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Providing Our Partners With The Most Competitive Hotel Offers Across Asia

Destination Asia’s dedicated special offers website provides our business-to-business partners with exclusive access to the most competitive and tactical hotel offers across Asia. 

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Hotel deals can be easily searched and filtered – during the validity date – through various parameters including country, destination, hotel name, star rating and/or booking dates. The website also allows a stop sales function for hoteliers to add stop sales and hotel renovation updates that can be exported in Microsoft Excel.

The easy-to-use website also allows users to view Destination Asia hotel fact sheets which provide essential information about the range of services available. For clients who already enjoy the benefits of Destination Asia’s online eDA system, access is easy, as they can simply use the same login details to gain entry.

One of the greatest advantages for users is the sites ability to function as a ‘live’ sales point, continually updating as more room offers become available – therefore providing the most competitive hotel offers in the market.

View the latest offers by visiting, specials.destination-asia.com

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Venturing Into Hong Kong’s Local Communites

 Destination Asia Hong Kong has developed a fascinating walking tour through Chinatown, revealing the colonial history of Hong Kong. Local expert guides discuss the development of the Central district since the inception of British rule in 1841, revealing the stories behind the extensive waterfront developments that give Hong Kong its distinct character.

The program then takes guests west on the old street tram to Sheung Wan, where a diverse selection of traditional Chinese medicine products can be found. After learning how to use some of these ingredients we continue with a walk to Tai Ping Shan. Since the early days of colonial rule, Tai Ping Shan has been the site of Hong Kong’s first China Town. At first a vibrant community attracting Chinese immigrants, it later became a slum and was severely affected by the bubonic plague in the 1890s. We visit the compelling Pak Sing Ancestral Hall that was once a store room for those who lost their lives at this time. From here we proceed to Hong Kong’s famous Man Mo temple, erected in 1847 for worship to the gods of literature and war.

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Luxury ‘Green Village’ Opens in Siem Reap

The luxury brand Zannier Hotels prides itself on delivering passionate hospitality and astounding gastronomy. Their latest offering is Phum Baitang, due to open in June 2015 on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Referred to as a ‘green village’, this five star resort sits within eight hectares of lush gardens and rice fields with 45 spacious villas (25 with private terrace and 20 with private plunge pool). Just 10 minutes ride from Angkor Wat Temple, the authentic Cambodian style villas are made from naturally sourced wood and raised on stilts.

Other on-site facilities include a fitness room and tranquil spa temple, presenting residents with seven treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room. Phum Baitang also offers two restaurants, one locally inspired and the other serving international dishes using vegetables from the resort’s own garden. An impressive Cigar/Cocktail lounge is a welcome addition for those seeking a peaceful retreat at the end of the day in one of Siem Reap’s most luxurious new developments.

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New Geisha Experience in Kanazawa

Following the popularity of our program in Kyoto that allows guests to spend an evening with a geisha, Destination Asia Japan has developed a new geisha dining experience in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is a town in Japan where the traditional ‘old town’ has survived untouched, allowing visitors a glimpse into the historical heart of the country’s heritage. Parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and Chaya entertainment districts remain just as they did when first constructed.

Today the geisha culture still flourishes in Kanazawa, and on this special occasion the doors of the Kaikaro Chaya will open exclusively for your clients. Kaikaro is registered as an Important Cultural Property and remains one of the few teahouses (geisha houses) that still operate today. In this wonderful setting guests can enjoy an exquisite Kaiseki meal of Kaga cuisine (local cuisine of Kanazawa) and free flowing drinks with two geisha. The okami (mistress) of the teahouse speaks English and will guide guests through the evening.

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Indian Heritage Centre Now Open in Singapore

The Indian Heritage Centre opened earlier this month with a variety of workshops and performances taking place throughout May as part of a month-long culture festival. The heritage centre has been heralded as a site of historical and cultural significance for visitors with a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions to see. From the origins of Indian migration to Pre-colonial, colonial and Post-colonial settlement, routes minorities have followed are explored through interactive displays and precious artifacts.

Visitors can also look forward to the opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre at the end of 2016, and the enhancement of the Malay Heritage Centre’s permanent galleries. Over the next five years, S$25 million will be spent to fund traditional arts groups. The Government will also look into developing the Stamford Arts Centre at Waterloo Street with a focus on the traditional arts.

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Community Project Continues to Thrive in Laos

The Living Land Company in Luang Prabang is a community focused initiative employing locals who, following training, teach travelers the skills involved in a number of rural activities. This hands on experience allows visitors the opportunity to try their hand at rice planting, ploughing using an ox-drawn plow, harvesting and threshing.

The ‘Rice Experience’ is an excellent program for small to medium sized groups who want to join together under the guidance of a locally trained farmer and work out in the field. Helping to train young members of the community, the project provides many great benefits for the community at large – all within an idyllic countryside setting framed by rising mountains and ancient rice terraces. Lunch is included and enjoyed with magnificent views at the on-site restaurant in the centre of the farm.

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Pindaya Cave Shimmers with Gold Buddha

Destination Asia Burma has a great optional excursion for those traveling the route from Kalaw to Nyangh Shwe. High above Pindaya on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake is a winding collection of natural caves that are literally bursting full with statues of Buddha. Many of the statues – approximately 9000 in total – are hundreds of years old and can be found in all shapes, colors and sizes. A series of stairways lead to the cave, with most starting their ascent from the white zedi of Nget Pyaw Taw Pagoda.

Another nearby ‘must-experience’ destination is Inle Lake, a place that is not only a site of outstanding natural beauty, but one to immerse in cultural oddities. A five day market rotates between towns in the region and is overflowing with various tribes’ people selling their hand-made wares. For an unforgettable experience, float skywards in a hot air balloon and bask in spectacular views of the mountains and lake below, watching the fishermen who row their boats standing on one leg.

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Le Meridien Adds Height to Ho Chi Minh City

The recently opened Le Meridien Saigon has literally taken hospitality in Ho Chi Minh City to new heights. Following its soft opening on May 01 2015, staff from the Destination Asia Vietnam office visited the 345 room residence and were impressed by the range and quality of rooms and facilities. Located just 7 kilometers from Tan Son Nhat Internaitonal Airport, the riverside property is steps away from the designer label shops, galleries and dining establishments of Dong Khoi Street. The stunning French-colonial architecture of Saigon Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral are also within easy reach.

The hotel provides another superb option in the city for leisure guests requiring 5 star standards, while also covering the requirements for meeting and incentive groups seeking engaging meeting spaces. Six meeting rooms and an extensive (340 sqm) pre-function area present an array of opportunities for meetings within the city. The Le Meridien Ballroom is the largest available space at 400 sqm.

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Amazing Street Art Race in Penang

Inspired by the hit TV series, The Amazing Race, our Amazing Street Art Race takes guests on an entertaining cultural and artistic adventure through the streets of Penang. A superb program for meeting and incentive groups, the teambuilding exercises inspire logical thinking, problem solving and effective teamwork. With activities taking participants across Georgetown, the teams must cycle, ride in a pedi-cab or walk as they hunt for pieces of street art while solving clues on their journey.

The race is an excellent way to experience the unique cultures and vibrant mix of races living in Penang along with famous heritage sights that give George Town its unique identity. The Amazing Steet Art Race allows guests the chance to view the artistic works of Ernest Zacharevic, a young Lithuania-born artist who has become exceedingly popular in Penang after completing a series of murals entitled ‘Mirrors George Town’ as part of the George Town Festival.

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The Rising Popularity of Chinese Medicine

Recent initiatives undertaken by the Beijing municipal government include the promotion of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in a bid to attract more visitors to the capital city. Little is known outside of China about the traditions of Chinese medicine and without an expert guide, it can be difficult to know where to look for local medicines. As an answer to this problem, Destination Asia China can now take guests into this secretive world by visiting local specialists and exploring the markets with a knowledgeable guide. Our expert guides will identify the sometimes odd looking ingredients and explain how they are ingested and the benefits to them.

Working to develop their offerings of health and wellness, the government is collaborating with museums, hospitals and organizations across Beijing to improve the quality of education in these places and attract more foreign visitors. With the rise of acupuncture, Chinese reflexology & massage and tai chi as viable approaches to improve oneself in the USA and Europe, we see this as a sector within the tourism industry that will continue to grow.

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Destination Asia Thailand Appoint New
Product Development Director

Destination Asia Thailand recently appointed Mr. Soren Wettendorff as Product Development Director. Soren will be based at the Head Office in Bangkok and is responsible for developing the company’s creative experiences that reveal the unique cultures and wonders of Thailand.

Boasting an extensive career history in travel, Soren was previously Director of Sales at Asian Oasis travel company in Bangkok. Prior to this he worked for S.I.Tours as an Executive in sales & marketing, and was the Director of Sales at Golden Pine Resorts, Chiang Rai and Pranburi.

We hope you will join us in wishing Sorren every success at Destination Asia as we look forward to the creative drive he will bring to our product team in Thailand.

Contact Soren at, [email protected]com 

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