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Friday, December 27, 2019

Be Happy in 2020! Thank You For an Amazing Year!

Happy 2020! I wish you a beautiful, magical new year!
May every day of 2020 brings you sweet surprises that fills your life with happiness. 

Thank you very much for subscribing to my Youtube Channel and for the support. May you Explore more, Dream bigger and Discover new adventures in 2020!

Monday, December 23, 2019

BIODIVERSITY: Why Its loss, Is Your Loss [VIDEO]

Bees, soils, trees – even the tiny organisms we can’t even see – all play a vital role in producing the world’s food. Yet, this biodiversity that supports our food and agriculture is in serious decline. So what does that mean for our future food? Dan Leskien from the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture explains. Interview: Charlotta Lomas, United Nations - FAO
@Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

The State of the World’s
Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

What is biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA)?
Biodiversity is the variety of life at genetic, species and ecosystem levels. Biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA) is, in turn, the subset of biodiversity that contributes in one way or another to agriculture and food production. It includes the domesticated plants and animals that are part of crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species, the wild relatives of domesticated species, and other wild species harvested for food and other products. It also encompasses what is known as “associated biodiversity”, the vast range of organisms that live in and around food and agricultural production systems1, sustaining them and contributing to their output.

Biodiversity is essential to food and agriculture

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Creative Ways To Protect Your Christmas Trees From Cats, Dogs & Other Pets [VIDEO]

Pet-proof your home this holiday season with our tips on pet-friendly Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.


Small adjustments are all you need to keep your cats and dogs safe this holiday season. Here's a list of tips to use when putting up your Christmas décor:

D-EDGE & DAILYPOINT Announce a Strategic Partnership

D-EDGE- part of the Accor Group- and dailypoint™ are pleased to announce a global strategic partnership combining the CRS of D-EDGE, one of the leading providers of digital solutions for hotels, with the CRM and guest data management platform of dailypoint™.

With technology playing an increasingly critical role in the hospitality business, hoteliers are accordingly seeking all-in-one tech solutions that cover the entire range of their technological needs. The D-EDGE-dailypoint™ partnership is a great step in that direction, providing the market with one solution combining CRS and CRM. This move is highly impactful and beneficial for hoteliers as CRM has become the reference system for guest management over the past few years, as a recent h2c study (1) shows:

PC Grob, CEO of D-EDGE (previously Availpro Fastbooking) comments "This promising partnership between D-EDGE, a leading CRS provider, and dailypoint™ a leading Guest Data Management solution, is a major step forward in our strategy to simplify the complexity of technology for hoteliers so they can focus on their guests. It will materialise in a Guest Data Management solution fully integrated in our CRS that will enable our worldwide customer base to manage the entire guest journey and significantly improve their business thanks to a personalised and efficient guest data management. "

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

8 Facts Why Our Mountains Matter - International Mountain Day - Celebrate the mountains! [VIDEO]

Why our Mountains Matter - Safeguarding our protectors and playgrounds
@Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

In some countries, mountains are considered deities. In others, mountains are peaks to climb. In others still, mountains, like volcanoes, are spirits that can be angered. In countries around the world though, mountains provide life-sustaining water, energy and food for over half the world’s population.

Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by climate variations: native plants and animals are quickly losing their habitats and are struggling to survive in ever diminishing areas, and mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates. These changes in mountain glaciers have an impact on water resources in many parts of the world.  

Mountains are also being threatened by land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. But it does not have to be this way. Mountain communities possess a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience to manage and enhance the resilience of fragile mountain ecosystems.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hong Kong Innovation Foundation presents Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition

The Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and Sino Group have partnered with Italian international museum Leonardo3 Museum (L3) to stage “Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition” at Sino Group’s Olympian City shopping centre.

