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Founding partner of Pavilions Himalayas honoured for charitable work in Nepal

Tanutam Thawan



One of the founding partners of The Pavilions Himalayas, Douglas Maclagan, is to be honoured for his work helping underprivileged children in Nepal. The award is considered as the Nobel Prize for Children, and endorsed by UNICEF.

World of Children, which provides funding and assistance for vulnerable children worldwide, has selected Mr Maclagan as a Humanitarian Alumni Honoree for 2018, a prestigious award only given to people who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need.

Mr Maclagan has previously received the World of Children Health Award, which was presented in New York at UNICEF’s head office in 2009, as well as The Gusi Peace Prize in 2004 and the Unsung Hero’s award, presented by The Celebrities Guild of Great Britain in 2007. He also received a personal letter of appreciation from former US President Bill Clinton for his work with the ‘Clinton Global Initiative’ in 2008.

As founder of the Child Welfare Scheme HK, Mr Maclagan has spent a quarter of a century providing education, healthcare and social opportunities to disadvantaged children in Nepal. CWS has built 14 day care health centres, 15 earthquake schools, vocational training centres, a primary advanced city pediatric health clinic, rebuilt 49 child friendly schools, a children’s home for HIV affected and infected children, and a recently opened Hospitality Training School located close to The Pavilions Himalayas where the trainees receive practical education.

“I am extremely honoured to have been named as World of Children’s Humanitarian Alumni Honoree,” said Mr Maclagan. ““We have reached just under a million children over the 25 years we’ve been operating, and since formal registration in 2003 CWS HK has been reaching over 41,000 children and young people every year with our services.”

To support the award, World of Children will also help generate much-needed funds to continue Mr Maclagan’s charitable work in Nepal. CWS Hong Kong will receive a donation of US$20,000, and its supporters are encouraged to raise additional funds in the lead-up to the awards ceremony with World of Children matching further donations dollar for dollar. Mr Maclagan and Child Welfare Scheme HK are aiming to raise US$10,000 from their own campaign, which will then be matched by World of Children to reach a grand total of US$40,000.

The funds raised by the campaign will be used to build the second phase of the FAB School in Pokhara, which provides local students with a year-long training programme leading to a recognised qualification, and most importantly, a guaranteed job at the end of the course.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the next phase of the FAB School, which will provide vocational training to children from all over Nepal who have previously been trafficked, giving them hope of a brighter future,” added Mr Maclagan.

The Pavilions Himalayas, co-founded by Mr Maclagan, is a social business designed to show the world that the more you give as a business the more you get back. The resort achieves sustainable growth, which in turn funds its social activities and makes the destination a better and fairer place for those who wish to work in the fastest growing global business that exists today – tourism and hospitality.

The Pavilions Himalayas features 14 luxurious, eco-friendly villas near Phewa Lake, Pokhara.

“Our goal is to ensure that 50 percent of families in the local village enjoy direct, sustainable employment within the resort, while the other 50 percent – the farmers – learn additional skills to develop their own businesses and provide us with the produce we need,” explained Rajiv Desraj Shrestha, General Manager, The Pavilions Himalayas.

Other ‘give-back’ goals at The Pavilions Himalayas include setting up a social enterprise from which a large portion of net profits (50%-70%) will be used for urgent social and environmental programs. The social business model will also be used to encourage other companies to make a positive impact, nationally and internationally.

Mr Maclagan will be honoured at the annual Hero Awards Benefit on April 19th in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles at an event attended by many Hollywood celebrities.

To make a donation to the Child Welfare Scheme, click HERE.

To find out more about The Pavilions Himalayas, click HERE.

- Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Singapore Airlines back on top. Thai Airways in 10th place.

Tanutam Thawan



PHOTO: Flyer Talk

Singapore Airlines is back on top after a decade held out of the top airline position by middle-eastern competition. It’s their fourth win since the Skytrax World Airline awards started back in 2001.

The island nation’s national carrier was named Airline of the Year at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline awards. Singapore Airlines was last top of the list in 2008. This year it forced out last year’s top honours winner, Qatar Airways, into second place.

Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines’s senior vice president of customer experience, said “We’re very ecstatic.”

The airline  also claimed best airline in Asia, best first class and best first class seat.

Asian airlines made a return to the winner’s list this year with ANA All Nippon Airways receiving third place, Taiwan’s EVA Air in 5th position, Cathay Pacific in 6th, Hainan Airlines in 7th, Garuda Airlines in 9th (an extraordinary achievement considering their reputation only a decade ago) and Thai Airways in 10th place.

Singapore’s victory marked a resurgence in Asian carriers in the annual UK-based aviation industry review. Skytrax began its awards in 2001 and is recognised for its fairness due to passengers voting in all categories. Aside from a win by Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific back in 2014, all past seven years have all gone to middle east based airlines.

“We’re glad that our work has been recognised and our customers have voted for us to be the world’s best,” said Yeoh.

Garuda Airlines, which has turned its service around since the early days of Skytrax, when it was banned from flying into European airspace, was presented with the prize for best cabin staff along with its 9th place overall.

Not one US airline picked up a single award.

Locally Air Asia picked up an award for Best low coast airline – Asia, Thai Airways won the award for best airline catering in Economy Class (The Thaiger thinks the voters weren’t flying on the same flight when Thaiger experienced the economy class ‘food’) and Bangkok Ailines won Best Regional Airline – Asia.

The top 10 world’s best airlines for 2018
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Qatar Airways
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
4. Emirates
5. EVA Air
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Lufthansa
8. Hainan Airlines
9. Garuda Indonesia
10. Thai Airways

Best airlines by global region
Northern Europe – Finnair
Western Europe – Lufthansa
Eastern Europe – Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Africa – Ethiopian Airlines
Australia / Pacific – Qantas Airlines
Central Asia / India – Air Astana
China – Hainan Airlines
Central America / Caribbean – Copa Airlines
South America – Avianca
North America– Air Canada
Asia – Singapore Airlines
Middle East – Qatar Airways
Europe – Lufthansa

Best low-cost airlines
Africa – Mango
Australia & Pacific – Jetstar Airways
Asia – AirAsia
Central Asia / India – Indigo
China – West Air
South America – Sky Airline
North America – WestJet
Middle East – Flynas
Europe – Norwegian

Best airline catering
Economy – Thai Airways
Premium economy – Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Business – Austrian Airlines
First class – Air France

Best airline seats
Economy – Japan Airlines
Premium economy – Air New Zealand
Business – Qatar Airways
First class – Singapore Airlines

Best regional airlines
Africa – Royal Air Maroc
Asia – Bangkok Airways
South America – Azul Brazilian Airlines
Central Asia / India – Azerbaijan Airlines
Europe – Aegean Airlines

Best airline lounges
First class – Qatar Airways
Airline alliance lounge – Star Alliance Los Angeles
Independent airport lounge – Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal Two
First class lounge dining – Air France
Airline lounge spa facility – Thai Awards

Best airlines staff service by global region
Africa – South African Airways
Australia / Pacific – Qantas Airways
Central Asia / India – Vistara
China – Hainan Airlines
Central America / Caribbean – Copa Airlines
South America – Azul Brazilian Airlines
Asia – ANA All Nippon Airways
Middle East – Emirates
Europe – Austrian Airlines

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‘Miami Vice’ comes to Kata Rocks – Collective Series 13

Tanutam Thawan



Kata Rocks’ Collective Series 13 – ‘Miami Vice’ – brought the heat to Phuket, retro-1980s South Beach style, with another classic event that captured the imagination of the attending guests and loyal patrons. 

The evening featured exceptional pan-Latin American cuisine featuring ceviche, tacos, mini burgers and other mouth-watering canapés, plus live DJ entertainment. DJ Shane OB got the party started with the epic sounds of Phil Collins ‘In the Air Tonight’, Michael McDonald’s ‘Keep Forgetting’, Bill Withers ‘Just the Two of Us’, The Spinners ‘I’ll Be Around’ and Will Smith’s ‘Miami’, creating a whole new group of Miami Vice aficionados in Phuket.

Infinite Luxury Marketing Director, Michael Nurbatlian, said, “set by our iconic infinity pool and deck area, it was a phenomenal evening with a great time had by all. The apparel was the perfect complement to our glow stick bracelets, neon light décor and of course flamingos floating in the pool,” Michael added.

Kata Rocks’ CS13 ‘Miami Vice’ showed once again why the Collective Series remains Phuket’s most innovative, fun and intimate party, having created its own fresh identity that celebrates outstanding food and handcrafted cocktails. CS13 also produced four of the most fun and memorable cocktails to date, including ‘Gloria E’, ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Pornstar Martini’.

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Pavilions Hotels & Resorts announce two important acquisitions

Tanutam Thawan



The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has made two important appointments as it continues to expand its portfolio and strengthen its management team.

Scot Toon takes on a new role as the company’s Managing Director, Asia while Tim Sargeant becomes the Director of Marketing for The Pavilions Phuket. Both are highly skilled and experienced hospitality professionals who join The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.

“I am delighted to welcome Scot and Tim to The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts as we continue to build an outstanding team of talented individuals. We are committed to recruiting the industry’s brightest professionals and I’m certain that both gentlemen will be great assets to our team,” said Gordon Oldham, Founder and CEO of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.

“Scot is a seasoned hospitality leader and international GM with a proven track record, while Tim is a rising star who is ready to take the next step in his impressive career. I look forward to working closely with both of them,” Mr Oldham added.

Scot Toon (left) Tim Sargeant (right)

Scot Toon, originally from New Zealand, had started at The Pavilions in January 2018 under a project capacity as Director Operations, responsible for a new PMS, Finance and POS system roll out across the entire group (Asia and Europe) before being appointed MD Asia. He had worked for Qantas before entering the hotel industry in 2000 at the prestigious Hayman Island resort in Queensland. He went on to work with a series of leading hospitality brands, including Stamford Hotels & Resorts and Per Aquum, managing luxury resorts in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Malaysia.

Scot moved to Thailand in 2009 to become GM of the five-star Paresa Resort in Phuket, before he switched to Kata Rocks Resort in 2014, serving as GM of the resort and Operations Director for its management company, Infinite Luxury. He now embarks on a new phase in his distinguished career as MD Asia for Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for me to manage and work with the talented team at The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts as we develop and grow the brand in Asia to complement the company’s parallel expansion in Europe,” said Scot.

Tim Sargeant is an exciting young hospitality professional with 15 years of experience. Having commenced his career in the restaurant trade in his native New Zealand, Tim became Food & Beverage Manager at The Spire, a boutique hotel in Queenstown in 2011 before moving to Thailand in 2013 to oversee the pre-opening of Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach as Marketing & Events Manager.

He joined Kata Rocks in 2016, becoming Marketing & Events Manager for the resort and organizing exclusive events. As Director of Marketing for The Pavilions Phuket he plans to introduce his fresh, dynamic approach to the resort.

“I’m thrilled to join the team as Director of Marketing and take on this new chapter of leadership. Now is an exciting time for The Pavilions Phuket and The Pavilions Group as we continue to expand globally and I look forward to delivering on our mission with the team, along with creating memorable experiences for our guests,” said Tim.

In addition to its aggressive expansion into Europe with new openings in Madrid, Lisbon and Rome, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts continues to grow and diversify in Asia. The company recently announced a new pop-up adventure travel concept in Mongolia and will combine luxury branded residences with a stylish new hotel in the popular Japanese ski resort of Niseko, Japan, scheduled to open in 2020.

To discover more about The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, please click HERE.

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