Bits and BobsCatching up on the week’s news from around the globe.

Here’s Hari, a beacon for Hong Kong

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The Hari Hong Kong will open on 12 December.
The Hari Hong Kong will open on 12 December.

Among the slew of new hotel openings, The Hari Hong Kong, straddling the districts of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, is a standout.

Harilela Hotels chairman and CEO Dr Aron Harilela, a Hong Kong native whose family has resided in the city for five generations, is bringing the brand from London with a 12 December opening.

“This is our home and I remain incredibly optimistic about its future. I see The Hari Hong Kong as a beacon for the city, and my hope is that its opening sends a clear and strong message of our confidence in what lies ahead,” Dr Harilela said.

How’s this for a sensory journey with Aman

Aman wants its guests to recall the resort experience long after they have left the property.

It has launched Fine Fragrance, a range of scents, each echoing the distinct character of Aman’s destinations.

Vladislav Doronin, chairman and CEO of Aman, travelled to France to work with perfumier Jacques Chabert to help create the fragrances, which
include Vayu, inspired by Amanpuri Thailand, and Zuac, inspired by Amanjena Morocco.

Watchdog to the rescue of frustrated travellers

Frustrated holidaymakers whose trips were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic have driven a huge number of complaints against travel companies in Australia.

There were 24,210 complaints against travel companies filed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from January to October this year – a 497% increase compared to the same 10 months in 2019.

“We decided early on that the best way we could help consumers was to educate businesses about their legal obligations and resolve issues quickly and efficiently, rather than taking court action,” said ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court.

“We announced some cases such as Flight Centre, Qantas and Etihad, where we worked with those businesses to improve their treatment of customers, but we’ve been doing a lot of other work behind the scenes with dozens of travel businesses to get refunds and other remedies for customers who had their holiday plans dashed.”

IHG stacks the deck with bubbly

Here’s Hari, a beacon for Hong Kong

IHG has marked Bartender Appreciation Day on 4 December by installing a Moët & Chandon vending machine at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

The limited-edition vending machine will offer guests Moët Brut and Moët Rose minis on the property’s rooftop bar and pool deck.

In separate news, approval has been granted for the A$95million (US$70.5m) redevelopment of InterContinental Sydney.


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