Ras Al Khaimah Unveils Megaproject on Falcon Island

Ras Al Khaimah Unveils Megaproject on Falcon Island - VISITRASALKHAIMAH.net - TRAVELINDEXRas Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, March 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Ras Al Khaimah developer Al Hamra unveiled a Dh1 billion ($272 million) residential project as it taps into a broader recovery in the UAE’s property market. The new project, named Falcon Island, will be built within Al Hamra Village, a residential community that contains a mall, a yacht club and hotels, the company said on Wednesday.

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“This mega-development will further underscore Al Hamra and Ras Al Khaimah’s credentials as a multicultural, safe and progressive destination for its residents, investors and visitors,” group chief executive Benoy Kurien said.

Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of this year and will be completed in 24 to 28 months, Mr Kurien told The National in an interview.

The project will have 501 villas ranging from two- to seven-bedroom units, with prices starting from Dh1.2m.

The launch of the new project comes as the UAE’s property market continues to recover from the coronavirus-induced slowdown. The market has received a boost from new government initiatives such as residency for remote workers and retirees, as well as the expansion of the 10-year golden visa programme.

The UAE’s measures to stem the spread of the pandemic, such as widespread testing and an effective vaccination programme, have also helped the property market to recover.

Al Hamra is seeking to take advantage of the post-Covid lifestyle trend where people are looking to lead a less stressful life in a relaxed atmosphere, Mr Kurien said.

“A lot of employers are offering flexible working hours, so people don’t have to go to offices as much as they needed to go pre-Covid, and the infrastructure connecting the emirates is very good,” he said.

“So, we are looking for small families who want to move from the hustle and bustle of city life to a more leisurely and relaxed atmosphere in Ras Al Khaimah, and young families who want to buy a home at an affordable price yet have an exclusive island living [experience].”

Along with a focus on buyers from the UAE, the company is also seeking investors from India, Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and the GCC.

“We already did a pre-launch [sale of the Falcon Island project] exclusively to our broker partners and managed to sell everything we launched,” Mr Kurien said. The new project is part of the company’s five-year strategy unveiled earlier this month, which will result in Dh1bn being invested between 2023 and 2027 to boost its market presence.

“Some of this will be deployed in building new assets, some of it will be deployed in refurbishing and upgrading existing assets and some of it will be deployed in optimising some of the services we offer,” Mr Kurien said.

Al Hamra will also be announcing a new apartment project in the coming weeks, he said. Last month, the developer sold its Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties in a deal worth Dh410m.

“Aldar has great plans for the mall, for its development, refurbishment and for its growth, and it fits in well for the overall narrative of Ras Al Khaimah … we are proud that we were able to attract investment from a developer like Aldar.”

The company is also planning to work with other developers or investment companies to jointly develop “both greenfield and brownfield developments in future”, he said, without revealing further details.

On the outlook for the UAE’s property sector, Mr Kurien remains confident that the country will continue to attract investment due to the government’s new initiatives.

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“The UAE has always been an attractive destination for investors because of safety [and] security. Now, with the changing laws on residency, especially with golden visas … those are all game changers for the UAE and I am very bullish about inward real estate investment into the UAE — at least for the next five to 10 years.

“Ras Al Khaimah will also benefit from this and the increase in population will have a ripple effect on shopping malls and hotels,” he said.

Dufry Extends Duty-Free Concession at Bali International Airport

Dufry Extends Duty-Free Concession at Bali International Airport - TRAVELINDEXBasel, Switzerland, March 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Dufry, leading global travel retailer, has successfully extended its duty-free concession at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for another six years, which in 2019 welcomed 14 million travelers, and where Dufry has been operating since 2013. The new six-year contract also includes an increase in retail space of over 1,400 m2, thus extending the total sales area to over 3,600 m2, which will allow for the introduction of fashion and accessories as new categories.

The newly extended concession contract includes duty-free shops in both the international departure and arrival areas. The shops, mainly conceived as walk-through concepts, offer a wide assortment of the core duty-free categories such as perfume & cosmetics alongside liquor, tobacco and confectionery, providing travelers with a distinctive sense of place. In addition, travelers will also be able to enjoy a comprehensive offer of globally renowned fashion and accessory brands presented in twenty dedicated shops, allowing for an attractive positioning of luxury and premium labels. The fashion and accessories offer will be complemented by the dedicated House of Sarinah concept store featuring the best of Indonesian-made and internationally available iconic products from all over the country. Customers will thus benefit from a unique selection of fashion and accessories made possible through Dufry’s partnership with PT Sarinah (Persero) and their knowhow on local Indonesian labels.

Commenting on the new contract, Pedro Castro, Chief Operating Officer Asia-Pacific, said: “We are very proud to have been awarded the extension of this important Asian tourist destination, which attracts travelers from all over the world. We will honor the renewed trust from our partners of Angkasa Pura I and foster the longstanding relationship, by providing visitors of Bali International Airport with a further enhanced shopping experience meeting highest international standards and featuring a considerably extended product assortment.”

Aidhil Julian, Co General Manager Commercial I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport – Bali, added: “We are glad to have this opportunity to extend our partnership with Dufry. With the reputation of Bali Airport, who has earned top ten spots of safest airports in Southeast Asia for Covid-19 health and safety measures in 2021 according to Safe Travel Barometer, we are ready to combine the uniqueness of Bali with global expertise to captivate our passenger’s interest and leave them with the unforgettable shopping experience.”

Kempinski Hotels to Manage Apurva Lombok Resort

Kempinski Hotels to Manage Apurva Kempinski Lombok Resort - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEXLombok, Indonesia, March 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Often referred to as Bali’s younger sibling, Lombok is an unspoiled paradise: a laid-back island escape surrounded by some of the most picturesque palm-fringed beaches in Indonesia. Kempinski Hotels has been selected to become one of the first international hotel groups to operate a luxury resort on the island after signing a management agreement with Indonesian developer PT. Teluk Agung Alami to operate The Apurva Kempinski Lombok. The signing follows more than three years’ successful collaboration with the company at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, which opened in February 2019.

Set on 14.3 hectares of spectacular beachfront in a secluded bay on the southwestern coast of the island, The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will be home to 200 suites and villas starting from a generous 65 sq m, placing them among the largest entry-level rooms in Indonesia. A world-class integrated spa and wellness facility will tap into Indonesia’s deep connections with health and healing, while five dining venues will celebrate the archipelago’s rich culinary traditions. An outdoor party lawn and extensive meetings facilities will also make the resort a popular destination for island weddings and events.

“The southern coast of Lombok is an unspoiled paradise, a land before time where lush hillsides and awe-inspiring bays are surrounded by some of the clearest tropical waters in Southeast Asia. We are thrilled to be partnering again with PT. Teluk Agung Alami to open The Apurva Kempinski Lombok, which promises to be one of the most outstanding resorts in Indonesia,” says Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of Kempinski Group and Chairman of the Management Board of Kempinski AG. “The resort will complement the already successful The Apurva Kempinski Bali, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable island-hopping adventure across two spectacular destinations. This new signing reinforces our position as a steadily expanding hotel management group with outstanding properties and reflects our grand ambitions for the region.”

And William Katuari, owner PT Teluk Agung Alami, commented: “We are very excited about our new project in Lombok, and together with Kempinski, we will put this island on the map for luxury travellers around the globe.”

The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will be part of a wider development that will ultimately be home to up to 10 hotels and resorts on Mekaki Beach, as well as an organic farm, a ranch and an equestrian centre: a mixed-use development that will create an integrated luxury resort destination similar in scope to Nusa Dua in Bali. The development is part of the Indonesian government’s bid to drive tourism growth in four designated areas across Indonesia. Lombok is one of the areas where the government’s efforts will be focused, with plans afoot to extend the runway at Lombok International Airport, upgrade Port Lembar on the west of the island to accommodate luxury yachts and cruise liners and build a new international hospital. March sees the launch of the inaugural MotoGP Indonesia at the recently completed Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, one of several international events that local authorities hope to attract to the island in the coming years.

The project will span 157 hectares encompassing the entire bay, which stretches across 3.6 kilometres of Mekaki Beach. Behind it, Mekaki Hill is a challenging climb for which hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views of the bay. The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will occupy one of the largest plots at the heart of the development.

Free from crowds and traffic, Lombok is dotted with traditional villages, local markets and emerald rice paddies. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters that surround the island are a haven for surfing, stand-up-paddle boarding, snorkelling and diving, while the verdant interior is crisscrossed with cycling routes and hiking trails. Intrepid visitors might attempt the trek up Mount Rinjani, the highest mountain on Lombok, which passes picturesque waterfalls, restorative hot springs and quiet villages. The island also serves as the jumping off point for the Gili Islands, home to some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world, and for trips to Komodo National Park, the island habitat of endangered Komodo Dragons.

Lombok is easily accessible from Bali via a 30-minute flight or 1.5-hour ferry crossing, while the flight from Jakarta takes just two hours. The Apurva Kempinski Lombok is set to open in 2027.

Great Wall Motor Brings Electric Vehicles with Smart Technologies to Thailand

Great Wall Motor Brings Electric Vehicles with Smart Technologies to Thailand - TOP25CARS.com - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Great Wall Motor, as the ‘Global Intelligent Technology Company’, is reiterating its electric vehicle (xEV) leadership in Thailand, inviting Thai people to witness the future of mobility and experience cutting-edge innovation from GWM under the concept of “Leading the Future” in Bangkok. Be dazzled by the parade of seven electric vehicle models, with highlights featuring the modern off-road SUV the TANK 300 HEV, which will be showcased to the global market for the first time in Thailand, followed by the sporty ORA Good Cat GT, which will also be demonstrated to Thai consumers for the first time at the show. Other popular models in the lineup include the All New HAVAL H6 Plug-in Hybrid SUV, All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV, All New HAVAL JOLION Hybrid SUV, ORA Good Cat and ORA Black Cat, together with GWM’s intelligent driving technologies, special deals and many more offers available to customers and consumers interested in purchasing a vehicle.

Key highlights by GWM:
– The first-ever showcase in Thailand of the TANK 300 HEV, the off-road model with a modern style, elegant design, and powerful engine – a perfect fit for those who enjoy the urban lifestyle and adventure. Thai consumers can have a close look at the vehicle only at this event.
– Thailand’s first exhibit of the ORA Good Cat GT, another popular model of pure electric car from the ORA brand. This model stands out with a stylish exterior design, intelligent technology inside, and it is ready for Thai consumers to witness exclusively at the event.
– The full lineup of well-received xEVs in the Thai market emphasizing GWM’s xEV leadership. Out in front is the All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV – GWM’s first model launched in Thailand, which has maintained the leading position in its compact SUV segment since its first-batch delivery, followed by the ORA Good Cat – the 100% electric car that ignited the pure electric vehicle phenomenon in the Thai market and has maintained its leadership since its debut, along with the All New HAVAL JOLION Hybrid SUV, which sets a new standard in the SUV-B segment with its smart technologies. Other models include the All New HAVAL H6 Plug-in Hybrid SUV, which held its world premiere in Thailand late last year, and the ORA Black Cat, the compact pure electric car with an eye-catching exterior design and intelligent driving technologies. The model was first showcased at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show and received tremendous interest from journalists and consumers alike so GWM is bringing the model back for car enthusiasts to get another chance to get up close at this event.
– Experience the showcasing of GWM’s greatest intelligent driving technologies – the GWM LEMON Hybrid DHT Technology and GWM LEMON BEV System.
– Indulge yourself in the exhibition with the full intelligent xEV lineup and enjoy a long list of engaging activities and opportunities to win special prizes with the assistance of Intelligent Ambassadors (iAM). Visitors can shop for GWM lifestyle products and souvenirs and refresh themselves with a warm welcome from our team at the GWM Bar and Lifestyle Lounge.
– Interested visitors can also register at the GWM booth to test-drive the All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV, All New HAVAL JOLION Hybrid SUV and ORA Good Cat at the event.
– GWM is also offering special privileges exclusively for the purchase of every model.

GWM cordially invites everyone to visit the GWM booth (A4) at the 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show, Challenger 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani, from March 23 to April 3, 2022 from 12:00 to 22:00 hrs. on weekdays and 11:00 to 22:00 hrs. on weekends and public holidays.

