Singapore Airlines (SIA) has just signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration in support of efforts to prevent transportation and trafficking of illegal wildlife and their products. The Declaration has 38 airlines under its umbrella currently and it aims to clamp down the trade chains for such wildlife on a global level.
As a signatory of this Declaration, Singapore Airlines agrees to implement actions under the relevant commitments outlined in the Declaration, such as adopting a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade, increasing awareness among passengers and staff, providing staff training to identify and report suspected illegal wildlife, and engaging the relevant stakeholders.
SIA and subsidiary SIA Cargo have long been against the illegal transport of wildlife and unsustainable animal products. SIA prohibits the carriage of any animals or wildlife by passengers, for example, with the exception of domesticated cats and dogs that are checked in, and service and emotional support dogs in the cabin.
SIA Cargo only permits the carriage of live animals in compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR). In addition, following a thorough review which took into account increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning, SIA Cargo stopped accepting the carriage of shark fin with effect from 1 August 2014. This non-carriage was extended to include hunting trophies after a similar review was conducted in May 2015.
The Warehouse Hotel which was one of the most highly-anticipated hotels to open in Singapore this year has now officially become part of Design Hotels under the portfolio of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. What this means for us point-chasers is that you will now be able to earn Starpoints on eligible room and F&B spend at The Warehouse Hotel.
The Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) has just officially opened the flagship Pan Pacific Beijing on 20 August 2017 where Mr. Larry Lv was also recently appointed as the General Manager of this 220-room property. Located at the gateway of the Xicheng District, the Pan Pacific Beijing is walking distance from the Beijing Financial Street as well as famous landmarks like the Forbidden City.
Escape to Hotel Vagabond, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Singapore on weekends when you book the Maxout Weekends package which starts from just S$265++ per night! Enjoy a complimentary late check-out at 2:00PM as well as a choice of breakfast or a 3-course set lunch by Chef Aaron.
ANA is set to open a brand new 300-seat Japan-theme food court in Terminal 2 of the Changi Airport. For those of you familiar with the airport, this newly-planned food court which will become the airport's largest restaurant, will occupy the space where Seafood Paradise and Fish & Co used to be.
AccorHotels has just unveiled Kuala Lumpur's very first Sofitel-branded property in Damansara - the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara. Located in the affluent neighbourhood of Damansara Heights, the 312-room property is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand which comprises of two condominum blocks, office towers and a lifestyle mall.
The Seoul Dragon City is South Korea's first lifestyle hotel-plex that will feature four distinct AccorHotels brands (a grand total of 1,700 rooms and suites), 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, two multi-function grand ballrooms and four floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge that is suspended between two of the towers.
After being closed for slightly over two months, the famous Tea Lounge in Regent Singapore (who has only quite recently gotten her first Michelin-star restaurant in Summer Palace) will be re-opening on 12 August 2017 (Saturday). The newly-refurbished Tea Lounge will feature 96 seats in an approximate 185 sqm space and it will be the creative space for Gold culinary
Olympian Pastry Chef Alex Chong and his team to showcase their delectable sweets
Slated to open in January 2018, Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is set to become Asia's first Hyatt Centric hotel. The relatively new brand by Hyatt offers full-service lifestyle hotels that are strategically located and they have been created for the millennial travellers in mind. The Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo will join the current portfolio of three (Park Hyatt Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Tokyo) to become the fifth property to open in the city of Tokyo.
Sofitel Foshan by AccorHotels has just opened in the city of Guangdong in China. The 5-star luxury property is located in China Leading Furniture City – Lecong in Shunde and it offers a direct connection to the 200,000 square-metre Louvre International Exhibition Centre, a destination hub for design aficionados. Sofitel Foshan is the brand’s first property to debut in Foshan and the 23rd property in the Greater China network.
Conrad Bali will be presenting a limited-time "Yum Cha Festival" in August 2017 which will showcase unique steamed and fried gourmet dim sums and Peking duck at the Suku Restaurant (which is located in Conrad Bali Suites.), its all-day-dining restaurant and also Azure, pool-side bar. The buffet spread will also feature dishes prepared by Chinese Executive Chef Simon Leung of Conrad Beijing.