Ovolo Adapts and Evolves to Support Tourism Australia's Holiday Here This Year
As international borders remain closed, domestic travel will lead the recovery for Australia’s tourism sector. Seeing these challenging times as an opportunity to adapt and innovate, Ovolo is making it easy to staycay, vaycay and playcay – effortlessly – in support of the Holiday Here This Year initiative lead by Tourism Australia.
Tourism Australia launched today Holiday Here This Year – City Escapes campaign with homegrown, well-loved talent Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake. The City Escapes campaign, which is the latest iteration of Tourism Australia's Holiday Here This Year campaign, seeks to drive visitors back into our cities, which have been some of the hardest hit tourism destinations as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The designer hotel collection supports Australian Tourism, while remaining innovative and disruptive, this is demonstrated by Ovolo’s Holiday Here this Year initiatives:
Staycay Your Way
Ovolo’s allows you to enjoy the freedom to design your ultimate urban retreat - pick n’ mix and create a tailor-made stay. Ovolo have collaborated with the city’s leading creative and experiential partners offering a wonderful array of experiences allowing you to design your city escape, just the way you like it; fly high with helicopter tours, feed your soul with local food tastings, relax with in-room massages. Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne - we have unique, innovative and cheeky additions for your very own urban retreat to Staycay Your Way!
Explore the city in style with Suite Ride with Ovolo Hotels & Genesis Motors. In partnership with Genesis, Ovolo across Australia are offering guests an opportunity to reserve the Genesis G70 for a 4-hour complimentary drive. This timely partnership launched Monday 1 March, with domestic tourism leading the recovery, Suite Ride encourages guests to get out there to support local tourism operators and communities. Each Ovolo will have a Genesis G70 sports sedan in residence from today until the end of April this year.
Blacklane to bring chauffeur hailing to 21 cities
Blacklane has started its novel chauffeur hailing in 21 cities across 10 countries. New York launched first on 1st March 2021.
The global chauffeur service already offers scheduled rides in 50 countries. Blacklane's new on-demand rides maintain the same premium quality, health and safety standards, fixed competitive fares, and sustainability as its pre-booked trips.
After New York, Blacklane's chauffeur-hailing service started and launched in London and Dubai. And with Berlin this was followed by Paris. The other seven U.S. cities went live on March 9th and all 21 cities had launched by March 26th. The full city list is:
- France: Paris
- Germany: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich
- Ireland: Dublin
- Italy: Bologna and Milan
- Portugal: Lisbon
- Switzerland: Zurich
- UAE: Dubai
- U.K.: London, with electric vehicles using the company's recent Havn investment. The fleet operates the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Teslas.
- USA: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
As with its scheduled rides, Blacklane partners with only the best local chauffeur companies. It continues its proven all-inclusive fares based only on distance. Guests do not pay extra for higher demand, traffic or tolls, providing the same cost certainty for all types of trips.
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Accor Signs New Novotel & Mövenpick Properties for Vietnam
Accor has announced the signing of three new hotels for Vietnam with owner partner, Novaland. The 248-room Mövenpick Phan Thiet and 250-room Novotel Phan Thiet within NovaWorld Phan Thiet, while Mövenpick Ho Tram, a 209-room hotel, will be located at Wonderland – NovaWorld Ho Tram, a complex under development by Novaland.
The NovaWorld Phan Thiet complex is currently under development. Just an estimated an hour and 40 minutes drive from Ho Chi Minh City on the Dau Giay – Phan Thiet expressway, it is poised to elevate the standard of travel and tourism offerings in Southern Vietnam. The 1000 hectare project is set on 7km of Tien Thanh coastline and will include a theme park, a waterpark, a 16-hectare ocean park with a marina, 36-hole golf course, a 7000-seat events stadium, a 3500-seat tennis court, marathon track, a shopping centre, food courts, a hospitality school, an international village, a senior centre and over 20 resorts managed by international operators such as Accor.
The NovaWorld Ho Tram complex, a 90-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City on the Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway. The 1000-hectare complex is located along a 30km coastline from Loc An to Binh Chau (Xuyen Moc district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province) features a combination of mountains and beaches.
Mövenpick Phan Thiet will feature two restaurants, an executive lounge, wellness facilities including a swimming pool, fitness centre with a yoga studio and a spa. Mövenpick Ho Tram will feature an all-day dining restaurant, an executive lounge, meeting facilities with a ballroom, meeting rooms and other wellness facilities such as a spa, gym, swimming pool and a kids club.