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New models and technology in the MICE industry – Silvija Travel Tips

By Charo Trabado:

Up to this point, we have overcome catastrophes of many kinds: climate, security, political conflicts, etc., of which we have recovered rapidly and professionally. The situation we are facing today would have been hard to imagine a month ago and we must rise to the challenge, demonstrating our adaptability as the strong and united industry that we are.

Focusing on the MICE industry, which is my expertise, I’ve come to the conclusion that our way out of this crisis should be focused on two concepts: business models and technology.

Model adaptability

Regarding business models, trade shows will have to decrease in terms of the number and origin of their assistants. Boutique events should gain preference at a national level, sustainable and ensuring the health of its participants, later they will grow and internationalize more and more as we leave this situation behind. Yet, of course, there will be changes that we incorporate in these times that might be here to stay!

Technology and change

Technology will play a fundamental role in this process of change. There are many technologies that are going to change the present and the future of the sector, although particularly and to give more focus to the current problem, I would like to focus on four:

  • Big Data, which allows us to segment our potential customers and better understand what needs they have.
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality, with unlimited potential for our sector, particularly in areas of interactivity, we can facilitate greater participation and inclusion of customers that will add value to our brand.
  • Robotics, it gives us a large number of applications that allow us to provide the user with greater comfort, capture their attention as a customer, provide entertainment, and allow the user to participate more actively, increasing the positive impact of said activity.
  • Smart cities, which are emerging as a necessary city model for residents and visitors, with reduced emissions, increased renewable energy, application of communication technologies, improvements in transport networks, and much more.

Hope for the sector

I would like to send a message of optimism to the great global community that is the tourism sector, which brings people joy, unites citizens worldwide and generates sustainable jobs and wealth: We will become more united than ever and we will travel again with much more desire!

At MITM Events we continue to work with enthusiasm and with the confidence that we will emerge stronger from this situation. We continue to bet on the business model that has led us to continue being a benchmark in our sector for more than 30 years and to remain faithful to our motto “Quality Oriented Trade Shows”.

Ambassador-Designate of Thailand to Sweden visits Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office – Silvija Travel Tips

On the 10th March 2020, H.E. Mrs Kanchana Patarachoke, Ambassador-Designate of Thailand to Sweden, and the Royal Thai Embassy’s staff visited Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office. 

Ambassador Patarachoke and her delegates were welcomed by Ms Erblap Sriprirom, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office, Mr Mongkol Wattaro, Assistant Director of the TAT Stockholm Office, and TAT staff. 

During this occasion, the Royal Thai Embassy’s and TAT’s representatives also had opportunities to exchange views and explore ways to co-operate with each other in promoting Thai tourism and culture in Sweden and Latvia.

H.E. Mrs. Kanchana Patarachoke, Ambassador-Designate of Thailand to Sweden, and Royal Thai Embassy’s staff visited Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Stockholm Office.

Source: Tanya Tingstam, Royal Thai Embassy Stockholm

ILTM Cannes – Silvija Travel Tips

ILTM Cannes 2019 was held over 4 Days, 70,000 Meetings, 6000 Travel Industry Professionals, over 100 VIP Media, 1885 Exhibitors, 1850 Buyers and countless events and networking.

As always, Cannes’ main drag, La Croisette became the venues for parties, entertainment, award ceremonies, The Travel and Leisure Women in Travel breakfast, The ILTM official party, and many more individual social gatherings for exhibitors and buyers alike. The hub of the show – Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hosted the event itself and its opening session, the Global Forum.

ILTM Cannes also hosted over 70 of the world’s most influential travel editors from publications that are the voice of luxury travel to their high-net-worth readers around the world and there were other VIP media who attended independently. Exhibitors are given the opportunity to brief them through speed networking and briefings plus one-to-one meetings organised over the course of the week.

Winston Chesterfield of Barton Consulting presented at this year’s Leaders Lunch where some 50 industry CEOs met to hear how the ecosystem of travel is a new way of covering everything about travel that is not lodging and transport. The WealthX report highlighted how the total spend on activities, food, drink and entertainment is some $1.54trillion a year and concluded that if luxury travel were a country, its value would mean it would be within the world’s top 15 economies.

The ecosystem of travel developed into the theme of this year’s event, with participants showing how sustainability, conscious travel, culture, and the environment take the front of the stage for most luxury travel brands and also the traveller into the new decade. Albert Herrera SVP Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso travel presented their trends to the media, showing that in general 48% of their client’s rate preserving natural and cultural heritage as important, 39% want experiences that benefit local people and the economy and 41% expect to adopt environmentally friendly practices. Top of “what matters to travellers” is culture, accommodation, food, new experiences and activities/atmosphere.

Michelle Woodley, President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, expanded on how important ILTM is to their business year on year. “We have been coming to ILTM for more than 15 years, and every year we have more and more demand from our hotels to attend. But the reason we really like to be there is that it’s a great place to see a lot of buyers from around the world, I’m always really surprised at how many buyers outside of the European region come to this show”.

Carolyn Kremins, President of Skift supported the right mix of meetings with socialising that makes ILTM so special. “I love ILTM, this is one of my most favourite events to be at. It’s a great way to get business done over good meetings, great drinks and nightlife all combined in one. ILTM is special because it’s a mix of all of the great things coming together in one, good business and good fun – quite exhausting but in the best possible way.”

ILTM also provides journalists with endless news and introductions to luxury travel brands that they might not ever meet or know about. Anna Chernikova of L’Official Russia said “ILTM is the most important opportunity to gather news about the entire industry. I plan the following 12 months according to what I hear and learn from interviews and briefings.”

As part of the conscious travel theme, this year’s RETREAT on the show floor created a respite area for participants to experience to seek some downtime which ranged from a Six Senses massage to a SHA Wellness brain analysis, Yoga Nidra offered instantaneous deep rest and relaxation and Canyon Ranch presented relaxing reiki and there was also an excellent sports physicist to help get people moving. Denise Bruzzone of Canyon Ranch in the US commented, “It was our first time here and we wanted to capture the worldwide appetite for wellness. I was really surprised by the number of buyers especially from new markets for us, specifically the US, France and Spain.”

Paul Dhadda of Exquisite Travel Group in the US attended ILTM as a buyer and tried several sessions; “You never get a chance to reset yourself during an exhibition such as this, you are up late at night and early in the morning, so I came here and picked up a few tips and a little recovery – it was an amazing opportunity. I had my spine realigned by a specialist and was given tips on how to stretch more. I felt a sense of calmness after the session, so I am good to go again back to the show floor”.

Alison Gilmore, Portfolio Director of the ILTM Portfolio concluded: “The overwhelming support from the industry for ILTM demonstrates the real value of the show for luxury travel business. We are already looking forward to ILTM Cannes 2020 and a new decade of continuing to work with our partners and support their business opportunities, business growth and ultimately their business relationships.”

ILTM Cannes 2020 takes place 7 – 10 December 2020. For further information, please see www.iltm.com

Can’t Skip Hope Portugal’s New Campaign – Silvija Travel Tiips

Amidst the current COVID-19 Pandemic, The Portuguese Tourism Board has changed its marketing message from #CantSkipPortugal to #CantSkipHope

A new video was released on social media along with this campaign, saying “It’s time to stop. It’s time to take a break, for the good of the world. In the meantime, we can dream for the great days to come. We’re in this together.”

The Portuguese Tourism Board wants to show tourists, tourism professionals along with the Portuguese public that this is the time “to pause, refocus and join efforts so that we can move forward”.

www.visitportugal.com

Viking Line’s service on the Baltic Sea as of April 2, 2020 – Silvija Travel Tips

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Viking Line will continue to keep service on the Baltic Sea at a reduced level. Four of the Company’s seven vessels will sail primarily with cargo between Finland and Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia to ensure the security of supply. Passenger traffic has virtually come to a standstill following the authorities’ restrictions. 

Demand for cargo transport remains high. Viking Line continues to transport goods between Finland, Sweden, Åland and Estonia with four vessels to ensure the security of supply.

“It is important to maintain vital social functions during these exceptional circumstances, and Viking Line is doing so by providing cargo service between these countries,” says Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line.

