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Booking.com Opening Customer Service Call Centre in Vilnius – Silvija Travel Tips

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest selection of great places to stay, announced today that the company will open its first customer call centre in the Baltic Region in April 2018, located in Vilnius. The newest Booking.com call centre aims to recruit around 200 people by the end of 2018, with a goal of hiring up to 900 people within the next four to five years.

Booking.com’s Vilnius call centre is the company’s ninth in Europe and eighteenth globally. The Vilnius customer service team will support Booking.com’s 24/7 service to guests and accommodation partners through a variety of channels, including incoming calls, e-mails and messaging. Booking.com has 7,000+ customer service agents globally through its local entities.

The open positions include operational management roles, as well as front-line customer service executive positions to work with our customers around the world, providing service in a variety of languages including Russian, German, English, Polish, Estonian and of course, Lithuanian. Applicants are invited to apply directly to www.workingatbooking.com.

“Vilnius is emerging as a real regional capital in Europe, truly embodying the multinational culture that exists at Booking.com,” said James Waters, Global Director of Customer Service at Booking.com. “There is a rich pool of talent in Vilnius, particularly with the linguistic skill sets that we’re looking for. As such, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our employee base throughout the Baltics.”

To select the right location for the new customer service call centre. Booking.com teamed up with Invest Lithuania, a team of experienced business advisors assisting global businesses to expand into Vilnius.

“Invest Lithuania was delighted to work with Booking.com throughout the process of choosing Vilnius for its new customer service centre, and we welcome this truly global company to our business community,” said Mantas Katinas, Managing Director of Invest Lithuania. “We are excited that Booking.com recognised the benefits of locating in Vilnius – the main benefit being access to this region’s talented workforce. We are a dynamic, multicultural region with a rich heritage and a large portion of our population speaking multiple languages.”

Booking.com’s new customer service facility will be located in the premises of Technopolis in Vilnius – the largest office city in the country.

“We congratulate a new member of our community and are happy to contribute to the expansion of the company’s customer service centres here in Lithuania. The most important goal for us as the office developer is to ensure the best infrastructure and flexibility for the successful growth of companies like Booking.com,” said Lina Maskoliūnė, the Business Unit Director of Technopolis in Vilnius.

The 3,940-square-metre customer service facility in a brand new building at Technopolis Penta building covers two floors and is the first of its kind in the Baltics for one of the world’s largest travel e-commerce companies and digital technology leader. The office theme, created by architect Arnold Schoordijk from ATC Schoordijk Interieurontwerp, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, draws on different elements of Lithuanian culture, history and nature for inspiration. Quotes from Lithuanian writers will feature throughout the office while colours and artwork inspired by the country’s forests and seas as well as the artistic area of Uzupis in Vilnius, will be used in meeting rooms and team areas. Coffee and relaxation spaces will use wood, reminiscent of traditional Lithuanian houses, to create a warm, collaborative and inclusive atmosphere.

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Su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau National Geographic – Silvija Travel Tips

Neseniai, lankydamasi Vašingtone, kaip IPW 2017 atstovė, su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau “National Geographic” būstinę. Aš visada žavėjausi garsiomis “National Geographic” knygomis su jų ryškiu geltonu stačiakampio formos rėmu ant viršelio. “National Geographic” žurnalas buvo pradėtas 1888 m. Ir tapo informacijos, nuotraukų ir puikios žurnalistikos šaltiniu apie geografiją, kultūrą, gamtos mokslą ir istoriją visame pasaulyje. Žurnalas išgarsėjo dėl savo ypatingai gražių nuotraukų. “National Geographic” logotipo geltona spalva reiškia saulę, kuri yra svarbi mūsų planetos gyvenimui visame pasaulyje. Stačiakampis – tai foto rėmelis. Žurnalas publikuojamas kas mėnesį ir yra išleidžiamas daugiau nei 40 kalbų. Šiandien “National Geographic” logotipas rodomas daugelyje žiniasklaidos priemonių. 1963 m. prasidėjusios televizijos laidos laimėjo daugybę apdovanojimų, įskaitant daugiau nei 100 Emmy apdovanojimų. Televizijos programos apima: “Explorer”, “Specializacija ir įvykiai”, “Gamtos istorija” , “Mokslas” ir nuolat plečiasi. Mano vizitas į “National Geographic” būstinę paliko didžiulį įspūdį. Aš be galo laiminga, turėdama puikią galimybę prisiliesti prie šio žurnalo originalo, susipažinusi iš arčiau su jo istorija ir ypatingais darbuotojais, mylinčiais savo darbą.

