Vilnius Historic Centre, Lithuania

As the political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the end of the 18th century, Vilnius has had a profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of eastern Europe. The historic centre includes buildings in the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical styles which have been well preserved over time. It is also home to one of the greatest love stories in Baltic history.

At the height of its power in the 15th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe. Appropriately, its capital of Vilnius became a city of grandeur and harmony. The architecture of the historic centre left the deepest and most impressive mark as the city flourished during the peaceful period of the late 17th and 18th centuries.

Vilnius is an excellent example of a European city that grew with influences from multiple cultures, religions, and languages—and has been well preserved. In turn, it also influenced the cultural and architectural development of much of Eastern Europe.

For visitors and locals alike, one of the most important vehicles for discovery here—and throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth—is the royal love story between the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Žygimantas Augustas, and Barbora.

The Old Town of Vilnius follows the medieval layout and it’s easy to walk the streets and see the stunning collection of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings. Up on a grassy hill near the river, visit Gediminas tower- a reminder of the first castle built here in the 15th century. On the ground below are royal palace buildings and the cathedral where Lithuania’s beloved Grand Duchess Barbara Radziwill was buried. If you are looking to visit Vilnius’ more alternative side, you can take a tour through the self-proclaimed ‘Republic’ of Užupis – the city’s Bohemian and artistic district. In the warmer months , festivals, music, art and theatre fill the streets, theatres and galleries of Vilnius.

Source:https:  visitworldheritage.com

American Holidays ultimate Christmas shopping breaks – Silvija Travel Tips

The ultimate Christmas shopping breaks with American Holidays

‘Tis the season to start shopping…. Yes, though Halloween may not have even arrived yet, now is the time to start booking that Stateside shopping trip to ensure you’re well stocked up for the festive season!

For some, Christmas shopping is a chore, trying to pick the perfect gifts for loved ones whether naughty or nice. So why not brighten up your shopping spree – while also saving on amazing USA deals and exploring one of America’s wonderful cities while you’re at it?

Nothing beats New York at Christmas. Shopping on 5th Avenue,taking in the extra festive lights of Times Square, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. It literally is a Winter Wonderland! Add in the amazing post-Thanksgiving bargains to the mix and it’s a no-brainer! This is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend away – shop ’til you drop by day, take in a Broadway show by night and be dazzled by the incredible NYC nightlife! A perfect pre-Christmas treat.

Boston is a city that is beautiful year-round but seeing it under snow really is something special. Out in the crisp air, wrapped up warm in a down jacket as you meander your way through the streets, the city just feels like Christmas! With many shopping outlets to choose from that transform into festive hives where you’ll not only make your purchases but also enjoy the extensive decor, displays and possibly even a touch of snow along the way.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping then look no further than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – which you can rest assured is aptly named! With a wealth of both international and national brands on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want something more authentic then be sure to check out the markets further downtown where you’ll pick up some truly special handmade gifts.

If you want to add a bit of culture to your trip, or if you’re a bit of a politics buff, then combine your shopping break with a trip to the centre of political power, history and activity in America – Washington DC! Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the White House, the Capitol Building and the National Mall. Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation’s capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament.

Give both your loved ones and yourself an early gift this Christmas with these fantastic value shopping breaks from American Holidays.

New York
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Beacon Hotel from only €609pp.
Price includes: Return direct flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on four adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1582238

Boston
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Midtown Hotel Boston from only €690pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1576863

Chicago
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Felix Hotel Chicago from only €699pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 51228823

Washington
Spend 4 nights in 3* Fairfax at Embassy Row from only €671pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 2007647893

Call American Holidays to book on 01 673 3804 or drop into their office at 18- 19 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street – where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime. For more information visit www.americanholidays.com

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 Ha Long Vietnam 14-18 January 2019 – Silvija Travel Tips

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative, regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity are at its best.

Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the 10 member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

2019 marks the 38th Anniversary of ATF and Viet Nam will be the host country. Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site is all set to welcome TRAVEX delegates from around the world.

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 www.atfvietnam2019.com

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The Algarve is one of our top destinations for summer holidays, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for those who want a slightly warmer climate when Ireland is in the throws of winter.

4*Algarve Sun in December from €199pp
From €199pp for the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in December 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
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4*Algarve Sun in January from €229pp
From €229pp for the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2019.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura, The Algarve, Portugal
• Classic Room on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
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4*Algarve Sun in November from €269pp
From €269pp for the 4* Estrela do Vau. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Estrela do Vau, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-06/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/2871/25401/267?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-06/7/2::0//DUB/0

5*Algarve Winter Sun in November from €289pp
From €289pp for the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, The Algarve, Portugal
• Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-24/7/2::0/BB/DUB/0/1556/66067/288?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-24/7/2::0//DUB/0

Visit www.clickandgo.com today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodationand airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Gois fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

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Visit Santa

Countdown to Christmas is on with Visit Santa!

