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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Presents Exclusive Cheese Night with Les Frères Marchand

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is thrilled to announce an extraordinary Cheese and Wine Night event in partnership with Les Frères Marchand, esteemed purveyors of French cheese. Led by Patrice Marchand, a distinguished figure in the world of cheese, Les Frères Marchand brings seven generations of expertise and a profound passion for preserving and promoting French cheese culture.

This exclusive event promises an unparalleled journey into the world of fine cheeses, meticulously curated by Les Frères Marchand. From cow, goat, to sheep cheeses, guests will indulge in a tantalizing selection of 24 varieties, each representing the essence of French gastronomy.

Beyond offering a delectable assortment of cheeses, this event is a celebration of Les Frères Marchand’s unwavering commitment to innovation and collaboration. With a profound understanding of all cheese varieties and a dedication to working closely with niche producers, Les Frères Marchand ensures that each cheese tells a story of tradition, quality, and authenticity.

Highlighting the evening is the presence of Patrice Marchand himself, who will personally introduce and present the cheeses, offering guests an immersive experience into the world of cheese refinement and appreciation. Furthermore, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy the same curated selection at the Sunday brunch at the District Grill Room and Bar, extending the culinary journey beyond the event night.

Join us for an evening of sophistication, cultural exploration, and culinary delight as we celebrate the artistry of French cheese and wine at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. The Cheese and Wine Night will take place at the Lobby Lounge of Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit on Saturday night, 1st June 2024, from 6:00 PM onwards.

Indulge in a tantalizing selection of cheeses expertly paired with wines, starting at THB 999 net for cheese and THB 1,799 net for cheese and wine pairing. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable culinary experience that promises to delight your senses and leave lasting memories.

For reservations and more information, please contact 02 797 0000

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PATA Celebrates Outstanding Leaders at PATA Annual Summit 2024

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Macao, Macao SAR, May 21, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / During the PATA Annual Summit 2024, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) celebrated the contributions of three tourism professionals and industry leaders who have dedicated their efforts, skills and expertise to the betterment of the Association, and contribute to the overall development of Asia Pacific tourism and beyond. In addition, the Association also recognised the appointment of Soon-Hwa Wong as PATA Ambassador for Greater China.

The PATA Life Membership, the PATA Award of Merit and the PATA Chairman’s Award were presented on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the PATA Annual Summit 2024 Welcome Dinner Reception and PATA Awards Presentation, hosted by the Macao Government Tourism Office and SJM Resorts, S.A. during the PATA Annual Summit 2024 held at the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort, Macao, China.

“PATA congratulates all four individuals on this sincere acknowledgement of their passion and leadership in ensuring the responsible development of travel and tourism in Asia Pacific and beyond,” said PATA CEO Noor Ahmad Hamid. “With their guidance, the Association continues to grow and serve its purpose in supporting the industry. Their tireless efforts should inspire all of us as fellow tourism professionals to fulfil our roles in driving tourism forward.”

The PATA Life Membership was awarded to Mr Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd. As the Association’s highest individual honour, the award serves to recognise individuals for their leadership and dedication to PATA.

Mr Ng has held prominent positions in various committees and associations in the travel and tourism industry. He served as the Chairman of the PATA Singapore Chapter from 2008 to 2016 and is currently an Advisor to the Chapter. Mr Ng has also been a council and advisory member of PATA, serving as an Industry Council Member, Proxy Member, and Board Member between 1990 and 2023. Currently, he holds a position on the Supervisory Board of PATA.

Aside from his contributions to PATA, Mr Ng joined TTG Asia Media in 1984 and has since made significant contributions to its growth and success. In October 2000, he transitioned from being the Executive Director at Miller Freeman Pte Ltd to becoming the Managing Director at TTG Asia Media. Under his leadership, TTG Asia Media achieved consistent organic growth and established profitable portfolios in event management, tourism, and travel trade publishing. Mr Ng’s strategic vision also led to the expansion of TTG Asia Media’s geographic presence across Asia.

The Association was honoured to present Ms Elizabeth M. Chin, Executive Director, PATA New York Chapter, with the PATA Award of Merit. This award is reserved for individuals who have consistently contributed to PATA and the PATA chapter network over an extended period of time.

Ms Chin has played a pivotal role in the success of the PATA New York Chapter and supported numerous workings of the Association as a whole. She began her professional journey as a corporate auditor, followed by over 25 years of diverse experiences across various industries, ranging from food service to entertainment. In 1986, Ms Chin founded and has since served as the owner of ECI Travel World, providing travel experiences tailored to exploring spectacular destinations worldwide.

Mr Mayur Patel, Head of Asia, OAG, was presented with the PATA Chairman’s Award. This distinct Award bestowed by the PATA Chair acknowledging an individual for their support, loyalty and dedication during their tenure.

Mr Patel is responsible for business development and leading the sales organisation in the region. Prior to joining OAG, he was Head of Regional Sales, ASPAC, Middle East and North Africa at Amadeus where he was responsible for the Travel Intelligence business. Mr Patel spent over seven years at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in a variety of roles focussed on aviation data solutions and services.

As PATA Ambassador for Greater China, Soon Hwa shall serve as a representative of PATA in the region. The Ambassador will work towards achieving the goals of PATA, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry, and enhancing the presence of PATA in Greater China.

With over 40 years of experience in Asia Pacific travel and tourism, Soon Hwa is a seasoned and versatile senior business leader who can help companies navigate the complex and dynamic market opportunities in the region. As the CEO of AsiaChina Pte Ltd, he leverages his extensive network of high-level contacts and deep understanding of the two-way tourism and trade flows between Asia Pacific and China to provide effective and tailored solutions for clients and partners across various sectors, such as destination management, aviation, car rental, urban mobility, travel agency, and startup.

He is also passionate about driving change and transformation in the industry, as evidenced by his involvement in various association leadership roles, such as the Immediate Past Chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the current Chair of PATA Singapore Chapter, and the Honorary Chairman of the Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS). Through these platforms, he collaborates with senior tourism leaders, policymakers, educators, and innovators to shape the future of tourism and hospitality in the region and beyond.

About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research, and innovative events to its member organisations, which including government, state and city tourism bodies; international airlines and airports; hospitality organisations, and educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 32 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 28 PATA Student Chapters globally. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts, and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has an official office in Beijing.

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Sushi Kuuya Nominated by Prestigious TOP25 Restaurants Awards

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Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Japanese Omakase restaurant Sushi Kuuya, located in the heart of Bangkok, has added to its international reputation as it has been Nominated to the TOP25 Restaurants Bangkok Award 2024.

Chef Goji, Chef-Owner at Sushi Kuuya, recently receiving the nomination certificate for the TOP25 Restaurants Bangkok Awards 2024, said “We are thrilled to be included in this amazing restaurant awards. The hospitality industry is so competitive nowadays, with many exceptional restaurants and chefs creating outstanding experiences for their guests. So, to have been Nominated for the 2024 awards among some of the world’s greatest chefs is a truly astonishing achievement.”

The recently open Sushi Kuuya has been thrilling discerning dinners with Japanese omakase experience, located in Langsuan, Bangkok. Centrally located, close to a number of hotels and just a short walk from BTS Chitlom station. Sushi Kuuya serves exclusively 8 guests in two rounds at 17:30 and 19:30.

In addition, we offer our guests a special selection of traditional sushi made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each meal showcases Chef Goji’s skill and respect for Japanese cuisine. Our wild bluefin tuna is sourced from Fujita Suisan, the tuna broker who also supplies tuna for Chef Jiro. Our menu varies with the seasons because we believe each ingredient has its peak time, so we only serve the best available throughout the year.

About Sushi Kuuya
Sushi Kuuya is a traditional sushi omakase restaurant offering an authentic and intimate dining experience. Opened in December 2023, it quickly became notable in the culinary scene. The name “Sushi Kuuya” comes from a local slang in Hakata, chosen by the chef’s father to honor their hometown in Fukuoka. The term “食うや” (Kūya), meaning “let’s go eat,” is a friendly invitation to dine.

The restaurant’s logo, sketched by a revered fish monger from Yaizu, Shizuoka, embodies respect, tradition, and the art of sushi. Sushi Kuuya was founded by Chef Goji Kobayashi and his wife, who are passionate about Japanese cuisine and excellence. Chef Goji, an American-born Japanese chef with over 16 years of experience, brings refined skills from a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco to Sushi Kuuya.

About TOP25 Restaurants
The TOP25 Restaurants guides leverage the world’s first independent rating system based on artificial intelligence combined with human expertise to curate a premium selection of restaurants and dining choices, wherever you are. We bring together the best of all cuisines, with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of food and service. The annual TOP25 Awards showcase the most outstanding restaurants and the ultimate collection of dining venues.

The annual awards and rankings are based on the patented, artificial intelligence and algorithm driven “Restaurant Rating Index” and re-assessed by some of the world’s top culinary experts. TOP25Restaurants.com is the World’s 1st Restaurant Guide combining artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with human expertise. Restaurant ratings and reviews are critical in the consumer decision making process and TOP25 Restaurants Bangkok cuts through the clutter of available dining choices and guide you towards the best places. www.top25restaurants.com

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E-mail: sushikuuyabkk@gmail.com
Phone number: (66)92-916-9299
Web: www.sushikuuya.com Instagram: @sushikuuyabkk

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Whole Hog Sustainability in Britain & Ireland

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Country & Town House magazine launched its summer issue this week, alongside the latest edition of their Great British & Irish Hotels 2024/25 guide, a celebration of homegrown hospitality which showcases the best tried and tested hotels.

They also announced the winners of their annual Sustainable Hotel of the Year Award in conjunction with Polestar.  The Pig Hotels scooped the top spot this year, thanks to their authentic, rural hospitality offering across a choice of eight properties which all push the boundaries and go the “whole hog” towards being as sustainable, natural and eco-friendly as possible.

The awards also recognised the following hotels as Highly Commended for being amongst the most planet-friendly places to stay in the United Kingdom and Ireland:

  • Breac.House, Country Donegal, Ireland
  • Heckfield Place, Hampshire
  • The Bull Inn, Totnes, Devon
  • Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, London

Esteemed judges included Lucy Cleland, Fiona Duncan, Juliet Kinsman, Francisca Kellett and Petra Petterssen.

In a strategic partnership to support these exceptional hotels to better track and manage their incredible sustainability measures, all finalists will receive a free one-year subscription to Weeva, (valued at $1200 each). Weeva is the sustainability data management platform supporting hotels to create­ data-backed impact stories, manage their data, follow certification pathways should they wish, and build long-term business resilience into their operating systems.

About Country & Town House

Country & Town House (C&TH) is an award-winning, B Corp accredited media business appealing to readers who want to live a more balanced life and with a mission to make sustainability in the world of luxury effortless and fun. countryandtownhouse.com

About Weeva

Weeva is a pioneering Software-as-a-Service platform designed to democratise access to cutting-edge sustainability management tools for the travel and tourism industry. A ‘GSTC Recognized Standard for Hotels, the platform helps hotels of all sizes access best-practice, science-based, and data-driven sustainability solutions. Weeva has developed partnerships with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Design Hotels, Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Considerate Collection, and ATTA.

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New Wafaifo Resort Hoi An in Vietnam Now Open for Booking

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The Wafaifo Resort, a 10-minute walk from Hoi An ancient town in central Vietnam, will open its doors on 1 September

HOI AN, VIETNAM – The Wafaifo Hoi An Resort in the ancient heritage capital of Hoi An in central Vietnam will open its doors to guests on 1 September this year.

Bookings are now available on Wafaifo.com for the phase 1 opening of the privately and locally-owned boutique property which will ultimately offer 134-rooms and suites and a range of dining and lifestyle outlets, a 10-minute walk from Hoi An’s UNESCO-listed heritage attractions.

The resort will deliver a modern interpretation of Hoi An hospitality, dining, wellness and community lifestyles in a lively tourist city where analysts say visitor numbers could repeat 2019 record breaking levels by the end of 2024.

“The museums, night market shops, restaurants and bars in the old quarter in Hoi An are really bustling again,” said Mikkel Krantz (pictured), Commercial Director of Wafaifo Hospitality. “With the upturn in tourism, the timing is right for us to unveil wonderful new hotel rooms and dining options that reflect Hoi An’s unique melting pot culture,” he said.

