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Necker Island becomes a proud member of ‘Pack for a Purpose’

Enabling travellers to make a difference to the local community

August 2014 – Virgin Limited Edition is thrilled to announce that Necker Island joins its sister properties Kasbah Tamadot and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in supporting ‘Pack for a Purpose’, a community based project which is supported by hotels & resorts in 56 countries around the world.

‘Pack for a Purpose’ provides travellers with up to date information regarding the supplies needed in the community of their travel destination. By creating just a few kilos of space in their suitcases and bringing supplies for schools or medical clinics in need, the initiative allows tourists to create a lasting and priceless impact on the lives of children and families living in the local area.

Necker Island, Kasbah Tamadot and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve are supporting local projects close to the properties heart.

With the help of ‘Pack for a Purpose, Necker Island is supporting The Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School. The Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School, constructed in 1971, was one of the first schools in the area to be built for education purposes. Prior to 1971, schools were housed in churches until the government began providing public building dedicated to education. Thanks to generous donations over the years, the school has evolved from a one room building with just two classrooms to four classrooms, a kitchen and a computer lab. The number of students keeps growing and all contributions from ‘Pack for a Purpose’ are a big help.

Kasbah Tamadot, the first hotel in Morocco to join the initiative, is supporting three local charitable projects. The first one is a crèche in Asni, which provides a free-of-charge pre-school activity centre for young children living in remote Berber communities. The crèche helps the children to socialise and learn Arabic and French languages commonly used in Morocco but not always familiar to Berber-speaking children. Asni crèche requires a regular supply of learning materials, toys and fun activities to ensure more children can benefit in the future.

It is also supporting a girl’s boarding house in the Atlas Mountains. Built to tackle the problem of transporting young students to school, the boarding house offers girls aged 13 – 18 the opportunity to complete their studies and benefit from much wider chances of employment.

The third project is the Eve Branson Foundation Craft Houses which are set up in several of the nearby villages offer training programmes for young women including English & French lessons, embroidering, knitting and other skills to create high-quality artisan products, from which they can generate a small income.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa has been supporting two main projects for some time through ‘Pack for a Purpose’. These are The Dumphries Community Teacher Resource Centre which includes a toy library and resources for teachers working with young children in the wider area and the The Mawewe High School Centre. The centre provides support for students with their homework, research projects, literacy skills and also provides students with access to books and computers, something that would not be made possible without all the generous donations.

Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition commented: “As a company we are committed to finding new ways to support the communities living close to our properties. I am thrilled that we are working with ‘Pack for a Purpose’ to support their goal and help the people who live locally to Necker Island, Kasbah Tamadot, and Ulusaba.”    

For further information about ‘Pack for a Purpose’ or to see what supplies are needed please Click here.



For further information, please contact:

Claudia Moore claudia.moore@virginlimitededition.com

Tel: +44 (0)20 6000 0472


Notes to Editors:

Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service.  The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran, Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya and Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa.

Virgin Limited Edition aims to make a credible contribution towards creating a sustainable economy and to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders.

For more information please visit www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com/en/kasbah_tamadot/about_us/packforapurpose



AmaWaterways Donates Two European River Cruises to Support Los Angeles’ California Hospital Medical Center

River Cruise Line “Doubles Down” Live Auction Contribution at L.A. Nonprofit’s Black-Tie Gala

CHATSWORTH, CA (Nov. 20, 2012) – In recognition of the 125th anniversary of the California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), AmaWaterways donated two 7-night Paris & Normandy river cruises to benefit the nonprofit at its recent black-tie gala, the 22nd Annual La Grande Affair. The event was attended by more than 500 of Los Angeles’ top business and community leaders, with proceeds to benefit the Los Angeles Center for Heart Health at the California Hospital Medical Center.

The Nov. 15th, 2012 event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles featured a cocktail reception, a five-course gourmet dinner created by Southern California members of the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine, wines selected by Bruno Laclotte, a live auction and silent auction, plus live musical entertainment. One of L.A.’s premier social events, the annual gala celebrates the international release of Beaujolis Nouveau wine from France.

“As a family owned and operated business, we feel it’s very important to give back to the local community and make a difference in our own backyard,” said AmaWaterways Vice President of Marketing Rob Rothmann. “We’re so honored to have this opportunity to support the outstanding work of the California Hospital Medical Center and its plans to expand its much-needed cardiac care program.”

During the evening’s live auction, two bidders amicably battled it out over an AmaWaterways Paris & Normandy cruise for two. Rothmann stepped in and made an on-the-spot decision to contribute a second cruise. “There’s no better way to see Europe than on one of our state-of-the-art river cruise ships. This is one of our newest itineraries and it’s great to see how excited people are about it,” Rothmann said. “Donating another cruise was truly a win-win for everyone, as it raised a significant amount of money for a good cause. The California Hospital Medical Center benefits, their heart patients benefit, and two lucky bidders and their guests can now enjoy a fantastic voyage courtesy of AmaWaterways.”

Amawaterways 7-night Paris & Normandycruise on theSeine River includes visits to the village of Giverny, where artist Claude Monet spent decades cultivating his iconic water gardens; Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous by generations of artists;  Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy; an excursion to Normandy’s D-Day beaches; the charming town of Les Andelys; and two nights in Paris. The cruise embarks aboard the AmaLegro, which offers spacious staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies, as well as Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations, free-flowing wine and beer at every dinner, unforgettable shore excursions, flat-panel TVs and an in-room Infotainment System featuring hit movies, music channels and complimentary Internet access, live nightly entertainment, onboard salon and spa services and much more. AmaWaterways even provides a complimentary fleet of bicycles for guests to use on their own or on a guided bike tour.

To download AmaWaterways 2012 and 2013 brochures or for more information, visit www.amawaterways.com. To book a river cruise, please contact a professional travel agent. Travelers may also Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel, Seine and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets compliment a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006).  In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).

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Fall Perks & Charity Donation for Group Bookings at Trump SoHo® New York

Trump SoHo® New York is the ideal location to host your meeting this fall, and celebrate the spirit of giving with a portion of revenue donated to charity.

With 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space boasting natural light, unmatched views from the guest rooms, and flawless service, your group will experience a new level of luxury and comfort.

Host your event by Dec. 31 and enjoy:

5% savings off the master bill

2.5% of program revenue donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and 2.5% to a charity of your choice

Any three of the following:

-Comp. Internet in guest rooms
-One comp. VIP amenity for every 15 rooms
-One comp. room for every 40
-10% savings on A/V

*Some restrictions may apply. Valid on new bookings only with 15 or more peak rooms.


For more information or to book,

click here to contact Traveline

or call us at 1-888-748-8747.