Good Things is a new premium consumer lifestyle magazine for multicultural cuisine. Focused on celebrating and championing the diversity of taste and dining experiences from around the culinary world, the magazine is targeted at curious, aspirational individuals with a passion for exploring and indulging in the richness of different cultures.
Good Things focuses on dining out at the finest multicultural restaurants across the nation and bringing home knowledge to entertain guests with style and innovation. The magazine will also invoke wanderlust with informative travel and culture pieces on the birthplaces of said cuisines and dishes.
From the 1st March 2014 the quarterly Good Things will be available as a stylish, tangible, premium quality print magazine at a number of targeted locations in the UK. As is already the case, it will also be available as a digital magazine on all digital platforms including Apple, Android and Google Play, Kindle and Amazon, Windows and for desktops on pocketmags.com. This makes it accessible for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, Windows phones, Mac and PC. The title will be complemented by a dedicated website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) which will deliver up-to-date news, eye-catching photography and rich content.
Courtney Maggs-Jones, Good Things Co-Founder, says: “It’s time to highlight the very best of the vast array of multicultural cuisine available in the UK’s premium food scene. Good Things is dedicated to delving into the details of different cuisines which might not get the same attention as European, Hispanic and American dishes which have been widely accepted in the UK – we’ll be pushing boundaries to bring the freshest ideas to the table as well as covering all the happenings that make the UK an intriguing melting pot of cultures.’’
Meena Ganesh, Good Things Features Editor, says: “We’re excited to share our passion for the multitude of international cuisines with our readers in this gorgeous, glossy publication. Good Things will feature inspiring recipes and restaurants with commentary from culinary experts. Even when we do visit the familiar and comforting dishes that us Brits know and love, we’ll be adding a multicultural twist to enhance and engage our readers’ culinary prowess and passion.”
•Good Things is a quarterly magazine launching on the 1st March 2014 at the price of £4.99 per issue or £20 for an annual subscription. The title is also available digitally at £3.99 per issue, or £9.99 for an annual subscription
•Aligning products and brands with this new launch, as well as options on advertising, are now open for discussion
For more information please visit: www.goodthingsmagazine.com
More than a billion people travel each year. Hundreds of thousands encounter a problem along the way.
There are no two ways about it: Travel can be daunting. Where should you go? How should you get there? Where should you stay? What should you eat? And if you have a complaint, to whom can you turn? Enter Christopher Elliott, National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editor at large and nationally acclaimed consumer advocate. He has the tips, tricks and strategies to guide you through the intricacies and exasperations of travel. For seasoned travelers or those just starting their adventures, for people on business or vacation trips, Elliott’s book HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER (And Save Time, Money, and Hassle) (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1273-4; on-sale date: March 4, 2014; $19.95 paperback) is the ultimate guide to your journeys domestically or around the world.
Calling on more than 20 years of experience in the field, real-life case histories and cautionary tales, Elliott steers you through the complexities of travel, including:
• Making sure you have the correct identification and paperwork for your trip
• Knowing when to use a travel agent and when to book travel yourself
• Purchasing the right luggage
• Deciding when to buy travel insurance and when to skip it
• Avoiding common car rental scams
• Finding the lowest airfare
• Getting through TSA security with your dignity intact
• Booking the perfect cruise vacation
• Finding the right hotel
• Locating the best restaurants while you’re on the road.
HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER is full of actionable advice, lists and answers to the most common and most perplexing travel questions. Elliott breaks through the frustration of every imaginable aspect of a trip at each step of the way.
The book shows travelers how to save time and money and prevent hassles as Elliott shares his favorite shortcuts, tips on where bargains can be had (and which offers are too good to be true) and ways to avoid being harassed by such travel irritants as onerous contracts or aggressive timeshare salespeople.
“I’ve spent my career covering an industry that’s perfected the art of separating you from your money. HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER is the antidote to an industry that has lost its way, too often relying on customer-hostile policies and junk fees to eke out an undeserved profit. You deserve better. I’ll help you get it,” writes Elliott in his introduction.
HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER is a must-read before your next departure.
