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Chef Zhang Presents Bold New Menu at Golden Flower Restaurant Macau

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Chef Zhang Presents Bold New Menu at Golden Flower Restaurant Macau - TRAVELINDEXMacao, Macao SAR, October 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Up and Coming Young Chef Zhang Zhi Cheng presents a bold new menu featuring traditional and contemporary Sichuan, Shandong and Northern cuisines. Michelin two-starred Golden Flower at Wynn Macau is pleased to welcome Executive Chef Zhang Zhi Cheng – one of the hottest up and coming young chefs in the culinary world who is well-versed in the timeless flavors of classic and contemporary Sichuan, Shan- dong and Northern Chinese cuisines. Steeped in history and rich in cultural heritage, each of these extraordinary cuisines beautifully complements the refined and elegant ambience of Golden Flower.

With Chef Zhang at the helm, ingenuity is at the heart of every dish. Behind the love that he pours into the preparation of each dish is passion and persistence. A master at unleashing the potential of original ingredients to unearth a myriad of flavors, Chef Zhang has already earned a reputation for inventing dishes that deeply touch the soul. Before arriving at Golden Flower, he opened a private kitchen within the courtyard residence of an ancient hutong, where he introduced bold and innova- tive dishes. Soon after opening, the private kitchen quickly rose to become one of the hottest dining destinations in Beijing. Now at Golden Flower, Chef Zhang infuses his cooking philosophy and unique culinary concepts into masterful creations, presenting timeless classics for guests in Macau.

Bold interpretations of traditional and contemporary flavors

Pure, yet rich in flavor and multi-dimensional, each dish at Golden Flower resembles a masterfully crafted work of art. Highly experienced in both ancient and modern cooking techniques, Chef Zhang showcases the very best of traditional and contemporary Sichuan, Shandong and Northern Chinese dishes.

Introducing a degustation menu where regional delicacies take center stage, Chef Zhang precisely designed a dining experience to leave individuals with lasting memories. Like a story, it begins from the Prelude, moving on to Welcome Tea, Caviar, Beginning, Abundance, Soup, Heritage, Umami, Seasonal Vegetables, Bloom and ends with Finale. Through the culinary journey at Golden Flower, guests will discover Chef Zhang’s classic dishes, which include braised fish maw with superior chicken broth, sliced sea conch with Sichuan pepper oil, crisp codfish with balsamic vinegar, Si- chuan noodles with chili oil and more.

Tea artisans select China’s finest teas to pair with each dish

The art of tea has been intrinsically linked to Chinese gastronomy for thousands of years, and Si- chuan is the birthplace of the tea tree and the world’s tea culture. Golden Flower was first in Macau to provide personalized tea pairing services, and today, the restaurant’s experienced team of tea

artisans has thoughtfully selected more than 50 types of tea from all over China, together with vari- eties from Sichuan’s remote mountains to pair with its regional dishes and delicacies.

The artisans also developed one-of-a-kind teas to complement Golden Flower’s ambience and the four seasons. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s flower garden themed design, they have blended the “Golden Flower Signature Tea,” exuding fresh, floral aromas. In harmony with the sea- son’s climate, guests may also select from top-quality teas that are most beneficial for their health.

Upon entry into the dining area of Golden Flower, guests step immediately into an elegant and refined setting, themed around a flower garden. The restaurant’s interior mirrors the exquisite Chi- nese cuisine on offer, as well as harmony between man and nature. A reflection of China’s historic influence on the world, it also features a tea lounge and reception room inspired by the home of British tycoon, Frederick Leyland. Known as the “Peacock Room,” it is now on permanent display at Washington D.C.’s Freer Gallery of Art. For a more exclusive dining experience, the restaurant also features two private VIP rooms, each for a group of 10 who wishes to indulge in an extraordinary gastronomic journey together.

About Wynn Macau
Wynn Macau is a luxury hotel and casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with two iconic towers featuring a total of 1,010 spacious rooms and suites, approximately 252,000 square feet of casino space, over 59,000 square feet of retail space, 12 food and beverage outlets, two spas, a salon and a pool. The resort proudly boasts three distinct entertainment experiences, including Macau’s only choreographed Performance Lake, blending lofty plumes of water, gracefully choreographed music from Broadway tunes to renowned Chinese songs, powerful LED lights and fire effects.

Wynn Macau is operated by international resort developer Wynn Resorts, recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Macau continues to hold the distinct honor of being the only resort in the world with 8 Forbes Five-Star Awards for five consecutive years.

