Aspen Skiing

NEWS FROM ASPEN SKIING COMPANY WINTER 2018/19

New Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is well underway with construction on the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass for a scheduled completion date of November 2018. The new hotel will feature 99 hotel rooms and 11 for-sale condominiums, plus a new restaurant, a children’s game area as well as a five-story climbing wall that will be open to the public and the tallest of its kind in the state. Modeled after the company’s existing properties in Aspen, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho, the hotel will be located adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access. The new hotel property will remain consistent with the Limelight brand featuring amenities and extras such as an expanded continental breakfast, après ski deals in the Lounge, live music, adventure activities such as First Tracks and Inside Tracks, a ski concierge as well as pet-friendly rooms. Stonehill & Taylor, based out of New York City, have been selected to design the interior, with plans to continue the Limelight’s contemporary yet casual design theme. The hotel is pursuing a LEED certification. For more information, visit www.limelighthotels.com/snowmass.

Snowmass Mountain Club

The Snowmass Mountain Club will offer exclusive access on-and-off Snowmass mountain with 228 private memberships. The facilities, located in the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, are equipped with ski valet, family locker rooms, and après-ski in the club lounge. On-mountain experiences will comprise of activities like first tracks, moonlight cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and summer off-road tours as well as an on-site concierge. Other member benefits include private garage parking directly below the Club, ski-in access and admittance to the hotel’s fitness facilities and hot tubs. The Snowmass Mountain Club is scheduled to open November 2018. For more information, visit www.snowmassmountainclub.com.

 

Snowmass Base Village Development

Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area in the heart of Snowmass Village, Colo., Snowmass Base Village (SBV) is a $600 million mountain-resort development, currently the largest under construction in North America. This approximately 10-year project will add lodging, residences, restaurants, retail, and amenities to the world-class resort. Completion of the first phase of construction is slated for November 2018, with a grand opening celebration to be held Dec. 15, and includes the Limelight Hotel, ski-in/ski-out residences, public events plaza with ice skating rink, cozy fire pits, and community building. Development is currently ongoing for the following:

  • The 99-room, 11-residence Limelight Hotel. The Limelight will also host the Snowmass Mountain Club, an exclusive 228-member private club with member parking, lockers and lounge space right at the base of the mountain. The mountain-contemporary building was designed by Oz Architecture.
  • A central public events plaza that will serve as the community’s gathering space with an ice-skating rink in the winter and events lawn during the summer, as well as fire pits, children’s pop-up fountains and other community amenities. The plaza was designed by Oz Architecture and StudioINSITE. Scheduled completion November 2018.
  • Lumin, a residential condominium building adjacent to the Plaza and Elk Camp Gondola with three residences and a Four Mountain Sports store. The building was designed by Oz Architecture, with interior design by The Ranch House. Scheduled completion Winter 2018/19.
  • A Community Center that will be a public building and include interactive activities with ever-changing programs for families and children, as well as a bar and restaurant with outdoor patio seating. It is being designed by Harry Teague Architects and pursuing LEED Gold Certification. The official opening is to be determined. A temporary outdoor bar will be open this ski season.

 

For more information about the Snowmass Base Village development, visit www.allinsnowmass.com.

 

New Fort Frog Under Construction at Buttermilk

A new wooden, frontier-style fort is under construction in the woods of Buttermilk. The kid’s play structure will include lookout towers, a jail, a swinging bridge, a saloon with a candy bar, a post office, a turbo twister slide and more. The fort was named after Greg Fortin, a long-time ski instructor at Buttermilk in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and is a memento to his legacy. The newly constructed fort will debut this winter and is accessed by skiing or snowboarding to the fort.

Deals

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Celebrate 60th Anniversary with $60 Lift Tickets

This season, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are celebrating 60 years of skiing and riding with $60 lift tickets. Purchasers must buy a minimum of two days to receive the discounted $60 per day lift ticket. The offer is valid across all four Aspen Snowmass mountains during the early season dates of Thursday, Nov. 22 to Friday, Dec. 21. Package must be booked with lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass. All offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Book seven days in advance of arrival date. Call (800) 290-1326, or e-mail sasinfo@aspensnowmass.com for a customized quote sent via e-mail.

The Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting skiers and riders to some of the most iconic mountains across the globe with access to more than 74,632 acres of terrain at 36 premier ski and ride destinations. Aspen Snowmass is pleased to be a part of the new pass product with 7-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Pass (no black-out dates), and 5-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Base Pass (black-out dates included). For a detailed list of Ikon Pass resorts as well as further information, visit www.ikonpass.com.

