Sunday, 31 January 2021

Hanoi expands pedestrian space in the Old’s Quarter

Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee has decided to test the expansion of the pedestrian space to the south of the Old Quarter from December 25.

This will cover eight additional streets including Hang Dau, Cau Go, Hang Be, Hang Bac, Dinh Liet, Gia Ngu, Dao Duy Tu (the section from Cho Gao to O Quan Chuong) and O Quang Chuong (the section from the street to Hang Chieu - Thanh Ha intersection) as well as the three alleys of Cau Go, Trung Yen and Phat Loc.

In order to serve visitors, business households are not allowed operate on the streets but for a few dedicated vehicles selling fast food and drinks which will be arranged at several junctions and intersections.

As planned, the expansion of the pedestrian space will be put into operation from January 1, 2021.

People who are living on the pedestrian streets can park their vehicles for free at the area under Chuong Duong bridge or are allowed to take them into their houses using a card.
Source: Nhan dan online
Photo: The pedestrian space around Hoan Kiem Lake (Photo: vnexpress)

WTTC to hold Global Summit in March 21’ in Cancun

Cancun in Mexico to host 2021’s world’s first physical/virtual hybrid summit on 23-25 March 2021, showing how the world can get moving again with the latest leading hygiene and safety protocols

The first major conference in the ‘new normal’ of the COVID-19 world will take place in Cancun, Mexico on 23-25 March 2021, hosted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, is once again hosting the most influential event in the Travel & Tourism calendar, to help lead the sector into recovery and restore millions of jobs around the world.

The WTTC Global Summit will take place in a hybrid format, observing all health and safety protocols.

The 20th WTTC Global Summit, delayed from Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in the popular Mexican resort of Cancun, in partnership with the Government of Quintana Roo, from March 23-25.

The hybrid format will include invitations to the live event, with restricted numbers and extensive outdoor sessions to ensure physical distancing.

Those unable to attend will be able to take part virtually, with up to 20,000 online free registrations available, enabling participants to listen to a range of specially invited international guest speakers headlining the event and engage in special breakout sessions.

World-leading hygiene and safety protocols will be in place throughout the Global Summit to ensure the health of every participant at the event, with testing and regular health checks, guided by the very latest medical and scientific advice.

Previous Global Summits have attracted some of the biggest international speakers in the world, including former US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, former President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

During a joint press conference in Mexico City, Gloria Guevara President & CEO of WTTC and the Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, said that this innovative event will be conducted with responsibility and according to the ‘new normal’, and will become a platform for the recovery of the sector.

The Global Summit will take place at The Moon Palace Convention Centre, and Jose Chapur, President of Palace Resorts Group was also present at the press conference, during which he thanked WTTC and the Government of Quintana Roo for their trust in holding this event at the Moon Palace.

The Palace Resorts Group holds the WTTC Safe Travels stamp and has been conducting the highest standards of hygiene and security since the beginning of the pandemic.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Every aspect of the 20th WTTC Global Summit is being explored to ensure it complies with the world’s best available health and hygiene protocols to show with best practice, how major conferences can be held safely and securely in the new normal of the COVID-19 world.

“WTTC wants the Global Summit to learn from the challenges of the pandemic to showcase how we can use this experience to adapt to COVID-19 and lead the global Travel & Tourism sector back to recovery and save millions of jobs - and thousands of business large and small - which have been thrown into turmoil since the beginning of the year.

“The stakes in the Travel & Tourism sector could not be higher, so the WTTC platform provides an essential form for the very highest industry leaders and key government representatives to discuss and take action.

“We must use the Global Summit to establish a consensus on international cooperation and coordination to accelerate the recovery, as well as public/private partnership and restore vital public confidence to travel safely once more. The 2020 Global Summit will benefit and showcase not only Mexico, but the wider regions of the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, Governor of Quintana Roo said: “The WTTC Global Summit in Cancun will be the place where we will discuss the future of tourism in the new world.

“During the Global Summit, we will implement enhanced safety and hygiene protocols such as mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene and sanitisation, along with fast turnaround testing, all of which will enable us to host a safe large-scale event.

“Today, Cancun Airport operates more than 300 daily flights, and the R rate remains below one.”

WTTC, which will announce its major new initiatives for 2021 during the Summit, has been at the forefront of international efforts to save the Travel & Tourism sector which has ruined tens of thousands of businesses and threatened the jobs of nearly 200 million people employed in the sector globally.

Just last week WTTC offered to work closely with the new incoming US administration to recover international travel through a five-point list of top priorities.

This includes reopening borders, the adoption of a comprehensive and cost-effective global standard testing regime at airports, a commitment to seamless travel, the re-opening of essential ‘air corridors’ to resume key international business travel routes and re-establishing relations with countries around the world to ensure each is ‘open for business’.

Research from the 2019 WTTC Economic Impact Report revealed how Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million in total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.

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Into the Woods: Okuyamato Craft from Nara

When it comes to Nara, you would be familiar with Nara deer. But, did you know Nara has so much more to offer? 

Nara prefecture also has abundance of scenic, healing nature to be explored - in Okuyamoto, home to the highly regarded, centuries-old Yoshino forests. Here, you can also find local artisans translate and express their stories into their crafts, known as Okuyamoto Craft.

From 15 Jan to 21 Feb 2021, head over to INTO THE WOODS at LUMINE Singapore to learn more about the traditions, culture and crafts of Okuyamoto. 

INTO THE WOODS returns for its second edition at LUMINE Singapore.
 
Themed Okuyamato Craft from Nara, the showcase introduces Okuyamato, a new generation of craft makers who have made their homes and livelihoods there, and the unique stories birthed from this connection. 

Follow us on Instagram at @intothewoods2021 to learn more about our 19 craft makers.

Exploration Travel Myanmar launches first virtual tours of UNESCO World heritage Bagan temples

Exploration Travel Myanmar has announced a new tour to visit the UNESCO World heritage temples of Bagan virtually with private, live tours to individual clients.

