H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Middle East Design and Hospitality Week

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Middle East Design and Hospitality Week

Sharjah (Dubai) – September 20, 2019 (travelindex.com) – H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman & Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Chairman Dubai Airports inaugurated the first edition of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW) 2019 comprising eight prestigious design and hospitality events, taking place from 17th – 19th September 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Hotel Show Dubai, INDEX, The Leisure Show, Workspace, Surface Design Middle East, INDEX Home, and FM Expo presents over 1,200 exhibitors from 80 countries at MEDHW dedicated to the GCC’s design and hospitality industry. During the event, more than 100 leading experts from the region’s design and hospitality industries will be speaking at the Hospitality Leadership Forum, Hospitality Tech Efficiency Forum and The HTNG Tech Strategy Day, all taking place at The Hotel Show, and INDEX Design Talks at INDEX.

The theme for MEDHW is ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ which explores how companies in the hospitality, interiors and leisure sectors will be using asymmetry, typography, geometric shapes, and 3D patterns in the planning, sourcing and inspiration stages to create unique and stimulating environments leading up to landmark events in the region.

Tony Crinion, Portfolio Director, dmg events said, “Design is much more than an aesthetic element today. The GCC is at the threshold of embracing design for purpose and functionality more than ever before. Clients and interior design experts are coming together to create specific experiences trough holistic design approach at locations like hotels, restaurants, airports, retail spaces, offices, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, etc. I am delighted that MEDHW is a nexus for discussions and innovation that is leading the interior design industry in the GCC”.

According to analysts STR, the UAE continued to dominate the Middle East’s hotel construction pipeline in July. The UAE led with 54,438 rooms, which represented 31.8 percent of the market’s existing supply, followed by Saudi Arabia with 41,207 rooms. Lodging Econometrics forecasts that the Middle East will have 38,270 new hotel rooms in 2021.

Nathan Waugh, Portfolio Director, dmg events said, “In the Middle East, Dubai alone has a robust pipeline of new hotels and the existing ones are undergoing refurbishment as the Emirate gets ready to host 25 million visitors in six months starting October 2020. Hotel executives in the GCC, like their counterparts worldwide, realize that it is not enough to just sell access to rooms and beds but rather to offer a complete experience which caters to a variety of expectations. Over these three days, all hospitality industry professionals will have unique networking opportunities, get to share expertise and solutions, experience a variety of live events, explore current and future industry trends and source cutting edge new products”.

About dmg events
dmg event is a leading organizer of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.
We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings, and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

About DMGT
DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news, and entertainment.  The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information, and events & exhibitions.  In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1.4bn.


Travel More with Best Western and Enjoy up to 20% off with Your Mastercard

Travel More with Best Western and Enjoy up to 20% off with Your Mastercard

Bangkok (Thailand) – September 19, 2019 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has unveiled a major new campaign that makes it even easier for Mastercard members to stay and save in Asia Pacific. Under the new campaign, Mastercard cardholders will be offered up to 20 percent off the Best Available Rate (BAR) at participating Best Western Hotels & Resorts hotels all across the region*.

With hotels and resorts in many attractive Asian destinations, from vibrant gateway cities to tranquil beach resorts and exciting emerging markets, this enticing promotion is perfect for all types of travelers, including relaxing family vacations and fast-paced business trips.

This new promotion is valid for all room types on bookings made from today, and the stay must be completed by June 30, 2020. Reservations must be made directly with Best Western using the promotional code “MASTERCARD” and the entire stay must be pre-paid with a Mastercard.

All Best Western Rewards® members can also enjoy a wide range of additional benefits with Best Western Points! Not a member yet? Sign up for free today at www.bestwestern.com/rewards

For more information, please visit www.bestwestern.com/en_US/offers/asia-hotel-discounts/mastercard.html.

*Not including South Korea, other terms of conditions apply

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 16 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® and SureStay Collection® franchises**. For more information visit www.bestwestern.com or www.bestwesterndevelopers.com.
* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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

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

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

Singapore Airlines Leverages Sabre to Promote NDC to Travel Agents

Singapore Airlines Leverages Sabre to Promote NDC to Travel Agents

Singapore (Singapore) – September 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Sabre Corporation the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today announced a collaboration with Singapore Airlines for the expansion of their NDC programme, KrisConnect. Effective November 2019, this venture will provide select Sabre connected agents in Singapore with the ability to access and book unique NDC content from Singapore Airlines. As the programme continues to roll-out across the region, all Sabre connected agents will have the ability to leverage KrisConnect.

