Valencia Tourism has been for second year in a row recognized by the airlines at Europe Routes.
Last year Valencia Tourism was “Highly Commended” for its excellence in Marketing Destination, this year 2014 it’s been “Category Winner”- being recognized as best European Tourism Board (for its work to improve air connectivity)
The annual Routes awards are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. They provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport or tourism authority they think provides the best overall marketing services to them whether this relates to their particular relationship, effective results, provision of data and information or innovative techniques to establish new or maintain and develop existing routes.
Here you can see a view from the Gala Dinner newtworking event, were the Awards were given with over 1.200 aviation professionals.
Last week Valencia got back one of most wished missing air connections: FRANKFURT with Lufthansa. This daily connection will add near 60.000 seats to the air capacity from Valencia Airport; connecting the city to many others all around the world (through Frankfurt hub).
Here you can see some images from the inaugural flight, where Valencia Tourism organized some traditional dances and welcome bags to all passangers.
On the 2nd of April Lufthansa organized a huge event at Veles e Vents (in Valencia Royal Marine) for customers, travel professionals and authorities; welcoming many managers from Lufthansa- both in Spain and in Frankfurt.
Eventually the Cake that was used to celebrate the launching from the route entered the famous contest “Cake of the Week” from ANNA.AERO (famous between aviation professionals). The votation just finished and this Cake has been chosen by over 25% of the voters!! being the WINNER!- which will make thousands of readers from this specialized media to get awareness of this new route.
See here all the cakes
March has been a really busy month, besides hosting the International Indian TV and attending famous Mitt Fair in Moscow- definitely the focus was set on Chinese market with several activities.
First we did an important Seminar, opened by Mr. Eugenio Bregolat (who was three times Ambassador from Spain in China) and with many interesting people- both from China and from Spain.
The same day we did a workshop and a fam-trip with 8 main travel professionals from the South of China: they visited the historical city centre, the modern City of Arts and Sciences and learned how to cook a Valencian Paella.
Finally, just a few days before the Fallas Week we had a group of journalists, also from the South of China, coming with Qatar Airways, who where covering both: the city as a destination and the Fallas from Valencia- here you can see a picture from them interviewing the Queen of the Party: “Fallera Mayor“.
Something extremely amazing every year in Fallas is the lighting contest. The quartier from RUZAFA gets overcrowded with thousands and thousands of people to see this unique shows. Yesterday it was the 1st time and todaythe winner was announced … and the winner is Falla Sueca-Literato Azorín. Congratulations.
See here a video and below a picture with the Indian TV- who filmed it yesterday.
The 2nd award, also very well deserved has been achieved by its neighbour Falla: Cuba-Literato Azorín. Also congratulation. See here video and a picture.
Both videos from Centra Digital- specialized blog about Fallas: www.cendradigital.com
Last weekend an International Indian TV visited Valencia… for 3rd year in a row we hosted an Asian TV for the Fallas Opening Festival: “Crida”.
They enjoyed the “Macrodespertà” with over 2.000 throwing crackers, interviewed the Fallas Queen of the city: Carmen Sancho and visited the Ninot Exhibition with over 700 “ninots” (pieces from Fallas).
The TV “TravelXPhd“(http://www.travelxp.tv/) will make two programmes- one about Valencia as a destination for their programme “City breaks” and other about “Las Fallas” as a documentary.
Here some more pics about their make-up in Valencia.
Yesterday near 50 Turkish travel agents attended VALENCIA presentation and workshop organized by Turkish Airlines and Valencia Tourism.
7 Valencian companies were represented at the workshop: Aquatravel and Discovering Valencia + 5 hotels: Las Arenas, Westin Valencia, Melià, Barceló and Olympia.
The event is today at the main Turkish media for tourism professionals: Türkiye Turizm
You can see a lot of pictures from the event.
Spanish media also informed about the sales mission.
I allways like to try and show at my blog new places. Really this is not new at all: FOUNDED in 1922 is now in its 4th generation! Casa Carmela is one of the only places in Valencia City where you still can enjoy a traditional Valencian Paella made with wood, as Paella was invented many many years ago.
The Restaurant is located close to Las Arenas Beach, at Valencian Beach Promenade- at Isabel de Villena street, 155
See here a few pictures from a nice starter, main course: VALENCIAN PAELLA and delicious traditional dessert.