AtlantisHawaii Yesterday, China Oceanwide announced it has entered into a management agreement with subsidiaries of Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts and ultra-luxury hotels, for a new, Atlantis resort in Ko Olina, a 260ha development on the the beach at Oahu.Atlantis Ko Olina will be the first Atlantis resort in the United States, along with the brand’s flagship in Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm and the new icon in China, Atlantis, Sanya Hainan which will open in 2017, as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai. Overlooking both the Honu and Kohola Lagoons, the company says “Atlantis will offer a sense of awe-inspiring discovery, encompassing over 26 acres of unparalleled excitement and larger than life experiences, revolutionary water play in Aquaventure Waterpark, The Ambassador Lagoon and The Lost Chambers Aquarium and incredible dining experiences. Already a leading holiday destination, the addition of Atlantis to Ko Olina will continue the area’s transformation as the new centre for entertainment in Hawaii with the addition of this new trailblazing landmark.”Atlantis Ko Olina will celebrate the natural elements of Hawaii’s environment, landscape and architecture and its distinctive heritage and character. With approximately 800 luxurious guest rooms and suites, as well as approximately 524 residences, guests and residents will be able to enjoy a variety of unique amenities, from private gardens and private pools to a variety of cutting-edge experiences to the ultimate Beach Club. Luxury retail boutiques will be curated to offer a wide and interesting selection for shopping pleasure in Ko Olina. The resort will also house an indulgent Spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Younger guests will experience their own adventures, from discovering exotic marine life, to culinary lessons, to the latest innovations in technology. In addition, event space will be available for both large and small gatherings, whether for business or for pleasure. Kerzner says it has plans to continue to grow and develop the Atlantis brand globally.
At their recent AGM held at The Grace Hotel Sydney, Skål International Sydney elected Walter Nand from Avalon Waterways as its new President.Nand said he was honoured to follow in the footsteps of some of the giants of the travel industry and is looking forward to continuing the initiatives started by Past Presidents as well as developing new ideas to make this dynamic global organization more meaningful and relevant at a local level.Skål International Sydney was established in 1960 with the aim of ‘Doing Business Among Friends’ and is part of Skål International with more than 14,000 members across 354 clubs throughout 82 countries.Skål International Australia has 23 Clubs across all six states and both territories.Register to attend an upcoming Skal International Sydney event here.
This is the last chance for agents to secure the best price for their clients on Scenic’s 2019 Europe river cruise Pre-Release that will end on Monday 30 April. Agents are encouraged to book their clients to ensure they get the best price for 2018 before the release of the full brochure.Guests who book by Monday 30 April can enjoy 2019 at 2018 prices across all departure dates plus Fly Free* and save up to $600 per couple with our Early Payment Discount.The 2019 Pre-Release Europe River Cruising brochure is out now. 2019Europepre-releaseScenic
You’ll be seeing more of this little guy in the future, following his recent crowning, by Macao Tourism, as its new official mascot, charged with the responsibility of promoting Macao worldwide. The competition to create the new mascot, organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office in conjunction with the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Cultural Industry Fund, attracted over 110 entries.Designed by Tou Chon Wai, the black-faced spoonbill with hues of red, yellow and blue, is called Mak Mak. The contest was seeking a design that was uniquely Macao, and the winning entry was inspired by the city’s historic whitewashed Guia Lighthouse, the variety of colours suggestive of a European feel.Mak Mak will be used for destination promotions, including on various promotional material, and will make special appearances at different tourism-related events and overseas tourism promotions, including events held in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. MacaoMacao Tourism
Travel Monitor’s very own Kate Webster has worked as a travel journalist for the past 5 years, during which time she has sat as editor across travel trade and consumer publications.With a total of 13 years in the industry, covering roles including a travel consultant, corporate consultant, airline reservations and wholesale reservations, Kate found her niche in working in the media side of the industry.This week, Kate discusses all things travel in Talking Travel.What does your job involve?I work under my business Captured Travel Media, freelancing and contracting to a number of roles. These include reporting on travel trade news, covering features, doing interviews and reviews for Travel Monitor; editor in chief across 5 websites including www.capturedtravel.com, www.wherewildthingsroam.com, www.travellingsolo.com.au, www.africaencompassed.com and www.globalsurfsounds.com; consulting as an account manager in Public Relations with Dammerer-Nichols PR and freelancing as a travel writer and photographer.What do you enjoy most about your profession?It is so diverse and varied. Every day is different and every day I seem to learn something new. Obviously, the travel is amazing, and I have had some experiences I only ever dreamed off. Most of all I enjoy the people in the industry and that I meet along the way.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession? Wifi and connection is one challenge that I struggle with. Deadlines wait for no-one, so I have often found myself in situations where I have driven miles, taken small boats or climbed mountains to get to wi-fi. The rise of the influencer and amateur blogger has also made my job difficult. It is great that people are getting into travel writing and blogging but starting from the bottom and working your way up means doing the hard yards – not just whipping out the credit card to buy your audience. Last of all, I am challenged daily by a list of places I want to visit that never stops growing even when I am ticking many of the places off.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?The travel industry needs to stay relevant and embrace the changes. There is a place for travel writers and photographers to be of value to businesses in the industry and this goes beyond just a photo on Instagram. Transparency in this is vital. I think burnout is a big problem in this industry too – from travel consultants to hotel staff. I see it a lot. The travel industry is made up of passionate people who do it for the love of it. Sometimes, it is important for a bit of self-love too and have a break.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?Hopefully the ban on single use plastic and truly sustainable, eco-friendly practices. As more travellers become conscious of their decisions, this will hopefully put the pressure on the industry as a whole to change. How many travel agencies still hand out plastic ticket wallets? How many hotels are still stocking plastic straws? The industry as a whole needs to get on board with this.Who inspires you most and why?The people I meet when travelling inspire me to no end. Then of course, there is Richard Branson, a man who has always inspired me that the sky (and space even) is the limit when chasing your dreams.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?I would take surfer Mick Fanning and go to Skeleton Bay in Namibia, take David Attenborough with me to the Amazon and my mum to see the pandas in China. You can email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow Kate’s travels at www.travellerkate.com Captured Travel MediaKate WebsterTalking Travel
Qantas has been voted the favourite airline in Australia for the third consecutive year in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines. Air New Zealand was named Best Airline in the South Pacific and Singapore Airlines was voted #1 in the world for the second year running.“Congratulations to the fifty plus airlines around the globe that won this prestigious award, including Qantas, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines,” said Bryan Saltzburg, president of TripAdvisor Flights, Cruise & Car. “The airline industry continues to focus on improving the overall flying experience, and these award-winning carriers are at the forefront. Airlines worldwide recognise this Travellers’ Choice award as a huge testament to consumer recognition.”Now in the third year of Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines, the prestigious 2019 award categories honour 57 airlines in 91 total awards that provide exceptional value and service across the world.Top 10 Airlines in the World1. Singapore Airlines2. Qatar Airways3. EVA Air4. Emirates5. Japan Airlines (JAL)6. Southwest Airlines7. Azul8. Air New Zealand9. Jet2.com10. ANA (All Nippon Airways)Class of Service Global WinnersRecognising airlines that provide excellent service in each cabin· Best First Class: Emirates· Best Business Class: Qatar Airways· Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand· Best Economy: Singapore AirlinesFor the complete list of Travellers’ Choice award-winning airlines for 2019 CLICK HERE. Travellers Choice AwardsTripAdvisor