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Vagn Sørensen leaves as

Vagn Sørensen leaves as chairman Vagn Sørensen has announced to Scandic’s Nomination Committee that he will stand down as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors from the Annual General Meeting 2018. Vagn Sørensen has been Scandic’s Chairman of the Board since 2007. The Nomination Committee has received notice that Vagn Sørensen will stand down as Chairman and member of the Board from Scandic’s Annual General Meeting 2018. This is due to time constraints from several other international board appointments. “We would like to extend our warmest thanks to Vagn for his significant contributions to Scandic’s success during the 11 years he has been Chairman. During Vagn’s time, Scandic has developed into the leading hotel company in the Nordic countries and was successfully listed on the stock exchange. The Nomination Committee will soon present its proposal to the Board of Directors for the Annual General Meeting,” says Joel Lindeman, Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Scandic’s Annual General Meeting will be held on April 26, 2018 at Scandic Alvik. Vagn Sørensen will still be chairman at Air Canada, Vice Chairman Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, FLSmidth and Board Director Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. NEED SECOND PASSPORT? It’s not only a travel and tourism destination, it may be a destination for many Unique benefits of the honest or not so honest foreigners who don’t ever visit or travel there, but having a valid passport and citizenship of this Caribbean country. Completely legal, Programme include: and surprising for many, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme has released a final reminder to those interested in investing in second • Visa-free access and visa-free on arrival citizenship under the temporarily reduced investment module – the Hurricane to over 150 countries and territories Relief Fund – scheduled to end on 30 March 2018. worldwide Established after a challenging hurricane season, the Hurricane Relief Fund has • The world’s strongest due diligence been a popular temporary option for prospective citizens around the world, who processes, as ranked by Financial Times’ wish to invest in the world’s oldest economic citizenship programme. CBI Index With a booming tourism sector, the Federated island-nation in the Caribbean • 60 days guaranteed citizenship with the is enjoying unprecedented economic growth, and prestigious hotel brands are Accelerated Application Process (AAP) collaborating to “meet the increased demand for luxury travel offerings” – a • No requirement to reside in St Kitts and comment shared today by Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton, Lisa Holladay. Nevis Offering all the unique benefits for which the Programme is known, except with • Complete discretion and privacy a lower investment threshold, has allowed individuals and their families around throughout the application process and the world to partake in the country’s reputed Platinum Standard product, while citizenship securing a future of greater mobility, safety and wealth. • A low tax regime, with zero taxes on The St Kitts and Nevis CBI Programme received wide acclaim for their approach, worldwide income, capital gains and receiving the honour of World‘s Most Innovative Investment Immigration inheritance Programme at the Global Citizen Awards Ceremony in Russia, shortly after the • Strong investment opportunities in a fund was announced. growing economy Noting the price of USD150,000 for a family of four, CEO of the CBI Unit, Les Khan says, “we encourage individuals and families to take the opportunity to Travel Trade OuTbOund invest at a lower threshold for a product that is uncompromised in its quality.” Thinking of larger families, the Government has also made allowances for applications Scandinavia of more than four persons at USD25,000 per additional dependant, regardless of age. For more information on St Kitts and Nevis’ unique temporary offer, please visit the Government’s official website. Issued from London on behalf of Government of St Kitts and Nevis. Travel Trade OuTbOund Published by: Traveltrademedia.com, Copenhagen, Denmark. CVR DK29314055 Managing editor: Carsten Elsted Travel editor: Camilla Manley Contact: editor@ttoscandinavia.com Layout: Agnese Klavina

Finland to Partner China From 16 to 18 May 2018 the focus at the marketplace for China’s travel industry taking place in Shanghai will be on its partner destination Finland. “Finland has proven that it is attaching a great importance in enhancing Chinese tourists’ travel experience. Finland is running a multitude of visa centers in China, working on e-visa solutions for Chinese tourists and has opened up for Chinese mobile payments systems adding a lot of convenience for Chinese visiting Finland. These are just some examples clearly proving Finland’s devotion to the Chinese travel market, which is a perfect precondition to being ITB China’s Partner Destination”, said David Axiotis, General Manager ITB China. Around 50 delegates from Finland, which has a strong presence on the show floor, will be representing the country at ITB China this year. Finland will be the co-host of ITB China’s official opening dinner with some 600 guests attending and will also organise numerous events during the fair, such as a dedicated networking reception on the evening of May 16, attracting some 300 attendees. Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Vice President, Business Finland & Head of Visit Finland commented, ”Chinese travellers are a very important tourism source market for Finland, and the growth in visitor numbers has been impressive in recent years. From January to November 2017, the number of overnights from China to Finland has reached to 321,172 with a 34.3% growth compared to January to December 2016. China represents the 5th largest group of travellers to Finland. We are continually working to enhance our partnership with travel trade partners in China to provide unqiue travel products to Chinese travellers and ITB China provides us with a great platform to present Finland to Chinese decision makers. 2018 also marks the EU China Tourism Year for which ITB China is an official partner event of. As a member of the European Union, Finland is thrilled to contribute to this year of cooperation and celebration between China and Europe and we are looking forward to a succesful ITB China 2018.“ Finland appeals to travellers searching for unique experiences in their destinations as well as convenience. Finland is increasingly accessible to Chinese travellers and the great variety of experiences that can be enjoyed make it an exciting destination whether spending a few days or a few weeks. There are 500,000 summer cottages throughout the country, 188,000 lakes, over 3,000,000 saunas (more than the number of cars), 179,000 islands and over 70% of the land covered by forest. Its spectacular natural wonders attract travellers from all over the world. Act on plastic Tourism companies and destinations begin to act on plastics Recently the issue of plastic waste has seen its profile rise dramatically, in no small part thanks to the David Attenborough Blue Planet TV series. It was also a major focus in the responsible tourism programme at World Travel Market London. This year has begun with various companies in the travel industry announcing initial measures to address their impact, which if rolled out across the industry and across a wider range of products, could have a significant effect on the natural world upon which so much of tourism depends. Safari operator Asilia has announced that all its camps will no longer use plastic straws, replacing them with a biodegradable alternative with immediate effect. The company banned cling film several years ago and last year ensured all lunch packs issued to its guests were contained in biodegradable packaging. It has also been announced that the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza will ban all single-use plastics by 2020. Other operators have also announced plastic initiatives at various scales and timelines. Marriott International has ended the use of plastic straws in all its UK hotels. Ryanair has announced its flights will be plastic-free by 2023. P&O Cruises and Cunard have said they plan to abolish single use plastics from their ships by 2022, while Royal Caribbean International says it also intends to eliminate single-use plastics from its fleet, though it gave no indication of how long this might take. Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia

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