Conrad Rangali Maldives responds to new Waldorf Astoria Maldives by…bringing in cruise passengers?!

Ouch. Talk about shooting yourselves in the foot PR-wise. If you’ve paid that amount of money or points for that matter, you would reasonably expect a quiet and largely relaxing stay. What you wouldn’t expect is what sounds like a mass invasion (by Maldives-resorts standards) of cruise ship passengers taking up space at the restaurants, pool and bars.

This Flyertalk thread has more details from several Flyertalkers who were staying at the resort at the time.

HT: One Mile at a Time

BA surprises 100 passengers with Valentine’s week upgrades to First Class

BA’s marketing team usually have it pretty much spot on and Valentine’s Day (week) this year was no exception.

Intercontinental Hotels makes luxury push with Six Senses acquisition

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is further boosting its luxury portfolio with the acquisition of Bangkok-based Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for $300 million cash from Pegasus Capital Advisors.

This will further enhance the IHG’s luxury hotel footprint following the acquisitions of the Regent and Kimpton brands in recent times.


You can travel the world for free — if you’re willing to do so with a stranger

Travel lovers are usually up for just about any adventure that comes their way. But one tour company is hoping to take that “up for anything” attitude one step further by giving away a trip around the world filled with surprises and one major catch: The winner will have to travel with a total stranger.

TourRadar, the world’s largest online travel agency for multi-day tours, is seeking two complete strangers ready and willing to travel together on the trip of a lifetime as part of its Tour the World campaign.


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