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Barbados to host first Millennial Travel Forum

Barbados is set to host travAlliancemedia’s first Millennial Travel Forum from December 12-16.

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Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America becomes the first destination to host the Millennial Travel Forum (MTF) when it kicks off MTF: Barbados next week.
The event, taking place December 12 - 16, features 15 successful Millennial agents who were invited by travAlliancemedia and ultimately selected by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) after an approval process.
“Being the first destination to host the MTF underpins the importance Barbados places in the Millennial segment, a segment that is growing exponentially and which represents an essential investment for future business,” said Petra Roach, U.S. director of the BTMI.
So, what is the Millennial Travel Forum and what can you expect from MTF: Barbados?
Launched by travAlliancemedia back in late August, the Millennial Travel Forum is a multi-day, hosted event that brings 15 to 20 Millennial travel agents to a specific destination around the world.
“The Millennial Travel Forum will bring together an intimate group of agents who will learn how to sell a destination and its hotels,” said Mark Murphy, president and CEO of travAlliancemedia. “Through their own social media while on location, as well as the amplification of their social posts by our media team and large social audiences tied to sites like TravelPulse, the initial reach on the ground will be in the hundreds of thousands of followers.”
A destination and/or host property sponsors the overall program and takes part in every aspect of the experience. Each Millennial Travel Forum includes exploration and engagement around the local destination and the key attributes, as marketed by the destination. In addition, the attendees are immersed in all physical and service aspects of the host property.
The Millennial Travel Forum will require agents in attendance to post a certain number of social media posts each day and night of the event. These will not be simple selfies either. Millennial advisors will instead be encouraged to engage all of their followers and create conversations around the destination and participating suppliers.
“The extensive editorial coverage starts before the forum, occurs while the forum is in process and extends for months beyond,” said Murphy. “In addition to what I’ve already mentioned, our video production company will be capturing video capsules of these savvy agents as they provide their firsthand insights on the fly. The result? Priceless insights that can be utilized by thousands of other agents to enhance their sales, while reaching hundreds of thousands of travelers too.”
Joe Pike, the latest addition to the travAlliancemedia editorial team, will spearhead this new program to bring suppliers and destinations better insights and reach into the Millennial mind of travel.
“When we were first coming up with these forums, Barbados was always on the short list of places I wanted to see the program debut in,” said Pike. “We will only be conducting these forums in destinations that have what Millennials are looking for - experiential travel, nightlife, luxury hotels, and one-of-kind experiences. Barbados certainly fits that description.”

MTF: Barbados
Barbados will be the first destination to host the forum, while the first host hotel company for the forum will be Elegant Hotels.
Four of Elegant Hotels’ properties will be featured during the forum. Advisors will be staying at The House by Elegant Hotels, Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels, and the Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels. The Tamarind by Elegant Hotels will be the site of the forum’s main event, a filmed roundtable discussion to run live on Facebook.
“Since I specialize in tropical destinations, selling honeymoons and destination weddings, this is a very purposeful and relevant trip for me,” said Jennifer Carr, an advisor with The Tropical Travelers in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “I am thrilled that the Elegant Hotels brand is one of the sponsors because their hotels in Barbados have a great appeal to my clients.”
Among the markets that will be represented by the attending advisors are Miami and Charlotte, which are both expecting new direct American Airlines flights to Barbados soon; Oklahoma, Utah, New York City, Chicago and others.
“Millennials are the new disruptors of the travel industry and the generation driving the biggest growth currently,” said Roach. “Their emphasis is on unique, culturally rich experiences, of which Barbados has many.”

Live Roundtable Discussion
As mentioned, the forum’s main event, a filmed roundtable discussion to run live on Facebook, will be held at The Tamarind by Elegant Hotels at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15.
Dubbed, “Breakfast with Barbados,” the discussion will focus on selling the island from the perspectives of 15 Millennial travel experts.
“This travel forum experience brings together some of the best in the business to showcase the impact we can make for a hotel partner or destination by not only exposure through clicks, views, and likes, but actual bookings from the clients that they have and market to,” said Stephen Scott, an advisor with Travel Hub 365 in Chicago and Protravel International.
The event culminates with a live roundtable discussion at The Tamarind on December 15.

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Barbados is set to host travAlliancemedia’s first Millennial Travel Forum from December 12-16.

