November: preparing, reflection, festivities

November: preparing, reflection, festivities

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

Earn up to 6000 Reward points with the Accor Live Limitless Power Boost Offer

Members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless can earn up to 6000 Reward points when they complete three stays of two nights across Accor Hotels & Resorts by 15 December 2020.

Members of ALL are eligible to earn 500 bonus Reward points on their first stay, 2500 bonus Reward points on their second stay and 3000 bonus Reward points for their third stay at participating Accor properties in Asia Pacific.

Whether it's a street art photo expedition around Kampong Glam in Singapore, relishing the freshest seafood or a self-drive road trip adventure in Australia, basking under the sun at the gorgeous beaches in Thailand; Accor has a range of great offers for domestic travellers to explore new places of interest in their home country.

In addition, members of ALL who had their points expired between 1 January and 18 May 2020, before the points extension was granted in May now have the opportunity to reclaim all of their expired Reward points with just one stay of two nights made by 15 December 2020.

To enjoy pre-sale access and exclusive perks and benefits, join ALL and start earning points plus experience all that membership has to offer. The programme is free to join; become a member today, visit

First Hotel Indigo in Jakarta to Open Within Exclusive New Development

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's largest hotel companies, is set to welcome the world's most neighbourhood-centric brand to Indonesia's Special Capital Region of Jakarta with the signing of Hotel Indigo Jakarta Pantai Indah Kapuk.

Partnering IHG in this landmark project are PT Kapuk Naga Indah, the land and building owner and a subsidiary of property developer Agung Sedayu Group (ASG) and Salim Group. The signing marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between Agung Sedayu Group and InterContinental Hotels Group as one of their preferred partners for hotel projects in Indonesia.

The PIK project responds to the desire for elegant living with world-class amenities, a dynamic social scene and natural touches close at hand. The development injects new energy to this exclusive zone in northern Jakarta. The hotel is a contemporary yet uniquely Indonesian neighbourhood experience, catering to a dynamic cross-section of travellers from around the world — who seek to work, relax, enjoy themselves, and gain local inspiration for their travels ahead.

Hotel Indigo Jakarta Pantai Indah Kapuk is a notable addition to IHG's presence in Indonesia. The archipelago boasts the world's fourth largest population, comprising 270 million citizens, with half of these millennials. As the first Hotel Indigo in Jakarta, the property will strengthen the brand equity of Hotel Indigo among hotel owners and developers, and increase awareness of the brand among growing numbers of domestic travellers.

The Lux Collective Announces the Signing of New Resort in Guangxi China

The Lux Collective, a luxury hotel management operator headquartered in Singapore, has signed an agreement with Mingshi Yijing Tourism Development Co. Ltd. to manage the first international five-star resort in Chongzuo, Guangxi opening January 2021.

LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi will feature 56 suites and villas starting from 70 square metres, with private terraces and plunge pools that open up to the breath-taking natural surroundings. Other facilities include an outdoor infinity pool, LUX* Me Spa and fitness centre, specialty restaurants and bars, a kids club as well as LUX* Reasons to Go signatures such as Cinema Paradiso and Tree of Wishes.

Located in the southwest of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chongzuo is famed for its mountainous views with numerous karst formations. The resort, surrounded by lush greenery and mountainous rivers, is located two and a half hours drive from Nanning Wuxu International Airport and 10 minutes from the borders of Vietnam. Several scenic spots including the Detian Waterfall, Asia's largest transnational waterfall, and the Nongguan Nature Reserve, home to the endangered white-headed langurs, are just 30 minutes' drive from the resort.

LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi is expected to open on 1 January 2021.

Condé Nast Traveler Sets 'New Standard' As The Travel Industry Aims To Reopen

Today, Condé Nast Traveler launches the New Standard, a new editorial initiative that recognizes travel brands and providers who are meeting travelers' most important concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. The inaugural honorees are available on the New Standard digital hub, which will continue to feature industry leaders for their innovations and evolutions on an ongoing basis.

As travelers return to the roads, seas, and skies, more than 90 percent of travelers say they would feel more comfortable visiting a destination they know is taking extra precautions to address safety concerns, according to Condé Nast Traveler research.

“Now that we've been living with COVID-19 for a while, the transformation of travel is coming into focus,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. Editor at Condé Nast Traveler. “Travelers' desires and expectations have shifted, and hotels, airlines, cruise companies, and destinations have all shifted how they operate in return. The New Standard is all about celebrating innovation in the industry in response to the pandemic.”

Singapore Tourism Board is the launch partner of the program. New Standard honorees can be found on Condé Nast Traveler's website and at the newsstands. Follow their ongoing coverage of the coronavirus and updates on the travel industry at

Markus Anecdotes - Work from Home

At my work, every department was asked to share how they manage working from home and moreover, how they manage distractions. How do they create a stable home work environment? These presentations are then to be shared with the other departments.

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Introducing Fortitude Valley's newest hotel - REMIX HOTEL

[Post Coverage]Guests had  recently immersed themselves in a creative collision of sound and art, merging the physical and virtual world, at designer hotel Ovolo The Valley - welcome to ​REMIX HOTEL​. A COVID-safe festival experience, REMIX HOTEL has been curated to be a celebration of sound, and cultural response in support of the music industry.

In collaboration with ​Ovolo, XR Events​ has reimagined a music and lifestyle festival experience in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, during the weekend of ​9th - 11th October 2020​. This was a weekend of exclusive international DJ sets broadcast from ​Groove Armada​ (London), the father of house music ​Marshall Jefferson​ (Chicago) and ​Jason Bye​ (Ibiza) as well as local artists; including ​Rachel May, Groove Terminator​, ​Mark James​ and many more.

Guests experienced over 16 artists from the luxury of their hotel room or curated entertainment spaces complete with VIP seating, across the hotel’s whimsical spaces and Middle Eastern and Mediteranan Bar & Kitchen, ZA ZA TA.

The weekend‘s festivities ran with a strict COVID-safe plan, ensuring the complete safety of patrons as well as maximum flexibility of musical choice, dining options at ZA ZA TA which will transport you to experience the soulful vibe of Tel Aviv, to Sunset Sessions Poolside and creative spaces of one of Brisbane’s top designer hotels. As guests move through Ovolo The Valley, they explored a venue-wide multi-layered installation created by Georgie Pinn.
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