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“Cooperation between Moscow and Tokyo. was on the agenda of the just concluded Tourism Expo in Tokyo, Japan.
A speech about the tourists from Japan and the potential of tourism of Moscow was given by Alexey Tikhnenko, the head of the hotel management department of the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow.
In the first two-quarters of 2018 more than 40 000 citizens of Japan visited the capital of Russia. One-third of them arrived as tourists, who also came to see the FIFA World Cup. Japanese fans won Moscow people’s hearts not only by their flamboyant, colorful costumes, but also by their love for cleanness – they didn’t start celebrating the playoff exit of their team until they cleaned up their places on the bleachers. By the end of 2017 more than 60 000 Japanese people visited the capital of Russia.
“Every year we see the growth of tourists arriving in Moscow. In 2017 there were 21.6 million of tourist arrivals in Moscow, by the end of 2018 we expect the growth of the tourist flow by at least 10%. We have created a modern infrastructure so that the guests of the capital could feel comfortable and safe here”, said Alexey Tikhnenko, the head of the hotel management department of the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow.
Moscow is the biggest cultural center in the world. Every year more than 500 recreational and cultural events take place here. There are more than 270 functioning museums and 170 functioning theaters in the city. One-third of Moscow is covered by park areas. In 2017 a new park “Zaradye” was opened in the very center of the capital, it was included by the “Times” magazine in the list of the best places in the world 2018.
Today there are 1560 classified accommodation facilities in Moscow: hotels, hostels. The room prices start at $15. The transport infrastructure is widely developed – a tourist can choose the way of transportation convenient for him. There is Wi-Fi in the public places. The city pays considerable attention to the safety measures – there are more than 184 000 surveillance cameras around the city”
There is a special service CITY PASS in Moscow, which lets you visit museums, restaurants, sports centers and use the public transport for free.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, says it will use Africa’s leading hotel investment forum – AHIF – as a launch pad for innovative tourism investment opportunities, as the Ministry aims to boost the country’s thriving tourism sector.
The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) takes place in Nairobi, next week, October 2-4, and will be attended by some of the highest calibre international investors and hotel executives of any conference in Africa.
As hosts, Kenya wants to use the platform for a series of ambitious new tourism ideas and projects, drawn up with business people from across the country and beyond.
Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) provides affordable development funding and advisory services for long-term investment. TFC Managing Director Jonah T. Orumoisays his team has been holding one-to-one meetings to package up ideas to attract international finance and expertise.
Among the plans:
Opportunities for lodges & hotels within our National Parks and Game Reserves managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
Cable cars in Rift Valley
Amusement parks and water fun parks
Cruise boats for coastal and lake counties
Adrenaline pump activities such as zip lines
Mr. Orumoi said: “Kenya’s tourism sector recorded a double-digit rise in earnings in 2017 – 20.3 per cent growth. Hoteliers are eager to capitalise on this. The latest research by W Hospitalityreveals the country’s branded hotel chain pipeline is in Africa’s top ten, with 3,453 rooms under development spread over 19 hotels.
“During AHIF, we want to engage global investors on a wider spectrum of potential tourism investment opportunities in Kenya, to drive sector diversification and innovation.”
At meetings during AHIF, TFC will emphasise Kenya’s secure investment environment; good and serviceable infrastructure; simplified procedures for investment and business operations; good governance, and availability of market orientated skills.
Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events which organises AHIF, said: “It’s impressive that Kenya is being so pro-active in the tourism sector. Not just in terms of ambition, but also aiding investment through TFC. We look forward to hearing more about its imaginative projects at AHIF.”
Accommodation Provider WebBeds, has today announced Celia Rojas as Director of Supplier Connectivity for WebBeds in Europe following last month’s appointments of Noemi Gomez and Joaquin Cheto as Director of Revenue Management and Head of Business Intelligence respectively.
The move is an indication of the company’s intention to invest in experienced and senior industry professionals. As Director of Supplier Connectivity (Europe), Celia will assume responsibility for maximizing and optimizing potential growth opportunities with third party suppliers, destination management companies and hotel chains, whilst implementing a technical contracting and supply strategy that will support the company’s ambitious growth plans.
Celia has many years’ experience in the B2B accommodation environment, most recently as Director of Sales for UAE based DMC, Darina Holidays. Of the opportunity, she says: “In my first few days here at WebBeds I have already seen the potential that we have here. It’s phenomenal to be part of an organization that is already growing globally at around 80% year on year. I’m really looking forward to building relationships with our team of buyers and of course with our supply partners to ensure that next year our growth story is even stronger still.”
Bruno Trathaug, Chief Operating Officer of WebBeds in Europe adds: “Bringing somebody with the experience and enthusiasm that Celia has is a great coup for WebBeds.”
Celia will be based at the company’s offices in Palma de Mallorca.
Qatar Airways announce sits partnership with leading aviation market intelligence body, CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), for the inaugural ‘CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit’, set to take place in Doha from 5-6 February 2019.
As the first aeropolitical event of its kind to be held in the Middle East, the high-level forum will unite approximately 300 senior decision-makers from across the airline, legal and government sectors to discuss the latest developments in international aviation regulation, both within the Gulf region and globally.
Among the key topics to be included in the agenda for the two-day event are issues relating to ownership and control, open skies and market access.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to host the upcoming CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit in Doha. This conference, CAPA’s first aeropolitical event to be held in the Middle East, will provide a forum for the discussion of key topical issues, including the rapidly evolving global regulatory environment, existing constraints on international cooperation and the future of open skies.
“We look forward to welcoming senior aviation executives, members of the legal community, governmental officials and all guests to Doha in February for this important summit.”
CAPA Executive Chairman, Mr. Peter Harbison, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Qatar Airways for the inaugural CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit. In a rapidly changing global regulatory environment, the Summit is a timely and important forum for dissecting key issues around ownership and control, open skies and market access.
“We invite all industry leaders to join us in Doha to engage in dynamic discussions and meet with senior decision makers from the aviation industry and government.”
CAPA is one of the world’s most trusted sources of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, with a global network of researchers and analysts located across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Established in 1990, CAPA hosts a series of global summit events in key markets throughout the year, offering valuable networking opportunities and in-depth insight on the issues and trends that are shaping the global airline industry.
Swiss-Belhotel International has announced the appointment of Teodor Ardeleanu as the Hotel Manager for Swiss-Belresidences Juffair in Bahrain that is gearing up for a soft opening soon. Teodor brings over 18 years of diverse experience in the hospitality industry and has been widely recognized for his leadership skills and business acumen. Teodor began his career in Europe at the JW Marriott Bucharest in 2000 and swiftly rose in position. He moved to the Middle East in 2006 and continued his journey with the Marriott group working with many great hotels in the region.
Making the announcement, Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Teodor to our team. His extensive experience combined with his proven success in Bahrain will be an asset for us. We are confident with his exceptional expertise, Teodor will deliver our brand’s top service standards.”
Expressing his delight Teodor said, “I feel truly privileged to join Swiss-Belhotel International at this exciting time and very grateful to the group for giving me this fabulous opportunity. I look forward to working closely with the team as we prepare for the opening of Swiss-Belresidences Juffair.”
Prior to his new position, Teodor was the General Manager of One Bahrain Hospitality WLL as well as the Advisor to Chairman for ITICO Group of Companies and Owner Representative for Marriott Properties in Bahrain. Since 2016 he was the Management & Training Consultant for Ki Train Consultancy SPC. Teodor holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Tourism and Hospitality.
AYANA Hotels announces the official opening of AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach; the first five-star resort to launch on the dreamy island of Flores. The resort is an impressive sight to behold and truly marks a new beginning for tourism in East Indonesia.
