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Stop Food Waste Day

SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!

33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted every year

45% of root crops, fruit and vegetables produced globally is lost or wasted per year

25% of the food wasted globally could feed all 795 million undernourished people in the world

Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries

  • Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food. 
  • Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oil seeds, meat and dairy plus 35% for fish. 
  • Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). 
  • The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010). 
  • Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg a year in Europe and North America, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-eastern Asia, each throw away only 6-11 kg a year. 
  • Total per capita food production for human consumption is about 900 kg a year in rich countries, almost twice the 460 kg a year produced in the poorest regions. 
  • In developing countries 40% of losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialized countries more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels.
  •  At retail level, large quantities of food are wasted due to quality standards that over emphasise appearance.
  • Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.
  • In developing countries food waste and losses occur mainly at early stages of the food value chain and can be traced back to financial, managerial and technical constraints in harvesting techniques as well as storage and cooling facilities. Strengthening the supply chain through the direct support of farmers and investments in infrastructure, transportation, as well as in an expansion of the food and packaging industry could help to reduce the amount of food loss and waste.
  •  In medium- and high-income countries food is wasted and lost mainly at later stages in the supply chain. Differing from the situation in developing countries, the behaviour of consumers plays a huge part in industrialized countries. The study identified a lack of coordination between actors in the supply chain as a contributing factor. Farmer-buyer agreements can be helpful to increase the level of coordination. Additionally, raising awareness among industries, retailers and consumers as well as finding beneficial use for food that is presently thrown away are useful measures to decrease the amount of losses and waste.

Sources: stopfooodwaste.com & fao.org

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day? New Research Suggests Not

We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if we’re trying to manage their weight. But new research suggests this might not be true. 

Previous studies have suggested that eating breakfast revs up the metabolism and can help dieters stop overeating later in the day.

But a new review found that eating breakfast does not appear to help people lose weight and should not necessarily be recommended as a weight-loss strategy. 

Experts from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, examined 13 studies related to breakfast and weight in high income countries, including the UK.

The pooled results found a very small difference in weight between those who ate breakfast and those who did not, with those who skipped breakfast on average 0.44kg lighter. Those who ate breakfast also ate more calories per day – about 260 more on average.

People who skipped breakfast did not compensate by eating more later in the day, the review found.

The researchers also found no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eaters and breakfast skippers – suggesting there is no evidence that eating it may help with weight loss due to “efficient” burning of calories earlier in the day.

The authors said the overall quality of the studies was low and more research is needed.

Writing in the BMJ, they said: “Caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it could have the opposite effect.”

However, the researchers did note that eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects aside from weight loss, such as improved concentration and attentiveness levels in children.

Commenting on the results, Dr Frankie Phillips, registered dietitian for the British Dietetic Association, said: “Whilst some studies do show that people who eat breakfast tend to be a healthier weight, there is no clear benefit of starting to eat breakfast just as a tool to lose weight.

“The study shows that simply having breakfast isn’t a magic recipe for weight loss for everyone. If you do enjoy breakfast, don’t stop, but take a look at what you are having.”

To do breakfast the right way, she recommended a simple breakfast of wholegrain cereal and milk with a glass of unsweetened fruit juice and a cup of tea. 

Source: Huffington Post, UK

Southern Norway is home to the world’s largest underwater restaurant

Are you ready for a wUNDERful 18-course gourmet marathon – five meters below sea level? Check out the first underwater restaurant in Northern Europe.

Now you’ll have yet another good reason for visiting Southern Norway: Having dinner at five metres below sea level. “Under” in Lindesnes is Europe’s first and the world’s largest underwater restaurant. “We’ll attract tourists from all over the world. That is our goal,” says Gaute Ubostad, one of the founders of this very special restaurant project.

The underwater restaurant “Under” will definitively put Southern Norway on the dining map, both in Norway and throughout the world. And there might be stiff competition for a seat in the restaurant. 

“We aim to become a spearhead in order to have success in the international market. I believe it’ll be an attraction that makes that more people consider it exciting to come to Norway and combine a visit here with other things,” says Ubostad.

First, largest and research-friendly

The restaurant “Under” is built out in the sometimes-harsh waters at Spangereid in Lindesnes municipality, Norway’s southern tip. The underwater restaurant and tourist attraction opened in March 2019.

Here, the way of thinking is innovative, big and original:

  • In fact, Under is the world’s largest underwater restaurant with seating capacity for 100 guests. On normal nights it will serve 40 guests.
  • This wonder at Lindesnes is also the first underwater restaurant in Europe.
  • Several research environments that are focused on the development of knowledge within marine biology are involved so as to provide guests with an enhanced experience. 

A treat for architecture enthusiasts

The building itself is an architectural gem. It is reminiscent of a rock formation that is rising out of the sea; almost like a kind of art installation. The award-winning architect firm, Snøhetta, has designed the spectacular building.

Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five meters below. The structure is designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it. With the thick concrete walls lying against the craggy shoreline, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions. 

A monumental glass wall provides panoramic views of the sea

When you step into the restaurant, your unique undersea journey begins. Here you can descend all the way to a depth of five metres without a diving suit. Just walk down the stairs. At the mesanin there is a bar with a relax area where guest can sit before and after the meal. 

Down in the restaurant, the notion of an “ocean view” takes on a whole new meaning. There, a huge glass wall will give you an unique insight into the bustling life in the sea (Skagerrak) outside. 

You will get to watch all sorts of fish species swim by, depending on the time of year. Normal fish species in this area is pollack and cod, colourful wrasses, urchins, crabs, lobsters in gladiator battles, spiny dogfish (i.e. mini sharks) and distinctive seaweed and kelp in the changing seasons… And you can see a live performance of the roaring, stormy sea when nature is in turmoil.

Seals have also been observed outside the window, but marine researcher Trond Rafoss hope it will not visit very often, as it scares the other fishes away.

Locally caught fish, seabirds and wild sheep on the menu

Of course, the restaurant experience is not just about the fish that swim by outside. The fish and seafood that is served on your plate is a very important ingredient. Naturally, there will be an excellent selection of seafood at Under. But you also have the option of tasting seabirds and wild sheep that have grazed in the archipelago nearby. 

The head chef at Under is named Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen, and that means that the food is something to look forward to. Pedersen was formerly the head chef at the acclaimed gourmet restaurant “Måltid” in Kristiansand city centre, and he has also worked at the Michelin-starred restaurant Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark. 

Source: www.visitnorway.com

Hilton to recycle one million bars of soap by Global Handwashing Day

Hilton’s Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and All Suites brands are launching the Clean the World Challenge in partnership with Clean the World.

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will challenge hotel owners and team members to collect bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycled into one million bars of new soap by Global Handwashing Day (October 15) for Clean the World to distribute to communities in need.   

Clean the World’s mission aligns with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose initiative, the company’s corporate responsibility strategy. By 2030, Hilton commits to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment. As part of these goals, Hilton has committed to send zero soap to landfill in addition to Hilton’s brand standards for Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton brands across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Through its soap recycling partnership with Clean the World, Hilton has contributed to the distribution of more than 7.6 million bars of recycled soap, resulting in more than two million pounds of soap and amenity bottles being diverted from landfills. The discarded soap is crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars. Bathroom amenity bottles are re-purposed for hygiene kits or recycled. By recycling these products, Clean the World provides soap to those in need, ultimately preventing diseases and reducing mortality rates around the world.

Clean the World was founded in 2009 with a mission to save lives while simultaneously protecting the environment by providing recycled soap and other hygienic products to families in need. Over the last decade, the organisation has contributed toward a 60% reduction in the death rate of children under the age of five dying due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hilton has worked with Clean the World since its launch to help overcome this epidemic in various countries, as well as in times of natural disasters.

Source: www.hoteliermiddleeast.com

Starbucks to stop selling alcohol at more than 400 US stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will stop selling beer and wine at more than 400 U.S. stores next week as it ends its “evenings” program.

The coffee chain says the “Starbucks Evenings” program in 439 company-owned stores in the U.S. will end Jan. 10. It said the program may continue in some of the nine licensed stores where it is offered, or overseas. The program was first tested in 2010 near Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle, and was expanded as a way to drive sales beyond the morning rush. In addition to alcohol, the evening menu featured foods like bacon-wrapped dates.

Starbucks said in 2014 it planned to expand alcohol to “thousands” of stores. Now, it says it will integrate beer and wine into its higher-end retail format, such as Roastery stores.

Souce: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6ec0e07280d44029841f6e3d2429a8eb/starbucks-stop-selling-alcohol-more-400-us-stores

Hilton takes service to the next level

Hilton Team Members contributed 291,000 volunteer hours during the company’s Global Month of Service.

The annual event is part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility programme and this year saw Team Members from 93 countries contribute more than 291,000 volunteer hours to 4,166 community projects around the world. Global Month of Service is a celebration of the community engagement efforts throughout the entire year.

Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton said, “A core part of Hilton’s mission is to have a lasting, positive impact on the thousands of communities where we live, work and travel, and that is the inspiration for our annual Global Month of Service. This year, our Team Members worked together to demonstrate a commitment to service by sharing their unique hospitality skills in truly inspiring ways.”

Throughout October, Hilton collaborated with hundreds of organizations across the globe to participate in service projects from outdoor garden classrooms to mentorship programs to youth workshops. Projects aligned with Travel with Purpose’s three priority areas: creating opportunities, strengthening communities and preserving the environment.

Creating Opportunities

In Cameroon, Hilton Yaoundé opened its doors to 35 local students from Sorawell Professional Training Center for Women, an organization that provides hospitality training to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds. The hotel held a week-long series of workshops with the students and a two-year apprenticeship was awarded to one student that excelled during the week.
Strengthening Communities

In the United States, more than 100 Team Members from Hilton’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia partnered with REAL School Gardens, a local organization that unites teachers, parents, businesses and students to create learning gardens tailored to specific school needs. Team Members spent the day alongside the students building raised plant beds, installing outdoor white boards and planting seasonal vegetables for children to grow.
In Singapore, Team Members from Hilton’s regional office joined forces with Hilton Singapore to prepare, cook, pack and deliver more than 5,000 meals to the local community in Singapore. During the event, Team Members were able to participate in a number of different roles preparing and serving in the kitchen.
Hilton has been dedicated to spreading its hospitality from properties into local communities for nearly 100 years. While community service is highlighted during October, Hilton’s Team Members dedicate their time, passion and unique brand of hospitality to create positive change throughout the entire year. Since 2012, Hilton Team Members have completed more than 14,960 projects worldwide and contributed more than 804,620 hours of community service.

Source: http://www.greenhotelier.org/our-themes/community-communication-engagement/hilton-takes-service-to-the-next-level/

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui Debuts $100 Million Transformation

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui today announced the substantial completion of its sweeping $100 million transformation set to debut December 24, 2016. Inspired by its iconic Wailea Beach oceanfront location and the restorative power of the sea, the comprehensive transformation ushers in a new era of modern elevated services and memories for Wailea’s original resort. The entirely transformed contemporary resort features a reimagined arrival experience, six new dining options including HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi, three new distinct pool environments, and 547 redesigned rooms and suites, along with the total modernization of all indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces, fitness center and spa. The resort’s proximity to the ocean inspires new guest programming, delivered by the resort’s ‘ohana (family) of associates.

“We are thrilled to introduce guests and the community to our transformed resort, and to the enduring and evolving spirit of Maui that makes a visit to the island so memorable,” said Thomas Foti, general manager, Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui. “With a rich history as Wailea’s first resort and our desirable location just steps from the water’s edge, we look forward to welcoming our guests to discover the new Wailea Beach Resort.”

As the closest resort to the Wailea shoreline, the design creates synergy with the ocean through clean lines and simplicity in architecture, maximizing its proximity to the water. Every facet of the renovation evokes a strong sense of place. The resort’s thoughtful layout across 22 acres offers both intimate alcoves for relaxing and large spaces for gathering, befitting romantic retreats, family time or meetings.

New and Transformed Spaces

A New Arrival Experience
The new Grand Lanai’s approachable design offers an open-air layout, with soaring ceilings and intimate seating areas. Trade wind breezes and breathtaking ocean panoramas greet guests for immediate harmony with the elements.

Accommodations
The resort’s 491 reimagined spacious guest rooms and 56 suites offer residential-style accommodations distinguished by comfortable contemporary interiors. Designed for the modern traveler, each room features new furnishings and enhanced in-room technology, including personal device mirror-casting, custom music streaming, and personalized Netflix and Hulu content. Every room has an outdoor lanai (balcony), while 62 ground floor rooms boast extended lanais offering guests a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience. Select accommodations, only a few feet from the water, reveal a closeness to the ocean that cannot be replicated on the island.

New Dining Concepts

HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi: A pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, Chef Roy Yamaguchidebuts his newest restaurant concept, HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi, as an ode to his grandfather Henry who immigrated to Hawaii. Chef Roy returns to his island roots and finds inspiration from various local cuisines – Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and Hawaiian – to create his internationally influenced, Hawaiian-inspired menu. Perched on one of the highest points at the property, the resort’s signature restaurant offers indoor/outdoor dining, panoramic ocean views and a design influenced by the surrounding mountains and enchanting sea: the perfect complement to Chef Roy’s cuisine.
KAPA Bar & Grill: Both a destination to dine and a communal spot to gather over cocktails fireside, the all new KAPA Bar & Grill offers a playful option for those who prefer to convene poolside with captivating views of the ocean. The flavorful menu, inspired by Hawaii’s natural and sustainable resources, features local interpretations of comforting favorites. The vibrant bar and lounge features entertainment amenities such as billiards, shuffleboard, gaming stations and large screen TVs, offering respite from the sun and a place for families to connect.

Whale’s Tale: Located just steps from ocean’s edge, the new casual beach bar offers morning and afternoon refreshment with cold pressed juices and local fruit smoothies, coffee drinks, breakfast pastries and acai bowls. In the evening, the ocean side setting offers an inviting space to take in Maui’s breathtaking sunsets over craft cocktails.
Mo Bettah Food Truck and NALU Pool Bar: The NALU Adventure Pool’s Food Truck and Pool Bar serve grab-and-go options, kid-friendly favorites, and local treats like shaved ice and poke.
Unique and Expansive Pool Amenities
Wailea Beach Resort takes advantage of its 22 acres by creating three very distinct pool experiences, allowing guests to choose their own space for relaxation, rejuvenation and/or exhilaration.

NALU Adventure Pool: The new expansive two-acre pool complex offers a fun-filled experience for families and kids of all ages. The centerpiece of the NALU Adventure Pool is four water slides, two of which measure 240ft and 325ft respectively, with the latter dropping five and half stories and measuring as the longest water slide of any resort in Hawaii. A new interactive splash zone, with water guns, spraying sea mammal sculptures and bubblers, create a wonderful playtime for all. Parents can enjoy a moment to themselves in the pool’s new swim-through grotto or under spacious family cabanas.
Maluhia Serenity Pool: The signature adults-only infinity edge pool features over-water private cabanas, casabellas for two and luxury chaise lounges. The iconic space holds multi-level pool decks and presents unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific.
‘Ohi Pools: The resort’s two new oceanfront pools offer an additional vantage point to enjoy the spectacular views of the Pacific. Perfect for whale watching, the dramatic infinity edge is steps from the ocean, so close guests greet the water’s mist as waves meet the coastline. Two whirlpool spas provide further relaxation. Numerous ocean view cabanas surround the pools and present an ideal way to reconnect with the water.
Dive Pool: A distinct space for scuba certification, diving, snorkeling and other watersports instruction, the Dive Pool is part of the NALU Adventure Pool complex.
Indoor/Outdoor Event Spaces
New and modern event spaces offer 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function space, along with 72,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Guests enjoy sweeping Pacific Ocean views from virtually all meeting spaces. Sophisticated venues, including the new Makai Oceanview Ballroom, combine with stunning oceanfront settings to offer a myriad of options to meeting and event planners. Enhanced WiFi ensures productivity and a dedicated onsite AV team customizes each event.

Luau Venue
Te Au Moana, also known as “The Ocean Tide” Luau, is a cultural experience curated exclusively for the resort. A vibrant program transports guests on a journey through the island’s history and its people in song, dance and “talk story.” A truly authentic experience at the ocean’s edge on the new Luau Gardens, the luau features Hawaiian culinary offerings and local favorites paired perfectly with tropical cocktails.

Family Amenities
Families enjoy a new collection of experiences for all generations. The Kolohe Keiki Club offers children under 12 an engaging learning and play facility with full- and half-day programs. GameSpace is an inviting venue to entertain teens and families with foosball, billiards, shuffleboard, and vintage arcade and Xbox games. The Movie House is complete with a 90″ screen, thunderous surround sound, beanbag seating for 60 and cinema snacks.

Arrival / Departure Lounge
The private lounge features personal showers, lockers and spa-like amenities for guests to take full advantage of the resort before take-off or upon arrival.

“The Water Awaits” Celebration Package
In celebration of Wailea Beach Resort’s transformation, the property is offering a special “The Water Awaits” package that includes accommodations in a fully restyled guest room; daily breakfast for two at HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi; an exclusive Outrigger Canoe ride and “swim with the turtles” experience for 2 with a Hawaiian cultural expert and skilled waterman; snorkel tour off the Wailea coast for 2; a one-day resort casabella rental; and a sunset cocktail experience overlooking the water. The limited time celebration package starts at $539/night for stays of four nights or longer.

The new Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui is located at the ocean’s edge on 22 acres of Maui’s southern shores, framed by two white sand beaches. Rates start at $519 per night.

Source: http://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article92272.html

Park Inn by Radisson launches global ‘INNovation Room’ program

Nine leading hotel management schools gathered in Manchester, England, last weekend for the launch of an international campaign from Park Inn by Radisson that aims to drive innovation around the company’s guest experience whilst supporting the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) for young people at risk of unemployment.The ‘INNovation Room’ is a new program designed to unlock and nurture creativity among hotel management school students. This initiative demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to cultivating talent in the hospitality sector.

The INNovation Room is a competition for groups of students to pitch ideas to a panel of judges, with the aim of creating a more innovative guest experience at the Park Inn by Radisson hotels. Top hotel management schools from around the world are represented from countries including the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.

The company flew in the student teams for a three-day brainstorm and brand immersion session. Each team pitched three ideas to the INNovation Room panel, comprising senior management from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Siri Gomnæs Børsum, Industry Leader at Google, who has worked at the company for nine years in a travel-related capacity.

The panel then selected one idea that each team must develop into a full concept document by mid-November. The five strongest ideas will be put to a public vote on 21 November at www.parkinn.com/innovationroom. A shortlist of two will then be pitched to the panel to identify the final winner.

Rose Anderson, Vice President Branding Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson Blu and Quorvus Collection said: “Guests are at the heart of everything we do as a brand and we are constantly looking to enhance the guest experience. Our INNovation Room campaign will work with some of the brightest minds from the world’s most prestigious hospitality schools to further our commitment to creating unique and memorable guest experiences.”

For each public vote, a donation of $1 will be made to Youth Career Initiative up to a maximum total amount of $25,000. This charity represents the hotel industry’s global solution to youth unemployment, of which Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is a lead partner. This is in line with the brand’s responsible business program, Adding Color To Lives, that aims to build long term relationships with young people at risk locally, with a focus on developing work and personal skills and on organizing joint community projects.

Fran Hughes, Director, International Tourism Partnership, added “We are really excited about the INNovation Room initiative from Park Inn by Radisson and delighted that the company has chosen to support our Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program.

“It is through the support of hotel partners like Park Inn by Radisson that we are able to help hundreds of disadvantaged young people every year build the skills and self-confidence they need to embark on their careers in hospitality.”

Source: http://ehotelier.com/education/2016/09/30/park-inn-radisson-launches-global-innovation-room-program/

Traversing the best wine countries in Africa

The mention of wine for many, brings a lot of imaginations especially those of luxury, vineyards, dining and wining. For others, the fancies go all the way to romantically exotic destinations, fondly sipping glasses of some red or white wine with their inamorata(o)s. For wine lovers planning to turn their flight of fancy into reality, here are Africa’s best wine countries to consider for your bucket list.

South Africa

South Africa leads in having some of the best wine destinations not just in Africa but also in the entire world, having been identified as a wine growing country since the late 17th century. Traversing the country’s thousands of vineyards, some whose history dates back to 1659, will create a completely enticing world whose sheer beauty immerses you into an unforgettable adventure. From the Constantia wine valley located at the foot of the Constantiaberg Mountain, to the Stellenbosch Winelands which is the second oldest wine producing region, sample some of the best wines that SA has to offer. Traverse through the ancient settler’s town of ‘Paarl’, not forgetting the Franschhoek Wine Valley and experience its homely atmosphere and lush scenery.

If you like, go on a binge and once in awhile losing yourself to the wine world. The South African wine valleys are also child friendly, offering great play fields for your little ones. Whether seeking a solo encounter, a romantic getaway or a family bonding wine indulging experience, South Africa should top your list. Gourmet foods are available and accommodation to suite every style.

Algeria

Argued to be the second largest wine country in Africa, Algeria is a close rival of South Africa also seeking to claim its position as a top wine producing destination in the continent. The Hauts Plateaux region is a force to be reckoned with, for remaining steady in the production of Algerian red and white wines including Algiers, Coteaux De Mascara, D’hara, Coteaux De Tlemcen Chlef and Béjaïa; all favorites of many connoisseurs of wine. Take a tour of the wine cellars, sample the various tastes and get treated to alluring views of the country’s dense vineyards.

Tunisia

Is Rose Wine your most favorite of them all? Tunisia is the best African country you can possibly experience this magical red wine, made from a variety of red grapes including Grenache, Clairette, Cinsaut Mourvèdre, Carignan, Syrah, Merlot and Alicante Bouschet. If red in not your thing, feel the white’s touch of lost paradise from the Muscat of Alexandria, Pedro Ximenez and Chardonnay grapes. The French flavor from Tunisia’s wine is everything you would like to sample in the wine world.

Morocco

Morocco is yet another wine producing African country and while the industry is said to have a long way to go, it remains a major destination for wine lovers. Visit the Atlas Mountains that command quite a share of fame in producing renowned wines in the country. White is more common, while red is still grown in some parts of Morocco.

Cape Verde

It is not so popular with wine production, since only the Chã das Caldeiras, a small community in the Fogo Island produces wine. Yet, you can find some of the best red and white wines in Cape Verde that will activate your smell and taste glands with the brut.

Ethiopia

Few people know Ethiopia as a wine country, yet Ethiopian wine enthusiasts have since 1998 been enjoying locally produced wine from Ziway, a small region in the Horn of Africa. visit the country’s Rift Valley and have a chance to indulge in both red and white wine from Bordeaux, whose consumption goes well beyond the Ethiopian borders. Enjoy the scenic lakes enclosed by an impenetrable woodland with thrilling bird life for your adventure.

Source: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/global/147000333/4077799.html

Hyatt announces sale of Hyatt Regency Birmingham in the UK

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has sold Hyatt Regency Birmingham for approximately £38.6 million to an affiliate of Bin Otaiba Investment Group. The purchaser will also spend approximately £2.7 million in additional capital expenditures to further improve the property over the next three years. As part of the sale, a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with the purchaser and the hotel will retain its Hyatt Regency branding.

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham:

“We are delighted to work with Bin Otaiba as we continue growing through our asset recycling strategy,” said Steve Haggerty, Hyatt’s global head of capital strategy, franchising and select service. “This transaction allows us to retain brand presence in the market and expand our relationship with an owner who is investing in the Hyatt Regency brand.”

One of the best-situated hotels in Birmingham city center, Hyatt Regency Birmingham is a modern, 4-star hotel that enjoys an unrivalled central location adjacent to Centenary Square and connects guests to who and what matters most. Offering access to the city’s landmark International Convention Centre (ICC) via bridgeway, the hotel is one of the leading convention facilities in the U.K., regularly hosting events that include the annual conferences of major political parties. It is also across from Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and 10 minutes by train to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Additionally, the hotel is a short distance from the exclusive Mailbox and Bull Ring shopping centers. Occupying an entire 24-story, glass-front building, the hotel dominates the skyline of central Birmingham, the second largest city in the country.

The hotel’s 319 guestrooms and suites, including the exclusive Presidential Suite, all have floor-to-ceiling windows that command breathtaking views of the canal network or the city. For leisure, guests can visit the Amala Spa and Club for wellness and beauty treatments, the 16-metre indoor swimming pool and the well-equipped gymnasium. Hyatt Regency Birmingham is also home to the signature Aria Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Guests can enjoy a great selection of fine wines, champagnes and cocktails with friends in The Gentleman & Scholar Pub and Terrace. Traditional afternoon tea is served in the hotel daily, offering the perfect way to celebrate special occasions or round off a day’s shopping.

One of the most popular business hotels in the city, Hyatt Regency Birmingham is an ideal venue for meetings and conferences, featuring 10 meeting and event rooms that are complemented by meeting packages and personalized catering services, and exceptional spaces to host the most elegant weddings.

Source: http://ehotelier.com/news/2016/09/28/hyatt-announces-sale-hyatt-regency-birmingham-uk/