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Give a Wonder. Full. Experience This Festive Season and Get More Out of Giving!

Give a Wonder. Full. Experience this festive season. A weekend away. A special occasion. A secret Santa. Or simply to show some love. Designer hotel collection, Ovolo Hotels has those who have an affinity for boutique luxury covered with Ovolo e-Gift Cards. Get more out of giving, until 31st December 2020, when purchasing AUD$500/HKD $2500 or more on Ovolo e-Gift Cards, enjoy an extra surprise and delight - Ovolo's Box of Wonder. Full. on Ovolo.

Cleverly curated to be experienced from home, this Box of Wonder. Full. is a special box of goodies, packed full of all the little things guests love about an Ovolo stay. Flick through Ovolo's magazine while digging into a candy loot bag, magic-up a signature Ovolo cocktail, slip into a crisp robe and slide into Ovolo hotel slippers.

Ovolo's Box of Wonder. Full. can be sent to the gifter or receiver of Ovolo's e-Gift Cards. And if gifters to decide to keep it for themselves? It will remain 100% confidential.

Get Christmas sorted with Ovolo e-Gift Cards and get some extra joy with knowing you have the freedom to book a staycay for now, or later. Redeemable to stay or play at any of their hotels, bars or restaurants across Australia, Hong Kong and now Bali – give the gift of Wonder. Full. go to ovolohotels.com.

Rooftop Rendezvous at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok

The luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok has launched a range of private events for special occasions, private parties, corporate events or intimate dining, at the hotel's rooftop pool, which is one of the most instagrammable pools in Asia.

The hotel team were delighted and humbled to be listed in the best rooftop pools in the world 2020 by the respected Rooftop Guide.

Perched high above Bangkok's vibrant skyline, the rooftop pool and terrace will be transformed into an exclusive event space for a minimum of 2 or a maximum of 30 people.  Our experienced staff will curate your perfect celebration in keeping with your specific requirements.

Advance reservation is required at least 7 days prior to the event date. For enquiries and reservations, please contact Ms. Nawane Northim, Catering Sales and Event Service Manager tel: 02-079-7000 or email: categ.evnt.mgr@137pillarsbangkok.com .

Aurora Expeditions Reveals the Sleek Interior Design of Its Second Purpose-Built Expedition Ship, the Sylvia Earle

Named after world renowned oceanographer and marine conservationist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, the Sylvia Earle features the cutting-edge Ulstein X-BOW®, a core design element that's essential to the speed, agility and impressive fuel efficiency of the ships in the Aurora Expeditions fleet. 

The Sylvia Earle will be the second in the fleet to sail with the patented ULSTEIN X-BOW®, whose inverted bow design, in combination with Rolls-Royce dynamic stabilisers, offers unrivalled stability and comfort1 on ocean crossings. The Ulstein X-BOW® on the Sylvia Earle is predominately glass, offering extraordinary views to the front of the ship. In polar regions, this means that passengers will be able to appreciate the majesty of an iceberg immediately as it appears on the horizon. It will also feature an outdoor swimming pool, heated by repurposing engine heat, which will be a welcome addition in warmer regions.  

The ship will visit many new destinations within the Aurora Expeditions program, including Alaska, Baja California, the Russian Far East, Raja Ampat and West Papua. Many of the itineraries also visit Mission Blue Hope Spots including The Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle, and Misool Marine Reserve.  
For more information or to book visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au 
Call us on 1800 637 688 (Freecall AUS only)  
Or email info@auroraexpeditions.com.au 

Insight Vacations Readies for Travel Comeback as Holiday Planning Resumes

 Insight Vacations, the global leader in premium guided holidays is seeking to rebuild travel dreams with promotion deals for its European Country Roads and Easy Pace itineraries. Following announcements of successes of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trials, there has been a surge in enquries for 2021 trips.  

A new trip for 2021, Country Roads of Andalucia features a Make Travel Matter Experience that introduces guests to Flamenco with a visit to Cristina Heeren Foundation in Southern Spain. As a school that promotes the teaching and conservation of flamenco,  Cristina Heeren Foundation provides access to cultural education and through their training, continue to preserve the traditions of the flamenco dance that is such an essential part of Spain's cultural heritage. The 9-day trip starts and concludes in Malaga. Interest in this Andalucia itinerary has been bolstered by the announcement from Andalucia's regional government that from 1 January 2021, free holiday insurance will be offered to international tourists in Andalucia.  The insurance covers any circumstances related to Covid-19 including medical bills, additional accommodation and cost for quarantine plus repatriation, if needed.  

New for 2021 as well, are trips to dream destinations in Latin America perfectly planned for a travel adventurer. From Patagonia landscapes, Andean peaks, rainforests, Incan ruins and vibrant metropolitan cities, three bucket list trips to consider: Peru with Machu Picchu and the Nazca linesBest of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia and Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil Discovery.  

For anyone planning to  travel in 2021, they only need to pay a reduced deposit of US$99 per person (regularly US$200) for holidays booked before 31 December 2020. They also have the flexibility to change their booking up to 30 days prior to the departure of their trip.  Visit www.insightvacations.com or call +65 6922 5950 to speak with an Insight travel specialist. 

Aurora Expeditions Launches New Exhilarating, Wild and Remote Voyages for 2022

Aurora Expeditions, Australia's leading expedition cruise company has today launched its exciting and intrepid new Global and Arctic 2022 program aboard both the Greg Mortimer, and their new ship, the Sylvia Earle, on track for delivery in October 2021.  

The  program features 12 brand new itineraries and destinations that continue to push the boundaries of expedition voyaging and will take our expeditioners to some breathtaking and incredible remote corners of the planet, including the Russian Far East, Raja Ampat/West Papua, Alaska, the Northwest Passage and Baja California.  

Launching alongside the new itineraries will be an exclusive early bird deal of up to 25% off.* 

Both the Sylvia Earle and the Greg Mortimer Global and Arctic 2022 programs will visit some of the Mission Blue Hope Spots as championed by Sylvia Earle herself. These include The Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle and Misool Marine Reserve in Raja Ampat and the North West Passage. Through visiting these places, Aurora Expeditions aims to raise further awareness on the importance of conserving these incredibly biodiverse, marine areas.  

Aurora Expeditions CEO Monique Ponfoort notes, “At a time where international travel is at a temporary standstill but we are all dreaming about future travel adventures, we are really excited to launch our new 2022 Arctic and Global program to give our loyal expeditioners some phenomenal new, remote and beautiful destinations to consider.” 

Going Walkabout: An Ancient Means of Transformational Travel

Going walkabout is the Aboriginal version of mindfulness: you leave your everyday worries and responsibilities behind in order to reconnect with country and culture, returning to the basics and becoming centred as you travel lightly through Australia's diverse landscapes. The practice has been used for tens of thousands of years, traditionally as a rite of passage for young men who journey alone – on foot and guided by spirits – for extended periods of time, but also by those travelling to ceremonies and family obligations. Walkabouts often trace ancient paths known as Songlines, a network of orally shared routes marked out by the stars and set by Creation ancestors during the Dreaming. Interestingly, many Songlines have ended up forming major transport highways across post-settlement Australia.

Today's walkabouts tap into the trend of transformational travel, creating immersive, perspective-shifting experiences which are both challenging and enriching.

Tailor-made multi-day experiences are run by long-time local character and guide Sab Lord, who has the blessing of local Aboriginal people to take these private charters on otherwise restricted cultural lands.

Latest Projection: Travel Spending in U.S. to Plunge by Nearly Half This Year

Travel spending in the U.S. is expected to finish the year 45% down from 2019 levels, and will still not have returned to its pre-pandemic strength by 2024, according to the latest figures released by the U.S. Travel Association.

The new 2020 projected travel spending figure of $617 billion is slightly worse than U.S. Travel's previous forecast released in July ($622 billion)—and is a precipitous drop from the $1.13 trillion spent on travel in the U.S. overall in 2019.

The nosedive reflects a decline of 34% in domestic leisure travel spending—but even sharper drop-offs in the lucrative domestic business (55%) and international inbound (77%) markets.

Travel is by far the industry hardest hit by the ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, currently accounting for 33% of overall unemployment in the U.S. Nearly 40%—3.5 million—of all direct travel jobs have vanished over the past seven months, even after taking into account modest growth over the summer. Another million direct travel jobs—bringing the total to 4.5 million or 50% of pre-pandemic levels—are expected to disappear by year's end without another round of congressional relief.

It is unknown how many of those job losses will become permanent. Large numbers of travel businesses were unable to access early rounds of federal pandemic relief—and many businesses that did receive temporary aid have exhausted their relief funds.

Washington's inability to reach a deal on a new round of relief prior to the November 3 election further devasted the travel industry, and travel leaders are strongly urging policymakers not to wait for the new Congress and administration to take office before advancing another package.

On the Radar: Major Tourism Openings Coming to Queensland in 2021

With the festive season knocking on the door and a new year around the corner, it's time to ditch the challenging 2020 year and look ahead. Get out your date planner and schedule in these four tourism openings that are sure to shoot to the top of your '2021 to do list'.

