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Partnership matters

Whilst on a train last week, I found myself looking at my business card. Partnership Director it says. Bit of an odd title that. Then I started to think about what it means, especially among our agent friends.

We’ve built up many genuine

friendships with the agents we work with; and just like in our personal lives, those partnerships have highs and lows. When it comes down to it, the fluffy stuff such as dinners, trips and such like don’t mean diddly when the chips are down and there’s a real problem that requires us to step up and shine. This is where we demonstrate true partnership. You place your complete trust

in us when you recommend us and it’s a responsibility we never carry lightly. Everything else is just window dressing if we’re not there for you when it matters. That said, we absolutely love

the fluffy stuff too; and whether it’s in Birmingham, Barbados or Bahrain, I feel privileged to be able to share many unforgettable experiences with truly special people and never take for granted what a great industry I work in. There are great operators who

nurture long term relationships with agents rather than one-night stands and that’s what defines great partnership; a two-way thing that works for both parties. Playing the field is all very well

for some, but when it comes down to it, what’s nicer than long-term love and trust?

New Dorchester dining delights By April Hutchinson

Dorchester Collection has launched several new experiences at its UK hotels. Having relaunched The Grill at The Dorchester

in November, with new interiors by Bruno Moinard and Alain Ducasse protege Christophe Marleix as head chef, new wine evenings have now been added at the restaurant. Taking place at The Grill Counter, the monthly

evenings give just seven guests an exclusive wine and canape journey, with a different region or theme picked each time – such as Discover the Loire Valley on July 1 or Wines of Provence on November 4. The evenings cost £49pp and include six 100ml glasses of wine and canapes and samplers from The Grill menu. Neighbouring 45 Park Lane has launched a sake tasting experience available in Bar 45 or

Boost for luxury options in Canada

Canada is to get its first Andaz hotel – but not in the obviously fashionable cities of Vancouver or Toronto. Instead, Hyatt will open its lifestyle brand hotel

in the national capital of Ottawa by the middle of next year, with the 200-room Andaz Ottawa being built near the Byward Market area. Over on the west coast, Trump Hotel Collection

Lee Marshall, Partnership Director, ITC Luxury Travel

is to open its second hotel in the country with the arrival of Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver (pictured). When completed in 2016, the twisting 63-storey tower will open in the Coal Harbour area, transforming the city’s skyline and becoming its second tallest building. For something more low-key, Ontario has been

promoting “glamping” options in the province, such as WildExodus in the Boreal Forest in the north, or the wilderness suites of Long Point Eco-Adventures in Norfolk County.

14  TTGLUXURY.COM  SUMMER 2015  IN THE KNOW Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have benefited

from a push in the UK market, with new flights to St John’s and Halifax springing up: Air Transat has added a St John’s flight from Gatwick, which continues on to Halifax, and Air Canada has made its Heathrow to St John’s flight year-round. Later this year, Air Canada will begin

converting its widebody Boeing 777s, introducing premium economy and refurbishing business-class cabins. By the second half of 2016, the first of 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners will start to arrive.

the hotel’s restaurant, Cut. The hotel’s sake sommelier Vanessa Cinti picks a “sake flight” of three flavours for guests to try (from £35pp), while Asian-influenced dishes have also been added to the menu. There is also a new tea menu created with specialists Jing, offering some of the world’s rarest teas served from a mobile tea bar alongside a range of pastries created to complement the teas. At the group’s third UK hotel, Coworth Park,

new executive chef Simon Whitley has created a special afternoon tea to celebrate the blooming of Coworth’s wildflower meadow, from July 1. The afternoon tea is part of the new Field

of Dreams experience (from £585 for two people), which includes a guaranteed meadow-view room, English breakfast, two cocktails and a spa credit of £120 towards a meadow-inspired treatment.


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