Fraser Suites Hanoi Vietnam Unveils New Tower

Fraser Suites Hanoi Vietnam Unveils New Tower

Hanoi,Vietnam, October 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX/ Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, is set to open the doors of a new tower at Fraser Suites Hanoi, which has been decked out with the luxurious Sky Lounge and Pool. With stunning panoramic views of the West Lake district, this is the only serviced residence in the vicinity with these amenities. Scheduled to open on 15 October, the expansion project adds to Frasers Hospitality’s growth plans in Hanoi, as the company creates exceptional extended stays underpinned by the #FraserCares health and safety programme.

Set to open on 15 October 2021, the new tower’s apartments will be fully fitted with superior modern conveniences, positioning Fraser Suites Hanoi as one of the city’s leading serviced residences. At the Sky Lounge and Pool, to be launched by the end of 2021, guests can enjoy a swim in the 72-square metre resort-style rooftop pool or lounge on daybeds. At night, this area is transformed into a lively venue, with the property’s resident DJ providing live entertainment – ideal for private functions and events. Guests will also have access to Elite Fitness, one of the most luxurious gyms in the city with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and a variety of classes for fitness enthusiasts. The new facilities and amenities add to Fraser Suites Hanoi’s current offerings such as its jacuzzi and meeting facilities, making it an ideal residence for extended stays among business travellers and families.

The property’s expansion also brings about elevated food and beverage offerings. Contemporary Japanese restaurant Mizumi is scheduled to open in December 2021. Designed by Philip Pond, the award-winning international architect and founder of hospitality specialist Atelier Pond, Mizumi is a modern interpretation of traditional Japan and provides exclusivity with private dining and a teppanyaki area. For those who enjoy curated dining experiences, the restaurant’s omakase offering is carefully paired with selected Japanese whiskey and sake.

The team at Fraser Suites Hanoi is ready to welcome new guests and continues to assure long-stay residents of Frasers Hospitality’s commitment to keeping them safe and secure. Steps have been taken to address needs arising from the pandemic.

Its #FraserCares programme, which is adopted by Frasers Hospitality properties around the world, comprises a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to eliminate germs. Also, 88 percent of the staff at Fraser Suites Hanoi is fully vaccinated, ensuring extra peace of mind for all visitors.

Mark Chan, Chief Operating Officer of Frasers Hospitality, says the expansion of Fraser Suites Hanoi is set to reinforce the property’s position as a highly sought-after accommodation for visitors and long-term residents in the capital city.

He says, “Fraser Suites Hanoi, and all our properties around the world, are ready to welcome back our guests. Our new Tower B is a timely opportunity to remind our esteemed guests that we offer Gold-Standard hospitality, personalised services and exceptional experiences that cement our reputation as a leading serviced apartment brand with unrivalled facilities and service.”

In celebration of the new tower opening, Fraser Suites Hanoi is offering guests an ‘Opening Special’ promotion, starting from VND 1,700,000++ per room per night (approximately USD 75 per room per night). The offer includes complimentary Wi-Fi and scheduled shuttle to the city centre. This promotion is subject to availability at the time of reservation; terms and conditions apply.

Fraser Suites Hanoi
With its prime location in Syrena Tower on Xuan Dieu Street, Fraser Suites Hanoi offers travellers a home that is close to the city’s heartbeat, and yet presents a tranquil repose away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Well-appointed within the scenic West Lake district, the highly regarded property features 280 Gold-Standard fully furnished spacious residences, including magnificent and sophisticated penthouses with excellent garden and lake views, in an exclusive residential enclave among the luxury apartments in Hanoi.

Designed to meet the refined tastes and expectations of discerning corporate travellers, Fraser Suites Hanoi comes complete with modern conveniences, advanced facilities and services such as complimentary high-speed internet access and 24/7 reception, concierge and security services.

About Frasers Hospitality
Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, celebrates 23 years of offering memorable experiences to guests through its Gold-Standard serviced, hotel residences and boutique lifestyle hotels across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Growing from two properties in Singapore to more than 120 properties in over 70 cities, Frasers Hospitality is now one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing providers of serviced and hotel residences. Conceived with the lifestyle preferences of today’s discerning business and leisure travellers in mind, the global hospitality operator has three Gold-Standard serviced residences offerings – Fraser Suites, Fraser Place and Fraser Residence, a modern and eco-lifestyle brand, Modena by Fraser, and a design-led hotel residence brand, Capri by Fraser. In addition, it operates two brands of upscale boutique lifestyle hotels in the key cities of UK, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin.

With a remarkable list of accolades and awards as recognition of its success, Frasers Hospitality remains committed to anticipating and exceeding the evolving needs of executive travellers with continuous innovation and intuitive service, creating a second home for guests where staff feel like family and residents feel like a community.

Accor’s Collection of Branded Residences Showcased on New Website

Accor’s Collection of Branded Residences Showcased on New Website

Paris, France, October 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor Group operates 70+ branded residences around the world under 16 brands – from the upper echelon of the luxury market to premium and midscale brands, with an increasing number of highly compelling lifestyle offerings. A new website showcases the group’s impressive collection of branded residence offerings at accor-residences.com

“Accor’s activity in the hotel-branded residences sector is a perfect example of the Group’s entrepreneurialism, innovation and powerful drive to lead the industry in any venture in which it gets involved,” said Jeff Tisdall, SVP of Development, Residential and Extended Stay, Accor. “Accor brands like Raffles and Fairmont have been pivotal in the evolution of branded residences for nearly two decades. Thanks to these trailblazing frontrunners, we’ve been able to apply the expertise we’ve acquired by introducing private residences to a number of our brands in recent years. Accor now offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of branded residences, introducing inspiring new visions for homeownership across a wide spectrum of consumer segments.”

Accor’s diverse portfolio of branded residences features privately owned apartments, villas and chalets which are developed, designed, and serviced to the standards of one of its globally recognized brands. Most of Accor’s branded residences are co-located with an Accor-managed hotel, although standalone residential projects are on the rise as well. Branded residences combine exclusivity and the comfort of luxury living, with a comprehensive array of on-demand hotel services. In resort locations, purchasers of branded residences may have the option to participate in a managed rental program, enabling them to generate rental income when not enjoying their home personally.

According to 2021 data from Savills International Development Consultancy, the branded residences sector looks set to maintain its resilience and continue its extraordinary run of growth. The last decade has seen the number of branded residences increase by 230%, adding more than 50,000 units across 356 schemes. Meanwhile, Knight Frank’s Global Buyer Survey 2021 revealed that 39 per cent of residential real estate buyers would be willing to pay a premium for a hotel branded property, citing services and amenities as the top motivation.

“It’s an exciting time as we are seeing an increasing preference among developers and hotel owners for projects that combine a hotel with a private residence component. Consumers are eager to invest in real estate that will be managed by a trusted hotel brand with the knowledge they’ll also have access to an atmosphere and experiences that are near to their heart,” said Agnès Roquefort, Chief Development Officer, Accor. “A key focus of Accor’s development strategy is to accelerate the expansion of our branded residential portfolio, with the right projects in the right markets.”

One of Accor’s most anticipated flagship properties is Raffles London at The OWO and The OWO Residences by Raffles, which will open as a new icon of global hospitality and luxury living. With no two homes alike, eighty-five exclusive residences are being developed within the historic Grade II* listed former Old War Office building in London – a magnificent landmark located between the palaces of British royalty and the halls of British government. Closed to the public for over a century, The OWO has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last five years in order to create the capital’s first Raffles hotel with 120-rooms and suites, a collection of 11 outstanding restaurants and bars, and an immersive spa.

“At The OWO Residences by Raffles, homeowners will have the privilege of living within a rare location, benefitting from a world-renowned hotel on their doorstep, while enjoying the serene privacy of being at home,” said Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express. “Our goal is to elevate the residential experience. Whether it’s a private dinner by a favorite chef; a bespoke art consultation; or a sudden whim for martinis at midnight – our Raffles Butlers and dedicated concierge team will provide residents with all the legendary warmth and intuitive service that generations of Raffles guests have come to know, love and count on.”

In addition to its global leadership in branded residences and luxury hospitality, Accor has established a dominant position in the lifestyle hospitality sector through its joint venture with Ennismore. With more than a dozen lifestyle brands now in its collection, Ennismore currently has seven lifestyle branded residential projects open and operating with another 17 under development, including projects under leading brands such as Mondrian and SLS.

“We are particularly excited by the growth opportunities where private residences and our lifestyle brands intersect,” said Gaurav Bhushan, Co-CEO, Ennismore. “By definition, a lifestyle brand offers a holistic style, culture and values that permeate the entire guest experience from sleeping to socializing, which is what makes residences at brands such as SLS, SO/ and Mondrian so compelling as places where guests want to live, work and play.”

UK Tourism Sector May Only Recover by Third in 2021

UK Tourism Sector May Only Recover by Third in 2021

London, United Kingdom, October 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / International visitor spend looks set to plunge by almost 50% on 2020 figures, making the UK one of the worst performing countries in the world 2022 performance could be better but still hangs in the balance. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the UK’s Travel & Tourism sector’s year on year recovery may only claw back a third, whilst international travel spending continues to plummet.

Latest research from WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism sector, shows the recovery has been severely delayed by the lack of spending from international visitors.

WTTC blames strict travel restrictions, such as the destructive ‘traffic light’ system, for wreaking havoc on the sector.

Now, despite its highly successful vaccine rollout, the UK is set to record further losses in inbound visitor spending than the previous year, a year in which international travel ground to an almost complete standstill.

At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to the nation’s economy could rise year on year by just under a third (32%) in 2021, broadly in line with the global average of 30.7%.

However, research conducted by the global tourism body shows the increase has been primarily spurred on by the recent boom in domestic travel, with domestic spending growth set to experience a year on year rise of 49% in 2021.

While this surge in domestic travel has provided a much-needed boost, it will not be enough to achieve a full economic recovery and save millions of jobs still under threat.

The research goes on to show that international spending is predicted to plunge by nearly 50% on 2020 figures – one of the worst years on record for the Travel & Tourism sector – making it one of the worst performing countries in the world.

While other countries, such as China and the U.S., are set to see a rise in international travel spending this year, the UK lags and continues to record significant losses.

Severe travel restrictions, ever-changing policies, and barriers to travel to the UK, such as the current requirement for visitors to take an expensive day two PCR test after arriving in the country, have had their toll.

Last year, the UK Travel & Tourism sector saw 307,000 job losses across the country and research shows that jobs in the sector are set to remain flat this year.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “WTTC research shows that while the global Travel & Tourism sector is beginning to recover, the UK continues to suffer big losses due to continuing travel restrictions that are tougher than the rest of Europe.

“Despite government announcements the UK still has a red list, costly PCR tests and a requirement for day two tests which simply put people off travel. Just as the world opens up the UK has more requirements for the double vaccinated than our neighbours.”

Looking ahead to 2022, WTTC research provides grounds for optimism.

With the right measures and a strong focus on international travel, the UK could see Travel & Tourism’s contribution to GDP rise by 53% in 2022, resulting in an additional £66 billion to its economy.

International visitor spending could also see a significant increase reaching £29 billion – just 20% below 2019 levels.

Meanwhile, employment growth could see a 14% boost year on year, equating to additional 580,000 jobs in 2022, resulting in over 4.7 million jobs, which is 445,000 above 2019 levels.

Eight Inc. to Design Global HQ for Beam Suntory

Eight Inc. to Design Global HQ for Beam Suntory

New York City, New York, United States, October 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, whose brands include Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, has retained experience design firm Eight Inc. to design its new global headquarters at 11 Madison Avenue in New York City.

The new headquarters, expected to open mid-2022, will be a shared space with Suntory America. Beam Suntory and Suntory America are both subsidiaries of Suntory Holdings, a global leader in alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, based in Japan. Eight Inc. has been asked to create a state-of-the-art center for collective and individual working— a “soul space” more than a workspace.

Beam Suntory selected Eight Inc. following a competitive RFP process. The company expects Eight Inc.’s human-centric design process and seamless integration of digital technology will result in a workplace where employees can thrive while doing their best work. Eight Inc. was founded in San Francisco, and has five offices across Asia, with a further six across North America, Europe and the Middle East.

“As the world returns to the office, there is an opportunity to rethink our workplaces, to meet people’s needs more fully and shape a better future.” said Roy Kim, Principal at Eight Inc. “We’re excited to be partnering with Beam Suntory and Suntory Holdings on what is one of the most significant and ambitious workplace projects since the pandemic changed the ways we work.”

“Beam Suntory’s growth ambitions are centered around premiumizing our brands, and there’s no better place to do that than in New York City, which is the epicenter of luxury,” said Jessica Spence, President of Brands, Beam Suntory. “We are thrilled to partner with Eight Inc. to create a space that will inspire our people, attract top talent, and showcase everything that our incredible company and our iconic brands can be. And we are honored to go through this process with Suntory Holdings, to create a space where Suntory leaders and other group company representatives can come to collaborate and truly realize the vision of One Suntory.”

The new HQ will be located at 11 Madison Avenue, a masterpiece of Art Deco design and home to renowned restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. It will provide around 100,000 square feet of office space and is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.

Eight Inc. has previously designed workspaces for a wide portfolio of public, private and non-profit organizations, including Felissimo, Guazi, Dubai Tourism, Apple and Donors Choose.

Eight Inc. is a global creative collective that specializes in designing innovative, integrated human experiences. Its 200+ business creatives and strategic designers collaborate across 11 studios, 7 time zones, and 3 continents.

Beam Suntory is the spirits arm of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. It was created in 2014, with the acquisition of Beam Inc., the world leader in bourbon, by Suntory Holdings. Its spirit brands include Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbons, as well as Japanese whiskeys Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu.

About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.