Exploring Bagan from the safe environment at home, no jet-lag or packing luggage required, no quarantine or vaccinations and LIVE interaction with a professional Myanmar guide to show you around the temples and answer all your questions.

Exploration Travel Myanmar has announced a new tour to visit the UNESCO World heritage temples of Bagan virtually with private, live tours to individual clients. In the first week of operation the company already sold several tours to clients from Tour operators in Germany and the Netherlands and is planning to expand to other tour operators worldwide and other locations in Myanmar.

According to Exploration’s Managing Director, Edwin Briels, the main reason to launch these virtual tours is to “create jobs and income for Bagan based tourist guides who have been deprived for income for many months now”. Overseas Tour operators can book a private tour in Bagan that lasts about 45 minutes, using Zoom software. The guide has a camera with stabiliser, an electric bike and a mobile phone connection and takes the clients through a certain route explaining about the history of Bagan, life style in the village and showing some of the highlight temples like the Ananda and the Dhammayangyi temple. During the whole tour clients can ask the guide to move the camera in any direction, ask questions and have a live virtual tour with a private guide who is the eyes and ears on the ground.

Edwin continues: “as an additional advantage, clients can ask family members or friends to join the tour from the comfort of their own house and enjoy the trip together as we can easily accept a group of 10 persons at the same time”. We have also received requests from clients who visited Bagan in the past and want to re-visit with the same guide so they can also show their family members what they experienced pre-Covid times.

The company has been restructuring and is actively adapting to the new normal since the Myanmar government closed its international airports in April 2020. After the first Covid-19 waive, the company took over Grasshopper Adventures Myanmar aiming to offer more experiences in nature and more active biking, trekking and kayaking tours. It also re-focused on the local Myanmar and expatriates market in Yangon and created new experiences within Yangon division. Recently the company re-opened its sustainable Lalay Lodge in Ngapali beach after successfully passing the Myanmar government Covid-19 safety regulations. Besides that, Exploration Travel is working a lot on creating more awareness on possible experiences in Myanmar with regular articles about travelling in Myanmar in the Myanmar Times and Myanmore Magazine. The aim is to show tour operators and travellers worldwide that Myanmar has so much more to offer then just temples.

Exploration Travel is the first DMC in Myanmar actively offering these virtual tours after having seen the success of similar concepts in Singapore and from the start-up virtualtrips.io which recently received considerable funding. “Just as with our physical tours on the ground, we wanted to make the virtual tours more personalized and therefore we opted for this version for individual clients giving the possibility to ask questions and interact” says Edwin. While it’s a perfect way to get the feeling to be out of your home for a while, it won’t be the same as the real physical touring in Bagan, says Edwin, and it can be used now and in the future as a nice gimmick to get a sense for an area and to get an idea of which place to visit once international travel starts again. It will also be good in the future for clients who can’t physically travel due to health, family or financial restrictions or to visit areas that are currently restricted for foreigner visitors, like for example the temples of Mrauk U in Northern Rakhine state.

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BIGGEST INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN HISTORY OF NSW NATIONAL PARKS

The NSW Government will invest $257 million to deliver 170 new and improved community infrastructure projects throughout NSW national parks.

The record investment will see the delivery of more than 750km of new and upgraded walking tracks, 33 campground upgrades and 61 new and improved picnic areas.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “Not only are our national parks good for the environment and our health and wellbeing, they are good for the health of the economy – injecting around $18 billion into the economy each year and supporting 74,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the record funding amount will be delivered over three years, with priority given to projects that benefit the community and boost ecotourism across the state.

“Whether it’s improving accessibility with new walking tracks and trails, or new and improved places to share a picnic with family and friends, we are delivering the single biggest investment in community infrastructure in the history of our national parks.

“Over this summer alone, more than 18.5 million visits are expected in the state’s almost 900 national parks, providing a much-needed boost for nearby small businesses and nature-based tourism operators,” Mr Kean said.

Visitors to all NSW national parks are reminded to check the NPWS Alerts for up-to-date information on any track or precinct closures as well as current COVID-safe requirements.

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Saturday, 30 January 2021

Hanoi opens pedestrian space in the south of Old Quarter

A pedestrian space in the south of the Hanoi Old Quarter was officially put into operation on December 31, meeting the higher demand of the capital city’s citizens and visitors.

The opening ceremony for the expansion of the pedestrian space saw the presence of Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue.

The expansion covers the eight streets of Hang Dau, Cau Go, Hang Be, Hang Bac, Dinh Liet, Gia Ngu, Dao Duy Tu and O Quang Chuong as well as the three alleys of Cau Go, Trung Yen and Phat Loc.

The additional space will connect with the existing pedestrian streets in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kien Lake.

In order to operate the pedestrian streets effectively, Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee have arranged vehicle parking areas, while mobilising people to well comply with the regulations and organising cultural and art activities.

The new pedestrian streets are expected to contribute to promoting the capital city’s tourism development in the near future.
Source: Nhan dan online 
Photo: At the opening ceremony for the pedestrian space in the south of Hanoi Old Quarter

Ba Ria – Vung Tau actively promotes connection for tourism development

A seminar to promote tourism cooperation between the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau with a number of localities nationwide took place in the locality on December 24.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau signed cooperation agreements on tourism development with localities in the Southeast region, including Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh, and others such as Hanoi, Dak Lak and Can Tho, with the aim to further promote tourism linkages, especially amid difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Tran Thi Thu Hien, with its potential and advantages for tourism development, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has become a favorite destination for tourists.

Many high-quality tourism projects have been invested in the locality, contributing to increasing the tourism sector’s revenue and the number of tourists to the province.

In 2016 – 2020, Ba Ria – Vung Tau welcomed over 62 million visitors, representing an average increase of 10.47 percent a year. The locality raked in 67.5 trillion VND in revenue from tourism activities in the last five years.

Tourism is identified as one of the four important pillars for the province's socio-economic development.

Participants shared experience in promoting tourism development, saying that the local authorities should work out specific plans to call for more investment to strategic tourism projects, towards creating impetus for the locality’s tourism sector.

Representatives from travel agencies expressed their hope that tourism cooperation programmes in the region will be deployed widely, thus developing regional products to attract more visitors.

In 2020, the parties joining the above-mentioned agreements have focused on building coordination mechanisms and action plans to implement the contents of the agreements, diversifying regional tourism products and training human resources.

Ba Ria - Vung Tau is one of nine key economic provinces and cities of the Southeast region. The locality boasts a comprehensive transport infrastructure with seaports, airport and a network of rivers and roads convenient for tourism development.

With beautiful natural landscapes and rich potential of the sea and forests, Ba Ria - Vung Tau has long been considered as one of the attractive marine tourism centres of Vietnam.
Source: VNA
Photo: At the seminar VNA)

MYANMAR’S FIRST GLASS BRIDGE TO BE BUILT NEAR GOTEIK VIADUCT

Myanmar’s first glass bridge will be constructed near Goteik viaduct in Nawnghkio Township, Northern Shan State.

The bridge will be developed on a project area of 17 acres and the project will also consist of a recreation park, playground, bungalows, tents and restaurants. For the project, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been entered into with the Shan State government. Plan is also being carried out to sign a letter of intent.

The project is estimated to cost approximately US$ 5 million and is expected to complete by October 2022. The project will create over 300 new job opportunities for the local residents. The glass bridge will be built as a tower design and it will be 200 feet in length, 120 feet in width and 160 feet in height.

The bridge project will be implemented jointly with an indigenous development team.

Read the full article at GNLM.com: https://www.gnlm.com.mm/myanmars-first-glass-bridge-to-be-built-near-goteik-viaduct/
Tags: glass bridge, infrastructure development, Myanmar, Nawnghkio Township, shan state
Image: The Goteik viaduct was constructed in 1899 and opened in 1900 which is the highest bridge in Myanmar. (Photo : Htwe Nge (Nawnghkio –IPRD))
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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

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort becomes a new destination for stylish staycations and day breaks

Just opened, the beachfront resort unveils a trio of packages that allow couples, families and friends to come together and experience world-class leisure facilities, delectable dining and much more, in the heart of Patong.

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort, the brand new international resort nestled on the shore in Phuket’s most vibrant district, is inviting local residents to rediscover their home island with a choice of packages for stylish staycations or dreamy days in the sun.

Perfectly positioned in North Patong, just steps from its crescent-shaped bay of white sand, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is a stunning seafront destination where guests can relax, reconnect with loved ones and restore their spirits.

Guests can choose from a wide variety of contemporary rooms and suites, including Pool Access options and Family Suites, which offer colorful kids’ rooms with boat-shaped beds and cool amenities. By day, parents can cool off in cozy cabanas, plunge into the three outdoor pools, or work out at the well-equipped fitness center, while youngsters can have fun at the Little Sea Gypsies Kid’s Club and playground. Endless hours can be spent chilling out at The Deck Beach Club or enjoying world-class cuisine and cool drinks – including southern Thai specialties and Phuket’s Best Brews – at a choice of five restaurants and bars. With such an outstanding array of amenities, couples, families and groups of friends can all find their ideal place to unwind.

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Nakanoshima Children's Book Forest

In the society of digital media, Nakanoshima Children's Book Forest seeks to bring back the nostalgia of printed books back into children's world.
Here in the book forest, children can literally feel their way through a wonderful world of picture books, literature, cookbooks, and art books, nurturing their infinite curiosity along the way. 

Designed by Tadao Ando, the building is filled with books which are deliberately not arranged according to age so that anyone flipping through the books can be inspired by unexpected things or new ideas.
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TCEB’s 5 strategies to boost international exhibitions in 2021

The strategies are planned to support 58 international exhibitions in 2021, which comprise 44 existing shows and 14 new ones.

TCEB aims to be more segmented in its international exhibition promotion in 2021 giving high priority to 12 key industries to strengthen national development and put emphasize on Asian market. It expects to work with 58 potential international exhibitions and generate 23 billion baht revenue for the country’s MICE industry.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, Thailand Convention &; Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said TCEB’s international exhibition promotion for 2021 comprises five strategies and focuses on attracting and supporting trade shows in 12 key industries in line with the government's economic policy.

The strategies are planned to support 58 international exhibitions in 2021, which comprise 44 existing shows and 14 new ones. These shows are involved in such key industries as smart electronics, defence industry, digital industry, integrated medical service industry, and biofuel & biochemical industry. It is estimated that these international events will generate 23 billion baht in revenue to the national economy.

TCEB will also support new norm exhibitions to align with new health and safety measures. The mentioned five strategies are specific-approach in terms of the industrial sector, source market and location, while online technology, as accelerated by the pandemic, is one core element.
Asia-centric approach to increase online and offline trade shows. Support packages are developed to attract exhibitors, organisers and visitors from Asian countries to maintain Thailand's position as a centre of international exhibitions in Asia.
Attracting new shows and clustering events, such as conventions and festivals whose content is aligned with the shows
Creating opportunities in the potential regions, for example, Thailand LOG-IN Events planned for Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
Collaborating with government agencies to promote large-scale trade shows and conventions under "One Ministry, One Expo" concept.
Promoting innovation and technology to enhance visitors' experience through an online platform, create business opportunities, and lower physical touching points at the shows.

Thai organisers are ready to collaborate with TCEB in driving the exhibition industry. They have been employing online technology to create business momentum during the pandemic and maximise it more in 2021.

Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam, Deputy Managing Director, Informa Markets (Thailand), said that Informa Markets has been utilising digital technology, such as a webinar, to promote new normal exhibitions that adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Public relations have also been conducted via online channels, including Facebook, e-newsletter, and LINE OA. The company successfully organised hybrid exhibitions which attracted over 2,500 visitors from various countries, including over 500 online business matchings in several industries.

Mr. Sakchai Pattarapreechakul, President, N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. (NEO), viewed that exhibition remains a key mechanism in linking the industries and driving the national economy even during the pandemic. As an international trade show organiser, the company has immersed technology and creativity to enhance the show's potential and unlimited access. "When we are back to normalcy after the pandemic, I am confident that online technology will be a key instrument in creating experiences for trade show participants and it will be an efficient platform for business network and connecting with buyers worldwide."

