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Compass Hospitality to Manage Fifth Hotel in Scotland

Compass Hospitality has secured management for the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness, making this the company’s second property in Inverness and its fifth overall in Scotland. The Craigmonie Hotel joins an increasingly substantial portfolio of hotels under management in the UK, whose current growth is being further supported by the growing momentum in the Scottish hospitality market. The Craigmonie Hotel Inverness is Compass Hospitality’s second hotel in partnership with The Buxani Group, with the first being the acquisition of GoGlasgow earlier this year. Official management of the Craigmonie Hotel commenced on the 7th December 2018.

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

The hotel is strategically located less than a mile away from Inverness Railway Station and serves as a popular destination for guests travelling in transit as well as for those looking to stay on in the city. The hotel itself features numerous facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, restaurant, bar, various function rooms, and onsite carpark. Moreover, with 40 rooms in total, the hotel is well-suited for delivering a dedicated and conscientious guest experience. Guests will be able to select from single, double, superior and family room types, all of which are fitted with complimentary WiFi and flat-screen televisions.

Hotel Facilities

Situated within a leafy residential district, the hotel also offers the best of both worlds by providing a getaway experience while remaining just a five-minute drive from Inverness city centre, thereby remaining within close proximity to the increasingly popular attractions on offer in Inverness, including the River Ness, the Victorian Market, and Inverness Castle.

Inverness Castle

Matthew Welbourn, Executive Vice President of Operations in the UK, added: “The performance of this hotel over recent years has been promising, and we are excited to partner once again with the Buxani Group to expand our respective portfolios. Inverness is a rapidly growing market, and with public investments being made into infrastructure and into the economy in general, we are excited for a real opportunity here to get ahead of the market.”

ABOUT US
About Compass Hospitality

Compass Hospitality is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, managing and operating a wide portfolio of over 45 hospitality properties across all market segments. Following the rapid growth in Southeast Asia, we have expanded our presence into the European market in 2015 and has since built our portfolio to numerous hotels across the UK. UK hotels operated by Compass Hospitality are located in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Oxford, Eastbourne, Inverness, Coventry, Dumfries, Carmarthen, Scarborough and Dundee.

With 4 distinctive brands, Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and alongside our Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts, Compass manages and operates hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.

MEDIA CONTACTS

MATTHEW WELLBOURN

Executive Vice President, UK Operations

[email protected]

T: +44 2073 120000

M: +44 7771 756300

AP SINGH

Vice President Operations, Sales
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M: + 44 7825 277 120

PANITCHAYA (SOM) DUNGPROM

Senior Cluster eCommerce Manager, UK Cluster

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T: +66 2 126 8282

M: +66 93 979 9556

COMPASS HOSPITALITY UK HEAD OFFICE

The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Ave, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8DE

COMPASS HOSPITALITY THAILAND HEAD OFFICE

Suite 10/91, Trendy Office Tower, 5th floor, 10 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

www.compasshospitality.com

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10 Great Christmas Gifts for A Real Mancunian

Manchester is a city rich with history and culture. The Mancunians are proud of their heritage and the contribution their city has played in the development of the nation as a whole. They were the major hub for factories during the industrial revolution, which put pushed England towards the modern era ahead of its competitors at the time. Also, the city is the birthplace of many great artists and musicians and is home to two of the greatest football clubs in the world. There are many things that a proud Mancunian will love to get as a Christmas present. Here are the best 10 ideas for a Christmas gift that a Mancunian will love!

Cornerhouse Membership

Cornerhouse on Oxford Road is moving to Whitworth Street soon, but they still offer the same service. It’s a cinema and visual art museum. You can find anything from old, artsy, indie to blockbuster films. These are the types of films that you can’t find in a regular cinema elsewhere. Do you want Spaghetti Western? You got it. Niche movies with cult followers and Q&As with the filmmakers? No problem. This is the place where film lovers will truly appreciate, so why not give your film-nerd friend a membership card of this place?

Coronation Street: Golden Anniversary Collection

The nation’s favourite soap opera now comes in a 12-disc box set with a variety of perks inside. While Coronation Street might be in Salford, but the show was hugely popular in Manchester. The box set includes classic episodes from the past 50 years, behind the scene bloopers, Q&A with the production team, and more. For a true Coronation Street fan, this is exactly what they need for those cold, rainy winters at home.

The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club

This is a book about how the famous club: The Haçienda, lost its prominence and became just an ordinary apartment block. It’s a story of triumph and failure, rise and fall of a great business that will captivate the reader with every page. Written by the co-owner Peter Hook, also the writer of Joy Division and New Order, it’s an unusual story and a one of a kind memoir. It’s a perfect gift for those who are looking for an interesting read about the part of the club business that you won’t get to see often.

The Little Book of Manchester

Most of the time, people who live in a certain city don’t know its history in depth, and the Mancunians aren’t immune from this fact. The aptly named The Little Book of Manchester is a pocket-sized history book that tells you all you need to know about the city. From the reign of the Roman Empire, the middle ages, the industrial revolution to the present day, it’s a full history of the region. You will find the stories of historical figures who shaped the city and the nation into what it is today. It’s a perfect gift for a Mancunian who’s looking to get in touch with their heritage and know more about where they came from. They won’t look at the city the same way after finishing this book.

L.S. Lowry Prints

Lawrence Stephen Lowry is an artist from Stretford, Manchester renowned for his depiction of the Manchester and Salford areas. His works are displayed in the Manchester Art Gallery, as well as the cinema and art museum venue that was named after him; The L.S. Lowry. The L.S. Lowry Prints features some of his most famous works, like The Football Match, Coming Home From The Mill and Head Of A Man With Red Eyes and the famous 1954’s Piccadilly Gardens. It’s like a memoir in print form, dating from his earliest works to his latest. For a Mancunian who loves art and the work of L.S. Lowry, this is the gift to get.

Manchester – A Football History

Manchester is, without a doubt, one of the most football-crazed cities in the world, and for good reason. Mancher United and Manchester City are two great clubs that have been competing at the biggest stages for decades. The book was printed in 2008, missing City’s highest point by a few years, but trace the history of the football clubs back to the 17th century. From the rise of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson to all of the clubs’ biggest stars, this book provides the most comprehensive guide to the history of the sports in the area. It’s a perfect gift to get for a football lover, especially a fan of the Manchester’s clubs.

Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain

Sometimes, an old photograph to reminisce the good old days can be the best thing one can have. It’s the precious memories of the past that doesn’t fail to make us smile, and this collection of photos is exactly that. Taken and curated by the Manchester native Kevin Cummins, this collection of the development of Manchester is a must have. Featuring shots of The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Oasis and more, along with texts contribution from Paul Morley, Gavin Martin, John Harris and other big names. It’s a gift that true Mancunian music fans will surely love.

 Manchester Modernist – Greetings Cards

For someone who loves art, the Manchester Modernist Greeting Cards are perfect little gifts that they will surely appreciate. The set includes unique modern buildings like the Essoldo Cinema, Kendal Milne, Piccadilly Plaza and other quirky buildings around the Manchester area. Check out their website to see the full collection, along with other merchandise that a Mancunian art aficionado can’t afford to miss out on.

The Victoria Manchester is based in the centre of all the action, if you’re looking for a convenient, affordable hotel in Manchester – book your stay today!

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9 Great Things to Do in Nottingham

Nottingham is a famous tourist spot, probably one of the most famous in the UK. The city has a rich history and recreational activity centres and parks with unbelievable views. For those visiting the city and aren’t sure where to go, here are 9 things to do in Nottingham.

 

Nottingham Castle

The 17th-century ducal mansion is the Nottingham most visited landmark. Sitting atop the hill overlooking the city, you can enjoy a historical tour and the view simultaneously.  Originally built in 1067 by Norman the Conqueror and then rebuilt by a series of other kings of the past, Nottingham Castle is embedded in history. It’s a more laid back tour than some other things you can do in the city, and it’s a nice change of pace from the bustling city.

The Coat of Arms at Nottingham Castle

Flying Horse Walk Shopping Centre

Whether you’re looking for designer clothes or jewellery, the Flying Horse Walk is more than likely to have them. For those looking to spend their afternoon shopping for boutique goods, perfumes or even lingerie, be sure to stop by at this venue. Plus, they also have an art gallery for those who aren’t looking to buy anything in particular and have a taste for art.

 

Nottingham Cathedral

The Nottingham Cathedral has been around for more than 150 years, and it’s still one of the most historically important landmarks in the city, along with the castle. The cathedral is beautifully built with its intricate architectural design. Also hosting a range of choirs, concerts and events, this ancient building is the perfect place for visitors to treat as a sanctuary, and as a place of tranquillity.

 

Rushcliffe Country Park

Offering over eight kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas for visitors, the park is ideal for joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and those who wish to spot a bit of wildlife. It’s a beloved place among busy city-dwellers who are looking to take a breather away from the hectic city life. The park has a lake where the local swan hangout and the benches around the walking track provide the perfect spots to observe them from a safe distance.

 

Nottingham Playhouse

If you are into theatrical plays and performances, then you should look up the next event at the Nottingham Playhouse. The venue has hosted big names in all sorts of performance art. Dances, drama, comedy and concerts of all genres have been held in this storied hall. Opened in 1948, this impressive establishment is incredibly popular with tourists. Known as one of the region’s most popular landmarks due to its modern décor and sky mirror, Nottingham Playhouse is the ultimate place to visit for a night of brilliant entertainment.

Nottingham Playhouse

Adrenalin Jungle

If you are looking for an adventure, then this is the right place for you, you adrenaline junkies. Offering an impressive variety of activities such as archery, quad biking, an assault course, jungle Olympics and even treasure hunts, you won’t spend a second standing around bored. Regardless of your age, Adrenalin Jungle has something you can enjoy.

 

Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour

The famous Robin Hood character originated here in Nottingham, and he is still the reason why people come to the city. Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Offering visitors an outstanding and detailed insight into the life of the legendary Robin Hood, the trail takes visitors on a journey of historical discovery. Take a trip with your guide to the legendary cave systems where Robin Hood and his band supposedly hid and the famous Lace Market.

Robin Hood Statue at Nottingham Castle

City of Caves

Another cave systems lined with sandstone, these ancient caves are inspiring locations for tourists who are interested in the history of Nottingham. Tours of these caves are guided by actors and it’s the perfect opportunity to freely wander around the site with a wonderful audio guide. Promising to take tourists on an archaeological journey, the City of Caves is an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to learn a great deal more about the ancient city.

 

Nottingham Arboretum

Awarded the coveted Green Flag Award, this old park is the pride and joy of the people of Nottingham. There are over 800 trees in its property, which some are speculated to be as old as 200 years, along with lush garden and unique British woodlands. This is the perfect spot to spend your afternoon. You can take your family and pet to enjoy the beautiful scenery, fresh air and amazing views. Also, the ice cream shop here is incredible, so be sure to try it out.

