IHG Rewards Club Announces ‘Accelerate’ Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the upcoming launch of ‘Accelerate‘, a promotion which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn bonus points faster than ever. This promotion follows a series of recent enhancements, including the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (exterior)
Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (exterior)

IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers that would enable them to receive bonus points with each achieved offer.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (Swimming Pool)
Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (Swimming Pool)

Non-members will also enjoy special rewards when they join IHG Rewards Club and enrol in the promotion. These new members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel in the world, when they book and complete 2 separate stays at any IHG property. New members can earn up to 2 free nights

To read the full press release, see here

@GorillazSoundSystem debuts in @ZoukSingapore on 17 Sep 2015

Join the ‘Feel Good Inc.’ as Gorillaz Sound System (GSS) takes over Zouk Singapore for one night only, on Thursday, 17 September 2015. Debuting in Singapore, GSS is a state-of-the-art audio-visual show that incorporates all the hugely successful Gorillaz hits, along with larger-than-life projections of their award-winning animation.

Tickets for the Gorillaz Sound System show is now on sale at Pelago at http://pelago.co/gorillazsg, priced at S$55 for pre-sale tickets, and S$75 at the door. The show is brought to you by Lumina Live! and JUICE is the official media partner.


Date: Thursday, 17 September 2015

Venue: Zouk Singapore 17 Jiak Kim Street Singapore 169420

Time: Doors open at 9.30pm

Tickets: S$55 / S$75 via http://pelago.co/gorillazsg



To read the full press releases, visit here

@TwitterSG and @MediaCorp Bring Exclusive Video Highlights of #SG50 #NDP2015 via #Twitter

Twitter Collaborates with MediaCorp for first-ever TV Partnership in Southeast Asia

Singapore, 6 August 2015 – In its first-ever TV partnership in Southeast Asia, Twitter announced a collaboration with MediaCorp to showcase premium video highlights of Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade (NDP) exclusively on the new @MediaCorp Twitter account (https://twitter.com/mediacorp). MediaCorp will tweet the high-quality video clips throughout the event and during the live TV broadcast on 9th August to enhance the TV watching experience with the live, public conversations about #NDP2015 on Twitter.


One of the best ways to follow live events is through real-time videos on Twitter. MediaCorp will use Twitter’s SnappyTV platform for live clipping, editing and distribution to share video clips in Tweets, straight from the TV to a mobile device. Millions of people in Singapore and around the world will be able to view video highlights of the amazing performances, breath-taking action and proudest moments of the NDP directly via MediaCorp’s Tweets.


This morning, Joakim Gomez (https://twitter.com/JoakimGomez), one of the hosts of NDP2015, launched the TV partnership with this Tweet encouraging people to follow @MediaCorp’s account to watch the NDP 2015 video highlights in their Twitter timeline:

Tweet by @joakimgomez


MediaCorp channels and artistes will be live-tweeting the National Day Parade to bring the action straight to Twitter. Follow these Twitter accounts to get real-time messages, photos and videos of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at the Padang.


“Since pioneering broadcasting in Singapore in 1936, MediaCorp has been embracing innovation – first in radio, then television, print and online. We are proud to continue this tradition of innovation, right at the cutting edge of digital and social media,” said Shane Mitchell Chief Digital Officer, Mediacorp. “Social media will be one of the first places where many of us share our excitement and the emotion of National Day. MediaCorp’s partnership with Twitter, together with our brand new @mediacorp Twitter account, is a great way for us to connect and share the live experience of NDP, the centrepiece of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.”


“Twitter is the definitive companion to television and we have invested considerable time and effort in partnerships with TV broadcasters worldwide to ensure they are able to amplify the live, public conversation about their shows and events on our platform,” said Rishi Jaitly Vice President of Media, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Twitter. “Our partnership with MediaCorp, which is anchored in premium video, will extend the broadcast of Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade onto Twitter, so Singaporeans can experience and share the unforgettable moments of the nation’s Golden Jubilee celebrations through high-quality video clips in Tweets.”


#SG50 ’s Biggest Fan Wins an Exclusive #Airbnb Staycation at #Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

24-year old student-teacher and family to experience a magical night at the transformed Esplanade Theatre stage this Jubilee Weekend


6 August 2015, Singapore — Following a week-long search, SG50 has finally found its biggest fan. The lucky winner, Tay Zhi Wen, 24, impressed the judges with a 15-second musical mashup of “Happy Birthday” and this year’s National Day Song, “Our Singapore” with a violin and er hu. Her creative video has earned her and her family a one-night staycation on the Esplanade Theatre stage, and four tickets to the National Day Parade.

Zhi Wen’s video was chosen over 168 other participants who took part in the 10-day contest. The 24-year-old and her family have a deep love of the arts and Esplanade, where she has performed at several times before with the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and Chung Cheng High School (Main) Chinese Orchestra. Her brother, who plays the suona, and her boyfriend, a music composer, will be joining her for the exciting night’s stay at Esplanade. She will also be accompanied by her mother, whose support for her children’s musical interests has allowed her to play audience to many of their performances at Esplanade, but who has never had the chance to experience the stage on such an intimate level before.