Mr. Kavin Kittiboonya, Managing Director, Kavin Intertrade Co., Ltd., stated that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company adopted digital technology to serve as a window of opportunity for Thai exhibitors to meet overseas buyers. "In 2021, we will focus on hybrid exhibitions as we foresee that the COVID-19 is likely to continue while it will take time to manufacture an effective vaccine. Therefore, we plan to utilise the digital technology to benefit both international exhibitors interested in expanding in the Thai market but are restricted by the travel ban, and Thai exhibitors wishing to sell overseas.

Despite travel restrictions in 2020, hybrid exhibitions in Thailand generated 15,000 business matchings between Thai and Asian entrepreneurs. Twenty-four TCEB-supported international exhibitions attracted a combination of 133,259 Thai and overseas business people, generating 6,521 million baht in revenue to the country.

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LOVE NSW KEEPS SHINING, SHOWCASING THE STATE TO VISITORS

Destination NSW’s Love NSW campaign continues to create awareness and intent to plan a holiday in NSW among potential visitors through targeted publicity, marketing and social media activity in line with the latest health advice.

Destination NSW has adjusted its activity to ensure the state remains front of mind for intrastate travellers in particular, even though travel restrictions interstate required some campaign programs to be paused in recent weeks.

The agency's publicity team secured hero coverage of the Sapphire Coast recently including features in leading national travel publication Escape, The Daily Telegraph, and several travel trade publications.

This was supported by social media and radio advertising promoting last minute Australia Day getaways to the Sapphire Coast and Murray to NSW and ACT residents in close proximity to the regions.

Love NSW continues to promote the state’s unique and unexpected destinations to holidaymakers through VisitNSW social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter) and advertising placements including print (Good Weekend) and billboards at Sydney Airport.

Hero media coverage has also showcased many different aspects of Sydney and NSW, including articles on six of Sydney’s best scenic walks (Traveller), the state’s best secret swim spots (Life Hacker), five reasons to visit Broken Hill (Escape) and an adventurer’s guide to the Central Coast (9Travel).

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Kyoto Yura hotel Nijo Jo Bettei Mgallery opens in Japan

The 25-room luxury boutique hotel takes design inspiration from the nearby Nijo Castle and offers a tranquil atmosphere in the historic city of Kyoto.

Accor has introduced its second MGallery Hotel in Japan with the opening of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery.

Situated in the quiet cityscape of Kyoto, the hotel is designed by renowned architect Yukio Hashimoto and is centred around a Japanese garden, offering an elegant portal to the four seasons. Hashimoto Yukio’s philosophy focusses on designing ambience rather than focussing solely on materials, allowing him to create timeless and minimalistic interiors.

The luxury boutique hotel offers a collection of 25 rooms, from the 40-45 square metre Deluxe Room, to the 53 square metre Rikyu Suite. Select rooms feature balconies with views towards Nijo Castle and all rooms overlook the Japanese gardens, along with amenities including espresso machines, air-purifiers, mini-bar facilities and separate bathrooms.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Singular, will specialise in French offerings, inspired by Japan's beauty and the rich culinary traditions of Kyoto. Chef Susumu Okubo, whom trained under the French culinary masters Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, will lead the restaurant; inviting guests to experience culinary masterpieces prepared using local ingredients gathered from carefully select producers across the region. Okubo most recently served as Chef de Cuisine of the one-star Michelin restaurant, Pierre, in Osaka.

Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives commented: “The opening of our second MGallery hotel in Japan signals our confidence in this brand to offer something truly distinctive to travellers. We know that our guests are continually seeking authentic and original experiences, and we predict this to be an even stronger trend in the years to come. With the opening of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery, we look forward to welcoming guests to come and experience many memorable moments in Kyoto, a charming city with countless unique stories to tell.”

The hotel is located in close proximity to Nijo Castle – one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The central Kyoto district offers an array of sights and attractions including Kyoto Gosho, the Imperial Palace. Nijo Jo Mae Station is also just a short walk away, offering guests convenient accessibility via the Tozai Subway Line. For the convenience of guests who travel by train, the hotel offers a private transfer service from Kyoto Station.

“We are very excited to introduce this truly special hotel in Kyoto which is sure to become one of Japan’s most mysterious hideaways. We look forward pursuing the highest levels of excellence and crafting an array of authentic experiences for our guests on their next visit to this historic city”, commented Yuko Sato, General Manager of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery.

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Friday, 29 January 2021

Princess Cruises announces Pacific Princess to leave the fleet

Princess Cruises has announced the sale of Pacific Princess to an undisclosed buyer. The sale of the cruise ship is in line with parent company Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.

Pacific Princess first joined the cruise line’s fleet in 2002, and originally entered service in 1999 as R3 for Renaissance Cruises. The boutique-style ship offered an intimate cruising environment, with a total of just 670 passengers, but incorporated many of the dining and entertainment options available on the cruise line’s larger cruise vessels.

Beloved by many loyal Princess guests, Pacific Princess sailed more than 1.6 million nautical miles, 11 World Cruises and offered distinctive itineraries to sought-after destinations all over the world. In fact, The Love Boat’s “Captain Stubing” and Princess Cruises Ambassador Gavin MacLeod was on the ship’s navigation bridge as the ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time to kick off the inaugural season sailing to Alaska from San Francisco in May 2003.

“Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Pacific Princess offered a traditional style of cruising to unique destinations. While it’s difficult to say goodbye to our ‘Love Boat,’ our World Cruise and exotic itineraries continue onboard our Medallion Class-enabled Island Princess and Coral Princess, featuring the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share vacation memories along the way.”

Another historic moment for Pacific Princess was sailing a throwback cruise, recreating the cruise line’s very first itinerary to the iconic Mexican Riviera in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises on December 3, 2015. Attending this special cruise included the main cast of “The Love Boat,” and together with the guests, they celebrated the role the show played in Princess Cruises’ five-decade-long history introducing the cruise line – and cruise vacations – to millions of people around the world.

Guests with bookings will be notified, and along with their travel advisors, will receive information on how to book another Princess Cruise when operations resume. Guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.

Website: www.theholidayandtravelmagazine.blogspot.com.au

Hanoi supports Binh Dinh in developing night-time business and services

The development of night-time tourism products and services are one of the Hanoi's focuses.

Tourism authorities of Hanoi and Binh Dinh province have exchanged on running night-time tourism products and services on December 23 in Hanoi, as part of the connection and cooperation program between Hanoi and the key economic region of Central Vietnam.

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu, said that developing night-time economy has been the focus of the capital city in realizing a prime ministerial decision on this regard.

Night-time economic activities have been thriving in some locations, especially at walking space in Hoan Kiem lake area and its vicinities, Dong Xuan market, and the Old Quarter.

Night-time activities have been efficient, attracting a large number of tourists in Vietnam and from abroad, generating income to the locals and the district revenue. Some Hanoi relics have rolled out night tour programs including Hoa Lo Prison Relic and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

Since 2016, the Hoan Kiem district's authorities have allowed 65-night businesses to stay open until 2 a.m. the next day. The move has proven to be a success, with the number of tourist overnight stays in Hoan Kiem district increasing rapidly, said Deputy Director of the Hoan Kiem district Economic Department Le Hong Hai.

In 2021, the district's authorities will focus on installing more lighting, upgrading cultural and art programs in Hoan Kiem lake area to create a more professional chain of cultural products and services.

Director of the Binh Dinh Tourism Department Nguyen Van Dung said that the province lacks night-time tourism products, so the experiences the Department of Tourism and related agencies of Hanoi shared will help them develop night-time economy.

In addition, Mr. Dung also suggested that provinces and cities should continue cooperating to create new and attractive tourism products, as well as supporting policies for business households in the first phase of implementing the night economic development.
Source: Hanoitimes
Photo: An overview of the meeting between tourism authorities of Hanoi and Binh Dinh province on December 23 in Hanoi. Photo: hanoimoi

ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY SEEKS TO BOOST ECOTOURISM

The Ministry of Environment and Tour Guides Association are working together to better manage tourism in protected areas.

Minister Say Samal said that he held a meeting with tour guides to also identify more protected areas which had the potential for ecotourism.

He said tour guides had to look for areas highly valued for biodiversity conversation which could safely be turned into ecotourism spots through well-managed tours which do not harm the environment.

He said that ecotourism is a new trend in Cambodian society and helps build the local economy, adding that the ministry will pay more attention towards ensuring the safety and health of tourists, deal with emergencies, sanitation management and cleaning up the environment at protected areas for the long-term benefit of future generations

Read the full article at Khmer Times: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50804269/environment-ministry-seeks-to-boost-ecotourism/
Caption: Minister of Environment Say Samal conducts a meeting with tour guides to promote ecotourism.
Photo: Khmer Times
Tags: Cambodia, ecotourism

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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

Hunter Valley: Taste the Trio

The Hunter Valley's beautiful wide-open spaces beckon during the lazy summer months. The tantalising trio of Tyrrell's, Brokenwood and Audrey Wilkinson, all part of the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective, combine to create an idyllic day on the vines.

Begin your special day at historic Tyrrell's for a VIP Premium Tour and Tasting of the Tyrrell family's favourite wines. A member of the team will guide you through a set tasting list, treating you to a variety of wines across the ranges, including the premium Single Vineyard and Winemaker's Selection.

Now that you've worked up an appetite, head to Audrey Wilkinson for a Picnic Among the Vines. Collect your bottle of hand-picked wine along with a delicious picnic hamper and choose your own picturesque spot on the 270-acre property. There's nothing quite like nibbling on mouth-watering goodies and sipping fine wine in your own secluded corner of this lush vineyard estate. This is the life!

Once you've had your fill and a lovely doze in the sun, it's time to move on. No visit to the Hunter Valley is complete without exploring 5-star Brokenwood. On The Brokenwood Journey your personal host guides you through six premium Brokenwood wines (three white and three red) perfectly paired with six specially prepared canapés. You even have the chance to meet the chef as he takes you through each unique food match.

Continue the adventure with a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery where you will delve deep into the art of winemaking and the history of Brokenwood. Your tour ends with a tasting of pre-release Brokenwood wine straight from the barrel.

After a perfect day of relaxed indulgence, it's easy to see why the Hunter Valley is Australia's most popular wine region and the perfect culinary escape. Make your experience completely carefree with a trusted driver.

Book Rides Australia offers transfers to and from a single experience or can be chartered for the day to allow your group to enjoy multiple Ultimate Winery Experiences and explore the picturesque wine regions. Ride in style in Book Rides Australia's premium vehicles and spend a day on the vines that you'll never forget.

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‘Plan for [a] Vacation’ to Sonoma County in 2021

As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 26, Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) encourages visitors to plan the perfect restorative getaway to enjoy all the well-being properties found only in Sonoma County.

National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD) coincides with the U.S. Travel Association’s Let’s Go There initiative. 97% of potential travelers say that having a trip planned makes them happier. Additionally, survey data shows that 84% of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve.

As travel opportunities become more available, SCT advises savvy vacation planners who are able to book future trips now to take advantage of these offers before demand picks up.

“Sonoma County is the place to immerse, engage, and connect with the earth, nature, and most importantly, with each other,” says Claudia Vecchio, president and CEO of SCT. “Our hospitality businesses have made significant enhancements to ensure that safety continues to be Priority #1.”

Enjoy a free night at Sonoma County’s new Mine + Farm, the Inn at Guerneville
Set on two and a half acres of natural landscape, this restored 1906 farmhouse is a thoughtfully designed boutique Inn experience for today’s traveler. Mine + Farm’s design approach is modern; curated with historical elements of the property and surrounding area. The property is dog-friendly with lots of outdoor space for the four-legged guests. Included in the stay is a locally driven, full organic meal with house made juices. Book any room for four nights, and your 4th night is free.

Bike, Ballooning and your choice of Beverage
Experience two of the best views in Sonoma County! Feel like you are on top of the world taking in the lush vineyards and redwoods from a colorful hot air balloon escorted by experienced F.A.A. pilots and instructors from Up & Away Ballooning. After the balloon ride, hop on a comfy bike from Ace It! Bike Tours and take a journey through the famous Russian River Valley to either wineries or breweries. Bike tours are available the same day or a different day of your balloon ride. Package price is $404/pp.

Buy 3 nights and receive the 4th night complimentary at Farmhouse Inn & Spa
Everything you've heard is true. Sommelier-led wine tours. A Michelin-starred restaurant. 25 rooms with curated wine refrigerators and feather beds. Farm-to-table full-service spa. Owners so intimately connected to Sonoma that their story dates back five generations. This -and so much more- is why Farmhouse Inn ranks among the most highly rated hotels in the world. More packages available.

For more offerings on lodging and activities throughout Sonoma County check these deals and discounts. Samples include California Dreaming: 40% off at Gaige House + Ryokan and at Kenwood Inn & Spa; and Midweek Winter Escape to Bodega Bay at Inn at the Tides.

With a greater emphasis on health and wellbeing than ever before, Sonoma County offers an ideal place to relax and focus on mindfulness and connectivity. The unique combination of stunning natural wonders and wellness-focused businesses, Sonoma County offers myriad opportunities to renew and reconnect with oneself and nature. Here, visitors can retreat with meditative nature hikes along coastal bluffs and forest bathing in the ancient redwoods. Nourish the mind and body with local ingredients and experiences, while learning about the heritage of sustainability rooted in our agrarian economy and appreciation for our natural surroundings. More information about the wellness experiences can be found within the Wellness Guide.

Sonoma County Tourism reminds everyone to continue practicing safety measures, including wearing face coverings in public and keeping distance of at least 6 feet from others. We also encourage visitors to review The Safe Travels Promise, which provides guidelines to ensure safety. In addition, SCT recommends to make reservations ahead of time, to ensure availability. Click here for the latest about how Sonoma County is protecting both visitors and residents.

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Raffles Hotel Singapore takes its legendary guest experience to the next level with Adyen

Raffles Hotel Singapore implementing Adyen’s services to provide a contactless and seamless customer journey across the various consumer touchpoints.

Raffles Hotel Singapore has appointed Adyen, the global payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, as its preferred payments partner to deliver a holistic and frictionless hospitality experience within and beyond its iconic property walls.

Always committed to being relevant and ever evolving to adapt to the changing needs of today’s traveller, the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore is at the forefront of technology adoption with its latest offering of seamless and hassle-free payment experiences to its guests. Through Adyen, Raffles Hotel Singapore powers its unified commerce offering, providing simpler, faster and more customer-centric payment experiences across all sales channel touchpoints, from online to offline, including suite reservations, dining in its restaurants and bars as well as at Raffles Spa and Raffles Boutique.

Chadi Chemaly, Hotel Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore comments: “Delivering bespoke and sincere service is always at the core of our legendary Raffles experiences that guests have come to love and appreciate. We believe that the guest journey with Raffles Hotel Singapore needs to be seamless from the start to the end and payment processes are key to achieving this. With innovative and flexible solutions, Adyen stood out to us as a preferred strategic partner to meet our vision. Collaborating with Adyen has successfully allowed us to deliver a promise that is secure and contactless while enhancing our offerings as a lifestyle destination where guests can stay, dine, shop, celebrate and relax as they create treasured memories, without interruptions.”

Warren Hayashi, President, Asia Pacific, Adyen comments: “We are honoured to be chosen as the preferred payments partner to Raffles Hotel Singapore, and to support the property in meeting its vision of creating extraordinary experiences for its hotel guests. With our rich data and advanced technological capabilities, we are committed to providing the right insights to hotel partners, so they can drive smarter engagement, while focusing on the softer touches, as part of their recovery strategy.”

A new chapter in hotel guest experiences
Through this partnership with Adyen, Raffles Hotel Singapore is one of the first hotels in Singapore to offer a truly contactless check-in and check-out with tokenized payments, heralding a new chapter in hotel guests’ experiences. With the implementation of Adyen’s payment solutions, Raffles Hotel Singapore can now securely capture a guest’s card details, encrypt the data, and replace it with a secure token ensuring faster hassle-free checkout experiences later. The implementation of this technology reaffirms the iconic property's commitment to being at the forefront of innovation to deliver a guest experience that is seamless and holistic, allowing guests to enjoy the curated experiences, hassle-free.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns around hygiene and safety, Raffles Hotel Singapore has always been committed to upholding the highest standards and delivering modern hospitality experiences to its guests. Prior to its reopening in August 2019, Raffles Hotel Singapore was already planning to implement contactless check-in/check-out which finally came into fruition in July 2020.

Contactless check-in/check-out means guests can register and check-in prior to arrival, and check-out via the web, on their mobile devices using a QR code, through a phone call, or via a mobile payment terminal brought to their room. The ability for guests to check-out and pay securely via a phone call is a first-of-its-kind offering for the hotel and provides a new channel touchpoint with hotel guests. Prior to leaving the property, without needing to visit the front desk or make payments, hotel guests will receive the option to check-out via a phone call, through which they can go through payment-related processes, ultimately minimising face-to-face interactions for payment matters. To date, the hotel has seen a 90% take-up rate for this check-out option.

Payments across locations and devices
With Adyen’s technical solution that supports a large variety of currencies and payment methods, Raffles Hotel Singapore will now be able to offer hotel guests and customers options to choose their preferred payment methods. The hotel will now be able to accept all major credit cards, as well as Alipay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, UnionPay and WeChat Pay.

In addition, Adyen will provide simpler, faster and more customer-centric payment experiences across the following:
Raffles Hotel Singapore-operated restaurants: With its single platform approach and technical solutions, Adyen is giving the hotel property the ability to offer more local payment options, including via WeChat Pay and Alipay, as well as offer contactless in-restaurant payment options at the table through mobile point of sales terminals.
Raffles Spa & Raffles Boutique: With customer demands for contactless payment offerings, Adyen has enabled in-property retail outlets to offer tap-and-go alternatives across more payment options (via card and mobile wallets). This shortens queues in-store as the terminal response times have increased and staff can also take payment terminals to customers around the shop.
E-commerce Platforms: With the rise of payment methods available and increased use of digital options, Raffles Hotel Singapore has implemented Adyen’s e-commerce platforms to extend its sales channels online for retail as well as food and beverage offerings. Additionally, online sales options will also be made available for special occasions such as Mid-Autumn Festival, Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Adyen is committed to supporting hospitality partners across the world with tailored features for the industry, especially as they embark on the gradual road to recovery. From booking to check-out, and everything in between, Adyen takes a unified approach to help hotels manage payments and provide superior guest experiences.

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IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 moves to Shanghai, China August 10-13

This year’s Expo will begin with a full conference day on Tuesday, Aug. 10, followed by three days of programming featuring a dynamic tradeshow floor, additional education programs, exclusive special events and more August 11-13.

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 will take place in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) August 10-13, 2021. Originally planned to occur in Macao, China in June, the relocation and date change are in response to the continued impact the global COVID-19 pandemic, and growing optimism for increased recovery as the year progresses.

“IAAPA’s role has always been to help members meet, do business, and learn from each other. It is more important than ever we provide such opportunities in a safe manner, at the right time, in the right location. After careful review and with significant input from our team, members, exhibitors, and the IAAPA Board of Directors, the decision has been made to relocate IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 to Shanghai, China,” shared Hal McEvoy, President and CEO, IAAPA. “Given the continued uncertainties impacting travel – international and domestic – we believe the relocation and event date change will provide more opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to participate.”

Plans are underway to ensure a smooth transition to the SNIEC. This year’s Expo will begin with a full conference day on Tuesday, Aug. 10, followed by three days of programming featuring a dynamic tradeshow floor, additional education programs, exclusive special events and more August 11-13.

“The health and safety of our members and our team remains our top priority,” McEvoy continued. “While it is still hard to believe we are still working through global effects of the global pandemic, we are encouraged by the news that the initial vaccines are being administered in locations around the world. We know it’s going to take time and the phases of recovery will vary by region, but we are optimistic about the outlook for our industry. During IAAPA Expo Asia we will follow safety guidelines and operational procedures recommended by global and local health authorities, and event industry experts. We look forward to returning to Shanghai for IAAPA Expo Asia, and once again bringing the global attractions industry together.”

Since 1997, IAAPA Expo Asia has been the attractions industry’s premier event in Asia. Current exhibitors contracted for Macao should contact the IAAPA Global Sales Team at ExhibitSales@IAAPA.org to discuss options related to the new event dates and exhibiting in Shanghai. In addition, industry manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants can still book exhibit space for IAAPA Expo Europe 2021 in Barcelona in September and IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando in November. Attendee registration for all three Expos will open later this spring.

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BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR DINE & DISCOVER

Eligible dining, arts and tourism businesses across the state can now register to take part in the NSW Government’s major economic stimulus program, Dine & Discover NSW.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet encouraged businesses to register early so they are prepared when the program goes live in coming months.

“We’ve heard loud and clear just how tough it has been for businesses across NSW. This program will reinvigorate local economies and provide customers with hip pocket relief,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said Service NSW is launching a specialised app for participating businesses, so they can scan and track voucher usage over the life of the program.

“After applying online, NSW businesses will be able to track the progress of the application through their MyServiceNSW Business Profile. Business owners will then receive a step-by-step process on how to get ready,” Mr Dominello said.

Businesses will be paid automatically – typically – within five business days for the value of vouchers redeemed.

Residents can download the Service NSW app now in anticipation of the rollout.

Phase one includes a pilot at The Rocks and Broken Hill in early February. The pilot will then be extended to the Northern Beaches, Sydney CBD and Bega Valley Shire Council, which is expected to commence in late February. Statewide rollout is expected to commence in March and run until 30 June 2021.

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total: two $25 vouchers for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, and two $25 vouchers for entertainment and recreation including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week (both streams exclude public holidays).

The vouchers can only be used within COVID-safe registered businesses. For more information on Dine & Discover NSW business registration and eligibility, visit www.nsw.gov.au.

Image: Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello

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Thursday, 28 January 2021

STR: Asia Pacific hotel performance for 2020

Hotels in the Asia Pacific region saw record-low performance during 2020, according to data from STR.

U.S. dollar constant currency, 2020 vs. 2019
  • Occupancy: 44.5% (-35.6%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$74.99 (-22.2%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$33.39 (-49.9%)

Each of the three key performance metrics were the lowest for any year on record in the region.

Local currency, 2020 vs. 2019

Australia
  • Occupancy: 44.7% (-39.4%)
  • ADR: AUD163.90 (-11.5%)
  • RevPAR: AUD73.32 (-46.4%)

The 2020 occupancy and RevPAR levels were the lowest for any year on record in Australia. However, after falling to its pandemic low point in April (occupancy: 19.8%), Australia reported continued performance improvement through the end of the year. In December, each of the three key performance metrics were the highest for the country since February: occupancy (52.8%), ADR (AUD189.50) and RevPAR (AUD99.98).

Philippines
  • Occupancy: 42.6% (-37.6%)
  • ADR: PHP3,689.33 (-32.0%)
  • RevPAR: PHP1,572.32 (-57.6%)

The absolute occupancy and RevPAR levels were the lowest for any year in STR’s Philippines database, while ADR was the lowest since 2004. June was the country’s worst month in terms of occupancy (27.0%).

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Thrilling experiences in Binh Chau-Ho Coc

Binh Chau- Ho Coc tourist site in Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, offers travelers interesting tourism experiences.

