Headline News

House Would Suit Henry Ford To a T

Henry Ford at wheel of the 20 millionth Ford in April 1931.FMCWE’VE written over the years about some pretty strange things that have become people’s somewhat bizarre homes, holiday retreats and even offices, amongst them a few converted passenger jets, plenty of churches, lighthouses, a couple of one-time houses of ill repute – even an ice-works and a former funeral parlour or two. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Emirates says ‘Hello Budapest’

Emirates, a global catalyst of trade and business, has launched a daily non-stop service to Budapest, marking its first entry into Hungary. … Continue Reading

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Apps

Protravel International Introduces “Human App” for Travelers in Times of Crisis

Today, Protravel International is formally introducing its Human App, specifically engineered and designed to provide the highest, foremost level of care to travelers, regardless of whether they’re equipped with smartphones. … Continue Reading

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Cruise

Celebrity Cruises Takes European Vacations to New Heights with River-and-Ocean Cruise Vacations

On the heels of the successful launch of “Celebrity Explorations” – unique vacations that pair ocean cruises with rich destination experiences on land – is the introduction of European river-and-ocean cruise vacation packages. … Continue Reading

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Destination ASEAN

Sarawak – The Next Diving Haven

More than the home of the Orangutan, Sarawak is shaping up to assume the mantle as one of Asia’s best diving havens. … Continue Reading

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Destination Feature

Liberace To Drag ’Em In Again In Vegas

Over-the-top costumes, jewel-studded cars, sparkling candelabras, flamboyant jewellery and other outrageous belongings that once drew hundreds of thousands a year to a museum dedicated to the world’s most flamboyant entertainer ever – the pianist Liberace – are set to go on display again in Las Vegas by the end of this year.   After being held in storage since the original Vegas Liberace Museum closed at the end of 2010, when visitations had dwindled from 450,000 annually to a mere 35,000,  plans are to show these items off as a more down-sized collection occupying about half the space of the old.   And importantly to locate it in thriving Downtown Las Vegas, rather than outside the Main Strip as was the original, with the Liberace Foundation negotiating for space in Las Vegas’ all-flashing, all-glittering Neonopolis.   This flamboyant shopping and entertainment complex is lit by an amazing 5km of multi-coloured fluorescent-tubes, and includes amongst its tenants several gay-friendly bars and entertainment spots. And whilst these would seem a natural for the Liberace Museum to sit amongst with the pianist himself seen as one of the most-famous gay entertainers ever, Liberace in fact never once referred to himself publicly as such.   “It’s actually one of the things we have to confront when we open the new museum,” a spokesman for the Liberace Foundation said. “In the original, our guides tended not to discuss with visitors that he was gay, and if asked would even deny both that, and the fact he died of AIDS. So that’s the big question with the new museum – do we ‘out’ the dead, because Liberace never outed himself…?”   The new museum will be named the Liberace Entertainment Experience, carefully chosen so it can be shortened to the acronym Lee – as the pianist was known to his friends.   And it will be just 3000 square metres in size, with the Foundation hoping for a modest 35,000 visitors a year. “As not everything from the original will be able to fit in,” the spokesman said, “it will need to be a selection of the best of the best, with an emphasis on Lee’s costumes, and allowing fashion students to come in and study these in an educational environment.”   At the same time, however, the Foundation wants to ensure that all visitors will rightfully recognise that Liberace was in fact one of the most-influential entertainers ever, both in Las Vegas’ and America’s entertainment history.   Although for most fans, a visit to the new Museum will be to ogle not just his often outrageous outfits, but the many seemingly bizarre items he amassed as the highest-paid performer in the world over 20 years – and which included a US$1m fee in 1955 to play just one night at the opening of Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel & Casino (equivalent to around US$8.8m today,) and $138,000 for another single performance at Madison Square Garden…   Amongst items being considered by the Liberace Foundation are several of his 30 cars that include a replica 1931 Model A Ford, a 1957 London cab, a few Rollers (one a 1962 retractable-top Landau covered with tiny jewel-like mirrors and dubbed “The Disco Ball on Wheels,”) the famous custom-built Rhinestone Roadster plated with thousands of faux rhinestones, and his favourite 1954 Cadillac Eldorado that he was given by an appreciative sponsor of his-then TV show.   Clothing items are certain to include his famous US$300,000 virgin fox coat with a near-5m train and $100,000 worth of sequins and crystals, and which weighed 45kg. And also an over-the-top pink gabardine and silk suit covered with everything from satin appliques to pastel seeds and crystals would seem another certainty, as well as his sequined jumpsuits… and crystal-studded pink cowboy boots.   Hopefully there’ll also be space for such items from his enormous piano collection as an 1885 Pleyel art-case grand, and a 1945 mirrored self-playing nickelodeon adorned with peacock feather engravings.   Liberace, who died in 1987 aged 67, once famously said “I don’t give concerts, I put on a show,” and this new museum to his memory – small as it will be compared to the original that drew 10 million-plus visitors over 30 years – is sure to drag in the faithful and the just plain curious when it opens at year’s end in Downtown Las Vegas.Over-the-top costumes, jewel-studded cars, sparkling candelabras, flamboyant jewellery and other outrageous belongings that once drew hundreds of thousands a year to a museum dedicated to the world’s most flamboyant entertainer ever – the pianist Liberace – are set to go on display again in Las Vegas by the end of this year. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

