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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort unveils Toy Story & Pixar Pals Summer Splash
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) presents Toy Story & Pixar Pals Summer Splash that will bring on a cool summer of fun from June 26 to September 1, 2019. Guests are invited to dive into the fun with their Disney•Pixar friends, who are ready to splash and play. With Toy Story 4 hitting the big screen, old and new Toy Story friends cannot wait to meet and take photos with guests. This summer, there will be more new experiences unveiled in the resort. Young guests can make their dreams come true and be transformed into a real-life princess at the brand new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the castle area. An all-new children’s playroom, called Nemo’s Recreation Reef playroom, is opening at Disney Explorers Lodge. Additionally, limited-time seasonal gifts and meals will debut in the resort, while new summer recreation activities await guests in the hotels, offering a complete “Play. Shop. Dine. Stay.” summer experience for guests from around the world. HKDL also announced its new admission ticket prices with a mild adjustment and special offers for the travel trade, with effect from April 24, 2019.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort ( HKDL ) strengthens trade partnership with annual Celebration of Sales Excellence
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) hosted the annual Celebration of Sales Excellence (CSE) 2018 on April 12, 2019, to honor top-performing travel trade partners for bringing an ever-growing number of guests from around the world to enjoy the resort’s magical experiences. Rewarded with a staycation to experience first-hand the resort’s latest Marvel attraction just launched on March 31, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, the resort’s travel trade partners were optimistic that the resort’s appeal as an ultimate Marvel hub in Asia and the year-round “Play. Shop. Dine. Stay” offers would attract more guests from around the Asia Pacific region to the resort. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort managing director Stephanie Young took the first opportunity to greet travel trade partners at the CSE 2018 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner, after assuming office in February. She thanked the travel trade partners for their ongoing contribution to the resort’s remarkable results: “It’s always important to recognize and celebrate excellence. Your success is very much our success. On behalf of the entire Disney team, I’d like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and contribution.”
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Achieves Record Revenue and EBITDA
Today, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) reported record high revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (“EBITDA”) for fiscal year 2018. Revenue rose 18% to HK$6.0 billion for the year ending September 29, 2018. EBITDA jumped 48% to HK$1.4 billion. The robust growth in revenue and EBITDA was attributed to increases in occupied room nights at the resort hotels, park attendance and guest spending. Annual attendance reached 6.7 million, up 8% from prior year. Across-the-board growth was seen in local, mainland China and international markets, which accounted for 40%, 34% and 26% of total attendance, respectively. International attendance hit a record high for the second year in a row, mainly fuelled by strong visitation from Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. The continued growth in international guests underscores HKDL’s contribution to bolstering Hong Kong as a top tourist destination in the region, both in the family and young adult segments. Since park opening in 2005, total cumulative attendance has reached more than 77 million. During the year, per capita spending increased 6%, representing nine years of continuous growth. Hotel occupancy was up six percentage points to 75%. Disney Explorers Lodge, which opened in April 2017, contributed to 44% growth in occupied room nights. Record revenue and EBITDA reduced net loss by HK$291 million to HK$54 million, an 84% improvement from fiscal year 2017. - HKDL is the ideal destination for events and staycations “This past year HKDL continued to strengthen its appeal as the ideal vacation destination. Our strong entertainment lineup throughout the year, coupled with the launch of ‘Moana: A Homecoming Celebration’ and the global debut of Cookie as a new character in the highly popular Duffy the Bear family, have enticed guests from all markets,” said Stephanie Young, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. “Additionally, innovative initiatives to capture new opportunities were launched, including the first-ever, large-scale outdoor concerts, and the signature 10K Weekend running events, which have broadened our guest base for the park and hotels.” The series of six outdoor concerts by popular Taiwan band Mayday was a groundbreaking initiative using the resort’s coach park to host 120,000 attendees from Hong Kong, as well as mainland China and the rest of Asia. Tailored packages of the resort’s hotel room and park experience contributed to both hotel occupancy and park visitation. To capitalize on the business potential from increased connectivity brought by two mega transportation projects, namely Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section), HKDL increased promotion of the resort as the preferred choice for a staycation and launched tailored products in the connected markets in the Greater Bay area as well as central and western regions of mainland China. - Momentum continues with new attractions and increased connectivity 2019 will be another amazing year with incredible new experiences and offerings for Disney fans. “The launch of a new Marvel-themed attraction as part of a multiyear expansion and the addition of year-round entertainment offerings and products, along with the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section), will allow us to continue our positive momentum,” said Young. In addition to the unique year-round seasonal events for Christmas, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and Halloween, HKDL has launched the “World’s Biggest Mouse Party!”, which runs through February 24, 2019, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. On March 31, 2019, HKDL will open “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” to the enjoyment of Marvel fans from around the world. This all-new interactive experience is the second instalment in the expansion project that will continue to build HKDL’s Marvel-themed area into an ultimate hub in Asia of thrilling Marvel experiences. This new ride will extend the success of “Iron Man Experience” as guests fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp (played by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, respectively, from the popular blockbuster film). Guests enter the world of Marvel in Tomorrowland at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion in the Stark Expo. After boarding a state-of-the-art vehicle at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s research and design facility, guests will join Ant-Man and The Wasp in an epic battle against Arnim Zola and his army of evil Hydra Swarm-bots. Also part of the expansion project, the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in HKDL’s castle area will be unveiled in summer of 2019. Young guests can make their dreams come true as they transform into princesses. The boutique offers an array of gorgeous dresses and accessories, which include Disney Princess favourites such as Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Elsa, Tiana and Jasmine. This new location gives guests an even more royal experience, thanks to the interactive Magic Mirror, which tells the stories of everyone’s favourite princesses in a highly-immersive royal setting. To complement existing offerings at the resort hotels, Disney Explorers Lodge will add a new children’s playroom named “Nemo’s Recreation Reef”, inspired by the popular Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo”. Opening in the summer of 2019, young guests can have fun in the world of Nemo and unleash their creativity during arts and crafts sessions. - Continuous positive contribution to the Hong Kong community HKDL is committed to contributing to and serving the Hong Kong community. In fiscal year 2018, the resort brought approximately HK$8.9 billion of value added to Hong Kong, equivalent to around 0.34% of the city’s overall GDP. Additionally, 19,000 jobs (in terms of man-years) were created during the fiscal year, benefiting Hong Kong’s overall economy. On average, HKDL employed more than 5,200 full-time and 2,300 part-time cast members during the year, remaining one of the city’s largest employers in the tourism and family entertainment industry. The resort provided cast with nearly 400,000 hours of professional and technical training during the year. Among its various community efforts, HKDL is particularly dedicated to bringing happiness to children with illnesses and special needs and fulfilling their dreams. A key initiative this year was the “Dress Well” project launched with Hong Kong Children’s Hospital to fund, design and produce tailor-made clothing for in-patient children. This first-of-its-kind collaboration with a public hospital takes children’s emotional and treatment needs into account in the design of the clothing, with an aim to reducing the stress of sick children, their families and the caretakers. The project is funded through a HK$4.1 million donation from The Walt Disney Company. The resort continued to fund Playright’s “Hospital Play” programme in the Princess Margaret Hospital Nephrology Ward and supported Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant over 20 special wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. It also activated the #ShareYourEars social campaign to help promote Make-A-Wish Foundation in Hong Kong. In fiscal year 2018, HKDL donated more than 100,000 complimentary park admission tickets to over 400 charitable organisations who organise park visits for people in need.
Celebrating the Year of the Pig at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) will be celebrating the Year of the Pig from now to February 24, 2019. Step into the park filled with Chinese New Year decorations along Main Street, U.S.A. and enjoy a truly impressive array of new seasonal meals and gifts to shop from. To ring in the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs, together with Mickey Mouse and Friends in their brand new Chinese New Year outfits, will appear around the park to spread warm new year wishes to guests. Do not forget to participate in the “God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment” to receive some extra good luck. Also, guests visiting from February 5 to 9 will enjoy extra blessings upon entering the theme park when they are presented with a newly designed Lai See packet. Travel trade partners around the region are presenting attractive tour packages from now till March 31, 2019, offering superior value for money for a vibrant multi-day vacation at HKDL. 1. Celebrate the happiest Chinese New Year ever with Year of the Pig fun It would not be a perfect Year of the Pig without an appearance from Disney’s cute pig characters, the Three Little Pigs. Everyone loves the classic story of the pigs who built houses out of straw, sticks and bricks to keep the Big Bad Wolf away. To celebrate the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs will be meeting guests at Fantasy Gardens in Fantasyland. Be sure to snap photos with them to capture these special memories with your loved ones and don’t miss the Three Little Pigs-themed decoration in Town Square. For a fulfilling start of Chinese New Year, guests should gather their fortune at the entrance of HKDL with a newly designed Lai See. These special red packets will be distributed to guests during the first five days of Chinese New Year, from February 5 to 9, while stock lasts. Each red packet includes a delicious chocolate gold coin as well as a merchandise, food and beverage coupon, and guests can share the good fortune with holiday gifts. Guests may also immerse themselves in the spirit of Chinese New Year as seasonal décor touches of gorgeous flowers and shimmering lanterns around the park bring prosperity and good fortune for the year ahead. During the upcoming holiday season, guests are invited to join the brand-new “God of Fortune Goofy Celebration Moment” at the Castle Hub Stage. This upbeat dance moment occurs twice a day with a series of traditional Chinese New Year songs. To wish guests an auspicious New Year filled with good fortune and happiness, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip ’n' Dale, Duffy, ShellieMay, StellaLou and Gelatoni are waiting to meet guests at Main Street, U.S.A. in their brand new Chinese New Year outfits. Their newest friend Cookie is also joining for the first time, wearing her glimmering Chinese New Year attire. And that is not all — performers dressed in traditional Chinese outfits will appear around the park, bringing surprises and delivering happy New Year wishes to all! 2. Festive Chinese New Year food — a recipe for happiness The fun of the Year of the Pig continues with festive Chinese New Year food in the park and resort hotels. HKDL is proud to present a total of 60 Chinese New Year-themed food and beverage delights for the season, from full-blown set menus to delicious snacks. Grab good fortune at the Main Street Bakery with sweet and savory nibbles such as the “Gold Ingot,” “Ingot Pudding,” “Wishing Fish” and “Lucky Mousse Cup,” or head to Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola® to feast on a “Chinese New Year Set” in Chinese, Japanese or Thai style. HKDL offers delicious dining choices for family gatherings. At Studio Lounge, guests can try out an assortment of delicacies in the “Chinese New Year Platter” or its special “Lo Hei”, which stands for good luck and prosperity. Hollywood & Dine is also offering the new “Mini Treasure Pot” for you to be blessed during the year. In Crystal Lotus, indulge in the “Everything Goes Well Dinner Set” which comes in nine dishes for some long-lasting good fortune or gather some good luck for guests with the “Golden House” set menu at World of Color Restaurant. 3. Share the blessings with collectible keepsakes HKDL is offering more than 50 new and exclusive merchandise items this year, including plush toys, accessories, apparel, stationery, pins, home decor and much more. The new items feature Duffy and Friends, Mickey and Minnie, Disney●Pixar, the Disney Princesses and the Three Little Pigs. Shop for all-new Duffy and Friends plush toys, key chains, bags and Tsum Tsum in traditional Chinese outfits featuring silky red and green with colorful floral patterns that symbolize the festive spirit! Guests can also find Cookie-themed merchandise items in traditional Chinese outfits for the first time ever. Among all the Disney style Chinese New Year gifts, guests especially love the new windmill, candy and cookie box, lai see packet or a “fai chun” banner with a lucky message. As a special offer for the Year of the Pig, guests can take home an exclusive Hamm plush toy in Chinese New Year-theme — based on the beloved film “Toy Story” — for only HK$68 when spending at least HK$200 at HKDL’s merchandise stores. 4. Extend the fun with a resort hotel stay Guests are invited to extend the magic of Chinese New Year with a stay at one of the themed resort hotels. Enjoy a complimentary in-room festive overlay in all three hotels and take part in inspirational Chinese traditions through family-friendly hotel activities, including the Feb 5-only Disney Lion Dance tour and Chinese New Year Choir across the three hotels during the first three days of the lunar new year, as well as the Disney Traditional New Year Market, which will be organized throughout the holiday season. Little guests can also join the festive themed arts and crafts sessions across three hotels. This year, guests will also have a chance to make their holiday wishes through hanging their written Wishing Card on our Chinese New Year Wishing Wall at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge. A stay at a resort hotel is the best way to create magical family memories! 5. Spice up the season with romantic Valentine’s Day dinners The festive magic extends to Valentine’s Day. Couples can visit the park during the CNY event period to also experience a romantic holiday together. The resort is offering close to 40 Valentine’s Day-themed merchandise items including Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, as well as Duffy and friends series. After enjoying their time in the park, lovebirds can pamper their significant other with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Studio Lounge, Walt’s Cafe or World of Color Restaurant. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day together at HKDL. 6. Special HKDL packages on offer by trade partners to share the celebratory fun Travel industry partners in Asia are offering attractive packages for visitors to experience multi-day HKDL Chinese New Year experiences. A PLAY & SHOP 2-Day Special Package is available for booking through regional travel trade partners. It includes one 2-Day admission ticket and 2 merchandise discount vouchers of HK$15 each. Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) is presenting a CX Magic-in-The-Air package inclusive of return flights on CX, one-night stay at a HKDL themed hotel and one 2-Day admission ticket. The offer is available from now to March 31, 2019, for visitors from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Meanwhile, travel trade partners from around the region have come up with an array of HKDL themed packages in their markets, including:
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! set to open on March 31, 2019 in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL)
