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The decree for the implementation of the second part of the reform of museum management initiated by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, on the superintendents, museums, and archaeological parks is complete. The text, which was presented last week at the High Council of Cultural Heritage and the unions, covers more museums and archaeological sites that will benefit from organizational and managerial autonomy.

This is the first time that foreign candidates were invited to apply, with the main requirement being business management savvy, rather than Italian. These museums will also have more autonomy, including the power to fundraise independently and invest the proceeds back into the institution.

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WILLARD HOTEL MORE | how to book gorilla permit


The National Park Service and the US Department of the Interior describe the history of the Willard Hotel as follows:

American author Nathaniel Hawthorne observed in the 1860s that “the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department.” From 1847 when the enterprising Willard brothers, Henry and Edwin, first set up as innkeepers on the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Willard has occupied a unique niche in the history of Washington and the nation. In 1847, Benjamin Ogle Tayloe leased the establishment to Henry A. Willard and his brother, Edwin. In 1858, the Willards expanded again, purchasing the property of Col. James Kearney and built a six-story addition to the hotel…

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a new Willard Hotel was built by the George A. Fuller Company to the designs of the famous architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh. In 1922, a major fire caused the evacuation by Vice President Calvin Coolidge, several US Senators, composer John Philip Sousa, movie producer Adolph Zukor and other attendees at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

Situated just two blocks from the White House, the hotel is replete with the ghosts of the famous and powerful. Over the years it has been the gathering place for presidents, politicians, governors, literary and cultural figures. It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe composed “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Gen. Ulysses S. Grant held court in the lobby and Abraham Lincoln borrowed house slippers from its proprietor. Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jenny Lind were all part of the parade of celebrated Willard guests.

Even the uniquely political term “lobbyist” is said to have been coined at the Willard to describe those 19thcentury special-interest promoters who cornered politicians in the opulent Willard lobby.

The Willard sat vacant and in danger of demolition from 1968 until 1986 when it was restored to its former glory. A $73 million restoration project was carefully planned by the National Park Service to recreate the hotel as historically accurate as possible. Sixteen layers of paint were scraped from the woodwork to ascertain the hotel’s original 1901 colors.

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts was recently re-certified by Green Globe, marking sixteen years of continual accreditation. The resort has focused on a number of environmental issues and improved water and energy management initiatives that will benefit the community at large.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, nestled on 14 acres of powder white sand offers secluded, breathtaking views of sparkling blue-green sea on Eagle Beach in Aruba. The acclaimed boutique style resort and its dream beach setting is perfect for couples and honeymooners seeking an eco-romantic destination in the Caribbean.

Ewald Biemans, noted environmentalist and owner of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts said, “Green certified standards, such as those provided by Green Globe, are valuable tools to measure and improve environmental impacts, which is imperative to developing environmentally-friendly habits, establishing benchmarks and achieving realistic expectations.

Aruba’s long battle with the overpopulation of dogs and cats has a new ally. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts teamed up with all island veterinarians to help reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats in Aruba, and to make responsible pet ownership a reality. Introducing “Love me. Sterilize me” (Stimami, Sterilisami) this new community outreach provides island dogs (“crioyo”) and cats with much needed spay and neutering surgeries thanks to generous subsidies provided in part from Bucuti. The program makes sterilization more affordable by significantly reducing the price of surgery for pet owners and organizations caring for homeless animals.

In line with its water saving strategies, Bucuti recently pledged to be part of the Water Sense H20tel Challenge, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative to track water efficiency using performance measures and reducing consumption. Bucuti is the only resort outside of North America participating as of late 2015. The elements of this program complement and broaden initiatives Bucuti has in place including the use of water efficient equipment (HAACP-approved faucets, toilets and shower heads) and the repurposing of gray or recaptured water.

Refillable water containers are another smart initiative at the resort. Upon arrival, each guest receives a reusable water canteen to eliminate the impact of waste and pollution caused by plastic bottles. Guests proudly tote the canteens throughout their stay, refilling them at the four on-property water fountains offering Aruba’s clean, safe water. The resort is elated that guests consider the canteen a favorite vacation keepsake and choose to take their canteen home with them to continue their conservation efforts.

Bucuti hosts approximately 193 guests on any given day, for an annual total of 70,606 person-days of water consumption. Considering the recommended consumption of 64 oz. of water per person per day, Bucuti potentially reduces the number of plastic bottles by 774 per day or 282,424 bottles per year (based on a 16 oz. plastic bottle). In the six and a half years since the program began, it is estimated that this one small resort with the help of its guests, has kept nearly two million (1,835,756) plastic bottles out of Aruba’s landfill.

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The Kenyan and Seychellois Tourism Ministers, who were together at the FITUR Tourism Trade Fair in Spain, also attended together the 1st Morocco Day for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism that was held in Rabat in Morocco.

Minister Najib Balala of Kenya and Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles have been sitting together to discuss ways of strengthening their working partnership in the consolidation of tourism in the Indian Ocean region.

Both Tourism Ministers spoke about the need for the two countries and the other neighbors in the Indian Ocean to work even closer together to ensure that the region’s tourism industry is further consolidated. Cooperation between the East Africa block of countries and the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands was also discussed and it was agreed that at least for Kenya and its Lamu Island, discussions for greater cooperation could be on the agenda during bilateral talks between the tourism departments of the two countries scheduled on the sidelines of the annual Carnaval International de Victoria that is held in Seychelles from April 22-24.

