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  • Free Pass to Seoul’s Royal Palaces
    In connection with the upcoming K-Royal Culture Festival , the K-Royal Palaces PASS is being released to allow unlimited admission to Seoul’s five royal palaces throughout the festival period.The K-Royal Culture Festival showcases Korea’s representative cultural assets, and is held twice a year in both spring and fall at Seoul’s five major royal palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival and is expected to be better than ever, with more programs and the addition of a global reservation system. K-Royal Palaces PASS-holders can enjoy unlimited access to the K-Royal Culture Festival venues and experience a range of events from performances to exhibitions, hands-on programs, reenactments, and more. However, please note that the pass does not allow access to the special ticketed events of Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission or Changdeokgung Palace’s Secret Garden.The K-Royal Palaces PASS is available for purchase on major travel platforms. The pass also acts as a transportation card and offers a 10% discount at KHmall off-line stores and Korea House; and a 30% discount on tickets to the musical “The Tribe,” taking place at Sejong Center.K-Royal Culture Festival K-Royal Palaces PASSValid period: April 27 – May 5, 2024Sales period: March 18 – April 25, 2024Price: 10,000 wonSales locations: Klook, KKday, Seoul Travel Pass, Trippose, Get Your Guide, TrazyPick-up period: April 27 – May 5, 2024 / 10:00-17:00Pick-up locations: Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, K-Royal Culture Festival information booth at Gyeongbokgung Palace (available at information booth of other palaces as well)Pick-up process: Show K-Royal Palaces PASS mobile ticket (QR code) to receive the K-Royal Palaces PASS (only required the first time)Website: www.chf.or.kr
    • In English
    • Korea Today
    2024-04-15
  • Royal Palaces More Beautiful by Night
    Korea’s royal palaces, full of charm at any time of day, are even more beautiful when viewed at night. The official evening programs for spring are starting up soon, with special guided tours taking place at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Deoksugung Palace. The Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission program is popular among Koreans and foreigners alike for offering a chance to taste a recreation of Doseuksurasang, a table set for the king with 12 different dishes. At the Deoksugung Palace program, Night at Seokjojeon Hall, taste coffee and desserts enjoyed by Emporer Gojong while watching an original musical. For visitors unable to snag tickets to these highly sought-after programs, you can still enjoy the palaces at night through regular evening hours, taking place at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress. Tickets for these hours are available on-site. Gyeongbokgung Palace [Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission] Period: April 3 – May 4, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners May 2-4, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 18:40 / Session 2 - 19:40 (each session lasts 110 minutes) Ticket price: 60,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 [Evening Hours] Period: TBA (Closed Tuesdays) Operating hours: 19:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:30) Admission fee: 3,000 won (200 on-site tickets available for foreigners) Website: royal.cha.go.kr Changdeokgung Palace Complex [Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace] Period: April 11 – June 2, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners April 27-28 & May 2-3, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 19:20, 19:25, 19:30 / Session 2 - 20:00, 20:05, 20:10 (each session lasts 110 minutes) Ticket price: 30,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 Deoksugung Palace [Seokjojeon at Night] Period: April 16 – May 25, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners May 1-3, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 18:20 / Session 2 - 18:50 / Session 3 – 19:25 (each session lasts 90 minutes) Ticket price: 26,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 [Evening Hours] Period: All year round (Closed Mondays) Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) Admission fee: 1,000 won / Free for visitors ages 18 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: royal.cha.go.kr Changgyeonggung Palace [Night Hours] Period: All year round (Closed Mondays) Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) Admission fee: 1,000 won / Free for visitors ages 18 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: royal.cha.go.kr Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress [Evening Program Moonlight Conversations] Period: May 3 – October 27, 2024 / Friday-Sunday Operating hours: 18:00-21:30 (Last admission 21:00) Admission fee: 1,500 won / Free for visitors ages 6 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: www.swcf.or.kr
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    • Korea Today
    2024-03-30
  • In Search of Sleep: Hilton Caters to Rising Number of Sleep Tourists with Debut of Hilton Sleep Retreats
    Kilolani Spa at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Sleep expert Dr. Rebecca Robbins to host snooze‑worthy series at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Kilolani Spa Hilton’s 2024 Trends Report found the No. 1 reason people of all generations want to travel this year is to rest and recharge. In fact, some travelers are even building their entire trip around sleep, which is a trend now known as “sleep tourism.” Sleep tourism first picked up speed in 2023 and has accelerated this year – in its recent report, the Global Wellness Institute cites Wellness Tourism as one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, projected to reach $1.4 Trillion USD by 2027. To address this demand and in celebration of National Sleep Month in March, Hilton has partnered with sleep science expert Dr. Rebecca Robbins to offer expert insight into ways Hilton can lead the industry in providing the best night’s rest possible across the portfolio. This includes new programming like the launch of Sleep Retreats at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, with the potential to expand to additional markets in the coming months. Dr. Robbins, an assistant professor in medicine and associate scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is also an acclaimed author and sleep expert featured in national print and television. She deeply understands the importance of sleep and which behavioral changes can help travelers get the most Zzzs when staying in unfamiliar environments. Together with Hilton, she will help guests put these insights into practice during a series of one-of-a-kind retreats, with the first launching in Maui at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Kilolani Spa, an all-new open-air luxury spa adorned by the natural beauty of Hawaii. “Understanding the vital role sleep plays in our lives goes much deeper than just knowing we need it. It's about nurturing and prioritizing it, especially in our fast-moving world where being constantly on the go is the norm," said Dr. Robbins. “Collaborating with Hilton to bridge the gap between sleep science and its practical, everyday application excites me and our retreats serve as a wonderful demonstration of how this knowledge can be brought to life – whether traveling or at home.” Designed to educate and empower guests while leveraging the unique wellness amenities offered at Hilton, the Sleep Retreats provide an all-encompassing journey into the science and practice of achieving restful, restorative sleep. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a series of Dr. Robbins-led activities, discussions, strategies and meditations focused on enhancing sleep quality. Kilolani Spa at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Portal Beyond spa services developed to mitigate jet lag, optimize circadian rhythms and release sleep-enhancing hormones, the programs include lectures that illuminate the science of restfulness, covering topics such as the foundations of sleep mechanics and sleep disorders. The retreats also feature healthy, sleep-promoting meals and opportunities for guests to design a personalized sleep schedule, ensuring each guest leaves with the knowledge and practices needed to improve their daily routine. “Hilton seeks to provide more than just a place to stay. We aim to be a catalyst for wellness, starting with a great night’s sleep. Recognizing that more than half of all travelers surveyed in our recent Trends Report emphasized the need for rest when they travel, our commitment has never been more important,” said Amanda Al-Masri, global vice president, wellness, Hilton. “From the moment a guest steps into our hotels, every touchpoint is an opportunity to contribute to the quality of their overall wellness, and these curated Sleep Retreats represent a fusion of comfort, science and innovation crafted to improve the sleep experience.” Hilton’s commitment to enhancing the guest sleep experience is exemplified by specialized offerings across its brands and properties. Travelers have shown a deep appreciation for the basics, and while all Hilton brands offer unique and exclusive bedding, Canopy by Hilton offers a gel memory foam mattress and Serta Cool Balance® technology, with the brand’s signature canopy frame, and Motto by Hilton has equipped its rooms with top-notch mattresses, sound-absorbing surroundings and smart technology available through the Hilton Honors app. Wellness offerings also extend directly into the room across many Hilton properties, such as Tempo by Hilton’s rooms designed with “power down” features for an optimal sleep environment. Additionally, dedicated wellness rooms are available at Signia by Hilton Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center, which are equipped with tools to help guests get their R&R. More information on Hilton’s new Sleep Retreats will be made available on the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s website in the coming weeks.
    • In English
    • Feature
    2024-03-16
  • American Express Reveals 2024 Top Travel Trends
    American Express Travel® released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report[1] today, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year. The report, based on survey data from travelers in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, found that 84% of respondents plan to spend more or the same amount of money on travel in 2024 compared to last year. Additionally, 77% of respondents care more about having the right travel experience than about the cost of the trip.The four trends driving booking decisions are:· For the Love of the Game: Sports fans are planning trips around athletic events, whether it involves a favorite sport, a beloved team, or an international multi-sport competition· Planning Big: Major, expedition-style adventures, like a trip to the Galapagos Islands or trekking with the gorillas, deliver the transformative experiences that travelers are looking for· Going Solo: Travelers are takings trips alone, embracing the ease of planning and ability to tailor itineraries that are a perfect fit· On a Whim: With so much of life being structured and scheduled these days, people are seeking flexibility in their travel plans and leaving room for spontaneity“Travelers are focused on creating the right itineraries and building memories, whether that means booking a trip to see a favorite sports team compete or taking a once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise,” says Audrey Hendley, President of American Express Travel. “Our Global Travel Trends Report sheds light on what is driving global travel bookings and provides inspiration for where to go next. Our American Express Travel Consultants can help, no matter what type of trip you want to take.”Top insights from American Express Travel’s 2024 Global Travel Trends Report include:· A desire to see sporting events live and to watch favorite teams and beloved players in person are driving where travelers are going and what they are doing when they get there.- 67% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents[2] (compared to 58% of all respondents) are interested in traveling for sporting events in 2024- 58% of respondents who are traveling for sports in 2024 will do so for soccer, basketball or Formula 1 racing- New York, Miami and Paris are the top destinations respondents are planning to travel to for sporting events this summer· Transformative, once-in-a-lifetime trips, like visiting the Galapagos Islands and hiking in Antarctica, are at the top of many travelers’ wish lists, and younger travelers want an expert to help them plan.- 65% of respondents are more interested in taking a major trip in 2024 than in previous years- 72% of respondents would rather save money for a major trip than spend it on going out with friends; and more than half of respondents plan on saving between 6 months to 2 years for a major trip- 58% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents want a travel agent or trusted advisor to help them book a major trip this year- 55% of respondents planning a major trip would consider visiting multiple countries in a region· The ease of planning and ability to make the perfect, personalized itinerary is driving people to plan trips alone, especially younger travelers.- 76% of Millennials and Gen Z respondents (compared to 69% of all respondents) say they are planning on taking a solo trip 2024- 74% of male respondents and 63% of female respondents say they are planning on taking a solo trip in 2024- 66% of respondents planning on traveling solo are planning a trip tailored to treat themselves- 60% of respondents planning on traveling solo this year intend to take two or more solo trips· Travelers are leaning into flexible itineraries, allowing them the freedom to be spontaneous and experience the local culture when they travel.- 78% of respondents say that spontaneous trips appeal to them77% of Millennials and Gen Z have booked a last-minute trip before, compared to 65% of Gen X[3] and 52% of Baby Boomers[4]- 68% of respondents agree that they like to leave unplanned time in their trip to experience local culture/activities- 57% of respondents prefer booking a last-minute getaway to a nearby destination rather than somewhere far awayAs the demand for travel continues into 2024, American Express provides eligible Card Members with exceptional travel access and experiences, including 1400+ airport lounges through its Global Lounge Collection®; expert Travel Consultants who can build dream itineraries for everything from major trips like an expedition cruise or safari, to quick weekend getaways; restaurant reservations through Resy and curated where-to-eat guides at Resy.com/Travel; benefits across global sporting experiences and venues; benefits at over 2000 hand-picked hotels around the world via Fine Hotels + Resorts® and The Hotel Collection; more than 1000 premium vacation rental properties via Select Homes + Retreats™, and more.The full American Express Travel 2024 Global Travel Trends Report can be viewed here. [1] Survey Methodology: This poll was conducted between January 31 - February 8, 2024 among a sample of 2005 US Adults, 1007 Australia Adults, 1002 Canada, 1002 UK Adults, 1002 Japan Adults, 1006 Mexico Adults and 1005 India Adults who have at least a $50k+ income equivalent and typically travel at least once a year. The interviews were conducted online. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2-4 percentage points. Some geographies may be weighted with fewer variables depending on local census data availability.[2] Millennials and Gen Z are defined as respondents as being born between 1981 - 2012.[3] GenX are defined as respondents as being born between 1965 - 1980.[4] Baby Boomers are defined as respondents as being born between 1946 - 1964.
    • In English
    • Global News
    2024-03-14
  • MICHELIN Guide to Seoul & Busan 2024
    The internationally renowned Michelin Guide released “The MICHELIN Guide Seoul & Busan 2024” in February of this year. This marks the first time the Michelin Guide for Korea has included a city outside of Seoul since first being released in 2017. Busan was selected due to the port city’s unique dining culture.The MICHELIN Guide Seoul & Busan 2024 features 177 restaurants in Seoul and 43 restaurants in Busan, for a total of 220 premium dining locations. French restaurant Allen and Japanese restaurant Mitou in Seoul both earned their second star, while Mori (Japanese cuisine), Palate (French cuisine), and Fiotto (Italian cuisine) in Busan each earned their first Michelin star. Fiotto also earned a Green Star for their use of ingredients picked directly from the farm.In addition to the restaurants which were able to earn stars, the guide also includes 15 and 6 restaurants in Busan and Seoul respectively that were recognized as Bib Gourmand restaurants, providing delicious food at reasonable prices. These new additions bring the total of Bib Gourmand restaurants to 72, ranging from traditional Korean cuisine to Japanese, Mexican, and Thai, as well as vegan cooking.Foodies planning a trip to Korea should definitely check the Michelin Guide! For a gourmand experience that won’t cost too much, a visit to one of the Bib Gourmand restaurants is a great choice.The MICHELIN Guide Seoul & Busan 2024▶ Michelin restaurants in Seoul▶ Michelin restaurants in Busan
    • In English
    • Korea Today
    2024-03-12
  • Seoul Subway Introduces Real-time Interpretation System
    A real-time interpretation system capable of interpreting 13 languages using AI technology has been installed at the Customer Support Center of Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4). The system works by connecting a mic to a see-through touch screen that displays the words spoken and translates them depending on which language the tourist selects. After the tourist asks a question in their own language, their question is translated into Korean and appears on the monitor for the Korean station worker to see and respond to. Now travelers can quickly and easily get answers to all their subway questions, including finding subway routes, the fastest transfer points, and anything else about the subway station. The touch-screen can also be used to look up information on T-locker and T-luggage, storage systems in place for travelers. The system is available in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian (13 languages total). While the system is currently in the testing stage, more machines are planned to be installed at major subway stations, including Seoul Station, Itaewon Station, Gimpo Airport Station, Gwanghwamun Station, and Hongik Univ. Station.
    • In English
    • Korea Today
    2024-03-02

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  • Free Pass to Seoul’s Royal Palaces
    In connection with the upcoming K-Royal Culture Festival , the K-Royal Palaces PASS is being released to allow unlimited admission to Seoul’s five royal palaces throughout the festival period.The K-Royal Culture Festival showcases Korea’s representative cultural assets, and is held twice a year in both spring and fall at Seoul’s five major royal palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival and is expected to be better than ever, with more programs and the addition of a global reservation system. K-Royal Palaces PASS-holders can enjoy unlimited access to the K-Royal Culture Festival venues and experience a range of events from performances to exhibitions, hands-on programs, reenactments, and more. However, please note that the pass does not allow access to the special ticketed events of Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission or Changdeokgung Palace’s Secret Garden.The K-Royal Palaces PASS is available for purchase on major travel platforms. The pass also acts as a transportation card and offers a 10% discount at KHmall off-line stores and Korea House; and a 30% discount on tickets to the musical “The Tribe,” taking place at Sejong Center.K-Royal Culture Festival K-Royal Palaces PASSValid period: April 27 – May 5, 2024Sales period: March 18 – April 25, 2024Price: 10,000 wonSales locations: Klook, KKday, Seoul Travel Pass, Trippose, Get Your Guide, TrazyPick-up period: April 27 – May 5, 2024 / 10:00-17:00Pick-up locations: Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, K-Royal Culture Festival information booth at Gyeongbokgung Palace (available at information booth of other palaces as well)Pick-up process: Show K-Royal Palaces PASS mobile ticket (QR code) to receive the K-Royal Palaces PASS (only required the first time)Website: www.chf.or.kr
    • In English
    • Korea Today
    2024-04-15
  • Royal Palaces More Beautiful by Night
    Korea’s royal palaces, full of charm at any time of day, are even more beautiful when viewed at night. The official evening programs for spring are starting up soon, with special guided tours taking place at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Deoksugung Palace. The Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission program is popular among Koreans and foreigners alike for offering a chance to taste a recreation of Doseuksurasang, a table set for the king with 12 different dishes. At the Deoksugung Palace program, Night at Seokjojeon Hall, taste coffee and desserts enjoyed by Emporer Gojong while watching an original musical. For visitors unable to snag tickets to these highly sought-after programs, you can still enjoy the palaces at night through regular evening hours, taking place at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress. Tickets for these hours are available on-site. Gyeongbokgung Palace [Gyeongbokgung Palace Special Evening Admission] Period: April 3 – May 4, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners May 2-4, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 18:40 / Session 2 - 19:40 (each session lasts 110 minutes) Ticket price: 60,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 [Evening Hours] Period: TBA (Closed Tuesdays) Operating hours: 19:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:30) Admission fee: 3,000 won (200 on-site tickets available for foreigners) Website: royal.cha.go.kr Changdeokgung Palace Complex [Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace] Period: April 11 – June 2, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners April 27-28 & May 2-3, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 19:20, 19:25, 19:30 / Session 2 - 20:00, 20:05, 20:10 (each session lasts 110 minutes) Ticket price: 30,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 Deoksugung Palace [Seokjojeon at Night] Period: April 16 – May 25, 2024 / Admission period for foreigners May 1-3, 2024 Ticket reservations: Open April 1, 2024 at 09:00 (Site will close when sold out) Admission times: Session 1 - 18:20 / Session 2 - 18:50 / Session 3 – 19:25 (each session lasts 90 minutes) Ticket price: 26,000 won (Limited to two tickets per person) Website: www.chf.or.kr Reservations (Creatrip): creatrip.com/en Inquiries (Creatrip): +82-70-4327-2310 [Evening Hours] Period: All year round (Closed Mondays) Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) Admission fee: 1,000 won / Free for visitors ages 18 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: royal.cha.go.kr Changgyeonggung Palace [Night Hours] Period: All year round (Closed Mondays) Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) Admission fee: 1,000 won / Free for visitors ages 18 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: royal.cha.go.kr Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress [Evening Program Moonlight Conversations] Period: May 3 – October 27, 2024 / Friday-Sunday Operating hours: 18:00-21:30 (Last admission 21:00) Admission fee: 1,500 won / Free for visitors ages 6 & under, 65 & older, and all visitors wearing hanbok Website: www.swcf.or.kr
