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Ditching the digital detox on holiday

Britons are more likely to be seen with a mobile phone as a holiday companion, rather than friends or family, new research has revealed.  According to the survey, which was commissioned by tour operator Jules Verne, 37% of people would prefer their mobile phone on a trip, rather than a partner or pal (20%). Men…

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Ditching the digital detox on holiday

Britons are more likely to be seen with a mobile phone as a holiday companion, rather than friends or family, new research has revealed. 
According to the survey, which was commissioned by tour operator Jules Verne, 37% of people would prefer their mobile phone on a trip, rather than a partner or pal (20%). Men are more likely to choose their phones over their friends and family (44% vs 31%).  
When asked about the first thing they would do when arriving on holiday, 38% would check in on social media first. This was deemed more important than having food (37.5%), letting their family know they had arrived safely (36%), or taking pictures (31%). 
Cambridge tourists are the most technologically dependent in the country, with over half choosing their phone if they could only take one thing on holiday (even over friends and family!) 1. Cambridge – 53% 2. Aberdeen – 48% 3. Liverpool – 46% 4.  Belfast – 45% 5. Oxford – 43% 
When it comes to phone usage at home vs on holiday, Britons will check their phone at least once every two hours (122 minutes) at home compared to once every 4.8 hours (290 minutes) on holiday. Women are more likely to check their phone more frequently with an average of every 94 minutes, compared to men at 154 minutes. Tourists from London are the best at switching off from the world whilst on holiday, only checking their phones at least once every 5 hours (300 minutes). 
Prini Patel, Head of Marketing at Jules Verne, said: “Holidays are a great time to relax, have fun and explore, and technology can offer an enhancement to this experience – whether it’s taking photos, using a map or doing research. However, we were really surprised by the extent to which people use their phones, with almost 40% of respondents choosing to take their phone on holiday over their partner or friends. 
“Travelling is a good opportunity to spend time with whoever you are with and experience everything your destination has to offer. So put the phone down and see what a huge difference that makes to the enjoyment of your holiday.” 

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New Celestyal Experience ship to debut March 2021

Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt…

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New Celestyal Experience ship to debut March 2021

Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol).Beginning on April 03, 2021 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary visiting Athens, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus).Later in the season, the Celestyal Experience will operate the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary, a seven-night voyage which introduces the historical city of Thessaloniki, the gateway to the land of Alexander the Great, as a new embarkation port. In addition to the highlights of an overnight stay in Istanbul and the breathtaking ‘hanging monasteries’ of Meteora this exclusive itinerary also includes a visit to the site of Ancient Troy.The Celestyal Experience has a capacity of up to 1,800-guests in 789 staterooms, 166 of which feature balconies, sea terraces and bridge-view verandas. The Celestyal Experience which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment will offer an intimate onboard guest experience with all the warmth of traditional Greek hospitality. The ship is also well-suited for visiting smaller ports, a key differentiator for Celestyal, with destinations that remain off-limits to larger vessels.“This has been a challenging year for everyone. However, we are extremely optimistic about the future of travel and, especially of cruising. We are delighted with the addition of the Celestyal Experience to our fleet. This ship will be a game-changer for us, and we can’t wait to introduce her to our guests. The Celestyal Experience embodies Celestyal Cruises’ ’commitment to an intimate, authentically Greek experience onboard a contemporary, well-appointed, mid-sized cruise vessel. She will undoubtedly be instrumental in driving our continued growth,” said Celestyal Cruises’ CEO, Chris Theophilides.The Celestyal Experience features a range of experiences for guests of all ages including four restaurants, seven bars and lounges, two pools, two Jacuzzis, a beach club, sundeck and jogging track. Rounding out the Celestyal Experience will be nightly entertainment, a casino, library, meeting rooms, and onboard boutiques, all topped off with a unique, specialty wine and cheese bar that will serve as a tribute to Mediterranean wines and cheeses.Outstanding Panoramic Thalassotherapy SpaOne of the outstanding features of the Celestyal Experience is its expansive 47,300 square-foot panoramic spa spread across two decks, complete with a fully-equipped gym offering ocean views, thalassotherapy baths, massage rooms, saunas and a range of thermal suites. The impressive spa also includes a Japanese style tea parlor, which will feature a wide variety of rare teas including local remedial herb and mountain teas.A Suite ExperienceWith more suites onboard than the line’s other ships, the Celestyal Experience provides even the most discerning guests with a range of premium accommodation options. The ship features 166 suite category staterooms, 132 of which are junior suites, all with balconies, and 34 Suites, including 22 with balconies; six with bridge-view verandas and six Grand Suites boasting large sea terraces. Guests booking suites higher than junior suite categories on the Celestyal Experience will have access to the Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge service, which features a dedicated priority check-in counter, expedited embarkation, an exclusive dining area onboard, and express luggage delivery service including assistance with unpacking. A dedicated Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge is also available to assist guests with specific tailored service requests.Introducing A New Class of ‘Wellness’ StateroomsA Celestyal first, is the introduction of four new ’Wellness Spa’ stateroom categories with a variety of spacious balcony, sea terrace and veranda suite accommodation. Exclusive use of Deck 14 ensures the most serene and tranquil area of the ship. Complimentary and unlimited access to the wellness and spa area is included featuring relaxation options, most notably the thalassotherapy baths and thermal suites. The Wellness staterooms will also ensure priority access to specialty dining experiences and a new, exclusive Beach Club concept.New Island-Inspired Beach ClubThis adults-only outdoor area, dedicated to ’Suite’ and ‘Wellness’ class guests offers a tranquil atmosphere which can only be found at the best Greek island chill-out beach clubs. The Beach Club boasts attentive guest service all in the comfort of premium sunbeds and cabanas. It features a Jacuzzi perched on the stern with endless views across the ocean.The Mediterranean DietCelestyal is known for its locally-inspired and sourced cuisine created according to the Mediterranean Diet, acclaimed by global chefs, leading nutritionists and scientists alike. This will be a special highlight onboard the Celestyal Experience. Among the new dining venues will be a Greek grill & deli, featuring local favorites. Casual food featuring traditional recipes and locally-inspired pizzas prepared in an authentic wood-burning oven will also be on the ship’s menu. Premium tasting experiences featuring acclaimed Mediterranean wines, olive oils, cheeses and other featured specialties will be just one of the new concepts.Further innovative ‘experiential concepts’ on board, as well as special Launch Offers will be announced shortly, along with more insight behind the branding evolution and how the “Celestyal Experience” comes alive for guests both onboard and onshore.

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Austin Adventures adds lineup of top Western guest ranch vacations

BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures…

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Austin Adventures adds lineup of top Western guest ranch vacations

BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures has added 14 first- class guest ranches to their lineup of offerings. Founder and President Dan Austin and his Montana-based team drew from their personal knowledge and regional experience having hosted and operated adventures throughout the West for the past 40 years. With careful vetting and personal experience, they have bestowed their highest mark of approval on each property in this exclusive group of all-inclusive guest ranches situated in some of the most spectacular settings in the West.In 2020, many North American guest ranches saw a surge of bookings from families needing to come up with safe alternatives to their cancelled cruise and international vacation plans. Austin recognized this trend early and in January began the steps to include ranch vacations in its 2021 line-up. It was, “a long overdue addition” in Austin’s words.Knowing safety will be top priority to today’s traveler, Austin emphasizes the natural and healthy style of this type of vacation alternative that also embraces carefully planned and recently enacted COVID-19 mitigation protocols:All are in wilderness-adjacent locations that are isolated and remoteChef-prepared, fresh and locally sourced foods and wines of the regionOpportunities to indulge in a variety of outdoor recreational activitiesThe natural social-distancing that horseback riding providesAdhering to the highest standards of housekeeping, service and maintenanceA rare feeling of exclusivity with VIP pampering, service and experiencesThe ability to combine a ranch stay with a road-trip to avoid flying Austin Adventures’ Guest Ranch Collection for 2021 will include these highly coveted ranch properties across the West: Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, AZWhite Stallion Ranch – Tucson, AZTombstone Monument Ranch – Tombstone, AZ Rancho de la Osa – Sasabe, AZKay El Bar Ranch – Wickenburg, AZLatigo Guest Ranch – Kremmling, COSylvan Dale Guest Ranch – Loveland COWestern Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, IDRunning Y Ranch Resort – Klamath Falls, ORZion Mountain Ranch – Zion National Park, UTSpring Creek Ranch – Jackson, WYBrush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection – Saratoga, WYThe Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch – Shell, WYParadise Guest Ranch – Buffalo, WY “We look forward in the months ahead to welcoming to our portfolio other outstanding properties that meet our criteria,” Austin adds. The Guest Ranch Collection is expected to grow with the addition of one or two new offerings a year.

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IEG, the Palacongressi di Rimini successfully carries off the first fully in-person event

RIMINI – As is customary, participants arrived from all over Italy, as well as some from abroad. They were all certainly very happy to finally be able to meet up in person. The Grand Lodge 2020 meeting of the Grand Orient of Italy, held from 11-13 September at IEG’s Palacongressi di Rimini was proof that…

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IEG, the Palacongressi di Rimini successfully carries off the first fully in-person event

RIMINI – As is customary, participants arrived from all over Italy, as well as some from abroad. They were all certainly very happy to finally be able to meet up in person. The Grand Lodge 2020 meeting of the Grand Orient of Italy, held from 11-13 September at IEG’s Palacongressi di Rimini was proof that it could be done: getting back to “normal” for in-person conferences and events, respecting the Covid19 safety measures and precautions, which have by now become daily practice in our lives.The event that took place, for the 20th consecutive year at the Palacongressi in Rimini, was in complete attendance without having to resort to hybrid formulas, and recorded numbers not very far off past years – about 1,500 participants – and was organised without significant changes to the usual format. The Sala della Piazza was set up as per usual to host the Temple of the Grand Lodge, with a rich programme of conferences, and cultural events such as exhibitions and book presentations. The traditional socialising lunches and dinners were also confirmed.Italian Exhibition Group, with the fundamental collaboration of its catering partner Summertrade, confirmed its signature professionalism and experience when faced with even the most complex challenges, responding to customer needs and requests. The location of the Palacongressi, with its flexibility, large open spaces and advanced technological equipment, guaranteed immediate answers, which would not have been possible elsewhere.”The synergy between our structure and the GOI – explains Director of the IEG Event & Conference division, Fabio De Santis – in applying all the association rules and institutional protocols on Covid19, was fundamental and guaranteed an event in total safety, demonstrating with facts and figures that conferences and events can be held in the presence of more than a thousand people, without mass gatherings”.

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