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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Revealed: Australians' Attitude Towards Sustainable Travel in 2024



New data from the company’s annual sustainable travel research reveals over half of Aussie travellers (54%) feel travelling more sustainably is important, but not a primary consideration when planning or booking travel

Almost two thirds of Aussie travellers (67%) feel that witnessing sustainable practices during their travels inspires them to be more sustainable in their everyday life

Almost half of Aussies (47%) believe governments hold the most potential for countering economic impacts of travel, and 40% thinking travel service providers hold the key to counteracting the environmental factors

Monday, May 20, 2024

Palace Hotel Tokyo Debuts ‘Best of Japan’ Experiences


The Forbes Five-Star hotel launches a new, tailored gastronomic stay package

A hotel renowned for showcasing the best of Japanese hospitality is whetting appetites with the launch of its new gastronomic stay experience.

For 'The Best of Japan: The Art of Gastronomy', Palace Hotel Tokyo has curated a selection of eating and drinking experiences designed to peel back the layers of Japan's vast culinary landscape.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Aussie tourists highest spenders on experience and nightlife globally



New data from Mastercard Economics Institute (MEI)'s fifth annual report, "Travel Trends 2024: Breaking Boundaries" showcases that Aussies spend the highest globally on experiences and nightlife - while travelling. But that's not all.

Below are the key findings from the report:

Monday, May 6, 2024

Raffles Hotel Le Royal Welcomes 2-Michelin-Star Chef Stephane Carrade

Chef Stephane Carrade

French culinary expert will prepare exclusive dinner and lunch sets on May 29, 30 and 31

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, the luxury heritage hotel in Cambodia's capital, will welcome acclaimed French Chef Stephane Carrade of the 2-Michelin-star Le Skiff Club for a series of exclusive meals later this month.

Chef Stephane, whom the MICHELIN Guide describes as a "talented and skilled captain … who combines generosity and finesse," will serve distinctive dinner and lunch sets at the hotel's signature fine dining outlet, Restaurant Le Royal, on May 29, 30 and 31. The meals feature an exclusive partnership with Louis XIII, the luxury cognac.

The dinner, served from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., is priced at $98++, while the lunch, served from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., is priced at $48++, with optional wine pairings and special Louis XIII tasting. Advance reservations are recommended.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: Stay and Play in the Petal Packages announced






Two of Toowoomba’s leading hotels have announced Stay and Play in the Petal Packages for this year’s famous Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

ASEAN Explorer Pass to Open Up the Region




Report By David Bowden


AirAsia MOVE (formerly known as AirAsia Superapp), a digital venture by Malaysia’s Capital A Berhad, continues with its endeavours to become a leading online travel agent (OTA) platform that champions and connects all the ten ASEAN nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) with its recent introduction of the ‘ASEAN Explorer Pass’.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Anam Mui Ne Opens Exquisite Old-World Bar By The Beach



The Anam Mui Ne, an Indochine-era inspired resort in Vietnam's popular beach town Mui Ne, has opened a quaint new bar that pays homage to the intimate Saigon bars of yesteryear.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Scoot’s First E190-E2 Aircraft Touches Down in Singapore



Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), today welcomed its first Embraer E190-E2 aircraft at Singapore Changi Airport.  

Monday, April 8, 2024

Intrepid Travel launches Women’s Expedition in Saudi Arabia

Intrepid Travel has introduced a 12-day Saudi Arabia Women's Expedition, designed to offer an authentic and transformative travel experience while empowering women and supporting female-owned businesses in the destination.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Sofitel announces research study analysing travellers sleep patterns to try reduce the 'first night effect'

Guided by this research, Sofitel will be deploying new experience rituals across all its hotels to help guests enjoy blissful nights.



Sleep has always been a focus for Sofitel. In 2003, the brand unveiled a major innovation: the Sofitel MyBed experience, the epitome of comfort. A box spring, mattress, topper, comforter, and an extensive selection of pillows, developed with the utmost care to deliver unmatched comfort and the sensation of being cradled in clouds. Sofitel has now taken its commitment to slumber a step further by conducting a scientific study to analyse its guests' sleep. The aim was to better understand how travelers sleep, in order to help them sleep better and longer. The study was designed to minimise the notorious "first night effect," which occurs when people sleep away from home.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Queensland's The Reef House crowned Australia's top luxury hotel


5 Star Luxury Accommodation Gold Winner - Australian Tourism Awards 2024

5 Star Luxury Accommodation Gold Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 2022 & 2023

TripAdvisor No2 Luxury Hotel in Australia, No2 Top Hotel in South Pacific & Australia 2023


An innovative business plan to offer complimentary experiences as part of relaxation escape packages has earned The Reef House Boutique Hotel and Spa the title of the best Five Star Luxury Accommodation in Australia.

Monday, March 11, 2024

The Anam Cam Ranh Launches Honeymoon Villas




The Anam, a luxurious 12-hectare resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam's Cam Ranh peninsula, has unveiled two exquisite villas just for honeymooners, each replete with a private pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna room and daily afternoon tea.

Top domestic and international travel destinations for Easter revealed!


 

The Gold Coast has been named the top destination Aussies are looking to travel to this Easter and school holiday period, according to Booking.com's latest data*, in a likely bid to hold onto the sunshine and warm weather. 

 

Next on the list is Sydney, brimming with events from the Royal Sydney Easter Show to live music. This is followed by Melbourne and the festival state of South Australia with Adelaide jumping four places on the list, rounding out the top five with Perth

 

Asia dominated the top ten international destinations from Booking.com, with Japan on top (up five places), followed by Singapore (up three places), Seminyak and Ubud. Aussies are also looking for the hustle and bustle of cities as Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong rise a massive twenty-two and fourteen spots respectively. 

 

AU Top 20 Domestic Destinations*

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Sydney
  3. Melbourne
  4. Adelaide (+4)
  5. Perth
  6. Brisbane
  7. Cairns
  8. Canberra
  9. Byron Bay
  10. Hobart (+1)
  11. Coffs Harbour
  12. Newcastle
  13. Port Macquarie (+3)
  14. Airlie Beach
  15. Noosa Heads (+1)
  16. Nelson Bay
  17. Forster (+1)
  18. Lakes Entrance
  19. Mooloolaba (+10)
  20. Port Douglas

 

AU Top 10 International Destinations 

  1. Tokyo (+5)
  2. Singapore (+3)
  3. Seminyak
  4. Ubud
  5. Canggu (+3)
  6. Bangkok (+4)
  7. Ho Chi Minh City (+22)
  8. Hong Kong (+14)
  9. Osaka (+51)
  10. Legian (+2) 

 

AU Top 10 International + Domestic 

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Sydney
  3. Melbourne
  4. Adelaide
  5. Perth
  6. Tokyo
  7. Singapore
  8. Brisbane
  9. Seminyak
  10. Cairns

 

*Methodology: this report looks at search sessions between 2024-02-15 and 2024-02-25, with check in dates between 2024-03-29 and 2024-04-01. For comparison figures we looked at search sessions between 2023-03-06 and 2024-03-12, with check in dates between 2023-04-07 and 2023-04-10

 


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Vietnamese Stars Aim to Top 2023 Heroics as 15th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final Returns




Asian kids to battle it out for crown at World Top 100 Golf Resort Laguna Lang Co in April


Vietnam’s junior golf stars will be seeking to ensure recent history repeats itself when the 15th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final returns to Laguna Lang Co at the end of April.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

AirAsia Move - formerly airasia Superapp - unveils fresh new look


AirAsia MOVE debuts with refreshed app look, taking a bold first step in its ongoing transformative journey


  • New app icon on App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android) effective 26 Feb

  • Convenient functions remain the same, book AirAsia flights & 700 other airlines, hotels, rides, and so much more on the AirAsia MOVE app 

  • More exciting changes coming up, including new app layout & experience 


AirAsia MOVE, formerly known as airasia Superapp, today unveiled the updated, refreshed look of its app icon on the App Store (iOS) and Play Store (Android). 


This comes as AirAsia MOVE enters another phase of its brand refresh and transformation as was announced in September 2023



Nadia Omer, CEO of AirAsia MOVE commented, "The new AirAsia MOVE app icon is the first of many exciting changes coming up that are designed to elevate and enhance every travellers' experience. From the app layout, to exciting new products, services and unbeatable deals, the new AirAsia MOVE will help you go all the way seamlessly when you travel. For those of you who already have the app on your phones, it would've been refreshed & updated to the new look. 


"While the app icon boasts a new appearance and AirAsia MOVE takes the spotlight as our new brand name, we would like to reassure everyone that everything you love such as booking AirAsia flights & from more airlines, hotels, rides, managing your bookings, or even connecting with fellow travellers via the Chat & Community as well as AskBo functions still remain intact. So don't worry and we hope you enjoy all the improvements that are coming your way!" 


For more information regarding the refreshed look and upcoming changes, visit this page.


AirAsia MOVE envisions travel complemented by a community-led experience through features such as airasia chat, games, gifting, and a strong loyalty program that rewards users across its expansive ecosystem. 

AirAsia MOVE's ecosystem includes OTA services such as flight bookings from over 700 airlines, including the World's Best Low-Cost Carrier AirAsia and 900,000 hotels world-wide plus ride-hailing, dining experiences, insurance and more, underpinned by integrated financial services by BigPay. AirAsia MOVE won 'Asia's Leading Online Travel Agency 2023' by World Travel Awards in its first nomination in the OTA category. 

Download the AirAsia MOVE app via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Huawei App Gallery.

Both AirAsia MOVE and BigPay are part of MOVE Digital, the digital arm of Capital A Berhad. 



Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Anam Cam Ranh Resort’s New Sustainable Farm Feeds Mouths and Minds


With 8500sqm of its 12 beachfront hectares dedicated to cultivating an array of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and eggs for meals for guests and staff, a luxury resort has launched a program for children to learn about sustainable farming.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Vietjet takes flight with United Cup and Kooyong Classic in 2024



Vietjet has partnered with the United Cup and Kooyong Classic in 2024, with each tournament, spearheading a mission to ignite the fervour for travel, health, and fitness across the globe. 

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