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Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Variety of Vibrant Culinary Experiences

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Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Variety of Vibrant Culinary Experiences - TRAVELINDEXChiang Mai, Thailand, June 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / A Sunday brunch with fresh seafood on ice, a buffet dinner replete with a paella cooking station, and a mojito menu with a Spanish and Thai spin are among Meliá Chiang Mai’s array of new dining offerings.

After its April debut in arguably Thailand’s most enchanting destination, the urban hotel is drawing on Meliá’s Spanish origins and celebrating Spain’s famed gastronomy with a series of culinary promotions from 1 July to 30 September.

Dubbed ‘Brunch del Domingo’, an indulgent Sunday buffet brunch to be staged on the first and last Sunday of the month from 11:30am-3pm features a host of Spanish, Mediterranean and Thai offerings including imported charcuterie, chilled prawns, Mediterranean salads and a live cooking station.

Drawing cards of an international dinner buffet, called “¡Es viernes!” as it is held on the first and last Friday night of the month from 6-10pm, include tapas and pinchos, and live cooking of gambas al ajillo and grilled river prawns.

The Sunday buffet brunch and international buffet dinner will both be staged at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Laan Na Kitchen, which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting.

The hotel’s mixologists have concocted a selection of six mojitos, putting Spanish and Thai interpretations on the much-loved Cuban cocktail, available at the hotel’s first floor Ruen Kaew Lounge and second floor Tien Pool Bar adjoining Meliá Chiang Mai’s swimming pool. The mojito promotion adds the likes of wild berries, passionfruit, pineapple, watermelon and lemongrass to the cocktail’s traditional ingredients – rum, sugar, lime, fresh mint and soda – to give it a distinct twist.

The first five-star hotel to debut in Chiang Mai since the onset of the global pandemic, Meliá Chiang Mai is located on Charoen Prathet Road, soaring over the Ping River and Night Bazaar. Housed in a 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building, Meliá Chiang Mai’s host of top-notch facilities includes two restaurants, two bars and two lounges.

For information and reservations, please contact +66 52 090 602

The Sunday brunch is THB 1,499 nett per person, THB 750 nett per child aged six to 12 years, and free for children aged five and below. The international dinner buffet is THB 1,400 nett per person, THB 700 nett for children aged six to 12 years, and free for children aged five and younger. Meliá Chiang Mai offers a “come four, pay three” promotion, meaning four guests can attend the Sunday brunch and international buffet dinner for the price of three guests, if booked at least one week in advance with a non-refundable deposit. A two-hour free-flow package with house wine, draft beer and soft drinks to accompany the Sunday brunch and international dinner buffet is THB 1,000 nett per person. Priced at THB 260 per glass, the six mojitos are available daily from 10am – 10pm.

About Asset World Corp Public Company Limited   

Asset World Corp Public Company Limited is a holding company under TCC Group operating leading integrated lifestyle property development in Thailand. The company has two main businesses consisting of the Hospitality business managed by top hotel executives of world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale and Commercial properties whose projects include 1) Retail and Wholesale including lifestyle travel destinations, community shopping malls, community markets, and wholesale business real estate. Popular real estate projects consist of ASIATIQUE the Riverfront Destination, Gateway at Bangsue, AEC Trade Center – Pantip Wholesale Destination, and Tawanna Bangkapi and 2) Commercial buildings including the famous Empire Tower and Athenee Tower located in Bangkok’s central business district.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International 

Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá and Sol by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe, according to the last S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 (Silver Class distinction). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market.

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Storied Resort in Bali Offers Unforgettable Destination Weddings

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Storied Resort in Bali Offers Unforgettable Destination Weddings - TRAVELINDEX - VISITBALI.orgBali, Indonesia, June 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / As tropical destination weddings once again switch from dream to possibility, a resort moored in the rice paddies of Bali is offering brides- and grooms-to-be a fantasy wedding with unparalleled nuptial backdrops, and the chance to buyout the entire resort for the ultimate private wedding. 

