July 8, 2019Staycations are nothing new but it is picking up pace in Malaysia, thanks to the handful of newly-launched hotels, resorts and short-term residences. One of these places is The RuMa Hotel & Residences in Kuala Lumpur, which officially opened for business in November last year.
July 1, 2019Gleaming but eerily empty, the luxurious Sipopo resort with its five-star hotels and exclusive facilities rises from a tropical beach, symbolising the dilemma of Equatorial Guinea – a notoriously closed country that has turned to tourism to help fill its coffers.
The purpose-built town was carved out of an ancient forest in 2011 at...
June 26, 2019Travel destinations small enough for a day visit are the best. Cologne, a city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is one of those places.
Cologne is only a one-hour drive away from Dusseldorf, and like its sister city, it runs along the Rhine, one of Europe’s most important rivers. This means that travellers can take a...
May 30, 2019For generations, her husband’s family managed the iconic Baron Hotel in northern Syria, but after years of war the inn is empty and Rubina Mazloumian says she is too tired to carry on.
The Baron Hotel was once the fanciest in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, visited by a long list of celebrated names.
But after four years of civil...
May 24, 2019The weather can get pretty glum at the end of winter in Dusseldorf, Germany. It’s not as cold as the months before, yet it’s constantly windy and wet.
When our group arrived at the Dusseldorf Airport early one morning in late March, we were greeted with smiles and a big thank you for “bringing the sunshine from...
May 22, 2019Budget hotels are urged to be united and work together in preparation for Visit Malaysia 2020, during a recent press conference jointly organised by the Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) and the SME Association of Malaysia.
May 13, 2019There's no place like home, or at least a place that makes you feel like you’re at home.
Hyatt, a brand name known for its range of hotels, recently opened a new property in Kuala Lumpur that caters to extended-stay visitors.
Set up in the upscale Mont Kiara neighbourhood, Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur has 298 rooms and suites...
April 9, 2019If a weekend jaunt to Singapore brings to mind shopping, dining, and experiencing the nightlife, know that you haven’t quite seen it all. The next time you head down to the city-state, consider extending your stay by a day or two, to explore.
April 7, 2019The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) had conducted extensive research to suggest a regulatory framework for short-stay homes listed on platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, HostAStay and MyCribBooking.com.
April 6, 2019If it’s up to the travel and hospitality stakeholders in Malaysia, regulation on short term accommodations (STA) or short-stay homes such as Airbnb in the country is long overdue. Concerted calls have been made repeatedly to put the home-sharing industry under scrutiny.
March 31, 2019It would appear that going domestic is the future of travel for the Malaysian hotel scene, or at least that’s how one of the world’s biggest hospitality companies sees it. Domestic tourists, according to Marriott International, remains the top source market for the international chain’s hotels and resorts in Malaysia.
March 17, 2019Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel group, has released new details on its loyalty programme which will be branded under a new name and feature perks like cooking lessons with top chefs, football master classes with star athletes and hikes in Patagonia.