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Make an Appointment With us Now at Fitur 2016

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We are attending Fitur in Madrid, Spain, from 20-24 January 2016. Fitur is a global tourism trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets and a great place for travel professionals to learn more about Destination Asia’s unique travel products and exceptional services. In attendance this year will be Maria Castro Roig, our Group Director of Sales for the Spanish market.

Maria would be delighted to meet with you at Stand E04 in Pavilion 4 to discuss the exciting opportunities available now in Asia.

Make an appointment now with Maria by sending an email through the link below.

e: maria@destination-asia.com


Explore the Eclectic Neighborhood of Sheung Wan

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A place that is elegant, exotic and hip. The old neighborhood of Sheung Wan is an eclectic blend of shopping experiences dominated by traditional Chinese beliefs and businesses. For those visiting the area, we suggest starting with the historic Western Market. Here guests can discover an array of handicraft shops nestled inside an Edwardian-style mall. We then continue to Dried Seafood Street, Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand West, frequented by locals in order to purchase products for aromatic soups and traditional tonics.

An intriguing fact to keep in mind is that Sheung Wan was one of the earliest settled places by the British and belonged to the historical Victoria City. A plaque to this effect can be found in Hollywood Road Park at the top of Possession Street.

e: hongkong@destination-asia.com


 

Go-Kart Ride Through the Streets of Tokyo

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Ever fancied a Super Mario-style go-kart ride through the streets of Tokyo? Now you can with this fun-filled themed program! Wear your favourite Super Mario Kart team costume (included), and depart with an expert guide to enjoy Tokyo from a different viewpoint. Each member of the group will have a private go-kart for three hours, with all eyes on the driver as you scour the streets of Shibuya, Roppongi and other Tokyo landmarks.

Communicate with other drivers via wireless headsets as if you were in a formula 1 team – stopping at various points in the city as people rush to take your picture on the streets. A pick up/drop off service ensures you arrive with time to spare and change into your favorite costumes. This program is excellent for those in search of a team activity with a difference.

e: japan@destination-asia.com


 

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Arrives in February

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns for the second time on 9 & 10 February 2016! This festival allows visitors the chance to float up into the sky in a hot air balloon. The event is a sight to behold as huge colored balloons light up against the island’s natural backdrop.

The inaugural Hot Air Balloon Fiesta held during the Malaysia’s Year of Festivals in 2015, saw over 100,000 visitors from around the region and abroad in attendance. There were 15 hot air balloons floating above with special shaped ones such as Trump, Darth Vader and Humpty Dumpty. Aside from the balloon displays, there will be ‘night glow’ shows, free flying balloons and cold inflation where anyone can walk into a balloon filled with cold air as it lies on the ground.

e: malaysia@destination-asia.com


 

New Mandalay-Bagan Cruise With Orcaella

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A new three night cruise connects Mandalay with Bagan on the splendid Orcaella, offering passengers a more leisurely pace than many existing programs. This program is ideal for those who like to take it easy and enjoy the finer details of cruising, such as admiring the views of local life floating by on the Irrawaddy River.

The journey begins with a city tour of Mandalay before boarding the Belmond Orcaella at Htin‐Win jetty. Guests are greeted by the crew, escorted to their cabins and given a briefing of the facilities. After setting sail, the ship passes through the picturesque landscape of the Sagaing hills. Winding along the course of the river, evenings are for admiring tranquil sunsets while the days are filled with adventure. We explore places such as the hat-making village of Lat‐ka‐pin and laze around with afternoon teas served in the relaxing lounge bar to accompany indulgent culinary spreads.

e: myanmar@destination-asia.com


 

Magnificent Yuanyang Terraced Rice Fields

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The well photographed terraced rice fields of China are famous across the world, with one area in particular that visitors should not miss. Yuanyang in Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province is framed by spectacular mountain scenery and offers some of the best photo opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Terraced rice paddies have been cultivated here over the past 1300 years by the Hani people, playing a vital role in their lives since ancient times, today representing the fabric of the Hani people’s existence.

The best time to see the terraced rice fields is February and March, when villagers water the terraces in preparation for ploughing. The water in the fields reflects the sunshine to reveal an array of beautiful colors. However, in September when the rice is ripe, the mountains turn a golden yellow color and present yet another fabulous scenery.

e: china@destination-asia.com


 

Discover Thailand’s Impressive Mountains

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Escape to the mountains with Destination Asia Thailand as we show your clients the roads less traveled. We explore some of Thailand’s magnificent mountains that many visitors simply never visit and miss out on. Often overlooked in favor of its beaches, Thailand’s lofty landscapes provide cooler weather and simply magnificent views from high up above the tree line.

