuss what impact opening an expanded and much nicer Executive Lounge has had on business, who is using the lounge and you will learn what exciting plans the hotel has to make it even bigger and better. Plus we talk about technology, the new room categories, RevPAR, occupancy rates and so much more. (video)

Mekong Mini Movie Festival Open to Professional and Amateur Videographers

Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, used last week's ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai to unveil details of the inaugural Mekong Mini Movie Festival. Mekong Minis is a short-film competition that aims to celebrate the rich travel diversity of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). It offers awards across several categories for the best movie submissions that capture the essence of GMS daily life and travel. (video)

Khon Kaen, Thailand to Host PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018

Khon Kaen, Thailand will host the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 (PDMF 2018) from 28-30 November. The event, formerly known as the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum, will be held under the theme “Growth with Goals” and is being hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). (video)

Philippines Tourism Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ms. Maricon Ebron, Officer-in-Charge, DCOO for Marketing and Promotions, Philippines Tourism Promotions Board, gives a press conference at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday. (video)

Myanmar Tourism Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mr Hla Myint, Myanmar's Director of Tourism Promotion Department, and Mr. Khin Zaw, Advisor for Union of Myanmar, give a press conference at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday. (video)

Tourism Malaysia Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, gives a media briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 25 January 2018. (video)

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Media Briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Media Briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 24 January 2018. (video)

Year of Change for Compass Edge - HD Video Interview with Anita Chan, CEO

It's a year of change for Hong Kong-based company, Compass Edge. Exclusive interview with Anita Chan, CEO of the rapidly growing company, Compass Edge. In this podcast we ask Anita how business was in 2017 when compared to 2016, and what targets they have for 2018. We also discuss her latest investment which has resulted in a new join venture being established. (video)

RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort in Chiang Mai - HD Video Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. La-Iad Bungsrithong, General Manager of the RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed in one of the resort's luxurious suites on 23 January 2018, we ask Khun Bungsrithong to tell us more her resort and tourism to Chiang Mai in general. (video)

Compass Edge Opens European HQ in London - HD Video Interview with MD, Cho Wong

Compass Edge, a leading Hong Kong-based technology solutions company for independent hotels, has expanded its rapidly growing operations to Europe with the opening of an office in London, England. The office, which will be headed by Cho Wong as Managing Director, is responsible for increasing the number of hotels in Europe that make use of Compass Edge's comprehensive portfolio of solutions. (video)

Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel London and Group's Expansion Plans - Interview with Mark Fuller

Making a Difference: The Truants. Exclusive interview with Mark Fuller, CEO of Sanctum Hotels. In this interview, filmed at the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel in London on 15 November 2017, we ask Mark about The Truants and their recent cycling trip in Kerala, India to raise money for three children's charities. The Truants raised over £540,000 from the Kerala trip and have now surpassed the £3 million milestone. Where should they go next? Listen to the interview and send them your ideas. (video)

Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel London and Group's Expansion Plans - Interview with Mark Fuller

What is the Karma Sanctum Soho hotel in London, which markets is the property attracting, how does this year's Occupancy and RevPAR compare to last and what targets does the hotel have for 2018? Those are just some of the questions we put to Mark Fuller, CEO of Sanctum Hotels, in an exclusive interview filmed at the roof top bar of the Karma Sanctum Soho in London on 15 November 2017. (video)

Oriental Residence Bangkok - Interview with Sukamal Mondal, General Manager

Exclusive interview with Mr. Sukamal Mondal, General Manager of the Oriental Residence Bangkok on Wireless Road in the heart of Bangkok. He tells us how RevPAR and Occupancy rates have been this year when compared with in 2016 and what targets the Oriental Residence has for 2018. We also discuss markets, which countries the Oriental Residence is focusing on and what trends Mr. Mondal is seeing develop. (video)

Exclusive Interview with Steve Chang, Senior Vice President of China Airlines

Exclusive HD video interview with Steve Chang, Senior Vice President of China Airlines. We discuss the upcoming launch of flights to London Gatwick on 1 December, why the airline has chosen London Gatwick rather than London Heathrow where it used to fly from between March 2010 and March 2012, and whether China Airlines has given up on operating from London Heathrow altogether. (video)

Closing Press Conference from AAPA's 61st Assembly of Presidents in Taipei

Closing press conference of AAPA's 61st Assembly of Presidents in Taipei, Taiwan by Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

Aviation Industry Update - Media Roundtable at AAPA's 61st Assembly of Presidents in Taipei

Very in-depth update on the aviation industry by Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). This video is of Andrew speaking at the Media Roundtable on 24 October, the day before the start of AAPA's 61st Assembly of Presidents in Taipei, Taiwan. He covers almost every aspect of the airline and air cargo industry in the first 30 minutes of the video and then takes Q&As from the media attending the event. (video)

How's Business at The Sherwood Taipei? Interview with Achim v. Hake, General Manager

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Achim von Hake, General Manager of The Sherwood Taipei. In this interview, filmed at the hotel on 23 October 2017, we ask Mr. von Hake how the year has been when compared to 2016, and what targets they have for 2018. We also discuss how a hotel, which for many years was the only luxury hotel in the city, maintains its relevancy when up against so much new 5-star competition. (video)

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand - What Does TAT Have Planned?