Viking Line’s service for the period 2nd April 2020 and beyond:

Turku – Åland (Långnäs) – Stockholm

M/S Viking Grace and M/S Amorella will serve the route until further notice according to the following timetable: https://www.sales.vikingline.com/find-cruise-trip/timetables-connections/timetables/turku-stockholm/

Mariehamn – Kapellskär:

M/S Rosella will sail between Mariehamn and Kapellskär only for cargo on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until at least April 30, 2020. Passenger traffic can resume at the earliest on April 15, 2020, or in accordance with the instructions of the relevant authorities.

Helsinki – Tallinn

M/S Gabriella will sail between Helsinki and Tallinn until at least April 30, 2020, according to the following timetable https://www.sales.vikingline.com/find-cruise-trip/timetables-connections/timetables/helsinki-tallinn/

Suspended traffic:

  • Traffic between Helsinki and Stockholm will be suspended until at least May 13, 2020. 
  • Cruise traffic from Stockholm to Mariehamn with M/S Viking Cinderella will be suspended until at least May 13, 2020. 
  • Traffic with Viking XPRS, which normally sails between Helsinki and Tallinn, will be suspended until at least April 30, 2020.

We will contact the customers affected by the cancelled departures. Free re-booking and cancellation apply for booked trips. Customers are encouraged to wait for this contact due to the great pressure on customer service. More info on refund and rebooking can be found on the Viking Line website. www.vikiingline.com

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Medical Tourism Market Size Worth $207.9 Billion By 2027 – Silvija Travel Tips

The global medical tourism market size is expected to reach USD 207.9 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 21.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Medical tourism generates direct foreign exchange income and contributes to the overall development of any economy. It provides employment and business opportunities for residents. Moreover, it helps in the growth of associated businesses such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare devices, and tourism. Government support to maintain the general reputation and political stability of the host country is a key influencing factor that drives the market.

Key suggestions from the report:

  • Thailand dominated the market in terms of revenue in 2019 pertaining to the huge difference in treatment cost in comparison to developed countries. Around 2.8 million people visited Thailand to seek medical care in 2018 owing to low cost and good quality healthcare services
  • In 2016, Thailand ranked 18th in the International Healthcare Research Center’s Medical Tourism Index. Moreover, the country ranked 13th on the same index in terms of quality of facilities and services provided owing to well-developed healthcare infrastructure and an increasing number of healthcare professionals
  • In Thailand, Asia’s first largest private hospital, Bumrungrad International Hospital, is also the first hospital to receive JCI accreditation and ISO 9001 certification. Till date, over 53 private hospitals have received JCI accreditation
  • Singapore, Colombia, Taiwan, and Spain are some of the fastest-growing medical tourism destinations in the medical tourism market. Medical tourism is one of the important factors for revenue generation for these countries. They have an advanced healthcare infrastructure and skilled manpower to cater to international patients
  • Thailand is popular for cosmetic procedures and India is most preferred for cardiovascular and orthopaedic procedures. Brazil and Costa Rica are preferred for dental procedures.

Read the 140 page research report with ToC on “Medical Tourism Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Country (Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, Czech Republic), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027” Link to the report:  https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/medical-tourism-market

Government authorities are willing to invest in local enterprises to capitalize on the growth of the market. Such government bodies are authorizing projects that help in the overall development of infrastructure in the country such as the public transport system and water supply facilities to attract high-end travellers.

Medical tourism has led to a rise in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in developing countries to attract foreign nationals, resulting in the fast growth of healthcare infrastructure in such countries. Moreover, healthcare providers now offer comprehensive tour packages that include services ranging from ticket booking to hotel stay and healthcare insurance. 

Grand View Research has segmented the global medical tourism market based on countries:

  • Medical Tourism Country Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 – 2027)
    • Thailand
    • India
    • Costa Rica
    • Mexico
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Turkey
    • Taiwan
    • South Korea
    • Czech Republic
    • Spain

Find more research reports on Healthcare IT Industry, by Grand View Research:

  • Wellness Tourism Market – The global wellness tourism market size was valued at USD 683.3 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.1% over the forecast period.
  • Care Management Solutions Market – The global care management solutions market size was valued at USD 7.5 billion in 2017 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 17.0% over the forecast period.
  • Healthcare Information Systems Market – The global healthcare information systems market size was estimated at USD 85.6 billion in 2016 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 7.7% over the forecast period.

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About Grand View Research

Grand View Research, U.S.-based market research and consulting company, provides syndicated as well as customized research reports and consulting services. Registered in California and headquartered in San Francisco, the company comprises over 425 analysts and consultants, adding more than 1200 market research reports to its vast database each year. These reports offer in-depth analysis of 46 industries across 25 major countries worldwide. With the help of an interactive market intelligence platform, Grand View Research helps Fortune 500 companies and renowned academic institutes understand the global and regional business environment and gauge the opportunities that lie ahead.

SOURCE Grand View Research, Inc.

Nikki Beach Global Announces Nikki Beach Montenegro – Silvija Travel Tips

Nikki Beach, the family-owned and operated global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand announced today that they are opening a second location in Montenegro. Nikki Beach Montenegro is slated to open in early summer 2020, joining the neighbouring Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Montenegro, which, as previously announced, will open in 2022/2023.

Nikki Beach, which is the first and original luxury beach club concept with 13 locations around the world, has blossomed into a well-respected beach club brand and hotel and resort company. 

Located in Budva and situated on the Bay of Tivat, Nikki Beach Montenegro is a 250-person capacity restaurant and beach club that will focus heavily on the brand’s key elements. In proximity to Porto Montenegro, which is just a ten-minute boat ride away, the property will include a 45-room boutique resort, gym and luxury spa. The property will also showcase spectacular sea and mountain views facing the inside of the fjord with direct water access and two jetties. The location will cater to the yachting community as a top mega-yacht destination.

Nikki Beach Montenegro will feature three dedicated pools, one that is more high energy and two additional relaxation pools for guests who are staying on property. A picturesque waterfall will connect two of the pools and a bridge will be constructed over one pool to cross over towards the seaside. In terms of hotel accommodations, there will be a great mix of large rooms and suites.

“We’re very excited to bring our global brand to a new country,” says Lucia Penrod, CEO of Nikki Beach Global. “Montenegro’s beautiful coastline and scenic mountain ranges will greatly appeal to our loyal brand followers as they travel the world every summer season.”

Nikki Beach Montenegro will showcase the brand’s signature design aesthetic, featuring an inviting décor of all white with wood accents. A palm-tree-lined platform with sunbeds, lounge chairs and cabanas will overlook the water and mountain range. The brand’s six elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art will be highlighted throughout the space.

The location will present daytime and dinner service featuring the brand’s globally inspired menu, which incorporates approachable cuisine that is healthful, beautifully presented and prepared with simplicity in mind. Guests will savour oversized seafood platters, tasty sushi boats, colourful salads and global favourites representing the brand’s locations around the world.

Nikki Beach will bring its sought-after musical culture to the venue with resident DJs and musicians, featuring chill house, happy house, deep house, afro house, Latin house and more. An in-house saxophonist, among other musicians, will create an atmosphere that lends itself to lasting memories.

The second project in the area, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Montenegro, is situated on a private peninsula in the bay of Budva and will be part of a luxury private villa development. The property, which is slated to open in 2022/2023, will house 150 rooms and suites, 20 ultra-luxury villas, three individual private beaches, a jetty, Nikki Spa, Tone Gym, and five restaurants including Key West, which is currently open.

“Nikki Beach Montenegro, the restaurant and beach club, will bring an unprecedented level of entertainment, culinary delights and energy to Montenegro this spring,” says Alexander Schneider, President of the Global Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts division. “The adjacent Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Montenegro will combine the best of both worlds, a luxury boutique hotel offering the perfect backdrop to unwind and pamper yourself with the spirit of Nikki Beach.”

Most recently, in a joint venture with Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts EMEA, the brand opened Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Santorini in August of 2019. Additionally, after the location’s best season since opening, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts embarked on a long-term contract renewal with Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli (also in Greece). As recently announced, the brand will also be further growing its portfolio with the addition of Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Sri Lanka, a project that is currently under construction.

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This year, Nikki Beach is focused on expansion in the luxury lifestyle industry and the scheduled opening of new locations in the next five years. As the brand adds new properties and projects to the pipeline, we will no longer operate Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Bodrum.