Doi Inthanon may be one of the highest, but Doi Pha Hom Pok at 2,285 meters commands much better views with spectacular sunrises and sunsets on offer. Both are well worth a visit, and the hot springs and geysers located at the foot of Doi Pha Hom Pok are the ideal spot to relax after a day of hiking. Doi Pha Hom Pok is approximately three hours’ drive from Chiang Mai and is worth including when presenting your next program in northern Thailand.

e: thailand@destination-asia.com


 

Unveiling The Royal Heritage of Hue in Vietnam

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This morning’s excursion in the beguiling city of Hue begins with a cyclo ride to the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel. As well as learning about the citadel’s history, today’s visit includes a special performance of royal music & dance, and classical Vietnamese opera known as Hát tuồng. Guests witness a special production inside the citadel itself at one of just two royal theaters that remain in the city.

Once the home of a princess, the garden house visited today now belongs to a prominent local historian. Decorative pools, peaceful courtyards and stunning interiors are but a few of the delights in store and if occasion permits, there may also be the chance to meet with the owner of the home and talk about the property’s fascinating royal heritage. The morning concludes with a delicious lunch at Ancient Hue, a traditional style restaurant set in lush gardens close to the city center.

e: vietnam@destination-asia.com


 

New Luang Prabang and Thai Border Cruise

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Depart on a cruise adventure through the Laos countryside and into Thailand onboard the new ‘Mekong Luxury’ boat. The new boat provides another option besides Luangsay Cruise. The Mekong Luxury comes complete with cabins, allowing guests to overnight on the vessel rather than having to disembark and stay on the mainland.

This exciting excursion is a combination of river cruising and our overnight beach camp experience. After spending the afternoon sightseeing on the river, guests are then invited to enjoy a riverside barbecue dinner at one of our beach camps, complete with a bonfire and the beauty of Laos at hand. A selection of drinks are also included. On the journey we visit our riverside CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project at Ban Thin Hong weaving and fishing village. Here guests have an opportunity to interact with locals and learn about rural Lao life and handicrafts. It’s a great experience for those in search of a deeper insight into Lao Culture.

e: laos@destination-asia.com


 

The River Hongbao 2016 Light-up Festival

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The River Hongbao 2016 Light-up Ceremony will be helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 17 February 2016, marking the beginning of the 12 day long festivities. Visitors should have their cameras ready as there will be two opportunities (17 & 18 February) to experience spectacular fireworks that light up the city.

The highlight of this event is none other than the gravity defying aerial tightrope walking act by Adili Wuxor and Abulaiti-Maijun from The Acrobatic troupe of Xinjiang, China. As Guinness World Record holders of numerous tightrope-related stunts, Adili Wuxor and Abulaiti-Maijun will walk across The Float @ Marina Bay for the first time. They will be performing for the first six days. We are sure this breath-taking performance will be a crowd magnet and liven up the atmosphere at River Hongbao 2016.

e: singapore@destination-asia.com


 

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor Temporary Closure

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Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor will temporarily close from May 25 until September 31, 2016. This is to allow for the completion of a full bathroom and room renovation, and the addition of a new conference venue with the capacity for 70 people.

The intimate resort sits perched on the bank of a tree lined river in Siem Reap. The characterful residence offers a total of 62 rooms consisting of both deluxe and suite options. Additional features include a swimming pool, verdant tropical gardens and a lotus pool. Guests here are treated to an authentic Cambodian experience in a hotel located close to the town’s most frequented areas. The refined architecture showcases traditional Khmer style, boasting elegant teak and basalt accents that echo the ancient nearby temples.

e: cambodia@destination-asia.com


 

The Sumba Ceremonial Pasola Festival

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The Pasola Festival takes place every year toward the end of February (not on fixed dates), and is decided by the Rato two weeks before taking place. This long celebrated annual festival has its origins in war as a ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits in the region of West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Visitors can expect an animated event as two groups of 25 men each, mostly from the upper and the lower villages fight each other on horseback, throwing their wooden spears toward the opponent.

The initiating prayer is lead by the Rato, a traditional priest, and after he symbolically throws his spear between the groups, the “war-game” immediately starts. The word Pasola derives from the word Sola or Hola, which means a long wooden stick used as spear. The Sumbanese people believe the festival creates a balance between material and spiritual needs in order to live happily in earth and heaven. For those wanting to visit the festival they should book a flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport, then take a domestic flight to Tambolaka (West Sumba).

e: indonesia@destination-asia.com


 

Destination Asia’s New and Inspirational
Country Brochures

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We recently launched our brand new country brochures, each one packed with vital travel information, in-country services, exhilarating experiences and all you need to know about our leisure, meetings and incentives, and cruise business divisions. Supported by stunning images of each 11 operating destinations, the brochures give an idea of the endless possibilities travelers can experience in Asia. Separated into regions for easy reference, we have also categorized excursions under identifiable travel themes such as, Art & Heritage, Outdoor Adventure, Community and Spiritual. This is designed to make it easier for our partners to find the information they require when they need it.

A section on the history of each Destination Asia country reveals our deep rooted connections to each of the countries in which we live and work. These comprehensive brochures will assist in conveying the beauty of Asia, while showing how Destination Asia can provide unrivaled in-country services to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

If you would like to download the e-book version, please email your request to:

e: sales@destination-asia.com

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