Omakase Sumiyaki Restaurant Shun by Yanagiya Opens in Bangkok

Omakase Sumiyaki Restaurant Shun by Yanagiya Opens in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 20, 2019 (travelindex.com) – un by Yanagiya has opened its doors at Donki Mall in Thonglor. The intimate omakase sumiyaki restaurant is the first overseas venture by Yanagiya, the 73-year old Mizunami-based irori institution and one of Japan’s most sought-after dinner tickets.

Hidden behind a wooden facade on the third floor of Donki Mall, a corridor leads into an elegant 15-seater circular dining room with guests seated on high chairs around an open cooking island. Above, an elaborate light installation resembles kuro-zumi and shori-zumi, the black and white charcoal used in traditional irori cooking.

Following a similar concept as Yanagiya, Shun by Yanagiya specialises in premium seasonal ingredients that are grilled to perfection over charcoal in front of the diner. Inspired by Japan’s four distinct seasons as well as the availability of high quality local and imported produce, Shun by Yanagiya delivers an ever-changing dining experience that varies throughout the year.

Current menu highlights include Tebasaki, Japanese style chicken wings, using 120-days-old free-range chickens specially bred for Shun by Yanagiya. Consisting of the middle part of the wing with its balance of skin, fat and meat, each bite presents different textures of crisp skin, soft meat and juicy fats.

Guests can also savour Uzura, miniature ramen-style eggs from free-range quails. Lightly smoked with Japanese oak and soaked in mentsuyu for 12 hours, the eggs are lightly grilled and pop in the mouth with a smoky, semi-liquid yolk. 

 Other signatures include Temaki, a marriage of carefully selected ingredients to showcase the richness of Hokkaido’s treasures. A blend of Japanese rice grains is mixed with akazu vinegar and topped with ikurabafun uni and otoro before being wrapped in nori from Ariake Bay off Kyushu. 

 In the Wagyu dish named “Tastiest Part of the Sirloin”, thin slices of Miyazaki Kuroge A4 rib cap is marinated, then briefly grilled and served with a raw egg yolk and momidare sauce accented with Pinot Noir.

 The highlight of the meal is arguably Unadon, Yanagiya’s signature dish. While diners at Yanagiya can enjoy the rare wild unagi, Shun by Yanagiya uses farmed Anguilla Japonica, an indigenous Japanese species raised in Japan. The eel is basted in Yanagiya’s special 50-year-old tare sauce. Similar to a sourdough, the tare starter contains live bacteria giving it a unique character and depth of flavour.

Guests can enjoy a selection of rare sake, old-world wines and creative cocktails. The sake selection is curated based on region, rice varietal, then the maker with special attention placed on the quality of the raw ingredients and the Toji’s skill in guiding these ingredients to express their unique character. Shun by Yanagiya is one of the few restaurants outside of Japan to offer the limited production Suigei Daito Junmai Daiginjo 2017 Vintage.

 The wine selection draws primarily on old world wines with a lighter body which pair well with sumiyaki cuisine. The wine selection spans both a range of more affordable options as well as more premium options.

 Cocktails change with the seasons, using various fruits and herbs to create unique flavours that match sumiyaki cuisine. Highlights include Guava, made with slow-pressed fresh guava married with matcha, gin and a touch of celery, as well as Raspberry featuring marshmallows, white rum, spices, yogurt and an Emmental foam.

 About Yanagiya
Yanagiya is a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Mizunami in Gifu prefecture and first opened in 1946. An irori-style restaurant, the meal centres around the traditional Japanese irori, a sunken fireplace that used to be a part of Japanese homes in the past.

 Situated in the remote mountains northeast of Nagoya, Yanagiya is famous for serving local game like duck, boar and bear, as well as foraged vegetables and wild-caught trout and unagi, depending on the seasons. The premium ingredients are grilled to perfection over open charcoal in front of diners.

