Monograms Recent Press Releases

DATE : October 28, 2019

THE OCEAN CLEANUP UNVEILS PLAN TO ADDRESS THE MAIN SOURCE OF OCEAN PLASTIC POLLUTION: RIVERS

The Ocean Cleanup aims to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025

Rotterdam, the Netherlands – October 26, 2019 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, unveiled today its invention to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans. The Interceptor™, under development by The Ocean Cleanup since 2015, complements the organization’s founding mission by attacking the flow of plastic garbage at its source, the world’s vast network of rivers.

“To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Combining our ocean cleanup technology with the Interceptor™, the solutions now exist to address both sides of the equation,” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.

The Interceptor™ is the first scalable solution to intercept river plastic pollution and can be deployed around the world. It is capable of extracting 50,000 kg of trash per day – even reaching 100,000 kg per day under optimized conditions.

Four Interceptors™ have been built to-date; two systems are already operational in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia). A third system is in Vietnam to be installed in Can Tho in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam), while the fourth is destined to be deployed in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). In addition to these locations, Thailand has signed up to deploy an Interceptor™ near Bangkok, and further agreements are nearing completion including one in LA County (USA), kick-starting the scale-up.

A Scalable and Affordable Solution to Address a Global Problem

As part of The Ocean Cleanup’s research to map the problem, it was established that 1,000 of the world’s 100,000 rivers (1%) are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the garbage entering the oceans. The product of their global scientific measurement and modeling efforts has been visualized in an interactive map that is accessible here.

The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor™ is environmentally friendly and 100 percent solar-powered, with onboard lithium-ion batteries that enable it to operate day and night without any noise or exhaust fumes. The system is anchored to the riverbed to utilize the natural flow of the river to catch the plastic and is designed for 24/7 autonomous operation, removing the need for dangerous manual work. Its floating barrier that is used to direct the garbage into the system only spans part of the river; it will not interfere with other vessels and does not harm the safety, nor impede the movement of wildlife – critical requirements when operating in major rivers. An internet-connected onboard computer monitors the system’s performance, energy usage, and component health.

The Ocean Cleanup publicly presented these plans and unveiled the Interceptor™ 004 at a live-streamed event in the Port of Rotterdam. At the start of October, The Ocean Cleanup announced it was successfully capturing and collecting plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with its System 001/B, a cleanup system that is currently undergoing continued performance testing at sea.

ABOUT THE OCEAN CLEANUP

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup now employs approximately 90 engineers and researchers. The foundation is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Instead of going after plastic debris with vessels and nets – which would take many thousands of years and billions of dollars to complete – The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a fleet of long floating barriers that act like an artificial coastline, enabling the winds, waves, and currents to passively catch and concentrate the plastic. Once fully operational, the full fleet of passive collection systems is expected to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years.

After years of conducting reconnaissance expeditions, scale model tests and the deployment of prototypes on the North Sea, the first ocean cleanup systems were deployed into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2018 and 2019. Once proof of technology is achieved, The Ocean Cleanup can commence full-scale cleanup and begin removing vast amounts of ocean plastic that have been accumulating in the ocean for decades. The Ocean Cleanup is working with partners to design processes to convert recovered ocean plastic into valuable raw materials and durable products.

Complementary to its approach to solve the legacy problem of plastic in the ocean garbage patches, the organization developed the Interceptor™ technology to help prevent plastic garbage from entering the ocean in the first place.

[As part of its increased sustainability efforts, in June 2019, the Globus family of brands – comprised of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways – began asking travelers to choose e-documents over printed travel itineraries, prior to their vacations. When they choose the eco-friendly option – eliminating paper and plastic use and waste – the Globus family will donate funds to The Ocean Cleanup to aid in their unprecedented efforts to clean-up the world’s oceans (and now rivers!).]

DATE : September 22, 2019

A BETTER WAY TO TRAVEL

Monograms Unveils 2020 Locally Hosted Vacations in Exotic Destinations,

Including a NEW Voyage to Antarctica

LITTLETON, Colorado – August 22, 2019 – Going to a far-flung destination is always exciting, but today’s travelers demand more from their experience. In addition to seeing the world’s “must see” sites, they want a real sense of place, of people and of the cultures they’re visiting. That’s not an easy task for the average independent traveler. At least it wasn’t easy, until now. Monograms – part of the award-winning Globus family of brands – invites people to travel the world independently, with local, expert help in each destination.  And in 2020, Monograms is expanding its diverse vacation portfolio with eight (8) NEW vacations in such exotic destinations as China, Peru, the Galápagos, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and even,Antarctica.

“If you’re new to a destination with no local friends or family, it’s difficult to get an authentic impression – at least it is if you don’t have time to log countless hours of research,” said Steve Born, chief marketing officer at the Globus family of brands. “Monograms is the solution. With Monograms, travelers get private guided sightseeing in each city and VIP access to must-see landmarks. They also enjoy the on-site services of a local expert – a Monograms Local Host – who is on-hand to offer insight into the local culture and customs.  He or she is there  or travelers to use – as a local expert, guide and problem-solver – as much, or as little, as they like.”

In addition to the on-site services of a Local Host, Monograms offers a choice of hotels in centrally located neighborhoods and transportation between cities and countries, but that’s not all. As part of every Monograms itinerary, travelers also enjoy included and optional excursions.

Excursions include everything from city sightseeing to off-the-beaten-path adventures like taking a chairlift to the peak of Cerro Campanario for panoramic views of the Andes Mountains; entering Machu Picchu – and all its glory – at sunrise; hiking through Tierra del Fuego National Park in Antarctica and even partaking in a noodle-making demonstration in Xi’an.

“Simply put, Monograms offers travelers a better way to see and experience the world,” said Born. “And the help and guidance Monograms provides is even more meaningful and valuable in exotic destinations like Asia and South America. For 2020, no one has the range of Peru vacations and experiences Monograms affords travelers.”

Monograms is growing its exotic travel portfolio for 2020 with eight (8) NEW locally hosted vacations. They are:

ASIA

NEW Heart of China & the Yangtze River(12 days)

SOUTH AMERICA

NEW Peru: A Luxury Adventure(9 days); including a journey aboard the famous Belmond Hiram Bingham Train with a four-course gourmet dinner.

NEW Exploring Darwin’s Galápagos(9 days)

NEW Argentina & Chile’s Lake District(9 days)

NEW Andean Journey(11 days)

NEW Voyage to Antarctica(11 days), including a luxury expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Atlantic with expedition staff, naturalists and scientists.

NEW Best of Guatemala & Costa Rica(12 days)

NEW Peru’s Amazon & the Andes(14 days)

Monograms’ most popular exotic itineraries for 2019 are: Peru Highlights, Costa Rica Wondersandthe Best of Japan.Monograms vacations can also be found in every major city in Europe; on private safari in Africa as well as across the globe in Australia and New Zealand.

DATE : March 16, 2018

HIDDEN SHOPPING SPOTS ACROSS EUROPE

Contact:  Melanie Gravdal

Melanie@eda-pr.com

847.420.8808

WINDOW SHOPPING ACROSS EUROPE

11 of the Coolest Retail Neighborhoods You’ve Never Heard Of …

LITTLETON, Colorado – March 6, 2018 – Whether searching for unique souvenirs or the latest designer trends, shopping is big business for travelers visiting Europe.  And while most are familiar with Europe’s famous shopping streets and districts – from Bond Street to Champs Élysées – locals keep their favorite shopping neighborhoods to themselves. Now, Monograms’ Local Hosts® are offering travelers insider insight into their favorite (secret) shopping enclaves.

