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

Monday 4 December 2023

The city where Korean authenticity is best preserved.......Jeonju City

Jeonju City, a prominent tourist destination in Korea with more than 10 million annual visitors, is a hub of Korean culture where Korean authenticity is best preserved.

Jeonju, officially named in 757, is one of the regions with deep roots in Korean history. The city retains an extensive history and traditional culture as the foundational city of the Joseon Dynasty.

Jeonju is rich in cultural treasures and historic landmarks steeped in history and culture. Jeonju Hanok Village, Gyeonggijeon, Pungnammun Gate, Pungpaejigwan (Jeonju Guesthouse), and Jeolla Gamyeong are located in the center and Jeonju IC, Jeonju Station, and Honam Jeilmun Gate, each of which serves as a primary gateway to Jeonju City, feature in the form of hanok.

Jeonju, designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, is a representative gourmet city. Jeonju is the home of Korea's iconic dish, bibimbap, and is a destination for epicurean travel where you can taste a variety of foods from bean sprout soup to Korean Table d'hôte.

In Jeonju Hanok Village, where tourists with Korea's distinctive clothing Hanbok stroll the streets, traditional Korean music performances such as pansori, fusion Korean music, and Joseon pop that bring a modern sensibility to traditional music, are available all year round.

Jeonju is the city with the largest number of living national treasures in Korea. You may experience exquisite products manufactured by craftsmen in this world-class intangible heritage city, which houses the National Intangible Heritage Center and ICHCAP under the auspices of UNESCO. Jeonju is also a significant manufacturer of “Hanji,” a paper that has gained global recognition.

Jeonju, a city also known for its festivals, holds the ‘Jeonju International Film Festival’ every spring, as well as a variety of cultural events and festivals that embody Jeonju's uniqueness throughout the year, such as the Jeonju Bibimbap Festival, Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival, Jeonju International Sori Festival, and Jeonju City's representative festival Jeonju Festa.

Woo Beom-ki, Mayor of Jeonju, said, “Based on its historical assets and cultural capabilities, Jeonju is striving to showcase the most authentic history and strengthen its identity by preserving valuable assets while boldly innovating what needs to be changed. I hope tourists will have wonderful experiences and memories in Jeonju, the most Korean city where tradition and modernity coexist.”

Holiday Inn Gwangju, Korea

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Winter Wonderland...............Hong Kong lighting up the holidays with WinterFest

From now through January 1, Hong Kong WinterFest, organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, will take place in the at West Kowloon Cultural District. Get in the holiday spirit with a series of citywide events and experiences from top attractions, festive live performances, exclusive menus, dazzling light displays, and so much more.

Harbourside Happenings: “Marine Pyrotechnics” decorate Hong Kong’s skyline with iconic Christmas imagery

A show-stopping marine pyrotechnic display will light up Hong Kong’s skyline with colourful Yuletide motifs for eight nights in December (9, 10, 16, 17, 23–26), including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Instagrammers won’t want to miss Christmas Town’s 6-story Christmas tree decorated with sparkling lights and topped with a star that shines across Victoria Harbour.

Joyeux Noël! Le Petit Prince celebrates at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong invites guests to embark on a luminous adventure with Le Petit Prince. The beloved French literary icon, who this year celebrates his 80th anniversary, will bring his beloved rose to Hong Kong to share the joy of Christmas. Guests can also follow in Le Petit Prince's footsteps, discover light projections, and stroll down the charming “Le Petit Prince Light Alley” for a heartwarming holiday experience that will enchant the whole family.

A Very Disney Christmas: Disney 100 CHRISTMAS LOVE 2000% BE@RBRICK UP comes to Harbour City

Harbour City Hong Kong is set to dazzle this Christmas with an unmissable collaboration between MEDICOM TOY and Disney in “Disney100 CHRISTMAS LOVE 2000% BE@RBRICK UP”. As part of Disney's 100th anniversary celebrations, 100 unique 2000% Disney-themed BE@RBRICK figurines will be on display, including 53 brand-new designs.

A Hong Kong Winter Favorite: The AIA Carnival returns to Central Harbourfront

Get ready for a winter extravaganza at the AIA Carnival in Hong Kong, returning from December 21, 2023, to February 25, 2024. A beloved Hong Kong tradition, the carnival promises thrilling rides, exciting games, and interactive installations, as well as over 1 million plush toys. Visitors can enjoy street performances, food stalls, and live entertainment.

Hong Kong Disneyland debuts “The World of Frozen”, the first of its kind in the world

Step into a magical winter wonderland as Hong Kong Disneyland unveils “The World of Frozen” the world’s first and largest Frozen-themed land. In this enchanting realm that brings iconic characters and scenes from the beloved Disney film to life, visitors can discover the magic of Arendelle’s best-known locations, all idyllically backdropped by the rugged terrain of Lantau Island.

Friday 24 November 2023

“Bahrain Marina”, launched in Manama

Bahrain’s capital, Manama, witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the “Bahrain Marina” project, which is considered one of the strategic and development projects aimed at diversifying the Kingdom’s economy and strengthening the real estate development sector as one of the most crucial sectors that contribute positively and effectively to the non-oil gross domestic product of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Unique tourist destination extending over an area of 256,000 square meters

During the ceremony organised by the Bahrain Marina Development Company at the Bahrain National Theater, in the presence of His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, a film was shown about the factors of the mixed-use development project “Bahrain Marina” aiming to solidify Bahrain's position as a distinguished tourist destination by providing options for both permanent and short-term residence. The project offers 192 retail units, including international shops, luxurious restaurants, globally and regionally renowned cafes, as well as a prestigious commercial complex hosting 33 stores. This ensures residents and visitors of the project an unparalleled living experience. Additionally, the project will provide 182 berths for yachts and boats, and a 3,200 square meter marina clubhouse that will offer entertainment activities and marine programs, leaving a significant impact on the development of the tourism sector in the kingdom.

The project will become an important destination for permanent and temporary residence, offering 274 luxurious freehold units, in addition to 304 deluxe hotel rooms and 1,769 underground parking spaces within the development., all of which will be built on a total area estimated at more than 256,000 square meters, with an investment value of BD200 million.

On this occasion, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa noted that the eastern coast area would witness a qualitative leap upon the completion of the “Bahrain Marina” project, which is scheduled, along with other existing projects in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, to form collectively, an architectural icon and an urban facade, shaping new features for the capital, Manama.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Hong Kong lights up for the festive season

Be among the very first in the world to experience “The World of Frozen”, and be immersed in the festive spirit this Christmas.

These holidays, fans from around the world can join beloved characters including Elsa and Anna from Frozen, BE@RBRICK, and Le Petit Prince in Hong Kong to celebrate the festive season. Beyond these iconic figures, the city offers myriad ways for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the festive ambience, promising a season filled with enchantment and joy.

Hong Kong Disneyland debuts “The World of Frozen”, the first of its kind in the world

Step into a magical winter wonderland as Hong Kong Disneyland unveils “The World of Frozen” today (20 November, 2023), the world’s first and largest Frozen-themed land. In this enchanting realm that brings iconic characters and scenes from the beloved Disney film to life, visitors can discover the magic of Arendelle’s best-known locations, including North Mountain and the Bay of Arendelle, all idyllically backdropped by the rugged terrain of Lantau Island.

“The World of Frozen” is home to a range of immersive experiences including multi-sensory boat ride “Frozen Ever After”; “Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs”, a charming carnival coaster that guides guests through the picturesque Arendelle Forest; and “Playhouse In The Woods”, a theatrical experience set deep in Arendelle Forest where the audience can become part of the story.

Harbourside Happenings: “Marine Pyrotechnics” decorates Hong Kong’s skyline with Christmas icons

From 24 November to 1 January, Hong Kong WinterFest, organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, will take place at Harbourside Lawn West of Art Park at West Kowloon Cultural District. A show-stopping marine pyrotechnic display will light up Hong Kong’s skyline with colourful Yuletide motifs for over eight evenings in December (9, 10, 16, 17, 23 –26 December), including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. The not-to-be-missed photo spot of the Christmas Town, the 20-metre, 6-storey giant Christmas tree decorated with glistening lights and a gorgeous star tree topper, will be a striking complement to the dazzling skyline of the Victoria Harbour while exuding peace and hope.

In the lead up to Christmas, the expansive harbourside precinct will also be buzzing with after-dark live entertainment and tasty treats. WestK Nightscapes will see the district come to life over three weekends in November, with free live music across various stages and special offers at the precinct’s restaurants, cafes and food trucks to fuel the revelry under the stars.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

American Express Travel’s 2024 trending destinations .......

Porto Cervo, Italy; San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; Udaipur, India; and Zermatt, Switzerland are among the top places to visit

American Express Travel released its annual Trending Destinations list for 2024 today, featuring the 10 must-visit vacation spots based on global American Express Card Member travel bookings and recommendations from Amex Travel’s team of 6,000 expert Travel Consultants. This year’s list – 2024 Trending Destinations: Off the Beaten Path – goes beyond the traditional, well-known vacation spots to uncover hidden gems and new experiences that travellers, particularly Millennials and Gen-Z, are looking for.

Saturday 14 October 2023

Helsinki is the fourth most sustainable travel destination in the world

The results of the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, which ranks the sustainability of tourist destinations, were published on 4 October 2023. In the latest index, Helsinki has climbed eight places and is now ranked the fourth most sustainable tourist destination in the world.

Helsinki's target is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The city’s sustainability goals cover all sectors, from construction to the travel industry and events. In the tourism sector, the city’s sustainability work has focused on developing inclusive tourism and encouraging stronger participation by city residents in the development of tourism. In addition, the City of Helsinki measures the carbon footprint of tourism, promotes the measures of the Helsinki Tourism Climate Road Map and supports the travel industry along the path of sustainable tourism.

Helsinki’s sustainability work and increased focus on the development of tourism is clearly visible in the improved ranking of Helsinki on the Global Destination Sustainability Index, which has climbed from 16th to 4th place in two years. The Global Destination Sustainability Index measures the sustainability of tourist destinations in four different categories using 70 indicators. Helsinki has been ranked in the index since it began in 2015.

Also, other Nordic cities performed excellently in this year’s index, as no less than seven top places went to the Nordic countries. The world’s most sustainable tourist destination in 2023 is Gothenburg in Sweden, which retained its first place from last year. Other cities in the top seven include Oslo, Copenhagen, Bergen, Aarhus and Aalborg.

Helsinki’s aim is to be the smartest and most sustainable travel destination in the world

The aim of the Helsinki City Strategy is to develop Helsinki into the smartest and most sustainable travel destination in the world. Helsinki’s Climate Action Plan for Tourism and Events also outlines Helsinki's goal of being at the top of the world in terms of sustainability, as verified by indexes and certifications. Helsinki's goal is to climb to the top of the GDS Index by 2025. The City of Helsinki is also keen to work closely with other travel destinations on a national and international level.

Nina Vesterinen, Tourism Director at the City of Helsinki, is satisfied with the results that have just been published.  “One of Helsinki's main goals in the development of tourism is to become the world’s most sustainable travel destination. The fact that our ranking rose by eight places from last year is a sign that we are doing the right things. Our goal to be the world’s most sustainable travel destination is already within reach. For this, we owe big thanks to all our stakeholders – above all to those companies that are pioneers in sustainability,” says Vesterinen.

Friday 22 September 2023

Hong Kong invites global travellers to discover the city’s diverse gastronomy and nightlife with a month-long gourmet extravaganza

This autumn, Hong Kong Tourism Board invites food and wine lovers from around the world to celebrate the joys of gastronomy in Asia’s culinary capital with the return of the city’s large-scale outdoor culinary event, Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. The four-day festival also kicks off a month-long series of vibrant nightlife happenings taking place citywide throughout November.

It’s back: Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival returns in physical format

Taking place from 26–29 October at Victoria Harbour’s Central Harbourfront Event Space, Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2023 will be a four-day gourmet extravaganza backdropped by the iconic city skyline. This year’s edition, which is the first physical edition of the event following a five-year hiatus, will boast nearly 300 booths showcasing global food and wine offerings, as well as a suite of interactive workshops for food lovers of all ages. Eligible overseas visitors will also receive a free cocktail on arrival.

Wine will naturally be a focus of the Festival, with the popular Major Country Pavilions showcasing makers from 36 countries around the world. This year, the spotlight will be on the classic vintages from France and Italy and emerging wine regions from Thailand, Moldova and Finland. In a Festival first, a dedicated display for Chinese Wine Discovery is being introduced, featuring wine merchants including Xige Estate and Chateau Mihope from Ningxia (Northwest China), Yunnan Red Wine & Spirits, and Shandong-based Mystic Island Winery.

The four-day event will allow visitors to indulge in a diverse array of global flavours in a single visit, with dishes ranging from punchy, flavour-filled street food and nostalgic local favourites to refined hotel delicacies by vendors including The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

New to the Festival is Tasting Theatre, a number of hands-on workshops will also be on offer for visitors of all ages feeling inspired to roll up their sleeves and don an apron, with insightful and engaging sessions including ‘Plant to Plate’, ‘Origin of the Coffee Bean’, ‘The Story of Rice’ and more. Cooking demonstrations and workshops will be led by celebrity chef He Jiansheng from Shunde, Guangdong and award-winning Taiwanese baker Wu Pao-chun, who will join Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival for the first time.

Taste Around Town takes over Hong Kong throughout November

Saturday 26 August 2023

Finnair starts direct flights between Rovaniemi and Tromsø

Coming in December is a new air service between Rovaniemi, Finland, and Tromsø, Norway from leading outsourced airline Finnair. 

There will be two weekly flights between Tromsø and Rovaniemi that are operated by 68-seater ATR aircraft on Thursdays and Saturdays. The connections will be operated as tag flights: Helsinki-Rovaniemi-Tromsø and Tromsø-Rovaniemi-Helsinki. The flight time between Rovaniemi and Tromsø is 1.5 hours. The flights will begin on 2 December 2023 and continue until 30 March 2024. Finnair also operates to Tromsø from its home base of  Helsinki. 

"The Arctic nature and high-quality travel experiences appeal to travellers from various parts of the world, such as Asia and Central Europe," says Antti Tolvanen, SVP Network & Revenue Management at Finnair. "With this new connection, visitors to the Arctic region can conveniently combine both Lapland and Northern Norway in one trip." 

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and is an urban city surrounded by arctic nature, where Lappish culture and a wide range of activities meet. The tourist authority promises that in Rovaniemi you can visit Santa Claus and cross the Arctic Circle every day of the year.  

Yes, the city’s most famous resident can be visited any day you like in the Santa Claus Village right on the Arctic Circle, it's an attraction that draws more than 500,000 annual visitors from all around the world.  Santa Claus’ original home lies in the mysterious Korvatunturi (“Ear Fell”) in Finnish Lapland. Since the exact location is a secret only known to a chosen few, he decided to establish an office in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in 1985. Rovaniemi received the status of the Official Hometown of Santa Claus in 2010.

But there is way more than just meeting Santa you can do in and around Rovaniemi, such as biking, cycling, hiking, snowboarding, ice treks, fishing, floating, zoo tours, ice breaker tours, husky rides, saunas, local crafts and of course food! Find out more at Visit Rovaniemi - the Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Here are some of the top hotels and places to stay in and around the city.

Arctic City Hotel is a modern, family-owned hotel set in the very centre of the town of Rovaniemi. The warm and personal service as well as delicious cuisine create a cozy base for business and pleasure.

The Arctic Light Hotel is a multi-award-winning, family-owned boutique hotel situated in the heart of Lapland-Rovaniemi. Experience the stylish Arctic hideaway offering a unique combination of Lappish heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style.

Check out the availability and prices of these hotels here..

The luxury of sleeping under a 360º glass roof and the unique experience of staying in a hotel made of only snow and ice.

Welcome to the luxury comfort of the first Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. We offer you a brand new way to experience the Arctic Circle and the beauty of the Northern Lights in the nest-like atmosphere of our thoughtfully designed suites.

Beana Laponia is a wilderness boutique hotel that offers guests personal service and unforgettable activities in small groups. Adults only

Check out loads more places to stay....

Monday 10 July 2023

An exciting new art trail is live in Jersey

A new colourful experience in Jersey 

50 colourful, inspiring and thrilling tortoise sculptures have taken over Jersey’s wild places, coastal vistas and urban hangouts. So whether you’re a local or just visiting, the Tortoise Takeover provides a fun and engaging way to explore this beautiful island.

Durrell is synonymous with Jersey and the community and the airline Blue Island have joined together in supporting this unique art trail.

Discover Durrell's Tortoise Takeover in Jersey until 31 August, with Blue Island flights from many UK airports. Explore the island and find the 50 giant ones and even the 65 young ones as well.

Why did they pick the Tortoise for the special takeover?  Well, from Greek mythology to Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, tortoises have, throughout history, plodded their way into storytelling across the globe. 

The tortoise is perhaps best known as the eventual victor in Aesop’s well-known fable “The Tortoise and The Hare”, establishing these charismatic reptiles as a metaphor of persistent diligence over the excessively confident hare.   In China, the sacred tortoise symbolises longevity, power, and tenacity, and in Ancient Greek mythology, the tortoise is the symbol of the “messenger” god, Hermes. 

Perhaps they also serve a key purpose in the busy modern world, that we should take some time to, well,  go slow,  to enjoy what is going on around us,  to connect with the here and now and not worry too much about tomorrow.  To take your eyes off the rectangular screen and look at whats around you. 

From the Galápagos tortoises at Jersey Zoo, to the Aldabra giant tortoises that serve as “ecosystem engineers” on Round Island in Mauritius and the precious, golden-domed ploughshare from Madagascar, Durrell has worked with tortoises for decades. Sadly, chelonians, which include tortoises, turtles and terrapins, are now the most threatened vertebrate group and need our help more than ever.

The Reptile and Amphibian House at Jersey Zoo is home to some of the most endangered species that Durrell works with, but it is in urgent need of improved and more sustainable facilities.

Thursday 6 July 2023

Summer Vineyard Experiences in Kent

 Summer Vineyard Experiences

As the summer months are now here,  what could be better than to have a day out with a difference?  This may be the perfect time to visit a spectacularly beautiful area of the UK, often said to be The Garden of England,  the county of Kent.  And in this picturesque corner of the country, you'll find Squerryes in Westerham, which is near Sevenoaks in the aforementioned Kent, which is where you'll be able to enjoy a relaxing time outdoors with family and friends and live by the motto over the front door - 'Licet Esse Beatis'

Choose from coffee or lunch at the Garden Café which has superb views across the vines, Jazz evenings, lunch or dinner on the terrace of the Winery Restaurant, or a picnic among the vines. The Estate Deli offers a superb choice of wines and local produce as well as wine tastings flights.

