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UNWTO & WHO Build Coalition of Health and Tourism Partners

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UNWTO & WHO Build Coalition of Health and Tourism Partners - HEALTHTRAVELPLANNER.com - TRAVELINDEXGeneva, Switzerland, June 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO will work with the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) to strengthen ties between tourism and public health in Europe’s smallest states.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of building more sustainability and resilience into both economies and public health systems. Recognizing the need to learn from the lessons of the crisis, the two UN agencies will further develop their collaboration and strengthen cooperation. In the eighth high-level meeting of the WHO/Europe Small Countries Initiative (SCI), held in Bečići, Montenegro, UNWTO set out the case for promoting health and sustainable tourism in small countries, including the 11 European countries with fewer than 2 million people.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told the meeting: “COVID-19 showed that any crisis that threatens the health, safety and security of people, communities and the environment is also a risk to tourism itself. I am confident that strong cooperation at all levels will place health high on the tourism agenda. It will make for healthy tourists, healthy communities, a healthy environment, and healthy economies for current and future generations.”

Montenegro Statement on health and tourism

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of building more sustainability and resilience into both economies and public health systems

Organized around the theme “Towards better health and well-being in small countries of the WHO European Region”, the ministerial event focused on two issues currently at the top of the agenda for small countries, namely emergencies (long-term prevention, health system preparedness, response and recovery) and developing healthy and sustainable tourism. On the occasion of the meeting, the “Roadmap towards better health in small countries in the WHO European Region 2022–2025” was presented and the “Montenegro Statement” was unanimously adopted.

The “Montenegro Statement” recognizes that health and tourism are deeply interconnected in the globalized world, and the reopening of travel and tourism is crucial for economic recovery, jobs and livelihoods in small countries. It highlights that cooperation and collaboration are required and welcomes and supports the creation of a coalition of partners on health and tourism, jointly coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the UNWTO to elaborate the evidence for policy measures and facilitate country dialogue.

Long-standing collaboration 

UNWTO and WHO have kept regular coordination since the outbreak of the pandemic and WHO has participated in the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, created in March 2020 to guide the tourism sector and formulate a sector-wide responseto the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and restart tourism with data-driven decisions based on scientific evidence.

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“Camp Moxy” Is in Session! Moxy Hotels Transports Guests Back With New Throwback-themed Cocktails and ‘90s-Inspired Snacks

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Moxy Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, is celebrating the official start of summer by taking guests back to their childhood heyday with the launch of “Camp Moxy,” a throwback-themed experience full of nostalgic sips and snacks inspired by the ‘90s. Moxy is putting its own adult twist on perennial favorites such as the ‘Dirty Shirley,’ recently dubbed the drink of the summer, inviting guests to reminisce on good times, refreshing drinks, and special treats.

From Seattle to New York City, curated retro cocktails will be available at select Moxy hotels across the U.S. from June 21 through September 22. The easy-going feeling of summer break is at the heart of “Camp Moxy”, encouraging guests to take time to play. Complementing the three signature cocktails is a “snacuterie” box, available at select properties, where every menu item shouts school’s out and summer is in session:

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  • The Dirty Shirley: A mature take on the classic childhood favorite adding Wheatly vodka to the traditional mix of lemon-lime soda and grenadine, topped with a cherry garnish.
  • The “Dirtier” Shirley: A spirited cocktail that substitutes Casamigos Blanco tequila for vodka and introduces mint to create a refreshing mix.
  • The Twisted Shirley: The Shirley’s tropical cousin complemented with Appleton Signature Rum and aperol topped with a peach ring for a tantalizing beverage that is sure to quench any thirst.
  • Snacuterie: The quintessential childhood cravings box featuring a surprise mix of sweet and savory favorite snacks from cheese balls and Pringles, to Dunkaroos and Pop Rocks.

“With an unabashed approach to giving guests everything they want and nothing they don’t, our ‘Camp Moxy’ menu appeals to the young at heart who crave a blast from the past that is as tasty as it is fun,” says Brian Jaymont, Global Brand Leader, Moxy Hotels. “Nostalgia has the power to take us back to a time with memories grounded in the senses, and with this new offering, we offer a cheeky nudge to find the joy in life’s simple pleasures.”