About the Author
Nationally acclaimed consumer advocate Christopher Elliott is National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editor at large, consumer advocate and ombudsman. He writes the magazine’s “Problem Solved” column, which answers readers’ questions about travel. He also pens the weekly “On Travel” column for USA Today and the “Navigator” column for Sunday’s Washington Post travel section. Elliott blogs on his consumer advocacy website, Elliott.org, and is one of LinkedIn’s thought leaders for travel. He has hosted a cable TV show and a nationally syndicated radio show. Elliott co-founded the Consumer Travel Alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group for travelers.
About National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment
National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos on subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced.
Africa is huge and extraordinary. It has national parks the size of small countries, trees as old as London and you could drop the whole of Yorkshire into Kilimanjaro’s outer contour. Across this wild land there is an unrivalled abundance of wild creatures, from colossal migrations of wildebeest to the iconic big cats, whose future depends on a dedicated band of individuals committed to their conservation.
Savannah Diaries, the latest addition to Bradt’s travel narrative series, offers a window into Africa’s most spectacular national parks and game reserves. Written for a popular audience, with minimal scientific jargon, it is perfect for both armchair travellers and those planning to go on safari. Mixing personal adventures and meetings with some the continent’s best safari guides, game wardens and conservationists, the book stresses the need for conservation as wild Africa continues to disappear at a faster rate than ever before.
Brian Jackman is one of the UK’s most distinguised wildlife writers who was entranced by Africa in 1974. For 20 years he worked for The Sunday Times and was voted Travel Writer of the Year in 1982. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, and a patron of Tusk Trust.
Brian Jackman will be talking at Destinations Travel Show at Earls Court on 8th February at 2.45pm in the Stanfords Meet the Experts Theatre.
Title: Savannah Diaries Authors: Brian Jackman
Publisher: Bradt Publication: February 2014
Price: £9.99 ISBN: 9781841624938
Our mailing address is: Bradt Travel Guides1st Floor, IDC House The Vale Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 9RZ
74 establishments in Macau, including 18 hotels and 56 restaurants, have been selected for inclusion in The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2014. The inclusion of ten new restaurants and two new hotels in Macau – an increase of 23 establishments on the previous year -demonstrates Macau’s amazingly diverse food scene and reinforces its reputation as one of Asia’s great food destinations.
Receiving three Michelin stars, and now ranked amongst the best restaurants in Asia, is The Eight. Serving exquisite Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine and over 50 different types of dim sum, this innovative restaurant, which now sits in the category described as “exceptional cuisine and worth a special journey”, is located in the Grand Lisboa’s iconic dome alongside Robuchon au Dome which retains its three Michelin stars. Robuchon au Dome is famous for its contemporary French dishes and its immaculate setting offering 360° views across Macau.
Within the two-star category, described as “excellent cooking and worth a detour”, are Zi Yat Heen, a traditional Cantonese restaurant set in the tastefully-decorated Four Seasons Hotel and the Golden Flower, upgraded from its one star in 2013. The Beijing inspired Golden Flower is located within the Encore hotel and serves three superbly created different cuisines – Sichuan, Lu and Tan along with a few Cantonese dishes.
Seven further restaurants throughout Macau have been awarded one Michelin star, while nine affordable establishments are recognised within the Bib Gourmand category. This category reflects the Michelin inspectors’ favourite outlets for good value and quality cuisine and includes everything from restaurants and local food stalls to noodle shops and congee eateries all within easy reach of key tourist and historic sites as well as on the islands
of Taipa and Coloane.
Situated on the south-east coast of China only 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macau has a wonderfully varied food scene. Along with some of the best Portuguese food outside Portugal, Chinese cuisine of all kinds and award-winning restaurants, Macau is home to the unique Macanese cuisine. One of the original fusion cuisines, Macanese food blends Portuguese flavours and cooking styles with local Chinese cuisine as well as drawing on influences from Africa, India, South America and Malaysia. Visitors can enjoy a gastronomic paradise during a stay in Macau – pretty Portuguese coffee shops sit alongside Chinese street stalls and international restaurants run by innovative and talented chefs.
Formerly known as Solomon’s Guide, Orange Collection is Southern Africa’s longest running travel guide with more than 40 annual editions published since 1971. In this newest edition, Orange Collection has launched a fresh look to go with its streamlined focus on properties for the MICE trade and group travel.
We’ve heard from tour operators and PCOs about the need for one reference point that focuses on the larger properties that are key to their industry. Something that tells them at a glance how many conference delegates a venue can host or what special facilities they have for events. Orange Collection is that reference point. It gives you all the information at your fingertips on a variety of platforms that will suit your every need.
Ian Solomon, CEO of Moja Media, says: “The new format of Orange Collection reflects Moja Media’s other stalwart brand, Portfolio Collection, which my partner James Delaney and I bought last year. We wanted to make it younger, fresher and more relevant to specific areas of the travel industry where we have identified a gap in the market.”
The Solomon’s Guide iPad app was the first accommodation app in South Africa. Our new Orange Collection app allows for offline browsing and online booking. Smartphone versions of the app will be available for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry in February 2014.
Orangecollection.co.za is our slick, frequently updated website that mirrors all the information in the guidebook, as well as carrying additional images, information and booking tools, giving you the option to make live bookings directly or enquiries through our online reservation system.
The new DL-size guidebook fits snugly on the busiest of desks and lists all our venues in a clean and modern layout. There is also an eGuide version with easy to click through pages, which is compatible with PCs, laptops and mobile devices.
You can also join the Orange Collection community on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, where you will find giveaways, accommodation specials, travel conversations and fantastic photographs.
Ian says: “My father built the foundation of Solomon’s Guide on his years spent travelling around the country and personally visiting many of these venues. As successful as it has been, the time is now right to update the brand. I have no doubt that this is a step in the right direction for Orange Collection, and I look forward to where we’ll be taking the brand in 2014.”
To download the iPad app, you can visit www.orangecollection.co.za/app . To get your copy of our new guidebook, email Liesel on email@example.com To become an Orange Collection member, email: Raze@mojamedia.com
Visit the website at: www.orangecollection.com
Less than two years after launching in the UK, Marco Polo celebrates the publication of its 100th guide this month, plus 12 brand new titles, including Italy, Phuket, Channel Islands and Costa Brava.
Currently the fastest growing travel guide brand in the UK* – Marco Polo Travel Guides cover a wealth of destinations, from Cuba and Cambodia to Finland and Florida, providing an indispensible companion for those of us planning a great escape in 2014.
These practical, pocket-sized guides provide everything you need to get the most from your trip:
‘Insider Tips’ – from locals who have the inside track on what’s hot and what’s not, including great sights to see for free, what to do if it rains, and places to relax and chill out
‘Hidden Gems’ – offering a real insight, with personal recommendations for all occasions and moods
A street atlas and pull-out map – taking you straight to the highlights of each destination
From music to food, from art to shopping, Marco Polo Guides capture the essence of a destination and help you experience the latest trends first-hand.
Publishing this month:
Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp
Chicago & The Lakes
* Nielsen BookScan Q1 to Q3 2013 for world travel guides under £9
The latest titles from Marco Polo are published on 22nd January 2014, £6.99 (with the exception of Phuket, price £5.99)
Marco Polo travel guides are available for competitions, giveaways and extracts
If you’re planning a short European break this year, then look no further than specialist tour operator, Fred. which has added ten new city break destinations to its Summer 2014 portfolio. The new city-break destinations include: Aachen, Baden-Baden, Passau, Rome, Venice, Krakow, Warsaw, Florence, Dubrovnik, and Venice. Prices start from £229 per person for a two night short break to Brussels staying at four star Ibis Brussels Ste-Catherine Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, including return Eurostar travel.
There are also three new rail tours – the Glacier Express, Harz Mountain and ‘Following the Rhine’ plus a special ‘Royal Heritage Route’ of Germany which has been designed to coincide with the country’s commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the first Hanoverian King. These new destinations are in addition to Fred.’s selection of European city breaks, Lakes, Rivers and Mountain holidays, Beer Festivals, Rail Holidays, River Cruises and tailor-made options.
City Breaks – Fred. has access to over 20,000 hotels in the heart of Europe – here are a few sample short breaks from its latest destinations:
Rome, from £279 per person to include two nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at a three star hotel, plus return flights. Based on travel in February and March.
Dubrovnik, from £319 per person to include two nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at a three star hotel, plus return flights. Based on travel in February and March.
Krakow, from £335 per person to include two nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the five star Radisson Blu Hotel hotel, plus return flights. Based on travel in February and March.
For bookings and information call Fred. on www.fredholidays.co.uk 0808 250 7755
he happiest city in Australia is Wollongong, according to new technology that can analyze people’s smiles in Instagram photos. This new finding is part of a broader study by Jetpac, maker of popular social travel apps, to find the happiest cities in the world.
The study, which used new “geo-parsing” technology to find patterns in over 100 million public images on Instagram, shows that among cities in Australia, Wollongong leads the way with the highest “smile score,” a value based on the average size of smiles in photos. Townsville, Canberra, Newcastle and Darwin round out the top five.
These findings are in connection with the release of Jetpac City Guides, a new iPhone app that curates Instagram’s big data to help users find everything from the top bars with women wearing lipstick to coffee shops full of mustached men. The app, which recently launched, gives a new take on today’s digital city guides, utilizing big data imaging rather than user reviews.
Gourmand World Cookbooks recently named “Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration” as the Best First Cookbook in Israel 2013 as part of its annual World Cookbooks Awards. The book was written and conceived by Israeli culinary expert Orly Ziv, and features a selection of family recipes and innovative twists on traditional Israeli dishes.
Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its 56th list of Star Rating recipients worldwide, including 15 new Five-Star hotels,16 new Five-Star restaurants and five new Five-Star spas.
The total number of Five-Star hotels now numbers 97 worldwide, the most in Forbes Travel Guide’s history.
Forbes Travel Guide also recognized 296 Four-Star hotels, 186 Four-Star restaurants and 149 Four-Star spas, as well as its list of 82 Recommended hotels and 42 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates, the United States, Canada, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore.
This year’s list includes newly-opened hotels as well as hotels that recently completed renovations, confirming an uptick in investment in the luxury hotel industry, as well as an increase in interest among travelers choosing luxury accommodations worldwide.
“We are delighted to recognize the outstanding commitment to service and guest experience exemplified by our 2014 Star Rating recipients,” said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. “This year’s growing number of Five-Star recipients comes at a time when the outlook for luxury travel remains strong. At the core of what we do is recognizing and advocating for properties delivering the best in guest service. We are thrilled to be associated not only with our newest Star Rating recipients, but all of our Star Rated properties worldwide.”
A Snapshot of the List: A Diversity of Luxury Destinations and Experiences
Among 2014 Rating Recipients:
Following renovations, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco and The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel achieved Five Stars, while The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto – all recently constructed hotels – earned the Five-Star designation. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver also achieved a Five-Star rating.
California’s hotels earned the most Five-Star ratings of any U.S. state with 17, including four new additions this year: El Encanto in Santa Barbara, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa near San Diego, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco.
Smaller markets fared well with The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, earning a Five-Star rating – the first time that a hotel in Montana has been awarded that designation.
Two new Shanghai hotels achieved Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings — The Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai, and Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai. This brings the total number of Five-Star hotels in Shanghai to four. China now boasts 19 Five-Star hotels in the markets rated by Forbes Travel Guide.
Luxury Brands Continue to Shine
Worldwide luxury hotel brands, such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, made strong showings, with new build and renovated hotels earning the Five-Star rating.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has more than tripled its number of honored hotels over the past decade, making it the brand with the most Five-Star recipients for 2014 – a total of 18 hotels in 11 destinations.
Both Wynn Macau and Encore Macau, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental hotels in Miami, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, as well as The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, scored a unique achievement, the “Triple Five-Star”, earning a Five-Star rating in all three categories recognized by Forbes Travel Guide – hotel, restaurant and spa.
Recognizing The Finest Restaurants and Spas
Eleven international restaurants are first-time Five-Star recipients, including Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Jade Dragon at Crown Towers Macau, Amber Restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and Iggy’s at the Hilton Singapore Hotel.
In the U.S., New York’s Del Posto and Chicago’s Grace also received Five-Star ratings.
There are now 48 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants in Asia and the U.S., and seven in New York alone.
Among spas, The Reméde Spa at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami; The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco; The Spa at Pebble Beach; The Banyan Tree Spa Macau and The Spa at Crown in Macau are the newest Five-Star additions, resulting in a total of 41 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spas.
The complete 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List includes nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants and spas in the U.S., Canada, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau and Singapore.
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