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Alain St.Ange to Address Ocean Sustainability in ASEAN at Dubai Expo

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Alain St.Ange to Address Ocean Sustainability in ASEAN at Dubai Expo - TRAVELINDEXDubai, United Arab Emirates, December 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine will be in Dubai next week to be part of the hi-level forum with the topic ‘Ocean Sustainability in ASEAN’ during the occasion of ‘ASEAN Day’ at Dubai Expo 2020.

Former Minister St.Ange was invited to join the panel and to share his experiences on eco-marine tourism development as an integral part of the blue economy for the conservation and benefit of coastal and island societies.

ASEAN Day will be celebrated at Dubai Expo 2020 will be held on 10th December 2021 from 2.30 to 5.00 pm (Dubai GMT+3)

Former Minister St.Ange is the Executive Director of FORSEAA ‘Forum of Small Medium Economy AFRICA ASEAN’ and will join Indonesian Ministers and a number of high profile experts and speakers.

“Through this high-level forum, the ASEAN Block of Countries are looking forward to share, the common outlook on the use and preservation of the ocean resources towards the sustainable development of tourism, economy & investment and marine conservation for the livelihoods of its coastal societies” said the H.E. Mr Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General ASEAN (Association Of Southeast Asian Nations).

Alain St.Ange who runs Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy spent months in Indonesia earlier this year to be better connected with the tourism development of Indonesia and to explore areas of cooperation with Africa. “I am proud and indeed I am very honoured to have been invited to be a speaker at this special high-level gathering of experts. As I will fly the Seychelles flag, I will also have the unique opportunity of learning from others as I share my own experiences to those present” said Alain St.Ange

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, November 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Magdalena Martorell, a seasoned professional with two decades of hospitality experience in Europe and Asia has taken charge of the new Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a 30-suite and 70-villa resort due to open in December.

The Spanish-born general manager comes to Meliá Phuket Mai Khao after successfully opening Meliá Shanghai Parkside in China and SOL by Meliá Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

Martorell has worked with Meliá Hotels International for the entirety of her hospitality career, beginning 20 years ago when she was selected to join the leading Spanish hotel group’s internal development program.

She steadily rose through the ranks, working as the operations manager at Tryp Rey Pelayo at Gijón in the north of Spain before becoming the resident manager at Meliá Barcelona. She then became the general manager at Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto before moving to Asia in 2012 to be the hotel manager at Meliá Bali & The Garden Villas.

At its debut in December, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao will unveil a host of facilities including Mediterranean-inspired accommodations, four dining outlets, a five-treatment-room spa, three swimming pools, a fully-equipped fitness center, kids’ club, ballroom and two multi-function rooms. Of the 70 villas with private plunge pools, 15 “wellness villas” feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, fit ball, yoga mat and more.

“Magdalena has grown with our hotel group to become an exceptional general manager and her rich experience and vast knowledge of our brand place her in excellent stead to launch Meliá Phuket Mai Khao,” said Ignacio MartinArea Managing Director South East Asia of Meliá Hotels International.

“As Thailand reopens to the world and embarks on a new chapter, my team and I are excited about Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s debut and what it brings to this beautiful island, including a prime focus on our guests’ inner wellbeing amid a restorative atmosphere and terrific Asian and Mediterranean gastronomy,” Martorell added.

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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Alma Appoints Talented Women Among Top Management Ranks

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Alma Appoints Talented Women Among Top Management Ranks - TRAVELINDEXCam Ranh, Vietnam, November 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Alma Resort has elevated seasoned professionals Vu Thi Huong Giang and Rowie Villacencio to the highest realm of its management structure. Giang and Rowie have stepped up as resort manager and director of administration respectively at the 30-hectare resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula.

Born and bred in nearby Nha Trang, Giang graduated from Nha Trang University with a major in food processing and started her career in 2004 as a waitress at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, where she steadily climbed the career ladder over a decade to become a food and beverage manager. She has also worked for Vinpearl Land and Mia Resort in Nha Trang, and was the food and beverage director at The Anam and then Alma. She was promoted to executive assistant manager of F&B last year.

