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Hotel Wrap: Ovolo’s brand evolution, Thai resort’s new ‘Zenergy’ retreat + MORE!

Mekal Mishra

Mekal Mishra

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Ovolo unveils new-look brand

Ovolo is set out to create a brand evolution that celebrated this idea, packaging the sentiment in one all-encompassing brand positioning: ‘Wonder. Full.’

Aimed at capturing moments of wonder, inspired interiors and delightful details, a fresh approach to art direction was developed to support the idea of ‘Wonder. Full.’ and to better convey each hotel’s unique character and offering.

Kokomo Private Island offers new Recharge Package

Fiji’s most exclusive resort, Kokomo Private Island is inviting travellers to start the new year with a calm, clear head and a relaxed body and mind with its new Recharge Package, offering travellers the ultimate leisurely experience.

Guests can begin their recharge with an idyllic, bespoke spa treatment at Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary using Australian skincare brand Sodashi, where Kokomo’s experienced therapists draw on their healing techniques to assist guests to relax and rejuvenate.

The resort also offers private yoga sessions to “gently reawaken and balance the body”.

Coronavirus, travel bans and bushfires dominate TAA NSW board meeting and 2020 chairman’s drinks

The major issues affecting the tourism accommodation sector – bushfires, coronavirus and travel bans – were front and centre at the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW board meeting and 2020 Chairman’s Drinks last week.

Over 150 business and industry leaders from across the sector joined politicians from both major parties at the gala function at the Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park.

Guests included NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott, Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Dr Geoff Lee and Labor’s Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism Jenny Aitchison.

Swipe Up! Singles ready to mingle at W Bali – Seminyak

W Bali – Seminyak presents its second annual Single Mingle party to celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February 2020.

Vibrant and intimate, the hotel invites love-seekers to steal the scene on the most romantic day of the year for an epic party at the iconic Woobar.

Partnering with Tinder, Woobar will become the place for singles to mingle with prospective crushes and meet a potential match.

The evening will be livened up by the electric beats from W Bali’s Resident DJs Nanda and Wilson from 9pm onwards.

W Bali supports Australian bushfire relief

W Bali – Seminyak has launched an initiative to raise funds for Australia’s bushfire recovery effort through an online silent auction.

The hotel will be auctioning off a stay at the iconic resort to raise funds for RSPCA, an independent, community-based charity providing animal care and protection services across Australia.

Those who donate to help communities in need will have a chance to win a stay at W Bali – Seminyak.

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo renovates 31st-floor guest rooms

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is renovating guest rooms on the 31st floor of the Main Tower to update the bathroom facilities and reopen quadruple occupancy guest rooms on 29 March 2020.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will celebrate its 50th year of operations in 2021 by maintaining its efforts to evolve as “one of Tokyo and Japan’s most representative and prestigious hotels”.

Zagame’s House launches new role of Maitre Z: Your very personal assistant

Boutique-style hotel, Zagame’s House is taking service to the next level with the launch of its new-to-market ‘Maitre Z’ role.

The Maitre Z role has been created to give guests a unique and personalised experience during their stay from start to finish.

The concept combines the role of a concierge, host and Maitre D all in a unique Zagame’s House style.

Guests will enjoy an exceptional level of service, with Daniel offering bespoke experiences including personal yoga lessons, dog walking (and whispering), and chauffeuring.

The motto at Zagame’s House is that the team can do “Anything; Anywhere – as long as it is legally and physically possible.”

Nesuto launches ‘We’re Good to Go’ holiday-at-home campaign

Targeted at domestic Australian and NZ travellers, the campaign supports Nesuto’s brand promise of ‘Your companion on the road’.

Nesuto will donate $1 from every guest booking made for We’re Good to Go packages to injured Australian wildlife causes. This applies to every Nesuto Good to Go booking made during February 2020 (for stays up until 30 December 2020).

Pimalai Resort & Spa invites guests to revive their bodies and minds in paradise at ‘Zenergy’ wellness retreat

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the iconic and authentic five-star retreat on the pure shores of Koh Lanta, is inviting guests to leave the stress of the city behind and reconnect with their inner selves in paradise this summer, when it hosts the second annual Zenergy Wellness Festival.

Zenergy promises an extensive schedule of yoga and fitness classes, professionally taught by amazing instructors from around the world, along with luxurious accommodation, healthy dinners, massages and tours to discover the breath-taking natural beauty of Koh Lanta.

Soneva Launches its Namoona Baa initiative

Soneva has announced the official launch of its Namoona Baa initiative with the unveiling of the ‘eco-centro’ complex on the island of Maalhos, Maldives.

Namoona Baa sees the islands of Maalhos, Dharavandhoo, and Kihaadhoo in the Baa Atoll pledging to end the open burning of island waste, in a radical shift towards eco-friendly waste management.

Parliamentary Speaker Mohamed Nasheed and Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh took part in a friendly cricket match to inaugurate the occasion.

Addicted to Maldives transports travel industry to the Maldives with the help of Soneva

Luxury travel concierge group Addicted to Maldives hosted its highly-anticipated annual industry event in Sydney on Friday in partnership with 16 of the destination’s most high-end properties, including headline partner Soneva.

Attended by resort representatives and Australia’s top travel advisors and agents, ‘So Addicted’ was a celebration of Addicted to the Maldives’ 98.5 per cent year-on-year growth and an acknowledgement of the industry support that made this impressive achievement possible.

YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village in consideration for 2030 Winter Olympics

YTL Hotels has announced Niseko Village in Hokkaido, Japan has been selected as a candidate venue for some of the 2030 Winter Olympics’ most iconic events.

Sapporo, the capital city of the island of Hokkaido is currently bidding to join the race to host the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2030.

Following an assessment of the slope, difficulty, and snow quality of the area’s courses by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Sapporo City government confirmed Niseko Village’s expanse of fall-line ski terrain from peak to base provides the most suitable location for all four alpine disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super-giant slalom and downhill.

Mackerel Islands appointed as New Management Operator of Karijini Eco Retreat

Mackerel Islands, a WA-owned hospitality company specialising in accommodation and tours in remote and unique locations in regional Western Australia, has been appointed as the new management company of Karijini Eco Retreat, owned by Gumala Enterprises.

Following a competitive tender process, the management contract was awarded on 6 February 2020, to Mackerel Islands’ subsidiary Karijini Adventures Pty Ltd, with the handover to take effect on 1 March 2020.

Accommodation bodies commend state governments on new funding

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has commended the Western Australian government for its announcement of an additional $10 million to support the state’s tourism, accommodation and hospitality industries.

AHA’s WA chief, Bradley Woods, said it was critical that early measures are taken to mitigate the dual impact of the recent bushfires and the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, TAA NSW chief executive Michael Johnson has praised the NSW government’s new $10 million package which aims to boost tourist visits to hard-hit regional areas.

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