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PLEASE TAKE NOTE of Travel Restrictions & Advisory News due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. #WearaMask #SocialDistancing 

Ovolo Hotels Comes to the Rescue With Quarantine Concierge

COVID-19 at full speed, Ovolo Hotels has swooped in to save the day with a 14-night Quarantine Concierge Service. Fit for a rock star, this one of a kind and constantly evolving package is designed to welcome Hong Kong residents returning home in the most supportive way possible.

Available at both Ovolo Southside and Ovolo Central, the Quarantine Concierge Service is focused on health, wellbeing and, of course, lots of fun -  with the two-week stay including everything from a dedicated Quarantine Concierge, gym gear, plants brought to your room for added greenery, complimentary breakfast, snacks, HK$1,000 in F&B credits, unlimited entertainment, wellness kits and more. 

We all know that time flies when you're having fun, and Ovolo is committed to making quarantine stays as effortless and entertaining as possible. Guests will enjoy unlimited premium Wi-Fi, Apple TV and Alexa to fulfill those binge-watching needs. And in the morning? They can kick off a bright new day with a barista-made coffee on the house.

Throughout the stay, Ovolo's on-call Quarantine Concierge will be available to help. They'll happily run errands and pick up goodies during the Daily Essentials Run, deliver food, recommend a new flick... they're equipped to bring every quarantine dream to life.

And to keep off that quarantine 15, each room has been kitted out with fitness gear that includes a yoga mat, gliders and resistance bands. Those needing some extra motivation can join the daily step challenge: anyone who takes over 10,000 steps in their room will enjoy a cold-pressed juice on the house!

Guests can book the new Quarantine Concierge at Ovolo Central or Ovolo Southside through the Ovolo Hong Kong offers page via or by directly emailing

New Zealand Delivers a Dose of Kiwi Hospitality

A series of films showcasing New Zealand's values of kaitiakitanga (care for the land), manaakitanga (hospitality), integrity, and ingenuity were launched in Singapore.

The series is produced in partnership between Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry for Primary Industries, Education New Zealand, and New Zealand Story. The films aim to showcase New Zealand as a great place to live, study in, buy products from, invest in, and visit again when the time is right.

The series of video 'Messages', to be released across a multi-channel advertising campaign encompassing Tourism New Zealand's social platforms, digital channels and free to air television, feature a cross-section of celebrities and everyday New Zealanders, as they share messages of hope and care with their international whānau (family).

In the first film, New Zealanders responded to the theme of “If I could encourage the world to do one thing…” with a range of heartfelt messages, such as “listening very carefully to one another”, “stop polluting the earth”, “always be a good boy” to “stay positive”, “make amazing memories”, and “talk to a stranger, ask them how they are”.

“New Zealand is a place where manuhiri (guests) become whānau (family),” says Gregg Wafelbakker, General Manager, Asia, Tourism New Zealand. “These relationships are something that we, as New Zealanders, are proud of and want to celebrate and continue in perpetuity. 
To bring to life the story of New Zealand in Singapore, Tourism New Zealand will be partnering with its Singaporean whānau – who share a strong affinity with New Zealand – to highlight their own personal experiences and connections with the country.

Follow the campaign and 'Messages from New Zealand' @PureNewZealand on Instagram and @100%PureNewZealand on Facebook, as well as the official 100% Pure New Zealand YouTube page.

TravMedia Launches the Inaugural IMM Virtual France, Monaco & Benelux

In response to COVID-19, TravMedia announces the launch of the inaugural IMM (International Media Marketplace) Virtual France, Monaco & Benelux on 6 and 7 October 2020.

TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace is the travel industry’s leading media networking event connecting travel and tourism brands with Europe’s top-tier media titles. This breakthrough program provides destinations, hotels, and operators to develop meaningful relationships with key media contacts, all through the comfort of their own computer.

Pivoting to become IMM Virtual, this two-day virtual event will enable the industry to reboot travel through 16, pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments with top travel journalists, editors, and broadcasters to discuss their news, opening plans, and pitch post-coronavirus stories.

IMM Virtual will offer the opportunity for journalists to fill their notebooks with ideas, stories, and contacts in this new post-COVID world. It will enable them to plan their next years’ worth of stories, features, and press trips without leaving their offices. Media attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s biggest travel brands from hotels, cruise companies, tour operators, and tourist boards to hear how they’ve combated coronavirus and their plans to promote their products post COVID-19.

