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Grande Asset Raising Standards for Tourists in Partnership with 7 Leading Thai Companies
Bangkok, Thailand, June 25, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Grande Asset Hotels and Property PLC raises health safety standards with special care for tourists by introducing new standards in hygiene to increase confidence in travel. For the first time in Thailand, TytoCare and online medical services by Phyathai Hospital have been installed in hotels. Also, modern solutions from AIS for the screening of guests are being implemented. Travelers are also offered special cash vouchers to add value to stays at the 6 luxury resort hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pranburi and Phuket, as well as Thai Air Asia flights at special prices, Covid-19 insurance from Dhipaya Insurance and privileges from ICBC and KTC Credit Cards.
Grande Asset Hotels and Property Public Company Limited, a leading property and hotel development group, announced its cooperation with business partners to instill confidence in travelers at a press conference attended by Mr. Wichai Thongtang, Chairman and Mr. Wittawat Wipakul, Vice President together with Dr. Apirak Palwatwichai, General Medicine Center, Phyathai hospital group – Phyathai-Paolo Medical Campus, Mr. Yongsit Rojsrikul, Chief Enterprise Business Officer of AIS, Dr. Somporn Suebthawilkul, Managing Director of Dhipaya Insurance Plc, Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, Executive Chairman of Thai AirAsia Co Ltd., Mr. Wan Huat Joseph Chia, Executive Vice President – Branch Banking Division, ICBC Bank Thailand and Ms. Prym Panyasereeporn, Vice President – Travel & Leisure (Hotel Marketing), “KTC” or Krungthai Card Public Company Limited.
Mr. Wichai Thongtang, Chairman of Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Co. Ltd., revealed “This is a significant cooperation of leading organizations joining to boost Thai tourism. Today, Thailand has shown the potential as the second country in the world that can control and eliminate the epidemic of Covid-19. As a result, travel and hotel reservations are becoming busy again. It’s a good sign for the tourist industry. Hotels under Grande Asset Hotel and Property have been upgraded to the highest standards of hygiene safety. That means all tourists and visitors will receive special care with a new level of hygiene from modern technology and advanced medical services, so tourists can feel completely safe. This is the first time in Thailand’s hospitality business that advanced medical and innovative technology has been offered to tourists so as they can experience true health safety. Moreover, in addition to these measures to building confidence for Thai tourists, it is also good preparation before the opening for international tourists.”
Wittawat Wipakul, Vice President, Grande Asset Hotels and Property, said “Grand Asset Hotels & Property has joined with our business partners in 2 areas. For Health Safety, we have collaborated with Phyathai Hospital, AIS and Dhipaya Insurance, including setting up of TytoCare and online medical services by Phyathai hospital as well as bringing modern solutions from AIS to screening guests and offering Covid-19 insurance from Dhipaya Insurance. Meanwhile, in the Tourism area, we have strong cooperation from leading business partners including special air tickets from Thai Air Asia and special benefits from ICBC and KTC credit cards.”
Grande Asset Hotels and Property also plans to increase the number of Thai tourists by adding value to the voucher, which tourists can choose to use at our luxury hotels and resorts in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pranburi, and Phuket. And this is the first time that vouchers can be used with different hotels in the Grande Asset Hotel chain including Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas and also one partner hotel Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket. A voucher of 6,000 baht is worth 10,000 baht and a voucher of 12,000 baht is worth 20,000 baht and they can be used for accommodation, dining, and spa. The vouchers can be purchased at all 6 hotels from today until 31 July and can be used daily, except for holidays, until 23 December 2020.”
In terms of health and safety standards from “Phyathai Hospital Group”, Dr. Apirak Palawatwichai said “Phayathai Hospital Group is providing medical services to enhance the health safety of guests. For the first time in hotels in Thailand, the “TytoCare” device will be installed, this new medical technology can check a patient’s health and send information about lungs, heart, heartbeat, blood pressure, oral cavity, ears and skin to doctors to diagnose conditions, this works in tandem with the “Clinic Connect” service, allowing online consultation so as the service users do not have to go to the hospital. There has also been cooperation in hygiene management with the hotel, with “Indoor Air Quality” in-depth inspections of the air-conditioning system by measuring the dust, toxic substances, allergens, temperature measurement in the main hotel area, which directly affects the guest’s health condition, and also the safety of hotel tools to be in accordance with the criteria approved by Phyathai Hospital Group. This includes safety and hygiene training for hotel staff, especially for room service, restaurants, meeting rooms, swimming pools, and enhancement of security and services such as sterilizing with ozone in rooms and the ambulances are available 24 hours a day.”
Mr. Yongsit Rojsrikul, Chief Enterprise Business Officer of AIS said “AIS has collaborated to offer a ‘Thermal Face Recognition’ solution that measures heat and body temperature efficiently to enhance confidence in guests. The Face Recognition system allows the recording of identity and temperature data at the same time and can also show the number of visitors in real time through Traveler Tracking Solutions, a tracking device with NB-IoT technology that allows for travel data logging which will be useful when investigating and tracking disease cases. There is also a system to set up surveillance areas and alert tourists when traveling to those areas as well as an emergency panic button to notify of any emergency situation. In addition, it is convenient for customers to purchase Grande Asset’s cash vouchers via the “JongSabuy” application which offer discounts and redemptions for AIS Serenade membership.”
Guests who bought voucher set will also receive COVID-19 insurance from Dhipaya Insurance. Dr. Somporn Suebthawilkul, Managing Director of Dhipaya Insurance Plc said “Dhipaya Insurance is providing coverage to hotel guests with the “COVID-19 Insurance Plan” which covers medical expenses from a Covid-19 infection up to 100,000 baht, along with compensation for terminal illness from a coronavirus infection up to 100,000 baht and also additional accidental death coverage of 100,000 baht. Customers will be covered for a period of 30 days.”
In terms of cooperation to encourage tourism with Thai Air Asia, Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, revealed “Thai Air Asia is providing domestic routes with special ticket prices for customers who make a reservation with Grande Asset Hotels and Property to ensure that all visitors can travel comfortably. This cooperation is a good opportunity for businesses related to the tourism industry by bringing our products and services together to encourage travel.”
Cooperation with financial partners includes ICBC Bank Thailand. Mr. Wan Huat Joseph Chia, Executive Vice President – Branch Banking Division, ICBC Bank Thailand said “We will give the special privileges for ICBC credit card members who purchase vouchers from Grande Asset Hotels and Property. This privilege is only for ICBC credit cardholders located in Thailand who are Thai customers and Chinese businessmen in Thailand, which are groups of customers with high spending power for tourism.”
For privileges from Krungthai Credit Card (KTC), Miss Prym Panyasereeporn said “KTC Credit Card will give special privileges and value so cardmembers can have a special holiday experience. All types of KTC credit cards will receive a 4% discount instantly or choose to pay 0% instalment for 5 months when buying a Grande Asset Hotels and Property gift Voucher card. Credit card members who buy a gift card through KTC World Travel Service Center (Tel. 02-123 5050) between 1-31 July 2020, can enjoy the benefits plus exchange KTC Forever points equal to the purchase amount for an additional 12% discount as well.”