Tourism

What’s new in the Hawaiian Islands

Thinking of heading to Hawaii soon? Check out what’s new!

Hawaiian Legacy Forest at Gunstock Ranch offers guests an opportunity to plant a legacy monarch milo tree on acreage overlooking O‘ahu’s North Shore and personalize their tree planting adventure any way they wish, all while taking in sweeping views of the coastline.

Visitors on each of Hawaiian Legacy’s four tours are invited to plant their own monarch milo sapling provided by the nonprofit. The trees are native to Hawai‘i and known for their showy yellow flowers. www.gunstockranch.com

Knots Coffee Roasters and Wine Bar on O‘ahu, located in the Living Room of the recently renovated Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel Waikīkī Beach, is one of the Waikiki’s newest purveyors of coffee and tea creations.

Its menu of offerings also includes a selection of beers and wines to accompany the hotel’s sunset views and curated grab-and-go offerings for beach or park picnics. www.knotscoffee.com

Kiawe Roots recently opened in Pō‘ipu on Kaua‘i at The Shops at Kukuiula with a menu matching southern smoked barbecue with Asian and Latin flavours. The roots of Kiawe Roots go back to spring 2017 and owner/operators Mark and Tricia Ruiz’s launch of their food truck Roots in Culture.

As the truck’s first anniversary in business approached, the Ruiz’s were presented with an opportunity to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Kiawe Roots is the result,
open for brunch, happy hour and dinner. www.eatatkiawe.com

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach on O‘ahu debuted its Diamond Head Tower this month, marking the completion of O‘ahu’s first Ritz-Carlton Residences resort.

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The resort’s new 245-residence Diamond Head Tower complements its 307-residence ‘Ewa Tower and includes an expanded spa with four treatment rooms and a relaxation lounge and a 2,900-square-foot infinity pool with private cabanas. www.ritzcarlton.com/waikiki.

The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki recently underwent a $4 million renovation to fit its new theme, “Neon Meets Nature.” The intent of the redesign, according to the Shoreline team, was drawing more millennial guests to stay at the boutique hotel.

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Colourful backdrops throughout the hotel are intended to make the Shoreline an Instagrammable hotel ideal for guests seeking multiple photo opportunities during their vacation. www.shorelinehotelwaikiki.com

The Waikiki Parc Hotel on O‘ahu recently launched an estimated $60 million property overhaul with an expectation of reopening in 2019 as the Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani.

The renamed property will feature 288 one- to two-bedroom suites, a new full-service restaurant, an eighth-floor pool deck and bar, fitness centre and hospitality lounge. The new lobby will feature custom light fixtures, vaulted ceilings and artwork in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art. www.halepuna.com

Aviation

Plane struck by lightning before fiery crash: report

A preliminary report on the tragic Aeroflot plane crash that killed 41 people last month has provided some more clarity around what went wrong.

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Hotels

TAA announces finalists for 2019 Awards for Excellence

Travel Weekly was shocked to find we had been left off this year’s shortlist, despite being nither an accommodation provider or particularly excellent.

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Hotels

Hotel owner charged after seven die cleaning septic tank

The tragic event comes as campaign groups call for a crackdown on ‘manual scavengers’ who often die clearing septic tanks across India.

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Destinations

“Business begins now”, as DFAT downgrades travel advice for Sri Lanka

The downgrade indicates that Sri Lanka is progressing towards a state of normalcy, but is still cautious, with high levels of security in place across the country.

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Cruise

Scenic Eclipse is back on track with sea trial success

The new-build is one step closer to launch, after suffering more delays than Sydney’s CityRail on a rainy day.

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Events

Have you secured your spot at Travel DAZE 2019?

A plethora of top speakers, comfier seats and a swanky new venue – we’ve even surprised ourselves with just how good Travel DAZE is shaping up this year.

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Tourism

Rome bans ‘messy eating’ in spate of new tourism rules

The new rules will also mean fines for placing your mouth around the nozzle of drinking fountains, which is pretty bloody gross anyway if you ask us.

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Tourism

Vienna amusingly roasts web reviews (and itself) in latest tourism campaign

by Ally Burnie

Hey, Vienna’s given us many marvellous thing – Sigmund Freud, the schnitzel and the Streets Viennetta to name but a few.

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Tourism

Tourism Australia’s ‘Dundee’ campaign wins a Logie

The Logies aren’t for another two weeks, so this story really does come with a “spoiler alert”.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler wrap: Intrepid’s mystery trip, Chernobyl short breaks, TTC deals + MORE!

Today’s wholesaler wrap is a little soggy after Travel Weekly’s wrap aficionado fell in a puddle on her way to work this morning.

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Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Globus’ agent Supertour wraps up, Helloworld’s huge famil + more

This week’s agent wrap has left Travel Weekly’s editor looking like The Incredible Hulk, such is his jealousy of all these mega famils and ‘supertours’.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Accor’s Simon McGrath honoured by Queen, Village Roadshow’s new CEO + more

This update on all the industry’s latest movers and shakers can best be described as a fruit salad, in that it has a bit of everything.

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