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Dates Announced for Thailand's 2020 King's Cup Elephant Boat Race & River Festival

The spirit and energy of boat racing returns to Thailand with the announcement of the second annual King's Cup Elephant Boat Race and River Festival, taking place by the banks of the Chao Phraya River from 28th February to 1st March 2020. 
Teams from around the world will paddle it out with last year's winners, the Royal Thai Navy Seals in specially commissioned boats decorated with artistic elephant heads and tails inspired by traditional Thai fish motifs. Each race takes place across 400m with 4 teams per heat, the first to cross the finish line wins progresses closer to winning the coveted royal King's Cup. 
On land, spectators will be treated to three days of entertainment including, concerts, arts and crafts, fun fair attractions and a wide selection of delicious food and beverages.
Event organisers Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas prides itself on continuously driving efforts and supporting its conservational expertise. Keeping this at the forefront, the annual sporting and society event aims to raise significant charitable donations through ticket sales which will be donated to elephant related projects throughout Thailand while also generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant. 
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Spend the Night on a “Superyacht Villa” at Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives

Glide across the Indian Ocean onboard a floating superyacht villa in the Maldives at Jumeirah Vittaveli.
Snorkel with whale sharks or enjoy a cruise to deserted islands, and retreat to one of the four cabins on board to let the waves rock you to sleep. Choose to enjoy the best of both worlds and return to the resort island to extend your stay in a freestanding villa, complete with private pool and your own stretch of beach.
MY Vittaveli is an Azimut superyacht that accommodates up to eight guests for overnight stays, or up to 20 guests for leisurely day-time cruises. Its sophisticated exterior design conveys the comfort and style experienced when staying on-board, with modern noise suppression technology guaranteeing a relaxing journey.
The three decks invite you to spend leisurely mornings gazing out at the infinite ocean, or to enjoy balmy evenings soaking in the four-person Jacuzzi on the top deck. Beautifully crafted wood joinery, cherry wood panels and Italian marble inlays decorate the superyacht's two master cabins and two twin cabins, with each twin cabin offering the option to accommodate a third guests through a retractable extra bed. All en-suite bathrooms include hydrosonic massage bathtubs and full-sized Hermes amenities.
The Luxury Collection Announces the Opening of the Brand's Eighth Hotel in China
The Luxury Collection announced the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. Located in the capital of the Guangxi Province, the opening marks the brand's eighth property in China. Na Lotus Hotel resides in a high-rise landmark building, immersing guests in the heart of the business district. The contemporary setting merges the rich heritage of the Zhuang Minority Group and showcases their history through beautiful décor, evocative catering and magnificent surroundings.
Each of the 290 guestrooms, including 26 suites, takes inspiration from the lotus flower, and feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city as well as the Yong River and Qingxiu mountain. The hotel's interiors echo strong elements of the Zhuang culture such as farmlands, symbolizing happiness and prosperity. Na Lotus Hotel also features a 1,100 square meter Ballroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indoor pool overlooking the skyline.
Indigenous and international cuisines are celebrated at Na Lotus Hotel's four signature dining venues, including Na Lian, a Chinese restaurant offering a journey of flavors with an emphasis on fresh Guangxi and Cantonese cuisines. Passionate chefs will serve guests the “Lost Recipe” which revives hundreds of years old recipes and ingredients sourced from local tribes and villages. Sky Lounge, a popular social hub serving exclusive cocktails, wines and spirits accompanied by distinctive sweet treats. The Clouds features an all-day dining experience showcasing international delights, while Yun Yue, a Thai and Vietnamese fusion restaurant, focuses on signature seafood and meat dishes prepared with local and seasonal produce.

RS Components will share their new Innovative Transformative ideas at ITAP 2019

RS components will be showcasing new innovative products, including DesignSpark online, theToolbox app and E-procurement.

At ITAP 2019 (22 to 24 October 2019), RS Components not only will be featuring DesignSpark and provide expert advice, but also give away attractive door gifts and prizes.

Industry leaders will introduce new innovative applications such as the DesignSpark Toolbox app that simplifies access to electronic reference materials, providing a user friendly consolidation of calculation and conversion tools.

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, will be at ITAP 2019 known as Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC, the leading trade event for Industry 4.0. Here RS Components showcases transformative and future tools for manufacturing. RS Components is looking forward to presenting, at their canopy (found at booth 2E21), the START, SCALE & SUSTAIN adoption of Industry 4.0 processes and solutions.
RS Components will be featuring new products and brands, with experts present to give visitors the latest details.
New Products include:
RS PRO Clampmeters, RS PRO Multimeters, RS PRO Tool Kits
Complete Line for Control Cabinet Building, Push-In Products, Clipline complete terminal block system and PTFIX Distribution blocks from Phoenix Contact.
Softstarter, Easy & Safe IPS, Eqmatic, Autorecloser & CMS-700 and Smissline from ABB.

Mr. Sean Fredericks, the President of RS Components Asia Pacific says:
“We aim to build on strategic priorities that will improve performance for RS Components in Asia Pacific. These pillars are to ensure RS Components will ‘Make Amazing Happen’ as well as inspire and innovate, whilst providing a seamless experience for our clients for Industry 4.0. Solution led services from Design, Inventory, Procurement and Maintenance will drive RS Components vision in ‘Becoming First Choice’ for our customers, suppliers and our people. At ITAP 2019, we appreciate and treasure the strategic partnership with leading suppliers such as ABB, Phoenix Contact and RS PRO that will be showcasing at RS Components booth, and where attendees get to experience and be inspired with the various initiatives for daily or future application and inventions.”

RS Components caters to a vibrant community of design engineers and students by hosting the DesignSpark.
RS fosters and inspires the create, invent and design technical community with downloadable FREE Software and tools to help customers focus on innovation with DesignSpark PCB Software, DesignSpark Mechanical Software, DesignSpark Electrical Software and DesignSpark Toolbox Application.
The DesignSpark platform will be showcased and attendees can look forward to experiencing DesignSpark at its true potential. At ITAP, RS Components will reward signups with games and quizzes and exciting prizes.

Registering on DesignSpark is completely free of charge, with all members gaining instant access to:
  • DesignSpark PCB, a professional-grade schematic-capture and PCB design software package
  • DesignSpark Mechanical, an advanced 3D CAD tool based on direct modelling techniques
  • DesignSpark Electrical, a fully specified electrical CAD package for the design of control panel, machinery and electrical systems
  • PCB Part Library, a huge library of schematic symbols and PCB footprints, which are compatible for all leading PCB software packages including Altium, Zuken, Mentor Graphics, Cadence, Target, Pulsonix, Eagle and DesignSpark PCB
  • 3D Model Library, thousands of 3D models available to use in CAD designs
  • DesignSpark Toolbox App, the must-have Android and iOS app for engineers, including 27 calculations tools, comparison tables, news, projects and much more
  • Zerynth Studio, the middleware for IoT, which enables the most popular 32-bit microcontrollers to be programmed in Python or C/Python and connect to the top cloud platforms
  • Obsolescence Manager, a tool enabling engineers and purchasing professionals to monitor and review the lifecycle status of products within a bill of materials and select alternatives

In addition to free tools and resources, DesignSpark provides a platform for members to share their projects and opinions and connect with other engineers and students.

For more information, visit:

RS eProcurement
Mr. Sean Fredericks, the President of RS Components Asia Pacific says:
“One of our value creations for any sized company, purchasers, engineers, designers and innovators is our eProcurement solution. We have developed this solution with a specific focus on the needs of our shared industry. The purpose is to assist in realizing cost reductions, streamlined supply chains and purchase order systems, combining it with direct catalogue functions, saving you significant amount of time.”
RS eProcurement solution consolidates all that the industry needs into a single environment. This includes their recently updated procure-to-pay solutions that will be presented during the upcoming ITAP. This eProcurement solution includes:
PurchasingManager™: A web-based order management tool that helps users manage spend & provide visibility over all orders placed through the RS website.
PunchOut: Integrated into users’ eProcurement system providing fast access to RS Components’ product range and purchase information.
eOrdering: Fast and secure ordering direct from users’ system to RS Components’.  Eliminates paper, providing accuracy and transparency.
eInvoicing: Opening paper invoices, sorting them and entering them onto a finance system takes time - and ultimately costs money. Automating this is the solution.
Cost Savings through Smart Maintenance remains key, RS Components value proposition supports users across the asset lifecycle through design, build and maintenance phases.

Aside of the innovative methods to avoid cost in customers’ procure-to-pay cycle, RS Components will also share information at the ITAP 2019 booth on:
RS Smart Solutions: RS Components support customers with complex needs to drive vendor consolidation, reduce total costs, improve productivity & deliver innovation. This includes Sourcing Solutions, Inventory Solutions and Procurement Solutions.
RS Core Product & Service Offer: RS covers over 2,500 leading brands with over 500,000 products. RS Components is operating in 32 countries and offer services to and supports over 1 million customers worldwide. “You need it? We have it.”
RS multinational business model: support the customers globally. No matter if the customer is a single global entity or consist out of a range of entities and JVs. We are flexible on a global scale.
RS - Supporting the Needs of Engineers throughout the Entire Product Lifecycle and RS Role by Reducing the number of Suppliers and Consolidate Spend and grow your buying power with our wide Product Range.
RS Pro offers customers quality-tested, value for money products engineered for demanding environments.

DS FREE Software
The DesignSpark Toolbox App is available to download now from:
App Store (iOS):
Google Play (Android):
Microsoft Store (Windows):

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship around 50,000 parcels a day.
For more information, please visit the website at

Further information is available via these links:
RS Components Singapore
RS Components on Linkedin
RS Components on Facebook @RSComponents
RS Components on Twitter  @RSComponents
RS Components on Youtube

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Electrocomponents plc

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai Brings "Teak Wallahs" Back To Life With New Historical Tour

One of the hallmarks of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is their bespoke guest experiences that are created around the brand pillars of art, fashion, history, music and culture. 
Following the recent launch of the popular Private Art Experience at 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok,  the all-suite luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars House is offering guests a rare opportunity to delve into the rich history of Chiang Mai with their newly  launched - “Tales and Trails of the Teak Wallahs” day trip experience.
The fascinating one day excursion chronicles the colourful lives of “gentleman foresters” or “teak wallahs” who worked for European based companies that owned lumber concessions in the heavily forested north of Thailand.
Oak had become scarce in Europe and adventurers had just discovered the teak forests of Asia sparking off a gold rush for the timber. Northern Thailand became the centre of the thriving teak industry in the region with the arrival of the British-owned Borneo Timber Company in the late 1870's. With holdings in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae and Nan, the Borneo Timber Company rapidly became the richest and most powerful teak company.
By the end of the 19th century, three more firms had obtained leases in Chiang Mai and Lampang. These British companies, managed by “gentlemen foresters” or “teak wallahs”, controlled 60% of Chiang Mai's teak output. When the Borneo Company obtained a 100-year lease for a huge plot of land on the east bank of the Ping River near Wat Ket in 1888, it dispatched Louis T. Leonowens, the son of Anna Leonowens, to establish a branch office.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Embarks on Expansion Drive in Thailand

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – the world's largest hotel franchisor with approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries – expects to welcome several new properties in Thailand by the end of 2020 under its upscale Wyndham®brand.

“Thailand's tourism industry is riding the crest of a wave, with record numbers of visitors travelling to the country in search of its idyllic tropical climate and iconic attractions. Within the next two years, Wyndham will launch a series of exceptional new hotels and resorts in many of Thailand's most sought-after regions, expanding the capacity of established destinations and bringing international accommodation to exciting new markets. We look forward to enabling a new generation of guests to experience the wonders of Thailand,” said Joon Aun Ooi, President and Managing Director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, South East Asia and Pacific Rim.

Thailand's tourism industry continues to set new records. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the country welcomed 31.25 million international visitors in the first ten months of 2018, up 7.8 percent year-on-year. The full-year total for 2018 is certain to have exceeded the TAT's target of 36 million visitors, representing a new all-time high.
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