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IRISH TOURISM COMES CALLING IN HALIFAX

Irish Tourism is on the move. Inspired by a 16% increase in visitors in 2017, representatives from 13 partner firms hosted an evening for Halifax-based travel agents in the Great Hall of the Dalhousie University Club. The Great Hall was a fitting setting since its two-and-a-half-story-high vaulted ceiling and minstrel’s gallery has an old-world, medieval castle-like feel.

The message was Ireland is what you imagine and much more. And its growth in tourism shows how on-point it is for the prime travel motivators for all demographics.

Sandra Moffatt, director of marketing promoted the high access to the country, the volume of ready-to-sell packages and ability to customize itineraries, authentic experiences, and the wide range of local experts to enhance any experience, the food and hospitality. She also noted that Ireland isn’t a summer-, winter- or three-season destination. It’s a year-round destination. One of the presenting partners, Siobhan Byrne Learat, from Adams & Butler, told the group, “In Ireland we don’t have summer and winter clothes. We have clothes. We wear them year round.”

Moffatt also mentioned Conde Nast Traveler listed Ireland as number three in their top 10 countries to visit.

Among its attributes is golf. Ireland is home to a third of the world’s links courses. That’s an interesting selling point since Canadians have the highest golf participation rates in the world.

In July the Royal Portrush Course is hosting the 148th Open. For non-players, The Open is such a famous tournament it doesn’t need a fuller name. On the edge of the Portrush course is the ruined Dunluce Castle which has a funny story – funny in the context of Irish humour – about a storm that sent the castle’s kitchen, cooks and pots crashing into the sea.

For those with Downton Abbey-addicted clients, Ireland has 600 stately homes and castles. Many of these homes and castles accept guests. Some make their owners available for a special event or experience. Among the possibilities are having a glass of wine with the Honourable Desmond Guinness, tea with the Earl of Rosse at Birr Castle (as Lord Snowdon’s brother he is the Queen’s former brother-in-law) or sharing a whisky with the Jameson Family (of the distillery fame).

For the more adventurous there are unique experiences from cycling, climbing, traversing the Garrick-a-Rede swinging rope bridge and exploring the 40,000+ natural stone columns of the Giant’s Causeway. For man-made creations, the burial mount at New Grange predates the pyramids by 5,000 years.

The 2,500-km-long Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest touring route. Its success has spurred the development of the 314-km-long Causeway Coastal Route, which is rated one of the world’s best touring routes, and The Gobbins guided adventure cliff walk.

For city experiences, Titanic Belfast maintains strong interest and has been rated the world’s leading attraction. Dublin is promoting five-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Waterford, which is best known for the crystal produced here, is central to Ireland’s Viking triangle. Waterford has more national monuments in a three-block area than are found in all the rest of Ireland. It also has a 42-km cycling route.

Armagh is the country’s ecclesiastical capital. With two St. Patrick’s cathedrals – one Church of Ireland (Protestant), one Roman Catholic – it is a popular destination for faith-based groups and individuals who follow a pilgrim route. St. Patrick was actually dean of the Protestant cathedral (which at the time was a Catholic church).

Amargh, which is where Gulliver’s Travels was written, is also a foodie city, a genealogical centre and home to many traditional Irish sports. Among those sports is Hurling, which is played here year round. Hurley-on-ice, which was played in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1800, is considered the roots for hockey, so has that extra Canadian interest.

Screen tourism, driven by The Games of Thrones and Star Wars’ The Last Jedi, is drawing visitors on a type of cultural pilgrimage to locations where these productions have been filmed.

Some of the intense new travel experiences are the knitting tours. They’ve got the sheep and history and are drawing knitters from around the world who come to learn, experiment and pursue their passion.

Moffat’s colleague said they support agents and sellers with high commissions, value for money for visitors, authentic experiences, local experts, easy customization of packages and itineraries, a history of hospitality, and a real year-round destination. In addition to newsletters, e-zines, promotional literature, market advice, fam trips, workshops, trade shows, Irish Tourism will provide content for sellers’ social media accounts, as well as material targeted to client interest.

Another message was variation of price points. Ireland can provide luxurious five-star experiences in castle resorts, but for the price-sensitive also provide family-friendly-priced experiences.

