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Mandarin Oriental Opens in Milan

August 7, 2015 by Lori Smith
Seta Restaurant Courtyard, Mandarin Oriental Milan, Itlay

The fashion and business capital of Italy is now home to the latest Mandarin Oriental property. The five-star Mandarin Oriental, Milan opened at the end of July. Housed in four redeveloped 18th century buildings, the 104-room property is located on the

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WestJet Grows Service to Sun Destinations

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet is launching new non-stop service to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica. The Calgary-based airline is also adding more than 85 flights across its domestic and international network. The changes are part of its 2015-2016 flight schedule. “WestJet continues to

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Air Canada Expands Direct Service to Australia

July 9, 2015 by Lori Smith

As part of its strategic international expansion, Air Canada is launching a non-stop service between Brisbane, Australia and Vancouver, British Columbia, starting June 17, 2016. The airline currently offers year-round, daily non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia. The Vancouver-Brisbane service will

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San Juan's Condado Vanderbilt Joins ALHI

July 6, 2015 by Lori Smith
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, Main Pool

The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico is the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The oceanfront property, which opened in 1919, underwent a comprehensive $200 million restoration and renovation that was completed last year. It

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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