Travelling to Thailand will not be the same – Silvija Travel Tips

Visitors to Thailand will feel the change, the new norms which we now all have to practice. Travelling to Thailand will not be the same. Nature has so much to offer. The happiness, the bliss, the fulfilled experiences still await and unchanged. Thailand working from its hearts, getting ready to welcome visitors back.

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All Viking Line ships return to service in July – Silvija Travel Tips

M/S Mariella and M/S Cinderella will return to service on 2 July. M/S Mariella will sail the Helsinki–Tallinn route from 2 July until 9 August 2020. M/S Cinderella will return to sail the Stockholm–Mariehamn route as well as special cruises from Stockholm to Visby. With these additions, all of Viking Line’s vessels will have returned to passenger service.

As of 2 July, all seven of Viking Line’s vessels will be back in use for passenger traffic. M/S Amorella and M/S Viking Grace will sail the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route, M/S Gabriella the Helsinki–Åland route and M/S Rosella the Mariehamn–Kapellskär route. M/S Cinderella will sail the Stockholm–Mariehamn route as well as special cruises between Stockholm and Visby during August and September.

M/S Mariella will supplement the normal service of M/S Viking XPRS between Helsinki and Tallinn with four additional daily departures from the beginning of July until 9 August. This means that this summer, Viking Line will have more departures on the Helsinki–Tallinn route than ever before. Passengers can set off from Helsinki on the early morning ship to Tallinn and return home on the evening departure, thereby reserving the bulk of the day to enjoy in Tallinn. This also ensures that our route tourists will have an abundant number of departure options.

The number of passengers is on the rise and the summer weather has increased the demand for travel as expected.

‘It is such a joy to see people returning to our ships. Our passengers have expressed their satisfaction with our range of timetable options. Holidays in the surrounding countries remain very popular and we believe that this will be a busy summer’, says Kaj Takolander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Viking Line.

When the pandemic hit this spring, temporarily limiting people’s possibility to travel, Viking Line used its ships to help ensure Finland’s security of supply by transporting essential goods.

‘The past few months have been highly active in terms of freight traffic. We believe that passenger traffic will start to pick up rapidly now as well. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that cruise travel is as safe as possible for everyone. For example, our Pre-order service is clearly rising in popularity. It enables customers to order their onboard purchases in advance to be delivered safely either directly to their car or to the ship’s pick-up location. Additionally, passengers also have the possibility to take advantage of our convenient Room Service and order, for example, lunch to be delivered to their own cabin’, explains Takolander.

All Viking Line ships are continuing to ensure passenger safety in accordance with systematic and strict standards. The number of passengers on all cruises is currently more limited and thorough measures are being carried out as a means of safeguarding hygiene aboard our vessels. This past spring, the distinguished classification company Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) verified all Viking Line ships and terminals in accordance with their My Care methodology. This proves that Viking Line has the certified ability to manage and prevent the risk of infections such as COVID-19. Viking Line is the first shipping company in the world to have received this recognition from DNV GL. 

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Ko Tao praised for strong coral reef conservation – Silvija Travel Tips

The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) via the Hello Kitty Global Channel, in cooperation with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has named Ko Tao as the island with a strong community committed to coral reef conservation. The announcement was made on the World Oceans Day 2020, 8 June, making Ko Tao as one of the global communities that follows “Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ko Tao – which means Turtle Island – was given the name because its pristine beaches have long been breeding and egg-laying sites for green turtles. Today, the island is Thailand’s most popular scuba-diving destination, and there are many diving schools, shops, resorts and diving tour operators, which cater for beginners and experienced divers alike. 

Dive operators and local dive schools on Ko Tao are praised for adopting the Green Fins practices to protect the marine environment. Divers are usually among some the most ecologically aware individuals on the planet and are well schooled that proper diving means avoiding contact with any plant or marine life they encounter. With Ko Tao’s ongoing sustainable, community-based initiatives, the island’s marine environment is always prepared to handle future generations of eco-aware divers and tourists.