Lace Market Hotel is a luxury accommodation based in Nottingham, if you’re looking for a hotel in Nottingham, then we are the right place. Book today!

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NOTABLE LANDMARKS IN NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham has earned its fame mostly through legends and tales of old. However, it’s much more than a story. It is home to quite a few heritage buildings, memorials, and monuments. The most significant is definitely Nottingham Castle, though it has undergone renovation since being originally built. Even so, it’s a sight that you would hate to miss.

There are other great attractions to check out in Nottingham. The sandstone caves are a must, as is the Wollaton Hall. After you’ve seen the sights, what better to complete your trip than a bite and a drink at one of England’s most noteworthy pubs?

Let’s take a look at each of these locations in detail.

NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

This magnificent estate was originally built hundreds of years ago. Near after the Civil War, it was knocked down and a replacement built around 250 years ago. It can be described as a classical ducal mansion. Since it is built on raised ground, it’s a fantastic place to take in unforgettable views. You can visit the cafe on one side of the castle, and enjoy some treats outdoors while taking in the city view. There’s even a museum and art gallery inside where you can learn about Nottingham’s fascinating background. The grounds are well-kept, with flowers, areas for picnics, and spaces for children to play. If you choose to venture down to the dungeons, you’ll get to visit King David’s dungeon, a wine cellar, and take your pick of the tunnels and caves they have opened to explore. Mortimer’s Hole is a good choice as it leads to the Brewhouse Yard.

CAVES OF NOTTINGHAM

There are a number of sandstone caves and underground tunnels that run underneath Nottingham. People say that they have been there since medieval times. You don’t need to travel far to see these caves. In fact, all you’ve gone to do is make your way to the Broadmarch Shopping Centre, where there is an entrance to an old sandstone cave with cellars, an old air- raid shelter, a tannery, and even a representation of how old Victorian slums used to be.

WOLLATON HALL

Wollaton Hall is a mere 5 kilometers away from the heart of the city, boasting magnificent architecture from five centuries ago. There are extensive plains, landscaped gardens, and even a museum of natural history. You can also visit the Courtyard Stables, which now is an art gallery and a steam engine house. There’s also an Industrial Museum where you can enjoy taking a peek at peculiar objects and things from long ago.

YE OLDE TRIP TO JERUSALEM

This pub is lauded as one of England’s oldest and strangest establishments. It is walking distance from the Nottingham Castle, in Brewhouse Yard. In lieu of formal construction, this tavern was carved into the rock hundreds of years ago. You can enjoy ale or other English bites here, while sitting among the rock and dark wood, or should you choose, the outdoor seating. It’s a great chance to pick up souvenirs, too – they’re always being sold over the bar.
If you’re looking for a convenient, central hotel in Nottingham – then look no further!

The Lace Market hotel is situated in the city centre of Nottingham, making it easier & faster to get to the surrounding sites. Book or get in touch to see how we can help.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN OXFORD

Everyone knows about the University of Oxford, but significantly fewer know of the wonders of the beautiful city that is its host. Oxford boasts magnificent architecture, splendid parks, and fascinating museums. It’s just an hour’s nap away from London! Here are some must-see places and things you have to do as you visit this great English city.

Stop by the University

The University of Oxford is without a doubt what the city is renowned for. You would certainly be missing out if you left without stopping by. There are 38 different colleges that together form the University, but each one has its own personality. There is amazing architecture all around that has been built over a range of eras, and you’re sure to enjoy taking it all in. If you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast, don’t miss Christ Church College, which served as sets for several scenes in the movies. Another great place you shouldn’t miss is Magdalen College, where Oscar Wilde was an alumnus.

Take a walk at Port Meadow

Port Meadow is a stretch of common land in Oxford. This means that any local can have their stock graze on that land, and people still do. Visitors probably aren’t as interested in bringing their cows here for lunch, so the other attraction is simply the fact that it’s a gorgeous place to spend a warm, breezy afternoon. The Thames runs alongside this spot of land, and even when is flooded by water, it still has a beautiful, ethereal sort of vibe.

Get to the top of the University Church’s tower

Oxford is known as “the city of dreaming spires” in honor of the beautiful architecture of the University. You shouldn’t miss the chance to get to the top of one of those spires. A great place is the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It sits right across the Radcliffe Camera in the middle of the city, meaning that you can enjoy unforgettable views at the top. You’ll have to get up 127 steps in an extremely narrow staircase to get to the top, but the view is definitely going to be worth it.

Get lost in the Pitt Rivers Museum

It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon in the Pitt Rivers Museum. It’s located right behind the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and has a great number of archaeological and cultural items from not only England, but all over the world. In a single afternoon, you can become an expert in Victorian artifacts, exploring the different objects organized by type. A huge portion of the collection is showcased in the museum, so although it is crowded, it gives off the vibe of a treasure trove just waiting to be explored.

Be inspired by Modern Art Oxford

Not everything in Oxford is old. For something a little bit more modern, check out Modern Art Oxford, a stunning gallery full of contemporary art. There aren’t permanent masterpieces on display here, but there are temporary ones that rotate regularly. Stop by to be inspired by people like Yoko Ono or Sol Le Witt. There are often events held too, ranging from music concerts to film screenings.

