Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations

 The entire month of March is dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments and last year, various travel authorities cited 2017 as “the year of the female traveler.” Since then, 2018 has become known as the “year of the woman.” What better way to recognize such important strides – both individual and communal – than to take a solo trip? Considering cultural immersion, learning opportunities and overall inspiration, these eight destinations are welcoming solo female travelers.

“There is a direct correlation between higher job satisfaction levels and work-life balance, especially for female professionals,” said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital for the Americas at Marriott International. “Travel plays an imperative role in that balance creating opportunities to not only reset, but also learn from the culture of a new destination. As a solo-female traveler myself, here are some of my favorite picks for 2018.”

Columbus, OH – The city is preparing to host the Women’s Final Four® from March 30 – April 1.  In the year of the women, these 2018 games will be ones to remember.  Columbus is fostering creative talent like never before with female chefs, artists and fashion designers.  Located downtown, The Westin Columbus is in center of it all. Solo travelers will enjoy visiting the Short North Arts District with its boutiques, restaurants and galleries, or going for a run at the Scioto Mile with 33 acres of riverfront parkland. Continue reading “Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations”


 In keeping with the global tradition of recognising the significant and growing contribution of women, Jet Airways, India’s full-service, premier international airline, celebrates the International Women’s Day (IWD) by operating flights with an all-women Cockpit and Cabin Crew members, along with a host of other measures, as part of its JetVivainitiative.

 Observed annually on March 8, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate women and their contributions as well as achievements in all spheres of life. Demonstrating confidence and pride in its women employees who comprise more than one-third of its workforce, this time the airline spreads the International Women’s Day celebrations not only pan-India, but also on its long-haul, transatlantic flights.

 Additionally, Jet Airways is also undertaking a special in-flight fundraising drive to support the work of two leading NGOs working on women’s issues. The airline will contribute the benefits of these in-flight collection proceeds to Mijwan Welfare Society that aims to empower the underprivileged with a focus on the girl child through education, technical skills and employment generation, and Save the Children India’s – Women’s Institute for Social Education, which provides vocational training programmes for adolescent girls from marginalised sections of society across Mumbai. The fund raising drive runs from until March 16, 2018 on all its domestic flights. Continue reading “JET AIRWAYS CELEBRATES WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTION ON ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’”

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe

New hotels in London and Istanbul expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand
Iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes partially reopened as part of the brand portfolio

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today two hotels in Europe are expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand – the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and Nish Palas in Istanbul. Additionally, the iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, the charming Párisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest and the newly renovated Hôtel du Louvre in Paris are all expected to open and become a part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio by early 2019, creating significant growth for the brand in Europe.

“The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand offers tremendous potential for growth in the European market. The brand allows new hotel owners to explore opportunities with us,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development – Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and Southwest Asia for Hyatt. “This brand enables us to team up with new owners and developers and furthers the foundation they’ve developed with their individual hotel brands. We also know guests are increasingly seeking authentic and one-of-a-kind experiences and have a desire to stay at properties that have a story to tell while creating new stories of their own and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand caters to this demand.” Continue reading “The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe”

“Canada and India share a special bond”-Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that he will travel to India – at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – for a state visit from February 17 to 23, 2018.

Canada and India enjoy a special relationship that is based on a common language, similar institutions and forms of government, and a commitment to democracy. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and offers tremendous opportunities to grow Canada’s middle class and bolster our shared prosperity.

This state visit – which includes stops in Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi – will provide an opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to connect with Indian leaders in government and business, promote the empowerment of women and girls, and strengthen Canada and India’s close economic ties.

During the visit, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Modi will reaffirm the close friendship between our two countries, and discuss ways to create good middle class jobs for Canadians and Indians alike.

Prime Minister Trudeau will also participate in several business roundtables to promote further trade and investment between Canada and India. The Canadian delegation will also work closely with Indian leaders to advance mutual growth and prosperity. Continue reading ““Canada and India share a special bond”-Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada”

Marriott International Marks 2017 as Year of Historic International Expansion

Record 55,000 rooms signed in international markets fueled by entry into new markets and growing developer interest in Legacy-Starwood brands

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced that 2017 represented its most successful year for signing development contracts outside North America, fueled by record signings in Asia and Europe.

Globally, at year end 2017, the company operated or franchised more than 6,500 hotels and over 1.25 million rooms, with a third of the rooms located outside North America. Marriott International and its franchisees opened more than 470 hotels with over 76,000 rooms around the world during the year, amplifying the company’s brand recognition among guests, owners and franchisees.

“Marriott International continued to increase its global presence in 2017, opening properties in 5 new countries and territories and reaching a presence in 127 countries and territories around the world,” said Tony Capuano, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer, Marriott International. “Our growth is fueled by the broadest portfolio of lodging brands in the industry, impressive international expansion, Continue reading “Marriott International Marks 2017 as Year of Historic International Expansion”

Hong Kong stock market sets the pace with 36% increase!

–Lachman Balani

Amongst the most watched stock market indices in the world, the tiny robust business and finance enclave of Hong Kong won out over all others by increasing a whopping 36% to stand out as the stock star of 2017!

Next followed Nasdaq in the US stumping many revered US economists who had at the outset claimed that despite the Trump-bump of 2016 after his election in November, 2017 would be subdued due to the uncertain nature of Trump and his socio-economic policies .However, not only did Nasdaq jump 28% but even the hallowed Dow Jones and S&P500 showed impressive double digit gains setting record after record and reaching new highs. The Dow experienced the most 1000 point leaps ever going from 19762 at the close of last year to 24719.22 at the close of 2017.

BRICS countries India and Brazil (despite its many economic woes)came in 3rd and 4th manifesting double digit gains.

Japan and South Korea, known for household brands like Sony, Toyota, Honda, Sharp, Samsung, Hyundai, Daewoo, KIA, LG and more also saw double digit gains.

The DAX and CAC in Europe and FTSE of UK also gained territory. Continue reading “Hong Kong stock market sets the pace with 36% increase!”


 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, marking the introduction of the Hyatt Place brand to Germany. Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport joins six Hyatt Place hotels across Europe, including Hyatt Place London Heathrow AirportHyatt Place West London/HayesHyatt Place Amsterdam AirportHyatt Place Jermuk, and Hyatt Place Yerevan. The growth of the Hyatt Place brand in Europe highlights the growing importance of Hyatt’s select service properties across the region.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport,” said Ines Bruenn, General Manager of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport. “The hotel has been designed specifically with our guests in mind, blending comfort with convenience. Our guests are constantly on the move, and we want to make sure our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road. We are confident that Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport will help make our guests’ journey easier, more productive and successful.” Continue reading “HYATT PLACE FRANKFURT AIRPORT OFFICIALLY OPENS”

Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe

Hyatt Centric brand debuts two new hotels within France and Spain

CHICAGO (December 21, 2017) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced expansion of the Hyatt Centric brand with several consecutive international hotel openings in two of Europe’s most coveted destinations. Hyatt Centric La Rosière, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in France and first Hyatt ski resort in Europe, opened its doors on December 15, 2017. Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid opened its doors on December 20, 2017, marking the first Hyatt hotel in mainland Spain. Together, these anticipated openings continue to drive new momentum for the brand’s growth worldwide.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy and franchising for Hyatt. “The introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand to these European destinations marks a significant milestone for Hyatt, as we continue to increase our brand presence where our guests travel most and further connect with millennial-minded guests in the upper-upscale lifestyle segment.”

The Hyatt Centric brand currently has 19 properties at the center of some of the most unique destinations and plans to welcome additional hotels to the portfolio in both international and domestic destinations, with locations expected in Japan, Qatar, Australia, China, Peru, Barbados and U.S.; including Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami, Fla., Hyatt Centric Boston, Mass. and Hyatt Centric Mountain View, Calif.   Continue reading “Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe”

Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands

Celebrate the festive season and discover a new city full of holiday bliss. From snow to palm trees, Marriott International hotels across the Americas are offering winter getaways to these unexpected destinations for some holiday joy and to experience another destination on the travel wish list.

Where should you go?
Some of the coolest destinations to offer merry celebrations, activities and holiday spirit are: Asheville, NC – Branson, MO – Medina, OH – Las Vegas, NV – Louisville, KY/Santa Claus, IN – Philadelphia, PA – Phoenix, AZ – Seattle/Leavenworth, WA Toronto, ON Canada and Washington, DC.

Asheville, NC
Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville lends itself to a picture-perfect backdrop for all holiday happenings. Visit the city’s biggest attraction as the Biltmore Estate adorns 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, 1,000 poinsettias, and miles of garland. New for 2017, guests can visit The Biltmore Winery, where 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments will hang from the ceiling creating the illusion of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine. Settle in at the brand new AC Hotel Asheville Downtown where every hand-selected detail fuses local culture with the brand’s European roots.

Branson, MO
Holiday celebrations continue through New Year’s Day in this Ozark town. Branson does not disappoint, offering up an array of holiday-themed activities from exploring Silver Dollar City Continue reading “Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands”

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro

With just three days to go to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the Russian capital, the famed Moscow Metro held the unveiling of the last remaining visual icon of the event. For the 2018 issue of the Official Poster, the renowned Russian artist Igor Gurovich chose legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin as a central figure of his work.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” commented FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

“It was very important for us to portray Russia as the Host Country in the Official Poster,” added theChairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko, “that’s why Lev Yashin was choosen, a symbol of Russian football, as the main figure. I’m sure that the poster will become one of the most memorable symbols of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and that fans and participants alike will approve of it.”

Yashin played in four FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 – and remains the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the Ballon d’Or. In the poster, he is dressed in his traditional outfit of black shirt and shorts, knee brace and his famous cap. He is shown reaching for the ball, one half of which is a typical football from Yashin’s era, with the other depicting the vast landmass of Russia as seen from space, reflecting a key inspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand, that of Russia’s achievements in space exploration. Continue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro”