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Accor Ambassador Korea expands its footprint across the country

Accor Ambassador Korea has announced the signing of four new hotels in South Korea. The latest addition of Mercure Ambassador Jeju, ibis Styles Ambassador Incheon Airport, Mercure Ambassador Pyeongtaek, and Mercure Ambassador Mokpo will see the group enter Pyeongtaek, Mokpo and Jeju for the very first time. With this expansion, Accor Ambassador Korea will operate 33 hotels and resorts across 10 destinations in South Korea by 2025.

Featuring 72 guest rooms, Mercure Ambassador Jeju is set to open in mid of 2021. Boasting an array of dining outlets, a pool, spa and indoor driving ranges, the resort is located 30 minutes' drive from Jeju International Airport and 10 minutes' by car to Jungmun Tourist Complex.

Located in International Business Complex II of Incheon International Airport, the 360-room ibis Styles Ambassador Incheon Airport is slated to open in 2022. Featuring quirky and creative design, the hotel is renowned for its “all-inclusive” offer for travellers looking for budget friendly accommodation at an affordable price.

Boasting 219-rooms, Mercure Ambassador Pyeongtaek is located in the high-tech industrial area nearby to the US army base and residential district. Set to open in 2024, the hotel features a restaurant and bar, meeting room and business centre. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

IHG expands Crowne Plaza brand in Thailand

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has signed a landmark franchise agreement with real estate experts, Siamese Asset to expand its world-renowned Crowne Plaza brand in Bangkok. 

The new Crowne Plaza Bangkok Rama 9 hotel will open in 2025 in a prime city location, close to the Thai capital's new central business district. 

The announcement signals the first time IHG has completed a franchise agreement in Thailand, as they expand their relationship with long-term partner Kew Green, a franchisee of more than 40 hotels in the UK. Kew Green have undertaken a joint venture with experienced real estate developer Siamese Asset to bring the milestone arrangement to fruition. 

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Rama 9 will be located in a mixed-use development - Siamese Rama 9 - which features high-end apartments, office space and a mall. It is just 25 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 22km from Don Muang International Airport, offering easy connectivity for visitors through the local road network and proximity to the upcoming MRT Orange line. Embassies, office towers and hospitals, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment hotspots, are all within easy reach. 

The hotel will showcase the Crowne Plaza brand's focus on the era of connection and productivity, enabling guests to seamlessly move between work and downtime. It will welcome leisure and business travellers alike, with a choice of dining outlets, meeting rooms, a fitness centre, swimming pool and picturesque rooftop garden. 

IHG is committed to growth in Thailand and already has 31 hotels operating under seven brands: Six Senses, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Staybridge Suites, with another 30 in the pipeline, which includes brand entries for Kimpton and voco.

Maldives is the World's Leading Destination 2020

World Travel Awards established in 1993, is the most prestigious honours program in the global travel and tourism industry recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. It serves to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Maldives receiving such an esteemed recognition during the most challenging of times faced by the tourism industry has never been more important.

Upon receiving the award, Minister of Tourism H. E. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said “Maldives winning World's Leading Destination award is a strong endorsement of the popularity of Maldives amongst international tourists. This superb win reflects the strong determination and sound policies of HEP Solih and his administration, strive and strides of travel and tourism industry partners and employees; targeted #VisitMaldives promotion by industry partners and MMPRC and of course the warm smile of Maldivians. Congratulations!”

Maldives was also nominated for a staggering 40 categories at the Grand Final with 8 nominations in destinations category, 53 nominations for 30 categories in Hotels and Resorts and 3 nominations for 3 world categories competing against world class destinations, with several tourist establishments winning in these categories.

Discover a Summer in the Tropics Adventure

Summer has arrived in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and with it will be the best adventure rainforest experiences of the year. Canyoning, white water rafting, mountain biking and tubing are among the adrenalin-fuelled water options in the world's oldest rainforest.

Join Cairns Canyoning in the spectacular Crystal Canyon to abseil 30 metre heights, rock jump, zipline and swim in a rainforest setting refreshed by warm summer rain. The Behana Gorge tour is ideal for families.

Experience the extraordinary white-water action of the Tully River with Rapid Boarders. Individual boards are used to ride a 7.5km section of the mighty river, which hosted the 2019 World Rafting Championships. Try white water rafting on a half-day trip on the Barron River or take the plunge with a full day on the Russell River with the Cairns Adventure Group. They have family options for younger children and a gentler, white water experience tubing through the rainforest.

River drift snorkelling is another easy option and a great introduction to snorkelling before you visit the Great Barrier Reef. It's a unique way to understand the world's oldest rainforest while floating down the Mossman River with Back Country Bliss.

Hiking through the World Heritage-listed rainforest will reveal stunning waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes to cool off in. Choose easy strolls like the Licuala Rainforest Circuit or camp overnight at the Goldfield Trail where you can swim in the causeway.

Mountain biking is especially popular in summer with creek crossings adding to the thrills and promising a refreshing reward along the way. The world-famous trails at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park have rides for all abilities or enjoy the scenery of the spectacular Misty Mountain Trails.

Chasing waterfalls is a favourite summer activity for locals wanting to chill out and there are many close to Cairns. The most impressive of them all is the Barron Falls, which attract a crowd after a downpour. The best viewing place is from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and its recently opened The Edge Lookout where you can feel the mist of the falls when they are at their summer best.

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