Run by the third generation, Yanagiya is considered one of the best restaurants in Japan, achieving the highest score of all time on Tabelog, the country’s widely trusted online restaurant site. The restaurant famously runs on an ichigen-san okotowari principle, meaning diners are allowed only if invited. However, in Bangkok all diners are welcome. Reservations will only be accepted at least three days in advance.

SureStay Hotel Group Arrives in Laos with New Hotel in the Heart of Vientiane

SureStay Hotel Group Arrives in Laos with New Hotel in the Heart of Vientiane

Vientiane (Laos) – November 20, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts continues to introduce its innovative SureStay Hotel Group to exciting new destinations across Asia, with the signing of the brand’s inaugural property in Laos. Opening its doors on November 19, 2019, SureStay Hotel by Best Western Vientiane will be located in the center of the Lao capital, a short stroll from the banks of the Mekong River and the city’s lively Walking Street. Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport is just a 15 minute drive away.

The launch of this hotel will introduce international service standards to the premium economy hotel sector in Vientiane. Designed with a blend of classical Lao art deco and French colonial styles, SureStay Hotel by Best Western Vientiane will comprise 68 rooms and suites, all featuring sleep-inducing beds, refreshing bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Each day starts with breakfast at the onsite restaurant, while the Sure Spa and top floor fitness center offer a variety of ways to unwind during the day. The biz corner in the lobby are perfect for guests who need to stay connected – including corporate travelers. Then, as the sun sets, the Tipsy Elephant Rooftop Bar promises cool drinks and stunning views over the mighty Mekong.

“We could not wish for a better way to introduce SureStay Hotel Group to Laos. With its prime downtown location in the country’s capital city, surrounded by key tourist sites, SureStay Hotel by Best Western Vientiane puts guests in the heart of the action. This desirable location is complemented by elegant décor and amenities for business and leisure travelers. We look forward to introducing a new era of accommodation to Vientiane,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

Vientiane is a captivating destination that blends the grace and charm of Indochina with European influences. Visitors can discover a series of enticing attractions, including Patuxai Arch, which resembles the Arc de Triomphe, the spectacular golden stupa of Pha That Luang, and Wat Si Saket, which houses more than 2,000 Buddhist statues. Alternatively, Walking Street and the riverside Night Market are great places to stroll, shop for souvenirs or simply soak up the enchanting ambience, which feels much more relaxed than many other Asian capitals.

Laos is becoming increasingly popular among international travelers; according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, 2.2 million people visited the country in the first six months of this year, up 5% year-on-year.

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Vientiane will become the fourth operational SureStay® hotel in Asia, following SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 in Bangkok, Thailand; SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Shin-Osaka in Japan; and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western AC LUXE Angeles City in the Philippines. SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Cebu City is also scheduled to open its doors in March 2020.

Launched in October 2016, SureStay Hotel Group is already celebrating more than 260 properties globally, making it one of the fastest growing brands in the hotel industry today. No matter which SureStay hotel travelers choose, they will enjoy consistent levels of quality, comfort, cleanliness and service guarantee, all at an affordable price.

Best Western will now seek further opportunities to introduce this forward-thinking brand to even more locations across Asia and worldwide.

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 Collection® and SureStay Studio® 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
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999 Ploenchit Road Lumpini Phatumwan | Bangkok | 10330 | Thailand
Phone: +662.656.1260 | Fax +662.656.1252| www.bestwesternasia.com

Cambodia Cardamom Tented Camp Sustainable Commitment

Cambodia Cardamom Tented Camp Sustainable Commitment

Cardamom Mountain (Cambodia) – November 19, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas constantly reinforces its commitment towards environmental, social and cultural conservation. Special consideration is given to employing and empowering communities, and wherever possible, sustainable products and services are sourced locally. Around the world, Anantara works in partnership with local communities and promotes cultural awareness amongst guests by integrating indigenous culture into everyday experiences.

One such initiative is The Cardamom Tented Camp, nestled in Southern Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountain range. The camp—a non-profit Eco lodge resting within 18,000 hectares of pristine land, was opened in late 2017. Proceeds from the camp are used to fund rangers that patrol the concession, protecting against deforestation and illegal poaching. Since funding began, a vibrancy has returned within this corridor of land and wildlife is thriving, while beyond the boundaries the forest is being clear-cut and lost to deforestation.

In addition to coping with adverse effects of climate change, Cambodian forests have been ravaged by illegal loggers, poachers and sand dredgers. The Cardamom Tented Camp entrusts carefully vetted organizations both the right and responsibility to protect and manage designated “concessions” of the forest. Since 2014, the concession of land on which the camp sits has been funded via Anantara’s charitable organization, The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) as one of several philanthropic causes supported worldwide by Anantara. The ongoing maintenance of the camp and its team of rangers is now funded in part by Anantara guests via the GTAEF.

For eco-conscious guests, the Cardamom Tented Camp’s tagline “your stay keeps the forest standing” signals its commitment to channel all the funds generated by tourism into running the camp and into financing patrols. Most of the staff are from the nearby Trapeang Rung village—some erstwhile illegal poachers themselves, who have since converted to conservationists and now benefit from improved stability and a steadier income by protecting the animals they used to hunt.

Amongst mounting global climate change woes, community-sized environmental success stories are often dismissed as a mere drop in the ocean. Yet, while the search for a cure-all solution continues, local grassroots initiatives have proven indispensable in bringing relief to areas affected by floods, deforestation, and droughts. The efforts of the camp have not gone unnoticed and the Cardamom Tented Camp won the 2019 PATA Gold Award in the Environment – Ecotourism Project category.

Guests staying at Cardamom Tented Camp can be as involved as they want to be, including joining the Khmer rangers on jungle patrols to clear traps and protect the wildlife and timber against poachers. Or they can simply relax on the tent’s decking, watching a family of macaque monkeys making their way through the canopy opposite the breakfast station. The camp has recently added trips that include an overnight in the deep jungle in tensile tree tents. These adventurous trips will be available from November 2019.

The camp is environmentally sustainable through and through. Plastic bottles are banned, the solar power system supplies all the electricity and as much as possible is reused and recycled. Travelers can expect a quality 3-star camp complete with comfortable beds, sturdy bamboo and rattan furniture, electric fans and bathroom facilities with hot water and rain showers.

To read more about tourism and hospitality companies commited to sustainability, and get inspired, please visit www.SustainableFirst.com

About Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas’ Sustainability Programme
Beyond the tented camp, Anantara’s CSR success stories are shared via brand’s “Beyond Horizons” mini-documentaries and showcasing the breadth and variety of charitable and sustainability work carried out by Anantara properties worldwide.

Transporting viewers to some of the world’s most stunning yet fragile destinations, “Beyond Horizons” is an honest gaze into the environmental challenges faced by local communities as well as an invitation to start a dialogue about the urgent need to act as a united front to tackle them.

Shot on location, each of the videos in the Beyond Horizons series is narrated by Anantara CSR champions who share stories of progressive initiatives carried out at properties around the world through Anantara led charitable organizations such as the Thai based Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

About Anantara Hotels and Resorts:
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travelers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise.  The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Portugal, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, and Africa.

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 17st November 2019

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 17st November 2019

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – November 17, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Air France returns to Seychelles, connecting Paris direct with direct non-stop flight. Seychelles once again welcomed the blue, white and red-tailed aircraft of Air France, which touched down at Pointe Laure international airport on Wednesday.

Air France touched down in Seychelles at 6.20 a.m. on 30th October with 222 passengers onboard the Airbus A330-200. The airline is taking over from its subsidiary, Joon, which stopped operations to the island nation earlier this year.

The French flag carrier will be providing three weekly flights between Seychelles and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The flights will be on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays with arrival in the island nation at 6.20 a.m. and departure two hours later.

Flights will be operational throughout the winter season from October 27 to March 28, 2020, by the Airbus A330-200 with a total of 224 seats.

The previous French Ambassador to Seychelles, Lionel Majesté-Larrouy, had said in September that “Seychellois can travel directly to Paris and the French can come here directly. Seychellois can enjoy a shopping experience in the French capital and from now till March 2020, there is a promotional fare of $610 for return flights.” Ambassador Majesté-Larrouy who had been instrumental in getting Air France back on the Seychelles route was one of the invited passengers on the airline’s first flight to Seychelles.

France is currently the second leading country when it comes to visitor arrivals to Seychelles with over 33,000 French nationals coming to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, since the start of the year.

Air France currently does not have any competition on this direct route between Seychelles and France since Air Seychelles stopped flight operations to Paris in April last year.

According to a press release from Air France, flight offers by the airline are additional to that of its partners.

“Customers will thus be able to easily continue their trip to Praslin in the Seychelles, from Mahe, thanks to an offer of code-shared flights with Air Seychelles, or join Mahe from Nairobi, Kenya, thanks to six weekly frequencies on a code-share basis with Kenya Airways,” the airline said.

Pravind Jugnauth wins Mauritius November elections

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has won a comfortable majority in the country’s election, according to final results released by the electoral commission.

Jugnauth’s coalition, the centre-right Morisian Alliance, won four more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 parliamentary seats following Thursday’s vote, the commission said late on Saturday. The result means that his alliance secured the outright majority needed to form government alone.

“I have received a clear mandate,” for a five-year term, Jugnauth told supporters, adding that he would be prime minister for all Mauritians.

While voters choose 62 MPs, the commission appoints eight others from those who attained the highest scores but were not elected directly.

Under this system, set up to rebalance the distribution of seats between parties and communities in the Indian Ocean nation of four volcanic islands, the Morisian Alliance added four seats, the centre-left National Alliance three and the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) one.

That gave the National Alliance, led by two-time prime minister Navin Ramgoolam, a total of 17 seats. The MMM took nine seats.

The commission said roughly three-quarters of the prosperous archipelago’s one million eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots on Thursday, slightly more than the numbers for the last poll in 2014.

Mauritius is predominantly Hindu and is divided into ethnic groups under the 1968 independence constitution to also reflect the sizeable Muslim minority, the Chinese and the “general population”, those of Creole backgrounds or European origin.

Jugnauth’s victory has reinforced the legitimacy of a leader who took over from his father in 2017 without going through a vote.

The prime minister had urged the country to judge him on his short time in office, talking up economic reforms.

The 57 year old had pointed to his stewardship of the economy, which grew at nearly four percent in 2018, social reforms and an infrastructure drive when opponents denounced “papa-piti” (from father to son) politics during the campaign.

Jugnauth has also introduced a minimum wage of about $240 a month, increased pensions for the elderly and reformed labour laws. The first stage of a new light rail network is also scheduled to open in December.

But the diverse country of 1.3 million, situated roughly 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the eastern coast of Africa, is not without its problems.

Youth unemployment, at 22 percent, is also high and income inequality is seen as deepening.

It has also earned a reputation as a tax haven, and has come under fire for helping global companies park their wealth offshore, particularly those operating in Mauritius’ poorer African neighbours.

Marcel Horande is the new Director of Sales & Marketing for North Island Seychelles

North Island Seychelles has a new Director of Sales & Marketing. Marcel Horande has now taken over since the November 4th when he announced that “we joined The Luxury Collection brand, hotels that define the destination. 
Rest assured that North Island will keep its concept, name, and identity, still allowing us to reach the next step and take advantage of the technology and distribution of The Luxury Collection while maintaining its ultra-luxury sense of service and nature-feel privacy”.

Marcel Horande added in his communique:- “The resort remains open and our teams are currently working hard to create and deliver new unique experiences as well as improving even more the level of personalized service that has made our reputation.

Our latest collaboration agreement with starred-Chef Mr. Akira Back has upgraded our F&B offerings in all outlets such as LaidBack at the Piazza and the new Sunset Beach (previously West Beach).
 Also, a much more flexible rate structure will allow you to offer your exclusive guests not only our current “All Inclusive” offer called Dream Rate, but also Bed&Breakfast, Half Board and Full Board rates than can offer more flexibility to your guests” said the new Director of Sales and Marketing at North Island.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Anantara Siam Bangkok

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Anantara Siam Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 15, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Celebrate traditional Thanksgiving this year with your family and friends at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel as the hotel has prepared a delectable five-course dinner menu for you and your loved one to join on Thursday 28 November 2019.

Give Thanks at Madison, Thursday 28 November 2019
Enjoy our splendid thanksgiving menu created by Chef Rick Dingen, Chef de Cuisine at Madison Steakhouse. A five-course feast of American favorites including smoked pumpkin soup, Turkey Roulade, pan-seared Halibut, and warm pecan tart. Diners are invited to join the festivities on Thursday 28 November 2019, from 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm. The five-course set menu is priced at THB 2,600++ per person for food only or enjoys your meal with a delectable wine pairing for THB 3,600++ per person. (Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.)

Oven Ready Turkey at Mocha & Muffins, from 10 November 2019
Roasted Turkey with Traditional Condiments is also on offer at Mocha & Muffins. Take home a full-roasted whole natural turkey with baked potatoes, cranberry sauce sautéed Brussel sprouts with crispy pancetta and Bread Stuffing for only THB 9,900+. This dinner will feed between 8 – 10 people for a private celebration at home (3-day advance reservation is recommended). Brand new Mocha & Muffins is located on the 1st floor, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (BTS Ratchadamri), open daily from 7.00 am. to 8.00 pm.

For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 2126 8866 Ext. 1201 or email dining.asia@anantara.com

Innovation Takes Center Stage at Ministers Summit in London

Innovation Takes Center Stage at Ministers Summit in London

London (United Kingdom) – November 14, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Tourism leaders from across the public and private sectors came together at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London for a high-level discussion on tourism’s role in rural development, the challenges, and the opportunities. The Ministers’ Summit on “Technology for Rural Development”, hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with WTM, focused on tourism innovation and technology and their place in empowering rural communities.

The Ministers’ Summit was held as the UNWTO works with its Member States and alongside its fellow United Nations agencies to face up to the challenges posed by rising levels of urbanization. According to the UN, 68% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. In many places, this has meant rural communities are “left behind”, and tourism has been identified as a key means of bridging the rural-urban divide by creating jobs and boosting economic sustainability.

Given the growing interest in rural development, the event, the 13th Ministers’ Summit held by UNWTO in partnership with WTM, attracted a large audience of delegates. Alongside 75 Ministers and Vice-Ministers of Tourism, members of the global media joined senior travel industry professionals for the high-level discussions, which were moderated by Nina Dos Santos, CNN’s Europe Editor.

Opening the Summit, Mr. Pololikashvili said: “Globally, poverty is overwhelmingly rural. This means, if we are serious tourism being a driver’s growth and development, we must look outside of our cities: We need to work together to help even the smallest community enjoy the many and varied benefits that tourism can bring.”

Participants from both the private and public sectors explored the potential benefits of digital technology, agreeing that innovation and knowledge dissemination will be vital for bridging the rural-urban divide. Alongside private sector leaders, the public sector was represented by highest-level tourism representatives from Albania, Bolivia, Colombia, Greece, Guatemala, Panama, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone and Yemen, in addition to Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Both public and private sector participants were united in their commitment to ensuring tourism’s contribution to rural development is geared to leaving no one behind.

At its recent General Assembly, UNWTO announced “Rural Development and Tourism” as the theme for World Tourism Day 2020, the global observance day celebrated every 27 September and underscoring tourism’s socio-economic relevance.

Against this backdrop, the outcomes of this year’s Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market will serve as the foundations upon which to build the overarching thematic angle for many of UNWTO’s actions and initiatives around the world.

