Visit Jacksonville Launches #JaxFromHome Virtual Experience Hub – Slvija Travel Tips

In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, we are all staying home (as best as we can) and dreaming of our next getaway, when it is safe to once again be outside and spend time together. In the meantime, you can keep your Jacksonville travel dreams alive by exploring the sunny Northeast Florida destination with all its exciting attractions, parks, boutiques, restaurants and hotels from the comfort of your own couch with a new #JaxFromHome Virtual Experience Hub.

While we all practice social-isolation you can go to and travel virtually to Jax!

  • Watch the 360-degree Immersive Videos:
    • You can ride your first wave in Jacksonville Beach, reel in a big one on the Intracoastal Waterway, enjoy a concert by the Jacksonville Symphony and go hiking at the Timucuan Preserve, all in your pajamas. It’s the next best thing to being here in Jax!
  • Check out live camera feeds from across Jacksonville including a live look at the beaches, Downtown Jacksonville, the surf report and the historic Riverside neighbourhood. You can’t be outside, but you can still enjoy the views!
  • Follow the #JaxFromHome hashtag on social media (@visit_jax) to discover all the creative ways the local hospitality industry is still doing business:
    • Curbside pickup at local restaurants.
    • Live Instagram and Facebook watch parties at local attractions including the Jacksonville Zoo and Catty Shack Ranch.
    • Virtual classes from top chefs, artists and entertainers.
    • Discover the best spots to purchase gift cards to local businesses to use now or later.
  • Use the Virtual Trip Planner on the website which lets you explore the site and save your favourite things to do & see, then you can print them out and have your Jacksonville visit ready for when it is safe to travel.
  • Follow the Virtual Events Calendar to find out all the fun online events Jacksonville’s attractions have planned.
  • Check out the Now & Later #onlyinjax Deals for ways to shop now for your future Jacksonville trip.
  • The website also has fun resources to keep you entertained! Check out our printable Word Search Puzzles.

All these virtual Jacksonville travel resources are available on, you can access it from your home computer or smartphone.

About Visit Jacksonville 
Visit Jacksonville is a Destinations International accredited Destination Marketing Organization contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) to champion the growth of business and leisure tourism in Jacksonville. For a closer look at all, there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to or contact USA 800-733-2668.

Crystal Lagoons to develop Public Access Lagoons – Silvja Travel Tips

Prominent entertainment firms have partnered with Crystal Lagoons® to develop a new facet of the Public Access Lagoons™ model. There will be 16 projects across the United States, known as “Crystal Lagoons Island Resort.” The first will be in Arizona.

The developments will unite Universal Music Group, the world’s leading record label; Epic, the multinational entertainment company; Point Cloud, the leading 4D light projection firm; and SimEx-Iwerks, two-time Academy Award winner for cinematographic effects.

The projects will incorporate state-of-the-art attractions, such as hyper-realistic light and music performances over the lagoon with Raylight4D technology by Point Cloud, while SimEx-Iwerks will offer virtual tours. Additionally, there will be Pangea and Rainforest Café restaurants, aerial bars and an indoor bar with waves for surfing. This new Crystal Lagoons model will revolutionize the hotel and concert offer with a new tourist and entertainment format, centred around its lagoons with cutting-edge technology.

For Universal Music, this marks its move into the hotel industry with its own chain, Universal Music Hotel (which will compete with Hard Rock Hotel), with a far wider range of shows. The label’s leading bands will host concerts on the central stage mounted on the 10-acre lagoon, which guests will enjoy from all 300 rooms at the U-shaped hotel.

“By incorporating Crystal Lagoons innovation, we are offering a new standard of tourism and entertainment for the XXI century, which will revolutionize the hotel and entertainment industries. For that reason, Universal Music has opted for the Public Access Lagoons business model, also known as PAL™, creating its own chain of hotels and giving a qualitative jump with respect to what is currently on offer,” explains Eric Cherasia, Vice President at Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp.

Lagoon beach clubs, retail, amphitheatres and recreational and cultural activities will be included in the areas surrounding the lagoon.

“Universal Music hotels will be true entertainment centres, with unique and extreme experiences such as the French Aerophile Balloon gastronomic platform, which will rise 1000 ft. with diners inside,” concludes Cherasia.

About Crystal Lagoons

Crystal Lagoons is a multinational company with U.S. headquarters in Miami and offices in Dallas and Los Angeles, that has developed an innovative concept and technology, patented in 190 countries, allowing for the construction and maintenance of unlimited size bodies of water in crystalline conditions at low cost. 

Boeing offers Dreamlifter for Pandemic response – Silvija Travel Tips

Boeing announced it is activating its additive manufacturing network to 3D-print face shields for health care workers and is offering up the Dreamlifter to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boeing employees will 3D-print the personal protective equipment (PPE) using additive manufacturing machines in St. Louis, Missouri; El Segundo, California; Mesa, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – as long as those facilities remain in operation, consistent with federal, state and local health orders.

Depending on the size of the machine, up to 24 face shield frames can be 3D-printed each day. The company announced it is targeting an initial production rate of several thousand a week.

“We have the open capacity, goodwill and a multitude of eager employees waiting and wanting to help in this crisis,” said Melissa Orme, vice president of Boeing Additive Manufacturing (BAM).

The design includes a 3D printed frame with an adjustable headband that allows a clear plastic face shield to be easily snapped onto the frame. Boeing is evaluating the best way to quickly cut the plastic needed for the face shields, leveraging advanced cutting technology used for aircraft parts.

Face shields and other PPE have been in such short supply that some doctors and nurses have turned to swim goggles and other homemade options.

“This is a first-step solution to do what we can right now to help,” said Carlton Washburn, a program manager in BAM. “I’ve only seen positive behaviour and amazing support from people – both inside of Boeing and externally – trying to offer help. It makes Boeing’s mission to protect people very real to me.”

The 3D printed face shields solution was developed by employees from Boeing Additive Manufacturing; Boeing Research & Technology; Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Supply Chain and HorizonX; along with support from Accenture, hospitals and universities.

“Boeing employees are always ready and willing to step up and help in times of need, and this is just another incredible example of that,” said Tim Keating, executive vice president of Government Operations. “I’m proud of all the work being done to support our communities during this challenging time. We hear you, we’re listening, and keep the ideas coming.”

The company also announced its intent to offer the use of the Boeing Dreamlifter, one of the largest cargo carriers in the world, to help transport critical and urgently needed supplies to health care professionals.

The Dreamlifter fleet consists of four specially adapted Boeing 747s with a max cargo weight of 63,000 pounds per plane. Boeing is coordinating closely with government officials on how best to provide support.

To date, Boeing has donated tens of thousands of masks, gloves and other equipment to hospitals in need.

The company is also analyzing several other ways it can engage its engineering, manufacturing and logistics expertise to help the cause. Additional details, including ways in which Boeing employees can continue to give back, will be communicated soon.

Luxe Collection Brings First Luxe Hotel to NYC – Silvija Travel Tips

Global hospitality brand Luxe Collection is kicked off 2020 with significant expansion, including Luxe Hotels’ first branded property in New York City, the historic and highly acclaimed Luxe Life Hotel New York. Five additional hotels will join Luxe Collection’s portfolio of boutique 4- and 5-star properties this quarter, including Eurostars Magnificent Mile (Chicago), The Belmont (Dallas), Il Tornabuoni (Florence), CoolRooms Atocha (Madrid), and Zeavola Resort (Koh Phi Phi, Thailand).

In addition to growing the Luxe Collection portfolio, Luxe Hotels’ flagship in Beverly Hills, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. The new look is sophisticated and crisp, relaxed and modern. The guestroom interiors are evocative of an elegant residence with their mix of warm wood finishes, soft lighting, refined metals, and lux fabrics. The neutral palette of the rooms extends into the bathrooms with custom-designed wallpaper, brass accent light fixtures, and natural stone countertops. With the addition of two new penthouse suites located on the rooftop, the renovation will bring a completely different look and elegant feel to the Rodeo Drive property.

The Rose Garden Palace in Rome officially rebranded as The Luxe Rose Garden Hotel, becoming the first hotel in Europe to carry the Luxe name. “We are proud to bring the Luxe Hotel brand to New York, to have a location in the heart of Rome, and to further enhance our Flagship hotel in Beverly Hills, which is the only hotel located on the famed Rodeo Drive,” said Harkham.