There is also an on-going drive by the local people and authorities to preserve the natural wonders of Ko Tao and keep it clean and pristine, while trying to cater for the many young people who go there, with a range of food and nightlife options.

Located just off the mainland province of Surat Thani in Southern Thailand, Ko Tao can be reached by speedboat or ferry from Samui and the mainland. Once there, travellers can enjoy powdery, white sandy beaches washed by the waves of crystal-clear seawater.

Qatar Airways to Resume Services to Venice and Expand Flights to Dublin, Milan & Rome – Silvija Travel Tips

Qatar Airways will operate three-weekly flights to Venice, starting 15 July 2020

Flights to Dublin, Milan and Rome will increase to daily services from 13 June 2020

Qatar Airways has announced that the airline will be resuming services to Venice, Italy starting from 15 July 2020. The popular tourist destination and major arts and cultural centre will become the airline’s third destination in Italy to resume flights, marking a significant step in the resumption of global leisure travel.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar will also increase flights to Dublin, Milan and Rome, with daily services starting from 13 June 2020. As one of the only global airlines to have maintained a significant schedule throughout this crisis. The airline expects these additional flights to provide further seamless connectivity via its hub, Hamad International Airport, with its Asia-Pacific destinations, in particular Australia where the airline continues to operate 21 weekly flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Qatar Airways three-weekly flights to Venice will be operated by its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Seats in Economy class. The airline has further enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline is implementing several changes, including the introduction of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight. Cabin crew have already been wearing PPE during flights for a number of weeks, including gloves and face masks. Passengers will also be required to wear face coverings inflight, with the carrier recommending travellers bring their own for fit and comfort purposes.

To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit www.qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.

Flight Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Doha (DOH) to Venice (VCE) QR125 departs: 08:20 arrives 13:15

Venice (VCE) to Doha (DOH) QR126 departs: 16:05 arrives 22:30

The national carrier of the State of Qatar has built a strong level of trust with passengers, governments, trade and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis. With its plans for expanding its network and strengthening airline partnerships, the airline is well-positioned to continue delivering on its mission to be the airline travellers can trust.

Source: Qatar Airways

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Best USA Destinations for Family Travel 2021 – Silvija Travel Tips

I am dreaming of a proper family getaway with the grandchildren and family to the USA. Make it a holiday to remember with American Holidays. Check out their best USA destinations for family travel in 2021, offering something for all kids – both big and small. 

Boston

As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston offers the perfect combination of great history and vibrant culture. Visit Boston’s historic monuments and nature parks, walk the freedom trail or catch the Red Sox in Fenway Park. Why not explore the campus of one of the most prestigious universities in the world? Harvard is right on your doorstep and offers daily tours.

Take a day trip to Salem, the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials. Located only 40 minutes from Boston, learn about Salem’s fascinating history, explore its beautiful seaside park and experience its delicious food. 

Fancy a sightseeing break? Make a pit-stop and indulge in Massachusetts favourite dessert, Boston Cream Pie – you will not be disappointed.  Why not extend your family trip with 3 nights in the beautiful Cape Cod?

As a true family-friendly destination, Cape Cod offers activities to entertain everyone. Cycle alongside the glistening Atlantic Ocean on the Shining Sea Bike Trail, search for treasure at the Pirate Museum, spend an afternoon sliding around the water park or take a tour to enjoy some of the best whale watching in the USA.

Take a trip to Boston and Cape Cod next Spring with American Holidays to discover all this and more, from € 1450pp.  

Chicago

Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago is famous for many things, from its love of the sport to its deep-dish pizza! Catch a game in Soldier Field or shop ’til you drop on the Magnificent Mile.

Make the most of your trip to the Windy City and head to Navy Pier for a ride on the Ferris wheel before staying to see the weekly fireworks show. Explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs with the kids and meet Chicago’s underwater residents at the Shedd Aquarium, from rockhopper penguins to beluga whales.

With something to offer every type of holidaymaker, Chicago is a perfect destination for your next family trip.  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family in Chicago with American Holidays from €659pp.  

The West Coast

There’s a reason they say the West Coast is the best coast. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Space Needle, the West coast of America is home to countless bucket-list attractions. Visit San Francisco to explore Fisherman’s Wharf and ride the cable car up the famous hilly city. Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and spend some time in the charming seaside town of Sausalito before catching a ferry back to the city.

Why stop your holiday there? Seattle is the ideal destination to continue your stateside adventure. Experience the local food at Pike Place Market, take the family to the Museum of Pop Culture or the Museum of Flight. Ditch the car and take a water taxi from downtown Seattle and enjoy the picturesque cityscape scenes. Then, top it all off with an unforgettable view from the Space Needle in this beautiful waterfront city.  

What are you waiting for? Tick off your family bucket list on a west coast adventure next Spring, from €1,699pp.  

Orlando and Mexico

Known as the Theme Park Capital of the World, it’s no surprise Orlando makes for an unforgettable family holiday. From Walt Disney World to Universal Studios and everything in between, no kid is too big to enjoy this destination. What better way to end an Orlando adventure than relaxing by the crystal-clear shores of Cancun? Renowned for its family-friendly beaches and restaurants as well as it’s vibrant culture, Cancun is a great family holiday destination. From snorkelling in the world’s second-largest coral reef to visit the Mayan pyramids and temples, Cancun has something for the whole family. Couple this with Orlando and it’s sure to be an unforgettable holiday.  

Escape the dark winter days or make it a Christmas to remember with a family holiday to Orlando and Mexico with American Holidays from €1,850pp.  

Toronto

Famous for its perfect combination of high-rise buildings and beautiful neighbourhoods, Toronto is an international hub of arts and culture. This stunning city is ideal for a family getaway, with waterfront walkways, plenty of museums and charming markets. From Kensington Market to Graffiti Alley, these classic ethnic enclaves have mixed with millennial revitalization to result in an exciting combination of gift shops, salons, cafés and restaurants! Drop into the Mashion Bakery in Chinatown, one of the best and most unique bakeries Toronto has to offer. Or, why not hop on a ferry to the Toronto Islands? With perfect picnic spots and bike rentals available, it’s a guaranteed day of fun.  

Take the family to Toronto for Easter with American Holidays from €899pp.  

Remember, this is just a selection of what’s on offer! Call American Holidays on (01) 901 4405 to avail of these offers or you can also drop into our office located on Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, where our expert staff will be on hand to help you create your dream holiday. For more information visit www.americanholidays.com

Please note hotels are correct at the time of escorted tour planning and may be subject to change prior to tour departure date due to availability. 

Source: TravelMedia.ie

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Coronavirus Antibody Testing Now Available in selected TMB Clinics – Silvija Travel Tips

The Tropical Medical Bureau in Ireland has announced the launch of antibody testing for COVID-19 in selected clinics. The testing used will be the Abbott test, which has been authorised by MHRA in the UK and other international groups and has a > 98% accuracy rate. Self-testing kits are also expected to be available to order online from TMB within the next week.

About Antibody Tests

Antibody blood tests check the blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. Antibodies are proteins which help to fight off infections and are only produced by the body after exposure and infection have occurred. They can usually take 8-10 days to appear but, occasionally, this can take longer so, depending on when an individual was infected and the timing of the test, it may not provide accurate results. It is also important to understand that not every individual creates circulating antibodies even after confirmed infection.  

Please note, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. To check for a current infection, you need a viral test which checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose.  

TMB Antibody Tests

TMB will be providing an in-clinic antibody test as well as a corporate service, which will see a TMB medical professional conduct tests on-site for organisations staff members. An at-home test is expected to be available to order online within the next week.

TMB’s in-clinic testing option requires an appointment with one of our nurses, which can be made online using the TMB booking system. Once a suitable date and time have been confirmed, patients will be sent forms to complete electronically. On the morning of the appointment, patients will be contacted to confirm that they do not have any active COVID-19 symptoms. Upon arrival at the clinic, patients will be seen by a nurse and a blood sample will be taken and sent to the laboratory for testing. The results will be available on our secure myTMB facility approximately 48 hours later. The cost for this service is €80.  

TMB’s corporate service offers businesses the opportunity to arrange antibody tests for staff members. With this service, TMB will send a medical professional out to the workplace to conduct antibody tests on-site.

As part of this new service, TMB recognises that some patients may need extra support to understand their results as they become available. Accordingly, TMB is providing a ‘teleconsultation’ facility to allow individuals who have taken an antibody test, to discuss their personal results with one of our healthcare professionals. Details on accessing this service will be provided along with test results.

Link to book a test: www.tmb.ie/coronavirus-antibody-test

Source: TravelMedia.ie

Discover the West of Ireland at Hotel Westport – Silvija Travel Tips

  • Cian’s of Bridge St. Pop-Up Restaurant Experience
  • All-new Family Bush Camp Socially Distant Staycation Offering
  • Clew Bay Bike Hire Partnership for the Ultimate Fresh Air Activity

Hotel Westport, located on the stunning Westport Estate is the only place for your post-pandemic staycation this summer. With the easing of the toughest restrictions just around the corner, Hotel Westport has put together the ultimate socially distant staycation packages for those chomping at the bit to get beyond their 20k and reset the rest of their summer in style. Those coping with cabin-fever or simply ready for some new experiences – remember those – need to pack up for picturesque Westport and head for the wild and wonderful west.

Hotel Westport is a peaceful haven set on the idyllic surrounds of Westport House, and the Hotel Westport team has spent the past month preparing the highest safety standards and guidelines in anticipation of welcoming guests back to enjoy a unique staycation experience this summer. But safety aside, the team has focussed on the ultimate in innovation and collaboration to wake up your restricted senses and enjoy a ‘second-half of summer’ to remember. Adventure lovers, zen seekers and fun-loving families will all find something to fulfil their travel needs at this west coast wonder.

The picturesque estate with its 400 acres of fresh air is set in the heart of the town at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and overlooked by Ireland’s most famous mountain, Croagh Patrick. Visitors can enjoy some quality time with loved ones at the hotel’s Family Bush Camp, a unique outdoor experience which allows families to reconnect with nature through fun bush crafting and survival activities while maintaining social distance from other guests. It’s the perfect way to kick-start your freedom with an unrivalled experience that won’t compromise on safety.

Packages start at €79pps for Bed & Breakfast and bookings can be secured at www.hotelwestport.ie

Community spirit is at the heart of Westport, as local businesses come together during these unprecedented times. The owner and head chef of Cian’s on Bridge Street, Cian Hayes, will be opening a pop-up restaurant experience in Hotel Westport this summer: Cian’s at Hotel Westport. Bringing a unique take on the menu ordinarily served at his award-winning restaurant to Hotel Westport, the pop-up will take advantage of the large space available in the hotel so guests and locals alike can enjoy a remarkable dining experience in comfortable and socially distant surrounds. Diners can expect to enjoy the best in locally sourced ingredients with bespoke dishes.  Another great collaboration is with Clew Bay Bike Hire. Guests at Hotel Westport can truly experience the wild Atlantic west by hiring bikes on site and cycling an exclusive and accessible 10km loop through the estate, the harbour, and the town. If you’re feeling ambitious, why not take on the breath-taking Great Western Greenway, a cycle you could only but dream of these past few months.

Westport House, an 18th-century manor house also on Westport Estate, is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful grounds to enjoy the blooming gardens and take in the 3.5k looped Lakeland and woodland walk. The house itself is open to day-visitors to discover the fascinating stories of this privately-owned historic house while they immerse themselves in 300 years of Irish heritage in its stunning formal rooms and original antiques, architecture, and artwork.

It is pitch-perfect timing for the guest who truly want to holiday in the great outdoors.  Why not consider a Camping or Caravan break in the onsite 3-star park on the Westport House Estate? Visit www.westporthouse.ie for more information or to make a booking.

Newly appointed Chief Executive at Westport Estate, Barry O’Connor, said; “Unity in Westport is something that’s important to all of us and local businesses are joining forces to help each other during these different times. Things have changed for Irish people so much over recent months, so at Hotel Westport we have created a unique staycation experience while ensuring the safety of our guests, to offer people a chance to make some amazing memories this summer.”

Cian Hayes, Head Chef of Cian’s said “I’m delighted to be working with the team at Hotel Westport to bring my award-winning dining experience to the hotel. This partnership is a fine example of the community spirit unique to Westport, showing that even during trying times we can come together to offer people something to enjoy. As well as local patrons, we hope to see many visitors come down to enjoy the pop-up restaurant and experience everything Westport has to offer this summer.”

Discover Westport like never before this summer. For more information or to make a booking enquiry please visit www.hotelwestport.ie

Source: Legacy Communications

Canary Islands’ Major Airports to Open in July for International Flights – Silvija Travel Tips

Every day the Canary Islands are closer to the “new normal”. The whole Archipelago is ready to continue advancing in the Spanish COVID-19 de-escalation plan. The islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma have now joined La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa in Phase 2.

This phase allowed for the safe reopening of Canaries’ beaches for sunbathers on Monday 25th May 2020. As well as this, shopping centres and cultural spaces can now open their doors, with some limitations. As part of this second phase, restaurants and bars have been given some new, more relaxed guidelines to follow.  

The eight islands are set to gradually restart activity. But, that’s not all. The Canaries’ major airports – Tenerife Sur, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura – have been reactivated for international flights and are expecting to open the ‘safe corridors’ in July 2020.

Canary Islands Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla said “this is one of the best announcements since the reactivation of the entire sector which necessarily requires the recovery of the air connectivity. We depend on the airlines to reactivate their routes with our Islands and that will be only possible if we are part of a ‘safe corridor’ that will allow us to connect with our main tourist markets“.  

Every aspect of travel is being recast in the Canary Islands as Spain gears up to receive tourists as early as July, according to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. On top of this, the Spanish government is planning on lifting the two-week COVID-19 quarantine requirement for overseas arrivals on July 1st, 2020.  

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Las Vegas Convention Center to Pursue New Accreditation Programme Aimed at Outbreak Prevention – Silvija Travel Tips

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is among the first convention centres in the USA to pursue a new facility accreditation focused on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19.

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry, today introduced its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program as the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. The LVCC will be one of the first convention centres in the nation to participate in the programme, which will train employees with best work practices, protocols, procedures and systems for prevention and containment.

 “The health and safety of our employees and our visitors is always the top priority for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and our facility, the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer for the LVCVA. “We’re grateful to the GBAC STAR program for creating the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, and we’re proud to be among the first wave of leaders to pursue this accreditation. Demonstrating compliance will be an important step toward showing the world that Vegas means business, and when the time is right, the Las Vegas Convention Center stands ready to welcome our business travellers back.”

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

“GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for situations,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business.”

The GBAC STAR accreditation is also ideal for facilities such as offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, stadiums and other public venues of all sizes. To learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation, visit www.gbac.org. For more information about the Las Vegas Convention Center, visit www.vegasmeansbusiness.com

Source: The Las Vegas Convention Center

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El Hierro, The Canary Island with Soul – Silvija Travel Tips

It’s time to get to know El Hierro, a quiet paradise that captivates visitors with its exquisite volcanic landscapes, lush green forests, pristine waters of its marine reserve and the calm lifestyle of its almost 11,000 inhabitants. This gem of the Canaries is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Geopark and is a perfect example of sustainable tourism and is waiting to be rediscovered. Known in Spanish as the ‘Meridian Island’, El Hierro is recognised as a magical place. Read on to find out why…

100% sustainable

El Hierro, the second smallest island of the Canaries after La Graciosa, aims to be the first 100% sustainable island in the world within four to eight years. The island has already set a world record last summer by covering the entire populations’ energy needs for 24 days using only renewable energy. One major factor in reaching this milestone was the construction of the Gorona del Viento hydroelectric plant, which supplies about 60% of the island’s energy needs.   El Hierro has always been ahead of its time. Its search for a sustainable living began in 1997 when the islands established an innovative action plan that included energy self-sufficiency, organic farming and a zero waste, environmentally friendly tourism model.

Spectacular Marine Reserve

El Hierro is world-famous for its spectacular underwater scenery and wildlife. The La Restinga Marine Reserve is an internationally acclaimed diving sanctuary inhabited by numerous animal species. El Hierro is home to some of the best diving spots in the Canary Islands. The volcanic eruptions that took place between 2011 and 2012 led to a regeneration of the seabed that gave rise to very particular biodiversity and a unique underwater landscape full of life, including dolphins, turtles, stingrays, barracudas and peaceful white sharks to name but a few.


Breath-taking views

Designed by the great Canarian architect César Manrique and declared a Site of Cultural Interest, La Peña viewpoint is the most frequented standpoint in El Hierro. Set over the steep cliff, this balcony to the Atlantic Ocean lays El Golfo valley at your feet and offers one of the best views of the island, including views of the unspoilt Salmor rocks, a sanctuary for El Hierro’s giant native lizards.

Outstanding bathing spots

Charco Azul is without any doubt one of the most incredible bathing spots in El Hierro. Located in El Golfo, a magnificent valley along the rugged coastline, this natural pool is one of the finest examples of the exclusive volcanic flows. Created naturally by flowing lava, this area doesn’t just allow you to bathe in its turquoise pools, but also to relax, refresh and recharge yourself. Despite its small size, the cove of Tacorón in the south of the island is one of the best beaches in El Hierro. This quiet and secluded cove is known for its stunning views of El Julan and calm Atlantic waters.

Magical Trails

The island of El Hierro has a special charm with its geological microcosm where 58% of the surface area is officially protected. Its 268 square kilometres of stunning landscapes will captivate you with the contrast between the dark volcanic ground and lush green forests. In just a couple of steps, the trails and ancient paths will take you from the sea to the mountains. Discover the Bimbaches rock carvings in El Julan and experience the incredible views on an excursion to Pico de Malpaso, the highest point of El Hierro.

Natural jewels

In the town of San Andrés is where the Garoé Tree once stood. Adored by the Bimbaches, the ancient inhabitants of El Hierro, the Garoé Tree is a real symbol of island identity. Legend has it that its leaves could collect enough water to supply the whole population of the island until it was destroyed by a hurricane in the 17th century and a lime tree was planted in its place. About 500 metres from the tree is the Garoé Visitors Centre, where visitors can learn about the past of the native islanders and how they lived. The 16km water route trail also starts and ends in San Andrés, showing the importance of water and the history behind it. In the extreme west of the Island you can find El Sabinar, a forest full of centuries-old trees whose incredible ability to adapt to the elements will leave you in complete awe. This open forest is full of indigenous juniper trees with twisted trunks as a result of the trade winds and is a must-see on your trip to El Hierro.

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Barbados, The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean – Silvija Travel Tips

From street food to fine dining and everything in between, Barbados has plenty to offer every type of foodie. This island will draw you in with its idyllic tropical beaches and delicious rum but, time and time again, it’s the food you experience that will have you coming back for more. Barbados is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, and for good reason.

Traditional Dishes

Trying traditional Bajan cuisine is a must-do on your trip to Barbados. The island is often known as The Land of the Flying Fish, very appropriately named as its national dish is flying fish with cou-cou. Flying Fish is delicious and extremely versatile, it can be fried, steamed or pickled and it comes out truly tasty each time. Cou-cou, made with cornmeal is very similar to polenta, with a smooth texture.

If you’re interested in digging into some other classic Barbadian dishes, try macaroni pie. This is a Barbadian take on macaroni and cheese and as one of the most famous dishes on the islands, it won’t disappoint! Find it on the menu in many local restaurants and from street vendors. Fancy something different? Try pudding and souse – a hot pepper pickled pork with spicy sweet potatoes. Insider tip: if you want to eat like a local, you’ll only eat your pudding and souse on a Saturday.