With just over 100 days to go now is the time to get booking that trip of a lifetime to see Mr Claus himself in the magical world of Lapland!

A trip to Lapland is a dream for any family – both kids and adults! To give a wishlist to Santa in person is one memory they will never forget!

VisitSanta have released some amazing deals for this Christmas, ranging from one day trips to four day adventures.

Most popular are the three day trips which start from €1,119pp and give families plenty of time to do all the fun activities on offer. Those on a budget or who are tight on time can choose a one or two day trip from only €640pp. All packages includes flights, accommodation, thermal clothing and are jam-packed with exciting activities and, of course, some face time with the man himself!

  VisitSanta are also giving you the chance to win this magical experience for you and your family, with Canterbury Travel! Just click here to enter and you could win a trip for two adults and two children to Lapland where you can explore Santa’s village, go snowmobiling, take a sleigh ride, and meet Santa Claus himself.

Now is the perfect time to start planning and take advantage of these early offers! So book now and avail of fantastic value on these Lapland adventures for you and your little loved ones!

Enchanting Lapland 1 Day Trip
Take this mesmerizing day trip to the mystical resort of Enontekio where igloos, ice sculptures and of course Santa await from only €680 per adult and €640 per child.
Price includes: Return flights incl. taxes, transfers, thermal snow suits and boots, a visit to Snow Igloo, private meeting with Santa and his elves including gift, snowmobile, husky, tobogganing and sleigh rides, lunch, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 16th December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Santa’s Sleepover – 2 Day Trip
A sensational sleepover in Santa’s hometown where you will be taken on whirlwind adventures by his reindeer and elves, and you’ll even get to meet the magical Mr. Santa Claus himself from only €1,097 per adult and €819 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin or Cork, meeting with Santa, free gift for children aged 2-12 years, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, snow and ice fun activities, gingerbread decorating, a trip to Santa’s post office and village, thermal clothing for the duration of your trip and meals.
Travel: Between 7th and 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Sleighbell Spectacular – 3 Day Trip
An activity-filled break to the snowy plains of Lapland, with everything from husky and reindeer sleigh rides to lessons at Elf School and a meeting with a very merry Father Christmas from only €1,309 per adult and €1,119 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Lapland Lullaby – 4 Day Trip
An exhilarating 3 night trip to transport you to a world of magic, this package includes every festive activity you could hope for and more from only €1,575 per adult and €1,475 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, 90 minute husky and reindeer experiences, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, journey to the magical post office, €25 gift allowance, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

All offers subject to change and availability.

For more information or to book visit VisitSanta.ie or call the experts on 01-6111048.

Source: TravelMedia.ie

Make it a stylish September at Mount Juliet Estate with a break for two

Relaxed, luxurious and beautiful, Mount Juliet Estate is a wonderfully picturesque 500-acre country estate. This is where memorable times happen, full of style, fun and magical moments, where everyone is taken care of in the inimitable, thoughtful Mount Juliet Estate way.

Add a stylish sleepover to your Autumn wish list with an escape to Mount Juliet Estate, the cosy country estate, just 20 minutes from Kilkenny city.

As you arrive at Mount Juliet Estate, you’ll leave your busy schedule behind. Check-in and enjoy prosecco in your Manor House room, absorbing all the charm and character of your surroundings, as you melt into a cosy armchair, put your feet up as you flick through your complimentary copy of an Irish glossy magazine and start planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Style your own stay at Mount Juliet Estate from spa treatments to afternoon tea, golf to equestrian there is lots to experience onsite.

With lots to explore on the estate, from the intriguing nooks and corners throughout the Manor House, in Hunter’s Yard and dotted through the substantial grounds – fabulous family portraits and historical images, ornate architectural details, fine specimen trees, hundreds of years old, magical stone bridges or tumbling waterfalls, thoroughbred horses grazing in the fields, delicious food and drink in the restaurants and bars – there is so much to inspire at Mount Juliet Estate.

The September Issue package costs from €250 per room and includes an overnight stay for two in the Manor House, a bottle of prosecco, breakfast in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant
and a Irish glossy magazine, available midweek this Autumn – an ideal break for fashionistas to indulge and those looking for 24 hours to rejuvenate and inspire.

Polished, cosy, elegant, Mount Juliet Estate is Irish country house living at its very best.

www.mountjuliet.ie

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Christmas and New Year Breaks from €429 Travel Department – Silvija Travel Tips

It may seem like the festive season is months away, but if you’re looking to get away then you need to start planning today. Travel Department have a great range of destinations for your Christmas or New Year holiday. Whether you’re looking for a magical festive adventure or a warm, sunny destination to welcome in the new year, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday with Travel Department.

