January 11, 2018 – LAKE COMO, Italy and MCLEAN, Va. – Set amidst the rolling hills and crystalline waters of one of the world’s most idyllic destinations, Hilton Lake Como opens its doors today, marking Hilton‘s (NYSE: HLT) first property in the region. As the largest hotel in Lake Como, the newly opened property will deliver Hilton’s signature hospitality to the renowned leisure destination with its upscale accommodations and awe-inspiring lake views. Ideally located in the residential heart of the city, between central Como and the Swiss border, the hotel places guests steps away from a haven of romantic villas and luscious gardens including the promenade along Lake Como and the neoclassical Villa Olmo. As one of the most culturally rich and historically significant regions in the world, guests will be able to explore the city’s many world-famous works of art, churches, museums, theatres, parks and palaces. If seeking an active holiday, the hotel provides easy access to a number golf courses, tennis courts and water activities including boat trips and sailing lessons. For those looking to explore the glamorous style of Italy, Milan is only 45 minutes away and there are several authentic shopping outlets nearby the hotel. “The opening of Hilton’s first property in Lake Como exemplifies the brand’s commitment to expanding its presence in iconic and exciting destinations that matter most to travelers from all over the world,” said Andreas Lackner, regional head, full service brand management, Hilton. “This new charming hotel, with its remarkable rooftop and impressive lake views, serves as the perfect addition to our expanding portfolio of hotels and resorts. We are excited to offer guests an unforgettable stay, as well as our trusted service and hospitality.” Additional hotel features and amenities include: Contemporary Guest Rooms As the largest hotel in Lake Como with 170 guest rooms, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the lake from modern and elegantly designed rooms. All rooms have parquet floors, wood and glass furnishings and large windows that invite light to illuminate the guest room space. The hotel has 21 suites, three of which offer lake view private terraces complete with private whirlpools and sunbeds. Dining Guests can enjoy a variety of gourmet offerings from the hotel’s various dining outlets. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Satin, serves up inspired cuisines from the Southern Swiss, North Italian and Valtellina regions surrounding the lake and features a wine library and cheese room. Guests can share smaller bites at the hotel’s Taffeta lounge and bar or soak in the lake views at the pool adjacent, rooftop dining venue, Terrazza 241. Relaxing Amenities Guests can experience the ultimate in relaxation at the rooftop infinity pool and whirlpool or unwind in the hotel’s solarium. For a truly blissful experience, guests can book a massage or treatment at the hotel’s eforea Spa and Health Club. There is also an indoor pool perfect for a relaxing swim or hydro-massage and a state-of-the-art fitness center open 24 hours for guests. Meetings and Events The hotel offers attractive meeting space for up to 300 guests across six different meeting spaces. The pillar-free ballroom offers natural light, catering options and a private terrace – perfect for wedding receptions and special events. “We are delighted to introduce travelers in Lake Como to Hilton’s world-renowned hospitality through our inspired accommodations and exceptional service,” said Giorgio Borgonovo, general manager, Hilton Lake Como. “Whether guests are visiting to explore the many unique attractions on our doorstep, host their wedding or other special celebration, or to simply spend time enjoying our stylish hotel and its many outstanding amenities, Hilton Lake Como is poised to set the benchmark for meaningful experiences for every type of traveler.” Hilton Lake Como is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in and choose their room. To mark the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members who book Hilton Lake Como between now and June 11, 2018 will earn 1,000 Bonus Hilton Honors Points per night. Hilton Lake Como is located at Via Borgo Vico 241, Como, 22100, Italy. For more information, or to make a reservation visit lakecomo.hilton.com or call +39-031-3382611. About Hilton Hotels & ResortsFor nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. 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5-Day Wildness & Wellness Getaways in Partnership with exhale Spa NEW YORK, NY, April 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Basecamp Channel Islands, a wildness and wellness adventure in partnership with exhale Spathat will explore the seldom seen Channel Islands National Park. Part safari, part adult camp, the 5-day voyage will be set aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and will explore the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean. In keeping with Lindblad’s wellbeing programming launched in December 2017 in Baja, the active adventure is designed to blend the best of exploration, transformation, and restoration in extraordinary, revitalizing places. And with acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe, the Channel Islands National Park is a spirit-lifting place to be. Miles of ocean separate it from the Southern California mainland, and half of the park sits underwater. So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the Islands leisurely and in genuine comfort – and to explore the land and undersea – is what makes this Channel Islands cruise unique. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast National Park, one hundred forty-five exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, and many naturalists call them the ‘Galápagos’ of North America. Basecamp Channel Islands will depart from the Port of Los Angeles and explore East Anacapa Island, home to Anacapa Lighthouse, the last major light station to be built on the west coast in 1912. Explore Santa Cruz, the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds – and more than 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Visit Rosa Island with Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world; and San Miguel Island with over 30,000 pinnipeds and up to five different species. On Santa Catalina Island, guests may spot the elusive Santa Cruz Island Fox found only on Catalina, or the impressive sight of the island’s largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison, with a free ranching afternoon to grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island’s only incorporated city. Woven throughout the Basecamp Channel Islands adventure will be the transformative wellbeing experiences exhale is famous for. Guests can indulge in healthy activities led by an exhale fitness teacher, spa therapist or an exhale-trained Lindblad Wellness specialist including exhale Barre + Cardio, Beach Boot Camp, and Power Yoga classes on deck, as well as stand up paddleboard yoga, transformational mindfulness hikes, and assisted stretching. Neck and shoulder massages will be offered prior to evening cocktails, and Chill Yoga classes offered in the evening, alongside group guided meditation. There are many trails covering the islands offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty, or for a strenuous hike for a real workout. Grab a kayak to explore the shoreline, participate in talks, wildlife sightings, drawing or plein-air painting, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more. Guests will also benefit from exhale’s nutritionally savvy snacks, juices, and menu options, and from Lindblad Expedition’s longstanding commitment to locally and sustainably-caught seafood, locally-sourced produce—and food that rewards. Rates begin at $2,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 4-night voyages. Departures are October 17 & 24, 2018. For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.
MONTREAL — Technological advances in artificial intelligence are fuelling a new race between hackers and those toiling to protect cybersecurity networks.Cybersecurity is always a race between offence and defence but new tools are giving companies that employ them a leg up on those trying to steal their data.Whereas past responses to cybercrimes often looked for known hacking methods long after they occurred, AI techniques using machine learning scan huge volumes of data to detect patterns of abnormal behaviour that are imperceptible to humans.Experts expect machines will become so sophisticated that they’ll develop answers to questions that humans won’t clearly understand.David Decary-Hetu, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Montreal, says defenders have an edge right now in using artificial intelligence.From tech giants to banks, demand for AI talent turns once-staid conference into recruiting draft dayEthical worries are beginning to slow down Alphabet’s AI health-care initiative“But who knows what’s going to happen in a few years from now,” he said in an interview.“The main issue is that if you’re defending a system you have to be good 100 per cent of the time, but when you’re attacking the system you only have to be successful once to get in.”Decary-Hetu said a growing list of corporate and government officials, including Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, who say infiltrations are their top worry have a very good reason to fear.The Bank of Canada warned in its semi-annual review released this month that the high degree of interconnectedness among Canadian financial institutions means any successful cyberattack could spread widely throughout the financial system.Reports suggest cybercrime costs the Canadian economy between $3 billion and $5 billion a year, including ransom paid to foreign criminals.Hacks of Sony Pictures, Uber, Ashley Madison, Yahoo and multinational retailers have sparked unsettling headlines about security of personal information.One of the latest to face scrutiny is global credit-reporting firm Equifax. Hackers accessed the personal information, including names, social insurance and credit card numbers, as well as usernames, passwords and secret question/secret answer data of 19,000 Canadians and 145.5 million Americans.Current detection systems tend to only recognize improper activity based on past events, often long after the damage is done.An example of this is Equifax, which discovered the breach in July, months after hackers first infiltrated the system. It only notified the public in early September.Niranjan Mayya, founder and CEO of Toronto-based Rank Software, said it takes on average 143 days for a breach to be detected.The challenge is growing as the number of connected devices in the world continues to soar.“Clearly the old style techniques of looking at cybersecurity threats and having people go through each threat aren’t working anymore, so automated means of detecting threats has become more and more important,” he said.David Masson, Canadian manager for U.K.-based Darktrace, said artificial intelligence will help to keep up with threats by quickly identifying and stopping attacks by picking up on subtle markers that identify bad behaviour.He said his company’s systems map a customer’s entire network, including every user and device, to discern even the slightest deviations as they emerge.Masson said AI is needed to keep up with threats by automating defence responses to growing machine-on-machine attacks launched by sophisticated hackers.“You’re kind of looking at a cyber arms race,” he said in an interview.“If you want to keep up with this threat and put the advantage back in the hands of the defenders you’re gonna have to use AI.”Ontario-based utilities company Energy+ Inc. said installed Darktrace technology alerted it to a user going to a malware site in Russia and uploading undisclosed sensitive data to a third-party cloud provider that its existing security was unable to catch.Some observers temper the current exuberance about AI, saying it’s not a silver bullet and these are nascent days for the technology.Receptiviti CEO Jonathan Kreindler says the hype around artificial intelligence has accelerated and has almost become a branding exercise for some companies that aren’t even offering truly leading edge technology.“The term AI is now being applied to any sort of algorithmic reasoning unfortunately,” said Kreindler.His firm uses AI to scour writings for unconscious use of language to understand the psychological state of company insiders who are responsible for 80 per cent of cybersecurity issues.Canada’s largest IT company, CGI Group, said artificial intelligence is a growing field of interest for customers, although the average client is in the fairly early stages of considering AI adoption in cybersecurity.CGI cybersecurity expert Andrew Rogoyski said that still puts them one step ahead of most hackers, who are typically interested in stealing data using the cheapest tools possible.Rogoyski added that he expects a strengthening of defensive mechanisms might force hackers to also adopt innovative techniques such as AI.“There’s a race, it’s been going on for 20 years plus and the race just keeps evolving. We keep leapfrogging each other,” he said.