IMT 2018 Plovdiv

The 10th International Meeting of Tourism is held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria  between the 21st and 24th November 2018.

It gathers Tourism professionals from throughout Europe to meet with each other and local organisations to promote each other and this great city.

Another part of this event is updating the world on the progress of Plovdiv’s European City Capital of Culture 2019 events programme and the legacy it will create.

It started with a welcome meal and drink in the impressive Markovo Hotel and a chance for visiting delegates to get acquainted and for several to meet again.


Limnos Island Fam Trip was a great and unique experience

After Helexpo Philoxenia 2018, Thessaloniki a group of Tourism Industry Professionals took part in a Fam Trip to one of the most interesting of all the Greek Islands – Limnos ‘the indescribable island’.

Kostas Katenidis the most knowledgeable and experienced Tour Guide & Tourism Expert on Limnos organised and supervised the trip with great professionalism and hospitality skills.

All who took part agreed that it was a great insight into what makes this amazing Island so unique and they all promised to ‘spread the word’ about this great destination!

If you have not been to Limnos make your place to see in 2019!

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EMITT 2019 – Istanbul, Turkey

The most important exhibition of tourism – EMITT (23rd Edition) – is preparing to host more than 60,000 visitors and opens its doors on January 31st and closes on the 3rd February 2019.

It takes place at the Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey.

10 Halls, 85 Countries, 5000 Exhibitors, 7000 Scheduled Meetings and 600 Hosted Buyers.

The fair is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Governorship of Istanbul and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and is sponsored by Turkish Airlines, with the support of KOSGEB. Also, in partnership with the

Turkey Hoteliers Federation of Tourism Investors Association’s.

Register ASAP as places will go fast!

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Hillview Veliko Tarnovo joins NDN

The newest organisation to join NDN is Hillview Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

A great way to see the region would be with Hillview Veliko Tarnovo which gives a unique chance to enjoy the amazing nature and historical heritage of the regions surroundings. They offer clients cultural and entertainment services, adventure tourism and jeep-tours to localities, that review historic landmarks and natural scenery. They also offer off-road tours to places that discover amazing views of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, as well as city tours in city of Veliko Tarnovo itself and the cultural village Arbanassi.

Evoxes (enoches) Bar/Café – Best and most unique in Thessaloniki

Whilst attending Helexpo Philoxenia 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece, the Founder/Director of NDN had to attend the best and unique café/bar in this fabulous city.

Evoxes (or Enoches, depending on Greek or English spelling) is without doubt an amazing venue any time of the day, literally from early morning to late at night.

Virtually every piece of furniture and all fixtures and fittings have been up-cycled, designed and made by the owner Stefanos, which makes it totally unique. The choice of food and drink is traditional, but with a twist and the music is a great mixture of international, but local too.

What cannot be denied and again 100% unique is the customer service/experience which is exceptional, with a meet&greet to beat all and then a friendly, professional and welcoming hospitality level that cannot be beaten.

When in Thessaloniki go to Evoxes, you will not be disappointed, in fact, you will be amazed!

Limnos Island Tourism Numbers Increase in 2018

Whilst at Helexpo Philoxenia, Thessaloniki, NDN and Limnos Island representatives met to discuss their 2 years to-date collaboration.

Limnos Island Tourism numbers have increased by approximately 14% over this time and it is looking like this is going to continue in 2019 too.

Limnos Island is know as ‘the indescribable island’ as it has a vast amount of interesting things to see, do and get involved, it is impossible to put a label on it. Some Islands are known for religion, culture, heritage or history and some are known for beaches, watersports, food, drink and entertainment, well Limnos has them all and much more! Add mysterious volcanic structures and desert, bird-watching,  holy & historical  caves, important military sites, first ever parliament?, plus a multitude of beaches, restaurants and bars and that is not all it has.

If you are wanting to visit a Greek Island in 2019, make it Limnos – ‘the indescribable island’.

Helexpo Philoxenia 2018

Helexpo Philoxenia 2018 in Thessaloniki was again a great success. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Professionals meet in this magnificent city and take part in B2B’s and networking events.

Helexpo Philoxenia is not only the biggest Tourism and Hospitality event in Greece, but is growing to be an important one for the whole of Europe.

WTM London 2018

World Travel Market – London – 2018 is again the biggest Worldwide Tourism Event of the Year.

3 days of amazing presentations, seminars, meetings and socialising.

Time to meet new and old contacts in the Travel Industry.

VISIT PLOVDIV – IMT 2018 and Capital of Culture 2019

Plovdiv, Bulgaria is preparing itself for the most important events in its modern history with the upcoming 10th International Meeting of Tourism in November and then it is the European City Capital of Culture 2019, with a multitude of events throughout the whole year.
Whether you are in the Travel Industry or a Tourist who wants to discover ‘new destinations’ there will never be a better time to see this amazing city than 2019.
Mike Black, Founder and Director of New Destinations Network has made it a personal mission to promote the city by wearing the ECCC 2019 T-Shirt in many destinations in the following countries, during his Worldwide Expansion of his own company;
Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Limnos Island, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, UK & Vietnam.
(unfortunately the original T-Shirt has not lasted this 4 year worldwide travelling adventure, but it had a full, if only short life
Therefore he can truly say he has promoted it on a global scale, so like many thousands of people is looking forward the next 12 months.
It is going to be so interesting to see how the city deals with this increased exposure in not only Tourism but Investment too. Also now it handles it in a sustainable way over the coming years!

The Metropolitan Hotel, Thessaloniki – Now 4 Star

The Metropolitan Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece, has changed its category and will operate as an official 4* Hotel as of November 1st.
Located near Thessaloniki’s renowned White Tower, the Hotel is 1.5 kilometers to the east of the city and just five minutes away from the area’s New Promenade.
Following a strategic investment project, the Hotel’s management fully refurbished its rooms in late 2017 into Classic, Superior, Junior Suite and Premium Suite types, giving them a sophisticated design with a modern touch.
In addition to its total upgrade, the Metropolitan has been awarded with the Green Key certificate, meeting a set of high standard environmental requirements.
Aiming to offer its guests the best of services, the Hotel’s technology has also been upgraded and offers free high-speed WiFi in all premises, while a wired Ethernet cable connection has been added to all of the rooms.
“Aware of the needs of our business and leisure guests, we have placed the qualitative upgrading of our technology services at the top of our priorities,” quote by management.
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Mekong Delta, Vietnam newest destination to be added to NDN

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam is the newest destination to be added to NDN.
It is a special and unique place, as it is the life-blood of the country and its importance cannot be underestimated. It literally is the centre of everything that makes Vietnam the place it is, with its history, culture and way of life, plus its geographical, financial and employment significance. Therefore, a visit to Vietnam without visiting this region would a missed opportunity and would mean that tourists had seen what the country is really all about.

Hyesun Sung – Asian Blogger – Joins NDN

Hyesun Sung is a Worldwide Travel Blogger.
Mike Black (Director of NDN) met this top-class blogger in Vietnam in 2017 and has kept in touch and followed their worldwide travels and experiences.
They have agreed to work together by authorising links to their website, which means NDN followers can now access this young Asian travel blogger.
This means that NDN has a young blogger from the USA, Europe & Asia, so the majority of the world is covered by a vibrant new team.
Lets hope this is an exciting extra dimension to NDN.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico ‘Day of Death’ 1-2 November

Enjoy this spooky time of year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico during the ‘Day of Death’

parties on the 1st and 2nd November.

Stay at The Palm at Player Hotel throughout to ensure you make the most of your

visit to Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, this amazing part of Mexico.

Hotel Metropolitan, Thessaloniki, Greece

Modern Designed and Fully renovated The Hotel Metropolitan in the historical city of Thessaloniki – Home away from Home – The Metropolitan Hotel has been completely renovated according to the new hospitality concepts.
Modern Guest rooms with comfort into an exclusive inner design combined to the Hotel’s long tradition in Hospitality industry. The Hotel Metropolitan is located at Vas. Olgas 65, one of the most centrally Avenue in Thessaloniki city, is prime approach to the city from the east Macedonia SKG Airport.
The Hotel is ideal destination for both Business and Leisure Travelers. The high level of service, the experienced and friendly personnel will be glad to suggest you the best of the City, the most exclusive Shops and Outlets and to arrange visits and daily adventures: Tour to Pierria , Pella & Vergina.

The Hotel is perfectly located in short distance from the new Promenade, the main attractions, the shopping and the nightlife of the city, direct access to the public transportation just outside the hotel. For all Guests that are Art- lovers, Hotel periodically hosts Art Exhibitions of famous Artists almost all year round.

Bloggers add an extra dimension to NDN

Christine Tran (US) and Tom Grond (Netherlands) are Worldwide Travellers and Bloggers.

Mike Black (Director of NDN) met these two top-class bloggers in Vietnam in 2017 and has

kept in touch and followed their worldwide travels and experiences.

They have agreed to work together by authorising links to their website, which means NDN

followers can now access and follow these two young travel bloggers too.

