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The Suite Life: 5 new Hyatt properties that just opened and to consider for your next dream vacation

It’s a brand that sets the expectations in international travel and it recently enjoyed the commendations of the ‘Best Business Hotel Brand in the World” which was awarded at the 2019 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific  Awards for the 15th time!   9 properties including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Macau, Melbourne, Shanghai, Saigon, Sydney and Tokyo were also voted “Best Business Hotel”  Shortly before that, Seoul enjoyed recognition as ‘Best Meetings Hotel”  at the Meetings & Conventions Asia’s Stella Awards.

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It’s an undisputable record that sets precedents and expectations on new properties that have opened across its global network.

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Client Event at Grand Hyatt Melbourne
“We create meaningful, personalized and memorable experiences,” said Carina Chorengel, senior vice president, Commercial, Asia Pacific.  “As we mark our 50th anniversary in Asia Pacific this year, this honor goes to all our colleagues in the region who have shown incredible dedication, passion and creativity that help build loyalty among our customers and differentiate our brands and hotels from the competition.”

Let’s jump straight into the suites at the newest properties that have opened in the last couple of weeks shall we?

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Inside the guesthouse of Graceland

This month marks the third year since the 450 room, full service resort opened, it was the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982 and was the largest hotel construction project in Memphis in over 90 years!

The world-class resort, just steps away from Elvis Presley’s iconic mansion, includes 20 luxury suites, two full-service restaurants, expansive meeting and special events space for conventions, meetings, weddings and gatherings for 1350 people, a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies, an expansive outdoor pool and a manicured lawn space with capabilities for a 400-person tent for special outdoor events.

Take a tour in this special pictorial, exploring one of the world’s most iconic tour destinations…

5 Reasons to visit Graceland:

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Scenes from Australia’s annual Parkes Elvis Festival when 27,000 impersonators, fans and visitors (more than twice its population) descend on the small town of Parkes from around the world! The 4 day Elvis festival in Australia takes place again 8-12 January to coincide with the King’s birthday! Click here to learn more
  • Concerts at the Graceland Soundstage – It’s a regular stop for touring artists both in and out of Memphis because of its rich history.  This year’s acts so far have included The Oak Ridge Boys, Hot Tuna, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Dream Theater, Switchfoot, Justin Hayward and Melissa Etheridge
  • I-40: The Music Highway –  The 222-mile (357km) section of Interstate highway 40 which runs between Memphis and Nashville is often referred to as the Music Highway,
  • Priscilla Presley’s Elegant Southern Style Weekend – is a weekend when Priscilla Presley assembles a lineup of designers, event planners and lifestyle experts giving insight to Southern culture.  Seminars, workshops, parties and a tour of Graceland mansion, and the exhibition complexes filled with Elvis’ personal memorabilia.
  • PB&J Nightcap? –  The complimentary Peanut Butter & Jelly Station offers chef-made PB&J sandwiches between 10-11pm.   It’s not uncommon to attract long queues. Cold milk, hot cocoa, bananas and other goodies are offered as well.
  • A Century of the American Motorcycle – If you love motorcycles as much as Elvis did, the current exhibit at the new Graceland Exhibition Centre runs until 3 November

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‘Project Sunrise’ Qantas Research Flights: New York / London direct to Australia

October marks the start of the next phase in planning for Project Sunrise, three ultra long-haul test flights that will be conducting on-board research to understand the needs and effects this kind of travel will have on passengers and crew.   It will represent the world’s first flight by a commercial airline direct from New York to Sydney and only the second time a commercial airline has flown direct from London to Sydney.  The gathering of intelligence from the  series of flights over the next three months are critical steps toward Qantas’s vision to  operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.

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Top 10 corporate meeting destinations in Asia

Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider released its list of top meeting destinations in Asia.  The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Unique Request for Proposals Received
  • Total Room Nights Received
  • Awarded Request for Proposals
  • Awarded Room Nights
  • Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
  • Number of Profile Views

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The crowning dome of World Expo 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai unveiled the UAE’s latest architectural marvel as the final piece of the Al Wasl dome – an iconic structure at the centre of the next World Expo – was lifted into place.  The crowning moment came as the dome’s 550-tonne moulded steel crown was positioned on top of the vertical trellis, an inspiring feat of precision engineering with a margin of error of only three millimetres.

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Christina: The Residency. The Return. The X-perience.

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‪Christina Aguilera‪ is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter renowned for her powerful voice and hit songs. Throughout her career, she has sold more than 43 million records worldwide. Aguilera has achieved five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s).  She has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and holds the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011 she entered the world of television as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award nominated show The Voice.  Aguilera has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 and has helped raise over $150 million for the World Food Program and other hunger relief agencies.

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Cool climate wines and brews of Orange

Just 1% of Australian vineyards grow their grapes in areas above 600 metres.   This and a number of geological and topographical factors are what constitute the uniqueness in winemaking in the region of Orange, New South Wales.   Newer in comparison to the old wine household names of the industry, the mineral rich hills of limestone, shales, greywhack overlain and basalt rich soils create a distinct taste and body.

Grapes have more difficulty ripening in cooler climates like Orange,  which result in higher levels of acidity and lower levels of sugar.   Orange’s elevation combines to create a medium to light-bodied aromatic drop which is the perfect storm for connoisseurs who lean more towards light, crisp, and dry wines.

“This time of year in the winemaking cycle is always an exciting time with many of our new vintage wine releases appearing in market and on wine lists.  It is a celebration of bud burst, which symbolises the beginning of the growing process,” said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall. “It is terrific to partner with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to showcase more than half of our region’s cool climate wine brands.”

The wine making region of Orange forms a belt of 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors around the township in which 60% of the wine produced is red.

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