SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and  member of the One World alliance successfully concluded SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon event at the Melbourne Marathon Festival for the third consecutive year. This , coincides with the second anniversary of SriLankan Airline's operations to Melbourne.
Looking for a romantic getaway. or a beach retreat with your girls or just need to get away from the hectic urban life? Here is a perfect new resort- The Standard that has just opened its doors in the beautiful island country of Maldives.  Each of the 115 villas at The Standard feature a private lounge deck and plunge pool. The Standard, is an American hotel brand known for its taste-making clientele, pioneering design, and unrelenting un-standard-ness.  This is brands first property in Asia. Traditionally seen as a couple’s destination, The Standard has taken a fresh approach to Maldives, offering relaxation, social activities and vibrant cultural experiences that welcome not only couples but groups of friends and singles looking to reset and recharge in paradise.
At The Hotel Explorer, we are always happy when hotels follow sustainable practices , are eco-friendly and believe in community development through tourism. So we were excited to share this news of V Resorts, a boutique Indian leisure travel & hospitality brand, bagging the prestigious World Tourism Award (UNWTO) 2018-19 at St Petersburg, Russia, recently.
Cygnett Hotels and Resorts has received the 'Fastest Growing Hotel Chain' award in 2019 at an event organized by Today’s Traveller. The winners at the award event were felicitated by the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel at a glittering ceremony.  "This recognition is a translation of all the hard work that we at Cygnett have been doing and striving for, " said Sarbendra Sarkar, Founder & Managing Director of Cygnett Hotels Group.
Seawings, the luxury seaplane tour operator in the Middle East that offers aerial tours, charters and journeys within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has  launched experiential journey for quick getaways in the UAE - day excursions and holidays by private seaplane with your friends and family. Th itineraries are ideal for aviation geeks, luxury travellers and discerning Indians looking for an offbeat adventure on weekends. 
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of SriLanka recently partnered with Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road Running Festival (GORRF). The airline was the official airline partner of the festival and also the title sponsor of the much sought after 6 km race of the Festival.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts is celebrating the ‘pineapple’ which is the symbol of hospitality , through this week. Here is what’s in store for all the travellers. Preferred Pineapple Cocktail Series The Preferred Pineapple Cocktail Series welcomes guests and local residents to enjoy original pineapple-flavored cocktails (or mocktails) that have been crafted by some of the most creative mixologists at more than 100 hotel bars globally throughout International Pineapple Week. Participating hotels include NoMo SoHo in New York City; The Hari Hotel London in the United Kingdom; EAST, Beijing in China; Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California; Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in Hawaii; Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California; Hotel EQ, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Carlton Ambassador in The Hague, Netherlands; and Hotel New Otani Tokyo "EXECUTIVE HOUSE ZEN" in Japan. You can also enjoy the pineapple cocktails at partner hotels of Preferred in India.
Global thought leader Dr M (BK Modi) recently launched a luxury wellness destination resort, Modi Yoga Retreat, in Rishikesh. The luxury retreat offers a wellness experience focused on Dr M’s innovative “Beyond 100” philosophy. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and located by the Ganges, the resort features 29 luxury rooms that offer panoramic views. The rooms are equipped with all modern amenities for the contemporary traveler. The retreat also features a temperature-controlled swimming pool for aquatic therapies, a restaurant, a wellness lounge, pool bar and a 1300 sq ft conference room for events. The restaurant offers an eclectic array of contemporary cuisine from around the world in addition to Indian regional and ayurvedic food. Keeping up with the latest health trends, the café serves a wide variety of healthy, organic, gluten free and vegan options including meals especially recommended for specific treatments.
Hilton recently announced the launch of Motto by Hilton, its newest affordable lifestyle brand that will empower guests by giving them the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s most sought-after cities. The hotel brand is targeted at evolved global travelers.  So what exactly is Motto?  Motto by Hilton is a micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations. Hilton evaluated the emerging lifestyle hostel model globally to understand the opportunity to enhance the shared room concept. But, extensive research showed that travelers who stay in hostels, in fact, do not like rooming with strangers and often book just with their friends or family. They want more from their hostel experience but are limited by current options in the market. As it evaluated the existing market, Hilton quickly understood that what these travelers wanted was an affordable urban lifestyle brand – one that combined comfort and accessibility with travel and lifestyle trends that centered around: Prime Locations: It’s about giving travelers access to the best location - being in the heart of the city and in the most popular neighborhoods. Right neighborhoods make a difference. Authenticity: What does it mean to be “here”? Locality breeds identity, community, and ultimately, a sense of place. Affordability: Competitive rates that open the doors to cities and locations that travelers didn’t think they could afford. Flexibility: One size doesn’t fit all — choice is paramount. Multi-purpose spaces are growing in popularity because of the flexibility they afford.
Relais & Châteaux, an association of world's finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs with more than 550 members in over 60 countries recently presented the 'Indian Subcontinent Showcase' with the  boutique member properties in the Indian Subcontinent. The regional delegation came together to showcase their offerings: a high level of service, exceptional cuisine and upscale hospitality for discerning travellers. The event was attended by  potential trade partners based in Mumbai at The A Club in Mumbai. Delegates had the opportunity to engage in an exciting and interactive table-top sessions with the regional hoteliers and gather in-depth knowledge about each member property.

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