The “Elegant Wedding Package” at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, includes:  

  • The Amphitheater as a private wedding venue, complete with decorations
  • Decorated Tiffany chairs for the ceremony 
  • A stylish tropical bridal bouquet and groom boutonnière
  • A romantic solo violin performance for the wedding reception
  • A commemorative ceremonial certificate
  • A sound system including microphones
  • Cocktail reception for attendees prior to dinner
  • Dinner reception for attendees with decorations
  • Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom Club Pool Villa
  • Spa treatment for both bride and groom
  • English speaking celebrant to lead the ceremony

Prices start at USD 7,000++ for 50 guests and USD 10,900++ for 100 guests (each additional person is USD 85++ (which includes a wedding reception seat, one-hour free flow cocktail and elegant reception dinner). 

The resort has also included an optional add-on of a two-night exclusive buy-out, allowing the wedding party to have the whole property to themselves. Buy-out allows the wedding party and guests to make full private use of the facilities and stay in the 20 suites and villas. Buy-out prices start from USD 21,550 ++ for 50 guests and USD 24,120 ++ for 100 guests (inclusive of the wedding package). An extensive array of club benefits for all guests are included in the buy-out, such as:

  • Welcome drink
  • Personal butler service
  • Daily a la carte breakfast
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits delivered to your villa or suite
  • Daily afternoon tea from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Panen Padi Lounge
  • Daily sunset cocktails from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • All snacks and beverages including an alcoholic selection from the minibar (replenished once daily)
  • Daily laundry service up to six pieces per villa (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Car service to/from Ubud Center with a private car between 08:00 – 18:00 equipped with Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi access in the suite/villa and public areas
  • Access to the tennis court and health club

Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, is spread out over a lush six hectares of land in Bali’s spiritual hub Ubud. With roots that go back to legendary designer and art collector, Hendra Hadiprana, the property is an oasis of beauty with a myriad of mythical sculptures and an impressive art collection. The amphitheater is home to one of the property’s most iconic structures, a towering stone-sculpted candi bentar (a Balinese gate) with hand-carved elephants, that has become the most popular place to say “I do.”  

The resort offers two dining destinations, The Tempayan and Panen Padi Lounge. The new Tempayan was unveiled in 2020 with a design inspired by wantilan, a Balinese style pavilion. The tapas outlet, Panen Padi Lounge, also debuted during the pandemic. Both locations command prime locations with views over rice paddies and the resort’s hot air balloon experience, also popular with couples. The resort’s spa also takes in the property’s quintessential Balinese landscape, while the main pool is guarded over by Ganesh statues and partially flanked by ponds with resident swans.

Tanah Gajah’s sister property, Dua Dari, a Residence by Hadiprana, is an alternative venue for more intimate affairs of 40 guests or less. The artistic estate, set on a two-hectare plot amid verdant tropical jungle, was also once a spacious family holiday home for the Hadipranas. Wedding ceremonies at the residence are typically held in front of the property’s iconic angel statues (an intuitive friend one told the family’s patriarch that two beautiful angels guarded the land. In Bahasa dua dari means two women or two angels). Nuptials are then followed by a poolside cocktail reception (decorated with floating candles) and a dinner reception at the Balai Barong. Pricing is available upon request through Tanah Gajah.

The Elegant Wedding Package at Tanah Gajah is available until March 31st, 2023.

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Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh Goes Underground with New Bar

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Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh Goes Underground With New Bar - TRAVELINDEXPhnom Penh, Cambodia, June 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh has applied a new facet to the destination’s vibrant bar scene with Metropole Underground: the first subterranean bar in Cambodia’s capital.

Inspired by the louche, chic vibe of early 20th Century Paris, Metropole Underground is a unique addition to the famously lively bar scene in Phnom Penh.