Portfolio Additions

Luxe Life Hotel New York

A celebrated landmark turned Luxe Hotel, Luxe Life Hotel New York is housed in the former headquarters of LIFE Magazine in Manhattan’s buzzing NoMad neighbourhood. From its prohibition-era bar to incredible artwork, the hotel pays homage to the talented artists, writers, and creative staff who lived and worked in the building. The impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites provide a seamless blend of modern conveniences and historic charm, as well as a destination signature restaurant, The Marilyn. The restaurant will feature enchanting cocktails and delightful cuisine and promises to provide a unique ambience for the curiously cultured traveller.

Luxe Rose Garden Rome

Located in a restored historic townhouse just off of Via Veneto in Rome, the newly renamed Luxe Rose Garden hotel offers 57 double rooms and 8 spacious suites. Its amenities include a pool, restaurant, and more than 1,100 square feet of event space. The convenient and quiet location is sure to provide each guest with unparalleled Italian hospitality. Step outside to find the best shopping, dining, and sightseeing in Rome, all within easy walking distance. The Luxe Rose Garden uniquely merges the elements of style, hospitality, and comfort.

Eurostars Magnificent Mile Chicago

Located right off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the 217-room property is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Each room—designed to the finest detail to keep the hotel’s character imaginative—offers large windows and balconies with iconic views of luxury shopping destinations surrounding the property. Culture-loving travellers will enjoy a bustling city scene just a short walk away. The hotel’s industrial-chic style—exposed cement ceilings, wooden floors, modern furniture, and avant-garde artistic elements—and exceptional 5-star quality service are the reasons why Eurostars Magnificent Mile is one of the city’s highest-rated hotels. 

The Belmont Dallas

Belmont Dallas Hotel is a haven for creatives, artists, musicians, and travellers seeking a simple and contemporary hotel near downtown Dallas. Located in Southwest Dallas, it’s just 10 minutes from downtown, the Bishop Arts District, and the top music venues in Dallas. This historic motor-inn is being restored to feature one-of-a-kind rooms with unique architecture—some with outdoor living spaces and others with unmatched views of the Dallas skyline. A new restaurant and two bars in The Belmont’s resort-like atmosphere are sure to provide delectable food and drink in tandem with exceptional service and comfort. The renovation is set for completion in the spring of 2020.

Il Tornabuoni Florence

Steeped in history, Il Tornabuoni is a 5-star hotel and a portrayal of Florence at its best. The elegant property is located in one of Florence’s oldest residences and dates back to the end of the 13th century. In the heart of the ancient Palazzo Minerbetti, it provides access to the city’s best shopping, dining, and sightseeing.  Majestically located on the corner between the Tornabuoni, Purgatorio, and Parione streets, three gems in Florentine urbanism, it’s the true definition of modern Renaissance. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and the property offers a gourmet restaurant, bistro, and cocktail bar with an extensive wine collection, sure to satisfy the dining needs of the affluent and leisure traveller alike.

CoolRooms Atocha Madrid

CoolRooms Atocha is a majestic palace house from 1852. Recently reinvented as a luxury hotel, the historic property offers a personalized and memorable stay. Set in one of the most attractive areas of the city, in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras, CoolRooms Atocha is just a short walk from the centre of Madrid. Joining Luxe Collection in March 2020, this hotel includes modern rooms and suites as well as an oasis pool garden, providing a retreat from the buzzing cosmopolitan city. The restaurant and bar, El 34 Pinchos Bar, is a place where the gourmand can taste traditional Madrid in every bite, as it effortlessly recreates cultural flavours and historic dishes, in its 21st-century kitchen.

Zeavola Resort & Spa Koh Phi Phi Thailand

Luxe Collection is proud to represent the award-winning hotel Zeavola Resort & Spa, located on KohPhi Phi Island in Thailand. The eco-friendly barefoot luxury resort has been recognized with the World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel Award. Guests can unplug and reconnect amidst the spectacular tropical beauty of the tranquil white sand on Laem Tong Beach. Amenities include a relaxing on-property spa, cooking classes, delicious authentic cuisine, and a multitude of ocean excursions, including a visit to the renowned Phi Phi National Marine Park. The resort’s teakwood suites and villas, which emphasize the simplicity of rural village life, are the perfect getaway to relax and recharge.

