Lovebirds looking to fly abroad this Valentine’s Day should head to Philadelphia for a long weekend of romantic pursuits in the city, including strolls and selfies in the iconic LOVE Park and an excursion to see 50 romantic public murals during the Mural Arts’ Love Letter Train Tour. Couples can also enjoy a cocktail at the new Four Seasons Philadelphia JG SkyHigh bar or an intimate dining experience at the aptly named restaurant The Love, a cosy American bar and restaurant situated just steps from the upmarket and picturesque neighbourhood of Rittenhouse Square. Continue reading
From visiting one of the largest Christmas markets in the United States to a historic and beer-filled walking tour, holidaymakers travelling to Philadelphia during the winter months can enjoy a seasonal selection of festive events and treats. Continue reading
The World Heritage city of Philadelphia is rich in history, arts and culture, vibrant neighbourhoods, tax-free shopping and much more and with a selection of new tourism developments and hotels opening throughout 2020, now is the perfect time to book a trip to “the birthplace of America”. Continue reading
With just one week to go until this year’s WTM London, here’s all you need to know about where to find our team and meet our clients.
World Travel Market will take place from 4th – 6th November at ExCeL London, offering an opportunity to meet, network, catch up with the GEC PR team and brush up on the latest industry trends.
You can find us at the following stands at WTM:
Stand AS140 – Visit Maldives / Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation – Experience the “Sunny Side of Life” of Indian Ocean’s paradise destination
Stand AS530 – Madhya Pradesh Tourism – Explore the “Tiger State” of India
Stand AS800 – Kyoto Traveler’s Inn (exhibiting as part of Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience) – A traditional hotel experience in the heart of Kyoto, Japan
Stand AS410 – Odisha Tourism – Discover India’s ‘Best Kept Secret’
Stand NA340 – Philadelphia CVB – The World Heritage City famous for its cheesesteaks and cultural attractions
Client Activities at WTM
Visit Maldives (Stand AS140)
The Maldives has welcomed an influx of new resorts this year, including several new family-friendly and adult-only properties, as well as expanding its luxury portfolio with high-end properties. In 2019, the Maldives also welcomed an increase in airlift for UK travellers with the launch of a new five-times-weekly flight from London Heathrow to Malé, via Bahrain, with Gulf Air in late October. In 2020, developments at Velana International Airport will continue with a terminal expansion, which will mean the airport will be able to cater for over 7.5 million passengers.
Competition: Travel agents joining us at the @VisitMaldives stand will have the exciting chance to win a holiday to the Maldives. Visitors to the stand can also travel to the island nation virtually through the magic of virtual reality and enjoy on-stand Maldivian music performances from a band, as well as traditional snacks.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism (Stand AS530)
Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in India and along with six tiger reserves, is home to mountains, architectural wonders, holy cities and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The state’s rich forests, which form about 25% of its land area, are a refuge for barking deer, leopards, cheetal, wild boars, blackbucks, nilgais and crocodiles. Sir David Attenborough’s recent BBC wildlife documentary series Dynasties included an episode filmed in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The central state has also been shortlisted in two prestigious categories at the International Travel and Tourism Awards, which will take place at WTM.
Competition: Delegates from Madhya Pradesh Tourism will be available for meetings and are looking forward to showcasing their extensive wildlife offering, exquisite traditional culture, rich heritage, cuisine, and Indian hospitality. One lucky travel agent will win a FAM trip to Madhya Pradesh, India’s ‘Tiger State’ and one of Lonely Planet’s ‘best value’ destinations for 2020. To stand a chance of winning, agents should book in a meeting with the tourist board by emailing MPT@gecpr.co.uk and answer a question about the state in order to enter a business card prize draw.
Kyoto Traveler’s Inn (exhibiting as part of Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience on stand AS800)
Kyoto Traveler’s Inn, which is a seven-minute walk away from Higashiyama Subway Station, is well-suited for those who want to see the sites of Kyoto when visiting Japan for the 2020 Olympics since many of the city’s shrines and temples are located within walking distance from the hotel. For those looking for a truly Japanese experience, the hotel offers guests the chance to stay in traditional Japanese accommodation with futon bedding and tatami flooring.
Competition: Try on a real kimono from Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience on the Japan National Tourism Organization stand (AS800) for a chance to win a three-night stay for two at Kyoto Traveler’s Inn when you post your kimono selfie and tag #KimonoKyoto and @kyototravellersinn on Instagram or @kyoto.travellersinn on Facebook.
Odisha Tourism (Stand AS410)
The ‘soul state’ of Odisha is India’s best kept secret and a hidden gem for UK travellers planning a visit to India. Situated on the east coast of India, Odisha is gifted with uncrowded and unspoilt beaches such as Gopalpur, Chandipur, Puri and Konark. A land steeped in history and mythology, the serene state is well-known within India for its ancient temples, tribal cultures, and abundance of natural beauty, including Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and Chilka Lake, which is Asia’s largest inland salt water lagoon and home to large flocks of flamingos.
Competition: To stand a chance of winning a trip to Odisha, book in a WTM meeting with the tourist board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about Odisha’s secrets and enter a business card prize draw during your meeting.
The social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, will host the following events at WTM this year:
- Women in Travel and The TreadRight Foundation present: ‘Céline Cousteau on the Transformative Power of Travel for Women’: Monday 4thNovember from 14:00 – 14:45 at the Americas Inspiration Zone
- How Can We Use Travel and Tourism to Stimulate Women Empowerment and Gender Equity at the African Continent: Tuesday 5thNovember from 13:30 – 14:15 at the Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone
- Technology is a Girl’s Best Friend: Tuesday 5thNovember from 15:30 – 18:00 at South Gallery Rooms 20 & 21
- WTM & Women in Travel Presents Group Mentoring and Networking:Tuesday 5th November from 16:30 – 18:00 at South Gallery Rooms 20 & 21
Thanks to its offering of tax-free shopping on all clothes and shoes, the East Coast city of Philadelphia is a haven for those looking for a stateside bargain and with two new retail spaces opening this autumn, there’s even more choice than ever. Continue reading
Thrill-seeking visitors to the east coast city of Philadelphia this autumn can enjoy a frightful line-up of Halloween entertainment suitable for all ages.
- The UK delivered highest number of overseas visitors to Philadelphia at 112,000 (a 3.1% year-on-year increase)
- Irish visitor figures increased by 42% in 2018, thanks to additional airline service from American Airlines and Aer Lingus
- Direct spend from overseas visitation reaches $723 million in 2018, a modern-day record
With the heat of summer fading and the cooler months of autumn approaching, now is the time to dine and drink al fresco in Philadelphia’s vibrant outdoor spaces.
The launch of American Airlines’ new direct flight route to Philadelphia International Airport from Edinburgh in April allows Scottish travellers to plan a long weekend exploring the East Coast city of Philadelphia, which is rich in history, arts and culture, vibrant neighbourhoods, plus tax-free shopping hotspots. Continue reading