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Charo Trabado, CEO, MITM Events, Lady of the Knightly Order of “El Camino de Santiago-Silvija Travel Tips

Charo Trabado, CEO of MITM Events, was invested as Lady of the Knightly Order of “El Camino de Santiago” along with thirty-one others that were awarded the honour of becoming part of one of the oldest and most recognized knightly orders in the world. 150 participants from 11 countries attended the event (Angola, Spain, USA, Cuba, Costa Rica, Italy, Philippines, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal and Switzerland).

With a Master in tourism, Charo Trabado began her professional career in 1985 with Grupo Convenco, becoming the Co-Founder of GSAR Marketing. A global sales company, marketing and communication specialized in the representation of international companies in the tourism sector. Charo has held important positions in a number of companies represented by GSAR Marketing, including Grupo Taca, American Airlines and Copa Airlines among others. Since 1997, Charo Trabad organizes the B2B trade shows MITM Events, worldwide pioneers in the meetings tourism (MICE) and cultural sector. 50 plus events in 37 cities and 18 countries. Charo has worked with numerous international and governmental entities, institutions, associations and corporations during her 30-year car career making her one of the most recognized professionals in the industry.

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MITM Americas 2019 professional training programme – Silvija Travel Tips

The professional training programme of the 23rd MITM Americas will take place on the 17th October 2019 in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. The programme will include 3 courses imparted by: Pablo Weil, president of COCAL; Raúl García, Director of MICE Training; and Betina Anzilutti, CEO of NOUN Eventos and Executive Trainer.

Three modules include: “Specialization in the Meetings and Events Tourism sector (MICE)”, by Raul Garcia; “How to creatively project our business meetings”, by Pablo Weil; and “Accessible events”, by Betina Anzilutti.

Raul García López will be talking about “Specialization in the Meetings and Events Tourism sector (MICE)”. Raul has 18 years of experience as an executive in the tourism sector with positions as, Director of the Meetings and Incentives Department in the Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau, playing a major role in Madrid´s naming as the best MICE destination of Europe for 2018. Raul García López is currently the MICE tourism professor in the prestigious Universidad de Nebrija and Ostelea – School of Tourism & Hospitality, strategic consultant of the international tourism sector and entrepreneur with training programs in the tourism sector.

Pablo Weil will cover; “How to creatively project our business meetings”. Pablo is the current president of the Federación de Entidades Organizadoras de Congresos y Afines de América Latina (COCAL), the main association of congress organizers in Latin America; and Vice-President of the Asociación Argentina de Organizadores y Proveedores de Exposiciones, Congresos, Eventos Burós de Convenciones (AOCA).

Betina Anzilutti will cover the subject of “Accessible events”. CEO of Noun Eventos & Capacitación Ejecutiva, Betina has for over 20 years been in charge of qualifying executives in the Latin American MICE tourism industry. With over 100 classrooms in Argentina, Betina over the last 10 years has taken her talent to: Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica and Chile; as well as online lessons (e-learning).

This course has been specially designed to improve the competitiveness of the companies in the sector. Participating exhibitors will receive a certificate that will guarantee you access to superior courses at special rates to complement your professional qualifications.

MITM Americas has consolidates itself as the most important event for professionals in the meetings, congresses and business travel tourism industry, becoming a benchmark for business generation. Thanks to the strict vetting process of our hosted buyer program, your ROI is guaranteed.

The MITM System

Since 1997, MITM Events has developed The MITM System in 50 editions in 37 cities of 18 countries.

The MITM System, maximum business generator, guarantees the ROI thanks to an exceptional networking program and the quality of buyers; that enables agendas to be met within a 99.99% guaranteeing the exhibitors investment.

Eight Spanish hotel chains will participate in MITM Americas 2019 – Silvija Travel Tips

Eight Spanish hotel chains will participate in MITM Americas, the pioneer and most influential meetings and congresses trade show, that will be held in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, 14-17 October 2019. Coinciding with the 500 year anniversary of the city.

MITM Americas has consolidates itself as a must not miss event for professionals in the meetings tourism, congresses and business travel industry. Thus, becoming a benchmark for business generation in the sector. Thanks to the strict vetting process, that buyers must go through the ROI is guaranteed.

Meliá, Iberostar, Barceló, Be Live, Riu, ROC, Evenia and VP Hotels will be the representatives of Spanish hotel chains for this important MICE tourism event. Spanish hotel groups have over 2,000 hotels worldwide, which has greatly influenced their positioning with five of the best hotel chains in the world (Meliá, NH, Riu, Barceló and Iberostar). Seven Spanish hotel chains in the TOP 100 worldwide In the ranking published in 2018 by the World Tourism Organization, four Spanish hotel chains: Meliá, NHm Barceló, Riu placed among the top 50 worldwide. To these four, three more in Eurostars, H10 and Iberostar are among the top 100 largest, in a number of hotels.

The MITM System: MITM Events has implemented the MITM System to organize trade shows since 1997 with 50 editions in 37 cities of 18 countries. The MITM System, a strong business-generating tool, guarantees the ROI thanks to an exceptional networking program and the quality of the buyers it provides: which makes it so appointments are met within a 99.99% guaranteeing the exhibitors investment.

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Cleared for Take Off my flight simulator experience

 Anaheim just outside Los Angeles, USA is known as the home of Disneyland. But for those older children or adults that like the thrill of professional flight simulators, Flightdeck is the place to visit.   

The only female travel media journalist for a group of nine media to experience the trills it was a day of big surprises and first for me.

My first taste was to get fitted out in my air combat flight suit to fly my assigned F16 aircraft. The Instructor briefed us on the flight controls and the weapon system. All a bit technical but with a little help from the instructor anyone can master it. Then it was into the aircraft cockpit, strapped in by the ground crew, canopy down and radio checks with the tower. “Cleared For Take Off”. I push the throttle forward, afterburners on and I thunder down the runway skyward and bank left over the sea. All simulated but it feels real. After a series of flight manoeuvres under the instruction of the from the tower, the group of novice travel media pilots are ready for combat.

Target acquired missile lock. fire. I only have six missiles before I have to use the guns so have to be sure I don’t waste them.  Where is my wingman Top Gun, MAVERICK  (Tom Cruise)   when you need him, someone on my tail firing at me, release flares, so much to remember. A few strikes and I crash and burn on landing. Not my finest performance but I survived.

Next, at Flightdeck I progress to take the controls of a Boeing 737-800 jet. This fix-base simulator is categorised as high fidelity, an exact replica of a Boeing 737-800 with a 180-degree wrap around screen. Joining my flight simulator in the cockpit I sit the captain’s seat. The cockpit is full of buttons, switches, lights, alarms but calmly my instruct tells me what to do. We are landing the aircraft at Kai Tak International Airport the old Hong Kong airport with a low approach over the city at night.

Banking left Hong Kong comes into view out the cockpit window. My task is to keep us on the right flight track using the flight controls and looking at the instruments in front of me. My instructor is controlling the power, flaps and all those other technical things. We are begin our descent following the light, banking right very low over the city and then down the runway for a perfect touchdown. I have landed a Boeing 737-800 simulator.

Later in the week during my stay in Anaheim I got to meet my Wingman Top Gun MAVERICK (Tom Cruise).

If you are into planes, Flightdeck in Anaheim is a great place. Prices for the F16 Fighter Jet experience start US$59 and US$109 for the  Bowing 737. I really enjoyed the Bowing 737 experience and if you would like to see the video of my flight view here: Flightdeck 737


MITM Americas, 14-17 October 2019 –Silvija Travel Tips

The 23rdedition of MITM Americas will be held from the 14-17 October 2019 in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, coinciding with the celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the city of Havana, and with the sponsorship of the Ministry of tourism of Cuba, Gran Caribe Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

MITM guarantees an agenda of up to 30 pre-established appointments with TOP MICE international buyers and a productive networking program to establish strong business ties among participants. Out of all registered buyers only 20% are approved to participate, thus ensuring that only the ones with the highest business potential make it through our strict vetting process.

GSAR Marketing has employed the MITM System in its 50 trade international trade shows organized in 37 cities of 18 countries. Over 10,000 companies corroborate the success of this system, confirming the great benefits obtained during the business program.

Which hosted buyers attend this edition? Decision makers from a corporate companies, incentive agencies, international associations, meeting planners, congresses organizers, luxury tourism, wedding planners, or tour operators with a MICE department. Continue reading MITM Americas, 14-17 October 2019 –Silvija Travel Tips

Explore where Hollywood is made – Silvija Travel Tips

  1. The first day when arrived to IPW 2019 in Anaheim I had a sightseeing tour to Warner Bros Studio, one of the busiest working studios in Los Angeles.


Familiarity with the studio started in a warm atmosphere, guests were greeted in Hollywood with delicious snacks and Oscar images.


Tour Guides have brought us behind the scenes of a studio that has been in the world for over 95 years.

We went behind the lens and discovered the secrets of movie making magic.


Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood brought us closer than ever to the legendary entertainment we love, where the greatest names in entertainment made history.

Experience the excitement of a Hollywood studio featuring movies and TV shows

A lot of great impressions and cinematic secrets give us a great Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

IPW 2019 Anaheim, California – Silvija Travel Tips

Tourism showcase IPW 2019, organised by Visit USA, take place in Anaheim, California.

Thousands of tourism professionals attended from around the world meet in America for a five-day US rundown.

Brand USA shut down Downtown Anaheim early Sunday morning to greet hundreds of media delegates who had spent the next three days discovering America’s many tourism assets at IPW.

During the press brunch, the “Anaheim Gets Animated Street Festival” showed glimpse of the sights, sounds, flavors and vibes

The highlight was a surprise performance from the incredibly talented Natasha Bedingfield who left attendees starstruck with stripped down performances of her hit songs

Explore more with free stopover offers

Ticking more than one destination off your travel bucket list just got a whole lost easier with Hayes & Jarvis free stopover offers.

If you quite like the idea of visiting Kuala Lumpur as well as Borneo, or Singapore as well as Bali, be sure to make the most of Hayes & Jarvis’ latest stopover offers and explore even more on your next big trip.

9 nights Dubai & Sri Lankfa from €2529pp
Stay 2 nights on the Hilton Dubai Creek, followed by 7 nights enjoying our ‘ Classic Ceylon Superior Tour’

Offer includes:
2 free night stopover in Dubai

9 nights Bangkok and Khao Lak €1569pp
Stay 2 nights in Bangkok staying at the 5* Shanghai Mansion Bangkok, followed by a 1 night stay at the 5* The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani, followed by a 2 night ‘Elephant Hills Jungle Safari’ and then ending with a 4 night luxury stay at the 5* The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani.

Offer includes:
2 free night stopover in Bangkok

9 nights Singapore & Bali from €1,879pp
Stay 2 nights at the 5* Furama Riverfront in Singapore, followed by a 7 night luxury stay at the 5* Melia Bali Indonesia.

Offer includes:
2 free night stopover in Singapore

9 nights Dubai & Mauritius €1839pp
Stay 2 nights on the Hilton Dubai Creek, followed by 7 nights at the luxurious Sands Suites Resort and Spa in Mauritius.

Offer includes:
2 free night stopover in Dubai

Call (01) 513 4329 to chat to one of our Destination Specialists or make an enquiry and we’ll get back in touch with you. To be truly inspired, and for more information, visit

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Dine for free at Disney with American Holidays

1st May 2019

Dine for free at Disney with American Holidays

Make magical memories that last a lifetime on a family trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

Experience the glorious Toy Story Land, explore the famous Disney’s Magic Kingdom or discover Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


If all of the above tickles your fancy, American Holidays’ latest package is sure to be right up your street!

American Holidays packages include free Disney Dining or free breakfast when you stay at a selected Disney Value Resort, meaning you can experience the care-free family break of your dreams with the added bonus of free dining.

Check out American Holidays latest Disney World Resort offer with Free Disney Dining:

Walt Disney World Family Holiday including Park Tickets and Free Disney Dining from €1207pp

A family holiday to Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your loved ones. With 4 theme parks and 2 water parks, each with their own special attractions and experiences you’ll never be bored.

What’s included:

Return flights from Orlando plus 1 checked bag per person round-trip

7 nights Walt Disney World Resort Florida

Disney 7 day Ultimate Ticket with Memory Maker

Disney Magical Transfers on arrival and departure, all in resort transportation and extra magic hours in theme parks

Free Disney breakfast

Based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing

Travel date: February 2020

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T&Cs apply.
For bookings made for selected arrivals 1 January – 3 October 2020, guests staying at selected Disney Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resorts get treated to FREE Disney Dining, or FREE Breakfast when you stay at a selected Disney Value Resort.

Call American Holidays on 01 673 3804 to avail of these offers or you can also drop in to our brand-new office located in 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, where our expert staff will be on hand to help you create your dream holiday.

For more information visit

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.

Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394

Michael Collins
Phone: 086 8583585

Click&Go Deals of the Week

28th February 2019
Deals of the Week
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Deals of the Week

Venice City Breaks from €229ppin April
From €229pp for the 3 star Garibaldi Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in April 2019.
Price includes:
• 3 nights in the 3 star Garibaldi Hotel, Venice, Italy
• Double/Twin Standard on a bed & breakfast basis​
• Return Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Venice
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer:

All Inclusive Majorca this May from €399pp
From €399pp for the 3 Star Globales Samoa Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 3 Star Globales Samoa Hotel, Calas de Mallorca, Majorca
• Double/Twin Standard on an all Inclusive basis
• Return flights from Dublin to Palma Mallorca
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer:

4 Star Holidays to the Algarve from €299pp in May 2019
From €299pp for the 4 star Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel, Albufeira, The Algarve
• Standard apartment on a self catering basis
• Direct Return flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer:

4 Star Holidays to Lanzarote from €369pp in May 2019
From €369pp for the 4 star Sands Beach Resort Apartments. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Sands Beach Resort Apartments, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
• Studio apartment on a self catering basis
• Direct Return flights from Dublin to Lanzarote
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer:

4* top selling Algarve family holidays in June 2019 from €1,029 per family
From €1,029 per family for the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel. Price is per family based on 2 adults + 1 child sharing for travel in June 2019.
Special offer – Free Half Board when you book B&B – BOOK BY 10 March
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, The Algarve
• One double standard on a Half Board basis
• Return flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer:,10:0/SC/DUB/0/2871/89428/1029?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-06-02/7/2:10,10:0//DUB/0

Alaska fly/cruise + 2 nights stay on board Celebrity Eclipse
Upgrade from Ocean to Balcony stateroom and get the Classic All Inclusive drinks package FREE – Save up to €360pp

Balcony cabin from €2,199 per person sharing
9nights (May – September 2019)
Itinerary: Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada – Inside Passage – Icy Strait Point, Alaska – Hubbard Glacier – Juneau, Alaska – Ketchikan, Alaska – Inside Passage – Vancouver, Canada
Price Includes:
✓ Return flights from Dublin
✓ checked in bag
✓ 2 night hotel stay pre cruise in Vancouver
✓ 7 night cruise
✓ all meals & snacks
✓ entertainment
Link: –

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

Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are a one-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want. Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus. Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays!i

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The seventh edition of CONVENE featured an impressive mix of Hosted Buyers from over 30 countries, as well as Exhibitors and Specialist Suppliers representing different parts of the Baltic Sea Region. As a boutique event, the focus of CONVENE remained on quality, and all signs pointed to that ambition being successfully delivered.

A noticeable concentration of this year’s 165 Hosted Buyers were representing the UK market, which bodes particularly well for Vilnius, since LOT Polish Airlines recently announced it will be launching a direct route between Lithuania’s capital and London City Airport this May, making both cities much more accessible to business travellers. Hosted Buyer agendas were packed over the course of the two-day exhibition, with plenty of opportunities to meet with the 80 Exhibitors representing Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and Belarus.

In addition to putting forth a comprehensive Education Programme touching on the industry’s hottest topics and latest trends, organisers also brought back CONVENE’s Professional Academy, a three-hour workshop dedicated to preparing suppliers for their meetings with Hosted Buyers throughout the show. The academy, which took place a day before the exhibition, had one session focused on the evolution of association sector meetings and another on growing business in the UK.


Inga Romanovskienė, Director of Go Vilnius, the city’s official development agency and umbrella organisation to the Vilnius Convention Bureau, was thrilled to welcome meeting industry professionals back to an event that has proved to be of great value to the entire region, saying, “When it comes to the meetings and events industry, the Baltic Sea Region is ripe for significant growth, with meeting planners from across Europe and the globe continuing to show interest in many of its destinations. And for our part, CONVENE is able to strategically position Vilnius as a regional leader and give people the opportunity to experience what the city has to offer first-hand.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, CONVENE is an annual business marketplace that provides non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. The two-day event gathers Baltic Sea meeting and events industry suppliers and buyers from across Europe and the world together under one roof and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices.


France Ski Deals from €319pp

Press release date: 27th February 2019

The remarkable food, assortment of resorts, high-altitude slopes and lift-linked mountain ranges make France one of the best countries for a ski getaway.

So, if the thought of a short flight to Chambéry, as well as a transfer that will have you at your resort quicker than you can say ‘escargot’, tickles your fancy, here’s a few more reasons to consider France as your next skiing destination:

High Altitude skiing
Longer winter seasons, varied slopes and the best glaciers in the world make the high-altitude resorts in France the most sought after in Europe. It also makes for some of the most ideal March skiing conditions!

Large Ski areas
France has a plethora of major ski resorts – each providing skiers with extensive ski areas, large enough to keep every level busy.

From purpose built to charming villages, the large variety of ski resorts in France is second to none.

Check out Crystal Ski’s latest 7 night French Ski getaways from just €319pp:

Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3* Grand Bois, La Tania, on a self-catering basis from €319pp (4 Share)
Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3*Temps D’Soleil, Val Thorens, on a self-catering basis from €359pp (4 Share)
Depart on 17th March 2019, stay at the 2* Signal Du Porel, Serre Chevalie, on a self-catering basis from €359pp (4 Share)
Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3* Hotel L’Aigulle Rouge, Les Arcs, on a half-board basis from €585pp
All the above offers include flights from Dublin, 20kg luggage and transfers.

Book your ski getaway now with Crystal Ski, visit or speak to a ski advisor by calling 01-6533-500.

All holidays and prices are subject to change & availability, and are based on 2 sharing and are for 7 nights (Unless stated above). Prices do not include optional extras such as insurance, in-flight meals or group seating. Normal Crystal Ski terms & conditions apply.

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

To book your group ski holiday now call (01) 653 3504.

Crystal is fully licensed by commission of aviation regulation (TO 021).


Niamh Waters
Ph: +353 86 0492394

Michael Collins
Ph: +353 86 8583585