Wrap up your Summer Holiday with these Ideas

Wrap up your Summer Holiday with these Ideas


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Accor set to open its first dual-branded hotel in Japan, Mercure Tokyu Stay Osaka Namba

Accor, the region's largest international hospitality company, is introducing its first dual branded hotel to Japan's vibrant city of Osaka. The 288-key Mercure Tokyu Stay Osaka Namba will open its doors on 1st December 2022 in the city's entertainment and shopping district.
Accor has teamed up with Japanese real estate company Tokyu Resorts & Stays Co., Ltd. to offer a unique property that plays to the strengths of both groups; Accor with its global reach and international loyalty program ALL - Accor Live Limitless, and Tokyu Stays' domestic brand recognition and network, as well as its exceptional facilities for long-stay guests.

The hotel is ideally positioned within a 4-minute walk from Namba station which offers a direct train line to Kansai International Airport, a gateway for international travellers, as well as easy access to local landmarks such as Shinsaibashi shopping district. “America Town” is also located nearby, a destination for visitors looking to discover Osaka's youth culture and trends.

The hotel's design focuses on the distinctive culture, history and values that the city of Osaka has been built on such as chic dark interiors reminiscent of firewood. The Nishi Shinsaibashi area housed many warehouses for firewood wholesalers during the Edo period which were later turned into galleries, boutiques and a gathering spot for the local artists and creatives. The 288 contemporary rooms of Mercure Tokyu Stay Osaka Namba are ideal for short-stay and long-stay guests, with a portion of guestrooms offering washer-dryers and kitchenettes, one of the signature features of Tokyu Stay properties. The Duplex Suite and Premium Twin Rooms offer panoramic views of the cityscape of Osaka and Namba, and all guestrooms are equipped with 50-inch TVs, rain showers and high speed Wifi.

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GHM's Extends 30th Anniversary Celebration with Exquisite Culinary Experiences across The Chedi

Inimitable creator of stylish hotels and resorts in exotic destinations worldwide, General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM), is culminating its 30th anniversary celebration this year with a delectable repertoire of food and beverage experiences across its internationally-acclaimed The Chedi properties. Guests are welcome to partake in exceptional dining offers unique to each destination in celebration of GHM's legacy in pioneering authentic luxury hospitality experiences.

The gourmet experiences follow GHM's year-long festivity which began this March. The third part of this celebratory 30 Years of a Style to Remember series comes after the group's introduction of exclusive 30th anniversary stay experiences and rejuvenating wellness activities. Each retreat has been thoughtfully curated to promote mindful living and highlight transformative experiences for guests' singularly memorable journeys at The Chedi properties. 

Master the Art of Middle Eastern and Levantine Cuisine at The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, UAE

At The Chedi Al Bait, Emirati hospitality begins with satisfying the discerning palates of epicurious guests. The hotel's Cooking Class in Style allows guests to learn from the chefs at The Restaurant – one of Sharjah's best restaurants – the culinary art of preparing Middle Eastern and Levantine cuisine. A culinary theatre for the senses, this will inspire guests' discovery of new cooking techniques that they can later replicate at home and savouring the flavour of Sharjah through delicacies made with unsparing attention to ingredients, taste and appearance.

Available all year round, the cooking class is priced at AED 300 per adult and comes with a package option at AED 1,000 for four adults. The package includes a three-course lunch menu following the cooking class, a copy of the recipes and certificate of participation to commemorate the experience.

There is also an ongoing Hotel Credit Offer for those in search of last-minute summer deals. Available until 30 September 2022, guests booking a stay in The Chedi Grand Room for AED 1,200 per night will receive the full amount in dining credit, redeemable in the hotel's outlets for two lunch, two dinners and two spa treatments.

Antigua and Barbuda Runs Us TV Primetime Campaign Featuring Reggae Ambassador Causion

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority's latest advertising campaign out of the US Market has been creating a stir as Antigua and Barbuda's Reggae Ambassador Gregory 'Causion' Bailey croons across US television screens and issues an invitation to CBS TV audiences to “bathe in the sun” in Antigua and Barbuda, known for having an astonishing 365 beaches.

The television advertising campaign which begun on August 9 features fifteen second and thirty second clips of Causion's summer hit music video 'Antigua Me Come From' played on CBS TV programmes.  A call-to-action encourages viewers of the advert to contact their travel advisor to book an Antigua and Barbuda vacation.

Causion's 'Antigua Me Come From' video, launched in May 2022 to inspire summer travel, features some of Antigua and Barbuda's scenic locations, popular resorts, and hospitable people.
Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com 

Exploring our newest food trail

Before your family transitions to the coming school year, consider a food trail trip around the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The South Willamette Valley Food Trail, launched in April 2019, is ready to explore this fall and your foraging options have now expanded west to the Pacific Ocean. The Central Coast Food Trail is open to visitors throughout the year and is designed to be explored at your own pace – you are welcome to start and finish wherever you like. Pick up a printed guide at our Visitor Center (754 Olive Street) or download an online guide.
Developed through Travel Oregon's Oregon Food Trail Program, the South Willamette Valley Food Trail and the Central Coast Food Trail provide locals and visitors an opportunity to experience world-class wines, wild fields and foods, family friendly farms, and highlights businesses that are committed to sustainable practices and locally sourced ingredients. Take your time exploring the coast between Florence and Lincoln City and you can find:
  • Fresh caught seafood served in gourmet restaurants or sold in seafood markets
  • Bakeries, breweries, cafés and coffee roasters using wild foraged and locally grown ingredients
  • Lodging properties where the views are as phenomenal as the food
Before setting out, map your route to make it easy to navigate remote areas without cell service and consider calling ahead to inquire at individual businesses about seasonality and hours of operation. The working farms and fishing charters along this trail provide some of the most unique and engaging experiences. When on a farm, we ask that you respect the invitation to enter each property and be cautious around farm animals and equipment. Children must be supervised at all times and you should be prepared to follow all site-specific rules. For your safety and comfort, be prepared with appropriate footwear, sun protection and water.
Learn more about the Central Coast Food Trail and other food trails at OregonFoodTrails.com.

Continued Gas Price Declines Motivate Consumers to Travel

According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, the recent downward trend in gas prices translates into improving consumer confidence toward future travel.  Only 27% of travelers said gas prices would greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months, down dramatically from the 43% of travelers who expressed the same sentiment two months ago.

“With the impact of both COVID-19 and fuel prices in decline, the outlook for fall and holiday travel is certainly improving,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International.  “But if we have learned anything during this pandemic era, the travel industry will have to remain nimble and adjust quickly to any new threats or disruptions, no matter what their source is.”

According to the latest survey, more than half of travelers plan to visit friends and relatives on their fall trips, and 43% are planning to take a fall road trip.  Other top fall trip activities include visiting state and national parks, and going to museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions, as well as fall color tours.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded August 31, 2022 using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over.  Quotas were used to match Census targets for age, gender, and region to make the survey representative of the U. S. population.

More Information – Longwoods International: https://longwoods-intl.com/covid-19

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Ready to Open Two Locations.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to confirm the opening of its two flagship hotels in Q4 2022. After undergoing a significant renovation and refurbishment, Explorar Koh Phangan is slated to open on October 01, 2022 with Explorar Koh Samui to follow, opening on November 01, 2022.

The newly refreshed Explorar Koh Phangan will feature a remodelled infinity pool lying directly on the beach with majestic views of Koh Phangan's famed sunset as well as signature 'Exchange' co-working area, developed to allow digital nomads and long-term stay travellers to work remotely in an air-coned space equipped with all office amenities and high-speed internet.

At Explorar Koh Samui, new and returning guests will find on November 01 a completely refurbished property with a new swimming pool area around the famous 50 meters long basin, a replanted and serene hummingbird garden and signature 'Exchange' co-working spaces, the first of its kind in the Bophut/Mae Nam area. 

Both properties will focus on a peaceful escape with an adult-only (16+) environment.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts is unique for blending digital and social travel elements with wellbeing and care for the community. The brand features 3 key paths in which each experience is centred around, Explore: to discover local cultures far from the beaten paths, Exchange: spaces designed to foster exchange, including vibrant co-working areas, and Exhale: to reflect and recharge, from signature wellness concepts to paying it forward to the communities. 

Explorar Hotels & Resorts' management team continues the groups growth by strategically establishing hotels in key destinations throughout Asia, offering four destination-based themes and unique experiences. Beach, eco, cultural and urban unite the brand and offer the social travellers clear choices for their individual experiences.



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