BWH Hotel Group Named One of Asia’s Top Hotel Chains at NOW Travel Asia Awards

BWH Hotel Group Named One of Asia’s Top Hotel Chains at NOW Travel Asia Awards

New Taipei City (Taiwan) – December 10, 2019 (travelindex) – BWH Hotel Group is celebrating another major award, after its subsidiary Best Western Hotels and Resorts was named as one of “Asia’s Top Hotel Chains” at the NOW Travel Asia Awards 2019-2020!

This prestigious title was presented to the company in a grand ceremony and gala dinner held in the ballroom of the Fullon Hotel Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, Taiwan, on November 15, 2019. This marks the third prestigious award won by Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia in recent months, after it was named as Asia’s “Best Midscale Hotel Chain” in the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards for a fifth consecutive year and inducted into TTG Asia’s “Travel Hall of Fame” – Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand.

“We are thrilled to have been named as one of Asia’s Top Hotel Chains at the NOW Travel Asia Awards. NOW Travel Asia is one of the region’s most respected leisure travel magazines, so to be rated so highly by their esteemed readers is a great honor indeed. This award is even more satisfying as BWH Hotel Group spans every sector, from economy to luxury. With our diverse portfolio of 17 brands, BWH Hotel Group is now a truly comprehensive hospitality company that can cater to every location and market segment. We look forward to creating even more excellent guest experiences all across Asia in the future,” said Olivier Berrivin.

Founded in 2012, the NOW Travel Asia Awards recognize excellence in all sectors of the region’s tourism industry, with 22 categories including hotels, airlines, restaurants, spas and more. The awards are voted by the readers of NOW Travel Asia, which is distributed in Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, China and South Korea.

BWH Hotel Group has achieved many milestones in the last 12 months, including the launch of Asia’s inaugural Vīb® and BW Signature Collection® hotels in Thailand, and the opening of Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc, which marked the company’s return to Vietnam. The innovative SureStay Hotel Group® has been launched in Japan, the Philippines and Laos, a third Best Western hotel will soon be introduced to Yangon, and BW Signature Collection will make its Japanese debut in the cultural city of Kyoto.

The year’s biggest development, however, was the acquisition of WorldHotels Collection in February 2019, which completes BWH Hotel Group’s portfolio with a collection of upper-upscale and luxury hotel concepts.

To learn more about BWH Hotel Group and Best Western Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.bestwesternasia.com or www.bestwesternasiadevelopers.com

Photo caption: Kanapot Sithiwong, Editor-in-Chief of NOW Travel Asia (left), presents the award to Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia (right), at Best Western’s regional head office in Bangkok.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Studio® and SureStay Collection® franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

Contact information:
Sirimanas Maungrod (Cake) | Senior Regional Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: sirimanas.maungrod@bestwestern.com

Phanintorn Tangtrongjit (Dream) | Assistant Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: phanintorn.tangtrongjit@bestwestern.com

Best Western Hotels and Resorts
BWI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|Unit 5A-2 | 5th Floor Gaysorn Place Office Building
999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

ITB China Joins Chengdu Inbound Tourism Strategic Partnership Alliance

ITB China Joins Chengdu Inbound Tourism Strategic Partnership Alliance

Chengdu (China) – December 10, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Chengdu Inbound Tourism Partnership Summit, organized by the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcast-TV, and Tourism, was held in Chengdu on 28 November 2019. The event gathered more than 200 travel industry representatives from around the world, helping the city to further consolidate and expand its inbound tourism market.

During the summit, the Chengdu Inbound Tourism Strategic Partnership Alliance officially launched with around 40 members, covering global travel suppliers and well-known travel enterprises. The alliance aims to build closer strategic cooperation with overseas travel agencies and world’s leading enterprises in the travel industry, as well as further promote the Chengdu Inbound Tourism. ITB China is proud to have announced its membership in the Chengdu Inbound Tourism Strategic Partnership Alliance.

By joining forces with the alliance, the organizers of ITB China underline their commitment to boost Chinese inbound tourism, which for the first time will have its own platform at ITB China, taking place from 13 to 15 May 2020 in Shanghai. A dedicated booth area, conference sessions and networking events will help international inbound buyers explore new Chinese travel products.