The Mountain Collective Adds Big Sky Resort and Niseko United for 2018-19 Season

The Mountain Collective™ heads into the 2018-19 season with new additions to its already elite list of resorts, as the pass welcomes Montana’s Big Sky Resort and Northern Japan-based Niseko United Resort. Previously a global affiliate, Niseko United will join the Mountain Collective as a full partner for the 2018-19 season. Big Sky and Niseko United join Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush, Sun Valley, Taos, and Thredbo in the Mountain Collective alliance of 17 iconic destinations. With the addition of Big Sky and Niseko United, each 2018-19 passholder will receive two days at each of the collective destinations, bringing the total ski days available from full partners to 34 days at 17 unique destinations. Extra benefits available to Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. Passes are available online at www.MountainCollective.com.

Food & Beverage

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club

The Cliffhouse restaurant, located at the top of Buttermilk Mountain, will host a Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club. Uphill skiers will be able to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant after hiking/skinning up the mountain. The breakfast will be available for purchase from 8:45 a.m. t0 10 a.m. and will include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and an oatmeal/yogurt station with quick dry oats in a mason jar ready to be prepared with healthy add-ons. A hot breakfast will also be available with two menu options; a signature Cliffhouse breakfast fried rice with a farm egg, or thick-cut French toast with crisp bacon. Both hot items are priced at $12 and the oatmeal bar costs $8. The Breakfast Club will take place every Friday from Jan. 5 to Apr. 6, 2019.

Rental/Retail

New Four Mountain Sports Store in Snowmass Base Village

As part of the Snowmass Base Village development project, a new 4,400 square-foot Four Mountain Sports store will open for the 2018/19 winter. The store is located right next to the Elk Camp Gondola and will offer ski and snowboard rentals as well as retail clothing and gear. Adjacent to the shop, a new ski storage structure will be available to store guest’s skis or snowboards overnight or transfer to another mountain. This service is complimentary to guests when renting equipment from Four Mountain Sports. In the summer months, the store will convert into a downhill mountain bike rental shop.

Ski and Snowboard Schools

Kids Mountain Explorers

New as of last season, but with expanded dates this year, the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass are continuing Kids Mountain Explorers. The programming offers a week-long adventure camp with the same group of kids skiing or riding together every day with a pro-caliber coach. Kids age eight to twelve, level seven and up will carve up all four mountains, riding everything from greens and blues to steeps, bumps, and park depending on the group’s ability level. Throughout the week, the kids will gain skills, confidence and plenty of friends. Kids Mountain Explorers will take place over the following dates: Jan. 14 – 18, 21 –25, 2019; Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019; Mar. 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 –29, 2019.

Sustainability

Straw Free

The Limelight Hotel Aspen, Limelight Hotel Ketchum, The Little Nell, and all Aspen Snowmass food & beverage outlets are going straw free, meaning plastic beverage straws are no longer provided. If a straw is requested, then a paper straw or compostable straw is given. Aspen Skiing Company enacted this policy to align with the movement that throw-away-plastic is an unnecessary product and adds to the plastic pollution in our oceans.

Technology

Aspen Snowmass App—New Rewards and Year-Over-Year Stats and Tracking

The Aspen Snowmass App offers a convenient way for guests to access mountain conditions, tracked skier days, interactive mapping of a guest’s movement, and information about activities, lift tickets, lessons and more. New this year, the App provides rewards and enhanced functioning of year-over-year stats and tracking. Rewards include free food and beverage credits, discounts at Four Mountain Sports stores and a credit to use toward a Ski and Snowboard School lesson. Improved tracking will now include year-over-year statistics for vertical feet and Highland Bowl laps. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/app.

Future Capital Improvements

Pandora’s Expansion on Aspen Mountain—New Lift, Expanded Snowmaking and Terrain

Aspen Mountain is currently going through the process of approval for the proposed Pandora’s Expansion that will increase snowmaking capabilities, expand terrain and add a new chairlift. The plan aims to implement snowmaking operations on top of Aspen Mountain to encompass an additional 50 acres of terrain. The resort’s current snowmaking capabilities stop short of the top of the mountain, but the proposal intends to provide top-to-bottom skiing and riding on a man-made surface. In addition, the Pandora’s Expansion bids for an increase of 153 acres of new terrain bringing the mountain’s total acreage to 850. The new pod will include groomed runs as well as gladed tree skiing/riding on blue and single black trails. Furthermore, the plan proposes a new chairlift that will provide direct access to the increased terrain. The current plan is dependent on the Forest Service and Pitkin County granting approvals.