Tourism Report

Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America becomes the first destination to host the Millennial Travel Forum (MTF) when it kicks off MTF: Barbados next week.
The event, taking place December 12 - 16, features 15 successful Millennial agents who were invited by travAlliancemedia and ultimately selected by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) after an approval process.
“Being the first destination to host the MTF underpins the importance Barbados places in the Millennial segment, a segment that is growing exponentially and which represents an essential investment for future business,” said Petra Roach, U.S. director of the BTMI.
So, what is the Millennial Travel Forum and what can you expect from MTF: Barbados?
Launched by travAlliancemedia back in late August, the Millennial Travel Forum is a multi-day, hosted event that brings 15 to 20 Millennial travel agents to a specific destination around the world.
“The Millennial Travel Forum will bring together an intimate group of agents who will learn how to sell a destination and its hotels,” said Mark Murphy, president and CEO of travAlliancemedia. “Through their own social media while on location, as well as the amplification of their social posts by our media team and large social audiences tied to sites like TravelPulse, the initial reach on the ground will be in the hundreds of thousands of followers.”
A destination and/or host property sponsors the overall program and takes part in every aspect of the experience. Each Millennial Travel Forum includes exploration and engagement around the local destination and the key attributes, as marketed by the destination. In addition, the attendees are immersed in all physical and service aspects of the host property.
The Millennial Travel Forum will require agents in attendance to post a certain number of social media posts each day and night of the event. These will not be simple selfies either. Millennial advisors will instead be encouraged to engage all of their followers and create conversations around the destination and participating suppliers.
“The extensive editorial coverage starts before the forum, occurs while the forum is in process and extends for months beyond,” said Murphy. “In addition to what I’ve already mentioned, our video production company will be capturing video capsules of these savvy agents as they provide their firsthand insights on the fly. The result? Priceless insights that can be utilized by thousands of other agents to enhance their sales, while reaching hundreds of thousands of travelers too.”
Joe Pike, the latest addition to the travAlliancemedia editorial team, will spearhead this new program to bring suppliers and destinations better insights and reach into the Millennial mind of travel.
“When we were first coming up with these forums, Barbados was always on the short list of places I wanted to see the program debut in,” said Pike. “We will only be conducting these forums in destinations that have what Millennials are looking for - experiential travel, nightlife, luxury hotels, and one-of-kind experiences. Barbados certainly fits that description.”

MTF: Barbados
Barbados will be the first destination to host the forum, while the first host hotel company for the forum will be Elegant Hotels.
Four of Elegant Hotels’ properties will be featured during the forum. Advisors will be staying at The House by Elegant Hotels, Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels, and the Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels. The Tamarind by Elegant Hotels will be the site of the forum’s main event, a filmed roundtable discussion to run live on Facebook.
“Since I specialize in tropical destinations, selling honeymoons and destination weddings, this is a very purposeful and relevant trip for me,” said Jennifer Carr, an advisor with The Tropical Travelers in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “I am thrilled that the Elegant Hotels brand is one of the sponsors because their hotels in Barbados have a great appeal to my clients.”
Among the markets that will be represented by the attending advisors are Miami and Charlotte, which are both expecting new direct American Airlines flights to Barbados soon; Oklahoma, Utah, New York City, Chicago and others.
“Millennials are the new disruptors of the travel industry and the generation driving the biggest growth currently,” said Roach. “Their emphasis is on unique, culturally rich experiences, of which Barbados has many.”

Live Roundtable Discussion
As mentioned, the forum’s main event, a filmed roundtable discussion to run live on Facebook, will be held at The Tamarind by Elegant Hotels at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15.
Dubbed, “Breakfast with Barbados,” the discussion will focus on selling the island from the perspectives of 15 Millennial travel experts.
“This travel forum experience brings together some of the best in the business to showcase the impact we can make for a hotel partner or destination by not only exposure through clicks, views, and likes, but actual bookings from the clients that they have and market to,” said Stephen Scott, an advisor with Travel Hub 365 in Chicago and Protravel International.
The event culminates with a live roundtable discussion at The Tamarind on December 15.


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European Christmas cruises affected by low water levels

Viking Longship in Budapest.

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If you have a European Christmas cruise planned, be aware that it may not happen exactly as you expect this year.
River cruise lines in Germany, Hungary, and Austria are contacting passengers to explain that some parts of the cruise may have to occur by bus, involve ship swaps, or be canceled altogether.
Many rivers are suffering from low water levels – particularly the Danube and Rhine – two of the most popular cruise routes in Europe. Low water levels are a result of a hot summer and dry autumn this year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.
Cruise lines have been posting statements on their websites to notify passengers.
 “We will continue to monitor water levels daily and activate plans as necessary.”
“Conditions affecting select itineraries may require that we notify guests about some of the specific changes on short notice.”
“We always want our guests to feel that they have the most current information about their journey, so we will continue to directly contact all guests on itineraries affected by residual low water conditions until levels return to normal.”
Scenic, a UK luxury river cruise tour operator, wrote:
“Parts of central and northern Europe are currently experiencing hot and exceptionally dry weather conditions.”
“As a consequence, the water levels in sections of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers and their tributaries are low and are impacting navigation of all river vessels.”
“Therefore, it is possible that unavoidable impacts to the safe navigation of vessels on the rivers will continue, and may require Scenic to modify ship deployments, to enact ship swaps or to amend or cancel itineraries on short notice.”
“Scenic will contact as a priority all guests and their travel agents if their river cruise is impacted.”
Similarly, Uniworld noted: “Select itineraries may be affected in the coming weeks. If deviations are necessary on an affected itinerary, additional motor coach travel or other tour adjustments may be required.”
“Due to the unpredictable nature of river conditions, we are actively evaluating the situation and developing contingency plans at all times.”
Quite contrary to the other statements, US river cruise operator Tauck seems more optimistic about the situation:
“These low water levels have the potential to impact our upcoming Christmas market river cruises, but at present, it is far from certain if those cruises will actually be affected, or what any specific impacts might be.”

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Viking Longship in Budapest.

Tourism Correspondent

If you have a European Christmas cruise planned, be aware that it may not happen exactly as you expect this year.
River cruise lines in Germany, Hungary, and Austria are contacting passengers to explain that some parts of the cruise may have to occur by bus, involve ship swaps, or be canceled altogether.
Many rivers are suffering from low water levels – particularly the Danube and Rhine – two of the most popular cruise routes in Europe. Low water levels are a result of a hot summer and dry autumn this year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.
Cruise lines have been posting statements on their websites to notify passengers.
 “We will continue to monitor water levels daily and activate plans as necessary.”
“Conditions affecting select itineraries may require that we notify guests about some of the specific changes on short notice.”
“We always want our guests to feel that they have the most current information about their journey, so we will continue to directly contact all guests on itineraries affected by residual low water conditions until levels return to normal.”
Scenic, a UK luxury river cruise tour operator, wrote:
“Parts of central and northern Europe are currently experiencing hot and exceptionally dry weather conditions.”
“As a consequence, the water levels in sections of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers and their tributaries are low and are impacting navigation of all river vessels.”
“Therefore, it is possible that unavoidable impacts to the safe navigation of vessels on the rivers will continue, and may require Scenic to modify ship deployments, to enact ship swaps or to amend or cancel itineraries on short notice.”
“Scenic will contact as a priority all guests and their travel agents if their river cruise is impacted.”
Similarly, Uniworld noted: “Select itineraries may be affected in the coming weeks. If deviations are necessary on an affected itinerary, additional motor coach travel or other tour adjustments may be required.”
“Due to the unpredictable nature of river conditions, we are actively evaluating the situation and developing contingency plans at all times.”
Quite contrary to the other statements, US river cruise operator Tauck seems more optimistic about the situation:
“These low water levels have the potential to impact our upcoming Christmas market river cruises, but at present, it is far from certain if those cruises will actually be affected, or what any specific impacts might be.”


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Emirates Food and Cultural Festival held in city

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Emirates Food Festival and Cultural Show began on Tuesday in a city hotel in association with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dhaka.  The festival titled ‘Ultimate Dubai, Visit Eat Know-UAE’ attracted huge gathering from city elite, said a press release.
Ambassador of United Arab Emirates Saed Mohammed Al Muhairi, inaugurated the food festival in the evening in the hotel.
The festival will continue till December 09, 2018 from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm at the Hotel Sarina in Banani in the capital.
Various favorite and delicious dishes from Emirates were the Buffet Menu.
Among the dishes, Marguga, Archia, Khobuskhamir, Lamb Jamboos, Macaroni pasta with béchamel sauce and Mutton tikka kabab in Arabian Style drew the visitors’ attention.  Other than main dishes, Emirates appetizer and desserts were also available over there.
For the visitors, there will be a lucky coupon and winner will get air ticket of Dhaka-Sarjah-Dhaka. Deputy Head of the mission of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Ambassadors from the different Arab countries also joined the festival.
Spread over six days, there will relish the Emirates and other Arabian cuisines and showcase the dishes.
Besides, the local foods were also available to taste the Emirates and Arabian cuisines with an Arabian environment.

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Business Reporter

Emirates Food Festival and Cultural Show began on Tuesday in a city hotel in association with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dhaka.  The festival titled ‘Ultimate Dubai, Visit Eat Know-UAE’ attracted huge gathering from city elite, said a press release.
Ambassador of United Arab Emirates Saed Mohammed Al Muhairi, inaugurated the food festival in the evening in the hotel.
The festival will continue till December 09, 2018 from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm at the Hotel Sarina in Banani in the capital.
Various favorite and delicious dishes from Emirates were the Buffet Menu.
Among the dishes, Marguga, Archia, Khobuskhamir, Lamb Jamboos, Macaroni pasta with béchamel sauce and Mutton tikka kabab in Arabian Style drew the visitors’ attention.  Other than main dishes, Emirates appetizer and desserts were also available over there.
For the visitors, there will be a lucky coupon and winner will get air ticket of Dhaka-Sarjah-Dhaka. Deputy Head of the mission of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Ambassadors from the different Arab countries also joined the festival.
Spread over six days, there will relish the Emirates and other Arabian cuisines and showcase the dishes.
Besides, the local foods were also available to taste the Emirates and Arabian cuisines with an Arabian environment.


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Woman sues Hilton worldwide after being filmed in shower

A woman has filed a $100 million lawsuit against hotel operator Hilton Worldwide after she was reportedly filmed while nude by an employee as part of an extortion attempt.
According to ABCNews.com, the unidentified woman was staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Albany, New York, in July 2015 when an employee filmed her taking a shower and used the footage to blackmail her.
The woman claims she was contacted in September by the man who took the video after he uploaded it to a pornographic website. The woman was devastated by the invasion of privacy and believed her life was ruined by the ordeal.
Later the same day, the same person who messaged her with the video claimed he would expose the video and her personal information to more people if she didn’t send him more nude footage. When the woman refused, the man began sending the video to her colleagues and said he would stop if he was paid $2,000 up front and $1,000 per month for the next year.
The man eventually released the video to over a dozen pornography sites, causing the woman to file a lawsuit against Hilton and its franchise partners for emotional distress and negligence as a result of the employee finding her personal information provided during the stay.
The woman’s attorney revealed there are likely additional videos recorded by the same man and the room she stayed in was likely used many times to film women in a similar fashion.
Hilton Worldwide released a statement to ABC News:
“On Monday, December 3rd we were alerted by ABC News to details of an alleged incident at the Hampton Inn and Suites Albany-Downtown in 2015. We take the safety and wellbeing of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing. We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond, and cooperate with any law enforcement investigations.”

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A woman has filed a $100 million lawsuit against hotel operator Hilton Worldwide after she was reportedly filmed while nude by an employee as part of an extortion attempt.
According to ABCNews.com, the unidentified woman was staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Albany, New York, in July 2015 when an employee filmed her taking a shower and used the footage to blackmail her.
The woman claims she was contacted in September by the man who took the video after he uploaded it to a pornographic website. The woman was devastated by the invasion of privacy and believed her life was ruined by the ordeal.
Later the same day, the same person who messaged her with the video claimed he would expose the video and her personal information to more people if she didn’t send him more nude footage. When the woman refused, the man began sending the video to her colleagues and said he would stop if he was paid $2,000 up front and $1,000 per month for the next year.
The man eventually released the video to over a dozen pornography sites, causing the woman to file a lawsuit against Hilton and its franchise partners for emotional distress and negligence as a result of the employee finding her personal information provided during the stay.
The woman’s attorney revealed there are likely additional videos recorded by the same man and the room she stayed in was likely used many times to film women in a similar fashion.
Hilton Worldwide released a statement to ABC News:
“On Monday, December 3rd we were alerted by ABC News to details of an alleged incident at the Hampton Inn and Suites Albany-Downtown in 2015. We take the safety and wellbeing of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing. We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond, and cooperate with any law enforcement investigations.”


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