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“Visa For Venice” – New Campaign To Preserve City For The Future

Venice, Italy – Venice’s idyllic canals and quaint alleys make it a dream destination for many travelers but with over 20 million visitors each year, the unique charm of the city is under threat.

On June 13, Visa and the City of Venice hosted a ceremony at Venice City Hall to announce the launch of “Visa for Venice”, a three year programme that will help Italian merchants showcase their businesses to international visitors, while helping protect their city’s most treasured sites.

The new programme encourages locals and visitors alike to pay with Visa at businesses throughout Venice. The incremental revenue generated from this campaign will be contributed to a newly established fund that will be used to safeguard the city for the future.

Donation kiosks are now set up around the city where both locals and tourists can choose to make a contribution directly to the fund.

For those outside the city who would like to make a difference, donations will soon also be accepted through a web-based donation page.

New Survey Results

In a recent survey of international travelers, Visa found 68% think about their impact on the local community when planning a trip outside the U.S. and 77% agree that travelers have more of an impact today than five years ago.

Not only is there a strong awareness, an astounding percentage of international travelers surveyed want to make difference and are willing to use their spending power to lessen their impact and support the local community. This willingness includes:

– Purchasing items from local artists and eating local food (92%)

– Spending money at businesses that support sustainability locally (90%)

– Making a donation to ensure historic monuments are preserved (84%)

– Forgo a specific activity that has a negative impact on the environment or community (83%)

– Spending a little more on something if it means having less of an impact on the local community (83%)

– Spending more time in less touristy attractions to lessen impact (78%)

– Forgoing ground transportation in favor of biking or using mass transit systems (73%)

– Volunteering while in the local area (66%)

International travelers showed a very strong desire to support local businesses and indicated they are most likely to choose local, independent businesses for dining and shopping if the:

– Location was easy to find (50%)

– Business had great online reviews (44%)

– Business accepted credit or debit cards (44%)

Methodology: Visa commissioned a survey of 500 adults 18-65 years old in the U.S. who had traveled outside the U.S. in the past two years. The survey was conducted by Logica Research on behalf of Visa in May 2019.

Additional Messaging

The global appetite for international travel has never been stronger. In fact, according to the WTTC, international arrivals reached 1.3 billion last year, on pace to grow to 1.8 billion border crossings by 2030.

Visa is the most widely accepted payment network – enabling safe, secure, seamless cross-border transactions, all over the world. It starts when consumers plan and book their journey, and more importantly, continues through all phases of travels.

Travelers deserve the same payment benefits and conveniences they enjoy in their home country when traveling abroad and Visa is making that a reality.

By removing the barriers to how, where, and when you can pay abroad, travelers have peace-of-mind knowing they can use Visa virtually anywhere in the world, securely and at any time, while focusing on enjoying the experiences in front of them.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

Photo Image: Candre Mandawe

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Queensland And Uber Launch scUber – “The World’s First Rideshare Submarine On The Great Barrier Reef”

Heron Island, Queensland, Australia – Queensland, Australia in partnership with Uber, today launched the world’s first rideshare submarine experience on the Great Barrier Reef.

Announcing  scUber, Tourism Industry Development Minister for Queensland, Kate Jones, said this new form of travel gives riders an unfiltered lens to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a playground rich in marine life offering remarkable underwater experiences.

“How excited are we today to have a world first on the world’s largest and most beautiful reef,” said Kate Jones.

“We all know that you can see the Great Barrier Reef from space. But from today, you’ll be able to see the Great Barrier Reef from the world’s very first rideshare submarine.”

But it was Dr David Wachenfeld, Chief Scientist for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the first person to experience scUber, who captured the heart of curious bystanders when he described scUber as a cross between two Hollywood icons.

“We were hovering over the bottom looking down and … you get to see the big stuff and you get to see the little stuff. And, it really is bizarre … like a cross between Nemo and a Bond movie,” Chief Scientist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,  Dr David Wachenfield said.

Queensland and Uber have teamed up to deliver this exclusive experience, in a landmark partnership to showcase the reef.

Passengers will get 180-degree views of the underwater icon and taken to depths of up to 30 metres, without even needing a scuba mask.

The rideshare experience will be available at the touch of a button, costing AUD$3000 for two passengers.

“Having this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to access a submarine typically only available to the ultra-rich is a world changing experience,” said Uber Australia and NZ General Manager, Susan Anderson.

