Exclusive Travel Industry Podcasts – TravelNewsAsia.com

Not
everybody has the time to watch a 15 or 20-minute in-depth interview
in video format.

Not only does video drain your mobile’s
battery a lot faster than just audio, a lot of the time you cannot just put it down
and listen to what’s being said without the phone turning the audio off
when the screen goes dark.

That’s why in 2016 we started making
podcasts of all the interviews that we do, and they have proved
very popular.

Links to the corresponding video interviews can
be found in each podcast’s description below.

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In this exclusive interview, John Roberts gives
us an update on the status of elephants in Thailand, what the
Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) does, as well as
how the year 2019 ended and what they have planned for 2020. John
tells us what Jungle Bubbles are, who is staying in them, how many
elephants people can expect to see, whether they are safe, and how
they plan to expand this rather unusual idea. All that and much,
much more in the interview. (video)

In this exclusive interview, filmed in February
2020, Jim Jones, CEO of North Wales Tourism, tells us how 2019
ended, how that compares to 2018 and what targets they have for
2020. We discuss visitor arrivals, spending, and why Jim feels
that Conwy has potential as a tourism destination for tourists
from overseas. Jim tells us where the international visitor
arrivals are coming from, why he has spent so much time trying to
build Japan as a key source market, what they are doing to address
language issues, how they use technology to promote the
destination and what it is about North Wales that he believes will
appeal to tourists from Asia. All that and much,
much more in the interview. (video)

Surf Snowdonia, now called Adventure Parc
Snowdonia, was born in 2008 when an aluminum works with over 100
years of history was purchased and turned into the world’s first
inland surf lagoon with a handful of glamping pods for people who
wanted to stay. Since then, the site has expanded enormously and
will soon be home to Hilton’s second hotel in Wales, with the
other Hilton being in the capital, Cardiff. (video)

The venue cymru in Llandudno, North Wales,
recently completed phase one of a multi-million GBP renovation and
expansion project. In this exclusive interview you will learn what
type of events venue cymru can now handle, what trends they are
seeing, how the international expansion of airports such as
Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff has helped the business, and
whether there is still more work to be done. (video)

Exclusive FHD video interview with Mr. Cyng
Goronwy O Edwards, Mayor of Conwy, North Wales. In this interview,
Goronwy tells us about new developments that are happening in the
area, including a new Hilton hotel, how Conwy uses sport to
promote the destination, and why North Wales is fast becoming
known as the adventure capital of Europe. All that and much, much
more in the podcast. (video)

Exclusive interview with Brid Collins, General
Manager of The Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, Conwy, north Wales.
In this interview, filmed at the hotel on 7 February 2020, Brid
tells us more about the hotel and north Wales as tourism
destination. (video)

Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones is one of the most
positive, forward thinking and inspirational people I have ever
had the good fortune to meet and interview. I genuinely wish there
were more people like him promoting sustainable living, protecting
heritage and helping create new and sustainable tourism
experiences and initiatives, not just in north Wales – but around
the world. (video)

In the county of Conwy in north
Wales, the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard has seen its business grow
rapidly since it opened in 2016. Today, the vineyard, located in the
hamlet of Llangwstenin, has the
capability of producing up to around 10,000 bottles per year and
this could well increase to 20,000 in the near future. Colin
Bennett explains what wine from the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard is all
about, and what plans they have for the future. (video)

Aerobility has two simulators, a small fleet of
aircraft, a dedicated and passionate team, and impressive dreams
of expanding the admirable work they do to not only other parts of
the UK, but the world as well. To learn more about Aerobility’s
plans for 2020 and beyond, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
visited their headquarters at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire and
sat down with Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mike Miller-Smith MBE. (video)

Despite the strength of the Thai Baht many
would argue that Thailand still represents excellent value for
money as a destination, and with approximately 39.77 million
people visiting the country in 2019, the numbers seem to suggest
that many agree. So how has the strong Baht, Brexit and other
UK-related issues impacted Thailand’s tourism industry? (video)

Khun Chiravadee Khunsub, Director of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand – UK, Ireland and South Africa tells us
about TAT’s plans for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2020.
Filmed at TAT’s office in London on 8 January 2020, Khun
Chiravadee tells us when and where TTM+ 2020 will take place, why
that city was chosen, what the theme will be this year, and how
many buyers and sellers are expected to attend. Khun Chiravadee
tells us how many buyers from the UK will be going and how those
buyers will be chosen, and much, much more. (video)

Simpson Marine is one of Asia’s largest yacht
dealers. With offices around the region, Simpson Marine recently
appointed Howard Prime as the new Country Manager for Thailand,
based in Phuket. Simpson Marine represents some of the biggest names in
yachting, including Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Fairline
Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon, Aquila and Viking, to give them an
enviable portfolio that caters to a variety of wealthy clients and
their different needs. (video)

Seaplanes in Thailand? In this interview, filmed
at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 21 November 2019, Dennis
Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane, tells us more about the company, why
they were attending the boat show, what being in ‘Development
Phase’ really means, when they hope to be fully operational and
what exactly it is the company will do once they are. We discuss
the types of seaplanes the company will operate, whether they
already have the planes here in Thailand, how they have been
configured, and much, much more. (video)

On the first day of the IATA Airline Industry
Retailing Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Yanik Hoyles, IATA’s Director of
Industry Distribution Programmes, to ask him about NDC (New
Distribution Capability). Yanik tells us how the certification
levels within NDC, such as Level 4 and @scale, differ from one
another, why they are important, what needs to be done to go from
one level to another, and so very much more. (video)

Exclusive interview with Mr. Pitayakom (Fah)
Yangsuksathaporn, General Manager of the Vince Hotel Bangkok Pratunam. In this interview, filmed in the rooftop bar of the
hotel on 1 November 2019, Khun Fah tells us about the location of
the Vince Hotel Bangkok Pratunam, where the hotel’s guests are
coming from, how 2019 compares to 2018, what its USPs are, where
all the creative ideas come from, which other events the hotel
will attend this year, what guests can expect from the property,
what plans they have for 2020, and whether there are more Vince
Hotels planned. All that and much, much more in the FHD video and
podcast. (video)

It has happened to most frequent travellers at
one time or another, you arrive at your destination only to find
that the baggage you checked-in a few hours earlier somehow missed
the flight. How does that happen, are more bags being delayed or
lost now than in previous years, and what technology can airports
and airlines use to minimise, or even eradicate, this problem?
Those are just some of the questions that Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com put to Peter Drummond, SITA’s Portfolio
Director Baggage. (video)

The Evolution of Airline
Chatbots – Interview with Jonathan Newman, CCO of ( caravelo (

Exclusive interview with Jonathan Newman, CCO of
( caravelo (. In this interview, filmed at the IATA Airline
Industry Retailing Symposium 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Jonathan to tell us more about
his company, the AIRS2019 event, IATA’s accelerator programme,
their new office in Kuala Lumpur, and much more. (video)

