Mulia ranks high with T&L magazine
Travel + Leisure has announced the results of its 2019 World's Best Awards with The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, achieving the prestigious No. 1 ranking as the Best Resort Hotel in Indonesia, No. 3 among the Top Resort Hotels in Asia, and No. 7 among The Top Hotels in The World.
Readers of Travel + Leisure rate hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, spas and travel companies in the annual World's Best Awards survey. Hotels are ranked based on readers' ratings in five categories: Facilities, location, service, food and overall value.
Hotelbeds event heads to Nusa Dua
Bedbank Hotelbeds is taking the second edition of its invitation-only, three-day MarketHub Asia event to Bali from October 22-25. The high-profile event attracts Hotelbeds partners from 15 key source markets in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. This year’s event is expected to include senior executives and decision-makers from tour operators, airlines, and loyalty and reward points schemes.
The event follows the recent hosting of the Americas and European MarketHub editions that Hotelbeds held in May in Cancun and Istanbul respectively, each attended by more than 350 of each region’s most important B2B travel trade buyers.
The MarketHub Asia event this year will take place under the theme of ‘Shifting Futures’ and will explore how the travel sector should react to current industry changes and shifts in areas such as technology, the complexity of distribution, payments, and data.
The two hotel hosts for this year’s MarketHub Asia are Westin Resort Nusa Dua and Conrad Bali and Hilton Bali Resort.
Concern for Komodo population
East Nusa Tenggara administration plans on closing Komodo National Park temporarily to boost the population of Komodo dragons and deer. Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya expressed his opposition to the plan, stressing that securing travel packages to the park is more important.
Russia on the Rise
Direct flights from Moscow to Bali have resulted in a 6.95% increase in Russian tourists. The Indonesian Embassy in Moscow collaborated with the Tourism Ministry to organise various programmes, such as tourism exhibitions, sales missions and familiarisation trips to raise interest.
Bali to HCMC direct
Vietnam’s Vietjet recently launched its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar. Direct flights connecting Cambodia and Indonesia are also being considered to boost arrivals under the ASEAN open skies policy.
Bali is looking to take advantage of global wellness tourism given its 3,200-plus traditional wellness centres. To further develop health tourism, it would need to comply with standards, and the local government is planning to regulate the industry through a bylaw that will be finalised by year-end.
Cross comes to Bali
Formerly known as BHMA Hotels & Resorts, Cross Hotels and Resorts has a new name and a strong growth strategy for the Asia Pacific region including the opening of the X2 Bali Breakers in Uluwatu and Away Bali Legian Camakila.
Bali property Joins WorldHotels
WorldHotels is welcoming six new hotels to its portfolio that includes SereS in Ubud. The resort features its own natural springs soaking pool, perched at the edge of the Wos River where ceremonial cleansing can be arranged.
Since acquiring the Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand in 2016, Accor announced two new projects, with Raffles Bali set to open in 2020. Located hillside in Jimbaran Bay, Raffles Bali will comprise just 32 private villas, each with a private pool. The resort will also be home to the famous Writers Bar and a Raffles Wellbeing Spa.