Riders can book the underwater adventure through the Uber app, which kicks off on Heron Island off the coast of Gladstone in Queensland on Monday, 27th May, 2019.

To celebrate the launch of scUber, Queensland and Uber are offering this exceptional bucket-list experience to one lucky winner and a friend from each of the following countries: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia.

Uber will further be donating $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help support conservation initiatives on the Great Barrier Reef, and will match the equivalent value generated from every scUber ride taken.

The unique rideshare service starts on 27th May, and will move to Agincourt Reef, off the coast of Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland until 18th June.

Heron Island is a small coral cay, based at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef,  that has captured the hearts of David Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau.

Greater than 69 million football fields in size, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef with an extraordinary range of habitats and species.  It has more than 600 different types of coral, 1625 species of fish and more than 1000
Islands, making it one of the most complex natural systems on earth.

 

Source: Tourism and Events Queensland

Location: Heron Island, Queensland, Australia

Overtourism Represents A Potential Hazard To Popular Destinations Worldwide

Story: Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – At it’s Global Summit in Buenos Aires, the WTTC unveiled its new Office of Healthy Tourism, an operation “committed to ensuring that as tourism becomes a larger portion of economies around the world, local people and the communities they live in are the primary beneficiaries.”

At this years Summit, discussions about “overtourism” were held with travel industry CEOs – Arne Sorenson from Marriott, Peter Fankhauser of Thomas Cook, Geoffrey Kent of Abercrombie and Kent Friedrich Joussen of Tui.

 What is overtourism?

In August 2016. Rafat Ali, the CEO and founder of Skift, wrote a foreword to an article about the impact of tourism in Iceland. It was entitled “Foreword: the coming perils of overtourism“.

In this, Ali wrote: “Overtourism represents a potential hazard to popular destinations worldwide, as the dynamic forces that power tourism often inflict unavoidable negative consequences if not managed well.

“In some countries, this can lead to a decline in tourism as a sustainable framework is never put into place for coping with the economic, environmental, and sociocultural effects of tourism. The impact on local residents cannot be understated either.”

Harold Goodwin of Responsible Tourism elaborates in this point, saying: “It is the opposite of responsible tourism which is about using tourism to make better places to live in and better places to visit. Often both visitors and guests experience the deterioration concurrently.”

Why is overtourism happening now?

On a very basic level, there are more tourists now than ever before.

The world is getting richer, with an ever-growing middle class emerging in developing countries, and many of these people are spending their disposable income on travel. The Brookings Institute recently released data suggesting that the global middle class could currently stand at around 3.7 billion, with another 160 million set to join the group annually for the next five years.

In 2017, international tourist arrivals grew by 7% up to 1.3 billion. The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts that this will continue to grow in 2018, but at a more sustainable pace of 4–5%.

There are a few factors at play here. One is the Chinese market. At the beginning of the 21st century, just 10.5m overseas trips were made by Chinese residents. In 2017, the figure was 145m – an increase of 1,380 per cent. The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) predicts that overseas trips by the country’s residents will increase to more than 400m by 2030.

Less seismic, but notable nonetheless – there is another group that is contributing to the rise in global tourism: millennials. As a group, 22 to 37 year olds are prioritising experiences over “stuff”. So rather than buying TVs, clothes and getting a mortgage, an entire generation is more interested in spending their money on holidays.

Of course, tourism is a huge player in the global economy and a boom has its positive forces. In 2017, tourism contributed just shy of $8 trillion to the global economy – that’s 10 per cent of the world’s GDP. There are around 300 million workers in the tourism and travel sector, a number that the WTTC predicts could rise to 380 million in the next ten years.

But the fact is that more and more of the world’s top destinations are eliciting the symptoms of chronic overtourism: any combination of overloaded infrastructure, bottlenecks at “must-see sights”, physical damage, the alienation of locals and emergence of tourist traps.

Where are the destinations affected by overtourism?

Venice is the go-to example of a destination sinking under the weight of its own popularity – on Easter Sunday this year it received 125,000 visitors. That’s the same number of tourists that visit entire countries, like Bangladesh, annually.

But Venice is not alone. Dubrovnik, Macchu Picchu, Iceland, Barcelona, Thailand have all made headlines in the last few years for taking action against the negative impact that tourism has brought.