What does the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have planned for the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018? Scheduled to take place in Chiang Mai from 22-26 January, with the TRAVEX component on 24-26 January, Dr. Walailak Noypayak, Ph.D., TAT's Executive Director - ASEAN South Asia and South Pacific Region, tells TravelNewsAsia.com what delegates can expect from the 37th edition of this very important annual travel trade show. (video)

Dassault Falcon Jets - Interview with President Asia Pacific

Dassault Aviation's Falcon Business Jets. Exclusive interview with President Asia Pacific, Mr. Jean Michel Jacob on 3 October 2017 at the MJETS Terminal at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. (video)

137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok - Interview with GM

The 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok opened in April 2017. Just a few months later, how's business? On 29 September 2017, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Mr. Bjorn Richard Richardson, General Manager of the property, to ask him this. We discuss what percentage of guests are leisure vs corporate, which markets the hotel is attracting, how the Residences differ from the Suites and much, much more. (video)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo - Exclusive Interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and Vice President Japan & Korea. In this interview, filmed in a luxurious suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on Sunday, 24 September 2017, we ask Mr. Rolfs to tell us more about the property. (video)

Wales Tourism - Interview with Jim Jones

Exclusive interview with Jim Jones, Managing Director of North Wales Tourism. In this video, filmed at the Tourism Expo Japan 2017 on 22 September 2017, Mr. Jones tells us why Wales is exhibiting at the show for the very first time. (video)

Macao Tourism Update - Interview at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Fumihiro Sakakibara, General Manager - Japan, Macao Government Tourism Office. In this interview, filmed at the Tourism Expo Japan 2017 in Tokyo on 22 September 2017, we ask Mr. Sakakibara to update us on the status of tourism in Macao. (video)

Nimitr Restaurant at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok - Interview with Chef Nanang

Exclusive HD video interview with Nanang Prasetya Aditama, Specialty Sous Chef Gastronomy, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. In this interview, filmed in Nimitr Restaurant on 29 September 2017, we ask Chef Nanang about his passion for cooking and how he is enjoying his recent move to Bangkok, Thailand. (video)

Serviced Apartments and Hotels - HD Video Interview Oakwood Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with Martin Fluck, Director of Operations North Asia for Oakwood Asia Pacific. In this interview, filmed in The Resident's Lounge at the Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown on 26 September 2017, we ask Martin to tell us more about Oakwood's plans for North Asia, especially Japan. (video)

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Ariake - HD Video Interview with Jon Loeffelholz, GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Jon Loeffelholz, CHRM, General Manager of the Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Ariake, Tokyo.  In this interview we discuss what the relationship is between the Oakwood and the Sunroute Hotel Ariake, both of which are in the same building, what facilities they share, plus much, much more. (video)

Malaysia's Tourism Minister Gives Keynote Speech at Opening of Tourism Expo Japan 2017

The Honorable Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Malaysia's Minister of Tourism and Culture, gave a keynote speech at the opening of Tourism Expo Japan on Thursday, 21 September 2017. In his speech, the Minister gives an update on the status of tourism in Malaysia, as well as some insights into the direction he is leading the country's tourism industry. (video)

Sustainable Tourism for Development - Ministerial Round Table at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

The Tourism Expo Japan 2017 Ministerial Round Table in collaboration with UNWTO took place on 21 September 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight. Each Tourism Minister was given 3 minutes to describe what their country is doing to promote and enhance 'Sustainable Tourism for Development'. For once, Dr. Taleb Rifai was unable to attend as he was attending a family wedding. He instead sent a video message to delegates which can be heard at the beginning of the podcast. This podcast is around 80 minutes long. (video)

Japanese Sake - Brief Introduction by Yuto Kaneyasu of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

In this video, which is in Japanese with English subtitles, Mr. Yuto Kaneyasu, the Sake Sommelier at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo tells us about Japanese Sake. (video)

Bhutan Tourism Update at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

Mr. Tashi Tenzin, Head of Services Division, Tourism Council of Bhutan, gives delegates attending the Tourism Expo Japan 2017 forum an update on tourism to Bhutan. His presentation took place as part of the Asian Tourism Leaders Forum on 21 September 2017. (video)

What’s Going to Happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel - HD Video Interview

What exactly is going to happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, when will it close, what about the staff, when will the new Dusit Thani Bangkok open and what will it be like? In this exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Sukanya Janchoo, General Manager of The Dusit Thani Bangkok, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Khun Sukanya about the hotel, its markets, RevPAR and these major changes. (video)