  • First large-scale exhibition in Asia by Italian international museum Leonardo3
  • Unveils Leonardo da Vinci's world at Olympian City with never-before immersive experiences

It was 500 years ago when Leonardo da Vinci, seen today as the greatest polymath in human history, left behind his legacy. In commemoration of the Renaissance master, elaborate exhibitions and events are being held this year in different parts of the world. In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and Sino Group have partnered with Italian international museum Leonardo3 Museum (L3) to bring its world-class travelling exhibition to Sino Group's Olympian City shopping centre. Entitled "Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition", the Hong Kong event is the first large-scale thematic exhibition L3 has staged in Asia, and is designed and curated following high museum standards to recreate the mind-boggling world of the great Italian inventor and artist.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

13 Essential Hiking Tips for Beginners [Mountain Climbing Guide] VIDEO

Hiking for Beginners: 13 Essential Tips

According to various researches, hiking has many health benefits and it is a great outdoor activity to boost physical endurance, reduce mental stress and explore nature. The best part is you don’t need any special equipment or training to hike.

Just choose a trail and start walking. You can roll solo or stroll in a group, the choice is all yours. Your experience depends on what you choose. But be extra careful while you hike alone. Like every other activity, hiking can be scary if you are new to it. But once you get a taste of hiking you will know how awesome hiking can be. I can go on and on about the awesomeness of hiking but the best way to know is to experience it firsthand. You don’t need to conduct a lot of research to plan a hike. Based on personal experience and lots of research, we have listed 13 essential tips for hiking beginners.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Twenty outstanding Philippines' entrepreneurs and organisations were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by Megawide Construction Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Edgar Saavedra and Robinsons Land Corporation's President and CEO, Mr. Frederick D. Go.

An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets. With the theme of 'Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship', over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries.

Leading the list of winners includes Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. who received the award under Corporate Excellence Category.

About Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.

Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. ("TIHGI") is the developer and operator of Resorts World Manila, the first and largest integrated tourism resort in the Philippines. On November 5, 2013, TIHGI began trading on the Philippine Stock Exchange ("PSE") under the ticker "RWM". TIHGI is a joint venture between Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), and Genting Hong Kong Limited (GHK).

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is a pioneering integrated resort (IR) in the Philippines that showcases world-class performances, multi-level recreational alternatives, global lodging brands and exciting lifestyle options. Coinciding with the beginning of the Philippine Tourism Decade that enacted Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, RWM pioneered a new concept in the country that intends to showcase an array of lifestyle and entertainment alternatives for guests in one property.

How Hiking Can Change Our Brains [Mountain Climbing / Trekking] VIDEO

1. Hiking Minimizes Rumination
2. Hiking Improves Creativity and Problem Solving Skills
3. Hiking Boosts Brainpower
4. Hiking Improves ADHD in Children


Time Magazine named Weiwuying as one of World's Greatest Places 2019

Kaohsiung's soft power is once again on the international stage! The latest issue of the well-known American Time Magazine named Kaohsiung's well-known National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) as one of World's Greatest Places 2019. Taiwan's Pride, Weiwuying, became the first Taiwan attraction to appear on Time magazine's list.

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has become an important platform connecting Taiwan and international culture. It uses cultural soft power to speak for Taiwan. It has successfully attracted many foreign tourists and international performers. In order to continue enriching cultural elements, Kaohsiung will establish a unique Marine Culture and Pop Music Center in 2020. It is located at the junction of Love River and Kaohsiung Port, leading the city's style and future trend. It will help Kaohsiung to become an Asia-Pacific pop music creation and performance center and an international oceanic culture exchange platform.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

The Philippines' Best Beaches and Islands [VIDEO]

BEST BEACHES - The Philippines' best beaches and islands
One of the Philippines best assets is its 7,000 islands, edged by white sand buffering turquoise waters filled with some of the world's most diverse marine life. And most of them are relatively unexplored.
Of course, not everyone will agree on which destination is best, but this is a good starting point for coming up with a travel plan:

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Top Adventure Destinations for 2020 [according to National Geographic] VIDEO

THE WORLD AWAITS. Where will you go next? Where will you be expanding your horizons in 2020?

National Geographic has just released its Best Trips list, highlighting 25 destinations it recommends for "transformative travels" in 2020. Best Trips is National Geographic's annual list of where to go, what to know and how to see the world in the year ahead.

