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MSC Splendida to sail Saudi waters for the first time

MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida to sail Saudi waters for the first time

November 28, 2022 –

Cruise Saudi, Jeddah Islamic Port and Yanbu Commercial Port welcomed MSC Splendida for its inaugural visit to Saudi ports, as part of Cruise Saudi’s third cruise season which runs from November 2022 until May 2023.

MSC Splendida

Following global cruise traditions to celebrate a ship’s inauguration visit to a port, plaque and key exchange ceremonies were held. The first was at Jeddah Islamic Port on Wednesday, November 23, in the presence of MSC Splendida’s captain, Chief Legal and Governmental Affairs Officer at Cruise Saudi, Dr. Hani Gharbawi, and officials from The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani); and the second was held at Yanbu Commercial Port on Thursday, November 24. Throughout this season, the ship will make weekly calls at both Jeddah and Yanbu Ports, on 3, 4 and 7-day cruise itineraries, which also include Egypt and Jordan.

The visits are in line with Cruise Saudi and Mawani’s goals to establish a fully integrated, world-class cruise industry in Saudi – an additional arm to the country’s flourishing tourism industry – and to transform the country into a premier global cruise destination. This season marks Cruise Saudi’s third official season and will welcome 75+ scheduled calls from ships from five global cruise lines.

With a capacity of 4,300 passengers and 1,000+ crew members, MSC Splendida has a myriad of activities and facilities available for guests including four swimming pools, a jogging track, a squash court and gym as well as the MSC Aurea Spa and a sun deck which offers stunning views of the sea.

Dr. Hani Gharbawi commented on the arrival of the ship: “We are pleased to welcome MSC Splendida to Saudi – the fourth ship from MSC Cruises to sail Saudi waters since Cruise Saudi launched the industry less than two years ago. We look forward to welcoming more renowned global cruise ships and passengers to discover and experience Saudi – the newest player in the cruising arena – by land and sea as part of our newly launched season. The country’s breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and historical wonders make it a must-visit destination for travelers – and we are proud to open a new gateway to share Saudi’s story with the rest of the world.”

Cruise Saudi previously welcomed three other MSC cruise ships to sail Saudi waters: MSC Orchestra kicked off the winter season last week, MSC Virtuosa visited earlier this year and MSC Bellissima was the first ship to homeport from Jeddah Islamic Port’s cruise terminal in July 2021.

In addition to MSC Splendida, the following ships are scheduled to call at Saudi ports during the ongoing season: MSC Orchestra, MSC Sinfonia, Silversea Silver Spirit, Residences at Sea’s The World, Viking Neptune, Silversea Silver Cloud and Fred. Olsen Bolette.

Since its launch in January 2021, Cruise Saudi – in conjunction with Mawani and other local and governmental entities – has equipped three ports in Saudi (Jeddah, Yanbu, and Dammam) with the required infrastructure to receive cruise ships. The company has operated two successful seasons in 2021/2022 and welcomed 50,000+ local and international passengers (from 80+ nationalities), ships from four global cruise lines that conducted 70+ sailings.

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Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess Sets Sail With a Season of Mexico and Hawaii Sailings From San Diego

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Diamond Princess Sets Sail With a Season of Mexico and Hawaii Sailings From San Diego

November 22, 2022 –

The newly refurbished Diamond Princess today welcomed guests onboard for its inaugural sailing from its new homeport, San Diego, helping to fuel tourism in the area and support local businesses. The sailing milestone completes the Princess Cruises fleet
“Homeporting Diamond Princess in a destination as remarkable as San Diego and now giving our west coast fans four convenient to drive California departure points to enjoy the Original Love Boat is an outstanding combination,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “Whether you’re looking for four-, five- or seven-day convenient west coast vacations, or vacations that extend to Hawaiian or South Pacific, Princess Cruises has you covered at incredible values.”

Diamond Princess

From November 2022 through February 2023, Diamond Princess is offering a series of new cruise itineraries ranging from five- to 16-days and calling at ports along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast, and the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the ship sails a unique 20-day cruise to Central America, roundtrip from San Diego on November 27.

“The Port of San Diego is proud to welcome the Diamond Princess, its Captain, crew and guests to the Port of San Diego,” said Chairman Dan Malcolm, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “We are also happy to welcome Princess Cruises back as a homeported line, we look forward to a successful cruise season with them, and to many more years of partnership.”

Diamond Princess delivers the ultimate in effortless, personalized cruising featuring the world-class dining and entertainment the cruise line is renowned for, all elevated with the Princess MedallionClass Experience. All Princess ships feature the Princess Medallion® that enables everything from expedited contactless boarding to locating loved ones anywhere on the ship, as well as enhanced service like having whatever guests need, delivered directly to them, wherever they are on the ship. In addition, guests can share their favorite cruise moments using MedallionNet®, as well as stay connected with friends and family back home, work remotely anywhere on the ship, quickly post content and stream favorite movies, and shows.

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Carnival Venezia

Carnival Venezia opens for sales on year-round cruises from New York

Carnival Venezia

Carnival Venezia opens for sales on year-round cruises from New York

November 16, 2022 –

Carnival Cruise Line today opened reservations for the inaugural season of its next new ship, Carnival Venezia™, which will begin sailing year-round from New York City starting June 15, 2023 and will showcase “Carnival Fun Italian Style.” View the sailings now open for sale on Carnival.com.
The ship will offer guests a wide range of sailing options, with 10 different cruise durations and 22 unique itineraries featuring visits to 25 ports across 14 countries.

Carnival Venezia

“Our summer season in New York has been extremely popular, so increasing our offerings with a larger, newer ship that sails year-round provides the opportunity for more guests in the tri-state area and beyond to enjoy the convenience of sailing right from Manhattan,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Venezia will give guests our signature fun, combined with Italian theming, to beautiful destinations from The Bahamas and the Caribbean to Bermuda and Canada.”

Following a 15-day transatlantic Carnival Journeys cruise from Barcelona that departs on May 29, 2023, Carnival Venezia will sail a variety of cruises from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal, and for the summer will alternate between sailing four-, five- six- and eight-day sailings to the Caribbean, Bermuda and ports in Canada and New England, including Halifax and Saint John.

Beginning Sept. 29, 2023, the ship will alternate between operating eight- to 12-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean and The Bahamas, visiting popular destinations like St. Thomas, San Juan and Aruba, along with four of Carnival’s private destinations: Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. In addition, Carnival Venezia’s nine-day cruises will feature Miami as a port of call.

