Monday, February 27, 2017

Cessna 310 airplane crashes in California

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A light airplane crashed into two homes after taking off from an airport in California.

A Cessna 310 crashed just minutes after it took off from the Riverside Municipal Airport. Then witnesses say that a woman crawled from one of the houses with her clothes on fire saying she was the pilot.

This is a breaking news report according ETN Global Travel Industry News.

Forbes Travel Guide gives 5 stars to the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on luxury travel since 1958, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Global Star Ratings. For the first time ever in six decades, Manila made it to the list. 

Considered as the Olympics in the hotel industry, the Forbes Travel Guide is a prestigious award giving body that recognizes the most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and spas in the world.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila earned the coveted Five-Star rating — the mark of ‘outstanding, iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.’


The Forbes Travel Guide gives accurate and objective ratings through its 800 worldwide standards. Its incognito inspectors ‘use a proprietary algorithm that weighs service at 75 percent and the quality of the facility at 25 percent.’

These standards are the most stringent in the industry and according to Forbes Travel Guide, only the best properties in the world earn the coveted Five-Star rating.


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Frank Reichenbach, General Manager of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and recipient of the 2016 General Manager of the Year (ASEAN Region) Award said: “Warm hospitality with a modern touch is what we have always been proud to showcase. We take pride in the exceptional service that we provide for every guest who wish to find a sanctuary in the city with premium accommodations and award-winning dining destinations. You will definitely have your best hotel experience with us. This award is the fulfilment of our hard work and passion for service.”

On its third year, the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is only getting started. Mr. Reichenbach adds, “The success of bringing the team together to raise to the level of service and consistency of the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star level means a lot to us. It also gives us satisfaction to know that with passion and dedication we can measure up with larger hospitality groups in the industry.” 


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

With 316 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, exclusive Continental Club facilities and perks, and unparalleled service with a smile, the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila aims “to continue to live and exceed guest expectations in terms of service and facilities. Our Forbes Travel Guide Five Star ranking will definitely boost business and will give us the marketing advantage, which will have a positive impact in all aspects of the hotel,” Mr. Reichenbach said.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Health & wellness treatments at Centro Holistico for 2017

This post is about health & wellness treatments at Centro Holistico for 2017.

Long gone are the days when being healthy means you’re not sick and you’re taking your vitamins. Nowadays, good health and true wellness is more challenging to achieve due to environmental pollution, stress, and many lifestyle habits that we may not know are damaging to our over-all well-being.

At CENTRO HOLISTICO, Dr. Candy Drilon-Dalman and her team are bringing to light new ways to care for ourselves through a holistic and integrative approach where different aspects of our lifestyles are analyzed to understand how to better improve our health.


Through the Holistic Medical Consultation, clients undergo a complete review of their lifestyle – from their medical history, diet and physical activities, to work and social habits, to their overall stress levels daily.

This eye-opening consultation allows one to thoroughly review one’s eating habits and lifestyle, and gives a fresh look into how we tend to take our health for granted by the little things we do or don’t do. A live blood analysis is also performed, where one’s blood sample (only 2-3 drops of blood) is studied to get a clearer picture of the client’s nutritional state.

Dr. Candy addresses physical, mental, and even emotional (or spiritual) concerns of the patient, and recommends ways to improve or resolve these concerns through changes in one’s diet and lifestyle.

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Along with this, she recommends specific treatments that can jumpstart one’s journey back to good health. Three such treatments are recommended for those who would like to welcome 2017 with better health choices.

Start off with a colon cleanse treatment which detoxifies the body through an infusion of coffee solution that flushes out toxins and built-up stools in the colon.

Follow this up with an IV Laserlight Therapy which repairs and improves tissues in the body, while also reducing in ammation and pain, particularly for clients who want to alleviate pain without taking medication.


Finally, Dr. Candy recommends acupuncture for overall health. This traditional Chinese healing treatment uses needles applied on specific points in the body which need “balance,” thus, triggering the restoration of that body’s natural energy flow.

The beauty of holistic medicine is that it works hand-in-hand with Western medical practices, while reducing the intake of over the counter medications. Instead, Dr. Candy and her team focus on better diet, exercise, and mind-body healinglifestyle practices that begin with prevention – which ultimately promotes a longer lasting journey to optimum health and wellness.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NOBU's Gourmet Tour of Japan at Intercontinental Hong Kong

Nobu at the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong

NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong's Gourmet Tour of Japan continues in March and April with a culinary tour of Kyushu.

Throughout the year Executive Chef Sean Mell and NOBU Executive Sushi Chef Kazunari Araki are guiding food lovers through Japan's prefectures.

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They started in Okinawa in January and February.

Now they are heading north with the harvest to showcase seasonal and regional products as the inspiration for their imaginative dishes along the culinary journey of Japan.


Nobu at the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong

In 2017, NOBU'S GOURMET TOUR OF JAPAN will showcase six regions:

Okinawa Farm 
(January – February 2017) 

Kyushu Hanami 
(March – April 2017) 

Kyoto Twist 
(May – June 2017) 

Like Kobe, Love Wagyu 
(July – August 2017) 

Harvest in Aomori 
(September - October 2017) 

Hokkaido is Here 
(November – December 2017) 

The culinary journey continues from March 7 to April 30, showcasing seasonal items from Kyushu with the theme of Hanami, a traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers in springtime, especially during the sakura (cherry blossom) season which usually begins in March.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crown Towers chosen best hotel in Melbourne by Forbes Travel Guide

Crown Towers Melbourne

Crown Towers Melbourne was one of only two Australian hotels to be named in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star list for 2017. it is also the only hotel chosen in Melbourne.

The prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating reinforces Crown Towers Melbourne's status as the premium in luxury accommodation in Australia and secures its place among the very best in the world.

Crown Towers Melbourne

“We set out to provide an unprecedented level of luxury accommodation and we are both humbled and honoured by this endorsement from Forbes,” says Crown Resorts Chief Operating Officer Hotels, Retail, Food & Beverage, Peter Crinis.

He added: “With luxury travel predicted to continue on a rapid growth trajectory in Australia, it is accolades like this that set us apart as the ultimate hotel destination in the region, and as one of the greatest hotels to visit in the world.

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Crown Towers Melbourne, originally completed in 1997, is an exquisitely designed skyscraper comprising 449 rooms and villas over 38 floors. The property also houses Crown Spa, undeniably Melbourne's finest and most exclusive day spa with lavish décor and private pampering suites. 

Crown Towers Melbourne

Located on the southern bank of the Yarra River, in Melbourne's central business district, Crown Towers Melbourne is the most extravagant and lavish of the three hotels in Melbourne's Crown Casino complex.

Not only is it a short walk to the city, but boast access to the best culinary experiences and entertainment the city has to offer within the complex.


Crown Towers Melbourne

With properties in both Melbourne and Perth, Crown Hotels offers you a choice of six luxury hotels in spectacular locations. Discover Crown's world-renowned restaurants, including Rockpool Bar & Grill, Nobu and Bistro Guillaume, stylish bars, endless shopping, and luxury spa and leisure facilities.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Taittinger Champagne at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath

The iconic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath has unveiled a package to commemorate 250 years of the Royal Crescent, one of the world's finest examples of Georgian architecture

Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger, the Grade 1* listed Royal Crescent captures much of the heritage of Bath. It has also captivated visitors with its magnificent sweep and majestic columns since its creation.