ROME:

Via Dei Coronari – A narrow pedestrian street that connects Novona Square with Ponte Sant’Angelo and the Tiber, here, travelers will find charming antiquarian shops worth a visit.

Via Cola di Rienzo – Located in the Prati District by the Vatican, this bustling neighborhood is filled with Romans and shopping galore.

Via Margutta – This is a short Roman street with a long, Roman history (dating back more than 2,000 years). Once the street of painter’s ateliers, this colorful road is now home to smart and exclusive design shops.  Its romantic backdrop is also featured in Roman Holiday.

PARIS:

Marais’ Rue Charlot – Discover “real” Marais shopping here in a tangle of tiny streets featuring creative boutiques and up-and-coming designers. While here, take time to stop by the Jewish Quarter.

Rue de Charonne – Hidden away behind the Bastille lies a neighborhood tailor-made for an afternoon or retail therapy.

PRAGUE:

Celetná Street – Take a walk down one of the oldest streets in Prague and find Bohemian cut glass, jewelry and more.

Havelský Market – The only market left in the center of Old Prague (it’s been there since the Middle Ages), here, you can find everything from flowers, fruits and vegetables to souvenirs.

Parizska Street – Considered the most exclusive – and expensive – street in all of Prague, enjoy designer duds and restaurants galore from Old Town Square through the former Jewish Quarter.

VIENNA:

Servinplatz – This is a cozy square with benches, trees, coffee bars and pubs. Its surrounding streets – Servitengasse, Berggasse and Porzellangasse – offer locals and tourists alike a village-like neighborhood with leisurely shopping.

BERLIN:

Hackescher Markt – It may not be off-the-beaten-path, but this neighborhood boasts a maze of Berlin’s trendiest shops and coolest art galleries.

Mitte District – A chic, progressive German neighborhood, the Mitte District is home to some of Berlin’s most alluring cafés, galleries, design studios and boutiques.

In a place where everything is foreign, Monograms promises to make European destinations both manageable and fun. When travelers choose to travel through Europe – with Monograms, they stay in the heart of the action thanks to a choice of hand-selected hotels; they get the VIP treatment by skipping lines at must-see sights and they arrive stress-free, thanks to transportation to and around their destination. In addition, Monograms provides travelers their own, on-site Local Host who helps them personalize their experience: A one-of-a-kind, featured component of every Monograms vacation.

Top Monograms’ vacations featuring Rome, Paris, Prague, Vienna or Berlin include:

4-day Paris Getaway

7-day Rome & Venice

7-day Vienna & Prague

8-day Paris, Aix-en-Provence & Nice

10-day London, Paris & Rome

13-day Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Berlin

DEAL ALERT: Looking for a deal on a better way to travel? Monograms is offering SAVINGS on select Rome vacations, now through March 31, 2018

ABOUT MONOGRAMS

Monograms makes traveling the world independently easier – and more fun – by providing a choice of itineraries from which to choose the perfect getaway, a list of hand-selected hotels in the world’s most centrally located neighborhoods and transportation between international cities. Monograms also offers travelers a half-day of guided sightseeing and VIP access at must-see landmarks in each destination as well as the on-site services of a Local Host: An on-call expert Monograms travelers can use to personalize and customize their vacation. Backed by the award-winning Globus family of brands, Monograms vacations can be found in every major city in Europe; on private safari in Africa; off-the-beaten path in Asia and South America as well as across the globe in Australia and New Zealand, giving travelers a Better Way to see and experience the world. Monograms is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish, granting more than 200 international vacation wishes to children. For more information, visit www.Monograms.com or book a Monograms vacation by calling 1.800.250.7614.

DATE :February 13, 2018

SAY “YES” IN EUROPE: TOP ‘MARRY ME’ LOCATIONS

Contact:  Melanie Gravdal

Melanie@eda-pr.com

847.420.8808

JUST SAY “YES!”

9 Picks for the Best “Will You Marry Me” Locations in Europe

LITTLETON, Colorado – February 13, 2018 – When it comes to popping the question … You know, the big one … it’s all about location, location, location.  Now, Monograms Local Hosts® are weighing in on their favorite, “will you marry me” spots and activities.  From landmarks to legendary views, these proposal-worthy places will ensure a “yes.”

PARIS:

Horse & Carriage Ride – Departing from the Eiffel Tower, couples will experience the romantic ambiance of the City of Love on rides that last from 30 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes (giving the asker plenty of time to build up nerve to pop the question).

Eiffel Tower – Every night, every hour (on the hour) this iconic landmark is covered in golden lights and sparkles for five, full minutes, lighting up the city and the desire to experience a lifetime of love.  Is anyplace on earth more romantic?

ROME:

Trevi Fountain – Don’t all romantic roads lead to the Trevi Fountain?  According to legend, if you toss a coin over your shoulder and into the fountain, you will return to Rome.  Throw a second coin if you’re in search of love and a third if you’re hoping to get married.  For all of those third coin-contenders, the newly restored marble at the base of the Trevi Fountain is a perfect place to say, “I will.”

Fontana Dell’Acqua Paola – If Trevi Fountain seems too cliché a choice, another beautiful and historic, white marble Roman fountain can be found perched on top of Janiculum Hill.  This fountain actually served as inspiration for Trevi Fountain.

VENICE:

St. Mark’s Campanile –St. Mark’s Campanile is open until 9 PM in the summer and 7 PM in the spring and fall.  Twilight views over Venice promise a romantic proposal.

Ca’ d’Oro – For a proposal fit for a queen (or king) Ca’ d’Oro is a palace on the Grand Canal.  Known as the “golden house,” this palace offers a floral Gothic-style background for the perfect “will you…”  Local Hosts recommend getting engaged on the balcony.

NICE:

For a couple of casually beautiful, outdoor locales, Nice’s Local Hosts recommend Castle Hill (offering a view of the bay) and Promenade Des Anglais (a palm tree-lined promenade that sets the stage for a beautiful proposal).

FLORENCE:

San Miniato al Monte – Standing atop one of the highest points in the city, this 1,000-year-old basilica is considered to be one of the most scenic churches in Italy.  Its marble façade creates a picturesque spot to pop the question.

In a place where everything is foreign, Monograms promises to make European destinations both manageable and fun.  When travelers choose to travel through Europe – with Monograms, they stay in the heart of the action thanks to a choice of hand-selected hotels; they get the VIP treatment by skipping lines at must-see sights and they arrive stress-free, thanks to transportation to and around their destination.  In addition, Monograms provides travelers their own, on-site Local Host who helps them personalize their experience: A one-of-a-kind, featured component of every Monograms vacation.

DEAL ALERT: Looking for a deal on a better way to travel? Monograms is offering SAVINGS of up to 25% on select Paris vacations, including 6 nights in London, Paris & Rome for $1,146 and 3 nights in Paris, 2 nights is Aix-En-Provence & 2 nights in Nice for $1,524. These deals end on February 28, 2018.

ABOUT MONOGRAMS

Monograms makes traveling the world independently easier – and more fun – by providing a choice of itineraries from which to choose the perfect getaway, a list of hand-selected hotels in the world’s most centrally located neighborhoods and transportation between international cities. Monograms also offers travelers a half-day of guided sightseeing and VIP access at must-see landmarks in each destination as well as the on-site services of a Local Host: An on-call expert Monograms travelers can use to personalize and customize their vacation. Backed by the award-winning Globus family of brands, Monograms vacations can be found in every major city in Europe; on private safari in Africa; off-the-beaten path in Asia and South America as well as across the globe in Australia and New Zealand, giving travelers a Better Way to see and experience the world. Monograms is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish, granting more than 200 international vacation wishes to children. For more information, visit www.Monograms.com or book a Monograms vacation by calling 1.800.250.7614.

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