Among the wide range of itineraries to choose from:

Nine-Day sailing to Miami and the Bahamas (10/14/2023) – Miami, Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport, Bahamas
10-day Eastern Caribbean sailing (1/23/2024) – Princess Cays, Bahamas; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico
12-day Southern Caribbean Carnival Journeys sailing (2/11/2024) – Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Maarten
15-day Caribbean Carnival Journeys sailing (9/29/2023) – Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Thomas
Built in 2019 and set to undergo enhancements before entering service, Carnival Venezia will be home to many of the activities and experiences guests enjoy aboard other Carnival ships, including Carnival Waterworks, Piano Bar 88, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, Seafood Shack, Cloud 9 Salon & Spa and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

In 2024, Carnival Cruise Line will welcome a second ‘Carnival Fun Italian Style’ ship, when Carnival Firenze™ joins the fleet, scheduled to sail year-round from Long Beach, Calif.

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MSC World Europa

MSC World Europa introduces the future of cruising

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MSC World Europa introduces the future of cruising

November 14, 2022 –

MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest cruise brand, will host the Naming Ceremony for its newest flagship—MSC World Europa—today at the brand-new Grand Cruise Terminal in Doha, Qatar

MSC World Europa

Together with partner Qatar Airways, the celebrations are part of MSC Cruises’ overall commitment to Qatar, reinforcing its pledge to support the growth of international tourism there as well as the broader Middle East region, where MSC Cruises is brand leader.

MSC World Europa is the most innovative and environmentally advanced cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet. On top of ground-breaking advances in reduction of emissions and energy efficiency, the LNG-powered ship paves the way toward the uptake of carbon-neutral synthetic and other alternative fuels as soon as they are available at scale.

At 22 decks, 215,863 gross tons, 154 feet wide, and featuring more than 430,000 square feet of public space and 2,626 cabins, MSC World Europa is an ultramodern urban metropolis at sea offering a veritable world of experiences while setting a new standard for the cruise industry.

As part of long-standing maritime tradition, Master of the Vessel Captain Marco Massa and distinguished guests from around the world will take part in the official Naming Ceremony for the ship.

Hosted by comedian, producer and entrepreneur Hamad Al Amari, event guests will be treated to performances by local artists, a cutting-edge video-mapping projection onto the ship’s hull, and a huge drone show. International singer-songwriter Matteo Bocelli, presenting his solo work for the first time ever in Doha, will provide the grand finale performance. His new album is due in early 2023 via Capitol Records.

The glamorous night will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display against the stunning Doha skyline and a gourmet gala dinner in the ship’s elegant restaurants.

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COP 27 - World’s Largest Gathering Opens With Degree Of Climate Urgency

COP 27 – World’s Largest Gathering Opens With Degree Of Climate Urgency

COP 27 - World’s Largest Gathering Opens With Degree Of Climate Urgency

COP 27 – World’s Largest Gathering Opens With Degree Of Climate Urgency

07 November 2022

Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt):  World’s largest annual gathering of leaders for the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 opened on Sunday with the key aim of ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Discussions at COP27 begin near the end of a year that has seen devastating floods and unprecedented heat waves, severe droughts and formidable storms, all unequivocal signs of the unfolding climate emergency.

At the same time, millions of people throughout the world are confronting the impact of simultaneous crises in energy, food, water and cost of living, aggravated by severe geopolitical conflicts and tensions.

In this adverse context, some countries have begun to stall or reverse climate policies and doubled down on fossil fuel use.

COP27 is also taking place against the backdrop of inadequate ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, CO2 emissions need to be cut 45 per cent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels to meet the central Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

This is crucial to avoid the worst impact of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.

Climate urgency

A report published by UN Climate Change ahead of COP27 shows that while countries are bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions downward, efforts remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Since COP26 in Glasgow, only 29 of the 194 countries came forward with tightened national plans.

“With the Paris Rulebook essentially concluded thanks to COP26 in Glasgow last year, the litmus test of this and every future COP is how far deliberations are accompanied by action. Everybody, every single day, everywhere in the world, needs to do everything they possibly can to avert the climate crisis,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell.

“COP27 sets out a new direction for a new era of implementation where outcomes from the formal and informal process truly begin to come together to drive greater climate progress — and accountability for that progress,” Stiell added.

In his opening address, the UN Climate Change Executive Secretary asked governments to focus on three critical areas at COP27. The first is a transformational shift to implementation of the Paris Agreement and putting negotiations into concrete actions.

The second is cementing progress on the critical workstreams of mitigation, adaptation, finance and loss and damage, while stepping up finance notably to tackle the impact of climate change.

The third is enhancing the delivery of the principles of transparency and accountability throughout the UN Climate Change process.

The Egyptian COP27 Presidency has set out an ambitious vision for this COP that puts human needs at the heart of the global efforts to address climate change.

The Presidency intends to focus the world’s attention on key elements that address some of the most fundamental needs of people everywhere, including water, food, health and energy security.

Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and COP27 President, said: “We’re gathering this year at a time when global climate action is at a watershed moment. Multilateralism is being challenged by geopolitics, spiralling prices, and growing financial crises, while several countries battered by the pandemic have barely recovered, and severe and depleting climate change-induced disasters are becoming more frequent.”

“COP27 creates a unique opportunity in 2022 for the world to unite, to make multilateralism work by restoring trust and coming together at the highest levels to increase our ambition and action in fighting climate change. COP27 must be remembered as the ‘Implementation COP’ — the one where we restore the grand bargain that is at the centre of the Paris Agreement.”

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has called on member countries to uphold global climate change commitments and take decisive action to tackle the gaps in implementation.

At the summit, the Secretary-General will advocate for ramped-up climate action through more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, national plans and targets.

She will also seek to amplify the shared concerns of the 56 Commonwealth countries, including crucial issues around climate finance, sustainable energy transition, loss and damage, and partnerships and coordinated action.

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Carnival of Barranquilla 2023 – a colorful festival

Carnival of Barranquilla 2023

Carnival of Barranquilla 2023

November 1, 2022 – In Colombia, every year in February the Carnival of Barranquilla takes place. Declared by the UNESCO as a World Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003, the carnival is a meeting place for some of the most emblematic expressions of memory and identity of the people of Barranquilla where more than 140 folk groups, singers and artists come together.

Carnival of Barranquilla 2023

In this four-day celebration there are several street parties, parades, music and dance groups, costume parties and contests.

The Carnival starts with the Battle of the Flowers Parade as a symbolic celebration of the end of the Thousand Days War, adorned by more than 1.5 million flowers, magnolias and carnations; and ends with the “death” of Joselito Carnaval.

He is a symbolic character that represents the joy of this celebration, that after 4 days of feasts without returning home and unable to wake up from being drunk, people decided to put him in a coffin and walk him around town until he wakes up and yells “I was not dead, I was celebrating”. In 2023 the Carnival will take place from February 18th to the 21st. please contact us for more details.
 

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Celebrity Cruise In Sydney

Grand Arrival Of Celebrity Cruise In Sydney

Celebrity Cruise In Sydney

Grand Arrival Of Celebrity Cruise In Sydney

October 31, 2022 –

Celebrity Eclipse’s arrival in Sydney Harbour last week, Celebrity Cruises has returned to Australian waters after an absence of over a thousand days.

Celebrity Cruise In Sydney

In 2022-23, the ship will sail from Australia to New Zealand for a 12-night round voyage, marking the beginning of her season.

This is the first of 17 voyages departing through April. According to President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the sailing represents a watershed event for Celebrity and its team members. They have worked tirelessly to get to this point. “The return to Australia has been long desired, but someday has finally arrived,” she said.

“Returning to this region is another major milestone in the industry’s global revival as we sail into a bright future.” “We’ve been patiently waiting for this moment for so long, and to finally see the freshly painted blue hull of Celebrity Eclipse slice through the waters of Sydney Harbour didn’t disappoint,” said Vice President and Managing Director of Australia & APAC Tim Jones.

“We were one of the last major cruise markets to reopen, and we are extremely proud to be contributing to the tourism industries of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific once more while also restoring the economies of critical coastal communities.”

Since Celebrity Cruises wants to bring Celebrity Edge to the Australian market next year, the return of Eclipse to Australian waters is crucial. Jones continued, saying, “The natural beauty of this area is what sets it apart from the rest, and we can’t wait to welcome a ship that has been specially created to bring its visitors closer to their surroundings.”

Whether you’re flying in from overseas or boarding right outside your door, the Celebrity Edge offers an unparalleled chance to see Australia’s unique landscapes in luxury.

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Ramen Festival in Tokyo – Delicious what’s cooking in Japan

Ramen Festival in Tokyo

Ramen Festival in Tokyo

What’s cooking in Tokyo? Well, Tokyo’s largest ramen event arrives in late October to early November for almost 10 days.

Almost 40 vendors from around Japan will be serving up their unique regional varieties. Only the greatest Ramen shops are qualified to serve their proud Ramen bowls at this event and visitors are sure to find a style that suits them.

Take your pick of the many shyoyu (Japanese soy sauce), tonkotsu (based pork bones), and shio (salt) bowls available – each one is available from 880 JPY. Ramen fans who do not have time to visit their favorites around Japan won’t want to miss this event out.

Ramen Festival in Tokyo

It’s what it says on the bowl — lots and lots of ramen. Entry to the event at Komazawa Olympic Park is free, but tickets that are exchanged for a bowl of ramen cost R123.05 * each. If you’ve ever wondered about all the different styles from around Japan, this is your chance to try them out.

What ingredients should I put in my ramen? Top off your ramen with lots of fun goodies to give your bowl flavor, color, and texture. Here are some fun ideas: sriracha, kimchi, sesame seeds, crumbled bacon, nori (dried seaweed), fresh herbs (cilantro, Thai basil, chives), a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, crushed chiles, furikake, or a wedge of lime.

What are the different styles of Ramen?
If you’ve ever had the privilege of slurping up real-deal Ramen, then you’ve been exposed to the various types. The menus are always full of options and the differences in tastes and broth-textures are notable. When you decide to make your homemade Ramen bowls, you might want to check out different varieties for some inspiration! Here are some of the most popular types:

Shoyu
This is the most common style of Ramen. Shoyu is the Japanese word for soy sauce, and that’s exactly what’s simmered into the base of this broth. The result is a light-bodied broth that is brown and clear, unlike the more milky and opaque tonkatsu broth. Intrigued? Check out my recipe for Spicy Shoyu Ramen.

Shio
Another light broth—in both body and flavor—is shio, which means salt. This simple broth is golden in color and is made up of chicken or fish bones.

Miso
If you’ve had miso soup, then you’re familiar with this cloudy and complex broth. Made with fermented soy bean paste, miso can be white or red in color. The broth is packed with umami and feels thicker on the palate than the lighter broths used for shio or shoyu broths. If this sounds good to you, check out my Miso Ramen.

What is Ramen?
You’ve certainly heard people joke about Ramen being a food staple for broke college students. But today, Ramen joints are popping up in Western cities everywhere, attracting even the haughtiest of food snobs. So, what the heck is it—a meal for cheapskates or nosh for the posh? Both, really.

Traditionally, Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup made with a rich-flavored broth, then topped with an assortment of meats, vegetables, and a soft-boiled egg. In Japan, Ramen is dubbed a fast food and it’s made available in tiny restaurants and late-night street carts.

But no matter where you’re slurping your Ramen, whether it be in a shoddy college dorm or that chic new Ramen bar in town, comfort is the name of the game with this coveted soup. 

If you’ve never tried Ramen here’s your chance – travel to Japan

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FIFA World Cup Qatar

New attractions, hotels and resorts opening in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

FIFA World Cup Qatar

New attractions, hotels and resorts opening in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

October 25, 2022 –

With one month to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar Tourism has revealed new tourism attractions, hotels and resorts that will be open for fans to enjoy during the tournament. This unprecedented year of development represents a major milestone in Qatar’s emergence as a tourist destination, with the country seeking to welcome six million visitors a year by 2030.

FIFA World Cup Qatar

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “2022 has been an extraordinary year in Qatar with so many major new hotel and tourism openings. From shopping malls to beach clubs, museums to theme parks, there are now activities and experiences in Qatar for every type of traveller, from every nation, and to suit every budget. With more than one million fans expected to visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, we’re proud to be able to offer a true breadth of experiences and entertainment beyond our stadiums, fan festivals and matches.”

NEW QATAR ATTRACTIONS, HOTELS AND RESORTS:

Entertainment

Al Maha Island

Set to launch next month, Al Maha Island will feature six high-end restaurants including Zuma, LPM, Billionaire and Carbone, as well as other eateries and attractions such as Nammos Qatar beach club and Lusail Winter Wonderland. The island also features Al Maha Drive, a unique driveway experience reserved only for supercars and classic cars.

Lusail Winter Wonderland

In contrast to the icy cold temperatures that greet visitors at the famous London Hyde Park location, visitors to Lusail Winter Wonderland will be able to relax on the beach in the sun while enjoying festive games, rides, live entertainment and delicious food and drink. Lusail Winter Wonderland will launch at the beginning of November 2022, bringing winter magic to the Middle East.

Lusail Boulevard

Located in the heart of Lusail, this dynamic and diverse shopping, commercial and residential area is set to become the Champs-Élysées of the Middle East, with the open-air, climate-controlled boulevard offering a vast range of experiences. Lusail Boulevard is set to open in time for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – with an opening weekend scheduled for November 3-5, 2022.

Qetaifan Island North

Conceived as an entertainment hub, Qetaifan Island North will feature luxurious hotels, beach clubs, gardens, pedestrian-friendly streets, distinct neighbourhoods and a waterpark with 36 rides that will set to open in 2023. Guests will experience an adrenaline rush at “The Icon Tower” zone in the waterpark, which features an 85-metre-high slide set to become the highest in the world. Qetaifan Island North will launch before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ .

Corinthia Yacht Club

Located on the glittering waters of Porto Arabia in The Pearl-Qatar, the architecture of this stunning building is designed to echo the billowing sails of traditional Qatari dhows. The private club, set to open before the end of 2022, will offer exclusive membership for yacht owners and residents by invitation only.

West Walk

Located in the heart of Al Waab, West Walk is Doha’s latest urban lifestyle community. Scheduled to open before the end of the year, the district is tailored to the needs of modern living and fuses residential, retail and leisure spaces to provide the perfect live-work-play experience. West Walk also features a one-of-a-kind pedestrian promenade with innovative outdoor cooling technology.

Beaches & beach clubs

West Bay North Beach Project

Early November will see the highly anticipated launch of Qatar Tourism’s West Bay North Beach Project, with the initial launch comprising three new beaches in the heart of Doha:

West Bay Beach

An affordable public beach where diverse amenities will include a food court, fan zone and beach volleyball court.

B12 Beach Club Doha

A family-friendly beach club with a breadth of amenities including 600 sun loungers, a restaurant, retail shops and a children’s playground.

DOHASANDS Beach Club

The stylish club will feature a buzzing concert stage, quick-service food and beverage outlets, retail offerings and 1,000 sun loungers for visitors keen to enjoy the sunshine.

974 Beach Club

Located next to the iconic 974 Stadium, this beach club will feature a five-star beachside experience: think private bungalows, water-based activities, beach sports, luxury retail outlets, food and beverage kiosks, a big screen, live DJ sets and other cultural activities.

La Mar Beach Club

Recently opened in October, this luxury beach lounge in the InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa overlooks unparalleled views of the West Bay skyline. Guests can dip in azure waters while enjoying chic cabanas, sunbeds, private loungers and a twist on the well-loved La Mar restaurant menu.

Makani Beach Club

Also newly opened in October, The Four Seasons Hotel Doha’s new lively seafront lounge brings Southern Mediterranean elegance in a chilled setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Club-goers can expect light bites, ocean views and DJ entertainment.

Arts & Culture

Museum of Islamic Art (re-opening)

Qatar’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) reopened to the public on 5 October 2022 following a year-long facilities enhancement project. The reimagination of its permanent collection of over 1,000 objects will create a new visitor-focused layout and storyline, allowing the museum to showcase its world-renowned exhibits as never before. Aimed at families with children, the new galleries at MIA include hands-on experiences and activities.

Shopping

Printemps Doha

Launching for the first time outside of France, the prestigious Parisian department store Printemps will combine new technologies and an immersive physical experience to offer over 600 brands – 200 exclusive in Qatar. Printemps will be the only department store in Qatar to house all the iconic Maisons under one roof: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Valentino, Balmain, Pinel et Pinel and more. Set to be the largest luxury department store in the region, Printemps will open its doors in Doha Oasis over the coming weeks.

Hotels and resorts

Fuwairit Kite Beach

Fuwairit Kite Beach, which celebrated its official opening earlier in October, is nestled along a natural lagoon an easy hour drive north of Doha. With excellent kitesurfing conditions, the state-of-the-art resort has found a perfect home thanks to the consistent winds, ideal ocean conditions and powder-soft sands.

The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island

This exclusive island getaway in the heart of Porto Arabia opened in October. The hotel offers bespoke services and exquisite culinary offerings on a Mediterranean-styled island.

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha has inherited a location with a prestigious history; since 1973 and until now, the site was home to the landmark Gulf Hotel. The building has undergone a grand refurbishment to accommodate this new all-inclusive venture by Rixos Hotels, in partnership with Accor and Katara Hospitality, which will consist of 350 rooms and suites and seven dining outlets. The hotel will be open at the end of October.

The Outpost Al Barari

The first of its kind accommodation in Qatar, The Outpost Al Barari is situated in the stunning Inland Sea nature reserve and is surrounded by soaring sand dunes and desert wilderness. The resort offers 21 luxury lodges with private pools that will integrate close-to-nature experiences, sustainability and luxury hospitality. This unique desert experience will be open during November 2022.

Rixos Qetaifan Island North Doha

Opening before the end of the year, this resort will surround the island’s main attraction: a state-of-the-art waterpark. A traditional Turkish hammam and luxurious treatment rooms will also be on offer, alongside an exclusive sports club for active travellers and the Rixy Kids Club to keep every child entertained.

Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay

Currently in the final phases of construction, this hotel will open by the end of the year in the heart of the capital’s Diplomatic Area. The 44-story tower will boast art-deco inspired rooms, a rooftop indoor pool and extensive culinary options created by Michelin-starred chefs.

Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail

The sprawling resort is located in the heart of Lusail and boasts a pristine private sand beach. Opening was on October 18, 2022 and it will offer a selection of fun activities for both adults and children, from water slides to surfing, alongside 461 rooms, a fitness centre, spa and offices.

The Ned Doha

One of London and New York’s most exclusive hotels and private members’ clubs, The Ned will open in Doha this November. Set inside the former Ministry of Interior building along the Doha Corniche, The Ned Doha will be home to 90 rooms and 12 suites, seven restaurants, a gym, spa and 30-metre outdoor pool.

The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort

Nestled in the heart of Katara Cultural Village and surrounded by lavish gardens, this property will open in November with luxury rooms and 32 regal villas – all designed with an elegant blend of Mughal and Ottoman aesthetic.

Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha

Each of these luxury hotels will face one another in two grand towers, which combine to represent the two scimitar swords on Qatar’s national seal. Fairmont Doha will be inspired by mega-yacht design and a soaring lobby will house the world’s tallest chandelier, whereas Raffles Doha will be a suite-only property with a legendary butler service. Select dining and event spaces will be accessible during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Rosewood Doha

Located in two stunning towers inspired by Qatar’s coral reefs, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences Doha will open before the end of the year and consist of a luxury hotel, apartments, spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Katara Hills LXR Hotels

Inspired by Scandinavian architectural style and created with environment-friendly materials, 15 luxury villas will offer a private and peaceful escape from the city in the green paradise of Katara Hills. Set to open this November.

DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown

Just 10 minutes from the city centre and near to many of Qatar’s most popular attractions, this hotel opened in October and features over 250 spacious serviced apartments.

The new attractions build on a wave of new openings for visitors throughout 2022. March witnessed the opening of 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, the world’s most sophisticated modern museum dedicated to sport. The following month the extravagant shopping mall Place Vendôme opened its doors, featuring over 500 stores and an entertaining dancing fountain display. The Le Royal Méridien Doha hotel was then blended seamlessly into the new French-inspired mall this summer.

This year also saw other hotel openings such as the region’s largest wellness resort: Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som. This pioneering destination on the northern tip of Qatar blends traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine to create immersive health and lifestyle resets, along with family-focused wellness journeys. Pullman Doha West Bay then opened in August, set in a stunning high-rise modern tower, and conveniently situated in Doha’s West Bay district.

In 2021 there were lots of other exciting openings. The theme park Quest Doha launched with over 30 rides including the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster, and the world’s tallest indoor shot & drop tower. The luxury five-star Banyan Tree Doha opened with five opulent dining options and a Rainforest Hydrotherapy spa. The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas also opened its doors with 3.5km of picturesque private beaches, and the Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East, opened with 28 slides and rides.

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Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean reveals Icon of the Seas

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean reveals Icon of the Seas

October 21, 2022 –

A new era of vacations starts here. Royal Caribbean International has revealed the first look at the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas, the Icon of Vacations. Arriving in late 2023 ahead of its January 2024 debut, the first Icon Class ship will be the travel industry’s first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation.

Royal Caribbean

From the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure, with Icon, every kind of family and adventurer can experience their version of the ultimate family vacation. Vacationers can book their iconic adventure on Royal Caribbean’s website on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Crown & Anchor loyalty members can look out for special access on Monday, Oct. 24.

“With each new ship, we raise the bar in the travel industry while enhancing what our guests know and love,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “From the moment they step on board, every experience is specifically designed to give them the best vacation anywhere on land and at sea. With Icon of the Seas, we’ve taken this to a new level and made the ultimate family vacation.”

Whether “family vacation” means getting away as a family, couple or friends, Icon’s all-encompassing lineup features a variety of firsts and next-level favorites for everyone. There are adrenaline-pumping thrills, including the largest waterpark at sea, and unrivaled ways to chill with more ocean views and pools – one for each day of the week – than ever before, plus a blend of more than 40 new and returning dining, bar and nightlife options, and cutting-edge entertainment.

“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable experiences and our next bold commitment to those who love to vacation,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Now more than ever, families and friends are prioritizing experiences where they can bond and enjoy their own adventures. We set out to create a vacation that makes all that possible in one place for the thrill-seekers, the chill enthusiasts and everyone in between, without compromise. It’s this first-of-its-kind combination that makes Icon the future of family vacations, and that future is here.”

Royal Caribbean begins to spotlight what’s in store with the first look at eight neighborhoods that come alive day and night, including five brand-new adventures and three bold, returning favorites. Each one is a destination in and of itself filled with an array of experiences, live entertainment and ways to grab a bite and a drink, so that everyone can make memories their way every day.

Ways to Play Across Five New Neighborhoods

Thrill Island – Vacationers can test their limits, scale new heights and reach top speeds at the center of thrill. This lost island adventure is home to highlights like Category 6, the largest waterpark at sea, with six record-breaking slides: Pressure Drop and its 66-degree incline make it the industry’s first open free-fall slide; the 46-foot-tall Frightening Bolt, the tallest drop slide at sea; Storm Surge and Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slides at sea with four riders per raft; and Storm Chasers, cruising’s first mat-racing duo. Living on the edge takes new meaning with Crown’s Edge. Part skywalk, part ropes course and part thrill ride, it culminates in a surprising, shocking moment that will see travelers swing 154 feet above the ocean.
Chill Island – Among the seven pools on board, four are in this three-deck slice of paradise. There’s a pool for every mood, each with prime ocean views: the vibrant Swim & Tonic, the line’s first swim-up bar at sea; Royal Bay Pool, the largest pool at sea; Cloud 17, an adults-only retreat; and the serene, infinity-edge Cove Pool. Plus, The Lime & Coconut returns with four locations, including Royal Caribbean’s first frozen cocktail bar.
Surfside – Introducing a neighborhood made for young families from end to end, where adults and kids ages six and under will want to stay and play all day. Grownups can soak up the endless views at Water’s Edge pool, as they keep an eye on the kids at Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay. Only steps away are dining options, places to lounge, a bar, the signature carousel, an arcade, Adventure Ocean, and Social020 for teens.
The Hideaway – Tucked away, this neighborhood 135 feet above the ocean combines the good vibes of beach club scenes around the world and the uninterrupted ocean views only a cruise can offer. The first suspended infinity pool at sea is at the center of it all, and it’s surrounded by a multilevel sun terrace with whirlpools, a variety of seating and a dedicated bar.

AquaDome – Perched at the top of Icon, what’s in store is a transformational place unlike any other. In a tranquil oasis by day, guests can take in wraparound ocean views and an awe-inspiring waterfall as they enjoy a bite or drink. By night, it becomes a vibrant place great for a night out, complete with restaurants, bars and the cruise line’s marquee aqua shows at the next-level AquaTheater. The signature entertainment venue takes artistry and cutting-edge technology to new heights, with a transforming pool, four robotic arms, state-of-the-art projection and more.
Ways to Play Across Three Familiar Neighborhoods and Favorites

The cruise line has raised the bar even further with each of its signature neighborhoods: A grander Royal Promenade features its first floor-to-ceiling ocean views, plus more than 15 restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges; a more lush and livelier Central Park has more ways to dine and be entertained; and the largest Suite Neighborhood is three decks of luxury, offering a multilevel suite sun deck – The Grove – that has a private pool, whirlpool and dining, and a two-story Coastal Kitchen. More returning favorites include experiences like new takes on mini golf at Lost Dunes, rock climbing at Adrenaline Peak, and Absolute Zero, Royal Caribbean’s largest ice arena, and dining venues such as Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar on the Royal Promenade and the Asian-inspired Izumi in Central Park.

With 28 ways to stay, even the rooms are thoughtfully designed for every type of vacationer. It’s come one, come all with more choices, ocean views and room. There are new layouts made for families of three, four, five and more, like the Family Infinite Balcony and Surfside Family Suite – with kids alcoves tucked away from the adults – and the three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse, complete with its own white picket fence and mailbox. When it comes to views, among the best are from the brand’s first Sunset Corner Suites and Panoramic Ocean Views in AquaDome.

The debut of Icon Class will also mark firsts and the next step in Royal Caribbean’s journey toward a clean-energy future. Icon will be the cruise line’s first ship with fuel cell technology and powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest-burning marine fuel. Along with other proven applications, such as shore power connection and waste heat recovery systems, the new ship will be the cruise line’s most sustainable to date.

The bold, new standard of vacations also extends to the home away from home for those at the heart of Icon – the crew. Where they live and work has been reimagined with more intuitive design, amenities, room and activities, including a new, patented stateroom created by crew for crew.

Icon will sail year-round, 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami. Every cruise will visit Royal Caribbean’s top-rated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas, where adventurers can create their ideal vacation day. In store is everything thrill and chill, from Thrill Waterpark’s 13 waterslides, including the tallest in North America; to Coco Beach Club, featuring the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas; and Up, Up & Away, a helium balloon adventure. When Icon arrives, the cruise line will debut the island’s adults-only oasis, Hideaway Beach, with an expansive pool, private cabanas with pools, and unmatched views of the ocean hues. Vacationers will also visit Caribbean gems like Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Roatan, Honduras.

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Azamara Cruise

Azamara Cruise Announces Its Return to Venice in 2023

Azamara Cruise

Azamara Cruise Announces Its Return to Venice in 2023

October 18, 2022 –

Azamara – the upmarket cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences – is pleased to announce the cruise line’s return to Venice, beginning April 3, 2023, as part of Azamara Journey’s® 12-Night The Best of The Med Voyage.

Azamara Cruise

Starting next spring, the line’s four-ship fleet will access the Venetian Lagoon ports of Chioggia and Fusina, allowing guests a more seamless opportunity to marvel at gondolas, stroll the cobblestone streets, and explore Venice with ease.

“Thanks to our longstanding relationship with the local officials and port authorities of Venice, we’re thrilled to not only bring our guests back to this historic canal city, but also to allow them to discover the wonders of neighboring towns such as Chioggia, which only smaller ships can visit,” said Mike Pawlus, Azamara’s Director of Strategic Itinerary & Destination Planning. “We look forward to once again immersing our guests in the rich local culture and amazing historical sites that the destination has to offer.”

In addition to gaining easy access to the heart of Venice, Azamara’s continued pursuit of hidden gems brings guests the unique opportunity to explore Chioggia, which has recently experienced a rise in tourism thanks to the flourishing of bacari, bars serving wine and finger food along the central canal, Riva Vena. Travelers can enjoy the city’s charming canals, historic churches, beautiful sandy beach, and undiscovered scenery.

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Ritz Carlton Luxury Yacht Evrima

Ritz Carlton Luxury Yacht Evrima To Set Sail

Ritz Carlton Luxury Yacht Evrima

Ritz Carlton Luxury Yacht Evrima To Set Sail

October 17, 2022 –

The long-awaited Evrima of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will officially begin operations this week, with the first guests welcomed on board in Barcelona on Saturday.

Ritz Carlton Luxury Yacht Evrima

The 298-passenger yacht was initially scheduled to debut in June 2020; however, it was delayed owing to severe building delays at its Spanish shipyard, followed by several deferrals due to the subsequent onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Douglas Prothero stated that the line’s staff would “create history as we reinvent the ultra-luxury experience at sea,” telling Bloomberg that the ship was fully booked by Ritz-Carlton enthusiasts, many of whom had never cruised before.

Calls to the Greek Isles, Balearic Islands, and French Riviera are among the Mediterranean destinations. The routes will feature 14 ports, including Seville, Spain; Sardinia, Italy; Syros, Greece; Trogir, Croatia, and others, and overnights in Casablanca, Morocco; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Portofino, Italy, among others.

Most cruises last seven to eleven nights. Throughout the tour, passengers enjoy private, yacht-style itineraries and a slow sailing pace, immersing themselves in the region’s rich cultures, local cuisines, and natural beauty.

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MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises offers football fans new accommodation opportunity

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises offers football fans new accommodation opportunity

October 14, 2022 –

MSC Cruises announced today (10 October 2022) that MSC Opera will become a cruise ship hotel in Doha working in cooperation with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. The ship will be berthed ready to welcome visitors in the port from 19 November through to 19 December and will join MSC World Europa and MSC Poesia during this period.

MSC Cruises

This new accommodation opportunity for football fans and visitors to Doha can be booked for a minimum of two nights through MSC Cruises or through a preferred travel agent.

MSC Opera offers elegant comfort and unique hospitality with a variety of lounges and entertainment venues including the glamourous La Cabala Piano Lounge, the magnificent Teatro dell ‘Opera theatre for evening entertainment, a range of restaurants, a spa, gym, swimming pools and whirlpools located throughout the ship’s nine decks.

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Trail World Cup

Madeira Hosts the final of the Trail World Cup

Trail World Cup

Madeira Hosts the final of the Trail World Cup

October 13, 2022 –

After 6 thrilling legs in Europe and the United States, the world’s best trail runners head to Madeira for the last week in October for the Madeira Ocean & Trails Stage Race, the final of the Golden Trail Series.

Trail World Cup

From 26th to 31st October on the island of Madeira, the top 30 men and top 30 women in the general rankings will race at the Madeira Ocean&Trails, the grand final of the Golden Trail Series after the season’s six legs. One final 5-stage test where these athletes can earn precious points to win the title of the planet’s best trail runner. The route for the stages in this final has been specifically designed for the occasion and will take in the Portuguese island’s most beautiful paths and trails. As well as the stage rankings, every day the runners will be able to generate their fastest times for the “uphill”, “downhill” and “sprint” sections and, at the end of the week, rankings will celebrate the best runners in these sections. Prizes will be awarded daily, recognising the athletes’ performances and representing a total of 178,500 euros over the entire final.

