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Outrigger Announced Two Leadership Appointments

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Outrigger Announced Two Leadership Appointments - TRAVELINDEXHonolulu, Hawaii, United States, August 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Carly Clement as Vice President Operations, Hawaii Vacation Condos and Cynde Vannatta as General Manager of Royal Sea Cliff by Outrigger. Carly Clement will lead the strategic vision and effective operations of Outrigger’s Hawaii Vacations Condominium division with a focus on excellence in guest satisfaction, high-product quality and service standards, facilities maintenance and excellence in safety and security practices. She will concentrate and implement business strategies that retain existing owners and attract new owners and interact with boards of director and rental advisory committees to ensure effective collaboration.

Clement was most recently General Manager at the Lotus Honolulu/Hotel Renew. She joined Outrigger in 2019 as Resort Manager at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach and in 2021 she was promoted to General Manager at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Before Outrigger, Clement’s work experience included Director of Rooms at the Hyatt in California and also at The Modern Honolulu. Management roles on the condo/vacation rental front included the 4-Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe, 5-Star/5-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the 4-Diamond The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.

Clement holds leadership roles with several philanthropic and industry organisations in Honolulu, including YWCA career coach and this year’s Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association’s Charity Walk Chair.

She earned her BA in hospitality business management with a minor in international business and business administration from Washington State University and is CRDE (Certified Rooms Division Executive) certified through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Cynde Vannatta will ensure operations at Royal Sea Cliff by Outrigger are effectively managed, working closely with on-site departments and with corporate support to create and maintain maximum profitability, customer satisfaction levels, product quality, service standards, facility maintenance and workplace harmony and ensure safety practices are in place to Outrigger standards. Vannatta will collaborate with the homeowner board of directors, Wyndham timeshare representatives, property homeowners and rental owners and actively promote the resort as a caring and supportive corporate citizen in all local community activities.

Vannatta comes to Outrigger from Marriott Vacation Club where she was Marketing Manager for the Waikoloa Ocean Club. She is very familiar with Royal Sea Cliff having been team leader/marketing coordinator, under the Wyndham flag, for the resort. She also has experience with the Shell Vacations Club brand as Regional Director of Support Services for Hawaii, Support Services Manager for Hawaii Island and Contract Processor and Verification Loan Officer.

About Outrigger Hospitality Group
For nearly 75 years, Outrigger Resorts and Hotels has charted a journey of discovery – expanding from Hawaii to premier resort destinations including Fiji, Mauritius, Thailand and The Maldives. The privately held hospitality company invites guests to ‘Escape Ordinary’ with authentic Signature Experiences and the Outrigger DISCOVERY loyalty program. Outrigger’s multi-branded portfolio includes Outrigger® Resorts, OHANA Hotels by Outrigger®, Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger®, Kapalua Villas Maui and Honua Kai Resort & Spa Maui.

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Thailand to Host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting

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Thailand to Host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, August 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting will be held concurrently with the 60th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting in Bangkok from 14-20 August, 2022, the event is expected to be attended by over 300 ministers and officials from APEC member economies.

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Thailand confirmed its readiness, in its role as the host of APEC 2022, to host the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and the 60th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting in Bangkok from 14-20 August, 2022.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, said, “This is the first time that Thailand will host a ministerial meeting on tourism in 21 APEC member economies, which is expected to be attended by more than 300 ministers and officials. The meetings will be held with a ‘Low-carbon’ approach under the concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ that promotes sustainable recovery post-pandemic.”

The concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ focuses on a holistic approach to develop and promote tourism by taking into account all possible impacts on the environment, culture, and the local way of life. As well as restoration of tourist attractions, the strategy places emphasis on sustainable tourism development by balancing tourist numbers to suit the attraction, and more importantly, prioritising on providing service quality and consistency over the number of tourists. The aim also is to encourage local people to participate in and benefit from inclusive and equitable tourism, and to stimulate awareness on cultural and environmental preservation.

This is in line with the Royal Thai Government’s Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economy Model, which is being used to revive Thailand’s tourism industry with the aim for safe, inclusive, and sustainable travel. The BCG Economy Model capitalises on Thailand’s strengths in biological diversity and cultural richness, and conforms to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“As APEC 2022 host, Thailand is aiming to push forward the APEC Policy Recommendations on Regenerative Tourism to pave the way forward for the future of tourism across the Asia-Pacific region. Thailand will certainly use these recommendations as a starting point for tourism policy planning that builds on the concept of sustainable tourism to help revive our tourism sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. Phiphat said.

