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Asian Trails wins ‘Best Travel Agency 2018 Thailand’ at the TTG Travel Awards

Asian Trails is extremely proud to announce winning one of the industry’s most prestigious awards in the tourism industry. Individual votes from travel professionals and business partners have resulted in Asian Trails Thailand winning the ‘Best Travel Agency 2018 – Thailand’ award during the recently held award ceremony and gala dinner at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World.

The announcement was made at last night’s 29th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018, attended by Laurent Kuenzle, CEO of Asian Trails, Yves van Kerrebroeck, Thailand’s Managing Director and our Thailand team’s senior management.

The TTG Travel Awards recognizes the best of Asia Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honours stellar organisations and individuals in 4 categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame. This TTG Travel Trade Publishing event is proudly organized by TTG Asia, with the support of various other TTG publications in the region.

Laurent Kuenzle, CEO, said “There is no doubt in my mind that awards such as the TTG Travel Award only reconfirm that Asian Trails continues to set the bar higher in delivering ‘exceeding expectations’ -service levels to its customers. Not only has this recognition for Thailand made me a proud CEO but it also fills me with pride that all our other Asian Trails’ destinations continue to work on the exact same principles. Since the creation of Asian Trails in 1999, we have carefully focused on integrating key service elements in our daily operation, and we have strictly maintained this ever since. This award only confirms that our trade partners value our means of handling their customers as we wholeheartedly guarantee.”

Receiving the award for Asian Trails Thailand, Yves van Kerrebroeck added, “I truly cherish exceeding standards for service commitment, creativity and value for money in Thailand’s DMC industry. This TTG Travel Award again confirms our move forward beyond the call of duty to deliver exemplary travel standards. My aim, together with our team, is to follow the market trends of customer experience and set the bar even higher. This award demonstrates we are on the right track and we aim to maintain these high standards in the years to come’

About Asian Trails
We take guests to the Real Asia so they taste, touch and experience the beating heart of every destination they visit. Our portfolio includes wholesale and tailor-made leisure arrangements and a broad range of theme-based tour packages. We continue to innovate and provide an ever-changing range of travel products.

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Countdown to Vegas | Asian Trails delegation heading to 2018 IMEX America

Asian Trails will showcase its specialist MICE products and services at the IMEX America in Las Vegas, United States from 16 -18 October 2018.

Colleagues from Indonesia and Malaysia / Singapore look forward to meeting valued clients and customers at this prestigious global exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events to share news and updates about the MICE products we provide in 10 countries across Asia – one of the most diverse leisure, meeting, incentive and exhibition destinations on the planet.

Dedicated to deliver the latest novelties, research team has been very busy over the past twelve months developing a number of incentive programs that positively take advantage of changing market trends and new developments across the entire continent of Asia.

Our portfolio is hugely diverse and includes professional destination management services from meeting and conference organization; to team building; corporate incentive travel products; airport transfers; hotel bookings; and a range of tour packages, including cultural, historical, social, adventure and activity-based programs to suit every interest. To date, we have managed a client list that includes various Fortune 500 corporations.

Headquartered in Bangkok, we provide DMC services from 8 country offices across East and South East Asia, ensuring global support for our clients in their respective location and time zone. Furthermore, we are backed by various international sales offices covering almost every single time zone

Both Emir Cherif, Managing Director Asian Trails Malaysia and Singapore and Ratnasari ‘Sari’ Harjono – General Manager Asian Trails Indonesia look forward to meeting you at IMEX America in Las Vegas.

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“Explore Asia” avec Asian Trails au salon Top Résa 2018

Nos collègues d’Asian Trails Malaisie, Thaïlande et Indonésie s’apprêtent à prendre le chemin de Paris en septembre pour l’édition annuelle d’IFTM Top Résa. Nous avons pour l’occasion réunis tout ce que nos destinations ont à offrir en nouveaux produits et nouvelles tendances afin de satisfaire tous vos besoins.

Accompagnées par Pankaj ‘James’ Patpatia, Directeur Commercial pour le Marché Francophone, nous sommes disponibles pour discuter, expliquer, recommander et partager toutes les nouveautés dans le raffinement du voyage sur mesure. De la gastronomie à la découverte classique, de l’aventure au luxe, tout sera à votre disposition du 25 au 28 septembre 2018 au Pavillon No. 7 à la Porte de Versailles.

