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The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018 has welcomed a record number of registered delegates from the regional and global hospitality investment industry.

Now in its 14th year, the annual knowledge and networking platform for the global hospitality investment community, held in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, was inaugurated by AHIC host and patron Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE supreme council member and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

“In a relatively short period of time, Ras Al Khaimah has changed dramatically, from a quiet, agricultural town, where a formal education was hard to come by, to a thriving city with a diverse economy and great educational institutions.

“Our Emirate, our people, our economy and our industries have been on quite an incredible journey,” said Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

In 2017, Ras Al Khaimah saw an average year-round occupancy of 74 per cent, an average length of stay of 3.4 days and total revenues showing double digit growth year on year, while visitor satisfaction is at an impressive 90 per cent.

Today at AHIC, RAKTDA announced its quarter one 2018 performance, which recorded the emirate’s highest ever hotel occupancy in a quarter at 79.4 per cent.

“These are all numbers I believe all point to an extremely bright future for the industry here in Ras Al Khaimah,” said Mattar.

In his opening keynote discussion with BBC HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur, Mohamed Alabbar, founder of Emaar Properties, discussed the future of hospitality, the region and the opportunities of tomorrow, before announcing the launch of the company’s first hotel and residences project in Ras Al Khaimah.

Located in the Views island of Al Marjan Island, a four-island mega-development, Address Al Marjan Island hotel and residences will be managed by Emaar Hospitality Group’s premium lifestyle brand, Address Hotels + Resorts.

The hotel will have 249 rooms, including suites, while Address Residences Al Marjan Island will comprise 234 high-end apartments.

As part of Views, the largest of the four islands that make up Al Marjan Island, residents will be in close proximity to the urban core of the master-planned community as well as the town centre.

With direct access to over 600 metres of beachfront, residents and guests will have uninterrupted views of the sea in addition to a range of lifestyle amenities.

Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events, said: “When we first started AHIC 14 years ago, we were the first event at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

“Today, we are the first to hold a conference on the beach here in Ras al Khaimah and we have a record number of delegates this year, which just goes to show that the decision to bring AHIC to Ras Al Khaimah was the right one.”

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Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has officially opened the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018.

The event, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah until April 19th, welcomed over 800 leading hospitality figures from across the Middle East to the northern most of the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “Ras al Khaimah is truly honoured to have you here.

“In a relatively short period of time we have changed from a quiet place, an agricultural place, where a formal education was hard to come by, to become a thriving emirate.

“Our economy is diversifying: our people, industry and infrastructure are on an incredible journey.”

Pointing to the growth of the hospitality sector across the Middle East, he continued: “I see the growth of others as a means for us to develop, an opportunity for us to learn and make progress.

“The incredible vision of Saudi Arabia, for example, will show the true image of the Arabs: as thinkers, developers and achievers.

Ras al Khaimah will be a major part of the booming future of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said, pointing out the economy had been growing by five to seven per cent per annum in recent years.

“Every day our job is simple,” he said, “to look at every measure we can take to make Ras al Khaimah a better place for investors and for our people.”

Tourism has grown to become one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most important economic sectors in recent years and is now considered a key engine for growth and job creation.

The segment currently accounts for five per cent of the gross domestic product in Ras al Khaimah, while manufacturing accounts for around 30 per cent.

Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi outlined a plan to double the size of the tourism sector by 2025.

To accommodate the potential growth in visitors, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is providing potential investors with a range of innovative opportunities to develop stand-out properties across the emirate during AHIC 2018.


Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, addresses AHIC 2018

Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “There was a misconception about Ras al Khaimah as a destination, that we are only a beach resort.

“But Ras al Khaimah has so much more to offer than that.

“We are home to the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, some fabulous mountainous terrain and those great beaches.

“We have been diversifying our markets, our product, and this makes a real difference.

“New hotel brands have made their way here, and we now have 5,500 rooms in operation, and a further 5,000 in the pipeline, from top brands including InterContinental Hotel Group and Anantara.”

He added: “We have launched some ambitious targets, not least to attract one million visitors in 2018, rising to three million annually by 2025.

“I can assure you, we are well on the way to meeting these targets.”

Mattar pointed out that demand is not the issue for Ras al Khaimah, with room supply more of a concern.

Ras al Khaimah must triple its room supply by 2025, he pointed out.

“There are not many places left in the world that have beach front property at prices you can see in Ras al Khaimah,” he pointed out to investors.

His sentiments were echoed by Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, who said: “Our goal for the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference has remained the same – to establish and grow relationships among dealmakers and senior leadership teams driving the hospitality industry forward.

“The networking, collaboration and meaningful knowledge shared have led our growing community to keep AHIC as a fixed part of their annual business calendar.”

The Middle East has a total of 350,000 hotel rooms, Worsley pointed out, in comparison to more than five million in the Americas.

“We need plenty more Dubai-style success stories,” he added.

The event is taking place in a custom-made complex built on the shoreline of the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.

In attendance at AHIC 2018 was Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, who has been a long-term supporter of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference.

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, now in its 14th year, is the annual gathering for the Middle East’s hospitality investment community organised by global hotel investment event organiser Bench Events in partnership with Meed Events.

AHIC creates a knowledge and networking platform for global and regional investors of all backgrounds, offering essential insights to investing in hotels, showcasing regional and international hospitality investment opportunities and facilitating direct connections with hospitality industry stakeholders.

AHIC 2018 will be held in a purpose-built AHIC Village on the beach of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, until April 19th in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Find out more on the official website.

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Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has officially opened the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018.

The event, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah until April 19th, welcomed over 800 leading hospitality figures from across the Middle East to the northern most of the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “Ras al Khaimah is truly honoured to have you here.

“In a relatively short period of time we have changed from a quiet place, an agricultural place, where a formal education was hard to come by, to become a thriving emirate.

“Our economy is diversifying: our people, industry and infrastructure are on an incredible journey.”

Pointing to the growth of the hospitality sector across the Middle East, he continued: “I see the growth of others as a means for us to develop, an opportunity for us to learn and make progress.

“The incredible vision of Saudi Arabia, for example, will show the true image of the Arabs: as thinkers, developers and achievers.

Ras al Khaimah will be a major part of the booming future of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said, pointing out the economy had been growing by five to seven per cent per annum in recent years.

“Every day our job is simple,” he said, “to look at every measure we can take to make Ras al Khaimah a better place for investors and for our people.”

Tourism has grown to become one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most important economic sectors in recent years and is now considered a key engine for growth and job creation.

The segment currently accounts for five per cent of the gross domestic product in Ras al Khaimah, while manufacturing accounts for around 30 per cent.

Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi outlined a plan to double the size of the tourism sector by 2025.

To accommodate the potential growth in visitors, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is providing potential investors with a range of innovative opportunities to develop stand-out properties across the emirate during AHIC 2018.


Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, addresses AHIC 2018

Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “There was a misconception about Ras al Khaimah as a destination, that we are only a beach resort.

“But Ras al Khaimah has so much more to offer than that.

“We are home to the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, some fabulous mountainous terrain and those great beaches.

“We have been diversifying our markets, our product, and this makes a real difference.

“New hotel brands have made their way here, and we now have 5,500 rooms in operation, and a further 5,000 in the pipeline, from top brands including InterContinental Hotel Group and Anantara.”

He added: “We have launched some ambitious targets, not least to attract one million visitors in 2018, rising to three million annually by 2025.

“I can assure you, we are well on the way to meeting these targets.”

Mattar pointed out that demand is not the issue for Ras al Khaimah, with room supply more of a concern.

Ras al Khaimah must triple its room supply by 2025, he pointed out.

“There are not many places left in the world that have beach front property at prices you can see in Ras al Khaimah,” he pointed out to investors.

His sentiments were echoed by Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, who said: “Our goal for the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference has remained the same – to establish and grow relationships among dealmakers and senior leadership teams driving the hospitality industry forward.

“The networking, collaboration and meaningful knowledge shared have led our growing community to keep AHIC as a fixed part of their annual business calendar.”

The Middle East has a total of 350,000 hotel rooms, Worsley pointed out, in comparison to more than five million in the Americas.

“We need plenty more Dubai-style success stories,” he added.

The event is taking place in a custom-made complex built on the shoreline of the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.

In attendance at AHIC 2018 was Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, who has been a long-term supporter of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference.

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, now in its 14th year, is the annual gathering for the Middle East’s hospitality investment community organised by global hotel investment event organiser Bench Events in partnership with Meed Events.

AHIC creates a knowledge and networking platform for global and regional investors of all backgrounds, offering essential insights to investing in hotels, showcasing regional and international hospitality investment opportunities and facilitating direct connections with hospitality industry stakeholders.

AHIC 2018 will be held in a purpose-built AHIC Village on the beach of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, until April 19th in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Find out more on the official website.

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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced its highest hotel occupancies in a quarter, averaging 79.4 per cent in the first three months of the year.

The figures which are up four per cent versus the same period in 2017 have been driven by ever growing visitor numbers in the region’s fastest growing tourism destination.

Overall visitor numbers increased by 12 per cent in the first quarter versus 2017. 

