Sunday, 19 November 2017

Snorkel your way to a holiday in the Maldives

IN the joyous spirit of Christmas and to celebrate the season of giving, Coco Collection is offering the opportunity to play an online game for the chance to win a holiday in the #Maldives. 

Designed to follow the journey of a guest who is out snorkelling at a reef and is keen to leave the ocean debris free, the game encourages you to help the guest pick up marine debris floating around the reef, and dispose of them so that they do not harm the marine life. Once the reef is clean, a friend will show up to guide you to enter the raffle and win a stay at the luxurious boutique resort, Coco Bodu Hithi.

The raffle will be closed for entries on 27th November 2018 and the winner will be announced through our social media platforms on 29th November 2018. The lucky winner stands a chance to visit Coco Bodu Hithi for 7 nights with full board meal plan and return speedboat transfers, and stay in an Island Villa. 


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Cumbria rewards winter visitors

CUMBRIA Tourism has launched the Love Cumbria rewards card for visitors, to give them easy access to some of the special seasonal experiences they can enjoy during the winter months.

From now until mid-March visitors to the Lake District, #Cumbria can take advantage of over 40 exclusive winter warming offers to a host of quality attractions, restaurants and seasonal treats making it the ‘must have’ holiday accessory of the season. The card can either be bought online or at a participating outlet around the county.

The Love Cumbria card includes ‘2 for 1s’ and up to 25% off entrance to popular attractions, cafes and restaurants. For just £10, the card gives 2 people easy access to the offers for a 2 week period from the date of arrival in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cruise News

World Dream, the newest mega ship of Asia’s luxury cruise line Dream Cruises made history as the first-ever cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong on Friday, 17 November 2017. In celebration of this monumental occasion, Dream Cruises launched an innovative “#TogetherWeBuildDreams” campaign, which engaged cruise enthusiasts from around the world to build a large-scale replica of World Dream, in attempt to break the current world record of the largest LEGO® ship. 

After two months of relentless effort, the giant ship model, collectively built by over 1,000 cruising guests, members of the public, as well as Mr. Andy Hung and Legend Creative, the first LEGO Certified Professional in Greater China region and his team, was officially unveiled at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal today. The attempt was declared successful upon onsite adjudication and the official Guinness World Records certificate presentation.

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Walk this way

Walkingworld, the popular online #walking #guide with over 6500 walks in England, Scotland and Wales, has released an #app giving access to its entire library. The app, available for Android™ and iOS™ phones and tablets, can be installed for free. Walks are downloaded to the device for offline use.

The Walkingworld library has been built up over 17 years but this is the first time the routes have been made available through a dedicated app. The app has been created in partnership with national mapping agency Ordnance Survey, which provides digital mapping through their ‘OS Maps’ service.

Walkingworld guides are designed to be very easy to follow. They are built around a set of geo-located waymarks, each of which marks a major decision point on the walk. Waymarks consist of a photograph - so walkers can readily identify that they are in the right place - and clear instructions to the next waymark on the walk. The app allows the walker to switch easily between the waymarks and their location on a map, where their current GPS position is also displayed.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

West Africa at the heart of continents growth

W Hospitality Group’s 2017 Hotel Chains Pipeline report shows that hotel groups need to tackle lengthy development periods in West Africa.  West #Africa has been at the heart of the continent’s growth and economic transformation in recent years. Notwithstanding the sharp slowdown experienced in 2016 and 2017, the region’s economy is expected to rebound in 2017 onwards. 

Commodity-based economies, like Nigeria, are slowly recovering from the fall in oil prices and oil production, while countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal have shown economic resilience and sustained growth. As many of the countries continue to stabilize - politically and economically - the region will be better integrated from a local and international context. This increased integration raises the need for quality travel and accommodation infrastructure.

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Microadventures in Turkey

MICROADVENTURES are becoming increasingly popular for time-crunched travellers looking for their next adrenalin fix. With many European adventure destinations becoming overcrowded and overdone, intrepid travellers are now looking for advice on where to escape the crowds, get active and embrace the outdoors in the new year.

Located on the refreshingly remote southwestern coast of #Turkey, Sarigerme’s enviable location between the stretching turquoise sea and spectacular mountains makes it the ultimate, crowd-free outdoor playground. This land of adventure is just a mere four-hour flight from the UK.

White water rafting… Stretching 229 kilometres and offering a number of different routes, the nearby Dalaman River promises wet and wild fun for rafters of all abilities. Besides being a white water hotspot, there are also many secluded spots along the riverbank where travellers can stop and take in the impressive waterfalls, caverns, craggy mountain ridges and colourful forests.

Sea kayaking… The Lycian shore is one of the most irresistible in the entire Mediterranean. Kayakers can explore a heavenly labyrinth of secluded coves, remote peninsulas, hidden islets, and rugged cliffs, and if they are lucky, bump into endangered Loggerhead turtles, known as Caretta Caretta, that come to the Sarigerme shores every year to nest. Swoon-worthy Göcek Bay’s beautiful beaches and idyllic islands are just a short paddle away.

Catch the wind… Unlike other beach destinations along the Turquoise Coast, Sarigerme’s unique position between the Aegean and Mediterranean seas welcomes a cool sea breeze that creates the ideal waves for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Visitors can sign up to lessons and courses and learn how to discover the sea in style.

Scuba diving… For those searching for their next aquatic adventure, Sarigerme boasts fantastic diving conditions with warm temperatures ranging from 20-30°C and clear visibility for 20-40 metres. Divers can explore ancient shipwrecks and ruins, colourful reefs and hidden caves. This part of the Mediterranean Sea also offers visitors the chance to see diverse underwater creatures including turtles, barracudas, rays and groupers.

Paragliding… Down the coast from Sarigerme, Ölüdeniz is one of the best spots in Europe for solo and tandem paragliders. For the ultimate flight, adrenaline junkies make the brave leap off Babadağ Mountain from where they will enjoy breath-taking views of the big blue from above.

Horse riding… With a number of equestrian clubs and ranches in the area, Sarigerme is a top choice for a horse riding holiday. With professional and friendly instruction, travellers can grab the reigns of beautiful Turkish horses and trot through fields of fragrant flowers, climb into the surrounding mountains and breathe in the fresh forest air. 

Caving, rock climbing abseiling… With over 40,000 caves and caverns, Sarigerme is a paradise for potholing and caving, offering adventurers the chance to see crumbling hidden churches, secret underground lakes, cisterns, stalactites and stalagmites. The cave network is not for the faint hearted, particularly because cavers will often be sharing the dark corners with friendly families of bats. For those who prefer to explore in the light, travellers are welcomes to try rock-climbing and abseiling in Sarigerme’s rocky mountain surrounds.

Hiking… A trip down the coast leads to Saklikent, which means ‘hidden city’ in Turkish. Here, travellers will find a secret paradise which spans 18 kilometres in length and 300 meters in depth, making Saklikent Gorge one of the deepest canyons in the world. The gorge is so steep and so narrow that sunlight often cannot reach it. In order to reach Saklikent Gorge, the Xanthos River has to be crossed which is guaranteed to get heart beats pumping. For those looking for an easier alternative, there are also wooden boardwalks positioned above the river leading to a picturesque riverside restaurant.

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Ireland on track in Spain

MILLIONS of Spaniards are seeing eye-catching ads for Dublin and Belfast in metro stations in Madrid and Barcelona right now. Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion, in partnership with Atrapalo, a major online travel agent in Spain, is under way.

The campaign aims to boost late season travel from Spain to the island of Ireland and to kick-start business for 2018. Spain is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland; travel by Spaniards to Ireland has grown significantly over the past 15 years – going from just 90,000 Spanish visitors in 2000 to a record 391,000 visitors in 2016.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

On the runway . . .

TURNING up to the airport with an expired passport will be a thing of the past for Air New Zealand customers. The airline's mobile app is now able to scan and save passport information and send a timely reminder when it's time to renew.

Every month around 550 customers turn up to the airport with an expired passport, triggering a stressful situation for would be travellers.

Air New Zealand customers can now use their smartphone camera to capture and save their passport details. Not only will this streamline their check-in experience, it also triggers expiry reminders including providing handy click through links to renew New Zealand, Australian, British and American passports.

Currently around 10 percent of Air New Zealand customers type their passport details incorrectly as they check in online. By saving these to their profile, customers will enjoy a faster check in experience and rest easy in the knowledge that their travel document has been entered correctly.


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Peak travel pass perks

SWITZERLAND Tourism and the Swiss Travel System have announced that effective January 2018, the Swiss Travel Pass will include even more peaks and perks to its already generous portfolio of offerings.

The new year will see Swiss Travel Pass holders have unlimited access to the Schilthorn, home to the interactive Bond World 007, and Mt Stanserhorn, home to the world’s very first open-top CabriO areal cableway. 

Also from 2018, the Lucerne–Interlaken Express will be listed as the country’s fifth Premium Panoramic Train.  The Lucerne-Interlaken Express travels along a section of the renowned GoldenPass route and the Grand Train Tour of #Switzerland. A journey that takes under two hours across the Brünig Pass, passengers are exposed to incredible views of snow-capped mountains, at least five lakes of the deepest blue and raging waterfalls. 

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Golden era of air travel to make a revival at Sydney Airport

FELIX Hotel by 8Hotels, is about to turn Sydney airport accommodation upside down. From the moment you walk in and make your way to the Penthouse for check in you know you are somewhere unique. This brand new 150 bedroom boutique hotel is helping to relive the golden era of air travel. It has been designed to capture a modern urban aesthetic, with a 1960s twist. 

Launching in early 2018, Felix Hotel is located within a 2-minute drive from Sydney Domestic Airport and 10 minutes’ drive from the international terminal. 

Designed with the digital nomad in mind, the hotel has self-check in kiosks and a 24hr food shop, with locally sourced gourmet food and drink options that can be charged back to your room with the swipe of your key. The high flying theme runs throughout the hotel from room types; first class, business, premium economy and economy, through to conference rooms, Boeing and Airbus. Guests will enjoy the step back in time, with all the conveniences of the most modern of hotel, with a hip inner-city vibe at an affordable price.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Super Spanish serviced apartments

HABITAT Apartments has been announced as “Spain’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2017”.  This year’s award is Habitat Apartments’ fourth consecutive victory.

World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. The World Travel Awards recognizes and awards the excellence and quality of the global tourist sector.

Founded 15 years ago, Habitat Apartments started out with only four employees, who supervised eight apartments in Spain. Over the years, the company expanded up to 25 employees and more than 500 apartments in eight different cities, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Florence, Valencia and Marbella.


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Enjoy a magical knights stay




















THE hotly anticipated LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at Windsor Resort is now open and welcoming guests to enjoy a magical ‘knights’ stay. Situated right on the edge of the theme park, the brand new hotel is home to over 2.1 million LEGO bricks and 657 LEGO models, bringing to life an enchanted world of brave knights, magical wizards and mischievous jesters.

Colourful lego touches and models large and small feature throughout; from the astonishing lobby - dominated by a giant floor to ceiling brick Wizard unleashing magic from his staff - to the tiny 7cm high dragonfly models. With building stations across the Hotel, plus an á la carte Tournament Tavern Restaurant which is home to an impressive 80,500 Lego brick snoozing dragon and a Jester’s Play Den, guests are guaranteed the ultimate stay inside the Castle walls.

Fun Facts about the build:
  • It took a team skilled LEGO Model Makers from LEGOLAND Model Shops across the world months to create the hotel’s 657 LEGO models
  • Over 2.1 million individual LEGO bricks were used to create the models, bringing the total number of bricks on the resort to over 80 million
  • Guests are greeted in the entrance lobby by a spectacular, floor to ceiling, 35,000 LEGO brick wizard unleashing magic from his staff, which comes to life in colour, light and sound at the press of button
  • Each model is individually made by hand and every one of the 61 themed bedrooms features a range of them – from owls and swords to dragons and frogs
  • The rooms have been created around two themes – Knights and Wizards. Each Knight room is home to a 17kg LEGO dragon which took 60 hours to build. Each Wizard room is home to a family of 3 owls which took 90 hours to build
  • Every room contains a safe and children are invited to crack the code by solving hidden clues; then break it open for their exclusive hidden LEGO surprises
  • ‘The Golden Dragon Door’ - the official bedtime storybook for the Hotel - was written by 10 year old competition winner Joseph Parkes from Wiltshire.
  • 900 LED’s light up the stained glass window in the Tournament Tavern restaurant
  • The biggest individual model is a 160,000 LEGO brick knight on horseback standing at 8.5ft tall, designed by 11 year old competition winner, James Waine from Darlington, UK.
  • The smallest individual model is a 7cm high dragonfly
  • Grey is the most frequently used LEGO brick and Lavender is the least

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San Antonio designated creative city of gastronomy by UNESCO

SAN ANTONIO'S culinary heritage is significant for its confluence of many world cultures such as Mexican, Spanish, German and French, as well its geology and geography.

Drawn to San Antonio’s river running between the coastal plains and hill country, for 13,000 years indigenous people foraged roots, harvested pecans and hunted game. Trails and river ways brought trade with other groups who introduced gulf coast game. In the 1700s, Spanish colonists and Canary Islanders introduced new traditions and tastes. Other new flavors, spices and ingredients from Europe, Asia and Africa came with German and other European settlers in the 1800s.

Today the city’s culinary scene has since blossomed in its richness, with chefs honoring and celebrating its culinary heritage through preservation and innovation. Beyond the famous River Walk and historic walls of The Alamo, San Antonio’s culinary scene has historically been firmed planted in blends of Tex-Mex, but has now progressed to “Tex-Next.”


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

On the runway

FOLLOWING a record summer in which passenger numbers reached eight million in a 12 month period for the first time in its history, Bristol Airport will be seeking views later this month on how to meet demand for air travel over the next 30 years and more. Feedback will help shape Master Plan for 2050.

Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, Bristol saw passenger numbers grow by more than 10 per cent in 2016. Passing the eight million milestone demonstrates continued strong demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK, highlighting the need to begin investigating options for extending capacity beyond the current limit of 10 million passengers a year.


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Out and About in Austria

AUSTRIANS love to throw a festival, a parade, anything to have a ball - there’s even a season for balls! Every month of the year is rich with wonderful events. Concerts and arts festivals take world-class to a new stage, whether floating on a picturesque lake or ringing out from the mountain top. Here are just a few of the amazing events you can join in on.

New Year’s Concert (Vienna), 1st January. The Vienna Philharmonic performs a selection of lively yet profound masterworks from the Strausses and their contemporaries. Broadcast from the Musikverein’s magnificent Golden Hall, this musical New Year’s greeting goes out to more than 90 countries and an estimated 50-million television viewers around the world. www.wienerphilharmoniker.at

Hahnenkamm World Cup Ski Race, Kitzbühel (Tirol), mid-January. It’s no secret that Austria is legendary for skiing, and this is one of the top races on the World Cup ski circuit. www.hahnenkamm.com

Ice World / Eistraum, City Hall (Vienna), starting late January. For several weeks from late January to late March, the plaza in front of Vienna's colorfully illuminated City Hall is transformed into a huge ice rink for everyone to enjoy. www.wienereistraum.com 

Mozart Week (Salzburg), late January. Salzburg's most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, gets a full week of stellar classical music events, timed to coincide with his birthday on the 27th January. www.salzburg.info

Carnival / Fasching, Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. On Fasching Tuesday, many people throughout Austria wear colorful costumes as they go about their daily business. Children play dress-up and teenagers or adults go to fancy dress parties. In small communities, there are parades and processions. In Tirol, the processions marking “Fasnacht” (the Shrovetide carnival) are such wild celebrations that these traditional events are only staged every 3, 4 or even 5 years. www.austria.info


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Cheers to the New Year

IN addition to dazzling palm-fringed and white-sand beaches to unwind on, neighbouring islands to explore, and cultural sights for the Instagram feed – visiting #KohSamui during New Year’s Eve presents a bonus for guests with the perfect backdrop of fireworks over the ocean. The rule of thumb in Samui is the bigger the beach, the bigger the fireworks. The famous Chaweng Beach, on which Amari Koh Samui is located, features numerous lively party spots and is certainly the place to experience the most colourful and festive celebrations.

Amari Koh Samui, located on a secluded stretch of Chaweng Beach, offers a New Year's Eve Package, which includes a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner on 31 December 2017, round-trip transfers to and from Samui International Airport, daily breakfast at Amaya Food Gallery and more. 

The package is available for a minimum three-night stay in a Superior Garden Wing King room, starting at £261 per night and is valid for stays from 25 December 2017 to 10 January 2018. 

www.amari.com/koh-samui/hotelpackage

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Monday, 13 November 2017

British Airways invests

BRITISH Airways has revamped its flagship Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5, taking inspiration from the very best of British Design. The refurbishment to the airline’s exclusive lounge included re-upholstering iconic pieces of furniture, and adding new feature pieces to the room, all of which are illuminated by handblown glass lighting with bone linen shades and ochre silk linings. 

The terrace, which is so popular with travellers thanks to its position overlooking the runway, features luxurious sofas and new elegant loungers. Mobile phone chargers are also on hand for travellers to ensure their devices are fully charged before they fly. Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “In recent years we’ve invested in our lounges, including new ones in Boston and Gatwick South Terminal and revamped spaces in Edinburgh, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Belfast, Washington, Singapore and Dubai.


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Art in the Arab world

LOUVRE Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on 11 November 2017. It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.

Located in #AbuDhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed a museum city (Arab medina) under a vast silvery dome. Visitors can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-metre dome, comprised of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.

On display will be the museum’s important collection of artworks, artefacts and loans from France’s top museums. These span the entirety of human existence: from prehistorical objects to commissioned contemporary artworks, highlighting universal themes and ideas and marking a departure from traditional museography that often separates according to origin. In addition to the galleries, the museum will include exhibitions, a Children’s Museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a café.


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Up in the air . . .

NEW age airline #Vietjet is certainly no stranger in the aviation arena, making headlines for its innovative campaign executions and exponential growth in recent years. It comes as no surprise that the airline was recently bestowed the inaugural Best Ultra Low Cost Airline Award 2018 title by AirlineRatings.com – the world’s only air safety and product rating review website. Joining the likes of Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, Vietjet was named a winner of the Airline Excellence Awards by the website which promotes excellence in the airline industry.


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Lest we forget . . .



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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Website launched for rugby fans ahead of World Cup in 2019

JAPAN National Tourism Organization (JNTO) launched a brand new website to provide information to travellers for the #Rugby World Cup 2019 held across #Japan. The aim of the website is to highlight important details of the twelve host cities including access, local food and drink, places of interest and model itineraries. It is a great opportunity for rugby fans who are visiting each city for the games to explore the local area pre and post match. 

The site will also provide information on where each team is playing, the times and locations of each match plus general match venue details such as stadium access. JNTO will continue to add new information to expand the website as the official kick-off approaches , with the first game to be played in Tokyo between Japan and the winner of the Europe qualifiers on Friday, 20 September, 2019. 

Future additions include the most recent event news, details about fan zones and further sightseeing information. To learn more about the Rugby World Cup 2019’s Japanese host cities, please visit: visitjapan2019.com. The website is available in English, French and Italian. 

The Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan will be held from 20 September to 2 November, 2019, with the final match to be played at International Stadium Yokohama. 


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Raise a glass to newcomers in California

NEW Ale Trail Brewing in Downtown Fresno - Over the past year, several breweries have popped up in Downtown #Fresno, earning the area the moniker “Downtown Fresno Ale Trail.” The six different breweries which opened—all within walking distance of each other—include Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., Full Circle Brewing Co., 411 Ales and Spirits, Border Hops Brewing Co., Zack’s Brewing Company, and House of Pendragon/Pita Kabob. Tioga-Sequoia and Full Circle are already operating in downtown Fresno, with the others anticipated to open in summer and fall of 2017.

SAN DIEGO
Becomes First Destination to Release Official Beer - In partnership with Bay City Brewing Co., the #SanDiego Tourism Authority has made history as the first city to release an official destination craft #beer for sale to the public. “72 and Hoppy” is a session IPA, which is now available at Bay City Brewing Co.’s tasting room, in addition to numerous San Diego bars, restaurants, attractions and hotels. San Diego is home to 125 breweries as of 2016 and this new beer reflects the effort of San Diego Tourism Authority and the local brewing community to establish the city as the craft beer capital of America.


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Rafting through the Grand Canyon requires patience

DOES rafting through the Grand Canyon top your bucket list? One company that specializes in rafting western rivers says a dollop of patience is required to make dreams come true due to unprecedented demand.

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a trip through the #GrandCanyon, appears to sell itself. However Western River Expeditions’ sales team is tasked with suggesting suitable alternatives for sold-out Grand Canyon space for those river enthusiasts who just can’t wait. Two good alternatives include a four-day trip through Cataract Canyon, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon’s Younger Sister” or a five-day journey down Desolation Canyon on the Green River.

Grand Canyon – www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-vacation. Western River Expeditions is now taking requests for 2019 as most of these vacations in 2018 are already booked.


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Friday, 10 November 2017

A fine welcome from Qatar at the WTM

QATAR Tourism Authority (QTA) unveiled its new campaign, ‘Qatar Welcomes the World’ at World Travel Market (WTM) 2017. The prestigious trade show WTM, in London, is the ideal platform for QTA to showcase its new messaging to the global travel community.

‘Qatar Welcomes the World’ is a result of the recent visa announcements which have qualified Qatar to become the most open country in the region. The campaign, featuring on-stand elements, collateral, a fleet of branded taxis and an exciting competition, highlights QTA’s focus on the UK market and its ongoing message of welcoming the world to easily discover Qatar’s myriad of activities, cultural heritage and natural wonders.

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Sweet on Sweden





















THE past year has seen UK visitor numbers to #Sweden soar, a wealth of new campaigns, exciting new tourism products and the launch of three new flights from the UK.

Annual figures from Visit Sweden show that UK traveller bed nights hit a record number of 857,570 in 2016. With 600,170 UK traveller bed nights recorded in 2013, this represents a 43% increase in the space of just three years. Here are some exciting new experiences to try out.

New mountain biking trails in Småland Known as Sweden’s mountain biking mecca, Småland has much to offer all enthusiasts, from beginners through to professionals. Its Isaberg Mountain Resort offers 12 trails and pump tracks for all abilities, with a new, challenging technical trail featuring jumps and drops launching in 2018. Meanwhile, at Huskvarna, bikers can try out the very track used for the European championships, which contains climbs, lifts, and extreme uphill and downhill sections, all with a fabulous view over Lake Vättern. www.visitsmaland.se/en/experiences/nature-and-adventure/mtb


Stay in an Igloo at the Iglootel Lapland in Arjeplog The ultimate winter wonderland experience for many, the boutique igloo hotel Iglootel Lapland is now in its 5th incarnation and visitors double every season. Built completely from snow and ice, the Iglootel features an Ice Bar, two Event Igloos, a Fire Igloo, Lounge Igloo, outdoor area with heated hot tubs and a sauna, plus ten individually designed Sleeping Igloos for two to six guests. www.iglootel.de

Hang out with huskies on a Northern lights pack walk New for this season, Husky Home in Kiruna is offering visitors the chance to experience the Northern Lights in a completely different way. Run free with a husky dog pack on a nightly walk through the splendid scenery of their extensive land. Following the walk, bond further by giving the dogs a massage over Swedish fika in the farmhouse. www.huskyhome.se

New luxury hotel in Riksgränsen, famed for its midnight sun skiing Launching in March 2018, the Niehku Mountain Villa is likely to be northern Sweden’s newest mecca for ski enthusiasts. Located in Riksgränsen, known for its lengthy ski season, which allows for midnight sun skiing and incredible off-piste, the boutique hotel will offer just 14 luxurious rooms. The owners aim to create a home from home for nature and skiing devotees, who love creature comforts as much as they do the slopes. www.niehku.com

Houseboating in Swedish Lapland AquaStay Arctic is providing a unique way to access stunningly beautiful yet otherwise impenetrable areas of Swedish Lapland, by renting out houseboats along the Lule river, surrounding Jokkmokk. Absolute peace amongst a serene and beautiful natural environment. www.aquastay.se


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Isle of Wight Mardi Gras 2018

THE Isle of Wight Mardi Gras always adopts a relevant and educational theme allowing school and community groups to undertake a programme of research and learning prior to designing, producing and performing spectacular carnival costumes.

Themes in recent years have included ‘Shakespeare 400’ commemorating the anniversary of the passing of the Bard and ‘Reflections of India’ celebrating the links between the Island, Queen Victoria and India on the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence.

In 2018 the theme will be ‘Global Biospheres’ and will be produced to support the IW Area of Outstanding Beauty’s application to have the Island recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Up in the air . . .

THOMAS COOK, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies has tripled the number of flights to #Turkey from Cardiff Airport for summer 2018, following a pick-up in demand for holidays to the #destination this summer.

The introduction of a weekly flight to Antalya and a second weekly flight to Dalaman from Cardiff means those in Wales and nearby counties will have even more choice and flexibility for next year’s summer getaways. Available to book now, the new Antalya and Dalaman flights will operate on Fridays, starting 4 May 2018 and 25 May 2018 respectively.

Turkey has been the third most popular destination for Brits this summer, appealing to holidaymakers looking for high quality and good value.


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Corsica: An outdoor paradise



















HIKING along some of the most beautiful footpaths in the world, mountain biking through unspoilt forests, horse riding on some of the island’s 2,000 kilometres of bridle paths, or scuba-diving in coral reefs, you’ll soon realise that #Corsica is the perfect playground for adventurers and sports enthusiasts of all levels. Which is why Cotswold Outdoor retailers chose Corsica to shoot their Spring/ Summer catalogue 2017.

From north to south, east to west and from the sea to the mountains, you’ll be stunned by the island’s varied landscapes, with smart coastal towns contrasting with secluded inland villages on this hugely diverse island. And although its beautiful natural scenery is its major attraction, Corsica offers much more than picture-postcard views. Whether you’re keen to explore on land, on sea or even underwater, the island has developed a whole host of leisure pursuits and outdoor activities to be enjoyed with all the family. Tree climbing, botanical walks, farm visits to meet the animals, taking a ride on a tourist train, and even visiting a turtle museum are just some of the land-based activities available.

Enjoy beach activities, jet skiing, fun boarding or underwater fishing, and then at the end of the day go mountainbiking, horse riding, rafting or canyoning in one of the nearby river valleys. Or try your hand at paragliding or via ferrata. A whole host of activities are available on the island, including winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Options at sea are just as plentiful. The island’s sailing clubs, which are dotted all around the coast, offer a warm welcome and a wide selection of activities for young and old – from beach activities and underwater adventures to learning all about Corsica’s marine environment, the choice is almost endless. 


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Check-In reinvented

TRAVELLERS today have numerous ways to check-in – on a computer or mobile, at a kiosk or desk, or outside of the airport. However for the airport, this means many different types of systems and expensive infrastructure to do the exact same thing. 

With 42.2 million departing passengers in the first seven months of 2017, Hong Kong International Airport’s check-in process needs to be as efficient, flexible and cost-effective as possible. The new versatile cloud-based mobile kiosks are powered by Amadeus’ common use technology and can be rapidly deployed and relocated for use by the traveller to check-in themselves or by the airport staff to provide full-service operations.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Solomon Islands records biggest ever August visitor numbers

THE 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal has been attributed as the key factor in the Solomon Islands recording its biggest ever August visitor intake since arrival records began. A total of 2589 visitors arrived in August, the figure representing a 34.98 per cent increase over the net increase over the 1916 recorded in August 2016 with marked increases seen from Australia, the US, New Zealand and particularly Japan. 

#SolomonIslands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the 75th anniversary had undoubtedly played a major role in the result.

“Given the huge amount of effort which went into promoting the event on a world-wide basis, we were confident of an increase in our international visitors so the result is very pleasing indeed,” Mr Tuamoto said. “Our amazing WWII history, our well-preserved battlefields and our war museums continue to prove a major attraction and especially, the huge amount of sunken ships and aircraft which have made us such a mecca for the international dive market.

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California Surf Museum Unveils New Vietnam Exhibit

OCEANSIDE'S California Surf Museum recently debuted its newest exhibit: “China Beach: Surfing During the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding.” The exhibit highlights the surfing experience during the conflict in Vietnam (such as at the famous China Beach), the perspective of surfers back home, and the veterans returning to the surf after their tour of duty. 

Along with honoring surfers who fought in Vietnam, the exhibit explores the many interesting topics related to surfing during the Vietnam War: how surfers got their boards to Vietnam, how Hollywood films depicted surfing during the conflict, and the waves of Vietnam themselves. The exhibit feature re-creations of the famous surf icons, including a life-size replica of the China Beach Surf Club building, a lifeguard tower, surfboards used during the era and a huge map of the surf spots. 

The exhibit is scheduled to run until February 2018.

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Peru nominated for 29 World Travel Awards




















PERU has 29 nominations for the worldwide version of the 2017 World Travel Awards (WTA)–held on December 10 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam–, according to PROMPERÚ.

These nominations bring #Peru international attention and bolster the promotional efforts of the public and private sectors so more Peruvians can reap the benefits, helping improve quality of life in the cities and countryside.

This includes 21 nominations for the private sector – hotels, cruises, airports, and travel agencies – and eight for the country itself. Peru is competing for “Leading Culinary Destination,” a distinction Peru won the past five years in a row; “Leading Green Destination,” which the country won at the South American level this year; “Leading City Break Destination” and “Leading Meetings & Conference Destination” for Lima; “Leading Tourist Attraction” for Machu Picchu and lastly, “Leading Beach Destination” for Máncora.


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