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H&M X SIMONE ROCHA COLLECTION MARCH 2021

KOLABORASI TERBARU H&M DENGAN DESAINER ASAL IRLANDIA, SIMONE ROCHAMelanjutkan tradisi panjang kolaborasi desainer yang selalu ditungg-tunggu, H&M dengan bangga mengumumkan kolaborasi baru dengan perancang busana yang berbasis di London, Simone Rocha. Koleksi Simone Rocha x H&M akan mencakup pakaian wanita khas Rocha, juga pakaian pria dan anak-anak. Ini menandai pertama kalinya Rocha menawarkan koleksi yang dapat mengisi lemari pakaian untuk seluruh keluarga. Setiap kategori menawarkan pakaian yang lengkap untuk semua acara; pakaian untuk acara spesial, termasuk gaun tulle dan tailoring, juga rajutan, kaos kaki, pakaian luar seperti trenches, kaos kasual, aksesoris, termasuk perhiasan berkilau khas Rocha dan sepatu berhias mutiara.

 

Rocha adalah desainer Irlandia pertama yang melakukan kolaborasi seperti ini dengan H&M. Koleksi ini, seperti semua karyanya, merayakan warisan antar etnis pribadinya dan segudang inspirasi yang telah membentuk pertumbuhan labelnya, dari tradisi dan kerajinan Hong Kong hingga sejarah seni yang hebat.

 

Koleksi Simone Rocha x H&M menggambarkan banyak siluet, fabrikasi, bentuk dan pengaruh budaya yang telah mendefinisikan dunia Simone Rocha, sambil menawarkan sentuhan baru pada ke-khas-an desainer dan memberi penghormatan pada koleksi-koleksi spesial sebelumnya yang telah menentukan kisah dari brand Simone Rocha. Kami melihat kilauan bangsawan Tudor, motif bunga liar, potret dan foto, boneka dan mainan. Ada tartan, manik-manik, motif bunga, pink, merah, dan fabrikasi khusus, dikembangkan sendiri, hanya untuk kolaborasi ini. Dalam membentuk koleksi ini, Rocha menghabiskan waktu melihat kembali arsip brand-nya, menyisir koleksi masa lalunya dan dengan hati-hati menyusun ulang karya-karya favorit menjadi proposisi baru yang dinamis dan terasa tepat untuk masa sekarang.

 

Koleksinya, yang akan dirilis pada tanggal 11 Maret, 2021, juga merayakan satu dekade label Simone Rocha - pencapaian luar biasa untuk brand independen yang berbasis di London. Brand Rocha diakui karena kekuatan visinya - dan konsistensi yang melekat di setiap pakaian baru, yang memungkinkan pemakainya untuk mencampur dan mencocokkan potongan untuk seluruh musim. Koleksi ini bercerita tentang keinginan serupa untuk menciptakan karya hasil kerja keras agar dicintai, disayangi, dan dipakai lagi dan lagi. Ini adalah sebuah undangan untuk masuk ke dalam dunia Simone Rocha, dan semua diundang.

 

“Saya sangat senang bisa bekerja dengan H&M dalam koleksi yang sangat spesial ini. Ini benar-benar merupakan perayaan atas karya-karya khas brand saya, dan pengaruh yang telah membentuk saya. Sebagai seorang desainer, dan sebagai pelanggan, saya sangat menyukai konsep kolaborasi H&M. Margiela, Alber Elbaz, Comme des Garcons - daftar alumni yang luar biasa dan saya merasa terhormat untuk turut masuk ke daftar ini. " - Simone Rocha

 

“Simone Rocha telah berada di daftar wishlist H&M selama beberapa waktu. Kolaborasi ini menawarkan kesempatan kepada audiens baru untuk memiliki bagian sejarah desain yang sangat istimewa. Kami semua di H&M merasa sangat terinspirasi telah bekerja dengan desainer wanita yang menghabiskan begitu banyak waktu memikirkan tentang feminitas kontemporer, dan kewanitaan, dan yang sangat berkomitmen pada keunggulan dalam kerajinan dan desain, dari proses pengembangan fabrikasi khusus, hingga mendorong siluet, bentuk, dan hiasan. Setiap pakaian dalam koleksi ini unik, istimewa, dan merupakan hasil kerja bertahun-tahun dan penelitian yang cermat. ” - Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M.