Locations featuring the “Camp Moxy” cocktails include Moxy NYC East Village, Moxy NYC Chelsea, and Moxy NYC Times Square. Moxy hotels that will feature both the “Camp Moxy” cocktails and snacuterie include Moxy NYC Downtown, Moxy Chicago Downtown, Moxy Austin – University – which will also offer its own nostalgic programming with its “Pink Screen Summer Movie Series” featuring ‘90s classics – and Moxy Seattle Downtown – which will also feature “Throwback Mixtape Thursdays.”

Moxy is also offering guests the opportunity to win prizes by posting their “Camp Moxy” experience to Instagram or TikTok #SummerAtTheMoxySweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a Moxy “Fall Field Trip,” including a 3-day/2-night trip for two to any Moxy in the continental U.S., with additional winners earning Moxy gift cards. For rules, visit Summer at the Moxy. No purchase necessary. Ages 21+. Contest ends September 6, 2022.

Moxy Hotels participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the award-winning travel program from Marriott International. Marriott Bonvoy members earn points for their stay, and at other hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, 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 a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

About Moxy Hotels®

Moxy offers a playful hotel experience for the young at heart. With 110 properties open across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, Moxy boldly breaks the rules of a conventional hotel stay across the globe. The nontraditional experience starts with check-in at Bar Moxy and comes to life throughout its social public spaces, like the Lounge and Library, and the small but smart bedrooms. Moxy provides stylish, industrial design and sociable service at an attractive price point, so that guests can splurge on the experiences that matter most to them during their travels. Moxy celebrates nonconformity, open-mindedness, and originality above all – forever giving its guests permission to Play On #atthemoxy. For more information, visit www.moxyhotels.com and join the fun #atthemoxy on Instagram. Moxy 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 marriottbonvoy.com.

Media Contacts

Christine Lin
Global Communications, Moxy Hotels
christine.lin@marriott.com

Ballantines PR
PR Agency of Record for Moxy Hotels
marriott@ballantinespr.com

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Marriott Bonvoy Invites Members to Indulge Their Passions Both Past & Present With New “Throwbacks” and “Tailor Made” Experiences

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Marriott Bonvoy – Marriott International’s award-winning travel program – is expanding its beloved Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform to give culture-hungry members even more access to amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Using Marriott Bonvoy points accumulated from travel, everyday activities and purchases on Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards, members now have access to two new categories on the platform:

  • “Throwbacks”: Ever wanted to cruise in the Batmobile or re-live your favorite 00s cult classic movie? With more than half of consumers seeking comfort in familiar, nostalgic content[1], this first new category speaks to this desire for experiences that evoke the memories of simpler times.
  • “Tailor Made”: We all know there’s nothing like a one-of-a-kind piece, and this second new category appeals to today’s discerning travelers who appreciate this craftsmanship and personalization, giving members a special, made-to-order item to serve as a memory of their experience forever.

The launch of the new categories comes as desire for travel and experiences comes roaring back – with recent data showing that tourism spending on experiences is up roughly 34% above 2019 levels and has outpaced spending on “things” since July 2021[2]. These new categories will complement Marriott Bonvoy Moments’ existing offerings across music, culinary experiences, premier sporting events and more, with marketing partners including the NFL, Manchester United and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team. Members may redeem their points for either fixed-price experiences or use them to bid on packages through auctions using the easy-to-navigate platform.

“With leisure travel and the demand for experiences now even exceeding 2019 levels, we want to give our members more ways to get out there and access experiences with family and friends,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Marriott Bonvoy. “These Moments speak to two trends that have become increasingly popular among our members: Firstly, the interest in nostalgic experiences; and secondly, the desire for one-of-a-kind, personalized items. We’re excited to be constantly bringing our members more ways to spend their hard-earned points and more reasons to get excited about being part of Marriott Bonvoy.”

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The packages that will be available at launch are below, with more Moments under these themes dropping throughout 2022:

From 00s Cult Movie Classics to Riding in a Batmobile Replica, Throwback Moments Provide a Dose of Nostalgia

Give Your Pooch The Ultimate Puppy Pampering Day Alongside Actress Jennifer Coolidge:
Travelers who love to spoil their fur babies can join award-winning actress and cult classic film star Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show, White Lotus), at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County, CA, for the ultimate day of puppy pampering. The experience will be complete with a photoshoot directed by Coolidge herself and shot by renowned photographer Shayan Asgharnia. Marriott Bonvoy is also extending the experience to a few lucky pups from rescue dog non-profit Wags and Walks, who will get their glam shots taken alongside Jennifer for their official adoption photos to help them find their forever home. Opens for bidding 75,000 points.

Enjoy a Piece of Nostalgic Music History with a Contemporary Twist, with a Private Performance by Grammy-nominated Musician Yola:
Members can touch down at The Memphian, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Memphis and revel in nostalgic music history with a contemporary twist. Attendees will enjoy a private, stripped-down performance by one of 2022’s buzziest artists, Grammy-nominated musician, singer and songwriter Yola, who also plays “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” in this summer’s “Elvis” biopic. Yola will play her own music, including songs from her critically acclaimed album “Stand For Myself”, and share behind-the-scenes stories from her work, as well as insights into the significance of the “Godmother of Rock and Roll,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Opens for bidding 50,000 points.

Satisfy Your Childhood Sweet Tooth with Milk Bar’s Founder, Christina Tosi:
Members can relive their youth by savoring childhood treats with two-time James Beard award-winning chef, best-selling author, baker and founder of the bakery empire Milk Bar, Christina Tosi, at a Marriott Bonvoy exclusive culinary Moment in New York City. Participants will learn trade secrets as they create cookies, cakes and more — that will not only bring back memories, but also provide nostalgic recipes with a twist that can be shared with future generations. Opens for bidding 50,000 points.

Go For a Ride in Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar or a 1966 Batmobile Replica:
Car enthusiasts can take a trip down memory lane with a ride-along experience in Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS or in a replica of the iconic 1966 Batmobile from the Petersen Automotive Museum’s private collection. Members will get to cruise through Los Angeles and enjoy a lunch with the Petersen Museum Executive Director and Museum Conservator, as well as take a private tour of the Petersen Museum Vault that features over 250 historical and renowned vehicles from around the world. Opens for bidding 30,000 points.

With Tailor Made Moments, Members Get Bespoke Brag-worthy Items

Create a Custom Look with Jonathan Simkhai & Sit Front Row at NYFW:
Fashion lovers can enjoy a private collaboration session with American fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai. Participants will visit his flagship store in West Hollywood, CA in July and co-create a made-to-measure evening wear look. In September, participants can show off their custom ensemble while sitting front row at the designer’s Spring-Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week show. Opens for bidding 50,000 points.

Elevate Your Bond with Bespoke Wedding Bands from The Clear Cut:
Couples tying the knot can make their “I dos” even more memorable with custom wedding bands from The Clear Cut. Participants will get to meet The Clear Cut’s Founder & CEO, Olivia Landau, tour the New York City showroom and collaborate creatively with a jewelry expert to help design made-to-order, bespoke wedding bands. Opens for bidding 30,000 points.

Don a Custom Suit by Celebrity Tailor Richfresh:
Members can design a bespoke suit or luxury athleisure ensemble alongside celebrity tailor and fashion designer to the stars, Richfresh, whose client rolodex includes A-List celebrities from the world of sports, music and movies. Members will creatively collaborate on a one-of-a-kind look with Richfresh at a location in Los Angeles, CA. Opens for bidding 50,000 points.

To explore Marriott Bonvoy Moments, please visit https://moments.marriottbonvoy.com. For more information about Marriott Bonvoy or to enroll as a member for free, visit here. Join the conversation @MarriottBonvoy and #MarriottBonvoyMoments.

[1] Nielsen, COVID-19: Tracking the impact on the entertainment landscape
[2] Mastercard Economics Institute, Travel 2022: Trends & Transitions

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 marriottbonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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New VIP Experiential Travel Club for Elite Global Explorers Launched

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New VIP Experiential Travel Club for Elite Global Explorers Launched - TOP25WORLD.com - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, June 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The exclusive club will enable members to create personalised itineraries with luxury hotels, top dining, yacht charters, and private jets flights across Southeast Asia. AQBooking .com, the new luxury booking service for elite global travellers, launches today in Thailand, bringing a wealth of high-end travel and hospitality services to its community of savvy, experience-seeking clientele.

Owned Aquarius International, AQBooking.com is an exclusive club that enables its members to explore a curated A-list of high-quality tourism brands, from the finest hotels and resorts to world-class dining, yacht charters, premium flights and more. Every aspect of their journey will be supported by bespoke concierge services and club benefits, all available at the touch of a button.

