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Is Togetherness the Next Destination for Travel?
For generations, travel has inspired storytelling in books and songs and fuelled the growth of cultures and civilisations. But over the last year, the world went on a different kind of journey, swapping passports for puzzles and beaches for binge-watching. Now, a new survey from IHG Hotels & Resorts reveals how much people are longing for human connection, to be with their loved ones, and to make new memories.
Close to 60 percent of survey respondents said they cancelled up to four trips (leisure and business) last year. More than half the travellers surveyed said they have now rebooked cancelled trips or plan to rebook them, with family vacations and visiting loved ones topping travel wish lists for 2021. And while the pandemic isn't over, the roll-out of vaccines is igniting hope and optimism, as respondents across all age groups, 18 to 55+, say spending time with family and friends is a primary motivator for travel this year.
Yip Yew Chong brings Stories from Yesteryear exhibition to Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong has been beautifying the city-state's streets for years with his vibrant street murals and now, for the first time, brings an intimate exhibition titled Stories From Yesteryear to the Sofitel Singapore City Centre. The exhibition, which features 24 canvas paintings and 4 digital artworks, will be showcased at the hotel from 26 February 2021 to 31 March.
Painted between 2017 and 2021, the scenes in the paintings are panoramic yet intricate and provide a visual history of Singapore including major cultural festivals and traditions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hari Raya Haji, Chingay procession and the Hungry Ghost Festival. Yew Chong grew up in Chinatown and now resides in Tanjong Pagar, so his intimate knowledge of the area's legends and stories evokes a sense of travelling back through history.
To allow guests to really connect with the art of Yip Yew Chong, the hotel is offering for the month of March a special Yesteryear Peranakan menu which will highlight some favourite dishes that reflect Yew Chong's childhood and are depicted in the paintings. Yew Chong has also hand-drawn a beautiful walking map of the area, which the Sofitel will give to in-house guests so they can explore the artist's murals in and around the hotel after the exhibition.
IHG Hotels & Resorts Sets the Stage for when Travellers are Ready to Re-connect and Open up their World
From the first InterContinental Hotel to the iconic Holiday Inn, from Kimpton revolutionizing boutique hotels to new brands paving a new way forward, IHG Hotels & Resorts has long pioneered world travel and the way people connect.
Today the company looks ahead as the world – waiting to fully embrace travel once more – reiterates the importance of the industry and travel as an agent for positive change. From supporting careers for millions to the force for good it plays in communities around the world, the experiences each traveller has during a trip make an impact long beyond the memories.
IHG Hotels & Resorts has headed into 2021 by refreshing its brand to further reflect the hotel group's purpose of True Hospitality for Good, its evolving story, portfolio and the needs of hotel owners, consumers, and communities around the world.
The brand refresh reflects the company's growth to 16 brands welcoming guests and loyalty program members through the doors of nearly 6,000 hotels across 100 countries. With an updated identity, the company is focused on strengthening perception, how it engages guests, hotel owners and colleagues and better promoting the breadth of its portfolio.
Virginia Offers Ideal Wellness Retreats to Speed Healing of the Body and Soul
As we start the new year, hopeful travelers are eager to work wellness into their future travel plans. The pandemic has made us increasingly conscious of personal health and fitness, with surveys showing a rising interest in immunity boosting retreats and socially distanced wellness trips. Rural luxury also tops lists of 2021 travel trends, with travelers looking to avoid crowds and connect with nature, while focusing on the need for mental and physical pampering. Enter Virginia, with an array of wellness retreats and pastoral luxury resorts ideal for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path destination to heal their bodies, minds and souls.
Eupepsia Wellness Resort, located in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, provides an immersive approach to wellness with real-time curation for a truly transformative experience. Located on 256 rural acres and founded on the science and philosophy of Ayurveda, the resort's integrated programs center around sound sleep, clean 'farm-to-table' eating, and progressive health, fitness and yoga therapies. With the help of a team of specialists, the resort customizes its wellness retreats to each guest's bio-individuality, health condition and personal goals. From de-stress, detox, weight loss and full rejuvenation to advanced healing, there is a program for everyone.
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