KOLABORASI TERBARU H&M DENGAN DESAINER ASAL IRLANDIA, SIMONE ROCHA - Melanjutkan 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.
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RADISSON HOTEL GROUP RISES ABOVE CHALLENGES TO ADD 84 NEW HOTELS ACROSS ASIA PACIFIC IN 2020 - Radisson 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.
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 - 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.
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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.
DISCOVER A SUMMER IN THE TROPICS AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE - Summer 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.
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ASIA PACIFIC REIGNS IN 2021 HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX AS REGION LOOKS SET TO EMERGE FIRST FROM PANDEMIC - As 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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