Summer In The City: New York City, Orlando and Chicago top travelers’ lists

Marriott International Finds Cities Top The List For Vacation Plans

Marriott International’s newly released Second Annual U.S. Summer Travel Trends Report says that travelers are favoring cities over beaches in Summer 2018 and planning to take an average of two trips. And among families with children, it’s becoming more common for the kids to pick the destination, the report shows.

“Pack your walking shoes because for the second year in a row, city destinations are at the top of travelers’ lists,” said Brian King, Global Officer, Digital, Distribution & Global Sales, Marriott International.  “Travelers are heading to the cities to soak up the summer sun in urban destinations like New York City and Chicago which come alive in the summer with amazing food, festivals, and live outdoor concerts.”

So where are people going this summer? Here’s a peak at the top five destinations for vacations this summer’s most heavily traveled weekends, based on an analysis of over 1 million Marriott.com searches and bookings:

Memorial Day Weekend Travel

The first official holiday weekend of summer promises to be a busy one when it comes to weekend getaways. The top five most booked cities for Memorial Day Weekend travel topping the list: Continue reading “Summer In The City: New York City, Orlando and Chicago top travelers’ lists”

GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA

The Destination Resort Marks the First Grand Hyatt Hotel in South India

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, the third Grand Hyatt branded hotel in India. The 264-room luxury hotel is a waterfront urban resort situated in Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters and historic Spice Route in India. With its striking architecture, dramatic landscapes, opulent guestrooms and suites, dining destinations, and one of the largest event spaces in South India, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is expected to be an iconic destination for impressive views, unforgettable experiences and grand events in the city.

“We are delighted to introduce the Grand Hyatt brand to Kerala and grow our brand footprint in the region, said Sunjae Sharma, Hyatt’s vice president of operations for India. “Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is a spectacular destination resort setting a new standard for living grand in the city. Both inside and out, the hotel’s design, cuisine and grand experiences celebrate the hospitality of Kochi.

Designed by architects from Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo UK Limited, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi. The resort is owned by Lulu Group International and is adjacent to the sprawling Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center, the largest in South India.

Together, the hotel and convention center offer an abundance of authentic experiences for guests, helping them create moments of more through several offerings, including:

Guestrooms

The hotel features 264 bold, luxurious guestrooms including 38 suites, comprised of 33 Grand Suites, four Executive Suites, and one Presidential Suite, as well as three two-bedroom villas and one three-bedroom villa. Continue reading “GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA”

Puerto Rico Is More Enchanting Than Ever

 Discover a beautiful isle that is welcoming visitors with open arms

A certain magic permeates the air in La Isla del Encanto, or “The Enchanted Isle.” Puerto Rico’s charm blesses the island with incredible flavors, hypnotizing sounds, dazzling natural beauty, and extends to its warm, inviting people.

Puerto Ricans have done an incredible job restoring the island following Hurricane Maria, with craftsmen, artists, builders, and planners all contributing their knowledge, resources, and materials to ensure Puerto Rico remains one of the most welcoming destinations in the world.

Now is the time to take advantage of all that La Isla del Encanto offers. Here is just a sample of what you’ll discover:

ARRIVAL

Every day over 80 flights from different countries touch down on the island, which boasts six commercial airports. For most travelers, their Puerto Rican journey will begin in the island’s capital, San Juan.

There are countless stories locked away in the fortress that surrounds Old San Juan. Every corner of the city whispers tales of history. The Plaza de la Rogativa, for example, is home to a grandiose bronze sculpture depicting a religious procession surrounded by 180-degree views of the crystal blue San Juan bay. The sculpture memorializes a British led attack in 1797 against San Juan’s heavily outnumbered soldiers. In response, the citizens of Old San Juan raised their torches and gathered for a religious procession, an image that resembled a troop of Spanish reinforcements from a distance. The British, fearful of defeat at the hands of the Spanish army, immediately withdrew.

Approximately 20 minutes from the scenic Plaza de la Rogativa, you’ll find the AC Hotel San Juan Condado. Nestled in one of the capital’s most popular areas, guests will find themselves in walking distance of stunning beaches and lively entertainment. Continue reading “Puerto Rico Is More Enchanting Than Ever”

Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season

Discover the Best Sakura Themed Experiences on your Journey from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto

Cherry blossoms, known in Japan as Sakura, are usually in full bloom for only one week. After blossoming in full, the most beautiful and final stage is celebrated by locals and tourists alike, as the small petals flutter gracefully from their trees onto the ground. The Japanese cherish the cherry blossoms during this special period and celebrate this notable event. Discover the best places to witness the change in these beautiful trees and immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience through an 8-stop journey across our luxurious hotels from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto.

Stop #1 – Culinary Delights at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Make The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo your first stop this Sakura season and enjoy some carefully crafted specialties at a themed Sakura Afternoon Tea. To mark these celebrations, the culinary team has prepared special Sakura Kaiseki bento boxes and hampers, as well as a Sakura frozen soufflé that will have you dancing under the trees. Additionally, you can trust the Concierge to recommend the nicest spots to spot and see the cherry blossoms on the way to your next stop.

Stop #2 – Palatial Beauty & Cooling Cocktails in Tokyo
Enjoy the falling petals near the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, which is located on large park-like grounds filled with cherry trees. As you reach your next stop, treat yourself to a “Gallery Flower” cocktail at the Sky Gallery Lounge Levita or The Bar Illumiid at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This delightful  Champagne cocktail features a subtle cherry blossom flavor and is accentuated by a bright red flower. Continue reading “Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season”

Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations

 The entire month of March is dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments and last year, various travel authorities cited 2017 as “the year of the female traveler.” Since then, 2018 has become known as the “year of the woman.” What better way to recognize such important strides – both individual and communal – than to take a solo trip? Considering cultural immersion, learning opportunities and overall inspiration, these eight destinations are welcoming solo female travelers.

“There is a direct correlation between higher job satisfaction levels and work-life balance, especially for female professionals,” said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital for the Americas at Marriott International. “Travel plays an imperative role in that balance creating opportunities to not only reset, but also learn from the culture of a new destination. As a solo-female traveler myself, here are some of my favorite picks for 2018.”

Columbus, OH – The city is preparing to host the Women’s Final Four® from March 30 – April 1.  In the year of the women, these 2018 games will be ones to remember.  Columbus is fostering creative talent like never before with female chefs, artists and fashion designers.  Located downtown, The Westin Columbus is in center of it all. Solo travelers will enjoy visiting the Short North Arts District with its boutiques, restaurants and galleries, or going for a run at the Scioto Mile with 33 acres of riverfront parkland. Continue reading “Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations”

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe

New hotels in London and Istanbul expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand
Iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes partially reopened as part of the brand portfolio

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today two hotels in Europe are expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand – the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and Nish Palas in Istanbul. Additionally, the iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, the charming Párisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest and the newly renovated Hôtel du Louvre in Paris are all expected to open and become a part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio by early 2019, creating significant growth for the brand in Europe.

“The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand offers tremendous potential for growth in the European market. The brand allows new hotel owners to explore opportunities with us,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development – Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and Southwest Asia for Hyatt. “This brand enables us to team up with new owners and developers and furthers the foundation they’ve developed with their individual hotel brands. We also know guests are increasingly seeking authentic and one-of-a-kind experiences and have a desire to stay at properties that have a story to tell while creating new stories of their own and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand caters to this demand.” Continue reading “The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe”

Malabari at Malibu: Ocean, Sun and Fun!

A  Malabari, like myself, hails from the West Coast! (India’s southwest coast, lying on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea). Known as God’s own country, Kerala boasts of gorgeous beaches and landscape that makes you fall in love at first sight. No words can do justice to the kind of natural beauty Kerala is home to.  Anyone planning a beach holiday or an escape to the mountains, should definitely consider visiting this quaint place.

However, now I want to talk about a different paradise, another west coast! Malibu by the Pacific Ocean, an escape to the fantasy world! We had a family gathering, a religious event which brought us to beautiful California yet again.  Given the time constraints, we skipped the glitz of Hollywood and the posh landmarks of Beverly Hills. We squeezed time for   L.A.’s most stunning natural wonders.

It’s true that if you don’t have much time to explore, all you need to do is cruise up to Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway for an amazing experience! We have driven the entirety of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through California multiple times and enjoyed it immensely every single time.

From the back sides of billionaire mansions on Carbon Beach   to Zuma Beach on the northern end of Malibu, the 21 mile shoreline that makes up Malibu is on the most exclusive places in the world.  The cliffs and Santa Monica Mountains terraced with massive mansions isolate Malibu from the sprawling madness of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Malabari at Malibu: Ocean, Sun and Fun!”

DUTY FREE AT CSIA RECOGNIZED AMONGST ASIA’S 100 GREATEST BRANDS

Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), the nation’s gateway holds great significance in aiding the metropolis to sustain its fast paced growth. The highly awarded MIAL is a benchmark for its infrastructure, facilities and services to match global standards. These consistent efforts have been rewarded time and again. The latest one being the Mumbai Duty Free receiving recognition as one of Asia’s 100 Greatest Brands for the year 2017, at the recently held second annual edition of the prestigious, ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands and Leaders Awards’ presented by well-known AsiaOne Magazine & URS Media at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Understanding the Indian traveller who seeks best value for his purchase, Mumbai Duty Free launched a global first marketing campaign, ‘Mumbai Duty Free is now Free’. The campaign aimed at providing discount vouchers, redeemable coupons and complementary experiences from partner brands which the customer can use for making purchases in India. With double the value back from partner brands, a customer’s purchase at Mumbai Duty Free technically becomes free.

Asia’s Greatest Brands is a mission where leading global brands are identified after extensive research by experts. The shortlisted global brands are put on deserving pedestals for admiration of the world. The winners are adjudged on the basis of research across 16 industries, 1200 brands and 62 sub-categories from multiple sectors, with the process being reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The summit has become one of the distinguished platforms to honour the greatest brands and leaders from across Asia for their contribution as growth engines of the world. Continue reading “DUTY FREE AT CSIA RECOGNIZED AMONGST ASIA’S 100 GREATEST BRANDS”

MEXICAN ADVENTURES, MAYAN TREASURES!

We’re going to a resort. Fantastic! We’re going to escape the extreme cold for a few days. Awesome!  
We’re going to enjoy tropical fruits and exotic drinks. Superb! We’re going to soak up the sun, sand and sea-breeze! Amazing!

Well, the party had just begun for our group of over 25 revelers, ranging from teens to seniors, celebrating New Year’s at Riviera Maya, Mexico. For thorough city-bred folks like us, this should have been sufficient to relax over the holidays. Flying to Cancun at this time of the year, laying on the beach was our dream, our well-planned vacation. Even before touchdown into the region, you can’t help but be wonderstruck at the miles of practically unpopulated dense, green tropical forest boundaries of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. As also Cancun’s extremely party-friendly Hotel Zone! The city line is dotted by beautiful, well-lit resorts as we drive into our very tastefully done all-inclusive beachfront paradise, which was going to be our home for the week.

The perfect white sand beaches, the flora and fauna native to Yucatan Peninsula played great hosts throughout our entire stay. The expanse of the jungle beckoned us to get more active on the trip and it offered plenty of opportunities to explore. So, even as we went to the most beautiful jewelry store with all kinds of lovely silver ornaments, we were more attracted towards the monkeys that were swinging on the trees outside! The treasures of the jungles seemed more precious, inspiring us to be more adventurous! Continue reading “MEXICAN ADVENTURES, MAYAN TREASURES!”

Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe

Hyatt Centric brand debuts two new hotels within France and Spain

CHICAGO (December 21, 2017) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced expansion of the Hyatt Centric brand with several consecutive international hotel openings in two of Europe’s most coveted destinations. Hyatt Centric La Rosière, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in France and first Hyatt ski resort in Europe, opened its doors on December 15, 2017. Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid opened its doors on December 20, 2017, marking the first Hyatt hotel in mainland Spain. Together, these anticipated openings continue to drive new momentum for the brand’s growth worldwide.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy and franchising for Hyatt. “The introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand to these European destinations marks a significant milestone for Hyatt, as we continue to increase our brand presence where our guests travel most and further connect with millennial-minded guests in the upper-upscale lifestyle segment.”

The Hyatt Centric brand currently has 19 properties at the center of some of the most unique destinations and plans to welcome additional hotels to the portfolio in both international and domestic destinations, with locations expected in Japan, Qatar, Australia, China, Peru, Barbados and U.S.; including Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami, Fla., Hyatt Centric Boston, Mass. and Hyatt Centric Mountain View, Calif.   Continue reading “Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe”