Global Travel News Digest (Apr 28 – May 4)

May 6, 2019

Hello! I receive lots of travel-related press releases here and abroad so I decided to collate them for you.


Museo de Intramuros Opens

Museo de Intramuros, Manila

As the Philippines celebrate National Heritage Month this May, the Department of Tourism invites the public to explore and learn about Philippine culture and history by visiting Museo de Intramuros in Manila.

It is located in two important reconstructions inside the walled city: the San Ignacio Church and the Mission House of the Society of Jesus. The museum was designed to house the period art collections of IA that includes ecclesiastical art, furniture, vestments, and textiles and other artifacts.

The current in-house exhibition presents the story of the evangelization of the Philippines from the perspective of the Filipinos. It explores changes in the “Filipino” psyche as colonization introduced a new religion and culture to the natives.

Museo de Intramuros is managed by the Intramuros Aministration (IA). Admission is free.


Enjoy a summer retreat in the Swiss Alps at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort Lake Lucerne Private Residence Suites

Bürgenstock Hotels Switzerland Private Residence Suites

The Private Residence Suites offers a home-from-home in a glorious location combining indulgent home comfort with the amenities of Bürgenstock Resort including a concierge, housekeeping, car parking, babysitting and in-suite dining. Two fully-furnished residence options are available to rent each with its own design aesthetic: Grand Residence Suites and Panorama Residence Suites.

From June to September 2019, the Residence Suites are available to book as an extension to the Bürgenstock Hotel for a minimum of three nights starting from CHF 2,200 per night (approximately RMB 14,600) based on a two-bedroom Residence.

Residences are available for long-term rental from CHF 11, 300 per month (approximately £RMB 75,0008) with a minimum term of six months based on a one-bedroom residence suite with mountain view. Prices depend on the length of stay.

For more information, please visit For bookings please email or call +41 (0) 41 612 60 00.


Oakwood Expanding in Australia with Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Dandenong

oakwood hotel apartments dandenong facade

Oakwood®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments, announced its second Oakwood Hotel & Apartments in Australia located south east of Melbourne. Opening in 2021, this iconic development, as part of Barnes Capital’s Spectra building, will transform the city skyline and the way of life in one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Rising 20 floors above Dandenong’s commercial hub, Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Dandenong offers authentic city-nature balance with inspiring views of Port Phillip Bay and the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Residents of Spectra’s vibrant architectural marvel will enjoy a new concept of urban lifestyle like never before while enjoying ease of access to Melbourne CBD and the Mornington Peninsula. With 98 elegantly appointed rooms and apartments, Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Dandenong augments modern living with fine amenities like gourmet experiences, meeting facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, as well as an entertainment area.

“Identified by the Metropolitan Planning Authority as a National Employment Cluster, Dandenong, and the greater area of Melbourne’s South East, continues to evolve as it grows to include a vibrant community for a younger demographic. We are confident that Oakwood’s expertise in residential living will not only support the overall precinct’s revitalisation plan but also bring alive Spectra’s vision of a new way of life in a real and very exciting way,” said Martyn Barnes, Managing Director at Barnes Capital. “We continue to be inspired by our city’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage and Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Dandenong at Spectra will redefine the way we work, live and play for a long time to come,” said Dean Schreiber, managing director, Asia Pacific, Oakwood.


Norwegian Joy Set Sail After Revitalization

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 15th ship departed on April 26 for the first of two exclusive inaugural preview cruises before her first official sailing out of Seattle to Alaska on May 4, 2019. This is following its renovation that makes it identical to its widely successful sister ship, Norwegian Bliss.

Norwegian Joy is one of the most innovative in the fleet, featuring industry firsts including an onboard go-kart track, open-air laser tag arena and Galaxy Pavilion, a dedicated virtual reality and gaming venue. She is the only ship in the fleet to offer the Concierge-level stateroom category, which features spacious suites with 24/7 concierge service and private dining.

She will offer seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C. Beginning in the fall, she will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, Calif. as well as the Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami, Fla. She will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020.

For more information or to book a cruise, please call +852 2165 6000 (English, Cantonese and Mandarin assistance), contact your preferred travel professional or visit

Oceania Cruises Unveils 2020-2021 Itineraries

Oceania Cruises 2020 2021 Itineraries

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line unveiled its new 2020-2021 Tropics & Exotics collection of voyages. Here are the highlights:

  • 85 itineraries, 69 of them entirely new, including 13 new voyages to Asia & Africa, 8 new voyages to South America, 7 new sailings to the South Pacific & Australia, 7 new Transoceanic journeys, and an extraordinary 30 new voyages to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal & Mexico.
  • A dozen new ports of call that reveal a fascinating mosaic of cultures, such as Cuba’s unspoiled Isla de la Juventud, Japan’s traditional seaside town of Miyako, the compelling Indonesian melting pot of Surabaya, and New Zealand’s remote port of Whangarei.
  • Explore the treasures of once-forbidden Cuba with two dozen all-encompassing voyages to the island, most of which feature overnights in iconic Havana many delve into the lesser-known corners of the country with calls in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
  • From stunning Hokkaido, the northernmost main island in Japan, to the austral Tasmanian city of Burnie, travelers can choose from an expanded selection of intriguing ports in Asia and Australia.

For more information visit Oceania Cruises online, view brochure, contact your travel agent or call Singapore 800-616 -7096 / India 0008-0004-01054 / Hong Kong and Rest of Asia +852 2165 6010.

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