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Enhancing Bangkok’s rising status on international gastronomic scene, 11 globally-acclaimed chefs from eight countries are preparing for the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival to be held at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on September 04 – 10.

As part of its expansion across Asia Pacific, ONYX Hospitality Group has enhanced its senior management team in order to meet its target of 99 hotels by 2024.

As a gesture of appreciation for their continuous support, Travel Designer Group conducted a seminar with cocktail dinner for its network of Thai travel agents and tour operators, taking a chance to present new developments related to its global reservation system RezLive.com.

According to the latest figures from Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017, Bangkok remains the most visited city among 171 destinations in 22 countries of the region, which altogether reported 339.2 million tourists in 2016.

With 19.3 million international overnight arrivals in 2016, the Thai capital surpassed Singapore which had attracted 13.1 million visitors.

The destination also topped the list of total nights stayed with 87.6 million nights, demonstrating the trend of longer trips among visitors to the region.

In terms of overall tourism expenditure, the city took second place with USD12.7 billion tourism spending, overtaken by Singapore where travellers spent USD15.4 billion in 2016.

With China representing the main source market for visitors to Bangkok, the figures show the significance of the whole region for the global tourism industry.

Hotelbeds Group announced that Bangkok will be the host destination for the first edition of Hotelbeds MarketHub Asia, to be held at AVANI Riverside Bangkok on May 22 – 25 under the theme Powered by data, driven by people.

Veerapol Poungvarin has assumed the role of resort manager of Centara Kata Resort Phuket, a transfer from his previous position at Centara Chaan Talay Resorts & Villas Trat.

SureStay Hotel Group has confirmed its first ever Asian hotel, to open in downtown Bangkok in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Dhanasansombut Development, to operate the first hotel in the heart of Bangkok's world-famous Chatuchak Market, also known locally as Jatujak (JJ).

Following talks regarding inbound tourism, representatives from Dusit International, led by Sukanya Janchoo, general manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok and Jurairat Sirisambhand, corporate director, partnership marketing and advertising, visited Yuthasak Supasorn, governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in December 2016.

In January, more than 2.2 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), representing a year-on-year boost of 2.6 percent.