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Bryngarw House Enters a New Era of Promise

Leading Wedding Venue Introduces Dynamic Changes and Sustainability Commitment

Bryngarw House, situated amidst the picturesque beauty of Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend, South Wales, is embarking on a journey of renewal. With a focus on innovation, the venue is unveiling a diverse range of new packages, menus, and pricing options. Guided by a forward-looking management team, Bryngarw House is set to redefine its legacy while embracing sustainability as a guiding principle.

Leading the charge is newly appointed Hotel Manager, Andrew Williams, a seasoned hospitality professional with 22 years of industry expertise. With an illustrious career spanning prestigious establishments including the Vale Resort and Hotel, the Celtic Manor, and Princess Cruises, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for excellence to Bryngarw House.

Joining him are sales and event management colleagues Jane Owen, Samantha Badcott, and Holly Dyke, each bringing their own experience, fresh perspective, and a commitment to crafting unparalleled experiences for guests, whether celebrating a dream wedding or hosting a corporate event.

Operated by Awen Cultural Trust, Bryngarw House stands as a beacon of community enrichment, with all profits from events reinvested to support the charity’s mission of “Making People’s Lives Better.” Guided by a steadfast commitment to sustainability, Bryngarw House proudly champions local talent and suppliers, fostering sustainability and community engagement whenever possible.

Dating back to the 18th century, Bryngarw House exudes timeless elegance. The venue offers bespoke packages for all celebrations and corporate events, as well as acting as a popular wedding venue where the picturesque grounds provide an idyllic backdrop for memorable celebrations and timeless photographs. Appointments to be shown around the venue are available to book and it is now also open for Sunday lunch.

Along with the new team, the venue retains several experienced members of staff, including Food and Beverages Manager, Owen Robbins, and Head Chef, Michael Guy, whose unique blend of culinary artistry and local sourcing knowledge ensures an unforgettable dining experience.

Andrew Williams, newly appointed Hotel Manager at Bryngarw House, said:

“We are thrilled to usher in a new era for Bryngarw House, one defined by innovation, inclusivity, and a steadfast commitment to our community. Our team is dedicated to curating unforgettable experiences for our guests, all while ensuring an unwavering focus on sustainability and local engagement. The fact that all profits generated by the venue are fed back into the work done by Awen Cultural Trust means that all our guests know that when they hold their special occasion with us, as well as having a truly unique experience, they are helping support a charity that puts people first.

“We believe that by harnessing the collective talents and passion of our team and the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings, we have the perfect ingredients to transform dreams into reality. Together, all of us at Bryngarw House look forward to crafting cherished memories that will last a lifetime.”

SUTUS 2022: First space hotel and Cousteau’s International Ocean Station to be explored at the world’s largest space and underwater tourism summit

The first space hotel planned for 2027 and the International Ocean Station which aims to be operational by 2026 are among the projects being presented at SUTUS 2022, the world’s largest space and underwater tourism event.

From 28-30 September, SUTUS – the Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit – will bring together prestigious institutions and international stakeholders for the third edition of this pioneering conference at Les Roches Marbella.

Taking place in a hybrid format, with the first day in person and two other virtual days, SUTUS has positioned itself as the benchmark forum for the world’s main space agencies. Last year it attracted NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and these organisations return alongside the International Space University, Space Tourism Society and Swiss Space Tourism.

More than 30 companies will also be present to update on the progress of their initiatives. These include Orbital Assembly, the first hotel with accommodation for tourists in space; Axiom Space, which aims to create cities in space; SpaceVIP, dedicated to “space literacy” and inspiring the next generation of private astronauts; and the Space Tourism Society, focused on “commercialising” the growing range of space experiences (real spaceflight, movies, games and even virtual worlds). Nancy Vermeulen, private astronaut trainer at the Space Training Academy, and retired astronaut commander Susan Kilrain, who will reflect on her experience beyond planet Earth, also feature.

Meanwhile, the still unexplored marine world will be evoked by international speakers such as Fabien Cousteau (grandson of famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau) and his International Ocean Station; Aaron Olivera, founder and CEO of Earth 300, a global environmental and science project created in a futuristic superyacht whose main objective is to combat climate change; and Scott Waters, president of Pisces VI Submarine, who will talk about diving tourism in the Canary Islands.

The creation of the Spanish Space Agency (AEE) is the main theme of the Spanish presence at this annual event. Álvaro Giménez Cañete, Special Delegate for AEE, will present the action plan for this new organisation, whose headquarters a dozen cities, including Seville, Tres Cantos (Madrid), Teruel, León, Puertollano (Ciudad Real), and the Canary Islands are currently vying to host.

In addition, SUTUS will welcome renowned speakers such as underwater archaeologist Carlota Pérez Reverte, aspiring ESA astronauts Carmen García-Roger and Jorge Pla-García, and Spanish companies in the space race including Green Moon Project, which is working towards space agriculture and habitability; and Zero 2 Infinity, a company that develops high-altitude balloons to provide access to the area around space and the low-Earth orbit using a capsule and launcher transported by balloons.

Organised by Les Roches Marbella with Medina Media Events, the event will host a demonstration area on campus where representatives of each company participating will be able to present their tourism-related projects, thus opening up the experience to all those visiting the school’s facilities. Virtual attendees and registered companies can follow all sessions via streaming and schedule video meetings with other participants and speakers, as well as visit exclusive online demos. All details, along with the agenda and registration for the three days, are now available at www.sutusummit.com.

Carlos Díez de la Lastra, CEO of Les Roches, said: “We are delighted that we have managed to bring the best agencies and representatives of the most exciting projects in the world to this congress, the most important in the world in the discussion of tourism in the two borders that we have over our heads and under our feet.”

Luxury tourism in Europe, which focuses on the cosmos and water, is worth between 130,000 and 170,000 million euros a year, 22% of the sector’s total income, according to consultancy firm Bain & Company. Last year saw the beginning of a revolution in the history of the cosmos, when Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, flew his rocket to an altitude of 106km for ten minutes, ushering in the era of commercial space travel. The search for both original and personalised experiences is propelling the future of luxury tourism towards new destinations, reaffirming the entrenchment of premium tourism across the world.

emlyon business school strengthens formal partnership with Club Med

emlyon business school’s lifestyle research center has announced it will strengthen its formal partnership with global hospitality and holiday resort company, Club Med.

The partnership will have a specific focus on research activities, pedagogy and executive education:

Research and Pedagogy

Professors and researchers from the emlyon lifestyle research center will undertake ethnographic research to address key issues for Club Med.

This will mainly center on understanding the customer experience at Club Med resorts, giving the organization concrete explanations and applications to tackle issues in HR, marketing, operations and other departments. The partnership will also give emlyon professors access to field research, through which insights about the creation and consumption of customer experience can be developed and disseminated for a wider audience.

Brigitte Auriacombe, professor of marketing and initiator of this partnership, says,

“These ethnographic studies will also benefit students from the International Hospitality Management Program who will be able to take part and experience a quite unique course in a management program. Students will be trained in how to use ethnographic methods, which are powerful eye and mind openers; we believe that this experience will enable them to develop new skills which will constitute a valuable asset for their future career.”

Executive Education

emlyon will offer a G.Os® (Great Organizers) managers module certification, which will look to improve te Club Med customer experience and implement research findings from the Lifestyle Research Center into Club Med’s activities.

Joonas Rokka, Director of the lifestyle research center at emlyon, says,

“The partnership will allow Club Med to explore some of the issues around customer experience that they are facing – from the customers’ point of view –, by having strong academic research into why these are occurring and practical applications as how to approach them.

Whilst for emlyon, Club Med as a pioneering and globally recognized brand offers the research center an important and unique access to do field research on ongoing customer experiences and associated service work, across Asia, Europe and Africa, and thus develop specific research topics that would otherwise be hard or nearly impossible to do.”

Madeleine Clow, Director Product and Services at Club Med, adds,

“The ethnographic research, carried out by emlyon, allows us a moment to simply stop our busy days and observe how our customers are living their holiday experience. The nature of the research and adaptability of the students allows us to measure a range of topics, such as atmosphere, family, product communication and many more. Client observation is essential today in a multigenerational, international and highly connected market. We must always be questioning our direction and client needs”.

This partnership has already enabled research from emlyon professors, including “Club Med: Find the real you” a “study into employer branding and marketing” by Fabienne Autier, professor in Strategic Management of Human Resources, and Brigitte Auriacombe, professor of Services Marketing.