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Seven Master Sommeliers

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ is proud to welcome seven members to the organization: Nick Davis, Medium Plus, Seattle, WA; Mariya Kovacheva, Pernod Ricard, West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Moore, Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas, NV; Vincent Morrow, ONE65, San Francisco, CA; Joshua Orr, Broadbent Selections, San Diego, CA; Jeremy Shanker, Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA; and Jill Zimorski, Champagne Specialist Representing Moet Hennessy Champagne Portfolio, Chicago, IL.

Recently 150 individuals from 22 states and Canada attempted the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. The seven noted above, successfully displayed mastery and met the qualification to be awarded the title Master Sommelier. The results were announced at the Krug Reception on September 11th at the Four Seasons Resort in St. Louis, Missouri. “The examinations are an opportunity for our candidates to shine as they demonstrate their mastery of our beverage service industry,” said Devon Broglie, MS, Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. “It is inspiring to see their dedication to rigorous study and preparation on display during the examination days.”

Following the celebration of our new members, Broglie reflected on the challenges facing the organization and thanked the Examination Committee for its tireless work to provide a rigorous, exacting and fair examination consistent with the Court’s peerless Master Sommelier credential. “We have made great strides to become a stronger organization over the past year,” Broglie said. “We have improved the security of our examinations, strengthened our ethical principles, and we continue our commitment to leading the industry with integrity as we celebrate new Master Sommeliers and mentor all those still striving to attain the goal.”

The Master Sommelier Diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in the beverage service industry. The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a wine assessment exercise using the Deductive Tasting Method, and a practical component that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and overall business acumen. Candidates must receive passing scores in each section to earn the highly coveted Master Sommelier title.

“The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination is extremely demanding.  We applaud the efforts of all candidates who sat this fair and rigorous examination,” Broglie said. “Today we celebrate the success of these seven new Master Sommeliers and continue our commitment to mentor all candidates on their path to success as we chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.”

AUTUMN ART COLOURS × PARK HOTEL TOKYO

Autumn ART Colours Exhibition Scheduled at Park Hotel Tokyo to Offer Hospitality Guests a Season of Japanese Aesthetics

Park Hotel Tokyo announced on June 28 that it will hold an art exhibition titled “Daisuke Kagawa Art Exhibition – A Visitor from Afar in Autumn -” from September 2 to December 1, 2019.Park Hotel Tokyo welcomes our hospitality guests with the form of “arrangement”, one of Japan’s aesthetic values, expressed through the medium of art. A series of art exhibitions are held representing the four seasons of Japan. In this 30th exhibition as part of this initiative, “ART colours”, works of Daisuke Kagawa will be exhibited to express “autumn,” symbolising a condensation of the views of nature held by ancient people in Japan.

 

Twice a year, once each in spring and autumn, there is a period when the sun rises from true east and sets in true west. These seasons have long been familiar in Japan as the equinoctial weeks. During this time in autumn, people give thanks for the blessings of nature while venerating ancestors. It is a time for worshiping the sun, with prayers for the coming year’s harvest. The “Visitor from Afar” in the title is a term that refers to natural phenomena or things (i.e., the gods) that exceed human knowledge, coming from an eternal and faraway world. It is said that this became folk tradition, and that the people of Japan have welcomed visitors with reverence, cultivating methods of warm hospitality.

Daisuke Kagawa is an artist who draws on his own sensibilities and knowledge to create works that express the workings of “Visitor from Afar”. He drew attention with the production of an Artist Room called “Jomon” in the Park Hotel Tokyo’s Artist in Hotel project in 2017. The exhibition this autumn will deepen this Kagawa-style “Jomon” world. Here, “Visitors from Afar” await guests at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

During the exhibition period, guests can enjoy an original cocktail and dessert that complement artworks at the ART Lounge. In the evening, powerful images with a motif of exhibited artworks will be projected on the 30-meter-high wall.

 

Park Hotel Tokyo General Manager Takayuki Suzuki said:

“Autumn is also a time when we pray for a plentiful harvest after the scorching hot summer. I look forward to being able to meet with the blessings of Japan and feeling of gratitude that arrive with the golden light of autumn here in Tokyo.”

 

Park Hotel Tokyo Art Project Director Yoshitomo Fujikawa said:

“The work is modern, but it has an atmosphere that serves as a vivid reminder of ancient Japan. This exhibition likens the hotel to autumn through the work of artist Daisuke Kagawa, which enables one to catch a glimpse of Japanese identity.”

