The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
emphasized the importance of industry-government partnership as the industry
embarks on the second century of commercial aviation.
âThe most salient lesson of commercial aviationâs first
century is the value of partnerships. Through partnership, industry and
government made flying the safest way to travel. This is a good guide as we
look ahead to aviationâs next century. No matter what the challenge, solutions
built in partnership between industry and government are the most durable and
yield the best results,â said Tony Tyler, IATAâs Director General and CEO, in
his keynote address at the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit.
In a keynote address, Tyler highlighted opportunities for
partnerships in designing regulation, growing connectivity and planning for
Aviation needs a regulatory framework that supports its
âI am concerned about the negative impact of growing
regulatory divergence and the proliferation of âunique approachesâ to
regulating the industry. While they were created with the best of intentions,
they often come with the unintended consequences of complexity and bureaucracy,â
Tyler suggested five guiding principles for governments when
developing regulations: (1) to consult broadly, including industry and
consumers; (2) ensure a rigorous process for analyzing the costs and benefits
of any new regulation; (3) ensure regulations do not conflict with global
standards where they exist; (4) harmonize so that regulations are not at
cross-purposes with a global industry; and (5) to think what is really going to
deliver value to the passenger.
Passenger Rights: The
impact of the multitude of passenger rights legislation is a growing
concern. âIt is fully understandable
that governments wish to set some minimum guarantees to protect
passengers. But the absence of a global
framework on passenger rights has seen some 50 countries implement passenger
rights regimes. The result is becoming an unmanageable mess of conflicting and
over-lapping rules. In some cases, regulations are becoming so prescriptive
that airlines cannot go the extra mile for their passengers,â said Tyler.
At the 2013 IATA Annual General Meeting, airlines endorsed a
set of principles for passenger rights. And at its last Assembly, the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was tasked to develop global
standards for passenger rights regulations.
Industry, individuals and governments are united in the
desire for global connectivity. Today the air transport industry operates a
network of some 40,000 routes over which 3.3 billion people and 50 million
tonnes of cargo will be carried in 2014.
âOur world is more connected than ever, but we are also
nowhere near our potential. If the propensity to travel in Asia matches the
level seen in developed markets, we would expect a market four-times the
current size,â said Tyler.
Tyler noted that the expanding middle class in developing
markets is the biggest growth opportunity for aviation. However, he warned that
the opportunity would only be realized if governments understand aviationâs
role as an economic catalyst and actively build a policy environment in which
it can be successful. He highlighted taxation and infrastructure as two
specific areas of concern:
Taxation: âAviation should pay its fair share of tax. But taxing aviation at levels equal to the
âsinâ taxes applied to alcohol and tobacco makes no sense. Connectivity
stimulates business that provides tax revenues, but a draconian tax like the UK
Air Passenger Duty (APD) hurts the UK economy. Every family that forfeits a
long-haul vacation because of the APD also impacts jobs in the destination
countries. It may be a UK tax, but the impact is global,â said Tyler, who also
highlighted the high fuel taxes in India, and proliferation of facility fees
for substandard facilities and occasional over-built facilities across Africa.
Infrastructure: Efficient infrastructure in sufficient
supply is a critical building block for connectivity. This is largely
understood in Asia which noted for its many world-leading airports. The region is also moving forward with a Seamless
Asian Sky initiative aimed at ensuring sufficient airspace capacity to
accommodate growth efficiently. âBut there are challenges. The potential markets of Manila, Jakarta,
Mumbai lack the infrastructure to support the economic benefits that aviation
can deliver. In Europe, airports in
general cannot be expanded fast enough, with the onerous approvals process
often leading to projects being abandoned. And the advancement in the much
needed Single European Sky is being prevented by state governments mired in a
web of vested interests,â said Tyler.
Lastly, Tyler reiterated the industry call for a global
approach to managing aviationâs climate change impact.
The aviation industry has established clear targets on the
environment: to achieve a 1.5% improvement in fuel efficiency annually to 2020;
to cap net emissions with carbon neutral growth from 2020, and to cut net
emission in half by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. This will be achieved through
a four pillar strategy involving better technology, infrastructure and
operations and a global mechanism for market based measures. At the recent ICAO
Assembly, governments agreed to develop a framework for a global market-based
measure by the 2016 Assembly.
âDelivering a global framework for market based measures by
the 2016 Assembly is no small task.
Governments will need to work together and focus their efforts to move
this forward. The resurrection of
Europeâs plans to impose its regional Emissions Trading Scheme on aviation
could distract governments and de-rail the process. Governments outside Europe made it crystal
clear at the last assembly that a European regional scheme was unacceptable.
The big prize of a global scheme is within grasp. Europe should focus on making
that a success. It is what will drive the greatest benefit for the global
efforts on climate change,â said Tyler.
Spotlight on Neglected Tropical Diseases Could Drive Indiaâs
Next Big Public Health Success
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Global
Network) today named Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood superstar and international
humanitarian, as its first official END7 campaign ambassador in India to help
raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Mr. Bachchan joins the
END7 campaign at a crucial time, with India at the tipping point of achieving
control and elimination of five NTDs affecting 500 million people by 2020.
âIndia represents 35 percent of the total global burden for
NTDs, causing massive suffering among our poorest citizens. As a parent, I am deeply moved by the
devastating toll of NTDs on children, and I want to ensure that no Indian child
has to suffer needlessly,â said Mr. Bachchan.
âI am proud to serve as the END7 campaignâs ambassador in India and hope
that others will join me in ridding our country of these preventable diseases.â
Maintaining the progress that India has gained against NTDs
is vital right now. Abhishek Bachchan will play a key role in drawing attention
to NTDs as an achievable health priority for India, educating the public about
the impact of NTDs and the importance of complying with free NTD treatment
programs, while also encouraging national and state level policymakers to
continue making the cost-effective investment in NTD programs.
âWe have already defeated smallpox, guinea worm and polio in
India. NTDs can be our next major public
health success story, and we are on track to eliminate lymphatic filariasis
very soon. A focus on NTD control and elimination also represents one of the
best investments we can make in the health and economic future of our country,â
said Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare. âWe are happy that the Global Network is supporting our efforts to
control and eliminate these diseases of poverty.â
âIndia currently runs some of the largest NTD control and
elimination programs in the world, signaling its commitment to improving the
plight of millions of people,â said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the
Global Network. âBy continuing to prioritize NTDs and building up the ability
to deliver treatments, India can be a global leader in efforts to defeat NTDs
once and for all.â
It costs approximately 50 cents (31 rupees) to treat and
protect one person for an entire year against all seven of the most common
NTDs. Pills to treat NTDs are donated by pharmaceutical companies and many
programs use existing infrastructure, such as schools and community centers, to
administer the treatments, making NTD treatment one of most cost-effective
public health initiatives available today.
The seven most common NTDs -hookworm, ascariasis
(roundworm), trichuriasis (whipworm), schistosomiasis (snail fever), lymphatic
filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma -infect
more than 1 in 6 people worldwide. They cause blindness, massive swelling in
appendages and limbs, disfigurement, severe malnutrition and anemia. NTDs
prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adultsâ economic
productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities
trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.
END7 is the first and only global public awareness campaign
dedicated to controlling and eliminating the seven most common NTDs by 2020. It
was launched in 2012 by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an
advocacy initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
UDS Kovalam, Somatheeram, Riya Travels, CGH Earth Hotels and
Rainbow Cruises shines again
Kerala state tourism award for the year 2012-13 announced at
Triavndrum by Mr. A.P. Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism, Kerala today. Vivanta
by Taj Malabar Cochin, UDS Kovalam, CGH Earth Hotels, Somatheeram, Rainbow
Cruise, Lotus DMC Cochin and Riya Travels are among the winners of
prestigious Kerala State Tourism Award 2012-13, instituted by Department of
Tourism, Government of Kerala.
The award for the Best Inbound Tour Operator
went to Lotus Destination Management Company based at Cochin while Riya Travels
Cochin bagged the best out bound operator award.
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin won the best
five star deluxe hotel and Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom and Uday Samudra
Kovalam bagged the best five star and four hotels category. Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, The Marari Beach, Mararikulam
and Rainbow Cruises Alleppey repeated
their winning streak in the Best Heritage Hotel; Best three star and Best House
Boat category respectively this year also. Somatheeram Beach Resort, Kovalam won
two award this year for best approved and classified Ayurveda Centre and most innovative
use of Information Technology in Tourism. Oriental School of Hotel Management,
Lakkidi, Wayanad won award in the best hotel management institute category. .
