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

LUX* Resorts & Hotels Launches Unique Collectable Experiences

Luxury hospitality brand LUX* Resorts & Hotels launched its highly aspirational holiday experiences in Mauritius, La Reunion, the Maldives and China. Known as Collectable Experiences, these unique adventures are put together by well-connected locals. From casting a line out to sea with Mauritian fishermen in a traditional wooden pirogue followed by a ceviche-making lesson with your freshly-caught catch; to discovering the hidden-away art and cultural curiosities not found in any tourist guide book; and even exploring an active volcano accompanied by a picnic on the volcanic plateau, these Collectable Experiences are focused on providing meaningful stories and memories in the new era of tourism that also contributes positively to the group's efforts of sustaining a circular economy, a holiday that gives back to the destination.
For more information on Collectable Experiences, visit LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

Explore Fairbanks Regions Where Caribou Outnumber People

In Alaska's Interior and Arctic, the caribou far outnumber the people. In fact, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Bob Hunter, there are almost five caribou to every one human in Alaska's Interior and Arctic. These two immense, far north regions of Alaska are home to just over 137,000 souls and over 645,000 majestic caribou. “A tally of those caribou herds residing primarily in the Interior and Arctic areas comes to 645,687 based on the most recent survey numbers available,” Hunter states. These numbers prove to be an impressive indicator of how untamed and sparsely populated Alaska's Interior and Arctic remain.

Heralding the lowest population density in the United States of America, here a modicum of social distancing has long been a way of life. In Alaska's Interior and far north, the buffer between you and the next person was substantial prior to COVID-19, so adding a foot or two to get to six feet apart has been quite manageable. In Fairbanks, travelers can see how nature rules and people thrive in a small river city deep in the wilds of Alaska. Keep track of the State of Alaska's travel requirements on the government site, sanitize your hands and don your mask. With careful planning and testing, responsible travelers may embark on a journey to the land of the midnight sun and the aurora borealis.

Fairbanks has many outdoor and/or spacious venues, activities, attractions, tours and eating and drinking establishments that have thoughtfully re-opened for business. Visit Explore Fairbanks' website for a current “Open for Business” list, including their steps taken to help travelers have a safe experience. Visit a vibrant farmers market, get lucky panning for gold, relish all the art in and around Fairbanks or head a few miles out of town to hike one of many maintained trails through boreal forests and view spectacular landscapes.

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New Kapuhala Sicily Heritage Farmstay to Open in September 2020

Kapuhala is thrilled to debut a new concept: Kapuhala Heritage Farmstay, located in Southern Sicily, the Noto region. Kapuhala Sicily is part of the global Kapuhala lifestyle brand with sister locations in Hong Kong and Koh Samui, Thailand, is the first Farmstay concept of its kind in Italy and Europe.

Every accommodation in Kapuhala Sicily comes with a private vegetable garden, where guests can pick their own produce, herbs and cook in the comfort of their own room. Different size rooms include different facilities, including a disabled-friendly Palmento Suite, allowing guests to choose a room type based on their needs. The property is also home to one-of-a-kind Botanical Yoga Studio offering daily sunset yoga classes overlooking the picturesque expansive countryside with natural aromatherapy effects of wild thyme and rosemary - a truly unique experience, elevating the practice of yoga to new heights. In addition to the Kapuhala's many sustainability initiatives, such as complete energy self-sufficiency and largely plant-based dining, many materials in Kapuhala Sicily such as tiles and furnishings are quality antique items collected in the region that were repurposed or restored to find a new beginning in this eco-conscious project.

Grand opening of Kapuhala Sicily is set to be in September 2020. The boutique Farmstay will cater to fitness enthusiasts, race runners, corporate high-achievers and those looking to adopt a more eco-conscious approach to travel by delivering a holistic, life-enhancing travel experience via guest services that consider circadian rhythm, natural dietary benefits, bio-hacking techniques and beyond.

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IHG debuts InterContinental brand in Halong Bay Vietnam

Slated to open in 2023, the project draws inspiration from its beachfront location in Halong Bay which includes more than 1,600 islands and inlets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, and InterContinental brand's distinctive style. InterContinental Halong Bay Resort will feature 175 guest rooms while InterContinental Residences Halong Bay will be made up of 60 apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, and 41 villas. Guests and residents alike will be able to enjoy five restaurant and bar outlets, four pools, a gym, kids club and spa. Event hosts will find the property's six meeting rooms well-equipped to facilitate any occasion, with the largest room able to accommodate up to 500 people.

Those dreaming of an InterContinental life at home can own an apartment or villa at InterContinental Residences Halong Bay, enabling them to have their own beachfront address, access to world-class facilities and amenities, as well as allowing their residence to benefit from inclusion in a rental programme, with apartments and villas available for third party guests to book through IHG's global channels. Building on the success of InterContinental Phu Quoc Residences, this will be BIM Group's third residence project with IHG, with Regent Residences Phu Quoc currently in development.

Accor Supports Heartists Remotely

With over 300,000 talent committed to providing hotel guests with outstanding experiences, Accor believes that one of its greatest assets is its people. Throughout this worldwide pandemic, Accor's talent (who are called Heartists because they deliver the art of hospitality from the heart) have shown an even stronger desire for learning and development during this unexpected downtime. Going beyond the ordinary virtual training topics, Heartists have had the opportunity to expand their knowledge through new learning content designed to keep them engaged and nurture a positive spirit in challenging times.

Accor Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia & the Maldives' learning community developed a virtual series branded “People First, Always”, focused on maintaining and improving physical and mental wellbeing.  The many relevant topics include 101 Things To Do In IsolationBeing Social While Social Distancing and Helping Kids Not To Worry About COVID-19.

Another virtual series branded “Fun Friday” was put together to continue engaging the teams. Using the learning communities' own expertise and skill-set, some of the content put together for these sessions include Mastering PersonalityFit Friday and Cooking at Home.

At Accor Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore, the “CANDLES” virtual series was launched by the learning community to ensure that all master certified trainers are constantly refreshed and energised. Being responsible to keep the learning alive across Accor's hotels, these sessions are aimed at upskilling and engaging these trainers. The wide range of topics includes How To Make Learning AwesomeShould You Vlog and Stunning Storytelling.

Aiming to reach the audience in new and different ways, a podcast series entitled “The GRITers” was designed to inspire Executive Assistant Managers and star talents in the hotels. Made available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts,  a General Manager is invited weekly to highlight initiatives around supporting their employees and creating new revenue streams during this crisis.
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