Plus que quelques semaines avant le salon du tourisme B2B le plus important en France, qui accueille chaque année les professionnels reconnus de l’industrie à la recherche de nouvelles idées de voyages, de programmes d’exploration et d’expériences envoûtantes. Seulement quelques créneaux encore disponibles pendant ces quatre jours pour découvrir la passion que nous entretenons pour la création de sentiers de voyage inédits en Asie.

Pour prendre rendez-vous, contactez-nous via pankaj.patpatia@asiantrails.org ou retrouvez-nous à nos stands : Julie au stand de la Malaisie U003, Delphine au stand de l’Office de Tourisme de Thaïlande P018 et Estelle au stand de l’Indonésie P010.

Avec nos meilleures salutations,

Julie, Delphine, Estelle & James

A propos d’Asian Trails
L’expérience d’Asian Trails dans la création d’expériences de voyages exceptionnels ne cesse de croitre et de se diversifier. Les liens forts et particuliers que nous entretenons avec nos destinations nous permettent de proposer une évasion complète dans un monde paradisiaque ; aussi bien sur une plage de sable fin, que dans un espace culturel authentique à la hauteur de la diversité de l’univers asiatique. Notre objectif est de vous proposer des moments inoubliables, un contexte où l’expérience de notre Asie vous offre le cadre d’une éternelle gratitude.

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Koh Yao Noi – An idyllic isle that wants to be forgotten

For decades the main epicentre of southern Thailand’s popularity for travellers, from the budget to the discerning, have been island destinations such as Phuket, Phi Phi, Krabi and recently Khao Lak with its sandy shores. The tranquil beauty of the Andaman coastline and the Phang Nga Bay area are examples of their strong pull in drawing repeat visitors. Away from the shores and islands there is an almost unsaturated level of travel opportunities and activities, which fuels the wanderlust for renewed visits for passionate Thailand junkies.

Nestled comfortably north of Phi Phi Islands and slightly away from the aquatic paths the two main islands that form Koh Yao have managed to stay off the spotlight, remaining quiet and serene. It is as if the islands want to be forgotten. With this thought in mind I head out to Koh Yao Noi, the smaller of the two islands, to find out more about this idyllic isle.

Koh Yao Noi is only an hour by speedboat from Phuket or Krabi. A primarily Muslim enclave of Koh Yao Noi, it is an extension of a self-sustainable economy instigated by the Thai Royal Family.

The island is a serene haven for rest-seekers who may find themselves lost along the pristine shores of its eastern and western coastline. The inner sanctum is a wonderful mix of dense jungle landscape, a small farmer’s house inside a large plantation and a few unpaved roads meandering through the landscape. A place where there are more yoga centres and meditation retreats than 7-Elevens, and where the sands of time move at a rather slow pace. For me, Koh Yao Noi is the quintessential blissful island retreat.

I opt to stay at the secluded Paradise Koh Yao, situated in the north of the island. I am drawn by its location – magnificent mountain ranges on the left, right and behind the 70+ key (and counting) resort, as well as the ubiquitous limestone cliffs towering straight up in front of you when looking seawards. The resort is a magnificent example of a more barefoot luxury concept – freshly looking, nature-based rooms: some with pool, others with great views across the Bay.

Paradise Koh Yao’s stunning location comes, of course, with its operational challenges. Rough seas may see the smaller boat transfers cancelled. For travellers catching flights to onward destinations the overland transfer to the main ferry pier in the deep south of the island may find them moving in pick-up trucks over and through mud paths, deep holes and navigating unpaved sections towards its main road – providing a touch of adventure to an otherwise restful holiday.

In true island style, local officials are also taking it slow by placing concrete slabs from and to the main road. Rationale is, as there is no haste on the island why follow the usual path? There is no denying that once you get into the groove of chilling Koh Yao style, you tend to follow the no hurry way of the island.

