UNWTO Launch Women in Tech Startup Competition Middle East

UNWTO Launch Women in Tech Startup Competition Middle East - TRAVELINDEX - WEBOFWOMEN.comRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 17, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO has launched a new Startup Competition to support women tourism tech entrepreneurs and innovators across the Middle East.

Announced at Biban 2023, Saudi Arabia’s largest SME conference, the Women in Tech Startup Competition: Middle East, will further advance UNWTO’s work to make tourism a pillar of women’s empowerment. The initiative gives innovators the chance to compete for enhanced capacity building and visibility. Finalists in each category will join the UNWTO Innovation Network, giving them access to the UNWTO Member States network, mentorship programs and to UNWTO scholarship opportunities.

Tourism startups are also leading the way in advancing women empowerment, in the Middle East and globally, and UNWTO is delighted to support the region’s best innovators and digital entrepreneurs

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, says: “Tourism startups have the power and agility to transform the sector in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism startups are also leading the way in advancing women empowerment, in the Middle East and globally, and UNWTO is delighted to support the region’s best innovators and digital entrepreneurs.”

Who can apply?

  • Startups must be led, owned or managed by women residing in any of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
  • Idea Stage, Early Stage or Series A startups with a minimum viable product or idea that is ready to be developed and funded.
  • Have a full-time team, a tested pilot and business plan.
  • Be scalable with potential for international growth.

Startups must also belong to at least one of the following categories:

  • Social Impact: For startups that focus on technology in wellness, health, urban development, rural development, sustainability, and education with cross-cutting benefits with tourism.
  •  Tourism and Travel Experience: Startups focusing on the food and beverage, transportation and accommodation, travel, and retail industries to participate. 
  • Future Tech: Startups that leverage fintech, AI, AR/VR, cryptocurrency, Internet of Things, blockchain technology, digital twinning and the Metaverse.
  • Events and Community: Startups focused on social and messaging platforms, e-sports and gaming platforms, community-based applications, events-related platforms, and education technology.

Applications close at the end of July 2023 and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Tech Adventure (TTA), to be held on World Tourism Day (27 September Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

Tribute Portfolio by Marriott Opens laïla Seychelles

Tribute Portfolio by Marriott Opens laïla Seychelles - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25HOTELS.comVictoria, Mahé, Seychelles, March 17, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Tribute Portfolio, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s growing collection of characterful, independent hotels, welcomes its latest addition in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the opening of Iaïla, Seychelles, a Tribute Portfolio Resort. Marking the brand’s debut in the Seychelles, the resort offers an oasis perfect for island exploration and revitalisation set in the serenity of a natural botanical paradise. Located close to Anse Royal, the photo-ready white sandy beach on the Southeastern coast of Mahé, the Seychelles largest island, the resort is set to showcase the hidden gems of the island for travellers and locals who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling.

“We are thrilled to be opening Iaïla, Seychelles, a Tribute Portfolio Resort and to introduce the brand to this vibrant, leisure destination,” said Sandra Schulze-Potgieter, Vice President, Premium & Select Brands, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, “As the first Tribute Portfolio property in the Seychelles and further growing its footprint in EMEA, this resort advocates the brand’s passion for captivating design and sincere service, while offering unique experiences that connect guests to the spirit of the destination.”

Designed by MMAC Design, the resort has a harmoniously calming colour palette complemented by bold pops of green which pay homage to the beautiful tropical surroundings. With carefully curated interiors, guests will appreciate the intricate detailing throughout, including the lobby ceiling which has been carved to reflect the shapes of the many islands in the Seychelles. Each of the resort’s 76 bespoke guest rooms is decorated with nature-inspired aesthetics, featuring a mural of the Seychelles’ plant silhouette, hand woven macramé bed board, and room separator made with wood and rattan, the natural materials often used in the island’s traditional architecture. In addition, families or a collective of friends can choose from the resort’s eight boutique suites, including the Senior Suite with a private plunge pool and terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounding mountains.

The resort features no shortage of distinct amenities, including a water sports centre, outdoor swimming pool, 24/7 gym, spa, barbershop, and kids’ recreation area. Tailor-made for guests who want to be part of something and seek out experiences that draw them into a larger community, the resort’s expansive activity offerings draw on the Seychellois spirit to captivate minds. Guests can take part in thoughtfully curated village experiences including Creole cooking classes, traditional weaving demonstrations, and evenings dancing around the bonfire to the traditional and charming sounds of Moutya music. Guests looking to live like a local can join insiders on day trips to explore the village market, embark on a fishing trip, hike through the jungle, or take expeditions to neighbouring islands arranged by native experts. Additionally, guests can enjoy sunrise yoga, jogging along the resort’s tropical trails, jewellery making using foraged shells, or opt for water sports including paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkelling at the famous uninhabited ‘Ile Souris’ coral island, which is frequented by an array of coral fish and sea turtles.

After a day of inspiring adventures, guests can relax at the Iaïla Spa with expert therapists who offer a full range of facial and body treatments, which include healing practices using only organic and handmade products made with local ingredients, such as coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon.

