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.
It’s been a busy month for GEC PR with the team hitting the road (and air!) for various client events and roadshows. One of those events was TTG Luxpo in Belfast, during which I spent a very productive and informative afternoon meeting with the Irish travel industry to talk about the new luxury product offerings in the Maldives.
The event was the perfect opportunity to meet with premium travel agents during one-to-one meetings and to update them on all the new tourism developments taking place across the Maldives including the opening of the ground-breaking multi-island Crossroads project which will be the largest integrated resort in the Indian Ocean.
Other exciting news included the developments at Velana International Airport which will provide capacity for the terminal to cater for over 7.5 million passengers and the continuous expansion of luxury hotel product in the Maldives with the opening of international brands such as Waldorf Astoria Maldives, Lux* North Male Atoll and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives this year alone.
The venue itself, The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, was also a beautiful location for the event and provided the perfect backdrop to showcase all the wonderful new luxury tourism products taking place.
Next on the agenda is World Travel Market so stay tuned for more updates on what’s to come……
From Meet and Greet to Park and Ride, it can sometimes be tricky to understand which airport parking offering is the most suitable type for a traveller’s individual needs. The award-winning operator and retailer Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) has therefore compared the different types of airport parking services available in the UK to help travellers choose the right option and get their holiday off to the best possible start.
Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid, has confirmed she will be sharing her experience and views on gender equality in Iceland and within the tourism sector at the first International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum taking place in her host country’s capital Reykjavik on 23-24 January 2020.
Whether you’ve recently finished first year of university, graduated or making the most of your summer holiday – a summer internship is likely to be on your to do list. Internships are not all about mastering the art of making tea and coffee. A good all-round internship is one that can help you to make connections, get to know the industry and receive recommendations for future positions.
After spending 2 months at GEC PR Travel & Lifestyle, I have gained a clear insight into interning and the travel industry and would like to share my experience, along with my top 5 tips for making the most of any summer internship.
As part of my Summer Internship Programme, I worked as a PR Intern which involved monitoring client coverage, distributing and writing press releases, and compiling monthly PR reports.
This internship has been a great way to build upon my skills and gain new confidence to work in an office environment. I genuinely enjoyed my time here as this was the first time I was introduced into the travel and tourism industry in such a broad manner. Apart from my time in the office, I got to discover hidden London on a summer day as part of the Treasure Trail organised by the Family Holiday Association.
Here are my TOP 5 tips to make the most of your PR summer Internship:
- Google is your best friend
Before actually starting your internship you need to find a few. There are several resources to find an appropriate internship. Searching online for internships on networking websites such as LinkedIn, Prospects, RateMyPlacement and Internwise will give you a great variety.
- Make it clear what you want to get out of your internship
Is there a particular skill(s) you want to gain? Or is there something new you want to learn? Having an idea about what you want to accomplish is a good start. Before I started my internship, I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to figure out if this is the specific career path/role I wanted. And to see whether my skills are fit for the industry or any future roles I will apply for.
- Q&A session
If you want to get to know the inside outs of the industry, ask your supervisor as many questions as you can. The more you ask, the more interest you are showing, and the more you get to understand how everything works.
It might seem as if your first few days at the office are all about observing the people around you, but in fact there are many ways you can contribute. Why not come up with your own idea or project! This is a great way to put your skills into practice and get valuable feedback.
Last but not least, at the end your internship, it is a good idea to reflect on your experience. A few questions to ask yourself:
- Have I achieved my objectives?
- Is this the industry that I want to get into?
- What skill(s) have I applied?
- What new skill(s) have I gained?
Internships are as fun as you make them. Grab this opportunity to explore the industry better, reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and make great connections.
- 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
3 September 2019 – Women in Travel CIC, the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, will host a World Travel Market (WTM) Networking Workshop for content creators at Intrepid Travel’s London office from 6pm – 9pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019. Continue reading
The Maldives sponsored a gala dinner and drinks reception at Celtic Manor Resort’s Celebrity Cup in Newport, South Wales, from 13th – 14th July 2019, marking the first time a tourism brand has got involved in this prestigious golf event.
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.