About Great Wall Motor
Great Wall Motor (GWM) is a Global Intelligent Technology Company. The company made its initial public offerings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2003 and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2011. With more than 80 subsidiaries and affiliates, GWM employs more than 70,000 people. Its automobile sales have exceeded one million units per annum for six years running. In addition to China, GWM sells its high-quality automobiles in more than 60 markets through an overseas network that covers more than 700 locations worldwide.

ecoSPIRITS Launches First Circular Wine Technology

ecoSPIRITS Launches First Circular Wine Technology - TOP25VINEYARDS.com - TRAVELINDEXSydney, Australia, March 23, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / ecoSPIRITS announced today a significant expansion of its technology portfolio, taking on the substantial waste and carbon emissions footprint of the estimated 30 billion single use glass wine bottles that are produced each year. The extension of ecoSPIRITS’ patent-pending closed loop packaging technology to premium wines marks the launch of the world’s first globally-scalable circular glass packaging solution for the category. Developed to meet the standards of leading organic and bio-dynamic wine certifications, the new ecoSPIRITS circular wine technology will be deployed first in Australia in partnership with leading global wine producer Accolade Wines. Closed loop wine service will then be made available in a number of other ecoSPIRITS markets worldwide over the second half of 2022.

Designed with premium and certified winemakers in mind, the new circular wine solution offers full lifecycle wine preservation from winery to point of service. Upgraded versions of ecoSPIRITS’ ecoPLANT™, ecoTOTE™ and SmartPour™ technologies deliver high standards of hygiene, oxidation, temperature and ultraviolet light protection for wines distributed in the closed loop system. Amongst other innovations, ecoSPIRITS’ new circular wine technology will preserve the bottle presentation and consumer brand experience in hospitality venues, a distinct difference from existing keg and tapped wine solutions. The new wine technology will leverage ecoSPIRITS’ global closed loop network, and offer the same dramatic cost and carbon footprint reduction as premium spirits.

The world’s first glass-based, globally-scalable circular solution for wine

Among other technology upgrades, ecoSPIRITS has released a new version of its successful ecoPLANT technology that is tailored to process both premium wines and spirits. The new ecoPLANT 2.0W is a semi-automated, containerised wine and spirits processing facility that generates high purity nitrogen gas for ecoTOTE filling and wine blanketing, complies with leading European Union and Australia-New Zealand standards for food grade processing, and delivers gold standard wine hygiene and preservation.

ecoSPIRITS’ award-winning ecoTOTE portfolio will now be expanded to include a wine variation, the ecoTOTE 3.0W. This newest ecoTOTE is designed specifically for premium wines, marked by a striking grey enclosure and with a stainless steel cap liner to comply with organic wine contact material standards and a tinted internal glass vessel to ensure ultraviolet protection for wines during transport and storage. The ecoTOTE 3.0W includes all of the features of the popular ecoTOTE 3.0S, including global cloud-based tracking, shock- and tamper-resistant features, and a 4.5L volume for efficient handling and transportation.

Headquartered in Australia, Accolade draws on a proud heritage dating back to 1836 and has become a world-leading provider of luxury, premium, mainstream, and commercial wines. With three of the top 10 wine brands in the United Kingdom and two of the top 10 brands in Australia, Accolade’s rich and diverse portfolio is made up of distinguished wine brands including Hardys, St Hallett, Petaluma, House of Arras and Banrock Station. Accolade is a fully integrated business, managing the entire supply chain from grape to glass. With more than 1,400 employees in over 40 countries around the world, Accolade delivers approximately 276 million litres of wine to 130 countries every year.

Recognised as a leader in sustainability initiatives in the wine industry, Accolade is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business by designing more sustainable packaging, increasing recycling rates and reducing packaging litter. Collaborating with ecoSPIRITS to pioneer waste and carbon emissions reduction in premium wines is a natural extension of Accolade’s broad commitment to environmental responsibility.

For its first collaboration with ecoSPIRITS, Accolade has selected its leading eco–wine brand, Banrock Station. Banrock Station produces premium South Australian wines with a passion for quality and holds a longstanding commitment to protecting the local environment. The Banrock Station vineyards and protected wetlands sit side-by-side along the meandering Murray River and South Australia’s Riverland. The winery’s environmental commitment is broad and sustained, having supported more than 130 conservation projects in 13 countries over the last 20 years. Banrock Station’s wines are sustainably produced, vegan friendly and already use lightweight bottles and recycled materials.

Banrock Station wines are made with the land and the environment in mind, having supported over 130 conservation projects

Initially, Banrock Station’s Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Pinot Noir wines will be offered in ecoTOTE 3.0W format to on-premise customers in Sydney, Australia. As part of the partnership, ecoSPIRITS and Accolade will collaborate on a study of the lifecycle reduction in single waste and carbon footprint associated with closed loop distribution of the Banrock Station wines. The partnership with ecoSPIRITS is one element of Accolade’s global sustainability strategy ‘Making Every Drop Count’, detailing a long-term action plan to create real change across the business, industry and planet.

About Accolade Wines
Headquartered in Australia, Accolade Wines draws on a proud heritage, with Houghton established in 1836 and the first grapes crushed at Hardys winery in 1857, to become a world-leading provider of luxury, premium, mainstream, and commercial wines. With three of the top 10 wine brands in the UK and two of the top 10 in Australia, Accolade’s rich and diverse portfolio is made up of distinguished wine brands including Hardys, St Hallett, Petaluma, Houghton, Grant Burge and Banrock Station and modern wine brands such as House of Arras, Echo Falls, Madam Sass and Jam Shed shaking up the global landscape.

Accolade is a fully integrated business, managing the entire supply chain from grape to glass. With more than 1400 employees in over 40 countries around the world, Accolade delivers approximately 276 million litres of wine to 130 countries every year. Accolade is committed to the sustainable growth of our business and the industry. Through our relentless innovation, global sustainability strategy, and the partners we engage with, we endeavour to have a positive impact on the industry and communities in which we operate.

Seychelles and Vanilla Islands at Heart of Co-Development

Seychelles and Vanilla Islands at Heart of Co-Development - VANILLAISLANDS.com - TRAVELINDEXVictoria, Mahé, Seychelles, March 24, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Under the leadership of Wilfrid Bertile, the Vanilla Islands President and in line with the orientations of the Reunion Region, new actions aimed at co-development in the Indian Ocean will be launched in the coming months.

This news follows a meeting late last week in Seychelles between Pascal Viroleau, the Director of the Vanilla Islands Association and the Minister Sylvestre Radegonde, the Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and his PS Sherin Francis. This meeting, which took place on the day of the celebration of the Francophonie in the archipelago, made it possible to share the vision for the future and the implementation of the actions for the Indian Ocean Island’s Vanilla islands.

After months of inactivity, the reopening of the borders gradually allows a resumption of tourist activity. Engineering, inter-island combinations and cruising will serve as a basis for the renewed development of relations between the islands. The grouping of professionals and cooperation between the institutions of the six islands were also mentioned. It was agreed that to meet new needs, a connection of the small accommodation structures of the different islands, must allow a better sharing, for a better efficiency.

Based on these elements, a visit by a Seychellois delegation could be made in 2022 to Reunion In order to concretize the new regional orientations.

WTTC Addresses EU Ministers to Discuss Recovery of Tourism

WTTC Addresses EU Ministers to Discuss Recovery of Tourism - EUROPETOURISM.net - TRAVELINDEXLondon, United Kingdom, March 24, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was invited to address EU Tourism Ministers on behalf of the private sector at a closed high-level meeting in Dijon today.

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Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO praised European Ministers for their resolve and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. WTTC was present to highlight the importance of the recovery of tourism for Europe creating employment for 24 million in the EU.

During this landmark event, Julia Simpson said: “WTTC and its members stand with the people of Ukraine. First and foremost, this is a humanitarian disaster as well as an economic one. We have all witnessed the shocking scenes on our TV screens and our hearts go out to the innocent victims.

“After almost two years without international travel, the loss of businesses and millions of jobs, we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

“If restrictions continue to be removed, the sector could employ almost 24 million people across the EU and contribute some €1.3 trillion to the region’s economy this year.

“As Presidency of the Council of the European Union, France is in a unique position to make a real difference. Europe’s recovery is at a critical juncture. We need to keep the economy open and restore unrestricted travel.”

Julia also highlighted the importance of a sustainable recovery and addressed the role EU ministers can play in reducing carbon emissions by 25 million tons of carbon a year.

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“Aviation is making great strides in sustainability, but it needs urgent support. For 20 years airlines have been promised a Single European Sky allowing planes to fly on the shortest routes. Today planes zig zag across Europe burning extra fuel. The time for talking is over. If the EU is to meet its sustainability targets, it must act.”

Centara Announces Re-opening of Centara Karon Resort Phuket

Centara Announces Re-opening of Centara Karon Resort Phuket - TRAVELINDEX - VISITPHUKETPhuket, Thailand, March 25, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, announces the much-anticipated reopening of Centara Karon Resort Phuket on 1st April 2022. Located a few minutes’ walk from Karon Beach, one of Phuket’s finest beaches known for its white powder soft sand and turquoise waters, Centara Karon Resort Phuket is widely acclaimed as one of Thailand’s best family resorts. Consistently ranked as one of Tripadvisor’s Best Family Hotels, it provides the ultimate in family entertainment but it is also a perfect relaxation and play space for couples, groups and solo travellers.

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The resort offers a comprehensive range of facilities including three swimming pool areas with separate children’s pools, waterfalls and waterslides. SPA Cenvaree offers rejuvenating treatments for singles and couples, and features steam rooms and Jacuzzi spas. Youngsters have their own supervised Kids’ Club, Camp Safari, and a hangout zone for teenagers, E-Zone.

Centara Karon Resort also offers an exciting choice for all tastes, including Thai, Asian and international cuisines along with themed dinners in the evenings at Lotus Restaurant. Azure enjoys a beautiful setting beside the Lagoon pool and serves modern Italian favourites, while The Mix transforms from a coffee corner during the day into an evening lounge bar with great music, live sports, cocktails and refreshments.

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from overseas can enjoy a Test & Go quarantine-free visit to Thailand following the government policy of a negative RT-PCR test result on the day of arrival. Guests travelling to Phuket are required to book a RT-PCR test.

Guests enjoy peace of mind when staying with Centara Hotels & Resorts as the group continues to follow strict safety protocols and adhere to certified health and hygiene procedures with the comprehensive Centara Complete Care programme across all its properties.

Test & Go packages at Centara Karon Resort Phuket start from THB 4,380++ per person per night in a Deluxe Pool View Room, inclusive of secure transfer from Phuket International Airport to the resort and roundtrip transfers to the medical centre for RT-PCR testing on arrival. Guests are welcome to stay for one night or unwind for much longer with preferential rates and a choice of experiential offers.

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About Centara
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 89 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands – Centara Reserve, Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI Hotels – ranging from 6-star hotels and luxurious island retreats to family resorts and affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. It also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families. Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years Centara aims to become a top 100 global hotel group, while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

Best Western Brings International Hospitality to Central Kalimantan

Best Western Brings International Hospitality to Central Kalimantan - HOTELWORLDS.com - TRAVELINDEXPalangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, March 24, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts continues to introduce its international standards of hospitality to Indonesia’s most dynamic destinations with the launch of Best Western Batang Garing, a modern midscale hotel in Palangkaraya, the capital and largest city in Central Kalimantan.

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, just 15 minutes’ drive from Tjilik Riwut Airport and surrounded by local attractions, offices and government buildings, Best Western Batang Garing is the ideal option for business and leisure travelers alike. Designed in a modern Dayak style, the hotel features 133 cozy and contemporary rooms, all of which come fully equipped with comfortable king or twin beds, refreshing bathrooms, working desks and the latest technology, such as flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

High-quality Indonesian, pan-Asian and Western cuisine can be enjoyed at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, while the chic lounge serves a wide range of refreshments throughout the day and evening, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Guests can cool off in the semi-indoor swimming pool and experience soothing therapies at the spa and massage area.

Best Western Batang Garing is also set to become one of the city’s top venues for meetings and events, with three well-equipped function spaces and a large ballroom that can host major corporate functions and social occasions, including weddings. With its prime location in the city center, guests can explore local attractions such as Huma Betang, Balanga Museum and the Soekarno Monument. A short drive outside Palangkaraya, the jungles of Central Kalimantan offer outstanding opportunities for eco adventures, including boat trips and wildlife treks in Sebangau National Park, which is home to the world’s largest population of orangutans.