About Luxe Collection

Luxe Collection represents independent hotels in exciting and vibrant locations around the world. The brand’s curated collection of properties maintains a high level of guest satisfaction through thoughtful amenities and authentic travel experiences. The Collection spans 18 countries and is represented by sales professionals in 12 major global markets. Properties benefit from a broad distribution of reservation channels and marketing services to achieve a greater reach without sacrificing their individuality. For more information about Luxe Collection properties, please visit the website.

About Luxe Hotels

The Luxe Hotels brand offers a signature quality of service and a guest experience that blends genuine hospitality with approachable luxury. Its current collection of hotels includes the flagship Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in the chic Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Luxe City Center Hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Luxe Rose Garden Roma by Via Veneto, and now, Luxe Life Hotel New York. No two Luxe Hotels properties are alike, yet guests can be sure they will receive consistent hospitality with individualized attention and comfort. Luxe Hotels is part of the Luxe Collection and is a brand of Harkham Hospitality, Inc.

Contact Luxe Collection Hotels at for more information.

Source: Luxe Collection

Eaton Hotel , Hong Kong – Silvija Travel Tips

Eaton, Hong Kong is a four-star superior Hong Kong hotel located at the heart of Kowloon peninsula. The hotel is pleasing, fun and quite irresistible to the smart travellers, simply because Eaton, Hong Kong is a modern Hong Kong hotel that enthusiastically offers everything you could possibly desire.

Eaton HK pioneers an interdisciplinary hotel experience to travellers seeking inspiration, innovation and impact. The hotel set the stage for residing guests, locals and house members to congregate around creativity and consciousness-building. Eaton Hotel offers provocative content and programming, social and creative incubators, as well as a radical approach to food and beverage, wellness and the arts. Each hotel’s ethos and design reflects the city it resides in, resulting in a diverse portfolio of properties aligned by a shared social mission.

Eaton, Hong Kong is ideally situated at 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon in Hong Kong’s famous “Golden Mile” shopping and commercial district. The hotel combines elegant simplicity and impeccable functionality to create hassle-free comfort in 465 rooms and suites, which are stylishly furnished in pleasing warm earth tones with dashes of natural colour. Sink into exceptionally sumptuous new bedding for the same comfort and luxury of an ultra-premium hotel.

To make our planet a better place to live, the hotel has acted proactively on environmental protection and social well-being. An environmental social Sustainability Policy Statement is adopted throughout the hotel. The property mitigates its environmental footprint by minimising energy, water consumption and waste production. They have also committed to enhancing the sustainability of the local communities through supporting local NGOs, volunteer services and charitable activities.

Splash Beach Resort named 5-star Thailand MICE venue – Silvija Travel Tips

Awarded and recognized by the Thai Hotels Association & Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau splash beach resort.

Following the resort inspection and audit by the committees in 2019, Splash Beach Resort, Maikhao Phuket in January 2020 was named 5-star resort standard by Thailand Hotel Standard Foundation at Thai Hotels Associations Certificate Presentation Ceremony for a 5-star resort standard from Khun Supawan Tanomkieatipum, The President of Thailand Hotel Association during the 18th Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Associations Conference 2020 at Samyan Mitrtown in Bangkok, Thailand.

The resort has also recently received Thailand MICE Venue Standard certified by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau with a standard tool in place to systematically measure the quality of venues for hosting MICE events in Thailand and ensure that MICE & Events planners can run MICE businesses following international standards.

With the resort’s key features for MICE and Weddings, Splash Beach Resort offers various event venues including beachfront options and up to 1,000 SQM pillar-less Conference Centre in Phuket and has been catering for 7,900 delegates for MICE business from October 2018 – October 2019 and expecting at least 1,200 delegates during 1st quarter of 2020.

Splash Beach Resort on Maikhao Phuket is owned and operated by CCD Hotel & Resort Limited. John O’Shea who is the resort’s Managing Director and a veteran hotelier with over 40-year experience with Starwood and Langham is passionate and together with the owners will continue to bring the resort to the next level. “we are focused on continually improving our integrated destination on Maikhao beach and adding new future facilities that will enhance the resort. We have already opened some spectacular new Pool Villas and other projects planned are new restaurants, night club, kids club, beach club and spa” added John O’Shea, the resort Managing Director.

The resort is also planning to extend its already comprehensive Conference facilities which would make it becomes the largest and most versatile conference space on the island of Phuket.

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Palm Springsas ir Joshua tree nacionalinis parkas Pietų Kalifornijoje, JAV

Palm Springsas ir Joshua tree nacionalinis parkas Pietų Kalifornijoje, JAV. Kur bekeliautum visada neapsakomai įdomu susipažinti su dar nematytomis vietovėmis, susipažinti su vietiniais žmonėmis ir jų kultūra. 

Lankydamasi pietų Kalifornijoje, JAV, turėjau puikią galimybę pakeliauti po Palm Springsą. Tai kurorto juosta Coachella slėnyje šalia Joshua Tree nacionalinio parko.

Labai neįprastas vaizdas atsiveria kai karštą dieną kepinant saulei keliauji po dykumą su snieguotomis San Jacinto kalnų viršūnėmis.

Palm Springsas yra vienas žinomiausių pietų Kalifornijos kurortų. Čia visada gausu įvairaus amžiaus lankytojų,  besimėgaujančių puošniomis palmėmis ir sodriai žaliomis golfo aikštelėmis. Klimatas čia nepriekaištingas-net 355 saulėtos dienos per metus.

Trumpam poilsiui stabtelėjome viešbutyje„Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa”, įsikūrusiame nuostabiame Coachella slėnyje. Tai tikra dykumos oazė Kalifornijoje. Po svetingo priėmimo, gausaus ir gardaus maisto , pasigrožėję kraštovaizdžiu vėl patraukėme į dykumą.

Užsukome į „BMW Performance” vairavimo mokyklą, esančia Palm Springso dykumoje. Čia smarkiai padidinome savo adrenalino kiekį. Didžiuliai dulkių debesys pakildavo iš po ratų, kai riaumojantys lenktyniniai BMW automobiliai lyg šokių aikštelėje darydavo įvairius žadą atimančius veiksmus. 

Kiek baugoka, bet tu gi žinai  jog profesionalūs instruktoriai ir platus takelis užtikrina tavo saugumą .

Po įspūdžiais kupinos dienos apsistojome “Palm Mountain Resort” kad atgauti jėgas kitos dienos kelionei. Labai šiltas priėmimas, gardus maistas ir baseinas po atviru dangumi puikiai atgaivino. 

Sekančią dieną mūsų laukė kelionė “Red Jeep Tours”. Raudono Džipo vairuotojas-tai tikrai profesionalus vadovas. Jis be galo įdomiai, su linksmomis istorijomis ir legendomis papasakojo apie Caguilla indėnų protėvių istoriją, kultūrą, gyvenimo būdą ir legendas. Stulbinantys uolienų dariniai ir didžiulės vėduoklinės palmės bei daugiau nei 150 augalų rūšių vilioja keliautojus į šias vešlių palmių oazes. Tai viena didžiausių natūralių palmių oazių Šiaurės Amerikoje. Karštą dykumos saulė truptį vargino, tad buvo neapsakomai smagu pasimėgauti gaiva paslėptoje vandens oloje, kur vanduo teka didžiąją metų dalį.

Pasigrožėjus Kalifornijos dykumos oazėmis laikas pakilti į šalia esančius kalnus. Pakilomė daugiau kaip 2,5 km. į kvapą gniaužiančias Chino kanjono uolas San Jacinto valstybiniame parke. Aukštyn mus kėlė “Palm Springs Aerial Tramway” – didžiausias pasaulyje besisukantis oro tramvajus. Lėtai besisukant tramvajaus vagonui maždaug dešimties minučių kelionės metu galėjome grožėtis  įspūdingais vaizdais, atsiveriančiais slėnio apačioje. Pasiekę viršutinę kalnų stotį – 8 516 pėdų – 2600 m aukštį apžvalgos aikštelėse mėgavomės įspūdingu kraštovaizdžiu. Čia yra visų mėgiamas 50mylių-80,5km. pėsčiųjų takas kur daugelis keliauja su palapinėmis pasiruošę pabūti gamtos apsuptyje keletą dienų.

