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INTERVIEW With

Mr. HESHAM SHARAF

Chief Operating Officer

Of QETAIFAN PROJECTS

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September 08, 2020

(L) Qetaifan Beach Club – (R) Qetaifan Master plan latest

 

 

Intro: Qetaifan Island North, a large-scale project of the uniquely designed distinct island with an ultra-modern waterpark, luxury hotels, and high-end facilities, is the first development of a real estate development company Qetaifan Projects. The honorable winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards, Qetaifan Island North is Qatar’s future iconic tourist, hospitality, and entertainment destination and significant part of fans’ and tourists’ accommodations during the 2022 World Cup. Chief Operating Officer of Qetaifan Projects and one of the main ideological inspirers of Qetaifan Island North, Mr. Hesham Sharaf, has kindly agreed to answer our questions about the impressive development.

– Luxury Lifestyle Awards: Thank you for your time. You are one of the key persons and inspirers of Qetaifan Island North. Could you please tell our readers about yourself and your background?

Hesham Sharaf: I was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Qetaifan Projects in 2017, where I oversee the company’s daily operations and the development management of Qetaifan Island North. Over the past 8 years, I had worked for several prestigious government institutions in Qatar as a Real Estate Development & Investment Advisor/Director. I am also a regular member of the American Urban Land Institute and the CFA Institute, Qatar & Arabia CFA Societies.

 

 

Qetaifan Beach club

– LLA: How did the idea of a massive Qetaifan Island North project come about?

Hesham Sharaf: The idea came based on a need of an internationally renowned Entertainment landmark in Qatar to be inaugurated at the FIFA World Cup 2022.

– LLA: What factors played a role in the fact that this particular island has become a location for the development?

Hesham Sharaf: Qetaifan Island North, the first Entertainment Island in Qatar, is the closest to the Lusail stadium where the inauguration of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place and hence it will serve as a touristic destination and attract tourists/fans to the Water Park that will be operating during the world cup.

– LLA: Qetaifan Island North is an ambitious development featuring many areas of work. However, how would you briefly describe it to those who hear about it for the first time?

Hesham Sharaf: Qetaifan Island North is the first family-oriented master-planned community entertainment island in Qatar where the concept of ‘live’ & ‘play’ are intertwined. The entertainment aspect is reflected around the island through the Waterpark, Linear Park & 6 beaches backed by hospitality composed of a beachfront hotel operated by Rixos & leisure component resembled by the beach club. As for the live concept, the residents have 360 waterfront views and surrounded by necessary amenities such as k-12 school, medical center, mosque, and various retail outlets.

Qetaifan floating hotels

 

MASSIVE QETAIFAN ISLAND NORTH PROJECT

– LLA: The project’s description says that its design is inspired by the rich culture and nature of Qatar. Can you please tell us in which aspects visitors will see this inspiration?

Hesham Sharaf: The Water Park themed rides are inspired by the discovery of oil in Qatar. One of the main attractions is the iconic island inspired by the oil rig featuring the tallest water slide above 80 m.

– LLA: What can you say about the uniqueness of the development for Qatar in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection?

Hesham Sharaf: QIN is GSAS certified, walkable island, during construction taking into consideration the effect of the development of the marine life.

– LLA: 2022 is going to be a landmark year for Qatar’s hospitality – your country will be hosting the FIFA World Cup, the largest international event in the region’s history. What will Qetaifan Island North offer to provide proper accommodation for the tourists and fans?

Hesham Sharaf: Permanent – Luxury Beach Resort hotel with 350 keys & 10 chalets operated by Rixos International.
Temporary – Temporary accommodation in floating hotels provided by Admares; the world leader in alternative real estate with pioneering construction methods.

Qetaifan floating hotels

   Qetaifan floating hotels

 

Qetaifan hotel

Qetaifan linear park

Qetaifan Slide wheel

Qetaifan Icon Tower

Qetaifan Retails

Qetaifan Water park

 

– LLA: Qetaifan Island North is inextricably linked to Qatar’s future and Qatar National Vision 2030. Could you elaborate on this plan?

Hesham Sharaf: One of the main economy contributors in QNV 2030 is the Tourism sector. QIN is positioned to be a local & regional destination contributing to the economy after the FIFA World Cup 2022.

– LLA: Qetaifan Island North has won Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Real Estate in Doha. What are your emotions about this victory?

Hesham Sharaf: This is a well thought of project that would serve the nation & fulfill the needs of the end-user beyond 2022. It is a development that intertwined the luxury with entertainment, striking the balance between living & playing. This project faces all the foreseen & unforeseen challenges possible from tight deadline, resources` & budget, topped with blockade & now the COVID-19 epidemic. It’s a victory well deserved, and we are happy to be recognized by the respected experts of Luxury Lifestyle Awards.

– LLA: How do you see the future of Qatar and Qetaifan Island North in this context?

Hesham Sharaf: I see QIN as a renowned local & regional destination that contributes to the nation’s economy

 

 

FLIGHTS From ONTARIO To CHICAGO And HOUSTON SUSPENDED Early In Pandemic RESTART

Ontario International Airport (ONT) passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Chicago and Houston in August, marking the fourth straight month of flight increases for the Southern California airport.

“The past several months have been challenging, to say the least, but we have remained focused on restoring commercial air service at Ontario,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority. “That Southwest and United are both resuming flights to popular U.S. destinations is a great vote of confidence in our customer base and our local economy.”

 

FLY NONSTOP TO CHICAGO AND HOUSTON

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Ontario International Airport (ONT) passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Chicago and Houston in August, marking the fourth straight month of flight increases for the Southern California airport, officials said today. Southwest Airlines will resume nonstop service to Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW) seven days a week beginning August 11, while increasing its current schedules to Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sacramento.

United Airlines will resume daily nonstop service between ONT and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) from August 3.

Meanwhile, Frontier Airlines will add two flights per week to Denver.

Based on current airline schedules, ONT will have 47 daily departures on average in August, 36% lower than August last year.

To help keep all safe and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Ontario Airport requires appropriate face covers for all customers, visitors and employees. The airport continues to utilize enhanced safeguards to keep facilities clean and germ-free, including frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces with highly effective disinfectant and security screening trays treated with powerful antimicrobial technology. Passengers should wash hands with soap and water frequently and use the many hand sanitizing stations that have been added throughout ONT terminals.

Source : Ontario International Airport


 

 

 

 

 

The TOP TWO HOTELS

In TRIPADVISOR 2020

TRAVELLERS CHOICE AWARDS

 

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August 07, 2020

 

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore under Sino Group respectively in its 18th annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

 

 

TO FULLERTON HOTELS IN SINGAPORE

 

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore under Sino Group respectively in its 18th annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Located in the heart of the Lion City’s financial and cultural districts, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a gazetted National Monument, blend rich heritage with modernity, offering a unique blend of hospitality. The Tripadvisor accolades add to the multiple awards which the home-grown brand have garnered through the years. Since 2012, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore has consistently won the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards.

The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts made its first international debut with the opening of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in 2019, and will establish the second international outpost with the opening of The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong in autumn 2021. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of hospitality to Hong Kong and will work towards establishing the same level of service excellence for The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong,” concluded Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.

Source : Sino Group

 

 

 

 

“To have both The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore win the top two awards is an honour, and I would like to thank our guests from around the world for putting their trust in us,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts.
“Despite the present trying times, the spirit of travel and the joy of connecting with people and cultures all over the world are still alive. My team and I will continue to create exceptional hotel experiences while ensuring our guests’ safety and well-being as the top priority,” he added.

 

Travellers’ Choice winners represent the highest-rated properties around the world and are among the top 1 percent of all listings on Tripadvisor. Jane Lim, Vice President of Global Markets at Tripadvisor said, “Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards recognises the world’s best hotels, restaurants and airlines that offer remarkable service, value and quality, based on the millions of reviews and opinions by our global community of travellers. Despite the challenging year it has been so far, we want to celebrate our partners and support them as they continue to inspire travellers as the world begins to travel again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

Changes NAME Of NEWBUILD

From RYNDAM To ROTTERDAM

 

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August 07, 2020

 

 

In honor of some of the most memorable ships in Holland America Line’s nearly 150-year history, the premium cruise line is changing the name of its newbuild from Ryndam to Rotterdam and designating it the new flagship of the fleet. The seventh ship to bear this historic name, Rotterdam will be delivered one year to the date on July 30, 2021, pushed back slightly from its original delivery of May 2021 due to the global health situation.

When Rotterdam is delivered from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, it will spend the summer exploring Northern Europe and the Baltic on roundtrip cruises from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Guests and travel advisors with clients who were booked on the ship’s Premiere Voyage in May and itineraries through July 30 are being contacted with rebooking options.

– The History of the Name Rotterdam

Holland America Line’s first ship was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York Oct. 15, 1872, and led to the founding of the company on April 18, 1873. Rotterdam II was built in 1878 for British Ship Owners Co. and purchased by Holland America Line in 1886. Rotterdam III came along in 1897 and was with the company until 1906. The fourth Rotterdam joined the fleet in 1908 and also served as a troop carrier when World War I ended. Following the war it made regular cruises from New York to the Mediterranean.

Rotterdam V, also known as “The Grande Dame,” set sail in 1959 and began sailing transatlantic crossings with two classes of service. It later converted to a one-class ship in 1969. She sailed with Holland America Line for 38 years until 1997, including several Grand World Voyages, and currently is a hotel and museum in the city of Rotterdam. Rotterdam VI, the most recent to cruise for Holland America Line, was introduced in 1997 and the first ship in the R Class.

 

 

EXPECTED TO BE DELIVERED JULY 30, 2021

 

– Inaugural Season to Explore Mediterranean, Baltic and Norway

Cruising aboard Rotterdam VII begins Aug. 1 with the ship’s seven-day Premiere Voyage departing from Trieste, Italy, to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, with port calls throughout the Adriatic Sea and southern Italy. The ship sails Aug. 8 from Civitavecchia on a 14-day cruise through the western Mediterranean and on to Amsterdam.

From Aug. 22 through Oct. 10, the ship will sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on three seven-day itineraries to Norway, one 14-day to the Baltic and one 14-day to Norway, Iceland and the British Isles. A trans-Atlantic completes the inaugural Europe season with a 14-day voyage from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To accommodate guests booked on cancelled itineraries of Ryndam from May through July, Nieuw Statendam cruise itineraries also will see some changes to match up as much as possible with former Ryndam sailings.

 

 

 

 

Guests booked on the originally scheduled Premiere Voyage will be rebooked on the Premier Sailing for Rotterdam, departing August 1, and will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit. All other guests who were booked on impacted Ryndam or Nieuw Statendam cruises will be automatically rebooked to a similar future cruise date during the summer at the same fare paid. Guests will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit for cruises 10 days or less and $250 per person for itineraries of 12 days or more. Guests are asked to wait until they receive updated booking confirmations in the next several weeks before contacting Holland America Line for additional changes to the booking.

– About Rotterdam VII

The third in the Pinnacle Class series, Rotterdam will carry 2,668 guests, measure 99,500 tons and feature highly successful amenities and innovations introduced with her sister ships, including the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Grand Dutch Café. Delivering the best of everything, Rotterdam celebrates live music with an exclusive collection of world-class performances each night – from Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club to Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard.

Throughout the ship, Rotterdam also will showcase Holland America Line hallmarks that drive one of the highest guest repeat rates in the industry: exquisite cuisine guided by eight of the world’s leading chefs; gracious, award-winning service; and superbly appointed staterooms and suites, including family and single accommodations.

Rotterdam is the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently built Nieuw Statendam. Naming details have not been finalized and will be announced later.

 

Source : Holland America Line

 

“The first ship for Holland America Line was the original Rotterdam, the company was headquartered in the city of Rotterdam for many years, and the name has been a hallmark throughout our history since 1872 … so clearly the name is powerful and symbolic,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “With the current Rotterdam leaving the company, we knew we had a unique opportunity to embrace the name as our new flagship and carry on the tradition of having a Rotterdam in our fleet. Seven is a lucky number, and we know she’s going to bring a lot of joy to our guests as she travels across the globe.”

“Guests and travel advisors will be notified today of this news and coming changes to current itineraries,” added Antorcha. “We ask everyone, though, to please bear with us just a few weeks for all of the details as we rebuild itineraries and put the finishing touches on several desirable alternatives. We will follow up with specific details very soon so everyone knows their options.”

 

 

 

 

PRINCESS CRUISES

Extends PAUSE Of

SELECT GLOBAL SHIP OPERATIONS

 

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July 30, 2020

 

 

 

OPERATIONS UNTIL DECEMBER 15

 

Due to the continued progression of COVID-19 and related decisions of various government, health authorities, and airlines regarding travel restrictions, Princess Cruises is extending its pause in cruise operations impacting the following voyages:

– All cruises sailing in and out of Australia on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess through October 31, 2020
– All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific through December 15, 2020

Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages who have paid Princess in full will have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare.

For guests who have not paid in full, Princess will Double the Deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022. The matching bonus FCC is non-refundable, will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise, and will have a minimum value of $100 per person.

 

 

 

 

To receive the above FCCs, no action is required by the guest or their travel advisor. Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid on their booking through this online form. Requests must be received by August 31, 2020 or guests will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option.

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success.

The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises.