 

Enjoy a tranquil and rich autumn, with its balanced days of equal daytime and night, together with works of art that summon a deep-seated awareness of nature, at Park Hotel Tokyo.

Hotel Property Management Tips

5 Tips To Choose The Right Property Management System For Your Hotel

Hoteliers and their staff are busy all the time. Anything that can take some weight off their shoulders will help them to work on other important tasks. Property Management System is the solution as it removes repetitive tasks and takes care of time-consuming processes. But the problem is: choosing the right PMS tool to help manage your property. Making a wrong move will result in losing not only money but a great deal of your time too. Here are five tips to help you choose the right property management system for your hotel.

Mind the Costs

Look for what your business needs and then choose a PMS that will meet the requirement. Even though costs will play an essential factor, it’s important to have a system that works with your workflow and meets your needs. Take advantage of the free trial or demo, which in fact is something you should ask first, and see whether it’s suitable for your hotel.

Opt for a cloud-based rather than the premise-based system which is more costly. The cloud-based system will not require you to hire an IT service to manage it. You will only have your computer or mobile to deal with. Remember to find something that favors your pocket.

Security Should be of Concern

To safeguard all the information about your guests’ data and prevent any breaches, security should be your concern. In an era where customer privacy is of utmost importance, and you don’t want to lose them, you should ask for a hotel property management system demo from every provider to see what they have as far as security is concerned.

Security breaches in hotels can involve password theft, network compromise, personal data compromise, etc. All the breaches are dealt with individually. Some need an application firewall to solve the problem while others are more complex and require a closer look.

Form a Plan and a Team

Unless you have a small-home-turned-hotel where you and your spouse are the team, one of the critical things to do is forming an integration team consisting of managers and staff. The importance of doing this is to make sure that the PMS addresses most of the needs in your hotel and it’s evaluated from different viewpoints.

Creating a plan and a team will also allow you to involve the eventual users, who are the staff. For small hotels or lodgings, ma’ and pa’ sit down and discuss the plan because they are the staff. It’s a vital decision to make and not even the activities of the day should make you forget about it. It will make your life easier and allow you to make more money.

Look For a PMS Provider Offering Training

Hospitality is an ever functional industry running 24/7, and you should look for providers who can offer support whenever you need. That should also mean that they are available to troubleshoot any problems you might face. Go for a PMS that provides training for the first-time users and also provides a refresher course in case you need it later on.

Ongoing training and support will help you understand new features and integrations. It’s vital to find a PMS that offers assistance so that you can solve some of the issues you might have.

Find One that Can be Integrated with Other Apps

PMS should be able to perform all the tasks flawlessly with other apps, that means, data from PMS can be transferred to other apps seamlessly so that work can be managed better. Inquire to understand whether the app can communicate and integrate with other systems.

What does this mean? For instance, if you have been storing all your data as Microsoft Excel file then you adopt a new web-based app, the data can be copied accurately and correctly such that no one will have to type it all again i.e. PMS with csv import-export feature.

Think about yourself, your staff and your property. What could make their work easier and boost your profits at the same time? The answer is the Property Management System. Use the tips above to choose the most convenient one.

Art Of The Wild

Maison Perrier-Jouët presents EDEN by Perrier-Jouët: an ephemeral, immersive experience, taking place at Faena Hotel, in parallel with Design Miami/, the contemporary art fair that the House has collaborated with for the past seven years. On 5th December, the biggest names in Miami came together to discover Art of the Wild, the extravagant universe as seen by the House to re-enchant the everyday through the presence of unbridled nature. It continues to enchant Miami with a packed programme of events.

Maison Perrier-Jouët is taking over Miami, where it unleashed EDEN by Perrier-Jouët: an invitation to delve into the House’s relationship with art and nature that spans back to its foundation. It was the ideal setting for spreading Art of the Wild, the House’s vision of an unexpected and joyful world, where nature reveals itself in all its liberty and exuberance. Reflecting this vibrant spirit, Winnie Harlow hosted a party on 5th December where people from all horizons were brought together for a unique champagne experience.

The House spread Art of the Wild by setting up this space on the beach. It was fitted with graphics created by Luftwerk, a creative duo commissioned by the House last year to interpret its cultural heritage, in particular the anemone motif designed in 1902 by Emile Gallé – one of the masters of Art Nouveau – that adorns bottles from the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque collection. The immersion continued with a virtual reality journey that began in the heart of the magnetic nature of Art of the Wild and took guests on an exploration of the House’s cellars in Epernay, Champagne. Rounding things off, a photobooth in the same style was set up to capture highlights of the festivities.

Created for the House by British designer Bethan Laura Wood, HyperNature takes the form of a tree with an extravagant, intense presence. It proposes a new, whimsical champagne experience where flutes can be “plucked” directly from the branches, as a grape might be plucked from a vine. It is also on display in the Collectors Lounge of Design Miami/ throughout the fair.

EDEN by Perrier-Jouët presents two packed days and nights of Art of the Wild events, during which guests can taste a selection of Maison Perrier-Jouët’s cuvées. On the 5th, the House hosted a talk with Bethan Laura Wood, organised by Dazed Arts. On the 6th, Maison Perrier-Jouët is welcoming a creative brunch with food designer Laila Gohar and sunset cocktails to accompany a private trunk show presenting the new jewellery collection by Jade Jagger. Rounding off the residency will be the launch of the CR Fashion Book Calendar with Estee Lauder. A complete schedule covering lifestyle, fashion, food and design, reflecting the House’s openness to all forms of creativity.

At the EDEN by Perrier-Jouët, just as at Design Miami/, the House shares its approach to champagne that stands apart from customary codes, stemming from its creative freedom and unconventional observations of nature, supported by a community of free spirits who share its values. These “Artisans of the Wild” come from a variety of creative fields, including design, fashion and gastronomy – represented by Bethan Laura Wood, Winnie Harlow and Laila Gohar, respectively – as well as art and hospitality. Along with its Artisans of the Wild, the House is writing a new chapter in a story that has been unfolding for over 200 years.

Spotlight: Anand Patel

As the President/CEO of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Anand Patel skills in tourism, marketing, hospitality management, and finance.

Before his position at the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Patel worked as the General Manager of the Hawthorn Inn & Suites in Napa, CA and also the General Manager and managing partner of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Fairfield, CA.

Patel’s ambition for hospitality traces back to his childhood as his family was involved in the hotel business and still, as of today, continues to own and operate hotels all over the country.

As for his other involvements, Patel was on the formation committee for the original tourism business improvement district (TBID) originally formed under the 1989 Act in 2003, creating the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau with a 2% assessment.

For his undergraduate years, Patel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Finance and minor in Economics (B.S.). Furthering his education, he later received his Master’s in BA at Summa Cum Laude.

During school, Patel became a life member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity where he held positions such as the Secretary, Treasurer, and President.

With all of this accomplished, Patel maintained his his commitment to his organization and soon served for the Alumni Corporation Board President each year.

Patel’s leadership involvement continues as he is involved with various non-profit organizations such as the Governmental Affairs Committee (Calif. Hotel & Lodging), Chairman of the Board of Directors (Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce), Treasurer (Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau), and Treasurer (Central Valley Tourism Association).

Patel is an outstanding individual with a high professional and experienced background. He possesses a career and volunteer history that exemplifies his ability to multitask and prioritize. His numerous leadership positions prove nothing but greatness and absolute devotion to what drives him. With his experiences and accomplishments, it is to no surprise of how an inspiring person he is today.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, Panama’s newest luxury and adventure outpost, is getting ready to open its doors to guests in January 2019, but it’s already raising the bar for sustainable tourism in the region.

Located 20 miles off the coast of Panama, and with 9 stylishly-designed “casitas” sleeping up to 18 guests, the archipelago of 14 private islands covers more than 1,000 acres in the Gulf of Chiriqui. With approximately 75% of the archipelago consisting of environmentally protected areas, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge protects the archipelago’s incredible beauty while offering guests a timeless, idyllic setting among one of the most pristine and diverse marine environments in the world.

“Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is located in an extraordinarily vibrant ecosystem with more than 750 species of fish and 128 species of plants,” said Sergio del Nunez Prado, Property Manager at Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge. “Designed to blend harmoniously with its surroundings with minimal environmental impact, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to preserve the rich biodiversity of the archipelago while connecting people with nature in its purest form.”

At the core of Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a driving passion for the enjoyment and conservation of the archipelago’s natural resources, with a deep appreciation and respect for local culture and history. Sustainability and environmental stewardship are at the core of the facilities, infrastructure and operations of the property, from the use of solar energy to composting all organic materials and recycling water waste for irrigation use. Among the sustainability initiatives and programs implemented by the reserve are:

  • 100% of energy consumption on island is powered by a 300-meter long solar array.
  • 100% of guest water use is captured and reclaimed through a system that includes man-made wetlands, sand filtration system and infrared light process to provide surface irrigation.
  • 100% of food waste are dehydrated and used for composting as fertilizer. There is no waste.
  • Guest facilities were constructed with certified sustainable wood, and interior woods were pressure treated with non-toxic boric acid. These high-quality materials and construction methods were used to maximize the life of facilities to reduce the frequency of future rebuilds.
  • No single-use plastic water bottles.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to create a model for sustainable tourism by pairing exhilarating recreation and warm Panamanian hospitality with a strong ethos of environmental stewardship and community support. Understated and under-the-radar, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is ready to welcome today’s most discerning and conscientious traveler, including couples, families and groups of friends seeking adventure and an intimate setting where no detail has been overlooked.

For more information on Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge please visit: www.islassecas.com

For reservations please contact 800-377-8877 or info@islassecas.com

ABOUT ISLAS SECAS RESERVE & LODGE, PANAMA:
Officially opening in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a new and exclusive property located on its own archipelago of 14 pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Panama. The secluded retreat will sleep 18 people across four casita sites with of 9 luxury guest rooms, providing the perfect springboard for marine and land adventures in this lesser explored part of Panama. The interiors were designed by renowned interior designer Tom Scheerer and built to reflect the island’s surroundings. Facilities include the Terraza, offering local cuisine, a Hemingway-style lounge and bar and a Dive Center. 2019 will see the addition of a resort pool and a Field Station, while the 2020 season will see the completion of a Wellness Pavilion and a 4-bedroom Villa Residencia with a private swimming pool.

Mojo Nomad Central

Mojo Nomad Central – a ground-breaking concept designed to turn the traditional hotel model on its head- will open this September on Queens Road Central in the heart of Hong Kong. The property is the second to open from the Mojo Nomad brand, Hong Kong’s first hotel concept with shared working spaces, and a member of the Ovolo Hotels group.

“Following the unprecedented success of Mojo Nomad Aberdeen, on the western shore of Hong Kong Island, we’re excited to unveil a second Mojo Nomad property in Hong Kong, this time in the city’s bustling Central District,” says Girish Jhunjhnuwala, the visionary behind the Mojo Nomad concept, and founder & CEO of Ovolo Hotels. The edgy, design-driven concept draws on the hotelier’s desire to make a difference. “We are giving modern travelers access to a multi-use space where they can be productive, collaborate, seek adventure and experience new things,” continued Girish.

The first of its kind in the region, the Mojo Nomad concept combines a mix of designer rooms, from private to accommodation options for families, groups and friends, paving the way for a new type of value-driven design hospitality. Mojo Nomad’s communal spaces encourage guests to connect with new people and ideas, tapping into a thriving demographic of explorers and addressing the changing demands of the ever-evolving traveler.

The new Mojo Nomad Central offers a total of 56 guest rooms ranging from size S to XL; two of the property’s rooms will offer shared accommodations. Adhering to the brand’s commitment to integrating the latest in technology and design, each room is equipped with multiple USB and traditional plug sockets, as well as international adapters. Shared rooms are fitted with individual televisions and Bluetooth headphone capabilities, as well. A flexible-use space on the property’s second floor will offer a refreshment bar and shared kitchen with additional working and lounge areas. On the third floor, the gym offers TRX equipment, punching bags, yoga mats and more.

A two-story Mexican eatery, Te Quiero Mucho, will serve share-style plates and margaritas alongside a broad selection of artisanal tequilas. The bar, which also serves as the hotel’s reception desk, is decked out with eye-catching neon.

“Our inspirational new hotel collection is designed for those seeking a better way of living. At Mojo Nomad, guests are able to unite around common interests and enjoy a unique style of community living, which values openness and collaboration without compromise. Whether your stay be long or short, you’ll be a part of our community,” concluded Girish.

For more information about Mojo Nomad, visit www.mojonomad.com. For more information about the Ovolo Hotels group, visit www.ovolohotels.com.

