NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … You might also be interested in July 04 , 2019 Unfortunately, this is not the first time Japan has faced this type of situation.Japan’s fruit exports have been rising in recent times. However, the publication emphasized that some of their fruit varieties have been shipped and grown overseas without permission. These include varieties of strawberries, grapes and other items.Meanwhile, regarding the apple industry in China, while it is currently the world’s largest producer of apples, it has seen a significant drop in the volume it’s produced this season.In April and May, frost, heavy rain and hail significantly damaged apple crops in its major producing provinces. And as a result, the price of apples has been soaring in the nation.The lower supply and rising prices have been worrying to Beijing, CNBC previously noted. Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … A number of local Chinese vendors are reportedly selling saplings of a variety of Japanese apple online in China, and doing so without consent of the registered rights holder, according to Japan’s national public broadcasting organization NHK.The variety in question is the Chiyuki. It was developed in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, a well-known apple-growing area in the nation’s northeast.Aomori’s Industrial Technology Research Center registered the variety in China four years ago, commented the publication. Thus, before anyone can sell or grow Chiyuki brand apples in China, they need to obtain the center’s consent.Still, NHK has reported claims that the sapling was available for purchase on a major Chinese online shopping site.Upon hearing the news, the research center asked the Japanese government for help to confirm if any saplings have been improperly exported, said the publication. Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples …
THE mouth-watering scent of freshly-prepared Macanese cuisine filled the air as Travel Monitor sampled a Taste of Macao in Sydney yesterday.TIP: To grab your free Macanese tucker, take a selfie of yourself at the Food Truck and post on social media.Cutting of the ribbon by Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office and Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia) and leading Sydney chef Julian ConcottaMGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, was here in Sydney to meet travel industry executives and media at the unveiling of the Taste of Macao Eat Art Truck yesterday.“We pride ourselves in our food and we don’t mind using it to attract visitors!”What we now know as Macanese food was introduced to this small island by the Portuguese, a twist on Portuguese food with whatever spices the early colonial settlers picked up on the way from Africa and India.Taste of Macao food truck at Circular Quay, SydneyAt yesterday”s launch, Helen Wong, general manager of MGTO (Australia and NZ), said she expected the Sydney public to react warmly to the mouth-watering promotion.“It will provide us a great opportunity to showcase to Australians what to expect when dining in Macao – Macanese style,” she said. “Not only does Macao have an impressive list of Michelin-star restaurants. The Asian centre is renowned for its street food, and this will be a perfect way for Sydneysiders to sample such cuisine.“Besides, it will be the only Macanese restaurant in Australia, and it’s mobile.”The Taste of Macao Eat Art Truck will be serving the dishes free to the public in First Fleet Park, Circular Quay tomorrow from noon until 3pm. After two days at Circular Quay, the truck will move to Sydney’s Central Station on Friday, April 20, before heading to suburban Chatswood on Saturday, April 21. The delicacies will make their final appearance Harbourside at Manly Wharf, Sunday, April 22, between noon and 3pm.The three (free) dishes on offer are Macanese classics: African Chicken, pork chop bun and the Macanese version of the Portuguese egg tart.
agentsAPT Travel Group A new, private, agents-only group page has been launched by The APT Travel Group, including APT and Travelmarvel, that will keep agents updated on product launches, incentives and famil opportunities, and provide a platform for agents to share information and feedback. “We have always had incredible support and great communication with nationwide retail partners, which we are very proud of. We are always looking to engage with travel agents through new channels and our new Facebook Group allows this with ease,” said Susan Haberle, ATG Head of Sales Australasia. To join the group simply search ‘ATG Travel Agents AU’ on Facebook or CLICK HERE.
Silversea Cruises has opened an exclusive pre-sale* for its Venetian Society members, and has announced 54 new summer 2020/2021 voyages. Guests can enjoy included round-trip economy class flights, or reduced business class upgrades, and transfers on most voyages in the new collection (exceptions and market-specific conditions may apply). Travellers can also benefit from a 10% early booking bonus. Comprising the summer itineraries of Silver Muse, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit and Silver Moon – an ultra-luxury sister ship to Silver Muse, due to join the fleet in August 2020 – the new collection of voyages will showcase the wonders of the Caribbean, springtime in Asia, and the best of both Australia and South America. – Sydney to Sydney (three voyages): By combining three voyages, travellers will be able to complete a 50-day circumnavigation of Australia aboard Silver Muse, discovering the delights of Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia in the process. Departing Sydney on 31 October 2020, guests will discover a number of stunning destinations in New Zealand including Wellington, Akaroa and Milford and Doubtful Sounds–among the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world. From here Silver Muse makes ports of call in Burnie and Melbourne before continuing onto Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Albany and Busselton, arriving in Fremantle on 21 November 2020. The second sector departs Fremantle on 21 November 2020, on a 12 day voyage to Bali through Western Australia and Indonesia, taking in the incredible destinations of Ende, Flores and Pink Beach, Komodo. The final sector departs Bali on 3 December 2020, sailing down the east coast of Australia and taking in sights such as Thursday Island, Cairns and Airlie beach before arriving into Sydney on 20 December 2020.In Asia, Silver Muse and Silver Spirit will unlock 58 spectacular destinations in 18 countries for guests, with each ship completing seven voyages between September 2020 and May 2021. In addition to calls in the major ports of Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, the new collection’s Asian highlights include multiple overnights calls in various Vietnam destinations and roundtrip voyages from Tokyo during the cherry blossom season. Guests will dive deep into the enchanting cultures of Asia through immersive shore experiences and various onboard enrichments, as they travel in superlative comfort. Among the new voyages on offer in Asia is the following sample itinerary:– Tokyo to Tokyo: completing a 15-day circumnavigation of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, Silver Muse will depart Tokyo on 5 April 2021. Aboard the cruise line’s flagship, Silversea’s guests will journey closer to the authentic beauty of Asia, calling at Shimizu; Kobe, on an overnight call; and Hiroshima; before reaching Yeosu in South Korea. Subsequently, travellers will explore Kanazawa, Niigata, Akita, Aomori, and Hakodate, ahead of arriving in Tokyo on 19 April 2021.A combined total of 26 voyages aboard Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Moon will enable guests to form meaningful connections with 46 destinations in the Caribbean. In addition to many quintessential experiences—such as immersive journeys into the rainforests of St. Lucia, opportunities to explore the chic boutiques of St. Barth, and tranquil moments spent in the Spanish-tiled courtyards of San Juan—Silversea’s guests will discover more intimate, lesser-visited ports, such as Jost Van Dyke, Bequia, and Mayreau. Guests will also have the opportunity to travel deeper into the vibrant culture and spectacular landscapes of Cuba. For guests’ convenience, many Caribbean voyages will depart and/or culminate in Fort Lauderdale. A sample itinerary from the new Caribbean voyages on offer includes:– Fort Lauderdale to Bridgetown: Silversea’s Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale on 10 November 2020, on a 10-day voyage to Bridgetown, Barbados. Guests will journey to San Juan, Jost Van Dyke, St. John’s, Fort-de-France, Mayreau, St. George’s, and Bequia, before arriving in Bridgetown on 20 November 2020. A rich variety of immersive shore experiences in each destination will complement Silversea’s trademark level of luxury on board to make for a unique voyage.In her inaugural season in the region, Silver Moon will journey throughout Central and South America between January and April, 2021, enabling guests to discover 55 destinations in 27 countries. S.A.L.T., Silversea’s pioneering new culinary concept, will enrich guests’ experience aboard Silver Moon, enabling travellers to form meaningful connections with visited destinations through unique culinary experiences. Aboard what will be Silversea’s newest flagship, guests will be able to complete an incredible circumnavigation of South America over 69 days, when combining four voyages:– Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale (four voyages): The first segment of this journey travels from Fort Lauderdale to Callao, departing 7 January 2021, calling at Cozumel, Quintana Roo; Belize City; Roatan Island; Puerto Limón; San Blas Islands; and a transit of the famous Panama Canal. Subsequent overnights in Fuerte Amador (Panama City) and Guayaquil will precede a call in Salaverry, before Silver Moon reaches Callao (Lima). The second voyage, a 22-day route from Callao to Buenos Aires, will enable guests to travel deeper into the majestic Chilean Fjords and Ushuaia, among other alluring destinations, before setting sail for Argentina’s capital city. Travellers on the third voyage will explore destinations in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil ahead of arriving in Rio de Janeiro. Concluding the roundtrip circumnavigation, Silver Moon will unlock various experiences for guests in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, French West Indies, and Puerto Rico, prior to reaching Fort Lauderdale on 17 March 2021.* Pre-sale is open to Venetian Society members only. Itineraries will open for sale to the public on 7 May 2019. All itineraries are subject to change based on a variety of external factors.View the new summer 2020/2021 itineraries HERE. 20202021cruiseSilversea Cruises
2020AfricaagentsAgentsFirstincentivesTrafalgar First launched in 2018, Trafalgar has now released its new series of Africa trips for 2020. The continent holds particular significance as the home of the Tollman Family, owners of Trafalgar as part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) the largest privately-owned travel company in the world. “For me, it’s hard to describe in words what it is about Africa that penetrates one’s spirit” says Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar’s CEO. “As the AgentsFirst brand, we want to ensure our agent partners can sell with confidence that Trafalgar is the right choice for customers. The level of personalisation and family love we have put into these trips is unmatchable, and we guarantee that guests will leave with an understanding and passion for Africa in the same way that we feel.” With the brand’s 2019 Agent Acclaim trip taking part in Africa, every booking goes towards getting agents one step closer to exploring Africa with Trafalgar. IMAGE:Photo Gavin Tollman/Trafalgar
AccommodationAirbnbAirbnb Luxe Airbnb launched its newest category – Airbnb Luxe – yesterday, a new luxury experience with dedicated trip designers to arrange bespoke experiences and services to make every stay unique.“Today’s luxury traveller is craving more than just high-end accommodations; they seek transformation and experiences that leave them feeling more connected to each other and to their destination,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community. “With Airbnb Luxe we are applying the same approach we’ve used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago — creating local, authentic and magical travel moments now in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel.”Airbnb Luxe is built on the deep expertise in luxury travel Airbnb gained from its acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017. This new tier launches with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, each one passing strict evaluation across 300+ criteria to meet standards in both design and function. This includes elevated design standards on a variety of elements, from premium materials and finishes, rare and unique features, to spaces that accommodate groups, are highly functional in design, have chef-grade appliances and the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom.Each Airbnb Luxe booking provides access to a dedicated, highly trained trip designer who will ensure the stay is tailored to the traveller’s unique needs every step of the way. After booking a property, the trip designer can help ensure effortless check-in, coordinating local bespoke experiences and activities, and arranging a wide range of services from childcare to private chefs to in-house massage therapists or, for the dedicated, personal training sessions in your own private gym.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Steve Breaston has a lot of free time on his hands thanks to the NFL lockout. While some players have taken to the Internet to openly admit they’re looking at the work stoppage like kids look at summer, as an extended vacation, the Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver has turned to YouTube to let fans know he feels their pain.Breaston, who goes by S15Phantom on the video site, likes to express his feelings through poetry. On Thursday he shared with the world how he feels about the league’s labor dispute in a piece entitled: ‘A League Deferred’. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories 0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away With lines like ‘They say it’s about business, but I’m here with no business at all’, ‘Doesn’t matter what kind of arguments we present, it feels like it’s all about greed’ and ‘I understand how ironic it is that I’ve told the kid to play 60, but we might not play a minute’, he makes his stance very clear. He isn’t happy with the owners or his own trade association, he just wants to play football.In a league where the dollars are more important than common sense and where fans seem to be about as important as modesty is to Lady Gaga, it’s refreshing to hear Breaston ask the questions most of us have been wondering for the better part of three months. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires This day was coming. It was inevitable. Leading up to the Falcons game, rookie sensation Andre Ellington had been limited with his touches in previous Cardinals games, but the clamor for him to get more opportunities was loud. He averaged eight yards per carry on seven rushes against San Francisco. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry on seven rushes against Carolina. He was making an impact.And against Atlanta it all came together. The former Clemson standout showed the NFL what he could do when given the chance. He got 17 touches (15 rushes and two receptions), and he turned them into 162 total yards including a 80-yard touchdown scamper. In the process, the changing of the guard came about, from Larry Fitzgerald to Andre Ellington. There is a new star of this offense, a new electrifying player that Arizona will count on to move the chains, bust big plays and give defensive coordinators headaches. Fitzgerald is still capable of big games, still can help this team win games. But he is not the same player that he was through the first eight years of his career. On Sunday, Fitz had four catches for 48 yards, and this came after a two-reception for 17 yards performance against Seattle. After gaining just 798 yards last season, he again is on pace to go under 1,000 this year. It’s a far cry from the numbers he put up in his prime — 1,411 in 2011, 1,431 in 2008, 1,409 in 2007 and 