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ACCOLADE FOR FAENA

Faena Hotel Miami Beach Voted Number One Property in America and one of the top hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards

For more info, click here


Faena Hotel Miami

Miami Heritage Month Returns

Beyond the shimmer and glitz of Greater Miami’s ultra-chic hotspots and unrivalled beaches lies the rich history of a city with deep multicultural roots. This December, discover hidden cultural gems found throughout the destination and learn about our many influences during Miami Heritage Month.

During December, take a stroll down the road less travelled while learning about Greater Miami and the Beaches' diverse neighbourhoods.

Like all great cities, Miami has been shaped by its past. Influenced by a wide-range of cultures, Greater Miami and the Beaches' DNA is inextricably linked to its colourful roots. Click through and rediscover the meaning of Heritage.

Find out what Art of Black Miami is all about and explore some featured events; The Art of Black Miami is a platform that shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists. Happening during Art Basel Miami Beach, but continuing year-round, this initiative is a celebration of the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami's mosaic neighbourhoods. Experience and interact with new artworks and projects, attend special events, visit pop-up art galleries, meet artists close up and explore the Art of Black Miami distinct and creative venues.

For more information click here


Art of Black

Back to business for Greater Miami CVB

Dear GMCVB Partners,

We are pleased to report Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau office has re-opened and our team is actively selling and promoting the destination to visitors.

While the majority of our hotels have reopened, we appreciate updates from all of our partners on your operating status. Please let us know if you are fully operational. If not, please advise your GMCVB Account Manager of your expected opening.

Below are some important updates to share with your staff to keep your team, customers and visitors informed:

Miami Beach Convention Center
The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), already undergoing an extensive $615 million renovation, experienced no exterior damage. Currently, the MBCC construction team is further assessing the construction site, and officials do not foresee significant impact, noting all four halls will be available to Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport’s first flight arrived less than 36 hours after the storm’s passing. As the airlines resume normal scheduling, we encourage travelers to confirm flights directly with their carriers.

PortMiami
Cruises are already departing from PortMiami and passengers are encouraged to check their cruise line for the latest information on sailings.

Attractions/Shopping
We’re pleased to report visitors are already enjoying our destination’s many assets, including our popular attractions and shopping throughout the destination.

Restaurants
The majority of our restaurants are open, and many have extended the GMCVB’s Miami Spice Restaurant program through October 31.

Visitor Centers
Twenty-one of 22 Visitor Centers are currently open or will open by September 18; a complete listing is available on our website.

The GMCVB will be launching a post-Irma Marketing Campaign in the coming days and we will be reaching out to you for special offers and updates.

We will also be working closely with our partner, the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association, to lend support to our industry families in need locally, in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider contributing to Hurricane Irma relief efforts via the American Red Cross.

For additional information, please click here and make sure to check back regularly for updates.

Sincerely,

William Talbert, III, CDME
President & CEO

 


Greater Miami CVB

Greater Miami and the Beaches reopens and welcomes visitors

Miami-Dade County re-opens as travelers, businesses, residents, and displaced Floridians from throughout the state return to Miami and the Beaches. While the destination’s tourism infrastructure comes back online, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s thoughts and prayers are with the Florida Keys, Caribbean and West Coast.

Nearly all hotels in the destination are reporting very minimal to zero damage. The City of Miami Beach reports that 90% of Miami Beach hotels are open for business. The majority of hotels throughout Miami have re-opened or are planning to re-open within the next 24-48 hours. Many hotels are offering special rates for displaced Miami and Florida residents. For a list of Miami & Beaches hotels that are open, please click here. If you are in need of accommodations, please use the links below or contact individual hotels for availability.

Miami International Airport has re-opened and while airlines work to resume normal scheduling, travelers are encouraged to check with individual carriers for current flight schedules and status. The Port of Miami has re-opened and travelers should check with cruise lines to confirm any routing or itinerary changes.

Many restaurants are now welcoming hungry guests! Miami Spice restaurant promotion continues through September 30 – call individual restaurants for more information and reservations.

Attractions are coming back online, and travelers should check with individual museums, operators, etc. for most updated information. Pristine beaches greet residents and travelers, as cleanup crews have worked diligently to re-open beaches that were minimally impacted by Hurricane Irma’s waters.

The Miami Beach Convention Center renovation construction has resumed with no damage reported to the exterior of the building.

Please note that some sporting venues have reported changes to planned events.


Greater Miami CVB

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A Bigger and Better Jungle Island for Miami

Jungle Island, Miami’s landmark attraction, is undergoing major changes and the multi-million dollar project will be in a three-part renovation and expansion that will include zip lines, children’s adventures, water slides, a massive lagoon for swimming and water sports and a private beach club. The enhancement will also bring upgraded restaurants, a renovated banquet area and new animal adventures. It is expected to be completed in two years.

The first part of the enhancement plan, the addition of more than 5,600 feet of zip lines with drops as high as 14 stories over Miami, will debut this summer.

Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals. Visitors can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes VIP tours. Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. With its newly renovated Treetop Ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces including a private beach, the 18-acre park also serves as Miami’s destination for extraordinary events. Discover Jungle Island today visit www.jungleisland.com for more news.

Jungle Island

Miami Celebrates Fashion

Calling all fashion lovers! Miami Fashion week will take place from 31 May to 03 June 2017.

Miami Fashion Week, much like Miami, is influenced by the Miami’s connections to South and Central America and it is the only fashion week dedicated to resort and pre-spring collections.

The Convention Center will transform into a fashion hub and its grounds will include a large runway space akin to the tents in New York, booths by smaller designers and accessory participants as well as culinary delights and demonstrations.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the fashion shows, seminars, special events and after-parties hosted for Miami Fashion Week.

For more information click here

Miami Celebrates Fashion

Miami Museum Month Returns

Enjoy the cultural vibe in Greater Miami and the Beaches this May!
 
Greater Miami’s world-class museums are a tribute to its rich culture and heritage. From modern marvels to timeless treasures, science, art and more, Miami has got it covered. Unleash your inner culture vulture and discover it all during Miami Museum Month. From 1st to 31st May many participating museums and hotels offer special discounts and tailor-made itineraries showcasing Miami’s vibrant art scene.
 
For more information about this great promotion and a list of participating outlets visit: www.miamiandbeaches.com
 

Viscaya Museum and Gardens

Welcome To Miami Sports & Wellness Month

Miami Sports & Wellness Month will return April 2017. Stay tuned! 

This April, sports, recreation and wellness take centre stage in Greater Miami and the Beaches during Miami Sports & Wellness Month! 

Enjoy special discounts to great recreational activities including golf, tennis, bicycling, running, water sports and more. Staying active is easy in a destination that boasts world-class sporting facilities and some of the finest amateur and professional events found anywhere in the world.

To learn about these great offers, visit http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-sports-month

American Airlines Arena

MIAMI CELEBRATES ROMANCE THIS FEBRUARY

Love is in the air this February as Miami and the Beaches celebrate Romance Month!

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate its seventh annual Miami Romance Month by inviting locals and visitors to take advantage of special offers and activities such as room upgrades and special amenities, discounted spa treatments for couple and romantic dining packages available at many of Miami's top tables. Every participating company will provide a full schedule of offerings and insider tips over the coming weeks.

For more information click here

Romantic dining in Miami

VIRGIN HAD FUN IN MIAMI

From 14th to 16th December, First PR escorted Virgin Atlantic and their top European GSAs for a FAM trip to Miami. The group of 10 stayed at the Grand Beach Hotel and enjoyed a lot of fun activities such as a catamaran cruise, jetski & flyboard session, a scooter tour around Wynwood and a Thriller speedboat excursion.

The delegation also experienced breakfast and a guided tour at the Trump National in Doral, lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bayside as well as site inspection and dinner at the East Hotel in Brickell.

Fun was had by all!


Trump National in Doral

Hard Rock Cafe in Bayside
MIAMI HERITAGE MONTH

Beyond the shimmer and glitz of Greater Miami’s ultra-chic hotspots and unrivalled beaches lies the rich history of a city with deep multicultural roots. This December, discover hidden cultural gems found throughout the destination and learn about our many influences during Miami Heritage Month.

During December, take a stroll down the road less travelled while learning about Greater Miami and the Beaches' diverse neighbourhoods.

Like all great cities, Miami has been shaped by its past. Influenced by a wide-range of cultures, Greater Miami and the Beaches' DNA is inextricably linked to its colourful roots. Click through and rediscover the meaning of Heritage.

Find out what Art of Black Miami is all about and explore some featured events; The Art of Black Miami is a platform that shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists. Happening during Art Basel Miami Beach, but continuing year-round, this initiative is a celebration of the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami's mosaic neighbourhoods. Experience and interact with new artworks and projects, attend special events, visit pop-up art galleries, meet artists close up and explore the Art of Black Miami distinct and creative venues.


Miami Heritage Month
MIAMI LIVE MONTH

This November, experience Miami's live music and entertainment scene during Miami Live Month. -From concerts and dance performances to comedy shows and poetry readings, live entertainment in all corners of Miami and the Beaches springs to life this season. During November enjoy special offers from live entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and featured events.

Miami has a reputation for its legendary nightlife and for good reason. This city delivers on epic nights out like no other. From South Beach’s mega-clubs to rubbing elbows with celebrities and watching the sun rise over the beach wondering how you’re still awake, Miami is heaven on earth for people who love to party.

No matter what part of the Magic City you visit, there’s almost always a live band playing for an eclectic and international audience. And throughout the year, Miami hosts world-class music festivals, offering even more opportunities to catch your favourite musicians or discover new ones.

Join the party on the dance floor and find out first hand why Miami is world-renowned for its high-energy nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a mega club with headlining DJs, a chill lounge to let loose or a funky Latin spot to test your salsa skills, Miami’s got a dance club for you.

Click here for more information.


Miami nightlife
MIAMI ATTRACTIONS MONTH

Miami attractions offer countless choices: from the beautiful historic Vizcaya Museum & Gardens to the fun and interactive kids favourite Jungle Island. You can get up close and personal with Flipper & his friends and splash around at the Miami Seaquarium or navigate a maze of sawgrass marshes, dodging alligators and other wetland wildlife along the way in the Everglades National Park. The list goes on...

With such a wide array of things to do and budgets that can only stretch so far, Miami has come up with Miami Attractions Month. Throughout October, this money-saving programme gives visitors and local alike a chance to experience some of Miami’s favourite attractions at a fraction of the full price thanks to many discounted tickets and “BOGOF” deals.

Miami Attractions Month is one of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau many special offers featured throughout the year from Miami Film Month, Miami Museum Month to Miami Shop Month or Miami Spa Month to name but a few.

For more information visit: www.miamiattractionsmonth.com


Miami Seaquarium
MIAMI 2016 MISSION

From 11th to 15th July 2016, FPR hosted the Greater Miami CVB and partners around Ireland and the UK. The delegation visited many trade partners for training sessions and product updates and met up with tour operators and MICE buyers during evening events.


From left to right: Seb Sarrasin, First PR - Caroline Landera, Miami Seaquarium - Natalie Orr, Grand Beach Hotels - Myra Roman, Charles Groups - Judith Patron-Fernandez, Greater Miami CVB - Gonzalo Del Rio, Hard Rock Cafe - Nancy Bedoya, Marriott - Sarianne Sanderson, South Beach Group

From left to right: Judith Patron-Fernandez, Greater Miami CVB, Sue Marshall, Visit Florida - Eve Gardiner, First PR.
WINE TASTING WITH RITZ CARLTON

FPR enjoyed an evening with Ritz Carlton hotels from around the world including The Edition and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.  With group and incentive buyers we participated in wine tasting of old versus new world wines and feasted on delicious canapés.


Wine tasting with Ritz Carlton
TELEGRAPH TRAVEL AWARDS

FPR attended the Telegraph Travel Awards, travelling in the Northern Belle from Victoria. On this heritage train we enjoyed a sumptuous brunch whilst we journeyed through London suburbs and countryside to Kingscote Station. We disembarked and entered a marquis where our hosts and MC Gyles Brandreth presented the awards. Time to enjoy the sunshine and networking before heading back to London and partake in an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and pastries, scones with cream and wonderful strawberries and cream. A very pleasant day with the Telegraph Travel team and some of their best known writers.


Guests enjoying the sunshine
BRAND USA FILM PREMIERE

FPR attended the Brand USA UK launch of the National Parks Adventure movie at the British Film Institute IMAX theatre. The theatre was decorated in an outdoor theme where we enjoyed a reception to meet our hosts and the film’s producers prior to watching the amazing film. Truly show the diversity and beauty of USA year-round.


Brand USA film premiere at the IMAX
PRESS ENJOY A MENU FIT FOR THREE ROIS

From 2nd to 4th February 2016, acclaimed Michelin chef Peter Knogl was at the centre of an international press trip organised by First PR to the prestigious Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel. FOUR magazine editor in chief Kerry Spencer and Cecile Stefanova from Phoenix magazine joined other European journalists for a 2-night stay in one of Switzerland's most luxurious hotels and a chance to dine in its 3-star Michelin restaurant "Le Cheval Blanc" led by Knogl and its team


The beautiful dinning room in hotel Le Cheval Blanc
SKIING THE DREAM IN HAUTE ALPES

During the last week of January, First PR was joined by 5 UK medias and 5 tour operators in the French ski region of the Hautes-Alpes.

Skiing, guided tours of the local sites and spa facilities were on the programme. True to form, the week was also punctuated by culinary feasts celebrating French cuisine and local hospitality.


Enjoying the skiing in Montgenevre
TURYAA LAUNCH

RP/FPR worked with Aitken Spence to launch its newest hotel brand, Turyaa in Sri Lanka and India, at WTM.  Branding at WTM tradition and digital was organised, media interviews set up and travel industry reception with VIPS from Sri Lanka, traditional musicians and top local chef performing culinary art enforced the message Aitken Spence wanted to get across.


Turyaa Launch at the WTM 2015

Turyaa Launch at the WTM 2015
ITS SO MIAMI FOR FPR

Miami delegation was in UK for meetings and training sessions with the leisure travel industry.  A well-attended MICE event at the Emin Room and hosting agents to a fun and educational evening at the Hard Rock Café, London were all part of an action packed week. 

On a perfect summer’s evening, FPR set up a travel industry event at The Deck, National Theatre, adorned with palm trees and guests treated to mojitos and a Cuban fusion BBQ to get the Miami vibe.  Gifts galore, graffiti painter and cocktail making lessons complimented a wonderful evening that all enjoyed.


It's So Miami in the Hard Rock Café
BON JOUR MANITOBA

FPR set up and escorted Travel Manitoba and its trade partners on a week-long sales and media visit to France. 

Meetings, training and evening events for the travel industry and media.  Itinerary included Paris and Lyon.


Bon Jour Manitoba!
A PEARL OF AN ANNIVERSARY FOR FPR

Founded in 1985 FPR celebrated its Pearl anniversary with its client of 30 years, Seattle and Washington State Tourism.  With a large delegation from Washington State a week of great travel industry events were set up including call centre trainings, speed dating afternoon with product managers, radio interviews and media appointments.  The finale was dinner for 100 travel industry partners at the top of Tower Bridge. Wonderful sunset and great views complimented the sumptuous dinner served with WA wines.