Winter Operations

Aspen Mountain

Opening: Nov. 22, 2018

Closing: Apr. 21, 2019

Aspen Highlands

Opening: Dec. 8, 2018

Closing: Apr. 14, 2019

Buttermilk

Opening: Dec. 8, 2018

Closing: Apr. 7, 2019

Snowmass

Opening: Nov. 22, 2018

Closing: Apr. 21, 2019

 

The Best Family Safaris in Asia

A safari is always a popular choice for a family holiday. Besides Africa, Asia also offers a wealth of wildlife opportunities for animal lovers and children. Lightfoot Travel shares four family friendly safari holidays in Asia to expose children to nature and to ensure an interactive wildlife experience for everyone.

Spy Orangutans in Borneo

Take your jungle VIPs to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Sabah. This award-winning lodge is set in the middle of the Danum Valley, which is home to orangutans, pygmy elephants, sun bears and hornbills. Not only can your children go on an animal-spotting drive and enjoy eco-walks with a guide, but they can also get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest if they take a stroll along the Tree Top Canopy Walkway. The perfect jungle adventure for family travel.

Track Snow Leopards in India

If you’re looking for an adventure, Chamba Camp in Thiksey, Ladakh is hard to beat. This gorgeous glamping resort, which is high in the Himalayas, provides the perfect base for potential leopard spotting. Families will be able to join an expert tracker for a trek through the valleys and learn how to look out for paw prints and listen out for its unique calls en route. And while looking out for leopard prints, they might be able to track those sure-footed ibex, Himalayan wolves and Tibetan sand foxes.

See Elephants in Sri Lanka

Expect to see smiles a mile wide, when you take your children on safari in Sri Lanka. On a 4WD adventure through Yala National Park, they will have the chance to see elephants, monkeys and even an elusive leopard. Book into the Wild Coast Tented Lodge. You will be certain to love the Family Cocoon Suite, which comes with an adjoining urchin tent for kids.

About Lightfoot Travel

Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and the UK, specializing in designer holidays to countries spanning all seven continents around the world. We take pride in the originality of our trips, and a holiday with Lightfoot Travel is guaranteed to be inspired, inventive, and perfectly tailored to suit your needs.

www.lightfoottravel.com

 

Festa Major – Barcelona’s Biggest Festival Of The Year

For many Barcelona residents, the main highlight of September is the festivities that accompany the feast day of La Mercè, one of the city’s co-patron saints. With summer holidays coming to an end and temperatures very gradually cooling, these four days of fun towards the end of the month make it much easier to return to day-to-day life. Since 1902 the day of La Mare de Deu de La Mercè on September 24 has been celebrated as Barcelona’s Festa major (lit. main festival, and nowadays there’s a packed programme of free events and activities for all that begins on September 21).

La Mercè, as it’s commonly known, is an enticing mix of tradition and modernity. That means that on the one hand you can enjoy typical Catalan cultural customs such as the correfoc (a ‘fire run’ that sees participants dress up as devils carrying sticks with fireworks spinning on the top of them; bold, and well-protected, members of the public dance alongside them in the midst of the sparks, smoke and explosions), castellers (the human tower makers who clamber onto each other’s shoulders as they try to build the tallest ‘castle’ possible), and parades of gegants (giants) and capgrossos (big heads), which in reality are large scale paper mâché figures that represent historical characters and fantastical creatures. And on the other, the extensive BAM music festival that offers free concerts across the city, family-friendly activities, and a wide-ranging fair of local associations that fills Plaça Catalunya. Ciutadella Park is the scene for theatre and dance as well as art, music and other culture from this year’s guest city of Lisbon. And to top it all off in style, fireworks displays are held on several evenings of the festival, a tribute of colour, noise, and light to one of Barcelona’s most important women.

RIMOWA Celebrates 120 Years of Purposeful Travel

Today, in celebration of their 120th anniversary, RIMOWA unveils its first-ever global integrated campaign, complete with a star-studded cast, strong storytelling and cinematic sensibility.

A select cast of renown global cultural icons, all of whom are long-time RIMOWA owners and advocates, celebrate the collective mindset that has made them who they are – a fundamental belief that mastery is a never-ending journey and that no one builds a legacy by standing still. The campaign is a celebratory declaration of RIMOWA’s ethos and its role as the resilient companion for a lifetime of purposeful journeys.