With return flights, transfers, guided excursions and festive entertainment all included then why not let the Travel Department take care of all your Christmas and New Year arrangements for you.

Take the hassle out of the festive season with one of Travel Department’s Festive Escapes. For those looking to combine a holiday with their Christmas shopping the Travel Department offer trips to some of the best Christmas Markets around Europe. These are a great way to visit a new city and experience a taste of the local festivities at the same time.

If you prefer to escape the weather and bedlam of Christmas time, we offer journeys to a selection of warmer spots around Europe, where you’re sure to enjoy a relaxed Christmas holiday. Travel Department  even have dedicated New Year getaways, so you can really celebrate in style.

Enquire about the Travel Department all-inclusive Festive Escape Holidays online or call  Dublin 01 637 1650 to plan your next adventure. Alternatively visit Travel Department at their store in Arnotts, Henry St, Dublin.

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Dublino Žirgų Šou 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

Vienas iš svarbiausių ir didžiausių vasaros įvykių Airijoje yra Dublino Žirgų Šou (Dublin Horse Show), vykstantis kiekvienų metų rugpjūčio mėnesį. Pirmą kartą Dublino žirgų šou įvyko 1864 metais ir šiemet jau šventė 144 metines. Parodą surengė ir organizavo “Royal Dublin Society” (RDS), šiais metais pritraukdama daugiau nei 100 000 žmonių .

“Dublin horse show” dalyvavo apie 1600 arklių iš viso pasaulio, kurie įspūdingai pasirodė įvairiose žirgų varžybose. Penkių dienų renginyje įvyko 134 konkursai, įskaitant 14 tarptautinių žirgų jojimo varžybas. Jų metu žiūrovai galėjo grožėtis įspūdingais žirgų šuoliais bei mėgautis žirgų grakštumu, žavesiu ir puikiu pasirodymu. Tai didžiausias ir aukščiausio lygio tarptautinis žirginio sporto renginys, vykstantis Airijoje.

Pasaulinės “Jumping Nations Cup” varžybos dėl “Aga Khan Trophy” airiams buvo skausmingos: pirmoji vieta ir trofėjus atiteko Meksikos komandai, kuri pasirodė iš tiesų labai puikiai ir tikrai buvo verta šio puikaus prizo. Airijos komanda finišavo kartu su Prancūzija ir Italija, ir buvo antri.

Viena iš spalvingiausių, madingiausių , gražiausių dienų šiame “Dublin Horse Show” yra “Ladies’ Day “( Damų Diena). Tai ypatinga vieta pademonstruoti savo stilių, kūrybiškumą ir eleganciją. Kiekvienais metais šimtai ponių ir panelių, unikaliai ir originaliai pasipuošusių šiai šventei, pripildo visą RDS . Tokio grožio ir tiek daug stilingų damų vienoje vietoje nėra tekę matyti. Būtinas aksesuaras- skrybėlaitė. O jau jų įvairovė! Stilistai čia turi kur pasireikšti. Visos moterys gali dalyvauti stilingiausios damos rinkimuose , tik reikia užpildyti prašymo formą ir laukti komisijos įvertinimo.

Nugalėtojos laukė puikūs prizai: €10000 vertės dovanų čekis, VIP kelionė keltu į Angliją dviems. Atvykus į Jungtinę Karalystę galimybė pasimėgauti 3 naktimis viešbutyje “5 * Lowry”, Mančesterio centre.Ir dar- “Longines Conquest” šveicariškas laikrodis, kuris yra subtilumo ir elegancijos derinys, apimantis ir pačias sudėtingiausias technines charakteristikas.

“Dublin Horse Show” yra laikomas vienu iš aukščiausio lygio žirgų varžybų visame pasaulyje. Ištisos kartos metų metais dalyvauja šiame kasmetiniame Dublino Žirgų Šou. Žmonės šeimomis, su draugais ir svečiais atvyksta į šį žirgų pasirodymą puikiai praleisti laiko, bendrauti, pamatyti ir save parodyti. Tai ypatinga šventė, kuri tęsėsi ištisas penkias dienas. Ir aš, dalyvaudama šioje šventėje , turiu tikrai unikalią patirtį, kurią gali suteikti tik “Horse Show”.

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood – Silvija Travel Tips

Tickets Now on Sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Including Exclusive R.I.P. Tour Featuring VIP Guide, VIP Trolley Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges. “Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday 14th September 2018 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday 30th November 2018.

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Horror that Awaits and Here to Purchase Tickets.

Universal City, CA, August 7, 2018 – Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersive Halloween event. This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 14-15, 20-22, 27-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and November 1-3, 2018.

“Stranger Things” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 14, 2018

Tickets can be purchased at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com  Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out, including the exclusive R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket with optional Universal Express™ add-on, choice of Frequent Fear Passes and must-have Universal Express pass. Following are the various tickets options:

  • All-new R.I.P. Tour  Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with all-new R.I.P.. – Tour featuring exclusive experiences with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks plus unlimited Universal Express privileges to mazes and attractions.
  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, including. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
  • Multi-Night Passes Choose from an array of Multi-Night Passes.  Visit

Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com for more details on these pass options:

Frequent Fear Pass – Visit up to 21 select nights.

 Ultimate Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare every single night of the event.

2 Nights of Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare for two select nights.

Universal Express™ The in-demand Universal Express pass enables guests to enjoy one-time express access to mazes, attractions, Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop performance.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon: “Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series

  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • Terror Tram featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

In addition to this year’s maze line-up, Hollywood Harry, the notorious serial killer clown that terrorized Universal’s famed backlot, returns as the host of this year’s Terror Tram. In anthological fashion, “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez” will take unwitting guests on a frightening journey through five demented tales, featuring vicious dog-faced men, inbred cannibals, creepy clowns, sadistic scarecrows and a terrifying torture factory where nightmares come to life.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, are located.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visitHollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow@HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life onHalloween Horror Nights YouTube.

First Asian MICE Cruise Conference Launches At IT&CMA 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

IT&CMA 2018 will debut the region’s first-ever Asian MICE Cruise Conference on 18 September as part of the show’s 3-day business, education and networking programme.

Confirmed key opinion leaders taking the stage include:

Dream Cruises’ President and Crystal Cruises Asia’s Managing Director, Thatcher Brown

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Managing Director Angie Stephen

Worldwide Cruise Associates’ Co-founder and President, Steve Bloss

Genting Cruise Lines’ Senior Vice President – International Sales, Michael Goh

Silversea Cruises’ Vice President, Corporate & Incentive sales, Freddy Muller

Princess Cruises’ Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik.

Karen Yue, Editor of TTGmice and Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing said, “The cruise industry is booming and MICE is undoubtedly the next big thing for the sector. Market leaders are already capitalising on the potential, while many are still coming into the game. TTGmice is proud to put forth this first and only platform of its kind in the region – an open conversation with the world’s leading cruise executives.”

Kicking off IT&CMA’s education highlights on its first day, the half-day event will run from 0830 to 1430 hrs at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. The event will feature a CEO Cruise panel discussion and an experts’ exchange on making the case for MICE cruises, among other sessions. There will be networking opportunities at a hosted breakfast, coffee break and luncheon.

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “As a pioneer in the MICE industry, TTG is always at the pulse of key developments impacting the profession. Cruise offers a huge playing field for its many stakeholders, where its potential rests on the immense collaboration between the private and public sector across verticals and geographies to ensure that the right policies, infrastructure, facilities, producs and services are in place.”

Organisers expect 400 regional MICE stakeholders relevant to the cruise sector to attend, with at least half of attendees comprising of buyers covering corporate incentive, meetings and events, incentive trips, luxury travel, associations and academics. Hotels, resorts, airlines, destination management companies, government representatives from national tourism organisations, convention visitor bureaus and ports, and media professionals will form the remaining audience profile.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, cruise capacity across all metrics (number of ships, voyages, operating days and passengers) has increased significantly since 2013 with greater uptrend expected in the foreseeable future. Asia remains at the heart of this growth with passengers from this region quadrupling over 5 years. Last year, passenger capacity was estimated at 4.24 million.

While leisure cruise demand has seen a revival, the concept of cruises as an appealing and viable option for business events is still relatively new. Shared panelist Tawfik of Princess Cruises, “Today, there is low awareness among organisers and companies that MICE events can be organised easily and held successfully onboard cruise ships. As a possible budget-saving, all-inclusive alternative to hosting a meeting at a luxury resort, cruises also offer plenty of interaction and teambuilding opportunities, as well as a unique experience to give delegates that “wow” factor, such as waking up in a new country every day while only needing to pack and unpack once. The advantages of a MICE event at sea are endless.”

Bloss of Worldwide Cruise Associates echoes the perspective that greater exposure is needed for MICE cruises, he said, “As a collective, we strive to foster understanding of what a modern cruise ship is, and make purchasers aware of how to buy cruises while embracing cruises’ different terms and requirements. Today, there are over 55 cruise lines, some 400 ships plus 100 new ships in the pipeline. It is possible to have an unbiased all-in-one cruise shopping experience with options that extend globally.” In addition to being part of the inaugural conference’s panel, the organisation is also exhibiting under IT&CMA’s cruise cluster.

IT&CMA 2018 will be held from 18 – 20 September 2018 at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.

For more information, log on to www.itcma.com www.corporatetravelworld.com