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Explora Names Canadian Rep

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

Dallyce Macas, owner of éminence Canada, is now representing Explora®, a travel company that provides authentic travel experiences in remote regions of South America. Macas has more than 25 years experience in the specialty areas of luxury and active travel with a focus

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Four Seasons Opening Second Property in Dubai

May 5, 2015 by Lori Smith

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is planning to open a new property in Dubai’s International Finance Centre in 2016. It will complement the brand’s just-opened resort on Jumeirah Beach. Four Seasons Hotel Dubai at DIFC will feature 106 rooms as

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Starwood Speeds Up Pacific Expansion Plans

February 20, 2014 by Lori Smith

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will open six new hotels and resorts in Australia and the Pacific in 2014. The company made the announcement of its revved up expansion plans at the Asia Pacific Incentive and Meeting Expo (AIME),

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Waldorf Astoria Beijing Opening

February 20, 2014 by Lori Smith

The Waldorf Astoria Beijing is slated to open March 1, 2014. The 175-room property is located in Wangfujing, a 700-year-old area of the city that offers great nightlife, entertainment facilities and shopping. The hotel’s amenities include an all-day dining outlet,

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Australia: Defining Experiential Travel

February 4, 2014 by Lori Smith
Fireworks over Sydney Opera House (Photo: Robert Wallace/Tourism Australia)

BY ALANNA MCQUAID There I was, at 5:30 a.m., climbing on to the back seat of a Harley Davidson, holding on tight to a stranger’s worn leather jacket for my first ride ever, which just so happened to be in

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Dubai Marriott Wins Big in First Year of Operation

January 2, 2014 by Lori Smith

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai won 15 international industry and media awards in its first year of operation. The winning streak began for the new hotel in Dubai with the Guinness Book of World Records Award for World’s Tallest Hotel, which it

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Destination Bangkok

December 16, 2013 by Lori Smith
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (Photo courtesy of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau)

BY LORI SMITH I have experienced Bangkok twice as a business traveller. The first time I was a guest of the country’s department of trade and the city served as a base for a week spent visiting factories located in

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Hilton London Metropole Unveils $9.1 Million Lobby Reno

May 30, 2013 by Lori Smith

Hilton London Metropole, one of the biggest conference and events hotels in Europe, has completed the first phase of its $9.1 million lobby transformation. It is the first property in the United Kingdom to incorporate the Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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Emaar Hospitality Group Launching New Hotel Brand

May 6, 2013 by Lori Smith
Emaar's Vida Downtown Dubai

Emaar Hospitality Group is launching a new hotel brand targeted at the “new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers.” Vida Hotels and Resorts will feature contemporary decor in neutral colours; food inspired by the Middle East and international

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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Oceanfront opens July 1, 2013

April 15, 2013 by Meetings Canada
Marriott Pompano

BY ANNE DIMON Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Oceanfront (a.k.a. Pompano Beach Marriott) is scheduled to open its doors on July 1 in the city of Pompano Beach. Conveniently situated between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm international airports and area

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Sydney

November 29, 2012 by Christine Otsuka
NSW; Sydney;

A laid-back attitude permeates this beguiling Australian city. By Rob McFarland From the centre of Sydney, it’s less than 30 minutes to the nearest beach—this means visitors can shop all morning and swim all afternoon. Throw in an unrivalled harbourside

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Costa Rica

July 26, 2012 by Don Douloff
WestinPlayaConchal

Simply no artificial ingredients. By Christine Otsuka Costa Rica is a most authentic expression of beauty and natural diversity. The Central American eco-tourism destination is comparable to Hawaii in the fifties, before commercialization took over. Beyond gorgeous isolated beaches and