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) revealed that its newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, will open on March 31, 2019. It will be the world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, as well as the first Marvel-themed attraction featuring a female Super Hero as a lead character. The long-anticipated launch marks HKDL’s second Marvel-themed attraction and the continued development of an ultimate hub for Marvel Super Hero action in the region, as part of the multi-year expansion. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! expands the epic adventure of Iron Man Experience, which has been consistently rated as HKDL’s most popular attraction since opening in 2017. The new attraction will send guests on a critical mission with Ant-Man and The Wasp, who have answered Iron Man’s call for support in defending Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. Together with the hugely popular Iron Man Experience, the new Marvel attraction will further affirm HKDL as Asia’s epicenter of Marvel action. - Shrink to ant size and fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp This high-tech, high-energy interactive adventure begins with a visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, a newly opened facility at Stark Expo in Tomorrowland, set up to showcase S.H.I.E.L.D.’s latest technological developments. The seemingly ordinary visit is soon interrupted by Hydra, who has initiated a two-pronged attack in Hong Kong. Hydra not only is attempting to steal the Arc Reactor atop Stark Tower in Kowloon, Hong Kong, but its artificial intelligence Arnim Zola has sent an army of Swarmbots to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. Pavilion in order to steal a Data Core that contains highly confidential information. As he battles Swarmbots in Kowloon, Iron Man calls in Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend the pavilion, because only they can shrink down to get between the bots’ armor to destroy them from the inside. Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, guests will be shrunk to ant size in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. But with thousands of bots and only two of them, Ant-Man and The Wasp will need help. Guests at the pavilion are called into action. Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, D/AGR, the Defense/Assault Ground Rover (aka “the Dagger”), guests are issued an EMP Blaster and engage in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. Newest combat vehicles – the Dagger EMP Blaster Dale Sheehan, creative producer of the attraction from Walt Disney Imagineering, said “We are excited that this attraction continues the thrilling adventure from Iron Man Experience and elevates the Marvel experience at HKDL for fans in Hong Kong and from across the globe. Ant-Man and The Wasp are quickly emerging as a quirky, funny Super Hero duo and they are hugely popular in this part of the world. We can’t wait to take fans deeper into the action and humor of the duo in this dimensional, interactive experience.” - Close partnership with Marvel to bring the Marvel Universe to life Marvel has a universal appeal with guests and fans of all ages and genders. In 2018, four of the top 10 blockbuster movies with the highest all-time global box office earnings were from Marvel. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” the sequel to “Ant-Man,” also opened as the top grossing movie in multiple territories across Asia Pacific. Bryan Thombs, creative director of the attraction from Walt Disney Imagineering, said, “We partnered closely with Marvel Studios to transform the powerful cinematic appeal into an immersive battle experience. The movie director, leading actors, as well as the score composer of ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ were all involved to make this possible.” (Left) Bryan Thombs, senior creative director of the attraction from Walt Disney Imagineering; (Right) Dale Sheehan, creative producer of the attraction from Walt Disney Imagineering. Created with classic Disney storytelling and close collaboration with Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is a highly authentic and engaging Marvel experience. Director of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Peyton Reed, and the movie production team were on board to film the media for the attraction. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” joined the action by reprising their roles; and Christophe Beck, composer for the Ant-Man movies, also created the score for the attraction. A total of 14 types of artefacts and research items from more than a dozen Marvel movies, TV show episodes and comics will also be on display, some of which will be exclusively exhibited at HKDL. The immersive, media-rich storytelling is enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system was used to create an exhilarating, interactive experience. The all-new EMP Blasters deliver superb laser efficacy, accuracy and alignment, while targets of various size, difficulty and video effects create a complex, sophisticated game design that is both story-driven and challenging. - HKDL develops as Asia’s Marvel hub under multi-year expansion With Iron Man Experience and the opening of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, HKDL will offer a complete Marvel-themed experience with two first-of-a-kind attractions, themed merchandise, food and beverage and the Iron Man heroic encounter experience. Pavilion Gifts, the brand-new merchandise shop, opened in December 2018, provides more than 300 Marvel merchandise items and will introduce about 40 exclusive items themed to Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! when the attraction opens in March. Guests will be able to take home special mementos that commemorate their heroic battle defending the S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion alongside marvel Super Heroes. On the opening date of the new Marvel attraction, the admission tickets of the park will change with new design of Ant-Man and The Wasp. They will become must-have collectables for avid Marvel fans. HKDL’s multi-year expansion project will bring many exciting additions to the resort, underscoring Disney’s commitment to the continuous growth of HKDL and Hong Kong’s tourism industry. In particular, a third Marvel-themed attraction is in the works as HKDL continues to expand as Asia’s ultimate Marvel hub. The live atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” the first entertainment offering under the expansion, opened in May 2018. HKDL will bring to life more Disney characters and stories, from Marvel to Frozen and Disney Princesses, through one-of-a-kind experiences in the coming years.
Park Hyatt Busan Presents Festive Promotions
Park Hyatt Busan’s restaurants are pleased to present festive promotions - special and meaningful promotions for spending the upcoming Christmas and year-end holidays featuring beautiful views of Haeundae ocean and the city with loved ones. The premium grill and sushi restaurant, Dining Room, is presenting “Festive Brunch” and “Festive Dinner Buffet.” Dining Room offers a wide range of specialty drinks as well as main dishes, including roasted turkey, grilled beef sirloin and grilled Korean rainbow trout served to the table, and a variety of colorful Christmas desserts with unlimited soft drinks. In particular, the premium buffet offers unlimited access to sparkling, red and white wine, and even draft beer, making it even more perfect for a year-end party. The modern French restaurant Living Room presents a distinctive “Festive Four-Course Lunch” and “Festive Six-Course Dinner,” both using seasonal ingredients. Starting with Amuse-bouche, sautéed scallop or confit duck crepe is provided in turn. The lunch course menu includes sweet pumpkin soup. Poached lobster is included in the dinner course menu. The main dish can be selected from a choice of festive turkey breast, grilled Korean beef or local sea bass. The course menu includes a dessert buffet filled with a variety of Christmas desserts, so guests can have a sweet and romantic year-end. In addition, Park Hyatt Busan's sommelier, Min-wook Bak, will also presents a selection of wine pairings, adding to the excitement. The Festive Promotion is available through advance reservations to complete the year in abundance and warmth and to welcome the vibrant New Year. The Dining Room’s festive brunch is located on the 32nd floor, is available on 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January, and starts at KRW 100,000 per person. The festive dinner buffet will be offered from 21 December to 1 January and starts at KRW 95,000 per person. However, on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January and starts at KRW 160,000 per person. The Living Room’s festive lunch course menu is located on the 31st floor, is available on 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January and starts at KRW 65,000 per person. The festive dinner course menu will be available on 24, 25 and 31 December and starts at KRW 160,000 per person. For more information or reservations, please call +82 51 990 1300.
Scotch Whisky Tourism Enjoys Best Year Ever
Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2017, with 1.9million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists from all over the world as well as from across the UK. The 2017 annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) also revealed spending at visitor centres was up by 15.6% to £60.9m. Visitor centres reported that the highest number of visitors came from Germany and the USA, followed by those from India, China and Japan. Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “These record figures are great news for the industry and great news for Scotland. “These are exciting times. Scotch Whisky distilleries have invested – and continue to invest – hugely in providing world-class visitor facilities at their sites all over Scotland, and they are collaborating in establishing new whisky trails and finding new ways of telling the story of Scotch to British and foreign visitors alike. And it’s a wonderful story: part traditional, part modern and set among Scotland’s communities and in its breathtaking landscapes. “We will continue to work closely and collaboratively with tourist organisations, local councils and the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland’s tourists have a memorable time visiting our country and experiencing all it has to offer. “Whisky tourism is on the up, but tourists are often surprised that Scotch is more expensive here in the UK than it is in their home countries. They are surprised to know that £3 in every £4 spent on a bottle of Scotch in the UK goes to the government in tax. If tax rises further in the Autumn Budget, this will put at risk further industry investment in future growth.” Over the past 12 months distilleries have continued to recognise the value of Scotch Whisky tourism, making significant investments to improve the visitor experience - from introducing interactive experiences to extending opening hours, upgrading infrastructure to meet demand and improving the knowledge of tour guides. New and existing visitor centres are also planned to further tell the story of how Scotch is made, and to welcome visitors to the world of Scotch Whisky. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the survey results. She said: “These record figures show the value of the industry and how well-regarded Scotch whisky is to tourists from the UK and abroad. “As we are seeing innovative expansions to the visitor experience at distilleries around Scotland, I am confident we will see a further increase in visitors, which is great for our tourism sector and the wider economy.” The increase in visits to 1.9million is an 11.4% rise year on year and represents 45% growth in popularity since 2010. The SWA survey also details that on average over £32 was spent during each trip to a visitor centre, up almost 4% year on year and by £11 per visit in 2010. The success story of Scotch Whisky tourism has also positioned the industry as one of leading UK attractions. The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle are the top attractions outside London, both attracting over 2 million visits in 2017, just 100,000 more than those drawn to distilleries. Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “We’re delighted that the popularity of Scotch Whisky distilleries is continuing to grow with our visitors, which reflects the hard work and investment by the industry in delivering a world-class experience. “Scotch whisky is a culinary and cultural icon and one of Scotland’s most valuable commodities, with visitors from across the globe coming to our shores to experience an authentic Scottish dram. It is a vital part of local tourism as not only do distilleries benefit from the draw of ‘the water of life’ but so too do the surrounding towns and villages. VisitScotland continues to work with the Scotch Whisky industry to promote events, trails and films associated with Scotland’s national drink.”
L’Escape of Shinsegae Chosun Hotel’s Boutique Hotel Press Call Event
L’Escape Hotel, the first brand of Shinsegae Chosun Hotel and Korea’s first urban French-style boutique hotel, held its pre-press call on June 26th. Being scheduled to open on July 19, L’Escape Hotel hosted a pre-press call to introduce some of the major rooms and ready-made F&B facilities and presented background and intention of planning and operational strategies. The keynote was conducted by General Manager Kim Bum-soo, who was elected as the first general manager of L’Escape Hotel. ▲ Kim Bum-soo, the first general manager of L’Escape Hotel, took on the keynote and Q&A. Kim Bum-soo explained the background of the opening and the intention of planning the hotel concept of L’Escape Hotel through press call. In particular, he emphasized the collaborative system with top experts in various fields as a differentiated operating method of L’Escape. “The most important consideration while preparing L’Escape Hotel was to make the concept of the hotel another curation platform. In order to expand the hotel concept as a platform where there is always an exciting episode, we concluded that collaboration with top creators in each field is essential. He also said, “By planning events and promotions that match trends in terms of contents, as well as maintaining L’Escape Hotel’s unchanging elegance and sensibility, we try to create a classic yet trendy boutique hotel. We expect to be a lifestyle content platform for not only foreign customers who want to experience Seoul’s special boutique hotel but also local customers who want to enjoy the delight of gourmet and sweet escape” Manager Kim Bum-soo was responsible for planning major restaurants and bars, space and lifestyle contents of Shinsegae Group including shopping theme park ‘Starfield’, american-style gastropub ‘Devils Door’, and Famille Station. Based on various branding experiences in Shinsegae Group, he became the general manager of L’Escape Hotel, which is Shinsegae Group’s first brand of boutique hotel. L’Escape Hotel’s F&B brand is also made up of well-known gourmet brands both at home and abroad, as if reflecting the insight of Kim Bum-soo, a gourmet blogger known as ‘Pat2bach’, as a planner of restaurants and bars. ▲ "Atelier Suite" is presented as a typical accommodation product. ▲ "Atelier Suite" combined modern French style with each internal component such as bathtub. ▲ The library is a space that serves as a lounge. ▲ Some of Le Salon were opened. L'Escape Hotel opened some of the rooms on the 10th floor and the lobby on the 7th floor as well as the library and Le Salon. First of all, Atelier Suite was first introduced among a total of ten types of rooms featuring intense colors and an antique medieval European atmosphere. Atelier Suite is a romantic room with a beautiful French-patterned partition that separates the bedroom from the bathroom and offers a private space with a price of 520,000 won (excluding tax). On the 7th floor, which was opened after the guest rooms, the lobby space, the library and Le Salon were presented in turn. The library, which meets through the lobby space that is furnished with a modern feel, is inspired by an old-fashioned Paris salon and study, and it is exclusive for the guests of the suite. The guests can enjoy tea and refreshments, as well as business services. In addition, a tea salon 'Le Salon by maison M'O' featuring Maison M.O's luxury French dessert is also available. Meanwhile, L'Escape Hotel, which will be opened in a month, is a boutique hotel that realized Paris, France as a motif. Designed by Jacques Garcia, the master of the boutique hotel interior, L'Escape hotel offers impressive interior design with intense colors as well as elegantly designed guestrooms. As a hotel name meaning "escape" in French, it is going to show different concept and romantic Parisian atmosphere that has not been experienced in Korea so far for customers who dream of 'sweet escape from everyday life'. The hotel is a 25-floor building with a total of 204 rooms including additional facilities such as modern Chinese restaurant, contemporary restaurant, tea salon, coffee station, bar on the top floor, fitness, spa and event room.
