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November 2020

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.

Thailand, COVID19 and Quarantine - WHO Press Conference on 6 November

The World Health Organisation (WHO) invited H.E. Anutin Charnvirakul (อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล), Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health, to speak about the Kingdom's remarkable success in controlling the spread of COVID19 at Friday's virtual press conference. He and Dr. Tanarak Plipat, Deputy Director General of Thailand's Department of Disease Control, speak about the country's ongoing battle, the work that needs to be done and how Thailand is planning to reduce the number of days that incoming travellers must currently quarantine upon arrival. (video)

Luxury Yacht Sales and Charters in Thailand - Interview with Simpson Marine

How has the luxury yacht sector in Thailand - sales and charters - been affected by the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic? Exclusive interview with Howard Prime, Country Manager - Thailand, Simpson Marine. Note: This interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

How's Business in Myanmar? Video Interview with Torsten Edens, SVP, Memories Group

How has Myanmar's tourism industry been affected by the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic, and how has the Yangon-based Memories Group changed its business model to ensure it not only stays in business during this difficult time, but also manages to grow. Interview with Torsten Edens, Senior Vice President, Memories Group. Note: This interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

Emerging Travel Trends in Asia Pacific - Interview with Sabre

Emerging travel trends in Asia Pacific - interview with Sabre. There is talk of pent up demand for travel, green shoots of recovery, of vaccines, of travel corridors being opened, and airlines gradually starting to resume operations. But is all that just the industry being optimistic, or are people really ready to travel again? To answer that question, and many, many more, Steven Howard of interviewed Mr. Frank Trampert, Managing Director & Chief Commercial Officer, EMEA & APAC, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, and Mr. Todd Arthur, Vice President Agency Sales - Asia Pacific, Sabre Travel Solutions. Note: Due to COVID19, this interview was conducted over the internet, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

Airports, Air Travel and COVID19 - Interview with SITA's President of APAC, Sumesh Patel

With air travel going through its worst crisis in history, how has SITA been affected and what are airports doing to make the new air travel experience better for everyone? Those are just two of the questions that Steven Howard of put to Sumesh Patel, SITA's President for Asia Pacific. In this interview, conducted over Skype on 16 July, Sumesh tells us how airports are addressing the challenges they face due to the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic and how SITA is helping them to achieve those goals. Note: Due to COVID19, this interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

Churning a Dream into Reality - Interview with CEO of Laos Buffalo Dairy, Susie Martin

In this interview, Susie Martin, CEO of Laos Buffalo Dairy explains where the idea of a Buffalo Dairy came from, and how they managed to turn that idea into a reality that is now looking at exporting over 2 tonnes per month and is in talks with governments in the region to establish similar farms in those countries. Note: Due to COVID19, this interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

COVID19 Interview with Divisional MD of Belmond Asia Pacific, Iain Langridge

Exclusive interview with Iain Langridge, Divisional Managing Director of Belmond Asia Pacific. Filmed on 24 June, Iain tells us more Belmond's luxury hotels in Asia, when they will re-open, how they have been impacted by COVID19, how Belmond is embracing technology to enhance the guest experience, and how the company is looking to grow its footprint in the region. All that and much, much more in this exclusive interview. Note: Due to COVID19, this interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

History of Conwy, North Wales - Interview with Councillor Bill Chapman

Conwy Town in North Wales has long been a favourite summer destination for those living not only in Wales, but also with travellers in Ireland, England and Scotland too. To learn more about the town's fascinating history, Steven Howard of sat down with Conwy Town Councillor and ex-Mayor, Bill Chapman, to ask him to share some insights into what makes this historic town so very special. (video)

Saving Elephants in Thailand and Beyond - Interview with John Roberts of GTAEF

In this exclusive interview, John Roberts gives us an update on the status of elephants in Thailand, what the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) does, as well as how the year 2019 ended and what they have planned for 2020. John tells us what Jungle Bubbles are, who is staying in them, how many elephants people can expect to see, whether they are safe, and how they plan to expand this rather unusual idea. All that and much, much more in the interview. (video)

North Wales Tourism - Interview with Jim Jones, CEO

In this exclusive interview, filmed in February 2020, Jim Jones, CEO of North Wales Tourism, tells us how 2019 ended, how that compares to 2018 and what targets they have for 2020. We discuss visitor arrivals, spending, and why Jim feels that Conwy has potential as a tourism destination for tourists from overseas. Jim tells us where the international visitor arrivals are coming from, why he has spent so much time trying to build Japan as a key source market, what they are doing to address language issues, how they use technology to promote the destination and what it is about North Wales that he believes will appeal to tourists from Asia. All that and much, much more in the interview. (video)

Hilton to Open Garden Inn Hotel at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, North Wales

Surf Snowdonia, now called Adventure Parc Snowdonia, was born in 2008 when an aluminum works with over 100 years of history was purchased and turned into the world's first inland surf lagoon with a handful of glamping pods for people who wanted to stay. Since then, the site has expanded enormously and will soon be home to Hilton's second hotel in Wales, with the other Hilton being in the capital, Cardiff. (video)

venue cymru in Llandudno, North Wales, Completes Multi-Million Pound Renovation - What's Next?