Čia yra nuoroda į “National Geographic” Lietuvos svetainę:
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Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė – Pakruojo dvaras – Silvija Travel Tips

Šiaurės Lietuvos krašte, garsėjančiame aludarystės tradicijomis bei bajorų virtuve, dešiniajame Kruojos upės krante – klasicistinio stiliaus dvaras, patekęs į Rekordų knygą kaip didžiausias iki šių dienų išlikęs dvaro pastatų kompleksas mūsų šalyje. Jame visais metų laikais, tiek vasarą, per naktigonę, tiek kalėdmečiu, klausant pasakos apie Spragtuką, galima pasinerti į dvarišką gyvenimą ir dvaro istorijas – apie baronus fon Ropus, apie to meto dvaro technikos stebuklus, vėjo malūną ar net lietuviškojo Robino Hudo, Tado Blindos, ūsus. Pakruojo dvaras skelbiamas Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo traukos vietove 2017.

Lietuva Europos Komisijos inicijuotame Patraukliausios turizmo vietovės projekte EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) dalyvauja jau nuo 2008 m., teikdama paraišką daliniam finansavimui gauti. Kaskart Europos Komisija skelbia vis kitą temą patraukliausiai turizmo vietovei išrinkti. Šiemet tema buvo kultūrinis turizmas, ir projekte dalyvavo tokios Europos šalys kaip Malta, Kroatija, Ispanija, Prancūzija, Airija, Suomija, Belgija ir kt. Lietuvoje sulaukta rekordiškai daug – net 33 paraiškų iš skirtingų šalies regionų. Pagal Europos Komisijos nustatytus kriterijus jas vertino ekspertai tiek iš Vilniaus universiteto, tiek iš Vilniaus savivaldybės administracijos, tiek iš Kultūros paveldo departamento, tiek iš Ūkio ministerijos bei Turizmo departamento. Galutinis sprendimas buvo priimtas tiesiogiai aplankius daugiausiai balų surinkusius objektus, viso – 11, nes du objektai surinko vienodą balų skaičių.

„Pakruojo dvaras – ne tik vietinio turizmo perlas, bet ir turintis potencialo sudominti Europą. Simboliška, kad Lietuva turi 7 UNESCO objektus, o nuo šiol turės ir 7 EDEN vietoves – norėtųsi, kad jos būtų stiprus masalas turistams, norintiems kuo geriau pažinti Lietuvą kaip patrauklią šalį kelionėms. Pripažinimas Europos mastu – itin reikšmingas, nes ne tik padidins vietovės žinomumą ir pritrauks turistų iš užsienio, bet ir prisidės prie Lietuvos kaip patrauklioms turistinės šalies garsinimo“, – nepailstančius Pakruojo dvaro šeimininkus sveikina laikina Turizmo departamento vadovė Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė ir skelbia dvarą karščiausia 2018-ųjų metų vietove kelionėms po Lietuvą.

5 vietą projekte užėmė Raudondvario dvaras (Kauno r.), masinantis lankytojus grafienės Rozalijos istorijomis apie Tiškevičių aistrą citrusams ir atkurtą apelsinų sriubos receptą. 4 vietoje – Užugirio dvaras (Ukmergės r.), kuriame įminti pirmojo Lietuvos prezidento A.Smetonos ir jo žmonos pėdsakai, mat dvare pirmoji pora vasarodavo. 3 vietoje – Ilzenbergo dvaras (Rokiškio r.), puoselėjantis biodinaminį ūkį ir Meilės salos legendas. 2 vietoje – Jurbarko krašto renesanso perlas Panemunės pilis, kviečianti lankytojus į lobio paieškas.

Tarp 2017 m. finalininkų pateko ir unikalus „Baltosios“ ir „Raudonosios“ sinagogų kompleksas Joniškyje, ir Marijampolės cukraus fabrikas, atveriantis turistams vartus saldžių ekskursijų metu, ir Šlyninkos malūnas (Zarasų r.), kuriame, sakoma, gyva „Velnio nuotakos“ dvasia, o svečiams užmaišomi blynai iš ką tik maltų „razavų“ miltų. Taip pat – „mažosiomis Rumšiškėmis“ vadinamų Kleboniškių bei ne tik tulpių žydėjimu, bet ir 5 km ilgio alėjomis, tvenkiniais su 15 salų ir 22 liūtų tiltais garsėjančio Burbiškio dvaro (Radviliškio r.) kompleksas. Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo vietove pretendavo tapti ir Paežerių dvaro sodyba, sauganti ne tik iš Suvalkijos kilusių šešių Vasario 16-osios signatarų istorijas, bet ir Belvederio bokšto legendą apie nelaimingą grafo meilę, ir Radvilų laikus menanti Biržų pilis.

Apie patraukliausias turizmo traukos vietoves Lietuvoje yra sukurti video, profesionalios fotografijos. Žinia apie jas buvo skleidžiama socialiniuose tinkluose, spaudoje. 2018 m. kovo mėn. Pakruojo dvaras bus pristatytas iškilmingoje ceremonijoje Briuselyje kartu su kitomis išskirtiniausiomis Europos kultūrinio turizmo vietovėmis.

Ankstesni laimėtojai: EDEN projektą „Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo vietovė 2015. Turizmas ir vietinė gastronomija“ laimėjo Druskininkų savivaldybėje kepamas šakotis; 2013 m. EDEN nugalėtojas – Telšiai kaip vietovė, pritaikyta visiems; 2011 m.„Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietove“ buvo paskelbtas Všį Rokiškio turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Rokiškio dvaro sodyba“ kaip išskirtiniausias atstatytas ir pritaikytas turizmui statinys Lietuvoje; 2010 m. Lietuvos darnaus vandens turizmo traukos vietove išrinktas Zarasų rajono turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Zarasų kraštas – dangaus krantas žemėje“; Nemuno deltos regioninis parkas 2009 m. pelnė išskirtinės gamtos, kultūros ir turizmo darnos vietovės vardą; o „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2008. Nematerialus paveldas“ laimėtoju buvo išrinktas Žemaitijos nacionalinis parkas.

EDEN (angl. European Destinations of Excellence) apdovanojimai skiriami naujoms, mažai žinomoms Europos turizmo vietovėms 27 šalyse narėse ir šalyse kandidatėse. Išrinktos vietovės įsipareigoja puoselėti socialinį, kultūrinį ir aplinkos tvarumą. Rinkdama šias vietoves EDEN siekia atkreipti dėmesį į Europos turizmo vietovių vertybes, įvairovę ir bendras savybes. Ji padeda skleisti informaciją apie naujas Europos turizmo vietoves, sukuria sąlygas visoje Europoje keistis gera praktika ir skatina ryšius tarp apdovanojimus pelniusių vietovių.Geriausio kultūrinio turizmo projekto rinkimus įgyvendina Valstybinis turizmo departamentas prie Ūkio ministerijos vykdydamas 2017 m. EDEN projektą „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2017. Kultūrinis turizmas”.

The Greatest Showman film inspiring travel to New York – Silvija Travel Tips

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, today announced a new partnership with 20th Century Fox Film on a holiday campaign titled The Greatest New York City in support of the global release of The Greatest Showman film on December 20, 2017. Inspiring travel to New York City, the campaign showcases extraordinary experiences in NYC during the holiday season when the City puts on its greatest show, from the festive Fifth Avenue department store windows in Midtown Manhattan to the world’s largest gingerbread display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Live now on NYCgo.com, content from The Greatest NYC campaign includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from The Greatest Showman expressing their affection for NYC.

“New York City serves as an inspirational backdrop to all those who live or visit here, just as it was over a century ago when it was the creative platform for legendary showman P.T. Barnum,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “To partner with 20th Century Fox Film on a movie inspired by Barnum’s NYC story has been a privilege for us, and we invite our travellers to be equally inspired by The Greatest NYC this holiday season across all five boroughs, from the icons to the local neighbourhood gems.”

The Greatest NYC campaign features advertisements throughout the five boroughs, including street pole banners, bus shelters and LinkNYC screens, with creative that cross-promotes the film and NYC travel content on NYCgo.com. Website content includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from the film, editorial articles on the holidays in NYC, a photo gallery of department store holiday windows, a gift guide and more. Social media on @nycgo Facebook and Instagram will also feature The Greatest NYC content.

“What better partner than NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, to help celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman. NYC is practically another character in the film. Indeed, only in NYC could the amazing story of The Greatest Showman come to life. We are so excited to be working on a campaign with NYC & Company to bring The Greatest NYC to people everywhere,” said Zachary Eller, executive vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox Film.

The Greatest Showman was shot in New York City, including Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Brooklyn Armory. The movie was inspired by the life and imagination of P.T. Barnum, who lived and worked in New York City in the mid-1800s, and the City was where his work in show business came to life. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, and features original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film hits theatres worldwide on December 20, 2017.

The holiday season is one of the greatest times of the year to experience New York City. The season began in late November with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the iconic Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Additional activities during the season include department store windows, artisanal markets and various events at cultural institutions, and concludes by welcoming in the New Year with fireworks at Prospect Park in Brooklyn and, of course, the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

To further celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman and The Greatest New York City campaign, The Greatest Week kicks off today in New York City with a series of fun, fan-centric activities. Visit nycgo.com/holiday for full details.

The Greatest Showman and 20th Century Fox Film will be honoured at the NYC & Company Foundation’s annual Visionaries & Voices Gala taking place December 18, 2017, in New York City. The NYC & Company Foundation supports NYC’s cultural institutions and their effort to communicate diversity and excitement of the arts for New York City. The Visionaries & Voices Gala celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City.

NYC & Company has previously partnered on film tourism campaigns with major box office films and movie studios, including Warner Brothers’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in 2016 and Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

For more on The Greatest New York City and NYC holiday activities, visit nycgo.com/holiday.

Dublin – Seattle, USA new route with Aer Lingus – Silvija Travel Tips

May 2018 Aer Lingus will launch Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and Seattle. Fondly known as The Emerald City, Seattle sits pretty between Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the Pacific Northwest. Home to must-visit sights like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle is a superb city just waiting to be explored.

The brand new Dublin – Seattle direct route takes off on 18 May 2018. There will be four direct flights a week to and from Seattle. There will also be connections via Dublin to Seattle from a range of UK and European destinations. Another plus point is when you fly Aer Lingus, from Ireland to the USA you pre-clear U.S. Immigration in Dublin Airport and save precious time when you land in the USA.

To book your flight visit the Aer Lingus website www.aerlingus.com

Vilnius invites travelling back in time for centennial celebration – Silvija Travel Tips

Vilnius is ready for a weekly celebration of the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, from 9 to 18 February. According to the City of Vilnius, efforts will be made to take the entire old town of Vilnius back to 1918. Plenty of events and celebrations have been planned for this particular week, involving active participation of the restaurants and bars, free tours around Vilnius, special illumination of the Independence Act-related key buildings, the distribution of the ancient publication, all this leading to the concert at the Cathedral Square with an element unseen until now – the Centennial Bell.

“Back then, in 1918, Vilnius happened to be in the centre of events, just like now, when the capital is setting the trend and showing the direction. Therefore, we wish to have the anniversary of this extremely important date for Lithuania marked not only officially. Vilnius has been and will remain an open city, therefore, we will try to involve as many as possible people from Vilnius and beyond in this celebration. The highlight of the celebrations will be travelling back in time to see Vilnius as it was in the fateful 1918, with its sounds and tastes”, says Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

The Mayor has noted that the upcoming February 16th will feature not only already recognizable highlights, such as the tricolour traffic light campaign, bonfires along Gediminas Avenue (100 this time), youth march, free tours but also new ones, including cooperation with restaurants etc. with a view to achieving a 1918 flashback through century-old tastes and ambiance, as well as the then street names, the tricolour illumination of bridges and the interactive Centennial Bell.

“February is not the best month for celebrations in terms of the weather, so we want to create warm atmosphere downtown to attract the population. I am certain that the old advertisements, restaurant signs, typical cuisine and music will definitely take you back in time to Vilnius in 1918”, says the Mayor of Vilnius.

Remigijus Šimašius invites everyone’s creative involvement in the celebration of this week, for example, by using retro graphics in their social network accounts, by making aged inter war-style business advertisements, which will compete to be published in Vilnius Newspaper, issued specifically for this occasion.

The key personalities and the buildings of that time will not be forgotten either – Vilnius public transport will feature the photos and quotations by the signatories, and the ten key centennial buildings will enjoy a special tricolour illumination.

In memory of the patriarch of the nation, Jonas Basanavičius, a largest live installation has been planned with several hundred bearded men.

All the events, festivals, restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as the photos of the old Vilnius will soon be available on a special Vilnius map: www.vilnius1918.lt.

List of events and highlights planned for the centennial celebration in Vilnius:

Time-travelling in festive week (9-18 February), involving restaurants, hotels, other public establishments, businesses and anyone willing to join the celebration.
Century Bell on Cathedral Square.
Free flashback tours around Vilnius.
100 symbolic bonfires along Gediminas Avenue.
Live installation ‘Basanavičius’s beard’
Symbolic illumination of key centennial buildings.
A tricolour traffic light campaign on Gediminas Avenue.
Signatories’ quotations on Vilnius public transport as of January.
Tricolour bridge lighting.
Ancient Vilnius Newsletter.
Theatre play for children Green Alive (under the pre-agreed schedule with schools).
The Concert for the Restoration of the State of Lithuania on Cathedral Square.
Patriotic march of the Lithuanian youth ‘Road of Statehood’ (Cathedral Square-Rasos Cemetery).