Discreetly located in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, the city’s newest international branded luxury hotel, the sophisticated space offers premium drinks, light gourmet bites, and nightly live entertainment spanning bands and DJ beats.

The bar, which like the rest of the hotel, is designed by award-wining Singapore-based SCDA Architects with interiors by leading Thai firm PIA Interior, is inspired by the glory days of Parisian art-deco.

The metro system in the French capital was a major inspiration for the bar, with replicas of cast iron detailing from the original Paris Metro integrated into the space and transformed into sculptural and decorative elements.

The result is a compelling blend of European and Khmer influences.

“Phnom Penh is widely known for the vibrancy of its bar scene. Therefore we are proud that we can add something new to the mix with Metropole Underground,” said Herman Kemp, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. “The design team has done a marvelous job and we’ve got a great roster of live entertainment for guests to enjoy. When you step down into the basement it’s really like entering a different world.”

The new Metropole Underground completes a compelling lineup of options for revelry at the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh.

Indeed, with its range of bars encompassing everything from an intimate speakeasy-style cocktail spot to one of the city’s most exciting rooftop venues, the property is one of the best places in Phnom Penh to let down your hair.

As conceptually intriguing as Metropole Underground is The Attic, an old-world speakeasy-style bar tucked away in the eaves of the Colonial House — a lemon-colored royal villa dating back to 1900 that is a centerpiece of the property. The bar specializes in handcrafted cocktails and grand cru wines.

Another social hotspot is FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, spanning the rooftop on level 14. From here, guests will be treated to grilled seafood and meats, refreshing cocktails, and energizing DJ performances whilst soaking up inspiring views of the Royal Palace, the Mekong River, and the city skyline.

“We are adding different things to the table in terms of nightlife,” added Kemp. “As the city’s newest international branded luxury hotel, the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, is ready to play its part in a post-pandemic renaissance.”

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BORDER CROSSINGS: Where in the US are Canadians headed

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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially announcing that international vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test one day prior to entering the United States by air, land and sea more Canadians looking for a familiar, accessible holiday are once again viewing their southern border with interest.

Through its comprehensive travel trend monitoring, Online Travel Agency (OTA) CheapOAir was able to review the top booked US destination cities through its web site. It shared its top 8 findings:

1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2. Orlando, Florida
3. Los Angeles, California

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. New York City, New York

7. Miami, Florida

8. Dallas, Texas

“With the testing requirements being lifted, Canadians now have one less thing to worry about when planning their US travels,” said Daniel Hayter, Senior Product Manager for CheapOair.ca.

“We saw bookings start to increase for the US in anticipation of the testing requirements being lifted and with the official announcement, we expect this to continue growing to meet the pent-up demand.”

The mission of CheapOair.ca is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations.

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ROUND-UP: June 13-17, 2022

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Highlights from last week: WestJet said it will focus on western Canada, Air Transat announced its winter sked from Montreal, the elimination of vaccine mandates set many wheels in motion across the country, Goway launched a travel academy, and Travel Leaders conference attendees received a great surprise.

NEWS

Effective June 20 the COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Canadian domestic and outbound international travellers have been suspended. However, requirements for foreign nationals coming to Canada will not change. The vaccine mandate will also be lifted for domestic travellers on passenger trains and buses, but will remain for passengers and crew of cruise ships. And travellers will still need to wear masks on planes and trains and fill out health questions through the ArriveCan app when travelling to Canada.

Airport delays were down in the first few days following Ottawa’s suspension of randomized COVID-19 testing at Canadian customs. But while the measure marked a “big step” toward clearing clogged terminals, the head of the Canadian Airports Council cautioned that “People can (still) expect longer wait times in summer. But she added, “we shouldn’t see anything like we’ve seen the past month. I think we’re getting over that hurdle.”

Unvaccinated airport and airline workers – representing up to 10% of the workforce – who have been on leave since the fall will be able to return to work starting today (Monday), potentially easing the bottlenecks plaguing Canada’s biggest air transport hubs daily.

