Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts has announced the resignation of Katie Benson, its regional vice president for Europe, and general manager for its flagship European hotel, Jumeirah Carlton Tower.After almost three years with Jumeirah, Benson will be pursuing a new career opportunity outside the group in the new year.Commenting on these leadership changes, Jumeirah Group chief operating officer, Marc Dardenne, stated: “We are hugely grateful for Katie’s outstanding contribution over the past three years.“Her experience has been instrumental in enhancing the guest satisfaction of our European hotels and we wish her every success in her new role.”
Following the management agreement signed in late 2016 with RAK National Hotels, a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding, the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, was officially flagged earlier in presence of brand and owner’s representatives.“We are thrilled to welcome this leading luxury brand to Ras Al Khaimah and we look forward to seeing it contribute to implementing the vision of the Emirate, bringing new standards for hospitality and best in class services to visitors of the region.”The hotel also showcases an impressive transformation following a complete extensive remodelling to the lobby lounge in the last few months in addition to the introduction of several new restaurants.Commenting on the transformation of the resort, Amit Arora, general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, said: “We have worked over the past months to create a world-class team of committed ladies and gentlemen to provide the highest quality of Arabian hospitality in Ras Al Khaimah.
Guests enjoying a pre-prandial drink in the Caprice Lounge inside the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta can go back through the decades with the launch of a new cocktail menu that spans favourites from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and noughties.The sixties harken back to the period when the hotel first opened, when lava lamps were de rigeuer, the Beatles were in full swing and hedonism ruled.No surprise that cocktails with a pop of colour and dollops of fresh cream had their time in the spotlight including Brandy Alexander, Harvey Wallbanger, Pina Colada and Grasshopper.ADVERTISEMENTThe eighties saw the arrival of the first Apple and IBM home computers, our first mobile phones, the Berlin Wall torn down, the rise of Michael Jackson and Madonna and the opening of the Athenaeum Spa, Malta’s first upmarket spa to tap into the trend towards wellness.The vodka-based Moscow Mule prevailed at the bar together with the first champagne-based cocktail, Bellini, mixed with peach puree, to match the bling-induced early years of the Noughties.
Star Alliance is launching a new dedicated website for its customers in the UK as the organisation celebrates its 20th anniversary.The research programme listened to the views and opinions of thousands of customers from across the travel sector including frequent flyer programme members, corporate travel managers, product managers and frontline travel agents, with the objective of gaining a clear understanding of their perception of Star Alliance, its products and services.Key features of the new website include an illustration of how members of the frequent flyer programmes can earn and redeem miles across the world’s largest airline alliance.It also highlights Star Alliance facilities at Heathrow where all 24 Star Alliance carriers serving the airport are joined under one roof at the purpose-built Terminal 2.OlderLinthwaite House set to re-open in spring 2018
Azamara Club Cruises has announced the three officers of its new ship, Azamara Pursuit, which will join the fleet in August 2018.Senior captain Carl Smith and cruise director Tony Markey, both from the UK, will join hotel director Ryszard Gusmann from Poland to lead a crew of around 400.“Demand from UK guests is higher than ever, and so we’re delighted that the UK will have such a strong presence in the launch and future of Azamara Pursuit.”Smith, originally from the Isle of Man, has sailed both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest after joining the brand in 2007.
London-based communications agency, Black Diamond, has been appointed by Tahiti Tourisme to act as its agency of record in the UK, as of January, following a competitive pitch process.“We are confident that Black Diamond’s combined expertise in the travel industry and marketing will help us reach and welcome even more visitors from the UK in the years to come.”ADVERTISEMENTFocusing on the diversity of the islands and promoting itineraries and stories that go beyond the three main popular islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, Black Diamond will encourage new adult gap year markets with Round the World travel, in addition to honeymooners and luxury travel.Black Diamond brings to the account a wealth of destination positioning experience and, in addition to partnering with other destinations to demonstrate the different ways and reasons to travel to the islands of Tahiti, the Embraced by Mana concept will also underpin all trade and PR activity.“The Islands of Tahiti provide the perfect mix, offering the secluded high end luxury product with varied wild landscapes, off-the-beaten-path and little explored destinations with a unique, rich culture and ample adventure and leisure activities, such as diving, sailing and hiking.”