AQBooking .com has created a comprehensive ecosystem of leading travel providers, covering a wide range of sectors. Amadeus and HotelBeds, two of the world’s leading online travel and hotel distributors, will supply their extensive content to AQBooking .com, and GHM and IHG will enable members to book some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, including The Chedi Aquarius Resort Koh Chang, Aquarius International’s new 206-key five-star island resort in Thailand, which is managed by GHM. Private jet and yacht charter specialists such as Isabella Yachts Phuket and MJets will elevate every booking to new levels of luxury, and ground transport services enable seamless end-to-end itineraries.

Having crafted their tailored itinerary from AQBooking .com’s comprehensive collection of tourism products, reservations will be processed securely with major Asian and global providers such as Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay and WeChat Pay, and customers will be able to earn reward points on all their purchases.

Targeting a select customer base of high-net-worth individuals who value personal service and bespoke experiences above all else, AQBooking .com will not aim to compete with traditional online travel agencies. Instead, it will focus on quality over quantity by creating an exclusive community of like-minded globetrotters.

This launch of AQBooking .com in Thailand has been timed to coincide with the rebound of the country’s travel and tourism industry. According to the latest visitor forecast by PATA, the kingdom could receive as many as 12.4 million international visitors in 2022 – a vast improvement on the last two years – and almost 47 million in 2024. This rapid recovery is in line with the projected upward trend for Southeast Asia; PATA predicts that the region could welcome 49.6 million visitors in 2022, rising to 169.1 million by 2024.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of AQBooking .com in Thailand and support the growth of luxury travel services and quality tourism in the country,” said Edward Chi, Founder of Aquarius International.

“Today’s luxury travellers require more than just premium products; they desire personalised experiences. As the world starts to travel again, we foresee strong pent-up demand from high-end guests who have been unable to explore the world over the last two years. AQBooking .com will enable its members to create unique itineraries, including luxury hotels, private jets, yacht charters, limousine transfers and fine-dining. Our aim is to create the ultimate VIP travel club for today’s first-class adventurers,” he added.

Hospitality partner GHM’s CEO, Tommy Lai said: “We are very happy to deepen our relationship with Aquarius International by joining AQBooking .com. Since we partnered with the company on The Chedi Aquarius Resort Koh Chang project, we have been impressed by their vision and ambition. We have always strived to craft unique experiences for our guests and becoming part of this elite community will allow us seamlessly integrate stays at our world-class resorts with a full range of services.”

Aquarius International is owned by Norcal Thailand, a division of Hong Kong-based Norcal Venture Capital Group Limited (NVC), which has global assets worth in excess of US$1 billion. Aquarius International has a 360-degree portfolio that encompasses five-star resorts, residences, yacht charters, fine dining and membership services.

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UNWTO and Allianz Partners Advance for Safer and more Responsible Tourism

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UNWTO and Allianz Partners Advance for Safer and more Responsible Tourism - TRAVELINDEXMadrid, Spain, June 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO and its Affiliate Member Allianz Partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, consolidating their joint commitment to promoting safe, responsible, and accessible tourism.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

The agreement confirms and renews the desire from both parties to continue collaborating in key areas, namely promoting the values of sustainable, inclusive, and accessible tourism; advancing the digital transformation of tourism; promoting tourism education and training; and facilitating knowledge exchange between stakeholders from across the tourism sector.

Ion Vilcu, Director of the UNWTO Affiliate Members, confirmed: “The cooperation with Affiliate Members such as Allianz Partners is one of the objectives of the Organization, and issues such as sustainable tourism development, accessibility, training and capacity building in tourism are among the priorities of the UNWTO. We thank Allianz Partners for its contribution as a member of the Working Group for the elaboration of the International Code for the Protection of Tourists.”

