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Manchester United and Marriott International announce global marketing partnership


Marriott International and Manchester United have announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel program exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences – including the chance to become the club’s Stadium Announcer or Kit Manager for the day.

Half off Suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village


Travelers can cut the cost of their Hawaii vacation in half with 50 percent off suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The sale prices will be bookable from March 6 to 13 only, providing amazing rates on suites throughout the resort until the end of the year.

Junior suites will start as low as $223 per night (standard price is $445 per night), or guests can get amazing discounts on premier accommodations in an Ali‘i oceanfront one bedroom suite – typically $1,810 per night – for an amazing nightly rate of $905.

The deep discounts also include suites in the centrally-located Tapa Tower and Diamond Head Tower, ocean view suites from the beachfront Rainbow Tower, and more. The discount can even be coupled with Presidential Suites in The Ali‘i and Rainbow Tower, making the resort’s most coveted rooms available at a rare discount.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank unveils fresh new look


TFE Hotels’ Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank has unveiled a stunning new look following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Located in Melbourne’s CBD, the Adina Melbourne Northbank has been thoughtfully designed with the modern traveller in mind.

In true Melbourne style, a playful combination of historical décor and contemporary art has been integrated throughout, with designers ‘In Design International’ seamlessly merging the style and sophistication of the city with all the modern luxuries of home.

Adina Melbourne Northbank’s public areas and 108 guest rooms have also been transformed with a contemporary look and feel, and layouts have been reconfigured to maximise space.  The use of semi-industrial furnishings including elements of concrete, black steel and timber give the hotel a comfortable yet urban feel, and pops of deep navy and vibrant honey add texture and colour.

The unveil also provides guests with first-rate facilities to stay connected including; Samsung Smart TVs, high-speed WiFi, digital headend, and the addition of the new lobby’s working hub – an ideal place for guests to connect to high-speed internet whilst relaxing in the “lounge”.

Fat Boy Slim returns to Island of The Gods


With a career spanning over 4 decades as one of the original godfathers of dance music, Fatboy Slim was a key pioneer of the big beat genre of the nineties, with certified hits “Right Here, Right Now”, “The Rockafeller Skank”, “Praise You” and “Weapon of Choice”.

Cook’s success lies in his ability to blend funky breakbeats with the most catchy melodies and riffs, and he has reached a wider audience than many DJs by combining elements of rock and dance music. After playing to 250,000+ people on Brighton Beach, headlining festivals and arena shows around the world, don’t miss Cook’s re-appearance on the Island of The Gods since 2015.

The jewel of Uluwatu, Ulu Cliffhouse’s clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a stunning restaurant just voted one of the world’s most beautiful by Conde Nast Traveller, an amazing bar serving some of the area’s best cocktails, a music recording studio, an art space, a kids club, and its open-air “Ocean Deck” a cliff side rock bar hanging provocatively over the waves and above Ulu’s own private beach. Since opening in late 2017, Ulu Cliffhouse has hosted some unforgettable parties- and this one will be no exception!


Sunday 14 April, from 2pm – late

Ulu Cliffhouse

W Bali- Seminyak turns eight

W Bali Anniversary

Eight years bigger and brighter! W Bali – Seminyak is celebrating their 8th anniversary to the beats of Grammy award nominee, DJ Mousse T and GotSome with a free event at Woobar on 16th March 2019.

Celebrating eight years of fueling the lust for life on the Island of the Gods, W Bali is W Hotels flagship hotel in Asia and has established itself as an icon. The hotel pioneers many unique and successful initiatives in the industry and has been acknowledged as a best practice hotel of W Hotels Worldwide since 2014.

Keeping with the W brand’s endless appetite to discover what’s new and next, W Hotels announced a collaboration with the Numinous: a guide designed for avid travelers and cosmic fans alike, pairing guests with travel inspiration, personalized to their Zodiac sign, in the case of W Bali, Pisces.

On this occasion, W Bali has installed a giant see-through Goby the Fish on their beachfront to raise awareness and help reduce plastic in the Bali ocean; and are treating Pisces guests who share their birthday and are staying in the hotel with a complimentary Fish tattoo! *During the Pisces month (18 Feb – 20 March).

Marriott International expected to debut more than 30 luxury hotels around the globe in 2019


Marriott International, Inc. today announced it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2019, furthering the company’s global perspective on luxury travel with its ensemble of eight distinct luxury brands.

Through the world-renowned hospitality hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, JW Marriott and Bulgari, Marriott International continues to push boundaries, creating new guest experiences which meet the needs of the evolving luxury traveller.

With an unrivalled network of landmark hotels and resorts in more than 60 countries and territories today, Marriott International is poised to expand its luxury footprint with more than 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company’s luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco to Kenya.

Wilpena Pound Resort Offers Cool Savings with SA Naturally Winter Deal  

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Located in the heart of South Australia’s spectacular Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound Resort has released the SA Naturally Winter package offering savings for guests travelling during the cooler season.

The SA Naturally Winter package offers a 25 per cent discount based on a three night hotel stay at the renowned Wilpena Pound Resort or glamping at the stylish Ikara Safari Camp. The package also includes a full hot buffet breakfast served daily at the resort.

Rates start at $188* per couple per night at Wilpena Pound Resort and $257* per couple per night at the Ikara Safari Camp for stays between June 1 and August 31, 2019.

Avani Hotels & Resorts Enters Cambodia with FCC Angkor, the first renovated hotel in the FCC Collection

FCC Angkor - Deluxe Room

Avani Hotels & Resorts announces its entry into the Cambodian market with the launch of ‘FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani’.

Following an extensive seven million USD renovation which includes the addition of 60 new rooms, the hotel is set to reopen its doors in the second quarter of 2019. The FCC Angkor is one of Cambodia’s best-known hotels and features
authentic French colonial architecture intrinsic to the historic and cultural fabric of Siem Reap.

FCC Angkor creates an inspiring ambience for remarkable experiences and unforgettable stories in the heart of Siem Reap.

The Library’s Stunning Wedding in the Red Pool


The Library invites couples to celebrate their special union with a stunning Wedding in The Red Pool at this beautiful property in Koh Samui, Thailand.

The signature Red Pool, with the lulling warm breeze of Chaweng Beach and beyond, provides the perfect setting with its mosaic tiles of orange, yellow and red, presenting a dazzling spectacle of brilliant colour and style.

The Library’s Ultimate Package is available for a maximum 40 people and is priced from THB599,999 for two nights’ accommodation for the wedding couple in The Writer and for family and friends in 9 Secret Pool Villas, including daily breakfast and return airport transfers. Catering requirements are priced from THB2,700++ covering food and drinks. Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT.

Vail Resorts to Acquire Falls Creek and Hotham Ski Resorts in Victoria, Australia


Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the ski fields at Falls Creek Alpine Resort (“Falls Creek”) and Hotham Alpine Resort (“Hotham”) in Victoria, Australia.

Falls Creek, Victoria’s largest ski resort, features a variety of terrain including fantastic beginner and intermediate trails that are well suited to families and first-timers. Considered the ‘Powder Capital’ of Australia, Hotham is the only resort in the Southern Hemisphere where the village is located on top of the mountain, ensuring ski-in, ski-out opportunities from anywhere in the village.

The acquisition, which is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close prior to the commencement of the Australian snow season in June 2019.

The Company will purchase Australian Alpine Enterprises Holdings Pty. Ltd and all related corporate entities that operate Falls Creek and Hotham resorts from Living and Leisure Australia Group (LLA), a subsidiary of Merlin Entertainments, for a purchase price of approximately AU$174 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing, including an increase (or reduction) in the price for operating losses (or gains) incurred for the period from Dec. 29, 2018 through closing. The acquisition includes ski school, retail/rental, reservation and property management operations at both resort areas.

ONYX Hospitality Group takes a playful and efficient approach to serviced apartments with Shama Hub‏

Shama Hub Prototype Room - Quad Studio - Dining Mode 1

Bangkok-based ONYX Hospitality Group is introducing its all-new serviced apartments and co-living concept, Shama Hub, which combines high-energy public areas with apartments that feature innovative design solutions for space-efficient floor plates.

‏Featuring contemporary design inspired by each unique locality, Shama Hub has been developed to meet the need for innovative design and short to medium term living solutions on a space-efficient floor plate, whilst appealing to a rising community of travellers termed as the ‘informal generation’. ‏

‏This target guest comprises a wide age group from solos to socials looking for a design-forward, functional and value-driven experience, and covers both short and medium stay segments that include corporate travellers, silver nomads, tech tripsters, friends and families travelling for leisure.‏


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Giants in need: How the dependency on tourism endangers the wellbeing of captive elephants

by Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach

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Woman dies after falling from balcony at Sydney hotel

by Huntley Mitchell

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Government’s $60bn JobKeeper cost error could see program extended for tourism sector

by Christian Fleetwood

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