The federal government says 72% of Canadians who apply for a passport in any manner will get it within 40 business days, while 96% of people who submit their application in person will get their passport within 10 business days. The government’s website now includes estimated wait times for visits to passport offices, updated three times a day, to help people plan. Early last week, average wait times were four hours and 45 minutes in Ottawa, three hours in Toronto, and six hours and 45 minutes in Vancouver.

BORDERS

In addition to eliminating the mandatory Bahamas Travel Health Visa, the Government of The Bahamas has announced that fully vaccinated travellers are no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country. All unvaccinated travellers ages two and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test – either a negative RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test – taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.

Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing tourism industry. Registering for the “Thailand Pass” required online copies of vaccination documents, insurance policies and other documents to be submitted, after which visitors would receive a QR code for use during travel. The requirement had already been dropped for Thais and will be dropped for foreign visitors on July 1. The government’s COVID-19 centre also that an outdoor mask mandate would be dropped as of July 1 except in crowded venues.

BY THE NUMBERS

Signalling the destination’s strong tourism recovery, Jamaica welcomed its one millionth stopover arrival for 2022 on June 15. The milestone was celebrated with the arrival of Brian Simmons (and his mother), who landed at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) on JetBlue flight 1479 from New York. The couple were met by Jamaican tourism officials, including Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and presented with an all-expenses-paid return trip.

TRAVEL AGENTS
Imagine the surprise for attendees at last week’s Travel Leaders Network’s international conference, EDGE, in Aurora, Colorado when Holland America Line announced that every travel advisor in attendance (and a guest) would receive a complimentary Alaska cruise for the 2022 season (photo). “Holland America Line is an amazing partner,” said John Lovell, President of Travel Leaders Group, while HAL VP Michelle Sutter, declared, “The best way to sell a product is to experience it for yourself, whether these advisors are sailing with us for the first or 100th time.”

Travel agency owners and managers to take part in an ACTA-sponsored industry survey detailing the soft benefits of being a travel agency employee. The data will be used as an integral part of the association’s strategy to lobby governments to invest in travel agencies by demonstrating that the travel sector offers strong employment opportunities. Deadline to participate is June 30; click HERE.

AIR

The WestJet Group says it plans to refocus its routes and fleet on Western Canada. The airline says it will continue to be a national airline with a significant presence in Eastern Canada, but primarily through direct connections to Western cities. It says it will add routes to more communities and centre its existing wide-body 787 Dreamliner fleet around Western Canada and will pause future acquisitions of wide-body Dreamliners, which it uses to fly trans-Atlantic routes. WestJet also says its regional fleet of De Havilland Q400 turboprop aircraft will be ‘shifted and right-sized’ to focus on Western Canada.

Long story short, Turkish Airlines will now be called Türk Hava Yolları.” The rebranding follows Turkey’s official name change to “Türkiye” (pronounced tuer-key-YAY) to reflect its Turkish spelling and pronunciation.

Air Transat has added Las Vegas to its roster of destinations available from Montreal this winter. Four times weekly service begins Nov. 3. Other highlights of the carrier’s winter service from Montreal include New Orleans, twice weekly from Nov. 3; Havana three times a week starting Dec. 19; and Tampa two times a week starting Dec. 23. Air Transat will upgrade its Montreal-London and Montreal-Los Angeles seasonal service to a year-round starting in the fall, each with three weekly flights. In addition, the carrier will extend its Montreal-Marseille direct flights to until Jan. 8, 2023, with two flights a week.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has eased into full operations of its newly expanded international terminal. At nearly 27,000 sq. m., the Pier D project is the airport’s largest terminal expansion since 1996 and incorporates the latest advances in operational excellence, passenger experience, climate, and accessibility. The new terminal expansion offers eight new gates and features a glassed-in island forest with access to the outdoors.

DEALS

Clients booking their all- inclusive 2022-23 winter vacation with Sunwing by July 28 will receive early booking bonus benefits that include reduced deposits of $100 p.p., no fuel surcharge, and complimentary Price Drop Guarantee. The deal applies to travel between Nov. 1, and April 30, 2023. Plus, agents will continue to earn STAR Agent Rewards Points that convert to cash on all vacation bookings made during this time.

TOURS

Goway has launched the GowayPro Travel Academy with training modules on over 20 destinations (at launch) across all seven continents. After completing an individual country course, participants earn a Bronze specialist status for that country, which includes email badges and electronic certificates. More indepth Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels are also available. Perks upon completion include bonus GowayPro rewards and other exclusive benefits, including VIP FAM invitations and discounted personal travel. E-mail academy@goway.com for info. For enrolment or to register for an introductory webinar (including a chance to win a two-night stay in Hawaii) on July 7, click HERE.

With the new Tom Hanks film “Elvis” hitting movie screens June 24, and with the late singer’s Graceland home also celebrating its 40th anniversary hosting public tours this month, Tauck has announced that guests on its “Life on the Mississippi” cruise-tour will get a private after-hours tour of the Memphis mansion. The excursion begins in New Orleans or Memphis and includes seven nights on a paddler wheeler river vessel.

HOTELS

Choice Hotels International and Radisson Hotel Group have entered into a definitive agreement for Choice to acquire the franchise business, operations, and intellectual property of Radisson Hotel Group Americas, which include nine hotel brands, for US$675 million. The deal will add 624 hotels in the US, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean with over 68,000 rooms to the Choice Hotels roster.

Another opulent hotel has arrived in Jordon. The Ritz Carlton, Amman, opened on May 29 in the prestigious 5th Circle located in the heart of the capital. The luxury hotel offers nine dining venues, grand event spaces and a lavish ESPA Spa.

RESORTS

Sandals Resorts has teamed up with legendary Netherlands soccer team Ajax Amsterdam to launch a program designed to give the gift of soccer to children in Curaçao, home of its newest resort, while at the same time linking sports and sustainability in the Dutch Caribbean island. ‘Future Goals’ includes coaching and mentoring, plus providing much-needed equipment, notably including soccer goals made from recycled material including reclaimed ocean fishing nets.

RIU Hotels & Resorts’ newest product in Mexico, the adults only Riu Latino, will open in Costa Mujeres on Oct. 1. Located 25 km north of the Cancun Hotel Zone, the resort features numerous water sports, plus unlimited access to the on-site Splash Water World park. Vacationers can also take in live music and shows, RIU’s signature day and night entertainment and dancing at the resort’s own nightclub. Sunwing packages begin Oct. 5 from Toronto.

CRUISE
Carnival Cruise Line reports that Costa Luminosa will join the Carnival fleet in September, sailing in November from Brisbane, Australia. The acquisition of Luminosa is an update to the previously announced plans for Carnival to take Costa Magica, which will now remain at Costa Cruises. After this delivery, Carnival Luminosa will operate seasonally through April from Brisbane, then reposition to Seattle, where it will sail Alaska itineraries from May through September, before returning to Brisbane.

Disney Cruise Line took delivery of Disney Wish at a traditional maritime ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. The ship will sail its maiden voyage on July 14, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Holland America Line’s entire fleet of cruise ships is now operating again after more than two-year pause due to global pandemic. The departure last week of the Westerdam on a seven-day Alaska cruise from Seattle marked the last ship in the HAL fleet to resume operations.

ATTRACTIONS & THEME PARKS

The producers of “Come From Away” have announced that the show’s final Broadway performance will take place Oct. 2 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York, ending a Tony Award-winning run of more than five years. The renowned musical tells the story of a small town in central Newfoundland and how it was forever changed by the emotional events of 9/11.

