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The HD videos TravelNewsAsia.com features includes interviews with leading personalities within the travel industry, press conferences, events, travel trade show coverage, traveller's insights into destinations, visual guides to run along with reviews and other articles, stock footage, and of course, a few just for the sheer fun of it.
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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.
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.
Malaysia is eyeing a total of 33.1 million tourists and RM134 billion receipts for 2018 on the back of new tourism developments expected for this year. Speaking to a room full of international media attending the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, anticipated that the roll-out of new attractions such as Desaru Coast Malaysia, a premium integrated destination resort, and the 20th Century Fox World Malaysia theme park, would help boost the appeal of the country as a holiday destination.
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).
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 video, filmed at the Okura Prestige Hotel in Bangkok on 19 January 2018, we ask Anita how business was in 2017 when compared to 2016, and what targets they have for 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 about this year's substantial drop in RevPAR and Occupancy Rates, how they compare to 2016, and what targets The Sherwood Taipei has 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.
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.
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.
The 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok opened in April 2017. Just a few months later, how's business? We discuss what percentage of guests are leisure vs corporate, which markets the hotel is attracting and how the Residences differ from the Suites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Jon Loeffelholz, CHRM, General Manager of the Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Ariake, Tokyo. We discuss what the relationship is between the Oakwood and the Sunroute Hotel Ariake, which are in the same building, and what facilities they share.
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.
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. Mr. Kaneyasu also tells us the difference between the two types of sake and how they differ.
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.
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.
(contains strong language).Aviation industry update from the Group CEO of AirAsia, Mr. Tony Fernandes, and Gary Chapman, Emirates' President Group Services and dnata. This extremely interesting and very open discussion took place at the WTTC Global Summit 2017 #GSBKK in Bangkok on 27 April. The two discuss, among other things, airports and their associated costs, security and the new laptop ban on certain flights to US and UK, open skies, ultra-long haul travel such as Qantas' Perth - London flights, flydubai and other low cost airlines operating longer haul flights, ASEAN visas, local opposition to airport expansions such as at London Heathrow, David Cameron's speech at WTTC Global Summit, logic (or lack thereof) within the travel, tourism and airline industries and much, much more.
Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO, was joined by the CEO of Union Pay, Mr GE Huayong, and Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett at the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit 2017 in Bangkok on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.
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.
Exclusive HD video interview with John Roberts, Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation, Minor Hotels Group. In this interview, which took place at the 15th King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on 10 March 2017, we ask John about the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation which he helped to establish.