By ensuring sustainable development of natural resources and roping in participation from local people with the aim for real distribution of income to the local community, the concept of ‘Regenerative Tourism’ is expected to benefit the APEC member economies in the post-pandemic tourism recovery. In addition, this will help achieve the goal of capitalising on tourism for a better environment, more social creativity, and higher-valued local wisdom knowledge, and ultimately helping to support the local people with better jobs and livelihood.

This reflects Thailand’s theme for its hosting of the APEC 2022, which is “Open. Connect. Balance”.

In addition to the APEC tourism ministers meeting and working group, there will also be parallel activities; such as, an academic seminar under the topic of “Co-Creating Regenerative Tourism”, and an excursion centred around Bangkok’s historic Talat Noi neighbourhood, and Nakhon Pathom’s Sampran Model. These are aimed to offer event participants a chance to experience community tourism in line with the ‘Regenerative Tourism’ concept.

“On behalf of the Thai people, Thailand is ready to be a good host and showcase our Regenerative Tourism initiatives to the ministers and officials from the APEC member economies during the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting and related meetings”, Mr. Phiphat concluded.

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The press conference was also attended by Mr. Choti Trachu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor; and executives and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the TAT, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), and the Government Public Relations Department.

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UNWTO Member Dominican Republic Reporting Strong Tourism Rebound

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UNWTO Member Dominican Republic Reporting Strong Tourism Rebound - TRAVELINDEXSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO has warmly welcomed the first data on summer arrivals from its Member States. As international travel returns in many parts of the world, several Members are starting to report strong numbers both for arrivals and tourist spending. This is in spite of the fact the sector continues to face a number of challenges, among them the ongoing pandemic, rising interest rates and cost of living levels, and heightened economic and geopolitical uncertainty.

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From the Dominican Republic, Minister of Tourism David Collado, has advised UNWTO of record arrival numbers for April, May, June and July. Notably, arrivals in July were 24% higher than in 2019, putting the country on course for its best year on record, including in terms of sales taxes and income generation. In response, UNWTO has sent its congratulations to the Minister and commends the Dominican Republic for its strong and ongoing support for tourism. UNWTO also notes the invaluable contribution of the private sector, as exemplified by the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.

This growth comes even as destinations across the Dominican Republic continue to miss tourists from Russia and Ukraine, two historically strong source markets. In recognition of its leading status as a resilient destination, the Dominican Republic was the focus of the first UNWTO Investment Guidelines publication, released at the start of 2022. Developed alongside the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic and the national Export and Investment Center (PRODOMINICANA), the new guide provides key insights for investors, with the aim of boosting foreign direct investment in the Caribbean destination.

The Dominican Republic will also host the 118th session of the UNWTO Executive Council in the first quarter of 2023.

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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Unveils Champagne Sabrage Masterclasses

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Champagne Sabrage Masterclasses

Honoring St. Regis Hotels & Resorts’ long-standing tradition of sabrage, the brand is delighted to announce the launch of private champagne sabrage masterclasses at all properties across North America. Launching this summer, guests and locals alike will have the opportunity to book a private champagne sabering masterclass led by an expertly trained St. Regis Butler at The St. Regis Atlanta, The St. Regis Aspen Resort, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley, The St. Regis Houston, The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis San Francisco, The St. Regis Toronto, and The St. Regis Washington D.C.

“We are delighted to bring the art of sabrage front and center for both guests and visitors this summer at our hotels and resorts,” said George Fleck, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “There is no more glamorous way to celebrate a soiree, toast to a milestone, or bond with friends than sabering a bottle of champage. We look forward to raising a glass to the time-honored tradition of sabrage with a new era of St. Regis guests.”

Able to be tailored to a variety of group sizes, the St. Regis Sabrage Masterclasses are open to both hotel guests and locals. From couples and bridal parties looking to learn a new skill to show off at an upcoming wedding, to small corporate retreats, to an unexpected night out with friends, the classes will take each participant through the history and technique before allowing them to try their hand at the cherished St. Regis ritual.

The art of sabrage has an illustrious history that stretches back more than 200 years. For St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, the ritual dates back to 1904 when hotel founder John Jacob Astor IV would nightly have a bottle sabered on-property to celebrate the transition from day to night. Astor was inspired by the glamour of sabrage, an act which had been made famous by Napoleon Bonaparte, who opened champagne with his saber and notably said, “Champagne: in victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it.” Today, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts around the world continue the tradition with a nightly and celebratory sabering rituals performed regularly across the global portfolio.

For those looking to take the art of sabrage home with them, The St. Regis Atlanta, The St. Regis Aspen Resort, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley, The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis San Francisco, The St. Regis Toronto, and The St. Regis Washington D.C. will offer private sabrage masterclasses upon request. Available for groups up to four people, the experience will include a 30-minute masterclass, a bottle of champagne, and canapés with additional add-ons that vary property to property.

For private sabrage masterclass reservations, please contact the properties directly.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,100 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 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. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining timeless glamour with a vanguard spirit, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is committed to delivering exquisite experiences at nearly 50 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Beginning with the debut of The St. Regis hotel in New York by John Jacob Astor IV at the dawn of the twentieth century, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by the signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. St. Regis 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

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W Hotels Ushers in a New Era of Luxury Lifestyle on the Greek Coast with the Opening of W Costa Navarino

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W Costa Navarino - WET Deck
W Costa Navarino – WET Deck

W Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announced the opening of W Costa Navarino. The highly anticipated debut of this Greek retreat brings a vibrant and creative energy to the Navarino Waterfront, the newest integrated resort area of Costa Navarino in the Mediterranean. The new W Escape is set within a scenic 32-acre site along a sandy beach, stretching along 1,500 feet of shoreline, and overlooking the protected and historic Bay of Navarino. Exclusively welcoming adults and young adults over 12 years old, W Costa Navarino introduces a place that fosters creativity, individuality, and freedom of expression.

“Set against the unparalleled beauty of the Mediterranean, we are thrilled to introduce W Hotels to Greece with the opening of W Costa Navarino,” says Benoit Racle, Vice President, Brand Management, W Hotels Worldwide. “From upcycling materials to a bioclimatic design, W Costa Navarino features sophisticated architecture that leans into the broader sustainability efforts of the coastal enclave, presenting international travelers and local tastemakers an opportunity to capture the energy of Mediterranean culture. World-class dining and immersive programming celebrate authentic Mediterranean culture, promising an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience at W Costa Navarino.”

Local Authenticity Meets Modernity in Refined Design
With architectural design led by renowned Greek architects Tombazis and Associates, W Costa Navarino takes inspiration from the region’s traditional architecture with cobbled paths, monolithic building and stone towers creating the feeling of a Greek coastal village. Using local materials, Costa Navarino’s dedication to sustainable practices is reflected in the hotel’s timeless design, unified within lush indigenous greenery and planted roofs overlooking the sea.

All guestroom, suite, and villa interiors celebrate the heritage of Greek artisans with a palette of neutral tones which are occasionally met with pops of color. Infused with the unexpected, thoughtful design elements of W Hotels, the interior design across the resort including the public areas and the culinary square – Platía – was led by London-based and globally focused studio MKV Design. Modern yet refined interpretations of traditional craftsmanship can be seen through the lighting and flooring, referencing the time-honored Greek basket weavers and leather chairs that offer a contemporary interpretation of regional saddler’s art.

The unique architectural design of the destination beach club Parelía as well as the Platía, were designed by Tombazis and Athens-based K-Studio, with the latter also leading interiors at Parelía. Moreover, the interior design at the sunset restaurant and bar, Between was created by Interior Design Laboratorium. Inspired by the local area and Greek heritage, the custom-designed W totem was crafted with reclaimed wood collected from old fishing boats, representing the notion of seafaring.

Setting the Tone, a Music and Artistic Hub
The passionate personality of W Hotels comes to life through the artistic and musical edge across the lush grounds. With its original music programming, guests at W Costa Navarino can enjoy a diverse, genre-defying programme including funky house, hot disco, afro-house, tribal and neo-soul. The Escape is set to host international and local DJs and musicians each season such as Alex Nude and Valeron & Band, to complement its roster of resident DJs including Ukrainian Rie Kiriiaka, Greek-Colombian DJ Montana Cruz and Greece’s own Vasilis Georgakopoulos.

W Costa Navarino ignites curiosity with contemporary art throughout the hotel, intended to provoke conversation among guests. The artwork curation is led by visual artist and curator Poka-Yio and a team of young artists by the Athens School of Fine Arts LAB12. It is closely linked to notions of inclusiveness and culture, aiming to have a deeper purpose and act as a means to explore and escape, surprise and challenge and ultimately contribute to what W Costa Navarino represents – a different hospitality experience.

Beach Front Dining and Mixology
W Costa Navarino is home to a number of culinary points, ensuring that – whatever the mood and whatever the hour – guests will have something that promises to please the palate.

W Lounge, at the heart of the Escape, offers a globally inspired menu alongside a range of palate cleansing spritzers, aperitifs and locally inspired, eco-conscious cocktails. Open all day, W Lounge is the perfect spot to dine, relax and take in the surrounding natural beauty and awe-inspiring sunsets.

Platía is a playful spin on the traditional Greek food market and is a destination for breakfast, daytime coffees, or a relaxed group dinner in the evening. The space evokes the informal buzz and energy of a marketplace with four separate “grab & go” outlets. The Café celebrates coffee culture with daily ground coffee selection and a roastery serving all specialty varieties, in addition to fresh juices and snacks throughout the day. For light bites and local delicacies, the Deli Store offers a selection of cold cuts of meat, cheese and regional specialties; the Bakery serves home-made daily baked indulgences, while the Cookery presents an open-style kitchen for morning breakfast and plays host to visiting chefs and pop-up concepts.

With a menu concept based on raw food, Between will offer cocktails and light dinner bites that celebrate the purity of flavor and aroma found in the natural form of ingredients – including oysters, clams, and premium caviar. Accompanied by live DJ sets and a cocktail menu focused on seasonality and simplicity, the aptly named Between will be the ideal setting for sipping a craft cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon.

The destination beach club is set to be the social hot spot of W Costa Navarino. Its name Parelía’s combines the Greek word ‘parea’, meaning friends socializing, with ‘paralia’, meaning beach. Created to encourage spontaneous moments of fun, the beach club will serve contemporary Greek Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on delectable sharing dishes accompanied by unexpected cocktail collisions. With DJs playing a mix of genres from Electro House to NuJazz and Fusion and live music throughout the day, Parelía naturally evolves from a casual beach mood for swimming and unwinding, to a high-energy venue for late night fun, dancing and partying by the sea.

Fit by the Sea
The WET Deck features a breath-taking infinity pool with views across the crystalline Ionian Sea and beyond, along with plenty of space to relax in the sun after a swim.

The AWAY® Spa offers an extensive menu of treatments to balance guests’ energy while FIT gym has a 25-meter outdoor heated swimming pool and the latest gym equipment for guests wanting to maintain their fitness routine at leisure. W Costa Navarino will also offer a program of workout classes and wellness experiences designed for any fitness level, including beach boot camp classes, ‘Kalimera’ yoga sessions, ‘5 Rhythms’ dance movement meditation practice and beach power Pilates.

“W Costa Navarino celebrates a unique blend of energies immersed in a naturally beautiful setting. The new vibrant resort combines traditional elements from the Messinian culture with the unmistakable character and unique vibe for which W Hotels are known. From the thoughtfully refined and locally inspired design, with a strong focus on art to, diverse and energetic programming, W Costa Navarino is ready to make a mark in the Mediterranean hospitality scene,” said Nassos Papazoglou, General Manager of W Costa Navarino.

To book now and for more information, please visit the hotel website.

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About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold, 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels has redefined hospitality for over two decades, breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With nearly 60 hotels around the globe, the detail-driven design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing, signature Living Rooms create an experience that is often imitated but never matched. Dynamic and invigorating, the brand celebrates each travelers’ desire to uncover the destination through a lens that is distinctly W. For more information on W Hotels, visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide 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 complimentary nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, gives members access to transformative, eye-opening experiences around the corner and across the globe. Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,100 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 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. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About Costa Navarino
Costa Navarino, is a sustainably driven destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breath-taking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring five-star deluxe hotels, luxury private residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centers, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique, year-round activities for adults and children. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury five-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino; Navarino Residences, a collection of luxury villas for private ownership; and The Residences at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino – fully furnished resort apartments for sale; the signature golf course The Dunes Course; Anazoe Spa, a 4,000m2 spa and thalassotherapy center; the state-of-the-art conference center House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; and a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area, is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course and the earth-sheltered Bay Clubhouse, and is set to welcome the Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino in 2023.

At the nearby site Navarino Waterfront, the upscale, vibrant W Costa Navarino will open in August 2022.

At Navarino Hills, two new 18-hole signature golf courses are open as of February 2022.

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Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Sky-High Mai Restaurant

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Chiang Mai’s newest five-star hotel has unveiled an intimate fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences accompanied by spectacular vistas and a compelling design that references the city’s rich culture.

Meliá Chiang Mai, on Charoen Prathet Road in the heart of Chiang Mai, has opened its signature restaurant Mai Restaurant & Bar on the hotel’s 21st floor with panoramic views of the city and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.

