Avani Fares Maldives

Opening: mid-2021
More details here: Top Hotel Projects and Openings
Official page at Avani Hotels & Resorts

A Debut In The Maldives
Avani’s new debut is bringing relaxed contemporary charm to one of the world’s dreamiest island destinations. Avani Fares Maldives Resort, Avani’s first property in the Maldives, is set to open in a natural playground of soft white sandy beach and every colour of blue imaginable. Go bold with island vibes combined and a fresh approach to adventure, comfort and leisure.

Idyllic Surrounds
Avani Fares Maldives Resort is located on Fares Island in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, renowned for its vibrant biodiversity from land to sea. Nearby dive site Ahivahfushi Beyru is an Eden for snorkellers and scuba enthusiasts thanks to a plethora of sea life from Hawksbill turtles to reef sharks and manta rays. The untouched, private 12.4 hectare island promises a blissful setting to truly get away from it all.

Alila Koggala, Sri Lanka

Opening: late 2020
More details here: Top Hotel Projects and Openings
Official page at Alila Hotels

An eco escape set on south Sri Lanka’s Koggala Lake, Alila Koggala will offer 40 luxurious suites and villas. Ideally located within reach of the island’s beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and the cultural city of Galle Alila Koggala will serve as an ideal base for travellers wishing to explore everything Sri Lanka has to offer. Enjoy life by the lake while enjoying the two restaurants, beach bar, spa and swimming pool at the resort, or book in for one of the many activities on offer that include outdoor sports, cooking classes and nature trails.

Patina Maldives

Opening: late 2020
More details here: Top Hotel Projects and Openings
Official page at Patina Hotels

Set to open in late 2020, Patina Maldives is designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan. The resort offers 90 beach and water villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, all of which embody a harmonyof sanctuary and stimulation. Accompanying the villas, the resort also offers 20 Fari Studios.

The Brazilian architect, Marcio Kogan designed each of our 110 exquisite Beach Suites and Villas provide private sanctuary while the joys of island life surround you. In this stunning ocean resort, there are myriad ways to enjoy restorative relaxation and pure pleasure. The adjacent Fari Marina and Beach Club invite further exploration of its plaza of boutiques and restaurants.

Patina Maldives is part of a multi-island development in the Fari Islands and form an archipelago with an exiting range of properties. Located in the North Atoll of the Maldives, Fari Islands is home to island artistry, an elevated Maldivian destination that celebrates nature, craft and connection.

Anantara Mina Al Arab

Opening: late 2021
More details here: Top Hotel Projects and Openings
Official page at Anantara Hotels & Resorts

Escape to Ras Al Khaimah for beach, desert and mountain adventures. The northernmost emirate of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah enjoys a more tranquil rhythm, yet is only 45 minutes from Dubai. Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort offers overwater luxury on the Arabian Gulf in a pristine eco-sanctuary.

Part of the new Mina Al Arab luxury development, a beachfront playground with a marina, waterfront cafes and boutiques, the resort offers 300 guest rooms, suites and overwater villas in Maldivian resort style. Wake up to the call of the waves and dive directly into the ocean below. Dine overwater at the resort’s signature Thai restaurant.

Nature lovers will relish the open terrain of Ras Al Khaimah. From balmy waters to golden shoreline to rugged desert, adventure abounds. Charter a yacht and sail off into the sunset. Ride across rolling dunes and conquer the mountain peak of Jebel Jais.

The Chedi Kudavillingili

Opening: late 2020
More details here: Top Hotel Projects and Openings
Official page at GHM: ghmhotels.com/en/development/

GHM has announced plans to launch The Chedi Kudavillingili, its first resort in the Maldives, later in 2020. The 99-villa property will feature 36 overwater villas, a 150-metre-long central pool and desirable proximity to the Malé International Airport, a 25-minute speedboat ride away.

Located on a 1-kilometre coral island called Kudavillingili, The Chedi Kudavillingili is shaped by a global team of design talents working closely with the GHM team. Maldivian architecture anchors the resort’s overarching aesthetic appeal, with complementary interior design and landscaping from Singapore and a lighting scheme from the USA.

In addition to the 36 overwater villas, and 63 island-based villas, The Chedi Kudavillingili will launch a spa with eight overwater treatment rooms, a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant and Hawkers Stalls featuring four live cooking stations. Recreational opportunities on the island run the gamut from courts for several different sports to surfing and a plethora of on-the-water and underwater pursuits.

Ryder Cup 2020 Whistling Straits

Location : Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisconsin,USA
Date : Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Sunday, September 27, 2020
Tickets : For tickets see below
Official Website : Ryder Cup 2020

The Ryder Cup is one of the most spirited, exciting and compelling events in sports. It spans nearly 90 years, involves the greatest players in the world and produces some of the greatest moments in the game. The competition officially began in 1927 when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder presented a gold cup that bears his name.

The U.S. team defeated Great Britain, 9 ½ to 2 ½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Massachusetts.Since then, the Ryder Cup has expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. Except for a span (1939-45) during World War II and following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon America, the Ryder Cup has been held biennially with the U.S. and Europe alternating as host.The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held at the historic Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin—the site of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open and the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships.

The Ryder Cup is played in even-numbered years between 12-member teams from the United States and Europe. It consists of five match-play sessions played over three days.

Ryder Cup Format
Each of the first two days includes one four-match session of four-ball and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day is reserved for 12 singles matches.

Team Selection
The European Team will comprise the first 4 players from the European Points List, followed by the leading 4 players from the World Points List and completed by 4 wild cards. The US Team will be made up from the top 8 in the points rankings with 4 captain’s picks.

Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth ½ point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it.

Tickets for Ryder Cup 2020
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Oktoberfest 2020 Munich, Germany

Location : Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Date : cancelled in 2020 – dates for 2021 to be confirmed
Tickets : Tickets can be purchased online at https://shop.oktoberfest.de/
Official Website : www.oktoberfest.de

Beer tent opening times
On the first Saturday of the Wiesn the tents open at 9 am, from 10 am there are alcohol-free drinks (except beer), at midday they then call: “Ozapft is!” and the beer is served. With the tapping of the barrel the Wiesn is officially opened!

Monday to Friday the tents open at 10 am, the last beer and the last song the band play is at 10.30 pm, lights out is at 11.30 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and on the public holiday beer is served from 9 am.

Exceptions: The Käfer Wiesn-Schänke and Kuffler’s Weinzelt (wine tent) are open till 1 am, last call here is at 12.30 am.

The small tents like chicken grills, snack and café tents are open till 11 pm.
Fish sandwiches, balloons and Wiesn hearts: The stalls

On the first Saturday of Wiesn the stalls open at 10 am and stay open till midnight. During the week the opening times are 10 am to 11.30 pm, on Fridays till midnight, on Saturdays from 9 am to midnight and on Sundays and on the public holiday from 9 am till 11.30 pm.

History: Oktoberfest, originally a horse race
One rule still applies in the beer tents at Oktoberfest: the customer is king. Yet we have a civil officer to thank for the annual get-together of approximately six million visitors in such a cozy setting. Andreas Michael Dall’Armi, Member of the Bavarian National Guard, had the idea of celebrating a wedding a little differently for a change. Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, the later King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen were to be honored with a huge horse race. The financier and cavalry major shared his idea with King Max I Joseph of Bavaria who was impressed from the get-go. The couple were married on 12 October 1810 with the festivities taking place on 17 October on the grounds of Theresienwiese, to be later named after the bride, and featuring the exact horse race suggested. And even though there weren’t any beer tents or fairground rides at the time, it marked the birth of Oktoberfest. In 1824, Munich city awarded Andreas Michael Dall’Armi the first gold citizens medal for ‘inventing’ Oktoberfest. He is buried at Alter Südfriedhof cemetery and a street has been named after him in the neighborhood of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg.

1819: Oktoberfest becomes top priority
In 1810, a year after the wedding celebrations, everyone was in agreement: We want more! Without the royal wedding, the festival naturally needed a new organizer and that became the ‘Landwirtschaftlicher Verein in Bayern’ [Bavarian agricultural association]. The newfound festivities created the perfect opportunity for the association to shine a spotlight on their own wares. As was notorious at the time, one big historical event followed after the other, which is why by 1813 the newly established Oktoberfest already had to be cancelled for the first time on account of the Napoleonic wars. After the war, Oktoberfest was financed privately until the city’s forefathers made the event a top priority in 1819. Even in the uppermost circles, the news had arrived that the Oktoberfest was guaranteed to draw a crowd, and that it would generate a wealth of revenue and should therefore be celebrated annually.
Bavaria, milestones and challenging years

In 1850, there was another event that was really worth celebrating: The statue of Bavaria, guardian of Oktoberfest and symbolic figure of Bavaria state, was unveiled and dedicated a place in the hall of fame. But this historical highlight gave way to some challenging years. War and cholera provided many things, but festival spirit was not one of them. It was another couple of decades until the time came for the Oktoberfest institution as we now know it. In 1881, the first roasted chicken outlet opened and traditional chicken continues to be served to hungry Oktoberfest visitors to this day. In the late 19th century, Oktoberfest continued to develop into the festival we now know it. Booths and carousels with electrical lighting appeared, performers came, and due to increased demand the breweries set up huge beer tents with musicians, instead of the usual small beer stalls.

1980: An attack shakes Oktoberfest
On 26 September 1980, a bomb exploded at the main entrance to Oktoberfest killing 13 people and injuring over 200 more. The victims included the assailant himself, Gundolf Köhler. The Oktoberfest attack was one of the worst in Germany’s history. Investigations into the case reopened in 2014.
O’zapft is, brass band music, Oide Wiesn: that’s how we celebrate today

It took a while for the historical Oktoberfest to become the festival we now recognize today. In 1910, to mark the 100th anniversary of Oktoberfest, 12,000 hectoliters of beer were poured at the Pschorr-Bräurosl, the huge festival tent that seated 12,000 people at the time. Each year, new and more exciting rides appeared at Oktoberfest. In 1950, Mayor of Munich Thomas Wimmer tapped the first keg in the Schottenhamel tent for the first time. Ever since, is has been customary for the major to kick off Oktoberfest. The famous words ‘O’zapft is’ have gained cult status over time.

Today, the Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival and it draws around six million visitors annually. Each year, it continues to break new records from the quantity of beer consumed through to the amount of chicken devoured. In 2005, a ‘quiet Oktoberfest’ was introduced to make the world’s largest folk festival more attractive to families. Business owners are only allowed to play party music after 6 p.m. and can only play Bavarian brass band music prior to that time.

The history of Oktoberfest also continues to be reborn in the most wonderful ways. In 2010, to mark the 200th anniversary, in addition to the ‘regular’ Oktoberfest, a historical festival took place in the south part of Theresienwiese which was to remind festival-goers of the festival’s history. In addition to a family-friendly program, a wealth of cultural activities and horseracing, from which the festival originated, were on offer. The ‘Oide Wiesn’ was so successful that it has taken place every year since — the inhabitants of Munich in particular immediately fell in love with their ‘Oide’. It only takes a year off if the Bavarian agricultural fair, which takes place every four years, happens to be on at the same time. The next time will be in 2020 and 2024.

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Location : Tokyo, Japan is the host city
Date : Friday, July 23, 2021 – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Ticket : Tickets can be purchased from the NOC or the designated Authorised Ticket Reseller in the country/territory of your residence.
Official Website : www.tokyo2020.org

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020.

Three Core Concepts – Achieving Personal Best

Through flawless preparation and execution, the Tokyo 2020 Games aim to deliver an event where every athlete can realise their best performance and achieve their personal best.

The world’s best technologies will be adopted in developing competition venues and in operating the Games.

All Japanese citizens, including Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, will employ their utmost resourcefulness as hosts to welcome visitors from around the world with the best Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality.
Unity in Diversity

Accepting and respecting differences in race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, level of ability or other status allows peace to be maintained and society to continue to develop and flourish.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will foster a welcoming environment and raise awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world.
Connecting to Tomorrow

The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan, enhanced Japanese people’s awareness of the outside world and developed the rapid growth of Japan’s economy.

The 2020 Games will enable Japan, now a mature economy, to promote future changes throughout the world, and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Innovative Initiatives for the Tokyo 2020 Games

In line with the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision of holding the most innovative Games in history and bringing positive reform to the world, a variety of new initiatives are being conducted.

Official Website : www.tokyo2020.org

Expo 2020 Dubai

Location : Dubai South district, close to Al Maktoum International Airport
Date: Expo 2020 will run for six months from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021.
Time : It will be open seven days a week, from 1000 to 0100 on weekdays and 1000 to 0200 on weekends and special days.
Ticket : from 1-Day tickets to Monthly Passes

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun. Come along, or spend a lifetime telling less interesting stories.

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Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
Our once-in-a-lifetime celebration – the largest event ever staged in the Arab world – is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe. Here they will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Youth are at the heart of our World Expo. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.

Sustainability at Expo 2020 Dubai
Discover the solutions we’re embracing to create a more sustainable future Expo 2020 Dubai aspires to deliver one of the most sustainable World Expos ever

Big statement, right?
To achieve our ambitious goal, we’ve developed a strategy packed with ideas – from recycling to promoting natural solutions – that are as intricate as they are innovative.

This supports not only our Sustainability subtheme, but also the Dubai Plan 2021, the UAE Vision 2021 and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sustainability is being integrated into all aspects of Expo 2020, while also creating a meaningful impact beyond the six months of Expo and inspiring millions of visitors and followers to reaffirm their commitment to the environment.

SustainableFirst.com supports the efforts of the EXPO 2020 DUBAI to discover solutions creating a more sustainable future and a meaningful impact beyond the six months of Expo, inspiring millions of visitors and followers to reaffirm their commitment to the environment. More at www.SustainableFirst.com

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Contact information:
Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo Road
Dubai South, Jebel Ali
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact Centre: (+971) 800 EXPO (3976)
Main Office: +971 4 555 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok with Exceptional Style and Luxury

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok with Exceptional Style and Luxury

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 12, 2019 (travelindex.com) – Leisure and business travelers visiting the Thai capital will find exceptional style and modern luxury at JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok following an extensive top-to-bottom renovation earlier this year. The transformative refurbishment raises the standard of accommodation in the city, offering a more exclusive stay in Bangkok. The makeover includes expansive updates to all 441 guestrooms and suites, refreshed meeting spaces, a reimagined lobby, and enhancements to some of its food and beverage outlets.

The experience begins the moment the travelers arrive. The spacious lobby has been enriched with stylish design details and unique objects d’art that emulate the rich culture of its location. Dark and light wood tones are accentuated by pops of color from the orange leather soft seating, vibrant floral arrangements, and the Thai-inspired geometric design of the plush carpet underfoot. Multiple intimate spaces allow for a quiet place to work or unwind with a favorite beverage. The new room design also seamlessly balances traditional Thai elements and modern architectural ideologies. Some unique features in the rooms provide intriguing insights into Thai history and culture.

Four of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets have also received a makeover. The interiors at the popular JW Café, have been enhanced with an inspired industrial look, from rustic exposed finishes and wooden flooring to bespoke lighting fixtures. Next door Bangkok’s favorite bakery, BBCO invites with comfortable settees and updated display cases, and its own a la carte menu. BBCO Terrace offers a new unique outdoor dining experience that makes it’s the perfect place for a coffee or a meal with friends and family.

The award-winning Man Ho Chinese restaurant re-opened with a new look and menu that offers guests modern interpretations of Chinese cuisine. The elegant interiors are a refined juxtaposition of Oriental artifacts, accentuated with contrasting materials, to reflect subtle luxury and depth.  Finally, Tsu Japanese restaurant boasts large windows that allow natural light into the open concept plan dressed in bright colors. The dining area has a mix of banquettes and tables with the aim of creating intimate spaces and also allowing the flexibility to seat large groups. Elevated seating allows diners to watch the chefs behind the sushi counter create their tempting bites.