Our mission in the tourism sector is to offer security and protection to travellers

Borja Diaz, CEO of Allianz Partners Spain, said: “Our mission in the tourism sectoris to offer security and protection to travellers, who only have to worry about enjoying themselves. Affiliate Membership of UNWTO allows us to work along these lines and strengthen our commitment to sustainable travel with a leading organisation in the sector. We are looking for solutions that offer confidence to travellers, who now return to travel being more aware of their impact on the environment”.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

About Allianz Partners

Allianz Partners is a leading Assistance and Travel Insurance company, specializing in the areas of personal mobility, home, wellness, and travel. Its solutions combine the latest technology with excellence in customer service and are available to both partners (B2B) and end customers (B2C) through its direct and digital channels, under the Allianz Assistance brand.
Its international presence, with more than 19,800 employees in 75 countries, together with its extensive network of professionals, ‘makes life easier’ for millions of customers every year, all over the world.

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WTTC Calls for Greater Coordination Between Caribbean Governments

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WTTC Calls for Greater Coordination Between Caribbean Governments - TRAVELINDEXSan Juan, Puerto Rico, June 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed the Caribbean’s Travel & Tourism sector could create 1.34 million jobs over the next 10 years, if governments and the private sector enhance intra-regional cooperation and become a single voice.

At its Sustainable and Investment Summit in Puerto Rico, WTTC is launching a new publication looking at the future growth of the region. The report addresses a number of key challenges that the islands face and sets clear recommendations to maximise the growth potential of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean is hugely reliant on Travel & Tourism and international visitors. In 2019, Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to the region’s GDP was 13.9 % (US$ 61.5 billion), falling to just 7.1% (US$28.8 billion) in 2020, which represented a staggering 53.2% loss.

The sector also supported more than 2.7 million jobs across the region, before experiencing a staggering 25.8%, falling to 2.1 million in 2020, suffering a higher drop than the global average.

According to the latest report, published today in Puerto Rico, the sector’s contribution to GDP could grow at an average rate of 6.7% annually over the next decade, outstripping the region’s overall economy growth.

The Caribbean Travel & Tourism’s contribution to the region’s GDP could reach more than US$100 billion by 2032.

In order to achieve this, the global tourism body says stronger collaboration across the Caribbean region, investment in infrastructure, better air connectivity and investing in the workforce, will be critical as the Caribbean competes with other parts of the world.

Collaboration with the private sector along with tourism industry organisations such as the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and other local associations, will also be key to achieving this long-term growth.

The report also indicates how sustainability and protecting nature are also key elements which will enhance resilience for the future and will accelerate its recovery.

WTTC’s ‘Travel & Tourism in the Caribbean: Prospects for Growth’ analyses the Travel & Tourism sector’s impact on the region, as well as post-pandemic recovery and key challenges and recommendations to ensure a sustainable future for the region.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The Caribbean region is the bedrock of international travel. Its economies and future rely heavily on Travel & Tourism”

“Over the next decade T&T in the Caribbean could grow 6.7% annually and be worth 100 billion dollars by 2032. This would create 1.3 million new jobs totalling 3.8 million people employed by our sector.

“But to achieve a long-term, sustained recovery, governments must work together to focus on connectivity, sustainable infrastructure and attracting investment by cutting red tape and taxes.”

WTTC’s latest EIR report also reveals that 2021 saw the beginning of the recovery for the Caribbean Travel & Tourism sector, which recorded the second-fastest recovery of all regions, that saw its contribution to GDP grow by 36.6%, to reach more than US$39 billion (9.1% of the total economy).

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Louis Vuitton Opens Restaurant in Saint-Tropez

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Louis Vuitton Opens Restaurant Saint-Tropez - TOP25RESTAURNTS.com - TRAVELINDEXSaint-Tropez, France, June 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Louis Vuitton has opened a restaurant in the glamorous Saint-Tropez known for its jet-set clientele, high-end beach clubs, and exciting nightlife.

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The dining spot, to be called Mory Sacko at Louis Vuitton is a 40-seat restaurant with outdoor dining located at the White 1921 hotel and headed by Mory Sacko, the French-West African chef behind the Michelin-starred MoSuke restaurant in Paris. His menu will showcase a blend of African, Japanese, and French contemporary culinary influences—reflecting Saint Tropez’s role as a destination for well-heeled travelers from around the world.

The Mory Sacko restaurant at Louis Vuitton, where the taste of design fuses with a contemporary, gourmet spirit. Sacko’s cuisine is inspired by African and Japanese flavors, reinventing dishes such as the Japanese bento box-style meal kits called ekiben. Dinner service offers everything from eggplant tacos to prime rib to a lighter tapas menu.

