Showing posts with label Destinations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Destinations. Show all posts

19 April, 2024

Saudi Arabia shows investment initiatives in tourism at International Hospitality Investment Forum

The Saudi Ministry of Tourism is currently taking a prominent stage at the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), presenting a unique opportunity for global investors to dive into the thriving tourism landscape of the Kingdom. With the spotlight on the Tourism Investment Enablers Program (TIEP), that was recently announced, Saudi Arabia is aggressively pushing towards its Vision 2030 goal of being a top global tourism destination for investors and tourists alike. ​

This strategic presentation comes at a time when Saudi Arabia's tourism sector celebrates an incredible milestone of 100 million visitors in 2023, seven years ahead of schedule, marking a significant stride towards economic diversification and emphasizing the sector's growing contribution to the national GDP. The flagship Hospitality Investment Enablers (HIE), one of TIEP’s initiatives, aims to leverage this momentum, planning an investment infusion into the hospitality sector of up to SAR 42 billion in key destinations, which alone is anticipated to create 120,000 new jobs by 2030.​

The IHIF audience is getting a close look at Saudi Arabia's plans to expand its accommodation capacity dramatically. The Kingdom is targeting an increase in hotel rooms to over 500,000 and aiming to welcome 150 million visitors annually by 2030. The HIE stands at the core of these ambitions, designed to energize the hospitality sector by introducing a new wave of supply in targeted tourism hotspots, significantly enriching the Kingdom's diverse tourism offerings.​

18 April, 2024

The boldest new art-inspired hotel in London set to open next week

Already touted as the boldest new art-inspired hotel in London with spectacular bedrooms and suites offering 360-degree skyline views across the capital, art’otel London Hoxton opens its doors 24th April—and you’re invited.

Dive into the stylish-yet-playful hotel with legendary Signature Artist D*Face as your guide. Experience our restaurants and bars, immersive gallery and auditorium or explore the creative scene of London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood with cutting-edge galleries, street art, live music, hip bars and more just outside our doors with Liverpool Street Station and the underground network just a short walk away.

Choose from 357 stylish rooms and suites, all featuring the signature works of local London artist, D*Face.

The Brush is an all-day Grand Cafe, Lounge & Cocktail Bar in the heart of Hoxton. Coming in April 2024!

For more details and to make a reservation, visit the Radisson Hotel website.
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art'otel London Hoxton boasts 357 stylish rooms and suites, all featuring the distinctive pop-art style of D*Face. Book a memorable getaway and experience bold designs features and floor-to-ceiling windows that fill all rooms with natural daylight. Appreciate modern amenities during your stay including bedding and pillow selections, bathrobes and slippers, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.

The Hoxton restaurant and bar scene is about to get a whole lot sexier!

14 April, 2024

New public art installations celebrate Miami Beach Pride

Lincoln Road, the iconic outdoor shopping, dining and cultural destination situated in the heart of Miami Beach, unveiled a new public art installation to celebrate Miami Beach Pride, bringing together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ+ community. The installation is titled “PRIDE247” and is on view through June 30, highlighting the artistic vision of AMLgMATD, Miami-based artists Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova.

The pair channelled their creativity into reconstructing the LGBTQ pride flag by using polypropylene webbing straps that weave through the palm trees hovering Lincoln Road’s Euclid Oval. It’s become the focal point of the picture-perfect gathering space as a reminder that we are individuals who together weave the fabric of our society. Additionally, the artists elevated the district’s entry points on Washington Ave. and Alton Road, as well as the Euclid Oval, adding colorful textile sleeves to all the planters reflecting the pride progressive flag.

“Lincoln Road has a decades-long connection with the LGBTQ community, serving as a lively hub where they feel safe and celebrated,” said Anabel Llopis, executive director of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District. “In honour of Lincoln Road’s deep ties with the community, we are thrilled to present art that not only supports equality and inclusivity but visually captivates our locals and visitors on a large scale.”

