Orehovo – Visiting the mountains 4/9/2015

Returning to Orehovo in Sept is a great, as last time members of New Destinations Network were here it was in the winter. It had stunning snow filled views with frozen rivers and waterfalls, which was an amazing and natural thing to see.

Now, at the end of the summer months, the views and scenery is just an magnificent, maybe even better, with the trees, flowers and vegetation in full view. All the rivers and streams are in full flow and the majority of the waterfalls adding a splash of the more exciting side to the area.

An early morning start, but still in lovely sunshine the owners of Konakat Hotel, in the village and myself set-off, with food and back packs. Transport going up these inclines is a ex Russain Military Jeep, driven by his local nickname ‘Crazy Schumacker’ for obvious reasons. The train was steep, uneven and needed sort a man to navigate the route.

The first stop was Kosten Kamak two waterfalls, that had recently had it access route repaired by the locals of the village, to give easier access for visitors.

Then all the way up to The Screaming Rock and Chapel, which got its name from when the Ottomans were here. In there attempt to convert everyone to the Muslim faith, they took locals to this rock and if they did not agree to follow the new faith, they would be thrown off the rock. Staying strong to there Christian believes hundreds did not and so there thrown to there death, but many did not die straight away and lay in the valley below screaming, thus the name.

This place, although having an awful story is visit by many, as it now has a Chapel, built to celebrate the strength of faith of these people. Add to that it has stunning views of the mountain range and valleys too. On this particular day we were so lucky to witness an Eagle flying only meters above our head, but even better, to open up its massive wings to slow down and land on a tree top extremely close to us. It was only there for seconds and then let go of the branch and flow into the sky. It just added to the morning events.

To take advantage of the weather and fresh air, but more importantly to get feeling back into our back-sides, as Russain Military Vehicles were definitely efficient, but not built for comfort, we walked down the mountain.

This let us take in the views, fresh air and enjoy a beautiful walk through the mountains and forests in this region. We even had time to stop and make a lunch with local meat, salad and bread, it was so lovely to eat outdoors surrendered by such scenery and obviously in the company of such friendly people too (Polya, Boris and George).

My conclusion for the day is that Orehovo and surrounding region is as beautiful in the summer as the winter!!!!

Follow our Blog over the coming days for more about this typical mountain village and the stunning region it is set in.

Written by Mike Black.

Orehovo – Revisted 3/9/15

The beautiful mountain town of Orehovo, Bulgaria was one of the first(so called) smaller destinations that we visited and added to NDN. It was stunning in its untouched and tradional look, but also the beauty it possesses!

There have been many changes to this great location and it has had its best year to date, with our promotional and advertising help, I hope, but will find out in due course?

For now it is just great to be back and to open my window this morning on the this great view!!

Mike Black


New Destinations Network

Plovdiv – Together for the children – 5th Sept 2015

Plovdiv together for the children
Its been one year since we were nominated for European Capital of culture. One year since we took the big challenge . We dedicate this to the kids.
On 5th of September Plovdiv 2019 #together with various partners is organizing numerous workshops and interactive entertainment for kids and their parents. The programe consists of activities from games trough street drawings with chalks, henna and eco materials. There will be music, Puppet Theater, capoeira and more.
Start 10 am till 6 pm
Plovdiv, Tzar Simeon Gardens

Hotels in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam area has more than 350 hotels, so you’re sure to find lodging within your budget and in a convenient location. In 2015 and coming years, new interesting hotel properties will be added all over the city, such as, in the luxury segment, The Hoxton, Sir ADAM, W and Hyatt Regency. The new hostels are also worth a mention: Jaz in the City Amsterdam, A&O Hotels & Hostels, Clink and the Generator Hostel.

Plenty to look forward to! Please contact us for more information about Amsterdam hotels, existing, new or opening soon: trade@iamsterdam.com. For more travel trade information, please check out our Amsterdam Travel Trade Manual online.