Sacko also contributed to the decor, which boasts ship-deck wooden flooring, rattan chairs and hanging lamps, plus a verdant wall studded with sculpted monogram emblems.

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Unbound Ohri: What We Can Learn from Deepak Ohri

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Unbound Ohri What We Can Learn from Deepak Ohri - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, June 20, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Travel has not been easy in the last two years; many opted to stay home and wait and see what would happen. This is not the case for a visionary like Deepak Ohri, who sees a significant opportunity to do even better and more creatively in every challenge. In the last year, when travel was very restricted, he visited the United States three times, spending significant time between New York, southern California, and Miami. He decided to put his brain into new challenges in his life by introducing a new form of experiential learning to the MBA students. In one year, he was able to co-design and co-create a revolutionary course offered by the MBA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Deepak Ohri teamed with the marketing faculty from the College of Business and introduced a breakthrough concept of Luxury Incubator. This unique course was offered for the first time at the university. The Dean of the College of Business officially congratulated Deepak for pioneering such an initiative and being the first in the school’s history to offer such an experience that had a remarkable impact on the learning journey of the MBA students. The group of 18 MBA students was selected. The group traveled with Deepak Ohri and collaborating marketing faculty, from Miami to New York and Los Angeles.

The idea of the Luxury Incubator was simple, introducing students to the concept of luxury through experiential learning. MBA students were able to observe the entire process of a luxury brand creation, starting from design, walking through the legal aspect of setting up a company, visiting luxury showrooms, and learning about what it takes to end up on the magazine cover. The trip’s culmination was a visit to the most iconic hotels in Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills and a coffee in a small café next to the Pacific Ocean.

In luxury what matters is the experience, this was a clear message to the students. Deepak Ohri also introduced MBA students to the concept of the Ohri Luxury Index, something he has been working on for some time. He wanted the students to learn how to assess a luxury brand and its strategy. His main goal was to show students how to understand the principles and practices that contribute to the global success of luxury brands by understanding the value of finding exclusivity and distinguishing the brand’s quality and creativity.

The Luxury Incubator provided the MBA students a comprehensive approach to understanding what it takes to run a successful luxury brand that shapes the industry trends. Deepak Ohri is ready to travel again. This time he will be presenting in Miami at the most prestigious academic conference: AIB – Academy of International Business, a concept of experiential learning. His audience is not a group of MBA students but around 600 management professors from all over the world.

What is next for Deepak Ohri besides his CEO position and overseeing day-to-day operation of securing lebua as a top international brand? The next step for Deepak Ohri is his growing passion for teaching entrepreneurship; he is an Executive in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chairman of the Executive Board for The Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.

His book, “A Bridge Not Too Far, Where Creativity Meets Innovation” serves as a base for the executive courses the center will offer. His executive master classes are based on entrepreneurial management, marketing, and leadership principles. Soon, Deepak Ohri will bring even more breakthrough concepts to business education.

Deepak Ohri focuses his success on creating a lasting impact. He was the first to introduce a rooftop dining experience concept that became a worldwide sensation. He is the first to create a Luxury Incubator MBA course that combines industry, academic, and study field practice creating a brand-new concept of experiential learning. The Ohri Luxury Index is the first to comprehensively analyze how luxury brands can implement the emotional experience to elevate their value. Deepak Ohri never looks back; he is an unconventional and unstoppable visionary who shapes the future.

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Alma Lauded Among World’s Top Family Resorts

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Alma Lauded Among World’s Top Family Resorts - TRAVELINDEXCam Ranh, Vietnam, June 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Alma, a 30-hectare beachfront resort with a water park, science museum and 14 dining outlets, has clinched a coveted spot in a well-respected Australian magazine’s “Best Family Resorts Worldwide” list.

Holidays with Kids, part of the prestigious Signature Media Group, recently announced the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which calls on its hundreds of thousands of readers to vote for their favourite resorts and hotels, holiday parks, and attractions.

Alma made the cut for the Holidays with Kids 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Best Family Resorts Worldwide category, coming in at third place.

Atlantis Dubai and Disney Hotel Paris took out the first and second placements respectively.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said his team was thrilled that the independently owned and operated resort has been recognised on the world stage for its awe-inspiring array of family-orientated attractions and services.

“There isn’t a better place for families to holiday in Vietnam than Alma, and this award is testament to that,” said Laubichler-Pichler. “We experience strong demand for multi-generational travel, welcoming families of up to four generations.”

He said the property had fast-gained a reputation as a premier family resort due to its host of facilities including Splash Water Park, a 6000sqm water park with a lazy river, water slides, wave pool and kid’s pool, as well as a science museum, cinema, youth club, kids club, 18-hole putting green and more.

“Our search for the very best (resorts for families around the world) … has taken us to theme parks in the UK, Paris and Hong Kong, beachside locations in Vietnam and the Maldives, luxury accommodation in New Zealand, game reserves in South Africa, and an underwater aquarium in Dubai,” Holidays with Kids said of the winners of the Best Family Resorts Worldwide list.

Alma was also deemed the winner of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ ‘Best Luxury Family Resort in Vietnam’ category in 2021, and was voted the winner of the Asia and Indian Ocean bracket of last year’s Luxury Travel Advisor’s ‘Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World’ competition, placing it in the poll’s top four resorts worldwide.

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

About AlmaSituated 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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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Introduces Host of Wellness Experiences

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Introduces Host of Wellness Experiences - TRAVELINDEX - VISITPHUKET.orgPhuket, Thailand, June 18, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX /  Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a wellness-inspired resort that fronts Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, has launched an eclectic series of classes and workshops ranging from singing bowl therapy and raw food demonstrations to Thai boxing and making a fresh Thai Jasmine rice scrub.

The resort, which debuted December 1 on secluded Mai Khao beach, has unveiled a “Energy for Life Activities” program offering a total of 18 different experiences.

The selection of activities “affords guests ample opportunity to explore as many varied facets of their wellbeing as they wish, by mixing and matching what appeals to them,” said Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s general manager Magdalena Martorell.

Hour-long morning activities include sunrise tai chi and gentle yoga for beginners on the resort’s vast lawn overlooking Mai Khao beach, and an energizing walk on its buttermilk sands. High intensity interval training, aqua exercise, Vinyasa flow yoga, Pilates, beach volleyball, Thai boxing and sunset yoga are among the program’s other pursuits.

Guests are encouraged to tap into their spiritual side with singing bowl therapy and observing a traditional Thai spirit house blessing. ‘Lifestyle slow press juices’ and ‘raw food’ demonstrations at all-day dining restaurant SASA are designed to equip guests with the know-how to concoct healthy juices and raw food dishes at home.

YHI Spa hosts a workshop teaching guests how to make a fresh Thai Jasmine Rice scrub to exfoliate the skin. Private 75-minute yoga classes and cycling for up to three hours, amid the resort’s stunning natural surrounds, round out the Energy for Life Activities.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s YHI Spa is 300sqm and home to five treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments. The resort’s fitness center is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and weight machines.

In addition to an outdoor bathtub and private plunge pool, the resort’s 15 wellness villas each feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, aromatic salts for the outdoor bathtub, a fit ball, yoga mat and Harman Kardon speaker. A highlight of staying at a wellness villa is a daily 60-minute massage.

Under the Energy for Life Activities program, sunrise tai chi, the energizing beach walk, gentle yoga for beginners, high intensity interval training, aqua exercise, Pilates, beach volleyball, how to make a fresh Thai Jasmine rice scrub, lifestyle slow press juices demonstration, raw food demonstration, and observing a traditional Thai spirit house blessing are complimentary. Vinyasa flow yoga, Thai boxing, sunset yoga and singing bowl therapy are chargeable. The resort offers bicycles to guests for up to three hours on a complimentary basis.

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, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. 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 in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). 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 index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About Phuket Villa Group

Founded in 1989 in Phuket (Thailand), Phuket Villa Corporation, together with its affiliates, has constructed over 7,000 houses and condominium units all over Phuket and Bangkok. As one of the first developers in Phuket to include a wide range of lifestyle facilities within its developments, such as tennis courts and swimming pools, the Group offers detached homes, townhouses and commercial buildings, catering to the growing local real estate market. In addition, the Group also has two hotels under its banner, offering more than 300 rooms to tourists and business travellers, mirroring Phuket’s steady growth as a premier tourist destination of Thailand. Over the years, Phuket Villa Corporation continues to re-invent itself to cater to an increasingly diverse customer base in a more competitive landscape.

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