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Hyatt hotels and spas proudly showcase their wellbeing offerings, designed to positively impact how colleagues, customers, and community members feel, fuel and function
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today celebrates Hyatt’s landmarks of wellbeing – Feel, Fuel and Function – by educating and encouraging colleagues and guests to participate in Global Wellness Day 2019, an entirely not-for-profit day dedicated raising awareness around what it means to live well in mind and body. More than 400 properties, including Hyatt’s Miraval and Exhale brands and the Hyatt’s regional and corporate offices, are expected to host health and wellness-related events reflecting their specific destination and local communities.
“At Hyatt, wellbeing is at the core of our DNA,” said Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial services officer at Hyatt. “We know that wellbeing is increasingly important to our colleagues, guests, and customers, and Global Wellness Day provides an opportunity to jointly celebrate our focus on wellbeing at a global scale. Today, we’re excited to showcase distinct wellbeing experiences and bring our landmarks of wellbeing – Feel, Fuel and Function – to life for colleagues and guests at our hotels around the world.”
From Delhi to Chicago and Zurich to Hong Kong, Hyatt corporate offices and properties have chosen unique ways to recognize this day. Leading by example, Hyatt’s global headquarters will be celebrating Global Wellness Day with colleagues by offering a guided yoga and meditation class and a healthy breakfast to start the day. Additionally, knowing guests and colleagues’ alike put great value in their wellbeing, properties across the world were passionate about planning celebrations for Global Wellness Day. A few examples include the following:
Alila Ubud Bali: The hotel team will provide healthy meals for children using ingredients from the property’s organic garden and donating them to the KIM foundation, which helps children with special needs. Additionally, guests and villagers from Banjar Bayad are invited to celebrate with a Zumba class at their Sculpture Garden.
Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Yinchuan Dayuecheng: This dual-branded property in China is promoting a Family Day Photo Contest where all colleagues will be asked to enjoy a family dinner at home and share photos with colleagues. Additionally, they are hosting a Get Up and Step Up Challenge for colleagues, where colleagues will use WeChat to count their steps in the morning, promoting efforts to start each day with exercise.
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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht: The property will put on a 5k run for both colleagues and guests, offering healthy snacks and refreshments at the end of the race. Colleagues will have the option to also participate in yoga sessions and a one-hour fitness and food consultation from a health professional.
Park Hyatt Istanbul: During the week leading up to Global Wellness Day, the hotel invited a popular dietitian to deliver healthy eating tips during their wellness event, where colleagues and guests enjoyed detox shots and relaxation exercises at the pool.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: The property will host a wellness fair for colleagues, with events that include healthy cooking demonstrations, customized stretching exercises, a mandala coloring corner and a relaxation room offering chair massages and mini facials.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines: The Cedar Creek, Texas property will provide an ambient quiet room featuring meditative music, yoga mats and candles for colleagues and guests, while also distributing reusable water bottles, sleep patches, sunscreen and signature smoothies in the lobby. Camp Hyatt, the resort’s activity program for kids, will also provide a beginner’s yoga class for children, along with other wellness activities.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel: The New York City property will host a colleague walk over the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge, while also offering guided mediation and morning yoga.
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach: Colleagues at the Hawaiian property will join together for a group hike on Diamond Head Volcano.
Exhale: To bring awareness to their many spa and fitness offerings, all Exhale locations will be allowing guests and members to bring a friend for free to fitness classes on Global Wellness Day.
Miraval Resorts: Both Miraval Austin and Miraval Arizona will be creating a mindful moment for guests at their central gathering place, around their custom made Earth Gong. Guests will be invited to gather at the Gong at 12pm, where a poem from Thich Nhat Han will be recited, allowing guests to tune in, slow down, and take in the vibration of the gong. They will also be invited to take turns banging the gong and sharing their intentions on how they will take steps toward living a healthier, more balanced life, the key purpose of Global Wellness Day.
Follow #globalwellnessday and #GWD2019 to see how participants are celebrating Global Wellness Day 2019. And for more information around Hyatt’s commitment to wellbeing, please visit hyatt.com/aboutus/wellbeing.
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
Source: Hyatt Hotels Corporation
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., will re-open the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time after a five-year renovation on June 8th, 2019. The hall, home to the museum’s collection of dinosaur fossils and latest exhibit, Deep Time, has been restored to its former 1910, Beaux Arts Gallery design. EwingCole, an award-winning architecture, engineering, and interior design firm based in Philadelphia, designed and oversaw the execution of the project.
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“For the museum’s roughly eight million annual visitors, the splendor of the hall is as much a part of the experience as the specimens they contain,” said EwingCole Director of Cultural Practice, Jeffrey Hirsch.
Major renovations in the 1960s, 80s, and early 2000s, dramatically altered the appearance and unique character of Dinosaur Hall. Museum administrators sought to bring it back in a meaningful and responsible way.
“There was a desire across the Smithsonian to look at the architectural integrity of their buildings and determine how they could best strengthen them and bring them back,” said Hirsch. “One major goal for the project was to convey a respect for our architectural heritage by returning the hall’s aesthetics to their original state.”
Prior alterations concealed a skylight above the hall, obstructing natural light and altering the feel of the gallery. EwingCole’s renovation uncovered the skylight and surrounding exterior windows, restored decorative plasterwork, and upgraded the museum’s aging infrastructure with modern technologies. Each of the museum’s main halls are now open and inviting.
EwingCole’s Director of Lighting Design, Angela Matchica, noted the importance of bringing daylight back into the space adding, “unmitigated sunlight created problems for the museum and its specimens in the past, so re-exposing Dinosaur Hall’s skylights came with a set of challenges.”
EwingCole designers turned to a glazing system containing an aerogel nanotechnology that serves as both an insulator and light filter. This material mitigates both ultraviolet light and heat as it illuminates the gallery. Controlled daylight now floods the hall for the first time in nearly two decades, the 65 million-year-old specimens below remain protected, and interior temperatures are more easily regulated.
“The space is overwhelming; the size of the objects is overwhelming,” said Matchica. “You never got that sense of scale before, but now visitors will see the full gravitas of the dinosaurs. It’s breathtaking.”
Another key focus of the project aimed at restoring the hall’s ornate plasterwork which had been lost for generations. The design team sought to recreate these details using original methods. “The craft involved in recreating this work is a dying art, with a dwindling number of people who still do this type of work,” said architect Ryan Delahoussaye.
The templates for the new moldings were cast from original building fabric in Ocean’s Hall, a sister gallery located in the museum. “Luckily, we were able to bring ATS Studios in, who were able to right a wrong that had been done to the space so many years ago,” Delahoussaye said. “It’s been restored in an authentic way.”
Additional improvements include an all new FossiLab, a fully functioning interactive research space within the gallery that gives visitors a behind the scenes view of paleontological research. The lab’s glass enclosure brings visitors directly into the scientist’s work stations, allowing them to watch experts clean and study new and current specimens. FossiLab is designed so that research volunteers can more easily interact with curious guests, a key goal for the Smithsonian.
“As technology improves, we learn more about the specimens — even the ones currently in our collection,” said Delahoussaye. “From the original concept, there was a strong interest in letting the researchers engage with the public and having them understand that this work is ongoing.”
Also reopening on June 8 is the renovated West Court Atrium, home to an improved cafeteria and new restaurant. The first-floor restaurant provides a perfect viewing area for the newly installed megalodon, a prehistoric, 50-foot shark. The space is warm, inviting, and organized for the museum’s millions of annual visitors. A key element of the design is a large custom wall graphic, an enlarged illustration by Ernst Haeckel, which provided an inspiration for the color palette of various materials such as woods, metals, natural stone, and polished concrete. The ceiling is open and blacked out with a series of eclectic light fixtures placed sporadically through the space providing visual interest and a warm glow.
“Prior to the renovations, you always felt like you were in an artificial setting, but so much of the museum’s story is about Earth’s broader ecosystem,” said Hirsch. “The spaces have remarkably changed. They feel more expansive and alive.”
EwingCole, in practice for over 55 years, is a nationally recognized, fully integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm of more than 350 professionals in Charlotte, Irvine, New York, Raleigh, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Our multi-disciplinary practice is built on the core values of professional excellence, design quality, and collaboration. Our goal is to provide the best total solution for our clients, the community, and the environment. For additional information, visit: http://www.ewingcole.com.
New restrictions have gone into effect regarding American travel to Cuba. The US Treasury announced it will no longer allow cruise ships or private water vessels to port in Cuba. This is causing quite a stir in the cruise and tour group community as more Americans visit Cuba by cruise ship than another other form of travel. The new restrictions also ban “people to people” trips, the most common method for education and tour groups to visit the island, unless travel was booked prior to June 5.
What does this mean for an estimated 800,000 travelers looking forward to their upcoming cruise to Cuba?
Check with your cruise line regarding their refund policy. Cruise lines with itineraries to Cuba have been responding by offering various refunds or credits. If you’re booked on an upcoming cruise to Cuba, check with your cruise line immediately to see what compensation they’re currently offering.
If you purchased travel insurance for your upcoming cruise, it’s unlikely this is considered a covered reason to cancel and receive a full refund. The cancellation reason (a change in a tour itinerary) would not be listed as a covered trip cancellation reason for most travel insurance policies. The only type of coverage that may issue up to a 75% refund of your nonrefundable trip costs is Cancel for Any Reason coverage. To qualify, you would have needed to purchase this specific coverage within 10-21 days of your initial trip deposit and insure 100% of the nonrefundable costs toward your trip. The cancellation must also occur at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure date.
If you haven’t purchased travel insurance for your upcoming cruise and you’re still within 10-21 days of making your initial deposit, you may still qualify for Cancel for Any Reason coverage! Run a quote or ask a travel insurance expert to see what your travel insurance options are at this time.
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