Most Innovative project in the field of Tourism award goes
to Kottayam MEB Residents Association & Tropical institute of Ecological
Sciences for their âEvening breeze at 4pmâ . Mr. Subramanian, General Manager
of Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam won his second Kerala Tourism award in the
Best Hotel Manager category and Wonderla Kochi bagged the Best Destination
The other award winners are Mr. Sathyan, Additional Sub
Inspector of Police Kannur and Mr. Sanal Kumar, ASI at Cochin (Best Tourism Police), Mr. N.R. Ajayakumar,
Thalassery, Kannur and Mr. Subair Elamkulam, Kalpetta (Best Tourism Guides.), Aluva
St. Xavierâs Womenâs College (Best tourism club) , Ms. Unnimaya, Aluva St.
Xaviers Womenâs College (Best Student coordinator
of Tourism Club), Mr. K.G. Ashokkumar ,, Kottarakkara Thamarakudy Shiva Vilasom
Higher Secondary School (Best Teacher
coordinator of Tourism Club), Mr. Charlson, Kannur (Best Tourist Life Guard),
Mr. B. Muralikrishnan ( Chief News Photographer, Mathrubhumi, Kochi) and Mr.
Ajosh Parakkal, Kochi ( Best Tourism Photography). Best tourism report award
won by Mr. K.C. Krishnakumar of Mathrubhumi Yathra Magazine.
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM MinistersÂ´
Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential
connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and
opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and
Air transport, being an important
factor in outbound or inbound tourism, plays a vital role in foreign tourist
arrival in India. Therefore, the discussions on the matter must be considered
as important for the tourism industry in the country. New alliances with
tourism boards and airlines all around the world is neededto boost the business. The International Air
Transport Association (IATA) called on all partners and stakeholders involved
in passenger travel to work together to deliver greater value to passengers.
This is a remarkable decision that will encourage travellers all around the
world to visit foreign countries.
Air travel is one of the major
part, travellers worried about in their journey. Addressing their issues is the
most important thing for the sector to grow their business. According to IATA
Director General and CEO, Mr. Tony Tyler, Aviation makes possible $2.2 trillion
worth of economic activity and supports about 57 million jobs around the globe.
Every day more than 8 million passengers take advantage of the safety, speed
and convenience of air travel. Therefore, any new strategy implemented will
work as a catalyst that makes big changes.
The alliances by airlines also
play a major part in air transport. The recent joining of Qatar Airways in
âOneworldâ shows a positive approach by major airlines that hold major part of
the market share. These alliances give the consumer better offers, which
encourage them to travel frequently. The initiatives by WTM and IATA are
expected to give new possibilities for air transport and tourism to grow
together. Let's hope for a better connected world that encourages people to
travel and make the tourism industry to grow to a new level.
Outrigger Enterprises GroupÂŽ Executive Named To American
Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors.Barry Wallace joins executives from across
the country to represent the lodging sector
The American Hotel
& Lodging Association (AH&LA) has elected Mr. Barry Wallace, Executive Vice President of Hospitality Services
for Outrigger Enterprises Group, to its 2014 Board of Directors. Mr. Wallace
will serve as a representative in the Brand segment. The new board of directors
is comprised of top-level lodging executives representing the full scope of the
lodging sector, including brands, owners and REITS, management companies,
independents, and state associations.
âAH&LA now begins a new chapter, bringing together the
entire industry under one national umbrella, focusing the association on
proactive and effective advocacy, and allowing the industry to speak with one voice,â
said AH&LA President/CEO Ms. Katherine Lugar. âWe are thrilled that our new
board is comprised of a dynamic group of senior industry leaders who will lead
the AH&LAâs future strategic direction. Iâm confident Barry will be a
valuable contributor of the thought leadership and direction crucial to ensuring
AH&LA and the industry are best-positioned to tackle the challenges and
meet the objectives of the future.â
Mr. Wallace is responsible for all hospitality
service operations for the companyâs hotels, resorts and condominiums in the
Outrigger portfolio in Hawaii and Guam. An active community member, Mr. Wallace
has held multiple leadership positions in the industry. He is past chair of the
Oahu Chapter of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, and has also
served as its president. In addition, he actively supports the University of Hawaii
and the Hawaii Pacific University Travel Industry Management programs. Wallace
and the 2014
Mr. Barry Wallace Outrigger Enterprises Group Executive
Named To National Lodging Association Board of Directors board of directors
will play a key role in providing the thought leadership and guidance that
AH&LA will use to deliver real value to hoteliers throughout the country.
hospitality industry for more than a century, the AH&LA is the sole
national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S.
lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees,
management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry
suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused
advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry
generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.
QATAR AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH NEW DAILY ALL PREMIUM BUSINESS CLASS
SERVICE FROM DOHA TO LONDON HEATHROW
Worldâs best business class airline gears up to become first
in Middle East to offer all premium product
New flight takes London Heathrow capacity up to 42 services
Service to operate to London Heathrow's T4
Qatar Airways has announced the launch of a new daily all
premium Business Class service from its hub in Doha to London Heathrow. The new
service will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, commencing from 15
May 2014, with an Airbus A319 aircraft fitted with an all Business Class,
single aisle, 2-2 seating configuration offering 40 seats.
Qatar Airways currently operates five daily flights to
London Heathrow and the additional sixth all Business Class daily service marks
the start of an exciting new era for travelers to and from the UK, who can
experience complete comfort and privacy with the airlineâs award-winning
The new additional flight will step up the frequency on the
Doha - London Heathrow route from 35 to 42 weekly services.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:
âThis announcement reaffirms Qatar Airwaysâ determination to continue its
expansion drive by improving an already superior in-flight product.
âThe airline goes to great lengths to consider passenger
convenience and comfort at every step of their journey. The Doha â\" London
Heathrow route is one of Qatar Airwaysâ most popular international routes and
it was only fitting that we introduce an all Business Class service on this key
route, where customers will also be able to benefit from our new Qatar Airways
premium lounge in London Heathrowâs terminal four, and of course the Premium
Terminal in Doha."
Qatar Airways has been awarded the Worldâs Best Business
Class Airline for 2013 and has also twice been the recipient of the Airline of
the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 at the prestigious Skytrax Airline Awards. The
airline has also been named as âBest Long-Haul Airlineâ for the second year
running and âBusiness Airline of the Yearâ at the high profile UK Business
Travel Awards 2014 recently held in London.
Qatar Airwaysâ new A319 Business Class seat will have one of
the highest specifications for business class travel of any airline with wide
seats that recline into fully flat beds and state of the art Oryx entertainment
system (with more than 900 entertainment options â\" movies,
television, video games and music).
Passengers can also remain in touch with their friends and
loved ones on the ground through the SMS mobile texting GSM and GPRS service
upon this aircraft, which is sure to reflect that of a VIP jet experience for
those traveling between London and Doha.
The Bay Lights is the largest contemporary art LED light
sculpture the world has ever seen. Designed and orchestrated by internationally
renowned artist Leo Villareal, this monumental dance of light transforms the
San Francisco Bay Bridge every evening into an illuminated canvas eight times
the scale of the Eiffel Towerâs 100th Anniversary lighting. Spanning 1.8 miles
and consisting of 25,000 energy-efficient white LEDs sparkling in an infinite
array of never-repeating designs, the Bay Lights bridges earth and sky-art and
science-infrastructure and wonder like nothing else.
The Bay Lights, nearing its first anniversary on 5th March
2014 is an ever-changing, dazzling light sculpture set to transform the west
span of the bridge into a two-year illuminated canvas. From its March 5, 2013
Grand Lighting through March 2015, The Bay Lights will impact an audience of
over 50 million people in the Bay Area alone, with billions more seeing it in
media and online.
Leo Villareal is one of the worldâs most prominent LED
artists with prestigious international commissions and solo exhibitions around
the globe. A pioneer in the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and
computer-driven imagery, his art is part of the permanent collections of
prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Naoshima
Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan. Recent exhibitions include a survey
show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to
tour several museums in the United States.
The Bay Lights is a very rare and special San Francisco art
installation surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the San Francisco skyline
and the glimmering Bay. This dazzling, elegant project combines technology,
engineering and art in celebration of the Bay Areaâs force of culture,
ingenuity and human connection on a grand scale-it is a bridge after all!
For the first time in four years, Sepang International
Circuit (SIC) - promoter and organiser of the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian
Grand Prix - has recommended for motor racing fans in India to adjust their
travelling plans to Sepang, which will be hosting Round 2 of the World
Championship next month.
