Pacific Destinations Fiji

Major refurbishment plans for Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau Island has announced plans for a multi-million dollar refurbishment project, set to begin late November.

The renovations begin with the expansion of Waitui Beach Club, with plans to add 24 new beach cabanas, welcoming arrivals area, beachside cocktail bar and undercover dining space for up to 40 guests.

The guest rooms will be updated gradually throughout 2019, beginning with the luxury guestrooms between April – June. Superior and family guestrooms will be upgraded in the second half of 2019.

General manager Vincent Macquet said the final transformation aim to enhance the overall guest experience.

“We’re delighted to announce the highly anticipated rejuvenation of the resort, which already appeals to a loyal clientele and we are certain the transformation will attract a new market of discerning travellers looking for that next level of luxury, which is sure to draw more attention and visitation to Denarau Island,” he said.

The refurbishment will halt between 22 December and 13 January to ensure minimal disturbance to guests staying over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Non-stop Auckland-Chicago opening a world of possibilities

With Air New Zealand launching their non-stop Auckland - Chicago flight on 30 November 2018, Chicago has never been more accessible for Australian and New Zealand travellers.

Not only is Chicago a melting pot of people and personalities, it is a mecca of possibilities. Whether you are looking to indulge your clients with an evening in a swanky cocktail lounge or a magical event at one of Chicago's iconic musical venues, Hosts Chicago (a Hosts Global member) have you covered.

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Introducing Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa

The 5 star Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa is an upscale beachside resort in a picturesque location, offering  plenty of space to relax and recharge.  

The resort, which is scheduled to open in February 2019, will boast 236 rooms, four signature restaurants and three bars, 611 square metres of meeting and event space, four private meeting spaces (up to 400 people theatre style in the Sogoni Ballroom), state of the art audio visual equipment, a day spa, gym, two swimming pools, yoga room and a tennis court. 

 

Lomani Refurbs Suites

Lomani Island Resort is pleased to advise that the Resort will be refurbishing the Deluxe Suites and Hibiscus Suites at the property in the first quarter of 2019.These refurbishments will further enhance the product offering at the Resort and will strengthen the resort's position as the leading 4 star adults only Resort in the Mamanuca Islands.

Scope of work includes  A full refurbishment that will include re-tiling of the rooms, new furniture, painting, new lighting and fittings. Of the 8 Deluxe Suites, work will be completed on 4 Deluxe Suites at any one particular time and guests will be staying in the remaining 4 Deluxe Suites. Both Hibiscus Suites will be closed during the dates of work.

 

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The echoes of ‘Music City’ with DMS

The sounds from Nashville are authentic, soulful and unpretentious and are easily accessed via direct flight connections from Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.  A city famous for Tennessee whiskey distilleries, celebrity sightings, plantation mansions, hot chicken, a popular television show and of course music! You can listen to live music at any time of the day, every day – and that includes quality performers from all genres. But wait there’s more – their top industries, healthcare and education are thriving, with well reputed colleges and Vanderbilt University in particular, leading the way on the latter.

 

Movie stars and musicians including Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift have set up home in Nashville. On the way to IMEX Vegas this year, Marissa Fernandez, DMS and a lucky group of incentive planners called the Sheraton Grand home for a few nights and were served up with an orchestra of experiences, courtesy of DMS’s DMC partner, Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global member.

A walk down to the Boulevard downtown, the centre of ‘Music City’, is filled with character and life and will have you totally immersed in all things fun! The Honky Tonks, with their variety of sounds, will have you kicking up your heels and getting into the spirit of things in no time. Celebrity bars and restaurants are being erected by the minute, providing a great vibe and sense of celebration in this city.

Nashville is like walking into a big warm hug; there is something spirited and natural about this city and it’s all to do with the locals, who’s southern hospitality engulfs you and makes you want to return.

A walking city in the true sense of the term, with museums, Honky Tonk strip and major hotels a brief stroll to and fro. Key areas such as Music Row (home to world famous recording studios), affluent residential suburbs like Franklin and The Gulch, are all within a 20 minute radius of each other.

One client shared ‘’I found the trip to Nashville a real eye-opener to what a great destination it is for incentive programs’’.

Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global member operate with the highest level of integrity while enriching their clients lives through unforgettable moments.

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Global Connection Concept - Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Incorporating an internationally acclaimed festival to your incentive agenda enables you to leverage off a city wide buzz to deliver memorable moments for your delegates.

In 2019 the show will be held from 5-14 July and Alberta saddles up and puts on its cowboy hat to welcome visitors from around the globe for what’s known as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’.

Founded in 1982 by Jean-Paul de Lavison, JPdL (a Hosts Global member) has grown into one of the world's leading conference and incentive organisations with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver; the team are dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable. With their extensive experience and superior connections, JPdL (a Hosts Global Member) have first dibs on event space at the Calgary Stampede in 2019, suitable for groups of up to 40 pax.

We recommended a 4-5 night program to incorporate the Calgary Stampede, which can include a day or overnight trip to Banff, providing delegates a lifetime memory of western hospitality and exhilarating celebrations.

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens to the public

The world’s longest bridge and tunnel sea-crossing, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, officially opened to the public on Wednesday 24 October 2018. At 55km long, the bridge will shorten the journey time from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai from four hours to 45 minutes and will strengthen Hong Kong’s position as Asia's gateway and a hub for multi-destination travel within the Greater Bay Area.

Spanning the sea from an artificial island near Hong Kong International Airport to Macao and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai, the bridge contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers and is designed to last 120 years, two decades longer than the lifespan of most major sea-cross bridges.

Hong Kong Tourism Board regional director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark said the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will reinforce Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s gateway. “The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be a fantastic tool to further enhance the destination’s tourism offering by putting a wealth of diverse cultural attractions, including: the stunning ruins of St. Paul’s in Macao; the Statue of Fisher Girl in Zhuhai; the Kaiping Diaolou; the Seven Star Crags in Zhaoqing, all within easy reach,” Clark said.

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Hosts Global Welcomes New DMC Member in Canada

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Hosts Global (Hosts) announced the addition of a new alliance member, Downeast Destination Management Company (DMC) servicing Canada’s Atlantic region.

Downeast DMC has decades of experience as their region’s local expert in planning and executing meetings, conventions, incentive programs and special events. They thrives on enabling groups to unite and hit their marks when convening in Canada’s Atlantic region, specifically New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. “We are thrilled to be part of the Hosts Global family,” says Pearleen Mofford, managing director at Downeast DMC. “This partnership gives us a chance to share with the world the incredibly special place we call home and all its unique charms, rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery.”

Hosts Global members are selected based on stringent criteria to ensure the global alliance is comprised of only best-in-class DMCs. The addition of  Downeast DMC strengthens the consortiums’ service capabilities along Canada’s popular Atlantic region.

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E-Visas announced for South Africa travel

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced changes to the visa process which includes the introduction of E-Visa's for New Zealand citizens.

In the first half of 2019, Kiwis will be the pilot nation for the E-Visa scheme, making it easier for travel to South Africa.

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Whats New in Dubai - Travco Events (a Pacific World alliance)

 

 

 

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New high speed rail connecting Hong Kong to the main cities of China

From 23 September 2018, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail will open, welcoming its first customers and reducing the journey time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong from 100 minutes to approximately 50 minutes – creating quicker accessibility for multi-destination itineraries.

The Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail is approximately 26km and runs along a dedicated underground rail corridor from a new terminus at West Kowloon to the boundary near Lok Ma Chau, where it connects with the Mainland section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail.

The West Kowloon Station will also debut on September 23, and will be the main Hong Kong hub for the new rail network. Once completed, the station will be one of the largest underground high speed rail stations in the world, and features a pedestrian skywalk with views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.

Andrew Clark, HKTB regional director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, said the new High Speed Rail System will reinforce Hong Kong’s position as the gateway to China.

“We have seen growing interest in China amongst the Australian and New Zealand markets, however accessibility has also been a main area of concern,” he said. “We believe that this rail system will be the missing link to connect Hong Kong to the main cities of China and beyond.

“The Hong Kong Tourism Board is currently working with industry partners to foster and leverage the abundance of tourism resources along the rail line to develop multi-destination itineraries.”

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