ASIA Travel
January 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.

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)

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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