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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Unveils Shimizu for a Modern Japanese Dining Experience


The newest of the 11 specialty dining venues, Shimizu is a celebration of modern Japanese cuisine with a contemporary design

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has unveiled Shimizu, the much-anticipated modern Japanese restaurant and the latest of the resort’s 11 specialty dining venues. Head Chef Andrei Palm, formerly of Nobu in South Africa, has brought his artistry and creativity to this one-of-a-kind Japanese restaurant.

On an island where culinary innovation meets excellence, Shimizu is the latest in what was already the widest variety of culinary experiences offered in the Maldives.

“In line with the brand’s legacy of culinary excellence, Waldorf Astoria Maldives has been designed to appeal to luxury leisure seekers with a refined palate and an appreciation for international cuisine,” said Etienne Dalancon, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

“Shimizu is an extraordinary dining venue, offering guests authentic modern Japanese dining with the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean for a truly unforgettable experience.”

Authentic Experiences

The striking structure, built of bamboo, was designed to mimic an ocean wave, connecting guests with the sea life that surrounds it. Shimizu, which means clear water in Japanese, is a nod to the gentle crystal waves below. Upon entering Shimizu’s long wooden pathway, reminiscent of the entryway of a traditional Japanese sanctuary, guests are momentarily transported to Japan.

The impossibly high ceiling, set against a marvelous backdrop of the deep blue delivers guests back to the Maldives, and to the heart of the restaurant, where the sushi bar and Teppanyaki grill sit.

Guests are served a refreshing welcome drink of matcha tea with mint and rosemary honey, traditional Japanese notes balanced with global flavors, setting the stage for the journey they will begin to embark on at Shimizu.

The menu was created with global influences, designed by Chef Andrei and his team of chefs with a combined 55 years of experience in high-end Japanese restaurants. Hailing from South Africa, Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, each chef has incorporated flavors from their native countries into the artistry of dishes served, creating a true fusion.

When developing the menu, Chef Andrei, the humble force behind Shimizu, grounded the selections in a celebration of flavors, with every dish taking you through a journey of bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami. While the umami flavor is expected in a Japanese restaurant, it is quite a rarity for all five distinct flavors to be present in Japanese dishes and one of the elements that makes the food at Shimizu so unique.

Interactive Dining

When dining at the sushi bar, the flavors dazzle guests, but the visuals are works of art. Before taking on the culinary arts the sushi chef studied fine arts, and his sushi creations are bouquets of bright colors so beautiful, they are a masterpiece against the deep blue. One of the most remarkable rolls, the signature Aburi Salmon, is prepared with a torch and finished with avocado and Kristal Caviar. 

The interactive high-end teppanyaki station includes a live show with the talented chef who adds warmth and humor to his cooking display, with an artistry of plating that is rare to see in teppanyaki.

Guests can settle in for a multi-course adventure where the ingredients shine, such as the Alaskan King Crab Legs or the true star, the Japanese Miyazaki A4 Wagyu beef, one of the rarest selections of Wagyu found in the world, and in the Maldives, only available at Shimizu.

To enhance the flavor profile and the aroma of the fried rice, the chef swaps out the traditional butter for Miyazaki A4 Wagyu beef fat. Garlic simmers in the emulsion until crispy, and it dances together with the rice for a rich, decadent flavor that is uniquely bold and memorable.

The Miyazaki Wagyu beef can also be found in another signature dish on the menu, prepared on a traditional Japanese grill, or robatayaki, and served with shimeji mushrooms, pumpkin puree and a signature sukiyaki sauce with flavors of sake, honey and soy.

The First Maldivian Sake Sommelier

Shimizu’s sake sommelier Abdhulla Saeed, notably the first sake sommelier in the Maldives, helps guests navigate the extensive premium sake selection, as well as the collection of Japanese whiskeys on hand. Arguably the most collectable and rarest whisky in the world, That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Batch #1 Karuizawa, aged 19 years, will delight guests with the most discerning tastes.

Offering a flight of sake, the sommelier will take guests on a journey through Japanese flavors, a matchmaker of sorts, helping guests fall in love with the beverage. The cocktail list focuses on refreshing drinks for guests who have spent a long day under the Maldivian sun. The Golden Saketini features saffron infused sake illuminated with the hue of the gleaming sun.

A Culinary Journey

As guests dine in Shimizu, they will notice the chefs working effortlessly together. Chef Andrei, raised by a single mother, learned how to cook so that he could help relieve some of the pressure on his mother. He brings that level of care into his kitchen today. 

“I’m not just building a team of chefs,” said Chef Andrei. “I’m building a brotherhood here on the island. My world-class talent left their homes and families to build this together, and I want the environment to be a place where the team has a shoulder to rely on.” But like with any strong relationship, he explains, it takes time.

In addition to Shimizu, guests can expect an unforgettable culinary journey at the resort’s 11 restaurants. Created by Dave Pynt, the culinary mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant, The Ledge features an elevated Australian barbecue experience that can be savored against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

Guests can also enjoy the only private hand-crafted bamboo dining pods in the Maldives at Terra, located on the island’s highest point for a unique gastronomic escapade.

Spanning three interconnected islands in the South Malé Atoll, and a short 45-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an iconic resort paradise surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maldivian landscape and the crystal-clear Indian Ocean.

Aside from the excellent restaurants and bars, the resort also boasts 119 spacious villas, the Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park, a world-class spa, and Ithaafushi – The Private Island, the largest private island in the Maldives.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi operates with industry-leading standard of cleanliness and disinfection of the proprietary Hilton CleanStay program, while adhering to the Maldivian health and safety guidelines.

From arrival to check in and throughout the entire stay, guests can experience an elevated standard of cleanliness and sanitization which build upon Hilton’s already high standards of housekeeping and hygiene where hospital-grade cleaning products and upgraded protocols are currently in place.

For more information about Hilton CleanStay, visit hilton.com/cleanstay

Aman Announces its First Branded Residences in Tokyo and Debuts Janu in Japan


Aman is pleased to announce its first residence-only development, anywhere in the world: Aman Residences, Tokyo,located in the Toranomon-Azabudai development. Aman will also debut its sister brand in Japan, Janu, with the unveiling of Janu Tokyo, a luxury hotel within the same urban redevelopment.

As an 8.1-hectare hub, the 30-years-in the-making Toranomon-Azabudai project, where both properties are based, is due for completion in 2023 when it will become the city’s newest landmark. The hotel and residences project heralds a collaboration between Aman and Japan’s leading developer, Mori Building Co. Ltd.

The Aman Residences, Tokyo will claim the top 11 floors (54th to 64th floor) the magnificent, soaring tower, one of three in the development. Taller than any other residential property in central Tokyo, the building, known as ‘A District Tower’, is designed by the preeminent architects of Malaysia’s iconic Petronas Towers, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

The urban residences will offer just 91 exclusive homes, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, as well as lifestyle services and a residents-only 1,400m2 Aman Spa with panoramic city views, providing owners with a sanctuary literally and figuratively at the pinnacle of city life.

Janu, the sister brand of Aman, is a hotel brand which will bring a contemporary and playful spirit to the Toranomon-Azabudai development, while respecting the sense of place.

Representing the brand’s inaugural city hotel, Janu Tokyo will comprise of 120 guest rooms and suites and will occupy a prime position facing the project’s central square within a building identified as the ‘B-2 District Tower’.

The hotel will be designed by Denniston under the leadership of Jean-Michel Gathy. Home to a 3,500m² Janu Spa featuring extensive wellness facilities, the property will offer six dining outlets and bars. Janu Tokyo will bring a sense of energy and community to one of Japan’s leading redevelopment projects in the heart of the city.

Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman and Janu, said, “Launching our first urban Aman Residences in Japan is a milestone moment in the history of Aman and speaks to our brand’s close relationship and symbiosis with this country and its incredibly special culture.”

“Working with leading developers Mori Building, and being part of the Toranomon-Azabudai project, will enable us to bring to life Aman’s fifth development within Japan, this time offering a permanent sanctuary for owners as well as exclusive access to the Aman lifestyle. Furthermore, it will provide the setting for Janu Tokyo. In this hub of culture and art, we want to connect guests to the heart of this vibrant community and offer a chance for creative expression.”

Shingo Tsuji, President and CEO of Mori Building, said: “Tokyo must add to its magnetic power if it is to succeed in its competition with the world’s greatest cities. Mori Building is joining hands with Aman, which operates diverse world-class resorts, to provide a world-leading residential environment and hotel unlike anything ever seen in Tokyo, where people will achieve harmony with nature as well as connect with and inspire others through creativity. By realizing this new form of ‘urban wellness,’ Mori Building will enhance Tokyo’s magnetic power.”

Salute Nyepi This Year at Karma Kandara


Observe silent day 2021 amongst the luxury grounds of the beloved Bukit resort.

Nyepi is one of the most beloved festivals on the Balinese calendar. Coming from the word ‘sepi’ or ‘silence’, this day sees the entire island fall silent for a full 24 hours, with even the airport closing. Ushering in the lunar New Year, Nyepi is traditionally observed through fasting and contemplation, officially no work should be done and neither lights nor electrical appliances should be switched on.

Spend this Nyepi on March 14 within the grounds of Karma Kandara on the idyllic Bukit Peninsula where you may be confined to the manicured grounds, but have an army of amenities at your disposal. Resorts are given some leeway for this auspicious occasion, allowing guests to enjoy the array of amenities and services you’d expect on any other day, including limited internet access.

Though guests are to be mindful that restrictions will apply to entry and access of the resort, and the beach will be prohibited. Torches and candles will also be available so that lighting and noise is kept to a minimum.

To further entice guests there will be a series of specialty packages available. Starting from USD 758 (10,696,400) for 2 nights, you’ll be able to enjoy a stay in the suave one-bedroom pool villa from March 13-15. Your nights spent here will come accompanied by complimentary breakfast, complimentary entrance to the phenomenal Karma Beach Bali, WiFi, and dinner on Nyepi itself, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail. 

Karma Kandara Aerials

As for Nyepi’s edible offerings, a special feast is to be prepared by the executive chef. Guests will be welcomed to tuck into Nyepi Nasi Tumpeng at di Mare Restaurant, available between 12-7.30pm for IDR 395,000++ per person including one glass of our signature Nyepi cocktail.

World of Hyatt Provides Members More Rewarding Reasons to Break Away


New Bonus Journeys global promotion helps travelers get away and get rewarded with the ability to earn thousands of points and a free night

World of Hyatt remains committed to caring for its members with more valuable experiences and rewarding offers that can help them break away through the joy of travel.

World of Hyatt announced the return of the Bonus Journeys global promotion, this time providing members the opportunity to accelerate point earnings and earn a free night.

Taking a break has never been more important as more people look for ways to care for their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in these challenging times.

When members are ready to travel, World of Hyatt is ready to welcome them back – whether for a local getaway or luxurious stay to recenter; a new remote-work experience to break from routine; an adventurous trip to immerse in nature; or a restorative spa experience to relax and recharge. 

“We’re hearing from members that they are feeling optimistic and hopeful about upcoming travel and many are planning trips,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt.

“Bonus Journeys rewards our global members for prioritizing wellbeing by taking a well-deserved break, while making it easier to earn points to further inspire future travel and enjoy things like free nights, room upgrades, spa treatments, and dining.”

Break away with Bonus Journeys – Registration Now Live

World of Hyatt members can register now through 15thMay 2021, to earn valuable rewards for qualifying nights from 1st March through 15th June 2021. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can include stays across 1,000+ locations worldwide:

  • All members can earn 2,000 Bonus Points every two qualifying nights during the Promotion Period at:
  • Participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide across 19 brands such as Alila, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. 
  • Participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hotels, MGM Resorts destinations and Lindblad Expedition experiences.
  • Plus, all members can earn up to one Free Night award at a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after their first ten qualifying nights during the Promotion Period.

Bonus Points earned through this global promotion are on top of the five Base Points members already earn for every eligible $1 USD spent on qualifying nights and more. There is no maximum number of points members can earn during the Promotion Period, and members must register before their stay to qualify toward earning points and a free night. 

To register and for full promotion details including terms and conditions, please visit hyatt.com/bonusjourneys

More rewarding offers for when members feel ready to take a break

When World of Hyatt members feel ready to take a break, they can find inspiration for their Bonus Journeys and future travel with these valuable offers: 

  • New Hotel 500 Bonus Point Offer – Members can explore new places and reward their spirit of adventure by earning 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new Hyatt hotels around the world, such as Grand Hyatt Jeju in South Korea, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh in Cambodia as well as Andaz Shenzhen Bay and Hyatt Regency Ningbo Hangzhou Bay in China. Members can combine this offer with Bonus Journeys.
  • Dine Local, Earn Triple Points –World of Hyatt members can continue treating themselves when dining close to home by earning triple points on eligible spend for dine-in, takeout or delivery (when not staying the night) at participating outlets at Hyatt hotels and resorts, now extended through June 15, 2021.
  • Work from Hyatt Package – Guests and members can transform a work-from-home routine into a memorable working vacation when choosing to Work from Hyatt – whether it be a local stay for the day or an extended work adventure. Participating hotels include Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit and Park Hyatt Bangkok in Thailand, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort in Malaysia as well as Andaz Seoul Gangnam and Grand Hyatt Seoul in South Korea. Members can combine this offer with Bonus Journeys.

Coach Forever Season Two

Presented on “Coach TV” in Collaboration With Juergen Teller and the Coach Family; With Pre-Show Vignettes Written and Directed by Frances Frances 

Coach today debuts Stuart Vevers’ Fall 2021 collection for the house, Coach Forever Season Two. The collection will be shown during a virtual live presentation, “Coach TV,” on Instagram and across other brand channels. The Fall film and lookbook is created in collaboration with photographer Juergen Teller and the Coach Family, and accompanied by “pre-show” entertainment written and directed by Frances Frances. 

Building on last September’s story of community, responsibility and mixed-season wardrobing, Coach Forever Season Two is the next chapter of Creative Director Stuart Vevers’ vision of mixing past, present and future together in one moment to speak to real-life dressing and a more responsible approach.

Telling a new story about “creature comforts,” it is inspired by our indoor and outdoor worlds mixing and features layered and loose silhouettes, plush oversized shearling coats and leather jackets created in collaboration with the American outerwear brand Schott NYC, a charming menagerie of creatures embroidered on ready-to-wear and accessories, and a reimagination of the house’s Rogue carryall. 

Mirroring the mood of our times, and exploring the juxtapositions of fashion and pop culture, the presentation will reach audiences via “Coach TV” beamed across the house’s social channels.

The experience will be escapist, nostalgic and tongue-in-cheek and will bring together the Fall lookbook, captured on the Coach Family around the world by Juergen Teller, as well as pre show vignettes that pay homage to American television, written and directed by Frances Frances. 

Created with Coach Family captured around the world, the presentation features Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Kaia Gerber, Paloma Elsesser, Megan Thee Stallion, Kiko Mizuhara, Cole Sprouse, Xiao Wen Ju, Hari Nef, Binx Walton, Jon Batiste, Cordae, Rickey Thompson, Tavi Gevinson, Wisdom Kaye, Kim Gordon, Coco Gordon Moore, KJ Apa, Julia Nobis, HyunA, Dawn, Ma Zhe and Bob the Drag Queen—and music by Blondie. 

To support the house’s local community in New York, The Coach Foundation has made a donation to Real Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) to support their work providing direct assistance to restaurant workers in New York City facing unprecedented challenges as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “I have always loved exploring the intersection of fashion and pop culture at Coach,” said Vevers. “I am excited to bring my latest vision for the house to life via ‘Coach TV.’ I wanted both the  collection and the presentation to make sense and resonate in these unique times and I am excited to share both in a way that I hope will entertain and inspire.” 

About Coach 

Coach is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long- standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship.

The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style. 

Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR. 

About Kanmo Group 

Kanmo Group was formed in 2005. As the partner of leading retail brands from around the world, the group occupies a leadership position within several market segments in Indonesia.

Operating across retail, wholesale, online and travel retail channels, Kanmo Group has positioned itself as an omnichannel operator running more than 260 own stores spread across 16 cities, several own brand websites and a wholesale distribution channel across 50 cities in Indonesia. The vision of Kanmo Group is to ‘inspire and enrich life journeys’ for aspiring Indonesian consumers 

(Photos: © 2021 Juergen Teller)

5 Reasons Why Dropshipping is Profitable in 2021


By Olga Lavrinovich  

Is dropshipping profitable in 2021? Today, we’ll find out if you still can secure jaw-dropping profit margins with this business model! What’s more, let’s also discuss how you can make the most out of this industry growth.

“Can I make any money from dropshipping?”

“This business model has existed for almost a decade. Is there still any potential for growth?”

“Everybody has already started a store. Can I find a niche to benefit from?”

“Is dropshipping lucrative?”

Have you ever seen these questions on thematic forums and in blogs’ comments? Do you have the same worries about the future of dropshipping business and your potential profits from it?

Fear not.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the directions you can go to secure yourself steady dropshipping profit. So, read it carefully to learn how exactly you can use the growth of this industry to make money with ease!

Is dropshipping profitable? There are 5 reasons why you should start this business this year!

Why is dropshipping a profitable business: developing markets are growing

Is dropshipping a good business model?

