Rixos Bab Al Bahr announces appointment of new GM

Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah has announced the appointment of Ahmed Elnawawy as General Manager, making the award-winning, family-friendly, luxury hotel the newest venture in his 22-year-long career with top hospitality brand names.

Thailand Beats 2022 Tourism Target With 11.15 Million Foreign Arrivals

In 2022, Thailand saw a significant increase in foreign visitors, with a total of 11.15 million people traveling to the kingdom. This was a significant jump from the previous year, when just 428,000 visitors were recorded due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

Thailand Beats 2022 Tourism Target With 11.15 Million Foreign Arrivals

According to data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the figure exceeded the government’s expectations and marks a strong recovery for Thailand’s vital tourism industry, which had been heavily impacted by strict entry and quarantine policies during the pandemic. There were 2.24 million foreign tourists in December alone, compared to 230,497 in the same month the year before.

Before the pandemic, Thailand saw a record high of nearly 40 million foreign tourists in 2019. The top three source markets for tourists last year were Malaysia, India, and Singapore.

Thailand is aiming to attract 25 million international visitors this year, with a focus on attracting at least five million visitors from China. To support this goal, the government has approved a budget of 3.95 billion baht (120.72 million US dollars) to boost domestic travel and international tourism in secondary cities.

The reopening of China is expected to further boost Thailand’s vital tourism sector, which before the pandemic accounted for about 12% of the gross domestic product in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.

What next for ecommerce master Rajesh Kumar? You’d never guess

Rajesh Kumar is well known internationally as an expert in ecommerce. He has a spread of skill sets and experience across a truly vast range of business types and sectors.

What next for ecommerce master Rajesh Kumar? You’d never guess

What’s truly surprising is that this very diverse range integrates well into a functional business model in equally diverse commercial environments.

By way of examples:
• He’s currently head of ecommerce for RMC Gems, a major global gemstone ecommerce outlet serving senior high-end gemstone designer outlets.
• He’s a major influencer on Instagram (marketing.by.raj) with 600,000+ followers.
• He’s a major social media presence in Bollywood through his Instagram influence.
• He’s a do-everything modern SEO specialist working in multiple fields.
• He’s an accomplished photographer. (You can see more of his work on his Facebook page. Photography by Raj. His work regularly appears in major industry news outlets like the zeenewsHindustan TimesIndia TodayIndiatvnewsIndian ExpressPinkvilla and Bollywood Life.)


What would you do with a range of skills and proven business successes like these? Rajesh has set the bar for himself very high by any standards.

He has come up with a very appropriate solution – An integrated hybrid business model, incorporating all of the above.

This is good, functional positioning for his extremely broad range of skills. Social media, visual media, ecommerce and strong SEO skills are all key skills in modern business.

His new move makes a lot of commercial sense. This is a next-level move from an already high level. To do business at this level, you need both the skills and functional integration in all these areas.

His highly successful Instagram presence is a testimony to market penetration in the super-tough and very large Indian & Asian media market. Decades of market experience and strong market reach are a winning combination.

To work at this level, you need to be both a one-man band and able to manage a high-value, complex mix of deliverables. You need to speak the languages of the industries, and be able to deliver a highly adaptive range of commercial services for clients.

This is a very practical approach to an ever-expanding range of commercial realities. Adaptability is the key to success. There’s no One Size Fits All in modern commercial operations. Demand for new services and mixes of services is getting higher by the day, and Rajesh is perfectly positioned to deliver any services required.


Rajesh Kumar is an Indian photographer, digital marketer, social media influencer, business development consultant, and PR expert. He is best known for brand building, digital media marketing, online sales & project management and affiliate marketing and has over two decades of experience as a digital marketer.

Ten global capacity trends to watch in 2023

As the new year begins, it promises to be an important one for the aviation industry as it looks to continue on its path to recovering capacity levels. Cirium have examined ten important capacity trends to watch in 2023 which are evident from published flight schedules for this year’s first quarter.  The insights gained here are based on schedule data sourced from Diio by Cirium, the airline planning system, on Jan. 2, 2023

Thai Car Production Up 2.75% Year-On-Year in December 2022

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has reported that car production in Thailand rose 2.75% in December from a year earlier to 158,606 units, following a 15% rise in the previous month.

Thai Car Production Up 2.75% Year-On-Year in December 2022

FTI’s automotive industry division spokesperson Surapong Paisitpattanapong said in a news conference that car production increased by 11.73% to 1.88 million vehicles in 2022.

According to FTI, car exports rose 10.17% from a year earlier to 111,605 vehicles in December. However, domestic car sales dropped 9.02% from a year earlier to 82,799 units due to a lack of semiconductors in some car models and flooding in parts of the country.

The FTI added that domestic car sales increased 11.89%, while exports increased 4.28% in 2022.

Thailand is a regional vehicle production and export base for some of the world’s top car makers, including Toyota and Honda. The industry accounts for about 10% of the Thai economy and its manufacturing jobs.

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Spanish Hoteliers Commit to Assist in Building 2,000 Homes

As Jamaica’s tourism sector continues to boom, Spanish Hotel and Resort owners, with thousands of rooms in Jamaica highlighted labour, worker housing, agriculture and infrastructure as crucial focus areas for the sustainable growth of the sector in coming years at a breakfast meeting under the Inverotel umbrella, an association representing Spanish Hoteliers and Operators, with Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett and other tourism officials in Spain’s capital city, Madrid on Friday (January 20).