Silky Oaks Lodge, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, Luxury treetop escape, Silky Oaks Lodge,
Hazelwood Estate, Gold Coast, Take a moment to breathe in the refreshing country air and embrace a slower state of being when Hazelwood Estate swings open its gates in early 2021.

The Langham, Gold Coast, Beachfront luxury on the Gold Coast's fashionable Surfers Paradise doesn't get more glam than the highly awaited Langham Gold Coast which will throw open their grand doors at the end of 2021.

Lady Musgrave HQ, Bundaberg, Get ready to jump aboard Queensland's second underwater accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef - Lady Musgrave HQ, a new pontoon providing a novel experience for day trippers, divers and educational groups off the coast of Bundaberg.

Hotel Indigo® Debuts in Malaysia in the Heart of Its Capital City

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a landmark deal to bring boutique upscale brand Hotel Indigo® to Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Techvance Properties Management Sdn. Bhd.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the 180-room Hotel Indigo Kuala Lumpur on the Park will be located at the base of the picturesque Bukit Nanas, close to KL Tower and KL Forest Eco Park, in the heart of Malaysia's capital city.

No two Hotel Indigo® properties are the same, and this stunning addition to the brand portfolio will have Kuala Lumpur's multicultural influences embedded in its DNA through a visionary design which captures the historical charm of local heritage buildings and the breadth of nearby modern architecture.

Sustainability has been key in Hotel Indigo Kuala Lumpur on the Park's creation with environmentally friendly methods prioritised in its planning, led by the use of reclaimed materials from nearby sites, solar panels on its roof, and rainwater harvesting. In line with IHG's broader sustainability efforts, the hotel will also be plastic straw free and will opt for bulk amenities in all its guest rooms.

With greenery from one of the country's oldest forest reserves woven throughout the hotel to bring the forest inside, memorable features include an interactive Green Wall in the lobby and a spot of quiet serenity amidst the bustle of the city in a Secret Garden. Guests will have an immersive experience all through the hotel to savour (and share on social media).

There are 126 Hotel Indigo hotels around the globe with a pipeline of nearly 100 hotels set to open within the next three to five years.


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Apurva Spa Wins 'Best Hotel Spa' in Coveted Condé Nast Johansens Award

The Apurva Kempinski Bali is delighted to announce that its unique indigenous spa, Apurva Spa has been recognised as the 'Best Hotel Spa' in the 2020 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence.

Apurva Spa has been drawing the enthusiasm of spa enthusiasts since its opening in August 2019.

Inspired by the traditions of ancient Indonesia, this award-winning spa embodies the holistic healing philosophy that began more than 2,000 years ago, combining time-honoured rituals and modern techniques. The complete wellness experience at Apurva Spa is based on the ancient proverb 'rupasampat wahyabiantara': true beauty is achieved when outer beauty is in harmony with inner beauty. Traditional ointments such as lulur, a herb and spice body scrub, will help achieve outer beauty, while activities such as sunrise yoga and chakra meditation will pave the way to inner harmony and balance. Treatments are tailor-made for each guest based on the four stages of life - teenage, adult, married and post-adult, with different varieties of oil, lulur,- and Jamu selected depending on specific individual needs.

Created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across Condé Nast Johansens's collection of recommended spas, hotels and resorts worldwide, the Awards for Excellence are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and local experts reports drawn from the hotels featured on the Condé Nast Johansens website and in its spa guides.

This distinguished recognition is one of the ten awards received by this luxurious resort in Bali. With the trust and support from its loyal guests, The Apurva Kempinski Bali looks forward to welcoming more awards to its collection, by doing what it knows best: creating a personalized-unique experience through unrivaled five-star service.


Ibis Styles Debuts in Nagoya, Japan

ibis Styles, a design driven brand within the Accor group, has unveiled the 284-room ibis Styles Nagoya in the Chūbu region of Japan. Conveniently located within walking distance from Nagoya Station, the hotel is a perfect fit for business and leisure travellers seeking a trendy hotel experience with easy accessibility to nearby attractions and business districts.

The design of the hotel draws inspiration from the vibrancy of the adjacent Yanagibashi Central Market, a renowned food market with over 400 shops, restaurants and food stalls where locals flock to gather fresh produce or grab a bite to eat.

The compact 18 square-metre Double Room and 20 square-metre Twin Room are stylishly decorated boasting the signature ibis Styles SweetBed for a restful night's sleep. All rooms feature 49-inch 4K televisions, air purifiers with plasma cluster function, night tables equipped with power outlets and USB connectors, and rain showers. Interconnecting rooms are available for families and groups.
For more information and reservations, please email hb4f6-re1@accor.com or visit: 


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