Τρίτη, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2017

China Airlines to introduce London-Taipei route in December

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China Airlines has decided to introduce a brand new non-stop service from London Gatwick to Taoyuan International of Taipei from 1st December 2017.

This new service would be operational four times every week from Gatwick’s South Terminal with a flight time of just over 13 hours aboard China Airlines’ Airbus A350-900.

The airplane can carry up to 306 passengers with a three-class configuration comprising a premium economy option.

Toger Han, senior vice president, Europe, China Airlines mentioned that they are excited to be returning to the United Kingdom this year thereby making travel between Taiwan and the UK quite convenient and accessible.

By providing the only non-stop flight service between these two nations they are certain about being able to welcome travellers who might not consider Taiwan as their first outbound destination previously. He further stated that their route launch marks a beautiful array of destinations all across Asia on onward to Australia for British tourists to relish.

The Airbus A350 had proven to be a lovely airplane, favored among travellers.

This route launch marks a first for the national flag carrier of Taiwan in setting up a base at London Gatwick Airport.

Previously the airline had operated a route between London Heathrow and Taipei in 2010 to 2012 and has also operated a service to Amsterdam with a connection to London via a codeshare with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Cruise Planners introduces New Alexa AI Program in a convention at Cancun, Mexico

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There was a convention by the Cruise Planners in Cancun, Mexico, where it is announced that a new artificial intelligence program which includes the development of two Alexa Skills which will be compatible with Amazon devices for the home based travel agents.

Cruise Planners introduced New Alexa AI Program for the consumers and the tour operators. This year’s event, based around the theme “CP Ignite,” drew hundreds of Cruise Planners travel agents.

At the event, Cruise Planners showcased its newest technology solution, CP Maxx, its next-generation booking and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

CP Maxx is a now faster and more streamlined platform, was introduced with new features and benefits and was designed strategically with feedback directly from internal teams and the Cruise Planners Agent Technology Advisory Board.

CP Maxx will incorporate with the new Cruise Planners Alexa Skills designed for both Cruise Planners agents and their clients.

Developed in-house by Cruise Planners’ technology team, the Alexa Skills are intended to brace the connection between Cruise Planners travel agents and their clients.

Cruise Planners CEO and co-founder Michelle Fee said this new tools would allow the tour agents to spend more time growing their sales.

Cruise Planners continues to expand its business in luxury tourism resulting the maximum growth in 2017.

The executives from all the major ocean and river cruise brands in the world presented during the general session and hosted intimate the round table deliberations throughout the convention.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World announced winners of the SLH Awards 2017

LONDON - Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds, UK, as Hotel of the Year at the SLH Awards 2017. Described as ‘very nearly perfect’, it is one of thirteen hotels in SLH’s 500-strong portfolio of independently minded hotels that were honoured with awards at the luxury brand’s International Conference in California last week. The awards highlighted excellence in everything from notable staff and noteworthy suites, to their embracing of social media and the local community.
For the first time, many of the experiential categories were voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents. These included the Refinery New York (City Hotel of the Year), Baros Maldives (Resort Hotel of the Year) and Dormy House Hotel (Country House Hotel of the Year), which were then put forward for the ultimate accolade – Hotel of the Year. Meanwhile, immersive spa Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, two Michelin-starred ABaC Restaurant & Hotel in Barcelona and 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok were all deemed by SLH guests and agents to have the best spa, restaurant and suites respectively, and CastaDiva Resort & Spa on Lake Como was voted Most Romantic Retreat.Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Member hotels were invited to enter the awards designed to applaud their own innovation and high levels of service:
  • akyra Manor Chiang Mai in Thailand received the Love of Local award based on its ‘give back’ policy, working with the local community not only to source products but also assisting local schools
  • Giovanni Sanchez, a waiter at The Arch London’s Hunter 486 restaurant was awarded the Hotel Hero award, thanks to his bespoke and consistent excellence, extensively acknowledged by both colleagues and guests
  • Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Sri Lanka received the Most Instagrammable award based on its daily posts of an imaginary travel journal that travels into the nonsensical world of Edward Lear
  • Grand Hotel du Palais Royal in Paris was awarded Best Hotel Video for a ‘work of art’ featuring Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Casia Vengoecha
SLH’s infamous Mystery Inspectors also had their say based on their experiences whilst staying at each and every one of SLH hotels over the last twelve months, with Casas Del XVI in the Dominican Republic coming out top based on a combination of guest reviews, inspection scores and overall quality rating.
Also new for this year was an award to recognise a significant newcomer to the SLH family – this year Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay was the outstanding winner. Since opening in June, the hotel has received an unprecedented level of interest, press coverage and reservations.
Filip Boyen, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World said: “As curators of the very best small, luxury hotel experiences around the world, we are delighted to recognise these exceptional hotels that showcase our independently minded ethos in such a variety of creative, classy and culturally-relevant ways.”
The full list of winners and shortlisted finalists is as follows:
  • Hotel of the Year - Dormy House Hotel (UK)
  • City Hotel of the Year - Refinery New York (USA)
Shortlisted Finalists - Flemings London (UK); Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Italy)
  • Resort Hotel of the Year -  b (Maldives)
Shortlisted Finalists - Pangkor Laut Resort (Malaysia); Twinpalms Phuket (Thailand)
  • Country House Hotel of the Year – Dormy House Hotel (UK)
Shortlisted Finalists – Castello di Velona (Italy); Les Sources de Caudalie (France)
  • Best Newcomer Hotel – Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)
Shortlisted Finalists – Sikelia (Italy); La Zebra (Mexico)
  • Mystery Inspectors’ Excellence Award – Casas Del XVI (Dominican Republic)
Shortlisted Finalists – Baros Maldives (Maldives), Dormy House Hotel (UK)
  • Hotel Hero – Giovanni Sanchez, The Arch London (UK)
Shortlisted Finalists – Hannah RobertsFoxhill Manor (UK); Suphamat Namwongphrom, akyra Manor Chiang Mai (Thailand)
  • Love of Local – akyra Manor Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Shortlisted Finalists – The Betsy South Beach (USA); Pangulasian Island Resort (Philippines)
  • Best Gourmet Experience – ABaC Restaurant & Hotel (Spain)
Shortlisted Finalists – The Iroquois New York (USA); Baros Maldives (Maldives)
  • Best Hotel Video – Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (France)
Shortlisted Finalists - Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge (France); Canaves Oia (Greece)
  • Most Instagrammable – Owl and The Pussycat Hotel (Sri Lanka)
Shortlisted Finalists – Canaves Oia (Greece); Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)
  • Most A-List Suite Experience – 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok (Thailand)
Shortlisted Finalists – Baros Maldives (Maldives); Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Italy)
  • Most Sensational Spa – Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda (Italy)
Shortlisted Finalists – Aleenta Resort and Spa Phuket (Thailand); Baros Maldives (Maldives)
  • Most Romantic Retreat – CastaDiva Resort & Spa (Italy)
Shortlisted Finalists – Pangkor Laut Resort (Malaysia); Carpe Diem Boutique Resort (Greece)

A new Ritz-Carlton Hotel opens on a tropical island

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced the newest addition to its collection of renowned global properties with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will create a unique melting pot of indelible new memories for travelers.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui offers 175 suites and pool villas nestled amid 58 acres that overlook the turquoise waters of The Gulf of Thailand. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the resort pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials such as ceramics, touches that imbue a sense of place and help immerse guests in their destination.  
The oceanfront resort features Spa Village Koh Samui, a 3,800-square-meter haven anchored in the healing culture of the region, complete with eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar, and a lap pool with intimate cabanas. The hotel's culinary offerings reflect Koh Samui's destination across seven dining experiences including Pak Tai, offering fine dining interpretations of traditional southern Thai cuisine with views over the swim reef from its secluded individual dining terraces. Additional venues include Shook!, a stylish interactive dining space serving innovative Asian and Western dishes complemented by a superb selection of fine wines; Sea Salt, offering international classics and Thai favorites in a relaxed dining atmosphere; and Tides, an ideal spot for sun-lovers to unwind with a refreshing cocktail from the poolside bar and enjoy a citrus-cured specialty from the cevicheria. With its circular bar and lounge, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired small bites. Additionally, on select days guests can enjoy Baan Talat, an outdoor food market experience with street food stalls, dancing and crafts.
To further draw guests into the local culture, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui has curated some of the best authentic southern Thai experiences to explore and experience, including the Muay Thai Gym with its indoor kickboxing ring, where guests can learn the martial art of Muay Thai (or 'The Art of Eight Limbs') with trained instructors. Additionally, guests can sign up for a journey to a local market to source seasonal produce, followed by a class to unlock secrets of southern Thai cooking.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui also offers a one-of-a-kind temperate Swim Reef within the resort that teems with over 50 species of fish. It is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and offers unique snorkeling and fish-feeding experiences. The Swim Reef also features expansive facilities including two white sand beaches, a beach-side resort pool, a water sports center and two floodlit tennis courts. The Ritz Kids program, with dedicated kids check-in and amenities for children, offers indoor and outdoor activities helping to strengthen family ties through shared moments.
This resort also makes each wedding is a signature event. Offered in either Thai or Western style, lifetime vows are exchanged at Sala Thai, an elevated pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui affirms the long-standing partnership between Marriott International and YTL Hotels, which owns the property. "The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui marks another milestone of our strong partnership with Marriott International. With the opening of this hotel, our portfolio, together with Marriott International, now encompasses nine properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe," said Dato' Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels.

