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Solo travel is increasing in popularity among Danes – these destinations are now trending

More and more Danes are open to the idea of ​​celebrating winter in warmer climes - and they like to do it alone.

Flight searches for solo travel have increased by around 40 percent since last year. And it is particularly overseas destinations such as Thailand, Bali, the Philippines and Dubai that attract solo travellers. This shows completely new figures the travel search engine Momondo.

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Danes' searches for solo flight tickets this winter have increased by around 40 percent since last year, just as hotel searches for one person have increased by around 26 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

Overseas destinations are trending

In addition to the classic destinations for European cities such as London and Paris, it is in particular destinations further afield that solo travelers are looking for. Here, destinations such as Thailand, Bali, Dubai and the Philippines are among the favourites.

"If you look at the top list of the ten most popular destinations for solo travellers, more than half are located outside Europe. Thailand, Bali and the Philippines in particular are known for having a widespread backpacker culture with good opportunities to strike up a conversation with other people, including other solo travellers," says Per Christiansen and continues:

"And then the overseas destinations are also a sure winner if it's hours of sunshine you're looking for. If you dream of standing with your feet in the water and toasting the new year, then you have to go outside Europe.”

Solo travelers' top list for flight searches over Christmas and New Year 2022/2023

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Paris, France
  4. Malaga, Spain
  5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  6. Phuket, thailand
  7. New York, USA
  8. Denpasar, Bali
  9. Istanbul, Turkey
  10. Manila, Philippines

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Never happened before: the first Alpine World Cup downhill race of the season starts in one country and finishes in another

The ski season kicks off in October, and in the Aosta Valley it happens with a spectacularly designed downhill race, where the runners start in Switzerland and finish in Italy – after driving almost 1.000 meters down the slopes.

The Zermatt-Cervinia World Cup downhill race in Zermatt and Cervinia will be historic. When it starts on the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November for men and women respectively, it is the first time ever that a race starts in one country and ends in another.

The World Cup races are held on the Gran Becca (the big peak), located at an altitude of 3.800 meters on the Gobba di Rollin in Switzerland and it ends on the Laghi Cime Bianche ridge at the popular ski resort of Cervinia in Italy.

The race here at the Matterhorn will not only be the highest downhill race on the World Cup calendar, but also the first ever alpine World Cup race on a glacier.

Designed by legends

The course was designed by the Swiss downhill runner, Didier Defago, Olympic champion from 2010. Defago's compatriot, the no less legendary downhill champion Pirmin Zurbriggen, is also on the team as an advisor and ambassador for the event. It will not only be a great experience for the athletes. The course is designed in such a way that spectators from the finish area will be able to see almost 50 percent of the race, and the constant view of the Matterhorn just makes the event even more unique.

Symbolic event

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There is a beautiful symbolism in the fact that one of the year's major sporting events in the Aosta Valley becomes a bilateral affair.

Aosta lies in a border country surrounded by Europe's highest peaks with Mont Blanc on the border with France on one side and the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa on the edge of Switzerland on the other.

At the same time, you find yourself in an interesting field of tension between Italian and French culture, which i.a. also affects the gastronomy of the area.

In the main town – the Roman-founded Valle d'Aosta – as well as in the area's other villages, during breaks from skiing you can visit shops with local delicacies and excellent restaurants, which provide the best of the two countries in terms of cuisine.

If you want to try your hand at skiing, there is plenty of opportunity for it at all levels. The ski resorts are generally slightly higher than most other European ski resorts, and this helps to provide increased snow security. You can read more about winter sports in Aosta and the various options at lovevda.it/en


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Italy's smallest region celebrates its food traditions

In the Aosta Valley, people have invested in local produce and land for table long before it became trendy, and all year round you can find a sea of ​​food festivals. It is particularly interesting in the autumn, when the raw materials are brought home from the field.

The Aosta Valley is spectacularly situated in the middle of Europe's highest mountains with Mont Blanc on the border with France on one side and the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa on the edge of Switzerland on the other. 

In this field of tension between Italian and French culture, one also finds an interesting gastronomic influence from both sides. 

The smallest region in Italy has its very own delicacies that are protected and celebrated both locally and at EU level. 

This applies to the mountain potato and the cow's milk cheese Fontina which has been given the EU's protected designation of origin PDO. The cheese gets its rich and distinctive taste from the cows grazing at an altitude of up to 700 meters in the summer. 

Another protected delicacy is salted pork in the form of ham Vallée d'Aoste Jambon de Bosses, which is produced at an altitude of 1600 metres. 

In addition to specialty shops that sell local delicacies, there are several excellent restaurants in the city of Aosta, which provide the best of the three countries, and the Aosta Valley also has its share of really good wine producers.

Regional dishes and black bread

The local gastronomy is also celebrated on numerous occasions throughout the year, not least in the dark autumn months. 

At the beginning of October runs Marché au Fort of the stack in the charming medieval village of Bard at the foot of the historic fort. It is the most important and largest food and wine event dedicated to traditional products from the Aosta Valley, and at the Town Hall Square you can get local take-away dishes. 

In mid-October, you can experience the festival in a large number of villages The pan ner, which pays tribute to the region's "black bread".

Many villages in the Aosta Valley have at least one communal oven, where families used to take turns baking rye bread for their own consumption, usually once a year at the beginning of winter. 

It is a simple but tasty bread, made with lightly leavened wheat and rye - perfect for feeding families who are isolated for many months during the winter season. Sometimes chestnuts, cumin and dried fruit are added. 

At the end of October, the village of Châtillon is also transformed into the honey capital of the Aosta Valley. Here, honey is celebrated - and all the products that can be made from it.

You can read more about the individual festivals and the food culture of the Aosta Valley at lovevda.it.


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Are you ready for winter in Tyrol?

Then the first snow fell on Monday in Tyrol - and there are many who can't wait to get going.

To get a taste, Tirol Werbung therefore invites you to the BANFF Mountain Film Festival, which will be held in Copenhagen on October 11 and has two short films from and about Austria on the program.

In this newsletter you can also read more about new offers, new hotels and new infrastructure that will make your next skiing holiday in Tirol even better. And maybe you want a quieter winter holiday? - then you can read more about it here.

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Ethiopian Airlines is expanding and becoming the fastest modern route south to Africa

The Nordic region's fastest and most direct flight connection to Africa is operated by Ethiopian Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, and without tedious time differences. Ethiopian Airlines route Oslo-Stockholm-Addis Ababa is a reliable route that has been flown during the entire pandemic, most often with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Ethiopian Airlines operates daily departures from June. Ethiopian Airlines is by far Africa's largest operator of Dreamliners and is now also moving up the rankings, as one of the companies with the most advanced Airbus A 350, on the longest routes. As other airlines postponed deliveries and reduced the fleet, Ethiopian Airlines itself received five new A350s during the pandemic.

"Demand from our customers has increased, so it is with great pleasure to be able to quickly expand the Oslo-Stockholm-Addis Ababa route to daily departures," says Area Manager for the Nordic countries, Wogayehu Terefe.

By converting 25 passenger planes to cargo early in the pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines could become one
key player in medical devices, such as 150 million vaccine doses to Africa. The cargo traffic gave the company a significant profit also in 2021, which made it possible to maintain important traffic for people and cargo.

Ethiopian Cargo's twelve pure cargo planes are still an important and profitable part of the group for the future just as it was through a difficult time. Now it will also be the second company in the world to order the brand new Boeing 777X in full version, in five copies with super long range.

Addis Ababa is the hub of 127 destinations in 81 countries, making Ethiopian Airlines the fourth largest airline in the world in terms of number of destinations, more than many other well-known major carriers.

Ethiopian Airlines is also the fifth largest company in the world to have the new Airbus A350, which is 18 in the fleet with an average age of 3,1 years. They are designed for 30 passengers in business class and 313-325 in economy class. Furthermore, there are 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliner which is five years on average.

Ethiopian Airlines is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and with 67 destinations in Africa, they continue to increase market share, under the slogan "The New Spirit of Africa". In recent years, Skytrax has twice named Ethiopian Airlines as Best Airline Staff Service and four times Best airline in Africa.

In 2017, they received Four Star Certification, while Ethiopian Airlines grew, with a 25% profit increase, seven years in a row. Of course, the pandemic has put Ethiopian Airlines under pressure, as it has done for everyone else. However, the usual hard cuts were not made.

Therefore, passenger traffic could also be maintained, which also made Ethiopian Airlines the best African airline 2021 according to the Business Travel Award. Traffic to Stockholm and Oslo has continued during the pandemic. Ethiopian Airlines' position as the largest African airline was also strengthened in 2021.

Through co-ownership and alliances with several airlines, most recently in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian has consolidated its position as a pan-African with good connections to the company's large network to Asia and South and North America.

Of course, the success did not come from one day to the next, but the company has grown uninterrupted through its 75 flight years. Ethiopian Airlines is state-owned, but has always made independent commercial decisions based on growth and profit.

Ethiopian Airlines is the country's largest and most popular company to work for. A separate flight academy, trains pilots, cabin, aircraft technicians and ground staff. A conscious commitment to women has led to a leading position in relation to female pilots and aircraft technicians, the latter almost completely unique.

Within Scandinavia, Ethiopian Airlines also flies locally on the Stockholm-Oslo-Stockholm route, with an early morning departure to Oslo and a pleasant early evening departure back to Stockholm, which continues directly to Addis Ababa overnight. The Dreamliner normally used has the configuration 24 business class seats and 246 on economy class, with slightly more business class capacity in the larger 787-9 version.

Ethiopian Airlines is now also resuming deliveries of 25 ordered Boeing 737-8, which will complement mainly African traffic, where today uses Boeing 737-800, as well as one of the world's largest fleets of Bombardier Q-400, just over 30, which is special suitable for Africa's many hot and high airports and long distances.


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Austria: Optimistic outlook for summer 2022

Expectations for the summer are high, and according to a new study from the Austrian Tourist Office in Vienna, three quarters of the respondents in Austria's most important markets plan to go on summer holidays - and Austria has a lot to offer. However, there is still uncertainty about inflation, the war in Ukraine and the pandemic.

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“We are optimistic about the summer season. After two years of pandemic, there is a great need to travel. People long to get out into nature, and Austria has the right holiday opportunities, ” says Lisa Weddig, CEO of the Austrian Tourist Office in Vienna. This is according to the latest study, which has been carried out in Austria's four largest foreign markets - Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. According to the survey, three quarters of respondents plan to travel in the summer of 2022, compared to 60% last year.

Although holidays by the sea are the most popular form of holiday (40%), recreational holidays (31%), nature holidays (25%), city holidays (22%) and holidays by lakes (21%) are also in high demand. And these are the strengths of Austria. "Movement in nature" is currently a big trend in many countries, and it is a good match for Austria.
When it comes to things that tourists are worried about at the moment, the Corona situation only comes in third place. In second place comes the political uncertainty (Ukraine war), while rising prices right now are the biggest concern.

“Price development is the most relevant factor in connection with holiday planning this year. Not necessarily in terms of whether to go on holiday, but in terms of the destination and time of travel, ” explains Lisa Weddig.

Holidays in Austria are relaxing, you are close to nature and it is authentic. Whether you are swimming in a lake or hiking in the Alps: A summer holiday in Austria offers the perfect experience for everyone - #realAustria

On austria.info/dk you can be inspired and find good holiday opportunities.

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