Source: MFA

ublin to London €72 return Bus Éireann Euroline and Irish Ferries – Silvija Travel Tips

Travel from Dublin to London from €72 return with Bus Éireann Eurolines and Irish Ferries. Bus Éireann Eurolines coach and ferry day services runs from Dublin to Birmingham and London. The Eurolines service departs from Dublin (Busaras) at 0700, and arrive in Birmingham city centre at 1530 and London city centre at 1900. The crossing is be onboard one of the largest car ferries in the world, the Irish Ferries “Ulysses”. www.irishferries.com

The night-time service  sees two coaches depart daily from Dublin Busaras, travelling via Holyhead on Irish Ferries and onwards to Leeds and London, the latter including stops in Manchester and Birmingham.

The adult fares includes two medium size suitcases and all taxes costs from €72 return and €85 return for all other locations on the Bus Éireann nationwide network (including travel on connecting Bus Éireann services). Customers are advised to books in advance to avoid any disappointment.

You can also book tickets online at www.eurolines.buseireann.ie or for further information visit any Bus Éireann, Irish Ferries Office. In Britain, reservations may be made at National Express / Eurolines www.eurolines.com or any National Express travel agent. Telephone enquiries may be made to National Express customer service/booking centre at 08717 818 177

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Mike and Anne Howard book Ultimate Journeys for Two – Silvija Travel Tips

Mike and Anne Howard talk to Silvija Zalepugiene about their book “Ultimate Journeys for Two ” during the National Geographic party in Washington D.C.

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“Ultimate Journeys for Two ” is ritten by the founders of HoneyTrek.com this inspiring book reveals hidden-gem destinations and insider tips for unforgettable couples travel.In these informative pages, Mike and Anne Howard—officially the World’s Longest Honeymooners and founders of the acclaimed travel blog HoneyTrek—whisk you away to journeys of a lifetime. Drawing on their experience traveling together across seven continents, they curate the globe and offer tested-and-approved recommendations for intrepid couples, bringing culture, adventure, and romance to any couple—no matter their age or budget.

North America specials with Delta Airlines and Gohop.ie – Silvija Travel Tips

Thinking about a trip Stateside? Get more bang for your buck with Delta Airlines and GoHop.ie

Delta Airlines have just released some fantastic fares for 2018, allowing you to visit some of the spectacular cities that America has to offer.

Plus, the first 51 people who book a Delta Airlines flight with GoHop will receive a complimentary pass to the 51st and Green – the new executive lounge at Dublin Airport, so you can kick start your USA adventure in style.

Located in Terminal 2 after US Preclearance and beside the US departure gates, 51st & Green is the perfect retreat away from the bustling terminal and somewhere to enjoy a few hours of rest and relaxation before your long-haul flight.

Check out just some of the great airfares currently available for the new year, exclusively with Delta Airlines and GoHop.ie

 Dublin to Las Vegas from only €440pp  Departs: 12th January 2018 Returns: 14th January 2018

Dublin to Boston from only €443pp  Departs: 4th February 2018  Returns: 23rd February 2018

Dublin to Orlando from only €452pp Departs: 26th February 2018  Returns: 8th March 2018

Dublin to Seattle from only €761pp  Departs: 21st February 2018  Returns: 28th February 2018

Dublin to Atlanta from only €849pp  Departs: 11th January 2018  Returns: 16th January 2018

For more amazing Delta Airlines fares click here!

For more information or to book visit  ≈ www.Gohop.ie or call the experts on 01-2412389.

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USA Summer Soirée 2017 – TravelMedia.ie TTR – Silvija Travel Tips

The TravelMedia.ie TTR USA Summer Soirée 2017 took place July 11th at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. The sponsors and speakers were Michael Collins – TravelMedia.ie TTR, Reece Smyth – Charge D’Affaires US Embassy to Ireland, Dee Burdock – Chair Visit USA Committee Ireland, Vincent Harrison – Managing Director Dublin Airport, Jenny Rafter – Aer Lingus, Melanie Latham – Brand USA, Bob Kerlik – Pittsburgh Airport, Dave Cole – Universal Orlando, and Cormac Meehan – ITAA President.

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