Τετάρτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2017
Viking Sea Cruise is a small cruise ship company makes its inaugural visit to Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban led a delegation aboard the MS Viking Sea at the invitation of the Founder, Chairman and Owner of Viking Cruises Torstein Hagen.
There were some more than 40 stakeholders, who were invited for lunch and a tour of the Star Class vessel, docked in Hamilton, on its inaugural visit to the island.
It is the first time a Viking Cruises ship has ever sailed to Bermuda, although Viking Cruise has been registered in Bermuda for two decades.
During a grand ceremony involving an exchange of plaques, the Deputy Premier of Bermuda had welcome remarks for Mr. Hagen, Viking Sea Captain Bent-Ivar Gangdal and crew.
In 2013, Viking Cruise added to their leading reputation for river cruises, by branching out into ocean cruises and launching their first ocean liner in 2015.
Following the inaugural visit of the MS Viking Sea, Bermuda will also host two more Viking inaugural calls with the MS Viking Sky on October 31 and the MS Viking Sun on November 14.
The Viking model involves the medium size, five-star design cruise vessels, together with excellent performance and comfort levels on ships holding less than a thousand passengers.
Minister Roban said that it was a great pleasure to be here with them to commemorate the inaugural visit to Bermuda of the MS Viking Sea. This superb vessel is not just a Bermuda flagged ship, but it is owned by a Bermuda company, Viking Cruises Ltd., which was incorporated here nearly 20 years ago.
They are delighted to finally welcome one of great ships to the Caribbean island.
The Bermudians admire how the most established brand with the world’s finest river cruises and how, in recent years, you entered, and quickly excelled at, the ocean cruises market.
Viking Cruise has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line in the Caribbean cruise world.
Passengers boarding Delta Air Lines will relish an elevated in flight dining experience with the introduction of new services.
Customers travelling to selected European destination from the New York-JKF and Atlanta will be able to pre-select their meals, this will be followed by upgraded meals and serviceware in the main cabin from the start of mid 2018.
After the initial launch of the pre-select meals, the services will first be available to Delta One customers on all international routes both outbound and inbound in the United States. The passengers in the Delta Premium Select cabin will be able to avail by the end of next year.
An email communication will be sent to customers six days prior to their flight asking them to choose their meals, Delta will roll out pre-select through additional channels in 2018.
Lisa Bauers said that by selecting their meals the customers will have more control over the inflight experience. It will be just like providing the customers a culinary experience similar to that of their favourite local restaurant.
There will be newly designed trays and upgraded serviceware that will complement investments in meal quality. The first changes will be seen next month when the customers will receive menu cards which will have information on timing for each meal service and details on the in-flight food and beverage offerings.
In December, the airline will introduce new upgraded cutlery in the Main Cabin before the meals are served next year.
Bauer further added that this will be Delta’s biggest investment in the main cabin dining experience till date, the main motive is to recreate the customer’s experience, what they would prefer at 30,000 feet taking into account what items naturally complement them, the service behind the offerings and the overall presentation.
Windstar Applauds the Spontaneous Celebration with a Group Rate for Real People – Book 7, Get 1 Free
Seattle, WA, — “If you wait until retirement to go see the Parthenon, you might not make it up the steps.” Wise words from an anonymous traveler. Windstar Cruises – with small ships visiting 170 ports from Asia to Alaska, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, South Pacific, and Europe – is applauding a growing trend among its guests: celebrating milestone moments as they define them. We’re talking taking that cruise to Alaska because you crave one more child-free adventure with your friends before baby is born, or you just got divorced and want to enjoy your new happiness with those BFFs who truly support you. People are living more and more in the moment with their friends and family, celebrating these decisions and markers that go far beyond the typical and expected times to commemorate life milestones.
“We have been seeing this trend and decided to do something to support it,” said Steven Kona Simao, vice president of sales for Windstar. “Why just have corporate incentives for groups? Why not let people define their own friends and family group and reward it?”
So they did. So many people are traveling in groups that Windstar, on select dates, will give a free cruise to the eighth cruiser for every seven people booked.
“That’s a major value,” said Simao. “Some people keep the free cruise for themselves, while others divvy up the savings with the rest of the group.”
On higher-demand cruises, it’s one free cruise for every nine people that are booked.
In addition, groups also get a discount off of standard guest fares, as well as a $100 per person shipboard credit to use on things like massages, shore excursions, or a bottle of bubbly.
However guests choose to celebrate or share the savings, Windstar is also able to help elevate the festivities with a variety of intimate celebration options on board their vessels, which carry no more than 310 guests on itineraries around the globe. From vow renewals performed by the captain with a personalized cake baked by the culinary crew (gluten-free if need be), to private cocktail parties in one of the larger public spaces on board or a guest suite, there are plenty of ways to make moments special together. Windstar may also arrange for memorable shore excursions and other activities exclusively for the group. And of course, there’s also the option of gathering a group to join one of Windstar’s incredible themed cruises, or a delicious foodie-focused sailing on Windstar’s James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection.
This is the beauty of small ship cruising with Windstar: flexibility and completely tailor-made revelries, no matter what milestone you’re celebrating or just because.
For additional information on private yacht-style cruising and organizing a group with Windstar, contact your travel agent or Windstar Cruises at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.
A federal judge has blocked yet another of the travel bans proposed by US President Donald Trump that is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the immigration agenda of the president.
In September, Trump had unveiled a brand new executive order that is his third on the matter so far curtailing travel from countries like Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.
On Tuesday Derrick Watson, the U.S. District Court Judge has nullified the implementation of a part of that order just a few hours prior to the ban set to take effect. He had written that it had suffered from the same legal weaknesses as the previous versions.
The judge had wrote stating the travel order discriminates based on the nationality of people and therefore is completely unethical to the basic principles of this nation.
The White House responded by slamming the order of Judge Watson and promising to press along with a court battle, arguing that the order would be standing up to legal scrutiny. A White House statement however stated that the dangerous flawed court order slams the efforts of the US President to ensure the safety of Americans by enforcing minimum security standards for entry into the United States.
Eventually, the Supreme Court permitted certain aspects of the earlier travel ban to stand, handing over the Trump administration a partial victory.
It has allowed for a temporary halt on travellers from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria and Yemen. Moreover it has also suspended refugee admissions in cases wherein people were unable to prove ‘bona fide’ ties to the United States like immediate relatives or job offers. Last month the high court has cancelled arguments on the restrictions as it had anticipated the indefinite ban that might be taking effect.
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North Wales tourism has launched a new tourism route in order to attract the Japanese tourists.
North Wales Tourism said the region had seen an 84% rise in visitors from Japan in the last two years. And, in this new route, the Roads of Castles in Wonderland initiative will circle around the World Heritage sites and other attractions in the area.
Its director Jim Jones said: “Japanese tourists used to by-pass north Wales but not anymore.”
With the new route opened, it will start in Newtown and will come up through Chirk, Wrexham and Ruthin, before heading to Conwy and Llandudno. It will then tour down to the Conwy Valley to the Llyn Peninsula before looping to Caernarfon and Anglesey.
North Wales Tourism has worked closely with the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA) before launching the initiative as Mr. Jones said.
He said, “We have worked hard to promote the region and as a result we have seen a sharp rise in the number of Japanese tourists visiting north Wales.”
He rightly pointed out the reason why North Wales is now growing as a major tourism destination. It is the epicenter of the growing adventure holiday’s market and has earned recognition as a world leader owing to the developments such as Zip World and Surf Snowdonia.
IDEATTACK Inc. that is the designer of world-class attractions all across the globe is ready to create two new Fairytale Theme Parks for Evergrande Group that is a Chinese developer.
These parks would be the first to be commissioned under the recently announced brand of ‘Fairytale Theme Park’.
Chinese culture, stories and history would comprise the backbone of the all-season theme parks targeting families with children aged between 2 and 15. Evergrande is placing its brand as a series of leading top-quality entertainment destinations portraying 33 cutting-edge attractions.
The top manufacturers of the world would be engaged to offer everything from immersive multimedia rides to sophisticated edge theatres and experiences.
According to IDEATTACK it is the storytelling that would make these attractions uniquely the best.
Each of these theme parks would be featuring at least six different themed zones including Magical Europe Zone, Splendid China Zone, Mysterious Kingdom, Adventure South America Zone, Space Travel Zone and Surfing Sea Zone.
The attractions in each lands would be interwoven together with interesting tales reflecting the theming.
The parks would also remain fully open throughout the year irrespective of the season or climatic conditions. With its specialized architecture, ride and show experiences and dining and retail offering, Evergrande Theme Park is being planned as a game-changer in the theme park industry of China.
How destinations market themselves as social media grows in importance will be a key topic at WTM London 2017, the leading global event for the travel industry.
The issue will come under the spotlight for two days of the event on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November, when panel discussions and a keynote speaker will feature during the Social Media programme at WTM London, organised by Travel Perspective.
Marketing professionals will not want to miss a key session on the WTM Global Stage, when a panel will discuss the question ‘Is influencer marketing the way forward for destinations?’ Social media expert and former Times journalist Steve Keenan will chair the discussion. Among those on the panel will be key figures from social media marketing specialists Whalar, Qubist and Dash Hudson. The discussion takes place on Wednesday November 8 and runs from 14.05 to 15.00.
This will be followed immediately by another session that looks at the topic from a different angle. ‘Why destinations have to change how they sell themselves’will examine how Airbnb and Visit Sweden have worked together to promote the country. Additionally, Visit Jersey will describe how video content is now used to accompany and illustrate accommodation and package tour offers.
The panel will also show how Airbnb has launched Trips, which encourages accommodation owners to turn tour guide. The session will ask if this new collaborative model is the way forward.
The discussion will be moderated by author, journalist and social media consultant Mark Frary and will include speakers from Visit Sweden, Visit Jersey, Airbnb and Cape Town Tourism.
A keynote session the day before, on Monday November 6, will see a face-to-face interview with Travelocity founder Terry Jones. Jones will talk on how Artificial Intelligence will become more important for the industry and how to use it to innovate. Jones, who will be interviewed by Mark Frary, was also involved in the launch of Kayak and is currently chairman of Wayblazer, a company already using Artificial Intelligence to disrupt the traditional travel market.
Face to face with Terry Jones takes place on the WTM Global Stage, 14.00 to 14.50.
WTM London, Conference & Seminar Manager, Charlotte Alderslade, said: “Social media has already impacted travel in an enormous way and Artificial Intelligence will have an increasingly large impact in the years to come, so these sessions are a must for any marketeer.”
The programme also includes sessions on how social media can help World Heritage sites manage tourism sustainably and how to grow a personal brand as a vlogger; plus Facebook comes under scrutiny in a live interview.
The two days culminate in the Best of Social Media 2017 awards, with five finalists, a judging panel and an audience vote to find the Awesome Winner 2017.
World Travel Market 2016, ExCeL, London – Travelperspective Presentations. Content in Crisis: Independent Blog or Undisclosed Advertising. Alastair McKenzie, Guild of travel Writers (& Blogger)