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

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

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

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

Source: urm.lt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vilnius- tourism.lt

Vilnius – Startup City Alliance Europe – Silvija Travel Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vilnius.lt

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

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

www.AmericasMusicalJourney.com

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

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Social Media Marketing World 2018, Tickets – Silvija Travel Tips

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

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

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

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

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

See what prior attendees have to say about Social Media Marketing World 2018 in this video:
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IPW Denver 2018 – Roger Dow, U. S. Travel Association – Silvija Travel Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Audley Travel Tailor-Made Trips to Colorado for Outdoors Enthusiasts – Silvija Travel Tips

Audley Travel has launched a new sample itinerary for its tailor-made trips to Colorado that is perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Covering a new area for Audley, the suggested itinerary is a fantastic mix of city exploring, beautiful scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife spotting and is a great choice for couples, families and honeymooners alike.

The trip starts in Denver, America’s mile-high city, with time to explore the many art galleries and famous botanic gardens.  Clients then spend a day in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains enjoying sights such as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a natural rock formation that has been home to many music performances.

Clients then drive themselves to Colorado Springs to ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. This excursion takes in the highest train in the country with an ascent of 8,000ft to enjoy stunning panoramic views before driving back down the mountain in a 4×4. Audley’s specialists also recommend a visit to the Garden of the Gods to view the striking red rock formations.

The trip continues with a drive west into the Rocky Mountains to the gold rush town of Breckenridge to wander along the high street sporting authentic 19th century shop fronts. Audley’s specialists recommend spending an extra day here – it is the ideal place to satisfy the adrenaline rush with zip-lining, cycling and hiking, before driving on to the historic mining town of Aspen. The journey takes guests over the Independence Pass with beautiful scenery to enjoy. Time in Aspen is spent relaxing in a spa or hiking, with a white-water rafting tour and gondola ride popular choices for visitors.

The penultimate drive takes clients over Trail Ridge Road, climbing to heights of 12,000 feet through the Rocky Mountain National Park with grazing wildlife including elk, moose and bighorn sheep a regular sight. The itinerary then includes a few nights in Estes Park to enjoy some of the 300 miles of hiking trails. Film buffs will want to visit, or perhaps stay in, the spooky Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ before returning to Denver.

Will Scott, Product Manager for the USA, says: “This is a great new sample itinerary and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our clients. As with all of Audley’s suggested itineraries, it gives a basis on which our specialists can develop a client’s own personalised trip to Colorado, taking into account their interests, tastes and budgets.”

A 15-day tailor-made trip, Colorado Rockies Explored, costs from £3,425 per person (based on two sharing) and includes flights, car hire, accommodation and excursions. For more information visitaudleytravel.com/usa or call UK +441993 838755.

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LAX Airport expected to end 2017 with record breaking passenger numbers – Silvija Travel Tips

Los Angeles World Airports Chief Experience Officer Barbara Yamamoto shares the holiday travel forecast and tips to better navigate LAX during a news conference. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is expecting another record holiday season with an estimated 4.35 million travelers taking to the skies to celebrate with family and friends.This is 0.9 percent above last year’s record 4.31 million passengers for the holiday season.

The 19-day holiday period began Friday, December 15, 2017 and continues through Tuesday, January 2. 2018 The busiest day of the holiday period is expected to be Saturday, December 23, with more than 253,000 passengers forecast. More than 246,000 passengers are anticipated at LAX on Thursday, December 21, as well as the two days following Christmas, Tuesday, December 26, and Wednesday, December 27. The slowest days will be Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve with between 205,000 to 212,000 passengers.By comparison, LAX has averaged 232,000 passengers daily this year (through October 31, 2017).

Besides crowded terminals, airport staffers are warning travelers to expect increased traffic in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) — more than 1.9 million vehicles. The week before Christmas will average more than 109,000 vehicles daily, peaking on Friday, December 22, with about 120,000 vehicles. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day will average nearly 98,000 vehicles daily. Motorists and passengers waiting for public transportation should plan for delays of up to 30 minutes during periods of traffic congestion in the CTA.

Airport officials recommend departing travelers factor in additional time for traffic congestion and arrive in their airline terminals at least two hours prior to boarding time for domestic flights and at least three hours before boarding time for international flights.Travelers heading to regions where winter weather could be a factor are also advised to check their flight’s status before coming to LAX.

“From PUPs, to carolers, to volunteers to point travelers in the right direction, we want to make a trip to LAX smooth and enjoyable this holiday season,” said Barbara Yamamoto, Chief Experience Officer at LAWA. “Our ask for our guests? Reduce your stress – arrive early, grab a bite, or even do some last minute shopping on your way home for the holidays.”

Passengers who use Long-Term Parking Lot C should also be aware of a reduction in available spaces due to reconstruction and reconfiguration. The entrance to Lot C from Westchester Parkway is closed. Electronic signs will be used to advise motorists when Lot C is full. Plan ahead and consider one of the other nearby long-term parking options.

Passengers can do their part to help reduce traffic congestion by taking shared-ride public transportation to/from LAX, including: Metro Rail Green Line; door-to-door shuttle vans; and long-distance and municipal buses. The airport also offers inexpensive and convenient FlyAway® buses from Hollywood, Long Beach, Metro Orange Line (San Fernando Valley), Union Station, Van Nuys, and Westwood/UCLA.

FlyAway riders will find curbside coordinators in safety vests located throughout LAX to assist them from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. most days throughout the holiday travel period.

Rather than circling the Central Terminal Area until arriving passengers reach terminal curbside for pick up, motorists can park and wait up to two hours free at the LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot at 6221 West 96th Street (96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue), adjacent to the entrance of LAX Parking Lot C).To avoid the CTA altogether, motorists can ask arriving passengers to board the LAX Shuttle bus to Lot C and meet them in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot.

Active duty service members are reminded that the Bob Hope USO Center, located between Terminals 1 and 2, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week as they and family members travel through LAX.

To help keep traffic and passengers moving, and reduce the stress of travel, passengers can expect:

  • A moratorium on construction and utility shut-downs in public areas inside and outside the airline terminals, parking lots, and traffic lanes will go into effect at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20 and end at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 4.
  • Los Angeles World Airports employee volunteers wearing yellow sashes or ties, comprising this year’s Team of LAXceptional Courtesy (TLC), will be in terminals and on sidewalks offering assistance and information to passengers on Thursday and Friday, December 21 and 22..
  • LAX’s popular PUPs therapy dogs out in force providing comfort to those in need.
  • Los Angeles Airport Police on enhanced deployment for high visibility and traffic management

To help speed their journeys, travelers are encouraged to enroll in TSA Pre√® or other trusted-traveler programs such as Customs & Border Protection’s Global Entry, which improve security and reduce wait times.

The public is reminded that LAX’s $14-billion modernization program is still on-going. When coming to LAX, passengers should look for and follow way-finding signage near all construction sites to ensure their safety and to enhance mobility.For real-time LAX traffic conditions, information on the status and locations of airport construction, “insider” traffic tips, and videos showing short-cuts, visit www.flyLAX.com.Motorists and travelers also can receive real-time status of airport conditions by accessing @FlyLAXairport and @LAAirportPD Twitter feeds.LAX is also on WAZE, the community-based traffic navigation app.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the fourth busiest airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports. LAX served more than 80.9 million passengers in 2016. LAX offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 697,138 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016.

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

For more information about LAX, please visit www.flyLAX.com or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.

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