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Fawzia Al-Nafea A passion for fashion   Fall, 2002
At the tender age of 17, Al-Nafea began working in her father's boutique, which is where she took her first tentative steps toward a career in design. One of her responsabilities there was to choose the designs the boutique would stock. Realizing that designs for the Saudi market would need to be conservative, Al-Nafea constantly sat with designers, working on moifications that would suit Saudi tastes. "Spending time in the fashion houses, having that contact with so many designers was what really gave me a great love for fashion," she said. It is probably not surprising that when Al-Nafea fell in love and married, at age 27, it was to a player in the fashion industry - a supplier of haute couture textiles. Following fashion shows and studying the styles of various designers gave her still further insights into the world of fashion. "I was inspired by big names such as Valentino, Channel and Ferre," she said.
When Saudi fashion designer Fawzia Al-Nafea talks about her rising career, her passion and enthusiasm are impossible to hide. Success hasn't come without a struggle for Al-Nafea, but she has taken strength from the journey; now she needs just three words to describe herself - challenging, daring and loyal.

Miss Platinum Janna 2002 is crowned  July - August 2001
Platinum Resorts International, in collaboration with Janna Restaurant, Beit Mery, recently selected the winner of the Miss Platinum Janna title for 2002, an annual tradition uniting the two enterprises. Beauty, in its most natural form, was resplendent in the jungle-style setting at Janna restaurant. Congratulations to Miss Karen Hanna, who took home the crown!

"MEDillennium 2001" at the UNESCO Palace  July - August 2001
MEDillennium  200, the ninth Arab International Hospitalization and Health Congress and the International Medical Equipments and Pharmaceuticals and Services Exhibition, took place on April 20th at the UNESCO Palace under the patronage of President Emile Lahoud .
A panel of doctors and tourism industry professionals gave addresses on health tourism in Lebanon. Among the distinguished speakers were Dr.Bernad Gerbaka, Mr. Serge Nader and Mr. Bassam Nakad of Travelscape 360
O, who introduced an innovative package for Lebanon called the Springboard Holistic Package which offers short stays in two or three countries, including Lebanon for various  health and well-treatments.
Journalists Check out Lebanon's potential  May - June 2001
A delegation of Czech journalists consisting of a Czech television crew and reporters from a daily newspaper and social and financial magazines accepted an invitation to try a taste of Lebanese culture and sightseeing on a five-day-fact-finding mission. On March 13, the seven Czech journalists, along with Mr. Ivan Korcak, Economic and Commercial Counselor to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Lebanon; Dr. Eva Fillipi; Mrs. Viviane Boulos-Tolan, a major shareholder of Platinum began a long day of meetings with representatives of several ministries of Lebanese government.
The group met with Finance Minister Mr. Fouad Siniora, who answered several questions about the current financial sector of Lebanon, and Information Minister Ghazi al-Aridi, with whom the journalists discussed the controversial closure of Tele Liban, as well as Lebanese censorship laws and the problem of illegal pay television.

Then they met Tourism Minister Dr. Karam Karam, who agreed to work on remedying the problems encountered by Czech nationals in getting visas to enter Lebanon and discussed ways to promote tourism from Eastern Europe.
Dr. Fillipi also attended a meeting with Transport Minister Mr. Najib Mikati, and discussed new regulations of car imports into Lebanon. At the final meeting, with Economy and Commerce Minister Dr. Bassil Fuleihan, the journalists learned about the economic state in Lebanon.
The day's meeting ended with a luncheon hosted by Dr. Eva Fillipi at Al-Mijana restaurant in Achrafieh to mark Czech-Lebanon Friendship Week.
 
Czech-Lebanese Friendship Week May-  June 2001
Marking the inauguration of Czech-Lebanese Friendship Week and the ongoing link between the two countries, Platinum International CEO Mike Tolan presented a cedar tree the Deputy Chairman of the Czech Republic's Foreign Relations Committee, Dr. Jiri Payne, in the presence of the Lebanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, His Excellency Mr.Zouhair Kazzaz in Prague.
Wins hearts in Europe May-  June 2001

Spectacular Prague, capital pf the Czech Republic, hosted the Holiday World 2001 International Travel Exhibition on February 8-11, where more than 500 exhibitors from around the world boasted the benefits of their tourist destinations to approximately 50,000 visitors.
At the exhibition, it was the stand hosted by 360 TravelScape that stood out among the crowd. This unique display featured a typical Lebanese red-roofed home, complete with ka'aadi (seating place) and all sorts of traditional Lebanese items such as nargileh and water pitcher. Visitors were astounded by the beauty of the Lebanese landscape - many had not realized Lebanon offered the benefits of both the mountains and the sea. The 360 TravelScape staff were pleased to be able to eliminate some of the misconceptions and stereotypes that have persisted about Lebanon, and put the spotlight on the country's tourism opportunities instead. 
To make sure the interest generated by the stand was translated into new visitors to Lebanon, a lottery was drawn every hour, sponsored by 360 TravelScape, through which more than 20 lucky winners won free accommodation in Lebanese hotels. Mainly locals from the Czech Republic, the lottery winners were all eager to get their bags packed for a trip to Lebanon.

Today's Outlook, October 1999

Questar Group of Companies recently launched its new project “The Vacation Membership” and appointed Platinum Resorts International to market Lebanon on a worldwide basis. The project entitles consumers to purchase an interval of vacation time that they can use every year. Mrs. Viviane Boulos-Tolan, founder of the group, said, “We selected Platinum Resorts International because the company has successfully pioneered this vacation concept in Lebanon for the past five years.” The World Class Vacation Club will promote Lebanon to all of its prospective clients in its various offices around the world. The holiday homes are chalets in Feytroun and form part of the World Class Vacation Club. There are over three million families around the world that are part of this vacation concept, many of whom will be attracted to Lebanon. For less than a price of a car, members will be able to join World Class Vacation Club and be awarded every year with free accommodation for a week or holidays.

 

Snob - SEP, 2000
Janna in Beit Mary