2012 News Archive

December 2012 News

Forest of Dean Greenways Project posterThe Forest of Dean Greenway Project is moving forward at pace and, despite the wet weather, the construction of up to 50 miles of off-road tracks for horses, cyclists and walkers across the Forest of Dean is about to begin.

We are currently exploring commercial opportunities for UK agents to work in partnership with our Croatian sailing company client www.sailing.hr to promote their Party Cruises and Festival Cruises to current and post university students. See www.originalsinevents.com.

The Darwin’s Trails hard copy newsletter is now being converted into a digitised E-newsletter for electronic distribution to our database of Tour Operators and travel media who sell Chilean and Latin American travel products in the UK.


November 2012 News

Parties on board a sailing.hr yacht trip.This year’s World Travel Market enabled us to meet up with clients from Latin America and representatives of the Croatian Tourist Board and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). The latest Darwin’s Trails Newsletter flew off the shelves in the Press Centre.

Czech Tourism invited me to join a three-day MICE Press Trip to Prague (the ‘Most Beautiful City in Europe’) and Pilzen (where they make Pilsner Urquell, the best beer in Europe!). We saw some very impressive convention and incentive facilities and enjoyed a memorable visit to the Czech Republic!

We achieved great PR coverage in the Nov 30th edition of the Travel Bulletin magazine for our Zagreb-based client sailing.hr. See: http://www.travelbulletin.co.uk/latest-magazine.html (page 17). We’re also upgrading their website and raising their profile with selected travel bloggers.


October 2012 News

We now provide UK Representation for a Croatian sailing holiday company called sailing.hr (www.sailing.hr). This ambitious young company provides sailing holidays for students and adults along the stunning Adriatic coastline, visiting music festivals and heritage sites.

The Forest of Dean Greenway is now forging ahead and we are making real progress in our negotiations with the Forestry Commission and local landowners for the construction of this nationally important network of routes for horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

We also published our first Newsletter for our Chilean client, Darwin’s Trails, ready for use at London’s World Travel Market and we also secured for them coverage in the Selling Long Haul magazine’s feature on Alternative Latin America.


September 2012 News

Lots of media interest in Latin America this month and we submitted material about ‘Astronomy Tours’, ‘Extreme Wilderness Tours’ and ‘Patagonia’ on behalf of Darwin’s Trails (Chile) to Selling Long Haul magazine and a piece on ‘Selling Direct’ to Travel Trade Gazette.

We were delighted to be asked by a long-standing local building energy management client, the Automated Building Controls Group to update and expand their corporate and sales literature and begin work on supporting a major expansion of this thriving high-tec operation.

In a complete contrast to our media work, we have spent many happy hours this month tramping through woodlands surveying the route of the proposed Forest of Dean Greenway. We were appointed in 2011 to deliver this forest-based network of horse riding, cycling and walking routes which, when completed next year, will create an outdoor recreational resource of national importance.


August 2012 News

American client, Cvent is the world’s largest supplier of convention and event management software. Philip writes their UK Destination Guides and the completion of the 2012 Olympic Games required him to update their website’s (www.cvent.com) description of London’s conference facilities and the future use of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In early August we attended the Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Reception (www.rcvb.com.br) at London’s Southbank in order to celebrate and learn more about this amazing city’s hosting of World Cup Finals in 2014 and the next Olympic Games in 2016.

New instructions received from our Gloucestershire and London based Energy Management Company, the Automated Building Controls Group (www.abc,org.uk) who have just won a huge contract to manage the energy needs of Imperial College, London.


July 2012 News

Vesna Tours, IndiaPhilip said goodbye to the Palmdale High School Choir as they returned to California following their prize-winning performances at the Llangollen International Eisteddfodand concerts at Chester and Southwark Cathedrals. Listen to their beautiful singing on the YouTube video below.

We also secured some great global PR for Jose Massa, MD of Lima-based Panorama Peru, in the summer 2012 edition of the ASTANetwork magazine, published by the American Society of Travel Agents.

Working with colleagues in the USA, Philip has now completely re-written the www.vesnatours.com website and is completing their UK Marketing and Business Development Plan.



June 2012 News

The Palmdale High School Choir at the Llangollen International EisteddfodWorking on behalf of our long-standing USA client, Music Contact International, Philip met a choir from Southern California at Heathrow Airport and took them to North Wales, where they are participating in the Llangollen International Eisteddfodand singing in Chester and Southwark Cathedrals.

Lots of good international travel industry PR going into the forward features pipeline, including ‘India for Beginners’ (Vesna Tours), ‘Chilean Wine, Culture and Cowboys Tour’ (Darwin’s Trails) and ‘New Orient Express Hotel Opening in Cuzco’ (Panorama Peru).

Philip also visited the London University of the Arts, in Southwark concluding four years association with the university as their External Examiner for the BSc degree in International Tourism and the Media.



May 2012 News

The Forest of Dean Greenways ProjectThe month began with a week-long tour of UK tour operators and travel media which we arranged on behalf of Jose Massa, Panorama Peru’s MD who flew in from Lima.

We presented new product information to: ASTA Network magazine, CTS, Global Explorers, Llama Travel, UKTI, Brighter PR, Select Latin America, Latin Odyssey, Distinctive Americas, Authentic Adventures, World Odyssey and Global Adventures.

We also secured substantial global coverage for the new ‘People to People’ Shore Excursion programme recently launched by Darwin’s Trails in Chile and the opening of the Empedrada Fundo Hotel at the Caral World Heritage Site.

Closer to home, the Forest of Dean Greenways Project is moving forward as landowner negotiations, route inspections, highway signage requirements and groundworks take place.


April 2012 News

Two new Associates, Jo Daniels and Alison Partridge, joined the Destination Marketing Group this month.

Jo Daniel now works in our Gloucester office, focusing primarily on the Forest of Dean Greenways project, but, with a Master’s degree in International Public Relations and a real love for the subject, Jo brings great energy and expertise to our PR services.

Meanwhile, London-based Alison Partridge is President of the London Skål Club and she has a huge amount of experience in intercontinental and commercial tourism and she will add greatly to the DMG’s international representation credentials as we seek more overseas clients.

PS. Our current portfolio of overseas clients now comprises Darwin’s Trails (Chile), Cvent.com (USA), Music Contact International (USA), Panorama Peru (Peru) and Vesna Tours (India).


March 2012 News

Philip was in Lima in early March to meet with our two Latin American clients, Darwin’s Trails and Panorama Peru, and experience Peru’s burgeoning tourism industry. A successful trip and a wonderful experience!

Then on the other side of the world, Vesna Tours, a New Delhi company which specialises in the international education market has appointed the DMG as their UK representatives and we greatly look forward to working with this impressive organisation.

More good news. We won the contract to deliver the Forest of Dean Greenway, which will create 42 miles of high quality waymarked routes for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and, where, possible, carriage drivers. This is a tourism infrastructure project of national importance.