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Brand USA new marketing channel GoUSA TV – Silvija Travel Tips

Brand USA has launched a new platform as part of its strategy to promote the USA from mobile to giant-screen and everything in between. GoUSA TV is a connected TV app that travelers across the globe can access on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire.

Brand USA presented the channel to the media at IPW 2018 in Denver. They believes it will capture the imagination of and inspire travellers around the world to visit the USA.

  • We live in a multi-screen, multi-platform world, with one in three consumers saying they’ve never had cable television or no longer do.
  • But while people may be watching less linear television, time with digital video is on the rise.
  • By 2025, half of viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay TV service.
  • Currently 80 percent of television sales are internet-enabled, interactive televisions that support the increasing amount of consumers who consider themselves “cord-cutters.”
  • Over half of video content is viewed on mobile.
  • Approximately 92 percent of mobile video viewers share videos with others.
  • Social video generates 1,200 percent more shares than text and images combined.
  • Viewers retain 95 percent of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10 percent when reading it in text.

 GoUSA TV available on television and your mobile, tablet, or other smart device.

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Toy Story Land To Open At Walt Disney World Resort – Silvija Travel Tips

It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create, and it opens June 30, 2018. The all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Guests in Toy Story Land – located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard.

And what a backyard! In a rich and colorful landscape straight from his vivid imagination, Andy has set up his toys for the best playtime ever.  Guests will be surrounded by giant building blocks, game board pieces and more.

Across eleven fun-filled acres, Toy Story Land will include two all-new attractions and one expanded favorite. Guests will whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster behind Slinky Dog, take a spin with flying saucers in toy spaceships and score high on the midway.

Toy Story Land will also celebrate what once defined entertainment for a generation. Crayons, Rubik’s Cubes, Cooties, Green Army Men and other toys and games will pour on the nostalgia for park-goers. Even the lampposts will be shaped like Tinkertoys.

“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”

Here’s the rundown:

  • Slinky Dog Dash. Andy has assembled his roller coaster kit for maximum family fun. Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue are put together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans, with Rex and Jessie lending a hand. And to complete his creation, Andy picked up everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a strrrrretch-ing slinky coil belly and dropped it on to the coaster track.  Get ready to ride inside Slinky Dog’s coils! Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the 1950s American toy classic. Riders of all ages will delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, hills, bridges and drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. Riders will zip around and above Toy Story Land, serving up panoramic views of all that the new land has to offer. Andy’s colorful creation will stretch Slinky Dog and his coils to the max – from his head to his upturned tail – and be fun for the entire family.
  • Alien Swirling Saucers. Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills because the aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucers will immerse guests in the playful world of Andy’s toys. This galactic space toy is designed as a play set that Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. Adorable little Toy Story green Aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket-ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.  This space adventure is bathed in music reimagined for intergalactic fun, dappled with multi-color lighting and sound effects from throughout galaxies.
  • Toy Story Mania! While Andy’s away, the toys will play. One of the most beloved attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Mania!, gets an all-new colorful toy carnival game box entrance when the new land opens. In fact, this is the box that the Toy Story Mania! game came in. Recently updated with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the carnival playset action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games. To the high-scorer go bragging rights.

When it’s time for on-the-go refreshments, Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window in a setting surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Woody’s Lunch Box will also feature Mini Babybel – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

Toy Story Land is part of a multi-year reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the largest expansion in the theme park’s history.  Next year will see the premiere of the all-new, 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This new land will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.  Also coming in 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The first ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction will feature new technology, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that put guests in the whacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short.

In Brief: Toy Story Land

Newest addition to Walt Disney World Resort, Toy Story Land is all-new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Project announced: Aug. 15, 2015
Size of land: 11 acres
Opening: June 30, 2018
Featured attractions: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and an updated Toy Story Mania!
Toy Story Land First Look: Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can get a preview of Toy Story Land. A detailed model of the new land is on display at the theme park’s Walt Disney Presents attraction.
Other Toy Story-Themed Lands Around the World:

  • Toy Story Playland, Walt Disney Studios Paris – August 17, 2010
  • Toy Story Land, Hong Kong Disneyland – November 17, 2011
  • Toy Story Land, Shanghai Disneyland – opens April 26, 2018

SOURCE Walt Disney World

The Latest from Vegas!

EE Hotels…Tuscany Suites & Casino unveils $5 million renovation of guest rooms… Tuscany Suites & Casino recently unveiled an interior refresh to its guest rooms across its 716 suites as part of a property-wide renovation. The project, which kicked off in 2015, is now complete, featuring new furniture, carpeting and bathroom vanity. The newly designed rooms feature thoughtful touches that reflect a modern take on the Tuscany region of central Italy, meticulously and personally selected by the property’s owner, Brett Heers. Standout implementations of the refreshed guest rooms include an updated colour palette and design, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures, new artwork, functional desk space for business travellers, additional power outlets, and faster in-room WiFi. www.tuscanylv.com

Dining… CATCH restaurant to splash into Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino in 2018… The go-to dining destination for celebrities from Hollywood to New York City, will officially make its mark on the Las Vegas Strip as ARIA Resort & Casino debuts CATCH LAS VEGAS in autumn 2018. Known for attracting A-listers from around the world, the restaurant’s debut on The Strip will bring epic renditions of opulent seafood, sushi & steak and a something for everyone dining experience with seamless transitions and an elevated, interactive atmosphere from early evening to prime-time dinner, late night and special events. www.aria.com

Entertainment… New 2018 dates announced for “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino… The Backstreet Boys are back by popular demand with their record-breaking headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets to performances from July through November for “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” residency will go on sale to the public Friday 9th February at 10 a.m. PT. General ticket prices begin at $55 (£39.21), plus applicable tax and fees, and VIP packages and Meet & Greets will also be available.
www.planethollywoodresort.com

Only in Vegas… World’s finest epicurean talent returns to the Las Vegas Strip for 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit… The country’s leading food, wine and spirits festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit returns 10th – 13th May 2018 with an extraordinary line-up of world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The 12th annual epicurean affair will feature fan favourites, such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Stephen Hopcraft and more. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada will return as the official distributor for the festivities.  www.vegasuncorked.com

For more information, please visit: www.visitlasvegas.com

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Vilnius is the most dynamically developing city in the Central and Eastern Europe

Vilnius was elected the most dynamically developing city of service centres in the region in the Central and Eastern European Service Centres Awards held in Warsaw on Thursday evening, and representatives of Lithuania won another five prizes.

Vilnius was awarded as the most dynamically developing city of service centres in the region for the fourth consecutive year.

According to the data of “Go Vilnius”, the decision of companies to invest in Vilnius is most affected by the supply of skilled workers, which 50% of investors named as a motive, convenient urban infrastructure and logistics (20%), favourable business climate (18%), proximity of markets, i.e. adjacent and conveniently reachable 3 large markets: the Nordic market, the Central and Eastern European market and the Western European market (15%).

“Investors and international service centres find Vilnius attractive, because of it being one of the most open, fastest and most dynamically developing cities not only in the region, but in Europe as well. Companies choose Vilnius primarily for its talented, skilled and multi-lingual professionals. Vilnius is the most radical implementer of the open data policy; moreover, we have the fastest Internet connection, the city is convenient for living and working. By creating attractive conditions for business, Vilnius has confidently and rapidly advanced being the investment attraction centre in the region for 4 years in a row”, – said Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

International companies established in Vilnius also received awards for their work in the awards ceremony held in Warsaw. “Cognizant Technology Solutions” won in the BPO Firm of the Year category, “Danske Bank (GSL)” was elected the Shared Services Firm of the Year in the Baltic States for the second consecutive time, and “Western Union Processing Lithuania” received the award for the application of robotized solutions (Top RPA Implementation of the Year). Šarūnas Šuipis, General Manager of Western Union Lithuanian Division, was awarded as the Best CEO.

This year, Lithuania and companies operating in the country were nominated in 15 categories. Vilnius and Kaunas were nominated in the city categories, Telia, Danske Bank (GSL), Western Union, Nasdaq, Adform, Bentley Systems, Wix.com, NFQ Technologies and Skandia competed in various service centre categories, and Rosita Vasilkevičiūtė (Danske Bank (GSL)), Šarūnas Šuipis (Western Union) and Arminta Saladžienė (Nasdaq) were nominated candidates in the Best CEO category.

According to the data of “Go Vilnius”, out of more than 60 international service centres operating in the country in 2017 and employing about 15 thousand specialists, 44 centres were established in Vilnius. This number will continue to grow, because this year, Booking.com, the largest hotel reservation platform in the world, will settle in Vilnius. Its service centre is planned to hire as many as 900 people in the next few years.

The Central and Eastern European Service Centres Awards have been held for six consecutive years. Independent jury of business professionals evaluate cities of the region, service centres and their managers for the development of the service centre sector. More than 50 companies from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia and Lithuania were nominated for this year’s awards. The event held in the Warsaw Intercontinental Hotel on January 31 – February 1 brought together more than 300 guests, who listened to presentations and took part in discussions before the award ceremony.

Source: Vilnius.lt

Slivija Travel Tips visits Holiday World Show 2018

Holiday World Show 2018 took place at the RDS Simmonscourt Dublin. It was an opportunity for visitors to meet over 1,000 travel professionals from around the world to plan a perfect holiday and take advantage of show-only specials and deals.

The travel experts came to the RDS from over 55 countries around the globe, including tour operators, travel agents, hotel chains, national tourist organisations, airlines, theme parks, cruise companies, campsites and more. Whether you’re seeking that once-in-a­lifetime trip, planning a well-deserved family holiday or making plans for a romantic getaway, Holiday World Show is the must-attend annual travel event of the year.

The ‘Visit USA Pavilion’ at the 2018 Holiday World Show was the largest in the show’s 29-year history. Travel experts from across the states showcased over 40 destinations, from wine tasting in the Napa Valley to theme park adventures in Orlando and shopping breaks in the Big Apple. Atlantic City is one of the new US destinations for 2018, offering Irish holidaymakers the chance to experience the world’s largest casinos, fine dining and a city boardwalk famed for its ‘perfect people watching’ cafes, confectionary shops and amusements.

Silvija Travel Tips www.silvijatraveltips.com

US destinations top the travel polls for 2018

Dublin, 25th January 2018

The USA, Spain and Portugal were the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holiday makers in 2017 according to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey. The results of the survey were announced today at the RDS, in advance of the opening of Holiday World Show Dublin tomorrow.

The US was also voted one of the top three destinations for 2018, after long-time favourites Spain and Portugal.

Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, commented, “The resurgence of US destinations at the top of the poll has been greatly assisted by the extensive transatlantic routes on offer from Ireland. Almost 30 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year and there are now over 3 million transatlantic seats from Ireland on sale. We are very fortunate that we are so well connected to the US with direct routes on offer from Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Airlines and American Airlines.”

He continued, “Aer Lingus will be at Holiday World Show showcasing its new routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, as part of its largest ever transatlantic schedule which also includes services to the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington. And this year’s Visit USA Pavilion will be the largest in the show’s 29 year history, with over 40 destinations on offer.”

Looking back at 2017, 40% of travel agents surveyed said that the biggest issue faced by their customers was cancelled flights. However, as the preparations got underway for Holiday World Show, the mood was jubilant; 75% of Irish travel agents saw an increase in their turnover in 2017 compared to 2016.

Cormac Meehan concluded, “This year’s findings show, once again, that the Irish Travel Industry is on an upward trend. Some 75% of agents experienced an increased turnover 2017 – a fantastic result for an industry which has adapted and embraced huge change over the last number of years.”

Contemplating 2018, 85% of travel agents surveyed said that they were optimistic for an increase in turnover on 2017, with 5% anticipating an increase of more than 20%.

The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.

The Holiday World Show takes place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin for three days 26-28 January, 2018. For further information, please see www.holidayworldshow.com

Source: ITAA Quarterly Survey Results

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.

Numan-restaurant-white-guide

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