Hire a punt

You may envision cruising through canals Venice on a gondola, but I’ll bet quite a few of you have never thought of cruising down rivers in Oxford! Punts are popular here, and it’s an exciting new way to get around the city. It can be pretty challenging to steer one yourself, so we recommend hiring one. The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and Cherwell Boathouse are both great places to hitch a ride on one of these small, flat-bottomed vessels.

Hawkwell House is a luxury boutique hotel based in the center of Oxford – an ideal place to stay for convenience & comfort. Book today!

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Compass Hospitality and Regent’s International College Join Hands for Skills Development in the Hospitality Workforce

Bangkok, August 2018 – Chief Executive Officer of Compass Hospitality Mr. Harmil Singh and Executive Director of Regent’s International College (RIC) Mr. Nitin Dutta, along with Mr. Simon Young, Head BTEC Qualifications, signed an MOU of mutual cooperation for collaborating on the advancement of skill-based training in the Thai hospitality industry.

Along with the rapidly expanding tourism sector in Thailand, the demand for skilled workforce in the hospitality sector has increased considerably over the recent years. Compass Hospitality has taken the lead to contribute towards the uplifting of the local workforce in the hospitality industry by providing skill-based training and qualifications together with UK’s largest vocational and professional qualifications provider BTEC. This initiative is based on a collaborative partnership with Regent’s International College, the official centre of UK BTEC Qualification in Thailand.

“This partnership is an indication of how much both Compass Hospitality and RIC value education and training,” Regent’s International College Executive Director Nitin Dutta said. “Our core values are defined by the belief that nurturing and developing young talent is of paramount importance and we are thrilled to collaborate with Compass Hospitality, a company who shares our drive and passion.”

The strategic move to further solidify RIC’s Hospitality Management courses comes after their successful partnership with the reputable University of London in 2016, which involves the provision of courses and academic direction by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The training programmes are set to commence within the last quarter of 2018 and will be offered to beginners and professionals already working in the industry. To accommodate varying levels of experience, RIC and Compass will offer everything from certificates to degree-level courses, with bespoke options available for senior company executives. The curriculums are international but will be adapted to the local context to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.

“Regent’s International College is an innovative and well-established institution,” said Harmil Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Compass Hospitality. “Compass Hospitality has a long tradition of working with educational institutions to elevate knowledge and skills in the hospitality sector. By partnering RIC, an esteemed higher educational institution in Thailand, we are uniting our strengths to create a meaningful opportunity for the next generation of hoteliers.”

In photo: from left to right
1) Simon Young – Head of Asia Pacific, BTEC Qualifications
2) Irvan Sutiono – Operations Analyst, Compass Hospitality
3) Warren Stanworth – Academic Director, Regents International College
4) Harmil Singh – CEO & President, Compass Hospitality
5) Nitin Dutta – Executive Director, Regents International College
6) David Davies – Director, Pearson plc
7) Jantima Hiraga – Country Manager, Thailand and Cambodia, Pearson plc

About Compass Hospitality
Headquartered in Bangkok, Compass Hospitality is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies which manages and operates a portfolio of 48 properties across all market segments. Following the rapid growth in Southeast Asia, Compass Hospitality expanded its presence into the European market in 2015 and has since built its portfolio to 16 hotels across the UK.

With 4 distinctive brands, Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and alongside the Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts, Compass manages and operates hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.

About Regent’s International College
Regent’s International College is the first authorized international college in Bangkok, Thailand to offer BTEC qualifications awarded by Edexcel and University of London international programmes led by the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE). RIC has been successfully conducting these courses for the past couple of years and has now opened Hospitality Management Courses. To enrich the learner experience RIC is forming partnerships with hospitality groups to create internship opportunities for their students.

About UK BTEC Qualification
The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a provider (existing as part of Pearson Education Ltd.) of secondary school leaving qualifications and further education qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. BTECs originated in 1984 and were awarded by Edexcel from 1996. Their origins lie in the Business Education Council, formed in 1974 to “rationalise and improve the relevance of sub-degree vocational education”.
BTECs are designed as specialist work-related qualifications and are available in a range of sectors, such as business, engineering, hospitality and ICT. BTECs are available at different levels, from Entry Level Skills for Working Life, right through to professional qualifications at Level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study). They also come in different sizes at each level ensuring you can choose a course that fits around your work or other studies. Many industry sectors have a set of National Occupational Standards that professionals must follow. The learning content of our BTECs is built around these National Occupational Standards, which is why BTECs are recognised as valuable qualifications by the Standard Setting Body (SSB) and/or Sector Skills Council (SSC) for each industry.

For more information about BTEC Programmes at RIC please contact:
Nitin Dutta, RIC
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 (0)81 918 1406
Alternatively call: +66 (0)89 313 2222, +66 (0)89 313 7777 or +66 (0)81 255 7572
Website: http://ricbkk.com/btec-uk-bachelors-degree/

For further information and images please contact:
Ruksina Supatnuntakul
Midas Communications International Co, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +66 (0)8 304 8870
Website: http://www.midas-pr.com/

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Top 10 things you can do in Bangkok during Singapore National Holidays

Happy National Holiday , Dear Singaporean ! We have prepared a Q&A Free Night Winning Campaign to celebrate for this festival ! Join us and Win  https://www.facebook.com/CompassHospitality/!

This is The Best Time for Sightseeing & Shopping in Bangkok City

Thailand is known as the land of smile and takes a look at what you can do in Bangkok, a city which offers you a fascinating, exciting and incredible experiences in your travel journey. Like many other capital cities Bangkok never goes to sleep, there is always a hive of activity as people work around the clock in their various professions.

With eight million inhabitants living within the city you will find yourself encountering every walk of life, from the super poor to the mega-rich they all congregate in the one city and each feels at home as the other.

1. Visit The Reclining Buddha

A visit to Wat Pho is a must for any traveller to Bangkok, it is the home to the Reclining Buddha which stands at fifteen metres tall and forty-six metres long, the feet alone are measured at over five meters. The whole statue is covered in gold leaf and looks incredible when you get up close. Inside the temple, there are 108 bowls and on the way into the temple, you can buy coins for the bowls. The history behind this is that Buddha completed 108 positive actions on his way to becoming perfect. Whilst you are at the temple you can also stop for a while to receive a traditional Thai Massage

2. Visit Grand Palace

Of all the places to visit in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is the most famous attraction there is. You simply cannot move onto another city until you have taken the time to visit here. The palace at one time was the king’s home as well as the place where the government of Thailand carried out their work. A trip to the palace can take many hours as there are over 214,000 sq. meters to cover. Be aware of potential scams when outside the palace and only pay the entrance fee when you are actually going in.

3. Hop on Hop Off Bangkok Sky Train

There is only one way to get around Bangkok at any speed whilst keeping cool and that is to jump aboard one of the sky trains. With air-conditioned carriages, there is no better way to get around. In most instances, you are high above the traffic below giving you a view of the city but also the train takes the most direct route. With nearly every part of Bangkok, you would want to visit having a train station, travel could not be simpler. Sky Train travel is included in the Bangkok City Pass.

4. Take a trip around Train Market

The new Rot Fai Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok is bringing the same convivial night bazaar feel, antiques curios, and street food snacks and treats from its original location, into an area of the city that is much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station. Although the Srinakarin branch is much larger, it is also way out in the suburbs of Bangkok, making it challenging for people who find themselves on the other side of the city. This new Train Market is more central and compact, meaning it’s easier to pop in for a spot of browsing anytime from 18:00 to 24:00, Thursday to Sunday.

5. Shop Till You Drop At Siam Paragon

The high-end shopper’s paradise, a hugely popular shopping mall that houses many different shops for high-end fashion designers, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a huge multiplex cinema and enough restaurants to feed you for a lifetime. There are over 250 shops inside the mall, most of which are frequented by the well-heeled Thai’s and foreigners. Various car manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini also have showrooms within the complex so if you have deep pockets you are sure to find what you are looking for.

6. Take A Stroll Through Lumpini Park

At over 500,000 sq. meters Lumpini Park providers the people of Bangkok with a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The name of the park originated from the Lord Buddha who was born in Nepal. It is not unusual when you walk through the park to see the older Thai generation practising their Thai Chi or a romantic couple relaxing by the side of the lake. At the weekends the park is full of people taking part in all sorts of activities so a great time to go is early morning or just before sunset.

7. Explore the Bangkok Nightlife

Bangkok is famous for its nightlife scene and grown pretty big over the years. There’s exciting nightclubs, amazing rooftop bars, hip cocktail bars and much more. There’s the adult-themed Soi Cowboy and Patpong, the party scene at Khao San Road and lot’s of clubs to dance the night away. Want to party with like-minded travellers?

8. Participating Art Events Happening around

There are quite a few of arts events happening around.one of these was found in the jem factory named “Dear Darkness”. It is an event to raise the awareness of epilepsy. The artist is suffering from this sickness, a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It’s an impressive piece of artworks he created which lead us into his world to experience how it’s like of having epilepsy.

9. Visit Vimanmek Mansion

Vimanmek Mnsion known as Largest golden teak wood building in the world Largest golden teak wood building in the world. A great way to get an idea of how the Thai Royals lived is to visit the Vimanmek Palace in Dusit district in Bangkok.

The Palace was constructed in its current location in the year 1900 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). Originally, the Palace was constructed as a Summer Palace on the island of Koh Sichang in the Gulf of Thailand in Chonburi Province, where King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn used to come to enjoy a holiday. In 1900, the Palace was dismantled and rebuilt as Vimanmek Mansion in its current location in Dusit district in Bangkok.

The Palace, which is also known as Vimanmek Mansion, is the largest golden teak wood building in the world and was built without using a single nail. Vimanmek Palace was built in European style using Thai construction methods.

10. Explore Chinatown in Bangkok

Yaowarat Road, also known as Chinatown Bangkok, is the home of Bangkok’s Chinese community. By day, it doesn’t look any different from other parts of Bangkok, but this big street has some hidden gems waiting to be explored. When night falls, the neon signs blazing with Chinese characters are turned on and many eateries spill out onto the streets filled with foodies.

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Compass World Cup Bonanza

Football fever is spreading across the globe, and all of us at Compass Hospitality are excited as well! An event which we have waited for 4 years, is just a few days away. Hence celebrating this epic affair which is known as the Football World Cup 2018, we at Compass Hospitality organizing our “Compass World Cup Bonanza”. Participate in our campaign at our official facebook account and get an opportunity to win many fabulous dining prizes & free room nights at our hotels in Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya & Chiang Mai), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru & Langkawi) & UK (Cardiff, Cheltenham, Coventry, Dundee, Eastbourne Glasgow, Halifax, Inverness, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Oxford & Shrewsbury)

How does this campaign work?

First Phase (14th June to 28th June): Just make a correct prediction on the results on the round robin or group stage game of the world cup 2018 & get chance to win our exclusive dining gift in Hotels in Thailand, Malaysia & UK. 3 winners would be selected per game.

