The 2026 Commonwealth Games will be hosted in the Australian state of Victoria in March 2026.
The sporting extravaganza will take place across multiple cities and regional hubs, including Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat (each
about 60 - 90 minutes drive from Melbourne.
The Opening Ceremony will be staged at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (pictured) that seats approx 100,000 people. This was the stadium
built for the 1959 Summer Olympic Games and is located walking distance from the CBD, with public transport also serving it.
There will be plenty to see around Melbourne. Plenty to do too after the events, as the Melbourne International Comedy
and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival both run from March through April.
Accommodation at current properties will be booked quickly. Thankfully there are new properties due to open in/near the CBD prior to
then, including :
* Hotel Indigo (4* by IHG)
* Courtyard West Melbourne (4* by Marriott)
* Melbourne Four Seasons (5*),
* Shangri-La Melbourne (5*) and the
* Hilton Melbourne Square (5*).
Waldorf Astoria to debut in Australia
Set to open early in 2025, Australia's first Waldorf Astoria (Hilton’s ultra-luxury hotel brand) property will be located at
One Circular Quay in Sydney.
The prime location will offer sweeping views across the harbour from Sydney Harbour Bridge around to the Sydney Opera House. The location is
within short walking distance of the Rocks area, the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and
up-market fashion and retail.
Peacock Alley, a signature space for Waldorf Astoria properties around the world, will serve as a central gathering place and gastronomes
will be please to know that there will be two original restaurant concepts, as well as a rooftop bar featuring uninterrupted views of the
stunning Sydney Harbour.
Waldorf Astoria Sydney will participate in the loyalty program - Hilton Honors. If redemptions are at a reasonable level, this
will be a stunning use of those hard-earned points.
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Hilton Launches “Travel the World” for APAC travel closer to home
This week, Hilton announced “Travel the World,” its new marketing campaign inspiring consumers to explore
closer to home the wonders of local alternatives in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, & Thailandthat
match the experiences at some of their favourite international destinations.
The new campaign aims to showcase how domestic travel offers a wealth of similarly wonderful experiences that are a lot more accessible.
This is anticipated to appeal to in particular to families who are now more actively looking to book domestic travel versus
There is no shortage of options for culture, nature, adventure, and food and wine in these countries and the campaign seeks to highlight the
best travel experiences across the region:
AUSTRALIA: From sipping an espresso in a Melbourne laneway café as if on the streets of Rome, to swapping the vineyards
of Bordeaux for the Barossa Valley and its world-renowned shiraz, to experiencing the wildness of Litchfield National Park just outside of
Darwin in place of the Amazon or diving the Great Barrier Reef outside of Cairns whilst the Maldives are off the cards.
JAPAN: From swapping the street foods of Thailand and Vietnam for snacking on takoyaki in Osaka and ramen in Fukuoka,
to hitting the slopes of Niseko in place of the mountains in Whistler, Canada or having some retail therapy in Ginza and Shibuya
instead of Paris.
THAILAND: From making the most of Pattaya’s vibrant rooftop dining and drinking experiences in place of Singapore and
Los Angeles, to exploring the water canals of Bangkok by traditional wooden boat instead of Amsterdam and Venice or escaping to
Koh Samui for its while sandy beaches and crystal clear waters while enjoying a meaningful stay scouring the home-grown farm at
the resort for your dinner - similarly to Bali.
MALAYSIA: From swapping the historical sites of Portugal for the beautiful ruins of the Portuguese era in Malacca, to a
day trip to the charming French village of Colmar Tropicale just an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur for a French food fix, or a visit to the
lush green vistas and relaxing surrounds of Kokol Hills in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as an alternative to the rice terraces and forests of Ubud
Hilton Honors has launched its latest promotion, where you can purchase up to 160,000 points and they will match it 1 for 1 with
100% bonus points.
This offers good value at an effective price of USD 5.00/ thousand, which is less than our valuation of USD 5.50/ thousand
- especially for Elite Tier members who combine this offer with their 5th night free benefit for a handy discount for
their next lovely stay.
T&C's apply, including that you must buy:
at least 15,000 points
before 7 December 2021
no more than 160,000 points - double the usual limit.
Click below to see our analysis and recommendation for the Hilton Honors 100% bonus points offer.Read More…
For travellers with young families wanting to book a holiday, Hilton has launched a new family-friendly booking feature.
Confirmed Connecting Rooms will enable individuals to easily book and instantly confirm at least two
connecting rooms (at participating hotels, which I expect will increase as the technology is rolled-out). This will reduce the
potential stress both at the time of booking adn during your stay, as anyone who has holidayed with particularly a younger family will
While I see it as ideal for young families, it is also a boon for other multi-generational holidays, friend groups,
wedding attendees and other travel parties who wish to stay near one another rather than potentially be spread across multiple floors.
In the past there have always been many benefits to staying in connecting guest rooms—but the booking process wasn’t always seamless.
Hilton seems to have overcome this with a smart, easy-to-use solution. Hopefully others will follow Hilton's lead.
For more details, or to make a booking at participating hotels with Hilton Confirmed Connecting Rooms, use the
link below. Read More…
Our regular update on the world of hotels and their loyalty programs. Best Western sneaks in a points devaluation - possibly related
to WorldHotels | Hilton offers a new way to redeem points (but don't) | Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt all running points offers with
discounts, but do they offer value?