The evening began with a reception-trade show, speed-dating-type-rotating table presentations, dinner and Irish music. Amongst themselves, the 70 Halifax-based agents considered it one of the better organized evenings they are invited to.

Participating Irish and Canada-based partners were B&B Ireland, The Griffin Group (small, Irish-owned hotel group), Visit Armagh, Waterford Treasures, Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, Galway 2020 (when they are the European Capital of Culture), Adams & Butler, Moloney & Kelly, The Irish Tourism Group, Royal Irish Tours, Globus Family of Brands, CIE Tours and Collette Vacations.

Source: travelindustrytoday.com

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 Ha Long Vietnam 14-18 January 2019 – Silvija Travel Tips

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative, regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity are at its best.

Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the 10 member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

2019 marks the 38th Anniversary of ATF and Viet Nam will be the host country. Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site is all set to welcome TRAVEX delegates from around the world.

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 www.atfvietnam2019.com

#ASEANTourismForum #ATF19

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood – Silvija Travel Tips

Tickets Now on Sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Including Exclusive R.I.P. Tour Featuring VIP Guide, VIP Trolley Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges. “Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday 14th September 2018 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday 30th November 2018.

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Horror that Awaits and Here to Purchase Tickets.

Universal City, CA, August 7, 2018 – Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersive Halloween event. This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 14-15, 20-22, 27-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and November 1-3, 2018.

“Stranger Things” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 14, 2018

Tickets can be purchased at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com  Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out, including the exclusive R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket with optional Universal Express™ add-on, choice of Frequent Fear Passes and must-have Universal Express pass. Following are the various tickets options:

  • All-new R.I.P. Tour  Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with all-new R.I.P.. – Tour featuring exclusive experiences with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks plus unlimited Universal Express privileges to mazes and attractions.
  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, including. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
  • Multi-Night Passes Choose from an array of Multi-Night Passes.  Visit

Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com for more details on these pass options:

Frequent Fear Pass – Visit up to 21 select nights.

 Ultimate Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare every single night of the event.

2 Nights of Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare for two select nights.

Universal Express™ The in-demand Universal Express pass enables guests to enjoy one-time express access to mazes, attractions, Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop performance.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon: “Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series

  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • Terror Tram featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

In addition to this year’s maze line-up, Hollywood Harry, the notorious serial killer clown that terrorized Universal’s famed backlot, returns as the host of this year’s Terror Tram. In anthological fashion, “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez” will take unwitting guests on a frightening journey through five demented tales, featuring vicious dog-faced men, inbred cannibals, creepy clowns, sadistic scarecrows and a terrifying torture factory where nightmares come to life.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, are located.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visitHollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow@HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life onHalloween Horror Nights YouTube.

First Asian MICE Cruise Conference Launches At IT&CMA 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

IT&CMA 2018 will debut the region’s first-ever Asian MICE Cruise Conference on 18 September as part of the show’s 3-day business, education and networking programme.

Confirmed key opinion leaders taking the stage include:

Dream Cruises’ President and Crystal Cruises Asia’s Managing Director, Thatcher Brown

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Managing Director Angie Stephen

Worldwide Cruise Associates’ Co-founder and President, Steve Bloss

Genting Cruise Lines’ Senior Vice President – International Sales, Michael Goh

Silversea Cruises’ Vice President, Corporate & Incentive sales, Freddy Muller

Princess Cruises’ Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik.

Karen Yue, Editor of TTGmice and Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing said, “The cruise industry is booming and MICE is undoubtedly the next big thing for the sector. Market leaders are already capitalising on the potential, while many are still coming into the game. TTGmice is proud to put forth this first and only platform of its kind in the region – an open conversation with the world’s leading cruise executives.”

Kicking off IT&CMA’s education highlights on its first day, the half-day event will run from 0830 to 1430 hrs at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. The event will feature a CEO Cruise panel discussion and an experts’ exchange on making the case for MICE cruises, among other sessions. There will be networking opportunities at a hosted breakfast, coffee break and luncheon.

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “As a pioneer in the MICE industry, TTG is always at the pulse of key developments impacting the profession. Cruise offers a huge playing field for its many stakeholders, where its potential rests on the immense collaboration between the private and public sector across verticals and geographies to ensure that the right policies, infrastructure, facilities, producs and services are in place.”

Organisers expect 400 regional MICE stakeholders relevant to the cruise sector to attend, with at least half of attendees comprising of buyers covering corporate incentive, meetings and events, incentive trips, luxury travel, associations and academics. Hotels, resorts, airlines, destination management companies, government representatives from national tourism organisations, convention visitor bureaus and ports, and media professionals will form the remaining audience profile.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, cruise capacity across all metrics (number of ships, voyages, operating days and passengers) has increased significantly since 2013 with greater uptrend expected in the foreseeable future. Asia remains at the heart of this growth with passengers from this region quadrupling over 5 years. Last year, passenger capacity was estimated at 4.24 million.

While leisure cruise demand has seen a revival, the concept of cruises as an appealing and viable option for business events is still relatively new. Shared panelist Tawfik of Princess Cruises, “Today, there is low awareness among organisers and companies that MICE events can be organised easily and held successfully onboard cruise ships. As a possible budget-saving, all-inclusive alternative to hosting a meeting at a luxury resort, cruises also offer plenty of interaction and teambuilding opportunities, as well as a unique experience to give delegates that “wow” factor, such as waking up in a new country every day while only needing to pack and unpack once. The advantages of a MICE event at sea are endless.”

Bloss of Worldwide Cruise Associates echoes the perspective that greater exposure is needed for MICE cruises, he said, “As a collective, we strive to foster understanding of what a modern cruise ship is, and make purchasers aware of how to buy cruises while embracing cruises’ different terms and requirements. Today, there are over 55 cruise lines, some 400 ships plus 100 new ships in the pipeline. It is possible to have an unbiased all-in-one cruise shopping experience with options that extend globally.” In addition to being part of the inaugural conference’s panel, the organisation is also exhibiting under IT&CMA’s cruise cluster.

IT&CMA 2018 will be held from 18 – 20 September 2018 at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.

For more information, log on to www.itcma.com www.corporatetravelworld.com

USA Summer Soirée 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

At the invitation of TravelMedia.ie I attend the annual USA Summer Soirée 2018 event at The Shelbourne Dublin. Readers of my articles, Silvija Travel Tips online posts and my Twitter tweets will know I have a special place in my heart for the USA. Following a drinks reception the 200 members of the travel trade and media took there places in the ballroom for a fabulous dinner and interesting speeches.

The Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Reece Smyth, opened the event, speaking about the close links Ireland has with the USA. Claire Doherty, Visit USA Committee Ireland spoke about the organisation’s role to promote the USA as a tourist & business destination. Melanie Latham from VisitUSA showcased all America has to offer with a video promo called “America’s Musical Journey,” the film follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores the vast U.S. musical landscape.

Vincent Harrison from Dublin Airport spoke about developments at the airport and to the delight of all those present introduced a Brass Band with balloons and Dublin Airport Fast Track passes for everyone in attendance. Dave Cole from Universal Orlando Resort highlighted the new attractions and hotel accommodation at the resort. Kevin A. Dillon A.A.E from Bradley International Airport thanked Aer Lingus for their support with flights to Bradley and went on to outline what the airport has to offer for visitors to the USA. 

Greg Evans from Discover Philadelphia spoke about the city and the flight connections with Ireland. He was excited to announce the ITTA conference 2018 will take place in Philadelphia, USA, at the end of November. Bill Byrne from Aer Lingus gave an entertaining presentation on the airline’s routes to the USA and connectivity to Europe. Congratulations to Dee Burdock who won the prize draw and flights with Aer Lingus.  Once again thank you to TravelMedia.ie brilliant event.

New family friendly attraction in Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

Parents on the hunt for an exciting and educational break for the entire family should look no further than the US city of Philadelphia, which welcomes several new attractions this summer perfect for all children, big and small. Opportunities abound in the east coast gateway city, with four distinctive new attractions suitable for your family’s next holiday.

Inquisitive families can enjoy a close-up encounter of some of the world’s most thrilling insects at the new Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences, through a towering display of 20 gigantic bugs. For those looking for a high-flying adventure, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course, Treetop Quest Philly, is now open through November.

