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New resort members for Golf In A Kingdom

New resort members for Golf In A Kingdom (Forimmediaterelease.net) THAILAND’S PRESTIGIOUS GOLF IN A KINGDOM DESTINATION MARKETING PROGRAM HAS TWO NEW RESORT MEMBERS WITH PROPERTIES ON THE HOLIDAY ISLAND OF PHUKET, AT CHA-AM NEAR HUA HIN AND AT CHIANG MAI.

BANGKOK, Thailand - Two high-profile resorts have joined Golf In A Kingdom, Asia's premier golf destination marketing program.

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort on the holiday island of Phuket and Veranda Resort & Spa, which operates twin properties at Cha-am near Hua Hin and at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, are the new members of the group that handles an estimated one-third of all golf visitors to Thailand.

They join an elite group of golf courses and resorts throughout Thailand, the world's thirst most popular international golf tourism destination after Spain and the United States.

In welcoming the new resort members, Golf In A Kingdom president, Mark Siegel, said the additions were further testimony to Thailand's pre-eminent position as a golf tourism destination in Asia and the key role Golf In A Kingdom played in highlighting its best golf destinations.

"Despite economic uncertainty in Europe and North America, golf tourism in Thailand is continuing to grow and is likely to reach a record 600,000 arrivals in 2012," he said, “Inbound golf tourists will spend an estimated $US2 billion in Thailand this year and Golf In A Kingdom is helping to maintain the sector's growth."

Situated on a secluded cove on Phuket's southwestern coast, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort boasts its own pristine secluded beach and is just minutes from the island's main tourist center of Patong. Offering a full array of land and sea sport facilities, top-level international restaurants, pampering spa programs, and a children's discovery center, the popular resort has 470 rooms and suites.

This year it is celebrating its 25th anniversary, during which time it has become a “home away from home" for many local and foreign guests.

Last September, the second phase of a room enhancement program was completed, which transformed 154 Superior Garden and Pool View rooms into new Deluxe rooms featuring modern and refined décor. Four new Oceanfront Deluxe Suites and six new oceanfront Grande Suites were also opened.

In 2010 and 2011, the five-star resort was named by readers of Australia's Holiday With Kids magazine among the top 10 family holiday resorts in Asia and last year was included in Expedia's Inside Select list, an annual award that recognizes the best hotels as judged by the booking group's customers. Visit www.lemeridien.com .

Veranda Resort & Spa at Cha-am is located on the finest beachfront between Cha-am and Hua Hin, 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. The region has been a favorite royal and aristocratic retreat since the 1920s when King Rama VII built a beachside palace in the area. Today, it is a popular seaside destination for local and foreign visitors who are attracted by the superb location and numerous local attractions, including golf at Golf In A Kingdom member courses Banyan Golf Resort and Black Mountain Golf Club.

The 118-room resort has eight different room categories and is set in five acres of Feng Shui gardens with water features, mature evergreen trees, and tropical palms.
Veranda's Chiang Mai property in northern Thailand is a magnificent boutique property with 69 rooms offering stunning views over the mountainous landscape.
Both Veranda properties are members of the MGallery collection of boutique hotels and resorts in, currently, 44 worldwide locations. Visit www.verandaresortandspa.com .

Other members of Golf In A Kingdom are:

Golf courses: Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin; Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin; Chiang Mai Highlands, Chiang Mai; Muang Kaew Golf Club, Bangkok; Siam Country Club, Pattaya; Thai Country Club, Bangkok

Resorts: Anantara Riverside Resort & Spa, Bangkok; Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai; Anantara Hua Hin; Anantara Koh Samui; Anantara Phuket; Banyan Resort, Hua Hin; Hilton Hua Hin Rersort & Spa; Hilton Pattaya; Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa; Millenium Hilton, Bangkok; The St Regis, Bangkok; Woodlands Hotel & Resort, Pattaya

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Myers, Asian Travel Media, Bangkok, Email: paul@asiantravelmedia.com , Tel: +66 (0) 84 125 1894 (Thailand) or +61 407 738 453 (Australia)

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