Judging by numerous success stories of lucky entrepreneurs, it might seem that everybody already does dropshipping, and the market is oversaturated. A lot of people nowadays buy products at wholesale pricing and sell them all over the world. All wheels are invented.

So, does it mean that starting a dropshipping business now is too late?

By 2025, the global dropshipping market value is expected to reach $591.77 billion. Compare it to the size of the global ecommerce market as a whole: by 2025, it is projected to be $24,265.12 billion. As you can see, dropshipping’s market share is pretty small. That obviously means enough room for the dropshipping industry growth.

A few years ago, dropshipping entrepreneurs mostly operated on well-developed markets with high internet penetration. But the situation is gradually changing. Today, this business model is not limited to developed countries only.

There are dozens of countries on the globe that gradually learn about ecommerce and adopt newer technologies. Social media commerce, affiliate marketing, dropshipping are creeping into people’s lives little by little. If you do some research and target these specific regions, you are highly likely to see huge success in your dropshipping venture.

Rapid growth of developing markets is one of the reasons to start an ecommerce business.

Why is that?

  • Internet penetration in developing countries is growing steadily

According to Statista, in 2020, the global average penetration rate reached 59%. Please note that in 2013, only 35% of the worldwide population could boast an access to the web.

That’s an impressive boost meaning that the number of your potential customers can rise dramatically. In fact, while in 2020, there were almost 4.66 billion Internet users worldwide, by 2022, this number is expected to reach 6 billion.

  • Purchasing power across developing regions is rising

As a dropshipping store owner, you need to be sure that you’re targeting people who are both willing and able to pay for their purchases. Luckily, the citizens of developing regions are gradually getting more and more affluent.

In these countries, there slowly appears a segment of middle class buyers who are likely to shop online. And they surely can become a prospective target audience for you and the products you want to sell.

By 2022, the ecommerce sales growth from emerging markets (China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and India) is expected to reach 20% of all retail sales. Naturally, as more middle class representatives in emerging countries try to make purchases online, the ecommerce industry in these regions grows rapidly.

  • It’s easy to meet the demand coming from the emerging countries

For a number of reasons, it’s not always possible for the emerging countries’ population to get items they need. That’s especially true for products of a foreign origin. These reasons might include underdeveloped transport infrastructure, limited stocks, or overly high prices for these items caused by huge distribution and storage costs.

This is why online stores using the dropshipping business model are the perfect place for these people to make their purchases. Such stores provide the opportunity to source the items they can’t find elsewhere in the country and buy them for a moderate price. If you, as a store owner, treat your pricing strategy right, both you and your customers will be happy with the products’ affordability.

Why does dropshipping profit grow: B2B segment gets more accessible

Dropshipping businesses can work not only in the B2C segment but in the B2B segment as well.

Traditionally, newcomers to dropshipping business start with selling their items to end users as they find it easier to target and reach these people.

However, if you have gained enough experience or just decided to try some alternatives, there is a way out for you. It might be an appealing idea to start working in the B2B segment, which means offering your dropshipping products to businesses.

As we can learn from Kingpin’s success story, a dropshipping store owner can do a great job collaborating with small businesses and selling products in bulk. You can follow the example and make good use of this market segment because it is not fully taken yet. In 2019, for example, the global B2B ecommerce market (valuing more than $12 trillion) was over 6 times bigger than the B2C one.

Isn’t it a valid reason to consider making your way to the world of B2B dropshipping?

Why is dropshipping profitable: business strategies for B2C segment are evolving

It’s completely fine to keep working with day-to-day needs of ordinary people and stick to the good old business-to-consumer dropshipping. It’s a time-tested business with nice proven profitability, after all.

Still, if you want to reach new heights, you can heavily benefit from rethinking several aspects of your business approach:

  • Your product strategy

Generic and easy-to-source items might be a good solution if you are targeting the emerging markets we have discussed above. But what about other types of customer segments? Are you sure you’re offering them what they actually want?

Take some time to research your target audience and look carefully at your product offer once again. Are you selling the same annoying basic goods as everyone does? Is it obvious for your store visitors that they can find all these items on AliExpress for a lower price? 

Use additional sources to find the best items for your ecommerce store, and don’t forget to evaluate AliExpress items in detail before you import them on your website.

  • Your branding

Product range is not the only thing that matters to your store visitors. Do you remember the primary reason why customers might prefer your store to AliExpress?

It’s all because of the atmosphere and the sense of belonging you create there. Dedicate a couple of days to creating clear and informative product pages, and enjoy the growth of your conversion rate – as well as the boost of your dropshipping profit!

Why is dropshipping profitable: getting mobile-first opens up new opportunities

It’s not a secret that the growth of mobile technology reshapes the online shopping industry in general.

Previously, it was more than enough to simply have a mobile-friendly online store to meet the public demand. Now, it’s essential to become mobile-first. If you want to achieve even more sales in your store, you need to keep your website relevant to contemporary technological requirements. And here is why.

  • Mobile shopping rises rapidly on the developed markets

Rapidly growing mobile commerce opens up opportunities for dropshipping newcomers. According to Forbes, nearly 80% of shoppers said they started shopping more with mobile devices in 2020. Analysts expect that the share of mobile commerce will represent 44% of all ecommerce sales. In 2021, mobile commerce will generate almost 73% of all sales.

  • Developing countries’ population predominantly uses mobile devices

Quite often, for this category of online shoppers, mobile devices are the only way to go online. It is reported that consumers from emerging countries are much more likely to use their smartphones to shop online in comparison to people from developed countries. The reason is simple: for them, these devices are the only affordable tools to get Internet access. 

For example, according to Statista, in 2015, 41% of smartphone users said they at least once bought a physical product via a mobile app or website. In 2020, this number reached 91%.

In other words, whatever type of customer segment you’re targeting, building a mobile-first online store with the use of a responsive theme template is a must. This is the way you provide your customers with a comfortable shopping experience. So you can encourage them to come back later for more. And this is how you generate impulse purchases that contribute a lot to your overall dropshipping profits.

Why dropshipping is still profitable: automated management solutions get introduced

If you take a look at a typical range of day-to-day operations for dropshipping store owners, you’ll quickly notice that the majority of these tasks can be automated.

A wide range of issues that can be managed automatically includes:

  • Items search and import
  • Prices setting
  • Orders processing 
  • Orders tracking
  • Store promotion
  • Store performance tracking
  • And more

In sum, using the right IT solutions, you can reduce the amount of time you’re spending on routine tasks. So you will be able to dedicate more of your attention to things that really matter. In that way, it will be possible to make your dropshipping business more profitable.

Well, be able to manage your time more efficiently. So you get unlimited opportunities to reach and surpass the goals you’ve set both for your ecommerce business and personal life.

Isn’t a profitable dropshipping business the exact thing you’ve always wanted? It’s time to take action now!

By Olga Lavrinovich  Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. Having graduated from the Faculty of International Business’ as an Advertising specialist, she puts years of her copywriting experience into making clear and informative guides, tutorials, and other educational materials for dropshipping newcomers worldwide.

A Gift to Remember Dedicated Specially to Parents


In celebration of the month of love, Alila Villas Uluwatu has created a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care with a well-deserved escape package specially tailored for parents – a Gift to Remember filled with peaceful relaxation and once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Perched at the edge of the Uluwatu cliff, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers a romantic getaway for parents to celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day or indulge in a second honeymoon.

“The romance of Valentine ’s Day is not only for young couples and not only for the month of February. At Alila Villas Uluwatu, we want to keep romance alive for parents. With this gift, children can show their love while creating a memorable experience for their beloved parents in beautiful surroundings on the Island of the Gods,” said Hemal Jain, General Manager.

The Gift to Remember offer is available from February through to June 2021. The package starts at IDR 6,500,000 nett per night inclusive of daily breakfast for two, a one-time romantic spa treatment for two, a one-time romantic floating cabana dinner and morning yoga.

The package also includes a heartwarming journey into the local community with a visit to the Bali Life Foundation, a home that provides shelter, education, food and health care for orphans. For each Gift to Remember package booked, 5% of the villa rate per night will be gifted to the community.

Nothing unites the world like travel, and nothing more so than #travelwithpurpose. Parents can take this opportunity to experience Balinese culture and interact with communities on a more meaningful and positively impactful level. A minimum stay of two nights is required to experience the journey to the fullest.

At Alila Villas Uluwatu, we believe every parent deserves a Gift to Remember of an unforgettable escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A chance to relax, rekindle romance and rediscover wellbeing. 

For further information, email us at [email protected]


About Alila

The hallmark of Alila hotels is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalized hospitality, and bespoke journeys.

Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments.

To stay at any Alila hotels and resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavors of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila.

For more information visit, alilahotels.com, follow us on Instagram @AlilaHotels or like us on Facebook

Jakarta Express Sale! Rooms Start from IDR 399.000 Nett


Holiday Inn Express® Jakarta Wahid Hasyim Launches Jakarta Express Sale on 27 & 28 February 2021

Plan your stay with our best hotel deals! Get special room offer IDR 399.000 nett per night for room only and IDR 429.000 nett per night for room with breakfast. The booking period 27 – 28 February 2021 and stay period until 31 May 2021. Don’t miss our Jakarta Express Sale this Saturday and Sunday, to get best deal for your next stay in Holiday Inn Express® Jakarta Wahid Hasyim.

Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG®) has provided guest with a new cleaning science-led protocols and service measures initiated by IHG Clean Promise. In collaboration with the industry’s leading experts, Cleveland Clinic, ECOLAB and Diversey, IHG Clean promises cleanliness around the hotel, supporting guests’ personal wellbeing throughout their stay. 

Holiday Inn Express® Jakarta Wahid Hasyim has taken a number of precaution steps related to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in order to maintain a safe, secure environment for our valued guests and employees by following guidelines from WHO and the local health departments.              

Holiday Inn Express® Jakarta Wahid Hasyim has succesfully obtained CHSE (Clean, Healthy, Safety and Environment) certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Economy Creative (Kemenparekraf) by meeting cleanliness, health, safety and environmental standards in the hospitality sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Located strategically along Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim, Holiday Inn Express® Jakarta Wahid Hasyim has an easy access to the city’s main business district on Jalan M.H. Thamrin and other major areas such as Jalan Jendral Sudirman and the Kuningan area which all are located in the Golden Triangle of Jakarta. 

In addition to easy access to major offices, banks, embassies and government buildings, the hotel offers free and fast Wi-Fi access and flexible workspace, making it a #smart choice for business travelers and leisures looking to optimize their time in Jakarta. 

For further information, please contact +62 21 8064 2600 or email to [email protected]

Aman – Leading the Sustainable Dining Revolution


Aman is pleased to announce a partnership with Chef Norbert Niederkofler, to minimise the environmental footprint for food and beverage offerings and to drive the culinary concepts across its global constellation. Completely aligned with Aman’s commitment to a more sustainable future, the legendary chef has won international recognition not just for his three Michelin-starred cuisine at St. Hubertus, his restaurant at Aman partner hotel, Rosa Alpina, but for leading the conversation on sustainable fine dining.

Aman is the first brand to partner with Niederkofler as consultant chef, who will now work with the culinary teams at 33 hotels across 20 destinations to create new menus as well as teaching each property to use sustainably sourced local ingredients. 

From genuine service to innovative wellness – Aman has long prided itself on its pioneering outlook on hospitality. However, the brand has also become synonymous with exemplary design and architecture with its environmentally sensitive approach: building sanctuaries that not only blend into their unique settings but also respect the heritage of their locations.

Following on from this philosophy, the Japanese notion of kaiteki – an ideal state for people, society and earth that transcends time and generations – forms an integral part of Aman’s ethos and has increasingly informed the brand’s growth over the past few years. 

Niederkofler first joined Aman on this journey through his consulting role at Aman Venice where he continues to work with the team to play a part in their menu and culinary concepts as well as holding events. Following the success of this relationship he will now influence and educate every Aman resort and hotel so they can contribute to a better future for all through the finest, most sustainable ingredients while supporting producers in local communities.

These values are intrinsic to Niederkofler’s approach as sustainable dining is something he practices daily with his ‘Cook the Mountain’ philosophy at St. Hubertus and AlpiNN Food Space & Restaurant, the latter of which is located 2,275 metres above sea level. Using only seasonal ingredients sourced within the restaurants’ vicinity, he ensures that absolutely nothing goes to waste.

This mission, to create a more sustainable approach to gourmet cuisine without compromising on creativity, is one that will inspire the culinary philosophy at Aman properties around the world – from the jungles of Amanjiwo to the couloirs of Amangani. 

Niederkofler commented on his future with Aman, “I am thrilled to embark on this new journey with Aman – a brand that shares my passion for conserving and celebrating the natural beauty found in the world’s most unique destinations. I look forward to the challenge of developing menus in these remote locations and helping Aman guests connect even more with their surroundings.”

A movement that has recently grown into a food revolution, sustainable fine dining was formally acknowledged in early 2020 with the launch of a new Michelin Guide symbol. The green Michelin four-leaf clover honours those in the industry – Niederkofler prime among them – who are conserving Earth’s resources in every possible way.

Speaking on Aman’s partnership with Niederkofler, COO Roland Fasel said, “Aman is now in  its fourth decade and over the past 32-years we have worked to future-proof ourselves, innovating not only in the hospitality sector of the business but as a brand that adapts with the times. Our partnership with Norbert Niederkofler not only reflects this pioneering philosophy but celebrates our local communities who are at the very heart of Aman.”

Norbert Niederkofler has already commenced his work alongside Aman, with plans to consult with all 33 hotels and resorts this year. 

Aman Venice, Italy – Dining – Chef Norbert Niederkofler


Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 33 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 20 destinations across the world, with a further seven under construction. The next Aman to open will be Aman New York.

The introduction of Aman Skincare in 2018 and SVA in 2020 has continued the holistic journey beyond the perimeters of Aman’s havens. Offering a soothing journey to a place of beautifully scented repose and respite, Aman Skincare represents the spirit of Aman in a bottle. Meanwhile, SVA’s range of all-natural food supplements allow Aman guests to maintain optimum health, supporting one’s wellness journey from the comfort of their own home.    

In 2020, Aman not only welcomed Aman Fine Fragrance, a sophisticated collection of scents echoing Aman destinations but also a new hotel brand, Janu – meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit. Janu offers a unique take on hospitality where genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness are at the core of the experience.

Janu aims to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul. Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels which are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels. Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to wholly embrace the Janu lifestyle.   



Movement to Support the Role of Mothers during the Pandemic

A mother plays such an essential role in family dynamics. Serving multiple roles that make her versatile, now amidst a pandemic, mothers’ multitasking ability gets continuously tempered with the increasingly complex household tasks to perform. A mother becomes a figure who allows her family to continue to function and to progress. 

Mothers on Mission (MoM) is a social enterprise that provides a conducive and supportive environment for mothers who want to continue to be productive, to achieve their aspirations and dreams without leaving their routines of taking care of the household.

In celebration of its fourth anniversary this year, MoM launches the #StandUp4Moms movement. It is a movement to support mothers to be able to keep their spirits high despite facing various challenges during this time of pandemic.

Widya Safitri the CEO of Mothers on Mission (MoM) and MoM Academy (MoMA) said, “A conducive support environment plays an increasingly crucial role for mothers to help one another. In this situation, we see that the community of mothers can be a forum to for mothers who face various similar challenges to strengthen one another.”

“For this reason, Mothers on Mission (MoM) and its MoM Academy (MoMA) community encourage women to keep working even from home by launching #Standup4Moms movement to celebrate the important role that mothers have so that mothers provide support, spread enthusiasm and inspire their fellow women peers to stay strong and be the best mothers for themselves and their families.”

#Standup4Moms is dedicated to all mothers in Indonesia who continue to struggle and work with enthusiasm even in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

Through the 2021 MomFest, the celebration awards MoM Heroes who have shown perseverance and hardwork for their families as well as give positive impacts to their surrounding environment. 

The awards come in 9 categories: environment, woman empowerment, family education, women and children rights, economy, social, technology and innovation, and family health.

In addition, it also presents Panel Discussion sessions led by great women in their fields such as Putri Noor Shaqina as the Co-Founder of Woobiz, Davrina Rianda as Founder of Smart Lab, Monique Hardjoko as Founder of Rasa Wastra Indonesia, Irma Sustika as Founder of Womanpreneur Community, and Muri Handayani as Founder of Online School Business under the theme ‘Challenges and the Multiple Roles of Mothers in time of Pandemic’.

Becoming a part of FAB Indonesia

MoM is now one of the organizations under the auspices of FAB Indonesia; a rapidly growing creative business platform in Indonesia that is building its trusted and strong network by empowering brands and communities. FAB Indonesia provides strategic recommendations to the right audience, and advises brands to have a social impact.

Lia Sunarjo, the Managing Director of FAB Indonesia said, “FAB Indonesia is very pleased to welcome MoM to become part of FAB. With its mission of giving concrete social impacts, we believe MoM will become a platform that can be a strategic partner for brands and companies that share the values and thinking about providing access to appropriate empowerment to mothers. Because brands and companies can also play a role in helping communities grow and in giving direct impacts to society.”

“With the support from FAB Indonesia, we hope to reach more women to enable them to support one another, continue their productive activities and achieve their dreams,” concluded Widya.