New Year new corporate identity

first_imgCHi Central Hospitality International Left to Right Tom Thrussell VP Brand, Marketing & Digital of Chi, Suparat Chirathivat VP Business Development of Chi, Thirayuth Chirathivat Chief Executive Officer of Chi, Suthikiati Chirathivat Chairman of the Board of Chi,Supatra Chirathivat Senior VP Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibilities of Chi, Chris Bailey Chief Operating Officer of Chi, Robert Maurer Loeffler Group Director Operations Bangkok & City Hotels of CHiNew Year, new corporate identityIn January 2016 Centara Hotels & Resorts will be renamed Central Hospitality International (CHi).  This is a refresh and renaming of the management and holding company behind its collection of hotels. The hotel brands, products and services will remain unchanged.The introduction of CHi serves to differentiate the corporate brand and its member hotel brands, as well as to align the hotel group with the other eponymously named Central Group companies creating greater affiliation and synergy within the Central family.The inclusion of the word “International” within the name signifies CHi’s intent to continue to expand its portfolio both in Thailand and international markets, becoming even more of a global player in the hospitality sector.  “Our objective is to strategically grow the business and build international brand awareness and recognition through acquiring and managing hotels in global cities and resorts. These locations will be carefully identified according not only to the global travel profile of our existing and prospective guests but also in recognition of those destinations which embrace and value the elements of Thai service style that will continue to form part of the DNA of our brands” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Central Hospitality International.In 2016, the continued international expansion of the hotel group will see the introduction of additional hotel brands to the Central Hospitality International family.  Today, the group includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels.About Central Hospitality InternationalCentral Hospitality International (CHi) is the new corporate name for the formerly known Centara Hotels & Resorts. CHi is a global hospitality group, founded and headquartered in Thailand, comprising hotels, resorts, convention centres and spas. CHi currently has 66 properties in its expanding portfolio of owned and managed assets throughout Thailand and in the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka along with projects underway in Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. The CHi family of brands currently includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels, spa brands SPA Cenvaree and Cense by SPA Cenvaree, and guest loyalty programme CentaraThe1Card.CHi is part of the larger Central Group of companies, which comprises 9 business groups: Central Department Store Group (CDG), Central Food Retail Group (CFG), Central Hardlines Group (CHG), Central Online (COL), Central Pattana Group (CPN), Central Marketing Group (CMG), Central Restaurants Group (CRG) and Central Group (VIETNAM). Source = Central Hospitality Internationallast_img read more

TTF encourages workers to take an Australia Day long weekend holiday

first_imgAustralia Day at Sydney Harbour. By Phil Whitehouse from London, UK via Wikimedia CommonsThe Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) is encouraging Australians to tap into their massive bank of national annual leave to turn Australia Day into a long weekend holiday getaway.According to Roy Morgan Research, Australians have 123.5 million days in accrued annual leave – that’s an average of 15 days per full-time working Australian.This year Australia Day falls on a Tuesday (26 Jan), which means using an annual leave day on Monday (25 Jan) could allow Australians to create a four day long weekend.“There is nothing more Australian than taking a summer holiday and yet many of us have been hoarding our time off work to the point where we now have over 123.5 million days in accrued annual leave,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“The TTF summer consumer survey revealed that besides the designated public holidays, 50 per cent of Australians don’t intend to take a break over the summer months.“There is still time to take a much needed break to recharge the batteries before 2016 really kicks in and we’ve got to get back to the grindstone for another year.“It doesn’t have to be an expensive five-star international holiday, a long weekend is a great opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder of our diverse continent at a cost that is affordable for families.“An Australia Day long weekend getaway can come in all shapes and sizes from packing up the car and spending a few days in the regions to flying to the other side of Australia to explore the offerings of another capital city.“If you are thinking about getting away for a few days, our survey shows that three to five nights away is the most popular (28.3 per cent), followed by six to 10 nights (21.7%), one to two nights (16.2 per cent) and a lengthy 11 to 15 nights (10.0 per cent).“Australians living in WA (34.3 per cent), SA (35.7 per cent) and VIC (34.3 per cent) like short trips of one to two nights while NSW (34.5 per cent), QLD (30.1 per cent) and TAS (41.2 per cent) prefer three to five nights away.“The cost of travel (81.3 per cent), accommodation (65.2 per cent) and living expenses (51.3 per cent) are the highest influences on deciding on a holiday destination followed by what there is to see and do (49.3 per cent) and the ease of getting there (43.7 per cent).” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more

Over 220000 passengers have flown Emirates twoclass A380

first_imgSource = Emirates Over 220,000 passengers have flown Emirates’ two-class A380More than 220,000 passengers have flown the two-class A380 on over 450 flights since it first entered service in December 2015.The Emirates’ two class configured A380 features 58 flatbed seats in Business Class and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ popular OnBoard Lounge. The newest version of the Emirates’ A380 features the widest individual in-seat Economy Class screens in the industry, measuring in at 13.3 inches, offering over 2,200 channels of entertainment on ice.Currently, the two-class configured A380 flies to four destinations including Copenhagen, Bangkok, Manchester and Kuala Lumpur. The airline’s 74th A380 has just been added into the fleet. Of the 74 A380s in Emirates’ fleet, four aircraft feature the two-class cabin configuration.Washington D.C launched as Emirates’ newest A380 destination this year, and in the upcoming months Birmingham, Prague and Taipei will also join Emirates’ A380 network. Emirates is the largest operator of the A380, flying to 36 destinations around the world from Dubai.last_img read more

The Calile Hotel Offers Sophisticated New Spa

first_imgThe Calile Hotel Offers Sophisticated New SpaThe Calile Hotel Offers Sophisticated New SpaBrisbane’s most exciting new address, The Calile Hotel, will provide a full scale wellness escape when one of the nation’s top spa facilities opens on site in September. KAILO Wellness Medispa and Forme Fitness will open on the hotel’s pool deck level as part of Australia’s first urban resort and will include 10 treatment rooms.The new wellness venue comes to us from Meaghan South, the creator of Brisbane’s highly regarded The Dome Retreat. Ms South and her team will provide a holistic wellness experience that combines ancient wisdom with modern approaches to skin health, medical aesthetics and beauty essentials in a space designed for relaxation and restoring vitality. Partnering with Ms South is Brisbane Cosmetic Medicine Specialist Dr. Edwina Morgan, who will head up a team of professional paramedical therapists and doctors.Rounding out the wellness offering will be Forme Fitness, offering sophisticated gym equipment and personal training methods, in a boutique space with well-considered and luxurious facilities. Owner Tristian Forbes has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years. He and his team will offer a full service to hotel guests and local clients.The Calile Hotel is taking bookings for its September opening. It has also confirmed a curated line-up of top retail and dining offerings, celebrating the city’s sublime subtropical climate combined with urban streetscape atmosphereWithin the hotel guests will be able to experience the hotel’s Lobby Bar – which will offer a contemporary menu for breakfast, evening dining and cocktails created by acclaimed Executive Chef Kitak Lee. On the pool level, Simon Gloftis (recently described by The New York Times as serving the best Greek food in Australia) will open the much anticipated Hellenika. It will have an exciting modern Greek menu in a vast floor space that opens to the leafy pool terrace and offers dining under the stars at poolside cabanas. Ada Lane is set to open later this year, adjoining the hotel, and featuring five new street level tenancies dedicated to eateries and bars.The ground floor of the hotel will feature some of Australia’s most sought-after fashion designers whose new boutiques will join the already vibrant retail mix on James Street.  They include acclaimed fashion innovator Dion Lee; sustainable organic cotton favourite Bassike; Sydney leisure success story Venroy; internationally successful Bec & Bridge; and Dutch lingerie brand Love. Also joining The Calile Hotel will be current James Street retail outlets – Calexico Man, Wolfe & Ordnance, Andronis Fine Jewellery and Mister Zimi.The hotel and many of the buildings on James Street are designed by Brisbane architects Richards & Spence, melding urban design with leafy landscaped facades. The lifestyle precinct has become a local, national and international destination – known for its unique blend of retail offerings, design aesthetic, award winning restaurants and laneway bars.The hotel’s 175 generous guest rooms include nine suites and two premier suites. Each is designed with the ultimate guest experience in mind, with an individual balcony, Bluetooth sound bar, motorised blackout blinds, 55” flat screen television and complimentary new-release movies.Leisure facilities are designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale.Beautiful and flexible event spaces cater to intimate culinary soirees, poolside cocktail parties, grand ballroom celebrations or weddings for up to 500 people. Wedding guests and event delegates can unwind at the Lobby Bar, enjoy a poolside cocktail and dinner, energise in the fitness centre, or be pampered at the spa, which will offer a range of wellness services.Hotel bookings can now be made at or by phoning 13 86 42 in Australia, or +61 2 9356 5062 from outside Australia.About TFE Hotels CollectionTFE Hotels Collection is a portfolio of unique and beautiful discovery hotels with a sense of story, place and purpose. These are hotels hall marked by authenticity and provenance, captivating in their individual character and charm. Engaging teams deliver signature dining offerings, promising memorable experiences. With TFE Hotels Collection, from the moment you step inside, you will be captivated by the place’s charm and inspired by its stories. Each hotel lives and breathes its location, offering experiences tailored to the guest, allowing them to immerse themselves in the destination. They offer stylish restaurants and sophisticated cocktail lounges, well-equipped gyms, attentive concierges and spacious guest rooms. Source = The Calile Hotellast_img read more

Tourism industry endeavours tax benefits from the Centre

first_imgThe Tourism Industry has requested the Government of India for the following fiscal benefits including tax rebate and relaxations:i. Inclusion of tourism infrastructure like hotels / resorts / tourist lodges / banquet halls / convention and exhibition centres, etc. for benefits of Section 32 AC of Income Tax Act 1961 by lowering the minimum threshold investment limit to Rs 5.00 crore.ii. Extension of benefits under Section 35 AD of Income Tax Act 1961 to business concerns who are making capital investment in setting up of smaller category of hotels / guest houses / dharamsalas / tourist hostels / motels / wellness facilities / medical facilities and other associated infrastructure like installation of house boats / adventure and leisure tourism facilities.iii. Weighted deduction of 200% in line with Research & Development sectors in India for expenditure incurred towards marketing and promotional activities of the country as inbound tourism destination.iv. Establishment of special tourism zones in India.v. Lower withholding of tax and interest paid to foreign banks or financial institutions for loan taken in tourism Deduction in respect of profit and gains from taxable income for business of hotels, convention centres and other tourism specific infrastructure.vii. Foreign exchange earning linked deduction on profits for Income Tax computation.viii. Exemption on Service Tax from Heritage Hotels and Heritage Trains.xi. Exemption on Service Tax on room tariff to be increased.x. Service Tax to be exempted for unit to be set up within special tourism zones.xi. Exemption on Service Tax on all the incidental activities or services like hotel stay, Rent a Cab, Tour Operators, etc. if the main event is exempted by Government from the ambit of Service Tax.xii. Extend CENVAT credit on the entire tourism components of Travel intermediaries on abated value (tour operators, travel agents, rent a cab operators) as against just on the same line of business.In order to ascertain the incidence of high taxations on tourism sector and its impact in making Indian tourism industry products un-compatible, a study on Taxes levied on tourism sector vis-à-vis Export sector has been conducted, and the findings of the study have been shared with the stakeholders.last_img read more

Tourism NZ Auckland Airport Malaysia Airlines announce strategic alliance

first_imgTourism New Zealand, Auckland Airport and Malaysia Airlines have announced their joint venture partnership for the Indian market for the travel period October 2015 to March 2016. The campaign will aim to drive high value travel to New Zealand out of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad through special promotional fares.“2016 is the third and most crucial year for us as we unfold the last leg of our three year marketing strategy in India. In the past two years Malaysia Airlines has been a key partner for us in the Indian market and our joint ventures have been fruitful and encouraging. We aim to continue our association with Malaysia Airlines in making New Zealand more accessible to Indian travellers,” said Steven Dixon, Regional Manager-South and South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand.New Zealand has already encountered a prominent rise in arrivals from India with 42,896 travellers for the year ending July 2015 (an increase of 25.4%) including 20,000 (23%) holiday visitors.The new campaign looks forward to position the airlines as a preferred carrier of choice for New Zealand travel.Tourism New Zealand’s campaign with Malaysia Airlines has recently recorded a 15% year-on-year growth for the airline with major markets in Delhi and Mumbai.last_img read more

Abdulla Al Hammadi

first_imgOTM is a very good show. We are getting lots of enquiries. Our 30 co-participants from 7 Emirates are also getting very nice results. We are looking for more tourists from India to the United Arab Emirates. We plan to do big campaign in the near future and we will be participating in OTM 2017 as well.last_img

Fannie Mae Updates Private Mortgage Insurer Requirements

first_img Share June 30, 2015 509 Views Fannie Mae released an update to their Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements (PMIERs) today regarding the treatment of loans with lender-paid mortgage insurance. The PMIERS are scheduled to go into effect on December 31, 2015.Fannie Mae made updates to the PMIERS FAQs section, eligibility requirements, operational performance scorecard, quarterly portfolio and financial supplement, quarterly portfolio loan level dataset, and their selling guide.According to the GSE, the revised PMIERs will alter the standards that a PMI vendor must meet – and maintain for the life of the business relationship – before they can provide insurance on Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed loans. The PMIERS answer questions concerning private mortgage insurance and provides insurers with guidelines to keep in mind when dealing with mortgage insurance.“Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance poses longer term exposure for our mortgage insurance counterparties, relative to similar mortgage insurance that is purchased by the borrower,” said Rob Schaefer, VP of credit enhancement strategy & management. “The adjustments in the PMIERs update establish minimum required asset amounts that appropriately reflect that longer horizon and ensure Fannie Mae’s mortgage insurance providers are strong counterparties for the future.”In April, Fannie Mae published the revised PMIERS and provided notice that they were evaluating options regarding the treatment of loans with lender-paid mortgage insurance (LPMI) and would release an update by June 30, 2015.According to Fannie Mae, “during the recent financial crisis, some mortgage insurers were unable to fully pay claims, resulting in losses to Fannie Mae and increased losses to taxpayers.”In order to prevent these losses in the future, the GSEs moved to strengthen their financial requirements of approved PMI insurers, thus reducing overall risk. The new requirements will ensure that PMIs can meet their agreed-upon obligations regardless of current economic conditions or the marketplace.“FHFA guided Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in strengthening and aligning counterparty risk management policies to make certain that private mortgage insurer counterparties are able to fulfill their role of providing reliable credit enhancement for loans acquired by Fannie Mae, even in adverse market conditions,” a Fannie Mae statement reads.Click here to view Fannie Mae’s Updated Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Fannie Mae Updates Private Mortgage Insurer Requirements Fannie Mae Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements 2015-06-30 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Citigroup Posts Best Yearly Income Since 2006 Wells Fargo Holds Steady

first_img January 19, 2016 601 Views in Data, Featured, News, Origination Citigroup Posts Best Yearly Income Since 2006; Wells Fargo Holds Steady While the approaching date of December 25, 2015, meant it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas for many, for Citigroup it was beginning to look like the pre-crisis year of 2006.On Friday, Citigroup reported net earnings of $3.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015, nearly a ten-fold increase from the bank’s reported net income of $344 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The spike was driven by  “higher revenues and lower operating expenses, partially offset by a higher cost of credit. Citigroup’s effective tax rate was 29 percent in the current quarter, a decrease from 74 percent in the fourth quarter 2014, which was impacted by an elevated level of non-tax-deductible legal and related expenses,” according to the release. Citigroup’s revenues increased year-over-year in Q4 2015 by 4 percent up to $18.6 billion.For the full year of 2015, Citigroup’s net income more than doubled despite a slight decline in revenues, from $7.3 billion on revenues of $77.2 billion in 2014 up to $17.1 billion on revenues of $76.4 billion in 2015. The $17.1 billion net income for the full year of 2015 was the Citigroup’s best yearly net income in nine years. The price per diluted share shot up year-over-year from $0.06 to $1.02. The increase was driven by “lower operating expenses and lower net credit losses (that) were partially offset by the lower revenues and a lower net loan loss reserve release,” according to Citigroup.Citigroup’s net income for the full year of 2015 takes into account the impact of the July 2014 mortgage-backed securities settlement with the Department of Justice for $7 billion.“Overall, we had strong performance during 2015,” said Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup. “The $17.1 billion we generated in net income was the highest since 2006, when our company was very different in terms of headcount, footprint, mix of businesses and assets. Over the last three years, we have made substantial progress toward our targets and execution priorities. We significantly improved our returns on both assets and tangible common equity, as well as our Citicorp efficiency ratio. We have sharpened our focus on target clients, shedding over 20 consumer and institutional businesses in the process.”Corbat stated that Citigroup has “become a simpler, smaller, safer, and stronger institution,” noting that the bank has “generated $50 billion in regulatory capital over the last three years, we have already exceeded regulatory thresholds for the Common Equity Tier 1 Capital and Supplementary Leverage ratios. This progress allowed us 2 to begin returning meaningful capital to our shareholders. We have made sustainable investments not only in our capital planning process but also in the risk, control and compliance functions, which are critical to maintaining our license to do business.”By comparison, the net income numbers for Wells Fargo in Q4 and for the full year of 2015 were little changed year-over-year, according to Wells Fargo’s Q4 2015 earnings statement released on Friday. Wells Fargo’s Q4 2015 net income of $5.7 billion, price of $1.03 per share, and full year net income of $23 billion were all virtually the same as the year before (the full year net income did slightly decline, from $23.1 billion in 2014 down to $23.0 billion in 2015).Mortgage banking had a solid quarter for Wells Fargo in Q4, with a noninterest income of $1.7 billion—an increase of $71 million from the previous quarter. According to Wells Fargo, the increase was driven primarily by higher net servicing income.Diversified business was the key to the bank’s success in Q4, according to executives.“Our performance in the fourth quarter reflected a continuation of the solid results we generated all year and the ability of our diversified business model to perform consistently across cycles,” Wells Fargo CFO John Shewsberry said.“Full year and fourth quarter 2015 results demonstrated the benefit of our diversified business model as we again generated strong financial results, maintained our risk discipline and continued to invest across the company for future growth,” Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said. “We remained focused on the building blocks of long-term shareholder value, with continued growth in loans, deposits and capital. For the fifth consecutive year, we returned more capital to shareholders than the prior year. I am proud of the dedication of our team members and their focus on helping our customers succeed financially.”Click here to view Citigroup’s complete Q4 2015 earnings statement.Click here to view Wells Fargo’s complete Q4 2015 earnings statement.center_img Citigroup Earnings Statement Net Income Wells Fargo 2016-01-19 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Rushmore Renews With Black Knights LoanSphere Servicing System

first_img Share February 24, 2018 711 Views Rushmore Renews With Black Knight’s LoanSphere Servicing System Black Knight Inc Company News LoanSphere MSP Rushmore Loan Management Services 2018-02-24 David Whartoncenter_img in Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Servicing Jacksonville, Florida-based Black Knight Inc. announced today that Rushmore Loan Management Services LLC, a multi-faceted residential mortgage servicer and lender located in Irvine, California; Dallas, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has signed a renewal agreement for LoanSphere MSP, Black Knight’s industry-leading servicing system. MSP’s innovative technology will continue to support Rushmore Loan Management’s efforts to remain compliant with regulatory requirements.“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Black Knight, and use the MSP platform to effectively manage our servicing processes and support our compliance efforts,” said Terry Smith, CEO, Rushmore Loan Management. “The addition of Lien Alert to notify us of certain changes in lien status will serve as a valuable tool to assist our teams in proactively addressing at-risk loans.”The MSP loan servicing system is an end-to-end solution that encompasses all aspects of servicing for both first mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit. The system’s comprehensive functionality, which supports servicers’ regulatory requirements, is used to service more than 33 million active loans and helps servicers increase operational efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve risk mitigation. Rushmore Loan Management will continue to use Customer CareNet, a web-based portal that servicers can provide to their borrowers for instant online access to their mortgage and home equity loan information. It also enables borrowers to perform basic, self-service tasks directly from the portal.As part of the renewal, Rushmore Loan Management will implement Lien Alert, a unique, automated solution that monitors loans and provides alerts on critical lien-related indicators that could impact a servicer’s business, such as foreclosure/default activity, ownership changes, new loans recorded, ARM resets and more. The servicer also plans to implement LoanSphere Loan Boarding, a user-friendly solution providing the functionality to efficiently board new and seasoned mortgage and home equity loans onto MSP.“We value Rushmore Loan Management’s confidence in our MSP system and its ability to reinforce Rushmore’s commitment to providing outstanding loan servicing and customer support,” said Black Knight President Joe Nackashi. “We will continue supporting the company’s growth with our innovative software and dynamic data and analytics capabilities.”last_img read more

switzerlandSwitzerland Tourism

first_imgswitzerlandSwitzerland Tourism When you think of Switzerland, images of amazing alpine peaks for a snow and skiing holiday come to mind. However, there is much more to winter in Switzerland than just a ski and snow holiday.With winter in Europe just around the corner, now is the time to start planning that European getaway. The pioneer of winter tourism, Switzerland has all sorts of winter activities for non-skiers.So if you have clients that don’t ski, but still want to enjoy the winter wonderland of Switzerland, here are even experiences travellers should consider during their visit over the colder months.Christmas MarketsFrom Zurich (home to Europe’s largest indoor Christmas market), to Basel (where fairy-tale dollars are used as legal tender in the markets), and Montreux (the gateway to Santa Claus’ Swiss abode atop Rochers-de-Naye), these seasonal markets never fail to impress. The intoxicating atmosphere and magical setting along with live entertainment, traditional food, art and craft, beverages and cheer create an incredibly nostalgic experience.Stay in an IglooFor a stay with a difference, visitors can experience life in an igloo – either by building it themselves or checking in to one that’s already built. The Swiss igloo experience usually comes with a range of activities including cheese fondue and gluhwein nights, snowshoe hiking and even spa time under the stars!Dog SleddingDog sledding is a relaxing way to enjoy sliding across the snow with no balancing act involved, while taking in the spectacular alpine scenery. In Appenzell (east of Zurich), snow lovers can even earn to handle the team of sled dogs themselves and tour at their preferred pace!Toboggan RidesFor a bit or a lot more speed, adrenaline seekers can even learn to handcraft their very own “Rolls Royce” toboggan before rocketing down the slopes like they would in a go-cart race! One place where toboggans take over in winter is Col de la Croix, which connects Les Diablerets and Villars in the Vaud region. With the snow-covered paths, cyclists and motorists are forced to take a winter break and this is when the real fun begins!Elite Sports EventsThere are sports events and there are elite sports events that are popular among the well-heeled polite society. These include Snow Polo, White Turf (horseracing) and Cricket on Ice which take place every January and February respectively on the frozen lake in the winter resort of St Moritz. Established in 1985, the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz is the only high goal polo tournament played on snow; while White Turf has a history dating back to 1907. Cricket on Ice will be in its 32nd year in 2019. All three events not only see the gathering of sports lovers, but also a string of rich, royal and famous personalities.Panoramic Rail JourneysJourneying through the unmistakable Swiss scenery by train is an absolute must! And while the lush verdant meadows and fairytale-like villages are some definite highlights no visitor should miss, so is the equally captivating snow-capped landscape. The Glacier Express (from Zermatt to St Moritz) and Bernina Express (from Chur to Tirano) and the GoldenPass Line (from Interlaken to Montreux) are three panoramic rail journeys that take their passengers through some of the country’s most spectacular snowscapes.Traditional Alpine ChaletsNo Swiss winter experience is complete without experiencing the comforts and surrounds of a traditional Swiss alpine chalet. With many cosy winter hideaways on offer, guests are spoiled for choice with a number of ski-in ski-out, ski-in spa-out and cross-country hotels. It all depends on the location and type of snowcation planned!last_img read more

After every Arizona Cardinals game well examine t

first_imgAfter every Arizona Cardinals game we’ll examine thebox score andprovide you with instant analysis. So it’s time to goInside the Box forSeptember 1, 2011: Cardinals 26, Broncos 7The Good:It looks like Richard Bartel cemented his place as Kevin Kolb’s backup on Thursday. He picked apart the Broncos defense, completing 12 of his 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Sure, he may have given up a pick, but everyone has a bad moment now and again. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Kicker Jay Feely contributed a good amount to the final score, booting four field goals and two extra points.The Bad:It may be the final preseason game, but the Cardinals could have done better in the Red Zone. They visited the area four times, but only converted once. That number needs to go up, especially when a few regular season games are likely to be decided by Red Zone efficiency.The Funky:Feely has now scored 39 points against the Broncos since December. Maybe someone in the Denver area owes him money, because he likes to punish the Broncos. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

Tuesday October 18th Polamalu OK expected to pl

first_imgTuesday, October 18thPolamalu OK, expectedto play SundayPolamalu left last Sunday’s game in the fourth quarterwith concussion-like symptoms, but coach Mike Tomlin saidthe six-time Pro Bowler “appears to be good to go.”Collier: It’s too soon to believe inpass defenseSeeing is believing, goes the oversimplification, but atthe highest levels of professional football, particularlyin the way the Steelers approach their pass defense,believing isn’t seeingSame old defense putting up goodnumbersWarren Sapp hasn’t been heard from on the topic recently,but after six weeks of the NFL season the Steelers defenseleads the league in yards allowed per game (270.5) to gowith their standing of No. 1 against the pass (157.7).Steelers are perplexedby hit-or-miss offenseThe Steelers rank 22nd in the NFL in scoring (19.8 pointsper game), even though they compare favorably in severalother statistical categories.They are fifth in the NFL in third-down conversions (48.7percent) and 10th in total offense (373.0 yards per game).Since the season-opening debacle in Baltimore, theSteelers have averaged just one giveaway a game. Pass rush is the Steelers’ key to slowing Arizona’s FitzgeraldThe way to stop Larry Fitzgerald is not so much by assigning Ike Taylor to him and double-covering him all game. The Steelers can stop Fitzgerald, one of the game’s most dangerous wide receivers, the way they have stopped other receivers in the past — by pressuring the quarterback, in this case Arizona’s Kevin KolbThursday, October 20thSteelersquarterback plagued by spotty playEven though Roethlisberger is on pace to surpass hiscareer averages in yards, touchdown attempts andcompletions, his inconsistent play has led the highlyregarded Steelers offense to sputter at times through thefirst six games.Ben lobbies for no huddle“I feel we can change it up,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s aweapon for us. We just haven’t had a chance to get into ityet. I wanted to get into it last week. I love doing it.We have so many weapons we need to utilize it.”Harrison says eye & back are doing better-hopes to return soonThe down time has also given Harrison time to get his backbetter as well and I asked him about it tonight onTwitter. He replied, “the back is doing a lot better, Iguess my eye injury has helped my back out!” Friday, October 21thOn the Steelers: Big Ben’s wish list topper: no huddleBen Roethlisberger wants to run the no-huddle offense more often and admits to some disappointment because his coaches will not let him.Steelers brace for another shot of FitzgeraldThe Arizona Cardinals wide receiver can still see himself breaking free in the final seconds of the 2009 Super Bowl against the Steelers. He can still see quarterback Kurt Warner rearing back to throw. He can still see Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley sacking Warner and forcing the fumble that gave the Steelers their sixth Lombardi Trophy.Arizona’s Porter, 34, shows ageJoey Porter remembers when he was the young linebacker for the Steelers getting ready to replace Jason Gildon. He remembers when he was a perennial Pro Bowl pick at right outside linebacker and registered 60 sacks, the fourth most in Steelers history. A game against Pittsburgh always takes on significantmeaning for Cardinals’ fans. There are several formerSteelers on the Cardinals’ roster and coaching staff.Pittsburgh has a huge national following, including righthere in the Valley. And of course, the Steelers beat theCardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23Here’s what’s going on behind enemy lines in the SteelCity leading up to Sunday’s clash at University of PhoenixStadium. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Steelers Report Card: Game 6 vs.JacksonvilleIt’s a game the Steelers should have won by at least threetouchdowns. The offense went cold after scoring on itsfirst three possessions, but it did a good job stickingwith the run and did not commit a turnover. The defensedid not give up a play longer than 21 yards but missedtackles.Nearly caught catnapping: Big, earlylead almost vanishesThe Steelers ran out to their fourth victory and again hadto do so looking over their shoulders near the finishline. They have been the hare a few times this season,flashing easily to nice leads early and then nearlyfalling asleep as the tortoise creeps up on them.Steelers’ Polamalupulled for safety reasonsThe injury is not believed to be serious, and coach MikeTomlin said after the 17-13 win that the Steelers held outPolamalu because they “wanted to err on the side ofcaution.” Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Monday, October 17th D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Wednesday, October 19thMendenhall named AFCOffensive Player of the WeekMendenhall returned from a hamstring to go over 100rushing yards for the first time this season as theSteelers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-13.Mendenhall’s day included a career-long 68-yard run.Steelers, Cardinalsmaintaining connectionWhen the Cardinals host the Steelers on Sunday, there maybe as much familiarity as ever between the organizationsthat have been linked through a war-necessitated merger in1944 — and, more recently, former Steelers offensivecoordinator and current Cardinals head coach KenWhisenhunt.Steelers not winning battle for turnoversThey have lost the ball 12 times– six interceptions andsix fumbles. They have come up with two of their own, oneinterception and one fumble. Yet, they stand 4-2.Steelers’ Keisel improves ‘D’ by morethan a hairWhat a difference Keisel has made since returning to thelineup after missing two games with a knee problem. Thesame defense that was gashed for 86 yards and a touchdownby Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai and 155 yardsand a touchdown by Houston’s Arian Foster in his absencestiffened almost immediately. After their bye week, the Arizona Cardinals sit at 1-4,three and a half games behind the surprising San Francisco49ers in the NFC West standings.In other words, there’s work to be done for the Cardinalsto climb back into contention, and that work starts thisweek as the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelerscome to town to battle Ken Whisenhunt’s team on Sunday.Pittsburgh is 4-2 following their hard-fought 17-13 winover Jacksonville in Week 6.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE — Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald did something Sunday he had not done since the third week of the NFL season: record more than 100 receiving yards.Fitzgerald, whose struggles this year have been well-documented, caught a game-best eight passes for 111 yards in Sunday’s 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears.That Fitzgerald has only reached the century mark twice this season is alarming, but that he was able to do it Sunday was of little consequence to the receiver. “Whenever we get the ball in that down and distance with a short field,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve got to get points on the board.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After all, his day came in a losing effort.“It’s been a long season,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “Whenever I can make a play and make an impact I try to do it. Today some things opened up we were able to make some plays.“But it didn’t equate to a win so it’s all for nothing.”It’s been that kind of year for Fitzgerald and the Cardinals, who turned to recently-signed Brian Hoyer in the second half Sunday. He is the fourth quarterback Fitzgerald has caught a pass from this season, and if anyone was wondering where things have gone wrong, one would need look no further than the most important position in sports.Oh, and turnovers, too. Arizona coughed up the football three times Sunday, with two of the miscues being returned for Chicago touchdowns. With an offense struggling as bad as the Cardinals’ is, those are things that just cannot happen.“Anytime you spot a really good football team points it’s tough to overcome those things,” Fitzgerald said. And the Cardinals, when given opportunities to make something happen on offense, continually fell short. Twice Arizona began a drive in Chicago territory, but just once did the Cardinals come away with points. And even then, it was just three courtesy of a Jay Feely field goal. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

LISTEN Mark Schlereth ESPN NFL analyst

first_imgLISTEN: Mark Schlereth, ESPN NFL analyst Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo At least publically, Daryl Washington’s Arizona Cardinals teammates have expressed more support than anger over his year-long suspension. It’s about what you’d expect, really.But that doesn’t mean there aren’t those in Cardinal Red who feel betrayed by their teammate, whose absence will certainly negatively impact the team’s championship aspirations.A guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sorts 98.7 FM Friday, former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth said that’s exactly how he’d feel. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “You love weed more than you love football; you love weed more than you love your teammates,” he said with regards to Washington continually failing drug tests. “That to me is the ultimate in selfishness, the ultimate in lack of responsibility.”Schlereth said he would be upset with the fact that the only reason Washington was eligible for a suspension of this length in the first place is because he already missed four games due to a similar violation last season. That put him in line for random drug testing by the league, which is something the 27-year-old Washington knew yet still decided to risk his career anyway.So now the Cardinals will have to press on without the former Pro Bowler who amassed 316 total tackles, 17 sacks and five interceptions over the last three seasons, and no matter how optimistic anyone on the team will profess to be, they are certainly worse without Washington than they are with him.“I’d be disgusted with him,” Schlereth said when asked how he’d feel if he was on the Cardinals right now. The way the analyst sees it, the Cardinals were heading into this season knowing they had work to do to catch the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks in the difficult NFC West, but having a great defense last year along with the fact that Arizona went into Seattle and won showed they aren’t far off. 0 Comments   Share   “You start to think if we could just get a little bit more balance on offense, we could win this division,” he said. “We’re one of the only teams that ever goes into Seattle and beats Seattle in Seattle for crying out loud. We’ve got that kind of juice as a football team, you’ve got to have a ton of confidence going into the season.“And those are the decisions your standout linebacker — because the kid is absolutely a phenomenal football player — but those are the kind of decisions that you’re making, putting yourself in front of the team.”As many people know and Schlereth noted, the best football teams tend to be the ones whose players learn to put the greater good above their own desires. Last season, the Cardinals appeared to be one of those teams.“When you have guys that don’t understand that principle, that are out there playing for themselves, that to me is just incredibly disappointing,” he said. “If I was on that team I’d be livid, I’d be very upset with him.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img“You don’t want to think about that. You can’t think about that. You can’t fear that, worry about that and prepare any differently. You’ve got to go out and play.”That’s not to say people do not get nervous every time he takes a sack or is hit following a pass. While the injury he suffered last season came without contact, knowing all it takes is one hit to derail the team’s hopes is enough to leave some a bit squeamish. The same goes for some of the players, sort of.“It’s football, Carson is a tough guy, he gets hit he gets back up,” receiver John Brown said. “I think he likes getting hit sometimes because he doesn’t get hit at all much, but it’s part of the game. But I’m thinking yeah, ‘Get up,’ but once he gets up fast, it’s a good thing because he’s a big part of this team.”Palmer has been sacked 25 times this season and gotten up after every one of them with no trouble. He’s also been hit a 95 times, and in fact, his only injury this year was when he hurt a finger on his right hand after delivering a pass in Philadelphia.Really, the idea that Palmer — an NFL player — must be shielded from this terrible thing that is bound to happen if he plays is a little off. It’s not like the Cardinals plan on allowing the Seahawks defense free runs at the quarterback, whether it is Palmer, backup Drew Stanton or third-stringer Matt Barkley. That’s why, according to left tackle Jared Veldheer, the question of which quarterback should play is one he and the line do not concern themselves with.“We do our job no matter who’s back there, what’s happening,” he said. “Those decisions aren’t for us to make. We don’t look at it as something we can control, so there’s no point in getting up in arms about it, we’ve got a job to do no matter what and we’ve got to do it.”Veldheer added there’s not a doubt in his mind that they can protect their quarterback — no matter who it is — and noted how players, as Palmer said, cannot think about the possibility of injuries happening.“No, you’ve got to be on the offense,” he said.The best way the Cardinals can be on the offense is with their offense intact, both Sunday against Seattle and in the playoffs against whichever opponent they face. As of right now, however, only one of those matchups concerns Palmer, and that’s the one he’s focused on and preparing for. It’s also why he was one of the many players who approached Arians and said they wanted to play Sunday. TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer has thrown for 4,542 yards and 34 touchdowns this season, the first number leaving him 72 yards shy of a franchise record and the second setting one. He is an MVP candidate, and the Cardinals are 29-8 with him under center the last three seasons, including a 26-4 mark since Week 8 of the 2013 campaign.That the 36-year-old is important to the Arizona Cardinals’ Super Bowl hopes is an understood fact. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   That Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks could mean something for the Cardinals’ postseason seeding is also a fact, yet the concept of playing Palmer in the game is not as widely understood.Sure, Arizona’s chances of beating the Seahawks are exponentially better with No. 3 on the field, but then again, so too are their postseason hopes and at this point in the season, those are what many have their eyes set on.Monday, when asked how he would approach the Week 17 matchup with Seattle, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he and the team would treat it as if it was Game 1 of the season.“We don’t want to set a pattern of different behavior,” he reasoned.That makes sense. The Cardinals are 13-2 and winners of nine in a row, and the last thing anyone should want to do is mess with the routine, the rhythm they have created. Still, the idea that Palmer should sit this one out is not born out of nothing. The idea that the quarterback is essential to the team’s legitimate Super Bowl hopes is reasonable, so it would make sense if while the rest of the Cardinals play, the rules would be different for him — especially after he missed last season’s brief playoff run with a torn ACL. “I don’t know if we have anybody that doesn’t want to play,” he said. “That’s one of the things that, I think, Steve Keim did a great job of when he got here, is turning over the roster, getting guys that love the game. Love Sundays but also love the preparation.“This team works as hard as any team in the league. I don’t care what anybody says. Because guys want to get better, guys want to improve, guys want to practice to clean things up from last week. As good as last week was on defense, I know those guys were chomping at the bit to get out there and fix a handful of things that tripped us up. Same thing goes with offense.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “No. No,” Arians said on if Palmer may sit at all in order to ensure his health for the postseason. “Like I’ve said, it’s no different than any other ball game.”How honest Arians is being when he says that remains to be seen, because in some ways, it’s difficult to imagine him playing all four quarters if the Carolina Panthers are destroying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and locking the Cardinals into the NFC’s No. 2 seed. Sure, the Cardinals would like to beat the Seahawks, sweeping the season series and knocking them off in University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time since 2012, but is that enough of an incentive to risk whatever disastrous thing could happen?No risk it, no biscuit has to have a limit, right?Not really, and Palmer wouldn’t have it any other way. If the Cardinals are playing, he wants to be on the field. The idea that that he may be more injury-prone and need to be preserved like fine china is one that does not bother him, he said, but it’s also one he does not subscribe to.“I’m not sure what the perception is,” he said. “Everybody wants to be healthy, regardless of David (Johnson) being a rookie, myself, Cory Redding, some of the older guys on the team. You want to play regardless. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 38-8. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgBuffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson instructs players during their NFL football rookie camp at the team’s facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) Herm Edwards’ first Arizona State coaching staff is still taking shape.Just days after defensive coordinator Phil Bennett decided not to accept Edwards’ offer to stay on the staff for 2018, a new name has surfaced as a candidate for a spot on the defensive staff.Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station has learned that Edwards has zeroed in on longtime NFL assistant Donnie Henderson for a job on the revamped staff. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Henderson, 60, wasn’t on a coaching staff in 2017. His last stop was in Buffalo, where he served as the defensive backs coach for the Bills from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, Henderson had two one-year stints in the college game, serving as the DBs coach at Southern University in 2011 and at Syracuse in 2012.The veteran is also no stranger to the Valley. Henderson coached defensive backs for the Cardinals under head coach Ken Whisenhunt from 2009 to 2010 an was on the staff at ASU from 1992 to 1997 under Bruce Snyder.Henderson does have some experience as a defensive coordinator during his career. He held that position with the New York Jets under Edwards from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, he oversaw the Detroit Lions’ defense under head coach Rod Marinelli for a team that went 3-13 and ranked 30th in the league, giving up an average of 24.9 points per contest.Bennett, who held the position for one year after coming from Baylor to work with head coach Todd Graham, had a positive influence on Arizona State’s defense. The Sun Devils ranked second-to-last among FBS teams in total yardage allowed in 2015, giving up 521 yards per game in 2015 under coordinator Keith Patterson. Last year, the Sun Devils yielded 447 yards per game, good for 109th in the country and eighth in the Pac-12. 41 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Earlier in the week, reports circulated that Arizona State’s search was focused on Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs, but he ended up signing a contract extension that keeps him under contract with the Red Raiders through the 2019 season.In addition to Henderson, The Football Scoop reported Friday that former NFL and University of Arizona linebacker Antonio Pierce is a candidate to join the coaching staff as a linebackers coach.Pierce is currently the Director of Football Operations and Special Teams Coordinator at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that fellow Cardinals free agent Blaine Gabbert had visited with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.Related LinksReport: Cardinals to lose starting CB Tramon Williams to PackersStanton, 34, spent the past four years in Arizona playing behind Palmer and last year threw for 894 yards while completing 49.7 percent of his passes. He threw six touchdowns to five interceptions.A Nov. 9 game against the Seattle Seahawks saw him injure his knee, leaving the starting spot open for Blaine Gabbert to quarterback the next five games. Stanton returned for the final two games of the regular season.Cleveland is searching for quarterback depth after trading second-year pro DeShone Kizer this offseason and acquiring veteran Tyrod Taylor. The team only has third-year pros Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan behind Taylor, who has already been named the Browns’ starter. 22 Comments   Share   The Cardinals have their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, and his backup, Mike Glennon. They’re expected to draft another signal-caller.With the exception of former Cardinal Carson Palmer, who retired after the 2017 season, the remaining quarterbacks from last year’s team are searching for new homes.According to ESPN’s Field Yates, free agent backup Drew Stanton visited with the Cleveland Browns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)last_img read more

HOSHINOYA FujiAll images © Hoshino Resorts

first_imgHOSHINOYA FujiAll images © Hoshino Resorts A traditional Japanese inn in Australia? Ryokans outside Japan could be a whole new way to stay if Hoshino Resorts CEO, Yoshiharu Hoshino, gets his wish.“Our objective is to adapt the ryokan concept to work in major cities such as Sydney, London and New York, and to establish an entirely new accommodation category in these markets in the future,” Mr Hoshino told guests at an Australian media briefing on Tuesday 18 July at Sydney’s Saké Restaurant & Bar in The Rocks.“In these cities we are keen to develop a market in which travellers choose ryokan primarily for comfort and relaxation, rather than for simply a ‘Japanese experience’.”The announcement ties in with Japan’s growing popularity among Australian travellers – increasing 20% year on year, according to JNTO figures – and their likelihood (62%) to visit regional areas during their stay. Hoshino Resorts is well positioned to offer an authentic Japanese experience to these travellers across its three brands – HOSHINOYA, KAI and RISONARE – covering 35 properties and facilities (plus two in Tahiti and Bali).Hoshino Resorts, established as a forestry business in 1904, first entered hospitality in 1914 with the opening of its first hot springs/onsen resort in Karuizawa, amid the mountainous Nagano Prefecture. Mr Hoshino, the fourth generation, became CEO in 1991, after completing a Masters of Management in Hospitality at Cornell. He revitalised the business by opting for an asset-free strategy, choosing management and operations over ownership and development in a time when Japan had an oversupply of new accommodation. It is a model he has maintained to this day, working with investors to ensure Hoshino Resorts can grow regardless of the market.The original Karuizawa onsen resort was overhauled and reopened in 2005, the first to operate under the new, luxury HOSHINOYA brand. This brand now encompasses five properties across Japan – Kyoto, Taketomi Island in Okinawa, Fuji (a glamping resort) and Tokyo – and the recently opened HOSHINOYA Bali in Ubud, each embodying “authentic Japan with modern comfort”.Despite his pursuit of authenticity and innovation, Mr Hoshino still finds time to indulge his pastime of skiing 60 days a year, from New Zealand and Japan to Italy, as he tells Cathy Wagstaff, Group Editor & CEO of Signature Media. Indeed, one of Hoshino Resorts’ ski area on the main island of Honshu, Tomamu, offers a reciprocal lift pass agreement with Cardrona, offering seven days free for Tomamu pass-holders at the South Island resort, and vice versa. Tomamu is also set to welcome a new ski-in, ski-out village in the upcoming 2017/18 ski season, ideal for its family target market.Mr Hoshino said that he loves Australian travellers for embracing all that the mountains of Japan have to offer, be it risk-taking, adrenaline-pumping adventures or cultural activities. Increasingly Australians are warming to hot springs and onsen resorts, such as those offered by HOSHINOYA and KAI.Hoshino Resorts also sponsors Japanese gold-medallist snowboarder, Miyabi Onitsuka, who got her start aged five at the company’s Alts Snow Park & Resort in the Tohoku region. Now 18, she is due to compete in her first Winter Olympic Games next year.Nurturing Hoshino Resorts’ homegrown talent is part of Mr Hoshino’s ongoing focus on local culture and tradition. Japanese hospitality is at the heart of his philosophy, whether on the mountains or in a chic ryokan in the city.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHappy first birthday to Bangkok’s top centre-city luxury hotel. Park Hyatt Bangkok opened 12 May 2017 and very quickly top fashionistas and travellers discovered the value of staying here; the gal was told that some never leave the building, but why should they? The building itself, by Architectural Digest‘s 2018 female of the year Amanda Levite, is a 37-floor glass sculpture that twists in and out. Inside, Yabu Pushelburg’s white-oak floors and walls, complemented by enormous windows and softest-shade carpets, are more soothing than many spa experiences. Of course, being this brand, this is a luxury hotel with statement bathrooms and pale cream cuddly Kashwere robes that exactly match the marble (and toiletries are Le Labo). And everywhere in public areas, there is sculpture and culture.At breakfast, I was absorbed in one of the fashion books casually placed, with a silver chess set, by the entrance to the indoor-out Embassy Room. Yes, I could have read about Dior but, instead, I picked up Vintage Details, a 2016 coffee table book co-authored by Jeffrey Mayer, curator Sue Ann Genet, Costume Collection and Research Center, Syracuse University NY, and London College of Fashion’s Basia Szkutnickas. So there I was, absorbed in the interior construction of some 1960s ladies upholstered swimwear as I ate Beillevaire yoghurts from France with a Thai omelette (stir-fried chicken with garlic) and addictive hotel-made brown sourdough, with Beerenberg preserves.Last night I was with the Aussie GM of this gorgeous 222-room hotel, Michael Golden, and we were really lucky to get the last table in the 35th-floor steakhouse-style Penthouse Restaurant. After an all-red salad, with chia dressing, I went on to a Ranger’s Valley ribeye with green and white asparagus, and we drank Hewitson 2014 Barossa Valley Private Cellar Shiraz. But as well as feeling at home, one of the reasons that Australasians love this place is its facilities. There are about 150 whiskies in the 35th-floor speakeasy bar and the views from the 37th-floor rooftop’s outdoor lounge are spectacular.Of course, as in any good luxury hotel today, the Lifefitness gym is 24/7, and the spa has Biologique Recherche. If you want retail exercise and/or therapy, head down below the luxury hotel, which starts at the ninth floor. Under no circumstances miss Open House, an endless space that morphs ceiling-high bookshops with restaurants and bars and just, well, flopping sofas, and down below is a similar infinity space of Thai food stalls and grocery items. There are a cinema and an array of brands that includes, of course, Chanel and Gucci, and all those boutiques will, via the hotel concierge, open early or late for you, or bring stuff to your hotel room. If you want to feel that you really are in Bangkok rather than just an oasis from the real world, head outside to a corner forecourt that has a skirt of nine layers of bright green grass and a brightly coloured Thai temple. Two minutes’ walk away is Ploen Chit Sky Train station and if you want the river, you can thus make your own way, safely and in under 15 minutes, soaring high over Royal Bangkok Sports Club and its golf course as you go. Michael Golden says incidentally, he is overjoyed that even first-time visitors to perennially fascinating Bangkok may start at one of the hotels right on the Chao Phraya river and, after a few days, finish their stay here, at Park Hyatt Bangkok. And not only for its shopping.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more