Tourism Authority of Thailand announced Ms Cholada Siddhivarn as director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai. She and her team in Mumbai will cover western and southern India as well as Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The announcement was made at a recently held Open to the New Shades networking dinner in Mumbai.

There were who’s who from the travel trade and media fraternity present in the event. The guest were seen enjoying the MuayThai performance who were flown down from Thailand at TAT Mumbai.

Srilankan Airlines: Appointment of Group Chief Operating & Finance Officer

Vipula Gunatilleka has been appointed as the Group Chief Operating and Finance Officer of SriLankan Airlines effective

1st August 2018. Mr Gunatilleka in his capacity as the GCO & FO will report to the Chairman and the Board of Directors. He will be responsible for the overall management of the airline. Prior to joining SriLankan, Gunatilleka has been a board member and the CFO of TAAG Angola Airlines. He was initially nominated to the board of directors of TAAG by Emirates Airline when Emirates took over the management of TAAG. He was reappointed to the board by the Government of Angola when the partnership with Emirates ended in July 2017. The leadership provided by Vipula in restructuring the national carrier of Angola resulted in a strong cash flow position in a short period of time. Gunatilleka held the position of CFO at SriLankan Airlines when the Airline was managed by Emirates and played a pivotal role during the management transition from Emirates Airline to the Government of Sri Lanka. He has held senior leadership positions across companies in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Australia. He is a past Chairman of the CIMA Sri Lanka regional board, was on the board of the Sri Lanka Auditing & Accounting Standards Monitoring Board and has held several board positions. Gunatilleka is a fellow member of CIMA – UK, CA -Sri Lanka and CPA – Australia, and holds an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is also a GE trained Six Sigma.   Corporate Communications SriLankan Airlines www.srilankan.com  

Unveil the beauty of the hidden gems of South Korea

South Korea is a country with diverse landscapes, colourful cultures and traditions, in addition to its much popular nightlife & advanced technology.  It is well known amongst the tourists. From super high-speed internet to free WiFi and remote-controlled doors to be the birthplace of big names like Hyundai, LG and Samsung, this digitally-linked country has the most votes for being the promised land of the future. With an aim to promote South Korea as a memorable tourist destination, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in association with Cox & Kings Ltd is organizing a FAM trip for Miss India 2018 winner Ms. Anukreethy Vas and 1st Runner-up Ms. Meenakshi Chaudhary to create Miss India Travel Diaries called the #18 Reasons to Visit South Korea. To support this initiative, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Seoul Tourism Organization and Jeju Tourism Organization have joined hands with KTO to build awareness around South Korea among Indian tourists.                                  Ms. Anukreethy, Femina Miss India World 2018 when asked about Korea, expressed her excitement & said,
“I am pretty excited about this trip as its going to be my first time in Korea. I was told that 2% of Koreans have Indian DNA, that is so exciting, I can already feel a certain connection. Besides that, we have been hearing so much about Korea, about its culture, its technological prowess, its trendy lifestyle, it’s culinary, its people and so much more. I am really looking forward to this tour.”
She further added,
“As the title holder of Miss India 2018, I realise the significance of this trip, the impact it would make back home in India, particularly amongst the Millennials who look up to us as role models. I also realise that we, India & Korea have a lot of similarities in our cultures –  like Indians, Koreans respect their elders wholeheartedly, similarities in our histories and even economies – the way both our countries graduated from an agro-based economy to a modern industrialised economy. I’ll be happy if I can convince more Indians to come to explore Korea, and likewise if more Koreans can come to explore our country to promote cultural exchange and tourism.”
Meenakshi Chaudhary, Femina Miss India Grand International 2018, said,
“I am so eagerly awaiting to experience everything I have been hearing about Korea. I am looking forward to experiencing the traditional Korean culture, its cuisine, the fashion, the nightlife and many more. I will be happy if I can influence a lot of Indians to come to explore this beautiful country. I hope and believe that this initiative manages to bring in a positive change in bringing more tourists to Korea from India.”
Mr. Jong Sool Kwon, Director Korea Tourism Organization New Delhi said
“South Korea is a hidden gem waiting to be explored – futuristic cities, advanced technology, buzzing nightlife, legendary food, K-Pop dramas, high-quality cosmetics and much more. I would like to welcome Miss India to experience all of this and influence traveler’s aspirations to visit South Korea during the upcoming holiday season.”
May it be a culture lover or a foodie or an adventure lover, South Korea definitely has something unique to offer to travellers throughout the world. Here is TravelJingles wishing them all the best for a fantastic trip to South Korea.

TURKEY EMERGING BIG TIME AS AN INDIAN WEDDING DESTINATION AND FOR MICE SUMMITS.

Turkey is the home of unique nature, culture’ and deep-rooted historical & religious prestige, which reflects in its 18world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO. It also offers diverse cuisine and entertainment options, along with world-class hotel and transportation service and the popular tourist sites while drawing attention to the emerging trends of adventure tourism, faith tourism and the country as a trending wedding destination. Turkey has always been a popular destination amongst Indian travellers. In last few years, the country has emerged as a vital destination for Indian weddings and MICE summits. The Turkish Tourism board is now actively promoting Turkey as MICE and wedding destination. They recently announced that the number of Indian tourists travelling to Turkey has doubled within the period of January-June 2018 as compared to the previous year. The tourism board registered an upward trend in the first half of 2018 and is aiming to host 200,000 Indian tourists by the end of this calendar year.   The Turkish Tourism board in India is hosting regular meetings & sessions with wedding designers & wedding planners, florists, entertainment managers, culinary artists and hoteliers that play a vital role in destination weddings. Similarly, there are regular meetings with corporate houses and MICE agents. From 11th to 14th July, Istanbul hosted 3000 people as a MICE group travelling from an Indian company, Sunpharma and at the same time an Indian wedding for 400 people took place in Istanbul. Prior to that, another popular destination of Turkey, Bodrum, hosted a big Indian wedding at the famous Lux resort. The guests and family travelled via Turkish Airlines A330 charter flight to attend the gala weddings.   

Discover a snorkelling haven in Pigeon Island of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka

The magic of Cinnamon Nature Trails awaits you

  Pigeon Island, a scenic isle situated in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, has increasingly become a popular snorkelling site, since the end of the civil war in 2009.  This splendid marine ecosystem is also home to several exotic marine animals with over 300 species of fish and a variety of sea turtles. If you are in quest of a seaside adventure, then book your holiday at Trinco Blu. This will leave you in awe. It is the perfect getaway for guests seeking to indulge in the unmatched serenity of some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The magnificent hotel offers a complete package of adventure-based activities like catch and release fishing, whale and dolphin watching (marine mammal safari) and snorkelling in the sea surrounding the Pigeon Island in Trincomalee. Trinco Blu by Cinnamon is situated around 13 km away from Pigeon Island is indeed a snorkeler’s paradise, with live coral reefs inhabited with over 100 species of corals. The Cinnamon Nature Trails (CNT) team conducts responsible snorkelling and sea-side tours. During this exciting 3-hour excursion, you have the opportunity to snorkel to your heart’s content with shoals of colourful fish to keep you company. You can also observe species such as the juvenile and adult blacktip reef shark and a variety of turtles such as the Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtle. To make the best of your snorkelling experience, the best time to visit would be from March to September.   CNT is the award-winning wildlife adventure tourism division of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts which also serves as one of Sri Lanka’s leading eco-excursion providers. CNT’s in-house naturalists, experienced tour guides and wildlife photographers provide excellent guidance during the sea-side adventures and ensure a memorable experience without causing any harm to the natural eco-system. Additionally, Cinnamon Nature Trails consistently works with the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka to protect the sensitive habitat of the coral reefs around this beautiful island. So, book yourself and carry back so most unforgettable memories.  

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

Explore the beauty of this City

Wellington is not New Zealand’s largest city still it is known as the national centre of arts, coffee, craft beer, film and politics. Although Central Wellington is spread with a wide array of beauty with steep surrounding hills and foreshores of a wide harbour. It is a paradise for nature lovers where visitors can explore wildlife experiences, including Zealandia, an amazing suburban sanctuary, and Kapiti Island, an offshore reserve for endangered bird and marine species. Interestingly, Wellington has topped the Deutsch Bank Liveable City index with the best quality of life, for the second year in a row. The rankings include the purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property price to income ratios, traffic commutes, pollution and climate.  When in Wellington, New Zealand. These are the “Top five must-do activities.” 1. Te Papa o Tongarewa – New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa is a celebration of New Zealand’s identity – the people, culture and environment. The museum was named as one of the top 25 museums in the world by TripAdvisor. 2. Zealandia – Zealandia is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. 3. Weta Workshop – The home of New Zealand movie-making magic, Weta Workshop is in the Wellington seaside suburb of Miramar. Workshop tours are open to the public, giving film fans a behind-the-scenes look at the SFX techniques and gadgetry used on some of the world’s best-loved films, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 4. Cuba St – Sitting on Wellington’s Cuba Street watching the fashionable walk past the buskers and boutiques tells everything about the fashion statement and the easy life of the people here. Look in any direction and you’ll see a cafe, a vintage store or in the evenings a bar with live music. 5.Seal Coast Safari – Just minutes from the city centre you can see New Zealand fur seals on Wellington’s original seal tour along the region’s rugged south coast. So, you know what to do when in this beautiful city.   For more information, kindly check:  

AN OUTSTANDING FOODIES AFFAIRE

BOOK YOURSELF AT THE WESTIN RESORT NUSA DUA, BALI

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is situated at a prime beachfront location within an exclusive enclave on the island’s southern shores. It has 433 modern rooms with all the luxuries to avail. If you are foodie then this gourmet affaire is not less than a treat for you. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali will be paying tribute to the strong ties between Indonesia and Holland with exciting food collaboration at Ikan Restaurant on 2nd & 3rd June 2018.
Ikan Restaurant
Ikan Restaurant 2
A culinary connection will see the resort’s very own Chef I Putu Gede Gunartha join forces with Ben Ungermann, the charismatic runner-up from Australian MasterChef 2017. Together they will satisfy appetites with a selection of flavorful dishes that marry Indonesian and Dutch elements. Isn’t that exciting?
The chefs from Holland and Indonesia. L-R
Ben is well associated with The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. Interestingly, late last year he took on a leading role in an exclusive charity dinner at the resort to raise awareness about depression. The diners were impressed with his spice-infused dessert and ended up making a lot of friends during his stay. On Saturday, 2nd June 2018, Ben and Chef Gunartha will host a special Afternoon Tea at the resort’s refreshed Lobby Bar & Lounge from 3.30pm onwards. Guests will get to enjoy a selection of tempting sweet and savoury treats in an amiable outdoor setting. There will also be a cooking demonstration conducted by Ben who will share fun food stories and engage with everyone in attendance. In the evening, the Culinary Connection menu at Ikan Restaurant will feature an assortment of outstanding dishes. Chef Gunartha will honor his Balinese roots by using locally sourced ingredients. Meanwhile, Ben will draw inspiration from his Dutch heritage and put an Indonesian twirl on favourites like potato salad and beef croquettes. So if you planning a trip to Bali then you must book yourself at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.
Barramundi (Rainbow trout in the picture) Stamppot, Fish Broth
Bitterballen
Dutch Potato Salad
Table reservations to dine at Ikan Restaurant are essential to avoid missing out on this unique Indonesian and Dutch food collaboration. For further information, please contact +62 361 771906.  

THIS IS WHAT NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE IS OFFERING 

EXPLORE EUROPE’S CRUISING GUIDE

Norwegian Cruise Line is the trendsetter in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 15 ships. Norwegian newest and most contemporary ships also invite guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise holiday with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, which is a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Interestingly, they are named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the sixth consecutive year, the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth consecutive year, as well as “World’s Leading Cruise Line” and “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” both for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian Cruise Line has released its 2018-2019 Europe Cruising Guide, boasting over 30 cruise itineraries embarking from nine convenient cities. It will be departing between June 2018 – November 2019. This will enable the guests to discover why Norwegian Cruise Line is outstanding and have won so many awards to its kitty.

Cruisers can choose the interesting itineraries such as a nine-day Scandinavia, Russia and Baltics sailing from Copenhagen that explores ports of St. Petersburg and Helsinki; a 10-day sailing exploring destinations including Barcelona and Cannes before disembarking in Rome, and an 11-day sailing around the Greek Isles, where you can discover the delights of Santorini, Corfu and Mykonos, amongst other island escapes. So, for the cruise lovers, you know where to go now!!   For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit www.ncl.com  

CELEBRATIONS OF EASTER AT THE WESTIN RESORT NUSA DUA, BALI

An indulgence in sheer luxury

Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “Empowering a Better You™” through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-Being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well.

 The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

Fringed with exotic palms, the white sand beach of Nusa Dua, where the resort is located, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali enjoys an excellent beachfront location within an exclusive enclave on the island’s southern shores. It comes with comfortable 433 modern rooms to give the utmost relaxed experience. The dining venues foresee global tastes with delicious cuisines and healthy SuperFoodsRx options. There is a choice of swimming pools, award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™ for relaxation, WestinWORKOUT® to stay in shape and little ones get to play at the Westin Family Kids Club. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali celebrated the long weekend Easter with an enriching package that the entire family enjoyed. The package included an endless array of leisurely activities. There were choices of swimming pools to take a dip and get rejuvenated. The benefits of this package included a complimentary brunch voucher and access to the Westin Family Kids Club. The rates started from just IDR 2,000,000++ per room/per night to stay in the comfort of a Deluxe Garden Room with some Terms and conditions. On Easter Sunday, in-house guests were invited to assemble in the resort’s Temple Garden for a morning of joyful activities organized by the team from the Westin Family Kids Club. The day started with a healthy start of stretching exercises followed by an egg hunt, face painting, sack races and a themed piñata for little ones. Everything was colourful and bright. Everyone was wearing a smile which was so obvious.   The excitement continued with Easter Sunday Brunch at Prego featuring authentic Italian cuisine and delicious holiday treats from Chef Alessandro Molini and his culinary team. This feel-good celebration kept the guests in a playful mood from 11.30am to 3 pm with fun games, colourful entertainment and lots of lucky draws. The brunch included a welcome cocktail, soft drinks, signature iced teas and freshly brewed coffee specialities. Kids eat for free and a generous 20% discount applies to SPG members. For the spa lovers, Heavenly Spa by Westin had crafted an Easter treatment that focused on personal rejuvenation. The experience included a traditional body scrub to gently remove impurities and leave the skin feeling fresh and supple. Then a heated herbal poultice was used to massage the entire body and melt away tension. To conclude the spa session, a cup of herb-infused Jing tea was served. Nothing can be better than this, isn’t it! Log on for more details, visit www.westin.com. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin.    

THAILAND INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL 2018

Visit Hua Hin to witness a spectacular view of the Sky

Guess what surprise Thailand beholds for its visitors this time? I can assure you, those who will visit Hua Hin, Thailand now; their social media will be full of colourful pictures. Thailand- the land of wonders is also known for its famous International Kite Festival. This year it is hosted on March 23rd-25th 2018 at Army Non-Commissioned Officer School, Hua Hin, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. The festival which was started by the local Thai people but gradually it has spread its reach Internationally. This year, 20 kite flying teams have registered from all around the world, to showcase their skills. The teams are coming from Switzerland, Germany, France, Singapore, Netherlands, New Zealand, etc. Individuals and team contestants are ready to blend your imagination with giant kites of various shapes, superheroes and cartoon characters. The fliers will be seen to compete and show off their high-speed flying skills. There will be a lot of excitement stored for the visitors. Apart from the exciting displays of aerial expertise, guests will be able to participate in kite-making, DIY, Boomerang and many other workshops. Chula and Pak Pao show will also be there & will demonstrate unique Thai kites dancing to the complementing Thai classical music “Pi Phat”. Not only this, the wind garden brilliantly showcases the work of professionals who have devoted their time to decorate the area with kites, wind-playing arts, etc that could be moved by the wind leaving the visitors in an awe. The visitors also get the chance to taste the authentic cuisine of Hua Hin at food trucks. They can also choose to further visit the kite exhibition where they can see colourful kites, ornaments, utility items and much local handcrafted art from the weekend market which is a sale. The International Kite Festival is a perfect place to spend a relaxed time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful ambience of Hua Hin.