Lincoln Road

Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, the Lincoln Road District is a premier retail, lifestyle and cultural destination home to about 200 restaurants and shops, entertainment, and arts and cultural offerings. Lincoln Road ranked as the most-visited open-air destination in South Florida, with over 8 million visits in 2022. Referred to by some as “Miami’s living room,” there is nothing as quintessentially Miami Beach as Lincoln Road. It’s the street where models walk their dogs after runway shows, where stylish boulevardiers stroll past window shoppers, and where café culture overrules standard business meetings. Music and entertainment lovers will find refuge in the Lincoln Road District, home to the New World Symphony, Colony Theatre and Regal South Beach Theatre. Steps away is the remodelled Miami Beach Convention Center, which welcomes world-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach every December.

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10 April, 2024

Asia’s Thriving Cruise Destinations Set to Enrich Regional Cruise Experiences

Four of Asia’s most robust cruise destinations, namely Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines and Xiamen, were showcased to global cruise industry leaders and media at an inclusive luncheon themed “The Rebound of Asia's Destinations” on the opening day of Seatrade Cruise Global 2024. The event highlighted the lucrative opportunities and diverse experiences for enriching Asian cruise itineraries.

Top-notch ports and unparalleled experiences in Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, and Xiamen present richer regional cruise opportunities

Staying true to the Seatrade event’s theme “Charting New Horizons,” the showcased destinations enthralled guests with comprehensive destination updates and notable developments, inspiring industry leaders to capitalize on the appeal of the four standout cruise destinations, and design novel and enriching programs, offering once-in-a-lifetime cruise journeys in Asia. Whether it is berthing in Hong Kong to experience the vibrant city with its unique East-meets-West characteristics, sailing towards Korea to enjoy a blend of heritage and K-pop culture, exploring the rich history and oriental charm of Xiamen, or venturing to the Philippines for exotic experiences, the possibilities for unforgettable cruise adventures are endless.

Hong Kong Excites with Mega Events and New Developments

Hong Kong is ramping up its mega events strategy, adding depth and breadth to the city’s events and festivities, which, in turn, enrich onboard and onshore programs for cruise passengers.

Cruise passengers can indulge in diverse range of art and culture experiences, culinary and nightlife adventures, iconic neighborhoods, revitalizing outdoor activities and endless shopping options in Hong Kong. Even more exciting opportunities await at the upcoming world-class Kai Tak Sports Park, situated in the neighborhood of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The park boasts a main stadium with a seating capacity of 50,000 people, making it an ideal venue for hosting mega events. Additionally, SKYCITY, located adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport, offers an extensive array of options for retail, dining, and entertainment, further enhancing the overall experience for cruise passengers.

Mr. Kenneth Wong, General Manager, MICE & Cruise at the Hong Kong Tourism Board, highlighted, “Strategically positioned in the heart of Asia and at the doorstep of mainland China, Hong Kong offers convenient visa-free travel and state-of-the-art air-land-sea transportation network. It serves as an ideal homeport for cruise lines to develop alluring fly-cruise and rail-cruise products that incorporate Asia’s exotic and vibrant destinations, as showcased at the luncheon today. Hong Kong captures enormous market potential for regional cruising.”

Korea Beckons with K-culture and New Ports

Korea is gearing up to welcome the global cruise industry as it hosts the 11th Asia Cruise Forum Jeju, scheduled for 10-12 July 2024. The event aims to promote cooperation among international and domestic stakeholders, empowering the sustainable growth of the Asian cruise industry.

The country is preparing two new deep-water cruise ports in Pohang and Daesan. The Pohang Yeongilman Port International Passenger Terminal is nestled within a city blessed with unspoiled natural beauty and abundant tourism resources, and actively engaged in the development of a shopping and resort complex, while the Daesan Port in Seosan serves as a brand-new access point on the west coast, allowing visitors to explore the region renowned for its historic holy grounds, temples, and Buddhist relics.

Mr. In Seong Hwang, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea, shared, “Korea is an attractive cruise destination and the epicenter of K-culture, including K-POP, K-drama and K-food. Coupled with its rich traditional culture and history, magnificent tourist attractions and a plethora of shopping facilities and accommodations, Korea creates an ideal environment for cruise travellers to enjoy sightseeing, unique experiences, shopping and relaxation.”