Twenty-time grand slam winning athlete, Roger Federer; Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton & Founder & Creative Director of Off-White, Virgil Abloh; model, spokesperson and activist, Adwoa Aboah; international chef, businessman and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa; and Dior Men’s jewellery designer & Founder and Creative Director of AMBUSH, Yoon Ahn all take part in marking the occasion by sharing their personal interpretations of what travel has meant for their lives.

The campaign also marks the beginning of an exclusive partnership between Roger Federer and RIMOWA that will extend to various projects over the next two years.

Shot on three continents by five different directors, every director worked closely with each cultural icon to create an emotionally insightful and visually distinct expression of their personal journey.

Roger Federer’s film is directed by Karim Huu Do and features a real-life childhood conversation with his father at the moment of young Roger’s first trip to Zurich.

Adwoa Aboah’s film is directed by Jonas Lindstroem and it’s a powerful metaphor for how the model and activist overcame depression by pushing herself to travel.

Virgil Abloh’s film is directed by Dexter Navy and presents an artful visualization of a recorded phone conversation with Abloh’s aphorisms on travel.

Nobu Matsuhisa’s film is directed by Jared Knecht and features an ancient Japanese travel tale that mirrors Nobu’s own life.

Yoon Ahn’s film is directed by I AM HERE and documents Yoon’s antagonistic sources of inspiration while featuring quotes from her private travel diary.

The five films have been combined into an anthem film. In addition to the films, the campaign also features photography by Brett Lloyd.

The global integrated campaign will be featured across paid and owned social and digital channels, Air France in-flight entertainment, selected cinemas in the US and Europe, airports in NY, LA, London, Paris, and Nice, and OOH in key cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  The campaign will also feature events, retail activations and an exclusive limited-edition sticker.

Created in partnership between Anomaly in Berlin and RIMOWA’s internal creative team, the campaign will be activated globally with special emphasis on RIMOWA’s seven key markets – USA, China, HK, Japan, Germany, UK, and France.

Frank Hahn, Executive Creative Director at Anomaly Berlin, comments:

“Why settle on one director if you can work with five? ‘Never standing still’ as the core of this campaign demands exciting films and storytelling. We decided to work with five film directors to bring the genuine stories of five famous individuals to life. From Nobu’s Japanese tale to Adwoa’s story of transformation to Virgil’s experimental travel journey. A production maze and marvel on all levels. The campaign culminates in a collected anthem film with the contribution of all five directors. A powerful manifestation to keep moving.”

Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer at RIMOWA, comments:

“The campaign’s narrative is inspired by RIMOWA’s own history and its relentless commitment to creating the essential tools for purposeful travellers. From the beginning, we knew we had to leverage the brand’s strongest equity: its community. We selected a group of like-minded travellers that have embarked on ambitious, lifelong journeys, and that happen to be authentic RIMOWA customers. Despite the differences between each of those personal stories, there’s a shared belief that mastery is a never-ending process, and that travel is a powerful vehicle to make a mark in the world.“

Alexandre Arnault, CEO at RIMOWA, comments:

“For 120 years, RIMOWA has been a leader in quality, innovation and craftsmanship, creating a product that’s loved cross-generationally for its ability to aid in the pursuit of inspiration and discovery through travel. As we look to the future with our heritage in mind, we want to celebrate that mission of relentlessly seeking perfection through action. It’s the shared mindset that both RIMOWA and its most iconic travellers demonstrate in our pursuits.”

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Five Amazing Gastronomic Activities in Catalonia

1. Lunch at the mussel beds

Visitors can embark on a relaxing cruise across the Alfacs Bay in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and Fangar Bay in L’Ametlla de Mar and gain an insight into seafood farming before enjoying shellfi sh tasti ng and spotti ng flocks of flamingos.

2. Drink wine aged in the depths of the ocean

No experience is as unique as drinking wine aged under the sea at a depth of 27 metres, with the bott les having beencarefully selected to those that are best adapted to the submerged conditi ons. On the seabed, the wine is aff ected by varying factors, such as the water pressure, the lack of oxygenation through the cork, the movement of the bottle due to the currents, the light level and the exchange of salinities with the wine. Travellers can enjoy this truly unique experience at Hotel Cala Jòncols in Costa Brava.

