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Crystal Ski Holidays, All inclusive, catered, or self catering – Silvija Travel Tips

Whatever type of ski or snowboard holiday you are planning – you can have it with Crystal Ski Holidays

Treat yourself and go all-inclusive! Breakfast, dinner and lunch are included, either served in your hotel or packed for you to take away. Drinks are covered too – from late afternoon tea to wine with your evening meal – so you can go all out on the slopes knowing everything else is taken care of.

Alternatively, stay in a catered chalet which includes 3 meals on 6 days of your stay, all prepared by your chalet host. In the evening, everyone sits down together for a relaxed, social meal. This is made up of 3 courses for 5 nights of the week and a 4-course farewell feast on your last night. Early suppers are available for children on request and adults’ evening meals come with boxed house wine which is free-flowing until coffee is served.

Whether it is munching breakfast at lunchtime or taking a well-deserved nap, in a self-catering apartment you can do what you like, when you want. Plus, this type of getaway is great value, so you can experience your dream ski holiday without breaking the bank

Self-catering offers from €429pp:
  • Italy: Depart 6th January 2019, stay at the 3* Apartments Planibe, La Thuile, for 7 nights, from €429pp (based on 4 sharing)
  • France: Depart 12th January 2019, stay at the 3* Grand Bois Apartments, La Tania, for 7 nights, from €489pp (based on 4 sharing)
  • Andorra: Depart 13th January 2019, stay at the 2* Manzano Apartments, Pas De La Casa, for 7 nights, from €495pp (based on 4 sharing)
  • Austria: Depart 2nd March 2019, stay at the 4* Aurora Apartments, Bad Hofgastein, for 7 nights, from €599pp (based on 4 sharing)
 
Catered chalets’ offers from €745pp:
  • Italy: Depart Dublin, Ireland 2nd March 2019, stay at the 3* Chalet Violetta, Val Di Fassa, for 7 nights, from €745pp
  • France: Depart Dublin, Ireland 2nd February 2019, stay at the 3* Chalet Tetras, Les 2 Alpes, for 7 nights from €789pp
  • Austria: Depart Dublin, Ireland 5th January 2019, stay at the 4* Chalet Tirolerhaus, St Anton, for 7 nights from €865pp
 
All-inclusive offers from €739pp:
  • Italy: Depart Dublin, Ireland 20th January 2019, stay at the 3* Grand Albergo, Claviere, for 7 nights, from €739pp
  • France: Depart Dublin, Ireland 16th March 2019, stay at the 4* Royal Oursblanc, Alpe D’Huez, for 7 nights, from €1,319pp
  • Andorra: Depart Dublin, Ireland 23rd December 2018, stay at the 4* Euroski Resort, Soldeu/El Tarter, for 7 nights from €945pp
  • Austria: Depart Dublin, Ireland 12th January 2019, stay at the 4* Hotel Bergland, Seefeld, for 7 nights from €1,079pp
 All holidays and prices are subject to change and availability, and are based on 2 sharing (Unless stated above). Prices do not include optional extras such as insurance, in-flight meals or group seating. Normal Crystal Ski terms & conditions apply.

To book your holiday now call (01) 653 3504, visit www.crystalski.ie or contact your local travel agent.

Crystal is fully licensed by commission of aviation regulation (TO 029)

Source: Press release provided by TravelMedia.ie
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Optimistic forecasts for aviation business in Kaunas

Five hundred aircraft – this is the number of planes that have already been serviced by Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Service (KAMS), a Ryanair aircraft maintenance base in Lithuania located near Kaunas Airport. “You could say that practically every single Ryanair aircraft flying today has most probably been in our hangars and has been maintained at the hands of Kaunas’ specialists,” Karolis Čepukas, head of the company, said smiling, demonstrating the firm’s two hangars in which two Boeing 737-800 aircraft can be maintained simultaneously.

In the interview below, Karolis Čepukas speaks about his highly skilled specialists, challenges in the labour market and solutions for coping, as well as about the daily life of maintenance workers, which is both romantic and technical and full of modern technology. He has headed KAMS from the very beginning.

Growing need for specific specialists

KAMS’ main activity is the maintenance of Ryanair aircraft. It started operations in 2012 with just one hangar and 45 employees. A year later, the second hangar was opened, doubling the company’s capacity and increasing the number of employees to 100.
“We have experienced stable growth over the last five years and today we have over 200 employees. While we would like to continue growing, we are hindered by a lack of suitably skilled workers. For this reason, we are working a lot with state authorities to generate more specialised training programmes designed for the aircraft industry,” Mr Čepukas said.

“For instance, since the beginning of this year, we have been cooperating with Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas Mechanical School and Kaunas Technical College – all these educational institutions train aircraft engineering and mechanics-related specialists,” he continued, adding that even after graduating from these studies a young man has to continue training in the company to adjust his abilities and skills to the company’s needs.

It is very clear that in the near future the demand for specific specialists will grow dramatically, for mechanics who are experts in avionics and composites and aviation electricians.
“Only a few specialists in this field are trained in Lithuania annually – which is not enough. Given the trends and the speed as well as the extent to which aircraft depend on electronics, it is evident that there will be continued demand for avionics professionals,” Mr Čepukas noted.

Comprehensive aircraft maintenance – in as little as two weeks

“At first it was intended to provide maintenance for two-year-old aircraft in Kaunas. Each plane would spend a couple of days in the hangar. Currently, we manage to service planes that are from eight to eleven years old. The older the aircraft, the longer is needed for repairs – more areas have to be inspected and checked and more works have to be conducted. All of Ryanair’s planes are the same – Boeing 737-800 – which means that maintenance is simpler: every time it’s the same aircraft and the same maintenance procedures and conditions.”
It takes just two weeks to service each aircraft which, according to Mr Čepukas, is a very short period compared to the normal market situation.
The average age of Ryanair’s aircraft is 6.8 years, which is very little bearing in mind that the lifecycle of an aircraft is 25 years. Ryanair has ordered a further 230 new planes, so the average age of the airline’s fleet will “become even younger” and it is likely that in five years the average age of the fleet will be less than five years’ old.

Proud of the first employees’ accomplishments

After Ryanair decided to set up in Kaunas, the first selection procedures and contact fairs were organised in order to “check” the market and make sure that interest was actually huge.
“A considerable number of those who started with us six years ago are still with us. Those who came as mechanics have become engineers – and this is a considerable achievement both in terms of Kaunas and Lithuania. An engineer certifies the work done; to become an engineer requires at least five years’ experience as well as passing exams in 13 modules and aircraft types. It is a long road and hard work. We are, therefore, justifiably proud of our first ten employees who have become engineers, and this number has been growing annually,” Mr Čepukas said.

Impressive expansion throughout the company

The KAMS operation in Kaunas was the second company established by Ryanair to conduct comprehensive repair of aircraft – the first was set up in Prestwick, Scotland. A third has been set up in Wroclaw, Poland, and a fourth is being established in Spain.
“Given today’s needs, it is obvious that to service the expanding Ryanair fleet efficiently, we need to double the number of hangars in Europe,” the CEO of KAMS said. “We are not the only ones who have been growing and expanding; at the moment, Ryanair has about 13,000 employees, and according to forecasts, in five years the staff will total 20,000.”

Great potential for the aviation business in Lithuania

As Mr Čepukas put it, both Ryanair’s representatives and other aviation industry representatives in Lithuania understand very well that to help existing companies grow and attract new ones, there must be a good pool of employees: “We know that by producing well-trained aviation engineers, mechanics and other specialists, the aviation industry could repeat the success story of the IT industry in Lithuania.
We have seen over the first five years that people who come to us have a critical shortage of skills; for this reason, we established a training department this year, on basic Ryanair maintenance. From now on, we will admit two groups of up to 20 people per year and train them.”
Over two years, during which theoretical and practical training is provided, trainees not only study but also work, and after two years they become fully fledged mechanics and the main labour force of the company.
Source: Kaunasin.lt

Hop over to St. Johns, Canada – Silvija Travel Tips

It’s not just European beaches that are on our doorstep – did you know that the stunning Canadian destination St. Johns, is just a 4.5 hour flight away?

This colourful coastal town is nestled at the most eastern point of North America. A culture overflowing with Irish influences and history, it’s no wonder this cousin to the east is a must-see destination for the Irish.

With its perfect blend of city and nature, St. Johns offers its visitors a wide array of activities. From hiking thru Terra Nova National Park and sampling the craft beer from the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company to climbing up to enjoy the views at Signal Hill and taking a boat tour out to go whale watching, St. John’s is a destination with plenty to see and do.

You can fly direct from Dublin in less than 5 hours, with fights from only €423pp return. So what are you waiting for?

Book your Canadian adventure today with GoHop and explore North America’s oldest city for yourself.

For more information or to book visit www.GoHop.ie or call the experts on 01-2412389.

Source: Press release provided by TravelMedia.ie
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Indian Ocean Island dreaming (Hayes & Jarvis Ireland) – Silvija Travel Tips

Live out your island dreams on any of the beautiful islands the Indian Ocean has to offer with amazing deals from Hayes & Jarvis Ireland   www.hayesandjarvis.ie

The Seychelles is made up of over one hundred and fifteen islands. Hike the rolling jungles on Mahe, soak up the sun on the world famous Anse Lazio beach of Praslin, spot the countries amazing wildlife above and below the water,and discover the rustic village island of La Digue.

From the tropical mountains in the interior to the beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters that line Mauritius, the island will draw you back again and again.

Nestled within stunning landscapes and golden beaches, a Sri Lankan beach stay is perfect for ultimate relaxation and tranquility after your touring exploration.

Picturesque island escapes can become a reality with Hayes & Jarvis Ireland tailor-making your dream trip.

Seychelles Island Hopping

Spend 4 nights at the 4* Coco de Mer Praslin, 4 nights at the 4* Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie la Digue and 4 nights at the 4* Carana Beach Hotel Mahe, on a B&B basis from only €3,289pp

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 12 nights’ accommodation as stated, all internal flights and transfers, taxes and charges.

Travel: October 2018   www.hayesandjarvis.ie

Dubai and Mauritius

Spend 3 nights at the 5* Taj Dubai on a B&B basis and 7 nights at the 5* Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Welness Resort on an all-inclusive basis from only €2,639pp

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 10 nights’ accommodation as stated, transfers, taxes and charges.

Travel: November 2018.  www.hayesandjarvis.ie

Sri Lanka

Spend 7 nights on a private escorted Classic Ceylon Tour followed by 7 nights at the 4* Avani Kulatara Resort on an all-inclusive basis from only €1,939pp

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 14 nights’ accommodation including a 7 day tour, transfers, taxes and charges.

Travel: September 2018.  www.hayesandjarvis.ie

For more information visit www.hayesandjarvis.ie to be truly inspired or call into the Hayes & Jarvis office just off Grafton Street – 18- 19 Duke Street, Dublin 2 – where the expert staff will help you create your dream holiday.

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Mano pirmieji įspūdžiai Niujorke, Beacon viešbutyje

Mano pirmieji įspūdžiai Niujorke prasidėjo viesbutyje “Beacon”.
Šis viešbutis įsikūręs Manheteno viršutinėje vakarinėje dalyje, visai šalia Niujorko Centrinio parko. Netoli viešbučio išsidėstę tokie svarbūs statiniai kaip Amerikos gamtos istorijos muziejus,
“Lincoln Center Plaza” ir “Beacon” teatras. Kelios minutės nuo viešbučio – ir jūs jau požeminėje Metro stotyje, iš kur greitai galima pasiekti Niujorko miesto centrinę dalį.
Viešbutyje gali pasijusti lyg namie- puikūs kambariai ir apartamentai su virtuvėlėmis, turinčiomis visą būtiną įrangą maisto gamybai. Kambariuose didžiuliai plokščiaekraniai televizoriai ir belaidis internetas. Puikus Niujorko vaizdas atsiveria žiūrint pro langą. Tiesiog būdamas kambaryje tu gali grožėtis saulėlydžiu tarp didmiesčio dangoraižių.
Viešbutyje yra verslo centras susitikimams, taip pat siūlomos skalbyklos paslaugos ir bagažo saugykla. Šalia vestibiulio yra rami ir patogi erdvė lankytis ar skaityti, ir atsipalaiduoti.
Viešbutis “Beacon” yra labai gerai vertinamas ne tik vietinių niujorkiečių , bet ir svečių iš viso pasaulio dėl labai patogios išsidėstymo vietos, dėl aukšto aptarnavimo lygio, dėl paslaugų suteikiamų svečiams. Į šį viešbutį visada norisi sugrįžti.

Colorado Springs Offers Slew of New Adventures for 2018

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Home to more than 55 attractions and activities including Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs is sure to inspire an unforgettable visit.

New Things to Do

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park Via Ferrata – One of Colorado Springs oldest attractions will open a thrilling new outdoor adventure in 2018. The Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) is under construction. This rock-side climbing path consists of metal rungs connected to a secure harness ideal for those 12 years and older. The course ends with two zip lines. https://caveofthewinds.com

DroneSpace – Drone racing is a wildly growing sport featured on major television networks and taking the world by storm. Pilots don goggles, which allow them to look through the “cockpit” of the racing drone as they fly the course. The site is the first location in the world that allows first-time fliers to experience this vibrantly lit course. The 12,000 square-foot indoor facility has a large dedicated race track, racing drone shop and spacious lounge. www.dronespace.org

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga – This special stand-up paddleboard class has been timed to experience Colorado’s setting sun alongside paddle yoga practice. Boards are illuminated with colorful LED lights to guide the class atop Quail Lake. Guests can even choose their favorite color. The class lasts 60 minutes and is open to all levels of practitioners ages 18 and up. www.dragonflypaddleyoga.com

Ent Center for the Arts – This transformational, state-of-the-art 92,000 square-foot facility features year-round music and performances. The impressive concert hall houses 774 seats, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, a recording studio and audio laboratory. www.uccs.edu/entcenter/

WhirlyBall – This exhilarating sport combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering, two teams of five players use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to one another to hit a scoring target. Visit Colorado’s first and only location. www.whirlyball.com/colorado-springs/

Garden of the Gods Collection International Health and Wellness Center – An innovative, destination healthcare and wellness center has come to Colorado. Applying evidence-based healthcare principles and practices with the latest advances in complementary medicine, the highly-skilled and compassionate physician team at the International Health & Wellness Center intuitively provides medical and wellness services with the aim of restoring clients to optimal health and functionality. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com.

New Lodging

SCP Colorado Springs – From the big picture to the little details, SCP is cultivating a new guest experience. Centered around the concept of holistic hospitality, guests stay consciously. The first property of its kind in the country will provide a range of opportunities for guests to refresh their bodies and souls, to connect with community and to make better choices for the planet. Discover the artful reuse and recycling of original materials used in the hotel’s construction alongside dining options with a focus on local goodness. www.scphotel.com

Garden of the Gods Collection Cottages and Casitas – Nestled on the bluff within the Garden of the Gods Collection property, the newly constructed cottages and casitas are designed to be an exclusive gated resort community with spectacular views of Garden of the Gods Park. The properties will join hotel inventory between spring of 2018 and spring of 2019. The six three-bedroom cottages and 14 exquisite casitas will be framed with meticulously designed and lush landscaped gardens. Covered and open patios support outdoor living that offers transformative beauty while promoting a synergetic balance of nature and tranquil living. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com

The DoubleTree by Hilton has finished a $9M renovation of the property including meeting space totaling over 25,000 square-feet, guest rooms, lobby and expanded bar, the largest in Colorado Springs.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton completed multimillion-dollar renovations in 2017 with a transformation including modernized design updates to all guest suites, in-house restaurant and bar, atrium and a new 7,000 square-foot meeting and event space.

The highly anticipated Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay property, will have 120 available rooms and 3,500 square-feet of meetings space. The property will also feature an indoor saltwater pool and pet-friendly accommodations. The opening is slated for this summer.

New Dining and Drink Offerings

Trail’s End Taproom is the first self-pour taproom in the entire state of Colorado. Trails End has 40 taps available for the adventuring beer connoisseur. Pay by the ounce, and 100 percent of tips are donated to local trail and humanitarian nonprofits. www.trailsendtaproom.com

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company is more than just a cup of lemonade. With organic lemons, organic cane sugar and filtered water, they proudly serve a fresh and healthy drink. Starting with organic lemonade or limeade Colorado-grown lavender, real hibiscus or a variety of other fresh ingredients are then added. Enjoy fresh, hand-crafted syrups while also reaping amazing health benefits. Stop in to the lemonade tap room for an individual creation, or purchase pre-made mixes with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. www.pikespeaklemonade.com

Oskar Blues Fooderies Downtown Colorado Springs – The newest addition to the area’s culinary family is in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The eatery takes up two levels in one of the area’s historic buildings. Enjoy underground bocce courts and an outdoor patio. Grab a pint from one of the 48 taps and munch on locally sourced meats that round out the menu. www.oskarbluesfooderies.com

Goat Patch Brewing Company/Lincoln Center – A variety of local tenants come together in a former elementary school space. Goat Patch Brewing offers a variety of hand-crafted beers along with a fundamental goal of supporting the local Colorado Springs community. Flavors range from a mocha latte stout to a fruit goat patch punch. www.goatpatchbrewing.com

Crafts and Drafts Passport – Colorado Springs has crafted a new way to entice travelers to experience the grandeur of the Pikes Peak region. A new digital passport highlights the destination’s diverse craft beverage scene. From microbreweries to moonshine, visitors can sip and savor their way through the area using a downloadable Crafts & Drafts Passport featuring 24 libation and coffee locations. Colorado continues to make its mark on the adult beverage industry with more than 284 craft breweries state-wide and an economic impact of $2.7 billion. www.visitcos.crafts-drafts

The Piccadilly Bar at The Antlers Hotel offers 50 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and 100 wine choices. This bar offers a classy-cool atmosphere with sophisticated menu items and a nod to the hotel’s history. http://antlers.com/dining.shtml

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About Colorado Springs, CO

Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado’s second largest city has drawn travelers from around the world for decades offering unrivaled natural beauty, endless blue skies, a mild climate and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions. Home to iconic landmarks such as Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, Garden of the Gods Park, the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. Find out more and order a free vacation planner at VisitCOS.com.

Source: travmedia.com

CityPASS Announces Its Newest Partner Destination: Denver, Colorado

Denver (May 2, 2018) — It was announced today that the newest North American destination to offer the popular CityPASS® formula of discounted, bundled admission to the most popular visitor attractions is Denver, Colorado. Today’s launch increases the number of destinations for which travelers can purchase CityPASS tickets to 13.

“We’ve had our eye on Denver for several years now,” said Megan Allen, CityPASS president and CEO. “The city offers that perfect blend of family-friendly and cultural attractions that makes it ideal for our customers. Combine that with Colorado’s striking scenic beauty and Denver’s nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, and you’ve got a pretty compelling draw for travelers.”

The new Denver CityPASS C3/C4/C5 ticket is a mobile ticketing concept that allows users to select any three, four or five attractions from a list of eight top sights. The ticket is delivered directly to the purchaser’s email, which can be saved to their smartphone and easily scanned at each attraction. Designed to be both flexible and customizable, the tickets do not require the buyer to pre-select the attractions that will be visited; travelers are free to choose as they go.

Depending on the attractions chosen, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can save up to 31 percent off the cost of purchasing the included tickets individually (savings increases to 34 percent on June 1, 2018). The list of attraction options includes:

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo
Downtown Aquarium—Denver
History Colorado Center
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
“Depending on their length of stay and personal interests, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can customize an itinerary that best fits their schedule,” Allen added. “CityPASS has always been guided by the tenets of making travel easier, more affordable and more accessible. Our development team made sure the new Denver program directly hits all those goals.”

Denver CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for seven consecutive days, including the first day of use. Available for sale exclusively on CityPASS.com, the tickets are available in the purchaser’s choice of seven languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Pricing for Denver CityPASS tickets starts at $39 for adults; $29 for children, age 3-11:

C3 (visit any three attractions): $39, adults; $29, children

C4 (visit any four attractions): $48, adults; $38, children

C5 (visit any five attractions): $57, adults; $47, children

About CityPASS: For more than 20 years, CityPASS tickets have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS tickets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, are currently available in 13 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Prices and programs subject to change. CityPASS® is a registered trademark of City Pass, Inc., and the exclusive property of City Pass, Inc.

Source:  ipw.travmedia.com

Celebrate US Independence Day with TrekAmerica

North America’s specialist tour operator for 18-38-year olds, TrekAmerica boasts a whole host of special departures so visitors can immerse themselves in America’s flamboyant Independence Day celebrations. Trekkers can party the night away with patriots in Las Vegas, Nashville and Miami, as well as other incredible cities including Washington D.C and San Diego.

Be in Washington D.C for 4th July

The nation’s capital is a wonderful place to celebrate the Fourth of July. Trekkers can learn the history of American Independence by heading to the steps at Constitution Avenue for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony, before free time to explore the city. As evening hits, it’s time to find a spot on the Capitol’s West Lawn for a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and an extravagant fireworks finale.

Southern Sun, departing 3rd July, from £2,259pp

Be in Nashville for 4th July

In Nashville, the music takes centre stage; Trekkers can check out the annual free concert – Let Freedom Sing! – followed by a 30-minute firework show in Music City. Named one of the best July 4th celebrations, this one is not to be missed!

Atlantic Dream, departing 29th June, from £1,399pp

Be in Las Vegas for 4th July

Sin City lights up the night sky even brighter than usual on the 4th July, with spectacular firework displays and celebrations lighting up every corner of the Las Vegas strip. It’s also a great chance for Trekkers to hit up one of the many pool parties and clubs for a night long party!

Southern BLT, departing 30th June, from £2,879pp

Western BLT, departing 1st July, from £999pp

Western Wonder, departing 1st July, from £769pp

Westerner 2 BLT, departing 29th June, from £2,039pp

Be in San Diego for 4th July

Home to thousands of service members and veterans, the Southern California city of San Diego is a great place to witness true patriotism in the US. Trekkers can experience the annual ‘Big Bay Boom’, which sees fireworks launched simultaneously from four barges on North Bay. With mild mid-summer weather, beautiful beaches and tonnes of entertainment, it’s no wonder thousands of visitors head to San Diego to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

Westerner 2, departing 3rd July, from 1,659pp

For a full list of special departures or for further information on TrekAmerica, visit www.trekamerica.com

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For more information, high res images or press trip enquiries – please contact WixHill: pippa@wixhill.co.uk / jo@wixhill.co.uk 01483 203992

Notes for editors:

* TrekAmerica now offers the Easy Go Guarantee – making bookings more flexible with the options to change dates, pay in instalments and cancel trips. Please see full details here

** Price is for the tour only – cost with flights available on request.

To book or for terms and conditions visit https://www.trekamerica.co.uk or call 0333 003 2051. Check out the Trek social scene, search #iTrekHere / #trekamerica or visit www.trekamerica.com/community

About TrekAmerica:

Over 40 years’ experience showing groups of travellers the USA, Canada, Alaska and Central America
Over 50 tours to choose from, ranging from 3 to 80 days, across all 50 States
Small groups of likeminded 18-38-year olds with no single supplements
Low deposits of £100 or 10% of total trip cost
Free Wi-Fi on tour vans in the USA
ABTA and ATOL protected
Contact
Louise Woodruff
+44 (0)1483 203992
louise@wixhill.co.uk

Source: travmedia.com

Lithuanian tourism stories are of particular interest to global media giants this year

  • “The smallest republic in the world, Užupis, located in the capital of Lithuania, is a must-see for any visitor to Europe”, the biggest German national broadcaster “Deutsche Welle” announces as it introduces a video commentary on Užupis in its website that has a readership of 1.3 million. Soon Lithuania will also be covered in an enormously popular “NTV” cooking show “Poedem, poedim!” (“Let’s go, let’s eat!”). It has taken two years for the Department of Tourism to arrange an fam trip with the host of the show John Warren from Great Britain. Lithuania will be visited and covered by “Forbes”, “The Telegraph”, “National Geographic” as well as by journalists from other famous magazines from priority incoming tourism markets. Lithuanian tourism stories are of particular interest to global media giants this year

    “We can already see that this year is going to be special because of the importance of the press that journalists represent who are coming to Lithuania. It is the result of consistent work and high quality contacts that Lithuania is going to be introduced as an attractive tourist destination in all world-famous media channels. By planning fam trips for journalists for this year, we were carrying out strict selection and consulting our foreign representatives and embassies, since we cannot invite everyone willing to come and visit us, unfortunately. Besides, we develop the agenda of each visit independently, we consult closely with tourism information centres in an effort to fully meet the journalists’ interests and to prepare a highly exceptional agenda of their stay”, says Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, the acting director of the Department of Tourism.

    In the upcoming tourism season, the team of the Department of Tourism is impatiently looking forward to planned introductory tours for journalists from Great Britain who represent national daily newspapers “The Telegraph”, “The Guardian”, “The Express”, as well as “National Geographic”.
    David Lyndo, also known as Urban Birder in the UK, is also expected to pay a visit to Lithuania. He is an enthusiast of bird watching, a photographer, a filmer and an author of bird watching and its possibilities. Lithuania caught his particular interest during a niche exhibition in Rutland (UK) last year. The United Kingdom is known for a number of tourists who take an interest in bird watching, therefore, a message spread about birds breeding in Lithuania or migrating through it could draw the attention of the British tourists.

 

France is planning to give some attention to Lithuania in its morning show “Télématin“ on “France 2” TV channel, as well as in a women’s magazine “Biba” with a circulation of 306 thousand, and in a Parisian lifestyle weekly “Telerama Sortir” or in a montly travel journal for professionals “L‘Echo Touristique” among others. Already at the end of April the Department of Tourism is going to organise an introductory tour to a journalist of TV show “La Quotidienne“ of “France 5” who is going to make a commentary about possibilities of a weekend trip to Vilnius and its surroundings.

Introductory tours will be organised to Italian journalists from “Elle”, “Style Magazine” published with “Corriere della Sera”, “La Stampa”, “Vanity Fair”, “La Repubblica”, Nationalgeographic.it; Lithuania also has the attention of gastronomy magazines like “Viaggi del Gusto” and a gastronomy guide “Gambero Rosso”.
High-end Lithuanian restaurants and local chefs are of interest to Jim Dobson, a journalist of the influential US businesses magazine “Forbes”; an introductory tour to this journalist at the end of June is being thoroughly arranged.
Visits of journalists of flight magazines “Blue Wings” (available in “Finnair” planes) and “Skyward” (available in “Japan Airlines” planes) to Lithuania are also important.
We also have a goal to invite “China Daily” journalists to Lithuania, as well as the Finnish travel magazine “Mondo”, the German national newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, one of the key daily newspapers of Berlin “Der Tagesspiegel”, “Deutschlandradio”, one of the key weeklies in Sweden “Aftonbladet”, another top Swedish weekly “Icakurirer”, negotiations with the British travel magazine “Wanderlust”, which announced Lithuania one of the hottest travel destinations of 2018, are ongoing.

Source: tourism.lt

First Clarion hotel to be opened in Vilnius

International hotel chain Clarion plans to settle in a building being developed by investment company Lords LB Asset Management in central Vilnius, Lords LB Asset Management spokesman Justas Vaitkevicius confirmed it to BNS Lithuania, cites LETA

Clarion is operated by US hotel operator Choice Hotels International, and Clarion hotels in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries are managed by Norway’s Nordic Choce Hotels under a franchise agreement.

Lords LB Asset Management plans to invest 45 million euros into the project that is set to be finished by the middle of 2020. According to previous reports, the project will involve a hotel with 299 rooms, offices and a conference center.

Two Hilton hotels as well as an Ibis hotel will be opened in Vilnius in the upcoming years, with a Marriott hotel already operating in the Lithuanian capital.

Source: http://www.baltic-course.com