Dinner at the top of the Tower Bridge
FPR SAILED AWAY TO ANTIGUA

First Public Relations was delighted to escort two bloggers, Fiona Maclean of London Unattached and Julie Falconer of A Lady in London, out to Antigua for the 2014 Antigua Sailing Week.

We started off by enjoying the Sailing Week festivities… a Shaggy concert at Shirley Heights, a beach party at Pigeon Beach and an amazing dinner at Catherine’s Restaurant on the beach front (Champagne and lobster risotto anyone?)

We also saw a more serious side to the island, visiting the historic colonial-era Nelson’s Dockyard and Betty’s Hope, site of one of the island’s many old sugar mills. A trip to Antigua Sailing Week surely wouldn’t be complete without a chance to head out and see the action up close! We headed out into open waters and chased the leaders which made for some amazing pictures and one slightly seasick First PR escort…


Anna Wolstenholme with Antigua people
PORT OF SEATTLE VISITS UK AND IRELAND

FPR was out and about in the UK and Ireland with Port Of Seattle making sales calls and media meetings.


Chapter One, Dublin to host the Irish media

MASH, London for a travel industry dinner to introduce Delta’s new service
FPR RAISING A GLASS...

FPR hosted key media at Aubaine, Heddon Street to showcase the gastronomy of Ardeche-Gard-Vaucluse Provence and Rhone Wines


L to R: Gillian Thornton - freelance writer, Neil Gerarghty - freelance writer, Valérie Gillet – ADT Vaucluse

Jessica Debieve - Rhône Wines introducing the fabulous wines served during dinner
FPR HITTING THE ROAD WITH TRAVEL MANITOBA AND PARTNERS

Travel Manitoba and partners visited Newcastle, Dublin and London in January with FPR making sales calls.


L-R: Lorne Perrin (Assiniboine Park Conservacy), Dene Sinclair (Travel Manitoba), Tricia Schers (Frontier North Adventures), Tara Stefansson (Lazy Bear Lodge), Guillaume Post (FPR)
FPR AT THE SHARD

To celebrates Delta’s new service to Seattle event hosted at The Shard.  Despite Sahara sand storm the view was very impressive.


The view from Shard
ANYONE FOR TENNIS

On behalf of Greater Miami FPR hosted some sports enthusiasts to an early Christmas treat at the Royal Albert Hall to see some of the greats of Tennis play.


L-R: Benjamin Hockley (American Airlines), Eve Gardiner (FPR), Patrick Smith (EXSUS), Guillaume Post (FPR), Ava Mehta (Western & Oriental), Damy De Luca (Best At Travel)

Patrick Smith, EXSUS Travel & Damy De Luca, Best At Travel
CLIA UK ANNUAL EVENT AT THE SAVOY

On behalf of Port of Seattle FPR attended the CLIA UK annual dinner event at The Savoy.  A beautiful event and location...


Eve Gardiner, FPR

CLIA UK annual dinner event
ON THE VISIT USA ROAD SHOWS

We visited Gatwick, Cardiff and Manchester taking the destination message to agents.


Eve Gardiner, FPR for Seattle at the VUSA road show

Guillaume Post, FPR for Miami at the Visit USA Road Show 2013
FPR AT EIBTM

Had a busy and productive time at EIBTM in Barcelona supported by nine hotel partners from Miami.  Good show and a great city.


Group Picture
ON OUR WAY TO WTM

Taking the scenic route to ExCel for WTM...


Gisela Marti, Greater Miami CVB & Eve Gardiner, FPR
HAWAII TRAINING ROADSHOW

On behalf of Aqua FPR participated in the Hawaii Up and Over event around the UK, Zurich and Stuttgart.  Some lucky attendees will be heading to Hawaii.


Guillaume Post, FPR & lucky winner

Aqua HTE UK Roadshow
COLUMBUS DAY IN LIVERPOOL

A day of meetings and listening to key speakers finished off with a dinner event and of course the entertainment had to be a cover band of The Beatles.


Eve Gardiner, FPR & Jane Kilburn, Port Of Seattle

Columbus Day Entertainment
WE ARE SAILING...

FPR attended PSA/ACE cruise convention in Southampton meeting with many agents and cruise specialists.

We have supported PSA now renamed as CLIA UK and Ireland and will be at the Columbus Day event in Liverpool in September.


Eve at the Cruise Convention

Guillaume at the Miami booth
VISIT TO SEATTLE

FPR visited Seattle in January for meetings and an update on the destination and were excited by the changing water front area.

We visited the cruise port facilities at Pier 66 and Pier 91 where the cruise ships for Alaska are docked. Also visited the Chihuly Glass and Garden and had fun tasting wines in Woodinville , about 30 minute drive from downtown, where major wine producers have their tasting rooms.


Seattle waterfront

Space Needle and Chihuly Glass and Garden
VISIT FLORIDA TOUR OPERATOR ADVISORY LUNCHEONS 2013

Each year Visit Florida UK organises advisory meetings for all interested travel partners to meet and discuss the state of the UK market, how business is doing and compared to other USA destinations and globally.

In Dublin at Chapter One and at The Savoy in London these events were well attended and very informative.

FPR also participated in a day of training at British Airways call centre in Newcastle and shared a booth with the Fountainebleau Hotel as well as other Florida destinations and Visit Florida.


L-R: Dave Walsh, Dave O’Grady and Eve Gardiner

FPR/Fontainebleau booth
WINE TASTING AND GOLF

FPR attended the Brand USA golf day at the RAC golf club in Surrey. Whilst Guillaume and other golfers were enjoying the challenges of the course in the rain, the non-golfers, led by Eve enjoyed a lesson about wine tasting from an expert and we tried five superb wines from Washington State. The Third Man was the outright favourite. Somehow we never got the gist of spitting!


Group

Wine tasting
GREATMER MIAMI VISITED UK WITH PARTNERS

When GMCVB and partners came to the UK in 2013 they had a busy schedule set up and accompanied by FPR.

Apart from one-on-one appointments there was a business forum, trade dinner and an agency event at the Hard Rock Cafe in London which was a sell out success.


GMCVB in the UK
FPR HOSTED TABLE AT VISIT USA BALL ON BEHALF OF GREATER MIAMI CVB

Eve and Guillaume enjoyed a great evening in good company at the Visit USA ball, held on the 4th of July at the Intercontinental Hotel, London.


FPR at Visit USA ball
FPR AT THE NCL LAUNCH OF THE BREAKAWAY, SOUTHAMPTON

FPR participated in the launch event of NCL’s newest ship the Breakaway.� We were able to enjoy the luxury of the cabins and experience its myriad activities and taster of its restaurants whilst networking with the agents on board.� Shame it was only one night.


FPR booth
FPR AND TRAVEL MANITOBA PARTICIPATED IN THE CTC EVENT 28 FEBRUARY

Following a busy mission in Paris Travel Manitoba and its partners headed to London for the CTC key event promoting its signature experiences.

A productive day and a fun evening meeting trade and media persons and the surprise visit of Prince Andrew.


CTC Event

CTC Event
CLIENTS IN TOWN

FPR has been busy during 2013 with numerous clients visiting the UK:

We had Seattle and Washington State in London in February where we met with tour operators, media and cruise experts.

Laucala Island carried out its first media and sales trip to London in April. Kurt Wachtveitl, global advisor for Laucala Island hosted a lunch for media and Lynne Hunt, the British designer who did the interiors at the resort joined us.


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Laucala
Where are we?

FPR recently returned from a trip to Manitoba visiting Churchill and Seal River Lodge. With temperatures as low as minus 37F it would be difficult to recognise anyone in the group. Luckily despite the early freeze we did see polar bears up close.


Group

Polar Bear
ST BARTH COMMUTER CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THEIR NEW SCHEDULED ROUTE LINKING ANTIGUA AND ST BARTH FROM 01 DECEMBER 2012

 

The island of St Barth is pleased to announce the launch of the St Barth Commuter new route, directly linking the island with Antigua from 01 December 2012. Flights cost approximately £242 one way or £485 return.

The launch heralds much improved accessibility to the island for the British traveller. The new connection will offer several flights each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with a departure time from St Barth of 2.45pm and from Antigua at 4.30pm local time. Flight duration is 35 minutes, greatly facilitating access to this haven of elegant tranquillity.

The flights will be operated by brand new Cessna Grand Caravan (C208.B) aircraft, providing greater comfort for passengers.

Moreover, St Barth Commuter will offer passengers who are on connecting flights to St Barth access to the “Club 17°61°” Lounge within the price of the ticket, giving them the chance to relax before their next flight.

Providing high quality service is essential to the island of St Barth, and this additional scheduled flight will improve the existing choice of flight connections to the island. The British traveller can now fly directly on BA or Virgin to Antigua and connect with St Barth Commuter rather than having to change planes twice en route when travelling to St Barth from London. 


St Barth Commuter
Provence Gallery App Event

On 19 February 2013, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Tourst Board invited journalists to come and discover their latest Android and iPhone application called the Provence Gallery App at the Charlotte Street Hotel. The app allows users to discover Impressionist works of art as well as the landscapes that inspired them. Visitors to Provence can also be alerted when they are near to a famous site and are invited to try and recreate the original works of art using their smartphones.

 

http://www.pressetourismepaca.fr/en/


Provence Gallery App

Provence Gallery App
Visit USA Association 2012 Media Marketplace

VISIT USA ASSOCIATION 2012 MEDIA MARKETPLACE

Tuesday 3rd July, 2012

Crystal Ballroom, St. Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s

BEST TRAVEL TRADE FEATURE
Jo Austin from Selling Long Haul won this year??s award for ??Best Travel Trade Feature? for her article ??Out on the range?. Unfortunately, she was not able to attend and Alan Orbell received the award on her behalf.

In the photo: Guillaume Post (First Public Relations), Alan Orbell (Selling Long Haul), Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations)
VUSA Marketplace
The award for ??Best general consumer magazine feature writer? went to Ellie Watts-Russell for her article ??Welcome to Miami? in Jamie Magazine. Holly O??Neill took the award on her behalf.

In the photo: Edith Meyer (First Public Relations), Holly O??Neill (Jamie Magazine)
Visit Florida Lunch

GOVERNOR’S LUNCH LONDON July 2012

Visit Florida Lunch 1
Visit Florida Lunch 2
Visit USA Ball

VISIT USA ASSOCIATION INDEPENDENCE BALL                     

Wednesday 4th JULY, 2012       
                           
Intercontinental London Park Lane
 

VUSA Ball 1
Top: Guillaume Post (First Public Relations), Jane Poyser (Trailfinders)

Middle left: JT Nimmons (Secret Escapes), Emma Hanson (STA Travel)

Middle right: Kathryn Brownrigg (British Airways Holidays, Nick Smith (First Public Relations)

Bottom left: Angus Bond (Virgin Holidays), Anel von Schuckmann (Fontainebleau Hotel)

Bottom right: George Turner(Flightcentre), Jan McKeown (Virgin Atlantic)
VUSA Ball 2
Top left: Anel von Schuckmann (Fontainebleau Hotel), Guillaume Post (First Public Relations)

Top right: Nick Smith, Guillaume Post (First Public Relations)

Bottom left: Emma Hanson (STA Travel), George Turner(Flightcentre)

Bottom right: Bob Schumacher (United Airlines), Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations)
Miami UK Sales Mission 2012

Dinner on Thursday 21June at Hush Restaurant with Miami delegation and UK travel trade partners

Dinner Pics 1
Top left: Carly Crowe (Western and Oriental), James Gelfand (The Turnberry Isle Hotel), Judith Patrón-Fernandez (Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Top right: Simon Lynch (Abercrombie and Kent)

Middle left: German Villa (Trump Hotel), Jennifer Hartnett (North America Travel Service)

Middle right: Roy Collett (Colletts Travel), Colin Brodie (Visit Florida UK)

Bottom left: Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations), James Gelfand (The Turnberry Isle Hotel), Juliann McCain (Charles Group Hotels)

Bottom right: Jane Poyser (Trailfinders), Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations), Amy Shine (Cosmos Holidays)
Dinner Pics 2
Top left: GP, Lesley Roberts (United Airlines), Sarah Lax (TUI)

Top right: German Villa (Trump Hotels)

Middle left: Kristen Lee Bergen (Z Ocean Hotel), Amy Shine (Cosmos)

Middle right: Judith Patrón-Fernandez (Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Bottom left: James Gelfand (Turnberry Isle Hotel), Carly Crowe (Western and Oriental), Svetlana Hristova (Sonesta Coconut Grove), Nancy Bedoya (Biltmore Hotel)

Bottom right: Svetlana Hristova (Sonesta Coconut Grove)
Miami UK Sales Mission

Business forum with Miami delegation and UK travel trade partners

Miami Mission Business Forum
Top left: James Galfond (Turnberry Isle Hotel), Ken McLeod (Advantage Travel)

Top right: Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations), Judith Patrón-Fernandez (Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau), Graham Bell (American Airlines)

Middle left: Simon Lynch (Abercrombie and Kent), Melinda Neave (Goldman Properties)

Middle right: Graham Bell (American Airlines), Tracey Polly (American Airlines), Svetlana Hristova (Sonesta Coconut Grove)

Bottom left: Eve Gardiner Lane, Andre Brouwers, Guillaume Post (First Public Relations)
Manitoba UK Sales Mission

Travel Manitoba's UK trade dinner March 2012

Manitoba Mission 1
Top Left: Ajanta South (Bridge and Wickers), Grant Chem (Frontiers North Adventures), Olga Pavlova (Original Travel)

Top Right: Ally Harmer (Sea 2 Sky), Guillaume Post (First Public Relations)

Bottom Left: Eve Gardiner Lane (First Public Relations), Mary Moore Mason (Essentially Canada)

Bottom Right: JT Nimmons (Black Tomato), Dene Sinclair (Travel Manitoba)
Manitoba Mission 2
Top Left: Jane Archer (Freelance Writer), Tara Stefansson (Lazy Bear Lodge)

Top Right: Jayne White (Titan Travel), Nicolas Fournier (Canadian Tourism Commission)

Bottom Left: Doreen Booth (Churchill Wild), John Gunter (Frontiers North Adventure)

Bottom Right: Mike Carter (Holidays 2 USA/Canada), John Gunter (Frontiers North Adventure)
Love is in the air in Antigua

 

First Public Relations recently secured some top wedding and honeymoon travel writers to attend the Antigua and Barbuda Romance Press Trip. The writers were treated to some of the best wedding and honeymoon experiences on the island including a picnic on a secluded beach resulting in some rave reviews following the trip.

Antigua and Barbuda Romance Press Trip
Left to Right:

Charlotte Ellis - Wedding Venues and Services Magazine, Catherine Davies - Perfect Wedding, Maria Blackman - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority , Francesca Lee - Your County Wedding Magazines, and Mandie Brathwaite - Blue Waters Resort
Ladies Propose And Leap At Chance To Win Dream Honeymoon To Antigua

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authorityis celebrating this Leap Year with a competition offering ladies that propose to their partners on 29 February 2012, the chance to win a seven-night, all-inclusive luxury honeymoon at the chic, boutique Sugar Ridge Resortin the twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda.

These days women can propose to their beaus any time however the tradition remains that on 29 February, women can take the proposal initiative. To qualify for the competition, entrants are required to upload a short video of their Leap Day proposal on to YouTube, between 29 February and 31 March 2012.  Videos will be shared on the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Facebooksite and will be promoted via @antiguabarbudaon Twitter with the hashtag #AntiguaBarbudaProposalThe top five most entertaining and creative videos will be shortlisted and the video getting the most votes will be declared the winner of the dream honeymoon to Antigua.

