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Activities for young travellers

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Amazing Thailand Grand Sale

Shopping has never been more fun, especially when you get more bang for your baht. Part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You’ campaign, the event is an opportunity to bag all kinds of deals imaginable, from discounted merchandise to holiday packages and tours. It’s like a one-stop shopping for all your holiday-in-Thailand needs. Usually while the event takes place at QSNCC, shopping malls around Bangkok roll out special promotions of their own, such as midnight sales and mid-year sales campaigns. So, if shopping is your passion, this is one of the best times to visit Bangkok.

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Bangkok: Road to Ultra Thailand 2016

Road to Ultra Thailand 2016 will take place at BITEC Convention Center in Bang Na Bangkok. The big event is scheduled to take place on 11 June 2016.  The event should boast some of the most popular DJ’s in the world! Last years event featured Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Quintino, and Nervo.  Alesso was scheduled to perform, but had to cancel last minute due to illness.

Pattaya: Warp Music Festival 2016

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Chiang Mai: Inthakin City Pillar

Inthakin also known as Sai Khan Dok – worship of the city pillar –  tradition of flower offering to the อินทขิล pillar – is a festival held every year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a uniquely Chiang Mai Festival. The citizens of Chiang Mai are given the opportunity to venerate the guardian spirits of the city, particularly the spirits associated with the City Pillar, known as Sao Inthakin (The Lord Indra’s Pillar). This pillar had been used for an earlier city built in the same area and is associated with the Hindu god Lord Indra.

DATE : Wednesday, 01 June 2016 to Wednesday, 08 June 2016

– Malaysia –

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Kuala Lumpur: Mega Sale Carnival

Malaysia’s biggest shopping extravaganza –– Mega Sale Carnival is back, offering huge discounts and promotional activities put together by malls, retail stalls and other participating retailers throughout the city.

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Langkawi: Eating out during Ramadan

Eating out during Ramadan in Langkawi is fairly easy thanks to the island’s numerous seafood, Chinese, Indian, and international restaurants, though alcoholic offerings are limited in certain hotels or inns. Five-star resorts often hold extensive buffet dinners for iftar, so travellers can enjoy a wide range of Malay delicacies such as beef rendang, nasi lemak, murtabak, and satay.

Massive outdoor food markets – also known as Bazaar Ramadan – can also be found all over Langkawi, particularly Kuah, Pantai Cenang, and Padang Matsirat. These night markets are open daily from 16:00 until late, selling over 100 types of freshly-prepared Malay dishes and snacks at very cheap prices.

Jorhor Bahru: Damien Rice Concert

Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. He began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper. The band enjoyed moderate success with a couple of single releases, but a projected album foundered because of record company politics. After eight years of various collaborations, Rice released his third studio album My Favourite Faded Fantasy on 31 October 2014. Tickets are on sale now for Damien’s performance in Singapore at the Star Theatre, Singapore on 4th June.

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Compass Scholarship Foundation sponsors Master’s degree for senior executives

In association with Taylor’s University in Malaysia and University of Toulouse – Jean Jaures in France, Compass Scholarship Foundation has sponsored five senior management staff under a Master in International Hospitality Management continuing education programme.

Both universities jointly developed the Masters degree course as Validation des Acquis et de l’Experience, also known as Recognition of Prior Experience Programme, for individuals with vast working experience in tourism, hospitality and food service.  Upon the successful completion of the programme, the individuals will have a certified Master qualification recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Five sponsored executives were selected from Compass Hospitality corporate office and the managed properties for their work commitment as follow:

  • Tejinder Sidhu – Vice President, Business Development & Operations, Compass Hospitality
  • Enrico Wibawa – Director of eCommerce, Compass Hospitality
  • Jason Macleod – Corporate Food & Beverage Manager, Compass Hospitality
  • Zaki Baz – General Manager, The Continent Hotel Bangkok
  • Noppamassiri Ruanpech – General Manager, Grand Swiss Hotel

Jason Macleod who heads Compass Hospitality’s food and beverage department remarked, “I am excited to be sponsored for the Masters programme.  I feel privileged as not many companies would sponsor staff for their continued education at this high level.  The course has enabled me to be more strategic in my thinking and responsibilities.”

Ms. Noppamassiri Ruanpech, general manager of Grand Swiss Hotel in Bangkok added, “Compass Hospitality is a unique and special hotel operator that grooms staff to their full potential.  The programme helps me to motivate my staff and provide better service to our guests.”

Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO, Harmil Singh said, “We place great emphasis on the competence and proficiency of our key executives.  Taylor’s University and University of Toulouse – Jean Jaures provide the opportunities for our key executives to enhance their careers and contribute to a higher level of professionalism in the hospitality industry.”

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Stuff you need to have to enjoy the BIGGEST WATER FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

Water Gun (Required)

Songkran is all about celebration as Thailand has a very hot Summer people splash water for fun and to celebrate the new year. The main equipment that’s required in this splashing activity is a WATER GUN which will help drive up the atmosphere of the water fight as you can fight back when people splash water to you. It’s all about water fighting.

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For the New Year Celebration people dress up in colorful clothes to celebrate the new year celebration for a good Lively Thai New Year Day

Plastic Pocket Holder

Regarding to the celebration that has been mentioned in the beginning every single corner of Thailand will be covered with water somehow. And you’d need a plastic holder to protect your phone, money, keys or other important stuff that you need to carry out during Songkran, the Plastic Pocket Holder is the best answer for you in this situation as it’s 100%water prove.

Rain Coat & Plastic Boots

Raincoat and Plastic Boots are additional stuff for the festival. Some people have a creative talent to make the event even more creative with their dress. People wear them for fun

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Songkran Festival

Songkran, recognized as the traditional Thai New Year, is just around the corner! Experience Thai culture and participate in the festivities that take place during this special time of the year.
Songkran is synonymous with important events that reflect Thai culture:

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Highlights of Summer 2016

Here are some up coming events for Summer 2016 in Thailand, Malaysia and UK that you can’t miss, let’s pack up your bag and go travel…

Thailand

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  • Songkran Festival: people celebrate the water festival all over the country especially Bangkok, Chiangmai, Pattaya and Samui are famous destinations for the festive.

Date: 13 -15 April 2016

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  • Koh Samui Regatta 2016: Samui Island has so much to offer-it’s natural gems, beautiful beaches and seas along with unique Sothern Thailand cultures which will be a host of Koh Samui Regatta 2016 with over 500 participant sailors

Date: 21-28 May 2016

  • Pattaya Music Festival: One of the most famous Music Festival in Thailand which will be held in Pattaya every year with a variety of music and performers that will be separated in to different stages such as Raggae, Pop, DJ/Techno, Classic, Jazz and many more.

Date: 20 -22 March 2016

Malaysia

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  • Labuan International Sea Challenge (Malaysia Water Festival 2016): This annual water festival, from April   29 – May 1, will feature a variety of water-related activities and sports. If you’re seeking a little bit of competition, or just a good time in the water, this is a recommended event to attend! Participants  from around the globe are invited to join the kayak competition, boat tug-of-war competition, game fishing, boat race and cross channel swimming during this time of fun in the duty free island of Labuan.

Date: 29 Apr-1 May 2016

  • Southern Malaysia Architecture And Building Exibition: a 3 day event in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. This event showcases products like Organising, marketing and management of exhibition and conference Organising trade mission and networking opportunities Sales agent for overseas exhibitions Market research, product promotion/launching etc. in the Research & Development industry.

Date: 31 Mar-2 Apr 2016

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  • AMIT UTOPIA World Tour 2016 Malaysia: A-Mei Chang, born Amit Kulilay, of Aboriginal Taiwanese decent of Pinuyumayan tribe, is often called as the “Pride of Taiwan” and a diva of Mandarin Pop. She remained the only Chinese performer who received a World Peace Music Award. Her concert will be held at STADIUM MERDEKA, KUALA LUMPUR.

Date: 30 April 2016

Interesting Tourist attractions in Malaysia

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  • The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. The Petronas Twin Towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.
  • Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as ‘Chee Cheong Kai’ (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. It’s also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices, and the best thing is, the prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here

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  • Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why this is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination.
  • Langkawi Sky Cab hovering over jungle and climbing over 550 million years old rock, SkyCab gives you more than one unique experience. Be informed, SkyCab is located at the oldest part of South East Asia and the first to emerge from the ancient sea and estuary! That’s something to give a goose bump if you can get the gist. Come and experience it yourself.
  • Legoland is Malaysia’s first international theme park that has opened in Johor Bahru with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia and sixth in the world upon its establishment.  It is the centrepiece of a 5,500,000 sq ft (510,000 m2) integrated complex in the Nusa Cemerlang industrial park, within the Iskandar Malaysia economic region, consisting of a lifestyle retail centre, offices, hotels, service apartments and residential units.

United Kingdom

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  • Gold Cup Week: The Festival and Gold Cup 2016 will include a feast of gripping horse racing, Guinness drinking and hat wearing, not to mention more than £600 million-worth of wagers, at the jewel in jump racing’s crown, Cheltenham Racecourse.  The climax of the entire Jump racing season is the Cheltenham Gold Cup; the highlight of arguably the best day’s racing of the year, with an atmosphere to match.

Date: 14-18 March 2016

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  • Wales versus Italy Six Nations: The Six Nations rugby tournament is an annual international competition involving six European countries; Ireland, England, Italy, France, Scotland and Wales. Six nations 2016 matches will be held in 6 different venues, 1 for each country. Current venues are; the Twickenham Stadium in London, Stade de France in Paris, Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh and the Aviva stadium in Dublin.

Date: 19 March 2016

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  • BEYONCÉ: The Formation World Tour: Beyonce Knowles an American R‘n’B pop singer from Houston, Texas, will be performing in Cardiff on Thursday 30th June 2016 at The Principality Stadium

Date: 30 June 2016

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Compass Hospitality to manage the 8th hotel in UK-The Victoria Hotel, Manchester

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Effective 15 February 2016, Asia based Compass Hospitality Group has signed up its 8th hotel in UK with the management of The Victoria Hotel in Chadderton, Oldham located about 11 kilometres northeast of Manchester.  The 1800 Victorian styled hotel has 72 keys, a restaurant, a lounge, function rooms, landscaped gardens for outdoor events, and ample on-site car parking.  The hotel is conveniently connected to Manchester City Centre and Manchester Airport in the south via the nearby M60 motorway, Metrolink light rail network and National Rail’s railway line.

The hotel was jointly acquired by Singapore based Seacare Hospitality Pte Ltd and Compass Hospitality.  Both parties also partnered in the acquisition of the Big Sleep Hotels’ portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne in August 2015.

Once a manor house, the property was refurbished into a hotel and many of its rooms and suites have nice garden views.  At Mr. Brown’s Restaurant, guests enjoy their meals in cozy surroundings with a large marine fish tank as an added feature.  In addition to the restaurant, drinks, snacks and afternoon teas can be enjoyed at the Lounge which adjoins the hotel reception lobby.

For hosted events and weddings, The Elizabeth accommodates up to 200 guests while The MacNeil can host smaller groups of up to 100.  For even smaller functions and dinners, The George-Eliot is an ideal choice with its coffered ceiling, elegant interiors and its own separate pre-function foyer.

A short drive away to Manchester is Old Trafford Football Ground and Museum, home to Manchester United and its 130 years of football history, as well as the newer City of Manchester Stadium.  Stonerig Raceway offers adrenalin filled fun with its 8 tracks and race simulation in a Formula One car.  At Peak District National Park covering an area of 1,440 square kilometres, nature abounds at Dove Stone Reservoirs and Saddleworth Moor.

Compass Hospitality Group’s first entry into the UK market was in April 2015, having secured the management of The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury and The White Swan Halifax.  Since then, the UK portfolio has expanded to include the Big Sleep Hotels portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne, The Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham and recently on 1 February 2016, Hawkwell House Hotel in Oxford.

Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO, Harmil Singh said, “Within ten months of our entry into the UK market in April 2015, we now have eight hotels under management in the UK.  The Victoria Hotel marks an important milestone and we intend to build on our market presence here.”

For more information on The Victoria Hotel, feel free to view details at www.thevictoriamanchester.com

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Compass Hospitality to manage Oxford hotel

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Effective 1 February 2016, we have signed up to manage the historic Hawkwell House Hotel located in the conservation designated Iffley Village in the City of Oxford.  As part of Cotswolds region, the hotel enjoys a picturesque setting in South Central England with rolling hills that rise from upper River Thames.

Within 3 acres of landscaped grounds, the hotel has 77 guestrooms and suites in the main hotel building as well as in the adjacent Elm House which was once the home of Antarctic explorer Francis Bickerton and now, the choice of hideaway for large families and groups of friends as well as for companies hosting seminars and corporate retreats.

Decorated in English designs, the guestrooms and suites are charming and reminiscent of English country homes.  Outside, the hotel grounds and the neighborhood of stone and brick houses along tree-lined streets evoke a sense of tranquility and gracious living.

At Iffley Blue Restaurant, the choice of British local favourites, pizzas and Oxfordshire signature dishes has been the cuisine highlights at the hotel.  In the afternoons, traditional English afternoon tea service is enjoyed indoors and outdoors.  At night, the restaurant hosts guests and nearby residents to evenings of dining and socializing.