Chef Zhang Presents Bold New Menu at Golden Flower Restaurant Macau

Chef Zhang Presents Bold New Menu at Golden Flower Restaurant Macau

Macao, Macao SAR, October 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Up and Coming Young Chef Zhang Zhi Cheng presents a bold new menu featuring traditional and contemporary Sichuan, Shandong and Northern cuisines. Michelin two-starred Golden Flower at Wynn Macau is pleased to welcome Executive Chef Zhang Zhi Cheng – one of the hottest up and coming young chefs in the culinary world who is well-versed in the timeless flavors of classic and contemporary Sichuan, Shan- dong and Northern Chinese cuisines. Steeped in history and rich in cultural heritage, each of these extraordinary cuisines beautifully complements the refined and elegant ambience of Golden Flower.

With Chef Zhang at the helm, ingenuity is at the heart of every dish. Behind the love that he pours into the preparation of each dish is passion and persistence. A master at unleashing the potential of original ingredients to unearth a myriad of flavors, Chef Zhang has already earned a reputation for inventing dishes that deeply touch the soul. Before arriving at Golden Flower, he opened a private kitchen within the courtyard residence of an ancient hutong, where he introduced bold and innova- tive dishes. Soon after opening, the private kitchen quickly rose to become one of the hottest dining destinations in Beijing. Now at Golden Flower, Chef Zhang infuses his cooking philosophy and unique culinary concepts into masterful creations, presenting timeless classics for guests in Macau.

Bold interpretations of traditional and contemporary flavors

Pure, yet rich in flavor and multi-dimensional, each dish at Golden Flower resembles a masterfully crafted work of art. Highly experienced in both ancient and modern cooking techniques, Chef Zhang showcases the very best of traditional and contemporary Sichuan, Shandong and Northern Chinese dishes.

Introducing a degustation menu where regional delicacies take center stage, Chef Zhang precisely designed a dining experience to leave individuals with lasting memories. Like a story, it begins from the Prelude, moving on to Welcome Tea, Caviar, Beginning, Abundance, Soup, Heritage, Umami, Seasonal Vegetables, Bloom and ends with Finale. Through the culinary journey at Golden Flower, guests will discover Chef Zhang’s classic dishes, which include braised fish maw with superior chicken broth, sliced sea conch with Sichuan pepper oil, crisp codfish with balsamic vinegar, Si- chuan noodles with chili oil and more.

Tea artisans select China’s finest teas to pair with each dish

The art of tea has been intrinsically linked to Chinese gastronomy for thousands of years, and Si- chuan is the birthplace of the tea tree and the world’s tea culture. Golden Flower was first in Macau to provide personalized tea pairing services, and today, the restaurant’s experienced team of tea

artisans has thoughtfully selected more than 50 types of tea from all over China, together with vari- eties from Sichuan’s remote mountains to pair with its regional dishes and delicacies.

The artisans also developed one-of-a-kind teas to complement Golden Flower’s ambience and the four seasons. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s flower garden themed design, they have blended the “Golden Flower Signature Tea,” exuding fresh, floral aromas. In harmony with the sea- son’s climate, guests may also select from top-quality teas that are most beneficial for their health.

Upon entry into the dining area of Golden Flower, guests step immediately into an elegant and refined setting, themed around a flower garden. The restaurant’s interior mirrors the exquisite Chi- nese cuisine on offer, as well as harmony between man and nature. A reflection of China’s historic influence on the world, it also features a tea lounge and reception room inspired by the home of British tycoon, Frederick Leyland. Known as the “Peacock Room,” it is now on permanent display at Washington D.C.’s Freer Gallery of Art. For a more exclusive dining experience, the restaurant also features two private VIP rooms, each for a group of 10 who wishes to indulge in an extraordinary gastronomic journey together.

About Wynn Macau
Wynn Macau is a luxury hotel and casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with two iconic towers featuring a total of 1,010 spacious rooms and suites, approximately 252,000 square feet of casino space, over 59,000 square feet of retail space, 12 food and beverage outlets, two spas, a salon and a pool. The resort proudly boasts three distinct entertainment experiences, including Macau’s only choreographed Performance Lake, blending lofty plumes of water, gracefully choreographed music from Broadway tunes to renowned Chinese songs, powerful LED lights and fire effects.

Wynn Macau is operated by international resort developer Wynn Resorts, recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Macau continues to hold the distinct honor of being the only resort in the world with 8 Forbes Five-Star Awards for five consecutive years.

Nomadhood Celebrates Digital Nomads and the Future of Work and Travel

Nomadhood Celebrates Digital Nomads and the Future of Work and Travel

Manila, Philippines, October 15, 2021 / TAVELINDEX / COVID-19, if anything, teaches many to take a few steps back. Declutter, live simply, work moderately, go local, and appreciate people and the planet.

Imagine… with very few things, your laptop, and a backpack, you can work from anywhere? It’s now more than possible to support local tourism, while spending less, and wasting less!

Maybe the “digital nomad” life is for you, if you want to work from anywhere… at cafes, beaches, or hotel rooms – name it! While digital nomads have existed since the rise of Zoom, GoToMeeting and other conferencing platforms – they now represent professional freedom.

In the Philippines, Nomadhood.co is the latest community not only for expats, or domestic tourists, but especially for these hardworking travelers. The new website will soon offer online and offline spaces to find safe, comfortable, efficient, and even sustainable working conditions around the country.

To launch Nomadhood.co, in partnership with AsiaTVOfficial, Metro Channel and Metro.Style, the Philippines’ very first hybrid DIGITAL NOMAD FESTIVAL is slated on 23 October 2021, Saturday, at 1 PM GMT+8.

1) Tune-in via YouTube @AsiaTVOfficial : Interactive dialogue between the Tourism Promotions Board and Junior Tourism and Hospitality Management Association, with international guest speakers, games and breakouts games with Pinoy digital nomad influencers

2) Visit Offline at partner destinations: Get a FREE/ discounted welcome drink and Nomadhood merchandise, at any of the 3:
– Sinag Hostel – Siargao
3167 Brgy. Catangnan, Siargao Island
– Marina de Bay
Purok Sandiwa Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island Iconik Travels
– UP Town Center
SDG Builders Group-Garden Tower Hub

Register at www.Nomadhood.co for FREE tickets, and get a chance to even WIN a free 1-MONTH stay in Siargao for digital nomads!!!

Everybody dreams to move from congested urban areas, back to nature, to walk freely and breathe fresh air. But with the hassle of fluctuating quarantine protocols, it only makes sense with fast internet and protocol-compliant coworking spaces.

By year two of lockdowns, businesses continue to reimagine the New Normal. According to the recently concluded Tech in Asia Conference: “There’s no doubt that if businesses and organizations don’t digitalize, they’re going to get left behind.”

The pandemic comes with the creative responsibility, too, of rethinking plastic waste, growing organic food, protecting biodiversity and promoting clean energy, among best practices by development projects of the SDG Builders Group. Everybody is called to chime in. Leaving nobody behind is at the fingertips of the tourism and hospitality sector, and with internet providers expanding access and governments easing public health concerns, we can begin to reimagine what was once unimaginable : The Future of Work and Travel.

Raffles Hotels Bring Legendary Hospitality Experience to Romantic Udaipur

Raffles Hotels Bring Legendary Hospitality Experience to Romantic Udaipur

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Raffles Udaipur, a flagship hotel in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts portfolio and the revered brand’s first location in India, offers a fresh perspective on the city of Udaipur and region of Rajasthan, from a 21-acre private island set in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar Lake.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the expansive property is reminiscent of a magnificent country estate, with beautifully manicured, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding hills, tranquil lake and a 400-year-old temple. Arrival is via a scenic 20-minute drive from the airport, followed by a calming boat ride tailed by migratory birds, as a natural spectacle unfolds before the eyes of visiting guests. Sightings of some of the most exquisite birds, such as the greater flamingo, the ibises, great egret, painted stork and pied kingfisher, paint a mystical picture as the guests move slowly towards the island.

The influence of the island’s flora and fauna can be seen in the intricate details of the country estate, ‘greater flamingo’ being the most prominent one. The hotel is meticulously adorned with a variety of flora, ranging from the fragrant white frangipani and the night-blooming jasmine to stunning spider lilies and the peepal tree that holds great religious significance.

The hotel itself is an architectural marvel of 101 luxurious rooms, suites and signature suites that elegantly interweave western cultural references with Rajasthan’s royal heritage and elements of Mughal architecture. Guestrooms have uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design aesthetic with murals, handcrafted furniture and other crafts by local artisans.

“I am proud and delighted to see how Raffles Udaipur has opened to such acclaim and established itself as a market leader in such a short space of time. As a member of Raffles’ close-knit global portfolio, it is bringing to life our shared vision of true hotelcraft,” said Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express.

Under Culinary Director Prasad Metrani, Raffles Udaipur is a culinary aficionado’s paradise with fresh, new flavours to relish every day. At Sawai Kitchen, the Indian speciality restaurant, guests can expect to be graciously served the lost recipes from the region’s royal households, reinvented for modern tastes. Harvest, set to open before the end of the year, offers an interactive farm-to-table dining experience with produce foraged from the estate farm, spotlighting the region’s food traditions; while culinary enthusiasts can enjoy a co-cooking experience at Rasoi, the cookery school. The Raffles Patisserie offers freshly baked breads, classic French desserts, signature Raffles pastries and more. Guests can dine under the crystal clear sky, overlooking the breathtaking views of the lake at the Belvedere Point. Mindfully crafted alfresco dining experiences, framed by the picturesque hills that surround the lake, draw inspiration from the five elements: earth, fire, water, air and space.

For a sophisticated and discreet experience, guests can linger over intimate conversations or take a book to read at The Writers Bar, while indulging in bespoke artisanal and classic cocktails, as well as a champagne & caviar menu. For the elegant Afternoon High Tea experience, guests can anticipate exquisite savouries and desserts, along with specially curated teas from the Kangra hills in Himachal Pradesh and the best coffees from Southern India, introduced by the Tea Sommelier. In contrast, the iconic Long Bar, a hallmark of the Raffles brand designed with European wood and leather, with engravings by local artisans, is a perfect place to socialise. It offers fine Indian spirits, single malts, local brews from across Rajasthan and the signature Udaipur Sling – the Singapore classic remade with fresh produce from the island and home-made syrups.

The Raffles Spa, a space full of natural light with an embroidered canopy to encourage a sense of nurturing, offers a private escape, with authentic treatments and personalised programmes that prioritise both emotional and physical well-being. The fitness centre is well-equipped for an invigorating work-out and the swimming pool invites guests to take a languorous dip, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

Raffles Udaipur, as with every Raffles hotel around the world, reflects the cultural and natural heritage and mood of its location, offering unforgettable experiences, from a celestial cruise under the moon, to guided farm tours, astronomy, yoga and meditation. Raffles’ legendary service is delivered by private butlers and thoughtfully tailored to individual travellers’ needs.

“Whether you are looking for a rare place of extraordinary discovery or a romantic getaway with captivating sunsets, Raffles Udaipur is the ideal choice,” said Abhishek Sharma, General Manager. “With breath-taking views of the lake from every room, the chance for long, leisurely, romantic walks around our magnificent gardens, and experiences like star gazing and full moon rituals, we are a sanctuary for travellers on a quest for peace and rejuvenation.”

Guests can also choose this island location as a memorable setting for special events and celebrations. The Grand Ballroom of 9,000 square feet, including pre-function area, multiple outdoor gathering areas and an on-site temple, is set to make landmark moments simply unforgettable.

Speaking about the opening, Puneet Dhawan, ‎Senior Vice President of Operations – India & South Asia, Accor, said, “India is a strategic focus with long-term growth potential for Accor and it’s an exciting time for us as we present the iconic Raffles brand to the market. The rich cultural heritage, the regal past, and the grand architecture that gives the city its splendour all contribute to the Raffles Udaipur experience. Discerning travellers will now be able to experience the bespoke and immersive hospitality that is quintessentially Raffles. We look forward to warmly welcoming our guests and allowing them to discover what we have created, a confluence of Raffles’ global ethos and local Indian sensitivities.”

Guests can plan their first stay at Raffles Udaipur with an exclusive Royal Escape featuring Raffles high tea, morning yoga with the in-house master and sunset cocktail hour. Visitors are encouraged to breathe in the enchanting views of the Udai Sagar Lake and discover the lush green landscapes with the in-house naturalist during their s­­­tay. Enjoy culinary sensations at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ‘Royal Escape’ package starts from USD 600* plus taxes per night and is valid until 4 November 2021.

Siam Piwat Takes Thailand on to World Stage in Malaysia

Siam Piwat Takes Thailand on to World Stage in Malaysia

Bangkok, Thailand, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Siam Piwat, the owner and operator of prestigious world-renowned retail developments, such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, and a joint venture partner of ICONSIAM and Siam Premium Outlets, is launching Thailand further onto the world stage and bolstering confidence among partners as well as all sectors involved by announcing its partnership with Pavilion Group, a leading developer, investor, and operator of shopping centers in Malaysia. In this collaboration, Siam Piwat will debut its own curated Thai brands to showcase the height of creative Thainess at Pavilion Bukit Jalil, which is set to become the largest fully integrated regional lifestyle mall in the Southern Corridor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of its plan to expand to various platforms globally.

– A milestone in the history of Asia’s retail industry is reached as two retail giants join hands as business partners.
– The historic partnership reinforces Siam Piwat’s vision to launch Thailand further onto the world stage and take Thai entrepreneurs to showcase creative crafts and products while expanding to other international platforms.
– ICONCRAFT, Absolute Siam and Ecotopia, three Thai brands popular among foreigners, will establish their first overseas presence.

Ms. Usara Yongpiyakul, Chief Executive Officer – Retail Business Group, Siam Piwat Co., Ltd. remarked on this collaboration: “One of Siam Piwat’s primary policies is to build awareness of Thai brands on the global stage as well as to transform ‘local heroes’ into ‘global heroes’ and expand their business internationally as COVID-19 has hindered travel to Thailand. Therefore, this collaboration will not only open up additional sales channels for SMEs to help them expand beyond online or e-commerce platforms but will also help drive the Thai economy. As part of this expansion, we have joined hands with a strong partner like Pavilion Group, a veteran large-mall operator and developer.