As a member of Sabre’s innovative Beyond NDC program since 2018, Singapore Airlines’ commitment to NDC is well-established. The new KrisConnect programme, which will expand digital distribution capabilities and enrich the customer experience, further establishes collaboration between two industry leaders, which will be essential to the success of the programme.

Under the KrisConnect programme, Sabre will provide travel agents with scalable, NDC-enabled offerings from Singapore Airlines, and enable end-to-end workflows with rich, integrated content. With this launch, Sabre agencies will have access to a broader array of fares and a more tailored shopping experience via the Sabre agency point-of-sale, in addition to having access to new, KrisConnect-exclusive content categories, ancillary bundles, and third-party content.

“Sabre is pleased to support Singapore Airlines’ in their fast-tracked NDC journey. With our scalable platform, we can transform the way air products are retailed, fuel product differentiation and optimize time-to-market to generate incremental revenue for the carrier,” said Rakesh Narayanan, vice president, South Asia and Pacific, Sabre Travel Solutions Airline Sales. “Together, with our long-term customer Singapore Airlines, Sabre is committed to making NDC become an everyday reality for travellers, carriers, agencies, corporations and more,” he added

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

Cineposium Held Concurrently with UNWTO General Assembly

Cineposium Held Concurrently with UNWTO General Assembly

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) held it’s 43rd Annual Cineposium in St. Petersburg from September 13th to 16th, 2019 at the same time as the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

This year, Cineposium offered a unique platform, uniting the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), representatives from the world film industry and representatives from the international and federal media. Critical topics presented at Cineposium include the rise of content and its impact on a territory’s capacity, global film tourism and screen industry development. In addition to showcasing St. Petersburg as a destination for film, television and other forms of production, Cineposium helped to establish co-production links between domestic and foreign filmmakers.

Cineposium speakers addressed hot-button issues such as the TV content boom, co-production, infrastructure development, the evolution of gaming, film tourism and gender equality. Sessions held in partnership with the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) and Asian Film Commission Network (AFCNet) highlighted production in Europe and Asia. A joint reception at Saint Petersburg’s historic Catherine Palace will celebrate Cineposium’s first collaboration with UNWTO and growing public interest in film tourism (i.e., interest in locations featured in films and TV series).

“The growth of ‘film tourism’ presents exciting new opportunities for AFCI to work with UNWTO and other organizations to expand Cineposium’s global reach and relevance,” added Conoplia.

Cineposium is the only international conference focused on connecting film commissioners, production industry partners and policymakers. Over the past decade it has been held in the United States, France, New Zealand, Spain and South Korea. Cineposium is one of AFCI’s two hallmark annual events (the other is AFCI Week held each April in Los Angeles).

For this year’s Cineposium, AFCI was working closely with the Russian Office of Film Commissions and the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint Petersburg for support with venues, programming and production.

Saint Petersburg offered Cineposium attendees a unique, world-class conference experience. The city is known to Russians as the “Window to the West,” and at Cineposium also became a window into Russia’s growing media production industry.

Skal Thailand Donates School Bags to School in Honduras

Skal Thailand Donates School Bags to School in Honduras

Roatan (Honduras) – September 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Skål Thailand attending the 2019 World Congress and wanting to give back to needy causes picked a Honduras poor school to visit. Visiting the school when they stopped over in Roatan during the 80th Skål World Congress on board the Symphony of the Seas cruise liner, to make their donation.

The Skål members from Thailand donated free back packs for 120 poor village school children.

Commenting on this initiative Skål Thailand President Wolfgang Grimm said, “Skål Thailand Backpacks for Kids is an outreach CSR initiative organized by Skål Thailand as a CSR activity for the Skål World Congress 2019, in order to give back to the communities we will encounter.

“This is our way of helping out the children in need during these tough economic times in the destinations the congress will be visiting.”

Backpacks were sourced from a wholesaler based in the USA and paid for by Skål Clubs in Thailand

There are many families that cannot afford to buy their children a new backpack or supplies. They send their children to school with old or tattered backpacks which can affect their confidence and willingness to participate in school with a positive outlook.

Our goal is to provide these children with a new and cool backpack with basic school supplies pack inside. Also money saved by these parents are then able to be redirected to other needs such as uniforms, shoes and other basic needs, in some cases food and other things we take for granted.

“Over 100 happy smiling faces on kids was a joy to behold. They have very little in life, education is a key to their future success and a small head start with our gift of love given by strangers can make a huge difference. This was our small financial gift from Thailand”, said Snr Vice President of SKÅL Thailand Kevin Rautenbach.

