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InterContinental® Presidente Mexico City Hotel and Universidad Anahuac Culinary School Win InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Cooking Competiton…

InterContinental® Presidente Mexico City Hotel And Universidad Anahuac Culinary School Win InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Cooking Competiton...

26 May, 2016

InterContinental Presidente Mexico City Hotel and Universidad Anahuac Culinary School Win InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Cooking Competiton Second Year In A Row

First place student wins $5,000 scholarship from the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand

ATLANTA InterContinental Hotels & Resorts1 is proud to announce the InterContinental Presidente Mexico City hotel and Flora Garc a Corella, a culinary student at Universidad Anahuac and Le Cordon Bleu, as the winners of the third annual Ultimate Culinary Clash, which took place on Tuesday, May 17 at the InterContinental Presidente Mexico City2 hotel. With the assistance of Chef de Cuisine Jos Luis Castro from the hotel s Caf Urbano restaurant, Corella received top honors while competing against three other culinary students who were paired with top chefs from InterContinental properties in the United States and Mexico. With the assistance of Sous Chef Isadora Rivera, a fellow student of Universidad Anahuac and Le Cordon Bleu, Corella won a $5,000 scholarship from the InterContinental brand.

Gerardo Murray, Vice President, Brands and Marketing, Mexico, Latin America and The Caribbean, IHG, said: When dining at an InterContinental hotel, travelers can expect fine dining inspired by local flavors and global innovation.

With many of our properties offering signature bars and cocktails, Michelin-starred chefs and celebrity restaurateurs, the InterContinental brand is proud to be a part of the Ultimate Culinary Clash. We know these talented future chefs will continue to shape and evolve the InterContinental dining experience. Part cooking competition and part scholarship fundraiser, the Ultimate Culinary Clash brought together the winners of four regional Culinary Clash competitions to face-off against each other. Each student chef finalist presented a small plate of their winning entr e from the regional Culinary Clash to an esteemed group of judges, composed of a special group of hotel executives, media and renowned chefs. Each dish in the competition was judged and scored on seasonality, taste, creativity and presentation. Winning student Corella impressed the judges with her entr e: red wine and berries mole with beef steak, plantain, garlic ashes tamale and candied nuts with chiles. Her appetizer, ant larvae sope with avocado and pipicha leaf, was a clear crowd favorite.

This year s competitors came from three hotels in Mexico and one hotel in the United States. All student chefs won their regional Culinary Clash competition, advancing them to the final Ultimate Culinary Clash in Mexico City:

The Ultimate Culinary Clash serves as an opportunity for the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand to showcase its commitment to culinary excellence. It began four years ago as a local annual cooking competition at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel s Luce restaurant. The competition invited students from a local culinary school to compete for a chance to work with Daniel Corey, the restaurant s Michelin-star chef, and showcase their own menu for one night in Luce.

About InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 182 hotels located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from 70 years of experience. As a brand, we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our well-traveled guests to what s special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook.

For more information, visit http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental3, https://twitter.com/InterConHotels4 or http://www.facebook.com/intercontinental5. Media Contacts:
Gayle Weiss, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts,

References

  1. ^ InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  2. ^ InterContinental Presidente Mexico City (www.ihg.com)
  3. ^ http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental (www.ihg.com)
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/InterConHotels (twitter.com)
  5. ^ http://www.facebook.com/intercontinental (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^

10 awesome European destinations you don’t know about

Go off the beaten path in Europe with cities and regions that aren’t on every must-see list but are definitely worth visiting. Everyone s heard of Europe s major tourist destinations, and rightly so. After all, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Rome are all famous for a reason. But there are fantastic cities and regions that aren t even mentioned on typical European to-do lists. From Innsbruck in Austria to the seaside Cinque Terre in Italy, the following destinations offer a blend of outdoor activities, history, shopping and wildlife, providing a perfect reason to step slightly off the beaten track.

MOSTAR, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the cultural capital and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Stari Most, or Old Bridge. The Old Bridge, which was rebuilt following the civil war bombings in 1993, is easily the city s best known monument, however there are plenty of other attractions for tourists to enjoy. Quirky cafes and shops can be found throughout the Old Town, and Ottoman Empire structures, such as the 300-year-old Muslibegovica House, are also worth a visit.

Further afield, historic towns such as Stolac, Blagaj and Medjugorje provide some historical context to the various ethnic groups that once lived harmoniously in the region.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Buried at the foot of the towering Alps, the Austrian city of Innsbruck offers guests a chance to appreciate a blend of old and new. The old town dates back to more than 800 years ago, and provides a glimpse at Medieval life in the region, while the modern Home of the Giant, a massive hub of arts, entertainment and shopping, is the largest of its kind in the world. Within the center is the stunning Swarovski Crystal Cloud, which hovers over a captivating Mirror Pool and is made from 800,000 sparkling crystals. During winter months, tourists can partake in various alpine activities that can be easily reached from the city. Skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding and many other sports are offered on the nearby slopes.

During the summer, the area becomes provides a perfect site for rock climbing, hiking and bike riding. Nature lovers can visit the Alpine Zoo, while history buffs can get lost in the many museums and galleries that the town has to offer.

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Located in Estonia and rarely featured as a must-see destination, Tallinn nonetheless offers a fascinating chance to relive history in one of Europe s less-visited nations. A vibrant city that frequently hosts festivals of various genres, Tallinn is home to the expansive Kumu Art Museum, which houses both classic and contemporary pieces and the Open Air Museum, a recreated historic village complete with staff in period costumes. Shoppers will appreciate the showroom in the Estonian Design House, which houses quality local works. To cap off the Estonian experience, visitors should listen for haunting organ sounds from one of the many churches around the city.

CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Comprised of five fishing villages built on the coastal cliffs, Italy s Cinque Terre is a picturesque destination that starting to become popular. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the region has a range of activities for everyone, and the colorful houses and pretty seaside provide the perfect backdrop for a vacation. Outdoor enthusiasts can dive or snorkel in the marine park, and anyone chasing nature can watch the birdlife in the Riomaggiore s Torre Guardiola. Neighboring Manarola is famous for producing Sciacchetra wine, and the third village, Vernazza, is known for its cobbled streets and laneways. Vernazza is also home to the crumbling Castello Doria, and the Gothic-Ligurian church, Chiesa di Santa Margherita d Antiochia, which was built in 1318.

ZADAR, CROATIA

Brimming with creative architecture and full of history, the city of Zadar in Croatia is captivating. The impressive Sea Organ, which extends 70 meters along the coast, is sure to hold anyone mesmerized, and the famous Wide Street, which is older than the city itself, is a reminder of the Roman influence on the area. Riva, Zadar s seaside promenade, offers a peaceful setting to watch the majestic sunsets the city is famous for, and the bustling City Market is full of all sorts of delicious food. Finally, the Museum of Ancient Glass exhibits a vast collection of Roman glassware from the commanding 19th-century Cosmacendi Palace.

BERAT, ALBANIA

A previous isolationist policy kept Albania hidden as a tourist destination, but in recent years, the country has become more accessible. The World Heritage Listed city of Berat is located on the hillside and boasts spectacular mountain views. Kalaja Castle overlooks the city and there is a collection of Ottoman houses leading up the slopes. The cobbled streets in the old quarter offer a step back in time, and there are various museums that display the area s history. Wine tasting can easily be arranged and the chilly Bogove Waterfall isn t far from the city.

KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Although becoming more and more frequented by travelers, Montenegro s Kotor is yet to be featured as a true mainstream European destination but it won t stay like that forever. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Kotor is full of significant monuments and landmarks, including the River Gate and the Town Walls, and it will be nearly impossible to walk away without gathering some knowledge of the city s history. The more adventurous can opt for cave tours, canyoning or mountain-bike trips around the area. Or visitors can relax (kind of) on a stand-up paddle board, or take a private yacht and swimming tour. For those looking to take home some souvenirs, Antiques Stankovic is filled with a range of unique jewelry, coins, medals and all sorts of traditional trinkets.

LOFOTEN, NORWAY

Lofoten in Norway features postcard scenes around almost every corner, from white beaches to untouched fjords. Rare bird species, whales and seals all inhabit the surrounding arctic waters, and the area also provides a great spot to try and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Outdoor activities come in abundance, with skiing, kayaking and hiking all available. Within the city, there are local museums, galleries and shops, and various cultural festivals are held during the warmer months.

VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN

Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, is a tiny city, but that doesn t mean it isn t worth a visit. The Schloss Vaduz sits on a hill above the city, and although the castle itself isn t accessible, the views are impressive enough to make the walk worthwhile. Within the city, the Kunstmuseum and Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum both provide an interesting glimpse at the region s earlier days, with the latter displaying information on medieval witch trials. For preserved tradition coupled with tranquility, head to the neighboring town of Mitteldorf.

OHRID, MACEDONIA

Combining glorious landscapes with cultural landmarks is World Heritage Listed Ohrid in Macedonia, a city that boasts a pristine seaside that puts the crowded Mediterranean beaches to shame. The city overlooks the enormous Lake Ohrid, which spans 39 kilometers and, at 3 million years old, is thought to be the oldest in Europe.

The city itself contains various churches and a medieval castle, while the beautiful Galicica National Park is located nearby.

Still worried about your summer holiday?

The safest places to visit around the world include Iceland, the Bahamas and Malta

  • Foreign Office has warned of high terrorism risk in European countries
  • However Malta, Iceland and Slovenia have a low threat according to FCO
  • Globally the Bahamas, Fiji and Japan are some of the safest destinations

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As the threat from terrorism takes grip of Europe, with popular destinations such as Spain and France issued with high risk warnings by the Foreign Office, holidaymakers are starting to worry about their summer getaways. Just this week a Moroccan man was arrested in Majorca accused of recruiting fighters for Isis and promoting terror attacks in Europe. But for anyone still hoping to take a break in Europe and beyond there are still some destinations globally with a low terrorism risk.

Countries with a low threat from terrorism according to latest Foreign Office advice

From Norway to the Netherlands, the British Foreign Office has rated much of Europe as having a general threat from terrorism on its website,1 advising holidaymakers ‘to be vigilant as attacks could be indiscriminate’ including in hotspots visited by foreigners. The FCO warn travellers that: ‘There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.’

Heeding these warnings tourists are starting to consider new destinations this summer, said Frank Brehany, Consumer Director of HolidayTravelWatch. He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Holidaymakers appear to be shunning the Eastern Mediterranean region, in preference of resorts that were once popular. The drivers for consumers will be the fear of terror striking at the heart of their holiday.

‘Numerous popular and beautiful destinations are reported as having a low threat of terrorism: including Portugal, Malta and Iceland and some further afield such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Tuvalu, Chile and New Zealand.’

Travel experts are advising consumers to keep up to date with the latest advice from the UK Foreign Office before visiting their intended vacation spot.

An ABTA spokesperson told MailOnline Travel: ‘ABTA and its members rely on the informed expertise of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in relation to travel advice regarding specific destinations and will always advise the travelling public to follow this advice. The safety and security of the travelling public is always our main priority.

‘Just as in the UK where the terrorism threat level is severe, travellers should remain alert wherever they are travelling. Bookings for this summer are healthy with year-on-year increases for many Discount Holidays © holiday destinations throughout the world.’

Currently, Iceland, Malta and Slovenia are some of the European beauty spots, ripe with tourism that are still considered low risk, according to the latest advice from the Foreign Office. MailOnline Travel rounds up some of the safest places to visit around the world.

Iceland

Growing in popularity, 241,000 British nationals visited Iceland through Keflavik airport in 2015. Pictured is an elevated view over Reykjavic

Blessed with stunning natural waterfalls, volcanoes and lagoons, Iceland is fast becoming a tourist favourite.

Approximately 241,000 British nationals visited Iceland through Keflavik airport in 2015, 33 percent more than 2014, according to the FCO and most visits are trouble free. The country has been rated as having a low threat from terrorism. However, holidaymakers are advised to monitor the Safe Travel Website, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration website and Icelandic Met Office reports in case there are dramatic weather conditions during their visit.

Liechtenstein

Stunning Malbun in Liechtenstein has a ski resort

This landlocked principality does not have a resident British diplomat in the country and just 2,200 Brits visit each year, according Liechtenstein Office for Statistics. Offering one ski resort at Malbun, the low threat destination could soon see its tourism popularity grow.

Holidaymakers are however warned of a moderate danger of avalanches during the winter sports season.

Malta

Historic hub Malta is enjoying a tourism surge following the popularity of Game of Thrones which is filmed on the island

Game of Thrones fans will be familiar with this small Mediterranean hub. Currently the Foreign Office state that crime against tourists is rare ‘although robberies, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing and theft from parked cars can occur.’

With 450,000 British tourists visiting Malta every year, most visits are trouble-free and the country has a low threat from terrorism status.

Poland

Although street crime and robbery can be an issue, the Foreign Office report that there is a low threat of terrorism in the country. However visitors are advised to still be aware of the ‘global and indiscriminate risk’ that exists everywhere.

Around 650,000 British nationals visited Poland in 2014 and there is an FCO note highlighting to tourists that ‘driving in Poland can be hazardous.’

Slovenia

Although beautiful Slovenia has a low threat from terrorism status, a recent update by the FCO Travel Advice team reports: ‘ Although fewer people are currently transiting through Slovenia, reinstated immigration controls are temporarily in operation at road and rail border crossing points with Austria and Hungary.

‘Full immigration controls are in place at Slovenia’s border with Croatia. You must carry your passport with you at all times.’

Additionally, all foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the police within three days of arrival or risk paying a fine.

Bahamas

The terrorism threat in the Bahamas is low but the country has warned of cases of violent crime

The picturesque archipelago is a paradise for divers and beach lovers and has a low threat from terror status. However holidaymakers are warned that cases of Chikungunya Fever and violent crime including robbery have been reported. Travellers should also note that hurricane season takes please between June and November and during this period weather updates should be monitored.

Costa Rica

The lush rainforest island has been ranked as having a low threat from terrorism. In 2014, 54,000 British tourists were drawn to the country keen to experience its biodiversity, watersports and Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. However, holidaymakes are warned of another risk – there have been confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the last two months.

Fiji

Fiji is a haven for honeymooners and water sports enthusiasts. Pictured is the Mananucas islands off Fiji

The exquisite Pacific archipelago attracts around 20,000 British nationals visit Fiji every year, according to the FCO and most visits to Fiji are trouble-free. A haven for honeymooners and water sports enthusiasts the destination is considered to have a low terrorism threat.

There are however meteorological warnings in place for the risk of floods with tropical cyclone Winston having swept through the country in February causing extensive damage. Cyclone season runs from November to April and there have been reported cases of the Zika virus.

Seychelles

Honeymoon favourite, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean still has a low threat from terrorism. But the Foreign Office do note that British nationals booking a trip to the destination need to be aware of the ‘global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers’

Japan

Japan is set to be under the spotlight as it hosts the Olympics in 2020 and fortunately has a low terrorism threat

As the world casts its eyes on Japan in the build up to the 2020 OIympic Games, fortunately it still retains a low terror threat.

The country is however at risk from earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones.

Following an earthquake, strong aftershocks can continue for a week, notes the FCO.

They advise: ‘If you’re in or planning to visit the affected area, familiarise yourself with what to do in an earthquake and follow the advice of the local authorities.’

MINIMISE YOUR RISK FROM TERRORSIM

  • Regularly check the FCO travel advice for the country you’re visiting and subscribe to their email alerts
  • Watch and read news about the country and region
  • Be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners like embassies, hotels, restaurants, bars and businesses
  • Look out for anything suspicious, and if you see anything report it to the local police immediately many terrorist attacks are foiled by the vigilance of ordinary people
  • Be clear about any routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident
  • Try to avoid routines that make you an easier target vary the time and route of your regular journeys
  • Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in
  • Consider the extent to which you might stand out from the crowd before deciding to visit out-of-town destinations
  • Be discreet on social media about yourself and your plans
  • Inform colleagues, neighbours or hotel staff about where you’re going and when you intend to return
  • Identify places like police stations, hospitals, official buildings along your route where you could seek refuge in an emergency

Source: FCO2

References

  1. ^ website, (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ FCO (www.gov.uk)