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10 Jan, 2017

Naphalai Areesorn, Founding President, Thai Spa Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date of Birth: 18 May, 1952

Family: Married with two sons


Early schooling in Singapore and Malaysia.

BA in Languages, Colorado Women’s College, USA;

EMBA, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University


2001 – present: Editor-in-Chief, Thailand Tatler. Heads the editorial team of Blue Mango Publishing, publisher of Thailand Tatler and all its other products.

1990 – 2001: Managing Director, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin; & Consulting Editor, Thailand Tatler

1980 – 1989: PR Director/Marketing Director, Siam InterContinental Hotel

1979: PR Manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok

1978: Press Information Officer, EU Delegation Bangkok

Also did brief early stints at the Bangkok Post and the now-defunct Business Times.

Other Activities:

2005 – present: Adviser, Thai Spa Association

March 2003 – 2005: Founding President, Thai Spa Association

2001 – 2005: Advisory Board member, ISPA Asia Pacific Chapter, Singapore


September 2012: Hall of Fame, Thailand Spa & Wellbeing Awards (inaugural inductee)

The Chiva-Som International Health Resort catapulted the entire concept of health & wellness tourism in Thailand to a whole new level.

Source: Naphalai Areesorn and Travel Impact Newswire archives.