Come and explore Lithuania at Holiday World Show Dublin 2018 (Jan 26-28)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ireland, is delighted to invite you to visit Lithuanian stand at this year’s Holiday World Show in Dublin. At the three-day travel event, Lithuania will be based at stand T14, and our promises is to be the place with a warm welcome and 100 reasons to visit Lithuania.

Lithuania is on The New York Times list of 52 places to go to in 2018, so visit our stand and find out why ! We will tell you more about how and why the river Vilnelė in capital city Vilnius is being dyed bright emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day, where to find the geographical centre of Europe, the only castle in Eastern Europe built on the island, the oldest tree in the Europe, the hill with tens of thousands of crosses, UNESCO heritage sites and many more about an amazing land of Lithuania ! At our stand you will be able to choose from a wide variety of brochures about Lithuania and taste our traditional Tree Cake.

Lithuania is gearing up to celebrate 100 years since the restoration of independence so there has never been a better time to visit us!
Venue:
RDS Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Lithuania stand – T14
Show Dates & Times:
26th January (Friday) – 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Trade only ; 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm Public & Trade
27th January (Saturday) – 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade
28th January (Sunday) – 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade
For more information please visit Holiday World Show 2018.

Source: urm.lt

Delta launching direct flights between London and Portland, Oregon – Silvija Travel Tips

In May 2018, Delta is launching the only direct flight between the UK and Portland, Oregon. It will fly from Heathrow four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer season, with return fares starting at £844. The flight time from London to Portland is approximately 11 hours. The flight launches on Friday 4th May 2018 and will run through to October 2018.

Furthermore, Portland International Airport (PDX) was named best airport in the U.S for the fifth year in a row by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Portland is quickly becoming one of the trendiest cities in the USA, renowned for its street food, over 75 micro-breweries and tax-free boutique shopping. www.travelportland.com

8 Lithuania Restaurants among the top 30 restaurants in the Baltics – Silvija Travel Tips

The chefs of as many as eight restaurants in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda woke up as part of the Baltic cream of the crop following the reputable Scandinavian White Guide 2018 evaluations of restaurants that happened for the second time now in our country. Eight from fifteen restaurants evaluated in Lithuania made it to the Baltic top 30 restaurants, with Nüman in Kaunas reaching the third place.

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Uoksas ranked 30th, Džiaugsmas (Joy) – 20th, Monai (Tricks) – 15th, Telegrafas (Telegraph) – 11th, Monte Pacis – 10th, Gastronomika (Gastronomy) – 8th, and Sweet Root – 7th.

“When the White Guide was brought to Lithuania last year, in cooperation with Kaunas IN and GO Vilnius, their well-established and reputable experts showed some surprise as regards the quality and character of our restaurants. White Guide rankings, known otherwise as Scandinavian Michelins, are very much sought after, and thus very much appreciated by our restaurants and the country itself to that matter. Actually, the restaurant boom has not subsided as yet. And the gastronomic tourism may well promote Lithuania as a tourism destination, while serving as one of its major attractions”, says Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, Acting Head of the State Department of Tourism.

A White Guide 2018 website with the list of all restaurants ranked was presented in Tallinn on 29 November. This year’s evaluation covered 15 Lithuanian restaurants (10 last year) (by number of points granted): Nüman (Kaunas), Sweet Root (Vilnius), Gastronomika (Vilnius), Monte Pacis (Kaunas), Telegrafas (Vilnius), Monai (Klaipėda), Džiaugsmas (Vilnius), Uoksas (Kaunas), SOMM (Vilnius), Dublis (Vilnius), Gaspar’s (Vilnius), Amandus (Vilnius), Buceris (Vilnius), Lauro Lapas (Vilnius) and Šturmų švyturys (Vilnius ir Ventės Ragas).

For more information, please contact:
Gerda Butkuvienė
Press Officer
State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy

Source: Vilnius- tourism.lt

Vilnius – Startup City Alliance Europe – Silvija Travel Tips

FVilnius is the first city in the Baltic States and the entire East-Central Europe region, which has become a full-fledged member of the Startup City Alliance Europe (SCALE). The application of “Go Vilnius” for the membership of Vilnius city was approved in the meeting of the alliance held in Kiev.

SCALE has been developing a system, which helps European start-ups to easier reach different cities where they can test and develop their ideas and products.

According to the Director of “Go Vilnius” Inga Romanovskienė, the participation of Vilnius city in SCALE network will allow the city and its rapidly growing community of start-ups to establish relations with most advanced European start-ups and thus exchange ideas, innovations and promote the development of knowledge economy.

Participation in the SCALE network opens up opportunities for Vilnius companies not only to take part in foreign projects, but also to attract and develop new international start-up or knowledge economy projects and to hold business conferences related to these areas.

