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37.5% to its GDP and will support over 750,000 jobs by 2020
Latest Oxford Economics Report examines continued impact of
aviation sector on Dubaiâs economy and projects continued growth beyond
Emirates airline, Dubai Airports and the aviation sector as
a whole contributed $26.7 billion to the Dubai economy in 2013, which was
almost 27% of Dubaiâs GDP and supported a total of 416,500 jobs accounting for
21% of the emiratesâ total employment. These figures were based on the latest
report âQuantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubaiâ conducted by
global research firm, Oxford Economics, as a follow-up to a 2011 study done by
the same firm.
The objective of the report was to quantify the economic
impact of the aviation sector and its subsequent Dubai-based supply chain. In
addition, the report explains the benefits that aviation brought to Dubaiâs
economy in 2013 in terms of gross value added (GVA)** and employment, and
provides forecasts for the sector and its knock-on effects in 2020 and 2030.
The report re-affirms aviationâs growing significance as a
major engine of economic development, and its far-reaching contributions to
other industries as a catalyst for a spectrum of economic activity.
âDubaiâs success stems from a clear vision, careful
planning, and collaborative execution. It is no accident that we are a global
aviation hub today. It has taken us years to build up the critical competencies
and infrastructure that we have today, and we now have a solid base on which to
further develop. We will continue to take a consensus-based approach to
infrastructure investment, embrace open competition, and focus on opening up
and connecting markets through efficient operations. At the end, we want Dubai
to be the top choice for international travellers and traders - as a
destination, and as a transport hub,â said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum,
Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Chairman of Dubai
Airports and President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
Core impact of aviation: It is estimated that the aviation
sector, including the Emirates Group, Dubai Airports, and other aviation
businesses such as airlines flying into Dubai, regulatory authorities and Dubai
Duty Free, had a core impact of US$16.5 billion GVA in 2013. This includes
direct, indirect and induced contributions and is equal to 16.5% of Dubaiâs GDP,
supporting over 259,000 Dubai based jobs.
Moreover, for every $100 of activity in the aviation sector,
a further $72 is added in other sectors of the local economy from supply chain
connections and expenditures. For every 100 jobs created in aviation, an additional
116 jobs are created elsewhere in Dubai.
Tourism benefits: Aviation has proved to be an indispensable
catalyst for the growth of Dubaiâs tourism industry. Tourism and travel
activities in 2013 had an economic impact of $10.2 billion GVA supporting a
further 157,100 jobs. In 2013, Dubai welcomed nearly 10 million non-UAE
visitors who spent $13 billion, accounting for around 1% of foreign visitor
spend globally that year. The success of Dubai as a destination has been a
public and private effort to invest in world-class aviation and tourism
infrastructure to support the influx of visitors. The results have paid
dividends and Dubai currently captures a 0.4% share of the worldâs business and
tourism traffic, double the share it had in 2000.
Connectivity: One of Dubaiâs greatest assets is its enhanced
connectivity. In 2013, Oxford estimated that passengers could connect from
Dubai to 25 cities (or 81% of world cities) with populations of over 10 million
people. Overall, Dubai had direct passenger flight connections to 149 cities
with populations of over 1 million people, creating potential export markets of
over 916 million people, or 13% of the worldâs population. Cargo tonnage
between 1990-2013 handled in Dubai has grown on average of 13.5% per year, compared
to global average trade volumes of 5.6% per year.
The passenger and cargo connectivity provided from Dubai has
positively impacted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade. It also has
provided greater access to foreign markets, encouraging exports, and increasing
competition in the local economy, benefiting consumers.
Economic benefits in 2020 and 2030
Between 2014 and 2020, the contribution of the aviation
sector to Dubaiâs economy is expected to grow at a faster rate than the economy
as a whole, on the back of strong growth in international passenger traffic and
cargo. The sectorâs airline and airport capacity continues to expand to
accommodate for growing demand.
Using industry growth forecasts and modelling projections
based on current expansion plans for Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum
International at Dubai World Central (DWC), it is estimated that the overall
economic impact of both aviation and tourism related activities will rise to a
robust $53.1 billion in 2020. This will be equivalent to 37.5% of Dubaiâs GDP,
supporting over 754,500 Dubai-based jobs.
