Whether for personal or economic reasons, there isn’t a UK company that hasn’t been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and my Travel PR agency is no exception.
I am acutely aware that the challenges of running a travel PR firm in no way compares to the challenges those in the front line are facing in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, such as the National Health Service or supermarkets. However, one day this pandemic will subside and travellers will wish to book holidays again. So I am very mindful of my responsibility to both my employees and clients to do my bit to prepare. For now, that means my fellow Travel PRs and I must keep calm and carry on.
Situated in the Indian Ocean just 1 ½ hours apart, the Maldives and Sri Lanka offer the perfect combination for a twin-centre holiday.
GEC PR Directors, Fiona and Sarah, were fortunate enough to experience this for themselves on a tour of the Aitken Spence Hotels properties across both destinations in February. From luxurious five-star resorts to holistic, wellness retreats and mountain-side properties to premium, all-inclusive hotels, the Aitken Spence Hotels group offers something for everyone across Sri Lanka and the Maldives, so here are some of the property highlights from the trip.
After months of planning, the inaugural International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum took place in Iceland in January, promoted by GEC PR and attended by travel industry chiefs and next-generation female professionals from 18 countries. The inaugural Forum came into being after Alessandra Alonso, founder of Women in Travel (CIC), chaired a World Travel Market 2018 panel debate celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s suffrage.
Valentine’s Day, celebrated on 14th February, means different things to different people. For some, the day is celebrated drinking champagne twice the price of gold in a restaurant where the views are just as expensive as the food, while for others the weekend is an excuse to discover a new destination and culture with a loved one.
Many countries around the world have their own, unique ways and traditions of celebrating Valentine’s Day, so here are some of our favourites:
As we enter an exciting new year, our team is pleased to share that Director of GEC PR Fiona Anderson has been elected as a new member of the Tourism Society. Fiona has been a dedicated member of the Tourism Society for several years, and is currently Chair of its PR Network steering group and now a newly elected board member.
As another year draws to a close and we enter a new decade, those with a passion for travel will most likely spend the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve recovering from one too many mince pies by dreaming of their 2020 trips. However, with so many hotel options and online booking companies to choose from, finding the perfect luxury getaway can sometimes be a challenge.
Here are 10 new luxury hotels we have on our 2020 travel wishlist:
The 40th edition of World Travel Market London was busy for GEC PR, with the team meeting with industry partners and media to update them on the exciting developments taking place with our clients. Key travel trends were also discussed during seminars at WTM, and we learnt all about the latest environmental concerns faced by the industry and the rise of conscious travel, as well as the changing role of the digital landscape in promoting destinations.
Alessandra Alonso, the Founder of Women in Travel (CIC), invites those working in the travel industry to participate in shaping a gender inclusive industry that meets the talent and leadership needs of the 21st century by attending the International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum on 23 – 24 January 2020, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Find out more about the Forum by watching Alessandra’s video below and by reading our news post here.