Publishing Giant Condé Nast Announces New Global Leadership Structure

U.S./New York-based Condé Nast and London-based Condé Nast International Are Integrated as One Global Team. New Consumer Marketing Function to Bring Focus on Direct-to-Consumer Efforts With Unified Commercial Team to Better Serve Global Clients’ Holistic Needs

New Leadership Structure is Expected to Help Further Turn the Financial Ship Around As Company Moves Beyond Closing and Selling Off Magazine Titles, Layoffs and Consolidation of Workforce Across All Titles

Long expected, Condé Nast yesterday appointed a new global leadership team designed to accelerate the company’s evolution into a 21st-century media company. The new organizational structure, which combines Condé Nast and Condé Nast International into a unified global team, was created with several guiding principles in mind, including the preservation of local editorial voice and authority, an enhanced focus on the consumer, unification of the company’s ad and commercial sales functions to reflect clients’ local and global needs and the development of new ways to share capabilities and best practices across the company.

Condé Nast is a global media company, home to iconic brands including Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour, AD, Vanity Fair, and Wired, among many others. The company’s award-winning content reaches 84 million consumers in print, 367 million in digital and 379 million across social platforms, and generates more than 1 billion video views each month. The company is headquartered in London and New York and operates in 32 markets worldwide including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico & Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K., and the U.S., with local license partners across the globe. Launched in 2011, Condé Nast Entertainment is an award-winning production and distribution studio that creates programming across film, television, social and digital video and virtual reality.

One of my top priorities has been to define our organizational structure so that we can take full advantage of our unique growth opportunities and exceptional content around the world,” said the recently-appointed CEO of Condé Nast, RogerLynchI’m confident that our new global structure will better enable us to collaborate across teams and markets and, ultimately, deliver unparalleled experiences for our consumers and clients.

The new structure is as follows:

Global Content Functions:: Anna Wintour, U.S. Artistic Director, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue U.S. and (newly-appointed) Global Content Advisor, will continue in her role as U.S. Artistic Director and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue U.S., and will add Global Content Advisor and oversight of Vogue International to her responsibilities. In her expanded role, Wintour will advise the executive leadership team on global content opportunities and act as a resource to editors-in-chief and editorial talent worldwide.

Oren Katzeff, President of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), will expand the company’s digital video, film and television operations to create best-in-class video content experiences for audiences worldwide. The company has been increasing its focus on video content and currently generates 1.1 billion video views per month. Under Oren’s leadership, CNE will now be the core of our global network of video teams, supporting the growth of our video businesses in all markets.

David Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of The New Yorker, will also continue to report directly to Lynch.

Global Operations Organization: Wolfgang Blau, President, International & Chief Operating Officer will oversee all non-U.S. markets, as well as selected global strategic functions, including Product & Technology, Data, Licensing, Global Editorial Operations, Business Development, and Delivery & Business Transformation. This organization will ensure day-to-day operational excellence and capability sharing across the business.

Global Commercial Organization: Pamela Drucker Mann, Global Chief Revenue Officer & President, U.S. Revenue, will lead a new global revenue organization that brings together the company’s U.S. and international ad sales, creative and agency, B2B marketing and client service capabilities. Jamie Jouning, promoted to Chief Client Officer, will report to Drucker Mann and oversee key global accounts, multi-market deals, and central digital ad operations. Drucker Mann will define ad sales and ad product strategies globally, and work closely with Jamie and the central team and commercial leads in the company’s worldwide markets to drive overall ad, agency, and B2B revenue and share best practices.

Consumer Marketing Organization: Condé Nast is creating a new consumer marketing organization that will be led by a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and will bring added focus to the company’s direct-to-consumer efforts. As the company expands its consumer offerings, this team will be charged with developing best-in-class capabilities and consistency across consumer experiences on every platform. The team will also be responsible for consumer revenue, with a core focus on subscriptions and memberships. In addition, the team will have responsibility for global brand management, consumer research, and insights and global audience development, ensuring a data-driven approach to the company’s efforts. The search for a CMO to lead this new organization will begin immediately.

Corporate Functions: The company is also globalizing its three corporate functions to leverage skills, expertise and standardize processes and best practices: People, Finance and Communications. The company will begin an immediate search and selection process for these and other open roles. Until new leaders are identified, teams will maintain their existing reporting lines and responsibilities.

We’re bringing added focus to our direct-to-consumer efforts and will build a new consumer marketing function that will be charged with developing best-in-class subscription and membership capabilities, and maintaining the authenticity of our iconic global brands,” Lynch continued. “And by transforming our sales organization into a unified global team, Condé Nast will be better positioned to serve the holistic needs of our clients around the world and make it easier for them to do business with us.

The new structure and appointments take effect immediately.

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels & Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

Brandwide Cookie Cocktails menu debuts at select Omni properties across the country

OmniHotels & Resorts announces CookieCocktails, the latest rendition of the brand’s month-long OmniOriginals culinaryseries. Tasty treats will spread holiday cheer at properties across the country and will highlight favorite cookie-turned-cocktail recipes from select brand chefs. Guests can enjoy surprising, creative libations with tastes from cinnamon and chocolate to bourbon and amaretto.

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels &Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

OmniHotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants, and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits.

“The holiday season is known for good friends, family, and food, so we decided to take a twist on tradition and make our favorite holiday cookies into crafty cocktails making for unexpected palate pleasers,” said Devin Burns, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels& Resorts. “Our chefs whipped up the cocktails using recipes from childhood cookie favorites they used to bake with their families during the holiday season.”

Flavorful, fun and aesthetically pleasing cocktails will be available at participating properties and will include the following (See full recipes below):

  • Cinnamon Churro Leche: Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila and the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are shaken with milk
  • Chocolate Crinkle Surprise: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is joined by chocolate syrup, milk and the rich flavor of toasted almonds
  • Sugar Cookie Cocktail: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla, and agave nectar are shaken together with milk
  • Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon meets the flavors of butter pecan and maple with just a touch of black walnut bitters
  • Orange Spice Amaretto: Mount Gay Black Barrel, Disaronno Amaretto, orange juice, and a cookie butter syrup are shaken with Constant Comment orange spice tea
  • Sparkling Kolaczki Bellini: This sparkling cocktail blends Absolut Elyx with a touch of elderflower liqueur, peach puree and orange bitters then topped with Moet & Chandon Brut

Cinnamon Churro Leche

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
  • 0.75 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.50 oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.

Chocolate Crinkle Surprise

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniels Black Label
  • 0.5 oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
  • 2 oz milk
  • Dash of powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Strain into rimmed glass. Top with a mound of shaved chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 0.25 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 1.5 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into green sprinkle rimmed martini glass. Garnish with nonpareil colored swirl and serve.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • 0.25 Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
  • 0.25 Monin Maple Spice Syrup
  • 3 dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.

Orange Spice Amaretto

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1.5 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into iced Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, cloves, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick then serve.

Sparkling Peach Kolaczki

Ingredients

  • 0.75 Absolut Elyx
  • 0.25 oz St. Germain
  • 0.75 oz Peach puree
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • 3 oz Moet & Chandon Brut

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into sugared champagne flute and serve.

“We want to surprise our guests and show all of the different ways that you can take a tradition and make your own personal twist on it,” added Burns.

Omni is also committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates.OmniHotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.

For information or to book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.More information on Omni Originals can be found at www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals.

The 2018 Historic Hotels List Announced by Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide

 

The iconic and legendary hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are noteworthy for their grandeur and architectural significance. Guests and visitors to these hotels can see wonderful examples of the artistry, craftsmanship, and extraordinarily detailed work preserved from the past. Some of the best examples are viewed by looking up at these magnificent ceilings and domes in the public areas of these hotels including lobbies, ballrooms, and restaurants. These ornate ceilings and domes include some of the finest examples of stained-glass, painted frescoes, painted ornamental plaster, stenciled wood, and of course, gold leaf. Often, these beautiful, ornate, grand and detailed ceilings have been recognized as historically significant local or regional historic landmarks. (Visit www.HistoricHotels.org/Ceilings for a complete listing of these ornate masterpieces.)

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Historic Hotels of America logo

Here are the 2018 Top 25 Most Magnificent Ceilings and Domes at Historic Hotels of America:

  • The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818): The Willard’s iconic lobby has a coffered ceiling that is adorned with 48 original state seals. The seals for Alaska and Hawaii reside on the back pillars of the iconic Peacock Alley. For over a century, the Crystal Room has played host to many of Washington DC’s most elegant social and corporate events. From sophisticated receptions and lavish galas to prestigious conferences and annual meetings, the Crystal Room provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable event. Exuding spectacular opulence, the Crystal Room’s design motif includes mottled green columns, crystal-dripping chandeliers, ornate hand-carved gold leaf crown molding, and antique drapery.

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  • French Lick Springs Hotel (1845) French Lick, Indiana: The Baroque-style murals on the ceiling of the mezzanine level of the hotel are visible by just looking up from the lobby. In keeping with the area’s fame for producing mineral-laced “Pluto Water” 100 years ago, the murals depict the mythological story of Pluto’s World. A single mural over the main lobby shows Orpheus and Eurydice, symbols of love, in a springtime setting. This is the story of Pluto’s world, as told through a breathtaking mural containing six separate panels. The mural may look like a masterpiece that was crafted in a bygone era, though it actually was designed, painted and installed during the 2005-2006 renovation that restored French Lick Springs Hotel to its original grandeur. A group of artists from Conrad Schmitt Studios invested 1,500 hours in the planning and creation of these mural panels. In the process, Pluto’s world came to life.
  • Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1852) Mobile, Alabama: Inside the lobby of the Battle House is a stunningly beautiful dome that is over 42 feet tall and 63 feet wide. The Tiffany-style glass in the dome features fleur-de-lis designs, in keeping with the city’s history, as the true birthplace of Mardi Gras. The painting technique used to depict these rulers in the lobby ceiling is called Trompe-l’œil. It is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings. In refurbishing the dome from 2004 to 2006, master plaster artists were brought in to work with their apprentices and make molds of all the design elements in the ceiling. The glass ceiling designs were carefully repaired and more than 95 percent of the glass is original to the 1908 construction.
  • The Menger Hotel (1859) San Antonio, Texas: The Victorian lobby reflects the 1909 remodeling, designed by noted San Antonio architect Alfred Giles. Giles transformed the simple utilitarian space into a grander, neoclassical style which was popular at the time. The oval-shaped lobby is dominated by eight Corinthian columns. The original columns were cast iron and encircle the redesigned columns ornamented with festoons, garlands, modillions, and painted to resemble stone. The leaded skylight was added as part of the 1909 alterations, as was the decorative tile floor which extended into the Colonial Room Restaurant. Many of the pieces of furniture in the lobby are believed to have been purchased by William Menger on his frequent buying trips to New York and Europe in the 1860s.
  • The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee: The ornate stained glass skylight and carved wood ceiling in The Peabody’s Grand Lobby is one of the signature characteristics of the hotel, measuring in at 32 feet high and 3,100 square feet in total. The ceiling dates back to the opening of the current Peabody, built in 1925. The hotel was designed by noted Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager, who also designed the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The glass skylight is located in the Peabody Lobby Bar and the lobby fountain where the famed Peabody Ducks reside during the day. The Duckmaster offers daily history tours in the Grand Lobby, which highlight the ornate ceiling. A little-known fact about the ceiling is that the beautiful carved wood that surrounds the stained glass is not wood as it appears, but sculpted plaster.
  • Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois: The ceiling of the Palmer House has been compared to that of the Sistine Chapel of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Measuring in at 28 feet high and 50 feet by 28 feet wide, it is approximately the size of a basketball court. These 21 distinct pieces of artwork were completed in Paris in 1926 by Louis (Pierre) Rigal. Three large circular panels illustrate classic romantic scenes from Greek mythology. Depicting Aphrodite, the goddess of love; Apollo, the god of sun, music, and poetry in his pursuit of Daphne; and the god Pluto in his pursuit of Persephone. There are nine vertical paintings of the Muses where each Muse depicts a joy of life. The 16 plaster frescos that frame the ceiling are done in the style of the 15th century Della Robbia family in the colors of Wedgewood blue, cinnabar, and celadon. The paintings that adorn the ceiling were completed in 1917 in France and later installed in the hotel’s ceiling in 1927.
  • Capital Hotel (1873) Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Wentworth by the Sea (1874) New Castle, New Hampshire
  • The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (1894) St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia
  • Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods (1902) New Hampshire
  • West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) West Baden Springs, Indiana
  • The Bellevue (1904) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Castle Hill Resort and Spa (1905) Proctorsville, Vermont
  • The Seelbach Hilton Louisville (1905) Louisville, Kentucky
  • The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown (1912) Portland, Oregon
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza (1912) Boston, Massachusetts
  • Amway Grand Plaza (1913) Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • La Valencia (1926) La Jolla, California
  • The Cavalier (1927) Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to the above, there are other noteworthy and magnificent ceilings and domes at Historic Hotels Worldwide:
  • Tivoli Palacio de Seteais (1787) Sintra, Portugal: The frescoes of Salão Nobre at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais are original from the palace’s construction in 1787. The artist of these frescoes is unknown but was inspired by the French Jean Baptiste Pillement who painted the Pillement Room. The Royal Room is original from the palace’s construction in the 18th century by the Portuguese architect José da Costa e Silva. This room reflects the romanticism of Sintra and tells a love story in the frescoes above.
  • Hilton Paris Opera (1889) Paris, France: Dating back to 1889, its Eiffel style lobby in the Hilton Opera Paris and Second Empire Style covered ceiling are decorated with paintings and sculptures by the artist Charles Joseph Lameire (1832-1910). Several French movies were filmed with this magnificent backdrop over the years.
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (1893) Québec City, Canada: The original sketch for the beautiful hand-painted ceiling of the Verchères Space was designed by architect William Maxwell. The ceiling includes leaf and flowering vine design embellished with cartouches and monochrome motifs. The palette includes shades of blue and green against a yellow background. Palm designs are visible on top of each column. The original name of this space was the Palm Court and its original use was a tea room. The ceilings date back to 1924.
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Tremezzo, Italy: Frescoes in the Grand Hotel, represent the scenes of the Aeneid of Virgil and scenes of heaven. The grand ceiling at this historic hotel was painted by Francesco by Francesco Conegliani, Gianbattista Tiepolo’s pupil. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, well-known as Gianbattista Tiepolo known as an Italian painter and printmaker from the Republic of Venice. He was prolific and worked not only in Italy but also in Germany and Spain.
  • Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan
  • The Fullerton Hotel (1928) Singapore

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Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris Unveils the brand new “Le Spa”, A Luxurious Space Dedicated To Wellness

A new destination for Spa lovers in the City of Lights including a 17-meter swimming pool, results-driven treatments, and “haute couture” therapies

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris officially unveils its new Le Spa, July 9th, offering a sanctuary of haute couture tailor-made, results-driven treatments in the bustling heart of the city. The brand new Spa, spread over 720m², includes a 17-meter (55-foot) swimming pool, vitality pool with hydro-massage water experience circuit heated to 34°C, a 90 m² cutting-edge fitness room, and a stylish hair salon. In addition to the five single treatment rooms, two luxury hammams for men and women and a Spa Suite for couple treatments.

Welcome to our brand new spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris…

Welcome to our brand new spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

We are delighted to introduce Le Spa, a contemporary space of style and serenity in the heart of the city. A place where Parisian elegance meets caring Four Seasons service, delivered by our team of passionate therapists who are dedicated to making you look and feel your best”, says Jean-Claude Wietzel, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.

Renowned Parisian interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has created a space that is at once bright, modern and elegant drawing on ancient spa traditions, with a color palette of light grey and silver tones. Inspiration from Greek, Roman and Turkish mosaic patterns lies alongside carefully curated pieces of modern art and spectacular floral compositions designed by Jeff Leatham. “We meticulously selected materials, furniture and pieces of art that embody the spirit codes and harmony of the hotel, both classic and resolutely contemporary” comments Rochon.

The peaceful double treatment room

The peaceful double treatment room

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From Cannes To Cape Town, Virtuoso® Names Nominees For The 2018 World’s Best Hotels Awards

Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® revealed the hotels and hoteliers nominated for its coveted Best of the Best awards this year. All nominees are part of the industry-defining Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program, which boasts over 1,300 hand-selected properties worldwide and more five-star hotels than any other program. Guests who book their stay through a Virtuoso advisor enjoy exclusive benefits valued at more than $500 per stay at these properties, which span more than 100 countries. Travelers can now take advantage of booking their stay at more than 1,100 select properties online at www.Virtuoso.com and receive access to Virtuoso’s exclusive perks.Virtco_new_old

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in more than 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.

This year’s contenders across nine categories were chosen by the network and the editors of Virtuoso Life magazine, and represent the height of achievement in their given category. The 10th category focuses on sustainable travel and recognizes the hotels that most embody the commitment to the three pillars of sustainable tourism: preserving the environment, supporting local economies and celebrating cultures.

Best Achievement in Design

  • Palácio Tangará, Oetker Collection, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
  • The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York, New York, U.S.
  • The Fontenay Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Best Dining Experience

  • Aman Tokyo – Arva, Tokyo, Japan
  • Capri Palace – Il Riccio, Capri, Italy
  • Hotel Belles Rives – La Passagere, Antibes, France
  • Meadowood Napa Valley – The Restaurant, St. Helena, California, U.S.
  • The London EDITION – Berners Tavern, London, U.K.

Best Bar

  • Brown’s Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel – The Donovan Bar, London, U.K.
  • Hotel Hassler – Hassler Bar, Rome, Italy
  • Mandarin Oriental, New York – The Office NYC, New York, New York, U.S.
  • Park Hyatt Vienna – The Bank Brassiere & Bar, Vienna, Austria
  • The Shelbourne – The Horseshoe Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Best Family Program

  • Hotel Barrière Le Majestic, Cannes, France
  • Kokomo Private Island Fiji, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives
  • The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

Best Wellness Program

  • Ananda in the Himalayas, Tehri-Garhwal, India
  • BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Castries, St. Lucia
  • Chablè Resort & Spa, Chocholá, Mexico
  • The Ranch Malibu, Malibu, California, U.S.
  • Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, Büergenstock, Switzerland

Sustainable Tourism Leadership

  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley, Australia
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
  • Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
  • Singita Grumeti – Sabora Tented Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

Best Virtuoso Newcomer

  • Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris, France
  • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Islands
  • The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador

  • Andrea Filippi, Belmond
  • James Baker, The Set Hotels
  • JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates, L.L.C.
  • Laurence Tafanel, Esprit Saint Germain
  • Ling Riley, The Palms and The Shore Club Turks and Caicos

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Las Vegas Celebrates Adult Freedom By Debuting ‘Only Vegas Moments’ Campaign

New Television Spots and Short Films Encourage Visitors to Create a Judgment-Free Vegas Experience

Las Vegas introduced ‘Only Vegas Moments,’ a series of four digital short films and broadcast spots. The campaign’s cultural storylines reinforce the iconic brand’s identity as the paramount purveyor of adult freedom and encourage visitors to embrace unique only-in-Vegas moments of self-truth.

Las Vegas - Blue Logo

Las Vegas – Blue Logo

The introduction of ‘Only Vegas Moments’ celebrates the long-standing promise of adult freedom in Las Vegas by embracing contemporary storylines that are relatable to a wide range of potential visitors,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “Through authentic and empowering experiences, the new stories highlight Las Vegas as a destination where being whomever you want is not just allowed, but encouraged.”

Las Vegas’ release of ‘Only Vegas Moments’ is a cutting-edge approach to create culturally relevant global tourism,” said John Tanzella, president and CEO of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). “Now & Then is a perfect example of the inclusive environment that awaits all travelers in the destination.”

The ‘Only Vegas Moments’ storylines are as follows:

Now & Then: For a young LGBTQ couple in love, a trip that starts as just a getaway to where they first met turns into a life-defining experience.

Party of One: A woman whose travel plans change suddenly finds herself in Las Vegas with the rare opportunity to do something just for her. With no one to look after and nothing on her schedule, it’s an opportunity for a working mom to practice self-care.

The Meetup: A traveler in Las Vegas on business decides to make his trip more interesting by transforming himself into a mysterious smooth operator – and people can’t help but take notice.

The Anniversary: A couple in a relationship on the rocks decides to embrace the freedom of Vegas in hopes of remembering why they fell in love in the first place.

All filmed in Las Vegas, the spots will air on major national and network channels as well as live on the brand’s website and YouTube channel. For more information about Las Vegas, visit www.VisitLasVegas.com. To view the new short films and spots click here,

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World adds it newest member, Australia’s Thala Beach Nature Reserve

As one of only five memberships granted to an Australian eco-retreat, Thala Beach Nature Reserve announced that it has been invited to join the exclusive ranks of membership to the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

As a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Thala Beach Nature Reserve belongs to an exclusive collection of membership lodges that invite guests to discover some of the world’s most treasured environments, while helping to protect those places for generations to come.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve's Lobby

Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s Lobby: The open plan tropical design of Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s buildings allow it to blend with the local environment.

The membership granted to Thala Beach Nature Reserve by National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a timely and natural union. For more than 10 years, Thala has achieved Advanced Eco-certification and Green Travel Leader status (Ecotourism Australia) through responsible and sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity.

Thala was handpicked for membership after successfully undergoing a rigorous vetting process. The standards for inclusion to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are based on the four pillars of sustainable tourism: protection of natural heritage, protection of cultural heritage, support for local communities, and environmentally friendly practices.

83 Bungalows are spread throughout the forest across Thala Beach Nature Reserve allowing guests to be up close with nature.

83 Bungalows are spread throughout the forest across Thala Beach Nature Reserve allowing guests to be up close with nature.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is more than a selection of world-class hotels, resorts, and retreats; it is a rich and varied collection of rare experiences in the world’s most beautiful environments. Arguably nature lovers’ most exclusive club, member lodges offer their guests encounters with uniquely stunning regions of the world – and the chance to intimately discover them.

According to Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s owner, Rob Prettejohn, the family-owned beachfront eco retreat has long offered a peaceful sanctuary for nature-loving travelers. “Our busy lifestyles drive us relentlessly. To take some time off to reconnect with nature is a magical and enriching experience.”

Thala's Private Headland

Thala’s Private Headland: Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a headland with an area of 145 acres with 2km’s of private access beach frontage between Port Douglas and Cairns, Australia.

At Thala Beach Nature Reserve, our guests enjoy comfort within a beautiful, natural environment that is home to many unique Australian plants and animals,” explains Prettejohn. “Add good local food and friendly Tropical Queensland hospitality and interactive experiences, including visits to The Great Barrier Reef and guided walks in our ancient Gondwanan rainforests, guests have a combination of experiences available nowhere else in the world.

Guests Stargazing

Guests Stargazing: Thala’s guests stargazing at the on-site observatory.

Perfectly positioned on a private headland, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage sites of The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, providing easy access for guests to immerse themselves in the surrounding natural grandeur and the abundance of nature-based activities on offer.

Thala’s unique accommodation is made up of 83 eco-designed, tree house-style bungalows that are set on 58 hectares of native rainforest, with 2 kilometers of private-access beach. Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located 45 minutes from Cairns and 15 minutes from Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. 

Protection of the local environment, while welcoming travelers, is something Prettejohn holds close to his heart. “When visitors stay with us they contribute to preserving this wonderful and rare place. We are thrilled to now be a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and to be a part of a culture that embraces the very same values that we at Thala treasure.

Related Links

Thala Beach Nature Reserve /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfQQ-TQXcdU / National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World / Thala Beach Nature Reserve – digital brochure.pdf