Akasa Air Makes History: Introducing Kombucha to In-Flight Dining

Akasa Air Makes History: Introducing Kombucha to In-Flight Dining

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Published on September 21, 2023

Have you ever heard of Kombucha, the sweet and bubbly fermented drink loaded with probiotics? If you haven't, here's your chance to try it out because Akasa Air is making history as the first Indian airline to introduce Kombucha as part of its in-flight dining experience.

In a groundbreaking collaboration with Borécha, Akasa Air is now offering Kombucha on board its flights. This marks a significant step forward in providing passengers with a healthier and more diverse range of beverage options. Specifically, passengers can enjoy Borécha's probiotic Mango Kombucha during their journey. The great news is that it's available for purchase on all Akasa Air flights. Plus, for those who like to plan ahead, you can even pre-order it through the airline's website and mobile app.

Why Kombucha?

Kombucha is not just any drink; it's a probiotic powerhouse with numerous potential health benefits. From supporting gut health to aiding brain function and reducing infection risks, Kombucha is all the rage in the world of wellness. It's a delightful and refreshing beverage that's also kind to your liver. For health-conscious travelers, Kombucha is a fantastic alternative to sugary drinks.

At Akasa Air, they understand that passengers have diverse dietary preferences and are increasingly mindful of what they consume. That's why they've partnered with Borécha to bring Kombucha on board. Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Experience Officer of Akasa Air, emphasized that today's travelers are more conscious than ever about their food choices. By introducing Kombucha, they aim to provide passengers with a delicious and healthy beverage option.

Ishan Varshnei, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Borécha, spoke about how Borécha is leading a hydration revolution by empowering individuals to make healthier choices. This partnership between Borécha and Akasa Air is all about liberating travelers by offering delightful functional beverages on board, transforming the way we stay hydrated, especially in sectors like aviation, where healthy options are often limited.

More Choices, More Convenience

Besides Kombucha, passengers can expect an expanded menu with over 60 meal options as part of Café Akasa’s refreshed offerings. Whether you prefer healthy, fusion, festive, or gourmet meals, Akasa Air aims to cater to a wide array of tastes and dietary preferences.

Akasa Air is India's fastest-growing airline, connecting 16 cities across the country. Since its launch in August 2022, it has served over 4.3 million revenue passengers. So, the next time you're on an Akasa Air flight, don't forget to try their Kombucha and enjoy a healthier and more mindful in-flight dining experience.

In the world of aviation, Akasa Air is setting a new standard by introducing Kombucha on board. It's all about offering passengers a wholesome and refreshing choice when it comes to their beverages. So, as you embark on your next journey with Akasa Air, make sure to savor the probiotic goodness of Kombucha and experience the warm and welcoming atmosphere they provide.

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Leadership Transition at World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance: Daniella Foster Takes Over from Wolfgang M. Neumann

Leadership Transition at World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance: Daniella Foster Takes Over from Wolfgang M. Neumann

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

The World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a pivotal organization in promoting sustainability within the hospitality sector, has announced a change in its leadership. Wolfgang M. Neumann, who has served as Chair for nine years, has stepped down, marking the end of a significant era of leadership that saw the Alliance emerge as a global leader in sustainability.

Daniella Foster, previously the Vice Chair, has been appointed as the new Chair. Foster, who is also the Executive Board Member and Global Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Market Access, and Sustainability at Bayer's Consumer Health Division, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She has been a part of the Alliance's board since last year and has played a critical role in strategic planning and execution.


During Neumann's tenure, the Alliance focused on setting ambitious sustainability targets and fostering a Net Positive Hospitality vision. His contributions were pivotal in shaping the organization's direction and impact. Following his resignation from the board, Neumann will continue to influence the industry as he chairs the faculty board of the newly established World Academy for Sustainable Hospitality.

In her remarks, Daniella Foster expressed gratitude to Neumann for his leadership and outlined her vision for the Alliance. She emphasized the importance of creating industry-wide sustainability standards and driving collective impact through collaborative efforts. Foster's leadership is expected to guide the Alliance through a period of substantial growth, focusing on cross-industry collaboration to achieve significant economic and environmental outcomes.

The Alliance also welcomed three new trustees this year:

  • Denise Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International

  • Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Security & Corporate Communications at Radisson Hotel Group

  • Jonathan Worsley, Chairman & Founder of The Bench

Inge Huijbrechts will take over as Vice Chair, supporting Foster in her new role. The leadership changes coincide with the Alliance's ongoing efforts to implement its five-year strategy, which includes establishing universal criteria for sustainability standards and launching educational initiatives like the World Academy.


Reflecting on the leadership transition, Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, praised Neumann's visionary leadership and expressed optimism about Foster's appointment. Under Foster's guidance, the Alliance is poised to further its mission of moving the hospitality industry towards a more sustainable and positive future.

For more details on the World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and its initiatives, visit their official website.

IHG Launches Summer Soiree Series Across Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels in the Americas

IHG Launches Summer Soiree Series Across Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels in the Americas

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 21, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is set to enhance the summer season with its newly launched Summer Soiree series, taking place at various luxury and lifestyle properties across the Americas, including brands like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Vignette Collection, and Hotel Indigo. This series, which runs from June 1 to September 2, promises an immersive experience through its bespoke seasonal offerings.

The Summer Soiree series is designed to embody the essence of summer, transforming hotel spaces with lush botanical decor and providing a sensory journey with a curated playlist of summer tunes. Each property will feature unique floral pop-ups and themed events, ensuring a memorable stay for guests.


Key highlights include interactive and immersive installations at select hotels, offering guests unique experiences such as cocktail crafting with botanical ingredients and luxury dining experiences that showcase the best of summer flavors. These installations, created in collaboration with Wanda Barcelona, bring an artistic flair to the hotel lobbies, making them vibrant hubs of summer activity.

Participating hotels, such as the InterContinental The Willard Washington DC and the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami, will host special events including live music evenings and interactive art sessions, elevating the guest experience and fostering a sense of community and enjoyment.

IHG’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences is reflected in the thoughtful integration of local culture and seasonal themes across its hotel brands, making each stay uniquely delightful. From the Club InterContinental lounges to the rooftop events at Kimpton hotels, guests can expect a summer filled with joy, relaxation, and luxury.


For more details on the Summer Soiree series and to make reservations, guests can visit IHG's official website or use the IHG One Rewards mobile app to access exclusive member pricing and benefits.

This summer initiative by IHG not only promises a series of unforgettable experiences but also underscores the brand’s dedication to innovation and excellence in hospitality.

For more information and to book your summer escape, please visit IHG’s Summer Soiree page. IHG's Summer Soiree is a celebration of the season, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in a world of luxury, culture, and exquisite hospitality, perfectly curated to enhance the summer vacation experience.

Cross Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Hybrid Hotel Brand Lumen in Bangkok

Cross Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Hybrid Hotel Brand Lumen in Bangkok

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 20, 2024

Cross Hotels & Resorts has introduced a groundbreaking hotel brand, Lumen, marking its debut with the opening of Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station. This new brand reflects the company's dedication to creating tailored guest experiences that capture the essence of their respective locales under the tagline ‘A Brighter Way to Stay’.

Lumen hotels are designed to immerse guests in the local culture and feature unique signatures that resonate with the destination. “Lumen is a distinctive brand that seamlessly blends the hotel experience with the local neighborhood, enriching guests' stays with genuine local interactions,” said Harry Thaliwal, CEO of Cross Hotels & Resorts.

The newly opened Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station boasts 102 guest rooms and a variety of dining options, catering to the tastes and preferences of every guest. The hotel’s facilities include a rooftop infinity pool, a modern gym, a family-friendly game room, and a versatile co-working space complete with a boardroom. Additionally, guests can enjoy around-the-clock service at the hotel’s 24-hour bar.


Strategically located for both leisure and business travelers, the hotel offers easy access to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, making it an ideal choice for international visitors.

This partnership between Cross Hotels & Resorts and Italmar (Thailand) builds on the success of their previous joint venture, Cross Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, launched in 2017. Direk Vongvairoj, Chairman of Italmar (Thailand), expressed enthusiasm about the new venture, stating, “Lumen represents an innovative concept in hotel development, especially for Udomsuk and the eastern part of Bangkok.”

Cross Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its portfolio, which currently includes 28 properties across Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam, under six distinct brands. The launch of Lumen is a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence in the hospitality industry.

For more details about reservations and the unique offerings at Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station, visit the Cross Hotels & Resorts website. This new brand promises a refreshing approach to hospitality, ensuring that each stay is not just a visit but a rich, culturally immersive experience.

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