Geneva Tourism Launches the “Geneva Girls’ Guide”, a Guide Fully Dedicated to Women, Focusing on Girls’ Getaways

Geneva Tourism aims for its city to become the preferred women’s destination in Europe, and has launched the “Geneva Girls’ Guide”, a guide comprising hundreds of must visit addresses selected by local female representatives. … Continue Reading

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Destination Hawaii

Total Visitor Expenditures Rose 1.4 Percent To $1.1 Billion In September 2014

Total expenditures by visitors who came to the Hawaiian Islands in September 2014 rose 1.4 percent, compared to last September, to $1.1 billion[1], according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). … Continue Reading

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Destination Thailand

Double The Happiness At Syn Bar, Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Bangkok

November 2014 Introducing the four-hour happy hour at Syn Bar of Swissôtel Nai Lert park Bangkok. As the festive season approaches, Syn Bar widens the window of opportunity to raise a glass of good cheer at a happy hour. … Continue Reading

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Food & Beverage

A Very Tempting Strawberry Infusion At IVIV Lounge & Bar

Sexy lounge by day and bar by night – IVIV (OneSixFive) supports locally grown produce with infusion of strawberries in an inspiring mix of specially concocted mocktail priced at RM28++ per drink
throughout the month of November and December. … Continue Reading

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Gadgets

Introducing our Refined Touchscreen Gloves

We’ve just launched our Refined Touchscreen Gloves, stepping up the game, the gloves feature a updated elegant design that takes knitted gloves to the next level. … Continue Reading

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Hospitality

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Announces Festive Way To Celebrate Winter Holidays With Family, Island Style

Families will enjoy creating new holiday traditions this year at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, a luxurious property located in the heart of the famed Kuta Beach. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Feature

Pan Pacific Rewards

Pacific Centre Bering SuiteCreate one-of-a-kind meeting experiences at Pan Pacific Singapore with Pan Pacific Rewards, an exclusive programme designed to meet the business needs of conference organisers and delegates. … Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle Feature

Bet You’ve Not Heard Of This One

Lifestyle FeatureSYDNEY lawyer-cum-weekend winemaker, Paul de Mestre likes to sum up the fruit of his hobby as “the best wine from the smallest vineyard you’ve never heard of…” … Continue Reading

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Loyalty

American Airlines Introduces Combined AAdvantage Program

American Airlines AAdvantage® and US Airways Dividend Miles® members will become part of the same frequent flyer program in the second quarter of 2015. … Continue Reading

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Meetings

Five Reasons to Host Meetings and Conferences at Sheraton on the Falls

The Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a CAA/AAA 4-Diamond property that offers the very best in meeting and conference services, with over 35,000 sq. ft. of conference space, luxurious guestrooms, and award-winning dining all within view of the spectacular Niagara Falls. The main features of this first-class hotel include: … Continue Reading

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Weird & Wacky

STRUTH!

Left to right: BIMINY, SEBASTIAN, DELTA, CHLOEIN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says pets are increasingly being treated to pampering in top-flight hotels that can range from caviar for dinner, to physiotherapy, massages, facials, mud baths and nutrition consultations. … Continue Reading

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Wellness

Healing Organic Spices Six Senses Spa launches traditional Balinese Boreh for Winter

unnamed (27)Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Zighy Bay has embraced the changing season and launched a traditional Balinese Boreh for the winter season. Originally used by rice farmers in Bali at the end of a hard working day, the treatment is a centuries-old recipe used to relieve muscle aches, increase blood circulation and create relaxation by using heat therapy combined with exotic spices that stimulate the circulation and warm the skin with an aromatic blend.  … Continue Reading

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