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Philippines is World’s Leading Dive Destination, according to World Travel Awards 2020

Philippines’ dive sites is the World’s Leading Dive Destination according to the 2020 World Travel Awards. 

According to a statement from the Department of Tourism Philippines statement, this is the Philippines’ second time to win the World’s Leading Dive Destination, after it was first recognized in 2019.

The Philippines, home to world-renowned dive sites such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Apo Reef Natural Park in Mindoro, and Apo Island in Dumaguete sites bested eight other dive destinations including Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.

DOT recognized the country’s dive tourism as ” one of the key areas for positive industry growth, including increased visitor count, extended length of stay, and higher tourism revenue.”

Earlier this month, the Philippines was also hailed as Asia’s leading beach and leading dive destination at the World Travel Awards 2020.

And as though that’s not enough, Intramuros was also recognized as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. 

A first for Manila’s famed Walled City, it won against 15 other tourist spots including  Acropolis of Greece, Burj Khalifa of Dubai, the Grand Canyon National Park of USA, Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, and Taj Mahal of India, among others.

Meanwhile, the Intramuros Administration restored the walled city with “extensive renovations such as bright capiz lamps installed in monuments and trees, colorful murals, and new sites, such as the dungeon and cleaned-up and fortified military structures, as a tribute to the country’s historic Hispanic period.”

The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 and it has been recognizing brands and organizations worldwide from the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries through its annual Grand Tour, a series of six regional gala ceremonies held in each continent. Each year is capped off with a Grand Final Gala. 

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Asia is leading the way in travel recovery: Booking Holdings’ Agoda

SINGAPORE – Travel is recovering more quickly in Asia than in the West — but its the domestic market that’s driving that recovery, an online travel agency told CNBC this week.

“Asia is generally leading the way,” said John Brown, chief executive of Agoda, a subsidiary of American online travel firm Booking Holdings. “We’ve seen again in markets like Taiwan, certainly places like Thailand, where they really have the best control over Covid — those are the markets where we see the domestic bookings doing the best.”

The best pockets of recovery are domestic travel in Taiwan, Thailand and increasingly, Vietnam, he said.

Taiwan has reported 617 confirmed cases so far and has been free of domestic transmissions for more than 200 days. Thailand and Vietnam have also been successful in containing the pandemic, with 3,920 and 1,307 confirmed cases respectively, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

“Those domestic markets are even better off than they were last year, for domestic [travel] only,” Brown told “Street Signs Asia” on Monday.

This photo taken on October 20, 2020 shows tourists posing for photos next to anti-landing spikes placed along the coast of Taiwan’s Kinmen islands, which lie just 3.2 km from the mainland China coast in the Taiwan Strait.

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The travel industry has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic that saw countries closing their borders to tourists earlier this year. Some markets have since reopened, but demand has been weak.

“Generally, it’s been a domestic story, we’re still waiting for the international [demand] to come back,” he said.

In Europe and the U.S., there are pockets where domestic travel also looks “relatively good” despite coronavirus cases surging, Brown noted.

“But really, all eyes globally are looking at Asia to see how we manage this both domestically, and again with regard to the travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong, and the many others that we hope … will open up pretty soon,” he said.

The two cities were set to begin quarantine-free leisure travel on Sunday, but authorities announced on Saturday that the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble arrangement would be deferred for two weeks after Hong Kong reported a rise in cases.

Brown said he thinks it will still come online “soon enough” and that other markets will follow suit.

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The Manor House at Fancourt named South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel

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The Manor House at Fancourt was named as South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel at this year’s World Travel Awards.

The 5-star-hotel in George dates back to the 1850s and once home to Henry Fancourt White.

The 18-suite boutique hotel on South Africa’s Garden Route not only delivers on luxury, and sophistication, “it also exclusive country retreat – with warm and generous hospitality,” said Peter Dros, Sales and Marketing Director at Fancourt.

He spoke about the accolade: “This is wonderful news. We’re still smiling. It is a real reflection of the Manor House’s commitment to outstanding service.

“A visit to The Manor House is an experience, and this award means a lot to the team who pride themselves on creating the perfect stay.”

Picture: The Manor House at Fancourt website.

Dros said The Manor House reopened at the end of September.

“The team has loved welcoming guests back to the hotel, Monty Bar, the private library and swimming pool.

“We can’t wait to surprise guests over the summer with our new offerings, including al fresco dinners on a private deck under the stars,” said Dros.

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Graham Cooke, Founder World Travel Awards, said despite the challenges faced by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in 2020, this year’s World Travel Awards nomination programme reported record visitor traffic and engagement from the public.

“The appetite for tourism has never been as keen and this offers hope and much-needed encouragement to us all,” said Cooke.

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The Postcard Hotel Wins Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel at World Travel Awards

New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsVoir) The latest entrant in the Indian luxury hotel space, The Postcard Hotel walks away with multiple honours at The World Travel Awards, 2020.

The Postcard Dewa, Thimphu has been voted as ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Bhutan’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, The Postcard Cuelim, South Goa has been voted as ‘India’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Goa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and The Postcard Velha, Old Goa has been voted as ‘India’s Best Wellness Retreat’. In just a year of being operational, the brand has managed to make a mark for itself amongst the top luxury hotels in Asia.

Kapil Chopra and a team of experienced hospitality professionals founded The Postcard Hotel with a vision to open experiential luxury hotels in unique destinations. The immersive hospitality and its unconventional and fluid nature is what truly sets the brand apart. No set breakfast hours, personalised exclusive dining, cocktails on arrival and the flexibility of anytime check-in and check-out are some of the unique offerings that have contributed to the vast recognition and appreciation of the brand.

“Evolving rapidly and staying positive in this new environment was the need of the hour. While our hotels continued to provide the highest levels of service and genuine care for our guests, enhancing the procedures and protocols for safety of our guests and team became our priority. Additionally, to ensure that they feel safe and reassured, The One Key Hotel was introduced,” says Chopra.

The ‘One Key’ access is a unique service that allows guests to book the entire hotel for themselves, during which the property is completely closed off to non-residential guests with a complete sanitisation of the premises including the pool prior to arrival.

The boutique nature of The Postcard properties and their polished safety and service standards is what contributed to their success post opening after the nationwide lockdown this year. With limited inventory and plenty of outdoor spaces, social distancing is naturally inbuilt in the way the hotels are designed, with enough space for each guest to feel secluded and enjoy their own private experiences. This has led to possibly the biggest success story globally for any brand with revenue for the current year already exceeding last year’s – buoyed by an increased occupancy and high average room rates.

Each hotel by The Postcard offers unique experiences that are true to its surroundings, giving guests a sense of the neighbourhood and the destination in a way never seen before. The Postcard Cuelim, is a 350 year old restored estate located in South Goa. This six room hotel overlooking 3500 acres of lush green paddy fields seamlessly blends in with Goa’s rich culture and tropical radiance, providing the experience of seclusion and disconnect. The Postcard Dewa, Thimphu is nestled in a forest on the outskirts of Bhutan’s capital city. The newly built hotel with 15 suites and a minimum room size of 995 square feet is located with a spectacular hilltop view of the Thimphu valley and surrounding forests.

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LEADING THE WAY: Miller aims to teach kids life lessons as coach, recreation coordinator | Local

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

A Columbus native, Miller grew up having a good childhood living with his parents, two older brothers, Rob and Craig, and younger sister, Tiffany. From an early age, sports were part of the equation.

“I mainly started out watching my oldest brother playing soccer and I became fascinated with the game,” Miller recalled. “I played a lot of sports and I watched my siblings play.”

Miller played baseball, football and soccer, but it was his father, Galen, who inspired him to want to work with youth as he got older.

“Growing up, he volunteer-coached all of us all of the time,” he said. “He did a lot of other stuff behind the scenes, so I would say he had a big influence on me.”

Miller graduated from Columbus High School in 2005 and spent a few years at Central Community College-Columbus; however, he decided to leave because he knew he desired to share his love for sports and physical activity with the younger generation like his father did. He already had gotten a taste of it, having helped coach his cousin’s sixth-grade basketball team with his dad and a local football team. He wanted to pursue that interest further.

FINDING HIS CALLING

Miller’s sister helped him land the opportunity with CASP, a role he has been in for 13 years. Each weekday, he travels to one of Columbus Public’s five elementary schools, where he works with up to 15 kids that range from kindergarten to fourth grade at one time. They’ll play sports and games, but he’ll also help out during homework time.

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Lack of conventions slam hotel doors, but leisure travel leading comeback in Lincoln | Local

“Unlike FFA and their blue jackets, they just blend in. Most people don’t even know they’re here. But downtown sure knew they weren’t here this summer.”

The loss of conventions, together with the cancellation of Husker and high school athletics, arena concerts and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduation ceremonies, hit downtown hotels hard.


Cindy Lange-Kubick: Walking through downtown Lincoln on a beautiful fall day in the time of COVID-19

Two of the three large hotels with convention and meeting space — the Cornhusker Marriott and Graduate — closed for several months, the Cornhusker laying off 79 of its staff. Embassy Suites, the other convention hotel, remained open, but laid off 92 people in May. That same month, a Hyatt call center in the city laid off more than 200 people.

The city’s 5,500 hotel rooms, both in and out of downtown, sat nearly empty from March through early May. But Maul said they’ve had a surprising comeback in business over the summer and into the fall.

“People are still traveling in a lot larger numbers than we thought would be traveling back in March and April,” he said. “We just don’t have the convention business. What we do have is leisure travel. Those numbers have been very positive.”

Now, there’s hope for additional business from smaller meetings and the return of athletics, like the “bubble” basketball tournament being discussed for the arena later this year. That possible business, Maul said, is partially contingent on a key COVID-19 fighting factor.

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