Disney∙Pixar pals are getting ready to make big splashes of fun this summer during ‘Carnivale of Stars - Make a Splash’
Get ready to join beloved Disney characters and Disney∙Pixar pals for the coolest summer party ever during “Carnivale of Stars – Make a Splash” at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) from June 21 to September 2! A magical summer awaits with cool new ways to splash into the fun, including the first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!”; special appearances by heroes from the blockbuster Disney∙Pixar movie, The Incredibles; the all-new atmosphere stage show, “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration”; delicious summer snacks and feasts; and special summer-themed merchandise items. Plan an overnight stay at one of the three Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels to maximize your summer staycation experience and take part in unforgettable recreation activities. - Cool down at the “Pixar Water Play Street Party!” Big splashes of fun continue this summer with “Pixar Water Play Street Party!” This special street party will journey down Main Street, U.S.A. every afternoon, spraying refreshing water and mist over the crowds to cool everyone off and keep the fun flowing! Your favorite Disney∙Pixar pals will be rocking out the party, including Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone from The Incredibles, as well as some of the beloved characters from Toy Story, such as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Lotso and a platoon of Green Army Men. Together with Joy and Sadness from Inside Out and Russell and Dug from Up, they will join 30 performers as guests soak up the fun during a cool, water-filled celebration along the parade route. It’s a dazzling party you won’t want to miss! - “The Incredibles Arrive!” Characters from The Incredibles will be meeting guests during a series of special, high-energy encounters in Tomorrowland. Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone will be riding aboard their moving hovercrafts – all geared up and ready to have fun with guests at HKDL! The eccentric fashion designer, Edna Mode, renowned for designing impressive superhero costumes, will also be meeting you and sharing her latest brilliant ideas in July. In addition to the arrival of The Incredibles, guests can also meet beloved Disney characters, including Moana in Adventureland; Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie from Toy Story at Toy Story Land; Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, Rafiki and Timon from The Lion King, Princess Jasmine and Genie from Aladdin, Judy and Nick from Zootopia, and Lilo and Stitch at Karibuni Marketplace; and Duffy and friends at the Annex. Remy and Emile from Ratatouille will also appear at HKDL for the first time at Fantasy Garden in Fantasyland. Beginning July 3, fans of Duffy and friends will be the first in the world to welcome a new friend of Duffy at HKDL. Stay tuned for more exciting news about this new friend! - All-new atmosphere stage show, “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” has officially opened and the interactive and lively performance is already a hit with park guests. The brave heroine Moana has sailed to the park to appear in this enchanting, 20-minute live atmosphere stage show. The show is set in Jungle Junction, an entirely new outdoor venue in Adventureland. Jam-packed with inspirational visual storytelling, dancing, puppetry and music, this new show recounts Moana’s quest to restore the heart of Te Fiti. Guests are invited to be part of the show as they live the adventure of Moana! - Enjoy our summer celebration from day to night Every evening, guests can enjoy the vibrant and colorful “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show along Main Street, U.S.A.! Minnie Mouse and her pals are throwing a surprise party for Mickey Mouse. This celebration pays tribute to Mickey’s major milestones and features his memorable classics, his full-color heyday, and a crazy kaleidoscope of Mickey in modern styles. - Refreshing summer snacks and merchandise Savor a range of more than 30 food and drinks this summer all across the resort! All-new summer delectable choices will be available for guests to chill out with at HKDL, including fresh fruits snacks at The Explorer’s Club Restaurant and the summer frozen snacks at the Outdoor Vending Cart. A range of special Polynesian and Moana-inspired snacks and specialty drinks will be served at the park and hotels. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel will start the party with Frozone and Showtime specialty drinks, as summer vacation cools off at HKDL hotels with unforgettable new refreshments. Gear up for the biggest summer party at HKDL with more than 100 summer gift options! Grab fans, towels, mist sprayers and other cool items as you join in the fun. A wide variety of Disney and Disney∙Pixar-themed collectibles are available for guests, including the all-new huge plush collections based on The Incredibles and Moana, as well as Duffy and friends in their latest colorful costumes. It’s the best way to bring the adventure home after a fun summer day at HKDL! - Water-filled activities at the three resort hotels Guests staying in any of the three HKDL hotels can maximize their summer experience with a series of summer-themed recreation activities. The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel presents little guests with Moana Adventures in Oceania, an immersive poolside adventure, themed to Moana, where they will go on a mission to return the heart of Te Fiti. At Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, guests can jump for joy in a Moana-themed giant bouncy water slide at the poolside. Disney Explorers Lodge has a Summer Party and Poolside Adventure for little explorers, featuring fun poolside toys and mini-games. Arts and crafts recreational activities will also be held across the hotels this summer. Young guests can make their very own Moana-themed decorations, such as flower rings or handmade Pixar-themed accessories. Hotel guests will receive complimentary Mickey Mouse and friends-themed gift packs, including an amenities box, Disney slippers and a door sticker. Guests can also enjoy a special in-room hotel overlay with The Incredibles theme for additional HK$600. - Special offers for international guests to join the summer fun Leveraging offers available at selected travel agents, guests should start planning their summer journey for magical memories that last a lifetime. The “Play & Shop” 2-day Special Package is available from now till December 31, 2018. The Special Package with a 2-Day ticket to the park comes with two HK$15 merchandise gift coupons. The resort also worked with Cathay Pacific Airways to offer Southeast Asian guests special ticket offer from now until September 30, 2018, which includes air ticket and 2-day admission ticket. Guest can also purchase “Magic in the Air” package with 1-night stay at a Disney themed hotel, 2-Day admission tickets, and travel to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific Airways. The special offer will be available at selected travel agencies for sale from now till March 31, 2019. Guests in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand should also look out for Travel Fairs from now to September for special “Stay & Play” 2-Day-1- Night Package with 1-night stay at a resort hotel and two 2-day admission tickets. From July 15 to September 30, 2018, Australian guests booking for two consecutive nights or more at one of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels can enjoy special privileges to get two bonus 2-day admission tickets, enabling twice as much fun. Terms and conditions apply.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort launches first of its kind “Carnivale of Stars” this summer
“Carnivale of Stars” at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is bringing brand-new fun this summer! Guests can experience a rich line-up of excitement day and night, like the all-new atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” the “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show, and a new African-style Karibuni Marketplace. From June 21 to September 2, the seasonal program heats up with favorite Disney∙Pixar characters leading HKDL’s first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!” – and be sure not to miss the opportunities to meet Mr. and Mrs. Incredible at the “The Incredibles Arrive!”. Together with special accommodation experiences at the resort’s three uniquely themed hotels as well as shopping and dining offers, guests can enjoy “play, shop, dine, and stay” for a total Disney holiday experience. - Karibuni Marketplace and live Moana atmosphere stage show to debut at Adventureland The first attraction of the resort’s current multi-year expansion, the new lively atmosphere stage show, “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” will be launched on May 25 in an entirely new exotic outdoor venue, Jungle Junction, in Adventureland. The heroine of the popular animated film, Moana, will invite guests to join her adventure in a 20-minute live show rich with inspirational music, dance, puppetry and immersive storytelling. Guests will be invited to participate and interact as Moana recounts her tale. Guests can also meet Moana in person, hear stories of her oceanic voyages, and share hugs and snapshots with her. Brand-new experiences are set to launch in Adventureland, bringing even more magical moments to guests during the daytime. Karibuni Marketplace, which is next to Theater in the Wild in Adventureland, has already been launched to immerse guests in the lively colors, sights and sounds of Africa. Guests can win an exclusive souvenir through interactive games such as the Wheel of Fortune, Blongo Balls and Plinko, and savor various special snacks that are available only at this unique marketplace. Characters from beloved Disney adventure stories, including Carl and Russell from Up, Judy and Nick from Zootopia, King Louie and Baloo from The Jungle Book, Rafiki and Timon from The Lion King, Princess Jasmine and Genie from Aladdin and Lilo and Stitch will greet guests at the Karibuni Marketplace. - Soak up summer fun at first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!” and meet The Incredibles! For the first time, beloved characters from popular Disney∙Pixar films will make a big splash at the park in the “Pixar Water Play Street Party!.” From June 21 onwards, join Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals from Toy Story, along with other Disney∙Pixar stars in this water-based celebration. Together with more than 30 performers, they will ensure guests soak up a cool, water-filled summer celebration along Main Street, U.S.A.. With Incredibles 2 coming soon, to cinemas, guests can catch up with their favorite super hero family in a series of unique, high-energy encounters as part of “The Incredibles Arrive!” in Tomorrowland! Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone will be riding their hovercrafts - all geared up and ready to have fun with guests! - All-new “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show with dazzling visual effects and lighting Lots of surprises will continue during the nighttime! Minnie Mouse and her pals are inviting guests to a surprise party for Mickey Mouse as part of Disney’s all-new “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show each evening. This new celebration transforms the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. into a canvas for vibrant, colorful visuals that pay tribute to Mickey’s major milestones. The artistic experience features Mickey’s memorable classics, his full-color heyday and a crazy kaleidoscope of Mickey in modern styles. During the finale of the dazzling projection show, Mickey will appear in his finest attire to thank everyone for the fantastic surprise. It is a spectacle of color, music and visual effects that guests will want to experience again and again. - Indulge with an exotic range of souvenirs and delightful snacks The range of over 100 exclusive, summer-themed memorabilia at the park will be extended this summer to include new collections of Duffy and friends series with exotic fruit themes. Along with the debut of The Incredibles experience at the park, new souvenirs themed after the super hero family will be available for the first time. From plush toys to collectable Tsum Tsum, school bags, utensils and more, guests will find incredible keepsakes from the collection, and even acquire the super hero family look with a full range of apparel for the entire family. Specially designed Moana outfits and necklaces which look just like Moana’s in the film will also be available for guests to dress up like their favorite heroine. More than 40 summer dining choices will be available across the resort and the hotels too. To mark the arrival of the new lively atmosphere stage show, River View Cafe will present an exciting new “Moana’s Special Menu” that curates a range of authentic snacks, while young guests can busy themselves making creative handicrafts. At Explorer’s Club Restaurant, “Summer Mickey Ice with Fruits” will be added as the flavor of the season and keep guests cool along with other icy desserts such as frozen watermelon. Creative summer drinks - “Magical Ocean” themed after Moana will be served up at Disney Explorers Lodge, while “Frozone” and “Showtime” themed after The Incredibles will be available at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. - Summer fun spread across three resort hotels Guests staying at the resort’s three hotels will be able to join a host of fun themed activities. The “Adventures of Oceania” poolside party at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will immerse young guests in challenging games. A Disney friend is ready to have fun with guests at an afternoon poolside party at the Rain Drop Pool at Disney Explorers Lodge. Hotel guests can enjoy a multitude of immersive summer recreational pursuits, including Moana and Disney∙Pixar themed leisure activities. Young guests may also unleash their creativity by making exclusive Disney handcrafts like wind bell ornaments, plant decor and towel art. Taking summer magic up a notch, guests can have their hotel rooms decorated with the theme of The Incredibles for HK$600 from June 21 onwards. The room decoration package includes themed bed runners, slippers, door stickers, amenities kits, sweet delights plus two water bottles and a set of kid’s utensils – all themed after The Incredibles to deliver a magical and heroic stay for hotel guests. As well as heartfelt services and family-friendly facilities and amenities, the resort hotels offer exclusive privileges for hotel guests, making their magical Disney experience with their loved ones even more special. Guests staying at the resort’s hotels will receive at least one Priority Admission Pass for selected attractions, as well as the season’s exclusive souvenirs, including an amenities box, Disney slippers and door stickers. Guests staying at one of the resort’s three hotels can join fun activities throughout the day at all three hotels. - New hotel services offer greater hospitality and maximize vacation fun Committed to creating memorable stays for guests, HKDL is introducing an all-new Express Online Check-in service in late-April, allowing guests to complete online check-in within 7 days prior to their arrival day to simplify the check-in process on arrival. Guests who want to spend a day at the theme park before checking into the hotel can also make use of the Luggage Valet Service to have their bags transferred to their hotel for a specified fee and make the most of their time at the park. - International guests to enjoy exclusive travel trade offerings Leveraging offers available at selected travel agents, guests should start planning their summer journey for magical memories that last a lifetime. The “Play, Shop, Dine” packages are available from now till July 15, 2018. The 1-Day Special Package with a 1-Day ticket to the park comes with one Mickey Waffle or a HK$50 merchandise gift voucher, and the “Play & Shop” 2-day Special Package with 2-day admission to the park offers two HK$15 merchandise gift coupons. The resort also worked with Cathay Pacific Airways to offer Southeast Asian guests special ticket offer from now until September 30, 2018, which includes air ticket and 2-day admission ticket. Guest can also purchase “Magic in the Air” package with 1-night stay at a Disney themed hotel, 2-Day admission tickets, and travel to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific Airways. The special offer will be available at selected travel agencies for sale from now till March 31, 2019. Limited time “Stay & Play” 2-Day-1- Night Package with 1-night stay at a resort hotel and two 2-day admission tickets also available in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand in May to June, for guests traveling in summer before November 30, 2018. Terms and conditions apply. Guests in Korean should also look out for Summer Fair from April 23 to May 22, 2018 for special HKDL offers. Discounted 2-day tickets and special hotel package along with 2-day tickets will be available for traveling from June to September 2018. HKDL also partnered with Standard Chartered Bank Korea to offer Korean guest special 4-day-3-night or 3-day-2-night travel package from now to September 30, 2018. The packages offer guests round trip air tickets, 2-night stay at a Disney themed hotel, 2-Day admission tickets and a range of privileges including merchandise and F&B discounted coupon, airport transfer and MTR 1-Day pass. Available at selected travel agencies, Korean guests can also enjoy “Play & Shop” 2-Day Special Package with complimentary Marvel-themed souvenir, which include 2-Day ticket, two HK$15 merchandise gift coupons. Booking & travel window from May 15 – September 30, 2018. Terms and conditions apply.
Hong Kong Ocean Park Korea Business Strategy Meeting
Hong Kong Ocean Park, which is representing Hong Kong, held a meeting on the afternoon of November 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jongno-gu, Seoul. The meeting was organized to announce the upcoming winter season events and future plans of Hong Kong Ocean Park and business strategies for targeting the Korean market. CEO Matthias Li, Vivian Lee, a manager of business development and education, and Amy Lee, a representative of Korea business department, from Hong Kong Ocean Park attended the meeting. Matthias Li, CEO of Hong Kong Ocean Park said, “Korea has always been an important market for Hong Kong Ocean Park, so we will be offering a variety of exclusive discounts and promotions next year. Hong Kong Ocean Park will also provide more special experience for Korean visitors, especially young visitors, through communication improvement with social media and customized events only for the Korean market.” He also said, “Hong Kong Ocean Park is developing two hotels and a water park that can be enjoyed throughout the year to become a premier international complex resort that offers a variety of accommodation and facilities for visitors to the world. I would like to ask for your continued interest and support to Hong Kong Ocean Park.” ▲ CEO Matthias Li said, “Hong Kong Ocean Park will provide special experience for Korean visitors, especially young visitors.” From December 11, 2017 to January 1, 2018, Hong Kong Ocean Park will hold the largest ‘Christmas Sensation’ event. The event will feature a Christmas market, a street parade, and a Christmas chorus, singing chorale in front of a large Christmas tree. Visitors will be able to take pictures with the beautiful backdrop of the garden and spend an unforgettable winter. They can also feel the atmosphere with wonderful Christmas festival food and VR experience at the prepared thrilling rides. If you visit Ocean Park during the winter season, you can participate in photo events organized by Ocean Park. You can enjoy the event, which runs from December 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018, by visiting Ocean Park and uploading photos of recommended places and enjoyable memories to Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be presented with a mobile photo printer and an admission ticket for Ocean Park. Moreover, Hong Kong Ocean Park is currently developing two new hotels. 'Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel' will open in 2018 and 'Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong' will open in 2021. In addition to the hotels, "Water World" Water Park, which will be available throughout the year, is scheduled to open in 2019. The water world is more than 693,000 square feet and consists of an outdoor pool and playground that fits perfectly with the surrounding natural environment. ▲ It was emphasized that the Ocean Park is conveniently accessible via the MTR 'Ocean Park Station'. ▲ Various events are held in winter. On the other hand, excluding the Chinese on FY2016/17, 10% of overseas visitors to Hong Kong Ocean Park were announced as Koreans. Hong Kong Ocean Park has also partnered with airlines and theme parks in Korea to offer discount promotions for Korean visitors this winter season. It offers a variety of benefits to customers purchasing admission tickets from travel agencies affiliated with Hong Kong Ocean Park. In this promotion, when purchasing two tickets, one of them is offered at a 50% discount, and when purchasing three tickets, one additional ticket is offered free of charge. Discount packages are also available on Cathay Pacific. On top of that, visitors who have tickets for Everland Resort, Caribbean Bay, Lotte World Adventure, or annual membership and employee ID cards can get a 15% or 20% off for Hong Kong Ocean Park general admission ticket. In addition, the Hong Kong Ocean Park will showcase Korean marketing with the theme of 'Unexpected Journey'. It is aimed at targeting young Korean travelers by mainly positioning Hong Kong Ocean Park in the Korean market as an 'all-in-one' theme park where visitors can enjoy a “fun-tastic” experience. The campaign will feature various aspects of Hong Kong Ocean Park, including panoramic views of southern Hong Kong, unique and thrilling rides, animal exhibitions and local food. To do this, Hong Kong Ocean Park has unveiled four Hong Kong Ocean Park intro videos with Kim Jae Woo, who is a comedian famous for his witty SNS posting and a sense of humor. The three campaign videos have exceeded 660,000 views in just three weeks, and they can be viewed on the Ocean Park Facebook page. ▲ Hong Kong Ocean Park released four intro videos with comedian Kim Jae Woo.