H&M X SIMONE ROCHA COLLECTION MARCH 2021
H&M X SIMONE ROCHA COLLECTION MARCH 2021
H&M X SIMONE ROCHA COLLECTION MARCH 2021
H&M X SIMONE ROCHA COLLECTION MARCH 2021

 

Artist’s impression of Radisson Collection Resort, Nanjing’s lobby
Artist’s impression of Radisson Collection Resort, Nanjing’s lobby

RADISSON HOTEL GROUP RISES ABOVE CHALLENGES TO ADD 84 NEW HOTELS ACROSS ASIA PACIFIC IN 2020Radisson Hotel Group overcame significant global challenges in 2020 to expand its portfolio of properties in the Asia Pacific, with the addition of 84 exceptional new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

 

This rapid growth forms part of the company’s ambitious five-year strategy to triple its portfolio in the midterm. This will be achieved through a blend of organic growth in key markets, such as China, India, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and master brand development agreements with Jin Jiang International and its subsidiaries in China, the world’s largest travel market.

 

Radisson Hotel Group is one of India’s largest and most reputable international hotel chains, with a comprehensive nationwide portfolio of hotels. This position was strengthened in 2020 with the signing of eight new hotels, including the 125-key Park Inn by Radisson Mashobra Resort, 115-key Park Inn by Radisson Jabalpur, 100-key Park Inn by Radisson Prayagraj, 120-key Radisson Hotel Dehradun, 103-key Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala, 180-key Radisson Blu Hotel Jaipur Malviya Nagar, 120-key Radisson Resort Pondicherry Bay and 196-key The White Hotel, Katra, which is also the first member of Radisson Individuals in India.

 

In Southeast Asia, the signing of the 84-key Radisson Resort Phan Thiet and 309-key Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Van Phong Bay reinforce Radisson Hotel Group’s strategy of introducing its world-leading brands to Vietnam’s emerging cities and idyllic resort destinations.

 

In China, two landmark hotels were signed in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. The 300-key Radisson Blu Hotel Nanjing South New Town and 151-key Radisson Collection Resort, Nanjing will serve the rising number of guests seeking international-standard upper-upscale accommodation in this important regional center.

 

Radisson Hotel Group’s master brand development agreements in China will play a pivotal role in accelerating its Asia Pacific expansion. In partnership with Jin Jiang International and its subsidiaries, 72 new hotels and resorts were added to the group’s Chinese portfolio in 2020, increasing its inventory by almost 9,000 keys. These included eight upscale select-service Radisson RED hotels with 1,108 keys; six contemporary upper-upscale Park Plaza hotels with 1,020 keys; 21 upbeat upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson hotels with 2,969 keys; and 37 welcoming upper-midscale Country Inns & Suites by Radisson hotels with 3,868 keys, located in a mix of major tier-one cities, provincial capitals, urban centers, airports, railway stations, amusement parks, industrial zones and retail plazas all across China.

 

Moving into 2021, Radisson Hotel Group will continue to bring exceptional accommodation and elevated hospitality to more guests across the Asia Pacific. Ideal for conversion projects, the upscale Radisson Individuals concept will attract experience-seeking travelers, and a fresh focus on serviced apartments will meet the rising global demand for extended-stay products.

 

“I am very proud of our achievements in 2020, as we remained focused on our long-term goals while responding to unprecedented global upheaval. We reached several major milestones, including the launch of Radisson Individuals, the introduction of Radisson Collection to China, and the signing of new hotels in many exciting new markets. With respected core brands, innovative new concepts, and a fresh focus on high-growth sectors such as serviced apartments, we are confident of a bright future,” commented Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

 

“Our growth in 2020 is a wonderful reflection of the depth of our regional alliances, the underlying confidence in our company, and the power of our brands. Despite the unique challenges of 2020, the fundamentals of the travel and hospitality industry remain strong. As part of the world’s second-largest hotel group, Radisson Hotel Group is perfectly positioned to accelerate its development and lead the recovery of the hospitality industry. We look forward to working with all our partners in 2021 and beyond,” said Ramzy Fenianos, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

 

To learn more about working with Radisson Hotel Group, please visit www.radissonhotelgroup.com/development and discover how we strive to make Every Moment Matter.

PADMA RESORT UBUD ROOM TOUR VIDEO REVIEW

PADMA RESORT UBUD ROOM TOUR VIDEO REVIEW - Located in Puhu Village, Gianyar Bali, 45 minutes car ride from Ubud Center, nestled a beautiful sanctuary that perfect to recharge your mind, body, and soul. That's my first impression of Padma Resort Ubud. It's a little bit far, then when you see this scenic view of a pristine village in central Bali and see the longest heated infinity pool in Ubud, it's worth the ride. Thank me later :)
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2021 PLAYLIST FOR BIKE RIDES ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST

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2021 PLAYLIST FOR BIKE RIDES ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST

The California coast is home to some of the most scenic and desirable bike routes in the world. Though certain sections can be tough due to steep inclines, you don't necessarily need the best electric bike for hills to reach some of America's most staggeringly beautiful heights. Planning a bike trip on a monumental route calls for an equally monumental playlist. Here are a few recent and older releases to help you come up with a playlist that suits your personal tastes:

 

Ty Segall: Melted

For listeners easily entranced by genuine garage rock, Melted is a classic album with deep roots in California. Though much of Segall's best work is scattered across over a decade of album releases, 2010's Melted is perhaps his most consistently enjoyable album to date, and it easily bears multiple consecutive listens.


Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

While it might be a little on-the-nose for some, grabbing a beach cruiser electric bike and riding through the hills and boardwalks of California to the Beach Boys in their glory days is something everyone should experience at least once. When Brian Wilson wrote his most widely beloved album, he made no secret of his fondness for the California coast or the laid-back surfing culture of the '60s.


War on Drugs: Thinking of a Place

Since Philadelphia's highly respected War on Drugs moved to the West Coast, their sound has taken on an expansive quality that somehow seems more comfortable in California. Where the group's influences have been easy to pin down in previous records, Thinking of a Place comes closer to a fully unique experience that is perfectly at home in California coast.


Slow Pulp: Moveys

Though Slow Pulp is a relatively new band, their debut album, Moveys, has quickly gained the attention of indie critics across the country. For listeners interested in shoegaze-rock with relaxed vibes, Slow Pulp is a band to keep an eye on.


Phillip Glass: Hope Street Tunnel Blues

Few modern composers are as widely renowned as Phillip Glass. Glass' work often spans many moods and genres, and Hope Street Tunnel Blues are no exception. Despite the album's relatively urban title, its naked piano keys are surprisingly naturalistic, making much of the lengthy album well suited to riding in the open air.


Baroness: Blue Record

For an energetic ride, few albums are as uplifting or unrelenting as heavy rock quartet Baroness' sophomore Blue Record. For the entirety of its 44-minute run-time Blue Record delivers an energizing stream of rock that is perfect in tempo and tone for powering through a tough ride.


While music is always a personal experience, the albums listed above are each tried-and-tested riding soundtracks. If you have found something you like here, don't hesitate to fall down your own music wormhole in order to come up with the perfect playlist.


When riding any bike route, always wear a helmet and stay alert on the road. If you anticipate having difficulty with extremely long beach routes or steep hills, consider looking for the best electric bikes for surfers that provide you with the option of using an electric motor.

FARM TO FORK: SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS

FARM TO FORK: SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS - In order to ensure they were providing the very best quality products available for their guests, Shinta Mani Hotels created their first experimental sustainable organic model farm in the early 2000s.  The 2-hectare (4.942 acres) farm in Takos Village has located 21km (30 minutes) from the Shinta Mani Hotels in Siem Reap.  

Initially, the farm was used to test varieties of traditional Khmer crops to see which ones were best suited to the growing conditions.  This was done without the aid of pesticides and an excess of fertilizers, instead of using age-old practices of specific seed selection combined with crop rotation and natural pest repellents such as planting marigolds or using citronella extracts.

The farm modeled the brand's sustainable and ethical farming practices that the Foundation teaches to local families through their Home Garden project, in order to educate and inspire local villages to eat healthier, sustainable produce.  Farming is essential to Cambodian life with over 80% of villagers in rural areas working in the industry.  Cambodian farmers are among the poorest segment of the population and farming is tough, hot, hard work resulting in small returns. Small holder farmers are increasingly unable to provide for their families and are also unable to access educational opportunities available to young urban individuals.

The Foundation team research new seed stock and growing techniques that can be taught to Cambodian farmers to support their communities, creating a program that is a win/win for all involved. Farmers will earn better returns on their crops and the hotels will have fresh, locally grown produce for their guests.


Both farms will have Mekong style houses to accommodate the respective Farm Managers.  Water well is used for irrigation in Siem Reap and at Shinta Mani Wild, rainwater is collected and stored for use in the dry season.  Cooking classes at all hotels utilize fresh produce from the farms with a special farm-based cooking class facility being built in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap

Due to the success of the original farm and the rise in popularity of the 'farm to fork' concept in hospitality, a new plot of land has been developed in Doun Ounn Village, 27 km (40 minutes) from the hotels, covering 4 hectares (9.884 acres), doubling the size of the previous farm.

Managed by a team of 3 local employees, crops grown include a variety of tomatoes and lettuces, basil, bok choy, okra, corn, spinach, spring onions, bitter gourd, asparagus, eggplants, mushrooms, cauliflower, beans, zucchini, citronella, morning glory, cucumber, pumpkin, moringa, pineapple, dragon fruit, melons, papaya, and sugar cane.   Harvested crops are used in the Shinta Mani Hotels as well as sold to other hotels and the community as well as being used in the Staff Canteen. 

Back in Siem Reap the team has created a rooftop herb garden at the Shinta Mani Angkor boutique hotel.   (39 rooms).  The 120 sqm rooftop garden grows herbs that are used in the restaurants and bars at the 3 hotels.  Herbs grown include chili, cilantro, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, mint, and holy basil. 

Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

At Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild in the Southern Cardamom National Park, sustainable forest foraging is one of the Executive Chef's daily activities.  Due to the luxury camp's unique and extremely remote location, his best ingredients are literally at his feet in the middle of the jungle which is his natural Cambodian larder.  A popular guest activity is to join Chef and our resident naturalists on their daily foraging rounds and select items for him to include in delicious dishes for them back at the camp.

A large organic farm and free-range chicken run to supply eggs has been created, including specially designated vegetable and herb gardens, a cocktail and spa garden, and a plant nursery area.  This will support the camp's commitment to sustainability and being truly locally sourced with as much of their produce as possible coming from local and small farmers, only importing what they need and cannot find locally. 

The farm is located within the Camp's vast acreage on a site specifically chosen so it was not in the wilderness part of the property, but near the staff village and property boundary with the village where it will have a minimum impact on the wildlands.  Once the farm is well established, any surplus from harvests will be used in the Siem Reap properties or packaged for sale. There will be a dedicated composting barn for kitchen waste management. 

Vegetable and herb garden – 60 x 10 sqm

Cocktail and Spa Garden – 20 x 5 sqm

Free-range Chicken Run – 60 x 20 sqm

When building the farm, leftover materials from the construction period were used that were no longer needed and would otherwise have been disposed of.  No chemicals or pesticides are used on the farm and marigolds have been planted between crops, creating a picturesque and effective insect repellent. 

Crops being grown include a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit varieties.


SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
SHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERSSHINTA MANI FOUNDATION EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING TO SUPPORT HOTELS AND LOCAL VILLAGERS
WYNDHAM DESTINATIONS ACQUIRES TRAVEL+LEISURE BRAND FROM MEREDITH CORPORATION

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WYNDHAM DESTINATIONS ACQUIRES TRAVEL+LEISURE BRAND FROM MEREDITH CORPORATION - Wyndham Destinations (NYSE: WYND) and Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) today announced that Wyndham Destinations has acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and all related assets from Meredith Corporation, combining the travel company's portfolio of resort, membership, and lifestyle travel brands with the world's most trusted travel lifestyle content curator and its travel clubs. This acquisition will accelerate Wyndham Destinations' strategic plan to build on its leading position as the world's largest vacation club and exchange company and expand into new leisure travel and licensing markets.

“We acquired Travel + Leisure, including access to its global audience of 35 million loyal followers across multiple platforms and nearly 60,000 club members, because it matches our passion and purpose to put the world on vacation. Over the past 18 months, we have laid the foundation to expand our footprint beyond our core vacation ownership business, and today we add one of the most trusted and influential brands in travel through the acquisition of Travel + Leisure,” said Michael D. Brown, president, and chief executive officer of Wyndham Destinations. “This iconic brand, along with its authoritative content and wide audience, will help accelerate and amplify the growth of new capital-light travel businesses and services, as we take the next step in expanding our reach within the global leisure travel industry.”

In early 2021, Wyndham Destinations will change its name to Travel + Leisure Co. and will expand its portfolio through various branded products and offerings. The new company will inspire travelers with Travel + Leisure's expert multi-platform content to grow its membership travel club businesses, launch new branded travel services, and expand brand licensing agreements under its Travel + Leisure Group.

The new Travel + Leisure Co. stock will begin trading under the ticker symbol NYSE: TNL in mid-February 2021.

Meredith will continue to operate and monetize Travel + Leisure's media across multiple channels, including its advertising and marketing activities, under a 30-year royalty-free, renewable licensing relationship. The agreement ensures that the brand's long-standing commitment to high-quality, independent travel journalism will continue under the leadership of Travel +Leisure Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford and SVP/Group Publisher, Travel + Leisure Giulio Capua.

“As new stewards of the Travel + Leisure brand, we are committed to ensuring that the integrity and independence of its trusted, authoritative journalism remain uncompromised. I'm very pleased that Meredith will continue producing the number one travel content brand and major monthly consumer magazine under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford,” Brown said. “For 50 years, Travel + Leisure has offered travel inspiration to tens of millions across the world through immersive, transportive experiences across many channels. Its dedicated readers rely on the brand as a window into the world's best destinations, cultures, and experiences, and we look forward to supporting Meredith as it continues that mission.”

Transaction Details

  • The $100 million acquisition will be funded with cash on hand of $35 million paid at closing, with trailing payments completed by June 2024. In addition, Wyndham Destinations has agreed to a five-year marketing commitment across Meredith's portfolio of brands.
  • Travel + Leisure Co. will continue to maintain its current portfolio of brands and products, with Wyndham Destinations now serving as the umbrella brand for its vacation club resorts, which will continue to leverage the power of the Wyndham Rewards program, and with Panorama operating the exchange, membership travel, and technology businesses.
  • The acquisition is expected to be neutral to earnings for the new Travel + Leisure Co. in year one and accretive in year two. The acquisition includes Travel + Leisure's travel clubs and their nearly 60,000 members.
  • Travel + Leisure Co. will license the brand to Meredith to continue operating and monetizing T+L's media platforms in a long-term agreement.

“This strategic alliance brings a new, innovative approach to media brand development, and we're excited to leverage Wyndham Destinations' and Meredith's strengths to enhance and realize Travel + Leisure's full potential,” said Meredith Chairman and Chief Executive Tom Harty. “This is a great demonstration of the value that strong brands deliver when expanded beyond the media space, and we look forward to developing more of these creative, value-enhancing programs across our portfolio.”

Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford said, “I'm delighted that Wyndham Destinations has such a deep understanding of and excitement for Travel + Leisure, and in partnership with Meredith profoundly shares our mission to inspire and empower the world's most curious and passionate travelers. I've spent time getting to know Michael Brown. I'm thrilled that he appreciates the legacy and integrity of this brand, and I look forward to working with him. We will continue to produce and deliver independent, award-winning journalism and rich, immersive storytelling, transporting our passionate audience across numerous platforms to compelling destinations around the world. With Wyndham's backing and support, T+L is poised to accelerate its growth and flourish beyond our content while continuing to benefit from Meredith's successful track record in operating media brands.”

“The Wyndham Destinations alliance is a win-win strategy and is indicative of our interest in collaborating with industry leaders to optimize the potential of our many other powerful Meredith media brands,” said John Zieser, Meredith Chief Development Officer.

The transaction is not expected to change employment at either company.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is serving as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Wyndham Destinations on this transaction. Cooley LLP is serving as legal advisor to Meredith Corporation.

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About the New Travel + Leisure Co.

In the first quarter of 2021, Travel + Leisure Co. becomes the world's leading membership and leisure travel company, with a portfolio of nearly 20 resort, travel club, and lifestyle travel brands. The company provides outstanding vacation experiences and travel inspiration to millions of owners, members, and subscribers every year through its products and services: Wyndham Destinations, the largest vacation ownership company with 230 vacation club resort locations across the globe; Panorama, the world's foremost membership travel business that includes the largest vacation exchange company, industry-leading travel technology, and subscription travel brands; and Travel + Leisure Group, featuring top online and print travel content, online booking platforms, and travel clubs, and branded consumer products. At Travel + Leisure Co., our global team of associates brings hospitality to millions, turning vacation inspiration into exceptional travel experiences. We put the world on vacation.

About Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Destinations (NYSE: WYND), the world's largest vacation club and exchange company, is on a mission to put the world on vacation. The company offers more than 4 million members and owner families the opportunity to own, exchange, or rent their vacation experience while enjoying quality, flexibility, and great value from a trusted brand. The company's Wyndham Vacation Clubs offer 230 resorts that provide a contemporary take on the timeshare model through brands Club Wyndham®, Worldmark® by Wyndham, and Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham. With a global presence in 110 countries, the company's membership travel business – Panorama – includes today's leading vacation exchange, leisure travel, and technology brands, including RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange that provides access to 4,200+ affiliated resorts, and Extra Holidays, offering condo vacations at hotel prices. Year after year, our worldwide team of associates delivers exceptional vacation experiences to millions of families as they make life's favorite memories. At Wyndham Destinations, our world is your destination.

About Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a leading media company for nearly 120 years, produces service journalism that engages audiences with essential, inspiring, and trusted content. Meredith reaches consumers where they are across multiple platforms, including digital, video, print, and broadcast television. Meredith's National Media Group reaches nearly 95 percent of all U.S. women and more than 190 million unduplicated American consumers every month through such iconic brands as PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Allrecipes, Southern Living, and REAL SIMPLE. Meredith's premium digital network reaches more than 150 million consumers each month. The company is the No. 1 U.S. magazine operator with 36 million subscribers and the No. 2 global licensor with robust brand licensing activities that include a Better Homes & Gardens partnership with Walmart. Meredith's Local Media Group portfolio includes 17 television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households and 30 million viewers. Meredith's portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation's Top 25 markets, including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Portland, and 13 stations in the Top 50.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Words, and variations of words, such as “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “plan,” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements, including statements about the expected results of the transaction and the future prospects for, and plans of, the company. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Results may be materially affected by factors including (without limitation) unanticipated costs and/or delays, unfavorable reaction by customers, partners, employees, or suppliers, future revenues being lower than expected, failure or inability to implement growth or expansion strategies in a timely manner or at all, local and global political and economic conditions, and other risks described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the company and are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The company does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or other statements included in this press release.

DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE

DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURESummer has arrived in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and with it will be the best adventure rainforest experiences of the year. Canyoning, white water rafting, mountain biking and tubing are among the adrenalin-fuelled water options in the world's oldest rainforest.

Join Cairns Canyoning in the spectacular Crystal Canyon to abseil 30 metre heights, rock jump, zipline and swim in a rainforest setting refreshed by warm summer rain. The Behana Gorge tour is ideal for families.

Experience the extraordinary white-water action of the Tully River with Rapid Boarders. Individual boards are used to ride a 7.5km section of the mighty river, which hosted the 2019 World Rafting Championships. Try white water rafting on a half-day trip on the Barron River or take the plunge with a full day on the Russell River with the Cairns Adventure Group. They have family options for younger children and a gentler, white water experience tubing through the rainforest.

River drift snorkelling is another easy option and a great introduction to snorkelling before you visit the Great Barrier Reef. It's a unique way to understand the world's oldest rainforest while floating down the Mossman River with Back Country Bliss.

For another cool option kayak Babinda Creek through small rapids before visiting Babinda Boulders for a swim and a rainforest walk, discovering the stories of the Traditional Custodians. 

Hiking through the World Heritage-listed rainforest will reveal stunning waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes to cool off in. Choose easy strolls like the Licuala Rainforest Circuit or camp overnight at the Goldfield Trail where you can swim in the causeway.

Mountain biking is especially popular in summer with creek crossings adding to the thrills and promising a refreshing reward along the way. The world-famous trails at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park have rides for all abilities or enjoy the scenery of the spectacular Misty Mountain Trails.

Chasing waterfalls is a favourite summer activity for locals wanting to chill out and there are many close to Cairns. The most impressive of them all is the Barron Falls, which attract a crowd after a downpour. The best viewing place is from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and it recently opened The Edge Lookout where you can feel the mist of the falls when they are at their summer best.

For a bird's eye-view of the rainforest take the plunge from AJ Hackett's 140 metre-high bungy tower. The waterfalls run once the summer rains arrive and the water touch in the pond is a refreshing part of the jump. Skydiving offers a truly spectacular view of the rainforest, with Skydive Australia offering jumps in Cairns and Mission Beach.

DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE
DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE
DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE

IHG EXPANDS UPSCALE VOCO BRAND TO VIETNAM

IHG EXPANDS UPSCALE VOCO BRAND TO VIETNAMIHG Hotels & Resorts will expand its upscale voco™ brand to Vietnam next year through an exciting partnership with Tuyet Lien Son Co Ltd, which will mark the first opening under the voco brand in South East Asia.

Already near completion, the stunning voco Ma Belle Danang property is ideally located next to the beachfront along the main thoroughfare of the coastal city.

The 290-room hotel seamlessly combines the informality and charm of individual property with the quality and reassurance of a globally renowned brand. It signals the latest development in the growth of voco, inspired by the Latin word for 'to invite' or 'come together'.

Serena Lim, Vice President, Development for IHG, South East Asia & Korea, said: “It's fantastic to debut the voco brand in Vietnam with such a passionate and committed partner in Tuyet Lien Son Co Ltd. voco has quickly expanded around the world and we are seeing increased interest in it across South East Asia. As a brand, voco presents an opportunity to access the upscale segment fast, backed by the power of our IHG enterprise and systems.

With the increasing development and sophistication of Danang, we felt this was the perfect time to introduce a youthful and playful brand into the market. And, with Vietnam's strong growth trajectory, we are confident that voco will continue to expand to other locations as a core upscale offer of IHG Hotels & Resorts.”

voco Ma Belle Danang promises a memorable stay for guests, who can relax in a safe and peaceful environment. They will be inspired by a colorful, modern design that features yellow for energy, teal for elegance, and grey for balance.

Nguyen Tuyet, Deputy General Director, Tuyet Lien Son Co Ltd added: “We built this hotel with a vision to give guests a fantastic lifestyle experience through which they can truly be themselves. Guests should have a fabulous time, feel the energy of love and happiness when they stay with us. This was epitomized in the 'Ma Belle' personality that I sought for the hotel, inspired by the Vietnamese mature woman who is confident, sophisticated, and warm and who carries the positive energy of youth, love, and peace.  I looked at a number of brands, looking for something unstuffy but charming, modern and welcoming – and voco perfectly fit.  The brand was able to adapt to our vision while also enhancing it via its distinctive brand hallmarks, something I truly treasured.

We have put our trust in IHG to turn the concept into reality, and we know they will help us deliver our vision. Together, we can provide lasting memories for guests from across Vietnam and around the world.”

Guests are certain to enjoy the playful, personal touches running through the voco Ma Belle Danang's design, and its range of indulgent amenities. The 'Me Time' concept of its rooms ensures they can look forward to a great night's sleep thanks to premium beds, innovative lighting, and user-friendly technology, while the superior showers offer a refreshing start to the day. 

The brand's signature 'voco Life' concept features strongly, with the hotel boasting one of the city's only rooftop bars with a true 360-degree view of both the ocean and the city. The rooftop bar is envisioned to be vibrant – it features a DJ booth and is next to the hotel's infinity pool. It is perfect for watching the sunset or the famous annual fireworks festival. When not being fashionably cool on the rooftop, guests can enjoy the all-day dining restaurant which serves local fare with a twist.

There is an extensive range of residential-style meeting facilities with stunning views of the coastline for those looking to mix business with pleasure, or to host key social events and destination weddings. There is also a high-energy gym for guests to break a sweat or a calm and serene spa for when it's time to unwind.

voco Ma Belle Danang is ideally situated to offer guests easy access to the many attractions of Danang, from a coastline providing the perfect backdrop for a morning run or afternoon stroll, to a wide range of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance.

With Danang City Centre only 1.5km away, and Danang International Airport 5km, guests also have easy connectivity to Vietnam's main cities and overseas destinations.

Drawing on our many years of experience in delivering True Hospitality, IHG created and launched voco in 2018 to give guests a different choice – hotels that are reliable enough to depend on, but different enough to be fun and stand out from the crowd.

Since its launch, voco™ has experienced incredible growth across the globe, with more than 35 properties either now open or in the pipeline, including hotels in Australia, the UK, Montenegro, UAE, and China. Over the next few years, new hotels are set to open in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Egypt, Poland, Cyprus, South Africa, and Thailand.


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ASIA PACIFIC REIGNS IN 2021 HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX AS REGION LOOKS SET TO EMERGE FIRST FROM PANDEMIC

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ASIA PACIFIC REIGNS IN 2021 HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX AS REGION LOOKS SET TO EMERGE FIRST FROM PANDEMICAs 2021 commences, the latest results from the Henley Passport Index — the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa — provide fascinating insights into the future of travel freedom in a world that has been transformed by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Without taking temporary restrictions into account, Japan continues to hold the number one position on the index, with passport holders able to access 191 destinations around the world visa-free. This marks the third consecutive year that Japan has held the top spot, either alone or jointly with Singapore. Asia Pacific (APAC) region countries’ dominance of the index — which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — now seems firmly established. Singapore sits in 2nd position, with access to 190 destinations, and South Korea holds onto 3rd place alongside Germany, with both having a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 189. Slightly further down but still in the top 10, New Zealand is in 7th position, with visa-free access to 185 destinations, while Australia is in 8th position, with access to 184 destinations.

The ascendance of APAC countries in the Henley Passport Index rankings is a relatively new phenomenon. Over the index’s 16-year history, the top spots were traditionally held by EU countries, the UK, or the US, and experts suggest that the APAC region’s position of strength will continue as it includes some of the first countries to begin the process of recovering from the pandemic.

With the US and the UK still facing significant challenges related to the virus, and the passport strength of both countries continuing to steadily erode, the balance of power is shifting. Over the past seven years, the US passport has fallen from the number one spot to 7th place, a position it currently shares with the UK. Due to pandemic-related travel constraints, travelers from both the UK and the US currently face major restrictions from over 105 countries, with US passport holders able to travel to fewer than 75 destinations, while UK passport holders currently have access to fewer than 70.

Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of leading residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept, says that the latest ranking provides an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary upheaval that characterized 2020. “Just a year ago all indications were that the rates of global mobility would continue to rise, that travel freedom would increase, and that holders of powerful passports would enjoy more access than ever before. The global lockdown negated these glowing projections, and as restrictions begin to lift, the results from the latest index are a reminder of what passport power really means in a world upended by the pandemic.”

With the first Covid-19 vaccine approved just over a month ago, airline industry experts believe that mandatory vaccination before air travel may soon be a necessity. A technological innovation scheduled to launch in Q1 2021 that will contribute to restoring global mobility is IATA’s Travel Pass initiative — a mobile application that enables travelers to store and manage their verified certifications for Covid-19 tests or vaccines.

The great reset gives way to the next great migration

Experts suggest that in terms of future global mobility, we cannot expect a return to pre-pandemic patterns. Dr. Parag Khanna, bestselling author (The Future Is Asian) and the Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap in Singapore says that the system will not simply revert to what it was, and that nationality alone will no longer suffice to guarantee safe passage. “Even for still-powerful passports such as Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and members of the EU, additional protocols will be required to re-attain relatively frictionless mobility.” Looking further ahead, Khanna suggests that demographic shifts are likely to usher in far more dramatic changes: “Today’s youth are socially conscious, environmentally aware, and less nationalistic — all of which makes them potentially the most mobile generation in human history. They herald a seminal shift in mobility from being every country for itself to being every person for themself.”

More key developments like this one are discussed in the Global Mobility Report 2021 Q1 released by Henley & Partners today. The report, which features cutting-edge analysis and commentary from leading academics and professional experts, shows that while the pandemic may have temporarily restricted transnational movement, the urge to move and migrate remains, with people turning to creative solutions to protect their global privileges in the post-Covid era.

Commenting on the growing trend towards the acquisition of second citizenships, Professor Peter J. Spiro, Charles Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University Law School, says that the pandemic “proved the first major blow to the post-globalization system of mobility”, and that this will “ultimately accelerate pre-existing trends towards citizenship acquisition as transnational elites look to insure against future shock events”.

The Global Mobility Report 2021 Q1 also highlights new research by Deep Knowledge Group, overlaying data from the Covid-19 Risk and Safety Assessment of the economic, social, and health stability of 250 countries and regions with the latest Henley Passport Index results. What emerges is that for developed and developing nations alike, travel freedom is currently not only the result of a lack of social freedom or poor economic development but also a failure of risk management, health readiness, and monitoring and detection. In other words, global immobility is no longer solely the plight of citizens of less advanced countries.

Discussing the pandemic’s impact on talent migration, Greg Lindsay, Director of Applied Research at NewCities, points to the rise of the so-called ‘digital nomads’. “The moniker now effectively describes anyone with a Covid-induced mandate to work from anywhere — and thousands, if not millions, are pursuing pandemic arbitrage in their choice of destinations. The evidence is clear, including record numbers of Americans seeking secondary citizenship in 2020, and Britons rushing to secure EU access ahead of Brexit.”

New alliances and a changing Middle East

Perhaps understandably, there were relatively few high-profile visa agreements between countries during 2020. The notable exception was the UAE, which has continued its remarkable upward trajectory on the Henley Passport Index. The country signed several mutually reciprocated visa-waiver agreements last year, including a landmark US-brokered agreement establishing formal ties with Israel and granting citizens of each country visa-free access to the other. The UAE now has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 173 and holds 16th spot on the ranking. This is a stunning ascent when compared to the position it held at the index’s inception in 2006, when the country ranked 62nd, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of just 35.

Commenting in the Global Mobility Report 2021 Q1 on these developments, Dr. Robert Mogielnicki, Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, says they could pave the way for further significant changes in the region: “A strong technology focus weaves together the economic agreements and memorandums of understanding that emerged in the wake of the UAE–Israel normalization agreement. Sudan normalized relations with Israel in October 2020, and other Arab countries may take similar steps over the coming months.”

Investment migration: An essential insurance policy

Amid these dynamic shifts, the appeal of investment migration remains constant, with countries offering residence and citizenship programs continuing to fare extremely well on the index. Henley & Partners’ CEO Dr. Juerg Steffen says that the volatility driven by Covid-19 has pushed the steadily growing appeal of investment migration into overdrive. “More than being associated with simple ease of travel or acquiring a vacation home, alternative residence and citizenship are now also perceived in terms of their remarkable potential for portfolio diversification, access to global investment and operations, and the creation of a new inheritance and identity for the family. The unexpected and unprecedented events of 2020 have simultaneously exacerbated push factors such as political and economic instability, and reprioritized pull factors, with stability, safety, and access to quality education and healthcare becoming issues of greater concern than ever before. Investment migration is now a standard consideration for international families and entrepreneurs who are looking to hedge volatility and create long-term value through enhanced global mobility.”

Read the full Global Mobility Report 2021 Q1

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