SITA Baggage User Conference
2019 in Bangkok 5-7 November

The annual SITA Baggage User Conference 2019 is
taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from 5-7 November 2019. While
media are not invited to attend, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com was able to sit down with Peter Drummond,
SITA’s Portfolio Director of Baggage, to ask him more about the
event. (video)

Airline Distribution –
Interview with Rakesh Narayanan of Sabre Travel Solutions

Exclusive interview with Rakesh Narayanan, VP
and RGM South Asia & Pacific, Sabre Travel Solutions – Airline
Sales. In this interview, filmed at the IATA Airline Industry
Retailing Symposium in Bangkok on 29 October 2019, Steven Howard
of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Rakesh to update us on the latest
industry trends and developments. (video)

IATA Airline Industry Retailing Symposium
2019 – Interview with Stephan Copart

IATA was in Bangkok, Thailand last week for the
second annual Airline Industry Retailing Symposium. Around 45
people from IATA joined hundreds of high-level delegates who had
flown in from around the world to network, share ideas and learn
the latest ideas, trends and solutions in airline retailing and
distribution. Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com was at the
the IATA AIR Symposium and used the opportunity to sit down with
Stephan Copart, IATA’s Head of Projects & Innovation, to learn
more about the event. (video)

ATPCO and Routehappy –
Interview with Robert Albert at IATA AIR Symposium 2019

Robert Albert founded Routehappy in 2011 in New
York, USA. The company was acquired by ATPCO in February 2018 and
fully integrated in February 2019. In this interview, filmed on 29
October at the IATA Airline Industry Retailing Symposium (AIRS) in
Bangkok, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Robert to give
us an update on the company, NDC, NGS and the industry in general. (video)

Vern Insurance Technologies –
Interview with Marton Elodi at IATA Air Symposium 2019

Exclusive interview with Marton Elodi,
Co-Founder and Head of Project, Vern Insurance Technologies. In
this interview, filmed on 30 October 2019 at the IATA Airline
Industry Retailing Symposium 2019 in Bangkok, Marton tells us why
he was attending the event and explains what it is that Vern
Insurance Technologies does. (video)

Awesome Trip – Interview with
Mark Corbett, Chief Innovation Officer, at IATA AIRS 2019

Exclusive interview with Mark Corbett, Chief
Innovation Officer, at Awesome Trip. In this interview, filmed on
30 October 2019 at the IATA Airline Industry Retailing Symposium
2019 in Bangkok, Mark tells us why IATA invited Awesome Trip to
the event, what he hoped to achieve from attending, and what he
thinks of it. (video)

Cambodia Airways – Exclusive
Interview with Lucian Hsing, Commercial Director

Aviation in Cambodia. One of the biggest
challenges that Cambodia’s tourism industry has faced over the
years has been the lack of air connectivity. There are airlines in
Cambodia, but none have expanded rapidly enough – regionally, or
long haul – to really help tourism development within the country.
Could that be about to change? Exclusive interview with Mr. Lucian
Hsing, Commercial Director of Cambodia Airways. (video)

How’s Business in Cambodia?
Exclusive Interview with MD of Dara Hotels, Richard Dusome

How’s Business in Cambodia? Exclusive HD video
interview with Mr. Richard L. Dusome, Managing Director of Phnom
Penh-based Dara Hotels. In this interview, filmed on 12 October
2019 at the Cambodia Travel Mart, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com asks Richard what he hopes to get from the CTM
2019, what sorts of buyers his hotels have met and how he would
like to see the event grow in the future. (video)

Palace Gate Hotel in Phnom
Penh, Cambodia – Interview with GM, Thy Sothea

Exclusive interview with Mr. Thy Sothea, General
Manager of the Palace Gate Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In this
interview, filmed at the Cambodia Travel Mart on 11 October 2019,
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Thy to tell us more about
his hotel and why the property was exhibiting at CTM2019. (video)

Lynnaya Urban River Resort &
Spa in Siem Reap – Interview with Kan Chansathya, GM

Exclusive interview with Mr. Kan Chansathya,
General Manager of the Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa in Siem
Reap, Cambodia. In this video, filmed at the Cambodia Travel Mart
2019 on 11 October, Kan tells Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
why his property decided to exhibit at the CTM 2019, how his
property differs from the many others in Siem Reap, where the
hotel is located, which markets the hotel attracts, and how 2019
has been, in terms of business, compared to 2018. (video)

Urban Tales Phnom Penh Interactive Tours – Interview with Mey Leang Samir

Urban Tales Phnom Penh recently launched a
rather unique way to explore the Kingdom of Cambodia’s capital
city. In this exclusive interview, filmed on 12 October at the
Cambodia Travel Mart 2019, Ms. Mey Leang Samir tells Steven Howard
of TravelNewsAsia.com what the tours are all about, and why they
are unique. (video)

Cambodia Airports – Interview with
David Thompson, CCO

Exclusive interview with David Thompson, CCO of
Cambodia Airports. Filmed on the first day of the Cambodia Travel
Mart 2019, David tells us about the three airports that Cambodia
Airports manages – Phnom Penh (PNH), Siem Reap (REP) and Sihanouk
(KOS), how this year compares to last year, and what expansion
plans they have for the future. (video)

Cambodia Travel Mart 2019 –
Interview with Hosted Buyer, May Yap

May Yap, the Contracting Director of Malaysia’s
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel SDN. BHD. was one of the
hosted buyers at the Cambodia Travel Mart 2019 in Phnom Penh.
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with May on Sunday,
the last day of the travel trade show, to ask her whether the show
met her expectations and how she would like to see it improve in
the future. (video)

Phnom Penh Tourism –
Interview with Tour Guide, Rorn Saroun

What is the difference between the Central
Market and Russian Market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia? Which is the
most popular with tourists? What else is there to see and do in
Phnom Penh? In this interview, filmed on 12 October at the
Cambodia Travel Mart 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
asks Rorn Saroun, an English language tour guide in the Kingdom of
Cambodia’s capital city, to tell us more about Phnom Penh. (video)

How’s Business at the Hyatt
Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit? Interview with Sammy Carolus, GM

Exclusive interview with Mr. Sammy Carolus,
General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel. In
this interview, filmed in the hotel’s popular rooftop bar and
entertainment venue – Spectrum – on 27 September 2019, Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Sammy how business at the hotel
has been since it opened in December 2018. (video)

Hahn Air – Exclusive
Interview with Jörg Troester, Head of Corporate Strategy,
Industry and Government Affairs

Hahn Air, a German scheduled and executive
charter airline as well as a leading provider of ticketing and
distribution solutions for other airlines and travel agencies, is
celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
sat down with Jörg Troester, Head of Corporate
Strategy, Industry and Government Affairs, to ask him what the
20th anniversary means to Hahn Air, why they chose to host
one of the seven parties in Bangkok – as they do have an office in Manila and New Delhi,
how important the Asia Pacific region is to the company, and how
NDC is going to change the industry. (video)

Norwegian Cruise Line –
Exclusive Interview with Felix Chan, Vice President Asia

Exclusive interview with Mr. Felix Chan, Vice
President – Asia, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. In this interview, filmed in Bangkok on 23
September 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Felix how
2019 compares to 2018, what the passenger numbers are like this
year, and what targets NCL has for 2020. (video)

Interview with CEO of Vistara
TATA SIA Airlines, Leslie Thng

Exclusive interview with Mr. Leslie Thng, CEO of
Vistara TATA SIA Airlines. In this interview, filmed at the Centre
Point Chidlom Hotel on 28 August 2019, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Thng why the airline chose Dubai and
Bangkok as its first international routes after Singapore, and
what future plans the airline has – from dedicated cargo to new
routes, cabin crew and much more. (video)

Interview with Khun Poomiphat Navanukroh (Tom), Group Director – Travel
Industry, Cape & Kantary Hotels

As the Cape Panwa Hotel is the long-term title
sponsor and host of the annual Phuket Raceweek sailing regatta, Steven Howard
of TravelNewsAsia.com took the opportunity to sit down
with Khun Poomiphat Navanukroh (Tom), the Group Director – Travel
Industry for Cape & Kantary Hotels, to ask him about the event and
the company’s plans for the future. In this exclusive interview, filmed at the Cape
Panwa Hotel on 21 July 2019, Khun Tom tells us about three new
properties the hotel group plans to open in the next few years,
how they will be branded, where they will be located, and how many
rooms each will have. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek 2019 – Interview with Captain Lyn Evans

Lyn Evans, Managing Director
of Sydney-based Elam Cabling Group, is taking part in her 3rd Cape
Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Steven Howard took the opportunity to
sit down with her on 19 July to ask her why she likes the event so
much, how many people travel with her from Australia to compete,
how this year differs from previous years, how she would like to
see it improve and much, much more. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek 2019 – Interview with Claire Canning

Despite being very new to sailing, Claire
Canning has already taken part in many events around the world,
and tries to get out on the water as much as she can. Claire
tells us why she enjoys attending the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek and how this year’s edition compared to 2018, why she
loves sailing so much, where she has sailed and in what events,
and why she loves this particular event when compared to others
around the region. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek 2019 – Interview with Bernard ‘Buck’ O’Brien

Semi-retired in Phuket, but originally from the
outback of Australia, Bernard ‘Buck’ O’Brien sat down with Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com on Saturday 20 July 2019 to talk to
him about the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019, his love for
Thailand and why he has chosen to retire there. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek 2019 – Interview with Organiser, Byron Jones

The 16th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek came
to a thrilling end on Sunday, but with totally unprecedented and
unpredictable weather conditions wreaking havoc with race
schedules, it was not easy sailing for organiser, Byron Jones. In
this exclusive interview, filmed at the Cape Panwa Hotel on 20
July 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Byron about
Phuket Raceweek, how 2019 compares to previous years, where
sailors are coming from, and how he would like to see the event
grow and develop. (video)

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Raceweek 2019 – Interview with Captain Craig Nicholls

Exclusive interview with Captain Craig Nicholls,
Managing Director of Northside Air Conditioning & Heating in
Australia, about sailing in Thailand, his impressive Phuket-based
yacht and the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2019. (video)

What Dreams Are Made Of – 500
Rai Resorts in Thailand’s Khao
Sok National Park

What dreams are made of – the 500 Rai Floating
Resort on Lake Cheow Lan, Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani,
Thailand. Thais have long known about the beauty of Khao Sok
National Park in Thailand’s southern Surat Thani province, but the
destination is still not very well known amongst travellers from
abroad. That’s about to change. Atirat Danphattharaworawat,
Managing Director of 500 Rai, tells us all about his two amazing
resorts. (video)

Transforming Pattana into a
Leading Sports Training Hub – Interview with Rujirapun
Juangroongruangkit

The Pattana Golf Resort and Sports Hub in
Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand is undergoing a major transformation.
The owners of what started off as an impressive golf course and
resort some 13 years ago, are looking to turn Pattana – located
just 90 minutes from Bangkok, into one of the leading sports hubs
in not just Thailand, but the region. With so much happening at
Pattana, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Ms.
Rujirapun Juangroongruangkit, Executive Vice President, to ask her
more about these exciting plans and developments. (video)

Outstanding Views of Bangkok from Shama
Lakeview Asoke – Interview with Sukamal Mondal, GM

While many properties offer outstanding views of
part of the city, few, if any, can offer you unobstructed views of
almost the entire city whilst still being in the heart of Bangkok.
And that’s what makes the Shama Lakeview Asoke on Sukhumvit Soi 16
truly unique. With this in mind, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Sukamal Mondal, General Manager
of the Shama Lakeview Asoke, to ask him more about the property. (video)

aava Resort & Spa in Khanom,
Thailand – Interview with Kati Hakkinen

The luxurious aava Resort & Spa in Khanom,
Thailand, is no stranger to the annual Thailand Travel Mart (TTM+)
and has attended the last nine, including the most recent edition
in Jomtien, Pattaya last week. In this exclusive interview, filmed
on the first day of TTM+ 2019, Kati Hakkinen explains where Khanom
is in Thailand, what its attraction is, and what is the best way
to travel there. (video)

Khanom, An Emerging
Destination in Thailand – TTM+ Interview with Racha Kiri Resort

Khanom may not be a name you are familiar with
yet, but it is certainly somewhere that you should consider the
next time you are looking for a beach holiday in Thailand that
will get you away from the throngs of tourists that many of the
other destinations receive. Located approximately 90 minutes from
either Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat airports, Khanom is an
emerging destination that was, considering its size, well
represented at last week’s Thailand Travel Mart (TTM+) 2019 in
Pattaya. Steven Howard
of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Khun Sillapat
Watcharapong, Director of Marketing at the Racha Kiri Resort in
Khanom, to ask him about his resort and Khanom as a destination. (video)

Pai Tourism – An Emerging Destination in
Thailand

Pai, part of Mae Hong Song province in Northern
Thailand, was exhibiting at TTM+ 2019 and Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Ms. Phatchareeporn Ruecha of the
Pai Tourism Business Association to learn more about Pai as a
tourist destination. In this exclusive interview, Ms.
Phatchareeporn tells us more about Pai, how to get there, what the
average length of stay is, where visitors are coming from, how
many 5-star hotels there are in Pai and what Pai is doing about
Airbnb, plus much, much more. (video)

Hospitality Management Interns from Philippines Interview with Mia
Danielee L. Leonoras

How do so many Filipinos end up working in
hotels and hospitals around the world, what is the process, how
does it work, and what choices do they have? As many are very
young, are they not scared about leaving home, are their families
not worried about their safety, and wouldn’t they prefer to work
in their own country? These are just some of the many questions
that I asked Mia Danielee L. Leonoras (23), in Halong, Vietnam on
26 May 2019. (video)

Team Hollywood P52 Yacht
Owner and Captain – Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts missed a couple of recent Top of the
Gulf Regattas in Pattaya, Thailand but is back stronger than ever
this year with his very fast TP52 yacht – Team Hollywood. Having
won nearly all of their races, Ray tells us what makes the TOG
Regatta so special and why he decided to compete in this year’s
event. (video)

Para Sailing and the SV14
Two-Person Dinghy – Interview with Yacht Designer

Exclusive interview with Mr. Maarten Voogd,
Co-Founder Simonis Voogd Yacht Design.
In this interview, filmed at the Top of the Gulf Regatta in
Pattaya, Thailand on 1 May 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr.
Voogd about
the two-person dinghy, which markets it is selling well in and
why, and where the company would like to sales grow. We discuss
the technology behind the SV14 and what technologies and
materials could change the boat in the future. All this and much,
much more in the podcast. (video)

Hong Kong Disneyland  –
Interview with Edward Goh, VP Commercial Strategy

Exclusive interview with Mr. Edward Goh, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Vice President – Commercial Strategy.
In this interview, filmed at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel on 12
April 2019, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Mr. Goh about
their recently released annual figures. We discuss the increase in
visitors to the park, which three markets enjoyed double digit
growth, and Mr. Goh explains why he feels that those markets in
particular are doing so well. (video)

Ibis Hong Kong North Point  – Interview with
Wilson Choi, GM

Exclusive interview with Wilson Choi, General
Manager of the Ibis Hong Kong North Point. In this interview we
discuss how business in 2018 compared to 2017, and what targets
the hotel has for 2019. We talk about where the hotel’s guests are
coming from, the average length of stay, their average age, what
the hotel is doing to improve on some of those figures and what
trends Wilson is seeing. (video)

Ibis Hong Kong Central &
Sheung Wan  – Interview with Simone Hansen, GM

How’s business in Hong Kong? Exclusive FHD video
interview with Simone Hansen, General Manager of the Ibis Hong
Kong Central & Sheung Wan Hotel. In this interview, filmed at the
hotel on 8 April 2019, Steven Howard asks Simone about the
property, why its location is important, what the local area has
to offer, and how convenient it is to get to and from the airport. (video)

[email protected] Design Hotel
Pattaya – Interview with Dmitry Chernyshev, GM

How’s business in Pattaya, Thailand? Exclusive
FHD video interview with Dmitry Chernyshev, General Manager of the
very cool [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya. In this interview,
filmed on 7 March 2019, Steven Howard asks Dmitry about the hotel,
why the property’s location is such a great selling point, where
his guests are coming from, and what he is doing to balance out
the guest portfolio a little better. (video)

Miss International Queen 2019
– Interview with Miss USA, Jazelle Barbie Royale

In this exclusive interview filmed on 7 March 2019, one
day before the Grand Final,
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Jazell why she has come so far to compete, why
she chose Miss International Queen (มิสอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลควีน 2019), who she feels is her
strongest competitor, and what it would mean for her to be crowned
Miss International Queen 2019. (video)

Miss International Queen 2019
– Interview with Alisa Phanthusak

Exclusive interview with Alisa Phanthusak,
Managing Director of Miss Tiffany’s Show Pattaya, about Miss
International Queen 2019. In this interview, filmed on 23 February
2019, Khun Alisa tells us how this year’s Miss International Queen
will differ from in 2017 and how many participants the event
attracted this year. We also talk about where the contestants are
coming from, whether the number of applicants looking to take part
has increased, and what challenges the event still faces. Alisa
also tells us how people around the world will be able to watch
the finals on 8 March 2019 LIVE, plus much, much more. (video)

Interview with Austrian
Wine Producer Manfred Ehrenhofer of Sigma Vinum

Exclusive interview with Manfred Ehrenhofer of
Sigma Vinum. In this interview, filmed at the Bangkok Wine Expo
2019 on 22 February, Manfred tells us more about his company, how
many bottles of wine he produces annually, how many of them are
exported, why he was attending the Bangkok Wine Expo for the first
time, what he expects to get from the event, and much, much more. (video)

Austrian Wine Interview with
Eva Moosbrugger of Schloss Gobelsburg Wines

Exclusive interview with Eva Moosbrugger of Schloss
Gobelsburg Wines from Austria. Filmed at the Bangkok Wine Expo on 22 February
2019, Eva tells us more about her family’s wine business, how many
bottles they produce each year, how many of those are exported and
to which countries. We discuss how the family would like to
change the export business, what challenges it faces, and what
limitations there are with regards to the numbers it can produce.
All that and much, much more. (video)

Yoo Hotels Opens Regional HQ
in Bangkok; Partners Onyx Hospitality

Exclusive interview about Yoo Hotels & Resorts’
expansion plans in Asia Pacific and beyond. In this interview,
Andrew Pang tells us why Yoo has chosen Bangkok for their regional
HQ, we discuss the company’s expansion plans, why Yoo feels it is
the right time to launch a new hotel brand, how the two hotel
brands under yoo differ, what targets the company has in terms of
the number of properties in the region and globally within the
next few years, and much, much more. (video)

Austrian Wines and Bangkok
Wine Expo 2019

What plans does Austria have for the upcoming
Bangkok Wine Expo 2019 which will take place at the Shangri-La
Hotel on 22 February. Mr. Gunther Sucher, Commercial Counsellor at
the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok, tells us how many wine producers
from Austria will be participating this year, how that compares to
last year and what they expect to get from the event. We also
discuss Austrian wine in general, how much of it is exported,
where most of the exported wine goes and how important the Thai
market is to Austria’s wine industry. (video)

Austrian Tourism Industry
Update – 2019

Why should people visit Austria when they travel
to Europe and how does it compare to other popular tourist
destinations in the region? How many visitor arrivals did Austria
welcome in 2018, how does that compare with 2017 and what is the
target for 2019? How many Thais travel to Austria every year and
how long do they stay? These are just some of the many questions
that Steven Howard of TavelNewsAsia.com puts to Mr. Gunther Sucher,
Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok,
Thailand. (video)

Bangkok Elephant Boat Race
and River Festival 2019

The inaugural Bangkok Elephant Boat Race and
River Festival will take place near the Anantara Riverside on
29-31 March 2019. What’s it all about? Tim Boda of Minor Hotels
unveils a lot of previously unknown details about this very
exciting new event. (video)

How’s Business at FLC Grand
Hotel Halong?

How’s business at the most luxurious and newest
hotel in Halong, Vietnam? Exclusive FHD interview with Mr. Roland
G. Svensson, General Manager of the newly opened FLC Grand Hotel
Halong in Vietnam. In this interview, filmed in the
lobby of the hotel on 18 January 2019, Steven Howard asks Mr.
Svensson how business has been in the very busy 7 days since the hotel
opened. (video)

How’s Business at The St.
Regis Astana?

Exclusive interview with Mr. Luciano Sozzo,
General Manager of The St. Regis Astana, one of the most luxurious
hotels in Kazakhstan. In this interview, filmed in the
Presidential Suite of The St. Regis Astana on 14 December 2018,
Steven Howard asks Mr. Sozzo how business has been since the hotel
opened in September 2017. (video)

Looking Ahead with Air Astana

Exclusive interview with Mr. Richard Ledger, Air
Astana’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales. In this interview,
filmed at Air Astana’s offices at Astana Int. Airport on 14
December, Steven Howard asks about the airline’s latest aircraft –
the snow leopard. We discuss which routes the aircraft will be
used on, what the livery means, and what timeframe the airline has
to retire the aircraft that the Embraer E190-E2 will replace. (video)

How’s Business at the Four Seasons Hotel
Kuala Lumpur?

Exclusive HD video interview with Vinod Narayan, Hotel
Manager of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. In this
interview, filmed at the hotel’s very cool bar on 4 December 2018,
Steven Howard asks Vinod how business has been since the hotel
opened just a few months ago. (video)

Simpson Marine – Interview
with Richard Allen, Group General Manager

Exclusive interview with Richard Allen, Group
General Manager of Simpson Marine. In this interview, filmed on
board a Monte Carlo Yacht MCY 96 which was at the Ocean Marina
Pattaya Boat Show 2018 earlier this month, Steven Howard asks how
yacht sales have been this year when compared to 2017, which
markets are doing well, which areas of ASEAN and Asia Pacific
region hold the most opportunity for growth and what’s holding
those areas back, plus much, much more. (video)

Sailing in Thailand – Exclusive Interview
with Scott Finsten, OMYC Harbour Master

Exclusive interview with Scott Finsten, Harbour
Master at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya,
Thailand. Scott tells us about the state of sailing in Thailand,
who is sailing – Thais or foreigners, what they are sailing, and
how does he see the lifestyle / sport developing in the future. (video)

Disabled Sailing Thailand –
Interview with Peter Jacops, Founding Member

Exclusive interview with Peter Jacops, Founding
Member of Disabled Sailing Thailand. In this interview, filmed at
the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on 2 December 2018, Steven
Howard asks what Disabled Sailing Thailand is all about, why and
how it was founded, what its expansion plans are, and what
difficulties they have faced. (video)

Sky Marine
Group Interview with Ms. Thanaya
Pleenaram, MD

Exclusive HD video interview with Thanaya
Pleenaram (Nana), Managing Director of Phuket-based Sky Marine
Group. In this interview, filmed at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat
Show on 2 December 2018, Steven Howard asks Khun Thanaya about her
business which includes yacht sales, hull cleaning and
maintenance, as well as luxury yacht charters. (video)

Compass Edge Finland –
Interview with Deiv Salutskij

Exclusive interview with Deiv Salutskij,
Managing Director of Compass Edge Finland. In this interview,
filmed in London on 5 November 2018, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com asks Deiv to tell us how this year’s business
compares to 2017 and what plans Compass Edge Finland has for 2019
and beyond. (video)

Korean Air – Exclusive VIP
Interview

Exclusive interview with three of the top
executives from Korean Air. In this interview, filmed at Korean
Air’s headquarters at Gimpo International Airport on 16 October
2018, Steven Howard asks Mr. Keehong Woo – Executive Vice
President, Mr. Sam Noh, Senior Vice President & Head of Cargo
Business Division and Mr. Bo-Young (Daniel) Song, Managing Vice
President Passenger Network & Sales to tell us more about the
airline and its plans for the future. (video)

Closing Press Conference from
AAPA 62nd Assembly of Presidents

Closing press conference conducted by Mr. Andrew
Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific
Airlines, on 19 October 2018 about the resolutions passed at AAPA
62nd Assembly of Presidents in Jeju, South Korea. (video)

Asia Pacific Aviation
Industry Update

Asia Pacific airline leaders have travelled to
the popular tourist destination of Jeju Island in South Korea this
week for the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 62nd
Assembly of Presidents. In this presentation, Mr. Andrew Herdman,
Director General of the AAPA, gives a valuable insight into what
is happening to both the passenger and cargo side of the business,
how this year compares to last, what we can expect moving forward,
and much, much more. (video)

World’s Best Airport Hotel –
Interview with GM of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Singapore

How’s business at the multi-award winning Crowne
Plaza Changi Airport hotel in Singapore? Often voted the best
airport hotel in the world, Steven Howard sits down with Bruno
Cristol, General Manager of the hotel, to ask about the awards and
why he feels the property is worthy of such an impressive and much
sought after title. (video)

What is a Moxy Hotel – Interview
with Matthias Y. Sutter

Moxy Hotels are a relatively new brand within
Marriott’s rapidly growing portfolio and there are currently only
three open in Asia – two in Japan and one in Indonesia. As Mr.
Matthias Y. Sutter, GM of the JW Marriott Phuket, has first-hand
experience working for the two hotels in Japan, we asked him to
tell us more about the brand and what it stands for. (video)

World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF) and Sustainable Tourism – PHIST Interview

 What could the World Wide Fund for Nature,
or WWF as it is more commonly known, possibly have in common with
the hotel industry? In this exclusive interview with Maggie Lee,
Market Transformation Manager at WWF Singapore, we ask Maggie
about this, and much more. (video)

JW Marriott Phuket Resort &
Spa – Interview with Matthias Y. Sutter, GM

The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was one of
the very first major resorts to open on Mai Khao Beach on the
north west coast of Phuket island, and this year celebrates its
16th anniversary. In the interview, filmed in a Royal Suite on 25
September 2018, we discuss which are the top five markets for the
hotel and how that differs between green (low) season and the peak
November – May season. We also talk about the Chinese market and
Matthias tells us how the sad events of 2018 have affected the
number of guests to the hotel and whether their numbers have
started to pick up again. (video)

Sustainable Hotels – Crowne
Plaza Changi Airport Interview with GM, Bruno Cristol

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Bruno
Cristol, General Manager of the multi-award winning Crowne Plaza
Changi Airport hotel in Singapore. Often voted the best airport
hotel in the world by frequent travellers, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Bruno on 28 September 2018 to ask
him about the Crowne Plaza’s green credentials. (video)

Saving Boracay,
Philippines – Interview with Cyndy Tan Jarabata

Boracay is one of the most beautiful places on
earth. The island has been a powerful magnet for both local and
foreign tourists for many years, first mainly with backpackers and
partygoers, but in recent years some luxury hotels have opened
changing the demographics of the island’s visitor arrivals. (video)

Sustaining Tourism –
Interview with Founder & CEO of Greenview, Eric Ricaurte

Exclusive HD video interview with Eric Ricaurte,
Founder & CEO of Greenview. In this interview, filmed at the JW
Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on 25 September 2018, we ask Eric for
his thoughts on the inaugural PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands
Sustaining Tourism) forum which was held at the resort on 24
September. (video)

Sustainable Hotels –
Interview with GM of JW Marriott Phuket, Matthias Y. Sutter

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Matthias
Y. Sutter, General Manager of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort &
Spa. In this interview filmed at the resort on Mai Khao beach in
the north of Phuket, we ask Mr. Sutter about the different
sustainable initiatives the resort is undertaking and what plans
they have for the future. (video)

PHIST (Phuket Hotels for
Islands Sustaining Tourism) Forum 2018

In this interview filmed in the morning of 24
September 2018 before PHIST got underway, Steven Howard asks
Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association, to tell
us more about PHIST, how its success will be measured, why the
event has been created, and whether they have ambitions for PHIST
to become an annual event that attracts an even greater number of
delegates from the Asia Pacific region, if the dates for 2019 have
already been decided and much, much more. (video)

Diving in Phuket, Thailand –
PHIST Interview with Karen Lewis

Exclusive HD video interview with Karen Lewis,
Sea Bees’ Dive Centre Manager at the JW Marriott on Mai Khao Beach
in Phuket, Thailand. In this interview, filmed sat on the beach on
23 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Karen about diving in the
area. We discuss how diving in the rainy season differs
from diving in the peak season, and what marine life divers can
expect to see. (video)

 

Raya Heritage Resort Chiang
Mai, Thailand – Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Naphat
Nutsati, General Manager of the new luxury 5-star Raya Heritage
Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed at the
resort on 18 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Khun Naphat about
the property, the different suites, location and which luxury
hotel consortium the property is about to join and why. (video)

 

Raya Heritage Resort Chiang
Mai, Thailand – Interview with Executive Chef

Exclusive interview with Khun Somyot Pokpong,
Executive Chef of the newly opened Raya Heritage Resort in Chiang
Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed at the resort on 17
September 2018, Steven Howard asks Chef Somyot what guests can
expect from the F&B outlets at this luxurious Chiang Mai hotel. (video)

 

Pattana Golf Club and Resort
in Chonburi, Thailand – Interview with MD

Exclusive interview with Mr. Thomas Tapken,
Managing Director of the Pattana Golf Club and Resort in Sriracha,
Chonburi, Thailand. In this interview, filmed on the 27-hole
Pattana Golf Course on 6 September 2018, Steven Howard asks Thomas
about the property, the golf course and the exciting plans for the
future. We talk a little about the very first full-length
Triathlon that will take place at the resort in October, and you
will learn when some of the new projects will become reality. We
discuss Sriracha as a destination, how guests can get there, and
how the golf course compares to other courses in the area and on
the ‘other side’ – in Hua Hin. All that and much, much more in the
podcast and video. (video)

 

Danesfield House Hotel & Spa
in Marlow, England – Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Anthony
Cox, General Manager of the Danesfield House Hotel & Spa in
Marlow, England. In this interview, filmed in the Oak Room of the
hotel – a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World – on 10
August 2018, we ask Mr. Cox about the property’s incredible
history, how the renovation of a few years ago has been received
and what plans there are for future renovations. You will learn
about which markets the hotel attracts the most, what part
visitors from Asia Pacific play in those figures and how the hotel
is using technology. We also discuss RAF Medmenham, the hotel’s
highly respected F&B outlets, the spa, Tom Kerridge, and Marlow as
a destination for travellers from within the UK and also further
afield. All that and much, much more in the podcast. (video)

World Travel Market 2018 –
Interview with Simon Press

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Simon
Press, Reed Exhibition’s Senior Exhibition Director – World Travel
Market. In this interview, filmed at Reed Exhibition’s offices in
Richmond near London, England on 27 July, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com asks what sellers, buyers, trade visitors and
media can expect from this year’s World Travel Market – or WTM as
it is more commonly known. (video)

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO

Exclusive interview with Mr. Martin Gauss, CEO
of airBaltic. In this video, filmed on board an airBaltic Airbus
A220-300 (previously known as the Bombardier CS300) at Farnborough
Airshow 2018 on 16 July, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks
Mr. Gauss about the aircraft, why it is so popular, what makes it
special and what plans they have for future orders. (video)

Dusit Thani Bangkok – Is it Really Going to
Close?

Is the Dusit Thani Bangkok closing or not? If it is
closing, when will it close and is that date final – or could it
change again? Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat
down with Khun Titiya Xuto, Vice President Operations Thailand and
General Manager of the Dusit Thani Bangkok, on 5 July 2018 to ask
her these questions and many more. (video)

Jake Needham an American
Author in Southeast Asia

Jake Needham, a successful American lawyer and
screenwriter, is today one of the most popular writers of
thrilling fiction novels in Southeast
Asia. In the past eighteen years, Jake has published ten popular
crime and spy thrillers which are set in
three of the region’s most exciting and colourful countries – Hong Kong,
Singapore and Thailand. In this interview, which took place on Friday, 6
July 2018 in a suite at the
Dusit Thani Bangkok,
Jake gives us a little insight into his career, books and love of the
region. (video)

R Photo Hotel and The
River Hotel in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

Ms. Jidlada Polchangkwang, spokesperson for the
R Photo Hotel and The River Hotel in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand,
tells us about the two hotels. In this interview, filmed on 29
June 2018 after the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, we ask Ms. Jidlada
which markets are staying at her hotel, how the two hotels differ,
what plans they have for the group’s third hotel and when it will
break ground and open, plus much, much more. (video)

How’s
Business in HK? Interview with GM of The Park Lane
Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

Exclusive HD video interview with Luc Bollen,
General Manager of The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel. In
this interview, filmed in the new Executive Lounge of the hotel on
4 April 2018, we ask Mr. Bollen how 2017 ended compared to 2016.
We discuss what impact opening an expanded and much nicer
Executive Lounge has had on business, who is using the lounge and
you will learn what exciting plans the hotel has to make it even
bigger and better. Plus we talk about technology, the new room
categories, RevPAR, occupancy rates and so much more. (video)

Mekong Mini Movie Festival Open to Professional and Amateur Videographers

Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, used last week’s ASEAN Tourism
Forum in Chiang Mai to unveil details of the inaugural Mekong Mini
Movie Festival. Mekong Minis is a short-film competition that aims
to celebrate the rich travel diversity of the Greater Mekong
Sub-region (GMS). It offers awards across several categories for
the best movie submissions that capture the essence of GMS daily
life and travel. (video)

Khon Kaen, Thailand to Host PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018

Khon Kaen, Thailand will host the PATA
Destination Marketing Forum 2018 (PDMF 2018) from 28-30 November.
The event, formerly known as the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum,
will be held under the theme “Growth with Goals” and is being
hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). (video)

Philippines Tourism Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ms. Maricon Ebron, Officer-in-Charge, DCOO for
Marketing and Promotions, Philippines Tourism Promotions Board,
gives a press conference at the ASEAN Tourism
Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday. (video)

Myanmar Tourism Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mr Hla Myint, Myanmar’s Director of Tourism
Promotion Department, and Mr. Khin Zaw, Advisor for Union of
Myanmar, give a press conference at the ASEAN Tourism
Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday. (video)

Tourism Malaysia Press Conference at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director
General of Tourism Malaysia, gives a media
briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 25
January 2018. (video)

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Media Briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Media
Briefing at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 24
January 2018. (video)

Year of Change for Compass Edge – HD Video Interview with Anita Chan, CEO

It’s a year of change for Hong Kong-based
company, Compass Edge. Exclusive interview with Anita Chan, CEO of
the rapidly growing company, Compass Edge. In this podcast we ask
Anita how business was in 2017 when compared to 2016, and what
targets they have for 2018. We also discuss her latest investment
which has resulted in a new join venture being established.
(video)

RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort in Chiang Mai
– HD Video Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. La-Iad
Bungsrithong, General Manager of the RatiLanna Riverside Spa
Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this interview, filmed in one
of the resort’s luxurious suites on 23 January 2018, we ask Khun
Bungsrithong to tell us more her resort and tourism to Chiang Mai
in general. (video)

Compass Edge Opens European HQ in London – HD
Video Interview with MD, Cho Wong

Compass Edge, a leading Hong Kong-based technology solutions company for independent hotels, has expanded its rapidly growing operations to Europe with the opening of an office in London, England. The office, which will be headed by Cho Wong as Managing Director, is responsible for increasing the number of hotels in Europe that make use of Compass Edge’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions.
(video)

Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel London and Group’s Expansion Plans – Interview with Mark Fuller

Making a Difference: The Truants. Exclusive
interview with Mark Fuller, CEO of Sanctum Hotels. In this
interview, filmed at the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel in London on 15
November 2017, we ask Mark about The Truants and their recent
cycling trip in Kerala, India to raise money for three children’s
charities. The Truants raised over £540,000 from the Kerala trip
and have now surpassed the £3 million milestone. Where should they
go next? Listen to the interview and send them your ideas. (video)

Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel London and Group’s Expansion Plans – Interview with Mark Fuller

What is the Karma Sanctum Soho hotel in London,
which markets is the property attracting, how does this year’s
Occupancy and RevPAR compare to last and what targets does the
hotel have for 2018? Those are just some of the questions we put
to Mark Fuller, CEO of Sanctum Hotels, in an exclusive interview
filmed at the roof top bar of the Karma Sanctum Soho in London on
15 November 2017. (video)

Oriental Residence Bangkok – Interview with Sukamal Mondal, General Manager

Exclusive interview with Mr. Sukamal Mondal,
General Manager of the Oriental Residence Bangkok on Wireless Road
in the heart of Bangkok. He tells us how RevPAR and Occupancy
rates have been this year when compared with in 2016 and what
targets the Oriental Residence has for 2018. We also discuss
markets, which countries the Oriental Residence is focusing on and
what trends Mr. Mondal is seeing develop. (video)

Exclusive Interview
with Steve Chang, Senior Vice President of China Airlines

Exclusive HD video interview with Steve Chang,
Senior Vice President of China Airlines. We discuss the upcoming
launch of flights to London Gatwick on 1 December, why the airline
has chosen London Gatwick rather than London Heathrow where it
used to fly from between March 2010 and March 2012, and whether
China Airlines has given up on operating from London Heathrow
altogether. (video)

Closing Press
Conference from AAPA’s 61st Assembly of Presidents in
Taipei

Closing press conference of AAPA’s 61st Assembly
of Presidents in Taipei, Taiwan by
Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia
Pacific Airlines.

Aviation Industry
Update – Media Roundtable at AAPA’s 61st Assembly of Presidents in
Taipei

Very in-depth update on the aviation industry by
Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia
Pacific Airlines (AAPA). This video is of Andrew speaking at the
Media Roundtable on 24 October, the day before the start of AAPA’s
61st Assembly of Presidents in Taipei, Taiwan. He covers almost
every aspect of the airline and air cargo industry in the first 30
minutes of the video and then takes Q&As from the media attending
the event. (video)

How’s Business at The Sherwood Taipei?
Interview with Achim v. Hake, General Manager

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Achim von
Hake, General Manager of The Sherwood Taipei. In this interview,
filmed at the hotel on 23 October 2017, we ask Mr. von Hake how
the year has been when compared to 2016, and what targets they
have for 2018. We also discuss how a hotel, which for many years
was the only luxury hotel in the city, maintains its relevancy
when up against so much new 5-star competition. (video)

ASEAN Tourism Forum
2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand – What Does TAT Have Planned?

What does the Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT) have planned for the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF)
2018? Scheduled to take place in Chiang Mai from 22-26 January,
with the TRAVEX component on 24-26 January, Dr. Walailak Noypayak,
Ph.D., TAT’s Executive Director – ASEAN South Asia and South
Pacific Region, tells TravelNewsAsia.com what delegates can expect
from the 37th edition of this very important annual travel trade
show. (video)

Dassault Falcon Jets –
Interview with President Asia Pacific

Dassault Aviation’s Falcon Business Jets.
Exclusive interview with President Asia Pacific, Mr. Jean Michel
Jacob on 3 October 2017 at the MJETS Terminal at Don Mueang
Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. (video)

137 Pillars Suites and
Residences Bangkok – Interview with GM

The 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok
opened in April 2017. Just a few months later, how’s business? On 29
September 2017, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with
Mr. Bjorn Richard Richardson, General Manager of the property, to
ask him this. We discuss what percentage of guests are leisure vs
corporate, which markets the hotel is attracting, how the
Residences differ from the Suites and much, much more. (video)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
– Exclusive Interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General
Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and Vice President Japan &
Korea. In this interview, filmed in a luxurious suite at The
Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on Sunday, 24 September 2017, we ask Mr. Rolfs
to tell us more about the property. (video)

Wales Tourism –
Interview with Jim Jones

Exclusive interview with Jim Jones, Managing
Director of North Wales Tourism. In this video, filmed at the
Tourism Expo Japan 2017 on 22 September 2017, Mr. Jones tells us
why Wales is exhibiting at the show for the very first time. (video)

Macao Tourism Update –
Interview at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Fumihiro
Sakakibara, General Manager – Japan, Macao Government Tourism
Office. In this interview, filmed at the Tourism
Expo Japan 2017 in Tokyo on 22 September 2017, we ask Mr.
Sakakibara to update us on the status of tourism in Macao. (video)

Nimitr Restaurant at
137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok – Interview with Chef
Nanang

Exclusive HD video interview with Nanang
Prasetya Aditama, Specialty Sous Chef Gastronomy, 137 Pillars
Suites & Residences Bangkok. In this interview, filmed in Nimitr
Restaurant on 29 September 2017, we ask Chef Nanang about his
passion for cooking and how he is enjoying his recent move to
Bangkok, Thailand. (video)

Serviced Apartments and
Hotels – HD Video Interview Oakwood Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with Martin Fluck,
Director of Operations North Asia for Oakwood Asia Pacific. In
this interview, filmed in The Resident’s Lounge at the Oakwood
Premier Tokyo Midtown on 26 September 2017, we ask Martin to tell
us more about Oakwood’s plans for North Asia, especially Japan. (video)

Oakwood Hotel &
Apartments Ariake – HD Video
Interview with Jon Loeffelholz, GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Jon
Loeffelholz, CHRM, General Manager of the Oakwood Hotel &
Apartments Ariake, Tokyo.  In this interview we discuss what the
relationship is between the Oakwood and the Sunroute Hotel Ariake,
both of which are in the same building, what facilities they
share, plus much, much more. (video)

Malaysia’s Tourism
Minister Gives Keynote Speech at Opening of Tourism Expo Japan
2017

The Honorable Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul
Aziz, Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, gave a keynote
speech at the opening of Tourism Expo Japan on Thursday, 21
September 2017. In his speech, the Minister gives an update on
the status of tourism in Malaysia, as well as some insights into
the direction he is leading the country’s tourism industry. (video)

Sustainable Tourism for
Development – Ministerial Round Table at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

The Tourism Expo Japan 2017 Ministerial Round
Table in collaboration with UNWTO took place on 21 September 2017
at Tokyo Big Sight. Each Tourism Minister was given 3 minutes to
describe what their country is doing to promote and enhance
‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’. For once, Dr. Taleb Rifai
was unable to attend as he was attending a family wedding. He
instead sent a video message to delegates which can be heard at
the beginning of the podcast. This podcast is
around 80 minutes long
. (video)

Japanese Sake – Brief
Introduction by Yuto Kaneyasu of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

In this video, which is in Japanese with English
subtitles, Mr. Yuto Kaneyasu, the Sake Sommelier at The
Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo tells us about Japanese Sake. (video)

Bhutan Tourism Update
at Tourism Expo Japan 2017

Mr. Tashi Tenzin, Head of Services Division,
Tourism Council of Bhutan, gives delegates attending the
Tourism Expo Japan 2017 forum an update on tourism to Bhutan. His
presentation took place as part of the Asian Tourism Leaders Forum
on 21 September 2017. (video)

What’s Going to Happen to The Dusit
Thani Bangkok Hotel – HD Video Interview

What exactly is going to happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok
hotel, when will it close, what about the staff, when will the new
Dusit Thani Bangkok open and what will it be like? In this
exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Sukanya Janchoo, General
Manager of The Dusit Thani Bangkok, Steven Howard of
TravelNewsAsia.com asks Khun Sukanya about the hotel, its markets,
RevPAR and these major changes. (video)

Aviation Industry
Update from AirAsia and Emirates Airline at WTTC Global Summit
2017

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia’s Group CEO, and Gary
Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services and dnata, took to the
stage at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok for a VERY interesting
session. Warning: contains a bit of strong language. (video)

Opening Press
Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 – UNWTO

Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO,
speaking at the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit
in Bangkok Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Opening Press
Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 –
Union Pay

Mr. GE Huayong, CEO of Union Pay, speaking at
the opening press conference of the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok
Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Opening Press
Conference of WTTC Global Summit 2017 – Jamaica

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Honourable
Edmund Bartlett, speaking at the opening press conference of the
WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok Thailand on 26 April 2017. (video)

Sport Tourism, the 2017
HK7s and The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel – Interview

Sport tourism, the 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens and The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel –
Interview with Mr. Luc Bollen, General Manager of the 5-star hotel
in Causeway Bay. (video)

Future of Avani Hotels
and Resorts – Exclusive Interview with Group Director

Exclusive HD video interview with Alejandro
Bernabe, Group Director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. We talk about
Avani Hotels’ future plans and what exciting new developments are
in the pipeline. (video)

Panama Hats – Exclusive
Interview with MonPanama

What is a Panama Hat, what is a Montecristi, how
are they made, why are they so famous and what does Ecuador have
to do with them? Those are just five of the many questions we put
to Mrs. Anne-Claude Toral, Managing Director of Thailand-based
MonPanama. (video)

2017 King’s Cup
Elephant Polo and Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation –
Interview

Exclusive HD video interview with John Roberts,
Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation, Minor Hotels
Group. (video)

Travelodge Hotels’
Brands and Expansion Plans in Asia Pacific

 Exclusive HD video interview with Stephen
Burt, Chairman of Travelodge Hotels Asia. (video)

Sabre Airline Solutions

Exclusive HD video interview with Dasha Kuksenko,
Vice President and Regional General Manager of Sabre Airline
Solutions – Asia Pacific. (video)

Ascott’s Brands and
Expansion Plans for Philippines / Thailand

Exclusive HD video interview with Arthur Gindap,
Regional General Manager of The Ascott – Philippines and Thailand.
(video)

Filipino Cuisine

Interview with Margarita Forés who is not only
one of the most famous female chefs to ever come from the
Philippines, she is also Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016! (video)

Ascott Makati – HD
Video Interview with GM

Exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Joanne
Golong-Gomez, General Manager of the Ascott Makati. (video)

Ascott Bonifacio Global
City, Manila, Philippines

Exclusive HD video interview with Philip Barnes
of Ascott Bonifacio Global City in Manila,
Philippines. (video)

PAL First to Use
Sabre’s AirVision Commercial Analytics

Dasha
Kuksenko, Vice President and Regional General Manager – Sabre
Airline Solutions, Asia Pacific, talks about Philippine Airlines
(PAL) being the first airline in Asia Pacific to use Sabre’s AirVision
Commercial Analytics. (video)

Colombian Chef in
Singapore

Exclusive HD video interview with Fernando
Arevalo the Executive
Chef of Artemis Grill on the 40th floor of Singapore’s CapitaGreen
building. (video)

Sustainable Hotels and MICE

Exclusive HD video
interview with Grace Kang, Managing Partner of Greenview
Hospitality. (video)

Latest Hotel Marketing
and Online Booking Trends

Exclusive HD
video interview with Mr. Daniele Beccari, Global Head of Travel at
Criteo. (video)

Japan Tourism Update

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Hiroshi
Sawabe, Executive Director of the Office of International Tourism,
at JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents). (video)

Myanmar Tourism Update

Unexpected and exclusive HD video interview with
Myanmar’s Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung. (video)

Kazakhstan Tourism Update

Exclusive HD video interview with Zhanat
Kazkenova, Head of Division, Tourism Industry Department, Ministry
of Investment and Development, Republic of Kazakhstan. (video)

Sabre Travel Network

Exclusive HD video interview with Wade Jones,
Senior Vice President – Marketing and Strategy at Sabre Travel
Network. (video)

Future of Travel Technology with Sabre’s SVP Design

Exclusive HD video interview with John Samuel,
Senior Vice President – Design at Sabre. (video)

Travel Apps, Social Media and Airports with Anupam Bokil

Exclusive HD video interview with Anupam Bokil,
Vice President – Product and Technology at Sabre Travel Network
Asia Pacific. (video)

Travel Technology Exchange (TTX) 2016 Interview SVP Sabre Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with Roshan Mendis,
Senior Vice President – Sabre Asia Pacific. (video)

Fancy Travelling to Space? Interview with XCOR Space Expeditions Asia

Exclusive HD video interview with Alex Tang, CEO
of XCOR Space Expeditions Asia. (video)

New Hotel Group’s Expansion Plans for Asia Pacific

Exclusive HD video interview with the Founder &
CEO of Miners Hospitality, Mr. Mendes O. Cavin. (video)

Birth of a Luxury Thai
Hotel Brand

Exclusive HD video interview with Mr.
Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly
formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts. (video)

Brunei Tourism and
Sharia Law

Ak Zulkhairi Pg Abdul Razak, Tourism Officer –
Tourism Marketing and Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Primary
Resources and Tourism – Brunei Darussalam, replies to an important
question at the

ATF 2016 in Manila
. (video)

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