From 1 September, four room categories will be available at the new downtown resort: Faifo, Swim City, Faifo Terrace, and Wheelchair Friendly.

The initial inventory of rooms include balcony options, king-sized or twin beds, high speed WiFi, 24-hour room service, electronically switchable privacy glass between bedroom and bathroom, ‘see out, not in’ main window, anti-steam bathroom mirror, and all the amenities international guests would expect in a high-end urban resort in Asia.

On food and beverage, the Xua & Nay international and Vietnamese restaurant in the resort will have the only Josper oven and grill in central Vietnam. The charcoal-wood grill is renowned for giving a prized smoky flavour to grilled seafood, meats and vegetables.

“In rooms and food, our quality will be high, but pricing competitive,” said Mr Krantz. “We are creating a community experience where both locals and international tourists, we believe, will be pleasantly surprised and delighted in equal measure.”

From 1 September the resort will also give guests access to a 25 x 6-metre swimming pool and unprecedented wellness, spa, gym, fitness, beauty and health options unique to central Vietnam. There will also be DJ sessions by the pool, a cinema, kids’ club, outdoor playground and a retail lobby shop available from that date.

A highlight for visitors meeting or relaxing in the lobby and adjacent areas of the resort will be a replica Japanese Bridge, a water fountain that ‘dances to music’ and a terracotta statue heritage walk, all suitable for social media posts.

In October the resort will open its fully equipped, high tech meeting facilities.

In early 2025, the Wafaifo Resort Hoi An will also add luxurious suites and a signature Vietnamese fine dining outlet.

The name “Wafaifo”, said Mr Krantz, is a portmanteau word combining “water” and “Faifo,” the ancient former name of Hoi An, a city which grew to regional eminence as a major port in Southeast Asia which traded with merchants from Japan, China, Holland, England and France between the 16th and 19th centuries.

The architectural legacy of that period now attracts tourists from around the world and is a 10-minute walk away from the downtown Wafaifo Resort.

Vietnam’s Tourism Arrivals Rebounding

According to Statista.com,* Vietnam attracted 12.6 million international tourists in 2023, up from 3.6 million in 2022. Analysts at Wafaifo Optimisers, the resort’s inhouse tourism intelligence unit, predict that Vietnam has a chance to match its 2019 all-time high figure of 18 million visitors by year end 2024. Domestic tourism is already a robust and increasingly important market, it said.

Hoi An is a 40-minute drive from Danang International Airport in central Vietnam. Danang has direct air links with 22 cities in 11 countries and four destinations within Vietnam.

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Your Forever Begins Here, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit

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Step into the wedding of your dreams at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit with our exquisite wedding packages starting at THB 350,000. Enjoy our all-inclusive offerings, along with an exclusive privilege from our esteemed partners.

Our package includes the luxurious venue, a choice between a wedding cake or champagne tower, accommodation for two on your special day, free-flow soft drinks and mixers, standard light and sound systems complete with an LED wall screen, and much more.

Exclusive Partners include Colorful Wedding, LAMOON, Wedding B Planner, Match Me, Present Simple Wedding Et Cetera, and Manita.

Secure this exclusive offer by booking before 31 May 2024, and plan your wedding for any date up to 30 September 2024.

Terms and conditions
• An initial deposit of THB 100,000 net (non-refundable) is required upon reservation.
• This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
• The privileges cannot be exchanged for cash.
• The hotel reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice.

Contact our Wedding Sales Team for more information at T. 0208907888 or email catering@carltonhotel.co.th

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BWH Hotels Welcomes Miss Earth Air at Best Western Ratchada Bangkok

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Bangkok, Thailand, May 16, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / BWH Hotels (BWH), the leading global hospitality network comprising WorldHotels, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and SureStay® Hotels, was honored to welcome Ms. Yllana Marie Aduana, one of Southeast Asia’s most inspiring women and the current reigning “Miss Earth – Air” to Best Western Ratchada Hotel, its stylish hotel in the heart of Bangkok.

Ms. Aduana visited the Thai capital to receive her latest honor at the Thailand International Leadership Awards 2024, held on April 27th. She was recognized for her exceptional contributions as ‘Asia’s Most Empowered Young Woman Environmentalist Icon’ and received the prestigious ‘Exceptional Crowned Beauty Education Advocate Award of The Year.’

This marks the latest honor for Ms. Aduana, who won the Miss Philippines Earth title in 2023. A committed conservationist and social campaigner, she co-founded Edukasyon for Every Juan, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental education.

“Through our ‘Earth, People, Community’ initiative, BWH shares a deep commitment to eco-friendly and community-focused operations. This ethos runs through our entire business, and I am delighted that Ms. Aduana, a pioneer of sustainable change and empowerment, has recognized this and chosen to stay with us,” said Rodney Simpson, Managing Director – Operations, BWH Hotels.

About BWH Hotels
BWH Hotels is a leading, global hospitality enterprise comprised of three hotel companies, including WorldHotels, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and SureStay® Hotels. The global enterprise boasts approximately 4,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*. With 18 brands across every chain scale segment, from economy to luxury, BWH Hotels suits the needs of developers and guests in every market.
*Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

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Emirates Partners with Aviation Impact Accelerator

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Emirates Partners with Aviation Impact Accelerator - TOP25AIRLINESDubai, United Arab Emirates, May 4, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Emirates has become an industrial partner of the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), based at the University of Cambridge. The new partnership marks Emirates’ first USD $200 million Sustainability Fund investment for research and development (R&D) projects focussed on reducing the impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation.

The partnership aims to foster collaboration, providing evidence for a number of the AIA’s climate impact tools, support their data modelling work advancements, and actively engage in future projects dedicated to cutting global aviation emissions.

The AIA initiative is co-led by the University of Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory and Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). It is an international group of multi-disciplinary experts developing evidence-based systems, modelling capability, visualisations, and specialised tools to support policy makers, the aviation industry and the wider public with the insights necessary to map, understand and accelerate pathways towards sustainable aviation.

Emirates is joining Boeing, Rolls-Royce, The Royal Air Force, IATA, 4Air, and Flexjet as industrial partners. The modelling capability of the AIA is a collaboration between the Bennett Innovation Lab (a new innovation laboratory set up as part of the New Whittle Laboratory) and CISL, with the objective of looking for ways to accelerate net zero aviation.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Emirates is proud to support the Aviation Impact Accelerator as the first project under our Sustainability Fund. As an industrial partner, we have a unique opportunity to play an active role in constructively sharing our knowledge and insights, broadening the AIA’s reach across geographies and supporting the development of tools that address a spectrum of new aviation technologies and their critical gaps if implemented in the future. The work being undertaken by the Aviation Impact Accelerator provides the potential blueprint for the changes and solutions underway to reduce the long-term climate impact of commercial aviation.”

Professor Rob Miller FREng, Director of the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge and AIA lead said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Emirates, which will support us in our mission to accelerate the world towards net-zero aviation. Airlines will play a crucial role in the sector’s transition, and we are delighted that Emirates is demonstrating this leadership. We believe that the Sustainability Fund will be pivotal in unlocking actions in the sector.”

Emirates will explore potential collaboration on a number of tools being developed including:

– RECCE: Resource to Climate Comparison Evaluator is designed to allow the industry to quickly compare the potential of a wide range of fuels and technologies in 2035. It allows the user to compare the CO2 and all the non-CO2 climate impacts of aviation, the resource requirements and the costs, and provides a detailed breakdown of where in the system the uncertainties lie. The tool also allows the user to understand the impact of the rate of decarbonisation of neighbouring sectors, such as the power grid or heating, on aviation. RECCE is available free on the AIA webpage.
– JIST: Journey Impact Simulator Tool, is currently under development and allows users to explore the way that they might fly in the future, helping them understand the pathways to net zero aviation. Future fuel and propulsion technology potential and flight operations settings can be adjusted to compare the climate impact.
– CRAFT: Climate Response to Aviation Future Scenarios Tool, allows users to analyse future scenarios, exploring how they might use combinations of technologies, fuels and changes to operations to achieve net zero aviation. The tool is especially powerful for real time exploration of scenarios in interactive policy workshops, allowing leaders in government and industry to chart their way through the complexities of the aviation sector. The tool has been used to power several policy workshops with US, UK and EU governments.

Partnership with the AIA will allow Emirates to participate in workshops exploring all aspects of net-zero aviation, designed to identify opportunities for accelerating action.

The Emirates Sustainability Fund aims to support research and development (R&D) projects focused on reducing the impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation. Funds will be disbursed over three years to globally recognised organisations, start-ups and academic institutions working on and contributing to solutions in advanced fuel, energy and propulsion technologies and other emissions reduction solutions. The airline works with technical experts to evaluate opportunities, and disbursements are managed by Emirates’ Environmental Sustainability Executive Steering Group.

Alongside its industrial partners, the AIA works in collaboration with:

– HRH King Charles III’s Sustainable Markets Initiative
– The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Target True Zero (TTZ) initiative
– The Aerospace Global Forum
– Cambridge Zero
– The UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
– The UK Department for Transport

And academic partners:

– MIT
– The University of Melbourne
– Imperial College London
– University College London
– The University of Technology Sydney

About Emirates
From its global hub in Dubai, Emirates serves customers on six continents, providing high quality air transport services that facilitate tourism and trade. Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of wide-body Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft, offering spacious cabins and iconic inflight features such as its A380 Shower Spa and Onboard Lounge, and its ice inflight entertainment system available in all seats across its fleet, which has topped “best in sky” awards for 16 consecutive years. Emirates is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its operations across all its businesses and activities, and focusses on three areas: reducing emissions, consuming responsibly, and protecting wildlife and habitats.

About the University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres. The University is a self-governed community of scholars with 31 colleges and six schools. Its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Established in 1209, the University is rich in history and discoveries that have benefitted humanity. Cambridge has produced 121 Nobel laureates and the University’s reputation for outstanding academic achievement includes such discoveries as the theories of gravity and evolution, decoding the structure of DNA and splitting the first atom.

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Indian Coastal Beverage GOAN FENI Launched in Bangkok

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Indian Coastal Beverage GOAN FENI Launched in Bangkok - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, May 3, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / Inspirador Indian Spirits launched today, in a small catch-up session featuring Heritage Feni “TINTO” with the brand owner, Mr. Solomon Diniz. The event took place at NILA Bangkok at Amari Bangkok hotel.

Heritage Feni “TINTO” brings the taste of Goa to Bangkok, and the exclusive session offered a unique opportunity to experience the rich heritage and unique flavors of Feni straight from the source.

The Goan custom of distilling cashew fruit into the liquor known as Feni dates back to the 16th century, when Portuguese colonists first brought cashew trees from Brazil to the coastal Indian state.

Tinto was launched on 25th January 2020. The brand is founded by Mr.Solomon Diniz, who is the fourth generation in the feni business. The word “Tinto” is a market place in Portuguese. The brand gets its unique name giving due to the gone by Portuguese era. The shape of the bottle and the serene artwork of the Goan cashew tree with the breathtaking backdrop of Goa couldn’t be better expressed in the well balanced ceramic bottle.

What sets the brand apart is the fact that the Feni is distilled using the old distillation process of clay pot method and using only fallen cashew apple for the process of fermentation which is later distilled 3 times. The distillery is located at Cotombi, Quepem-Goa.

During the session, guests had the chance to engage with Mr. Solomon Diniz and learn more about the history, production process, and cultural significance of Feni.

About NILA Bangkok
NILA Bangkok is a premier destination for culinary and cultural experiences at the heart of the city. In NILA restaurant, rich Indian gastronomy melds with Portuguese nuances, creating a symphony of flavours that is sure to impress the modern palate. Every dish, rooted in the traditions of the Indian coastline, presents a story of the region’s diverse heritage. Set on a stage, designed as an Indian merchant’s home, NILA Bangkok offers a Goan homecoming experience for guests from around the world.

