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Boeing predicts Asia Pacific will dominate the skies by 2028

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28294/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Boeing has predicted that the Asia-Pacific will dominate the world in terms of airline activity within the next two decades. The forecast says that the airlines in Southeast Asia will require more than 2,100 new aircraft valued at approximately US$330 billion. Randy Tinseth, Marketing Vice-President of Commercial Airplanes at Boeing revealed the carrier’s forecast and market data at an international and Southeast Asian commercial airplane market media conference on Tuesday. According to Tinseth, the global air industry will require 29,000 additional aircrafts through 2028, with a market value of US$3.2 trillion. “It is encouraging that 27 percent of our 20-year forecast already is on order,” Tinseth said.“Equally important is that this backlog is well balanced – by type of airplane, by airline business model, and region of the world.” Tinseth said that after having suffered through the recession and volatile fuel prices, the airline industry might experience a peak similar to the one seen in 2008 but not before 2010. He said the recession has bottomed out and noted some improvements, but he warned that a global recovery will be a long and arduous process. He said the increase in air traffic in Southeast Asia will outpace the region’s economic growth. “Air travel growth over the next 20 years is expected to be above 6.5 percent, while the region’s economy is projected to grow at 4.6 percent.”According to Tinseth, the Asia Pacific will easily dominate global air activity in 10 years and added that in 20 years the region will experience 41% of all airline industry activity. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Greece promises to compensate tourists

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Greece has promised to cover the extra costs of visitors stranded in the country as a direct result of a natural disaster or industrial action. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said Greece has made the offer in a bid to boost the vital tourism industry.”We are guaranteeing to pay any extra room and board any visitor in Greece pays even if stuck here because of a volcano in Iceland.”Tourism accounts for more than 15 percent of Greek gross domestic product. Industry experts say they are seeing a drop of about 10-12 percent in bookings this year as the country faces a budget crisis. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ff54/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Darwin Airport receives 100m as Qantas announces MELDRW

first_imgDarwin Airport gets a $100m capital injection, asQantas announces MEL-DRW direct Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Darwin International Airport announced it is set to receive $100 million invested over ten years from Qantas Group, the same day the national carrier announced new direct Melbourne-Darwin services from May 2011.Darwin International Airport struck the new aviation pricing agreement with the Qantas Group on Monday 11 October.The agreement plans for more than $100 million to be invested in its airport facilities over the next ten years, including a $33.5 million terminal expansion.“We are very pleased to announce that we have reached a long-term price agreement with the Qantas Group that both parties are happy with,” Darwin Airport CEO, Ian Kew, said.Darwin’s market has remained resilient over the economic downturn, recording 11.3 per cent international passenger growth and 6.2 per cent domestic passenger growth over the last financial year, a release from the airport said.The growth augurs well for the airport’s ambition to be the primary narrow body hub between Australia and Asia.“Qantas Airways direct Melbourne-Darwin flights will be welcome news to the business community and further demonstrates that our market is high yielding for our airline customers,” Mr Kew said.“Given Darwin Airport’s key role as a hub between Darwin and Asia, we would be keen to work with Qantas to extend this full service flight from Darwin to Singapore in line with the NT Government’s Aviation Strategy.”Qantas announces MEL-DRW from May 2011The new service reflects the national carrier’s efforts to extend its CityFlyer offering on flight to the NT, group executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said in an announcement Monday 11 October.“The new Qantas services will support growth in business travel and tourism between Melbourne and Darwin,” he said.Qantas currently offers direct services between Darwin and Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, as well as direct QantasLink flights to Alice Springs, Cairns and Gove (Nhulunbuy).The new schedule would comprise three return Melbourne-Darwin services operating on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, while a fourth service would operate on Mondays during the Territory’s peak season from July-October, the airline said.The route will be operated by a two-class, 168-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.The Qantas Group accounts for 85 per cent of Darwin Airport’s traffic.last_img read more

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Oprah seafood rocks and a stone

first_imgOprah Winfrey touched down in the Northern Territory on Thursday afternoon in an inspired visit to Ayers Rock. The American television host has not slowed down since she arrived in Sydney earlier this week. Oprah, decked out in true-blue Aussie gear, including an Akubra and tan slacks, was stunned by the enormous Aboriginal landmark. “It strikes awe in your soul when you see it. I know what this means to the Aboriginal people, and I’ve heard of how sacred this land and space and place is,” she said. Prior to visiting Uluru, Oprah flew to Hamilton Island on Wednesday and was entertained by popular celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, and treated to an exclusive seafood barbecue on Whitehaven Beach. A third of Oprah’s American audience visiting Queensland joined their idol for the feast on the Whitsunday Islands. When asked why she had chosen Australia to film her special series, Ms Winfrey was quick to respond.“I’ve always been fascinated by everything I’ve read … about the continent, about its people, about the Aboriginal people, about the land, about the magic … about the flies,” she told media as she performed the Aussie salute. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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BA union strikesout Royal Wedding walkout

first_imgTalks between new leaders at British Airways and its cabin crew union have proven successful so far, with Unite agreeing to not hold strikes over Easter and the Royal Wedding. Despite the latest ballot held this year receiving support for further industrial strikes, the group also hinted at holding off walk outs until after the summer season peak, The Telegraph reported.In return for revoking any industrial action over the holiday period, BA granted the union and its members an extra 28 day extension on its strike mandate which was dated to expire earlier this week.Improved communications between the recently appointed BA chief executive Keith Williams and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is said to have affected the holiday action outcome, according to the source. Both sides are also said to have settled the original dispute concerning work practices, but are holding off completion because the union is still looking for retribution to the action taken out by BA during the original strikes. However, both airlines agreed in a joint statement that they were working towards a “resolution of matters important to cabin crew”.The airline and union said that last year 22 days of strikes cost BA up to £150 million.   Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Double victory for Hilton Sydney at the Australian Hotels Association

first_imgSource = Hilton Hotels & Resorts Hilton Sydney has won two coveted awards for Chef of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Training at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence Gala in Sydney.  The AHA National Awards represents the industry’s greatest honour for high performing hotels in a number of categories. Award finalists are made up from the winners in that category from each AHA state/territory branch.Following the NSW state finals, Hilton Sydney took three finalists, Gary Johnson (Executive Chef) Michael Burgess (Learning & Development Manager) and Mamdoh Kiriakos (Hotel Ambassador) to the nationals, scooping two of the top accolades and a finalist place for Employee Excellence in Service.Gary Johnson, executive chef and joint winner of the coveted Chef of the Year award, said, “It is a great honour to be rewarded by the industry and I feel incredibly proud of my entire team. I am passionate about leading 50 incredibly talented chefs here at Hilton Sydney, over six kitchens and catering to multiple outlets. We feed 40,000 – 55,000 covers a month and I will continue to be innovative and dynamic in doing so.”Gary has developed Hilton Sydney’s menus with an emphasis on healthy cooking, seasonality and regional produce. Events menus have become more participative, introducing ‘kitchen theatre’ which incorporates live stations where guests can individualise their experience at cocktail parties, breakfasts, buffets, lunches and dinners. Gary believes that with a growing food culture, guests want to be engaged with the kitchen and its chefs more than ever.All of Gary’s menus are weekly and seasonally changed and incorporate dietary requirements such as individual low fat servings, low salt and low calorie, selections of gluten-free and low GI or hi-energy morning and afternoon teas. Hilton Sydney meeting menus now eliminate trans-fats and unhealthy additives and Gary has increased the usage of natural and organic produce and sustainable seafood across the board.Second award winner, Michael Burgess, Learning & Development Manager, said, “This year we recognised that to offer our guests the best possible five star experience, we needed to continue to grow our investment in training and team development. That is exactly what we have achieved and over the course of the last year, we delivered 97 classroom based training courses to 1156 participants. This adds value to the team, the business and most importantly to our guests. I feel honoured to have been recognised for the implementation of such a positive program and will continue to drive it forward.”In addition to its training courses, all Hilton Sydney team members have access to ‘Hilton University’, free of charge, from 24 hour access computers in the hotel or from home. Where appropriate, courses are assigned, but teams are also able to use this valuable resource for their own personal and professional development; 2864 online Hilton University courses across a range of topics were completed in the last year alone.Paul Hutton, general manager, Hilton Sydney said, “I am incredibly proud of all of our finalists as they have highlighted the exceptional service that we offer at Hilton Sydney on a national stage.”last_img read more

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Marriott Hotel turns over a new leaf

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Melbourne Marriott Hotel gets an upgrade Melbourne luxury hotel the Marriott has turned over a new leaf with the completion of its AU$12 million renovation which took one year to complete.The hotel already known as being a “green” luxury hotel has taken the property to the next level of comfort by refurbishing all guest rooms and suites, executive lounge, gymnasium, the external windows and the newly completed $2million façade.Marriott Hotels general manager George Varughese said the new upgraded facilities will further cement their reputation as a premier boutique property for corporate and leisure travellers. “The refurbishment is well timed to capture the current upswing in corporate travel,” Mr Varughese said. “Our guests will benefit from improved technology and a higher level of comfort. A great result all round and wonderful way to start the New Year.”In-room improvements include 42’’ flat screen LG High Definition TVs and iPod docking stations in each room, as well as high speed wireless internet throughout.The property also boosts being one of the top five star hotels in Melbourne for conferences, accommodating up to 250 guests.last_img read more

