Park Hyatt Bangkok Opening In 2017

The Park Hyatt Bangkok, which was originally set for a 2014 launching, is finally opening its doors by early 2017 in March.

The Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel details

The hotel occupies the level 9 to level 36 in the Central Embassy’s complex located in Bangkok’s central business district. The hotel is linked to a shopping mall and an entertainment centre, featuring 45 restaurants and a cinema.

The exterior was designed by the Amanda Levete Architects, which is based in London. Shingles cover it – an inspiration from tiles in local pagodas. This will be illuminated from behind to give a shimmering effect during the evening.

The hotel has 222 elegant suites and rooms, including 57 various configurations for adjustments catering to guest preferences.

Their décor achieves a home-from-home feel which is fresh and minimalist.

According to the general manager of the hotel, Michael Golden, there will be numerous technology in every room, but not making a guest need any manual. The lights switches will be simple enough. There will be universal sockets and USB ports for charging devices.

The hotel dining as well as entertainment options include a Penthouse Bar & Grill, their entertainment complex comprising three and a half floors with different areas like the VIP area, a speak-easy and restaurant having an open kitchen.

The Embassy Room is going to be the primary dining area at the hotel. They will offer Asian and Western cuisine with focus on seafood.

They will also have a Living Room lounge that offers afternoon tea and light meals. There is also The Bar that specialises in Champagne, creative cocktails and vintage wines.

Their event facilities are laid out over 2,000 square metres, and this includes a bathroom having car park access. Their smaller meeting rooms in Bangkok will open to that of a show kitchen.

According to Golden, Thailand is already becoming a luxury destination – the Tourism Authority of Thailand just recently launched the “amazing Thailand” campaign that focuses on the luxury and high-end accommodation or experiences which one can enjoy, and they will be able to do that with their Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel.

 

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No More Free Soda Refills In France

The French, on the average, are not as overweight as Americans and Europeans but the government is relentless in its drive against obesity. In 2004, France has banned vending machines in schools. In 2011, France required that French fries could only be served once a week in school cafeterias. Last Friday, restaurants were prohibited from offering free refills of soda and other sugary drinks.

Fast food restaurants particularly the foreign chains will feel the pressure of the new law that takes effect immediately to reduce the risks of obesity and diabetes especially among the young. The law is in line with the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that has urged countries to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity.

France has always been at the forefront when tackling issues regarding obesity. Japan is also serious about reducing obesity by requiring companies and local government to measure the waistlines of their employees who are between the ages of 40 and 74. The national law also encourages people to exercise regularly.

In Mexico, sugary drinks were imposed with a 10% surcharge in 2014 to reduce diabetes rates. After a year, the sales of sugary beverages fell by at least 12% while sales of bottled water increased 4%. Similar efforts are underway in Philadelphia, the first major city in the United States to introduce a tax on soda and sugary drinks; however, the tax provoked public outrage.

In 2012, New York planned to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues but the courts turned down the proposal in 2013.  In France, the new law has divided the people although they actually consume fewer soft drinks per capita than residents from other countries.

The overall rate of obesity in France is relatively low but it is only right for the government to discourage the consumption of too much sugary drinks. If you want to lose weight fast and easy, your best option is HCG weight loss drops which when combined with a healthy low calorie diet will allow you to lose an average of at least 1 pound a day.

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