This was largely driven by growth from international markets, which rose 18 per cent year-on-year and now account for 70 per cent of the total visitor arrivals to the Emirate.

The UK and Nordics performed particularly strongly up 18 per cent and 26 per cent respectively year on year, while visitors from Poland grew by 46 per cent and Czech Republic by 34 per cent.

The figures reinforce Ras Al Khaimah’s position as one to watch on the global stage, with quarter one progress well above the UNWTO forecasted global tourism growth of four per cent in 2018.

The news was shared at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference which is being hosted in Ras Al Khaimah for the first time this year. 

Hotel performance indicators in the Emirate also continued their upward trajectory with the average length of stay increasing to 3.7 days year-to-date, an increase of 4.5 per cent versus 2017, marking positive news for investors and hotel operators at AHIC. 

RAKTDA is also working on the development of a luxury camp project in Jebel Jais and is in talks with hotel operators and investors for this unique, eco-tourism project which complements the array of adventure tourism attractions that the Emirate is becoming globally known for.

Haitham Mattar, chief executive of RAKTDA, said: “We’ve had a strong start to the year which is important as we look towards our goal of one million visitors by the end of 2018 and 2.9 million by 2025. 

“Our hotel performance is a key indicator of our propensity to grow and with record hotel occupancies recorded in quarter one we need to continue our focus on meeting increased visitor demand with a broader range of accommodation.”

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Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has officially opened the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018.

The event, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah until April 19th, welcomed over 800 leading hospitality figures from across the Middle East to the northern most of the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “Ras al Khaimah is truly honoured to have you here.

“In a relatively short period of time we have changed from a quiet place, an agricultural place, where a formal education was hard to come by, to become a thriving emirate.

“Our economy is diversifying: our people, industry and infrastructure are on an incredible journey.”

Pointing to the growth of the hospitality sector across the Middle East, he continued: “I see the growth of others as a means for us to develop, an opportunity for us to learn and make progress.

“The incredible vision of Saudi Arabia, for example, will show the true image of the Arabs: as thinkers, developers and achievers.

Ras al Khaimah will be a major part of the booming future of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi said, pointing out the economy had been growing by five to seven per cent per annum in recent years.

“Every day our job is simple,” he said, “to look at every measure we can take to make Ras al Khaimah a better place for investors and for our people.”

Tourism has grown to become one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most important economic sectors in recent years and is now considered a key engine for growth and job creation.

The segment currently accounts for five per cent of the gross domestic product in Ras al Khaimah, while manufacturing accounts for around 30 per cent.

Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi outlined a plan to double the size of the tourism sector by 2025.

To accommodate the potential growth in visitors, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is providing potential investors with a range of innovative opportunities to develop stand-out properties across the emirate during AHIC 2018.

Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “There was a misconception about Ras al Khaimah as a destination, that we are only a beach resort.

“But Ras al Khaimah has so much more to offer than that.

“We are home to the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, some fabulous mountainous terrain and those great beaches.

“We have been diversifying our markets, our product, and this makes a real difference.

“New hotel brands have made their way here, and we now have 5,500 rooms in operation, and a further 5,000 in the pipeline, from top brands including InterContinental Hotel Group and Anantara.”

He added: “We have launched some ambitious targets, not least to attract one million visitors in 2018, rising to three million annually by 2025.

“I can assure you, we are well on the way to meeting these targets.”

Mattar pointed out that demand is not the issue for Ras al Khaimah, with room supply more of a concern.

Ras al Khaimah must triple its room supply by 2025, he pointed out.

“There are not many places left in the world that have beach front property at prices you can see in Ras al Khaimah,” he pointed out to investors.

His sentiments were echoed by Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, who said: “Our goal for the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference has remained the same – to establish and grow relationships among dealmakers and senior leadership teams driving the hospitality industry forward.

“The networking, collaboration and meaningful knowledge shared have led our growing community to keep AHIC as a fixed part of their annual business calendar.”

The Middle East has a total of 350,000 hotel rooms, Worsley pointed out, in comparison to more than five million in the Americas.

“We need plenty more Dubai-style success stories,” he added.

The event is taking place in a custom-made complex built on the shoreline of the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.

In attendance at AHIC 2018 was Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, who has been a long-term supporter of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference.

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, now in its 14th year, is the annual gathering for the Middle East’s hospitality investment community organised by global hotel investment event organiser Bench Events in partnership with Meed Events.

AHIC creates a knowledge and networking platform for global and regional investors of all backgrounds, offering essential insights to investing in hotels, showcasing regional and international hospitality investment opportunities and facilitating direct connections with hospitality industry stakeholders.

AHIC 2018 will be held in a purpose-built AHIC Village on the beach of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, until April 19th in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Find out more on the official website.

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The Costa Rica Convention Centre has just opened its doors – a futuristic and sustainable 15,600-square-metre space located just ten kilometres away from the capital city of San José.

The country’s first purpose-built convention centre aims at positioning Costa Rica as a serious player in the international events market.

With an investment worth $35 million, the new Convention Centre can accommodate more than 6,500 delegates with 4,400 square metres for exhibitions.

The CRCC features a main hall (divisible into three sections); six conference rooms; six meeting rooms; large foyers and pre-event areas; a business centre and a VIP lounge.

As well as being located just outside San José, the CRCC is also just eight kilometres away from Juan Santamaría International Airport – which offers direct flights from the UK – and boasts 4,500 hotel rooms within a seven kilometres radius. 

Sustainability is not only a priority but also a way of life in Costa Rica, and the new Convention Centre meets every requirement in this field.

The CRCC features bioclimatic, environmental and sustainable design and architecture – including a hectare of roof solar panels, water treatment plants, energy-efficient air conditioning, internal and external LED lighting and naturally lit interior spaces with native trees.

Trees and lakes will also be ‘created’ in the area surrounding the Convention Centre to create a park-like environment.

Mauricio Ventura, Costa Rica minister of tourism, said: “The new Convention Centre is what we needed to help us put the country firmly on the map of the international association events market, where success relies on the quality of the facilities and services offered.”

The opening of the Convention Centre follows the strategy of the Costa Rica Tourism Board of developing a competitive plan to confidently compete in the international meetings industry.

According to Ventura, this strategy has put Costa Rica in the 53rd place among 200 countries in the 2017 International Congress and Convention Association world ranking.

Nearly 80 international congresses will be hosted in Costa Rica until 2021.

Costa Rica offers visitors an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates meaning a trip to this Central American country is anything but run of the mill.

Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country proudly shelters five per cent of the known biodiversity in the world.

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Diageo has announced a £150 million investment, over three years, to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences in the biggest concerted programme ever seen in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector.

The centre-piece of the investment will be a new state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker immersive visitor experience based in Edinburgh, bringing to life the story of the world’s most popular Scotch whisky and creating a unique welcome for millions of Scotch fans around the world.

The company will also upgrade its existing network of 12 distillery visitor centres to create a new generation of Scotch attractions where people can meet the craftsmen and craftswomen who make the world’s greatest distilled spirit and putting Scotland at the cutting edge of the global boom in food and drink tourism.

Whisky from Diageo’s distilleries all over Scotland contribute to Johnnie Walker, but four distilleries, Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish, will be linked directly to the Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh, representing the ‘four corners of Scotland’ and the regional flavour variations of Lowland (Glenkinchie), Speyside (Cardhu), Island (Caol Ila) and Highland (Clynelish) crucial to the art of whisky blending.

Together this will create a unique Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland, encouraging visitors to the capital city to also travel to the country’s extraordinary rural communities.

Diageo’s other famous visitor distilleries: Lagavulin, Talisker, Glen Ord, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Blair Athol, Cragganmore and Royal Lochnagar, will also see investment to support the growth of single malt Scotch whisky.

This is in addition to the £35 million already committed to re-open the ‘lost distilleries’ of Port Ellen and Brora, taking Diageo’s network of distilleries with specialist visitor experiences in Scotland to 14.

The announcement comes as tourism in Scotland is experiencing record growth, with the global appeal of Scotch whisky playing a leading role in attracting visitors.

It also comes as the Scottish government and its agencies, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland, launch the Scotland is Now campaign to sell Scotland to the world as a business and tourism destination.

Diageo chief executive, Ivan Menezes, said: “Scotch is at the heart of Diageo, and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland’s tourism industry.

“For decades to come our distilleries will play a big role in attracting more international visitors to Scotland.

“I am also delighted we will be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to help the next generation, through mentor programmes and skills training.”

Edinburgh has been chosen as the preferred location for the Johnnie Walker investment because of the capital’s particularly strong tourism growth, with the city already being home to some of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.

The building in Edinburgh will become a new hub for Diageo’s business in Scotland linking to wider social investment and creating opportunities in the hospitality sector for young unemployed people, through increased investment in the company’s Learning for Life programme.

Diageo will also leverage its export and innovation expertise with the venue becoming a destination to mentor Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs and exporters.

Welcoming the investment, first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “This significant investment will not only help attract more tourists to Scotland, offering world class visitor experiences, but it also underlines the fundamental importance of the whisky sector to Scotland’s economy. 

“Last week, I launched Scotland is Now, a new campaign that will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets, such as whisky, to a global audience.

“Today’s announcement highlights to the world that Scotland is a leading destination for tourists and business investors.”

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Clarke appointed head chef at No.15 Great Pulteney | News http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/clarke-appointed-head-chef-at-no-15-great-pulteney-news/ http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/clarke-appointed-head-chef-at-no-15-great-pulteney-news/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:33:16 +0000 https://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/clarke-appointed-head-chef-at-no-15-great-pulteney-news/
Clarke appointed head chef at No.15 Great Pulteney

No.15 Great Pulteney has announced the appointment of Oliver Clarke as head chef.

The 30-year-old brings his enthusiasm for great-tasting, simple food done well and locally-sourced ingredients to No.15 Great Pulteney, fresh from his most recent role as sous chef at the Abbey Hotel, Bath.

Clarke began his career at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol at the age of 23 and has worked at hotels and restaurants across the south-west, from Langdon Court in Devon to the much-loved Beckford Arms in Tisbury, when it was named as dining pub of the year in the Good Pub Guide.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at No.15,” said Clarke.

“It’s really quirky and different and there’s nowhere else quite like it in Bath.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of building a strong team and new food offering at No.15.”

Throughout the course of his career, Clarke has developed a flair for honest yet vibrant food, taking inspiration from his travels and dining experiences at many of the world’s best restaurants.

In his role at No.15, he excited about bringing contemporary touches and flavours to his classically-grounded modern British style of cooking.

Guests at Bath’s quirkiest boutique hotel can expect a constantly evolving menu that keeps pace with the very best of local, seasonal produce.

Clarke has introduced a new all-day Bar 15 menu, featuring delicious small plates designed for sharing, such as pork belly croquette with celeriac remoulade and apple; a winter salad with goat’s cheese mousse, beetroot, chicory, candied walnuts and pear; and hand-picked Devon crab on sourdough toast with watercress – all ideal accompaniments for a cocktail or two.

Clarke appointed head chef at No.15 Great Pulteney | News

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UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/uk-arrivals-drive-tourism-sector-in-mauritius-news-2/ http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/uk-arrivals-drive-tourism-sector-in-mauritius-news-2/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:01:35 +0000 https://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/uk-arrivals-drive-tourism-sector-in-mauritius-news-2/

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has announced a nine per cent increase in visitor arrivals from the UK market for the first quarter of 2018.

For the period from January-March, the UK growth can be attributed to the widespread refurbishment of many of the island’s products and services.

With 2018 marking Mauritius 50th anniversary of independence, the MTPA is working closely with UK agents and trade partners to raise awareness of the broad range of holiday options that the island has to offer.

In 2018, the tourist board will host its popular regional roadshow event for agents up and down the country and will also host multiple FAM trips throughout the year to further educate agents on the destination.

For the third year running, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s Golf and Spa Day will take place in June 2018.

Trade partners will have the opportunity to network whilst enjoying a great day out as a thank you for their continued support.

For more information on the destination and to access to training modules agents can visit the official website.

UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News

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NYC & Company welcomes new low-cost flights from UK | News http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/nyc-company-welcomes-new-low-cost-flights-from-uk-news/ http://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/nyc-company-welcomes-new-low-cost-flights-from-uk-news/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:05:23 +0000 https://www.holiday-addict.com/blog/2018/04/16/nyc-company-welcomes-new-low-cost-flights-from-uk-news/

With new affordable flight options, NYC & Company, New York City’s destination marketing organisation, is inviting travellers to discover the value of a visit to New York City this year.

New flights include the launch of low-cost carrier Primera Air flying to New York’s Newark Airport from London Stansted from April 19th and from Birmingham Airport beginning in May 2018.

In addition to the new Primera Air service, providing the only direct route to New York City from Stansted and Birmingham, visitors can take to the sky with recently increased access from Norwegian and WOW Air, offering more affordable flight options to the City than ever before.

Together with an abundance of new wallet-friendly hotels and attractions, including the City’s first outlet shopping complex opening in 2018, this year is a great time to experience excellent value and luxury for less in New York City.

“New York City offers visitors great value for money, from the exciting new Primera Air flight route to a vast array of fun activities on the ground that don’t break the budget,” said Fred Dixon, president, NYC & Company.

“Whether experiencing fantastic value-focused hotels or museum admissions, to enjoying discounted shopping at the new Empire Outlets opening later this year in Staten Island, there is also so much to discover that doesn’t cost a dime, perfect for savvy savers and bargain hunters.”

NYC & Company welcomes new low-cost flights from UK | News

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