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Canary Islands’ Major Airports to Open in July for International Flights – Silvija Travel Tips

Every day the Canary Islands are closer to the “new normal”. The whole Archipelago is ready to continue advancing in the Spanish COVID-19 de-escalation plan. The islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma have now joined La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa in Phase 2.

This phase allowed for the safe reopening of Canaries’ beaches for sunbathers on Monday 25th May 2020. As well as this, shopping centres and cultural spaces can now open their doors, with some limitations. As part of this second phase, restaurants and bars have been given some new, more relaxed guidelines to follow.  

The eight islands are set to gradually restart activity. But, that’s not all. The Canaries’ major airports – Tenerife Sur, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura – have been reactivated for international flights and are expecting to open the ‘safe corridors’ in July 2020.

Canary Islands Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla said “this is one of the best announcements since the reactivation of the entire sector which necessarily requires the recovery of the air connectivity. We depend on the airlines to reactivate their routes with our Islands and that will be only possible if we are part of a ‘safe corridor’ that will allow us to connect with our main tourist markets“.  

Every aspect of travel is being recast in the Canary Islands as Spain gears up to receive tourists as early as July, according to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. On top of this, the Spanish government is planning on lifting the two-week COVID-19 quarantine requirement for overseas arrivals on July 1st, 2020.  

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Las Vegas Convention Center to Pursue New Accreditation Programme Aimed at Outbreak Prevention – Silvija Travel Tips

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is among the first convention centres in the USA to pursue a new facility accreditation focused on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19.

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry, today introduced its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program as the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. The LVCC will be one of the first convention centres in the nation to participate in the programme, which will train employees with best work practices, protocols, procedures and systems for prevention and containment.

 “The health and safety of our employees and our visitors is always the top priority for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and our facility, the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer for the LVCVA. “We’re grateful to the GBAC STAR program for creating the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, and we’re proud to be among the first wave of leaders to pursue this accreditation. Demonstrating compliance will be an important step toward showing the world that Vegas means business, and when the time is right, the Las Vegas Convention Center stands ready to welcome our business travellers back.”

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

“GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for situations,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business.”

The GBAC STAR accreditation is also ideal for facilities such as offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, stadiums and other public venues of all sizes. To learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation, visit For more information about the Las Vegas Convention Center, visit

Source: The Las Vegas Convention Center

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Barbados, The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean – Silvija Travel Tips

From street food to fine dining and everything in between, Barbados has plenty to offer every type of foodie. This island will draw you in with its idyllic tropical beaches and delicious rum but, time and time again, it’s the food you experience that will have you coming back for more. Barbados is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, and for good reason.

Traditional Dishes

Trying traditional Bajan cuisine is a must-do on your trip to Barbados. The island is often known as The Land of the Flying Fish, very appropriately named as its national dish is flying fish with cou-cou. Flying Fish is delicious and extremely versatile, it can be fried, steamed or pickled and it comes out truly tasty each time. Cou-cou, made with cornmeal is very similar to polenta, with a smooth texture.

If you’re interested in digging into some other classic Barbadian dishes, try macaroni pie. This is a Barbadian take on macaroni and cheese and as one of the most famous dishes on the islands, it won’t disappoint! Find it on the menu in many local restaurants and from street vendors. Fancy something different? Try pudding and souse – a hot pepper pickled pork with spicy sweet potatoes. Insider tip: if you want to eat like a local, you’ll only eat your pudding and souse on a Saturday.

Street Food

Local food doesn’t get more real than the authentic treats served up in the streets. Barbados is known for offering some of the best street food in the world where both visitors and locals are spoiled for choice. Using fresh tropical ingredients, delicious spices and unique preparation, Barbadian street food offers authentic food at great prices without skipping on flavour! Fish cakes are one of the most popular foods available from street vendors and can be enjoyed by itself or in a bun, known as a ‘bread and two’. Hot Legendary Fishcakes in Oistins is renowned for offering some of the best fishcakes around or, you can find them in most rum shops, served along with ham, cheese or fish cutters.

Breadfruit bowls are another Barbadian street food favourite. Breadfruit is a spiky, oval-shaped fruit which, when cooked, tastes like fresh bread. This fruit is hugely popular in the Caribbean and Barbados, in particular. Yelluh Meat in Bridgetown is one of the best places to try breadfruit, offering their famous ‘build your own breadfruit bowl’ menu.

One incredible Street food experience not to be missed is The Friday Night Fish Fry at the Oistins Bay Gardens. With tons of amazing food and fresh seafood on offer, you can be guaranteed to find plenty of options to tickle your taste buds. Enjoy your food amongst art and craft stalls, live music and, of course, an unbeatable Barbadian atmosphere.

Casual Dining

Casual dining in Barbados combines convenience and relaxation with idyllic scenery and, of course, delicious food. Enjoy tasty dishes from all over the world while sitting back and relaxing in a laid back and welcoming atmosphere, in traditional Barbadian style.
From sports bars to coffee shops and fast food outlets, there are plenty of options for a casual bite to eat on the island.

Boasting endless stretches of coastline, it’s no surprise that beach bars have grown in popularity in recent years and can be found dotted all over the island. Some beach bar favourites include Blue Pineapple, Nikki Beach, 111 East, Copacabana, The Cliff Beach Club and La Cabane.

There is one thing all the islands casual dining spots have in common – the opportunity to dine alfresco beneath the stunning blue skies. Dining like this is an experience to remember forever. So, whether you fancy a quick affordable snack or more expensive haute cuisine, Barbados has exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy some of the best-loved casual dining spots such as Blakeys, Just Grilling and The Beach House.

Fine Dining

Treat yourself, you’re on holidays! From Bajan cuisine to Italian, Japanese, Mexican and more, if you want to experience the taste of Barbados at its very best there are a number of fine dining restaurants on the island to choose from. Hailed as one of the Caribbean’s top restaurants, the Cliff Restaurant, located on the upmarket west coast, offers stunning oceanfront views and unrivalled food. The restaurant is renowned for its fresh seafood dishes and top-class service.

Other options include The Tides, which specializes in exquisitely crafted seafood dishes or Champers, which is known for its consistently great food and offers real value. If you’re in the mood for international dishes and unforgettable panoramic views, be sure to pay a visit to Tapas, located by the picturesque south coast boardwalk.

To find out more about Barbados’ culinary delights? Check out the Visit Barbados YouTube channel for some delicious recipes and find more information on their website

Savaitgalis Nicoje: moters patarimai, keliaujantiems į pietų Prancūziją – Silvija Zalepugiene

IT&CM Asia 2020, Bangkok, Thailand -Silvija Travel Tips

IT&CM Asia 2020 is the leading international MICE event centred in the Asia-Pacific region will be staged in Bangkok, Thailand between the 22nd and 24th September 2020.

The event programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers at the forefront of MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific markets and beyond. In addition to business, education and networking opportunities IT&CMA 2020 features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of MICE niche segments.

Co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific the event is Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, IT&CMA is part of the IT&CM Events series organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media.

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Bangkok Symphony of Life portrays the beauty of Bangkok in a time-lapse video. Displaying the cityscape and architecture from dawn till dusk, awakening into its world’s famous nightlife, Bangkok city breathes beauty through the day like no other.

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MICE event, Killarney to host major German travel conference – Silvija Travel Tips

DER Touristik, a major German tour operator and the largest tour operator from Mainland Europe to the island of Ireland, will host its prestigious annual travel academy in Killarney, in October 2020.

The event is always held in leading travel destinations – most recently in Cuba in 2019 and in Finland in 2018. Killarney beat off challenges from a number of other top destinations to host the 2020 event.

The congress is DER Touristik’s annual event and will take place over three nights, in October 2020. Around 300 top German travel agents, as well as influential travel journalists and senior managers from DER Touristik – are expected to participate.

In addition to attending the travel academy, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in specially designed pre-conference tours across the island of Ireland – to enhance their knowledge of the tourism experiences and attractions on offer here and allow them to sample our legendary hospitality and welcome. As well as generating valuable off-season business, giving the local economy a significant boost during a traditionally quieter time, the annual travel academy always helps boost German visitor numbers to the host destination in subsequent years.

Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Der Touristik, said: “As the market leader for tourism from Germany to the island of Ireland for well over 50 years, DER Touristik is delighted to bring its 300 hundred top travel agents to Ireland for our 2020 Academy and to encourage them the discover the destination.”

Airijos lietuviams: vaizdinga vietovė, kurią verta aplankyti – Silvija Zalepugiene

airBaltic adds new health measures on its flights – Silvija Travel Tips

From the 18 May 2020, airBaltic will resume direct flights from all three Baltic capitals – Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. To limit the spread of the virus airBaltic has implemented several new health measures.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Safety and health of our passengers, our employees and the society stand above all. We at airBaltic are working hard to ensure that you can travel safely, flexibly, and with confidence. We also count on our passengers’ responsibility that they only fly when they are healthy. Only together we make sure that travel is safe and healthy. Our dedicated and professional airBaltic team will continue work in order to safeguard airline’s smooth operations.”

As of 18 May 2020, before the security check at Riga Airport, passengers’ body temperature will be measured and passengers with a temperature above 37.8°C will be denied boarding. Affected passengers will be informed and instructed on further procedures.

The aircraft cabin disinfection will be done with increased regularity. All passengers on board of airBaltic aircraft will be provided with a complimentary basic care kit consisting of a protective face mask and disinfection wipes. airBaltic passengers will need to wear a protective face mask all-time on board during flights.

Crew members will be wearing a protective face mask and gloves. airBaltic cabin crew are instructed on the steps that have to be taken in case of some passengers on board might be infected with coronavirus, and all aircraft are equipped with the necessary preventive equipment. Additionally, the airline will introduce an adjusted inflight service, replacing inflight magazines with disposable information on hygiene and catering menu.

According to the World Health Organization, there is minimal risk of any communicable disease being transmitted onboard an aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour. Airbus A220-300 recirculation filter is a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air.

Passengers are strongly suggested to check the travel regulations and airport restrictions on official websites or with local embassies before travelling. Regulations are changing rapidly and vary per country, therefore always make sure you have the latest information to have a smooth journey.

Full schedule and tickets for the flights are available on the airBaltic website. In addition, a temporary offer for all new airBaltic reservations made by May 31, 2020, is available, offering passengers to rebook them free of charge to a new date. Only one date change is permitted.

Source: airBaltic

Lietuvė ilsėjosi Ispanijos saloje, kurią rekomenduotų daugeliui – Silvija Zalepugiene

Aruba Tourism Authority offer Wedding Couples, Pandemic Postponement Policy – Silvija Travel Tips

Aruba Tourism Authority has announced (13 May 2020) the Happily Ever After Guarantee,’ a postponable, destination booking policy for couples dreaming of booking a 2021 wedding or honeymoon, but are worried about COVID-19 affecting future travel. 

Couples can now book their event of a lifetime with the participating hotel or resort venues of their choice with confidence, knowing their special occasion can be postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic issues, by providing a 30-day notice period1. As part of Aruba’s ‘Happily Ever After Guarantee’ program, weddings and honeymoons booked for 2021 can be postponed for up to a year from the original event date. 

“With nearly 316 million people under lockdown in the U.S. alone, the travel and weddings industry has been massively impacted2. We understand couples at home who dreamed of a destination wedding and honeymoon have been left wondering if booking their special event is even a viable option,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority. “We curated our ‘Happily Ever After Guarantee’ to offer peace of mind during these times of uncertainty for couples to start planning the wedding or honeymoon experience of their dreams on our One Happy Island.”   

Starting today through the end of December 2020, couples can visit to view participating hotels and resorts, which includes:

  • Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
  • Aruba Ocean Villas
  • Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba
  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives
  • Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
  • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Aruba is the ultimate Caribbean destination for romance. Located just outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba is just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami and a four-hour flight from NYC, boasts year-round cooling trade winds and average 82-degree temperature. The island is also one of the most welcoming LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the Caribbean. All couples are welcome! 

Couples can find all-inclusive resorts, private villas, and adults-only options, a range of scrumptious cuisine, adventurous outdoor activities and of course crystal-clear waters and white-sandy beaches. 

Once travel restrictions are lifted, Aruba is also looking forward to welcoming all guests, including those with weddings and honeymoons planned in 2020. 

About Aruba 
As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba — One Happy Island — is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease and where a diverse history parallels a bright future. 

Awarded a top spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list based on the island’s ambitious sustainability efforts and the revitalization of the cultural district of San Nicolas, Aruba offers something for beach-lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation-seekers and everyone in between. 

Located outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba offers a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 300 restaurants with 25+ located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences such as cooling off in Conchi, Aruba’s natural pool. 

1 Individual participating hotels and resorts will determine their own specific terms and conditions under the program and not the Aruba Tourism Authority. The ‘Happily Ever After Guarantee’ program is designed to, under certain applicable terms and conditions, postpone weddings and honeymoons affected by government restrictions impacting international travel, etc. etc. Each participating hotel/resort in the program has its own specific postponement policy which is addressed in its own set of terms and conditions. Please view the individual booking pages of the hotels and resorts to understand their particular cancellation and postponement policies before booking. The ‘Happily Ever After Guarantee’ only guarantees venue event postponement and does not include airfare, transport, etc.
2 New York Times; See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home

Source: Aruba Tourism Authority

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Lithuanian Airports, resumption of passenger flights – Silvija Travel Tips

The airlines which will resume regular passenger services from Vilnius Airport from 13 May 2020 are the following:

  • Lufthansa – flights to/from Frankfurt (FRA) will be performed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Purchase your flight tickets here:

The airlines which will resume regular passenger services from Vilnius Airport from June are the following:

  • airBaltic – flights to/from Riga (RIX) will be performed daily from 17 May 2020 (Subject to change). Purchase your flight tickets here:

Information about the resumption of passenger flights changes rapidly, so please contact your air carrier for the latest and most accurate information regarding your journey.

Relevant information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania can be found here.

Relevant information about Covid-19 in Lithuania can be found here.

Passengers travelling through Lithuanian Airports will have to adhere to the following rules:

  • Only the passengers with a valid ticket are allowed into the terminal building;
  • Only the passengers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) are allowed into the terminal and this is valid at all times while in the terminal building;
  • Only the passengers after initial health screening are allowed into the terminal building. Body temperature control and assessment of symptoms are assured;
  • All passengers pass the border control (until full border control is applicable);
Ryanair aircraft at Kaunas Airport – Silvija Travel Tips

The following health safety measures are present at Lithuanian Airports:

  • Hand disinfectants are available for passengers throughout the terminal building. Passengers are strongly advised to regularly wash or disinfect hands;
  • Terminal premises, horizontal and vertical surfaces are regularly cleaned using disinfectants preventively each day;
  • Preventive notifications are voiced over the audio system and video messages are shown on the screens at the terminal;
  • A limited number of registration tables are in use at the same time, tables for different flights are placed at maximum distance from each other;
  • Queue barriers are placed in front of the tables, supplemented with disinfectant and marking every 1-2 meters, also information on keeping a distance is provided;
  • Organic glass shields are installed on the registration, security check, and boarding tables;
  • All staff wear PPE which is mandatory;
  • Possibility to purchase PPE is present in the terminal building;
  • Every second chair on the benches is marked as not to be used;
  • Special bins are placed at the arrivals terminal for throwing away (when changing) used PPE;
  • Passenger location forms (ICAO PLC) are collected upon arrival;
  • The COVID-19 test will be available upon arrival;
  • Self-isolation of 14 days for arriving passengers is applicable.

Vilnius Airport will see the first post-pandemic passenger flight on May 13th. Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa will perform the first renewed flight between Frankfurt am Main and Vilnius. Lithuania’s largest airport is fully ready to resume passenger flights. The airport has implemented necessary health safety measures that are recommended by national health officials and international aviation organizations.

“From the start of the quarantine, Vilnius Airport never stopped operating. Throughout this crisis, we continued to handle cargo flights and prepare for the return of passenger operations. During this time, airplanes were also being maintained in the facilities present at our airport. Implementing the necessary health safety measures is now our main priority, so passengers arriving at the airport will see a different scene to the one they were used to. I want to highlight that all measures are taken for our travellers’ own safety”, – tells Dainius Čiuplys, Head of Vilnius Airport.

According to Mr Čiuplys, the number of returning routes and passengers will all depend on various factors that are all linked to international restrictions set in place by multiple countries. Nevertheless, the first returning passenger flights show the first signs of aviation’s revival process.

Health safety measures

The main health safety measures at all Lithuanian Airports – in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga – will be related to passengers maintaining social distancing, managing passenger flows and reducing the probability of human contact. Passengers are reminded that adhering to these measures is also a matter of their own responsibility.

Only passengers who have successfully passed a thermal inspection will be allowed to enter the terminal building. All passengers will be required to present a valid flight ticket, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory at all times. There will also be a possibility to purchase PPE at the airport.

Hand disinfection stations are placed in commonly used areas, whereas all surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Information on the recommended safety measures is both voiced though the airport’s audio system and shown on information screens. For now, a limited number of registration desks will be used which will be additionally secured using glass walls. All passengers waiting in line to register for a flight will be required to maintain a safe distance from each other.

Protective glass walls are also be erected in the aviation security screening checkpoint. There, hand disinfectants will be available for passengers, and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Baggage trolleys and all other equipment used by passengers will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Boxes used in aviation security screening will be disinfected after each use.

The number of seating places will be limited in the terminal building in order to maintain social distancing. Only every second seat will be in use.

Ground handling providers will be required to disinfect their busses after every flight. Also, passenger numbers will be controlled during bus journeys to the aircraft.

With the resumption of passenger flights, some aviation security rules have been altered. Now, passengers will be able to carry as much as 500 ml of disinfectant liquid. This liquid will have to be carried in its original packaging which must contain the manufacturer’s label, in which it must be clearly stated that the liquid is indeed a disinfectant. This exception is only valid for disinfectant liquids; for all other liquids – existing rules apply. Passengers will not be allowed to bring liquids on an aircraft which exceed 70% alcohol concentration.

Passengers are advised to follow the recommendations of not only the airports but also their air carriers.

Passengers are reminded that until the current requirement is lifted, all passengers will be required to pass border control.

About Lithuanian Airports

The network of Lithuanian Airports comprises of three air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. In 2019 they all served 6.5 million passengers and 62 thousand flights.

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Covid-19 Impact on South Korea Medical Tourism – Silvija Travel Tips

South Korea Medical Tourism Market is likely to reach nearly USD 2 Billion by the year-end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of around 15% from 2017 to 2022.

Comprehensive market analysis of the worldwide Medical Tourism industry has been compiled in an industry study of the South Korea Medical Tourism Market.

The study provides an analysis of the South Korea economy in comparison to other industries and the revenues that can be received from each. Prevalent trends which may affect growth in the future are recognized for the base period from 2020 to 2026. The extent of the economic expansion of the market in addition to the products/services offered is recognized and discussed in the study. The data gathered is processed in a systematic manner and the findings are used to estimate the industry growth rate for the coming years.

Link to report: South Korea Medical Tourism Market

COVID-19 can affect the South Korea economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets. The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought effects on many aspects, like flight cancellations; travel bans and quarantines; restaurants closed; all indoor events restricted; over forty countries state of emergency declared; massive slowing of the supply chain; stock market volatility; falling business confidence, growing panic among the population, and uncertainty about future.

Key Topics Covered in the Report

´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market Environment & Trend

´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast

´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market – Countrywise Analysis

´ Medical Procedures _ Cost Comparison Analysis

´ Industry News from South Korea Medical Tourism

´ Key Drivers and Inhibitors of the South Korea Medical Tourism Market

The report was compiled by the Wise Guy Consultants

Trumpas vizitas Kolorado sostinėje sužavėjo – siūlo išbandyti ten populiarą pramogą – Silvija Zalepugiene

The Canary Islands, Home of Mindfulness – Silvija Travel Tips

In our hectic world it can often be difficult to disconnect and take time for yourself. The stunning scenery of the Canary Islands are the perfect place for reflection. The beauty of its landscapes, its volcanos, beaches, cliffs and forests, allow tourists to relax and be present.

The Canary Islands has become one of the world’s leading destinations for mindfulness – the practice of living in the moment. The atmosphere of calm which stretches all the way around the islands has led to the establishment of groups and associations with specially designed wellness facilities.

There are teachers on hand to enable guests to enjoy the pleasure of the ‘here and now’ amongst the island’s extraordinary natural beauty. Yoga classes and meditation are offered all over the islands. However, mindfulness isn’t only about slow, gentle movements, it can also mean strenuous activity. So, the Canary Islands mindfulness network offers guests the option of sports such as surfing, diving and trekking as well.

Home to Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain and the third tallest volcano on earth, Tenerife sits close to the top of the world. Many visitors choose to climb Mount Teide and meditate during the early hours of the morning when the sun rises up from the ocean. Others choose to stay on the foothills, a unique landscape which has been described by many as resembling the moon. The 4,000-metre-tall peak seen from below gives a calming influence on the human mind.  

Antequera beach is sandwiched between the ocean and a vertical cliff. Between two such powerful natural features, the benefits of practicing yoga and meditation on the sand here has long been proclaimed by locals. The beach is an off-the-beaten-track spot which, although there is a walking path open, is best accessed by boat from Santa Cruz or San Andrés.

One particular retreat, Estilo Verde in Güímar, deserves a mention for its yoga, mindfulness and meditation expertise. Located amongst volcanoes, avocado farms and the Atlantic Ocean, this centre offers accommodation, experienced teachers and a calm atmosphere.

Gran Canaria Famed for its varied landscape, Gran Canaria has been described as the world in a miniature form. The north of the island is green and lush while the scenery on the south coast is arid. There are mountains reaching almost 2,000 metres in height, such as the Morro de la Agujereada, with envious views. Some beaches have crystal clear waters, startling rock faces and yellow sand-like Guayedra, while others have black volcanic sand and spectacular glimpses of mountains in the distance, like Güi Güi which overlooks Mount Teide.

Recommended retreats on this island include the Mahalo Healthy House, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. A typical eight-day stay would involve 19 hours of yoga classes, mindfulness and holistic workshops as well as four excursions to notable locations on the island.

Lanzarote’s antidote to your worries is its unsurpassed natural beauty – home to hundreds of volcanos, lava fields, palm-lined valleys, dreamy beaches with turquoise water and charming towns with white houses. A 10km leisurely walk around the Caldera Blanca crater is a great way to absorb this wonder of the world. To the south of the island, five minutes by car from Playa Blanca, the isolated natural pools of Los Charcones are a brilliant place to take a dip, plunge under the water and remember the pleasures of life. Afterwards, take some time for meditation whilst cooling off on the rocks around the pool.

Further inland, surrounded by vineyards, Shama Retreats have a reputation for exceptional accommodation and healing activities. Their double cabins and vegan and vegetarian menus has made this a very popular retreat.

In the more than 150 kilometres of shoreline, no two beaches on the island of Fuerteventura are the same. Those that practise yoga, meditation and other mindfulness activities on the pristine sands and pebbly shores understand that each beach has its own personality. La Concha is a beach where sea lions used to live and is part of the natural park on Lobos Island known for pure tranquility. It can be reached in just 15 minutes by boat from Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura.

Casa de La Pared is a retreat which offers an 11-day course of Mindful Surf and Yoga. In a package which combines the thrills of the waves and the serenity of contemplation, the schedule includes daily yoga and meditation sessions as well as six surfing lessons. A vegan menu is provided along with surfing and yoga equipment.

La Palma
From the very early days of human existence, the night sky has been a source of tremendous exhilaration and the island of La Palma is famous for its clear skies. It is for this reason that an astronomical observatory was built on top of Roque de los Muchachos, a rock formation some 2,420 metres above sea level.

Visitors to La Palma can join scientists in staring at the celestial phenomenon in the night’s sky. This is the perfect opportunity to let go, gaze up at the stars and imagine the origins of the earth and the universe.  

La Gomera
Laurel forests are a type of subtropical forest which date back millions of years. La Gomera is one of the few places in the world in which they still survive. On top of this, the island is renowned for its dizzying gorges, valleys coloured by green palm trees, black sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush forests with springs. Along any stretch of the 650 kilometres of walking paths, ramblers discover the calmness of being removed from the commotion of civilisation.   The Parador de le Gomera offers retreats for tired minds with yoga, detoxes, meditation, massages, mindfulness talks and excursions. Peaceful rooms allow for deep sleep, along with food developed specially to purify the body.

El Hierro
Amongst the marine eco-system, in a spectacular volcanic landscape, El Hierro is a great place to experience the new craze of underwater meditation. The waters around the island are part of La Mar de las Calmas which is one of the three marine reserves in the Canary Islands.

Freediving El Hierro specialises in freediving and underwater meditation classes taught by professional scuba diver Francisco del Rosario. He explains, “the course isn’t about acrobatics. It’s about profound relaxation and getting to know ourselves on a deeper level than before”.

La Graciosa
Surrounded by miles and miles of turquoise sea, La Graciosa is the ideal place for silence. The smallest of the Canary Islands has around 700 inhabitants and is the perfect setting for those seeking a holiday away from the world. Organised out of his little paradise hideaway, the retreats of Yogi José Antonio Machado (connected to Mundo Armonía Lanzarote) are a great place to discover this tiny island for the first time


Qatar Airways to Give Away 100,000 Complimentary Tickets to Frontline Healthcare Professionals – Silvija Travel Tips

Qatar Airways to Give Away 100,000 Complimentary Tickets to Frontline Healthcare Professionals

As the foremost airline taking people home, Qatar Airways will now support healthcare workers to take a well-deserved break

Giveaway will open on International Nurses Day 2020 to say a massive thank you to these heroes

Complimentary Economy Class return tickets on Qatar Airways operated flights will be fully flexible for destinations and dates

Qatar Airways will give away 100,000 free tickets to frontline healthcare professionals to say thank you for their heroic work looking after people during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

By maintaining 24/7 operations in recent months, including the provision of over 100 charter flights, Qatar Airways’ mission to repatriate over one million people has received widespread praise and thanks from passengers and governments as the foremost airline taking people home. Given the airline’s work at the frontline of global efforts to repatriate stranded passengers, it now seeks to recognise and reward the world’s frontline healthcare workers.

The giveaway will open at 00.01 AM on 12 May and close at 23:59 on 18 May 2020 (Doha time). Healthcare professionals can register for this exclusive offer at by submitting a form to receive a unique promotion code, offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Healthcare professionals from every country in the world will be eligible for tickets. To ensure the application process is fair and transparent, each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets, depending on its population size, staggered over a seven day period from 12 to 18 May 2020. The daily allocation will be released at 00:01 AM Doha time throughout the campaign period.

Healthcare professionals that receive the promotion code can book up to two complimentary Economy Class return tickets on Qatar Airways operated flights – one for themselves and one for a companion – to anywhere on the airline’s global network. Tickets must be booked before 26 November 2020, with travel valid until 10 December 2020. The tickets will be fully flexible, with an unlimited number of destination or date changes allowed without any fees. Fare and surcharges will be waived on tickets, airport taxes apply.*

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of healthcare professionals around the world who looked after people in these times of uncertainty. Their heroic display of kindness, dedication, and professionalism has saved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

“We have built a strong level of trust with passengers, governments, trade partners, and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis and we intend to continue delivering on this mission by acknowledging the incredible efforts of these heroes. The airline’s crew and operation have never given up during these past three months, never abandoned hope or their mission to help people get home to their loved ones and we do not intend to do so now.

“United in dedication, we share our gratitude. Now it is our turn to give something back to those on the healthcare frontline. There are no words or gestures that are enough to repay these brave men and women but we hope that our small offer of a complimentary return flight on Qatar Airways will allow them to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, visit family and friends or explore a destination they have always dreamed of, as travel restrictions start to ease.”

As a further gesture of appreciation, healthcare professionals will be offered additionally a voucher with 35% discount to redeem at Qatar Duty-Free retail outlets at the airline’s state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, valid for use up to 31 December 2020.**

Qatar Airways recently announced that it has begun a phased approach to expanding its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. It aims to rebuild its network to an initial 52 destinations by the end of May and 80 in June 2020.

Multiple award-winning airlines, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Qatar Airways maintains the highest possible hygiene standards, which include the regular disinfection of aircraft, the use of cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and thermal screening of crew.

In addition, Qatar Airways’ aircraft feature the most advanced air filtration systems, equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air, providing the most effective protection against infection. All the airline’s onboard linen and blankets are washed, dried and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures, while its headsets are removed of ear foams and rigorously sanitized after each flight. These items are then sealed into individual packaging by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves.

Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) was the first organisation in the world last year to achieve ISO22000:2018 certification from Bureau Veritas with UKAS accreditation, confirming its Food Safety Management System meets the highest standards. All meal service utensils and cutlery are washed with detergents and rinsed with demineralized freshwater at temperatures that kill pathogenic bacteria. All sanitized equipment is handled by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves, while cutlery is individually re-packed.

* This offer is only available for QR operated flights. Eligible healthcare professions are limited to Doctor, Medical practitioner, nurse, paramedic, pharmacist, lab technician and clinical researcher. A valid employer ID must be presented at the airport at the point of check-in.

** Certain conditions apply, see in store for details, valid until 31 December 2020.

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