By 2020, it is estimated that Emirates will fly 70 million
passengers, and the airline and its partners are already progressing plans for
the right infrastructure to be in place to support and capitalise on passenger
growth. The same year, Dubai expects to welcome over 20 million visitors for
Expo 2020. Projects to support the six month mega-event in Dubai are already
underway. This includes a sizable increase in airport capacity which
encompasses expansion of airspace, airfield, stands and terminal areas to allow
Dubai International to accommodate 60% more aircraft stands by 2015, and
service 90 million passengers by 2018. By 2020, Dubai International is
estimated to receive 126.5 million passengers, almost 30% higher than its
original 2010 assessments.
Looking further ahead, the total economic impact of aviation
by 2030 is projected to grow to $88.1 billion and will support 1,194,700 jobs.
A summary of the report and the full Oxford Economics
report, âQuantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubai,â can be found
*The Oxford Economics Report only quantifies the direct,
indirect, induced and tourism benefits, and do not attempt to put a value on
âconnectivity benefitsâ as in the 2011 report Explaining Dubaiâs Aviation
Model. For comparison, the direct, indirect, induced and tourism benefits in
the 2011 report totalled US$19.6 billion, or 24% of GDP.
**Gross Value Added (GVA) is defined as the contribution an
institution, company or industry makes to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The sum
of GVA contributions of all Dubai organizations is equal to Dubai GDP. In
simple terms GVA is understood as turnover minus the cost of bought-in goods and
services used in the production process.
Resource efficiency, conservation, and new technologies are
the focus of a new international partnership on sustainable tourism
A new international programme that aims to catalyze a shift
to more sustainable tourism over the next decade was launched at the World
Travel Market in London this week.
The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the Ten-Year Framework
of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) will
be led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations and the
Governments of France, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Korea, with
the support of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which hosts the
Tourism is today one of the largest and fastest-growing
economic sectors in the world. It contributes 9 per cent to global GDP,
accounts for one in 11 jobs worldwide, and for 6 per cent of global exports. By
2030, UNWTO forecasts that there will be 1.8 billion international tourism
If not sustainably managed however, tourism can deplete
natural resources leading to water shortages, loss of biodiversity, land
degradation and contribute to climate change and pollution, among other
impacts. Tourismâs contribution to global warming is estimated at 5 per cent of
global CO2 emissions.
UNEPâs 2011 Green Economy Report reveals that under a
âbusiness-as-usualâ scenario, projected tourism growth rates to 2050 will
result in increases in energy consumption by 154 per cent, greenhouse gas
emissions by 131 per cent, water consumption by 152 per cent, and solid waste
disposal by 251 per cent.
âAs tourism continues to grow, so too will the pressures on
the environment and wildlife. Without proper management and protection, as well
as investments in greening the sector, ecosystems and thousands of magnificent
species will suffer,â said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive
Director Achim Steiner.
"Tourism has been identified by UNEP as one of the ten economic
sectors best able to contribute to the transition to a sustainable and
inclusive green economy. This important initiative is about steering the
industry onto a truly sustainable path -- one that echoes to the challenge of
our time: namely the fostering of a global Green Economy that thrives on the
interest, rather than the capital, of our economically important nature-based
assets." he added.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said, âAs the leading
organization for tourism, the World Tourism Organization seeks to maximize
tourismâs contribution to development while minimizing its negative impacts.
UNWTO is pleased to be at the helm of such an important initiative and to be
collaborating with governments and institutions to implement the 10YFP Sustainable
For example, in the Galapagos Islands and Palau, visitors
pay an entry tax to protected areas, which are sometimes referred to as âgreen
feesâ. The revenues generated from these fees - which in Palauâs case is US$1.3
million annually since 2009 - are used to support conservation and sustainable
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmentâs
(OECD) Tourism Trends and Policies 2012, reports that, as the importance of the
tourism sector continues to grow in OECD countries, the greatest challenge to
achieving sustainable tourism is horizontal and vertical policy coordination.
Addressing these challenges is the mandate of the 10YFP
Sustainable Tourism Programme as it strives to achieve major shifts in tourism
policies and stimulate greater sustainability within the tourism supply chain. A
collaborative initiative, the programme aims to improve resource efficiency,
management effectiveness, and the use of new technologies to promote
sustainable consumption and production patterns in this key sector.
As the most visited tourism destination in the world, France
highly values the preservation of its rich culture and natural heritage. This
is fundamental to maintain the quality of a destination which receives 85
million tourists a year.
Building on its support to sustainable tourism, as former
Chair of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development, and
former Chair of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, France will
pursue its commitment by co-leading this programme. Franceâs experience in this
regard will be of benefit to the 10YFP and partners in this important
Dr Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of
Morocco, emphasises that the aim of Moroccoâs new Vision 2020 is to make the
country one of the worldâs top 20 tourism destinations, making it a model of
sustainable tourism development in the Mediterranean.
âThis ambitious strategy aims to capitalize on and preserve
our natural and cultural advantages so that their exploitation yields the most
sustainable social and economic benefits for all stakeholders,â said Minister
âBy taking this proactive role, Morocco seeks to establish
itself as a leading sustainable tourism destination in the Mediterranean.
Morocco is committed to the 10YFP and has been since our active participation
in the work of the International Task Force and its successor, the âGlobal
Partnership for Sustainable Tourismâ.
Morocco served as the Chair of this Partnership since 2013
and is delighted to be a co-lead of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme.â
Ms. Hyeri Han, Deputy Director of the International Tourism
Division of Koreaâs Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, one of the
Programmeâs co-Leads said, âThe Government of the Republic of Korea already
integrates principles of sustainability into its tourism policies and is
accelerating programme implementation nationally, with the intention of
offering best practices and lessons learned on sustainable tourism.â
Korea has been committed to the promotion of global
sustainable tourism and actively supported the process of the inclusion of
âsustainable tourismâ in the Rio+20 outcome document.
Mr. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister along with Dr. Mahesh
Sharma, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture and Minister of State
for Civil Aviation launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled with
Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Scheme today at New Delhi ( Nov 27, 2014).
The facility will be available at nine international
airports in the country namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad,
Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Goa. The TVoA enabled with E ...
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM MinistersÂ´
Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential
connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and
opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and
Air transport, being an important
factor in outbound or inbound tourism, plays a vital role in foreign tourist
arrival in India. Therefore, the discussions on the matter must be considered
as important for the tourism industry in the country. New alliances with
tourism boards and airlines all around the world is neededto boost the business. The International Air
Transport Association (IATA) called on all partners and stakeholders involved
in passenger travel to work together to deliver greater value to passengers.
This is a remarkable decision that will encourage travellers all around the
world to visit foreign countries.
Air travel is one of the major
part, travellers worried about in their journey. Addressing their issues is the
most important thing for the sector to grow their business. According to IATA
Director General and CEO, Mr. Tony Tyler, Aviation makes possible $2.2 trillion
worth of economic activity and supports about 57 million jobs around the globe.
Every day more than 8 million passengers take advantage of the safety, speed
and convenience of air travel. Therefore, any new strategy implemented will
work as a catalyst that makes big changes.
The alliances by airlines also
play a major part in air transport. The recent joining of Qatar Airways in
âOneworldâ shows a positive approach by major airlines that hold major part of
the market share. These alliances give the consumer better offers, which
encourage them to travel frequently. The initiatives by WTM and IATA are
expected to give new possibilities for air transport and tourism to grow
together. Let's hope for a better connected world that encourages people to
travel and make the tourism industry to grow to a new level.
As part of the Brand USA âDiscover Americaâ Educational
Seminars, Visit California recently conducted a training programme for travel agents
in Ludhiana. This was the first
promotional initiative of Visit Californiaâs in Ludhiana, the one of the fasted
growing 3 tier city in Punjab.
An impressive 50 travel agents from the Punjab city were
present in the seminar that provided them an ideal platform to find information
on the G ...
London, Nov 4, 2014: Many emerging tourism destinations in
Africa have identified surfing as a target market, reveals the WTM Global
Trends Report 2014, in association with Euromonitor International, released on November
3, 2014 at World Travel Market, London.
South Africa has an established reputation with the
international surfing community but other countries are gaining a foothold.
Sierra Leone hosted a week-long competition and festi ...
âDynamic customized private space for Exhibitors and Hosted
Buyers at 2015 eventâ
Ibtm america has unveiled the design impression of its new
exhibitor âmeeting podsâ for the transformation of the event, previously known
as AIBTM, which takes place for the first time in the exclusive Skyline
Ballroom, located in McCormick Place West, overlooking the Chicago skyline and
Lake Michigan from 9-11 June 2015.
Ibtm america meeting pods ...
London, Nov 3, 2014: Wearable electronics will become an
important tool for travelers and travel businesses will have another digital
channel to master, reveals WTM Global Trends Report 2014, in association with
Euromonitor International, released today (Monday 3 November) at World Travel
Market. Technology businesses such as Samsung, Google and Sony already have
wearable devices on the market, but Apple's launch of its iWatch, schedule ...
AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) has been
named the Best Exhibition in the annual Australian Event Awards (AEA) 2014,
further cementing its standing as the leading business events industry
exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Established in 2006, the Australian Event Awards is
Australiaâs premier awards for honouring excellence in the events industry. The
awards receive hundreds of entries from organisations of all s ...
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has released the
second in its series of Insider Guides, an informative guide which collates the
best of local InterContinental insider knowledge and external industry
perspectives to empower guests during their travels. Titled the Insider Guide
to the Perfect Business Dinner, the 28 page glossy manual will enable guests to
make informed decisions when they plan or attend a business dinner in a city
FACE FACTS: Global
research report finds that companies could increase revenue by investing in
more face-to-face meetings
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of the
InterContinental Hotels Group, has released its first-ever Business Meetings in
a Modern World global research report, revealing that businesses around the
world could be missing out on nearly a quarter (24%) of additional revenue
because they are not investing enou ...
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HONG KONG PARTNERS WITH HONG KONG
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH THE MANDARIN CAKE SHOP âPOP-UPâ
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and The Mandarin Cake Shop have
partnered with Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to offer visitors a
special âpop-upâ store as part of their Gourmet Gallery. Visitors can now enjoy
a taste of this iconic hotel without even leaving the airport.
Between 1 November 2013 and 2 January 2014 ...
BusIndia.com , the integrated portal developed by Radiant
Info Systems brings together leading Indian bus transport operators under a
Busindia.com, the integrated bus ticket portal officially
launched by Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Union
Cabinet Minister for Road Transport and Highways at New Delhi recently. Busindia.com portal brings together bus
transport operators across the country under a single window, thus faci ...
Each member is honoured with a tree, planted & supported
by The Fern on a long-term plan
Green Cover is the only hotel reward programme to give back
to the environment
The Fern Hotels & Resorts recently honoured the 1000th
member of its new guest reward programme, Green Cover. Mr. Young Wee Lee, a
senior manager with Air Products Asia, Singapore is a frequent guest of The
Fernâs 5-star Mumbai hotel, Meluha. The Fern and enrol ...
Final Challenge amongst shortlisted participants to take
place in May,2014
BOLS Kyndal India, a joint venture between Lucas BOLS BV and
Kyndal India Pvt. Ltd, invites entries from India for the renowned âBols Around
the World 2014â, the world's largest open bartending competition to be held in
Entries are invited from over 60 countries including India,
to be part of this challenge to concoct that awe-inspirin ...
Mr. Suman Billa IAS has been appointed as Joint Secretary of
Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India. Currently he is serving as Secretary of Kerala
He belongs to the 1996 batch of IAS. He has studied at the
Madras Christian College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and has been a
British Chevening Gurukula Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Amongst the posts held by Mr. Suman are Sub Collector,
Devikulam, in Idukki District, Director of Civil Supplies, Joint Secretary to
the Chief Secretary, Director Kerala Tourism and District Collector, Palakkad and the Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Government of Kerala. He has also served in the Government of India as Private Secretary to the
Ministers of State for External Affairs and Defence.
During his tenure at Kerala Tourism as Secretary, he sphere
headed the completion of mega Muziris Heritage Product, a theme-based tourism
initiative centered around the ancient port of Muziris, in central Kerala, with the support of Ministry of Tourism, Govt
of India. Recently he has also started the Spice Route project, a highly
ambitious plan to bring the ancient 2000-year-old Spice Route back to life, for
helping the modern day travellers to traverse the path used by traders and
explorers, which is recently received many accolades from many part of the
world including UNWTO support.
Âˇ British Airways and
Visit Britain launch an âall-digitalâ campaign to promote UKâs âless-travelledâ
Âˇ Unveil two promotional films - âTake a red bus tourâ and
âEnjoy the finest high teaâ
Âˇ British Airways introduces a special offer with return
fares starting at just INR 51,709 to explore the unexpected
There is more to Britain than we expect. The UK is filled
with incredible contrasts, from breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and
heritage to soothing beaches. Each city is certain to surprise and delight!
As part of the
âGREATâ Britain campaign, British Airways and Visit Britain have partnered to
promote the âhiddenâ travel treasures of the UK through a digital campaign, the
âUnexpected Kingdom.â Two online films have been introduced on digital
platforms - ba.com, British Airwaysâ YouTube channel, to highlight a ânever
seen beforeâ twist to the famous English tea experience and the iconic Red Bus!
British Airways has launched an attractive return offer
between London and five cities in India - Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai
and Hyderabad. The offer is available on flights booked in British Airwaysâ
Club World (business cabin), World Traveller Plus (premium economy cabin) and
World Traveller (economy cabin) for sale period until 30 November, 2014 and
outbound travel on or before 31 March, 2015.
Fordyce, Regional Commercial Manager, British Airways, South Asia, said âWe, at
British Airways, are pleased to launch this campaign in association with Visit
Britain to welcome our customers in India to visit and explore all the
magnificent cities and towns across the UK.
âThere is so much more to the UK than what is currently
known to globetrotters around the world.
Customers travelling with us can take advantage of our direct flights to
the UK, whilst enjoying our award-winning on board services. All our flights
arrive, depart and transfer through Terminal 5, British Airwaysâ dedicated home
at London Heathrow, which offers a smooth and seamless travel experience.â
British Airways and Visit Britain have launched this online
campaign to promote the UK destinations across their key markets, which include
India, China and the US. Based on the idea that Britain is at its best when
itâs experienced, rather than observed, âUnexpected Kingdomâ encourages
travellers to discover unexplored destinations in the UK and enjoy their
favourite places and experiences.
Ms. Shivali Suri, Country Manager VisitBritain India said,
âThere is so much more to Britain that meets the eye. It is a great pleasure
for us to partner with British Airways on a digital campaign which aims to
promote the more unexpected attractions of England, Scotland and Wales.
âThese videos will enable us to encourage and guide an even
greater number of Indian travellers to explore the unexpected Britain for their
next holiday, an experience that will hopefully see them going back to Britain
time and time again.â
British Airways currently operates 49 flights a week from
five key cities in India- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Customers are urged to book early as seats are limited. For more details and to
book flights to the UK please visit ba.com.
Length of stay, segment size and treatment choices look
According to Ms Sheila McCann, General Manager at one of
Thailandâs best-known wellness brands in India, Chiva Som Hua Hin, the Indian
traveller is showing an increasing penchant for holistic wellness. The luxury
holistic wellness resort in the beach-town of Hua Hin has observed a remarkable
30.18 % increase in Indian visitors in 2014 (till date) as compared to 2013.
The numbers are in line with the Tourism Authority of
Thailandâs endeavours to attract high-end travellers from India who focus on
experiences and personal enrichment while on vacation rather than the
trigger-happy whirlwind holiday-maker that has been TATâs focus in the past. Ms
Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai says, âTATâs strategy for India has
shifted from whole-heartedly targeting budget tourists: the new roadmap
involves a significant focus on Indiaâs outbound luxury traveller. The land of
smiles continues to welcome the budget-seeker with its value-for-money
proposition but we are keen to underline our capabilities to the luxury-seeker.
Holistic wellness is one of Thailandâs many attributes that are likely to
appeal to this segment.â
Ms Sheila McCann said that Indians are investing not just
resources but also time in a holistic wellness vacation, an indicator that
luxe, immersive holidays are coming of age. âThe average length of stay from
Indian guests is between 5 and 7 nights,â she says. Evidently, a
straight-forward Thai massage is no longer sufficient. People want to dig
deeper and reap benefits from Thailandâs traditional wisdom. This is also
evident in the fact that gorging on Thai food is no longer enough â\" people want
to take a culinary lesson to immerse themselves in the joys of Thai cuisine.
Similarly, buying Jim Thompson no longer suffices. The Indian traveller wants
to visit his home and understand his life and struggles.
According to McCann, looking good tops the charts among
requests from India. âThe most popular retreat among our Indian guests is the
Weight Management Retreat,â she shares. Indeed, the well-travelled Indian
visitor is picking up tips from Thailandâs largely lean population. Homchuen
cites a few examples saying, âIndian travellers take a few Muay Thai lessons so
as to make this an enjoyable fitness routine upon their return. They also ask
chefs about how to ensure their Thai cuisine is healthy from a
weight-management point of view.â
Chiva Som offers their guests a 360-degree approach to
wellness â\" encompassing food, activities and exercises in addition to
treatments. McCann says, âI think our Indian guests enjoy this concept of a
completely Thai experience that is completely health-driven and all of this
while cocooned in luxury resort.â Homchuen backs this up saying, âQueries about
luxurious wellness retreats from affluent travellers who have already
experienced Thailandâs highlights are on the rise.â
Christmas brings cheer and jovial mood across all age groups
and people celebrate this festival in their own distinct ways throughout the
world. A contagious joie de vivre makes Jamaica a natural choice for holiday
season celebrations. The island of upbeat festivals, inspired events and
delicious cuisine - add a dash of holiday spirit and the recipe becomes
irresistible. Although the island has never seen snow and its houses do not
have chimneys, Santa Claus and his gifts are very much a part of Jamaicaâs
tradition, as are Christmas carols, such as Oh Holy Night and Silent Night -
some can even be found in a reggae version.
Jonkanoo (or John Canoe) is a traditional Christmas
celebration in Jamaica. This includes a great parade through the streets with
Jamaicans dressed in colorful masquerade costumes, continuing a custom brought
over from Africa by slaves. Traditionally, men wearing masks play different
characters, which include the Cow Head or Horse Head, King, Queen (wearing a
veil), Devil, Pitchy-Patchy, Red Indians, Belly Woman (a character dressed to
look enormously pregnant) and Policeman, a mock officer of the law to keep the
motley crew and crowd in check.
The Grand Market is a community fair characterized by food,
street dancing, crafts and music. The weekend before Christmas and particularly
on Christmas Eve, markets all over the island are set up with vendors selling
small toys, firecrackers, balloons and sweets of all kinds, including pinda (an
African word for peanut) cakes, grater cakes and peppermint sticks.
Traditionally on Christmas Eve some markets are decorated
with streamers, large accordion-style bells, and balloons. People arrive
dressed up, in fancy clothes, including bright hats purchased upon entering the
Grand Market. The whole town comes to Grand Market and the celebrations last
throughout the day and night.
The Christmas day meal is usually prepared on Christmas Eve.
Dining in Jamaica over the holidays is a festive experience filled with
delectable delights. A traditional dinner is likely to include the following
Baked ham, roast beef, chicken, oxtail or curried goat,
accompanied by a sweet yam called yampi and Gungo (pigeon) rice and peas.
Jamaican fruitcake, made with fruits that are soaked for
months in rum or port, with a final dousing at the Christmas table.
Sorrel wine, created from the red fruit of the sorrel plant
fermented to a sweetened, red-colored drink spiced with ginger, cloves and
pimento and laced with white rum.
Jamaican red wine and rum fruitcake is traditional and is
eaten in most homes. The fruits in the cake are soaked in red wine and white
rum for months before Christmas. The drink of choice for Jamaicans during the
Christmas season is sorrel which is made from dried sorrel (a meadow plant),
cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar, orange peel and rum, the beverage is usually
served over ice.
You need to be in to believe and feel the rush during this
revelry. It is undoubtedly the most festive season of the year, with non-stop
celebrations, special treats, entertainment, parties, festivals and happy
gatherings of friends and family. Jamaica offers visitors a great escape and
the ideal winter getaway. Merry Jamaican Christmas!
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is
Jamaicaâs national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The
JTB was declared the Caribbeanâs Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel
Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTAâs vote for
the Worldâs Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbeanâs Leading Destination and
Caribbeanâs Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year.
Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World's Leading
Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbeanâs Leading
Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbeanâs
Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon
Destination by Travel Agents.
Revolutionary campaign #bangalorelouvin
brings the city together for opening celebrations
ibis, the international hotel brand of Accor and the
worldwide reference in the economy sector has opened its third hotel in
Bengaluru - ibis Bengaluru City Centre. It
is the eleventh ibis to open in India. ibis Bengaluru City Centre is in close
proximity to the famous UB City and business districts.
With a capacity of 173-guest rooms, this brand new, vibrant
hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for comfortable
accommodation in the city. The hotel is easily accessible to many attractions
and points of interests near MG road and Brigade road. Ibis is further
cementing its leadership in the region with a unique campaign #bangalorelouvin
for the opening of ibis Bengaluru City Centre. The concept is to engage with
peopleâs love for Bangalore city through effective social media penetration.
The campaign has been launched with a musical video of the general public
expressing their pride for the city of Bangalore and marking the opening of the
newest ibis in the city. The key attraction of the viral campaign is the ibis
life-sized red pillows and heart-shaped shutter glasses as visuals. A
three-phased campaign begins with the musical video going viral, activation by
people sharing their love of the city on social media and finally seeking
ownership on the exciting activities linking it back to ibis Bengaluru City
Speaking on the rapid development of the ibis brand in
India, J.B. Singh, President & CEO, InterGlobe Hotels, said: âBangalore as
a city truly defines a cosmopolitan existence. The ibis property at Bengaluru
City Centre is the extension of a cosmopolitan atmosphere that perfectly
balances the needs of corporate and leisure travelers. Today, itâs all about
providing service excellence at an affordable cost, irrespective of the
category and we are excited about providing a memorable experience to our
Expressing his excitement Firoz Jangaria, General Manager,
ibis Bengaluru City Centre said: âBy providing quality accommodation for those
who are looking for an economy hotel with international standards and with easy
access to the cityâs main attractions, ibis Bengaluru City Centre is a great
new asset to the city centre. The #bangalorelouvin campaign will reaffirm that
ibis Bengaluru City Centre is determined to make a lasting impression and
further build an emotional connection with the people to celebrate this vibrant
The hotel is strategically located with easy access to the
Bangalore City railway station and Majestic bus station, with Kempegowda
International Airport 39km away from the hotel.
ibis Bengaluru City Centre offers 173 comfortable,
well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms with modular bathrooms, in a
contemporary fit-out including flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and broadband internet
access to suit the needs of business & leisure travelers. Ibis Bengaluru
City Centre ensures all its guests a happy sleep at the centre of its offering
with the uniquely designed "Sweet Bed by ibisâ˘.This truly revolutionary
'new-generation' bed is designed around customers' cultural habits, tailored around
the way customers use beds and local habits worldwide to provide unsurpassed
comfort in its category.Spice It, the signature multi-cuisine restaurant
presents a spirited and casual dining space with the best of Indian, Oriental
and European cuisine, offering a choice of buffet or a la carte. With the
We Cook" concept, guests can explore their culinary
skills whilst dining in an interactive kitchen environment. The restaurant also
offers guests a pleasant al fresco dining experience on the open terrace. Spice
It will offer the Great Indian Breakfast, which is an eight-hour non-stop
breakfast concept starting 4 am to 12 noon.
The Hub, with its energetic ambience, wide selection of
refreshing beverages and free Wi-Fi, serves as a gathering place throughout the
day.The hotel has two meeting rooms and one board room. The board room is
situated at the lobby level, WiFi enabled, equipped with a projector screen and
an LCD TV, comfortable and ideal for small corporate meetings. The two meeting
rooms are situated on the 8th floor of the hotel with a scenic view of the city
and the spectacular Kanteerava Stadium. The meeting rooms can be combined,
making anideal venue for corporate meetings, small events and cocktail parties.
The ibis Bengaluru City Centre, like all ibis hotels in
India, will provide guests the reassurance of quality from one of the world's
largest and most respected economy hotel brands. The brandâs consistency on âwell-being
at the best priceâ and its '15-minute satisfaction contract' set ibis apart in
the Indian conomy hotel sector.
The other key features of the hotel include a fitness
centre, free Wi-Fi and currency exchange facilities.The opening room rate for
ibis Bengaluru City Centre is between INR 4000-5000/- ++ inclusive of breakfast.
Address: Plot No - 30 |Rajaram Mohan Roy Road | off Richmond
Road | Bangalore â\" 560027
The Oberoi, Dubai has revealed its 2014 celebrations for the
festive season and all degrees of merriment are catered for, From traditional
festive fare at world cuisine restaurant Nine7One to contemporary Asian cuisine
at Umai or avant-garde Indian delicacies at Ananta. The hotel offers a range of
gourmet festive packages and party venues to suit all tastes as well as family
activities such as gingerbread making classes. With its stunning views of the
Burj Khalifa, renowned for its world-class fireworks display, The Oberoi, Dubai
is set to be the hottest new destination in town this New Yearâs Eve.
On Christmas Eve the hotelâs in-house choir will spark the
festive spirit with carol singing in the Lobby and Christmas themed taster
menus from AED 280 onwards will be on offer in The Oberoi, Dubaiâs outlets.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day bring a wide range of culinary
delights for all. Celebrate with family
and friends at the Festive Brunches hosted at Nine7One. On both days, guests can choose from a
variety of packages. Prices start from
AED 395 per person for a soft drinks package, AED 495 per person with wine and
AED 695 per person for the sparkling wine package.
For the countdown to 2015, there are a variety of options
for those who wish to welcome the New Year with joyful tranquillity and those
who prefer to party. The Oberoi, Dubaiâs
three restaurants all offer a sensational New Yearâs Eve extravaganza. Toast the end of the year with the six-course
Degustation Menus at Ananta and Umai, starting from AED 800 per person and
sparkling wine pairing options from AED 1,000.
Guests can also celebrate the oncoming of the New Year over
an opulent dinner buffet at Nine7One, with packages starting from AED 750 and
sparkling wine packages from AED 850 per person. The lavish dinner buffet includes an Oyster
and Lobster station, Foie Gras, Sushi and Sashimi Counter and a Waygu Beef
Carvery. For those looking to dance the
year away a DJ will provide a stimulating soundtrack from 2100 hours â\" 0200
Continue the celebrations on New Yearâs Day with a barbeque
at Nine7One, offering an international selection of gastronomic dishes from the
charcoal grill, yakitori, tandoor and Shawarma rotisserie.
If guests have had enough of the Christmas revelry and are
looking to unwind after the busy festive season, then The Oberoi, Dubai offers
a soothing âFestive Synergyâ package at the hotelâs spa. The therapists will
relax, rejuvenate and revive aching muscles, an ideal way to unwrap between the
busy festive seasons.
Celebrate New Yearâs with a View: Experience a breath taking
view on the hotelâs 26th floor, with a private viewing deck of the Burj Khalifa
Fireworks! Plan an intimate gathering of up to 35 guests, enjoy delectable
canapĂŠs at AED 850 per guest, including house beverages and a glass of
sparkling wine to toast the New Year! The hotelâs dedicated event planning team
is on hand to help, from designing festive menus to preparing exclusive indoor
and outdoor function spaces, providing the perfect setting for a festive
The Oberoi, Dubai invites you to celebrate the countdown to
2015 with special events at all three signature restaurants with the backdrop
of the Burj Khalifa. For special stay offers and reservations, please call +971
4444 1 444, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.oberoihotels.com
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