    • In English
    • Korea Today
    2024-03-30
  • In Search of Sleep: Hilton Caters to Rising Number of Sleep Tourists with Debut of Hilton Sleep Retreats
    Kilolani Spa at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Sleep expert Dr. Rebecca Robbins to host snooze‑worthy series at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Kilolani Spa Hilton’s 2024 Trends Report found the No. 1 reason people of all generations want to travel this year is to rest and recharge. In fact, some travelers are even building their entire trip around sleep, which is a trend now known as “sleep tourism.” Sleep tourism first picked up speed in 2023 and has accelerated this year – in its recent report, the Global Wellness Institute cites Wellness Tourism as one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, projected to reach $1.4 Trillion USD by 2027. To address this demand and in celebration of National Sleep Month in March, Hilton has partnered with sleep science expert Dr. Rebecca Robbins to offer expert insight into ways Hilton can lead the industry in providing the best night’s rest possible across the portfolio. This includes new programming like the launch of Sleep Retreats at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, with the potential to expand to additional markets in the coming months. Dr. Robbins, an assistant professor in medicine and associate scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is also an acclaimed author and sleep expert featured in national print and television. She deeply understands the importance of sleep and which behavioral changes can help travelers get the most Zzzs when staying in unfamiliar environments. Together with Hilton, she will help guests put these insights into practice during a series of one-of-a-kind retreats, with the first launching in Maui at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Kilolani Spa, an all-new open-air luxury spa adorned by the natural beauty of Hawaii. “Understanding the vital role sleep plays in our lives goes much deeper than just knowing we need it. It's about nurturing and prioritizing it, especially in our fast-moving world where being constantly on the go is the norm," said Dr. Robbins. “Collaborating with Hilton to bridge the gap between sleep science and its practical, everyday application excites me and our retreats serve as a wonderful demonstration of how this knowledge can be brought to life – whether traveling or at home.” Designed to educate and empower guests while leveraging the unique wellness amenities offered at Hilton, the Sleep Retreats provide an all-encompassing journey into the science and practice of achieving restful, restorative sleep. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a series of Dr. Robbins-led activities, discussions, strategies and meditations focused on enhancing sleep quality. Kilolani Spa at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Portal Beyond spa services developed to mitigate jet lag, optimize circadian rhythms and release sleep-enhancing hormones, the programs include lectures that illuminate the science of restfulness, covering topics such as the foundations of sleep mechanics and sleep disorders. The retreats also feature healthy, sleep-promoting meals and opportunities for guests to design a personalized sleep schedule, ensuring each guest leaves with the knowledge and practices needed to improve their daily routine. “Hilton seeks to provide more than just a place to stay. We aim to be a catalyst for wellness, starting with a great night’s sleep. Recognizing that more than half of all travelers surveyed in our recent Trends Report emphasized the need for rest when they travel, our commitment has never been more important,” said Amanda Al-Masri, global vice president, wellness, Hilton. “From the moment a guest steps into our hotels, every touchpoint is an opportunity to contribute to the quality of their overall wellness, and these curated Sleep Retreats represent a fusion of comfort, science and innovation crafted to improve the sleep experience.” Hilton’s commitment to enhancing the guest sleep experience is exemplified by specialized offerings across its brands and properties. Travelers have shown a deep appreciation for the basics, and while all Hilton brands offer unique and exclusive bedding, Canopy by Hilton offers a gel memory foam mattress and Serta Cool Balance® technology, with the brand’s signature canopy frame, and Motto by Hilton has equipped its rooms with top-notch mattresses, sound-absorbing surroundings and smart technology available through the Hilton Honors app. Wellness offerings also extend directly into the room across many Hilton properties, such as Tempo by Hilton’s rooms designed with “power down” features for an optimal sleep environment. Additionally, dedicated wellness rooms are available at Signia by Hilton Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center, which are equipped with tools to help guests get their R&R. More information on Hilton’s new Sleep Retreats will be made available on the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s website in the coming weeks.
    • In English
    • Feature
    2024-03-16
  • American Express Reveals 2024 Top Travel Trends
    American Express Travel® released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report[1] today, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year. The report, based on survey data from travelers in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, found that 84% of respondents plan to spend more or the same amount of money on travel in 2024 compared to last year. Additionally, 77% of respondents care more about having the right travel experience than about the cost of the trip.The four trends driving booking decisions are:· For the Love of the Game: Sports fans are planning trips around athletic events, whether it involves a favorite sport, a beloved team, or an international multi-sport competition· Planning Big: Major, expedition-style adventures, like a trip to the Galapagos Islands or trekking with the gorillas, deliver the transformative experiences that travelers are looking for· Going Solo: Travelers are takings trips alone, embracing the ease of planning and ability to tailor itineraries that are a perfect fit· On a Whim: With so much of life being structured and scheduled these days, people are seeking flexibility in their travel plans and leaving room for spontaneity“Travelers are focused on creating the right itineraries and building memories, whether that means booking a trip to see a favorite sports team compete or taking a once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise,” says Audrey Hendley, President of American Express Travel. “Our Global Travel Trends Report sheds light on what is driving global travel bookings and provides inspiration for where to go next. Our American Express Travel Consultants can help, no matter what type of trip you want to take.”Top insights from American Express Travel’s 2024 Global Travel Trends Report include:· A desire to see sporting events live and to watch favorite teams and beloved players in person are driving where travelers are going and what they are doing when they get there.- 67% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents[2] (compared to 58% of all respondents) are interested in traveling for sporting events in 2024- 58% of respondents who are traveling for sports in 2024 will do so for soccer, basketball or Formula 1 racing- New York, Miami and Paris are the top destinations respondents are planning to travel to for sporting events this summer· Transformative, once-in-a-lifetime trips, like visiting the Galapagos Islands and hiking in Antarctica, are at the top of many travelers’ wish lists, and younger travelers want an expert to help them plan.- 65% of respondents are more interested in taking a major trip in 2024 than in previous years- 72% of respondents would rather save money for a major trip than spend it on going out with friends; and more than half of respondents plan on saving between 6 months to 2 years for a major trip- 58% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents want a travel agent or trusted advisor to help them book a major trip this year- 55% of respondents planning a major trip would consider visiting multiple countries in a region· The ease of planning and ability to make the perfect, personalized itinerary is driving people to plan trips alone, especially younger travelers.- 76% of Millennials and Gen Z respondents (compared to 69% of all respondents) say they are planning on taking a solo trip 2024- 74% of male respondents and 63% of female respondents say they are planning on taking a solo trip in 2024- 66% of respondents planning on traveling solo are planning a trip tailored to treat themselves- 60% of respondents planning on traveling solo this year intend to take two or more solo trips· Travelers are leaning into flexible itineraries, allowing them the freedom to be spontaneous and experience the local culture when they travel.- 78% of respondents say that spontaneous trips appeal to them77% of Millennials and Gen Z have booked a last-minute trip before, compared to 65% of Gen X[3] and 52% of Baby Boomers[4]- 68% of respondents agree that they like to leave unplanned time in their trip to experience local culture/activities- 57% of respondents prefer booking a last-minute getaway to a nearby destination rather than somewhere far awayAs the demand for travel continues into 2024, American Express provides eligible Card Members with exceptional travel access and experiences, including 1400+ airport lounges through its Global Lounge Collection®; expert Travel Consultants who can build dream itineraries for everything from major trips like an expedition cruise or safari, to quick weekend getaways; restaurant reservations through Resy and curated where-to-eat guides at Resy.com/Travel; benefits across global sporting experiences and venues; benefits at over 2000 hand-picked hotels around the world via Fine Hotels + Resorts® and The Hotel Collection; more than 1000 premium vacation rental properties via Select Homes + Retreats™, and more.The full American Express Travel 2024 Global Travel Trends Report can be viewed here. [1] Survey Methodology: This poll was conducted between January 31 - February 8, 2024 among a sample of 2005 US Adults, 1007 Australia Adults, 1002 Canada, 1002 UK Adults, 1002 Japan Adults, 1006 Mexico Adults and 1005 India Adults who have at least a $50k+ income equivalent and typically travel at least once a year. The interviews were conducted online. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2-4 percentage points. Some geographies may be weighted with fewer variables depending on local census data availability.[2] Millennials and Gen Z are defined as respondents as being born between 1981 - 2012.[3] GenX are defined as respondents as being born between 1965 - 1980.[4] Baby Boomers are defined as respondents as being born between 1946 - 1964.
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