The Philippines Plans Port Enhancement and Destinations Uplift

Capitalizing on the recognition as Asia’s Best Cruise Destination by the World Cruise Awards in 2023, the Philippines is developing five new cruise ports in Boracay, Coron, Camiguin, Siargao and Puerto Galera.

The Philippines is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, coastal attractions, marine biodiversity, heritage sites and colorful history. The archipelagic nation is also exploring new cruise destinations through ongoing inspections of emerging destinations ready for cruise tourism, such as Cebu and Zamboanga.

Dr. Paulo Benito Tugbang, Director IV for Product and Market Development at the Philippine Department of Tourism, said, “We are dedicated to further developing the industry to attract more cruises to the Philippines, with ongoing product enhancement programs for emerging and existing destinations, development of dedicated cruise ports and terminals, and championing favourable cruise-friendly sector-wide policies to support the cruise industry.”

Xiamen Set to Launch New Smart Cruise Terminal

03 April, 2024

British Airways has increased capacity to Barbados.....

The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc has welcomed the newest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, to the island, the 787-10 Dreamliner.  BA will use the jets to operate the route from London for the summer 2024 season.

Barbados welcomes increased British Airways

capacity to the island

The inaugural British Airways 787-10 Dreamliner flight to Barbados took place on Sunday 31 March, 2024 and increases capacity by 10 percent.  The four-class aircraft features an exclusive eight seat First class cabin, the airline’s newest business class seat the Club Suite, in a 48-seat forward-facing cabin, while the World Traveller Plus cabin will offer 35 seats and BA's economy World Traveller cabin with 165 seats..

Cheryl Carter, Director, UK for BTMI said: “We are truly honoured that British Airways has chosen to deploy its prestigious Dreamliner 787-10 aircraft to Barbados. This shows BA’s confidence in the robust passenger demand for travel between the UK and Barbados. We eagerly anticipate welcoming passengers to our beautiful island paradise, and are delighted with the enduring partnership we share with BA.”

Neil Chernoff, British Airways Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, said: "As British Airways celebrates its 70th year of connecting London and Barbados, we are thrilled to be increasing capacity on the route with a larger aircraft and the launch of a new double daily service from Heathrow. This is a testament to the popularity of the route from a leisure and business perspective, and its importance as a link for visiting friends and relatives. Our commitment to this special destination remains as strong as ever, and we are proud to offer unparalleled connectivity and convenience for our customers."

28 March, 2024

Saudia offers stopover visa programme for all travellers to Saudi Arabia

Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is offering a stopover visa programme for passengers flying from Europe. In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudia has made it possible for passengers to obtain a stopover visa immediately during the booking process.

Passengers with stopover visas can stay for up to 96 hours in Saudi Arabia. Within this window, guests can perform Umrah, see sacred sites and visit top tourist destinations such as the nation’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites – from the stunning desert landscape of AlUla, bustling Historic Jeddah and the lush greenery of the Al-Ahsa Oasis.

Aerial View on Cliff in Desert,  just one of the many delights to explore in Saudi Arabia
Photo by Mohammed Ajwad
Saudia’s streamlined process allows passengers to pay for their ticket and visa in one step on the Saudia website. The improved pathway is a digital extension of the world-renowned Saudi hospitality, which continues to be a touchstone for the Saudia brand. The move is the latest initiative by Saudia to bolster travel and tourism to the Kingdom as part of Vision 2030, the transformative economic and social campaign that seeks to open Saudi to the world. As part of the initiative, Saudi has outlined goals to have 150 million annual visits to the county by 2030.

Mr. Arved Muhlen, Chief Commercial Officer, Saudia said: ‘We are very proud to be bringing the world to Saudi Arabia with our stopover visa initiative. The seamless digital journey for our guests embodies the hospitality that defines flying with Saudia.

25 March, 2024

Fly to the happiest country in the World with five direct connections from the U.S

According to the International World Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world in 2024. Finland is a unique travel destination, and you can fly there with five direct connections from the United States.

The international World Happiness Report has released its annual listing of the happiest countries in the world. Finland has been named the happiest country in the world in 2024 for the seventh year in a row.

What makes Finland the happiest place in the world?

“You must experience the secret to Finnish happiness first hand. Year after year, Finland has been selected as the happiest country in the world, and it is great that there are excellent flight connections to Europe's northernmost destination. The sights of Helsinki, a city filled with experiences, and the archipelago of the Gulf of Finland, as well as the peace and quiet of mythical Lapland, are only a few hours away,” says Petri Vuori, Vice President, Sales and Route Development for the airport company Finavia.

You can fly to Helsinki with five direct connections from the United States. The Finnish airline Finnair flies to Helsinki Airport from New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Over 400,000 people flew between the United States and Finland last year.

Studies show that passengers appreciate Helsinki Airport, as it has received high ratings for its customer experience.

“In a recent survey, air passengers rated Helsinki Airport as the best airport in Europe in the size category of 15–25 million passengers. In addition, Helsinki Airport ranked as the world’s fifth best airport among business travellers. We are proud and grateful for the feedback,” Vuori says.

Lapland's airports are a gateway to the north

If you are already familiar with Helsinki as a tourist destination, head next to magical Lapland to experience its nature. In the last few years, Lapland's popularity as a tourist destination has increased.

“The past winter season 2023–2024 was record-breaking and European airlines opened almost 20 new direct flight connections to airports in Lapland. We believe that demand will continue to be strong in the coming years,” Vuori says.

13 March, 2024

2024 Top Travel Trends as picked by American Express

American Express Travel released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report1 today, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year.

The report, based on survey data from travellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, found that 84% of respondents plan to spend more or the same amount of money on travel in 2024 compared to last year. Additionally, 77% of respondents care more about having the right travel experience than about the cost of the trip.

The four trends driving booking decisions are:

For the Love of the Game: Sports fans are planning trips around athletic events, whether it involves a favorite sport, a beloved team, or an international multi-sport competition
Planning Big: Major, expedition-style adventures, like a trip to the Galapagos Islands or trekking with the gorillas, deliver the transformative experiences that travelers are looking for
Going Solo: Travelers are takings trips alone, embracing the ease of planning and ability to tailor itineraries that are a perfect fit
On a Whim: With so much of life being structured and scheduled these days, people are seeking flexibility in their travel plans and leaving room for spontaneity


“Travellers are focused on creating the right itineraries and building memories, whether that means booking a trip to see a favourite sports team compete or taking a once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise,” says Audrey Hendley, President of American Express Travel. “Our Global Travel Trends Report sheds light on what is driving global travel bookings and provides inspiration for where to go next. Our American Express Travel Consultants can help, no matter what type of trip you want to take.”

Top insights from American Express Travel’s 2024 Global Travel Trends Report include:

A desire to see sporting events live and to watch favourite teams and beloved players in person are driving where travellers are going and what they are doing when they get there.
67% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents2 (compared to 58% of all respondents) are interested in travelling for sporting events in 2024
58% of respondents who are travelling for sports in 2024 will do so for soccer, basketball or Formula 1 racing
New York, Miami and Paris are the top destinations respondents are planning to travel to for sporting events this summer
Transformative, once-in-a-lifetime trips, like visiting the Galapagos Islands and hiking in Antarctica, are at the top of many travellers’ wish lists, and younger travellers want an expert to help them plan.

Delta heading back to Venice.....

The U.S. mega-carrier Delta has confirmed it is restarting its nonstop flights between New York-JFK and Venice Marco Polo Airport. The airline will fly daily using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 216 seats.

Delta says it will also offer two flights from Venice to Atlanta – resuming its nonstop service later this month and adding a second service throughout the summer. In total, Delta will operate 17 weekly flights between Venice and the U.S. during peak season.

The airline seeks to capitalize on the growing demand following recent news that large cruise ship visits to Venise are going to be restricted and the city barring entry to tourists on certain peak weekends and ket dates.   

12 March, 2024

Archer and Falcon Aviation to jointly develop vertiport network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to get ready for flying car operations in the UAE as soon as 2025

Archer and Falcon Aviation will jointly develop a vertiport network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, enabling flights between the two cities with Archer’s Midnight flying car while establishing a key operational development for Archer’s plans to launch across the Emirates in both cities as soon as 2025.


On March 8, 2024, Falcon Aviation launched the upgraded Falcon Tours Heliport Terminal at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm, which provides helicopter charter service to locals and tourists alike between Dubai’s top hotel on the Palm Jumeirah to key destinations, including Abu Dhabi and other cities in the UAE, as well as sightseeing trips above Dubai’s iconic skyline. As early as next year, the companies plan for this hub to serve Archer’s Midnight aircraft, operated by Falcon Aviation, as a quieter, safer, and more affordable option than helicopters.

This infrastructure partnership reaffirms the collaboration signed into agreement by Falcon Aviation last year to operate a fleet of Archer’s Midnight electric aircraft and expand the two companies' urban air mobility ecosystem in the UAE.

Archer Aviation, a leader in electric flying cars, announced this week that Falcon Aviation, a prominent Aviation Services Operator in the UAE, has been selected as their vertiport infrastructure partner for critical locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This collaboration marks a significant step towards launching Archer's Midnight flying car with Falcon Aviation in the UAE and across the MENA region as soon as 2025.

Under this partnership, Archer and Falcon Aviation will start by developing state-of-the-art vertiport infrastructure at Falcon Heliport at Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Driving between the two cities during peak traffic can take more than 2 hours. Archer and Falcon Aviation plan to offer passenger service in Archer’s Midnight flying car between these two Falcon vertiports, which will operate almost entirely over water with scenic views of both cities and clock in at as little as 30 minutes from takeoff to landing. Archer believes it is the first to announce a flying car service on this route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, one of the world’s most prominent and congested commute corridors.

“Partnering with established operators such as Falcon Aviation, as well as the capital of the Emirates with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, has been key to quickly building our presence in the region,” said Archer founder and CEO Adam Goldstein. “We look forward to paving the way for the introduction of our Midnight aircraft to the region which will set the stage for the UAE to become a global leader in urban air mobility.”

07 March, 2024

Millions of UK holidaymakers have chosen a destination based on a book they’ve read,

Photo Jet2
Millions of holidaymakers have chosen a destination based on a book they’ve read, with ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Frances Mayes the top inspiration. 

A study of 2,000 adults by Jet2holidays, undertaken to celebrate World Book Day - today, 7th March, found one in four have booked a holiday in order to visit a location referenced in a novel. 

Venice (‘The Thief Lord’ by Cornelia Funke), Barcelona (‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Kefalonia) and Paris (‘Les Misérables’ by Victor Hugo) are among the most popular. 

Others long to visit Rome thanks to ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown and Corfu which features in ‘The Corfu Trilogy’ by Gerald Durrell. 

The research also unveiled that 35 per cent have been influenced by TV shows, with Iceland, Spain, and Italy among the top countries to visit after seeing it on screen. 

A spokesperson for Jet2holidays, said: “A lot of holiday inspiration naturally comes from watching films or TV shows. But we were surprised to see how many have had the urge to travel somewhere based on a book they have read – which has no visual representation of the country or city it is set in. 

“Sometimes it’s difficult deciding on where to go for your next trip, so it’s nice knowing that books aren’t just good for unwinding and enjoying some much-needed downtime, but also for holiday help too.” 

29 February, 2024

easyJet to launch the first commercial flights between the UK and Salerno’s Amalfi Coast airport

One of Europe's leading budget carriers, easyJet has confirmed it will start two new routes from the UK, including one to Salerno’s Amalfi Coast airport, making it the first and only UK airline to operate commercial flights from the airport when they take off from 13th July 2024.

The twice-weekly departures from London Gatwick will operate throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays and its holiday sideline will arrange package holidays from next summer.  

The new route to the former military-only airport which is now open for commercial flights for the first time becomes easyJet’s 157th destination on its expansive network, with flights also launching from Milan, Berlin, Basel and Geneva.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and home to charming historical towns with sheer cliffs overlooking beautiful beaches, as well as boasting UNESCO World Heritage site status. The new route will provide even greater choice for UK travellers looking to explore more of the fantastic sights and experiences that Italy has to offer holidaymakers.

15 February, 2024

The safest and most dangerous countries to drive in for European travellers


  • Romania is the most dangerous European country to drive in, based on 2022 statistics.
  • Serbia and Bulgaria are second and third, respectively.
  • Norway ranks as the safest country to drive in.