easyJet has launched a new airport transfers booking portal, in partnership with HolidayTaxis Group, making it easier for customers to book the best deals and fastest transfer times to get to and from the airport.Andrew Middleton, ancillary revenue director at easyJet, said: “We are delighted to continue working with HolidayTaxis Group to deliver an excellent range of ground transport options for our customers across Europe.easyJet and HolidayTaxis have been providing easyJet customers with instant access to a wide range of airport transfer and transportation options across the airline’s network and beyond, for over ten years and continue to work together to deliver best value, simple booking and excellent customer experience.ADVERTISEMENTIan Coyle, managing director at HolidayTaxis Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have extended our partnership with easyJet for a further two years, which is testament to the hard work and shared values of both companies.“Our wide range of transportation options, coupled with our commitment to customer service and continual platform enhancement will continue to help easyJet provide its passengers fuss-free access to an extensive range of ground transfer options for a complete journey.”
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As you might’ve heard over the last couple of months, 2018 is the year of long weekends.A few things that I kept in mind while creating this travel planner wasPlaces should be close enough so that you don’t spend most of the time in the commuteAvoid, Matheran, Lonavala, Khandala, Alibaug, Igatpuri, Mahabaleshwar.Or at least not in the top of your mental list when it comes to places to visit near MumbaiSo without any further delay, let me present to you the Long Weekend Getaway planner for 2018.Long Weekend Getaways from MumbaiHolidayLong weekendDays Where to Go 26 January 2018, Republic Day,26-28 February 20183 daysMalshej Ghat13 February 2018, Mahashivratri10-13 February 4 days Nashik 02 March 2018, Holi02-04 March 20183 DaysRaigad and Konkan30 March 2018, Good Friday30 Mar-02 April 20183 DaysDaman & Silvassa01 May, Maharashtra Day28 April - 01 May 20184 DaysGoa 15 June 2018, Id15-17 June 20183 DaysAurangabad15 August 2018, Independence Day11-15 August 20185 DaysKarwar and Gokarna13 September 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi13-16 September 20184 DaysPune and Kaas Plateau02 October 2018, Gandhi Jayanti29 Sept-02 October 20184 DaysAhmedabad19 October 2018, Dussehra19-21 October 20183 DaysNew Delhi07-08 November 2018, Diwali07-11 November 20185 DaysKonkan25 December 2018, Christmas22-25 December 20184 DaysKolhapurA travel planner for weekend trips from Mumbai in 2018 And here are some little details on each of the places mentioned in the planner.
This winter come and break free from Bad Santa’s shackles and join a band of rebels in the frozen south for festive frolics, as the South Pole Saloon returns.Be prepared for the eyes to widen as you are greeted with a naughty twinkle in a candy caners eye as she leads you past the swinging saloon doors and into a heated and covered wonderland.The venue’s focus is on a wide range of premium draft and bottled beers and a truly spectacular winter warmer cocktail menu, created by the saloon’s chief mixologist once kidnapped by the rebel elves from southern France, his role is to serve you only the best cocktails in the land.Guests can expect to encounter spectacular performances from the oh so naughty but nice candy caner girls and the renegade rebel elves that preside over the South Pole, following their escape from a life of slavery in Santa’s toy factories.
Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen geared up ahead of the much-awaited race weekend earlier to experience Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s latest addition and most heart-pounding rollercoaster, Turbo Track.Räikkönen is in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend.Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park, opened its doors to fans in 2010.The Park celebrates the spirit of the legendary marque, and is home to numerous thrill rides, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, spectacular live shows, as well as popular seasonal events and festivities that bring together extraordinary performances from around the globe.
Leeu Collection has unveiled more details of the £10 million refurbishment of acclaimed Lake District hotel Linthwaite House, which will now re-open in spring 2018.The original intention was for Linthwaite House to start operating again this month, with work being completed on new guest rooms in the property’s extensive gardens, the Woodland Suites, in the first quarter of 2018.At innovative new restaurant Stella, visitors will be able to sample some of the finest cuisine in the Lake District, based on locally sourced and organic produce that highlights the best of the Cumbrian region and the season, influenced by international celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia and her passion for Italian cooking.The newly-created raised wooden Windermere Deck stands next to Linthwaite’s tranquil private tarn (or small lake) and enjoys views to the north of Lake Windermere and the mountains beyond, providing a magical woodland setting in which to enjoy light meals and early evening drinks.