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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAccorHotels’ international luxury lifestyle hotel brand SO/ will open its first hotel in Auckland, with renowned Kiwi fashion innovators WORLD announced as the signature design partner. Located in the heart of the city and occupying the former Reserve Bank, SO/ Auckland will join an artistic portfolio of just seven very individual hotels worldwide come November 2018.“The arrival of SO/ brings a new level of design audacity and boldness to the Auckland hotel scene,” said SO/ Auckland General Manager, Stephen Gould. “The decision to launch SO/ in Auckland comes at a time when tourism in New Zealand is booming and reinforces that this stunning natural beauty is also a bustling metropolis and the must-visit destination of the South Pacific,” he said.Each SO/ hotel is an artistic vision brought to life by celebrated names from the world of fashion and design. In Mauritius there is Mr.Kenzo Takada; in Bangkok Monsieur Christian Lacroix; renowned duo Viktor&Rolf in Berlin; and in Singapore, Karl Lagerfeld the emblem creator. In New Zealand, WORLD will bring the same spirit of extravagance and boldness to what promises to be one of New Zealand’s most exciting hotels.“We needed a designer with an approach as bold and enterprising as the SO/ brand: energetic, social, bursting with individual character but, also, inherently a reflection of Auckland. WORLD is a playful mix of sophistication and dynamic style and therefore was an obvious choice. SO/ Auckland is an avant-garde masterpiece imaginatively inspired by WORLD,” explains Stephen.Forget traditional uniforms: WORLD has been on a journey with the SO/ Auckland team for more than three years to create an emblem, a signature design print, artwork, wallpaper designs for the signature suites, cushions for the chauffeur cars and attire for the staff that encourages individual expressionism.The emblem reflects the volcanic history of Auckland, the natural beauty of New Zealand and the history of the building itself – the former Reserve Bank, which at one time housed the country’s gold reserves.Benny Castles, Designer and Director for WORLD explains, “We created a stylised, topographical map of Auckland and over-inflated the role of volcanoes. The emblem needed to be both nostalgic and futuristic, appealing to Auckland’s mythical past but setting itself in the future of what this city will become. The swirling, hypnotic effect feels as though you’re looking directly into the eye of a volcano, reflecting that feeling of stepping into a boutique hotel: a hypnotic experience where the outside world is left behind and a new experience begins.”Benny Castles, Designer and Director for WORLDThe ground floor of the hotel has been creatively fitted out by Dutch design house, Moooi, and is inspired by founder and renowned creative, Marcel Wanders, who is famous for creating multi-layered sensory experiences.Challenging traditional hotel concepts and with a ‘just say SO’ attitude, Stephen says guests can expect service excellence with contemporary flair.There is no dull lobby but rather a bar that looks like it might be the meeting spot for celebrities, the fashion elite and rockstars,” Stephen said. “Staff don’t wear name-tags and you can help yourself to the minibar because everything’s free!“The HI SO rooftop transports you to another world, and in equal parts feels like you’re no longer in Auckland while offering the best vista of Rangitoto and the city of sails. Finally, Auckland will be able to offer somewhere both locals and visitors will want to hang out, see and be seen,” he said.SO/ Auckland will offer a taste of French inspiration at Harbour Society restaurant on the 15th floor, helmed by French Chef Marc de Passorio, former owner of Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Esprit de la Violette. Marc sold L’Esprit de la Violette before choosing Auckland as his next culinary home.Inspired by its surrounds, the 130-room hotel will also feature a cafe, Club Signature lounge, SO Spa, SO Fit and indoor heated pool.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Jet Airways Indias premier international airline

first_imgJet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will launch service to Riyadh, the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from Mumbai, effective August 6, 2009.This will be the airline’s second service to Saudi Arabia, complementing the airline’s existing daily Mumbai-Jeddah service.The airline will launch four flights a week on the Mumbai-Riyadh sector, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays respectively, aboard a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft.With the introduction of this new flight, Jet Airways will fly to 8 cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.According to Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, Jet Airways, “Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Jet Airways on account of the large volume of traffic to the Gulf Kingdom, to and from India, and an important addition to the airline’s growing Gulf network. With the launch of our second daily service to Saudi Arabia, we are confident of further reinforcing our position as among the leading carriers on the Indo-Gulf sector.”Jet Airways is also introducing a new, daily service to Dubai from Hyderabad, its fifth daily service to the Gulf emirate and second from Southern India, a second daily service to Bangkok from Mumbai, as well as Kochi-Sharjah service.For more information, please log on to www.jetairways.com.*Subject to requisite Government ApprovalsAbout Jet Airways Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 80 aircraft, with an average age of 4.38 years, making it one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world.Flights to more than 60 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The airline plans to extend its international operations to other cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in phases with the introduction of additional wide-body aircraft into its fleet.For more information, visit www.jetairways.comlast_img read more