The picks are divided into four categories: Culture, City, Nature and Adventure.
Top adventure picks for 2020

Thursday, December 05, 2019

MQDC, Tourism Authority of Thailand and RSTA Jointly Organise "Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness"

Amazing light and sound spectacular on Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard to light up Bangkok's skyline and Create a New City-Center Countdown Destination

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand's leading property developers, together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA),  today announced that they are jointly organizing 'Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness'. The dazzling light and sound spectacular will turn the landmark Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard tower into a stunning attraction - lighting up Bangkok's skyline during the festive season and culminating in a New Year Countdown display.

The 'Beautiful Bangkok' annual display is now in its third year. This year the event has grown with 'The Wonder Flower Land', featuring a wide range of activities on the square in front of Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Monday, December 02, 2019

Top10 Highest Mountains in the Philippines [Updated] - VIDEO

1. Mt. Apo (2956m) ⬌1
2. Mt. Dulang-Dulang, Kitanglad Range (2938m) ⬌2
2. Mt. Pulag, Cordilleras (2922m) ⬌3
4. Mt. Kitanglad, Kitanglad Range (2899m) ⬌4
5 . Mt. Piapayungan, Piapayungan Range (~2890m) – as reported by hikers who reported an ascent in 2014 and based on satellite imaging. Based on visual evidence also from my 2013 Mt. Ragang ascent. ⬆︎6
6. Mt. Kalatungan (2860m). ⬇︎5
7. Mt. Tabayoc, Cordilleras (2842m) ⬇︎6
8. Mt. Maagnaw, Kitanglad Range (2742m) ⬇︎7
9. Mt. Timbak, Cordilleras (2717m) ⬌9
10. Mt. Ragang, Piapayungan Range (2714m) – based on my own measurements at the summit and on satellite imaging (Google earth). Ragang is 2.7km away from Piapayungan.


Sunday, December 01, 2019

Climbing Mt. Calavite - Paluan Occidental Mindoro [VIDEO]

MT. CALAVITE - Paluan, Occidental Mindoro 
Jump-off: Sitio Ulasan, Brgy. Harrison, Paluan
LLA: 13°29’N,120°24’E, 1521 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

Perched at the northwestern edge of Occidental Mindoro, overlooking South China Sea, is Mt. Calavite. Known as one of the two remaining areas where tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) could be found in the wild (the other being Mts. Iglit-Baco), this mountain is a haven of biodiversity – one of the few places in the Philippines where hikers have a good chance of seeing animals such as wild boar, deer, and yes, even the tamaraw, roaming on its grassy slopes. The name ‘Calavite’ is said to mean ‘giant clam’ – and this is derived from an old Mangyan tale that tells of ships being seen at the mouth of Calavite.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT Principles) | Outdoor Ethics [VIDEO]

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors.

Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

The Seven Principles are well established and widely known, but they are not static. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics continually examines, evaluates and reshapes the Principles. The Center’s Education Department conducts research — including publishing scholarly articles in independent journals — to ensure that the Principles are up to date with the latest insights from biologists, land managers and other leaders in outdoor education.

The Seven Leave No Trace Principles
1. Plan ahead and prepare.                                       
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.                 
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
6. Respect wildlife.  
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Top 10 Islands in Asia 2019 | Travel Destinations [VIDEO]

10. Java, Indonesia
9. Boracay, Philippines
8. Koh Samui, Thailand
7. Cebu, Philippines
6. Naoshima Island, Japan
5. Koh Lanta, Thailand
4. Maldives
3. Bali, Indonesia
2. Palawan, Philippines
1. Sri Lanka

Thursday, November 28, 2019

6 Ways Airplane Travel Affects Your Body + How You Can Prepare [VIDEO]

Here are some ways airplane travel can affect your body, and some preparations you can make to have the healthiest travel experience possible. 

