Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Tourist arrivals to Ha Noi continues to rise in Q1 2019

The number of visitors to Ha Noi in the first three months of this year is estimated at more than 7.47 million visitors, a rise of 10.6 percent year-on-year, announced the municipal Department of Tourism.

Of the figure, there are nearly 5.6 million domestic visitors and 1.88 million foreign tourists, up 9 and 15.5 percent over the previous year, respectively.

The city’s tourism sector is projected to earn over 26.95 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in the period, representing a year-on-year surge of 32 percent.

The city’s key attractions such as Tan Da Spa Resort, Thien Son - Suoi Nga ecotourism site, Duong Lam ancient village and the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology, also saw a surge in visitors in the reviewed period.

In March alone, the capital city is estimated to welcome more than 2.64 million visitors, a rise of 12 percent year-on-year, while raking in over 10.12 billion VND (436,220 USD) from tourism, jumping 37 percent above the same period last year.

According to statistics, Ha Noi is home to nearly 3,500 accommodation establishments, with about 560 of those receiving star ratings.

The average occupancy rate in the city’s hotels is likely to hit about 74.9 percent in the first quarter of the year. Meanwhile, the figure in March is expected to stand at 76.6 percent, recording an increase of 9.48 percent year-on-year but a slight decrease of 1.6 percent compared to that in the previous month.
Source: VNA

The Mornington Peninsula shines at the Australian Tourism Awards

St Andrews Beach Brewery has won the prestigious Gold award for New Tourism Business at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards’ night-of-nights in Launceston.

The awards, which have been in existence for more than 30 years, showcase the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence from throughout Australia. Winners across 26 categories are selected from more than 200 finalists by a rigorous judging process and the awards are presented in front of 800 industry peers and officials from across the nation.

Among the winners was the Mornington Peninsula’s own St Andrews Beach Brewery who had earlier won gold at the Victorian Tourism awards to qualify. "It’s safe to say we were completely blown away to have won the category for New Tourism Business at the Australian Tourism Awards last night,” says co-owner Andrew Purchase. He may be a little in shock but is rightfully proud of the achievement. "We would like to thank everyone who has visited the brewery over the past 12 months and our incredible staff for all of their hard work."

St Andrews Beach Brewery is situated on a 92-acre property; formerly known as ‘Markdel’ which was owned by the Freedman Brothers, one of Australia’s most successful horse training families. The stables produced over 100 Group One winning horses, including multiple Melbourne Cup, Caufield Cup, Cox Plate Golden Slipper winning horses, and has been transformed into an architecturally designed brewery with a 180 seater beer pavilion, kitchen and event space. It also proudly boasts a veggie patch and exceptionally large orchard of 8000 apple and pear trees planted on what was once a 1,200m grassed race track. This is a unique and sustainable enterprise, so you couldn't ask for a better place to grow hops, fruit trees and let the chickens roam free.

"To even get into the finalists is a huge achievement. There is a lot of competition across all categories so to win you really have to be the best of the best," says Tracey Cooper, Chair of Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism. " Tourism is a key success factor for our region and one we should be rightfully proud of. We are very proud of the St Andrews Beach Brewery team and all they have achieved. It reflects innovative thinking, creativity, vision, and a lot of hard work. We can’t wait to see where this takes them.”

The motivation for the team from St Andrews Beach Brewery is simple; they love making great beer at their Mornington Peninsula home, but understandably with their venue being once a world-class horse training facility, they are not your average brewery. They are proud to be Australia’s first paddock to pot brewery. While they brew on-site using the finest aroma hops and heirloom variety malt to ensure each beer is full of flavour and character, and spend their days crafting and pouring great brews right from the stable doors, it is the whole experience package that makes them worthy national award winners.

You can find St Andrews Beach Brewery at
160 Sandy Road, Fingal Victoria 3939
Open 7 days

Melbourne to host Australian Tourism Exchange in 2020

Tourism Australia has announced that Melbourne will play host to the 41st edition of Australia’s largest annual tourism trade event, Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in 2020.

More than 2,000 delegates will descend on the Victorian capital next year for the premier tourism event, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 to 14 May 2020.

ATE 2020 will be delivered by Tourism Australia in partnership with Visit Victoria. This is the ninth time that ATE has been staged in Melbourne, having first been held there in 1991 and then again in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2015.

Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said that the event offers a valuable platform for Australian operators to sell their world-class offerings to global buyers.

“I am very pleased that ATE will be making a return to Melbourne in 2020. The event will see tourism buyers from more than 30 countries descending on the city for four days of face-to-face meetings with key Australian tourism operators, networking opportunities and educational famils.”

“The economic benefits of ATE are significant and wide reaching. Not only can Melbourne expect an immediate economic injection of close to $10 million during the event, but the business to business relationships established will ensure valuable links between Australian operators and the global distribution network which will help us to realise our Beyond 2020 goals.”

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, said that ATE will provide an opportunity for the city to showcase its exceptional tourism offerings to delegates from around the world.

“It's great to see the Australian Tourism Exchange returning to Melbourne in 2020, giving Victoria another opportunity to take centre stage and host thousands of tourism and industry leaders from across the globe."

"Victoria recently achieved a record-breaking year for international tourism in 2018, with 3 million visitors spending an unprecedented $8.5 billion. National major events like the Australian Tourism Exchange will ensure we remain front and centre of the industry, and that it continues to grow, providing Victorians with secure jobs in the tourism sector."

ATE is Australia’s annual business-to-business tourism travel trade event, which brings together around 600 travel wholesalers and agents representing 500 companies from more than 30 countries, to meet and do business with 1,500 Australian tourism seller delegates from 500 companies.

Advice for visitors on travel to Britain in 2019

Following the recent Brexit developments, we’ve produced advice for visitors on travel to Britain in 2019 and beyond.

Britain is packed full of amazing experiences all year round and 2019 is going to be no exception. From sporting events to literary celebrations, from music festivals to new gallery openings, visitors to Britain during 2019 are in for a cultural extravaganza.

Britain continues to provide a world-class experience and welcome for the millions of visitors who travel here each year.

The UK government has set out detailed plans confirming protection for flights in a no deal scenario. EU no deal aviation regulation is also about to be finalised to ensure UK airlines can continue to operate to Europe and contingency measures provide industry and holidaymakers with the certainty they need and ensure flights will continue after Brexit. Please visit the UK government website for the further advice.

EU nationals

EU nationals will be able to continue to travel on ID cards until 2021. It is recommended that visitors who are citizens of current EU Member States and who have a valid passport use the e-gates to make entry quick and easy. Visitors who are citizens of current EU member states will continue to be able to travel without a visa. This will continue to be the case even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Please check the UK government website for further advice.

Other nationals
From June 2019, citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea will be permitted to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals. This will significantly reduce queues and improve the flow of passengers and the overall experience at the UK border

Landing cards will also begin to be abolished from June 2019. This will reduce bureaucracy for travellers and speed up the processing of passengers on arrival in the UK

The UK Government announced two new deals, in November 2018, between the UK and Canada and the United States to ensure transatlantic flights will continue between North America and the UK following Brexit. Please check the UK government website for the latest advice. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit

The UK’s hotels, shops and visitor attractions are also offering great value so it really is a great time to book a trip right now. We look forward to welcoming you to Britain soon.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Revitalised Dandenong to Welcome Holiday Inn & Suites in 2021

Martyn Barnes has signed his third IHG®-branded hotel, bringing Holiday Inn & Suites to Dandenong, the so-called 'capital' of Melbourne's south-east.

Headlining a mixed-use development that includes two levels of office space, the 160-room, design-led Holiday Inn & Suites Dandenong will rise to 11 levels when it opens in 2021, affording great views of the city. It will offer guests an all-day dining and bar experience, a gym, conference and meeting facilities, and retail shopping via separate access. It will also feature a long stay suite component targeting the corporate traveller who is looking to stay for extended periods.

The hotel will boast the ideal location, a short stroll from Dandenong train station and the business district, which will enjoy a boost from the State Government's $290-million 'Revitalising Central Dandenong' (RCD), creating demand for a world-class hotel to cater to growing business travel.

Dandenong is already considered by many to be Melbourne's second city and the gateway to Gippsland. It's a key employment cluster in Victoria, with its industrial precinct in Dandenong South one of Australia's most significant, employing almost 30,000 people and accounting for around 77% of employment in the area. It is already home to Amazon's first Australian distribution centre, the Australian Tax Office (ATO), Salvation Army regional headquarters, Dandenong Hospital, Chisholm 5 Institute of TAFE and a number of industrial, manufacturing and government offices.

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG's Senior Director of Development – Australasia, said: “As the world's largest hotel brand, Holiday Inn will attract guests from around Australia and the world to Dandenong. We are thrilled to take our great partnership with Martyn Barnes to the next level with our third hotel signing together in Victoria, continuing the momentum we have started over the past year with Holiday Inn Coburg and voco Yarra Valley.”

Martyn Barnes, Managing Director at Barnes Capital, said: “As the heart of Melbourne's south-east region, some might say Dandenong has it all, but I would say it doesn't have a great hotel yet. Holiday Inn Melbourne Dandenong will be an important component of the government's Revitalising Central Dandenong project, and we're so proud to support it. I expect it to be the new home-away-from-home for the thriving business, industrial and public-sector community.”

Barnes announced in May 2018 that he would bring Holiday Inn to Melbourne's growing hipster suburb of Coburg, and then in August confirmed that he would bring IHG's new upscale brand, voco, to the Yarra Valley in 2021.

IHG has put a focus on regional Australian growth, with several Holiday Inn signings across the country, including in Wagga Wagga, Geelong, Ringwood, and Melbourne Werribee, as well as opening Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys in 2018.

IHG currently has 47 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Holiday Inn Express, with another 29 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels.

*Numbers correct as at end 31 December 2018


Chinese tourists explore Yangon`s Bogyoke Market.
Myanmar and China are raising efforts to develop each
other`s tourism industries with more direct flights
and digital payment arrangements.
Photo: Shin Moe Myint/The Myanmar Times
Myanmar and China are taking big steps to develop each other`s tourism industries.

China Eastern Airlines yesterday launched Hohhot? Kunming? Yangon flights and will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seating capacity of 184 for the new service. This will operate from Yangon International Airport three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting April 2.

China is raising efforts to draw Myanmar visitors to the Mainland. Last week, Myanmar tourists were invited to visit Zhangjiajie, China by Ding Yun Lai, governor of Wulingyuan district during his visit to Yangon.

Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of China`s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage site and where the film Aviator starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Cate Blanchett was shot.

About eight million tourists from 30 countries visit Zhangjiajie every year.

“We take the Myanmar tourism market seriously as Myanmar is a promising country. So, for the convenience of travellers, we will try at the earliest to connect both cities with a direct flight,” Mr Ding said.

China is raising efforts to woo Myanmar travellers after the country relaxed visa requirements for incoming Japanese, Koreans and Chinese tourists in September last year

After visa exemptions were granted in late 2018, China has increased the number of flights to Myanmar and tourism between the two countries has expanded.

As tourists from both Myanmar and China usually travel in groups, more cooperation is needed to develop a systematic and organised industry catering to the needs of the tourists, said U Kyaw Win, a member of the Myanmar-China Tourism Marketing Team.

Read the full article at Pulse News: https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2019&no=205357
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
c/o 3rd Floor, Department of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 154 Rama 1 Road
National Stadium, Wangmai, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Web: www.mekongtourism.org
Tel: +66 2038 5071-1
Mobile: +66 8555 44234, +66 8098 95853

Explore Gujarat on Bicycle (11Nights/12Days)

Gujarat is a land of legends where great dignitaries are born and who have given great contributions to our country to reform the society and economy. As tourism point of view Guajrat has history of Stone age (4000 BCE) and Copper age, Gujarat has Wildlife, Architecture, Archaeological sites, Mountain, Beaches, White Desert, National Parks, Sanctuaries. It has Colourful festivals around the year, Spirituals monuments, museums and heritage monuments which are 1000 to 1200 years old and still standing and Live.

We will be cycling through the old city area and villages to know the culture, history, arts, festivals, Traditions, unique Amadavadi style of architectures, Deserts, Mountain, Beaches, Wildlife, Bird watching, Forts, Old historic temples and Mosques, World heritage sites, old havelis, Palaces, Museums, Fossil Parks etc. We assure you to make your trip memorable and enjoyable through our best services

▪ Total Days of Journey – 12 Days
▪ Total number of cycling Days – 10 Days
▪ Total Kms of cycling – 456 Kms
▪ Average cycling per day – 45.6 Kms
▪ Maximum cycling on Day 6 – 75 Kms
▪ Minimum cycling on Day 1 – 3 Kms
▪ Total Kms by supporting vehicle – 993 Kms
▪ Total Kms by Cycle + Supporting vehicle – 1449 Kms

Package Cost:
▪ Cost Per Person: INR 150000/- (Minimum 2 Paid Guests)
▪ Cost Per Person: INR 136000/- (Minimum 4 Paid Guests)
▪ Cost Per Person: INR 121000/- (Minimum 6 Paid Guests)
▪ Cost Per Person: INR 124000/- (Minimum 8 Paid Guests)

Package Cost Inclusion:
▪ AC rooms on dbl occupancy
▪ Meal Plan as mentioned in Itinerary
▪ English Speaking guide(s)
▪ Bicycle for 12 Days for entire trip
▪ Supporing vehicles
▪ Bicycle Accessorie
▪ Daily unlimited water bottle and refreshment drink
▪ Daily snack during the trip
▪ Entry Charge
▪ Demonstration charges
▪ Pick up from Airport
▪ Drop off at Airport
▪ Package from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad
▪ Chauffer Charge, Toll Tax, Parking Charges

Hotels We are using:
▪ Ahmedabad: The House of MG
▪ Bajana: The Royal Safari Camp
▪ Bhuj: The Kutch Safari Lodge
▪ Dhordo: White Rann Resort (Rann Utsav)
▪ Nakhatrana: Infinity Resort
▪ Mandvi: The VIjay Vilas Heritage Resort

Bicycle Conditions and features:
As we shall be travelling inside the city area, Village area and internal roads by cycles, we sall avoid to cycle on major highways due to security reasons. We have hybrid cycles with speed of 21 or 24 depends on availability. Please contact us for characteristics and Components of Cycle.