The owners of Paradise Koh Yao have also embraced the blending-with-nature concept in the neighbouring Treehouse Villas Koh Yao Noi – another example of their endeavours to stay true to this philosophy. An out-of-this-world experience where child dreams of living, bathing and chilling in tree houses are realised, but only with a plethora of amenities that even makes demanding travellers grin and slow down without hesitation.

It is not surprising to find that the five star hotel and resort chain, Six Senses, has a presence on Koh Yao Noi. The properties in this luxury hospitality group are synonymous with a unique style – authentic, personal and sustainable – that match the island’s isolation away from their more activity-oriented counterparts. Don’t expect large-scale resorts dotting the green coastline; instead the villas are fairly small scale in line with the group’s philosophy that you unwind and forget what lies on the other side of the Phang Nga Bay waters.

Koh Yao Noi is not for everyone although it is a big draw for beach combers seeking new ways to satisfy their thirst for sun, sea and sand in the Kingdom. It may not have all the facilities that other island destinations offer; example, dining and wining are only primarily at your resort with tour options also organised from the resort – with quality guaranteed – and all delivered in a more personalised and intimate way. Biking and hiking in the inland areas crossing muddy roads is a true adventure, giving you the feeling that you are all alone on this charming island.

With the fabled islands off the Krabi coastline a short boat ride away, even these must-do’s are tackled with being on your own – the activity team behind Paradise Koh Yao knows exactly where not to go and meet fellow Thailand travellers. The values of seclusion on your holiday has proven to even go this far.

As I make my way back to the mainland after spending four nights on Koh Yao Noi, I realise this island paradise has a yearning to be forgotten. Despite developments of new projects to feed the traveller’s appetite for nature-based holidays, the residents are happy with their laid-back lifestyle void of stress, nightlife, Seven-Elevens and fast food joints. When the island is forgotten it can hold on to its traditions, its values and stay away from its bigger tourism brothers and sisters.

For a disconnection from the world and be away from the maddening crowd for a few days or weeks without losing the comfort of what modern travel has to offer, Koh Yao Noi fits the bill on every level.

By Niels Steeman – Group Director Marketing and E-Commerce

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London Calling! Asian Trails delegation at upcoming 2018 World Travel Market

Once again, Asian Trails call London its home this November.

From 5 – 7 November 2018 at ExCel London, a large delegation of colleagues will set up shop at booth AS601 to explore new business opportunities with passionate leisure professionals from around the world.

The annual World Travel Market is the global marketplace for the leisure travel industry, dedicated to share the latest in travel ideas, business opportunities and meeting up with friends and partners with the aim to catalysing travel to our part of the world, establish and maintain personal connections and a conscientious approach for mutual benefit.

We have gathered plenty of ideas, inspiration and innovation, sparked by sharing our passion for East and Southeast Asia which we gladly want to share.

Attending this year will be:

  • Laurent Kuenzle – CEO, Asian Trails Ltd
  • Bui Viet Thuy Tien – Managing Director, Asian Trails Vietnam
  • Thomas Carnevale – Managing Director, Asian Trails Myanmar
  • Stefan Bruns – Deputy Managing Director, Asian Trails Thailand
  • Rael Hutcheon – Business Development Manager, Asian Trails Indonesia

Keen to know the latest in our Asia? For requesting an appointment with one of our colleagues, contact marketing@asiantrails.org or email our colleagues directly to confirm a slot during these trade days.

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New tremous shake Indonesia’s Lombok

Following the earthquakes which started to hit Lombok on the 29th July 2018 a number of strong tremors were felt yesterday on the island of Lombok once again yesterday night. A 6.3 magnitude hit at around 12:30PM Sunday afternoon, followed by 6.9 magnitude quake at around 11PM.

These were followed by a number of small aftershocks which continued through the night and into Monday morning. The epicentre of the earthquakes was once again in the Northeast of Lombok and was felt throughout the island and also on Bali where no damage was reported.

So far there has been two causalities, landslides in and around Mount Rinjani and some further damage to buildings that were previously damaged. With the current information we have we do not believe that these quakes resulted in any further damage to the island.

Although we have no more guests in the affected areas we are in contact with hotels, suppliers and our local office in Lombok to get more information and will update you accordingly if there is any further information to report.