Courtesy of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authorityand Sugar Ridge, the honeymoon includes return flights from London Gatwick and seven-nights all-inclusive accommodation at the luxury boutique hotel Sugar Ridge.  Nestled on a natural hillside bordered by sugarcane, the hotel offers the perfect secluded and romantic escape after the excitement of the big day. Sitting elevated, overlooking the beautiful palm lined beaches of the West Coast of Antigua and Caribbean Sea, Sugar Ridge commands stunning views from every angle ensuring the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon. 

P Hilary Modeste, UK & Europe Director, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, said: “We have launched this innovative, not to mention fun, online campaign to reach our key audience of females who we know tend to be the honeymoon decision maker. We hope women will leap at the chance to propose.  With a honeymoon to Antigua up for grabs, how could he say no!”

Full terms and conditions and entry requirements available at: http://www.visitantiguabarbuda.co.uk/competitions-leapyearproposal.asp

For further information on weddings and honeymoons in Antigua and Barbuda, go to: http://www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/weddingshoneymoons.asp

Taking the Leap Of Faith
Washington State Wines Winning

During January and February FPR has been busy promoting WA wines as well as tourism through a media blitz to food and wine writers and the travel trade press as well as hosting the travel industry to a sumptuous dinner to accompany the delicious wines.

Enjoying Washington States Wines
Ian Murray,editor of The Southern Daily Echo and BJ Stokey from the Port Of Seattle enjoy the evenings festivities.
Sampling The States Best Wines
Russel James from Cosmos and Jill Killburn from the Port of Seattle.
Antigua and Barbuda Auction Winners Make the Most of the Islands Winter Sun

The lucky winners of the Essex Air Ambulance auction, Michael Curry and Velda Menown, soaked up some winter sun in Antigua and Barbuda and made the most of what the island had to offer.

Sailing at St James Club
Enjoying Shirley Heights
Antigua and Barbuda Create a Buzz at WTM

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority announced plans for the new airport terminal at V.C Bird International Airport at this years WTM. To celebrate the important update to the island's tourism infrastructure the Tourist Board held an on stand event, where the Tourism Minister provided a full update on the building and the guests expereinced first hand the best of Antiguan hospitality.

Announcing the New Airport Terminal
FPR secures celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner to showcase Provencal cuisine

 

Another FPR tour de force! Celebrity Masterchef winner and all round foodie Lisa Faulkner travelled to Vaucluse Provence on the invitation of First Public Relations. Apart from trying out all the local delicacies, Lisa produced coverage for several national newspapers and a countless numbers of positive tweets to her 20,000 + followers making it a win/win for the destination.

Lisa Faulkner truffle hunting
Blown Away In The Windy City

FPR set up and escorted a VIP group of tour operators and media to the great city of Chicago.  We did all the sights from the Bean to going out on the Ledge.

When there is a game on in town you have to go to the ballpark ?? Wrigley Field in this case.
When there is a game on in town you have to go to the ballpark ?? Wrigley Field in this case.
The Ledge
The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago, 1,353 feet up!
Summer party in Manitoba!

That’s right, during a proper Canadian summer there is so much going on in Manitoba. FPR Account Manager for the province Guillaume Post took a group of tour operators to Winnipeg and Churchill to experience the Manitoba summer products.

It has been a very active (and VERY sunny) week packed with outdoor activities. Together with Lionel Johnston from Travel Manitoba the group first found themselves in Winnipeg during a heat wave, went snorkelling with Beluga Whales, drove a Tundra Buggy (literally), went canoeing in a marsh, enjoyed amazing views from a float plane and many, many other things…. Oh and did I mention polar bears?

Interested to find out more? Please pay a visit to our Facebook page for photos! 

The group before snorkelling
Before the snorkelling adventure. L-R, Lionel Johnston, Mark Beken, Sam Mullen, Guillaume Post, Fiona Walls, Ally Harmer and Jessica Heystek.
Kayaking with Beluga Whales
Kayaking with Beluga Whales
Miami Sunshine Comes to London

Last week a group of delegates flew from sunny Miami to London to attend the Miami UK Sales Mission.The week started well with a business forum where several speakers were invited to share their knowledge and statistics with the Miami delegation.

As well as the business forum, FPR, on behalf of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, also organised a week full of meetings with the Travel Trade and an unforgettable Travel Industry dinner at Bluebird which was attended by approx. 30 people.

TUI Presentation by Sarah Lax
TUI Presentation by Sarah Lax
David Mortimer - Golden Holidays, Matt Bell - Expedia, Gisela Marti - Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
David Mortimer - Golden Holidays, Matt Bell - Expedia, Gisela Marti - Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sleepless in London

The delegation from Seattle visited London during the sales mission which FPR has organised. It was an exciting, busy and productive week filled with appointments and dinners with tour operators and media.

Seattle UK mission
Rupert Parker - Appetite and BJ Stokey - Port of Seattle
Seattle UK Mission
Brad Jones - Seattle CVB, Nick Easen - reporter & producer and Fiona Gordon
Travel Manitoba and FPR celebrated St. Patricks day

FPR has organised a sales mission for Travel Manitoba. A diversity of meetings and dinners were arranged during this week. The tour operator dinner on the final evening took place at Brasa. This dinner happened to be on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day, which was a great excuse to wear these lovely hats!

Celebrating St. Patricks day
A successful UK Sales Mission for Travel Manitoba & First PR
FPR Tests Its Sea Legs At Antigua Sailing Week

FPR recently took a group of journalists to experience the Caribbean's largest regatta, Antigua Sailing Week. Although all invovled had never sailed before the regatta's on-shore party schedule insured even those who go green at the gills at the thought of 'Anchors Ahoy' could enjoy themselves at this action packed week.

The highlights of the week, of which there were many, were our group being flung into action onboard a yacht trying to navigate about turns, the Maxi Priest (90's reggae sensation) concert at the stunning Shirley Heights and giving our sea legs a break whilst flying through the rainforest on a zipline canopy tour.

Navigating an about turn with OnDeck yacht charters
Navigating an about turn with OnDeck yacht charters
Enjoying some time out in Antiguas rain forest
Enjoying some time out in Antiguas rain forest - Beth Edmonston - Press Association, Chris Granet - Daily Mirror.
Move Over Rio - FPR Celebrates Carnival Caribbean Style

FPR visited Antigua with a group of top media to discover the authentic charms of the tropical paradise island and join in the celebrations for one the Caribbean's biggest parties.  To spice things up a little, the group also enjoyed the rare chance to be part of a MAS band.

Read all about it here http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2010/0828/1224277725363.html

Antigua Carnival
L - R: Louise East-Irish Times, Lynda Daboh, Maria Blackman - Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, Shevelle Rhule - Pride
So You Think You Know Miami?

FPR escaped the cold UK weather and finished 2010 by hosting five tour operators in Sunny Miami.

Themed around areas of the city including Coconut Grove, Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour, So You Think You Know Miami? carved an alternative path through the city. The action packed itinerary featured a high octane speedboat ride, an aligator spotting trip to the Everglades, a swim with dolphins and fabulous food and drink, alongside site visits to some of the best hotels Miami has to offer.

L-R, Denis Ilic, Andrew McKenna, Hayley Giles, Louise Dean, Jane Elliott
Enjoying the sunshine in Coconut Grove! L-R Denis Ilic, Andrew McKenna, Hayley Giles, Louise Dean and Jane Elliott
Major Travels Andrew McKenna (left) and FPRs Carl Steer (right) get up close and personal with a  Miami local
Major Travel's Andrew McKenna (left) and FPR's Carl Steer (right) get up close and personal with one of the locals
PACA APPOINTS FIRST PUBLIC RELATIONS

First Public Relations Limited (FPR) has been appointed by Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Tourism to handle its public relations in the UK.   This is the first time the region has had external agency support.

The FPR team will be reporting to Bruno James, director general, PACA.  Mr James commented: “We are relying on First Public Relations’ great expertise to increase the awareness of our destinations and entice even more British visitors.”

As the inspiration of some of the most famous works of art by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and Matisse, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur is widely considered the most scenic part of France.  The region is the second most visited French holiday destination outside Paris for British visitors and is renowned for its glamorous seaside resorts made famous as the 60s playground of Brigitte Bardot, picturesque Provencal villages, gastronomic delights and idyllic, relaxed lifestyle put in the spotlight in Peter Mayle’s best-selling ‘A Year In Provence’.  

The agency’s brief will be to capitalise on the area’s assets and provide an innovative approach to highlight the destination’s key messages with a focus on promoting city breaks, skiing, outdoor activities, arts and culture and food and wine.  Key activity will include the launch of the new 52sunsations.com campaign showcasing the destination’s Mediterranean appeal, aspirational yet affordable offerings and easy access from the UK.  Keira Knightley has recently bought property in the region and opportunities will be sought for celebrity endorsement from names such as Marseille hero and Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, First Public Relations is known for its imaginative campaigns and unrivalled client retention with clients that have been on the roster since day one.

-ENDS-

For media queries about the region, please contact:

Edith Meyer or Guillaume Post

Edith@firstpr.co.uk / Guillaume@firstpr.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7978 5233

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Harbour
Wandering around Washington State

FPR took six journalists to WA visiting Seattle, Spokane and the Northern Cascades.  Everyone enjoyed the great outdoors and wonderful scenery the state has to offer and enjoyed wacky activities and indulged in  local foods and wine.

L-R: Chris Peacock, Davin ODwyer, BJ Stokey, Simon Carr, Ben Bovill Char Pravin, Susan Mansfield, Eve Gardiner, Tammy Quill
L-R: Chris Peacock, Davin ODwyer, BJ Stokey, Simon Carr, Ben Bovill Char Pravin, Susan Mansfield, Eve Gardiner, Tammy Quill
Stunning Scenery in Washington State
Stunning Scenery in Washington State
Chilly but brrr?illant

FPR has just returned from Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba with six tour operators.  Out on the Tundra we got close to the polar bears and enjoyed dog sledding in the forest.  Temperatures got to minus 38C so lots of hot chocolate and hearty meals kept us warm and in good spirits.

L-R: Samantha Hohol, Canadian Sky, Karen Niven, Bon Voyage, Heidi Blade, Premier Holidays, David Mortimer, Complete North America, Paul Medley
L-R: Samantha Hohol, Canadian Sky, Karen Niven, Bon Voyage, Heidi Blade, Premier Holidays, David Mortimer, Complete North America, Paul Medley
FPR Twitching in Rutland!

FPR took Travel Manitoba to exhibit at the British Bird Fair in Rutland this year.  The place to meet people passionate about wildlife and taking care of the planet.  The show is very popular and we worked non-stop over three days

Birding expert Cal Cuthbert and Mark Clarke from Travel Manitoba
Birding expert Cal Cuthbert and Mark Clarke from Travel Manitoba
Winning at VUSA Awards

FPR recently attended the VUSA Media market place for Seattle and Washington State and Miami and collected an award on behalf on Tom Adair who won best regional journalist for his feature on Seattle in the Herald.

FPR collecting the award on behalf of Tom Adair
We Did Go To The Ball

On behalf of GMCVB we were at the Visit USA ball at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, and a fun time was had by all.

image of 3 people at dinner looking happy posing for the camera
image of 2 people deep in conversation
A Rendezvous in Riding Mountain

Travel Manitoba hosted Rendez Vous trade show this year in Winnipeg.  Prior to the show several of us headed to Riding Mountain.  A beautiful national park but would you believe this is May!

image of the group wrapped up warm and posing in the snow
Manitoba Mission

FPR organised a sales mission for Travel Manitoba and its partners and the final evening culminated in a travel industry dinner at Tom’s Kitchen.

image of the group at the dinner
Seattle and Washington State is celebrating 25 years in the UK market

To celebrate FPR, which has represented the destination for 25 years, presented BJ Stokey from the Port of Seattle with an impressive cake of the iconic Space Needle.

BJ Stokey with the Space Needle cake
BJ Stokey with the Space Needle cake
Polar Bears of Manitoba

FPR took a group of leading UK tour operators to Manitoba, where they visited the vibrant city of Winnipeg before travelling to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world 

a polar bear
group of people next to the Tundra Buggy
Cyprus Cultural Delights Trip

FPR escorted five journalists to sunny Cyprus to sample all the cultural delights the island has to offer, including the Ancient Amphitheatre, Byzantine churches and the stunning Troodos Mountains. One journalist that attended the trip said that exploring the cultural side of Cyprus was the best trip she'd ever been on, and getting to know the interior of Cyprus made for a very interersting experience.

Kakopetria Village
The group sample locally caught trout whilst taking in the views of Kakopetria village.
Myloi Restaurant

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA APPOINTS FIRST PUBLIC RELATIONS

Hilary Modeste, director of tourism, UK and Europe Director, said: “We are delighted to have FPR on board.  Their vast experience in the travel trade and wide connections with the media will help us to achieve our objectives and we are certainly looking forward to working with them on some exciting projects, such as our upcoming Summer Gold promotion.”

FPR has been appointed to handle the UK and Ireland communications campaign for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.  The agency won the brief to promote the glamorous twin-island state in a competitive pitch.

The team led by Lynda Daboh will leverage the tourist board’s tag line, “The beach is just the beginning” to highlight the destination’s rich cultural heritage and attractions beyond the beautiful beaches which it is known for.  FPR will capitalize on the ‘A-list’ getaway status that the island enjoys, attracting celebrities including Giorgio Armani, Eric Clapton and Oprah Winfrey, who recently declared the island her favourite beach holiday spot.

image of a couple jumping off a jetty into the sea
image of an old tree on a beach
FPR KICKS OFF FIRST EVER UK CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE INDIANAPOLIS

Warren Wilkinson, senior VP of marketing and communications, ICVA commented: “We have ambitious plans to grow our international tourism efforts and we are thrilled to have FPR on board to boost British arrivals and showcase all that Indianapolis has to offer. Our city has always enjoyed a good following of the Indy 500 in the U.K. and we look forward to expanding the market to incorporate other leisure activities including golf with the help of FPR." 

First Public Relations (FPR) has been appointed to handle the UK public relations and marketing efforts for the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association (ICVA).  This is the ICVA'S first foray into the British market.

Known as the “motor sports capital of the world”, Indianapolis is home to iconic sporting events such as the Indy 500, which is the world’s largest single-day sporting events and the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycle race series.   In 2011 the famed speedway will host the centennial Indy 500 race and in 2012 Indianapolis will host the NFL's Super Bowl.

FPR will capitalise on these assets to highlight the city-break appeal of the destination, increase awareness of its cultural attractions and broaden appeal beyond petrol-heads.  The agency is particularly known for securing “Big Hit” TV coverage and its trend-setting, lifestyle-led tactics.  Travel trade marketing will be a key component of the programme to develop new product offerings with leading travel companies. 

Indy500
Indy 500
Zoo
Greater Miami CVB - FPR hits the road for Miami

FPR attended three Visit USA roadshows around the UK in Ashford, Liverpool and Belfast on behalf of Miami to showcase the destination to regional agents. All three events were a huge success and Miami proved a popular destination with the participants.

Image of Eve Gardiner sitting at a desk ready to inform people of how lovely a visit to Miami is
Manitoba Tourism - On the Wild Side in Manitoba

FPR is newly appointed as the marketing representative in the UK for Travel Manitoba.

Eve Gardiner discovered the wild side of Manitoba on a recent visit that included travelling nearly a 1,000 miles across the province to see polar bears and beluga whales.

image of a group of people standing next to a strange rock formation of rocks balanced impossibly on top of other rocks
image of a group of people canoeing
Palm Springs - Hollywood Glamour And Desert Fun

A group of journalists from the UK national press travelled to Palm Springs to enjoy the sun, glamour and outstanding natural scenery that California's desert hideaway has to offer. The group then enjoyed a lovely dinner at the legendary Riviera Resort and Spa.

image of a group of people posing with a Maroline Monroe statue
L - R: Samantha Preece, Laura Clark, Daily Mail; Jim Birsall, News of the World; Andrew Fraser, OK Magazine; Anna Murphy, Daily Telegraph; Susie Boniface, Sunday Mirror; Rachel Spencer, The People
image of a group of people enjoying dinner
Texas Tourism - The Day The Music Died...

FPR invited travel and music journalists to see the world's most successful rock n' roll show, Buddy Holly the Musical. A pre-theatre reception was followed by an unforgettable evening celebrating the life of the sensational Texan singer song-writer and guitarist, to commemorate the "Day The Music Died" on the 50th anniversary of his death.

image of Samantha, Eve and Denise wearing buddy holly glasses
L - R: Samantha Preece, Eve Gardiner, Denise Bridgeman; First Public Relations Texas team.
image of two ladies holding Buddy Holly paraphernalia
L - R: Jessica Brown, Star Magazine; Ellie Piovasana, Now Magazine
Industry Event - The Twilight Zone

FPR was in the Twilight Zone at the Soho Hotel with select guests from the travel industry to enjoy an evening of vampires and werewolves with the private screening of the hit movie, Twilight and a tasty reception.

image of 5 people at a bar
image of people holding t-shirts and showing off other travel pamphlets
Texas Tourism - Tasty Delights of the Lone Star State!

FPR arranged and escorted a foodie film shoot for celebrity chef Phil Vickery for This Morning's weekly cookery segment. The two Texas cookery segments will be aired on the programme in the Spring, showcasing Phil learning the secrets about the true Texan BBQ in Houston, and the delights of Tex-Mex in San Antonio.

Image of a group of people in a professional kitchen with lots of different food.
L - R: Phil Vickery, ITV1 This Morning; Michael Cortez, Mi Tierra Restaurant; Charlie Marshall, ITV1 This Mornin; Denise Bridgeman, First Public Relation; Lynsey Evans, ITV1 This Morning.
Washington State Tourism - Tasting The Wine In Washington State...

FPR worked with Major Travel to take their preferred agents to Seattle for a winter break. The group enjoyed several stops in their hectic schedule to taste some of the local wines.

image of a group of people tasting wine
Two images in one: first  of a group of people enjoying dinner, the second of a large wooden wine casket
Washington State Tourism - FPR entered the Twilight zone

FPR watched the new movie blockbuster 'Twilight' which has already taken the USA by storm.

Set in Washington State the film is based on the hugely successful Twilight books, which tell the love story of schoolgirl Bella and handsome Edward, who is actually a vampire!

image of two ladies holding film paraphernalia and books while wearing promotional t-shirts
Washington State Tourism - The Wonders of Seattle and Washington State

Top travel journalists were flown to the hip city of Seattle and taken around the beautiful wine and fruit regions of Washington State.

The group were also treated to a bird's eye view of the Emerald city during a tour in a seaplane with Kenmore Air.

image of people sitting on giant pumpkins outside a Fresh Produce farm
L - R: Heather Whinney, Prima; Mark Langford, Birmingham Mail; Polly March, Western Daily Press; Amy Waugh, Shropshire Star; Rebecca Usher, Daily Star.
image of a group of happy people posing on a walkway to a marina
First Public Relations - FPR On The Road

During 2008 FPR has been around the UK on behalf of its clients at consumer shows including The Royal Show in Warwickshire, The Royal Berkshire Show and the British Birding Fair in Rutland.

Image of a man reading from a Texas brochure to two other people.
Port Of Seattle - KLM/NW New Service To Seattle

KLM/NW cut the ribbon for its inaugural service to Seattle and FPR helped them raise a glass to its success...

Image of people smiling whilst holding the ribbon to be cut.
Image of people toasting with champagne glasses.
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism - It was a strike!

FPR bowled over the travel industry with a fun filled evening at retro style bowling venue in London for the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. Guests enjoyed use of two private bowling lanes and super canapè's to give them energy.

Photo of people at the bowling alley posing with bowling balls and glasses of wine.
L - R: Tim Winkworth, Flight Centre; Sally Watts, Erna Low Body & Soul Holidays; Fiona Harrington, Major Travel; Mary Jo Ginther, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
Texas Tourism - Texas takes London by storm

FPR arranged a fun and informative two-day extravaganza for Texas Tourism. Kicking off with a business forum with key travel industry speakers followed by a workshop. The London itinerary finished on a high with delegates and guests enjoying the evening at the liveliest rock 'n' roll musical and meeting the Buddy Holly cast over a glass of champagne.

Image of people sitting at tables talking during the business Forum.
Image of the buddy holly cast.
Texas Tourism - Hot Tamales, Cool Wine...

FPR organised a trip with some of the leading food and travel writers highlighting the Lone Star State's culinary delights.

Photo of people enjoying dinner at dusk by what appears to be a small lake surrounded by trees and other buildings and diners.
L - R: Dee Dee Poteete, director communications San Antonio CVB, Wendy Horton, Trinity Mirror Group; Helen Maher, Tesco Magazine; Anna Glayzer, The Food Magazine; Juliet Catton, Love It! Magazine.
Washington State Tourism - Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

FPR arranged and escorted Lion Television to film in Seattle and Washington State. Programme to be aired later this year on Channel 5's Rough Guide showcasing it as a top holiday destination and ultimate travel experience.

image of people Kayaking
L - R: Toby Amies, Presenter; Denise Bridgeman, First Public Relations; Laura Harding, Lion Television; Peter Cooksley, Lion Television.
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism - Playing Around in Palm Springs!

First Public Relations escorted eleven lucky golfers to 'America's desert playground' earlier this month. Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism hosted UK travel trade winners and sponsors of the Northern Golf Classic to three rounds in the 'golf capital of the world' and an action packed itinerary.

image of people on a golf course
L - R: (back row) - Paul Hills, The Leaderboard; David Giles, David Giles Travel; Matt Schvaneveldt, Wyndham Hotel; Garry Winterburn, AU Logistics; Brian Staunton, Worldspan; Frank Docherty, Traveltek;

L - R: (front row) - Leslie Potts, Dial a Flight; Adam Quieros, Key Travel; Gerry Boyle, Funway; Paul Melinis, Insight Vacations; Steve Kimber, Great Rail Journeys; Howard Jacobs, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
First Public Relations - FPR On The Road

During 2007 FPR has been around the UK on behalf of its clients at consumer shows including The Royal Show in Warwickshire, The Royal Berkshire Show and the British Birding Fair in Rutland.

Image of two people standing next to a stand containing travel information on Texas.
Texas Tourism - The Lone Star State Showed Its Colours At WTM

Mrs Perry, First Lady of Texas, headed the largest delegation to exhibit at WTM on a brand new booth. It was a busy week with travel industry and media appointments, radio interviews and a lively boot scootin' event at the Texas Embassy Cantina with Continental Airlines.

Image of a group of people wearing Texan outfits
Washington State Tourism - Tasting the Wine

Whilst Seattle and Washington State delegation were in town FPR arranged a business forum and several travel industry and media events. Of course, Washington State wine was served wherever appropriate.

image of a group of happy people tasting wine
L - R: Larry Williams, Assistant Director, Washington State Tourism; John Creighton, President, Port of Seattle Commissioner; Sam Eliatamby, Director, Southall Travel.
Cyprus Tourism Organisation - What Competition

FPR was at the Royal Berkshire Show for Rural Cyprus and the crowds loved tasting the wines and foods whilst learning what the sunny island has to offer.

sunny image of a group of people around a sign with the Cyprus Tourism logo on
Sunny image of people sitting at picnic benches, shaded by large umbrellas
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation - FPR heads for Bollywood following Maharashtra tourism win

First Public Relations has won the public relations contract for the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). FPR's strategy for Maharashtra will be to capitalise on the awareness of Mumbai, as the gateway to India and Bollywood, whilst highlighting lesser-known areas and the state's diverse attractions including UNESCO World Heritage sites, wildlife, culture and award-winning champagne.

image of an Indian dancer next to a statue with three heads
Photo: Elephanta, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Greater Miami CVB - FPR pouts for Miami

First Public Relations has teamed up with deluxe makeup brand, Pout, to create the "Miami Beach" compact. To celebrate the launch of this limited edition product, FPR has negotiated a nationwide in-store and online promotion giving away a VIP break to Miami from hip travel specialist, Black Tomato. FPR also attracted an array of the UK's top media to the exclusive launch event held at the flagship poutlet in Covent Garden.

image of an showing two people at the in-store promotion
Top Photo (L - R): Lucie Cave, Heat Magazine and Lynda Daboh, FPR.
Texas Tourism - Segway to go in Texas

First Public Relations, in partnership with Hyatt Hotels and Continental Airlines took six top golf tour operators on a fun filled 6-day familiarisation trip to Texas.

image of a group of people on Segways outside a grand building
L - R: Gay Galloway, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa; Jackie Marsden, Worldwide Golf Holidays; Matt Walder, Letsgo2; Denise Bridgeman, First Public Relations; Neil Cutler, Eagle Golf Tours; Janice Baldridge, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa; Alex Felstead, Driveline Golf; Tod Schrader, Continental Airlines; Ross Elliott, Golfing Trips.
Texas Tourism - Yehaw... Texas' first lady wows UK travel industry

First Public Relations organised a sales and media mission to Manchester and London for a Texas delegation. There were two dinners in London for the UK's most important trade and media to meet the First Lady of Texas and the host of Texas partners.

image of a three people standing in front of a large wine rack
L - R: Sam Eliatamby, Southall Travel; Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas; Stephen Hughes, Funway Holidays.
First Public Relations - FPR bags top awards

FPR clients won in two out of eight categories. The Visit USA Association made the awards for coverage of:

  • Best Photography category was won by Pamela Jones, for her coverage in Olive Magazine of Miami Foodie Traveller.
  • Best Broadcast category was won by BBC1 Blue Peter, for its half-hour programme Howdy Partner filmed in Texas. Ros Sewell, the programme's producer was there to receive the award.

image of a the award winners for the Best Photography category with Lynda Daboh
L - R: Lynda Daboh, FPR; Pamela Jones, journalist; Peter Moss, Chairman Visit USA.
Image of a blue peter representative and Eve Gardiner with the award
L - R: Ros Sewell, BBC producer; Eve Gardiner, FPR.
First Public Relations - Summer Fun

FPR and guests enjoyed the VUSA summer party at The Dorchester...

Image of Fiona and two others smiling
L - R: Howard Car, journalist; Fiona Gordon, FPR; Dominic Hodson, Purely America.
Washington State Tourism - Shades on in the San Juan islands

FPR arranged and escorted a press group to Seattle to enjoy the wonders of Washington State, from rainforests, whale-watching tour and sea-planes rides to dinner at the top of the Space Needle.

Image of a group of people posing on a marina
L - R: Brad Jones, Director of Tourism, Seattle CVB; Eve Gardiner, FPR; Joanne Travis, Birmingham Evening Post; Ferne Arfin, Sunday Telegraph; Lisa Trainer, My Weekly; Julie Moult, The Sun; Kristian Low, Eastern Daily Press; Andrew Manning, The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Franche Comté - UK media visit to quirky Franche Comté

FPR recently secured key magazines and regional publications for a press trip to the quirkiest sites in the Franche-Comté region. The itinerary included a stop at the "Rèpublique du Saugeais" where journalists were granted real entry visas by the République's very own Prime Minister! With a programme including the most unusual, the journalists were soon sold on Franche-Comté as a destination with a difference.

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Cyprus Tourism Organisation - A visit to Cyprus' cultural delights

FPR recently hosted a press trip taking in some of the destination's best cultural sites including Kourion Amphitheatre, Byzantine churches and Aphrodite's Rock. The itinerary provided with an insight in the destination's fascinating culture, and showed the group that there is much more to Cyprus than sea and sand.

Image of a tour group posing with an old man
L - R: Lyssiemay Annoh, Executive Traveller; David Alcock, The Sentinel; Daniel Lombard, South Wales Argus; Sandie Beard, Focus Magazine; Sally Churchward, Southern Daily Echo.
Franche Comté - FPR hosts a tasty evening to remember

First Public Relations hosted a gourmet dinner on behalf of the Franche-Comté Tourist Board at London's Mews of Mayfair private dining room. TV, radio and key consumer and trade media attended, with all commenting on the great success of the evening:

"Thank you so much for the wonderful evening on Tuesday - really enjoyed the dinner and the company." Roopa Gulati, UKTV Food.

"Just to say thank you so much for the wonderful reception last night. I have to say it was one of the nicest I have ever been to." Anna Hyman, Travel Editor, Motoring & Leisure.

Image of Fiona Gordon posing with Anne Chauveau who is holding a copy of the Franche-Comté magazine
L - R: Fiona Gordon, First Public Relations; Anne Chauveau, Franche-Comté Tourist Board.
Greater Miami CVB - FPR has grand designs

FPR excels at gaining prime-time exposure for its clients across all programme formats, reaching far beyond traditional travel shows. It recently took Grand Designs, Channel 4's most watched show, on location to Miami. The programme featured a couple visiting the Mecca of Art Deco, to seek inspiration for the design of their dream home. The shoot offered the opportunity to showcase Miami's signature style to an audience of 5 million viewers. Stay tuned for further innovative coverage from FPR.

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First Public Relations - Hat trick for FPR

First Public Relations scored a hat trick with BBC Holiday 2007, by organizing and escorting presenters to three of our destinations in a six-week period. Main host, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, explored Art Deco Miami while Nicky Chapman became a golf widow in Cyprus. Laurence then visited Dallas and Fort Worth to soak up the glitz and glamour of Dallas and the 'Cowtown' History of Fort Worth. First Public Relations has secured over £5million in television exposure for our clients this year... and 2007 has only just kicked off!

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Cyprus Tourism Organisation - FPR Takes a walk on the wild side with Cyprus

FPR secured over 100 travel media and trade contacts for a full day of events to launch the Cyprus Tourism Organisation's Rural Initiative. Co-funded by the European Union, FPR won the bid to organise a series of targeted events over a three-year period, designed to introduce travellers to the "Real Cyprus".

Key operators attended a daytime workshop where new niche product was discussed, while the evening saw a gala dinner attended by most of the key travel media in the UK market.

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Greater Miami CVB - FPR cooks up a storm for Miami

FPR teamed up with the daily cookery show 'ITV Cooks' to treat viewers to the opportunity to win a tasty trip to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Capitalising on lifestyle trends and its state-of-art research tools, FPR goes beyond traditional travel programming and is at the forefront in targeting primetime media opportunities and exposure for its clients.

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