Street Food

Local food doesn’t get more real than the authentic treats served up in the streets. Barbados is known for offering some of the best street food in the world where both visitors and locals are spoiled for choice. Using fresh tropical ingredients, delicious spices and unique preparation, Barbadian street food offers authentic food at great prices without skipping on flavour! Fish cakes are one of the most popular foods available from street vendors and can be enjoyed by itself or in a bun, known as a ‘bread and two’. Hot Legendary Fishcakes in Oistins is renowned for offering some of the best fishcakes around or, you can find them in most rum shops, served along with ham, cheese or fish cutters.

Breadfruit bowls are another Barbadian street food favourite. Breadfruit is a spiky, oval-shaped fruit which, when cooked, tastes like fresh bread. This fruit is hugely popular in the Caribbean and Barbados, in particular. Yelluh Meat in Bridgetown is one of the best places to try breadfruit, offering their famous ‘build your own breadfruit bowl’ menu.

One incredible Street food experience not to be missed is The Friday Night Fish Fry at the Oistins Bay Gardens. With tons of amazing food and fresh seafood on offer, you can be guaranteed to find plenty of options to tickle your taste buds. Enjoy your food amongst art and craft stalls, live music and, of course, an unbeatable Barbadian atmosphere.

Casual Dining

Casual dining in Barbados combines convenience and relaxation with idyllic scenery and, of course, delicious food. Enjoy tasty dishes from all over the world while sitting back and relaxing in a laid back and welcoming atmosphere, in traditional Barbadian style.
From sports bars to coffee shops and fast food outlets, there are plenty of options for a casual bite to eat on the island.

Boasting endless stretches of coastline, it’s no surprise that beach bars have grown in popularity in recent years and can be found dotted all over the island. Some beach bar favourites include Blue Pineapple, Nikki Beach, 111 East, Copacabana, The Cliff Beach Club and La Cabane.

There is one thing all the islands casual dining spots have in common – the opportunity to dine alfresco beneath the stunning blue skies. Dining like this is an experience to remember forever. So, whether you fancy a quick affordable snack or more expensive haute cuisine, Barbados has exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy some of the best-loved casual dining spots such as Blakeys, Just Grilling and The Beach House.

Fine Dining

Treat yourself, you’re on holidays! From Bajan cuisine to Italian, Japanese, Mexican and more, if you want to experience the taste of Barbados at its very best there are a number of fine dining restaurants on the island to choose from. Hailed as one of the Caribbean’s top restaurants, the Cliff Restaurant, located on the upmarket west coast, offers stunning oceanfront views and unrivalled food. The restaurant is renowned for its fresh seafood dishes and top-class service.

Other options include The Tides, which specializes in exquisitely crafted seafood dishes or Champers, which is known for its consistently great food and offers real value. If you’re in the mood for international dishes and unforgettable panoramic views, be sure to pay a visit to Tapas, located by the picturesque south coast boardwalk.

To find out more about Barbados’ culinary delights? Check out the Visit Barbados YouTube channel for some delicious recipes and find more information on their website

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IT&CMA 2020 Learning Festival Revealed – Silvija TRavel Tips

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific are partnering ICCA, IMEX, PCMA, and SITE – four of the industry’s biggest associations and trendsetters for its brand new learning festival DDFI.

Slated as the first knowledge segment of the 3-day double-bill event, the inaugural festival features four parallel themes close to the hearts of industry professionals, each helmed by one of its content partners. Themes will run concurrently over 3 hours – across different locations at official venue Bangkok Convention Centre on:

Tuesday 22 September 2020
0900 – 1200hrs

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Open to all delegates, DDFI features interactive workshop-style sessions centred on a variety of curated case studies and inspiring stories by personalities and brands passionate about Community and Sustainability; Innovation and Enterprise; Professional Advancement and Well-Being; and Mentorship and Future Leaders.

Organisers and content partners are also exploring added pre- and/or post-event excursions to local business featured in these sessions as part of a cultural immersion objective to tangible learning at DDFI.

Attendees are invited to ditch the corporate wear and come dressed down in their smart casual attire for a thematic, interactive and unrestricted inspiring learning experience.

Meet The Content Partners and their Themes

To Register visit: www.itcma.com