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Sabre Pacific congratulates NTIA winners

first_imgSource = Sabre Pacific Sabre Pacific has extended its congratulations to Sabre-connected agencies Phil Hoffmann Travel, Spencer Travel, Travelscene Kempsey and ETM, who each received accolades at the 2012 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), held on Saturday.The event saw nearly 1,000 travel industry representatives convene at The Westin, Sydney to celebrate and commemorate the year that was.  Sabre Pacific ceo, Gai Tyrrell, says Sabre is invested in celebrating the industry’s highest achievers. “At Sabre, we’re dedicated to being the best we can be – and by giving recognition to people and companies who stand out from the pack, we are all inspired to work that little bit harder to please our customers,” says Tyrrell.”I would especially like to congratulate all the staff at Spencer Travel. Their third concurrent win in the ‘Best Travel Agency Corporate – Single Location’ category has qualified them for entry in NTIA Hall of Fame.” Sabre-connected NTIA Winners:Phil Hoffmann Travel – Category 3: Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location Spencer Travel – Category 4: Best Travel Agency Corporate – Single LocationETM – Category 7: Best Business Events Travel AgencyTravelscene Kempsey – Special Award – AFTA’s oldest member agencylast_img read more

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Top Award for BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday

first_imgSource = BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Greg and Naomi McKinnon operate the family owned resort and said, “we have continued to pour our hearts into the business and have worked on improving our product every year. The past few years have been very difficult for tourism but we have maintained our standards and continued to invest in training, capital improvements, develop marketing and social media and plan for the future. The recognition these awards provide means a great deal to us and everyone involved.”The multi-award winning business is located in Airlie Beach and the McKinnon’s believes the qualities that make them unique include delivering superior customer service, maintaining a focus on the guest, paying attention to the little things and supporting and empowering their staff.  BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday has capacity for over 700 guests and offers a special kind of holiday destination capturing the essence of the relaxed Australian lifestyle. It is a vibrant, family orientated resort set in 10 beautiful hectares of tropical gardens providing an ideal location for a lifetime of holiday memories. For those who want to venture outside the resort, it has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and a vast array of trips, fishing, boating and a host of other water based activities. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday has secured its position as the top rated tourist park in Queensland by winning the Queensland Tourism Award for the second year in a row. Announced at the awards ceremony in Brisbane on Friday 23 November, owner Grey McKinnon thanked his team for working together to create the special environment that makes Adventure Whitsunday such a wonderful place to visit.last_img read more

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Travelport pinpoint new agreement

first_imgTravelport has formed a new business partnership with Pinpoint Travel Group, becoming the company’s preferred global distribution systems (GDS) provider in the Asia region.Travelport will provide Pinpoint Travel Group with on-going travel technology consultancy services as they carry out their Asia expansion.“Travel rewards are now a critical component for all types of loyalty programmes,” Travelport president and chief executive Gordon Wilson said.“It is important for Pinpoint Travel Group to have access to the broadest travel content possible via innovative technology, ensuring their clients’ members enjoy a seamless booking process.”Pinpoint specialise in travel rewards and redemption programs and also operate vacation programs for leading international airlines in Australia, such as Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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Tokio Marine takes on the Travel Insurance market with World2Cover

first_img World2Cover Travel InsuranceSource = Tokio Marine Group – World2Cover Tokio Marine takes on the Travel Insurance market with World2CoverThe Australian arm of world leading insurer, Tokio Marine Group, has launched a new consumer travel insurance subsidiary; World2Cover.World2Cover is set to disrupt the highly competitive travel insurance market by offering a best in class policy.Australian families in particular will benefit from the exceptional levels of cover available, with access to market leading options for their children.Of the 27 areas of cover, World2Cover offer the top benefits in 23 categories against their key major competitors. All policies will be underwritten by one of the top ranking non-life insurance companies worldwide, providing tailored insurance cover and security at a competitive cost.In 2014, outbound travel insurance in Australia was worth approximately $772m with an annual growth projection of 1.5% over the five year period 2014-2019i. World2Cover is committed to offering customers global coverage, winter sports options, family benefits and a simple claims process which will provide peace of mind.The launch marks global heavyweight Tokio Marine Group’s first foray into the consumer market in Australia. While theTokio Marine Group has a long history in the general insurance market globally, it is a significant evolution for theAustralian business that has its roots in commercial insurance. The Australian team, Tokio Marine Management Australasia Pty Limited (TMMA) is leading the worldwide charge, being the first office of the firm, outside of Japan, to offer direct consumer travel insurance online.The World2Cover portfolio will expand over the next four to six weeks, ensuring a broad range of travel insurance options are available to fit any budget. The new products will include:• Basics• Essentials• Premium (the current product in market)• Domestic Travel InsuranceEmbracing the Japanese philosophy of Omotenashi, World2Cover will exemplify the belief that great customer service and developing a solid relationship is critical to any product.Claudio Saita, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director at Tokio Marine Management Australia commented “we are extremely excited to be entering this new area of the market. As an established administrator in the Australian commercial insurance sector since 1963, this is key business growth opportunity. Whether our customers are skiing off-piste or travelling as a young family, our comprehensive, all-inclusive policies will allow our clients to really make the most of their travels,” he said.“World2Cover is not a faceless insurer, but one that offers a policy that will cover you in a time of need, directly engaging with our customers to make their claims process as easy and straightforward as possible. Our feature rich product, combined with our leading customer service, will leave them secure in the knowledge that they are fully covered should anything happen,” he concluded.How do the product benefits compare? World2Cover offers:• Unlimited medical and hospital cover when you are travelling overseas• Unlimited cover for cancellation fees if the unexpected happens• Market leading levels of cover for your children and grandchildren under 25 when they are travelling with you• Optional extra ski insurance for those needing a little extra cover• 24 hour emergency help anywhere in the world if things go wrong• We’ll get your dependents home safely if you can’t• New for old replacement of luggage• A simple claims process with no complicated forms• Multi-trip policies and loyalty discounts for your next tripTo celebrate the launch, the new products are available to consumers with a special promotion of 20% off their normal rate.The Tokio Marine Group is one of the largest (and oldest) insurance companies in the world. Launched in 1879, they are now present in over 39 countries around the world with more than 40,000 employees globally. Tokio Marine has been in Australia since 1963. They are recognised as a world-wide leader in the general non-life insurance sector, with a long history of financial stability and an excellent security rating.last_img read more

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UIA carried its 40millionth passenger

first_imgUIA carried its 40-millionth passengerUIA carried its 40-millionth passengerUkraine International carried its 40-millionth passenger Svitlana Pogrebna who was flying from Kiev to Amsterdam on the UIA PS105 flight.The welcome ceremony was held at UIA check-in area in Terminal D at Kiev Boryspil International airport where the leading Ukraine’s carrier’s jubilee client received flowers and presents. Another surprise awaited Svitlana on board where she was once again congratulated by the crew.“We are very proud of having been chosen by over 40 million passengers from Ukraine, Europe, Asia, America, the Middle East, and the CIS countries over 25 years of operations, – noted Evgeniya Satska, UIA Corporate Press Secretary. – We expect to keep growing, developing, and gaining loyalty of millions of travelers from across the world. By 2021, we plan to actively enhance fleet, expand eastern and south-eastern route networks, increase frequencies of our westbound flights, as well as further develop Ukraine’s transit potential. Whatever we do, we do it with our passengers in mind. I would like to thank everyone for flying with UIA.”In 2015, UIA carried 4.9 million passengers; in 2016 – 6 million clients; in 2017, the carrier expects to welcome 7 million travelers on board.Ukraine International is Ukraine’s leading carrier connecting Ukraine with 80+ capitals and key cities of Europe, Asia, America, the Middle East, and CIS countries providing connections with its international partners’ flights to over 3,000 other destinations worldwide. UIA operates over 1100 scheduled flights per week from Kiev, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Chernivtsi.Ukraine International operates 42 aircraft including 25 Boeing 737 NG aircraft with the average age of 9 years. Currently, UIA fleet`s average age amounts to 12 years.The base airport for UIA is Kiev Boryspil International Airport (KBP).Source = Ukraine International Airlineslast_img
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New Thai hospitality brand Havent Met Silom opens

first_imgSource = Haven’t Met Silom New Thai hospitality brand Haven’t Met Silom opensNew Thai hospitality brand Haven’t Met Silom opensA new lifestyle hotel for millennial travellers has launched its flagship property in Bangkok, Haven’t Met Silom.The hip new technology driven brand offers comfortable yet practical city stays with integrated technology that connects guests with each other and city experiences with complimentary use of 4G connected, interactive in-room smart tablets loaded with a custom Haven’t Met Silom app. The tablet has a dedicated virtual chat room for guests to meet up in, talk with each other, and plan activities and trips around the Thai capital. It also features a local area map, a hotel directory, restaurant and room service menus, as well as music streaming via JOOX.Haven’t Met Silom features 70 smart, stylish rooms in two categories spread through 9 floors. The Awesome (20sqm) room and Sensational (24sqm) room offer comfort and convenience with practical layouts enhanced by quality furnishings and fittings. Room rates start from THB 2500++.Cloud 9 Restaurant offers guests a daily breakfast buffet, complemented by a la carte Thai fusion dishes, with generous portions served at affordable prices. There is also a 24-hour High Lounge with complimentary soft drinks and snacks. Cloud 9 Casual Rooftop is the hotel’s stylish al fresco pool bar with quality drinks, creative Thai fusion food and stunning cityscape views.Mr. Chayaphon Hunrungroj, Chairman of Sincere Capital Land Co., Ltd. said, “We invested THB 120 million in this new project to target millennial travellers from Asia and around the world. Thailand has a lot of new hotels launching every year, but not many of them target the real needs of millennial travellers. As a new Thai brand we aim to offer affordable, experience-led stays. Our target occupancy is 80 percent in the first year and we expect this to reach 90 percent in the second year.”Mr. Patrick Pratummanee, Executive Director of Haven’t Met Hotels explains the inspiration behind the concept. “Today’s young, affluent travellers are looking for practical comfort in a convenient location. They need a base to explore the city and they want to know the best things to see, to do, and what’s new. They also want to share their travel experience with their social network and make new friends.”Haven’t Met Silom offers these entire benefits and the hotel app lets guests plan their trip together before they check in, share experiences during the stay, and upload memories after they leave. The app also gives them the inside track on what Bangkok has to offer, and they can explore the city with a choice of specially selected travel experiences that can be booked directly on the tablet.“The experiences are what really connect guests to Bangkok so we have selected the best and partnered with a range of operators to offer a wide selection of memorable excursions and adventures. The experiences are all carefully chosen so that travellers can really get under the skin of the city,” adds Mr. PratummaneeHaven’t Met Experiences include everything from sampling local street food to the finest gourmet dining. Guests can choose to visit a pop-up market, or explore the city’s sophisticated retail malls. They can relax with a sublime spa treatment to sooth their muscles after a session of Muay Thai boxing training, then head out on a party night to the city’s coolest rooftop bars.The company expects to break even in five years and the team at Haven’t Met Hotels is currently exploring new locations in Thailand to launch owned and managed hotel properties in downtown, riverfront locations in Bangkok and also in other cities, as well as resort destinations like Phuket.To make a reservation visit: https://www.hotel-hm.comlast_img read more

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Club Meds Limited End of Financial Year Offer for Groups

first_imgClub Med’s Limited End of Financial Year Offer for GroupsClub Med’s Limited End of Financial Year Offer for GroupsThe renowned premium all-inclusive resort provider, Club Med, has released a limited End of Financial Year Offer for groups to experience 5 nights all-inclusive from $800pp at Club Med Bali, Bintan Island, Phuket or Cherating Beach, PLUS a free full day meeting room or private cocktail function. Hurry! Limited-time offer is only valid for bookings from 18th June until 23rd July, 2018 for travel until 30th April, 2019.With the limited EOFY Offer and Club Med’s easy all-inclusive package taking the hassle of our organising group trips, there has never been a better time to reward your team with a trip to remember. Tropical destinations, fully-equipped facilities, unique activities and modern meeting rooms; Club Med provides the perfect place to work, play and relax with your team.EOFY Offer includes:5 nights all-inclusive from $800pp at Club Med Bali, Bintan Island, Phuket, or Cherating BeachFREE exclusive cocktail event OR full-day meeting roomAustralia-based Meeting & Events team member to help bring your event to lifeClub Med’s premium all-inclusive package featuring:– Choice of accommodation option from Club Room to Suite– All-day gourmet dining at the resort’s many restaurants– Premium open bar including beer, wine, spirits, and delicious cocktails– A wide range of unique activities from Thai Boxing, snorkeling boat tours, yoga, surfing, tennis, and more + Kids Clubs for      those travelling with little ones– Free WIFI throughout the resortEOFY Offer available for the following resorts:Club Med Bali, Nusa Dua, Indonesia5 nights all-inclusive from $850pp (save $525pp) + FREE cocktail event OR full-day meeting roomThe perfect harmony between contemporary design and Balinese culture, plenty of space, brand NEW meeting rooms, lots of activities such as yoga, perfect relaxation with the adult-only Zen pool and much more to discover.Resort capacity: 383 pax | Dining capacity: 650 pax | Conference capacity: 120 paxClub Med Bintan Island, Indonesia (close to Singapore)5 nights all-inclusive from $930pp (save $725pp) + FREE cocktail event OR full-day meeting roomEasily accessible on the doorstep of Singapore, enter an oasis of wellness and fun, ideal for groups seeking a rejuvenating and invigorating experience. Yoga, flying trapeze, Ria Bintan Golf*, Spa*, team-building activities, and more.Resort capacity: 305pax | Dining capacity: 500 pax | Conference capacity: 220 paxClub Med Phuket, Thailand5 nights all-inclusive from $800pp (save $350pp) + FREE cocktail event OR full-day meeting roomDiscover a paradise of relaxation and Thai culture on the island of Phuket. Provide a culturally stimulating and exciting destination for your next conference or group trip just a few palm trees away from Thailand’s bustling capital.Resort capacity: 340 pax | Dining capacity: 550 pax | Conference capacity: 80 paxClub Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia5 nights all-inclusive from $800pp (save $510pp) + FREE cocktail event OR full-day meeting roomImmerse your group into the Malaysian jungle in our eco-resort full of nature discoveries. With 80 hectares of tropical forest and four kilometres of unspoilt beach, abundant wildlife, exciting activities and infinite peace awaits!Resort capacity: 297 pax | Dining capacity: 650 pax | Conference capacity: 300 paxFor bookings and enquiries, please contact the Club Med Meetings & Events team on 1800 258 263 or by emailing AustraliaGroupSales@Clubmed.comAbout Club MedClub Med provides amazing holiday experiences, made easy, in the world’s most beautiful destinations. With over 70 premium and luxury all-inclusive sun and snow resorts located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Club Med resorts blend seamlessly with their environment, drawing inspiration from the local culture and nature to immerse guests in the destination.Since 1950, Club Med has been dedicated to providing guests with amazing new experiences that make for an unforgettable holiday – from the rejuvenating to the exhilarating, and everything in-between. Each resort offers a vast selection of opportunities to try something new, immerse in local culture, revive body and mind, and give back to the local community and environment.Club Med holidays are a truly hassle-free experience, with premium all-inclusive packages and a wide range of innovative services – giving guests more time to spend doing what they love.For more information, visit www.meetings-events-clubmed.com.au and www.clubmed.com.au or follow Club Med at:Instagram @clubmedFacebook /ClubMedAustraliaTwitter @ClubMed_AuTravel agent Facebook /ClubMedforTravelAgentsSource = Club Medlast_img read more

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Residence Inn Hotel to open in Spartanburg South Carolina

first_imgResidence Inn Hotel to open in Spartanburg, South CarolinaResidence Inn Hotel to open in Spartanburg, South CarolinaStylish and functional hotel design lets extended-stay guests thrive on the roadThe 105-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Spartanburg, South Carolina is scheduled to open this Friday, June 29, 2018. Located at 109 Residence Drive, the all-suite Residence Inn Spartanburg Westgate will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Pinnacle Hospitality of Roebuck, South Carolina. Located 10 minutes from downtown Spartanburg and 16 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, the Residence Inn Spartanburg Westgate offers its guests convenient access to the BMW Zentrum Museum and Factory, the Upward Star Center, Wofford College and Converse College. Rates vary depending on length of stay. “We are pleased with the continued growth of Residence Inn hotels in the Spartanburg area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “When on the road for an extended period, our guests need space to spread out, maintain their life’s pace and restore their energy to help them maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling. This new hotel offers them a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive.” The Residence Inn Spartanburg Westgate is an all-suite hotel that offers studio and one-bedroom suites. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel’s plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite’s large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. The Residence Inn Spartanburg Westgate rotates a wide selection of healthy choices at their free hot breakfast. Start with favorites like bacon and eggs, Greek yogurt, cut fruit or waffles and make it yours with our extensive toppings, ranging from fresh spinach and cheese to sliced almonds and strawberries. Enjoy all the options you need to start your morning with endless possibilities. Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the Residence Inn Spartanburg Westgate offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel’s weeknight evening gatherings – the RI Mix offer a casual, relaxing environment where guests can be as social as they want, while enjoying premium beers and connection to local flavors. The hotel also maintains a business library where guests can fax, copy and print materials, and provides guests with an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, an outdoor patio and a lobby bar that will relocate to the patio in warmer weather. About Residence Inn by MarriottResidence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the extended-stay lodging segment, with more than 700 properties located in 10 countries and territories. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones. Fully functional kitchens; grocery delivery service; 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfasts help guests maximize their time and thrive while they travel. The RI Mix evening events afford guests the opportunity to socialize and connect with the local community. Each Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi in both public and guests spaces to ensure continuous connectivity while on the road. As a member of the Marriott International portfolio, Residence Inn is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook and follow @ResidenceInn on Twitter and Instagram. Source = Residence Inn by Marriottlast_img read more