Believe it or not, it’s Hong Kong! HKTB launches Hong Kong’s Great Outdoors Campaign
Hong Kong may be known as a modern and cosmopolitan city, famous for its myriad skyscrapers, shopping destinations and dining hotspots more than anything else, but visitors will get to experience a completely different and organic side of the city through the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) upcoming Great Outdoors campaign. Believe it or not, it’s Hong Kong! Visitors will get a glimpse of Hong Kong that is so far removed from its buzzing urban centre image that it might be hard for some to believe that yes, indeed, everything they see is really located in Hong Kong. Think of star-filled skies on a remote island; a sea of clouds on a tranquil mountaintop; a stunning sunrise on a majestic peak; endless swathes of greenery and country parks — the list goes on. To achieve this mission, the HKTB has engaged talented local photographers who have captured some of the captivating landscapes in the city to display their awe-inspiring works across all HKTB channels and platforms. Among the participants are landscape photographer and winner of Hong Kong National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2013, Will Cho; veteran outdoor sports photographer Elvis Mo; Nature Conservancy 2017 photo contest winner Jessica Li; and renowned photographer Romain Jacquet Lagreze, who is best-known for his “Vertical Horizon” photo series, showcasing the geometric lines of Hong Kong. Moreover, visitors will now get to see Hong Kong as a spectacular, nature-filled geological wonderland by following Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong, recently published by the HKTB. The guide takes readers into a diverse range of nature trails, which show another side of Hong Kong – a beautiful hiker’s paradise. The trails are all just an hour or two from the city centre, making them easily accessible to novices and professionals alike. Just a taxi or MTR ride away, the green, rolling hills, gorgeous beaches and scenic villages quickly replace the bustling urban area that visitors are most familiar with. The guide is divided into three different themes: Hiking in Heritage; Picture-Perfect Vistas; and Geological Wonders. Under each section are suggested trails that suit the theme, along with the time needed for completion and difficulty level. The guide also features a few cycling trails for those who are keen to explore the city from another perspective. Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong will be available from November 2017 at HKTB visitor centres around the city. An e-version will also be available for download at http://www.discoverhongkong.com/common/ebook/HKTB_Great_Outdoors_2017_en.pdf More about the guide Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong is divided into three different themes. The Hiking in Heritage section includes the Land of Legend trail, which takes hikers through Plover Cove Country Park, from a hauntingly beautiful stream and waterfall network known as Bride’s Pool to traditional Hakka villages, like Sam A and Wu Kau Tang. The trails educate visitors on the rich history and culture of rural Hong Kong, while they admire the surrounding landscape. In the Picture-Perfect Vistas section, photography lovers will be wowed by routes like the Magnificent Landscapes trail, which takes them up the 869-metre Sunset Peak (so-named for its glorious views of the setting sun) and the remote and romantic Silvermine Bay Beach, through plenty of breath-taking scenery along the way. The Geological Wonders section includes protected UNESCO heritage sites. For example, the Geological Treasure Hunt takes hikers around Hong Kong’s easternmost island, Tung Ping Chau, with views of its otherworldly multi-layered rock formations and abundant wildlife.
PDOT to hold 2017 Philippines Sales Mission
Director Maria Apo, announced that PDOT(www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.co.kr) will be holding its ‘2017 Philippines Sales Mission’ at the Crystal Ballroom of the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on 14th November. The Philippine Sales Mission is a one-on-one meeting with representatives of local tourism agencies, airlines, hotels and resorts in different parts of the Philippines to create practical business opportunities through consultation with hotel and travel agents in Korea. In addition, 50 sellers from the Philippines representing the tourism industry are participating in this event and will introduce various tourism products of each region in the Philippines. Especially, the new tourist attractions, hotels and activities, are expected to greatly expand its partnership with Korean tourism companies. Beginning at 1:30 pm, this Philippine briefing program begins with a '1: 1 business meeting' between the Philippines and Korean tour operators. A large number of Philippine travel agents will arrange counseling tables so that Korean tour operators can visit the area and search for tourist products they are interested in and make a 1: 1 consultation. In terms of travel agencies in Korea, it will be a very good business opportunity to meet with travel agents in all parts of the Philippines to get enough information, to make concrete business negotiations and to sign contracts on the spot. From 6pm, it will be a time of exchange for tour operators and journalists in Korea and the Philippine. The time of the exchange will be an opportunity for Korean and Philippine partners to enjoy the dinner and the performance at a table and have a conversation. The dinner and performances are designed to be a special experience with the concept of Christmas, the biggest holiday in the Philippines. The show will be the stage performs by six popular Filipino young fusion musicians. Lastly, the prize draw will be sponsored by Cebu Pacific, a reasonably priced Philippine Airlines company, and will provide a rich gift to the participants. “This event is meaningful in that we will bring Korea’s tourism representatives to meet local Philippine companies and showcase the appeal of Philippine tourism which recently have been recognized to have world’s best islands. In particular, we prepared a win-win partnership with representatives of the Korean tourism industry and a briefing session to create the maximum business opportunities based on it.” Said the director of PDOT Korea, Maria Apo
Finnish Tourist Board Media Conference 2017
On September 11, Finnish Tourist Board hosted a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul with the theme of Finland's four seasons and the stop-over programs that have been accumulated over the past year. The theme of this conference highlighted Finland's new attractions with the latest news and achievements related to tourism in Finland. Finland's representative character Moomin, which has been widely loved around the world including Korea recently, came to the event. ▲ 'Moomin', representing Finland, visited Korea with the officials of Finnish Tourist Board and Trade Representative. Koreans looking for Finland are increasing every year. The number of Koreans who visited Finland in 2016 grew by 59% from the previous year and the number of Koreans who spent more than one day in Finland increased by 18.3%. Visitors have grown an average of 18.3% for every year over the past seven years, especially in the summer. Finland has been focusing on selling winter related products for aurora tourism, but at this conference, the charm of Finland's Summer was appealed in accordance with the increasing travel patterns of Koreans in the summer. The summer in Finland has a white-night phenomenon, where the daytime is maintained for 19 hours and you can walk right into the sea after a sauna at Allas Sea Pool in Helsinki, the capital city. In addition, it introduced a new tourist attraction that can be enjoyed in spring, autumn and winter, and the newly opened Moomin Museum this year as an attractive destination. Finland, which has the shortest flight time among European countries, has recently become a fascinating stopover destination as it is possible to arrive in Helsinki in 9 hours and 30 minutes from Incheon. Finnish Tourist Board also explained the outcome of the Stopover Finland program launched last year. The Finnish stopover program that can experience all over Finland from 5 hours to 5 days is free for Finnair passengers for a year. As well as mentioning plans to open new routes such as Lisbon and Stuttgart, and to expand routes such as Tokyo and San Francisco, Kim Dong-hwan, president of Finnair Korea, said, "With the addition of routes and the stopover program, we expect to be able to provide more reasonable opportunities for Korean tourists to travel Finland." ▲ Heli Mende, General of Global Sales, read the welcome letter. ▲ Kim Dong-hwan, president of Finnair Korea, announced business results and plans for new routes.