The venue cymru in Llandudno, North Wales, recently completed phase one of a multi-million GBP renovation and expansion project. In this exclusive interview you will learn what type of events venue cymru can now handle, what trends they are seeing, how the international expansion of airports such as Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff has helped the business, and whether there is still more work to be done. (video)

What Does Tourism Mean to Conwy, North Wales? Interview with Mayor Cyng Goronwy O Edwards

Exclusive FHD video interview with Mr. Cyng Goronwy O Edwards, Mayor of Conwy, North Wales. In this interview, Goronwy tells us about new developments that are happening in the area, including a new Hilton hotel, how Conwy uses sport to promote the destination, and why North Wales is fast becoming known as the adventure capital of Europe. All that and much, much more in the podcast. (video)

The Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, North Wales - Interview with GM, Brid Collins

Exclusive interview with Brid Collins, General Manager of The Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, Conwy, north Wales. In this interview, filmed at the hotel on 7 February 2020, Brid tells us more about the hotel and north Wales as tourism destination. (video)

Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones Promotes Sustainable Living and Tourism in North Wales

Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones is one of the most positive, forward thinking and inspirational people I have ever had the good fortune to meet and interview. I genuinely wish there were more people like him promoting sustainable living, protecting heritage and helping create new and sustainable tourism experiences and initiatives, not just in north Wales - but around the world. (video)

Welsh Wine from the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard - Interview with Colin Bennett

In the county of Conwy in north Wales, the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard has seen its business grow rapidly since it opened in 2016. Today, the vineyard, located in the hamlet of Llangwstenin, has the capability of producing up to around 10,000 bottles per year and this could well increase to 20,000 in the near future. Colin Bennett explains what wine from the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard is all about, and what plans they have for the future. (video)

Making a Difference: Aerobility The British Flying Charity for Disabled People

Aerobility has two simulators, a small fleet of aircraft, a dedicated and passionate team, and impressive dreams of expanding the admirable work they do to not only other parts of the UK, but the world as well. To learn more about Aerobility's plans for 2020 and beyond, Steven Howard of visited their headquarters at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire and sat down with Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mike Miller-Smith MBE. (video)

Did Strength of Thai Baht Affect Arrivals from UK in 2019? Interview with TAT

Despite the strength of the Thai Baht many would argue that Thailand still represents excellent value for money as a destination, and with approximately 39.77 million people visiting the country in 2019, the numbers seem to suggest that many agree. So how has the strong Baht, Brexit and other UK-related issues impacted Thailand's tourism industry? (video)

Thailand Travel Mart (TTM+) 2020 - Interview with Chiravadee Khunsub

Khun Chiravadee Khunsub, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand - UK, Ireland and South Africa tells us about TAT's plans for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2020. Filmed at TAT's office in London on 8 January 2020, Khun Chiravadee tells us when and where TTM+ 2020 will take place, why that city was chosen, what the theme will be this year, and how many buyers and sellers are expected to attend. Khun Chiravadee tells us how many buyers from the UK will be going and how those buyers will be chosen, and much, much more. (video)

Celtic Compass and The Hebridean Creative Retreat - Interview with Sarah Ewing

Sarah Ewing, Founder of Celtic Compass, tells us how the company has been impacted by COVID19 and why she thinks that the UK domestic market will be interested in retreats. Sarah tells us when and where the first, the Hebridean Creative Retreat, will take place, why numbers have been limited, which hotel they are working with, and how they will implement the required social distancing rules and regulations. Note: This interview was conducted over Skype, so the audio quality is not as good as in the interviews pre-COVID19. (video)

Simpson Marine - Interview with Howard Prime, Country Manager - Thailand

Simpson Marine is one of Asia's largest yacht dealers. With offices around the region, Simpson Marine recently appointed Howard Prime as the new Country Manager for Thailand, based in Phuket. Simpson Marine represents some of the biggest names in yachting, including Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Fairline Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon, Aquila and Viking, to give them an enviable portfolio that caters to a variety of wealthy clients and their different needs. (video)

Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane

Seaplanes in Thailand? In this interview, filmed at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 21 November 2019, Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane, tells us more about the company, why they were attending the boat show, what being in 'Development Phase' really means, when they hope to be fully operational and what exactly it is the company will do once they are. We discuss the types of seaplanes the company will operate, whether they already have the planes here in Thailand, how they have been configured, and much, much more. (video)

Future of Airline Distribution and NDC - Interview with Yanik Hoyles, IATA

On the first day of the IATA Airline Industry Retailing Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, Steven Howard of sat down with Yanik Hoyles, IATA's Director of Industry Distribution Programmes, to ask him about NDC (New Distribution Capability). Yanik tells us how the certification levels within NDC, such as Level 4 and @scale, differ from one another, why they are important, what needs to be done to go from one level to another, and so very much more. (video)

Discover Thainess at the Vince Hotel Bangkok Pratunam - Interview with GM, Khun Fah

Exclusive interview with Mr. Pitayakom (Fah) Yangsuksathaporn, General Manager of the Vince Hotel Bangkok Pratunam. In this interview, filmed in the rooftop bar of the hotel on 1 November 2019, Khun Fah tells us about the location of the Vince Hotel Bangkok Pratunam, where the hotel's guests are coming from, how 2019 compares to 2018, what its USPs are, where all the creative ideas come from, which other events the hotel will attend this year, what guests can expect from the property, what plans they have for 2020, and whether there are more Vince Hotels planned. All that and much, much more in the FHD video and podcast. (video)

Lost Bags and Airline Baggage Tracking - Interview with Peter Drummond, SITA

It has happened to most frequent travellers at one time or another, you arrive at your destination only to find that the baggage you checked-in a few hours earlier somehow missed the flight. How does that happen, are more bags being delayed or lost now than in previous years, and what technology can airports and airlines use to minimise, or even eradicate, this problem? Those are just some of the questions that Steven Howard of put to Peter Drummond, SITA's Portfolio Director Baggage. (video)

All of the HD videos of the above interviews can be watched, here.

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