Source : Princess Cruises

 

 

 

 

“We share in our guests’ disappointment in cancelling these cruises,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We look forward to the days when we can return to travel and the happiness it brings to all who cruise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT

And

RUSSIAN INDUSTRIALISTS

Bring RUSSIAN CITIZENS HOME

 

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July 30, 2020

 

A special Royal Flight Airlines flight landed at Sheremetyevo International Airport from Africa on Monday, July 20, at 02:14 Moscow time with 197 Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh citizens on board.

 

 

 

A special Royal Flight Airlines flight landed at Sheremetyevo International Airport from Africa on Monday, July 20, at 02:14 Moscow time with 197 Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh citizens on board. The passengers returned on flight RL9912 from several African countries in a special mission to bring Russian citizens back home from seven countries – Tanzania, Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya and Jordan.

The operation was possible thanks to the initiative and assistance of the Russian Foreign Ministry, financial support from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and cooperation between Royal Flight and Sheremetyevo Airport.

An augmented crew worked on board during the flight, and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the air carrier and other organizations enforced health protocols and carried out comprehensive screening and testing to ensure safety during the evacuation.

 

BRING RUSSIAN CITIZENS HOME FROM AFRICA

 

The condition of passengers was monitored on board the aircraft by employees of Rospotrebnadzor, the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare, using portable thermal imaging cameras. Passengers also underwent triple medical screening upon arrival at Sheremetyevo’s Terminal F. In the arrivals area, Rospotrebnadzor experts took the temperatures of arriving passengers using stationary thermal imaging cameras. An additional check of passengers followed in the baggage claim area, with the participation of Sheremetyevo’s medical unit personnel.

Arriving Moscow residents were sent home for 14-day self-isolation, while residents of other regions were placed in observation facilities in Moscow region.

Source : Sheremetyevo International Airport

 

 

 

 

Fedor Sytin, Sheremetyevo’s Acting Deputy Director General for Commercial Activities, said, “Sheremetyevo International Airport is pleased to welcome passengers and crews of Royal Flight, which carried out a flight for our returning compatriots from Africa. The work of the airport in recent months has been closely associated with returning our citizens to their homeland due to the global coronavirus pandemic. This is a task of truly national importance. Ensuring the safety and health of citizens of Russia and other countries, implementing preventive measures with Rospotrebnadzor and health authorities, and servicing passenger and cargo flights as part of the anti-epidemiological measures is the airport’s priority during this period.”

 

 

 

 

 

OPENING Of The BER AIRPORT

On 31 OCTOBER 2020

 

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July 28, 2020

(L) Aerial view, Berlin Brandenburg Airport The photo may be used exclusively for editorial purposes. Graphical changes are not permitted, unless for the purpose of extracting the main motif. Usage is free of charge on quoting the reference – “Photo: (Günter Wicker)/Berlin Brandenburg Airport”
(R) Entrance hall, stairways to central check in at Terminal 1, Berlin Brandenburg Airport The photo may be used exclusively for editorial purposes. Graphical changes are not permitted, unless for the purpose of extracting the main motif. Usage is free of charge on quoting the reference – “Photo: (Günter Wicker)/Berlin Brandenburg Airport”

 

 

For the opening of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), the corporate communications department of the airport company is offering numerous media reporting opportunities between 25 October and 8 November.

With the opening of BER Airport, all air traffic in the German capital region will be concentrated in one location. Berlin is a tourist magnet, a political centre and a trade fair city. Brandenburg is an up-and-coming economic region with global players such as Tesla and attracts holidaymakers from around the world with sights such as the Sanssouci Palace. The new airport location is thus an important hub for linking the strong economic and tourism region to more than 150 destinations worldwide.

 

EXTENSIVE MEDIA COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES

 

In the period between 25 October and 8 November, there will be multiple press events surrounding the opening of BER Airport and the closure of Tegel Airport, which is rich in traditions. Trial operations at the new airport, the move from Tegel to BER, the start of airline flight operations and the reactions of passengers to the new terminal are other potential topics. In addition, we will also give you the opportunity to report on partners from all areas of the airport, such as gastronomy and shopping, airport services and mobility.

A press centre in the immediate vicinity of the BER terminal will be available for reporting on-site from 30 October to 4 November. For the actual opening and selected events, a media pool of moving images, photos and sound bites will be available.

Furthermore, FBB will provide a wealth of information and content for your reporting online before and during the filming days.

 

Source : Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED Extends MASK REQUIREMENTS To AIRPORTS

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July 28, 2020

 

 

 

United Airlines today announced that customers will be required to wear a face covering in the more than 360 airports where the airline operates around the world. This includes United customer service counters and kiosks, United Club locations, United’s gates and baggage claim areas. If customers refuse to comply, they may be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place. This was effective for all customers traveling on and after July 24 regardless of when their ticket was purchased. United also will strengthen its mask exemption policy by only excluding children under the age of two. If a passenger believes that there are extraordinary circumstances that warrant an exception, they should contact United or speak to a representative at the airport.

In early May, United was the first major U.S. airline to require flight attendants to wear a face covering and later extended that policy to all customers. And in June, the airline was among the first U.S. carriers to say it would suspend flight benefits of passengers who refused to comply while onboard.

 

SUBJECT TO A BAN ON FLYING UNITED

 

United will post signage throughout the airport to reinforce this new policy and employees will first give a customer a verbal reminder and offer a free mask to any customer who is not wearing one. If the customer refuses to comply, United employees will offer the customer a reminder card that outlines the company’s face covering policy. Continued non-compliance could result in a refusal to transport and the customer could also be banned from flying United at a minimum while the mask requirement is in place.

United’s face covering policy was created under the guidance of United’s on-staff corporate medical team, public health officials and experts at Cleveland Clinic.

 

United will inform customers of its updated face covering policy at numerous points in the travel journey including:
– Online and in the United app when a customer books a ticket.
– At check in as part of United’s “Ready to Fly” checklist, which asks customers to certify that they have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, have not exhibited symptoms and are willing to comply with the company’s face covering policy. Customers who cannot or do not meet these requirements will be given the option to rebook their travel.
– New airport signage in terminal and gate areas.

 

 

 

 

Onboard, customers are expected to wear a face covering for the duration of the flight, except when eating or drinking. Customers who refuse to comply with the onboard policy could be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place.

This new policy is part of the airline’s United CleanPlus program, an effort to put health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, that includes a mandatory mask policy, electrostatic spraying, touchless check-in capabilities and a first-of-its kind, pre-boarding health self-assessment for passengers.

*** Limiting Number of Passengers on Board

The airline is also taking steps to limit the overall number of people on board and separate customers wherever possible. United switched to a larger plane 66 times a day in May and June, for a total of more than 4,000 flights during those months, creating more space onboard. As a result, the airline’s consolidated average seat factor – or the percentage of occupied seats including customers and non-revenue passengers – was 38% in May; 57% in June and is expected to be about 45% in July, with less than 15% of flights operating with more than 70% seats filled.

When United flights are less full, the airline’s advanced automated seating tool assigns seats in a way that maximizes the space on board – and the distance between customers. And since May, United has been contacting customers via email and through the United app – as much as 24 hours in advance – if their flight is expected to be more than 70% full and gives them options to switch to different, less full flights for no additional fees. Customers also have the option to cancel their flight and receive a credit for future travel. To date, the overwhelming majority of customers choose to keep their travel plans the same.
United is focused on delivering a new level of cleanliness on the ground and in the air. In addition to the vital initiatives mentioned above, several of the airline’s precautionary measures to further ensure a cleaner environment include:

*** At Check-In

– Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hubs and other airports throughout the airline’s system
– Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
– Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand six feet apart
– Becoming the first airline in the world to roll out touchless check-in capabilities for customers with bags

*** At the Gate

– Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
– Providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
– Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers in select markets to disinfect gate areas at United’s hub airports
– Enabling customers to self-scan boarding passes
– Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front
– Introduced real-time seat assignment update text and email notifications to further United’s touchless airport experience

*** On Board

– Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect most aircraft prior to flight
– Disinfecting high-touch areas – such as tray tables and armrests – prior to boarding
– Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
– Deplaning in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
– Providing onboard items including pillows and blankets upon request

Source : United Airlines

 

 

 

 

“The most important thing any of us can do to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to simply wear a mask when we’re around other people,” said United’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Kirby. “A mask is about protecting the safety of others, and I’m proud of the aggressive and proactive steps United Airlines has taken to ensure people are wearing a face covering in the airports where we operate and onboard the aircraft we fly.”

“United’s extended face mask policy adds another layer of protection for travelers, even before they board an aircraft,” said Dr. James Merlino, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “Wearing a face mask is an incredibly simple measure that we all can take to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They act as a barrier to keep respiratory droplets from entering the air, where someone else could breathe them in and possibly become infected. The more people that wear masks, the less risk there is of others being exposed to the virus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK TRAVEL LEADERS

Address SYSTEMIC RACISM

In -5 QUESTIONS ABOUT RACE-

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July 14, 2020

 

 

 

 

Following the death of George Floyd and the overwhelming response nationwide, seven Black executives from destination marketing organizations across the country partnered on a video to share their experiences and encourage an open dialogue about race and racism throughout their lives and in the tourism industry. Running 8 minutes and 38 seconds, “5 Questions About Race” takes less time to view than the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd had a knee on his neck when he was murdered on May 25, 2020.

According to data from The Washington Post, Black Americans are killed by police at a rate of more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. Since 2015, 96 percent of Black Americans killed by the police have been male. This video is intended to share the male perspective.

 

FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

“As a Black professional who has worked hard to be in a position of leadership in my industry, I have experienced and seen my share of racial inequality,” said Cleo Battle, Chief Operating Officer, Louisville Tourism. “The time is now to make changes in our industry for the future and I proudly join my colleagues in helping to lead the conversation forward.”

“There are a few reactions as this public conversation continues: some people are concerned; some don’t know what to say; some are scared; and some, unfortunately, will remain ignorant,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. “But these are discussions we need to have and then follow them with action if we are to effect real change in our country, so I encourage everyone to have open and honest dialogue.”

In a shared statement, Al Hutchinson, president and CEO, Visit Baltimore and Charles H. Jeffers, II, chief operating officer, Visit Baltimore, said, “Visit Baltimore wants to do its part in eradicating racism in our city, industry and America. As Black destination leaders for a majority African American city, we make a special call to our White colleagues to help us confront racism. We can’t do this alone; we’ll only achieve positive, lasting change by working together.”

“The first step in making meaningful and lasting change is the acknowledgement that these inequities exist and are prevalent in our industry and society,” said James Jessie, chief sales officer, Travel Portland. “Yet, this only where the journey begins. It must be followed with a dialogue resulting in changes we will all make today and hold ourselves accountable to tomorrow to ensure a brighter future for Black men and women in America.”

 

 

 

 

“We’re at a tipping point for our community, our country and our industry,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “We must heed the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who said we must act on racial injustice with ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ We must be ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work. It’s important that everybody who needs to be at the table is included in this discussion. Otherwise, we’ll find ourselves repeating this cycle once more.”

“We’ve watched as calls for social justice have swept the nation in recent weeks, and it’s time for the tourism industry to step up,” said Dan Williams, vice president, convention sales and services, Experience Columbus. “If history has shown us anything, it’s that the Black community cannot do it alone, so we’re asking for our industry’s help. Yes, it starts with listening and learning; but we also have to have some tough conversations. We have to allow ourselves to see others’ reality and get uncomfortable. We need you to stand beside us and use your voices to ensure equity in our industry, and our lives, starting now.”

The video premiered at Destinations International’s 2020 Annual Convention on July 14.

“A lot of conversations centered around race may be uncomfortable by many; but in order to grow, we must break out of our comfort zones and have an open dialogue with one another,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “We are excited to debut this impactful video on race with our convention attendees and we are thankful for the travel and tourism leaders who opened up to shed a light on their experiences. Hopefully, we can all learn and start to make real change and put words into actions.”

Source : Destination DC

 

 

 

 

 

INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CREATIVE ECONOMY Launches CAMPAIGN

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Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Agency – at XXI Studio of Plaza Senayan, Jakarta.

 

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency launched “Indonesia Care”, a national campaign to implement health protocols as well as verification in order to present clean, healthy, safe, and environmentally sustainable destinations at XXI Studio of Plaza Senayan, Jakarta.

On that occasion, the Guidelines for Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) or hereinafter referred to as the Implementation Guidelines for Health, Hygiene, and Safety for the Hotel, Restaurant and Cinema sectors are also launched by Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Agency.

Also present at the launching of the “Indonesia Care” campaign, Head of Security Maintenance Agency for the Indonesian Republic Police Commissioner General Police Drs. Agus Andrianto, S.H., M.H,; Chairperson of the Indonesian Film Agency (BPI) Chand Parwez Servia; Deputy of Strategic Policy for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency R. Kurleni Ukar; Deputy of Marketing for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Nia Niscaya; and Acting Deputy of Resources and Institutions Frans Teguh.

 

-INDONESIAN CARE- HEALTH PROTOCOL

Wishnutama Kusubandio invited all related parties to take part in this “Indonesia Care” campaign by implementing business and tourism management that ensures sanitation, hygiene, and services without direct contact.

Information about Indonesia Care and Implementation of Guidelines for CHSE can be seen further at indonesia.travel/indonesiacare website.

On that occasion, the Joint of Ministerial Decree (SKB) of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency and the Ministry of Culture and Education concerning Technical Guide to Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in the Cultural and Creative Economy Sectors During the Stipulation Period of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is disseminated.

 

Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy said that “Indonesia Care” campaign or “I Do Care” aimed to show the commitment of Indonesia to world population that Indonesia is very concerned about the common good to maintain cleanliness, hygiene, and services without direct contact for the safety of others. Thus, it needs public and business participation to uphold sanitation and hygiene in order to increase public trust.

The implementation of this protocol is very important and strategic to be carried out properly by involving entrepreneurs, consumers, and communities. “The tourism and creative economy sector can return to move, productive but still safe from COVID-19,” he said.

 

Nia Niscaya explained that Guidelines on the Implementation of CHSE that were published refer to global standards as operational technical guidelines for businesses in the tourism and creative economy sector in carrying out various economy activities which is gradually moving again after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This protocol guideline is a detailed derivative of the Minister of Health Decree Number HK.01.07/Menkes/382/2020 concerning Health Protocols for Community in Public Places and Facilities in the Context of Prevention and Handling of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with input from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy,” Nia said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOURISM PROMOTION CAMPAIGN – SAY BONJOUR TO YOUR VACATIONS IN QUEBEC

Now that summer is here, the tourism industry is proud to launch the new annual tourism promotion campaign, the first to feature the colours of the renewed Bonjour Québec tourism brand. The purpose of this annual campaign is to encourage Quebecers to discover or rediscover the delightful experiences that Québec and its regions have to offer.

It Is Time to Say Bonjour!

 

NOW THAT SUMMER IS HERE

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This summer, taking a vacation here will feel like attending a great reunion. It will be an opportunity for Quebecers to reconnect with the spectacular landscapes of their province, while being blown away by places and people who have so much to offer. Whether by bicycle, on foot or by car, saying bonjour Québec will allow them to journey beyond their daily lives and build memories that they will want to relive over and over again.

The summer digital version of the campaign includes images from various locations and moments captured in Québec. Narrated by novelist and poet David Goudreault, it draws on the wealth of activities and landscapes that inspire people to vacation right here, in Québec. From picturesque villages to vibrant cities, from narrow streets to vast national parks, from colourful gardens to gourmet feasts, we can once again discover extraordinary places and meet the exceptional people who bring them to life!

 

Until March 2021, the relaunch campaign will promote summer, fall and winter activities across different platforms and in three phases, to inspire Quebecers to discover and rediscover their province.
Bonjour Québec: A New Signature for Tourism

 

Unveiled on June 21 by the Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, the new signature for the industry is a powerful and deliberate reminder that the Québec experience relies first and foremost on our encounters with welcoming Quebecers who are proud of their province and its charming features. The signature also evokes the Francophone culture and the warm hospitality that has established Québec as a world-class destination.


 Source : Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec

 

 

 

 

 

REBOOT 2020

IN SYDNEY

And

NEW SOUTH WALES

ONE ADVENTURE AT A TIME

 

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Friends enjoying a twilight BridgeClimb Sydney experience overlooking Sydney Harbour.

 

Destination NSW released on June 1, its list of top NSW travel experiences, 213 Ways to Reboot 2020 in NSW, so travellers can make the most of the 213 days that remain in the year and start planning their ultimate trip to Sydney and New South Wales.

Supporting the latest phase of the NSW Government’s tourism recovery campaign, Now’s The Time to Love NSW, the list of 213 NSW travel adventures depicts an array of diverse and unique experiences across the state, curated by the travel interest areas that have made NSW the number one Australian state for holidaymakers.

As part of this latest phase, Destination NSW will also be executing a social media campaign targeted to the international markets of the USA, UK, New Zealand and India, which will showcase inspirational destinations from around Sydney and NSW, to help consumers with their future dreaming and planning.

 

LIST OTF TOP NSW TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Launching on VisitNSW.com, 213 Ways to Reboot NSW in 2020, is the ultimate source of information and inspiration for anyone planning to travel within or to NSW, showcasing travel experiences which are continually ranked highly by global travel guides and travellers.

More than 102 NSW destinations, 131 operators, 37 hotels and other accommodations, 28 national parks, 19 animal encounters and more, feature as part of the stellar line-up. Highlights of the list include:

– Only in NSW

* Hire a yacht and sail on spectacular Sydney Harbour, stopping in at some of the harbour’s most beautiful beaches, accessible only by boat.
* Head to Bondi, Australia’s most famous beach, for a surf lesson with Let’s Go Surfing and lunch at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar.
* Explore Lord Howe Island, home to the world’s southernmost coral reef, and endangered and endemic bird life – the island is one of the most unspoilt and sustainable paradises on the planet.

– Animal Encounters

* Swim with whales with Dive Jervis Bay, from August to November as whales make their way along ‘Humpback Highway’.
* Swim, snorkel and dive with seals in the crystal-clear waters of Montague Island, just off the coast of Narooma.
* Visit Australia’s only Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, on NSW’s mid North Coast, which treats around 250 sick and injured koalas a year.

 

 

 

 

– Outdoor Adventures

* Make a splash in NSW’s iconic ocean pools – there are 100 along the coast, including the Merewether Baths and Bogey Hole in Newcastle, Bermagui Blue Hole and Yamba Rock Pool.
* Go hiking in the Blue Mountains on one of the many trails and snap a selfie in front of the Three Sisters.
* Find out if you have what it takes to make it down Australia’s longest ski run, Thredbo’s Crackenback Supertrail.

– Food & Wine

* Dine under the sails of Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Restaurant and order chef Peter Gilmore’s stunning dessert, inspired by the iconic building itself.
* Enjoy freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters straight from the farm gate on the NSW South Coast.
* Sip Australia’s most awarded semillon at Tyrrell’s Winery in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.

– Art & Culture

* Watch the sunset at The Living Desert Sculptures in Broken Hill, an outdoor art collection of 12 sandstone sculptures created by artists from around the world.
* Explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of the largest public galleries in Australia and home to 2,000+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks.
* Discover Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) on the banks of the mighty Murray River in Albury.

– Aboriginal Experiences

* Change your life on NSW’s South Coast with an immersive cultural tour run by Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness at Narooma – learn about the Yuin people and dreamtime stories of Mount Gulaga.
* View the Walls of China in Mungo National Park in Outback NSW, dramatic formations sculpted by wind and erosion, where 36,000-year-old relics of ancient Aboriginal culture have been discovered.
* See Aboriginal rock art and hear Dreamtime stories about the culture and mythology of Mutawintji Historic Site near Broken Hill in outback NSW.
* Take a quad tour of the Stockton Sand Dunes with Sand Dune Adventures through Worimi land.

“213 Ways to Reboot 2020 in NSW list is a valuable resource to anyone wanting to reclaim 2020, offering travellers a different adventure for every single day that is left of this year,” Mr Cox said.

The launch of 213 Ways to Reboot 2020 in NSW coincides with a full campaign of activity including NSW itineraries and international digital advertising.

Source : Destination NSW

 

“We hope that this list of NSW travel experiences encourages global visitors to love NSW once again, and start planning to visit as many of the incredible towns, sights and experiences that the state offers,” said Steve Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Destination NSW.

“Whether it is sailing on Sydney Harbour, hiking through the Blue Mountains, surfing in Byron Bay, diving with marine life on the South Coast, or drinking an award-winning drop from one of our 14 wine regions, people come to NSW from all over the world in search of the awe-inspiring adventures that are available to us right now in NSW.

“Now’s the time to start dreaming and planning to make up for lost time once you are able to visit Sydney and NSW again,” Mr Cox said.

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMOUNT BUSINESS JETS

Partners With

EXCEPTINAL VILLAS

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A new partnership between leading private jet charter broker and jet card membership provider Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) and luxury vacation rental firm Exceptional Villas enables clients to streamline their vacation planning and facilitate safe travel arrangements to premium destinations including the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos and Necker Island.

 

 

 

 

TO OFFER BESPOKE VACATION EXPERIENCES

World-renowned private jet charter broker and jet card membership provider Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) recently announced its new and innovative partnership with luxury vacation rental firm Exceptional Villas, enabling clients of both companies to streamline their vacation planning and facilitate safe travel arrangements.

Exceptional Villas offers opulent vacation rentals at such premium destinations as the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos and Neckar Island, with every bespoke experience tailored to their clients’ exacting requirements. Under this new partnership, Paramount Business Jets will compliment these offerings by making available the best private jet charter flights to and from their destination at discounted rates for Exceptional Villas clients, with potential savings of up to 50% on available empty leg flights.

Source : Paramount Business Jets

With personal health and safety at the forefront of travelers’ concerns, a new partnership between leading private jet charter broker and jet card membership provider Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) and luxury vacation rental firm Exceptional Villas offers added peace of mind for clients seeking a safe, private and secure travel environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Exceptional Villas offers premium vacation rental options that are the epitome of luxury and service, and Paramount Business Jets is pleased to extend an equally exceptional level of attention to the travel needs of their highly selective and influential clientele,” said Paramount Business Jets Founder and CEO Richard Zaher. “Additionally, existing Paramount clients now have access to a wide range of exclusive vacation destinations at extremely competitive prices.”

In addition to offering an all-inclusive travel experience, Zaher also noted the health and safety advantages in coordinating private jet charter travel to and from Exceptional Villas’ vacation destinations as the world continues to grapple with the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

And

VIRGIN UNITE

FLY CRUCIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES INTO AFRICA

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The flight, carrying much-needed medical supplies, arrived ahead of schedule today into Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

BY DONATING A SPECIAL CARGO FLIGHT

Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Unite – the Virgin Group’s not-for-profit Foundation – are supporting UNICEF and the World Food Programme-led Global Common Supply Chain Services Provision by donating a special cargo flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Johannesburg (JNB), delivering essential PPE equipment for frontline health workers into Eswatini and Mozambique.

The flight, which departed Hong Kong on Thursday (18 June) and travelled via London Heathrow (LHR) arrived on June 23, carrying almost half a million items of PPE including masks, gowns, goggles and face shields procured by UNICEF to support the governments of Eswatini and Mozambique in their fight against COVID-19. Distribution of all items was managed by the Ministries of Health in each country to ensure the PPE reaches the areas and individuals in greatest need to help beat this pandemic.

 

COVID-19 cases are rising in Africa, from 100,000 confirmed cases at the end of May to more than 276,000 confirmed cases as of 19 June.

This news follows last week’s launch of the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) – an online platform for African countries to manage global procurement of life-saving medical equipment more fairly and cost effectively. This unique platform is an example of how important collaboration, not just across one country, but across an entire continent, is going to be in combatting this global pandemic. The site was developed under the leadership of philanthropist and African Union COVID-19 special envoy, Strive Masiyiwa, working in partnership with the African Union.

Virgin Group supported this effort through a local manufacturing initiative with South African company, Invicta Holdings. Invicta is producing 1,000 bridge ventilators, designed by engineers at Virgin Orbit who provided the designs for free, to be followed by the production of oxygen helmet prototypes (pending a grant of emergency use authorisation by the US FDA) designed by Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Both items will be distributed on the AMSP, thanks to the generosity of Jeff Skoll and Strive Masiyiwa whose donations secured the initial orders.

 

 

 

 

 

Access to freight capacity across the continent of Africa is critical right now to ensure medical equipment can flow to the places where it is needed the most. We encourage anyone who can provide support to contact The World Food Programme https://emergency.servicemarketplace.wfp.org/about-us and Airlink – https://airlinkflight.org/responses/novel-coronavirus/

Another critical area for support is to increase the number of Community Health Workers for testing and tracing. Last Mile Health and its partners have launched an online classroom and mobile app with free, high-quality digital content to help countries and organizations train community and frontline health workers responding to COVID19. If you’re interested in partnering, you can contact Last Mile Health at info@lastmilehealth.org.

source : Virgin Unite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Richard Branson said: “We’re very proud to be working with a collective of philanthropists and partners like UNICEF to support the African response to COVID-19. Life-saving protective equipment is critical to contain the spread of this pandemic and we hope our contribution will make a difference to those working so hard on the frontlines every day.”

Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo commented: “We’re honoured to be able to support UNICEF and Virgin Unite on this important cargo operation and are incredibly grateful to medical professionals who are working tirelessly at this difficult time. Today’s flight follows existing PPE flights we’ve undertaken in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS to transport vital medical supplies. So far, we’ve carried more than 1.4million tonnes of medical equipment and PPE and we look forward to flying more throughout the summer.”

Strive Masiyiwa said: “We developed the Africa Medical Supply Platform as a centralised online marketplace to house all certified PPE and COVID-related medical suppliers from Africa and around the world. It enables health ministries from all African countries to organize procurement, payment and shipment of these urgent goods. It is designed to ensure fair and consistent pricing for each African country, no matter their size. AMSP is a world-leading solution to a very current global challenge, and we are already getting requests for other parts of the world to license the AMSP concept.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLINSON Sets

NEW AIRPORT LOUNGE STANDARDS

In HEALTH And DIGITAL

 

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Businesswoman with luggage sitting in airport waiting area

Collinson Sets New Airport Lounge Standards in Health and Digital to Spearhead the Safe, Contactless Journey

 

 

 

 

SPEARHEAD THE SAFE, CONTACTLESS JOURNEY

* Helping to boost traveller confidence and drive a safe and effective recovery for the travel sector post-COVID-19, Collinson introduces a trio of airport lounge initiatives
* Collinson’s new set of global health and safety standards for airport lounges in the Priority Pass network will further protect travellers against the continued threat of the coronavirus
* Collinson launches new digital innovation to enable order-to-table F&B service and touch-free airport lounge entrance

Committed to getting the world safely travelling again, Collinson, a global leader in travel experience and loyalty, and owner and operator of Priority Pass (the leading airport experiences programme), announced on June 24, a trio of new initiatives to boost health and safety for airport lounge staff and guests and pioneer the new era of contactless journey for the airport. The initiatives include a new set of global health and safety standards for airport lounges within the Priority Pass network, a new digital solution to enable more socially-distant and touch-free food and beverage ordering in the lounge, and a further digital enhancement to enable a more contact-free entrance.