Fying in an airplane can zap your energy, dry your skin and make various body parts feel different or weird. How come? “The pressure, temperature and oxygen levels in the cabin fluctuate, and the humidity level is lower than it is at sea level,” says Matthew Goldman, MD. All of those things can mess with some of your body’s normal functions. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Waze - Top 5 Cities with Worst Traffic (2019) - Manila Philippines Worst in the World [VIDEO]

The Waze Driver Satisfaction Index analyzes the driving
experience of millions of monthly active Waze users in
38 countries and 235 metros to create a single numeric
score, from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). Metro Manila is worst place to drive in (again), says Waze - 

It took about 4.9 minutes to drive one kilometer in Metro Manila in September, longer than the roughly 3.8 minutes it took in April, data from the Google-owned traffic navigation app shows. The Philippine capital region is set to top Waze’s 2019 ranking of the world’s worst cities to drive in, beating out the likes of Bogota and Jakarta
Metro Manila is set to be the worst place to drive in once again, and traffic will only get worse as Christmas approaches in Asia’s most congested metropolitan area.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

9 Quick Travel Weekend Getaway Near Metro Manila [Philippine Tourist Destinations] VIDEO

Metro Manila, the biggest metropolitan area in the Philippines, has a lot of tourist spots but more await you when you travel outside the urban centers.
Day trips or weekend trips from bustling cities like Quezon City, Makati, and Manila (capital of the Philippines) is as easy as riding a bus or a private car for a couple of hours. Metro Manila is surrounded by many provinces dotted with scenic countryside, rolling mountains, and beaches; you can never run out of day trip destinations to choose from.  If you want to travel outside the city or take a breather from your busy urban life, here are some top day trip destinations and activities you can do if you're coming from Metro Manila that you can quickly escape to or plan for the weekend.

1 - Tagaytay City
2 - Taal Town / Mount Gulugud Baboy / Anilao Beach in Batangas
3 -  Corregidor Island
4 - Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River
5 - Artists Village and the Petroglyphs in Angono
6 - Mount Sawi in Nueva Ecija and Dingalan View Hill in Aurora
7 - Masungi Georeserve
8 - Minalungao National Park
9 - The Seven Lakes of San Pablo

Sunday, November 24, 2019

10 Skills Every Backpacker Needs to Know [VIDEO]

There are a few skills every backpacker needs to know, like pitching camp and making fire. But to really get the most out of your trip, you need to learn the intangibles too, like finding solitude and getting on the trail more. Here are 10 Skills Every Backpacker Needs to Know - 

Basics of backpacking, Backpacking and Adventure 101
Stay Dry
Learn how to cope with relentless rain, and you can experience some of the Earth's holiest places—Alaska! Patagonia!—in comfort

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Travel & Backpacking Quotes To Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust [Inspirational] VIDEO

Travel & Backpacking Quotes To Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust -  inspiring and awesome travel quotes for backpackers o fill your soul with wanderlust - Video in cinematic soundtrack and animation.

Being a backpacker is one of those states of mind when you choose the road less traveled and then wonder where the hell you are. Here are some of the best backpacking quotes and captions that summon the essence of traveling as a backpacker.

You all know those classic travel quotes “Not all those who wander are lost“. Well on this video, be inspired with the Best Travel Quotes to motivate you for backpacking the whole wide mother earth.

Sometimes all we need is a little nudge to inspire us to venture into new and unfamiliar places. I have compiled a list of interesting and sometimes funny travel quotes that will be sure to entertain you. Some are profound in their meaning while others are purely observations that we can all relate to.

Friday, November 22, 2019

12 Edible Bugs That Could Help You Survive [Backpacking Survival Skills 101] VIDEO

Backpacking Food Survival Skills:
Entomophagy, or eating bugs is commonplace. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast dense concentrations of nutrients like omega 3s. If two billion people can invite insects to the dinner table, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch for you to include edible bugs in your emergency-survival diet.

So, which bugs can you catch and eat? 
1. Grasshoppers and Crickets 
2. Ants
3. Termites
4. Grubs
5. Wood Lice
6. Earthworms
7. Stinkbugs
8. Scorpions
9. Earwigs
10. Aphids
11. Maggots 
12. Dragonflies

Thursday, November 21, 2019

3 Ways To Get 'Visa-Free' Entry in South Korea [VIDEO]

For a more detailed information, visit the Visa Announcement section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines on this link: 
The 3 ways to go to Korea visa free 상세보기|Visa Announcement | Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

South Korea announces 3 ways to get 'visa-free' entry

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Discover The Best of Occidental Mindoro Province [VIDEO]

Video compilation of travel destinations, tourist spots and undiscovered natural attractions in 10 towns in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines.

Occidental Mindoro offers more than its awe-inspiring views of paddy fields and mountain ranges. It has unspoiled white beaches, underwater paradise, idyllic waters and other captivating sights - Top attractions in Occidental Mindoro Province

Occidental Mindoro - a promising tourism hub

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Must See Christmas Destinations In and Near Metro Manila 2019 [Paskong Pinoy] VIDEO

PLACES NEAR & IN MANILA to Visit this Christmas Season 2019 

1. A ‘Frozen’ magical Christmas
SM City North EDSA’s Frozen Magical Holiday at The Block Atrium.

2. Chinese-inspired holidays
SM Aura Premier

3. Christmas around the world right in Makati
At Century City Mall Skyloft

4. Awaken the season at The Ayala Malls

5. "Gallery of Lights" at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

6. Lights, music and sharing at The SM Mall of Asia

7. Musical light tunnel and street food night market
the Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel

8. Interactive water show at the Globe Lakeside in Nuvali

Monday, November 18, 2019

What You Can Do To Help Local Farmers? [VIDEO]

As an ordinary citizen, what can we do to help local farmers?
Here are ways to contribute the cause:

1. Urge local government units to buy from local farmers
Especially with the wide reach of local government units, former National Food Authority (NFA) chief Renan Dalisay suggested that one way people can help Filipino farmers is to lobby to their local government units to buy local rice.

This will help ensure a stable income for Filipino farmers, and receive a constant demand for their products with reasonable prices. Dalisay noted that people can lobby to their local government units to buy from Filipino farmers for P20 per kilo and sell these in their local markets for P40 per kilo.

Top Ten Tourism Countries For 2020 [VIDEO]

Saturday, November 16, 2019

15 Tips On Travelling Solo [Single Travel] VIDEO

Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth and boundless freedom. It can also be daunting, especially if you’ve never travelled solo before. With that in mind, Lonely Planet reached out to our online community on Thorn Tree, Twitter and Facebook to compile a list of top solo travel tips from seasoned wanderers and wayfarers who have navigated their own paths across the world. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The 'Greta Effect' on Travel [Megatrends on Tourism] - Greta Thunberg Climate Activism [VIDEO]

The Greta Effect, named after the teenage activist who has become the face of the Gen Z environmental movement, has been named one of the major "megatrends" expected to shape the future of travel. 

At the World Travel Market trade fair (November 5-6) in London, global market research group Euromonitor International released their annual forecasting report, identifying eight "megatrends" they predict will define the travel landscape over the next year.  

A megatrend is a trend with longevity, "representing a fundamental shift in behavior that is defining consumer markets." The report is based on research and input from 1,000 expert analysts. 

7 Most Amazing Forests In The World [VIDEO]

Seven Most Amazing Forests In The World
1. Crooked Forest – Poland
2. Black Forest – Germany
3. Sagano Bamboo Forest – Japan
4. Hallerbos Forest – Belgium
5. Lake Kaindy – Kazakhstan
6. Avenue of Baobabs – Madagascar
7. Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Agnez Mo will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Singer, actress and performer Agnez Mo will be the first Indonesian celebrity who will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore!

Mo is the most awarded artist in the history of Indonesia, with a staggering collection of 170 awards. She will join the line-up of famous faces at the world-famous attraction and will be the first Indonesian star to be immortalised in Madame Tussauds Singapore.

"I was thrilled when I heard the news and am honored to be included. My future set in Singapore will show different iconic looks, where guests can re-create my look. Only at Madame Tussauds!" said Mo.

This Friday the 8th of November, the skilled sculpture team of Madame Tussauds will fly to meet Mo in LA to conduct a detailed sitting of more than 200 measurements. During the sitting, Mo will share LIVE updates via her Instagram (@AgnezMo), and she will do an IG Take-Over on the official account of Madame Tussauds Singapore (@MTsSingapore). Fans are encouraged to tune in and get involved!

