Πέμπτη, 30 Μαρτίου 2017

UNWTO Workshop organized in China

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The power of tourism to induce poverty reduction and development constituted the main focus of the UNWTO Workshop held in Guangdong, China. The workshop was conducted under the framework of the agreement signed between UNWTO and the Chimelong Group in 2016.
Raising awareness on the relevance of the tourism sector in the reduction of poverty and promoting knowledge sharing on best practices constitute the major objectives of the Workshop for Poverty Reduction and Tourism Development held in Guangdong. The event takes place in a highly relevant momentum as 2017 is celebrated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, a global campaign lead by UNWTO.

"Guangdong, one of the top economic hubs in China, is one of the best examples of what is happening in China in terms of the links between development and tourism and therefore it is a perfect location to conduct this event" said UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai.
“We sincerely appreciate the agreement with UNWTO that includes a number of initiatives in the field of sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation, which are very much in line with our philosophy ‘Wherever Chimelong goes, the happiness follows’ as our CEO, Su Zhigang highlights,” said Chen Wancheng, President of Guangdong Chimelong Group.
Accounting for 6.3% of GDP, tourism is one of the most important sectors in Guangdong. The province receives more than 300 million domestic tourists annually and around 35 million international tourists.
The workshop included case studies from the UNWTO ST-EP Project Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme, the UNWTO Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories and from activities conducted by Chimelong in the Guangdong Province. Representatives of Provincial Tourist Authorities and Provincial Tourism Organizations, in particular from the Guangdong Province, stakeholders from the private sector and Chinese NGOs attended the event.

Holland America cancels Calls to Acapulco

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Known as the queen of Mexican beach resorts, Acapulco becomes one of the centers of Mexico's bloody drug war. And as a result, Holland America has dropped calls in Acapulco through 2018, citing security concerns.
The decision affects seven Panama Canal voyages and one South America sailing scheduled to take place starting in October.
Holland America said it would replace Acapulco with other ports in Mexico.
"The safety of our guests is our top priority," the line said in a statement about the schedule change. It said passengers on the affected sailings have been notified.

Searcys collection to showcase event spaces and creative catering

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Searcys, the iconic collection of restaurants, bars and venues throughout the UK will showcase several of its’ venues, their event spaces, facilities and exquisite, creative catering to guests in a series of themed pop-ups across the summer months.
Searcys, whose strength is built on consistent delivery of creative food and beverages, will provide catering and event management services mixed with an element of fun to the venues that are participating.

“Both our summer and winter themes have been incredibly popular with bookers historically which is why we have extended the offerings throughout more of our venues this year. The Summer offerings across the collection gives us the opportunity to show our creativity and flexibility for parties and special events,” comments Johanna Byrane, Head of Sales for Searcys.
Searcys at the Gherkin will bring the great British seaside to the top of the Gherkin tower by hosting a ‘Seaside in the Sky’ theme in collaboration with Nyetimber and Plymouth Gin. The six-week pop-up will available from 24th July to 1st Sept and restaurant booking can be made from 7th June. Within the ‘Seaside in the Sky’, guests can visit the coastline pop-up restaurant on the 39th floor or the 40th floor Beach Hut Bar. A three course A la Carte lunch menu, designed by Head Chef Barry Tonks, will be available from £45 per person and the three-course dinner menu will be priced at £55 per person, both plus VAT. The top 2 floors are also available for exclusive hire during this period too, taking advantage of the theming and with favourable rates and seaside themed catering.
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At 30 Euston Square, guests can enjoy a summer of high-level entertaining and unforgettable receptions on its stylish roof terrace. Giant garden games, live chef stations, including BBQ’s will be available from £79 + VAT per person and can accommodate 125 – 230 guests.
The Barbican, located in the City, will be offering festival themed events to its guests where wellies and raincoats will not be required. The Barbican Conservatory, Conservatory Terrace and The Garden Room can host between 120 and 650 guests for delicious food stalls, live music and London crafted beverages for a festival themed event. Packages are available from £70 + VAT per person.
Searcys at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, overlooking The Mall and St James Park, is an exceptional canvas for any event from wedding receptions and corporate conferences to banquets or summer parties. This summer 10-11 Carlton House Terrace will be offering a private garden for hire located across the road from the venue, which is ideal for any summer celebration. Summer inspired buffets and bowl food is available for up to 150 guests and prices are available on request. Use of the garden is by application, making it an even more special experience.
Searcys at 30 Pavilion Road is a luxurious setting for weddings, private dining and corporate events. This elegant Georgian townhouse which is situated in Knightsbridge, one of London’s most fashionable districts, is available for exclusive hire this summer. The elegant venue offers three distinctive spaces and its Roof Garden Terrace is perfect for summer cocktails, Champagne receptions with summer nibbles and bowl food for 40 – 240 guests (max 90 on terrace). Prices start from £79 + VAT per person.
The Inner Temple, which uniquely blends history, architecture and genuine culinary pedigree in a central City location, is available complete with a marquee for hire within its 3 acres of beautiful private gardens for summer soirees throughout June and July. Packages start from £110.50 + VAT per person, based on 200 guests and includes a summer BBQ food bowl and Pimms Reception.
As with all event bookings at the Searcys collection, bespoke packages are available upon request. Event enquiries can be taken via Searcys Exclusive Events team who use their extensive venue knowledge to provide buyers with a one-stop service for the sourcing and booking of venues across the Searcys’ portfolio.

Eurowings adds 15 New Destinations from Vienna

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The German low-cost airline, Eurowings, has added new destinations to its route network in the summer 2017 flight schedule which has been in effect since March 26, 2017. "Eurowings is currently the fastest growing European airline,” says Jahn, Managing Director of Eurowings Europe.
Flight service from Vienna is now offered to Birmingham, the second largest city in Great Britain. Moreover, the airline is offering new flight connections to Brindisi, Ibiza, Kavala, Lamezia Therme, Madrid, Malta, Mytilene, Nice, Olbia, Pathos, Porto, Samos, Santorini and Zadar.

“With a total of 34 destinations and 203 weekly frequencies, the flight offering of Eurowings from Vienna has almost doubled compared to the previous year. Six Airbus A320 aircraft of the German airline are now stationed at Vienna Airport. We are very pleased with this tremendous expansion. In particular, the new direct flight connection to Birmingham, one of the most frequently visited cities in Great Britain, excellently complements our existing flight offering from Vienna”, says Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG.
Six weekly flights to the metropolis of Birmingham
Birmingham, the second largest city in Great Britain, is now newly and regular accessible from Vienna. The German low-cost airline offers direct flight connections between Vienna and Birmingham six times per week in the summer 2017 flight schedule, deploying an Airbus A319 aircraft. The flight departs from Vienna on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. and arrives in Birmingham at 6:45 p.m. The return flight from Birmingham leaves at 7:45 p.m. every day from Monday to Friday and lands in Vienna at 11:05 p.m Numerous new flight connections in the summer flight schedule 2017 In addition to Birmingham, Madrid, flight service is regularly offered to Madrid, the capital of Spain and Nice, the port city in South Eastern France, starting in the summer of 2017, with six weekly flights operated to both destinations. Moreover, the summer 2017 flight schedule features numerous seasonal flight connections to popular vacation destinations. Eurowings takes off once a week to Paphos and Mytilene in Greece, twice weekly to Santorini and Samos and three times each week to Kavala. Italy has become more easily accessible thanks to the airline’s weekly flight to Lamezia Therme and flight service three times per week to Olbia and Brindisi. Furthermore, Eurowings has added Malta, Porto in Portugal and Ibiza in Spain to its route network, and offers bi-weekly flight service to all three destinations. The airline flies twice each week to Zadar, Croatia as of April 2017, which will be increased to three weekly flights as of May 3, 2017.
The German low-cost airline serves more than 130 destinations in Europe and throughout the world, for example the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Thailand. Further information and booking possibilities can be found on the Eurowings Website at www.eurowings.com.

DMOs setting up new challenges at European Cities Marketing's meeting to tackle their future

Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) are facing new challenges. During the last European Cities Marketing's meeting in Gdansk, attendees were asked to determine and overcome 32 challenges for DMOs in a short period of time. A challenge in itself.
 
To reach this objective, ECM joined forces with the Digital Tourism Think Tank (DTTT), the world's leading platform promoting thought leadership in digital and DMO transformation. Connecting hundreds of destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the DTTT creates platforms for knowledge transfer, exchange of best practice and expert leadership in destination marketing.
During the last European Cities Marketing's meeting in Gdansk, Nicholas Hall and Emil Spangenberg pushed ECM members to the wall to redefine their biggest challenges but also to indentify solutions by asking themselves the right questions. This DTTT Workshop follows the conclusions of a joint report on Destination transformation and disruptions in digital which identified priorities: Leadership and Digital First as well as Content and Creativity.
"How DMOs respond to their challenges is another thing entirely. From my experience in working in the DMO field, there seems to be two speeds of DMO; those that challenge themselves and those that are left to be challenged. ECM's meeting showed us a great line-up of those who challenge themselves, who don't just wait for change to kill them, but actively redefine themselves to ensure their relevance is clear, not only internally but far and wide." said Nicholas Hall, CEO and Founder of the DTTT.
The big idea behind the workshop was to show CEOs and ECM members that a design-thinking approach can lead and get results when you get them involved with a specific topic. Design-thinking approach is a new methodology that DTTT uses more and more.
Attendees were divided into 8 teams (of 15 people each) separated in 2 rooms. Each team got a topic related to either Leadership or Creativity. The 8 challenges coming from the report on Destination Transformation are the 8 clearly emerging challenges identified by the surveyed members.
Here is what was found out for each challenge:
Leadership Digital first
  • Mindset & Attitude > The attitude to digital at the moment in most organisations is for staff to say it's not their responsibilities.
  • Budget & Resources > DMOs struggle to keep up with the budget and resources needed (hiring people, getting performing digital tools) to put digital first and as a result it's all becoming more and more fragmented.
  • People & Teams > Encourage DMOs to be more creative and to become the storyteller in their destination. Encourage them to have that team in-house who manages "the story" is an increasing concern.
  • Workflow & Processes > About the tools that people use, how they communicate together. DTTT encourages a shift from traditional emails to tools that allow people to share ideas and communicate horizontally in a digital environment. DTTT also recommends a shift from a vertical hierarchy to an horizontal one, specifically in the way we communicate.
Content & Creativity
  • Omni-Channel Storytelling > How DMOs are struggling to work with more and more channels and do it more effectively.
  • 365 Content Team > Do it all year round and not just on specific campaign, sporadically.
  • Always-on & Real-Time > Be relevant, engaged. The DMOs need to be ready to be "live".
  • Creative Freedom > The DMOs have reached their organisation limit (because of their structure): they struggle to give - creative freedom to allow people to flourish.
"I need say little more other than DMOs hold the key to their own destiny. Their challenges are no different to that of other industries, perhaps a little more cumbersome in places and a little too much government interference, however in the ultra short workshop held with 170 participants, I wanted to demonstrate to DMOs that not only are they able to define their biggest challenges but they can also identify the solutions by asking the right questions." continued Nicholas Hall.
This workshop demonstrated the importance of having both creative and productive skillset within DMOs. Currently, DMOs are more focused traditionally on productive skillset but they need to understand that creative skillset is as important to embrace. There is a good balance to achieve and need to create the right environment for creative talent to develop.
"This workshop was an ambitious task given the short time frame that was given to participants. What attendees took away from the workshop is how impressive it is and how effective this short period of time can be when people come together to share thoughts and overcome challenges. It's also impressive to see they could solve problems that they are not responsible for on daily basis and come up with really good recommendations. It really helped them realise that the best consultants are themselves. It ultimately encourages and leads us, the DMOs, on the right path to work out the solutions ourselves" concluded Ignasi de Delas, ECM President.

Tianguis Turistico Kicks Off in Acapulco


Mexico’Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για Tianguis Turistico Kicks Off in Acapulcos most important travel tradeshow, the annual Tianguis Turistico kicked off in Acapulco. Nearly 1,000 companies from 87 different countries are participating in the tourism fair in a total of more than 31,000 business meetings. The event is taking place through March 30th at the exhibition hall of the Expo Mundo Imperial.
During Tianguis 2015, Acapulco hosted over 30,000 business meetings, 690 buyers, representatives from 65 countries from all over the world and 6,500 attendees, surpassing numbers from previous host locations like Puebla and Puerto Vallarta. This year in its 42nd year, Acapulco expects to break 2015’s record and provide a once in a lifetime experience to all.

“The destination is in full glory during Tianguis and we are excited to show visitors from all over the world everything we have to offer," said Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Guerrero. "Tourism in Acapulco continues to grow thanks to new projects and investments from both the public and private sectors. Our improved infrastructure and record breaking visitors this past year is a testament to our commitment to growth."
tianguis taleb rifai2017One of the highlights of the event is the unveiling of XTASEA, the world’s largest over-the- ocean zip line, which opens tomorrow, March 28. The new amenity spans over a mile long reaching 75 mph at an altitude of 328 feet. An experience combining adrenaline, adventure and fun, XTASEA crosses the Bay of Puerto Marqués. It can accommodate thousands of adventure seekers a day, making it the top new attraction for visitors in Acapulco. XTASEA is one of 20 projects under the “Master Plan” by Grupo Autofin, one of Mexico’s most important investors, to take place in Acapulco.
Grupo Autofin’s “Master Plan” will also include renovations of the iconic Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial, as well as the following new developments: Spa Tlalli, Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Gourmet Beach, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, Hotel Marqués Boutique, Residences and Luxury Condominiums, Hotel Boutique Only You, Diamante Retirement Homes, Princess Medical Center, Premium Shopping Center, an eco-amusement park called Aventura Guerrero, a new tennis stadium, security towers, and Princess University. These projects are expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and will generate more than 10,000 new jobs.
Similarly, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Acapulco on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, began a $8.5 million-dollar renovation to be executed within the next two years. The project consists of the remodeling of its event spaces, guest rooms, public areas, modernization of elevators, state-of-the-art technology.
Another novelty in Acapulco during Tianguis is the presentation of the Light and Sound show at the Fort of San Diego and the video mapping, which was held last night. The presentation was projected on the walls of the museum, narrating the history of the fortress. The Fort also inaugurated three rooms remodeled by FONATUR, INAH and the Secretary of Federal Culture. Additionally, the Sinfonia Del Mar Auditorium and the "Vereda Tropical" Auditorium in Acapulco’s Traditional Zone are being renovated.
The destination’s repositioning has already had tremendous impact, with Acapulco Destination Marketing Office reporting one of the most successful winter seasons in the last few years. Average hotel occupancy for the holiday period of December 20-31 was at 95 percent. Acapulco registered the highest occupancy on record in the past eight years with 98.1 percent on January 1. Interest for the destination was especially high during weekends and holidays as the destination averaged 80 percent over the Mexican holiday weekend of February 4-6 and 81 percent over the March 18-20 holiday, results higher than those from last year during the same weekends.
For more information about Tianguis Turistico, visit: http://tianguisturisticomexico.com.mx

New Sales at Princess Cruise Lines on Europe, Japan, and Alaska cruises

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One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises announces a sale on the lines' most popular destinations, including Alaska, Europe and Japan. During Princess Cruises' Summer on Sale, guests can experience an Alaska adventure fit for the whole family visiting Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks, explore ancient ruins and savor the modern fine cuisine of Europe or find harmony in Japan's ancient traditions and tranquil gardens.

Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. As the world's largest international premium cruise brand, Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc