Saturday, 16 January 2021

DRIVE TO INCREASE SKILLS OF TOURISM PROFESSIONALS

A senior official from the Cambodia Tourism Ministry is seeking to increase the skill set of tourism professionals.

Try Chhiv, director of the National Committee for the Tourism Professional Secretariat and deputy director-general of the Ministry of Tourism said ASEAN will complete the signing on the Protocol Amendment of ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) to include more talents in the industry by mid-2021

At present, the protocol of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement of Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP) requires 32 skills, 23 in the hotel sector and nine in transportation.

“We hope that by mid 2021, the. signing will be completed, and another 38 essential skills will be added to the 32 already required by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for tourism professionals in the Asean Mutual Recognition Arrangements,” said Chhiv.

“After the signing, we will work with other Asean members to think about the training course and curriculum and apply [our decisions] to all the member states.”

Chhiv said the Asean MRAs for tourism professionals signed in 2012 facilitated them to be able to work throughout the Asean member nations and reduce the skill gaps found in the industry.The role of MRAs is to develop human resources because they are considered to be an outstanding mechanism in developing tourism professionals’ abilities. They are also used to solve COVID-19 related issues because they show how plans will work in the future via online learning programmes and upskilling and re-skilling in the sector. ASEAN will also focus on the participation of the tourism sector in supporting growth in other sectors.

The new 38 essential skills are divided into six groups in massage and spa operations and 32 skills in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector.

“Starting from mid-2021, the number of skills listed in MRAs will reach 70. It is an important message for those who work in massage parlours and spas because they are not well-recognised – although the ministry has trained them. Once we are recognised nationally and regionally, it will give them hope,” said Chhiv.

“So far, Cambodia has 6,000 recognised tourism professionals. It is still low compared with the total employment in the tourism sector of 630,000 people,” he added.

“When the new skills for spa work and massage and MICE come into force in the MRA, ASEAN will prepare the training programmes – and Cambodia will be in charge of the massage training skills. We allow all education institutions under the Ministry of Tourism to provide the training based on ASEAN standards, especially in the hotel and travel industries,” said Chhiv.

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA), welcomed the move.

She said it will increase a more skilled labour force and standards and quality in the tourism industry.

Read the full article at Khmer Times: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50801457/drive-to-increase-skills-of-tourism-professionals/
Photo: Bright Star Spa in Phnom Penh. Masseurs and masseuses will be given more training across Asean, according to the Cambodian Tourism Ministry.
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Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
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Web: www.mekongtourism.org
Tel: +66 2038 5071-1

Friday, 15 January 2021

Pullman Khao Lak Resort launches “Workation” programme to let guests stay productive in Paradise

Pullman Khao Lak Resort, the brand new beachfront retreat in southern Thailand’s pristine Phang Nga province, is inviting Thai residents to bring their office to the shores of the Andaman Sea this month, with a new “Workation” programme that combines sun, sand and seamless connectivity.

The Thai government recently advised that all Thai citizens and local expats should work from home, as part of its renewed efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately this can cause elevated stress levels for many people – especially those who live in congested cities. To alleviate this, Pullman Khao Lak has unveiled an enticing new concept that lets guests swap the four walls of their urban apartment for a stylish and spacious seafront stay, with fresh ocean air and panoramic views.

Under the Workation programme, guests can escape the pressure of their daily lives and unwind in the idyllic ambience of a traditional Thai community, complete with five-star accommodation and facilities, all surrounded by lush tropical gardens, opening out onto the powder-soft sands of Bang Muang Beach. As Pullman Khao Lak is a newly-built resort, it is equipped with the latest technology, including 5G in all indoor areas and super-fast Wi-Fi throughout the property – even at the poolside and by the beach. This means that every guest can stay fully connected at all times, with no unexpected internet outages or freezing video calls.

Pullman Khao Lak’s collection of contemporary rooms, chic suites and spectacular pool villas all feature personal work spaces with supporting chairs, USB ports, convenient plug sockets and complimentary Wi-Fi, so guests can simply plug in and get down to business. Soundproofed walls and windows ensure complete peace and privacy. Separate bathtubs and oversized rain showers will help guests to stay refreshed, private balconies provide a place to chill out and breathe in the sea air, and in the villas, guests can transition effortlessly from business to pleasure with a private pool and direct beach access.

For executives who require a little more space to strategize, the resort’s three meeting rooms come equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual technology, a choice of set-up options and professional support.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of a Workation at Pullman Khao Lak is the opportunity for morning recreation or after-work relaxation. Guests can start their day with a rejuvenating yoga, meditation or stretching session, or an invigorating 5km run along the beach. Need a break from the desk? Take a dip in the lagoon pool, work out in the 24-hour fitness centre, or simply stroll along the sandy shore. Water sports such as paddle boarding and surfing help to revive body and mind, and a personal trainer is on-hand should guests need any extra motivation.

Naturally, every guest can enjoy exceptional cuisine, including authentic southern Thai dishes and fresh seafood, at a choice of restaurants and bars, including generous dining discounts for extended stays. The resort’s beach club is a serene setting to sit back and reflect on your day of success, whilst sipping cool sunset cocktails.

“We understand that the new COVID-19 restrictions make life difficult for many Thai residents, who are now required to work from home. Fortunately, Pullman Khao Lak provides the perfect solution; our brand new resort features everything executives need to stay connected with their colleagues and clients, along with an array of amenities designed to enhance mental and physical wellbeing. By taking an extended-stay ‘Workation’ with us, guests will not only slip seamlessly into remote working; they will also be refreshed and reinvigorated by our stunning scenery, ocean-fresh air and five-star facilities. Every challenge is an opportunity to grow, and this could be the motivation guests need to change their working lives for the better,” said Herve Duprat, General Manager, Pullman Khao Lak Resort.

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

WE ARE OPEN: ‘SPECIAL TOURIST VISA’ IS STILL ON DESPITE OUTBREAK

Foreign tourists willing to brave the global pandemic and spend a vacation in Thailand are still welcomed, as long as they have all the required documents, a chief tourism official said Friday.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the Special Tourist Visa program, or STV, is still valid and not subjected to any additional restrictions, at least for the time being.

“Yes, we’re open to everyone,” Yuthasak said by phone. “The same requirements still apply to foreigners travelling on the Special Tourist Visa. It’s not related to the situation in our country since they are required to get tested and spend 14 days in quarantine.”

He also said the second wave of coronavirus outbreak in the kingdom appears to have no effect on the number of STV applicants so far.

“They keep coming in,” Yuthasak said.

Under the special visa program, foreigners from any country are allowed to visit Thailand for up to 270 days, but they must agree to spend 14 nights in quarantine upon their arrival and pay for all the expenses involved, such as accommodation fees and medical insurance.

Travelers can also fly into the country on other visas such as the 45-day tourist visa waiver program and the regular Tourist Visa (TR), which allows people from countries which have no visa waiver agreement with Thailand to stay up to 90 days.

However, Yuthasak said those visas are subject to the same quarantine requirements as the STV.

The Special Tourist Visa was approved by the Cabinet back in September in hopes of rescuing the country’s lucrative tourism industry, which has been suffering from the global epidemic.

At the time, the government said the STV will attract 1,200 tourists entering the country per month and generate more than 1.2 billion baht in revenue.

But the initiative has fallen short of that lofty goal so far. In the two months of November and December, only 825 tourists from 29 countries entered the country through the STV scheme, according to the latest available figure announced in December by government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek.

Read the full article at Khaosod English: https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2021/01/08/we-are-open-special-tourist-visa-is-still-on-despite-outbreak/
Photo: Tourists board a ferry to Koh Chang in Trat province on Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo: Khaosod English)
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Tel: +66 2038 5071-1

Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya presents sustainable-focused Sky Bar

Launched in partnership with the award-winning Hope & Sesame to celebrate Hainan’s local ingredients and flavors.

Set on Hainan island’s beautiful shoreline, eco-conscious luxury lifestyle destination 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya - the first Asian destination from US-based 1 Hotels - welcomes Sky Bar, an alfresco cocktail lounge and the newest addition to the hotel’s collection of sustainability-driven food and beverage outlets. Launched in partnership with Hope & Sesame - No. 36 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 and named DRiNK Magazine’s Sustainability Award in 2019, Sky Bar presents a sustainability-centered cocktail menu that celebrates the local ingredients and flavors of Hainan.

Committed to sustainable practices and taking diners back to nature, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya’s culinary program is built around slow food and farm-to-table movements, with the aim of forging strong connections between people and the natural world through what we eat. From the use of locally-sourced ingredients to guest experiences, Sky Bar implements eco-conscious initiatives with the goal of reaching zero waste in the near future.

"Sky Bar’s sustainability practices are embedded in every aspect of the guest experience. Aside from a cocktail menu developed using unique, locally-sourced ingredients, we hope to deliver an experience that embodies the sustainability-focused and mission-driven lifestyle advocated by the 1 Hotels brand," says Chris Liu, Bar Manager at Sky Bar.

Andrew Ho and Bastien Ciocca, co-founders of Hope & Sesame, comments, “We are delighted to collaborate with 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya to create the sustainability-focused Sky Bar with the goal to advocate an environment-friendly and healthy lifestyle. From its food and beverage program to the hotel design, the concept of giving objects a ’second life’ is applied throughout the hotel and is aligned with Hope & Sesame’s vision. We hope guests can get a taste of green living through the experience and look forward to seeing Sky Bar reach new heights."

Sky Bar’s menu presents an array of cocktails that shine a light on Hainan’s indigenous produce and flavors while minimizing the carbon footprint from transportation. Fresh strawberries, watermelon, basil, mint as well as native ingredients like yellow passion fruit and prickly pear are harvested from local farms and combined with unique Hainan beverages including Xinglong coffee, baijiu and sweet potato liquor. In a bid to minimize food waste, leftovers that are typically discarded such as pineapple pulp and watermelon rinds are incorporated into the cocktails, composted or used as livestock fodder at the hotel’s farm.

On the selection of liquor, Sky Bar uses spirit brands with fairtrade and Sucrbon certifications and share their eco-conscious values such as Flor de CaƱa. The bar will also be the first in Hainan to partner with ecoSpirits, a zero-waste bottling service geared towards ending single-use glass by swapping out traditional 750ml size wine bottles for 5-liter reusable containers.

Other environmentally-friendly initiatives also encompass coating-free paper straws, tissues made with recycled fiber, and handy tips and reminders to educate guests and staff to reduce waste. In the future, there are plans to introduce water-reduction taps to lower water and electricity consumption.

Sky Bar intends to offer guests an opportunity to discover the indigenous crops and herbs from Hainan’s distinct terroir at 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya’s own off-site farm Sunshine 18 Degrees. Here, guests can taste a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs incorporated in the cocktails.

1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya boasts seven unique food and beverage outlets where locally-sourced ingredients take center stage. In addition to the 24-hour in-room dining service, the talented culinary team also provides catering services for a range of events at the hotel’s spacious facilities and garden venues, from mindful meetings at the Boardroom, intimate wedding ceremony at Ballroom, to a gala party on the sprawling green lawn, with tailored menus customized to taste and preference.

1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya has 294 distinctively designed rooms, suites and villas ranging from 62 to 1,300 square-meters with stunning views of the garden, poolside or the sea. The hotel boasts 630 square-meters of meeting facilities and 4,000 square-meters of garden venues. There is also a Feature Pavilion, sunlit Sky Deck, natural farm, fitness center and Bamford Wellness Spa from the UK. The five swimming pools mark another highlight of the resort, including the Family Pool, Children Pool, Sky Pool, Lagoon Plunge Pool and Adult Pool. 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya is conveniently located on the beautiful Haitang Bay, just 40 minutes away from Sanya Phoenix International Airport. It is also close to a number of leisure, recreation and entertainment attractions such as Duty Free Shop, Fantasy Town, and Water Park.

Australia's 10 Favourite BBQ Restaurants in 2020

It’s always a good time for a barbie. Get your grill going with choice cuts of slow-cooked meat at these beloved BBQ joints. Don’t forget the sauce. This Local Favourites list has been generated based on ratings and the number of reviews received from local reviewers as part of Tripadvisor's 2020 Year in Review.

1) Brazilian Flame Bar and Grill
1,082 reviews
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "We both enjoyed this "all-you-can-eat" experience immensely. We have been to a couple of Brazilian restaurants and this one was easily the best. The food was excellent and was brought around frequently. All the staff were friendly and went out of their way to ensure we were happy and looked after. Our favourite dishes were the honey soy beef and cheese bread. We both felt this was worth the price tag." - Robert M

2) The Bootlegger Bar
92 reviewsKatoomba, Australia
Restaurant
$$, American, Bar, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "Awesome cocktails & then came the food... The better half had the beef cheek burger that melts in your mouth while the pork ribs accompanied by a blues soundtrack are to die for. Took me back to Clarksville, Mississippi. Get into The Bootlegger when you're in Katoomba. You won't be sorry!!" - 

3) Stonegrill Restaurant
345 reviewsRockhampton, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "What an experience this restaurant was! VERY deceiving from the outside. From the moment I walked in I was greeted by two gentlemen, one being the publican and what a character he is! He gave me the rundown on every cut of meat on his menu but with a little bit of a twist. I ordered the eye fillet and chips—hands down the best steak I have ever eaten and the chips were on par! This place CANNOT disappoint." - Vanessa M

4) Mika Airlie Bbq & Bar
245 reviewsAirlie Beach, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Brazilian, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "I love Brazilian food so I knew I had to dine here. I opted for the sea & sow salad as well as the pork belly bites. The meals were huge and I took half home for the next day. The salad was so good, and was loaded with calamari and chorizo. The passionfruit sangria was also amazing. The staff were really friendly and the service was great." - Dreamy_Angel_Travels

5) B'Churrasco Adelaide
144 reviewsAdelaide, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Brazilian, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "This is one of the best restaurant experiences I have been to in Adelaide. The value for money is second to none and the service was exceptional. The flavour of the different meats served was amazing and they offered plenty of sides as well. One price per person and covers just about everything you eat." - Simon S

6) Meet
477 reviewsNewcastle, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Brazilian, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "This venue is absolutely stunning, stylish and modern, offering both a very cool bar and restaurant. I absolutely rate this as one of the best restaurants in Newcastle (and we have lots of great choices!). If you aren't a massive meat lover don't be put off by the name, there are great vegetarian and seafood options too! We enjoyed the BBQ chilli corn, charred octopus (amazingly tender with delicious salsa), wagyu tartare and whole barramundi (deboned!) with fennel salad. Delicious Brazilian style BBQ. Be sure to book as this place is popular." - Kylie

7) Ribs and Rumps
1,115 reviewsTownsville, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "We decided to give this place a go and I'm so glad we did. We both had steak, it was delicious. Probably the best steak I've ever ate. It was perfectly cooked and perfectly tender. The pepper sauce was really good too. Good service and good cocktails too. What's not to like?!" - Kirsty38

8) Kin Japanese B.B.Q
95 reviewsHobart, Australia
Restaurant
$

Tripadvisor "A 7-course degustation of superbly cooked local and fresh produce. The place is small (would only fit 5/6 couples comfortably) but that adds to the unique experience. Service was great and food amazing. I believe the menu changes regularly which is great as we will be back next time we're in Hobart. The wallaby and the scallops were stand out dishes." - stevietravels

9) Sneaky Pickle
96 reviewsGoodwood, Australia
Restaurant
$$, American, Barbecue

Tripadvisor "My wife and I have been here multiple times in the last couple of months. We’ve been there as a large group, a small group and just the two of us to eat from the food truck. Every time we have been met by happy helpful staff and have eaten what we think is as good as any BBQ we’ve had in America. I love the atmosphere in this place, the owners have done an incredible job setting this place up. We are regulars here now and have never once been disappointed. If you love authentic American style BBQ cooked the real American way, get down to Adelaide's best BBQ joint." - Frank T 

10) Bondi Grill'e
321 reviewsCoolangatta, Australia
Restaurant
$$, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Tripadvisor"Absolutely exceptional in every aspect. Arrived, friendly waitresses. We sat and ordered. They offered great advice re the steaks. These were delectable. They didn’t require sauce, they were cooked to perfection and were so tender. Could not fault a thing. The chips were even perfectly cooked and the salt used is amazing. Highly recommend." - Ricky B

*By Tripadvisor

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Dien Bien: Dao people’s maturity ritual recognised as national intangible heritage

The “cap sac” (maturity ritual) of the Dao Quan chet ethnic minority people in the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien’s Tua Chua district has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in accordance with a decision issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on January 22, 2020.

A certificate of recognition was handed over to local authorities at a ceremony held by the district People’s Committee on December 7.

The “cap sac” ritual is a rite of passage declaring the coming-of-age of Dao men in the locality.

This is the most important ritual ceremony in the life of a Dao man and is a necessary part of being recognised as an adult. Only after passing can a Dao man be considered mature.

In Dao society, only those who pass the “cap sac” ritual can become family owners or village heads and worship the ancestors.

The Dao people believe that a Dao man who passes the ritual is “grown up”, even though he is still actually quite young. He can join important community events in the village and become a teacher, sorcerer, or medical practitioner, the three jobs considered important among the Dao people.

For these reasons, no matter how rich or poor he is, a Dao man must be initiated.

The ceremony is usually held from December 4 to 7, when local people enjoy free time following the harvest. For the Dao, these are the best days and month of the year.

The cultural practice features many stages, including a welcoming ceremony and a thanksgiving ritual for the ancestors, the presentation of offerings, musical performances, and the rounding off of the ceremonial ritual.

Dien Bien province is now home to 10 recognised national intangible cultural heritages.

Source: VNA
Photo: The “cap sac” (maturity ritual) of the Dao Quan chet ethnic minority people in the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien’s Tua Chua district has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage. (Photo: Dienbientv)

Centara helps to safely restart international tourism in Asia

Centara Hotels & Resorts is playing a key role in helping to restart the Asian tourism industry, after its popular beachfront retreat on Sri Lanka’s stunning southwest coast was selected to take part in an innovative new initiative to safely reopen the island to inbound visitors.

Under the by the Sri Lankan government’s “Airport Opening - Pilot Project”, Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka will be able to welcome guests from a select number of key markets – initially Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – as part of a travel bubble arrangement. Visitors will be welcomed on a limited number of direct charter flights from these countries, and escorted safely and securely straight to the resort, where they will benefit from a reduced quarantine period – down from 14 to seven days. During this time, guests will be able to enjoy the resort’s full range of facilities, including world-class dining, water sports, wellness and much more, as well as being permitted to visit tourist sites and shops.

This is another example of how Centara Hotels & Resorts is helping to lead Asia’s tourism industry out of lockdown. The company is already participating in the Thai government’s “Alternative State Quarantine” programme, which allows inbound visitors to arrive safely in Thailand with a two-week stay at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok. The company also recently unveiled a series of compelling offers at its island resorts in the Maldives, which promote safe and responsible inbound tourism from key markets able to travel, such as the Middle East, Russia and India.

Every Centara property worldwide has implemented the “Centara Complete Care” programme, which was developed in partnership with Ecolab and SGS and includes an extensive series of health and hygiene protocols.

The creation of travel bubbles is the first step in enabling Asian destinations to safely restart their tourism industries, in the wake of the global pandemic Centara is ready to work with governments across the region to enable the resumption of cross-border travel in a safe manner

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

Ski. Board. Onsen. Repeat.

Why decide between snow adventure and onsen indulgence when you can have both in one place?

The Kannabe Highlands, in close vicinity to Japan's Best Hot Spring Town, Kinosaki Onsen, is a popular destination for an abundance of outdoor activities all year round, and winter brings a myriad of seasonal activities. After more traditional sightseeing in Kyoto and Osaka is done, visitors to Japan can ski, snowboard, sledge, and more, just three hours away in the Kannabe Highlands!

The Kannabe Highlands are a mountainous area containing the crater of the Kansai region's youngest – but safely, extinct – volcano. The geological features of this volcano and the mountainous area make the Kannabe Highlands a great location for various snow activities for all ages and skill levels. Kannabe has the following three ski areas:

UP KANNABE

· 4 courses, beginner to advanced

· Kids Snow Amusement Park (two locations)

·   Skiing lessons in English

·  Banana boat snow rafting & snowmobile activity

 

OKU KANNABE

· 7 courses, beginner to advanced

· Beginner & Kids Park

·  Advanced course with 35-degree slope

· Artificial snow area

·  Banana boat snow rafting

 

MANBA

· 7 courses, beginner to advanced

· Connected to Oku Kannabe through joint tickets

· Artificial snow area

· Kids Area

And what better way to wrap up a fun day in the snow than by taking a good onsen? Kinosaki Onsen is home to 7 mystic bathhouses, each of which is a delight to heat yourself up in.

Get an insight into what your visit to Japan's Best Hot Spring Town could look like in this video: Watch now.

For more detailed information about ski courses, rental costs, snow activities, transportation, and more, visit: https://visitkinosaki.com/kannabe-lp/


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Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma *Scheduled Opening: December 2022*

Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma is set to open in 2022, offering better and brighter stays to both leisure and business travelers in Kyoto.

Located in walking distance of shopping areas and the business district, as well as popular Kyoto attractions such as the popular Gion district, Nijo castle, and more, Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma will provide travellers with upscale and affordable accommodations featuring 250 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, a fitness room, and The Shop, a 24-hour, self-service retail space.

Hilton has announced the signing of a management agreement for the first Hilton Garden Inn in Japan. Inked in partnership with Godo Gaisha Kyoto Shijo Hotel Management, the hotel is scheduled to open in December 2022.

Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma will provide travelers with upscale and affordable accommodations featuring 250 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, a fitness room, and The Shop, a 24-hour, self-service retail space. The hotel will be located in central Kyoto, close to popular tourist attractions such as Gion, a tourist-favorite with its high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses, and Nijo Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era.

Located within walking distance of shopping areas and the business district, the new hotel will serve as a convenient base for both leisure and business travelers. Home to many cultural landmarks and historical sites, Kyoto is considered the cultural heart of Japan, and its modern yet classical atmosphere attracts both domestic and international tourists.

“We are delighted to announce the signing of the first hotel under our focused service brand, Hilton Garden Inn, in Kyoto. This is the second hotel development inked by Hilton in Kyoto this year following our announcement on the signing of ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts, which is scheduled to open in the fall of next year. Japan is a strategic market for Hilton and we are constantly looking to work with the right partner to bring the right brands into the country. We look forward to launching Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma in 2022 which we are confident will be well received by travelers to Kyoto,” said Matt Fry, senior vice president, development, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

“Over the years, Hilton Garden Inn has attracted numerous dedicated and loyal guests from all over the world. The brand continues to optimize and innovate, by combining affordable accommodations with elevated amenities and warm service around the globe. It is truly exciting to see the entry of Hilton Garden Inn into Japan and I am confident it will be top of mind for travelers when it opens in Kyoto,” said Alan Roberts, global brand head, Hilton Garden Inn.

Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard WiFi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at www.hgi.com and newsroom.hilton.com/hgi.

About Hilton Garden Inn

The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 870 hotels in 49 countries and territories around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Photo © Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

The Kyoto Convention Bureau
https://meetkyoto.jp/en/

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Best Family Resorts Revealed!

The winners of the Holidays with Kids Best Family Resort Awards (formerly the Readers' Choice Top 10 Awards) have been revealed in the summer issue of Holidays with Kids magazine – out now.

The awards showcase the hotels and resorts in Australia and across the globe that stand out as extra special in the family travel market.

Seeking out the world's best family resorts is no easy task, which is why we've once again enlisted our enthusiastic readers to share their most memorable resort experiences, taking into consideration factors including facilities for kids and parents; kids' clubs and activities: proximity to attractions; value for money; and, of course, service that treats both parents and kids like VIPs.

“Reading through perfect family holiday memories has been particularly poignant this awards season, amid what has been an incredibly tough year for the travel industry and the resorts we love,” said Aleney de Winter, editor of Holidays with Kids.

Holidays with Kids would like to extend our warm congratulations to all of the 2020 nominees and winners. It's our hope that these awards not only recognise and encourage excellence in the industry at a time when the industry needs it most, but that they also prove to be a valuable source of inspiration for families as they plan future adventures.

View the full list of winners here.

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Our social media channels have a combined audience of more than 201,200 people, while our online database of 68,000+ are engaged with offers, content and travel news. No matter what your destination or budget, Holidays with Kids makes readers' wildest holiday dreams come true through practical information and helpful advice, without losing sight of those special factors families must consider when planning a getaway, including childcare, safety and entertainment.