 

 

 

 

As a privately-owned, US$1 Billion company, Collinson has more than 30 years’ experience delivering customer benefits and loyalty to some of the world’s leading brands within the financial services and travel sectors. Collinson’s investment in this trio of new initiatives is part of a global vision to help protect the safety and welfare of their clients’ customers, while ensuring airport lounges continue to provide a unique and personal experience – helping those who love to travel welcome the return of air travel with confidence.

 

– Collinson’s global airport lounge standards

As the world recovers from COVID-19, health and safety at the airport will be key to rebuilding traveller confidence and championing the travel sector recovery. In service to this, Collinson is now launching a set of global health and safety standards for airport lounges. The standards comprise a number of recommended steps, including:

* Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and increased health and safety training for staff
* Floor markers for social distancing in queues or other areas where people congregate
* New evaluation of furniture layout to adhere to social distancing guidelines while maximising space and allowing traveller groups to sit together
* Increased cleaning and disinfection using health authority-recommended products
* Switching air filtration systems to 100% outside air where possible
* Contact-free solutions where possible, including collection point options for F&B
* Removing print media and replacing with digital where possible

Collinson’s airport lounge standards were developed with input from the company’s in-house Global Medical Director, Dr. Simon Worrell, a specialist expert in virus management, immunology and communicable diseases, with over 20 years of experience in the delivery of international medical assistance and emergency care. The standards will be implemented in all Collinson-owned lounges and recommended for use in all partner lounges across the Collinson airport lounge network, which comprises over 1,200 airport lounges in the market-leading programmes Priority Pass, LoungeKey and Lounge Pass. With the first set of global standards for airport lounges, Collinson encourages lounges around the world to use its standards as a robust foundation for an effective and safe travel recovery.

– Contactless Digital Innovation

Collinson is spearheading the contactless airport journey via digital innovation to introduce safer, touch-free experiences into the airport lounge.

Collinson is partnering with Grab, the airport e-commerce platform and largest marketplace for contactless order and pay at airport restaurants, to launch a new pilot solution that will enable airport lounges to introduce a digital food and beverage (F&B) ordering solution. The Collinson solution enables travellers to use their own smartphone or tablet to place their order for F&B available within the lounge and receive it via safe to-table delivery by a staff member or collect it from a dedicated collection point. This will help airport lounges to continue offering a range of options to travellers in a more convenient and controlled manner.

Further evolving the contactless airport experience, contact-free entry is now possible at Collinson lounges, removing the need for members to touch the device to process their transaction. Those using a digital membership card in the Priority Pass, LoungeKey or Mastercard Airport Experiences apps will have an entirely contact-free experience, while those using a physical Priority Pass or payment card will need to insert it into the device, but not touch the device in any other way.
Source : Collinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Andy Besant, Director of Travel Experiences at Collinson, said, “COVID-19 has radically altered what travellers need and expect from the airport journey. As a global leader in airport lounges and the travel journey, and operator of the market-leading airport experiences programme Priority Pass as well as our own airport lounges under The Club and Club Aspire brands, we at Collinson are dedicated to developing new initiatives that ensure travellers feel safe and comfortable at the airport. We are now putting our unique passion and experience in travel towards developing robust solutions for airport wellbeing, which we believe is the best way to help drive a safe and effective recovery for the travel sector.” 

Andy Besant added, “Collinson fully supports getting the world safely travelling again to unlock the value that travel brings, both to the economy, as well as to society at large. At the same time, there’s no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has indelibly changed how we think about health and safety at the airport. Via Collinson’s airport lounge standards and our new digital innovation for a contact-free experience, we look forward to championing the travel recovery while making health and wellbeing a priority.”

 

 

 

 

 

United Airlines Resuming Service

Between San Francisco and Shanghai

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United Airlines announced ON JUNE 26, it will resume service to China with twice-weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport via Seoul’s Incheon International Airport beginning July 8, 2020. United will operate service with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Customers traveling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Thursdays and Sundays.

Prior to suspending service to Shanghai in February due to COVID-19, United was the largest U.S. carrier serving China and operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/Newark and has served Shanghai for more than 30 years. In July, across the Pacific, United will also reinstate service between Chicago and Tokyo with the addition of new service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Additionally, United will resume service to Seoul; restart service to Hong Kong and will fly to Singapore via a stop at Hong Kong.

Committed to Ensuring a Safe Journey

United is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of every customer’s journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness through its United CleanPlus program. United has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health and safety procedures from check-in to landing and has implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols and innovations designed with the safety of customers and employees in mind, including:

  • Requiring all travelers – including crew members – to wear face coverings and temporarily revoking travel privileges for customers who do not follow these requirements.
  • Using state-of-the-art high-efficiency (HEPA) filters on all United mainline aircraft to circulate air and remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles
  • Using electrostatic spraying on all aircraft before departure for enhanced cabin sanitization
  • Adding a step to the check-in process, based on a recommendation from the Cleveland Clinic, requiring customers to acknowledge they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and agree to follow our policies including wearing a mask on board
  • Offering customers a touchless baggage check-in experience at more than 200 airports across the United States; United is the first and only U.S. airline to make this technology available

Source :  United Airlines

 

“United’s service to mainland China has been a point of pride for our employees and customers for more than 30 years,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network and Alliances. “Resuming service to Shanghai from the United States is a significant step in rebuilding our international network.”

 

 

 

 

 

De Havilland Canada Delivers

First Dash 8-400 Aircraft

to TAAG Angola Airlines

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) on June 26,  delivered the first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft to TAAG Angola Airlines E.P (“TAAG”), the state-owned, national airline of Angola. The order was disclosed on June 18, 2019 during a ceremonial signing event at the Paris Air Show that was attended by the Honorable Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu, Minister of Transportation, Angola, David Curtis, Chairman, Longview Aviation Capital and Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada.

De Havilland, Dash 8, Dash 8-100/200/300 and Dash 8-400 are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

Source : De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

 

 

 

 

“We selected the Dash 8-400 aircraft to support our development of a stronger domestic network and also to support our regional and international networks,” said Rui Carreira, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TAAG Angola Airlines. “With our acceptance of our first Dash 8-400 aircraft, we are continuing to implement our restructuring strategy and enhancing our service to smaller communities.  The Dash 8-400 aircraft is well known for its comfortable passenger amenities, operational versatility and outstanding economics, which will be critical for TAAG’s operations where large aircraft are not economical.  We look forward to its introduction to our fleet and to the diligent, ongoing support of De Havilland Canada’s teams as we build our network.”

“We are delighted to announce that TAAG has taken delivery of its first Dash 8-400 aircraft which was completed through a delegated delivery process,” said Mr. Young. “Amidst the current health restrictions facing many countries and the need for efficient regional aircraft to restart air services, we have developed a remote delivery process to support our customers’ recovery efforts. Regional aircraft are proving to be the most important tools to support market recovery and De Havilland Canada’s teams are standing ready to provide ongoing service solutions to support TAAG’s success.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft has proven its reliability and flexibility in Africa’s most challenging environments, including the hot and sandy regions in North Africa and the Ethiopian Highlands. The aircraft’s hot and high operational capability, along with its jet-like speed and comfort — while retaining turboprop economics — are well suited for Africa and contribute to the aircraft’s diverse customer base. We are confident that the Dash 8-400 aircraft is ideally suited to meet and exceed TAAG’s requirements, and welcome the airline to our family of more than 70 customers and operators – many of whom are currently using the Dash 8-400 aircraft to restart flying and deliver essential goods and transport during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Mr. Young.

 

 

Belize Announces Phased Re-opening Plan for Tourism

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On , June 25, 2020,  the Prime Minister of Belize made the official announcement that Belize’s international airport (BZE), the Philip Goldson International Airport will be opened on August 15, 2020, as part of the country’s five-phase re-opening strategy for tourism. The opening of the international airport will kick-off Belize’s third phase of re-opening, allowing for further travel relaxation and open entry for chartered flights, private aviation and limited re-opening of international leisure travel with approved hotels only.

Enhanced health and safety protocols for hotels were also approved by the Honourable Jose Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, which serve as the foundation for the destination’s newest “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition Program for hotels, restaurants and tour operators. This 9-point program seeks to enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards by adapting new behaviors and procedures to ensure both employees and travellers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism product. Some of these new standards include:

 

  • Hotels
  • Social distancing and the use of face masks while in public spaces
  • Online check-in/out, contactless payment systems, and automated ordering/booking systems
  • Hand sanitizing stations across the property
  • Enhanced room cleaning and increase sanitization of public spaces and high touch surfaces
  • Daily health checks for guests and employees
  • Designated ‘Isolation/Quarantine rooms’ for suspected Covid-19 cases and action plans for handling suspected employees or guests

 

  • Tours, Archaeological Sites & National Parks
    • New capacity restrictions for all tourism sites to ensure social distancing can be maintained
    • Smaller tour groups to provide a more intimate tour experience
    • Sites and Parks to manage tours by appointment to limit the number of persons on site
    • Enhanced sanitization of tour equipment

Although limited in scope, this phased approach allows for the industry to re-open responsibly, to test new entry protocols, and to allow for adjustments as necessary to ensure the wellbeing of Belizeans and visitors. As the country re-opens for travel, Belize wants to assure travellers and residents that hotels and restaurants will be cleaner and safer than ever before. 

 

The Travel Journey
Travelers to Belize will be comforted to know that based on proper management and containment efforts applied during the height of the pandemic, Belize was able to enjoy over 50 days of a Covid-19 free environment. Ongoing efforts will offer vacation opportunities with minimal risk of contracting Covid-19 while in Belize. In addition, with Belize having such low population density and being just a short flight away from most major US cities, the destination is well poised for post-Covid-19 travel. 

All travelers to Belize will be required to adhere to health and safety measures implemented by the Government of Belize (GOB) including social distancing, hand sanitization, proper hygiene and the wearing of face masks in public spaces. 

Pre-Travel Arrangements

  1. All passengers travelling to Belize will be required to download the Belize Health App and complete the required information prior to boarding the flight to Belize.  A QR code with a unique ID number will be returned to the passenger, and will be used for contact tracing while in Belize.
  2. Passengers are encouraged to take a Covid PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize.

As a part of the pre-travel process, the passenger should start by booking their flight and hotel. Opening of hotels will be in a phased approach, and the first grouping of hotels that will be allowed to open include properties that:

  1. Have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition, and
  2. Provide full service to guests. This means that these hotels are able to provide all amenities, so as to contain the guest on the property, and minimize opportunities for guest interaction within the local community. These amenities include having transportation to offer pick-up/drop-off services from the airport; access to a restaurant on property; have a pool or access to beach front; and be able to provide isolated tours, limited to guests of the property only.

Passengers are therefore encouraged to book Gold Standard approved hotels.  A list of the Gold Standard approved hotels will be available at www.travelbelize.org in the coming weeks.

Entry Requirements

  1. Passengers that provide certification of a negative test result from a Covid-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of travel, will be allowed immediate entry into Belize via a ‘fast track‘ lane.  
  2. Passengers that do not provide a negative Covid-19 test, must test upon arrival in Belize, at the passenger’s expense.  A negative test result will allow entry into Belize.
  3. Passengers who test positive for Covid-19 at the Belize International Airport will be placed in mandatory quarantine for a minimum period of fourteen (14) days at the passenger’s expense.

All visitors to Belize will be required to:

  • Wear a mask during the entire landing, deplaning and arrival process, and while inside the airport.
  • Undergo temperature checks using non-contact digital infrared thermometers or Thermal Imaging Cameras.
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines in all queues for health checks, immigration and customs inspections.
  • Follow and respond to the comprehensive, pro-active, contact tracing guidelines to facilitate appropriate and rapid response from health officials, should Covid-19 symptoms develop.
  • Utilize the sanitizing stations to sanitize hands frequently and facilitate other health screening requirements on arrival.

At the Airport
The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols. These include:

  • Installation of barriers and sneeze guards between passengers and Immigration & Customs officers
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the terminal building to assist with proper hand hygiene
  • Floor markers placed 6 feet apart to promote social distancing and assist passengers in the queuing process
  • Sanitization of passenger luggage prior to transfer into the terminal building.

Departure
Residents and visitors departing from Belize will also see new enhanced health and safety measures implemented.  Some of these new measures include:

  • Limiting entry into the terminal building to only ticketed passengers
  • Mandatory use of face masks at all times while in the terminal building
  • Safety barriers installed at check-in counters and the Immigration area
  • Social distancing to protect passengers

Preparation for the return of visitation via land borders and cruising are still underway and re-opening plans will be announced at a later date. The Government of Belize, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) continue to actively monitor this very fluid situation.

Source : Belize Tourism Board

 

 

 

 

 

FROM MOZAMBIQUE TO THE MALDIVES : ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS

OFFERS PRIVATE ISLANDS

BUY OUT RETREATS

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June 20, 2020

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas invites guests to experience quintessential Anantara luxury with the ultimate private island buy out packages. Now is the time for romantic Robinson Crusoe daydreams to become reality with the opportunity to reserve the entire resort for events, special occasions or simply for peace of mind, all in stunning locales. From the UAE’s biggest nature reserve, Sir Bani Yas Island, to the tiny but impossibly perfect Medjumbe Island off the coast of Mozambique, to the archetypal private island destination, The Maldives. Anantara offers guests complete privacy, security and of course, luxury in some of the most spectacular locations around the world.

 

 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas Exterior View

 

 

 

 

Sir Bani Yas Island by Anantara

Indulge your senses in a natural environment with three distinct resorts to fulfil your preferences. Escape to an iconic fortress-style hotel overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Live out your dreams of wildlife adventure from rustic lodge luxury in the heart of the island. Admire flocks of flamingos gathering at the mangrove lagoon and walk on white-sand beach in front of your private villas. The resorts offer an array of global flavours, Anantara Spa journeys, state-of-the-art event facilities and exhilarating possibilities in this environment, to choose from a range of land and water activities.

 

Sir Bani Yas Island by Anantara

 

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts offer the entire Island or freedom to choose from three resorts and camping site as your buy-out destination including some of the amazing inclusions below:

• 64 rooms, suites and villas at Desert Islands Resort, 30 private villas each at Al Yamm and Al Sahel Villa Resorts which can be catered to your requirements
• Three pools at the resorts and private pools in the villas
• Dining experiences across five restaurant and lounge venues and special theme nights for group dining
• Complimentary collection of activities including Nature and Wildlife Drive, Kayaking, Archery, Snorkelling, Nature Walks and more
• Complimentary treatments at the award winning Anantara Spa
• Kids Club with tailor-made games and a dedicated outdoor play area
• Exclusive event venues at Desert Islands Conference Centre
• Special turndown amenities
• Movie nights on the beach or select location (dependent on weather)
• One point of contact for all your requirements
• Kids activities including treasure hunts, wildlife adventures, animal experiences and more
• Resort cars and buggies available 24 hours
• Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island private island buy out rates can be booked for the entire island including all three resorts from USD 89,000 per night, or for an individual resort as follows:
• Desert Islands Resort & Spa (64 rooms, suites and villas) – rates from USD 40,000 per night
• Al Yamm Villa Resort (30 villas) – rates from USD 25,000 per night
• Al Sahel Villa Resort (30 villas) – rates from USD 24,000 per night
• Camping: 20 guests minimum – rates from USD 3,500 per night
• All the above are the starting from rates, on full board basis and subject to availability.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort Private Island Package

 

Off the sparkling coast of Mozambique, Medjumbe Island is a mere one kilometre long and 300 metres wide, verdant vegetation frames the softest of white powdery sands, lapped gently by the azure waves of the Indian Ocean. A collection of 12 luxurious beach pool villas accommodate up to 24 guests, with the resort offering a wide range of water sports and exclusive fine dining.

Small and private, Medjumbe Island’s tropical landscape and azure waters provide some of the world’s most awe inspiring and undiscovered scuba diving or snorkelling opportunities. For those preferring a less structured respite in this African island paradise, days can be spent reclining on the island’s magnificent beaches overlooking warm, crystal-clear ocean.

 Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort 

 

Anantara Medjumbe Island’s private island buy out package starts from USD 19,280 per night, and includes:

• Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected beverages
• One Dining by Design experience
• One Quissanga Island excursion with a barbeque or picnic
• Daily shared and scheduled snorkelling trips
• Daily shared and scheduled scuba diving or fishing trips
• Return air transfers from Pemba International Airport to Medjumbe Island
• A minimum of three consecutive nights’ stay is required
• Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied
• Package is valid until 10 December 2021. Some blackout dates apply.

 

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Anantara Dhigu Resort Exclusive Island Getaway

An emerald jewel in the Indian Ocean’s endless blue, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort invites guests into a tropical dream, an unspoiled paradise of barefoot elegance. With a choice of 110 luxury suites and villas, Anantara Dhigu offers a variety of accommodation options that meets every need. Reserve the island resort for a minimum of three nights and take advantage of a wealth of facilities exclusively reserved for your group.

 

Anantara Dhigu’s private island buy out package starts from USD 100,000 per night and includes:

• 30 minute speedboat transfers from/to Velana International Airport
• Daily breakfast
• A wealth of dining outlets with distinctive cuisines and breathtaking views
• A wide range of activities for all the family, including kids’ club, wellness & recreation activities
• Overwater spa offering indigenous-inspired treatments as well as wellness journeys
• Extensive choice of watersports activities (for all levels) as well as proximity to surf spots
• Access to the Private Island “Gulhifushi” for snorkelling and relaxation
• Access to facilities at sister resort Anantara Veli (for guests over 18 years or families with dinner reservations)
• Resort doctor available 24-hours
• A minimum of three consecutive nights’ stay is required
• Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas 

Situated within the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve teeming with rich marine life, discover an idyllic Indian Ocean retreat at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, which can be exclusively reserved just for you.
Create long lasting memories by personalising your stay with a variety of Anantara Signature Experiences; from diving with Manta Rays to stargazing with the Maldives’ most powerful overwater telescope.

Nestled amongst lush vegetation, 80 spacious private pool sanctuaries and cool open spaces culminate in the ultimate tranquil paradise of Anantara Kihavah, your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Poised either over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled alongside the pristine beach, each hideaway boasts large infinity-edge pools, large private sun decking and private dining pavilions. Pamper yourself with modern medical aesthetic, detox or immunity-bolstering treatments by Cocoon Medi-spa and ancient ayurvedic wellness.

Anantara Kihavah’s private island buy out package starts from USD 95,000 per night and includes:

• 80 spacious private pool villas – over water or beach front
• A dedicated personal villa host for each villa 24 hours a day
• Daily breakfast for the group
• Access to a diverse culinary journey with six bars and restaurants
• Access to recreation and leisure facilities including a tennis court, bicycles, a premium fitness centre, boutique and gift shop
• Access to Anantara Spa featuring a range of customisable Anantara Signature Experiences
• Kids under 12 can enjoy the ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ and supervised island activities
• Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRING ON SUMMER

AMERICAN AIRLINES INCREASES DOMESTIC FLYING

FOR SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON, BEGINS REOPENING ADMIRALS CLUBS AND INCREASES FLEXIBILITY

 

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June 08, 2020

 

Aircraft, Aircrafts, American Airlines, plane, planes, Livery, Exterior

 

 

 

 

American Airlines Group Inc. is getting ready for summer travel by restoring more flights, offering double AAdvantage® miles for flights booked in June, re-opening key Admirals Club lounges, expanding flexible policies and continuing its robust health, well-being and cleaning procedures.

  • Planning to fly more than 55% of its July 2019 domestic capacity in July 2020
  • Resuming lounge service June 22 at 11 Admirals Club lounges in 10 key U.S. cities
  • Continuing robust health, well-being and cleaning procedures
  • Removing change fees on flights booked in June, and, on eligible fuller flights, customers will be offered the option to rebook to a flight with fewer booked seats at check-in
  • Awarding double AAdvantage miles on flights purchased in June and completed by Sept. 30 Summer of Deals promotion
Customer Demand Leads to More Domestic Flying in July

In response to improving demand for air travel, American is planning to fly 55% of its domestic schedule and nearly 20% of its international schedule in July 2020 compared to the same period last year. The airline’s July systemwide capacity amounts to approximately 40% of July 2019 flying.

American saw an increase in demand in May. By the last week of May, the airline carried a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day — an increase over the approximately 32,000 average daily customers the airline served in April.

 

Compared to the spring, American is increasing frequency of flying from hubs, including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to destinations customers are searching and booking most, with increased flying to major cities in Florida, Gulf Coast cities as well as mountain destinations. The airline also increased frequency of flying to Asheville, North Carolina (AVL), Savannah, Georgia (SAV), and Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) for business and leisure travelers.

As the nation’s favorite theme parks begin to open, American will offer more seats to Florida than any other airline in July. American has also added more flying to mountain destinations in Montana, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as national parks and outdoor recreational spaces reopen and customer demand for these destinations continues to recover.

International Demand Slower to Return

While international demand continued to be diminished, today marked the return of service to eight international destinations. These include service from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG) and Frankfurt (FRA), as well as service from Miami (MIA) to Antigua (ANU) in the Caribbean and Guayaquil (GYE) and Quito (UIO) in South America. American also restored additional service to London (LHR) from Chicago (ORD) and New York (JFK).

American will delay the return of some previously  announced  international routes—including transatlantic service from Philadelphia (PHL) and CLT—to August…

Source : America Airlines

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Canada to Launch Daily, Year-Round Flights from Vancouver

to Orange County (Santa Ana), California

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June 04, 2020

Air Canada to Launch Daily, Year-Round Flights From Vancouver to Orange County (Santa Ana), California

 

 

 

 

Air Canada  announced on March 03, 2020,  it will launch non-stop service between Vancouver and Santa Ana in Orange County, California beginning June 15, 2020, subject to final airport authority approvals. Special introductory fares from Vancouver to Orange County start as low as $187 CDN one-way, all in. Tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents until March 17, 2020 for travel between June 15, 2020 and September 30, 2020.

The Air Canada Airbus A319 aircraft offers a choice of two cabins configured with 14 Business Class and 106 Economy seats all featuring personal in-flight entertainment, as well as wi-fi onboard. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, access to priority services, Maple Leaf Lounges and other benefits.

Air Canada is the leading carrier between Canada and California, offering up to 43 daily flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal to seven destinations in California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Palm Springs and, beginning June 15, Orange County. Customers who fly Air Canada will understand why it is Skytrax’s 2019 Best Airline in North America, and also why it was named the top airline in North America for its services by readers and the advisory board of the influential Business Traveler USA and Global Traveler publications, respectively.

Source : Air Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are very pleased to announce new daily, year-round flights from Vancouver to Orange County as we strategically expand our transborder network into the populous greater Los Angeles area,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning and Alliances at Air Canada. “In addition to offering direct flights to the iconic tourism, sports and entertainment attractions that Orange County is known for, our new flights will also conveniently link the increasing start-up, tech and innovator businesses that both Vancouver and southern California are home to.  Air Canada’s Orange County flights will also offer a wide array of connections across Canada and to Australia and India via our YVR hub.”

 

California has and will continue to be a high priority market for our export clients given the close proximity and significant opportunity this region represents. We are pleased to see that Air Canada will be making California even more accessible for British Columbia based businesses,” says Austin Nairn, Executive Director of World Trade Centre Vancouver.

 

California is an increasingly important market for Greater Vancouver businesses. Greater connectivity will provide the foundation for a deeper economic, social and cultural partnership to the benefit of both of our regions,” said Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

 

“The shared California/Canada commitment to building new companies and expanding our economies has connected the two trade partners and now with daily non-stop flights between Orange County and Vancouver, we have a convenient portal for business and leisure travel,” said Bryan Starr, President and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber and Destination Irvine.

 

Vancouver and Orange County are dynamic tech markets in a North-South corridor known for innovation, creativity and excellence. A new non-stop daily flight from Air Canada between our cities means more opportunities to collaborate and combine our strengths to do more together as we continue to define what comes next,” said Stephen Armstrong, president, MAPLE Business Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel

and Economy Churn Again

Mayor and Wheel’s Owner Switch On Symbolizing the City Starting Up A Case Study in Physically Distanced Leisure

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June 02, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

The Giant Ferris Wheel – symbolic of Vienna and tourism – which had been turning without interruption since the end of World War II was switched off for the first time in 75 years in mid-March due to the Corona crisis. But on May 29, 2020 at noon Vienna time, Nora Lamac, whose family has operated the Giant Ferris Wheel for generations, and the Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig pressed the Giant Ferris Wheel’s on switch, setting the Viennese landmark in motion once again. Yesterday, artists and performers living in Vienna sent out a musical message of optimism and hope into the virtual world as part of an event streamed online. Participants used a stage set up on a purpose-built platform to share their online musical greetings from dizzying heights. Shops, bars, restaurants and museums in Vienna have been open for a few days or weeks now, and today the city’s hotels, amusement parks and public pools open their doors.

Source : Vienna Tourist Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The city is slowly coming back to life and hotels are reopening. We are showing what global rankings like the Mercer and the Economist have for many years: that Vienna is a safe, mindful and livable city, with excellent infrastructure, adept at overcoming challenging situations. We hope this symbol serves to inspire all those who have been touched by Vienna.” – Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna

“Before Corona, the Giant Ferris Wheel was in continuous service for over 70 years. When the wheel stopped, life seemed to stand still. Today is a very emotional moment for me and my family. It gives us grounds for hope – not just for me, but for everyone who has had a difficult time over the past few months.” – Nora Lamac, Ferris Wheel Owner

 

 

 

 

 

virtually no other landmark, the Wheel is now a symbol of the city’s restart. We are very much looking forward to welcoming guests – and can promise that Vienna has a lot to offer this year, too – in spite of distancing and the no- or low-touch economy.” – Norbert Kettner, Director of Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YUCATAN MAINTAINS STRONG RELATIONSHIP

WITH CRUISE INDUSTRY
IN NORTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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May 26, 2020

Source Photos : Port of Progreso

 

 

 

 

 

As part of its strategy amid the COVID-19 crisis for attracting more tourists to Yucatán State and ensuring the permanence of cruise line itineraries that call there, Michelle Fridman, the state’s tourism minister, says Yucatán’s government has connected with cruise companies, port authorities and tour operators in North America and the Caribbean through an informative newsletter detailing the destination’s support for the cruise industry.

To that end, the debut Yucatán Cruise Newsletter aims to maintain promotion and interest in the Port of Progreso, the state’s main port of call, as a leisure cruise destination. The newsletter reports activities, statistics and projections related to the cruise industry in Yucatan.

From 2015 to 2019, Progreso increased its reception of cruise ships with the arrival of 30 additional vessels, representing growth of 47.8% in the volume of annual passengers received. Passenger numbers rose to 470,418 in 2019, compared to 318,234 in 2015, an increase of 152,184 registered passengers, which places Progreso sixth among ports with the highest reception of cruise passengers in Mexico.

 

The State of Yucatán has extended its support to the cruise industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a humanitarian response, the Port of Progreso welcomed the Gulden Leeuw school ship, allowing 50 crew members to disembark and return to their homes. As cruise ports closed globally, Progreso showed solidarity by allowing 48 British passengers to disembark Marella Cruises’ Marella Explorer 2 ship on March 31. The Mexican Navy oversaw the transfer using maximum health-security maneuvers, directing passengers to Mérida International Airport and sending them home on charter flights.

Progreso continues with its port improvement plan and other urban projects. 53.4 million Mexican pesos (about U.S. $2.4 million) have been invested in the first part of the urban improvements in Progresso’s tourist area to provide passengers with areas for fun and recreation while visiting the state. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the “Puerta Progreso” project continues and construction work is expected to resume, with completion later this year of exhibition areas, a restaurant and a beach club. All these improvements, along with the new International Malecon, confirm the Port of Progreso as one of the best destinations for attracting more tourists to the State.

As part of its commitment to the cruise industry, the Yucatán Tourism Board maintains its membership in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and continues to participate in its events, such as the first FCCA PAMAC session in Jamaica and Puerto Rico in 2020 and the Seatrade Cruise Global 2021.

Significant efforts to strengthen the global industry have also been undertaken by the private sector, including the “Destination Together” platform, whereby tour operators compare data and talk and interact to be ready when cruises return to Caribbean destinations.

In addition, tour operators and local private companies continue to strengthen other tourist attractions throughout Yucatán State, offering different experiences such as archaeological, nature and colonial jewelry micro-destinations near Progreso, to ensure that overseas visitors know more of what the state has to offer.

Source : Yucatán State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Air Gears Up to Resume Flights

Ensures Robust Safety

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May 23, 2020

Star Air aircrafts (Embraer 145) at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

 

 

 

 

A few days ago, the Aviation industry took a great sigh of relief, when the Civil Aviation Ministry gave its green signal for starting domestic flight operations in a calibrated manner. The latest entrant to this club is Star Air, a Scheduled commercial airline, which has also declared the commencement of its daily flight operations again from 25th May 2020.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Government had restricted all modes of travel including air travel since 25th March 2020. However, the impact of the nationwide lockdown and the growing demand from passengers for safe travel encouraged the Government to start domestic flight operations. 

Star Air is a prominent airline services company, which has made a significant presence in the airline space with its impressive and qualitative services. The airline operates under the RCS-UDAN scheme and provides services in far deeper pockets of the country.

Many see it as the most promising airline brands in making. It is known for providing world-class flight services to various metros as well as Tier-II and Tier-III Indian cities at a very affordable cost. Star Air operates in ten Indian cities including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Hubballi, Belagavi, Delhi (Hindon), Kalaburagi, Indore, and Kishangarh (Ajmer).

Star Air has already started bookings for its various travel routes and is getting a phenomenal response from the customers across India. It has decided to implement numerous precautionary measures to ensure passengers’ safety as per the directives of the Union Government. 

Daily sanitization of aircraft with effective disinfectants, enabling employees to wear PPEs while serving passengers, providing a web check-in facility to reduce physical contact, and many other such measures have been implemented byStar Airto maximize its passengers’ safety.

Experts say that travelling in Star Air in these challenging times would be far more comfortable and safer than any other airline. Star Air uses 50-seater Embraer aircraft with an alpha seating arrangement facility. This seating is unique because it has dual features of aisle and window seat. Travelling in this arrangement makes any passenger less exposed to other fellow passengers, due to fewer people density and wider distance amongst passengers inside the aircraft. Its extra legroom space of total 31 inches between the seats is far greater than what most of the established airline giants offer and thus ensure more comfort while maintaining maximum distancing.

Source : Star Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is a delight that DGCA has given its nod to start operations in the domestic skies. Millions of people are stuck in different parts of our country due to lockdown. Now, these people can easily reach their homes safely. We are ready to serve our passengers with utmost safety as per guidelines issued by DGCA,” says Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, Chairman – Star Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose Chicago

Announces Tourism & Hospitality Forward

To Responsibly Welcome Visitors Back To Chicago

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May 21, 2020

 

 

 

 

More than 250 businesses, organizations and institutions have begun planning for tourism and hospitality industry recovery

At the Choose Chicago Annual Meeting today, the organization announced Tourism & Hospitality Forward, a new initiative to accelerate and spur Chicago’s tourism industry post-coronavirus and help expedite the City’s economic recovery. To date, a coalition of more than 250 local tourism, hospitality, meeting and event-related organizations and businesses have signed on to the pledge promising alignment, collaboration and socially responsible tourism and hospitality that will instill confidence in residents and visitors as they return to Chicago.

Chicago’s tourism, hospitality, meetings, and events industries were amongst the hardest hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the City transitions through a phased reopening, this alliance of industry partners will work together to establish best practices and safety measures for the health and safety of residents and visitors alike when cultural institutions, hotels, attractions and restaurants return to regular business and welcome guests.

 

There are four components to the pledge:

  • SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PLANNING: We will put the safety of our patrons and employees first by adhering to public health guidance and direction and become leaders in socially responsible tourism and hospitality.
  • DEDICATED AND STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT: We will recognize the importance of taking a strategic and collaborative approach by dedicating the time to align across sectors and develop the phased plans we need to thrive in this challenging environment.
  • AUTHENTIC AND INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE: We will work together to spur the traffic of Chicago visitors and guests by enhancing our efforts to create unique ways to leverage all of the city’s dynamic neighborhoods and authentic assets.
  • UNPARALLELED CHICAGO ADVOCACY: We advocate for all that Chicago has to offer by cross-promoting offerings and collaborating on shared offers to create a mutually beneficial environment for the industry and ultimately a stronger economy for the city.

Additionally, Tourism & Hospitality Forward announced an outreach and engagement framework that participants can leverage to bring visitors back to Chicago when the time is right. The framework includes:

  • Promoting Chicago’s reopening in a calibrated manner with programs and promotions, such as staycations, designed to engage local audiences.
  • Launching seasonal initiatives to bring leisure travelers to Chicago with an emphasis on neighboring states.
  • Reinforcing that Chicago will continue to be the best place to do business as the City competes for meetings and events.
  • Maximizing all Chicago has to offer through a unifying marketing campaign.

Planning has been underway with several working groups aligned by sector, including accommodations, museums and attractions, arts & culture, festivals, and special events including sports and a dedicated focus on unique and diverse neighborhoods.  

Source : Choose Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This current crisis has been simply devastating to so many, including the tourism and hospitality industry, and we recognize that these unprecedented challenges require unprecedented and swift actions in order to restore this economic driver for the City,” said Glenn Eden, Chair of the Choose Chicago Board of Directors. “Our first priority is to promote socially responsible tourism. We will demonstrate to our guests that through the operational changes and precautions taken, it is safe to enjoy Chicago again.”

 

“I applaud Choose Chicago’s commitment to developing safe, collaborative solutions to the profound impact COVID-19 has had on our city’s vital tourism and hospitality industry,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Despite the challenges we face, the strength of our recovery is being built on forward-looking partnerships like these which are mutually supportive and rooted in the data of this disease, allowing us to build and grow more resilient, inclusive, and powerful than we’ve ever been.”

 

“These groups initially began meeting to focus on initial and almost immediate reopening strategies,” said Eden. “They have now evolved and have been rolled up to collaborate with and support Mayor Lightfoot’s longer-term Reopening and Recovery Task Force, including marketing and economic development for the City as a whole.”

 

“The traditional visitor and convention delegate will remain our ultimate goal in the recovery process,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago. “In the early phases of reopening we are going to have to focus and rely on our local residents, nearby suburban and regional visitors and the drive market as a whole. While they will be the first to easily return to their favorite spots and activities, they can also be ambassadors as we welcome guests and visitors back to Chicago.”

 

 

 

 

Aruba 

Nationwide Health and Safety Protocols

Ahead of Summer Arrivals

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TRAVEL / TOURISM – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

May 21, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

New ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ Gold Certification to Protect Visitors’ Travel Experience

The  Aruba Tourism Authority  (A.T.A) and the Department of Public Health announced the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code, a stringent cleaning and hygiene certification program that will be mandatory for all tourism related businesses across the country.

The ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ certification will provide assurance that each business has taken every measure to offer a safe environment for employees and guests. The certification seal of approval will be displayed prominently on all tourism related businesses, and the certified businesses will also be found on the Department of Public Health website.

Aruba’s health and safety protocols will provide a seamlessly secure and clean experience for visitors at every touchpoint, upon arrival in Aruba. The Aruba Airport Authority has worked with the Department of Public Health and followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to implement numerous measures such as screening, temperature checks, on-site medical professionals, social distance markers and additional shields and safeguards, mandatory PPE training for all staff, and more.

As visitors depart the airport, they will find the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ certification seal of approval on taxis/transport and on all businesses that fall into the sectors of accommodations, food and beverage, restaurants and bars, casinos, retail shops, and tour operators.

 

The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association has distributed their “Best Practices” guide to hotels which elevates the existing cleaning protocols to new norms for all areas including luggage handling, elevator safety, housekeeping guidelines, food & beverage service, casinos and more. The two pillars of the best practices guide are physical distancing and sanitation, based on the Department of Public Health of Aruba and WHO guidelines. Visitors can expect such measures as plexiglass barriers at desks, digital keys and contactless check-in, thorough disinfecting of all public spaces and rooms, and more.

These new protocols to safeguard visitors and locals will also extend to national parks and tourism attractions. Aruba’s renowned Arikok National Park will adhere to the certification guidelines and is creating digital experiences to help reinforce social distancing including virtual guided tours of the park. For the first time ever, the Park will permanently ban ATVs (starting June 1) and UTVs (starting October 31) from protected areas. This will help preserve nature and limit how many people can access the park, ultimately providing a more intimate experience for visitors.

In order to receive visitors, all businesses must adhere to the new protocols and receive on-site inspection and approval from the Department of Inspection and Hygiene to be awarded with the Aruba Health & Happiness Code gold certification seal.

On May 8th, the Government of Aruba announced a tentative reopening of the borders for inbound travel scheduled between June 15 and July 1, 2020. A formal announcement will be made in the coming weeks with the official reopen date.

Source : Aruba Tourism Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As we prepare to reopen our borders, it is critical to evolve and innovate as a tourism destination to protect our local community and future travelers once they reach our shores,” said Danguillaume Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Public Health and Sport of Aruba. “We want all visitors to feel reassured in traveling to our One happy island, knowing we worked together as a nation to implement the highest health and safety protocols through every step of their journey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Airlines Launches United CleanPlus

A New Standard of Cleanliness and Safety Partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic

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United CleanPlus brings together a most trusted name in disinfection and the country’s leading medical experts to develop protocols designed to help keep customers safe at the airport and onboard

 

 

 

United Airlines is introducing United CleanPlus: the company’s commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. United CleanPlus brings together a most trusted brand in surface disinfection – Clorox – and the country’s top medical experts – Cleveland Clinic – to inform and guide United’s new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols that includes touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for crew and customers, and giving customers options when flights are more full. Specifically, Clorox products will be used at United’s hub airports and medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming.

By establishing collaborations with world-renowned leaders in surface disinfection and health like Clorox and Cleveland Clinic, United customers can travel with more confidence knowing that the airline’s protocols have been informed by trusted experts.

 

 

Clorox is working closely with United to enhance the airline’s cleaning program, redefine disinfection procedures and equip customers with amenities at select locations that help support a healthier and safer environment throughout their travel journey. Clorox products will first roll out at United’s hub airports in Chicago and Denver and will be used in the gate and terminal areas, with additional locations to follow. 

The United CleanPlus commitment goes far beyond disinfection. United consulted with experts at Cleveland Clinic to provide guidance on the airline’s policies and procedures – from mandatory face coverings, to touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, to social distancing – and ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. Medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic will also advise on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help United use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep customers safe.

The United CleanPlus commitment to customers is already happening throughout the travel journey across the United network in a number of ways. To date, United has implemented more than a dozen new policies and procedures aligned with United CleanPlus that are designed with health and safety in mind, including:

In Airport Lobbies:

  • Reducing touchpoints by temporarily shutting down self-service kiosks and beginning to roll out, in select locations, touchless kiosks that allow customers to print bag tags using their own device to scan a QR code.
  • Actively promoting social distancing with enhanced signage, including a 6 ft. rule at the ticket counters which allows for minimal contact between agents and customers.
  • Deploying sneeze guards at key interaction points, including at our check-in counters.

At the Gate:

  • Boarding fewer customers at a time to allow for more distance during the boarding process, minimizing crowding at the gate and jet bridge.
  • Asking our customers to self-scan their boarding passes at our gate readers.
  • Equipping our employees with disinfecting products available so they can disinfect high-touch areas including armrests and handrails.