ABOUT OVOLO HOTELS

Ovolo Hotels is an independent hospitality company that owns and operates a collection of individually designed hotels. Founded in 2002, the company now runs four hotels in Hong Kong and six hotels in Australia, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Ovolo also recently launched a new brand, Mojo Nomad, in Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong. Mojo Nomad is a cohabitation concept for global nomads that combines travel, lifestyle and community at its core and will be entering the Australian market in the near future.

ABOUT MOJO NOMAD

Established in 2017, Mojo Nomad is a community for global travelers who seek a new way of living. The brand’s vision is to establish a global brand that will consistently go beyond traditional hospitality concepts which allows residents to live, work and travel in an effortless home-feel environment. The Mojo Nomad micro-living hotel concept offers collaborative and fun environments that expose its residents to new people, new ideas and new experiences. Mojo Nomad strives to encourage residents to be active creators and unite them around a common interest to share space, resources, and activities, ultimately inspiring them to contribute creatively and intellectually to the world around them.

Delfin Amazon Cruises Joins Relais & Châteaux

Delfin Amazon Cruises, pioneer of upscale river cruising in the Upper Peruvian Amazon, becomes the first cruise company to join Relais & Châteaux’s iconic portfolio.

Known for its strict admission standards, Relais & Châteaux members must meet the association’s criteria and encompass the following core values: local focus, humanity, sharing, and commitment.

Delfin Amazon Cruises joins the prestigious collection having set the highest standards for impeccable service, stylish design and superb authentic cuisine, in one of the world’s most fascinating and remote locations, the Amazon River. Relais & Châteaux members include over 550 world-class hotels and restaurants spanning the globe, each with a distinct setting, atmosphere and flavor.

“It is a true privilege and honor to become a member of Relais & Châteaux, a brand that is synonymous with quality and that champions the finest hospitality in unique places around the world,” said Aldo Macchiavello, Founder and CEO of Delfin Amazon Cruises. “We are also proud to be recognized for our commitment to upholding the delicate balance at play in our pristine Amazon wilderness through our local community projects and sustainability efforts.”

Founded in early 2006 by husband and wife team, Aldo Macchiavello and Lissy Urteaga, Delfin Amazon Cruises fulfilled a lifelong passion of theirs to run a boutique travel business in their inspiring country, Peru. With the introduction of the exclusive four-suite Delfin I and the launches that followed of the Delfin II and most recently the Delfin III, the company was the first to bring upscale river cruising to the most remote and spectacular tributaries of the Upper Peruvian Amazon. Aligned to Relais & Châteaux’s mission to promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality, Delfin prides itself on its world-class hospitality, combining authentic Peruvian gastronomy and understated luxury aboard uniquely designed vessels that allow guests to explore the Amazon in true style and comfort. The brand has a strong commitment to preserving the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest and works closely with its non-profit partner, The Kuyapa Foundation, which supports local communities and strives to protect Amazonia’s fragile ecosystem for generations to come.

Delfin Amazon Cruises thrives in splendid harmony with nature as guests get to explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments, whether it’s from their adventure skiff, the beautiful decks or outdoor lounger or simply relaxing in their suite with panoramic windows. Authenticity, thoughtfulness and attention to detail is reflected in every element onboard the three stately boutique vessels.

ABOUT DELFIN AMAZON CRUISES
Delfin Amazon Cruises was launched in early 2006 by its founder and CEO, Aldo Macchiavello. The company is the culmination of a dream shared with his wife Lissy Urteaga – to run a boutique travel business that should showcase the natural beauty of their country, Peru. Delfin Amazon Cruises sets the highest standards for impeccable 5-star hospitality, authentic Peruvian design and superb local cuisine. The Delfin I, II and III effortlessly combine comfort and grace with the breathtaking wilderness setting of the Amazon. Each vessel thrives in harmony with nature and their panoramic suites and terraces, offer guests a special “non-cruise” atmosphere with the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most pristine environments. Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the boutique luxury vessels take guests on 3 and 4-night itineraries into one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Experienced naturalist guides and experts showcase the immense biodiversity of the area with excursions and activities that include (but are not limited to) visits to local villages, kayaking, swimming with pink river dolphins, fishing, daytime hiking and night safaris.