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Nomadhood Celebrates Digital Nomads and the Future of Work and Travel

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Nomadhood Celebrates Digital Nomads and the Future of Work and Travel - - TRAVELINDEXManila, Philippines, October 15, 2021 / TAVELINDEX / COVID-19, if anything, teaches many to take a few steps back. Declutter, live simply, work moderately, go local, and appreciate people and the planet.

Imagine… with very few things, your laptop, and a backpack, you can work from anywhere? It’s now more than possible to support local tourism, while spending less, and wasting less!

Maybe the “digital nomad” life is for you, if you want to work from anywhere… at cafes, beaches, or hotel rooms – name it! While digital nomads have existed since the rise of Zoom, GoToMeeting and other conferencing platforms – they now represent professional freedom.

In the Philippines, is the latest community not only for expats, or domestic tourists, but especially for these hardworking travelers. The new website will soon offer online and offline spaces to find safe, comfortable, efficient, and even sustainable working conditions around the country.

To launch, in partnership with AsiaTVOfficial, Metro Channel and Metro.Style, the Philippines’ very first hybrid DIGITAL NOMAD FESTIVAL is slated on 23 October 2021, Saturday, at 1 PM GMT+8.

1) Tune-in via YouTube @AsiaTVOfficial : Interactive dialogue between the Tourism Promotions Board and Junior Tourism and Hospitality Management Association, with international guest speakers, games and breakouts games with Pinoy digital nomad influencers

2) Visit Offline at partner destinations: Get a FREE/ discounted welcome drink and Nomadhood merchandise, at any of the 3:
– Sinag Hostel – Siargao
3167 Brgy. Catangnan, Siargao Island
– Marina de Bay
Purok Sandiwa Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island Iconik Travels
– UP Town Center
SDG Builders Group-Garden Tower Hub

Register at for FREE tickets, and get a chance to even WIN a free 1-MONTH stay in Siargao for digital nomads!!!

Everybody dreams to move from congested urban areas, back to nature, to walk freely and breathe fresh air. But with the hassle of fluctuating quarantine protocols, it only makes sense with fast internet and protocol-compliant coworking spaces.

By year two of lockdowns, businesses continue to reimagine the New Normal. According to the recently concluded Tech in Asia Conference: “There’s no doubt that if businesses and organizations don’t digitalize, they’re going to get left behind.”

The pandemic comes with the creative responsibility, too, of rethinking plastic waste, growing organic food, protecting biodiversity and promoting clean energy, among best practices by development projects of the SDG Builders Group. Everybody is called to chime in. Leaving nobody behind is at the fingertips of the tourism and hospitality sector, and with internet providers expanding access and governments easing public health concerns, we can begin to reimagine what was once unimaginable : The Future of Work and Travel.

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SLICE OF LIFE: Finding the best pizza in NYC

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Pizza may have been invented in Italy, but there’s no denying that New York City has made the culinary staple it its own and rightly claims the title of centre of the ‘pizzaverse.’ Beginning with America’s first pizzeria – Lombardi’s in SoHo – pizza is deeply embedded into NYC’s culture and is an integral part of life.

Each of the city’s five boroughs is filled with famous pizza spots, establishments often filled with history as well as flavour; here is a small sample – one for each neighbourhood – designed to illustrate that, just maybe, the Big Apple wound up with the wrong nickname.

The Bronx: Pugsley Pizza

This old-school pizzeria near the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden has been serving up pies to locals and pizza lovers in the Bronx since 1984. They are known for their thin-crust New York-style slices and garlic knots. The welcoming, casual joint, covered in graffiti and photos, attracts families as well as students from the nearby Fordham University, and serves as the perfect stop for visitors on their way to and from the nearby nature-oriented attractions.

Brooklyn: Juliana’s Pizza

After establishing DUMBO neighbourhood icon Grimaldi’s Pizza – a pizza place so good, it became a local tourist attraction in its own right – founders Patsy and Carol Grimaldi sold off their interest in that restaurant over a decade ago, retiring from the food business. This spot, named after Patsy’s mother, marks their return to the pizza game, serving up the kind of coal oven-baked pizzas that made their original spot so famous.

Manhattan: (Famous) Joe’s Pizza

There’s a constant battle over who serves up the best pizza in New York City, but this Carmine Street joint – which specializes in thin, cheap slices dripping with cheese – is always at the top of the list. Need some convincing? Take it from actor Ben Affleck, who is quoted on Joe’s website as saying it’s “without a doubt… the best pizza” in New York City.