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Tela, Honduras – Only place to be seen in February 2016

MUSICXWELLNESS – Tela Bay Therapy Festival

Indura Beach and Golf Resort in Honduras, Central America.

What are you doing between the 12th and 14th February 2016? No matter what it is, don’t do it and come to Tela. Do you like white beaches, music, therapy’s, chilling, dancing, sunshine, drinking, training, eating, site seeing or even golf, then if you are anywhere else in the world but here, you are in the place.

What do you mean: your getting married, its your anniversary, its your annual holiday, your going away with your friends, your taking your partner away for a romantic weekend, your planning to propose,   WELL DO IT IN TELA!!!!

For more information – www.indura.com or info@induraresort.com

ARTtide International Culture Products Exchange in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

The ARTtide International Culture Products Exchange

September 8, 2015 /Tuesday/

Vazrazhdane Public Hall

13.00 – 13.30                  Registration of the exhibitors

13.30 – 14.00                  Official opening

14.00 – 17.00                  Chronology of Success – presentation panel

/focus – successful and sustainable business culture models/

The Transformation of Bilbao /Spain/

Nedko Solakov, artist



MAK Hotel

18.00 – 19.30                  В2В  /business to business/ –  dealings & contracts

20.00                              Business cocktail



September 9, 2015 /Wednesday/

Vazrazhdane Public Hall


9.30 – 10.00                    Registration of the exhibitors

10.00 – 13.00                               For Common Persons and Uncommon  Art , and vice versa  – presentation panel

                 /focus – how to create universal cultural products – the unordinary people who transform ordinary objects into art.  For the approach to different

                 publics. Presentations by exhibitors and the Exchange products/

13.00 – 14.00                  Lunch

14.00 – 17.00                               How To Put Culture Side By Side With Arms, Drugs and Medicines  – presentation panel

                  /focus – potential for development; how to be more profitable; analytically and artistically for today market and tomorrow possibilities/


                 Stefan Kitanov

                 Plamen Dzhurov

                 Georgi Lozanov

                 Georg Kraev

MAK Hotel

18.00 – 19.30                   В2В  /business to business/ – dealings & contracts



September 10 2015 /Thursday/

Vazrazhdane Public Hall


9.30 – 10.00                       Registration of the exhibitors

10.00 – 13.00                     Debuts/Debates  – presentation panel

                    /focus – premieres and debuts, new ideas and projects which seek for   partners and support; funding options/

13.00 – 14.00                     Closing the ARTtide International Culture Products Exchange

14.00 – 17.00                     Gabrovo sightseeing


The interactive exhibiting of culture products will last nonstop 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. during the three days of the Exchange

Additional program – street and scenic events, exhibitions, art ateliers, etc.

For more information contact – agalova@gabrovo.bg

Georgia joins New Destinations Network


With the assistance of Georgia Travel Services Tbilisi, Kakheti and Borjomi are added to New Destinations Network.

Three totally contrasting destinations in one country; Capital City which is a hive of activity, Wine district with stunning countryside and mountains and  Spa and Health region where you can drink, eat and relax in beautiful surroundings.

Wild, surprising, amazing, breath taking, are just some of the expressions that you can use to describe this country. Yet, you can sit in a traditional Bulgarians house and sample the local food, dance and song, surrounded by mountains, vineyards and fields, making you feel more relaxed than any 5 star spa treatment can provide.

Experience Georgia for yourself!!!


Plovdiv International Tourism Meeting

Between the 25th and 28th November 2015 the 7th International Meeting of Tourism will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (City of the Capital of Culture 2019).

This event is arranged by The Municipality Of Plovdiv and their partners, who want to show the world what an amazing city they have, but also it enable businesses to network with each other during the event.

The Event starts with an evening cocktail reception, enabling all the organisers and companies attending to get to know each other, in an inform environment.

The following day is the official opening of the event and presentations by a number of dignitary’s and the hosts themselves.

This is followed the opportunity to have Business To Business Meetings with all the Companies and Businesses present and is a fantastic way to create partnership from around the world.

This is then followed by a tour of the ancient city of Plovdiv, with breath taking views of the Roman Sites and Ottoman Architecture. Later in the evening everyone attending with have dinner and again have the opportunity to network and make new friends.

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The following day there is the opportunity to visit a number of the local Hotels, so all people taking part can see the excellent varied and quality of the accommodation available in the city. This is followed by The Young Wine Parade in the Old Town, which is the introduction of the new crop of wines and an opportunity to taste them, as well as local food.

Later that evening there is the formal Gala Dinner, with local food, wine and traditional dancing. For the more sociable ones, there is then the opportunity to continue the evening and enjoy the nightlife in the city.

The following day participants can return home or stay with the party and visit two Monastery’s outside of the city Plovdiv and then have dinner in the evening.

The following day all participants will return home.

This event has been a great success on every occasion and it is growing after each one.

For more information or to take part contact Stoyan Ivanov on imt@plovdiv.bg


Orehovo Newspaper Reviews

New Destinations Network reached out into the mountains of Bulgaria and found a hidden gem.

Orehovo is a tranquil village that is virtually 100% self sufficient.

Mountains, valleys, streams, wild life, views, attractions, home made food and drink.

The visit of NDN to the region, created a lot of attenetion and was in all the local

newspapers and news!!!

Use any of the below links to read all about it;





Blue Air add route from Liverpool Airport

BlueAir a Romanian Airline with over 10 years experience of flying low cost flights throughout Europe, have added to their destinations and airports.

Due to an increased number of flyers from the UK to Romania and visa versa, they have added a service from Liverpool to Bucharest and return.

They will be using Boeing 737-400 aircraft’s and are aiming for a three flights a week service.

The whole of Eastern Europe has had an increase in tourists from the UK over the recent years and especially in 2014, so Blue Air are trying to take advance of this and add this service to one of the most popular cities in the region.

Prices start from as little as £ 26.00 one way so will be popular with Business and Tourists alike. It will be of great interest to travelers who visit multiple destinations per trip, as they can flight hop from Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, RO Macedonia and the rest of the region at a low cost!!

Mark Povall, The Director of Air Services at Liverpool John Lennon Airport said “It is great to be able to welcome a new operator to the Airport and particularly pleased to see the commencement of this important route after having worked with the Romanian Consulate an the recent Romania 2018 Initiative. By working locally with the three partners, we have been able to demonstrate to Blue Air a real desire for this service from Liverpool.”

For more information about this and all Blue Air routes and services go to www.blueairweb.com

Gheorghe Racaru, Blue Air General Manager said “Since its first flight, almost ten years ago, Blue Air has been permanently developing and this meant new routes, fleet increase or new services that would offer passengers an extremely pleasant experience on board of our aircraft’s. It is my pleasure to announce that tickets for a new route from Liverpool JLA to Bucharest and return are available 3 times a week a destination which joins the other 26 routes already in place”

Plovdiv – Capital Of Culture 2019

The Independent Selection Panel responsible for assessing the Bulgarian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Plovdiv should be awarded the title. the other three cities short-listed after the initial selection round in December 2013 were Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. The formal nomination of Plovdiv by the EU’s Council of Ministers took place in May 2015. They were awarded it and preparations have started.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, stated: “I congratulate Plovdiv both on its successful bid and also on being the first ever European Capital of Culture in Bulgaria. The competition was tough, with eight initial contenders narrowed down to four finalists. I am confident that Plovdiv will enable visitors from Europe and all over the world to discover not only the city itself but also to appreciate the cultural diversity, history and values of our continent. I am convinced that the title will bring Plovdiv and its surrounding area significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as we have seen with previous European Capitals of Culture.”

Support Plovdiv by simply going there and seeing what all the fuss is about, its amazing!!!