Aviation Industry Update from AirAsia and Emirates Airline at WTTC Global Summit 2017

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's Group CEO, and Gary Chapman, Emirates' President Group Services and dnata, took to the stage at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok for a VERY interesting session. Warning: contains a bit of strong language. (video)

Opening Press Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 - UNWTO

Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO, speaking at the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Opening Press Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 - Union Pay

Mr. GE Huayong, CEO of Union Pay, speaking at the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Opening Press Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 - Jamaica

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, speaking at the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Sport Tourism, the 2017 HK7s and The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel - Interview

Sport tourism, the 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel - Interview with Mr. Luc Bollen, General Manager of the 5-star hotel in Causeway Bay. (video)

Future of Avani Hotels and Resorts - Exclusive Interview with Group Director

Exclusive HD video interview with Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. We talk about Avani Hotels' future plans and what exciting new developments are in the pipeline. (video)

Panama Hats - Exclusive Interview with MonPanama

What is a Panama Hat, what is a Montecristi, how are they made, why are they so famous and what does Ecuador have to do with them? Those are just five of the many questions we put to Mrs. Anne-Claude Toral, Managing Director of Thailand-based MonPanama. (video)

2017 King's Cup Elephant Polo and Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation - Interview

Exclusive HD video interview with John Roberts, Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation, Minor Hotels Group. (video)

Travelodge Hotels’ Brands and Expansion Plans in Asia Pacific

 Exclusive HD video interview with Stephen Burt, Chairman of Travelodge Hotels Asia. (video)

Sabre Airline Solutions

Exclusive HD video interview with Dasha Kuksenko, Vice President and Regional General Manager of Sabre Airline Solutions - Asia Pacific. (video)

Ascott’s Brands and Expansion Plans for Philippines / Thailand

Exclusive HD video interview with Arthur Gindap, Regional General Manager of The Ascott - Philippines and Thailand. (video)

Filipino Cuisine

Interview with Margarita Forés who is not only one of the most famous female chefs to ever come from the Philippines, she is also Asia's Best Female Chef 2016! (video)

Ascott Makati - HD Video Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Joanne Golong-Gomez, General Manager of the Ascott Makati. (video)

Ascott Bonifacio Global City, Manila, Philippines

Exclusive HD video interview with Philip Barnes of Ascott Bonifacio Global City in Manila, Philippines. (video)

PAL First to Use Sabre’s AirVision Commercial Analytics

Dasha Kuksenko, Vice President and Regional General Manager – Sabre Airline Solutions, Asia Pacific, talks about Philippine Airlines (PAL) being the first airline in Asia Pacific to use Sabre's AirVision Commercial Analytics. (video)

Colombian Chef in Singapore

Exclusive HD video interview with Fernando Arevalo the Executive Chef of Artemis Grill on the 40th floor of Singapore's CapitaGreen building. (video)

Sustainable Hotels and MICE

Exclusive HD video interview with Grace Kang, Managing Partner of Greenview Hospitality. (video)

Latest Hotel Marketing and Online Booking Trends

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Daniele Beccari, Global Head of Travel at Criteo. (video)

Japan Tourism Update

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Hiroshi Sawabe, Executive Director of the Office of International Tourism, at JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents). (video)

Myanmar Tourism Update

Unexpected and exclusive HD video interview with Myanmar's Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung. (video)

Kazakhstan Tourism Update

Exclusive HD video interview with Zhanat Kazkenova, Head of Division, Tourism Industry Department, Ministry of Investment and Development, Republic of Kazakhstan. (video)

Sabre Travel Network

Exclusive HD video interview with Wade Jones, Senior Vice President - Marketing and Strategy at Sabre Travel Network. (video)

Future of Travel Technology with Sabre's SVP Design

Exclusive HD video interview with John Samuel, Senior Vice President - Design at Sabre. (video)

Travel Apps, Social Media and Airports with Anupam Bokil

Exclusive HD video interview with Anupam Bokil, Vice President - Product and Technology at Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. (video)

Travel Technology Exchange (TTX) 2016 Interview SVP Sabre Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with Roshan Mendis, Senior Vice President - Sabre Asia Pacific. (video)

Fancy Travelling to Space? Interview with XCOR Space Expeditions Asia

Exclusive HD video interview with Alex Tang, CEO of XCOR Space Expeditions Asia. (video)

New Hotel Group's Expansion Plans for Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with the Founder & CEO of Miners Hospitality, Mr. Mendes O. Cavin. (video)

Birth of a Luxury Thai Hotel Brand

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts. (video)

Brunei Tourism and Sharia Law

Ak Zulkhairi Pg Abdul Razak, Tourism Officer - Tourism Marketing and Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism - Brunei Darussalam, replies to an important question at the ATF 2016 in Manila. (video)

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