Friday, 18 January 2019

Where Wild Things Roam Travel launch tours that take conservation travel to the next level

Where Wild Things Roam (www.wherewildthingsroam.com) have launched a Travel platform offering unique tours that provide travellers with an opportunity to engage in conservation and give something back when travelling.

By travelling with Where Wild Things Roam Travel (www.wherewildthingsroamtravel.com) you can make a difference in local communities and in protection of wildlife and the environment. The tours include rhino conservation in South Africa, humpback whale swimming in Tonga, gorilla trekking in Rwanda and orangutan conservation in Borneo.

Where Wild Things Roam owner, Kate Webster, launched the tours after visiting these countries herself and seeing first hand the need to conserve and protect the wildlife in these regions.

“I am lucky enough to have travelled to all these destinations doing the very things Where Wild Things Roam Travel tours offer travellers. Each and every destination has been chosen due to the fact we can work with local companies on the ground that are involved with conservation on a daily basis.”

“For example, in South Africa we are working with the Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust (www.dagct.com) who work protecting the Kruger National Park border from the Mozambique side. An elite member of the counter-poaching team will be hosting the tour for the entire duration, giving guests a first-hand experience of the conservation work they do,” Kate added.

Where Wild Things Roam tours have set departure dates in 2019 and 2020 but travellers can also book individually if the group dates do not suit, at an individual price.

The 10 Days Rhino in South Africa tour is priced at $6299AUD per person, twin share, with departure dates of 19 April 2019 and 6 September 2019. Highlights include Kruger National Park Game Drives, Community Tour & School Visit, Half -Day Ranger Course, Helicopter Flight through Kruger to spot rhino, Rhino Notching, Tagging and Data Collection, Baobab Tree Planting, Bushwalk & Patrol, Manuleti Game Drive, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Blyde River Canyon Cruise.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is a 7-day tour and starts from $5699AUD per person. The 8 Day Whales in Tonga tour is selling out fast, with limited places available from $3950AUD per person.

Start planning your trip now as places are limited.

Visit www.wherewildthingsroamtravel.com or contact the Where Wild Things Roam Travel at hello@wherewildthingsroamtravel.com.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN SAN FRANCISCO

On Feb. 23, 2019, San Francisco will welcome the Year of the Pig. Or if you prefer, it’s the year 4717 on the lunar calendar. In San Francisco, as in other Chinese population centers, the first days of the Year of the Pig will be celebrated within the immediate family circle. While most of the festivities will be concentrated in Chinatown and San Francisco’s downtown area, there are activities scheduled throughout the city. For more details, check out our handy guide to this year’s events.

Year of the Pig
According to lunar new year pros, the Year of the Pig is one in which many good things can come your way: greater wealth, exciting career changes, and even new love! Just be sure to exercise the better qualities that the pig is known for in Chinese tradition (responsibility, optimism, and generosity) and don't, well, wallow in the lesser ones.

According to several astrological sources, people born in the Year of the Pig are easy-going, sociable, and independent. Famous individuals born in the Year of the Pig include authors Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King, singers Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse, actresses Julie Andrews and Lucille Ball, one former American president (Ronald Reagan) and one former First Lady (Hillary Rodham Clinton).

Dim Sum and Then Some
There is little doubt that Chinese food as we know it in America started in San Francisco in the mid-1800s. The adaption of Chinese cuisine has gone through countless transformations and has produced some of the best restaurants on the West Coast.

Explore Chinatown and Union Square
Most Chinese New Year activities will be in Chinatown, the oldest and one of the largest of its kind in the United States. The parade will start on Market Street, snaking around downtown with the end of the parade route in the heart of Chinatown. Join Linda Lee as she navigates the neighborhood on a video tour of this community.
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Night Moves
No New Year’s celebration is complete without nighttime libations. Find the best places to have a drink in Chinatown or any other San Francisco neighborhoods with our guide to the city.

Walking Tours
Chinatown’s rich history is difficult to condense. Luckily, San Francisco City Guides, Wok Wiz Tours and All About Chinatown Tours are reliable ways to get educated about this storied neighborhood as you explore with all your senses. Be sure to include a visit to the Chinese Historical Society of America in your plans for a deeper understanding of the community, too.

Here Be Dragons (And Lions)
Be sure you know the difference between a dragon and a lion when you’re talking about lunar wildlife. The dragon mascot of the annual Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year parade measures more than 200 feet long and takes a team of more than 100 men and women from martial arts group White Crane to propel along the parade route. While there are some smaller versions, there’s no mistaking the behemoth that climaxes the parade amid a fusillade of firecrackers. Lions, on the other hand, usually only require two performers – one to handle the head and another for the tail; in most cases, the tail extends about 12 feet.

What’s All the Noise About?
Firecrackers, beating drums, gongs and crashing cymbals drive away evil spirits. Throughout the Chinese New Year celebration—and especially on parade night—the festivities will be preceded by a loud outburst of firecrackers. Bring earplugs.

GET YOUR GUIDE TO THE CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE

Banh Khot – A tasty crispy pancake in southern Viet Nam

Banh Khot
Banh khot', a popular dish in southern Viet Nam, is a crispy pancake that just tastes amazing with fish sauce and fresh herbs .

Banh khot is cooked in small round moulds, with other ingredients such as pork, mung beans, shallots and coconut milk added on top. The rim should be slightly burnt to add flavour to the tasty treat.

The cake is eaten by being rolled in fresh leaves and dunked in fish sauce.

The southern dish has at least two versions. The Mekong Delta’s banh khot is softer, thicker and usually more yellow due to the addition of turmeric power.

Meanwhile, banh khot in Vung Tau city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, is flatter and crunchier and is white, with shrimp and shrimp powder on top.

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Outrigger Resorts Announces Up to 30% Off at its Iconic Beach Locations

Outrigger Resorts is offering up to 30% off in its New Year sale for beach holidays in Maldives, Mauritius, Phuket, Koh Samui, Fiji, Guam and Hawaii. 

The promotion, which runs until 31 January, includes up to 30% off bonus nights, spa and dining credits. 

Outrigger prides itself on its ‘Outrigger Way’ culture of hospitality which creates very high guest satisfaction levels. 

Visit the promotion on outrigger.com and use the code: NEWYEAR.

Source: ScottAsia Communications  sac@scottasia.net     www.scottasia.net

Vietnam Round Trip 15 Days with Tripzozo

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  • Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture
  • Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls
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Day 2 Saigon City Tour full day
Day 3 Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple Tay Ninh (optional)
Day 4 Mekong Delta - Cai Be Market (optional)
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City free for Leisure
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City - night train to Hue City
Day 7 Hue Arrival
Day 8 Hue City Tour full day
Day 9 Hue City Tour (optional) - Hoi An City
Day 10 Hoi An City Tour with river cruise
Day 11 Cooking Class in Tra Que Village (optional)
Day 12 My Son half day Tour (optional)
Day 13 Hoi An free for Leisure
Day 14 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City by Flight
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City Departure

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Mekong Tourism to launch second annual Mekong Mini Movie Festival at ASEAN Tourism Forum 19 in Ha Long, Vietnam

In addition to announcing the grand prize winners of the first annual Mekong Mini Movie Festival, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office will officially call for public participation in this year’s iteration of the award-winning and globally recognized competition.

Over 22,000 campaign followers, nearly 900,000 video views, a psychosocial reach eclipsing seven million people – these award-winning results of the 2018 Mekong Mini Movie Festival has prompted the MTCO to launch the public contest yet again in 2019, laying the foundation for public exposure for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

From January 16 to April 11, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is calling for the public to post 60-second (or less) videos showcasing one or more GMS countries to their social media accounts with the hashtags #Minis, #MekongMoments, and #[Country]. By leveraging these pre-qualified hashtags, the MTCO aims to bolster its searchable and hugely scalable social media community that’s purposed to shed light on the experiences of the GMS.

From January 16 to April 11, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is calling for the public to post 60-second (or less) videos showcasing one or more GMS countries to their social media accounts with the hashtags #Minis, #MekongMoments, and #[Country]. By leveraging these pre-qualified hashtags, the MTCO aims to bolster its searchable and hugely scalable social media community that’s purposed to shed light on the experiences of the GMS.

“Today, a video is a powerful medium in inspiring travellers and promoting a destination," remarked Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. "It has the chance to awaken the desire to travel to secondary destinations, away from overcrowded places, and promote sustainable and inclusive tourism."

Winners of the 2019 competition will be announced in phases beyond the April 11 deadline and voting is set to come from both the public and a specially chosen advisory board comprising of some top tourism industry leaders in Southeast Asia.

Over 500 minutes of unique destination video aired on social media platforms worldwide as a result of 2018’s festival and while that number rendered award-winning results, the MTCO has hopes to surpass that mark this year with its new partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Student Chapters. These chapters are established around the world, comprising students from educational institution, to fulfil the association’s objectives at a grassroots youth level.

From January 16 to April 11, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is calling for the public to post 60-second (or less) videos showcasing one or more GMS countries to their social media accounts with the hashtags #Minis, #MekongMoments, and #[Country]. By leveraging these pre-qualified hashtags, the MTCO aims to bolster its searchable and hugely scalable social media community that’s purposed to shed light on the experiences of the GMS.

“Today, a video is a powerful medium in inspiring travellers and promoting a destination," remarked Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. "It has the chance to awaken the desire to travel to secondary destinations, away from overcrowded places, and promote sustainable and inclusive tourism."

Winners of the 2019 competition will be announced in phases beyond the April 11 deadline and voting is set to come from both the public and a specially chosen advisory board comprising of some top tourism industry leaders in Southeast Asia.

Over 500 minutes of unique destination video aired on social media platforms worldwide as a result of 2018’s festival and while that number rendered award-winning results, the MTCO has hopes to surpass that mark this year with its new partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Student Chapters. These chapters are established around the world, comprising students from educational institution, to fulfil the association’s objectives at a grassroots youth level.

“To ensure the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry, it is important to engage with the next generation of tourism professionals,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.

“The Mekong Mini Movie Festival is the perfect opportunity to involve the PATA Student Chapter network in helping promote the Mekong region and the importance of a sustainable and inclusive tourism industry.”

The entire Mekong Mini Movie Festival campaign is hosted on the MekongMoments.com collaborative social commerce campaign platform, which is executed by a public-private partnership involving GMS tourism ministries. The MTCO has also partnered with the UNWTO, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), and marketing technology firm Chameleon Strategy to carry out the second annual contest in 2019.

The Trophy of the 2019 Mekong Mini Movie Festival, like last year, will depict the Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphin which is aimed to raise awareness of the highly endangered species. The dolphin – which has less than 100 individuals left in a 118-mile stretch of the Mekong River between Cambodia and Lao PDR – is currently categorised as “vulnerable” by the WWF.

2018 Phase-Two Grand Prize Winners

Cambodia IG: ICHOSUN
Name: Khun Wiratchai
Nationality: Thailand Video: http://bit.ly/2RLPPlu

Lao PDR
IG: THEMISSCHUA
Name: Melanie Chua
Nationality: Philippines Video: http://bit.ly/2D4P4vX

Thailand
YOUTUBE: KAPIL RICKY
Name: Kapil Kumar
Nationality: India Video: http://bit.ly/2M2EEzC

Myanmar
IG: WHEREIVEBEENWANDERING
Name: Sarah
Nationality: USA Video: http://bit.ly/2FqRfvp

Viet Nam
YOUTUBE: CHRISTIANS VLOG
Name: Christian Bruckner (winner of Industry Choice, Thailand)
Nationality: Germany Video: http://bit.ly/2skNrnu

Regional
IG: BANANA_CHRIZ
Name: Christian Madl
Nationality: Austria Video: http://bit.ly/2RJVkkS

Luxury
IG: LIFEOFJIRA
Name: Jirapan Phahsonchum
Nationality: Australia Video: http://bit.ly/2AFI2Mx

For more information about the Mekong Mini Movie Festival and its conditions, please visit www.mekongmoments.com/minis/info

What's Hot in Hong Kong - January/February 2019

Happy New Year! From colourful festivals, international sporting events to new cultural hubs, restaurants and hotels, here are just a few reasons why Hong Kong should be top of the 2019 travel hot list...

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) will open the first landmark performing arts venue, the Xiqu Centre, at the West Kowloon Cultural District (West Kowloon) on 20 January.  Located at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road West in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Xiqu Centre is designed to be a world-class platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera and other genres of xiqu (Chinese traditional theatre) in Hong Kong and beyond.  In addition to presenting quality programmes, its mission is to promote the development of new repertory, research, education, training and exchanges, as well as holding professional development programmes to help nurture young talent. The building's striking design, created by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu and Partners, was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form. www.westkowloon.hk 

Located at on the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui, the Avenue of Stars (AOS) is set to reopen by the end of January with a new collection of celebrity handprints and statues on display. Visitors will be able to step back in time and relive the successes of past Hong Kong movies, set with the backdrop of the stunning Victoria Harbour. www.avenueofstars.com.hk 

Regarded as Hong Kong's largest and most colourful festival, visitors and locals alike will be caught up in the energy and atmosphere of Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style. Squeeze into temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms, take in the red lanterns that adorn the city or sit back and enjoy one of Hong Kong's most anticipated annual events, the International Chinese New Year Night Parade on 5 February. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/chinese-new-year-celebrations.jsp 

The Longines Masters continues its journey across continents in Hong Kong. After Paris and before New York, the Asian leg of the Longines Masters Series, the Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping, will take place from 15 to 17 February at AsiaWorld-Expo. Now in its seventh edition, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong has become an integral part of the region's social and cultural calendar, combining heart-pounding competition by the world's top showjumping riders and horses with world-class entertainment, fashion, art and gastronomy. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/events-festivals/sports-and-recreation/hong-kong-masters.jsp 

Elite runners from around the world will compete in Hong Kong's largest outdoor sporting event, the Hong Kong Marathon on 17 February. The event has seen huge growth in popularity since its conception in 1997 when just 1,000 competitors participated, to now attracting tens of thousands of participants. It is expected to be even bigger this year with a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10km run taking competitors past some of the best urban scenery Asia's world city has to offer. The fierce competition is just as exciting for spectators as it is for runners, with the 42.195km full marathon starting in the scenic Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon, racing up into the New Territories and heading back down to a spectacular finish in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/events-festivals/sports-and-recreation/hong-kong-marathon.jsp 

The Mills project has seen the former textile mills owned and operated by the Nan Fung Group turned into a new destination for innovation, business, experiential retail, arts, culture and learning. Once the vibrant heart of Nan Fung Textiles in the 1960s, the former textile Mills 4, 5 and 6 has been transformed into a single complex called The Mills, comprising of three pillars: The Mills Fabrica; The Mills Shopfloor; and the Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile. www.themills.com.hk 

The Peninsula Hong Kong heralds the arrival of a new Peninsula Yacht for guests' enjoyment. The introduction of the yacht results in The Peninsula being the first luxury hotel in Hong Kong to offer a trinity of deluxe transportation options, complementing the existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and a customised helicopter. The Sunseeker Manhattan 60 is an iconic, 19 metre cruiser that will welcome up to 15 passengers each evening to enjoy a two-hour evening cruise featuring the 'Symphony of Lights' on the mesmerising Victoria Harbour during the “Harbour Sunset Cruise”. www.peninsula.com 

Step into popular Disney stories at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) in 2019 with more magic than ever, thanks to all-new immersive attractions and exclusive Disney experiences across the resort. Join Marvel Super Heroes, Ant-Man and The Wasp, in a heroic battle; be transformed with a magical Disney Princess makeover in the castle area, or join festive celebrations with Disney icons such as Mickey Mouse, Three Little Pigs and characters from “Toy Story” and “Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Make it a complete Disney experience and discover the magic of a Disney “staycation” at the resort hotels with premium dining options and HKDL-exclusive merchandise item. www.hongkongdisneyland.com 


Eat

Japan's renowned ramen noodle champion Hayashi Takao and leading specialist in Japan's national culinary artform, Matsumura Takahiro, has launched a new international flagship brand, RAMEN CUBISM at a chic basement venue in Wellington Street, Central. RAMEN CUBISM is the first overseas collaboration between the chefs and Hong Kong's Bird Kingdom Group, renowned for putting Lai Chi Kok's D2 Place on the dining map. www.facebook.com/ramencubismhk 

Daarukhana, a contemporary concept delivering a dazzling new take on Indian food, has opened in Wan Chai. The restaurant features lofty interiors defined by luxe finishes including brushed metal and gleaming marble, while the kitchen shrugs off convention by using ingredients rarely seen in Indian cooking. Guests can indulge in pairings including chili honey glazed French langoustines with South Indian beans as well as other culinary innovations. www.daarukhana.com 

No-frills burger joint, Five Guys has opened its first store in Asia in Hong Kong. Five Guys focuses on serving burgers and fries in a clean and friendly environment. www.fiveguys.com.hk 

Former three Michelin Stars Chef Bruno Ménard, has join the JUNON team as Culinary Director. JUNON is a romantic establishment that celebrates and preserves Hong Kong's past golden era of music and cuisine. Inspired and impressed by the unique concept of combining live musical performances with fine-dining cuisine, Chef Bruno crafts seasonal menus supported by premium quality, fresh ingredients sourced from Hong Kong and around the world. Dishes can be described as neoclassic, with a French-styled base that is constantly brought to the next level by new cooking techniques and ingredients. www.junon.com.hk 