IMM Virtual is the same format you know and trust, now run through TravMedia’s bespoke Media Marketplace platform enhanced with video conferencing capabilities. A total of 16, pre-scheduled appointments will be held across four one-hour sessions on 6 and 7 October providing attendees a unique opportunity to network and initiate concrete projects after these challenging months.
Registrations for the inaugural IMM Virtual France, Monaco & Benelux are now open for exhibitors and accredited media users. More information is available at

IHG Opens First Holiday Inn in Gurugram, India

Located in the heart of New Gurugram, Holiday Inn Gurugram Sector 90 will be the first Holiday Inn hotel in the city and the third in the Delhi-NCR area. Situated on a Multi Utility Corridor and  offering easy access to Manesar, Southern Periphery Road, Dwarka Express Highway and the city centre, the 263 rooms hotel is located approximately 45 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, 30 mins from Gurugram's railway station and 30 mins from Huda City Centre Metro station.

The Hotel is a part of a mixed use development “V3S Sapphire 90” which offers shopping, retail, multiplex, food court, restaurants and much more. The hotel has opened its doors as the Delhi/NCR area eases movement restrictions, providing an ideal choice for both business and  leisure travelers; a memorable weekend getaway destination for Delhi NCR residents, a convenient stop over for tourists covering the 'Golden Triangle' of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and a restful stay for business guests frequenting corporate hubs in Gurugram.

Holiday Inn Gurugram Sector 90 offers an expansive all-day Dining restaurant, featuring a bar & lounge, that serves Asian, Indian and Western cuisine with both buffet and à la carte offerings. Located on the 16th floor, the modern and contemporary Viva All Day Dining provides the guest with an interactive dining experience and a unique urban & rejuvenating Aravali landscape view.  The hotel also features banquet & meeting rooms spread across 5,500 sq ft, a rooftop swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.

IHG® to open Malaysia's first Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants at The Exchange TRX

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with LQ Retail Sdn Bhd to open Malaysia's first Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants in 2023 at The Exchange TRX – a new experience-led lifestyle destination.

Kimpton now operates in more than 70 hotels and 85 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations around the world. From its playful and sophisticated design to award-winning restaurants and bars, Kimpton is known for creating immersive guest moments that are all about genuine human connections. The 471-room design-led Kimpton Kuala Lumpur, with its youthful and playful brand personality will reinvent a sophisticated and highly personalised lifestyle experience expected by today's modern travellers that is aligned with TRX's profile as the capital city's new CBD.

The property will feature three food and beverage outlets including a rooftop bar & restaurant and a deli-grocer café. Guests can enjoy the views from the outdoor rooftop swimming pool or break a sweat in the gym. There will be a range of unique meeting and event spaces to cater to a wide range of activities, from small intimate gatherings to larger energetic social events.

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts Announce First Luxury Resort Brand in El Nido, Palawan Island Philippines

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of El Nido Beach & Spa Resort. The 96 key pool-villa luxury resort is being developed on the white sandy beaches of El Nido on Palawan island, Philippines. When completed, the ten-hectare beachfront estate will boast panoramic tropical ocean views, an adventure park, dive centre, waterfalls and adventure walks, Pavilions signature spa & wellness facilities, and unique dining experiences.

“The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts continues its global growth with the developers of El Nido Beach & Spa Resort; the new resort truly embodies our philosophy of delivering unique experiences to our guests, we're also very excited to be the first international luxury resort brand in El Nido” said Gordon Oldham, Founder & Owner, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.

The adventure elements of this unique property are the ultimate match for Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, with the hotel groups' signature 'Curated Journeys' - bespoke travel itineraries with the ethos of it's not just about where the guests' want to go, but how they want to feel. Exclusive to The Pavilions El Nido, Palawan Island is the 'Adventure Park', featuring Alpine slides, nature park stairs and rock gardens, fountain ponds, a butterfly garden and cable car.

The resort will feature a luxurious mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom luxury villas, as well as 20 'Maldivian styled' over-water villas – each with their own private plunge pool and direct access to the ocean where guests will be able to snorkel the house reef from their own villa. The development is set to be built with minimal environmental impact and sustainability in mind, with opening planned for Q1 2022. 
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Accor and sbe unveil first Mondrian hotel in Asia

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, and sbe, the leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning brands, are pleased to announce the first Mondrian hotel in Asia Pacific. Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, which is being developed in partnership with Yojin Construction & Engineering, marks the fifth property in the Mondrian portfolio. With new hotels slated for Bordeaux and Cannes next year, the Mondrian brand expects to grow its lifestyle hotel portfolio to approximately 15 properties by 2022.