Queens: Philomena’s Pizza

A staple of Sunnyside, Queens, Philomena’s is known for their Neapolitan-style pizzas. They offer variations on classic pies with toppings like arugula and prosciutto, but here it’s all about the dough, which is fermented for 72 hours, giving it a complex flavour.

Staten Island: Joe & Pat’s

A thin, crispy slice is the signature of this beloved Staten Island pizza institution, which is also famed for its vodka pie. In addition to standard pizzas, Joe & Pat’s offers creative seasonal pizza toppings, like shrimp, as well as more upscale traditional Italian restaurant fare, like fettuccine, minestrone, and arugula salad.

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High above street level, perched atop hotels and museums, zoos, and furniture stores, and even coming soon to the top of the Austrian parliament building, Vienna has lots of rooftop bars and restaurants that offer top-drawer views, as well as stunning design and mouth-watering hospitality concepts. Indeed, when visitors go up to the top of the venerable city, they may not want to come down.

Here’s an overview of some notable Vienna venues, stretching from the old town to the Prater park:

MQ Libelle: Located slap bang in the middle of one of the world’s largest cultural complexes, MQ Libelle only opened in summer 2020 but is already the most popular rooftop bar in town. And with good reason: the MQ Libelle (“dragonfly”) is perched on top of the roof of the Leopold Museum – home to the city’s leading museum of Viennese Modernism, which has the world’s largest Egon Schiele collection. Architecturally speaking, the MQ Libelle is a work of art in its own right with two of Austria’s most prominent artists were responsible for the central elements of the terrace and construction. Eva Schlegel designed the MQ Libelle glass wall, while the iconic lighting elements on the terrace were created by Brigitte Kowanz. This new addition is not just an epicurean hotspot, but also open as a new space for art and cultural projects, too. (MQ Libelle, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna)

Ikea: 70 fully fledged trees growing out of giant planters weighing tons, a fantastic view of Vienna and all that with no obligation to make a purchase either. One of the capital’s more unusual new rooftop rendezvous opened in August, right next to Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station. Swedish furniture giant Ikea has created “hus,” an innovative city centre location featuring a greened facade, as well as a hotel called JO&JOE. But the rooftop terrace is where it is all happening. Open to the general public, there is no pressure for visitors to buy any of the culinary offerings to enjoy the views, but that would mean missing out a little: the Ikea Snackbar on the roof, a culinary world first, is inspired by vegetarian cuisine. (Ikea Westbahnhof, Europaplatz 1, 1150 Vienna)

mariatrink: Following Amsterdam and Stuttgart, Jaz in the City Vienna is the third hotel in the German chain’s portfolio and destined to make music fans’ hearts skip a beat. The lobby recreates a record shop vibe, and building on these laid-back musical foundations, the rooftop mariatrink bar has panoramic views of Vienna in store. The menu features innovative cocktails, alongside dishes made from regional ingredients. That all-important feelgood factor comes courtesy of luxuriant velvet seating. (mariatrink, Windmühlgasse 28, 1060 Vienna)

Chez Bernard Restaurant et Bar: Anyone yearning for spectacular architecture should head for the roof of Hotel Motto on Mariahilfer Strasse – a boutique accommodation scheduled to open this fall, where a combination of 1920s Parisian charm, contemporary Viennese lifestyle and Scandi chic awaits. And the same winning formula applies at Chez Bernard Restaurant et Bar on the rooftop: flooded with natural light, surrounded with lush greenery and spread across two floors, it holds court beneath a striking glass dome. The menu offers an assortment of Austrian dishes with French and North African influences. Freshly prepared food and organic ingredients set the culinary tone. Meanwhile, leftover bread from the in-house bakery is used to brew the signature beer Brewdi. (Chez Bernard Restaurant et Bar, Mariahilferstrasse 71a /Schadekgasse 20, 1060 Vienna)

Zoku Vienna terrace, photo – Ewout Huibers Photography & Concrete

Kindred Spirits Rooftop Bar: The boutique Hotel Zoku Vienna’s Living Kitchen Rooftop Restaurant and Kindred Spirits Rooftop Bar is ideal for a laid-back lunch or an after-tour drink, while taking in the 360-degree views of Vienna from the rooftop terrace. In the evenings, the attractions at the Prater amusement park below twinkle like a sea of brightly coloured lights, adding to the atmosphere. The cocktails, beers and wines served confirm the team’s strong commitment to Austrian artisanship. (Kindred Spirits Rooftop Bar, Perspektivstrasse 6, 1020 Vienna)

NENI am Prater: The new NENI am Prater offers top views of the Prater amusement park as well as the city centre. The rooftop restaurant, with spacious terrace on the top floor of hotel-hostel hybrid Superbude, serves cosmopolitan Middle Eastern cuisine centered on open-flame cooking. Seating is arranged around the centrepiece of the eatery, an open kitchen and the on-site bakery supplies freshly baked sourdough bread and focaccia every day. (NENI am Prater, Perspektivstrasse 8, 1020 Vienna)

360° Ocean Sky: Below, brightly coloured, shimmering exotic fish; above, eye-catching cocktails and great food. Opened in 2020, the 360° Ocean Sky is a spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant that enjoys pride of place on the top floor of the House of the Sea. The building it sits on is particularly interesting, too: the Haus des Meeres is located in a World War II flak tower which stands head and shoulders above the surrounding apartment buildings, opening up fantastic views of the city in every direction. The daytime and evening menus are full of classic dishes with a modern flourish. Breakfast with a view is another option here. A newly constructed panoramic lift whisks visitors to the top of the building to enjoy the culinary heights that await. (360° Ocean Sky, Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1, 1060 Vienna)

Coming soon: Another of Vienna’s rooftops is set to welcome an unusual new addition in the near future. The late-19th-century Austrian parliament, one of the most important buildings on the Ringstrasse, will unveil a modern rooftop restaurant of its own in 2022. Construction work is continuing at pace as part of a huge refurbishment project at the Parliament. Once complete, the new arrival will have four outdoor terraces that promise to open up previously unseen views of Vienna’s historic city centre. An area with table service, a self-service section and a bistro are all planned. The menu will include a mix of traditional Viennese cuisine and international dishes. (Parliament, Dr. Karl Renner Ring 3, 1010 Vienna)

With glass purposefully in hand, we at Travel Industry Today continue our series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues. For more articles in the series, click here:


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Marriott International Signs Agreement with Hotéis Deville to Debut Westin Hotels & Resorts in Brazil

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Westin Sao Paulo Hotel façade

Marriott International, Inc. today announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Hotéis Deville to introduce the first Westin Hotels & Resorts in São Paulo, Brazil. Slated to feature 187-rooms and suites, the property expects to welcome its first guests in the spring of 2024.

“We are delighted to announce this exciting new-build project in a prime location within the city to be developed by Hotéis Deville,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “São Paulo is a key South American gateway city with great opportunity for new quality branded upper-upscale product. “Our signature well-being Westin brand will offer a fresh and unique experience to both international and Brazilian guests.”

Westin Sao Paulo Hotel façade

Located in São Paulo’s Itaim Bibi district, The Westin Hotel São Paulo will sit within the JK Square mixed-use development, which is slated to include retail, offices, and residences. Plans call for a restaurant located on the 2nd floor, a bar integrated into the lobby on the first floor and a leisure area on the 3rd floor with a swimming pool and fitness center. For corporate and social events, the property is slated to feature conference and meeting rooms of multiple sizes for different needs.

The architectural project was developed by KPF, a renowned American office. The incorporation of the entire complex is by SDI Desenvolvimento Imobiliário, a developer with great experience and solidity.

“We are very excited about this project in São Paulo, which will serve as part of an iconic complex in a desirable location,” said Jayme Canet Neto, Hotéis Deville CEO. The innovative Westin brand that caters to both corporate and leisure travelers will elevate the offering in the market. Our long-standing relationship with Marriott as franchisees of the São Paulo Airport Marriott in Guarulhos has been very successful, and we are certain that this new development will further deepen our collaboration.”

Westin has been hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade and is poised to introduce a new level of wellness to travelers in Brazil. Currently, Marriott International operates 12 hotels in Brazil under the JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect
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Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade, empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well. At more than 225 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience wellness offerings that include the brand’s iconic and award-winning Heavenly Bed®, TRX fitness equipment in the signature WestinWORKOUT™ Fitness Studios, delicious and nutritious menu offerings on their Eat Well menu, and more. Stay connected to Westin on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Westin is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

Hotéis Deville
Hotéis Deville started its history in 1974, in the city of Curitiba (Paraná State) Brazil, and since then, it has been growing and consolidating itself as one of the main hotel groups in the country, being the owner and manager of the respective hotels. Present in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso and Bahia, the brand currently invests and operates 9 hotels nationwide. The hotel group is comprised of the Deville Prime, Deville Business, Deville Express brands and the Marriott São Paulo Airport franchise, and it has approximately 1,600 accommodations and more than 800 employees. More information about the Deville Hotels at Press office Deville Hotels: Danielle Sommer or Rafaela Salomon

Media Contact:
Marriott International – PR Manager Brazil
Manoela Barcellos

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Raffles Hotels Bring Legendary Hospitality Experience to Romantic Udaipur

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Raffles Hotels Bring Legendary Hospitality Experience to Romantic Udaipur - TRAVELINDEXUdaipur, Rajasthan, India, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Raffles Udaipur, a flagship hotel in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts portfolio and the revered brand’s first location in India, offers a fresh perspective on the city of Udaipur and region of Rajasthan, from a 21-acre private island set in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar Lake.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the expansive property is reminiscent of a magnificent country estate, with beautifully manicured, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding hills, tranquil lake and a 400-year-old temple. Arrival is via a scenic 20-minute drive from the airport, followed by a calming boat ride tailed by migratory birds, as a natural spectacle unfolds before the eyes of visiting guests. Sightings of some of the most exquisite birds, such as the greater flamingo, the ibises, great egret, painted stork and pied kingfisher, paint a mystical picture as the guests move slowly towards the island.

The influence of the island’s flora and fauna can be seen in the intricate details of the country estate, ‘greater flamingo’ being the most prominent one. The hotel is meticulously adorned with a variety of flora, ranging from the fragrant white frangipani and the night-blooming jasmine to stunning spider lilies and the peepal tree that holds great religious significance.

The hotel itself is an architectural marvel of 101 luxurious rooms, suites and signature suites that elegantly interweave western cultural references with Rajasthan’s royal heritage and elements of Mughal architecture. Guestrooms have uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design aesthetic with murals, handcrafted furniture and other crafts by local artisans.

“I am proud and delighted to see how Raffles Udaipur has opened to such acclaim and established itself as a market leader in such a short space of time. As a member of Raffles’ close-knit global portfolio, it is bringing to life our shared vision of true hotelcraft,” said Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express.

Under Culinary Director Prasad Metrani, Raffles Udaipur is a culinary aficionado’s paradise with fresh, new flavours to relish every day. At Sawai Kitchen, the Indian speciality restaurant, guests can expect to be graciously served the lost recipes from the region’s royal households, reinvented for modern tastes. Harvest, set to open before the end of the year, offers an interactive farm-to-table dining experience with produce foraged from the estate farm, spotlighting the region’s food traditions; while culinary enthusiasts can enjoy a co-cooking experience at Rasoi, the cookery school. The Raffles Patisserie offers freshly baked breads, classic French desserts, signature Raffles pastries and more. Guests can dine under the crystal clear sky, overlooking the breathtaking views of the lake at the Belvedere Point. Mindfully crafted alfresco dining experiences, framed by the picturesque hills that surround the lake, draw inspiration from the five elements: earth, fire, water, air and space.

For a sophisticated and discreet experience, guests can linger over intimate conversations or take a book to read at The Writers Bar, while indulging in bespoke artisanal and classic cocktails, as well as a champagne & caviar menu. For the elegant Afternoon High Tea experience, guests can anticipate exquisite savouries and desserts, along with specially curated teas from the Kangra hills in Himachal Pradesh and the best coffees from Southern India, introduced by the Tea Sommelier. In contrast, the iconic Long Bar, a hallmark of the Raffles brand designed with European wood and leather, with engravings by local artisans, is a perfect place to socialise. It offers fine Indian spirits, single malts, local brews from across Rajasthan and the signature Udaipur Sling – the Singapore classic remade with fresh produce from the island and home-made syrups.

The Raffles Spa, a space full of natural light with an embroidered canopy to encourage a sense of nurturing, offers a private escape, with authentic treatments and personalised programmes that prioritise both emotional and physical well-being. The fitness centre is well-equipped for an invigorating work-out and the swimming pool invites guests to take a languorous dip, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

Raffles Udaipur, as with every Raffles hotel around the world, reflects the cultural and natural heritage and mood of its location, offering unforgettable experiences, from a celestial cruise under the moon, to guided farm tours, astronomy, yoga and meditation. Raffles’ legendary service is delivered by private butlers and thoughtfully tailored to individual travellers’ needs.

“Whether you are looking for a rare place of extraordinary discovery or a romantic getaway with captivating sunsets, Raffles Udaipur is the ideal choice,” said Abhishek Sharma, General Manager. “With breath-taking views of the lake from every room, the chance for long, leisurely, romantic walks around our magnificent gardens, and experiences like star gazing and full moon rituals, we are a sanctuary for travellers on a quest for peace and rejuvenation.”

Guests can also choose this island location as a memorable setting for special events and celebrations. The Grand Ballroom of 9,000 square feet, including pre-function area, multiple outdoor gathering areas and an on-site temple, is set to make landmark moments simply unforgettable.

Speaking about the opening, Puneet Dhawan, ‎Senior Vice President of Operations – India & South Asia, Accor, said, “India is a strategic focus with long-term growth potential for Accor and it’s an exciting time for us as we present the iconic Raffles brand to the market. The rich cultural heritage, the regal past, and the grand architecture that gives the city its splendour all contribute to the Raffles Udaipur experience. Discerning travellers will now be able to experience the bespoke and immersive hospitality that is quintessentially Raffles. We look forward to warmly welcoming our guests and allowing them to discover what we have created, a confluence of Raffles’ global ethos and local Indian sensitivities.”

Guests can plan their first stay at Raffles Udaipur with an exclusive Royal Escape featuring Raffles high tea, morning yoga with the in-house master and sunset cocktail hour. Visitors are encouraged to breathe in the enchanting views of the Udai Sagar Lake and discover the lush green landscapes with the in-house naturalist during their s­­­tay. Enjoy culinary sensations at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ‘Royal Escape’ package starts from USD 600* plus taxes per night and is valid until 4 November 2021.

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Siam Piwat Takes Thailand on to World Stage in Malaysia

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Siam Piwat Takes Thailand on to World Stage in Malaysia - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Siam Piwat, the owner and operator of prestigious world-renowned retail developments, such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, and a joint venture partner of ICONSIAM and Siam Premium Outlets, is launching Thailand further onto the world stage and bolstering confidence among partners as well as all sectors involved by announcing its partnership with Pavilion Group, a leading developer, investor, and operator of shopping centers in Malaysia. In this collaboration, Siam Piwat will debut its own curated Thai brands to showcase the height of creative Thainess at Pavilion Bukit Jalil, which is set to become the largest fully integrated regional lifestyle mall in the Southern Corridor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of its plan to expand to various platforms globally.

– A milestone in the history of Asia’s retail industry is reached as two retail giants join hands as business partners.
– The historic partnership reinforces Siam Piwat’s vision to launch Thailand further onto the world stage and take Thai entrepreneurs to showcase creative crafts and products while expanding to other international platforms.
– ICONCRAFT, Absolute Siam and Ecotopia, three Thai brands popular among foreigners, will establish their first overseas presence.

Ms. Usara Yongpiyakul, Chief Executive Officer – Retail Business Group, Siam Piwat Co., Ltd. remarked on this collaboration: “One of Siam Piwat’s primary policies is to build awareness of Thai brands on the global stage as well as to transform ‘local heroes’ into ‘global heroes’ and expand their business internationally as COVID-19 has hindered travel to Thailand. Therefore, this collaboration will not only open up additional sales channels for SMEs to help them expand beyond online or e-commerce platforms but will also help drive the Thai economy. As part of this expansion, we have joined hands with a strong partner like Pavilion Group, a veteran large-mall operator and developer.

We have selected Pavilion Bukit Jalil to debut our first brick-and-mortar stores in Malaysia for three carefully selected Thai brands in a way that will captivate and resonate with both Malaysian and international visitors. Pavilion Group is one of Siam Piwat’s Global Privilege Partners, and we have been collaborating to offer exclusive privileges to our customers. This new partnership to introduce Thai products to an overseas market will make Siam Piwat’s another significant stride towards building a solid network with powerful business leaders.

For more than 10 years that Siam Piwat has been working in collaboration with many government agencies, such as the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) and the Creative Economy Agency (CEA), to incubate entrepreneurs, we enhance their products by partnering them with experts and offering assistance with product design and packaging design. We also teach them how to use data management systems to manage their business, create an e-platform, and raise sponsorship. Moreover, we share knowledge with them on managing their finance, finding new sales channels, and gaining publicity. All of these initiatives have not only enhanced their ability to generate income but also empowered them, filling them with a sense of pride and giving them more exposure and international business opportunities.”

Siam Piwat’s three Thai brands, namely Ecotopia, ICONCRAFT, and Absolute Siam, are massively popular among foreign tourists thanks to the unique identity and creativity of their products. Developed by Siam Piwat, Ecotopia, ICONCRAFT, and Absolute Siam seek to showcase the height of Thai craftsmanship ranging from innovative, contemporary crafts to products by Thai craftsmen, SMEs across the country, designers ,and the ingenuity of young eco co- creators. The products under these three brands all deliver the experience of creative Thainess and distinct appeal to international shoppers.

