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The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 was released last week, ranking 200 cities based on how many international overnight visitors they're set to receive this year, based on actual 2019 monthly data and the weighted average of national-level tourism forecasts. We have listed the top 20 below for you, can you guess which city is number one?

Have a December to remember with our top Christmas holiday ideas. Whether you want to indulge in the festivities of the season, seek snowy adventures or escape the winter weather and fly to somewhere warm; there are plenty of different ways to spend Christmas away from home with your loved ones.

City break holidays are the perfect way to escape everyday life for a few days and immerse yourself in new adventures and cultures. Whether you are travelling solo, as a group or going on a romantic getaway there are so many incredible cities to explore, each offering something different. Being based in Europe we have a host of great city break options reachable in under 4 hours. However, If you're willing to travel a little further there are some fantastic cities with affordable flight options that won't break the bank.

 

To make your next city break destination choice a little easier we have compiled a list of our favourite and 'must visit' cities for a city break holiday

Today (5th June 2019) is World Environment Day and the launch of ABTA's Make Holidays Greener Campaign. This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. Managing our carbon footprint here at Norad Travel is a core part of the company's CSR commitments.

We are conscious about how we as a business can play an active role to reduce emissions and improve energy usage to ensure that we provide a continued safe and strong environment for our children and their children's children.

Working in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company, the UK's leading climate change company, we assist our corporate customers to offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by their domestic and international travel by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable projects around the world.

We recycle all paper matter, cardboard and plastics and ensure these are taken away by specialists. We also supply every Norad staff member with a reusable water bottle to discourage the use of single-use plastics in the work place.

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The theme for 2019's Make Holidays Greener campaign is Reduce, Reuse, Reycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is not a new concept, but it is more relevant than ever. Where possible we should all reduce and reuse environmentally costly resources as much as possible before recycling. These resources include everything from plastic to food waste and building materials to water.

How can I get involved?

This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. To get involved all you need to do is take a look at the infographic below and make a pledge to make a difference. Click here to make a pledge on the Make Holidays Greener website and enter a prize draw to win a carry-on bag by sustainability leaders Patagonia.

Share your actions and get involved to help to ensure that people, wildlife and landscapes in your favourite destinations benefit from tourism as much holidaymakers do.

 

How to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Holiday

Click here to download a high res version of the infographic 

Saturday 18th May, 10:00-15:00 - Grange Centre, Midhurst

Free Entry . Tour Operator Stands . Local Vendors . Free Face Painting . Treasure Hunt . Colouring Competition . Refreshments

WIN £250 Holiday Voucher

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After the success of our last few showcases, we are organising an exciting Family Holiday Show, taking place on 18th May.

Joining us in this fun and informative day will be representatives from a range of the UK’s best loved tour operators, specialising in all areas of expertise, from UK breaks to luxury holidays and cruises to fly drives. Local suppliers such as a traditional toy shop and a company that makes delicious cupcakes will also be attending.

The Family Holiday Show | Tour Operators

There will be raffle with £250 as the top price to go towards your next holiday to win on the day, along with many other prizes. The day includes free activities such as a treasure hunt, face painting, and a colouring competition to win a £10.00 book token. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided complimentary.

We do hope you can join us.

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Tour Operators:

Classic Collection Holidays

The Family Holiday Show | Classic Collection

Classic Collection Holidays, is an award-winning specialist tour operator.  We feature Luxury tailor-made holidays offering a friendly and knowledgeable service.  Our range of destinations include the Mediterranean, Italy, Croatia, North Africa and a great long haul programme to Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, Grenada and NEW for this year, the stunning, St Lucia. Our newest Lakes and Mountains brochure, offers Austria and Switzerland, Swiss Rail travel and the infamous Orient Express.  

Lusso

The Family Holiday Show | Lusso

At Lusso we believe you should demand more from your luxury travel company. Handpicked resorts in stunning surroundings? Of course. The highest levels of service? Naturally. Full financial protection for your holiday? Absolutely.

Superbreak

The Family Holiday Show | Superbreak

Super Break has been a short break specialist for over 30 years. And we pour all that knowledge, experience and passion back into creating your perfect escape. It powers everything we do.

Choosing Super Break allows you to book every element of your trip in one simple place; 2-5 star hotels, rail travel, Eurostar, flights and mini-cruises, plus all the little extras that help make each break really special.

From theatre tickets and events to sightseeing and attractions around the UK and overseas, we help tailor the entire package exactly how you want it.

So when you’re ready for your next much-needed escape, trust us to create a truly unique and unforgettable short break.

North American Travel Service

The Family Holiday Show | North American Travel Show

North America Travel Service has been expertly creating holidays to the USA & Canada for over 45 years. We have a wealth of specialist knowledge and a wide selection of holiday options across all 50 US states as well as all 13 Canadian provinces & territories.

Transun

The Family Holiday Show | Transun

Transun is an independently owned specialist tour operator with over thirty years’ experience in operating to the Arctic. We offer a selection of magical trips to meet the real Father Christmas in his time-honoured home, Lapland. Our specially-designed breaks for families show Lapland at its truest and our dedicated team will ensure that everything is taken care of along the way.

Travel2

The Family Holiday Show | Travel2

Travel 2 has been committed to sending customers to an array of worldwide destinations for over 36 years. In that time we’ve worked hard to become the experts you can trust in building your clients’ dream holidays. We work with all of the world's top airlines, over 100,000 hotels, tours and rail suppliers, car hire companies, and more than 35 cruise lines to plan and book everything from flights, accommodation, cruises, tours and excursions, to luxury getaways and group travel.

African Pride

The Family Holiday Show | African Pride

Creating exceptional journeys requires an exceptional travel company. We believe our knowledge of southern and east Africa is unparalleled, that our creativity in designing itineraries is unrivalled and that our familiarity with the destination is unmatched.

Captivating Cuba

The Family Holiday Show | Captivating Cuba

Captivating Cuba is a totally independent and fully ATOL bonded boutique specialist tour operator, with more than 25 years’ experience providing high-quality tailormade travel to Cuba and beyond. Our friendly, experienced and approachable travel designers are passionate about providing authentic journeys throughout Cuba packed with personality, and we really do care that your holiday with us is special.

Visit Orlando

The Family Holiday Show | Visit Orlando

Start planning your dream vacation to Orlando! Find theme parks from Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™ to SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Discover attractions you can’t experience anywhere else. Explore countless other things to do while you’re in town, and get trusted, complimentary trip-planning advice before and after your arrival.

 

 

Norad Travel Group, the Hampshire-based travel agency, hosted their annual company conference at Hilton St. Anne’s Manor in Wokingham on Saturday 27th April.

The conference theme was ‘Getting to Know You: Reflections of an Industry’ with an agenda to further understand the industry and the company’s trusted suppliers. Several airlines and tour operators were invited as attendees to help stimulate industry discussion and supplier relationships throughout the day.

The trusted suppliers in attendance at the Norad Annual Conference were: African Pride, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, Kuoni, Lufthansa Group, Lusso, Travel 2 and United Airlines. All Norad staff attended the weekend event, in which Group Managing Director, Linda Foote outlined the conference theme together with an update on the business, which included congratulating Operations Director, Anna McGurk, on her recent appointment to the Norad board of Directors.

Norad Staff at Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Company Chairman Mick Gibbs was unable to attend but left the following message for conference attendees: “As a Board we have always believed in what we do, not what others would have us believe and making those hard decisions when required. Choosing trusted partners along that journey is also another reason as to our success and this conference is the next step as we tackle the challenges ahead. I hope that each of you are proud of our collective achievements and that as we all work as a Group we start to really unleash the incredible acumen we hold as a team to deliver day in, day out the ultimate in customer services and travel related solutions.”

The supplier panel featured Kevin Young - Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group, Matt Lane – Key Account Manager TMC at Etihad Airways, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride and Gareth Hulmston – Sales Director at Lusso. The panel discussed topics around supplier relationship building and each panelist described what a successful supplier relationship looked like to them, together with the challenges they face within the ever-changing travel industry.

Supplier Panel | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Speaking after the panel, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride said, “We have worked with the Norad Travel Group for a number of years and enjoy a mutually successful and beneficial relationship. The opportunity to be involved in their annual conference and engage with staff across all departments was too good to miss.”

David Holland and Team African Pride | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Kevin Young – Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group was pleased with the outcomes of the conference and added “Working with the Norad Travel Group is a true partnership in so many ways. The openness and exchange from all members of the Norad Team is fantastic. Being asked to support and attend the 2019 Conference was an immediate ‘ Yes ‘  from myside. The theme of the conference ‘ Getting to Know You ‘ was absolutely perfect and the organization was seamless. I really got to know the Norad Team throughout the Conference, especially during the fun filled activities of the afternoon and evening! Great job Norad and thank you for allowing me to be part of your day.” 

The conference concluded with an annual raffle prize draw in which Norad staff won numerous prizes thanks to generous donations from our trusted partners, key hotel partners and the Directors of Norad.

Winning Team | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Group Finance Director Tara Foy was delighted with the results of the conference, which concluded with an evening dinner and party. “It’s truly energising to see our people so engaged with our brand vision and have the opportunity to be able to build personal and business relationships with some of our most trusted suppliers.”

Trusted Partners and Directors | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019