Cut one flight Air Iceland Connect will be curring one plane at KEF this summer. The flights between KEF – Aberdeen, KEF Belfast, KEF Akureyri and KEF to Kangerlussuaq will not be operated this summer. Though the flights to Narsarsuaq will instead be operated from REY instead of KEF on the same dates as the current schedule, but not the same time. It has never been in tradition in Iceland to accept or give tips. However, in other parts of the world, tipping is a tradition, and in some countries it is almost the only wages that restaurant employees get for their work. “With tourism increasing in Iceland, we at Hotel Hotel Rangá have become aware that our guests tip employees in various fields connected to the travel industry. On the other hand, we have noticed that in the United States, for example, where restaurant wages are usually low, people are trying to put a stop to this tipping custom and instead increasing the salaries”, says Ása Valdís Árnadóttir. Hotel Rangá decided two years ago that they would not accept tips. However, they tell their guests that if they are happy with the service, they are welcome to help the Rescue teams in the area by donating some money. “We have been getting very positive comments and reviews about this decision.” The support from the guests is now ISK 2.000.000 (around 15.800 Euros), two Search and Rescue teams in the area ISK 1.000.000 (around 7900 Euros) was handed each. The picture above is from this event. The staff at Hotel Rangá has then in total handed the Rescue teams in the area ISK 2.400.000 (around 19.100 Euros) since they stopped accepting tips. To draw attention to this decision we include a small note in our menu saying: Grimur Gislason , sales and marketing director of Air Iceland Connect together with web-manager Hildur Oskarsdottir og Berghara Ragnardottir giving all the buyers the info needed. Tips to rescuers Dear guest, In various parts of the world, tips are commonly paid to waiters and other personnel at hospitality and service companies. This has not been the case in Iceland as the wages of restaurant, hotel and other hospitality personnel are included in the price of the services. We know, however, that some of our honoured guests wish to express their appreciation to our devoted staff for their good service by making special extra payments, tips, to them. We, the personnel at Hotel Rangá, appreciate your thought and are happy to accept your contributions, but not for us personally. Instead we will forward them directly to the search and rescue teams in the area, in support of their important mission. Search and rescuers in Iceland are volunteers whom we wholeheartedly support. 10 >> Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia
Reuse 90 of the water Guldsmeden is a group of noveau-bohemian hotels with a strong focus of sustainability, serving 100% organic food and drink. Soon it will open with 90 % reuse of the water. Located in Copenhagen, 600 m from Danish Design Center, Axel Guldsmeden features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Certain units include a private bathroom with a hot tub, and others have free toiletries and a hairdryer. Certain rooms have a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. A flat-screen TV is available. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental and car rental. The Royal Theater is 1.8 km from Axel Guldsmeden, and Rosenborg Palace is 2.1 km away. The nearest airport is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, 6.9 km from Axel Guldsmeden. Vesterbro is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, museums and sightseeing. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip. Lars Thyby – former owner of the hotel and new owner Samdra Plesner Weinert introducing the hotel at Midatlantic seminar in Iceland. Sightseeing trips every day HK Bussar is now making it possible for all the visitors to The Faroe Islands to visit the islands in the North Atlantis to get sightseeing trips every day. Even if the guests is only one HH Busser will be able to private guided tours all around also in the winter season. “Every Monday to Eysteroy, Tuesday to Torshavn and Kirkjuby, Wednesday to Navia and the Northern Island, Thursday to Sakstun, Freday to Gasadatur, Saturday to Toftir, says Halda Juul Olesen”. Hans Jakup Kollslid and Halda Olsen help the buyers from USA with information. Bjørk alone in the world Erik Bjerregaard is leaving as general manager of Hotel Atlantic during July after more than 25 years. He will be replaced by gm of Morten Nielsen, present manager of Hotel Kangerlussuaq. Here he is selling the hotel at ITB together with booking manager Lisbeth Kristensen from the hotel and Vivi Knudsen, key account manager, Air Iceland. A few years ago, the Icelandic songbird Bjørk went to Greenland to practice before an imminent world tour. During her stay at the Hotel Arctic, she decided to try an igloo for a few days. Her enthusiasm knew no end. Or yes, it did, but she stayed in the igloo for several weeks and even summoned her boyfriend from home, so he could come up and experience the idyll. And that is where the igloo's biggest force lies. You are close to Hotel Arctic's well-know splendid restaurants, but at the same time you are so far away that you feel like Bjørk alone in the world. A clean and unspoilt idyll, yet you can reach the restaurant in the hotel in three minutes and enjoy some of the best that the Greenlandic cuisine can offer. The Hotel Restaurant Ulo is known outside the country's borders for its kitchen. Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia
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TTO Scandinavia, 2. section, october 2015 about Vestnorden
The West Nordic region is one of the world’s most inspiring destinations, offering three astonishing countries: Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
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