Monday Morning Blog 12/02/2018

Oh no, it can’t be, oh yes it is, it’s Monday morning again. This week goes quickly the weekend even quicker, we are already in the second week of February which means it’s Valentines Day this week and as a romantic at heart, I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. If every day was Valentine’s day, there would be a lot more love in the world and goodness knows looking at some of the news items over the weekend, we need a lot more love in this world. Apart from Valentine’s this week, on Friday 16th February it is the Chinese New Year this year is the year of the DOG.  I know you are desperate to know how to greet your fellow Chinese friends so here goes Gung hay fat choy is how Cantonese speakers wish a happy new year – literally “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” Gong xi fa cai is how Mandarin-speakers wish you a happy new year – literally “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.”
Is that too much information yes I thought so.

Whoa, what a day Sunday was, a wonderful sparking crystal clear morning with sunshine and even a little heat in the sun although a very cold wind, by the time 9PM arrived it was freezing cold with snow showers, making Spring seem a long way off even if Daffs are £1.00 a bunch in M&S.

DMC News* MM and Company News * Destination News*

Mauritius
Anusha, Davina and the team at Connections DMC have told us that they have two public holidays this week one being the 13th February; Mahashivaratree where all Indians of the Island plan a pilgrimage of the holy lake Grand Bassin and celebrate the god Shiva. The other on the 16th February is for the Chinese New Year. If you need anything urgently please let us know otherwise they will be back in the office on the 14th and 19th February.

Slovakia
In a few weeks’ time Marek Farkas of Enjoy Slovakia DMC is coming over to make sales calls and we are very much looking forward to welcoming Marek. We are noticing a big pick up in requests and confirmed groups for this very versatile destination.
We are also hosting a Business Development trip (aka FAM trip) to Bratislava departing 19th April for two nights. We have bought 10 tickets on British Airways. So please watch out for your invitation coming to a screen near you very soon.

Greece
Nassos Stephenson the MD of AME Greece has told us that the Metropolitan Hotel (formerly a Chandris Hotel) will be opening in April this year following a total refurbishment, under the new name of Athens Marriott from the 1st May this year. More information will follow in due course.

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