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Original Group to Debut Exclusive All Suite Property

first_imgOriginal Group to Debut Exclusive All Suite PropertyOriginal Group to Debut Exclusive All Suite PropertyOriginal Group – the leading Mexican expert in adult hospitality – is pleased to announce the creation of Desire Mansion, a new boutique resort-within-a-resort concept located at the brand’s Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort. The new all-suite luxury property will be unveiled Winter 2020 and offer spacious and luxurious accommodations, exclusive access to premier experiences and the convenience of proximity to the property’s most stimulating attractions for discerning couples seeking sensual adventure.“We are thrilled to announce Desire Mansion as the latest addition to our growing brand and the place where opulence and sensuality will meet for couples seeking to indulge beyond pleasure,” said Rodrigo de la Peña, CEO of Original Group. “Desire Mansion will offer guests a more intimate and elevated setting within our spectacular Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort. The premiere resort-within-a-resort concept will provide a fantastic retreat from the ordinary in every way possible.”Desire Mansion is destined to be the pearl within Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort: a sleek, new gleaming building accentuated by glass, crystal and pearly white surfaces inside and out. The three-floor luxury property will be comprised of only eight suites: six exclusive Mansion Suites, three on the first floor featuring their own private swim-up pool and three on the second floor; and two Royal Suites on the upper level.All couples are welcome to book a stay at the Mansion, where they will be able to enjoy complete access to the deluxe amenities within Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and an exclusive area on Desire Pearl’s private beach. The spacious new property will also have a dedicated check-in and lounge area, including its own kitchen and room for private events. Within the Mansion, guests will have their own clothing optional areas along with a unique version of Desire’s iconic Play Rooms as well as newly styled Key Rooms to meet, play and explore with others. Desire Premier members will also receive exclusive perks and discounts during their stay.Pampering, playfulness and a sense of an exclusive private retreat are part of the unique design and experience of staying at the new Desire Mansion. Equipped with the sought-after daily activities and nightly entertainment that Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort offers to guests year-round, Desire Mansion will set a new standard in luxury adult-only hospitality.Playfulness and upscale service combined with an open-minded ambience are hallmarks of Desire, the hotel collection owned by Original Group, the leading Mexican expert in adult hospitality. Desire presents a couples-only, clothing-optional, adult-centric space where vacationers can explore their fantasies away from home, doing so safely within their own limits, letting all their choices be their own. The new Desire Mansion concept, debuting within Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort, brings this atmosphere forward into an even more exclusive, sensual and luxurious realm never before thought possible.For more information, visit www.desire-experience.comSource = Original Grouplast_img read more

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Hinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019

first_imgHinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019Hinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019Hinode Hills Niseko Village – the highly anticipated 79 luxury room and suite hotel – opens for arrivals on 1st December 2019. The hotel is the latest addition to join YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village, alongside The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse.Named to pay homage to the rising sun, the elegantly furnished hotel is designed with a wabi-sabi aesthetic, unveiling its fine beauty through authenticity, natural forms, and the appreciation for nature. Blending warm contemporary style with authentic Japanese aesthetics, the hotel is complemented with all the luxury hotel services and amenities. With your choice of multiple room and suite configurations up to three-bedrooms, Hinode Hills will provide a host of opportunities suitable for any type of holiday, from romantic getaways to large family vacations.Located at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Hinode Hills occupies a prime position at the heart of Niseko Village with stunning Mount Yotei views, ski-in, ski-out access, an in-house onsen, as well as a plethora of ski services available on property. The hotel is also strategically positioned adjacent to the Upper Village Gondola, which provides guests with easy lift access around the mountain, replacing the need to walk, drive or take a shuttle bus. Services at Hinode Hills are held to the usual high standards of YTL Hotels, with concierge facilities and priority privileges at your doorstep. Being part of an integrated resort managed by Niseko Village, all mountain operations and experiences are designed to be seamless. Guests are spoilt for choice with the variety of convivial social settings across diverse dining and retail venues, world-class facilities, indoor and outdoor attractions at The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and at the heart of the village itself.Luke Hurford, Senior Vice President of Strategy at YTL Hotels says, “Hinode Hills raises the bar for luxury developments in Niseko and is committed to providing guests with a truly integrated and seamless experience. You will have the luxury of having your ski school instructors meeting you at your door, the ability to ski- out onto the lift, convenience of on-site gear, and the advantage of the gondola beside the hotel to whisk you away to the village dining and shopping area.”Hinode Hills opens for reservations in April, with the studio unit starting at 40,000 Japanese Yen per night, the two-bedroom units starting at 60,000 Japanese Yen per night, and the three-bedroom suites starting at 80,000 Japanese Yen per night.About Niseko VillageNestled at the south base of the 1308m Mount Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village sits within the Niseko united ski area that accesses inter-linked ski resorts boasting a combined 2,191 acres of skiable terrain. Often compared to world class ski resorts like Aspen in Colorado and Niseko’s sister city, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Niseko Village comprises of eight exclusive Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse that redefines alpine living, Hilton Niseko Village – voted ‘Best Ski Resort Hotel in Japan’ by World Ski Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, spa and onsen facilities, a dining and retail village hub, the Niseko Village skifield – renowned for its dry champagne powder at low-altitude, variety of ski terrains, the world-class Niseko Village Snow School and Niseko Kids™ programmes.About YTL HotelsYTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, and Europe including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Nast Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Awards World’s Top 100. The portfolio also encompasses the ownership management of a number of Marriott properties in Australia, Koh Samui and Kuala Lumpur as well as properties under the brand’s prestigious Autograph Collection banner.With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Founded in 1955, YTL Corporation Berhad is an integrated infrastructure developer headquartered in Malaysia with extensive operations in its homeland, including Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Jordan and China.Source = Hinode Hills Niseko Villagelast_img read more

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Anastasia Skripka

first_imgOTM has been very nice and we have been able to make some very good contacts. The footfall and the response we got have surpassed our expectations. We have also been able find some good partners with whom we can work in the future. Overall we had a great experience in OTM 2016.last_img

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Tourism Minister of Jamaica to sign major agreement with Airbnb

first_imgJamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has announced that the Ministry of Tourism is all set to sign a major agreement with Airbnb in order to augment and drive growth within the tourism industry.The Minister, who made the announcement during a meeting with Airbnb executives, is very optimistic about the potential impact this would have on community tourism and is eager to finalise a memorandum of understanding to concretise the partnership.“We are very happy to be partnering with Airbnb and know that it will be mutually beneficial to both entities involved. Once drafted, I know that the agreement will take into account our goal of destination assurance, which ensures our credibility in the marketplace. It will also allow us to utilise analytics across their social platforms. This will be a great tool for us to build a better collective resource management platform for our destination,” said Minister Bartlett.As per Airbnb’s executive with responsibility for Public Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, Shawn Sullivan, the market for Airbnb in Jamaica is rapidly growing and is extremely lucrative. The site presently accounts for 2,300 active hosts and 4,000 active listings in the past year from Jamaica.“Generally in the Caribbean people will rent their entire homes. Here in Jamaica, we are seeing a mixture between private homes versus a private space in someone’s home. We were responsible for bringing in roughly 32,000 tourists within the past year and we believe that this collaboration will allow this to grow exponentially,” explained Sullivan.last_img read more

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Oman gets a new international airport

first_imgThe first phase of Oman’s brand new Muscat International Airport is currently operational and has increased passenger capacity to 20 million-up from the previous 12 million passengers recorded in 2017. The state-of-the-art airport has been designed to be the shining symbol of the Sultanate of Oman.Designed as ICAO category 4F airports, the Muscat International Airport will be able to accommodate the world’s largest aircraft, Airbus A380 and the runway will enable independent parallel operations. Built with the latest technology, the passenger terminals are aligned with IATA Service Level A standards. 580,000 m sq. is the total gross area for the new Muscat International terminal building with an overall airport land area of 21 km sq.Salim Al-Mamari, Ministry of Tourism, Oman said, “The government of Oman is focusing on travel and tourism as a part of its economic diversification strategy. The newly opened Muscat International Airport, brand new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, revised visa rules along with other infrastructure developments seen in the recent times determine some of the efforts to increase tourism in Oman.”Speaking about the importance of the Indian market, he highlighted, “India is one of the key markets for Oman and we are certain that this proactive initiative by the Ministry will drive a lot of visitors from India. Since 2014, Oman has witnessed over 23% growth in Indian arrivals. In 2016, Oman received 297,628 Indian arrivals as compared to 256,210 arrivals in 2014 that is over 16% growth within 2 years. In 2017, Oman received 321,161 Indian arrivals which are remarkably higher, showcasing the growth of over 7.90 % in just one year.”Muscat International Airport received about one million passengers in its first month of operations. The airport will undergo further upgrades in three consecutive phases which aims to boost the number to 24, 36 and 48 million passengers per annum. Muscat International Airport is ranked among the top 10 airports in Middle East at present and has recently won the 2018 World Travel Awards as Middle East’s Leading New Tourism Development Project 2018.last_img read more

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