An open category and national teams

The open race is for everyone in parallel to the ELITE rankings! The best men and women in each national series (GTNS) have been invited to take part in this final in the OPEN category. The first five will win prize money and the top 3 men and top 3 women in the OPEN category will win a Golden Ticket for an invitation to three races in the 2023 GTWS. As well as running for themselves in this final, these athletes will also defend their national colours as there will be a ranking by national team. Which GTNS will win the world’s best national series? Find out on 30th October!

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TBEX Asia 2022

Thailand is ready to host TBEX Asia 2022

TBEX Asia 2022

Thailand is ready to host TBEX Asia 2022

October 10, 2022 –

Thailand is ready to welcome world’s travel bloggers, content creators, and influencers from around the world to TBEX Asia 2022, which will take place on the beautiful island of Phuket and the surrounding provinces from 15-18 November, 2022, with the theme “Diversity of the South: Phuket and Beyond”.
The staging of TBEX Asia 2022 follows Thailand’s full reopening to international tourism with travellers to the kingdom no longer having to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results, and being able to enjoy a longer length of stay, effective from 1 October, 2022.

TBEX Asia 2022

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said “TBEX Asia 2022 is a fantastic opportunity for travel bloggers and influencers the world over to reconnect in person post-pandemic and see some of the wonderful travel experiences – existing and new – on offer in Thailand. The kingdom is again welcoming visitors with open arms with the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign.”

The TBEX Asia 2022 theme reflects precious art, cultural diversity, a variety of destinations and activities, and the Southern Thailand lifestyle, particularly that of Phuket.

This is the second time Thailand is hosting the TBEX, having hosted the first Asian edition of the show in 2015 in Bangkok, which drew nearly 700 participants from around the world and generated resulting exposure to over 142 million people.

The spectacular main venue for TBEX Asia 2022 is Angsana Laguna Phuket, which is part of Asia’s first integrated resort Laguna Phuket on beautiful Bang Tao Bay.

The event programme for the four days of 15-18 November comprises a variety of Pre-BEX tour programmes and the conference itself, including a workshop, keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and speed networking.

On 19 November, the various 2-night/3-day fam trips to destinations beyond Phuket will begin – these being to Songkhla and Phatthalung, Krabi, Phang-nga, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Lampang.

Registration to TBEX Asia 2022 for content creators (producers of blogs, videos, podcasts, and traditional media) and DMOs, tour operators, hoteliers, OTAs, travel brands, and PR and marketing suppliers, can be done at www.tbexcon.com/Asia-2022.

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capital of culture 2023

Bergamo Brescia Italian capital of culture 2023

capital of culture 2023

Bergamo Brescia Italian capital of culture 2023

October 05, 2022 –

The Italian Capital of Culture initiative launched in 2014 promotes the appreciation of Italian cultural heritage with projects and activities. For first time, two cities have come together as the Italian Capital of Culture in acknowledgement of the cultural vibrancy that emerged during the pandemic.

Capital of culture 2023

This extraordinary project is supported by leading Italian companies – Intesa Sanpaolo and A2A as Main Partners, Brembo as System Partner – and institutional partners such as the Italian Culture Ministry and the Fondazione Cariplo.
Changing a territory through culture. The Bergamo and Brescia initiative will kick off a wide-ranging project to tackle contemporary challenges focused on culture, sustainability, enhancement of the artist heritage, welfare and innovation. Italian Capital of Culture 2023 has a packed programme of 100 major projects and another 500 initiatives, the work of many organisations through a network of joint planning.

It begins with a magnificent inaugural ceremony on the 21st and 22nd of January, 2023 and continues all year with events linked to music, theatre, art and much more. The Festival of Lights will get the ball rolling: Brescia (10-19 February) and Bergamo (17-26 February) will become open-air art galleries, featuring prestigious national and international artists.

The campaign to draw in an international public will unveil an unexpected face of Italy, breaking out of the “information bubble”: Bergamo and Brescia are less well-known destinations than the main Italian cities popular with foreign visitors but art, centuries-old tradition, innovation, majestic natural landscapes, historical monuments, food, wine and much more can all be found there.

“Bergamo and Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023,” said Bergamo’s Mayor, Giorgio Gori, “is a joint approach to the challenge our two cities wanted to tackle at a historic time of great change. Culture, as well as being an essential lever for attracting tourism, is vital for the improvement of the life of our communities.”

Brescia’s Mayor, Emilio Del Bono, commented: “As Italian Capital of Culture 2023, Bergamo and Brescia are renewing their production system and cultural offer at all levels, cooperating with associations and businesses, preserving and augmenting the heritage, attracting tourists and creating new opportunities for development and training.”

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart will return to Las Vegas in 2023 for 13 shows

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart will return to Las Vegas in 2023 for 13 shows

October 04, 2022 –

Legendary Rockstar Rod Stewart will return to Las Vegas in 2023 for 13 shows of his acclaimed residency “Rod Stewart: The Hits.”, presented in partnership by Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation Las Vegas, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” will perform select dates May 3 – 15 and Nov. 10 – 22, 2023.

Rod Stewart

For more than 10 years, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has delivered an arena-sized concert in an intimate concert experience that’s exclusive to Las Vegas audiences, with no seat more than 145 feet from his majestic stage. Featuring chart-topping hits spanning Stewart’s unparalleled over five-decade career, the production remains one of the best-reviewed and must-see shows on the Las Vegas Strip. The hits-packed setlist includes songs like, “You Wear It Well,” “Maggie May,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Every Picture Tells A Story,” “Infatuation,” and “Forever Young.”

The 2023 concerts going on sale are:

May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15
November: 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22

Fan club presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. PT. Citi is the official card of “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. PT through the Citi Entertainment progam. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale running Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. PT.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com/rodstewartvegas. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with over 250 million records and singles sold worldwide. His signature voice, style and songwriting have transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, and even the Great American Songbook; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his career. He’s earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, Grammy™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity. For more information visit RodStewart.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Since its premiere in August of 2011, “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” has remained one of the best-reviewed and must-see shows on the Las Vegas Strip.

“An unabashed hit dispenser in concert.” “He’s a veritable one-man stroll through pop-music history.”—USA Today

“Stewart is one of rock’s great survivors and ambassadors of music.”—Forbes

“One of “Las Vegas’ must-see musical events on right now. An on-your-feet, sing-along experience … as Stewart lives up to the show’s title (Rod Stewart – The Hits) with a stacked performance of his singles.”—Billboard

“… he remains one of the foremost interpreters of songs and one of the all-time great rock singers.”—Rolling Stone

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FITUR 2023

Great expectations and optimism ahead of FITUR 2023

FITUR 2023

Great expectations and optimism ahead of FITUR 2023

October 03, 2022 –

The 43rd edition of the International Tourism Fair will take place from 18 to 22 January 2023. Organisers are looking towards this upcoming edition with a very positive outlook, backed by the acceleration of tourism activity and the resilience developed in its past editions with the significant institutional and sectorial endorsement.

FITUR 2023

Guatemala will be the partner country at one of the most important editions of FITUR, where it will boost its brand image on international markets.

IFEMA MADRID brings together the world’s tourism industry, from 18 to 22 January 2023, in what will be one of the greatest editions of FITUR 2023. The increase in global tourism activity puts the industry on the road to recovery and opens a scenario of very positive expectations.

The marketing process for FITUR 2023 is currently underway, inviting destinations, companies and institutions from all over the world to participate in an edition focused on strengthening reactivation, as well as generating business and opportunities.

FITUR, one of the leading international tourism trade fairs and the most important in its role as a hub for Latin America, is already working on the configuration of a top-level global event, reaffirming its role as the largest business platform for the sector, bringing together the best tools and an entire offer aimed at showing professionals the latest trends, with a special focus on sustainability and innovation.

FITUR 2023’s offer will be strongly marked by specialisation, represented throughout its different sections, such as: FITUR KNOW-HOW & EXPORT, focused on internationalisation; FITURTECHY, with cutting-edge topics such as big data and artificial intelligence; FITUR TALENT, with an emphasis on professional training in the tourism industry; FITUR SCREEN, which will address the link between tourism and audiovisual equipment; FITUR LGBT+, focusing on destination diversity and the LGBT segment; FITUR CRUISES, dedicated to the cruise industry; FITUR MICE, a meeting point for meetings tourism; and FITUR NEXT, promoting sustainability. Other relevant sections include FITUR WOMAN and FITUR LINGUA. FITUR will also continue its hybridisation formula through FITUR LIVEConnect.

“Guatemala. Amazing and unstoppable”, will be the Partner Country FITUR 2023

According to the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) joining forces with FITUR, as a Partner Country, constitutes a broad international platform that will showcase Guatemala as amazing and unstoppable, in line with its objective of positioning the country’s main tourist attractions at a global level.

The Managing Director of IFEMA, Juan Arrizabalaga, has underlined that “For FITUR, establishing this strategic alliance with Guatemala is especially important, as it helps boost its recognition as a preferential destination and its positioning as a tourist destination. We are very much looking forward to working together and joining forces for FITUR 2023”.

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World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

Mallorca prepares to host World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2022

World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

Mallorca prepares to host World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2022

Spetember 30, 2022 –

Mallorca is making final preparations as it steps up to host the World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Gala Ceremony 2022 on 1 October.

World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

The leading travel industry figureheads from across the continent are attending the red-carpet gala reception at Hilton Mallorca Galatzo. The evening will mark WTA’s inaugural ceremony to be staged in the Balearic Islands.
The newly-opened 208-room Hilton Mallorca Galatzo is the latest hotel to join Hilton’s growing portfolio of properties in Spain. Set out over 50,000sqm of gardens with stunning Balearic views, the property has three swimming pools, two pool bars, plus a variety of culinary options and a 1,500sqm spa and wellness centre.
Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, says: “We are honoured to host our Europe Gala Ceremony 2022 at the magnificent Hilton Mallorca Galatzo, and what will also mark our first ceremony to be held in the beautiful Balearic Islands.”

He adds: “WTA has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 29 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for recognising excellence in travel and tourism. I am delighted that so many senior industry figures will be attending what promises to be a fabulous evening, acknowledging those organisations leading Europe’s tourism recovery.”

Hilton Mallorca Galatzo is ideal to access many of the island’s best attractions, including the beaches of Paguera, whilst world-class golf courses such as Santa Ponsa and T Golf, Mallorca’s capital city Palma and Palma de Mallorca Airport are all nearby.

Joachim Hartl, Area General Manager Iberian Peninsula says: “We are delighted to welcome the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony to Mallorca – back with Hilton on the island with a magnificent resort – showcasing Hilton Hospitality and the real Hilton Wow Effect inside our Making Moments Programme.”

On the coast of one of Spain’s most esteemed island destinations, the elegant hilltop Hilton Mallorca Galatzo features 208 contemporary rooms and suites, all with private balconies. Guests will enjoy a transformative journey of the senses, with authentic island architecture and dining venues offering a range of local delicacies.

Eat, drink or relax in the resort’s expansive 50,000 sqm of greenery whilst taking in Balearic coastal views, or enjoy the abundance of activities on our doorstep, from a hike or cycle up the Galatzo Mountain. From a refreshing cocktail in the pool bar, to a game of tennis or a spa treatment, guests have no shortage of options to relax and rejuvenate. Meanwhile, beautiful meeting and event spaces provide idyllic venues for unforgettable celebrations or tailored corporate events with breathtaking sea views.

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Munich’s Oktoberfest Is Underway for the First Time in 2 Years

Munich’s Oktoberfest Is Underway for the First Time in 2 Years

Munich’s Oktoberfest Is Underway for the First Time in 2 Years

September 22, 2022 

Oktoberfest is officially underway after Munich’s mayor tapped the first keg over the weekend. 

Mayor Dieter Reiter hammered a keg three times, tapping it to the tune of a celebratory countdown on Saturday to officially welcome the festival back for the first time since before the pandemic. The 187th Oktoberfest will take place through Oct. 3 without any pandemic-era restrictions in place.

This momentous Oktoberfest is being celebrated after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reiter told The Associated Press on Saturday the decision to bring the festivities back “was a good decision.”

“I’m glad that we can finally celebrate together,” Bavarian governor Markus Soeder told the wire service. “There are many who say, ‘Can we, can we not? Is it appropriate now?’ I just want to say one thing: We have two or three difficult years behind us, no one knows exactly what this winter will be like, and we need joie de vivre and strength.”

Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese. In addition to the beer, visitors this year will be treated to historical rides at the Oide Wiesn, which was initially intended to be a one-off event in 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, but proved so popular it became a tradition in itself.

In past years, Oktoberfest has typically drawn about 6 million visitors per year.

In June, Germany dropped all COVID-19-related travel restrictions, eliminating the need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test, or proof of recovery to enter, according to the German Missions in the United States.

Travelers who head to the country can experience so much more than its beer with Germany’s gorgeous forests, picturesque small towns, and cool upside-down railway. As a bonus: Germany is the best place in the world to work remotely from due to its cybersecurity, economic, and social conditions (and the beer doesn’t hurt).

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