Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Hot in Chile



FOLLOWING Chile's ranking as the number one country to visit next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list, the #destination has further cause for celebration after being voted Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the World by the World Travel Awards for the second year running.

These prestigious industry awards highlight why #Chile should be on every travel bucket list for 2018 and showcase how the destination is being recognised by the travel industry, the media and their readers for its diverse tourism offering. Here is a list of recent accolades Chile has proudly received…

  • Chile voted Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the World for the second year running at the World Travel Awards
  • Santiago ranks 12th in National Geographic’s ‘Places you to need to visit in 2018’ list
  • Santiago comes Runner Up in the ‘Coolest City Right Now’ category of the Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017
  • Nevados de Chillán in Biobío Region ranked in world’s top 25 best ski resorts


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Visit the Ecuadorian Amazon with explorer Benedict Allen

NEW for 2018, Steppes Travel has launched an exclusive ‘Wildlife and Communities’ experience travelling to the Ecuadorian #Amazon with British explorer Benedict Allen. The adventurer will guide guests on a ten-day holiday into the #rainforest on the luxury boat Anakonda, sharing stories of his adventures in three informal lectures. Highlights of the trip include canoeing down the Amazon River in the UNESCO listed Yasuni National Park, and meeting indigenous tribal communities to learn about local culture.  

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Design your own experience




WHILE
the hyper-competitive Experience Economy is nothing new, it is clear that we haven’t yet seen the full impact of the Instragram effect. Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), in partnership with global trends analysts Trendwatching, has today launched a luxury trends report that looks ahead at what will be shaping the luxury boutique hotel experience in 2018.

In 2018 travellers will be looking to get their luxury hands ‘dirty’ by helping to design their own experience. 

700,000 Hours wandering hotel, brought to you by the brains behind Dar Ahlam in Morocco, will allow guests to choose its location each year. 

Guests can also get a true ‘scents’ of place at Hotel Magna Pars Suites Milano where they can choose the fragrance of their room in this old perfume factory, and at The VIEW Lugano in Switzerland where the smell is not the only choice to make in advance of a stay but the colour of their toilet paper, brand of toiletries and linens, as well as when to have their bag unpacked are all ways guests can customise their experience.


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Travel through time in Queensland

EVER wondered what life was like in a 19th century Australian village, a time when British settlers forever changed the aboriginal people’s way of life? The new Spirts of the Red Sand experience in Beenleigh is a 2.5-hour journey through the 1800s, led by Jarrah, the only survivor of three Aboriginal brothers, and based on the true story of his family. 

This interactive experience with indigenous culture takes up to 120 guests through seven sets of live theatre, like the Dreamtime, a precolonial village and a jail, with an 18-strong cast of direct descendants of the first people. The cast will join guests for a warm damper dinner in the dining hall when the show concludes. 

Located in the Beenleigh Historical Village, 45km from the Gold Coast CBD and 36km from Brisbane’s CBD, tickets include transfers from either location. 


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New ‘Route of Parks’ in Chile will connect 17 National Parks

THE Carretera Austral – a Chilean route which traverses 1,000 kilometres through Patagonia from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins – is being re-branded as the ‘Ruta de los Parques’ with the aim of developing adventure tourism in the region. The new route will be 1,500 miles long and will connect 17 #nationalparks in #Chile including Corcovado National Park, Patagonia National Park and the Yendegaia National Park. 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Silver Cloud makes inaugural expedition to Antarctica

SILVERSEA'S first crossover luxury expedition ship arrived successfully in Antarctica this week, marking her maiden visit to the remote continent following an AU$52.8 million (US$40 million) refurbishment and conversion into an ice-class polar expedition ship. 

Currently sailing a 10-night Antarctic Peninsula expedition roundtrip from Ushuaia, guests are being treated to vistas of towering icebergs, snow-capped mountains, and awe-inspiring wildlife aboard the completely refitted ship that includes the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant on an Expedition ship.

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Club Med opens 8th retail outlet in Australia

ICONIC holiday operator Club Med opened its first Queensland in-store boutique at Snowscene in Woolloongabba. The holiday boutique is just Club Med’s 8th such retail outlet in #Australia. 

Snowscene’s General Manager, Emily Foy, described the partnership as “a perfect alignment of a pair of iconic holiday brands. We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Club Med into our retail space, and look forward to delivering an authentic Club Med experience to our customers in store”, continued Ms Foy. 

Club Med’s boutique deepens a long term relationship between the two businesses. At a recent Club Med VIP conference in Bintan, Snowscene was recognised for delivering the ‘Highest Ski Growth’ for Club Med from Australia.


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