Lets hope this is an exciting extra dimension to NDN. – Christine Tran – Tom Grond.

Liverpool to Corfu with RyanAir




Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline,  announced a new route from Liverpool to Corfu, with a twice weekly service from June, as part of Ryanair’s Summer 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly.

North West consumers and visitors can now enjoy even lower fares and the latest “Always Getting Better” improvements including:

  • Reduced checked-in bag fees – lower €25 x 20kg check bag, lower €8 x 10kg check bag
  • Ryanair Rooms with 10% off Travel Credit
  • ‘Try Somewhere New’ – travel content platform on

Ryanair’s full Liverpool Summer 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. To celebrate its new Corfu route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale, with seats from Liverpool available from just £9.99, for travel in October, November, December and January.

IVI DMC – Latin America

45+NotGrumpy, TravelInVision and NDN collaboration a great success

The owners 45+Not Grumpy, Travel In Vision and NDN met at one of 45+’s members meetings and joined in with many of it’s lovely members and discussed destinations for them to travel to in late 2018 & all of 2019.

Dee, Zlatina and Mike had further discussions on how the collaboration will work over the coming years and it appears that this initial idea is turning into a great success already.

As a collective, they invite anyone to join 45+NotGrumpy, plus are open to any Tour Company, DMC or Travel Agents to offer packages to them for their members.


WTM – Latin America

Discover a world of opportunities
Being aware of what’s new in the market, having contact with the main companies in the sector and networking with professionals who make a difference is not only a differential; it’s a necessity, and at WTM Latin America you’ll find it:

  • Exhibitors from the entire tourist chain: worldwide destinations, accommodation facilities, tour operators, airlines, etc.;
  • Inspiration, supplied in talks by renowned professionals presenting what’s new and the latest trends;
  • A scheduling system for optimizing your participation;
  • Cultural attractions;

You’ll soon be able to register and guarantee your participation. In the meantime you can let us know you’re interested in taking part so we can tell you when registration is live.

Lyons Estates – At Liverpool Landlord Event

Wednesday 19th September 2018 – Liverpool Football Club

Landlords, Investors and Property Professionals along with other like-minded industry leaders met new contacts and widen their own network of customers and suppliers.

Lyons Estates were the busiest of all stands with Ian, Nicola and Gemma meeting with landlord and investors all day.

Mike Black (NDN) popped along to give support and promote Lyons Estates.


It is a pleasure to add ATURJET and LOKUMART to the Turkish destinations on NDN.

Fatma Sema Kutlu who organised this years FIJET Academy was more than happy to authorise her organisations addition to NDN.
Ayden Baktir represents LOKUMART which is the highest quality makers of Turkish Delight in the world and was keen to join NDN to help distribute thier amazing food worldwide.
Great country, people, culture and food – if you have any misconceptions about Turkey, visit it and prove them wrong!

ITE HCMC 2018 – Mekong Delta Tour

After the ITE HCMC 2018 – The Hosted Buyer delegates went on a tour of the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, organised by Vietnam Travel Group.  This included a horse & cart journey to the Mekong River area, then a cruise down the river to eventually transfer into local rowing boats through the mangrove estuaries. There was also time to take in some of the local cultural activities such as; the making of bee based products, such as honey, pollen and royal jelly. Then there was also a coconut work-shop were they produced, water, milk and even candy. There was still time to visit a snake & crocodile farm, enjoy local singers and do a bit of shopping too.

Finally a meeting with the local Tourism Department, which was held during lunch at the Mekong Taste Resort, with local food, drink and an inspection of the bungalow accommodation they have there.

Mike Black (Director of New Destinations Network) did a interview for local TV and Radio about the positive experience and feedback from all the delegates who took part.

Overall it was an amazing day and everyone who attended it will promote the region as a new destination for their clients, family and friends.

ITE HCMC 2018 – Last Day

ITE HCMC 2018 – Finished with more meetings and then a great Gala Dinner that introduced Laos, as a new destination. Best promotion of a region since the event started and the entertainment was first class too. Just enough time to take in a few of the sites of Ho Chi Minh City by night too.

ITE HCMC 2018 – Nha Trang Gala Dinner

ITE HCMC 2018 continued with a very enjoyable Gala Dinner in the Grand Hotel.

Nha Trang is a developing region of Vietnam and presented itself to world Media

and Buyers with entertainment, speeches and prizes (for the lucky one).

The venue, food and drink was excellent, so all delegates left wanting to tell

the world about this ‘new destination’.

There was just time for a couple of German Beers on-route back to the hotel.