From Ba Ria City, tourists will travel to Phuoc Hai Town on a coastal road boasting a blue sea on one side and a vast primary forest dotted with sand hills on the other side. The landscape also includes lakes offering beautiful white water lilies.

Ho Coc white sand beach stretches over three kilometers with lines of poplars running to the horizon. Both the scene and the sound of sea waves slapping to the shore may be inspiring and uplifting viewers.

Visitors may next take part in outdoor activities such as surfing, jet-skiing, volleyball playing on the beach, etc. Then, take a rest to enjoy fresh seafood and admire the scenery in the thatched huts along the beach.

After Ho Coc Beach, tourists should visit Binh Chau hot mineral stream system in the heart of a Melaleuca forest. Big and small hot mineral water lakes and streams are at 37 to 82 degrees Celsius. They contain minerals believed to be good for health. The location is now a tourist site giving mineral water and mud bath services. Besides, tourists can stroll under the shadowy foliage of age-old Melaleuca trees next to white flowers in full bloom along Suoi Mo Lake. The fragrance from these flowers is surely relaxing.

Don’t forget to taste the local eggs boiled naturally in hot mineral water and enjoy them right on the spot.

Bang Stream, about three kilometers from Binh Chau hot mineral water stream, is part of the Ray River in Dong Nai Province which flows through Binh Chau–Phuoc Buu primary forest. Tourists will be enchanted by the local granite rocks and gorgeous cascades across the stream.

Thrill-seekers can participate in night hunting and stay overnight in thatched houses in the forest. A trekking tour of the forest on ox-wagons is also worth a try.
Source: SGT
Tags: Binh Chau-Ho Coc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province,

KEP PROVINCE TO BECOME TOURIST HOTSPOT

The Ministry of Tourism is drafting a master plan for the development of Kep province into a high-end, eco-tourism destination, identifying four major sites and 251 development projects.

Tourism minister Thong Khon presided over a meeting on January 14 to discuss proposals for inclusion in the strategic plan.

During the meeting, Ny Phally – ministry undersecretary of state and director of the secretariat of the inter-ministerial commission – announced that the four primary development areas were Kep town, Ankol beach, the Phnom Vore region, and the province’s archipelago.

Phally said the master plan provides for improvements of the existing Kep beach and development of Angkol beach as a new tourist site.

“Apart from improving these coastal areas, there are many other development projects, including expansion of international sports facilities, construction of a tourist-oriented war museum and organisation of visits to the 13 islands which are rich in biodiversity like corals, sea dolphins, dugong, fish and many other rare species,” he said.

Phally said the master plan will also turn the Sre Ambel salt-field area into an agro-tourism destination with the establishment of a museum introducing the local salt production chain.

He said: “We will also establish minimart, night market and food street, connect waterway tourism from the international port in Kampot [province] to Kep and arrange festivals and other events.”

The inter-ministerial commission outlined nine key strategies in its draft master plan, Phally said.

These strategies include the development of tourism resources in Kep town, investment in development of tourism travel corridors and improving the quality and safety of tourism in the region.

Additionally, provisions aim to develop local human resources for the tourist industry and implement marketing and promotion. Strategies will be created to manage and support tourism development, strengthen supply chains, innovate solutions and strengthen governance for the monitoring and evaluation of progress.

Minister Thong Khon said the commission seeks to make Kep an attractive and competitive luxury destination for regional and international travellers.

He said: “The master plan for the development of tourism in Kep is an important strategic document that can promote tourism in Kep and help restore the industry, during and after the Covid-19 crisis.”

Cambodia Association of Travel Agents president Chhay Sivlin described Kep as one of the country’s potential coastal destinations. Development of the province will create new tourism products, making it more attractive to domestic and international tourists when the pandemic subsides.

“Kep is a rich natural tourist destination with Preng Stream, seafood, salt marshes and mountains. I believe it has great potential to attract tourists,” she said.

Sivlin hopes that the plan to develop Kep into a tourist destination will help revive Cambodia’s tourism sector which, like its counterparts around the world, has been decimated by policy responses to Covid-19.

Read the full article at The Phnom Penh Post: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/kep-province-become-tourist-hotspot
Photo: Tourists visited Kep beach last year. (Photo: Hong Menea)
Tags: Cambodia, eco-tourism, Kep province, tourism development

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New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel Launches Year of the Ox Celebration Stay Package

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, the iconic five-star landmark on the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui East, presents a special, exclusive online room offer: from only HKD888, guests can celebrate the start of the Year of the Ox and beyond with a “red packet” surprise of exclusive benefits.

With advance booking through the hotel's official website from now to 19 February 2021 for stays in a Deluxe City View Room, Harbour View Room or Deluxe Habour View Room between now and 31 May 2021, guests receive complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons with room rates starting from HKD888 per room per night. As well, “red packet” surprises only available during this limited period of time include complimentary pay movies, late check-out until 2 p.m. and a special rate of HKD88 per child for buffet breakfast for children ages three to 11.

Other privileges include 20% savings on food and beverage (blackout dates apply), complimentary WiFi and free access to the rooftop swimming pool and 24-hour fitness centre.

Rates are subject to 10% service charge. Advance reservation is required through the hotel website and the offer is subject to room availability and blackout dates. The online exclusive offer may be booked through https://newworldmillenniumhotel.com/en/promotions/promotions-rooms-suites/cny2021/.

All reservations should be guaranteed by credit card at the time of booking and reservations are non-cancellable and non-refundable. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other room packages or promotions.

About New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
Located on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui East, New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel features 467 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. Dining options include Chinese restaurant Tao Li, Japanese restaurants Sagano and Ranzan, all-day dining at Café East, French cuisine at La Table French Brasserie, and libations and snacks at Residence Lounge & Bar and The Lounge. Meeting space includes a grand ballroom and nine meeting rooms. Recreational facilities include a health club and a rooftop pool. Exclusive privileges are offered on the Residence Lounge & Bar executive floors and Living Room. For more information, please contact your travel professional, the hotel directly at telephone +852 2739 1111, email reservations@newworldmillenniumhotel.com, or visit newworldmillenniumhotel.com.

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