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InterContinental Hong Kong is expected to close for a major renovation in the first quarter of 2019, with the entire renovation taking 12-16 months. The hotel will undergo a spectacular transformation that will position it as one of the top hotels not only in Asia, but also as one of the world's most iconic hotels. The total transformation will span all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a redesign of the building façade with a contemporary new look.

The hotel's celebrated restaurants and event venues are anticipated to reopen in the evenings from late summer 2019. Yan Toh Heen, InterContinental Hong Kong's 2-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open for dinner throughout the renovation.

Curiosity Inc., the Tokyo based studio founded by Lead Designer Gwenael Nicolas, has been appointed to create the stunning redesign and complete transformation of the hotel's guest rooms and suites, as well as the hotel's iconic lobby. Curiosity's client list reads like a “who's who” of the world's most celebrated luxury retail brands – Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Berluti to name a few.

Claus Pedersen, General Manager, InterContinental Hong Kong, says, “For over three decades our hotel has enjoyed a loyal following of guests not only because of our acclaimed dining, accommodations and harbour views, but also because of the outstanding service by our dedicated employees. As such, our employees will be part of our exciting renovation journey, so that we can maintain the exceptionally high service levels of our hotel and Michelin restaurants.”

Kenneth Gaw, President and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners and Managing Director of Pioneer Global Group, says, “InterContinental Hong Kong has always had a special place in the hearts of the local community here as the diamond in the 'Pearl of the Orient'. We are thrilled and committed to return the property back to its glory days as one of the best hotels in the world. Following this exciting transformation, InterContinental Hong Kong will once again become a contemporary, iconic hotel for global travellers and will thrive as a world class destination.” Gaw Capital Partners led the acquisition of this hotel on behalf of a consortium of investors in 2015, including Pioneer Global Group.

Seychelles was represented at the Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards ceremony held in New York City last Wednesday.

Some 200 guests attended the event hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Publisher, Mr. Joseph Messer, and Editor in Chief, Mr. Nathan Lump.

The ceremony saw the presentation of accolades to top hotels, islands, cities, airlines, cruise lines, spas, among others, as voted by readers of the New York-based travel magazine.

Readers of Travel + Leisure are given the opportunity to rate their travel experiences around the globe on an annual basis.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, Mr. David Germain was presented with the award designating Seychelles as the best island in Africa and the Middle East.

It’s the second year in a row that Seychelles is rated in the top spot in this category by Travel + Leisure.

Mr. Germain said: “The Award is confirmation that our beautiful islands is becoming more and more popular in North America, topping the list of the most desirable holiday destinations worldwide.”

Visitor arrivals from the Americas to the Seychelles increased by 69 percent from January to June.

Mr. Germain remarked that US consumers choose to visit Africa because of the wildlife, history, geography and people, hence Seychelles is in a unique position to attract visitors from the US thanks to its proximity to Africa.

“Our mission is to promote this message, to a cross-section of US audiences: consumers with a passion for international travel and the travel suppliers who serve them,” said Mr. Germain.

Opportunities to increase arrivals from the North American market lies in the Seychelles Tourism Board’s ability to participate in exhibitions and trade shows in North America. Seychelles needs to be consistently present in the marketplace, in order to be included in travel packages with other destinations in Africa & the Middle East.

As part of efforts to improve connection with North America’s travel trade, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) recently joined the United States Tour Operator Association, USTOA.

The STB Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis, has also highlighted the intention to seek further collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines in the near future, to support twin-center holiday packages targeting specifically the US market.

From Kingston to Kuala Lumpa, MoBay to Torbay, Birmingham, Boston, Toronto, Tottenham, and further afield, Jamaicans the world over celebrate the 55th year of independence of the land they love.

With special parties and services - of varying magnitude – in the highest of offices and most basic of house parties, following Emancipation Day, on August 1, men women and children of the Diaspora mark the occasion today to commemorate its freedom from British colonial occupation in 1962 and the very first raising of the Pan-African coloured flag.

