Frasers Hospitality sign up biggest Middle East property.

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Massive 396 apartment agreement finalised in Doha.

Frasers Hospitality, the Singaporean based serviced apartment operator, has announced the signing of its largest property in the Middle East. Agreement has been concluded for the company to operate a 396 unit property being built in West Bay, Doha. This is the second Doha property for Frasers Hospitality.

Construction of the 46 storey tower has commenced and the property is branded Fraser Suites West Bay Doha. Opening is due for the third quarter of 2015.

Said Guus Bakker, Chief Operating Officer Europe and Middle East, of Frasers Hospitality: “This will be our biggest Middle East property and is a good example of the expansion plans we have in the region. The impressive 396 unit property will be made up of studios, one, two and some three bedrooms plus all the amenities expected by guests at Frasers Hospitality. Fully featured kitchens, modern living areas will be part of the make-up of all apartments. There will also be a swimming pool, all day dining facilities and a signature restaurant”.

This latest signing is one of three made recently in the Middle East. A second unit has been signed in Bahrain, plus agreements for two additional properties in Dubai. The current Middle East portfolio now reads, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha and two in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the first of which will open this year (2014).

Added Mr Bakker, “We have a total commitment to the region as this new signing will underline and further agreements can be expected. Fraser Suites Doha will not only be our largest agreement in the region but, will also offer travellers the most stylish experience”

Fraser Suites Doha West Bay will consist of: 126 studios, 172 one bedroom, 95 two bedroom and just four three bedroom apartments. Facilities include a swimming pool, an all day dining facility and a signature restaurant.

European expansion:

The Middle East expansion programme is matched by the company’s aspirations in Europe where new signings have been confirmed in Munich, Berlin and Barcelona. This is in addition to the 152 apartment property under construction in Frankfurt. These will join the 14 properties already operating within Europe which are centred in London, Paris, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Istanbul and Budapest.

Refurbishment plans:

In addition, huge investment has been made in refurbishments. Fraser Suites Queens Gate London, which has totally been refurbished with all apartments changed and additional public facilities, Fraser Place Canary Wharf is in the final phase of refurb and construction which changes the capacity from 63 to 108 units, Glasgow has been totally redecorated and now has additional public facilities. The company’s European flagship property, the five star Fraser Suites Le Claridge on the Champs-Elysées Paris is seeing the final stages of a total revamp which will be completed in the next month.

Worldwide, the current portfolio of Frasers Hospitality, including those in the pipeline, stands at 86 properties in 45 cities, and more than 15,000 apartments worldwide.      

 

 

For further information:

David MOORE/Sandrine PERRET-MOORE
T.M.C. France
Tel. : (33) (0)1.39.12.45.15
Mobile : (33) (0)6.08.47.61.34
E-mail : david.moore@mooretmc.com

 

 

      

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Tendances culinaires : Le locavorisme

Plus qu’une tendance, la nourriture bio est désormais bien installée dans la gastronomie française. A cette lame de fond s’ajoute désormais un nouveau modèle de consommation: le «locavorisme». Le principe: ne s’alimenter qu’avec de la nourriture locale, à base d’aliments de saison produits dans un rayon allant de 100 à 250 kilomètres maximum. Yannick Alléno au Terroir parisien et le Chef François Pasteau à l’Epi Dupin ne sont que deux exemples de succès locavores.

Décryptage d’une tendance qui fait du bruit !

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Alors, comment devenir un vrai locavore ?
– Vous pouvez faire appel aux AMAP (Association pour le Maintien de l’Agriculture Paysanne) : le principe est de créer un lien direct entre paysans et consommateurs, qui s’engagent à acheter la production de celui-ci à un prix équitable et en payant par avance.
– La ruche qui dit oui est un réseau qui permet aussi de bénéficier des meilleurs prix en combinant circuits courts et achats groupés mais avec le choix.
– Pour les carnivores invétérés, la solution s’appelle Les coulis du boucher afin de proposer de la viande saine et de qualité, en garantissant son origine et le tout à un prix raisonnable.
– Pour le riz, oubliez l’Asie et direction la Camargue ! Contactez par exemple le Domaine de Beaujeu.
– Le pain Patibio, 100% bio et d’Ile de France.
Mais, la meilleure façon de devenir locavore jusqu’au bout des doigts reste surtout de s’adresser aux producteurs de sa région.

