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Singapore’s Manhattan is Asia’s Top Bar for the Second Year Running

May 4, 2018 The annual ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Bars was announced at an awards ceremony in Capitol Theatre, Singapore. Photo: Manhattan Singapore looks set to cement its spot as Asia’s cocktail capital, with 12 bars making the cut for the annual ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Bars — one of which secured top spot. Coming in tops is Manhattan bar at The Regent Singapore, which retained its place as Asia’s top bar for the…

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Hong Kong Seeks to Solidify a New Era as Asia’s Cruise Hub

  Mar 06, 2018 Hong Kong’s strong cruise figures in 2017 were shared by Anthony Lau, HKTB’s executive director, at a media luncheon at the beginning of the annual Seatrade cruise event. “Hong Kong remains Asia’s premier cruise destination and homeport, as we welcomed several newbuilds last year,” said Lau. “We had the honor of being the homeport for the official christening of Dream Cruise’s newest 3,500-guest capacity luxury vessel, Genting’s World Dream, which is…

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Usher in 2018 at these massive celebratory events

Usher in 2018 at these massive celebratory events, where fireworks and other memorable performance await.

Bay Singapore Countdown 2018

1. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018

Themed “Bay of Hopes and Dreams,” this year’s edition of the city’s annual countdown celebration looks set to be a spectacle spanning the Marina Bay and Civic District areas. An exciting lineup of activities await visitors, including festive carnival rides and games, a charity trail, fringe events, as well as photo-worthy projection mapping displays.

More information here.

Taipei New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

Photo: Taipei New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

2. Taipei New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

The iconic Taipei 101 building will play host to the city’s biggest countdown celebrations, alongside a yuletide fair featuring a skating rink and 12-meter-tall Christmas tree. Party revelers can expect to enjoy fireworks, pyrotechnics, and live performances by Chinese pop acts including Della Wu, Nick Chou, and Lin Min-Chen.

More information here.

Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018

Photo: Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018

3. Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018

When the clock strikes midnight in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve, expect impressive firework displays to illuminate the scenic Victoria Harbor. For the first time, the city’s countdown celebration will feature pyrotechnics from an award-winning European fireworks maker, accompanied by a soundtrack composed and produced by veteran local music director Chiu Tsang-hei.

More information here.

Jakarta New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2018

Photo: Jakarta New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2018

4. Jakarta New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2018

This year, New Year’s Eve festivities in Jakarta is set to take place throughout the capital, with public events happening in Central Jakarta around Monas and Jalan MH Thamrin, in South Jakarta at Setu Babakan, and more. Visitors can look forward to enjoying fireworks, traditional Indonesian dance and music performances, as well as culinary festivals.

More information here.

Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2018

Photo: Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2018

5. Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2018

Universal Studios Japan, one of Japan’s top amusement parks, will be hosting a massive countdown party featuring popular characters like Minions from the Pixar animation film. Just for New Year’s Eve, attractions in the park will be open round the clock, alongside special firework displays and live stage performances.

More information here.

Hong Kong to Debut High-Rise St. Regis Hotel in Early 2019

  St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is collaborating with China Resources Property to develop a new St. Regis hotel in Hong Kong that will debut in early 2019. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong, but this will be the first property for the St. Regis brand in the city.   “Hong Kong is a bustling center of commerce with an incredible mix of glamour, culture, history and tradition. This vibrancy makes it an…

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AVANI Hotels to Open in Laos’ Luang Prabang in March 2018

AVANI Hotels & Resorts is launching its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. The 53-room property is located on a narrow peninsula at the joining of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Currently known as the Azerai Hotel, the rebranded hotel will be renovated and reopened in March 2018. The property’s French neo-classical architectural design resembles the style of the grand villas found in…

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