The national anthem, ‘Jamaica, Land We Love,’ will be bellowed out with considerable vigor throughout the day as the country which gave the world Usain and Bob, Grace and Rita, Mary and Marcus, Alexander, Cyndy, Edward, Portia, Shelly-Ann and Chris, plus too many more who have enriched history,

Today is about showing just what you’ve got.

The leading cruise review site has recognized Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean as one of the top five Southern Caribbean destinations for cruise. recently announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards based entirely on consumer ratings submitted to the website for trips within the last year. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.

Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports. About Pure Grenada, one consumer wrote, “Very nice island. Enjoyed walking around the downtown area” while another commented, “Beautiful port, took the water taxi to the beach with a number of our family members.”

Speaking of the awards this year, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic Colleen McDaniel explained, “Itineraries are incredibly important to today’s cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they’re going and what they can do while they’re there. Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration – and this year’s list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers.”

Ahead, of the upcoming cruise season, Pure Grenada is already buzzing with a number of new onshore excursions to cater to every taste. These attractions include culinary tours that introduce visitors to Grenada’s world famous spices, hiking tours to some of Grenada’s breath-taking ridges in the north and the Grenada High wire canopy obstacle course set in our mystic rain forest. ‘Bean To Bar’ chocolate tours, pristine white sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, underwater adventures and much more are there to be enjoyed.

CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority Patricia Maher says the award is a testament to Pure Grenada’s popularity. She further stated, “ The GTA has been working closely with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), major cruise lines, the Ministry of Tourism and key local stakeholders to improve product offerings and keep Pure Grenada top of mind when planning itineraries.”

At a ceremony held on 25th July 2017, at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, Lahore, Premval (Pvt) Ltd – a wholly owned subsidiary of VPL Limited – has delivered 40 Golden Dragon Buses to Daewoo Express. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Jiang Yonghui, President Golden Dragon, Mr. Sheheryar Chishty, CEO Daewoo Express, Mr. Konoz Mohiuddin, Chairman Premval and senior management of Daewoo Express, Golden Dragon and Premval. Distinguished guests included partner banks of Daewoo Express and Premval. Daewoo Express also signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Golden Dragon and Premval for expansion of their fleet.

“We are delighted to add these new buses to our fleet, as this is the largest single order placed by Daewoo Express in the inter-city segment for quite a few years,” said Mr. Sheheryar Chishty, CEO Daewoo Express “They look superb and will go into service straight away — operating from Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi.” “We aim to stand out amongst luxury bus providers in Pakistan by maintaining highest quality standards and meeting long term requirements of our customers” said Mr. Jiang Yonghui, President Golden Dragon.

“This order reflects Daewoo’s confidence in Premval and we are committed to move forward by providing continued support and quality solutions to Daewoo Express” said Mr. Waqar Asghar, CEO Premval. “We have worked alongside Golden Dragon for a long time and that is clearly demonstrated in the quality of the buses. This is a big delivery for Golden Dragon and hopefully a platform for future growth in this segment. We will only get better from here onwards.” said Mr. Uzair Shahid, Country Manager Buses at Premval.

These buses have been specially manufactured as “Daewoo Dragon” for Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service. Developed on a special assembly line for production of Europe-bound buses at Golden Dragon factory in Xiamen. The new buses are powered by 380HP Yuchai 10.5L EURO III compliant diesel engines and connected with ZF gearbox from Germany.

These are specifically designed to achieve high reliability, excellent drivability and low fuel consumption. The buses are the first 12.7 meter buses in Pakistan with 45 seats translating into higher revenue for operators and also allowing extra leg room to make travel experience more comfortable. These buses are expected to change perceptions surrounding Chinese products in Pakistan. Golden Dragon ranks among the top players in China’s coach industry, specialized in developing, manufacturing and selling medium-large sized luxury buses and light vans.

The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has debuted a new advertising campaign, named "Real Nice".

In partnership with its advertising agency of record, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta (JWT), which is responsible for creative design, and local Virgin Islands company FilmVI, the popular "Virgin Islands Nice" campaign was revised to give consumers insight into Virgin Islanders' lifestyle, while capturing the attention of visitors who seek to experience a unique vacation rich in interactive cultural offerings.

With more than 80 percent of the campaign development budget spent in the Territory, the production resulted in the hiring of more than 100 on-island talent and crew, as well as wardrobe, props and equipment to achieve a new level of authenticity.

The refreshing new phase of the campaign, which involved creating print, television and digital assets, focuses on authentic Virgin Islands experiences, highlighting food, culture and people, along with the natural beauty of the destination. The voice-over talent of Virgin Islands artist Pressure Busspipe is featured in the television anthems, while his music can be heard in some of the digital videos, which will be shared online.

"To a Virgin Islander, 'real nice' is more than a phrase; it's a feeling of positivity that speaks to the way we live and embrace each other as a people," said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the U.S. Virgin Islands' Commissioner of Tourism. "These advertisements dive deeper into showcasing the authenticity of our destination."

To capture the true essence of the islands visually and emotionally, JWT and FilmVI worked seamlessly to ensure there was a local feel to all aspects of the production - from locations to props to sound design. All lighting was natural and the production team followed local talent for three weeks, capturing genuine responses to Virgin Islands experiences.

Virgin Islands co-director of the project Dwight Winston of D. Winston Media said: "It is an honor to have been selected by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism to direct their 2017 'Real Nice' promotional campaign. I am humbled by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and appreciate USVI Tourism's commitment to supporting local talent."

The "Real Nice" campaign includes three television spots ("State of Mind," "Live How We Live" and "Free To Explore"), as well as 16 digital videos and more than 10 print ads.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is deepening its partnership and outreach to hoteliers and tourism partners in the Dominican Republic.
As part of a new agreement, a center of tourism information planned by the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants in the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), will share with CHTA and its members research on tourism's broad economic impact and linkages to various industries and areas of economic activity in the country.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two bodies - signed during CHTA's board meeting in Miami last month - also allows ASONAHORES to access reports from CHTA's data partners, including STR, MasterCard, KPMG, ADARA, Travelzoo, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the American Resort Development Association and the World Travel and Tourism Council.
CHTA will arrange in-country workshops and presentations for ASONAHORES' members to review data and reports and to provide them with greater insight and tools useful for destination, organization and property planning. The two organizations agreed such information sharing will strengthen ASONAHORES' advocacy efforts with both the Dominican government and the business community.
In addition, CHTA will engage the group in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the institution reviews extending the Caribbean Hotels Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action (CHENACT) program to member hotels.
CHENACT has compiled detailed investment-grade audits in more than 150 hotels. In addition, demonstration projects were conducted with tools and guides to support greater efficiencies. As a result, participating hotels are realizing significant savings in electricity and water costs.
CHTA has discussed with the IDB the feasibility of conducting a third phase of CHENACT with the Dominican Republic being one of the beneficiary countries.
Recognizing the potential for the region to further develop health and medical tourism, CHTA and ASONAHORES agreed to develop a strategy for the development of medical tourism in the region and to recognize the desire of the Dominican Republic to play a leadership role in this rapidly growing sector.
In addition to the priority areas of focus, the two organizations will continue to explore other opportunities for collaboration, including sustainable tourism, tourism investment promotion, regional tourism marketing, capacity building of local destination marketing organizations, regional air connectivity, cruise tourism and human resource development.

Formentera has launched an initiative aimed at raising funds to conserve the Posidonia, an oceanic marine plant vital to the local ecosystem. Each of the island's 76,500,000 square meters of Posidonia are available to sponsor and name, for just €1 per square metre.

In October (12-15), the 'Save Posidonia Festival' will take place to raise awareness of sustainable tourism and the natural environment. The festival will include a number of watersport events including a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) 'loop' where visitors can travel around the entire coastline of Formentera. There will also be a series of Formentera Blue Round Tables with discussions and presentations focusing on the local environment and the 'Posidonia Project'.

Each morning at 10am during the festival visitors will be able to try a SUP yoga class, a relaxing way to start the day and learn more about Formentera's coastline.