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San Diu ethnic group’s folk singing named national intangible cultural heritage

image: vinhphuc.gov.vn
A ceremony was held in Tam Dao District, the northern province of Vinh Phuc on March 20 to receive a certificate recognising Soong Co folk singing by San Diu ethnic group in Lap Thach, Tam Dao and Binh Xuyen districts and Phuc Yen city as a national intangible cultural heritage.

Soong Co songs have been maintained for hundreds of years in Vinh Phuc’s folk cultural treasure. They cover subjects such as love, love for nature, loyalty, respect for parents and grandparents, and humanity.

San Diu people sing these songs on every occasion, including during arduous working hours, on the fields, around a fire and even after dinner.

In order to preserve Soong Co singing, the province advocates developing ecological tours in combination with giving tourists an insight into local ethnic culture.

During the ceremony, 26 Soong Co songs were performed by 12 clubs in and outside the province.

The organising board presented one A prize to a Soong Co club in Son Nam Commune, Son Duong District, the northern province of Tuyen Quang; two B prizes to a club in Dao Tru Commune, Tam Dao District and another in Trung My Commune, Binh Xuyen District, Vinh Phuc Province.
Source: VNA


NSW’s unique and exceptional Aboriginal tourism experiences received international exposure this week with new Aboriginal cultural videos dedicated to the sector released in ten different languages at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) trade show.

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said Aboriginal tourism was a key part of the State’s popular tourism offering and ensuring its growth was a priority for the NSW Government.

“Over the past five years, nearly 328,000 international travellers to NSW took part in an Aboriginal tourism experience, with these visitors spending an estimated $1.3 billion during their stay,” Mr Ayres said.

“This represents a growth of 56 per cent in visitor numbers and 77 per cent in visitor expenditure over this time.

“I’m delighted to see our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW delivering initiatives such as these to support our Aboriginal owned and operated businesses ensuring they continue to enjoy strong results.”

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the videos in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, as well as closed captioning for people with a hearing disability, reflect the depth and breadth of NSW’s export ready Aboriginal tourism experiences.

“These videos showcase many of our State’s Aboriginal tourism operators telling their own stories to a wide audience in an authentic and engaging way,” Ms Chipchase said.

“We’re effectively equipping our international offices and their partners with a suite of materials that can be used to entice international visitors to come to our great State and make an Aboriginal experience part of their experience.”

NSW is home to the largest population of Aboriginal people in Australia, represented by more than 80 different nation groups.

To view the videos: Bourke, Blak Markets, Port Stephens, Dubbo, Hunter Valley, Tilba, Scotts Head, Dreamtime Southern X Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

Monaco Is Home to an Extraordinary New Luxury Suite Paying Tribute to Prince Rainier Iii

Following last year's reveal of the spectacular Princess Grace Suite, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo has now unveiled another extraordinary addition with the opening of a second luxury suite paying tribute to Prince Rainier III, Monaco's “Prince builder”.

A jaw-dropping 525 square metre “rooftop villa”, the Prince Rainier III Suite joins the select circle of the Riviera's most exclusive suites. The largest suite in the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, it has more indoor space than any other room with two bedrooms and the possibility to extend to 600 square metres with a third adjoining room - all of which overlooks Monaco's iconic Place du Casino.

The suite's interiors harmoniously combine the classical luxury of noble and precious materials with contemporary design, creating a space that is light and cosy with clean lines and a warm atmosphere. In terms of amenities, guests can experience their own steam shower and sauna, private bar in the lounge, an office space and a superb 135 square metre terrace with an infinity pool with wave system.

A unique place with intimate links to the royal family, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlowas the backdrop for many special moments between Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco, including venue of choice for their 20-year wedding anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the reign of Prince Rainer III, amongst others.

The opening of the Prince Rainier III Suite coincides with the start of a new chapter for the 5-star property that has just completed the most important renovation and restructuring program in its history with additions and enhancements including the opening of ÔMER, a new concept by Alain Ducasse, a new garden courtyard, a lush wellness area and more.

Situated in the very heart of Monte-Carlo and with direct access to the renowned Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, as well as being home to some of the world's finest dining addresses such as the Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, the iconic Le Grill restaurant and one of the finest wine cellars in the world, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo stays one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in Monaco and around the world.

For more information, visit: https://www.montecarlosbm.com/en/inspiration/spotlight-prince-rainier-suite-hotel-de-paris-monte-carlo