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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Flamingo Holding Group Celebrate Opening of Wyndham Grand Flamingo Dai Lai Resort
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Flamingo Holding Group, has celebrated the launch of the Wyndham Grand brand in North Vietnam with the reopening and rebranding of Flamingo's resort development formerly known as Forest in the Sky Villas.
The newly rebranded Wyndham Grand Flamingo Dai Lai Resort is owned by Flamingo Holding Group and operates under a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchisor with over 9,000 hotels worldwide.
The resort joins the Wyndham Grand portfolio of upper-upscale hotels and resorts which are known for its approachable luxury, distinctive experiences and exceptional service in sought-after destinations all over the world – including Shanghai, Yangon, Istanbul and Orlando.
Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Joon Aun Ooi, President, Asia Pacific, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts said, “The Wyndham Grand brand is a collection of distinctive hotels that offer one-of-a-kind experiences, and we are thrilled to expand the brand's presence with another amazing destination in Vietnam. The Flamingo Holding Group has created a spectacular product with the Wyndham Grand Flamingo Dai Lai Resort – it is a peaceful, private sanctuary that offers guests a wide range of leisure and entertainment options thanks to its sprawling grounds and extensive facilities. We are confident that the Wyndham Grand Flamingo Dai Lai Resort will become a leading resort destination, attracting both international and domestic guests in the years to come.”
Johor Bahru Malaysia Welcomes Simple, Smart Travel With Signing of Holiday Inn Express and Suites®
InterContinental Hotels Group had announced the signing of a management agreement with OSK Holdings Berhad to convert Swiss Inn Johor Bahru to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Johor Bahru at the beginning of 2021.
The 203-room hotel supports the growth of the Holiday Inn Express footprint in Malaysia. The brand is the first choice for the increasing number of travellers seeking a simple and engaging place to rest, recharge and get a little work done, too.
With smart, savvy travel in the brand's DNA, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Johor Bahru offers everything a guest needs, including a gym, self-service laundry, flexible meeting space, an all-day dining restaurant and lobby bar counter. The brand's much-loved hallmarks also go towards ensuring a great stay, such as complimentary Express Start breakfast, power showers, blackout blinds, high-quality bedding with a choice of pillows for a sensational sleep experience, and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Serena Lim, Vice President, Development for South East Asia and Korea, IHG, commented, “At IHG we are delighted to be partnering with OSK Holdings Berhad to expand the Holiday Inn Express brand in Malaysia. The brand represents a great value proposition both for consumers and owners in some of the country's regional cities, and we look forward to expanding its presence in Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabulu within the next 12 months. We are also exploring opportunities to grow into other centres in both the peninsula and East Malaysia, such as Ipoh and Kuching, to name a few.
Experience Comfort, Convenience and Community in the First Staybridge Suites® in Dubai
IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has further expanded its footprint in the region and continues bringing new brands to new markets with the opening of the first Staybridge Suites® in Dubai South in Al-Maktoum Airport, on October 17 2020. Renowned globally since 1997, Staybridge Suites is IHG's upscale extended stay hotel brand that offers an elevated, residential-style hotel designed for multi-night business travellers and leisure travellers looking to break from the travel norm while on the road, be it for days or even months at a time.
Designed to meet the needs of guests who may be staying for extended periods of time, the hotel comprises 262 spacious, contemporary-designed suites perfect for business and leisure travelers on long stays, providing guests with a home away from home. Only 20 minutes away from Expo 2020 Dubai.
The hotel's location provides travelers with ease of access to the airport, key business districts and nearby attractions including Dubai Parks and Resorts and The Outlet Village Mall. More home than hotel, guests have the option between one or two-bedroom suites and studios, that blend contemporary and distinctive design with elevated touches for a comfortable and familiar experience. Each well-appointed unit features its own fully equipped kitchenette complete with a refrigerator, dishwasher and countertop cooking hob as well as a workspace and comfortable living area.
“Genetic Gold-Mine of Tough Corals” Reproduce and Ring in New Life for the Great Barrier Reef
On 4-6 December 2020, the world’s biggest reproductive show took place on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef as corals released trillions of egg and sperm into the ocean in a synchronized effort to reproduce their species.
Often described as a gigantic underwater snowstorm, this natural phenomenon happens only for a few nights each year with a few hundred lucky divers able to witness this surreal, yet stunningly beautiful spectacle that celebrates new life and the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chief Scientist, Dr David Wachenfeld explains that the mass coral spawning is the single most important annual event in the Reef’s recovery processes during which the corals of the Reef show off their resilience.
“The Reef is beautiful, vibrant and resilient. But, after three mass coral bleaching events in five years, it is under greater pressure than ever.
“In many parts of the Reef, the shallow corals were hit really hard in bleaching events in 2016, 2017 and 2020. But those that survived are a genetic gold-mine of tough corals that have proved they can survive marine heatwaves.”
Stuart Ireland, underwater videographer at Calypso Productions and marine biologist is fortunate enough to have witnessed and documented coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland for over 20 years.