Andaz Bali deluxe guestroom. Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Andaz Bali now open; brand’s first resort in Asia

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Andaz Bali, the first Andaz resort in Asia, has opened in the heart of Sanur, a town on the famed Indonesian island’s southeast coast. “As we continue to offer our guests new and immersive ways to rediscover Bali, we are honoured to…
Thailand raises safety of MICE cities. Photo by navogel/Canva shows sunset in Bangkok.

Thailand introduces new initiative to raise health security

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and 22 organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly upgrade disease control and hygiene measures for the MICE industry in 10 MICE cities. Spearheaded by TCEB and the Department of Health under the…
The Goodtime Hotel opened April 15, 2021 in South Beach. Photo shows pool at the 266-key property.

The Goodtime Hotel opening in South Beach

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The Goodtime Hotel, the first collaborative lifestyle hotel brand from David Grutman of Groot Hospitality and entertainer Pharrell Williams, is opening April 15, 2021 on Miami Beach’s Washington Avenue and 6th Street. Grutman and Williams worked alongside real estate developers Michael Fascitelli…

Los Angeles launches health security initiative for hotels

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The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has launched an initiative to verify the health security of hotels with 50 rooms or more using a universal standard powered by digital health company Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide. The verification process is expected…
Japan's first wellness hotel will offer guests custom programs including Zen meditation based on the medical check-up they will undergo upon check-in. Photo by aya-i from Getty Images Pro | Canva.

Japan’s first wellness hotel slated to open in 2024

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Japan's first wellness hotel is scheduled to make its debut in 2024, reports Jikeikai Group, a company with 60 years of experience in building hotels and medical facilities. The 145 key, single purpose-built Wellness Hotel Zen-Aomori will be constructed in the upper…


Meliá Koh Samui launches resort-within-resort

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Meliá Koh Samui, the first Meliá property in Thailand, has launched a "resort within a resort" called The Level. "With The Level, we have introduced a resort within a resort that prides itself on both exclusivity and privacy," said the resort's general…
Inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific has been moved to 2022. The show will be held at the Marina Bay Sands (shown in this image) in Singapore. Photo by Netfalls | Canva.

Inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific moved to 2022

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The inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific has been moved to 2022. Michael Jones Reed Exhibitions made the decision to postpone the show's debut based on the latest government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and following in-depth discussions with customers and hosted buyers…
Annamaria Ruffini, president and CEO of Events In & Out Italy and past-president of SITE Global, asks whether the industry's associations were positioned to help when the pandemic struck. Image of Annamaria Ruffini.

Annamaria Ruffini on industry associations and the pandemic

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A statement about the current pandemic crisis and the role of industry associations by Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CITP, CMP, president and CEO of Events In & Out Italy and past-president of SITE Global Over the past twenty-five years, I have been a…
Hosts Global's portfolio of destinations has been expanded. Image shows map of world with global connections. Photo from Canva.

Hosts Global adds destinations to portfolio

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Hosts Global has added 70 new destinations to its portfolio. The expansion includes Hosts Global's Alliance of DMCs and its current portfolio of Hosts Global Destinations. The company reports that with the increase in vaccines and travel destinations continuing to reopen, MICE…