AccorHotels has announced plans to acquire 80% of the leading player in premium customer and employee loyalty services - John Paul. The remaining 20% stake will be kept by the founder of the company, David Amsellem, who will remain as CEO of John Paul. Following the acquisitions of Wipolo, Oasis Collections, SquareBreak and onefinestay, the acquisition of John Paul, will transform AccorHotels into a travel companion providing innovative services to travelers at every step of their journey.
John Paul was founded in Paris in 2007 and it merged with LesConcierges in 2015 to create the world leader in loyalty services with a total company strength of 1,000 across five continents. The team works with some of the world's leading brands to provide bespoke concierge services around the clock (24/7) to meet the needs of their customer's requests.
Equipped with a proprietary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data platform that is based on behavioural profiling and personalisation, John Paul has a network of 50,000 partners in over 50 countries to provide the most exhaustive and global solutions to brands in the financial, automotive, travel, consumer, healthcare, pharma, luxury industries and more. AccorHotels positions itself as the best provider of multi-nature services to guests, supporting the whole customer journey, from non-hotel offers to 24/7 assistance through an integrated and innovative solution.
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts will be expanding the brand’s portfolio with the management of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney from 18 October 2019. Currently The Westin Sydney, the iconic property located on 1 Martin Place will be re-branded into The Fullerton Hotel Sydney and it will become the group’s first foray outside of Singapore.
In conjunction with The Ritz-Carlton’s Stellar Dining Series, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore will be presenting a series of gastronomic events from 01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018 - the whole journey begins in Singapore and it will continue through to Osaka, Hong Kong and Beijing from 01 November 2018 to 01 December 2018.
A brand new Hilton property has just opened in Taipei and it marks the brand’s return to the Taiwan market after 15 years. Located in New Taipei City, the 31-story Hilton Taipei Sinban offers 400 upscale rooms and it positions itself as an optimal choice for business travel and gatherings with extensive meeting facilities and convenient connections to traffic hubs.
Chef Ku at Golden Peony (Conrad Centennial Singapore) has just unveiled a brand new selection of dim sum items for both weekday lunches as well as weekend brunches. The new array of dim sum is created to showcase both traditional Cantonese as well as local flavours. Family dining with children will also be delighted to find a handful of specially-created items for the restaurant’s younger guests.
After a recent break-off with Oasis Collection home rentals, Hyatt has announced today that it is buying Two Roads Hospitality for US$480 Million. This international lifestyle hotel management company currently owns luxury lifestyle and boutique brands like Alila Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels and tommie.
Slightly over a year ago, Singapore Airlines introduced a series of PPS Rewards for their PPS Members (find out what the difference between KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS here) and these rewards are basically incentives (think of them as milestone bonuses) for reaching certain levels of spend - double KrisFlyer miles, redemption discounts, as well as one-class cabin upgrades. While these benefits have been exclusive to top-tier members, a brand new selection of KrisFlyer Elite Gold Rewards will become available to KrisFlyer Elite Gold members from 09 October 2018.
The launch of the e-boutique platform for Le Club AccorHotels in Asia-Pacific has just been announced. The platform is already available in France and Australia but now loyalty members residing in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will now have the opportunity to earn and redeem their loyalty points on the digital shopping platform.
Manhattan at Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, has been making heads turn since its opening back in 2014. This 19th century-inspired bar has been Asia’s Best Bar for two consecutive years on Asia’s 50 Best Bar List so it is no surprise that it has recently made its way to top three at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 Awards - a first for a bar in Asia!
Capella Hotel Group and China Gezhouba Group Real Estate will bring the much-awaited Capella Sanya to the southern coast of tropical Hainan Island. Located in the secluded TuFu Bay, Capella Sanya pays homage to a Silk Road legend surrounding its location. The property will feature 190 exquisitely-designed rooms and villas amid lush gardens that overlook the South China Sea.
The premature ending of the 4 miles per dollar promotion on mobile payments has left a bad taste in my mouth. In fact, I personally know of a handful of cardholders who decided to cancel the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card just because of that. This morning, I noticed that the very same card is offering 30 OCBC$ (equivalent to 12 Miles) per S$1 spent on ShopperBoard from 1-28 October 2018 - this is capped at S$1,000 which means the most you can earn from this promotion is 30,000 OCBC$ or 12,000 Miles.