For all upcoming books to Lombok please contact your Asian Trails representative who will be happy to discuss and advise on a case by case basis.

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Full Day Shopping with a Fashion Stylist

Let us know what your shopping wishes are and we’ll team you up with a personal shopper and fashion expert in Bangkok. For 6 hours, your shopping interests – from fashion to art – will be filled in through a tailored itinerary along boutiques and malls.

Even Bangkok residents often are getting lost – the insurmountable options for credit card swipes and cash payments for the latest fashion, the new trends in clothes and accessories and whatever is under the sun is available within the capital’s city borders. Famous for its open-aired markets and air-conditioned shopping malls at around almost every corner, Bangkok remains reinventing itself as a progressive and innovative destination for the ultimate shopping experience in Asia. Filling in the gaps in a maze of boutiques and large-size local brand names, a selected few have teamed up to tailor your shopping experience to your needs. Some of the names of these personal shoppers have been influential in the purchasing habits of Thais, and they now are able to share their tips, tricks and favourite shops to guide you through the trends of shopping in the City of Angels.

Transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to a central meeting point is not included. Depending on what kind of shopping you’re interested in, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly by your personal shopping assistant for the next 6 hours. No streets, alleys or shopping centres with one of Bangkok’s leading stylist, model and actress will be left unturned once you have indicated what you’re after. This personalized journey can be themed around the latest fashion, local and international designers of any kind, furniture, art and cosmetics. Guided by the principle that boutiques, often off the shopping maps and the tourism trails, are some of the best trendsetters, your trend following guide for the day will use as much public transportation and taxi’s to head from one place to the other in your quest in finding the trends of what’s hot in Bangkok.

Being more of a shopping mall person? Not a problem! This too can easily be incorporated into the whole touring concept and our contacts in this field really know a thing or two of what is trending. It is all what you like and what your interests are! Aside from lunch at a local restaurant, the tour also includes a coffee break where you can share your interest with your personal shopper. At the end of the afternoon, and just before rush hour commences, transfer back from the last shop you’ve to your hotel in Bangkok is on own arrangement.

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Bonjour, Paris ! Asian Trails à IFTM Top Résa 2018

La 40ème édition de l’IFTM Top Résa approche à grands pas et sera marquée par le retour d’une délégation spéciale d’Asian Trails à Paris, Porte de Versailles – Pavillon 7, du 25 au 28 septembre 2018.

Julie, Responsable du Marché Francophone pour Asian Trails Malaisie et Singapour, et Delphine GUILLON, Responsable du Marché Francophone pour Asian Trails Thaïlande, rejoindront notre Directeur Commercial France, le très apprécié Pankaj ‘James’ Patpatia. Ils vous présenteront nos tous derniers produits et nouveautés en Asie de l’Est et du Sud-Est, illustrant notre approche novatrice du voyage dans cette région.

Afin de garantir une rencontre avec nos collègues dans le cadre de cet évènement très attendu par les professionnels avisés de l’industrie, nous vous recommandons d’ores et déjà de les contacter pour convenir d’un rendez-vous. Du 25 au 28 septembre prochain, retrouvez Julie au stand du Tourisme de Malaisie ; Delphine sera quant à elle présente au stand de l’Office National du Tourisme de Thaïlande.

Notre vision unique et innovante se retrouve dans chacun de nos produits, et a donné l’envie de voyager à nos clients depuis notre création en 1999. La sortie annuelle de notre sélection Explore Asia, ainsi que nos initiatives en partenariat avec des grands noms de l’hôtellerie, tel Aman, sont les parfaits exemples de la place prépondérante qu’occupe Asian Trails dans l’industrie du sur-mesure. Nous nous faisons un point d’honneur de toujours nous adapter aux besoins, aux souhaits, et au budget de nos voyageurs les plus exigeants.

Si vous souhaitez discuter d’une collaboration sur une multitude de destinations sous la tutelle d’Asian Trails, nous vous invitons à contacter James à l’adresse pankaj.patpatia@asiantrails.org pour une rencontre individuelle pendant IFTM Top Résa.

Nous sommes impatients de vous retrouver à Paris le mois prochain !
Avec nos cordiales salutations,

Asian Trails