FAMS & INCENTIVES

Through July 3, Canadians will have an opportunity to enter VIA Rail’s “National Day Contest,” in which participants have a chance to win one of two train trips for four people to the Canadian destination of their choice (value up to $15,000). Dozens of additional gift cards will also be awarded.

Enter HERE.

PEOPLE/APPOINTMENTS

Air Canada Vacations has appointed Ana Paula De Souza Director of Sales and Matthew Djorsev Manager of National Accounts. De Souza joins ACV’s senior management team with more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, including 15 years in corporate sales at Air Canada. Djorsev joins the company with more than a decade of travel industry experience, including most recently at WestJet. Mary Santonato, who previously held the role of Manager of National Accounts, has taken on a new role as Manager, Groups and Incentives.

Greece and Eastern Med cruise line Celestyal Cruises has named Bentlie Logan as BDM for Northeast USA/Canada. Based in Connecticut, she will be responsible for developing the company’s distribution in key travel agent, group and tour operator channels, maximizing trade awareness, travel advisor training, development of cooperative marketing plans and representing the company at industry events. Prior to joining Celestyal, Logan worked as a BDM for Ships Group in Miami and spent more than five years as a travel advisor in Louisiana and California.

DESTINATIONS

From June 24 to Oct. 10, Mosaïcultures Québec will transform Québec City’s Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge into a remarkable living art gallery. The horticultural exhibition will see more than 200 life-sized topiary displays and botanical sculptures installed along a 1.5-km walking trail along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The display will feature more than six million flowers creating, living floral tableaus depicting wild animals and natural with a special garden also dedicated to showcasing the culture and history of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Big news for 2023 in Saint Lucia: the renowned Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will resume May 5-14.

Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii is now offering new programming: the Royal Hawaiian Band presents free lunchtime concerts held on Fridays at noon; Hawaii Workshops bring Hawaiian voices and stories to life every second Saturday; The He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi program offers live performances by Kuʻuipo Kumukahi each second and fourth Wednesday; and the Fashion Fit for Royalty specialty tour highlights wardrobe and jewellery of Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century.

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Ultra Luxury Hotel Rosewood Xi’an to Open in 2026

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Ultra Luxury Hotel Rosewood Xi’an to Open in 2026 - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEXXi’an, China, June 18,2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The ultra-luxury Rosewood Xi’an will occupy prime real estate within one of China’s most storied and attractive destinations. The hotel group continues its strategic global growth with the announcement of Rosewood Xi’an, an urban resort set to join the brand’s already robust portfolio of properties across China in 2026.

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Located east of Xi’an’s Qujiang District, the property will provide leisure and business travelers alike with an ultra-luxury home base located in close proximity to major arts, shopping and tourism attractions. Representative of the brand’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, wherein each Rosewood® property reflects its destination’s storied history, rich culture and unique spirit, Rosewood Xi’an aims to fully immerse guests in this dynamic destination. Known as one of the world’s four ancient cities, Xi’an is the starting point of the historical Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other notable cultural sites nearby include the Du Lin Relics Park, Xi’an Botanical Garden and Grand White Deer Plain.

“We are pleased to continue our growth in China with the introduction of Rosewood Xi’an and remain steadfast in our commitment to expanding the Rosewood brand to the country’s most spectacular and culturally significant destinations,” said Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “This development highlights the brand’s dedication to offering guests the unique opportunity to genuinely connect with and celebrate local cultures and communities all over the world.”

“We are so glad to partner with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to create a global, high-end lifestyle and aesthetic in Xi’an,” says Wuliang Li , chairman of Vanzhong Group. “Rosewood’s 40-year-long A Sense of Place brand philosophy is a perfect fit with Vanzhong Group’s vision. Together, we will create a destination for amazing experiences of impeccable service and new-era luxury, as well as a special place for spiritual journeys of deep cultural connection.”

Rosewood Xi’an will feature a total of 180 rooms and suites in addition to four food and beverage outlets including a casual bistro, Chinese restaurant, specialty restaurant and a bar. The hotel will also offer the brand’s exclusive executive lounge, The Manor Club, as well as Asaya, Rosewood’s integrative well-being concept, which will feature eight treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and a Rosewood Explorer’s club with a plethora of activities for children.