 

Il s’agit donc d’un mouvement à la fois écologique, sanitaire et politique qui reflète nos inquiétudes contemporaines. Poulet aux hormones, vache folle, grippe aviaire, lasagnes à la viande de cheval… Les crises sanitaires se succèdent, incitant le consommateur à reprendre la main en exigeant des garanties et des précisions sur l’origine et les modes de traitement de nos produits.

Ce mode de consommation pourrait bien prendre le relais du bio, qui marque le pas. Une étude du cabinet Xerfi publiée le 6 février constate que les produits du terroir, ou encore “made in France “, apparaissent comme une alternative à l’alimentation biologique ” pour le consommateur souvent infidèle et zappeur “. Le bio, en effet, commence à découvrir la crise. Son taux de croissance annuel ne devrait pas excéder 5 % en 2012, 2014 et 2015, alors qu’il se situait entre 10 % et 25 % entre 2006 et 2010.

 

Comme le bio et les régimes sans gluten, sans lait, il s’agit d’une tendance à suivre de près car elle pourrait bien révolutionner l’industrie agro-alimentaire.

Green Luxury Award – Alila Villas Uluwatu

Le gagnant est …  Alila Villas Uluwatu. Ce spectaculaire et luxueux éco-resort design perché sur une falaise, sur la péninsule sud de Bukit à Bali, remporte le “Green Luxury Award” dans la catégorie “Leisure Hotels & Resorts Asia”.
Alila Villas Uluwatu est le premier hôtel construit à Bali selon les normes environnementales strictes EarthCheck.
Il a reçu en 2011 le prix international de l’excellence architecturale du Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

 

– Pour plus d’information, contacter Sandrine Perret-Moore : sandrine.perretmoore@mooretmc.com


 

And the winner is… Alila Villas Uluwatu. This spectacular and luxurious eco-resort design hotel built on a cliff, in the South of Bukit, Bali, has been awarded the “Green Luxury Award” for the “Leisure Hotels & Resorts Asia” category.

 

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu

 

“NOCES DE LUMIÈRES” OLIVER JORDAN – QUAND LA RÉALITÉ DEVIENT PALPABLE

“C’est le pinceau qui sauve le monde du chaos”

Albert Camus, l’Algérie et la Mer Méditerranée ont été de véritables sources d’inspiration pour l’artiste Oliver Jordan depuis plus de 30 ans. Samedi 28 septembre et à l’occasion du centenaire d’Albert Camus, le Grand Théâtre de Provence à Aix-en-Provence ouvre ces portes à quinze de ces oeuvres.

Oliver

Selon Oliver Jordan, il semble qu’il y ait peu d’endroits qui symbolisent avec autant de force le leitmotiv propre à Camus « la lumière intense, le soleil, la luminosité de la Méditerranée ».

La fille d’Albert Camus, Catherine Camus, se montre profondément touchée par la peinture d’Oliver Jordan. Elle y voit la même force et la même vitalité que celles présentes dans l’oeuvre de son père. De leur rencontre est née l’idée d’une exposition pour célébrer le centenaire d’Albert Camus dans le cadre de Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale Européenne de la Culture.

Cette exposition itinérante voyagera également vers différents musées d’Allemagne.
Oliver Jordan (né en 1958 à Essen, en Allemagne) est l’un des représentants allemands de l’art contemporain. Son style se situe entre abstraction et figuration, réalisme et expressionnisme.

« …La peinture de Jordan nous entraîne bien plus loin que le réalisme photographique, et si l’on contemple ses tableaux, on est en mesure d’appréhender le voyage que l’artiste a entrepris jusqu’à leur achèvement … on est saisi d’admiration, mais aussi de vertige en imaginant le temps, la force et le nombre incalculable de tubes qu’il aura fallu au peintre… Son processus de création ouvre de nouveaux espaces de vision ». Andreas Blühm, Directeur du Musée de Groningen (Pays-Bas).

Jordan

En effet, de son atelier à Cologne ou encore de son atelier de bord de mer breton, Oliver Jordan réalise des portraits d’une réalité et d’une émotion fascinante, de Socrate à Adenauer en passant par Karl Marx, Mick Jagger et Bob Dylan.

L’exposition en hommage à Albert Camus promet d’être une très grande réussite.
Eric Andersen interprètera également des chansons et des textes qu’il a spécialement écrits pour le 100e anniversaire d’Albert Camus et pour l’exposition d’Oliver Jordan. Il est accompagné par Inge
Andersen et le violoniste Michele Gazich.

 

Oliver Jordan

Vernissage de l’exposition : le samedi 28 septembre à 12h.

Concert autour de l’exposition avec Eric Andersen au Grand Théâtre de Provence, le 28 septembre, à 14h.

“Celui qui se laisse transporter par la peinture d’Oliver Jordan prend part à un processus de décélération et en même temps découvre une nouvelle définition du Réalisme dans la peinture contemporaine”

By Charlotte-India

When organic wine sails off to London – Transporter du vin bio à la voile, cap sur Londres !

Départ de Fécamp et cap sur Londres avec une escale à Tilbury, le ‘Michel et Patrick’, aussi connu sous le nom de ‘Mil’Pat’ a hissé la grande voile dimanche 12 mai. Ancien langoustier de 22 mètres, restauré par une association d’insertion, il emmenait jusqu’ici des touristes en promenade en mer. Mais, ce weekend, il est chargé d’une toute autre mission: transporter du vin bio du producteur Olivier Cousin jusqu’à Londres et la Tamise avec la seule force du vent, en partenarait avec le salon, Real Artisan Wine (Raw) à Londres. Une façon de prouver que le vent “peut faire avancer les choses sans rien consommer”.
Il s’agit aussi de présenter une alternative face à de nouveaux défis énergétiques.
C’est le pari de Guillaume le Grand, affréteur et fondateur de TOWT (TransOceanic Wind Transport), fondé en 2009, qui croit dans l’avenir d’un tel commerce et de voir de futurs éco-voiliers transporter nos marchandises.

La question qui demeure est de savoir si le roulis des vagues contribuera à bonifier le vin mais à TOWT on dit que cette tradition a toujours permis aux Anglais de profiter des vins français et que la mer permet de préserver la rondeur et le côté fruité du vin tout en lui apportant une plus grande maturité.

Mil'Pat'
@ http://jack35.wordpress.com/category/bateaux-2/

“Wine Makes Waves on the Thames”

A former lobster fishing boat is sailing from Fécamp, Normandy, to London, this weekend, carrying tons of organic wine.
With Astérix as its captain, the ‘Michel et Patrick’, also known as the Mil’Pat, has left on the quest of renewing with the British tradition of transporting wine by sail power.

Operational since 2010, the boat is also known as the “sail of hope” as it aims at helping social reinsertion for youngsters in difficulties through outings at sea providing a greater openness as well as opportunities.
But, on 12 May, the Mil’Pat went to sea with a different mission: to transport wine and goods to Britain, in order to show that the wind “can make things move without using anything”. This transport attracted an organic wine producer from Anjou, Olivier Cousin, who sees this as the continuity of his work in the vineyards. The aim was to bring the wine to the Real Artisan Wine (Raw) event in London, with a stop in Tilbury.

Renewing with transport and trade with the wind, has been Guillaume Le Grand’s bet, founder of TOWT (TransOceanic Wind Transport). He believes in the future of such a trade because it is entirely eco-friendly.
TOWT is a company from Brest, founded in 2009 with the idea of transporting organic goods by sail power. Willing to “anticipate on the energetic transition and prove the viability of a clean maritime transport in order to allow the construction of sailing cargos” facing the environmental challenges of our century.
The transport of wine to London with the label ‘shipped by sail power’ this weekend is a very important move towards renewing with a tradition which was essential to Great Britain. Before then, TOWT had already organised transport of wine, oil, salt as well as beer, rhum, tea, coffee, cacao and essentials oils to French ports or to Scandinavia, Germany, Dominican Republic or the Azores, but, never to their English neighbour.

The main question remaining is whether the movements of the waves in a sailing boat will contribute to making this slightly more expensive wine better.
In the United Kingdom, this way of transporting wine used to be a tradition for a nation who has enjoyed French wines, apparently improved by the movements of the sea, since centuries. The wine improves as it is meant to retain its roundness and fruitiness while gaining in maturity and, only the sea can operate such a miracle.

@ http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2013/05/wine-makes-waves-on-the-thames

An eco-friendly trade which shows that we can transport goods without any impact on the environment. The company sails with a very symbolic message for the future of our planet and society as well as for the quality of our wine !

Arrival of Mil'Pat' in London
@ http://jimsloire.blogspot.fr/2013/05/raw-2013-milpat-arrivesst-katharines.html

Four more years for President Obama

Picture posted by Obama on twitter with the words “Four more years”. It received 814,866 retweets across the world.

Obama’s night…

While Americans sang “Four More Years”, a touch of relief spread across Europe with the news of the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, on Tuesday 6 November.

Tuesday night was a night of anticipation as the world awaited the results of the presidential elections of the most powerful country in the world.
Competing, Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, and incumbent president and Democrat, Barack Obama.
Tension began to build as the map of the US filled up with red and blue colours and the number of votes were added up during the night.
270 votes were needed to win the election. Obama obtained 303 votes against Mitt Romney’s 206 ballots of the U.S. Electoral College. Indeed, the red flag of the Republicans was very much present, it was certainly not an easy victory for Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and supporters, but, it was a success nonetheless.

This victory is said to be due to a greater appeal of Obama among minorities, women, middle class and youth. Indeed, 60% of under-29s voted for the incumbent, as well as 93% of Afro-Americans, 71% of Hispanics, 54% of women and 60% of people earning less than 50 000 dollars.

Outside the United States, Europeans did very much engage in the elections. Election-nights ran all over the continent and according to an opinion poll for German Marshall Fund, 75% of Europeans were supporting President Obama’s re-election against a mere 8% in favour of candidate Romney. The first European countries to support Barack Obama were Germany and France.
This particular support was, in all likelihood, due to the fact that Romney appeared as a scary candidate through his contentious statements and his link to the Mormon Church which came as a shocking and determining aspect in the European media. Also, Obama created a major trend in 2008 and gained support of many European leaders throughout his presidency. Furthermore, his withdrawal decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan wars are highly considered among Europeans who are also reassured by his economic plans for stability.
Even the most conservative Europeans did not tend to side with candidate Romney. Let’s not forget that Mitt Romney criticized the UK’s preparation for the London 2012 Olympic games and this made a relatively poor impression in Europe.
Although the last four years have also disappointed, it is now time to turn to another four and the American hope lays in the hands of Barack Obama who will, however, have to work with a strong opposition.

In fact, Obama addressed a victory speech on Wednesday 7 November at a rally in Chicago in which he reaffirmed his hope in the future of America. “I believe we can seize this future together” he said, before adding “We are and forever will be the United States of America and together, with your help and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. Thank you America! God bless you! God bless the United States!”.
But, the European media agrees, the most difficult is yet to come for President Barack Obama.

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