New Causeway Lounge for Belfast International Airport

Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomes US Consul General Dan Lawton to the new Causeway Lounge accompanied by Airport Commercial services Manager Deirdre Graffin.

Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomes US Consul General Dan Lawton to the new Causeway Lounge accompanied by Airport Commercial services Manager Deirdre Graffin.

New Causeway Lounge boost for passengers at Belfast International Airport

£250,000 investment in passenger facility.

The newly refurbished Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport has today been officially opened by US Consul General Daniel Lawton.

With an investment of over £250,000 business and leisure passengers can now enjoy a host of amenities to make sure that every journey can get off to a perfect start.

Located just off the main departures concourse the Causeway Lounge occupies an enviable location above the main viewing gallery affording unrivalled views of the main runways. The room has continuous panoramic full height glazing and the new layout makes the most of the fabulous views.

Speaking at today’s launch, U.S. Consul General Daniel Lawton said, “I am delighted to be here to officially open the Causeway Lounge.  Belfast International Airport is a critical gateway for direct access to the United States from Northern Ireland, as well as Great Britain and Europe.  Transatlantic trade, tourism, and investment is vital to the prosperity of this region.   I commend the Airport for making this significant investment in passenger facilities.”

Greeted by a dedicated welcome team, guests can take a seat and spend their pre-boarding time in a way that suits them best. Whether it is to send that final email before take-off, or to relax and enjoy the view.  With high speed wi-fi, computer stations and ample power points, business travellers can rest assured that they will remain fully connected at all times. Families are also welcome in the lounge with a dedicated children’s area to keep the little ones entertained before take-off.

Belfast International Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie commented, “The Causeway Lounge is part of a continuous investment programme in the airport which will add considerably to airside passenger facilities.

We are passionate about promoting Northern Ireland and continue to do so by enhancing the complimentary food menu. A gourmet buffet counter boasts a wide range of treats and bites for guests to enjoy. Featuring food from a range of local artisan food producers, including Fivemiletown Cheese, Dittys Oat Cakes and Punjana tea, you can enjoy a final taste of home before jetting off. 

The lounge provides the perfect platform for our incredible food producers to showcase their products to both a domestic and international audience. This support is hugely important in order to continue growing Northern Ireland’s food offering – particularly during NI’s 2016 Year of Food.’

The Causeway Lounge is open to all passengers travelling from Belfast International Airport.  Access to the lounge is part of the benefits of Belfast International Airport’s corporate card scheme, Executive Direct. Passengers can also pre-book online at www.belfastairport.com or pay at the door. Members of alternative lounge access schemes such as Priority Pass can also use this membership to gain access.

PortAventura Resort and Cirque du Soleil sign an agreement to collaborate over the next 5 years

PortAventura Resort, December 2nd 2014. – PortAventura Resort and Cirque du Soleil have signed a 5 year agreement to establish a summer touring base for the world famous Canadian entertainment company in the resort. The deal envisages that Cirque du Soleil’s big top will stage a number of different touring productions, the first of which will be “Amaluna”, which arrives in Europe for the first time next year.

 

The partnership began with “Kooza” in July and August 2014, making PortAventura Resort the first European resort to host a Cirque du Soleil touring show. More than 100,000 spectators were thrilled and astonished by Kooza in PortAventura Resort and its success delighted both companies so much that they immediately started negotiations for future touring extended runs

 

Fernando Aldecoa, General Manager of Operations and Finance at PortAventura Resort, said: “This partnership represents another step in our international strategy to position the resort as the best family destination in Europe, a model like Sentosa Island (Singapore) and Orlando (USA)”.

 

Charles Décarie, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Cirque du Soleil, said: “Cirque du Soleil is very pleased to confirm a 5 year agreement with Portaventura Resort, and reinforces that Spain, its local public and Spanish fans remain central for our company’s future ”.

 

Over recent years, PortAventura Resort has opted for a strategy of internationalization and has taken on new projects every year, investing over €125 million since 2010.

 

Amaluna

 

The touring production selected to be presented during PortAventura Resort’s 20th Anniversary is Amaluna. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious  island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Prospera directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which  marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

 

About Cirque du Soleil

 

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

 

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

 

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.

 

About PortAventura Resort

 

PortAventura Resort is the most important European destination resort and throughout its 20   year history has received almost 60 million visitors. With a prime location near Barcelona, Spain, the resort operates four 4* themed hotels comprising a total of 2,000 rooms and a 4,000-capacity convention centre. Next to the resort, visitors can enjoy 3 golf courses designed by Greg Norman and a beach club with direct access to the beach. PortAventura Resort also has a 105-acre family-oriented theme park and a water park.

 

 

http://www.portaventura.com

Ferrari Land to be created

image005PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U. (“PortAventura”) has reached a licensing agreement with Ferrari S.p.A. (“Ferrari”) to establish “Ferrari Land”, a new theme park dedicated to the global brand of Ferrari within the PortAventura destination resort near Barcelona, Spain.

The new branded site (expected to open during 2016) will be the sole Ferrari theme park in Europe and will envisage a total investment of more than €100 million. Ferrari Land will be built on a total surface area of 75,000 square meters and benefit from several rides (including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe), a new premium hotel with 250 rooms and 5 star service, restaurants, shops and large simulation areas for car racing.

This new partnership with Ferrari, the world’s most powerful brand for the second consecutive year (according to the annual Global 500 report, February 2014), and PortAventura (Europe’s second largest destination resort and the largest in the Mediterranean) will allow the resort to further improve its position as a leading European destination resort. At present, PortAventura receives nearly 4 million visits annually, of which nearly 50% are from outside Spain.

Over recent years, PortAventura has executed a strategy of continued expansion with the aim of turning the resort into a leading destination resort in Europe. To achieve this, the company has developed a strategy of internationalization and the incorporation of new projects every year since 2009 with an investment of over 125 million Euros.

The construction of a new area for children, SésamoAventura, was the first of these investments in 2011, followed within a year by the construction of Shambhala, Europe’s highest roller coaster.  In 2013 it was the turn of Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, the resort’s water park, which was extended and furnished with new record-breaking attractions.

ferrari-F430-in-gardenAnd for this year, the theme park is delighted to launch yet another outstanding attraction: Angkor, an ride that takes visitors on a boat trip through a lush jungle to face a number of challenges and adventures. PortAventura also recently unveiled an agreement with Cirque du Soleil, the world’s leading theatre company. During the months of July and August, the Canadian troupe will install its Big Top in the resort to perform one of its most celebrated shows, ‘Kooza’. The agreement also lays the groundwork for the possible creation of a permanent base for Cirque du Soleil at the resort in the near future.

Andrea Perrone, Managing Director of Ferrari Brand, the subsidiary responsible for managing all activities regarding the use of the Ferrari brand said “After the successful experience of the Abu Dhabi Ferrari World we have received numerous requests to launch new Ferrari theme parks. After a thorough selection process, we have selected Investindustrial’s solid project backed by skilled and experienced people and the opportunity to bring the Ferrari allure in Spain where there are a lot of supporters and fans including a lot of tourists attracted also by the PortAventura destination resort. “Ferrari Land” will further strengthen the Ferrari brand in the region. “Ferrari Land” will appeal to entire families as well as Formula One supporters. We will continue to further look at the launch of additional Ferrari theme parks outside of Europe with no rush, while continuing to maximise the value of our prestigious brand without diluting it.”

Sergio Feder, PortAventura Executive Chairman: “Since entry we implemented a long term plan supported by well-known international brands to increase visitors to approximately 5 million yearly and to transform PortAventura into the best destination resort in Europe. Ferrari is an obvious choice not only for the values the brand represents, but also for their experience in the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park. For us, it is also an honour to collaborate with such a worldwide recognized brand”.

PortAventura

Ideally located near Barcelona in Spain, PortAventura is the largest destination resort is the second largest destination resort in Europe and the first in Southern Europe. It operates a 105ha family-oriented theme park, integrated into a destination resort with four themed 4* hotels with 2000 rooms and a convention centre for up to 4,000 people. PortAventura welcomes approximately 4 million visits per year to enjoy its 39 rides, more than 100 daily shows, 48 restaurants, 31 shops, a dedicated kids’ area, and an aquatic park with Europe’s tallest free fall water ride. Additional information is available at www.portaventura.com