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Rosewood Xi’an is the latest development announcement for the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand, adding to a strong pipeline of projects set to open in China in the coming years, including Rosewood Shenzhen (2025), Rosewood Chengdu (2026), Rosewood Hangzhou (2026) and Rosewood Shanghai (2028).

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Aviation Leaders Assemble in Doha for IATA’s AGM

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Aviation Leaders Assemble in Doha for IATA's AGM - QATARTOURISM.org - TRAVELINDEXDoha, Qatar, June 18, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced that leaders of the global aviation industry are gathering in Doha, Qatar, for the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS), with Qatar Airways as the host airline.

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The event (19-21 June) attracts the industry’s most senior leaders from among IATA’s 290 member airlines, as well as leading government officials, strategic partners, equipment suppliers, and media.

“In a few days, Doha will become the aviation capital of the world. The last time we met in Doha, in 2014, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first airline flight. This year’s AGM is another momentous occasion: Airlines are simultaneously recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, setting the path to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, working to improve gender diversity, and adapting to a geopolitical environment that is undergoing its greatest shock in over three decades,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “It is an absolute privilege to be hosting our industry partners in Qatar Airways’ home city, particularly during our milestone 25th year of operations. Coming together face-to-face provides us with the opportunity to discuss lessons learnt from our recent years during the pandemic, global issues affecting us all in the here and now, and to plan the best way forward for the industry.”

World Air Transport Summit

The WATS opens immediately following the AGM. A highlight will be the third edition of the Diversity and Inclusion Awards sponsored by Qatar Airways. These awards recognize organizations and individuals who are making a difference in helping to drive the industry’s 25by2025 initiative to make the aviation industry more gender balanced.

The WATS will also feature the popular CEO Insights Panel moderated by CNN’s Richard Quest and featuring Adrian Neuhauser, CEO, Avianca, Pieter Elbers, CEO, KLM, Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways and Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO, Virgin Australia.

In addition to the updated industry economic outlook, key topics to be addressed include: the War in Ukraine and its implications for the globalized world; the challenges to achieving sustainability, including net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and reducing the use of single use plastics, allocating scarce airport capacity, and ensuring safe carriage of lithium batteries. New for 2022 is a CFO Insights Panel.

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This will be the fourth time that the AGM is hosted in the Middle East. In normal times, aviation in the region supports some 3.4 million jobs and $213 billion in economic activity. “Since we were last in Doha, the region has only increased its importance to global connectivity. According to the most recent figures, the region’s airlines account for 6.5% of global international passenger traffic and 13.4% of freight movements. Much of this growth has occurred in the Gulf region, as is typified by our host airline,” said Walsh.

Attendance at the AGM is by invitation only. Accredited media are invited to attend but must be pre-registered.

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Travelindex Group Honored to Participate in UNWTO Executive Council in Jeddah

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Travelindex Group Chairman Bernard Metzger Honored to Participate in UNWTO Executive Council in JeddahJeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 17,2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has honored the Travelindex Group Founder and Chairman Bernard Metzger to participate as a media participant at the 116th UNWTO Executive Council in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Metzger joined the gathering of public and private leaders where the United Nations specialized agency called for the construction of a new and reimagined system of governance and financing with the aim of building resilience against future shocks while also making tourism more sustainable.

The UNWTO continued with its tradition of complementing the important deliberations of its Executive Council with an open discussion on the biggest challenges and opportunities for the sector. The Forum “Tourism Futures – New Governance and Advocacy”, featured two distinct sessions – “Towards a New Tourism Governance” and “Raising Tourism’s Visibility” outside of the sector.