In 2019, Nikki Beach Global celebrated 20 years in business with milestone events at its beach clubs and resorts. The brand was founded by entrepreneur Jack Penrod and his wife Lucia in Miami Beach in 1998. Today, Nikki Beach Global has grown into an international, multifaceted luxury hospitality company with 13 beach clubs around the world, including Versilia, Saint Barth, Saint Tropez, Dubai, Monte Carlo, Marbella and Ibiza, and four hotels and resorts. Nikki Beach Global has offices in Miami, Marbella, Barcelona, Geneva and Dubai. 

For more information, please visit www.nikkibeach.com 
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Odette in Singapore Secures No.1 Spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants – Silvija Travel Tips

The 2020 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has been announced in a virtual event streamed throughout the region on Tuesday 24th March 2020. The 2020 list includes seven new entries, with Japan the best-represented nation boasting 12 restaurants.  

William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “We are, of course, experiencing unprecedented times in the restaurant sector across Asia. It is more important than ever to support restaurants all over the continent in their recovery, to recognise each other’s achievements over the last 12 months and broadcast a message of solidarity.” 

Odette in Singapore claimed top honours for a second year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia and The Best Restaurant in Singapore. 

Individual Country Awards:

Japan

Den (No.3) retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan while La Cime (No.10) in Osaka has double reason to be proud. As well as moving up four places, the restaurant’s chef, Yusuke Takada, is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award

Newcomers to the list include Tokyo restaurants Ode (No.35) and Inua (49). 

Japanese chefs were also honoured in individual award categories. Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi restaurant in Kyoto is this year’s recipient of the American Express Icon Award while Natsuko Shoji of Été claims Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona.

Greater China

Hong Kong restaurant The Chairman (No.2) claims the title of The Best Restaurant in China, sponsored by Cinco Jotas.

Hong Kong counts eight restaurants on the list, including Amber (No.31), the 2020 winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Beronia. The award is presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, as determined by 50 Best’s audit partner Food Made Good Global. 

Chef André Chiang has a new restaurant on the list in the form of Sichuan Moon in Wynn Palace, Macau. Debuting at No.23, Sichuan Moon claims the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Legle.

Mume (No.18) retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Taiwan, sponsored by Dalmore, for a second year while JL Studio, the 2019 recipient of the Miele One To Watch Award, enters the list at No.26. 

Thailand  

Sühring (No.6) claims the coveted title of The Best Restaurant in Thailand for the first time. Thailand’s seven entries include newcomer 80/20, debuting at No.47. 

Sorn rises 32 places to No.16 this year, making the Bangkok restaurant the 2020 recipient of the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. 

Singapore

In Singapore, chef Björn Frantzén’s Zén makes a dramatic debut on the list at No.28. A fine-dining institution in Singapore since 1994, Les Amis (No.11) is this year’s winner of the prestigious Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award

South Korea

South Korea features three restaurants on the 2020 list, including first-time entry Hansikgonggan (No.34), headed by Cho Hee-sook, who is named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2020. The popular Mingles (No.14) holds its title as The Best Restaurant in Korea for a fifth consecutive year. 

Regional

Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.30) is named The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka while Locavore (No.37) in Bali claims The Best Restaurant in Indonesia title. 

Indian Accent is awarded The Best Restaurant in India for a sixth year while Bukhara re-enters the list at No.45. Masque in Mumbai is the 2020 winner of the Miele One To Watch Award.

Other country winners include Toyo Eatery (No.44), winning The Best Restaurant in Philippines title for a second year. 

MICE News 2022 – okohama Convention & Visitors Bureau – Silvija Travel Tips


The 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Conference (APGGC) will be held in Yokohama, Japan from Sunday, 29 May 29 to Thursday 2 June 2022. Drawing 350 participants from around the world, this will be the second time for Japan to host the conference, the last time being 28 years ago in 1994.

Under the concept of “For a Sustainable Future: Think Zinc!,” the event will feature presentations about world-class technology, as well as about products and technologies regarding general (batch) hot-dip galvanizing from companies around the world. The conference is expected to attract participants from the industry as a whole, including corrosion specialists, steel producers and fabricators.

Japan’s bid to host the conference was successful for a number of reasons, including the proposal made by the Japanese host, Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc., that showcased its traditions and high standards, the association’s passion and vision, the convenient access by public transport of the host city, Yokohama, Japan’s reputation as a safe country, and the cooperative partnership among everyone involved in the bid, including the national and local governments. These aspects were viewed highly by Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Association members, who voted unanimously to hold the conference in Japan.

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau and Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama (PACIFICO Yokohama) extended assistance to Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc. with its bid to host the conference in Japan.

Conference overview

  • Name: 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Conference (APGGC)
  • Dates: May 29 (Sun.) to June 2 (Thurs.), 2022
  • Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama Conference Center
  • Estimated attendance: 350 (250 from outside Japan)
  • Estimated countries represented: Approx. 25 countries and regions
  • Conference theme: “For a Sustainable Future: Think Zinc!”

Past Conferences:

2019: Bangkok, Thailand
2016: Bali, Indonesia
2013: Singapore
2010: Taipei, Taiwan
2007: Beijing, Mainland China

*Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc. (JGA)

Through the elevation of galvanizing technologies and improvements to business management, the JGA strives for the sound development of the industry, seeking to strengthen the erosion-proof and rust-proof functions of galvanizing on iron and steel to improve the quality of steel structures. Through the wide-ranging promotion of this technology, it aims to contribute to the enhancement of social capital, conservation of resources, and protection of the global environment.

SOURCE Yokohama Convention & Visitors Burea

Hertz Asia Pacific Appointed as First International Car Rental Partner by Traveloka – Silvija Travel Tips

Hertz Asia Pacific has announced its partnership with Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s leading digital travel and lifestyle booking platform.

Under the new partnership, Traveloka will offer a range of vehicles from Hertz brands – Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, ACE and Firefly, to customers.

Through accessing the extensive Hertz network across the globe, Traveloka customers in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines can easily add a car rental to their travel itineraries, seamlessly bringing together travel requirements including flights, accommodation, and tours.

Eoin Macneill, Vice President Asia Pacific, Hertz, said: “We’re pleased to be Traveloka’s first international car rental partner, which will provide a huge range of benefits to business and leisure travellers. Thanks to Traveloka’s experience and support, customers throughout the regions can now book car rentals through the Traveloka website, and be confident that Hertz will deliver them more choice and the promise of great service no matter which of our brands they choose.”

Caesar Indra, CEO Transport, Traveloka said: “We are pleased to partner with the world’s leading car rental company, Hertz, to fill the rental needs of our customers.”

“Aligned with our commitment to deliver a seamless travel experience, we believe this partnership will strengthen Traveloka’s offerings by making reliable car rental options available to travellers across Southeast Asia and Australia,” Caesar added.

Customers can visit www.traveloka.com for car rental bookings.

Barbados Wins Five Prestigious Awards at the Travvy Awards 2020 – Silvija Travel Tips

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) won five accolades at the Travvy Awards 2020. The event is akin to theAcademy Awards of the travel industry, with a black-tie gala to celebrate in all glitz and glamour the movers and shakers of the travel industry. 2020 marks the sixth edition of the prestigious event at the elegant Gotham Hall in New York City.

In 2019, BTMI was victorious in winning three awards including receiving the highest honour as Best Tourism Board Overall (Gold). This year, Barbados returned in force, taking away more awards than ever received in previous years.

While the competition was fierce, Barbados is proud to have won the following awards: Best Luxury Destination – International (Gold), Best Luxury Destination – Caribbean/Bahamas (Silver), Best Wedding Destination – Overall (Silver), Best Tourism Board – Overall (Silver), Best Tourism Board – Caribbean/Bahamas (Silver)

“Last year was the first time we had ever been nominated for the Travvy Awards and we won three awards including Best Tourism Board Overall so this year to have won five awards is simply a wonderful accolade for us,” said Eusi Skeete, Director USA (ag) of BTMI. “We value the Travvy Awards because they are voted on by the travel agency community who actually are the interface between destinations and their customers, and in a year when we have broken yet another record in terms of visitor arrivals from the U.S., this signifies that we are continuing to grow in the right direction.”

The Travvy Awards honour destinations, hotels, cruise lines and airlines, among other industry actors. This year, over 100,000 votes — the largest voting block of agents in history — were cast to determine the 2020 Travvy Awards winners. The event featured many big winners, like Air New Zealand for Best Airline – International and The Bellagio, Las Vegas for Best Luxury Gaming Hotel/Resort – Domestic.

For more information, a breakdown of categories and to view the full list of winners, please visit www.TravvyAwards.com

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