In her new role, the resort’s executive chef, executive assistant manager of rooms, assistant director of F&B and the recreation manager report to her.

After Filipino national Rowie earned her undergraduate degree in accountancy and MBA at University of San Carlos in Cebu City, she started her hospitality career in 1999 as a service associate at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa and rose through the ranks to become the property’s director of human resources. She was also director of HR at Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay and later Alma.

In her role as director of administration, she will oversee the HR and finance departments.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said he has entrusted both women with huge amounts of responsibility amid the global pandemic and that they had excelled due to their remarkable leadership skills.

“Giang has an insatiable appetite to learn and an incredible ability to immediately change strategy in the face of adversity as she simultaneously looks after her team and contributes to the resort’s profitability,” he said. “Rowie is a profound multi-tasker and has been instrumental in establishing Alma’s DNA and all of the HR-related actions aligned with our strong workplace culture.”

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

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IATA Appoints Marie Owens Thomsen as Chief Economist

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IATA Appoints Marie Owens Thomsen as Chief Economist - TRAVELINDEXGeneva, Switzerland, November 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Marie Owens Thomsen will join the Association as its Chief Economist effective 4 January 2022.

Owens Thomsen will come from Banque Lombard Odier, where she has served as Head of Global Trends and Sustainability since 2020. Prior to that she was the long-time Global Head of Investment Intelligence (2011-2020) at Indosuez Wealth Management. Additionally, she has served in Chief Economist and related roles for Merrill Lynch, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and HSBC. Her varied career also includes entrepreneurship and market development activities.

“Marie’s work on macro-economic issues with a focus on sustainability will prepare her to address aviation’s top issues—namely recovery from COVID-19 and sustainability. Coming from outside the aviation sector, she will bring valuable new insights and perspectives. And I am confident that she will carry on IATA’s reputation for objective reporting and analysis that is essential for explaining aviation’s contribution to the global economy and advocating for the polices airlines need to be successful,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

“I am joining IATA to contribute to the aviation sector which has been a formidable long-term driver of economic growth. I’ll do this with a research approach that identifies causal factors for critical issues and their high-priority solutions. This is important as aviation begins the recovery from COVID-19 and continues the journey to net zero emissions. I look forward to a future where aviation can flourish within a sustainable global economy,” said Owens Thomsen.

Owens Thomsen holds a PhD in International Economics from The Graduate Institute in Geneva and an MBA equivalent from the University of Gothenburg in International Economics and Business. Holding US, UK and Swiss nationalities, she has worked in the UK, France and Switzerland and is fluent in Swedish, English and French.

Owens Thomsen succeeds Brian Pearce who retired from IATA earlier this year after serving as Chief Economist since 2004.

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Destination Mekong Hires New Executive Team

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Destination Mekong Hires New Executive Team - TRAVELINDEX - TOURISMMEKONG.orgPhnom Penh, Cambodia, November 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Destination Mekong is strengthening its executive capacities towards playing a leading role in the post COVID tourism recovery in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). As the global tourism industry is slowly getting back on track, Destination Mekong (DM) is taking a new step as the regional tourism organization dedicated to championing the Lancang-Mekong region, comprising of Cambodia, PR China (Provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as a sustainable and inclusive tourism destination.

For the Mekong Region Tourism portal, visit

Destination Mekong officially introduced its new Executive Team at the beginning of the 2021 Destination Mekong Summit, which took place online on 21 and 22 October 2021, under the theme of “Re-start > Re- form > Re-balance”.

On this occasion, Jens Thraenhart, Founder of Destination Mekong and former Executive Director the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), presented the four members of the DM “Dream Team”:

Catherine Germier-Hamel, Gerrit Kruger, Gavin Bell, and Jens Uwe Parkitny, which all had the opportunity to share their visions and passions in taking their new responsibilities.

Thraenhart stressed that the new Executive Team was “truly world-class and made of experts in their fields, to make sure Destination Mekong can grow and aid the acceleration of the recovery in the Mekong Region”.

He stated that his “proudest accomplishment was to set up a private sector-led regional tourism board with innovative and award-winning programs and initiatives, to execute the mandate of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) to foster public-private sector cooperation.” On 1 November, Jens Thraenhart started a new career as CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Meet the new Executive Team of Destination Mekong

The appointment of Catherine Germier-Hamel as Chief Executive Officer, Gerrit Kruger as Chief Marketing Officer, and Gavin Bell as Chief Development Officer was effective 1 November. Jens Uwe Parkitny is acting as a strategic advisor in an honorary capacity.

Germier-Hamel, a Eurasian born in France with family heritage from the Mekong region, has lived in Seoul, South Korea, since 2005. Over the past 15 years, she has developed an international career as sustainable tourism development and marketing consultant, and impact entrepreneur.

Gerrit Kruger, a German national, has been involved in the management of Destination Mekong since its creation in 2017 while serving as Managing Director of Chameleon Strategies, an innovative Strategy Think Tank, and an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Since 2018, Gavin Bell, a British citizen, gained expertise over nearly 30 years of working with governments, international organizations, and the private sector on sustainable tourism initiatives based in Phnom Penh and working with the Ministry of Tourism.

Jens Uwe Parkitny, German, is a well-known tourism executive who has worked for prominent travel and hospitality brands in the Asia Pacific Region. He is the co-owner of Loikaw Lodge by the Lake in Myanmar.

Destinations Mekong setting up the next steps to fulfill its mission

Destination Mekong is currently in the process of being incorporated as a legal entity in Singapore. Its executive office will be hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between DM and the Ministry of Tourism, which will also assign local staff.

Over the following months, the Executive Team will focus its efforts on building a strong community of individual, corporate and institutional members and raising funds to support its operations. Its short-term action plan also includes the publication of the Experience Mekong Collection, showcasing responsible and sustainable travel experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and implementing value-added services and solutions to enhance the exposure of its members.

Additionally, Destination Mekong will develop strategic partnerships with organizations sharing the same values and interests. As a start, Destination Mekong has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), to develop mutual tourism collaboration between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion and 20 Pacific Island countries (PICs), based on sharing information, knowledge, and best practices to foster sustainable and inclusive tourism.

During the 2021 DM Summit, the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Recovery Communications Plan “Unlimited Experiences, Unlimited Stories” was also unveiled, establishing a framework for the activities of Destination Mekong.

Committed to playing a leadership role within the global tourism community, Destination Mekong became a proud signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism launched on 4 November 2021 during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The Glasgow Declaration encourages the acceleration of climate action in tourism by securing commitments to reduce emissions in tourism by at least 50% over the next decade and achieve Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.

The new CEO of Destination Mekong, Catherine Germier-Hamel, states that “More than ever, the global tourism industry has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its transformative power through inspiring and driving climate action. It’s not only an emergency but also a matter of human dignity.”

For the Mekong Region Tourism portal, visit

About Destination Mekong
Destination Mekong (DM) was created in 2017 by private stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry of the Mekong region (GMS) to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion, comprising of Cambodia, PR China (Provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as a single destination.

The overarching purpose of Destination Mekong is to champion the Mekong region as a sustainable and inclusive tourism destination. Over the past years, it has spearheaded innovative and inclusive collaboration within the public and private sectors across the six Mekong countries to inspire and engage travelers and stakeholders through authentic experiences and stories.

The core mission of Destination Mekong is to create engaging programs and solutions that build capacity, are inclusive, and promote sustainable economic development and understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of the region, contributing to social equality and poverty reduction.

Endorsed by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office in Thailand and aligned with the mandate of the regional collaborative tourism framework of the six-member governments of the Greater Mekong Sub- region, Destination Mekong has executed targeted projects and initiatives, including Mekong Moments, Mekong Memories, Mekong Deals, Mekong Mini Movie Festival, Mekong Innovative Start-ups in Tourism (MIST), Experience Mekong Collection, Mekong Heroes, and Mekong Trends, with feedback from the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG) and via public-private partnership investment structure, led by UNWTO Affiliate Member Chameleon Strategies.

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Alain St.Ange Presents the Guba Nana Yaa Asantewaa Entertainment Mogul Award

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Alain St.Ange Presents the Guba Nana Yaa Asantewaa Entertainment Mogul Award

Accra, Ghana, November 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The GUBA Awards 2021 has just been held and it was pleasing to see Alain St.Ange in Ghana to present the The GUBA Nana Yaa Asantewaa Entertainment Mogul Award. Alain St.Ange who was the popular former Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and the well known and respected tourism personality who was one of the two African Candidates for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in the 2017 elections . St.Ange was also one of the three candidates for the Seychelles Presidential elections of 2020.

Many who were at the grand evening celebrations of Tuesday night have expressed satisfaction to have seen Alain St.Ange fly to Ghana to be part of the African Awards event. Comments posted even had one from former Tourism Minister of Ghana, the Right Hon Catherine Abelema Afeku who said in a post on Social media “Yes Alain was splendid. It was great to see you Alain. You make us all proud in the Tourism Industry”. Tourism professionals from Ghana posted a series of photos of Alain St.Ange’s participation at the Ghana Awards even.

When he took to the stage in the massive entertainment venue of Ghana former Minister St.Ange said:- “The GUBA Nana Yaa Asantewaa Entertainment Mogul celebrates a courageous and resilient woman who has been a major player in the entertainment industry and has revolutionized the industry with ground-breaking concepts. The GUBA Nana Yaa Asantewaa Entertainment Mogul goes to none other than actress and brand ambassador Nana Ama McBrown” before inviting everyone to see a testimonial video on the awardee.

Nana Ama McBrown is a very popular Ghanaian show Bizz personality and loved as a Princess of the Country. She is a Ghanaian actress, TV presenter and a music writer. She rose to prominence for her role in television series Tentacles. Later, she found mainstream success following her role in the Twi-language movie “Asoreba”. She is currently the host of television cooking show McBrown Kitchen and entertainment talk show United Showbiz on UTV.

Aba Blankson of the USA was on stage with St.Ange to do the honours for this award ceremony and was the one who invited Nana Ama McBrown to the stage to receive her award.

The GUBA Awards has been recognising and moving Africans to the limelight for well over a decade. It is Lady Dentaa Amoateng MBE who is the founder of the GUBA Awards and she was on hand in Ghana with the Who’s Who of Ghana who had assembled in great numbers to see the ceremony take place for the first time in Ghana and brought to the country a long list of influential personalities who are all part of the diaspora. The first such award ceremony was held in 2019 in the USA and was attended by H.E. Nana Afuko-Addo, the President of Ghana, H. E. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of ECOWAS Commission among many other dignitaries.

“Today Marks 100 years of your legacy. Keep resting in Perfect Peace Nana Yaa Asantewaa. Thank you for your bravery, resilience and courage!!! Ghanaians will ever be grateful to Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the Asante Warrior Queen Mother, whose activism and military tactics contributed to the liberation of her people and country. Her roles in Ghana spurred nationalist ideals in other parts of the West African sub-region, which resulted in many of the countries gaining independence” said Lady Dentaa Amoateng MBE when she addressed the gathering after the Republic’s First Lady had herself gone on stage to also present an award.

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Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Reopening

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Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Reopening - TRAVELINDEXCan Tho, Vietnam, November 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  Azerai Can Tho in the Mekong Delta has appointed Nicolas Pillet as its new General Manager, as the resort announced plans to reopen on Nov. 12 following the easing of COVID-related restrictions in Vietnam. Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Nov. 12 Reopening.

Pillet, a French national, brings a strong culinary background to Azerai Can Tho, having studied cuisine as part of his hospitality education in Nantes. Pillet has worked with several internationally recognized brands in his career, including the Eastern & Oriental Express, where he was GM of Southeast Asia’s only luxury sleeper train, and most recently as the GM of Amanoi, the Aman property in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

“Nicolas is a hands-on general manager who works closely with his team to ensure that service is maintained at the highest possible standards. He enjoys exploring ways to integrate the local community into the resort by creating new experiences that exceed guests’ expectations,” said Henry Gray, the Executive Director of Azerai Resorts.

Set on a private islet that is accessible only by boat, Azerai Can Tho is located only three hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City. The resort is secluded but close to the city of Can Tho, and the campus is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees. The resort covers an area of more than eight hectares, with 60 rooms and five spacious pool villas that deliver residential-style accommodation offering privacy, comfort and extra-personal service for families and groups traveling together.

Azerai Can Tho was named one of the “Top 25 Resorts in Asia” (No. 13) in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards last month, becoming one of only six properties in Vietnam to make the popular “best-of” list. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The resort has earned a growing reputation as one of southern Vietnam’s most unique wellness destinations. Earlier this year, it introduced monthly Pilates retreats in a new studio featuring the latest in allegro reformer equipment (six machines) in a sleekly designed, well-lit space with vaulted hardwood ceilings. It also hosts four- and six-day yoga retreats that include dynamic hatha yoga and status asanas sessions, a river cruise, healthy meals, spa treatments, live cooking sessions and more.

As one of the region’s most exciting culinary destinations, Azerai Can Tho launched a series of unique dining events last year featuring local and international chefs. The resort is home to two formal dining venues. The Cafe serves traditional Vietnamese and Western-style breakfasts; regional Vietnamese cuisine, sandwiches and salads for lunch; and tapas-style dinner with new and old world wines. The Grill offers imported meats and local seafood in a relaxed and informal setting.

Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts offering guests simple elegance, refined design, and discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, and the name is derived from Zecha’s initials and the latter part of a Persian word caravanserai, which references the storied old inns of the Middle East.

Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort. And Azerai La Residence, Hue is a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital.

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Gim Huay Neo Appointed to World Economic Forum Managing Board

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Gim Huay Neo Appointed to World Economic Forum Managing Board

Geneva, Switzerland, October 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Economic Forum announced today that Gim Huay Neo has been appointed to the organization’s Managing Board.

“We are delighted to welcome Gim Huay Neo into our leadership team. Through her experience in sustainability in both the public and private sectors, she will ensure the Forum’s continued leadership position at the forefront of developing innovative partnerships and solutions to progressing the global environmental agenda”, said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

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“I am honoured and humbled to be appointed to the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum. I look forward to working closely with the team and our partners to foster trust and understanding, harness our collective wisdom to strengthen collaboration and catalyse solutions, across the public-private-people sectors, between countries and cultures and across generations”, said Gim Huay Neo.

As a member of the Managing Board, Gim Huay will head the Forum’s Centre for Nature and Climate from 1 January 2022. She is currently the Managing Director of Climate Change Strategy at Temasek International.

As a recognised leader in the global environmental field, Gim Huay brings a rich set of skills to the Forum, cultivated through several decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. She has been leading the enterprise development, sustainability and climate strategy at Temasek for the past decade, developing deep expertise and networks in the areas of policy development, impact investing, as well as capability building and stakeholder engagement.

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About Neo Gim Huay
Ms Neo Gim Huay is the Managing Director for Enterprise Development and Managing Director for Sustainability in Temasek. Temasek is an investment company, headquartered in Singapore with a net portfolio value of S$240 billion. Gim Huay is responsible for seeding new businesses as well as working with Temasek’s existing portfolio of companies to develop strategy and build new capabilities. She also spearheads Temasek’s sustainability strategy and initiatives across the organisation and within the community. Prior to joining Temasek, Gim Huay was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co in the Lagos, New York and San Francisco offices. She also served in the Singapore Public Service as an Administrative Officer, with stints in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Singapore Embassy in the United States. Gim Huay holds a Masters in Business Administration (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University and a Masters of Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from Cambridge University. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2015.

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Standard International Promotes Amber Asher to Chief Executive Officer

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Standard International Promotes Amber Asher to Chief Executive Officer

New York, NY, United States, October 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Standard, the leading boutique hospitality brand, announced the appointment of Amber Asher to CEO of Standard International, parent company of Standard Hotels, Bunkhouse and Peri Hotels and Amar Lalvani to Executive Chairman. Ms. Asher succeeds Mr. Lalvani in the role of CEO in which he served for the past eight years. Ms. Asher and Mr. Lalvani have worked side by side for over a decade at The Standard successfully transitioning it from a small founder led brand to a global, multi-brand lifestyle industry leader.

Alongside Mr. Lalvani, Ms. Asher has played a key role in building Standard International’s team, overseeing the operations of the 17 properties within the portfolio and accelerating the global pipeline, all while navigating the challenges posed by Covid-19 to the hospitality sector and the company. In her new role as CEO, Ms. Asher will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business.

As Executive Chairman, Mr. Lalvani will remain involved as an active Board member as well as involved in key strategic projects around the world, brand innovation initiatives and global capital and developer relationships. Mr. Srettha Thavisin, CEO and President of Sansiri, will remain Chairman of Standard International’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Asher started her work with The Standard approximately ten years ago as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In 2013, she led the sale of a majority stake in the brand to Standard International which was formed by Mr. Lalvani to make the acquisition and grow The Standard brand. Following the successful closing of that transaction, she became the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Standard International and went on to be promoted to President in 2017. In addition to negotiating all the company’s contracts for new hotel developments and overseeing all legal matters, Ms. Asher has played a pivotal role in all corporate transactions including the purchase of a majority stake in The Bunkhouse Group, the formation, launch, and VC funding of One Night, and the capitalization of the company by Sansiri.

Prior to joining The Standard in 2011, Ms. Asher served as the Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Morgans Hotel Group where she oversaw all legal matters related to development, operations, intellectual property, employment, food and beverage, and financing. Ms. Asher began practicing law at Latham & Watkins LLP in 2001 in the Finance and Real Estate Department, where she focused on all aspects of commercial real estate law with a particular concentration in real estate finance, corporate transactions, leasing and hospitality.

Identifying and cultivating talent, building and mentoring successful teams and innovating in the hospitality sector remain top priorities for Ms. Asher and The Standard brand, renowned for its distinctive approach to hospitality.

Standard International
Created in 1999, The Standard hotels are known for their taste-making clientele, their pioneering design, and their unrelenting un-standard-ness. With 7 hotels in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, most recently London and the Maldives, and the upcoming The Standard, Hua Hin and the Asia flagship, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon slated to open in early 2022, the goal of every Standard project—be it a hotel, a rooftop discothèque, or a magazine—is to defy conventions, up the aesthetic stakes, and deliver an experience that can only be had at The Standard.

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

London, United Kingdom, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Belmond today announced the appointment of Karl Bieberach as Senior Vice President of Global Development. Set to begin his new role on 22nd March, 2021, he will be responsible for the global expansion of Belmond’s portfolio which spans hotels, trains, river barges and safaris. Prior to joining Belmond, he served as Chief Development Officer at Rosewood Hotel Group.

Mr. Bieberach brings 25 years of experience to Belmond following a successful career in a variety of senior roles at well-renowned hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and HVS International. Having worked extensively in almost all corners of the world, he has evaluated or transacted nearly 500 deals globally.

Roeland Vos, President & Chief Executive Officer of Belmond said of the appointment: “Already at the forefront of luxury, Belmond has a renewed and ambitious strategy that will position us as the leading provider of incomparable genuine travel experiences. Part of this strategy is our commitment to finding unique assets in remarkable locations that will further expand our collection of one-of-a-kind offerings to today’s discerning travellers.

Karl has an excellent track record and proven ability to grow well-respected hospitality brands. With his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, he will play an instrumental role in strategically growing the company’s footprint through property acquisitions and new management agreements.”

Mr. Bieberach’s background includes hotel and residential development, acquisitions, feasibility and investment analysis. He speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and is passionate about food, art and travel.

Mr. Bieberach said: “It is a great pleasure to join Belmond, a pioneer in the world of luxury travel. As a brand that sees its role as a custodian of timeless heritage, I will continue to be guided by this philosophy, selectively expanding the footprint where not only can we offer authentic experiences but also play a role in celebrating the legendary art of travel. I am excited about the opportunities that await especially in this momentous time in the history of travel.”

Belmond, now part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH, steps proudly forward into its next phase of evolution. Alongside its strategic expansion, the company also continues to invest in its sensitive restoration plans including the introduction of new Grand Suites aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the renovation of Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino which will reopen its doors in April 2021.

About Belmond
Belmond has been a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys. Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 46 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

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