German Travel Week 2017 by Korean Branch of German National Tourist Board
Korean Branch of German National Tourist Board (CEO Nancy Choi) held 'German Travel Week 2017' at Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul in the presence of Korea-Japan general director, Rijkert Kettelhake, who recently announced his retirement, and new general director, Nishiyama Akira. German Travel Week 2017, organized in the order of the press meeting, seminar and dinner, introduced various promotions that are prepared for standing on the center of Europe travel industry to continue Germany tourism industry's record 2016 year. At the event, the officials from travel industry and media visited, and the opportunity for networking and acquiring basic information for the development of local products in Germany was provided. ▲ Nishiyama Akira, Korea-Japan representative, Charlotte Lee and Nancy Choi, assistant manager and CEO of Korea branch, and Rijkert Kettelhake, Korea-Japan director, gathered in one place. ▲ The year 2016 was a record year for the German travel industry to achieve remarkable growth. ▲ Korea has received a positive evaluation by German Tourism as a notable growth market with India. The number of travelers to Germany in 2016 has been updated the record for the seventh consecutive year. The number of foreigners staying in Germany from January to December reached about 80.8 million. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of days spent by foreigners in accommodations with more than 10 bedrooms grew by 1% over the previous year. Iris Gleicke, Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, explained, "Germany has become a popular destination for foreign tourists. The number of travelers to Germany has been on record for seven years. This shows how much the German travel industry has grown. In particular, the continuous attention and the attitude of embracing other cultures were prerequisites for success." Petra Hedorfer, CEO of German National Tourist Board, stated, "The year 2016 was a special year in which economic factors such as Brexit and recession, and the safety consciousness from the fear of terrorists and was strengthened. Nonetheless, Germany's tourist attractions, excellent infrastructure and services, and reasonable prices have created Germany as a travel-friendly country with world-class brand value." Also, he said, "Germany has made its brand value as one of the most travelable destinations in Europe. Despite the difficult circumstances, Germany has preserved the first place to be loved by rich cultural elements and different characteristics of each province and city. The communication to group targets and segmented markets based on market analysis and direction of ongoing visitor retention had a significant impact on the growth rate of tourists visiting Germany through customized change and digital strategies." ▲ Four major marketing themes will be focused on in 2017. ▲ A three-year marketing theme from 2018 to 2020 was announced. ▲ Rijkert Kettelhake, who recently announced his retirement, expressed affection and trust to the officials in Korean branch at the event. Germany has established itself as an attractive destination in the European market. According to the latest statistics from IPK, the international tourism data association, 53.7 million Europeans visited Germany in 2016 to travel. This is a 3% increase over the previous year. Germany was ranked as the most beloved city in Europe. According to the International Tourism Association, the global travel industry grew 4% overall in 2016, despite the changing global trend of travel. Meanwhile, the number of visitors from Asia to Europe has declined. 55% of European tourists spent their vacation in Germany. In 2016, 29.6 million people visited Germany for vacation, which is 3% increased from the previous year. 17.5 million tourists stayed at least 4 nights and had a long holiday in Germany, which is 5% increased from the previous year. Also, 12.1 million tourists, which is 25% increased from the previous year, visited Germany to travel the city. Business trips to Germany were 5% declined. However, similar to the previous year, 12.8 million among 60.5 million business tourists visited Germany. In particular, the rate of visits to Germany for the fairs fell by 12% and the rate of visits to Germany for the conferences grew by 7%. In addition, Europeans spent € 314 billion on transportation, accommodation, food and shopping during their stay in Germany. This shows a 4% growth in economic value. Meanwhile, the marketing themes of 2017 include the Luther 500th Anniversary, Documenta 14, IGA, and beautiful scenery. Luther 500th anniversary is expected to be a historic theme in which the promotion over the last decade has peaked. The International Garden Exhibition (IGA), which will be held in major cities such as Berlin and the Documenta 14 with modern art theme, and it is expected to attract tourists interested in art and leisure. Moreover, the marketing themes after 2018 are announced. In 2018, keeping up with the opening of World Athletics Championships, 'Sports Destination', which has a theme of sports representing Germany such as soccer, and 'German Cuisine' are the two themes. The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus and the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth. The year 2020 has a single theme, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven. ▲ In the afternoon, German Travel Week 2017 seminar was held for the officials in the travel industry. ▲ The last official event that is hosted by Rijkert Kettelhake, Korea-Japan director, was held. Meanwhile, German National Tourist Board (DNTB) has appointed Nishiyama Akira (47) as the representative of Japan branch of DNTB on May 8. With the retirement of Rijkert Kettelhake, who worked with DNTB for 36 years, Nishiyama Akia continues his position as Japan's representative from May 1. Nishiyama was born in Japan and majored in German Language and Literature and International Politics at Graceland University in Iowa, USA and studied at the University of Ludwig-Maximilian in Munich. In 1994, he started his career as a sales manager at Tokyo branch of DNTB. Since 2008, he had been a marketing director for the Japanese market of DNTB. Rijkert Kettelhake studied business administration and started work at the London branch of DNTB. Since 1982, he had served as the representative of the Roman branch of DNTB. Since 1992, he had been working in Brussels, and in 1996 he was the representative of the Brussels branch. Since then, he had successfully led the Amsterdam branch for a long time. (Since 1999, he has also been with the Brussels branch.) From 2008, after serving as the representative of Milan branch, he was the representative of Japan.