3. Vinegar tasting at Avgvstvs Forvm winery

The Avgvstvs Forvm vineyard is located where once was the Roman road that connected Rome with the most important cities in the Mediterranean. Avgustvs Forvm is recognised for both its wines and vinegars. What makes it very special, is that it is the only winery in Catalonia specialised in vinegar. Here, visitors can fi nd wine and vinegars tasting, food pairing and family activities.

4. Olive Oil experiences – millenary olive trees

There are fi ve protected designati ons of origin of extra-virgin olive oil in Catalonia: Les Garrigues, Siurana, Terra Alta, Baix Ebre-Montsià and Empordà, each off ering a product with very different body and aroma thanks to the diversity in climate, soil and olive varieties. Visitors can enjoy olive oil experiences all over Catalonia but one of the most special and unique ones is to visit the ancient olive trees fields of Ulldecona. The tour takes visitors through an area that boasts almost two thousand trees aged between one thousand and two thousand years. These trees have 8 meters of perimeter and have been catalogued as monumental trees. The visit finishes with an olive tasting of these millenary olive trees.

Celebrate Your Special Occasion at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia

Located in Cambodia’s southwest Koh Rong archipelago, Song Saa Private Island invites couples to celebrate their special occasion in style on the romantic islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong locally known in Khmer as ‘Sweethearts’.

The private island resort is a luxurious escape set amongst an oases of rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches. Song Saa Private Island offers several special experiences for ceremonies on the island including beachfront bare-foot, a sunset big-sky wedding or, more intimate gatherings in various locations around the property.

Beach Ceremony

Beachfront ceremonies are amongst the resort’s most photogenic with a choice of spectacular backdrops. Couples can choose from a scenic sunset panorama directly behind the ceremonial gazebo and where pool-side dining offers a shaded area just steps from the shoreline, a perfect venue for a glass of champagne before watching the sunset from the beach.

Driftwood and Vista

Song Saa Private Island can also organise a toes-in-the-sand under candlelight ceremony at Driftwood taking in the seemingly endless sky overhead on the Vista. Located on the beach, Driftwood has a relaxed and rustic feel, offering a pizza and tapas-style menu with event seating up to 36 undercover with a further 18 in the open-air space by the water’s edge. Alternatively, Vista is located just off the island’s shoreline, surrounded by the house reef and gazette marine reserve, this incredible space accommodates an intimate 36 in the main venue as well as 12 on the open-air deck featuring contemporary Western and Cambodian cuisine.Bespoke Blessing

To celebrate in the most authentic Khmer way, the tradition of Monk Blessings is perfect for a spiritual experience. The blessing ritual begins with an incense lighting to make a wish or prayer for the future couple. Once seated, the couple will offer three bowed prayers before clasping their hands. The Monks will then chant to ward off any negativity that may surround the couple. The head Monk will sprinkle the blessed flower water, chanting a personal blessing to the couple. A sacred red thread will be tied around each couples wrist by the monk leading the ceremony as a talisman of the blessing, enhancing their life energy and compassion.

Exclusive Island Rental

An exclusive island rental is the most highly recommended option for a guaranteed private, intimate and personalized experience. Song Saa Private Island’s expert team can curate a unique and outstanding wedding and ceremony package for special occasions starting from USD4,500++.

Getting There

To reach Song Saa Private Island, there are direct flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Shanghai and connecting flights from Beijing to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

From Phnom Penh: A luxury private vehicle can be arranged for the 3.5-hour transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to Sihanoukville Port, where Song Saa’s luxury speed boat awaits. A new option to consider is to fly with Bayon Airlines, a 50-minute flight straight to Sihanoukville International Airport.

From Siem Reap: Cambodia Angkor Air and Bayon Airlines both offer direct flights to Sihanoukville International Airport, where Song Saa’s driver awaits.

It is an easy 35 minutes from Sihanoukville Port to Song Saa Private Island by speedboat based on the daily transfer schedule.

For reservations or enquiries, please email reservations@songsaa.com and browse www.songsaa.com.

Intrepid’s first 18-29s brochure empowers millennials to travel

Intrepid has released its first 18 to 29s brochure, offering socially conscious millennials the chance to get way off-the-beaten-path with more than 80 travel experiences from flying high in Turkey to camping around Iceland and island-hopping in Croatia.

Brett Mitchell, Regional Director for Asia Pacific at Intrepid Travel, said the new range was created in response to feedback from young customers, who told the company that they wanted to travel responsibly with like-minded people their own age.

“Young travellers want to have authentic, immersive experiences with their peers. These tours are for travellers who don’t want to backpack in large dorm rooms or booze it up but instead, want to break down cross-cultural barriers and make a positive impact on the local communities they visit,” Mitchell said.

For every booking, Intrepid will make a donation to Friends-International, a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures for marginalised young people around the world.

“The next generation of travellers has the power to make the biggest difference in the world so we are thrilled to give them the opportunity to see the world the Intrepid way,” Mitchell said.

“In usual Intrepid style, the small group tours include all the local elements, from leaders to transport, so our young travellers can do things their way, inspired by a local, and have the spontaneous moments that makes travel so addictive,” Mitchell added.

With a focus on sustainable, immersive local experiences, the new tours have been created especially for the next generation of responsible travellers who want to make a difference and connect with their fellow guests, while discovering new places and cultures.

Because millennials want big-time experiences without a big-time price tag, the 18 to 29s trips are priced at the same level as Intrepid’s Basix range, with tours starting from $390* for a five day tour of Cappadocia.$99 deposits are available on all 18 to 29s tours.

Highlights of Intrepid’s 18 to 29s brochure include:

  • One week Split to Dubrovnik Sailing trip– An eight day adventure aboard a private yacht hopping from the island of Vis to the magical blue grotto of Cave Bisevo and the untouched forests of Mljet, an island yet to be overrun by busloads of tourists
  • One Week Camping in Iceland– Proving there’s a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork), this seven-day tour takes travellers to the tongue of Europe’s biggest glacier, to the massive walls of ice in Skaftafell National Park, into the epic wilderness of Thorsmork National Park and back to Reykjavik for some party vibes
  • Essential Russia– A nine-day tour that includes the majestic Kremlin Palace, stunning St. Petersburg and the artsy Nikola-Lenivets Park, where you can have a spa with locals
  • Real Santiago de Cuba Carnival–On this 12-day tour, travellers can conga like the Cubans at carnival time in Santiago de Cuba, find out who that guy on the t-shirt is at Che Guevara’s museum and mausoleum, chill out in Trinidad and enjoy a mojito in Havana
  • Real Mexico – This 15-day tour takes in some of the many churches in Puebla, the best mezcal around in Oaxaca and finishes with some snorkelling and swimming at Playa del Carmen
  • Real Turkey– A 15-day round-trip tour from Istanbul to rocky sites, a rural village at the edge of a canyon overlooking the Mediterranean and the jaw-dropping sights from a hot air balloon at Cappadocia.

For more information or to book visit:
 https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/theme/18-to-29s-adventures

 *subject to availability, conditions apply

British Airways Offers Exclusive Special Fares to HSBC Mastercard Cardholders

British Airways is offering travellers a 10% discount in all cabins when booking with HSBC Mastercard® Credit Card

British Airways announces a special discount of 10 per cent on fares in all cabins from Hong Kong to London, the UK and Europe when booking with HSBC Mastercard® Credit Card. The limited-time offer applies to bookings made at designated website from now until 20 August 2018 for travel between 6 July 2018 and 31 March 2019.

In addition to this, British Airways Executive Club Members who are HSBC Premier MasterCard® credit card cardholders can also enjoy 25 per cent bonus Avios when converting RewardCash to Avios. The offer is available from 1 July to 31 August 2018. For more details, please visit https://www.redhotoffers.hsbc.com.hk/en/latest-offers/red-hot-travel-special/offers/travel-merchant-offers/

The special offer enables travellers from Hong Kong a long travel window to visit the UK and Europe, where they can enjoy a variety of experiences from strolling along the Thames in London, admiring the city lights from the top of the Eiffel Tower, to indulging in Italian cuisine in Florence. A relaxing trip to the UK or Europe will always be a welcome diversion from our hectic daily lives.

Hong Kong travellers can experience the most quiet and comfortable journey in the sky on the Airbus A380. British Airways is the only airline to operate the state-of-the-art A380 non-stop between Hong Kong and London.

All the flights from Hong Kong arrive at London Heathrow Terminal 5, which is exclusive to the customers of British Airways and its sister airline Iberia. In March 2018, London Heathrow won the awards for the Best Airport Shopping, Best Airport Terminals (T2 & T5) and the World’s Top 10 Airports at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018.

Emirates A380 continues to capture the imagination of travellers after 10 years of operations

Emirates is celebrating 10 years of A380 operations. Since its first flight to New York from Dubai on 1 August 2008, the Emirates A380 has carried more than 105 million passengers, clocking in more than 1.5 billion kilometres on 115,000 flights, equivalent to 39,000 trips around the globe. Watch the Emirates A380 10 year journey here.

Emirates is the world’ largest operator of the A380 aircraft, with 104 double-decker aircraft flying to 49 cities on 6 continents on scheduled services with more than 80 daily departures from Dubai, the airline’s hub. In addition to its 104-strong fleet, the airline has a further 58 A380s on order. Today, Emirates also operates the world’s shortest A380 route from Dubai to Kuwait and the world’s longest A380 non-stop route from Dubai to Auckland. The airline has also grown its scheduled services to major airports and has also successfully grown demand at regional airports such as Manchester, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Houston, Prague, Kuwait, Mauritius, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo.

In Hong Kong, Emirates is the airlines operating the most number of A380 service with three daily flights departing from Hong Kong International Airport every day to Dubai. From Dubai, Emirates’ hub, Hong Kong passengers can easily continue their journey to Emirates’ global destinations in six continents.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “It’s been 10 extraordinary years since the first Emirates A380 flight took to the skies, and today it has become one of the most recognisable and admired aircraft in the world. Passengers love to fly it because of its spaciousness which provides more comfort across all classes, and its iconic products like the OnBoard Lounge, Shower Spa and First Class suites have redefined air travel.  We remain committed to providing the best experience for our customers aboard our flagship aircraft, and introducing new innovations that will continue to ‘wow’ them every time they fly with us.

The Emirates A380 has also had a significant impact on the aerospace industry and its high-value supply chains, fuelling hundreds of thousands of jobs for skilled workers, and creating significant economic benefits in countries which have A380 production facilities. The aircraft continues to boost tourism and trade wherever it flies by stimulating further traffic and demand, and we hope that it continues to play an important role in the economies and societies that it serves in the years to come.”

Aviation history making moments

The Emirates A380 has been at the centre of a number of aviation firsts over the last decade, including the unprecedented formation flight in 2015 with the Jetman Dubai duo. The stunning formations were conducted over the Dubai skyline and the Palm Jumeirah, showcasing how far aviation has come. That same year, Emirates introduced the world’s first 2-class A380, with capacity for 615 passengers.

In 2017, the A380 took to the skies again at the Dubai Airshow with a special fly-past accompanied by the Boeing 777-300ER, closely followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan.

The Emirates A380 has also touched down in 73 airports for one-off and scheduled services, special commemorative flights, chartered flights, test flights and other operational deployments and the aircraft has been instrumental in maximising efficiencies at slot constrained airports.

Inspiring a better customer experience

From First Class to Economy Class, the Emirates A380 has been an industry step-change for passengers to experience new standards of in-flight comfort. Emirates revolutionised the A380’s cabin space design when it introduced its bespoke version of the aircraft in 2008, incorporating higher ceilings, mood-lighting as well as signature, industry-first elements like its OnBoard Lounge, a social area at 40,000 feet where jet-setters could meet in an ambient setting. In 2017, Emirates introduced the next generation of the OnBoard Lounge featuring a sleeker design, new colour palette, social seating arrangement and surround sound, among other touches. The popular Shower Spa has become a defining feature of the premium experience on the Emirates A380’s three-class configured aircraft, and over 80% of long-haul First Class customers have utilised it.

Emirates’ First Class experience on its A380 provides passengers with an unprecedented level of privacy and thoughtful touches of luxury with more than 1,400 A380 First Class suites flying today.

Across all classes, over 120 million meals have been served on the A380 since 2008. First Class customers have consumed 2.7 million tins of caviar, and more than 3.5 million fresh flowers have been loaded on A380 flights.

Emirates multi-award winning in-flight entrainment system, ice, offers unparalleled choice and quality when it comes to entertainment, with more than 3,500 channels. The Emirates A380 Economy Class seats feature among the widest individual in-seat screens in the industry, measuring in at 13.3 inches.

 

Emirates also has 1,500 flight deck crew and over 20,000 cabin crew specially trained to operate its A380 fleet.

 

Positive impact on societies and economies

 

The Emirates A380 programme supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft manufacturing supply chain, and Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe alone. The estimated Europe-wide impact of Emirates’ A380 investment contributes €3.4 billion to the GDP of the region.*

 

In January 2018, Emirates ordered a further 36 A380s worth US$16 billion, taking the airline’s commitment for the aircraft to 178 units, and further generating catalytic benefits for European economies with the airline’s impending deliveries beyond 2020.

 

Since 2013, the Emirates A380 has also conducted humanitarian ferry flights in partnership with the Airbus Foundation, transporting over 120 tonnes of food and vital emergency equipment to those in need.