Alain St. Ange Wins Case Against Gov. of Seychelles Regarding UNWTO Endorsement Withdrawal

Alain St. Ange Wins Case Against Gov. of Seychelles Regarding UNWTO Endorsement Withdrawal

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – November 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Alain St.Ange wins case against government of Seychelles regarding UNWTO endorsement withdrawal. The Supreme Court of Seychelles has today delivered a judgment in the case of ex-tourism minister, Alain St.Ange.

St.Ange filed his case against the government, two years ago after he was nominated by President Danny Faure to run for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO. Two days before the election was set to take place in Madrid, Spain, the government decided to withdraw his candidature.

St.Ange, who campaigned tirelessly for the post incurring huge financial costs in the process, was tipped to win the election.

The decision to withdraw his candidature, was taken by the government, after severe pressure was brought to bear by the African Union which threatened economic sanctions against Seychelles, if it did not cancel the nomination of St.Ange. The government finally caved in and recalled St.Ange only two days before the election was due to take place.

St.Ange has been vindicated by the supreme Court, presided over by Judge Melchior Vidot, when he was awarded damages in the sum of Rs164,396.14 cents.

St.Ange has already instructed his lawyers to appeal against the quantum of damages only, as he feels that it does not reflect his expenses, pain, humiliation and psychological damage that the decision caused him.

FRANCAIS
La Cour suprême des Seychelles a statué lundi en faveur de l’ancien ministre du Tourisme, Alain St Ange, dans son procès contre le gouvernement, lui octroyant 12 000 dollars.

M. St Ange a déclaré qu’il ferait appel du montant alloué.

M. St Ange poursuivait le gouvernement des Seychelles en justice après que sa candidature au poste de secrétaire général de l’Organisation mondiale du tourisme des Nations Unies (OMT) avait été retirée en 2017.

Il a démissionné de son poste ministériel en décembre 2016 pour prendre part aux élections. La candidature a été retirée par le gouvernement deux jours avant les élections suite aux demandes de l’Union africaine.

La cause était entendue par le juge Melchior Vidot, qui avait ordonné au gouvernement de verser au plaignant une indemnité de 164 000 SCR (12 000 USD).

Après la décision, M. St Ange a déclaré à la SNA que «la cour a reconnu que le gouvernement avait eu tort de décider de retirer ma candidature. La cour a déclaré qu’il y avait un motif pour que je porte plainte. Pour cette partie, je suis heureux et je n’ai aucune objection.

Il a dit que «le montant que la cour a donné ne reflète pas le côté humain qu’une personne a vécu. L’humiliation n’a pas été couverte. Par conséquent, nous n’interjetterons appel que sur le montant des dommages causés. Je veux voir plus d’équité. ”

Le demandeur dispose de 14 jours pour former un recours devant la cour d’appel des Seychelles.

L’avocat de M. St Ange, Frank Elisabeth, a déclaré à la SNA que le plaignant avait la raison parfaite de déposer une affaire devant le tribunal.

Comme M. St Ange, M. Elisabeth a déclaré: «Nous estimons que le montant des dommages-intérêts est un peu trop bas comparé aux dépenses engagées par mon client pour classer l’affaire. Nous allons faire appel sur le montant. ”

(Seychelles News Agency)

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka

Melaka (Malaysia) – November 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka commemorates its anniversary with a series of promotions and activities to mark this significant year as we celebrate our 35 years being in the hospitality industry.
Recognizing the need to play our part within the community and ensuring a greener and cleaner environment, our hotel has undertaken various steps and projects to make this a possibility with the hotel’s anniversary being no exception.

The hotel organized a charity walk last weekend, aptly called “We Walk Because We Care” as we extended our celebration beyond the doors of the hotel by reaching out to the community surrounding us. The walk which took off from the grounds of the Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina between 2.5km – 5km was aimed at raising funds for two beneficiaries which the hotel had identified, namely Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina Dialysis Centre and St. John’s Ambulance Melaka Tengah.

The walk saw participants from all walks of life gathered together for a good cause commencing first with a Zumba workout led by the team from Body Rock which then ensued with the flag off led by Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Malaysia’s Veteran Footballer who was joined by hotel General Manager, Mr. Klaus Sennik, representatives from the beneficiaries; Datuk Radhuana and Tan Sri Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, Madam Kristil representing St. John’s Ambulance Melaka Tengah together with the main sponsors; representatives from Melaka Tong Bee, Datuk Gary Choo (Mamee), Mr. Michael Teh (Ban Zen Motors) and some of the hotel owners from Melaka Tong Bee.

The walk culminated with a mock cheque presentation to the beneficiaries much to the delight of the participants who had played a part in this contribution as well. With a nominal fee of RM35 (adults) and RM25 (children) as registration entitling them for a t-shirt, e—certificate, goodies bag and Mamee noodles station courtesy of Mamee, biscuits from Julies and refreshments prepared by the hotel, the registration fee went towards the fund donated.

“We were honored to play our part in reaching out to the community around us and by giving back to the two beneficiaries through the funds that were successfully raised by joining hands with our valued partners,” said General Manager, Mr. Klaus Sennik. “The tree planting activity was an extension of our hotel’s green efforts to instill a greener and cleaner practice beyond the doors of the hotel”, he added in reference to the tree planting activity that took place after the walk within the grounds of the Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina.
Signifying the hotel’s 35 years in the industry and adding an extra touch to the event, the hotel collaborated with two of its landscape partners namely Fook Choon Trading and Khoon Ho Trading for the provision of 35 trees, a combination of fruit and landscape plants which were then planted in a ceremony witnessed by the staff and owners of the hotel as well as the team from the Yayasan and sponsors, within the ground of the foundation.

Recognizing the need to create a green and fresh environment for the patients who frequent the Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina, while holding to the symbolic number 35, this was part of the hotel’s continuous green initiatives and activities which has recently won the hotel 3 green awards, one of it being the special award for green initiatives among others.

Other sponsors of the charity event which was supported by the state government (Ministry of Health and Drug Prevention) and Melaka Tourism included Faithview Group, Joy Chan Advertising, HM Jaya, Bee Balloon, E Ventures, Julies, CIMB, Toyota, The Shore Oceanarium, K-One Hon Construction Sdn. Bhd, who contributed towards the success of the charity event.

Aimed to be an event that encompasses community sharing and green advocacy, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka once again upholds its core values through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and green initiatives, 35 years and counting.

About Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka
Set in the heart of the Historical City of Melaka, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka is a five-star international hotel managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resort, the world’s largest hotel group providing a comfortable escape into timeless luxury. This 294-room hotel offers newly renovated lush and spacious rooms overlooking either the winding Melaka river and its surroundings or the extensive view of Chinatown and the Straits of Malacca with single, double and suite accommodations. Property features include complimentary breakfast, adult and child swimming pool, fitness center, meeting space, 3 dining outlets with a bar lounge as well as an exclusive club lounge at its highest floor overlooking scenic views. Rooms features include amenities such as free wi-fi, hairdryer, flat-screen televisions, roll-away beds, flat-screen televisions, bathroom amenities, free movie channels.

Discover UNESCO world heritage sites, setting off from the hotel’s central location. The Concierge desk offers the option of complimentary shuttle service to main attractions such as Jonker Street, the Melaka river and shopping canters within mere minutes.

12 warm and inviting function rooms are professionally handled by a team of event managers ready to serve you. For inquiries on catering and banquet function bookings, kindly contact our friendly event planners today.

 

Bangkok and Sukhothai Designated New Creative Cities by UNESCO

Bangkok and Sukhothai Designated New Creative Cities by UNESCO

Paris (France) – November 13, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has designated Bangkok and Sukhothai among 66 new ‘Creative Cities, thus bringing the total number of UNESCO Creative Cities in Thailand to four.

UNESCO announced on 30 October that Bangkok was designated as a ‘Creative City of Design’ and Sukhothai as a ‘Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art’. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now totals 246 cities, including Phuket which was named a ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ in 2015 while Chiang Mai was named a ‘Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art’ in 2017.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We are very pleased to receive this second round of Creative City designation from UNESCO with Sukhothai and Bangkok joining Chiang Mai and Phuket. We hope that this is only the beginning as TAT continues to highlight emerging destinations around Thailand, as we expand our sustainable tourism development agenda to all four corners of the Kingdom.”

ITB China 2020 to spotlight on Dynamic MICE and Corporate Travel

ITB China 2020 to spotlight on Dynamic MICE and Corporate Travel

Shanghai (China) – November 12, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The fourth ITB China will shine the spotlight on MICE & Corporate Travel, which are very dynamic and promising segments of the Chinese travel industry. The organizers expect over 300 MICE & Corporate travel buyers and more than 150 cross-category buyers from China’s largest top 20 travel agencies as well as from   China’s and Asia’s leading MICE & Corporate Travel associations, to attend China’s largest B2B exclusive travel trade show.

In order to further sharpen its MICE and Corporate Travel profile, ITB China 2020, set to take place from 13 to 15 May in Shanghai, will be launching a MICE Travel Conference as part of the ITB China Conference program as well as a dedicated conference stage, the MICE Showcase, exclusively for industry experts to share the latest trends and market insights of China’s MICE and Corporate Travel market and its developments. The profile will be rounded off by a series of topic-based networking events, bringing together exclusively MICE and Corporate Travel stakeholders from China and around the world.

China BT MICE, China’s leading digital trade media on the field of MICE and Corporate Travel, will become the official partner of the MICE & Corporate Travel segment of ITB China 2020. In this context, BT MICE will organize a Chinese MICE & Corporate Travel buyer delegation, including MICE corporate buyers and senior-level MICE agent buyers, to attend the show. During the ITB China Conference, the recognized travel think tank, running parallel to ITB China, the MICE Travel Conference will be launched on 14 May, the second day of the show. ITB China and China BT MICE will jointly organize a one-day in-depth session for speakers to share their expertise on recent trends, developments as well as forecasts of China’s MICE and Corporate Travel landscape.

As an additional initiative of ITB China sharpening its MICE and Corporate Travel profile, the ITB China Travel Trends Report 2020 will cover MICE and Corporate Travel as one of its main topics. The Travel Trends Report is a yearly publication commissioned by ITB China covering the main upcoming trends in Chinese travel demand. The report will feature a series of interviews with senior MICE and Corporate Travel industry representatives from the ITB China Buyers Circle, identifying current trends and assisting international suppliers to better understand the needs of the Chinese market. Sharing its focused industry expertise, China BT MICE will be one of the major contributors to the MICE and Corporate travel-related part of the trends report.

The organizers of ITB China have also announced to continue their partnership with China BT MICE with regards to the “Business Travel MICE Procurement Conference – Shanghai station”. In September 2019, China BT MICE and ITB China jointly organized the inaugural edition of this new MICE and Corporate Travel focused conference. Its first edition attracted more than 300 senior industry experts from all over China to Shanghai. Based on the overwhelming success of the event ITB China and China BT MICE have agreed to continue their cooperation in the coming years. The second edition of the conference is already expecting more than 400 senior industry attendees from all over China to attend the event.

Mr. Lenny Jia, CEO, and founder of CHINA BT MICE said: “Sitting at the top of the pyramid in the tourism industry, the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) segment today amounts to over RMB1 trillion and continues to grow at an exceptional rate. As the leading MICE media and industry service platform in China, China BT MICE will carry out a long-term and in-depth strategic partnership with ITB CHINA, the leading travel industry exhibition in China, to jointly drive the tourism industry and the MICE segment in resource integration, specialized research, B2B marketing, innovation, and upgrading.”

 In its 4th year, ITB China has already established itself as the must-attend event for the Chinese travel industry.

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 a 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.