“When I received a call from the SG50 organising committee, I just couldn’t believe my ears. I’m happy that I won. Having performed at Esplanade many times before, this will be a really great chance for my family and I to experience Esplanade like never before, in a more intimate and personal way. We are very grateful and feel privileged that we have been offered this special opportunity to celebrate SG50 in Singapore, at what we sometimes call our second home this coming Jubilee weekend, and to create more memories in this beloved Theatre,” said Zhi Wen.



Themed “A Night through Time“, the party of four’s home at the Esplanade Theatre stage will be refurbished in a style reminiscent of 1960s Singapore. Unique features of the room include old and authentic pieces of furniture that have stood the test of time since the 1960s and have been lovingly restored. The performances, sound effects and stage lighting have also been specially designed to make the entire sensory experience at the Theatre as authentically 1960s as possible.

As part of the experience, Singaporean actress Oon Shu An will play host to the party of four, and take them on a journey back to 1960s Singapore. There, they will have an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled programme of arts performances, a behind-the-scenes tour of Esplanade, a dinner at Esplanade’s rooftop restaurant, and end their stay with coveted seats at the 2015 National Day Parade.

“The Singapore story is one that resonates deeply with me in my heart. Theatre is my first love and it is a privilege for me to welcome the upcoming winners in a staycation that will literally take them on “A Night Through Time”. This one-of-a-kind event would not have been possible without the collaboration among SG50, Airbnb and Esplanade, and I look forward to bringing them through this once in a lifetime experience” said Oon Shu An, Singaporean actress.

“We are excited to host Zhi Wen and her family at Esplanade. Her birthday wish for Singapore was not only creative but heartwarming, and we hope they enjoy the experience of staying at a venue that some of the very best artists from Singapore and around the world have performed before. We would also like to welcome all Singaporeans to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee with us at Esplanade, where there will be arts performances and activities by our very talented Singapore artists,” said Racel Yee, Head, Service Delivery & Standards, The Esplanade Co Ltd.

“Airbnb is thrilled to be able to provide a magical hospitality experience for Singapore’s biggest fan and loved ones at Esplanade this Jubilee Weekend. As our guests experience “A Night through Time” at this iconic location, they will be immersed in the richness and nostalgia of Singapore’s exceptional history and culture, and be inspired about the exciting future ahead. This is what Airbnb is all about – creating unforgettable moments in unique accommodations. We couldn’t be happier to make Zhi Wen’s staycation an unforgettable one,” said Chai Jia Jih, Managing Director, Southeast Asia and India, Airbnb.

To watch all the video contest entries that were submitted for this contest, go to apps.facebook.com/sgfiftybiggestfan. Information on the Esplanade Airbnb listing and the programme for the evening can be found at www.airbnb.com/SG50biggestfan.

About Singapore50

Singapore is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2015. To commemorate and celebrate this major milestone in our nation’s history, Singaporeans will not only have a say in how the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee, they will also be invited to plan and organise activities. To guide and coordinate the plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations, a Steering Committee chaired by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat has been formed. Named the Singapore50 (SG50) Steering Committee, it comprises representatives from the public, private and people sectors. For more information on SG50, please visit www.singapore50.sg.

For more information on SG50, please visit the follow digital platforms:

SG50 Official Website: www.singapore50.sg

SG50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/sg2015

SG50 Instagram:

The Who, What, Where and Whys of Souvenir Buying – a #HolidayInn Survey for July 2015

Following up from the previous survey conducted last year, the second set of findings from the Holiday Inn® Souvenir Study shows 70 per cent of respondents feel that souvenirs are an important part of the holiday experience, and only 20 per cent of travellers return home empty handed.  

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Some interesting highlights of the survey:

  • ​70% of travellers see buying souvenirs as an important part of their holiday
  • The younger travellers are, the more importance they place on souvenirs. 76% of 25 year olds and below think souvenirs are important, compared to 68% who are above 65.
  • 4 in 5 travellers from South East Asia are more than happy to accommodate souvenir requests from friends and family.
  • The least preferred souvenirs are novelty items, decorative trinklets and educational items. Most people prefer local keepsakes, handmade art and food.

To read the full article, link http://1drv.ms/1Mh9vDJ

The infographic on value of souvenir link http://1drv.ms/1g1Lbtz


Beach-Side Breaks: Not a Budget Buster at Holiday Inn® Resorts

Holiday Inn® Resorts will be offering up to 35% off room rates at its resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives, for stays until 19 December 2015 – making beach-side getaways even more manageable for families and groups of friends.


Guests can enjoy a break with up to 30% off room rates including breakfast, with IHG Rewards Club members receiving an additional 5% off. On top of that, the Holiday Inn brand’s signature ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme provides even more value for families taking a well-earned break.

To read the press release, please visit http://1drv.ms/1Mh6VO4

Steve McCurry has captured a series of photographs for #IHG Rewards Club to celebrate the launch of its new top membership level Spire Elite

Steve McCurry captures a moment of recognition as two neighbours delight in each other’s company

IHG has launched Spire EliteIHG Rewards Club’s new top membership level, introduced to recognise and reward its most loyal members.

The new tier was introduced after extensive research into what members want from the loyalty programme and can be reached by earning 75,000 qualifying points. Spire Elite includes the ability to attain:

    • 100% bonus points on all qualifying stays – an industry first
    • A choice between either 25,000 bonus points or gift Platinum Elite status to a friend or family member for a year

All other existing membership tiers will continue to have access to the industry-leading IHG Rewards Club benefits:

    • Club – Collect Points or Miles, Extended Check-out, Complimentary weekend newspaper, Exclusive toll-free service line and Reward Nights count towards Elite Status
    • Gold – All Club benefits plus, Priority Check-in and 10% Bonus Earnings on top of base points
    • Platinum – All Gold benefits plus, 50% Bonus Earnings on top of base points, Elite Rollover Nights, Guaranteed room availability and complimentary space-available room upgrades

In celebration of this, world-renowned travel photographer Steve McCurry – best known for his 1984 photograph ‘Afghan Girl’ -– has captured a series of poignant photographs depicting moments of recognition for the world’s biggest hotel loyalty programme.

To read the full press release, visit http://1drv.ms/1CzWp1Z


#IHG Adds Two Michelin-Star Restaurant Chefs to its Culinary Panel – Chefs Vikas Khanna and Takagi Kazuo

IHG Culinary Ambassadors to bring Japanese and Indian flavours to the programme, with new dishes available at hotels in Asia, Middle East and Africa

Singapore, 27 May 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has added two new star chefs to its growing IHG Culinary Panel; an initiative that sees renowned chefs develop an array of signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

Chef Takagi Kazuo

Chef Vikas Khanna

The latest Culinary Ambassadors will introduce a range of signature dishes that IHG guests can enjoy. Chef Vikas Khanna’s restaurant, Junoon in New York City, has been awarded with a coveted Michelin star for four years in a row and serves a range of authentic and inventive fine dining Indian recipes. Chef Takagi Kazuo is famed for his two Michelin star restaurant in Osaka and will supply seasonal Kyo-style Japanese cuisine to the programme.

The seven IHG Culinary Ambassadors on the panel are all award-winning chefs and represent a diverse range of cuisines:

Each Culinary Ambassador has created 20 recipes ranging from appetisers to main courses and desserts. Guests can enjoy a selection of these dishes in select restaurants at InterContinentalCrowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels and resorts in the region.

Chef Vikas has made culinary waves the world over for his award winning cuisine and critically acclaimed and widely awarded cook books on Indian cuisine. He will soon be launching his 21st book Utsav – A Culinary Epic at Cannes Film Festival- the first Chef to launch a cookbook at Cannes. He will be adding heat and spice to the IHG Culinary Panel recipes with dishes including his signature 7-Spice Lamb Shank, made with a medley of spices, in a burgundy-hued curry that coats the slow-braised meat and his Tellicherry Duck Breast, a classic Indian duck dish spiced with long pippali peppercorns from southern India and balanced with a creamy coconut-milk sauce.

Speaking about his new role as an IHG Culinary Ambassador, Chef Vikas commented: “Food and dining is constantly evolving and it’s important to keep pushing the bar at being more innovative and creative yet building the essence of fine dining and luxury. The dishes that I want people to enjoy are often contemporary reinventions of classic Indian dishes, and being able to share these more widely through the IHG Culinary Panel is a fantastic way to get people even more excited by the exotic Indian cuisine beyond the clichéd and standard.”

Chef Takagi’s Kyo style cooking, which has its roots in the Kyoto prefecture of Japan, is recognised for its seasonal dishes that appeal to all the senses such as his signature Japanese Pepper Beef with Foie Gras Dengaku, a beef sirloin with pan-fried foie gras, topped with Japanese pepper and miso paste and his Potato Salad, made with steamed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, shrimps and edible flowers.

Alan Watts, Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG said: “With the addition of Chef Vikas and Chef Takagi our IHG Culinary Panel represents seven celebrated chefs, a myriad of exceptional cuisines and an opportunity to discover even more authentic flavours and tastes. We are constantly evolving our culinary proposition for guests, continuing to raise the bar and bolster our hotels’ reputation as world class dining destinations.

“Our philosophy is to work with partners that represent the best of food and beverage in order to offer new options and programmes that encourage our guests to explore and enjoy new culinary experiences, which includes our Bar150 mi xology platform with Pernod Ricard as well as our new Penfolds partnership to expand exclusive wine options at InterContinental hotels and resorts.”