Four meeting facilities cater from 10 to 200 persons, offering premises for Boardroom meetings to wedding receptions.  An expansive lawn has been the mainstay of the hotel’s celebrated outdoor weddings as the hotel numbers as one of few licensed venues in Oxfordshire to hold civil ceremonies.

The world renowned University of Oxford, colleges and libraries are located about 15 minutes’ away by car from the hotel.  The medieval buildings, many in use since the Middles Ages, are as much tourist attractions as they are for the scholastic achievements of graduates and scholars passing through their doors.  Shopping and entertainment abound in Oxford with the enchanting Covered Market; high-street shopping in Oxford City Centre, Westgate Centre, Clarendon Centre as well as in countryside Bicester Village; and the 160-acre Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Hawkwell House Hotel is the 7th hotel in UK to be managed by Compass Hospitality.  This follows the Group’s management of The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury and The White Swan Halifax in April 2015, the Group’s acquisitions in August 2015 of the Big Sleep Hotels portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne, and the management of Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham in October 2015.  The Group’s portfolio now comprises 47 properties in Thailand, Malaysia and the UK.

Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO, Harmil Singh said, “Oxford is a world renowned destination and we are delighted to add the historic Hawkwell House Hotel to our portfolio of hotels in United Kingdom, Thailand and Malaysia.”

For more information on Hawkwell House Hotel, feel free to view more details at www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk.

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Activities for Chinese New Year 2016

A guide to Chinese New Year 2016 activities in Thailand and Malaysia.

Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations throughout Asia. The celebration itself has 3 different purposes:

  • To celebrate the year you are leaving
  • To gather with family
  • To ring in good luck for the upcoming year

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Valentine’s Dining Deal

February is the month of luck and love of both Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Celebration.  There are lots of special dishes and offers at our hotels in Bangkok to make your dining experience even more Superb!

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The oyster lover promotion at Arcadia Suites Bangkok, a 4-course grill lover special at Grand Swiss Hotel, and a tortilla, crepe, and waffle snack special at Galleria 12 Hotel Bangkok, and much, much more. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, don’t miss the romantic set dinners being held at The Continent Hotel Bangkok, Galleria 10 Hotel Bangkok, and Le Fenix Sukhumvit.

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THE CONTINENT CHINESE NEW YEAR BRUNCH

Choose from a wide variety of pastas, topped with classic recipe and thai fusion sauces, as well as more than two dozen pizzas, including several vegetarian styles. We also offer a variety of soft drinks, ice creams, a carving station, and much more.

VENUE : MEDINII, ITALIAN RESTAURANT

PRICE: 888 NET PER PERSON

DATE: 6TH-8TH FEB 2016

TIME: 12PM – 4PM

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ARCADIA SUITES TOM YUM MARTINI

Tom Yum Martini, a one of a kind of cocktail inspired by The Thai Tom Yum spicy and sour Signature dish, everyone’s favorite soup. The combination of the drink starts with a special Tom Yum-infused Vodka, Lemon grass, Chili paste mix with Soda.

VENUE: ARCADIA SUITES BANGKOK

PRICE: 150++

DATE: TILL 29TH FEB, 2016

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TABLIOD BAR&BISTRO FRENCH CREPE

Indulge in custom made crepes with a variety of sweet and/or savoury fillings. Choices include: Chocolate; Cheddar and Pork; Quail Eggs; Banana; and Seasonal fruits. These tasty fresh-made treats are a great anytime snack.

VENUE : TABLIOD BAR&BISTRO, GALLERIA12

PRICE: 99 BT

TIME: 11.30AM-10.930PM

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CEO addresses SHATEC’s 30th Graduation Ceremony

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Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO Harmil Singh was invited to address the 30th Graduation Ceremony of SHATEC (Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre), Singapore’s first hospitality school set up in 1983.

Held at University Cultural Centre on 20 November 2015, the event hosted more than 850 attendees including 479 graduands, scholarship recipients, parents and guests, board directors, partners and guest-of-honour Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for Trade and Industry.

Invited as the alumnus from SHATEC’s first batch of graduands, Harmil said “While it has been decades since my learning and training days at SHATEC, that period has been the grounding that fostered my passion for the hospitality industry. SHATEC wasn’t just about coupling practical training with academic studies. The educators and trainers also instilled in us the ethical and moral attributes of good business practices. Many of us embraced these principles which have benefitted our careers and personal lives.”

The graduands received their certificates and diplomas from wide-ranging courses including Culinary Arts, Pastry & Bakery, Food & Beverage Supervision, Hotel & Accommodation Services, MICE & Events, Culinary Skills and Hotel Management.

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