Aplin like roads in Romania
New research has revealed the most dangerous European countries to drive in, with Romania coming out on top.


The study, which was carried out by analysed the latest data from the European Transport Safety Council to see which countries had the highest road deaths per million inhabitants.


It found that Romania is statistically the most dangerous country to drive in in Europe. 2022 shows that the country had 85.81 deaths per million inhabitants, the highest of any country in the study. However, this is a 10.26% drop from 2012, which saw 95.62 deaths per million inhabitants.


Serbia comes second on the list, with the south-eastern European country coming in with 82.65 road deaths per million inhabitants. Compared to 2012 data, this is a drop of 13.01% from when the country had 95.01 road deaths per million inhabitants.


Coming in third place is the Balkan nation Bulgaria, which comes in with 77.64 road deaths per million inhabitants. It has the most minor change in road deaths out of the top ten, only seeing a drop of 6.02% since 2012, with 82.62 road deaths per million inhabitants.


Croatia takes fourth place on the list, with 71.20 road deaths per million inhabitants in the 2022 data. This is a 22.53% drop from 2012 when the country had 91.91 road deaths per million inhabitants.


Rounding out the top five is Portugal, which comes in with 62.30 road deaths per million inhabitants. This is an 8.53% drop from the 2012 data, which had 68.11 road deaths per million inhabitants.

The most dangerous European countries to drive in




Road deaths per mln inhabitants (2012)

Road deaths per mln inhabitants (2022)

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The study also found that Norway is statistically the safest country to drive in in Europe. 2022 shows that the country only had 21.38 deaths per million inhabitants, the lowest of any European country. Compared to 2012 data, this is a 26.48% drop from across the decade, with 2012 having 29.08 deaths per million inhabitants.


12 February, 2024

Donny Osmond extends Las Vegas residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Legendary entertainer and music icon Donny Osmond extends his award-winning solo residency inside Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas through November of 2024

DONNY recently won Best Production Show, Headliner and Family-Friendly Show in the 2023 Best of Vegas, awards the production has received since its debut in 2021. Osmond’s show is a dynamic, energy-filled musical journey of his unparalleled life as one of the most recognized entertainers in the world. Additionally, Fans are treated to Osmond’s engaging performances throughout the show including the fan favourite and showstopping "Auto-rap-ography" – a rap song accompanied by milestone photos and videos from his impressive career of six decades. Donny also does a full Broadway production of his classic Disney hit from Mulan, "I'll Make A Man Out Of You." The show also includes an audience interactive segment where anyone can request any song he's ever recorded.

Newly announced performance schedule:

August 2024: 27-31
September 2024: 3-7, 10-14, 17-21
October 2024: 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26
November 2024: 5-9, 12-16

Performances take place nightly from Tuesday to Saturday with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets for Donny’s Pre-Show VIP Experience will also be available.

Osmond’s residency is directed by Raj Kapoor who has produced The GRAMMYs, Latin GRAMMYs, The Academy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Emmy Awards. Kapoor has also directed and produced hit Las Vegas residencies for Shania Twain, Mariah Carey and the Backstreet Boys. The show is choreographed by Emmy Award-winning duo, NAPPYTABS. DONNY is produced by Mojave Ghost. Greg Young of Mojave Ghost has produced Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning productions on Broadway, as well as more than 2,500 concerts, 40 Broadway shows, national tours and IP exhibitions throughout the domestic U.S. Mohave Ghost has also produced Donny’s tours for the past decade.

Las Vegas is a city that is known for its casinos, entertainment, and nightlife. But how did it become the “Sin City” of today? Here is a brief history of Las Vegas, from its origins as a desert oasis to its transformation into a mega resort.

The name Las Vegas means “the meadows” in Spanish, and it was given by a trader named Antonio Armijo, who explored the area in 1829. He found springs and grasses that supported life in the arid landscape. The first settlers were Mormons, who built a fort in 1855, but they left two years later. The fort was then bought by a rancher named Octavius Gass, who called it the “Los Vegas Rancho”.