Twitter: @MTsSingapore
Instagram: @MTsSingapore
Facebook: @MadameTussaudsSingapore
Hashtag: #MadameTussaudsSG

Madame Tussauds

Welcoming a fabulous 10 million guests though our world-famous doors every year, Madame Tussauds gives you the chance to experience the ULTIMATE fame experience. We have over 23 unique locations around the globe, from New York to Singapore, Amsterdam to Sydney - and of course London, where the story began. Throughout our 250+ year history, Madame Tussauds has brought to life thousands of celebs, stars and heroes - in mind-blowingly accurate detail -- giving visitors the opportunity to brush shoulders with their idols and LITERALLY reach for the stars!

About Agnez Mo:

Agnez Mo is a global superstar and the most awarded artist in Indonesia. Aside from her notable collaborations with the likes of T.I., Chris Brown and Timbaland, to name a few, she has amassed an incredible and dedicated following that includes 20 million on Instagram and 18 million on Twitter. Recently, she released her single "Diamonds" featuring French Montana, and earlier this year, she earned an iHeartRadio Music Award, further acknowledging her ever-growing international fanbase.

Merlin Entertainments plc

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. Merlin currently has different brands worldwide including Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND Parks and Resorts, Sealife and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Visit for more information.


Monday, November 04, 2019

Crew Shore Leave Policy - Crew Change in New York, US Ports [Filipino Seafarers/Seaman Crew Replacement Updates]

On October 2, 2019, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in New York announced a new policy restricting shore leave in the New York/Newark port area to only crew who have completed five contracts. According to CBP NY, this new policy is in response to the increased number of crew who have deserted during shore leave there. 

At this time we do not know how long this policy will remain in force, or the effect it might have on shore leave in other US ports. ECM recently checked with CBP Philadelphia, who advised us that a decision made by CBP NY denying a crew member shore leave would not necessarily mean that CBP Philadelphia would follow suit, should the vessel call at Philadelphia after NY. On the other hand, one of ECM’s clients recently had a crew member detained on board a container vessel and denied medical repatriation by CBP NY. 

The vessel then called at Savannah, GA where the crew member was prevented from off-signing by CBP Savannah, even though he had a medical issue for which a US doctor had recommended repatriation. In that case, CBP Savannah advised the vessel’s agent that the denial was issued because CBP NY had detained the same crew member in New York previously. Ultimately, each CBP office has full discretion to grant or deny shore leave and/or repatriation to a crew member in their jurisdiction, regardless of a US visa.

Tasting Kitchen (TK) Showcases the Year-round Appeal of Niseko

The latest edition of Asia’s leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine takes readers on a captivating four-season tour of Japan’s premier ski and leisure resort.

Tasting Kitchen (TK), Asia's leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine with distribution across Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, has partnered with the Niseko Promotion Board to create North to Niseko, a special themed issue that was distributed at the G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting. The annual global conference of tourism ministers and tourism-related organizations from the G20 countries was held on 25-26 October in Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido, at the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono.

North to Niseko bursts with the vibrant images and insightful writing that award-winning TK is noted for. The issue highlights every aspect of the region's appeal, from its thriving arts and crafts scene to its burgeoning array of luxury accommodations, from picturesque farms and fishing villages to exceptional food and drink establishments. "Travelers to Niseko," says TK Publisher Mark Hammons, "are most often drawn by the region's famous winter activities, but, as we so delightfully discovered this past August, its outdoor lifestyle and dining destinations hold an equal allure."

TK Director of Photography David Hartung, Senior Writer Mamie Chen, and contributor Andrea Lo traveled to Niseko to explore the region's distinctive flavors and the work of some of its most innovative chefs, including Shinichi Maeda of modern Japanese restaurant An Dining. "Maeda's summer menu," writes Chen, "is a bountiful homage to the produce and seafood that Hokkaido is famous for."

Yuichi Kamimura of Niseko's Michelin-starred Kamimura is another featured chef, whose year-round seasonal menus make the most of the area's plenty. "In the winter," he says, "Niseko is so busy, and I love the energy and atmosphere. In the summer, I enjoy finding and cooking fresh Hokkaido ingredients -- how good is that?"

Of North to Niseko, Hammons remarks, "Food and travel are driving passions for TK's readers, and they are eager for both kinds of adventures. In this issue, we wanted to provide an exciting vicarious experience, and I'd tell our audience that the best approach is simply to read on, get inspired, and plan a Niseko journey of their own."

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Small Luxury Hotels of The World™ Introduces Winter Sun Escapes

LONDON, UK - Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) welcomes five new hotels this month combining stylish designs and breathtaking views with buzzing bars and outstanding restaurants. Revel in the pure indulgence of a Mayan Clay Bath Day at KASA Hotel Riviera Maya (Mexico), discover the beauty of Lago Di Como aboard a Riva motorboat at Vista Palazzo (Italy) or savour Caribbean delicacies by the pool at S Hotel Jamaica. Whichever getaway one might choose, these SLH hotels offer an abundance of winter sun and intense experiences designed to spark all the senses.

Lennox Miami Beach, Miami, USA
119 rooms from USD338 per night including breakfast
Opened August 2019

Located on Miami's iconic Collins Avenue, Lennox Miami Beach boasts original 1930s Art Deco design and offers 119 contemporary guestrooms, 13 of these complemented by a balcony offering sweeping views of the buzzing streets of Miami Beach. At the centre of the property's four interconnected buildings, a Mediterranean-style courtyard features a 440ft swimming pool and poolside bar offering al fresco dining and serving innovative cocktails. The rooms are enhanced by handcrafted furnishings from Patagonia, natural elements and eco-friendly and upcycled materials meticulously curated by acclaimed Argentinian interior designer Juan Ciavarella. The hotel has collaborated with William Roam to provide vegan, nature-made amenities in each bathroom. William Roam is a partner of American Forrest, a non-profit conservation dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy forest ecosystems. Thanks to this partnership, American Forest has committed to planting one tree for every hotel room at Lennox Miami Beach.

SLH Insider Tip: Guests should pay a visit to The Art Deco Museum in Miami Beach offering tourists a glimpse into the renowned architectural history and landscape of the city. After visiting the museum, put your newfound knowledge to the test with a 90-minute official Art Deco District walking tour taking you inside many of the area's historic hotels, restaurants and shops.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

[New Opening] Club Med to Pioneer New Sustainable Resort in Secret Kota Kinabalu Location

Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu to open in Sabah late 2022, merging the best of Borneo’s greenery and beachfront vistas

Club Med, the pioneer of Premium All-Inclusive holidays, announced plans to open its first green resort near Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state, on the in the northern part of Borneo island late 2022.  Located at Kuala Penyu Beach -- just 90-minutes' drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport -- the premium all-inclusive Club Med resort with a 5 Trident Exclusive Collection space will offer a pristine paradise where virgin jungle meets idyllic powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Club Med is collaborating closely with owners "Golden Sands Beach Resort City Sdn Bhd" (GSBR) to create the brand's first large-scale sustainably-built BREEAM-certified beach resort in Asia-Pacific.

"The Club Med spirit has always been to create new resorts that seamlessly blend into naturally beautiful locations and become discoverable bucket list destinations in their own right," said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, President of Club Med. "Opening in Kuala Penyu allows us to showcase Sabah's beautiful surroundings in a relatively undiscovered part of the world. This will be our second resort in Malaysia in a destination that is seeing increased airlift and interest from travellers across globe including China, Korea, SE Asia and Australia."

Kintetsu Miyako Hotels International Signs Agreement With D-EDGE To Achieve Strategic Plans

D-EDGE Continues To Strengthen Its Presence In Japan

Kintetsu Miyako Hotels International, one of the leading hotel groups in Japan, has signed an agreement with D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions, the leading-edge cloud-based e-commerce solutions provider, to achieve its strategic plans to drive direct revenue.

D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions is proud to have been selected to provide a complete suite of technology infrastructure platforms to assist the hotel with traffic generation, website efficiency and conversion, the three fundamental pillars that drive business and generate higher-margin revenue. 

With Digital Marketing/traffic acquisition programmes that are designed to bring the inbound travellers and together with responsive website development in different languages to maximise the click-through ratio to the Booking Engine and finally the Booking Engine, with 36 languages and multi-currency, that converts lookers into bookers with connectivity to the payment gateway to complete the transaction.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

AGORA Hospitality Group to open AGORA Place Namba in Central Osaka

A newly renovated four-star hotel just 3-minute walk from Dotonbori

OSAKA, JAPAN - AGORA Hospitality Group has added another four-star offering to its diverse portfolio -- AGORA Place Namba, Osaka. Strategically located in the heart of the city centre, AGORA Place Namba is only a 3-minute walk from Nipponbashi station and a 5-minute walk from Namba station as well as a number of popular attractions, such as - Dotonbori, OPA Shopping Mall, Takashimaya Osaka Department Store, Hozenji Temple, Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street, the National Bunraku Theatre and more are all in walking distance, and must-see family destinations such as Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Kuchu Teien Tenbo-dai are also easily accessible by train and taxi.

The newly-renovated hotel is home to 232 smoke-free guest rooms of five different types, including triple and quad rooms perfect for couples and families travelling together, and comprehensive on-site facilities. These include self-service laundry facilities, a convenience store, free WiFi, pillow menu, multilingual staff and a 24/7 front desk. Its ultra-convenient downtown location, variety of room types, and remarkable experiences makes AGORA Place Namba the perfect base for business, leisure and family travellers to explore the city.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Som Tam & Champagne: akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel Elevates Thailand's Favourite Dish To The Highest Level Of Luxury

AKARYN Hotel Group, Thailand's homegrown five-star boutique hotel specialist, has revealed an innovative new menu that transforms Thailand's most popular street food dish into a luxurious and indulgent fine dining experience.

The Most Expensive Som Tam or Thai Papaya Salad with Canadian Lobster and Oscietra Carviar at Som Tam & Chardonnay Restaurant
Som Tam with Lobster and Carviar Pairing with Louis Roederer Champagne

akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel, the urban retreat in the Thai capital's hippest district, officially unveiled the new menu on 2nd August 2019 at Som Tam & Chardonnay, its vibrant dining destination which opens out onto an expansive pool terrace.

True to the restaurant's name, the new menu focuses on som tam, the celebrated spicy salad which is made using shredded green papaya, beans and tomatoes, blended together in a pestle and mortar with fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and chili, and topped with peanuts. The expert Thai chefs at akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel have now enhanced this beloved dish by combining it with succulent Canadian lobster and oscietra caviar, one of the world's most prized varieties of black caviar.

To make this culinary occasion even more refined, guests can accompany it with a glass or bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne. Fresh and elegant yet rich and powerful, this beautiful bubbly cuts through the spiciness of the som tam. Alternatively, diners can select from three exquisite Chardonnays: Echeverria Reserva 2017 from Chile, La Chapelle 2016 from Languedoc, France, and Main Divide 2015 from New Zealand.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Inspire Families To Journey Beyond Imagination

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa invite families on a 'Journey Beyond Imagination' to a world of adventure unlike any other.

Whimsical stay, play and dining experiences in Singapore to ignite imaginations and bring dreams and stories to life

From exciting outdoor activities to immersive indoor play elements, there are multitudes of offerings to suit every family's needs. Each are specially curated for young visitors and parents to embark on a creative journey of exploration and discovery together.

For a one-stop view of all the fun-filled activities and children's programmes available at the two Shangri-La properties in Singapore, a new content hub ( has been launched.

Pivoted on the four key pillars - Stay, Eat, Play & Learn and Celebrate, the content hub is designed with a 'family-first' mentality, with each pillar offering unforgettable experiences specially curated for families. (Refer to Appendix A for more information on each pillar).

To sweeten the deal, members of Shangri-La's award-winning loyalty programme, Golden Circle, will have access to exclusive offers during this campaign, such as longer playtime and members-only entry rates at the indoor and outdoor play zones. Additionally, families will also get to enjoy member-exclusive room rates, stay credit rewards, and elevated experiences, such as a complimentary parent-child bake class with every party package booked. Members looking for dining treats also enjoy privileges such as 25% off and complimentary servings of gelato, ice cream and juices.

Golden Circle members enjoy access to exclusive privileges and rewards across Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts globally. For more information about Golden Circle or to sign up as a member for free, visit

A weekly prize of a 3-Day 2-Night Family Vacation at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in Singapore worth over S$1,100 each is also up for grabs in the month of October, on the content hub for guests who participate in a 'sticker book' activity.

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