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BGTW member Simon Parker wins Travel Media Award for his adventure cycling TV show Earth Cycle
The BGTW's Simon Parker won a prestigious Travel Media Award, for his first TV series, Earth Cycle. He and 1080 Media scooped the Broadcast Programme of the Year award, beating off entries from the BBC and The Telegraph. You can view the series trailer here.
The first (5 X 30 minute) series of Earth Cycle was shot on a 3,200km cycle ride the length of the Scandinavian Peninsula, all the way from the North Cape in Arctic Norway, to the southernmost point of Sweden. It's currently being broadcast on 20+ channels globally and on Amazon Prime Video.
Earth Cycle is all about charting the seasonal cycles of planet earth, while travelling vast distances by bike. In the series, Simon catches invasive king crabs in the Arctic Ocean, tracks endangered moose and beavers, forages for seasonal berries and discovers the Northern Lights with the Sami – among many other stories and lots of wild camping.
You can find out more about the series here, and clips can be made available on request.
Simon is currently looking to network with new people in the television industry, to get series two and three of Earth Cycle ready for later in the year when borders open.
Beyond Earth Cycle, he is also writing his first book about cycling 5,000km around Britain during the pandemic and is on the hunt for an agent and/or publisher. He's also trying to kick off a new and ambitious TV project and looking for collaborators.
Five reasons why Tohoku will shine in 2021 or post Pandemic
Tohoku, Japan - Tohoku, the favorite of the international media as an up-and-coming world-class destination for adventure and nature, will shine brighter in 2021 or once the time is right to travel again. This under-visited, wild and expansive region will undoubtedly take center stage again as people look for off-the-beaten path travel destinations to celebrate the long-awaited resumption of international holidays. Here are five reasons why Tohoku should be at the top of a travel bucket list in the post-Pandemic era:
Tohoku is one of the greenest places on earth with more open space than in most other places in Japan.
Tohoku is a world-class destination for outdoor adventure
Tohoku is where you can enjoy ultimate relaxation in Onsen, Japan’s famous hot springs baths.
Tohoku, the historically-isolated region, is more accessible than ever
Tohoku is a place of hope and an icon of resilience in 2021.
Faena Group and Accor embark on global venture to expand the Faena brand worldwide
Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik of Faena Group, together with Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor, today announced the launch of a global strategic partnership focused on expanding the Faena brand around the globe.
Faena, one of the world's most impactful brands in the luxury lifestyle and hospitality industry, and Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with an unparalleled brand portfolio and more than 5,000 properties across 110 countries, have partnered to expand the Faena brand to strategic destinations worldwide.
Alan Faena will work in partnership with Accor to break new ground, developing Faena Districts in select global destinations. This new venture will strengthen Faena's personal and distinctive approach and will become a catalyst for exponential growth. Dubai is slated to be the first international destination.
The new venture will manage Faena Buenos Aires and Faena District Miami Beach, which was named as the #1 hotel in Miami, #2 hotel in the wider United States and twelfth highest-ranked property in the entire world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in their 2020 Readers' Choice Awards, as well as all future projects created in collaboration together. This groundbreaking endeavor will result in pioneering businesses which specialize in the development of one-of-a-kind, socially responsible, holistic environments, anchored in cultural experiences ranging from residences and hotels, art and cultural spaces.
Opened on 1st February: LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi Welcomes Guests to the Idyllic Countryside Along the Sino-Vietnamese Border
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens with a stunning view of the majestic karst formations sits the luxurious LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi Resort & Villas, Daxin County's first international luxury resort.
'We are very excited to launch LUX* Resorts & Hotels' first ultra-luxury property in China, in partnership with owning company, Guangxi Daxin Mingshi Yijing Tourism Development Co. Ltd,” said Paul Jones, chief executive officer of The Lux Collective. “The extraordinary location, coupled with world-class facilities, will provide guests with an exclusive sanctuary to experience true luxury – time to enjoy the art of slow travelling and to connect meaningfully with the local community, culture, food and music.”
Located in Guangxi province separated from Vietnam by the picturesque Mingshi River, the resort is less than two hours' drive from the well-connected Nanning Wuxu International Airport and Nongguan Nature Reserve, home to the critically endangered white-headed langurs, and 30 minutes from Asia's largest transnational waterfall, the world-famous Detian Waterfall.