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At the heart of this historical landmark, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is offering the RC250 Suite Stay, a two-night package for this milestone year.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is considered one of Europe's finest hotels. It is a 45 room and suite property in the centre of Bath that was recently awarded AA 5 Red stars.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath


The RC250 Suite Stay of the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers the complete RC250 experience commemorating 250 years since the laying of the Royal Crescent's foundation stone on 19th May 1767.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath

Guests will enjoy:

- Two nights in one of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa's luxurious suites
- A specially created RC250 Taittinger Tasting Menu at the AA 3 Rosette restaurant, The Dower House. The RC250 Tasting Menu designed by Head Chef David Campbell takes guests on a gastronomic journey through the last 250 years using local West Country produce with a historical spin.
- Each course will be paired with Taittinger Champagnes carefully selected by the hotel's head sommelier.

Monday, February 20, 2017

What Kind of Lover Are You? World Hotels offers travel agents a quiz.

Love is in the air during the month of February, and Worldhotels introduces a new awareness campaign that allows travel agents to discover what kind of lover they truly are.

By partaking in this simple quiz, travel agents will have the opportunity to win the following prizes:


The grand prize sends the winner and a companion to Stockholm, Sweden for a four-night stay at Hotel C Stockholm, including return flights and airport transfers.

The iconic Hotel C Stockholm is home to the legendary IceBar - the world’s first permanent bar made completely out of ice, and the prize package includes a visit to this freezing wonderland.


The second prize consists of a four-night stay at the newly rebranded Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong – a hotel that prides itself on delivering what really matters.

This prize package comes with breakfast and a romantic Chinese dinner for two, and the duo will be completely entertained in the hotel’s Sony 4K/3D Experience Suite, which comes equipped with a wide array of state-of-the-art Sony gadgets.


The “What Kind of Lover Are You?” quiz comprises of a series of eight simple questions that includes “What best describes your perfect date?” and “What type of person would you consider to be ‘the one’ for you?

After completing the quiz, the unique character traits are derived from the answers and the perfect holiday proposal is presented to each participating travel agent.

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This campaign will run until March 31, 2017, and the winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received during the applicable contest period. Winners will be notified by April 14, 2017.


Worldhotels brings together 350 of the world's most unique independent hotels. With reach into over 60 countries and six continents, the group targets savvy business and leisure travelers that seek an authentic and local experience when choosing a hotel.

With over 45 years of excellence in the industry, the company's mission is to provide access to upscale hotels of character and distinction. Each hotel in the Worldhotels portfolio has been carefully selected to ensure it meets the group’s strict quality standards. Each hotel is measured against over 600 quality criteria every year.

Click here to join the contest

Plane crashes into Direct Factory Outlet shopping mall in Melbourne

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According to ETN Global Industry News, a charter plane has crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet shopping mall near Essendon airport in Melbourne, Australia.

Five people were onboard and all passengers are presumed dead, according to the Victoria police. Ten fire trucks are fighting the blaze. Debris from the crash has forced the closure of the Tullamarine Freeway.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Momento Andes by Chef Virgilio Martinez in Peru

This post is about Momento Andes by Chef Virgilio Martinez in Peru. 

Culinary lovers flocked to the Sacred Valley in Peru this week as Inkaterra and Peruvian NGO, Mater Iniciativa, hosted the first “Momento Andes” event in Peru.

The foodie event, which took place from February 16 to19 at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Moment Andes, the first event of its kind, brought together chefs, academics, artists, craftsmen, farmers and entrepreneurs for a series of workshops with the goal of enhancing understanding of the traditional Peruvian skills and how they relate to the South American food scene today.

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Moment Andes was the brainchild of world-renowned chef Virgilio Martínez of Central Restaurant (named Best Restaurant in Latin America, as well as 4th Best Restaurant in the World, by The World's 50 Best Restaurants).

It explored the unique diversity of Peruvian cuisine through its many ingredients, flavours and colours.

Martínez's work premiered during the event in the third season of Netflix series Chef's Table, on February 17, by the way.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sustainable food for dinner at Hugo's, at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong

Sustainable food at Hugo's, at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong 

This post is about having sustainable food for dinner at Hugo's, at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong.