At the Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community gallery at the Please Touch Museum, children can unleash their curiosity by shopping in the supermarket, taking orders in the imaginative sandwich shop and making plastic pizzas in a faux wood-fired oven. Families looking to explore Philadelphia’s rich history are encouraged to visit the new In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society exhibition showcasing materials from the Society’s renowned collections, including Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript.

More information on Philadelphia’s newest attractions, including pricing and ticket options, is available below.

New Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences from 26 May 2018 – 21 January 2019
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas and from 26 May 2018, families can come face-to-feet with 20 giant, moving, hissing and clicking insects from around the world. Some of the larger-than-life creepy-crawlies on display include an 18-feet-long wiggling centipede, a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a 12-feet-tall hissing pink orchid mantis. Xtreme Bugs will allow inquisitive children to experience a bugs’-eye view of the world, dig for ancient arthropods, play a bug facts game, and inspect live insects until 21 January 2019. General admission to the Academy costs £14 ($17.95) for adults and £11 ($13.95) for children (aged 3 – 12) when purchased online. Tickets to Xtreme Bugs cost £5 ($7) for non-members and £3 ($4) for individual members and family members. For more information, visit www.ansp.org.

Treetop Quest in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. Image courtesy of Treetop Quest Philly – Silvija Travel Tips

Treetop Quest Philly from April – November 2018
Those with a head for heights can enjoy a physical and mental challenge thanks to the city’s new Treetop Quest, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course. With activities for kids as young as four-years-old and more challenging options for teenagers and adults, it’s an ideal outdoor activity for the whole family. Activities at Treetop Quest include tree-to-tree obstacles such as ziplines, monkey bridges, balance beams and complex courses. The experience is self-guided and uses a continuous safety system that is impossible to detach from the lifeline. In addition to the course, Treetop Quest has also introduced new hiking trails, a covered pavilion with picnic tables and nearby restrooms to the park which will be open seasonally on weekends from April to November, and daily throughout the summer. Tickets booked online cost from £13 – £37 ($17 – $49) per person, depending on age. For more information, visit www.treetopquest.com/philly.

The Please Touch Museum is a hands-on museum where adults and children can learn together. Photo courtesy of the Please Touch Museum – Silvija Travel Tips

Please Touch Museum’s New Permanent Exhibit: Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community
For children who love to press every button, flick every switch, and pull every lever, Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum® is a wonderful place where such activities are not only allowed, they are encouraged. Since 1976, The Philadelphia Please Touch Museum has thrilled children and their families through hands-on interactive exhibits, including assembling and launching rockets in the Rocket Room and getting behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles in the Roadside Attractions exhibit. The museum’s newest permanent gallery, Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community, encourages children to don aprons at the Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro and Boboli Pizza Kitchen and craft sandwiches and pizzas for their parents. General admission to the museum costs £14 ($19) for adults and children when purchased online. For more information, visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.

In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society from April – 30 December 2018
The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and its new exhibit celebrates the museum’s 275th anniversary by displaying materials from the Society’s renowned collections. In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society focuses on the work of its elected members and the contributions they have made in astronomy, exploration, palaeontology and many other fields. Ideal for older children and teenagers, items in the exhibit include Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and personal library books, Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript and Darwin’s handwritten draft of the title page for the Origin of Species. The exhibit is on display until 30 December 2018. For more information, visit www.amphilsoc.org.

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,
www.discoverPHL.co.uk

Incredible Dubai deals with GoHop – Silvija Travel Tips

Few destinations possess such a selection of world-famous attractions as Dubai.

With the world’s tallest building and largest shopping mall, and the colossal Palm Islands, Dubai holidays are packed with wonder.

GoHop and Emirates want to give one lucky person the chance to win their dream Dubai trip!

Fly with the world-class Emirates to the ultramodern city Dubai, enjoy the luxury of your 5* hotel as you lounge pool side or visit the spa, just minutes from the iconic sights such as the Burj Khalifa, the Palm, and the Mall of Dubai. Simply enter here!

If you’re not lucky enough to win you can always see it for yourself thanks to these amazing value offers from GoHop

Spend 5 nights at the 4* Carlton Downtown from only €733pp.

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin with Emirates, 5 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.

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Spend 5 nights at the4* Ramada Hotel and Suites Sharjah from only €706pp.

Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin with Emirates, 5 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.

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Spend 4 nights at the 5* Ghaya Grand Hotel from only €785pp.

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Source: TravelMedia.ie

My dining experience of the week with a taste of Santa Monica – Silvija Travel Tips

My food of the week was experienced in Fade Street Social during a taste of Santa Monica, California evening. Santa Monica Travel & Tourism were in Dublin with their partners Fairmount Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Hotel Shangri-La and British Airways hosting an evening of presentations and food.

On the menu for Starters was a selection to share:
– Mini goat logs wrapped in ham brushed with balsamic and truffle honey.
– Salted popcorn with crispy free-range chicken cooked in tapioca flour, rolled in sumac with truffle butter.
– Cured salmon with truffle honey, yoghurt and lemon puree.

Mains was a selection to share of:
– Slow roast whole baby chicken with onion lyonnaise and peppered bacon.
– Point end steak with rosemary and bone marrow butter.
– Truffle pasta with charred asparagus and parmesan.

Sides, a selection to share:
– Potatoes cooked in beef dripping with hollandaise and herbs.
– Seasonal vegetables from the garden with chervil, hollandaise and truffle.
– Skinny fries with grated parmesan smoked bacon and brown onion puree.

To end the evening a selection of pastries and tea or coffee.

A very enjoyable evening. Thank You to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism and partners.

Airija – atsakingos politikos pavyzdys

f Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė antradienį, birželio 19d., susitiko su oficialaus vizito į Lietuvą atvykusiu Airijos Respublikos Prezidentu Michaeliu D. Higginsu. Susitikime aptarti dvišaliai Lietuvos ir Airijos santykiai, bendradarbiavimas Europos Sąjungoje, saugumo klausimai. Į Lietuvą Airijos vadovas atvyko kartu su pirmąja šios šalies ponia Sabina Mary Higgins.

Prezidentės teigimu, Airija – artima Lietuvai. Esame panašūs savo šalių dydžiu, interesais, vertybėmis. Todėl mums Airija yra svarbus atsakingos politikos, sėkmingos ekonominės raidos ir gebėjimo susigrąžinti išvykusius žmones pavyzdys.

Prieš 30 metų Airijos politinės partijos, profesinės sąjungos, darbdavių organizacijos įsipareigojo vieningai vykdyti nacionalines ekonominio atsigavimo ir socialinės pažangos programas. Atsakingai ir laiku įgyvendintos mokesčių ir ekonomikos reformos, kova su socialine atskirtimi užtikrino sėkmingą Airijos raidą. Šiandien tai – pažangi, inovatyvi ir sparčiausiai auganti ES ekonomika.

Didelę emigraciją patyrusi Airija yra pavyzdys, kaip sėkmingai susigrąžinti išvykusius piliečius namo. Šalyje įgyvendinama paramos emigrantams programa, o visame pasaulyje gyvenantys airiai raginami padėti valstybei pritraukti užsienio investicijas. Lietuva taip pat kviečia sugrįžti iš mūsų šalies išvykusius žmones. Tam skirta ir pernai Prezidentės inicijuota programa „Rinkis Lietuvą“, kuri jau duoda pirmuosius rezultatus. Per pirmus 5 šių metų mėnesius į Lietuvą sugrįžo per 10 tūkst. mūsų šalies žmonių – tai daugiau nei per visus praėjusius metus.

Lietuvą ir Airiją glaudžiai sieja ir gausi Airijos lietuvių bendruomenė – trečia didžiausia tautinė bendrija šioje šalyje. Aktyvūs ir pilietiški Airijos lietuviai išsaugojo ryšį su tėvyne: vykdo įvairiais labdaringas iniciatyvas padėdami Lietuvos vaikams, puoselėja lietuviškas tradicijas, kalbą ir kultūrą. Airijoje veikia net 14 lituanistinių mokyklų, o nuo pernai metų lietuvių kalba įtraukta į Airijos bendrojo lavinimo mokyklų programą kaip galima antroji užsienio kalba.

Valstybių bendradarbiavimą dar labiau sustiprins vizito metu pasirašomi trys susitarimai mokslo ir švietimo srityje: tarp Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universiteto ir Airijos nacionalinio universiteto, Kauno ir Korko miestų mokytojų rengimo centrų bei Kauno mokytojų namų ir Korko lietuviškosios mokyklos. Šiuo metu Lietuvos ir Airijos mokslininkai įgyvendina net 75 bendrus ES finansuojamus tyrimų projektus.

Daug potencialo turi ir ekonominis bendradarbiavimas, ypač IT, „Fintech“, gyvybės mokslų srityse. Naujų galimybių teikia ir energetikos sektorius – Airijai ketinant statyti SGD terminalą, Lietuva pasirengusi pasidalyti savo patirtimi. Šiuo metu Airijos investicijos Lietuvoje yra sukūrusios per 2000 darbo vietų.

Susitikime šalių vadovai aptarė ir bendradarbiavimą Europos Sąjungoje. Pasak šalies vadovės, Lietuva ir Airija vienodai supranta ES kylančius migracijos, ekonomikos, saugumo, „Brexit“ iššūkius ir kartu juos sprendžia. „Brexit“ derybose Lietuva ir Airija pasisako už kuo gaudesnių ryšių tarp ES ir Jungtinės Karalystės išsaugojimą. Taip pat palaikome Airijos siekį užtikrinti, kad „Brexit“ nesukurtų naujų sienų Europoje. Sutampa ir abiejų šalių interesai artėjančiose derybose dėl naujo daugiamečio ES biudžeto. Lietuvai ir Airijai aktualu, kad būtų išsaugomas adekvatus finansavimas sanglaudos ir žemės ūkio politikai.

Susitikime pasikeista ir oficialiomis dovanomis. Prezidentė poezija ir filosofija besidominčiam Airijos vadovui padovanojo Lietuvos poetų eilėraščių knygą anglų kalba, taip pat „Lietuvos kultūros gidą“, kuriame pristatoma mūsų šalies architektūra, dizainas, kinas, muzika, teatras, šokis, vizualieji menai. Airijos Prezidento dovana – Airijos menininko sukurtas medinis dubuo.

Vizito metu Airijos Prezidentui taip pat bus suteiktas Kauno Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto garbės daktaro vardas.

Šaltinis: lrp.lt

Hayes & Jarvis Ireland nominated for Honeymoon Provider of the Year – Silvija Travel Tips

Finalist in this year’s Wedding Journal Reader Awards. Ireland’s newest long haul travel brand are delighted to be nominated for ‘Honeymoon Provider of the Year & Destination Provider of the Year’ in their first year here in Ireland.Formerly Travelmood, though the Hayes & Jarvis Ireland brand is new to Ireland the team have over 15 years experience in creating dream tailor-made holidays

The Wedding Journal Reader Awards continue to grow and attract Ireland’s leading wedding suppliers from the North and South of Ireland.

Offering bespoke, luxury travel designed by experts, Hayes & Jarvis Ireland are here to put together perfect tailor-made honeymoon, just for you. Your incredible dream honeymoon can become a reality with Hayes & Jarvis Ireland tailor-making your perfect trip.

The awards take place on the 24th of June in Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin.

To celebrate their nomination Hayes & Jarvis Ireland have put together some wonderful honeymoon packages to give you some inspiration!

Seychelles Island Hopping
Spend 12 nights living out your desert island dreams across Praslin, La Digue and Mahe from only €3,289pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin with Emirates, 12 nights’ accommodation on a B&B basis, internal flights, ferry and car transfers, taxes and charges.
Travel: October 2018
Ref No: 50997076

Sri Lanka Tour & Beach Stay
Spend 7 nights on a private escorted Classic Ceylon Tour and 7 nights in a coastal resort from only €1,939pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 14 nights accommodation with private facilities, meals as per the itinerary, air conditioned transportation, all transfers, taxes and charges.
Travel: September 2018
Ref No: 50995122

Dubai & Mauritius All-Inclusive
Spend 10 nights in two of the world’s most popular luxury destinations from only €2,499pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 10 nights’ accommodation, flights from Dubai to Mauritius, taxes and charges.
Travel: November 2018
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Dubai & Maldives All-Inclusive
Spend 3 nights on a Dubai stop-over before indulging in a 7 night all-inclusive stay in the 4* Kuramathi Island Resort from only €3,399pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 10 nights’ accommodation, flights from Dubai to Maldives, taxes and charges.
Travel: September 2018
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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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