The sister resort of renowned Balinese luxury retreat AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, AYANA Komodo Resort was built in just 14-months. Spanning 1.4 hectares, the new resort showcases 205 bedrooms, two designer pools, children’s pool, and a handful of hospitality outlets including Rinca Restaurant, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, Naga Bar, Mesa Bar, and Kisik Seafood Grill. The famous Japanese restaurant, HonZEN, will also follow on 1 October. The resort also features a premium spa, grand ballroom and several meeting spaces.
On 15 September, friends, travel agents, government officials, and media from across the globe came together to join the AYANA team to raise a glass to welcome the opening of the new property.
Upon arrival, the resort’s very first guests were met with a welcome drink and canapés before resort owner, Rudy Suliawan shared the journey of AYANA Komodo, a dream that was inspired by Mr. Suliawan’s daughter’s love of diving and fondness for Flores. The opening was warmly welcomed by tourism partners, local and government officials, including Bapak Agustinus Dula, Head of Region for West Manggarai Regency and the resort’s new General Manager, Fernando Arroyo.
After the official ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were invited to participate in a host of water activities such as stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, as well as sailing onboard Lako Taka, the resort’s new whale-shaped glass bottom boat.
Guests were also invited to participate in the culture of Komodo while dancing to a traditional Maumere Dance – a dance promoting ‘togetherness’, as well as experiencing the time-honoured Manggarai – otherwise known as the Caci dance, which represents a ritual whip fight. Come sunset, guests gathered for an evening rich in entertainment, cocktails, and delicious cuisine. Korean-American artist ‘Tim’ ended the official ceremony with his show-stopping famous ballads, before fireworks and Rock Bar, BALI’s resident DJ lit up the dance floor.
More than 150 participants from the private and public sectors as well as educational institutes attended a half-day seminar on 21 September for a comprehensive briefing on the latest trends and product developments set to impact the Thai tourism industry in the years ahead.
Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Tourism Marketing Development Centre in collaboration with the Thailand Research Fund, the seminar focussed on the topic “Tomorrow’s Tourism: The Future is Now”.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya (in photo, centre), TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Policy and Planning, said the seminar was intended to boost capacity building for tourism industry personnel and help them sharpen their studies and strategies in line with the times.
He said, “The objective is to make all sectors aware of the importance of the tourism directions and future trends. This will help the entire industry raise the quality of work being done at all levels to make Thailand a major destination in line with the Thailand 4.0 development strategy.”
Mr. Chattan said TAT was making every effort to share useful information and knowledge to upgrade industry standards, build a strong tourism academic network, and spark creativity. He also thanked the Thailand Research Fund for supporting the seminar.
With the frequency and severity of natural disasters occurring around the world, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is ready to assist affected destinations around the world as they look to quickly rebuild and recover.
The PATA Recovery Advisory Group assists member destinations in identifying key challenges facing the sector and providing turnaround strategies during periods of sudden decline in tourism arrivals and earnings as a result of natural or man-made disasters.
“The effects of global warming have only increased the severity and frequency of devastating weather events around the world and we have already seen this take place in India, USA, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macao, China, to name a few. As PATA has often talked about the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, it is our duty to provide assistance when needed,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “The PATA Recovery Advisory Group provides an opportunity for destinations to tap into the expertise of our expansive network of members and industry colleagues and leverage their support as they look to recover quickly from incidents beyond their control.”
The members of the PATA Recovery Advisory Group are formed on a skill-based volunteering basis, leveraging the specialized experience and expertise of individual PATA members to spearhead recovery eff¬orts in the fields of marketing, branding and media, budgeting and financing, and safety and security.
Previous recovery efforts have been successful in such destinations as Nepal, after the devastating earthquake in April 2015, and in Bali, after the horrendous act of violence in 2002.
“Climate change is real and those that disagree are blind to events happening all around us, from frequent severe weather events happening around the globe to vanishing island nations in the Pacific. The travel and tourism industry must lead by example and many destinations and stakeholders have been taking steps in embracing practical measures to offset the potentially irreversible damage caused by climate change, such as the banning of single-use plastics, the reduction of food waste, and the use of renewable energies, to name a few,” added Dr. Hardy. “The PATA Recovery Advisory Group is in line with our activities on advocacy, human capital development and sustainability, but one which we would rather not have to call upon. Nevertheless, PATA will always continue to advocate responsible tourism development that benefits, rather than destroy, our communities.”
A new menu, designed in collaboration with Zoës Kitchen head chef and Vice President of Culinary Innovation Antonio Iocchi, includes items unique to American Airlines as well as signature dishes found in Zoës restaurants, such as its signature hummus and The Grüben sandwich. The new items will be available for purchase on most domestic flights longer than three hours beginning December 1.
“Zoës mission to deliver goodness from the inside out and their ‘simple, tasty, fresh’ offerings made it an easy decision to partner with the fast casual, healthy restaurant group,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Global Marketing for American Airlines. “Our customers have asked for lighter tasty food choices. This collaboration with the expert chefs at Zoës provides an innovative, fresh approach to onboard offerings.”
“Together with American, we are excited to elevate the inflight dining experience and deliver goodness to millions of customers by offering our chef-inspired menu items, in a fresh, new way,” said Kevin Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zoës Kitchen. “Our goal in our restaurants is to provide delicious, wholesome food, inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean and for our guests to feel good and motivated to live life to the fullest after dining with us.”
The new items launching include:
• Breakfast Sandwich: Turkey bacon, egg slices and tomato topped with baby arugula on a waffle brioche bun with Calabrian pepper aioli
• Continental Breakfast Box: Belgian waffle, hazelnut spread and fresh berries
• The Grüben: Zoës signature sandwich with sliced turkey, Manchego cheese, crunchy Mediterranean slaw and feta spread layered on marble wheat bread, served with a Zoës chocolate chip cookie
• Chicken Wrap: Grilled chicken wrap with mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, arugula and artichokes, served with a Zoës chocolate chip cookie
• Hummus Duo: Zoës signature hummus duo, including their classic flavor topped with Kalamata olives and basil pesto hummus, served with pita bread, cucumber and carrot
Taking place in over 25 countries on World Coffee Day (October 1), consumers are invited to meet a friend over a coffee or tea and rekindle their friendship using poetry as a creative outlet for expression.
With communication now defined by swipes and clicks, our friendships are taking a toll, existing primarily on apps and networking sites. Yet online communication often leaves us feeling isolated, with screen time dramatically affecting how we experience human connection. Now, we are beginning to see a dramatic shift away from a culture that standardizes always-on connectivity and with this comes an awareness to schedule real-time catch-ups with friends.
In a bid to help people harbor meaningful connections in an increasingly digital world, Viennese coffee roasters Julius Meinl is encouraging people to invest in their friendships with its annual “Meet With A Poem” initiative.
Julius Meinl’s unique scheme is encouraging people to come together and bring more poetry into the world, by using tea or coffee as the fuel to ignite more poetic and creative moments in life.
The Meet With A Poem initiative aims to help bring people together “in real life”. The idea is simple, on World Coffee Day, those who take their friendship offline and meet in coffee houses can claim a 2-for-1 coffee at Julius Meinl locations- all in exchange for co-writing a story or poem explaining how they met. Consumers are invited to share a photo of their poem on social media to be in with the chance of having their poem turned into a song.
Julius Meinl’s global ambassador, platinum-selling singer-songwriter and coffee lover, JP Cooper knows the importance of written communication to express oneself- drawing parallels with song writing and poetry. He comments: “It’s no secret that social media gives us a false sense of connectedness, encouraging us to communicate in half-written sentences and emoticons.
For this next campaign, JP Cooper will be partnering with his long-term friend and music producer, Hannah V, the session musician behind major powerhouses such a Rihanna, Jessie J and Jason Derulo.