Asia Pacific region names vice president of Public Relations and Communications

August 15, 2015

Joanna Ong, a public relations professional with nearly two decades of experience, has been promoted to vice president, Public Relations and Communications, Asia Pacific, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Joanna, who was formerly director of Public Relations and Communications, will report directly to Thorsten and serve on the Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

“I firmly believe that through the efforts of Jo and her team, our communications strategy of demonstrating our value as a hotel management company and reaffirming our commitment to be a sustainable, successful business is instrumental to the continued momentum success of Asia Pacific,” said Thorsten.

Joanna joined Carlson Rezidor in 2011 and, since her arrival, has successfully established a more effective and efficient public relations infrastructure and communications framework for the Asia Pacific region, which increased brand awareness and brought about a positive shift in perception of Carlson Rezidor and our hotel brands.

Of her 18 years of corporate and brand communications experience, Joanna spent more than half of that time in the hospitality industry, overseeing the Asia Pacific communications functions at international hotel groups. As an entrepreneur, she has owned and managed a public relations consultancy, providing strategic communications counsel to hotel groups and luxury brands. Her agency experience includes positions and leading international public relations firms of Burson Marsteller and Ogilvy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and literature from Murdoch University in Australia. Please join us in congratulating Joanna on her promotion.


Radisson Blu Launches new blog, encourages consumers to Share Travel Insights

Radisson Blu®, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, today announced the launch of its newly designed ‘travel magazine style’ blog and an innovative way for like-minded travelers to share


tips and knowledge about the destinations that surround their hotels.

In a contest entitled Social Eyes, running August 4 through August 31, travelers are invited to share an insider travel tip about one of the destinations in which Radisson Blu hotels are located. In an exchange for specialist travel knowledge, the global hotel brand is opening its doors to the social community. The best tips each week during the contest will win a free room night at any Radisson Blu hotel of their choice worldwide.

The new Radisson Blu blog has been designed to look and feel like a travel magazine – filled with inspirational and useful tips gathered about the areas that surround Radisson Blu hotels worldwide – and the Social Eyes contest is aimed at building an even larger cache of travel secrets. By encouraging participants to share the best things they’ve found from their personal travels that go beyond the usual “must see” lists, the brand seeks to uncover information like how to locate the best viewpoint, discover a hidden café, enjoy a secret garden, or interesting ways to experience a city.  

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Experienced Business Travelers Reveal Their Favorite Travel Tips

Experienced Business Travelers Reveal Their Favorite Travel Tips

Forbes Ranks Washington D.C. As Coolest City

Jon Hicks/Getty ImagesNo. 1: Washington, D.C.

No. 1: Washington, D.C. Erin Carlyle Forbes Staff

Flooded with politicos and political junkies,Washington, D.C., often comes off as a city steeped in raw ambition. But the nation’s capital deserves to be known for something else: coolness.

While “cool” might not be the first word that comes to mind when contemplating the latspest standoff in Congress, D.C. nonetheless has a lot to offer those who call it home. Among its best features: abundant entertainment and recreational options, an ethnically and culturally diverse population, and a big chunk of people age 20 to 34–nearly 30% of the metro area’s population. There’s certainly plenty to do, from visiting the many museums along the National Mall to taking in a Washington Nationals game to simply enjoying the cherry blossoms in springtime.

“D.C. is a high-amenity city. It has its share of cultural arts. It has its share of natural beauty,” says Stuart Gabriel, Director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Add the city’s constantly refreshing population–the metro area has grown by 4.9% since 2010 thanks to net migration alone–and Washington, D.C., holds the perfect formula to land the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Coolest Cities. And by “cool,” we mean cool to live in.

Behind the Numbers
How do you define “cool”? Clearly, one person’s definition–all-night World of Warcraft sessions, say–could be another person’s total dorkdom. We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, partnering with Sperling’s BestPlaces to rank the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (cities and their surrounding suburbs, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on six data points we weighted evenly. (Orlando, unfortunately, had to be excluded due to a problem with its data.)

To compile our list of America’s Coolest Cities, Sperling’s helped us calculate entertainment options per capita in each metro area. This metric essentially measures ways you might spend a Saturday, quantifying the availability of professional and college sports events, zoos and aquariums, golf courses, ski areas, and National parks, among others. It also factors in art and cultural options, measuring the presence of theater and musical performances as well as local museums.

Metro: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Arts & Culture Index: 99

Recreation Index: 93

Diversity Index: 70.34

Local Eats: 68.9%

Population age 20-34: 29.8%

2010 – 2013 Net Migration: 3.9%

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10 Things To Do At National Harbor With The Family

10 Things To Do At National Harbor With The Family

Several new attractions and restaurants were added to the National Harbor footprint since I first visited the waterfront in 2008. At the time, I don’t think there were 5 things to do let alone 10 things to do at National Harbor with kids. We were limited to hanging out at the hotel, visiting the Peeps store, visiting the Awakening sculpture, eating and strolling the waterfront.

Things to Do at National Harbor

Today, it’s exciting to see that families visiting National Harbor have more options.  As development of the Harbor nears the end of its original six-year plan, the area offers more diversity for a family’s itinerary.

If you decide to visit with your family, here’s a list of some things to do at National Harbor that should keep everyone busy.

  1. Shopping: National Harbor has its fair share of boutique and major brand stores, over 40 retailers to be exact. You can find everything from wine to shoes to clothes to stuffed bears. And if that’s not enough, drive or shuttle over to Tanger Outlets with 85 more brand name stores.
  2. Outdoor Movies on The Potomac (Summer): From May 25th to September 28th, visitors can catch an outdoor movie right in front of the Potomac. On our way back home from our Gaylord staycation we noticed families and individuals gathering on the artificial turf with their blankets and snacks, preparing for the evening movie. Finding Nemo was due to start at 6pm, the run-time for all their family-friendly Sunday movies. 

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