“Having become SCALE members, we have a real opportunity to make Vilnius a new hot spot on the map of new European technology events,” says Inga Romanovskienė.

The SCALE network founded in Amsterdam brings together 19 European start-up organizations operating in such European cities as Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Lisbon and Rome. The aim of the cooperation of the cities is to create a transparent ecosystem of start-ups able to help start-ups to reach new markets.

According to Berth van der Lingen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania, SCALE is a very important organization, which helps create a common ecosystem of European start-up cities, which would enable a faster and more efficient cooperation.

“It is amazing that Vilnius is the first of the cities in its region to join the Startup City Alliance Europe (SCALE), which was founded in spring of 2016 at the initiative of the start-up agency “StartupAmstredam”. SCALE seeks to create an ecosystem of European start-up cities, which will promote more efficient sharing of knowledge, financing opportunities and product ideas. This step is yet another proof that Vilnius can play an important role in the urban ecosystem of European start-ups.

As the matter of fact, start-up communities of Vilnius and the Netherlands have already been cooperating: the Dutch business accelerators and venture capitalists have actively operated in Vilnius, also developing initiatives of the development financing. The team of embassy employees highly appreciates the opportunity to contribute to Vilnius joining the SCALE network, which will further strengthen the interaction between start-up communities of the Netherlands and Lithuania”, said Berth van der Lingen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania.

One of the main goals of SCALE is assistance in the creation of a transparent ecosystem of European start-ups, which will help start-ups reach different countries and successfully develop their activities therein. Another very important goal of SCALE is the strengthening of the cooperation between self-government structures, universities, businesses, investors and start-ups of European cities.

“Go Vilnius” implemented the accession of Vilnius to SCALE. An information platform was developed for successful attraction and cooperation of start-ups in cooperation with the law firm “Trinity” and “Startup Lithuania”, presenting information on the legal and tax framework, business development procedures, start-up ecosystem, thematic events and start-up visa procedures – all that is needed for successful co-operation.

Source: Vilnius.lt

America’s Musical Journey – Official IMAX Trailer – Silvija Travel Tips

A film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres.  America’s Musical Journey celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America.  Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales where America’s music was born—iconic cities like New Orleans, Lousiana; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; New York City, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; Florida, Miami, and more—and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers, and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today.  A MacGillivray Freeman Film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres, produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc.

www.AmericasMusicalJourney.com

Follow the conversation using the hashtags #AmericasMusicalJourney and #musicUSA.

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Social Media Marketing World 2018, Tickets – Silvija Travel Tips

Social Media Marketing World 2018  in San Diego, USA is a not to be missed event. Discover the best social media marketing techniques from the world’s top experts. Experience three phenomenal days with the best social marketers, discover the latest tactics, and master social media in 2018

Join 5,000 fellow marketers and creators at the mega-conference designed to empower you with business-building ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.

The Countdown is On.  We are less than two months away from the start of Social Media Marketing World and the clock is ticking. Have you heard about the Thursday night event? It has been confirmed that the second big networking party will be held at Parq Entertainmen t Center-and what a party it will be!  This year’s theme: Welcome to the Jungle! We’ll have live band karaoke, multiple dance floors, craft beer and spirit tasting, extensive spaces for networking, a game room and more.

Social Media Marketing World 2018 takes place in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center (111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101).

There are FIVE different types of tickets: The All-Access Ticket, the Marketer Ticket, the Creator Ticket, the Community Ticket and the Virtual Ticket. For information and tickets visit: Social Media Marketing World 2018

See what prior attendees have to say about Social Media Marketing World 2018 in this video:
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Land at JFK on Delta and helicopter to Manhattan with BLADE – Silvija Travel Tips

The ultimate BLADE Bounce upgrade. Land at JFK on Delta and walk off the jetway with an escort into an awaiting SUV for a short drive to your helicopter for the 5 minute flight to Manhattan.

BLADE Bounce, JFK to Manhatten  www.blade.flyblade.com

Blade is bringing back precision and style back to aviation. Where every flight is an unforgettable experience. Book a Flight in Seconds and On Your Own Terms. BLADE also offers scheduled flights in the Northeast and California, and chartered or crowdsourced flights available anywhere.

Use the BLADE App. Tap a Button & Get a Flight, It’s That Simple.
Book a Flight in Seconds and On Your Own Terms.
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With scheduled flights in the Northeast and California, and chartered or crowdsourced flights available anywhere.

#flyblade #BladeBounce #deltaairlines #deltaselect

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IPW Denver 2018 – Roger Dow, U. S. Travel Association – Silvija Travel Tips

Event promo interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association about the upcoming IPW Denver 2018.

IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. In just three days of pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 6,000 delegates representing U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA and international and domestic buyers and media from 70+ countries meet face-to-face to conduct future travel business to the USA.

For further information to to book a stand or attend as buyer or delegate visit:  www.ipw.com

Interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association speaking at the Phocuswright Conference, November 2017. The video includes shots of the presentation to BeachInspector.com  – Winner of the Brand USA Marketing and Innovation Award

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Singapore Airlines takes delivery of Airbus A380 aircraft – Silvija Travel Tips

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery (13 December 2017) of the first of five new A380 aircraft scheduled to join the carrier’s fleet over the coming year, at a special ceremony hosted by Airbus in Toulouse, France. The aircraft delivered today is the first in the airline’s fleet to feature its recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations.

In addition to the five new aircraft, Singapore Airlines will also retrofit 14 A380s already in service with its new cabin products. The retrofit work is expected to begin late in 2018 and will be undertaken by the airline in conjunction with Services by Airbus. All 14 aircraft are scheduled to be retrofitted by 2020.

The new Singapore Airlines A380 offers more personal space in all classes, accommodating a total of 471 passengers. The cabin features six private Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck. The aircraft also features the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity from every seat.

“The delivery of our newest A380 with all-new cabin products is indeed an exciting occasion, and we are pleased to be celebrating this important milestone with our great partner Airbus,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. “When we put the world’s first A380 into commercial service in 2007, it set new industry benchmarks for premium full-service air travel. A decade later, the Singapore Airlines A380, featuring our flagship products and legendary service, remains a customer favourite, and we continue to receive highly positive feedback about the travel experience on the aircraft.”

“We are proud to deliver the first of five new A380s to Singapore Airlines featuring the carrier’s beautiful new cabin design,” said Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “Singapore Airlines was the first to fly the A380 and has operated the aircraft with the highest levels of technical excellence since day one. The aircraft has proven to be a huge commercial success in service with the carrier, flying passengers efficiently and in comfort on the airline’s long haul and regional network.”

“We thank Singapore Airlines for its ongoing strong commitment to the A380 programme and look forward to working together with the carrier as it renews and refreshes its fleet.”

Capable of flying up to 8,200 nautical miles non-stop, the A380 is the world’s largest and most spacious airliner and offers the most efficient solution to meet growth in passenger traffic on the world’s most heavily travelled routes. The A380 is the only aircraft with two full decks, featuring wider seats, broader aisles, and more floor space. Today the A380 is flying with 13 world class airlines on 120 routes around the globe. Since entry-into-service in 2007 the A380 world fleet has carried over 190 million passengers.

Singapore Airlines www.singaporeair.com
Airbus www.airbus.com
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5 Lithuanian Christmas Eve Traditions You Should Try – Silvija Travel Tips

In Lithuania, Christmas Eve is one of the most peaceful holidays of the year. It has always been a time when the whole family gathers at the dinner table. Tradition has it that all disagreements must be settled before Christmas Eve dinner so that the upcoming year may bring peace and joy. This little list will help you experience Christmas Eve in a very Lithuanian way.

Sharing a Christmas Eve Wafer

Before even touching any food on the Christmas Eve table, Lithuanian families share what is known as kalėdaičiai – thin wafers made of wheat, flour and water. Beginning with the eldest member of the family, the wafer is shared with everyone at the table. This is often accompanied by exchanging wishes for the upcoming year. If you’re in Vilnius before Christmas, kalėdaičiai can be bought in any church.

Enjoying a 12-dish Dinner

There are over 100 Lithuanian Christmas Eve dishes, all united by one fact – none of them are made with meat. The pre-holiday fast will only end on Christmas Day, so on Christmas Eve Lithuanians turn to dough and fish. Making 12 dishes for the dinner symbolises the months of the upcoming year. If you want them all to be successful, you should try a bit of all 12.

Making Christmas Eve Divinations

One of the longest nights of the year has traditionally been a time to cast a light on the future, especially with regard to relationships. The simplest thing you can do is grab a handful of traditional Christmas cookies kūčiukai or nuts, and then count them. If the number is even, you’ll find a partner or get married in the next year. If it’s odd – tough luck. Maybe the year after next. And if you’ve had a lot of salty herring during dinner, place a cup of water by your bed. Whoever hands it to you in your dream that night will become your future spouse.

Hearing Animals Speak

Every Lithuanian child knows that around midnight on Christmas Eve, animals can speak, or at least that’s what the legend says. And if they do talk, they’ll tell you about the future that’s in store for you. It’s not that simple, though – you can’t just wait around for them to start speaking, because rumour has it that it’s dangerous and may not end well. It has to happen by chance, but do try to keep an ear out!

Taking Some Time Off

Above all, Christmas Eve has always been a time to forget everyday chores. It was believed that doing them on this day may bring bad luck, so take the old folk advice to heart and just relax, get together with the people you love, and cherish the time you spend in each other’s company.

Source: Vilnius-Tourism.lt

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