“We are excited to open Best Western Batang Garing, introducing our world-famous standards of hospitality to yet another exciting Indonesian destination. Our core Best Western brand is perfectly suited to Indonesia’s emerging second and third tier cities, such as Palangkaraya, which are seeing rising demand for high-quality accommodations and amenities. With its contemporary rooms and suites, fantastic facilities and professional meeting spaces, this new hotel is set to become one of the city’s most sought-after places to stay, meet, dine and unwind,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director, International Operations – Asia, BWH Hotel Group®.

The launch of Best Western Batang Garing marks the latest phase of Best Western’s expansion strategy in Indonesia. At present, the company operates 18 properties across the country, comprising 10 Best Western®, three Best Western Plus® and five Best Western Premier® branded hotels. Looking ahead, the group will continue to unveil new brands in established locations such as Jakarta and Bali, while also introducing international hospitality to the country’s emerging regions.

About Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 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 acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* 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.

Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager

Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEX - HOTELWORLDS.comDugi Otok, Croatia, March 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The luxurious, five-star adult-only hotel, Villa Nai 3.3, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, opened in Summer 2021 on the Croatian island of Dugi Otok, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Maksim Juričić.

Maksim began his career in northern Italy’s finest resort destinations including Lake Garda and Madonna Di Campiglio. He then spent 11 years at the Park Hyatt Milano as a Concierge and Concierge Assistant Manager. In 2008 he became an esteemed member of Les Chefs d’Or and in 2012, he was given the honour of being named as ‘One of the Five Best Concierges in Milan’ by Where Magazine. Maksim continued to develop his knowledge and finesse his skills, in a five-star hotel collection in Ireland before returning to Croatia, from where he originated as a native of the Northern Istria region.

The recent appointment of Maksim as General Manager for Villa Nai 3.3. coincides with the re-opening of the property for the 2022 season. His exemplary customer service skills, combined with his excellent ability to co-ordinate and manage people, will be advantageous for the luxurious and unique property.

“My philosophy is to offer genuine and authentic hospitality without compromising on quality, coincides with the focus of the strong team already in place at Villa Nai 3.3. As a team, I hope that we continue to meet the requirements of our guests through our bespoke and tailor-made service. We will continue to create unique experiences at Villa Nai 3.3. Dugi Otok is a secluded gem of splendid isolation, and the Dalmatian region is an area of immense beauty. It is an ultra-luxurious destination. I was incredibly impressed by Villa Nai 3.3, as well as the overall property, estate, and vision of the owners and look forward to the beginning of the 2022 season as General Manager.” Enthuses Maksim Juričić.

“We are thrilled to have Maksim Juričić as our new General Manager. His forward-thinking approach for Villa Nai 3.3 and passion for the Dalmatian region are admirable. We aim to centre Villa Nai 3.3 as a hub for the Kornati archipelago in 2022 and are in the process of creating bespoke itineraries for our guests to have a more interactive experience with the olive harvest during October. Maksim has been hugely involved in this and I am looking forward to seeing the great work he will do at Villa Nai 3.3.” Delights Goran Morović, Owner of Villa Nai 3.3.

About Villa Nai 3.3
Villa Nai 3.3 opened in Summer 2021 and was designed by renowned Croatian architect Nikola Bašic who drew inspiration from luxurious yachts to create a truly unique concept hotel, which blends seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty of Croatia’s historic Dugi Otok Island. The exclusive hotel has just eight deluxe rooms and suites for the ultimate comfort and private experience. Villa Nai 3.3 is situated amongst 500-year-old olive groves from which they source the olives used in their multi-award-winning olive oil 3.3. The “liquid gold” is used as a basis in their soothing spa products and treatments and in each of the delectable dishes at their 3.3 Restaurant and Grotta 11000 Restaurant which contain the very best of local produce from surrounding farms, orchards, and waters. Equidistant between Venice and Dubrovnik, guests can expect an experiential, culinary, and wellness journey at Villa Nai 3.3.