Other events during the festival include the 'Posidonia Boulevard' - taking place in the main square of the small village of Sant Francesc Xavier - where brands and associations linked to the protection of the oceans and the Posidonia can offer their products and services to visitors. There will also be 'live art' exhibitions, including an auction of an exclusive Save Posidonia Project Surf Table by renowned surf artist Sergi Flama, music events, cinema screenings and a public beach clean-up encouraging kids and families to take part and learn about the environment. The 'Save Posidonia Project' coincides with the UN's Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017. As well as this, all events held in Formentera during 2017 will contribute to the Save Posidonia Project through donations.

Posidonia is a marine plant, endemic in the Mediterranean, and since 1999 the 'meadow of the Natural Park of Ses Salines d'Eivissa and Formentera' has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Posidonia meadows help to protect the beaches from erosion and are the habitat for more than 400 species of marine plants and 1,000 species of marine animals.

The quality of water is key to future tourism in the Balearic Islands, with the project aiming to conserve the ecosystem and allow the islands to remain a sustainable tourist destination for years to come. The project also aims to bring together locals and tourists, encouraging them to take action to protect the natural ecosystem of the Balearic Islands.

The Acajou Beach Resort has become the latest tourism establishment to be awarded the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL), after it was successfully assessed and certified as a resort that is integrating sustainability practices in its business operation.

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne presented the Chairman of Acajou Beach Resort, Hugh Payet with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label certificate on Tuesday, July 11.

The ceremony was attended by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune and the Tourism Department’s Director for Product development, Sinha Levkovic.

Mr. Loustau-Lalanne congratulated Acajou Beach Resort for the hard work displayed in attaining the certification and thanked them for adopting sustainable practices.

“The certificate could not have been awarded in a better year, you are being awarded with this certificate in the year for sustainable tourism for developments. The message is clear,” said Mr. Loustau-Lalanne.

Applicable to hotels of all sizes, the SSTL is a voluntary sustainable tourism management and certification program, designed to encourage more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business.

The SSTL, which was recently recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), works on a point-based system. All hotels have to satisfy 24 “must” criteria, and depending on their size, the hotels have to score additional points in each of eight theme areas – Management, Waste, Water, Energy, Staff, Conservation, Community and Guests. Scoring an additional six points in any area, is the third criteria that has to be fulfilled to obtain certification. The criteria are specifically designed to ensure that minimum standards are met by each establishment.

Acajou Beach Resort is a Seychellois-owned business that labels itself as Praslin’s Green hotel in the Seychelles. The resort has invested heavily in two specific areas in order to push its business model towards a greener approach, which has helped towards accumulating the desired points required for the SSTL certification.

A photovoltaic system (PV) installed at the hotel presently caters for over 50 percent of the energy requirements of the whole establishment, while a new Sewage Treatment Plant is up and running producing recycled water for the hotel’s garden. Further to this, the hotel also has an in-house energy management system.

The Chairman of Acajou Beach Resort, Hugh Payet, said he was happy and proud to join the list of Seychelles hotels that have achieved SSTL certification.

“We are extremely happy and our investment is paying off, considering we invested over 7 million rupees in total to meet our green objectives,” said Payet.

“It’s not only about winning the certificate but now we need to maintain the standard,” he added.

Established in 1996, the Acajou Beach Resort presently has 52 rooms spread across five different room categories. Located at Cote d’Or, Praslin, the hotel is surrounded by lush green tropical vegetation, and offers guests a great view of the nearby sandy shore and clear turquoise ocean.

The resort is known for its eco-friendly initiatives, including tree planting activities involving its employees in conjunction with a Praslin-based non-governmental organization – the Terrestrial Action Society of Seychelles (TRASS).

Commenting on the added benefit of the SSTL certification, Mr. Payet said: “This certificate provides the hotel with a lot more credentials, which we will use in all our marketing efforts.” He has also dedicated the recognition to all the hotel’s staff, clients and the whole of Praslin island.

Gfinity, a global esports company, has announced that it has acquired CEVO Inc., a well-respected American provider of technology and services to the global esports market, for a total of $2.7 million USD payable in cash and shares.

Founded in 2004, CEVO has built an excellent reputation for the operation of its own esports competitions and as a provider of leading edge, world class technology and services to a client base of blue-chip organisations.

CEVO’s own proprietary tournament platform has proved very popular to the esports community and is used for its own tournaments and in partnership with other esports promotors.  Its technology includes a tournament management system, an anti-cheat system and dynamic broadcast software, which will strengthen Gfinity’s position as a leader in the esports sector.

Having already worked with CEVO for three years, the acquisition is part of Gfinity’s strategy of delivering premium esports events to fans across the globe thanks to a superlative team of experienced esports operators. The company has delivered successful events in the UK, Mexico, France and the USA since the beginning of 2017 and has plans to roll out more in the coming years.

Neville Upton, Chief Executive of Gfinity, said:

“We are delighted to have acquired one of the most reputable esports businesses in the industry, which further strengthens our position as a market leader in esports technology. It is also demonstrative of our ambition to become a global player in the industry having previously delivered events in the UK, France, Mexico and USA since the start of this year.

“CEVO’s combined experience of 50 years in the market supplements our existing team of talented individuals – with some of the most experienced esports operators in the industry – leaving us well positioned to take advantage of a growing number of esports opportunities in future.”

A six year, US$100 million renaissance orchestrated by Parisian interior designer Studio MHNA has brought the age of Morocco's Saadian dynasty to architectural life in the dramatic form of the new landmark Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech. Comprehensively reconfigured as a modern reinterpretation of the traditional architectural hallmarks found in noble Moroccan mansions of the 16th century, the hotel's design features include a central fountain, cloistered gardens and peripheral double gallery, while the iconic interiors feature contemporary variations on traditional Moroccan decorative arts. Inspired by the notional journey of a nomad discovering the refuge of Ahmed Al Mansour Eddahbi, Sultan of the Saadian dynasty from 1578 to 1603, Studio MHNA's innovative design draws guests through a series of differing, complementary spaces, to the majestic central 'oasis' or lobby.

On arrival, guests are plunged into the world of an imaginary oasis, passing through a promenade lined with gardens; various inviting lounges, fountains and water features; an 'airlock' overlooking a monumental door; and finally a majestic lobby with the 'oasis' at its heart.

Crowning the lobby, beneath a cupola, is a magnificent nine metre high chandelier, made using a high-tech stamping technique from the aeronautical industry. Ambient lighting includes a stunning feature wall adorned with 1200 bespoke LED lamps, developed especially over two years by Studio MHNA to recreate the luminous flicker of candlelight – conjuring not just a magical warm atmosphere, but also significant reductions in energy consumption.

With the hotel adjoining the city's largest and most important convention centre, the Palais des Congrès, Studio MHNA also had to ensure its design was suitable to simultaneously accommodate two very different types of guests, providing an equally appropriate and warm welcome for leisure and business clientele. In order to achieve this, two distinct guest journeys were created, each taking its own path to a separate, dedicated lobby. Each type of clientele is thus able to enjoy a tailored, privileged welcome experience: the group lobby is designed to smoothly manage large flows of people, whilst the individual guest lobby offers a more private service.

A new luxury tourist train in Japan has launched on 21st July 2017, offering visitors the chance to ride in style from Yokohama (near Tokyo) to the Izu Peninsula – full of hot springs and picturesque coastlines.

The Royal Express - Japan's latest addition to its ever-growing number of luxury sightseeing trains - has been designed by Eiji Mitooka, designer of the Seven Stars Kyushu sightseeing cruise train, from the smart royal blue of the train's exterior down to the staff uniforms.

The train will offer passengers the chance to enjoy an elegant experience on their way between Yokohama and the Izu Peninsula, featuring opportunities for dining and live musical performances while on board. At around 100 people, it also has one of the highest passenger capacities of any tourist train in Japan.

Passengers can choose from either one-way tickets with a meal included or a selection of three different “cruise plans”, each including a return train journey, meals, overnight accommodation and sightseeing activities in Izu. Meals are curated by chefs Chikara Yamada in the Yokohama-Izu direction and Michiyo Kawano on the way from Izu to Yokohama.

While the Royal Express's “cruise plans” are only open to groups with children aged thirteen and above, its family-friendly Gold Class carriages feature specially designed family seats where parents and small children can sit together, and there is also a ballpond and library of children's books on board.

Passengers will also be available to avail themselves of purpose-built facilities at Yokohama station before boarding: a private waiting room (The Royal Lounge) which is only open to Royal Express passengers and a cafe (The Royal Cafe, business hours: 7am until 10pm) which is also open to members of the public.

The train runs between JR Yokohama station in Yokohama and Itokyu Shimoda station in Shimoda City at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. The service is being operated jointly by Tokyo Corporation, which manages several lines in the commuter belt around Tokyo, and Izukyu Corporation, which operates the main Izukyu Line down the Izu Peninsula's scenic eastern coast.

An online marketplace for African safari tours, carried out a study to ascertain the best African safari country in 2017. More than 2,500 reviews by safari tourists and African travel experts were examined, with Tanzania being declared the overall winner. It is Africa's leading country for a safari.

Tanzania also swept away challenges from other sub-Saharan African nations in our original analysis in 2013. It is the second time the country has been awarded's overall winner of best African country for a safari.

Zambia also stood out for its excellence in safaris. It rated the number one country for a bush experience – both experts and safari-goers agreed that there is something special about the bush landscapes in Zambia. The country was very popular with safari-goers, generally, who also rated it the best country for birdlife.

A closer inspection of our review-analysis, reveals: Tanzania was also the best country overall for wildlife, while Namibia and Kenya were the overall winners in the scenic beauty and bird categories respectively.

A new tented camp is being opened in southwest Cambodia with the tagline, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”

Guests staying at the Cardamom Tented Camp will be sustaining a conservation-friendly business that was set up to help keep an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession out of the hands of loggers, poachers and sand mining operations. The tract of land in Botum Sakor National Park, part of a vital elephant migration corridor, is managed by Wildlife Alliance, a Cambodia-based organisation involved in wildlife rescue and forest conservation.

Wildlife Alliance is supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group.

The nature conservation concession includes diverse habitats: seaside mangroves, lowland tropical forests, and triple-tiered canopy in the hills, which reach up to 335 metres (1,100ft) elevation. Asian elephants, dhole, clouded leopards, hog badgers, sun bears, mouse deer and pangolin all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.

Neighbouring concessions have been taken over by companies that cut indigenous timber and replace it with rubber or palm oil monoculture trees that cannot sustain wildlife diversity. The new camp is making a stand against that trend.

Guests at the new lodge on the Preak Tachan river will be able to take guided day hikes and river trips with local rangers. While walking, guests will be able to spot wildlife and learn about the mangrove and rainforest ecosystems and the challenges of keeping naturally mature forests standing in face of pressure to ‘develop’.

Visitors can also help by replanting indigenous trees in degraded parts of the concession, go kayaking, help rangers on patrols with their camera traps, or engage in other conservation activities.

At the eco-camp, which is a three way initiative between the Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the revenue will go directly to Wildlife Alliance. Any profits will be reinvested locally.

“When we tell guests, ‘Your stay keeps the forest standing,’ we 100% mean it,” says John Roberts the Minor Group’s Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation. The Minor Group’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation has been fully funding the ranger protection efforts for the past four years at the site.

A condition of holding the concession from the Cambodian government is that economic activity must take place. Drawing on successful ecotourism models from across the world, a low impact tented camp was chosen by the stakeholders as the best sustainable option.

Bangkok-based YAANA Ventures was invited to create the camp, based on its previous experience running the Banteay Chhmar community tented camp in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia and the Anurak Lodge at Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand.

“The tented camp sets an example for the local and national economy as a sustainable alternative to illegal logging, poaching and habitat destruction,” says Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures. “The combined expertise of the stakeholders makes this a uniquely qualified project.”

The Cardamom Tented Camp will soft open 1 September with nine comfortable, furnished tented accommodations, each with an en-suite bathroom and a large patio area.

The camp, with a riverside restaurant, is off grid and largely powered by solar panels.

Cardamom Tented Camp can be reached by road from Phnom Penh, while Trat airport and Koh Chang in Thailand is less than a four-hour drive away.

The Lake District is now officially a World Heritage Site putting it alongside iconic Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a site of global, cultural and historical significance.

Not only is it the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site, but it's also the UK's largest World Heritage Site at an immense 229,200 hectares and Cumbria is now home to TWO UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the north of the country, Hadrian's Wall forms the Frontiers of the Roman Empire site so there has never been a better time to explore Cumbria and immerse yourself in two of the most unique and inspiring regions you're likely to find anywhere on the planet.

Why is the Lake District is a special place?

The diversity of our landscape; natural landforms overlaid with thousands of years of human activity have made the Lakes the iconic scene it is today, the iconic scene which UNESCO have rewarded with World Heritage Status.

  • Lakes, tarns and rivers … of course! It's in the name. The lakes and tarns in our county give the Lake District a quality of scenery found nowhere else in the UK.
  • Ancient woodlands Our landscape has plenty of natural and semi-natural woodlands, adding colour texture and variety to the mountains, fells and lakeshores. The presence of the wood pasture, pollards and old coppice woodland form part of the rich industrial, agricultural and cultural legacy of the Lake District National Park.
  • Wealth of wildlife The Lake District is unique in England for its abundant and varied habitats for wildlife fresh water, mires, limestone pavement, upland heaths, screes, lakeshores, wetlands, estuaries, coastal heaths and dunes.
  • Opportunities to explore the outdoors The region has the highest concentration of outdoor activity centres in the UK. It is the birthplace of British mountaineering and there is a tradition of unrestricted access to the fells. Recreational walking can be traced from William Wordsworth's 'Guide to the Lakes' to the guides of more recent writers such as Alfred Wainwright.
  • Celebrated cultural traditions Philosophers and environmentalists have campaigned for landscape protection, with the Lake District playing a strong role in the formation of the National Trust Artists and writers such as Turner, Heaton Cooper, Kurt Schwitters, Wordsworth, Coleridge and De Quincey have gained inspiration from the area, as well as children's authors Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter. The area also has its own dialects and distinctive sports such as hound trailing, fell running, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.
  • Complex geology With the largest and deepest lakes and highest peak in England, the Lake District's rocks provide a dramatic record of nearly 500 million years, with evidence of colliding continents, deep oceans, tropic seas and kilometre-thick ice sheets.
  • Rich archaeology & distinctive settlement character There have been people in the Lake District since the end of the last Ice Age and the landscape now reflects a long history of human settlement. Stone circles and Roman forts/roads of huge international importance can be found throughout the area.

Edinburgh Fringe venue, Dynamic Earth will host a fully immersive musical extravaganza inspired by Pink Floyd's much loved album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the Pink Floyd inspired musical will be projected in Scotland's only 360° cinema and features explosive 10.2 surround sound. Featuring the entire 1973 Dark Side of the Moon album, the spell binding abstract projections and mesmerising visualisations create an unforgettable experience.

The show, produced by Starlight Productions, also features music from Pink Floyd's famed album, The Wall.

The Dark Side of the Moon forms part of Dynamic Earth's programme of Double Dome nights and will run twice a night at 6pm and 8.30pm, every weekend throughout August. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for children. Before and after shows, visitors can relax and enjoy refreshments in Dynamic Earth's Fringe pop up bar.

Pleased to be announcing the show, Eilidh Massie, marketing manager at Dynamic Earth, said: “We enjoy being part of the Fringe every year and this year is no exception, and we are extremely excited to be welcoming the hugely successful production of The Dark Side of the Moon. This will no doubt be a sell-out event so visitors should get their tickets before it's too late!”