1,409 in 2005.But this isn’t about Fitz. While he may no longer be a top 10 receiver in this game — he is now 29th in receptions in the NFL — he is still a consumate pro and can still help this team. But Ellington can be the star. Ellington can steal the show, and he proved that on Sunday. He is now averaging an eye-popping 7.7 yards per carry on the season.Now it should be no surprise to the Arizona brass that their 6th round draft pick is making an impact. He was a stud at Clemson. He had 231 rushing yards against Auburn last season, accounted for 142 yards versus Florida State and chipped in 132 rushing yards against Boston College. And in 2011, he torched Maryland for 212 rushing yards as one of his five 100-yard rushing games. The kid can play. The only reason he was drafted so late was because of his size — just 5-9, 199 pounds. Questions about how he will hold up were legitimate. But Arizona won’t ask Ellington to carry the ball 25 times. They will ask him to get 15-20 combined touches. And with that many touches, he will a force to be reckoned with. He is too explosive, too talented not to have several explosive plays per game. And in a nutshell, Ellington’s touches compared to Fitz, who is averaging four receptions a game, is the key to this team. It’s kind of obvious. Ellington is now the most dangerous offensive weapon on this team. The changing of the guard is in full swing. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share
0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Fun night out with Charles Barkley at @steak44. Good times Chuck! pic.twitter.com/hrxJzAi7hb— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) April 6, 2017Barkley, who is friends with former Cardinals receiver Roy Green and current star Larry Fitzgerald, said in May 2016 he hadn’t been able to set up a meeting with the Arizona coach. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Almost a year ago, Charles Barkley joined Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Bickley and Marotta show and admitted he’d never met Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.That, he said, was something he had wanted to do for more than a year.Barkley finally got his wish. On Thursday, Arians tweeted out a photo of the duo dining at Steak 44 in Phoenix. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Bruce Arians seems like a guy. You know I love to smoke cigars — and I love to drink too — I would love to go out and have a drink and smoke a cigar with B.A.,” Barkley said a year ago. “I’ve been watching from a distance the last few years and he just seems like the best guy. I talk to Larry Fitzgerald all the time and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re going to love B.A. You’re going to love B.A. when you get to meet him.’”Judging by the picture, it seems Fitzgerald was correct.
Go back to the enewsletterJumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has introduced newly revamped Ocean Villa overwater bungalows that feature water slides plunging straight from the guest room into the waters of the Indian Ocean.Dotting the azure waters in the South Malé Atoll, all of the resort’s freestanding Private Ocean Retreats and seven Infinity Pool Ocean Villas now offer the 23-metre slide, which runs from the top deck into the gentle waters of the crystal-clear lagoon.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Private Ocean Retreat with SlideJust a 20-minute luxury catamaran ride from Malé, Jumeirah Vittaveli’s Private Ocean Retreats are popular with honeymooners and offer a wonderful sense of seclusion. At 400 square metres, guests can relax during the day on the newly enlarged open-air deck and admire the underwater world from a glass-bottomed sunken lounge. By night, they can sink into the outdoor relaxation bed for romantic evenings under the starry skies or recline in the extended overwater hammocks while admiring the chiffon-pink sunsets for which this tropical hideaway is so famous.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Private Ocean Retreat with Slide – second bedroomPerched on stilts, the Private Ocean Retreats offer a fabulous vantage point to look for black-tip reef sharks and shoals of tropical fish while sipping a piña colada or fresh coconut juice. There’s a private infinity pool with show-stopping 180° views and wooden steps that lead straight into the warm waters of the lagoon. The sociable space offers a dining area for six, complete with glass-bottom floor, perfect for catching a glimpse of the vibrantly coloured reef fish as they swim by.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Private Ocean Retreat with Slide – Master bedroomThe spacious villas also have the luxury of a master bedroom upstairs and a second bedroom downstairs, complete with separate bathrooms and a walk-in closet on the ground floor.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Private Ocean Retreat with Slide – Living roomFor those who wish to be pampered, spaces inside the villas can be transformed into chic spa treatment areas. Bespoke yoga and personal training sessions can be arranged in the villa so fitness fanatics can keep up their routines in paradise. Luxury touches include a private bar area with a full-size wine fridge and a personal butler on call 24/7, who can take care of every whim, from running a romantic flower-petal bath, to arranging a deserted sandbank adventure, or arranging a private seven-course gourmet dinner cooked by a personal chef; this is barefoot luxury at its best.For the 250-square-metre Infinity Pool Ocean Villas, exteriors include extended seating areas and glass bottom floors, with overwater hammocks completing blissful outdoor relaxation.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Infinity Pool Ocean VillaThe interiors have a fresh look, too, and have been enhanced by a new colour palette, inspired by the warm Maldivian sunsets and sparkling turquoise lagoon. The additional windows add an airy touch and bring the beautiful outdoors in, and while the resort offers ten food and beverage outlets, the in-villa private bar means guests may simply choose to stay in the luxurious surroundings of their island hideaway.Jumeirah Vittaveli | Infinity Pool Ocean Villa – BedroomJumeirah Vittaveli | Infinity Pool Ocean Villa – Living RoomJumeirah Vittaveli offers romantic escapes as well as land- and water-based activities, including the destination’s first ice rink, a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, Talise Spa, six restaurants and bars and a wine library. The underground whiskey salon will open in December 2018.Note: All renders are for illustrative purposes. The actual product may differ in terms of colour, design, etc.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the e-newsletter The Lost Stone Villas & Spa has joined The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Tengchong, Yunnan Province of Southwest China, marking the second property under The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Greater China. The resort, which features six types of natural stone in the property’s paths, walls and roofs, received its namesake as a result of the way it blends seamlessly into the nearby mountains, appearing lost in nature.Nestled at the foot of Yunfeng Mountain – meaning Cloud Peak – The Lost Stone is just over 25 kilometres from the border of Myanmar. The property features 50 free-standing garden villas, laid out across the ‘Ever Young’ valley and interspersed with luxurious flowering gardens that offer views of the Cloudy Peak Mountain. Starting at 146 square metres, the villas feature a separate bedroom, marble bathroom, living and dining spaces, a kitchen, plus an in-villa spa treatment room. Each villa also has a private outdoor courtyard and lounging garden planted with colourful, 100-year-old rhododendron flowers. A hot spring pool carved from a single block of granite offers guests the perfect spot to enjoy the mountain’s high-grade spring water.Honouring Yunfeng Mountain’s Taoist culture, the all-villa resort created Tao Spa, a relaxing site that provides therapeutic hot spring and spa experiences designed to enhance the harmony between nature and human beings.For more information, please visit theloststonevillas.com Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterTwo-Michelin-starred chef Alexander Herrmann has introduced a new children’s menu on board all Lufthansa long-haul flights and long European flights from Germany this month. Pre-approved by an audience of children aged four to nine, the menu includes dishes such as rice pudding mousse (a composition of creamed rice pudding and raspberries), dragon feet (poultry sausages served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes) and hen house.The new children’s menus can be ordered free of charge up to 24 hours before departure, in advance for all Lufthansa long-haul flights and for some long European flights for children under the age of 12. Since 2002, renowned chefs have been developing children’s meals for the approximately 2.2 million young guests who travel with Lufthansa every year. In recent years, Johann Lafer, Sarah Wiener and Cornelia Poletto, among others, have provided fun and variety on the journey with their children’s meals.Further information on booking children’s menus can be found at https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/childrens-menus-on-boardGo back to the enewsletter
The other new itinerary is a 24-day Ancient Explorer journey. This itinerary travels from Miami to Mexico City, Easter Island, Bora Bora, the Great Barrier Reef, Koh Samui or Bangkok, Jordan, the Pyramids, Athens and concludes in Madrid.The first stop is Mexico City where mezcal distillers offer a masterclass in the agave-based spirit. Next, explore the Pacific Ocean’s secluded Easter Island by horseback, taking in views of the lush volcanic plains and famed moai statues. Stop for a snorkel while enjoying a private cruise of the Great Barrier Reef before visiting Koh Samui to learn the art of Muay Thai from a professional fighter. Wander the ancient streets of Petra and learn about the rock-cut buildings, intricate carvings and towering columns of one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. While stopping in Egypt for the day, enjoy special access to see the Sphinx up close, and explore the legendary Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This journey of a lifetime culminates in Greece and Spain with back-to-back stays at two new Four Seasons properties. Historians can explore both the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens, while those looking to learn a new skill can opt for a private flamenco class in Madrid.Departing Miami on 5 October, arriving in Madrid on 28 October 2021. Prices start at US$167,000 per person twin-share. The new Four Seasons Private Jet itineraries will be offered aboard the company’s new Airbus A321LR, which is expected for delivery in early 2021. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. The new private jet itineraries are complemented by the return of Four Seasons’ bestselling International Intrigue (Seattle, Kyoto, Hoi An, Maldives, Serengeti, Marrakesh, Budapest, St Petersburg and Paris), operating from 24 February to 19 March 2021 and its Timeless Encounters (Kona, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Taj Mahal, Dubai, Prague and London), from 19 March to 11 April 2021. Both journeys are priced at US$163,000 per person, twin-share.While visiting remote destinations including Easter Island, Great Barrier Reef and Rwanda, guests will stay at luxury accommodation selected by the Four Seasons team.See fourseasons.com/privatejet Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has unveiled details of two new private jet itineraries for 2021, which will explore Angkor Wat, Jordan, Egypt, Mexico City, Easter Island and Athens for the first time.One of the journeys includes three nights exploring Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef staying at Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree Forest, “a boutique property hand-picked by Four Seasons for its location and comfort”. Participants will enjoy a private cruise on the reef, visit the Botanical Ark and meet a member of the Kuku Yalanji people, learning about traditional Aboriginal culture as they explore Mossman Gorge. Options include the 21-day Remote Wonders journey through Asia and Africa, operating round-trip from Dubai and departing on New Year’s Eve, which will visit Hoi An, Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Seychelles, Rwanda and the Serengeti.The new Remote Wonders itinerary kicks off in ultimate style with an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Dubai, as glittering fireworks light up the sky over the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. In Hoi An, a renowned Vietnamese tailor designs, sews and hand-delivers a custom outfit in time for take-off. While visiting the Old Town of Hoi An, streets are cordoned off to enjoy a festive private dinner set under colourful lanterns, complete with views of the city’s iconic Japanese Bridge. En route to Bangkok, stop to explore Cambodia’s majesty in Angkor Wat. Sail through the turquoise waters of Petite Anse by catamaran in the Seychelles before an unforgettable few days in the Virunga Mountains, trekking through the Rwandan rainforest to observe gorillas in their natural habitat. Maasai warriors lead the way to an unforgettable torch-lit barbecue feast in the middle of Serengeti’s National Park at the end of a remarkable three-week journey.Departing Dubai on 31 December 2020, returning 20 January 2021. Prices start at US$169,000 per person twin-share. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedPegasus, SAS and KLM win Skyscanner European Airline Food AwardsBritish Airways, easyJet, Monarch and Flybe all reach the top five.EasyJet named best budget airlineEasyJet named best budget airlineJet2 beats off low-cost rivalsA new poll has rated low-cost carrier Jet2 the best ‘no-frills’ airline for customer service easyJet has been voted the best cheap flights airline by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine.The carrier achieved above 90 per cent in five of the eight areas used to assess airlines in the category.easyJet ranked highly across categories including value for money, its range of routes and child friendliness.British Airways also performed well, scooping an award for best business airline and coming in a close second in the short-haul airline category, which was eventually won by another European carrier, Swiss Airlines.Meanwhile, BMI British Midland came third for best overall airline for short-haul flights.This follows the announcement that easyJet is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing routes out of Northern Ireland to destinations around Europe.Andy Harrison, chief executive at the carrier, said: “’We have brought millions of visitors to the region and have provided employment both directly and indirectly for more than 20,000 people.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
RelatedVolunteering & Working Holidays? Ask SkyscannerVolunteering & Working Holidays? Ask SkyscannerWant autumn sun? Ask SkyscannerWant autumn sun? Got a travel question? Ask Skyscanner.Find the Best Deals for a Holiday in FloridaA holiday in Florida is the perfect way for all the family to have fun and relax. The Sunshine State is rightly famous for its rollercoasters and beautiful beaches, but has a wide array of additional activities sure to please, no matter what kind of family holiday you’re looking for. … Dear Skyscanner,I’d love to take my family somewhere for the October half-term holiday. Do you have any good suggestions for a good half-term break?Peter, OxfordDear Peter,October half-term is a great time to get away as a family. And you don’t have to go far to find adventure, and even sunshine.Starting at home, have you considered that the perfect family break could be right on your doorstep? If you’re lucky you’ll catch some wonderful autumnal weather – crisp air and warm sunshine, coupled with delicious seasonal food and cosy fire-side evenings.The New Forest offers all of this – you could spend your days walking or cycling around the huge National Park, and if the weather doesn’t oblige, there’s plenty to do under cover. Beaulieu has a fun motor museum, and fascinating house and abbey, as well as a host of events, including spooky Halloween-themed happenings during half-term.If you want to go further afield for half-tem, I’d consider Malta – much maligned and stereotyped as a “grey” destination (for older travellers), it’s actually a perfect place for families.One hotel I read about recently is the four-star Seashells resort overlooking the Bay of Qawra. Your kids can’t possibly get bored – there’s a large swimming pool, two children’s pools, water slides, table tennis, wellness centre, video games, squash and watersports including surfing and jet-skiing. You can get a week there, half-board, with flights from £559 per person in a family room for four.Otherwise, what about Turkey? It’s outside the Eurozone so immune from currency fluctuations between the pound and the euro. There is so much to choose from in Turkey, and if your kids are a bit older, they might enjoy a couple of days in Istanbul before heading to the coast. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia will bring their history lessons alive, then there’s the fun of bargaining in the souk, crossing the Bosphorous by ferry and tasting a real Turkish kebab.I’d recommend The Arena Hotel in Istanbul’s old town, Sultanahmet, is a five-minute walk from the Blue Mosque, and 10 minute’s walk from the Grand Bazaar. The family-run hotel costs from 80 euros per night for a double room.If you want the quiet life, and an alternative to the bucket-and-spade resorts of the coast, consider Cappadocia, the central Turkish region famous for its extraordinary rock formations. The Hotel Gamirasu is a restored troglodyte cave house – a striking series of buildings that look like they have been carved from the rocky landscape around them. It’s in a quiet farming village six miles from Urgup, and is stunning.There’s a pool, baby-sitting services and home-cooked food prepared using vegetables grown in the hotel’s garden. You can do walking, horse-riding, yoga, cooking lessons, spa treatments, and even join the local harvest. Rates start from 115 euros per night B&B, but there are packages available if you want to book a longer stay. You can fly from Istanbul to Kayseri airport, which is an hour and a quarter from the hotel, and the hotel will pick you up in one of its group shuttle buses for free.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, a Luxury Collection Hotel, has partnered with Lamborghini to launch an innovative package that includes accommodations in a SLS Suite, a personal Lamborghini for the duration of the hotel stay and 25,000 SPG points. The legendary automaker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. offers this exclusive opportunity for connoisseurs to experience a stunning showcase of speed and beauty, the Gallardo.“Our partnership with Lamborghini is a natural evolution in our continual effort to redefine the luxury hotel experience,” said Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of SBE. “The SLS guest requires seamless and intuitive service and amenities, from the perfect suite to the ultimate driving experience. As the preferred hotel of Lamborghini, we are able to curate a truly indigenous world that our guests can eat, drive, sleep and live.”“Only through the Lamborghini Suite at the SLS hotel will people have the rare opportunity to pair the lifestyle of one of the county’s premier luxury hotels with the experience of driving one of the world’s most elegant and exciting super sports cars,” stated Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “The Lamborghini Gallardo provides the perfect combination of breathtaking performance with sheer driving pleasure.”As part of the SLS Lamborghini Package, guests will have exclusive access to one of the most powerful and elegant, yet drivable, super sports cars of all time: the Lamborghini Gallardo. Conceived without a single compromise, the Lamborghini Gallardo is a lightweight, comfortable and blisteringly fast model designed as the pinnacle of supercar performance and luxury. Guests will also receive design-focused Lamborghini gifts throughout their stay, from rare model cars to Bologna postcards to a hardcover book of the supercar marque.The 297-room Philippe Starck-designed SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, opened in November 2008, introduces dynamic new concepts for dining and guest services, offering a truly evolved luxury hospitality experience for today’s global explorer. Created by some of the world’s most talented minds, SLS features exclusive designs and custom furnishings by Philippe Starck, a culinary program crafted by Spanish Chef José Andrés and custom-curated retail by Moss. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is operated under a management agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 69 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 26 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world.Combined with SBE’s already successful development and operation of some of the country’s hottest restaurants, nightclubs, and lounges; the addition of SLS Hotels brand represents an incredible and matchless synergy. SBE’s Katsuya, XIV, Hyde Lounge, Area, Mi-6, and The Abbey have all become wildly popular destinations for Los Angeles’ A+ list, and additional U.S. locations for these brands are already in the works, including possible outposts at future SLS properties. SLS guests will thus be able to enjoy not only incredible hotels but also fantastic restaurants and nightlife, and receive preferential access at each establishment.Founded in 1963 and bought by Audi AG in 1998, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy and manufactures some of the world’s most sought after super sports cars. With 29 dealerships in North America and 122 worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini has created a succession of dynamic and elegant sports cars and sedans including the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Gallardo, Murciélago, Murciélago LP640, Reventón, Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster and the recently introduced Gallardo LP 560-4 and LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. Since 1963, Lamborghini has been building exotic sports cars with elegant interiors, the dream cars of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Form has always gone hand-in-hand with function at Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata, Italy, with powerful engines propelling strikingly beautiful, fast cars.www.luxurycollection.com/sls
Korean Air led all major global airlines in on-time performance last year according to the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers. According to Boeing and Airbus, 99.86 percent of Korean Air’s flights departed on schedule in 2008, an increase from 99.83 percent a year earlier. Boeing and Airbus have been announcing annual on-time reports since 2005. The reports include airlines with 5,000 flights or more a year and incorporate delays and cancellations. The on-time performance percentage is calculated by dividing the total number of flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled time by the total number of actual flights. Four of the five jets that Korean Air uses – the B737-800, B737-900, A300-600, B777 and B747 – ranked first in on-time departures, while its A330 fleet ranked second.“This is a great honor and recognition of something that we work at very diligently,” says John Jackson, Korean Air’s Director of Marketing for the Americas. “It’s all part of customer service which is the real differentiator among the majors. We can fly anyone anywhere they need to go and get them there on time.”Korean Air, with a fleet of 124 aircraft, operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 116 cities in 39 countries and is considered one of the world’s top 20 airlines.In 2008, Business Traveler magazine honored Korean Air as having the “Best Transpacific Business Class” and ranked it “The Best Airline in Asia”; World Traveler magazine rated it has having the world’s best in-flight service; readers of Travel & Leisure magazine said it is one of the world’s top 10 international airlines, and readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted it has having one of the world’s top five business classes.Korean Air is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance – partnering Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM and three Associates to provide customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. More on the airline’s programs, routes, frequency and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
New York – Sommelier Jean Luc Le Du, winner of the highly coveted Sommelier of the Year Award by the food and wine industry’s top organization, the James Beard Foundation, has teamed up with developer Beck Street Capital to create an exclusive wine package for the residents of Alma, a new luxury condominium building in New York’s Flatiron District that will feature custom interiors by Roman and Williams and a selection of special lifestyle amenities designed for the discerning buyer.Le Du, the former chief sommelier at New York’s Restaurant Daniel and owner of Le Du’s Wines in TriBeCa, has designed a comprehensive package for Alma’s residents titled, “Le Du’s Wines pour Alma.” The package includes: a seasonal case of select wines delivered to each of the 13 homes; “The Alma 100,” a private collection of hand-picked wines for Alma; and exclusive sommelier services to consult on wine pairings and suggest new, popular and hard-to-find wines.Alma will provide full-floor loft-style living to design aficionados with a blend of classical architectural details and modern design aesthetics by Roman and Williams. Located at 30 West 21st St., Alma is a conversion of a 1907 neo-Renaissance landmarked loft building that will contain 11 stunning three-bedroom floor-through residences, a triplex penthouse, and an adjacent newly constructed six-story townhouse. The custom-designed homes will range from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet, with prices ranging from approximately $6 million to $10 million.“We want to offer buyers at Alma access to the best in everything and that includes the finest and hardest-to-find wines,” said Kevin Comer, senior managing director of Beck Street Capital. “Our buyers expect nothing but the best in all aspects of their lives and we are creating a full lifestyle package that will meet their high standard of living with Alma’s haute design and luxurious amenities.”“I’m thrilled to bring my passion for wine to Alma’s residents and provide a selection of wines that embody superior taste,” said Le Du. “With this exclusive package, wine connoisseurs will have access to rare appellations and be the first to hear about new and difficult-to-find wines.”“Le Du’s Wines pour Alma” will be available summer 2009, when Alma opens to residents.CORE Group Marketing is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Alma. CORE’s Steve Ganz and Jon Isaacs are the co-directors of on-site sales for Alma. For more information or to schedule an appointment to visit the sales center, please call 212-675-2467.
The legendary five-star “Hotel Elephant” on Weimar’s market square is just a stone’s throw away from the historic Anna Amalia Library, which was recently reopened. Since 2000, starstudded Italian chef Marcello Fabbri has been Directeur de Cuisine at the hotel’s own gourmet restaurant, treating guests to outstanding culinary experiences. For two months, from 1 March, First and Business Class passengers on long-haul Lufthansa flights from Germany will also have an opportunity to savour Marcello Fabbri’s light, Mediterranean cuisine. Among the dishes offered in First Class is a goat cheese terrine with marinated bell pepper served with Taggiasca olives served as an hors d’oeuvre, which may be followed by loup de mer filled with arugula, served with baked tomatoes and mashed potatoes with olives.The dishes served in Business Class also promise to delight even the most discerning palates. The menu includes smoked brook trout with fennel orange salad and Meaux mustard sauce as a starter, followed by olive-crusted saddle of lamb with ratatouille and potato gratin. Marcello Fabbri was born in Rimini in 1970. From 1984 to 1987 he served his apprenticeship at the State School for Chefs in his home town in Italy. He subsequently worked as Chef de Partie in the Hotel des Alpes in Madonna di Campiglio and under the renowned chef Gualtiero Marchesi in Milan. Fabbri’s philosophy is succinct and very Italian: “Life is bitter enough. So espresso must at least be sweet!”As far as possible, Fabbri only uses local products, and sources his ingredients for the most part from growers and manufacturers within Thuringia. At the same time, his outstanding cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean traditions of his homeland. That is the secret of the success of this quintessential Italian, as proven by his awards to date: Gault Millau awarded Fabbri’s cuisine 17 points, while Michelin granted him one star and the German gourmet magazine “Der Feinschmecker” judged his restaurant to be one of the best in Germany. Over the next two months, the menus specially created by Marcello Fabbri will be served about 285,000 times in First and Business Class.The Lufthansa Star Chef programmeSince January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.Deutsche Lufthansa AG Corporate Communications