Second Phase (30th June to 7th July): Just make a correct scoreline prediction on the results on Round of 16 Stage & Quarter Final games of the world cup 2018 & get chance to win our exclusive dining gift & exclusive room discount. 5 winners would be selected per game.

Third Phase (10th July to 14th July): Just make a correct scoreline prediction on the results on Semi Final & Third Place game of the world cup 2018 & get chance to win our exclusive dining gift & exclusive room discount. 5 winners would be selected per game.

Final Phase (15th July): Just make a correct scoreline prediction on the results on Semi Final & Third Place game of the world cup 2018 & get a chance to win our exclusive dining gift & free night. 10 winners would be selected per game.

How to Play this Campaign?

First Phase: Tag one of your friend along with the predicted result of the game plus hashtag destination & compass dining in the comment section of our Facebook post.
Example: England Win #Bangkok #CompassDining

Remaining Phases: Tag one of your friend along with the predicted scoreline of the game plus hashtag destination & compass dining/ compass hotels as per your desire to win dining or room prize in the comment section.
Example: England Win 1-0 #Cardiff #CompassHotels/#CompassDining

**Prediction is to be made on first 90-minute score only. In case of the game going to extra time or penalty than your prediction on winner & scoreline of first 90 minutes is only required.

Here is the list of participating hotels & amazing prizes that are in store for you.

First Phase:

Hotels in Bangkok Prize
Admiral Premier Free Lunch Set For 1
Citrus 11 Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
The Continent Hotel Free two bottle of beer
Compass Sky View Pints of Italian Craft draught beers at Mojjo Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Adelphi Grande Discount 30% on Food & Beverage
Galleria 10 20% Discount on F&B
Galleria 12 20% Discount on F&B
Hotels in Pattaya Prize
Citrus Parc Free Glass of Beer
Citrus Grande Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
Hotel In Chiang Mai Prize
Art Mai Gallery Hotel Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
Hotel in Malaysia Prize
Citrus Johor Bahru Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
Citin Seacare Pudu Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
Citin Masjid Jamek Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
Hotel in UK Prize
Lace Market Discount 10% on Food & Beverage
White Swan Discount 10% on Food & Beverage

Phase 2

Hotels in Bangkok Prize
Admiral Premier Free Lunch Set For 1 or 25% Discount on Room Rates
Citrus 11 Discount 25% on Food & Beverage or 25% Discount on Room Rates
The Continent Hotel Free Pizza & Bottle of Beer
Compass Sky View 20% discount on best available rate for a Grand Premier room Plus Complementary Pizza & 2 glasses of Red or White wine from selected wine list
Adelphi Grande Discount 30% on Food & Beverage or 25% Discount on Room Rates
Galleria 10 20% Discount on F&B
Galleria 12 20% Discount on F&B
Citin Pratunam 25% Discount on Room Rates
Omni Tower 25% Discount on Room Rates
Aspen Suites 25% Discount on Room Rates
Admiral Suites 25% Discount on Room Rates
Hotels in Pattaya Prize
Citrus Parc Discount 10% on Food & Beverage or 25% Discount on Room Rates
Citrus Grande Discount 20% on Food & Beverage or 25% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel In Chiang Mai Prize
Art Mai Gallery Hotel Discount 10% on Food & Beverage or 15% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel in Malaysia Prize
Citrus Johor Bahru Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 15% Discount on Room Rates
Citin Seacare Pudu Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 15% Discount on Room Rates
Citin Masjid Jamek Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 15% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel in UK Prize
Lace Market Discount 25% on Food & Beverage or 10% Discount on Room Rates
White Swan Discount 25% on Food & Beverage

Phase 3

Hotels in Bangkok Prize
Admiral Premier Free Lunch Set For 1 or 50% Discount on Room Rates
Citrus 11 Complimentary a Set of Tapas or 50% Discount on Room Rates
The Continent Hotel Free Welcome Drink for 2
Compass Sky View Stay 2 nights pay one only in a Sky Grand Executive room (BAR rate) +  cocktail or mocktail of your choice with 3 bar snacks at Vanilla Sky rooftop Bar
Adelphi Grande Discount 30% on Food & Beverage or 50% Discount on Room Rates
Galleria 10 20% Discount on F&B
Galleria 12 20% Discount on F&B
Citin Pratunam 50% Discount on Room Rates
Omni Tower 50% Discount on Room Rates
Aspen Suites 50% Discount on Room Rates
Admiral Suites 50% Discount on Room Rates
Hotels in Pattaya Prize
Citrus Parc Free Happy Hour From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm or 50% Discount on Room Rates
Citrus Grande Discount 25% on Food & Beverage or 50% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel In Chiang Mai Prize
Art Mai Gallery Hotel Discount 15% on Food & Beverage & 20% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel in Malaysia Prize
Citrus Johor Bahru Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 20% Discount on Room Rates
Citin Seacare Pudu Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 20% Discount on Room Rates
Citin Masjid Jamek Discount 10% on Food & Beverage & 20% Discount on Room Rates
Hotel in UK Prize
Lace Market Discount 50% on Food & Beverage or 50% Discount on Room Rates
White Swan Discount 35% on Food & Beverage

Final Phase

Hotels in Bangkok Prize
Admiral Premier Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus 11 Complimentary a Set of Tapas with House Wine or Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights
The Continent Hotel Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Compass Sky View Complementary stay in a Sky Executive Suite + Complementary dinner for 2 at Prime plus restaurant for a value of THB 2.5K
Adelphi Grande Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citin Pratunam Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Omni Tower Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Aspen Suites Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Admiral Suites Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Hotels in Pattaya Prize
Citrus Parc Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus Grande Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Hotel In Chiang Mai Prize
Art Mai Gallery Hotel Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Hotel in UK Prize
White Swan Hotel Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Lion Hotel Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus  Hotel Cardiff Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus Hotel Cheltenham Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus Hotel Eastbourne Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Lace Market Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Hawkwell house Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Victoria Hotel Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Citrus Hotel Coventry Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Best Western Plus Milford Complimentary Stay for 2 Nights with Free Breakfast
Best Western Queen Dundee Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast
Goglasgow Hotel Complimentary Stay for 1 Nights with Free Breakfast

Policy:

  • All F&B prizes are valid from till 30th August & all winner would be hand e-voucher or special code that needs to be presented on the venue.
  • All room related prize are subject to availability & prize can be claimed in between 15th July to 31st
  • Campaign post would be made on the day of match & contest would end before the start of the game of each day.
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Milford Hotel had entered CHS Awards 2018

Lord Sugar will see you now…

The Boardroom.

Is it a scary and intimidating arena of darkness or a humble room filled to the brim with opportunity for those with the passion and skill to seize it? Two sides of the same coin.

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have grouped together to discuss progress and projects back when the very first meetings were arranged to brainstorm erecting the iconic boulders at Stonehenge through to the performance reviews which the management team responsible for building the great pyramids of Giza must have no doubt had to endure. Oh yes, we as a race have continually understood that organised meetings are the best way to get people together in order to communicate ideas and achieve greatness. Born out of these humble meetings became one of the largest, most respected and most important industries in the world – Meetings and Events.

Our Boardroom at the Best Western Plus Milford Hotel has been the theatrical setting for some of greatest meetings ever to take place in God’s own powerhouse county of Yorkshire.

Set as we are by the side of the Great North Road which was for centuries one of the most important roads in Great Britain, linking together as it does two great nations through their respective capitals Edinburgh and London. It’s still easy to imagine on a cold night the clip, clip-clopping of a Black Bess mounted Dick Turpin on his legendry final journey from London to York passing the front of our prominent local hotel. The difference being these days where once the road was lined with coaching inns for weary travellers on the road to dismount and enjoy an ale, we now have the some of the finest hotels and state of the art venues in the world for industry professionals to park up, unwind and meet together with like-minded individuals.

The importance of holding coordinated meetings along this highway is something that has been understood for centuries and private meeting rooms in coaching houses and secluded corners in taverns from the days of yore would eventually give way to the modern boardroom and these are relied on in the present day more than ever.

Some of the finest companies have hired their best employees within these four walls and conversely, some stern disciplinaries have also been undertaken. So rare is it that a room can hold such different fates for those individuals engaged in career depending battle royales.

Indeed, our Boardroom puts everyone in the spotlight. From gritty company audits to outstanding business reviews, delicate conference calls to anticipation building waiting areas our Boardroom here at the Best Western Plus Milford Hotel is a no-nonsense meeting space for serious business discussions.

Above all, we believe a boardroom should be understated, classy and private. A room that puts your meeting first. Gimmick free and humble.

At the heart of the Boardroom at the Best Western Plus Milford Hotel is the solid, dark wood, reliable and unjudging oval shaped boardroom table. As soon as you enter the room our table sets the tone. A tone that echoes with class and quality (quality, quality). Fifteen stone of unforgiving English wood held aloft by two unyielding chrome legs.

Three well framed, classic French drawings of globe designs adorn the walls, their purpose is to set the tone of the meeting and help encourage a creative mindset and safe setting for delegates to crunch figures and solve problems as they journey across the perilous sea of industrial finance and traverse huge graphical mountain ranges on Microsoft Excel (or Mac equivalent).

The Boardroom can accommodate a maximum of six ‘titans’ at once so businesses have to carefully select their most prudent gladiators to enter the arena to get the best possible results for their respective companies.

Boardrooms are the engine rooms of modern-day business and like any engine, they need to be looked after by specialists. The staff at the Best Western Milford Hotel are our precision engineers who understand that instead of oil and combustion – these engines run on a steady supply of coffee and water. Delegates need to be primed in order to engage and get the most out of their hire for the room.

Sometimes meetings only last for an hour, others last for days. What is key for any meeting that we are honoured to play host to, is that the time frame is understood, respected and adhered to. From the precise delivery time of their freshly ground aromatic coffee to the painstaking creation of each delegate place – complete with cooled mineral water, sweet cordials, fresh fruit, ample delegate paper and reliable pens – the organiser’s schedule has to come first. That is the tune to which we dance. Respect for the schedule is the cornerstone of delivering a successful meeting, without respect the meeting all falls apart.

As with Arthur’s table at Camelot, our boardroom table has no place for a head. All who sit at the table are equal, all voices are heard – except of course for the one who takes the minutes, they don’t speak – this is often the first great role to be decided at the very top of the meeting. All factors are considered including handwriting, spelling ability, and previous reliability until a worthy candidate is handed this honourable and responsible role.

With each place setting including delegate paper and pens, every meeting attendee is a potential candidate for this master of the minutes role, an equal playing field for all men and women, young and old, although only the worthiest will eventually be gifted the honour.

Now, with the minute taker decided, the battle lines are drawn in the shape of the meeting agenda.

Laptops at dawn. Somewhere there is a bullet point with your name on it.

Six or seven pre-determined points of interest. Not everyone has their eyes on the same points. What is most likely is that there is one point in the agenda that each of our heroes specialises in. They’ve done their preparation and their PowerPoint slides speak for themselves. The preparation that had to be submitted by close of play on the Friday before this meeting and all did…eventually.

As the projector begins to wake and opens its weary eyes to focus on the well-kept screen in front of it, it knows nothing of the importance in what it is destined to show or the journey it will take over the course of the day. A projector doesn’t discriminate and only speaks the truth. Never fear oh little projector, do your job and show us ours. Projector joins with Laptop and Laptop in turn, connects with Speakers but finishing this glorious ensemble of orchestral information is the constant stream of free WiFi provided by Router. Router unlocks a world of information and expands the four walls of the humble boardroom onto another platform infinite in its size without boundaries. All of the knowledge in the universe is now only a finger tap away.

The lighting has been adjusted to ease the delegate’s eyes ready to digest the information in front of them. Blackout curtains closed. Spotlights are still on though, so to give the players in this rumble a fair chance of note taking and addressing each other.

Now we are ready to meet.

Coffee and tea are on a steady flow into the suite as information, excuses, reasons, and questions are routinely shouted, passed, whispered and muttered around the room or under abated breath. Some grow in their seats while others shrink.  Where oh where is that paper you had last night? You’re sure you packed it – you saw it this morning. In to the minutes it goes, a message under ‘Action’ follows up information to be sent as a matter of urgency. Close of Play. Close of Play? This is no game – this is business.

The whistle goes for the pre-determined halftime break (it was in the agenda) as the buffet is effortlessly paraded into the room by our experienced industry professionals. Barriers drop as delegates receive the treats from the friendly faced smiling hotel staff. Then they tuck into their well-deserved meals. Keep your strength up – you’re going to need it for this next round.

Well-fed and with a second wind, the delegates ready themselves as the meeting recommences. Hatches are battened down as our champions sail through the stormy waters of agenda points four, five and six and get to the eventual sigh and handshake of a successful meeting completed. Everyone now knows what they must do before the next. Lines are drawn and effort will be applied over this next month or quarter.

With blagged heads and full bellies each delegate exits stage right, the arena has done its job. Ready to be turned down and around for the next bout and as these tired and weary delegates start their respective journeys home they think back to the setting of that meeting. A boardroom sure, but never boring.

Now, the hotel supervisor picks up the events sheet to file away and turns to the catering team;

“Any other business?” asked with confidence and humility.

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Compass Hospitality’s Guide to Celebrate Songkran in Thailand

As from John’s experience, we can say that Songkran can be fun filled event for all, no matter from which part of the world are you from. So here are some quick guides regarding Songkran which our guest can know, in-order to have pleasant and memorable Songkran celebration in Thailand.

songkran

What is Songkran?

Songkran is popular for being a water splashing festival throughout the country during the hottest time of the year. However, for those who are not as clued up on Thai history, Songkran is actually a celebration of Thai New Year during mid-April from 13th to 15th. Traditionally, Thai families would visit relatives to receive blessings and ask for forgiveness from their seniors. In the modern day, Songkran has become a one of the biggest water festival in the world.

What are “Dos & Don’ts” for Songkran?

Dos:

  1. Put your mobile phone & wallet/purse in a water proof zip lock to avoid it from getting wet. As for water-proof zip lock, you can buy it in any convenient store.
  2. Thai culture is still bit conservative hence it is recommended to wear colorful Songkran dress rather than transparent & in-appropriate dresses.
  3. Leave behind your passport or other travel document in hotel itself and carry a copy of it or take a picture of it on phone, if, required you show it to the concerned party.
  4. Apply sun screen lotion and keep your self-hydrated as it one of the hottest period in Thailand.
  5. Lastly always be cheerful & respectful to others while deciding to play or not while not willing to play Songkran.

Don’ts:

  1. Use of banned equipment is big no as it might get you into a trouble with law or you might end up hurting someone. Hence it best advisable to stick with water buckets or light water guns
  2. Please don’t apply powders on people forcefully as it might be considered indecent touching & some people might be allergic to it, hence its best suggested to ask people’s consent before doing so.
  3. Alcohol consumption at large amount is completely discouraged as you might end up hurting yourself or other. So, its best advisable to enjoy this festival in sober state of mind.
  4. Don’t wear a shoe or flip-flop with not so strong grip as floor gets bit slippery due to wet floors
  5. Don’t throw water on motorcyclist as it might cause an accident.
  6. Lastly, don’t be aggressive or irresponsible while playing Songkran, be it for use of water or while playing with other.

Where to go play Songkran in Bangkok?

Silom:

Probably the largest and wildest crowd in Bangkok; The entire 5 km length of this street – mostly known for Patpong – is packed on two levels with thousands of young Thais carrying anything that can spray water.

RCA: 

RCA holds the most creative events that combine clubbing styles and water fights together. Each club brings you your favorite DJs/ singers, from both international and locals scene, to their own yards. The biggest event in RCA is called S20 Songkran festival where they have DJ line ups for 3 nights. You will feel like you are in a miniature of Ultra Music festival plus water splashing.

Hope our guide to celebrate Songkran might have been of some help to you all in-order to experience a pleasant & memorable time celebrating this awesome festival while staying with us at our compass hotels which offers you a special offers during this period for you to enjoy. Click here for more information on our exclusive summer promotion.



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