In 1905, the railroad arrived in Las Vegas, connecting it to Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. The town was founded and incorporated in 1911, and became a stopover for travelers and farmers. In 1931, two events changed the fate of Las Vegas: the construction of the Hoover Dam, which brought thousands of workers and tourists to the area, and the legalization of gambling, which attracted mobsters and entrepreneurs who opened casinos and hotels along Fremont Street and later the Strip.

26 January, 2024

Europe’s greenest country, according to a new study.

Norway is Europe’s greenest country, with the second-highest renewable energy share on the list.
Austria comes in second as its citizens use public transportation the most.
Finland is third, while Iceland and Sweden take fourth and fifth place, respectively.

A new study by solar experts Hemsol reveals that Norway is the greenest country in Europe.

Image by Patrik Houštecký / Pixabay

The study used data from the European Environment Agency, the Odyssee-Mure Project and the Energy Institute to create an index with factors such as Renewable energy share, recycling rates, carbon dioxide emissions and more, to find out which European country can be considered the ‘greenest’ and most environmentally friendly.

Norway takes the crown thanks to its high renewable energy share recorded in 2022, despite having high carbon dioxide emissions per capita and large amounts of farmland area.

The country is among those that signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 and aims to reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions between 2045 and 2055 while simultaneously reducing emissions of other greenhouse gases to near-net-zero in the same timeframe. The Norwegian government's commitment to sustainability does not just stop at its own country; in fact, there is an international commitment to ensure that many developing countries can access clean and renewable energy through both bilateral and multilateral partners, as well as pledging up to 3 billion Norwegian Krone a year to help save the world's tropical forests while improving the livelihoods of those who live off, in, and near them.

Second is Austria, which registered the highest share of passenger traffic on public transport in Europe, as its citizens are deciding to be more eco-friendly by not using their cars as much. Also a signatory of the Paris Agreement, Austria sees the second highest score in recycling rate but is sixth for carbon dioxide emissions.

03 January, 2024

Universal Studios looks at Bedford for first European resort.

Universal Studios is assessing the feasibility of opening its first European resort in the UK, following the purchase of a former brickworks in Bedfordshire.

The theme park operator has confirmed it’s in the “very early stages of exploring the possibility of a potential park and resort experience in Bedford.”

Parent company, Comcast Corporation has purchased the 480-acre site, which previously had planning permission for 1,000 homes. Universal Destinations and Experiences has also had positive conversations with various local and national stakeholders, including Bedford Borough Council and the Mayor of Bedford Borough. However, the company has stressed plans are still in the early stages and it is likely to be many months before a decision is made.

Universal Destinations and Experiences has cited the UK’s large population, creative industries, strong tourism industry, transportation infrastructure and close proximity to Europe as making it an attractive proposition for a resort.

The Bedfordshire site is just 45 minutes from London, within easy reach of tourism magnets Oxford and Cambridge and has half of the UK’s population – including the Leisure Media/Attractions Management HQ – within two hours. As well as being close to the A1 and M1, Luton Airport is nearby.

With the Harry Potter Studios located just 40 minutes away in Watford, Bedford is an ideal destination for touring theme park enthusiasts.

21 December, 2023

Best Places to Embrace Holiday Vibes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a city renowned for its festive holiday atmosphere, is now decorated with vibrant holiday decorations, as a series of celebratory events take place in the city. Below are some of the best spots for visitors to experience Christmas in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong WinterFest 2023

From the 65-foot-tall Christmas tree standing at the center of Christmas Town to the exciting new 10-minute “Winter Harbourfront Pyrotechnics” displays on the Victoria Harbour seaside, visitors from around the world will be delighted by these seasonal displays.

Tsim Sha Tsui Christmas lights

Kowloon’s bustling shopping and nightlife districts Tsim Sha Tsui and East Tsim Sha Tsui are well-known for their dazzling Christmas light displays. This year British artist Rupert Newman presents a digital light show specifically created for Hong Kong titled “In-Between the Sky: A Festive Beacon.” The light display is projected onto the Sino LuminArt Façade of Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre.

1881 Heritage

This historic former police compound turned luxury cultural and shopping mecca is bringing some botanical flair to the festive season with its Victorian-inspired greenhouse.