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The message went out loud and clear, after four arrests of transit passengers were made last week at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: ‘DO NOT CARRY IVORY OR WE SHALL ARREST YOU, PROSECUTE YOU AND JAIL YOU!‘.

Three of the four passengers were destined to fly to Guangzhou, reportedly coming from Mozambique and Ghana, where they had presumably bought the ivory trinkets. It is in fact a damning indictment of the airport security and customs in those countries that passengers can leave with blood ivory items in their checked baggage but their luck ran out when they reached Nairobi. A team of security officials using trained sniffer dogs are now deployed at JKIA to detect such contraband, besides also of course discovering illicit drugs and other prohibited items.

A team of Kenya Wildlife Service personnel, and their dogs, were trained last year for two months under the African Wildlife Foundation’s canine programme and their success rate affirms that investments in sniffer dogs and training does pay off. Similar teams are deployed in Mombasa where containers are not just scanned but often also physically inspected to detect contraband shipments hidden among ordinary cargo and often concealed to prevent discovery.

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Central Hospitality International (CHi) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Thrussell as the Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Digital.

Thrussell is a British native with over 10 years of experience in the marketing field, having worked for leading companies such as American Express and Maybourne Hotel Group. Before joining CHi, Thrussell was the Director of Marketing Operations at Maybourne Hotel Group, which owns and manages Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley, three of the world’s most distinguished luxury hotels.

An experienced analytical and results-driven marketer, his passion lies in obtaining a deep understanding of the customer and delivering the optimum experience that meets and anticipates their needs, across all mediums.

Central Hospitality International (CHi) is the new corporate name for the formerly known Centara Hotels & Resorts. CHi is a global hospitality group, founded and headquartered in Thailand, comprising hotels, resorts, convention centers and spas. CHi currently has 66 properties in its expanding portfolio of owned and managed assets throughout Thailand and in the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka along with projects underway in Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. The CHi family of brands currently includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels, spa brands SPA Cenvaree and Cense by SPA Cenvaree, and guest loyalty program CentaraThe1Card.

CHi is part of the larger Central Group of companies, which comprises 9 business groups: Central Department Store Group (CDG), Central Food Retail Group (CFG), Central Hardlines Group (CHG), Central Online (COL), Central Pattana Group (CPN), Central Marketing Group (CMG), Central Restaurants Group (CRG) and Central Group (VIETNAM).

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From 7 January to 11 January 7 pm (GMT +1), 12688 people from 154 different countries have called one of the three telephone boxes on the occasion of #CallBrussels. The campaign was also widely followed on social media and has generated a lot of press coverage.

From 7 January to 11 January 7 p.m. (GMT +1), 12688 phone calls were made from 154 countries. The campaign was exported to the entire world: from neighbouring countries to The United States, Japan, Brazil and even Australia. 74 % were international phone calls.

The action was also widely followed on social media. The hashtag #CallBrussels was used all over the world and became the most popular hashtag in Belgium at its launch. Over 9,317,000 people have seen the hashtag.

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Holland America Line is celebrating its Dutch heritage in a new partnership with Rijksmuseum, the most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. Through the collaboration, the “Rijksmuseum at Sea” created by Rijksstudio will be installed on ms Oosterdam during its scheduled dry dock in April 2016 and then move fleetwide over the next several years. The line has also become a new sponsor of the Rijksmuseum.

Reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces will be showcased throughout the ship and a dedicated space onboard will invite guests to explore their own creativity through guided art workshops. Guests will be able to view videos about the museum and its collections on the in-stateroom television, while enrichment programs and presentations by Rijksmuseum staff will be available on select cruises. Guests also will have the opportunity to purchase special branded Rijksmuseum merchandise in the onboard shops.

Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1800 and offers a representation of Dutch art and history, as well as European and Asian art from the Middle Ages to today. Rijksmuseum moved to Amsterdam in 1808 and was first located in the Royal Palace; it moved to its current location in 1885. In 2003, the main museum closed for a 10 year renovation and reopened in April 2013. Today the museum hosts nearly 2.5 million visitors.

Rijksmuseum has a collection of a million objects dating back to 1200, with 8,000 works currently on display. Guests visiting the museum can see masterpieces by Dutch painters including Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Jan Steen.

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MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATIONS | how to book gorilla permit


Heads of State and Heads of Government of numereous nations have expressed their congratulations to the Republic of Seychelles and to President James Alix Michel after the recent general election.

Following the victory of Seychelles President James Alix Michel in the run-off election in December 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport has received and continues to receive multiple congratulatory messages from various nations, organizations, and individuals which are transmitted to the President of the Republic.

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For eight years now, the Chinese media house specialized in the field of travel, Top Magazine, organizes its most famous gala evening under the name of Top Travel Ceremony.

Each year, there are more than 100,000 readers that vote for their international favorite destination among several categories, and for the first time, Reunion Island has captured the coveted outdoor destination award.

Good news apparently never comes alone, as Reunion Island was also nominated for best honeymoon destination during the evening which was held under the theme “Inspire, Share and Explore – Discover the Best in the World,” jointly organized by and China National Geographic.

Since July 2014, a visa waiver was authorized for Chinese agencies which organize stays of less than 15 days on Reunion Island. Chinese travelers are under such conditions eligible for a visa waiver. This procedure is valid for all Chinese passport holders residing in China and in any part of the world.

These awards are excellent news for promoting and marketing Reunion island where the tourism industry wishes to increase the number of arrivals from China.

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