Together, Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, Mondrian Bordeaux, and Mondrian Cannes represent the continued strong expansion of the brand's international footprint and award-winning restaurants and lounges in collaboration with sbe partner Accor, including soon-to-be announced Mondrian properties in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Located in the internationally diverse district of Itaewon, the Mondrian will present an immersive lifestyle destination with bold design, colorful art, and seductive restaurant and nightlife offerings.

U by Uniworld Announces Big Plans for 2021

Next year, U by Uniworld, the award-winning modern river cruise for the active traveller, will welcome guests with completely new, first-of-its-kind experiences. U is reimaging the river cruising industry with four itineraries throughout European hot spot cities and idyllic river towns, as well as a dynamic roster of new inclusions from offshore excursions to airport transfers, and themed cruises tailored to the curious spirit of the U traveller.

“Our mission for 2021 is to re-connect and remind our guests why they love to travel. We're introducing these unconventional experiences that align with our traveller's playful and adventurous energy and will bring even more value to our sailings than before with our new inclusions,” says Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of U by Uniworld. “We've seen a huge uptick in interest for travellers seeking smaller cruise ships next year. We know our ship's high guest to staff ratio, close proximity to shore, enhanced health and safety protocols, and less people onboard, will keep our guest's minds at ease as we go into this new era of travel.”

GenZ On U
In 2021, GenZ on U will be introduced, the new family program exclusively for teens and their parents. On six select sailings, these cruises will be the perfect way to celebrate special milestones, graduations, and birthdays, or simply connect as a family with unconventional experiences that both generations can enjoy. Teens will get the chance to travel and see new places while having a designated onboard teen lounge to hang with others their own age. Other fun offerings will include karaoke contests, foosball tournaments, camping on the rooftop, trivia nights, projector movie nights on the rooftop, onboard pretzel demonstrations, and more. For parents, GenZ on U is the ideal way to explore Europe and bond with their teens through travel, while only unpacking once on their own floating modern hotel with contemporary accommodations. Featured offshore excursions include a culture & food tour by bike through Antwerp's neighbourhoods, kayaking through the canals of Ghent, yoga in the Wachau Valley vineyards, and a Viennese cooking class.

InterContinental® Chongqing Raffles City welcomes its first guests

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) celebrates the official opening of InterContinental® Chongqing Raffles City. Located in Chao Tian Men Square of downtown Chongqing, China, InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City is part of the iconic Raffles City complex – a new modern landmark. Auspiciously located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, the state-of-the-art high-rise hotel is close to famed local attractions such as Jiefangbei and Hongyadong. The hotel occupies the top floors of one of the tallest towers, as well as part of The Crystal, an iconic skybridge 300 metres in length, connecting the top of four skyscrapers on the 42nd floor. Guests can enjoy majestic views on this fully-glazed observation deck, experiencing the InterContinental life with a unique perspective of both the urban skyline in the city and verdant hills beyond. 

World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and his team drew inspiration from the region's unique terrain and culture to create an image of powerful sails with the eight skyscrapers of Raffles City Chongqing. Inspired by yacht staterooms, this one-of-a-kind hotel boasts 380 luxury rooms and suites from the 44th to 65th floor that offer panoramic views and floor-to-ceiling windows. To re-energise or unwind, guests can immerse themselves in the 25m infinity pool or visit the fitness centre on the 43rd floor. Jing Dining Room & Bar is the hotel's signature restaurant, serving a unique blend of Cantonese cuisine and Chongqing's local specialties with unparalleled creativity. Drinks can be taken at The Maven or at Horizon, the lobby lounge, sitting high at an altitude of 250 metres is dotted with trees and green plants, creating an ambience of a forest in the clouds.  

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has been pioneering luxury travel across the globe since 1946, delighting guests with new international destinations for decades – from historic buildings to city landmarks, to immersive resorts in every region of the world. 2020 and 2021 are no exception, as the brand extends its trailblazing portfolio in emerging travel hot spots, with signings and new openings in brand-defining new builds and heritage restorations.
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