In the United Clubs:

  • Protective sneeze guards installed at our credentialing desks and customer services minimizing contact between our guests and team members
  • Enhanced team member safety and well-being by requiring the use of personal protective equipment
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning our high-touch surfaces and equipping our team members with disinfectant cleaning products
  • Removed seating at the bar area to actively promote physical distancing
  • Pre-packaged food and beverages are only available at the bar area to reduce customer touch points

Onboard Aircraft:

  • Beginning May 22, United will introduce an “all in one” economy snack bag that replaces the economy beverage and complimentary snack choice service on domestic flights scheduled 2 hours and 20 minutes or more. This bag will include a wrapped sanitizer wipe, an 8.5 oz. bottled water, a Stroopwafel and a package of pretzels
  • Enhancing cabin sanitization including electrostatic spraying, which will happen before every flight starting this June.
  • Requiring all employees and customers on board to wear a mask or face covering, helping protect each other.
  • Supplying individually wrapped hand sanitizer wipes to customers as they board.
  • Limiting advance seat selections where possible and allowing customers to take alternative flights when we expect a flight to operate over 70% capacity.

Behind the Scenes:

  • Implementing employee temperature checks before the start of their workday, better safeguarding their health as well as their teammates’ and customers’.
  • Employees are producing hand sanitizer that is being used throughout the airline.

 

 

 

 

“Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it’s our singular customer focus,” said United CEO, Scott Kirby, in a video message to customers today. “We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of customers’ minds when making travel decisions, and we’re not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to better protect our customers and employees.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyndham Looks Ahead

to Recovery with Continued

New-Construction Growth

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Economy and midscale lodging leader lays foundation for long-term growth, welcoming nearly a dozen new-construction hotels in Q1 and continuing to grow its new-build pipeline for the future

 

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) – the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,300 hotels across 90 countries – continues forging ahead with new-construction growth, opening 11 newly built hotels across the U.S. in the first quarter and breaking ground on a number of hotels in its new-construction pipeline. In the same period, the Company executed agreements for more than 25 future new-construction hotels in the U.S., further expanding its pipeline and planting roots for travel recovery in the long term.

Above, the 104-room La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells is one of nearly a dozen recent new-construction openings in drive-to destinations for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming New Openings
The Company’s 11 new-construction openings in the U.S. represent nearly 1,000 rooms.  The recent openings, including properties across its La Quinta® by Wyndham, Wingate by Wyndham®, Days Inn® by Wyndham, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham® brands, are situated in destinations primed for domestic, drive-to leisure travel such as Miramar Beach, Fla.; Houston, Texas; Spokane, Wash.; and Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  

Laying Foundation for the Future
Developers are also starting construction on hotels in the pipeline, reinforcing optimism for the industry’s recovery. Developers for Wyndham-branded hotels broke ground on approximately 10 new hotels in the U.S. year-to-date, including a Microtel hotel in Hot Springs, Ark.; a La Quinta hotel in San Antonio, Texas; an extended-stay Hawthorn Suites hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and a Trademark Collection by Wyndham® hotel in Leavenworth, Kan.

“Despite a rapidly changing landscape for hotel developers around the world, a number of our owners are pressing forward with new-construction projects in the economy and midscale segments, reinforcing our overall confidence in the long-term viability of our industry,” said Krishna Paliwal, head of Architecture, Design and Construction for Wyndham. “New-construction growth, however gradual, represents our optimism for the future of travel. Not only do our highly recognizable brands provide significant value to hotel owners who join the Wyndham family, especially during difficult times, but they also represent the consistent, trusted and affordable experience travelers will be seeking now more than ever before.”

Igniting the Conversion Engine
Though construction has generally slowed across the industry, Wyndham continues to welcome new projects while igniting its powerful conversion engine, which is fueled by the strong value proposition across its portfolio of well-known brands. In the first quarter, Wyndham’s conversion pipeline increased 8% globally year-over-year.  The Company has a proven track record of growing net rooms during lodging cycle downturns and, with over 15,000 independent economy and midscale hotels in the U.S., converting independent hotels to Wyndham brands remains an important source of consistent rooms growth for the Company through both up and down cycles.

Well-Positioned for Recovery
The impact of COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve and many factors remain uncertain. As the pandemic begins to abate in the U.S., Wyndham’s existing franchisees are likely to be well-positioned for recovery. The Company operates a nearly 90% drive-to business in the U.S. with a concentration in the select-service chain scale segments – which have outperformed higher end full service hotels during the pandemic – and over 95% of its domestic guests originate within the U.S., making them less reliant on air travel.

Wyndham also recently announced “Count on UsSM,” a new long-term, multi-faceted initiative to build confidence among guests and to support franchisees as it prepares to welcome travelers back to its U.S. hotels. The initiative will immediately focus on further elevating health and safety protocols at Wyndham hotels in the wake of COVID-19, shoring up critical supply chains and introducing new standards, training and guidelines grounded in guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wyndham has expanded its relationship with industry leader Ecolab on requiring consistent use of Ecolab’s EPA-approved disinfectants in guestrooms and public spaces nationwide.

Source : Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUERTO VALLARTA

TO ENTER PHASE 0

OF COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

ON MAY 18, 2020

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The city of Puerto Vallarta will start its reopening process on May 18h as the State of Jalisco enters Phase 0 of its COVID-19 recovery plan on Monday, May 18. Phase 0 will last at least 15 days and allow for the gradual return of some economic activities. It is the first step in preparing protocols for the next phases of the plan. During this time, social distancing, and the use of face masks outside the home will remain mandatory. Stores, public roads, and businesses previously deemed non-essential that are linked to supply chains are allowed to operate at 50 percent of capacity. Select businesses that do not generate crowds and adhere to social distancing guidelines will also be permitted to open.
Beaches, public spaces, shopping malls, bars, and nightclubs will remain closed. Restaurants and cafes that commit to applying established sanitation and safety protocols may operate at 50 percent of their capacity.
 
Hotel services such as access to swimming pools, bars, gyms, beach clubs, and private beaches remain suspended at this time. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disease prevention measures are in place at Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the cruise port, on public transportation, in supermarkets, and in government offices which are providing limited services. Local authorities are working closely with the travel sector to progressively implement updated protocols to support the transition to the next phase of recovery.
Throughout Phase 0, the government will continue to monitor the number of new cases identified and the ability to isolate and provide contact tracing for individuals who test positive, in order to determine when the state can proceed to the next phase of opening. More information will be available it the coming weeks.
Source : Puerto Vallarta

 

“Tourism is a very important industry in our state, and we are looking forward to welcoming back international visitors when the time is right,” said German Ralis, Minister of Tourism of the State of Jalisco. “However, we remain very cautious with our plans for re-opening Jalisco, including popular tourism destinations like Puerto Vallarta, to ensure that the safest and cleanest conditions await guests upon their return.”

 

A Historic Milestone: Oakwood to Focus on Branded Hospitality Services

With a commitment to double its portfolio of managed properties by 2025, Oakwood transitions out of the global housing solutions business to focus on hospitality management

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Oakwood®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments (“Mapletree”), announced on may 13, it will direct its focus to singularly pursue the development and growth of its hospitality portfolio, significantly expanding its proven capability in the industry.

Over the last few years, Oakwood has embarked on an aggressive plan to develop and grow its own portfolio of branded properties that provide guests with exceptional hospitality service, comfort and safety. Through this specially crafted Oakwood experience, guests are invited to feel a sense of belonging, familiarity and reassurance whenever they stay at any Oakwood property around the world.

Now with more than 80 Oakwood properties globally, a strategic decision has been made to effect changes to a part of the business that Oakwood has been operating for a number of years. 

 

 

 

 

 

In March 2020, Oakwood entered into a strategic partnership with Dwellworks, the world’s leading provider of destination and related services to the globally mobile workforce, to operate a brand-agnostic solutions service for sourcing accommodation options for guests around the world. Through the agreement, Dwellworks has an exclusive license to Oakwood’s epic™ technology platform, an end-to-end accommodations management solution, and access to the industry’s most complete and fully-vetted supply chain for housing solutions.

This partnership aligns with the strategic direction of both organizations, allowing Oakwood to focus on the development and growth of its hospitality portfolio, and Dwellworks to strategically expand its capabilities in the corporate housing sector. Oakwood will serve as a supplier to Dwellworks benefiting from its expanded global presence.

“Dwellworks is an excellent steward for the corporate housing industry and a longtime partner to our company. They have deep experience and familiarity with how our business works, as well as a shared commitment to delivering exceptional service to clients and guests,” said Dean Schreiber, chief executive officer of Oakwood and managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific.

This significant new phase in the evolution of Oakwood will allow the brand to focus on enhancing its services on-property, and transform into a true hospitality management company fit for sustainable growth and business success. With a commitment to double its portfolio of managed properties by 2025, the development pipeline holds a number of landmark projects which include:

o   20 properties that are slated to open in the next two years in Asia Pacific

o   A new multifamily portfolio in the Seattle market

o   Several active proposals across key cities in the United States including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Atlanta and Austin

o   Its first two properties that will be opening in Dubai in 2021

 

Oakwood offers six products under the Oakwood brand – Oakwood Premier, Oakwood Apartments, Oakwood Residence, Oakwood Suites, Oakwood Studios and Oakwood WaterWalk – each providing a distinct level of service experience and quality that caters to different travelers with different lifestyles and needs. This hospitality model creates new opportunities for growth across global regions and provides much-needed focus to further build on its long-standing reputation in the hospitality market as a leading provider of serviced apartments.

“We have been fortunate to have played a leading role in the growth of the corporate housing industry and we are thrilled to begin this next phase of our business to focus on delivering exceptional hospitality service. Oakwood has established a distinctive edge of providing serviced apartments that offer generous residential space and exceptional guest services in Asia Pacific. We believe that these furnished apartments have a strong potential to develop as the mainstream alternative to hotel accommodations, as we continue to bring this offering across the globe,” added Schreiber.

Source : Oakwood®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus could cause long-term pain

for French regional airport network

 

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Coronavirus could cause long-term pain for French regional airport network

Following the temporary closure of a number of significant French airports (Paris Orly Airport, Montpellier-Méditerranée and Nantes-Atlantique) as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;

John Vandesquille, Research Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:

“These closures will prove very costly for the companies managing them and resuming activities at the end of the crisis will certainly be a challenge. However, it will be even worse for smaller French regional airports, some of them having already suffered from the collapse of the airline Flybe at the beginning of the month.

“As these airports mainly operate from April to October, being forced to close their doors during this period due to a lack of passengers has put them in lasting financial difficulties and might spell the end for a number of them. This would be particularly terrible as they often play an important role in the accessibility of some regions.

“Their closures, even only temporary, will have a significant impact on tourism and the overall economy of a number of French regions as they often offer the only viable long distance travel option.”

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La Journée de la francophonie is 50 years old

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The Journée internationale de la Francophonie, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is an opportunity to celebrate French in all its diversity on March 20.

 

 

Under the auspices of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the Journée de la francophonie aims to celebrate the French language on all continents

We wish to reaffirm our global ambition for the French language, a world-language with more than 300 million speakers to date“, assured the Minister of Culture.

In this unprecedented period of confinement, the International Day of La Francophonie continues on the Internet.
Many initiatives flourish on the web. Don’t hesitate to relay them using #Francophoniedelavenir #50ansFrancophony #Culturecheznous

The initiatives to remember:
– a platform: the digital binder » launched by the OIF
– an application: ‘ Learn French » with TV5MONDE https://apprene.tv5monde.com/en/article/lapplication-mobile-apprene-avec-tv5monde
– an escape game: ‘ AEGA » Centre for Living Approaches to Languages and Media CAVILAM
– a reference work: “And the world will speak French“free and open access

Many resources adapted to different audiences:

RFI Savoirs to satisfy your curiosity, by theme: Economy, Environment, Francophonie, Geopolitics, History, Health, Sciences
Les resources of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, a global network of partially or entirely Francophone higher education and research institutions.
Ifprof, the social network of French-language education

And soon a French dictionary designed by the Ministry of Culture (DGLFLF) and many partners, which will provide free mobile phone access to over 450,000 words and phrases.A unique resource in the world“, stressed Franck Riester.

Source: Ministry of Culture

             COVID-19 Statement

 

Zurab Pololikashvili
Secretary-General,
World Tourism Organization

 

As the  COVID-19 situation evolves , the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) observes that full or partial travel restrictions have been – and continue to be – introduced across the world. These decisions are made with public health as the primary concern.

This pandemic affects every level of society and we stand by those affected in these times. The impact of the pandemic on already slowing economies has made tourism particularly vulnerable, becoming the hardest hit sector so far. With 80% of the sector made up of small and medium-sized enterprises, millions of livelihoods in the world are left vulnerable.

Putting people first

People and their wellbeing must come first! UNWTO continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to further a collaborative response to COVID-19. Following a high-level meeting at WHO headquarters in Geneva (10 March), we jointly underscore the importance of international cooperation and strong leadership in these difficult times.

This is a shared challenge and everybody must be part of the solution. Anyone travelling, whether for vital humanitarian missions, essential business or to keep supply chains functioning, has a duty of care to themselves and others. There can be no excuses and no exceptions as people around the world are living up to their responsibilities. If you do travel, stay safe and follow  the existing simple but effective guidelines .

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UNWTO operations

UNWTO has implemented public health protocols based on WHO recommendations and we are closely following the measures introduced by the government of Spain, our host country. All UNWTO events planned until 30 April have been suspended and will be rescheduled, based on the latest expert recommendations.

Living up to our social responsibility, and caring for the safety and wellbeing of their families, UNWTO personnel will be working from home until the end of March, and we remain fully operational during these extraordinary times.

Stay home – but travel tomorrow!

Tourism is uniquely placed to lead future recovery. Our sector will provide the jobs people need to bounce back and will drive economic growth that will help whole communities and countries to recover.

