Manchester United Megastore Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Lucky Draw To Join Man U At Old Trafford!

This February is a very special month for The Manchester United Megastore at The Venetian® Macao. In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, customers can enter a lucky draw to win a fabulous trip to England to meet the Manchester United team at Old Trafford!
 
“Win a trip to see Man U Play” Lucky Draw campaign runs from 1 January 2011 to 13 March 2011 at The Manchester United Megastore. Shoppers at Manchester United Megastore will gain one entry ticket into the “Win a trip to see Man U Play!” Lucky Draw with a net purchase of MOP300. Participants must be 18 or above. The grand draw will take place on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Results will be announced on Thursday, 17 March 2011 at The Manchester United Megastore and the website http://www.venetianmacao.com/en/show/man_u_experience.
 
In addition to the trip to Old Trafford, there are many other attractive prizes include authentic autographed jerseys and various Manchester United merchandise items. The more you purchase, the greater the chance of winning! For more information about the “Win a trip to see Man U Play” Lucky Draw campaign, please contact us at (853) 8117 8008 or at The Manchester United Megastore.
 
Welcome to Asia's first interactive football experience. Come and experience the passion of the world’s most celebrated football club as you live the dream of playing at Old Trafford for Manchester United! You could win BIG!
 
Address: The Manchester United Megastore – Shop 2215, Level 3, The Grand Canal Shoppes
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New global branding option attracting independent hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Worldhotels is eyeing expansion in Oceania with the appointment of accomplished Australian hotelier Richard Munro as Director Hotel Development Australia, New Zealand & Pacific.
 
His key role will be promoting Worldhotels’ new global branding solution for upscale independent hotel across Australasia and the South Pacific.
 
Based in Sydney, Mr Munro brings a wealth of experience and recognition as a former Chairman of the Australian Hotel Association NSW, voted Australian ‘General Manager of the Year’ in 2009.
 
His renowned corporate track record has included management roles with Parkroyal Hotels and InterContinental.
 
He joins Worldhotels from the celebrated casino hotel, Star City Sydney, where he was General Manager.
 
Mr Munro played a key role in Star City Sydney joining Worldhotels in 2009, which has since resulted in owners Tabcorp extending its successful partnership to its stable of four casino hotels in Australia.
 
He is now overseeing an initiative to extend Worldhotels’ presence in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
 
As a leading global sales, marketing and distribution network for independent hotels Worldhotels sees considerable potential in Australia.
 
A key incentive for potential affiliates is Worldhotels’ new branding solution for upscale hotels, newly launched as an innovative alternative to conventional franchise and management contracts with global hospitality brands.
 
“Independent four and five-star hotels can now brand themselves as ‘Worldhotels’ and benefit from the impact, support and strong return on investment of a global brand while still maintaining their unique identity,” said Roland Jegge, Vice President for Worldhotels Asia Pacific.
 
To become a branded Worldhotel, for a competitive all-inclusive annual fee, premium facilities for discerning business and leisure travellers are required. These include modern guestrooms with a comfortable work space and high-speed internet connectivity, room service, restaurant, gym and attentive, personalised service.
 
With initial newly-branded hotels in Almaty, Munich and Hamburg, Worldhotels aims to have a stable of 50 branded hotels by 2013.
 
Worldhotels business has been surging with double digit growth in room nights and revenue.

Thailand


Amidst the hottest fashion happenings around the globe in the second quarter this year, the Bangkok International Fashion Fair (BIFF) and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIL) will again be organized by the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) during April 20 – 24, 2011 at Challenger Hall 2- 3 IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. 
 
With a tagline of “Influence the World”, BIFF&BIL 2011 will be organized in a fair-in-fair concept focusing on six product categories namely, textiles, apparels, leather goods, fashion accessories, designers, and machinery.
 
Apart from spectacular fashion shows, featuring collections from renowned ASEAN brands and designers as well as creations from young and aspiring Thai designers throughout the event, highlights of this year’s BIFF&BIL include the Japan Pavilion, Thai Tex Trend (T3), a Fashion & Textile Trend Forum by InFash and an informative display of the beginnings of the SAFSA project, (Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance), which will see the formation of the anticipated ASEAN supply chain.
 