 Picnic amongst the Vines

New for summer 2023

Spend a lazy afternoon amongst the vines with a delicious picnic put together by The Estate Deli. Each box comes with savoury and sweet treats, your choice of Neal's Yard cheese, locally grown strawberries, and the option to upgrade to include a bottle of chilled Squerryes sparkling wine.

Just grab your picnic blanket and call into The Estate Deli to purchase a bespoke picnic. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your own picnic blanket as Squerryes have some available to purchase. Picnics are also available to take away.

Al-fresco dining at The Winery Restaurant

Book a table to enjoy any of the freshly prepared summer dishes in the award-winning Winery Restaurant, accompanied by a glass of our own chilled sparkling wine. Whether you prefer a selection of sharing plates or a meal for one, the menu has a relaxed feel to complement outdoor dining this summer.

Summer is also the time when they stay open later on select Friday and Saturday evenings from late afternoon into the evening to allow visitors time to enjoy drinks on the terrace overlooking the stunning countryside.  You might also want to try some delicious new sparkling wine cocktails on the drinks menu and there is no need to prebook the terrace for drinks.

New Family Vineyard Trail

Squerryes estate has also launched a new Vineyard Trail in time for the school holidays to raise funds for Hospice in the Weald. A series of questions will be placed around the vines and once completed, participants can return to the Garden Cafe to claim their lollipop prize. The trail will run from Wednesday to Friday from Wednesday 19 July to Friday 1 September between 10am-3pm. There is a suggested donation of £2 per child and visitors can collect a map and answer sheet from The Garden Café before heading off into the vineyard to start the trail. The hospice have challenged local businesses to grow £50 donated by the charity. All money raised from the trail will be given to the Hospice.

Squerryes Summer Tours and Tastings are available all summer (subject to availability) from Friday to Sunday and continue until the harvest in October.   The tours and tastings last approximately 90 minutes at a cost of £32 per person.

The experience begins with a guided tour of the vineyard where everyone can hear about the 300-year-old Squerryes estate, the fascinating history of the spirit of the house, and the story of how a disagreement with a French Champagne House led to the Warde family planting vines on the North Downs at the Gateway to the Garden of England. After discovering what makes Squerryes award-winning sparkling wine so exceptional. Guests will then enjoy a tutored tasting of three of the best vintage sparkling wines; the signature vintage Brut release, vintage Blanc de Blancs and late disgorged 2013 vintage Brut, which has had 10 years ageing in the cellars.

Squerryes also offers private tastings for groups of up to 25 people which includes a tasting of 3 sparkling vintage wines: the 2019 Rosé, Signature 2018 Brut, and 2015 Blanc de Blancs. 

To find out more about visiting Squerryes, visit:

Squerryes, Beggars Lane, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1QP

Wednesday 5 July 2023

FREQUENCY, a solo exhibition of Fant Wenger set to open Palazzo Pisani-Revedin in Venice

July 20 - August 03, 2023
Palazzo Pisani-Revedin, Venice

ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the opening of FREQUENCY, a solo exhibition of Fant Wenger, curated by Luca Curci, that will open on July 20, 2023, at 06:00 PM at Palazzo Pisani-Revedin in Venice. The exhibition will run until August 03, 2023.

Get ready for the long-awaited solo exhibition by the renowned Swiss contemporary artist, Fant Wenger, with a unique focus on the hidden side of invisible frequencies that envelop us. The artist captures a world that balances photographic realism with enigmatic perspectives, and vibrant colours, evoking an imagined or dreamlike reality: nature and technology collide, and create a "third reality" that hints at a deeper meaning, to redefine our perception of art and the interconnectedness of our surroundings.

Step into Wenger's world and let his art allow you to explore the depths of your own emotions and experiences.

Fant Wenger is a visionary Swiss artist renowned for his exploration of the hidden dimensions that shape our world. With an unwavering passion for revealing the invisible, Wenger's work pushes artistic boundaries, inviting viewers to question their perception of reality. His upcoming exhibition, FREQUENCY, promises to be a captivating and immersive experience that will leave an indelible mark on the contemporary art scene.

Soak up Venice’s culture and canals when staying in a delightful historic city centre hotel...

Stay in the heart of Venice’s historic centre and soak up the local way of life and peaceful Venetian mood at Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice. Perfectly located in a historical building by the Cannaregio canal, the hotel’s architecture and decoration represent an ancient Venetian family engaged with the political, social, and cultural life of the Republic of Venice.

The hotel is situated close to the Venetian Ghetto, neighbourhood shops, and small cafes, and is easily connected with the rest of the city and the popular islands of Murano and Burano.

With 52 beautifully designed rooms and suites crafted with thoughtful touches and Venetian style, the hotel boasts original Frescos, a delightful garden, and a charming restaurant. Enjoy free and fast Wi-Fi, complimentary access to the fitness centre, 24-hour room service, and plenty of in-room amenities to provide exceptional comfort to all travellers. Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice, is the perfect spot for guests visiting the floating city.

For more information and reservations - visit here.

Friday 30 June 2023

HKTDC Food Expo PRO and Hong Kong International Tea Fair to take place together in August

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Food Expo PRO and Hong Kong International Tea Fair will be staged together from 17 to 19 August 2023 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fairs will bring together a wide range of global speciality food and beverage, tea, and related products, providing a one-stop sourcing platform for F&B importers, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, hospitality groups, department stores and e-tailers. The fair is open to public visitors with ticket admission on the last day (19 Aug).

Food Expo PRO: Asia’s key trade event for F&B

This year, the Food Expo Trade Hall will transform into Food Expo PRO and will focus on and further deepen the B2B elements, with a view to providing a one-stop professional business platform to help F&B industry players explore opportunities and build connections. Food Expo PRO presents the “Food Science and Technology” zone, as well as pavilions from various countries and regions, including Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Poland and more. Other product categories include food & beverage products, food packaging, labeling & logistic service, food processing products, machinery, and Halal food and beverage products.

The concurrent Hong Kong International Tea Fair brings together a wide variety of products including tea and tea-related products, tea packaging, tea ware and tea technology. Serval provinces from Mainland China will set up group pavilions at the fair. Also, Sri Lanka pavilion is returning this year, bringing Ceylon tea products from the region.

The two fairs will continue to adopt the HKTDC’s EXHIBITION+ model that integrates online and offline elements, extending face-to-face interactions from physical events to smart business platform, Click2Match, which will be open to participants from 10 to 26 August.

In addition, the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine and Health Products (ICMCM), organised by the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association (MCMIA) together with the HKTDC and eight scientific research institutions, will be held at the same venue on 17 and 18 August to deliver professional Chinese medicine insights into the industry.

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Monday 26 June 2023

The Empire State Building Observatory named number 1 attraction in the U.S.......

The Empire State Building has been named as the number one attraction on the list of Top Attractions in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, plus it was also the fifth worldwide attraction in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best.

“We are thrilled for our frontline and management teams who have earned this recognition and once again thank the creative minds behind our $165 million masterpiece of exhibits and improvements at the Empire State Building Observatory. The Empire State Building is the authentic, must-visit attraction in New York City,” said Tony Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO at Empire State Realty Trust. “Our valued guests placed ESB in the top spot for two consecutive years and we are grateful for their recognition without which this is not possible”

The Empire State Building Observatory Experience recently underwent a $165 million, top-to-bottom reimagination that added a dedicated guest entrance, an immersive museum that celebrates the icon from the moment it was conceived to its current place in pop culture, and a completely reimagined 102nd Floor Observatory with unmatched, 360-degree views.

“Congratulations to the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners,” said John Boris, chief growth officer at Tripadvisor. “The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Ranking among the Best of the Best demonstrates that you have provided exemplary experiences to those who matter most: your guests. With changing expectations, continued labour shortages, and rising costs, this is no easy feat, and I am continually impressed with the hospitality industry’s resilience and ability to adapt. Cheers to another successful year!”



Thursday 15 June 2023

Machu picchu is the backdrop of the colossal battle in Transformers: "Rise of the Beasts"

The premiere of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has been a success. The mega-production shot in Peru includes the most beautiful and ancient landscapes of the Cusco (Machupicchu) and San Martin (Tarapoto) regions. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of the film, confessed: "I've always wanted to go to Machupicchu. It was one of the biggest desires in life and the great thing about Transformers is that it enables you to go to these wonderful places. The Peruvian culture and the jungle are incredible."

Peru's welcome during the shoot, in the midst of the pandemic, was appreciated by director Steven Caple Jr, who chose Cusco to introduce the Maximals, a new race of robots: "Peru is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, the team and the people are wonderful. Viewers will enjoy the culture, the history. Go there, shoot there, but also be present and enjoy the moment, it's one of the most magical places in the world."

Dominique Fishback highlighted the energy and mysticism of Cusco: "A shaman came to bless the land. It was an incredible experience." Anthony Ramos added: "Peru is the protagonist of the movie, the festival, the people, their costumes, art, you just feel it," referring to the Inti Raymi festival recreated in the film, featuring 800 extras.

Sunday 11 June 2023

Hong Kong's best harbourside activities to beat the summer heat

The iconic Victoria Harbour turns up the heat this summer as it hosts an array of incredible things to eat, see, do, and capture in photos right by the water.

