GUADELOUPE REPORTING BIG CRUISE GROWTH

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Pointe-a-Pitre cruise port. 

Guadeloupe is reporting strong growth in its cruise sector, www.caribjournal.com reports.

Pointe-a-Pitre is the commercial capital of Guadeloupe, situated on the southwest part of the island of Grande-Terre, while the French territory’s administrative capital is Basse-Terre, on the southwest corner of the same name.

The French Department’s Pointe a Pitre port is home to Three Costa Cruises ships, and just celebrated 20 years of strong partnership with the cruise line.

The port reported a near 50-percent increase in passengers during the 2014-2015 season, reaching 320,000 visitors.

With the addition of four new cruise ship, Guadeloupe is forecasting more than 400,000 passengers for the 2015-2016 season.

In the interest of this growth in home porting activities, and in response to the 144-percent increase in charter flights in 2015, the Guadeloupe Pole Caraibe International Airport invested around $11.2 million USD towards the construction of a dedicated cruise ship terminal at the airport.

“The Guadeloupean savoir-faire in home porting activities is well known in the Caribbean,” said Olivier Michel, Cruise Director of the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.

“It is the results of a combined strategy and combined efforts from the Guadeloupe Port Authorities, Guadeloupe Pole Caraibe International airport and the Guadeloupe islands Tourist Board as we definitely work as a team at all Levels.”

#BasseTerre #By #Cruise #Ferie #Guadeloupe #Hovedstad #Karibia #PointeAPitre #Reise #Turisme

#Capital #Caribbean #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel

LAOS LAUNCHES TOURISM MAP IN KOREAN

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Vientiane, capital of Laos

Laos has introduced tourism maps in the Korean language as more tourists from South Korea visit the country, www.ttrweekly.com reports.

Lao News Agency reported the tourist maps, paid for by the Maum Donghaeng Foundation of South Korea, will become a useful tool to guide Korean tourists and help them learn about the key tourist attractions of Laos in their own language.

The tourist maps in the Korean language will help to promote tourist attractions in and increase the tourism market, it said.

The first batch of 5,000 maps were handed over by the Maum Donghaeng Foundation president, Pak Gun Sun, 26 May, to the Tourism Advertising Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Deputy Minister Chaleun Valinthalasack.

The second batch of 10,000 copies, will be handed over later this year.

South Korean visitors grew from 27,000 in 2010 to 81,700 in 2013, and to 94,600 in 2014, This year there should be around 100,000 visitors.

South Korea ranks as the fourth largest foreign investor in Laos and is currently financing and managing over 400 projects.

Investment is estimated at around USD712 million. Meanwhile, trade between the two countries reached approximately USD200 million, last year, but of that just USD20 million was earned by Laos on exports to South Korea.

#By #Ferie #Hovedstad #Korea #Laos #Reise #SørKorea #Turisme #Vientiane

#Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel

MOVIE MADNESS IS COMING TO ISLE OF MAN!

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In a first for Isle of Man, there’ll be the chance to listen to hit music from movie blockbusters next month, in Isle of Man’s capital of Douglas – all against a backdrop of your favourite film clips on the big screen, www.isleofman.com reports.

The Villa Marina is the venue for the official post Douglas Carnival family event

And after taking the family to see the carnival on the promenade on Saturday, July 18, the Royal Hall will be the place to go.

Music from Frozen, Back to the Future, Star Wars and James Bond is among the line-up promised by Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass.

During the evening, they will also be joined by some special guests, including former Manx Stars In Their Eyes finalist, Lyndsey Smart, who will be singing the Adele hit single and James Bond Theme, “Skyfall”.

 

The family concert starts at 8pm and tickets – priced £10.20 for adults and just £2.55 for under 16?s – are available from the Villa Marina Box office on 600555.

Isle of Man Tourist Board:

www.gov.im/tourism

www.visitisleofman.com

www.isle-of-man.com

#Adele #By #Douglas #Ferie #Film #Hovedstad #IsleOfMan #JamesBond #Karneval #Kino #Musikk #Reise #StarWars #Turisme

#Capital #Carnival #Cinema #City #Holiday #Movie #Music #Tourism #Travel

AIR TANZANIA UPS FLIGHTS TO THE COMOROS

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Effective from 1 June, will Air Tanzania increase flights from Dar es Salaam to Moroni, capital of the Comoros, from the previous five per week to now 8 per week, www.eturbonews.com reports

The airline, one of the few from the African mainland flying to the Comoros, cited risen demand for the change. The airline also confirmed that apart from every Thursday, when two flights will be operated it will be a daily service from now on. Air Tanzania will be using their Bombardier CRJ200 jet for the service, which offers 50 seats in an all economy configuration.

While confirming the development did a Dar es Salaam based aviation source also point out that the airline?s only other aircraft, a Bombardier Q300 turboprop, continues to remain in the hanger undergoing heavy maintenance, which led to the suspension of services to such destinations like Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, now served by both Fastjet with an Airbus A319 and Precision Air with their ATR’s fleet comprising -42’s and -72?s.

As and when the Q300 re-enters service will these destinations be served again, no doubt leading to a battle over market share fought through lowering fares and upping perks for travelers. For breaking and regular aviation news from Eastern Africa just watch this Space.

#By #DarEsSalaam #Ferie #Fly #Flyselskap #Hovedstad #IndiskeHav #Komorene #Moroni #Reise #Tanzania #Turisme

#Airline #Capital #City #Comoros #Holiday #IndianOcean #Tourism #Travel

KONGELIG BESØK I BERLIN

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Dronning Elizabeth II (89) gjennomfører denne uken et bredt anlagt statsbesøk i Tyskland. Her ser vi dronningen bli tatt imot med fulle militære æresbevisninger i Berlin av Tysklands president, dr.Joachim Gauck (75). 

Tusenvis av fastboende og turister hadde samlet seg langs den tyske hovedstadens gater for å få et glimt dronningen og hennes følge. 

Dronning Elizabeth og prins Philip, hertugen av Edinburgh (94) blir ønsket velkommen av president Joachim Gauck utenfor presidentpalasset Bellevue i Berlin. Til venstre står presidentens samboer, Daniela Schadt (54).  

Forbundskansler Angela Merkel (60) og dronning Elizabeth utenfor Bundeskanzleramt i Berlin. 

Båtturen på elva Spree i Berlin var et svært så populært programinnslag, både for dronningen og vertskapet, og for de svært mange skuelystne som hadde møtt fram langs elvebredden. 

#Berlin #By #Båt #Dronning #Edinburgh #Elizabeth #Elv #Ferie #Forbundskansler #Hertug #Hovedstad #Merkel #Palass #Philip #President #Prins #Reise #Skottland #Spree #Statsminister #Storbritannia #Turisme #Tyskland

MENORCA TOURISM BOARD LAUNCHES UK ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

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The Menorca tourism board, with the support of the Spanish Tourist Office in London, will launch a marketing campaign in the UK, www.breakingtravelnews.com reports.

The UK market, a priority for the island, is part of a new marketing strategy chosen to reinforce the image of Menorca and encourage visitors all-year round.

The campaign will run across a variety of on and off line media platforms to target Britons interested in Menorca´s tourist offer, such as culture, wellness, gastronomy or outdoor activities, among others.

To grab the attention and focus on customer retention, the print campaign will include a series of advertorials in the printed and online versions of a national newspaper (The Independent), and in the digital version of the Evening Standard, the most read paper in London and south-east England.

In addition, Menorca will be featured in specialised magazines such as Adventure Travel and Cyclist as a way to promote Menorca’s resources and infrastructure to cater for activity holidays.

Mahon, capital of Menorca

The main focus however, will be on social media.

The challenge is to convey an important message to a fragmented audience minimising COSTs.

The way to achieve this is by generating own content or selected one from third parties that is relevant, memorable and preferably viral; a communication strategy based on low volume (segmentation) and high impact (memorability), rather than the traditional high volume, low impact (publicity).

The Spanish Tourist Office in London has designed a specific digital strategy for UK following Turespaña’s digital plan It consists in a dedicated social hashtag #MustSeeMenorca created to generate interest and engagement, and to increase the visibility and aspirationality of Menorca as a destination to visit.

The impact of the social media campaign is estimated to exceed 15 million impressions, with over one million users reach.

#Balearene #By #Ferie #Hovedstad #London #Mahon #Menorca #Reise #Storbritannia #Turisme

#Baleares #Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel #UnitedKingdom

NORWEGIAN MED NYE RUTER MELLOM USA OG KARIBIA

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I vinterhalvåret vil Norwegian fly fra Boston, Baltimore/ Washington DC og New York, til de franske, karibiske øyene Guadeloupe og Martinique, skriver www.travelnews.no

Norwegian tilbyr nå 31 direkteruter fra USA. Bare fra New York (JFK) tilbyr Norwegian sju direkteruter og er dermed det største utenlandske flyselskapet i New York målt i antall destinasjoner.

– Vi lanserte våre første USA-flygninger for to år siden og responsen fra amerikanske reisende på våre lave priser og nye, mer miljøvennlige fly har vært fantastisk. Det er derfor en glede å kunne lansere nye, eksotiske ruter mellom det amerikanske fastlandet og de karibiske øyene Guadeloupe og Martinique, sier administrerende direktør Bjørn Kjos.

– Satsingen i USA vil fortsette, både med nye rutelanseringer og etablering av flere amerikanske baser, fortsetter Kjos.

De nye rutene vil også gi Norwegians passasjerer fra Europa en gylden mulighet til å kombinere en storbyferie i New York med en eksotisk ferie i Karibia. Norwegian tilbyr allerede direkteruter fra de skandinaviske hovedstedene og London til de karibiske øyene Puerto Rico og St Croix, i tillegg til mange andre destinasjoner i USA.

Det er Norwegians nye Boeing 737-800-fly med gratis WiFi som skal benyttes på disse rutene. Norwegian er det eneste flyselskapet som tilbyr gratis WiFi mellom USA og Karibia.

Norwegians piloter og kabinansatte i Europa vil få mulighet til å jobbe ved selskapets midlertidige baser i Guadeloupe og Martinique i vintermånedene. Rekruttering av piloter og kabinpersonale til de to basene vil begynne umiddelbart. Kapteiner, styrmenn og kabinansatte fra Norwegians Europa-virksomhet (Norden, Storbritannia og Spania) som har mulighet til å være på et utenlandsopphold i fire måneder oppfordres til å søke.

Norwegians nye ruter mellom USA og Karibia vil starte opp i begynnelsen av desember med totalt 14 ukentlige avganger: tre ukentlige flygninger fra New York (JFK) til både Guadeloupes Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) og Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF).

Norwegian vil også fly to ganger i uken fra Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) og Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) til Guadeloupe og Martinique.

Martinique og Guadeloupe tilhører den franske delen av Karibia. Begge øyene er fransk territorium og dermed en del av EU. Språket er fransk og valutaen euro.

Øyene er betraktet som to av de vakreste i området med fantastiske strender, regnskog og vulkanske fjell. Øyenes franske identitet innebærer at alt fra flyplasser og veier til hoteller og restauranter holder EU-standard. Begge øyene har hyppige båt- og flyavganger til naboøyene St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Barthelemy og St. Martin.

#Amerika #AmerikanskeJomfruøyer #Baltmore #Boston #By #Dominica #EU #Ferie #Frankrike #Fly #Flyplass #Guadeloupe #Hovedstad #JFK #Jomfruøyene #Karibia #Kjos #Martinique #Maryland #Massachusets #NewYork #PointeAPitre #PuertoRico #Reise #Spania #StBarthelemy #StCroix #StLucia #StMartin #Storbritannia #Turisme #USA #WashingtonDC #WiFi 

NÆR TO MILLIONER CRUISETURISTER PÅ KANARIØYENE I 2014

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Cruiseskip i Puerto de La Luz i Las Palmas. Foto: Hugo Ryvik, canariajournalen.no

Stadig flere cruiseskip ankommer Kanariøyene. I 2014 økte antallet cruiseturister til godt over 1,9 millioner, en økning på nesten 18 prosent, skriver www.canariajournalen.no

Trenden fortsetter i år, ifølge en presentasjon holdt i dag av styreformannen for havnevesenet, Louis Ibarra.

Gran Canaria ledet an med 334 000 cruiseturister i april, en økning på 12 prosent fra april i fjor.

37 euro per dag

Hver cruiseturist bruker 37 euro i gjennomsnitt per dag på Kanariøyene, og 43 euro på Tenerife og La Palma, viser en studie utført av regionsregjeringen.

Studien viser også at Las Palmas, La Palma og Tenerife er de mest attraktive øyene å besøke for cruisepassasjerene. Passasjerene var mer fornøyde med sine besøk enn tidligere på alle Kanariøyene unntatt Puerto del Rosario på Fuerteventura.

Graden av fornøydhet var i gjennomsnitt 52,1 prosent.

Bygger ut cruisekapasitet

Lanzarote er nå i gang med en stor havneutbygging for å kunne ta imot flere cruiseskip, og i Santa Cruz de Tenerife skal cruiseterminal nummer tre åpnes i september 2016 .

I Las Palmas er havnen utvidet til å ta imot flere, og byen har lagt spesielt til rette for cruisepassasjerer.

Vil utvide sesongen

Cruisesesongen er over for i år på Kanariøyene, men nå blir det jobbet for gjøre sommeren også til cruisesesong.

Sommeren 2016 er det planlagt et anløp av et skip med 900 passasjerer, ifølge Ibarra.

Pensjonistpar

De typiske cruiseturistene som kommer til Kanariøyene er eldre par som har vært sammen i minst 41 år. De er kulturinteresserte, interesserte i Kanariøyenes monumenter , og de fleste er briter eller tyskere.

Britene og tyskerne bruker imidlertid mindre penger enn andre cruiseturister, viser studien.

#By #Cruise #Ferie #Fuerteventura #GranCanaria #Hovedstad #Lanzarote #LasPalmas #Reise #Tenerife #Turisme

HOTEL ASIA EXHIBITION AND INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CHALLENGE TO TAKE PLACE IN MALDIVES IN AUGUST

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Male, capital of Maldives

The Maldives largest annual food and hospitality event Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge 2015 will be held at Dharubaaruge Exhibition Hall, Male Maldives from August 23 – 26, 2015, www.dailynews.lk reports.

This years event is supported and endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives along with the Sri Lanka Maldives Bilateral Business Council and the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka, who will host two major pavilions.

This years event is held during a significant time when Maldives celebrate their 50 years of Independence. Hotel Asia Exhibition has been included as part of this mega celebration which commences from July until the end of the year.

The event has sold out its 15000 square feet of exhibition space across 3 halls of the Dharubaaruge Exhibition Centre emphasizing and highlighting the strength of international interest and investment in one of South Asia’s most lucrative food, beverage and hospitality markets.

According to CEO of Lanka Exhibitions, the holding company of Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services, Aasim Mukthar, Hotel Asia offers the most comprehensive and contemporary products, services and insights for the food, beverage and hospitality Industry.

He said the Exhibition and the Culinary Challenge is more than a regional event, it is an international showcase and a global business arena. The event is a trading platform, a knowledge sharing experience, a networking opportunity and industry driver under one roof. Over 200 International suppliers and about 5000 industry professionals will attend the four day event.

The Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge is the regions premier culinary competition with the participation of over 500 Chefs. The highlights of the Culinary Challenge is displaying the talents of these young chefs. It will be presented by judges representing the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). The competition segment is worked out through a large number of categories which include classics such as Pastas, Hot Cooking Meat, Poultry and Seafood and Iced Mocktails.

Hotel Asia offers the most comprehensive and contemporary products, services and insights for the food, beverage and hospitality industry, not just across the South Asian region, but across the world, said Husnie Rauf, General Manager, Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services, organizer of the exhibition.

Alan Palmer, Chief Judge and Project Director and Veteran chefs in the likes of Otto Weibel, Thomas Gugler, Rudolf Muller, Michael Strautmanis, Kenny Kong, Tarek Ibrahim, Rohan Fernandopulle, Alvin Goh, James Antolin, Norbert Girnth, Penk Ching, Terence Chew, Yen Koh, and many others are distinguished members of the panel who provide their expertise in judging the entries for the competition. 

#By #Ferie #Festival ##Hotell Hovedstad #IndiskeHav #Kokk #Maldivene #Male #Mat #Reise #Turisme

#Capital #Chef #City #Food #Holiday #Hotel #IndianOcean #Maldives #Tourism #Travel

HAITI’S CAPITAL PORT-AU-PRINCE GETS FIRST CINEMA IN YEARS

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The first movie theater to operate in the Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince in years has opened its doors off a renovated downtown square, a welcome sign of revival in a city shattered by an earthquake more than five years ago, Associated Press reports. 

The Triomphe theater had been closed since 1988, but was rehabilitated with more than 700 plush seats, a digital sound system and two screens. The Port-au-Prince cinema with a glass facade also boasts conference rooms and a hall for concerts, plays and other cultural performances.

President Michel Martelly inaugurated the revamped theater Friday along with dignitaries and dozens of local artists. Authorities say it won’t actually start showing films to the general public for about another month, once arrangements for a parking garage are completed.

Port-au-Prince had roughly 30 cinemas in the 1970s. But over the years they all closed amid political turmoil and rampant bootlegging of movies with pirated DVDs and videotapes.

The last movie theater to operate in Port-au-Prince was the Imperial Cinema, which closed shortly before the January 2010 quake that devastated much of the capital and surrounding areas.

Musician, producer and playwright Jean Jean-Pierre said yesterday that the Triomphe’s reopening by the Champ de Mars plaza in downtown Port-au-Prince is “very exciting.” It’s the city’s main public square and major work has been done to rehabilitate it, including the recent completion of an open-air amphitheater.

“The idea is to create confidence so that people will come back to the Champ de Mars for regular cultural events,” said Pierre, a member of Haiti’s council of the performing arts.

On a recent morning, dried food vendor Lisette Issonne gazed up at the Triomphe as she strolled across the bustling square with her two daughters.

“I’m not sure I can afford to take my daughters when the movies start, but it’s nice they are opening this theater and fixing up the Champ de Mars,” she said.

#By #DVD #Ferie #Film #Haiti #Hovedstad #Karibia #Kino #PortAuPrince #President #Reise #Turisme #Video

#Capital #Caribbean #Cinema #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel