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Club Med, the Pioneer of the All-Inclusive Concept, Announces New Renovations, Wellness Fusion Program Expansion, Generative AI Integration, CSR Commitments and Limited-Time Winter Sale

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MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, starts the year on a high note with a variety of new developments including major renovations to Club Med Cancún, a name change to the brand’s first South Africa resort, the implementation of generative AI to enhance guest and employee experiences, the full expansion of its Wellness Fusion program to all North American resorts, ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives and a winter sun & ski sale.

Wellness & Family-Friendly Renovations at Club Med Cancún

Club Med Cancún will undergo extensive renovations with enhancements to its Family Oasis and the addition of a Sports & Wellness Island, creating more spaces within the resort designed for guests to recharge and connect. Club Med Cancún is a naturally preserved resort with three private white sand beaches surrounded by a natural lagoon that provides an exceptional setting for water sports, family activities, and experiencing Mexico’s rich Mayan culture. Guests can soon expect a:

  • Sports & Wellness Island that will combine an active sports area with a relaxation space. Highlights include a new palapa for a serene yoga experience amongst tropical trees and a lagoon view, plus facilities for archery, bocce ball, mini golf, multi-sport courts, and circus with trapeze. Set to complete April 2024.
  • Dedicated Family Oasis inspired by the beauty of Mexico, providing guests with more space to play. The new area will be located next to the newly added 10 pickleball courts and Aguamarina Family Oasis, which features spacious family suites, a dedicated pool, kids bar and more. Set to complete December 2024.
    • Addition of Baby Club Med, a dedicated childcare service for children (ages 4 months to 23 months) taken care of by professionally-trained staff. Babies will be able to discover color, sounds and the natural environment through activities including music workshops, nature walks, painting and daily family activities like cooking classes, pool parties and snack time.
    • Children’s Club relocating next to Aguamarina to minimize the travel distance from family accommodations. The new area blends the spirit of exploration with the wonders of Mayan culture in a new convenient location.
    • New play facilities, including a themed Splash Park, Water Park, Mini Pool & Playground, Fun Zone and Mini Cinema.

Club Med Cancún will remain open throughout the renovations.

For renderings of the renovation and images of the property, please visit this link (Credit: Club Med)

Wellness Fusion North America Expansion

This year marks the final expansion of Club Med’s Wellness Fusion program across seven North American properties, including Club Med Turkoise and Club Med Punta Cana, which launched the program this past January. Combining a harmonious fusion of wellness experiences designed to harness ultimate peace of mind, the Wellness Fusion program offers guests a well-rounded itinerary filled with healthy nutrition, yoga, active sports, spa relaxation and nature reconnection.

Club Med first introduced the program in 2022 in response to travelers’ growing interest in participating in activities on vacation that enhance well-being and mental health. Since then, the program has grown to offer dedicated yoga G.Os (Gracious Organizers) for each resort, 20+ hours of yoga and meditation per week, guided wellness nights, rotating plant-based dishes inspired by a partnership with Food Network’s award-winning vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli, and more. The Wellness Fusion program is now available across seven North America resorts including: Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Québec, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Club Med Cancún, Club Med Columbus and Club Med Turkoise.

For images, please visit this link (Credit: Club Med)

New Resort Naming: Club Med South Africa Beach & Safari

Opening in 2026, Club Med’s first resort in South Africa is now officially named “Club Med South Africa Beach & Safari.” Formerly referred to as “Club Med Tinley,” this new name connects the destination and its unique offerings, further strengthening its integration within the Club Med portfolio. Club Med South Africa Beach & Safari will feature a surf-lifestyle concept, as well as the opportunity to stay on a Big Five Game Reserve and embark on a magical safari.

This highly-anticipated Club Med addition is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, a province renowned for its diverse natural beauty and year-round warm weather. The beach resort will be nestled on the North Coast, fondly known as the “Dolphin Coast,” and offer panoramic views of the beach and coastal dunes. The resort interiors, entertainment and gastronomy will carry the flair of the destination, drawing inspiration from the location, climate, and cultures of Southern Africa. Three hours away in Northern Natal, guests will enjoy the same all-inclusive experience at the 80-room game lodge, with access to the wonders of the animal kingdom through a complete safari adventure.

The resort will include an Exclusive Collection space, providing a 5-star oasis of tranquility and indulgence to complement the pristine natural environment, along with a spa, fitness center, yoga school and an adults-only Zen pool and bar. For those looking to play on their vacation, Club Med South Africa Beach & Safari will offer an array of land and water sports for couples, friends and families, including the very first Surf School at Club Med. In keeping with brand’s dedication to corporate social responsibility, the resort will embrace environmental stewardship through its Bye Bye Plastic Program, Green Globe sustainable tourism certification, and eco-certified construction.

For renderings, please visit this link (Credit: Club Med)

Club Med Implements New Generative Artificial Intelligence Technology

Club Med announces its integration of Generative Artificial Intelligence, a new development in Club Med’s ‘Happy Digital’ pillar that will enhance both the customer experience and employees’ efficiency through smart technology. The new AI technology, which uses existing content to learn and create new content, will accompany Club Med’s in-house data management platform, ‘Data Factory’ and streamline activity for teams and customers worldwide. This progress has transformed the way Club Med manages its information with currently, over 5 million new data points per day processed in real time.

Club Med is continuing to explore new types of AI to improve customer service, like Claude AI from Anthropic. This large language model (LLM) can be trained to provide personal answers in real time. The brand plans to offer this conversational experience to customers in select markets, helping them save time researching which of Club Med’s 70+ resorts are the perfect fit.

“Generative artificial intelligence, powered by a substantial collection of data, is taking us into a new era of innovations,” said Quentin Briard, Chief Executive Officer Marketing, Digital & Technologies at Club Med. “Our strategic choice towards customer-oriented digitalization and direct to consumer distribution has enabled us to create a volume of high-quality data. Thanks to generative AI, we are able to reinforce all of our strategic pillars, from individualizing our customer communications to improving our recruitment processes and developing innovative solutions to intensify our CSR commitments, thus reinforcing our Happy Digital positioning.”

To ensure the deployment of AI at Club Med is both ethical and controlled, Club Med has created an AI ethics committee, led by computer scientist and philosopher Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Professor at Sorbonne University’s Faculty of Science. Club Med has also established a partnership with the French company S3NS, a subsidiary of Thales in partnership with Google Cloud, to ensure data hosting and encryption meets security and RGPD requirements.

Read the full press release here

Pioneering Sustainable Tourism

Club Med continues to put significant focus on its ongoing corporate sustainability efforts dedicated to responsible tourism with a focus on actively contributing locally through social and environmental partnerships and consuming responsibly through energy management and minimization of single-use plastics. As part of its Happy to Care program, commitments for 2024-2025 for North America include:

  • Green Globe and BREAAM Certifications: Marking continuous improvement in the sustainable approach of operations, Green Globe Certification for Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Turkoise, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Club Med Cancún and Club Med Québec. BREEAM Certification for Club Med Québec.
  • Green Farmers: Supporting nearly 30 local small farm producers to promote local extensive agriculture in Dominican Republic.
  • Renewable Energy: Solar panel farm at Club Med Punta Cana, providing 75% of clean energy annually.
  • Environmental Partnerships: Turtle monitoring and protection program in Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Club Med Cancún and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda’s pioneer program that launched in 2023; Turks and Caicos Reef Fund with interactive workshops on coral reefs at Club Med Turkoise and Club Med Columbus.
  • Bye Bye Plastic Program: Club Med North America resorts are working toward the minimization of single-use plastics with biodegradable and glass alternatives including Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda’s onsite water bottling plant, which provides guests in-room glass refillable bottles that saves over 60,000 plastic bottles each year.

For images, please visit this link (Credit: Club Med)

Save on Travel with Beachside Dreams & Snowkissed Escapes Offer

Club Med invites guests to reconnect with loved ones through their latest promotional offer, available for booking through end of February. Whether guests are looking for an all-inclusive sunny holiday in the Caribbean or a winter wonderland vacation in Canada, Club Med has it covered!

Offer Details: Beachside Dreams

  • Up to 40% OFF with perks
    • Kids under 4 stay FREE
    • No single supplement
    • Additional 10% off on premium rooms with code: 10CLUB
  • Booking window: 
    • Now through February 27, 2024
  • Travel window: 
    • Now through August 23, 2024
  • Resorts: Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med Cancún, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Club Med Turkoise, Club Med Columbus, Club Med Caravelle, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek

Offer Details: Snowkissed Escapes

  • Instant savings up to $770 pp/week with perks
    • Lift passes and ski/snowboard lessons included
    • Kids under 4 stay FREE
  • Booking window:
    • Now through February 28, 2024
  • Travel window:
    • Now through April 14, 2024
  • Resorts: Club Med Québec

 For more information, please visit this link

ABOUT CLUB MED 

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, operating nearly 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.  

Club Med operates in 40 countries spanning across 5 continents and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new mountain resort annually.  

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube

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Putting Jobs First: California High-Speed Rail Crosses 13,000 Construction Jobs Milestone

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Artistic rendering of a CAHSR high-speed train running in the Central Valley. California High-Speed Rail.

In a significant milestone for the nation’s first high-speed rail project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced that it has successfully created over 13,000 construction jobs since 2015. This accomplishment not only signifies progress for the ambitious high-speed rail system but also highlights the positive impact it has had on the local Californian workforce.

California High-Speed Rail Crosses 13,000 Construction Jobs Milestone

Central Valley Takes the Lead:
With over 70 percent of these jobs going to residents of California’s Central Valley, the project has played a vital role in providing employment opportunities for individuals in the region. It is worth acknowledging the efforts of nearly 1,400 workers dispatched each day to various high-speed rail construction sites. These jobs have injected economic vitality and growth into communities across the Central Valley.

Regional Breakdown:

  1. Fresno County: 4,222 jobs
  2. Kern County: 2,538 jobs
  3. Tulare County: 1,282 jobs
  4. Madera County: 580 jobs
  5. Kings County: 462 jobs
  6. Merced County: 189 jobs
  7. Remaining California Counties: 3,387 jobs
  8. Out-of-State: 369 jobs

A Decade of Strong Partnerships:
The Authority has had a longstanding partnership with the California State Building Trades, which has facilitated the creation of thousands of good-paying union jobs. Notably, during the past five years alone, over 10,000 construction positions have been generated through these collaborative efforts. Moreover, a significant focus has been placed on directing employment opportunities towards individuals from disadvantaged communities, further promoting inclusivity and economic upliftment.

California Jobs First Council:
To bolster job creation even further and ensure economic prosperity for all Californians, the California Jobs First Council was established. This council aims to align economic resources, expedite job creation, and enhance opportunities throughout the state. With particular focus on the Central San Joaquin Valley, this initiative serves as an impetus for creating more jobs, rapidly, in every community.

Future Expansion and Construction Progress:
Looking ahead, the Authority is resolute in extending the current 119-mile high-speed rail network to span 171 miles, reaching from Merced to Bakersfield. The construction has already commenced on this expansion project. Presently, more than 25 dynamic construction sites are active within the Central Valley. As a testament to its commitment to environmental stewardship, the Authority has obtained full environmental clearance for 422 miles of the high-speed rail program, stretching from the Bay Area to Los Angeles County.

Stay Updated:
For the latest developments and information about the high-speed rail construction, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official website: www.buildhsr.com. On the website, visitors can access recent videos, animations, photographs, press center resources, and the latest renderings of the project. All files are available for free use, courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s achievement of surpassing 13,000 construction jobs is undoubtedly a cause for celebration. By focusing on job creation and prioritizing the local workforce, this landmark project is making a positive difference in the lives of Californians, particularly those in the Central Valley. With continued progress and future expansions, the California High-Speed Rail project not only brings efficient transportation but also provides a substantial economic boost that benefits communities and individuals alike.

https://hsr.ca.gov/2024/03/19/putting-jobs-first-california-high-speed-rail-crosses-13000-construction-jobs-milestone/

Source: California High-Speed Rail Authority

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What is California High-Speed Rail?

The California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) is a state-funded project led by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Currently under construction, Phase 1 is planned to cover 494 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, passing through the Central Valley. There are plans for Phase 2, which would extend the system to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 776 miles. Authorized by a 2008 ballot, this ambitious project aims to connect major urban areas, significantly reducing travel times. The goal for Phase 1 is to achieve a travel time of 2 hours and 40 minutes between San Francisco and Los Angeles, a vast improvement from the existing Amtrak service, which takes around nine hours.

Construction of Phase 1 began in the Central Valley back in 2015. The project is being built in sections due to limited funding. The state aims to complete a 171-mile (275 km) long Initial Operating Segment (IOS) connecting Merced and Bakersfield by 2024. The IOS is expected to begin its revenue service as a self-contained high-speed rail system between 2030-2033, at an estimated cost of $28–35 billion. CAHSR trains running along this section would be the fastest in the Americas, with a top speed of 220 mph (350 km/h).

Between January 2015 and December 2023, a whopping amount of $11.2 billion was spent on the IOS project, which includes 119 miles (192 km) currently under construction, alongside upgrades to the existing rail lines in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles. The plan is that Phase 1 will share tracks with conventional passenger trains. However, the Authority has not yet secured funding to connect the Central Valley section with either the Bay Area or Los Angeles, which involves crossing several major mountain passes. As of 2024, it is estimated that Phase 1 will cost a total of $106.2 billion.n.

Supporters of the California High-Speed Rail project emphasize the potential benefits it offers, including the reduction of air traffic and highway congestion, decreased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and the promotion of economic growth by connecting inland regions to coastal cities. However, opponents argue that the project is too expensive and advocate for directing funds to other transportation or infrastructure initiatives. The choice of route and the decision to initiate construction in the Central Valley, rather than more densely populated areas, have been points of contention. The project has encountered notable challenges such as delays and cost overruns due to management issues, legal disputes, and a lack of complete funding commitment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_High-Speed_Rail#

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The Purple Line: Making History and Connecting L.A.

The Purple Line Extension Project: Connecting L.A., overcoming challenges, and unearthing history. #PurpleLine #LosAngeles #Transportation

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The completion of tunneling on the Purple Line Extension Project marks a significant milestone in the development of Los Angeles’ transportation system. With plans to connect Downtown Los Angeles with key areas of the Westside, this subway expansion project will not only alleviate traffic congestion but also create historical significance for the city. Let’s delve into the history, challenges, and cultural implications surrounding the Purple Line.

Wilshire Boulevard – A Legacy of Rail Ambitions:
Wilshire Boulevard has long been considered a prime location for rapid transit. However, throughout the years, mass transit initiatives faced various challenges, including bans on streetcars, failed monorail proposals, and shifts in subway alignments. Despite this tumultuous past, the Purple Line Extension Project is revitalizing the vision to connect millions of people to essential destinations.

Tunneling Technology Evolves:
The tunnelling process for the Purple Line has significantly progressed, thanks to advancements in tunnel boring machines (TBMs). These colossal drills, equipped with giant cutter heads, have improved safety, speed, and sustainability. Compared to earlier methods, modern TBMs utilize an ‘earth pressure balance’ technique, ensuring constant pressure in the surrounding soil during excavation. This progress allows for a sturdy, secure tunnel construction.

Completing Section by Section:
The project is divided into three sections, each unveiling a distinct aspect of Los Angeles’ history. Section 1, stretching from Wilshire/La Brea to Wilshire/Western, uncovered a trove of over 2,000 fossils, including mammoths, dire wolves, and giant sloths. Additionally, numerous anomalies were discovered, such as mysterious steel beams buried beneath the ground. Section 2, between La Cienega Avenue and Century City, revealed remnants of Century City’s past as it evolved from a former backlot. Beverly Hills High School also held abandoned oil wells, highlighting L.A.’s oil-rich history. Finally, Section 3 unearthed remnants of structures from the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Sailors, providing a glimpse into late 19th-century architecture.

Overcoming Challenges:
Excavating through tar-soaked soil presented immense challenges during the tunneling process. However, with perseverance, innovation, and new techniques, the TBMs successfully navigated 10 miles beneath the surface. Remarkably, this feat was accomplished without any complaints of noise or vibrations, a testament to meticulous planning and consideration for the surrounding communities.

Cultural and Historical Significance:
Los Angeles has a unique relationship with its underground realm. From the tar pits of Hancock Park to the city’s identity as an urban oil field, the subterranean world influences the collective psychology of Angelenos. The completion of the Purple Line tunnels represents a continuation of this connection between past and present. The underground holds a powerful allure, filled with fascination, myths, and hints of what the future holds.


The Purple Line Extension Project is not just a transportation endeavor; it is a historic achievement for Los Angeles. Overcoming hurdles, preserving fossils, and unearthing remnants of the city’s past, this project symbolizes the city’s unwavering dedication to creating a comprehensive, efficient, and sustainable transit system. As the final phases of construction and station development progress, the Purple Line will connect communities, create opportunities, and leave an indelible mark on the city’s history.

https://thesource.metro.net/2024/04/03/how-the-purple-line-is-making-history/
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12P/Pons-Brooks: Witness the ‘Mother of Dragons’ Comet in the Night Sky!

Witness the “Mother of Dragons” comet, Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, in the Northern Hemisphere’s night sky – a rare celestial spectacle not to be missed!

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A bright green comet with a long tail streaking across a dark night sky.
More details 12P/Pons–Brooks is a periodiccomet with an orbital period of 71 years. It fits the classical definition of a Halley-type comet with an orbital period between 20 and 200 years, and is also one of the brightest known periodic comets, reaching an absolute visual magnitude ~5 in its approach to perihelion.=10.5px Comet Pons-Brooks was discovered at Marseilles Observatory in July 1812 by Jean-Louis Pons, and then later recovered in 1883 by William Robert Brooks.

Astronomical enthusiasts and stargazers have a limited window to behold the captivating spectacle of the “Mother of Dragons” comet, also known as Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks. This celestial wanderer, gracing our skies once every 71 years, is currently making its grand appearance in the Northern Hemisphere.

Discovered in 1812 by French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons and British-American astronomer William Robert, this massive comet, larger than Mount Everest, is a breathtaking amalgamation of dust and ice. Its magnificent green tail, a result of the Sun’s heat interacting with its icy composition, paints a vivid picture across the cosmos.

What sets Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks apart is its classification as a cryovolcanic comet, harboring an icy volcano that releases dust, gases, and ice as it journeys through space. To catch a glimpse of this rare celestial visitor, observers are advised to look towards the western horizon in clear, dark skies post-dusk. While it may be visible to the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope can enhance the viewing experience, particularly as its brightness can be unpredictable.

The highlight of this cosmic display is anticipated to be on April 21, marking the comet’s brightest phase before gradually fading from view as the days lengthen. Missing this astronomical event means waiting until the summer of 2095 for another chance to witness the “Mother of Dragons” comet in all its splendor. So seize the opportunity while you can, and marvel at the celestial wonder that graces our night sky in this fleeting moment of cosmic convergence.

About 12P/Pons-Brooks

12P/Pons-Brooks is a comet that returns every 71 years. It is one of the brightest periodic comets and can reach an absolute visual magnitude of about 5. The comet was first seen in July 1812 by Jean-Louis Pons at Marseilles Observatory, and again in 1883 by William Robert Brooks. Comets that have an orbital period of 20-200 years are called Halley-type comets. Some ancient records suggest that 12P/Pons-Brooks has appeared before.

The next time the comet passes the sun at its closest point will be on 21 April 2024. It will come the closest to Earth on 2 June 2024, at a distance of 232 million kilometers. During this time, it is expected to shine as bright as a 4.5 magnitude star. The comet’s nucleus is estimated to be around 30 kilometers in diameter, based on the 2020 measurements that were taken assuming it wasn’t producing too much gas or dust.

The December κ Draconids meteor shower, which occurs from November 29th to December 13th, is believed to originate from 12P/Pons-Brooks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12P/Pons%E2%80%93Brooks

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2024 Passage

On June 10, 2020, the comet Pons-Brooks was discovered by the Lowell Discovery Telescope when it was located beyond Saturn’s orbit at a distance of 11.9 AU from the Sun. It underwent a significant outburst on July 20, 2023, brightening from magnitude 16-17 to 11-12, resulting in a horseshoe-shaped coma. This outburst was likely caused by the release of approximately 10 billion kilograms of dust and ice. By August 5, the coma had expanded to a diameter of 600,000 kilometers at a rate of 220 m/s. The comet experienced subsequent outbursts on October 5, November 1, and November 14, with the latter bringing its brightness to apparent magnitude 9.3. Additional outbursts were observed on December 14 and January 18, 2024.

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