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Tarrero to lead The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort

Marriott International has announced the appointment of Carlos Tarrero as the new general manager of The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi. Tarrero brings a wealth of both hotel and resort operational experiences to this exciting new role where he will oversee all management functions at the resort. In addition, he will be instrumental in driving further revenue growth and guest satisfaction while maintaining The Andaman’s status as one of Langkawi’s leading resorts.With over 20 years of resort and hotel management experience, Tarrero had worked across the globe from the United Kingdom, the United States, Indonesia and his homeland, Spain,Recently he was promoted to be the general manager of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand and subsequently appointed to open The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, where he was in-charge of leading the pre-opening team in resort operations.ADVERTISEMENTWith Tarrero’s decades of experience in managing and leading the management team in providing exceptional service and driving revenue as well as profit, he aims to bring The Andaman further in the market, especially in terms of guest experiences. “The Andaman has already got a great setting but it is the impeccable service provided by our team as well as their attention to detail that will give our guests an exceptional stay experience,” commented Tarrero. The stunning resort that’s set between a ten-million-year-old rainforest and the exquisite Datai Bay is also Carlos’ first – The Luxury Collection resort.OlderAccorHotels welcomes dual brand property to integrated resort in SingaporeLet's block ads! (Why?)

AccorHotels welcomes dual brand property to integrated resort in Singapore

AccorHotels announces the launch of Singapore’s newest integrated lifestyle hub with the opening of Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens. Developed by Oxley Holdings, the complex features 772 guest rooms, 14 dining outlets, two outdoor pools, a tennis court and a function space that can accommodate more than 500 guests.Strategically located at the edge of Orchard Road, the two hotels offer guests an integrated range of gastronomy, health, fitness and lifestyle options in the precinct close to the city’s best shopping and entertainment, conveniently accessible via the hotel’s shuttle service.The combination of two award-winning hotel brands within one integrated lifestyle complex is a big step forward for AccorHotels,” said Kevin Bossino, vice president operations, Singapore, midscale and economy brands. “We are no longer just providing a place to rest but a lifestyle and gastronomic destination where fitness enthusiasts, corporate travellers, families, local residents and foodies can enjoy our range of facilities and great restaurants.”ADVERTISEMENTFeaturing 254 guest rooms, Novotel Singapore on Stevens offers three dining outlets: L’Apéritif Tapas Bar serving signature cocktails and European and Asian tapas; Food Exchange featuring Thai, Indian, European and Singaporean cuisine; and for a refreshing cocktail by the pool, head to the Novotel Infinity Pool.Infused with local design and inspiration, the 518-room Mercure Singapore on Stevens features a gourmet café, Fudebar, which serves superfoods including a healthy choice of salads, sandwiches and artisanal coffees, while Winestone restaurant offers Mediterranean food and a wide range of signature wines from around the world.The complex also features a series of pods housing an additional nine dining outlets offering local and international cuisines from around the world.With the opening of the Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens, AccorHotels further cements its position as the leading lifestyle and travel operator in Singapore with 15 hotels and over 6,400 rooms. AccorHotels currently operates more than 800 hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific in 18 countries.OlderCyprus on track for record tourism figures in 2017NewerTarrero to lead The Andaman, a Luxury Collection ResortLet's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus on track for record tourism figures in 2017

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has revealed is set to be another record-breaking year for the island, with January to October 2017 figures already exceeding total visitor arrivals in 2016.  From January to October 2017, global tourist arrivals to Cyprus reached 3,408,473. This figure not only exceeds the level of visitors to the island during the same period in 2016 (2,974,412 – a 14.6 per cent year on year increase) but also exceeds the number of global visitors to Cyprus from January to December 2016 (3,186,531) by 6.9 per cent.UK arrivals for January to October 2017 (1,174,358) are not only 7.9 per cent up on the same period in 2016 (1,088,562) but have also already exceeded the total UK visitors to Cyprus from January to December 2016 (1,157,978) by 6.4 per cent.October 2017 saw a 13.9 per cent year-on-year increase in global visitors to Cyprus (406,870 compared to 357,194 in October 2016). ADVERTISEMENTThere was a 0.5 per cent increase in UK visitors with 134,575 October 2017 arrivals compared to 2016’s 133,889 October arrivals.Orestis Rossides, UK director of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, said: “We’re delighted to have already surpassed 2016’s arrival figures by the end of October 2017. “As well as being popular in the summer, Cyprus is a great destination for winter sun and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe throughout the rest of the year.”OlderHotel Amapa to open in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in 2018NewerAccorHotels welcomes dual brand property to integrated resort in SingaporeLet's block ads! (Why?)

Hotel Amapa to open in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in 2018

Opening in the vibrant and historic old town of Puerto Vallarta in early February 2018, Hotel Amapa embodies the fusion of traditional Mexican aesthetic with a laidback yet spirited vision in contemporary design bringing a new, fresh vibe to the area. With over 35 years of hospitality experience, developer David Harries led a pioneering team including Antoine Ratigan of Circleminds, Nicole Haime of NMH Creative, and general manager Adalberto Reiter, to conceptualise Hotel Amapa which will offer 55 rooms one block from Playa Los Muertos. The hotel, proudly part of the Design Hotels collection, will act as a catalyst for change in the area by providing something currently unattainable – great design, an ideal location and dedicated service.Named after the neighbourhood within the Zona Romantica in which the hotel is located, an Amapa is also a beautiful tree which blooms a pink blossom. This inspired Circleminds to look upon national figures such as Luis Barragan and his purist approach to colour and form when crafting the look and feel of the property. ADVERTISEMENTA showcase space for Mexican design, the hotel is filled with bespoke local craftsmanship, with barro coverings from Oaxaca by David Pompa, weaves by artist Mariella Motilla and artisanal hammocks from the Yucatan peninsula.Having seen Puerto Vallarta develop over time, Harries decided upon the town due to its quirky mix of rich history, vibrant street life, expat community, embracing locals, relaxing beaches, and imposing mountains. With a strong vision to support the revitalization of Puerto Vallarta, Hotel Amapa will be an accessible oasis offering something for everyone. As a cultural hub away from the all-inclusive resorts, Harries has located the hotel in the bustling old town where guests can benefit from its close proximity to the towns very best restaurants, bars, hikes, and idyllic beaches.“We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Puerto Vallarta with the opening of Hotel Amapa,” said Harries.“Having travelled to Puerto Vallarta for the last 25 years, it is important that we put our guests in the Mexican state of mind; protecting Puerto Vallarta’s heritage while celebrating the future with genuine and original design, service, and food and beverage offerings. “With Hotel Amapa we want to create a place where guests visit and live like a local and leave having had an authentic and inspiring experience.”OlderMövenpick Hotels signs on for new Egyptian propertyNewerCyprus on track for record tourism figures in 2017Let's block ads! (Why?)

Trainline launches new voice app for Google Assistant

Trainline has launched a voice app built for the Google Assistant.The app allows rail travellers to talk to Trainline by asking everyday travel questions about their journey, with real-time updates on details that matter most, like timetables and delays. The Trainline app for the Google Assistant is now available on eligible Android phones, on the Assistant app on iOS, and on Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home.Trainline’s voice app combines Trainline’s leading travel technology experience with Google’s conversational platform to make accessing information on the move easier than ever before. Trainline’s voice app can handle deep conversational complexity, including answering twelve layers of questioning. ADVERTISEMENTRail commuters who are in a rush to get to and from work can also teach Trainline’s voice app to recognise their commuting patterns from regular places such as home.  The app also has smart built-in features: for example, real-time delays and the time required to walk to or from a station are taken into account when providing answersTrainline’s voice app can help simplify people’s lives - especially for people in a rush to get somewhere like walking between stations through a crowd, or getting ready in the morning. As people use the app, it will reveal more features over time.Dave Slocombe, product director, Trainline, said: “Trainline’s mission is to use technology to make travel as smart and simple as possible. “Trainline’s voice app is the latest in a long line of innovations that make this possible.“We’re proud to have worked with Google and its powerful new Assistant platform on the creation of voice capabilities that can deliver complex travel information in a quick, simple and personal way.”OlderCorinthia Palace in Malta offered for exclusive useLet's block ads! (Why?)

Corinthia Palace in Malta offered for exclusive use

Conference, meeting and incentive bookers looking for a truly unique venue need look no further. In a new initiative for Corinthia Hotel’s inaugural property, the historic Corinthia Palace in Malta can now be booked on an exclusive use basis. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean island, adjacent to the beautiful San Anton gardens, the hotel and its rich heritage make for an unforgettable venue. Indoor and outdoor facilities are exclusively yours, including access to swimming pools, restaurants, bars, meeting rooms and of course guest bedrooms. For a minimum of three nights, the 147-room Corinthia Palace Hotel’s highly-trained team will be at your disposal to ensure that your incentive, company launch or private party is a memorable event. ADVERTISEMENTSome seven syndicate rooms including two boardrooms and a large conference room are available for business visitors, accommodating a maximum of 450 delegates for a reception in the Corinthia Ballroom. The Business Centre on the ground floor incorporates the four boardrooms which can provide meeting space for between 12 and 30 delegates. Some enjoy direct access to sun terraces with garden views and break-out areas. Many of the hotel’s stylish meeting rooms have natural light flooding in. All come with state-of-the-art technology, premium presentation equipment and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Each event organiser benefits from a room upgrade with espresso machine, in-room printer and fax services available on demand, plus a mobile phone pre-programmed with all the numbers of the hotel’s events team.Next year is the perfect time to host your event in Malta as the nearby capital Valetta is hosting a year-round programme of exciting events in its role as European Capital of Culture.For more information head over to the official website.OlderWorld Golf Awards prepares for Spanish debut at La Manga ClubLet's block ads! (Why?)

World Golf Awards prepares for Spanish debut at La Manga Club

Star names from the golfing world will join key figures from the global golf travel industry in heading to Spain’s La Manga Club later this month to take part in the annual World Golf Awards.Hundreds of thousands of ballots have been cast in a variety of different categories ahead of the event – regarded as the most prestigious awards programme in golf tourism – with the winners set to be unveiled at a gala prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, November 25th.Taking place in Spain for the first time from November 23th-26th, this year’s awards will bring together market leaders from all corners of the globe including North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and Australasia.Representatives from 40-plus countries will gather at La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain, for three days of unrivalled networking events, dinners and exclusive golf-experience activities, and the chance to share in the resort’s 45th anniversary celebrations.Joining them at the event will be a host of leading names from the golfing world including ‘the Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss and ex-Ryder Cup star and Sky Sports commentator Andrew Coltart.ADVERTISEMENTAnd attendees will have the chance to enjoy the full extent of La Manga Club’s facilities – the resort features three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and an outstanding practice area – with the event programme including two rounds of golf and a networking dinner on November 24th.Chris Frost, World Golf Awards managing director, said: “We’re tremendously excited to be staging the awards in Spain for the first time at La Manga Club and this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet.“With every continent represented, the event is going to be truly global and we’re looking forward to having a weekend to remember at one of golf’s most iconic resorts.”Set across an area of 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European sports and leisure destinations since its inception in 1972.La Manga Club has enjoyed a rich golfing history over the last four decades, with three of the game’s legends, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, all figuring prominently, and the resort celebrated its birthday in style recently when it joined a select group of courses to be granted royal status by the Spanish royal household, and given the title ‘Real Golf La Manga Club’.José Asenjo, general manager of La Manga Club, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be chosen to host the World Golf Awards for the first time, in what is a landmark year for the resort as we celebrate our 45th birthday.“Each year the event attracts some of the most respected figures in the golf industry, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our numerous world-class golf and leisure facilities to a key global audience.”OlderNYC & Company launches True York City global ad campaignLet's block ads! (Why?)

World Golf Awards prepares for Spanish debut at La Manga Club

Star names from the golfing world will join key figures from the global golf travel industry in heading to Spain’s La Manga Club later this month to take part in the annual World Golf Awards.Hundreds of thousands of ballots have been cast in a variety of different categories ahead of the event – regarded as the most prestigious awards programme in golf tourism – with the winners set to be unveiled at a gala prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, November 25th.Taking place in Spain for the first time from November 23th-26th, this year’s awards will bring together market leaders from all corners of the globe including North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and Australasia.Representatives from 40-plus countries will gather at La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain, for three days of unrivalled networking events, dinners and exclusive golf-experience activities, and the chance to share in the resort’s 45th anniversary celebrations.Joining them at the event will be a host of leading names from the golfing world including ‘the Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss and ex-Ryder Cup star and Sky Sports commentator Andrew Coltart.ADVERTISEMENTAnd attendees will have the chance to enjoy the full extent of La Manga Club’s facilities – the resort features three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and an outstanding practice area – with the event programme including two rounds of golf and a networking dinner on November 24th.Chris Frost, World Golf Awards managing director, said: “We’re tremendously excited to be staging the awards in Spain for the first time at La Manga Club and this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet.“With every continent represented, the event is going to be truly global and we’re looking forward to having a weekend to remember at one of golf’s most iconic resorts.”Set across an area of 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European sports and leisure destinations since its inception in 1972.La Manga Club has enjoyed a rich golfing history over the last four decades, with three of the game’s legends, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, all figuring prominently, and the resort celebrated its birthday in style recently when it joined a select group of courses to be granted royal status by the Spanish royal household, and given the title ‘Real Golf La Manga Club’.José Asenjo, general manager of La Manga Club, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be chosen to host the World Golf Awards for the first time, in what is a landmark year for the resort as we celebrate our 45th birthday.“Each year the event attracts some of the most respected figures in the golf industry, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our numerous world-class golf and leisure facilities to a key global audience.”OlderNYC & Company launches True York City global ad campaignNewerCorinthia Palace in Malta offered for exclusive useLet's block ads! (Why?)

World Golf Awards prepares for Spanish debut at La Manga Club

Star names from the golfing world will join key figures from the global golf travel industry in heading to Spain’s La Manga Club later this month to take part in the annual World Golf Awards.Hundreds of thousands of ballots have been cast in a variety of different categories ahead of the event – regarded as the most prestigious awards programme in golf tourism – with the winners set to be unveiled at a gala prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, November 25th.Taking place in Spain for the first time from November 23th-26th, this year’s awards will bring together market leaders from all corners of the globe including North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and Australasia.Representatives from 40-plus countries will gather at La Manga Club in Murcia, south-east Spain, for three days of unrivalled networking events, dinners and exclusive golf-experience activities, and the chance to share in the resort’s 45th anniversary celebrations.Joining them at the event will be a host of leading names from the golfing world including ‘the Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss and ex-Ryder Cup star and Sky Sports commentator Andrew Coltart.ADVERTISEMENTAnd attendees will have the chance to enjoy the full extent of La Manga Club’s facilities – the resort features three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and an outstanding practice area – with the event programme including two rounds of golf and a networking dinner on November 24th.Chris Frost, World Golf Awards managing director, said: “We’re tremendously excited to be staging the awards in Spain for the first time at La Manga Club and this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet.“With every continent represented, the event is going to be truly global and we’re looking forward to having a weekend to remember at one of golf’s most iconic resorts.”Set across an area of 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European sports and leisure destinations since its inception in 1972.La Manga Club has enjoyed a rich golfing history over the last four decades, with three of the game’s legends, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, all figuring prominently, and the resort celebrated its birthday in style recently when it joined a select group of courses to be granted royal status by the Spanish royal household, and given the title ‘Real Golf La Manga Club’.José Asenjo, general manager of La Manga Club, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be chosen to host the World Golf Awards for the first time, in what is a landmark year for the resort as we celebrate our 45th birthday.“Each year the event attracts some of the most respected figures in the golf industry, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our numerous world-class golf and leisure facilities to a key global audience.”OlderNYC & Company launches True York City global ad campaignNewerCorinthia Palace in Malta offered for exclusive useLet's block ads! (Why?)

NYC & Company launches True York City global ad campaign

NYC & Company has revealed a new global tourism campaign entitled True York City, with advertisements and promotion now live around the world.True York City showcases the unique culture produced by the 8.5 million residents of New York City’s five boroughs.The campaign invites travellers to discover the iconic experiences we are known for, as well as lesser-known aspects that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.“When people think New York City, they think authenticity,” argued New York mayor Bill de Blasio. “As the safest and most dynamic big city in America, we have endless cultural offerings that continue to make the five boroughs a global draw for tourists. ADVERTISEMENT“But now with True York City we can give those travellers an even more genuine, bona fide New York City experience while helping our businesses and communities thrive at the same time.”True York City is being introduced through NYC & Company’s most expansive campaign presence to date, with media and partnerships running across 17 countries, including the US, through the autumn and into next spring. In-kind, partner and paid media contribute an approximate value of $15.6 million globally with ad messaging Famous Original NYC and digital and content elements incorporating the overarching campaign of True York City.“Over the last decade, New York City has grown into one of the world’s most exciting and popular destinations, as evidenced by our record number of tourism-related jobs, almost double the number of international visitors and unprecedented economic impact, now the largest in the US; but we ask ourselves, where do we go from here?” said Fred Dixon, president of NYC & Company. “The answer is we go deeper by enticing tourists to become travellers.  Tourism works for New York City - in 2016, New York City’s travel and tourism sector saw a record-breaking year, with 60.5 million visitors and $43 billion in direct spending, the largest economic impact of any US destination. The industry also sustained a record 383,000 jobs for working New Yorkers in all sectors of the economy.OlderRosewood Phuket welcomes first guests in ThailandNewerWorld Golf Awards prepares for Spanish debut at La Manga ClubLet's block ads! (Why?)