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Welcoming Digital Age With Soft Skills

Majority of us have spend many years going to school such as international school in Bangkok and then we proceed to university before we can move on to further our education. All of this is because of one single goal – to have deeper knowledge of the field we are in. Our pursuit for formal education has led us to learn various subjects and courses that were intended to hone our skills.

Even at a young age, we are already learning to adapt skills, either hard or soft. Hard skills are the ones that can be learned and measured to see how much we have absorbed. Soft skills, however, is a different matter as it cannot be measured and it depends on the person’s personality.

Our education though focuses more on adapting hard skills because this is what employers are looking for when they post ads for job vacancies. These hard skills can only be learned when we go through formal education. This is not to say that one will be guaranteed to have success with hard skills alone.

In fact, many schools and universities are already realizing that in order for their graduates to be well-rounded individuals, they must learn soft skills aside from the hard skills already instilled on them. This is why subjects and courses that tackle soft skills have been offered such as innovation, leadership, negotiation and presentation among many others.

There is no denying that hard skills are on the verge of being replaced because of the technological advancements we now have from artificial intelligence to machine learning. These are the innovations that could replace human hard skills later on. There is no need to hire someone to do data analysis or data entry because it is now possible with automation.

The thing is that, while these machines are already advanced, they cannot replace humans when it comes to soft skills. These machines are not capable of showing emotions nor is it able to respond to it accordingly. This is why international school in Bangkok and various educational institutions are placing importance on soft skills to highlight that these skills can never be replaced by even the most intelligent robot.

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Japanese Hotel Brands Upping Thai Investment

There’s many a family hotel in Bangkok, and the Japanese see the appeal in them. Japanese hotel operators are increasing their investment in Thailand, competing for market shares in major tourism names like Marriott, and Accor, and hoping to be the people who can claim their stake on the country’s tourism industry, which has a lot of demand for high-end accommodation, which has only gone up recently.

There were several major investments, from several Japanese businesses.

Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co. was one of the major investors, revealing their plan to set up another hotel in Thailand. This would their third property in the country, and is set to open around 2021, and will follow the opening of the Hotel Nikko Bangkok in January. This new property, like its cousin, will have amenities including, but are not limited to, bathrooms sporting shower toilets, a luxury Japanese restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Hotel Nikko Bangkok, which has the minimum rate sitting at Bt4,500/night, stated that they’re expecting that most of their guests will be Japanese; about 55%. The company that operates the Nikko is also the same company, based in Tokyo, which runs the Okura Prestige Bangkok.

Another major investment was from Kuretakeso Co., which invested ¥1.3 billion, or about Bt370 million. The money will go to the construction of a hotel in Sriracha, southeast of the capital, which will sport 107 rooms, which include six tatami-mat rooms.

The Kuretakeso hotel is catered primarily to business travellers, and will sport meeting rooms, a fitness centre, a spa, and restaurant, even a comic book-reading space. Rooms range from Bt2,100 to 2,400.

Fukuoka’s Kyushu Railway Co. has also partnered up with Hoosiers Asia Pacific PTE, a Singapore subsidiary of Tokyo’s Hoosiers Holdings, and Thailand’s All Inspire Development PLC, for the construction of the company’s first overseas condo complex, to be built in the Thai capital.

There’s clearly appeal in Thai tourism, whether to a family hotel in Bangkok or to the islands around Phuket, as the UN World Tourism Organisation’s data show that foreign arrivals to Thailand managed to hit 35.38 million back in 2017, which makes the kingdom the world’s 10th most popular destination, and the 2nd in the Asia region, behind only China, which welcomed 60.74 million travellers.

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