Phoenix, Arizona (United States) – January 15, 2018 (travelindex) – In a year marked by giving back, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ hoteliers have committed approximately $1 million over the next five years in support of the brand’s charitable arm – Best Western for a Better World (BWBW). Portions of these funds were donated to […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – January 15, 2018 ( – The Editorial this week speaks of the four branches of Government. The coming repayment of external debts by Seychelles. Tourism Arrival figures and transit passengers. Seychelles last week saw its three Branches of Government hosting events that were followed by a large proportion of the islands. […]

Luang Prabang (Laos) – January 8, 2018 ( – AVANI Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce the launch of its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. The 53-room hotel is located on a narrow peninsula at the joining of the Nam Khan and […]

Macao (Macao SAR) – January 11, 2018 ( – World-renowned singer Celine Dion has announced she will bring her highly anticipated Celine Dion Live 2018 to The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena on June 29 and 30, 2018. Part of a seven-city tour across the Asia-Pacific region kicking off June 26 in Tokyo, tickets for Celine […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 5, 2017 (by Bernard A. Metzger) – For those who seek a transcendent experience, a selection of river cruises replete with the colonial romance of river travel but with a modern twist and bespoke itinerariesis set to be launched. Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreates and elevates the concept of river travel with […]

Phuket (Thailand) – January 4, 2018 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts organized an exclusive media familiarization trip to Phuket this month, inviting a series of influential and up-and-coming bloggers to the island for an action-packed three-day itinerary. Two famous bloggers and one journalist from Travel & Lifestyle’s publications, plus the winners of a […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 5, 2018 (travelindex) – There’s nothing like a luxurious stay at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok to nourish the love a close couple shares. With a “Luxury Romance” package in particular, it’s got all the ingredients of a relationship-defining experience long remembered. Spend two or more nights together […]

Madrid (Spain) – December 31, 2017 ( – We have come to the end of a very special year for UNWTO and for the global tourism community. In late 2015, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. This was, without doubt, a global recognition of tourism […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – December 31, 2017 ( – As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018, it is important to reflect upon what we have experienced during the past twelve months to better appreciate what is in store for us in 2018. I start by considering the article titled ‘That Time of […]

Madrid (Spain) – January 2, 2018 ( – It is with a sense of pride and humility that I assume my post as Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my strong commitment to make of UNWTO an ever more […]

Limburg (Belguim) – January 4, 2018 ( – To mark the end of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development an MOU has been signed between Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland and SUNx to build a climate learning, innovation and resilience centre in the Hoge Kempen National Park in Limburg, Belgium. The centre will […]

Manama (Bahrain) – December 26, 2017 ( – Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain is exploring the art, culture and lives of an ancient Arabian civilization with a limited-edition book, Dilmun: Love and Peace in collaboration with the Rowaq Al Balqa Arts Foundation in Jordan. The 300-page collectors’ edition features photographs and paintings from international artists to portray […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 25, 2017 ( – Praya Palazzo, an elegant, 17-room boutique hotel, formerly a private mansion, standing elegantly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, is offering a romantic and nostalgic dinner for history buffs and authentic Thai cuisine gourmands on New Year’s Eve on Sunday, 31 December 2017. Guests can […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – December 24, 2017 ( – Christmas time is that most wonderful time of the year when family and friends rally. I am indeed lucky to have a loving family. I returned from Brisbane, Australia, with my wife, Ginette, only on Thursday after spending quality time with my eldest daughter, Christine, and […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 22, 2017 (by Bernard A. Metzger, text and photo) – Constructed nearly 100 years ago as a private mansion in the reign of His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), Praya Palazzo shows the graceful Thai-Italian style so popular then. It is now a luxurious boutique hotel on the banks of the […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 22, 2017 ( – Cafédirect, the UK’s largest award-winning 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company, is introducing its latest blend of premium coffees – an extraordinary darker roast and intense ‘cuppa’ in its Cafédirect 100% Arabica Espresso Roast and Ground Coffee with a superbly designed packaging – available at gourmet stores and […]

Jakarta (Indonesia) – December 22, 2017 ( – Global hospitality management chain, Swiss-Belhotel International, is celebrating once again after it was named “Indonesia’s Leading Global Hotel Chain” for a record-breaking seventh awards recently at the Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards (ITTA) 2017-18. In a glittering award ceremony held in Jakarta on 11th December 2017, Swiss-Belhotel […]

