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Club Med hosts virtual bend and brew yoga for agents
For anyone working from home, the struggle is real – trying to be productive, getting a full-body workout, staying connected with clients and deciding when it’s an appropriate time to crack or pop open an ice-cold beverage.
Club Med, the pioneer of premium all-inclusive holidays, is hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual yoga class on Zoom that is the answer to (nearly) all your daily struggles. Club Med Bend & Brew is keeping travel agents and travel industry colleagues connected with the Club Med Team, while helping you find some inner peace through yoga and beer during these ‘unprecedented times’.
The one-off event on Thursday 30 April at 4pm AEST, will be hosted by Club Med’s very own trade marketing manager, Kass Scarlett, who will guide a 30-minute beginner style flow that focuses on stretching and feeling energised, with a few beer salutations between poses.
Leaving the crazy poses and spiritual awakening at home at the door to the experts, all you need to do is B.Y.O yoga mat or towel, and your favourite brew, then log onto zoom and namaste at home.
Hotel closures top of agenda as TAA meets
The devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the hotel sector dominated discussions at this week’s emergency Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW board meeting – called as hotel closures nationwide continue to mount.
Chaired by Antony Page of the Sydney Harbour Marriott, the state’s accommodation board brought together decades of experience via conference call. TAA NSW CEO Michael Johnson said keeping as many hotels operating as possible during the crisis topped the agenda.
“Sadly, more than 40 hotels have closed in Sydney alone in the last three weeks and potentially 300 nationally,” Johnson said.
“That’s despite the best efforts of the industry to stay afloat with the assistance of TAA and the state and federal governments.”
Johnson said the use of hotels to quarantine travellers or to provide accommodation for health care personnel was also a major discussion point.
“Last weekend saw the first mass departure of quarantined guests from Sydney hotels and our continued support of Government initiatives was discussed,” he said.
“The chance for hotels to host our valued front-line health care workers in suburban and regional hotels in particular could be the lifeline needed for some of those hotels. The sad fact is hotels around Australia are continuing to close whilst travel restrictions continue and we will be doing all we can to support them in this difficult time.”
Sydney Hotel hosts quarantine concert
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth struck a chord with its guests on Tuesday night by arranging a live music performance in its iconic outdoor garden terrace for the hotel’s 400 in-house quarantine guests to enjoy from their private balconies.
The guests, who are staying at the iconic Sydney hotel while they complete their 14-day mandatory government quarantine, sang along to classic hits by popular Sydney RNB cover band Soul Nights; singer-songwriter Johnny Diesel; and DJ Troy T from Sound Agents. Many of the guests were celebrating the completion of their mandatory isolation, with 55 guests checking out of the hotel on Wednesday.
Hotel management group’s heartfelt global initiative in support of employees
StayWell Holdings has created heartfelt video aptly titled ‘Hearts Across the Globe’ as part a new global initiative to send positive vibes and a message of support to its employees around the world.
As one the largest hotel management groups in the Asia Pacific, StayWell has created a video montage of staff from around the world coming together as a team to show solidarity and kinship.
The video shows the team making heart shapes to show their support of one another, and features staff from head office through to frontline workers from Australia, India, the United Emirates and the United Kingdom.
With the travel industry and operations changing rapidly and dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, StayWell believes it is now more important than ever for its thousands of employees worldwide to come together as one to spread love and support.
The video is currently being circulated within the group’s internal communications and can be viewed HERE.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s take on a Singaporean classic
With most of our favourite hotel bars closed for the foreseeable future, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has shared a recipe for its signature cocktail, the Sydney Sling.
The Sydney Sling is a nod to the hotel’s Singaporean roots, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, which also owns and operates two award-winning hotels in Singapore, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Both hotels feature a signature Singapore Sling cocktail – the Sydney Sling is local version of the Singaporean classic.
See HERE for video.
Sydney Sling Recipe
45ml gin -The Fullerton Hotel Sydney uses Four Pillars 58.8 Gin
45ml blood orange juice – grapefruit juice is a great substitute
15ml hibiscus liqueur – elderflower Liqueur is a great substitute
10ml ginger liqueur – alternatively, double up on ginger juice
25ml fresh lime juice
10ml fresh ginger juice
20ml sugar syrup – see recipe below
Dehydrated ginger slice – or any fruit of your choice, to garnish
1. Combine all ingredients and shake together vigorously for five seconds.
2. Strain into your desired glass over ice and enjoy.
Sugar Syrup: Making sugar syrup requires equal parts sugar and water. You can also make a thicker style syrup by adding two parts sugar to one-part water.
1. Boil the water in a saucepan, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. Store in a firmly sealed bottle or container in the fridge where it can keep for a few weeks.
Chiva Som launches free online wellness service
Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand has launched Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, to provide support and encourage individuals to maintain wellness goals during this unprecedented time.
The new tele-therapy service at will connect individuals with the resort’s team to provide bespoke professional support during this time of heightened anxiety and social isolation. Participants will be able to speak directly to the experienced wellness team live from home via video communication and receive personalised feedback regarding lifestyle and nutrition.
Chiva-Som is also sharing a collection of on-demand, inspirational wellness content and hands-on tools across the resort’s digital channels to help everyone adapting to a new way of life within the limits of home. Example features include tips on boosting the immune system and how to promote restful sleep; Pilates, yoga and meditation sessions; pranayama classes; and tutorials to teach to self-massage at home. These are available on Chiva-Som’s blog , Facebook chivasomresort, Instagram @chivasomresort and YouTube Chiva-Som International Health Resort channels.
The Complimentary Online Wellness Services are available daily from now to 31st May 2020. Please note that a reservation is required and should be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Individuals will receive a live health and wellness consultation, and a separate one-on-one consultation with a Naturopath, or a physiotherapy or exercise session with a practitioner. The selection of consultation, treatment and exercise session will be based on the advisor’s expert guidance.