Costa Rica welcomes opening of new Convention Centre | News

Costa Rica welcomes opening of new Convention Centre | News

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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 –…
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Diageo reveals £150m investment in Scotch whisky tourism | News

Diageo reveals £150m investment in Scotch whisky tourism | News

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

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

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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…
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UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News

UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News

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

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

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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…
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Carnival debuts new St. Maarten shore excursion | News

Carnival debuts new St. Maarten shore excursion | News

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Carnival Corporation has welcomed the official grand opening of Rainforest Adventure’s Rockland Estate eco-park attraction in St. Maarten. To mark the occasion, a ceremony was attended by esteemed government officials, including prime minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and governor Eugene Holiday, as well as Rainforest Adventures president Josef Preschel and key Carnival Corporation officials. These included David Candib, vice president of development and operations for the global port and destination development group. With financing from Carnival Corporation and built by Rainforest Adventures, Rockland Estate is a one-of-a-kind attraction expected to quickly become one of the most popular in the Caribbean. It has something for everyone – thrill-seeking adventures, including the world’s steepest zip line and a mountain chair lift with breath-taking views and a heart-racing tube ride, as well as a museum…
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UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News

UK arrivals drive tourism sector in Mauritius | News

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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…
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UK government to close false holiday sickness claims loophole | News

UK government to close false holiday sickness claims loophole | News

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The UK government has said it will introduce new rules to fix the legal costs that can be claimed in package holiday sickness claims. The move is designed to close a loophole which the travel industry believes has helped fuel a rising number of claims. This claims epidemic, the industry fears, is raising the prospect of higher travel costs for British tourists. The Association of British Travel Agents reports a 500 per cent increase from around 5,000 claims in 2013 to around 35,000 claims in 2016. This is despite the fact that travel industry data on the global trend for reported incidence of illness in resorts has actually declined in recent years.The rules will come into effect in the coming weeks - ensuring the curbs will be in place before…
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Costa Brava showcases unique holiday offering in Manchester | News

Costa Brava showcases unique holiday offering in Manchester | News

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Representatives from the Spanish holiday hotspot of Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees were in Manchester earlier to reveal their ambitious plans for the upcoming summer season. The event - hosted at the Tapeo & Wine Restaurant, owned by the family of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata - celebrated gastronomic delights from the Catalan region. At the same time, guests were invited to enjoy a showcase of some of the finest features of this beautiful area, situated on the north Eastern extremity of the Iberian Peninsula. Officials from the Costa Brava Tourist Board were keen to highlight the diverse and breath-taking features of region, which stretches from the Pyrenees Mountains to the northern Mediterranean Sea. The Costa Brava boasts more than 200 kilometres of beaches, famed for their environmental quality,…
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UK government to close false holiday sickness claims loophole | News

UK government to close false holiday sickness claims loophole | News

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The UK government has said it will introduce new rules to fix the legal costs that can be claimed in package holiday sickness claims. The move is designed to close a loophole which the travel industry believes has helped fuel a rising number of claims. This claims epidemic, the industry fears, is raising the prospect of higher travel costs for British tourists. The Association of British Travel Agents reports a 500 per cent increase from around 5,000 claims in 2013 to around 35,000 claims in 2016. This is despite the fact that travel industry data on the global trend for reported incidence of illness in resorts has actually declined in recent years.The rules will come into effect in the coming weeks - ensuring the curbs will be in place before…
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