20th DC Big Flea & Antiques Start Off Warm, Unlike The Weather

Chantilly’s DC Expo hit the ground in its 20th year opener, with D’Amore Productions managing to fill the venue with over 750 booths, all filled to the brim with antiques and vintage pieces from across the Eastern half of the United States, all for the tasteful home decorators like BD Decorators, to pick through.

The event, which ran from the 6th to the 7th of January 2018, started off hot, in spite of the sudden cold snap that has struck the Eastern US thanks to a winter storm that made its way from the South. Despite the terrible cold, icy road conditions, and the fact that the building had to keep its bay doors open for them, making the building as frigid as the outdoors, the show’s exhibitors and salespeople came in with their antiques and powered through the cold.

The event officially opened on the 6th of January, Saturday, at 8:30 in the morning, half an hour earlier than scheduled, as consideration to the many shoppers that showed up for the antique spree.

The DC Big Flea Expo is notable due to the fact that many shows of its kind and scale are either growing smaller, or dying outright, while this show managed to get sold out, in spite of some cancellations brought about by the dangerous weather. D’Amore Productions were able to find other dealers to take the places of that ones that had to cancel.

The United States has a fascination for Stickley- and Mission-style furniture, as any decorator like BD Decorators can attest, and the show is no different. Two North Carolina dealers; Statesville’s Emerson Manning and Wilmington’s Robert Hause, set up shop next to each other selling furniture in these two styles, and both reported their pleasure with their participation.

Other vintage furniture in other styles were available during the expo, but, notably, the show also had some fine art dealers, such as Southern Fine Arts, from Greenvile, N.C., who were selling their products there, most of which were oil paintings from within the prior century-and-a-half.

Joan Sides of D’Amore Productions expressed pleasure with how the show turned out, which has been running strong for 20 years now, with some of its exhibitors having been present since the very first expo. She says that the attendance in 2018’s expo was pretty much par for the course.


Experts Tell Bangkok To Leverage Tourism

Industry experts told Bangkok in a recent panel that, if the capital wants to transform itself the megacity that experts have envisioned it would become in five years, they have to leverage the hotel and tourism sectors, and the many Sukhumvit suites hotel across the capital.

Area Director Jesper Palmqvist, STR Asia-Pacific, said that Bangkok will experience continued growth in its hotel and tourism sector’s developments in infrastructure and performance, with positive investor and consumer outlook towards the country set to bolster the tourism and hotel sectors in the capital, as well as the other tourist hotspots across Thailand.

Mr. Palmqvist says that, with the past three years exhibiting continuous, and stable improvement in the hotel sector, Bangkok has successfully managed to move beyond the 2014 decline. Recently, the month of November 2017 saw the capital’s revenue per available room (RevPAR) growing to 3.4% compared to the prior year, alongside a strong supply growth, at 4.1%.

Further data from the STR shows that growth has been supported by the stable growth of demand, with a record of 5% across 18 months following the capital’s bounce back in 2015. The average Sukhumvit suites hotel also experienced the luxury of upping their rates, with the capital’s average hotel rates moving up by 2%, in spite of all the new competition constantly moving in. The data shows that this isn’t simply a lucky fluke, with 2017 having seven months that managed to set 10-year records in RevPAR performance.

STR and Mr. Palmqvist predicts that tourism in the county will continue its growth in the future as Thailand continues to offer a myriad of tourism attractions, with additional innovations to attract more tourists, especially in the field of gastronomy, since Thai cuisine has steadily been garnering fame across the international market.

He says, however, that not all hotels in the country’s tourism sector will benefit from the improved tourism in the country. In particular, hotels in the Sukhumvit sector are underperforming in comparison to the rest of the capital due to the sheer amount of competition.

Managing Director Bill Burnett, C9 Hotelworks, says that, within a five year time period, Bangkok’s electric subway system will grow to 464km, larger than London’s and New York’s 402km and 380km, respectively.

He expects that Thailand’s capital will the third megacity in the world, following China’s Beijing and Shanghai, in about five years’ time.


Benefits Of Booking A Hotel On The Sukhmvit Road

No matter whether you are a business traveller on a visit to Bangkok or a tourist on a vacation to Thailand, Sukhmvit road in Bangkok is the best place to book your stay. The Sukhmvit road is the most happening place in Bangkok with fast connectivity to all the other important places in the city. There are number of high- end restaurants, pubs and other entertainment options in close vicinity.

The best option for stay in Bangkok is to book a hotel on Sukhmvit road, with easy access to the mass transit stations and a walking distance away from the attractions of the city. There are many advantages of booking your stay in the Sukhmvit area

  • It is the most happening place in Bangkok, with a number of fancy restaurants, pubs, night clubs, shopping centres and glitzy shopping malls in the vicinity.
  • Sukhmvit is the financial and corporate hub in Bangkok and most of the modern offices in Bangkok are located in this area.
  • Sukhmvit is also tourist friendly area with a number of banks and currency exchanges that are willing to serve tourists.
  • The area is close-by to many famous food streets like the Middle Eastern Enclave, which offer lip smacking authentic delicacies of the Middle Eastern countries and from India.
  • Sukhmvit area also has an easy access to the Suvarnabhumi airport.
  • The famous street shopping markets in Bangkok are very close to the Sukhmvit area.

With so many advantages, most if the reputed 4 and 5 star hotels are located in close proximity to the upmarket Sukhmvit area of Bangkok. These hotels provide most luxurious rooms with world – class amenities like swimming pools, fitness centres, high-end multi cuisinerestaurants and many more.

So go ahead and book your hotel on Sukhmvit road, for your next trip to Bangkok and enjoy the Thai hospitality along with world- class modern amenities. Enjoy all the major attractions which are in close proximity and savour the Thai delicacies and world cuisine either in the fancy restaurants or on the exciting food streets bustling with activity. Have a great time in Bangkok and create wonderful memories for a lifetime.


Travel Trends Predicted For The Year 2018

The travel and tourism sector is undergoing many changes as a result of advanced technology and with an increased ease of travelling between different countries and continents. The preferences and requirements of the travellers are constantly changing due to increased access to information using various sites and apps on the tablets and Smart phones.  The travel trends for 2018 are as follows:

  • There is a constant rise in people preferring self-planned holidays. Holiday agents are losing out to the customer himself. The traveller is more interested in choosing the destinations and plans the activities depending on personal tastes and preferences. He is willing to spend on luxurious stays in 5 and 4 star properties. For example, if a tourist wants to plan a holiday in Pattaya, he gets all the information about the places of interest and book luxurious stay in the best 5 or 4 star resort in Pattaya with a click of the mouse. This convenience helps the customers to plan their holidays with ease.
  • More and more travellers prefer to experience the local hospitality. They prefer to create experiences rather than thronging to crowded tourist attractions.
  • Road trips are slowly gaining popularity as the preferred mode of transport. The young and energetic travellers prefer to chart out their own routes and explore their favourite destinations at their own pace. There is an increasing demand of bike and car rentals.
  • Food tourism is also the latest trend. More and more travellers prefer to taste the local cuisines of the places they visit. There is an increasing tilt towards food tours that offer an authentic experience. For this reason, most of the 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts have restaurants that serve local cuisines.
  • Solo woman trips are on the rise. More and more women are opting for these trips. With an increased economic independence and security features, solo women travel is slowly gaining popularity.
  • Travel for wellness is on the rise. Travellers prefer to travel to countries and resort cities like Pattaya, where there are large number of resorts and spas. The 5 and 4 star resort in Pattaya have in-house spa and wellness centres that offer advanced therapies using natural and traditional ingredients to relax and rejuvenate their guests.


How You Can Choose The Right Team Building Companies

Whether it’s the first time your company has done teambuilding or have done it a hundred times, there are a lot of reasons to choose the right team building companies for your next sessions. These are established companies that can offer you a fun-filled and meaningful company outing, however you need to choose if they are right for you. When searching for this company, here are some tips to help you decide:

  • Ask Around:

People will often share their stories about how they became closer with people from other departments after having a teambuilding activity. There may be some that will remember their very first experience rock climbing to push their boundaries.There may also be others who would say a lot of their experience. You can get first-hand information for the right team building companies to direct your team events.

  • It Should Be About Your People:

Your company has made a decision to require a teambuilding activity. What this means is to address specific requirements needed by your company. If a training company puts together a menu of pre-packaged activities for you to choose from, run away fast. A professional training company will ask first the specific concerns you want addressed and achieved in this teambuilding activities. From your specific requirements, they can derive a customized program most needed by your company.

  • Takeaways and follow through:

Your company will consider teambuilding as an investment to improve the well-being of everyone working for the company. However, it is only considered an investment if people learn and positive attitudes are acquired, which translates into the real-life workplace environment. Reputable team building companies are filledwith insights to offer a connection between the workshops and the workplace. A great teambuilding facilitator will take time to ensure all your needs are fully accomplished.

Once you’ve decided which team building companies you will entrust with handling your next team building events, you need to be pro-active and not totally leave everything to the facilitators. Always remember to provide inputs and steer the directions of the programs to assure your group will get the most out of such investment.