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Hundereds of Golfers Taking Advange of Thai Golf Pass

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Dec 14: When it comes to hospitality no country comes closer to perfection than Thailand offering something for everyone of diverse interest, every age and every budget. From pristine sandy beaches to lush jungles, bustling busy cities to traditional villages, Michelin star menus to roadside noodle stalls, historic Buddhist temples to 21st century sky scrapers, Thailand is truly amazing!

Amazing Thailand also has Amazing Golf facilities. Ideally located more than 200 golf courses throughout the country, by the sea, by the mountains, by the lakes, inside the cities even besides the airports. Top quality courses, reasonable green fees, friendly caddies. From the beach resorts in the south such as Phuket to the mountainous surroundings in the north or the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya, there are golf courses to suit every preference.

To bring value to this offering, SLW, the leading Golf Management company had launched the first ever loyalty program for a country. 'Thai Golf Passport was launched in India to offer Indian golfers a seamless golf experience in Thailand. Indian golfers can be a part of this Amazing reward programs whenever they tee off in Amazing Thailand' said Anil Dev, Managing Director, SLW.

'A number of quality service providers like Thai Airways, Cox & Kings, Callaway and a number of Golf Courses, Resorts and hotels have come together to partner this initiative,' he added.

"I would like to congratulate all the partners of Thai Golf Pass, Anil Dev and his team for the successful of this Project. Amazing Thailand, Golf paradise with more than 250 International standard golf courses, professional caddies, warm hospitality, wellness, food and entertainment, we look forward Indian golfers to be part of this loyalty program and experience services, offers for golfers" said Isra Stapanaseth, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office.

"Golf has long been the game of corporate and business people who are also avid travellers. Thai Golf Passport creates a membership that shares common values and interests, and at the same time provides an engaging golfing and networking platform for all stake holders-members and sponsors alike.We are excited to partner with this innovative initiative which helps us reaching our customers directly," said Shashank Chaudhary, Sales & Marketing Director, Callaway Golf India.

Commenting on the initiative, Chitranjan Bakhshi, Business Head, Golf Holidays, Cox & Kings said 'Thai Golf Passport is a great initiative for golf tourists to enjoy seamless service. We believe in providing quality service to our customer and this will also help in validating this claim. We are proud to be associated with Tourism Authority of Thailand and it would be our endeavour work towards successful implementation of the project'.

"Our association welcomes this move which is a program unique to India. While hotels and airlines have loyalty programs this will be a first of its kind where a Country has created such a program. We support all golf tourism initiatives and are sure that this will really encourage golf travel," said Rajan Sehgal, President, Indian Golf Travel Association.

Thai Golf Pass also has Thai Airways as Airline partner and speaking on the occasion Sunil Kumar, Head of Sales said, 'Thai Golf Pass is a great initiative and Thai Airways being the national carrier it was natural that we be a part of the initiative, we look forward to a successful season 2'.

The highlights of the Program are:

· Thai Golf Pass is the first ever loyalty program for any country

· Unique initiative by Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi

· A seamless golf experience exclusive to Thailand

· Amazing rewards on redemption of loyalty points

· Fully automatic and user friendly online program

· Brings all the suppliers under one platform

The inaugural season of the initiative saw the Website Launch, two Promotional events in India and an event in Bangkok, 83 Loyalty Partners, 2307 membership registrations. A total of 522 Golfers travelled to Thailand under Thai Golf Pass.

In Thai Golf Pass Season 2, the activities started from December 2018 and the focus is as below:

Integrate the Website with our travel partner websites. Promotional events in India with three events in Thailand. Increase Number of Loyalty Partners to 200 and increase membership's base to cover 5000 Golfers.

Couple poses nude after scaling restricted pyramid

CAIRO, Dec 8: Egyptian authorities were probing a Danish couple after a video and a photo surfaced showing them climbing to the summit of the Great Khufu Pyramid of Giza and posing naked, the media reported on Saturday.

The three-minute video recorded at night, which has stirred outrage and controversy among Egyptians on social media, shows parts of the climb as a man and a woman scale what appears to be the Great Pyramid of Giza with the skyline of Cairo in the background, CNN reported.

When they reach the top, the video shows the woman taking off her shirt and finishes with a still image showing them in a naked embrace.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani referred the case to the prosecutor general for investigation.

“In regard of what was circulated and published yesterday evening for a short video film depicting two foreigners climbing the pyramid at night, and then put a picture of them violating public morality, and to find out the truth and take the necessary action, Minister of Antiquities, D. Khaled al-Anani, decided to immediately refer the case of the incident and the film to the Attorney General to investigate the matter,” the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Friday.

According to Egypt’s Ahram Online, the video was uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday by self-described Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who posts images on social media of different sites from high vantage points around the world, sometimes depicting nudity.

Climbing pyramids is punishable by law in Egypt.

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