UNWTO General Assembly Celebrates the Synergy of Film and Tourism

UNWTO General Assembly Celebrates the Synergy of Film and Tourism

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 17, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Running right through the 23rd General Assembly in St Petersburg has been the topic of film and tourism. At the start of the Assembly, Spanish entrepreneur and President of Atlético de Madrid football cub Enrique Cerezo joined fellow experts to discuss the film industry’s close links with tourism and its shared values and benefits, including bringing people together and creating jobs and opportunities for all. Building on this, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili will take part in Cineposium, a leading international event around the world of cinema and visual production taking place back to back to the General Assembly.

Celebrating the role of film in promoting destinations and sustainable tourism, the General Assembly also saw the awarding of the first prize for “Exceptional Stories of Sustainable Tourism” during the Video Competition of the General Assembly. Chile won the new award, with the jury of leading journalists and media professionals applauding their clear demonstration of how tourism can help preserve traditional ways of life. Awards for Outstanding Country Promotional Videos were presented to: Tunisia, Mexico, India, Greece and Portugal, and Egypt. ​

World Tourism Organization Welcomes Palau as its Newest Member

World Tourism Organization Welcomes Palau as its Newest Member

Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 17, 2019 (travelindex.com) – UNWTO’s Member States unanimously welcomed Palau as a full Member at the 23rd General Assembly. The Pacific nation is made up of 240 islands and is committed to growing its tourism sector in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Palau is an archipelago of over 200 largely limestone and volcanic islands, covered in tropical forest, fringed by large barrier reefs and turquoise lagoons.

Palau is a pristine paradise with approximately 75% covered in native forest and mangroves, offering numerous activities and adventure options; explore the archaeological site at Babeldaob’s northernmost point, where you’ll find 37 large basalt monoliths on a hillside some weighing up to 4,500kg, visit the World War II battlefields, war memorials, and shrines or learn more about Palau’s rich cultural heritage at Ngarachamayong Cultural Centre.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 16th September 2019

Saint Ange Tourism Report – 16th September 2019

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – September 17, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Tourism matters because tourism is today the pillar of the Seychelles economy. But tourism remains very volatile as an industry. It threads on stability for it continued successes. External forces can disrupt tourism at anytime and this destinations such as the Seychelles can do little about, but it is also vulnerable to local and to Government actions. Here operational costs, safety and security, cleanliness and value for money always comes in as a major point of consideration.

External forces include how oil prices fare and this today is and will remain a worry. News breaking this morning shows it clearly:- “Oil’s on the boil gain. Brent surges over 10% after a coordinated drone attack hit on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry forces the kingdom to cut its oil output in half. This is brent’s biggest advance ever”. This may well start impacting on cost of travel and long haul tourism destinations are first to feel the impact. Strikes like the recent British Airways one where flights are just simply cancelled or the weather as is the case in Spain just days ago are all actions or causes that keep would be travellers to stay at home.

External forces we all can do little about, but locally manoeuvred challenges we most certainly can pressure the State to hear the call being made by the private sector to remove obstacle and to let them work.

Selected as one of “Africa Top 100 Global Tourism Personalities”

A letter received this week marked my years working in the tourism industry. Being recognised for the work you do or have done shows that you went beyond your day to day responsibilities. The organisers of the AFRICA TOP 100 GLOBAL TOURISM PERSONALITIES AWARDS wrote:- “On Behalf of the Board of ATQ News in collaboration with Akwaaba African Travel Market, It is our delight to inform you that you have been selected as one of the Africa Top 100 Global Tourism Personalities. This award is expected to honour personalities in the travel and tourism sector that have exemplified themselves in the industry and contributed to the growth of the sector in Africa and in the Diaspora. The event will be part of the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019. The award recognizes personalities of African Origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and its Diaspora. The shortlist was developed by Atqnews, Akwaaba Travel Market and their Partners.

The Africa Travel 100 Awards now in its 18th year, has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners and governments official who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information. It is also set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry and through their efforts and that of their organizations have impacted positively to the travel and tourism sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders.

This years awards will hold on the 23rd September, 2019 during the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market from 22nd to 24th in Lagos, Nigeria”.

Confirmed as Speaker at the 1st Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference

Africa and it’s Diaspora has had a very strange relationship over the years. They need each other in a complimentary way but have not yet worked out how to relate. Tourism could be the sure way to build a sustainable relationship.

To help give this a boost the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market have decided to collaborate with US based Africa Diaspora Awards to organise a conference of Africa- Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference.

The conference will take place on the 23rd of September 2019 as part of the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market in Lagos.

The Executive director of Africa Diaspora Awards Kitty Pope says “I am so excited to be a part of this project and 2019 marks the 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave Trade. This event finally reconnect Africa and it’s Diaspora in the right way through Travel and Tourism.”

Mr Ikechi Uko the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market in his response said ” we organised Africa Travel 100 Women Award in 2017 and women in Tourism groups in Africa took off and in 2018 we organised the Africa Travel 100 Awards for Tour Operators and organised the first African Tour Operators Summit and this event of Africa Travel 100 global Personalities will finally bring together all the major players in Africa and the Diaspora. This collaboration with Kitty Pope and her organisation will help energise Collaborations across the seas.”

AKWAABA Travel Market has grown to become the most important African Tourism marketing platform in the West Africa drawing attendance from numerous visitors from over 20 Countries. This Travel Fair not only boasts a large amount of visitors but also excels in the promotion of the Exhibitors from the region’s leading Hotels, Airlines, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and similar industry Suppliers that participates in the Event.

African Diaspora Tourism is a public relations company with the website AfricanDiasporaTourism.com that is dedicated to promoting the cultural heritage of people of African descent living in the African Diaspora in order to promote tourism to sites, events and other phenomenon related to black cultural heritage and history.

African Diaspora Tourism is the parent company of the ADWT-Awards. As a public relations company African Diaspora Tourism has presented various events, exhibits, tours and conferences related to black cultural heritage. ADWT have also done road shows and receptions for Africa and countries of the Diaspora.

UNWTO has a new Executive Council Chair: Hon. Najib Balala of Kenya

The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, The Hon. Minister Najib Balala was elected to chair the UNWTO executive council.

This election took place Friday during the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Immediately after this important election the African Tourism Board chairman Cuthbert Ncube congratulated in saying: “The African Tourism Board congratulates the Kenyan minister, the Honorable Najib Balala on his election to lead the UNWTO Executive Council.

This is an important achievement not only for him but for Africa and its vibrant travel and tourism industry. It shows the importance and richness of Africa as a driver in the global travel and tourism industry.

Pope Francis ended his 2019 Indian Ocean Trip in Mauritius

After Mozambique and Madagascar Pope Francis was in the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island on Mauritius. The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation reported that the very humble Roman Catholic Leader sat next to his driver as he moved around Mauritius as the picture by Sedley Assonne showed. The other photos of Pope Francis was by Nathalie Rose.

The Mauritius visit by the Pope attracted many pilgrims from Seychelles who travelled the two odd hours to follow the mass by the Pontiff.

Discover the Idyllic Beach Retreat at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Discover the Idyllic Beach Retreat at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Gaafu Alifu Atoll (Maldives) – September 18, 2019 (travelindex.com) – It seems the adage that good things come to those who wait is true. Following an exhaustive search for a suitably spectacular site, Raffles first resort in the Maldives, which soft-opened in May, now introduces 16 new overwater villas, set on the southern tip of the Maldives in the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll. A palm tree-peppered private island comprising of only 21 villas and residences, a sublime spa, beachside restaurants and world-class dive center with an on-site marine biologist, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a haven for beach lovers.

Just a moment away by boat and opening on 22 September, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Overwater Island Experience completes the resort. With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on the water. Together these two private islands offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service.

All the facilities of the resort – and the very best of the Maldives – will be at their full disposal. A unique offering, a Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkeling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish. Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.

“For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkeling and diving in the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

On the beach island, the overwater Raffles Spa combines Eastern practices with age-old local influences and offers highly personalized facials by Biologique Recherche; rejuvenating body treatments from Aromatherapy Associates; and signature manicure and pedicure services by Margaret Dabbs London. An expansive gym caters to all fitness levels; yoga sessions are held on an ocean-facing deck; a jogging route winds its way along with gardens abloom with hibiscus and bougainvillea; visiting practitioners will lead practice sessions in tai chi, mindfulness and more.

Relaxed feet-in-the-sand dining is encouraged here, too. The Firepit is an outdoor barbecue restaurant where hearty seafood and meat specialties such as spicy lobster with green papaya and tender beef tenderloin are flame-grilled over the charcoal fire. The tables and chairs carved from the sand are set directly on the shore for uninterrupted views of the starlit skyline. Starting with healthy smoothies and freshly baked pastries, breakfast is a highlight at the all-day international restaurant Thari. Paying homage to its namesake at Raffles Singapore, guests can enjoy the signature Maldives Sling at the Long Bar which features a special concoction of gin, grapefruit, coconut, cinnamon and clove that mirrors the Maldivian evening sunset.

The overwater island makes the most of its seascape setting at the pool bar, Yapa, where world-class mixologists create signature cocktails inspired by the spirits from South America and Japan. Enjoy a Pisco sour and delicious tacos while you watch the evening sunset over the Indian Ocean. At adjacent fine-dining restaurant Yuzu, Peruvian chef Anibal Torres serves the authentic Nikkei cuisine with a refreshing blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences using sustainable seafood from the local sourced market. Bespoke dining experiences include a sunrise breakfast on a private sandbank or relish in an exclusive Champagne and sashimi by the cruise deck with the company of playful dolphins.

Wherever guests spend the night, they will reside in some of the largest villas in the Maldives – each featuring a large marble bathtub, private pool, and outdoor shower. Surrounded by lush foliage, the beach villas offer a sunrise or sunset view while the overwater villas overlook the dazzlingly turquoise water.

“Accor is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles brand. The Raffles collection now includes 14 distinguished properties in leading addresses across 12 countries and we are thrilled to welcome guests at the first Raffles in the Maldives,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

On both islands, the luxurious two-bedroom residences provide an exclusive retreat for families and friends, while the Raffles Royal Residence offers the perfect setting for a very special celebration. Opening on the beach island next year, this three-bedroom hideaway is the ultimate Indian Ocean luxury that features an infinity pool, endless space and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful night skies under the stars.

Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1800 per night, including taxes and service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. An hour’s domestic flight south of Malé International Airport to Kaadhedhdhoo Airport is chargeable at US$500 net per person roundtrip.

About Raffles
Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducing the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues this tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travelers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty, and gentility, but for the extraordinary way they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travelers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

Nordic Film Festival Highlights Promising Growth for Film Industry

Nordic Film Festival Highlights Promising Growth for Film Industry

Bangkok (Thailand) – September 16, 2019 (travelindex.com) – The inaugural Nordic Film Festival 2019 will take place in Bangkok from 27 September to 29 September 2019 at Quartier CineArt, 4th Floor, EmQuartier to highlight the success of Nordic films and celebrate Nordic culture. This year the festival will shed light on sustainability and climate change, issues that are high on the agenda of all the Nordic countries. We will do so by making the logistics of the festival as environmentally friendly as possible. This modern film fest features eight movies selected to represent the quality of films from Nordic countries for Thai people to enjoy; across a variety of genres that show the arts & culture and way of life in the Nordic part of Northern Europe. Movies will be free for visitors to view and will be offered with English subtitles. Reservation can be made at Quartier CineArt, half an hour before each screening. Tickets are made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Nordic Film Festival 2019 is organized by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival aims to increase interest for the Nordics as a creative and innovative region and help to amplify the demand for quality films that already exist in Thailand.

The film selection from each country will include the Swedish biographical drama “Becoming Astrid” which is about the early life of the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The Swedish drama “Monky” is a film that partly takes place in Thailand and tells the story of Frank and his secret friendship with a mysterious gibbon ape. The two Norwegian films “What will people say” and “The Liverpool Goalie” might seem different but are both based on the values of love and life-changing events. This year Finland brings to the big screen an experimental documentary “My Stuff” which is a telling comment on consumerism and the value of material objects in the digital age while contemplating what’s important in life. Internationally sold Finnish drama “One Last Deal,” tells a story of an elderly art dealer who hopes to make one last deal and prove his worth to his estranged family. Denmark’s “Darling” is a drama about a world-famous ballerina and a dramatic mid-career meltdown. “I am William” is a story about William who lives with his uncle Nils. The film is based on a book by Kim Fupz Aakeson.

Date Time Movie Duration Genre Country
Friday, 27th September 2019 18:00 My Stuff 83 min Documentary,
Comedy Finland
20:00 Darling 102 min Drama Denmark
Saturday, 28th September 2019 15:00 I am William 86 min Adventure Denmark
17:00 Monky 90 min Drama Sweden
19.30 What will people say 106 min Drama Norway
Sunday, 29th September 2019 15:00 The Liverpool Goalie 90 min Comedy Norway
17:00 One Last Deal 95 min Drama Finland
19:30 Becoming Astrid 100 min Drama,
Biography of Sweden

The Nordic Film Festival 2019
The Nordic Film Festival 2019 is organized by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden and supported by ARITCO (Thailand), Assa Abloy (Thailand), Bang & Olufsen (Thailand), Finnair, Georg Jensen (Thailand), Volvo Buses (Thailand), Volvo Cars (Thailand).