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Mr. Allvey

Mark Allvey

Managing Director, Niquesa Travel

Niquesa Travel's Managing Director Mark Allvey has spent 30 years in the luxury hotel sector in Europe, Asia and North America, working with brands such as One & Only Resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels and The Oberoi Group.

Mr. Allvey's global black book of hotel contacts is invaluable in ensuring Niquesa Travel's clients enjoy the best possible rates, upgrades and VIP services when travelling. One of his abiding travel memories is of approaching the almighty cascades of Iguazú Falls by helicopter: "Above the roaring wall of water that separate Brazil and Argentina, technicolour rainbows come and go in the clouds of mist around you. After viewing the falls from above, we saw them from underneath in a jet boat - a gratifyingly real (and wet) encounter! I find getting up close with nature awe-inspiring."

Located in central London, Niquesa Travel was founded to provide couples, families and small private groups with luxury holidays that are truly unique, experiential and life-enhancing. Niquesa Travel's commitment is to curate journeys - both physical and emotional. Rather than book a holiday based on where you want to go, its objective is to create an experience around how you want to feel.

Niquesa Travel pledge to set the scene for unique and unforgettable experiences for you and your loved-ones, with a reputation for seamlessly organising every minute detail of your trip, so that you can focus on the more important things in life. Its personal approach ensures that every element, from the proposal to the trip itself, evolves along with your changing needs, wishes and desires.

Please visit http://www.niquesatravel.com for more information.

Mr. Allvey can be contacted at +44 020-382-98080 or mark.allvey@niquesa.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.