For more information about Delfin Amazon Cruises, please visit www.delfinamazoncruises.com

ABOUT RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX

Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 550 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It offers an introduction to a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history. Relais & Châteaux members have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014. For more information, please visit www.relaischateaux.com

Tourism to Turkey

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – Tourism to Turkey increased by 50.56 percent in the first quarter of 2018, with a total of 7,263,807 visitors between January and March, according to official figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism growth coincides with the start of the Year of Troy 2018, which celebrates the 20thanniversary of the archaeological site’s listing on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. As part of the Year of Troy, a calendar of cultural and sporting initiatives will be held throughout the year, including the International Trojan Food Festival-Çanakkale in June and the Trojan Horse Short Film Festival in October.

In support of The Year of Troy, Turkish Airlines launched a “Troia”-themed aircraft. The A321-type aircraft is specially designed with a livery of the Trojan Horse, made famous in Homer’s account of the Trojan War in the epic, Iliad.

Other cultural and tourism highlights from Turkey include:

HERITAGE

  • Following an eight-year restoration project, the 1,600-year-old Theodosius Cistern officially opened to the public in April. The Cistern is believed to date to the reign of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II and formed part of a 250 km-long system which brought fresh water to the ancient city. Located in Istanbul’s Çemberlitaş neighborhood, the fifth century structure will periodically host art exhibitions and other cultural events.
  • Twelve pieces of the world-famous Zeugma mosaics are to be returned to Turkey, following the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. The pieces, forming part of the frame for the infamous “Gypsy Girl” panel, have been held by the university since 1965. On their return, they will be exhibited at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep.

TOURISM

  • The Ministry of Finance announced incentives to boost medical tourism in Turkey, with the aim to bring 1.5 million health tourism visitors to the country by 2023. Incentives include new investment subsidies and value-added tax (VAT) exemptions for non-resident foreigners using medical institutes accredited by the Ministry of Health.

  • Istanbul Modern, Turkey’s leading contemporary art museum, will move to a new location on Istanbul’s historic waterfront. Designed by the celebrated Italian architect Renzo Piano, the three-year construction project is part of the city’s initiative to restore cultural and historic sites in the Galataport district. The Istanbul Modern will temporarily move to the Union Française building until construction is complete.

HOSPITALITY

  • The first Six Senses resort in Turkey opened on May 1 in Kaplankaya. On the banks of the Aegean Sea, Six Senses Kaplankaya includes 141 guestrooms, six suites and 66 private villas. The hotel’s secluded location offers a range of activities, such as watersports, hiking and nature trails, and cultural experiences. State-of-the-art spa facilities incorporate high-tech science with high-touch therapies, providing a range of pioneering health and wellness regimens.
  • The Galata Istanbul Hotel – MGallery by Sofitel recently opened its doors. The new luxury establishment boasts 83 different rooms and suites, as well as a selection of bars, restaurants and spa facilities, including a traditional Turkish Hammam.
  • EDITION Hotels is launching its new hotel in Bodrum. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Bodrum EDITION offers 102 rooms, suites and villas. Facilities include an infinity pool, garden lounge, night club, Turkish Hammam and fitness center. Food options will include an all-day casual dining venue, two bars and a gourmet specialty grill.

GASTRONOMY AND NIGHTLIFE

  • Istanbul’s newly renovated Ulus 29 restaurant reopened in April. An eclectic menu, blending traditional Turkish cuisine with international food trends, makes this stylish restaurant and bar popular with both locals and visitors with views over the Bosporus.
  • The recently-opened MSA Restaurant can be found in Istanbul’s Sakip Sabanci Museum. Owned by the Culinary Arts Academy of Istanbul, instructor chefs and students provide an extensive menu, ranging from local Istanbul street food and Turkish cuisine to popular international dishes.

  • The Populist has recently opened a new branch at Bebek Mahallesi, Neşe Sokak, No: 1. Dating back to 1890, the craft brewery and restaurant remains a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. Spread over three floors, the décor comprises a unique blend of prohibition-era USA with modern day Istanbul.

  • Rana by Topaz is a new restaurant in the up-and-coming Gümüşsuyu area. The causal tavern-style feel offers a comfortable dining experience, while the ambitious menu combines international and Turkish cuisine.
  • Inspired by the Rolling Stones’ song, Angie is an intimate bar located in Istanbul’s trendy Bebek neighborhood. Offering both live music and DJ performances, its classic feel brings a new dimension to Istanbul’s eclectic nightlife.

  • Hypnos Hall is a new addition to Istanbul’s electronic music scene. The venue will host international DJs and producers, as well as featuring artistic and visual shows.

  • The Ruby night club has recently opened its doors, providing a glamorous nighttime experience in Istanbul. The restaurant boasts a unique range of Turkish and Japanese dishes, to be enjoyed on the garden terrace with panoramic views of the Bosporus. The Ruby’s nightclubs stay open until the early hours, offering both live music and DJ performances with selection of award-winning cocktails.

For more information visit: www.hometurkey.com. For media enquiries, contact: Finn Partners, Haldun Dinccetin haldun.dinccetin@finnpartners.com (212) 754-6500

About Turkey

Turkey is a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary and of East and West. The cradle of civilization and center of world history today stands as one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world. Turkey was the site of the first human settlement; the seat of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires; the birthplace of Homer and the last home of the Virgin Mary, just to name a few. Today Turkey, with its spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

SWITZERLAND × JG BLACK BOOK

Giardino Group in Switzerland appoints JG Black Book

JG Black Book, a leading full-service consulting firm specializing in integrated public relations, sales, marketing, and branding services to clients in the luxury travel sector, announces the addition of Giardino Group – four luxury properties across Switzerland, to their collection. The agency will handle Giardino Group’s public relations, sales representation and marketing in a drive to grow the brand’s presence in the US market.

“Giardino Group is one of Switzerland’s most recognized names in hospitality so we are excited to build on its strong brand reputation and bring its unique lifestyle to the US media and travel advisors,” shares Alexandra Avila, President of JG Black Book.

Giardino Group is a collection of retreats and resorts that offer an unexpectedly fresh interpretation of luxury hotels, combining creative cuisine, wellness and spectacular locations that offer something for everyone – whether that’s relaxing in sunny Ticino with its sophisticated Mediterranean flair, taking in the airy heights of the Swiss Alps or enjoying a stylish urban oasis. The properties include Atlantis by Giardino in Zurich, Giardino Mountain in Champfèr near St. Moritz, Giardino Ascona and Giardino Lago, both at Lake Maggiore. Offering two Michelin-starred restaurants and bespoke “Ayurveda by Giardino” programmes and facilities at their own branded dipiù Spas, the retreats are destinations in themselves and cater to both the leisure and business traveler who are looking for laid-back luxury and lifestyle.

Philippe Frutiger, CEO of Giardino Group, comments on the appointment, “We look forward to our collaboration with JG Black Book as they represent our brand and bring attention to the pillars we are most dedicated to, including our outstanding service and cuisine, our focus on wellness and not to mention our carefully chosen locations in some of Switzerland’s finest destinations, where we look forward to welcoming the US traveler who has yet to discover this special part of Europe”.

ABOUT GIARDINO GROUP:

Giardino Group launched in 2008 under the direction of Daniela and Philippe Frutiger. It is a boutique collection of four properties in Switzerland including Atlantis by Giardino in Zurich, Giardino Mountain in Champfèr near St. Moritz, Giardino Ascona and Giardino Lago on Lake Maggiore. “Giardino”, which translates from Italian as garden, represents the ethos behind the brand – places of regeneration which are full of individuality and where every detail deserves its very own moment. The properties define themselves with a casual atmosphere, understated, yet upscale service, characterful design and Mediterranean joie de vivre, and just like a garden, offer guests a surprisingly fresh interpretation of luxury hotels with creative dining. Giardino combines the most attractive facets of Switzerland with a healthy portion of sunny hospitality. For more information on Giardino Group, please visit www.giardino.ch.

ABOUT JG BLACK BOOK:

JG Black Book’s purpose is simple – to give destinations a voice. We are a full-service consulting firm that offers integrated Public Relations, Trade Relations, Marketing, and Branding services to clients in the travel and travel lifestyle sector. We help destinations gain exposure, build brands, establish networks and increase sales in North America, Latin America, the U.K. and Europe, and Australia. The JG Black Book team of industry veterans, unique service model, and powerful connections have built the firm’s reputation as a trusted advisor for more than 130 of the world’s most celebrated travel brands including Azura Retreats, Leeu Collection, Andronis Luxury Suites, Volcanoes Safaris, Ansova Travel, The Ultimate Traveling Camp, Elewana Collection, GHM, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the country of Belize. For more information on JG Black Book, please visit www.jgblackbook.com or call 212-967-5895.