News: Bulgari Resort Dubai to open in December

News: Bulgari Resort Dubai to open in December

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Bulgari Hotels & Resorts will welcome the opening of Bulgari Resort Dubai on December 7th; an urban oasis on Jumeira Bay.

An ultimate urban resort, Bulgari Resort Dubai is part of The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, developed by Meraas, a leading Dubai-based holding company.

Located on the magical seahorse shaped island, it is set to become the destination of choice for visitors seeking the solitude of an island escape, the residential feeling of a private house, yet situated just minutes from the heart of the vibrant city and its cultural attractions.

“The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai is another milestone for the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection and represents a tribute to the importance of the Middle East market for the Bulgari brand.

“It is an honour for us to partner with Meraas on this extraordinary project, which brings the best of the Italian design and lifestyle culture to one of the most modern and future oriented city in the world,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, chief executive, Bulgari.

This newest addition to the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection is the fifth in the group, following on from the most recently launched Bulgari Hotel Beijing, which opened in September 2017.

As with all Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bulgari Resort Dubai was designed by renowned Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.

Both the interiors and exteriors have been created with the same detail and precision of a Bulgari jewel: pairing rare, raw materials according to colour, texture and feel, and sculpting them into objects of enduring beauty. 

The resort includes 101 hotel rooms and suites and 20 hotel villas, all exquisitely furnished with the highest quality Italian luxury furniture brands such as Maxalto, Flos, Fexform and others, in an expression of the quality of Made in Italy.

All rooms and suites have expansive views over the breathtaking Dubai skyline or the Arabian Gulf, with large balconies to truly soak up the magnificent scenery.

Commenting on the completion of Bulgari Resort Dubai, Abdulla Al Habbai, Meraas Group chairman, said: “We are proud to deliver The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, a first-of-its-kind master development in scale and magnitude for Bulgari.

“Our partnership stems from shared values and a common objective to offer unique and exquisite experiences in Dubai and the region. 

“We are confident this project will contribute and will add a new dimension to the tourism and hospitality landscape in-line with the Dubai Vision 2020 for tourism and strengthen Dubai’s global position as a leading tourism destination.”

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November 1, 2017 at 10:09AM

News: Gulf Air Holidays launches to travellers in Middle East

News: Gulf Air Holidays launches to travellers in Middle East

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Gulf Air has officially launched Gulf Air Holidays, offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions to destinations.

The airline is working in partnership with online travel booking company Ezeego1.com who are the Gulf Air Holidays back-end service provider.

Commenting on this initiative Gulf Air Deputy chief executive, Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, said: “By launching Gulf Air Holidays we hope to not only spoil our customers with a broad spectrum of holiday packages to choose from but also, and in line with our mission, to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain across our network – give travellers worldwide attractive holiday packages to visit Bahrain and enjoy a wide array of experiences while in the Kingdom.

“Our airline’s dedicated holidays unit Gulf Air Holidays will now give travellers even more choice when visiting any of our destinations and help make their holidays even more convenient and comfortable.”

Gulf Air Holidays is a comprehensive, dedicated holidays unit that develops and promotes attractive holiday packages including airfares, hotel accommodation, car rental, guided tours, excursions as well as the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection.

Bahrain’s national carrier currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries, spanning three continents.

The airline operates double daily flights or more to ten regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport.

Neelu Singh, chief executive, Gulf Air Holidays, said: “Ezeego1.com is happy to have won the mandate to roll out Gulf Air Holidays.

“It will be our endeavour to provide world-class holiday products to travellers who choose Gulf Air as their preferred carrier.

“Our combined expertise of a great holiday product with Gulf Air’s seamless connectivity will be an unmatched partnership, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

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November 1, 2017 at 09:59AM

Focus: New Booking System for Travelling to Belarus is just as easy as one click

Focus: New Booking System for Travelling to Belarus is just as easy as one click

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New Booking System for Travelling to Belarus is just as easy as one click

A large professional team has been working on the website starting from its brand concept to the strategy and technical realization. As a result this booking system can become the best tool for those who are going to travel to Belarus.

Unlike other famous booking services on VETLIVA website a traveller can book not only the hotel or hostel, but also sightseeing tours, transfers and even medical treatment programs at the local sanatoriums.

VETLIVA is also a big travelling guide for foreigners who have never been to Belarus and don’t know where to go and what to see there. Here you can find the information about local nature, climate, history and culture as well as all the sights of the country with photos and detailed description. VETLIVA can tell many interesting stories about the local traditions and cuisine, historical figures and facts.

All the information about interesting travelling events of Belarus is also presented on the website.

In general, a visitor can plan a trip to Belarus in just a few clicks sitting at home.

VETLIVA offers the following advantages to its users:
·  Convenient and flexible search tool
·  The widest offer of tourist services in Belarus
·  Only real prices and best offers
·  Quality and security guarantee
·  Аvailability of reservation and technical support -24/7

The website offers popular ways of payment and sends out the confirmation of booking.
If you want to find an expert in travelling around Belarus you definitely need to use VETLIVA guide.

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November 1, 2017 at 09:59AM

News: Bieberach-Dielman appointed chief development officer at Rosewood

News: Bieberach-Dielman appointed chief development officer at Rosewood

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Rosewood Hotel Group has strengthened its development division with the appointment of Karl Bieberach-Dielman as chief development officer. 

Joining later this year, Bieberach-Dielman will lead the global development and feasibility team to strategically expand the footprint for the group’s three distinct brands including ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

The group also includes deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts and neighbourhood lifestyle pentahotels.

“With Karl’s proven track record of successful transactions to develop business across continents, we are confident he will significantly enhance our group’s global footprint,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.

With more than 20 years experience in development, Bieberach-Dielman has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the US.

Prior to joining Rosewood, he held a variety of senior roles during his 15-year tenure at Starwood Hotels & Resorts including vice president, head of European development; vice president of development based in Paris; vice president of feasibility and investment analysis for Europe, Africa and Middle East; and director of acquisitions and development in EAME.

Prior to Starwood, he was director of development planning and feasibility in Latin America and the Caribbean at Marriott International. 

Bieberach-Dielman is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and speaks English, Spanish and French.

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November 1, 2017 at 09:59AM

News: Travelport signs new long-term deal with Norwegian

News: Travelport signs new long-term deal with Norwegian

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Travelport has signed a new multi-year renewal agreement with Norwegian, the sixth largest low-cost carrier globally.

Norwegian operate three codes, DY (Norwegian Air Shuttle), D8 (Norwegian Air International) and the new DI (Norwegian Air UK), operating new routes from Gatwick to Singapore and Buenos Aries.

Under this renewed agreement, Norwegian has also chosen to deploy Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising solution.

David Gomes, commercial director air commerce at Travelport, added: “We are delighted Norwegian continues to recognize the value of our Travel Commerce Platform.

“Further strengthening our widest choice of graphically rich, visual content for distribution within an agency workflow and the outreach that we can provide to support such a key player in the European aviation industry.”

Joining over 230 airlines to display their branded fares and ancillary content in a graphically rich and visual way in order to enable the upsell of ancillary products.

For agencies, this means that, when shopping for and booking flights via Travelport’s Airline Merchandising capabilities, they have enhanced travel content and greater access to airline ancillary offers.

Lars Sande, senior vice president, sales and distribution at Norwegian, commented: “With passenger numbers currently exceeding 30 million per year, this renewed partnership offers great international market growth potential for us.

“Enabling us to provide a new breadth of content and expand our presence both in Europe and overseas.”

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November 1, 2017 at 09:47AM

News: Japan Airlines introduces second flight to Tokyo Haneda Airport

News: Japan Airlines introduces second flight to Tokyo Haneda Airport

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Japan Airlines has celebrated the opening of its second daily non-stop service between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda Airport.

The carrier held a gate ceremony in London to mark the launch.

“Japan Airlines is pleased to offer more flight options to Japan with the increase of its service between London and Haneda,” said Yoshitaka Ihokibe, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

“Together with our joint business partner British Airways, we are now offering four direct flights between London and Tokyo.

“We hope that this additional flight will strengthen and boost the economic and cultural relations between the UK and Japan.”

JAL operates its second direct service (JL042/JL041) with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, fitted with the airline’s latest cabin interiors and arranged in a three-class cabin configuration.

The addition of the new service enables JAL to offer customers a total of four daily direct flights between London and Tokyo: two daily services operated by JAL (codeshare with British Airway), both serving Haneda; and two daily services operated by oneworld and joint-business partner BA (codeshare with JAL), with one serving Haneda and the other Narita.

Simon Eastburn, director of airline business development at Heathrow, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Japan Airlines to offer more choice for passengers flying to Japan, with an additional flight now departing from Heathrow.

“Creating more links between the UK and Asia supports a growing demand and ensures the wonders of Japan are even more accessible to travellers.”

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November 1, 2017 at 09:47AM

News: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane introduces Five Senses Suite

News: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane introduces Five Senses Suite

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With daylight hours dwindling and the winter blues setting in, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has launched London’s first Five Senses Suite.

Working with a behavioural scientist and psychologist, the Art Deco hotel in Mayfair has introduced an array of items and experiences which have been found to be conducive to a happy state, marked by an increased release of endorphins.

The three-layered research (questionnaire, facial coding and heart rate monitoring) revealed the soothing sound of jazz made three out of four respondents feel happy and positive, while, soft, fluffy towels ignited feelings of contentment in an impressive 98 per cent of respondents.

Other findings showed that the colour green was one of the most smile-inducing sights, with an image of flowers making almost three quarters of people (72 per cent) report feeling content.

Champagne and fresh fruit encouraged the highest release of endorphins during a taste test, and when it comes to smell, the fresh scent of the ocean came out top with 79 per cent of respondents reporting feeling uplifted.

In response to the findings, the luxurious Grand Suite overlooking leafy Green Park at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane will become London’s only Five Senses Suite offering guests a memorable multi-sensory hotel experience.

A dedicated Five Senses Concierge will greet guests on arrival, offering a choice of the finest quality towels from the limited edition bath linen menu.

Guests will also choose their favoured smile inducing aroma, lavender or sea salt, which will be infused in diffusers and bath salts.

A glass of their preferred fizz and the uplifting British Jazz played through the vintage record player will ease guests through the tough decisions.

Kieran Quinn, hotel manager at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, said: “Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has gone above and beyond for its guests for 90 years and with the creation of London’s Five Senses Suite we are now offering our guests an even more memorable experience.

“This new offering absolutely elevates our five star services to the next level and encourages guests to make the most out of their stay with us with an added guaranteed boost of contentment.”

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November 1, 2017 at 09:38AM

News: Qatar Airways increases capacity on Shiraz, Iran, route

News: Qatar Airways increases capacity on Shiraz, Iran, route

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Qatar Airways will upgrade its operations to the southern Iranian city of Shiraz from an Airbus A320 to an Airbus A330 on November 2nd, in order to meet increasing demand from passengers.

The 260-seater Airbus A330 aircraft increases capacity on this route by 81 per cent, with 464 more seats available per week for those travelling on the highly-popular Doha-Shiraz route.

Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our Doha-Shiraz flights have performed exceptionally well since we launched the route six years ago.

“We have gradually increased capacity on the route by adding additional flights, and are delighted to now offer a larger aircraft with more seating capacity on-board our Airbus A330.

“Responding directly to increased demand clearly demonstrates our commitment to delivering five-star service to our passengers.”

Qatar Airways has been flying to Iran for 13 years, and first launched services to Tehran in 2004. 

Flights to Mashhad started the following year, and Shiraz was introduced to the network in 2011. 

The airline currently serves Iran with a total of 58 flights per week to and from Doha’s award-winning Hamad International Airport.

The 260-seater A330 aircraft offers passengers an award-winning entertainment system with countless entertainment options.

Qatar Airways will be adding many more destinations to its network in 2017 and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, to name a few.

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November 1, 2017 at 09:34AM

The Bridge of Locks in Paris

The Bridge of Locks in Paris

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Collective Consciousness

I’m a big believer in the super-organism of humans coming together with tech and AI. Here’s an interview with Dan Brown about Collective Consciousness

Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

Daily Photo – The Bridge of Locks in Paris

Along our photo walk here in Paris, this is Marin, the daughter of my friend Serge Remelli with an umbrella, looking forlorn and sad. She’s not, of course, she’s just acting. But, if you were feeling forlorn and sad on a rainy day, this would definitely be the best place to be. You can come here and see all the locks that represent people’s love, half of which has deteriorated into a bitter romance that would make for a great reality show. That’s what she’s thinking about here: a very low-quality reality show about one of those locks that did not turn out so well. Maybe a bit cynical, but, well, you know.

The Bridge of Locks in Paris

Photo Information


  • Date Taken2017-05-07 19:26:24
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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November 1, 2017 at 08:18AM