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My Mr (coffee) Bean Moment

Why won’t this coffee machine work? It’s plugged in, the capsule’s in, I’m pushing the blue “blast off” button – but no action? Cursing my ignorance, I upend the machine to retrieve the capsule from the tiny hole, and stupidly spill the water (urgggh) all over the kitchen bench and, oh, look – what’s this little “on/off” switch at the base at the back … Rowan Atkinson would’ve been proud of my performance. Anyway, eventually the coffee tasted good, with complex and, umm, drawn-out flavours.  At the Novotel Resort, Phu Quoc island, Vietnam

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My Travel Philosophy

“I’m blissfully not addicted to other peoples’ opinions.”
I choose where I go, and enjoy what I choose. 🤠

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Phnom Penh at dusk

Cool and calming magenta hues bathe the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers junction, as the sun sets on a warm Sunday in the Cambodian capital…

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Beef with a sizzling sauce

Chewy beef and tender noodles are merely supporting cast; the star is the sauce, lightly laced with chilli spice and fortified with Cambodia’s renowned hot Kampot pepper. $US6.25 small (I’ve been overeating) at Phnom Penh’s TiNAT Restaurant (a “premium economy” eatery)

#travel_media #airlines #cruising #cruise #hotels #cuisine #food #asia #asian_tourism #tourism #south_east_asia #cambodia #osteoarthritis_travel #restaurant #noodles #kampotpepper #guesthouse

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TRAVEL WEBSITES: WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE?

I have been banging on for at least 5 years, about the huge flaw in travel websites such as Tripadvisor: they are too open to manipulation. See the newdaily.com report: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2018/07/31/meriton-penalty-misleading-tripadvisor/

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HA! I’VE BOUGHT THE LATEST FASHION IN VIETNAMESE SUMMER SHORT…

Now I’ll blend in with the locals. They’ll never suspect I’m a tourist, and the stall traders and taxis will even stop pestering me. Doesn’t matter if I look daggy. I’m a “Travel Genius”…

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ACCOMM LUXURY AT A QUARTER OF THE PRICE…

This “Style Homestay” guest house in Hoi An gets best value on this Vietnam trip. I’ve done the US$13 a night guest houses in Ho Ch Minh City and DaNang, great for solo travel, but this for US$18 is couples standard: 98m sq, glass doors to huge balcony, street view, and 4-star standard bathroom. This is a lady pleaser. Hmmm now to find one…

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QANTAS DIRECT PERTH-LONDON. A REAL REVIEW…

No 17-hour flight is fun. As a travel editor  I’ve done plenty, in First/Business Class, paid by the airlines. Here’s the real story, you’re unlikely to see in Traveller, Escape or on TV…

Qantas flights direct from London to Perth – we reveal the hell of flying non-stop for 17 hours from Australia in economy on the UK’s longest route

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NO MERIT FOR MERITON SERVICED APARTMENTS

In the Digital Age we rely too much on travel review sites, such as TripAdvisor. Always be wary that the reviews can be easily manipulated. Here is a Fairfax Media report, of a court case involving Meriton Serviced Apartments:

http://www.smh.com.au/business/developer-lands-in-court-after-accc-claims-email-tweak-helped-it-duck-bad-reviews-20161124-gswnbd

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Hotels plug nicely into digital – Fairfax article

 

The original disruptors, online travel agents such as Expedia, Booking.com and Wotif, were now themselves facing disruption from the likes of Tripadvisor, Google and Facebook, which were offering, or about to offer, cheaper direct booking capability

 

An Adina Apartment Hotel will open in Melbourne's former Pentridge Prison in 2020

An Adina Apartment Hotel will open in Melbourne’s former Pentridge Prison in 2020

This article, by Simon Johanson, is published by Fairfax:

Online booking and travel advisory businesses were having a less disruptive impact on the hotel sector than claimed, a leading hotel manager says.

TFE Hotels chief executive Rachel Argaman said the group’s expansion plans – it will add 16 new venues globally in the next five years with another 10 in negotiation – and revenue growth in Sydney and Melbourne (5.3 and 4.2 per cent respectively) defied talk of disruption.

TFE controls Adina, Medina, Rendezvous, Vibe, Travelodge and TFE Hotels Collection brands focused in central city locations.

Ms Argaman said hotels were changing in response to digital disruption, but demand was undiminished. Travel and tourism were still a “No. 1” aspiration in both developed and developing countries.

“Airbnb operate in parallel to us with a very different product. We see them as a valuable distribution partner. We distribute all our hotels on Airbnb,” she said.

“The challenge is about retaining customers. We’re happy to pay 3 per cent commission on Airbnb to acquire a new customer.”

Across its portfolio of 70 hotels in six countries, TFE was achieving 85 per cent occupancy, Ms Argaman said.

The group was more aware of social media strategies and had shifted to create a “home away from home”, a sense of place in its venues.

“Our lobbies are transforming. They are living lobbies. Reception is tucked away in the corner. They are like a social lounge: a place to be, to eat, to drink, to dine and to socialise,” she said.

TFE will open the doors of two new Adina Apartment Hotels in Frankfurt and Nuremburg this October and November, and others in Leipzig and Hamburg in 2017, and later in Munich.

It will also add five new properties in Australia including a new Travelodge at Sydney Airport next year, an Adina Apartment Hotel in Fremantle near the port and cruise ship terminal and one in Macquarie Park at North Ryde.

Another is set to open in Melbourne’s former Pentridge Prison in 2020 with a function centre in the old prison chapel.

Travellers expectations were also changing, Ms Argaman said.

“Bleisure” travellers who blend business and leisure, taking their partner or child on a trip, were an emerging sector. As were “3G” travellers – family holidays with three generations, grandparents, their children and grandchildren.

Medical tourism, “journeying well and wellness”, was also growing, she said.

The original disruptors, online travel agents such as Expedia, Booking.com and Wotif, were now themselves facing disruption from the likes of Tripadvisor, Google and Facebook, which were offering, or about to offer, cheaper direct booking capability, Ms Argaman said.

Read the Fairfax article here: http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/digital-not-so-disruptive-for-hotel-sector-says-adina-manager-20160916-grhyyb.html

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