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Since 2016, ART x Lagos has been a cornerstone of the African art scene, as well as the first of its kind in West Africa. Over 30,000 visitors, from art collectors, art patrons, scholars, to critics and more, have traveled from all over the globe to visit this cutting-edge art fair. The fair has also hosted delegations from leading global art institutions. The growth of the scene is undoubtedly indicators of Lagos’ position as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub. As this year has given most people a reason to reflect and pivot, these galleries represent the resilience and creativity of the African continent. Visitors to the online fair via ARTXLAGOS.COM will be able to explore 200 works from leading artists offering up new perspectives on histories grounded in Africa and its people.   BLOOM ART LAGOS Lagos, Nigeria Currently a unique fusion of an art gallery and private studio, Bloom Art Lagos offers intimate exhibitions in an accessible format that is supported by coveted ancillary programming, tailored to each exhibition. Inspired by a desire for innovative approaches to showcasing and challenging Nigerian artists, the gallery offers pointed perspectives on contemporary visual art, connecting it to significant cultural precedents. Featured Artists: Angela Amami Isiuwe, Gbenga Offo, Olu Ajayi, Richardson Ovbiebo and Uchay Joel Chilma.   ED CROSS FINE ART London, UK Ed Cross Fine Art collaborates with emerging and established artists on the African continent and its Diaspora, seeking to stage conversations between practitioners and international audiences, as guided by its artists. The exhibition platform seeks to amplify voices historically silenced, and to create space for their independent development. Featured Artists: Abe Odedina, Tiffanie Delune and Wole Lagunju.   GALERIE CÉCILE FAKHOURY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Opening its doors in 2012, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury had by 2018 expanded to Dakar, Senegal, and Paris, France. Strongly rooted in their respective identities and stories, the artists it represents distinguish themselves through the use of a language that abolishes barriers and rejects geographical stigmatisation. Featured Artists: Aboudia, François Xavier Gbré, Ouattara Watts, Roméo Mivekannin and Sadikou Oukpedjo.   GALERIE MAM Doula, Cameroon With nearly 25 years of experience and a strong professional reputation in the art market, Galerie MAM continues to offer exciting programs to its collectors and art lovers, in addition to providing advisory and logistics services. The gallery plays a significant part in the promotion of contemporary African art offering a robust program with a diverse catalogue of works. Featured Artists: Bernard Matussière, Boris Nzebo and Claudie Poinsard.   Kó Lagos, Nigeria In Yoruba, kó translates as a verb meaning ‘to gather’ or ‘to build’. The art space is dedicated to promoting modern and contemporary art with a dual focus on championing Nigeria’s leading artists from the modern period and celebrating emerging and established contemporary artists across Africa and the Diaspora. It aims to support the visual arts in Africa by providing a platform to communicate, share and grow. Featured Artists: Ben Osawe, Chike Obeagu, Chioma Ebinama, Isaac Emokpae, Toyin Loye and Uzo Egonu.   LOUISIMONE GUIRANDOU GALLERY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery was formed from pioneering gallery Arts Pluriels, one of the first traditional and contemporary art galleries in Africa. Through an eclectic program

GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development (AQI) to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the gleaming Gulf of Thailand. “This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM CEO Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.” Koh Chang is a pristine gem in the Gulf of Thailand, which is accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, with car ferries from Trat mainland to Koh Chang taking less than an hour. When the impeccable design and exceptional amenities of the resort arrive on the island, the best is yet to come!

The Royal Cliff Hotels Group was once again recognised for its efforts in hygiene and safety by receiving the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The stamp is a significant recognition that Royal Cliff is a destination that implements the highest health, hygiene and safety standards that comply with the prevention, protocols and sanitary measures outlined by the international body. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Thailand, Royal Cliff took this opportunity to improve, upgrade and advance further. It developed the Prevent and Protect Program which was based on the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Thailand’s Ministry of Health. It consists of a wide range of measures to ensure that guests will have an extraordinary and safe stay in all its different hotels. The Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene designation for travel and tourism, designed specifically to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks. It enables travelers to recognize destinations that have implemented health and hygiene standards aligned with WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols, so they can experience “Safe Travels”. Royal Cliff has also received the Amazing Thailand ‘Safety and Health Administration’ (SHA) Certificate which signifies that the hotel is ready to welcome domestic and international guests. For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, please visit www.royalcliff.com

Banpu NEXT,  in collaboration with Phuket Patri Tour, has recently lauched innovative Banpu NEXT e-Ferry in Phuket as Thailand’s first marine tour electric ferry, starting its first route with Phuket – Phang-nga tour. Tourists are welcomed to embark on a clean energy ferry to take pleasure in green tourism, visiting the country's most stunning spots in gorgeous Phang-nga Bay including Ko Pa Nak, Ko Hong, Khao Ta Pu (James Bond Island) and Khao Phing Kan. Key features of Banpu NEXT e-Ferry include its capabilities in terms of traveling comfort, high level of safety, being built under ISO 9001: 2015 standards for quality management system, and energy-saving and eco-friendly advantages because it does not create any oil and noise and air pollutions. If all of  marine tourism activities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulld of Thailand are electrified like Banpu NEXT e-Ferry, over 53 million liters of fuels can be saved and 140,000 tonnes of CO2 emission can be reduced in one year, which is equivalent to planting 17 million trees. This pioneering project could lead to massively beneficial changes to the environment, without having to sacrifice the joy of travelling. For more information and for booking a chartered tour, please call + 66 (0) 76 263 558, visit website www.phuketpatritourgroup.com or go to Facebook page ‘Phuket Patri Tour’.

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of ICONSIAM in splendid style during the festive time of the year, the extravagant illumination event “Bangkok Illumination 2020 at ICONSIAM” will take place from now until 30 December 2020 at ICONSIAM on Charoen Nakhon Road. The large space of the riverside River Park will be dazzlingly lit up with artsy lighting and the longest line of illuminated Christmas trees by the Chao Phraya River. For the first time, ICONSIAM collaborates with Mike Perry, an Emmy winning artist in 2018 (animation), in designing 2 remarkable patterns for Christmas trees and floating Yi Peng lanterns that combine Thai ness and the universal aspects into one, inspired by Thai temples and a Thai traditional motif called Kra Jung Bai Thed. Additionally, the venue is also illuminated by world-class installation art, Infinity Forest, resembling a vast field of gorgeous lights, created by New York-based design studio “SOFTlab” at Napalai Terrace on the 7th floor of ICONSIAM. More fascinations are illuminated figure project Fantastic Planet at River Park, featuring two giant illuminated humanoid figures that are 7 metres tall, created by Australian visual artist Amanda Parer, whose inspiration comes from the 1973 Czech/ French film Fantastic Planet, a stop motion science fiction film about a world of gargantuan humanoids in distant future. The 2nd anniversary celebration of ICONSIAM comes with a parade of joyful activities, ICON of HAPPINESS, under the concept of "Magic Comes Alive", expressing gratitude to customers and giving away discount coupons to be used at ICONSIAM. Many more irresistible deals are also offered. For further information, please call 1338 or visit www.iconsiam.com

The Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts brands, part of Hilton's Luxury Group, recently won 31 awards at the 2020 World Travel Awards across various regional and country categories. Conrad Hotels & Resorts was crowned Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand for 2020, with 15 Conrad hotels clinching notable titles across multiple categories. The Waldorf Astoria brand in China and Thailand also received distinguished accolades. The iconic Waldorf Astoria Bangkok was crowned Asia’s Leading Luxury City Hotel 2020, while Waldorf Astoria Beijing took the top spot of China’s Leading Hotel 2020. The full list of top honours received by Hilton’s luxury portfolio in the World Travel Awards include: Regional Awards Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand 2020: Conrad Hotels & Resorts Asia's Leading New Hotel 2020: Conrad Hangzhou, China Asia's Leading Luxury Business Hotel 2020: Conrad Bangkok, Thailand Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel 2020: Conrad Bangkok, Thailand Asia's Leading Honeymoon Resort 2020: Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand Asia's Leading Luxury City Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand Country Awards China's Leading Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria Beijing China's Leading Luxury Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu China's Leading New Hotel 2020: Conrad Hangzhou China's Leading Resort 2020: Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay China's Leading Beach Resort 2020: Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay China's Leading Family Resort 2020: Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay China's Leading Hotel Suite 2020: Presidential Suite @ Conrad Beijing Beijing's Leading Business Hotel 2020: Conrad Beijing Beijing's Leading Hotel 2020: Conrad Beijing Beijing's Leading Luxury Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria Beijing Shanghai's Leading Luxury Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund Shanghai's Leading Hotel Suite 2020: Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund Guangdong's Leading Hotel 2020: Conrad Guangzhou Guangdong's Leading Hotel Suite 2020: Presidential Suite @ Conrad Guangzhou Sichuan's Leading Hotel 2020: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu Sichuan's Leading Hotel Suite 2020: Waldorf Astoria Chengdu Fujian's Leading Business Hotel 2020: Conrad Xiamen Hong Kong's Leading City Hotel 2020: Conrad Hong Kong Maharashtra's Leading Business Hotel 2020: Conrad Pune Japan's Leading City Hotel 2020: Conrad Osaka Japan's Leading Business Hotel 2020: Conrad Tokyo South Korea's Leading Hotel 2020: Conrad Seoul South Korea's Leading Hotel Suite 2020: Penthouse Suite @ Conrad Seoul Philippines' Leading Conference Hotel 2020: Conrad Manila Singapore's Leading Conference Hotel 2020: Conrad Centennial Singapore For more information, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com

As the first Dusit-branded hotel in Japan, luxurious Dusit Thani Kyoto will debut in September 2023 in the heart of the historic city. Recently, Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Yasuda Real Estate Co., Ltd., a community-focused property developer based in Tokyo, to operate Dusit Thani Kyoto, which is located only 850 metres from Kyoto Station in the Honganji Monzen-machi district. Guests will enjoy easy access to nearby attractions such as Higashi Honganji Temple, Nishi Honganji Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Gion, the city’s most famous Geisha district, is only 10 minutes away by train, while Nishiki Market, a lively shopping and dining street can be reached in 15 minutes. The 4-storey hotel will comprise approximately 150 rooms.Facilities will include a Thai-themed all-day dining restaurant, a Japanese specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge and bar, function rooms, a health club equipped for fitness, and wellness facilities. For updates, visit www.dusit-international.com

For the first time in 11 years, Banyan Tree Global Foundation affirms its being a socially and environmentally responsible business with the launch of Greater Good Grants, aiming to support innovative and impactful projects across 6 areas that align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Group‘s core ethos of ‘Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’. In addition to awarding project grants through the operating properties, the foundation is now inviting NGOs and academics to apply for support. The Greater Good Grants for Year 2021 officially opens for submission on 28 October until 31 December 2020 SGT, and will invite projects across 6 areas as specified. Project grants are up to USD 10,000, open to all individuals over the age of 18, who have an organisational affiliation. Submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of Banyan Tree Global Foundation and an internal panel of stakeholders. Successful project grantees will be notified by Q1 2021. Projects will be assessed in their contribution to one or more of the following areas: Biodiversity & Conservation: improve understanding, conservation and management of species and habitats. Resource Use & Waste Management: innovative projects that tackle cradle to grave lifecycle of resources that benefit community, business and the environment. Climate Change & Resilience: elucidate global change and develop resilience in natural and human systems. Education & Empowerment: development of education infrastructure, capacity and delivery to students of any age, with particular focus on disadvantaged members of society. Health & Protection: focus on health and wellbeing in local communities. Culture & Livelihood: development, protection, restoration and stewardship of culture and livelihoods. For more information and to apply, log on to the Greater Good Grants.

For runners, trail running is an exceptional experience that challenges your performance while you can simultaneously relish the beauty of mountainous landscape. For the first time ever, Thailand's trail turns world-class with the race organised by UTMB® Group. Doi Inthanon is Thailand's highest mountain, and 1,500 runners are preparing to conquer its peak at the inaugural Thailand by UTMB® this weekend, 30 October to 1 November 2020, with 5 races to participate: the 100 Mile ‘Inthanon 6’, ‘Inthanon 5’ 120km, ‘Inthanon 4’ 80km, ‘Inthanon 1’ 24km and the ‘Inthanon 10km,’. Aside from myriad health benefits and 'runner's high', participants will get to experience fantastic off-the-beaten tracks crossing rivers, discovering hidden waterfalls, meet the villagers, and more surprises along the way. The event is one of six trail running races currently organised by UTMB® Group, including the pinnacle event UTMB® Mont Blanc, and the first race to be organised in 2020, following the Covid-19 outbreak. For the latest updates and to follow the event, check the official Thailand by UTMB® website and Facebook page.