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00.01 Monday 29 April 2024

What’s Best for West London?  

Ahead of London’s Mayoral Election,

West London Business Outlines Key Priorities in 2024 Manifesto


Ahead of the London Mayoral Election, West London Business (WLB) has released a Manifesto, setting out the key priorities for London’s new Mayor, that will benefit those who live and work in the West London vicinity: Inclusive employment; Innovation and growth; Education and skills; The built environment; Climate change; and Energy & infrastructure.

West London is the world’s most connected place. It is a £70bn+ economic powerhouse – with Heathrow Airport, the UK’s global gateway; 2 million residents and a workforce with a wide range of skills; a world-leading TV and film production cluster; the White City Innovation District; and Park Royal – the UK’s largest and most successful industrial estate.

Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business, said: “Absolutely critical to West London’s contribution to the capital and UK’s growth is energy supply – the latest research indicates urgent grid reinforcement upwards of 2,300 MVA is needed.  We urge the new Mayor to work with WLB and other stakeholders in securing accelerated investment from National Grid in the high voltage transmission network serving West London.”

“I encourage Londoners based in the west of our capital to get out and vote next Thursday 2nd May, to have a say on who will be next to lead the greatest city in the world.”

A copy of the manifesto can be downloaded here: https://westlondon.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/WLB_Mayoral_Election_Manifesto_2024.pdf

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Notes to editors:
Photo 1: Ahead of the London Mayoral Election, West London Business (WLB) has released a Manifesto, setting out the key priorities for London’s new Mayor.
Photo 2: Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business.

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About West London Business:
West London Business (WLB) ensures West London is a successful, inclusive, environment for responsible business. West London is the UK’s global gateway; a £73billion+ GVA economy underpinned by 120,000+ businesses. We are a business-led leadership forum, with members including Heathrow and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as key regional firms such as Fuller, Smith & Turner and Bigham’s. WLB has 15,000+ supporters and convenes 30+ events per annum, including the West London Business Awards.

Our members work together through WLB to raise West London’s global economic competitiveness and catalyse action for people and planet. Through our work we inform and influence the work of local, regional, and national government policymakers and promote inward investment.

To find out more, visit www.westlondon.com.

Media contact:
Fiona Anderson, GEC PR, 07931 382773
[email protected]

Kim Challis Named as Incoming Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group


West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group (CLAG), has announced that Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director of APCOA UK & Ireland, will imminently take over the role of Chair of the business-led solutions group.

Kim Challis is currently Chair designate of CLAG, and will be taking the helm from former Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kay from 1 June 2024.

CLAG was created in June 2021 to formulate business-led actions to respond to the significant economic contraction West London faced as a result of the pandemic, aligning with and complementing the work driven by local authorities and other partners across the sub-region.

The initiative, which formally launched on 2 March 2022 at the Capital West London Growth Summit, has since been coordinated by West London Business (WLB) and supported by the West London Alliance. The group focuses on four workstreams: Recruitment and skills; Place and identity; Net Zero and infrastructure; and Innovation and growth.

Speaking about her appointment, Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director for APCOA’s UK & Ireland and Chair designate of CLAG, said: “I am hugely excited about taking on the prestigious role of Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group. I look forward to meeting with other corporate WLB members engaged in the work of the West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group to tackle the challenges we face within the area, and devise the actions we can take together to drive improvement for those in our local communities.”

Shanker Patel, Chair, West London Business, added: “I am delighted that Kim will step up to Chair CLAG from 1 June, succeeding John Holland-Kaye.  Kim has taken an active approach to Social value in APCOA UK, leading their work to increase opportunities to develop women and young talent by thinking differently about how the company recruits and markets itself.

“With the right support of Government, West London is exceptionally well placed to drive economic growth in the years ahead with leading corporates collaborating to share best practice. There is a lot of good collaborative work going on locally in West London, but some real risks too: the March 2025 funding cliff edge for key skills and economic development programmes (notably UKSPF), and the labour market squeeze caused by overly restrictive immigration rules that came into effect on 1 April.

“Infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  CLAG members will work together to ensure that Government, National Grid and SSEN urgently address energy capacity constraints.  We will also continue to champion the West London Orbital (WLO) rail scheme which is incredibly good value for money bringing passenger services to a barely used freight line linking Brentford FC to Brent Cross via Old Oak Common.”
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An Insiders Guide to Choosing Maldives All- Inclusive Getaways

19 April 2024 – With all-inclusive holidays becoming more popular than ever with UK travellers, the choices on offer for all-inclusive breaks has grown exponentially. However, as no two all-inclusive offerings are the same, choosing the right all-inclusive has become more complicated.

For instance, premium travellers wishing to holiday in the Maldives have many “AlI In” options available, so it’s worth doing your research and thinking beyond price to ensure a Maldives all-inclusive break delivers the best for you experientially as well as value for money.

These All-Inclusive resorts each offer unique experiences that make them suitable for discerning travellers that wish to experience varying aspects of Maldives resort culture:

Maldives All Inclusive Best for Families: Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Nestled on a mature island adorned with ancient trees and its own house reef, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu invites families to embark on an unforgettable journey of relaxation and adventure in the heart of the Maldives.

The resort offers children a chance to explore the Maldives’ stunning underwater vistas and spot a range of marine wildlife species through snorkeling excursions starting as little as USD 20 (approx. £15.70).

With its own dedicated kids club, parents can indulge in thrilling adventures while their children engage in activities such as art and crafts, perfect for families seeking a hassle-free summer retreat.

A Beach Villa at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu starts from USD 367 (approx. £ 292) + taxes in June 2024.

For more information on Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, visit https://www.adaaran.com/selectmeedhupparu/offers/island-getaways.html.

Maldives All Inclusive Best for Adults Only: Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is the perfect adults-only resort for couples seeking both serenity and adventure in a Maldivian paradise. Enjoy thrilling water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and catamaran sailing. Indulge in intimate experiences like romantic sandbank picnics and sunset fishing excursions. Explore hidden gems of the Maldives with island-hopping adventures to secluded beaches and pristine lagoons. Unwind at the resort’s Mandara Spa, which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments – from traditional aromatherapy massages, to result-driven ELEMIS face and body treatments.

An Overwater Villa with a private jacuzzi at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo starts from USD 818 (approx. £651) + taxes in June 2024.

To book a stay at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, visit https://www.adaaran.com/prestigevadoo/offers/island-getaways.html.

Maldives All Inclusive Best for Gastronomes: Premium All Inclusive Heritance Aarah

Located in the azure Raa Atoll, Heritance Aarah is the home of culinary decadence in the Maldives. At the core of Heritance Aarah’s enchantment is a diverse and flavourful culinary scene, brought to life through its unique ‘Dine Around’ concept. With seven distinctive restaurants and five bars, each establishment creates its own epicurean tale. Enhancing the Premium All-Inclusive experience, Heritance Aarah presents a remarkable array of dining options, from exclusive pod dining to world-class buffets curated by award-winning culinary artists. Guests can indulge in culinary delights from around the world, including a fusion of Maldivian and Sri Lankan cuisine at Ambula, vibrant food cultures at Haatha, and ocean-fresh seafood at Ginifathi. Delve into the spice-infused wonders of Asian cuisine at Ranba, or savour the refined grace of European gastronomy at Ralu. The resort’s culinary odyssey promises an array of palate-pleasing adventures that not only satisfy taste buds, but enrich the spirit.

A highlight of the restaurant menus is the freshly caught fish and seafood, sustainably sourced from the surrounding waters. The resort actively supports local fisheries by procuring fish and seafood directly from nearby communities. Additionally, Heritance Aarah’s organic herb and vegetable garden supplies the resort kitchens with a bounty of freshly harvested produce. The organic gardens reduce the need for externally sourced ingredients, while delivering fresh, healthy, and sustainable food options for guests. This culinary ethos not only satisfies the palate but also supports environmental stewardship and local agriculture. So, as guests relish the last flavours of this barefoot culinary haven, they take away memories of exquisite tastes and also the satisfaction of knowing their dining experience contributed to a greater good.

A Beach Villa at Heritance Aarah in June starts from $730 (approximately £585) + tax per Villa per night.

To discover more or to book, visit: https://www.heritancehotels.com/aarah/

Maldives All Inclusive Best for Time Poor Thrill Seekers: Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Accessed via a short speedboat ride away from Male’s Velana International Airport, Adaaran Club Rannalhi offers thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts an Indian Ocean escape from the ordinary. Discover a range of exciting excursions and activities designed to elevate your tropical island summer. From thrilling sunset fishing expeditions to enchanting island-hopping adventures, romantic sunset photo cruises, and captivating dolphin tours, Adaaran Club Rannalhi ensures endless possibilities for exploration.

A Standard Room at Adaaran Club Rannalhi starts from USD 251 (approx. £200) + taxes in June 2024.

For further information about Adaaran Club Rannalhi, visit https://www.adaaran.com/clubrannalhi/offers/island-getaways.html.

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Notes To Editors:

Image Captions:
Image 1: Adaaran Select Meedhupparu is a great all-inclusive option for families holidaying in the Maldives.
Image 2: Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is the perfect adults-only resort for couples seeking both serenity and adventure in a Maldivian paradise.
Image 3: Heritance Aarah presents a remarkable array of dining options for gastronomes, including ocean-fresh sustainably sourced seafood at Ginifathi restaurant.

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About Aitken Spence Hotels
Aitken Spence Hotels is part of the Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC. Aitken Spence Hotels owns and operates 17 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The Company’s owned hotels are reflected under the Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for its exceptional service and undisputed product and curated lifestyle experiences. The Company’s Sri Lankan portfolio includes eight hotels and resorts spread across the island of which five are Heritance properties, whilst the Maldives resorts totals to five (with one Heritance resort), three in Oman and one in India.

Media Enquiries: Fiona Anderson, GEC PR | [email protected]

See a Different Side to Sri Lanka on the New Trails of Bawa Architectural Tour


See a Different Side to Sri Lanka on the New Trails of Bawa Architectural Tour


26 March 2024 –
Heritance Hotels and Resorts, the flagship brand of Aitken Spence Hotels, has launched a new tour that promises guests a journey through the creative mind of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, credited as the father of ‘Tropical Modernism’, a design combination of traditional and modern architectural identity.
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Nature Expert Mike Dilger’s Top Tips To Make Your Garden More Wildlife-Friendly This Spring

21 March – With this week marking the official start of Spring, high-quality optic specialists SWAROVSKI OPTIK has teamed up with TV Presenter and nature expert Mike Dilger, to share top tips for making UK gardens more wildlife-friendly this Spring.

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APH.COM REVEALS THE INCREASING “KISS-AND-FLY” FEES FOR DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP AT UK AIRPORTS

APH.Com Reveals The Increasing ‘Kiss-and-Fly’ Costs of Dropping Off and Picking Up At UK Airports

March 2024 – Are you the family airport taxi service? Dropping family and friends at the airport forecourt, commonly known as ‘Kiss and Fly’, will now cost a little more than just fuel and time in the car, following an increase in charges for using the designated drop-off areas at London Gatwick from £5 – £6 in January. Continue reading

Central America and The Dominican Republic Lead the Way in AI-Driven Tourism Offering More Personalised Travel Experiences

Central America and The Dominican Republic Lead the Way in
AI-Driven Tourism Offering More Personalised Travel
Experiences

  • The Central America Tourism Agency (CATA) stands out as a pioneer in digital tourism, introducing advanced technological solutions and artificial intelligence to provide personalised tourist experiences.
  • CATA receives the Tourism Excellence Award at FITUR 2024 for its focus on Artificial Intelligence following an innovative summit for travel companies, the Central America and Dominican Republic Innovation Tourism Talk (CAITT). With a forward-thinking vision, CATA was rewarded thanks to its strategic effort in enhancing traveller satisfaction using AI technology.
  • With a new generation of experiences available in 2024, CATA is driving an innovative tourism offering, adapted to the changing demands of travellers, integrating the Dominican Republic, and promoting collaborations among tour operators to create unique and multi-destination offers.

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Michelin Star Chef Pascale Aussignac Bringing London Flair and French Flavours to Heritance Aarah in the Maldives this Spring

Michelin Star Chef Pascale Aussignac
Bringing London Flair and French Flavours to Heritance Aarah in the Maldives this Spring

22 February 2024 – Michelin Star Chef Pascale Aussignac will bring London Flair and French Flavours to Heritance Aarah in the Maldives this Spring when he guest chefs at the resort’s Ambula Restaurant from March 28th to April 1st.

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