Image supplied – Iceland has emerged as a popular destination for well travelled Aussies in the 2018 Luxe Report. Top 5 Australian Family Travel TrendsBeach resort staysMother/daughter or father/son tripsActive or adventure tripsCultural immersionOcean cruisingVirtuoso Analysis: While sun-and-sand trips rise to first place from second in 2017, these are not the traditional fly-and-flop vacations. Families seek beach resorts with plenty of activities to keep the entire group engaged.With today’s fast pace of life, travel is a perfect way to gather loved ones together for a landmark celebration, or carve out time for parent/child bonding.Adventure travel is the third most popular trend, both for families, continuing the niche’s recent boom.Today’s families view travel as an important educational tool, immersing them in different cultures, bringing classroom lessons alive, and shaping global citizens.Cruising – both ocean and river – is emerging as an ideal family trip, thanks to its convenience, great value and activities for every age. Unconventional Australian Family DestinationsDriven by Gen Z’s quest to experience new destinations, families are heading beyond the tried and true locales.The desire for authentic experiences figures into many of the unconventional spots, including Cuba and Iran, which were the top rated unconventional destinations for Australian families.Well-travelled families are also looking to destinations such as Iceland, China, India, Sri Lanka with Japan and Russia also proving popular in 2018.Advisors from Virtuoso’s travel agency members in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were surveyed in the 2018 Luxe Report, providing insights into the year’s hottest trends. Consisting of young people born between the mid-1990s and mid-2010s (now approximately three to 23 years old), Generation Z makes up 20 percent of the Australian population. The Virtuoso Luxe Report found that this tech-savvy group, while still quite young, has sway over family travel decisions, according to over 90 percent of Australian advisors polled. Virtuoso has released the findings of a report looking at the trends and destinations Australian families are seeking as they look for experiences that create tighter bonds and lasting memories.The 2018 Virtuoso Luxe Report surveyed its affiliated Australian-based travel advisors to discover the leading destinations and developments that impact how families are travelling this year.Multi-generational travel continues its run as the year’s top trend in the Luxe Report, and travel with one’s immediate family finished close behind. As well, connecting with family through travel is one of 2018’s must-have experiences.Here are some of the finings:Generation Z: The iGeneration is Coming on Strong Top 5 Ways Gen Z Influences Family Travel Influence other’s travel choices via word of mouth, social media and reviewsCrave active experiencesInvolve themselves in planning tripsSeek unusual destinationsEnjoy distinctive properties such as boutique lodgingVirtuoso’s Asia Pacific Managing Director, Michael Londregan says this generation of young people are very connected to a global network of peers and, as such, know the power of travel experiences in their lives.“Social media connectivity plays a big part in sharing travel stories and this is extremely apparent with younger generations who get so much of their motivation from their social media feeds,” Londregan said.“Gen Z aren’t just waiting for advertising to tell them where the next holiday is, they have their own ideas and dreams that are shaped by their community.” Top 5 Hottest Australian Family Destinations• Fiji• Italy• Thailand• New Zealand• Los AngelesVirtuoso Analysis: Warm-weather destinations such as Fiji and Thailand beckon those in search of relaxation.Italy’s appeal to families continues, finishing once again as a favoured destination.New Zealand’s proximity and ease of access make it appealing to Australian families in search of a quick getaway.Los Angeles, our gateway to the U.S., has lots to offer families with Hollywood, theme parks a great climate and plenty nearby to explore.
MOST READ For the holiday season, I was totally captivated by Choi City’s festive dishes. Dimsum choices start with Xiao Long Bao, often referred to as soup dumplings, made more exciting with the addition of crab roe. To enjoy this, one has to eat the dumpling without breaking it so the soup inside is released as one bites into the dough. Steamed Spareribs with Taosi are bite sized pork ribs delicately coated with Chinese black bean sauce and steamed to perfection. A holiday special, the Suckling Pig or Lechon de Leche, which is roasted whole in a charcoal furnace, is best eaten with hoisin sauce or sandwiched between Chinese steamed buns. The Christmas season is a good time to indulge in this succulent suckling pig. Without hesitation, I will use my hands to enjoy the Steamed Crabs with Glutinous Rice. The sticky rice while steaming absorbs the taste of freshness. So enjoy the irresistible cholesterol laden crab fat with careless abandon!The Choi City holiday desserts are distinctly Chinese and pure delight. The Canadian Hot Taho uses only Canadian soybeans to make a smooth silken tofu. The hot taho is served from a stainless container inside a wooden bucket to keep it warm. “Arnibal” or syrup made from raw sugar is poured into a bowl of hot taho and sago pearls are added. Another delicious purple dessert is the Hot Taro Cream Sago. The Egg or Custard Tart is Hongkong-inspired. I was reminded of a gourmet trip to Hongkong courtesy of Cathay Pacific, where we were brought to an old pastry shop that makes one of the best egg tarts. The puff pastry crust is filled with custard that is much eggier and less creamy than the English custard tart. The British introduced the Egg Tart to Hongkong, which is also popular in Macau, Portugal and England.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike TNVS drivers, operators joining ‘transport holiday’ urged to go online PLAY LIST 02:21TNVS drivers, operators joining ‘transport holiday’ urged to go online01:53Famous Spanish bull run kicks off01:13PNP chief warns drug lords: Drug war to be relentless amid Holy Week03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine LATEST STORIES Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements CHOI City Seafood Restaurant in Banilad Town Center never fails to surprise diners. The Cantonese culinary team in Cebu City led by Executive Chef Siu Bing Keung has always something new to offer to pamper discerning palates, especially this holiday season.The Choi Chain of Restaurants founder, Mr. Choi Tak Pui who hails from Hongkong, is first and foremost, a food connoisseur. His first Choi restaurant, Choi Garden in Greenhills in San Juan, Metro Manila opened in December of 2007. Choi Palace in Eastwood, Quezon City and Hongkong Choi in SM Megamall were added to the chain. Choi City in Cebu has been creating culinary ripples since November 2010. The success of all the Choi restaurants can be attributed to Mr. Choi’s passion for Cantonese cuisine. This octogenarian makes it a point to travel to Hongkong at least twice a year to keep abreast with the latest in Chinese cookery. Only the best and authentic ingredients get to the kitchens of the Choi chain of restaurants.ADVERTISEMENT PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage SMC bags Bulacan airport project Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip View comments Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Daddy’s diary MORE STORIESnewsinfoPalace declares special holidays in 4 areasnewsinfoNews Briefs: June 21, 2019newsinfoNon-working holiday declared in 4 cities, 4 towns on Thursday, FridayMORE STORIESnewsinfoPalace declares special holidays in 4 areasnewsinfoNews Briefs: June 21, 2019newsinfoNon-working holiday declared in 4 cities, 4 towns on Thursday, Friday Painters refuse to go quietly