What can be done to stop overtourism?

There is no single solution to the world’s overtourism problem, not least because the problems faced at each destination are completely different.

Some believe that increasing the price of travel will curb the problem. Geoffrey Kent, CEO of Abercrombie and Kent, told Telegraph Travel: “I’ve always said we should charge more. Tourism should be a high yield product, not a cheap product.”

Whether this manifests as higher flight or cruise tickets, tourist taxes or entry fees to destinations, the idea of increasing travel costs to curb international tourism is not a straightforward fix. In doing so we would risk retreating to a world where travel is only available for the rich, not the masses.

Tourist boards have their part to play, too. A serious option could be for them to focus on alternative destinations that would benefit from a tourism boost, simultaneously relieving the strain on the blockbuster sights. An example of this is the North Coast 500, which has brought attention to a corner of the Scottish Highlands that few international tourists previously visited.

Then there are the sharing economy websites, like Airbnb and HomeAway, who have been accused of undercutting hotels while not collecting tourist taxes (where they are required). In cities such as Barcelona, the site has been blamed for the rise in rent prices, as investors move to turn entire buildings into luxury apartments for short-term lets to international visitors.

Shows:

00:00 Soundbite: Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott International

01:44 Soundbite: Peter Fankhauser, CEO Thomas Cook

02:58 Soundbite: Geoffrey Kent, Founder and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent

03:51 Soundbite: Friedrich Joussen, CEO, TUI Group

05:02 File GVs Various Tourist Destinations

Other: Overview of WTTC: 

World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, where the world leaders in Travel & Tourism come together annually to discuss, debate and align the industry in matters of travel facilitation, policies for growth & importantly look celebrate best practices in environmental sustainability.

The great and the good of Travel & Tourism attending the Council’s Global Summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina include His Excellency Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina, HRH Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the presidents and CEOs of major travel companies, airlines, hotels, airports and others from every part of the world.

For more information www.wttc.org

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Apr, 20, 2018

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WTTC Warns Airports At Over Capacity – Biometrics Solutions Only Way Forward

Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – At the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit, which opened April 18 in Buenos Aires, there was a sense of urgency to deploy biometric solutions as industry leaders warned that airports, many already over capacity, cannot handle an additional 21 million additional fliers annually. Governments, they acknowledge, have little appetite to spend money expanding current facilities or build new ones. 

Biometrics, they note, have the potential of doubling capacity by speeding more travellers through existing terminals more quickly while simultaneously making the experience more pleasant. In the U.S.A, 8 airports and 3 airlines have launched test programs.

On the back of the Facebook data breach – can biometrics deliver queue-free travel for passengers who agree to share data?

Industry leaders including Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths, former CEO of Visa International Christopher Rodrigues, Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader Guy Langford and Emirates Airlines president of group service Gary Chapman all weigh in on issues of privacy, technology, intergovernmental cooperation and trust. 

Facial recognition, iris scans, fingerprints and finger vein readers hold the promise of removing the hassles that currently make airports a test of endurance and patience. 

Shows:

00:00:00 Title Plate 

00:07:22 B-Roll Biometrics Stock Footage  

01:15:06 Soundbite Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council 

“The answer is technology. Technology can help us because we all have a unique identity. Biometrics, for instance, can help us to make the journey more efficient and seamless.” 

01:33:14 Soundbite Arne Sorenson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International 

  “I think more and more, you look at what’s happened with Facebook – is this concern now about privacy and about how information gets used.” 

01:52:19   Soundbite Gary Chapman President Group Services & dnata Emirates Group

“We’re not going to be in the business of spying on our customers. Where there are security issues – think about how security markets where we are already searching cars maybe, searching baggage before it comes into the hotel – by and large that is not happening in the United States or Canada.” 

02:03:09 Soundbite Guy Langford Vice Chairman US Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader, Deloitte

“Actually, the US Customs and Border Protection has deployed Biometric technology at 8 US airports, to my knowledge. And they’ve actually entered into a pilot, effectively, with 3 major airlines and are talking to several more.” 

02:25:11 Soundbite 2 Guy Langford Vice Chairman US Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader, Deloitte

“There’s a great example where using Biometrically-scanned information, they were able to board a flight – I think it was leaving, an international flight leaving LAX, in less than 20 minutes for 350 passengers using that technology.” 

02:49:08  Soundbite Christopher Rodrigues CBE Chairman, British Council 

“If you can interoperability between governments then the technology is the easy bit.”

02:58:09 Soundbite Paul Griffiths Chief Executive, Dubai Airport 

“There’s some very exciting new technology that’s being used in the banking industry and that’s finger-vein recognition. Because, apparently, one of the most unique identifiers about any human is the vein-structure in our hands. And there’s some very intriguing technology where, if you simply pass your hand over the top of a low-energy x-ray scanner, it gives you the entire vein-imprint of your hand and that is utterly unique.” 

03:35:00 B-Roll H.E. Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina 

04:05:20 B-Roll Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council 

04:17:17 GVs WTTC Global Summit Buenos Aires 2018    

Other:

Overview of WTTC: 

World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, where the world leaders in Travel & Tourism come together annually to discuss, debate and align the industry in matters of travel facilitation, policies for growth & importantly look celebrate best practices in environmental sustainability. 

The great and the good of Travel & Tourism attending the Council’s Global Summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina include His Excellency Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina, HRH Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the presidents and CEOs of major travel companies, airlines, hotels, airports and others from every part of the world. 

For more information www.wttc.org 

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H.E. Ban Ki-moon To Be Keynote Speaker At PATA Annual Summit 2018

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is proud to announce that former Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon is set to be the opening keynote speaker at the PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018).  The event, generously hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Gangwon Province, will take place from May 17-20 at the Lakai SANDPINE in Gangneung, Korea (ROK).

“We are truly honoured to be welcoming His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon to the PATA Annual Summit 2018. His vision and leadership in encouraging partnerships, global citizenship and sustainable development are aligned with the Association’s mission in creating a unified and strong Asia Pacific travel industry where our potential is powered by our connections to the world,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “Among his many accomplishments during his two consecutive terms as UN Secretary General between 2007 and 2016, he was instrumental in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the introduction of tourism as an integral aspect of it. Furthermore, he also oversaw the negotiation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and is a strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, having successfully pressed for the creation of UN Women, an agency that consolidates the UN’s work in this area. This is indeed an incredible and rare opportunity for our members and delegates to be inspired by one of the world’s top global thinkers.”

PAS 2018, under the theme ‘Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities’, is a 4-day event that brings together international thought leaders and industry professionals that are professionally engaged with the Asia Pacific Region.

The Annual Summit programme embraces a dynamic one-day conference that will examine the various connections that are helping to shape the industry as we move towards a more exponential future, bringing together a diverse line-up on international thought leaders, industry shapers, and senior decision-makers.

The one-day conference is followed by the half-day UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate, where tourism leaders from both the public and private sector will come together to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, C.D., M.P., Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, has confirmed his participation at the debate.

Before the conference, the Association also provides the opportunity for students and young professionals to engage with industry leaders at the PATA Youth Symposium. A primary focus of the Association’s Human Capital Development programme is upon the development of the ‘Young Tourism Professional’ (YTP) and the symposium highlights PATA’s commitment to this endeavour.

Other confirmed speakers during the event include Adrienne Lee, Director of Development, Planeterra Foundation; Alistair McEwan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Development Asia & ANZ, BBC World News; Amy Kunrojpanya, Director of Communications, Asia Pacific, Uber; Dr. Chris Bottrill, Vice Chairman of PATA and Dean of Global and Community Studies, School of Tourism Management, Capilano University; Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation; Edward Chen, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, oBike; Faeez Fadhlillah, PATA Face of the Future 2017, CEO and co-founder of Tripfez; Kyle Sandilands, Director and Cinematographer; Michelle Kristy, Associate Expert-Women and Trade Programme Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains Section, SheTrades; Pai-Somsak Boonkam, CEO & Founder, LocalAlike; Raya Bidshahri, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Awecademy, and Vinoop Goel, Regional Director-Airport, Passenger, Cargo & Security Asia Pacific, IATA.

The event will explore various topics including ‘Connecting Communities: Harmonising Local Interests with Global Sustainability in Tourism Development’, ‘A case study of Korean local tourism development’, ‘Designing Intermodal Connectivity for Destination Competitiveness’, ‘Connecting Generations’, ‘Bridging the Gender Gap’, ‘The New Way to Connect’ and ‘The Human Touch in a Digital Marketing World’.

Delegates attending the event will experience the diverse landscapes of Gangneung, Korea’s best all-year-round destination. A popular destination among locals, Gangneung combines the white sandy beaches that stretch across the East Coast with the misty peaks of the Taebaek Mountains, also referred to as the spine of the Korean Peninsula. It is expected to have perfect weather with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius during the event. Serving as the location setting for popular Korean drama, Gangneung is gaining traction as a destination for fans of the Korean Wave, or ‘Hallyu’. The city boasts a unique cultural heritage – the Gangneung Danoje Festival serves to preserve the folk culture of the Joseon Dynasty, and has been UNESCO-designated as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Gangneung also co-hosted the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, along with the cities of PyeongChang and Jeongseon.

Registered delegates for the conference also receive complimentary access to the PATA/UNWTO Leaders Debate on Saturday, May 19.

For more information or to register for the event visit www.PATA.org/pas or email events@PATA.org.

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes  ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London. Visit www.PATA.org

Mar, 08, 2018

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‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ takes Guinness World Record for World’s Longest Zip-line

· Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain

· World’s longest zip-line – with a cable weighing in at over six tons now open to the public to take the heart-pumping flight

· Multi-million dollar tourism project in Ras al Khaimah flies into record books as zipline launches

Story: Thrill-seekers get ready: the longest zip-line in the world – ‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ – has officially opened today on top of the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

Guinness World Records confirmed the length of the Jebel Jais zip-line at 2.8 kilometers – the equivalent to over 28 soccer fields – which beats the previous 2.2km world record in Puerto Rico by a full 600 meters of extra heart-pumping adrenaline.

The world’s leading zip-line operator, Toro Verde in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) spent over four months building the world’s longest zipline, which is located at more than 1,680 meters above sea-level and with a cable that weighs in at over six tonnes. Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a ‘superman’ style position. Friends and family will travel on parallel cables at top speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph on this extreme adventure experience set in the rugged rocky mountain terrain.

The experience will see participants fitted with a special harness for the adventure, with the longest flight itself taking approximately two to three minutes. Once completed, guests will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line, measuring in at one km, to complete their journey back to the ground. The zipline will be able to accommodate 200 people a day (100,000 per year).

A tribute to the UAE’s advancing tourism industry, the launch of the zipline has propelled the UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. The zip-line will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East.

Shows: (Rights Free – Cleared for all territories)

GVs: First flights down the zipline

Vox Pops: Riders reactions of the zipline

GVs: Guinness World Record Certification and Opening VIP Ceremony

Soundbites: Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Soundbites: Jorge Jorge, CEO, Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah

Soundbites: Hoda Khachab, Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Records

Soundbites: His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Al Qasimi

Other:

Key Statistics

The exact length of the record breaking zipline ‘Jebel Jais Flight’ is 2831 meters

The launching platform is secured by 18 anchors with a total weight of 1,000 tons, this is equal to 2,250 camels

There are 8 anchors securing the suspended landing platform, which weighs 9.5 tons and is unique in the world

The altitude difference between the launching and landing platform is 400m, which is equal to 4 times the height of the Big Ben in London

The average speed is 120-150 kph during the flight. This is equal to the maximum speed of a cheetah, the fastest land animal

Bookings are open on toroverdeuae.com

Notes To Producers

Please follow up on:

JebelJaisFlight, #VisitRasAlKhaimah, #ToroVerdeUAE, #JebelJais, #RasAlKhaimah, @visitrasalkhaimah (instagram and Facebook), @raktourism (twitter)

The official certification was handed over today to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.

His son HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was the first to trial the new zipline this morning, following the official certification by Guinness World Records.

There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but the requirements are a maximum weight of (150 kg) and minimum weight of (45 kg) for ‘fliers’ who must be at least 120 cm tall. The price is AED650 per rider.

The launch of the world’s longest zipline is another milestone in Ras Al Khaimah’s campaign to transform the emirate into the region’s adventure and activity tourism hub. With the emirate benefitting from diverse landscape – including the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais – it has already built a following amongst walkers, hikers and cyclists with the campaign taking a leap forward in 2016 with the opening of the highly successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path), hiking, climbing and ziplining product.

For more information on, and booking for, Jebel Jais Flight, please log on to: toroverdeuae.com.More information about Jebel Jais and its active adventure tourism offering is available onwww.jebeljais.ae

Feb, 01, 2018

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