Adjacent to the hotel’s executive lounge and tucked under the highest rooftop bar in the city, the 38-seat restaurant is a visual marvel. Diners enter the venue under an arch that pays homage to a nearby temple. In a salute to Chiang Mai’s Bo Sang Umbrella Village, large lit installations of umbrella ribs cling to the ceiling. Various artworks of umbrella canopies hang on the walls, such as those made from antique Chiang Mai textiles. The carpet’s concentric patterns, in the likes of gun-metal gray, periwinkle and soft amber hues, reference umbrella tops in a striking yet subdued way.

“Given there are so many local restaurants in our vicinity that offer a great bowl of food, we knew from the outset that Mai Restaurant & Bar needed to be different with not just an aesthetically pleasing environment and a great view but also with one-of-a-kind dishes,” said the hotel’s general manager Edward E. Snoeks.

“The menu celebrates traditional Lanna cuisine in a contemporary fashion with Mediterranean touches, each dish is so distinctive due to profound combinations of ingredients and textures, and the ‘360° Cuisine’ program promotes healthy and sustainable eating based on ‘farm to plate’ and ‘plate to farm’ processes.”

Under the stewardship of award-winning executive chef Suksant Chutinthratip (Billy) and sous chef Karn Phojun, each dish from the restaurant’s seasonal menu is prepared à la minute from an open kitchen.

The recommended ‘Mai’s Samplers’ (THB 390++/USD 10.80++) comprises tasting size portions of five different delicacies:

  • Crisp fried fluffy catfish and pomelo salad scented with rice field crab jus
  • Vietnamese sausage and edible flowers salad roll with yellow chili puree
  • Grilled green chili relish on crispy salmon skin
  • Northern Thai-style pork sausage with grilled ginger and pickled cucumber
  • Warm spicy tomato relish in golden-fried tortilla

Main dishes ‘Pappardelle Soi Neur’ (THB 350++/USD 9.70++), featuring fresh homemade pappardelle with creamy khao soi curry sauce and slices of seared Australian sirloin, served with homemade pickled vegetables and chili oil, and ‘Pla Salmon Nham Prik Oung’ (THB 550++/USD 15.20++), a baked salmon fillet with northern Thai-style tomato confit, sautéed gurmar leaves and pickled garlic served upon steamed pandan rice, are also recommended dishes.

Of the 28 vegetarian, vegan, meat and seafood menu options, 12 belong to the hotel’s ‘360° Cuisine’ concept, which has been designed to minimise waste and carbon emissions. Under the program, the chefs craft dishes using produce from the hotel’s nearby organic gourmet farm partnership with ORI9IN, and use every part of each ingredient possible before leftovers are returned to the farm as compost.

With 28 years of hospitality experience, Chef Billy was previously the executive chef at some of Bangkok’s top hotels. Chef Billy began his hospitality career in 1994 as a cook helper and climbed the career ladder at various hotels in Thailand as well at Lotus One in Dubai and Raffles Singapore.

After 19 years as a chef, Chef Karn joined Meliá Chiang Mai late last year from work as a sous chef at Bangkok-based Michelin Guide restaurants Baan Suriyasai Royal Thai Restaurant and Saneh Jaan. Starting out in 1993 as chef de partie at Mahanaga Thai Fusion Restaurant, his career has taken him as far as Switzerland where he was the head chef at Michelin Guide restaurant Patara.

Mai Restaurant & Bar is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm – 10pm. Dishes are priced from 190 – 850 THB++ (USD 5.25++ – 23.50++). Call +66 52 090 601

About Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Asset World Corp Public Company Limited is a holding company under TCC Group operating leading integrated lifestyle property development in Thailand. The company has two main businesses consisting of the Hospitality business managed by top hotel executives of world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale and Commercial properties whose projects include 1) Retail and Wholesale including lifestyle travel destinations, community shopping malls, community markets, and wholesale business real estate. Popular real estate projects consist of ASIATIQUE the Riverfront Destination, Gateway at Bangsue, AEC Trade Center – Pantip Wholesale Destination, and Tawanna Bangkapi and 2) Commercial buildings including the famous Empire Tower and Athenee Tower located in Bangkok’s central business district.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá and Sol by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe, according to the last S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 (Silver Class distinction). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market.

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Da Vittorio Launch at Reverie Saigon Redefines Italian Fine Dining

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Da Vittorio, the world-renowned Italian fine dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name globally, is reshaping Vietnam’s high-end culinary landscape with the recent debut of a new two-story restaurant at The Reverie Saigon.

Blending classic Italian gastronomy with sophisticated contemporary design and warm hospitality, Da Vittorio Saigon, which officially launched in June, follows the much-lauded Da Vittorio Shanghai (already awarded two Michelin stars since opening in 2019) in the storied Cerea family’s first restaurant expansion outside of Europe.

Da Vittorio was founded in 1966 by Vittorio Cerea and his wife, Bruna, who together opened a restaurant in Bergamo in northern Italy. Over the following 56 years, Da Vittorio has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest and most authentic Italian culinary experiences. Today, Da Vittorio remains a family-operated enterprise, run by Bruna and her five children.

“To have the pinnacle of Italian fine dining under our roof at The Reverie Saigon means that our guests can be transported from Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan city to the verdant hillsides of Lombardy for a truly unforgettable meal,” said James Young, Vice President of WMC Group, the management company of The Reverie Saigon. “It’s one more way that our hotel stimulates imagination and wonder.”

The menu at Da Vittorio Saigon faithfully adheres to the culinary program at Da Vittorio’s flagship three-Michelin-star restaurant in Brusaporto, Italy. Among the signature dishes is the mouthwatering “Vittorio Style Paccheri Pasta,” featuring a rich, creamy tomato sauce that is warmed tableside in a copper pan while fresh parmesan cheese is added by the spoonful.

Another signature, “Egg à la Egg,” has a reputation for single-handedly earning Da Vittorio its third Michelin star in 2010. Delicate and full of flavor, the dish combines free-range hen and quail eggs, salmon roe, and potato mousse, and is topped with Oscietra caviar. Other dishes on the multi-course tasting menus (or à la carte menu) prominently spotlight fresh seafood.

Da Vittorio Saigon Executive Chef Matteo Fontana has worked closely with the Cerea family in their Brusaporto restaurant, and he plans to regularly update the menu and consistently employ the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, with a focus on seasonality.

Much like The Reverie Saigon itself—which is celebrated for its extraordinary traditional and contemporary Italian design and craftsmanship—Da Vittorio is turning heads with its stylish luxury flair. The 70-seat restaurant, spread over two levels in the prestigious Times Square Building in District 1, feels at once classic and modern, with intricate tile mosaics, elegant wooden furniture and decorative screens, glowing yellow Spanish marble, and high-end imported Italian furnishings, glassware, and dinnerware. The dining room is below ground on the B1 level in a spacious 1,000-square-meter setting that allows for privacy and intimacy.

Da Vittorio Saigon complements The Reverie’s other acclaimed culinary outlets, including The Royal Pavilion (famed for its Chinese dim sum), Café Cardinal (one of Southeast Asia’s most distinctive all-day dining venues), The Long @ Times Square (a casual sidewalk-style trattoria) and The Reverie Boutique (sweets, treats, coffee and more).

The flagship Da Vittorio restaurant in Brusaporto is described by Michelin, the world’s definitive fine dining guide, as “the perfect example of a well-run family restaurant… Elegant without being stuffy and sumptuous without being cold… a truly memorable gastronomic experience.”

Da Vittorio St. Moritz, in the Swiss alpine resort town, has earned two Michelin stars. Another restaurant run by Da Vittorio, Il Carpaccio (in Paris, France), holds one Michelin star.

For more information or to make a booking at Da Vittorio Saigon, please call +84(0) 28 3823 6688

About The Reverie Saigon
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Reverie Saigon offers a truly astonishing hotel experience – showcasing extravagant, unapologetic European opulence in a storied Asian setting. The dazzling hotel features 286 rooms and suites alongside 89 residential-style suites, all of which are among the largest in the city and feature incomparable views of the Saigon River and the city skyline.

Renowned Italian brands furnished the rooms and suites and set the ambiance with exquisite and, in some cases, one-of-a-kind pieces. The property features five distinctive food and beverage outlets, a 1,200-square-metre spa & fitness centre, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a range of versatile function spaces. In addition, guests have a fleet of over a dozen luxury automobiles at their disposal as well as exclusive access to the hotel’s very own yacht.

The Reverie Saigon is located in the 164-metre-tall Times Square Building, a mixed-use development that includes eight storeys of premium office space and the showrooms of some of the same high-end Italian furniture brands whose pieces are featured throughout the hotel.

First published at – Global Travel News

Alma Resort Cam Ranh Unveils New Le Spa Menu

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Cam Ranh, Vietnam, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Alma Resort’s beachfront Le Spa has introduced a new menu with treatments ranging from collagen facials and sun soother wraps to four hands massages and “fancy footwork therapy”.

Crafted by new spa manager Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang, the menu offers packages, massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, hair mask treatments and more based on all-natural products such as essential oils, antioxidant vitamins, fruits, herbs, flowers, and Vietnamese mineral mud.

Le Spa’s packages include the 100-minute “Reset” that begins with an aroma steam bath, followed by an aromatherapy floral footbath, Balinese massage and facial.

The 120-minute “Rejuvenate” also starts out with an aroma steam bath and floral footbath before a traditional coconut, orange or herbal body scrub and Vietnamese mineral mud body wrap, and the choice of either “fancy footwork therapy” or an “energizer retreat” massage. Described as “reflexology without the ouch”, fancy footwork therapy is based on the same therapeutic principles as its ancient ancestor, helping to release toxins and restore the body’s energy flow. The energizer retreat massage is tailored to concentrate on the back, neck and shoulders.

The 135-minute “Recover” package encompasses a floral footbath, body scrub, a choice of either a Balinese massage or “pure nature” facial, as well as a foot massage and scalp massage. Rich in enzymes that peel away dead skin, antioxidant vitamins to treat and protect cells from pollutants, and natural oils for nourishment, the pure nature facial comes in three options for different skin types.

The menu’s host of massages includes Le Spa’s signature treatment “Le Four-Hand Signature”, a sublime blend of five different massage styles – Shiatsu (Japanese), Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese – performed by two therapists in synchronization. Traditional Vietnamese, warm stone therapy, deep tissue, Ancient Thai, and Thai herbal compress are among other massages on offer.

An array of facials includes “collagen radiance” that uses collagen to smooth fine lines and has a plumping effect. The “rejuvenating” facial is underscored by a purifying mask, energizing digit pressure massage and serum concentrate to awaken the skin. The “purity ritual” facial is designed for oily skin, redefining pores and controlling shine, while the “rosa cream ritual” aims to boost dry and delicate skin’s tolerance threshold by reducing redness and smoothing the skin with a nutrient-packed natural clay mask.

Sunburn or no sunburn, the sun soother wrap delivers hydrating, balancing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties to the skin. Beginning with a chilled lavender-infused compress, the treatment includes a hydrating banana leaf wrap with cucumber and lavender essential oil, foot massage, and the application of anti-inflammatory towels compressed with green tea and lavender essential oil followed by aloe vera.

Le Spa’s manager Hang said the new menu “draws on ancient health and beauty traditions and is inspired by rejuvenating treatments stemming from different techniques and cultures throughout the world”

In addition to Le Spa’s 13 beachfront treatment villas, separated by botanic gardens named after a different Vietnamese flower, the spa has ‘his and hers’ saunas and steam rooms, two lounges, and a beauty salon.

To contact Alma or to make a booking, call +84 258 399 1666.

About Alma
Situated on Vietnam’s emerging Cam Ranh peninsula fronting Long Beach, Alma resort commands some 30 hectares of inspiring ground. Emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious integrated resort offers 580 oversized suites and pavilions that all afford sweeping vistas of the ocean, including contemporary three bedroom oceanfront pavilions each totalling 224sqm with a living room, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a sports bar, pool bar and beach bar. Other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water sports centre and even an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket.

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Fairfield by Marriott Celebrates Its Brand Debut in Costa Rica with the Opening of Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela

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Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela

Fairfield by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela, celebrating the brand’s debut in Costa Rica. Located in the Alajuela province and inspired by the beauty of simplicity, the 120-room hotel delivers an inviting and seamless experience, positioned to become the destination of choice for travelers to the greater metropolitan area of Costa Rica.

“We are thrilled to introduce Fairfield by Marriott to Costa Rica with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela,” said Brian King, President of Marriott’s International Caribbean and Latin America region. “The arrival of this new hotel reinforces our commitment and vision for the region and will complement our existing offerings that encompass 11 of Marriott Bonvoy’s global brands now with a total of 16 hotels in Costa Rica, one of the most popular destinations in the region.”

Located within a five-minute drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, shops, restaurants, and the main corporate centers in the northwest of the metropolitan area, Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela is an ideal base for local entrepreneurs and international business travelers. Guests looking to explore the destination can easily access popular tourist hotspots including Poas Volcano National Park, Sarchí, and tour coffee plantations like Britt Coffee Tour, where they can taste and learn about the “golden grain” of the country.

Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela features 120 spacious, modern and well-equipped rooms with separate work and rest areas. The property’s public spaces evoke the warm hospitality signature of the Fairfield by Marriott brand, featuring a modern and calm aesthetic with open layouts, multifunctional spaces and natural light.