Mr. David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China met with Mr. Wang Min, Vice Director of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcast-TV and Tourism, and representatives of the Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group L. L. C, who are responsible for the culture and tourism promotion of Chengdu, to discuss about the future collaboration between ITB China and Chengdu, so as to promote the development of Chengdu’s Inbound Tourism. The city has attached great importance to the development of inbound travel in the past years and Mr. Axiotis was appointed as the Chengdu Tourism Global Ambassador.

“As the world‘s leading travel trade show, ITB has a huge global impact and a very rich data base of top overseas buyers. We are looking forward to fostering our cooperation with ITB China by inviting more international buyers to come to Chengdu, to get to know the city better. ITB China provides the ideal platform to get in touch with them face-to-face and to work in joint projects in the future”, said Mr. Huang Jiankun, Vice General Manager of Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group L. L. C.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference
ITB China is China’s largest B2B exclusive travel trade show. ITB China 2020 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 13 to 15 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. ITB China is a three-day business to business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel to the show and is co-organized by the leading conference organizer TravelDaily.

Travelindex Media, publishers of TravelCommunication.net are a Media Partner with ITB China.

Minister of Culture Presides at the Neilson Hays Literature Festival Opening

Minister of Culture Presides at the Neilson Hays Literature Festival Opening

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 10, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Neilson Hays Library, led by President Ms. Nalin Vanasin (3rd from left), in collaboration with the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) under the Ministry of Culture, recently kicked off The Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival at an opening ceremony presided over by H.E. Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem (5th from left), Minister of Culture, and M.R. Sukhumband Paribatra (4th from left), Chairman of Suan Pakkad Palace Museum and Chairman of the S.E.A. Write Organising Committee, at the Library. The two-day Literature Festival, which attracted more than 1,200 attendees and staged on the occasion of Neilson Hays Library’s 150th anniversary, featured insightful talks, panel discussions, and poetry readings by more than 40 renowned Thai and international writers and moderators from around the world, as well as film screenings and other entertainment for the family such as art and craft market and workshops at the Library and the nearby British Club stages.

Pictured from left areMr. Zakariya Amataya;  Ms. Shelley Bragg, International School of Bangkok;  Ms. Nalin Vanasin; M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra; H.E. Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem; Dr. Vimolluck Chuchat, OCAC Director-General;  Mr. Adam Johnson, speaker from the US; and Mr. Jeffrey Senior, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i., Embassy of Canada to Thailand.

Alain St. Ange Speaks at Routes Africa in Mombasa, Kenya

Alain St. Ange Speaks at Routes Africa in Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa (Kenya) – December 9, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who is in Mombasa as a delegate invited for Routes Africa 2019 took to the stage yesterday along side Tony Griffith, the Senior Vice President Consulting at ASM, and as usual he spoke from the heart making points for the betterment of aviation and tourism.

St.Ange is today heading his own Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy and remains a sough after speaker at tourism and aviation forums and conferences. He also issues his own Saint Ange Tourism Report.

The need for political will was highlighted and for the continent’s accredited bodies to stand by the side of African Member States starting with the African Union, IATA AFRICA and AFRAA.

St.Ange’s points were discussed overnight and earlier this morning in a meeting with Steven Small, the Director of Routes, the point was made and agreed that a meeting is needed between Routes, African Union (AU), IATA Africa and AFRAA.

Africa needs a coordination planning meeting in its opening of the air space, routes development and in so doing help tourism to rewrite its own narrative for Africa by Africa.

Steven Small of Routes has said he sees the need for such a meeting to be called and plans to followup.

Alain St.Ange met the press in Nairobi as he was heading for Routes Africa in Mombasa.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Minister was in Nairobi before heading to Mombasa for Routes Africa 2019.

St.Ange, who is now a much respected and sought after speaker for tourism and aviation forums and conferences stopped in Nairobi primarily to meet tourism leaders he deals with through his tourism consultancy business (Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy) from which he issues his weekly tourism report.

After his meetings on Friday some Kenyan press personalities caught up with him at Hilton Nairobi to better understand his tenacity and dedication to tourism.

“I am honoured to again be invited to Routes Africa to sit on a panel of experts in the field of aviation. This subject remains the catalyst for tourism destinations because without a good aviation network tourism as an industry will struggle. This is why every helping hand is important and Africa needs to be relooking at its air routes to ensure better coordinated links” said St.Ange.

The former Minister was also quizzed on tourism in the Indian Ocean as well as politics in Seychelles where he leads the One Seychelles political party.

“Political developments in Seychelles is intensifying day by day as Presidential elections are due in the latter part of 2020. Will it be just a Presidential poll or will the incumbent President call a General Election is anyone’s guess but I can say the One Seychelles as a political party is ready to contest the elections as and when they are called” said St.Ange.

Alain St.Ange will be in Mombasa for the three coming days as one if the invited Routes Africa delegate.

SUNx Calls for Climate Neutral Aviation 2050 Moon-shot

SUNx Calls for Climate Neutral Aviation 2050 Moon-shot

Montreal (Canada) – December 9, 2019 (travelindex.com) – In giving the 16th Annual Assad Kotaite memorial address in the ICAO headquarters last night, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, co-creator of SUNx said that air transport was too important for human development for it to become demonized in the fight against existential climate change.

Linking the vision and spirit of Dr Kotaite, long-time ICAO President and Maurice Strong, architect of global sustainable development, with whom he worked closely. He said that both saw Aviation and the Travel & Tourism ecosystem that it powers, as positive change agents in the global transformation to the New Climate Economy. But two interlinked shifts were needed to make the sector “fit for purpose.”

First, there has to be a migration of all tourism to Climate Friendly Travel ~ measured to balance the positive socio-economic aspects and the adverse environmental impacts; green to ensure growth:2050 proof to fit the Paris 1.5o Climate Neutral trajectory.

Second, we need a “Moon-shot” Approach to bring Aviation fully on board. Lipman said that “Air transport is too important to be ultra-conservative in its ambitions, A 2050 game-plan that still leaves the highest emission percentage of any industry on the planet is not a serious option at a time when the UNFCCC is calling for net zero greenhouse gas to meet the hardening Paris Climate targets.” He proposed a virtual moon-shot of the kind President Kennedy established to put Neil Armstrong on the moon, marshalling all the forces needed to achieve the goal.

He said “the Secretary General of the UN should appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by a respected World Leader, like Helen Clarke former Prime Minister of New Zealand and ex UNDP Head with top ranking Members from inside and outside the sector to come up with ambitious solutions to aviation’s long term reliance on fossil fuel propulsion.”

Lipman added “ The Secretary General should make the call at The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Davos session and ask the Forum to manage the program – with a two year delivery mandate, It should engage leaders from Aviation, Tourism, Airframe and Engine Manufacturers and Fossil Fuel companies, the as well as civil society – including the Elon Musk minds, the Richard Branson financing and the Greta Thunberg generation’s enthusiasm”

He concluded that “We need to be imaginative and bold, with the spirit of Assad Kotaite and Maurice Strong, to build a Climate Neutral 2050 for our kids and grandkids”

A full version of Professor Geoffrey Lipman’s 16th Assad Kotaite Memorial Address on

PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 Heading to Kuching, Sarawak

PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 Heading to Kuching, Sarawak

Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) – December 9, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to organise the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 (PDMF 2020) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from November 25 – 27. The announcement was made by the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture and Minister of Youth & Sports Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the conclusion of the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2019 (PDMF 2019) in Pattaya, Thailand.

PDMF 2020 is hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, the Sarawak Tourism Board, and the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

During PDMF 2019, the Honourable Minister Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah stated, “We want the charm of Sarawak to be felt by all of you as Sarawak is rich in the aspects of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals. Come visit us in Kuching next year and you will surely find more to discover. Indeed, you may come as a stranger to Sarawak, but leave as friends and family.”

“Sarawak has certainly been blessed with many natural wonders including our coastline and rivers, the Gunung Mulu UNESCO Heritage Site, the state’s continental shelf rich with oil and gas resources as well as our common fishing grounds with Vietnam and Thailand in the South China Sea. PDMF2020 would augur well towards Visit Sarawak Campaign as well as the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 by highlighting Sarawak and Malaysia on the global tourism map,” he added.

“It is an honour to be working with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and Minister of Youth & Sports Sarawak, the Sarawak Tourism Board, and the Sarawak Convention Bureau to organise the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, in advocating for the responsible and sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry in Sarawak,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “Aligning with PATA’s advocacy theme of tourism dispersal, this event will shine the spotlight on a side of Asia unlike anywhere else, as Sarawak offers an alternative for those seeking humble authenticity, far from the tourist-trap clichés. The Association remains a strong advocate on the issue of tourism dispersal to secondary and tertiary destination, as it allows people to see the true authentic beauty of the country and its people and at the same provide an economic boost to local communities who greatly benefit from tourism.”

The PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF) gathers the top minds in destination travel for inspiring and insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations. This action-packed annual event features two nonstop days of learning, discovery and networking. Alongside the one-day conference that brings together high-profile tourism professionals worldwide, the one-day Technical Tour offers an immersive experience of the host destination – a showcase of a lesser-known yet attractive corner of the world and an unprecedented opportunity to explore the region’s natural landscapes and cultural treasures.

The largest among the thirteen Malaysian states, Sarawak is located in northwest Borneo Island, bordered by Sabah (Malaysia), Kalimantan (Indonesia), and Brunei – a gateway to Borneo’s natural wonders and cultural riches. As the capital of Sarawak and one of the major hubs in East Malaysia, Kuching boasts a sophisticated mosaic of cultures, cuisines and cras, with a range of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife to suit most tastes and pockets.

Once a riverine trading post, Kuching’s city centre is well preserved and compact. Best explored by foot or by sampan along the Sarawak River, Kuching’s bustling streets and alleyways are lined with fascinating British Colonial style architecture, archaic Chinese temples and centuries-old shophouses, alongside artisanal shops, cafes and bars.

In advocating sustainable tourism and emerging destinations, PATA is pleased to offer complimentary registration to all interested parties.

For more information about the event, please email events@PATA.org or visit www.PATA.org/pdmf-2020.

About PATA
Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international.

Best Western Opens First Internationally Branded Resort at Panglao Island, Philippines

Best Western Opens First Internationally Branded Resort at Panglao Island, Philippines

Panglao Island, Bohol (Philippines) – December 9, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has expanded its presence in the Philippines with the launch of a brand new beachfront resort in Panglao, the idyllic island in the central province of Bohol.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao opened its doors on November 15, 2019, becoming the first internationally-branded resort in this enchanting destination. This landmark development will provide a significant boost to Panglao’s tourism industry, helping the island attract a new generation of visitors to its stunning shores.

Commanding a prime position in Panglao’s main tourism area, this striking, design-led hotel overlooks the powder-soft sands and crystal clear seas of Alona Beach, just a short distance from many shops and local attractions. Bohol-Panglao International Airport is also less than ten minutes’ drive away, offering regular flights to and from major domestic hubs like Manila, Clark and Cebu City.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, gardens or sea. Some rooms even lead directly into the resort’s freeform outdoor swimming pool, and a selection of sea-facing suites even feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Guests can spend endless days soaking up the exotic ambiance, either by the pool or on the beach, which is nestled in front of the resort. The pool bar is a great place to enjoy cool refreshments and light snacks during the day, and there is also a seaside garden, a children’s playground and fitness center, creating a variety of ways to unwind. As the sun sets, guests can head to the Tereza Rooftop Deck for a cocktail or enjoy a memorable evening meal at the rooftop restaurant.

Finally, event planners can take advantage of extensive function facilities, including three meeting rooms, a business center and outdoor spaces for poolside dinners, team-building sessions and dream weddings.

