British Airways has said it is considering stopping its inflight duty-free service on short-haul flights.
“There is limited take-up of duty free shopping on short-haul flights so we are reviewing whether the space needed to store products could be put to better use,” the airline told The Moodie Davitt Report. The inflight service is provided by Tourvest Inflight Retail Services, which won the short haul concession in September 2016.
Tourvest Inflight Retail Services supplies and manages British Airways’ duty-free service worldwide, a contract it has held since January 2012. The concessionaire also gained the airline’s short-haul food and beverage contract in September 2016.
“Given the changing face of customer retail trends, Tourvest Inflight Retail Services constantly reviews its retail strategy and the way we position our inflight duty-free offering,” Michelle Green, Head of Business Development, Strategy & Innovation at Tourvest, told the Report.
“Going forward we see digital engagement and pre-order streams growing and are working with all of our customers on an e-commerce digital strategy for their onboard retail programmes.”
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Grifco PR, one of the UK’s foremost luxury travel PR agencies, will be handling public relations for the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority and its Visit Monaco website within the UK and Scandinavia. The company will be responsible for the consumer, trade, MICE, and social media communications.
Grifco will liaise with and support key stakeholders to increase the principality’s visibility within these markets, ensuring that it is at the forefront of the discerning traveller’s mind, feastmagazine.org reports.
The agency abounds in Ultra High Net Worth clients, including North Island, Seychelles, and Bramble Ski & Haute Montagne, the Alps’ largest luxury chalet operators.
“We are delighted to welcome Grifco onboard to oversee our UK and Scandinavian PR campaign as the principality enters this new era, and have complete confidence in the team’s ability to deliver”, said Stephan Degueurce-Roberge, Managing Director at the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority.
“Monaco is undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic destinations, and we look forward to introducing visitors to a side of our principality they may not have known about before; the destination of choice for the indulgent traveller conscious of leaving a positive impact behind when they leave.”
This year will also see the launch of “Green is the New Glam” campaign in Monaco. Bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability has been a priority for the country for a long time. The initiative will see the destination’s luxury eco-travel credentials reach unparalleled heights, launching a variety of new experiences that are green and glamorous at the same time, according to breakingtravelnews.com.
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The celebrations of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote, will take place on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27.
As one of the oldest traditions of the Principality, the marking of the saint’s day has permeated Monaco’s national culture in fields as diverse as religion, folklore, popular beliefs, history, literature, arts, painting, music, numismatics and philately.
The legend of Saint Devote stems from a medieval document, and is a tradition holding a very special place in the heart of Monegasques and permanently attested to over the centuries in the history of the city.
According to the legend, Devota (Devote), a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the prefect Barbarus under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian on a date that could be 303 or 304. Her body, stolen the following night by the faithful, was put in a boat, brought to Monaco and buried in a chapel of the valley called "Gaumates", near the port, on January 27 of the same year.
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Under Honoré II, in the seventeenth century, Sainte Devote became patron saint of Monaco. The tradition has been celebrated every year since 1874: as the most significant part of the reeanactment, a small boat is burned in the presence of the Sovereign and the Princely Family, accompanied by Monegasque personalities. Once the boat is burned, a fireworks display is held at Port Hercule.
On January 27, the feast day, a solemn Mass is celebrated in the Cathedral by the Archbishop of the Diocese. The Princely Family, the Prince's Government, the elected assemblies and the constituted bodies as well as many faithful attend this ceremony. A procession takes the direction of the Prince's Palace with the shrine containing the relics escorted by the Carabiniers du Prince.
The procession stops on the Place du Palais, where an Honour Guard and the orchestra of the Carabiniers du Prince pay tribute. A celebrant then blesses the Princely Family with the relics. The procession proceeds to the ramparts, where another celebrant blesses Monaco and its population. Finally, back in front of the Cathedral, a last celebrant blesses the sea and fishermen.
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