Unveiling In-Flight Annoyances: Agoda's Latest Insights

Unveiling In-Flight Annoyances: Agoda's Latest Insights

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Published on September 1, 2023

Embarking on a journey by air brings the promise of adventure, but let's face it – not all flights are seamless. From noisy seatmates to unexpected delays, the ups and downs of air travel are a familiar tale. Agoda, the digital travel platform, has peeled back the curtain on the less glamorous side of flying with its recent Travel Bugbears Survey 2023. This exploration delves into the realm of in-flight annoyances, revealing that even the smoothest flights can hit a few bumps.

Agoda's survey cast its net across 10 markets in Asia, including India, to pinpoint the niggles, gripes, and frustrations that passengers grapple with while soaring through the skies. The findings offer a candid look into what irks us most during air travel and what makes our journeys less than picture-perfect.

Top Culprit: Invasion of Personal Space

At the forefront of in-flight vexations stands the discourteous invasion of personal space. It's the unrivaled pet peeve for passengers, as revealed by Agoda's findings. For travelers from South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, the invasion of personal space, whether it's the battle for armrest dominance or the unintended serenade of bodily noises and foot odors, is a major source of frustration.

The Wait Game: Flight Delays

Not surprisingly, flight delays snag a prominent spot on the list of passengers' grievances across the Asia Pacific region. Philippine travelers, in particular, have their patience tested when flights are delayed. This sentiment resonates with travelers from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam as well.

Noisy Neighbors: A Shared Annoyance

Loud passengers, ranging from talkative seatmates to boisterous groups, grab the third spot on the roster of in-flight irritations. Australians and Malaysians appear less sensitive to noise, while travelers from Taiwan and South Korea prefer a tranquil atmosphere. Interestingly, Japanese travelers cherish peace and quiet but voice intolerance for passengers who are disrespectful to cabin crew.

Indian Insights: Delays and Decibels

Zooming in on the Indian perspective, delayed flights reign supreme as the main irritant. Noisy fellow travelers and discourteous behavior are tied for second place. The battle for armrest supremacy takes the third spot among Indian passengers' grievances.

Liyana Jamil, Vice President of Global Partner Services at Agoda, remarks, "For many of us, the holiday fun starts the moment we board a plane. But while flying is generally an enjoyable experience, it sometimes comes with minor grievances. There are over a 130,000 bookable flight routes on Agoda, and I hope that the findings of this light-hearted survey create awareness, increase consideration, and make the in-flight experience on any of these routes even more enjoyable.”

In the end, while the sky is vast and the journey exciting, Agoda's Travel Bugbears Survey reminds us that even amidst the clouds, a few stormy moments can arise.

Exciting News for FRIENDS™ Fans: The Ultimate Experience is Coming to Las Vegas!

Exciting News for FRIENDS™ Fans: The Ultimate Experience is Coming to Las Vegas!

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Could we BE any more thrilled? Later this year, The FRIENDS™ Experience is debuting its West Coast flagship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This immersive attraction, brought to life by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, Original X Productions, and Warner Bros. Television Group, promises to transport fans straight into the world of the iconic TV show FRIENDS™.

The FRIENDS™ Experience will allow visitors to relive some of the most memorable moments from the show. Picture yourself at Ross and Rachel's famous Vegas wedding scene, lounging in Monica’s cozy apartment, or even dancing around the iconic fountain from the opening credits. This attraction will feature life-sized set recreations, behind-the-scenes content, and plenty of photo opportunities.


Following its successful runs in over 24 cities worldwide, including a flagship in New York City and an upcoming location in London, “The One in Vegas” is set to be a major highlight of FRIENDS™' 30th anniversary celebrations. The attraction has already been recognized as one of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Best New Attractions and listed among CNN’s 12 Best Immersive Experiences globally.

Fans can look forward to several nostalgia-filled rooms and interactive activations. From peeking behind the scenes of the show's production to exploring its costume designs, the FRIENDS™ Experience offers a comprehensive look at what made the series a cultural phenomenon. Plus, an onsite FRIENDS™ retail store will offer exclusive merchandise, making it a perfect stop for both ticketed and non-ticketed visitors.


“Las Vegas is the perfect destination for our second U.S. flagship location,” said Stacy Moscatelli, CEO of Original X Productions. The city, which draws millions of visitors annually, played a significant role in some of FRIENDS™' most hilarious and memorable episodes. Partnering with MGM Grand, a giant in the entertainment industry, ensures that this experience will be nothing short of spectacular.

As FRIENDS™ celebrates its 30th anniversary, its enduring popularity continues to capture hearts across generations. The series’ witty humor, relatable characters, and memorable catchphrases have made it a timeless classic. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the series, The FRIENDS™ Experience in Las Vegas offers something special for everyone.

The FRIENDS™ Experience will be located within The District at MGM Grand, adjacent to the Grand Garden Arena. For more information and to join the waitlist for exclusive updates, visit The Friends Experience website.

About Original X Productions

Original X Productions is known for creating immersive and unforgettable live events. Celebrating the 5th anniversary of The FRIENDS™ Experience, OGX has entertained over 2 million guests worldwide. Their innovative storytelling and creative approach continue to transform how audiences engage with their favorite entertainment properties.

Don’t miss out on this chance to step into the world of FRIENDS™ and celebrate its lasting legacy. The FRIENDS™ Experience in Las Vegas is gearing up to be a must-visit destination for fans of all ages!

Four Seasons Solidifies Global Culinary Leadership with Top 15 Placement in World's 50 Best Restaurants and 34 Michelin Stars Across Its Dynamic Portfolio

Four Seasons Solidifies Global Culinary Leadership with Top 15 Placement in World's 50 Best Restaurants and 34 Michelin Stars Across Its Dynamic Portfolio

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 15, 2024

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has once again set the benchmark for luxury dining, celebrating significant achievements in global culinary accolades. Known for its innovative craftsmanship and commitment to gastronomic excellence, the renowned hospitality brand is inviting guests to share in its excitement.


Fresh from the June 5th announcement of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, SÉZANNE, the celebrated French culinary gem at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, secured the 15th spot on this prestigious list. Earlier in the year, SÉZANNE was also named the #1 restaurant in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants and the Best Restaurant in Japan for 2024.


"Our restaurants and bars are the heartbeat of our hotels. Not only do they enhance the stay experience and foster memorable moments for our guests, but they also serve as an anchor to the community," said Rainer Stampfer, President, Global Operations, Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons. "We are incredibly proud of our teams worldwide. Through our relentless pursuit of culinary innovation and exceptional service, we continue to elevate our brand and lead the industry."


With more Michelin stars across its global portfolio than any other luxury hospitality brand, Four Seasons also introduced two new Michelin-starred projects in the past year. Pavyllon London, the first London restaurant from multi-Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, earned its first star just six months after opening. Auro, located at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley and led by Executive Chef Rogelio Garcia, was recognized as the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Calistoga, California.


"This industry recognition is a testament to our incredibly talented craftspeople worldwide and their commitment to culinary excellence," said Philipp Blaser, Senior Vice President, Food and Beverage, Four Seasons. "Our restaurants and bars are culinary institutions that drive the industry conversation around tradition, excellence, modernity, and sustainability."

Four Seasons culinary leadership shines with 34 Michelin stars across 25 restaurants in 20 hotels and resorts worldwide. This includes all restaurants at both Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong holding Michelin stars at all their dining establishments. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, boasts six Michelin stars and one Green Star for sustainability across its landmark restaurants: Le Cinq, L'Orangerie, and Le George. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong holds eight Michelin stars for its exceptional dining establishments: Caprice, Lung King Heen, Noi, and Sushi Saito.

Beyond Michelin stars, Four Seasons maintains a strong presence in a variety of acclaimed industry awards, including 50 Best, La Liste, Black Pearl, Gault Millau, and Wine Spectator, among many others.

To celebrate its culinary excellence, Four Seasons will host a series of bespoke culinary events and promotions in June and July. These unique dining experiences will showcase the personalized service, genuine care, and culinary artistry synonymous with Four Seasons, creating magical moments for every diner.

Highlighted Culinary Adventures at Four Seasons:

Pelagos on Tour in Greece: Chef Luca Piscazzi from Pelagos at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens invites guests to explore the culinary treasures of Greece's Aegean islands. This tasting menu celebrates the unique flavors and rich culinary traditions of the Cyclades region.

Sunset Cruise and Michelin Dining in Hong Kong: Experience a breathtaking Victoria Harbour sunset aboard the Aqualuna Harbour Cruise, followed by an exquisite dining experience at Lung King Heen, the world's first three-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant.

Wine Tasting Dinners in Napa Valley: Celebrate Napa Valley's local artisans with Auro's Wine Dinner Series at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley. Enjoy a seven-course tasting menu paired with exceptional wines, highlighting the region's culinary heritage.

For more world-class dining experiences at Four Seasons hotels and resorts, visit fourseasons.com/dining and follow #TasteofFS on Instagram.

About Four Seasons

Founded in 1961, Four Seasons has become a global leader in luxury hospitality, with 130 hotels and resorts and 55 residential properties in 47 countries. The company is known for its unparalleled service and continues to expand with over 60 projects in development. Four Seasons offers more than 600 dining outlets, the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience, and the upcoming Four Seasons Yachts. Consistently ranking among the world's best, Four Seasons is dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences for its guests. For more information, visit fourseasons.com.

Atmosphere Hotels Presents Glenelly Estate Wine Events in Maldives

Atmosphere Hotels Presents Glenelly Estate Wine Events in Maldives

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 14, 2024

Journey from the stunning shores of Atmosphere Kanifushi and VARU by Atmosphere to vineyards in Stellenbosch through authentic wine interludes this August 2024.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, an international hospitality brand within Atmosphere Core, is proud to present a series of enriching winemaker experiences with Glenelly Estate at its two private islands, Atmosphere Kanifushi and VARU by Atmosphere. These events will take place at Atmosphere Kanifushi from 25th to 27th August and at VARU by Atmosphere from 29th to 31st August 2024. In-house guests will be invited to sophisticated wine pairing dinners and lively beachside soirées, included within the generous Holiday Plans, Kanifushi Plan™ and VARU Plan™. Lia Poveda, Lady May’s closest confidant and in charge of Glenelly Estate’s global presence, will personally host these events.


Nicolas Laguette, the Director of Wines at Atmosphere Core, commented, "Against all odds, we’re slowly putting the Maldives on the global wine map. Travelers from around the world visit us not just for our heavenly beaches and coral lagoons, but also for our authentic terroir wines and experiences with multi-generational winemakers. 2024 marks the return of Glenelly Estate with us in the Maldives, having already hosted events at VARU by Atmosphere in September of 2023. This year, we explored the core identities of our various wine partners to find similarities with our hospitality brands. Glenelly Estate, led by Lady May, embodies a commitment to innovation while preserving traditional savoir-faire, which aligns with the values of both Glenelly Estate and Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts."

Lia Poveda will not only enchant guests but also collaborate with the award-winning culinary teams at Atmosphere Kanifushi and VARU by Atmosphere. She will conduct workshops and blind tastings to empower colleagues to confidently guide all guests, whether they are connoisseurs or simply wine curious.


Atmosphere Core has been cultivating a unique wine culture driven by Authenticity and the Joy of Giving. Launched in 2021 with the ultra-luxe brand THE OZEN COLLECTION, the program expanded in 2023 to include lifestyle brands COLOURS OF OBLU and Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, forming partnerships with vibrant wineries like Glenelly Estate (Stellenbosch) and Bodegas Martín Códax (Rías Baixas).

Glenelly Estate, established in 2003 by the renowned Bordeaux winemaker Madame May de Lencquesaing, affectionately known as Lady May, has a clear vision of producing vintages characterized by elegance and exceptional aging potential. The world-class estate is situated on the picturesque southern slopes of Simonsberg in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Glenelly Estate wines are exclusively available at Atmosphere Core resorts in the Maldives.

About Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts:

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts curates distinctive spatial experiences inspired by local culture, offering every guest the opportunity to stay immersed in a delightful environment. Promising 'A New Experience Awaits' at every destination, the brand portfolio includes Atmosphere Kanifushi, VARU by Atmosphere, and RAAYA by Atmosphere in the Maldives, and seven upcoming properties in India: SADAR MANZIL HERITAGE BY ATMOSPHERE BHOPAL (Q4 2024), STILLWOOD RETREAT A SIGNATURE ATMOSPHERE COORG (Q4 2024), AVONGROVE TEA GARDENS BY ATMOSPHERE MIRIK DARJEELING WEST BENGAL (Q1 2025), ATMOSPHERE LAKEVIEW KOLKATA (Q2 2026), ALLITA AN ATMOSPHERE EXPERIENCE KURSEONG DARJEELING HILLS (Q4 2026), ATMOSPHERE BHUBANESWAR (Q4 2026), and VARSĀ ELEMENTS OF NATURE BY ATMOSPHERE KANNUR (Q4 2027).

About Atmosphere Core:

Atmosphere Core is a dynamic international hospitality company with three distinctive lifestyle brands: THE OZEN COLLECTION, COLOURS OF OBLU, and Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts. The company operates nine resorts in the Maldives and has a strong pipeline of new properties, including one resort in the Maldives, one in Sri Lanka, and ten hotels and resorts across India, all set to open within the next three years. Each Atmosphere Core property offers an authentic sense of place, inspiring service styles, and the freshest cuisine, lending a unique flavor to every experience.

Atmosphere Core Website: ATMOSPHERE


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