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  • Rediscover Istanbul this Summer with City Experiences Expertly Curated by Shangri-La Bosphorus

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 27, 2021 – When it comes to cities that combine history, beauty and culture with art, style and creativity, there are few places on earth that can compete with Istanbul. And there are few people who know the city like the team of local experts at Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul. Tapping into these deep-rooted connections throughout the city, Shangri-La has created a series of curated experiences that invite guests to rediscover the best of Istanbul this summer. The new experiences make every Istanbul adventure even richer for guests, whether they’re jewellery lovers, art aficionados, or just love getting out on the water. A Journey into the world of Turkish jewellery designer Sevan Biçakçi Loved by celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg, Sevan Biçakçi launched his first collection of extraordinary jewellery in 2002, having spent years working as an apprentice with master craftsmen in Istanbul’s famed Grand Bazaar. His unique pieces are a reflection of Istanbul in miniature, incorporating Ottoman history, art and traditional motifs, with one of his most famous pieces to date incorporating a miniature of the Hagia Sofia mosque embedded into a ring. On this Shangri-La-curated half-day tour, guests will visit Biçakçi’s store deep in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar for a close-up look into the intricacies of his designs, including one unique and highly desirable piece that is usually under wraps and off-limits to visitors. A must for lovers of jewellery and Ottoman style, the experience is priced at EUR 250 per person for a minimum of four and a maximum of eight guests. A visit to artist Ismail Acar’s atelier and an Afternoon Tea to remember Inspired by his home city of Istanbul, multi-disciplinary Turkish artist Ismail Acar’s artworks are filled with Turkish and Ottoman motifs, with people, patterns and familiar city sights all finding their way into his creations. A glimpse into Acar’s atelier is like entering his own version of the city. With works ranging from portraits to paper-carving, stencil graffiti and much more, it’s his hyper-realist portrayals of still life and Turkish artefacts, juxtaposed with Ottoman and Turkish design details, for which he has become most famous. After experiencing artistry in the atelier, guests will return to Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul to experience artistry through the hotel’s renowned Afternoon Tea, where Turkish and Asian flavours reflect the meeting of European and Asian cultures in this thrilling city. The menu features dishes such as the palace manti with fresh goat cheese, herbs and gold leaf, fresh-from-the-oven Black Sea pide with minced beef, and the much-loved money bags with Peking duck, as well as a selection of teas ranging from traditional Turkish çay to Indian and Chinese blends. The experience is priced at €170 for two people, inclusive of round-trip transfer from the hotel to the artist’s atelier. Cruising to find the Catch of the Day on the Bosphorus The Bosphorus is one of the world’s most evocative waterways, connecting Europe and Asia and providing the perfect backdrop for all sorts of Istanbul adventures. On this excursion created by Shangri-La, guests will have the opportunity to set sail on these storied waters with local fishermen and try their hand at fishing the catch of the day. Departing at sunrise on a traditional Turkish fishing boat, your local guides will survey the waters and cruise to the spots with the best chance of landing a catch. Depending on the time of year and the conditions of the day, bluefish, seabass and mackerel can all be fished in these waters. For those who prefer to enjoy the ride instead of fishing for dinner, a morning out on the Bosphorus offers opportunities to see the beautiful Istanbul skyline from a different perspective, with mosques, minarets and the city’s seven hills lighting up with the sun’s first rays. And keep an eye on the surface of the water, too. It’s not unusual to see dolphins here. Back at the hotel the chefs will be waiting to cook up the catch in traditional Turkish style. And for those who didn’t have any fishing luck or who preferred simply to enjoy the ride, there will still be a freshly prepared meal waiting with ingredients picked up at the fish market for a true strait-to-table experience. The Bosphorus Fishing Excursion, including one night in a Premier Bosphorus room for two, is priced at EUR 1650. The fishing experience is available for a minimum of two and a maximum of eight guests. For bookings, please call +90 212 275 88 88, email or visit Shangri-La Cares Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul remains committed to providing a safe environment for all through Shangri-La Cares, the Group's global safety program. Comprising a range of enhanced protocols and measures designed to ensure colleagues work with peace of mind and guests can confidently enjoy the moments that matter most. Shangri-La has followed recommendations laid out by the World Health Organization, or more stringent local directives where appropriate, to ensure its operational protocols are comprehensive. Concrete measures have been adopted at all Shangri-La Group hotels and resorts to combat the risk of contracting viruses and bacteria so that guests can feel safe when staying at or visiting its properties. These protocols include: increased frequency and full attention to deep cleaning of all high-touch surfaces and areas used by guests throughout the hotels; use of medical grade sanitizers and disinfectants, which are approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; increased cleaning frequency of air filters and air-conditioner systems to ensure optimal air quality; and safe dining, meetings and events with extra precautions to respect physical distancing and enhanced food safety practices. Guests can learn more about Shangri-La Cares programme on the website.

  • Launch of World's First FUTR World in Abu Dhabi, 9-11 December 2021

    27 July 2021 – A globally-renowned multi-experiential, immersive and retail innovation festival will make its debut in Abu Dhabi this December, as a prelude to Abu Dhabi Winter Shopping Season, creating a melting pot of creative expressions, progressive ideas and future experiences from across the business and entertainment spectrum. FUTR World will launch exclusively in the UAE capital from the 9 – 11 Dec 2021 at the Manarat Al Saadiyat, a partnership between Retail Abu Dhabi, the retail platform of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), MP Singapore and FUTR Group. While innovation summits have taken place across Asia, Europe, US and Oceania, Retail Abu Dhabi have enabled the emirate to host the first ever global FUTR World, a significant boost to the retail sector programming. “DCT Abu Dhabi is proud to host the inaugural edition of FUTR World Middle East in Abu Dhabi. Our commitment to innovation is highlighted by the three-year agreement to bring this globally significant event here, showcasing our year-round programming of unique and first-in-the-region experiences,” said HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi. “By forging monumental collaborations with global partners such as MP Singapore and the FUTR Group, Abu Dhabi continues to expand its offering of world-class events, further cementing its role as a global hub for business and entertainment.” Through collaborations with innovators, leaders, retailers, artists, futurists, brands and influencers, the three pillars of the event - FUTR Live, FUTR Festival and FUTR Summit – will show how to bridge the gap between “now and next” in retail, marketing, and commerce. FUTR Live attendees can enjoy interactive workshops, an array of masterclasses from the World of food with MOB Kitchen to lifestyle hacks with influencers like Grace Beverley and extreme sports display with Red Bull’s BMX rider Viki' Gomez to the UAE’s very own figure skating pioneer Zahra Lari. FUTR Festival will feature a world-class line up of progressive music artists taking to a new purpose-built stage at Manarat Al Saadiyat, while inspiring international and local brands, retailers and start-ups at FUTR Summit will provide an unrivalled networking environment. Attendees include Gareth Rees-John, Chief Digital Officer of Kurt Geiger, Mike Butcher MBE, Editor at Large, Tech Crunch, Blaise Bellville, CEO & Founder, Boiler Room, Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder, and many more industry champions. As part of the Retail Abu Dhabi’s commitment to providing unparalleled retail offerings and experiences to the emirate’s residents and visitors, FUTR World will enable opportunities for both stakeholders and consumers in the emirate, further reinforcing the capital’s position as an exceptional international retail and tourist destination. “FUTR World is the first of its kind in the world and we are very happy to have the opportunity to launch this brand-new event in Abu Dhabi, with the kind support of DCT Abu Dhabi, FUTR World is a landmark festival that will convene thousands of innovators, exceptional leaders and influencers for three days of inspired conversation, world-changing ideas and meaningful takeaways” Shane White, Managing Director, FUTR Group. For more information on FUTR, please visit

  • Messe Berlin (Singapore) receives "Outstanding Event Organiser" award

    Singapore, 23 July 2021 – Messe Berlin (Singapore) wins “Outstanding Event Organiser" award at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2021 for successfully organising TravelRevive, the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific during COVID-19, with both local and foreign attendees and exhibitors. The Singapore Tourism Awards celebrates and recognises individuals and organisations in the tourism sector for delivering outstanding experiences and demonstrating enterprise excellence. The award is an integral part of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) efforts to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore's tourism sector by motivating organisations and individuals to create compelling experiences and adopt best practices. Powered by ITB Asia and STB, TravelRevive was the first pilot tradeshow to trial the newly developed ‘hybrid event’ tradeshow prototype for safe business events, safe itineraries, and digital enablers in Singapore. The event was part of a public-private alliance among various government agencies that aimed to bring to life Singapore’s vision for safe, trusted and innovative business events. The two-day event brought together local and international attendees on-site to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. It featured conference sessions, an exhibition, as well as opportunities for one-on-one buyer-seller appointments. It was complemented by virtual conference sessions which enabled a wider global audience to connect with regional travel businesses. “Messe Berlin (Singapore) has been providing our industry with event excellence for over 14 years by delivering all-rounded experiences for attendees in both our physical exhibitions and virtual events. We are very grateful to receive this important award, which recognises our proven record in organising and running quality exhibitions. It has been a difficult year of hard work for our team. Event experience is what we strive for. Our team continues to adapt, change and excel in bringing an unparalleled platform for industry stakeholders to do business, learn and network. With TravelRevive, we did our part to help pave the way for a positive future for trade shows during and post-pandemic”, said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia and TravelRevive.

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