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Despite few travellers actually being able to visit Thailand’s capital, including ‘business travellers, readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific have again named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure City in the Asia-Pacific’. The Big Mango retains the top ranking on the list for the 5th consecutive year. Bangkok also got third place in the ranking of the Best Business city in the Asia. Singapore and Hong Kong beach out the Thai capital in that category.

Not only that. The 2020 ranking is also a record 10th time that Bangkok has won the award since 2008. Each year, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific confers the awards based on votes cast by its readers and subscribers.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the TAT says that, despite the current travel restrictions, Bangkok was able to win the award again.

“Bangkok remains top-of-mind with Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers. We look forward to welcoming them back soon.”

The TAT were unable to contain their excitement with this PR fizz as they waxed lyrical…

“Bangkok’s rich diversity remains a major draw, showcased via its unique blend of New World experiences and Old World charms. And it is not just about mouth-watering Thai street food, though that remains a key attraction. the city now boasts multiple Michelin starred restaurants served by a modern transportation infrastructure.”

“This includes a new Blue Line underground train extension to historic Rattanakosin Island, where the grandeur of its amazing past remains on full display.”

Each year Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine, which gets around 750,000 readers a month online, confers the awards based on votes cast by its readers and subscribers. This includes frequent travellers who use airports, airlines and hotel services to visit a variety of regional destinations. Between April and June 2020, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific sent out a voting poll to subscribers with the results independently compiled by market research company Business Intelligence.

The Business Traveller brand leads the portfolio of titles belonging to international publishing house Panacea Publishing, which is based in London. Business TravellerAsia-Pacific is one of 13 titles around the world.

Since its first issue in 1982, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has become a valuable resource for frequent travellers, as well as serving as a platform for their concerns.

Other winners in this year’s awards…

Airlines

Best Airline

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Cathay Pacific
  3. Qatar Airways

Best Asia-Pacific Airline

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Cathay Pacific
  3. Thai Airways (not bad considering they’ve been grounded since March 2020)

Best Chinese Airline

  1. Air China
  2. China Southern
  3. China Eastern

Best European Airline

  1. Lufthansa
  2. British Airways
  3. Swiss International Air Lines

Best North American Airline

  1. Delta Air Lines
  2. American Airlines
  3. United Airlines

Best Middle-Eastern/African Airline

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Emirates
  3. Etihad Airways

Best Low Cost Airline

  1. AirAsia
  2. Easyjet
  3. JetStar

Best Airline First Class

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Emirates
  3. Cathay Pacific

Best Airline Business Class

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirates

Best Airline Premium Economy Class

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Cathay Pacific
  3. Qantas

Best Airline Economy Class

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Emirates
  3. Qatar Airways

Best Frequent-Flyer Programme

  1. Cathay Pacific – Marco Polo Club
  2. Singapore Airlines – KrisFlyer
  3. British Airways – Executive Club

Best Airport Lounge

  1. Cathay Pacific – The Pier First Hong Kong
  2. Qantas – First Class Sydney
  3. Singapore Airlines – The Private Room

Best Independent Airport Lounge

  1. Plaza Premium First Hong Kong
  2. American Express Centurion Hong Kong
  3. Plaza Premium Hong Kong T1 Gate 35

Airports

Best Airport in the World

  1. Singapore Changi Airport
  2. Hong Kong International Airport
  3. Dubai International Airport

Best Airport in Asia-Pacific

  1. Singapore Changi Airport
  2. Hong Kong International Airport
  3. Incheon Airport

Best Duty-Free in the World

  1. Incheon Airport
  2. Singapore Changi Airport
  3. Dubai International Airport

Best Business City in Asia

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Bangkok

Best Business City in the World

  1. Singapore
  2. London
  3. Hong Kong

Best Leisure City in Asia-Pacific

  1. Bangkok
  2. Singapore
  3. Tokyo

Hotels

Best Business Hotel Brand in the World

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. Mandarin Oriental
  3. InterContinental

Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific

  1. Shangri-La
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. Mandarin Oriental

Best Business Hotel Brand in Europe

  1. Sofitel
  2. InterContinental
  3. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Business Hotel Brand in North America

  1. Marriott Hotels
  2. Four Seasons
  3. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Business Hotel Brand in Middle East/Africa

  1. Jumeirah
  2. InterContinental
  3. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Mid-Market Hotel Brand in the World

  1. Novotel
  2. Holiday Inn
  3. Courtyard by Marriott

Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific

  1. Four Seasons
  2. The Ritz-Carlton
  3. Shangri-La

Best Independent Hotel Brand

  1. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts
  2. Aman Resorts
  3. Ovolo Hotels

