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Follow In Pep Guardiola’s ‘Golfing Shoes’ And Swing By The Maldives For Putting In Paradise

With white sand beaches and year-round sunshine, it’s no surprise the Maldives is popular with celebrities across the world, including Manchester City Football Club’s manager Pep Guardiola, who publicly announced this week he would move to the Maldives to play golf if he no longer managed football teams. Continue reading

Future Of Travel: Research Finds Majority Of Airlines Are Cashless

Travel has come a long way since the days of traveller’s cheques and queuing at traditional bureaux de change, and the payment methods holidaymakers use abroad are rapidly changing with only 9% of purchases expected to be made in cash by 2028*. Airlines are also adopting a more cash-free approach with only 5 of 15 major airlines still accepting cash payments onboard. Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is therefore helping savvy travellers keep up-to-date with these developments, by releasing an infographic guide detailing which methods of payment are accepted onboard airlines.

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The Tourism Society welcomes GEC PR Director Fiona Anderson as a new elected board member

As we enter an exciting new year, our team is pleased to share that Director of GEC PR Fiona Anderson has been elected as a new member of the Tourism Society. Fiona has been a dedicated member of the Tourism Society for several years, and is currently Chair of its PR Network steering group and now a newly elected board member.

Fiona’s 20-year PR career spans corporate, lifestyle and travel spheres. Her client experience includes premium travel brands such as Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and PR for travel disruptors and destinations as diverse as Click&Boat, India, the Maldives, the Philippines, Jamaica and Kyoto.

A Cardiff University Communications graduate, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Fiona has a passion for new technology and its role in changing travel communications. An advocate for diversity and inclusion within the travel industry, she is also a board member of Women in Travel CIC, the social enterprise empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel and tourism industry.

Founded in 1977, the Tourism Society is the only professional membership organisation of its kind in the UK that represents all of tourism – across all career stages, disciplines and geography. With its diverse membership range from senior executives and academics, to self-employed entrepreneurs and tourism students, the Tourism Society offers individuals opportunities to come together for discussions, to share views and knowledge, and to network across the country and in Brussels, with its regional and special-interest chapters. Alongside the benefits and services it offers its members, for over forty years the Tourism Society has stimulated the development and wider recognition of tourism, highlighting the economic and social benefits for both the UK and further afield. It is a founder of the Tourism Alliance, and contributes actively to Government policy formulation through the submission of position papers. Through these connections, the Society aims to support and encourage individuals’ understanding of sustainable development in tourism and the matters surrounding it.

LOVE Is in the Air in Philadelphia This Valentine’s Day

Lovebirds looking to fly abroad this Valentine’s Day should head to Philadelphia for a long weekend of romantic pursuits in the city, including strolls and selfies in the iconic LOVE Park and an excursion to see 50 romantic public murals during the Mural Arts’ Love Letter Train Tour. Couples can also enjoy a cocktail at the new Four Seasons Philadelphia JG SkyHigh bar or an intimate dining experience at the aptly named restaurant The Love, a cosy American bar and restaurant situated just steps from the upmarket and picturesque neighbourhood of Rittenhouse Square. Continue reading

10 luxury hotels to have on your new year’s wish list

As another year draws to a close and we enter a new decade, those with a passion for travel will most likely spend the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve recovering from one too many mince pies by dreaming of their 2020 trips. However, with so many hotel options and online booking companies to choose from, finding the perfect luxury getaway can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are 10 new luxury hotels we have on our 2020 travel wishlist:

Four Seasons Philadelphia

Discover the U.S. city of Philadelphia from its tallest tower. Occupying the 12 top floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, the new Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia is providing guests with breath-taking and unobstructed 360° views of the city and outstanding service. If a sky-high hotel with a sleek minimalist design and incredible views is not enough to convince you, then maybe starting a new day with a morning swim at the infinity pool on the 57th floor will! Furthermore, the spa and lobby bar atop the hotel are luckily open to the public, so you do not have to be a guest of the Four Seasons Hotel to experience the incredible views. Whether you go to the lobby, the restaurant, the infinity pool or to your bathtub, you will be able to see the city right before you in all of its glory.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

With a choice between five different villa categories, all of which feature private pools, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers guests unrivaled luxury in the Indian Ocean. If privacy is what you’re looking for, then you’ll be pleased to know that 29 of the 61 villas in the resort are secluded one and two bedroom beach villas, nestled amongst the island’s greenery and each with their own private beach area. What makes the new JW Marriott Maldives Resort stand out is the variety of facilities on offer to its guests, ranging from a treetop restaurant, an overwater gym and open-air yoga studio, plus an expansive wine cellar that offers over 300 types of wine.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Imagine arriving at your destination and being able to collect your bags, check into your hotel and soak in a private lagoon with a chilled glass of champagne, all within 45 minutes. If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’re wrong! The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is just a 20-minute drive from Iceland’s international airport, Keflavik, making it the perfect post-flight stop. Built within the legendary geothermal spring, The Retreat is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys, giving a new meaning to the concept of switching off. For those looking for a next-level luxury experience, the Lagoon Suite offers  guests their own private lagoon that can be entered straight from their room.

Earl’s Regency, Sri Lanka

If experiencing life like royalty is on your wish list for 2020, the Earl’s Regency in Sri Lanka is the ideal choice. Transport back to the times of the country’s last and most exotic monarchy. A premier five star getaway among luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, Earl’s Regency offers the perfect hideaway, overlooking forested mountains and the nearby river. Located just four kilometres from the city centre of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka, the hotel transports guests to the times of the last and most exotic monarchy provides the perfect base for guests to venture out and explore from. The unusual property is built into a rock face and set in lush tropical gardens with tranquil views and a huge pool, perfect for enjoying a lazy afternoon in a peaceful setting.

Raffles, Singapore

Every cocktail connoisseur has tasted a classic Singapore Sling, but only a few have enjoyed a masterclass at the birthplace of this vibrant drink – Raffles hotel. Raffles has always been synonymous with Singapore, just like the Plaza is with New York, or the Ritz with Paris. The 132-year-old colonial hotel, which has recently reopened after a two-and-half-year restoration project, is inviting guests to rediscover what makes this hotel so special, while creating their own personal memories. As the oldest still-operating hotel in the island nation, the renovated Raffles is full of stories and still maintains the distinctive design and architectural elements of the past, while making itself attractive to a new generation.

Sonop Lodge, Namibia

Fancy living the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers? Nestled in the heart of the Namib Desert, ten lavish tents, located on the top of a group of boulders, provide guests with unparalleled views of the desert and its inhabiting wildlife. Sonop Lodge offers a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of luxury accommodation. In addition, guests who want to have an even better view can go on a hot air balloon trip, and for the ones who prefer to unwind, the property has double treatment spa rooms and an infinity pool for ultimate relaxation.

Six Senses Bhutan

Booking a stay at Six Senses Bhutan comes with a few perks. Firstly, their guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges, with each individual lodge representing the heritage and hospitality of five different locations in Bhutan – Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Guests will find the breadth of activities here extraordinary and refreshing. Those interested in birdwatching can do so from a bridge at the Gangtey lodge. Or simply admire the forest views, from the expansive windows in the Bumthang suites. If you want to discover meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn, this Himalayan Mountain Kingdom has no shortage of them.

The Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Full of designer boutiques, cocktail bars and concept stores, the historic Jaffa neighbourhood in Tel Aviv has become known for its hip vibe. It’s therefore only appropriate that the hotel bearing the same name matches the atmosphere of its surroundings. Located on a hilltop, with panoramic views of the 4,000-year old port and Mediterranean Sea, The Jaffa Hotel is a slick modern space with dramatic architecture. Renowned British designer John Pawson was tasked with the interiors of this historic former hospital and monastery. He seamlessly blended a section of the 13th century Crusaders Wall from the courtyard into the contemporary lobby. The smart restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and relaxed pool area perfectly match the overall aesthetic of the place.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France

Uphill from the pretty village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon once lived, is the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, where Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly stayed overnight. With Michelin-star feasts on offer and a top-floor bar that has access to the cellar’s 257 champagnes, there’s plenty to savour here. But however you choose to spend your days here, make sure you don’t miss a visit to the sleek, seductive spa, which we have been told is a destination in its own right. The large bedroom terraces, indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzi all offer panoramic views of the world-famous vineyards and you can also borrow an electric bike for an effortless cycle through those same vineyards to a glass of champagne in Hautvillers, its supposed birthplace.

Awazi Iguazú, Argentina

Surrounded by Atlantic rainforest, over the Iguazú River, with blue morpho butterflies and capuchin monkeys the only neighbours, the small lodge of Awazi Iguazú awaits. The lodge has just 14 bright, airy villas built from sustainable hardwoods, and the entrance to the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, is just 20 minutes away. A personalised experience at Awasi is guaranteed, since the property provides its guests with their own private guides. Experiential travellers can expect unique adventures like kayaking on the Yacu-i stream, as well as venturing into off-radar forests. The resort’s restaurant offers some of the best gourmet meals from locally sources farms and freshwater fish, and with a maximum of 28 guests, it will never feel crowded.

Intimina Panel Discussion Aims To Destigmatise The Career Conversation Around Female Life Cycles At Next Month’s International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum

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Talent, capability, opportunity and success for women working in the travel industry will be discussed during a panel discussion sponsored by intimate health brand Intimina at the first International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum, taking place next month at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavik in Iceland on 23-24 January 2020. Continue reading

SWAROVSKI OPTIK Brings Guests Closer To Nature On New Guided Bird Walks At Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

SWAROVSKI OPTIK, a world-leader manufacturer of long-range optics, has announced an official partnership with the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire to provide guests with a pair of their high-quality CL Companion binoculars during new guided bird walks available at the property. Continue reading

Be On Your Merry Way – Reveals Inflight Fineable Actions When Flying Abroad This Christmas

The festive season is upon us and many travellers will be starting their Christmas travel by getting merry with a tipple at the airport. To allow passengers to make informed decisions about their actions and ensure they do not incur a festive fine before they arrive at their destination, Airport Parking & Hotels ( has put together research that reveals the 10 actions travellers should avoid doing on a plane. Continue reading