Mūsų kelionė Kalifornijos Dykuma tęsėsi. Kitą dieną mūsų tikslas buvo “Joshua Tree National Park”.Nuostabaus grožio Trumpalapių Jukų  Nacionalinis  Parkas yra  didžiulė saugoma teritorija pietų Kalifornijoje. Parko plotas 3 200 km2. Jame susiduria dvi dykumos – Mojave ir Kolorado. Joshua Tree nacionalinis parkas nėra panašus į jokią kitą vietą pasaulyje. Joshua medžiai, nors ir panašūs į medžio ir kaktuso mišinį -tai visai ne medžiai ir iš tikro priklauso jukoms. Jos turi ne medieną, o agavoms būdingą pluoštą. Jų čia labai daug ir kitur jų nerasi. Jukos gali išgyventi šimtus ir net tūkstantį metų! Aukštis – iki 15 m. Nepakartojamo grožio dykumos peizažą papildo milžiniški rieduliai. Įspūdingai atrodo didžiuliai  akmenys su gamtos sukurtais veidais ant uolos .Gražios kalnų ir slėnių panoramos. O galbūt tai: „Aš vis dar neradau to, ko ieškau”,( “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,”) – roko baladę, kurią išgarsino Roko grupę U2 iš jų 80-ųjų albumo „The Joshua Tree”.  

Kasmet į Joshua tree nacionalini parką atvyksta daugybė žmonių, norinčių pasimėgauti giedru dangumi ir grynu oru, ramybe, tyla ir grožiu, kurį galima pamatyti tik dykumoje.

Amerikoje plyti daugybė nenusakomo grožio kampelių, kuriuos sukūrė gamta. Kiekvienas mano apsilankymas USA palieka daugybę įspūdžių ir su kiekviena kelione aš vis labiau įsimyliu Ameriką! 

#IPW #USA #PalmSprings

South Africa set for increased arrivals from India – Silvija Travel Tips

South African Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has hailed as a resounding success her two-day market roadshow to Mumbai, India from 14 to 16 January 2020.

The roadshow was characterised by robust engagement with tour operators, destination management companies, film producers and potential investors as South Africa increases its efforts to unlock market opportunities for the realisation of the country’s target of doubling international tourist arrivals from 10.5 million to 21 million by 2030.

“India remains one of our key trading partners and a priority market for driving arrival numbers to South Africa. We will continue to invest in our marketing and engagement efforts, both with our trade partners and travellers while providing diversified tourism products,” said the Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

South African Tourism, the county’s destination marketing organisation, is reengineering its strategy to tap into the market potential and set new growth benchmarks, with a forecasted 1.3% rise in Indian traveller arrivals to South Africa in 2020.

“We are actively promoting our new products, and efforts are being undertaken to educate travel trade of the wide geographical extent of South Africa and unique tourism products in our less visited provinces.”

“The growth in total spend and the average length of stay signifies that Indians travelling to South Africa are staying longer as well as exploring and experiencing more activities than ever before. This is a positive indicator of the potential growth in the market and gives us the confidence to continue introducing new regions and experiences,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

With the aim to further stimulate travel and tourism from India, the Minister indicated that the piloting of e-visas for the market was under serious consideration and would be initiated shortly.

“As a government, we recognise the need for solution-driven policy approaches to address impediments to access our destination for both businesses, leisure, education among others. We are in the advanced stages of testing and implementing interventions to liberalise our visa regulation to unlock the full potential of arrivals from India. The introduction of various visa options including electronic visas and waivers will indeed improve ease of travel,” said the South African Tourism Minister.

She also acknowledged that air connectivity was a key driver for outbound travel for business tourism from India, as she reassured the partners about the commitments to resume the Mumbai-Johannesburg direct route.

“I am convinced that the delegation of government and trade, has through this engagement impressed upon key decision-makers to continue considering and making South Africa a tourism, business and investment destination of choice.”

“Tourism remains a key driver of the South African economy and our government will continue to use tourism to advance sustainable development whilst working closely with small, medium and micro enterprises to make the sector more inclusive as it creates job opportunities required for the development and prosperity of our people,” concluded Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

Source: South African Tourism

IMEX in Frankfurt 2020 – Seeking bold, brilliant speakers: Submissions

IMEX in Frankfurt 2020 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from 12 – 14 May 2020, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights on Monday 11 May 2020.

In a world categorised by information overload, the opportunity to be in the same room, face to face with a highly-knowledgeable, the motivated and engaging speaker is increasing in value. Making that option free of charge for an experience-hungry business audience remains a game-changer. With this in mind, the team behind IMEX in Frankfurt is seeking speaker submissions for its 2020 education programme.

Over the years the IMEX team has developed a market-leading reputation for its professional development and education opportunities. Post-show survey data reveals consistently high satisfaction rates, with the majority of visitor buyer and hosted buyer respondents rating sessions either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ for both the range and quality of speakers.

Unusually IMEX also operates a blind review process for all speaker and session submissions to offset any unconscious bias and to ensure that chosen content is relevant, on-trend and engaging.  The team also regularly reviews its learning formats, attending imaginative, leading-edge events in other markets to ensure they offer the latest and most memorable ways to learn.

Expert speakers and presenters from around the world are invited to apply to present an education session at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 12th – 14th May 2020, with EduMonday on 11th May. The show, which typically attracts over 14,000 professionals from the global business events industry, gives experts the chance to share their expertise with a captive audience and to benefit from the significant exposure a speaking slot at IMEX offers.

Hot topics: the power of nature, sustainability and technology

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “This year we’re particularly interested in submissions that speak to the ‘power of nature’, including what we can do for nature and what nature can do for us. We’ll be raising industry awareness of biophilia (our innate human connection to nature) and biomimicry (using natural principles in event design) while maintaining our usual focus on sustainable events, behaviours and also supply chains. As the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals become more and more important, we’re keen to help industry professionals understand those better too. Equally, demand for core topics never goes away, be it technology, artificial intelligence, global and industry trends, negotiation skills and difficult conversations, crisis management and contingency planning.”

Still need convincing? Here are 5 reasons to be a speaker at IMEX in Frankfurt.

IMEX in Frankfurt 2020 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from 12 – 14 May 2020. Attendees can register their interest in advance here.


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Australia’s Pop Icon Kylie Minogue Invites Brits Down Under – Silvija Travel Tips

Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue delivered a special musical Christmas Day message to the UK as part of Tourism Australia’s latest campaign aimed at enticing more Brits down under.

With original lyrics written by Australian singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect and filmed against a backdrop of extraordinary Australian locations, the three-minute advert premiered on British TV as millions tuned in for the Queen’s annual Christmas address.

The first overseas activation of its recently launched Philausophy campaign, Matesong is the largest investment that Tourism Australia has made in the UK in more than a decade.

At a time of uncertainty in the UK, the light-hearted Matesong musical tribute is a symbolic hand of friendship from Australia, that celebrates the deep and longstanding ties that exist between the two countries.

Helping Kylie deliver the musical tribute is Australian comedian and TV presenter Adam Hills, supported by cameo appearances from Australian sporting legends Shane Warne, Ash Barty and Ian Thorpe; model twins Zac and Jordan Stenmark; UK-born chef Darren Robertson from Three Blue Ducks and the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said that Christmas Day presented the perfect opportunity to capture the attention of millions of Brits.

“The Queen’s annual Christmas speech is a key cultural moment in the UK, with millions tuning in to watch on television and many more online.

“We also know that January is the northern hemisphere winter is a time when many Brits are thinking about an overseas holiday, providing the perfect opportunity to engage with a captive audience and remind them why they should make that next trip Australia,” Ms Harrison said.

Kylie said it was an honour to work alongside Tourism Australia to share Australia with people from her adopted UK home. 

“Filming the Matesong music video was literally a dream come true. I’ve had the opportunity to see parts of the country I haven’t seen before, as well as to go home and revisit places that I know are beautiful.

“I’m such a proud Australian that I’ve spent most of my life travelling around the world sharing my stories of Australia with anyone who would listen, so I kind of feel like a walking tourism advert for Australia already.”

The campaign will continue to run on British television and in cinemas, across digital and social platforms, and throughout of home advertising.

2020 Hotlist – Silvija Travel Tips

Hayes and Jarvis has just released its 2020 Honeymoon hotlist to help all newlyweds celebrate in style. Whether it’s from the top of a mountain, sailing across the ocean, soaring over the rainforest or snorkelling through colourful coral reefs this honeymoon bucket list will leave lovebirds spoiled for choice.

The world is home to so many romantic places that are bound to make this special time with your soulmate something you’ve always dreamed of – the only predicament? Where to choose! 

Here is Hayes & Jarvis‘ 2020 Honeymoon Hotlist to help make your honeymoon destination decision that bit easier.


Nestled among thousands of Indonesian islands, Bali is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Whether you’re enjoying the crystal clear waters, dramatic volcanic peaks or twinkling lakes, you’ll soon notice that your honeymoon in Bali has a staggering vista at every turn.  Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, Bali holidays here 


Discover a tropical paradise on a Seychelles holiday, shaped by soft sugary sands and turquoise waters. Hosting 115 islands in the Seychelles, each offers an abundance of stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and rich culture. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, Seychelles holidays here


Thailand holidays offer an unforgettably diverse range of experiences, from the vibrant cities and exquisite temples to the stunning islands and jungle-covered national parks. Thai people are famously friendly and will welcome you with a smile and gracefully-pressed palms during your Thailand honeymoon. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis Thailand holidays here 


Maldives beaches alone would be reason enough to venture to this Indian Ocean paradise. Boasting some of the world’s best, find yourself soaking in the views with no one else around. Each Maldives resort has its own island – expect luxury in every detail, from personal butlers and elegant spas, to submerged restaurants featuring world-class cuisine. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, Maldives holidays here 


Escape to a laidback luxury location with a honeymoon to Mauritius – a diverse island waiting to be explored. Boasting beautiful landscapes by mixing jungle-covered mountains, waterfalls, and wonderful white sand beaches. Holidays to Mauritius will enchant all those who step upon this country’s shores. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, Mauritius holidays here 

South Africa

South Africa holidays are magical and awe-inspiring adventures. Hike one of the worlds seven new wonders; Table Mountain, search for the big five on a safari in Kruger National Park and see the best of South Africa’s impressive mountain scenery, spectacular gorges and breathtaking coastlines along the infamous South Africa Garden Route tour. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, South Africa holidays here 


Difficult to sum up in words, India is an extraordinary amalgamation of cultures, languages and religions. Find yourself astonished and inspired by incredibly rich cultures, mouth-watering cuisine, serene notes of spirituality and breathtaking landscapes. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, India holidays here 


With its futuristic skyline, warm sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and world-class theme parks, there’s no end to your adventures during your Dubai holiday. Blending city glamour with traditional culture, the desert that surrounds Dubai offers jeep safaris, sunset camel rides, and glamping under the stars. Check out the Hayes and Jarvis, Dubai holidays here

Remember – this is just a sample of what’s available.

Call (01) 513 4329 to chat to one of the  Hayes and Jarvis, destination specialists who will find something to suit your needs perfectly. To be truly inspired, and for more information, visit

The doors of the brand-new Hayes & Jarvis office are open. Be sure to call into 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, where the expert staff will be on hand to help you create your dream holiday.

T&Cs apply. Offer applies to new bookings only and is subject to availability. They reserve right to amend the offer at any time. Offer can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit for full T&Cs. 

Hayes & Jarvis, Ireland’s leading long haul destination specialists offering luxury experiences worldwide.

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Game of Thrones fans will love this filming locations tour – Silvija travel Tips

The wild scenery of Ireland has captured the hearts of filmmakers around the world. And of course, it comes as no surprise to most Game of Thrones fans that the TV show was filmed in the beautiful County Antrim, Northern Ireland. If you are planning a trip to Ireland soon and can’t imagine anything better than a day dedicated to uncovering the magical locations of the series – Wild Rover Tours‘ Game of Thrones Tour from Dublin is a must-see experience.

Why book the Game of Thrones tour from Dublin

  • Visit locations where some of the most iconic blood-curdling Game of Thrones scenes were filmed
  • Savour the seaside town of Carnlough… or maybe better known as the dramatic city of Braavos!
  • Along the Causeway Coastal Route, stop at the Cushedun Caves, where you could swear you saw ships sailing from Westeros on the horizon.
  • With our lunch stop at the Fullerton Arms, claim your place at a very realistic Iron Throne.
  • Visit the House of Greyjoy (otherwise known as the Dunluce Castle) where you can hear the family’s affairs echoing.
  • Let your expert guide weave stories of Irish myth and truth that undoubtedly give this location its otherworldly magic.
  • Get 10% off a second Wild Rover Day Tour from Dublin when booking them at the same time.

Price: Adult €55.00 plus booking fee

Availability: 5 days a week

Pickup: 7:15am Dublin Bus Office, 59 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1

Drop off: 8:10pm O’ Connell Street

Things to bring: All-weather clothing and a smile on your face

Included: GOT costumes, transport, guides and all admissions

Interested in experiencing the Game of Thrones Tour during your getaway to Ireland? Simply click here!

For further information on Wild Rover Tours’ and its services please visit