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VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Hotel Collection welcomes famous Thai actress and celebrity, Ms. Sririta Jensen (3rd from left), Founder and Managing Director of Organika House Co., Ltd., for the signing of a contract of cooperation between Organika House Co., Ltd. and VIE Hotel Bangkok, for the elegant boutique property’s new spa brand, VIE Spa by ORGANIKA, which represents the very first collaboration project by the MGallery Collection in Thailand and in Asia. The collaboration was celebrated with a Champagne toast attended by the hotel’s Cluster General Manager, Mr. Nicolas Peth (4th from left), and the management teams from both VIE Hotel Bangkok and Organika House, held at the hotel’s luxurious Penthouse Suite recently.Ms. Sririta Jensen is well known for her talents, her beauty and her promotion of highly beneficial aromatherapy, and Organika House is acclaimed for its high-quality health and beauty products which use only the finest ingredients. Emphasizing the power of aroma, handpicked blends create a journey through the world of scent designed to balance your life in our hectic modern environment.

4,000 runners from nationwide and oversea took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 on this Sunday morning, starting from the Phuket Gateway. Mr. George Varughese, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with Mr. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor presided over the event’s opening ceremony, attended by runners, Phuket residents, expats and travelers. The event is expected to raise Seven hundred thousand for charity in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas. It also the funds for the Phuket Marine Biological Center’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program. The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took on the race. The tournament was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini-marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP runs for all the races. The routing of 21.1km race took runners went northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thep Krasatti bridge, passed the rural road No. 3006, run along the road - Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway. In the men's race of Half Marathon 21.1 km – Over all category, athlete Anuwat Bunmak crossed the line in a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, while Dutchanee Dardsadachan won the women's race in 1 hour and 40 minutes. For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with signature of Phuket Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon as Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds. Winners also received the prize gift voucher and a trophy.

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is pleased to announce that we won 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards in category “Luxury Contemporary Hotel, Continent Winner in Asia”. The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff. This is the fourth time that Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas wins the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas, the perfect oasis in Patong, is located within walking a hidden and serene hideaway founded upon the grand tradition of Thai hospitality. The hotel represents a new generation of retreats that combines natural beauty and cultural heritage. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas features 314 units including 252 Superior Rooms, 38 Deluxe Pool Access Rooms, 10 Suites, 10 One Bedroom Pool Villas and four Two Bedroom Pool Villas. The hotel is ideally suited to young travellers, families and friends looking to spend quality time together in the heart and soul of Patong. For more information or reservation, please call +66 76 231 999 Ext. 1969

Conrad Koh Samui has received international recognition at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant & Spa Awards - an annual event that names the best luxury restaurants and spas on every continent.  At the awards ceremony held recently in St Petersburgh, Conrad Koh Samui received three awards for its ocean front Jahn restaurant, well known for its fine dining atmosphere and modern Thai cuisine, and one award for Conrad Spa Koh Samui.  Accolades awarded to Jahn restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were for top global ‘Luxury Resort Restaurant’ (fourth consecutive year); ‘Thai Cuisine’ (Asia continent category) and ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’ (Regional category).  The Conrad Spa Koh Samui was named ‘Country Winner’ in the Luxury Wellness Spa category at the World Luxury Spa Awards, held simultaneously in St. Petersburgh. The World Luxury Spa Awards recognise spas across a variety of categories on a country, regional, continental and global level.  Conrad Koh Samui General Manager Ruben Gabino said, “The judges in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were clearly very impressed once again with the totally authentic dining experience provided for every guest at Jahn. Thailand is well known throughout the world for its diversity of cuisine and the sheer wealth of home-grown herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Indeed, Thailand is blessed with wonderful herbs and spices and we grow many of them in the kitchen garden terrace created by our chefs.”  Ruben Gabino added, “Health and wellness is an integral part of the Thailand visitor experience and we are very proud that Conrad Spa Koh Samui has been recognised as one of Thailand’s top spas. Our mission is always to create luxurious and poignant memories for our spa guests whilst recognising that the most important luxury is ‘being yourself.  “Spa treatments form an important element in providing an environment for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. That’s why we have invested heavily in creating a luxury spa at the Conrad Koh Samui that delivers the highest possible global standards day after day. Each spa journey is a tailor-made experience that begins with a detailed consultation and continues with a customised treatment designed to ensure a transformed state of being.”  World Luxury Awards Group Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith said, “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine.” 

Coach announces the launch of Coach x Michael B. Jordan, the first-of-its-kind creative collaboration with actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear, Michael B. Jordan. Inspired by his cultural influences and community, his love of Naruto, and his passion for bringing unique voices to the forefront, this unisex ready-to-wear, footwear and bag collection is Jordan’s first foray into fashion design, guided by the expertise of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the collection combines Coach craftsmanship with Jordan’s affinity for functional fashion and graphic codes from the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga. Product ranges from parkas, jean jackets and pullovers to backpacks, utility packs and hybrid sneaker boots. Infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, it also features imagery of characters from Naruto, as well as the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic. These references tie back to the story of Naruto Uzumaki himself, a young ninja who begins his journey as an outsider and earns the respect of his community as he works with his friends to protect it. The Naruto backstory speaks closely to Jordan’s own narrative as an outlier building bridges inside and outside of the Hollywood establishment, and echoes Coach’s commitment to community and courage. To launch the collection, Coach releases a campaign that fuses its values and craftsmanship with Jordan’s cinematic skill and Naruto’s mystic iconography. The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection. “Working with Mike is always a great experience,” said Vevers. “He’s a great collaborator because he always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.” "With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” said Jordan. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.” Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts. The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection will be available in Thailand from October 24, 2019 onwards.

People continue to leave Venezuela to escape violence, insecurity and threats as well as due to a lack of food, medicine and essential services. Over 4 million Venezuelans currently live abroad, the vast majority in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean. Their outflow since 2014 accelerated in 2017 and 2018, when an average of 5,000 people left Venezuela every day in search of protection or a better life. This is the largest exodus in the region’s recent history, second to the world’s largest refugee crisis in Syria and this population is in dire need of assistance. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, invited Praya Lundberg, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to visit Colombia, the country hosting the largest number of Venezuelan refugees in the world, from 23 – 27 September 2019 to monitor UNHCR's responses to address the protection needs of Venezuelan refugees and displaced people and to collect information and footage to develop a short documentary. This is the third international mission of Praya as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador after following her previous missions to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in recent years. “On each mission, I realized difficulties and complexities in providing life support to refugees and, this time, it is harder than ever - it changed my life completely. The Venezuelan crisis is complex including, internal instability and a combination of refugee and displaced populations that individual require different approaches and solutions. For me, this mission was unique because I was able to bear witness to this emergency situation. I visited an emergency shelter that welcomes Venezuelans arriving at the border, and not in a refugee camp like my previous missions. I admire UNHCR’s dedicated and professional staff who work around the clock in different roles to save lives. I also admire the strength and resilience of refugees and displaced people. “At Saimon Bolivar International Bridge, the most transited border point across the Táchira River on the Venezuela–Colombia border, I witnessed thousands of people attempting to seek for safety and security in Colombia. I saw pregnant women, people with disabilities, children and sick people forced to flee their homes as they cannot live their lives in Venezuela anymore without access to water, electricity, medicine or food. Many children became sick and died as they had no access to milk. In recent years, Venezuela’s hospitals have been struggling with shortages of supplies and staff, as well as constant electricity cuts. Between 2015 and 2016, maternal deaths grew by 65 per cent and child mortality after six days of being born increased by 53 per cent, according to government data. In a UNHCR emergency shelter at the border, field staff work very hard to support the most vulnerable Venezuelans. I met children with disabilities, malnourished children and adults and I met one family with a child with disabilities. I offered him a big hug to give support – all I only felt were his bones.” “I met Angy, a 24 year old mother of two children, who has stage 4 cancer. She was

Oris’s latest watch powered by an in-house developed calibre is a landmark design. The skeletonised Calibre 115 movement opens up the 10-day power reserve and non-linear power reserve indicator to reveal how they work. It’s a contemporary take on luxury that highlights the eternal value of a beautifully crafted Swiss Made mechanical watch. Oris’s Senior Product Design Engineer, Lukas Bühlmann was telling us how everything came together. What was the design brief behind the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115? Ultimately, the brief was to propel Oris Aviation watches into the next generation. We made pilot’s watches for American servicemen in the Second World War. But what does a contemporary, luxury Oris pilot’s watch look like? What were the biggest obstacles to delivering that brief? One of the hardest things was figuring out how to maintain the balance between the formal language of the case and the movement. In other words, how do you design a modern watch that is not a fashion watch? We wanted to create something contemporary that would retain its relevance as fashions change. Where did you look for inspiration? Aviation and architecture. The idea behind the watch started with the movement, and we gave this a strong architectural look. The skeletonised barrel draws your eye first and then the bridges, and then you start seeing the detail in the wheels.The case is more like a stealth plane. There’s an exciting interplay between the movement and the static elements. There’s a futuristic quality to the design – is that deliberate? I wouldn’t call it futuristic, but it is a future-driven design. Oris has a long pilot’s watch history and you can see that in the design, which is important. It also shows Oris’s competence, and the long-term value of a beautifully designed and manufactured mechanical object. Do you think of this as a pilot’s watch? It’s certainly not a conventional pilot’s watch. For example, this is the first Oris pilot’s watch without any numerals on the dial. But the aviation DNA is still there in the details. We used titanium for the case, for example, because it’s very light. What really makes this a pilot’s watch is its technical look. Technology is the driving force behind aviation today. What design considerations are there with a skeletonised watch? First and foremost is technical feasibility. This is a designer’s constant companion during the design process. The design and the functionality have to work together. Furthermore, you have to think on several levels at the same time, so that when all the components come together, you get the design you set out to create. Overall, because of these considerations, the job takes longer, too. Sometimes, those considerations must create problems? Yes, of course. Sometimes you want to design something one way, but you quickly realise that it’s not technically feasible. It’s about adapting. The better you understand the design philosophy, the quicker you’ll find solutions. What does this watch say about Oris’s take on luxury? The truth is that for Oris, luxury is about being able to go your own way. That’s why it’s our strapline. In

Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of Hokkaido, invites skiers, boarders and winter enthusiasts to book the perfect winter vacation now with several promotional offers. Known around the world for its consistently perfect powder, small crowds and gorgeous setting, Kiroro is offering exclusive ski and play packages that showcase the resort’s luxury accommodations, world-class dining and exciting outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with far fewer crowds and shorter lift lines than nearby resorts. The resort offers something for everyone with 23 ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, a terrain park and dozens of alpine activities from snowshoe tours through the winter forest to onsen in a natural caldera spring. Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private, ski-to-door luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with two restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities and five dining options. Winter specials at Kiroro include the following: Kiroro Ski Package – Enjoy the world’s best ski powder. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest 1-day pass at Kiroro Snow World per guest Complimentary daily Onsen Offer starts at JPY 18,500 (approx. THB5,360); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Winter Fun Package – Explore the beautiful wintry scenery of Kiroro. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest Complimentary Spectacular sightseeing on Kiroro Gondola (available after Dec 7, 2019) Complimentary Snow Park activities such as sledding, tubing, snow Banana Boat and snow drive Complimentary lunch per guest Offer starts at JPY 19,350 (approx. THB5,600); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy – Learn to ski or board with a private lesson at Kiroro. Full-day lessons offered in English and Chinese. Book your private lesson here. Annie Kids Ski Academy – A day of ski and board lessons for children ages 3 and up. A full day at the new Annie Kids Ski Academy offers a day of fun with other kids learning to ski or board. Tailored group lessons for children of all ages. Book a day for your child here. For more information, please visit

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will launch new roundtrip flights between Bangkok and Sendai, with service to begin on 29 October 2019. Sendai, one of Japan’s historical cities, is located in the center of Tohoku region. Located 300 kilometers Northeast from Tokyo on Honshu Island, Sendai is blessed with its perfect scenery and warm climate. Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and is situated 350 kilometers north of Tokyo. Sendai has a population of one million, and is the political and economic center of Japan’s Tohoku (northeast) Region. Although Sendai is a large city, it is known throughout Japan as a modern city in harmony with nature. The city possesses beautiful scenery, such as the Hirose River that runs through central Sendai, and the lush zelkova trees that line its streets. Greenery is especially abundant in the center of the city, which has tree-lined streets and parks. Sendai, also known as the City of Trees, is beautiful year-round, especially in autumn during the change of seasons. The seasonal climate in Sendai is pleasant and enjoyable, especially the falling leaves in the autumn and snowfall views in the winter.  Sendai is also known for its beautiful nature sites, such as Matsushima that has one of three of the best sightseeing views in Japan.  In Matsushima, one can take a cruise around Matsushima Bay and feed the seagulls.  For a view of Sendai, there is the Sendai Castle Site or Aoba Castle for a panoramic view of the city.  As well, there is a statue of Date Masamune riding on a horse, who built the caste 400 years ago. Despite being the political center and economic hub of Northeastern Japan, tourists may seek peace at onsens, Zuihoden, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, and many other shrines. In addition, Gyutan is a Sendai must-try menu. Sendai also values history and culture. Many traditional events such as the Sendai Tanabata Festival continue to this day. The Sendai International Music Competition and the Johzenji Street Jazz Festival are also held in the city, along with many theatrical performances. Tourists may choose to fly in comfort with THAI on flights to all regions of Japan. THAI is pleased to serve Sendai and fly to all regions in Japan, as well as support increasing demand for travel to more parts of Japan.  Sendai is THAI’s seventh destination in Japan. Beginning 29 October 2019, THAI will operate roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Sendai at three flights per week, utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class and 279 seats in Economy Class.  The flight schedule is as follows: Bangkok-Sendai Roundtrip Flight Schedule Route Flight Number Days Time Departure Arrival Bangkok-Sendai TG 626 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23.59 hours 7.40 hours (next day) Sendai-Bangkok TG 627 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 11.15 hours 16.05 hours For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day)