Must-See Spectacle: The Giant Rubber Duck Returns With A Friend

Summer in Hong Kong will see a diverse range of events come to the city, and the season is starting in an eye-catching fashion. In 2013, Victoria Harbour was home to Rubber Duck, a large-scale inflatable sculpture created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and curated by Hong Kong creative collective AllRightsReserved, which became a symbol of summertime playfulness. This summer, the 18-metre-tall rubber duck returns for a two-week stay and it is being joined by an identical friend. DOUBLE DUCKS by Florentijn Hofman, organised by AllRightsReserved, will see two rubber ducks take pride of place in Victoria Harbour from 10–23 June.

Must-Join Events: Traditional Festivals with Modern Twist and Live Entertainment

Traditional Festivals with a Modern Twist

An iconic Hong Kong summer tradition, the Dragon Boat Festival this year takes place on 22 June. Race meets on that day can be found citywide including at Stanley, where over 200 local and international teams compete in a series of races – with many paddlers in colourful costumes – amid a vibrant, carnival-like atmosphere.

The excitement continues to the weekend of 24–25 June with the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, featuring over 160 teams from 10 countries and regions of about 4,000 best racers around the world paddling through Victoria Harbour cheered on by drummers and fans. Fans watching from the Avenue of Stars will be able to stop by the LINE FRIENDS Hello Hong Kong Dragon Boats Photo Spots. From 19 June for two weeks, this playful display invites visitors to stop by to pick up an exclusive souvenir and take a selfie with their favourite LINE FRIENDS characters in a dragon boat-themed exhibit.

Live entertainment lights up the harbourside

Summer is the perfect time for live outdoor entertainment, and Hong Kong has plenty on offer this season. Over five consecutive weekends from 8 July, the Wan Chai harbourfront welcomes the first-ever Harbour Chill Carnival. Organised by Hong Kong Tourism Board, this family-friendly event features live music performances from on a stage on the water, performing arts showcases, and exhilarating X Games demonstrations. Stay until sundown for a special edition of “A Symphony of Lights” multimedia light and pyro show that illuminates the Hong Kong skyline.

The party comes to Discovery Bay on 29-30 July for NextWave. Hong Kong's first-ever beach carnival features an array of live performances and DJ sets by local and international artists, as well as food trucks, artisan markets and water sports.

The action returns to Central Harbourfront on 5–6 August for the S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival, which brings the energy of Thailand’s famed New Year celebrations to the city for the very first time. Expect a top-tier line-up of DJs and thrilling water and light spectacles, accompanied by stunning visual effects and a 360-degree water splashing experience.

Must-Eat Treats: Savour classic Hong Kong fare by the harbourside

Thursday 8 June 2023

British Airways flies to Cincinnati

British Airways has launched a new route between London Heathrow and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) with the inaugural flight taking place on June 5th, 2023. 

The Ohio city becomes the 27th American destination served by British Airways and will help to open up a new vibrant region of the U.S. for UK travellers.  The service between Cincinnati and London operates five times weekly during the summer season which will reduce to four times a week during the winter period. The flights will be flown by various aircraft in the British Airway fleet including the Boeing 777 and Boeing 787. 

The central Cincinnati metropolitan area – straddling the Ohio River – is spread across southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and extends into portions of southeastern Indiana. There are more than 11 million people within a 120-mile radius of Cincinnati’s airport, which BA hopes will utilize the route to connect via Heathrow to its vast short and medium-haul route network as well as those seeking to visit the UK.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways Director of Networks and Alliances said:  "When we look at the Cincinnati region we see a vibrant part of the U.S. with a great mix of business and leisure travellers who have long asked for more international service and global connectivity, which is what made it so attractive to us and why we’re confident this new route will be a success. Our incredibly positive and welcoming conversations with the airport team, the business development community and tourism partners – combined with all the region has to offer visitors from outside the U.S. – were a clear sign that Cincinnati was the right place to expand our flying in America."

Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, CVG Airport, said: "We are thrilled this day has come when CVG has non-stop service to and from London Heathrow. This flight offers tremendous growth opportunities for business travel, economic development, and tourism between the UK and our region. We are grateful to our partners in Ohio and Kentucky who have supported this flight that will benefit travellers for years to come. I offer a personal thanks to our new friends at British Airways for this opportunity."

Cincinnati, or Cincy as its affectionately abbreviated to, is the place where Midwest friendliness is said to meet with Southern charm. A destination that has a vibrant urban setting opening up to many green spaces and waterways. A fine art scene as well as a rich culture and top-quality food.  

Speaking of food, the Cincinnati region is famous for its Chili where it is done slightly differently. In place of chunks of meat and sizeable beans, you’ll get savoury soupiness and creative accoutrements like spaghetti or hot dogs. In place of an overtly tomato-based sauce, in Cincy you’ll taste hints of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and or even chocolate. 

According to Visit Cincy  some of the best places to sample chilli include:

Blue Ash Chili
9525 Kenwood Rd, Suite 5  or 11711 Princeton Pike

Camp Washington Chili
3005 Colerain Avenue

Gold Star Chili chain of stores.
Various locations.  Also offers a nice veggie menu that is made in small batches using a plant-based BEYOND MEAT product and is gluten-free.

Lucky Dog OTR
1210 Main St.
Fast food place that offers a lot of hot dog / coney-based meals and nice double deckers which are well-filled sandwiches. 

Skyline Chili chain of stores
Various locations.  Fast food for a quick bite that is tasty and reasonably cheap. 

Fine dining in the area....

20 Brix
101 Main St. Milford
This is a popular wine bar and restaurant in historic downtown Milford has a quality menu and a big wine list. The signature crab cake and pan-roasted salmon are said to be must trys!

114 E. 6th St.,
This is said to be a reimagined dining experience where timeless technique & modern decadence come together to delight your culinary curiosity. It may seem a little expensive at first, but the quality is first-class and has a European feel.  

Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar
519 Main St.,Covington.

A friendly bistro that embraces local and sustainable farming methods that populate its menu.  Try the saffron risotto which includes asparagus, peas, mushrooms and parmesan which will tickle the tastebuds or share a board for something a little lighter. It may look small,  but it has an upstairs as well!  Top quality wine list and if you are hungover or tired out, then why not try the alcohol-free 'Painkiller' cocktail


Saturday 3 June 2023

WestJet starts new service between Edmonton and Minneapolis.....

On Friday 2nd June, the Canadian airline WestJet started another new service, this time from Edmonton to Minneapolis, increasing its transborder operations as travel demand increases dramatically.

The new route from Alberta's capital to the Midwest United States and beyond via Minneapolis is part of WestJet's massive increase in transborder capacity this summer, which is up by more than 150%  

"We are thrilled to be celebrating the departure of our third of five inaugural routes from Edmonton today, signifying our expanding commitment to the capital of WestJet's home province," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Commercial Development. "Through our new service connecting Edmonton and Minneapolis, WestJet is doing our part to further enhance the economic success of the communities we serve through the implementation of strategic routes that serve to stimulate vital business and tourism opportunities."

"WestJet has been an important partner for YEG since their inception, more than 27 years ago, and we are proud that our relationship continues to grow and strengthen. We are excited to celebrate their renewed commitment to YEG and welcome this important air service link for our community. This new non-stop route to Minneapolis is an exciting addition to the more than 50 non-stop destinations at YEG and will serve as an important connection for business, tourism and cargo," Myron Keehn, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

WestJet has scheduled five weekly flights on the route this summer, with flights departing Edmonton at 09:45, and landing in Minneapolis at 13:16. The return flight departs at 14:20 and lands back at 16:14 making it convenient for both leisure and business passengers. 

Minneapolis has a lot to offer that you might not expect, things like award-winning chefs, iconic landmarks and vibrant arts, music and culture scenes. There are so many exciting, incredible and unexpected things to enjoy in Minneapolis.

According to Meet Minneapolis,  the innovative food and drink scene is ready to impress all visitors, no matter what your personal preferences are. Whether it’s the famous Jucy Lucy cheese-filled burger at Matt’s, a signature Old Fashioned at Parlour, fine dining at its finest at Spoon and Stable, trying to choose between 18 ethnic restaurants and food vendors at the Midtown Global Market, or two scoops of artisanal ice cream at Milkjam Creamery. And that is just the start. 

Top places to get Brekkie in Minneapolis.....

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Looking for the best breakfast in Minneapolis? Then look no further, here's a little selection to help you fuel up for your day in this exciting city.

Modern Times
Modern Times offers an all-day breakfast served from 9 to 5 daily so you don't really have to rise early for the best in town. There is a strange punk-rock meets with a family-friendly vibe to the place and the menu has plenty of options for pretty much every taste.  They also have a really good vegan menu, just ask the staff. Vegan breakfast burritos and a Southside hash are top quality and popular.

French Meadow Café
French Meadow is a local favourite for breakfast in Minneapolis, which is served every day from  7am to 3pm. It has a big menu of many classics and a good selection of veggie/vegan bites. 

Ideal Diner
This top spot dates back to 1949, it is a historic Northeast landmark and serves a classic homestyle diner breakfast from 6am to 2pm seven days a week. Apparently the diner hasn't changed in over 70 years and is a popular choice for locals, but it is rather small to say the very least. 

The Buttered Tin
The full breakfast menu is available every day from 7am to 3pm, which includes lots of things like cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, cookies and fresh bread.  

Nolo’s Kitchen and Bar
This North Loop cafe / bar offers breakfast 7 days a week from 8am and offers some traditional nosh like scrambled eggs and sweet stuff like French toast with salted caramel butter, or cinnamon crunch. 

Top Bars.....

 Here are five highly regarded bars in Minneapolis: