Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) Thailand signed on the MOU to appoint WRS Group to manage the world-class privileges of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) to match the premium lifestyle and travel for both domestic and international travels of APEC businesspeople.
3 August 2022, Mr Jakkapan Rattanapet, Founder and CEO of WRS Group, joins the MOU ceremony with JSCCIB’s representatives, Mr Payong Srivanich, the President of JSCCIB and the President of Thai Bankers’ Association, Mr Sanan Aungubonkul, the President of The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand, and Mr Kriengkrai Thiennukul, the President of The Federation of Thai Industries, for the appointment of WRS Group to solely manage the premium privileges and benefits for APEC Business Travel Card holders. This initiative is set to help increase the business competitiveness among businesses in Thailand and expand the network and collaboration with public sectors and other units to gear toward a more robust economy in Thailand. This ceremony is witnessed by presses and distinguished guests at Montien Hotel Surawongse.
Mr Jakkapan Rattanapet, CEO of WRS Group, revealed that WRS Group is genuinely honoured and glad to be appointed by JSCCIB as Thailand’s leading luxury lifestyle services provider and privileges sourcing and managing company for more than 15 years. WRS Group has four businesses under its wings: World Reward Solution, a world-class privilege sourcing and composing services for corporations. Next, WRX, an online platform development services, applications and technologies, and White Glove Delivery and Services, premium lands logistic services such as global and domestic limousine services and premium gift delivery services. And lastly, Silver Voyage Club is a concierge and Luxury lifestyle services management for affluent clients. WRS Group has well-rounded experiences in taking care of High-net-worth-individuals and corporations in Thailand and Asia.
“WRS Group is ready and on its full capacity to bring its expertise and technology to develop and connect alliances nationally and internationally to provide seamless convenience in terms of travel and lifestyle to business travellers in this year that Thailand hosts the APEC 2022. We realize the goal to develop and revive the travel and tourism sector, and we are sure that we, together, can take care of business travellers who hold the APEC Business Travel card, which also contains a “Business Visa” for smooth travelling. This initiative will definitely and wholely create a great impression towards Thailand.” Said Mr Jakkapan Rattanapet.
Mr Payong Srivanich, the President of JSCCIB and the President of the Thai Bankers’ Association, mentioned that WRS Group was selected since it has a long-term specialty in luxury lifestyle services and premium privileges management. Therefore, we can rest assured that the APEC Business Travel Card holders will enjoy most of the privileges apart from travelling smoothly since the card includes a “Business Visa” that allows holders to travel between 19 APEC economies easily. The 19 APEC economies include Australia, Brunei, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Russia. In addition, the holders will be privileged to pass through the ‘APEC Lane’ at the immigration of participated international airports.
Mr Sanan Aungubonkul, the President of The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand, said that this moment is crucial to collaborate and revive the Thai economy together. Therefore, having an expert and well-experienced company such as WRS Group to take care of premium privileges and benefits for APEC Business Travel Card holders will help reassure worldwide business travellers to travel to Thailand, especially this year when Thailand hosts the APEC 2022. “We need to select the best for Thailand to promote what we can offer to global citizens,” said Mr Sanan Aungubonkul.
Mr Kriengkrai Thiennukul, the President of The Federation of Thai Industries, mentioned that “as a representative of Thai industries, I work closely with both the private sector and government for both nationally and internationally matters. I also need to take care of improvement and strategies to support the development of industries and the country’s overall economy. I am delighted that WRS Group helps us to put all their efforts into handling premium privileges and benefits for all APEC Business Travel Card holders as this will also help to enhance our country’s image to the world”.
For this occasion, WRS Group has joined hands with seven business alliances domestically and internationally to create world-class premium privileges and benefits for APEC Business Travel Card holders. The seven business alliances are:
- BDMS Hospital Network: one of the most reputable hospital networks in Asia-Pacific. Currently managed 49 world-class accredited hospitals, providing medical services for approximately 2 million international patients yearly. With its latest medical technology and more than 12,000 medical experts who graduated from leading medical schools, the group is ready to provide healthcare, wellbeing privileges and services, and international medical transfers to cardholders.
- The Coral Executive Lounge: a world-class airport lounge. Currently, there are 16 lounges around the world, with seven lounges in main Thailand airports (Phuket, Hat Yai, Don Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udonthani, and Suvarnbhumi). This company holds the highest number of airport lounges and is continuing to expand its lounges to other airports in Asia-Pacific.
- Dusit Thani Hotels and Resorts Group: owns more than 300 hotels and resorts worldwide. The group will provide special privileges to the APEC Business Travel Card holders such as room upgrade and other benefits for memorable stays.
- High Flyer Asia: the new generation business network in Asia, offers exclusive events and business networking in Thailand and regionally through more than 20 new generation and growing businesses around Asia.
- Minor Hotel Group: owns more than 520 hotels. It has more than 75,000 rooms under the brand Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, NH Collection, NH, Now, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu, and Minor International Hotel Group. Minor Hotels and spas cover 56 countries around Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, Europe and America. Minor Hotel Group will also offer special privileges and benefits to the card holders.
- Siam Piwat Company Limited: a leading retail and real estate developer is the owner and operator of Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery, and one of the joint owners of ICONSIAM and Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok, Thailand’s famous world-class shopping destinations and the centre of retail businesses in Thailand. They offer exquisite and divine experiences in all aspects to inspire and endlessly give life value to people. By offering privileges with no boundary only within the shopping malls, they go beyond for the most unique and incredible experiences for Thai and international cardholders.
- Silver Voyage Club: a one-stop concierge and luxury lifestyle services management brand for travellers who travel domestically and internationally.
Apart from the above list of business alliances, WRS Group will also provide the exclusive privilege of its White Glove Delivery and Services under a dedicated team called “APEC Brand Ambassador”, managed by a well-trained and well-experienced concierge team from Silver Voyage Club to facilitate the card holders’ travelling around Asia-Pacific. Stay tuned for the new version of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) with the best world-class privileges throughout the membership life. More information on membership tiers, privileges and benefits will be revealed in APEC CEO Summit 2022, which will be held in Thailand soon.