The World Outgames festival is organized by GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association) and is open to all irrespective of sexual orientation. The festival centres on three pillars, i.e. sports, culture and human rights. The festival is held every four years and lasts ten days. In all it attracts between 10.000 and 20.000 participants.
Reykjavik applied to host the games in 2017 along with 18 other cities. The number was then reduced to five: Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Denver and Reykjavik. After further evaluation GLISA decided that discussions should only continue with Reykjavik and Miami. GLISA representatives visited Iceland over the period 25th to 28th of Jan. to evaluate facilities. Representatives from Reykjavik city will then travel to Antwerp on the 28th of Feb. for a further presentation and that same evening the successful location will be announced.
Go Reykjavík !
We at First Class in Iceland will be attending the EIBTM in Barcelona on November 27th – 29th. This will be our first time exhibiting at this trade show, which is so important for the European MICE industry. Iceland is definitely very popular as an Incentive destination these days, and we are looking forward to meeting new buyers as well as old clients and colleagues at the show. Please make an appointment to meet us there at stand # J650.
Hope to see you in Barcelona!
Best wishes from the Team at First Class – Iceland
Icelandair has announced three new destinations for their summer season 2013, two in Europe and one in N-America. Starting May/June 2013, Icelandair will operate two flights per week to Zurich in Switzerland, St.Petersburg in Russia and Anchorage in Alaska USA. These flights will be operated through mid September 2013.
Read Icelandair’s full announcement here
On Saturday, August 18th, the annual Culture night was held in downtown Reykjavík. It has become an essential part of cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. Culture Night offers the chance to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions to more unusual happenings, including the Reykjavik Marathon.
An estimated crowd of 80.000 people visited the city center on this occasion, making it one of the most successful Culture nights in the event’s 17 year long history.
The UK and Iceland signed a deal this week that could see geothermal power harnessed from Icelandic volcanoes supply the UK with energy. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also see the two nations work together to develop gas and oil resources and explore the possibility of electricity interconnection.
WOW Air is a brand-new, low-cost air carrier connecting Iceland to 12 destinations in Europe starting June 2012. The new carrier will offer 130,000 seats in Airbus A320 aircrafts in the first year. “We’d like to get to grips with twelve destinations to begin with,” said WOW’s main owner and CEO Skuli Mogensen.