âWith a home team - the Sahara Force India F1 Team, flying
the national flag, Indian fans would, without doubt, want to be at the circuit
to cheer their home. And, Sepang would be the perfect venue to provide that
support in the absence of the Indian Grand Prix this year.
âNot just because of the abundance in numbers of flights
provided by Malaysia Airlines to and the award winning low fare carrier,
AirAsia from various Indian destinations flying directly to Sepang, Malaysia
wouldalso be lining up plenty of other attractions for the Indian tourists to
enjoy in conjunction with the current Visit Malaysia Year celebrations,â says
SIC Chief Executive Officer Datoâ Razlan Razali.
While Malaysia Airlines fly to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai,
Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi, Air Asiaâs destinations include Chennai,
Bangalore, Kochi, Kolkata and Tiruchirappalli. Though operating from two
separate airports - KLIA for Malaysia Airlines and LCCT for Air Asia, both
airports are virtually a stone throw away from the racing track.
Fielding an exciting new partnership of Germanyâs Nico
Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez of Mexico, Razlan said the Force India F1 Team have
the experience and the talents to surprise their rivals this season.
âThis is especially true with the sweeping new rules this
year, which effectively have put all the competing teams on a level playing
field especially with the Sepang race happening so early in the season. In
fact, Sepang has always been regarded as the opening race on a proper racing
circuit,â he added.
The 2014 season would open at the tight street circuit of
Albert Park in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix from March 14 to 16
before proceeding to Sepang for an entirely different kind of challenge on its
smooth and slick 5.543-km race track.
Perez, who drove for McLaren last season, replaces Paul di
Resta to represent Force India for the first time in his career. HĂźlkenberg, on
the other hand, is returning to the team and replaces Adrian Sutil, who moves
to Sauber this season. Daniel Juncadella is the teamâs reserve driver for the
Competing teams already had their first taste of the new
machines in testing and all of them agreed to a single fact of the challenging
prospect in the 2011 season, which is posed by the new rules this year which
included the introduction of a new V6 turbocharged engine and energy recovery
systems replacing the old V8s.
Even, defending four-times constructorsâ champion, Red Bull
Racing, which completed dominated last yearâs competition, had declared that no
team can be considered itself as a favourite for this year's Formula One
In making this declaration in Jerez, Red Bull principal
Christian Horner said that the new V6 engines create far too much uncertainty,
which definitely works well for teams outside the Big Four â\" Red Bull Racing,
McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes.
While elements of unpredictability would provide added spice
to thrilling on-track actions, activities away from the racing track including
those in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur as well as in other areas throughout
the country would be equally breath-taking as Malaysia holds its biggest and
grandest tourism celebration.
VMY 2014 features endless wonders of events, festivals and
activities all-year round, making it as the perfect time to see, feel and
âThere is not a day without fun and adventure during Visit
Malaysia Year 2014 whether it is mountain climbing, white-water rafting, river
cruising, jungle trekking, diving, sea sports, shopping, food sampling to
entertainment or cultural experience, Malaysia has it all.
âHence, coming to Sepang will provide you a 2-in-1
unrivalled package of Malaysian hospitality and F1 extravaganza. With lucrative
travel packages and sales discounts, the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand
Prix is an event not to be missed by any motorsports fan throughout the world.
âItâs a case of a 2-in-1 offer package â\" you get the best of
Malaysian hospitality at discounted prices and an unrivalled motorsports
experience at one of the worldâs best racing circuit.
âIn fact, it would be more than just motorsports experience
in Sepang. Itâs a host of everything extraordinary as âSepang Comes Aliveâ at
the 16th edition of the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix,â Razlan added.
Tickets for the world class event are as low as INR
1,820.00making Sepang, which first hosted the prestigious race in 1999, as one
the most affordable venue in the Formula 1 calendar. Main Grandstand tickets,
which provide excellent viewing at vantage points are priced between INR
40,230.000 and INR 6,370.00.
Razlan said: âAt Sepang, fans can witness the F1 teams and
drivers pushing their machines to the limit as they battle around the slick,
challenging racing circuit. It would be totally different from the contest at
âAnd, you will also experience plenty more than just the
best of F1 excitement in Sepang. Itâs a total experience of Malaysian carnival
and food festival, shopping escapade, extreme sports, auto jamboree,
entertainment, fun and games, a captivating opening ceremony gimmick and a
post-race concert featuring world renowned DJ, Calvin Harris as the main act,â
To be staged at what is now a well-known concert venue - the
SIC Helipad, the post-race concert, which would be held after the conclusion of
the race, would also feature other international and local acts such as Super8
& DJ Tab, Rasztooten, Imma*Bleep*Youup! and Ben Gold.
âGrandstand ticket holders as well those with C2 Hillstand
tickets would get free admission to the concert. Those with C1, K2 and K3
Hillstand tickets would need to top up for the concert tickets.
For the very first time in the history of the event, the
off-track attractions would feature special 3D exhibition at the Mall Area,
which would trace back the history for Formula 1 in Malaysia since the last 15
âWe would be installing over 30 3D panels, which would be
designed as the Walls of Fame and take the fans to experience a special Formula
1 journey,â Razlan said, adding that fans would also be treated to a special F1
3D Motion as the climax to 3D experience.
âAfter the walk through exhibition, fans would be treated to
a special 3D cinema on Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix,â said Razlan,
who also announced that the popular Tourism Malaysia Pavilion, which showcases
the wonders of Malaysia, would make its presence for a second consecutive year.
Over at the national capital in Kuala Lumpur, fans can
indulge themselves in countless F1-theme activities and events including
various meet-the-drivers sessions, the GP Street Demo and the open-for-public
pre-race Twin Tower@LIVE concert, which would be held for two consecutive days
on March 28 and 28 at the Petronas Twin Tower.
To be held on March 23, the PMGP Street Demo, would be held
along the stretch in front of Suria KLCC at Jalan Ampang, featuring Mercedes
Petronas GP Team as well as other racers from the Petronas-sponsored racing
The prestigious Gala
Dinner would be held in Kuala Lumpur on March 27, but with a difference for the
16th edition of the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
âIt would still be on
invitation basis. But, whatâs different this year is that the Gala Dinner
concert will have a separated standing room allocated for general F1 ticket
holders,â he said, adding that a formal announcement on the artist would be
On top of that, in conjunction with the Formula 1 Petronas
Malaysia Grand Prix, Malaysia will also play host to two international
conferences starting with the Offshore Technology Conference Asia (from March
25 to 28) which will be held for the first time in Asia and expected to draw
over 1,500 delegates, 500 exhibitors and 15,000 trade visitors followed by the
World Airport Cities Conference from March 31 to April 2.
Stylish and Contemporary, âTHE TOWERSâ is NOW OPEN
At SHERATON PARK HOTEL & TOWERS, CHENNAI
âA hotel within a
hotelâ, the all-new âTHE TOWERSâ, opens its doors to guests for an unparalleled
experience in gracious living. Located in the fashionable Boat Club
neighborhood of Chennai, Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers has proven to be an
icon within its distinguished surroundings. This landmark property echoes the cityâs
effortless amalgamation of heritage within a modern metropolitan reality.
With the reputation of being one of the most sought after
luxury Hotelâs in Chennai, the exemplary Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers adds
a new dimension to its offering with the launch of the stylish and contemporary
exclusive residential facility - âTHE TOWERSâ.
The expansion and renovation of the Sheraton Park has been
planned as an enhanced luxury space with the vision that âTHE TOWERSâ will
create an exclusive destination for global business travelers. While the city
of Chennai continues to grow at a rapid pace establishing itself as a business
& financial destination; the newly revamped âTHE TOWERSâ represents a
distinguished urban retreat and a fitting tribute to the cityâs fast evolving
landscape. âThis strategic extension cements the Sheraton Park Hotel &
Towers positioning as a leading 5 Star hotel in the cityâ says Mr. R.Bhandari,
VP-South for ITC Hotels.
Design & Facilities
As one steps into the Lobby, a dazzling designer chandelier
catches the eye. Suspended from the ceiling, this masterpiece, sourced from
Austria, along with rich toned walls, provides a welcoming delight. The urban
design ethos is reflected in every facet of the structure as well as the
accommodation facilities making âTHE TOWERSâ a much sought after destination
A new faĂ§ade with gleaming perforated screens allows for
maximum natural light and lends a bright and cheerful look to the central
Atrium. Envisioned as a comfortable lounge, where one can enjoy a delectable
array of Hors d'oeuvres from the patisserie the Atrium is the focal point of
âTHE TOWERSâ. The Atriumâs relaxed communal atmosphere and comfortable seating
combined with the ability to remain connected to the world through the Link @
Sheraton makes it a uniquely designed social destination for guests to
interact. For resident guests, the upscale Towers Club, houses an exclusive
Lounge and an elegant Bar providing a more intimate setting for a social
Mr. N Krishnan, General Manager adds, âthe refurbished âTHE
TOWERSâ is an aristocratic new addition to the cityâs long-standing iconic
landmark, Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers. The contemporary design theme of
the structure aims to attract the business globe trotter and create an
extraordinary and contemporary experience. Complete with the Sheraton class of
service and facilities, this new destination is sure to earn distinction with
business and leisure travellers. With âTHE TOWERSâ, we will continue in our
endeavour towards providing authentic hospitality to guests.â
Guest Rooms and Spa
Accommodation at âTHE TOWERSâ comprises the Grand
Presidential Suite, which epitomizes luxury, is a sprawling haven complete with
an outdoor terrace offering one of the best views of Chennaiâs skyline. The
Luxury Suite and 19 Corner Suites offer the comforts of space and comfort with
Sheratonâs renowned service standards and a round-the-clock butler service to
cater to guestsâ needs.
The 125 Towers Rooms are tastefully designed keeping in mind
the unique requirements of the business traveler with comfortable and
contemporary sound proof rooms, luxurious beds, a smart Wi-Fi enabled work area
and plush bathrooms with ample space.
Additionally for relaxation and rejuvenation, the âKaya
Kalpâ spa offers a host of indulgent treatments that are sure to pamper the
mind, body and soul. The Kaya Kalp spa brand of ITC Hotels is a revitalizing
destination at Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers.
âTHE TOWERSâ gives easy access to the Sheraton Park Hotel
allowing one to avail of a variety of accommodation options, smart meeting
rooms, large banqueting and conference facilities, a choice of 3 restaurants, a
cozy bar, a hip nightclub and a reputable International grill.
Offering a world of comfort and luxury with responsibility
at Chennaiâs leading 5 star hotel, âWhere service is anything you want to beâ,
The Sheraton Park Hotel & Towersâ aims to cater to the every need of its
company's portfolio of beachfront leisure resorts increases its presence across
the Pacific, Asia and now the Indian Ocean
Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is now open. The Deluxe 181-room, all
sea-view resort opened 30 January and is the first in the Indian Ocean
belonging to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, the 66-year old Hawaii-based
hospitality company which now has 45 properties open or under development in
"The expansion of the Outrigger brand into the Indian
Ocean is the latest development showing the strategic commitment of Outrigger
to open stunning resorts in desirable and iconic warm water beachfront
locations around the world," said Mr. Darren Edmonstone, Managing
Director, Asia-Pacific, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.
"Ownership of the property in Mauritius gives Outrigger
the unique opportunity to share the locally-rich sense of place and discovery
that guests look for when they go on holiday," he said. "The
wonderful warmth, colour and exotic mixes that characterise Mauritius can now
be experienced at the new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa," he added.
The Republic of Mauritius is located 2,000 kms off the
southeast coast of Africa and 1,100 kms from the east coast of Madagascar. In
Mauritius the absolute beachfront property has an idyllic location on the
southern tip of the island in the Bel Ombre nature reserve, adjacent to the Heritage
Golf Club. The new Outrigger resort is surrounded on the landward side by
expansive sugar cane plantations.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts purchased the property in May
2013 and have completed an extensive refurbishment program.
Mr. Frederic Chretien, General Manager of The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, said:
"The Outrigger dream for Mauritius has come true. From today we are
delivering our acclaimed Outrigger hospitality that blends the needs of the
most discerning traveller with the charm and tradition of an early 17th century
Mauritian sugar cane plantation on the island's southern coast."
Getting to Mauritius from Asia, Australia, the Middle East,
Europe and Africa is easy. Direct flights connect Mauritius with Perth,
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore,
Paris, London, Dubai, Johannesburg and numerous other cities in Africa.
The new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is a 45-minute
drive from the international airport (MRU) and a 90-minute drive from the
capital, Port Louis. Outrigger will host an official grand opening ceremony and
celebration at the resort on 18 April this year.
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