Manila (Philippines) – December 21, 2017 ( – Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a new property in Manila, expanding its portfolio in the Philippines to three properties strong, and marking another milestone in the company’s Asian expansion strategy. Due to open in Q4 2021, Movenpick Hotel & Residences Quezon City will feature a combination […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 20, 2017 (travelindex) – Pagoda Art Club in collaboration with River City Bangkok cordially invites art lovers with a passion for surreal artistic paintings to experience a wide selection of surreal paintings through “Inspiration” surrealistic art exhibition by Dang Buasean, organized during 21 30 December 2017 at RCB Artery, 1st floor, […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – December 17, 2017 ( – The feeling of Christmas Time is indeed upon us all. In exactly 8 days it will be Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. This is the time for giving and the time of the year for deep reflection. It is at that time of […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – December 19, 2017 ( – Participants from around the world joined the Official Closing ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 at the Palace of Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event reviewed the year’s main achievements and discussed the roadmap for advancing the contribution of tourism towards the […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 30, 2017 (travelindex) – Looking for some unique Christmas gift ideas for this Winter? Just grab your friends and head over to join in “Winter Gifts Fair” at RCB Artery, 1st floor, River City Bangkok during 8 17 December 2017 starting from 10.00 hrs. – 22.00 hrs. The event offers a […]

Sapporo (Japan) – December 19, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen, an exciting new midscale hotel in the center of northern Japan’s largest city. Nestled in the heart of Sapporo’s Chuo-ku, or “central ward”, the hotel is surrounded by shops, leisure attractions, offices, and opposite the popular […]

Johor Bahru City (Malaysia) – December 21, 2017 ( – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with SKS Hotel Residences and Resorts Sdn. Bhd., a member of SKS Group, to debut the Holiday Inn brand in the capital of Johor, Malaysia, with the new 318-room […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 14, 2017 ( – X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere, the stylish new hotel designed to appeal to “Gen Z” travellers on Thailand’s idyllic Eastern Seaboard, has been officially unveiled at a press conference in Bangkok. Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMA), the international specialist in hotel and resort management, joined forces with Habitat […]

Hangzhou (China) – December 18, 2017 ( – On the final day of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) Annual Congress in Hangzhou, China an MOU was signed between IHRA and SUNx – Strong Universal Network. The agreement focuses on climate resilience and sustainable development generally, as well as specifically advancing Maurice Strong Legacy […]

Niseko (Japan) – December 14, 2017 ( – Japan’s famed ski destination Niseko is well on its way to becoming a world-class year-round holiday destination back the back of sustained growth in summer visitors over the past six years. Last year over 1.6 million visitors were recorded, with parity in numbers between the frenetic December […]

Hamburg (Germany) – December 14, 2017 ( – Investigative journalists from around the world are set to meet in Hamburg in 2019. Supported by Hamburg Convention Bureau, Germany’s second largest city has won the bid to host the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) – the biggest international conference for investigative journalism. Launched in 2001 […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 14, 2017 ( – Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard (MRB), a super-luxury mixed-use development by MQDC (Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited), is hosting a spectacular year-end 3D projection mapping performance on its 60-story tower, introducing world-class high-rise building mapping to Thailand. The show – ‘Beautiful Bangkok at Ratchaprasong’ – has been endorsed by […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – December 10, 2017 ( – The joy of the Christmas Season is everywhere and those responsible for decorating cities and villages, towns and countrysides, commercial centres, ports and airports, hospitals and offices need to be congratulated. In 15 days it will be Christmas. This is the time when close ones will […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 14, 2017 (travelindex) – Innovating customized bag creators, Ugly Bagz, specializing in personalized luggage designs is launching a Best Travel Photo in Asia Competition in partnership with online travel website ExtraOrdinary Asia (eOasia) from today until January 15th, 2018, with a 4-piece Ugly Bagz luggage prize for the winner, valued at […]

Phoenix, Arizona (United States of America) – December 14, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ award-winning loyalty program – Best Western Rewards (BWR) – is giving its rewards members a special gift this holiday season. Now through January 31, 2018, BWR members will receive a $10 Best Western Travel Card for every stay […]

London (United Kingdom) – December 13, 2017 (travelindex) – Global hospitality management software provider Xn protel Systems announced the appointment of Mike Hall as Vice President of Infrastructure, Compliance and Security. An important part of Mike’s role will be to act as Data Protection Officer (DPO) to ensure that Xn protel Systems complies with all […]

Jimbaran, Bali (Indonesia) – December 13, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has opened an exciting new midscale hotel in the popular Jimbaran area of Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”. Best Western Kamala Jimbaran is perfectly positioned in the heart of southern Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, less than a 30 minute drive from […]