With over 1,000 exhibitors, BIFF&BIL 2011 is an event not to be missed by any fashionista or fashion trade professional.  Trade days are from April 20 – 22, and public days are April 23 and 24, 2011.  Shopaholics can expect to find the latest designer export-quality merchandise whether it be apparels, leather bags and shoes or fashion accessories during the public days so book your flights to Bangkok now!
 
For more information on BIFF&BIL 2011, please visit: www.biffandbil.com
 

Lifestyle Diva Bonnie Gokson Extending Magic Touch to Bespoke Bakery

Foretaste of Ms. B’s Cakery at 'Chocolate Trail @ Harbour City Exhibition'
until 20 February

Entrepreneur style icon Bonnie Gokson is extending her magic touch from the pulse of fashion to the loving art of baking cakes. The lifestyle diva is establishing a bespoke bakery business called Ms. B's Cakery.
 
One of the most stylish women in Asia, Ms. Gokson discovered popular demand for her sweet-toothed recipes at her fashionable penthouse restaurant SEVVA, atop Prince's Building in Central.
 
Due to popular demand and the success for her sweets creations, she has now decided to broaden the market with a commissary purveying her delectable and talked-about cakes & sweets to the general public, corporate groups, and other restaurants and outlets.
 
Her standalone bakery is currently under construction and scheduled for opening in Spring.
 
Ms. B's Cakery promises to “raise simple perfection to an art, from preparation to presentation” – with unique flavour combinations and extraordinarily good taste.
 
“Everything is being made from scratch from premium quality, natural ingredients of the finest produce sourced from all over the world,” she says.
 
Already a legend at SEVVA is the signature treat of her dessert brand Chocolate Caramel Crunch. Gift boxes priced at HK$880 are available in a choice of colours and include three delicate hand-made sugar flowers, styled as gorgeous peony, exotic orchid or perfect rose.
 
Unlike fresh flowers which wilt after a few days, the sugar flowers made with simple sugar, purified water and gelatin symbolise a lasting beauty of deep friendship and love – for the perfect keepsake.
 
With fine Ecuadorian handmade chocolates and caramel crunch packaged in a beautifully bejeweled drawer box, the stunning gift box is being celebrated as the ‘ultimate idea for the Art of Giving’.
 
For a foretaste, Hong Kong’s most stylish sweets are available for sale at SEVVA and being showcased at the 'Chocolate Trail @ Harbour City Exhibition' at Gateway Arcade, Harbour City.  The event is celebrating a sweet start to 2011 and showcasing worldwide chocolate culture daily from 10am-9pm until 20 February.

Paresa Phuket is Honored as Best Relaxation & Spa Hotel in Asia


Phuket’s ‘Heaven of Heavens’ hideaway Paresa Resort was chosen as Best Relaxation & Spa Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its ninth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Paresa has achieved this recognition in its first year of operation.
 
Unlike any other hotel awards programs in the world, TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the web.
 
“With the help of millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the ninth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “From the best bargain hotels to best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”
 
Dramatically situated on the stunning sculptured Kamala cliff tops overlooking the spectacular azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea, Paresa Resort embraces the exclusivity of its natural surroundings to create an oasis of tranquility, luxury and relaxation. “This award from actual travelers and guests of Paresa is fantastic recognition for our resort and our team” explains Scot Toon the resort’s General Manager.
 
A short 30?minutes from Phuket International Airport and situated at Kamala’s most sought after address, “Millionaires Mile”, Paresa is a secluded retreat offering unrivalled indulgence and relaxation. Paresa is also within easy access of picturesque, Kamala village.
 
Comprising 49 luxurious and elegantly appointed guest suites and villas each offering uninterrupted 270° views across the Andaman Sea, Paresa’s accommodations reflect a newfound respect for the environment and nature as reflected in traditional designs elements combined with the use of natural timbers and materials, while the preservation of magnificent large Banyan trees across the property further confirms the overall beauty and history of the pristine natural surroundings.
 
All rooms at Paresa feature super king size beds dressed in white linens, feather pillows and duvets, while private exterior verandahs are made all the more enticing and relaxing with daybeds or sun lounges. For those desiring contact with the outside world, WiFi internet access is provided, while the In Villa Bar, espresso machine, LCD TV, DVD player, iPod and sound station cater to every mood and desired form of entertainment.
 
To visit Paresa, go to www.paresaresorts.com

Record-Breaking Pimex Iinternational Boat Show Underlines Phuket’s Status as Asia’s Marine Hub


Thailand’s premier marine expo, the 2011 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), was a record-breanking success, surpassing all previous records for both visitors and sales.
 
The four-day event staged at the exclusive Royal Phuket Marina from January 6 to 9, 2011  attracted an estimated attendance of over 5,500.
 
Crowds flocked to admire almost 50 super boats from all over the world – with 25 per cent more exhibitors than last year.
 
Visitors descended from all across the region including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand – and from as far afield as Europe, with Russian interest exceptionally high.
 
Ranging in size from 30 to 87 feet, the latest super boat designs were together worth more than US$100 million.
 
With exhibitors extending to marine products, luxury cars and high-end real estate priced up to US$10 million, a record 86 companies were showcased.
 
“Over US$17 million of sales were negotiated at the event with approximately THB510 million more in the post-PIMEX sales,” said PIMEX Show Director Andy Dowden.
 
PIMEX 2011 was officially opened by Vice Governor of Phuket, Khun Somkiat Sangkaosuttirat.
 
"It was encouraging to see so many sales.” said Mr Dowden. “Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the feeling of exhibitors, buoyant and upbeat.”
 
A novel attraction at this year’s show was Jaguar showcasing its latest XJ marque on a floating pontoon in the centre of the marina.
 
Also attracting admirers was the arrival of Royal Phuket Marina owner Gulu Lalvani’s stunning new 'Mangusta 72'. His latest purchase is the fastest and most luxurious boat in Phuket. Capable of 45 knots, it can speed to Phi Phi in just 30 minutes, James Bond Island in 15 minutes and Langkawi in around two hours.
 
Boat sales included a Monterey 298SS Super Sport, sold by Derani Yachts and a 33ft Fountain powerboat private sale, hotly followed by a 57foot Jeanneau by Lee Marine.
 
Brisk activity in the Exhibition Hall also underlined the expo’s status as a premier Asian showcase for the marine business.
 
Marine services companies reported transactions for marine accessories, jet skis, kayaks and more.
 
Exhibiting in the water for the first time, SEAT Boat showcased the latest SeaRay and Thai-built designs. Managing Director Ruangrat Benjarit said: “PIMEX is a great place for marine business and networking. The quality of visitors was very high and we had lots of enquiries."
 
Ferretti Group underscored their focus on the Asia market with the launch of the Riva brand at PIMEX. "The show was good for us. We had a lot of interest,” said Riva Brand Manager, Paola Procopio.
 
First-time exhibitor Prout International's Managing Director Matthew Steinert said: "We had a lot of interest and have some keen potential customers."
 
"The high number of visitors and good sales volume indicate strong growth in the regional marine industry as PIMEX reinforces Phuket's position as the marine hub of Asia," added Mr Dowden.
 
PIMEX 2011 was in its 8th year. Entry was free. For more information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com

Top Ten of 2010: A Year in the Life of British Airways

As the merger of British Airways and Iberia goes live this week, we reflect on a year with British Airways at the forefront of aviation history

This week saw the inauguration of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, with Willie Walsh officially taking his place as the CEO of the new organisation. This marks the end of a remarkable 12 months for British Airways, with some unprecedented developments, putting British Airways yet again at the forefront of the aviation industry. Here British Airways looks back at the top ten landmark moments of last year leading up to one of the largest and most anticipated airline mergers in history.
 
Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG, said: “IAG has a great future ahead of it. The first two airlines in the group, British Airways and Iberia, will retain their strong brands and have complementary networks that operate from two of the biggest hubs in Europe. The merger will lead to annual synergies of €400 million from year five and benefit IAG shareholders and British Airways’ and Iberia’s customers and staff. British Airways and Iberia are the first two airlines in IAG but they won’t be the last. Our goal is for more airlines – but, importantly, the right airlines – to join the group. Today is the first step towards creating a multinational multi-brand airline group.”
 
1.      IAG: a new company  is born
This week, the merger of British Airways and Iberia was officially completed, as International Airlines Group (IAG) officially became listed on the London Stock Exchange and Willie Walsh was installed as Chief Executive Officer. Both airlines will continue to operate under their existing brand names and the new company will carry over 62 million passengers a year to over 250 destinations. By combining British Airways’ extensive network to North America and Asia with Iberia’s to Latin America, customers will have considerably more choice of destinations and frequencies. The new company’s headquarters will be in London, with board meetings taking place in Madrid.

2.      Airline alliances – British Airways and Iberia form Joint Business Agreement with American Airlines
In addition to the merger, last year British Airways and Iberia received approval from the European Union and the US Department of Transportation to form a transatlantic joint business agreement with American Airlines, providing customers with greater access to a global network of more than 500 destinations, discounted fares and more convenient connections. The joint business also gives greater rewards to frequent flyers who will be able to “earn and burn” miles on both British Airways, Iberia and American flights across the Atlantic.
 
The joint business will enable the airlines to launch new routes that would not have been economically viable for a single airline and a new route from Heathrow to San Diego which is due to launch on 1 June 2011.
 
3.      British Airways launches New First
British Airways’ new First cabin took off in February 2010, following a £100 million investment by the airline in its flagship brand. Drawing on British Airways’ rich heritage, the new cabin offers an exclusive experience based on classic design and understated luxury, with features including a 60 percent wider bed at the shoulders, a 15” in-flight entertainment screen, a personal wardrobe and Anya Hindmarch washbag with amenities by D.R. Harris & Co. and REN.
 
The design of the new cabin was inspired by premium British brands and was made more contemporary to create an intimate private jet experience onboard. At the heart of its Quink blue and cream design is an enhanced bed – wider with a new “intelligent” mattress and the finest 400-thread Egyptian cotton bed linen.
 
The roll out of the new British Airways’ First Class cabin continues and will be completed in 2012.
 
4.      New state-of-the-art product across all classes in the Boeing 777-300ER
British Airways this year became the first U.K. airline to take delivery of the long range Boeing 777-300ER, which is longer, quieter and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors and showcases the future face of British Airways. Kitted out with the all-new First, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins, which were also launched this year, the 297-seat aircraft offers a four-class configuration which also includes Club World. The introduction of the new aircraft reinforces British Airways’ commitment to delivering on its promise to offer the best travel experience to its customers and reduce its carbon footprint. The new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins now feature new in-flight entertainment systems providing customers with 50 percent more choices on movies and doubling the range of TV and music options.
 
5.      British Airways Goes Private
This was also the year that British Airways launched a new private jet service – Private Connect – exclusively for British Airways customers flying within North America and the Caribbean.
The “PrivateConnect” service gives customers “pay-by-the-trip” access to a network of private aircraft operated by CitationAir and its parent, the Cessna Aircraft Company.
 
An on-line registration and dedicated phone number allows British Airways customers to simply “pay and go” with a credit card, avoiding the long-term commitment and up-front fees normally associated with private jet hire.
 
6.      A Flying Start with British Airways and Comic Relief
In June, British Airways launched “Flying Start”, a new global charity partnership with Comic Relief, with a pledge to raise up to £8 million by 2013 for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the U.K. and around the world. Comic Relief is a UK wide charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. It is perhaps best known for two major fundraising campaigns that take place in alternate years – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. Last year, British Airways gave over £5 million to charitable causes, through customer and other donations.
 
7.      Leading the way in carbon emissions reduction
This year, two major announcements by British Airways showed the airline is one of the leading forces globally in terms of minimising the environmental impact of the aviation industry.
 
In February, British Airways, in partnership with the Solena Group, unveiled plans to establish Europe’s first sustainable jet-fuel plant, with the aim of using the low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet from 2014.
 
The new fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel. 
The self-contained plant will be sited in east London, and will convert 500,000 tonnes of waste per year into 16 million gallons of green jet fuel through a process that offers lifecycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 95 percent compared to fossil-fuel derived jet kerosene.  This volume of fuel would be more than twice the amount required to make all of British Airways’ flights at nearby London City Airport carbon-neutral.
 
In addition, British Airways, along with other powerhouses of the aviation industry including Airbus, IATA and Gatwick Airport, announced their backing of a pioneering project by Cranfield University to look at harvesting algae to produce jet fuel in commercial quantities.
The consortium, called the Sustainable Use of Renewable Fuels (SURF) will address all major considerations for the successful use of fuels from a renewable source like microalgae. The University already has a pilot facility on campus which is growing and processing algae for bio-fuels but the eventual aim is for Sea Green to be an ocean-based facility for the sustainable production of commercial quantities of biomass for biofuels.
 
8.      New Phone App launched with Mobile Boarding Pass
In July this year, British Airways launched a new mobile application that allows customers to save time by checking-in on their smartphones. In an exciting new development for customers, Executive Club iPhone users were exclusively able to use the new App to display new Mobile Boarding Passes on their phones, which can be scanned at check-in to speed up and enhance the boarding process. This facility has now rolled out to include Blackberry and Android-operated mobile smartphones.
 
The App’s easy-to-use and stylish new interface, also gives customers instant access to their Executive Club details and updates on flights. The new App ensures customers have even greater functionality and have access to real flight information about their upcoming bookings, full integration with their Executive Club details, and easily and smoothly guides customers through each stage of their flight process.
 
9.      Kingfisher Codeshare
Following Kingfisher Airlines’ inception in to the oneworld alliance earlier in the year, British Airways announced it was to start code-sharing with Kingfisher Airlines, in a move that represents British Airways’ first code-share partnership with has an Indian airline. British Airways’ code has now been placed on 11 domestic Indian routes and one route to Sri Lanka operated by Kingfisher Airlines while Kingfisher Airlines’ code was placed on nine British Airways’ routes from Heathrow to the U.K. regions and continental Europe. The airlines’ customers can now book their whole journey on each other’s websites, earn frequent flyer points on the code-share routes and gain access to each other’s airport lounges.  Back then, British Airways Chief Executive, Willie Walsh, said: “India remains one of our most important longhaul destinations. The code-share with Kingfisher Airlines will give our customers easier access to Indian domestic routes and Sri Lanka flying on a young, dynamic, high quality airline.”
 
10.        Flagship airport Heathrow Terminal 5 Welcomes Its 50 Millionth Customer
British Airways’ Heathrow hub passed a landmark moment as Terminal 5 welcomed the 50 millionth customer through its doors during the busy summer season, in its third year of operation.
 
Since opening in March 2008, Terminal 5 has become an acclaimed facility by travellers around the world – and is looking forward to the launch of further improvements.
Heathrow is the world’s busiest airport and Terminal 5’s efficiency and levels of customer service have helped to raise punctuality to record levels. As measured by industry standards, British Airways has improved its punctuality at Heathrow from an average of around 50 percent of on time departures each month when it was split located in Terminal 1 and 4, to an average of around 80 percent since moving to Terminal 5. Many days the airline can achieve 90 percent of on time departures at Terminal 5.
 
In addition, thanks to Terminal 5, British Airways now has the best baggage performance of any major European hub based carrier and overall levels of punctuality and baggage operations will improve even further when a new £300 million third part of the terminal campus, known as T5 C, opens for customers later this year.

Turkish Airlines wins


Air Transport World (ATW), the global airline industry’s leading monthly magazine, today announced that Turkish Airlines is the winner of the “Market Leadership Award 2011”.

ATW’s “Market Leadership Award” is closely followed by the industry and regarded as a highly prestigious recognition. Turkish Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Temel Kotil will be accepting the award at ATW’s Gala Dinner on the evening of February 8, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.
 
In selecting Turkish Airlines for this award, ATW Editorial Director Perry Flint focused on Turkish Airlines’ competitive strengths in achieving both sustained rapid growth and strong profitability during a very challenging period for the airline industry in 2010. Flint noted that Turkish Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Europe and that its traffic and revenue performance in 2010 has far outpaced the airline industry as a whole. The jury committee was impressed with Turkish Airlines' swift development into a network carrier, noting that the number of transfer passengers has risen significantly since 2005.
 
Dr. Kotil indicated that being selected for this prestigious award is a great honor and motivation for Turkish Airlines, stating, “This award encourages us for achieving even greater accomplishments, and is a testament to the success of Turkish Airlines’ growth strategy.” He stressed that Turkish Airlines is starting to be seen as a role model for managing a sustainable and profitable growth strategy.
 
Further information about ATW’s Gala Awards and the award winners will be available in the upcoming issue of ATW.
 
www.turkishairlines.com for more information.

Mercedes-Benz Arena Celebrates Holiday Season By Inviting Shanghai


Youngsters treated to ice-skating and movies in community outreach by Mercedes-Benz Arena
 
Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena (MBA) is celebrating the holiday season with a special treat for the city’s underprivileged children. Migrant school students and their teachers in Pudong are being invited to see Shanghai premiere of Walking with Dinosaurs.
 
In support of the local community, 110 students and their teachers from Da Bie Shan Primary school, located on Pulin Road, South-west to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Pudong, Shanghai are being invited to visit the new world class venue for international concerts, sports events and spectacular shows.
 
The school is named after Dabie Mountains, a major mountain range located in central China that marks the boundary between Hubei, Henan and Anhui provinces.
 
Big Bus Consultant Co. Ltd. is sponsoring two double-deck buses to transport the kids to the new 365 day-a-year lifestyle destination, where they are being treated to a free ice-skating class at the largest indoor ice-skating rink in Shanghai and seats to latest Chronicles of Narnia epic, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, at the venue’s new Shanghai Film Art Centre Expo Cinema City. They also receive free meals from restaurants inside of the Arena during their visit.
 
Their visit coincides with the opening of the smash international hit for all the family, Walking with Dinosaurs, staged from January 19-23.
 
A spectacular calendar of major events continues throughout 2011 at the giant 18,000-seat performance venue.
 
Among a galaxy of superstars and international events soon to be announced are The Eagles and Usher.
 
The Mercedes-Benz Arena is Mercedes-Benz’s first sponsored entertainment venue outside Germany.  It has immediately established itself as Shanghai’s equivalent to such landmark international stages as London’s O2 and Los Angeles Staples Center.
 
Since beginning its new era, the venue has hosted the dramatic comeback tour of ‘Queen of Mandopop’ Faye Wong and concerts by pop diva Elva Hsiao, Canto-pop sensation Jacky Cheung, Chinese rock stars Xu Wei and Cui Jian, opera legend Jose Carreras and, most recently, legendary Hong Kong star Alan Tam.
 
Access to the Mercedes-Benz Arena is now dramatically improved with the opening of nine roads within Expo site to private cars, taxis and public transport – bringing the dynamic and fashionable experience even closer to the people of Shanghai.
 
For more information, please visit the official website of the Mercedes-Benz Arena at www.mercedes-benzarena.com.

Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club LEEDS The Way


Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, making it the first resort in Southeast Asia to earn this prestigious certification by the US Green Building Council.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most sought after green building certification system in the world. "We are ecstatic to be the first golf resort in Southeast Asia to become LEED Certified," said Moe Ibrahim, Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club's President Director. The certification process, which took approximately 18 months, was made possible by the establishment of a dedicated Green Team at the resort.

"It feels good to go green, literally" said Mr. Ibrahim. "Most people are unaware of the dangers they face when it comes to substandard cleaning supplies and pesticides. By going green, we have taken measures to positively impact the personal health of our guests. We've also managed to save money in the process."

As an integrated resort within the natural settings of Bintan island, Bintan Lagoon Resort felt going green was a necessity to maintaining its brand promise to its guests. The resort has invested wisely to establish an independent power plant, water treatment facility, and has installed a state-of-the-art building automation system to meticulously carry out the resort's new, environmentally conscious operational policies.

"Going green does not need to be an expensive exercise," explains Mr. Ibrahim. "Via the creativity of our team, we have managed to reduce water consumption by 15% and electricity consumption by a staggering 40%. Our investment will pay for itself many times over in the coming years."

Bintan Lagoon Resort has also added a significant number of bikes around the property so that guests can get around without leaving behind a carbon footprint.

"We have a responsibility to preserve the planet," says Mr. Ibrahim, "so that the natural, unspoiled beauty of Bintan can continue for many generations to come."

About Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club
Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club is a 473-room, 36-hole golf resort located just 55 minutes from Singapore on the beautiful island of Bintan, Indonesia. The beachfront resort overlooks the magnificent South China Sea, and is completely integrated with 11 food and beverage outlets, spa facilities, meeting and banquet facilities, and over 50 land and sea activities for guests. The resort has won numerous awards for its spectacular golf courses.

Spread over 750-acres of pristine beach and natural jungle, Bintan Lagoon Resort caters to both the intimate needs of a romantic couples getaway as well as the professional service expected at large group functions.