Four-Day "Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival" to Feature New Format, New Activities for Families to Enjoy Blissful TimesFour-Day "Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival" to Feature New Format, New Activities for Famili
HONG KONG, Jan. 17, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- As the Year of the Rat kicks off a new 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is going to celebrate Chinese New Year in a brand new way – the "Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival."
Rather than simply staging the night parade on the first day of Chinese New Year, the HKTB is putting together a four-day long carnival that will run from January 25-28. Organized by the HKTB and title-sponsored by Cathay Pacific, the multi-day event will be held at the Art Park of the West Kowloon Cultural District – also a first time for the HKTB's Chinese New Year celebrations. In addition to the signature parade, the event will feature a variety of family-friendly elements for people to kick off an auspicious new year with their loved ones.
Highlights of the four-day Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival:
1. Greatest number of international performing teams in the event's history
HKTB Chairman Dr. YK Pang said, "The HKTB has been staging its Chinese New Year event for nearly a quarter of a century to spread happiness across the city. This year being the Year of the Rat, the leader of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, it is not only the beginning of a new cycle, but also marks the staging of the 25th edition of this signature event in Chinese New Year. This provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the much-loved festival in a new way. While enjoying the carnival, we hope the people of Hong Kong will share the festivities with their families and friends living abroad. We will also certainly show to visitors from around the world with our fun, vibrant celebrations that Hong Kong remains an open and welcoming travel destination."
Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Mr. Ronald Lam said, "As the home carrier of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has always sought to promote and showcase our home hub as much as possible, while also playing our part to help develop Hong Kong into a truly international city. We are delighted to once again be sponsoring this fabulous event for the 22nd year in a row as we celebrate the Chinese New Year. We hope that both the people of Hong Kong and visitors from all over the world will enjoy this spectacular carnival and experience the rich and vibrant festive culture of this city. We look forward to another great celebration, showcasing the fun, jubilant atmosphere and energy that embodies the character of Hong Kong."
The four-day International Chinese New Year Carnival is free and open to the public. Both international and local performing groups will join the daily parades along the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. For those who miss the parades, patrons can enjoy stage performances from day to night. The stimulating programs, along with the family-friendly activities, will guarantee festival-goers a great time whenever they join the event. Three highlights of the carnival include:
1. Greatest number of international performing troupes in the event's history
SEATTLE, Jan. 15, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in central California, further solidifying Alaska as the number one airline between the Pacific Northwest and the Bay Area. The new, year-round service is scheduled to begin June 18, and it will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two cities.
"We're working hard to connect destinations where our guests want to fly along the West Coast," said David Besse, Alaska's manager of network planning. "Our customers throughout the Central Coast won't have to drive several hours to catch a flight from other Bay Area airports. They can stay close to home and fly directly to Seattle, and connect with all the possibilities at our hometown hub."
Alaska remains committed to offering the most nonstop flights from Sea-Tac, with Monterey becoming the 92nd nonstop destination this summer.
Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 18 Seattle-Monterey 11:10 a.m. 1:35 p.m. Daily E175
June 18 Monterey-Seattle 2:15 p.m. 4:40 p.m. Daily E175
"This is a great day for the Central Coast. We're excited to welcome Alaska Airlines and its service to Seattle to our community and our region," said Michael La Pier, Executive Director of Monterey Regional Airport. "Our travelers have been asking for this new service for some time. We're very pleased that Alaska has expanded our partnership and shown confidence that we can and will support this new route."
Alaska currently offers nonstop jet service between San Diego and Monterey. So, in addition to flyers along the Central Coast traveling south to sunny San Diego, they'll soon be able to head north to the spectacular scenery of the Pacific Northwest.
The all-jet service between Seattle and Monterey will be provided by Alaska's sister carrier, Horizon Air, flying the Embraer 175 aircraft featuring first class and premium class cabins. On the E175, every seat is either a window or aisle – there are no middle seats. Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, hundreds of free movies and TV shows that can be streamed on personal devices and free texting while onboard. It's all part of Alaska's award-winning service and focus on offering low fares and great value to our guests.
Tickets for the new Seattle-Monterey service go on sale today. To purchase, visit www.alaskaair.com or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 for Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): Dial 711 for Relay Services).
Alaska Airlines' guests can earn and redeem miles with Alaska's highly-acclaimed Mileage Plan program, with award travel that starts at only 5,000 miles. With Alaska and its Global Partners, members can travel to more than 900 destinations around the world.
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,300 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 800 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 12 consecutive years from 2008 to 2019. Learn about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).
From transport to accommodations, ranging from riads to rental cars and everything in between, the Awards recognize partners delivering amazing service and highlight the Most Welcoming Places on Earth
AMSTERDAM, Jan. 15, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Today, Booking.com, the platform making it easier for everyone to experience the world, announced the winners of the Traveller Review Awards 2020, with nearly one million (986,449) awards given across 220 countries and territories. Alongside a wide range of accommodation partners, in the eighth edition of its annual partner recognition awards, Booking.com awarded transport partners for the first time ever. The awards recognize these partners for their incredible hospitality, giving travelers an exceptional experience when booking an accommodation, rental car or airport taxi.
With many top countries and destinations continuing to deliver amazing service year after year, in 2020 the countries with the most winners include Italy (130,253), Spain (66,755), France (61,492), Germany (49,777), Croatia (42,763), United States of America (42,112), United Kingdom (41,848), Poland (36,793), the Russian Federation (36,296) and Greece (33,259).
"With nearly one million awards given across accommodation and transport providers, I am thrilled to announce this year's Traveller Review Awardees, who are helping us deliver seamless trip experiences," said Arjan Dijk, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Booking.com. "On our mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we are proud to have a record number of our partners across the travel industry receiving consistently great reviews and representing the best of the best in hospitality around the globe."
2020's Most Welcoming Places on Earth
From a rural Irish town that is the gateway to the Aran Islands to a vast network of ancient caves in Southeast Asia, the Most Welcoming Places on Earth* are leading the way in providing amazing experiences for their visitors. Notably for the second year in a row, Goreme (Turkey) retains its place as the Most Welcoming Place on Earth, followed by Tatranska Lomnica (Slovakia), Phong Nha (Vietnam), Kobarid (Slovenia), Cochem (Germany), Doolin (Ireland), Taitung City (Taiwan), Schenna (Italy), Monte Verde (Brazil), and Lake Tekapo (New Zealand) - another 2018 winner.
To discover more about these amazing destinations, click here.
Apartments Continue to Satisfy and Exceed Guest Expectations
Spectacular growth in the number of Awardees continued this year in apartments, with this accommodation type topping the list yet again, making up nearly 40% of the award-winning properties globally in 2020. Similarly, for a third consecutive year, four out of the five top-awarded accommodation types are alternative accommodation options: Apartments (380,936), hotels (179,869), guest houses (94,162), holiday homes (82,241), and B&Bs (75,875).
While hotels came in as the second most-awarded accommodation type yet again, three quarters (75%) of all the winning properties are homes, apartments and other unique places to stay, including everything from boats and igloos to homestays and country houses. With recent research by Booking.com surveying over 22,000 travelers revealing that nearly two fifths (39%) of global travelers would prefer to stay in a holiday home or apartment over a hotel, Booking.com is proud to offer so many unique places to stay that provide superior hospitality.
For First Time, Transport Providers Honored with Traveller Review Awards
Creating a seamless accommodation experience for travelers has been Booking.com's core focus for many years, but there is much more to your trip than where you stay. Whether travelers want to explore the country, get out to the beach, move around the city or just get home, Booking.com's ground transport offering is helping travelers make it happen. That's why this year, for the first time ever, Booking.com is bringing Traveller Review Awards to car rental and airport taxi partners to ensure that travelers can have the best experience possible, whatever their transportation needs may be.
This year, 2,931 pick-up locations of Booking.com's car rental offering, which spans 160 countries and territories, have been awarded. The top awarded rental car pick-up locations globally include Alghero Airport, Italy (13); Menorca Airport, Spain (12); Krakow Airport, Poland (12); Adelaide Airport, Australia (12); Christchurch Airport, New Zealand (12); Stuttgart Airport, Germany (11); Paphos Airport, Cyprus (11); Cairns Airport, Australia (11); Budapest Airport, Hungary (11); and Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport, Australia (11).
Airport taxis, which are available in over 750 destinations globally, are being recognized for their outstanding service for the first time ever as well, with 2,114 drivers across 27 providers winning Traveller Review Awards. As 2020 approaches, travelers can look to these airport taxi providers to keep them moving on their next trip.
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts launches InterContinental ICons, inviting tourists to rediscover what makes a city attractive
CANNES , France, December 23, 2019 / HalcyonTV / - InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest luxury hotel brand , launches InterContinental ICons , a campaign that invites travelers to share experiences about some of the most amazing cities in the world, such as London , New York , Paris , Shanghai , Dubai , Sydney and Mexico. Campaigns based on the results of an independent survey, social media analysis, and insights from key opinion leaders this, aims to inspire world travelers to rediscover something unique from these cities that makes it interesting.
Independent IHG studies  , conducted in New York , London , Paris , Shanghai , Dubai , Sydney and the city of Mexico, reveal that tourists often do and know little in the city they visit. Seventy-seven percent said they felt obliged to visit the most popular tourist sites, but 75% of them expressed a desire to have more experience than just visiting popular places. They want to explore these cities like local residents who know a lot of information about places / activities that can be done.
Analysis of uploads on Instagram also revealed the Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most posted tourist site , representing 10% of all uploads worldwide. Followed by Buckingham Palace, London (21%) and Central Park, New York City (20%), which are most often tagged on Instagram. This has been confirmed by locals in the seven cities. Fifty -nine percent said tourists had ignored the best in the city.
Some of the experiences of luxury travelers around the world:
InterContinental Icons invites the public to choose the sights, sounds, tastes, aromas, and atmosphere that become the icons of each city through online voting . In addition to online voting , InterContinental also invites the public to discuss on social media with the hashtag #intercontinentalicons .
 The global Toluna survey was conducted on more than 6,000 participants, between Wednesday 6 November. - Tuesday November 19. This online survey is not based on probability samples and therefore no estimates of theoretical sampling errors can be calculated.