A foodies’ haven, the resort features five restaurants and bars, designed to capture the spirit of the community and attract guests and locals alike. Laroul offers an international array of cuisines and cultures with a distinctive Seychellois touch throughout the breakfast and dinner services. Signature dishes feature daily catches from the Indian Ocean and seasonal produce, such as Grilled Red Snapper and Flambé with Star Fruit. Kafe Kreol Beachside Bar and Restaurant is designed with a rustic concept and décor, serving up authentic Creole and Italian cuisine paired with both classic and locally inspired cocktails made with Takamaka Bay rum and fresh local produce such as coconuts and tamarind. For guests who gravitate towards a sip and swim session, the poolside Laroul Bar offers expertly prepared drinks and snacks.

Tribute Portfolio participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the award-winning travel program from Marriott International. Marriott Bonvoy Members will earn points for their stay at the new resort, and at other properties across Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalisation and a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

UNWTO Report to Support Climate Action in the Tourism Sector

UNWTO Report to Support Climate Action in the Tourism Sector - TRAVELINDEX - SUSTAINABLEFIRST.comMadrid, Spain, March 16, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO has released a new report highlighting the progress that global tourism has made in measuring greenhouse gas emissions as well as the challenges the sector still faces.

Measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is key for climate action. However, the tourism sector as the value chain is complex, diverse and overlapping, making sure measurement challenging. The new report “Climate Action in the Tourism Sector: An Overview of Methodologies and Tools to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions” was developed by UNWTO with support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany (BMUV) and is released in collaboration with UN Climate Change (UNFCCC). It focuses on three areas – accommodation, tour operators and destinations – with the following findings:

  • Accommodation has the largest number of methodologies and specifically-designed tools, followed by tour operators
  • Destinations face the greatest challenges when it comes to engaging in measurement
  • There is little consensus over the differing responsibilities and boundaries of stakeholders, or over metrics used when organisations measure emissions

Recommendations for better GHG measurements

While noting that measurement of GHG emissions in tourism is still in its early stages, the report found a new generation of tools and resources is emerging. These focus on enabling easy access and making use of commonly available data sources, showing progress towards integrated measurement and targeted guidance for more efficient reporting and more effective decarbonization efforts.

Among its key recommendations, the report calls for:

  • Tailored guidance for different stakeholder groups (destinations, accommodation, tour operators) to be developed
  • Achieving a balance between the need to be able to accurately measure and the priority to scale up engagement, efficiency and progress
  • Promoting the benefits of measurement by showcasing evidence-based changes in practices and advancing climate risk valuations to mobilize support

Advancing tourism knowledge

The overview builds on the results of the first Global Survey on Climate Action in Tourism, which led to the identification of more than 50 methodologies and tools, with their subsequent assessment against a set of criteria and in-depth interviews and working group sessions with experts from across the sector. With this new report, UNWTO aims to provide guidance regarding the measurement of GHG emissions, accelerate climate action and to support the implementation of the commitments launched in November 2021 through the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.

For more information and to access the report, please visit: Climate Action in Tourism Sector: An overview of methodologies and tools to measure greenhouse gas emissions (unwto.org)

Discover the Young Global Leaders Class of 2023

Discover the Young Global Leaders Class of 2023 - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25LEADERS.comGeneva, Switzerland, March 16, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Economic Forum has announced the induction of the newest members of its Young Global Leaders Class of 2023. This year’s cohort includes nearly 100 promising political leaders, innovative entrepreneurs, game-changing researchers and visionary activists who are accelerating positive and lasting change in their communities, countries and the world.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Forum of Young Global Leaders has cultivated a diverse community of outstanding people addressing the world’s most pressing problems – today made up of over 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries. In a turbulent and polarized world, committed, conscientious and inspired leaders are needed to create real-world change for the benefit of all. YGLs have demonstrated their commitment to improving the state of the world by unlocking the potential of technology for the common good, unveiling a plan to revolutionize health services in rural and refugee communities and galvanizing private sector action on pollution.

YGLs are renowned for their groundbreaking contributions to dynamic and exciting fields. Notable community members include Olympian Lewis Pugh and Paralympian Susannah Rodgers, Prime Minister Sanna Marin, entrepreneurs Jimmy Wales and Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, disability activist Sinéad Burke, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, and professional racing driver Nico Rosberg.

As part of their three-year leadership development programme, YGLs will have access to a range of executive education courses, learning journeys and opportunities to collaborate with trusted peers, helping them achieve their goals and make an even more significant impact on society. We are excited to welcome the 2023 class of Young Global Leaders and are confident in their ability to bridge divides to create real-world change for the benefit of all.

“Celebrating these exceptional leaders, we commend the YGLs for their outstanding commitment to addressing pressing global issues. Their extraordinary achievements inspire us all and we are confident that their leadership will pave the way for a better future,” said Wadia Ait Hamza, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

“The World Economic Forum is honoured to welcome the latest group of Young Global Leaders, whose exceptional achievements and commitment to improving the world come at a time when cooperation, partnerships and responsible leadership are more critical than ever,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Meet the 2023 YGL Class


  • Shinjini Kundu, Physician-Scientist, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA
  • Tanvi Ratna, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Policy 4.0. Research Foundation, India
  • Vukosi Marivate, Chair of Data Science, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Arts, Culture & Sports

  • Fagun Thakrar, Founder, The Purpose Movie Studio, United Kingdom
  • Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, Founder and Managing Director, Global Culture House, Saudi Arabia
  • Paolo Petrocelli, Head, Dubai Opera, United Arab Emirates
  • Peace Hyde, Creator and Executive Producer, Netflix Inc., Ghana
  • Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ART X Collective, Nigeria
  • Yuchun Li, Artist, Beijing Yellow Stone Media Co.,Ltd, People’s Republic of China


  • Aakrit Vaish, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jio Haptik Technologies Limited, India
  • Abdigani Diriye, Co-Founder, Bloom Financial Technologies, Kenya
  • Adam Lou, Chief Executive Officer, Lollipop Technology (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd, People’s Republic of China
  • Agon Gashi, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Express, Kosovo
  • Alejo Czerwonko, Chief Investment Officer Emerging Markets Americas, UBS AG, USA
  • Ali Akhai, Chairman, Martin Dow Limited, Pakistan
  • Aron Schwarzkopf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kushki, Ecuador
  • Barbara Garza, Former Country Manager, Director of Operations, Buenbit, Mexico
  • Charles Zhaoxuan YANG, Chief Financial Officer, NetEase.com Inc., People’s Republic of China
  • Claire Tsui, Managing Director, North Asia Head of Strategic Advisory and Private Asset Group, Credit Suisse AG Hong Kong Branch, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • David Upton, Managing Director, Chief of Staff for Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Barclays PLC, United Kingdom
  • Devina Pasta, Head of Strategy, Digital & Technology, Siemens AG, Germany
  • Felipe Valencia-Dongo, Managing Partner, Grupo Estrategia Consultores, Peru
  • Florian DELMAS, Chairman, Andros & Cie, France
  • Fridtjof Berge, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Antler Innovation Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Gregory Rockson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, mPharma, Ghana
  • Hussain Hanbazazah, Director of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Hussam Hammo, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Tamatem Inc., Jordan
  • Isabelle Yap, Executive Director and Vice President, East West Banking Corporation, Philippines
  • Juan Pablo Mata, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Mariposa, Apex Global Mobility, Guatemala
  • Jussi Herlin, Vice Chairman of the Board, Kone Corporation, Finland
  • Khaled Bin Braik, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Arab Emirates
  • Lauren Tilstra, Chief of Staff and Executive Director, Strategic Communications, Verizon Communications, USA
  • Lee Redden, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Hands On Robotics, USA
  • Li Chen, President, Gotion Global, Gotion High-tech, People’s Republic of China
  • Maria Vircikova, Chief Executive Officer, MATSUKO, Slovakia
  • Mariana Dias, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Gupy, Brazil
  • Marissa Giustina, Research Scientist and Quantum Electronics Engineer, Google LLC, USA
  • Marta Pinheiro, Director, XP Inc., Brazil
  • Moath Alnaeem, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Alpha Capital, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohamed Almaraj, Chief Executive Officer, ila Bank, Bahrain
  • Moritz Baier-Lentz, Partner and Head of Gaming, Lightspeed Venture Partners, USA
  • Porter Diehl, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates LP, USA
  • Richard Ettl, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SkyCell AG, Switzerland
  • Roselyne Chambrier, Chief Executive Officer, Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms (Arise IIP), Côte d’Ivoire
  • Sanaa Souidi, Head of Group Risks and Analytics, Swiss Re Management Ltd, Switzerland
  • Shelley Stewart, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc., USA
  • Smriti Kirubanandan, Engagement Director, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, USA
  • Sofia Elizondo, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Brightseed Bio, USA
  • Stefany Bello, Senior Vice President of Digital Partnerships, Retail & Commerce, Mastercard, USA
  • Sudarshan Venu, Managing Director, TVS Motor Company Limited, India
  • Sven Holstenson, Managing Partner, Pictet & Cie Group SCA, Switzerland
  • Tiffany Xingyu Wang, Chief Trust and Marketing Officer, Open Web Technologies Ltd., USA
  • Tom Plümmer, Chief Executive Officer, Wingcopter GmbH, Germany
  • Varun Sivaram, Group Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Ørsted Services A/S, USA
  • Vibin B Joseph, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, BiOZEEN, India
  • Wafa Al Obaidat, Chief Executive Officer, Obai and Hill, Bahrain
  • Wei Li, Managing Director, Global Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock Inc., United Kingdom
  • Yusuke Narita, Founder, Hanjuku-kaso Inc., Japan
  • Zhang Yaoyu, General Manager Global LNG and New Energies, PetroChina International, People’s Republic of China

Civil Society

  • Avital Saskia Niño de Rivera Cover, Co-Founder and Spokeswoman, Reinserta -Un Mexico A.C-, Mexico
  • Chong Yu, China Chief Representative, WildAid, People’s Republic of China
  • Jonathan Fantini Porter, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for Central America, Guatemala
  • Kluane Adamek, Yukon Regional Chief, Assembly of Nations, Canada
  • Nick Allardice, Chief Executive Officer, Change.org, PBC, USA
  • Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder and Global Director, Budgit, Inc., Nigeria
  • Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health, USA
  • Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President and Chief Executive Officer, UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA), United Arab Emirates
  • Ying Wei, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Deja Vu, People’s Republic of China
  • Zhizhong Li, Co-Founder and Secretary General, Shiyu Children Foundation, People’s Republic of China


  • Margaret Zhang, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China, People’s Republic of China
  • Maureen Trantham, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy and Social Impact & Philanthropy Operations, Sesame Workshop, USA
  • Natashya Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief, Asia Pacific, Vice News, Australia
  • Uche Pedro, Founder, BellaNaija, Nigeria

Public Figures

  • Aaditya Thackeray, Leader, Shivsena, India
  • Adriana Tudela, Congresswoman, Congress of Peru, Peru
  • Aïssata Lam, Director General, Investment Promotion Agency of Mauritania, Mauritania
  • Amira Aisya Abd Aziz, Co-Founder and Deputy President, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance, Malaysia
  • Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Canada, Canada
  • Batnairamdal Otgonshar, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mongolian People’s Party, Mongolia
  • Benjamina Karic, Mayor of Sarajevo, City of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Christoph Baumann, Envoy for Sustainable Finance, State Secretariat for International Finance, Switzerland
  • Daniel Arrigg Koh, White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary and former United States Department of Labor and City of Boston Chief of Staff, White House, USA
  • Huy Dung Nguyen, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam, Viet Nam
  • Idan Roll, Member of the Knesset, The Israeli Knesset, Israel
  • Justin Bibb, Mayor, City of Cleveland, USA
  • Kow Abaka Essuman, Legal Counsel to the President, Office of the President of Ghana, Ghana
  • Madhukeshwar Desai, National Vice President, BJYM (BJP Youth Wing), India
  • Mateen of Brunei Darussalam, Prince, The State of Brunei, Brunei Darussalam
  • Miguel Medina, Minister of Investment, Honduras Government, Honduras
  • Sakaja Johnson, Governor, Nairobi City County, Kenya
  • Shahril Sufian bin Hamdan, Founder, SHP3 Advisory, Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Tara Iyer, Macroeconomist, International Monetary Fund, USA
  • Wafaa Jemali, Secretary General, Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Morocco
  • Walter Pacheco, Chief Executive Officer, Angolan Stock Exchange, Angola

Discover the new Young Global Leader (YGL) class at www.wef.ch/ygl23

Emirates Sir Tim Clark to Discuss Rapid Aviation Growth in Middle East

Emirates Sir Tim Clark to Discuss Rapid Aviation Growth in Middle East - TRAVELINDEX - AIRLINEHUB.comDubai, United Arab Emirates, March 15, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, will participate in an in-depth discussion on the Global Stage of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, which will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 1-4 May. In conversation with John Strickland, Director of JLS Consulting, Sir Tim will reflect on Emirates’ long-term strategy as it begins to ramp up aircraft deliveries from 2024 while balancing growth and tackling broader issues like climate change.

The news comes amid reports of significant gains across the Middle East’s aviation sector, which saw year-on-year traffic almost double in January 2023 according to figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This growth is especially evident in the UAE where Dubai International Airport (DXB) catered to more than 66 million passengers in 2022, a 127% rise compared to the previous year.

Over the longer term, analysts from Mordor Intelligence predict that the Middle East’s aviation market will record a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 6% during the period 2022-27, meaning regional passenger numbers are likely to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “It’s encouraging to see that air traffic in the Middle East is once again beginning to soar, especially following such a turbulent period during and after the global pandemic.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Sir Tim to our Global Stage for the 30th edition of ATM,” Curtis added. “Emirates has firmly established itself as an innovative trailblazer within the global aviation industry, so I cannot wait to hear how Sir Tim and his colleagues are working to build a futureproofed and sustainable airline sector.”

The leading role that Gulf airlines are playing in the decarbonisation of the aviation industry will represent a key focus during the upcoming edition of ATM. Earlier this year, Emirates announced that one of its Boeing 777-300ERs had successfully completed a demonstration flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Etihad Airways, meanwhile, has teamed up with carbon-net-zero solutions specialist, World Energy, as part of a long-term strategic partnership that will result in dramatic emissions reductions.

The 30th edition of ATM will feature in-depth sessions dedicated to air travel on day two. Following the conclusion of Emirates Returns to Growth: President of Emirates Airline in Discussion with John Strickland, experts from Boeing, Etihad and SimpliFlying will assemble on ATM’s Global Stage to discuss The Net-Zero Future of the Aviation Industry. A broad range of regional carriers will also be participating in ATM 2023 in addition to Emirates and Etihad, including flydubai, flynas, Saudia Airlines, Saudi Amad for Airport Services and Air Transport, and Cham Wings Airlines.

ATM 2023 is anticipating a 7.5% year-on-year uptick in both participation and exhibition space occupied by the aviation sector, building on the excellent levels of engagement witnessed during last year’s show. On a broader level, the conference will explore the future of sustainable travel in line with its theme of ‘Working Towards Net Zero’. Having officially initiated its journey to net zero, the conference programme will explore how innovative sustainable travel trends are likely to evolve, allowing delegates to identify growth strategies within key vertical sectors, while providing a platform for regional experts to explore a sustainable future ahead of COP28, which will take place in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai.

The conference will also feature a sustainability category at its annual exhibitor awards for the first time. Exhibiting organisations will be recognised based on the extent to which they have considered the environmental impact of their stands, as well as their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

ATM 2023 is held in conjunction with Dubai World Trade Centre and its strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts as the Official Hotel Partner and Al Rais Travel as the Official DMC Partner.

For more information log on to wtm.com/atm/en-gb.html

About Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 30th year, is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2022 attracted over 24,000 visitors and hosted over 31,000 participants including 1,600 exhibitors and attendees from 151 countries, across 10 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. Next in-person event: Monday 1 to Thursday 4 May 2023, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2023. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector, it includes ILTM Arabia, ARIVAL Dubai, Influencers’ events and activations, ITIC, GBTA Business Travel Forums, as well as ATM Travel Tech. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums, ATM Speed Networking Events as well as a series of country forums.

About RX (Reed Exhibitions)
RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face-to-face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 33,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. The market capitalisation is approximately £33bn, €39bn, $47bn.

World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms across four continents. The events are:

WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. The show facilitates business connections for the global (leisure) travel community. Senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating travel industry contracts. Next live event: Monday 6 to 8 November 2023 at ExCel London

WTM Latin America takes place annually in the city of São Paulo and attracts around 20,000 tourism professionals during the three-day event. The event offers qualified content together with networking and business opportunities. In this its ninth edition – there have been eight face-to-face events along with a 100% virtual one, which was held in 2021 – WTM Latin America continued to focus on effective business generation and achieved the advance booking of six thousand meetings that were held between buyers, travel agents and exhibitors in 2022. Next event: Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 April 2023 – Expo Center Norte, SP, Brazil

WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2022, WTM Africa facilitated more than 7 thousand unique pre-scheduled appointments, an increase of more than 7% compared to 2019 and welcomed more than 6 thousand visitors (unaudited), the same number as in 2019. Next event: Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April 2023 – Cape Town International

About ATW Connect
Africa Travel Week’s digital arm, is a virtual hub packed to the seams with interesting content, industry news and insights, and the opportunity to hear from experts on a variety of topics in our new monthly webinar series. All with the aim to keep all of us in the travel and tourism industry connected. ATW Connect focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology.

Pimalai Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainability at Laanta Lanta Festival

Pimalai Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainability at Laanta Lanta Festival - TRAVELINDEX - VISITTHAILAND.netKoh Lanta, Thailand, March 11, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Vibrant annual event showcases the diverse culture and nature in this southern Thai paradise, including a creative contest to make artistic sculptures from recycled waste. Pimalai Resort & Spa, the five-star sanctuary on the southern Thai island of Koh Lanta, has reaffirmed its commitment to preserving the island’s culture and environment by joining forces with the local government and community to be part of the 18th Laanta Lanta Festival 2023, a vibrant annual festival designed to showcase the island’s rich multicultural and natural heritage.

Nestled in the Andaman Sea, just off the coast of southern Thailand’s Krabi province, Koh Lanta is a diverse society comprising Muslims, Thai Buddhists, Chinese Thais and the Chao Ley people, who live their lives on the sea. Together, they have lived and worked in harmony for over 122 years, while also protecting the island’s abundance of natural resources – including lush green forests, colourful underwater ecosystems and native wildlife – for future generations.

Celebrating this rich diversity, the Laanta Lanta Festival ran from 3-5 March 2023 and featured a wide range of activities and events related to the conservation of the island. This year’s festival was opened by Mr. Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism & Sports, together with local government officials in a major ceremony at the courtyard in front of the Ko Lanta Community Museum.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was a sculpture contest that challenged the island’s schoolchildren and residents to create artworks made from recycled waste, including trash that had washed up on Koh Lanta’s beaches. Based on the theme of indigenous land and sea creatures, this initiative saw imaginative sculptures created from plastic bottles, beverage cans, sandals, food boxes and other debris which would otherwise have been left in nature where it could pose a severe danger to wildlife, such as sea turtles. This activity not only helped to clear trash from the island; it also raised awareness about pollution and the need for effective waste management among students, islanders, tourists and business operators.

The Laanta Lanta Festival was organised in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and B. Grimm, a group of companies that specialise in energy, health and educating young people about ecological challenges, along with officials, private organisations and the people of Koh Lanta.

Pimalai has been a long-term supporter and partner of the festival, which reflects its deep commitment to environmental conservation and social integration. Ever since this five-star resort opened its doors 21 years ago, it has worked on regular projects with authorities to help preserve Koh Lanta. For example, In November 2022, Pimalai came together with the government of Krabi province, Koh Lanta district, the Royal Thai Navy and local businesses to release 50 sea turtles and tens of millions of blue crabs into the sea at the resort’s beach. Next month, from 19-22 April 2023, Pimalai will team up with the Thai government’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife & Plant Conservation once again to undertake the latest coral restoration project at Koh Haa. Many more initiatives planned are being planning in the future, as Pimalai works tirelessly to secure a sustainable future for Koh Lanta.

Blissfully serene and secluded, Koh Lanta is a unique destination that feels very different from southern Thailand’s busier tourist islands. By highlighting the unique strengths of a multicultural community and pristine environment to Thai and international tourists, Pimalai is playing an active role in positioning the island as a world-leading sustainable tourism destination.

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About Pimalai Resort & Spa
Koh Lanta’s first five-star resort, Pimalai Resort & Spa has been redefining luxury hospitality on this idyllic Andaman island since it launched almost two decades ago. Voted Southeast Asia’s second best resort in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards”, this award-winning property cascades through 100 acres of tropical jungles easing its way towards one of Thailand’s best beaches: Kantiang Bay. It’s here that guests while the days away lounging on what often feels like a private beach or spend action-packed afternoons out in the cerulean sea scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on a sunset cruise. A smattering of local bars and restaurants line the beach, but its Pimalai’s onsite eateries that tend to steal the show. The legendary Rak Talay beachfront bar and restaurant is as loved for the sumptuous Thai-style seafood as it is its sunset setting, while nestled in the resort’s jungle interior, Seven Seas serves up Michelin-chef-conceived menus throughout the evening. Guests can also indulge in an array of onsite wellness experiences, ranging from traditional Muay Thai classes to early evening tennis matches and pampered afternoons at the signature Pimalai Spa. With no immediate neighbours, the 121-room resort is a serene sanctuary where guests can feel completely at peace in their private surroundings. From Hillside Ocean Pool Villas that command vistas of the stunning scenery through to the Beachside Villas, situated only a few short steps away from the shoreline, rooms at Pimalai cater to all tastes with spacious layouts and designs that seamlessly integrate with the natural surroundings.

UNWTO Best Tourism Villages to be Celebrated in Alula

UNWTO Best Tourism Villages to be Celebrated in Alula - TRAVELINDEXAlUla, Saudi Arabia, March 11, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO will celebrate tourism as a major factor of sustainable rural development at a special Best Tourism Villages ceremony to be held in AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (12-13 March).

Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO (BTV) is the flagship initiative of the Organization’s wider work to advance tourism as a pillar of rural development and opportunity. Since 2021, BTV has produced an annual list of destinations which stand out for their commitment to sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental – and the preservation and promotion of community-based values. The ceremony will bring together Ministers of Tourism alongside representatives of the most recent villages recognized by UNWTO, including AlUla Old Town District itself.

Tourism is a leading pillar of growth and opportunity for villages, supporting rural businesses, providing jobs for local communities, and celebrating traditions and heritage

“It is a great honour that AlUla is among this year’s award recipients. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness about the transformative role of tourism through our support for meaningful initiatives such as this,” said H.H. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al- Saud, Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia, Member of Board of Directors, and the Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Tourism is a leading pillar of growth and opportunity for villages, supporting rural businesses, providing jobs for local communities, and celebrating traditions and heritage. Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO recognises those destinations that are showing what tourism can offer, both for tourists as well as for the communities themselves.”

“We are delighted to host the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages 2022 Ceremony in Saudi Arabia this year. We look forward to sharing the rich history and heritage of the Kingdom with event attendees and participants,” said H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

About AlUla
AlUla Old Town District will be recognized at the prestigious ceremony. An ancient crossroads of civilisations and home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, AlUla is a leading example of the far-reaching benefits tourism can bring to rural communities as it is comprehensively regenerated into the world’s largest living museum by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU).

Tourism for Rural Development Highlighted at UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Event

Tourism for Rural Development Highlighted at UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Event - TRAVELINDEX - TOURISMSAUDIARABIA.comAlUla, Saudi Arabia, March 14, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism importance for rural development was the message at the heart of the Best Tourism Villages Ceremony.

The initiative is one of the pillars of UNWTO Tourism for Rural Development Programme.  Every year, Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO recognizes destinations which stand out for their commitment to sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental – and the preservation and promotion of community-based values.

Alongside the ceremony itself, the First Annual Meeting of the Best Tourism Villages Network, a platform for sharing of knowledge and experiences, was held. During the meeting, the villages discussed their challenges and opportunities as well as their workplan for the coming year.

For rural communities everywhere, tourism is a hugely powerful force for growth and opportunity

“It is a great honour that AlUla is among this year’s award recipients. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness about the transformative role of tourism through our support for meaningful initiatives such as this,” said H.H. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al- Saud, Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia, Member of Board of Directors, and the Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “For rural communities everywhere, tourism is a hugely powerful force for growth and opportunity. With Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO, we recognize and celebrate those destinations where this force is being truly embraced, whether it’s creating jobs and supporting businesses or preserving local heritage. We look forward to keep growing with our Best Tourism Villages Network both in size and in influence.”

“We are delighted to host the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages 2022 Ceremony in Saudi Arabia this year. We look forward to sharing the rich history and heritage of the Kingdom with event attendees and participants,” said H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

JW Marriott Khao Lak Unveils Inspirational Experiences

JW Marriott Khao Lak Unveils Inspirational Experiences - TRAVELINDEX - VISITTHAILAND.netKhao Lak, Thailand, March 14, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Reimagined beach front retreat pioneers a new style of travel, based around a collection of warm, intentional, natural and uplifting experiences. The intimate dining experience on the beach at sunset is one of a host of experiences offered to guests at the resort. JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites, the pioneering beachfront retreat in southern Thailand, have unveiled 21 signature experiences for 2023 that will enable every guest to explore the authentic heart and soul of their destination and elevate their vacation. Designed for a new generation of experience-seeking globetrotters, including curious couples, fun-seeking families and friends with a passion for discovery, these engaging activities will ignite every visitor’s appetite for adventure.

Whether you want to experience the Warm, Intentional, Uplifting or Natural, simply pick from any of these enlivening activities, each of which has been carefully crafted by the resort’s team of experts.

Let us help you take care of the most important people in your life. We can arrange a beachside Family Picnic, complete with a tipi, picnic basket, blanket and so much more, or gather your loved ones for a Family BBQ, crafted by a private chef in the JW Garden and filled with fresh ingredients, local seafood and prime meats. For romantic couples, our culinary team can serve a Romantic Dinner at a candlelit table for two in any location you desire. If you care about nature, head down to the JW Garden, where you can learn about our three signature ingredients: rosella, Thai basil and lemongrass, which can be seen all around our resort.

Discover the rich culture of Khao Lak with a Beachfront Sunday Market – an invigorating and immersive encounter that will stimulate the senses with exotic sights, sounds and smells. For a more soothing activity, our Coconut Workshops will teach you how to make traditional southern Thai coconut oils and soaps by hand, while our spa packages are full of organic scrubs and therapies. Alternatively, simply grab ice-cold coconuts from our Coconut Boat as you relax in the lagoon pool or on the terrace with your loved ones. Finally, Movie Night is Khao Lak’s first open air beachfront cinematic experience – a wonderful way to unwind.

What could be better than learning a new skill on your vacation? Our experts are ready to show you their skills and teach you the tricks you need to be a master crafter. Led by our resident mixologists, our Mixology Master Class will reveal how to blend the perfect cocktail using fresh produce from the JW Garden, while the Culinary Master Classes let you recreate some of the resort’s most amazing dishes, include handmade pasta with Chef Enzo, Indian spices with Chef Mohan or Thai cookery with Chef Sa. Wellness seekers can also join our organic Bath Bomb Workshop, using ingredients from the JW Garden.

For children, family vacations are when many of life’s most magical memories are made. Treat your kids to an array of inspiring experiences and activities, including the chance to watch a Magician perform tricks before their eyes, or take part in Kids’ Daily Rituals at Sala, the casual poolside restaurant, such as sea boxing, games, cookie decorating, mocktail making and more. Unleash your children’s creativity with Wall Painting sessions, as they swap paper and pens for a vast canvas, or uncover arts & crafts, aquatic adventures and discovery walks with our daily Kids’ Club Activities. Then, at the end of the day, gather round a fire pit on the beach for Marshmallow Toasting.

If you’re passionate about sustainability, our innovative Art of Trash workshops combine creativity with sustainability as we take debris and driftwood from the shore and turn it into stunning sculptures. From Q2 2023, we’ll also be delighted to invite you to our Shark Nursery, a dedicated marine sanctuary that connects all ages with the Andaman Sea’s threatened bamboo sharks. Join our fully trained team of conservationists and find out how they nurture the sharks, from the incubation of eggs to the time of release.

Find physical fulfilment on your vacation with our active experiences. Join our Muay Thai instructor and learn the art of Thai boxing, a colourful martial art that is steeped in tradition. Alternatively, a Bike Tour can reveal the many wonders of Khao Lak, including local villages, Chong Fah Waterfall, Bang Niang Market and even the chance to present alms to Buddhist monks at the nearby temple. Mindfulness can also be achieved with a Floating Yoga class, as you stretch your body and achieve physical and spiritual equilibrium on our purpose-built floating yoga platforms.

“Today’s travellers do not only want to see a new destination – they want to live it, breathe it and feel it. That’s why we’ve curated a comprehensive collection of experiences that encompass every aspect of our resort and every type of guest. Following the completion of our transformative renovation, we are proud to unveil a new way of travelling that will connect our clientele with the spirit of southern Thailand,” said Abhimanyu Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites.

Following its recent transformation, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites have become the ultimate destination for experience-seeking travellers. With an intuitive collection of rooms, suites and villas to suit every style of vacation, from couples’ breaks to family escapes with young kids and teens, plus world-class restaurants, a stunning spa, fitness centre, kids’ club, and a 2.4 km-long lagoon pool – the longest in Southeast Asia – including an Aqua Play Zone, all nestled among landscaped tropical gardens just moments from the shore, this is an unparalleled beachfront retreat.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. JW Marriott is a tribute to the founder of Marriott International, J. Willard “J.W.” Marriott, who prioritized his own well-being so that he could take better care of others. Inspired by his approach to life and rooted in holistic well-being, JW Marriott properties offer a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every momfunent to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 35 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition.

About Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 30 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. From The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis to W Hotels and more, Marriott Bonvoy has more luxury offerings than any other travel program. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.

Accor Continues Expansion in the Philippines with First MGallery Resort

Accor Continues Expansion in the Philippines with First MGallery Resort - TRAVELINDEX - VISITPHILIPPINES.orgBohol, Philippines, March 13, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor has continued its rapid expansion in the Philippines with the signing of South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery, a locally-inspired five-star resort on the idyllic island of Panglao that will introduce this emerging destination’s unique heritage and community values to visitors from all around the world. The resort joins a strong pipeline of 16 committed projects across the country, and will become the first resort-style property for MGallery in the Philippines.

Scheduled to open its doors in 2024, the 188-key South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery will be nestled within 6.4-hectare of expansive grounds, surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the powder-soft sands of Panglao’s South coast. Throughout their stay in this tropical paradise, travellers will be able to soak up the stunning scenery and explore the island’s cultural charms and natural wonders, including snorkelling and scuba diving in the turquoise seas.

When guests are not exploring the island or neighbouring Bohol, they will be able to dine at a choice of four restaurants, cool off in the swimming pool, grab refreshments at the pool bar, work out in a well-equipped fitness centre, or enjoy soothing therapies at the spa. A ballroom and meeting rooms will also present compelling opportunities for original, out-of-town corporate events and dream weddings. Everything for guests to create their own stories, stories that stay.

South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery is being developed by Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) with support from Bill Barnett, Managing Director of Asian hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks. AGC is a family-run business with a deep emotional connection to Bohol and Panglao. The resort will weave the timeless tales of family and folklore into every aspect of the guest experience. Using a pioneering ‘adaptive reuse’ design approach, the project will embrace the history of the destination by reusing materials from village dwellings in every room. These materials include wooden walls and objects that tell the story of local artisans. This inspiring concept is perfectly aligned with the values of MGallery, Accor’s one-of-a-kind global collection of hotels where captivating stories are lived and shared.

“South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery is an exceptional resort that adds another outstanding destination to our expanding presence in Southeast Asia, joining our flourishing collection of memorable hotels and resorts full of character and charm. Panglao is an island paradise that promises the perfect blend of soft, sandy beaches, sparkling seas and rich cultural heritage, encouraging more globally-minded travelers to experience its pleasures, and connecting them to the delights of the local neighborhoods. The opening of Bohol-Panglao International Airport in 2018 has allowed this exotic island to usher in an exciting new era of travel and tourism, and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this trend. We look forward to working with our partners at AGC to bring this exciting, locally inspired project to life,” said Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel, Sofitel Legend, MGallery and Emblems.

South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery will be surrounded by extensive leisure and MICE facilities courtesy of Panglao Shores, AGC’s brand-new lifestyle destination that will feature a retail mall, residential and hotels, night market, live performance areas, restaurants, bars and gardens. Developed from the ground up with sustainability as its guiding light and in consultation with local artisans, vendors, farmers and fishing communities, the future-forward development is designed to benefit the island for many generations to come.

“AGC is a family company that was born in Bohol and cares deeply about this destination. By coming together with Accor, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, we are proud to enhance the quality of hospitality on the island by blending world-class facilities and international standards with the genuine local charm and authentic cultural heritage of Bohol, which is based on shared community values. In combination with Panglao Shores, our destination-defining lifestyle development, we hope to build a bright future for the people of Panglao,” commented Hope Uy, Managing Director of Panglao Shores.

South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery is located less than 10 minutes’ drive from Bohol-Panglao International Airport, which offers direct flights to and from Manila and other cities in the Philippines, with the potential for international flights in future.

Accor is the leading international hotel operator in the Philippines with ten hotels, resorts and branded residences currently operating and a committed pipeline of 16 hotels scheduled to open within the next five years. South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery is the second MGallery branded property in the Philippines, joining the Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery.

About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality group offering experiences across more than 110 countries in 5 400 properties, 10 000 food & beverage venues, wellness facilities or flexible workspaces. The Group has one of the industry’s most diverse hospitality ecosystems, encompassing more than 40 hotel brands from luxury to economy, as well as Lifestyle with Ennismore. Accor is committed to taking positive action in terms of business ethics & integrity, responsible tourism, sustainable development, community outreach, and diversity & inclusion. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States.

About MGallery Hotel Collection
The MGallery Hotel Collection brand thoughtfully selects and curates unique properties around the world, forming a storied collection of boutique hotels with true soul where captivating stories are lived and shared. With more than 100 properties, each MGallery tells a unique story inspired by its own remarkable past or the destination it calls home. From bespoke design and sensorial mixology to well-being dedicated to everyday self-care, MGallery hotels are places where guests can enjoy an exquisite travel experience. MGallery Hotel Collection guests live a distinctive story through their delightful visits to these stylish, thoughtful and decidedly singular hotels. Well-known properties in the MGallery Hotel Collection include Hotel Molitor Paris – MGallery, INK Hotel Amsterdam – MGallery, Santa Teresa Hotel RJ – MGallery, The Porter House Hotel Sydney – MGallery in Australia, Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery in Thailand, and Hotel des Arts Saigon – MGallery in Vietnam. MGallery Hotel Collection is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,400 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.