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Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations
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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands
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Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries
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Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages
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Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts
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Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok
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Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz
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Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws
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Best Western to add a new brand in Thailand — BW Signature Collection by Best Western
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Six Senses serves up sustainable food and water

Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT will be among the first Anantara properties to feature Mercedes-Benz charging stations for Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Mercedes Benz in this initiative as part of an all-encompassing campaign to promote an eco-conscious luxury lifestyle at all properties, including Anantara Layan.

Anantara Layan embraces the concept that extravagance and environmental awareness can go hand in hand.

Anantara Layan is a luxury hotel brand that showcases indigenous experiences, and actively participates in conservation efforts to help preserve Phuket’s lush beauty — from the virgin rainforests of the interior to the pristine beaches and waters surrounding the island.

As part of the pioneering brand that was the first to ban single-use plastic straws at all properties in Asia, Anantara Layan will continue to demonstrate support for sustainable options in luxury with the Mercedes-Benz charging stations.

Visitors can recharge their Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid, reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels while they enjoy their lavish stay or sumptuous meal.

“This partnership is just another way for us to contribute to keeping Phuket green, while always maintaining our signature luxury,” said Frederic Varnier, managing director of Anantara Layan.

“Our guests can enjoy their time at Anantara Layan knowing that their experience was opulent and luxurious, without being wasteful.”

 

 

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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands

A MORE HANDS-ON AND PURPOSEFUL holiday experience is being offered to guests at Six Senses Samui.

When staying for four nights or more anytime up to June 30, 2019 and guests are invited to join the resort’s green initiatives at Farm on the Hill. And as an added incentive, the resort pledges your last night’s accommodation rate to its community chest that supports the children’s ward at Koh Samui Hospital.

The multi-day experience includes a tour around Farm on the Hill, working in the farm with the resort’s team, learning how to make EMs (effective micro-organisms), bio cleaners and other interesting products in the Earth Lab, making signature lemongrass straws, savoring Thai afternoon tea at the Farm, picking produce and preparing lunch with the chef, and exploring the neighborhood by bike while cleaning Plai Laem Temple.

At the end of each stay, guests are treated to a 60-minute massage and manicure session at Six Senses Spa Samui, before bidding farewell to newfound friends at the Farm.

Tranquil Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (five kilometers) from Samui Airport and just a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a Thai fishing village.

The villa accommodations, most with private pools, are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering stunning panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start at US 2,665 and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call +66-772-456-78.

Be sure to reference promotional code PKSP59 when making a reservation.

 

 

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently welcomed back the winners of its inaugural “Dream Wedding” Facebook campaign to the resort to celebrate their first wedding anniversaries.

Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was hugely successful, and concluded with three ceremonies – two weddings and one engagement – taking place simultaneously at the resort.

As part of their prize, the couples were invited back to the resort to celebrate their first anniversaries and rekindle magical memories in the spectacular surroundings of Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach was host toan exclusive dinner for the two married couples, Been & Newz and Waew & Sven. The resort’s management team joined this celebration at the resort’s beachfront.

“We would like to congratulate both couples on their first wedding anniversaries. Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was a great success and reflects how social media can help us create meaningful connections with our guests in a fun and interactive way. This anniversary also reaffirms our resort’s status as the perfect destination for dream weddings and other romantic occasions,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has an extensive array of options for all types of dream wedding, from traditional Thai ceremonies to Western white weddings, classical Chinese occasions and Indian celebrations, all overlooking theseafront of Nai Yang Beach.

 

Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages

DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS has launched two new accommodation packages offering special room rates and more privileges at selected properties worldwide.

Available for booking now, the Weekend Offer offers special rates, complimentary upgrade to the next room category upon arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, and property specific perks. The promotion applies to stays made over weekends at participating hotels and resorts.

Also available for booking now, the family-focused Escape with Dusit package offers daily breakfast for two adults and two children, one complimentary dinner during the stay, late check-out, and more privileges. A minimum length of stay is required, varying depending on the property.

Hotels and resorts offering the Weekend Offer include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok, and Royal Princess Larn Luang.

Properties offering the Escape with Dusit package include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Guam, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Maldives, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa, Conghua, dusitD2 Chiang Mai, dusitD2 Khao Yai, Dusit Princess Chiang Mai, and Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok.

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, and to make a booking, please visit the following links:

Weekend Offer: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/weekend-offer

Escape with Dusit: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/escape-with-dusit

 

Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts

  SPA CENVAREE, CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS’ treatment centres, has launched a new membership program for its 25 locations in Thailand.

Members receive up to 40% off treatments, free vouchers for friends, birthday upgrades, restaurant discounts and 25% off Cenvaree’s exclusive spa products.

Customers can choose between six and 12-month memberships at either Centara and Cense spas, or the more luxurious Centara Grand locations. Membership prices range from 8,000 THB for the six-month Cenvaree/Cense membership to 18,000 THB for the 12-month Centara Grand program.

The 12-month memberships, for example, include 18 one-hour treatment vouchers, four “bring a friend free” vouchers, plus fitness day passes and other benefits, at the spa where the membership is purchased. Additional discounts (30% off à la carte treatments, 25% off spa products) are included at other qualifying Cenvaree locations in Thailand.

“These programs are designed to give our most loyal customers exceptional value, so they can enjoy treatments more often and introduce their friends,” said Tara Hanrahan, Group Director of Spa Operations.

SPA Cenvaree was introduced 13 years ago to pamper Centara guests with traditional Thai and Asian treatments, administered by well-trained experts in beautiful, peaceful environments. It has grown into one of the most famous spa brands in the region.

In July a SPA Cenvaree in the Maldives was named best luxury island resort spa in the world at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

For further information about Spa Cenvaree’s  new membership program, visit spacenvaree.com.

 

 

New GM at Centara’s first COSI Hotel at Samui

VATMONGKOL RASISAWAS has been appointed general manager of Centara’s innovative new COSI hotel on Thailand’s Samui island.

Ms. Vatmongkol will take over responsibility for the first hotel of Centara’s new COSI brand, launched by Centara last December to serve a new generation of independent travellers. The hotel is located on Samui’s popular Chaweng beach.

Ms. Vatmongkol brings 15 years of experience and knowledge working for leading five- star hotels in Bangkok and in Pattaya to Centara’s first COSI brand hotel. She is familiar with Centara, having previously worked at their flag-ship Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

Before rejoining Centara, she was General Manager at Sovereign Group Hotel in Bangkok. She holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Derby in the UK and the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland.

Her hobbies of skateboarding, sailing and surfing suit her well for the youthful COSI brand, designed for freedom-loving travel lifestyles with innovations such as social hubs, smartphone integration, and 24/7 café credits included with room rates.

“On every job you do, you have gotten to raise your game and COSI team has lively ambition toward success. I am very much fascinated to stand differently for COSI brand and look forward to my role and working with the COSI Crews” said Vatmongko

“We’re excited to have Ms. Vatmongkol join us” said Centara Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock. “I can’t think of anyone better suited to run the fun new COSI on Samui. Our guests and partners will love her blend of professionalism and creative energy.”

 

 

 

 

Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok

TWO-STAR Michelin chef CHEF STÉPHANE BURON from the French Alps returns to La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, for four days only, during Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. This will be his fourth visit.

His distinct talent for turning simple and natural ingredients into absolute delights of the palate has achieved world acclaim. Chef Stéphane bears the coveted M.O.F. — the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar which is its respected symbol.

Chef Stéphane has also been named the Best French Professional and is well known as the “Crowning Touch” of acclaimed Le Chabichou, the oldest and most distinguished hotel in the village of Courchevel, one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, located high in the French Alps, an exclusive retreat of royalty, VIPs and celebrities.

The abilities of Stéphane Buron are not only praised among the world’s most discerning gourmands, and synonymous with the highest arts of cooking, they also express his particular Alpine style which is at once inventive, refined and generous, utilizing the fresh and natural, seasonal products throughout all four seasons in the Alps.

For his fourth visit to La VIE, Chef Stéphane will dip his famous kitchen, prepared for exclusive lunches and dinners.

Chef Stéphane visits are looked forward to every year as the “Crowning Touch” experience of fine dining in Bangkok.

 His four-course Michelin Star set noon lunch costs 3,500 THB per person and 5,000THB with wine pairing, while his seven-course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, is priced at 6,500 THB per person and 8,500 THB with wine pairing.

 

 

 

Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz

BREEZE SPA IS INTRODUCING its newest signature facial and body treatments, which harness the healing properties of the ancient jade and rose quartz.

Jade is often associated with health, wealth, longevity and prosperity. The use of finely polished jade in health preservation and skincare can be traced back to 7th Century China, with generations of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners referring to it as the ‘stone of heaven’, and applying it for the relaxation of the nervous system and aiding in the removal of toxins.

The action of jade rolling is also believed to increase circulation and blood flow leading to improved skin tone, smoothening of wrinkles, reduction of puffiness and inflammation, and tightening of pores.

Rose quartz has been linked to a number of legends surrounding the powers of love and reconciliation. It has been revered in Egyptian, Tibetan and Chinese culture. Cleopatra is said to have used rose quartz in her baths.

For skin prone to acne or experiencing the first sign of wrinkles, ancient legends suggest lightly scraping a rose quartz stone over affected areas to reverse the negative effects.

Today, beauty insiders recommend massaging your face regularly with a rose quartz stone to reduce the signs of ageing and rejuvenating the skin for an instant face-lift without harmful side effects.

Jade rollers and rose quartz sculpting tools are also beginning to make their appearance on Instagram feeds, with beauty influencers and enthusiasts around the world featuring these centuries-old tools on their flat lays and Insta-stories.

At Breeze Spa, specialized techniques from the delicate touch of trained therapists are paired with the healing qualities of jade and rose quartz. The Crystal Fresh facial treatments collection end with a unique wellness ritual, with the soothing and detoxifying sensation of a jade roller massage followed by gentle strokes with the jade and rose quartz sculpting tool.

The jade comb is featured in head massage treatments, while a jade stick is introduced in foot reflexology sessions. Breeze Spa also offers a hot stones massage with a different, using a collection of jade stones which aids in the healing of stressed organs and the discharge of toxins.

The collection of new Breeze Spa treatments featuring the healing properties of ancient jade and rose quartz include:

 Crystal Fresh Facial – A deep cleansing facial treatment combined with an anti-ageing crystal facial therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote radiant skin growth.

Siamese Head Massage – Inspired by ancient Indian therapeutic techniques, this treatment features deeply relaxing rhythmic and gentle strokes and is especially ideal for those prone to migraines and insomnia.

Siamese Foot Massage – Invigorating foot reflexology session which promotes circulation, clears blocked energy channels to ultimately improve overall health and balance.

Siamese Jade Stones Massage – Gently heated jade stones are carefully moved over the body to enhance circulation, alleviate stress and achieve a deep state of relaxation.

For more information and reservations, contact your nearest Breeze Spa location or visit http://www.breeze-spa.com/

 

 

Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws

ANANTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will roll out a global ban on the use of single-use plastic straws at every property worldwide by Oct. 1, 2018.

Since January of this year, when Anantara was the first major hotel brand to announce its decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region, Anantara has been working hard to roll out the ban to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

“Following the immense success of the first phase of the plastic straw ban at all Anantara properties in Asia, we are thrilled to announce the implementation of this policy worldwide,” said John Roberts, group director of sustainability and conservation for Anantara.

“Each single-use plastic straw takes hundreds of years to break down and scientists predict there may soon be more straws than fish in the oceans by 2050. Anantara guests are forward thinking and sustainably minded and want to continue to enjoy the beautifully lush surroundings for which Anantara is famous for generations to come.”

The decision to ban plastic straws is just one more step in Anantara’s ongoing journey as a leading luxury sustainable tourism brand.

In April of this year, Anantara took the decision to replace the packaging of all dry amenities with compostable paper and plastic toothbrushes have been replaced with a biodegradable straw alternative.

For years, locally sourced toiletries such as shampoo, have been provided in larger ceramic pumps to reduce the amount of packaging and waste created by individual mini servings. This alone prevents an estimated 4.16 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills around the world annually.

