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Month: September 2017

Window Seat 27 Sep 17

A HOTEL in Bangkok is allowing guests to be locked behind bars on their next visit. The Sook Station hostel on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital city has nine tiny, dark rooms with cement walls and bunk beds for those seeking an authentic night in jail. Even the front entry doors have been made with thick bars to give the illusion you’ve been in deep trouble with the law. On arrival guests can purchase striped pyjamas and have their mugshot taken in front of a height chart. The owner Sittichai Chaivoraprug said the inspiration came from The Shawshank Redemption....

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AITTC relaunch India program

THE Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) partnered with India Tourism and Taj Hotel to hold an event on Mon to relaunch its “Know India Better” program introducing River Cruising in India. Over 60 guests attended the event in Sydney, including tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hoteliers and media. “India is a large and diverse country with unlimited choices for travellers,” explained Kanchan K Kukreja, head of India Tourism in Australia. “This collaboration with AITTC is one of many initiatives of India Tourism Sydney office, with the objective to provide more and more information on Indian destinations to...

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HA, JAL ink new partnership

HAWAIIAN Airlines has signed a major partnership agreement with Japan Airlines that will see both carriers collaborate on a host of important services. The deal will be effective from 25 Mar and is set to include extensive code sharing arrangements, as well as joint access to lounge facilities and frequent flyer programs. The marquee benefit of the deal will see both airlines able to increase flexibility and destination choice for their respective travellers moving forward. “Our partnership will greatly increase travel choices for those in Japan looking to travel to Hawaii as well as for those in Hawaii looking...

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Accommodation Updates

WELCOME to Accommodation Updates, Travel Daily’s Wed feature. If your property has undergone some recent changes you would like to make the industry aware of, send a brief description with an image to accomupdates@traveldaily.com.au. Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal has paid homage to John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-in for Peace protest by restoring the same 1742 suite to its original aesthetic. Designed by Sid Lee Architecture, the room incorporates art installations, historical pieces and interactive experiences. A multimillion dollar refurbishment has just been completed at Hotel St Moritz, providing a spruced-up look for the hotel’s lobby,...

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LIDO picks up two gongs in Sydney

THE Lido group has been named Western Sydney’s Business of the Year after picking up two accolades earlier this month. Lido is now a finalist in the 2017 NSW Business Chamber’s Business Awards. The company, which provides integrated hotel booking and payment solutions to major corporations and government organisations, also received another, the Excellence in Business award. Lido’s group chief executive Steve Mackenzie said it capped off a remarkable year for the firm. “To now be recognised by the broader NSW business community, and be chosen as a finalist for one of the state’s most important accolades, is a tremendous honour,” he said. The NSW Business Chamber’s Business Awards will be presented in Nov at a State Gala Dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney. Pictured at the Western Sydney Business of the Year award is: Vasco Duarte, Commonwealth Bank; Steve Mackenzie, The Lido Group; and Anne Kollegger, Commonwealth Bank. The post LIDO picks up two gongs in Sydney appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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