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World record haka wins international attention

first_imgWorld record haka wins international attentionThe world’s biggest haka in Rotorua, organised as part of the nationwide festival of events for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series tour attracted extensive international media attention and was a huge hit with travelling fans.More than 7,500 locals and Lions supporters gathered on Rotorua’s village green, chanting Ka mate, Ka mate, smashing the current world record set in France.Working with the International Rugby Club who masterminded the event as part of Rugby 2017 Festival, Tourism New Zealand funded drone footage and a video of the extraordinary event which then went out to international media.The feedback has been great with the story and images being picked up extensively overseas, including coverage from the UK, Germany and India.When the travelling media are not covering the games, they are enjoying, and reporting on tourism experiences throughout New Zealand, hosted by Tourism New Zealand.Tourism New Zealand is also supporting Sky Sport’s ‘Fan Van’ which is touring the country with commentator Scott Quinnell enjoying activities and interviewing fans and locals along the way.And judging by the responses he is getting, the fans are receiving a great welcome from Kiwis and loving their time in New Zealand. Check out his daily videos.René de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s Director PR, Major Events and Trade said: “The feedback from the travelling media so far has been excellent. They have experienced a wide range of activities from Waitangi in the North, through to Rotorua and the magnificent haka; they have visited Hobbiton and tried sky diving and rafting. They have experienced the Canterbury and Otago regions and now they get to spend time in the Wellington region in the run-up to the second test match.“For Tourism New Zealand, this is a great opportunity to promote our key areas of seasonality and regional dispersal. The Lions tour has given us the opportunity show a group of international journalists great Kiwi experiences outside of the popular tourism hotspots and outside of the peak season. It is also an opportunity for Tourism New Zealand to support the Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) who have opened their cities to the fans with a programme of events from Whangarei to Dunedin,” said René.youtubeplease specify correct urlSource = Tourism New Zealandlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Having relaunched foll

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHaving relaunched following a three-year, top-to-toe refurbishment, Santa Marina Resorts & Villas, a Luxury Collection Resort is reopening to guests in May 2018. Offering a total escape from the hustle and bustle of Mykonos’ crowds, the privately-owned resort is set on its own peninsula and comprises 100 rooms and suites and 14 villas with views across the Aegean Sea, and now boasts a new spa and infinity pool.Perfectly located to explore the island, guests can use Santa Marina Resort & Villas’ private speedboat to explore Delos Island – one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece – and its uninhabited neighbouring island of Renia.Another must see is Paraportiani Church, a beautiful, whitewashed complex comprising five separate churches dating back to 1425, and the Monasteries of Panagia Tourliani and Palaiochoras. World-class gastronomySanta Marina Resort & Villas is home to the world’s first Buddha Beach Bar offering Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine as well as Buddha Bar specialties and cocktails. During the season, there is a mix of famous chefs, mixologists and DJs, not just for hotel residents to enjoy, but also guests from visiting yachts.A firm island favourite and just a 15-minute drive from Santa Marina Resort & Villas is Little Venice, perched at the southwest end of the harbour and home to rows of 18th-century fishing houses that look out to the sea. The new Ginkgo SpaGuests can relax at the Ginkgo Spa, home to five large treatment rooms, with therapists are on hand to deliver treatments with ESPA and Phytomer products. The new hammam is a highlight with its mosaic-tiled décor and exfoliation and ancient cleansing rituals that utilise heat for therapeutic purposes. The relaxation area, encircled by shallow waters, long flowing curtains and plush beds, provides a quiet pre- and post-treatment sanctuary.Located within the spa is the new gym, which overlooks the infinity pool and comprises state of the art TechnoGym equipment.The resort is also home to a new infinity pool and OASIS lounge for adults only with views of the bay.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more