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LISTENING IN: Having fun with The Monks

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If you remember The Monks you’re probably Canadian, which is notable because the short-lived UK pop punk band (not to be confused with an early ‘60s German-based band of the same name) were only a hit in this country.

Comprised of three former members of Strawbs, The Monks were never accepted as a punk band in the UK and publicly derided by Johnny Rotten himself, perhaps because the Sex Pistols frontman was cheekily name-checked in their song “Johnny B. Rotten”:

“I’m something else in the clothes I wear, The papers quote me when I swear, It’s all a lie, but I don’t care… ¬Johnny B. Rotten tonight, You’d better hold that lid on tight…”

But for The Monks it was all in good fun and Canadians seemed to be in on the joke, unlike the audience in Britain, which deemed the band “inauthentic,” or Americans, who didn’t get the cockney lingo.

In 1979, their debut album “Bad Habits” hit it big in Canada, with the song “Drugs in My Pocket” peaking at No. 4 on the CHUM chart (“I’ve got drugs in my pocket and I don’t know what to do with them… I say its really crazy, they say it makes us sick, To me its all the same, cuz I’m just plain and thick.”

Another hit was the infectious, “hilarious” blind-date-gone-wrong ditty “Nice Legs Shame About Her Face,” which has raised the eyebrows of a few modern observers (but listen to the whole song for the redeeming fun twist at the end).

Such was the success of Bad Habits (double platinum in Canada) that The Monks released a follow-up, “Suspended Animation,” which was uniquely released only here in 1981, ultimately going gold. And in 2012, a version of the band even returned for a tribute concert at The Horseshoe club in Toronto.

Lead singer John Ford re-released “Nice Legs” as a solo effort in 2004, but we offer this energetic Top of the Pops performance of the band at its peak in 1979. Shame about their faces.


Met her on a blind date
Helping out an old mate
Waiting at the corner
She’d be dressed in black
There was I expecting a really tasty bird
He said she was good looking
I should I doubt his word
When I saw her there
She was a real disgrace
I thought nice legs shame about the face

I had to take her dancing
I couldn’t let her down
So we caught the bus
To the other side of town
Out upon the dance floor
I wasn’t getting far
So I had a drink with my friends
Up at the bar
I asked them what they thought of her
They fell about the place
And they said nice legs
Shame about her face

She said could we go bowling,
I said that would be fine
But when I bought the tickets
She’d already changed her mind
She was turning out
To be a real hard case
Nice legs shame about the boat race

Downed a gin and soda
Tapped me on the shoulder
Whispered in my ear
It’s getting kind of late
When I took her home
We hardly said a thing
I walked her to the door
Expected to go in
She looked me up and down
And really put me in my place
She said nice legs, shame about your face
Nice legs, shame about your face

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Marriott International Luxury Brands Sweeps the 2022 MUSE Creative Awards With 12 Platinum Honors

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2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, The Ritz-Carlton Artist Partner Louis-Nicolas Darbon and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team driver Lewis Hamilton in front of a bespoke mural at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest.

Marriott International’s unmatched portfolio of luxury brands earned 12 Platinum Awards representing 5 dynamic brands, across 10 categories in the 2022 MUSE Creative Awards – an international competition for creative professionals.

The industry leader within the luxury hospitality space, The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, and St. Regis, part of Marriott International’s luxury brand portfolio, were recognized for their work across a plane of creative disciplines and alongside peers in the luxury fashion and automotive sectors.

“It is an incredible honor to have The Ritz-Carlton, W, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, and St. Regis recognized by the 2022 MUSE Creative Awards,” said Chris Gabaldon, Senior Vice President, Luxury Brands, Marriott International. “Our luxury brands are committed to pursuing excellence, embracing change and sparking conversation and this recognition is a testament to our brands’ creative strength and passion for innovation.”

In a competition with over 6,000 entries representing countries all over the world, the international MUSE Creative Awards are moderated by a variety of experts, and include creative and art directors from international agencies, architects, fashion designers, interior designers, product designers, educators and business.

The Ritz-Carlton Platinum Awards

  • The Ritz-Carlton: Lewis Hamilton in Budapest in Social Media (Influencer & Celebrity)
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Artist Partner Louis-Nicolas Darbon in Social Media (Arts & Culture)
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Artisans’ Tales with Hearst in Integrated Marketing Campaign
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Artisans’ Tales with Hearst Integrated Marketing (Social Media)
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Redesigning The Journey in Website (Travel)

W Hotels Platinum Awards

  • W Hotels Instagram Video Series // Trip Swap (Social Media Travel Tourism)
  • W Maldives x Cercle: Live-Streamed Private Island Performance (Social Media Travel Tourism)
  • W Maldives x Cercle: Live-Streamed Private Island Performance (Social Media COVID-19 related)

The Luxury Collection Platinum Awards

  • A Letter From Calvin Royal III (Social Media – Storytelling)
  • “A Journey Through” Itineraries Campaign (Media – Travel & Tourism)

JW Marriott Platinum Awards

  • JW Marriott – the JW Garden with Lily Kwong (Social Media – Food & Beverage)

St. Regis Platinum Awards

  • St. Regis – The Best Address (Social Media – Travel & Tourism)

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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Director, Global Communications & Public Affairs, Luxury Brands
Marriott International

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Marriott Bonvoy® Introduces New Cobrand Credit Cards From American Express® And Chase Designed For People Who Live to Travel And Want To Earn Points Faster

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Marriott Bonvoy Amex Consumer Cards

Marriott Bonvoy®, the award-winning travel program from Marriott International, announces the expansion of its U.S. cobrand credit card portfolio with the introduction of the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase. These new cards are designed for consumers seeking to quickly accumulate points toward free stays at more than 8,100 hotels and resorts participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program and includes an extraordinary portfolio of luxury and lifestyle properties, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy™, and more than 70,000 premium rentals on Homes & Villas by Marriott International® around the globe.

In addition, Marriott Bonvoy is announcing enhancements to its premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, including Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status (which offers late checkout, a welcome gift of choice upon arrival, and more), a $300 annual credit at restaurants worldwide (up to $25/month back) and an annual Free Night Award.

These enhancements follow upgraded benefits introduced earlier this year for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card from Chase and the Marriott Bonvoy Business® Card from American Express.

“We are experiencing a travel renaissance among our Marriott Bonvoy members. The new cards from American Express and Chase will meet the growing desire to earn points as fast as possible – whether members are staying at one of our properties, or making everyday purchases – and redeem their points toward free stays,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty, Marriott International. “Today’s announcement tops off a year of enhancing our cobrand card portfolio to provide members a wider assortment of rich credit card options to meet their needs.”

“From weekend getaways to trips across the world, customers have told us they want to get to that next trip faster – while enhancing their travel experience along the way,” said Jon Gantman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cobrand Product Management at American Express. “With new ways to earn points on everyday purchases, elevated Marriott Bonvoy Elite status and new ways to get to free nights faster, our Marriott Bonvoy American Express Cards can help people get the most out of the Marriott Bonvoy program.”

“No matter where or why we travel, experiencing more of the world provides fresh perspectives and has the power to be transformative,” said Khary Barnes, Managing Director and General Manager of Marriott Co-Brand Cards at Chase. “Building on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card enhanced benefits announced earlier this year, the addition of the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card to the Chase Card portfolio provides our card members with additional opportunities to unlock meaningful value and elevate their travel experiences with Marriott Bonvoy.”

Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card

New Cards for Maximizing Marriott Bonvoy Points
Benefits for the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase include:

  • 6X Marriott Bonvoy Points on purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy
  • 4X Marriott Bonvoy Points on up to $15,000 in combined purchases per year at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets
  • 2X Marriott Bonvoy Points on all other eligible purchases
  • 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points with each qualifying stay
  • Complimentary Gold Elite status
  • A Free Night Award (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points) after making $15,000 in purchases per year. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year toward higher Elite status

Terms and conditions apply. The annual fee for the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express Card and Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase is $250. See rates and fees for the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express Card. See rates and fees for the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase.

In addition to earning points towards free stays, members may also redeem points for exclusive, unrivaled experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments™ to pursue their passions ranging from culinary, to arts and lifestyle and, sports and entertainment.
New eligible Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express Card Members and Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase members can earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after they spend $4,000 in eligible purchases on their Card in the first three months. The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express Card offer is available through January 11, 2023. The Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase offer is available into January 2023. Terms and conditions apply.

Learn more about or apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ Card from American Express. Learn more about or apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase.

Enhancements to Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card
Setting a new standard for luxury travel cobrand credit cards, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card has been refreshed to offer even more benefits. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® now gives Card Members complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status, which provides access to hotel lounges, room upgrades and late checkout when available. Existing Card benefits, such as a credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee and a Priority Pass Select membership (enrollment required), continue to give Card Members a premium travel experience.


  • 6X Marriott Bonvoy points on purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy, 3X points at restaurants worldwide and on flights booked directly with airlines, and 2X points on all other eligible purchases
  • Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status (New)
  • One Free Night Award each year after Card renewal month that can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy. Certain hotels have resort fees. (New)
  • Up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 back per month) for dining purchases at restaurants worldwide (New)
  • 25 Elite Night Credits each calendar year (New)
  • Up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve or St. Regis brands when you book direct using a special rate for a 2+ night stay
  • New Annual Earned Choice Award: Each calendar year (starting January 2023), after making $60K in purchases, Card Members can select an Earned Choice Award benefit
  • Priority Pass Select Membership (enrollment required)
  • Application fee credit for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry (which comes with access to TSA PreCheck)

Terms apply. Learn more about the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express Card annual fee will be increasing to $650. For Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® Card Members who opened accounts prior to September 22, 2022, the new annual fee will take effect on those Card Members’ annual renewal dates on or after January 1, 2023. See rates and fees.

To celebrate the enhanced benefits, new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express Card Members can earn 150,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after they spend $5,000 in eligible purchases on the Card in the first three months. The offer is available through January 11, 2023. Terms and conditions apply.

Card members who have The Ritz-Carlton Rewards™ Card from Chase, which is no longer available to new applicants, will receive the new 85K Anniversary Free Night Award. There is no change to The Ritz-Carlton Rewards™ Card annual fee.

Today’s news follows announcements earlier this year about enhanced benefits for other cards in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. In February, Marriott Bonvoy and Chase announced updated benefits to the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® credit card enabling greater earning on everyday spending and new ways to achieve Marriott Bonvoy Elite status. In July, Marriott Bonvoy and American Express announced refreshed travel, business, and global dining rewards for new and existing Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express Card Members. The enhanced benefits are also available for the Marriott Bonvoy® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, which is no longer available to new applicants.

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 Download the Marriott app. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About American Express
American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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About Chase
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading financial services firm based in the United States with assets of $3.8 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves more than 66 million American households and 5 million small businesses with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: More than 4,700 branches in 48 states and the District of Columbia, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to

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Marriott International Signs Agreement with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to Bring EDITION Hotels Brand to Italy’s Lake Como

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The Lake Como EDITION is expected to open in 2025
The Lake Como EDITION is expected to open in 2025

Marriott International, Inc., today announced it has signed an agreement with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to bring its EDITION Hotels brand to Lake Como. Owned and developed by Bain Capital and Omnam Group through a fund managed by Kryalos SGR, The Lake Como EDITION is slated to open in 2025 with 145 luxurious guest rooms, including two penthouse suites, a lively lobby bar, a floating pool, and multiple restaurants and bars overlooking Lake Como with breath-taking views of the Bellagio mountains. The property is a 19th century building located on the western shore of the prestigious Lake Como, a short drive from Central Milan. It will be converted into a luxury lifestyle destination that brings new life to Lake Como while honoring the intimate history of the building and its rich heritage.

“We are excited to work with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to introduce the EDITION Hotels brand to one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations,” said Josh Fluhr, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, EDITION Hotels, Marriott International. “Today’s signing demonstrates guests continued demand for luxury accommodations and experiences.”

“We are delighted to launch The Lake Como EDITION with Omnam and Marriott International,” said Fabio Longo, Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit. “We seek to invest in under-penetrated real estate markets and the EDITION brand fills a gap in core leisure markets for differentiated luxury lifestyle hotels and enhances our real estate portfolio in Europe.”

“We look forward to bringing the Omnam flair to this unique location and celebrating the natural beauty of Lake Como,” said David Zisser, CEO, Omnam. “This is Omnam’s fourth development in Italy and, as always, our team strives to create new experiences while remaining true to the special heritage of our surroundings. Our goal is to create sophisticated luxury that invites everyone to experience and enjoy. Together with Bain Capital Credit, we are excited to team up once again with Marriott International and to bring this vision to life.”

“There is an incredible opportunity for hotel investments in Italy, not only in large tourist destinations like Rome and Milan, but in specific locations that have a strong appeal for guests that look for high quality services and unique experiences,” said Paolo Bottelli, CEO of Kryalos SGR. “At Kryalos, we are proud to support the entrance of this top brand to Lake Como.”

EDITION Hotels committed to uncompromising quality, true originality and impeccable modern service continue to challenge traditional perceptions of luxury, and entrench EDITION’s position as an industry leader. Every EDITION hotel is unique, reflecting the social and cultural milieu of the time and place of its creation. Each new property is individually developed in collaboration with one of the world’s most eminent designers chosen specifically for that location and introduces original food and beverage concepts from internationally renowned chefs. The end result offers the best of dining and entertainment, modern luxury services and amenities “all under one roof. ”EDITION Hotels redefine the concept of luxury by offering an unexpected collection of one-of-a-kind hotels. The Lake Como EDITION is expected to further enhance Marriott International’s footprint across Europe where it currently has a portfolio of over 719 properties with more than 137,500 rooms across 25 brands. EDITION Hotels currently operates 15 properties in locations around the globe including New York, West Hollywood, London, Reykjavik, Madrid, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,000 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. For more information, please visit our website at In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About EDITION Hotels
EDITION Hotels is an unexpected and refreshing collection of individualized, customized, one-of-a-kind hotels which redefines the codes of traditional luxury. Displaying the best of dining, entertainment, services, and amenities “all under one roof,” each EDITION property is completely unique, reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time.

Each hotel, with its individuality, authenticity, originality, and unique ethos, reflects the current spirit and zeitgeist of its location. Although all the hotels look completely different from each other, the brand’s unifying aesthetic is in its approach and attitude to the modern lifestyle rather than its appearance. EDITION is about an attitude and the way it makes you feel rather than the way it looks. Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design, and details serve the experience, not drive it. For an underserved market of affluent, culturally savvy, and service-savvy guests, the EDITION experience and lifestyle explores the unprecedented intersection and the perfect balance between taste-making design and innovation and consistent, excellent service on a global scale.

EDITION currently operates 15 hotels globally: New York and Times Square New York; London; Miami Beach; Tampa, Florida; West Hollywood; Barcelona; Bodrum; Shanghai and Sanya, China; Abu Dhabi, Dubai; Tokyo Toranomon; Reykjavik; and Madrid. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. Visit

About Bain Capital Credit
Bain Capital Credit is a leading global credit specialist with approximately $48 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital invests up and down the capital structure and across the spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans, and equities. Our team of more than 240 professionals creates value through rigorous, independent analysis of thousands of corporate issuers around the world. In addition to credit, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including private equity, public equity and venture capital, and leverages the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus. Visit

About Omnam Group
Omnam ( is a diverse global real estate investor and developer with an incisive vision to source and develop iconic real estate assets. Omnam’s core expertise lies in medium to large-scale hotels, aparthotels, residential and mixed-use developments in Europe; its portfolio includes projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy. Connect with us on Instagram, and visit

About Kryalos SGR
Kryalos SGR, active since 2005, is one of the primary players in the Italian real estate market. With € 11.2 billion of Asset Under Management and a team of 105 professionals with in-depth experience in real estate (offices, logistics, retail, hotel, residential and healthcare), Kryalos SGR offers fund management, transaction management, development, advisory and credit management services and is a partner of Italian and international leaders. Visit

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Julia Tilley
UK – Camarco
Bain Capital Credit
+44 7815-068387

Noa Diamant
+44 7483-136177

Claudio Cosetti
Barabino & Partners
Kryalos SGR
+39 335-7491683

Raffaella Ciafardini
Kryalos SGR
+39 334-9953902

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Asia’s Best Hotel Bars with a Twist

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Hotel bar design has witnessed significant evolution in recent times. Often regarded as an afterthought — a convenient meeting spot or a place to grab one last drink at the end of the night — in-house watering holes are now seen as a key drawcard for any hotel worth its salt.

Cocktails à la Tuk-Tuk
Banyan Tree Samui resort boasts what might be the cutest bar in Thailand — a cocktail caravan remodeled from a classic 1960s tuk-tuk. The MP4 Midget is virtually unseen on the streets of Thailand these days, but once upon a time, the “frogs”, as they were commonly nicknamed, were everywhere. Revived from retirement, and now dubbed the Froggy Sea Breeze Beach Bar, this emerald-green van today serves up cocktails, wines, beers and spirits to Banyan Tree guests and non-guests alike in a quiet beachfront cove in the southeast of the island every day from 11am till 11pm. Highly recommended is the sweet n’ sour Froggy Melon, garnished in mint leaves, or The Botanical, a gin and absinthe-infused cocktail guaranteed to kick-start any engine.

Going Underground in Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh has applied a new facet to the destination’s vibrant bar scene with Metropole Underground: the first subterranean bar in Cambodia’s capital. Inspired by the louche, chic vibe of early 20th Century Paris, Metropole Underground is a unique addition to the famously lively bar scene in Phnom Penh. Discreetly located in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, the city’s newest international branded luxury hotel, the sophisticated space offers premium drinks, light gourmet bites, and nightly live entertainment spanning bands and DJ beats. The bar, which like the rest of the hotel, is designed by award-winning Singapore-based SCDA Architects with interiors by leading Thai firm PIA Interior, is inspired by the glory days of Parisian art-deco. The metro system in the French capital was a major inspiration for the bar, with replicas of cast iron detailing from the original Paris Metro integrated into the space and transformed into sculptural and decorative elements.

‘Karaoke-ing’ Atop a Bar on Cam Ranh Peninsula
It’s no secret liquid courage is often behind a good karaoke session. With that in mind, the 30-hectare Alma Resort in Vietnam has five karaoke rooms perched on its American Bar; a name that references the United States’ past war-time presence in Cam Ranh’s deep-water bay. The karaoke rooms are all sound-proofed, allaying any noise concerns for bar-goers as well as fear of embarrassment among the karaoke singers. Deploying dim lighting to create a mood of privacy and intimacy, the bar serves creative cocktails, fine wines, classic whiskies, ice-cold beers and more paired with light bites. American Bar also offers billiards and large screens that play the latest sports matches.

How Long Is The Long in Saigon?
While long might mean “dragon” in Vietnamese language, in the case of the Long Bar running beneath the Times Square Building in Saigon’s fashionable District 1, the name most certainly applies to the length and narrowness of this charming tavern. The bar’s lithe 40-meter counter provides a panoramic perspective to the barstool-loving patron, and there are no less than five bartenders patrolling its expanse. Overhead, a ceiling of arched glass channels natural light into a setting that’s not quite indoors, not quite outdoors. The Long @ Times Square anchors the ground floor of The Reverie Saigon, the city’s most iconic and extravagant hotel, and is a popular sidewalk spot during the weekend when the street outside transforms into a pedestrianized market, and sports fans gather in the evenings to watch the latest match on the Long Bar’s large flatscreen TVs. For more information, call +84 8 6268 1888

A Legendary Patriarch Remembered in Bali
In 2020, after 15 years in the doldrums, a Balinese building that was once the heart of Hendra Hadiprana’s private estate was reimagined as a new tapas lounge, Panen Padi, at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana. The noted Indonesian architect, who fashioned the Balinese resort as a family retreat in the late 1980s, used the building as his place of residence when visiting the vast estate. Today his presence still looms large. A passionate art lover, Hendra’s own life story has been created into artwork and adorns the ceiling. The massive mural takes visitors on his journey from youth to his golden years, with imagery of Bali, the property, and from his time in the Netherlands. An al fresco terrace has been added to enjoy the sunset while sipping a cocktail or mocktail, named for the location and inspired by it.

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Alma Resort Promotes Talented Homegrown Hospitality Professionals

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CAM RANH, Vietnam, September 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Alma Resort has appointed two directors of food and beverage who bring a total of almost three decades of rich industry experience to the executive team of the 30-hectare beachfront property.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler named Doan Pham Anh Tu as director of F&B (outlets operation) and Nguyen Huy Cuong as director of F&B (MICE and F&B sales) at the resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula. Both Tu and Cuong had been assistant F&B directors at Alma before their promotions.

After graduating from Ho Chi Minh City’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Nha Trang branch) with a bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature, Tu started his 15-year career as a waiter at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in 2007. He became the restaurant manager of Nha Trang’s Green Apple restaurant and Red Apple bar before taking on a role in marketing and logistics at a Vietnamese metal container manufacturer.

Tu then climbed the ranks at Mia Resort Nha Trang, first as a restaurant captain, then a restaurant supervisor, assistant restaurant manager, restaurant manager and assistant F&B manager before joining Alma in 2019 as assistant F&B director.

Describing himself as “responsible, highly resourceful and reliable”, Tu said his strengths include people management, staff development, targets and budgets, menu planning and function management.

Born and bred in nearby Nha Trang, Cuong studied English for business and tourism at Nha Trang Teachers’ Training College before starting his 12-year hospitality career as a waiter at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. He then became a guest relations officer at Six Senses Con Dao before returning to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay as an F&B supervisor.

He then became a restaurant manager at Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, assistant manager at InterContinental Nha Trang Costa Seafood restaurant, assistant outlet manager at Duyen Ha Resort Cam Ranh and outlet manager at The Anam before joining Alma as outlet manager in July 2019. Cuong was then promoted to assistant F&B manager and later assistant F&B director.

Cuong said he was “dedicated, hard-working and open-minded” and looking forward to learning more in his new role overseeing the resort’s MICE and F&B sales.

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

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Banyan Tree Alula Debuts in Saudi Arabia

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Banyan Tree Alula Debuts in Saudi Arabia - - TRAVELINDEXAlula, Saudi Arabia, September 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Opening in October 2022, the resort, which is developed by the Royal Commission for AlUla, brings wellbeing-centred luxury to a heritage site. Banyan Tree launches its first property in historical AlUla in Saudi Arabia, ushering in the Group’s debut in the Kingdom. AlUla is attracting the attention of the world’s affluent travellers with its mesmerising mix of history, culture, and entertainment, all set against a breathtaking desert backdrop dating back millions of years.

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Inspired by the nomadic nature of Nabataean architecture, the all-villa, tented resort epitomises Banyan Tree’s commitment to local influence. The fundamental principles of the resort are designed around three concepts that allow guests to immerse themselves in the resort and the destination:

• ‘In-villa’ provides guests with made-to-measure offerings brought to life by the talented cast of Banyan Tree hosts.
• ‘In-valley’ takes guests into the essence of AlUla through exclusive outdoor treatments, nomadic chef’s tables, active adventures, and private events staged in spectacular settings.
• ‘En-voyage’ brings guests through privileged immersions crafted with local talents, continuously unlocking new facets of AlUla’s rich legacy. Bespoke well-being and adventure excursions show a glimpse of the ancient landscapes of AlUla and the lives of the people who call it home.

“The Banyan Tree AlUla opening marks the completion of the final development phase of Ashar Valley, which also houses the world-famous Maraya Hall.” said Mr John Northen, Executive Director- Head of Hotels and Resorts at the Royal Commission for AlUla. “The selection of Banyan Tree to operate this resort was driven by the brand’s synergy with the vision of the Royal Commission for AlUla for the destination. The ethos of Banyan Tree is to provide a sanctuary for the senses in an awe-inspiring location with a great sense of place, which is a perfect match for us in AlUla.”

The resort will feature two dining venues, including Saffron, Banyan Tree’s signature Thai restaurant, offering contemporary Thai cuisine. The renowned Banyan Tree Spa welcomes guests with carefully curated wellness experiences that combine Asian traditions and local elements.

“We are thrilled to launch Banyan Tree in the beautiful valley of AlUla in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Founded in 6th century BC, AlUla is filled will so much history and we are honoured to be part of its heritage efforts,” said Mr Eddy See, President and Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Tree Group. “Since we started our journey 28 years ago, we have been pioneers of the all-pool villa concept, and now we bring our purposeful, sustainably designed concepts to AlUla with all-tented villas that complement the existing eco-destination.”

Guests looking to be among the first to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Banyan Tree AlUla can enroll in Accor’s loyalty programme: ALL – Accor Live Limitless. As a member of ALL-Accor Live Limitless, guests can earn reward points on every stay, when dining and can use their points to book nights at participating hotels, transfer points to use with partners worldwide or convert them into truly unforgettable moments with Limitless Experiences in entertainment, sports, culture, shopping, travel and more.

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About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. 68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States.

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UNWTO Students League Kicks Off with Competition in Switzerland

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UNWTO Students League Kicks Off with Competition in Switzerland - TOURISMSWITZERLAND - TRAVELINDEXZurich, Switzerland, September 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) have joined forces to launch the first National UNWTO Students’ League of the year.

The Students League is designed to promote local talent development and work with young people to design solutions for some of the most pressing challenges facing tourism. Throughout the competition, students will learn from top tourism experts both in their own countries and internationally. The participants’ efforts will be assessed by an international jury, and, after a first national level round, the League will then conclude with a Grand Global Final.

With the first two editions welcoming the participation of around 1,000 students worldwide, UNWTO and SECO are now partnering to foster young talent development in Switzerland through the first National 2022 UNWTO Students’ League-Switzerland.

As in past years where students from middle school to Master’s degree level created innovative sustainable solutions for global hot topics such as managing mass tourism, reducing single use plastics in accommodation and destinations, fostering rural development through tourism, creating digital communication solutions, inclusiveness, and many more, students from across Switzerland will now have a chance to prove why they need to be listened to by participating in the ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Challenge.

Registration is now open for the teams of undergraduate tourism and hospitality students from Switzerland – up to the age of 25 – and will close 4 October 2022. The winning team will be announced after the live Final4 competition, to be co-organized with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

To find out more and to register, visit Students’ League

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On a night when the stars were shining bright at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was only fitting that the Vienna Tourist Board should come to town to cast a spotlight on the elegant Austrian city.

Resplendent at the Ritz no less, city representatives, and partners such as Air Canada, which serves the city with direct flights, offered a view of Vienna designed to entice Canadians to visit now, and into 2023, a year in which the city will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its World’s Fair in 1873.

(Other partners on hand included Lufthansa/Austrian Airlines, Vienna Airport and host hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Vienna).

“Vienna is a good hub (for Canadians) to discover Austria and Central Europe,” Advantage Austria Canada trade commissioner and consul Gregor Postl said by way of introduction, adding, “It’s a small city and easy to get around with friendly people and over 100 nationalities, similar to Toronto.”

The tourist board’s market manager for Canada, Marie Theres Polt, dug a little deeper into the “special” city, citing ample imperial history, music, art, and outdoor activities to excite visitors on a year-round basis.

Highlights include over 100 museum and bucket list attractions like Belvedere (banner photo) and Schonbrunn palaces, the Vienna State Opera (which features back-stage tours in addition to performances), and Musicverein, home of Vienna Philharmonic’s renowned New Year’s Eve concert.

Most importantly, Polt said visitors to Vienna will discover a “culture of enjoyment,” which plays out from its famous coffee houses, to over a thousand city gardens and recreational areas for swimming and paddling in the Danube.

“There’s no rush; take your time, enjoy life,” she enthused.

Vienna is also the only world capital with a significant wine growing region within its city limits, where visitors can hike or relax for a drink at sunset.

“It doesn’t get any more perfect than that,” she said, adding that such outdoor opportunities show a “different side that you wouldn’t expect from an imperial city like Wien.”

Meanwhile, in winter Vienna transforms into a “Christmas wonderland,” in large part due to the city’s famed Christmas markets.

And in spring, before Ash Wednesday, the city celebrates “ball season” with up to 400 events, some of which may be attended by visitors.

Visitors to Vienna will also find a digital tour guide and Vienna city card to help with their travels.

For the travel trade, Polt noted that the tourist board offers ample help, from collateral material to itinerary suggestions and FAM trip opportunities.

“I’m here to make your life easier,” she said.

Booking contest

One current opportunity for agents is a booking incentive offer by the tourist board and Air Canada. Through the end of the year, travel counsellors are invited to register their AC flight bookings made (and for travel) by Dec. 31 for an opportunity to win two business class tickets to Vienna (restrictions apply). The winner will be announced Jan.9, 2023.

For information on the contest email

Belvedere Castle, Vienna


First published at Travel Industry Today

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Marriott International Set to Expand Its Middle East Footprint

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Rendering of Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Rendering of The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl Qatar
Exterior – Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

From the Future Hospitality Summit in Dubai, Marriott International, Inc., today announced plans to expand its Middle East footprint with the expected addition of over 20 properties and more than 5,000 rooms across the Gulf countries over the next 15 months. The company’s growth in the region is fuelled by ongoing demand for its extraordinary portfolio of hotel brands across Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, and increased appetite from developers for conversions and adaptive reuse properties.

“The tourism industry in the Middle East continues to undergo significant growth in line with the long-term strategies of regional governments to diversify their economies,” said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “The reputation of Marriott International and our world-class brands, along with our long-established presence in the Middle East, continue to put us in a great position to contribute to the ongoing growth and diversification of the region’s tourism sector.”

Luxury Segment Spearheads Growth in Saudi Arabia, While Select Segment Maintains Momentum
With significant demand for luxury offerings in Saudi Arabia, particularly within the country’s ambitious developments such as the Red Sea Project and Diriyah Gate, Marriott International expects to enhance its portfolio with six additional luxury properties in the Kingdom by the end of 2023. The anticipated openings will debut the St. Regis and EDITION hotel brands in the country and introduce the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Middle East with the opening of Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Red Sea Project. Additionally, the company is responding to strong demand in the country for select service accommodation, with a new Four Points by Sheraton in Riyadh, and Courtyard by Marriott in Jubail expected to open in 2023.

Upswing in Tourism Demand Drives Growth in Qatar
Marriott International plans to nearly double its presence in Qatar with 10 anticipated additions over the next 15 months, 6 of which are slated to be unveiled ahead of this year’s global sporting spectacle. The expected additions will further diversify the company’s portfolio in the country with the anticipated debut of four brands – EDITION Hotels, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Element Hotels, and Autograph Collection Hotels. The company also expects to open its second St. Regis hotel in Qatar later this year, The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl.

Continued Expansion in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Oman
Marriott International continues to see opportunities in the UAE to further expand its portfolio of more than 70 properties. This year, the company expects to cross a milestone of 50 properties in Dubai alone, with the anticipated additions of Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; Delta Hotels by Marriott Green Community, Dubai; and Four Points by Sheraton Production City, Dubai. Other notable additions expected by the end of 2023 include the debut of the St. Regis and Marriott Executive Apartments brands in Kuwait, and the entry of the Aloft Hotels brand in Oman.

Ongoing Demand for Conversions and Adaptive Reuse Projects
While much of the company’s growth in the region is through new-build developments, the company continues to see an increase in conversion opportunities, highlighting the demand for its sought-after brands in the region. There is also increased interest in the adaptive reuse space where developers are looking to convert existing buildings into hotel accommodations. Over 30 percent of the company’s anticipated property additions in the region by the end of 2023 are expected to come from conversions and adaptive reuse projects.

Chadi Hauch, Regional Vice President – Development, Middle East, Marriott International, commented, “As a company, we have developed a conversion-friendly platform that enables existing properties to quickly and cost-effectively access our world-class sales, distribution, and loyalty platforms to meet owner and guest demands.”

Marriott International’s current portfolio across the Middle East encompasses over 150 properties with more than 40,000 rooms across 21 brands, in 11 countries and territories.

Note on forward-looking statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of United States federal securities laws, including statements related to expected hotel openings, unit and rooms growth, our growth pipeline, brand debuts in certain markets, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including the risk factors that we identify in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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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Chandan Belani
Director, Communications – Middle East & Africa
Marriott International

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