We have selected Pavilion Bukit Jalil to debut our first brick-and-mortar stores in Malaysia for three carefully selected Thai brands in a way that will captivate and resonate with both Malaysian and international visitors. Pavilion Group is one of Siam Piwat’s Global Privilege Partners, and we have been collaborating to offer exclusive privileges to our customers. This new partnership to introduce Thai products to an overseas market will make Siam Piwat’s another significant stride towards building a solid network with powerful business leaders.

For more than 10 years that Siam Piwat has been working in collaboration with many government agencies, such as the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) and the Creative Economy Agency (CEA), to incubate entrepreneurs, we enhance their products by partnering them with experts and offering assistance with product design and packaging design. We also teach them how to use data management systems to manage their business, create an e-platform, and raise sponsorship. Moreover, we share knowledge with them on managing their finance, finding new sales channels, and gaining publicity. All of these initiatives have not only enhanced their ability to generate income but also empowered them, filling them with a sense of pride and giving them more exposure and international business opportunities.”

Siam Piwat’s three Thai brands, namely Ecotopia, ICONCRAFT, and Absolute Siam, are massively popular among foreign tourists thanks to the unique identity and creativity of their products. Developed by Siam Piwat, Ecotopia, ICONCRAFT, and Absolute Siam seek to showcase the height of Thai craftsmanship ranging from innovative, contemporary crafts to products by Thai craftsmen, SMEs across the country, designers ,and the ingenuity of young eco co- creators. The products under these three brands all deliver the experience of creative Thainess and distinct appeal to international shoppers.

Ecotopia: Ecotopia is an eco-conscious community of like-minded people who believe in ‘Together, We Co-Create a Better World’. that is approachable and practical for all walks of life.It reflects Siam Piwat’s Co-Creation’ business model to create shared value, which is the company core vision of all of its retail developments. Together with 12 eco-creators, Ecotopia presents a new and amicable eco-centric experience.

ICONCRAFT: Siam Piwat launched ICONCRAFT as a hub of inspiration to showcase the height of Thai craftsmanship first domestically then to the world. ICONCRAFT celebrates local wisdom in a new perspective while presenting it through Thai craftworks. Above all, ICONCRAFT is the opened door for over 800 craftsmen, designers, and local communities across Thailand, forging paths for them towards modern trade. Efforts include educating, create branding, marketing, and providing financial advices in order to be the retail ecosystem that truly creates sustainable success and gives mutual benefits for all involved. The product categories are wide and interesting, namely jewelry, souvenirs, home decors, unique art and craft, lifestyle and everyday artifacts, scents and aroma, and food and snacks.

Absolute Siam: A trendsetting multi-brands concept store that features a mix of leading fashion and lifestyle brands under one roof. Many first ever and distinctive collaborations by leading and upcoming Thai designers producing exclusive collections. A space that houses over 60 fashion, art, tech, and lifestyle brands, offerings one-of-kind innovative and bold products and set new trends and services in Absolute Siam’s style.

“Thailand has just as rich and unique a culture as any other country. This uniqueness and richness is shaped by extraordinary creativity and conveyed through a wide range of exquisite artworks and design products that have proven to appeal to people across the globe. We recognize the value and delicate magnificence of Thai culture and the creativity of Thai artisans, designers, and creators. We are proud to have Siam Piwat’s presence exclusively in Pavilion Bukit Jalil as they continue to expand abroad. These new stores will provide Malaysians and international visitors the chance to experience a hint of Thai culture without leaving KL,” said Dato’ Joyce Yap, Chief Executive Officer of Retail for Kuala Lumpur Pavilion Sdn Bhd, the Retail Planner of Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

“Malaysia and Thailand have very close ties and share not only borders but also various cultural similarities. We believe that this collaboration is just the beginning and will lead to even greater things, such as joint efforts to boost the region’s economy and initiatives to showcase and nurture the uniqueness and magnificence of ASEAN nations,” concluded Usara.

Siam Piwat has continued to launch Thailand further onto the world stage and support SMEs by curating a selection of products across various categories that have proven popular among foreigners from its affiliated stores and joining forces with various retail partners overseas to have them featured on high-potential international platforms for sale both online and offline in Asian countries with high purchasing power and economic growth rates, such as China, Malaysia, Vietnam, among others.

About Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.
Siam Piwat is a leading world-class retail and real estate developer from Thailand. Over 60 years, we have owned and operated Bangkok’s most visited retail and lifestyle destinations such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, ICONSIAM, and Siam Premium Outlets. We are recognized as a thought-leader in our sector who creates extraordinary prototype properties as well as management excellence in retail development, aiming to consistently deliver unparalleled experiences that delight and inspire customers. Absolute Siam, ICONCRAFT and Ecotopia are the one-of-a-kind prototypes that are curated and operated by us.

About Pavilion Bukit Jalil
Located in the heart of Bukit Jalil, Pavilion Bukit Jalil, the Icon of Connectivity – Malaysia’s lifestyle shopping mall sets to transform the southern corridor of Kuala Lumpur into the new cornerstone of metropolitan lifestyle and retail. With Net Lettable Area (NLA) of 1.8 million square feet, Pavilion Bukit Jalil will offer a vibrant retail mix, gastronomical wonders and innovative recreations, reinforcing its position as the lifestyle shopping destination connected to the best-in-class retail, dining and leisure experience.

Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories List Unveiled

Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories List Unveiled

Leiden, Netherlands, October 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The 2021 Top 100 Unveiling Ceremony took place on the 5th of October during the Global Green Destination Days, the annual flagship event of Green Destinations to connect sustainability professionals, destinations, and tourism boards. Every year, the Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories competition collects Good Practice Stories from destinations all over the world to be shared as inspiring examples to others, from tourism professionals to travellers.

With the tourism sector facing very challenging times in the past years, the resilience and hard work of these destinations to become more responsible should be celebrated. The 2021 selection was determined by the quality, transferability, and more than ever by the level of innovation of the stories.

Submissions were evaluated by the Top 100 Team, country experts and Green Destination Partners, coordinated by Green Destinations. Selection to the Top 100 list does not mean the destination is sustainable, but that the destination has demonstrated compliance with at least minimum sustainability standards and presented a quality Good Practice Story.
The 2021 Top 100 list will be available on the Green Destinations website. Top 100 participants have been invited to be featured in the Good Travel Guide, enabling them to tell their sustainability stories to responsible travellers looking for inspiration.

Green Destinations is the world’s leading destinations’ network for responsible tourism. By participating in the Green Destinations program, a destination gains insight into its performance and perspectives in sustainable tourism planning, hospitality, green economy, and the protection of local values. Green Destinations certification enables a place to present itself as a responsible, healthy, and authentic destination towards its visitors, residents, and entrepreneurs.

Organizations Enter into Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

Organizations Enter into Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

Suva, Fiji, October 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Tourism Organization and Destination Mekong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster a collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.

With their extensive membership of the greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as Southwestern Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guanxi) and 20 Pacific Island countries (PICs), spanning all four sub-regions, SPTO and Destination Mekong represent world-class tourism destinations that will benefit from information sharing and best- practice experiences under the MoU.

A key objective of the partnership is to accelerate sustainable and inclusive tourism growth post- pandemic, so as to ensure that tourism’s benefits are equitably distributed to all stakeholders whilst also enhancing sustainable tourism development practices in the destinations.

Speaking at the MoU announcement at the virtual Mekong World Tourism Day Forum, Destination Mekong founder and outgoing Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, Mr. Jens Thraenhart, noted the importance of innovative collaboration during this time.

“The MoU with SPTO signals an important step in a partnership agreement between two major regional tourism organizations, in a time when collaboration and sharing of knowledge is more important than ever, to practically assist our business communities prepare for a balanced tourism eco-system”, he said.

Similarly, SPTO Chief Executive, Mr. Christopher Cocker, emphasized the importance of building partnerships to effectively address common challenges.

“We are very excited to work with Destination Mekong to bring together our resources and experiences for the benefit of our respective member countries. We recognize that some Destination Mekong members are well established tourism destinations and will have valuable lessons to share with SPTO and our members”.

“Moreover, with diverse stakeholders and rapidly changing trends threats regional tourism is becoming more and more complex. Therefore, collaboration with like- minded partners is critical for regional tourism organisations, particularly against the backdrop of the pandemic. Innovation and collaboration will drive tourism’s recovery and ensure resilience in the long run”, said Mr. Cocker.

SPTO and Destination Mekong intend to host a virtual mini tourism forum towards the end of 2021, with details to be announced in due course.

SPTO
Established in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 21 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu Wallis & Futuna and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the Pacific Tourism Organisation also enlists a private sector membership base. SPTO’s mission is to ensure sustainable tourism development through innovative partnerships. The vision of the organisation is, “Our Pacific Islands’ empowered and benefitting from sustainable tourism”.

Destination Mekong
Destination Mekong is the regional destination marketing organization and is owned and funded by the private sector of the travel and tourism industry in the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion. DM initiates, develops, and operates various programs and initiatives aligned to the strategic framework of the regional Mekong Tourism collaboration, published by the six-member tourism ministries via its secretariat, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.