“We are delighted to welcome all domestic and international guests to Panglao, a hidden gem which is now starting to emerge on the world stage. With its perfect location, contemporary design and modern facilities, supported by Best Western’s renowned service standards, Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao will elevate the quality of visitor accommodation to new levels of excellence,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“We look forward to introducing many more domestic and overseas guests to this delightful destination; Panglao’s tourism industry has a very bright future and we look forward to being an integral part of it for many years to come,” Olivier added.

Nestled in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, connected to Bohol by two bridges, Panglao is a quintessential tropical paradise. Lined with pure white sands, warm shallow seas and vibrant coral reefs, it is a spectacular setting for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests can also enjoy boat trips, dolphin watching excursions, kitesurfing, sea kayaking and many other activities.

The opening of Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao reinforces Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ position as one of the biggest hotel groups in the Philippines. The company now operates eight hotels and resorts across the country, including locations in Metro Manila, Angeles City, San Fernando, Puerto Princesa, Cebu City, Subic Bay, and now, Bohol.

For more information and reservations, please visit www.bestwesternasia.com

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Studio® and SureStay Collection® franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

Contact information:
Sirimanas Maungrod (Cake) | Senior Regional Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: sirimanas.maungrod@bestwestern.com

Phanintorn Tangtrongjit (Dream) | Assistant Marketing Communications Manager | Asia
Email: phanintorn.tangtrongjit@bestwestern.com

Best Western Hotels and Resorts
BWI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|Unit 5A-2 | 5th Floor Gaysorn Place Office Building
999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok Welcomes Matteo Bocelli

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok Welcomes Matteo Bocelli

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 7, 2019 (travelindex.com) – A recent celebrity guest spotted at the world renowned Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Bangkok  was none other than singer and songwriter Matteo Bocelli,  son of the world-famous Italian opera singer Andrea  Bocelli.  Having a brief cooking lesson from Blue Elephant’s Chef Nooror Somany Steppe, owner chef of the Restaurant, was one of the activities on the singer’s “must do” list during his recent visit to Thailand.  Always prepared to showcase Thailand’s  ‘culinary prides’ highlighting Thai herbs, Chef Nooror taught the VIP guest two popular dishes from the menu, namely, “Tiger Prawns with Black Garlic Pepper Sauce” and “Crab Curry with Betel Leaves”.

Matteo Bocelli, started singing and writing songs from a young age.  He inherited his musical genes including his remardkable, soaring vocals from his father, Andrea Bocelli, touted to possess the world’s most beautiful voice.  Andrea Bocelli has just signed with Capitol Records, home to world’s famous musicians such as Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Halsey, among many others.

Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok featured in the Top25Restaurants.com Bangkok by the trusted Restaurant Rating Index and Travelindex. Read the full review at www.top25restaurants.com/bangkok/

 

Sofitel Opens Bringing its Signature French Flair to Turkey

Sofitel Opens Bringing its Signature French Flair to Turkey

Istanbul (Turkey) – December 6, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, a leading luxury brand within the Accor group, is pleased to announce the opening of its first hotel in Turkey, Sofitel Istanbul Taksim. The hotel officially opened in early November in Taksim Square, known as the heart of modern Istanbul, where both locals and visitors shop, dine and spend time taking in the sights and sounds of the city. The hotel, developed in collaboration with Turkey-based Tuna Group, is a luxury haven offering an impeccable blend of Sofitel’s inspired mix of French modern elegance with the cosmopolitan style of Istanbul.

“We are excited to introduce the Sofitel brand to Turkey, a market where we want to drive further growth over the next three to five years,” said Alexis Delaroff, COO of Accor New East Europe. “We believe that the addition of new luxury product into the city will serve as a key tourism driver, enticing travelers to explore one of Turkey’s most dynamic cities, while also delighting locals as a sophisticated and stylish destination for dining and entertainment.”

Sofitel Istanbul Taksim is infused with the soul and character of the historic site where it resides. The location has been a famous hotspot within the bustling Taksim neighborhood for over a century. Originally home to the grand Magic Cinema, the property went on to become one of the most famous nightclubs in Istanbul. Maxim opened in 1921, and reigned at the top of Istanbul’s nightlife for several decades. Today, Sofitel Istanbul Taksim is the newest and most anticipated luxury hotel in the Taksim neighborhood.