But for now, we must be patient and stand ready.

By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow. And travelling tomorrow will support jobs, celebrate culture and promote international friendship and understanding.

Source : World Tourism Organization

 

State of Yucatán tourism products and services awarded

special recognition by Mexican federal tourism agency SECTUR

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* The state was distinguished with three of the Recognitions for the Diversification of the Mexican Tourism Product 2020 granted by the federal agency.

* Chablé Resort, Hokol Vu and Hacienda Stouter de Peón will receive their awards during Tianguis Turístico 2020 confab in Mérida, Yucatán.

 

Three innovative Yucatecan tourism product and service providers have been awarded Recognition in the Diversification of Mexican Tourism Product 2020 by Mexico’s federal tourism agency, SECTUR. The recognitions validate Yucatán’s ongoing domestic and international promotional strategy, part of the economic growth plan devised and implemented by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, the Secretary of Tourism Promotion of the State (SEFOTUR) and private sector stakeholders.

These recognitions were granted by Mexico’s federal Tourism Secretary through the Undersecretary of Tourism Innovation and Development. The winners, selected by a jury comprised of SECTUR members, were announced on March 6. Yucatán is home to the first-place finishers in three categories: Hokol Vuh, a Mayan culinary journey, in Gastronomic Tourism; Sunset Tour of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón Hotel, in Meetings Tourism; and Chablé Yucatan Resort, in Premium Tourism. Awards and certificates will be presented to the three March 25 at Tourism Tianguis 2020 in state capital Mérida.
Hokol Vuh is an event created by and featuring world-renowned chefs that seeks to promote the roots of the Mayan culture through gastronomy and aims to give back to living Mayan communities. It does so by raising funds to support the preservation of this culture, allocating resources to the Haciendas del Mundo Maya Foundation, an organization that works with regional communities to implement economic and social development projects.
Hacienda Sotuta de Peón is a henequen hacienda that, through its experiences in groups and events, in recent years has distinguished itself in the meetings tourism market, helping the state of Yucatán capture events of ever greater relevance in the industry. Guests are amazed by the majesty and beauty of Sotuta de Peón, which embodies Yucatecan values ​​and traditions, transporting guests back in time to experience the cultivation and processing of the important henequen plant, also known as “green gold.”

 

Chablé Yucatán Resort is located in a unique environment in the heart of the Mayan jungle, just 35 minutes from historical Mérida. This resort is a refuge that seeks to redefine well-being, promoting the connection of being with nature, helping to maintain a healthy physical, mental, spiritual and emotional balance. It is a retreat that reconnects, restores and shows guests the fusion between the elegance and sophistication of the haciendas era with Mayan traditions.
Michelle Fridman Hirsch, head of SEFOTUR, emphasized that Yucatán’s current administration, from the start and as mandated by the governor, has been working on developing new products. In addition of being an incentive for attracting more tourism and increasing the rate of visitor overnight stays in the state, it’s a source of income for the Yucatecan people,. Therefore, the task of working on the generation of multiple new products in the six regions of the state was undertaken.

“We are very happy that Yucatecan products are receiving awards and prizes that guarantee their quality, and we will continue to promote [them], through the promotion strategies of the SEFOTUR, so that they are strengthened and [are] thus a more solid base of the great value chain for the Yucatan tourism industry,” she said.

 

This distinction awarded by SECTUR to providers and operators of tourist services and products in Mexico is intended to recognize initiatives that have contributed to the diversification and innovation of national tourism product and to increase the expenditure and/or stay of the tourist in the country’s tourism destinations.
In this, federal (with the exception of the SECTUR), state and municipal authorities, as well as communities, companies and civil society organizations, that have contributed to the diversification and innovation of the tourism product, tangible and intangible components that include: Resources and attractions; Equipment and infrastructure; Services; Recreational activities; Images and symbolic values ​​that offer benefits capable of attracting certain groups of consumers, because they satisfy their motivations and expectations related to their free time and the development of tourism activities that enrich the products.
The awards will take place March 25 at Tourism Tianguis 2020, running March 22 to 25 in Mérida. This year’s Tianguis will be, without a doubt, one of the world’s leading tourism industry meetings, set to leave a mark both for innovative development and for the enormous anticipation generated since the venue was announced.
Mérida, capital of Yucatán, is ready to host thousands of visitors from more than 40 countries and to showcase not only its great architectural, cultural, natural and gastronomic wonders but also its great warmth and friendly people.

 

Source : Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism

Mexico City, March 9, 2020

 

 

 

 

CHAMPS-ELYSEES EXHIBIT

By

LE PAVILLON DE L’ARSENAL

&

LE COMITE CHAMPS-ELYSEES

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Presentaion  @The Pavillon de l’Arsenal with the Champs-Élysées Committee – On February 13, 2020

Philippe CHIAMBARETTA Architect, Founder of l’Agence PCA-STREAM,

Jean-Noël REINHARDT, President Le Comité Champs-Élysées

Alexandre LABASSE General Director of Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal

 

 

 

 

 In a growing awareness of the need to change such spaces in response to the environmental crisis, demographic accelerations, and growth in inequality that our world faces, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue examine the avenue’s potential for the sake of interpreting its local scale in light of the major urban challenges the city faces today as a whole. Reducing the number and intensity of heat islands, rendering the ground more permeable, increasing the amount of green space, facilitating soft mobility, restoring the space’s heritage and gardens, inventing new kinds of financings and partnerships, designing and programming in a participatory, inclusive manner, building by consuming less – all these initiatives seek to help inhabitants reappropriate their Champs-Élysées.

 To encourage every visitor to participate in this debate over the space’s metamorphosis, the exhibition was conceived as a collective, participatory adventure. At the initiative of the avenue’s economic and cultural actors, the diagnosis and perspectives become an occasion for discussion, debate, and interaction using the platform Make.org. At the same time, educational workshops seek to inform young people and even children, urban walks provide on-site immersion, and conferences will bring together experts and actors to discuss the social, urban, and architectural issues inherent to this singular space.

 

From February 14 To May 10, 2020

 

On the Champs-Élysées, Paris fashioned itself according to a perspective of infinite progress. Three centuries after it was first built, cars, noise, pollution, tourism, a globalized commercial offering, and neglected gardens have warped the usage of this avenue and diminished its appropriation by Parisians. The exhibition “Champs -Elysées, History & Perspectives” presents the study conducted at the behest of the Comité Champs-Élysées by Philippe Chiambaretta in collaboration with some fifty researchers, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and economic and cultural actors from France and abroad. It traces the development of “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” analyzes its current usages, and proposes a vision of its potential evolutions in response to the challenges this area of the city faces in the present day. It invites viewers to participate in the space’s metamorphosis.

 

 

 

 

 

For More Information : “Champs-Elysées – History and Perspectives”

Exhibition created by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Exhibition produced by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal with the Champs-Élysées Committee
Study conducted by Philippe Chiambaretta – PCA-STREAM
Inauguration on Thursday 13 February at 6pm
Free admission
Presented from February 14, 2020 to May 10, 2020
Address : Pavillon de l’Arsenal 21, bld Morland 75004 Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition uses drawings, films, never-before seen photographs, engravings, and maps created specifically for this occasion to retrace the history of this avenue conceived by Le Nôtre in 1664, baptized as the Champs-Élysées in 1709, and redeveloped by Jacques-Ignace Hittorff and Adolphe Alphand in the 19th century. It also examines its current state and the problems associated with its contemporary ambitions, as well as its abandoned gardens. Today, two thirds of the pedestrians walking along the Champs-Élysées are tourists, 85% of whom come from abroad. If we subtract the people who work in the neighborhood and those who are simply passing through (i.e., who spend less than 15 minutes in the area), Parisians represent a mere 5% of the avenue’s users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grupo Vidanta, Mexico’s leading resort operator and tourism developer, and Hakkasan Group, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies unveiled the artist roster for upcoming Spring Break celebrations at the popular daylife destination, OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos located at Vidanta Los Cabos.

 

GRUPO VIDANTA AND HAKKASAN GROUP ANNOUNCE THE INCREDIBLE LIST OF ARTISTS TO BE PRESENTED THIS SPRING AT VIDANTA LOS CABOS

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February, 2020

TIËSTO TO PERFORM DURING OMNIA DAYCLUB’S TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY  WEEKEND AT VIDANTA LOS CABOS, MARCH 6-8

The much-anticipated lineup of top international talent to perform throughout the month of March includes GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international artist Tiësto, who will perform on March 7 during the dayclub’s second anniversary celebration weekend, along with Lil Jon, Loud Luxury, Party Favor, Cash Cash, and many more throughout the month of March.

 

OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos opened its doors in February 2018, quickly securing a reputation as Los Cabos’ premier daylife destination. In its first year, the dayclub located at Vidanta Los Cabos, has hosted legendary parties featuring world-famous talent including Calvin Harris, Zedd, Steve Aoki, and Kaskade among others, building a reputation as the ultimate entertainment destination in the region.

“We are fortunate to welcome some of the top talent in the world here at OMNIA Dayclub in Vidanta Los Cabos, and this spring break will be no different,” said Rick Tomich, executive director of international marketing at Hakkasan Group. “Our incredibly talented lineup of artists this year paired with the luxurious oceanic views, authentic regional cuisine, and electrifying energy, will set a new precedent for entertainment in Los Cabos.”

Vidanta Los Cabos Spring Break schedule is packed with high-energy concerts by award-winning performers. The full lineup of performances celebrating OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos’ two-year anniversary and Spring Break is available as follows:

 

  • Red Cup Nation (March 1)
  • Loud Luxury (March 3)
  • Mark Eteson (March 6)
  • OMNIArmy (March 6)
  • Tiësto (March 7)
  • Cutswell (March 8)
  • Party Favor (March 10)
  • Lost At Sea (March 13)
  • Deorro (March 14)
  • Hardbox (March 15)
  • Lil Jon (March 17)
  • BAEWatch (March 20)
  • Cash Cash (March 21)
  • Cheyenne Giles (March 22)
  • NGHTMRE (March 24)
  • Lets Get Physical (March 27)
  • E-ROCK (March 28)
  • Kaos (March 29)
  • DJ Flight (March 31)

Source : Grupo Vidanta & Hakkasan Group

 

 

 

French Book TOKYO

LE GUIDE IDEAL

 

Selected by The Editorial Team 🙂

TRAVEL / TOURISM – BOLD BLUEBERRY AND CHERRY MAGAZINE

“TOKYO – LE GUIDE IDEAL” is An Original Touristic Guide divided in Five Parts :
* Daily Tokyo
* Tokyo of Traditions
* International Tokyo
* Renewal of West Tokyo
* Around Tokyo

It is written by Jérôme SCHMIDT, who is Journalist, Publisher, Translator and Documentary Filmmaker. He went more than a Hundred Times to Japan during the Last Twenty Years. To work on this Guide, he spent nearly a Year there. The Author offers you to discover the City with his Ultimate Checklist of the Best Things to do and Things to see in Tokyo. With more than 13 Million Residents to entertain, Tokyo has a Lot going on…

Tokyo is mostly known for its Modern and Futuristic Side with High-Tech and Skyscrapers. But exploring the Historical Side is actually Great thing to do… Tokyo’s Center, the 23 Wards, combine some of the World’s Busiest Areas with Remnants of Old Japan ; not far from Shibuya is the Holy Meiji Jingu, while the 634-Meter Tall Tokyo Skytree and the Iconic Senso-ji in Asakusa are within Walking Distance of each other. Shinjuku and Roppongi are Two Vibrant Nightlife Spots, yet they’re a Short Train Ride away from Ueno Zoo and the Tsukiji Fish Market…. Right in the Middle of it all is the Imperial Palace, a Popular Jogging Route. Beautiful Nature in the Okutama Area and the Izu and Ogasawara Islands will make you forget that you’re still in Tokyo…

 

 

 

 

 

Published by
LES ARENES Editions-FRANCE

TOKYO is Japan’s Capital and the World’s Most Populous Metropolis. It is also One of Japan’s 47 Prefectures, consisting of 23 Central City Wards and Multiple Cities, Towns and Villages west of the City Center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also Part of Tokyo. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly Unlimited Choice of Shopping, Entertainment, Culture and Dining to its Visitors. Also, the City’s History can be appreciated in Different Districts. Contrary to Common Perception, Tokyo also offers a Number of Attractive Green Spaces in the City Center.

 

 

 

You will soon realize that the Entire City Region and her Environs are Totally Flat. This is a Big Reason why Tokyo was so Easily Able to expand into this Tremendous Metropolis, beginning 400 Years Ago when Edo was nothing more than a Tiny Village situated on the Bay. This Flat Area is actually called the Kanto Plain and it stretches into Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaragi, Chiba, and Kanagawa…. The Nation’s Capital, the Site of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the Most Populous City in the World, there’s No Shortage of Places to see and Things to do in Tokyo. While that means you’ll Inevitably have to leave some Things off your Itinerary, it also means that there’s Something for Everyone.

 

 

 

Each Quarter has its Own Style and its Customs. Shinjuku, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya and Odaiba tell a Plural and Universal History, the History of the Impermanence of Things. Here, Nature intertwines with Modern Life. An Old Willow Tree watches over an Alley garlanded with Electric Cables. Tsukiji, the Worlds Largest Fish Market, reminds us of Tokyo’s Coastline…. The Urban Landscape fascinates and baffles…. From Bars to Restaurants, Jazz Clubs to Nightclubs, Each Person follows the Adventure they want.