The hotel features one signature restaurant, Fairfield Garden, serving international cuisine for breakfast and dinner. Throughout the morning, Fairfield Garden offers a complimentary traditional Costa Rican breakfast and American breakfast with a variety of options such as pancakes, waffles, cereals, oatmeal, and more. For dinner, a fresh take on local Costa Rican delicacies and international classics are offered through an à la carte menu.

The hotel also features three event venues with 1,474 square feet of total function space, suitable for meetings, conferences, and social events. Guests can maintain their daily routines at the 24/7 fitness center and shop for daily essentials at The Corner Market, a 24-hour convenience store located in the hotel.

Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela has opened its doors as a LEED Gold certified hotel, awarded for functioning as a green building that’s ecofriendly and enhances community quality of life by reducing carbon emissions.

“Fairfield by Marriott is a trusted choice for guests seeking a peaceful sleep, nutritious meals with local flavor, and warm service. It is an excellent option for business and leisure travelers who want to explore the authentic culture of Costa Rica—its food, nature and the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle,” said Diana de Rojas, General Manager of Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela.

Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela participates in Marriott Bonvoy – the award-winning travel program from Marriott International – allowing members to earn and redeem points for their stay at the new hotel, and at other hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of brands. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

About Fairfield by Marriott
Fairfield by Marriott was founded on the principles of trusted service and warm, friendly hospitality inspired by its unique heritage as the namesake of the Marriott family retreat, the Fairfield Farm. Its contemporary, uplifting design provides an effortless experience for guests to maintain their routines while on the road. Evoking the feelings of calming simplicity, Fairfield offers thoughtfully designed guestrooms and suites that provide separate quality living, working and sleeping areas. With 1,220 properties in 15 countries and territories, Fairfield 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 For more information or reservations, visit

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 30 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,100 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 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. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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Christine Lin
Global Communications, Fairfield by Marriott

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PATA and UNESCO Launch Online Course to Reduce Plastics in Tourism

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PATA and UNESCO Launch Online Course to Reduce Plastics in Tourism - TRAVELINDEX - SUSTAINABLEFIRST.comBangkok, Thailand, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource for increasing the sustainability of the tourism sector. The course, Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses – with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group, is launched in conjunction with this year’s PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF), held in Songkhla, Thailand, from August 2-4.

In March 2022, PATA started a collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of advising tourism and hospitality businesses on plastic waste reduction. To achieve this, PATA has developed this online course to provide step-wise guidance on minimising the sourcing and consumption of single-use plastics as well as the importance for organisations to sign the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge.

The Pledge, which is a collaboration between UNESCO and Expedia Group, is open and applicable to all tourism businesses, regardless of their size or location. By signing the Pledge, they will be joining a network of leading tourism and hospitality businesses that are helping their destinations in the development of sustainable tourism. “The Sustainable Travel Pledge is particularly timely as we work to build a new kind of tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, by inviting local tourism stakeholders to commit to inclusive and sustainable measures”, said Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture.

“The pandemic caused hardship in tourism destinations worldwide, but also led to severe setbacks in our fight against plastic waste”, said PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera. “Now is the time to take action and strive for a more sustainable tourism and hospitality industry. We’re proud to make this contribution to plastic waste reduction efforts. ”

The amount of plastics we currently produce, consume and dispose of is unsustainable, and tourism activities and hospitality businesses do contribute largely to this issue. In the Mediterranean, for example, marine litter increases up to 40% during tourist peak season (One Planet, 2021), and this poses a threat to tourism destinations themselves.

As put by Ang Choo Pin, Managing Director Asia, Expedia Group, “it is essential for hotels, restaurants, tour operators and all other tourism businesses to reduce the amount of plastics they generate and dispose of the unavoidable plastics responsibly if they wish to protect the very assets they rely on to attract customers”.

Reducing single-use plastics in tourism and hospitality businesses provides not only an opportunity to protect the destination’s ecosystems but also to support the local community and economy, as it is advocated throughout the online course. This is because sourcing local products and using local resources and services in tourism offerings and activities reduces reliance on international supply chains as well as economic leakages. Moreover, local artisanal products are more likely to be made of natural, renewable materials than mass-produced ones.

“The course developed by PATA is an incredible resource for businesses to understand the relationships between communities, culture and environmental protection through plastic waste reduction”, says Dr. Hanh Duong Bich, Program Specialist and Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Office in Bangkok. “It gives great guidance and examples on how businesses can help fight plastic waste and at the same time promote local heritage and strengthen local supply chains.”

The course “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses – with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is open-sourced and available at PATA’s website. Participants can receive a certificate if they achieve the minimum required score in the final quiz. Click here to access the course.

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 official offices or representation in Beijing, India and London.

First published at – Global Travel News