MOKUTAN, Hong Kong's latest sleek and contemporary Japanese Izakaya, has opened in the vibrant heart of Tsim Sha Tsui at Empire Prestige. An exclusive, hole-in-the-wall gem designed for epicureans in the know, MOKUTAN offers a repertoire of high-quality, seasonal specialties, highlighting three affordable Omakase menus. MOKUTAN features a design that is reminiscent of Japan's zen character. An expansive white wall marks the entrance to the restaurant, projecting a sense of simplicity that contrasts the eclectic bustle signature to Tsim Sha Tsui. Inside, down-to-earth materials such as packed earth, wood, and paper are used to give the space a minimalist feel, paying homage to an era of Japanese history. www.facebook.com/MOKUTANhk 

Peking Garden in Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a complete revamp of its interiors and offerings. First opening in 1978, Peking Garden has established itself as one of the only restaurants in Hong Kong to offer dishes inspired by Beijing's Imperial Cuisine, characterised by its elaborate detail and craftsmanship. www.maxims.com.hk/en/index.asp 

Occupying a multi-storey complex in Kowloon City, known for its diversity of culinary offerings, Sanwa Jo has five master chefs at the helm, the curators of the three Japanese gastronomic classics: sushi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and washoku. Appealing with an outstanding contemporary architectural exterior, Sanwa Jo greets diners with a graceful comfort that penetrates the Japanese-style interior, complete with an open kitchen. www.sanwa-jo.com.hk 

SHÈ, a concept derived from the Chinese character “舍” for a place of rest, tranquillity and hospitality, mirrors its namesake as the first gourmet sanctuary opening within Lane Crawford IFC Mall. SHÈ is a relaxing, nature-inspired space with an alfresco terrace set against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The decor embodies modernity in both style and cuisine and represents a convergence between Asian and Western cultures. The food and drinks served at SHÈ follow suit; a refreshingly modern take on traditional Chinese culinary elements with a healthy twist. www.facebook.com/SHEhongkongifc 

Celebrity Japanese pâtissier-chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi has opened four Super Sweets Galleries located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway Bay and Shatin. The first overseas venture by the celebrated 'Iron Chef' confectioner, introduces a range of his signature cakes, roll-cakes, desserts, pastries, truffles and chocolates 'with a French twist'. Hironobu Tsujiguchi's outlets in Tokyo and Osaka are revered as meccas among aficionados of all things sweet. He is also Japan's most decorated confectioner on the world stage – with awards including the “Oscars” of the pastry world, 'Coupe de Monde de la Patisserie' and the equivalent to Michelin three-stars, 'Five Chocolate Bars', at the chocolate industry's 'World Cup', Salon du Chocolat, along with Gold Medal for the last six consecutive years. www.citysuper.com.hk 


Drink

Fans of 'holistic' tea purveyor BASAO tea can now enjoy a 'cuppa' of its exceptional single-origin 'clean-grown' brews at the brand's first dedicated teabar located on Moon Street, Wanchai. The home-grown Hong Kong brand has attracted widespread acclaim since launching in 2015 with online distribution of its exclusive fine teas from hand-picked partner growers in China, Taiwan, Nepal, India and Japan. Equally admired for pioneering a “modern holistic era of sineculture”, BASAO works closely with small artisan growers across Asia, promoting sustainable, eco-friendly cultivation and production of highest-quality tea without chemical pesticides. www.basaotea.com 

Taiwanese drink maestro Angus Zou has partnered up with Tasting Group's Antonio Lai to unveil the city's first “cocktails on tap” bar concept, Draft Land. Zou and Lai serve up simple, no-fuss, high-quality cocktails at a reasonable price with seasonal pre-batch-only and garnish-free cocktails on tap. The focus for Draft Land is on consistency, craftsmanship and quality. www.facebook.com/draftlandhk 


Sleep

Mojo Nomad Central, a ground-breaking concept that turns the traditional hotel model completely on its head, is now open on Queen's Road Central. The inimitable concept, which combines accommodation with all that is fluid, moving, surprising and exciting, is the second evolution for the disruptive Mojo Nomad brand by the Ovolo Hotels Group. Mojo Nomad's newest location features an exceptional food and beverage offering via the property's flagship bar-cum-eatery, Te Quiero Mucho, and 24-hour facilities including a contemporary fitness centre, laundry area and an expertly appointed co-working space. Guests can expect to be welcomed into a like-minded community upon checking in at Mojo Nomad Central, a collaborative concept that feels like a home base. www.mojonomad.com 

Rosewood Hong Kong, a new ultra-luxury property situated within the Victoria Dockside arts, design and conceptual retail district, will open on 17 March. The 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong will be located at a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The ultra-luxury hotel will occupy 27 floors of a multi-use tower, destined to become a landmark on the world-famous skyline. Eight restaurants and lounges will be complemented by recreational facilities including Asaya, Rosewood's holistic wellness concept, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool. The Manor Club executive lounge will provide exclusive privileges while The Pavilion, the brand's signature residential-style meeting and function space, will host corporate events, conferences and social celebrations. Also on offer will be 186 luxury Rosewood Residences for guests choosing longer stays with a dedicated lounge, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre along with special services and amenities. www.rosewoodhotels.com/hongkong


For more information on Hong Kong visit:
www.discoverhongkong.com/au or www.discoverhongkong.com/nz 

Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market) For All Your Fish

Want to enjoy the freshest seafood. Hakodate morning market is one of the best choice.

Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market) boasts approximately 250 stores offering take-home souvenirs, in particular, seafood products.

Do try the mouth-watering "seafood rice bowl" to start your day with a bowl of steaming rice topped with freshly-caught seafood.


The Morning Market is open for business from as early as 5 am (6 am during the winter) and closes at noon.

Do not forget to get some souvenirs with you while you tour around the market.

For more information: https://www.hakodate.travel/en/top7/morning-market

Source:  Visit Japan Now

Ha Noi promotes tourism

Ha Noi
Ha Noi organized a ceremony on the first day of 2019 to welcome the first air travelers of the year. One of them was Timo Kux, a German national. He expressed his fondness for Viet Nam’s beauty after visiting various local tourist sites.

Last year Ha Noi welcomed more than 26 million visitors, 6 million of them were foreigners. The ceremony to welcome the first visitors of 2019 to the city is one of series of activities that Ha Noi is holding to promote its tourism potential.

Speaking at the event, Director of the Ha Noi Tourism Department Tran Duc Hai, said “Ha Noi is a national political administrative center with rich tourism resources and attractive, high-quality tourist products. Local people’s hospitality and friendliness are also the city’s attraction.”

Ha Noi has been selected as a favorite destination by foreign tourists during the past several years. The World Travel Award nominated Ha Noi among other 17 cities for the award “The world’s leading city destination in 2018”.

This year the city hopes to receive more than 28 million tourists including 6.6 million foreigners, a growth of 9.8% against last year. The city is accelerating a project on upgrading the My Dinh Sports Complex to host the first Formula 1 racing by 2020.

The 7-day event would also include parades, a showcase of racing cars, and other events. The city also plans to build a US$500 million multifunctional entertainment complex with a horse racing course in Soc Son District. With its increasing investment in tourism infrastructure and promoting local attractions, the city expects to make a breakthrough it its tourism development in the near future.
Source: VOV

Magical day worth millions to Queensland economy

One of the world’s richest horse racing events taking place on the Gold Coast today will deliver millions of dollars to the Queensland economy.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Magic Millions Raceday was the highlight of The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival—supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

“It is the richest day on the Queensland racing calendar with $10 million in prize money attracting thousands of race-goers and tourists,” the Premier said.

“And overall, whether it’s for thoroughbred racing, polo, the yearling sales or the social side, the carnival injects millions of dollars into our economy.”

Last year’s race day, sales and polo resulted in 47,293 visitor nights which was an increase of 4,243 visitor nights year-on-year, leading to a total economic impact for Queensland of $25.67 million.

“That is why my Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is committed to supporting The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival in the years to come,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the Magic Millions was a significant international event attracting the top owners and horses as well as keen race-goers, amateur enthusiasts and curious tourists.

“It is one of a number of events on our summer months calendar including Test and T20 cricket, the Woodford Folk Festival, Eurovision: Australia Decides, and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Ms Jones said.

“We estimate our summer program will deliver more than $80 million to the economy, contributing to our $25 billion tourism industry.

“Our State is an international events and tourism destination, and that’s something we can all celebrate because tourism delivers billions for Queensland.”

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the highlights of the Raceday included the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Three-Year-Old Guineas.

"The Classic offers an additional $500,000 in bonus prize money—distributed to the first four all-female owned or leased horses to cross the finish line—as part of the Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus initiative to promote thoroughbred racehorse ownership by women,” Mr Hinchliffe said.