Author: Lizzy Chadwick

Australia’s creative capital to welcome W Melbourne in 2020

W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced it expects to open W Melbourne in 2020.  Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district, at 447 Collins Street. Part of the $1 billion AUD mixed-use luxury development Collins Arch, W Melbourne will fuse the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming with Melbourne’s hip and historic setting. The expansion into Melbourne marks the second W Hotel coming to Australia, following W Brisbane which is scheduled to open its doors in 2018.

Westin unveils bespoke illustrations by Johanna Basford in Asia Pacific

24 November, 2016 – Sydney: Westin Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of three bespoke adult colouring sheets created by celebrated illustrator Johanna Basford, who spearheaded the worldwide adult-colouring phenomenon with the debut of her bestselling book, Secret Garden, in 2013. Available exclusively at close to 50 Westin Hotels & Resorts across Asia Pacific, the drawings are inspired by Westin Hotels and reinforce the brand’s Feel Well pillar, helping guests to relax and unwind on the road.

Texas cuisine – Beyond barbecues

For most Aussie and Kiwi travellers, ‘barbecue’ is often the first cuisine that springs to mind when asked about typical Texas food. This US state’s cooking, however, is as vast as its size. Every region of this incredibly varied state is home to its own share of gastronomic goodness. From multicultural infusions in San Antonio, eclectic hipster-inspired food and desserts in Austin, through to sophisticated, high-end culinary treats in Houston, they all hold that quintessential Southern charm for which the Lone Star state is known. Take a culinary tour through the great Texas kitchen.

Kokoda tour packages created to commemorate 75th anniversary of WWII battle

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign and the significant battles fought in Papua New Guinea (PNG) during World War II.

To commemorate the anniversary, Kokoda tour operators are offering a range of bespoke travel packages, providing Aussies which the opportunity to experience this historical destination and remembrance services firsthand. If there were ever a year to undertake this great pilgrimage, then 2017 is it.

Exciting new 2017 tourism offerings in Vanuatu

2017 is gearing up to be an exciting year for Vanuatu’s tourism industry with a wide range of new accommodation, dining options and activities for visitors to discover. Whether it is an idyllic retreat on a secluded island, luxury resorts overlooking stunning lagoons, rustic coffee shops or Melanesian restaurants, Vanuatu is poised to create memorable experiences.

Niseko Village poised for prosperous winter with new ski developments set to open 1 December, 2016

18 October 2016: YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village on the island of Hokkaido in the north-east of Japan, is gearing up for a thriving winter season with the December launch of significant ski infrastructure, including new lifts and gondolas and the hiring of 90 international staff across the resort.

As part of Niseko United, voted Japan’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards three years running, Niseko Village has seen its visitor numbers increase steadily from 209,700 in 2009 to 484,330 room nights in 2015. To support the growing visitation of the resort, YTL Hotels has invested in two all-season lifts.