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AVANI to debut in North Africa with two properties in Tunisia

AVANI Gammarth Tunis Resort & Spa exterior rendering

AVANI Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the debut of the brand in Tunisia with the addition of two future properties in Tunis.

AVANI Les Berges Du Lac Tunis Suites is scheduled to open in the coming months in the central business and diplomatic area of Tunis. The 41-key property will offer exclusive serviced apartment accommodation options, in addition to a range of facilities.

AVANI Gammarth Tunis Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 and will offer 250 keys in a prime beachfront location and conveniently located 30-minutes from Tunis’ business district. Nearby cultural attractions include the quaint town of Sidi Bou Said and the historic ruins of Carthage.

Shangri-La Hotel opening offer in Colombo

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers an inviting sanctuary in the heart of the capital, ideally located to take in the best views and attractions of the city.

The hotel is a contemporary lifestyle destination with vibrant dining avenues, an exclusive Horizon Club Lounge, a signature CHI, The Spa, and extensive meeting and events facilities.

To celebrate the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo and discover the best the city has to offer, you can enjoy the following special benefits for staying two nights or more between 17 November 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Virtuoso unveils luxury hotels debuting soon

Luxury and experiential travel network Virtuoso, along with its more than 16,000 travel advisors worldwide, has revealed the hottest hotel openings around the globe for this fall and beyond.

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China opening late 2017, Montage Los Cabos, Mexico opening spring of 2018, Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland reopening spring of 2018, Hotel Lutetia, France reopening spring of 2018, Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan opening late 2018.

Owners of Larmont Sydney roadtest 100 hotels

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Larmont Sydney is Australia’s newest 5 star boutique hotel, set to open its doors on October 9, 2017. The first CBD property for the family-owned company, the hotel seamlessly brings together European luxury with Scandinavian simplicity.

The hotel’s generously proportioned 103 rooms and suites across 7 floors are fit for business and leisure travellers alike. With harbour and city views, The Larmont creates a sense of escape and serenity so guests feel the essence of being at home.

SAGE Hotel Ringwood opens

SAGE Ringwood exterior

Sage Hotel Ringwood, located in Melbourne’s East at the gateway to the Yarra Valley opened its doors Tuesday 10th October and in a state first will sit atop the Eastland Shopping Centre.

Set over 5-levels, the 120 room property is immaculately presented and offers a range of boutique king, twin, family and special access rooms starting from $179 that feature Sage’s DreamWeave Sleep system, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, Smart TVs with the latest blockbuster movies, coffee pod machines, floor to ceiling windows, walk in showers, mini bars, and ironing facilities.

The hotel lobby and lounge features polished exposed aggregate concrete floors, contemporary styling and sleek furniture to create a contemporary look in keeping with the modernity of the brand new facility.

Six Senses Spa Qing Cheng Mountain Wins SpaChina’’s Grand Jury Award

Six Senses Spa Qing Cheng Mountain received the Grand Jury Award at SpaChina’’s 9th Annual Award Ceremony in Chengdu. The award is an acknowledgement of its superb performance and exceptional facilities and presented to only three hotels in the country.

Six Senses Spa Qing Cheng Mountain has made customer experience a top priority since opening in 2015. This was achieved through dedication to service, knowledgeable and well-trained therapists, results-driven treatments, and exceptional products from reputable natural and organic brands, with affirmation as a winning combination by the award.

Flinders Island, Australia’s best-kept travel secret announces rebrand and tourism push

Flinders Island has unveiled a full rebrand—with a new logo, website and campaign video—designed to develop its potential as an unmissable part of local and international itineraries.

Flinders Island—a tiny gem in a cluster of islands dotted across Bass Strait, northeast of mainland Tasmania—is as close as any destination gets to an untouched natural paradise.

It’s close, because, well … dotted between those crystalline waters and clean sands and rugged wetlands is a buzzing world of regionally gathered-and-grown food, wine and coffee, and a warm community of locals eager to welcome new faces. But travellers, unaware of the island’s postcard-worthy scenery and foodie reputation, have long overlooked it. (Each year, there are some 6,000 visitors).

AccorHotels finalist for prestigious Banksia Sustainability Award

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AccorHotels has been announced as a finalist for a prestigious Banksia Sustainability Award in the category of Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award.

The Banksia Sustainability Awards are facilitated by the Banksia Foundation, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the recognition of excellence in sustainability. The awards are the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia and reward Australian individuals, communities, business and government for innovation, achievement and commitment to sustainability.

AccorHotels’ sustainability program, Planet 21, spans six key pillars including People, Guests, Partners, Communities, Buildings and Food, with commitments aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Anantara Angkor Resort unveils two presidential suites

Two Bedroom Henri Mouhot Suite - Master Bedroom (1)

Following an extensive renovation that transformed Anantara Angkor Resort into a premier all-suite retreat, the 39-key boutique resort is delighted to unveil Siem Reap’s plushest presidential suites inspired by explorers of old – the brand new Henri Mouhot Suite pays tribute to the French naturalist and explorer who alerted the West to the ruins of Angkor in 1860, and the interiors of the Anantara Explorer Suite are inspired by another intrepid explorer, Jim Thompson.

Milliner Danica Erard debuts collection at The Como Melbourne

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The Como Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel has partnered with Danica Erard, milliner to the stars in the lead-up to Melbourne’s 2017 Spring Racing Carnival to present a collaborative fashion display entitled ‘A decade of d.e millinery’.

The gallery style activation, on display in the foyer of The Como Melbourne until 16th October, showcases Danica’s most significant headpieces. The collection includes a selection of hats and fascinators, accompanied by handwritten notes from Danica explaining the sentimental significance of each piece.

Feature items include the RECORD hat worn by Lady Gaga, as well as her tribute crown made in honour of the late Bart Cummings.

Sheraton Port Douglas wins two QHA Awards for Excellence

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas celebrated two award successes at the recent 2017 QHA Awards hosted in Brisbane. Winners of the 2017 QHA Awards for Excellence were announced at a gala dinner and presentation evening at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre on 4 October.

Queensland hotel venues from Mt Isa to Coolangatta, and all locations in between, featured among the finalists of this year’s QHA Awards for Excellence, spanning 39 Excellence categories. The QHA Awards acknowledged the important role hotels play within Queensland, providing employment opportunities, supporting community focus and contributing to the State’s thriving tourism economy.

InterCon Singapore Robertson Quay unveils new hotel

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Set amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and arts houses, the luxury hotel has been carefully curated by world-class designers, architects and culinary purveyors.

Located just a few minutes from the CBD, the hotel still maintains a stylish but laid back, relaxed feel in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay.

The hotel offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

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Aviation

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Tourism

Entries for the Australian Travel Awards close THIS WEEK! Here’s why you should enter

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News

Pilot error to blame for Melbourne DFO plane crash: ATSB

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The aviation safety authority has released its final report on a charter plane which crashed into a DFO shopping centre last year killing five people.

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Tourism

Insight Vacations CEO Ulla Hefel Böhler: “We’ve always been ahead of the game”

by Lauren Croft

We spoke to Insight Vacation’s CEO Ulla Hefel Böhler following the launch of the new 2019 Europe and Britain Collection! And no, we still can’t pronounce her name.

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Technology

Rezdy brings booking function to Google Maps

The only thing we like better than Google Maps is Google Naps, which is what we call it when we use the app to find the best place to have a lay down.

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Tourism

Tourist or terrorist: The one travel mistake you DO NOT want to make

This Scottish tourist was denied entry to the US because she mistakenly ticked the one box you DO NOT want to tick on her ESTA application.

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Technology

MH370’s final moments pieced together in new documentary

by Ali Coulton

National Geographic’s Drain the Oceans series claims the doomed flight went into a ‘death spiral’ before plunging into the ocean.

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Destinations

This US city is making travelling with kids easy

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Destinations

Here’s why so many screen tourists are visiting Ireland

This article had us daydreaming about riding a dragon over scenic Northern Ireland, until our boss politely asked us to sit down.

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Wholesalers

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Cruise

“Travel agents are at the front-line”: CLIA’s Joel Katz talks fake news and norovirus

CLIA’s Australasian managing director gave us some great tips on how agents can increase their cruise sales so their customers can set sail. We know that was bad, but come on, it’s Monday.

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Hotels

You can now stay in a house made of chocolate in France

We have so many questions about this whole chocolate accommodation thing… How long will it last until it melts? Is it sticky? Can we eat it? Please?

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