Ecotopia: Ecotopia is an eco-conscious community of like-minded people who believe in ‘Together, We Co-Create a Better World’. that is approachable and practical for all walks of life.It reflects Siam Piwat’s Co-Creation’ business model to create shared value, which is the company core vision of all of its retail developments. Together with 12 eco-creators, Ecotopia presents a new and amicable eco-centric experience.

ICONCRAFT: Siam Piwat launched ICONCRAFT as a hub of inspiration to showcase the height of Thai craftsmanship first domestically then to the world. ICONCRAFT celebrates local wisdom in a new perspective while presenting it through Thai craftworks. Above all, ICONCRAFT is the opened door for over 800 craftsmen, designers, and local communities across Thailand, forging paths for them towards modern trade. Efforts include educating, create branding, marketing, and providing financial advices in order to be the retail ecosystem that truly creates sustainable success and gives mutual benefits for all involved. The product categories are wide and interesting, namely jewelry, souvenirs, home decors, unique art and craft, lifestyle and everyday artifacts, scents and aroma, and food and snacks.

Absolute Siam: A trendsetting multi-brands concept store that features a mix of leading fashion and lifestyle brands under one roof. Many first ever and distinctive collaborations by leading and upcoming Thai designers producing exclusive collections. A space that houses over 60 fashion, art, tech, and lifestyle brands, offerings one-of-kind innovative and bold products and set new trends and services in Absolute Siam’s style.

“Thailand has just as rich and unique a culture as any other country. This uniqueness and richness is shaped by extraordinary creativity and conveyed through a wide range of exquisite artworks and design products that have proven to appeal to people across the globe. We recognize the value and delicate magnificence of Thai culture and the creativity of Thai artisans, designers, and creators. We are proud to have Siam Piwat’s presence exclusively in Pavilion Bukit Jalil as they continue to expand abroad. These new stores will provide Malaysians and international visitors the chance to experience a hint of Thai culture without leaving KL,” said Dato’ Joyce Yap, Chief Executive Officer of Retail for Kuala Lumpur Pavilion Sdn Bhd, the Retail Planner of Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

“Malaysia and Thailand have very close ties and share not only borders but also various cultural similarities. We believe that this collaboration is just the beginning and will lead to even greater things, such as joint efforts to boost the region’s economy and initiatives to showcase and nurture the uniqueness and magnificence of ASEAN nations,” concluded Usara.

Siam Piwat has continued to launch Thailand further onto the world stage and support SMEs by curating a selection of products across various categories that have proven popular among foreigners from its affiliated stores and joining forces with various retail partners overseas to have them featured on high-potential international platforms for sale both online and offline in Asian countries with high purchasing power and economic growth rates, such as China, Malaysia, Vietnam, among others.

About Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.
Siam Piwat is a leading world-class retail and real estate developer from Thailand. Over 60 years, we have owned and operated Bangkok’s most visited retail and lifestyle destinations such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, ICONSIAM, and Siam Premium Outlets. We are recognized as a thought-leader in our sector who creates extraordinary prototype properties as well as management excellence in retail development, aiming to consistently deliver unparalleled experiences that delight and inspire customers. Absolute Siam, ICONCRAFT and Ecotopia are the one-of-a-kind prototypes that are curated and operated by us.

About Pavilion Bukit Jalil
Located in the heart of Bukit Jalil, Pavilion Bukit Jalil, the Icon of Connectivity – Malaysia’s lifestyle shopping mall sets to transform the southern corridor of Kuala Lumpur into the new cornerstone of metropolitan lifestyle and retail. With Net Lettable Area (NLA) of 1.8 million square feet, Pavilion Bukit Jalil will offer a vibrant retail mix, gastronomical wonders and innovative recreations, reinforcing its position as the lifestyle shopping destination connected to the best-in-class retail, dining and leisure experience.

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Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories List Unveiled

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Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories List Unveiled - TRAVELINDEXLeiden, Netherlands, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The 2021 Top 100 Unveiling Ceremony took place on the 5th of October during the Global Green Destination Days, the annual flagship event of Green Destinations to connect sustainability professionals, destinations, and tourism boards. Every year, the Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories competition collects Good Practice Stories from destinations all over the world to be shared as inspiring examples to others, from tourism professionals to travellers.

With the tourism sector facing very challenging times in the past years, the resilience and hard work of these destinations to become more responsible should be celebrated. The 2021 selection was determined by the quality, transferability, and more than ever by the level of innovation of the stories.

Submissions were evaluated by the Top 100 Team, country experts and Green Destination Partners, coordinated by Green Destinations. Selection to the Top 100 list does not mean the destination is sustainable, but that the destination has demonstrated compliance with at least minimum sustainability standards and presented a quality Good Practice Story.
The 2021 Top 100 list will be available on the Green Destinations website. Top 100 participants have been invited to be featured in the Good Travel Guide, enabling them to tell their sustainability stories to responsible travellers looking for inspiration.

Green Destinations is the world’s leading destinations’ network for responsible tourism. By participating in the Green Destinations program, a destination gains insight into its performance and perspectives in sustainable tourism planning, hospitality, green economy, and the protection of local values. Green Destinations certification enables a place to present itself as a responsible, healthy, and authentic destination towards its visitors, residents, and entrepreneurs.

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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui Shoots for IG-friendly Success

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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui Shoots for IG-friendly Success - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25HOTELS.comKoh Samui, Thailand, October 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  Replete with design flair and located in one of Koh Samui’s most stunning corners, the new Hyatt Regency Koh Samui is not short on visual allure. Gallery of Eight offers specially curated photo opportunities for social media.

With that in mind, the recently unveiled resort is taking steps to position itself as one of the most Instagram-friendly properties in the Kingdom through its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property specially selected for their photogenic appeal.

Holiday snaps have long been an integral part of the travel experience. But with “pics or it didn’t happen” being the mantra of the Instagram era, gathering visual documentation of leisure time has become a pressing priority for many.

Social media savvy resorts are going the extra mile to deliver specially curated photo opportunities that provide ample fodder for IG feeds.

The designers of the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui knew guests would find it hard to resist the optic cues. Therefore, they baked in the curated collection of snap-friendly spots.

“The Gallery of Eight is a fantastic interactive experience,” said Adrian Pulido, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. “We always had it in our mind that eight photo ops would make a nice rounded number for guests. Not too many to be overwhelming, but enough to make it a substantial feature. But, such was the wealth of visual inspiration, we had a tough job winnowing our choices down!

“Each of the eight photogenic spots dotted around the resort is inspired by Samui’s idyllic lifestyle and the island’s unique landmarks. Guests can now find them, feel them and record their special memories for the future.”

The property fully leverages the beauty of Koh Samui through its coastal location, incorporation of protected native yangna trees that once served as navigational markers for local fishermen and numerous inspired architectural features.

The latter includes a showpiece lobby—the starting point for the Gallery of Eight—where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

Other likely photo ops include a valley that abounds with colourful tropical flora and the largest pool zone on the island, a collection of four pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

Additional inclusions in the Gallery of Eight range from SESUN, the resort’s popular Meditteranean-inspired beachfront grill to the resort’s verdant organic garden and the living green courtyard at the heart of its wellness centre.

All eight photo ops are marked on the resort map, which is printed on guests’ keycard holders. A larger scale version of the map, meanwhile, can be found in the lobby.

“We know that people love taking photos for their social media feeds,” added Pulido. “And since there is so much going on here visually, we thought it would be a great idea to give our guests a helping hand by pointing them in the direction of the best locations!”

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GHM Lands Tops Spots in CN Traveler Readers Choice Awards

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GHM Lands Tops Spots in CN Traveler Readers Choice Awards - - TRAVELINDEXNew York, New York, United States, October 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah and The Chedi Muscat won the no. 8 and no. 13 spots respectively on a list of the Top 20 Hotels in the Middle East published by Condé Nast Traveler in its Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Announced in New York on October 6, the magazine’s 34th annual compendium of the world’s top hotels is the result of an extensive voting process that was conducted online, with more than 800,000 travellers casting millions of votes.

This is the third year in a row that each of these hotels, in the U.A.E and Oman, has won placement on the prestigious list. The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah opened in December of 2018 and has been recognized on the Condé Nast list in each year of its eligibility. The Chedi Muscat has won multiple placements since opening in January of 2003.

“We’re thrilled that The Chedi Muscat and The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah have been named to the list, and really happy that each of these properties has been recognized on this same list in each of the last three years,” said GHM Chief Executive Officer Tommy Lai. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work that our managers and associates put in every day to ensure the finest possible guest experience.”

Next year, GHM plans to open The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, Doha in Qatar. The hotel group is planning to open another hotel — The Chedi El Gouna on the Red Sea in Egypt – in the near future.

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