“Now is the time to think big”, said the UNWTO Secretary-General welcoming delegates and speakers. Zurab Pololikashvili stressed the need to “realize tourism’s unique potential to drive recovery, provide opportunity and build resilience, through better and stronger governance and focusing on jobs, training and education”.

Mr. Metzger’s participation focused on the objective and fair reporting of all discussions addressing key emerging trends and insights from across the industry and helping to identify what may impact the future of tourism, and the role that the industry can play to ensure its transformational future.

The 116th Executive Council closed with the Jeddah Call to Action, a commitment to rethink tourism governance. Jeddah Call to Action recognizes the vital need for more and better tourism governance, with targeted investments and a focus on building resilience, advancing sustainability and expanding education and training. It forms part of UNWTO’s wider work ensuring the recognition of tourism reflects the sector’s unique social and economic importance, including through making it a key part of the work of the United Nations and securing the cooperation of governments, international organizations and financial institutions.

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Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel Seychelles Recognized Among Best in Africa

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Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel Seychelles Recognized Among Best in Africa - VISITSEYCHELLES.org - TRAVELINDEXLa Digue, Seychelles, June 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel has been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for Small Hotels ranking 23 out of 25. In a year of fierce competition and shifting traveler preferences, Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel outperformed expectations and was named one of their favorites.

Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, the Travelers’ Choice Awards honor the best in travel, recognizing the places that delivered the most exceptional experiences.

“Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel is honored to have been selected by TripAdvisor as one of the Best of the Best for 2022.” To be considered within the top 1% of hotels worldwide and within the top 25 small hotels in the African region is the greatest compliment that our guests could have bestowed on us. Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel has only been operating for 4 years but in this time our wonderful team has always strived to offer the best of the best in everything we do. To receive this award truly reflects the hard work and dedication of each and every one of our team members, and for that we thank you all, “said Natasha St Ange, Director.

Kanika Soni Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor, congratulated Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel and Natasha St. Ange and said, “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: the guests.” Ranking among the Best of the Best is always tough-but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travelers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity. ”

Travelindex Group extends warm congratulations to the owners, management, and staff of the hotel on this achievement.

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LISTENING IN: The Mavericks, magnifico

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A self-described “eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries,” The Mavericks have been making feel-good sounds for over 30 years, not least based on distinct Latin underpinnings that often demonstrate Mexican or Cuban influences.

Sometimes called Tex-Mex, the band is actually from Miami, which also belies its common characterization as a country band. Indeed, sometimes they sing in Spanish and recently went “all in” on their Latin heritage and released an entire non-English album, with songs ranging “from tender boleros to brassy mariachi to reimagined Afro-Cuban classics.”

But whatever you call them, Raul Mallo and Co. – like Los Lobos from the other coast (Los Angeles) – have consistently charted their own course, with hits like “Come Unto Me” and “All You Do Is Bring Me Down” prominently utilizing accordion and horns to temper the requisite guitar-base-drums format.

Here is perhaps their most enduring hit, the infectious “Dance the Night Away,” from Top of the Pops in 1998, the year it was released.

Lyrics

Here comes my happiness again
Right back to where it should have been
‘Cause now she’s gone and I am free
And she can’t do a thing to me

I just wanna dance the night away
With señoritas who can sway
Right now tomorrow’s lookin’ bright
Just like the sunny mornin’ light

And if you should see her
Please let her know that I’m well, as you can tell
And if she should tell you
That she wants me back, tell her no, I gotta go

I just wanna dance the night away
With señoritas who can sway
Right now tomorrow’s lookin’ bright
Just like the sunny mornin’ light

And if you should see her
Please let her know that I’m well, as you can tell
And if she should tell you
That she wants me back, tell her no, I gotta go

I just wanna dance the night away
With señoritas who can sway
Right now tomorrow’s lookin’ bright
Just like the sunny mornin’ light

I just wanna dance the night away
With señoritas who can sway
Right now tomorrow’s lookin’ bright
Just like the sunny mornin’ light

First published at Travel Industry Today

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