Explore Europe’s summer playgrounds in Switzerland, Italy and Croatia and leave the planning to the experts New York, N.Y.– March 13, 2019 – Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, the global leaders in premium and luxury escorted journeys are celebrating the launch of their 100% Definite Departures on all 2019 Europe and Britain summer journeys departing from April to October. Both award-winning sister brands will be offering over 100 unforgettable premium and luxury escorted journeys to the most popular and trending destinations. Guests will enjoy the continent’s grand procession of endless summer fun activities with authentic Insight Experiences and exclusive Luxury Gold VIP Experiences from al fresco feasts, wine tasting in verdant vineyards and unique access to some of the world’s greatest cultural sites. Traveling during summer season with both brands provides many benefits for travelers including stylish and luxury accommodations in the right locations that may otherwise be unavailable to independent travelers. Insight always ensures seamless, magical travel experiences and shows guests the insights, not just the sights. Guests traveling with Luxury Gold will truly experience a journey beyond the ordinary in exquisite style and comfort. “We look forward to sharing magical experiences with travelers this summer and are excited to offer peace of mind now that every summer European journey is a 100% Definite Departure.” said Ulla Hefel Böhler, CEO of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. “We are excited to offer our guests the ultimate summer holiday inspiration with our fascinating experiences such as discovering the views amidst Alpine peaks in Switzerland and exploring Bellinzona with a Local Expert, savoring Farm-to-Table delights and learning to make pasta in Italy, strolling around the marble streets of Dubrovnik or taking part in a unique falconry experience at Ashford Castle in Ireland.” Some of the most popular Insight Vacations Europe journeys and a Luxury Gold itinerary that guests can enjoy this summer are included below. For more information, please visit the Definite Departures page for Insight Vacations here and for Luxury Gold, here. Country Roads of Switzerland – 14 daysA journey specifically designed for those looking to discover spectacular Alpine panoramas and hidden retreats. To experience Switzerland the Insight way, connecting guests to local characters who really bring a destination to life, guests will meet Julia Guidotti as their Local Expert as they explore Bellinzona – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the capital of Italian Switzerland. Guests will step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s greatest railway voyages. Travelers will also visit a family-run 17th century wine estate overlooking Lake Geneva, Domaine Bovy, as they sip a glass of Swiss sunshine al fresco and indulge in Farm-to-Table fare. Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily – 14 DaysThis 14-day journey begins in Rome, where guests can expect to see the spectacular famed sights like Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, and the Pantheon with a Local Expert leading them through each site with lots of local flavor. In the town of Alberobello, guests will be treated to an incredible Insight Experience of meeting the owner of Trattoria Terra Madra, who will share his philosophy of using organic, seasonal produce, before sitting down to savur a four-course Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner featuring orecchiette pasta made by Nonna herself. From there, it’s on to Capri to explore the charming alleyways, browse the boutiques, admire the artisan studios and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Country Roads of Croatia – 14 daysPristine landscapes and idyllic islands will leave all travelers in awe on this journey exploring Croatia off the beaten track and experiencing traditional village life. Zagreb is discovered with a Local Expert and guests will ride the funicular en route to Gornki Grad, the medieval Upper Town. Onward to the world-famous caves of Postojna for a subterranean Insight Experience where guests will take a mini-train before walking through the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. They will also explore Plitvice National Park by walking the zig-zagging timber footbridges of the forest reserve along the crystal blue waters. On this journey, guests will step onto a private boat for a cruise along the coast to the village of Ston, meet a local oyster farmer and discover how oysters are harvested before enjoying a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting. Ultimate Ireland – 12 daysOn this new Luxury Gold itinerary, guests begin their journey in vibrant Belfast, delving into Northern Ireland’s incredible history with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Museum. After exploring Dublin, they will also enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner at L’Ecrivain, renowned for its flavorful classic French cuisine. Travelers will end their journey with a luxurious two-night stay at the magnificent 5-star Ashford Castle which is part of Red Carnation’s Luxury Hotel Boutique Collection. They will be offered a choice between an elegant afternoon tea or a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland. About Insight VacationsAs a global leader in premium escorted travel, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys for almost 40 years that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcases the most outstanding destinations in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit insightvacations.com About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.
May 21, 2014 zoom Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), today announced the signing of a MoU on academic cooperation with World Maritime University (WMU), an educational agency operating under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).This landmark event supports the vision for EIMA which has been established with the objective of becoming the Gulf’s Centre of Excellence for maritime education & is already considered a leading institution in this field.His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Drydocks World & Maritime World said, “We are promoting all round excellence in maritime operations, training and education. EIMA’s Mission 2020 is part of the overall strategy to achieve this vision through which meaningful international associations will be forged with reputed maritime institutes all over the world that would help develop EIMA as a center of excellence in maritime studies.”“The Agreement with EIMA to support the regional and international maritime educational goals of the Academy. EIMA is an emerging maritime educational and training provider in the Middle East and the opportunities for collaboration between the Academy and WMU will certainly be of mutual benefit” said Mr. Björn Kjerfve President of World Maritime University.Eng. Ali bin Towaih Alsuwaidi, Vice President Business Development, Commercial and Project Management, Drydocks World & Maritime World said” This MoU will add value to EIMA’s reputation as a key player in education since the University is directly linked to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the ultimate maritime related decision-making body. In addition, it will also give EIMA international status & credibility in being able to offer Post Graduate level courses by 2015.”The MoU was signed by Eng. Ali Alsuwaidi, and Mr. Björn Kjerfve, at the Maritime Business Centre in Dubai Maritime City (DMC). This collaboration between Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) and World Maritime University (WMU) furthers the combined vision of the organizations to build a sustainable world and develop future global maritime leaders, experts and professionals through maritime education and research.World Maritime University’s mission to promote the international exchange and transfer of maritime best practice to a maritime hub of Middle East is reflected by this partnership.EIMA had earlier launched Mission 2020 in association with Aries International Maritime Research Institute (AIMRI), a premier i-university imparting high quality Maritime technical education, which will place a number of initiatives to bring qualified and competent nationals into the industry and provide them growth opportunities to become leaders of the future.The MoU with WMU will contribute to the realization of Mission 2020 by promoting academic information exchange between the two entities, foster education in WMU’s degree programs, further the development of professional courses, distance education and field training, promote research, technical, and scientific cooperation and exchange of faculty members.Located within DMC, the hub of maritime activity in the Middle East, EIMA focuses on developing and improving the skills of future generations by enabling them to work onboard ships as officers and engineers.Courses offered by EIMA and its partners are internationally accredited and recognized through professional bodies, institutions and renowned universities and include accreditations under IMO, SOLAS, OPITO, NTA and DNV, making EIMA a one- stop-shop for all aspects of marine and maritime education.Practical exposure will be offered through EIMA’s association with Drydocks World and Maritime World which can cater to all types of technical training at its training centre. The current infrastructure at EIMA can accommodate up to 20,000 students a year and the plan is to develop a maritime centre of excellence including the establishment of a research institute with the largest Towing Tank facility in the world.This centre will enable industry players in the shipping, maritime, oil, gas, energy and offshore industry to fully meet their skill requirements and attract a global student base in the UAE by 2020.