Best Hotel Loyalty Programme

  1. Marriott Bonvoy
  2. Hilton Hhonors
  3. IHG Rewards

Best Business Hotel in the World

  1. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
  2. The Peninsula, Hong Kong
  3. Raffles Singapore

Best Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific

  1. Shangri-La, Singapore
  2. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
  3. Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Best Airport Hotel in Asia-Pacific

  1. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore
  2. Regal Airport, Hong Kong
  3. Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott

Best New Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific

  1. Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  2. InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
  3. Andaz Singapore

Best Independent Hotel in Asia-Pacific

  1. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
  2. 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok
  3. COMO The Treasury, Perth

Best Business Hotel in Bangkok

  1. Mandarin Oriental
  2. InterContinental Bangkok
  3. Grand Hyatt Erawan

Best Business Hotel in Beijing

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. China World Summit Wing, Beijing
  3. The Peninsula

Best Business Hotel in Chengdu

  1. Niccolo
  2. Shangri-La
  3. Grand Hyatt

Best Business Hotel in Guangzhou

  1. Shangri-La
  2. Mandarin Oriental
  3. The Ritz-Carlton

Best Business Hotel in Hanoi

  1. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
  2. Hilton Hanoi Opera
  3. InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

  1. Park Hyatt Saigon
  2. InterContinental Asiana Saigon
  3. Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong

  1. Island Shangri-La
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. The Peninsula

Best Business Hotel in Jakarta

  1. JW Marriott
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. Shangri-La

Best Business Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. Mandarin Oriental
  3. Doubletree by Hilton

Best Business Hotel in Macau

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. The Venetian
  3. Conrad Macao Cotai Strip

Best Business Hotel in Manila

  1. Shangri-La at the Fort
  2. Makati Shangri-La
  3. The Peninsula

Best Business Hotel in Melbourne

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
  3. Park Hyatt

Best Business Hotel in Mumbai

  1. The Taj Mahal Palace
  2. The Oberoi
  3. Four Seasons

Best Business Hotel in New Delhi

  1. ITC Maurya, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  2. The Taj Mahal Hotel
  3. JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

Best Business Hotel in Seoul

  1. Lotte Hotel
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. InterContinental Grand Seoul Parnas

Best Business Hotel in Shanghai

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
  3. Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai

Best Business Hotel in Shenzhen

  1. Futian Shangri-La
  2. InterContinental
  3. Grand Hyatt

Best Business Hotel in Singapore

1. Shangri-La
= Raffles Singapore
3. The Fullerton

Best Business Hotel in Sydney

  1. Park Hyatt
  2. Shangri-La
  3. InterContinental

Best Business Hotel in Taipei

  1. Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. W Taipei

Best Business Hotel in Tokyo

  1. Grand Hyatt
  2. Shangri-La
  3. Conrad

Best Serviced Residence in Asia-Pacific

  1. Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore
  2. Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
  3. Fraser Suites Sydney

Best Serviced Residence Brand in Asia-Pacific

  1. Ascott
  2. Frasers Hospitality Group
  3. Oakwood

SOURCE: Business Traveller

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    Jason

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Pity no one can visit there……

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      Lol… they genuinely believe that everything will return to how it was in 2018-2019 in a few months…

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        Ben

        Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:57 am

        Thai Finance Minister says it’ll take 2 years. Sounds about right for the rest of the world too.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Tragic to think this once great destination will be left in taters for several years due to onerous regulations and overall virus paranoia . The travel industry has become an abomination in under a year. The road back won’t happen until you hit rock bottom .

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The woman, a former Revenue Department official known as Anchan, was found guilty on 29 counts of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lèse majesté law, as well as the Computer Crime Act. She was sentenced to 43 years and 6 months in prison.

Anchan had posted audio clips on Facebook and YouTube of a man making comments considered critical of the Thai Monarchy. The man has been arrested, but officials haven’t released any other details.

The ruling comes during an ongoing pro-democracy movement raising subjects that are considered taboo in Thai society. In recent months, dozens of protesters have been charged with violating the lèse majesté law. A senior researcher from the Human Rights Watch as the recent sentence sends a “spine-chilling” message.

“Today’s court verdict is shocking and sends a spine-chilling signal that not only criticisms of the monarchy won’t be tolerated, but they will also be severely punished.”

Section 112 of the Criminal Code:

Those who defame, insult or threaten the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent shall be punished by a jail term of between three to 15 years.

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