Toronto Welcomes Global Leaders in Financial Services

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The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will host around 8,000 members of the global financial industry. The world's foremost financial services event, Sibos will take place at the cenre from October 16-19.
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Organised by SWIFT for the global financial industry, Sibos will bring 8,000 financial services thought leaders  who represent financial institutions, multinational corporations, market infrastructures and technology partners. Sibos returns to Toronto after its first event at the MTCC in 2011. This year marks the event's highest attendance in the Americas on record, underlining the city's standing as a globally prominent financial services hub. With 250 conference sessions, 180 exhibitors and over 400 speakers, Sibos 2017 will focus on hot topics such as cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the impact of geopolitical and regulatory shifts, and data and identity. Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, will address attendees with a highly anticipated closing keynote.
Sibos will also feature 32 of the brightest Canadian FinTech startups, who will highlight their offerings to influential financial services decision makers.
"We're excited about returning to the MTCC after a very successful debut there in 2011," commented Sven Bossu, Head of Sibos, SWIFT. "Under the leadership of Barry Smith and his management team, the MTCC has firmly established itself as one of North America's finest convention and trade show centres. It's known for hosting some of the world's largest and most prestigious events, such as the G20 and G7 summits. We see it as the perfect venue as we bring financial services experts and leaders together in Toronto."
"We are honoured to see the return of Sibos to our facility," said Barry Smith, President & CEO at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "Toronto's financial services sector is thriving and we look forward to welcoming global thought leaders who shape the future of this industry to our city."

Samoan cruise welcomes youngs in the industry

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Samoan, a small island country in Polynesia has their cruise ships, now recruiting many young Somans and has been told to stay away from the distractions of the western countries as they head off to jobs.

The Acting Prime Minister of Samoan Papalii Niko Lee Hang was among those farewelling 39 new recruits who have been training at the Samoa Marine Training Institute.

Papalii Niko Lee Hang has encouraged the sailors to work hard and to try and stay away from the distractions of the western world.

At about 300 have so far been recruited into the mushrooming cruise ship industry of Samoan and some have been sent home in the past.

Sheraton Catania’s MCE South Europe 2017 enlivens South Europe as MICE destination

Southern Europe is showed as the best business meeting and convention destination in the 3rd edition of MCE South Europe 2017.

Once more, a rich variety of South European MICE Solution Providers came to Southern Europe to represent their destination and build strong business and tourism relationships with leading event planners keen on finding new business partnership in travel and tourism industry.

MCE South Europe 2017 was hosted at the Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center. All the participants were welcomed at Catania Fontanarossa Airport by the Europe Congress, the Sicily Convention Bureau and event partner Incoming Italy DMC.

Mr. Pedro Marugan from Incoming Italy DMC said that they at Incoming Italy were excited to welcome all MCE South Europe guests to Sicily. As one of the leading Italian DMCs they are proud to have been part of this prestigious event and there are always looking forward to offer a warm experience in our beautiful country. They can’t wait for all event planners and their groups to return to Catania for them to showcase all the fantastic possibilities that this incredible region has to offer.

Daniela Marino from Sicilia Convention Bureau said that it was a great pleasure to have MCE South Europe and its participants in Catania, Sicily. They are very proud of the excellent proceedings of the event in which every partner was fully involved to achieve excellence. Next year, MCE South Europe will take place in Thessaloniki in October 2018.