Guests of Sofitel Istanbul Taksim will revel in the luxury of 202 chic guestrooms including 33 suites, each suite outfitted with Hermés products while all other guestrooms will feature Atelier Cologne bathroom amenities for guests to delight in. Guestrooms offer expansive views of Taksim Square or the nearby Bosphorus strait, one of the world’s most strategic waterways and a popular Istanbul landmark. Club and suite guests have exclusive access to the property’s Club Millésime, with special services such as private check-in, personalized service, afternoon tea and treats, and more. The hotel is equipped to host business and social events of all kinds, with two elegant ballrooms and three well outfitted meeting rooms.

Helping travelers maintain their health away from home, the wellness facilities impress at the Sofitel Istanbul Taksim. A rare find in Istanbul, the hotel’s outdoor rooftop swimming pool is the ideal spot for guests to unwind and take in panoramic views of the captivating city. The hotel’s state-of-the-art Sofitel Spa promises exhilarating and rejuvenating treatments inspired by traditional Turkish rituals with the delicacy of French cosmetology, featuring products from French luxury skincare brand Sothys. Outfitted with an indoor pool, seven treatment rooms, a traditional Turkish Hammam, steam room, sauna, and fully equipped fitness center, the Sofitel Spa is a haven within the energetic city.

Sofitel Istanbul Taksim delights with its enticing dining options. Featuring a beautiful outdoor terrace fit with its own gazebo, The Oven is a European brasserie that takes its name from the wood fired oven it uses to create its signature Turkish and French inspired dishes. On the hotel’s ground floor sits a charming patisserie, Cake Box, which artistically serves authentic French sweets and traditional Turkish classics. A must see is the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant, which serves up modern Turkish mezze, tasty bites and chic cocktails, not to mention striking views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. While La Table, a breakfast and buffet venue, and The Lobby Bar, a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, coffee or light bite after an exciting day of exploring Istanbul, round out the dining options at the hotel.

About Sofitel Hotels and Resorts
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with almost 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

Championing Climate Friendly Travel at COP25

Championing Climate Friendly Travel at COP25

Madrid (Spain) – December 05, 2019 (travelindex.com) – This COP25 side-event hosted by WTTC in partnership with UNFCCC focussed on the 2050 Climate Neutral ambitions of the Travel & Tourism industry.

The event was opened by UNFCCC Executive Director Patricia Espinosa and WTTC President and CEO Gloria Guevara who called for increased Travel & Tourism low carbon ambition with Climate Friendly Travel as the new norm. They pledged intensified cooperation to drive this.

A panel of thought-leaders from across the sector, moderated by Professor Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Malta Co-creator, then focussed on the responsibility of the world’s largest industry to meet the 2050 targets agreed at Paris in 2015. The panel covered Aviation, Cruises, Tour Operators, Reservations, and Carbon Trading.

Professor Lipman reviewed the findings from the inaugural Climate Friendly Travel Ambitions Report, produced in partnership with WTTC. Taking 2019 as a benchmark for the state of the industry, the report concluded that Travel & Tourism needs to get more engaged, must increase ambitions to Climate Neutral 2050 and must solve critical challenges around aviation growth and no carbon long term operations.

 As part of its response to this SUNx Malta is developing a 2050 Climate Neutral Ambitions Registry where organisations and coalitions can publish their targets for 2050 and how they will achieve them; coupled with an annual Think Tank to review and update the previous year’s report.

Lipman also referenced development of a SUNx learning portal to share best practice, a Climate Champions Program to support 100,000 next generation change-markers, and SDG-17 Partnerships to help support the transition towards a Climate Neutral sector.

The event concluded with a commitment to collaboration by UNWTO Executive Director Dr. Manuel Butler Halter.

A full recording of the event can be viewed here.

SustainableFirst.com supports the efforts of SUNx, UNFCCC and WTTC for the 2050 Climate Neutral ambitions of the Travel and Tourism industry. More at www.SustainableFirst.com