Best Western Premier Genting Ion D'elemen

October 2016 sees the opening of a newly-build resort that features mountain views of the Titiwangsa Range of Malaysia's Genting Highlands.

Ian Hurst (GM), Chris Chu (Corporate Strategy Office, NCT Group), and Steven Ooi (Director of Food & Beverage) were at ITB Asia to introduce the property to a wider reach.

Takeaways from the media presentation are --

• When completed, the 7 towers will have 1,000 rooms.
• Phase 1 has been completed.
• 240 rooms are ready to receive guests.
• Many of the rooms with spectacular views are already fully booked (look out for an opening).
• Heated, salt-water indoor pool
• Michelin chef ensures food standards
• The paintings by Malaysian artist, Peisy Ting are of real butterflies and birds of the locality.
• Renowned Feng Shui Grand Master, Tap Cheng Hai, was involved in ensuring proper alignment of energy flow acording to Feng Shui precepts.
• Just minutes away from the entertainment hub of Genting Highland (casino, bars, clubs, restaurants, retail shops, etc.)
• Free Shuttle provided
• Nearby Butterfly Park
• Concierge would be able to help with arrangements of local tours or other programme.
• coming soon: 20th Century Fox Theme Park
• 30 - 40 minutes drive to Kuala Lumpur using the Karak Highway

Updates on --

Thanks, Chris Chu, for sharing the wow effect of the shifting clouds out there.
One for the Bucket List!

Charting a New Course in Luxury Hospitality: Niccolo Hotels

The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, is to be unveiled in quarter 4 of 2017.

Located on the legendary Cotton Tree Drive in the heart of Hong Kong, it will be the city's newest luxury iconic landmark hotel.

The Niccolo Room will be the city’s newest and most desirable event space for banquets, events and weddings with a capacity to seat 240 guests and receptions for up to 350. Additionally there will be 6 smaller meeting rooms all featuring an abundance of natural light.

The Murray was built in 1969 and winning multiple awards in its heyday for its ground breaking and energy efficient design.

Sir Norman Foster accepted the challenge to re-design the architectural and interior finishes with a contemporary urban chic design, bringing this magnificent building to life as a celebration of the past and future.

New Encounters, Timeless Pleasures.

Duncan Palmer, MD, The Murray, Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong, brings exciting updates on the Niccolo chain of hotels.

Niccolo is a collection of contemporary urban chic hotels with the most desirable, highly prized addresses.

Niccolo Chengdu was the first to open, with an additional 4 Niccolo Hotels currently under development in Changqing, Changsha and Suzhou, China, and The Murray in Hong Kong.

Marco Polo Hotels is the management company of Niccolo and Marco Polo, currently operating 14 owned or managed upscale hotels in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.

For more details -

Worldhotels' key strategies and initiatives

Roland Jegge, Executive Vice President Asia Pacific, Worldhotels, hosted a lunch briefing on Worldhotels' key strategies and initiatives for 2016 / 2017, which includes World Luxury, Start with WHY and World Online.

Hotels classified under the umbrella of the World Luxury collection focuses significantly on emotional experiences delivered to guests and promises the most authentic of travel experiences.

Start with WHY is a brand new initiative that has witnessed some of the best traction records amongst its affiliate hotels.  It revolves around discovering the core underlying distinctions of affiliate hotels and uncovers their personal and intriguing stories that beckons to be told to the rest of the world.

World Online represents a clear and effective digital marketing strategy that aids our affiliate hotels in maximising direct online revenue whilst minimising cost, through the assistance and services of Worldhotels' invaluable partners.

Worldhotels will also be featuring insights to their new affiliate hotels situated in up and coming destinations such as Cebu, China, Maldives, Nha Trang, and more.

Handpicked Hotels On Every Continent

Worldhotels is an exclusive group of independent hotels, with a handpicked portfolio of 450 properties in 250 destinations and 65 countries across the world.

Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration

In his capacity as Chairman of Visit ASEAN@50 campaign, Mr. Wardi bin Haji Mohammad, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Brunei Darussalam, gave an address on Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration at ITB Asia 2016.

Established on August 8, 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations comprises the 10 member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indosnesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Next year in 2017, ASEAN will reach its 50th Anniversary since formation. 

In celebration of this remarkable milestone, the ten ASEAN national tourism organisations have jointly developed a tourism programme under the campaign theme "Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration" with the objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embracing ASEAN as a single and united tourism destination.

"Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration" will highlight ASEAN's best 50 festivals and 50 most unforgettable travel experiences, whereby visitors will enjoy a wide range of ASEAN tourism products through diverse destinations, culinary, events, and engagements with local communities.

Special offers and travel promotions with affiliated partners will be rolled out for travellers to enjoy the richness of cultural, heritage, nature, and to feel the warmth of ASEAN hospitality.

Art Auction with artist Daniela Fernandez @ Web in Travel 2016

Opening bid S$1,200..

Beautiful Daniela Fernandez with her enchanting painting

It took Daniela 12 hours to create an art piece fit for auction to the highest bidder, with proceeds to be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore. 

The canvas is an adventure of scenarios, with each portion depicting a different destination of the world, based on the wish list garnered from WIT's day 1 audience.  As members of the audience expressed their wish list for their favored travel destination (..a green Jaipur; forest cover for the roof structures of the Sydney Opera House; fly-past over the Great Wall of China, etc.), Daniela sketched out their ideals, which was then projected onto the canvas using the wondrous colors of acrylic.

Photos taken w. permission of artist

Auction off at S$4,200.. to Melissa Yang of @Tujia.

You may reach Danielle at

Web In Travel 2016 snippets

Host Yeoh Siew Hoon's ability to gather key industry players onstage is legendary.

Photo credit: WIT Photographer

WIT's indigenous lanyards and carrier bags are well received by attendees.

Virtual Reality Tours

Thanks to Finland booth @ ITB Asia 2016, Circos @ WIT Asia 2016, we were able to test virtual tours and tools using various Virtual Reality gears.

The glory of the Northern Lights, vastness of Lhasa plains, cozyness of fire in the snow, are almost real with the sounds on.  If they could add the smells of travels, that would be the ultimate.

Once VR technology has advanced in resolution and content, we'd be able to experience the thrill of destination travel without leaving home — a boon to armchair travellers and the handicap.

Currently, the technology is mostly used to showcase selected slides, generally for marketing purposes or for gaming or digital painting and the likes.

Like the Oculus Rift headset, the gear is still rather bulky.  

To enjoy 360 degrees views, users have to turn themselves physically.  Sitting on regular chairs, the turning is limited.  Standing, the physical turns may cause dizziness and the accompanying stumbles or falls.  Chairs that can swivel to accomodate the 360 degrees view of virtual reality gears are not mass marketed in a way to be affordable yet.

If you are interested in VR work for your event or special occasion, contact Circos General Manager Charisse Tan e: charisse (@)

Here's an informative deck provided by Charisse, on how VR can help travel brands and many other case studies..