For more information and reservations, please call 0958061327 or email: deepak@inspirador.asia

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PATA Offsets Event Emissions for 2023

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PATA Offsets Event Emissions for 2023 - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, May 3, 2024 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce that all of PATA’s in-person events from 2023 have been offset in two projects in South Asia. The projects were selected and offset with the support of PATA member Sustainable Travel International, a global non-profit and industry thought leader committed to promoting responsible tourism and supporting the sustainable development of destinations worldwide.

PATA is deeply committed to sustainability and to reducing and mitigating the association’s carbon footprint, particularly of the in-person events where most of PATA’s emissions are generated. As outlined in the Climate Action Plan and Carbon Neutral Events Guidelines, PATA places strong emphasis on avoiding and mitigating events’ emissions through the selection of the destination, the venue’s location and its sustainability efforts, the proximity of official hotels to the venue, availability of public transport, among other strategies. For emissions that cannot be completely eliminated, PATA supports credible local carbon offset projects.

According to PATA CEO Noor Ahmad Hamid, “PATA’s events are an intrinsic part of our work. It is through our events that we connect with our members and bring them together to share knowledge, discuss pressing topics in the industry and work together towards a more robust, thriving and sustainable tourism industry. However, we are mindful of our responsibility to mitigate our environmental impact in the destinations where our events are held, and we are proud to announce the offset of the carbon emissions in India and Nepal.”

The first project selected, Tamil Nadu Wind Farm, located in India, entails the installation of a 249.9 MW wind power project aimed at generating clean electricity through renewable wind energy. Over its initial ten-year crediting period, spanning from 2018 to 2028, it is estimated to annually displace approximately 707,515 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions (MTCO2e) by substituting electricity that fossil fuel-based power plants would otherwise generate within the Indian grid.

The project directly contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), by investing in renewable energy technologies and infrastructure.
SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), by generating employment opportunities during the construction and operation phases, and improving local infrastructure.

The Tamil Nadu Wind Farm project allowed PATA to offset 139.51 MTCO2e from the PATA Destination Forum and Mart which took place in Kuching, Malaysia, in June last year, as well as 86.41 MTCO2e from the PATA Travel Mart held in Delhi, India, in October 2023.

The second project utilised to offset PATA’s 2023 events, the Improved Cookstove initiative, has been operational since 2018 across ten districts in Nepal. It is dedicated to replacing traditional, inefficient cookstoves with clean cookstoves to mitigate household air pollution (HAP). Through its operation, 15,292 improved cookstoves have been disseminated, resulting in an estimated total emission reduction of 28,413 MTCO2e for the monitoring period spanning from November 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021.

The project’s contributions to SDGs include:

SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), by improving living conditions of communities, reducing health risks associated with HAP, and enhancing the quality of life for women and children.

SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), by contributing to energy efficiency and reducing reliance on non-renewable biomass as well as reducing firewood consumption and GHG emissions, conserving forests and biodiversity.

SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), by creating local employment opportunities and economic activities, and promoting local businesses involved in the manufacture and distribution of clean cookstoves.

The Improved Cookstove Project has enabled PATA to offset 108 MTCO2e from the PATA Annual Summit & Adventure Mart, held in Pokhara, Nepal, in late May 2023. Both the Tamil Nadu Wind Farm and the Improved Cookstove projects are registered and certified by Verra, a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. that operates standards in environmental and social markets, including the world’s leading carbon crediting programme, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

Noor adds, “By choosing to offset our 2023 events’ emissions in India and Nepal, two destinations where they were generated, we are not only taking direct accountability but also investing in local sustainability initiatives. This decision reflects our commitment to support the communities where we operate and underscores our dedication to environmental stewardship on a global scale. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Sustainable Travel International who helped us offset our emissions and the delegates of the events who contributed to the carbon offset fee. Thank you for your support in making our carbon neutral events a reality.”

PATA extends its gratitude to our hosts: the Nepal Tourism Board, the Pokhara Municipality and the Pokhara Tourism Council, for supporting the 2023 PATA Annual Summit & Adventure Mart; the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts of Sarawak, the Sarawak Tourism Board and the Sarawak Convention Bureau for hosting the 2023 PATA Destination Forum and Mart; and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, for sponsoring the 2023 PATA Travel Mart. We take pride in our events, which would not be possible without your kind and continued support.

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