Plastic water bottles are the next ubiquitous item earmarked for total abolition across the Anantara portfolio. All plastic water bottles will be banned from rooms and gyms to be replaced with recyclable glass or refillable alternatives as a brand standard by the end of 2018.

Until then, guests will increasingly notice an absence of plastic from all outlets and facilities in the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas they frequent. The sumptuous restaurants for which Anantara is renowned will soon be managed without any plastic front of house; from the condiments on tables to the wicker baskets housing the freshly baked pastries at breakfast.

Even around the grounds guests will notice that team members use bamboo baskets to collect compostable gardening trimmings instead of plastic sacks.

As a leading experiential luxury brand, guests are offered the chance to positively give back to the community framework of the destination they visit. Whether it be releasing rescued turtles at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket, planting restored coral at the nurseries off of Anantara Dhigu Villas in the Maldives or working with local AIDs survivors to generate sustainable income by providing Anantara Royal Livingstone with locally farmed mushrooms.

Since 2014, Anantara guests have been invited through the Dollars for Deeds Program to donate 1 dollar for every night of their stay, which Anantara then matches. These charitable donations are then distributed to several of the foundations that Anantara Hotels support, including the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation established since 2002 and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, since 2006.

 

Best Western to add a new brand in Thailand — BW Signature Collection by Best Western

 BEST WESTERN HOTELS & RESORTS WILL INTRODUCE its newest brand, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, to Asia for the first time this year, following the signing of an exquisite lakeside resort, Tawaravadee Resort, in Thailand’s historic Prachinburi province.

Nestled in Thailand’s verdant countryside, approximately 160km from Bangkok, this low-rise resort was inspired by the ancient Dvaravati culture that thrived in the area between the sixth and 11th centuries.

“We are excited to debut BW Signature Collection by Best Western to the Asia market with the Tawaravadee Resort,” said Ron Pohl, senior vice-president and COO for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“Launched in 2017, this soft brand allows upper-midscale hotels and resorts to retain their unique individuality, while also harnessing the world-class hospitality of Best Western. Tawaravadee Resort is perfectly suited for this concept, as its rich character and design, combined with our service, is sure to provide travelers with a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting Thailand’s beautiful countryside.”

Light, bright and exuding tropical elegance, this expansive rural retreat is suitable for every occasion. Surrounded by lush greenery, reflective lotus ponds and tropical plants, the hotel features 199 rooms and suites, ranging from traditional Thai rooms with classical local décor to large, luxurious lakeside suites.

Guests have a choice of dining options, as the resort’s restaurant is open all day and specializes in Thai, pan-Asian and international cuisine with views of the pool, and the Lobby Lounge serves drinks and snacks throughout the day. In addition, the karaoke rooms are ideal for evening parties.

During the day, guests can cool off in the tropical outdoor pool, work out in the fitness centre, or be pampered in the serene spa, which features massage areas and a sauna. The resort also offers a wide range of activities, including tennis, badminton, cycling, snooker, and a golf driving range. Alternatively, guests can head out and explore the local area, which features forests, waterfalls and ancient ruins.

Tawaravadee Resort, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, is also “the perfect venue for meetings and events,” with extensive function space including an 800-guest convention hall, and several other meeting rooms that can cater for between 10 and 200 delegates.

“BW Signature Collection was created especially for hotels like this. Tawaravadee Resort is a spectacular independent property that perfectly blends its local heritage with international facilities. Within driving distance of Suvarnabhumi Airport, this charming resort is perfect for all types of occasions, from romantic couples’ retreats to fun-filled family holidays.

“It is also a superb setting for corporate retreats and large-scale events,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of international operations – Asia.

 “As a member of our BW Signature Collection by Best Western brand, Tawaravadee Resort will now benefit from Best Western’s global support network and commitment to excellence, while guests will receive world-class service, excellent facilities, and the ability to earn Best Western Rewards points,” Olivier said.

Owned by My Green Resident Co., Ltd., Tawaravadee Resort is scheduled to launch under the BW Signature Collection by Best Western brand in the third quarter of 2018.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has identified Thailand as one of its key target markets. At present, the company operates nine hotels and resorts across the Thailand, covering five of its brands: Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, BW Premier Collection by Best Western and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western.

Best Western expects its nationwide portfolio to increase. Best Western has 17 new properties in the pipeline for Thailand. In addition to the launch of BW Signature Collection by Best Western, the company will introduce Vīb, its vibrant and modern millennial-focused hotel concept, to Thailand later this year.

 

 

Six Senses serves up sustainable food and water

FOOD IS WHERE IT ALL (LIFE, LOVE, LAUGHTER AND LONGEVITY) BEGINS at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

The culinary and spa teams grow it, forage for it, source it, prepare it, cook it up, and blend it into spa treatments and therapies.

It has a direct bearing on guest health, vitality and happiness – and that of the world around them – which is why Six Senses ensures all produce is local, seasonable and sustainable where possible.

The group’s philosophy on food and drink starts with choosing natural ingredients, and a cleaner and simpler approach to preparation, focusing on quality, balance and fresh whole food made from scratch.

Herbs, fruit, veggies and mushrooms are grown in the organic gardens on site. Fresh eggs and milk are also supplied by resident chickens, goats … and even camels.

Six Senses adheres to the highest ethical standards on caring for livestock, follows a “no-take” list of at-risk seafood species, and is committed to local and seasonal sourcing of produce.

All its properties are building close relationships with local farmers and suppliers, who share the same commitment to responsible sourcing and seasonality. Several properties are also active in local farmers’ markets. Six Senses Samui even plays host to their own for the local community and guests several times throughout the year.

Knowing that one- third of the food we consume requires pollination by bees, honey bee farms are maintained onsite to support healthy ecosystems and provide fresh honey.

The attitude is also about less is more, with chefs cooking up feasts while avoiding additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors or GMO foods.

Plastic bottles are out. Instead, each property treats, purifies, mineralizes and bottles its own still and sparkling drinking water in reusable glass bottles on site. Six Senses water is provided on a complimentary basis in all guest accommodations.

Chilled water, sparkling and still, is served in restaurants at a cost that is significantly less than imported bottled water, with 50 per cent of all sales contributing to the Sustainability Fund. The money is earmarked for use in local community projects.

“We surveyed many guests across all of our properties and held blind taste tastings of Six Senses water,” said the group’s Vice-President of Sustainability Jeffery Smith.

“Many people were not able to distinguish between branded water and Six Senses water. And once the environmental implication was made clear, the overwhelming consensus was one of full support for the initiative.”

Guests taking advantage of one of the many wellness programs at Six Senses will also be fully supported by the culinary teams, who can adapt meal plans to individual needs. For example, the Trim & Fit program reduces fat mass through a balance of quality protein, resistant starches and healthy ketogenic fats, while limiting carbohydrates (glucose).

And the Holistic Anti-Ageing Centre, which launched in May at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey, is based on an anti-inflammatory approach, using fresh, mineral rich foods that are abundant in antioxidants to fight free radical damage to skin, hair and nails.

Due to its popularity, the Holistic Anti-Ageing Centre concept will be launched at sister properties in 2019.

To drink to guests’ health, many spas incorporate a juice bar serving up house-made probiotics and “living” tonics. These blend up native plants that contain health-giving properties to aid digestion, reduce inflammation and keep the body’s immune system strong.

An enticing juice and smoothie menu that features local ingredients is also available across the group and complements the personalized wellness programs.

Wellness experts share nutritional advice during personal consultations, while cooking classes and the Alchemy Bar workshops teach guests how to use local ingredients and produce in nutritious meal or in homemade hair, body or face masks and scrubs. There is also follow-up advice to take home, so guests understand what foods to favor and avoid, and how to keep up the good work going forward.

“All Six Senses dining outlets focus on using home-grown ingredients, augmented with responsible produce from local farmers and cultivated to our specifications. We continue to serve local and international favorites, but by default, our guests leave feeling better than when they arrived,” said Corporate Food & Beverage Director Jonathan Heath, who spearheads the on-going commitment says,

 

 

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