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Luxury Hotel Cheval Blanc Paris Opens

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Luxury Hotel Cheval Blanc Paris Opens - TOP25HOTELS - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, September 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Overlooking the Seine, in the heart of the capital, Cheval Blanc Paris is opening the doors of its urban haven. Contemporary, it embodies the French art de vivre: epicurean pleasures, hospitality for family and friends.

More than just an address, Cheval Blanc Paris is a destination in itself, dedicated to creating true Epicurean harmony. One that speaks to, and wins over, the senses, suspending time to forge lasting memories. Choice moments that are both tailormade and private, always. With 72 rooms and suites, and the authentic taste of multifaceted gastronomic cuisine. A spacious terrace with panoramic views of Paris on the horizon is a true privilege. In a haven of bliss with a vast swimming pool and a spa that offers a range of exclusive treatments. The Carrousel, designed especially for children, is a safe harbour. Take time out to contemplate, if you like. Or take in the pace of Parisian life, if you’d rather. To find yourself or be together. As a family. Among friends… Magic and enchantment are capital here, in every sense of the word.

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The place for enjoying the good life in every sense of the word. Interior designer Peter Marino has conceived Cheval Blanc Paris as a Paris Residence, a matchless living space. Each of his choices meets a prerequisite for know-how to create a unique identity. Monumental masons and stonemasons, gilders, stonecutters and metalworkers have all contributed to the task, as masters of their trade, and guarantors of French craftsmanship designed to last. They are also the guarantors of incomparable added value that only human hands can provide. Every item of furniture has been custom made, every object chosen specially. Nothing has been left to chance: from the ten or so different types of marble, to the graphic embossing in a palette of subtle mineral hues. Pure light is used in diverse forms create a variety of moods: in the rooms and suites, laid out around wide panoramic views; in the spa for a private apartment feel; in the swimming pool with its wave mosaics; and in the gastronomic restaurant with its contemporary intimate character throughout. Far more than just spaces, they are places bathed in an aura of harmony.

Cheval Blanc Paris comes to life thanks to passionate visionaries, artisans and artists. Bathed in light, from intimate hideaways to big city wonders: 72 accommodations — 26 rooms, 46 suites — and 4 restaurants.

Remodelled by architect Edouard François, the listed building’s décor was reimagined by architect Peter Marino in the style of a Parisian residence, with the help of exceptionally skilled artists and craftsmen.

Along with their brigade, Arnaud Donckele, Chef of the gastronomic restaurant, and Maxime Frédéric, Pastry Chef, invite diners to embark on a journey of flavours. The Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris boasts 6 treatment rooms for bespoke rituals, a gently rippling swimming pool and state-of-the-art exercise facilities. Not forgetting Le Carrousel, an area dedicated to children, celebrating the family spirit that is so dear to the Cheval Blanc Maisons.

Cheval Blanc enjoys striking panoramic views: the Seine, mesmerizing and majestic, is everywhere, its reflection lapping over the terraces and the all-bay-window façade.

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A haven for all occasions, with attention to every detail provided by women and men of character: Cheval Blanc Paris is more than just a new address. It is a destination.

LVMH Hotel Management
Developed by LVMH Hotel Management, Cheval Blanc is a brand of exceptional Maisons. The first one, Cheval Blanc Courchevel, opened in 2006 in Courchevel, followed by Cheval Blanc Randheli, which opened in the Maldives in autumn 2013. The brand has continued its development with the opening of Cheval Blanc St- Barth Isle de France in the French West Indies in October 2014, Cheval Blanc St-Tropez in 2019 as well as future projects, namely within La Samaritaine in Paris. LVMH Hotel Management also runs White 1921, Courchevel and White 1921 Saint- Tropez.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines & Spirits by a protfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Colgin Cellars, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Woodinville, Volcán de Mi Tierra, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia and Ao Yun. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Pink Shirtmaker, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Loro Piana, RIMOWA and Jean Patou. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sectors with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Parfumes Loewe, Benefits Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma, Fresh, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and Maison Francis Kurkdjian. LVMH’s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred and Hublot. LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Groupe Les Echos, Cova, Le Jardin d’Acclimatation, Royal Van Lent, Belmond and Cheval Blanc hotels.

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Air France Prepares for Arrival of New Airbus A220

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Air France Prepares for Arrival of New Airbus A220

Paris, France, August 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Air France is continuing to renew its fleet. At the end of September, the airline will take delivery of the first of the 60 Airbus A220-300s it has ordered to replace its Airbus A318s and A319s on the short and medium-haul network.

  • The company’s first Airbus A220 has left the paint shop sporting the Air France livery,
  • This aircraft embodies the airline’s sustainability commitments with 20% less fuel used compared with the aircraft it is replacing and a 34% reduced noise footprint,
  • All the Air France crews are preparing to welcome this aircraft in September at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The first Airbus A220 designed for Air France recently left the Airbus paint shop in Mirabel, near Montreal. It sports the new Air France colours and notably features the winged seahorse, the airline’s historical symbol embodying its rich history, at the front of the fuselage.

As it is made with lighter composite materials, the Airbus A220 uses 20% less fuel than previous generation aircraft, and has a 34% reduced noise footprint. It will play a decisive role in achieving Air France’s sustainable development objectives, including a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions in absolute terms on the domestic network from Paris-Orly and on inter-regional routes by 2024 (1), and a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030(2).

Tests and crew training – flight safety of key importance in the preparation for the A220’s arrival

Before joining Paris to carry Air France customers, the aircraft will undergo a series of ground and in-flight tests. On its arrival, it will be used for more than a month to train the airline’s flight crews, some of whom began the so-called “type rating” process last summer.

As with every new type of aircraft entering the fleet, the company has set up two core groups, one made up of pilots and the other of flight attendants. These already qualified crew members will then be responsible for training their colleagues within the framework of in-house programmes validated by the authorities.

Last September, eight instructor pilots attended an 8-week theoretical and practical training course at the Airbus training centre in Montreal. They are currently training their colleagues – including another 28 instructors who complete the pilot launch team – notably using a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) mounted on jacks, and assembled at Air France’s flight simulation centre at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Once Air France takes delivery of the first aircraft, this simulator training will be supplemented by approximately 20 flights in real conditions, with a view to obtaining the A220-300 type rating. Close to 700 Air France pilots will eventually be qualified on this aircraft.

The same core group system is being used for cabin crews, with 14 flight attendants trained in Zurich between September and December 2020. They are currently finalizing the training manuals and content that they themselves will be responsible for providing as from September 2021. The core group has selected and trained a group of 37 flight attendants to complete the practical flight training of cabin crews as soon as the A220 enters service. Two A220 door models have been installed at the Air France Crew Academy at Paray Vieille-Poste, near Paris-Orly, to train some 2,500 flight attendants.

In addition to the pilots and flight attendants, the entire company is preparing to welcome the Airbus A220. From maintenance to station staff, all operational sectors are getting ready for the arrival of this latest-generation aircraft.

The Air France Airbus A220 will be able to welcome 148 passengers in a 3-2 cabin configuration. Each seat will be equipped with type A and type C USB ports and all passengers will enjoy Wi-Fi access from their personal devices.

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WTTC Economic Report Reveals COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on Tourism

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WTTC Economic Report Reveals COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on Tourism

London, United Kingdom, July 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Asia Pacific was the region hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic according to the new annual Economic Trends Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The report reveals the full dramatic impact of travel restrictions designed to curb COVID-19 on the global economy, individual regions, and its job losses worldwide.

Read all the latest WTTC News and Updates here.

Asia-Pacific was the worst performing region, with the sector’s contribution to GDP dropping a damaging 53.7%, compared to the global fall of 49.1%.

International visitor spending was particularly hard hit across Asia Pacific, falling by 74.4%, as many countries across the region closed their borders to inbound tourists. Domestic spending witnessed a lower but equally punishing decline of 48.1%.

Travel & Tourism employment in the region fell by 18.4%, equating to a shocking 34.1 million jobs.

However, despite this decline, Asia-Pacific remained the largest region for the sector’s employment in 2020, accounting for 55% (151 million) of all global Travel & Tourism jobs.

Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President WTTC, said: “WTTC data has laid bare the devastating impact the pandemic has had on Travel & Tourism around the world, leaving economies battered, millions without jobs and many more fearing for their future. 

“Our annual Economic Trends Report shows just how much each region has suffered at the hands of the crushing travel restrictions brought in to control the spread of COVID-19.

“WTTC believes governments around the world should take advantage of their vaccine rollouts, which could significantly ease travel restrictions on travel, and help power the wider global economic recovery.”

The report also revealed the European Travel & Tourism sector suffered the second biggest economic collapse last year, dropping 51.4% (€987 BN).

This significant and damaging decline was in part due to continuing mobility restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

The report showed domestic spending in Europe declined by 48.4%, offset by some intra-regional travel, however international spending fell at an even sharper rate, by 63.8%.

Despite this, Europe remained the top global region for international visitor spending.

However, Travel & Tourism employment still suffered across the Continent, falling 9.3%, equating to a dramatic loss of 3.6 million jobs.

Travel & Tourism GDP in Africa dropped 49.2% in 2020, in line with the global average.

Domestic spending declined by 42.8%, while international spending saw a much steeper contraction at 66.8%.

In terms of employment losses, Africa suffered disproportionately more than other regions, falling 29.3%, representing a staggering 7.2 million jobs.

Travel & Tourism’s contribution to GDP in the Middle East decreased significantly in 2020, dropping 51.1%.

While domestic spending declined 42.8%, international spending saw a much steeper fall of 70.3%, in part driven by severe restrictions.

The region, which was highly reliant on international tourism in 2019, saw international spending as a share of total Travel & Tourism spending drop from 62% of the total in 2019 to just 46% in 2020. However, domestic spending grew in share, from 38% of the total in 2019 to 54% in 2020.

Despite a 42.4% decline in Travel & Tourism GDP in 2020, the Americas was the least affected major region globally.

As a result, it remained the largest region in terms of its economic importance, accounting for 35% of global direct Travel & Tourism GDP.

While domestic spending dropped by 38.9%, international spending saw a significantly sharper decline of 72.1% due to severe travel restrictions on inbound visitors.

The Caribbean, which is as a region highly reliant upon international visitors, was the worst affected ‘sub-region’ globally. Its Travel & Tourism GDP fell 58% last year, from 14.1% of its total economy in 2019, to just 6.4% in 2020.

The WTTC Economic Trends Report shows how the Travel & Tourism sector enables socio-economic development, job creation, and significant positive social impact, including providing unique opportunities to women, minorities, and youth.

It suggests that the sector will pivot and adapt to ultimately return stronger post COVID-19, identifying trends already gaining traction and exploring the shifts that may be required to sustain Travel & Tourism in the future.

From a demand perspective, COVID-19 is transforming traveller inclinations and behaviours toward the familiar, predictable, trusted and towards perceived ‘low risk’ destinations. According to the report, more regional holidays, with extensive research and planning, and the great outdoors, will reign in the short-term.

COVID-19 is also proving to be a catalyst in the Travel & Tourism sector’s quest for innovation and the integration of new technologies such as biometrics, which would enable a more seamless traveller experience.

Read all the latest WTTC News and Updates here.

As global Travel & Tourism starts seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and work to accelerate the resumption of safe international travel takes place, it is essential the sector rebuilds trust to travel. While the pent-up demand is significant, ever-changing travel restrictions have affected consumer confidence to book.

WTTC, which has continually been at the forefront in leading the private sector in the efforts to rebuild global consumer confidence, advocates the need for an internationally coordinated, consistent, and transparent approach to enable safe travel.

Having clear and coordinated health & hygiene protocols would support the sector in rebuilding traveller confidence and allow for international travel to resume and recover swiftly.

First published at – Global Travel News

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Vietjet President and CEO Receives French Legion of Honour

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Paris, France, April 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Vietjet President and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has been awarded the Legion of Honour from the French Government at the France Embassy in Vietnam. The award ceremony was attended by diplomats, high-ranking dignities from Vietnamese Government and business leaders in Hanoi on April 14, 2021. The Legion of Honour, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte…


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Allianz Partners Joins UNWTO Affiliate Members Network

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Paris, France, March 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization has welcomed Allianz Partners into its global network of Affiliate Members. With a presence in 75 countries, the company will help advance UNWTO’s mission to promote safe, responsible and accessible tourism, with a special focus on travel and mobility protection solutions. The UNWTO Affiliate Members network brings…


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Hyatt Reopens Hôtel du Palais, the Emblematic Jewel of Biarritz

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Biarritz, France, March 30, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the reopening of Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, a collection of one-of-a-kind hotels from historic gems to revitalizing retreats. Paying homage to the property’s original architecture and history, the hotel and the majority of its 86 guestrooms and 56 suites have…


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