The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced plans to bring three more brands into Singapore - Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, EVEN Hotels and Staybridge Suites. The hospitality group has also announced plans last month to open the Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach in Bintan, Indonesia. in the prime Lagoi Bay area of Bintan in 2019.
The OCBC VOYAGE Card allows you to earn up to 1.6 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 on dining and it gives you 1.2 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 on all other spend (with no cap). If you wish to use this credit card for overseas spending, it gives you a generous 2.3 VOYAGE Miles per S$1 (in equivalent currency) with no cap and no minimum spend requirement. I have been using this credit card for a while now as I do see value in the complimentary limousine transfers that come with the card after spending S$3,000 in retail expenses each month (you may earn up to two free rides each calendar month).
Priority Pass will become the first global lounge membership program to integrate LocusLabs' indoor mapping and wayfinding features within its app. This new feature will be rolled out through an update that is due in coming weeks and it will cover major airports like HKG, SIN and LHR - more locations will be added in coming months.
The InterContinental Ambassador membership is a great 'elite status' to have since it requires no commitment on stays but rather a nominal sum each year for a number of tangible benefits. Earlier this month, prior to my IHG Rewards Club account being hacked, I renewed my InterContinental Ambassador membership for just 24,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (or 32,000 points if you are signing-up for the first time) but apparently the price of signing-up as well as renewing has increased quite drastically overnight.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the fashionable Namiki-dori street in cosmopolitan Ginza, the 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel offers travelers a home base in a neighborhood where even the most avid explorers can stay entertained for days on end. Interior designer Yohei Akao has created flexible spaces and furniture configurations that adjust nimbly. True to the Hyatt Centric brand concept of putting guests at the center of their own unique travel adventure, Akao has embedded touches of Ginza throughout the public spaces and guestrooms in subtle ways that will inspire guests to venture out and explore.
The first Hotel Indigo that was signed in Vietnam is the Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay that is slated to open in 2021. Even though the Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is signed on a later date, it is slated to become the country's first Hotel Indigo-branded property that will open in Ho Chi Minh City come 2019.
Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton property has just opened up in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and next to the brand new waterfront leisure and commercial Barangaroo precinct. The West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is a newly-built hotel with 182 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
The first St. Regis-branded property in Hong Kong (St. Regis Hong Kong) is slated to open in early 2019 in collaboration with China Resources Property. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong currently and the introduction of the St. Regis brand in Wan Chai will make it the perfect luxury accommodation for business travellers and leisure guests.
When you have memberships across different loyalty programs, it is always a good idea for you to keep track of it (manually or otherwise). I have previously written about AwardWallet which is free to use (but premium features can only be unlocked when you make a contribution) and today I just wanted to mention how useful it actually is because I actually discovered that my account got hacked through this very platform - 339,500 points were gone!
I recently stayed in a Premier Suite at the InterContinental Singapore over New Year's Eve (well, I actually checked-in on 30 December 2017 and checked-out on 01 January 2018) and was curious to know which set of Accelerate challenges it would count towards. More importantly, I was curious to know whether the elite-qualifying nights counted towards my 2017 or 2018 quota.
MGallery by Sofitel adds three new iconic properties to its growing portfolio of 90 hotels. The addition of the Victory House Leicester Square in London and The Retreat Palm Dubai as well as Tarcin Forest Resort & Spa is part of the rapid expansion of the MGallery brand that is slated to happen over the next five years.