2017 is set to be another big year in travel with new and exciting product and packages from a host of GTI Tourism’s clients, including aloft Hotels, St. Regis, Butterfield & Robinson, Las Vegas, Four Points by Sheraton, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Wild Bush Luxury and YTL Hotels. From swish hotel openings to new culinary, cycling and hiking adventures, there’s something in store for all.
Opening in May, Aloft Perth will be the first hotel to open in Australia under the Aloft brand. Set in The Springs, Perth’s biggest urban renewal project close to the Swan River, the hotel will feature 224 sleek and colourful guestrooms, as well as a fitness centre, swimming pool, a hip restaurant and vibrant public spaces including an outdoor terrace.
BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON
On Butterfield & Robinson’s new Tasmania Walking trip, which starts and finishes in Hobart, guests will have plenty of opportunity to sample the local produce, explore the penal history and experience the wildlife on a magnificent four day adventure into the Australian bush. Including a walking journey over beautiful Maria Island, guests will uncover the wilder side of Tasmania whilst also learning about the island’s history.
Adding to Butterfield & Robinson’s portfolio of river cruises, travellers on the Rhône River Cruise Biking will float along the Rhône from Provence to Burgundy aboard Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine, taking in two iconic French regions. Historic riverside cities serve as landmarks between the world-renowned wine regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône, while along the way, quiet roads offer easy going pedalling.
Travellers on Butterfield & Robinson’s Tuscany E-biking trip will discover hilltop vineyards, charming villages and lush vistas. They can tap their e-bike at the first hint of fatigue and feel the wheels practically turning themselves. With lush rolling hills, medieval towns and meandering roads keeping it all together, Tuscany is a biker’s idyll.
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
Slated to open in March 2017, Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne Docklandsbrings 273 modern guest rooms, as well as dining and bar facilities to an up and coming area of Melbourne. Sitting right on the water, close to the Etihad Stadium, Crown Casino, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and offering easy access to the airport freeway, not to mention having an outdoor pool, this hotel will be popular with leisure and business travellers alike.
LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY (LVCVA)
Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, does not shy away from welcoming new formulas to its already spectacular line-up of world-class hotels and resorts. One of the newest additions is the Lucky Dragon, bringing oriental charm and ambiance to Las Vegas. Outfitted with 200 rooms, oasis garden pools, spa treatment rooms with acupuncture and reflexology, multiple Asian-inspired restaurants and gaming, this new property will excite Asian and Western guests alike.
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will be situated on West Beijing Road – one of Shanghai’s most desirable addresses. Opening in March 2017, the hotel will offer 480 luxurious guestrooms. Located on floors 29 to 59, the rooms will boast stunning views of the Shanghai skyline. The new build hotel will offer sophisticated culinary experiences with three restaurants and an alfresco bar, extravagant wellness facilities including a spa, indoor swimming pool and a sprawling fitness centre.
VANUATU TOURISM OFFICE
This South Pacific island gem will be home to a new Ramada Resort by Wyndham Hotel Group in 2017. Located only 10 minutes from the capital’s airport, this new property is nestled on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon and combines the unparalleled sophistication of the Ramada Resort’s amenities with a spectacular view of the island’s turquoise waters and pristine beaches.
WILD BUSH LUXURY
The sustainable food trend continues in 2017 with Wild Bush Luxury offering combined travel and food trips for real foodie adventurers. Chef James Viles of Biota Dining crafts bespoke menus inspired by Australian landscapes. Be amazed by his innovative culinary approaches and learn from Wild Bush Luxury conservation practices at its quintessentially Australian Bamurru Plains and Arkaba properties.
YTL Hotels is set to open its newest property, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, in late 2017; its first opening since the UK’s The Gainsborough Bath Spa opened its doors in mid-2015. The new property will be located in Plai Laem, in the stunning Choeng Mon area at the north-eastern tip of Koh Samui, well-known for its white sand beaches surrounded by emerald waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The hotel will feature approximately 187 luxurious guest rooms and pool villas with the finest of dining, wellness and recreational facilities set on the pristine sun-kissed beachfront.