 Hyatt's food and beverage philosophy “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” focuses on sourcing and providing healthy options for guests that are good for local communities and for the planet.

To bring this philosophy to life, the culinary teams at Hugo's, The Chinese Restaurant and Cafe at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui have taken steps to support a long-term sustainability strategy.

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In March and April, the three restaurants will showcase a dazzling variety of sustainable seafood creations to please diners' palates. Diners at Hugo's can select their favourite seafood with a European touch from the menu.


The chef's recommendations at Hugo's include: 

Pan-seared Pacific wild caught coral trout 
with artichoke, seafood ragoȗt, broad beans, potato and bouillabaisse broth 
with Leopard coral trout from Australia 


Premium-quality “Selva” prawn, 
naturally raised in the mangrove forests of Vietnam 
as the main ingredient of the seafood ragoȗt


Hugo's seafood paella, 
cooked with Hugo's signature lobster bisque 
and a vibrant combination of seafood 
such as scallop, lobster, mussel, black cod and calamari 

The Three Phantoms at The Parisian Macao

The Three Phantoms at The Parisian Macao
The Parisian Macao will be rocked, charmed, romanced and haunted when Three Phantoms, a musical theatre show featuring songs from some of the most well-known musicals in the world of theatre, comes to The Parisian Theatre from February 28 to March 26, 2017.

Tickets start from MOP180, go on sale Feb. 9, 2017 and are available at all Cotai Ticketing box office.

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Described as “the best gala evening of musical theatre you are ever likely to see”, Three Phantoms is a spectacular production featuring three singers who have performed the male lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's genre-defining musical, The Phantom of the Opera.

The Three Phantoms at The Parisian Macao

The three male performers are:

1) Kieran Brown (USA)
2) David Shannon (Ireland) 
3) Earl Carpenter (UK) 

Earl Carpenter has enjoyed a long and successful international career, performing lead roles in some of the world's greatest musicals over the past 25 years, including Les Misérables, The Witches of Eastwick, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and Beauty and the Beast.


Altogether a company of ten world-class singers and dancers, comprising of critically acclaimed West End and Broadway performers involved with some of the world's greatest musicals, along with the Concert Philharmonic Orchestra, will present an outstanding show that has become the most exciting concert to tour Europe and critiqued as 'simply phenomenal'.

The Three Phantoms features songs from huge productions such as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Chess and Wicked. performed by three of the most seasoned and charismatic performers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Niccolò Hotels opens The Murray, Hong Kong's newest luxury hotel

This post is about how the Niccolò Hotels is opening The Murray, Hong Kong's newest luxury hotel this October 2017.

Niccolo Hotels, the new luxury hotel brand, is set to catapult into the limelight with the announcement of its new flagship hotel property in Hong Kong.

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The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong, being part of the government's Conserving Central Project will open in October 2017, on Cotton Tree Drive in Central. The first significant new luxury hotel to open in Hong Kong in years, The Murray will breathe new life into one of Hong Kong's most iconic and historic buildings.

The Murray will be housed in a tall white landmark structure with distinctive arches and unique recessed windows. Built in 1969, it has since won many awards for its ground-breaking and energy-efficient design.

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World-renowned architects Foster and Partners, whose works in Hong Kong include The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters and the Hong Kong International Airport, have been engaged as designers for the project.

With its unique location in a stand-alone building positioned between the Central business district and the green oasis of Hong Kong Park, the 336-room The Murray hotel will offer a sophisticated, urban chic sanctuary in the heart of the city.

Among its unique features will be a stunning rooftop bar with some of breathtaking views of Hong Kong. A series of signature restaurants are also being planned.

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Seasoned British-born hotelier Duncan Palmer has been appointed as Managing Director of The Murray, bringing with him many years of experience with The Savoy, The Connaught, Mandarin Oriental and Langham Hotels amongst others to create a truly world-class new hotel for Hong Kong.