 

Dubai – a global centre for A380 maintenance and operations

 

As the largest operator of the Airbus A380, Emirates’ engineering division, based in Dubai, has become a global leader in A380 maintenance. The airline operates modern, extensive facilities that include seven heavy maintenance hangars and four light maintenance hangars that can all accommodate the A380. Emirates Engineering has also amassed the experience, know-how and infrastructure to provide the most comprehensive Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities and services in the world, with 157 A380 C-Checks conducted to date. In addition, more than 25 A380 aircraft have been repainted and 16 large aircraft decals are currently emblazoned on Emirates’ A380s, in addition to all A380 aircraft displaying the Expo 2020 nose decals. All aircraft repainting and decal applications are completed at the airline’s Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai.

 

In 2013, the world’s largest A380 hub welcomed the opening of Concourse A, a first of its kind purpose-built Concourse dedicated to A380 operations. The US$ 3.3 billion facility offers travellers unprecedented convenience with direct boarding to the A380 aircraft from the First and Business class lounges, as well as other world-class amenities.

 

* According to Frontier Economics analysis carried out in 2015

 

*Catering figures taken from Emirates’ A380s departing Dubai only. This does not include meals loaded overseas.

Eventful Ways to Discover Noosa!


There’s always a reason to visit Noosa and over the next few months, Noosa will host a selection of events from arts and cultural events, jazz, sporting and more.

Noosa alive!  20-29 July. This unique festival offers ten days of great entertainment, food, culture and fun from July 20-29, 2018. The event features 80+ ticketed and free events, with 250 artists and the 2018 festival will feature three world, six Australian and five Queensland premieres. www.noosaalive.com.au

Noosa Strade Bianche. 11-12 August. Celebrate the golden age of cycling at Noosa Strade Bianche, Australia’s premier vintage cycling festival with 3 routes (33km, 82km and 135km) through hinterland villages, a vintage bicycle show and shine, and a swap meet. www.noosa-stradebianche.com.au

Noosa Classic. 26 August. This exciting new road cycling event for Noosa is the third Gran Fondo cycling event from the award-winning team behind the Bowral Classic and the Clare Classic. With three courses including a 45km social, the challenge classic at 120km and the maxi classic at 160km, that will take riders throughout the beautiful Noosa Hinterland. www.noosaclassic.com.au

Noosa Open Studios. 17-26 August.  This free art trail through Noosa’s coastal and hinterland communities provides the opportunity to discover the private studios of more than 60 emerging and established artists. From painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists, print-makers and ore. This is a great opportunity to learn about the artists’ processes and see their beautiful works. www.noosaopenstudios.com.au

Noosa Jazz Party. 30 August – 2 September. The Noosa Jazz Party brings together Australia’s leading jazz musicians for a feast of classic jazz performances throughout Noosa. www.noosajazzclub.com

Noosa International Rugby Seven’s. 12-14 October.  This unique weekend of rugby has grown to become Australia’s premier rugby sevens event outside of the IRB International World Series. With 100 teams coming from across Australia and from overseas, its Australia’s biggest seven’s event and will provide plenty of action on and off the field. www.noosainternationalsevens.com.au

Wild Women Adventure Race & Prologue. 13-14 October. Discover the beautiful Noosa hinterland in this  women-only fitness challenge where teamwork and brain power outshine speed and endurance. Teams of 2 women will navigate around a course on foot, mountain bike and canoe/kayak, using a map and compass as they look for hidden checkpoints (paddle craft supplied).  They have also added a prologue – come and try style event with a family-friendly focus- a two hour course involving trekking, mountain biking and navigation. www.triadventure.com.au

Noosa International Film Festival. 25-28 October. The Noosa International Film Festival screens new release Australian and international feature length films and high quality short films, and stages inspirational workshops and talks with leading industry experts – all set in the beautiful backdrop of Noosa. www.niff.com.au

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival. 31 October – 4 November.  The Noosa Tri is a bucket list Tri event and Australia’s favourite finish line party. The largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world the event starts off with a swim from beautiful Noosa Main Beach, a ride that takes in the Noosa hinterland and a run that soaks up the riverside atmosphere. Of course the five days includes other great events and social activities. www.noosatr.com.au

Whatever your passion is, Noosa will provide the perfect backdrop for a great event that is the perfect excuse to visit Noosa!  To book your Noosa holiday head to www.visitnoosa.com.au